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JUNE 2010




One of the most critical times for children to be reading is over any break or vacation from school. Parents play a key role in the development of reading skills in young children. They help provide background knowledge and real life experiences that help beginning readers make sense of the stories they are reading. As children grow, parents continue to play an important role in modeling and guiding reading development. Reading over the summer is very important. Children can continue to grow in their reading performance if they read over the summer. Children who do not read over the summer generally regress in their reading performance. For beginning readers, simple rhyming books or early reader books are good choices. Books like The Cat in the

Hat Comes Back, Go Dog Go, Hop On Pop, or Green Eggs and Ham are some of the traditional favorites. Series books are one of the best ways to help children really get into reading. A trip to the local library might spark a new interest in reading for your child. Some of the series books for developing readers are Little Bear, Biscuit, Frog and Toad. For students who are already reading, some popular series include Franklin Turtle, Magic Tree House, Junie B. Jones, A-Z Mysteries, Boxcar Children, Lemony Snikkets and more. The non-fiction section for children has books of high interest. With the non-fiction books, you may need to provide more help, depending on the difficulty of the book. For older students, their interests and reading levels will guide their choices. Ask your librarian to recommend good books for your child’s reading level. 

Making the Most of Summer Reading! BY CATHY PAQUAY ST. FRANCIS ELEMENTARY

The Making the Most of Summer Reading! program is in its third year of connecting with incoming kindergarten through 5th grade students and parents. SUMMER READING During the summer, it is important to keep students reading and writing. There are engaging, low-cost activities that will help students maintain high levels of reading and writing to help lessen the “summer slide” where students forget what they’ve learned or slip out of practice during the summer. In June, July and August, K-5 families in Independent School District 15 will receive three postcards encouraging learning experiences that combine reading and writing with family summer activities such as travel, visits to the parks and/or zoos, library summer programs, playing outside and a host of other options. If the student brings the postcards to their school’s Open House in the fall, they will receive a brand new book! Parents, please keep these postcards where your child(ren) can readily access them and participate in Making the Most of Summer Reading! Challenge them to set goals and complete some of the activities on each postcard. 

Eighth grade science teacher Mark Woodard sets up his telescope outside St. Francis Middle School so students can view craters on the moon. Read more on page 9. SUBMITTED PHOTO


Independent School District 15 census forms have been mailed to residents. Please take a few minutes to review the information, correct as needed, and sign and return the form. All forms should be returned—even if there are no changes. Thank you for helping the district plan for the future! It is very important that all residents of ISD 15 be included on the school census— even the youngest babies. Please let the district know if you move or have a new

addition to the family. This will ensure that you will get district communications and help the district in planning for the future. Contact Becky Madson regarding census updates at 763-753-7049. 

End of school year dates June 4 – last day for high school seniors June 7 – last day for elementary students June 8 – last day for grades 6-11, Crossroads, and Transition 15 students June 11 – high school graduation ceremony



ISD 15 school board meetings: Monday, June 14 and Monday, June 28, 7:00 p.m., Central Services Center, 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. The public is also invited to “Dialogue with the School Board” at 6:30 p.m. 

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Summer activity suggestions for students By Jason Maurer, SFHS Special Education Teacher and Kristine Vogtlin, SFHS Due Process Facilitator

The school year is winding down and students couldn’t be more excited for summer. Students will enjoy being able to sleep in, stay up a little later, and spend some well deserved time with friends.

Summer vacation also brings an opportunity for students to get involved in a variety of activities to enrich their education as well as provide an opportunity for physical fitness and socializing. Just as you will find a variety of activities to choose from, you will also find a variety of costs. Some activities may

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charge a fee, but many activities are free! Students can be busy right at home, locally, or around the state. Here is a list of ideas that you or your child might be interested in pursuing this summer. } Online activities: visit for a variety of subjects and age levels with free printable sheets; has educational games, videos, and activities; has informative articles, online games, chat room, science games, and live web cams. } Home activities: scrapbooking, cooking, arts and crafts, reading, family game night, bike riding, playing at a park, backyard games, walking, fishing, sleepovers, baking, and gardening, etc. } Volunteer activities: read to a younger person, play cards with an elderly neighbor, help a neighbor with yard work, dog walking or babysitting, volunteer at church or local library.

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} Local activities through ISD 15 Community Education & Services: visit www. or for summer camps for children and adults, sports, and strength and conditioning programs, summer preschool and early childhood camps, art and science camps. } Activities through Anoka County Libraries: visit w w w. a n o k a . l i b . m n . u s , check out books, use the Internet, Museum Adventure Passes, workshops, storytime, and volunteer opportunities. } Statewide activities: visit www.mysummercamps. com, Minneapolis Museum of Art – www.artsmia. org, Minnesota Children’s Museum –, Como Park Zoo and Como Town –, Minnesota Zoo –, Science Museum of Minnesota –, Family Day Out – www. places-to-go/minnesota. |

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

What does neuroplasticity mean? It means move the body to keep the brain growing. Neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, cause brain connections to deteriorate. Aerobic activity enhances the brain and helps prevent the aging process by strengthening the connections between the brain cells. The more advanced the level of activity the more the right brain/ left brain development is strengthened. The better the connections, the better the brain will be prepared to handle any experience. The more fit the body becomes, the better the brain begins to work. 



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Schools in Action edward saXton tHe suPerintendent’s Corner

As an educator, the need to think like a parent can be useful. In fact, the ability to think like a student can be beneficial as well. Most decisions are designed to focus on the learners, and it is prudent to

Teachers will remind students, “Books are often your best friends.” A book is always willing to be open with the reader. If books could speak, they might say, “It’s as though you can read my thoughts; you can see right through me.” Let’s turn the page on this issue. That being said, and on a more serious note, reading is the best activity to fill in gaps during the summer. Please consider book breaks throughout June, July, and August. When the 2010-11 school year begins, readers will be better prepared to return to the classroom. Educators encourage students to always see life as a learning activity. Our elementary students are encouraged to read and record their efforts. The reward for diligence is a free paper-

St. Francis High School math teacher Lee Erickson was nominated by someone in the community for the KARE 11’s Take Care of Their Community award. He was chosen for the honor.

My evening of conversation with the kindergarten parents was delightful. We shared ideas, and I met Gavin and Lauryn, a kindergartner and a soon-to-be kindergartner. They were cautiously curious about the man in their house wearing a tie. I did ask them each a question, and they politely responded. I look forward to reading to them in the next year or so at St. Francis Elementary. One thing was abundantly clear: their parents have been reading to them, I am guessing, all their lives. The real trick about engaged family reading is to start early, continue through high school, and perhaps start your own family book club. Please help us in the summer. Reading surely is an everyday activity. Has anyone seen my bookmark? 


Erickson opens his classroom to help students every morning at 5:00 a.m. His philosophy is that he works for the students and therefore he is going to be available for them. lee erickson SubmiTTed phoTo Erickson has been a very dedicated teacher for the past 28 years, helping all of his students to understand math. On April 29, KARE 11 sent out reporter Jeff Olsen to interview Erickson. The interview was live on KARE 11’s Early Edition and Sunrise programs with Tim McNiff and Kim Insley. His math classroom was filled to capacity, as students prepared for a big college trigonometry test. Some students worked individually, while others formed groups to study for the exam. Erickson spent the morning crisscrossing the room to field questions. On days of college tests, Erickson provides his students with juice, soup, bananas, donuts, and granola bars. He provides these items at his own expense. 

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The cornerstone to completing thoughts and sharing them with others is the ability and the willingness to make a solid effort to communicate. Conversations, especially about topics relating to children, are imperative.

Students are preparing for finals and completing projects to culminate their 200910 school year. In June, the efforts to continue learning defer, in most cases, to the family. Trips, vacations, and yard work around the home all become environments for learning.

The philosophy of read-thebook-and-give-it-to-a-friend has always been a favorite of mine. Imagine if students and parents read the same book. It might be a great conversation piece. Reading books together is a fabulous idea. Book clubs, okay, but how about your children or grandchildren, or the youngster who mows the yard? When we all read, there is no lack of potential conversation starters.

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When communicating with parents as well as community members, it is common to hear some form of this statement: “That’s a good idea; let’s talk it over.” “That’s a questionable idea; we need to talk.” “That’s an interesting thought; let me weigh in on that.” Each of these brief statements seems to suggest further communication would be advantageous.

gauge that periodically.

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Spending an hour with parents of incoming kindergartners is an excellent use of time. In the evening of May 17, I had the opportunity to meet with four parents in our community to discuss an educational issue that was extremely important to all of us. It had to do with placement for the 2010-11 school year. On my drive home, I reflected on our meeting. I am convinced that these parents and their students will have a quality experience in our school system.

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Schools in Action

The Courier | June 2010

St. Francis High School

High school sophomores HOSA students do well in state competition visit college campuses By Kaylee Breas St. Francis High School Student and HOSA member

By Alysa Erickson SFHS Career Advisor

St. Francis High School sophomores recently had the opportunity to visit two colleges. For many, this was their first time on a college campus. Eight bus loads of students visited different colleges ranging from community and technical colleges to four-year private and public universities. Sophomore Alexis French said, “This trip really got me to think about what college I was looking for and what type of college I may want to attend.” Many students felt similarly to Molly Mattson who said, “It was a great experience and I’m glad I didn’t have to attempt this by myself.” Students enjoyed walking around the campus, seeing dorm rooms, and visiting classrooms. They especially enjoyed the buffet style dining services including the soft serve ice cream. One student wrote, “I thought it was a great experience seeing the different schools and it starts the wheels turning for the thought of going to college. Lunch was amazing too!” Students were able to compare two different schools. That exposure helped them see different environments and get questions answered. Angel Yang said, “I loved the technical college tour and our guide was so energetic.” This trip provided a unique educational opportunity for students. Teaching staff that served as chaperones added fun and insight. Many of the chaperones chose schools they were their alma maters. Teacher Jeff Fink said, “I try to get every one of my students to go on this trip. I think it is a very important experience and I enjoy these trips as well. It is especially fun to see St. Francis High School graduates on campus.” The college tours were a big success with nearly all of the 10th grade class choosing to participate. Afterwards, students had a new and better understanding about college. The years in high school may seem like forever, but anyone who has since graduated knows how time flies by. Starting a plan now is very important and this trip helped sophomores understand that. Sophomore Joey Atkinson said, “It made me realize how quickly this is happening and how close we are to making some big decisions.” |


his year, the Health Occupation Students of America’s (HOSA) state tournament was held in St. Cloud at the Kelly Inn, April 28-30. Many competitions took place during this time and lots of people placed in them. St. Francis High School placed in seven of the competitions. Brittany Eich placed second in biotechnology; Karlie Huebner and Trevor McQuay placed first in forensic St. Francis High School HOSA students competed at the state medicine; Holly Russel level April 28-30 in St. Cloud. Submitted Photo placed third in prepared speaking; Nathan Lipinski, northeast region and Nathan Lipinski is vice Kalli Haapoja, Holly Russel, and Chase president. Zach Eich was awarded with the McCarger placed second in creative problem Outstanding State HOSA officer of the year. solving; Brittany Eich, Zach Eich, Ashley Kathleen Weiland, HOSA advisor, was named Vang, and Chad Wagner placed third in state advisor of the year! HOSA Bowl; in medical reading, Brittany Eich, Ashley Pine, and Karlie Huebner placed St. Francis HOSA did an outstanding job! first; and for the career health display board, Thanks to everyone who helped us make it Paige Jochum and Karlie Huebner placed first. this far. We hope to have your support again Zach Eich is this year’s vice president of the for next year’s state competitions.  |

National Honor Society inductee ceremony By Megan Schmidt SFHS National Honor Society Advisor

On May 5, 57 St. Francis High School students were inducted into the St. Francis Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). NHS

St. Francis High School April Students of the Month

The April students of the month at St. Francis High School were, back row (L-R): Stephen Edstrom, Kayla Doebbeling, Eve Muonio, Tanya Koehler, Nathan Karg, Derek Kelleher; front row: Tayes Baldwin, Michael Maroney, Nathen Tryman, Jennifer Lewis, and Adella Hawes. Not pictured is Lauren Submitted by Steven Fetzik Deans. The Courier is a monthly publication distributed by Independent School District 15 Community Education & Services. The publication is delivered at no charge to all residents in Independent School District 15 the first Wednesday of each month. An annual subscription is available for $18 (12 issues). The Courier will be mailed to any address. Please direct comments, questions, and inquiries to: The Courier 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis, MN 55070-9368 Telephone:











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President Matthew Billings served as the master of ceremonies and Bo Stevens, SFHS social studies teacher, provided the keynote address at the candle-lit ceremony. Stevens spoke on the organization’s core principles of scholarship, leadership, service, and character, challenging the new inductees to continue to uphold these high standards for themselves and others. The newly elected NHS officers for the 2010-11 school year were also introduced: Julia Frebault – president, Vince Blonigen – vice president, Paige Gardas – treasurer, and Diana Dreessen – secretary. The new NHS members are: Joshua Ackerman, Alan Amundsen, Nathan Anderson, Taylor Archerd, Brianna Bliskowski, Darla Boley, Christina Brand, Benjamin Burdorf, Dakota

Downs, Tyler Dustman, Emily Evan, Debra Evans, Jill Fisher, Alexis French, Kelsey Gale, Lauren Garin, Parker Gessner, Alex Gray, Keara Hallberg, Cole Halstead, Maria Handzel, Heidi Holthus, Miranda Husnick, Mackenzie Huston, Monica Johnson, Shelby Juell, Andrew Julkowski, Paul Kastenbauer, Kyle Kling, Nicole Koonce, Taryn Luby, Sarah Lund, Paige Marsolek, Molly Mattson, Taylor McClung, Meghan Meints, Emily Meyer, Katelyn Michaels, Katelyn Neumann, Kelsi Novitsky, Marissa Olson, Jessica Pelkey, Lauren Peter, Melissa Peterson, Abigail Quasabart, Samantha Salo, Kyla Schultz, Logan Schwartzwald, Matej Serbec, Jacob Sharpe, Olivia Snyder, Leah Stoeckel, Mitchell Tiedke, Kongxib Vue, Melissa Wicker, Jacob Wiita, and Nicholas Wilson. |

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SFHS teacher Bo Stevens gives the keynote address at the National Honor Society induction ceremony held May 5. 

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Schools in Action


St. Francis High School

Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition

Student work exhibited at art show

By Kyle Linton SFHS Industrial technology teacher

By Susanne Redfield SFHS Art & Design Instructor


or the past two years, St. Francis High School students have qualified and competed at the state level in the Ford/ AAA Auto Skills competition. Ford Motor Company and AAA team up every year to provide a great opportunity for 11th and 12th grade students interested in the automotive field. This year, ten students were selected to take an automotive-related computerized state qualifying exam. The two students with the highest combined score qualified and then moved on to the state competition. Junior Travis Kapol and senior Matt Homan qualified for the state finals. They teamed up at the competition to diagnose and repair “bugs” placed in a 2010 Mercury Milan sedan. They finished in sixth place and brought home $4,600 each in scholarships.

St. Francis High School art students were chosen to submit their art works in drawing, painting, media art, pottery, and sculpture for the Annual Regional Juried Art Show which was held in Forest Lake. Over 80 art works were on display from the schools in our region.

Congratulations to the following students who had art works chosen for the Regional Juried Art Exhibition: Laura Velasco – drawing, excellent rating; Cody Raze – sculpture, no rating; Ashley Sherman – sculpture, superior rating; Jessica Turner – painting, superior rating; Ellie Perleberg – media arts, excellent rating; Kilynn Sandberg – pottery (crafts), excellent rating; Janice Cowan – pottery (crafts), superior rating; Sarah Schroeder – sculpture, no rating, drawing, excellent rating. |

Special thanks go out to Hayford Ford in Isanti for providing the students with a new Mercury Milan to practice on for a week to prepare for the competition. |

St. Francis High School student Laura Velasco (left), holds her pastel drawing which received an excellent rating at the annual regional art show. Ashley Sherman’s sculpture (above) received a superior rating. Submitted Photos

Student Updates Junior Travis Kapol and senior Matt Homan qualified for the state finals of Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition. They competed in the diagnostics and repair field. Submitted Photo

High school astronomy students look to the night sky By Peter Hammer SFHS Senior

Looking south, a small orange glow usually rises from the horizon caused by Minneapolis light pollution, but when St. Francis High School astronomy students come together for a total of nine times through the winter season to observe the night sky, they get a clear view if they’re lucky enough to avoid a cloudy night. For the past seven years, Lee Graves has offered an astronomy class. During the trimester, in addition to class time, students have evening sessions where they go outside with telescopes and view constellations, planets, moons and other stars. “A hands-on experience is a much better way of learning,” said Graves. To get into this course, students must complete Science 9, Biology, and Geometry. Students receive one science credit. In order to pass the class with an A, students must attend three of the nine outdoor sessions. “I like using the high powered telescopes and viewing stars and planets,” said senior Holly Russell. Graves is sometimes surprised that some students have never before looked through a telescope. For ex-

ample, Russell never knew that Jupiter is located in the southwest sky during the winter and fall seasons, but now she’s seen the planet for herself. “I got to see Jupiter and three of its moons for the first time through a telescope,” said Russell. The course syllabus explains that students must do weekly observations of various astronomical phenomenons and record them in a journal to enhance the experience of the course. Some nights, the freezing

Minnesota temperatures make class difficult. That’s why Graves supplies a little incentive. “I like learning about what is out there, but the thing I like the most is the hot chocolate and cookies,” said senior Alec French. Graves hopes his students will learn about the history of the universe and how it works. “The goal is to get the kids outside and to understand what stars are instead of just looking at a bunch of dots,” said Graves. 


