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St. Francis Pioneer Days

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Visitors who attended the inaugural Independent School District 15 Multicultural Festival on May 3 at St. Francis High School had the opportunity to learn how to make Native American dreamcatchers and try loom beading. Entertainment featured dancing and a fashion show. There were informational booths and food booths sampling ethnic cuisine. Thank you to all who participated and made the event a success. See story on page 3.

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

June 2014 | Volume 21, Issue 11

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Mentoring program pairs high school and elementary students Jessica Marsolek CCCS School Social Worker

In collaboration with Tammy Sworsky, St. Francis High School (SFHS) counselor, Cedar Creek Community School (CCCS) created a mentorship program for nine pairs of student-to-student mentees and mentors. With the cooperation of teachers and parents, CCCS staff were able to identify elementary students that would benefit from or would really like to have a high school student mentor. Sworsky contacted interested high school students that were committed and the program began last October. Through an application process, training of the mentors and permission from parents and teachers, student participants were selected.

The high school students, all of whom had previously been students at CCCS, took their role of being a mentor very seriously. They cleared their busy schedules, drove themselves to CCCS and arrived with enthusiasm to share with their mentee. The mentoring program met weekly from October until the end of March. When the high school students were done with their school day, they drove to CCCS where they were paired with their mentee. The first part of the program was getting to know each other one-on-one, and the remainder was a fun activity for the entire group. The goal of the program was to improve students’ academic performance, self-esteem and enjoyment of school.

Positive feedback was received from both elementary and high school participants, parents and teachers involved. The elementary students asked almost daily when their mentor was coming to visit them. SFHS students also expressed looking forward to coming to CCCS to see their mentee every week and shared that they experienced improvement in their ability as a leader as the program progressed. With recent cuts in funding in Anoka County for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, our program became a great opportunity for students to experience positive mentoring. We hope to continue and grow this program in our school district. We found it to be a win/win for all involved.

Important ISD 15 calendar dates As the 2013-14 school year winds down, here are some important dates to know: } May 30 – St. Francis High School senior exemption day and Commencement, 7:00 p.m. } June 2-4 – SFHS senior exemption days, students in K-11 must attend school } June 4 – Last day of school

June What’s Inside Schools in Action........................2 School Board Highlights....... 11 Community Education.......... 13 Community & Business......... 16 St. Francis Pioneer Days........ 21 Sports & Outdoors.................. 32 Life................................................ 34 Classified..................................... 35

Pictured are students from St. Francis High School and Cedar Creek Community School who participated in a mentorship program. The goal of the program, that ran October through March, was to improve academic performance, self-esteem and enjoyment of school of the CCCS students. Submitted Photo

Schools in Action

School Board Highlights Community Education


ISD 15 staff members volunteer at White House Easter Egg Roll Linda McDermott ISD 15 Licensed School Psychologist

Linda McDermott, ISD 15 Licensed School Psychologist, and Carol Wilson, ISD 15 Licensed School Nurse, had

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the privilege of attending the 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll April 21. Shellie Pfohl, McDermott’s niece, was appointed four years ago by President Obama to be the Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. This council is a government organization that aims to promote, encourage and motivate Americans of all ages to become physically active, participate in sports and eat healthy. “Carol and I support the importance and implementation of physical activity in everyone’s daily lives, especially with our children during school hours,” McDermott said. “Research Continued Page 12

ISD 15 staff members (L-R) Carol Wilson and Linda McDermott served as volunteers at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll held April 21. McDermott’s niece, Shellie Pfohl, (center) is the Executive Director of the President’s Council of Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.  Submitted Photo

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Inaugural Multicultural Festival a success


Brothers Kain and Meng Lee were part of the musical entertainment. They demonstrated the Qeej, a sacred instrument to the Hmong culture.

Carline Sargent ISD 15 Multicultural/Diversity Liaison

On May 3, the Independent School District 15 Multicultural Program hosted the first Multicultural Festival. This event was an opportunity for the school district and community to come together to celebrate and learn about different cultures and traditions. Many students and community members participated by cooking food, performing, dancing, modeling traditional clothing in the fashion show, and sharing information about their cultures. Brothers Kain and Meng Lee did an outstanding job performing the Qeej, a sacred instrument to the Hmong culture. Sisters Delila and Katie Vue along with their cousin Victoria Lee performed a beautiful modern Hmong dance. Angel Deth, Bonida Tann and Xesia Vue did an awesome job dancing to Korean-Pop (K-Pop) music. We were fortunate to have many children and adults model traditional clothing from many different cultures including a Chinese wedding dress, Chinese child’s dress, Native American jingle dresses, a variety of Native American ribbon dresses and shirts, Native American grass dancers, Native American Buckskin dress, Tia formal evening dress, Laotian wedding dress, Cambodian semi-formal evening dress, a variety of Hmong traditional and modern clothing. Attendees visited booths that displayed information on different cultures. Jeanne

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Engelsmeier, from the Sons of Norway, had information on Nordic cultures: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Pierre Girard, from the French-American Heritage Foundation, shared information and had many historical items of French heritage. Maria HiguerosCanny, a district ELL teacher,

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displayed beautiful hand-stitched cloth and cultural information on Guatemala. The following students did an exceptional job on their informational display boards: Donna Vlasyuk – Russia, Kaazua Vue – Hmong, Andres Tomahawk – Native American dreamcatchers and regalia. Food at the festival was delicious and plentiful and included spring rolls, wontons, Hmong Jello, flower cookies, sesame balls, egg rolls, mango, lefsa, Indian frybread tacos, and fry bread with honey, strawberry jam or powdered sugar.

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and district employees closer together to truly function as a team, with and for our children. To address this issue, Education Minnesota St. Francis elected to go after an 80/20 grant that would support community/ district team building activities. The grant was awarded and activities were planned. The first step was to purchase red T-shirts that members could wear while in engaged in community activities to raise awareness of ISD 15 staff participation in community events. The first organized activities were to march in parades, inviting school board and community members to march with us. As a continued

Through a grant, Education Minnesota St. Francis Local 1977 purchased red T-shirts that members could wear while engaged in community activities to raise awareness of ISD 15 staff participation in community events. Submitted Photo show of support for building that relationship, the staff has chosen to wear red throughout the school year. In a show of support to the school board for all of the time and energy they put forth each and every day, members started to attend school board meetings wearing the red shirts. The

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how to stand up to bullying, and the power and knowledge that is gained from reading books. Jeffries showed off his ability to drive a railroad spike through a piece of wood with one hand, rip a deck of cards in half with his two hands, lift staff member Jessica Marsolek above his head with one hand, have teacher Heidi Wold stand and jump on his stomach, and have a bowling ball drop onto his stomach, all to drive home his message. Jeffries’ message that he shared and as quoted from his website (www. is, “Regardless of your surroundings, your situation, your living condition, your appearance, the amount of money you possess, the things you own, the clothes you wear, the car you drive, your skin color, hair type, color or style, height, weight, nationality or belief system—you ARE

strong enough.” Jeffries concluded by having students raise their right hands to promise they would be nice to others and then put their arms up to show they are strong and repeated after him: } I am strong enough to withstand what is said to me } I am strong enough to stand up for others } I am strong enough to lead } I am strong enough World-renowned strong man Bud Jeffries gave a presentation to succeed to Cedar Creek Community School students on bullying and what he did to make himself stronger physically and mentally. Submitted Photo

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St. Francis Elementary School

First grade teacher retires after St. Francis Elementary School bids fond farewell to music teacher career of service in ISD 15 Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

Kathy Tagg has devoted her entire professional career to educating children in Independent School District 15. She started as a substitute teacher in the district and has served as a first grade teacher at St. Francis Elementary School ever since. In addition, Tagg, her husband and their two children are all former graduates of St. Francis High School. As she winds up her last year and looks forward to retirement, she appreciates Submitted Photo the opportunity that she has Kathy Tagg had to educate students for her entire career at her alma mater. Over the years, one of the highlights for Tagg has been teaching science, particularly natural science. She has a personal appreciation for nature and the environment and has enjoyed sharing that with students. The bird feeders in the grassy area to the east of the school have been placed there by Tagg to foster this interest. Under the guidance of Tagg, scores of students have observed chickadees, nuthatches, juncos, gold finches, cardinals and blue jays outside the classroom windows as they visit the bird feeders. Students draw the birds and record observations in their science journals. Tagg said she will miss seeing the excitement of students as they learn about the natural world, something that has been especially valuable as some children today spend less time exploring outdoors. “My favorite bird feeder was one that attached to the window with suction cups—until a squirrel ripped it off,” reminisced Tagg. “There were so many blackbirds at that feeder it looked like a scene from the old Hitchcock movie!” Tagg has also had an affinity for teaching art and is known among teachers for the quality art projects her students have created. She has fond memories of the art show formerly held at SFES, and has often been a go-to source for innovative projects and learning activities for students. Fellow first grade teacher Laura Hogue says that Tagg is uncomfortable getting personal attention for her creativity, but she has quietly been a leader among the first grade teachers for years. “Since I’ve taught with her, I’ve been in awe of her lessons and her creativity, in reading, math and especially in art and science. I will miss her greatly as a colleague and a friend,” added Hogue.

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St. Francis Elementary School students will miss a familiar face in their music education classes next year, as music teacher Meri Humphrey plans to make a career change. Humphrey has been a staple in the music departments of ISD 15, teaching at East Bethel Community School and St. Francis Elementary School. For the past several years she has served as the only music instructor at SFES, charged with teaching all 700 students, in addition to directing special musical events and programs. Music has always been an important part of Humphrey’s life. She was a member of a mixed choir, performed vocal and piano solos at her church, and even sang in an opera in college. She was a church choir director for ten years and taught elementary music in the Forest Lake School District before she began her career in ISD 15. Students in Humphrey’s classes are exposed to music in a number of ways. They learn the basics of tempo, dynamics and rhythm. They sing a wide variety of music from diverse cultures and backgrounds, in addition to traditional American music and children’s songs. Students in different grade levels learn to play rhythm instruments, handbells, the xylophone and the recorder. In addition, Humphrey has spent numerous hours after school directing vocal and instrumental ensembles. A career highlight for Humphrey has been the programs that she has directed

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over the years, especially the most recent productions that have evolved into multidisciplinary events integrating vocal and instrumental music, art and drama with original scripts she has written. The SFES community has great memories of past programs including the Dr. Seuss Musical of 2011, which involved whimsical music, costuming and artwork, along with a special appearance by Principal Kathy Kohnen Meri Humphrey dressed as the Cat in the  Photo by Diane Peterson Hat. The 2012 production, students. “I love to hear kids are The Lights of Freedom, made singing songs they learned in the history of the American music class elsewhere. It’s nice Revolution come alive to know that music puts a song through music, drama and in their heart,” said Humphrey. period costumes. Last year’s program,Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, told an African folktale accompanied by Free Estimates! colorful artwork, lively music and dance. Humphrey will miss the H people at SFES, particularly s E A “Give U ” collaborating with staff on M T I Z cross-curricular projects. She A Break E R communicates with classroom teachers to incorporate grade level standards into her music lessons and has worked closely with technology teacher Diane Peterson on numerous HOME & BUSINESS integrated lessons. “Meri is an New Construction • Remodeling and Repair • Commercial amazing music teacher. She’s Residential Windows & Doors one of those special teachers Glass of All Types • Plastics who touches the ‘musical Shower Doors • Mirrors hearts’ of her students and her AUTO Glass colleagues,” says Peterson. “She Auto Glass Repaired & Replaced has made a profound impact Boat • RV Tractor & Heavy Equipment on SFES. She will be greatly Insurance Specialists missed!” 30678 Hwy 47 NW Humphrey has enjoyed MN Glass sharing her love of music with Isanti, MN Association


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St. Francis Elementary School

St. Francis Elementary School hosts Family Read and Feed Celeste Roline and Susan Brand SFES Staff

St. Francis Elementary School (SFES) held its annual Family Read and Feed event April 28. More than 100 students and their families came for a free hot dog dinner and book project, donated by the St. Francis Elementary School Association of Parents and Teachers and the Book Fair Committee. Each SFES student received a free Klutz Book Kit so they could create their own unique story and pictures with the special craft pieces included in the kit. Siblings were also given the chance to create their own stories with kits sold at a special event price. Later that evening, parents were invited to bring their students to the last Family Reading Night of the school year. Parents and students could read together, take part in special drawings and visit the book fair for the special Buy One, Get One Free book sale. This special event is held the last Monday of April each year, and gives parents the opportunity to help their child select summer reading material at a more affordable cost. Watch for fliers and join us next April for the 7th annual Family Read and Feed night.

