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St. Francis Pioneer Days

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Doug and Dulci Fine brought their goats, including a mother and four kids, to the Lifelong Learning Center for children and families. This activity went with the OWL curriculum unit, Things That Grow, where children learn about different things that grow, from trees to people, and what each needs to grow big and healthy. Jennifer dupre, preschool teacher, lifelong learning center

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

June 2013 | Volume 20, Issue 11


High school teacher named advisor of the year Jill Salo St. Francis High School Counselor

Julie Cuscaden Kimberly dilauro rief

Congratulations to Julie Cuscaden, teacher and student council advisor at St. Francis High School (SFHS), who was awarded Advisor of the Year by student council advisors in the Eastern Division. This is the highest honor given to advisors in the state. Cuscaden has been an advisor for 13 years and this is the second time she has been given the award. She is also a past recipient of the Activity Coach of the Year within Independent School District 15 and has led the SFHS student council to be named Outstanding Student Council in

the state three times during her tenure. Cuscaden has been active in the division and state levels of the Minnesota Association of Student Councils by bringing students to leadership training, coordinating and hosting numerous workshops and conventions for students, helping students who become officers run for higher offices and fulfill their roles and mentoring other advisors. Her favorite thing about being an advisor is seeing students grow and flourish as she helps guide them to discover their leadership potential. James Woodbury, a longtime student council advisor at Cambridge-Isanti High School, said, “Julie Cuscaden is a tremendous asset. She has such a passion for her profession, her classes, her student council and her school. She always works to help those reach their potential and takes such joy when they do. This is why she is one of the most respected people in the student council community.” When asked about the award, Cuscaden said that she feels blessed to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the school, district, community, and state through her involvement in the student council.

Summer reading—let the adventures begin! Reading Specialists East Bethel Community School

One of the most critical times for children to be reading is over any break or vacation from school. Parents play a key role in the development of reading skills in young children. They help provide background knowledge and real life experiences that help beginning readers make sense of the stories they are reading. As children grow, parents continue to play an

important role, modeling and guiding reading development. Children can continue to grow in their reading performance if they read over the summer. Children who do not read over SUMMER READING the summer generally regress. For beginning readers, simple rhyming books or early reader books are good choices. Books such as The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Continued, Page 5

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June What’s Inside Schools in Action..........................................2 School Board Highlights.........................13 Community Education............................14 St. Francis Pioneer Days..........................17 Community & Business...........................24 Sports & Outdoors....................................34 Life..................................................................37 Classified.......................................................40

Schools in Action Superintendent’s Corner Edward Saxton

My father once said, “If the weather didn’t change, there would be a ton of people who wouldn’t have a thing to talk about.” Even if the statement is true, most agree this year, that enough is enough. The 2012-13 school year is about to wrap up, and the month of April never showed up. May

has been suspect as well, but it looks like we may finally get to enjoy a bit of spring. With the St. Francis High School graduation ceremony at hand, we are reminded of the excitement of achievement. The class of 2013 will conclude a journey that started, for most of them, in 2002. Each of these students has experienced an independent journey,; yet, they will collectively share the celebration of their accomplishments as one. After May 31, they will be remembered and referred to as the Class of 2013. Each of them are destined to design a blueprint for life completely independent of one another. We wholeheartedly congratulate them and wish them well with their post-

School Board Highlights Community Education graduation endeavors. As the Class of 2013 engages their future, the rest of our students continue to shape the experience they will garner in our school system. As summer knocks at the back door, we are reminded of the important role families play in activities for June, July, and August. From a teaching and learning perspective, we believe each and every day brings an opportunity to help our students excel. What does that mean? We need you to help us continue to keep intellectual growth a priority. Our students have had an impressive year of knowledge acquisition, and our families enter the summer with a multitude of ideas and options on the horizon. What are some activities

that help families continue to blaze trails? Great question. Questions asked and answered during each family outing enrich the summer educational experiences. Let’s plan our trip. How many miles will we travel? What will our expenditures total? Do we need to plan to stop at hotels, motels, or campgrounds? What is the cost associated with these vacation moves? This is exciting. How about reading a great book, writing in a journal or on an electronic blog, or, or, or...? Sounds like the potential for a fabulous summer. As a district, we will continue to advance the summer reading program aimed at preventing the "summer slide.” When families continue to encourage each


other to read for information, to read for a purpose, and most of all, to read for fun, everyone wins. Watch for additional information about this summer reading program soon. ISD 15 will provide a host of activities for our Saints this summer. Check this edition of The Courier or visit the district website at for information about academic, athletic, and arts opportunities. Summer school classes and camps will be available to flavor the summer as families see fit. As students enjoy organized experiences, many of them are equally excited about spending time recreationally or pursuing a favorite hobby. Regardless of the choice, please explore Continued, Page 3

Schedule — Friday, July 19 Community Center East Bethel Fire Department Waterball Event...................................... 7:00 p.m. Concessions by Boy Scout Troop #733 and East Bethel Seniors................................. 8:00 p.m. Free movie in the park, Hotel Transylvania, courtesy of Chops, Inc................................... Dusk In case of inclement weather, will be held at East Bethel Ice Arena.

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Community Center Pancake Breakfast............................................................................... 7:00-11:00 a.m. One mile east of Hwy 65, corner of 221st and Palisade Street Flag Raising....................................................................................................8:00 a.m. 5K Run/Walk..................................................................................................8:15 a.m. 1K for Kids......................................................................................................9:15 a.m. Car/Truck/Tractor Show...............................................................8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sheriff’s fingerprinting................................................................................11:30 a.m. Musikal Mayhem at the Gazebo............12:30-5:00 p.m. Bingo......................................................... 1:00-4:00 p.m. Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Tours........................... 2:00-5:00 p.m. East Bethel Ice Arena East Bethel Royalty Pageant.............................2:00 p.m. Explore East Bethel’s own nature reserve! Booster Park The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Kiddie Parade registration................................9:30 a.m. will be providing tours of the reserve and Kiddie Parade..................................................10:00 a.m. all that it has to offer! The GRAND PARADE.....................................11:00 a.m. The Kiddie Parade has moved to Saturday Tractor Pull........................................................1:30 p.m. allowing more kids to attend and 52nd Annual Firefighters Dance......8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. more adults to enjoy! Live Music Uncle Chunk, Food/Beverages More to come! Fireworks..................................................................Dusk Interested in the Friday Interested in the General information regarding Is your vintage vehicle your pride and joy? Enter East Bethel Royalty Pageant, A BIG thank you to all night movie or parade? Contact Diane Booster Day or to make a donation it in the Classic Car, Truck, and Tractor show! if interested in becoming a our volunteers and kiddie parade? Evenson 763-434-4462 Contact Denise Lachinski Hosted by Route 65 Pub and Grub. candidate or event information. committee members who Contact Wendy Warren or eastbethelparade@ 763-413-2748 or For information contact Brad 763-242-1984 or Contact Ken Orr work hard to create these 763-367-7853 Harley 612-718-6905. $5 entry fee. 763-218-0123 special days!

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Crossroads School & Vocational Center

The heat [or cool] is on! Glenda Kimpling CSVC Work Experience Teacher

Dave Roberts, Independent School District 15 school board member and business owner, visited Crossroads School & Vocational Center on May 10. As the owner of Dave’s Heating & Cooling, he has a unique opportunity to give back to his community. He shared with students some of his life when he was in high school and how everyone has to figure out at some point what they want to do for a job. He said, “If you get up every morning and dread going to work, you’re at the wrong job.” He told students how he came to own his business, the roundabout path he took to get there and that they have the opportunity to not get stuck in a dead end job just because

they don’t know what to do with their lives. The group sat enthralled by his story and asked some good, but pointed questions such as, Do you hire high school kids? Do you wish you had done things differently in high school? Roberts was very honest and answered even the questions about money without flinching. He also told the group that he was thinking about opening an office in St. Francis in addition to his other two offices, and to keep their ears open for a new business that may be coming to town. In running a business, it is important to show that you stand behind your service and have earned your reputation. The students and staff at Crossroads enjoyed Roberts’ talk and he agreed to come again in the future.

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Crossroads School & Vocational Center

Students learn from Advanced Automotive Care Margaret Eickhoff CSVC Due Process Facilitator

A mission of Crossroads School & Vocational Center is to raise awareness of career opportunities and encourage students to start setting personal goals for future employment. In working toward this mission, we continue to invite community members to share their career experiences with our students. On May 8, Nic Gerhardson, Advanced Automotive Care, Inc., came to Crossroads to share a bit about the business and how he has worked his way up. He started with hands-on, at the bottom, learning simple vehicle maintenance. Attending a vocational school to get a degree in auto mechanics or working as an apprentice under a skilled mechanic are

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Summer reading Go Dog Go, Hop On Pop, or Green Eggs and Ham are some of the traditional favorites. Series books are one of the best ways to help children really get into reading. A trip to the local library might spark a new interest in reading for your child. Some of the series books to look for for developing readers are Little Bear, Biscuit, Frog and Toad, and Dr. Suess. For students who are already reading, some popular series include Franklin Turtle, Magic Tree House, Junie B. Jones, Dear Dumb Diary, A-Z Mysteries, Boxcar Children, Geronimo Stilton, Judy Blume, Wayside School, Lemony Snikkets and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The non-fiction section for children has many books of high interest. With non-fiction, parents may need to provide more help, depending on the difficulty of the book. For older students, their interests and reading level will guide their choices.

Ask the librarian for appropriate books for your child’s reading level. Ways to promote summer reading: } Become involved with the public library. The reading program is free for all. } Help your child find a series book that sparks interest } Your child’s interests should guide the books they choose } Independent reading books need to be at your child’s reading level } More challenging reading needs to be shared with an adult for support } Encourage reading as you are going places over the summer. Have books available in different places: the park, the car, the beach (during the safety breaks), the bathroom, etc. The more reading your child does, the better reader he or she will be. } Always remember to read when it rains There’s no limit to the adventures you can discover through reading! Watch for summer monthly reading postcards to be mailed to homes with students in kindergarten–grade 5.

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Learning the value of natural resources Cassie Schmoll EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

Have you ever wondered what is just outside your door waiting to be discovered, harvested or processed? Have you ever wondered how much money you and your community could make after that natural resource has been discovered? Maybe you have thought about contacting a major business to come to your community and check to see just what natural resource riches are in your backyard? Lillian DeRung and Cassie Schmoll’s fifth grade classes

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decided the proposition was just too tempting to pass up. Students were given different regions of the state of Minnesota depending on their natural resource. There were town inhabitants from Tower (iron ore), Rochester (limestone), Claremont (farming), and Taylors Falls (white pine logging). Each group of town inhabitants had been approached by a big company asking if the town would allow the company to come and harvest the community’s natural resource. Each side had to research, organize, plan and present their findings at a town hall meeting. During the Claremont town hall meeting, a surprise guest dropped in

on the hearings. Mr. Schmoll (Cassie Schmoll’s father-inlaw who is truly a crop farmer in Claremont) came to share his expertise and viewpoint on developing a new area of farmland in the community. He shared statistics, personal stories and examples of what he harvests and farms every day. At the end of the meeting, each presentation went to a vote. As it turned out, the farming and forestry developments passed, but the mining of limestone and iron ore did not pass. Along with meeting several of the state science standards, students enhanced their public speaking and debating skills!

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Blueprints for a successful community Cassie Schmoll EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

Fifth grade students in Lillian DeRung and Cassie Schmoll’s classroom were recently handed a mock civil situation. It was brought to their attention that 1,000 residents had formed a group and because of their severe reactions to air pollutants, they needed to build a community where the air they breathe was not contaminated. The students were given the stipulations and expectations (Minnesota science standards) and told that the community needed to be built under a dome-like structure. From there, the planning and success of the community was up to them. While researching and laying out blueprints, groups first focused on where the community should be built. Many chose the Lake of the Woods using solar and wind energy. They incorporated school systems, mini governments, communication to the outside world and water systems (many based on underground water sources). On completing their plans and blueprints, the students started to bring their designs to life! Everyone chipped in to help in the construction; one group even had Larry Barnes, head custodian at EBCS, come and help with construction of their enclosure! Building sites are still humming with activity. Stay tuned to future issues of The Courier to see the final projects!

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East Bethel Community School

Fun for all at Field Day Cassie Schmoll EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

Field Day was held once again on the fields and grounds of East Bethel Community School. If you happened to drive by the school May 10 or were able to stop in and have lunch with your student, you would have seen every class from first grade through fifth grade taking part in relays, noodle throws, hurdles, jumping rope, typing (yes, typing), drum playing and hula hooping. You also would have heard kids cheering on their classmates, shouts of joy, laughter and seen smiles on every face! EBCS Field Day prides itself on incorporating all three specialty areas: technology, music and physical education. (Left) Students at East Bethel Community School look forward each spring to Field Day.  Submitted Photo

Retirees reminisce about their time at EBCS Cassie Schmoll EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

Shirley Amdahl I have been in District 15 for 36½ years. I started at St. Francis Elementary School and transferred to East Bethel Community School when the school was built in 1980. My favorite memories are all the wonderful people I have been fortunate to get to know over the years, the friendships that have developed and of course the kids! Think of all the changes that have taken place, from card catalog to automation! I am looking forward to being able to travel with my girlfriends when the opportunity arises. Also, spending more time with my family. Gayle Parizek I have been with District 15 for 26 years. One of the things I have enjoyed doing for the students is the nutrition

showcase. One of the favorites is the re-creation of my daughter’s doll house in the showcase including food in the kitchen and things for the kids to find, like the hiding cat or the strawberries on top of the fridge. Students were always asking what was going in next and awaited the monthly showcase to see and enjoy. One of the students asked me if I was retiring. I said yes and she stated, but you will be back next year, right? I let the students know that I will come in on cinnamon roll day and chicken gravy day, my favorite meals. When I retire I plan to see my granddaughters more and travel with my husband. The Grand Canyon is a place we both want to see and maybe go on a cruise. I will be at flea markets and garage sales and I am joining a breakfast club. Remodeling my kitchen is on the agenda also. I plan to relax, relax, relax. It has been a pleasure to serve the students and staff and I will miss

Best wishes to East Bethel Community School retirees (L-R) Diane Hennig, Christine Peterson, Shirley Amdahl and Gayle Parizek. Thank you for all your years of service. SUbmitted Photo The Courier | June 2013 |

everyone. Christine Peterson I’ve have been in District 15 for 30 years. I would have to say that the assemblies are one of my very favorite things. I love when all the students and staff celebrate good work and good behavior. My very favorite memory will be of the students and how fun and funny they can be trying new things. I’m looking forward to traveling with my husband and hanging out with my grandkids after I retire. Diane Hennig I have been in ISD 15 for 30 years (most of that at EBCS) but have been teaching for a total of 34 years. My favorite memories of EBCS are of all the wonderful people I have had a chance to work with and the many students that have been in my classroom over the years. One of my favorite subjects to teach has been science. I loved seeing the excitement on the students’ faces during our investigations with insects in our outdoor classroom, discovering about air and weather, and collecting seeds to grow their own plants. I will truly miss their energy and excitement for learning. After my retirement, I am most looking forward to spending time with grandchildren, sleeping until 8:00 a.m., reading great books, creating my own art work and traveling with my husband. It has been a great pleasure to work at EBCS all these years. I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. Thank you all for the wonderful memories!