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Sarah Maroney, a junior at Concordia College in Moorhead, traveled abroad in May, as part of May Seminars, offered through the Global Education Office. Maroney was on the Education vs. Training: Schooling in Northern Europe seminar. Participants studied schooling in Denmark, Norway, England and Iceland looking at education from global perspectives, led by Concordia faculty. Maroney is the daughter of David and Debra Maroney of Cedar.  | Continued on page 32 » Student Updates

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Schools in Action

The Courier | June 2010

St. Francis Elementary

SFE holds flower Cowboys teach students how to rope fundraiser for technology Submitted by Glee Ellison SFE Second Grade Teacher

Submitted by Julie Wieczorek SFE SMC Site Chair


his spring, students at St. Francis Elementary took part in the first flower fundraiser, which was organized by the building’s Site Management Council (SMC). As a result, the students helped raise approximately $5,000 which will be used to help gradually upgrade technology in the classrooms. With the help of some very special people at the St. Francis Fire Department, staff, and some remarkable students and parents, this was a great success and we are looking forward to doing it again next year! Delivery took place at the fire department due to a sudden change in weather, but with everyone working together, all the flowers were successfully delivered. A special thank you to the St. Francis Fire Department for the unplanned use of their building and the sponsors of the fundraiser, Nelson’s Nursery of Zimmerman. Congratulations to Blake Kelley, Taylor Schmahl, and Justin Daudt for being the top three fundraisers in the building. Also, congratulations to Mrs. Anderlie’s second grade classroom for being the top fundraising classroom! They earned a pizza party for having the highest total in the building. |

On April 22, second grade students from St. Francis Elementary celebrated western day to go along with their reading story, Born to Rope. The students and their teachers wore their best cowboy boots, hats, and scarves! Barry Brooks and Mark Brooks, two professional ropers from the St. Francis area, came to show the students and teachers their many tricks of the trade. Students were fascinated by their talents and asked many questions. We want to thank the Brooks brothers for coming! It was a fun and educational day. |

Barry Brooks and Mark Brooks show their roping skills to SFE students. Submitted photo

First graders participate in Earth Day project By Janine Johnson SFE First Grade Teacher

First grade students at St. Francis Elementary helped spread the good news about Earth Day throughout the community by creating and decorating grocery bags provided by County Market. The students spent the week learning about the importance of keeping our environment clean by reusing, reducing and recycling products. The decorated bags were placed at the check out lanes for customer’s groceries. Customers were able to enjoy the beautiful artwork done by first graders. |

First grade Earth Day students pictured (L-R): Abby Ward, Sara Ackerson, Nicholas Thell, Sydney Daeumler, and Shelby Lawin. 

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Students create electronic portfolios By Diane Peterson SFE Computer Teacher

Pictured are the flowers at the fire station ready for pick-up. The top three student fundraisers were Taylor Schmahl, Blake Kelley, Submitted Photo and Justin Daudt (below).

We live in the digital age and St. Francis Elementary fifth grade students are learning the skills to flourish in that environment. To showcase and commemorate their accomplishments in the classroom, computer lab, and music, students designed a CD case cover and burned a CD in computer class to create an electronic portfolio. In their classroom they created digital stories of their life using Photo Story 3, PowerPoint presentations on the original 13 colonies, letters to their families in Word, and newsletters in Publisher. In computer class, they de-

St. Francis Elementary 5th grade students in Mrs. Peterson’s computer class display their electronic portfolios and student designed CD covers.  Submitted Photo signed PowerPoint presentations on the goals in their life, wrote fictional stories in Word, designed greeting cards and banners in Publish-

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er, sorted and analyzed data in Excel, simulated running a business, ran the local SFE TV news for a week, learned how to safely search the Internet and continued improving their home row typing skills. Mrs. Humphrey, music teacher, video-taped the student’s performances to enable them to evaluate and improve their performance skills. She turned the video clips into a movie. Mrs. Bergstrom, fifth grade teacher, loved the project, “What a great way to preserve their writing and projects from fifth grade!” Fifth grader Tess Gessner said of the project, “ It was fun to see what everyone put on the CD cover and it was a great learning experience to put the files on and burn a CD,” Sarah Antinozzi, fifth grade student said, “I loved doing it! It was so fun. The good part is that our moms can humiliate us by showing that at our grad party!”

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Kids Connection

spelling skills tested

Kids Connection is a school age childcare program for children who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade.

By nanCy zaK CCCS maTh SpeCialiST

Before the final round, all third, fourth, and fifth grade students were invited to compete in a classroom spell-down. Following the classroom spell-down, top students participated in the second round which was a 50-word written spelling test. The third and final round

all grade levels were represented at the spelling bee; third grade: Branden graves, sydney antczak; fourth grade: austin wolfe; fifth grade: alexandra Ferguson, amanda littman, ashley Koivisto, Chase gallagher, danielle deusenbery, Jacinda woolcott, James stapfer, Julia Bolte, Kim nathe, annalisa Carlson, noah Murphy, shengying Vue, and sydney Boelter. SubmiTTed phoTo of the spelling bee included both oral and written words. All of the spellers did a fantastic job impressing the judges and the audience with their abilities. The night end-

ed with certificates for the top contestants. Third place speller was Alexandra Ferguson, second place was Amanda Littman, and CCCS champion speller was Kim Nathe.  Congratulations to all!

Cedar Creek Science and Technology Fair By teresa galBraitH CCCS TeaCher

Cedar Creek Community School fifth graders were quite busy preparing for the Science and Technology Fair that took place on May 13. For the past few months, students researched diseases, drafted papers, recorded a script, and imported images into MovieMaker. MovieMaker is a multimedia presentation program that allows students to present information in a creative way. Students also learned about the scientific method. Experiments were completed in class, procedures were learned, and students were


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On May 12, Cedar Creek Community School’s top spellers earned a chance to compete in the annual school spelling bee.

Schools in Action

charged with conducting their own investigation at home. An enormous amount of work was put into their display board and the students were excited to show the results of their efforts to their parents and classmates.

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

Registration now until the summer program is full. Weekly Themes • Gym Time Nature Activities • Field Trips • Arts & Crafts

Register at Kids Connection sites, call 763-213-1641 or visit us at ally Mathwig and her mom, tammy, check out her health MovieMaker presentation. SubmiTTed phoTo Kids Connection is a division of ISD 15 Community Education & Services

Parents were impressed and amazed by the technology and science displays. 

Cedar Creek Community school third grade students learned that volunteering is fun and rewarding. student’s in Mrs. olsen’s class and chaperones packaged 12,960 meals at Feed My starving Children in Coon rapids on May 12. their two hours of packaging the lifesaving food will feed 36 children for a year. SubmiTTed bY SuSan olSen, CCCS Third grade TeaCher

Explore your creativity at Rum River Art Center Summer Camps! Join us for variety of exciting one-week sessions that start June 21 and run through the month of August. Art Camps include drawing, clay sculpture, acrylic painting, watercolor, hand-built pottery, art outdoors, animal drawing, and fine arts. All levels welcome! Check out our student Gallery at

Kindergartners at CCCs used pattern blocks to create symmetrical designs. one child placed a block on the paper and the other child had to lay a block symmetrical to it. the children created some very unique symmetrical designs! SubmiTTed bY Sandra benSon, CCCS CommuniTY relaTionS CoordinaTor

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The Courier | June 2010

East Bethel Community School

Kohl’s truly does Care for Kids

Pizza and carnival at EBCS

Submitted by Lillian DeRung EBCS Second Grade Teacher

Submitted by Michelle Bauer EBCS PTO

On April 22, volunteers from both the Blaine and Lino Lakes Kohl’s stores gave their time and energy to help make East Bethel Community School a more beautiful place. The volunteers spent several hours tearing out old landscaping in front of the building, planting in a newly renovated area by the portables, and cleaning out existing gardens. These workers not only volunteered their valuable time and

physical labor, but they also participated in their own fundraising efforts to help with the project. As a result of their kindness and generosity, EBCS is a much more beautiful place. A special thank you to Kohl’s and their dedication to education and students. As a result of their generosity, EBCS not only utilized the help of wonderful volunteers, but also was the recipient of $2,500 as part of the Kohl’s Cares for Kids program. Thank you Kohl’s! |

The East Bethel Community School PTO held its annual Pizza Night/Family Carnival on April 16. The night was filled with lots of pizza, games and smiles! The carnival was very well attended, with many EBCS families joining in on the fun. The games available at Pizza Night included: derby car races, plinko, ping pong drop, ball toss, golf putt, minnow races, treat walk, lollipop tree, number craze, obstacle course, bounce house, pop toss, bean bag toss, and soccer kick. There were also activities like a silent auction, face painting, and sports tattoos. All of the food and ticket booths, games and activities were run by volunteers from the Boy Scouts, Kohl’s, PTO, East Bethel royalty, and EBCS staff and parents. We would like to thank all of our volunteers for making our Pizza Night/Family Carnival a success! On behalf of the PTO, we would like to send a special thank you to Marshall Netteberg, with help from Jake Humphrey, for building new minnow race tracks, plinko, bean bag toss, and ping pong drop games for our school. We love our new games!  |

Volunteers from the Blaine and Lino Lakes Kohl’s stores helped make EBCS a more beautiful place. 

Submitted Photo

Independent School District 15 Summer Building Hours • 2010 St. Francis High School

7:00 am-3:00 pm

Monday-Friday (closed July 2)

St. Francis Middle School

6:00 am-3:00 pm 6:00-9:30 am 8:00 am-noon 6:00 am-3:00 pm 6:00-9:30 am 6:00 am-3:00 pm

June 14-30 • Monday-Thursday June 14-30 • Friday Wednesdays in July August 1-13 • Monday-Thursday August 1-13 • Friday August 16-31, September 1-2

St. Francis Elementary

Office closed 6:30 am-4:00 pm

June 23-August 2 Summer custodian hours (closed July 2)

Cedar Creek Community School

7:00 am-3:30 pm Office closed 7:00 am-3:30 pm

June 8-21 • Monday-Friday June 22-August 6 (voicemail 763-213-8781) August 9-September 3 • Monday-Friday

East Bethel Community School

8:00 am-noon 8:00 am-3:00 pm

July 5-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 Aug 16-31, Sept 1-2 • Monday-Friday

Extended School Year • EBCS

8:00 am-noon

July 5-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29

Crossroads School & Vocational Center

7:00-11:30 am 8:00 am-2:00 pm

July 6-29 • Monday-Thursday August 23-September 2

Lifelong Learning Center

8:00-noon Office closed 9:00 am-3:00 pm

June 8-July 29 • Tues/Wed/Thurs June 25-July 9, July 30-August 13 August 16-September 3 • Mon-Thurs

Central Services Center

7:30 am-4:00 pm

June 21-August 13 • Monday-Thursday

Sandhill Center for the Arts

8:00 am-2:00 pm 8:00 am-noon

Monday-Thursday Friday


5:30 am-4:00 pm


Students and parents tried out new minnow race tracks at the East Bethel Community School Pizza Night/Family Carnival held in April. Plenty of games and activities kept carnival goers busy through the evening. Submitted Photo

Note: All ISD 15 staff will be attending a meeting at St. Francis High School the morning of September 1.

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Third graders at East Bethel Community School enjoyed reading the play Good Advice written by Meish Goldish. This is a humorous story about a family who feels their house is too small because they are always bumping into each other and tripping over things. Moving into a bigger one is not an option, so they seek help from an elderly neighbor woman who has an interesting way of showing them that they actually have all the room they need. The students had fun rehearsing their lines, bringing in props, and choosing costumes to help make the play more authentic. At the end of the week, the groups performed the play for Mrs. Hehir’s kindergarten students. Submitted by Krissy Golyer, EBCS Title 1 Lead Teacher

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Schools in Action


St. Francis Middle School

Sixth graders “travel” the world Submitted by Darin Bourasa SFMS Teacher

Not only are students in Darin Bourasa’s sixth grade class learning about world geography, but some are also getting the chance to “travel” to some of the places they’ve studied. A group from St. Francis Middle School’s Core 62 met with one of Bourasa’s former students, Sarah Maroney, a sophomore at Concordia College-Moorhead. In preparation for a career in education, Maroney traveled to Europe for the month of May.

Maroney surprised Bourasa in February with the idea of taking students to Europe with her, in the form of Flat Stanley cut-outs. Flat Stanley is a book character who travels around the world. Maroney’s idea to take Flat Stanley’s on her trip was a college requirement.


To prepare for the trip, Bourasa took digital headshots of his students. After attaching the heads to a cutout body, students decorated their Flat Stanley’s with their own personal sense of style, and then gave them to Ma-

Maroney posted her destination pictures online with each Flat Stanley, and Bourasa and the students logged in daily to see where Maroney was. Bourasa then posted Maroney’s pictures on his own classroom map for all to see. Students were able to see answers to their questions and then communicate with Maroney about the schools, children, and places she visited.

Through email, Maroney had several students write questions to ask school children she would be visiting in Europe, questions she could find the answer to and then blog on her college web page, another requirement for her college class.

Newton and crash test dummies Submitted by Joseph Fredrickson SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

Students in Core 63 at St. Francis Middle School science were exploring Sir Isaac Newton’s first law of motion recently. Students constructed a car that would travel down a ramp carrying a crash test dummy (a Lego figure) and collide with a stationary book. Unrestrained, the crash test dummy flew out of the car while the car stopped abruptly. They collected data from the impact, making observations including the distance the book traveled after the car crashed into it. Releasing the car from different heights on the ramp provided opportunity for observation and discussion about increased force and its relationship to the distance traveled. Students also discussed the importance of seat belts and how they relate to this standard in science. Students conducted experiments on the relationship between potential and kinetic energy, as well as calculating an object’s speed. |

“My students really felt like they traveled to places they’ve only dreamed about. It’s a great way to spark their interest in travel, world geography, and communication. My hope is that someday, these kids actually get the chance to travel to Europe like I did when I graduated from high school. It was an experience I will never forget!” Students from Core 62 display their Flat Stanley’s to college sophomore Sarah Maroney (back row, far right). Submitted Photo

Maroney’s travels in May took her to Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and England. |

Out of this world science journey to the moon By Mark Woodard SFMS 8th Grade Earth Science

In 8th grade earth science, teachers try to connect curriculum to real world experiences as often as possible. Last week we were studying our unit on astronomy and were finishing up on the phases of the moon, the characteristics of the moon and other solar bodies without significant atmospheres. Before students

Coffee House Night at EBCS Submitted by Lillian DeRung EBCS Second Grade Teacher

Students in Mrs. Arnold’s and Mrs. DeRung’s second grade classes performed for parents, grandparents, other family members, and friends as they put on the second annual Coffee House Night at East Bethel Community School. The students performed poems, jokes, and commercials as the audience laughed their way through a comedic night of fun. The students would like to thank everyone who came to support them and cheer them on. A special thank you goes out to volunteers from the Coon Rapids Kohl’s as well as Becky Frank and Rachale Sampson from EBCS for donating their time and energy to the event. |

arrived, I set up my telescope near the front entrance in position to view the moon. As students passed by, they became curious and stopped to check out what was visible. The students were able to view the craters on the moon, the Maria (Latin for seas), which are old lava flows, and through the telescope, they could actually view the moon moving as it orbits around earth. We study the unit on astronomy usu-

ally in April/May, but if there are opportunities to view the moon during the day, regardless of the time of year and unit which we are studying, I will bring out our telescope to show the students the moon. The majority of the students have never seen the moon through a telescope, which really is a magnificent sight. Their amazement was evident with audible, “Wow, that is so cool!” |

What happens to a car and crash test dummy figure when it collides with a stationary object? That’s what middle school students observed during an experiment about Newton’s First Law of Motion.  Submitted Photo

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School Board Highlights What will it take to get off the funding cliff? Next year’s state deficit is serious, especially when most people don’t realize how much it will take to balance the budget By Greg Abbott Director of Communications, Minnesota School Boards Association

With some painful cuts and shifts, the state is working to close the $1 billion budget deficit this year. It hasn’t been pretty, and people will soon start feeling the results of those cuts. Finance officials around the state are already looking at the next session. And they’re seeing a mighty cliff that schools, cities and counties are heading toward. Next year is not like this year. Or any year. The Minnesota Office of Management and Budget projects a $5.7 billion deficit will greet lawmakers in 2011. And Minnesota has shifted just about all it could shift. It has cut about all it can cut. And federal stimulus money isn’t on the horizon to lower the $5.7 billion estimate. In fact, if interest is added into the deficit, it climbs to $7.5 billion. This should worry school boards. It should worry counties and cities. It should worry everyone. So to help school board members explain to people just how big of a problem this is, Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) took every revenue option, budget-cutting option, budget-shift option and tax-increase option to see what it would do to decrease the deficit. Shifting funding to schools from 27 percent to 50 percent One way the budget was balanced two years ago was to shift state payments of schools into the next biennium. In 2009, Governor Tim Pawlenty increased the usual 15 percent shift to a 27 percent shift. The result was that many districts scrambled to the Minnesota Tax and Aid Anticipation Borrowing (MNTAAB) pool to do short-term borrowing at lowinterest rates. In the long run, it cost school districts money, but not as much as an actual cut. So what if the Legislature were to increase the shift from 27 percent to 50 percent? If the state shifted another 23 percent to get to a 50-50 shift for Continued on page 32 »School Funding