East Bethel Community School

Book Walk—great mind and body exercise Chris Carrigan EBCS reading specialist

Many families braved the weather and had a wonderful time at the East Bethel Community School (EBCS) Book Walk May 8. Great exercise and fun were had while winning wonderful books. Student volunteers from the St. Francis High School National Honor Society helped

make the event successful. We would like to thank those students: Mackenzie Wander, Alysha Johnson, Samantha Brewer, Emily Meyer, Makenna Sullivan, Tianna Pederson, Danae Douville, Elijah Viver, Sam Burville, Tommy Huninghake, Aaron Boelter, Blake McReavy, Emily Anderson and Nick Carrigan. The event is sponsored and run by the community and school involvement group at EBCS. The group would also like to extend an enormous thank you to the EBCS Parent Teacher Organization for providing funds that allowed more than 500 books be given away to our lucky readers. What a fun family night! East Bethel Community School held its final Book Walk of the 2013-14 school year. The community and school involvement group gave away more than 500 books to attendees. 

Students at St. Francis Elementary School work on a craft project during the school’s annual Family Read and Feed April 28.  Cathy Paquay, SFES Teacher

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Fourth graders in Nancy Zak’s class at East Bethel Community School celebrated Earth Day by cleaning Nancy Zak, EBCS Teacher up the school’s butterfly garden.

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Students from St. Francis High School recently participated in a field trip to the annual Festival of Nations in St. Paul. The festival offers many different displays and foods from nations all around the world. There were booths selling items that were made in and represent their country—jewelry, clothing, toys, trinkets, purses, etc. The students had a wonderful time learning about people and cultures, and gained new insights into the world around them.  Missy Beal, SFHS ELL Teacher

Little princesses from St. Francis and the surrounding communities enjoyed a royal evening of fun April 15. As part of the second annual Princess Party, a fundraiser for the St. Francis High School Homecoming and Snow Week coronations, girls ages 2-6 created princess wands, painted nails, read books, colored princess pictures and decorated royal cookies. They were even treated to an appearance by local royalty from the St. Francis and East Bethel Ambassadors, as well as the 2013-14 SFHS Homecoming and Snow Week queens. Student volunteers from St. Francis High School helped make the princesses feel special throughout the evening. Jill Engquist, M.S., SFHS Licensed School Counselor, A-E

Students compete in Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition Kyle Linton SFHS Automotive Instructor

Two St. Francis High School (SFHS) students recently qualified and competed at the state level of the Ford/ AAA Auto Skills Competition. Ford Motor Company and

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AAA team up every year to provide a great opportunity for students in grades 11-12 interested in the automotive field. This year, 25 SFHS students were selected to take an automotive-related computerized state-qualifying exam. The two students with the highest combined score qualified and advanced to state competition May 7. SFHS juniors John Maki and Joseph Bliskowski qualified for the state finals. At the competition held at the Auto Motor Plex in Chanhassen, Maki and Bliskowski had to diagnose and repair “bugs” placed in a

Thirty-eight Minnesota students were honored at the Scholars of Distinction ceremony May 17 in the areas of Science, STEM, Mathematics, Social Studies, Leadership and Theater Arts. Congratulations to St. Francis High School senior Abilene Olson for receiving the Theater Arts Scholar of Distinction recognition. Olson’s project was in the comprehensive category - Telling Stories on Stage and Page. Minnesota Department of Education Assistant Commissioner Kevin McHenry was on hand for the ceremony at the Perpich Center for Arts Education to congratulate the scholars. To earn recognition, a student must complete required work in Minnesota’s academic standards, demonstrate mastery of complex subject matter, and apply his/her knowledge and skills on challenging projects. The Courier | June 2014 |

2014 Ford Fiesta. 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. Maki and Bliskowski placed fourth out of ten state qualifying teams in the competition, bringing home both tools and scholarships. Special thanks go to Hayford Ford in Cambridge for lending a 2014 Ford Fiesta to the students for practice, and Advanced Automotive Care in St. Francis and Bob Olson for their help preparing the students for the contest.

St. Francis High School student John Maki (left), instructor Kyle Linton (center) and student Joseph Bliskowski (right) receive an award at the 2014 Ford/AAA State Auto Skills Contest. 

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St. Francis Middle School teachers Carol Zeman, Stacey Arzdorf and Jessica Rowles participated in World Book Night US, a nationwide celebration held April 23 with the mission to get free books into the hands of those who don’t regularly read. Each teacher selected up to 20 books from last year’s reading list from the World Book Night website at their

closest participating library to give to 20 students who wouldn’t normally pick up a book. World Book Night is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported by UPS, authors, publishers, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Barnes & Noble, and the Ingram Content Group and others. According to the World Book Night website, “World Book Night US is a celebration of books and reading held

St. Francis Middle School teachers (L-R), Jessica Rowles, Carol Zeman and Stacey Arzdorf, are shown with the books they collected for World Book Night US, a nationwide event held to encourage reading.  Submitted Photo




on April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read.” It is the organization’s mission to, “seek out light or non-readers in your community.” This is World Book Night’s third year running their program. Part of the reason why April 23 was chosen as a date is that it is also William Shakespeare’s birthday. According to “Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America,” National Endowment for the Arts, reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read. Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise. To become involved in sharing books through World Book Night next year, sign up for the newsletter through its website at: /www.

Volunteer makes time for middle school Jessica Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

Chris Eckman has been a volunteer in Independent School District 15 for about 10 years. She currently volunteers at St. Francis Middle School in the copy room, helping with display cases, as well as various other jobs around the building, helping to benefit teachers and students. “My mom was a teacher, so I grew up seeing how much of her own time went into teaching. I like to be able to save teachers a little time,” stated Eckman. She has been involved in many buildings and committees throughout her 10 years volunteering in the district. “I wanted to be involved with my kids’ school. I was on the PTA and carnival committee at St. Francis Elementary School and then joined the APT at St. Francis Intermediate, and finally joined the SMC here at the middle school.” Not only does Eckman volunteer with her children’s schools, but she also volunteers as a Girl Scout leader, co-leading a group

Chris Eckman  Submitted Photo of 28 girls. She will be going to Europe for 17 days this summer with her troop. Eckman trains for the Girl Scout Council and is on the committee for the Minnesota Dreams 2015 Jamboree. Eckman is a three-year cancer survivor, has a 20-year-old daughter at St. Catherine University and a son graduating from SFHS this May and heading into the Navy to work in the sonar room on submarines. Everyone at the middle school appreciates the time Eckman gives. She makes her time a priority and such helpers are cherished.

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April 28, 2014

Kathleen Miller Staff writer

Site Report: Cedar Creek Community School Cedar Creek Community School Principal Darin Hahn reported on a practice in the building this year called Compliment Collecting. The focus is on everyone having a more concrete understanding of the school community expectations. Staff are recognizing efforts made and see a positive difference in the climate of the school. Next year, this initiative will expand to include behavior on the school bus. Compliment Collecting is all about what students and staff are doing well and bringing attention to these positive actions. Crossroads School & Vocational Center Adjusted School Times The School Board unanimously approved the start and end times at Crossroads School &

Vocational Center (CSVC) for the 2014-15 school year. The start time will be 8:25 a.m. (currently 7:25 a.m.) and the end time will be 2:45 p.m. (currently 2:00 p.m.). CSVC Principal Keri Neubauer addressed the School Board at the March 10 meeting, presenting information about the benefits of a later start to the school day. SHREK The Musical Many School Board members attended St. Francis High School’s production, SHREK The Musical and commented on the excellent performance. Per Theatre Director Glenn Morehouse Olson, many were in the audience for each show and the final performance was sold out. The Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Awards gave the show 19 awards. SFHS students will perform a medley from the production at the awards ceremony June 8 at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. In addition, senior Abilene Olson was chosen to be in the Top 12 Triple Threat Award Winners

Student Update Amanda Luby from the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, was part of the 72-student group accepted into the Theta of Minnesota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. The students were formally initiated at a ceremony April 23. Luby is the daughter of Doug and Jennifer Luby of Andover and is a senior mathematics major at CSB. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society, founded in 1776. The society voted to create a chapter at CSB and SJU in 2009. The criteria for being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa are grade-point average (3.75 for juniors, 3.65 for seniors) and a liberal arts major. The selection committee also looked at breadth and depth of the student’s program and other achievements, such as a thesis or other research.

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School Board Meeting Schedule School board meetings are held at the Community Room in the Central Services Center located at 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. Monday, June 9 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 23 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 28 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Live streaming and video archives of school board meetings are available at

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(top 6 musical theatre females in the state). 2013-14 School Calendar With many school days canceled due to the winter weather, the School Board decided to maintain the School Calendar 2013-14 revisions that were adopted February 24, 2014. An additional day will NOT be added to the calendar due to the school closing April 17. Graduation will be held Friday, May 30. Seniors are exempt from attending school May 30, June 2-4. All other students in kindergarten-grade 11 will attend school. The last day of school for the 2013,14 school year is June 4.

School Board Highlights

May 12, 2014

Kathleen Miller Staff writer

New Propane Bus Added to ISD 15 Fleet Transportation Program Supervisor Dean Krause reported to the School Board that the first propane bus had been purchased by the district and was parked outside Central Services Center. School Board members, administrators and members of the audience were invited to see firsthand the new bus and board it to hear the remainder of the presentation. Two years prior, Krause had presented information on propane-fueled school buses to the School Board. Propane is the world’s most popular clean-burning alternative fuel and there is an abundant domestic supply in North America. Propane is about 40 percent less expensive than a gallon of gasoline or diesel on a btu basis. These buses have exceptional power, yet the engines are very quiet. Scott Nelson, ISD 15 business services director, reported the new bus was purchased from proceeds remaining from a number of school buses the District sold over the past few years. SFPD Police Liaison Officer Acting St. Francis Police Chief Jake Rehling introduced the new police liaison officer, Jody Cole, who comes to the community with 15 years of law enforcement experience and several years of in-school experience.

