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District 15 bond referendum failed KATRINNA DODGE


The community voted in a special election on May 23. Both questions regarding the proposed bond referendum did not pass. Question one addressed critical physical facility needs, improving safety, security and accessibility, enhancing learning environments and increasing

academic and activity opportunities by recapturing spaces. Question two addressed building a multi-use activities center anticipated to include a four-station gym, elevated walking track, team rooms, multipurpose area, storage, restrooms, concessions and support spaces. With both questions failing, Independent School District 15 School

Board and administration will regroup. “Our district building needs will not go away,” said Lisa Rahn, ISD 15 Community

Education director. “We anticipate the school board calling a study session to decide how to move forward.” Rahn noted that costs of

proposed renovations are likely to become more expensive as needs and costs of services increase.

Results by Precinct Polls closed at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 in Independent School District 15 (ISD 15). All three precincts reported results by 8:50 p.m. Question 1 failed, 2502 to 2014 and Question 2 failed, 2779 to 1731. The proposed bond referendum put two questions before ISD 15 voters. Question 1: “Shall the School Board of ISD 15 be authorized to issue general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $92,280,000 for acquisition and betterment of school facilities?” Question 2: “If Question 1 is approved, shall the School Board of ISD 15 be authorized to issue general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $15,520,000 for acquisition and betterment of school community activities center addition to the high school?” Question 1 • $92,280,000 Precinct 1: Central Services Center Precinct 2: Lifelong Learning Center Precinct 3: East Bethel Senior Center Absentee Totals Question 2 • $15,520,000 Precinct 1: Central Services Center Precinct 2: Lifelong Learning Center Precinct 3: East Bethel Senior Center Absentee Totals

Yes No 663 860 755 862 505 717 91 63 2014 2502 Yes No 560 965 665 951 428 787 78 76 1731 2779

Results of the special election were canvassed in the manner prescribed by law. The School Board met May 26, 2017 and certified the vote totals.

St. Francis Elementary School students planted seeds and plants in two plots in the St. Francis Community Garden. Students from Julie Wieczorek and Noelle Fields’ kindergarten classes and Susan Hoefs and Kate Hermann’s third-grade classes assisted in designing plots that contained onions, sugar snap peas, green beans, tomatoes, herbs and sunflower plants. Pastor Kevin Coder from St. Francis United Methodist Church and Scott Kruger, SFES dean of students, are working together on this first-ever community garden. Kruger hopes students can watch the garden grow during the last couple weeks of school. Families are encouraged to drive by and see the garden plots this summer. Pictured, student Ryder Mold (right) and Kruger plant seeds. 






Inside Schools in Action..................................... 2 School Board Highlights........................ 8 Community Education......................... 10 Community & Business........................ 13 St. Francis Pioneer Days Schedule...... 17 Sports & Outdoors................................ 24 Meetings, Events & Benefits................. 27 Life........................................................... 28


JUNE 2017


Schools in Action It’s time for summer reading KATRINNA DODGE

Victory Garden gets early season attention DAVID BERGER



Challenge your child this summer with the Summer Reading is When I Love to Read! program. This program will help keep your child engaged in reading and ready for school this fall. Incoming kindergarten through fifth grade children will be receiving postcards with reading and writing assignments on them during June, July and August, that will engage the whole family. Bring the completed postcards and/or reading log to your child’s open house in August to receive a brand new book. If you need a postcard or reading log, visit Summer Reading under Parent Resources at

Students and staff at Crossroads School & Vocational Center (CSVC) recently moved over 30 tons of soil into the Victory Garden. Thanks to recent generous donations, improvements and expansions are being made. The community donated $2,181 and grants from the Monarch Lab ($1,000) and another from Lowe’s ($5,000) were needed and are greatly appreciated. This spring, a lot of hard work has already been accomplished. Students working cooperatively with District 15’s Maintenance Department staff removed soil from the existing eight beds, laid landscape fabric under the entire garden area, replaced soil and added 14.2 cubic yards more. CSVC teacher Cindy Thurston’s math students helped with calculations and students in Dennis Sargent’s CSVC woodshop classes built eight new garden beds. Plaisted Landscaping in Elk River

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Students of Dawn Nordin, a seventh-grade math teacher at St. Francis Middle School, spent time creating two-dimensional drawings. Pictured is seventhgrade student Ellie Treiber, with her two-dimensional lion.



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Art students recognized at competitions KATRINNA DODGE


Art students at St. Francis High School (SFHS) entered into competitions in April and May to present their artwork. Students were invited by their teacher to submit an art piece into judged categories at each competition. Students were able to enter their artwork into five categories: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. Eighteen total pieces per school could be entered at each festival. SFHS students are supported and coached by three art department teachers. These teachers use art as a medium to empower students: Jen Close teaches 2-dimensional (drawing, painting, etc.) and art exploration; Deb Paquay teaches 3-dimensional (ceramics, sculpture, etc.); and Theresa Haugen teaches digital art (photography, graphic design). The teachers are artists themselves who create, freelance and market in their respective fields, giving students a connection to future career or hobby pathways. Participating in these competitions challenges students’ technical and creative skills. “Art can empower students in many ways,” Haugen said. “It is an area

where they have skill and talent and allows them an area where they excel.” Art classes promote exploring the creative process and possible future professional occupational opportunities as well as offer a therapeutic opportunity to create for hands-on and conceptual thinkers. Students in Close, Paquay and Haugen’s classes have the ability to enter an art piece upon invitation. The highest quality pieces are selected to be entered in regional and conference art shows. Students that participate are challenged and awarded for their creativity. “We see students working very hard in the classroom, trying new mediums and exploring new concepts. Art competitions award those students who show exceptional art talent,” said Haugen.

7AA Regional Visual Arts Festival Awards The 7AA Regional Visual Arts Festival was held at Forest Lake, April 28. Ceramics Jacob Anderson, Coil Vase, Superior Award Digital Photography Eric Linder, Subconscious Plot Lines, Excellence Award

Violins at Cedar Creek SANDRA BENSON


Linda Ericson, the Student Performance Improvement Program (SPIP) Coordinator for Independent School District 15’s Q Comp program, shared her violin skills with Cedar Creek Community School kindergarten classes. Ericson talked to students about the parts of the violin, high and low notes and loud and soft notes. During her presentation, she played Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star for students to identify. After the performance, she had students sing-along while she played the violin.

Kaydee Bjork, Eyes of an Athlete, Excellence Award Sean Miller, Worn, Excellence Award Emily Robinette, Exploring Fall, Superior Award Drawing Cody Loud, Plumbago Portrait, Excellence Award Laura Sorensen, Elephant, Excellence Award Shelby Reynolds, Grid Drawing, Excellence Award Painting Cassidy Disrud, Log Cabin, Excellence Award Laura Sorensen, Electric Fetus, Superior Award Shelby Reynolds, Rain Man, Superior Award Sculpture Zackery Crews, Adam, Superior Award Zackery Crews, Human, Superior Award Maichei Lor, Jitsui, Superior Award Sierra Kolodjski, Juxaposition, Superior Award Gaolee Khang, Sij Hawm Thai Yeeb, Superior Award

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Drumline finishes third and voted fan favorite! CHAD ARMBRUSTER


The St. Francis High School Indoor Drumline performed for the final time at the Minnesota Percussion Association Finals held at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center April 8. The group finished in third place with their highest score (87.9) in their four years as a competitive unit. With their 2017 program, Punktual, the ensemble of 30 performers was voted fan favorite in a live and online poll by the audience of over 1,500 spectators. Congratulations to all of the hard-working and talented students, instructors and volunteers that were a part of this successful season. Thank you to the St. Francis High School Prom Committee for your time in planning, setting up and making prom 2017 a success. Thank you for your hard work. Prom committee, pictured (above L-R): Gracia Quinehan, Hannah Solberg, Cheyenne Soczynski, Rachel Miller, Amy Lee, Holly Anderson, MaKayla Bishop, Kendra Burgett, Kallie Geer, Grace Hanson and Kristie Isakson. (Below) Eric Linder and Elsie Johnson were named Prom king and queen.


Betsy Rock-Zutz, Cedar Creek Community School (CCCS) kindergarten teacher, shared her hobby of quilting during Q Week. Kindergartners learned that the “quilt sandwich” included many layers. Students identified repeating patterns and geometric shapes in the quilts displayed. Rock-Zutz explained that she had to practice, take classes and read books over the years to learn how to make all the beautiful quilts. Throughout the week students enjoyed stories about quilt making, such as The Quilt by Tomie de Paola and Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt by Lisa Campbell Ernst. One class made group quilts by placing wall paper and plain paper squares in an AB pattern.

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Terrarium building raises funds for water filling stations LILY EASTMAN


The Green Team’s after-school terrarium activity, sponsored by the St. Francis Middle School Activity Office on May 10, raised funds toward rapid water bottle filling stations. The students worked together to create take-home terrariums. What is a terrarium? It is an enclosed ecosystem where you plant cacti, succulents or moss. It has a layer of rocks on the bottom, then gravel, charcoal and finally soil on the top. You may decorate it with glass pieces or figurines. Participants did all of this and the Green Team hopes to do this next year as well. I would also like to thank all the donors who gave us supplies to make the terrariums. I would like to thank the Green Team: teacher Dawn Nordin, Courier Contacts Elizabeth F., Holly K., Abby Main Phone����������������������������763-753-7031 F., Joanna D., Advertising�����������������������������763-753-7032 Damian H. and Billing������������������������������������������763-213-1588 Fax�������������������������������������������������763-753-4693 Mikkel P.