A big thank you goes out to Ryan Fiereck, Christine Peterson and Jamie Studnicka for all of the extra time they spent on making Field Day a great memory for the students of EBCS.  SUbmitted Photo

School receives field desk donation Laurel Schurke EBCS 4th Grade Teacher

On May 3, Kathy Kolb and Laurel Schurke’s 4th grade classrooms gathered in the school STEM lab to meet Tom and Marti Christensen. The Christensens are New Hope residents with a passion for helping students get outdoors to study. They, along with their son and neighbors, make field desks to distribute to schools in Minnesota. Field desks are 3½ inches tall, 13 inches long and 9 inches wide, with a sliding top and handle on the end, and are used by students on field trips to local forests. Working alongside the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources School Forest Program, the Christensens select a few schools to donate the field desks to each year. This year they created 100 field desks and donated 30 of them to East Bethel Community School. Tom has created a video showing the students how the field desks are created. Students were able to see the amount of time and effort creating each box takes. Students and Tom Christenson shares the steps staff are looking forward taken to build field boxes to grade to using the field desks 4 students in Kathy Kolb and Laurel for outdoor adventures. Schurke’s class. (Below) Tom and Marti Many thanks to Tom and Christensen hand out field boxes to Marti for their time and students. SUbmitted Photo effort!


St. Francis High School

High school students compete in Ford/ AAA Auto Skills Competition Kyle Linton SFHS Automotive Instructor

For four of the past five years, St. Francis High School students have qualified and competed at the state level

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St. Francis High School students and staff want to give a special thanks to those retiring this year—a very special group of ladies. Pictured (L-R) are Carol Hanson, Ann Ackerman, Penny Pope and Edie Hemmelgarn. While the retirees stated they are excited to turn off their alarm clocks in the fall, they are planning ahead. Ackerman has plans of traveling to Europe and around the United States. Pope is going to miss all of her students, “that keep her young.” Hemmelgarn wasn’t quite sure that she was going to be able to fill the shoes when she took on her job. Now the high school staff know it will be difficult to fill her shoes! Hanson is going to miss the hustle and bustle of the high school and especially all of the “ah-ha” moments with her students. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to ISD 15!  Kimberly DiLauro Rief

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St. Francis High School students Nick Mitzuk (left) and Cody Bigelbach are pictured at Hayford Ford who provided a 2013 Ford Focus for the students to train on. Kyle Linton

the automotive field. This year, nine students were selected to take an automotive-related computerized state qualifying exam. The two students with the highest combined score qualified and moved on to the state competition May 1. High school seniors Nick Mitzuk and Cody Bigelbach qualified for the state finals. At the competition, Mitzuk and Bigelbach had to diagnose and repair “bugs” placed in a 2013 Ford Focus. They were given 90 minutes to diagnose and repair as many of the bugs as possible. The team that repairs the most bugs in the shortest amount of time and gets the vehicle running wins. Mitzuk and Bigelbach placed sixth in the competition, bringing home both tools and scholarships. Special thanks to Hayford Ford in Cambridge for lending a 2013 Ford Focus for the students to practice on.

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Cody Brant, class of 2013, has been awarded the Luther Scholarship for the 2013-14 school year. This scholarship, valued at $26,000 over four years, is based on high school grade point average and national standardized test scores. Bethany Lutheran College is located in Mankato. When Heidi Becker arrived at Winona State University (WSU) in the fall of 2010, she knew what she wanted and how to get it. The Cedar native was already on the fast-track when she enrolled at WSU. Thanks to her hard work, dedication and the 46 PSEO credits transferred, Becker will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting after only three short years. Furthermore, Becker, 21, already has a job lined up as a full-time audit associate with Grant Thornton, the Minneapolis accounting and consulting firm at which she completed an internship in spring 2013. “I am proud to graduate from WSU knowing that I worked incredibly hard and put my all into graduating with a degree from a wellestablished university,” Becker said. Becker credits professor John Morgan’s teaching

Heidi Becker Submitted style and attitude toward his students as the reason she became an accounting major. “I was so fortunate to have selected him as my first accounting professor during the freshman registration process,” Becker said. Morgan said Becker was hard-working, bright and always positive. “Heidi was that ideal student teachers always hope to have,” Morgan said. “To have been able to serve as one of her teachers was a joy. I am not surprised by her success.” While at WSU, Becker threw herself into the campus environment. She served as an orientation leader to both incoming transfer students and freshmen in the fall of 2011 and 2012. “I loved being able to pass on what I had learned to the

new students,” Becker said. She became a member of Delta Sigma Pi, a co-ed international professional business fraternity, in spring 2012 and was elected to the Brotherhood Chair position only one semester after pledging. Becker was also an invaluable member of the University Communications team. Some of her fondest memories include time in the office working with the other student writers, writing press releases during time crunches, updating the events calendar and WSU website, and planning the annual Santa event. And her advice for her peers? Becker said it is absolutely necessary for students to become immersed in the campus community as soon as possible. She suggests signing up for a club or organization that sounds appealing or attending community events advertised on the campus or coffee shop bulletin boards. “Put yourself out there,” Becker said. “Try things you wouldn’t ordinarily try. Allow yourself to make more live-inthe-moment memories.” Submitted by Jeremy Ertl, Winona State University

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St. Francis Elementary School

Students at St. Francis Elementary School took advantage of a beautiful spring day by participating in the school walk-a-thon on May 10. Parent volunteers, students, and teachers hiked on a designated track which looped around the playground. Along the way, walkers had the opportunity to stop at the drink table or visit various stations set up at intervals along the route. The walk-a-thon is an annual event sponsored by the Association of Parents and Teachers and raises money for the general fund.

Enthusiastic participants launched swim noodles aloft at the javelin throwing station. Association of Parent/Teacher volunteers set up a variety of stations as an added attraction at the walk-a-thon. In addition to the javelin throw, other stations offered activities such as jump rope, basketball, and a soccer ball obstacle course.

Angie Hylen, SFES Community Relations Coordinator

Angie Hylen, SFES Community Relations Coordinator

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears? Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

Fourth and fifth grade students at St. Francis Elementary School helped answer the age old question, “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears?” at the spring musical May 9 and 10. The performance was based on an African folktale and told the story through vocal and instrumental music, drama, dance and art. The elaborate production, directed by music teacher Meri Humphrey, featured about 260 students. The musical was a grand collaboration, involving staff, parents and a talented student body. Fifth grade teacher Jody Sheerin Casello directed the play, while technology teacher Diane Peterson coached the dancers and handled the technological aspects of the production. The masks and artwork were student-made under the direction of teacher Briana Anderson, media specialist Alice Balance, substitute teacher Susan Brand and Association of Parents & Teachers member Ann Pesch. A host of other volunteers and staff members pitched in with costuming, scenery and staging. Preparation for this ambitious production was completed during and after school. Students practiced the vocal music during their regular music classes at school. Instrumental music including recorders and xylophones was rehearsed during recess and before and after school. Students created African masks and rehearsed the

dramatic parts of the play in community education classes offered after school. The musical was presented to a packed house during an evening performance May 9 and a matinee performance for enthusiastic younger students May 10.

Principal Kathy Kohnen, who made a cameo appearance dressed as the sun, told the matinee audience, “We are so lucky to have the most incredible music teacher at SFES. Humphrey puts her heart and soul into these musical productions.”

As part of a community project, first graders at St. Francis Elementary School decorated grocery bags for County Market with the theme of Earth Day. Students spent time learning about the importance of keeping our planet clean, the three Rs… reduce, reuse, and recycle, and what it means to go green. Bags were placed at each of the checkouts, then when customers bagged their groceries, they took home a bag with a friendly message about Earth Day, which is celebrated April 22. Janine Johnson, SFES 1st grade teacher

About 260 students at St. Francis Elementary School participated in the spring musical, directed by music teacher Meri Humphrey.  Alice Balance

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St. Francis Middle School

St. Francis Middle School retirements Jessie Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

As the St. Francis Middle School Community Relations Coordinator I asked each of the retirees what their best teaching memories at SFMS were. The following is what was submitted. Gail Dahl My best memories at St. Francis Middle School are the connections I have made with students over the past 32 years while being their social studies teacher. I never regretted choosing to be a teacher because every day

was different, challenging and rewarding. In addition, there just isn’t a better staff to work with than the SFMS staff. Not everyone understands and appreciates the uniqueness of teaching middle school students, but with support, humor and collaboration, staff made every day meaningful and fun. Mary Jo Deschene Two special memories I have belong to two special students. One young lady was blind. She would do her math on an abacus and beat the other kids doing it on the calculator. She had never known what a

rectangle or triangle were, so Neil Stoeckel, the industrial arts teacher, made me a geoboard (before there was such a thing) and I had her feel the different geometrical shapes. Another was a young man that was having a hard time in school and didn’t have many friends. If he was successful for the week, his special education teacher made a deal with him that he could do whatever he wanted for an hour on Friday. His request was to spend an hour helping me during my prep hour. Both of those instances helped me to see that I was successful at what I did.

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Congratulations and thanks to all St. Francis Middle School retirees for your dedication to students. Pictured (L-R) are Mark Lodge, Mary Jo Deschene, Marty Hennesy, Cindy Holm-Anderson, Barbara Jahnke, Gail Dahl and Gary Sederstrom. The Courier Photo Marty Hennesy My favorite memories about SFMS are of the people I have worked with during the 36 years I have been here. I have worked with many awesome teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators. The changes the school has gone through have benefitted the student’s wellbeing and success. I have always enjoyed getting to know families in the community and district, whether it was meeting people when I was conducting conferences, coaching for many years or dining out in the district; it feels good to call them my friends. The years have flown by and now it is time to start new adventures in my life. Cindy Holm-Anderson When I reflect on the 35 years that I have spent at St. Francis Middle School, I see snapshots of the students, parents and staff members with whom I’ve had the privilege to work. I picture the students who have given me the great pleasure of seeing the light bulb go on when “I get it!” I look at the notes from parents who have thanked me so graciously for “helping my kid!”And I see the faces of my colleagues who, time after time, have come through for me with humor, ideas for problem-solving and generous support. The other day I had to answer one of those security questions for my credit card company. The question was, “What is your dream job?” Without even pausing, I wrote “Teacher.” I feel so lucky to have been able to spend 35 years doing my dream job. Barb Jahnke One of the best feelings I know is to wake up in the morning knowing that I will be going to work in a place where people collaborate to make a positive difference in the lives

of students and their families. I’m very appreciative to have been given the opportunity to participate in the optimistic atmosphere of St. Francis Middle School. Mark Lodge One of my favorite memories are of the days when we had after school sports and intramural activities. The great school spirit we developed with all those activities went beyond the regular classroom day as well as all the coaching I was involved with. I also remember fondly when we had the advisor/ advisee homerooms and the activities we had that were good for the students at this age level. I will also remember all the great teachers that I worked with and the wonderful students and parents that I got to know over the past 35 years in this community. Gary Sederstrom One of my favorite memories brings me back 34 years when I was just starting my career as a middle school teacher. My principal then, Mike Wyatt, called me into the office and asked if I would take two bus loads of 7th and 8th graders on Thursday nights during the winter to Wild Mountain to ski. Instead of sharing my first thought about the idea with him, I counted to ten, remembered I was needing a job the next year, then replied, “Well, I could not think of anything else I would rather do on a Thursday evening than chaperone two bus loads of 13 and 14 year-olds to Wild Mountain.” Well, that year I chaperoned my last ski trip to Wild Mountain and yes, I really did get out there on the slopes with the kids. Perhaps not “The Wall,” but more time on “Easy Rider.“ Wisdom does come with age.

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St. Francis Middle School

Students raise funds for cancer research Jessie Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

On May 10 students at St. Francis Middle School had the opportunity to raise funds for an organization called Pedaling for Pennies for

Middle school student Shawn Madzey (right), winner of the bike prize, is pictured with James Rienstra who will be pedaling from Zimmerman to Ushuiua, Argentina to raise money for cancer research. Madzey raised $159 by going around his neighborhood rallying support. Submitted Photo

all those affected by cancer. Students gathered pledges and walked the track during their lunch time, raising funds for this cause. About 100 students participated and $1,097 was raised. Students who participated in the walk were entered into a drawing for prizes donated to Pedaling for Pennies. Prizes included a bicycle donated by Kathi Doreo, Aflac Regional Sales Coordinator, Nickelodeon Mall of America allday passes, Underwater World, mini-golf and Minnesota Science Museum tickets, T-shirts, Kendamas donated by AmeriDama in Anoka and more. Winners were announced May 20. Pedaling for Pennies was founded after James Rienstra of Zimmerman, lost his father to pancreatic cancer. His loss inspired him to fight cancer by raising awareness and money through a bike trek from Minnesota to Alaska. While on his journey, Rienstra blogged and wrote about how cancer has affected the lives of people he met. He lived out of four large saddle bags he carried on his bike. Rienstra pedaled over 3,000 miles from Minnesota to Alaska raising $17,000, but is now going to embark on a new journey he calls the Pan-American Cancer Tour (PACT). He has spent two years planning and preparing to bike from his home in Zimmerman to Ushuiua, Argentina leaving August 15. Donations to Pedaling for Pennies will go to the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, a local fund that helps researchers in Minnesota. Rienstra pays for his entire trip out of pocket; all donations go to research. Find more information about Rienstra’s organization at www. or pedalingforpennies.