St. Francis High School Skills USA Two St. Francis High School students (juniors John Maki and Joseph Bliskowski) recently qualified and competed at the state level of the Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition. Their 4th place finish will take them to the Skills–USA national conference in Kansas City, Missouri, June 23-28. Story and photo on page 9. Consideration of Visitors Many ISD 15 teachers were in attendance to show support to the negotiators; their contract has yet to be settled. Addressing the School Board were teachers Leslie Sworsky, Glen Morehouse Olson, Deb Parson and Leslee Yseth. They thanked the School Board for their support over the years, including Q Comp, Teacher Academy, peer review, mentor program and all day every day kindergarten. The School Board was praised for its past practice of listening to concerned parents and valuing ISD 15 staff. Groups that have ratified their contracts include office professionals, educational assistants, nutrition services and bus drivers. Licensed staff and preschool instructors remain unsettled with hopes to reach a fair and competitive agreement.

School Board Perspective Janet Glover

We survived another year! Congratulations to all the SENIORS! We had some challenges this year but we did it. I just want to say thank you to all the staff, students, and community members that belong to ISD 15. You are the reasons that I run for school board. I am excited things are being added back for our district instead of being taken away. What a great time to be on the board. Communication is at an all-time high, trust is improving, and I look forward to school board meetings again. It feels great to be dealing with issues that are good for students. I love hearing all the wonderful things going on in and around St. Francis schools. Have a great summer everyone and stay safe!

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supports that daily physical activity correlates highly with increased academic achievement.” Pfohl invited the ISD 15 women to be volunteers at the momentous event. McDermott and Wilson completed a four-hour stretch in the Eggtivity Zone, which was comprised of a football obstacle course sponsored by the NFL Fuel Up Play 60 initiative. It was a beautiful day in the mid-70s. The event was attended by 30,000 people from across the country in five shifts. Every two hours, 6,000 people were ushered out as a new group was ushered in. Because they were volunteers, McDermott and Wilson were allowed to stay for the entire 12 hours. This gave them the opportunity to get pictures with most of the costumed characters and sports celebrities, as well as watch live performances by R5 and Ariana Grande. They were able to witness Michelle Obama conduct a healthy smoothie session and watch actor Jim Carey performed as a storyteller. The day prior, as they were on the south lawn of the White House to assist in setting up, McDermott and Wilson saw the president as he walked from the basketball court back to the White House. He waved to them and they got pictures of the president as he relaxed. It was a very exciting moment. Prior to their trip, the duo passed a White House security check then took a 30-minute training via phone conference in preparation for their visit. The rest of the weeklong trip was filled with trips to the Smithsonian museums, a play at Ford’s Theater, touring Mount Vernon and hiking Great Falls National Park along the Potomac. “Linda and I have traveled together before and have a great time,” Wilson said. “This was a great opportunity.” McDermott said she and Wilson were very excited and honored to be able represent Minnesota and ISD 15 as volunteers at the event. “Contributing back or paying it forward is an integral part of both of our lives,” she said.

Independent School District 15 teachers Becki Baker, Melissa Denning and Lee Graves (L-R) have the prestigious honor of presenting at the 2014 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, June 28 to July 1. Baker and Denning, who teach at the Lifelong Learning Center, will be team-presenting their lecture session, “Flipping for Inclusion: Partnering with Parents through Technology in Preschool” on Monday, June 30. Graves, a science teacher at SFHS, will present his session, “Thinking of flipping your classroom? This checklist will help!” on July 1. Over 3,000 presentation proposals were submitted to ISTE this year, with a mere 36 percent acceptance rate, putting Baker, Denning, and Graves in relatively elite company. This year the ISTE Conference will attract nearly 18,000 teachers, media specialists, professors, administrators, policy makers, and industry experts, representing over 100,000 professionals globally. Collin Minshull, ISD 15 Technology Integrationist

ISD 15 welcomes technology and human resources coordinators Kathleen Miller Staff writer

Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) welcomes two new employees in leadership roles. Both individuals started April 28 and have been busy meeting staff and learning how their position fits in the grand scheme of the day-to-day business of running a public school system.

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Jeff Kienitz joins ISD 15 as the technology coordinator. Kienitz shared that he wanted to work in the District for several years and feels very fortunate to have this opportunity. Prior to ISD 15, he was the director of technology for Central Public School District in Norwood Young America and technology coordinator for the Roseau Community School District. A primary goal for Kienitz is to coordinate the technology staff, resources and budget available in a manner that allows the school community the ability to communicate and share information safely,

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Brandon Nelson

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Brandon Nelson is the new human resources coordinator for ISD 15. He appreciates having a commute that is 20 minutes from home. Nelson has worked in human resources in the public school system at three different districts for the past 18 years. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children and spends as much time as he can in his boat, fishing. Welcome to ISD 15, Brandon Nelson. Congratulations to all of our area graduates! The diploma you’ve worked so hard for is in your hands, and so is your future. Keep up the great work.


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securely and reliably. When asked what are the most important things to achieve this year, Kienitz listed the following: } Learn about the programs and applications that the district is using } Maintain continuity of services } Improve the safety and security for our learning community through the use of technology } Improve the ability of our stakeholders to communicate reliably with technology } Develop great relationships within our community } Get school ready for the 2014-15 school year He added, “At ISD 15, it is very refreshing to learn the commitment to technology and communications is strong. I’ve also learned the leadership and technology staff are very knowledgeable and committed to providing a great service to the community. I look forward to improving and promoting the district’s technology department.” On his list as the most pressing projects for this summer, Kienitz will be busy getting the schools ready for the start of school, working on staff development, improving the capacity of the District’s servers and network, replacing older computers and deploying new devices such as laptops, iPads, and more. In his first month on the job, Kienitz has already learned that there are some very talented and dedicated technology staff working in

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Thank you for a terrific year from Adult Basic Education Melody Panek ISD 15 Adult Basic Education Coordinator

Well, we are drawing near to the end of the year and boy, what a year it has been at Adult Basic Education (ABE)! There have been several significant but terrific changes that have taken place in our classroom this year that have led to lots of good things happening at our school. Although change can be hard at times, it can often lead to new experiences and opportunities that are very positive and offer a way for us to grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. The changes that have occurred here have been wonderful and I’d like to share three of them with you. Last September, the first change that occurred was the arrival of Becky Vevle, our newest teaching staff member. Becky has really been a true asset to our classroom and students. She just jumped right in with both feet and is

already an invaluable member of our little ABE family. She is funny and smart and we all appreciate the many advantages and benefits she brings to this program. For example, she knows our math curriculum very well and has a terrific way of teaching it to students which makes even algebra seem understandable. She also has some pretty mad computer skills and has helped us immensely to understand and more efficiently use our technology here in the classroom. Both Ker and I look forward to working with Becky over the next school year and hopefully for many years to come! Another significant change that took place this year was in the content of the GED test, the high school equivalency test which is used here in Minnesota. The changes became effective last January and include online testing (rather than just paper and pencil), the addition of higher level math concepts, the elimination of the writing test

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section, and the addition of analytic based writing prompts within the social studies and language arts content areas. A real advantage of the new test is the enhanced score report which provides the student’s test scores right away and information regarding a student’s academic strengths and weaknesses. It can also provide a framework to determine if a student may be ready for employment, workforce training programs or postsecondary education. The best change that has taken place over the past year has been in the academic growth of our students! Our classroom is here to serve the needs of adult students who want to learn to speak, read, write and hear English better, those who would like to get their GED certification, learners who want to earn their high school diploma, or anyone who is interested in almost any other academic pursuit such as Accuplacer test training, United States citizenship preparation or general skills brush up. It’s amazing and rewarding to see the progress students have made toward their goals and it’s especially fantastic when they accomplish what they have set out to do! A graduation ceremony will be held Thursday, June 12, 7:00 p.m. at Anoka High School, in recognition of those who have attained. Becky, Ker and I are honored to have helped our students and so pleased when they move forward with their lives. Our classroom instructional hours will be changing beginning the first week in June. The classroom will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Beginning June 30 the classroom will close for the summer, but will reopen on Monday, August 4, with the same schedule as June. Next September hours will return to the Monday through Friday schedule. We at ISD 15 ABE, wish you all a very happy summertime!

A fun-filled week was had at St. Francis Elementary School during Kids Connection, all thanks to a suggestion by student Nik Coop. His idea was for a Farm Week, so each day during, the week of April 28, there were farm-themed activities. Students planted seeds and received a Green Thumb Award when their seed sprouted. They crafted crop art, a garden garland and farm animal puppets. Students also saw a vintage potato planter, antique wool hand carders and a John Deere tractor pull video.  Cathy Thunberg, SFES Co-Lead Instructor, Kids Connection

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Early Childhood Family Education ECFE Parent/Child Camp: Living Together Under One Roof Birth to Kindergarten and their parents More than one? Does it make a difference with first born, middle child, baby of the family? Learn ways to keep peace and balance all the competing needs including your own. Does your family have just one child? We’d like you to join the discussion too! This class will separate for parent discussion. Course: EC5701 Dates: Wednesdays, July 9-23 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 10 & 17 Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: FREE No Sibling Care available; try a Preschool Camp for your preschooler.

Pop In and Play Come with your young child for activities related to a weekly theme, meet other families and build relationships. No pre-registration necessary. The perfect place to relax with your toddler or infant while your preschooler is in a Camp with us. Dates: Tuesdays Time: 9:15-11:30 a.m. July 8: Sandy Beach Fun July 15: Water Play July 22: Exploring the Summer Sky Fee: $4 per child; max $12 or three punches per family (limit of 4 children/adult)

Pets and young children Deciding whether to get a pet? Already have a pet? Loving and caring for a pet enriches the lives of many children. Consider safety as well as benefits when deciding if it’s time for a pet in your family. Remember owning a pet can be a long-term commitment. How can I keep my child safe and healthy around pets? Choose pets wisely. If you don’t already have a pet, take care to choose from breeds and species that are likely to be good with your child. Have the pet checked for diseases by a veterinarian before bringing it home. Consider any family allergy problems. There is some evidence that early exposure to animals may lower a child’s risk of developing an allergy. Discuss allergy concerns about pets with your child’s health care provider. Always supervise interactions. Teach your child not to go near any animal unless you say she may do so. Never leave a young child alone with an animal. Even a gentle pet can harm an infant. Toddlers often hit, poke, or grab animals, which can provoke an attack or harm a small pet. Teach your child to play gently with pets. Be sure your child stays away from pets when they are eating, caring for their own babies, or sleeping. Encourage good hygiene. Keep your child away from the litter box or animal food bowl unless he is helping to fill it. Have him wash his hands after playing with a pet. Treat any animal bite or scratch immediately. Check with your child’s pediatrician if any bite or scratch breaks the skin. How can my child benefit from growing up with pets? Self-esteem and social skills. Having positive feelings for and experiences with pets can help children feel good about themselves. Children often enjoy talking to an animal. Loving a pet can also help children learn to love and trust others. Physical activity. All pets need exercise. Playing safely and appropriately with pets is a fun way to help make physical File Photo activity a part of your child’s lifestyle. Responsibility and respect. Learning to take good care of pets can teach children to ex-press concern, empathy, and responsibility for other living things. Parents can use pet care to model and teach respect for all living things. Over the pet’s life cycle, parents have opportunities to teach lessons about birth, illness, and death. Parent involvement. Parents and children can share time together as they play with and care for their pets. How can my child help with pet care? A young child can help in small ways but can’t be responsible for all of a pet’s care. He may be able to feed the dog if you premeasure the food, for example. He can walk with you and the dog, but he shouldn’t walk the dog alone. Give your child safe, small tasks, and be sure to supervise him as he does them. For related Internet resources, see Pets and Young Children at Source: Illinois State Early Learning Project. For more tip sheets on other topics, please go to rev. 3/13 The Courier | June 2014 |

Vehicle Day was a huge success

ISD 15 Community Education & Services

Jenny Dupre ISD 15 Early Childhood Family Education Teacher

The ISD 15 Early Childhood Advisory Council would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for attending our 2014 Vehicle Day Event on May 3 and sharing their vehicles with all of the children: A & B Welding, Allina Ambulance, East Central Sanitation, City of Oak Grove, Isanti Fire Department, WCCO, Connexus Energy, Schwan’s, Oak Grove Fire Department, Independent School District 15 Transportation Department, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Sno-Ghosts/Ice-O-Metric, Rise Inc., Olson’s Sewer Service, George Weigenant, Veit USA, Roger Linn and David Roberts.

