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Adult Basic Education student named state Learner of the Year BY SANDY FARDER ADULT BASIC EDUCATION COORDINATOR


he Adult Basic Education (ABE) program is pleased to acknowledge a student who is the recipient of two very exciting awards. Angela McKiernan was selected by the Minnesota Literacy Council as the Outstanding Learner of the Year, in conjunction with the Burke Scholarship, which is designed to assist in the cost of college. She was also awarded the Bob Sorman Scholarship by the Metro North ABE Consortium. This scholarship is designed to recognize an adult learner who has demonstrated outstanding personal growth, dedication to hard work and helping others, and has plans to attend postsecondary education. A better choice than McKiernan could not have been possible.

Angela McKiernan poses with a cake from St. Francis Foods after being named the Minnesota Literacy Council Outstanding Learner of the Year.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

McKiernan first enrolled in the Independent School District 15 ABE program in April 2008. When she first came to our program, her attendance was inconsistent due to great difficulties in her life, both personal and financial. She had very little confidence in her capacity to alter the direction of her life. When life is so difficult, the simplest tasks can seem insurmountable and academics seem a luxury. However, in August 2010, after a few encouraging phone calls from our site, McKiernan re-committed herself to getting her diploma, to believing in herself and to improving her life. McKiernan is one of those rare individuals who learns from her mistakes, and has completely turned her life around. She has encountered a great deal of hardship, some of it self-generated, she refreshingly and willingly admits, but most of it from unfortunate life circumstances. Her extremely difficult childhood resulted in poor self-esteem and poor choices. As a result, McKiernan lost custody of her three young children over four years ago. As part of her efforts to regain custody, McKiernan returned to school to get her diploma. Once enrolled, a slow transformation took place. As she achieved success, she began to believe in herself and in a brighter future. McKiernan has worked very hard at her schoolwork and at restoring her family. She has pursued personal and family counseling and has become active in a local church. She has also participated in the district’s early childhood classes to learn new and better ways to parent her children. McKiernan attends school nearly every day our site is open and then returns to serve as a volunteer, tutoring ESL students in the evening when she isn’t working. She literally lights up when she is working with other students. She is a natural teacher—patient, kind and non-judgmental. Perhaps because she struggled with school, she is extremely understanding and empathetic. McKiernan is at school so often that she inevitably befriends other students. She seems to instinctively recognize those students who feel discouraged or defeated, and encourages them with phrases like, “If I can do it, you can do it!” and, “Don’t give up! CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 » ABE STUDENT

Rescuers tend to a ”victim” from a mock emergency drill held in Oak Grove May 21. The drill helped District 15 officials and other emergency responders practice and prepare for emergency situations. 


District 15 participates in mock emergency drill BY KATHLEEN MILLER STAFF WRITER

On Saturday morning, May 21, Independent School District 15 participated in a mock disaster drill along with local fire departments and emergency responders. An accident scene involving a school bus and an automobile was arranged. Several ISD 15 students volunteered to act as victims of the accident. Injuries were assigned and make-up applied to simulate an actual accident scene. The morning rain added an authenticate setting. The drill, sponsored by the city of Oak Grove, was held near Nightingale Street along 201st Avenue. The purpose was to practice handling an emergency that involved a school bus or other vehicle that can transport a large number of passengers. ISD 15 Transportation Department staff members— Dean Krause, transportation supervisor, and Rich Enga, safety coordinator—were on site. The department provided a school bus to transport the “injured” students to and from the mock accident scene. The drill was a good opportunity to practice the district’s procedures and also work cooperatively with various local agencies. “We hope that we

never have to use the knowledge that we have gained from the drill, but I am glad to know the emergency responders will be prepared if something were to happen,” said Enga. The following area agencies participated in the drill: fire departments of Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Ham Lake, Oak Grove, Ramsey and

St. Francis; Anoka County Sheriff, Allina Medical Transportation, Anoka County Radio Dispatch, Independent School District 15 Transportation Department, Andover High School, Oak Grove Public Works and North Memorial Air Care. Thank you to John’s Auto for donating a car and Jim Rogers, who located and donated the school bus used in the drill. |

Emergency responders work to help students trapped in a bus following a mock accident May 21. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS ISD 15 school board meetings: Monday, June 13 and Monday, June 27, 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. |

INSIDE 2 Schools in Action 10 School Board Highlights 11 Community Education 14 Sports & Outdoors 16 St. Francis Pioneer Days 23 Community & Business 33 Life 36 Father’s Day Tribute 37 Classified





Hats off to all area graduates! Congratulations on this fine achievement. We wish you all the best today,and much success in your future endeavors. Good luck to you!

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Schools in Action school community. Members of the audience seated in the Performing Arts Center saw the same thing but internalized it in their own unique fashion.

EDWARD SAXTON THE SUPERINTENDENT’S CORNER Recently, I was bragging about our district students to my father. He said, “You should write about them in the paper.” I agreed. May 25, I had the privilege of attending the St. Francis High School Senior Award Night. The evening was extremely exciting for students, families, and friends. There were presenters from several community businesses, special interest groups, military recruiters, and more. Each of them gave sincere accolades to deserving student recipients and the mood was festive. I was moved each time I saw family members swell with pride as their students were rewarded for years of dedicated effort. Each student honored could be a son or daughter, sister or brother, granddaughter or grandson, cousin, neighbor, or several of the above. Even with all these possible connections, the strongest link we shared was our place in the community of Independent School District 15. These students have bonded over several years that presented opportunities and challenges. The strength of a community is often gauged by the commitment each of

us makes to one another. This program was an example of the power of achievement, the importance of capacity, and the collective results of caring adults surrounded by goal-oriented students. It was exhilarating. I noticed a sea of smiles of satisfaction as each student was recognized. Whether it was music, sports, journalism, a current affiliation or a past association, the awards flowed and amplified the importance of being part of a

Remembering where a person came from is important; realizing where a person is currently is relevant; but dreaming about the opportunity to shape the future is what intrigues all of us. Forty years ago this June, I crossed the stage at my graduation. I wasn’t exactly sure where I was headed, but I was excited to be on my way. My passion revolved around people and I have been fortunate to work with dedicated people throughout my career.

where they are, and more importantly, where they are headed. Looking at the talent assembled in the auditorium, the future is in good hands. Talent, effort, commitment, dedication, and countless other descriptors could be summoned to describe the extraordinary collection of students we have in our community. We witnessed the best and the brightest as they set their courses to venture onward to create a unique and meaningful future.


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My father, who suggested I write about our students, continues to teach me. I marvel at an 89-year-old man who is still sharp as a tack, optimistic about the future and has great faith in the students of whom I speak. I have learned quality lessons from him for decades.

Families and friends from near and far will be attending the St. Francis High School graduation on Friday, June

Well done, student leaders. Congratulations to the class of 2011 and be sure to cut a path worth remembering. |


It would be plausible that several people in the audience at awards night reflected on where they started,

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Kelsey Lipinski, 2010 graduate of St. Francis High School, recently completed and graduated from boot camp at the United States Recruit Training Command, located at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Chicago. Kelsey completed the demanding eight-week course as an E1 and member of Division 148. After graduation and completion of her “A” school, she will be stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia and begin serving aboard the USS Gunston Hall, a marine amphibious support ship with eventual deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. Kelsey’s parents, Keith and Renee Lipinski, of Zimmerman and brothers Nathan, Luke and Joe are all proud of her accomplishments and wish her the best.

Middle school students use technology to talk with students in China SUBMITTED BY ST. FRANCIS MIDDLE SCHOOL STAFF

Imagine wondering what life is like in another country and then having the chance to talk directly with people living in that country and not have language be a barrier to the conversation. That is exactly what the geography students of Core 82 at St. Francis Middle School recently had an opportunity to do. Using Skype, a free video-calling program, SFMS students could see and talk with students in China. All of this came about because of student curiosity. While studying about China students had many questions about the distant land. Some of these questions could be answered fairly easily while others were more challenging because it is hard to know everything about a foreign country.

ficult to plan the video conference when both groups of students were in class. King was able to convince some of his students to come in before school, while Zutz had over 20 percent of the geography students from his core come in during the evening. Students were able to see into the future so to speak—it was Tuesday evening in St. Francis and Wednesday morning in China when the two groups talked! The students in China were from many different countries including Sweden, France, Iceland, Israel and the United States. All of the students spoke English very well. Afterward one our students remarked, “They are

just like us. I thought they would be different, but they have similar interests that we do.” Middle school students learned that there is a large police and military presence in China. When our students asked about communism and strict authority, many of the students in China replied they have had their moped scooters, a common and inexpensive means of transportation, taken away by the police. When asked the reason, Chinese police were very vague and often provided no explanation at all. When one student wanted to know when he could get this scooter back, he was told sometime in August. The


For the second year in a row, social studies teacher Greg Zutz contacted Jared King, a former SFMS teacher who is currently teaching in China. King teaches students from around the world at an international school in southern China. Because of an 11 hour time zone difference and King’s schedule, it was dif-

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scooter had been taken away in April! Students asked about censorship and freedom of the press. They heard from the Icelandic student that a visiting relative had recently received a knock on her door one night and told she had to leave China within four days. Why? The relative had a book which contained segments about Mao Zedong that were not very positive. Any literature that does not praise and say only positive things about Chairman Mao is forbidden in China. Some of the middle school students seemed to notice that when the conversation was about censorship or the heavy hand of communism, our audio connection seemed to break up, making it difficult to understand completely what was being said from China. Middle school students heard firsthand that Facebook and YouTube are not available in China; the government does not allow access to these sites. Time passed quickly as the students talked back and forth. Before they knew it, King’s students had to get to their first hour class and the St. Francis Middle School students were ready to go home for a second time that day. “That was way cool!” said one student to another as they left Zutz’s room. |

District 15 Central Services Center 2011 Summer Hours Effective Monday, June 20, through Friday, August 12 Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Closed Friday On Fridays, the front door will be locked. The back door (The Courier/Communications Office) will be open flexible times, for deliveries. Check sign posted by front door. |

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ndependent School District 15 Nutrition Services Department was recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by the Anoka County Solid Waste Abatement Advisory Team. Representing ISD 15 at the ceremony held May 18 were Wendy Klobe, Nutrition Services program supervisor, and the following Nutrition Services managers: Sharon Waits at Cedar Creek Community School, Judy Nielsen at East Bethel Community School, and Kim Greene at St. Francis Elementary. The district implemented a food-to-hogs food waste recovery program in 2002 that currently operates in the three elementary schools. The schools collect food scraps from kitchen prep and uneaten food and beverages from cafeteria meals. Barthold Farms transports the food waste to their farms in St. Francis. The food waste is fed to hogs after heating to kill poten-

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tially harmful bacteria. Barthold Farms empties and cleans the food waste barrels when they pick up the food waste. The food-to-hogs program reduces odor and pest problems at the schools’ loading docks. The program teaches students that food waste is a resource. Since 2002, the district has crushed cans used in food service to reduce the volume of empty cans placed in recycling containers. Implementation of the can crushing and food waste programs has cut the district’s costs for garbage and recycling in half. The district’s cost for the food-to-hogs program is significantly lower than the cost to manage the food waste as garbage. In 2010, the district recycled 447 tons of cardboard, paper, beverage containers, scrap metal, fluorescent bulbs, and electronics. Since 2002, more than 1.3 million pounds of food waste have been recycled. |



Crossroads School & Vocational Center Landscaping classes have been very busy!

To get ready for the annual basket and plant sales, students did plant cuttings and seeded flowers and vegetables. They worked long and hard to ensure the plants

were ready for customers. The Basket Sale was held May 5 starting at 6:00 a.m. There was a large variety of baskets and planters available, including both 14 and 12-inch wave petunia baskets and geraniums, impatiens, and begonia baskets. There were some large and small planters available. The Plant Sale was held on May 12. There was a large selection of new varieties of flowers and vegetables, along with customer favorites available for purchase. The students were at the sales to help with purchases, carrying plants and answering questions about the plants. The money raised is reinvested toward next year’s landscape program. |


On May 14, six Independent School District 15 teachers graduated with a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary’s University in Winona. “In combination with the district’s Teacher Academy courses, I have gained many new insights into how children learn best and how I can design my teaching to make my classroom an energetic and exciting place to learn,” said Holli Hillman when asked about how her classroom has changed as a result of the St. Mary’s program. The teachers have spent the last two years working on advances to all aspects of their classrooms. “The masters program at St. Mary’s gave me the opportunity to meet and work with a group of people that are interested in accelerating their technique and delivery in the classroom,” said Mark Petersen of his experience. The St. Mary’s program focuses on five key concepts of improvement for the classroom: Instruction, Discipline (Content), Environment, Assessment, Leadership. Ryan Fiereck said about completing the program, “Now that the program has completed, I have finally had a chance to look back on the changes I have made. The improvements are significant and effective for students.” The teachers that completed the masters program are: Amie Paulson - St. Francis Middle School, Holli Hillman St. Francis Middle School, Lisa Prowizor - St. Francis Elementary, Mark Peterson - Crossroad School and Vocational Center, Ryan Fiereck - East Bethel Community School, and Sandra Manglos - St. Francis Middle School. |

Congratulations to the six district teachers who completed their Masters of Education degree, front row (L-R): Holli Hillman, Lisa Prowizor, Amie Paulson; back row: Ryan Fiereck, Sandra Manglos, and Mark Petersen. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Crossroads Landscaping students (L-R) Greg Downs, Cameo Clark, and Stephen Perry show off some of the plants they planted in landscaping class. They worked hard at the annual basket and plant sales despite having to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to get to school before customers arrive. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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SFHS students place second in Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition


The Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Awards (akin to an all-state competition for musicals) were recently announced. This year, 47 schools across the state of Minnesota took part. The event is sponsored by the professional theatre trust that brings all the Broadway tours to Minneapolis. This year, St. Francis High School drama presented Into the Woods, which earned an unprecedented 14 awards. Students awarded will perform at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis on June 6. The awards are as follows: Overall Performance: Honorable Mention Based on Part One of the performance report includes Chorus/Dance Student Orchestra: Outstanding Orchestra One judge commented, “The 12 musicians in the pit were flawless in their performance of a very complex score. Have never heard a high school orchestra perform as well, especially in view of the considerable demands.” Outstanding Performer in a Leading Role Abilene Olson as the Baker’s Wife, Connor Lysholm as the Baker

Honorable Mention in a Leading Role Haley Moser as Cinderella, Cristy Dougherty as the witch, Andra Gulenchyn as Little Red, and Peter Burch as Jack


Honorable Mention in a Supporting Role Lisa Hanson as Rapunzel, Ashley Stevens as Jack’s Mother, Alex Cutschall as narrator, Andrew Kleidon as Cinderella’s Prince, and Cody Brant as Rapunzel’s Prince Honorable Mention in a Featured Role Jacob Kempfer as White


Outstanding Technical Achievement Jakki Thompson for hair and makeup Community Engagement Award The cast and crew created educational opportunities for St. Francis Middle School students to not only see the performance, but also participate in workshops around acting, singing, technical elements and pit orchestra, including job shadowing opportunities for students to participate in actual performance. Both directors and students educated 400 8th graders in a full day of workshops, performance and the backstage experience during the show. |

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St. Francis High School senior Alaina Kne was recently acknowledged for being named the 2010-11 Athena Award recipient. A luncheon honoring all 53 Athena award recipients took place at the Minneapolis Convention Center May 6. Kne has received a soccer scholarship to play at Winona State University. SUBMITTED PHOTO