Feeling history Jessie Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

Seventh grade students in social studies at St. Francis Middle School had the opportunity on April 30 and May 1 to partake in and view a Climb Theatre presentation in the classroom. Two actors from Climb Theatre, located out of Inver Grove Heights, came to SFMS to entertain, educate and enlighten students and their social studies teachers. Through acting scenes, monologues, slides, and student interaction, students were brought from the time period of slavery to today. Students were guided through Civil War events, the Emancipation Proclamation, Reconstruction, the Dred Scott Decision, the 13th Amendment, convict leasing, Jim Crow Laws, Brown vs. Board, and the Civil Rights Movement. Climb Theatre’s hope through this particular presentation is “to move students closer to understanding intellectually as

history and the issue of slavery well as emotionally racism and alive and gave kids a great to hopefully one day end it.” perspective on what African Students enjoyed the Americans went through.” presentation. Seventh grade Climb Theatre is a program student Paige Ehresman stated, reaching out to thousands of “It was an interesting way to kids in the Midwest for the learn about slavery.” Another past 38 years. The middle student, Elizabeth Pechovnik school has had the privilege said, “I thought today was a of having Climb Theatre visit good experience and I learned many times before for various a lot.” Annika Rzeszutek topics as well as through stated, “I really liked it. It held a Minnesota grant by the my attention and was very Minnesota State Arts Board. interesting.” Kyle Waterworth, seventh grade social studies teacher at the middle school, commented after watching his students interact with Climb Theatre in his classroom, “They did Two Climb Theatre actors visited Kyle Waterworth’s a great job seventh grade social studies classroom recently to bringing educate students about racism. Submitted Photo

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Special American flag presentation Jessie Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

On the afternoon of May 1, sixth graders at St. Francis Middle School were invited to the cafeteria for a presentation and dedication of an American flag to the middle school after writing soldiers and veterans letters for Veterans Day. Jeff Starr, younger brother of longtime substitute teacher Mike Starr, flew an American flag for the students his last day working overseas in Afghanistan as a PLT Wellness NCO (psychologist). Mike Starr, our Veterans Day coordinator for the St. Francis Veteran’s Day Celebration, took the remaining letters (125+) left after the celebration, and sent them to be distributed by Jeff. Jeff said, “The soldiers of the 257th got a huge kick out of the letters along with the words of encouragement and thanks. I personally took each one to heart. I knew the letters would be a huge morale boost— which they were!” Jeff was invited to present the flag to the sixth graders with a certificate stating when and where the flag was flown overseas, along with who the flag was being presented to and who it was from. “The experience was totally awesome to be able to present the flag to the entire sixth grade! Answering their questions was also very rewarding,” said Jeff. All nine Starr siblings are alumni of District 15 with Jeff graduating in 1987 from St. Francis High School.

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It is that time of year when St. Francis High School students in the child careers class are assigned to different classrooms to work with elementary students and job shadow a teacher as part of Education Outreach. High school students from Janel Simmons’ class spent time observing an elementary school class. Marina Radysyuk, a sophomore at SFHS, is one of the students in the child careers class. She was assigned to Carol Krupke, reading teacher at Cedar Creek Community School. Radysyuk has been able to use her bilingual skills of Russian when she was paired with a

St. Francis High School child careers student Marina Radysyuk was able to use her bilingual skills to help first grade student Liia, who also speaks Russian with her English speaking and reading skills.  Submitted Photo first grade student who also of speaking and reading words speaks Russian. Radysyuk has in English. helped Liia begin the process

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May 9 was a night to remember as 150 fifth grade students at Cedar Creek Community School showcased two months of hard work on their Science Fair experiments and Technology Fair projects. Family support was tremendous as students took the knowledge that was

learned in school and applied it to their own experiments that were conducted at home. Using the scientific method, students found answers to many different types of questions that were researched. Also impressive were the student iPad-created puppet shows. In technology, students worked hard researching the lives of colonial kids, writing

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scripts pretending to be a kid from Colonial America and recording electronic puppet shows using the school’s iPads with the Puppet Pals App. Students also learned how to convert video into a usable format for the PC and how to import it into MovieMaker. MovieMaker is a multimedia presentation program that allows students to present information in a creative way. This project exemplifies the integral part technology plays in our students’ school day. Fifth grade classroom teachers and the technology specialist worked closely during the technology integration of this project. 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. Students used a wide variety of software to create their boards at home including word processing, data collection, graphing, and tables. The students were excited to show the results of their efforts to their parents and classmates that evening. Earlier in the day they were able to showcase their experiments to all fourth grade students. Thanks again to the parents for the extra help at home.

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School Board Highlights exhilaration of being done with high school was replaced with the reality of deciding what I wanted to do with my life. Fast forward 32 years and I’m still not sure that I have that answer. Many from the 2013 graduating class have their game plan in place, whether it be college, technical school, the armed services or to join the work force. It is probably one of the first of many important crossroads decision they will have in their lifetime. I have been fortunate to have been on this earth for close to (but not quite) a half of

a century. Along the way, there have been a couple of things that I’ve learned that I would like to share with today’s graduates. The first thing is… get your finances in order. In other words save, save and save. Saving money is very much like exercise. If we do nothing, we gain nothing. And remember, it’s okay to start small. When you go to a gym, you wouldn’t start lifting weights that you can barely handle, would you? Of course not. You would start with

lighter weights and progress from there. The same principle applies to saving; start small and build your way up. The key thing is to just start. Secondly, take care of yourself. I always think of a first aid class I took, when the instructor asked, “When you arrive upon an accident scene, who’s the most important person there? You are.” Think about it, without your presence, who can help those that need it most? Same thing in life; people depend on you. Whether it is laughing, crying

or just being there, everyone needs someone to depend on and you may be that person. And even though you have reached the status of young adults, I’d like to end this article with a verse from a children’s book that I will be sharing with my soon-to-be born granddaughter. It is from the book, I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont. It states, “Inside, outside, upside down, from head to toe and all around. I like it all! It all is me! And me is what I want to be.” Good luck, Class of 2013. Live well.

All board members present. Director of Community Education Troy Ferguson filled in for Superintendent Ed Saxton. Happening Around the District – St. Francis High School St. Francis High School Principal Paul Neubauer introduced Activities Director Jeff Fink. The spring sports schedule has been greatly affected by the weather and Neubauer commended Fink for handling all the schedule changes that had to be made. Fink spoke about upcoming events including the St. Francis High School Scholarship Awards night May 22 and new this year, a business appreciation dinner May 23 with help from the St. Francis Lions Club. Fink introduced this year’s Triple A (Academics, Arts, Athletics) award winners. The award recognizes and

honors high school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the fine arts. This year’s recipients are SFHS students Dan Sievert and Ann Hunt. Fink then introduced SFHS senior Maggie Ewen, who has had a very accomplished athletic career including state and national discus and shot put awards. Ewen will be attending Arizona State University in the fall on a track & field scholarship. Lastly, Fink remarked about the great turnout for the drama department’s production of Grease. This year, senior citizens were bussed from The Oaks of Lake George to attend the high school production, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Happening Around the District – All Day Every Day Kindergarten Community Education Director Troy Ferguson introduced a video compiled by kindergarten teachers Leslee Yseth and Michelle Roy of East Bethel Community School titled A Little Taste of Kindergarten. The video highlighted the various

Bachmann who visited East Bethel Community School and Cedar Creek Community School April 29. The superintendent met with other administrators involved in the new Mississippi 8 Conference. St. Francis High School has joined the conference which includes Big Lake High School, Buffalo High School, Cambridge-Isanti High School, Chisago Lakes High School, Monticello High School, North Branch High School, Princeton High School, Rogers High School and St. MichaelAlbertville High School School Board Member Highlights Board member Janet Glover reported on the success of the Cedar Creek Community School carnival held April

13. The PTO coordinated the event and wants to thank the families, volunteers and staff for a very successful carnival that reported a profit of $13,191.02, which is a 29 percent increase over last year’s carnival. Board member Marsha Van Denburgh reported that a multi-cultural liaison will be hired to address diversity in the district. The position will be paid for by a grant and special education money. Board member David Roberts, owner of Dave’s Heating & Cooling, spoke to students at Crossroads School & Vocational Center May 10. He told students how he came to own his business, offered career advice and answered questions.

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activities kindergartners take part in throughout the day. Addressing the school board was kindergarten teacher Kathi Greene from Cedar Creek Community School. Greene spoke to the board about how all day every day kindergarten has improved both learning and teaching. She had approached the board about all day kindergarten in the fall, remarking that it was great to have more time each day with students. Now that this school year is nearing completion, she can state that the impact of the all day every day model has made quite a difference. For instance, in the past, students had 40 sight words to learn. Now students know more than the 40 sight words and can read them, write them, spell them and use them in sentences much earlier in the school year. She commented that she sees the same results in math and other subjects. Greene, in her ninth year teaching kindergarten in ISD 15, has taught half day kindergarten, every other day kindergarten, and now all day every day kindergarten. Hands down, all day every day kindergarten is the best model, she commented. Green thanked the board for the opportunity and foresight provided to students in ISD 15. Superintendent Report Ferguson, on behalf of Superintendent Ed Saxton, provided the report. Minnesota Education Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius visited ISD 15 April 23 and was shown 3D technology at Cedar Creek Community School. She also met with teachers about the district’s professional development model. Another guest to ISD 15 was U.S. Representative Michele

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that could pinch or squeeze. See that toys used Sandy Farder ISD 15 Adult Basic Education Coordinator outdoors are stored after play—rain or dew can rust or damage a variety of toys and toy parts It is with mixed feelings that I am writing this article; it is creating hazards. the last I will submit as coordinator of the Independent School Sharp edges District 15 Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. This job has far New toys intended for children under eight exceeded the expectations I had when I accepted the position. So, years of age should be free of sharp glass and though I have some exciting adventures ahead of me, I already metal edges. have regrets about leaving behind all the remarkable people Small parts involved in this program. The law bans small parts in toys intended for Our ABE program could not function like it does without the children under three. This includes removable assistance of the generous volunteers who donate their time to eyes and noses on stuffed toys and dolls and help provide one-on-one tutoring to our students. Each volunteer small, removable squeakers on squeeze toys. brings unique talents and personalities that our students and staff deeply appreciate. Our volunteers are extremely committed Loud noises to the students and their goals, and they often contribute more Toy caps and some noise-making guns and than just their time to our program. For example, one of our other toys can produce sounds at noise levels volunteers, Olivia Bastion, recently donated enough money to that can damage hearing. purchase two new laptop computers for us. Students and staff Cords and strings alike are overwhelmed by her generosity. All of the volunteers Toys with long strings or cords are have become so much more to me; I consider all of them friends. dangerous for infants and very young children. It’s impossible to convey how thoroughly I have enjoyed Never hang toys with long strings, cords, loops teaching all my incredible students in the ABE program. Each or ribbons in cribs or playpens where children new student represents strength and courage to me. Each one can become entangled. is striving to improve, to move forward and to achieve dreams. All toys are not for all children Each and every one has been important to me. A few, every year, Keep toys designed for older children out inspire me, expand my mind and find a permanent place in my of the hands of little ones. Follow labels that heart. These students are gifts I will carry regardless of where my give age recommendations—some toys are life takes me. recommended for older children because they As is often the case in a job that offers the type of rewards that may be hazardous in the hands of a younger this one has, I have learned a great deal about myself, about the child. Teach older children to help keep their world and about the people who populate it. My experience as toys away from younger brothers and sisters. an English teacher, a homebound teacher, an English as a second Infant toys language teacher and a multi-subject teacher at the ALC all Infant toys, such as rattles, squeeze toys provided a valuable background for ABE. None of that, though, and teethers should be large enough so that could have entirely prepared me for all this job has involved. they cannot enter and become I am so gratified that my replacement is Mel Panek, who has lodged in an infant’s throat. worked beside me in this program for eight years and definitely Adapted from: U.S. Consumer Community Education Contacts has the experience, the knowledge and the compassion to keep Product Safety Commission the ABE program moving in a positive direction. She and Ker Lor, Troy Ferguson, Community Education Director............................ 763-753-7041 Publication 281m; Visit www. our excellent cultural consultant, are a big part of the heart and Adult Basic Education (GED)...................................................................... 763-753-7190 soul of the ABE program. I wish them, all our current students pdf for the entire information. Sandy Farder, Coordinator/Teacher and all those students to come the very best of luck. Adult Education & Services......................................................................... 763-213-1640 Driver’s Education/Behind the Wheel Nancy Messerschmidt, Program Supervisor Program Fees Communications & District Website One Child Kathleen Miller, Program Supervisor................................................. 763-753-7042 One Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30.00 The Courier Newspaper................................................................................ 763-753-7031 Two Days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $60.00 Kathleen Miller, Editor................................................................................ 763-753-7042 Three Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $90.00 Pat Johnson, Graphics................................................................................ 763-753-7025 Four Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $115.00 Alicia Loehlein, Staff Writer, Billing...................................................... 763-753-7033 Five Days. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $130.00 Janice Audette, Advertising.................................................................... 763-753-7032 Field Trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10.00/trip Facility Scheduling Registration Fee . . . . . . . . . . $25.00/child $45.00/family Nancy Messerschmidt, Program Supervisor................................ 763-213-1589 includes one Kids Connection Family Education & Services....................................................................... 763-753-7170 T-shirt per child Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor n s d c n e 2 m m Kids Connection 3 Weekly field trips • Daily crafts • Gym games Theresa Antinozzi, Program Supervisor.......................................... 763-213-1616 Math, reading, science activities Kids Connection is a summer childcare Kids Connection Lifelong Learning Center Site......................... 763-753-7160 Outdoor activities • Theme weeks program for Independent School District 15 Kids Connection St. Francis Middle School Site........................ 763-213-8674 students who have completed kindergarten Preschool Place 15............................................................................................ 763-753-7170 through grade 5. is a division of ISD 15 Community Education Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Location: Lifelong Learning Rec Department Center in Diane Guinn, Program Supervisor...................................................... 763-213-1823 for information and registration. Oak Grove Amy Lindfors, Rec Assistant.................................................................... 763-213-1588 Registration is now open! Dates: June 3–August 23 Sandhill Center for the Arts Registration will stay open until program is full. Closed July 3, 4, 5 Theresa Antinozzi, Program Supervisor.......................................... 763-213-1616 Any registrations received after May 31 could Hours: 6:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. • • have a delayed start date. Choose toys with care. Keep in mind the child’s age, interests and skill level. Look for quality design and construction in all toys for all ages. Make sure that all directions or instructions are clear—to you, and when appropriate, to the child. Plastic wrappings on toys should be discarded at once before they become deadly playthings. Be a label reader. Look for and heed age recommendations such as, “Not recommended for children under three.” Look for other safety labels including, “Flame retardant/Flame resistant” on fabric products and “Washable/ hygienic materials” on stuffed toys and dolls. When maintaining toys Check all toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. A damaged or dangerous toy should be thrown away or repaired immediately. Edges on wooden toys that might have become sharp or surfaces covered with splinters should be sanded smooth. Examine all outdoor toys regularly for rust or weak parts that could become hazardous. When storing toys Teach children to put their toys safely away on shelves or in a toy chest after playing to prevent trips and falls. Toy boxes, too, should be checked for safety. Use a toy chest that has a lid that will stay open in any position to which it is raised and will not fall unexpectedly on a child. For extra safety, be sure there are ventilation holes for fresh air. 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• Classes offered at the Lifelong Learning Center in Oak Grove • Programming takes place September through May • Morning, afternoon and evening sessions available • One, two, three or four times per week • Two hour, two hour-fifteen minute, two-and-a-half hour and two hour-forty-five minute sessions • Most classes are age specific • Classes also available for two-year-olds and very young three-year-olds • Sliding fee scale is available based on family size and income • Busing available for ALL morning and afternoon classes The mission of Preschool Place 15 is to provide a safe environment where young children of all abilities can grow and experience success and their parents can be partners in learning.