Recreation Department 2014 Summer Camps & Activities The Rec Department has exciting activities for students wanting to participate in sport camps this summer. To register visit Register now for summer camps, selecting the 2014-15 school year. Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. All registrations are due in the Community Ed office (St. Francis High School, 3325 Bridge Street in St. Francis) on the Thursday prior to the start of camp. Most camps are held at St. Francis High School. Questions? Contact Rec Department Manager Diane Guinn at 763–213–1823. The follow activities are available: Basketball Camps All-Comers Track Meet Soccer Camps Tennis Camp Youth & High School Football Middle & High School Summer Strength & Conditioning Volleyball Camp EXSpeed Treadmill Program Youth & High School Wrestling Camp



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Youth Football Fall 2014 Registration On May 3 vehicles from sheriff cars to garbage trucks pulled into the Lifelong Learning Center in Cedar for the annual Early Childhood Advisory Council Vehicle Day. Children got to explore all different types of transportation at this free event. 

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Have a concern about your child? Are you concerned about your child’s development, speech, or behavior? If your child is under three years of age, contact Kristine Vogtlin at: Kristine. 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 763753-7187 and mention your concerns.

Kids Connection school year contracts available soon Now is the time to think about childcare options for the 2014-15 school year. The ISD 15 Kids Connection program is open 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hours include full day, before and after school programming on school and non-school days for children age 4+ through grade 5. Visit to register or call 763-213-1616 for more information.

Introducing the 4-year-old childcare program for the 2014-15 school year!


Beginning the first day of school, September 3, Kids Connection will be offering a 4-year-old childcare program at St. Francis Elementary School. Children will participate in various educational and recreational activities in a safe, well-supervised environment. Children may bring a lunch from home or purchase a school lunch. Ask for details. Program hours are 6:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday Contracts will be available soon.


Call Chris at 763-213-1616. Kids Connection is a division of ISD 15 Community Education

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Registration begins online, www., on Sunday, June 1 or call Amy at 763–213–1588. Grades: 7–8 Fee: $185 by July 21 $205 after July 21 Grades: 2-6 Fee: $160 by July 21 $180 after July 21 Equipment Deposit: $150 at equipment pick-up Flag Football Registration for grades K-3, online registration available mid-summer.

Football Coach Applications Are you interested in coaching youth football? Applications are due in the Rec Dept. office in St. Francis High School by Friday, June 27. Applications can be found online at

Youth Football Camp Camp is designed for getting ready to play at the next level. Come prepared to work with varsity coaches on football fundamentals. Location: St. Francis Middle School Course: SC-714020 Grades: 7-8 Equipment Handout: Sunday, July 13 6:00-7:00 p.m. Middle School Football Shed Dates: July 14-15 Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Fee: $45 (T-shirt included) Course: SC-714021 Grade: 1-6 Equipment Handout: July 14-15 6:00-8:00 p.m. Middle School Football Shed Dates: July 16-17 Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Fee: $40 (T-shirt included)

Summer Kids Connection KC General Information 763-21 3-1616 or 763-213-1641 Information and registration for ms are also available online at ww

Kids Connection offers a safe, nurturing atmosphere for children that brings summer fun to a whole new level. Summer Kids Connection offers families a well-supervised environment where children can develop friendships while participating in activities such as arts and crafts, sports, creative dramatics, gym, outdoor activities, computers, reading and more. Summer Kids Connection is offered to any child who will enter kindergarten in the fall through the completion of grade 6. We offer care from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Cedar Creek Community School. Summer Kids Connection provides a variety of learning activities and recreational experiences to fill each day and then, for more FUN, weekly field trips are added! Make your summer plans now. Summer Kids Connection begins June 9 and will be closed July 4, August 28 and 29.

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Community & Business Physical therapist earns national recognition Isanti group launches in Charlotte, North Carolina Dustin Eslinger, M.A., ATC } Completion of at least 60 fundraising shoe drive during the annual conference. contact hours of continuing Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc.

St. Francis Physical Therapy is proud to announce that Vivian PlummerVivian PlummerBenzick, LPTA, CSYI Benzick has recently been awarded the Recognition of Advanced Proficiency of a Physical Therapy Assistant by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She will be recognized by the APTA at an upcoming ceremony

Plummer-Benzick has worked in Andover and St. Francis for over six years as a physical therapy assistant. She demonstrates advanced proficiency in treating musculoskeletal disorders (disorders or injury to the muscles and bones of the body). She was chosen by the APTA based on the following eligibility criteria: } Five years of work experience that includes a minimum of 2,000 hours total and at least 500 hours in the past year in the musculoskeletal category of work.

education in physical therapy within the last 5 years. } Consistent, above-average job performance within the PT/PTA team verified through a letter of reference from a supervising physical therapist. } Evidence of involvement in at least three activities that demonstrate the applicant’s leadership abilities and contributions to the community. At least two of these activities must be related to physical therapy or health care.

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Ronda Fenlon Isanti Women’s Team

Isanti Women’s Team (IWT), Making a Difference/Relay for Life, is conducting a shoe collection drive through June 10 to raise funds for Relay for Life while benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping old shoes out of local landfills. Individuals can help by donating gently worn, used shoes at Long Lake Lutheran Church, Isanti. In the U.S. alone, approximately 630 million pairs of shoes are thrown away per year. The materials used to manufacture a pair of shoes are created from chemical compounds that will create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills. By donating your gently worn, used shoes to the IWT, your shoes are given a second chance to make a difference. All donated shoes will be redistributed to microenterprise partners through Funds2Orgs and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a unique business opportunity to feed, clothe, and house their families. “We are very excited to be conducting this shoe drive in Cambridge/Isanti,” notes Ronda Fenlon, chairwoman. “This campaign will raise funds that directly benefit Relay for Life. The additional advantages of diverting shoes from the waste stream to create commerce and sustainability in peoples’ lives make this a win-win for everyone,” said Fenlon. “Our goal is to collect 7,500 pairs of shoes. The only way we can do that is if community members step up and help. I am calling on everyone to clean out their unwanted, gently worn, used shoes and donate them to us.” If you, or a local organization, are interested in learning more about this opportunity or participating in your own shoe drive, contact Ronda Fenlon by phone at 763-221-0725 or email ronda.

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In 2010, Anoka-Ramsey Community College biology faculty, Jennifer Braido and Kristen Genet, redesigned a field biology course to incorporate the Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Certification program and opened it to community members. Since then, more than 50 students and community members have become certified as Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteers and completed various service learning projects that have provided innovative learning experiences for students and tangible benefits to the community. The program allows six spots for community members besides Continued Page 17

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St. Francis American Legion to host fundraiser June 14 Submitted by Doug Lennartson Restoration Project Manager, St. Francis Legion Post 622

St. Francis American Legion Post 622 will hold a fundraiser Saturday, June 14, at 3073 Bridge Street, with a silent auction and Booya from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and live music by The Dirty Dog Duo from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. All donations will be used for restoration of the Legion Post and the painting of the waving American Flag on one end. The non-profit Legion post is in major need for repairs. Many inside and outside items need attention. Any donations from businesses and individuals would be greatly appreciated for the silent auction. Some of the donations Post 622 has given back to the community are: St. Francis High School scholarships, drug awareness programs, sponsoring summer camps, boys State Legion week, Legion baseball team, food shelf and more. To help with this project, the local legion baseball team will be donating their time to paint, as well as other post business contractors and vendors. A poster will be placed listing all contributing businesses or individuals that contribute. Please contact Doug Lennartson at 612-210-3144 or

County Civil War bus tour back by popular demand

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College Program the 18 spots for AnokaRamsey students. That means community members can experience a college-level field biology course while earning the certification without paying college tuition. Designed to develop a corps of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service in their communities, the Minnesota Master Naturalist program is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and University of Minnesota Extension. Any adult who is curious and enjoys learning about the natural world, shares that knowledge with others, and supports conservation can be a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer. For more information, contact Jennifer Braido at jennifer.

Brittany Pedersen releases an American Robin as others watch (L-R): Geri Mortenson, Casey Moriarity, Lacey Prescott, Nick Davids, Chad Ziegler and Mikayla Xiong. Pedersen is releasing a bird that actually was a recapture, something extremely rare. That means it had been previously captured and banded and now it had been captured a second time. This gives researchers clues to where it had been captured originally and information about flight and migration patterns. The students are smiling because many birds, such as this one, when placed on their backs don’t know what to do so they just lay there and don’t take off until turned right side up.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

Kimberly Bauer Anoka County Historical Society

Due to popular demand, a second Civil War Bus Tour of Anoka County will be held Saturday, June 28, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., leaving from the Anoka County History Center, 2135 Third Avenue N, Anoka. Cost is $35 for non-members, $30 for Anoka County Historical Society members. Ticket price includes bus tour, lunch at a historic site and entrance to the Civil War exhibit at ACHS with gallery guide book. Join us for this fun look at local history from a Civil War perspective. From the very first volunteer for the Union to the funeral car that carried President Abraham Lincoln’s body, Anoka County has a rich heritage tied to the Civil War. Seating is limited to 50 passengers. Reservations required. Buy tickets at or call 763-421-0600.