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the show. In preparation for the big show, performers participated in an evening dress rehearsal. On May 2 there was a show during the day for the students at EBCS. After minor refinements, it was on to the SFHS Performing Arts Center. The show started with the national anthem by a quartet of EBCS choir members. Then the crowd was amazed by a wide range of talents. Students combined flexibility, strength and balance in order to perform highly skilled gymnastic routines. Musical pieces ranging from Beethoven to Star Wars were played on the piano. Many performers sang their favorite song. There was dancing, hula-hooping, magic and comedy. One student amazed the crowd by reciting all fifty states in rapid succession. The EBCS talent show showcased its first ever ventriloquist. The show ended with a curtain call that included a group mannequin challenge to a great song by the late Prince. The talent show was made possible through the dedication of the students, support from parents and the tireless efforts of many volunteers from the staff at EBCS. “A big thanks to Abraham Gabor, Alexa Kelly, Linda Scheneman, Cassie Schmoll, Jamie Studnicka and Michael Werner for donating their time so students could have this wonderful opportunity,” said Judy Hanson.

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Congratulations to District 15 Retirees Gloria Berven

St. Francis Elementary School Educational Assistant 30 years

Leslee Kleinke-Yseth

East Bethel Community School Teacher 17 years

Sandra Benson

Cedar Creek Community School Teacher 31 years

Cheryl Knaeble

St. Francis Middle School Behavior Intervention Assistant 21 years

Candi Blosberg

St. Francis Elementary School Teacher 23 years

Carol Krupke

Cedar Creek Community School Teacher 29 years

Wayne Davis Transportation Bus Driver 8 years

Barb Larson

East Bethel Community School Health Educational Assistant 24 years

Karen Holsten

St. Francis Elementary School Teacher 33 years

Ker Lor

Adult Basic Education Cultural Consultant 12 years

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Pam Johnson

Crossroads School & Vocational Center Teacher 23 years

Len Messerschmidt

St. Francis Middle School Teacher 33 years

Cedar Creek Community School retirees Carol Krupke PATRICIA PEW


Melody Panek

Adult Basic Education Teacher 7 years

Janel Simmons

St. Francis High School Teacher 17 years

Christine Tauer

Cedar Creek Community School Teacher 24 years

Steve Rolland Transportation Bus Driver 6 years

Jacquline Sorensen

St. Francis Middle School Teacher 24 years

Scott Taylor

St. Francis High School Teacher 29 years

Richard Rose

Cedar Creek Community School Teacher 34 years

Robert Strebig

St. Francis Middle School Custodian 22 years

Judy Thul

Cedar Creek Community School Teacher 20 years

Carol Krupke will be retiring from ISD 15 after completing 29 years of teaching for the district. She started in 1987 as a long-term substitute teacher, then taught for three years at Bar None, the residential treatment center in St. Francis. She moved to Cedar Creek Community School (CCCS) when it first opened and has taught there since. Carol taught grades four, five and six as a classroom teacher and math/reading intervention for grades kindergarten through fifth.

Carol has contributed to our community as a director of the choir and drama program for CCCS and East Bethel Community School, head of Safety Patrol and Student Council programs at CCCS. Two to three times per year she has spent countless hours helping students rehearse after school to be able to put on amazing performances for families and the community. Carol created a lifetime of memories and touched many hearts with her kindheartedness, wisdom and love for children. Whether it be chaperoning groups of sixth graders at Camp St. Croix, reliving the past at Fort Snelling or sharing a favorite book with a group of children, Carol has always found ways to make education enjoyable and meaningful. She has nurtured a love of reading in the children she has worked with. We wish Carol well in her retirement.



Judy Thul is retiring after 20 years of teaching at Cedar Creek Community School (CCCS). Teaching is a second career for Judy as she started as a human resource manager for Montgomery Ward. She worked as an educational assistant at CCCS while obtaining her teaching degree. Judy worked as a Christian education coordinator and substitute teacher before teaching first grade at St. Francis Elementary School in 1998. She later moved to first-grade CONTINUED ON PAGE 9


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School Board Highlights School Board Perspective


Congratulations to the class of 2017! What an exciting/terrifying time in your lives. There’s so many big decisions that will affect you for the rest of your lives. You probably feel that you don’t want to mess it up. I was in the same boat when I graduated in 1993. My advice is to do everything you do with passion and a smile. If you are passionate about what you are doing (from sweeping floors to swinging a hammer to typing on a computer…) you will get noticed and move up faster. The smile will just keep them guessing! For those students who are returning in the fall, have a safe and fabulous summer. Rest, relax and don’t forget to read. I look forward to seeing you after summer break. For those who don’t know me, I’m a new school board member. I was sworn in January 2017. It’s been an interesting journey thus far. I never envisioned

School Board Highlights KATRINNA DODGE


April 24, 2017 All members present. Career Technical Education Adoption Materials Joe Bruhjell, St. Francis Middle School Industrial Technology teacher, Scott Manni, principal of Saints Academy and Saints Online and Nichole Rens, director of Curriculum & Instruction, presented on adopting additional educational materials to focus on training for health occupations, consumer sciences, business agriculture, special needs and early childhood education. These educational materials affect various high school and middle school pathways including business, marketing, tech ed, automotive, medical careers and computer tech. Crossroads School equipment and elementary school technology departments are also included in the list. These improvements would be matched with post-secondary curriculum to ensure ISD 15 graduates are prepared for the next step. Motion passed unanimously. Currently, ISD 15 curriculum adoption is on a nine-year cycle. St. Francis Middle School Site Report Bobbi Anderson Hume, principal of St. Francis Middle School (SFMS), reported on 2016-17 school year initiatives

it as being as involved as it is. I thought there would be a few meetings, some negotiating, and that would be it. Well, that’s not the case! I’ve taken day-long classes on how to be a school board member (three so far), attended seminars and conferences, joined committees, negotiated with 16 different groups, answered emails/phone calls and tried to figure out acronyms (school districts abbreviate everything, I mean everything!). This list doesn’t even include trying to figure out things such as school finance, special education, nutritional services, community education, to name a few. It’s been an interesting journey. I am truly enjoying this because I think the school board is making some great decisions and moving the district in a positive direction for our kids and our community. I truly believe in our district mission statement which is, “Our mission is to equip

and goals for 2017-18. In the 2016-17 school year, SFMS focused on student leadership by rewarding students recognized by teachers with T-shirts. SFMS saw a grade increase in the three core topics: math increased 1.3 percent, reading increased 1.9 percent and science increased 10.7 percent. Seventy-three percent of 2016-17 SFMS students are involved in their school. Twenty-six percent are in extracurricular activities and 46 percent participate in targeted services. This spring, SFMS started a chess club and saw an increase in Friday Night Dance attendance. For the 2017-18 school year, SFMS plans to add softball, baseball and fine arts to student extracurricular activities and replace old furniture in the building. New furniture would be bought in two phases. Phase one would update furniture in public areas and the conference room. Phase two would update tables, chairs, teacher’s desks and chairs in classrooms Oakland Cooperative Building Superintendent Troy Ferguson reported recent developments with Bar None that have affected negotiations for purchasing the Oakland Cooperative building. Bare None sent a letter in midApril requesting to have Bar None residents educated at their facilities. Ferguson stated initially Bar None had requested all their residents, but conversations changed to only have students deemed

not school ready remain at Bar None’s facilities. Ferguson and Tim Finn, director of Special Services, support keeping the majority of Bar None students in ISD 15 and with ISD 15 staff to ensure students are meeting district curriculum standards. Under Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) policies, as a resident district ISD 15 would be responsible to educate students regardless if they are at ISD 15 or Bar None’s facilities. “Our position is they are our students and we should educate them,” Ferguson added. ISD 15 is working with Bar None, MDE and Minnesota Department of Health & Human Services in gathering information to determine the best plan. Negotiations are still in process. St. Francis High School Outdoor Graduation The School Board approved to move forward with holding St. Francis High School’s (SFHS) Commencement Ceremony outdoors at the high school stadium June 2. SFHS graduates will receive four tickets for stadium field seating to distribute to family. Bleachers and hill seating is available for guests without tickets. Having an outdoor graduation is estimated to cost an additional $3,500, which includes renting extra chairs, outdoor microphones and port-a-potties, creating accessible paths and seating and have an additional police car at Rum River Boulevard. If graduation needs to be

all students with the knowledge and skills to empower them to achieve their dreams and full potential while becoming responsible citizens in a dynamic world.” Finally, I want to thank everyone who voted in the recent bond referendum special election. The results were not what I had hoped for but it shows that we need to go back to the drawing board. We are going to need the community’s input, so please look for upcoming meetings because even though it did not pass, the needs of the district remain. We need all the input we can get. I look forward to working with the community to find a compromise in getting these needs filled. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime. My phone number is 763-2327902 or email me at GO SAINTS!

moved inside due to inclement weather, the superintendent will make the call June 1 at 10:30 p.m. Ferguson stated, “We are making the attempt to accommodate more people.” School Board Director Sullivan added, “this was requested by more than one family.”