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

Youth Football Fall 2013 Tackle Football Registration for grades 2-8, online registration available coming soon!

Big O Big D Football Camp Looking for players wanting to improve offensive line, defensive line, fullbacks and tight ends. Course: SC-713031 Dates: June 24-26 Course: SC-713033 Dates: July 22-24 Grades: 6-8 no pads 9-12 with pads Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Location: St. Francis High School Fee: $40

Youth Football Camp This camp will focus on football fundamentals including blocking, tackling, throwing and catching. This is an excellent opportunity for youth level players in preparation for the upcoming season. Come prepared with comfortable clothes, cleats and water bottle. Location: St. Francis Middle School Course: SC-713013 Grade: 6-8 Dates: Monday/Tuesday, July 15-16 Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $45 (T-shirt included) Course: SC-713014 Grade: 1-5 Dates: Wednesday/Thursday, July 17-18 Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Fee: $40 (T-shirt included) Contact Diane Guinn, Rec Department manager for more info 763-213-1823 The Rec Department is a division of ISD 15 Community Education The Courier | June 2013 |

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

Register NOW!

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

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

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

SilverSneakers® Muscular Strength & Range of Movement

SilverSneakers® YogaStretch

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

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

For more information on the Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program please contact Sandhill Center at 763-213-1616.

Independent School District 15 Community Education

Summer 2013 Children’s Theater presents


Preschool Place 15 Registration for the 2013-14 School Year

Directed by Glenn Morehouse Olson

June 27 & 28 • 7:00 p.m. June 29 • 2:00 p.m. St. Francis High School Performing Arts Center 3325 Bridge Street St. Francis, MN

Admission is $5 in advance Advance tickets can be purchased from show participants $6 Students / Seniors at Door $8 Adults at Door

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

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

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

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

2013 Summer Preschool & ECFE Preschool Camps

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

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

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

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

Bookworms Explore the wonderful places books can bring you. Focus on early literacy with lots

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

Space is limited!

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Card number: ________________________ Exp Date__________________________________ Print Name:__________________________ Signature:__________________________________ Any special needs of you or your child we need to plan for?_____________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ Mail your registration and payment to the Lifelong Learning Center, 18900 Cedar Drive, Oak Grove, MN 55011. Registrations will be processed as they are received.


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

Summer Fun with Early Childhood! Visit the Early Childhood Advisory Council Play Area during St. Francis Pioneer Days. Stop by for fun and games and prizes! Date: Saturday, June 8 Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon Location: St. Francis Community Park in St. Francis


ECFE Camps

of art, creativity, and games. Course: PP2114 Dates: Thursdays, July 11-25

Fostering the Creativity in Your Child

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

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

Space Journey

2013 Summer Preschool & ECFE


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

Be the astronaut you dreamed of. Explore the stars and planets through stories, creative play, art and more! Course: PP2113 Dates: T/W/Th, July 23-25 Sliding Fee Scale Annual Income ECFE Preschool 0-$40,000 $17.00 $19.00 $40,00-$90,000



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

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

Trike-a-Thon Sponsored by the Early Childhood Advisory Council in partnership with Pedaling for Pennies. One hundred percent of the funds raised will be donated to the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund. Trikes, wagons, ride on toys, scooters, bikes with training wheels or anything with wheels; no motorized please. How it works: register online at If you have any questions, call either Angela Leners at 763-413-7371 or Tammy Luukkonen at 612-801-5924. Date: Monday, July 18 Time: 12:00 noon

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

Celebrating Baby Your baby must be 12 months of age or younger when you attend the event. Enjoy songs and games together and meet others who are experiencing the joys and challenges of raising a baby. Don’t forget to pick up your free gift! Course: EC0701 Dates: Thursdays, July 11-25 Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: FREE No Sibling Care available; try a Preschool Camp for your preschooler.

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

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

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St. Francis Pioneer Days 2013 Little Miss St. Francis Ambassador Candidates

Celebrate Pioneer Days with the St. Francis Ambassadors Jacquie Goedel Miss St. Francis Ambassador Program Coordinator

Jasmine Dahl

Luci Dorumsgaard

Natalie Gavit

Annelise Hulst

Mackenzie Osowski

Brooke Reintjes

Sponsored by St. Francis True Value Hardware

Sponsored by Highland Money Management

Sponsored by NTM, Inc.

Sponsored by Advanced Automotive, Inc.

Sponsored by Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Celebrate Pioneer Days by joining the current ambassadors as they crown their successors. The coronation will take place on Saturday, June 8, in Community Park. The Miss St. Francis Ambassador Program begins at 3:00 p.m. following the Pioneer Days parade. Please join us in

saying goodbye to our current ambassadors and wishing all of our candidates good luck! The Miss St. Francis Ambassador Program would like to thank all of the candidates’ sponsors as well as St. Francis American Legion Post 622, St. Francis Lions Club, St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Francis Jaycees, and the City of St. Francis for their continuing support of the ambassador program.

Sponsored by Opp Family Chiropractic

2013 Miss St. Francis Ambassador Candidates 2012-13 St. Francis Ambassadors, front (L-R) Little Misses Lizzie Koch and Winter Schuldt; back, Miss Ambassadors Caitlin Funder and Jaydin Guldenaar. The ambassadors have been great representatives for St. Francis over the past year. New ambassadors will be crowned after the St. Francis Pioneer Days Parade on Saturday, June 8 in Community Park. Submitted Photo

Katie Cederberg Sponsored by Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Sarah Farrier

Sponsored by Temperature Specialists, Inc.

Sarah Roppe

Sponsored by St. Francis Foods

Kelsey Voss Sponsored by Village Bank

Visit to learn more about the Miss St. Francis Ambassador Program. The Courier | June 2013 |

Ariel Orr

Sponsored by S.C. Cabinets

Coronation of 2013-14 Miss St. Francis Ambassadors is Saturday, June 8, 3:00 p.m. in Community Park.

Good Luck to Miss St. Francis Ambassador candidate Sarah Farrier

Good Luck to Miss St. Francis Ambassador candidate Kelsey Voss

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Chamber to sponsor Pioneer Days Medallion Hunt

Ways to support Pioneer Days Pioneer Days is not possible without the support of community members and businesses. Volunteers and donations are needed. To ensure the success of this year’s event, donations from area businesses and residents are essential. Monetary or prize donations are greatly appreciated. Please fill out forms available at and return as soon as possible. Pioneer Days buttons, commemorating the fire department’s 50th anniversary, are available at many local businesses. For $5 you will receive a button, a raffle ticket for cash prize drawings (must be 18 or older to win), and a coupon book with more than $1,000 in money-saving coupons from local businesses inside. Support Pioneer Days donation cards are also available in local businesses. Donate any amount and have your name displayed on a card in the business. Visit or for more Pioneer Days forms and information.

2013 Pioneer Days will be held June 7-9. The St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this year’s Pioneer Days Medallion Hunt. The winner will receive a great prize package with items from local businesses. Look for clues beginning the first week of June at County Market and St. Francis Foods and on the Chamber’s website, www. and Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Chamber spinning wheel is always a popular stop for families in Community Park during Pioneer Days. Check it out Saturday, June 8, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 9, noon-4:00 p.m.  The Courier Photo

Chamber Booth in Community Park Each year the Chamber hosts a popular booth in Community Park featuring a spinning wheel for giveaways. Be sure to stop by and take your spin for a chance to win a great prize from a local business. The Chamber booth is also the information

God always loves you

Come for

FREE HOTDOGS & family fun before the fireworks on Sunday night of Pioneer Days weekend! (beginning at 6:00 p.m.)

at our Ministry Center across from SFHS at 23038 Rum River Blvd.

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

Summer Worship 9:30 a.m. Join us for a Pioneer Days Breakfast Saturday, June 8 • 7:00-11:00 a.m. Park in our lot for only $2 and receive $1 off breakfast. One per car.

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



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

center for any Pioneer Days questions. Sponsorship, parade and park vendor information If you are an individual, business or organization that would like to support Pioneer Days, several sponsorship opportunities are available. Space in the parade and as a vendor in Community Park are also available. Visit the Chamber’s Pioneer Days webpage for more information and signup forms. Your support this year is critical as the event undergoes a transition from being organized by the City of St. Francis to a planning committee of volunteers and organizations that includes the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce. More volunteers and sponsors are needed. Volunteer your time during Pioneer Days Pioneer Days needs the help of committed volunteers to ensure the success of this year’s event and future events. Take pride in your community and be part of the success of Pioneer Days! Call Barb at 763-235-2302 to volunteer. Visit www. or call 763-438-5163 to learn more about St. Francis Pioneer Days and the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce.

Good Luck to Miss St. Francis Ambassador candidate Sarah Roppe

Good Luck to Little Miss St. Francis Ambassador candidate Jasmine Dahl

Good Luck to Little Miss St. Francis Ambassador candidate Annelise Hulst

Good Luck to Little Miss St. Francis Ambassador candidate Brooke Reintjes

Good Luck to Little Miss St. Francis Ambassador candidate Mackenzie Osowski

Sponsored by St. Francis Foods

Sponsored by St. Francis True Value Hardware

Sponsored by Highland Money Management

Sponsored by Opp Family Chiropractic

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June 7-9, 2013

Schedule of Events

Friday, June 7

1:00–4:00 pm Free root beer floats at Village Bank, sponsored by St. Francis Lions,Village Bank and Killebrew Root Beer 5:00 pm Carnival Rides start in Community Park 5:00–9:00 pm St. Francis Friday Nite Rally – Street Rods, Customs, Classics, Trucks and Motorcycles St. Francis City Centre Mall parking lot 6:00–11:00 pm St. Francis Has Got Talent contest in the Big Tent in Community Park, admission is free 7:30 pm St. Francis Town Baseball Game vs. Blaine Fusion SFHS Baseball Field 8:30 pm Movies in Community Park, bring blankets and chairs 8:30 pm–12:00 am Karaoke at St. Francis American Legion 8:30 pm Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Karaoke 9:00 pm– Live Music by Killer Hayseeds 12:30 am Patriot Lanes Bar and Grill (21+) cover charge

Saturday, June 8

9:00 am–noon Breakfast and Bowl at Patriot Lanes $10 for meal and 1 game of bowling 7:00–11:00 pm Breakfast served at the St. Francis United Methodist Church located at 3914–229th Avenue NW, parking $2 and $1 off breakfast, 1 per car 8:00 am All Day St. Francis Lions Club and Killebrew Root Beer Softball Tournament in Community Park concessions by St. Francis Lionesses 8:00 am 5K Run/Walk Participants meet at St. Francis High School west parking lot, registration begins at 7:00 am sponsored by St. Francis Lions and Killebrew Root Beer 9:00 am Carnival rides, craft and food booths in Community Park 10:00 am Petting Zoo and Pony Rides by Tommy’s Zoo and Stables Community Park 10:00 am Registration for Turtle Race in Community Park 10:30 am Turtle Race, bring your own turtle (no blanding turtles) sponsored by Schroeder’s Creekside Stables 10:00 am– SFHS Alumni and Historical Display of St. Francis 6:00 pm Woodbury Park 11:00 am Brats and Beer at St. Francis Fire Station sponsored by St. Francis Fire Department 11:30 am Bed Racers line up in front of St. Francis True Value Hardware Store Noon Bed Races start at St. Francis True Value Hardware Store sponsored by the St. Francis Lions Club and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 1:00 pm GRAND PARADE – Grand Marshals: Charter members of 1963 St. Francis Fire Department: Steve Braastad, Jerry Braastad, Don Leathers, Jim Myers and Ray Jones After Parade– Bingo, Brats and Beer at St. Francis Fire Station 5:00 pm sponsored by St. Francis Fire Department After Parade Horseshoe Tournament at St. Francis American Legion, bring your own partner, sponsored by St. Francis American Legion 2:30 and The Wonderful World of Woody music, singing, juggling 3:30 pm and magic in Community Park 2:30–5:30 pm Connexus Energy – Electrical Safety Demonstration in Community Park 3:00–5:30 pm Children’s Entertainment – FREE temporary tattoos and balloon sculptures in Community Park 3:00 pm Miss St. Francis Ambassador Program Coronation in Community Park 3:00–7:00 pm St. Francis American Legion Post 622 Live Music by Dirty Dog Duo 6:00–11:00 pm St. Francis Has Got Talent contest at the Big Tent in Community Park, admission is free 8:30 pm Movies in Community Park, bring blankets and chairs 8:30 pm– Live Music by Killer Hayseeds 1:00 am Patriot Lanes Bar and Grill (21+) cover charge 9:00 pm Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, DJ Troy

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Sunday, June 9

8:00 am All Day St. Francis Lions Club and Killebrew Root Beer Softball Tournament in Community Park concessions by St. Francis Lionesses 8:00 am – Noon Patriot Lanes Bar and Grill, breakfast and game of bowling 10:00 am Community Worship Service in Community Park hosted by Living Hope Church 11:00 am 40/8 Flag Retirement at St. Francis American Legion 11:00 am Carnival rides, games, craft and food booths Community Park Noon Petting Zoo and Pony Rides by Tommy’s Zoo and Stables Community Park Noon Water Ball Fight with area fire departments in Community Park, sponsored by St. Francis Fire Dept. and Opp Family Chiropractic 1:00–3:00 pm St. Francis Has Got Talent Finals contest at the Big Tent in Community Park. Only 12 acts make it this far. Come cheer on your favorite. The three best acts will be judged and awarded prizes. Admission is free 1:00 pm Kid’s Power Peddle Pull in Community Park 1:00 pm Garden Tractor Pull at St. Francis American Legion, concessions by Legion Auxiliary SAL 2:00 pm Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Dirty Dog Duo and One Mangy Cat 6:00 pm Free kids games and hot dog give-a-way before the fireworks at Living Hope’s Ministry Center across from St. Francis High School Before fireworks Drawing of Pioneer Days button winners St. Francis High School football field 10 Minutes FIREWORKS at St. Francis after Dusk High School football field. All school rules will be enforced—no tobacco or alcohol on school grounds sponsored by St. Francis Bottle Shop

Medallion Hunt Medallion Hunt begins June 4 with Daily Clues posted at County Market, St. Francis Foods, on Facebook and Twitter. Sponsored by the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce.