For the past three years, St. Francis High School students have qualified and competed at the state level of the Ford/American Automobile Association (AAA) Auto Skills Competition. Ford Motor Company and AAA team up every year to provide a great opportunity for high school juniors and seniors interested in the automotive field. This year, nine SFHS students were selected to take an automotive-related computerized state qualifying exam. The two students with the highest combined score qualified and advanced to the state competition. St. Francis High School junior John Koller and senior Andy Tagg qualified for the state finals. At the competition, Koller and Tagg had to diagnose and repair “bugs” placed in a 2012 Ford Mustang. They were given 90 minutes to diagnose and repair as many of the bugs as possible. The team that repaired the most bugs in the shortest amount of time won. Koller and Tagg placed second in the competition, bringing home nice tools and over $20,000 each in scholarships. Special thanks to North Country Ford in Coon Rapids for helping train the students. |


The St. Francis High School Choir Department announced that four students and one alternate were selected for the 2011-12 AllState Choir. In total, ten SFHS students auditioned (a maximum of 15 can audition) and at maximum, six students can be selected per school. This is very exciting for the choir program as they have not had this many representatives selected in the past ten years. The students selected for the all-state choir are: Maria Handzel, Sonia Israelson, Keara Hallberg and Peter Burch. Lisa Hanson was selected as the alternate. |

Junior John Koller and Senior Andy Tagg work to diagnose as many bugs as possible in the time allotted. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SFHS Automotive Instructor Kyle Linton is pictured with students Koller and Tagg and Joel Perpich of North Country Ford in Coon Rapids who provided a 2012 Ford Mustang for the students to train on. SUBMITTED PHOTO






7AA Visual Arts Regional Show results

St. Francis High School students place second at DECA’s international conference


The North Suburban Conference Section 7AA Visual Arts Regional Show was hosted by Forest Lake Area High School the end of April. Art students from St. Francis High School entered drawings, paintings, pottery and sculptures to be judged. The students’ efforts were well-received as superior and excellent ratings were awarded for their art. The results were: superior rating for Molly Mattson for her ceramic platter; excellent ratings for Katie Perleberg - painting My Childhood’s Burning; Brenna Veenstra - painting Chateau de la mer; Cara Thompson - painting Sunset Shoreline; Victoria Pounder - sculpture Wild Side; Victoria Pounder - sculpture A House that Crumbles; and Samantha Hoffman - sculpture Finding the Words. Congratulations to all students for their achievements. |

(Above L-R) Samantha Hoffman and Victoria Pounder proudly show their North Suburban conference visual arts excellent ratings; (below L-R) Brenna Veenstra and Cara Thompson display their paintings that received excellent ratings, and Molly Mattson shows her platter that received a superior rating. Not pictured Katie Perleberg who received an excellent rating for her painting. 




ared Goldeman and Kyle Kling competed in DECA’s (Distributive Education Clubs of America) International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida, April 30 through May 3. Competing among 15,000 DECA members they took second place overall in their Finance Operations Research event. One month earlier, all 50 states and a number of foreign countries held state career development conferences. During this time, members competed for a coveted spot at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC). Students who placed in the top three spots of their events were able to attend the conference in Orlando. DECA Incorporated has more than 160,000 members worldwide, hundreds of corporate sponsors and many business connections. St. Francis High School students Goldeman and Kling advanced to the ICDC with their 30-page written document in Finance Operations Research, where students from all 50 states, Germany, Guam, Canada and other countries joined in the competition. First, Goldeman and Kling were briefed on their event and received their competition time to compete. Next, they presented their detailed Finance Operations Plan on a local business, Village Bank. Soon after, Goldeman and Kling learned that they were finalists and had placed somewhere in the top 14 in the world! Later on that day, they once again presented their document. That evening at the grand awards session, Goldeman and Kling were called onto stage, which

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St. Francis High School students Kyle Kling and Jared Goldeman competed in the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida.  SUBMITTED PHOTO meant they had placed in the top ten. While on stage, Goldeman thought it was “a wow moment!” He felt astonished when their names were called; they had placed second in their event. This experience would not have been possible without the experience and expertise from the following people who helped Goldeman and Kling with their research paper: Darrel Untereker from Medtronic, Debra Donovan from Village Bank, and Jack

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Anderson Berry Farm is open Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. until picked out. Anderson Berry Farm is located 5 miles north of St. Francis on Highway 47 then 1/2 mile west on 277th Avenue NW.

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Third annual 5th grade Science and Technology Fair held May 12 BY THERESA GALBRAITH CCCS TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST

Students will be given the opportunity to burn a DVD of their movie to take home.

Cedar Creek Community School 5th graders have been quite busy preparing for the Science and Technology Fair that took place May 12. For the past few months, students researched diseases, drafted papers, recorded a script, and imported images into MovieMaker, a multimedia presentation program that allows students to present information in a creative way. This year we enhanced our research by implementing the use of iPad technology. The students were given several opportunities to conduct research on their chosen disease using Apps such as WebMD and Mobile Discovery.

In addition, during science classes, students learned about the scientific method. Experiments were completed in class, procedures were learned and students were charged with conducting their own investigation at home. An enormous amount of work was put into their display boards. The students were excited to show the results of their efforts to their parents and classmates during the school day and the evening.

Kindergarten students from Lori Allard’s Kindergarten classroom are painting with watercolors to create a collage using shapes. BY LORI ALLARD, CCCS KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS

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

Shari Clark’s classroom learned all about the food organization Second Harvest Heartland. SUBMITTED PHOTO


Cedar Creek Community School held its 5th grade Science and Technology Fair the middle of May. Students used technology for research and to enhance the presentation of their projects. 


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n May 18, students in Shari Clark’s 4th grade class at Cedar Creek Community School learned about a very special organization, Second Harvest Heartland. Madison Nelmark’s mom, Dawn Marie, has worked at Second Harvest Heartland for the past seven years. Student Madison and Dawn Marie presented information to the class about the growing number of people in need of food and how Second Harvest Heartland is able to help. In Minnesota and western Wisconsin alone, Second Harvest Heartland provided 60 million pounds of food to 59 counties in 2010.

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How would you feel if you were not able to eat breakfast every day? Food is a fuel for our bodies that helps us do things we need to do on a daily basis. Unfortunately, there are many people who are not able to afford food for their families. Second Harvest Heartland makes it possible for families to eat regular meals every day. The food is donated by local grocery chains, food manufacturers, and the public. Trucks are loaded daily with food and brought to the different facilities. Not only does Second Harvest Heartland provide food, but they also provide other items, such as shampoo, laundry detergent, toilet paper, toothpaste, etc. The class also learned how they can volunteer at Second Harvest Heartland. By helping pack boxes, picking apples, and working at public events to collect food and money to benefit hungry people in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Many organizations are involved in Second Harvest Heartland including the Minnesota Vikings!

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The food collected and distributed to food shelves and soup kitchens helped to feed 468,000 people! Forty percent of those people were children under the age of 18.

Thank you, Dawn Marie and Madison, for helping us better understand the growing need to support Second Harvest Heartland and our local food shelves. For more information on how you can volunteer and/or donate, please check out their website at  |







EAST BETHEL COMMUNITY SCHOOL East Bethel Community School students and staff got down and dirty to celebrate Arbor Day. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade participated in the annual tree planting. By planting the trees, they are replacing trees in the school forest that have died or have blown over. They are also able to get a hands-on feel of what it means to be an arborist. A total of 300 trees were planted. Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make it a great day!

Cedar Creek Community School students created a picture of Owney and mailed it throughout the United States. 

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Cedar Creek Community School second grade students in Gwen Ackerson’s class embarked on a special project. Students read a true story about a lucky dog that became a mascot for the United States mail trains in the late 1800s. Owney rode with the mail on steam trains across the country. Because there was never an accident on any of Owney’s trains, he became well-known throughout the postal system. The second graders mailed an Owney picture to friends and relatives far and wide with a request to send him back with pictures, maps, and information about his travels. Owney has returned from a sunny Hawaiian beach, an isolated village in Alaska, a ballpark in Georgia, the nation’s capital, Tiger Stadium in Michigan, and more than 20 other destinations throughout our country. The class was so excited to see where he had been and record his travels on their maps. A newsletter will be sent out to all who helped send Owney on his journey and back home again to CCCS. | The stars were shining bright at East Bethel Community School in early May—when the spring talent show was in full bloom! The acts ranged from dancing and singing to karate and speed talking. All of the acts were amazing; East Bethel Community School has very talented students! BY CASSIE SCHMOLL, EBCS COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR

East Bethel Community School students and families were able to stock up on books for the summer during the final bookwalk of the year.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

Final bookwalk of the year

Third grade students at East Bethel Community School presented animal research projects to other students and families in April. Students shared information on their animal’s habitat, food, adaptations, survival, and other characteristics. Thank you to all who attended to make these presentations successful!  SUBMITTED BY STACI WINTER AND DEB SUNDBERG, EBCS TEACHERS


Students and families from East Bethel Community School walked their way through a maze of cards listing various children’s authors on May 12. Kelly Sundberg, third grade teacher at EBCS, was the deejay for the evening. Families walked the course through the halls and cafeteria as music rang from the sound system. Sundberg frequently stopped the music and drew three author’s names. If you were the lucky person standing on that author’s name, you received a ticket for a free book. Excitement was high around the tables where the Parent Teacher Organization provided free books to the students for this event. Kohl’s department store provided volunteers to assist EBCS staff in hosting this fun activity. Plan to join EBCS for the next bookwalk in September. The event was sponsored by the School & Community Involvement PAC and funded by the EBCS PTO. |

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MAY 9, 2011


All board members present. Site Report: Transition 15

Coordinator Randall Keillor were invited to speak about the District’s Q Comp program at the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN) conference in Los Angeles School Board Member Reports

Julie Williams, program supervisor for Transition 15, provided an overview of the federally-mandated program. The program is designed for students ages 1821 with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to work in the areas of jobs and employment, post-secondary education and training, and independent living skills. There are 22 students currently in the program. Housed at Transition 15, which is located in Oak Grove, is Biz World, a student-run store where products are assembled, inventoried and sold. Biz World is open to the public. A product catalog is available on the district’s website.

Discussion took place between board members and the superintendent regarding the American Indian Education meetings. School board members serving on the American Indian Education Committee are David Anderson, Marsha Van Denburg and Harry Grams. Curriculum issues are being addressed and principals are reviewing professional development opportunities for ISD 15 staff.

Student Report

All board members present.

Alex Everhart provided the student report. Alaina Kne was recognized as one of the 53 recipients of the Athena Award. Andy Tagg and John Koller placed second at the Minnesota Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition. Molly Mattson received a superior rating along with six other students receiving excellent ratings at the 7AA Regional Juried Visual Arts Show. Jared Goldeman and Kyle Kling took second place at DECA’s International Career Development Conference. National Honor Society Induction is May 11. A blood drive will be held May 13. The SFHS Band Concert is May 16 and Choir Concert is May 23. The drama production, Into the Woods, was assessed by the Spotlight Musical Theatre Awards Program and received 14 different awards.

Nutrition Services Report


MAY 23, 2011


Wendy Klobe, Nutrition Services program supervisor, provided an overview of the program. Independent School District 15 Nutrition Services was awarded a Recycling Award from Anoka County for the school-tofarm recycling program with a local farm. The school board acknowledged the positive, innovative role that Nutrition Services has taken with this program when other area districts have not. Student Report The 2010-11 school year is wrapping up at the high school. Academic Awards Night took place on May 25. The Music Department’s Ice Cream Social will be June 1 at 6:30 p.m. with proceeds

going toward music scholarships. June 10 is commencement for St. Francis High School at 7:00 p.m. School Board Chairwoman, Amy Kelly presented Alex Everhart, St. Francis High School student, with a stipend for his commitment in serving as the student representative on the board and wished him success with his future plans. Superintendent Report Superintendent Ed Saxton provided an update on the progress taking place in the American Indian Education meetings and distributed information to the board. There will be district leadership team training offered August 10-11 and the board is invited to participate. Saxon attended regional SEE meeting. The streaming of board meetings is now an in-house system. There will be a retirement party for Human Resources Director, Jay Reker, at The Ponds Golf Course on June 23, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Saxton acknowledged the human resources department for creating a retirement packet, which is helping answer many questions for retirees of ISD 15. The interview process will begin soon for the human resources position. Tidbytes of Technology Collin Minshull, ISD 15 Technology Integration Specialist, gave an overview of the various strides in technology that have taken place in the district and noted that June 9 is District Technology Day— a district-wide training day with TIES trainers available. There was also an update from Crossroads School and Vocational Center given by Greta Linton, Community Relations Coordinator. |

Superintendent Report Superintendent Ed Saxton attended the following:

The school board also has its terms. This coming fall, four board members will have finished their term and it will be time for an election. Serving on the school board is much more than attending two meetings per month. There are various committees that, as a board member, you are assigned to serve. That being said the time commitment is more than what is apparent. Board members report to the entire board about what has gone on in the various committees and if any action is needed. Each board member is also assigned to a school site. My assigned site happens to be Cedar Creek Community School (CCCS). I keep in contact with the principal and communicate what is happening at the board level; likewise, I stay connected to what is happening at CCCS. This is a great way for board members to stay in touch with happenings around the district. If you truly want to become involved, search out the many different committees in the district. Another program that the board is piloting is the advertising on lockers in our schools. This is an additional revenue source. I hope that you have had a chance to notice them. The ads blend in very nicely and have been strategically placed to not be intrusive or interfere with students. An early concern that the ads would distract students appears not to be an issue. The current contract with Schools Media is for one year, just to see how things went. From what I have been able to learn, this has been a good relationship for both parties. I also want to take a moment and comment on a few of our outstanding students. St. Francis High School senior Alex Everhart has served as the student representative to the school board. He has been a great addition, bringing not only the news of what is happening at the high school, but also reporting from a student’s perspective. He has done a great job and will be missed. Sophomore Maggie Ewen is a member of the high school track team. She is having a great spring in the shot put and discus events and has set new school and state records in the discus. Watch for her name in the news. Finally, senior Alaina Kne was recently named as this year’s Athena Athlete. Congratulations to these outstanding students and the many others that represent our district so well. I’m sending a pat on the back to all of them; keep up the great work! |

Last day of school reminder The last day of school for the 2010-11 school year will be Tuesday, June 7. This change is a result of school being closed March 23 due to inclement weather. View school calendars online at  |

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

} Meeting with middle school principals regarding Adequate Yearly Progress } Meeting with principals to discuss end of year items and training modules for Safe Schools

Monday, May 9 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

} Minnesota Department of Safety committee meeting with Transportation Director Dean Krause

Saxton and Staff Development/Teacher Mentorship

The 2010-11 school year will soon come to an end. It seems that high school seniors readily know exactly how many days are left in the term. I imagine that this is true with almost any student for that matter.


} Foundation 15 wrap-up meeting

} Athena Awards program; Alaina Kne is this year’s St. Francis High School Athena Award recipient


School Board Chair Amy Kelly (right) presents St. Francis High School senior Alex Everhart with stipend for his commitment in serving as the student representative on the board. The entire board and administration wish Everhart much success with his future plans. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Monday, May 23 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 13 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS Amy Kelly, Chairwoman 763-744-8458 Harry Grams, Vice Chairman 763-856-4350 Joe Haag, Clerk 763-753-6298 Mark Vogel, Treasurer 763-213-1237 David Anderson, Director 763-434-9457 Sandy Grams, Director 763-434-7564 Marsha Van Denburgh, Director, 763-753-6653 Email schoolboard@




Community Education Beef—one powerful protein BY JUANITA REED-BONIFACE LUNCH AND LEARN COORDINATOR

Community members attending the May 17 Lunch and Learn program heard Colleen Zenk, Minnesota Beef Council Director of Nutrition and Information, discuss nutrition, preparation, purchasing and storing of beef. Prior to Zenk’s presentation, Juanita Reed-Boniface gave a presentation, The Boeckenhauer Beef Story, describing her family’s cow/calf beef business in the central sandhills of Nebraska. Beef is part of the meat and beans group in the food pyramid. It contains many of the key nutrients needed for good health, including protein, iron, zinc and the B vitamins. As people age, getting adequate protein is important. Zenk quoted a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which found that healthy older adults need to eat as much protein as younger people to avoid the consequence of inadequate protein, including loss of muscle mass and strength, and weakened immune function.