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Financial Focus

Blake Cheeley Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Avoid problems by updating beneficiary designations Like many people, you might not particularly enjoy thinking about your estate plans, but such planning is necessary to make sure your assets go where you want them to go. And it’s just as important to regularly review your plans with your tax, legal and financial professionals in case any changes are needed. For instance, some of your wishes expressed in your will may be overridden by beneficiary designations you filled out years ago. If these designations become outdated, your assets could be passed to those you didn’t intend. You might be surprised at how many of your

financial assets and legal documents have beneficiary designations tied to them. If you have an IRA, a 401(k) or other employersponsored retirement plan, a life insurance policy, an annuity, a transfer-on-death (TOD) arrangement, or any of a variety of other assets or accounts, you almost certainly named a beneficiary. And this beneficiary designation offers a simple, direct and efficient way to get assets in the hands of your loved ones who survive you. However, as time goes by, you may experience many changes in your life — and when your life changes, your beneficiary designations may need to follow. But if you are like many people, you might forget to update these designations after a marriage, divorce or other change in

your family situation. And because the beneficiary designation is a legally binding document, the asset will go to the person you once named as a beneficiary, regardless of your current relationship status. It really doesn’t take much effort to look over your accounts and legal arrangements to ensure that your beneficiary designations are current — and if they aren’t, it’s pretty easy to change them. In fact, for some financial accounts, you may be able to update the beneficiary designations online. In any case, plan on reviewing your beneficiary designations regularly, but especially when you experience a change in your life. Here’s one more thing to keep in mind: Make sure your current beneficiaries

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are informed that they will eventually be receiving your 401(k), IRA, life insurance proceeds or other assets that require a beneficiary designation. This advance knowledge may help your loved ones as they plan and maintain their own financial and investment strategies. Although it’s clearly important for you to update your beneficiary designations and to communicate your actions, you will still need to attend to other areas of your estate planning, such as providing care for minor children or dependents, deciding who you want to receive specific items that do not carry a beneficiary designation, naming someone

to manage your affairs should you become incapacitated, and specifying the control you wish your beneficiaries to have over their inheritance. These are just a few examples of estate-planning considerations. Because everyone’s situation is different, you will need to consult with your legal advisor to determine the level of estate planning you require. As we’ve seen, updating your beneficiary is one piece of the puzzle — but to leave the legacy you desire, you’ve got to complete the picture. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Free Dollars Into Sense class June 17 Julie Blomquist University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County

Anoka County Extension staff and Dollar Works volunteers will present a free Dollars into Sense class June 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd., Andover. 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.

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St. Francis High School Class of 1969 reunion set for June 14 Classmates of 1969 – the Groovy 45th St. Francis High School reunion will be held Saturday, June 14, at the City of Nowthen’s Park & Shelter (19800 Nowthen Blvd.) starting at 4:30 p.m., with dinner served at 5:00 p.m. For more information call Linda Lee Rodgers at 763-427-6828.

Daily Specials/Events Monday (5:00-9:00 p.m.) ¼ Pound Burgers.........................$1.50 Congratulations to Kim Marino and family of Nowthen, winners of the $500 Chamber Cash grand prize at the April 26 St. Francis Area Business & Community Expo. Co-sponsors ISD 15 Community Education and the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all vendors, visitors and volunteers for another successful Courier PHOTO event.

Anoka High School Class of 1974 planning reunion for August 2 Mary Jo Deschene Class of 1974

Anoka Senior High Class of 1974 is planning its 40th reunion August 2 at Green Haven Golf & Banquet Center in Anoka.

Visit www.anoka74reunion. com to register and update information. For more information, please contact Mary Jo Deschene at 763-427-9274, mardes9274@

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Anoka County 4-H offers summer program Kari Buse 4-H Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County

Saturday, June 7 Mini-book bundles were presented to each elementary school by Dick and Juanita Boniface. These agriculture books were donated by Minnesota CattleWomen and Anoka County Farm Bureau. The bundle features six books about beef cattle and one book on water. Educator guides are included for each book. Pictured are: Juanita Boniface with Kathleen Kohnen of St. Francis Elementary School; Juanita Boniface with Lisa McClung of East Bethel Community School; and the Bonifaces with Rhonda Wiebusch of Cedar Creek Community School. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Join Anoka County 4-H for a fun summer program sponsored by the Anoka County Farm Bureau. This is a hands-on opportunity for youth who have completed grades 4-8 to explore the world of bees. Youth will learn about different types of bees and how they affect our world through pollination. We will even taste test different types of honey. Participants can expect to be out in nature throughout the day and learn from expert Anoka County Master Gardeners, play games and have fun. 4-H Buzzy Honeybees will be offered June 16, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW in Andover. Cost is $5 per participant and registration is due by June 6. Flyer with complete information and registration form is available at If you have questions regarding program details or registration, please contact 4-H Program Coordinator Kari Buse at or 763-755-1280.


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Friday, June 6

Presented by the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce

2014 Pioneer Days

Schedule of Events

1:00–4:00 pm Free hot dogs and root beer 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 at St. Francis City Centre Mall parking lot 5:00-9:00 pm Live music in Community Park featuring the Cedar Creek Band and Super Stew 7:00–11:00 pm Live music by Papa Nut Band, St. Francis American Legion 8:30 pm DJ at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 9:00 pm Movie in Community Park, bring blankets and chairs, showing Return of the Jedi, sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 511 9:00 pm– Live music by The Killer Hayseeds, 12:30 am Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill (21+), cover charge

Saturday, June 7

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 10:00 am Carnival rides, games craft and food booths in Community Park 10:00 am Petting zoo and pony rides by Tommy’s Zoo and Stables in Community Park 10:00 am Registration for turtle race in Community Park 10:00 am Brats and beer at St. Francis Fire Station, sponsored by St. Francis Fire Department 10:30 am Turtle race, bring your own turtle (no blanding turtles), sponsored by Schroeder’s Creekside Stables 11:30 am Bed racers line up in front of St. Francis True Value Hardware Store Noon Bed Races, at St. Francis True Value Hardware Store, sponsored by St. Francis Lions Club, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s and Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill Noon-4:00 pm 50-Year Historical Display of Pioneer Days in Woodbury Park, sponsored by Highland Money Management 1:00 pm GRAND PARADE After Parade Bingo, brats and beer at St. Francis Fire Station, 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 After Parade– SFHS Alumni All-Class Reunion, highlighting Class of 1964, at 4:00 pm Woodbury Park, sponsored by Highland Money Management 2:30 and The Wonderful World of Woody music, singing, juggling and 3:30 pm magic in Community Park 2:30–5:30 pm Connexus Energy, electrical safety demonstration in Community Park 3:00-5:00 pm Miss St. Francis Ambassador Program Coronation in Community Park 6:00-9:00 pm St. Francis Has Got Talent contest at the Big Tent in Community Park, admission is free, sponsored by St. Francis High School Dance Team 6:00 pm Free kids games and hot dog giveaway before the fireworks, at Living Hope’s Ministry Center across from St. Francis High School 10 Minutes FIREWORKS at St. Francis High School football field. after Dusk All school rules will be enforced— no tobacco or alcohol on school grounds, sponsored by St. Francis Bottle Shop 9:00 pm– Live music by The Killer Hayseeds, 1:00 am Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill (21+), cover charge

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Sunday, June 8

7:00–11:00 am Pancake Breakfast at St. Francis United Methodist Church, located at 3914 229th Avenue NW, parking $2 and receive $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 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 in Community Park Noon Petting zoo and pony rides by Tommy’s Zoo and Stables in Community Park Noon Waterball fight with area fire departments in Community Park, sponsored by St. Francis Fire Department and Opp Family Chiropractic 1:00 pm Kid’s Power Pedal Pull in Community Park 1:00 pm Garden Tractor Pull at St. Francis American Legion, concessions by Legion Auxiliary SAL 2:00 pm Bingo at Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill, 15 games of 75% payout up to $99, last game coverall guaranteed $1,000

Medallion Hunt Medallion Hunt begins June 2 with daily clues posted at County Market, Village Bank, online at St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce website, Facebook and Twitter.

11th Annual Amateur Photo Contest Photos accepted at Village Bank until May 30 and displayed June 2–6.

Carnival–Friday, Saturday, Sunday Located in Community Park

Thank You Sponsors Ambassador Level $1,000 + Chops, Inc. City of St. Francis King’s County Market Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill St. Francis Bottle Shop Pioneer Level $500 Highland Money Management

Rum River Level $250 St. Francis Physical Therapy Event Sponsors Opp Family Chiropractic Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill Other North Anoka Plumbing Northland Screw Products Temperature Specialists, Inc. Reminisce about the first 50 years of Pioneer Days in the comprehensive booklet, It Began With A Bridge. On sale at area businesses and the St. Francis Area Chamber booth in Community Park during Pioneer Days.


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SAL Horseshoe Tournament after parade Meat Raffle 5:00 p.m. Karaoke 8:30 p.m.

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Come and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the St. Francis Pioneer Days, presented by the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce. Events begin Friday, June 6 and continue through Sunday, June 8. See the schedule of events on page 21 (times and events subject to change). After many hours of research by Deanna Bahr of Highland Money Management, a keepsake booklet called, It Began With a Bridge was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pioneer Days. It will be for sale at area businesses the week before Pioneer Days as well as at the Chamber information booth in Community Park during the Pioneer Days celebration. All proceeds benefit Pioneer Days. The book contains notable facts and photos, pictures, previous button designs and more. On Saturday, June 7, 50 years of memorabilia will be on display Be sure to pick up a copy of the commemorative It Began With a before and after the parade in Bridge 50th Anniversary Pioneer Woodbury Park. Days booklet. New this year, the fireworks display will be held at dusk on Saturday, June 7, at St. Francis High School. The Pioneer Days parade begins at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Be sure to purchase your 50th year Pioneer Days button and coupon book for only $5 at area businesses and at the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce booth during Pioneer Days. Your help is needed to track down old Pioneer Days buttons. Buttons are sought for the years 1969-75, 1977, 1978. Please email if you have one of these buttons. Use your Pioneer Days button for admission to the St. Francis Ambassadors Coronation program on Saturday, June 7, 3:005:00 p.m. in Community Park. Watch for clues for the Medallion Hunt, sponsored by St.








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Francis Area Chamber of Commerce. Beginning June 2, daily clues will be posted at County Market, Village Bank, online at www.stfrancischamber. org, and on the St. Francis Chamber of Commerce Facebook and Twitter pages. Carnival rides and games will run June 6-8 in Community Park. Advance ticket sales for carnival rides are $10 for 5 rides and can be purchased at the following St. Francis locations: Casey’s General Store, County Market, St. Francis Bottle Shop, City of St. Francis, St. Francis True Value, and Village Bank. The St. Francis High School alumni all class reunion, highlighting the Class of 1964, will meet in Woodbury Park after the parade until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. The 2nd Annual St. Francis Has Got Talent contest is being organized by the St. Francis High School Dance Team and will be held Saturday, June 7, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the event tent in Community Park. Participation in the event is open to all ages, including adults. Please register by June 2; registration form can be found at pioneerdays or call 612-282-1062. The deadline to have your photo contest entries in is May 30. Please drop them off at Village Bank. All

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entries will be displayed at Village Bank June 2-6. The support of the community is crucial to make this a memorable and successful event, this year more than ever, as this is the first year the event is organized by the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce. You can show your support by: } making a donation or sponsoring a specific event } volunteering your time during the event } promoting your business/ organization by being a vendor in the park or participating in the parade Registration forms can be found on the Pioneer Days webpage, www., for the Parade, Talent Show, Park Vendors, Sponsorship Opportunities, and the Lions Softball Tournament and 5K Run. Payments can be made online via the PayPal donate button at the bottom of the page. For more information about Pioneer Days, call 763-438-5163, email chamber@stfrancischamber. org, visit the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce website at www., or follow Pioneer Days on Facebook at www.