School Board Highlights

May 10, 2010

By Alicia Loehlein Staff Writer

Board member Sandy Grams was not present at this meeting. High school student recognition St. Francis High School Athletics and Activities Director Ron Larson recognized students and advisors for their achievements in sports, music, theatre and student organizations. Students have traveled to competitions where they earned state and national awards. Superintendent’s report Superintendent Ed Saxton took a moment to recognize Mark Shultz, assistant maintenance supervisor, who passed way on April 23 from cancer. Saxton called him an excellent employee and great guy, who was always full of energy. Plans are underway to improve summer communications by having signs and cards available at schools noting building hours and phone numbers. ISD 15 is jointly applying for the federal i3 (Investing in Innovation) grant with other districts to secure funds for professional development. Recording school board meetings The school board will have its meetings recorded and streamed live online at no cost through East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC.) Board chair Amy Kelly reviewed state guidelines for recording school board meetings. Streaming closed meetings is not allowed and the consideration of visitors portion is discouraged due to data privacy concerns. The board will tentatively move ahead with recording and live web streaming and will further discuss how long to archive the videos. Office of School Technology report District Technology Coordinator Corey Tramm presented an update on district technology. Much improvement has been made with the technology infrastructure, including fiber optic connection to all buildings. Nearly 100 classrooms have gone digital and teachers are using interactive whiteboards to enhance learning. The use of other technology such as iPads and video conferencing are also being used in classrooms. Technology Integration Specialist Collin

Minshull gave details of his work with teacher training and technology integration through the federal E2T2 grant. Legislative update Director of Business Affairs Mae Hawkins gave a state legislative update covering issues such as unallotment and the tax bill. Regardless of how the session ends, it is likely that education funding will continue to be flat, as it has been for the past five years. ISD 15 is not affected by the delay in state payouts. The district’s Financial Planning Action Committee (FPAC) will continue to look ahead and make the most of what funding is available.

an increase of student participation. Another change is that the program will begin the second week after school begins in September and will run Monday-Friday. iPad technology pilot programs Pilot projects incorporating the new iPads from Apple are happening in the high school, middle school, and soon at the elementary level. Due to the early arrival of the iPads, a decision was made to get them in the hands of students sooner than anticipated. Feedback from the pilot projects will be useful for next year’s planning on expanding the use of iPads in the classroom. Ease of enrollment

School Board Highlights

May 24, 2010

By Kathleen Miller Staff Writer

Board member Dave Anderson was not present at this meeting St. Francis Elementary presentation Jodine Sheerin, 5th grade teacher at SFE, presented the digital memoir project to the school board. Students created unique and personal memoirs incorporating photographs, drawings, music, and their own narrative. Students learned how to save their file to a CD and now will have an electronic keepsake. Students Nate, Shelby, and Marissa shared their memoirs at the board meeting. St. Francis High School student report High school students and staff donated 154 pints of blood at a recent blood drive. June 4 is the last day of school for seniors with commencement on June 11. The graduation ceremony will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Students Cassie Sharpe, senior, and Alex Everhart, junior, were recognized by Board Chair Amy Kelly and commended for their year of service as the student representatives to the school board. Everhart announced he will be the student rep for the 2010-11 school year and a sophomore or junior will need to fill the vacancy left by Sharpe. Changing intervention program Plans are being made to revamp the current Targeted Services and other intervention programs for the 201011 school year and a new name will be forthcoming. The after-school program will now include transportation, which should allow for

Over the summer, all buildings will be coordinated in the effort to provide great customer service, good information, and be able to assist parents in enrolling their student in a District 15 school. Often a custodian is the first point of contact for a parent in the summer, they will have

information cards to direct parents in the proper direction. A coordinated effort of displaying summer building hours is also underway. Summer building hours will also appear in The Courier over the summer months. Streaming of board meetings Video live streaming of board meetings will continue through October 2010. At that time, a review will be made as to how many viewers access the meetings. A link on the district’s web site will be established and information will be available in future issues of The Courier on how to access the archived board meetings. The current video streaming set up is temporary and could be improved by mounting a camera and adding some wiring. Costs for improvements will be reviewed by the board. The city of St. Francis will be contacted to see if there can be a mutual arrangement and possible sharing of costs to improve video streaming as the city uses the board room for city council meetings. |

Sandy Grams School Board Perspective The end of another school year is here. Soon we will witness the Class of 2010 graduating from St. Francis High School. This is one of the proudest moments for me, as a school board member, to reflect on all the great accomplishments of Independent School District 15—to see the excitement of the graduates, their families, and the staff. I would like to say to all the graduates, as they move into another chapter in life, “Great job and good luck to all.” During summer break, encourage your students to stay focused on learning. Enjoy some of the summer activities available through ISD 15 Community Ed. Once again, congratulations to the SFHS Class of 2010. 

School Board Meeting Schedule School board meetings are held at the Community Room in the Central Services Center located at 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. Monday, June 14 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 28 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 12 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

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


The Courier | June 2010 On May 13, colleagues, family and friends celebrated the more than 12 years that Susie Johnson worked in the ISD 15 Early Childhood Programs as an office professional. Johnson recently decided to retire after being on a leave of absence due to an injury. The staff at the Lifelong Learning Center presented her with a variety of flowers and plants for her garden and a crystal bowl to recognize her work in ISD 15. Pictured (LR): Tim Finn, Early Childhood Special Education program supervisor, Susie Johnson, and Nancy Wallace, Early Childhood Family Education/Preschool Place 15 program supervisor By Nancy L. Wallace

Interested in coaching youth football? Visit to download a coach’s application. Applications are due by June 4 at the Rec Dept. Office in St. Francis High School 3325 Bridge Street St. Francis

Girl Scout Alissa Sturdevant from Troop 13023 St. Francis, worked on her Silver Award project at Cedar Creek Community School. Sturdevant, a freshman at St. Francis High School, decided on a mural as her long-term community project. She worked with Ms. Tauer and Ms. Delauro’s community education art class to design the mural. The students worked with Sturdevant on the design and painting of the mural in the CCCS cafeteria. The mural was designed to encourage peace, bring the community together and promote an anti-bullying theme. The Courier Photo

Summer Activities & Camps The Rec Department is offering summer activities and camps for grades kindergarten through 12. Check online for more information and other opportunities. Dates: Ages:

June 14–17 11–14 & 6–10

Boys Basketball Skills Camp Dates: Grades:

June 21–24 1–6

Parent/Son Basketball Skills Camp Dates: Grades:

June 23–24 3–7

Girls Skills Basketball Camp Dates: Grades:

June 21-24 2–8

Tennis Camp Dates: Grades: Group A Group B Group C

June 10–July 20 4–12 Beginners Intermediate High School Varsity & JV

High School Summer Strength & Conditioning Dates: Grades:

June 14–July 29 9–12

Middle School Summer Strength & Conditioning Dates: Grades:

June 14–July 29 5–8

Register for Rec Dept. camps online to register change program year to 2010-11. Registration deadline is the Thursday before camp starts. Questions? Call 763-213-1823.

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Never too late By Sandy Farder Adult Basic Education Coordinator/Instructor

It is with great pleasure that I periodically share in this venue, the success stories of my ISD 15 Adult Basic Education (ABE) students. Their ages, backgrounds, needs and goals may differ, but their accomplishments are always inspiring. Typically, I paraphrase the circumstances that lead my students to our ABE program. However, when Sue Goldberg gave me the unembellished story of her academic journey, I did not want to change a word. The simplicity of her words say more than anything I could write.

Sue Goldberg Submitted Photo

“My name is Sue Goldberg and I’m forty-five years old. I just got my high school diploma. Here is my story. I didn’t finish high school, so for years I attended night school. Quit. Tried again. Quit again. After a while, I never really thought I would finish. Then at my last job, they said I had six months to get my General Educational Degree (GED). For some reason they forgot about it, so I worked there for nine years without a GED or a diploma. When I left that job, I decided it was time to get my GED. This time I studied really hard, but whenever I went to test, I didn’t do very well because I couldn’t handle the pressure of being timed. I would get so nervous that I couldn’t think or remember anything I had learned. That is when Sandy suggested I get my diploma instead. A year and a half later, I am now done!”

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I believe there are many people out there who share similar stories. They may have attempted to finish their high school credits, or began the process of GED testing, but life complications or lack of self-confidence prevented success at that time. Sue is a perfect example that it is never too late. Once she really made up her mind, and actually believed she could succeed, there was no stopping her. For any of you who have felt defeated in your efforts to attain goals set long ago, take a lesson from Sue. With the support our program provides, and the atmosphere of encouragement exhibited in our classroom from staff and fellow students, anything is possible. I know. I see it all the time. If now is the right time, please take that first step and call our ABE program at 763-753-7190.  |

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


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Sports & Outdoors Girls track team wins conference meet Ewen, relay team set conference records Submitted by Andy Forbort SFHS Track & Field Coach

The St. Francis High School girls track & field team won the North Suburban Conference Meet for the second time in three years. It took a team effort to earn the victory with many athletes earning all-conference and all-conference honorable mention honors. The girls team also broke two conference records in the process. St. Francis High School athletes earning all-conference honorable mention honors included: } Heidi Holthus: sixth in the 300M Hurdles } 4x100M relay team of Amanda Pett, Alicia Ewen, Sonja Homan and Jessica Justin: third } 4x400M relay team of Alicia Ewen, Alaina Kne, Sam Rivard and Kelly Worthington: third } Lindsy Labeaux: fifth in the Pole Vault } Adrienne Lindahl: fifth in the Shot Put

The athletes earning all-conference accolades include: } Sonja Homan: third in the 100M Dash } Jessica Justin: third in the 200M Dash } Kelly Worthington: second in the 400M Dash } Sam Rivard: fourth in the 400M Dash } Alaina Kne: second in the 800M Run } Kayla Johnson: first in the 3200M & 1600M Runs } 4x200M relay team of Alicia Ewen, Sonja Homan, Jessica Justin and Kelly Worthington - new conference record of 1:45.24

The 2010 St. Francis High School girls track & field team won the conference title and had several athletes break records at the May 20 meet. Submitted photo

} 4x800M relay team of Becca O’Hotto, Sam Rivard, Diana Dreessen and Alaina Kne: second } Amanda Pett: first in the Triple Jump and fourth in the Long Jump } Maggie Ewen: first in the Shot Put and first in the Discus - new meet record with a toss of 151'6" Junior Adam Zutz (left) broke the conference record in the 3200M run and freshman Maggie Ewen broke the conference record in the discus.

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Boys track team places seventh at conference meet Zutz breaks 3200M Run record Submitted by Andy Forbort SFHS Track & Field

The St. Francis High School boys track & field team competed in the North Suburban Conference Meet recently placing seventh out of the 11 competing schools. The team had two individuals earn all-conference honorable mention honors. Damon Luken placed fifth in the 200M Dash while Jordan Tradewell placed eighth in the 400M Dash. The boys also had athletes earn all-conference honors. Those athletes include Max Simoneau with his fourth place finish in the discus and Elliot Olsen placing third in the 400M Dash. The team was led by Adam Zutz who earned all-conference honors in both the 1600M and 3200M Runs. Zutz won the 1600M Run in a time of 4:22.28. Zutz also won the 3200M Run in a time of 9:25.72 which set a new North Suburban Conference record.

Pictured are the 4x200 relay team members who broke the conference record (L-R) are: senior Alicia Ewen, freshman Sonja Homan, eighth grader Jessica Justin and senior Kelly Worthington. Submitted photo

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U12 soccer team wins two tournaments Submitted By Dean Vatne U12 Soccer

The Arsenal FC Enforcers are MSA Spring Cup and Runnin’ With The Wolves tournament champions. The U12 girls soccer team won their first two Class 1 tournaments in Blaine and Cottage Grove. In addition, they are 2-0 in league play contributing to their 9-1 mark overall. The Enforcers are coached by Chago Carreno and assisted by Dean Willey, Tracey Griess, and Dean Daninger. The Enforcers are part of the Arsenal (FC) Soccer Club and are comprised of players from Andover and St. Francis.  

Members of the girls U12 Enforcers soccer team, front row (L-R): Jolene Daninger, Sammie Zgutowicz, Ashley Challes, Maddie Perry, Megan Vatne, and Sydney Scott; back row (L-R): Morgan Willey, Maddie Griess, Cassidy Day, Isabella Torres, Carley Heiling, Amanda Dagostino, and Hailey Diemer.Photo courtesy of dean Wiley

North Metro Fury GU11 are the champions for the second year in a row for the indoor NSC session. Pictured are: Katie Gehling, McKenna Cristilly, Kiki Oie, Sydney Zgutowicz, Justine Schake, Holly Anderson, Emily Hewitt, Sam Hicke, Alli Ness, Brooke Stangret, Lauren Haller, Izzy Farah and Elsie Johnson. The Fury are coached by Dale Anderson and John Ness, and managed by Tonja Anderson. Submitted photo

North Metro Power place third in tournament Submitted By Lisa Jolly U15C1 Soccer

The 2010 St. Francis Saints 13U AAA baseball team is off to a great start this season. They finished in third place in the Blaine Classic May 8 and 9, going 4-1 in the process. They defeated Minnetonka, Mahtomedi, Champlin Park, and Blaine, out-scoring those opponents 40-12. Pictured front row (L-R): Sam Scardigli, Ryan Carda, Justin Kane, David Jorgensen, Shane Benson, Sam Gloe; back row: Coach Luke Scardigli, Mitch Webb, Coach Jerry Jorgensen, Matt Heagerty, Ben Servais, Lucas Carroll, Coach Chris Niemeyer, Josh Niemeyer, Andrew Bode, and Coach Scott Benson. Photo Courtesy Andrea Bode

The North Metro Power U15C1 Girls Soccer Team placed third at the Just for Girls Tournament held April 17-18 at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines, Iowa. During the tournament, the Power tied against the Rushmore Awesome 2-2; won 4-0 versus the Lakeville Attack; tied the Eden Prairie Power 0-0; and lost 1-0 in the semi-final game against the Wayzata Wizards. The Power is Dave Trossen Carreno; is part Metro Soccer

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scores throughout the year and provided great leadership to a talented group of young and upcoming players. Some highlights from the year include a school record low at Pheasant Acres in Rogers for a 9-hole meet with the Saints posting a 153 (38.25 avg./ player) on April 22. The Saints also tied for first at Victory Links on May 5 in some of the worst conditions the coaches could remember, fighting 34 mph winds to post an impressive 160 in a 9-hole event (40.5/player avg./player). In that meet, two Saints golfers tied for medalist honors with Benik and junior Greg Zebro posting impressive 38s. Currently the Saints are in fifth place out of 11 teams in the North Suburban Conference. Conference play finished May 17 at the TPC in Blaine. Sections play began May 31 and conclude June 3 at Hinckley Grand National Golf Course. Last year the Saints placed Aaron Schuster in the state tournament for the first time in history for a St. Francis male or female golfer and hope to repeat that success this season. Continued on page 15 » GOLF

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St. Francis gymnast earns second at national competition SubmittEd by miCHELLE bLAnSKE uSa gymnaSticS Jr. olympicS


ollie Blanske, a sophomore at St. Francis High School, is a gymnast in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic program. Blanske participates in club gymnastics at Champlin’s Twin City Twisters. She recently returned from Dallas, Texas with a silver medal after placing second in the all-around competition. This qualified her to be invited to the national gymnastics training camp in Colorado

this month. Blanske began participating in gymnastics when she was eight years old. She qualified for the team program when she was nine.

country were competing, so it was quite an honor. Blanske was also selected earlier this year, after placing first in a meet in Sacramento, California, to compete in a meet hosted by Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin. Due to conflicts with school and club gymnastics schedules, she was not able to attend.

Since that time, Blanske has been training year-round, 2032 hours a week. She is now a third year level 10 gymnast. She became the 2010 state champion and went to regionals where she placed second in the all-around. That earned her a trip to nationals in Dallas where she posted an impressive 38.375 all-around score to take second. The best gymnasts in the


St. Francis High School student athlete Hollie blanske recently placed at a national gymnastics competition. Submitted photo


Softball team dominating conference The St. Francis High School softball team is once again dominating their conference. With two non-conference games left, the Saints are 11-7 overall and 10-4 in conference play. During that stretch, they have out-scored their opponents 87-34, and all but two of their losses were by two runs or less.

Captains Amanda Luby, Shauney Moen, Julia Dugas, and Madison Hill, all seniors, are leading a team that had a total of six errors in their first 10 games.

From page 14 GoLF SFHS boys golf varsity roster includes senior captains Joey Benik and Cory Johnson, juniors Greg Zebro and Luke Lemke, and freshmen Andrew Cullen and Bret. Saints junior varsity members are

The team is looking forward to the section final four in Princeton on June 2, and hope to be playing in the state tournament in Mankato June 10-11. The Saints JV squad has also had an outstanding season. Coached by Beth Spurrier, the JV squad took fourth in the North Saint Paul tournament, and third in the Lakeville tournament. They have a 7-4 overall record this year behind 9th grade pitcher Angie Roberts and 8th grade pitcher Caitlin Luby. Coach Spurrier has been pulling double duty this year, also acting as a coach for the BSquad after Coach Jen Close

juniors Austin Janish, Clayton Morem, Joe McDougal, Alex Cutschall, sophomores Holdyn Erickson and Cole Halstead, freshman Mitchell Zebro, and 8th grader Ben Falk. The Saints are coached by Ryan Hauge and assisted by Brent Swaggert. 

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Led by Coaches Al Schlomann and Carolyn Thompson, this team has had some tremendous pitching by sophomore Debby Evans and junior Lindsay Shultz and the outstanding defense that the Saints are known for. As always, Coach Mikki Hanson does an outstanding job with our pitchers at all levels.

Juniors Meggan Giddens, Taylor Tiegs, Nicole Engen, Lauren Deans, Lindsay Deans, Nicole Miller, and Haley Tabako have all had a solid season, and sophomores Miranda Husnick, Brie Blowers, Taryn Luby, Kelsey Gale, and Sam Salo have all contributed to the team’s successes as well.