School Board Highlights

East Bethel Community School Site Report Angela Scardigli, East Bethel Community School (EBCS) CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

School Board Members Mike Starr Chairman 




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Barbara Jahnke Clerk763-753-6846

Marsha Van Denburgh was absent. St. Francis High School Robotics Jeff Fink, SFHS activities director, Joe Bruhjell, SFMS industrial technology teacher, parents and students presented about adding a robotics club at St. Francis High School (SFHS). Robotics would provide teamwork and future STEM opportunities for students. The advocate group witnessed sportsmanship and relationship building when visiting neighboring teams at Minnesota High School League’s robotics competition. One team was proposed for SFHS. An average robotics team is 25 students, but can be as large as 50. Thirty SFHS students have expressed interest in participating. An initial cost of $19,000 would be split between student fees, private sponsorships, SFHS and Curriculum & Instruction Department. Motion passed unanimously.

Rob Schoenrock Treasurer763-232-7902 Jill Anderson Director


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School Board Meeting Schedule School board meetings are held in the Community Room at Central Services Center, located at 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. Monday, June 12 & 26 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 24 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 14 & 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




where she found her niche! In 2006, she transferred to CCCS where she has continued to shine as a first grade teacher with her dedicated and kind approach to teaching students.

Christine Tauer

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Starbright Children’s Theater in the Anoka/St. Francis school districts. Christine has been the adviser/instructor for after school drama/musical theater, math club, architecture, improvisation, art adventure, Harry Potter Book Club and Eureka Science and Art programs. She also worked as a facilitator for the Minnesota Department of Education for high standards in the arts, Looking at Student Work and Arts Best Practice Board. Christine won the Christa McAuliffe State Award in 2001 and received this award in Washington, D.C. In 2002-03 she was the Fulbright Memorial Fund recipient and representative

of Minnesota in Japan which took her touring for three weeks in Japanese schools and learning about their culture. Christine has shared so much knowledge with her students and colleagues. She says her greatest joy is to see her former students and families and to hear where they are and what they’ve accomplished. Her lively personality, humor and love of teaching will be missed. We hope the best for Christine in retirement along with her husband, Lyle, as they continue traveling, exploring new hobbies and spending more time with their grandchildren! Editor’s note: See the July issue of The Courier for three more salutes to CCCS retirees.

Student Updates SUSAN OLSEN


Christine Tauer has been teaching since 1974 and is retiring from her current first grade position at Cedar Creek Community School (CCCS). Her career started in Graceville teaching fourth grade, second grade, K-5 gifted, music and reading intervention. Besides classroom teaching between the years of 1987 and 2004, she was the director of StarlightCONTINUED FROM PAGE 8

School Board principal, presented on 201617 year accomplishes. Kind Safe Respectful Responsible (KSSR), a positive discipline model, has been received well by faculty and students. KSSR recognizes positive student behavior and actions by having a red carpet outside the winning classroom for one week and acknowledgment on KSSR, a weekly newscast. EBCS weekend backpack program has doubled from 2015-16 school year. Fifth grade graduation will take place June 1, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at EBCS gymnasium. Radon Testing Summary & Results Chris Wirz, maintenance supervisor, report results of radon testing throughout ISD 15 are below the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level. The action level EPA designates is 4 pCi/L. ISD 15 will retest in five years or if changes are made to HVAC systems and building foundation.

Chloe Jensen of St. Francis was surprised by the College of Saint Mary (CSM), Omaha, Nebraska, with a Marie Curie Scholarship totaling $80,000 over four years. The St. The Jensen family: Lori, Chloe, Mike, Max. Francis High  SUBMITTED PHOTO School senior plans to major in biology and play softball at CSM this fall. She is the daughter of Lori and Mike Jensen and sister of Max. Jensen is a National Honor Society member and was active in volleyball, softball and karate in high school. Since her junior year, she has taken coursework and served as a chemistry tutor at Anoka-Ramsey Community College through the post-secondary enrollment option provided to high-achieving high school students. Her academic support center coordinator at AnokaRamsey describes Jensen as a motivated leader and role model to all of the students she works with as a peer tutor. Emma J. Nordin, daughter of Kevin and Dawn Nordin, graduated from The University of Rhode Island on May 21. She graduated with the Honor of Magna Cum Laude from URI’s Nursing Program. Emma is a Emma Nordin, with her parents.  SUBMITTED PHOTO 2013 St. Francis High School graduate. Alexandra Ferguson of St. Francis received a $20,000 Honors Apprentice Scholarship from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Proud parents are Scott Ferguson, Angel and Vern Rasmussen. The Honors Apprentice Scholarship awards $20,000 over four years to admitted students with a composite ACT score of 28 or higher and the top five percent of their high school class. The required cumulative GPA is 3.25 for Alexandra Ferguson SUBMITTED PHOTO freshmen and 3.5 thereafter. Students are  required to participate in an educational project five hours per week within the completion date assigned by the departmental advisor.


Staff Appreciation Week JESSICA ROWLES


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Welcome Baby Home Visit An early childhood teacher will schedule a visit with you and your baby in your home or at the Lifelong Learning Center. Information about the joys and struggles of being a parent, infant milestones and development, Early Childhood Family Education and community resources will be shared with you. Call Jenny at 763-753-7196 or email infant.visits@ for more information.


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Community Education Directory Community Education Director............................................................... 763-753-7048 Adult Basic Education (GED)...................................................................... 763-753-7190 Adult Enrichment & Rec................................................................................ 763-213-1640 Communications/The Courier.................................................................. 763-753-7031 Youth Enrichment • Grades K-5................................................................ 763-213-1616 Districtwide Youth • Grades 7-12............................................................. 763-213-1640 Driver Education/Behind the Wheel..................................................... 763-213-1640 Early Childhood Family Education.......................................................... 763-753-7170 Early Childhood Screening.......................................................................... 763-753-7187 Facility Scheduling............................................................................................ 763-213-1589 Kids Connection/Just 4 Kids Program Supervisor..................................................................................... 763-213-1616 Cedar Creek Community School Site............................................... 763-753-7160 East Bethel Community School Site.................................................. 763-213-8921 Lifelong Learning Center Site................................................................ 763-753-7199 St. Francis Elementary School Site..................................................... 763-213-8674 Preschool Place 15/School Readiness.................................................. 763-753-7170 Rec Department................................................................................................. 763-213-1823 • •

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China America International School (CAIS), established in Minnesota in 2013, is a diverse and inclusive international learning environment that offers students a superior language and cultural education. Providing the highest quality education to all our students to help them reach their full potential and become compassionate world citizens prepared to compete in a global economy, we offer opportunities for our students to visit the United States and experience American schools and culture. For this purpose we are

looking for host families to host Chinese students. Following is more information for those interested in hosting Chinese students this summer. Legal documents Host families will see the student’s original passports and visas and receive a copy of these legal documents. Travel and health insurance card, immunization card Host families will see the original travel and health insurance card and immunization card of the students and receive a copy of them. Background, food allergy Host families will receive the students’ school enrollment verification information, Children and families welcomed the fabulous weather during the Vehicle Day event, which was held on Saturday, May 6 at the Lifelong Learning Center in Oak Grove. Children were able to see, touch, hear and climb into a variety of different vehicles from buses and motorcycles to cranes and dump trucks. Thank you to all of the individuals and companies who donated time and their vehicles to this successful event. 





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parents’ work companies’ statements and information about any students’ allergies. Age The Chinese students are middle school students. They typically come from large cities, large schools and single child families. Schedule Host length is one week, July 20-27. Host families need to welcome students in the evening on July 20. On Saturday, July 22, students go to a cabin in northern Minnesota and will return to the host family on Sunday, July 23 in the afternoon. In the morning of July 27, students depart from host families to travel around the United States. Requirements, responsibilities of host families Host families need to pass a background check, be friendly and communicate with Chinese students in English. Each Chinese student can speak English and some speak English fluently. Prepare meals for students. Be responsible for dropping off and picking up students at Blake School in Hopkins for four consecutive days, Monday through Thursday; this is optional. Benefits, Compensation for Hosting a Student. Make friends with Chinese students and learn about a new culture. When you visit China, you can get free accommodations and free transportation, which these Chinese families will offer. Host families will be paid $140 for one week; $200 for choosing to provide students’ transportation to Blake School for four consecutive days, Monday through Thursday. Host families can choose the gender of the student they want to host. We suggest host families pick two or more students and by our experience, most of host families prefer two students, some of them like to have three. If interested, please contact Xia Li at 415-966-6631 or


JUNE 2017

Calling all 3 & 4 year olds! Early Childhood Screening is waiting to see you!