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St. Francis Ambassador Scholarship Pageant Jacquie Goedel Miss St. Francis Ambassador Program Coordinator

As the 2013-14 Miss St. Francis Ambassador Program comes to a close and we welcome a whole new set of candidates, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our current Ambassadors and their families. Our current Little Misses are Brooke Reintjes and Natalie Gavit and our Misses are Sarah Farrier and Sarah Roppe. These girls have represented St. Francis in many cities throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. They won third place for the Anoka Night Parade as they were dressed up as Alice in Wonderland, the newest version! The Ambassadors have logged many hours

of community service including Night to Unite, St. Francis Fire Department French Toast Breakfast and many other city activities. I was very blessed alongside our Royalty Coordinator Linda Funder to watch the girls develop into strong and confident young ladies and we couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them! I would also like to take this time to thank Stephanie Bausworth Photography for taking the pictures for our candidates and current Ambassadors and donating her time to the program this year. I would also like to thank Village Bank for sponsoring our crowns and Highland Money Management for sponsoring the sashes the girls will be wearing throughout Continued Page 27

2014-15 Miss St. Francis Ambassador Candidates

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2013-14 Miss St. Francis Ambassadors: Little Misses are front (L-R) Brooke Reintjes and Natalie Gavit and Ambassador Misses (L-R) back are Sarah Farrier and Sarah Roppe. Submitted Photo

the year. There are many businesses and organizations throughout the city that also deserve recognition including the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce, the St. Francis Lions and Lionesses and the St. Francis City Council. One last person that I would like to thank is the mayor of St. Francis, Jerry Tveit—thank you for everything you have done for our program. Please join us Saturday, June 7, at 1:00 p.m. for the Pioneer Days parade and at 3:00 p.m. for our coronation at the tent in Community Park. Admission to the coronation is a Pioneer Days Button, which is $5 and includes a coupon book good at area businesses. Candidates are selling buttons in support of Pioneer Days at area merchants. Thank you to everybody who supports our program and we look forward to seeing you at our events throughout the year.

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Greetings From The Capitol

Tom Hackbarth State rep. District 31B

Reflecting on events of the 2014 legislative session


The 2014 session has drawn to a close. On one hand, we did some good things. On the other, the Legislature left some important work unfinished. For example, a top priority should have been fixing large problems with Minnesota’s new state-run health insurance program, MNsure. Instead, measures pertaining to bullying, minimum wage, pay raises for legislators and constructing a Senate office building and more received attention as MNsure’s sustainability issues stayed on the back burner. Much has been made about tax cuts that were enacted this session. Some

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are worthy, but I would have preferred to see us focus on the necessities and skip some of the less important projects so we could trim to total price tag and protect our state’s bottom line. Here are some of the notable projects which passed in this year’s two-part package include: Borrowing: } $126.3 million for the continuation of Capitol Restoration } $55.065 million for, MSH, St. Peter Campus } $55.395 million for Minneapolis, St. Paul projects (Brian Coyles Center, Hennepin Center for the Arts, Nicollet Mall, Children’s Museum, Palace Theater, Ordway, TPT Building Renovations, Sculpture Garden) } $38.613 million for roads and bridges } $7.405 million for MSOP, St. Peter Campus Cash: } $50.743 million for roads and bridges } $22 million for Lewis and Clark Regional Water System } $35 million for Rochester Civic Center Expansion } $14.5 million for Mankato Civic Center } $11.56 million for St. Cloud Convention Center } $6.95 million for NorShor Theatre in Duluth } $2.3 million for Wade Stadium in Duluth } $3.4 million for snow-making equipment in Duluth

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things need to be clarified about that: A total of about $2.4 billion in new taxes and fees passed into law in 2013. Some of those—namely on telecommunications, equipment repairs and warehousing— were repealed this year, but around $2 billion from the 2013 increases remains. So, yes, we cut taxes this year, but the vast majority of last year’s hikes remains. On a related note, Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner recently indicated state revenue has come in beneath previous projections for a third-straight month. This comes after a few consecutive years of revenue coming in above projections each month. Furthermore, the Department of Employment and Economic Development reports Minnesota shed 4,200 jobs in April with an overall growth rate of 1.5 percent the last year, lagging the U.S. growth rate of 1.7 percent. This is cause for concern and is exactly why I continue advocating for careful budgeting as work to fully stabilize our economy after suffering the greatest recession since the Great Depression. One of the biggest items of business in the final days of the session was a capital investment bill which borrows money to pay for projects throughout the state. We had an agreement at the end of the 2013 session that this year’s bonding bill would be $846 million. In the end, we got a bonding bill that matches that total but, in addition, a stand-alone $200 million cash bill passed for similar purposes. Some of the projects

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Local musician still entertaining crowds after more than 60 years Alicia Loehlein Staff Writer

Musician. TV host. Businessman. Entertainer. It’s hard to put a label on Tony Jambor, the one-of-a-kind accordionist who has been sharing his love of polka and dance with the world for more than 60 years. Jambor was raised on a farm in Browerville, Minnesota, in a large Polish family. His career started when he was in 7th grade. He raised a bull calf and sold it to buy an accordion for $15. He and his brother, Jack, walked a mile and a half to play at a Farm Bureau meeting, all for a free hot dog. That was the beginning of a long road to success. The Jambor brothers formed a duo, moved to St. Paul, and began playing across the Twin Cities. “We never had a weekend off,” he said. By 1960, Jambor was firmly established as a club entertainer at Twin Cities night spots. All this while his day job was as a tool and die maker. As his popularity grew, Jambor had an idea to start a TV show in 1963. He called a studio and a pilot was shot in the spring. The show was to be a summer replacement, but then Jambor was told it would wait until fall. Once Polka Jamboree aired in 1964 on WTCN, channel 11, it was an immediate hit and topped the ratings. The show aired Sunday evenings and for the last two years of its run, it aired live and in color. The 30-minute Sunday night TV show was watched by thousands of polka-loving Midwesterners. Following the four-year run of his TV show, Jambor and his wife, Dolores, and partner Rod Cerar, bought the Coliseum Ballroom on Lake Street in Minneapolis. Rod and Dolores would run the ballroom while Tony was traveling with his band. Many times Tony would

book two jobs, he would take one and another band was formed that Rod led, leaving Dolores to run the business. “Rod and Dolores were very good partners,” Jambor said. The owners of the Coliseum also did all their own cleaning. Jambor said his children would come with him on Saturdays. “The first thing they would do is run around and see how much money customers dropped, then sit down and split it three ways,” he said. “When they couldn’t find much money, they didn’t want to go along anymore, so I would take change and throw it around for them to find. One time they saw me do it and the effect was gone.” In May of 1971 the Jambors bought the Bel Rae Ballroom in Mounds View. Cerar took over traveling with the band. Due to fewer people visiting the ballroom in the summertime, the operation of the Bel Rae was a family affair. The Jambor children were all involved. Sue set tables, Karen popped popcorn and Butch helped stock the bar supply. Dolores ran the till and Tony took tickets at the door. By fall, the crowds grew larger and more help was hired. Tony said it was hard to find good help, but they were lucky to have the same cooks for 18 years. Old time music was strong at the time, and the Jambors hired most of the major bands from the area. The ballroom would bring in some of the big bands on Thursdays such as Glen Miller Band, Russ Morgan, Jan Gaber, etc. Besides music and dance, the Bel Rae also hosted pro boxing, wresting, Golden Gloves and large banquets. As a ballroom operator, Jambor was able to get to know the best in the business, from talented local bands to nationally known musicians such as Frank Yankovic. “We had a lot of nice people play

for us over the years. I always thought one of the best was Myron Floren of the Lawrence Welk Show. He was very professional, a very good guy and a very good musician,” Jambor said. One year the national ballroom convention was held in Chicago and Jambor got to know Lawrence Welk. “He was very ordinary and just one of the guys, very easy to be around.” After operating the Bel Rae Ballroom for 25 years, the Jambors sold the building to the city of Mounds View in 1996 and it was converted into a community center. Jambor said he saw many changes in the ballroom business over the years. “At first many people would come out and bring the kids and teach them to dance. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.” In its heyday, the Bel Rae Ballroom was the place to be and was often featured in newspapers such as in the Star & Tribune, St. Paul Dispatch and Music and Dance News. The end of an era, signified by the closing of the Bel Rae Ballroom in 1996, was so significant it was featured in a New York Times article and referred to as the “granddaddy of American ballrooms.” Jambor wants to say thank you to the thousands of people who patronized the Bel Rae and the many bands that played there over the years. Jambor is quite modest when it comes to his accomplishments. “Over the years, I had a lot of nice things happen to me,” he said. Just one is a Certificate of Commendation from Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich for Jambor’s “leadership in the community as the owner of the Bel Rae Ballroom.” Jambor was featured in several editions of Personalities of America, where he was listed as a business

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Tony Jambor and his band perform on Polka Jamboree on WTCN in 1963. Jambor still plays several times a month around the area.  SUBMITTED PHOTO owner, manager, band leader and TV host. He has been involved in many organizations including serving as president of the National Ballroom Association and Minnesota Ballroom Association, director of Upper Midwest Golden Gloves, serving on the

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Jambor albums with Decca Records. Jambor gives credit to his family. “Much of my success was to having a wonderful wife who worked with me side-by-side for 58 years. She passed away in October 2012. And to my children, Sue, Butch and Karen. In the later years, Butch played a large role in management of the Bel Rae.” Today, Jambor lives on his hobby farm along Sandshore Lake in Bethel where he raises steers. He still plays 8-10 times a month at dances, retirement homes and community events, playing old time standards and country music. Jambor has played at Captain’s on Long Lake on the second Sunday of each month for the past five years. “I like to be with people.

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Tony Jambor and wife Dolores owned and operated the Bel Rae Ballroom in Mounds View for 25 years.  SUBMITTED PHOTO Dancing people are fun people to be around, as they always seem to be happy people. I keep telling people to keep dancing. It works well for me as I found a very nice lady, Patti, to go dancing with. We dance a couple times a week. I feel better and exercise is great for me.” Sometimes Jambor plays alone, or with up to three other

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City of St. Francis 2013 Drinking Water Report City of St. Francis 2013 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, 2013. 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 (and press 5) during normal business hours. Also, you can view it on line at waterlswp/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 2013. 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 The Courier | June 2014 |

Level Found Contaminant (units)



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Average/ Result*

Combined Radium (pCi/I)





Erosion of natural deposits.

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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.

Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (ppb)





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Nitrate (as Nitrogen) (ppm)





Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits.

TTHM (Total trihalomethanes) (ppb)





By-product of drinking water disinfection.