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St. Francis Pioneer Days 2010 Junior Miss St. Francis Ambassador Candidates

New ambassadors to be crowned in Community Park after parade By Amber Mengelkoch-Eisenschenk Miss St. Francis Ambassador Program Coordinator

The 2009-10 St. Francis Ambassadors will crown their successors Saturday, June 12. The Miss St. Francis Ambassador coronation will be held after the Pioneer Days Parade at Community Park under the tent at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome to come say goodbye to the outgoing royalty and cheer on the new candidates. A panel of judges will evaluate the candidates in the following categories: group interaction, personal interview, formal gown presentation, on stage speech, and community service. The 2009-10 St. Francis Ambassadors back row (L-R): Junior Miss Jaydin Guldenaar, Miss St. Francis Brandi Usher, Miss St. Francis Ashley Wagner, Junior Miss Ally Carlson; front row (L-R): Little Miss Mackenzie Goedel, and Little Miss Kendra Burgett. The ambassadors have been great representatives for St. Francis over the past year. Submitted Photo

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Class of 1960 to be honored at reunion Submitted by Myrtice Hanson St. Francis Alumni President

The St. Francis Alumni Association will hold its AllClass Reunion in conjunction with Pioneer Days on Saturday, June 12, in the St. Francis Middle School cafeteria. The reunion will

begin immediately following the parade and will continue until 4:00 p.m. All past St. Francis High School students and guests are invited. The class of 1960 will be honored on their 50th year reunion with a short program.

Wellness Van offers free screening June 12 Submitted by Kevin Schuldt St. Francis Lions

The St. Francis Lions Club in partnership with Mercy & Unity Hospitals is offering a free health screening. The health screening is Saturday, June 12, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. during Pioneer Days at the St. Francis Warming House, 3948 229th Avenue. Area residents can complete a health questionnaire, have their blood pressure taken, and have their blood drawn to determine blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Refreshments will be served by the class of 1961. Members of the class of 1960 are to meet outside the middle school west entrance before noon to ride on a special wagon in the parade.


Petting zoo will be in park Tommy’s Zoo of Nowthen will offer a petting zoo and pony rides in Community Park on Saturday, June 12 beginning at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday, June 13, beginning at noon. The petting zoo will give families a chance to meet and greet interesting and exotic animals such as camels, iguanas, alligators, kangaroos, llamas, pot-bellied pigs, and much more! 

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2nd annual volleyball tournament The second annual sand volleyball tournament will be held Saturday, June 12, 9:00 a.m. at the sand volleyball court in Community Park. The event will be held rain or shine. The pool play tournament will feature four to

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In each category of people, animals, and scenery, first prize will receive a $25 deposit to a Village Bank account, runner-up will receive a special consolation prize. Village Bank will accept entries until Saturday, June 5. All photos will be displayed at St. Francis Village Bank June 7 through June 11. Judging will take place Thursday, June 10. If you have any questions, please contact Kristine or Lynn at 763-753-3007.

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PIONEER DAYS ENTERTAINMENT June 11 • 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

FREE DJ (open to all ages)

June 12 • 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Uncle Chunk (21+ show) Beverages available in the BIG TENT at St. Francis Community Park off Highway 47 For more details –

ST. FRANCIS AMERICAN LEGION Post 622 • 763-753-4234

3073 bridge street • st. Francis, Mn 55070


Support the Troops Golf Tournament Friday, June 11 The ponds golf Course

LIVE BAND Saturday, June 12

No cover charge, band is

Road Worthy

8:00 p.m.-Midnight Daily Lunch Specials

Served Monday-Friday Starts at 11 a.m.

Sundays Sundays

Little Horses - Now Playing 4 p.m.

40/8 Flag Retirement Ceremony Sunday, June 13 • 12:30 p.m. Join us Friday, June 11 for Karaoke Mini-Tractor Pull Sunday, June 13,1:00 p.m. Food booths all weekend NEW Pull Tabs Weekly Giving back to community Charitable Gambling License #A-01520-003

Reception Hall Rental

No cost to nonprofit organizations

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St. Francis Pioneer Days


Schedule of Events Medallion Hunt

Starts Monday, June 7 • Daily clues posted at Village Bank in St. Francis

Friday, June 11

1:00-4:00 pm Free cotton candy at Village Bank 5:00 pm Carnival rides start at Community Park 5:00-9:00 pm St. Francis Friday Nite Rally—Street Rods, Customs, Classics, Trucks & Motorcycles at St. Francis City Centre Mall parking lot 7:00-11:00 pm Music by a local DJ in Jaycees Tent at Community Park Free and open to all ages 8:00 pm- Karaoke at St. Francis American Legion Midnight 8:30 pm- Music by High Noon 12:30 am at Patriot Lanes & Lounge

Saturday, June 12

8:00 am All Day Softball Tournament at Community Park, concessions by St. Francis Lions/Lioness 8:00 am 5K Run/Walk participants meet at St. Francis High School west parking lot 9:00 am Sand Volleyball Tournament at Community Park 9:00 am Carnival Rides, Craft & Food Vendors at Community Park 10:00 am- Wellness Van, FREE health screening 1:00 pm at Warming House, 3948 229th Avenue, sponsored by St. Francis Lions/Lioness 10:00 a.m. Petting Zoo and Pony Rides by Tommy’s Zoo 10:00 am Registration for Turtle Race at Community Park 11:00 am Turtle Race (bring your own turtle, no blanding turtles), sponsored by Precious Times Learning Center 11:00 am Brats and Beverages at St. Francis Fire Station 11:00 am- 2nd Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery 4:00 pm at Woodbury Park 11:30 am Line up for Bed Races Noon Bed Races, sponsored by the St. Francis Lions Club, starts at intersection of Ambassador Blvd. and Bridge Street, finish line at St. Francis True Value Hardware 1:00 pm GRAND PARADE Grand Marshals are former St. Francis Mayors After Parade Bingo, Brats and Beverages at St. Francis Fire Station After Parade Annual Reunion for all St. Francis High School Alumni at St. Francis Middle School 2:00 pm Horseshoe Tournament at St. Francis American Legion, concessions by Legion Auxiliary & SAL 2:30-5:30 pm Connexus Energy – Electrical Safety Demonstration at Community Park 2:30- Caricature Artist, Face Painting, Balloon Sculpture 5:30 pm at Community Park 2:30 & The Wonderful World of Woody music, singing, 3:30 pm juggling and magic at Community Park 3:00 pm Miss St. Francis Scholarship Pageant at Community Park, free admission with Pioneer Days button, $2 without button 4:00 pm U of M Raptor Center Demo at Community Park 8:00 pm- Music by Road Worthy Midnight at St. Francis American Legion 8:30 pm- Music by Uncle Chunk in Jaycees Tent 12:30 am at Community Park, Rain or Shine (21+ show) 8:30 pm- Music by High Noon at Patriot Lanes & Lounge 12:30 am

7th Annual Amateur Photo Contest

Photos accepted at Village Bank until June 4 and displayed June 7-11

Carnival Friday, Saturday, Sunday Located at Community Park

Sunday, June 13

8:00 am All Day Softball Tournament at Community Park, concessions by St. Francis Lions & Lioness 10:00 am Community Worship Service at Community Park including St. Francis United Methodist Church, Living Hope Evangelical Free Church, and Bethel Community Church Music by Minnesota Teen Challenge Choir 11:00 am Carnival Rides, Craft & Food Vendors at Community Park Noon Petting Zoo and Pony Rides by Tommy’s Zoo Noon Water Ball Fight between Area Fire Departments at Community Park 12:30 pm 40/8 Flag Retirement at St. Francis American Legion 12:30- Music by The Tony Jambor Polka Band 3:00 pm in Jaycees Tent at Community Park 1:00 pm Garden Tractor Pull at St. Francis American Legion, concessions by Legion Auxiliary & SAL 1:00 pm Caricature Artist at Community Park 3:00 pm Drawing of Pioneer Days button winners at Community Park 4:00 pm Bingo at St. Francis American Legion 10 minutes FIREWORKS at St. Francis High School football field after dusk All school rules will be enforced, no tobacco or alcohol on school grounds. Sponsored by St. Francis Bottle Shop



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Civil war group to host encampment The civil war reenacting group 2nd Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery will have an encampment in Woodbury Park on Saturday, June 12, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

ta soldiers and their families experienced during the Civil War. Many hours of meticulous research has given these reenactors a wealth of knowledge to draw on as they share the trials and triumphs of Minnesota’s military families of the 1860s. |

Step back through time to learn what Minneso-

Live Music!

Fire departments to compete in water ball This year several local fire departments have committed to the annual water ball competition that will be held at noon on Sunday, June 13 at Community Park. Departments from St. Francis, Oak Grove, Bethel, East Bethel, Ramsey, Andover, and Ham Lake will test their hose skills against each other. Not familiar with the competition? Well, here’s how it works. Two teams stand on opposite ends of a ball that is suspended 30 feet high in the air from a wire. The teams use their hoses to push the ball to the opposing | side.

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Have a great time at Pioneer Days!

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Full time and part time Educational programs Hot lunches Drop in care Field trips Loving and nurturing environment

will sponsor the

Pioneer Days Turtle Race Held at St. Francis Community Park Saturday, June 12. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and race starts at 11:00 a.m. Bring your own turtle. No blanding turtles. Turtles must go home with you.

ENROLL NOW for Summer! ALL Ages!


Toddlers, Preschoolers, and School Age Care

See Ronald McDonald in the St. Francis Pioneer Days Parade on Saturday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m.

The St. Francis McDonald’s will have 24-hour drive thru service on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer.

Quench your thirst with any size soft drink or sweet tea for only



St. Francis McDonald’s • 23100 St. Francis Boulevard • St. Francis, MN 55070 • 763-753-4713

For all your entertaining needs; weddings, graduation parties, reunions or other special occasions. Plus friendly, efficient service makes us the place to go to. Check out our Pioneer Days Specials Open Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.


23307 St. Francis Boulevard, St. Francis

All profits stay in the City of St. Francis. Store revenues have been provided to fund all or a portion of the following city projects:

• Defibrillators for All Police Squads • Gazebo in Woodbury Park • Decorative Street Lighting • Fire Department Pumper Truck • Police Squad Cars

• Fire Department Tanker Truck • Fire Station Expansion • Police Station Expansion • Holiday Decorations • Street Light at Hwy. 47 and CR 81.

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Former mayors of St. Francis to serve as Grand Marshals


he Grand Marshals of the 2010 St. Francis Pioneer Days Parade will be the former mayors of St. Francis: Ray Jones, served January 1, 1970 to December 31, 1973; Steve Braastad, served April 10, 1979 to December 31, 1986; Jim Lucas, served January 1, 1987 to

St. Francis Pioneer Days

Tony Jambor Polka Band to perform

December 31, 1990; Bill Gardner, served January 1, 1991 to July 1, 1991; Ray Steinke, served July 1, 1991 to December 31, 2004; and Randy Dressen, served January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2008. 

Local celebrity Tony Jambor and his polka band will entertain Pioneer Days visitors on Sunday, June 13, 12:30-3:00 p.m. in the Jaycees Tent at Community Park. Jambor has been sharing his love of polka most of his life. He had a popular television show in the 1960s and was the owner of the Bel Rae Ballroom in Mounds View for 25 years. 

St. Francis American Legion 763-753-4234

3073 Bridge Street • St. Francis, MN 55070

Former mayors of St. Francis will serve as Grand Marshals for the 2010 Pioneer Days Parade. Left to right, Ray Jones, Ray Steinke, Randy Dressen, Bill Gardner, Steve Braastad and Jim Lucas. Submitted photo

Lions bring back bed race after 19 years Submitted by Mike Starr St. Francis Lions

Be creative, have fun, dress up, and select a theme for your team for this year’s kickoff for The Great St. Francis Pioneer Days Lions Club Bed Race. The Great St. Francis Pioneer Days Lions Club Bed Race has awakened from a 19-year sleep. Wake up and get your team together to build a bed to race for the fastest time, the Bed Post Traveling Trophy, and of course, bragging rights. Your five-person team consisting of one rider and four pushers will line up at 11:30 a.m. on June 12 at the intersec-

tion of Bridge Street and Ambassador Boulevard. At noon, the first two teams will push off at breakneck speeds, stop in front of St. Francis True Value Hardware; the first rider will change out of the pajamas (the Lions Club provides these), the second rider will put on the pajamas, and your team will return to the starting line. The bed race will be held one hour before the start of the St. Francis Pioneer Days parade. Family, friends and neighbors will be lined up along the parade route to cheer your team on to receive the winning trophy. All race participants will receive a participant’s race medal, and prizes will be

awarded to the top three fastest teams. For a copy of the rules and registration form, contact Lion Mike Starr at 763-7537496 or visit; click on events, Pioneer Days, to find a copy of the rules. Print the registration and send it to the address on the form. 

S.A.L Horseshoe Tournament Saturday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m. 100% Payout Doubles Register day of or before at St. Francis American Legion Concessions Available

St. Francis Foods

Old Fashioned Service –We bag & carry out your grocery order

St. Francis Mall • Bridge Street in St. Francis 763-753-2610 • 7 Days a Week • 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Northland Screw Products wishes everyone a safe and fun 2010 Pioneer Days.

Cakes made to order

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Fresh homemade salads Fresh luncheon meats Cheese & meat trays Fruit & vegetable trays Fresh fried chicken Other delicious bakery items

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Bring your ideas and let us help you plan the perfect party!

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Have a fun timse! at Pioneer Day

Good Luck Little Miss St. Francis Candidate Lexis Stancer


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Billy’s is the PIONEER DAYS SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT headquarters. Drink specials all weekend.

BRUNCH Sunday, June 20  8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Featuring our carving station of ham & prime rib Adults $12.95  Seniors $10.95 Kids 12 and under $8.95  Kids 5 and under free



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Wellness and fitness is why the Lions are sponsoring this event with the goal to make this bigger and better each year. Volunteers from the St. Francis High School cross country team have helped make this event successful.

Contact Lion Mike Starr at 763-753-7496 or visit www.stfrancis. and look under Pioneer Days events. Forms can be picked up at any of the event sponsors: County Market, Printing Unlimited, St. Francis Hardware, St. Francis Subway, Mary Dresch American Family Insurance, Lyle Clem, North Metro Money Management, The Courier, North Anoka Plumbing, Patriot Lanes and Lounge, St. Francis Mansetti’s, and Cedar Creek Baking. |

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New for this year’s event will be a participant finisher medal with a Pioneer Days theme along with a race T-shirt for all walkers and runners. Another new item will be given to all participants at the start of the race. You will have to register and attend the event. As a runner, I know you will like this new item for all participants.

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Good luck to Miss St. Francis Ambassador Candidate Camille Strickland



St. Francis Pioneer Days will start with an early morning 5K (3.1 miles) run or walk on the scenic trail along the Rum River. The event will take place Saturday, June 12 at 8:00 a.m. at the St. Francis High School west parking lot.

Refreshments and a drawing for door prizes will be at the conclusion of the event. Register before June 1 for $30; after June 1 the fee is $40. All proceeds are for community projects determined by the St. Francis Lions.

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Watch for Billy’s in the St. Francis Pioneer Days Parade on June 12.

Good Luck to Miss St. Francis Ambassador Candidate Sarah Hunter

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The Ponds Golf Course on Friday, June 11 $85 individual entry includes, 18 holes, cart and awards dinner 4 Player Scramble Best Ball with prizes for Prizes ✯ Raffle Longest Putt/Longest Drive/Closest to Pin Silent Auction Hole Sponsor Prizes and Competitions Register Contact Smitty at 651-274-5281 NOW! or email All monies go to help families of deployed soldiers who run into hardships or have special needs.

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Community & Business Community partners encouraged to help residents, employees, students be healthy our health and well being, according to Dr. Sanne Magnan, Minnesota Commissioner of Health. She spoke to representatives of cities, schools, workplaces, and health care organizations who are partnering with Anoka County Public Health to implement a two year, $2.3 million SHIP grant. Activities funded by the grant are geared to help people move more and eat less in order to live longer and stronger.

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“Be bold,” was the message to over 75 attendees at the recent Community Partner Event and Resource Fair sponsored by the Anoka County Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and held at the Courtyards of Andover. This is an historic opportunity to impact policies, systems and environments that affect

The work is not easy. “Tobacco use was coming down, but now it has stalled,” Magnan said. “We spend annually $2 billion on tobacco related illnesses and $1.3 billion on obesity related illnesses.”

their efforts. Janelle Waldock, prevention advocacy director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, also pushed people to work hard. “We are tackling the most vexing public health issues of

our time,” Waldock said. Approximately 17 percent of adults still use tobacco. Roughly two-thirds of ConTinued on PAge 24 » StateWide HeaLtH improvement program

To address these issues, multiple perspectives are needed, Magnan said, as she encouraged people to be bold in


y, Jun a d s e u T Opening ST. FRANCIS CITY WIDE GARAGE SALE

independent School district 15 is one of the school districts participating in the Statewide Health improvement program (SHip) geared toward encouraging healthy lifestyles. FiLe PhoTo

Saturday, September 11 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Registration forms can be found at County Market, St. Francis Foods, and Kids Country Childcare, or go online to Registration is $10 by August 13 or $11 by August 27. Registration includes ads in local papers, signs at main intersections and your yard, posters around town, and maps of all the sales.