The St. Francis Police Department, pictured, shared information on drug awareness and impaired driving to Sandhill Community Fair participants on May 20. Over 75 visitors stopped in on a rainy day and were greeted by 15 vendors. The event’s purpose was for the community to visit the Sandhill Center in Bethel and sample community organizations, resources and services. The St. Francis Alumni Choir capped off the event with a performance. The event was free and open to the public and was sponsored by ISD 15 Community Education and the Senior Advisory Council.

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


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Wonderful water play JOHN FUNK, M.ED.


There is little dispute that hands-on activities are the most effective teaching strategies. Tactile play is a highly expressive and therapeutic activity for young people. From the time a child plunges his hands into tactile materials, he is in charge. He can explore, experiment, analyze, observe, question, and create. Even brain researchers agree that, “The single best way to grow a better brain is through challenging problem solving” (Jensen, 1998). Water is one of those tactile materials that is fascinating, easy to manipulate, and great fun during the summer months. The following activities are suggested as appropriate learning environments for an early childhood classroom. Bubble Fun. Children enjoy blowing or creating bubbles. In addition to blowing bubbles by hand, try adding non-toxic baby shampoo to the water in a water tub or table. Using eggbeaters or wire whips, encourage each child to experiment how high the bubbles will go. Sidewalk Painting. Give each child a large paintbrush. Have several children share a large bucket of water. Using a sidewalk or outside wall, encourage the children to “paint” pictures using the brushes and water. Spray Painting. Encourage the children to easel paint using spray bottles filled with colored water. Food coloring or non-toxic liquid watercolors can be used to color the water. Allow the children to create interesting shapes and pictures by using stencils. Melting Water. Place ice in the water table. Allow the children to experiment

with the frozen water material. Allow the ice to melt and encourage the children to observe and explain what happens to frozen water when it is in a warm place. Animal Habitats. Place small plastic water animals in the water table (you may wish to tint the water blue or green to simulate an ocean or lake). Encourage the children to explore how animals live and play in the water and how they find food. Floaties. Large sponges make wonderful “rafts” in the water table. Place some multi-colored plastic manipulatives, such as counting discs or bears, in the water tub. Float several large sponges of assorted colors on the water. Have the children sort the counters by color and place them on the sponges. To make the activity easier, color coordinate the color of the sponges with the color groups of the manipulatives. Many variations of this activity can be developed. You can use colored plastic plates for the rafts and various colors of milk jug lids for the sorted items. Always keep in mind safety when using a water center. Wet floors can be a safety hazard when they are left unattended. Always monitor the children and have basic ground rules for keeping the water in the center. When the environment is kept safe, the water center can provide many days of enjoyable learning and fun activities for play. John H. Funk, M.Ed., is currently the Early Childhood Manager for SLCAP Head Start in Salt Lake City. References: Jensen, E. (1998). Teaching with the brain in mind. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Available at two convenient locations— East Bethel Community School and St. Francis Elementary School! Summer Kids Connection childcare offers a safe, nurturing atmosphere for children that brings summer fun to a whole new level. Flexible options for parents. Grades: Age 4 through completion of grade 5 Hours: 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Dates: June 5–August 29 (closed July 4) Summer Kids Connection provides a variety of learning activities and recreational experiences to fill each day. Fun weekly field trips and summer activities.

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SilverSneakers Yoga will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of seated and standing postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Fee: Free to SilverSneakers and Silver and Fit members; $2 per class for non-members No registration required

SilverSneakers Classic Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a SilverSneakers ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support. Days: Wednesdays, Fridays Time: 8:00-8:45 a.m. Fee: Free to SilverSneakers and Silver and Fit members; $2 per class for non-members No registration required

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Classes take place at the Lifelong Learning Center, 18900 Cedar Drive NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011 unless otherwise noted.

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I Am Special Look at all I can do! Making friends, taking turns, playing with others…all parts of who I am. Course: PP 1111 Dates: Tuesdays • July 11, 18, 25

Meet Eric Carle Enjoy stories and art by Eric Carle… caterpillars, spiders, crickets, roosters and more! Course: PP 1112 Dates: Wednesdays • July 12, 19, 26

Budding Picassos Explore the world of art. Painting, coloring, sculpting and more! Different materials, textures and methods. Course: PP 1114 Dates: Thursdays • July 13, 20, 27

Music and Movement Songs, fingerplays and action! Learn new songs and get ready to move your muscles. Course: PP 1113 Dates: Thursdays • July 13, 20, 27

Our Five Senses Discover how your senses help you learn about the world. Explore new textures, tastes and sights! Course: PP 1115 Dates: Tuesday-Thursday • July 11-13

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reach your breastfeeding goals. You can visit with an international boardcertified lactation consultant and other mothers. A scale is available for weighing your baby. All breastfeeding moms, whether or not your child was delivered at an Allina Health Hospital, are welcome to Baby Café. Expecting mothers are encouraged to come to Baby Café. Day: Mondays Time: 12:00-2:00 p.m. Location: Mercy Hospital, 4050 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids Fee: FREE

Registration for 2017-18 Preschool Place 15 is going on now! Classes are filling quickly! Classes are also available for two-yearolds and very young three-year-olds Independent School District 15 Early Childhood Family Education is offering Preschool Place 15 at the Lifelong Learning Center in Oak Grove.

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The curriculum of Preschool Place 15 focuses on social skills and early literacy development. Mathematical thinking, scientific thinking, social studies, the arts and physical development are also part of the curriculum. Environments are designed to enhance and expand children’s understanding of the world as they direct their own play. Teachers facilitate the child’s learning; they guide and encourage independent learning in each child.


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Community & Business Nelson honored by Legion DARLENE NELSON


Robert (Bob) Nelson was honored by the St. Francis American Legion, Post 622 on April 28 for his service with a Quilts of Valor® quilt. These awarded quilts serve as tangible reminders of appreciation and gratitude to service members. Nelson is a caring and honorable man who has given to others all his life. He served as a Marine for four years and in the Army Reserves for 14 years. He was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, driving patients to various hospitals and clinics to receive their treatments. He would go to the floor, where the children with cancer were, and bring them gifts, electronic games, model car and airplane kits, coloring books, crayons and dolls. Nelson started donating blood in 1964 and continued for 50 years until he developed cancer and could no longer donate his blood. He was honored by Channel 5 News and the Minneapolis StarTribune at a heroes breakfast for donating 100 gallons. Nelson received the “Gift of Life” award when 110 gallons were donated. In total he gave nearly 120 gallons before being diagnose with cancer. He is still giving of his time as a member of his church’s Family Table program, which feeds those less fortunate. Nelson also delivers meals to those in need with the Meals on Wheels organization. As an officer of the Support the Troops Committee, he continues to give his time and the use of his vehicle to take clothing and other items to veterans in treatment at St. Cloud Veterans Hospital. For more information about Quilts of Valor®, visit www. Bob Nelson wraps up in his Quilts of Valor® quilt as his wife Darlene looks on.



Dairy Queen helps first-graders study simple machines JANINE JOHNSON


First-graders at St. Francis Elementary School learned about simple machines in science and map skills in social studies. To reinforce their learning, they mapped their travels then took a short bus ride to the St. Francis Dairy Queen. They discovered firsthand how the treats are made with the use of simple machinery. Upon completion of the tour each student was able to make their own ice cream treat. This is the fourth year that Chad and Natalie, owners of the St. Francis Dairy Queen, have given students this wonderful opportunity.

Chad Johnson (right), owner of the Dairy Queen in St. Francis, helps a first-grader from St. Francis Elementary School make an ice cream cone.


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What’s happening in East Bethel? STEVEN VOSS


Most of the day-to-day activities of a city are not well recognized, but there will be several projects and events within East Bethel in 2017 that should capture the attention of our residents. The East Bethel City Council and staff are constantly working to improve our quality of life through planning and implementation of needed projects. Our focus has been to encourage and facilitate managed growth of residential, commercial and light industrial opportunities, particularly along Highway

65 which is referred to as The Corridor. Residents will soon begin to see some of the outcomes of the city’s efforts this summer with new construction projects, continued growth opportunities and the encouraged involvement by our residents in the future planning decisions for our city. Service road connection to Viking Boulevard Construction recently began on a new service road connecting the East Bethel Theater/SuperAmerica area to Viking Boulevard (County Road 22). This road has been a

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along Highway 65 in East Bethel, adequate access to our existing businesses and consideration for future economic development along The Corridor. MnDOT is planning to reconstruct several intersections along the southern portion of Highway 65, including the intersections at 181 Avenue, 187th Lane, Viking Boulevard and Klondike Drive. Several intersections will also be reconstructed in Ham Lake. These reduced conflict intersections are designed to move traffic more efficiently while reducing the severity and frequency of crashes. MnDOT is currently completing designs, with construction planned to begin in 2018. Proposed residential development A development group has approached the city regarding construction of a multifamily residential project in the southern portion of The Corridor. The initial phase of this proposed development includes a 60-unit apartment complex with plans for a future 60-unit addition, a 36-unit assisted living facility and a medical clinic. Discussions are ongoing and early in the process, but this is a positive indication of the potential growth that will be occurring within The Corridor. CONTINUED ON PAGE 23