2. Stocker feeder who buy calves from the cow/calf producers and feed them grain, hay and roughages until they weigh about 850 pounds. 3. Feedlot owners and managers who finish feeding calves until they reach market weight at about 1200 pounds. 4. The packer who processes the cattle. 5. Retailers and food service operators who further prepare the various cuts to be purchased by consumers in restaurants or grocery stores.

Each person in the chain is responsible for maintaining a quality and safe product. Consumers also play an important role. Wise shoppers make fresh beef the last item in their cart at the store, select packages that feel cold, and check the sell by date on the label. They store uncooked fresh beef in the coldest part of the refrigerator and immediately freeze any beef that won’t be used within a few days. Always thaw meat in the refrigerator. Marinating is a popular way to prepare beef. Marinades add flavor and tenderize the meat. To be effective, marinades must contain an acidic ingredient such as citrus, tomato juice, vinegar or wine or natural tenderizing enzymes. For people on a limited budget, buying leaner, less expensive cuts of meat and using a marinade can give a satisfying eating experience.

Angus/Simmental cows and calves, spring 2011 at Boeckenhauer Cattle in Nebraska. SUBMITTED PHOTO Boeckenhauer Cattle is a third generation cow/calf beef business involving Juanita, her brother, niece and a cousin. She described the land, the people, the cattle and the seasonal activities that are involved in their family enterprise. She concluded by saying, “Raising quality beef is an important family tradition and value. We take pride in caring for our cattle and strive to assure quality for a positive eating experience of

our product.” Beef pot holders and recipes were given to each participant. Tony Jambor, Bethel, won the $25 beef gift certificate sponsored by Boeckenhauer Cattle. Lunch and Learn programs will begin again in September. Watch the summer editions of The Courier and the Community Education brochure for dates and topics. |

Summer 2011

Today there are 29 cuts of beef considered lean. These are mostly from the round, loin and chuck. There are now four choices of lean ground beef: 80/20, 81/19, 93/7 and 96/4. When buying beef, consider wholesomeness, quality (tenderness, juiciness and flavor), color of the meat and lean vs. fat. Also think about storage, cost per serving and the cooking methods and time needed for preparation. There are five stages in the beef supply chain from pasture to plate. These are: 1. The cow calf/producer who manages a beef-breeding program and raises calves from birth to weaning (about 550 pounds).

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Juanita Reed-Boniface and Dick Boniface reveal answers to the quiz Name That Lean Cut, a matching activity completed by Lunch and Learn participants. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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 Website 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, Graphics, 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 Amy Lindfors, Rec Assistant................................................763-213-1588 Sandhill Center for the Arts Theresa Antinozzi, Manager...............................................763-213-1616

Kids Connection is a summer childcare program for Independent School District 15 students who have completed kindergarten through grade 5. Location:

Lifelong Learning Center in Oak Grove


June 13-August 26 Closed June 30, July 1, 4, 5


6:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Program Fees One Day Two Days Three Days Four Days Five Days Field Trips Registration Fee

One Child $27.00 $54.00 $81.00 $108.00 $120.00 $10.00/trip $25.00/child

$45.00/family includes one Kids Connection T-shirt per child


Registration will stay open until program is full. Any registrations received after May 31 could have a delayed start date. Weekly Themes • Gym Time Nature Activities • Field Trips • Arts & Crafts Registration forms are available online at or call 763-213-1641. Kids Connection is a division of ISD 15 Community Education & Services



FROM PAGE 1 ABE STUDENT I had lots more credits to do when I started.” She encourages all students with whom she comes in contact, not only with her words, but with her story. Angie’s involvement in the ABE program extends beyond our classroom. She is so grateful for the way the ABE program has empowered her to change her life, that last spring (with very little encouragement from me), McKiernan spoke at a school board meeting, inspiring those in attendance with her story, illustrating the impact Adult Basic Education can have on our community’s families. I believe McKiernan no longer attends ABE strictly for her own benefit, but sees the larger picture of how the pro-


gram impacts others’ lives. In addition to helping fellow students in the classroom, she also makes posters for our site, has provided rides for students who were stranded, and frequently provides treats. She and her fiancé, Phil, have even made birthday cakes for students and staff, as well as entrees for our occasional site parties. Basically, McKiernan has found a community here for her entire family. Her aforementioned fiancé, and sometimes her oldest daughter, come to class nearly every time McKiernan attends. Her daughter does her 4th grade homework, while Phil works on his homework from Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC). McKiernan’s story perfectly demonstrates the positive trickle-down effect of education. Phil encouraged McKiernan to commit

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Summer 2 011 Theater p Children’s resents

Music by Stephen Flaherty Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Book by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens Based on the works of Dr. Seuss


herself to completing her diploma, while she gave him the confidence to apply for and eventually attend college. McKiernan’s attitude toward school changed, so did her daughter’s. Destiny was struggling in school, but now delights in showing off her math and spelling talents to anyone at our site who is available. Isn’t that the ultimate goal—to improve the lives of our children through our own self-improvement and example? Once discouraged and disheartened, McKiernan now has hope for the future and a growing self-confidence. This young woman, who did not believe in herself, now believes she can help herself and others as well.

Staying active and learning new skills can be fun! Independent School District 15 Community Education & Services Rec Department offered track for St. Francis Middle School students. This season, track meets were held with Rogers and Elk River students. The final meet was May 23. Approximately 80 youth participated in the after-school program. SUBMITTED PHOTO

All this personal and academic growth will be the reason that she earns her diploma this year. In addition, it now appears she will regain the custody of her three children, which she so richly deserves. After she completes her high school diploma, McKiernan is planning to attend ARCC this fall. She is a perfect example of the strength of the human spirit and a reminder that often faith must begin with belief in one’s self. Congratulations, Angela McKiernan, on all your wonderful accomplishments. You are an inspiration to everyone around you. |

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June 23-25 • 7:00 p.m. St. Francis High School Performing Arts Center Admission is $5 in advance Advance tickets can be purchased from show participant

$6 Students / Seniors at Door $8 Adults at Door

Questions? Call Community Ed at 763-213-1640.

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Recreation Department 2011 Summer Camps & Activities

The Rec Department has exciting activities for students wanting to participate in sport camps and classes this summer.

FITNESS for all! We offer plenty of ways for you to get in shape, so you’ll never be bored with working out. We have two treadmills, two elliptical trainers, two stationary bikes and a Nautilus four-station weight machine.

Relaxed atmosphere – senior citizens are encouraged to attend! Socialize after your workout in our conference room. Only $2 per visit and no membership fees. Call Theresa today for more information 763.213.1616 or email Fitness 15 • Sandhill Center 23820 Dewey Street Bethel, MN 55005

SUMMER HOURS Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

To register visit Register now for summer camps, selecting the 2011–12 school year. Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. All registrations are due in the Community Ed office (St. Francis High School, 3325 Bridge Street in St. Francis) on the Thursday prior to the start of camp. Most camps are held at St. Francis High School. Questions? Contact Rec Department Manager Diane Guinn at 763–213–1823. The follow activities are available: Baseball Camp

Tennis Camp

Boys High School Basketball Camp

Youth Soccer Camp

Boys Travel Basketball Skills Camp

Volleyball Camp

Boys and Girls Basketball Competitive Camp

Wrestling Camp

Girls Skills Basketball Camp


Girls High School Basketball Camp

Middle School Summer Strength & Conditioning

Girls Travel Basketball Camp

High School Summer Strength & Conditioning

High School Football Team Camp

EXSpeed Treadmill Program

Football Youth Camp Golf Camp




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Early Childhood Screening

} Early Childhood Screening should be done soon after the child’s third birthday. Screening is a FREE, simple check of a young child’s health and developmen t; it does not determine kindergarten readiness } Screening includes: a development assessment, vision and hearing checks, immunization and health review } Call 763-753-7187 if you currently have a 3 or 4-year-old child who has not been screened.

Family Advocate Do you need some additional support in your parenting role? Would you like to know more about resources in your community? Issues we can help with include relationships, parenting, child development, finding help with finances, etc. Call your Early Childhood Family Advocate Cynthia Behling at 763-753-7178 or email cynbeh@stfrancis.


Baby Visit An ECFE representative will come to your home with resources available in the community for you and your family, information on classes, and a free gift! If you have a new baby in your home, call Lorrie at 763-753-7173 or email to set up a home visit. Don’t have a baby? Pass our number along to friends in the area with new babies.

Keeping young children safe in the car Car accidents are a leading cause of death for young children in the United States. We can prevent many of these deaths and many injuries by following a few simple rules: } Never hold a baby or young child in your lap when riding in a car. } Always use a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated car seat. Child safety seats reduce the risk of death in car accidents by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years. The best car seat is the one that fits your child properly, is easy to use, and fits in your vehicle correctly. } Children under age eight, weighing less than 40 pounds, must be secured in an approved child safety seat. } The parent or legal guardian of a child under eight years of age must provide a child safety seat to anyone who transports his or her child. } Children with physical disabilities that prevent the use of standard child safety seats are exempt from the provisions of the law if the disability is certified by a physician. } The NHTSA recommends that children travel in rear-facing car seats until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by the car seats’ manufacturers. Children over this size should use forward-facing car seats with harnesses. Children taller or heavier than the recommended limits for forward-facing car seats need booster seats secured with seat belts. } Put children in the back seat—away from the air bag! An inflating passenger air bag can kill a baby in a rear-facing safety seat if the seat is in the front. NHTSA warns against placing a child seat for infants in the front seat of any car with an air bag. The safest place for children of any age to ride is the rear seat of a vehicle. } Give each child a separate seat belt. A child who isn’t buckled up could hurt himself or someone else. Buckling two people—even two children—into one seat belt could injure both of them in a crash. Each child safety seat needs its own seat belt, too. } Never leave young children alone in a car! In just a few minutes alone in a car, children can be in serious danger from heat and dehydration, even if the windows are partly open. A child can wriggle out of a seat, hit the controls, and cause the car to move. } Remember that children don’t belong in truck beds. Allowing children to ride in a truck bed is dangerous. They can fall out of the truck bed when the driver swerves, brakes, or hits a bump. Children in a covered truck bed can become overheated. They may breathe in poisonous carbon monoxide gas from exhaust fumes.

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Sports & Outdoors Special Olympians earn state awards in basketball SUBMITTED BY DEB HUMANN ST. FRANCIS AREA SPECIAL OLYMPICS

The St. Francis Area Special Olympics skills basketball team finished this year with the following awards at the state level: Lisa Bernhagen fourth place, Kayla Humann first place, Taylor Berkness first place, Kyle Hansen third place, Angela Barrett first place, Kaitlin Salo third place, and Ryan Perkins first place (not pictured). Lisa Bernhagen earned a letter in basketball this year for community service, participation, and competing in two consecutive area and state level events. Jack Williams was chosen as most improved athlete. Team members are starting track and softball and will be participating in the Special Olympics Minnesota State Athletic Competition in June. In other news, Kayla Humann and Angela Barrett are featured in the 2011 Special Olympics Minnesota Calendar (June). Their photo was taken at the Summer Games 2010 at the University of Minnesota. The girls are members of the St. Francis Area Special Olympics and participate in a number of sports throughout the year. |

Rhythmic gymnast has lofty goals BY KIANA EIDE SFMS STUDENT

Kiana Eide, a 6th grader at St. Francis Middle School, recently competed in rhythmic gymnastics placing third at a regional competition! Kiana also qualified for the Junior Olympic (nationals competition) which is held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida in June. Her team will also compete at the Visa Championship this August in St. Paul. Below is a description of Kiana’s sport: Rhythmic gymnastics is an unusual sport. I started because rhythmic gymnastics was different and unknown. Like many sports, you have to have the passion, commitment, and the love for the sport to excel. The sport of rhythmic gymnastics was invented by the Russians in 1950. This sport was brought to the Olympics in 1984. When it started, it was for men and women, but it evolved into a women’s sport.

St. Francis athletes earned awards in basketball at the state level at the Special Olympics.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

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The rules of rhythmic gymnastics are hard to explain unless you have seen videos of any rhythmic gymnast perform. In a nut shell, the first important rule is during competition you should not cross the line on the carpet. That is called a deduction. The second important rule is that you should catch your tosses. Finally, always think positively when competing. There are different apparatuses in rhythmic gymnastics. That’s pretty much what makes rhythmic gymnastics. The apparatuses that are

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Eddington’s Restaurant Engraving Ideas Erv’s Barber Shop Evans Family Famous Dave’s Federal Premium Ammunition* G-Will, Andover Golf Galaxy Goodrich Pharmacy Grand Slam Great Clips-Blaine Great Clips - Ham Lake Great Clips-St. Francis Green Valley Greenhouse Ham Lake Lanes Hardware Hank Jean Kayl Jet’s Pizza Leeann Chin Luxury Dream Vacations*** Mansetti’s Pizza & Pasta St. Francis Mark Svihel Advisor’s Mortgage

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St. Francis Middle School student Kiana Eide shows off medals earned at a regional competition. She now heads to nationals in June. She hopes one day to be in the Olympics. SUBMITTED PHOTO most recognizable are the rope, hoop, and ball. These are specific balls made entirely out of rubber. There are also special hoops just for rhythmic gymnastics. They are made out of a thicker plastic, so they won’t break. The lesser known apparatuses are the clubs and ribbon. There are different types of clubs, both rubber and plastic. You probably have heard of jugglers juggling clubs, but these are also specific to rhythmic gymnastics. Ribbons are a signature item of rhythmic gymnastics. There are two parts to a ribbon; the ribbon stick, and the ribbon itself. All of these apparatuses have to be ordered for the sport. There is one more important thing that you need for gymnastics. We have special shoes, called half-shoes, needed to compete. There are different levels in

gymnastics. I am in level 9. The levels are 3-10 elite. Only America has levels, but in Russia, they are organized in age groups. There is a big difference between rhythmic gymnastics, and artistic gymnastics. Rhythmic gymnastics is part of dance and ballet. Coaches look to see if you are naturally flexible. My coach told me I was naturally flexible, this is an important trait for being successful in this sport. People always ask me if I can do back flips, and I always tell them I am in rhythmic gymnastics requiring different skills. Thus the explanation begins! I love rhythmic gymnastics. My goal is to qualify for the Olympics. I am confident that my team and I will make it someday and represent the U.S.A. |

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Saints sophomore breaks state record in discus SUBMITTED BY GLEN KAPHAKE SFHS ATHLETICS DIRECTOR


here’s going to be some construction and landscaping going on at St. Francis High School. It seems that the area where the discus lands after Maggie Ewen throws it isn’t quite roomy enough. Ewen made history May 3 in a four-team track meet at St. Francis. She threw the discus 165 feet, 9 inches, which broke the previous state record of 162-4, set by Jessica Cagle of Grand Rapids in 2008. (Note: the record was again broken by Ewen May 19.) There are two “wow” factors in this story. The first is that Maggie isn’t the prototypical thrower. She stands 5-foot9, making her sort of a midsized thrower. And she’s only a sophomore, which portends even greater lengths to come. St. Francis coach Andy Forbort said three of Ewen’s throws surpassed 160 feet. Asked how far she might go before her high school career is over, he said, “I’m not sure how far she can throw. But we need to revamp our discus area, because

it only goes 170 feet. I joked with our football coach that we might use the football field because it’s 300 feet.” The record throw came midway through Ewen’s six attempts in the discus ring. “I’m pretty sure it was my third or fourth throw,” she said the next morning. “The throw didn’t particularly feel like the best it could be, but when I let it go and saw the arc and the flight of it, it was like, ‘Oooh, this is going to be a good one.’“ In her last competition prior to May 3, Ewen won the Hamline Elite Meet with a toss of 147-3. She also won the shot put at Hamline at 45-11. She won the Class 2A title in the discus at last year’s state track meet (159-4) and placed third in the shot put. As an eighthgrader she placed third in the discus and eighth in the shot put at state. There are genetics at work here. Maggie’s father, Bruce, was a college thrower at Illinois State and came within a quarter-inch of making the 1988 U.S. Olympic team in the hammer throw. Her mom, Kristi, played volleyball at Columbia Heights and Ohio