10th Annual Amateur Photo Contest Photos accepted at Village Bank until June 1 and displayed June 3–7.

Carnival–Friday, Saturday, Sunday Located in Community Park

Thank You Sponsors Ambassador Level $1,000 + City of St. Francis St. Francis Bottle Shop King’s County Market St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Bolten & Menk Dave’s Heating & Air Conditioning St. Francis Lions Club Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill

Pioneer Level $500 Barna Guzy & Steffen Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, St. Francis McDonald’s, St. Francis Rum River Level $250 Highland Money Management, Inc. Temperature Specialist, Inc. Village Bank Other Gerdin Auto & Tire Mickman Brothers, LLC Opp Family Chiropractic PA Killebrew Root Beer


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Pioneer Days Bed Races The fourth annual St. Francis Lions Club Bed Races will be held prior to the Pioneer Days parade Saturday, June 8. Five-person teams need to report in front of the St. Francis True Value Hardware store at 11:30 a.m. Races start at noon.

Creative ideas for your bed theme and costumes are encouraged to add fun to the races. A traveling trophy is given to the team with the fastest time. For more information and to register, call Tim Holen at 763-286-0366.

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Support Pioneer Days—buy a button Pioneer Days buttons, commemorating the St. Francis Fire Department’s 50th anniversary are available at many local businesses. For $5 you will receive a button, a raffle ticket for cash prize drawings (must be 18 or older to win), and a coupon book with more than $1,000 in money-saving coupons from local businesses.

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Woody returns to Pioneer Days

Youth talent show a new event at this year’s celebration Area youth are invited to participate in the inaugural St. Francis Has Got Talent youth talent show during the 2013 St. Francis Pioneer Days celebration, June 7-9. There will be two preliminary nights of competition: Friday, June 7, 6:00 p.m. or Saturday, June 8, 6:00 p.m. Six finalists will be selected each night. Final competition will be Sunday, June 9 in the big tent in Community Park. Trophies and cash

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 of 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 8, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. in Community Park in St. Francis.

prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places. The competition is open to ages 5-17 and is for individuals or groups of up to four. For more information, download the registration form found at www. or www.stfrancismn. org. Contact Rick at 763-753-7873 for additional


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Northland Screw Products wishes everyone a safe and fun 2013 Pioneer Days.

We’re excited to announce and celebrate our move to a new clinic location in JULY. This will help us to continue making our community more healthy in mind, body and spirit. We love sharing the joy in giving people the energy and strength to express the passion inside every one of us so we can conquer our lives. New clinic address: 23671 St. Francis Blvd. NW, Suites 1 & 2 763.213.0615

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Automated check-in improves service at Anoka County Veteran Office Martha Weaver Anoka County Public Information Manager

The number of veterans seeking assistance at the Anoka County Veteran Services Office in downtown Anoka has risen steadily over the past five years, reaching a record 7,100 in 2012. To accommodate the growing caseload, the county’s Veteran Services Office hired additional staff and enlarged the office and waiting

area. In a bid to reduce the sometimes lengthy wait times and serve clients more efficiently, Veteran Services staff teamed with programmers from the county’s Information Technology (IT) Department to develop an automated system that allows clients to check in using a touch-screen computer monitor. The new check-in system allows veterans to specify the purpose of their visit and also indicate which service officer they wish to see. That

information is instantly relayed to Veteran Services staff, allowing them to closely monitor wait times and better prepare for their session with clients. “Because we know who we’re seeing Continued, Page 26 Veteran Services Director John Kriesel watches as Myron Laine uses the new automated check-in system at the Anoka County Veteran Services Office in Anoka.  Submitted Photo All Colors Wrapped Per Dozen

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The 4-year-old preschool class at Sandhill Center for the Arts had a visit from the Bethel Fire Department on May 13. Firefighters answered questions and let the students get up close and personal with the gear and equipment. Submitted Photo

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Veterans and the purpose of the visit, we can pull their file and have information ready to better address any concerns,“ said Anoka County Veteran Services Director John Kriesel. “It is helping us streamline the process while serving our clients more effectively.“

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Kriesel originally planned to purchase off-the-shelf automated check-in software but balked at the $10,000$20,000 price tag. Instead, he turned to county IT staff who developed the new automated system in just under two months. The cost? Approximately 40 hours of staff time and $500 for a touchscreen monitor. “Developing the system in-house cost

far less, plus allowed us to customize it by adding the ability to track a client’s age, residence, service needs, and other information,“ said Anoka County Board Chair Rhonda Sivarajah. Veterans have been quick to adapt to the new check-in system, according to Kriesel. It’s easy to use and our clients are appreciating the decrease in wait times.

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Lakeside Cabinets and Woodworking held a grand opening celebration May 2 at its new showroom and production floor in Nowthen. The St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting—pictured, (L-R), Chamber Board Member Kristine Weishalla, Nowthen Mayor Bill Schulz, Chamber Board Member Lori Gerhardson, Troy Bednarz and Adam Brotemarkle of Lakeside Cabinets and Woodworking and Chamber Board Member Kerby Scherer. More than 100 clients and community members attended the celebration. Many guests walked away with prizes they won and everyone had a great time eating, visiting and learning more about Lakeside’s cabinets and what goes on in the shop.The Courier Photo

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Divots can be replaced — Freedom CANNOT! The Courier | June 2013 |

Congresswoman visits district schools Dan Kotman Press Secretary for U.S. Rep Bachmann

Following a meeting U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (Minnesota 6th District) held for area school leaders, Independent School District 15 Superintendent Ed Saxton invited Bachmann to tour ISD 15 and see the innovative programs offered to district students. On April 29 Bachmann visited Cedar Creek Community School and East Bethel Community School to see a kindergarten room with active readers, a 5th grade room using iPads to learn math and a 4th grade room with 3D instructional videos. Bachmann offered her

thanks and praise to the district. “I want to extend my sincere thanks to Superintendent Saxton and the wonderful students, teachers and staff of the St. Francis school system for the opportunity to visit some of their classrooms on April 29. I enjoyed visiting with the students and seeing the class at work. It was particularly encouraging to see the innovative new ways that teachers are using technology in the classroom. “As the mother of five biological children and 23 foster children, I’ve seen firsthand that every child learns in a different way and at different speeds. Teachers need

an environment that allows them to tailor lesson plans to individual learning styles. Not only does the use of iPads and 3D technology allow students to work at their own pace and in a format that encourages more than just memorization, it makes learning fun and interesting. I know that I learned a bit more about how the human heart works thanks to the 3D presentation by Holli Hillman! “East Bethel Community School and Cedar Creek Community School are excellent examples of what I hope will be a growing trend both in Minnesota and across the nation—students excited to learn and teaching styles that are in pace with the growing technologies available. Thank you to Amy Worden, Lillian DeRung and Holli Hillman and their students for the chance to visit.”

Join us at Long Lake Lutheran Church for a campout, grill-out and games on Father’s Day weekend. We will conclude with an outdoor worship service on Sunday morning. Campout begins Saturday, June 15, 1:00 p.m. and concludes Sunday, June 16 with 9:30 a.m. worship service.

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Achieve Services recognizes Representative Jim Abeler for years of dedication Tom Weaver Achieve Services CEO

Minnesota Representative Jim Abeler, Anoka, was recognized April 26 for his years of service to people with disabilities by Achieve Services, Inc., a training and habilitation agency in

Blaine serving adults with developmental disabilities. The Legacy Award was presented by Susan Holden, chair of the Achieve Services volunteer board of directors, during a fundraiser for Achieve Services at Bunker Hills Golf Course, Coon Rapids.

Rep. Jim Abeler receives a Legacy Award April 26 from Susan Holden, chairwoman of the Achieve Services board of directors.  Submitted Photo

“We have been extremely fortunate over the years to have on our side one of the most effective champions in the Legislature,” said Holden. “Throughout his career, Rep. Jim Abeler has been on the front lines, fighting to ensure that people with disabilities get the care and services they deserve.” Legacy Awards are presented on occasion to individuals who have dedicated years, and often decades, of service on behalf of people with disabilities. Recipients of this award have made significant contributions in advocating policies or reforms that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. Achieve Services began in the 1960s as a day treatment program for children with developmental disabilities. Over the years, they have responded to and led changes in policies and practices. In 2004, they separated from Anoka County and became a nonprofit organization. Today, services for adults include employment, vocational training, occupational therapy, and life skills development. More than 20 businesses and organizations in the area have Achieve participants as part of their workforce.


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Investors can learn from swimmers’ diets Summer isn’t here yet, but it’s getting close. And for many people, the arrival of summer means it’s time for swimming at the local pool or lake. If you’re just a casual swimmer, you probably don’t have to adjust your diet before jumping in. But that’s not the case with competitive swimmers, who must constantly watch what they eat and drink, particularly in the days and hours preceding their races. While you may not ever have to concern yourself with your 400-meter individual medley splits, you can learn a lot from swimmers’ consumption patterns—particularly if you’re an investor.. For starters, to sustain energy and stamina for a relatively long period of time, competitive swimmers need to eat easy-to-digest carbohydrates such as whole wheat, whole grains, apples and bananas. When you invest, you want to build a portfolio that is capable of going the distance. Consequently, you need investments that provide carbohydrate-type benefits—in other words, investments with the potential to fuel a longterm investment strategy. Such a strategy usually involves owning a mix of high-quality stocks, bonds, government securities and certificates of deposit (CDs). By owning

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these vehicles, in proportions appropriate for your risk tolerance and time horizon, you can help yourself make progress toward your financial goals—and lessen the risk of running out of energy midstream. Of course, competitive swimmers have to be diligent not just in what they do eat but also in what they don’t. That’s why they avoid sweets, such as sodas and desserts, when it’s close to race time. These items do not provide lasting energy— in fact, they actually sap energy once the sugar wears off. As an investor, you, too, need to avoid the temptation of sweets in the form of high-yield or hot investment vehicles. You may find some of these investments to be alluring, but you will need to carefully weigh the extra risks involved. For many people, these types of investments may not provide the long-term stability needed to help maintain a healthy, productive investment portfolio. While what swimmers eat, or don’t eat, is important to them, their drinking habits are also crucial. The competitive environment—warm pool water, warm air temperatures and high humidity—can quickly lead to dehydration, so swimmers need to drink sizable amounts of water and sports drinks before and during practice. And you, as an investor, need your own type of liquidity for at least two reasons. First you need enough cash or cash equivalents to take advantage of new investment opportunities as they arise; without the ability to add new investments, your portfolio could start to dehydrate. Second, you need enough liquid investments—specifically low-risk vehicles that offer preservation of principal—to create an emergency fund, ideally containing six to 12 months worth of living expenses. Without such a fund, you may be forced to dip into long-term investments to pay for unexpected costs such as a major car repair, a new furnace or a large bill from the dentist. So the next time you see competitive swimmers churning through their lanes, give a thought as to the type of diet that is helping propel them along and think of the similarities to the type of fueling you’ll need to keep your investment strategy moving forward.

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Greetings from the capitol Tom Hackbarth State rep. District 31B

Economy growing, but will new taxes deal a setback? We recently received some good news that Minnesota Management & Budget announced $145 million more in April revenue than previously expected. This is on top of the $2.8 billion in surplus already reported during the current budget cycle. This string of positive reports began shortly after Republicans in the House and Senate enacted a budget compromise in 2011. The improvements we passed in 2011 continue producing results, exceeding previous economic projections time and again. Our more optimistic outlook is the product of crucial decisions we made to eliminate wasteful spending, cut red tape to promote economic freedom and make maximum use of tax money already provided by hardworking Minnesotans. Minnesota’s business filings are up,

with 60,827 new businesses filed in 2012. A new business-to-business sales tax which passed this year will make Minnesota less competitive in the global market. North Dakota already is putting up billboards in our state, encouraging businesses to hop the border to take advantage of a better business climate. A new two-year budget was passed by the legislature in the final days of the 2013 session that includes a $2.1 billion tax increase. Other new taxes passed this session include: } Increases sales taxes by $314 million on commercial warehousing and storage, electronic and commercial equipment repair and maintenance, and telecommunications equipment by small and large businesses. } Increases sales taxes for individuals on all internet purchases, digital download like iTunes and eBooks, and television satellite services. The rate stays the same.

extra government spending than making up for a shortfall. One of the most controversial bills to pass this session not directly relating to the budget allows a vote by child care and personal care attendants (PCA) on unionization. This topic received many hours of debate in both legislative bodies. Public opinion, along with editorial boards from several major newspapers stood against the push for unionization. A recent KSTP poll shows 86 percent of licensed day care providers oppose forming a union. I’ve heard from many providers in our district and there’s nearly unanimous opposition to the plan. They run their own businesses and don’t see any benefit in belonging to a union, but the governor and fellow House and Senate Democrats still pushed the bill into enactment.