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Sparking a community at Rum River BMX In Isanti there is a building where kids of all ages and kids at heart can pedal over bunny hills and curves. Parents and their children watch from the picnic tables and bleacher seating as riders zoom around the indoor track. Some riders easily cut into the bends and get air on the hills. Other riders wiggly pedal around the track under the supervision of staff. Non-pedal riders whip around a separate small track— rivaling the pedal riders. Everywhere you look, high-fives and smiles are rampant. “Every time I’m in the gate, I have a spark and give it my all,” smiled Leah Strongren, local intermediate rider. Rum River BMX’s mission is to consistently build an engaging and fun atmosphere, creating a positive environment for growth as athletes and individuals. The empowering culture allows Rum River BMX to serve a diverse age group from 12 months to 68 years, the largest group are between

the ages of five and seventeen. Thirty percent of participants are women and 70 percent are men. During the non-snow season, Rum River BMX serves people from a 30-40 mile radius. During the snow season that increases to a 100-mile radius. Some riders will drive from five to six states away to compete in Isanti on race days. Their success in cultivating a family-friendly atmosphere has increased the number of riders, average race scores, riders retained and developed. These elements have awarded Rum River BMX national recognition. Twice it has been ranked number one by USA BMX. The reason riders and their families flock to Rum River BMX is their ability to bring a variety of people together with special skills and talents to move forward in creating a positive, educational and individually enriching environment. The staff, made up entirely of local volunteers, work together to provide programming

for interested racers. This is done by having new participants ride next to experienced riders, creating a space for camaraderie which breaks down social and age barriers. Having competitions for the different age and skill groups allows participants in BMX “a nail to hang their hat on,” commented Kevin Reidemann, track operator. “In some cases, everyone in the family rides due to the culture we’ve cultivated,” said Sean Wilson, community relations manager. Rum River BMX’s positive and engaging atmosphere encourages participants and their families a place to grow. Staff are local community members that bring their skill sets to the non-profit. They are nurses, teachers, information technology programmers and more. For instance, Wilson developed a software program for a countdown clock, timer, instant menu and list of expecting riders for the indoor track’s electronic board. Rum River BMX is funded by donors,


sponsors, concessions, practice and race fees. As it continues growing, local sponsorships for programs will advance introducing and nurturing BMX racers and hobbyists. “We want people to know that we have something for everyone, are affordable for families, and we are not the X Games,” stated Reidemann. He encourages people to come and “try out the track for a practice day.” To learn more, visit Rum River BMX on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and at On Tuesday, June 20, Rum River BMX is hosting Olympic Day—free to spectators and racers of all skill levels. Olympic Day honors the spirit of the Olympics and the 27 local riders competing for Team USA BMX at Rock Hill, South Carolina, in July. Registration for Olympic Day ends at 7:00 p.m. on June 20.



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The Friends of the Isanti Area Library invite you to visit our East Central Regional Library (ECRL) Outreach Library in Isanti City Hall. It’s open from noon to 4:00 p.m. every Wednesday and offers both a helpful librarian (Tim) and a computer for public use (provided by Friends). There is even a volunteer on hand 1:003:00 p.m. to assist you with the computer and printer. Our Friends group also has used books available for sale at the Outreach Library—

only 25¢ each! All books are donated by community members and we are in need of additional donations. If you have any books, DVDs or audiobooks you wish to donate, please contact Susi at 763-4444585 or to arrange a drop-off. Westerns, children’s, cookbooks and large print books are especially appreciated. Please—no textbooks, encyclopedias or magazines. For anyone who doesn’t already know us, our nonprofit Friends of the Isanti Area Library helped to establish and continues to promote

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community programs, especially for kids. We actively “recycle” donated books and audiobooks back into our community all year long, plus we have an Annual Used Book Sale in February, which is I Love To Read month. We continue to give free book coupons to both children and adults at events to encourage reading in general and to promote use of the Outreach Library. We read aloud to children (of any age) at various public events throughout the year to promote literacy and to invite people to use the Outreach Library. Every year we create a float and participate in the Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days Parade to raise awareness of our

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MEDALLION HUNT ´ The Medallion Hunt begins Monday, June 5 with clues posted on the Chamber’s website and Facebook page. For rules and more information, visit St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Medallion Hunt.

14TH ANNUAL AMATEUR PHOTO CONTEST ´ Photos can be dropped off at Village Bank no later than Friday, June 2, 5:00 p.m. Photos should be no larger than 4 x 6 inches. For rules and more information, visit stfrancischamber. org. Village Bank sponsors the photo contest.

BUSINESS EXPO IN THE PARK ´ Held Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 9-11 in Community Park. ´ Businesses, crafters, food vendors, non-profits will have exposure to thousands of people attending St. Francis Pioneer Days! ´ LIVE entertainment all three days!

PARADE ´ Enter your business or group in the Pioneer Days Parade on Saturday, June 10, 1:00 p.m.!

GET INVOLVED ´ Personal and business donations are being accepted to make this Pioneer Days the best ever. If you would like to make a monetary donation or help sponsor an event, go to ´ Volunteers needed all weekend—it’s a great way to fulfill service hours and give back to your community Schedule subject to change. Find complete schedule with updates and all other Pioneer Days information at www.stfrancischamber. org/pioneer-days. Updates are also posted on the chamber’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, so like and follow us.


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FREE Nachos at Village Bank. Sponsored by Village Bank Carnival Rides in Community Park Exhibitor Booths & Food Vendors in Community Park St. Francis Lions & Northlake Brewing Beverage Garden in Community Park. Sponsored by Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Francis Friday Nite Rally – Street Rods, Customs, Classics, Trucks and Motorcycles at St. Francis City Centre Mall Live Music by The Fish Tone Rockers in the tent at Community Park, FREE Margarita Mary’s Karaoke at St. Francis American Legion (Meat Raffle at 6:00 pm) Live Music by The Naked Cowboys at Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill (21+) Movie in Community Park, Star Wars the Force Awakens. Bring blankets and chairs. Sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 511

SATURDAY, JUNE 10 All Day St. Francis Lions Club and Northlake 8:00 am Brewing Softball Tournament in Community Park Life Fitness 5K Color Run/Walk, starts at St. Francis High School west parking lot, 8:00 am registration begins at 7:00 am. Presented by St. Francis Lions; sponsored by Life Fitness 9:00 am– Exhibitor Booths in Community Park 6:00 pm Carnival rides, games, crafters and food 10:00 am vendors in Community Park Petting Zoo and Pony Rides by Tommy’s Zoo 10:00 am and Stables in Community Park Brats and Beverages at St. Francis Fire Station. 10:00 am Sponsored by St. Francis Fire Department Car Wash at St. Francis United Methodist 10:00 amChurch, Free Will Donations will go to Noon North Anoka County Emergency Foodshelf St. Francis Lions & Northlake Brewing 11:00 am– Beverage Garden in Community Park. 9:00 pm Sponsored by Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bed Races, in front of St. Francis True Value 11:30 am Hardware Store. Sponsored by Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill St. Francis Dairy Queen and Killebrew Root Beer Kids Color Walk. FREE for all kids 12 and Noon under, registration at 11:00 am. FREE Killebrew Root Beer FREE ice cream given out in front of St. Francis 12:15 pm Dental. Sponsored by St. Francis Dental GRAND PARADE – Emcees Joe Haag, Community Pride Bank and Heather Buzzell, 1:00 pm Heather B Photography; Grand Marshal: Kiana Eide, 2016 Rio Summer Gymnastics Olympian Home Run Derby at ball field in 1:00 pm Community Park. Sponsored by Boulder Lodge Bingo, Brats and Beverages at St. Francis After Parade Fire Station. Sponsored by St. Francis Fire Department

Horseshoe Tournament at St. Francis American After Parade Legion, bring your own partner. Sponsored by St. Francis American Legion The Wonderful World of Woody - Music, 2:30 & Juggling & Magic in the tent at Community 3:30 pm Park, FREE Face Painting in Community Park. 2:30–5:30 pm Sponsored by Destination Academy 2017-18 Miss St. Francis Ambassador Coronation at St. Francis Middle School 3:00–5:00 pm Gymnasium. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 5-17, under 5 are FREE. Minnesota Raptor Center Show 3:30–4:30 pm in Community Park Minnesota Raptor Center Meet–and–Greet 4:30–8:30 pm Booth in Community Park Live Music by Timisarocker in the tent at 5:00–9:00 pm Community Park, FREE FREE hot dogs, games and entertainment for the whole family before the fireworks at Living 6:00 pm Hope’s Ministry Center across from St. Francis High School. Inflatables open 6:00–8:00 pm. Sponsored by Living Hope Church Live Music by Slippery Steve and Scary Gary 7:00–11:00 pm at St. Francis American Legion 9:00 pm– Live Music by My Famous Friends at 1:00 am Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill (21+) FIREWORKS at St. Francis High School football field. All school rules will be 10 Minutes enforced—no tobacco or alcohol on school after Dusk grounds. Sponsored by St. Francis Bottle Shop