State. Maggie began tinkering with the discus when she was in fifth grade and her older sister Alicia was throwing on the high school team. “I didn’t really take it very seriously right away,” Maggie said. “I suppose it did come pretty naturally.” Forbort called Maggie’s feat “unbelievable” but in the same breath said her success is not a real surprise. “Our throwing coach said as a sixth-grader she would have finished in the top 10 in our section.” The national high school record in the girls discus is 190-3, set by Anna Jelmini of Shafter, Calif., in 2009. That leads to a question for Maggie: How far can you throw? “How far? I don’t know,” she said. “I haven’t really set any long-terms goals for myself. Right now I’m just worried about 166.” In the meantime, somebody better get started on expanding that landing area. It was also recently announced that Maggie has been named Athlete of the Month for May by USA Track and Field Minnesota for her record-breaking toss May 3. |

Track teams place third at conference meet SUBMITTED BY ANDY FORBORT SFHS TRACK & FIELD

St. Francis High School track & field athletes competed in the North Suburban Conference Meet May 19 at Chisago Lakes High School. The girls team placed third overall. Girls All-Conference  Alaina Kne 1st place 800M Run  Becca O’Hotto 4th place 800M Run  Melissa Craft 3rd place Long Jump  Autumn Lefever 4th place Long Jump  Jessica Justin 2nd place Triple Jump  Maggie Ewen 1st place Shot Put (new meet record: 45'3.5"

Autumn Lefever placed fourth in the long jump at the North Suburban Conference meet May 19.  SUBMITTED PHOTO  Adrienne Lindahl 3rd place Shot Put  Maggie Ewen 1st place Discus (new school, meet and state record, 166'8")

Girls Honorable Mention  Sarah Cullen 1600M Run  Diana Dreessen 1600M Run CONTINUED ON PAGE 27 » CONFERENCE MEET

North Metro Soccer


U13-U16 Save t he SUNDAY, Dates! JULY 31


Playing age is determined as of August 1, 2011. Player identification for U13-U16 players will be Sunday, July 31. Online registration open June 12 through July 24. Player identification for U9-U12 players will be Sunday, September 18. Online registration open June 12 through September 11. A $25 non-refundable fee is required at time of online registration. There will be a $35 non-refundable fee for on-site registration. Please visit the NMSA web site for more information,, click on Registration.

St. Francis High School’s Maggie Ewen broke the state record in the discus May 3 at the Saints Invite. Ewen, pictured above at the Hamline Elite Meet, is just a sophomore. SUBMITTED PHOTO

North Metro Soccer Association


ONLINE REGISTRATION Starting June 12 through July 10 Go to click registration link. Cost: (U9-U13) $95 on or before July 10 After July 10 the cost is $120 Registration closes on July 22 at 5:00 p.m. Playing age is determined as of August 1, 2011. • For U9-U13 players currently playing summer competitive soccer—please register online. If you are interested in competitive soccer AND YOUR CHILD IS CURRENTLY NOT ON A TEAM, please check the web site for openings. • The competitive registration fee does not include the cost of the uniform. Players who do not currently have a Spring 2011 competitive uniform must purchase a uniform.

North Metro Soccer Association


Go to click registration link. Ages: (U6-U12) Cost: Early registration June 12 through July 17 = $70 July 18 through July 31 at 5:00 p.m. = $95 • Rec Playing Nights: Playing age is determined as of August 1, 2011. Under 6 (ages 4-5) Tuesday Under 8 (ages 6-7) Boys Monday/Girls Wednesday Under 10 (ages 8-9) Boys Monday/Girls Tuesday Under 12 (ages 10-11) Boys Wednesday/ Girls Thursday. Games played on Saturdays for all ages. • Practices start the week of August 22 and games begin August 29. Season ends Saturday, October 8 with the Fall Jamboree. Team T-shirt and socks are provided. • Coaches needed and appreciated. Volunteer for positive youth development through soccer.




St. Francis Pioneer Days Join us for breakfast during Pioneer Days! Saturday, June 11 • 7:00-11:00 a.m.

God always loves you

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Worship 10:30 a.m.

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Second Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery


ne hundred and fifty years ago, men from St. Francis were answering the call to arms for service in the Union Army, an army that would see four long years of fighting in this nation’s only Civil War. During Pioneer Days, visitors to Woodbury Park will have the unique chance to visit with reenactors of the Second Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery. When this unit was mustered into Union service on March 21, 1862, at Fort Snelling, there were more Anoka County men than from any other county in the state. Woodbury Park in St. Francis is named for a lieutenant of the Second Battery, Albert Woodbury. Woodbury died as a result of wounds suffered during the battle at Chickamauga in 1863. The reenactors will be firing their replica Civil War cannon at intervals while they are in the park, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., on Saturday, June 11 as well as interpreting other aspects of Civil War life. The ladies of the Battery will also be in the park, holding a quilting

bee. For more information on the Battery, please visit their

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Tony Jambor Polka Band to perform 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. 

Good Luck to Miss St. Francis Ambassador candidate Nicole Baxter

Good Luck to Little Miss St. Francis Ambassador candidate Annie Anderson

Good Luck to Little Miss St. Francis Ambassador candidate Kinsey Wolfe Grandpa misses you and is proud of you!

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Good Luck to Little Miss St. Francis Ambassador candidate Jeanna Semler

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St. Francis Friday Nite Rally

7th Season


Every Friday Nite (except rainouts)

May 20

through September

5:00 p.m. until Dusk

9, 2011

Free Admission Casual and relaxed atmosphere…bring the family, stay for dinner! Food and beverages available at local restaurants. Reserved parking for 1980 & Older Street Rods, Customs Classics, Trucks, Motorcycles Music & Prizes Weekly Trophies every 3rd Friday of the month 5/20, 6/17, 7/15 and 8/19 Special Event Nite August 19

St. Francis City Centre Mall

Highway 47 & Pederson Drive NW St. Francis, Minnesota For rally information, call St. Francis Collision/Joe’s Hot Rod Shop: 763-753-6116 or visit the website

Everyone Welcome Sponsored by: St. Francis Collision/Joe’s Hot Rod Shop; St. Francis McDonald’s; Billy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill; St. Francis County Market and other area merchants

See the calendar of events at

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Annie Anderson


Chloe Schaub


Jasmine Dahl


Miranda Johnson


Winter Schuldt

Jeanna Semler



Sophia Koel

Kinsey Wolfe



Nicole Baxter


Naedea Inderlee


Michelle Dupree



Jaydin Guldenaar


Kala Schleif


2010-11 St. Francis Ambassadors, back row (L-R): Junior Miss Alexis Sandquist, Miss St. Francis Alicia Knafla, Miss St. Francis Camille Strickland, Junior Miss Emily Wilson, Junior Miss Erika McDonough, front row (L-R) Little Miss Kaylee Erickson, and Little Miss Grace Anderla. The ambassadors have been great representatives for St. Francis over the past year.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

Brooklyn Reintjes


Sarah Hanson


Laura Scott




The 2010-11 St. Francis Ambassadors will crown their successors Saturday, June 11. 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 and say goodbye to the outgoing royalty and cheer on all the 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 Miss St. Francis Ambassador Program would like to thank all of the candidates’ sponsors as well as the St. Francis American Legion Post 622, St. Francis Lions Club, the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Francis Jaycees, and the City of St. Francis for their continued support of the Ambassador program. Good luck to all of the candidates!  |

Good Luck Little Miss St. Francis Candidate Brooklyn Reintjes!

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Village Bank and St. Francis Foods are proud to sponsor…

Amateur Photo Contest


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In each category of people, animals, and scenery, first prize will receive $25 from Village Bank. Village Bank will accept entries until Saturday, June 4. All photos will be displayed at St. Francis Village Bank June 6 through June 11. Judging will take place Thursday, June 9. If you have any questions, please contact Kristine or Lynn at 763-753-3007.


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Find the Pioneer Days medallion and win $50 from Village Bank AND a $50 Gift Certificate from St. Francis Foods! Rules are available at the St. Francis Village Bank beginning Monday, June 6

Good Luck to Miss St. Francis Ambassador Candidate Marissa Johnson St. Francis 763-753-3007 Blaine 763-780-2100 East Bethel 763-398-8050 Ramsey 763-398-8000

Annual Customer Appreciation Picnic St. Francis Wed., June 8


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 12 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 in the air from a wire. The teams use their hoses to push the ball to the opposing side. 

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Pioneer Days Turtle Race Held at St. Francis Community Park Saturday, June 11. 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



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Friday – TC Troubadours (Country Music) Saturday – Cole Allen Band (Blues Band)


8:00 am Saturday and Sunday at Hidden Ponds Park (Men’s USSSA) Call for more information.

INAUGURAL ST. FRANCIS MOTORCYCLE RUN Run will start at Zylstra Harley Davidson in Elk River. Registration 11 am-12:30 pm on June 11. $20 per bike. Ride starts at 1 pm and Billy’s will be the final stop. Proceeds benefit the Pederson Path Project in St. Francis. Call for more information.


Sunday, June 19 8:00 am to 2:00 pm featuring a Carving Station Kids under 5 eat FREE

St. Francis Friday Nite Rally

7th Season

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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.





Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 11

7:00- Breakfast at the St. Francis Methodist Church 11:00 am located at 3914-229th Avenue NW, St. Francis 8:00 am All Day Softball Tournament at Community Park, concessions by St. Francis Lions/Lioness 8:00 am All Day Softball Tournament at Hidden Ponds Park, sponsored by Billy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill 8:00 am 5K Run/Walk participants meet at St. Francis High School west parking lot 9:00 am Carnival Rides, Craft & Food Vendors at Community Park 10:00 am Petting Zoo and Pony Rides by Tommy’s Zoo 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 am- Artist Day at Bridge Street Coffee Box & Sweet 2:00 pm Shoppe, 22973 Rum River Blvd.-Meet the local artists that display their art 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, sponsored by the St. Francis Lions Club Noon Bed Races start at intersection of Ambassador Blvd. and Bridge Street, finish line at St. Francis True Value Hardware 1:00 pm GRAND PARADE Grand Marshal is Dennis Berg, former Anoka County Commissioner and St. Francis High School graduate 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 After Parade Horseshoe Tournament at St. Francis American Legion 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 7:00 pm St. Francis Town Baseball Game vs. St. Paul Shamrocks, St. Francis High School Baseball Field 8:30 pm- Music by Boogie Wonderland in Jaycees Tent 12:30 am at Community Park, Rain or Shine (21+ show) 9:00 pm- Music by Killer Hayseeds at Patriot Lanes & Lounge 12:30 am (21+ show)


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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 Admission is free and open to all ages 8:30 pm- Karaoke at St. Francis American Legion Midnight 9:00 pm- Music by Brat Pack Radio 12:30 am at Patriot Lanes & Lounge

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Friday, June 10


Medallion Hunt

Starts Monday, June 6 Daily clues posted at Village Bank in St. Francis

8th Annual Amateur Photo Contest

Photos accepted at Village Bank until Saturday, June 4 and displayed June 6-11

Carnival Friday, Saturday, Sunday Located at Community Park

Sunday, June 12

8:00 am All Day Softball Tournament at Community Park, concessions by St. Francis Lions & Lioness 8:00 am All Day Softball Tournament at Hidden Ponds Park, sponsored by Billy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill 10:00 am Community Worship Service at Community Park Music by Minnesota Teen Challenge Choir 11:00 am Carnival Rides, Craft & Food Vendors at Community Park 11:00 am 40/8 Flag Retirement at St. Francis American Legion Noon Petting Zoo and Pony Rides by Tommy’s Zoo Noon Water Ball Fight between Area Fire Departments at Community Park 12:30- Music by The Tony Jambor Polka Band 3:00 pm in Jaycees Tent at Community Park 1:00 pm Kid’s Peddle Pull 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 5:30 pm Free kids games & hot dog give-a-way before the fireworks at Living Hope’s Ministry Center across from St. Francis High School 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 the St. Francis Bottle Shop

The North Anoka County Emergency Foodshelf will have a table in Community Park on Saturday, June 11. Please stop by and donate non-perishable food items or money to the foodshelf.





St. Francis Lions to host 4th annual run/walk

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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 11 at 8:00 a.m. at the St. Francis High School west parking lot.

Meet the local artists who display their art at Bridge Street Coffee on Saturday, June 11, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

All walkers and runners will receive a race T-shirt. 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

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Join us on Friday, June 17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. for our GRAND OPENING with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Isanti Physical Therapy

Andover Physical Therapy

Enterprise Ave.

Andover Downtown Center

St. Francis Physical Therapy Wellness Center


new item for all participants. 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. Refreshments and a drawing for door prizes will be at the conclusion of the event. Register before June 11 for $20; after June 11 the fee is $25. All proceeds are for community

projects determined by the St. Francis Lions. Contact Lion Mike Starr at 763-753-7496 or visit 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, St. Francis Dairy Queen, The Courier, North Anoka Plumbing, St. Francis Mansetti’s, and Cedar Creek Baking Co.  

See us in the Pioneer Days Parade and at our booth in Community Park.

Prizes and specials throughout the day Massage • Acupuncture • Personal Training




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and family fun before the fireworks on Sunday night of Pioneer Days weekend!

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St. Francis Community Park


St. Francis High School

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Village Bank

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Wellness Van offers free screening June 11 SUBMITTED BY KEVIN SCHULDT


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. Each participant receives a personal risk report a few weeks after the screening to help in deciding what steps need to be taken to maintain or regain a healthier life.

Woody returns to Pioneer Days The Wonderful World of Woody is a children’s show featuring the multi-talented Tom Strohmyer who is known as Woody. Strohmyer is also a member with the retro group The Rockin’ Hollywoods! Every show features music, a sing-along, juggling, some rock & roll, a little magic, dancing and plenty of audience participation. Performances will be Saturday, June 11, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. at Community Park in St. Francis.  



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 11 beginning at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday, June 12, 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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The Wellness Van is a co-project of District 5M7 Lions/Lioness and Mercy & Unity Hospitals. The van is staffed by nurses and lab staff from Mercy & Unity Hospitals. Mercy & Unity Hospitals in Coon Rapids and Fridley are part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a non-profit network of hospitals, clinics and other health care services. 

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Lions to sponsor 2nd annual bed race SUBMITTED BY MIKE STARR ST. FRANCIS LIONS

Be creative, have fun, dress up, and select a theme for your team for this year’s kick-

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the Bed Post Traveling Trophy, and of course, bragging rights.

Organize a team to build a bed to race for the fastest time,

Your five-person team consisting of one rider and four


pushers will line up at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the intersection 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. 