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} Increases cigarette/tobacco taxes by $434 million by $1.60/pack. (From $0.48 to $2.08). } Increases business taxes by a $404 million in FY 2014-15 through the repeal of the Foreign Royalty Deduction, and FOC tax treatment, and more. } $119 million just from warehousing (people storing farm equipment, gasoline, etc.) } Drivers license transaction fee increased by $3, costing the public $5.4 million annually. } Wheelage tax doubled from $5 to $10 and expanded to non-metro counties. Minnesota was projected to enjoy another $856 million budget surplus in 2016-17, even without these tax increases passed by the legislative majorities. The tax increases are more about funding

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Oak Grove fire truck visits Lifelong Learning Center Isanti County Fair to present Oktoberfest in July Jeaninne Engler Oak Grove Fire Auxiliary

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The Isanti County Fair will be the place to be this summer as the 136th Annual event, Oktoberfest in July, will be celebrated July 24-28. Thanks to the County Fair Arts Access and Cultural Heritage Grant Program, funding was received again this year to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage as embodied in its county fairs. This year’s Isanti County Fair will be celebrating German heritage with traditional ethnic and cultural entertainment under a new shaded bandshell area. On Thursday evening, the Elk River German Band featuring their Bavarian style of German music will be performing folk songs and polkas in the bandshell. Fair visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional German dinner which will be served at the bandshell for those who want to try an authentic taste of the Old World. On Saturday, the Concord Singers from New Ulm, along with Narren and the Edelwiess Dancers of St. Paul, will be performing authentic German selections and traditional dance. You will not want to miss this opportunity to experience the Concord Singers’ extensive repertoire of current and traditional German popular standards and Volksweise. Traveling with the Concord Singers will be Narren of New Ulm, which consists of a group of characters in traditional German wooden masks and colorful costumes. Also on Saturday, the Edelwiess Dancers from will be appearing and promoting the history and cultures of Barvarian and Tyrolean people through their dances and traditional clothing. Most of the dancers are of Austrian and/or German heritage and bring to life the folk dances that originated in Austria and Germany. If you would like to experience true German culture, authentic costumes and music, along with fine German cuisine; make plans to come out to the 2013 Fair. More information about the Isanti County Fair can be found at

The Oak Grove Fire Department made several appearances at the ISD 15 Lifelong Learning Center during the month of May. On May 4, the Oak Grove Fire Department participated in Vehicle Day. This is an annual event organized by the Early Childhood Advisory Council and admission is free with a non-perishable food item. Some of the vehicles this year included state trooper, fire truck, ambulance, construction vehicles, garbage truck, school bus, television station weather vehicle and much more. The weather could have been warmer but many residents of Oak Grove brought their young children to see all the vehicles. On May 13 and 14, the Oak Grove Fire Department visited the preschool classes at Lifelong Learning Center. The children learned about fire prevention, fire safety and fire equipment. They also watched a firefighter put on his gear to help familiarize them with firefighters and wearing their gear. “This interaction is extremely important,” said Dale Sorensen, firefighter

(Above) Firefighters Rob Engler, Dale Sorensen and Todd Johnson visit Lifelong Learning Center to talk about fire prevention, fire safety and fire equipment. Engler put on his fire gear so children could see what a firefighter looks like up close. (Below) Preschool students from Jenny Dupre’s class pose on an Oak Grove fire truck.  Submitted Photos

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Grant program assists families in accessing early childhood education Danielle Chandonnet Pine Technical College

Pine Technical College continues to work to distribute nearly $134,000 in the form of scholarship money to qualified families wishing to enroll their three-to five-year-old children in recognized early childhood programs. PTC was awarded the funds from the Minnesota Department of Education last fall, and to date, the program has awarded 20 Early Childhood Education scholarships for children in Pine County and beyond. “Providing access to high-quality programs to our region’s youngest learners offers all of us our best chance at eliminating the achievement gaps that plague nearly every education system,” says Wendy Walburg, Child Care Aware District Director. “This grant program works to offer children a better academic foundation, and as a result, the stage is set for future and long-term success,” Walburg adds. The Early Childhood Coalition is a broad and comprehensive committee representing Early Childhood Family Education, school district personnel, child development instructors, childcare providers, parents, public health organizations, city officials, chambers of commerce, business owners, and other

community members involved in the education of children. The coalition has been instrumental in applying for the funding for Pine County families. The Early Childhood Education Scholarship program still has more than $77,000 to award – enough to assist about 20 more qualifying families. Child Care Aware (formerly known as Child Care Resource and Referral), located on the Pine Technical College campus, is not only a partner, but is guiding and managing the scholarship program. Child Care Aware also is a part of PTC’s Employment and Training Center and serves 17 counties in Northeastern Minnesota. Additionally, Child Care Aware is working with Pine County providers in becoming rated in Minnesota’s new Child Care rating system, Parent Aware. The grant program builds on the success of the state’s new Parent Aware program – a system that rates child care and early education providers on a one- to four-star ranking. The system’s goal is to help families find child care and early education providers focused on high-quality early learning and kindergarten readiness. The ranking system measures best practices identified by research that help children succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Library presents Introduction to the Electronic Library of Minnesota (ELM) Jill Smith Anoka County Library

Would you like to know how to access high quality information anywhere? Don’t let our library databases intimidate you! Learn how to access the information you are looking for at the upcoming class Introduction to the Electronic Library of Minnesota (ELM). The class will be held Tuesday, June 11, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at Rum River Library. Rum River Library is located at 4201 6th Avenue in Anoka. This class will introduce you to the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM), which gives Minnesota residents online access to full-text magazine, journal, newspaper, and encyclopedia articles, images and videos, and other information resources. ELM provides information on a vast array of topics, including consumer information, arts and humanities, current events, health, science, social science, politics, business, and more. In this class, you will learn where to go to access these trustworthy online resources made freely available to all Minnesota residents. Seating is limited for this hands-on class. Registration is required. Go to or call 763-576-4695 to register.

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The North Metro United Football Team recently packaged food at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids. Submitted Photo

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City of St. Francis 2012 Drinking Water Report The City of St. Francis is issuing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2012. The purpose of this report is to advance consumers’ understanding of drinking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect precious water resources. Source of Water The City of St. Francis provides drinking water to its residents from a groundwater source: three wells ranging from 229 to 417 feet deep, that draw water from the Mt. Simon and Quaternary Buried Artesian aquifers. The water provided to customers may meet drinking water standards, but the Minnesota Department of Health has also made a determination as to how vulnerable the source of water may be to future contamination incidents. If you wish to obtain the entire source water assessment regarding your drinking water, please call 651-201-4700 or 1-800-818-9318 during normal business hours. Also, you can view it on line at eh/water/swp/swa. Call 763-233-5200 if you have questions about the City of St. Francis drinking water or would like information about opportunities for public participation in decisions that may affect the quality of the water. Results of Monitoring No contaminants were detected at levels that violated federal drinking water standards. However, some contaminants were detected in trace amounts that were below legal limits. The table that follows shows the contaminants that were detected in trace amounts last year. (Some contaminants are sampled less frequently than once a year; as a result, not all contaminants were sampled for in 2012. If any of these contaminants were detected the last time they were sampled for, they are included in the table along with the date that the detection occurred.) Key to abbreviations: MCLG—Maximum Contaminant Level Goal: The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety. MCL—Maximum Contaminant Level: The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology. MRDL—Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level. MRDLG—Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal. AL—Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirement which a water system must follow. 90th Percentile Level—This is the value obtained after disregarding 10 percent of the samples taken that had the highest levels. (For example, in a situation in which 10 samples were taken, the 90th percentile level is determined by disregarding the highest result, which represents 10 percent of the samples.) Note: In situations in which only 5 samples are taken, the average of the two with the highest levels is taken to determine the 90th percentile level. pCi/l—PicoCuries per liter (a measure of


Contaminant (units) Alpha Emitters (pCi/l) Combined Radium (pCi/l)





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Haloacetic Acids 0 60 (HAA5) (ppb) Mercury (inorganic) 2 2 (ppb) (03/22/2007) Nitrate (as Nitrogen) 10.4 10.4 (ppm) TTHM (Total 0 80 trihalomethanes (ppb) Total Coliform 0 >1 Bacteria present present

Erosion of natural deposits. State of Minnesota requires all municipal water systems to add fluoride to the drinking water to promote strong teeth; Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories. By-product of drinking water disinfection. Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from refineries and factories; Runoff from landfills; Runoff from cropland. Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits. By-product of drinking water disinfection. Naturally present in the environment.

*This is the value used to determine compliance with federal standards. It sometimes is the highest value detected and sometimes is an average of all the detected values. If it is an average, it may contain sampling results from the previous year. ♥ Follow-up sampling showed no contamination present. Contaminant (units) Chlorine (ppm)



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Typical Source of Contaminant Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits. Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits.

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. City of St. Francis is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at Monitoring may have been done for additional contaminants that do not have MCLs established for them and are not required to be monitored under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Results may be available by calling 651-201-4700 or 1-800-818-9318 during normal business hours. radioactivity). ppm—Parts per million, which can also be expressed as milligrams per liter (mg/l). ppb—Parts per billion, which can also be expressed as micrograms per liter (μg/l). nd—No Detection. N/A—Not Applicable (does not apply). Compliance with National Primary Drinking Water Regulations The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include: Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife. Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturallyoccurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming. Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as

agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses. Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems. Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health. Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer

undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

Warning: Beware of Water Treatment Scams It is important you are made aware that false claims, deceptive sales pitches, or scare tactics have been used by some water treatment companies. Every person has a right to decide what is best for themselves and their family, and you may choose to install additional water treatment to further lower the levels of contaminants of emerging concern, chlorine, and other chemicals in your water. However, you should be extremely cautious about purchasing a water treatment system. If you are considering the purchase of a home water treatment system, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends the following:

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Randy Gerdin ASE certified technician

Looking Ahead This past winter, a number of people from our shop had the opportunity for some great training. One of the classes was called New Technology. In this day and age, the pace of technological change is crazy. I had breakfast with a longtime friend a couple weeks ago. This friend drove tow truck for us back in the mid 1990s. He was reminiscing that back then was the beginning of cell phones. We had a “bag” phone. It was a large bulky thing with a long cable and a magnetized antenna to put on the roof of our tow trucks. It really was a hassle, but that was all we had. Today we carry around small computers we call phones that

can do so much more that we can imagine. So, this new technology class was very interesting to all of us. It was more of an informational class than real training. We have a lot of new stuff coming down the road, literally. Much of the new technology in transportation is centered around federal government regulations and new standards that are now law. The feds are continuing to bump up fuel mileage requirements called CAFE standards. CAFE stands for Corporate Average Fuel Economy. This means the government is requiring all automakers in the U.S. to meet certain fuel mileage as an average for the entire fleet of vehicles they sell. They have

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to lump in all the light duty pickups with all other smaller vehicles and the entire fleet must meet the requirements. The way the government actually calculates the CAFE standard for vehicles is a very complex formula (as most government things are). For our discussion this means that the government wants the vehicles we drive to get better mileage, so the car companies are coming up with new ways to accomplish this. One way is with hybrids. There are a number of vehicles on the road in this category. They combine a gas powered engine along with an electric motor to make the car go. Most hybrids utilize the electric motor to provide the power up to about 25 m.p.h. and then the gas engine will start up and provide power to get you up to speed and maintain your speed. That is why you may see better fuel economy in the city versus highway. If the battery gets low, the engine is always there so you can go. Most of these cars do not have plug ins, but there are some that do. There are vehicles such as the Chevy Volt that have an electric motor to power the vehicle and a gas engine that will start when needed to recharge the batteries when they get low. These vehicles can be plugged in as well to charge the batteries. Chevrolet reports that a full charge will last 80 to 100 miles. In some cases you may not burn much gas at all. In fact, the car monitors the amount of fuel used and if it senses the gas is getting too old, it will start the engine to burn the gas so it will not get

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Sports & Outdoors High school girls golf team has strong season Brent Swaggert St. Francis High School Golf Coach

After waiting six weeks for the snow to melt and the grass to start turning green, the St. Francis High School girls golf season got off to a delayed but exciting season. The team returned everyone from last year’s varsity golf team, which placed third in the conference. The team is lead by four seniors—Emily Larson, Paige Berg, Makenzie Belisle and Mackenzie Nelson, who have all been contributing to the golf program for the past four seasons. The team showed great improvement throughout the first half of the season. The Saints earned their third consecutive first place finish at the Mora Invite Scramble. The team was paced by Emily Larson and Paige Berg’s team score and tournament best (71) and Makenzie Belisle and Alex Hillesheim (80). Because of the delayed start to the spring sports season, the North Suburban Conference changed the format to the golf season this year. The conference team and individual standings came down to the conference final tournament at Bunker Hills May 20. The team was hoping to improve on its third place finish from last season, but ended this season in third place. Larson came in with a score of 89 (second best conference score) and Berg shot a 92 (fifth best conference score). Both Larson and Berg were named All-Conference and Alex Hillesheim earned Honorable Mention. The junior varsity team continues to show promising results and hopes to defend their conference title May 23 at Victory Links. On May 27, the varsity team will compete for the 7AAA section championship at Grand National Golf Course in Hinckley. The top finishers will qualify to come back on May 30 with a chance to represent SFHS at the state tournament to be held at Bunker Hills in early June.

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The St. Francis High School girls golf varsity team hold their first place trophy from the Mora Scramble. Pictured are (front, L-R) Steph Schwieger and Alex Hillesheim; (back) Makenzie Belisle, Emily Larson, Mackenzie Nelson and Paige Berg. Submitted photo

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Ages: U6-U12 Cost: Early registration June 24 through July 13 = $70 July 14 through July 20 = $95 • Rec Playing Nights: Player age is determined as of August 1, 2013. Under 6 (ages 4-5) Tuesday Under 8 (ages 6-7) Boys Monday/Girls Thursday Under 10 (ages 8-9) Boys Monday/Girls Tuesday Under 12 (ages 10-11) Boys Thursday/Girls Thursday Games played on Saturdays for all ages. • Practices start the week of August 26 and games begin Saturday, September 7. Season ends Saturday, October 12 with the Fall Jamboree. Team T-shirt and socks are provided. • Volunteer for positive youth development through soccer by checking the volunteer box during registration. 34

A summer golf league will be held at The Ponds Golf Course in St. Francis. Age brackets for boys and girls are 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14; girls only ages 15-16. Entry fee for the league is $100 which includes 7 weeks of play and instruction. League dates are June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 24 and 31. Short game and range instruction included. League play will be Wednesday mornings, with the schedule as follows: } 7:00 a.m. Meeting on the deck with donuts and juice provided } 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start for a 9-hole round

The last day of the league will feature the junior club championship where prizes will be awarded and hot dogs and soda will be provided. Discounted junior green fees will be $10 per week and the lead instructor is Terry McMorrow, St. Francis boys golf assistant coach and longtime member of The Ponds. St. Francis High School junior varsity and varsity golfers will be assisting McMorrow. Contact The Ponds at 763-753-1100 to sign up or Terry McMorrow at 612-9615780 for more information!