SUNDAY, JUNE 11 FREE Pancake Breakfast served at the 8:00–10:00 am St. Francis United Methodist Church located at 3914 229th Avenue NW All Day St. Francis Lions Club and Killebrew 8:00 am Root Beer Softball Tournament in Community Park Community Worship Service in Community 10:00 am Park hosted by St. Francis United Methodist Church and Living Hope Church 10:00 am– Exhibitor Booths in Community Park 4:00 pm St. Francis Lions & Northlake Brewing 10:00 am– Beverage Garden in Community Park. 4:00 pm Sponsored by Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Carnival rides, games, crafters and food 11:00 am vendors in Community Park Petting Zoo and Pony Rides by Tommy’s Zoo 11:00 am and Stables in Community Park 11:00 am– Connexus Energy—Electrical Safety 4:00 pm Demonstration Garden Tractor Pull at St. Francis American Legion. Registration begins at 10:00 am. Noon Concessions by St. Francis American Legion Auxiliary Kid’s Power Pedal Pull in Community Park. 1:00 pm All tractors and equipment furnished by Kids Power Pedal Tractor Pulls Live Music by John & Andy in the tent at 1:00–4:00 pm Community Park, FREE 2:00 pm $1,000 Coverall Bingo at Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill

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St. Francis Lions Pioneer Days events KRISTIN FERGUSON


Pioneer Days weekend is the biggest community event of the year where families from all around come to watch the parade, enjoy the carnival or any of the many fun activities going on throughout St. Francis. Come watch and participate as the St. Francis Lions sponsor all-day softball tournaments Saturday and Sunday, Saturday’s Kids Color Walk, Bed Races before the parade and be a part of the 5K Color Walk/Run at Rum River Central Regional Park Saturday morning! St. Francis Lions are a non-profit club celebrating 50 years of dedicated support for community well-being by hosting fundraisers that give to local charities. For more information on Pioneer Days events, times and locations, go to www.stfrancischamber. org/Pioneer-Days and click on Schedule of Events. THE COURIER ARCHIVE PHOTO

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Living Hope Evangelical Free Church is hosting its annual, free event at the Ministry Center to celebrate St. Francis Pioneer Days on Saturday, June 10, at 23038 Rum River Boulevard NW in St. Francis, just across the street from the high school LIVING HOPE PHOTO parking lot. The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. with free hotdogs and other refreshments as well as games, prizes, face painting and inflatables. The inflatables are taken down at 8:00 p.m. Come early to enjoy all of the free offerings and stay to watch the fireworks, sponsored by the city of St. Francis. “Our church family looks forward to all of the events surrounding Pioneer Days,” explains Living Hope’s Pastor Lon Bjornrud. “It’s awesome to be part of the activities that celebrate our community and it’s great to have the opportunity to meet so many amazing people.”

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Join us for a fun three-day 4-H summer program! Busy Buzzy Bees is a hands-on opportunity for youth to learn about types of bees, bee ecology and habitat, behavior and more! Participants can expect each day to be out in nature. Non-4-H’ers welcome. Who: Youth who have completed 3rd-8th grade When: June 12, 19, 26 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Where: Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW, Andover 55304 Registration/Fee: $20 per participant (fee covers lunch and supplies) Visit www3.extension.umn. edu/county/anoka/4-h/events for more info or to register.

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JUNE 2017


Earth Day at St. Francis Elementary School JANINE JOHNSON


As part of a community project, first graders at St. Francis Elementary School decorated grocery bags for County Market with the theme of Earth Day. Kids spent time learning about the importance of keeping our planet clean, the 3 R’s...reduce, reuse and recycle and what it means to Go Green. The bags were placed at each of the checkouts, then when customers bagged their groceries, they took home a bag with a friendly message about Earth Day which was celebrated on April 22. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Rum River Girl Scouts from the East Bethel/St. Francis area celebrated Earth Day, April 22, by helping the Cedar/East Bethel Lions & Lioness with a roadside clean-up. Completing this Earth Day project was a rewarding experience as girls were able to learn more about the environment, make a difference and “Go Green!” It is our hope that other girls and their families are encouraged to step up for the environment, commit to making the world a better place and get involved—and stay involved—in Girl Scouting. 


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The 2016-17 Little Miss St. Francis Audrina Glass, Little Miss St. Francis Lilliana Montes, Miss St. Francis Ambassador Marian Hollenbeck and Miss St. Francis Ambassador Lily Strecker cordially invite you to our 2017-18 Coronation on Saturday, June 10 at the St. Francis Middle School Gymnasium at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 5 to 17 and children under 5 are free. Come and say farewell to this group of girls and welcome a new group of Miss St. Francis Ambassadors and Little Misses. This year’s ambassadors have represented the city of St. Francis with grace and honor. They traveled as far as North Hudson, Wisconsin, south to Northfield and throughout the neighboring communities along with many activities throughout the city of St. Francis. As a board we couldn’t be more proud of how they represented their community and fulfilled their duties as ambassadors. Congratulations girls, on an amazing year!

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The Anoka Conservation District is happy to welcome Logan Berg to the district for a summer-long apprenticeship position. He will work alongside staff on projects such as water quality monitoring and natural resource restorations. Berg was hired through the Conservation Apprenticeship Academy, a program of Conservation Corps Minnesota that has placed 33 apprentices in Soil & Water Conservation Districts throughout Minnesota to learn hands-on skills in managing soil and water resources. He will work out of the Anoka Conservation District office in Ham Lake through mid-August. Berg has spent a majority of his time in Anoka County having grown up in the city of Nowthen. In September he will enter his final year at North Dakota State University where he will graduate with a degree in natural resource management. Apprentices serve as AmeriCorps members and receive a monthly living stipend of $1,355 as well as an education award of $1,527 to use toward qualifying education and student loan expenses. Educational credits may be arranged by the apprentice. The service term runs May 16-August 11. The program is funded through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund and Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.

Want to make a difference in this crazy world? Want to broaden your child’s worldview? Welcome an exchange student into your home and community! We are looking for Independent School District 15, St. Francis families to host a high school exchange student during the 2017-18 school year. EF High School Exchange Year students are academically motivated and ready to experience the life of a typical American student. They have their own health insurance and spending money. Host families provide meals and housing and of course, a loving, supportive environment. EF provides local support to the student and host family to make this an amazing experience for all. By welcoming a student into your home, you’ll be ensuring they get a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see all that the USA has to offer—Saints style—from the Mall of America to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Minnesota is full of memories just waiting to be made. If you are interested in hosting or if you would like more information about the EF High School Exchange Year program, please contact Andrea Nelson at

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The Independent School District 15 American Indian Education Program will hold a public meeting to share information about the Indian Education Title VI Grant Thursday, June 1, 2:30 p.m. at St. Francis High School, Room C-204. The meeting is open to the public and provides an opportunity for anyone to offer recommendations. Following the public meeting, everyone is invited to stay for the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee meeting. For more information, contact Carline Sargent at 763-213-1575 or carline.sargent@

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the economy tires. Tires need to be cared for. First and most important, pay attention to the tire inflation pressure. Every vehicle is designed for a particular type of tire with a specific inflation pressure. You can find this as you open the driver’s door and look for the tire placard. This will tell you the factory tire size and inflation. In vehicles with tire pressure monitoring sensors (TPMS) in the wheels, this pressure is what is programmed into the computer to activate the TPMS light on your dashboard. If the pressure is too high or too low, the light will come on. This pressure is also based on an ambient temperature of about 70 degrees. The inflation number on the tire itself is

Staff reach out to Kohl’s to support students JAMIE STUDNICKA


East Bethel Community School (EBCS) staff has partnered with Kohl’s Cares for Kids for a decade to support students. The purpose of Kohl’s Cares is to give back to local communities. EBCS staff coordinates opportunities for Kohl’s Blaine employees to volunteer their time, talent and dedication to work at various school events. In addition, EBCS receives a grant to enhance the school and further student opportunities. This year Kohl’s volunteers have helped with events such as book fairs, Pizza Night, Arbor Day, Beach Blanket Bingo and Field Day. EBCS is honored to benefit from the passion and local support from Kohl’s.

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Financial gifts and tips for new graduates It’s Graduation Season again. If your child is graduating from high school or college, you have reason to celebrate. But what should you give to your newly minted diploma holder? You might want to consider offering a combination of financial gifts and tips which, taken together, could set your graduate on a path toward a successful, independent life. What sort of gifts and tips should you consider? Here are a few ideas: ■ Give a few shares of stock. Everyone should understand the financial markets and how they work. One great way to encourage this interest is to give your child a few shares of stock. Young people enjoy owning a piece of a company that makes the products and services they like—and the very act of ownership can inspire them to learn more about investing and to ask questions: What causes the stock price to go up or down? How long should I hold this stock?