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****Highest and Lowest Monthly Average. Contaminant (units) Copper (ppm) (08/30/2011) Lead (ppb) (08/30/2011)







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90% Level # sites over AL Typical Source of Contaminant Corrosion of household plumbing systems; .52 0 out of 20 Erosion of natural deposits. Corrosion of household plumbing systems; nd 0 out of 20 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. 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/I—PicoCuries per liter (a measure of 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 (lJg/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 naturallyoccurring 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 naturally-occurring 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

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Sports & Outdoors Local resident taking snocross racing world by storm Carlson Motorsports

Ryan Springer of St. Francis has been making a name for himself in the fast-paced sport of snowmobile racing, or snocross. Springer, a 2010 St. Francis High School graduate and son of Ken and Kim Springer, races nationally for Carlson Motorsports of Elk River. Springer has just completed his rookie season on the national sport circuit. He finished on the podium several times and earned the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series National Sport Championship in March in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Springer started racing at ERX Motor Park in Elk River three years ago for fun with a friend. Last year they decided to try some national races, and after just a few races, Springer was picked up by the professional race team of Carlson Motorsports. Springer is part of the national ISOC AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour and has raced across the country from New York to Michigan to South Dakota. ISOC (The International Series of Champions) is headquartered in Albertville. Founded in the mid-1990s by John Daniels, ISOC has

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June 15-July 22 Boys Training Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00-10:30 a.m. (2014-15 school year, grades 7-12) No practice the week of July 14 due to Schwan’s Cup. Training location TBD visit for updates. June 9-12, 16-19, 23-26; July 7-10 Girls Training Monday & Wednesday 9:30-11:00 a.m. (2014-15 school year, grades 7-9) Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-11:00 a.m. (2014-15 school year, grades 10-12 & goalies) St. Francis High School soccer complex Tuesday, July 29 Fall Round Up at St. Francis High School August 4-8 Girls Captain’s Practice, 9:00 a.m.-noon, St. Francis High School Soccer Complex August 4-8 Boys Captain’s Practice, Time TBD, St. Francis High School Soccer Complex Monday, August 11 High school soccer all team practice begins, St. Francis High School Soccer Complex Tuesday, August 19 High school soccer team and individual pictures, 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 19 All teams and family picnic, St. Francis Community Park, 6:00 p.m. The St. Francis Soccer Booster Club conducts monthly meetings typically held the third Monday at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis High School. The club encourages all parents to attend.

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A dedication ceremony for the Ernie Koehler Baseball Field will be held June 19, at 5:30 p.m., prior to a 6:00 p.m. game at East Twin Lake Park in Nowthen. The city of Nowthen and the Nowthen Park and Recreation Committee secured a matching Twins grant to renovate the ball field. The playing surface was improved, new fencing installed and the dugout areas received new benches. Ernie Koehler was a 33-year Burns Township board member. He was the township fire warden for 10 years, a member of the St. Francis Lions Club for almost two decades, and an active participant in the Knights of Columbus. Koehler also chaired the Upper River Ernie Koehler Submitted Photo Management Organization and the Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Services. In 1986, he and his wife, Alice, were voted outstanding Farm Family of the Year. In that same year, Governor Arne Carlson declared March 12 Ernie Koehler Day. He was a tireless community worker. A representative from the Twins organization will be present at the festivities. A new Twins plaque will be unveiled that will remain permanently in the park. Refreshments will be served by the Nowthen Lions Club. All are welcome to attend. East Twin Lakes Park is open year-round, offering trails, volleyball, a swimming beach, tether ball, fishing dock, boat ramp, disc golf, playground, soccer fields, picnic shelters with grills and a large pavilion. The park is free, so come and enjoy it with your family and friends.

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Online Registration • August 1 through August 8 Go to click Registration. Ages: U9-U14 Cost: $120; after August 8 = $145 Player age is determined as of August 1, 2014. • Fall 2014 teams will be formed from player identification which will be held July 21-August 3. 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 2014 competitive uniform must purchase one.

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Page & Stage program from Anoka County Library and Lyrics Arts Theater­—The Red Velvet Cake War Jill Smith Anoka County Library, Adult Services Manager

Anoka County Library, in partnership with the Lyric Arts Theater, is pleased to offer a Page & Stage performance of The Red Velvet Cake War on Sunday, June 8, beginning at noon at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.

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In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, written by playwrights Jones Hope Wooten (Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten)—also known for The Dixie Swim Club and Hallelujah Girls—the three Verdeen cousins could not have picked a worse time take over planning the family reunion, but they can’t back out now. And, unfortunately, they face an uphill battle as a parade of wildly eccentric Verdeens gather on the hottest day of July, smack-dab in the middle of Texas tornado season. You’ll wish your own family reunions were this much fun! Participants will receive a copy of the script and a study guide to prepare for the pre-show discussion. Lyric Arts staff will facilitate the discussion of the script, its characters and what to look for in the performance. Participants will enjoy the performance of The Red Velvet Cake War and then stay for a postshow discussion where the cast and director hold a question and answer session with the audience. The program is open to ages 15 and older. Registration is required and seating is limited. To register for this free event, contact Lyric Arts’ Education Director Cassandra Proball at 763-233-0804 or and mention the Anoka County Library Page & Stage program. Participants must register by May 30 and are expected to take part in all aspects of the program, including pre-show and post-show discussions. Lyric Arts Theater is located at 420 East Main Street in Anoka.

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• $18 per day plus a multi dog discount • Pick-up/drop-off 365 days a year • 24 hour on-site care • Maintaining Fido’s routine of pottying outside­—we’re not in the business of starting bad habits • Free medication administration

Certain foods can decrease inflammation What is inflammation? There are two types of inflammation that occur in our bodies. Acute inflammation, which is critical to our body’s healing process, is a natural and valuable response to tissue damage. When there is a disruption in tissue caused by an injury or infection, there is an increase in blood flow and white blood cells to the localized area to start the healing process. Chronic inflammation has a long duration and occurs with persistent injury or infection or is related to diseases such as arthritis, obesity and diabetes. Chronic inflammation usually leads to tissue damage and can be more controlled through diets. Foods high in sugar and saturated fats can cause an over-stimulated immune system which can produce joint pain, fatigue and tissue damage. Studies have shown certain foods can help decrease inflammation in our bodies. Here are five of the many foods that can easily be incorporated into your diet: } Fish or nuts: the omega-3 fatty acids can create a more of an anti-inflammatory cell } Whole grains: higher in fiber and less added sugars } Dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale and broccoli contain high levels of vitamin E } Low fat dairy such as Greek yogurt contains calcium, vitamin D and probiotics } Berries: high in antioxidants

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Overall eating a clean diet and cutting out processed foods will allow your body to perform at its best! The Courier | June 2014 |

Is your child ready? New immunization law takes effect Minnesota’s newly expanded Immunization Law takes effect September 1, 2014. Anoka County’s Community Health & Environmental Services (CHES) Department wants to help parents and legal guardians know what’s required and how to take action to get kids ready for school. Each month Anoka County CHES offers two public immunization clinics for the uninsured and under-insured. These clinics are held at the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd Avenue, Anoka and the Anoka County Human Services Center in Blaine, 1201 89th Avenue NE, Blaine. Learn more at www.anokacounty. us/528/Immunizations. To learn more or make an appointment please call Anoka County Disease Prevention and Control at 763-4226965. The Anoka County

East Bethel Senior Events Senior Dance Have fun dancing with us! Dances are 1:00-4:00 p.m. Old time music will be played by Mr. Morgan on Friday, June 6. No dance is scheduled for July. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Pancake Breakfast All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 8, 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.

Immunization Information Line at 763-323-6100 also offers detailed information about immunization services and clinics in several languages. Here’s a list of the new requirements as of September 1, 2014: } Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine will be required for all students entering grade 7. Students entering grades 8-12 must show documentation if the school requests it. } Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A vaccine will be required for childcare and early childhood programs for appropriate ages. } Varicella vaccine must be received by 15 months for children in childcare or early childhood programs. If a child had varicella disease prior to 2010, a parent or guardian may provide the month/ year of disease. If a child had varicella disease after 2010, a provider’s signature is required. } For a complete polio series, children must have their final polio dose (usually the 4th dose) on or after their fourth birthday. } For a complete DTaP series,

children must have their final DTaP dose (usually the 5th dose) on or after their fourth birthday. } Early childhood programs are now included in the immunization law. These include all programs providing learning and development that serve children birth to kindergarten, and meet at least once a week for at least six weeks or more. Parents and legal guardians need to know the law and take action if these vaccinations have not been administered. There are some immunizations not required for school by the immunization law, but still recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These include } Rotavirus: recommended for infants } Human Papillomavirus (HPV): recommended at age 11 } Influenza: recommended annually for all children age 6 months and older For more information about vaccinations and the recommendations from the CDC go to

Our Saviour’s


Lillian Levine ISD 15 Health Services Program Supervisor

Lutheran Church & Preschool

Hope Found Here! Worship

Sundays at 8:30 & 10:00 a.m. Monday evening 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel in Ham Lake

Vacation Bible School

Weird Animals – June 16-20, 9:00 a.m.-noon

features/infantimmunization/ index.html. For more information please see the Minnesota Department of Health summary sheet and parent guide, Are Your Kids Ready idepc/immunize/schedules. html

Sunday Services

Again, for more information please call Anoka County Disease Prevention and Control at 763-422-6965. The Immunization Information Line at 763-323-6100 also offers detailed information about immunization services and clinics in several languages.

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

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

Join us Sunday, June 15 for an

Outdoor Worship Service One service only 9:30 a.m.! Music provided by the Long Lake Gospel Group

Long Lake Lutheran Church ELCA Long Lake Lutheran is located at 3921 277th Avenue NW, about 5 miles north of St. Francis on Highway 47 763-444-5315 •

Join us for Vacation Bible School

Community Garage Sale

You will be welcomed!

Saturday, June 21 at 9:00 a.m. 19001 Jackson Street NE • East Bethel West County Road 22 south and Jackson Street For information call 763-434-6117 or visit our website at email to:

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

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Please register by Sunday, June 15 at the church!

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel • 763-434-6117 St. Patrick Catholic Church 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove • 763-753-2011 The Bridge 6443 Norris Lake Road Nowthen • 763-516-5995 West Bethel United Methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451

Friday, June 27

Dinner served 5:00 p.m. Program 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 28

Program 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Please bring a bag lunch

Sunday, June 29

Program celebration 9:30 a.m.

Long Lake Lutheran Church ELCA Phone: 763-444-5315 Email:

Long Lake Lutheran is located at 3921 277th Avenue NW, about 5 miles north of St. Francis on Highway 47. 35



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Area Meetings & Events ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meetings: June 9 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m., June 23 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. at Central Services Center, Community Room, 4115 Ambassador Boulevard NW, St. Francis. St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Chamber is June 11 at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in St. Francis, 8:00-9:00 a.m., $3 for breakfast. The next Board of Directors meeting is June 18, 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street. Meetings are open to all. Help celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Francis Pioneer Days. City festivities are June 6-8. Visit for more info or call 763-438-5163. Tops Chapter MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:00 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 or call Dana at 763-753-5010. AA/NA Meetings at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in East Bethel. NA on Mondays at 7:00 p.m., AA on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., NA on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. AA Meets at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. 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.


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. Lioness Club — St. Francis meets monthly. First Wed., administrative board and third Wed., general membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall, 23340 Cree Street. For more information, call Jean Schuldt at 763-753-1205 or Mary Madden at 763-444-5020. 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, 763-434-6599. We Serve! Oak Grove Lions meet every second and fourth Tues. of each month at 7:00 p.m. adjourning at 8:00 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-753-4492 after 6:30 p.m. NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB Are you looking to serve in your community of Nowthen? Meet new friends? Have a lot of fun? Come join the Nowthen Lions Club! The Nowthen Lions 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 CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB meets bimonthly, first and third Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Hunters Inn. Call Ruth Larson at 763-434-9423. 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.stfrancismn.