UMA Karate Dave Camarillo Jiu-Jitsu Systems Energy Pilates & Fitness Classes available for children, teens and adults! CONCENTRATION • CONFIDENCE • SELF ESTEEM

Preschool classes for 3 & 4 year olds! BALANCE & FOCUS • LISTENING SKILLS

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Pottery Bird baths Statuary Cemetery urns & stands Landscape mulches & rock, edging & fabric • Flowers & vegetable seeds • Full line of fertilizers, insecticides & fungicides

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Gift Certificates Always Available

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The Friends contribute $5,000 to Anoka County Library

From page 23 Statewide Health Improvement Program adults are overweight or obese. Yes, personal responsibility is key to success, but it takes community, too, Waldock said. “Policy and environmental change is broad and sustainable improvements in a variety of settings make it easier for people to make the healthy choice, the easy choice,” Waldock continued. In Anoka County, SHIP activities are centered on implementing policies and practices that create active communities by increasing opportunities for non-motorized transportation and access to community recreation facilities. The cities of Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley, and Anoka County Parks and Recreation are involved.

Pictured (L-R): Zilla Way, Nancee Halling, Len Powell, Marlene Moulton Janssen (Library director), Doug Zbikowski, Lois Ballinger, Diane Racette, and Kari Lohse. Submitted Photo Submitted by Ben Trapskin Anoka County Library

Anoka County Library received a gift of $5000 from Friends of the Library at their annual meeting on April 20. The money will be used for the Summer Reading 2010 program which promotes reading throughout the summer to maintain and enhance kids’ literacy skills. The contribution will also be used to purchase additional titles for the Book Club-in-a-Bag collection, which continues to grow in popularity. The remainder of the contribution will be distributed to each library throughout the system for materials that enhance public service. Friends President Doug Zbikowski presented the check to Marlene Moulton Janssen, library director, who gave the group her sincere thanks. Commissioner Jim Kordiak who serves as County Board liaison to the Library, expressed his appreciation to the Friends

A second area of focus is developing relationships among health care providers and community leaders to connect patients to local resources for nutritious foods, physical activity, and tobacco use cessation. Health care clinics, including two free/low-cost health care clinics, and two hospitals are participating.

group for both their financial support and advocacy. “Anoka County Library makes a difference to the residents of our county and the Friends’ work on the library’s behalf is an important part of that. Your support means that more kids’ programs will be available this summer. We are grateful for all that you do.”

In the category of schools, two efforts are underway. One centers around comprehensive nutrition policies and includes activities such as school garden initiatives. The six school districts participating are Anoka-Hennepin, Centennial, Columbia Heights, Fridley, Spring Lake Park, and St. Francis. The second school campaign involves exploring a more comprehensive tobacco-free policy at Anoka Technical College and AnokaRamsey Community College.

New officers were elected to the board but the Friends are still seeking additional members along with a member to serve as president. The Friends of the Anoka County Library exist to support Anoka County Library and welcome new members. Meetings are scheduled the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Support Services building located behind the Northtown Library. For more information about the Friends, including a membership application, visit the Anoka County Library online at |

Finally, SHIP grants are being used in 19 Anoka County businesses to implement employee wellness initiatives and encourage the use of stairs. Anoka County is doing well in its efforts, according to Cara McNulty, SHIP initiatives director for the Minnesota Department of Health. ”We are beyond pleased with what is happening here with your work,” McNulty told the crowd. Anoka County is one of 40 sites in SHIP. The Statewide Health Improvement Plan was signed into law in 2008 as an integral component of health care reform. For fiscal years 2010 and 2011, $47 million is appropriated statewide for grants from the Health Care Access Fund. Proponents of the program believe transforming policies, systems, and environments will save money in coming years and increase the health and well-being of residents.

St. Francis High School Class of 2000 Friday, June 11 • 7:00-11:00 p.m. A great evening is being planned for the 10-year reunion and all former classmates are invited to attend! The event will be held at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. For details and registration information, please visit the reunion web site at Contact information for the class officers/reunion planning committee members is also available on the web site. We look forward to reconnecting with you!

For more information on Anoka County SHIP, contact Sue Johnson, SHIP coordinator, at 763-323-6078. |

Independent School District 15

Garage Sale Open to the Public

7 th Annual

St. Francis Elementary Gymnasium 22919 St. Francis Blvd. NW, St. Francis

Wednesday, June 23, Noon-6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 24, 4:00-8:00 p.m. Items available for purchase (cash only):

100+ Family Garage Sale You Don’t Want to Miss This One!

June 16, 17, 18, 19 NEW HOURS: Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon—bag sale Tons of great stuff for everyone, plus shop indoors!

Day Camp

If your son likes to sing and have fun… sign him up NOW for the Choir’s Summer Day Camp, August 24-28 for boys ages 5-12. Both Events Are at

Land of Lakes Choirboys Facility 6437 Norris Lake Road (County Road 24 between St. Francis and Nowthen) Call for details 763-213-8105

student desks and chairs, teacher desks and chairs, regular student chairs for group seating, lockers (large and small), overhead projectors, rolling two-tier TV carts, other rolling carts, kitchen equipment, books, motors, slide projectors, computers miscellaneous equipment, etc.

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Must pay inside. Expires 7/5/10. Not good with any other offers. Limit one coupon per visit.

Must pay inside. Expires 7/5/10. Not good with any other offers. Limit one coupon per visit.

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LoonCam is number one webcam in world In the winter when they are on the ocean, loons turn a drab gray-brown, completely shedding their spectacular black and white plumage that we know. We would hardly recognize them.

Larry backlund on the shore of Lake george. the platform where the loons’ nest sits just beyond the dock to the left. THE COURIER FiLe PhoTo Submitted by Larry baCkLund oAk grove reSidenT

In May 2008, named the LoonCam the number one webcam in the world. Last year, WildEarth TV said, “It was head and shoulders above any other live webcam out there.” Many people first heard about the LoonCam right here in the pages of The Courier a few years ago. The LoonCam is a live webcam on a nest of Minnesota’s state bird—the common loon. It gives an unprecedented look at a sight that most people will never see in their life: a closeup view of a pair of loons as they lay their eggs and hopefully hatch their chicks. Even sportsmen who spend a lot of time fishing remote and wild lakes or people who frequently canoe in the Boundary Waters have never seen a loon on a nest. Even if a person was lucky enough to find a loon’s nest, he could not see the loons close-up without seriously disturbing them, maybe even causing the loons to abandon the nest. But through the LoonCam, you can watch the loons as if you were only three feet away. You will see things that you could not see in any other way without disturbing them! This year, the loons have

laid two eggs and are now faithfully guarding and incubating them. The eggs should hatch somewhere around the end of May or the beginning of June. But you have to watch carefully because that magic moment of hatching is short-lived. Loon chicks leave the nest usually within 24 hours of hatching, never to return. From that point on, they are exclusively water birds. Loons are among our most fascinating birds. Who is not thrilled at the sound of a loon calling? It is one of the most special sounds in the world and almost defines what it means to be “up north” in Minnesota. Whenever we hear that beautiful, haunting call, we are immediately transported to the northwoods. And what is more special than seeing the ball of black down that is a newly hatched loon chick riding on its parent’s back? What most Minnesotans do not know is, what happens when our loons leave us in the fall? Minnesota loons fly to either the Gulf of Mexico or the eastern seaboard along the Atlantic coast. But they are not the beautiful black and white birds that we know— the birds with the haunting call.

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Even more amazing, they go almost completely silent! Because they are this drab gray bird that doesn’t make sound, most southerners cannot understand why we Minnesotans would think that loons are special, let alone declare them as our state bird. But we know how special they are. If you are on a lake and see a loon’s nest, give it the respect it deserves. Do not try to get close to it. If you stay at least 200-300 feet away, you will probably not disturb it. Bring your binoculars and watch the loon from a distance. If you approach too close, you may cause it to abandon its nest and the next generation of loons will be lost. Ask your friends and family to do the same.

viewers can watch and listen 24/7 as the loons nest and hope to hatch two eggs. the screen shot shows what you will find online at THE COURIER PhoTo Enjoy the close-up view of the loons on the LoonCam— views that you could never see, no matter how hard you tried, no matter how careful you were. New this year, the LoonCam has night vision and sound. There have been

what services should the St. Francis branch offer in the 21st century? Anoka County Library held four public meetings to gather resident’s input on what services they find important now and what services the library should offer in the future. The information gathered at these meetings will provide guideposts for future decisions regarding services and library building updates and replacements. Libraries are changing and must plan for a future that will be different from today. In addition, some of Anoka County’s communities have outgrown their branch libraries and plans need to be made for replacements.

The library’s needs assessment process will focus on three different Anoka County areas: the northwestern area served by the St. Francis Branch Library, the central area served by the Crooked Lake Branch Library in Coon Rapids, and the eastern side of the county currently served by the Centennial Branch Library. The Library Board’s plan is to conduct two public meetings in each community. The first meeting focused on gathering input from the public. The second meeting will bring back the findings to verify them with the community. The date for the second meeting is Thursday, June 17, 6:45 p.m. at St. Francis High School. |

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Enjoy this unique and wonderful live close-up look of our amazing loons. |

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confrontations at night between the loon and a muskrat that climbed up on the nest.

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oak grove Lions support youth activities Area food shelf now has two locations, extended hours

NACE at P.O. Box 2, Cedar, MN 55011.

Submitted by Joanne yaCkeL norTh AnokA CounTy emergenCy Food SheLF

The North Anoka County Emergency (NACE) food shelf is now open in two locations Monday-Friday.

youth groups, such as boy Scouts and north metro Soccer players (pictured above), participated in the oak grove Lions youth day French toast breakfast in april. SuBmiTTed PhoToS Submitted by maroLyn baumann & tim neWeLL oAk grove LionS

The Oak Grove Lions hosted its third annual Youth Day French Toast Breakfast at the Oak Grove Senior Center on April 25. Youth from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, St. Francis Boy Scouts, St. Francis Cub Scouts, and teams from North Metro Soccer Association sold hundreds of tickets, helped serve, made signs, cleaned tables, and waved in customers. The Lions Club furnished food and cooks. The youth groups selling tickets keep the proceeds to benefit their programs. The Lions would like to thank the following who supported the project: St. Francis Foods, Lone Wolf Nursery, Printing Unlimited, Mark

Johnson Concrete, Bill’s Superette, McDonald’s of Andover, Cedar Creek Automotive and A-Northern Cesspool. Thank you to the Oak Grove seniors for use of their facility. For more information about the Oak Grove Lions, call 763-753-2041 or 763-753-4492. Meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., at Oak Grove City Hall. The Lions are a service organization that cares about the community. The next event in which the Lions will be lending a hand is the All-Night Party, a celebration for the St. Francis High School class of 2010 which begins after commencement on June 11. |

To serve our community more efficiently, the Linwood Foodshelf has merged with NACE food shelf and clothing closet to become one service available for all northern Anoka County residents. This gives clients more opportunities to work around their schedules, transportation, and daycare needs, and to choose the most convenient time and location nearest their home.

Distribution East Bethel Location 18511 Hwy. 65 NE, # 200 763-434-7685 Mondays 9:00 a.m.-noon Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesdays 1:00-4:30 p.m. Stacy Location 22817 Typo Creek Drive NE 651-462-5565 Thursdays 7:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays 7:30-10:30 a.m.

To provide food and clothing for people in need through the generosity of our community.

Clothing available for all northern Anoka County residents at the East Bethel location during food distribution hours.

To support this worthy mission, send your tax deductible donations to

Questions? Contact Joanne at 763-434-7685 or email nace1@ |

NACE Mission Statement

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new members were recently inducted into the Cedar-east bethel Lions Club. pictured are (L-r): sponsor Lion ruth Larson, new Lions Lisa edwards and Harriet edwards, past district governor kevin Schult, new Lion ardelle olson, and sponsor Lion ruth dutchak. SuBmiTTed By JoAn mAger, CedAr-eAST BeTheL LionS

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FREE Dollars into Sense Class Anoka County Extension Staff and Dollar Works Volunteers will present a free Dollars into Sense class on Tuesday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center (550 Bunker Lake Blvd., Andover) and 7:00 p.m. at the Blaine Human Services Center (1201 89th Ave, Blaine). To register, call University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County, at 763-755-1280 at least three days prior to the class you wish to attend. Classes will cover budgeting and address credit issues, tracking expenses, making a spending plan, goal setting and how to get help.

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The 15th Annual Andover Family Fun Fest Craft & Gift Show is seeking vendors for Saturday, July 10. The craft and gift show will run Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. inside the Andover YMCA Community Center Field House. The craft or gift booth will be a pipe and draped 10' x 10' space which will include a sign with the business name, one 8' table, and one chair. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one independent sales company representative from each business will be allowed to participate in the show. The application deadline is June 10.

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Many events make up the Andover Family Fun Fest. Among the favorite activities returning from last year are the 5K Run, the Kids Fun Run, Bingo, the parade, the Magic Bounce Fun Zone, and new this year, a child’s petting zoo. There will be various entertainment during the day, and “The Law” will be the entertainment on Saturday evening along with the fireworks display. Signage and advertising for the craft and gift show will be increased this year. The field house will open at 8:00 a.m. for setup. All registered crafters will receive a confirmation letter with specific set-up and parking details. If you would like an application to participate in the Andover Family Fun Fest Craft & Gift Show or have any additional questions, please email accinfo@ci.andover. or contact Cindy at 763-767-5100. To download an application, visit www. and click on Family Fun Fest 2010. |

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Oliver H. Kelley Farm receives ag literacy resources

Troop Support Program

Submitted by Juanita Reed-Boniface Anoka County Farm Bureau

Submitted by Tom Smith American Legion Post 622, St. Francis, MN

Oliver H. Kelley Farm was one of two sites selected by the Anoka County Farm Bureau to receive a bundle of exciting new resources. The Oliver Kelley Farm, a popular Minnesota historical site was the home of Oliver Kelley, an agriculture leader in Minnesota in the 1860s. Today the 1860 working farm offers tours and a myriad of learning experiences for young and old alike. It is a popular destination for school field trips. Dick and Juanita Boniface, representing Anoka County Farm Bureau, made the presentation to Ann Bercher, Kelley Farm assistant director. The book bundle consists of 22 children’s books featuring a variety of exceptional children’s literature covering plants, animals, agriculture and the food and fiber system. A teacher’s manual has 122 individual lesson plans that help educators incorporate the books into learning experiences. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture Ag in the Classroom program developed this resource valued at $300. Books were selected for their subject matter, grade level, illustrations, photos, and appeal to students.

The Troop Support Program is a program to assist deployed soldiers’ families in time of need and to provide support that the Red Cross and Army Emergency Relief (AER) do not. For instance, if your spouse is deployed and the transmission goes out on your car, you have a major transportation issue. This is a situation that the Red Cross and AER don’t recognize as emergencies. Pictured (L-R): Dick Boniface and Juanita Reed-Boniface, Farm Bureau members, and Ann Bercher, program supervisor at Oliver H. Kelley Farm. The Kelley Farm received Ag in the Classroom children’s books from the Anoka County Farm Bureau. Submitted photo

to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities. It is a voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families. One of the goals of the Anoka County organization is to enhance and support

agricultural literacy among young people. The book bundles are one way that this goal is being reached. Doug Lawrence, Coon Rapids, serves as the Anoka County president. |

When the spouse has a need, before you call, have a copy of deployment orders and copy of a dependent ID card. Contact Tom Smith by phone at 651-274-5281 or email A few questions will be asked regarding your situation. Your information will be presented to the executive board of the St. Francis American Legion, Post 622 for approval. If approved, a check will be written to the approved vendor and the needed work will be completed. These monies are not Legion funds. The money for the Troop Support Program is raised through a charitable golf tournament. The 4th annual Support the Troops Tournament will be held Friday, June 11 at The Ponds Golf Course in St. Francis. Please refer to ad on page 22 for more information. Thank you for your support.  |

A special section honoring graduates will be featured in the July issue of The Courier Proud parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles can send a message to their favorite graduate To place a grad ad:

In addition to this book bundle, the Boniface’s also presented three other books Soybeans… An A-to-Z Book, and Soybeans in the Story of Agriculture by Minnesota authors Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey, and Little Star… Raising Our First Calf, a read-aloud book donated by the Minnesota CattleWomen.

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St. Francis Elementary is the second site to receive a book bundle, with the presentation scheduled for this coming fall.

Deadline for submitting grad ads is Friday, June 18

Farm Bureau is one of the leading agricultural organizations that works to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and

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The St. Francis weight loss support group, Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), recently elected club officers for 2010. Pictured (L-R): Therese Cathers, treasurer, Ginger Anderson, leader, Sherry Anderson, weight recorder, Carole DuBoise, co-leader, and Carol Bray, secretary. The group invites anyone to join them for a free, no-obligation informational meeting. The group meets Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center. For information, call Ginger at 763-753-0397 or visit Submitted photo

Mailing address: The Courier, 4115 Ambassador Blvd. St. Francis, MN 55070 Call 763-753-7032 if you have any questions

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Oak Grove Pet Clinic a success Submitted by Kristiana Clough Oak Grove Fire Auxiliary

The City of Oak Grove held their Annual Pet Vaccination Clinic at the Oak Grove City Hall on Saturday, April 17. This event is coordinated by the City of Oak Grove to provide our community with a low cost option for vaccinating their pets.

Greetings from the capital

Legislative update

BY tom Hackbarth State rep. District 48A

BY rob Eastlund State rep. District 17A

Looking back, looking ahead

Looking back on the 2010 session

The 2010 legislative session was marked by fiscal challenges and sharp political differences. Many months ago I wrote about the need to focus on priorities and to deliver solutions for a balanced budget and free market growth. The final agreement from the 2010 session did balance this year’s budget without raising taxes, but has left considerable work to the next legislature and governor. On my way back from St. Paul, I wanted to share with you a few thoughts on this session’s top issues.