Should I own several stocks like this one, or is it better to branch out to find new opportunities? Over time, in learning the answers to these and other questions, your child can become familiar with investing and how to make the best choices. ■ Encourage your graduate to open an IRA. Your child can open an IRA as long as he or she has some earned income. You might want to suggest that your child consider a Roth IRA, which, at the child’s age and income level, may be a good choice. With a Roth IRA, children can access their contributions at any time, tax- and penaltyfree. They can’t touch the earnings without incurring both taxes and penalties, however, until they reach 59½. But you will want to encourage them to keep the money in their IRA intact, giving it the chance to grow. ■ Provide some financial education. Unfortunately, most young people don’t


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Free Dollars into Sense class JULIE BLOMQUIST


The University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County will present a free Dollars into Sense class on Thursdays, June 8 at 10:00-11:30 a.m., July 13 at 6:00-7:30 p.m. and August 10, 10:00-11:30 p.m. at the Anoka County Human Services Center, 1201 89th Avenue, Blaine. Class will cover tracking expenses, putting together a spending plan, goal setting, credit and where to get additional help/resources. To register, call University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County at 763-755-1280 at least three days prior to the class.

really receive any kind of formal financial education. Of course, you can try to provide some of this knowledge to your own children, but as you know, advice from Mom and Dad sometimes gets ignored. However, you might get better results if you arrange for your recent graduate to meet with a financial professional. As mentioned above, owning stocks and following their progress, can teach your children a great deal about investing, but a financial professional can paint the “big picture” and explain how all aspects of money management, such as borrowing, budgeting, saving and investing, fit together to help individuals stay in control of their finances and make progress toward their important financial goals, such as buying a house and retiring in comfort. Recent graduates, whether leaving high school or college, are at “turning points” in their breakfast, 5K run, parades, carnival and topping off with our annual Firefighter’s Dance and fireworks. Booster Days is July 14 and 15. On behalf of the East Bethel City Council, we wish you a wonderful and safe summer.

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appropriate financial gifts and valuable advice upon their graduation, they may well be better prepared to keep those mistakes to a minimum—while maximizing their ability to make good decisions. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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Sports & Outdoors St. Francis Middle School Track & Field results STACEY ARZDORF


St. Francis Middle School Track & Field team has been off to a successful start! The team took first place at Big Lake on April 24 and the grade 8 girls took first place at their May 1 home meet. The conference meet took place on May 25. Congratulations to the athletes who have broken school records so far this season. Big Lake (April 24) meet results Grade 8 Girls ■ Katrina Oulette 200m hurdles 35.33 and 800m 2:54

■ Allie Frank 100m Hurdles 19.18 ■ Anika Shequin 400m 1:10 ■ Shophia Shequin Triple Jump 27'-10" ■ Grace Ramlet, Kayla Nolden, Abbey Chock and Mara Dolney 4x100m 59.20 Grade 8 Boys ■ Alex Croston 200m 24.46, 400 m 55.69, Triple Jump 35'7" ■ Dominick Peterson, Nick Thell, Alex Croston, Nate Larson 4x100m 49.95 ■ Dominick Peterson, Luke Oberleitner, Nate Larson, Nick Thell 800m Medley Relay 1:57

■ Luke Oberleitner High Jump 5'4" Grade 7 Boys ■ Ben Baumdardt triple jump 29'2" Grade 7 Girls ■ Mattisyn Mensink 200m hurdles 35.99 ■ Amanda McKinney, Lindsey Salmela, Lauren Buzzell and Cassie Sauer 800m Medley Relay 2:14 Princeton (May 15) meet results Ethan Sauer ran the 800m in 2:25:11 and the mile in 5:19.10, beating the 2007 record holder. Several athletes beat their

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clearing 5'8" Anika Shequin took 1st place in the 400m with 1:07 Katrina Oulette upped her 200m hurdles record to 35.27.

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The waters, woods and wildlife are coming to life around George Watch Lake and Wargo Nature Center. Wargo Nature Center has expanded hours during the warm weather now through October for guests to enjoy the experiences within the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve. In addition to the standard daytime hours, the nature center is now open Wednesday and Friday evenings until 8:00 p.m. Evening hours are available April through October. Hours of operation are: ■ Tuesday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ■ Wednesday 8:00 a.m.8:00 p.m. ■ Thursday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ■ Friday 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. ■ Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ■ Sunday 12:00-5:00 p.m. Recreation programs, summer day camps, educational programs and equipment rentals are available throughout the summer. To learn more about upcoming program offerings and events at Wargo Nature Center, call 763-324-3350 or visit


Lero selected as All-Star JENNIFER CLOSE


The St. Francis High School (SFHS) softball program is proud to announce that senior Emma Lero has been selected to play in the 29th annual All-Star Series on June 11 in Mankato following the completion of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) State Softball Tournament. The All-Star Series is a selection of the best 72 senior players throughout the state of Minnesota in all four of the classes for high school softball. The selection process allows players to be nominated for their achievements throughout their career as high school softball players. Lero is one of 22 players, one of only four catchers, selected from the large school class (4A) to play. She joins the best talent in the state of Minnesota for softball.


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St. Francis Youth Baseball Association 10U players had the opportunity to run onto the field with the St. Francis High School varsity baseball team during Youth Night May 5. After the game, players of all ages were able to talk with the team and some even had the high school players autograph baseballs.


High school teacher now softball hall of famer WINNIPEG LIGHTNING FASTPITCH


Mikki (Cochrane) Hanson was inducted to the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame on May 6. Hanson is a special services teacher at St. Francis High School. The Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame & Museum recognizes individuals, teams and organizations for outstanding achievement in softball and/or for contributions to the sport of softball. Tracy Turner (U12 Lightning coach) played with Mikki and had this to say about her. “Mikki played her entire career with Winnipeg Lightning starting in 1993 and finishing in 2008. During the summer of 1995 pitching for the Winnipeg Lightning, she was selected All-Star pitcher at the Canadian Senior Women’s Fastball Championships in Burlington, Ontario. In her many appearances at the Senior Women’s National Championships with the Winnipeg Lightning, she was declared All-Star pitcher four successive years, 1995-98, and MVP in the play-off round at the Canadian Nationals in 1998, 2000 and 2004. Mikki was an integral part of the Lightning Senior team that won

St. Francis High School girls golf ties for first in Eastern Division BRENT SWAGGERT


The St. Francis High School (SFHS) varsity girls golf team had a strong finish to the conference season with a season team low score of 345 (third place out of 10 teams) and were paced by Rileigh Vojta’s season low score of 78. Also producing season low scores were Mae Grahek (83) and Bri Woltman (96). The Saints finished tied with Cambridge-Isanti (73 teams points each) for first place in the Eastern Division of Mississippi 8 Conference. The junior varsity girls team finished their season with a strong showing at Fox Hollow Golf Club on May 25. The team finished in third place in the conference and were paced by two ninth-graders, Julia Erickson (96) and Kayla Jensen (100). Congratulations on a great season! SFHS individual All-Conference award winners were Rileigh Vojta and Mae Grahek. All-Conference Honorable Mention award winners were Paige Aldrich and Sam Rudnick. Best of luck at the Section 7AAA tournament preliminaries June 1 and finals June 3 at Grand National Golf Club in Hinckley.

the gold medal at the 1998 Senior National Championships in Winnipeg. Mikki was the epitome of a teammate, supportive, dedicated and Mikki Hanson willing to put FILE PHOTO the team first. Her commitment to our program went above and beyond. For 15 years she drove 45 minutes one way from her home in Portage to Winnipeg to practice and play softball! She was willing to play any position Bob (Turner) put her at and was someone we could rely on to get a hit when we needed it.” Hanson was the very first recipient of the Commitment to Excellence

Award presented by the Lightning organization. Synopsis from the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame & Museum “From an early age, Mikki Cochrane, the tenacious kid from Portage, excelled in softball. In 1988 at 15, she helped Team Manitoba win bronze at the Canada Summer Games. At 20, she had a career year in NCAA Division II at University of North Dakota (UND) averaging 9.8 strike-outs for each 7 innings pitched. Her fastball was clocked at 62 mph. Her 140 strikeouts for the year was a school record. Six of her 9 victories were shut-outs, her ERA, a modest 1.74. She was the team’s top hitter with a .440 batting average. In 1995, she was named the first softball player inducted into the UND Hall of Fame. On behalf of the entire Lightning organization, congratulations Mikki!


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Anoka County is Blue Bike Challenge winner ERIK THORSON


Anoka County won the social media engagement portion of the recent Blue Bike Challenge, a stationary bike competition sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, earning $2,500 for Family Promise in Anoka County. The county’s seven-member team, all county employees, pedaled 469 miles in five and one-half hours, placing third among nine teams. But Anoka County was the runaway winner in the social media engagement competition, with 1,038 posts, besting the second-place finisher by 459 posts. “This was a great event to not only promote the benefits of physical activity but also to raise awareness about our designated charity, Family Promise in Anoka County, and the important work they are doing to help families who are homeless,” said Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, chair, Anoka County Board. “It was exciting to see so many employees and community partners help us win the social media challenge by posting messages of support.” The Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Bike Challenge is an annual event to promote health and exercise, and to raise money for charity. Family Promise in Anoka County provides temporary shelter, hospitality, and case management services to families experiencing homelessness.