North Metro Soccer Association

Fall 2013 Competitive Soccer Registration Online Registration • August 1 through August 5 Go to click Registration. Ages: U9-U14 Cost: $120; after August 5 = $145 Player age is determined as of August 1, 2013. • Fall 2013 teams will be formed from player identification which will be held July 23-July 28. Registration information will be available on the NMSA website by July with instructions on how to register for Fall teams. • The competitive registration fee does not include the cost of the uniform. Players who do not currently have a Spring 2013 competitive uniform must purchase one. The Courier | June 2013 |

St. Francis Middle School track and field team takes a break from practicing on the resurfaced track to thank all of the business and community. It is greatly appreciated to have a safer running surface. Barb Anderson

All Comers Track Meet St. Francis Track Booster Club and the Rec Department of Independent School District 15 are sponsoring a track meet for anyone interested in a fun experience and the challenge of competing in a track and field event. Visit The track meet will take place Thursday, June 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the St. Francis High School track.

Savanna Hoffman, a 6th grade student at St. Francis Middle School, and her teammates are members of an AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) 6th grade basketball team—the MN Stars. The team traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas April 26 and competed in the Rockin’ the Hardwood tournament against other out-of-state teams, and took first place. The team also took first place in the AAU state championship tournament in May. Pictured are front (L-R) Jordyn Wald, McKenna Hofschild, Dlayla Chakolis, Alexis Hultman, Taylor McAulay; back Coach W.H. Nelson, Savanna Hoffman, Alexis Jones, Destinee Oberg, Donnella Gardner, Emma Anderson and Coach Jamal Guy. Tracy Hoffman

Experience nature on your schedule! The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department offers a number of ways for you or your group to experience the great outdoors, in ways that best fit your time frame! Call 651-429-8007 to schedule your program or check availability of rental equipment.

Three trophy walleyes were caught over the fishing opener weekend on Rainy River and Lake of the Woods. Josh Haynes caught and released these trophy fish (above, with a 28.5" walleye and below, with a walleye at 29"). Haynes, a graduate of St. Francis High School, is a resident of St. Francis. Scott Kruger (bottom), dean of students at St. Francis Elementary School, caught a 29" walleye, which he plans to have mounted. The fishing weekend resulted in many large fish caught and released. Submitted photos

The St. Francis Basketball Association (SFBA) hosted free spring basketball sessions in April and May for travelling basketball players. Workouts were led by Ryan Hauge, St. Francis High School boys basketball head coach, and Kyle Waterworth, St. Francis High School boys basketball assistant boys basketball coach. Several boys and girls, grades 3 through 12, took advantage of the workouts that included both drills and instructional time on how to become a better basketball player over the summer. Mark Bothun, st. francis basketball association

North Metro Soccer

Player Identification

(Try-Outs) for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 Teams

S ave the Dates!

U9-U16 July 23-July 28

See NMSA website for age specific dates/times. Player age is determined as of August 1, 2013.

Online registration opens late June. A $50 non-refundable try-out fee is required at time of online registration. That fee will be applied to the Spring 2014 registration fee. There will be a $75 non-refundable try-out fee for on-site registration. Location: National Sports Center in Blaine

Please visit the NMSA website for more information,

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Finally— a crappie feeding frenzy Tom Larson Outdoor Writer

This has truly been the most bizarre start to the fishing season in all the years I have taken part, the most bizarre for close to 60 years, according to some recordkeeping. Ice was still the order of business May 11, the Minnesota fishing opener, on most lakes north of Highway 210, which crisscrosses the middle of the state from east to west. It was the first time I had ever cancelled a fishing opener in those 50 years. I had always made this regular, religiouslike trek north. I am sure that there were many in the same boat who opted out, made alternate southern lake, ice-free plans, or had a chance to finally take part in Mother’s Day. I opted out, but headed to the Brainerd Lakes Area on the Tuesday after the opener, when I got word that ice was out on Round, North Long and most of Gull. I was still surprised to see the eastern bay of Gull that runs right up against Highway 371 on my drive up, full of pushed ice due to the heavy west wind coming across the lake. On Thursday, we decided to drop anchor at Round Lake first,

thinking that the shallower lake would warm up quicker and might provide some prespawn walleye action…wrong. We then decided to search for crappies. Good ol’ crappies that generally are an early season target; wrong again. I have to admit, we struggled mightily midweek in even graphing fish. When we did graph, we couldn’t entice a bite if our life depended on it. We did most everything I have known and taught for years. Changed colors, changed presentation, changed size of jig, looked shallow, looked deep, looked at structure, tried trolling with a small jig tipped with a minnow hoping to find them, then set up with slip bobbers. Tried Gulp! bait, tried trolling some more, but this time with crank baits…nope, catchin’ was not in the wheelhouse for Thursday fishing. With the air temp reaching in the 80s, we decided to get off the water and look to the next day. Friday brought a slightly overcast and much cooler day. Our four boats headed to a small lake east of Highway 371 in the Nisswa area. The public access is somewhat difficult to locate and was really rustic, small, with very little parking available. We headed to what guide Richie Boggs had experienced while fishing earlier in the week. Boggs guides out of S&W Bait Shop with a consortium of great guides under the Nisswa Guides Association. From our maps and GPS positioning,

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late, my boat, with friend and fishing partner Dennie Sullivan, had missed most of the hot action and larger fish but were able to boat several 12-13" crappies. We also ended up to be the boat where the out-of-season large mouth bass were constantly clinging to our lines and obviously tossed back. All in all, something to write about had finally happened. The rest of the morning and early afternoon turned into a search again, once the crappie bite had suddenly died. We never did pick up a walleye anywhere, but struck gold with some good-sized northern action that filled our livewells. For what it’s worth, a good northern and crappie fry on the weekend for 20 of us was one of the best on record. Even with the luck the boys had with their guides, I continue to be labeled by my longtime cronies as “the guide from hell.” Hoping to finally get way up north to Winnie, Kabby or Rainy for some walleye action in the next few weeks. Keep the line wet…be safe!

Steve Larson boats a 16" crappie to add to the livewell of 35 caught in a 45-minute period of time. This once-in-a-great-while crappie feeding frenzy was a highlight. The other three boats also contributed to their livewells. There is nothing more tasty than crappie slabs. Submitted photos

Joey Lipinski bagged his first turkey April 28. It was a 23-pound tom with a 10-inch beard. Joey was very excited. Keith lipinski

4-H offers summer camps for kids Anna Gilbertson 4-H Program Coordinator, Univ of Mn Extension, Anoka County

Summer camps and outdoor adventures are being offered through the University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County 4-H. These programs are held at 4-H Camp Salie located in Linwood Township. Camps are open to 4-H and non-4-H youth. These camps encourage learning about nature and the environment, making new friends, and indoor and outdoor recreation! Campers will participate in a variety of crafts and special projects. Visit our website at www. anoka or call us at 763-7551280 for more information and registration forms for our upcoming summer camp opportunities. Overnight camps: June 25-28 (grades 2-6); July 1-2 (grades 1-6). Day camps: June 20 (grades K-5); July 1 (grades K-5)

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we soon saw what was a horseshoe shaped bowl that was in the 5-foot range on the edges and a 9 to 14 foot drop. Now, this is where it gets irritating. I was late in arriving when I was given misinformation and ended up on the wrong lake. By the time we got a phone call about where we were, the crappie harvest had begun. We showed up about 45 minutes late, and what I have known to write about only one other time in my career, was that a crappie feeding frenzy was taking place. Slip bobbers at 5 feet in 9 feet of water tipped with minnows were the order of the day. Going shallow on the slip bobbers was because crappie are deeper but most often strike upward. The hottest boat, my college cronies Steve Mooers, Steve Larson and Mike Forsyth, along with guide Boggs used Gulp! crappie bait and put 35, 14 to 16-inch crappies in their livewell in 45 minutes. For those of you who enjoy the thrill of a good panfish day, this was a day made to order. Arriving

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A Walk in the Garden educational series Lynne Hagen Master Gardener Program Coordinator University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County

The 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 7:00-8:00 p.m. as follows: } June 12 – Dirt Therapy—A Great Reason for Gardening

} June 26 – Tantalizing Texture in the Garden } July 10 – Using Native Plants in the Home Landscape } July 24 – Creative Color Combinations } August 7 – Fragrant Annuals and Perennials } August 21 – Design Concepts in the Landscape

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 preregistration is required due to space limitations. Donations to the program are welcome. Please call 763-755-1280 to reserve your space. A copy of the brochure is available at www.extension.umn. edu/county/anoka or www. anokamastergardeners. org and lists complete class descriptions.


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Adventurous children will want to join us on Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. for a new program. The 1913 Ball Club Logging Camp is looking for enthusiastic workers to bring logs to Anoka’s local sawmills. At this orientation day, kids will learn about what it takes to work for a logging company. We will cover each aspect of camp life, from the working hours, bunkhouse conditions and food, to the different jobs and tools needed to cut down a tree and get it from the forest all the way down the river to Anoka. Participants will enjoy juice and cookies while putting their newly acquired knowledge of the logging industry to good use making unique pretzel log cabins to take home. The program provides an opportunity for families to spend quality time together while engaging with our local history in a fun and interactive setting. You will never think of a tree in exactly the same way again. For additional information or to register for this new program, please call the history center at 763-421-0600 or visit the website at www. There is a minimum fee for supplies of $5 for members and kids and $7 for non-members. The program will be held at Anoka County Historical Society at 2135 3rd Avenue North in Anoka.

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Garage Sale • 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Defensive Driving Class • 9:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. 19001 Jackson Street NE • East Bethel West County Road 22 south on Jackson Street For information call 763-434-6117 or visit our website at • email to:

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Fitness Matters

Melissa Enzler St. Francis Anytime Fitness, Owner

Question Is it all right to start an exercise program at the age of 50 and if so, what types of exercise would be advisable? Answer First of all, it’s clear that individuals may need to do different exercises depending on their activity levels and overall health. And the sooner you start exercising, the more beneficial it will be in the long run. I had a member tell me once, “If I knew I would be living this long I would have taken better care of myself earlier.” I said, “It’s not too late; you’re younger today than tomorrow!” Being active can increase bone strength, improve cardiovascular function and prevent numerous chronic diseases. Structured exercise can also increase mobility and stability, which can help prevent falls as you age. Preventing falls prevents doctor visits, hospital stays and costs. If you’re just beginning a workout program, it’s important to start slowly and begin with the basics. It is also

important to listen to your body. If you start to sense physical pain, be sure to stop immediately. And don’t forget to do a proper warm up and cool down. Keep in mind, it will take older individuals a bit longer to recover between workouts. As a result, light to moderate intensities are recommended. I would advise resistance training two to three times a week, along with some basic aerobic exercise. Walking and jogging are certainly reasonable exercise options, but biking on stationary bikes in your local health club will put less stress on the joints. In the end, it may be best to speak with a personal trainer so that he/ she can create a customized workout program for you. Many health insurance programs offer a $20 per month reimbursement program for your membership dues. There are also programs that allow you free memberships through your insurance. If you have questions, contact the health club near you; they can help.

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Free Dollars Into Sense Class Anoka County Extension Staff and Dollar Works Volunteers will present a free Dollars into Sense class on Tuesday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard, Andover and again at 7:00 p.m. at the Anoka County Human Services Center, 1201 89th Avenue, Blaine. To register, call University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County, at 763-755-1280 at least three days prior to the class you wish to attend. Classes will cover budgeting and address credit issues, tracking expenses, making a spending plan, goal setting and how to get additional help. Rosemary K. Heins, Extension Educator University of Minnesota Extension


Historical Society opens Civil War Exhibit Todd S. Mahon Executive Director Anoka County Historical Society

The Anoka County Historical Society is excited to announce the opening of its newest exhibition, All For the Union: Anoka County Faces the Civil War. The exhibit, which opened May 31, is featured in the exhibition hall at the Anoka County History Center. Anoka County has a strong connection to the Civil War. When the war broke out in 1861, the four-year-old county was eager to show its national pride and hundreds of men stepped forward to volunteer. Anoka County even claims the first volunteer in the Union to come forward. Circumstances found Aaron Greenwald, a miller from Anoka, in an Anoka courtroom when Willis A. Gorman received a telegram notice that Governor Alexander Ramsey had offered 1,000 Minnesota men to fight the Confederacy and preserve the Union. Gorman addressed the courtroom with the news and asked for volunteers; Greenwald and others stepped forward. But Greenwald was just one of hundreds of Anoka County men to volunteer. At the start of the war, there were approximately 2,100 people living in the county. Six hundred and twenty-seven of them were men of service age and 306 of those went off to war. It wasn’t just men that contributed. Of course, any of the over 300 men who did go left behind wives and mothers who handled the affairs at home. Additionally, one woman, Lydia Hancock, followed Company A of the Eighth Minnesota, a company made up of mostly Anoka County men, to war. Her story, only recently discovered by the Historical Society, is featured in the exhibit. Also discussed in the exhibit are efforts of the local county Soldiers Aid Societies. The exhibit, which will remain open until mid-2015, features photos, artifacts and documents from the Historical Society’s collection. The History Center is open Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission costs $3 for adults and $2 for children. The first Tuesday of every month features free admission to the galleries. The Anoka County Historical Society, organized in 1934, is headquartered in the Anoka County History Center and Library at 2135 Third Avenue North in Anoka. For more information on its programs and activities please visit

Events, Fundraisers, Benefits Thursday, June 6 Nowthen Alliance Church Primetime Event (ministry for seniors 50 years and older). Road trip Thursday, June 6 to Echo, Minnesota to visit Pastor Maurice and Doreen and enjoy a picnic with Echo’s Senior group. Leaving Nowthen Church promptly at 8:00 a.m. and returning approximately 6:00 p.m. Reservations, transportation cost, and/or questions, call Helen 763-753-1267 or Nowthen Church office 763-441-1600. Saturday, June 15 ISD 15 Sandhill Center for the Arts and St. Francis Lions Club are sponsoring a free Seniors Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 15 at 9:00-11:00 a.m. Enjoy breakfast, games, prizes and gift cards, and learn more about the Senior Advisory Council at Sandhill Center for the Arts, 23820 Dewey Street, in Bethel. Thank you to the St. Francis High School National Honor Society for their help in serving. Saturday, June 15 Save the date: Saturday, June 15 for the ArtSoup Community Art Festival. Sponsored by the Arts Alliance this free, fun, family-friendly festival is being held in beautiful downtown Elk River. See artists displaying and selling their work and performing during the day. There will be Art Tents offering children’s art activities and showcasing Community Arts groups, a Juried Art Show and tours of the new Arts Alliance Art Center. Performances by Paul Imholte, Jared Schreifels, 340 Magnums, North Ballet, Strings for Youth and much more! Local restaurants will be offering outdoor dining and festival foods. Downtown businesses will be having sidewalk sales and special events. Visit us at or on Facebook. Enjoy a day of Art on June 15 provided by the Arts Alliance — close to home! Saturday, August 3 Trinity Lutheran Church & School will hold its 2nd Annual Car & Craft Show on Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., rain or shine. Show your classic, custom, street, muscle or stock car for $10. Show your tractor or motorcycle at no cost. Car corral and swap meet spaces are $5 each. Call or email Laura Reynolds at 763-226-0854 or Awards for top 10 vehicles; must be present to win. Trinity Lutheran Church & School, 3812 229th Avenue NW in St. Francis. The Courier | June 2013 |

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

The University of Minnesota Extension - Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteer Program offers free Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics for Anoka County residents. These clinics are designed to help homeowners identify problems and develop appropriate solutions for their landscapes by using researchbased information. Clinics are held on Wednesday evenings at the Bunker Hills Activities Center from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Please arrive by 7:30 p.m. at the latest, May 22 through August 28. No clinic will be held the week of July 4. 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 16-18. At the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics, residents can: bring samples of garden or lawn plants, or weeds 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 other problems or concerns about lawns, trees, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and pests with Master Gardeners. Samples of diseased plants should be a substantial portion approximately 8-10 inches in length and include

leaves, flowers and fruit if available. Margins showing both healthy and damaged material is best. Samples of

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insects should include the whole insect (not squished) 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 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. 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 763755-1280, or visit their website at www.