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Community & Business Oak Grove Fire Department visits Lifelong Learning Center New this year was a Connexus Energy bucket truck that put on a demonstration on power line safety. The weather was fabulous and many residents of Oak

Grove brought their young children to see all the vehicles. During the Monday visit, children learned about fire prevention, safety and equip-

ment. They watched as a firefighter put on his gear. “This interaction is extremely important,” said Todd Johnson of the Oak Grove Fire Department. “When a fire occurs, CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 » OAK GROVE FIRE DEPARTMENT


The Oak Grove Fire Department made two appearances at the Lifelong Learning Center on Saturday, May 7 and Monday, May 9. For the Saturday visit, the Oak Grove Fire Department participated in Vehicle Day.

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FROM PAGE 23 OAK GROVE FIRE DEPARTMENT children often hide from the intimidating-looking firefighter. If a child can see a firefighter dressed in fire gear with firefighting equipment in a safe setting, a child will be more likely to go to a rescuing firefighter in a real situation.”

provided by schools and fire departments covering topics such as home fire drills, escape plans, smoke detectors, and causes of fires and steps to prevent them is meant to keep families safe. With these efforts, it is hoped that lives will be saved. 

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Burn care professionals at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) are reminding parents to keep an eye on their children around campfires. “During the spring and summer, we see children admitted for burns from campfires and bonfires,” explains Pat Anderson, RN. “Children are curious and move quickly, and they can trip and fall into the fire pit. Their clothing can catch fire easily, resulting in painful burns or even death.” Smoldering coals can also cause severe burns even 24 hours after the fire has stopped burning. “After enjoying a campfire, it’s important to make sure fires are put out and coals are thoroughly extinguished,” warns Anderson. With warmer weather in the forecast, staff is concerned that they’ll see more children with these types of burns. Travis and Jennifer Winegarner’s two-year-old son, Nolan, fell into a smoldering fire pit resulting in burns to his elbow and hand. “It was awful,” says Travis. “He was rolling on the ground in pain, and it happened so quickly. We don’t want any other parents or children to have to go through this.” In April, HCMC’s Burn Center has already treated several children under the age of five who have suffered from burns sustained in campfires, and the warm summer months are yet to come. Since 2005 the Burn Center has cared for 150 patients injured with campfire burns; almost one-third of these patients were children. Hennepin County Medical Center is a nationally recognized Level 1 Adult Trauma Center and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center with the largest emergency department in Minnesota. The Burn Center cares for patients from Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. 

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The Miss St. Francis Ambassador candidates would like to thank the St. Francis Fire Department for teaching them the new CPR standards at a class in May. Contact the Fire Department to learn more about free classes offered to the community! SUBMITTED BY AMBER MENGELKOCH-EISENSCHENK, PROGRAM COORDINATOR MISS ST. FRANCIS AMBASSADOR PROGRAM


Pledge to take the bus or train, carpool, vanpool, telework, bike or walk on trips to work, school or for errands—as little as one day—between now and June 30, and you’ll be eligible to win great prizes including iPads, Amazon Kindles, netbooks and more! Take part in this year’s Commuter Challenge and see how easy it is to ride the bus, carpool, bike, or walk instead of driving alone. Why should I take the Commuter Challenge?

Traffic congestion costs time and money when people, goods, and services are idled on the road. The average Twin Cities commuter spends 42 hours each year stuck in traffic. Every car taken off the road improves the flow of traffic for everyone. • Get more exercise and improve your health: When you walk or bike to work, you naturally incorporate regular exercise into your day. A recent study showed that walking or biking to and from a transit stop or riding your bike to work can help people attain the recommended level of daily activity. How do I sign up?

• Save money: A 15mile commute in an average car costs over $100 per month in gas alone. Leaving your car at home, even if it’s just one day a week, can save you money! • Win great prizes: Pledge to leave your car at home at least one day between now and June 30 and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win great prizes! • Better your community and the economy:

Complete a pledge form online at or contact the Anoka County TMO at 763-862-4260. Bike map and commuting guide Free copies of the Anoka County Bike Map and Commuting Guide are available through the Anoka County TMO and the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department. The guide includes information on county bike trails and tips for commuting via bike, carpool, vanpool, and bus.  

Catch baseball fever at the Anoka County Library! SUBMITTED BY MONICA CAMPBELL ANOKA COUNTY LIBRARY

Join us at the Mississippi Library on Saturday, June 4 at 2:00 p.m. to meet and visit with baseball chronicler and collector Frank White. White will share the “untold story” of many outstanding African American players of the 1940s and 1950s who contributed to the game in Minnesota, as Negro Baseball League teams barnstormed throughout the state. This program is free and open to the public. White

is the curator of the baseball exhibit currently on display at the Mississippi Library.

sissippi Street NE in Fridley. The exhibit will be on display through the month of June.

“They played for the Love of the Game—Adding to the Legacy of Black Baseball” is an exhibit that traces the early history of Minnesota Black baseball and some of its stars. The original exhibit was on display at the Landmark Center in 2010 and has been displayed at the Ramsey and Scott County Library systems as well. Currently the exhibit is on display at the Mississippi Branch Library, located at 410 Mis-

“This exhibit is not just about baseball,” said Anoka County Commissioner Jim Kordiak. “Over time, the game of baseball and its evolution has been a reflection of our culture, and this exhibit is as much about our history as it is about sports.”

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Stop in during regular library hours at the Mississippi Library to see this collection of historical photos and information and visit the library on June 4 to meet the curator. This exhibit and program are presented in partnership with MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) and are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The exhibit was curated by Frank M. White and developed by the Ramsey County Historical Society. For more information about the exhibit or the June 4 program or the Anoka County Library, call 763-712-2322 or visit



A controlled burn was recently conducted at Anoka County’s Bunker Hills Regional Park.

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50 acres in Coon Rapids Dam and Rum River Central Regional Parks.

The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department recently conducted a controlled burn in Bunker Hills Regional Park in Andover as part of an ongoing prairie restoration project. Prescribed burns help reduce non-native and undesirable trees, shrubs, and other grasses and remove the buildup of dead vegetation.

“Prescribed burns like this are an important management tool for improving and maintaining habitat,” said Anoka County Commissioner Jim Kordiak, who chairs the county’s Parks Committee. “It’s a safe and practical way to attain the restorative benefits of naturally occurring wildfires in the grassland, forest, and wetland habitats found throughout the Anoka County Parks system.” The controlled burn was carried out by Anoka County Parks and Recreation staff, Prairie Restoration, Inc., and the Minnesota Conservation Corp. The burns are completed under the strict supervision of highly trained individuals in cooperation with the local fire departments and the Minnesota DNR. 


The Anoka County Traveler dial-a-ride service has successfully transitioned to Transit Link, a seven county metro-wide transit program that provides curb-to-curb minibus or van service for the general public. The metro area’s dial-a-ride services were recently reorganized by the Metropolitan Council to streamline and lend consistency to the transit program.  Previously, as many as 20

providers operated dial-aride services, each with their own fare structure and operating guidelines. “The restructuring is allowing us to provide enhanced dial-a-ride services to residents,” said Anoka County Commissioner Andy Westerberg, chair of the county’s Public Works Committee. “It ensures that transit options are available to residents who live in areas not served by regular transit routes.” Anoka County Transit Link

serves all communities in the county and is available from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays (weekend and evening service is available in some areas). Rides may be reserved up to five business days in advance. (Same day rides are subject to availability.) Fares are based on the distance traveled with a base fare of $2.25 each way for trips less than 10 miles. Trips between 10 and 20 miles are $4.50 each way; trips greater than 20 miles are $6.75 each way. Transit Link passengers

may transfer to any metro area regular route transit bus without paying an additional fare, except when transferring to Northstar Commuter Rail or to peak express bus service. In those cases, the value of the Transit Link fare is deducted by using a transfer issued by the driver. For more information, call 763-422-7075, or to reserve your ride, call 651-602-5465 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 


Due to changes in federal government rules, the Anoka County License Centers are no longer able to process applications for U.S. Passports and birth and death certificate applications at the same location. These federally-required changes took effect May 1. Federal rules also prevent license centers from accepting first-time driver licenses, first-time instructional permits, or first-time applications for Minnesota State ID cards at a location where U.S. Passport applications are accepted.


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Controlled burn held at Bunker Hills Regional Park

In 2009, the Parks Department carried out controlled burns on more than 260 acres in four county parks: Bunker Hills, Coon Rapids Dam, and Mississippi West Regional Parks, and Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve. (There were no controlled burns in 2010 because of dry spring and wet fall conditions.) Additional burns are scheduled for later this year on a total of


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To comply with these new federal regulations, the Columbia Heights and Coon Rapids License Centers will continue to process applications for birth and death certificates and first-time driver licenses, driver instructional permits, and State ID cards. They will not be able to accept applications for U.S. Passports.

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The Blaine, Ham Lake, and Ramsey locations will continue to accept U.S. Passport applications, but will not be able to accept applications for birth/death certificates or first-time driver licenses, first-time driver instructional permits, and first-time Minnesota State ID cards.

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All five license center locations will continue to be able to assist you with applications for renewal of Minnesota driver licenses, renewal of instructional permits, and renewal of State ID cards.

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Registration forms can be found at County Market, St. Francis Foods and Kids Country Childcare, or go online to Registration is $12 before August 12, $15 August 13-26 and includes advertising in local papers, Star Tribune sale calendar, Craigslist, signs at main intersections and posters around town and maps of all the sales. Sponsored by St. Francis Area Women of Today.





A 75-year tradition at St. Francis High School — students celebrate The Crier student newspaper


The St. Francis Alumni Association All-Class Reunion will be held Saturday, June 11, at St. Francis Middle School, immediately following the Pioneer Days parade until 4:00 p.m. Members of the Class of 1961 are to meet outside the west door at noon June 11 to ride on the 50 year alumni passenger wagon in the parade. The Class of 1961 will be honored on their 50th reunion with a short program. Refreshments will be served by the Class of 1962. All past St. Francis students are invited. Since 1993, the alumni association has provided an annual scholarship for a deserving graduate.

Class of 1991 will celebrate their 20-year reunion July 30, 2011, 6:00 p.m. at Hidden Haven Golf Club, Cedar For more information, email Libby at stf.class.of.91.reunion@ 

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Staff members of The Crier recognize the 75-year anniversary of the St. Francis High School student newspaper with an updated look and launch of The Crier website.  SUBMITTED PHOTO


Preschool and early elementary-age children are invited to bring their parents to the summer sessions of the drop-in Family Storytimes at the St. Francis Branch of the Anoka County Library, located at 3519 Bridge Street in St. Francis. Storytimes are held Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., beginning June 16 and continuing through July 28. No registration is necessary. Please call the St. Francis Branch at 763-753-2131 for further information. Storytime is offered by the Anoka County Library as a way of acquainting young children with books and reading. Toddler, Preschool (registration IS required) and Family Storytimes are offered at many of the Anoka County Library branches at many different times and days of the week. 


It was because of this 75-year anniversary, a once in a lifetime event, that prompted The Crier staff to brainstorm some new ideas that could be implemented. As a result, a redesign of the St. Francis High School’s student newspaper took place, including changes to the logo and lay-

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Though The Crier class is only offered two out of the three trimesters during a school year, the staff has continued to publish a newspaper all year long. During the third trimester, a Journalism Club has been launched. This club is open to any high school student who wishes to assist in The Crier’s production. The club meets weekly on Thursdays in Glenn Morehouse Olson’s room. It’s been an honor to serve on this 75-year tradition called The Crier. Since I joined the paper some four years ago, I have never seen a staff that has worked so hard and dedicated countless hours to continue this legacy. 

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Spring basketball team fares well in several tournaments

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The Sparder 8th grade basketball team has enjoyed a very successful spring season. Coached by Tim Sparstad and consisting of five St. Francis players and three Centennial players, this team has come together in a winning way. Currently the team is ranked 17th out of 69 spring league teams. The team has played in the championship game for every tournament they have entered to this date. They placed second out of eight team brackets in three tournaments and lost by just one point in two of those championship games. Congratulations to Coach Sparstad and this successful combination of players!  |

The Sparder 8th grade spring basketball league team recently took first place at a tournament in St. Cloud. Team members are: Ethan Scheuring, Grant Sparstad, Jake Vanness, Blake Moreno, Justin Kane, Grant Hanson, Devon Fritz and Brock Nyren.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

} Katlyn Kenney 3200M Run } Dakotah Bullen 3200M Run } Molly Kungel 3200M Run } Alexis French 100M & 300M Hurdles } Gabby Calametti 300M Hurdles } Maria Zutz-Pole Vault } Maddi Kaehler-Pole Vault } 4x200M Relay Team Makenna Sullivan, Autumn Lefever, Melissa Craft, Sonja Homan } 4x400M Relay Team Makenna Sullivan, Sonja Homan, Melissa Craft, Alaina Kne } 4x800M Relay Team Diana Dreessen, Becca O’Hotto, Molly Kungel, Alaina Kne The boys team also placed third overall at the meet. Boys All-Conference } Grant Olsen 3rd place 800M Run } Vince Blonigen 4th place 800M Run } Adam Zutz 1st place 1600M Run (new meet record: 4:18.44) } Vince Blonigen 4th place 1600M Run } Adam Zutz 1st place 3200M Run (new school and meet

record: 9:16.75) } 4x100M Relay Team (1st place): Dylan Draxten, Curtis PutzGittins, Damon Luken and Dontay Matthews } 4x200M Relay Team (1st place): Dylan Draxten, Jordan Tradewell, Curtis PutzGittins, Dontay Matthews } 4x400M Relay Team (1st place): Sam Wellman, Joe Brown, Adam Zutz, Jordan Tradewell } 4x800M Relay Team (2nd place): Ben Burdorf, Paul Kastenbauer, Trever Hodgman, Grant Olsen, } Isaac Lindahl


noka County Library once again received a gift of $5,000 from Friends of the Library at their Annual Meeting on May 3. The money will be used for the Summer Reading 2011 program to promote reading throughout the summer to maintain and enhance kids’ literacy skills. The contribution will also be used to purchase new titles for the Book Club in a Bag collection. The remainder of the contribution will be distributed to each library throughout the system for materials that enhance public service. Commissioner Erhart, who attended the annual meeting, expressed his appreciation to the Friends. “The continued support from the Friends will mean more library programs over the summer months and an enhanced reading collection. Their strong dedication to libraries has led to improved service at all of our eight branches. We are thankful for all their hard work.” Friends President, Doug Zbikowski presented the check to Marlene Moulton Janssen, Library Director, who gave the group her sincere thanks.