At the beginning of the 2010 session, I wrote about the need for the Legislature to overcome political differences and focus on the priorities of Minnesota citizens. Continued economic difficulties and significant government deficits demanded solutions for a balanced budget and free market opportunity. Unfortunately, the very political differences I hoped we would overcome often got in the way of conquering the challenges facing Minnesota.

Fiscal responsibility

The last week of session was characterized by long nights on the House floor and many rounds of negotiations. While the majority initially passed a $435 tax increase to help cover the budget, strong opposition by minority legislators and a swift veto by Governor Pawlenty took that off the table. The next sticking point was opting in to the federal health care bill’s early Medicaid expansion. Governor Pawlenty and minority legislators did not want to commit the state to new spending or be among the first states to join ObamaCare—the federal health care overhaul.

Once again in 2010, the majority sought to grow government and raise taxes. Minority legislators and Governor Pawlenty prevented tax increases on everything from income to clothes to home heating oil. We worked for structural reforms to balance the budget deficit and renew fiscal responsibility. We recognized the need to control government growth and spending, and put a focus on priorities. Economic opportunity

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Elk River K-9 put on a free demonstration with their disc dog class. This is a really fun event to watch, full of amazing frisbee catches by the dogs. It’s a wonderful event for the whole family!

Economic recovery and growth was a top priority in 2010. Bipartisan efforts helped pass pro-growth initiatives including an incentive for investing in small businesses and an expansion of the research tax credit. Reforms like these provide Minnesota families and job creators the tools they need to harness free market opportunity. I will continue to stand up for the solutions that empower Minnesota families and businesses to achieve growth and prosperity in the free market. Environment and natural resources

New this year, free nail trims by Country Critters Pet Grooming with a free will donation. This was a fantastic way to get pet nails done by a professional groomer while benefiting the Oak Grove Fire Relief Association.

As a lifelong hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman I share our community’s interest in funding our great outdoors. In 2010, minority legislative colleagues and I pushed for a focus on priorities during these challenging economic times. We also backed efforts for a regulatory process that works with businesses and farms instead of against them. I am committed to ensuring that future generations will continue to benefit from Minnesota’s tremendous outdoors and natural resources.

Other vendors at the pet clinic included Canine Crossing Pet Store of Ham Lake, Emergency Veterinary Service of Coon Rapids, I Want A Hedge Hedgehog of Jordan, Hands of Reptiles of Anoka, Paws-Aid, and from River Falls, Wisconsin, Fire & Ice.

Before closing, I want to thank my constituents for the privilege of serving as your representative in the Minnesota Legislature. Looking ahead, it is time the legislature upholds its responsibility to you, the great citizens of the state of Minnesota. It is time to focus on priorities, control government spending and restore the principles of individual liberty and opportunity. While many challenges remain for the next legislature, it also means another chance to achieve real reform and positive results. I know that when we balance the budget and let economic freedom in the door, Minnesotans will find the solutions that lead to prosperity. |

These vendors gave our community an opportunity to see a wide variety of pet-related products and services that are available in and around our local community. We had a great turnout and the weather was fantastic. We are hoping to add more vendors and events to the vaccination clinic next year.|

After a few false starts and much work, a final budget balancing agreement was reached. It ratifies the Governor’s 2009 spending reductions and funding shifts on a one-time basis, applies possible Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) money to the state’s bottom line, enhances the current General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) agreement to help rural hospitals and allows the next governor to choose whether to opt-in to the federal Medicaid expansion. The 2010 session agreement was an incomplete solution, but it was the best that could be achieved this year. Because little progress was made toward next year’s impending $6 billion deficit, many tough choices face the 2011 legislature. By not making the spending cuts permanent, we missed a real opportunity to significantly reduce the budget shortfall for next year. Going forward, Minnesota must control spending and ensure that our tax environment becomes more competitive. It is only after committing to these kinds of reforms that we will see economic improvement for business and the corresponding job growth that follows. I want to thank you for your support over the past ten years. Serving as your state representative in the Minnesota House has been both a challenging and rewarding experience. As I return to life outside of politics, I will continue to support the values and principles that make this state and this country great. The 2010 legislative session is over but if you have any questions or concerns please contact me. Thanks again for allowing me to serve as your state representative. | Rob Eastlund represents District 17A which includes the cities of Cambridge, Isanti, and North Branch.

Anoka County’s Live at the Library arts celebration Submitted by Monica Campbell Anoka County Library

Join us in celebration of the arts on Saturday, June 5,

My Leadership Pledge… ~ stop wasteful spending ~ create permanent jobs ~ protect our children’s future I need your vote August 10 to take your voice to Anoka County.

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., when all Anoka County Library locations and the Columbia Heights Public Library come alive with free programs by artists, musicians, and other performers. Presenters will demonstrate a wide variety of arts and crafts—American Indian loom beading; book sculpting; chip carving; fly tying; oil, pastel, and portrait painting; quilting; stained glass; Ukrainian egg decorating; wheel-created and thrown pottery; woodcarving; and

more. Experience the arts in action and get a chance to try some of them as well.

At the same time, various musicians and groups will perform jazz, swing, folk, classical, harp, a cappella and choir music at your “unquiet” library. But choices will go beyond just the music: attend a tribute to Nat King Cole; hear stories and music from India; experience Native American dance and song; join in family-friendly music and movement; watch scenes from Lyric Arts Company’s

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production of Father of the Bride; and listen to Elvis and Frank Sinatra tributes. Or experience history outside, at an encampment portraying military life during the Civil War, including a cannon being shot off at random intervals. Come and join the fun. There will be something to enjoy for everyone in the entire family. “This program will give residents the opportunity to enjoy the work of a variety of musicians and artists right in their own community,” said Anoka County Commissioner Jim Kordiak. “It’s a way to celebrate Anoka County’s art and culture.” This event is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage. For more detailed information about Live at the Library and other library programs and services, call 763-717-3267 or visit Anoka County Library’s web site at www.anoka.lib. |

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Board Chair Berg to end career of public service Submitted by Martha Weaver Anoka County Public Information Manager

Anoka County Board Chairman Dennis Berg announced he will not seek re-election. He was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1991, and served as chair since 2007. “After 37 years of elected public service, I have made the decision not to seek reelection this fall,” said Berg. “This was not an easy decision for me as I’ve very much enjoyed my years of elected public service. I feel good about what we have accomplished together. I’m especially proud of county employees and how, by working as a team, we recently achieved a ‘AAA’ credit rating for Anoka County.” Under Berg’s resident-focused leadership, Anoka County earned a AAA rating from Standard and Poor’s, and Aa2 rating from Moody’s Investors Services, the global leaders in ratings services. Less than 2 percent of rated entities worldwide achieve AAA status. He has repeatedly characterized the current recession as a time of opportunity for county government that has energized him to look for the best and most efficient ways to deliver services to the taxpayer. Berg has been a resident of Anoka County since 1958. After graduating from St. Francis High School, he attended Interstate Business College in Fargo, ND. He spent the following two years in the U.S. Army including one year in Vietnam where he served as a squad leader. Berg was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for service in Vietnam. After his tour of duty in Vietnam, Berg began work as a parts manager at Greenbergs, Inc. in Anoka. After 12 years, he left to become a territory manager with the Farm Oyl Co., a

St. Francis Lioness News Submitted by Marolyn Baumann St. Francis Lions

The St. Francis Lioness recently installed a new member, Jeanie, into the club. A candlelight ceremony showing the growth of Lionism throughout the free world and the community was presented. This was followed with a small welcome party. The group will be working at Pioneer Days selling hamburgers and fries in a booth by the south ball fields in Community Park. Members of the Lioness and Lions from St. Francis and Oak Grove will be helping at the St. Francis All Night Graduation Party.  |

position he held for 14 years.

state levels of government.

Berg began his distinguished career in public service with his election to the Burns Township Board of Supervisors in 1973. He remained on the board for 18 years, serving as board chair for 14 years. He was first elected to the Anoka County Board of Commissioners in 1991 and has served continuously since then. He has served as chair since 2007.

Berg is active in several veterans’ organizations including the Vietnam Veterans of America. He has held leadership positions in a wide variety of government, community, and service organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

As a member of the Anoka County Board, Berg has worked to keep government cost effective. He has made his job as county commissioner a full time responsibility, enabling him to be proactive when issues directly impacting Anoka County are under discussion at the federal and

In addition, Berg serves as lead commissioner on issues relating to real estate. He is an active member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Ramsey where he served two terms on the executive council and chaired the stewardship and youth boards. Berg and his wife, Darlene, have three children and 11 grandchildren. He says now is the time to focus on being a grandfather. |

Capitol Update

BY rick Olseen State sen. District 17

Making Minnesota roads safer At the time this column was due, the Legislature was in its final days of the 2010 session. Budget negotiations are underway, and I am hopeful that a compromise will be reached. I hope to use a future column opportunity to outline the end of session and final agreement. Due to this timing, I’ll use this column to highlight an important public safety initiative that was passed by the Legislature. This legislation will help prevent drunk driving and make our roads safer for all motorists through the expanded use of the ignition interlock program. An ignition interlock device prevents a car from starting unless a driver successfully blows into the breathalyzer device. Under the bill, DWI offenders could choose to either drive with an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle or be without their driver’s license for an increased revocation period. Expanding the use of this program will benefit public safety by ensuring that an offender is sober when they are behind the wheel. It also provides a legal means for those with DWIs to reinstate their driving privileges—which is safer for everyone than having them driving without a valid license. With ignition interlock, these folks will be able to safely and legally get to and from work and carry on with their family obligations. From the experience of Minnesota’s existing pilot program and that of other states, ignition interlock has proven effective in changing behaviors and providing rehabilitation. It also prevents repeat offenses—something vitally important in a state that currently experiences 40 percent of those with DWIs reoffending. This bill would also have no taxpayer costs, but hold offenders responsible for their actions. Offenders would be responsible for paying the costs of being on the program of about $100 month. Locally, we’ve recently experienced some tragic losses on our highways. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. As a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, I am committed to improving the safety of our roads for all who drive them—be it through important driver-safety initiatives like ignition interlock or ensuring that our state has the resources to keep our roads preserved and maintained in good condition. I encourage you to contact me with your questions or comments on any issue. You may call me at 651-296-5419, send an email to, or write to G-24 State Capitol, St. Paul, MN 55155.  |

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There are approximately 1 billion people in the world who don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water. According to the U.S. Treasury, there’s approximately $15 billion in loose change in the United States at any given time. Twenty-two year old Andover resident Nyki McNamee was inspired by these statistics to begin a fundraiser that is being called Chump Change for Pump Change. Over the summer, McNamee will be collecting change by putting buckets out at local businesses, such as Kid’s Country Child Care. She has distributed change jars to many individuals she knows. The goal is to raise $5,000 which will sponsor a well that will give 250+ people clean drinking water. The money raised will go to an organization called Charity: Water, that uses 100 percent of the proceeds toward building wells. If you are interested in more information you can check out McNamee’s blog at If you’d like to learn more about Charity: Water, visit If you know of any businesses interested in putting out a change bucket or if you are interested in helping with the fundraising efforts, please contact McNamee at Submitted photo

St. Francis High School Hall of Fame Submitted by Ron Larson SFHS Activities Director

Contact the St. Francis High School Activities Office at 763-2131504 or 763-213-1508 to secure a nomination form for inductee consideration for the 2010 SFHS Hall of Fame Induction on Friday, October 15. All 2010 nomination forms are due in the Activities Office on Thursday, July 1. |

Letters to the editor No letters received this month.

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LeDoux resigns from Anoka County Board of Commissioners Submitted by Martha Weaver Anoka County Public Information Manager

The Anoka County Board of Commissioners accepted the resignation on May 11 of Commissioner Scott LeDoux. LeDoux has represented portions of the cities of Andover and Coon Rapids since first being elected in 2004. Doctors diagnosed LeDoux with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, in August of 2008. ALS is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. It is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. “This is a very tough day for us as a Board, and for Anoka County, but we know Scott needs to focus on his fight with ALS and we are firmly in his corner,” said Board Chair Dennis Berg. Before his election to the Board of Commissioners, LeDoux was best known as a world-class heavyweight boxer whose moniker was ‘The Fighting Frenchman.’ He held his own against some of boxing’s greatest, including bouts with Ali, Spinks, and Foreman. In January 2010, LeDoux was named chair of the Anoka County Public Safety Committee and the Airport Committee and was appointed to serve on the Management, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Finance & Capital Improvements, Intergovernmental & Community Relations, and Regional Crime Laboratory Committees. LeDoux also was named to the Community Corrections Advisory Board, the Anoka County Regional Railroad Authority, and the Anoka County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. He also was appointed chair of the Airport Joint Powers Board and named a delegate for the Association of Minnesota Counties. |

Famous author coming to Anoka County Submitted by Monica Campbell Anoka County library

Club Book, which is a program of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency and coordinated by the Library Foundation of Hennepin County, is bringing best-selling and award-winning national and regional authors to library communities across the seven-county metropolitan region. In Anoka County, Garrison Keillor will be visiting the Schwan Center, located in Blaine. Keillor, Anoka-raised author of more than a dozen books, is the well-known creator and host of public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Keillor will appear Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 pm. Schwan Center is located at the National Sports Center, 1700 105th Avenue NE in Blaine. The event is free and open to the public; books will be available for sale. Seating is first come, first served, with doors opening 45 minutes before the program. Visit your local Anoka County Library or the web site at www. for more information. |

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Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts will hold a free opening reception, 4:00-7:00 p.m., for “Reflecting on Blue,” landscapes of Iceland and Norway featured in paintings and drawings by Holly Nelson and Gary Christenson. The art will be on view June 5-July 3. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley. For more information call 763-574-1850 or visit

Help send St. Francis High School students to the national competition of the National Forensic League. A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held in the high school commons, 5:00-8:00 p.m. The cost is $8/plate. The finalists will compete in Kansas City, Missouri, June 12-19.

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Friday, June 11

A wildflower tour of prairie openings in the oak savanna will be held at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge beginning at 10:00 a.m. Participants will learn to recognize plants that flower later in the season. The tour will begin at the Old School House and from there carpool to the Wildlife Drive. This program is free and open to the public. To preregister, call the refuge office at 763-389-3323. The Old School House is located on Sherburne County Road 9, 5.5 miles west of Highway 169.

The public is invited to celebrate National Trails Day at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge by participating in a free guided bird tour beginning at 7:00 a.m. Participants will meet at the Old School House and carpool to nearby woodland trails and the Wildlife Drive to look for birds. Bird tour participants will spend approximately three hours searching for migratory songbirds and waterbirds. Bring your binoculars. To preregister, call the refuge office 763-389-3323. The Old School House is located on Sherburne County Road 9, 5.5 miles west of Highway 169.

Grand re-opening of Bunker Beach Water Park in Coon Rapids. Free admission 4:00-8:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.

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Friday, June 11

Lord of Life Church in Ramsey will host their annual free Vacation Bible School entitled Superhero! VBS. Super is a place for kids ages three through completed fifth grade, times 9:00-11:45 a.m. To register visit or contact Jess Harris, Kids Ministry Director at Lord of Life Church, 763-427-1100 ext 312 or

Saturday, June 5 The St. Francis High School wrestling program announces its 7th Annual Golf Tournament to be held at Hidden Haven Golf Course. Shotgun start at 7:00 a.m. Please contact Pam Balfanz at pam@deansheatingandac. com for more information. Monday, June 7 Two free music workshops at the Rum River Library will be held featuring Tim Thompson (guitar) and his son, Myles (violin and mandolin). The first workshop is for teens, 3:005:00 pm, and the second workshop is for adults 5:307:30 p.m. Call 763-717-3267 or visit www.anoka.lib. for more information.

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4th Annual Support The Troops golf tournament at The Ponds Golf Course. For more information call Smitty at 651-274-5281. Friday, June 11 Party in the Park presented by St. Katharine Drexel will be held in Central Park in Ramsey, 3:30-11:00 p.m. Tickets $7 in advance, $10 at door, 10 & under free. Bands performing include: Kendri Scarborough, Sweet Colleens, Erin Rogue, Section 30, Martin Zellar. For more information visit www. Friday, June 11 The St. Francis High School Chopper Club is holding their annual Golf Tournament at Viking Meadows Golf Course (in East Bethel) at 1:00 p.m. Come on out for 18 holes of golf with a cart, a barbecue, prizes and contests. This is the Chopper Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year. For the 2010-11 school year, students will be restoring a vintage British motorcycle with the assistance of an anonymous supporter at the Blaine Airport. Students will be working at their facility once a week over the summer and through next year to complete this project. Funds raised from the tournament will pay for the transportation and assist with other goals such as scholarships and updates to the program. Saturday, June 12 The Northtown Library will host a free screening of A Village called Versailles which will be shown on Saturday, June 12, at 10:30 a.m. Northtown Library is located at 711 County Road 10 NE in Blaine. For more information about the community cinema program and other Anoka County Library events, call 763-717-3267, visit your local library, or check out the web site at

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June 23-24 Independent School District 15 Garage Sale open to the public. Noon to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, and 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 24. The sale will be held at St. Francis Elementary in the gymnasium. Cash only. July 16-17 East Bethel Booster Day Celebration at Booster Park, 2241 221st Avenue NE. See ad on the back page of this issue of The Courier. Friday, August 6 St. Francis High School Saints for Soccer announces a golf tournament to be held at 10:00 a.m. with a shotgun start scramble at Hidden Haven Golf Club. The cost is $100 per golfer, $95 per golfer if you sign up by July 6. Visit for additional information or contact Megan Fitzpatrick at 763-242-2107. Monday, August 9 The first St. Francis High School 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held 9:00 a.m.-noon for boys and girls grades 2-8. Girls and boys in grades 9-12 will compete 1:00-4:00 p.m. The cost is $10/person, with a fourperson maximum per team. The tournament will be held at St. Francis High School. For additional information, contact Melissa Wald at 763438-6246. August 24-28 Land of Lakes Choirboys Day Camp ages 5-12. Call 763-2138105 for more information.