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Bloodmobile Volunteer

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 4, 1:30–7:30 p.m. The church is located at 19921 Nightingale Street, 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.

763-753-1277 for an Appointment

Senior Dance Have fun dancing with us! Dances are 1:00-4:00 p.m. Old time music will be played by Michael Elsenpeter on Friday, June 7. Entertainment for the July 5 dance is Jerry Biersbach. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Pancake Breakfast All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on June 9, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee, and scrambled eggs, additional 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Events are held at the East Bethel Senior Center located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel.

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

Abundant Life Alliance Church 3840 197th Avenue NW Oak Grove • 763-753-0284 Bethel Community Church 23860 Dewey Street NW Bethel • 763-434-9834

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• 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

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Cross of Hope Lutheran Church 5730-179th Lane NW Ramsey • 763-753-2057 First Baptist Church & Christian School K–12 22940 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1230 Living Hope Evangelical Free Church 23038 Rum River Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1718 Long Lake Lutheran Church 3921 277th Avenue NW Isanti • 763-444-5315 New Life Church 17261 St. Francis Boulevard NW Ramsey • 763-421-0166 Nowthen Alliance Church 19653 Nowthen Boulevard Anoka • 763-441-1600 Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel • 763-434-6117

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

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St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-2273 St. Patrick Catholic Church 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove • 763-753-2011 The Bridge Meets at St. Francis Elementary 22919 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-516-5995 West Bethel United Methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451




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St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Chamber is Wednesday, June 12 at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in St. Francis, 8:00-9:00 a.m., $3 for breakfast. The next Board of Directors meeting is Wednesday, June 19, 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street. Meetings are open to all. Visit for more info or call 763-438-5163. Tops Chapter MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Check us out on Wed. mornings or visit St. Francis Area Women of Today meet the first Tuesday of the month at the Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, 23280 St. Francis Blvd. NW in St. Francis. Social time is 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at www. or call Dana at 763-753-5010. BNI – Referrals Unlimited meets every Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 19001 Jackson Street NE, East Bethel. For more information, check St. Francis Seniors If you are 55 or older, come enjoy some companionship. We play cards and bingo, go on trips, have picnics and potlucks. We meet the first and third Thursday of each month at the St. Francis Legion. Social time noon, meeting at 1:00 p.m., games until 3:00. Some play Scrabble in the afternoon on the third Friday and cribbage on the fourth Friday. Come check us out or call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. Have a meeting or event you would like to advertise? Call 763-753-7033 for more information. 40

Pioneer Days Planning Meeting – May 30 at 7:00 p.m., Beef ‘O’ Brady’s meeting room, 23212 St. Francis Blvd. NW in St. Francis. Take pride in your community and be part of the success. Pioneer Days will be June 7, 8 and 9. Oak Grove Seniors meet the second and fourth Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Marion Schulz at 763-444-5652. EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet third Thurs. of the month at 2241 221st Avenue NE in East Bethel for business meeting and noon lunch; second Wed. of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon w/ potluck at noon; fourth Wed. is crafts 9:00 a.m.-noon; Pancake Breakfast is held second Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the first Fri. of every month, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; each Thurs. is 500 Cards 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Cribbage held once a month; call for date/time 763-434-6179. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent, call Dennis 763-434-9244. All seniors are welcome to join for only $7 per year. American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly the second Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly on the third Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB Are you looking to serve in your community of Nowthen? Meet new friends? Have a lot of fun? Come join the Nowthen Lions Club! The Nowthen Lions meet on the first Thursday of the month for the Board Meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the Membership Meeting. Please call Patty Wirz at 763-241-1341 or email at

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Oak Grove Lions meet every second and fourth Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-753-4492 after 6:30 p.m. CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB meets bimonthly, first and third Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Greg Ricki at 763-434-7893. CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meets the first Thursday of the month at the 6:00 p.m. Ham Lake VFW. For membership information call Marilyn Kappelhoff, 763434-6599. We Serve! Lions Club—St. Francis meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. First Wed. board meeting; second Wed. regular business meeting; fourth Wed. social and program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Kevin Schuldt for more information at 763-753-1205 or visit www. Lioness Club — St. Francis meets monthly. First Wed., administrative board, and third Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall, 23340 Cree Street. For more information, call Jean Schuldt at 763-7531205 or Illa Torgerson at 763753-2002. AA Meets at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Classified Ads First 10 words FREE, each additional word is 25¢. Email addresses may be considered as two words.

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Garden-Aged Cow Manure compost, $25 for 1st Bobcat bucket load (3/4 yd). $20 for return customers. Jones Farm 763-291-8734 or 763-441-2437. 20% of Silpada Jewelry sales donated to North Anoka County Foodshelf, kristin.genser, 763-441-9197.

Barn Sale Antiques, Collectibles , hunting equipment, marbles, signs, 125 bicycles under $25 each. 3503 Bridge Street, St. Francis, May 29 and June 1, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

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

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

Services Overby Painting—experienced, insured, interior, exterior, decks. Call Shawn 612-363-5108. Professional Lawn Care— reliable experienced: Larry’s Lawn Care, 763-360-3227. Insurance—Get a free insurance quote today, 612-849-5028, www. PIANO LESSONS—Keep kids busy making music this summer! Carmel 612-220-0235. Handyman Services— Call Butch at 763-300-9869 for plumbing, electrical, masonry and remodeling.

Fitness Kettlebell, yoga-fit, RIPPED, personal fitness training and mature adult classes. Call 763-267-2198 or visit our website at www.ascensionft. com.

Trustworthy, thorough, detailed person desiring to clean your home or do odd jobs. Call Michelle 763-571-4454.

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

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

wanted Vendors, Volunteers, Musicians for the Nowthen Farmers Market, call Lynda 612-751-9995.

Council & Township Meetings Andover City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday 7:00 p.m. 1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW Andover, MN • 763-755-5100 Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:00 p.m. 23820 Dewey Street • P.O. Box 64 Bethel, MN • 763-434-4366 Nowthen City Council Meets 2nd Tuesday 7:00 p.m. 19800 Nowthen Blvd. NW Anoka, MN • 763-441-1347 East Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday 7:30 p.m. 2241 • 221st Ave. NE East Bethel, MN • 763-367-7840 Oak Grove City Council Meets 2nd Monday 7:00 p.m. & last Monday 7:00 p.m. 19900 Nightingale St. NW Oak Grove, MN • 763-404-7000 St. Francis City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Monday 6:00 p.m. ISD 15 Central Services Center St. Francis, MN • 763-753-2630 Stanford Town Board Meets 1st Monday 7:00 p.m. Co. Rd. 8 (261st Ave NW) Isanti, MN • 763-444-6370

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Master Gardener

Carol bray Isanti county master gardener

Donna’s Memorial Garden is now 10-years old but 200 or so baby hostas. Now, as these hostas mature, I’ve got plants to gift to friends and to donate to plant sales. I’ve also gotten volunteer evergreen trees in this garden. I first saw these baby trees in year two of the garden. The baby trees weren’t bigger than a half-inch tall. I let them grow. Last summer (year nine) I transplanted seven evergreens that were about a foot tall to a full sun nursery location. They survived the fall, winter and spring (what spring?) just fine. I probably still have 25 or so evergreen babies that range from one-half inch to four inches in height. Eventually, I’ll transplant these trees to the full sun nursery and ultimately gift them or plant them at their permanent home. I also have had, for a few years, what happens to be the Perennial of the Year 2013: polygonatum odoratum variegatum or Varigated Solomon’s Seal. I love this plant. It is fast growing to two feet tall. This plant spreads slowly by rhizomes

Donna’s Memorial Garden is entering its 10th season. This garden, which is named after my older sister who passed away in 2003, is the one I enjoy the most, spend the most money on and where I devote the most ‘smell the roses’ time. This garden has become a bit of a nursery; I’ll explain. This garden is in deep shade and therefore has many hosta plants. Admittedly, I haven’t always kept up with mulching this garden. Hosta seeds fell from the flowers (scapes) into the soil, rooted and became baby hostas. Last summer, I spent a lot of time transplanting the babies that I wanted to keep and allow to grow. Because the mother hosta plants are hybrids, the baby hosta plants do not look like their mother. Fact: I’ve never gotten a volunteer variegated baby hosta. However, I have gotten blue and chartreusecolored and, of course, green baby hostas. The babies have various shaped leaves, different leaf thicknesses, etc. It was difficult, but I did weed out all

(underground stems). I have given some of these Solomon’s Seal babies to friends and transplanted some to my other gardens. If you have a dense shade garden, this is a plant that will grow great and have a different look than hostas. I

strongly recommend this plant. My sister (Donna Hass Stephan) would love that I’m able to share some of the volunteer baby plants from her garden with family, friends and even strangers. For more gardening

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

Carol Bray has many varieties of hostas and perennials in the garden she created in memory of her sister, Donna. Photo by Carol Bray

Fairview fixed my hip > right in Princeton Column author Carol Bray is shown here with her sister Donna about 60 years ago. Donna died unexpectedly, October 25, 2003.  Submitted Photo

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Barefoot in the Park on Sunday, June 9, beginning at noon at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage. Lyric Arts Theater is located at 420 E. Main Street in Anoka. Participants will receive a copy of the script and a study guide to prepare for the preshow discussion. Cristopher Tibbetts will facilitate the discussion of the script, its characters, and “what to look for” in the performance. Participants will enjoy the performance of Barefoot in the Park and then stay for a postshow discussion where the cast and director hold a question and answer session with the audience. “After a long winter, this refreshing comedy will have the audience ready to laugh out loud!” said Anoka County Commissioner Scott Schulte. “Simon is a master of combining humor and the hard reality of human relationships.” In Neil Simon’s timeless “laugh out loud” comedy, Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds who are realizing the honeymoon is over. He’s a serious young lawyer and she’s a free-spirited bride. Their tiny “top-of-the-

building-with-no-elevator” Manhattan apartment is perfect to keep a meddlesome mother-in-law away. But with bad plumbing, a closet for a bedroom, a leak in the skylight, and an unexpected rooftop neighbor…well, anything that can go wrong invariably does. Barefoot in the Park proves the theory that opposites really do attract in one of Broadway’s most enduring and successful romantic comedies! “Discussing the play before and after the performance creates a deeper appreciation for this heartfelt comedy,” said Library Board Vice President Melanie Keister. “Watch how the actors and actresses bring the characters you have imagined to life.” The program is open to ages 15 and older. Registration is required and seating is limited. To reserve a spot, contact the Main Street Box Office at 763433-2510 extension 101 and mention the Anoka County Library Barefoot in the Park “Page and Stage” program. Participants must register by May 31 and are expected to take part in all aspects of the program, including pre-show and post-show discussions. To register for this free event, call 763-433-2510, extension 101. This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information about Lyric Arts Theater, visit www.lyricarts. org. For more information about this program and Anoka County Library, visit www.



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

Obituary In the hands of God. Florance (Flo) Shultz passed away on May 4, 2013. Flo was the owner of Flo’s St. Francis Hair Stylists, a fixture in the St. Francis business community for over 40 years. She was an outstanding person and will be greatly missed. Flo is survived by husband, Elvin; daughters, Rebecca (Gary) Schroeder, Brenda Pelarski, Bonny Shultz; brother, Donald Lindman; sister, Sylvia Okerstom; sister-in-law, Jesse Lindman; brother-in-law, Tom Uhde; grandchildren, Florance (Flo) Shultz Submitted photo Jamie and Meagan Schroeder, Melissa Schleif, Nicole, Darrell, and Zachariah Pelarski, Joshua, Joseph and Richard Shultz, and Justin Loban, 4 great grandchildren, many relatives and friends.

Births Proud parents Jake and Jennie Herbst of Oak Grove would like to announce the birth of their son, Easton Jeffery. He was born April 14, 2013 and weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Easton is welcomed home by big sisters Maddie, 3½ and Ellie 2. Olivia Rose Gaines was born May 3, 2013, at Cambridge Easton Jeffery Herbst Medical Center. She weighed 7 Submitted photo pounds, 3 ounces and was 20¼ inches long. Proud parents are Chris and Alana of Cambridge. Olivia is welcomed by sibling Cecilia Grace. Grandparents are Terry and Elaine Petersen of Isanti and Cyril and Debi Tschida of Cedar. Brynn Marie Walstrom was born May 4, 2013, at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud parents are Joshua Walstrom and Megan Bjonfald of Cambridge. Chase LaMont Meinen was born May 15, 2013, at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Proud parents are Dan and Amanda of East Bethel. Chase is welcomed by sibling Rilee, 3. Grandparents include Tim and JoAnn Smith of Oak Grove.

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3rd annual 5k Run/Walk a hit in spite of the weather The Staying Healthy committee of Independent School District 15 hosted the 3rd annual 5K Run/Walk May 4. Despite the rain and gray skies, close to 300 participants turned out. This fun community event brings the school district, area businesses and community members together. Thanks to the many volunteers and businesses that helped make this year’s 5K Run/Walk a success. photos by Dave Berger

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