4th place Discus } Tim Hale 2nd place Pole Vault Honorable Mention } Curtis Putz-Gittins 200M Dash } Jordan Tradewell-400M Dash } Joe Brown-400M Dash } Mike Foss High Jump & Pole Vault The boys team was also named Conference Academic Team Champions! The section meet was held June 1 and 4, and the state meet will be held June 10-11. Look for results in the July Courier.  |

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The very popular “Ghosts of Anoka” tour will be available the first and third Thursday and Saturday of each month, through October. This walking tour of 15 blocks around Anoka city streets is offered by the Anoka County Historical Society. Adventurous types will want to join the Anoka County Historical Society on the Ghosts of Anoka tour. The tour will begin and end at the History Center and will start promptly at 7:30 p.m.. It is a skillful weaving together of history, conjecture, and fact, sprinkled with a flair for the dramatic and seasoned by good story telling. 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? Come 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. The tour is limited to 24 people and lasts about one hour and a half. 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 763421-0600, to make a reservation. The History Center is located at 2135 Third Avenue North in downtown Anoka. Please call for additional information at 763421-0600 or visit the website at 

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This year’s Isanti County Fair in Cambridge is celebrating another year of great grandstand entertainment. The Isanti Fair, which runs Wednesday, July 20 to Sunday, July 24, will continue to provide the best in grandstand entertainment for fair goers. Wednesday evening, the Motocross takes to the track in the grandstand. With many of the participants from Isanti County and the surrounding area, this event is guaranteed to provide plenty of action and thrills. Big Deal Promotions offers classes for 50cc cycles to the 250cc and larger pro classes, with trophies to the top riders On Thursday night, the fair will be presenting a new event—the first Truck Pull. Sponsored by John Hirsch Cambridge Motors, the


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Heartland Truck Pullers Inc. will be on hand presenting a points pull for the professional trucks and also classes for the local participants. Do you think that your truck can out pull everyone around? Come on out and be part of the show or just be on hand to watch these big trucks take to the track for a great event. Friday night brings the return of the Tractor Pull. See the best drivers and the biggest tractors from all around Minnesota and western Wisconsin come with their best to compete on what is known as one of the best tracks around. With local favorites and pullers from throughout the area, this event has always been the pull to win. On Saturday evening, there will be the annual Demo-Derby featuring two best looking competitions—one for cars and one for trucks; heats, consolations, and features

for compact cars, trucks, and mini-vans, along with fullsize trucks along with Suburbans for the finale. Sunday is Family Day at the Fair with half price admission before 10:00 a.m. and a free grandstand show. Bring the entire family early on Sunday and stay all day to enjoy the many other attractions going on. Admission to grandstand events is $7 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, and 5 and under are free. Grandstand admittance is free for all on Sunday. Make plans to attend the 2011 Isanti County Fair. Entry information for any of the grandstand shows and other Fair entertainment can be obtained by logging on to: or by calling 763-444-9418 or the fairgrounds at 763-689-2555.

Nominations being accepted into SFHS Hall of Fame The St. Francis High School Hall of Fame is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of former athletes/activity participants who have also distinguished themselves as outstanding citizens, former coaches/activity advisors who were outstanding in their many years of service to Independent School District 15, and distinguished alumni who have made great contributions to the community and society as a whole. Nominations into the St. Francis High School Hall of Fame are now being accepted. Submit the form to the SFHS Athletics/Academic Office. Forms can be found at hallfame. The ceremony will take place in the fall of 2011. 



New laws help students, landowners and small businesses We are entering the home stretch of the 2011 legislative session as I write this column, with a little more than one week remaining before the May 23 constitutional deadline to adjourn. The top priority remained finding a solution that will erase our state’s $5 billion budget shortfall. But, with that project unresolved in time to be today’s focus, I will highlight other key bills we passed into law this session. Improving small-businesses permit process The very first bill the House passed in 2011 is designed to pump life into Minnesota’s small businesses by expediting the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s permitting process. This will create a friendlier course for countless Minnesota businesses, ranging from manufacturing to agriculture, mining and more. Our goal was to create private-sector jobs at a time unemployment rates remain high and many Minnesotans are looking to get back to work. To be clear, we are not looking to skip steps or compromise the thoroughness of our permitting system. This new law simply allows us to streamline the process and bring about more reasonable turnaround times. We can’t afford to continue putting ourselves at a competitive disadvantage by frustrating people to the point they put the brakes on expansion projects or choose to operate their business in another state. Removing barriers for teachers Another bill we passed into law makes it easier for schools to employ teachers without traditional education training who meet other criteria. Candidates must meet a set of strict standards and receive training before receiving a license. Many of these qualifications are even higher than those along the traditional path to becoming a teacher. Alternative licensure brings us into competitive balance. Florida—whose fourth graders recently tested higher than Minnesota’s fourth graders in reading—allows NASA scientists and mathematicians alternative pathways to teach. This change in law will now allow Minnesota to tap into bright people of our own who may want to enter the teaching world through a nontraditional route. This new tool will help us provide our students with the best teachers available, preparing our children for the most competitive labor market we have ever seen. Finding a green acres solution Some problematic changes were made to the Green Acres agricultural land program back in 2008. A new law is meant to end the headaches for landowners by: } Allowing property owners who were forced out of Green Acres to get back in if their land is still eligible. } Reimbursing these owners for additional taxes. } Examining ways to improve the tillable and non-tillable land designations for future years. } Ending the eight-year covenant requirement created by the 2008 law for the Rural Reserve Program and terminating any existing covenants. } Land enrolled after May 1, 2012 and then voluntarily withdrawn will have a clawback up to five years. Rep. Hackbarth is the state representative for House District 48A which includes Elk River, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Bethel and East Bethel. You can reach Rep. Hackbarth by mail: 309 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155; by phone: 651-296-2439; by email:

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enthusiasm are contagious.” Weaver served as regional administrator for the Metropolitan Council for eight years. Prior to that, he was a legislative director and legal counsel to former Gov. Arne Carlson, and general counsel to the former Metropolitan Transit Commission. His private sector experience includes working for Northern States Power Co., Xcel Energy, Excelsior Energy, and the Larkin, Hoffman law firm. He has been a Courage Center volunteer and served on the board for the Bridge for Runaway Youth. Weaver joined the agency May 2 as the agency gets ready to celebrate 50 years of service to the community in 2012. Achieve began in 1962 as a day treatment program for children with developmental disabilities. Over the years, they have responded to changing policies and practices. In 2004, they separated from Anoka County

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Local members of the Minnesota Miniature Horse Club met in Lake Elmo for a fun show on Mother’s Day, May 8. Miniature horses were shown in a variety of events including halter, jumping, obstacle in halter and driving, pole weaving, and pleasure driving. Deb Humann, St. Francis, placed first in western country pleasure driving and second in pole weaving (driving); Deb Hari, Isanti, placed second in western country pleasure driving. Judy Conger, also of Isanti, participated with her horse, Prince.  PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY DEB HUMANN

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A new five-mile segment of Rice Creek North Regional Trail in Lino Lakes officially opens June 15 with a ribboncutting ceremony and a family friendly grand opening celebration open to the public. The new trail segment travels through the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve and connects the Lino Lakes Town Center with Baldwin Lake Park. The trail also features a temporary connecting route from Rice Lake Elementary along Ware Road and County Road J to the Rice Creek North Regional Trail in Ramsey County. The trail includes 1,000 feet of boardwalk north of the elementary school and a 100 foot long bridge over Rice Creek near Chomonix Golf Course. “The trail links the Hardwood Creek Trail in Washington County and the Rice Creek North Trail in Ramsey County,” said Anoka County Board Chair Rhonda Sivarajah. “It’s a beautiful area for people who enjoy walking and biking for pleasure and also provides an essential connecting piece for commuters who bike to work.” The June 15 grand opening celebration runs from 4:306:30 p.m. with a brief ribboncutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Family friendly activities include scheduled tours of the Chain of Lakes YMCA, climbing wall, lawn games,

Funding for the trail extension was provided by a $1,050,000 federal Transportation Enhancement grant and $1 million in state and Metropolitan Council Regional Park grants. “By accessing multiple funding sources, we were able to complete this long-awaited trail section using minimum county dollars,” said Anoka County Commissioner Jim Kordiak, who chairs the Parks Committee. FILE PHOTO

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Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Bird Tour, 7:00 a.m.-noon. Meet at the Blue Hill Trail, County Road 9, six miles west of Hwy. 169. This tour will focus on identifying birds by their songs and calls, especially difficult groups such as sparrows and warblers. Recent sightings, weather and preferences of the group will determine the itinerary, which may include walking and driving. For more information or to pre-register for this tour, call 763- 389-3323 x 13 or TTY 1-800-877-8339 or visit www.fws. gov/midwest/sherburne/.

ArtSoup Community Art Festival, which runs 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and is sponsored by the Arts Alliance, is returning this year to historic downtown Elk River. The biennial festival is a free, fun, family-friendly day that features art, live music, food, dance, theater and art activities for children. For more information, visit or call 763-441-4725.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 5th Annual Golf Marathon for Autism at The Ponds Golf Course in St. Francis. Ken Peterson will be golfing from sunrise to sunset, trying to play as many holes as possible to raise money to help people of all ages deal with autism, taking pledges per hole. All money pledged will go to the Autism Society of Minnesota. Email Ken at with your pledge per hole and he’ll email you back with where you can send your check to help support the fight against autism. FRIDAY, JUNE 17 Grand Opening for St. Francis Physical Therapy Wellness Center in the St. Francis Mall on Bridge Street. 9:00 a.m.6:00 p.m. with ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Prizes and specials throughout the day. Learn more about what we have to offer—massage, acupuncture and personal training.

TUESDAY, JUNE 21 Anoka County Extension Staff and Dollar Works Volunteers will present a free Dollars into Sense class at 10:00 a.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center (550 Bunker Lake Blvd, Andover) and again at 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. Classes will cover budgeting and address credit issues, tracking expenses, making a spending plan, goal setting and how to get help. SUNDAY, JUNE 26 St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church 9th Annual All You Can Eat Steak Dinner with all the trimmings, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults $9.95, children $5.95, preschool free. Hamburgers and hotdogs available for children. Call 763-434-7146 for more information. JUNE & JULY 4-H Summer Camps for Kids are being offered through the University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County 4-H. These programs are held at 4-H Camp

Salie located in Linwood Township. Camps are open to 4-H and non-4-H youth. These camps encourage learning about nature and the environment, making new friends and indoor and outdoor recreation! Campers will participate in a variety of crafts and special projects. Overnight camps: June 21-24 for grades 2-6; July 6-7 for grades 1-6. Day Camps: June 16 and July 6 for grades K-5. For more information and registration forms, visit county/anoka or call 763-755-1280. JULY 8-9 Mark your calendars for the Andover Fun Fest at Andover City Hall complex. Mini-covered wagon rides, petting zoo, Giant water slide and more. Craft vendors, call Cindy 763-767-5100 or visit AUGUST 7-12 Mother’s Camp 2011 will be held at St. Croix Park, Head of the Rapids Group Camp in Hinckley. Camp is open to all women (age 18 and older) who want to get away, have fun and time for yourself in a retreat-type setting. Share a cabin with a group of friends if you like. Contact Sue at 320-272-4290 or for more information. TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at The Refuge. Sign up early in June to receive discount on registration. Visit for more information.

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Can you even remember where you spent your petty cash last month? Was it at the convenient drive-thru restaurant a few times, or for a few extra snacks during the week? During the summer when school lunches are not an option, did you know you can buy lunch for a child for an entire month for just $40? Send your financial gift today to the NACE Foodshelf, PO Box 2, Cedar, MN, 55011 or donate on line at, enter the NACE Foodshelf as your non-profit choice. Round up your donation to $50, $75 or $100 and buy lunch for as many kids as you can. At the end of the summer months, your petty cash, won’t be so “petty,” but will be well spent and much appreciated! For more information, call 763-434-7685 or email to 

How to establish good credit Good credit is a must for those looking to secure their financial futures. But before a young person can maintain a good credit history, he or she must first establish good credit. For young people, how to establish good credit is often a mystery. In fact, many young people might be unaware that the way they use their credit cards today can have repercussions for years to come. Those repercussions can be positive or negative, depending on how young people approach credit. There are several ways young people can establish good credit and put themselves in a positive light with potential creditors, both in the present day and in the future. } Consider a gas card. Most gas companies offer credit cards that can be used exclusively at their gas stations. For young people with limited or “thin” credit histories, these cards can make a great initial foray into the world of credit. Often easier to get than traditional credit cards, gas cards come with

much less risk than traditional credit cards, and young people looking to build credit can use them as a solid starting block to building their credit. One thing to be mindful of, however, is the interest rates on these cards. The interest rates on gas cards are typically higher than those on general-use cards, so young people need to be especially diligent and pay their monthly bills in full each month. Another potential drawback to gas cards is that not all card issuers report on-time payments to the credit bureaus. Such reports are integral to earning a high credit rating, so this could be a significant drawback to men and women with thin credit histories. } Apply for a loan. Bank loans or loans from a credit union are another good building block for people with thin credit histories. So long as borrowers make each of their monthly payments on time, those payments will be reported to the credit bureaus. This is better

than simply depositing money into a savings or checking account, as such deposits will not be reported to a credit agency and will have no effect whatsoever on a credit rating. For those borrowers who can’t secure a loan on their own, which is increasingly common in today’s economy, securing a loan with a co-signer is another alternative. Making payments on such a loan on time indicates to prospective creditors that a borrower is responsible and worthy of securing a loan or credit card on their own. When signing up for a loan with a co-signer, it’s essential that borrowers know the bank is not the one assuming the risk. Instead, it’s the co-signer, be it a parent or other close friend or relative, assuming the risk. One should not put a co-signer’s finances and credit rating at risk by missing payments or defaulting on the loan. } Apply for a secured card. A secured credit card is similar to a standard credit card but is first secured with a deposit. To get a

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Don’t let “double dip” fears sink your investment plans Fears of a “double-dip” recession are in the air. Obviously, this isn’t particularly good news; we’d all like to feel that the economy is growing robustly. At the same time, however, you’ll want to avoid making hasty, ill-advised investment decisions based on the mere threat of a slide into another recession. Instead, you’ll want to keep your long-term investment plan intact—in all economic environments. The possibility of a double-dip recession makes great headlines. But such events have been rare. In fact, we’ve seen only one double-dip recession in the past 77 years. However, this history hasn’t stopped gloomy forecasters from predicting a double-dip in 1991 (it didn’t happen) and in 2003 (when it didn’t happen again). Will we again avoid the double-dip recession this time? It’s dangerous to make predictions, but it seems more likely that what we’re really experiencing is a “soft patch” in the economic recovery as retail sales remain weak, consumer confidence is low and unemployment remains high. But on the positive side, manufacturing activity has been strong, corporate earnings have rebounded to pre-recession levels and profit margins are near all-time highs. And yet, many investors are focusing strictly on the negative reports—and they’re acting on their fears by moving money from stocks to fixed-income vehicles, such as bonds. During the period from July 2008 through June 2010, investors pulled more than $200 billion out of stock-based mutual funds and put more than $475 billion into bond funds, according to the Investment Company Institute. Bonds can provide a source of regular income and will return your principal when they mature, providing the issuers don’t default. They’re an important part of most investors’ portfolios. But if you’re joining the crowd and over-concentrating on bonds, you risk losing the following:


The world has had so many changes: changes in the economy, changes in the housing market, not to mention political changes. I have heard it said that this is the new normal. I do know that there is a new normal when it comes to personal transportation. I think the new normal is constant and rapid change on many fronts. I still can remember working on my very first computer-controlled ignition system. This car had one basic computer module that controlled the spark timing. These days there are as many as 70 different and distinct modules that report to a few main computers over data communication lines that run everything from the transmission to the door locks. There are back-up cameras, park assist, accident avoidance systems, satellite radio and the list goes on and on with no stopping in sight. Technology continues to advance and I do not see it stagnating or retreating at all. It seems that the price of gas and diesel fuel continues to be volatile, but always creeping upward. This is, I guess, the new normal. As with any change, we can resist it, tolerate it or embrace it. A friend read me a story a couple weeks ago, and the gist of it was no matter the circumstances, all we can control is our own personal attitude. I don’t claim to be a philosopher, but I think that may be true. Each day at our shop we deal with people and try and help them to figure out their transportation problems. A big topic is the increasing gas prices. Everyone that comes in has something to say about it. A gentleman was in last week and we did some work for him. He came to pick up his vehicle and was griping about the price of gas. He said that he enjoyed fish-

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I understand his concern but it got me thinking about priorities. How much would he really spend this year to go fishing compared to last year? He told me where he was going so I did a little math. I figured he would be spending an additional $60-$80 for his trip, up and back, and gas for his boat. That is a chunk of change, but is it enough to cancel his trip that he has been looking forward to all year? I guess only he can answer that. I have mentioned this so many times but it bears repeating. There are things you can do to save gas. It starts with your driving habits. The first thing is to slow down; you don’t need to be the first or fastest person on the road. My wife gets tired of me as I comment on peoples’ driving habits when we travel together. I see people passing and going in and out of traffic only to sit and wait at a stoplight as I catch up. When the light turns green, off they go and repeat the same driving pattern. Make sure you plan your trips so you are not going somewhere for just one thing; I guess the idea is to consolidate. Make sure your vehicle is in top condition. Inefficiencies in a few areas can add up. Perhaps your front end is out of alignment, your air pressure is low, maybe your fuel system is dirty, air filter needs to be changed. All these things add up and result in reduced fuel economy. I understand that having these things taken care of costs money; however, the benefits in increased vehicle longevity and safety as well as improved fuel economy far outway the costs incurred. Ultimately in all these things, the choice is yours. 

ed and could cost investors substantial amounts of money. } Special deals are typically framed as a chance to get in on the ground floor and invest in a business that’s trying to raise capital. These special deals are often fraudulent. } Beware of online sales pitches. Social media has made it easier than ever

Many of those fears can be countered by watching out for some of these common investment traps. } The “go green” movement has opened the door for scores of investment traps that prey on an investor’s desire to invest in ways that will improve their bottom line and the environment at the same time. Do extensive research before agreeing to invest. } Investors should be especially wary of hot tips, which are often unfound-

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} Growth opportunities According to Ibbotson, a leading investment re-search organization, stocks have done particularly well following 10-year periods in which the stock market hasn’t performed strongly—and the past 10 years were one of the worst periods we’ve ever seen for stocks. And right now, many quality stocks are trading at some of the most attractive values in 15 years, as measured by price-toearnings ratio, or P/E.