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I hate when that happens

BY randy Gerdin ASE certified technician

Tire Facts I recently read a report published by the Rubber Manufacturers Association. This organization supports National Tire Safety Week June 6-12. Take a few minutes and test yourself on what you know about the tires that you ride around on every day.

2. When should you check your tire pressure? The report says that 26 percent wrongly think that the pressure should be checked after the car is driven and the tire is warmed up. Actually the pressure should be tested and adjusted when the tire is at 70 degrees (room temp). Air pressure increases with temperature, and conversely decreases when the temp drops. That is why your tires may look low on a cold winter’s day. If you drive the vehicle, the tires will warm up and the pressure will increase. One answer is to fill your tires with pure-dry nitrogen. This gas is much more stable when the temp fluctuates. 3. How do you know if your tires are in need of replacement? The report said that two out of three are not aware when their tires need replacement. The rule is when the tire has only 2/32 of an inch of tread remaining, it’s time to replace it. Tires have a small wear bar that is found down between the treads. This little hump is 2/32". When the tread is flush with the wear bar, replace the tire. Less tread means less traction in snow, ice, and rain. There is some talk of revising this standard to 4/32" because recent tests show an alarming increase in stopping distances between 2/32" and 4/32". I would rather be safe than sorry. 4. What is one of the easiest and cheapest ways of saving fuel? Check and inflate your tires to the recommended pressure (on the tire sticker in the door jamb). Under-inflated tires cause higher rolling resistance, which takes more effort and wastes fuel. Low inflation is very hard on the tire itself. It will cause the tire to wear on both inside and outside edges, and this will also increase running temperatures and will wear out the tire prematurely. Don’t over inflate either. This can cause handling problems, hydroplaning on wet roads, and will prematurely wear out the center tread of the tire. A couple more things to mention—according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 23,000 tow-away crashes were due to blowouts or flat tires. Under-inflated tires are attributed to crashes that result in 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year. NHTSA also reports that 27 percent of passenger cars and 32 percent of light trucks (pick ups) have at least one significantly low tire. Many newer vehicles are equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems that can alert the driver of a tire pressure problem. If you have this system and the light comes on, please don’t ignore it. These systems do work. Otherwise, you will be sitting alongside the road with a flat tire. |

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The Minnesota State Bar Association Public Law Section presented the 2010 Public Attorney Award of Excellence May 14 to Tony Palumbo, assistant Anoka County Attorney. Lynn Belgea, legal counsel for the Minnesota Department of Health, introduced Palumbo during an annual ceremony at Hamline University in front of approximately 80 attorneys from across the state. “Tony exemplifies the dedication and commitment to public service and the public practice of law recognized by this award,” Belgea said. Palumbo’s career with the Anoka County Attorney’s Office started in 1977. He began his career as assistant county attorney prosecuting

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1. How do you know the correct tire pressure for your vehicle? The report said that 46 percent of drivers believe wrongly that the correct inflation pressure is printed on the tire sidewall, and 15 percent do not know where to find it. The real answer is that each vehicle manufacturer designs its vehicles with a specific tire pressure for that vehicle. The most common place to find the tire pressure for your vehicle is on a sticker found when you open the driver’s door. It can be on the door itself by the latch or on the door jamb.


Palumbo is active in community service, too, Belgea explained. He serves on several boards, including the AnokaRamsey Community College Foundation, the Anoka Technical College Advisory Committee, Fogerty Ice Arena, and others. He raises money for programs that serve under-privileged and at-risk county residents by donating his gourmet dinners to the highest bidder at charity auctions. Palumbo is very appreciative of the award. “Good work is never done alone,” Palumbo said. “It is indeed an honor to be recognized by my colleagues and peers who are doing good work on behalf of the people.” The Minnesota State Bar Association is the professional association of lawyers, judges, and other legal practitioners in the state. |


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kelly olson, a shortstop for the St. Cloud State Huskies softball team, donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love in honor of teammate kelly Laas who is battling ovarian cancer. olson, a 2009 graduate of St. Francis High School, is a freshman at St. Cloud State university. Locks of Love makes wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair. olson and teammate Lizzy dwyer had their hair cut by Laas, who is from Frankfort, illinois.

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Season-long opportunities await Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 30,700 acres of oak savanna, prairie opening, and wetland habitat that are home to an astounding array of wildlife. Visitors are welcome to participate in the following wildlife-dependent recreation activities seven-days-a-week during daylight hours, free of charge. By car Wildlife Observation on the Prairie’s Edge Wildlife Drive, a 7.3 mile drive, is excellent for viewing ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, eagles, other birds, and wildflowers.

Hiking • Mahnomen Trail, 3 miles • Blue Hill Trail, 5 miles Hunting Open to small game, waterfowl, and big game hunting during the state seasons. Fishing Available at selected access points on the St. Francis River. State regulations apply. The Refuge is located on Sherburne County Road 9, four miles west of Highway 169. For more information, visit sherburne or call 763-3893323. |

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From PAge 10 SCHooL Funding school funding, it would cut about $1.6 billion off the state’s debt. The outcome: Even more districts would be scrambling into the MNTAAB pool to do even more shortterm borrowing. Kiss district reserves goodbye. And hope that your district can stay out of Statutory Operating Debt long enough for the state to pay the shift back. adding racino money to the state’s revenues The 2010 Legislature again saw a Racino bill come up in committee. Basically, the bill would allow 75 days of live racing and license gambling on those races across the state. If passed, a Racino plan would bring in about $125 million a year, according to Legislative Analyst Tim Strom. Cut local government aid completely Governor Pawlenty has gone to Local Government Aid several times to cut the budget. Some of those cuts have shown up in cities as drastic cutbacks to firefighters, police, training, drastic reduc-

tions in library hours, cutbacks in road patching and snow plowing. Probably the quickest felt by schools is no longer having police liaisons in the schools. So what if the state were to completely cut all Local Government Aid? Strom estimates the savings would be about $550 million. sales tax on clothes What if we put a sales tax on clothes? That would bring in an extra $385 million per year, according to Strom. tax the rich But what if we did create a new tax bracket for people who make more than $250,000 a year. Again, Strom’s best estimate for revenue it could bring in: $200 million a year. Now, we’re out of ideas. And we’re still more than $2 billion short of closing the budget. What’s left? The biggest parts of the state budget: welfare and education. So chances are, the final $2 billion won’t all come out of K-12 education or all out of human services. The state has never before resorted to cutting education, because most people know that cutting education is like Licensed agent since 1985

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Life & Classified Summer events at St. Francis and Ham Lake Libraries Make a splash at your library Children from preschool through grade 5 are invited to join the fun at the Anoka County Library, plus the Columbia Heights Public Library. The fun starts June 1 and continues through August 31. To be a part of this summer’s reading fun, come to any Anoka County Library during June, July or August to register. You’ll receive a reading record and will be ready for a summer of great activities. Your goal—to read, just for the fun of it. Preschool children can also participate with books that are read to them. Children who read a minimum of five hours during the summer will receive a free pass to Bunker Beach Water Park at Bunker Hills Regional Park. Water Park passes may be used after 4:00 p.m. from June 5 through Labor Day.

fun, animals and comedy, all presented by professional entertainers. These shows are free. Entrance to the park is on Rum River Boulevard NW, County Road 72, across from the St. Francis High School west parking lot. Call the St. Francis branch library at 763-753-2131 for more information. June 16 at 11:00 a.m. Bill the Juggler comedy juggling June 23 at 11:00 Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle & Jam! musical fun June 30 at 11:00 a.m. Dakota Wild Animals reptiles/mammals July 7 at 11:00 a.m. Magician Matt Dunn comedy magic Storytime Preschool and early elementary age children are invited to bring their parents to the summer sessions of the family storytime at the St. Francis Branch Library, located

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Make waves at your library Teens will enjoy reading for fun, and taking part in the 9th annual bookmark design contest during summer reading. Teens are eligible to receive a free pass to Bunker Beach Water Park when they read a minimum of five hours during the summer. Water Park passes may be used after 4:00 pm from June 5 through Labor Day. “Make Waves” runs from June 1 through August 31. Volunteer opportunities Are you entering 7th grade or above? Speak to library staff about volunteer opportunities. Park programs On four consecutive Wednesday mornings, beginning June 16 at 11:00 a.m., come to the Rum River North County Park picnic shelter in St. Francis and enjoy magic, musical

at 3519 Bridge Street in St. Francis. Storytimes are held Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., beginning June 17 and continu-

ing through July 29. No registration is necessary. Please call the library at 763-7532131 for further information. North Central Branch offers a family storytime at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning June 16. North Central Branch is located in the Crosstown Shopping Center on Highway 65 at Crosstown Boulevard/County Road 18. Call 763-434-6542 for more information. No registration is necessary. For more information about summer reading and a full schedule of summer events, check the library’s web site at or call/visit the St. Francis Branch located on Bridge Street in St. Francis, 763-7532131, or the North Central Branch located in the Crosstown Shopping Center on Highway 65 at County Road 18 in Ham Lake, 763-4346542. St. Francis Branch hours: Monday Noon-8:00 p.m. Tuesday 10:00 a.m.*-6:00 p.m. Wednesday Noon-8:00 p.m. Thursday 10:00 a.m.*-6:00 p.m. Friday 10:00 a.m.*-6:00 p.m. Saturday Closed May 9 through Labor Day Sunday Closed *Closed Noon-1:00 p.m. North Central Branch hours: Monday Noon-8:00 p.m. Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Wednesday Noon-8:00 p.m. Thursday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Friday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday Closed |

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Free Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics Submitted by Lynne Hagen Master Gardener Program Coordinator University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County


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

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Foot pain “My feet hurt” can be a common expression. The foot and ankle consists of 28 bones, more than 30 joints, and many tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. There are many areas of the foot and ankle that can become painful. A few common diagnoses of foot pain include: tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, bunions, osteoarthritis, and neuromas. Each of these problems occur for various reasons and are treated differently in terms of dealing with each individual problem. However, there are a few general tips for avoiding and dealing with foot pain.  Wearing good supportive shoes: Throw away your old, worn out shoes! When purchasing a good pair of shoes for exercising, make sure you get the shoes that best fit your foot type. If you have poor arches and a very flexible foot, then you will need a high stabilization shoe. Talk to a therapist if you don’t know what type of foot structure you have—and the salespeople at the shoe store should be able to show you what a good “stabilization”

shoe looks like. Avoid nonsupportive footwear such as flip-flops and high heels!  Weight control: Your feet are taking the load with each step you take. As your foot hits the ground it has to control your body weight against gravity. Therefore, keeping your body weight within it’s optimal range will help avoid the onset of foot pain.  Stay flexible: You should be performing daily stretches for most areas of your body to maintain flexibility of the joints, this includes the foot and ankle. Calf stretches can help maintain good ankle flexibility to avoid foot problems.  Address foot pain if it starts: Don’t wait for months before seeing someone about your foot pain. If an ache or pain begins, you can try some home management techniques for a few days. If it is not resolved within the first week, seek help from a professional. They have the equipment available to help you! Podiatrists can take images of the foot, order custom orthotics if necessary, and more. Physical Therapists are also very skilled in treating common causes of foot pain. |


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Master Gardener

BY carol bray Isanti county master gardener

Black gold—compost There’s another way to be green and save a few coins to boot for some wonderful soil to amend your gardens—composting. In addition, laws that limit dumping leaves and clippings into public landfills have reawakened public interest in composting. Composting is a process that allows naturally occurring microbes to convert yard waste, such as leaves and grass clippings, in to a useful organic soil amendment or mulch. Gardeners have used compost for centuries to improve the physical condition of soil and to add some of the nutrients needed for plant growth. Incorporating compost into light, sandy soil helps it hold both moisture and nutrients, while adding it to heavy soil improves drainage. To produce compost efficiently from yard waste, several conditions must be met. The micro-organisms responsible for decomposition need oxygen, water, and nitrogen. Particle size also affects efficiency. The smaller the plant pieces, the more rapidly they will break down. Use a shredder or power mower to chop up leaves and small twigs before adding them to the pile. Be kind to your neighbors and yourself by locating your compost pile close to where it will be used but not in a location that would offend neighbors. The pile will work best where it is somewhat protected from drying winds, yet receives partial sunlight to help heat it. Plus, ideally you will have a source to water as you will need to water the organic materials to keep making it work. Many organic materials can be composted besides grass and leaves: non-woody shrub trimmings or twigs less than ¼ inch in diameter, faded flowers, weeds, leftover plants at the end of the gardening season, lake plants, straw, coffee grounds, eggshells, fruit and vegetable scraps, and shredded newspaper (black and white print. There should be little need to compost grass, since clippings may be safely left on the lawn if you mow regularly and remove only 1/3 of the blade length each time. Some things should NOT be composted: pet feces can transmit diseases, meat, bones, grease, whole eggs, and dairy products attract rodents and other animals. Badly diseased or insect-infested plants and weeds that are loaded with seed may not heat up enough to be rendered harmless. An active compost pile will heat to somewhere between

130° and 160° Fahrenheit. As the center cools, turn the pile to help speed decomposition and minimize any objectionable odors. You will need to do this once or twice a month.

Continue to water your compost pile periodically to keep it moist but not soggy. A well-managed compost pile will be ready in two to four months in the warm sea-

son, whereas an untended pile will take a year or more to decompose. When completed, your compost pile will be about half its original height, and will have a pleasant, earthy smell.

Red Cross Bloodmobile

Monday, June 14 1:30-7:30 p.m.

There are many structures for composting; no one structure is best. For a more thorough description of different structures, refer to The Complete Book of Composting by J.I. Rodale, Rodale Books, Inc. It should be available at your public library.

Composting bins come in various shapes and sizes. Some can be built, such as the rotating barrel bin or the wire mesh cage. Others, such as the ones above, can be purchased. 

Photo by Carol Bray

Ghosts of Anoka Tours Submitted by Maria King Anoka County Historical Society Volunteer Coordinator

The very popular Ghosts of Anoka tour will be available the first and third Thursday and Saturday of each month through October, including June 3, 5, 17 and 19. This one and a half hours walking tour of downtown Anoka is offered by the Anoka County Historical Society (ACHS). The tour will begin and end at the history center, and will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. Stories abound in Anoka of odd happenings and eerie encounters. There is a house where the rocking chair rocks with no one sitting in it. A business in town has employees who won’t enter parts of the building because of the woman seen only in a mirror. There are doors that lock themselves, displays that change on their own, cold drafts…might they all speak of things unexplained? Explore and wonder with ACHS as we take a very different look at history! Tickets are available in advance at the History Center, or by calling 763-421-0600. Cost for tickets is $7 for adults, $5 for ACHS members (must show membership card), and $5 for children. The tour is limited to 24 people. If your group of 15 or more would like to book a special Ghosts of Anoka tour just for your group, please contact ACHS, at 763-421-0600, to make a reservation. The History Center is located at 2135 Third Avenue North in downtown Anoka. Visit the web site at  |

Long Lake Lutheran Church

Good Luck Little Miss St. Francis Candidate Grace Anderla!

Graduation Sunday

Vacation Bible School

Sunday, June 20 through Thursday, June 24 5:30 p.m. light meal; 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join us under the African storytelling tree for a  Baobab Blast!


Opp Family Chiropractic P.A. 23168 St. Francis Blvd., Ste 600 next to County Market

763-213-0615 Open Monday through Friday, Saturday by appointment.

Specializing in Sports & Family Care Certified in Pediatric Care Accepting ALL major insurances

Massage Therapy with Savannah Hagenbeck Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Medical Directory

ST. FRANCIS CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE Kendall W. Goodian, D.C. 3220 Bridge Street • Suite 107 • St. Francis

Chiropractic Orthopedist Specializing in Sports, Industrial and Auto Accident Injuries

Call 763-753-1277 for an Appointment Located in the St. Francis Mall



13855 Round Lake Blvd NW Andover, MN 55304

Summer Worship Schedule

Sunday, June 13 • 9:30 a.m.

To schedule an appointment, please call Caron at 612-282-5372 or Sue at 612-845-8459. Walk-ins are also welcome after 2:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact the Isanti County Master Gardeners at the Extension Office by calling 763-689-1810 or visit the University of Minnesota web site at www.extension.umn. edu. | ELCA Located on Hwy. 47 south of CR 5, six miles north of St. Francis Call church office at 763-444-5315 for more info.

beginning Sunday, May 30 Sunday 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday 5:30 p.m. Light Supper;  6:30 p.m. Worship

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove

VSP Provider

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

ound R Lake


Complete Family Dentistry

Open Evenings Nitrous Oxide Available • Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Thomas Swenson

763-427-0285 13841 Round Lake Blvd. NW • Andover 2 Minutes N of Hwy 10 on Round Lake Blvd.