Place a Classified Ad with us and the first 10 words are FREE! Deadline for July classified ads is Monday, June 16. A classified form is available online at or at The Courier office. First 10 words FREE, each additional word is 25¢. Long email addresses may be considered as two words. Classified ads that meet the FREE criteria can run in six consecutive issues before they need to be renewed. Renew by filling out a new classified form and resubmitting it. Call 763-753-7031 for more information. 36

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KIDS CONNECTION, summer childcare program for children grades K-5, 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at Cedar Creek Community School, June 9-August 27. Call 763-213-1616 or visit www. for more information. Stacy’s Daycare openings available. Fun environment, licensed, food program, 763-7532225.

EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet third Thurs. of the month at 2241 221st Avenue NE in East Bethel for business meeting and catered noon lunch, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; 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 each month, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Cribbage held once a month, call Barb for date/time 763-434-6179. We also go on tours, etc. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent, call Dennis 763434-9244. Join our East Bethel Seniors for $7 a year and receive a monthly newsletter. Are you 55 or older, bring your spouse and come and enjoy some companionship! All are welcome! Come check us out!

For Rent

Share a River Home six miles north of St. Francis. Private BR/Bath, utilities include, $575/ month. Call 763-670-9603.


PIANO LESSONS—Summer is a great time for piano! Keep kids busy making music. Carmel 612-220-0235.


Become a vendor at the Isanti Farmers Market, call 612-270-6188.

Council & Township Meetings

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

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.

Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:00 p.m. 23820 Dewey Street • P.O. Box 64 Bethel, MN • 763-434-4366

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 at 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.

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 & last Monday 7:00 p.m. 19900 Nightingale St. NW Oak Grove, MN • 763-404-7000

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St. Francis City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Monday 6:00 p.m. ISD 15 Central Services Center St. Francis, MN • 763-753-2630

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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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Births Kasen James Kappelhoff was born March 21, 2014, at Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21 inches long. Proud parents are Michael and Amanda. Kasen is welcomed by big brother Kroy. Jeremy and Valerie Johnson are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Zoey Cecelia Johnson. Zoey was born on March 28 at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming. She weighed 6 pounds and 2 ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud grandparents are Marty and Vicki Nathe and Larry and Barb Madson. Jeremy is a 2005 graduate of St. Francis High School and Valerie is a 2006 graduate.

Zoey Cecelia Johnson Submitted Photo

Hailey Jayne Lindberg was born April 22, 2014, at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces and was 18¾ inches long. Proud parents are Anthony and Kathryn of East Bethel. Hailey is welcomed by siblings Owen, 18 months, Izzy, 4, Riley, 7, Trinity, 10, Adam, 14 and Gavin, 16. Grandparents are Jim and Sandi of Zimmerman. Natilynn Machel Lener was born April 28, 2014, at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19½ inches long. Proud parents are Gary and Jen Lener of Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Natilynn is welcomed by siblings Ashlynn, 7 and Gracelynn, 5. Grandparents are Mike and Vonnie Faulhaber of Ham Lake, Deb Hagen of Grantsburg and Craig Bankston of Blaine. Greatgrandparents are Diane Pashek of Stacey. Gunner Robert Thompson was born April 29, 2014, at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 2.4 ounces and was 20¾ inches long. Proud parents are Katie Brask and Matthew Thompson of North Branch. Gunner is

Independent School District 15 Community Education

Summer 2014 Children’s Theater Presents

Music by

Alan Menken Lyrics by

Howard Ashman & Tim Rice

Book by

Linda Woolverton

Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth

welcomed by sibling Hunter, 7. Grandparents are Rob and Jodi Brask of North Branch and Lisa Carlson from Ham Lake. Great-grandparents are Charles and Verna Mae Mickelson of Cedar and Lucille Brask of Blaine. Chloe May Polenik was born May 2, 2014, at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds and was 19½ inches long. Proud parents are Jeremy and Angel of Isanti. Chloe is welcomed by sibling Gavin, 5. Grandparents are Michelle Polenik of Ham Lake and Mike and Mayette Trudeau. Adeline Marie Otten was born May 7, 2014, at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Brandi Kohl and Jon Otten of Braham.

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45 Tons

Recycled in April St. Francis has recycled 167 tons in 2014 so far. Recycling is now easier with simple sort recycling. You no longer need to sort items. Just place them all in the large roll-off container provided by your hauler. If you have any questions about what is acceptable or would like to start a new service, call your hauler: Ace Solid Waste 763-427-3110 Allied Waste 763-784-2104 East Central Sanitation 763-689-2171 LePage & Sons 763-757-7100

My care couldn’t > have been better! I had never been so sick in my life when I arrived at the emergency room. The doctors quickly determined that I had pneumonia, and my kidneys were failing—as a result, I spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit. My doctors and nurses at Fairview Northland Medical Center saved my life. + Janice, Fairview Northland Medical Center patient

Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions Directed by Glenn Morehouse Olson

June 19 & 20 • 7:00 p.m. June 21 • 2:00 p.m. St. Francis High School Performing Arts Center

Fairview Northland Medical Center is located in Princeton off of Highway 169. > Visit to learn more about Janice’s story.

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 Questions? Call Community Ed at 763-213-1640


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Master Gardener

Carol bray Isanti county master gardener

Growing tomatoes—best practices Tomatoes are the number one vegetable (or fruit by botanists definition: a seed-bearing structure that develops from a flower) that is planted in a pot or in the garden. Whether the tomato plant is potted and sits on a balcony or is planted in the yard, the plant can be a challenge with diseases or problems. Here are a few tips to tomato growers: } Choose disease-resistant varieties. For example, tomatoes are often listed as VF, resistant to Verticillium wilt and Fusarium wilt. This tells you that the variety has been tested with a specific pathogen and found to be resistant to it. } Location must have eight hours or more of sunshine } Good, well-drained soil. For containers, three parts potting mix to one part good garden loam. } Avoid crowding to allow good air circulation, plant two feet apart. } Rotate location in your garden to stay ahead of soil borne disease and pests. } Tomatoes need steady moisture level—the soil should be neither too dry nor too wet to avoid cracking. Don’t water the leaves; water the soil beneath the plant. } Mulch with straw or other organic product. Mulch helps control blossom end rot, a calcium deficiency that is elevated with fluctuations of soil moisture.

Carol Borich, St. Louis County Master Gardener and college friend of Carol Bray, raised 14 different varieties of tomatoes last year. By October freeze-up, she had 12 varieties still bearing. She says the best varieties were Brandywine, Beefsteak, Big Beef, Early Girl, Wayahead, Wisconsin 55, Lithuanian Paste, Opalka, a tiny unnamed Mexican cherry tomato the size of a pea, Sweet Million Submitted Photo and Santa Grape Tomato. 

Plus, mulch prevents soil-borne disease and spores from splashing on lower leaves. } Fertilize conservatively. Too much nitrogen can result in lots of leaf growth and low fruiting. } Support system. Tomato plants tend to be floppy. Choose a trellising system that lifts the plants off the ground and allows for air circulation. } When fungal disease symptoms appear, slow their spread by removing and destroying affected leaves. Tomato varieties are divided into two categories: determinate and indeterminate. Indeterminates grow and set fruits continually (until frost) and have long harvest seasons and, usually, the bestflavored fruit. For more information, visit Isanti County Master Gardeners website at http://, the University of Minnesota Extension website at or call the Isanti County Master Gardeners at 763-689 8254. You can also find us on Facebook at Isanti County Master Gardeners. Source: Organic Gardening, April/May 2014

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Fitness Matters

Melissa Enzler St. Francis Anytime Fitness, Owner

Question Do fad diets work? Answer In short, yes… and no. Most research shows that fad diets do work, temporarily. The dictionary defines “diet” as a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly to reduce one’s weight, so if the latest fad diet doesn’t elicit some sort of weight loss, it clearly won’t survive

on the market for very long. The problem is that fad diets are short-term solutions to a long-term problem. They also tend to associate weight loss success with some gimmick when, in actuality, decreased calorie intake is usually the “real” reason for shedding the pounds. So fad diets are effective to a degree, but I don’t know too many people that like losing some weight, gaining it back, and then jumping over to the next fad to start the process all over again. The way to lose weight and keep it off is through persistent behavior modification and lifestyle change. If you can make this type of commitment, you’ll be able to

The Harmony Three in concert at Nowthen Alliance PrimeTime

leave the fad diet books on the store shelves where they belong. Ask yourself how many fad diets have you tried, how many have worked long term, how long have you wanted to be healthy and fit? It’s time to leave the fad diets behind and get the results you have been desiring for so long. Change your lifestyle today—you will be amazed at how awesome you feel and look, the energy you will have and the great mood you will be in, plus a healthy diet and exercise are known to improve sleep. You deserve wellness and the long-lasting fitness results of a lifestyle change.

Helen Peterson Nowthen Alliance Church

Nowthen Alliance Church PrimeTime Ministry will hold a potluck luncheon Thursday, June 19, 11:30 a.m. at the church, featuring music from The Harmony Three. The Harmony Three performs inspiration southern gospel music around the Midwest including churches, nursing homes, the Minnesota State Fair and more. Current members are Ken Craven of Blaine, Ellen Reyzer of Coon Rapids and Eloise Whittaker of Rush City. Their home church is Evangelical Free Church in Coon Rapids. All are welcome to attend this event, a freewill offering will be collected. Nowthen Alliance Church is located at the intersection of Anoka County Roads 5 and 22 in Nowthen. For more information, call the church office at 763-441-1600 or Helen at 763-753-1267.

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Sunny morning for the annual ISD 15 5K Run/Walk Wendy Carlberg ISD 15 Staying Healthy Committee member

The Staying Healthy Committee hosted the 4th Annual Independent School District 15 5K Run/Walk Saturday, May 3. ISD 15 staff, family, friends and community members enjoyed the cool, but sunny morning. Around 200 walkers and runners, ranging from infants in strollers to adults, participated. The 2014-15 Staying Healthy Committee (Dawn Abraham, Wendy Carlberg, Lisa Fryer, Cynthia Gardner, Kathleen Miller, Eric Ortman, Mike “Pete” Petersen and Rachel Tenold) would like to thank all participants, volunteers and sponsors for making this event a success! Visit to view photos and results. Congratulations to Austen Woods who won an iPad Mini donated by Dave’s Heating and Air Conditioning. Acting Superintendent Troy Ferguson presented Woods with the prize at the conclusion of the run. Mark your calendar for the 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Saturday August 2, 2014 4-Person Team Scramble Format The Ponds Golf Course

2881 229th Avenue NW, St. Francis

Registration 1:00 p.m. / Shotgun Start 2:30 p.m. Dinner & Awards Immediately Following Tournament Awards 1st & 2nd Place Trophies • Mulligans Field Contests • Silent & Live Auctions • Raffles Foursome/Hole Sponsor Bundle $700 (Save $500) 18-Hole Foursome $400 18-Hole Single $100 Includes: Green Fees, Cart, Goody Bag, Auctions, Awards and Dinner

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