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Verizon Wireless Zone of St. Francis is a new business located at 23168 St. Francis Boulevard (next to County Market). We are a local family-owned business dedicated to serving the community with all of your wireless needs—latest cell phones, tablets, mobile broadband (Internet) and all your accessories. We are also here to help you with your technical concerns and customer service.

This Little Piggy Catering, new operators of the restaurant at The Ponds Golf Course in St. Francis, held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting May 7. Pictured (L-R): St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Lynn Moe, St. Francis Ambassadors Erika and Emily, Seth and George of This Little Piggy, Chamber Director Elaine Mustari and St. Francis Ambassador Alexis. SUBMITTED PHOTO

We have over 20 years experience in the wireless industry. The owners live in the area and support the area. Since we live in the area we saw the need and desire to have a store in St. Francis. We felt that there was no need to have community members drive to Coon Rapids, Elk River or Blaine to get help with their wireless needs. As well we know that in order to help the city grow in a positive way, a wireless store is of need. This is our first store, which opened May 16. We plan to open two more this year and a total of 10 stores in the next five years. We are dedicated to serving you with all your needs and customer support. Our doors are open for business and we look forward to serving you. We are now open for business. 

Village bank appoints new directors Bank in 1973, Cleveland spent the next three decades building the bank into an organization that was focused on serving its community and the needs of small business people. Along the way, he advised 21 banks in the formation of new bank charters and branch applications. When Riverside Bank merged with Associated Bank of Minnesota in 1999, Cleveland served as the president and chairman until his retirement in 2001. In 2008, he took on the role of chairman and interim president at Community National Bank. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Sioux Falls as well as the boards of various


Village Bank is pleased to announce the appointments of David Cleveland and Arnold Angeloni to its Board of Directors. The two new directors were recently approved by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). “We are so fortunate to have these two gentlemen as part of the Village Bank team to help guide us to a strong and stable future,” says bank owner and chairman of the board, Don Kveton. “Their experience in the banking industry will be invaluable to us.” After



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Angeloni brings over 40 years of professional experience in executive management to the director role. He has served in CEO and senior level positions at companies including Deluxe Corporation and Northcott Hospitality International, LLC, the parent company of the AmericInn hotels. Prior to joining Northcott in 2004, he was a principal at Manchester Companies, Inc. and the co-founder and president of Gateway Alliance, an early stage business incubator focusing on the medical device industry. During his nearly 30 years with Deluxe, he helped transform the traditional print business into one that generated over 50 percent of sales from non-check revenues and coordinated many successful corporate acquisitions. Angeloni currently serves as a corporate director for Ulteig Engineers and Accurate Home Care. Cleveland and Angeloni join current Village Bank Board Directors Don Kveton, Randy Diers, Gary Gorham, Aleesha Kveton-Webb, Curt Strandlund and John Mickman. 

Oak Grove Animal Hospital is excited to continue providing medical care to your pets. Our new building, expected to open this August, is under construction at 19035 Lake George Boulevard (County Road 9), next to New Life Lutheran Church in Oak Grove. The new facility will offer boarding and grooming along with full medical, dental, laboratory and surgical services for pets. 



In these difficult economic times, many families across Minnesota are struggling to put enough food on the table. If you find yourself making tough choices between food and gas or food and rent each month, you can get help! Your family may be eligible to receive Food Support benefits from Anoka County to purchase groceries. Recent changes to Minnesota’s Food Support eligibility guidelines mean that many more families

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and seniors are now eligible to get assistance (see chart). Alison Brady, Food Support outreach specialist at Second Harvest Heartland, can screen you for eligibility and help you with the application process. Please call 651-209-7963 or 1-888-339-3663 ext. 7963 to get help today! Number of people in household

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If your monthly income is below the amounts listed for your household size, you may be eligible for food support benefits (asset limits no longer apply). 

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Sunday, June 19




Life & Classified MASTER GARDENER


Treasure those heirlooms There’s only one reason needed to try growing heirloom vegetables—taste. There are thousands of heirloom vegetable varieties available for the home vegetable garden. Heirloom vegetables became heirlooms because people prized them enough to save seeds. You won’t find many of these varieties in your grocery store because they weren’t developed for mass production or storage. That’s all the more reason to make room for growing some heirloom vegetables in your own vegetable garden.

source you may go to for heirloom seeds. This year, try a tasty, time-tested heirloom vegetable. For more gardening information, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website at www.extension.umn.

edu or call the Isanti County Master Gardeners at 763-6891810. You can now find us on Facebook at Isanti County Master Gardeners. | Resource: Horticulture magazine

Heirloom vegetables have delicious flavor, irresistible charm and fascinating histories. Every heirloom plant has a story: The tale of Boston Marrow winter squash, Cucurbita maxima, began in the early 1800s, when a tribe of American Indians gave squash seeds to a gentleman in Buffalo, New York. He passed some on to a friend, who passed them along to another friend in Massachusetts. Before long, Boston Marrow was the nation’s most popular commercial winter squash. Another heirloom’s story is from the early 1800s, after years of refining this strain, Nathaniel Newman Stowell sold two ears of corn seed for $4 to a friend for private use. The so-called friend turned around and sold the seed for $20,000. Today, Stowell’s Evergreen corn is still the leading white sweet corn for home gardens. In this case, crime did pay. Seed Savers Exchange at is one



he University of Minnesota Extension - Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteer Program is sponsoring A Walk in the Garden educational series of gardening classes at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Andover. Six classes are scheduled throughout the summer on select Wednesday evenings in the Veteran’s Peace and Master Gardener Demonstration Garden south of the activities center from 7:30-8:30 p.m. as follows: } Herbal Tea Garden*, June 8 } Unique Trends in Container Gardening, June 15 } New Introductions – Top Annual Selections, July 13 } The No-Spray Garden, July 27 } Sketching in the Garden, August 10 } Produce – Harvesting and Storage, August 24

Modern fruit and vegetable hybrids are often bred for maximum yield, consistency and long-distance shipping while heirloom varieties were typically grown in our great-grandparent’s gardens simply for their ability to provide delicious food. Heirloom plants have openpollinated seeds that grow true to type, unlike modern hybrids, whose seed may produce a plant different from the parent if pollination is not controlled. Heirloom seeds can be harvested and planted again year after year with predictable results. That’s important when you consider 75 percent of agriculture’s genetic diversity has disappeared over the last century according to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

A Walk in the Garden educational series

Classes will be taught by Anoka County Master Gardener volunteers and will include many useful gardening tips and University of Minnesota research-based information. These classes immediately follow the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics also held at the Bunker Hills Activities Center. Classes are free* but pre-registration is required due to space limitations. Donations to the program are welcome. *A $5 material fee will be collected for the Tea Garden Class. Please call 763-755-1280 to reserve your space. For a copy of the brochure go to or for a complete brochure that lists the class descriptions.  |

The Stowell evergreen corn is considered an heirloom vegetable that has tracking back to the American Indian stock. It was developed in 1848 by Nathan Stowell as a cross between northern sugar corn and Menomony soft corn. Stowell’s Evergreen produces large white eight to nine inch ears of the most delicious white sweet corn variety. FILE PHOTO

Red Cross Bloodmobile date change

GRISÉ CHIROPRACTIC Diane M. Grisé, D.C. 3158 Viking Blvd. NW Cedar, MN 55011 763-753-0993 Oak Grove Crossing Mall Open Mon-Wed-Thurs 9:00 am-6:00 pm • Tues-Fri 9:00 am-Noon

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


The Red Cross Bloodmobile scheduled at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on June 13 will now be on Monday, June 6, 1:30-7:30 p.m. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church is located at 19921 Nightingale Street in Oak Grove. To schedule an appointment, please call Caron at 612-282-5372 or Sue at 612-845-8459. Walk-ins are welcome after 2:00 p.m. |

See us for all your eyecare needs… contacts, glasses, comprehensive eye exam, adjustments and repair.

Long Lake Lutheran Church 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.

Summer Worship Schedule beginning Sunday, May 29 Sunday 8:00 and 9:30 a.m.

Vacation Bible School

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St. Francis

Providers for EyeMed, VSP, Medica, BCBS, HealthPartners, Preferred One, Davis Vision, and many more. Alicia M. Yates, O.D.

23168 St. Francis Boulevard #300 • St. Francis

Call 763.753.6019 to schedule your appointment

Join us for a Pandamania!

Sunday, June 26 through Thursday, June 30 6-8 p.m.






The Independent School District 15 Staff Wellness Committee organized its first Shape Up 5K Run/ Walk. Approximately 300 district employees and their friends and families participated.  SUBMITTED PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY LILLIAN LEVINE ISD 15 HEALTH SERVICES COORDINATOR

Some comments from participants included, “I hope we do this again next year!” “Wow, I won!”

“It was great to do this as a family.” This event was sponsored by the Staff Wellness Committee, which encourages and assists ISD 15 employees, our most important resource, to enhance their physical, emotional, and social well-being.| UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE PHYSICAL THERAPY DEPT. PHOTO

tional/industrial settings. The employees of manufacturing plants, light industrial facilities and offices are susceptible to many types of overuse and acute injuries. Many physicians agree that occupational injuries are surprisingly similar to those incurred by athletes on professional and amateur sports teams. Because of this, athletic trainers are a natural fit for companies looking to improve production and safety


“We treat your pets like our own”


DENTAL Dr. Thomas Swenson

Open Evenings Nitrous Oxide 13841 Round Lake Blvd. NW • Andover Available 2 minutes north of Highway 10 on Cosmetic Round Lake Boulevard Dentistry


3220 Bridge Street, Suite 107 in the St. Francis Mall


763-753-1277 for an Appointment

Doctors on staff Dr. Tracey Thomas Dr. Jill Hergenrader Dr. Kelly Pawlenty Dr. Nicole Perreault

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

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

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rehabilitation providers, insurance company and the employee. A recent survey was conducted with companies that utilize the services of an athletic trainer. Fifty percent of the companies reported a reduction in the number of injuries by at least 50 percent. Eighty percent of companies reported a return on investment of at least $3 for every dollar spent. For more information on athletic trainers in the occupational/industrial setting, please visit For more information about St. Francis Physical Therapy please visit  |

EAST BETHEL SENIOR EVENTS Senior Dance Have fun dancing with us! Dances are 1:00-4:00 p.m. Old time music will be played by Dick Szyplinski on Friday, June 3. Mike Elsenpeter will be the musical entertainment on Friday, July 1. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Pancake Breakfast


Kendall W. Goodian, D.C. Specializing in Sports, Industrial and Auto Accident Injuries

St. Francis Veterinary Clinic 763-444-9359


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Athletic trainers are employed by many recognizable companies including Nike, DuPont, NASA, Johnson & Johnson and Frito-Lay (where I have worked as the on-site athletic trainer the past three years). Athletic trainers in the occupational setting assess and treat employee discomfort, provide on-site rehabilitation, identify and teach proper ergonomics, lead physical readiness and conditioning programs, and facilitate on-going communication between the employer, physician, outsourced

“This was so much fun!”



n May 14, approximately 300 Independent School District 15 staff members and their families participated in the first Shape Up 5K Walk/ Run. The cold, wet weather did not keep participants away as they set out on the scenic 3.1 mile route. The race started at the St. Francis High School track, crossed County Road 72 into Rum River North County Park, wove through the residential area along 235th Avenue and 232nd Lane, and then back onto ISD 15 property ending on the track. St. Francis High School alumni Steve Sworsky was first to cross the finish line with an impressive time of 21 minutes and 35 seconds. At the conclusion of the

walk/run, participants gathered in the commons area of the high school for face painting, games, refreshments, and prizes.

Certified athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity. Athletic trainers are an integral member of the athletic health care team in secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports programs and other health care settings. More recently athletic trainers have found a role within the health care and safety teams of occupa-

while reducing health care and insurance costs.

“We’re not the biggest… just the best!”

All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 12, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Serving Kookie’s pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee, and scrambled eggs, additional 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Both events are held at the East Bethel Senior Community Center located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel. |


Sydney Elizabeth Lynn Fiereck was born April 15 at 5:07 p.m. at Unity Hospital. Sydney weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Proud parents are Ryan and Kristen Fiereck of Bethel.

Sydney Elizabeth Lynn Fiereck 



The University of Minnesota Extension - Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteer Program offers Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics for Anoka County residents beginning May 18. 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 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., May 18 through August 31. For the convenience of those living on the western side of Anoka County, a traveling Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic will be held at the Nowthen Threshing Show, 7415 Old Viking Boulevard, Nowthen August 19-21.

David Joseph Giba-Roo was born on April 23 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Proud parents are Giba and Jonathan Roo of East Bethel. Bentley Ray Schattschneider was born on May 10 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 18 inches long. Proud parents are John and Rebecca of St. Francis. Bentley is welcomed by siblings Jasmine (6), Hunter (5), and Lily (2). Brooklynn May BartholdiHeitland was born on May 14 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Proud parents are Lindsey Bartholdi and Brent Heitland of Isanti. |

Enjoy fireworks during St. Francis Pioneer Days To celebrate the end of the 2011 St. Francis Pioneer Days there will be fireworks at St. Francis High School football field 10 minutes after dusk. All school rules will be enforced, no tobacco or alcohol on school grounds. Fireworks are sponsored by the St. Francis Bottle Shop. |





St. Francis Physical Therapy brings Wellness Center to St. Francis Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc. is composed of four privately owned orthopedic clinics located in Andover, Ham Lake, Isanti and St. Francis. Each clinic provides a physical therapist and physical therapist assistants, and now offers a wide range of wellness modalities to compliment the St. Francis Physical Therapy location. St. Francis Physical Therapy Wellness Center now offers acupuncture, massage, fitness and nutrition coaching, as well as health coaching. They will provide a full natural pharmacy promoting Metagenics, Nutrition Dynamics, and Vitamost products. “We are excited to introduce a full range of wellness to St. Francis and surrounding areas. We know wellness is an important part of restoring people to a pain-free way of life. In order to provide our patients with the utmost care and concern, we thought bringing in a Wellness Center to the community is the best way to do it,” states Director of Clinical Operations. St. Francis Physical Therapy Wellness Center would like to invite you to their grand opening on Friday, June 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 11:00 a.m. and is open to the public. Practitioners will be on hand throughout the day to discuss your health goals. Please stop by their booth at Pioneer Days June 11-12 in St. Francis. On Saturday, staff will be handing out gift cards to use toward services and the pharmacy. Sunday, June 12, will be free chair massage day. St. Francis Physical Therapy Wellness Center is located at 3220 Bridge Street adjacent to the Physical Therapy Clinic. |

Japanese beetles can have a destructive effect late June to early September. They can skeletonize leaves, i.e. chew tissue between veins, leaving foliage lace-like and feed on blossoms, chewing holes in them. Up to almost a half inch long; iridescent green with five white patches along the side of its body and two white patches on the tip of the abdomen. 