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asthma tidbit—exercise induced asthma Submitted by lillian leVine rn, LSn, ae-c, iSd 15 heaLth Service dePartment

What is exercise induced Asthma (eiA)? For some people, physical activity is the only trigger necessary to cause an asthma episode. Exercise induced asthma occurs when the airways in your lungs become narrow and constricted within a few minutes after beginning exercise. It is a temporary narrowing of the airways, or bronchospasm, that is induced by strenuous exercise. The asthma episode usually reaches its peak of severity about five to ten minutes after starting exercise, and may continue for another 20 to 30 minutes. Symptoms may occur during the normal “cooling down” period rather than

during the actual exercise. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and often resolve in 20 to 30 minutes. Occasionally, some individuals will experience “late phase” symptoms four to twelve hours after stopping exercise. These late symptoms are frequently less severe and can take up to 24 hours to go away. This is an important fact to remember when children are participating in school competitions that are repeated throughout the day. Causes of eiA When an individual exercises, he/she breathes faster due to increased oxygen demands. Usually during exercise an individual inhales through the mouth, causing the air to be dryer and cooler than when breathing normally and through the nose. Decreases in warmth and

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

Worship 9:30 a.m. St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914-229th Avenue • St. Francis, MN

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


humidity are both causes of bronchospasm or narrowing of the airways. Exercise that exposes an individual to cold air is more likely to cause symptoms than exercise involving warm and humid air. A recent cold or asthma episode can also cause an individual to have more difficulty exercising. Symptoms of eiA Symptoms may include:

there are two types of medication used to treat asthma:  Quick relief or rescue  Controller or preventive Many health care providers prescribe a pre-treat with medication before exercise. This is a medication that is inhaled before exercise begins. These medications are often prescribed 10 to 15 minutes before exercise and

 Coughing (most common)  Wheezing  Shortness of breath  Chest tightness

quickly open the airways to prevent asthma symptoms. (This should be discussed with your health care provider.) Examples of inhaled medicines (quick relievers) used are:  Proventil  Ventolin  Maxair  Alupent  Albuterol  ProAir HFA Examples of controllers are:  QVAR  Pulmicort  AeroBid  Flovent  Asmanex  Azmacort  Serevent  Advair

Some people are not aware of these symptoms but know they tire easily and have a hard time keeping up with others.

 Singulair  Intal Warm up and cool down exercises are also important factors to remember as strategies for decreasing EIA symptoms.

Treatment Treatment for asthma is based on how severe an individual’s symptoms are at any given time. Typically

The goal for treatment is simply to allow you to participate in physical activities without experiencing symptoms. | FiLe Photo

Sunday Services Join us for Vacation Bible School 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

Join us for a fun-filled week of


9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Contemporary

June 14-18 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday Evenings

“Where bold BEE-lievers zip, zap, and zoom for Jesus”

Ages 4-12 Register online at

June 21-25 • 9:00 a.m.-Noon All kids ages 3 years to 8th grade are welcome!

Youth 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 3rd & 5th Wednesdays Kids Baseball & Soccer Club Adult Bible Study & Prayer

5:30 p.m. 8:15 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 7:00 p.m.


229th & Ambassador Boulevard • St. Francis, MN Call for more information 763-753-1234 • Church services every Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Classes at 9:15 a.m.

Faith LiStingS

Hope evangelical lutheran Church 16180 Round Lake Boulevard Andover • 763-421-8434

our Saviour’s lutheran Church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel • 763-434-6117

Cedar united methodist Church 17541 Jefferson Street NE Ham Lake • 763-434-7463

living Hope evangelical Free Church St. Francis High School PO Box 264 St. Francis • 763-753-1718

St. andrew lutheran Church 1450 237th Avenue NE (Hwy. 65 & 237th Avenue) East Bethel • 763-434-7146

Cross of Hope lutheran Church 5730-179th Lane NW Ramsey • 763-753-2057

long lake lutheran Church 3921 277th Avenue NW Isanti • 763-444-5315

Family of Christ lutheran Church & Christian Pre-School 16345 Polk Street NE Ham Lake • 763-434-7337

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

Catholic Church of St. Patrick 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove • 763-753-2011

First baptist Church & Christian School K–12 22940 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1230

new life Church 17261 St. Francis Boulevard NW Ramsey • 763-421-0166 nowthen alliance Church 19653 Nowthen Boulevard Anoka • 763-441-1600

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

A place to Invite, Ignite, and Excite others about Jesus! Vacation Bible School June 27-30 6:30-8:00 p.m.

St. Francis united methodist Church 3914 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-2273 trinity lutheran Church, School and latchkey/Childcare 3812 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-1234 West bethel united methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451

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


Nursery Provided

Sunday Schedule Worship Services 9:00 a.m.

Sunday School and Bible Study 10:30 a.m.

All are invited!

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4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW


Monday-Friday | 8:00-4:00 p.m.

Monday-Friday | 8:00-4:00 p.m.

Classified Ads First 10 words FREE, each additional word is 25¢. Email addresses may be considered as two words.

Childcare Oak Grove Licensed Daycare has part-time openings, please view or call 763-213-1028.

Meetings & Events First 5 lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.00 Each additional line . . . . . . $1.50 Payment is due when placing an ad.

St. Francis Licensed Daycare All ages welcome, daily activities and crafts, fenced yard, food program, East Bethel Community School, Sara 763-753-0021.

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

Issue July August

Deadline 2010 6/18/10 7/16/10

Delivery 7/7/10 8/4/10

Need summer Daycare? Great rates and references, come learn through play. Michelle 763-4349396, cell 651-605-5485.

Childcare Openings for school age kids and preschoolers 1/2 off first week. St. Francis Elementary and Trinity School. Food program provided. Very fun and loving environment. For more information call Lisa: 763-434-8090 or 763-458-1948. Hours are 6:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. All ages welcome. References are available. St. Francis licensed daycare has openings 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. First week 1/2 off with enrollment. Please call Ann for more information: 763-213-8467.

Area meetings & events Next ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meetings are: June 14 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.; June 28 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. at Central Services Center, Community Room, 4115 Ambassador Blvd., St. Francis. Come to the Anoka County Fair! July 27-August 1. For more information, go to TOPS Chapter MN 955, Ramsey meets Fri. mornings, 9:30 a.m. at Cross of Hope Church, 5730-179th Ave. NW, 2 blocks off Hwy. 47 in Ramsey. TOPS (Take OFF Pounds Sensibly) is a weight loss support group. More info, call Bonnie 763-422-9861 or Donna 763-441-6393. St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce next board of directors monthly meeting is June 16 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Community Center, next to St. Francis City Hall. Visit www. for more information. BNI – Referrals Unlimited Meets every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, next to St. Francis City Hall. For more information, check St. Francis Jaycees will meet on the third Friday of every month during the fall, winter and spring months at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Francis City Community Center, located on 23340 Cree Street. For info, visit our web site at Walk-ins welcome. Tops Chapter MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center next to city hall. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Come check us out on Wed. mornings or visit Oak Grove Seniors meet the 2nd Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting, 4th Wed. of the month at noon for a kitchen help’s choice and short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Harry Bearl at 763-753-2973. St. Francis Seniors If you are 55 or older, come join us for some fun at the St. Francis American Legion. We meet on the 1st & 3rd Thurs. of each month, from noon to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meet monthly, the 2nd Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 St. Francis General membership meets monthly, on the 3rd Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. St. Francis Area Women of Today meet the 1st Tuesday of the month at St. Francis City Hall. 6:30 p.m. is social time with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at or call Dana at 763-753-5010. ST. FRANCIS DFL COUNTY UNIT 17 meets on the 3rd Thurs. of each month at St. Francis High School at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet 3rd Thurs. of the month, 10:30 a.m. for business meeting and noon for lunch. 2nd Wed. is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon w/potluck at noon, cards and games until 2:45 p.m., celebrate birthdays of the month at 3:00 p.m. 4th Wed. crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon, cards and games from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. followed by coffee and treats. Pancake Breakfast is held 2nd Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the 1st Fri. of every month, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the center. Center is available for rent. For information, contact Dennis Swen at 763-434-9244. All seniors are welcome to join; only $7 per year. NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB board meeting is 1st Thurs. of month at 6:30 p.m.; general meeting 3rd Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. both at Nowthen City Hall. For more information, please call Lion Judy at 763-753-6962. Lioness Club-St. Francis meets monthly. 1st Wed., administrative board, and 3rd Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall. For more information, call Jean Schuldt at 763-753-1205 or Illa Torgerson at 763-753-2002. Lions Club - St. Francis meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. 1st Wed. board meeting; 2nd Wed. regular business meeting; 4th Wed. social & program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Brian Heichel for more information at 763-753-4415. Oak Grove Lions meet every 2nd and 4th Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-7534492 after 6:30 p.m. LIONS CLUB-CEDAR/EAST BETHEL meets bimonthly, 1st and 3rd Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Gary Larson at 763-434-9423. CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meet every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Lioness Yvonne Johnson’s, 763-434-6985.

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Fitness Got Muscle? Fitness personal training and group classes, St. Francis, Cambridge and Isanti locations. Visit www. Kettlebell, yoga-fit and personal fitness training classes starting soon. Call 763-267-2198 or visit our web site at www.

For Sale

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

Garage Sales Neighbor Garage Sales June 24-26, 8 a.m.-5:00 p.m., oak table/ chairs, treadmill, books, puzzles, clothes, household, miscellaneous, 15211 and 15221 Cobalt Street NW, Ramsey (behind Bill’s off Hwy. 47)

Warco Road Grader 14 foot blade, gas over diesel, $1,700 or best offer. 763-434-9396, cell 763442-8246, ask for Willie.

Hugh moving sale!!! Priced to sell, tools, clothing, household items and decor, June 10-12, 31102 Palisades Street NE, Cambridge.

Refrigerator $500 and huge armoire $2,300. Call Leah 612-8671045 located in St. Francis. Both items are in excellent condition, must see.

Independent School District 15 Garage Sale— Technical, custodial equipment etc., chairs, desks, lockers, metal filing cabinets, outdated shop equipment, motors, various vintage maps, books, other older learning materials and much, much more. Sale dates June 23, Noon-6 p.m.; June 24, 4-8 p.m. at St. Francis Elementary. All items on display must be taken from the premises on the day of the sale and paid for with cash only.

Baby Items in excellent condition: swing, vibrating chair, infant car seat w/bases, Jenny jump-up, clothes and much more. Call 612-270-3403. Nigerian Dwarf Goat Kids great pets, 4-H, small dairy goats, very friendly, many colors, call 763753-8480 leave message. Let classified ads work for you! The next issue of The Courier will be delivered on July 7. Deadline for classified ads is June 28. The first ten words are FREE! A classified form is available online at www. or in our office at 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. Call 763-753-7031 for more information.

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

Multi-Family Garage Sale June 17-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 4133 241st Ave NW St. Francis. East Bethel Thursday, June 10 & Friday, June 11, 641 226th Ave NW. Kids cleaned out! Tons of toys, clothes, household and miscellaneous. Just off Hwy. 65.

Services Piano Tuning – Violin, piano, and guitar lessons, Michael, 763219-4883, Pet nail trims by Cleo’s C&C, $4, 763-434-8997.

Wanted St. Francis High School Theatre needs donations: wooden suit hangers, lumber, latex paint, building materials, costumes, dress gloves, plastic storage bins, call Glenn at 763-213-1633 or Dead Trees–Will remove dead trees free, I keep the firewood and pile the brush. Call Brent at 763957-2179.

Let classified ads work for you! The next issue of The Courier will be delivered on July 7. Deadline for classified ads is June 28.

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East Bethel Senior Events



Senior Dance Come dance with us, we know how to have fun! Dances are from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Jim Armstrong will be the musical entertainment on Friday, June 4. Dick Szyplinski will play on July 2. The cost is $4 and includes lunch. Pancake Breakfast All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 13, 8:30 a.m.noon. Kookie’s pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee, and scrambled eggs, additional 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $4 for adults and $2 for children age 10 and under.

Peter and Susan Archer of Oak Grove proudly announce the marriage of their daughter, Emily Ardell, to Scott Paul Christopherson, son of Timothy and Debra Christopherson of New Hope. Emily and Scott were married January 9 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Oak Grove. The couple now resides in Andover. Emily is a 2000 graduate of St. Francis High School. Scott is a 1998 graduate of Armstrong High School.  Submitted Photo

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

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“We treat your pets like our own”

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

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Fido’s Barber Shop

19847 Orchid St. NW • Oak Grove

All Breed Professional Dog Grooming and Personal Care Boarding

Day and Evening Appointments


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

Two miles north of St. Francis on Highway 47 Visit us on the web at

Gary and Rose Carpenter of Isanti announce the engagement of their daughter, Marissa Rose to Alexander Robert, son of Robert and Kelly Martinson of Oak Grove. Marissa is a 2007 graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School and is currently attending her final year at St. Cloud State University. She is currently employed by Xcel Energy as an intern in Project Management. Alex is a 2006 graduate of St. Francis High School and is employed at Northland Screw Products as a machinist. A March wedding is planned.

St. Francis Expo on April 17 at SFHS!

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dills of Oak Grove announce the engagement of their daughter Melissa to Matthew Toth, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Toth of Oak Grove. Melissa is a 2004 graduate of St. Francis High School and is employed at Park Dental. Matthew is a 2001 graduate of St. Francis High School and is employed at Forest Lake Motorsports. A June wedding at Fountains of Ramsey is planned.  Submitted Photo

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2010 Legislative Report

Cambridge • Isanti • St. Francis • Harris Dear Neighbor, The top priority when we entered the 2010 legislative session was to balance a $1 billion deficit. Looking back on the session outcomes, we were able to balance the budget without reaching farther into taxpayer’s pockets but we also missed some great opportunities that would have really helped Minnesota going forward. The 2010 legislature failed to make the tough decisions that would have addressed the economic issues looming in our future. We are projected to have a $6 billion state deficit in the next biennium. That projected deficit would have been cut in half if the majority would have agreed to make the cuts and reforms that were passed this year permanent. Once again, as so often happens, politics got in the way of progress. Going forward the legislature needs to seriously consider streamlining and reducing the size and role of government. Minnesota must become more disciplined and control government growth and spending if we are going to keep our tax climate competitive. A healthy small business tax environment is at the core of restarting our economy and getting Minnesota back to work. I have really appreciated your support over the past ten years and though I am not seeking reelection, I will continue to support the family values and conservative principles that make our community, state and country great. Thanks again!! It has been a privilege to serve as your State Representative!! Sincerely, Rob

What Got Done in 2010

• • • •

Balanced a historic $3 billion deficit without raising taxes Job creation policies including incentives to invest in small businesses, expanding research credits and bonding for critical state needs Created the nation-leading GAMC reform that will improve outcomes and save taxpayers $700 million For the first time in state history, Minnesota spent less in real dollars than in the previous biennium

anD What DiDn’t

• • • •

There was not much structural budget reform. We reached a compromise that balanced the current deficit but did not address out of control future state spending Meaningful education reform was pushed aside, derailing the Race to the Top application Green Acres was left off the table in 2010 despite the challenges that rising property taxes place on our family farmers and agricultural economy No racino and no stadium

Please contact me with your questions and concerns throughout the remainder of my term. it has been an honor to bring the Voice and Values of our community to st. Paul!





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Friday, July 16 Call Tammy Schutta at 763-367-7840 for more info Kiddie Parade (register 6:30 p.m.) ..........7:30 pm................... Booster Park East Concessions by Boy Scouts #733 ............8:00 pm................... Behind City Hall FREE Ice Cream ..................................8:00 pm................... Behind City Hall CHOPS, Inc. Demonstration .............8:10 pm................... Behind City Hall FREE Outdoor Movie (Shorts) ..........9:00 pm................... Behind City Hall

July 16 & 17, 2010

Booster Park Family Fun Day East Bethel Community Center 2241 221st Avenue NE Kids Fire Truck Birthday Pack Drawings For children ages 4 to 10 years old. Residents of East Bethel only please.

Craft Vendor Information

East Bethel Pageant

Call Susan Sjobeck at 763-434-7297

General Information

Call Barb Kunshier at 763-434-6179

East Bethel Ice Arena 3:00 p.m. Call Diane Evenson 763-434-5954

All Day Events - Saturday

Senior Craft and Bake Sale Senior Quilt Raffle Face Painting

Senior Silent Auction Treasure Hunt for the Young Food-Food-Food

Saturday, July 17 Call Barb Kunshier at 763-434-6179 for more info Pancake Breakfast ..............................7:00-11:00 am ........ EB Comm. Center Flag Raising Ceremony ......................9:00 am ................... EB City Hall 5K Run and Walk................................9:00 am ................... EB City Hall Classic Car, Truck & Tractor Show ....9:00 am-4:00 pm .... Booster Park East Inflatables ...........................................10:00 am-Dusk ....... Booster Park East PARADE ............................................11:00 am ................. Palisade Street

(Call Wendy Warren at 763-444-0180 for more info on Parade) Sheriff Finger Printing .......................11:30-2:30 pm ........ EB Comm. Center Corn Roast by Boy Scouts #733 ........11:30-3:30 pm ........ TBD BINGO ................................................1:00-4:00 pm .......... EB Comm. Center Tractor Pull .........................................1:30 pm................... Booster Park West East Bethel Pageant ...........................3:00 p.m.................. EB Ice Arena 49th Annual Fire Fighters Dance ......8:30 pm-12:30 am.. Booster Park

Live Music by High Noon, Beverages & Food Fireworks ............................................Dusk

Classic Car, Truck & Tractor Show

Fireworks at Dusk on Saturday

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Call Harley Hansen at 763-434-6629

Experience the NEW

Water Park!

Join us for our GRAND REOPENING ceremony on Friday, June 11! Free admission to Bunker Beach and live music from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. 900-foot lazy river called the Lazy Loop Rocky Bay 10-foot aqua climb and activity pool Expanded concessions and restrooms Private cabana rental and group rates Six towering water slides Text “Splash” to 58447 for exclusive steals and deals 763-767-2895

Located in Coon Rapids, MN CSAH 14 & Foley Blvd. Open June 5-Labor Day 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Daily

The Courier - June 2010  

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

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