At the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics, residents can: Bring a sample of a garden, lawn plant, or weed for identification, bring samples of damaged plant material for diagnosis of common insect, disease, or other problems, receive recommendations for cultural control of pests and weed problems or discuss problems about lawns, trees, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and pests with Master Gardeners. Samples of diseased plants should be a portion approximately eight to ten inches in length and include leaves, flowers and fruit, if available, and to include a margin showing both healthy and damaged material is best. Samples of insects should include the whole insect, (not squished) and placed in a screw top jar or sealed plastic container. Insects can be placed in a freezer to preserve them. Samples of turf need to be substantial in size, about the size of a small shoe box, and must include the roots. If the turf is diseased, the specimen needs to include a margin of both the healthy side and unhealthy side of the sample.


Sunday Worship at 8:30 & 10:00 a.m. Monday Night Worship 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel in Ham Lake Register for the 2011-12 Preschool Year —classes fill quickly!

Join Us For Vacation Bible School on June 13-17 Divorce Support, AA/NA Meetings, Grief Support, Depression/Bipolar Support, Men’s Groups, Women’s Groups, Senior Outings, Family Events, Beading, Quilting, many summer youth activities + so much more. 19001 Jackson Street NE • East Bethel, MN 55011 West County Road 22 S and Jackson Street 763-434-6117 email: •

The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics are free, but donations are welcome. Participants are asked to please limit three samples per visit. To learn more about the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics, or other programs offered by Master Gardeners, call 763-755-1280, or visit their website at http://blog.lib.umn. edu/mgweb/anoka/. |

Join us for a BIG JUNGLE ADVENTURE at Vacation Bible School June 20-24 9:00 a.m.-Noon All kids ages 3 years old to 8th Grade are welcome.

Dr. Paul Schaus, D.D.S. Keep your smile healthy and beautiful with regular visits to the dentist. We provide comprehensive dental care for the whole family. In the

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

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




Oak Grove Crossing 3154 Viking Boulevard NW Oak Grove


New Patients Welcome!





Father’s Day Tributes

By Hanna Fishing in a boat with me Awesome at making cars The best dad Helps people Excellent Respectful

Editor’s note: ISD 15 elementary students were invited to write tributes to their fathers for the June Courier.

Andrea Klinsing’s fourth grade students, St. Francis Elementary By Kody Dear Dad, You are one of the most important people in my life. You are so special. Love, Kody By Amelia Fantastic Always there for me Teaches me how to fish Happy Enthusiastic Really Nice By Angelina Fun all the time Awesome The best dad in the entire universe Has made a potato gun Every day plays Farmville and Zombieville Really nice

By Jordan My father is the best of all. He does baseball, soccer, fishing, and he helps me. Dads are fun! By Maddy My dad is special to me because he does a lot of fun things with me like going tubing, fishing, and to the zoo. By Terran Fishes with me Always is nice and loving Takes me to the cabin Helps me with homework Excellent person Right handed By Kaitlin I love it when my dad tells about the history of our family. His grandparents are from Germany. His mom is part Irish.

By Irisa My dad is so nice! He gives me anything I want, if he can afford it and I say please! And he lets me go fishing once in a while.

By Kyana Dear dad, Thank you for doing all the things you have done. Thanks for supporting me in singing and pageants. By Noah Dad, thanks for teaching me how to hunt. I really, really, really want to go hunting again. Let’s go snipe some deer. P.S. I love you dad. By Chloe You have meant the world to me, I love the things we do. I love it when we go bowling, swimming too. By Emma My dad is the best dad ever. He does so much cool stuff for me. I love my dad so much.

Join us for Vacation Bible School

June 13-17 • 9:00 a.m.-Noon Ages 3-12


By Sonterre Fantastic cook Awesome The best dad ever Helps me with school projects Everlasting love Railroad trains are his favorite

By Tristan Fantastic Awesome Treats nice Hunts with me Enthusiastic Really helpful

By Gabryele I think that my dad is the best because he taught me how to fish. That is why he is the best to me!

Lynda Skogquist’s fourth grade students, St. Francis Elementary

By Christina Fan of Vikings Awesome person The best dad ever Has a nice neighbor Everlasting awesomeness Really loves me

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

Wednesday Evenings

We are now the Lutheran Congregation in Mission for Christ Church. Come join us for worship this summer, Sundays 9:00 a.m. 18975 Lake George Boulevard, Oak Grove 1/4 mile south of Cty. Rd. 22 on Cty. Rd. 9


FAITH LISTINGS Bethel Community Church 23860 Dewey Street NW Bethel • 763-434-9834 Catholic Church of St. Patrick 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove • 763-753-2011 Cedar United Methodist Church 17541 Jefferson Street NE Ham Lake • 763-434-7463 email: Cross of Hope Lutheran Church 5730-179th Lane NW Ramsey • 763-753-2057 First Baptist Church & Christian School K–12 22940 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1230 Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church 16180 Round Lake Boulevard Andover • 763-421-8434 Living Hope Evangelical Free Church St. Francis High School PO Box 264 St. Francis • 763-753-1718

Long Lake Lutheran Church 3921 277th Avenue NW Isanti • 763-444-5315 New Life Church 17261 St. Francis Boulevard NW Ramsey • 763-421-0166 Nowthen Alliance Church 19653 Nowthen Boulevard Anoka • 763-441-1600 Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel • 763-434-6117 St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-2273 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

Kids – Baseball & Soccer 6:45 p.m. Adult – Bible Study & Prayer 7:00 p.m. Register online at

By Mike Hi dad, I really like how you took me hunting. I hope we can go again. Love, Mike

Youth – NYTRO 8:00 p.m.

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

By Maya My dad is special to me because he plays with me and he teaches me how to sword fight. By Jackie Happy Father’s Day, I love you so much. You’re the best dad in the world! Thank you for everything. By Haylie My dad is special, he has many abilities. He is nice and helpful. He keeps our house warm and beautiful! By Maria My dad works very hard. He is a nice dad. By Tommy Dad, you are nice. You take me fishing. It is very fun. You buy me anything. You’re the best! By Alexis I love my dad because he is always there for me and he is so loving and caring. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38 » FATHER’S DAY TRIBUTES





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CHILDCARE HAM LAKE DAYCARE has full and part-time openings. Fun and loving environment, small group, low rates, Rum River Elementary. Call 763-434-7206. LICENSED CHILDCARE openings all ages. Safe, fun, loving environment, St. Francis Elementary area. Melissa 763-213-1021. NEW IN-HOME DAYCARE STB licensed in St. Francis, all ages 1/2 off first week. Fun, learning, loving environment with food program, 6:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Call Karen at 763-712-0959. ST. FRANCIS LICENSED DAYCARE has openings, reasonable rates, Christina 763-258-7282. PRECIOUS TIMES LEARNING CENTER in St. Francis–call today, enrolling all ages, 763-753-4656. IN-HOME LICENSED DAYCARE has opening for ages 6 wks11 years old. 1/2 off first week with enrollment. Fun and loving environment. CPR/first aid certified. Food program. Please call Lisa; 763-458-1948.



VENDORS wanted for Nowthen Farmers Market, opening June 9; 763-360-3161 or NowthenFarMar@

SERVICES HANDY MAN SERVICES— Plumbing, electrical, masonry, remodeling. Call Butch at 763-3009869. LANDSCAPING, black dirt, rock, sod (install option), delivered, 612940-3055 or 651-366-9256. HOUSE CLEANING – I would love to help you with your cleaning needs, 10 years experience. 763434-2464. PIANO TUNING – Violin, piano, and guitar lessons, Michael, 763219-4883, PIANO LESSONS – Casual, fun, licensed/experienced, competitive rates. Call Carmel, 612-220-0235.

PRESCHOOL PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION for 2011-12 Preschool at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. An educational preschool program for ages 3-5. Call 763-434-6117.

GOLF CLUBS TaylorMade irons, 4 through pitching wedge plus the R7 TaylorMade Burner Driver. Complete package $200, includes golf bag. Call Tom at 763-753-1838 or 612-490-1010. 95 lb. DP Fit For Life WEIGHT BENCH w/bar, 1 dumbbell $50, call 763-434-2218. WETSUIT Ski Warm Tropic Ladies M, Shorty Springsuit $20; WETSUIT Heat Wave Pro Am Series Thermo Tech Shorty Springsuit $20, call 763-434-2218. WAKEBOARD Liquid Force Rhythm Series w/ultra suction bindings $100 or BO, call 763-4342218. ARMOIRE 4 drawers on bottom, 1 drawer, 2 shelves on top, H 76 in, W 36 in, D 17½ in, $100 or BO, call 763-434-2218.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets downstairs at 7:00 p.m. in Elim Baptist Church, but is not affiliated with any religious organization, 114 Dahlin Ave., Isanti, MN 55040. For more information contact Maggie at 612-390-0747 or Chris at 763-441-3918. ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR ALL NIGHT PARTY planning committee will meet monthly in the SFHS MultiPurpose Room on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. The final meeting date before the event is June 2. For more info contact Michelle Wenker, volunteer coordinator, at ST. FRANCIS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE next scheduled board meeting is June 15 at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street NW at 11:00 a.m. June 8, Member Coffee Networking at Billy’s Bar & Grill in St. Francis, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Visit for more information. TOPS CHAPTER MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Come check us out on Wed. mornings or visit ST. FRANCIS AREA WOMEN OF TODAY meet the 1st Tuesday of the month at St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street, 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. AA MEETS at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 3921 277th Avenue NW in Isanti, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

GRIEF SUPPORT meetings on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 7:00 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in East Bethel. Call 763-434-6117 for more information and directions. BNI – REFERRALS UNLIMITED meets every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. For more information, check 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. 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 763-753-4492 after 6:30 p.m. NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB Are you looking to serve in your community of Nowthen? Meet new friends? Have a lot of fun? Come join the Nowthen Lions Club! The Nowthen Lions meets on the first Thursday of the month for the Board Meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the Membership Meeting. Please call Patty Wirz at 763-241-1341 or email at ST. FRANCIS JAYCEES 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, 23340 Cree Street N. For info, visit our website at Walk-ins welcome. CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meet every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Ham Lake VFW. Call Marilyn at 763-434-6599 for more information.

By Mail OPEN HOUSE SILPADA OPEN HOUSE Saturday, June 11, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Call Kristin, 763-441-9197, kristen.genser.

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 763213-1633 or glemor@stfrancis.k12.

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

AREA MEETINGS & EVENTS UPCOMING ISD 15 SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS are: June 13 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.; June 27 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. at Central Services Center, Community Room, 4115 Ambassador Boulevard NW, St. Francis.


CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB meets bimonthly, 1st and 3rd Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Greg Ricki at 763-434-7893. 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 763-7531205 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 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 catered meal and short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Dick Tuott at 763-434-8215. 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. EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet 3rd Thurs. of the month at 2241 221st Avenue NE in East Bethel at 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.

THE FIRST TEN WORDS ARE FREE! The next issue of The Courier will be delivered July 6. Deadline for classified ads is June 27. A classified form is available online at or in our office. 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




FROM PAGE 36 FATHER’S DAY TRIBUTES By Annika Dear Dad, Happy Father’s Day! I love you, have the best time ever.

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By Hannah Happy Fathers Day dad. Thanks for all the love and care. Thanks for making the meals I love. Thanks for being you.

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By Megan Dad you are the greatest. I love when you make us popcorn. But what I like the most is the love we share.

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Marissa Rose Carpenter and Alexander Robert Martinson were married March 5 at Long Lake Lutheran Church of Isanti. Following the ceremony, guests were greeted at The Refuge Golf Club of Oak Grove for the reception. Marissa is a spring 2011 graduate of St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Management. She is currently employed by Xcel Energy as a project management intern. Alex is a 2006 graduate of St. Francis High School and is employed at Northland Screw Products as a machinist. The bride and groom reside in Nowthen where they purchased their first home.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

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2011 Goal

652 Tons

44 Tons

Recycled in April So far in 2011 St. Francis has recycled 155 tons. Recycling is now easier with simple sort recycling. You no longer need to sort items. Just place them all in the large roll-off container provided by your hauler. If you have any questions about what is acceptable or would like to start a new service, call your hauler: Ace Solid Waste 763-427-3110 • Allied Waste 763-784-2104 East Central Sanitation 763-689-2171


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Greg and Joyce Clifford of St. Francis announce the engagement of their daughter, Rosalind to Grant Mongin. The wedding is planned for June 2011 in Wyoming. Rosalind graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2010 with a bachelor of arts in biology, society and environment. Grant is currently a student at the University of Minnesota. Rosalind and Grant proudly announce the birth of their son, Liam Grant, on April 17, 2011. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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SCHEDULE — FRIDAY, JULY 15 Community Center and Booster Park East Medallion Hunt...................................6:00 p.m. Kiddy parade registration...................6:30 p.m. Parade..................................................7:30 p.m. EBFD Explorers Waterball..................7:45 p.m. Concessions by Troop 733..................8:00 p.m. Movie in the Park.......................................Dusk



ALL DAY EVENTS - SATURDAY, JULY 16 East Bethel Seniors Craft & Bake Sale Quilt Raffle Silent Auction FOOD, FOOD, FOOD Passport for Prizes Food Shelf Donations

July 15 & 16, 2011 Booster Park Family Fun Days East Bethel Community Center 2241 221st Avenue NE


East of Hwy 65 on 221st Avenue and Palisade Street

KS R O W FIRE k on Inflatables from All Around Events Medallion Hunt for 4-10 years old Sponored by Pump It Up, Ham Lake The Kid Zone Put on by local kids organizations 5K Run/Walk Friday night and Saturday parade information, call Wendy Warren 763-367-7853.

General Booster Day information, call Denise Lachinski 763-413-2748.

Car/Truck/Tractor Show, call Harley Hansen 763-434-6629.

Treasure Hunt for 4-10 year olds Car/Truck/Tractor Show Corn Roast Drawing for East Bethel Fire Department Birthday Party package Inflatables

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East Bethel Pageant information, call Diane Evenson 763-434-5954.

Community Center Pancake Breakfast.......................7:00-11:00 a.m. Flag Raising........................................... 9:00 a.m. 5K Run/Walk......................................... 9:00 a.m. Sheriff’s fingerprinting....................... 11:30 a.m. Will Hale and the Tadpole Band........... 1:00 p.m. Bingo............................................. 1:00-4:00 p.m. East Bethel Ice Arena East Bethel Royalty Pageant................. 1:30 p.m. Booster Park Car/Truck/Tractor Show...... 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The GRAND PARADE......................... 11:00 a.m. The Kid Zone games....................Noon-4:00 p.m. Tractor Pull............................................ 1:30 p.m. 50th Annual Firefighters Dance.............. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Live Music by Jonah and the Whales Food and Beverages Fireworks...................................................... Dusk

Check the city website for all the up-to-date and current information, under the Booster Day tab, or check us out on Facebook, East Bethel Booster Day.

The Courier - June 2011  

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

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