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Check out Anoka County Parks and Recreation for fun seasonal programs and activities. To register or for more information, call 651-429-8007 or visit Lunch with a Naturalist Bring your lunch and join a naturalist for our Lunch with a Naturalist series. This month’s presentation is forest ecology and will include local natural history and possibly a relaxing stroll on the trails at Wargo. Pre-registration is not required. Ages 50+ June 2, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Wargo Nature Center Cost: Free Nordic Walking Anyone can do it! It takes a simple walk and turns it into a full body workout and it doesn’t feel like you are working any harder. Pre-registration required. Ages 15+ June 7, 9:00-10:30 a.m. Lakeside Lions Park June 14, 5-6:30 pm Wargo Nature Center Cost: $5/person (+tax) Introduction to Kayaking Learn the basics behind kayaking, a fun and easy way to get out on the water. Basic strokes, boat safety, bracing, and learn about which boat is best for you, will be covered. Space is limited, sign-up early. Pre-registration is required. Ages 15+ June 15, 5:00-7:00 p.m. East Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Cost: $25/person (+tax) Stand Up Paddle Boarding Easy, fun, and a great workout! What else is there to say? Paddle boards are a great way to get out on the water and be active. Class sizes are small, instruction is quick and easy so most of your

time will be on the water. Pre-registration is required. Ages 15+ June 15, 3:00-4:30 p.m. E. Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Cost: $20/person (+tax) Friday Evening Paddle Join us for a leisurely Friday evening paddle on beautiful George Watch Lake. A staff person will be along to help get everyone set up with equipment, assist with instruction if needed, and lead the group on a sunset paddle. Canoes and kayaks are available and are included with the registration fee. Families welcome, age 4 and up recommended. No paddling experience necessary. Preregistration required. June 16 or June 30 7:00-9:00 pm Wargo Nature Center Cost: $5/person (+tax) Wildflower and Phenology Walk Series Join naturalists for a leisurely wildflower walk around an Anoka County Park. See what’s blooming, discuss strategies for flower and plant identification,

Anoka County Parks earns National Achievement award DAVID JACKSON


Anoka County has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents. NACo recognized the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department for a unique partnership with the School of Architecture program at the University of Minnesota. In 2016, graduate architecture students designed and built four new outdoor teaching structures at the Wargo Nature Center. According to Commissioner Jim Kordiak, chair of the County’s Parks and Community Services Committee, the project offered students with real-life design and construction learning opportunities. In turn, the County also received “no cost” design services from the School of Architecture, coupled with a variety of successful private sector donations led by the University. NACo President Bryan Desloge said, “Counties overcome complex challenges, provide essential services and constantly do more with less. We applaud these Achievement Award-winning counties for outstanding efforts to improve residents’ quality of life.” Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that • Initial savings through a JASPER reflect the vast, comprehensive remanufactured component can be tremendous. services counties provide. The • A JASPER remanufactured engine only costs categories include children and about 20% of a three year vehicle lease. youth, criminal justice, county • Look at the facts…then choose JASPER! administration, information technology, health, civic • 3 Year/100,000 engagement and many more. Mile Warranty NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition July 21–24 in St. Francis • 3128 Bridge Street Serving this community since 1977 Franklin County, Ohio.

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ISD 15 SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS: June 12 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. and June 26 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.

ANDOVER CITY COUNCIL Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., 1685 Crosstown Boulevard NW, Andover 763-755-5100

CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at Maxx’s Restaurant & Bar on Hwy. 65. For membership information call Yvonne Johnson, 763-434-6985. We Serve!

OAK GROVE SENIORS Meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Oak Grove City Hall at noon for a potluck and short business meeting. Bingo follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Marion Schulz at 763-444-5652.

American Legion AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT 622 – ST. FRANCIS General membership meets on the third Thursday 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 the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234.

AA/NA AA/NA Meeting 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 7:00 p.m.

Business EDWARD JONES COFFEE CLUB meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. at Bridge Street Coffee, 3122 Viking Blvd., Oak Grove.

Area Chamber of Commerce ST. FRANCIS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Board meeting is June 21, 11:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street, St. Francis. Meetings are open to the public. Pioneer Days is June 9-11. Visit our website to find our more about the event www. or call 763-438-5163. NORTH 65 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Membership meeting June 21, Noon-1:00 p.m. For location and more information visit Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days will be held July 6-9. EAST BETHEL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Board meeting June 27, 8:00-9:00 a.m., Aggressive Hydraulics, 18800 Ulysses Street NE, Cedar. Visit www.eastbethelchamber. com for more info. HAM LAKE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Board of Directors meeting is June 21, 9:00 a.m. at 21st Century Bank, 17635 Central Avenue NE, Ham Lake. Visit www.hamlakechamber for location and more info. Ham Lake Farmers Market Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting, June 16, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Open Range Cowboy Church parking lot.

BETHEL CITY COUNCIL Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday, 7:00 p.m. 23820 Dewey Street, Bethel, 763-434-4366 NOWTHEN CITY COUNCIL Meets 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. 19800 Nowthen Boulevard NW, Nowthen 763-441-1347 EAST BETHEL CITY COUNCIL Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. 2241 221st Avenue NE, East Bethel 763-367-7840 OAK GROVE CITY COUNCIL Meets 2nd & last Monday 7:00 p.m. 19900 Nightingale Street NW, Oak Grove 763-404-7000 ST. FRANCIS CITY COUNCIL Meets 1st & 3rd Monday, 6:00 p.m. ISD 15 Central Services Center, St. Francis 763-753-2630 STANFORD TOWNSHIP BOARD Meets 1st Monday, 7:00 p.m. 5050 261st Avenue NW, Isanti, 763-444-6370

Health & Fitness NEW EAST BETHEL TOPS weight loss support group meeting. Meeting held at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1450 237th Avenue NE, East Bethel, Mondays at 5:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to their first meeting free of charge with no obligation.

CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB Meets bimonthly, first and third Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., at Maxx’s Restaurant & Bar on Hwy. 65. Call Judy Ricke at 763-226-4893. OAK GROVE LIONS CLUB Meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Oak Grove City Hall, 7:00 p.m., adjourning at 8:00 p.m. For more information, call Lion Mark Silvernagel at 763-753-2215. 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 at Nowthen City Hall on the first Thursday of the month for the board meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the membership meeting. Please email ST. FRANCIS LIONESS CLUB Meets monthly. First Wednesday, administrative board and third Wednesday, general membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall, 23340 Cree Street. For more information, call Mary Madden at 763-444-5020 or Cheryl Eldstrom at 763-753-4602 or email bluesage51@

TOPS CHAPTER MN #1774 Meets every Tuesday 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 out a meeting or visit

ST. FRANCIS LIONS CLUB Meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. First Wednesday board meeting; second Wednesday regular business meeting; fourth Wednesday 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 763-7531205 or visit

LONG LAKE LUTHERAN CHURCH Invites you to join us for GriefShare Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Free. We are located five miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47. For more information please contact Sharon Sudeith at 763-444-4483 or visit For general information on the GriefShare program, visit

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ST. FRANCIS SENIORS Life is good when you can make new friends, get out and enjoy the multitude of activities that our community has to offer. We meet the first and third Thursday of each month at St. Francis City Hall Meeting Room, 23340 Cree Street NW, St. Francis. Social time and lunch begins at noon, with the meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. and games until 3:00 p.m. We play cards, bingo, scrabble, cribbage, go on trips, lunch outings, have picnics and stay active as we get older. Come and see what we are about. Call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. EAST BETHEL SENIORS Dances are held 1:00-4:00 p.m. Cost is $6, lunch included. The Friday, June 2 dance will have old time music played by Michael Elsenpeter. Entertainment for July 7 will be by Jerry Bierschbach. All are welcome to our Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 11, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee and choice of egg, 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Are you 55 or older? Come and enjoy some companionship. All are welcome. Seniors meet the third Thursday of each month for a business meeting and catered noon lunch, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; second Wednesday of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon with potluck at noon; fourth Wednesday is crafts only, 9:00 a.m.-noon. Cribbage once a month, call Barb for date/time at 763434-6179. We also go on tours, etc. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent, call Dennis at 763-434-9244. Join East Bethel Seniors for $10 a year and receive a monthly newsletter. The East Bethel Senior Center is located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel. Does your organization have a meeting or event to advertise? Contact The Courier office at 763-753-7031. We have a circulation of over 13,000.


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Life “A Walk in the Garden” educational series Anoka County summer library LYNNE HAGEN July 19: Hostas 101, Cathy Beason & experience starts June 1 Cheryl Seeman, Extension MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM COORDINATOR, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION, ANOKA COUNTY

The University of Minnesota Extension - Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteer Program is sponsoring A Walk in the Garden educational series of gardening classes at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Andover. Classes are scheduled throughout the summer on select Wednesday evenings in the Veteran’s Peace and Master Gardener Demonstration Garden south of the Activities Center, 7:008:00 p.m. June 14: Native Plants, Lynda Ellis, Extension Master Gardener July 12: Flamboyant Foliage, Sue Peterson & Allyson Bergman, Extension Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners August 2: Revising Your Garden, Cheryl Seeman, Extension Master Gardener August 9: Monarch Butterflies, Kathy Johnson, Extension Master Gardener Classes will be taught by Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and will include many useful gardening tips along with University of Minnesota research-based information. These classes immediately follow the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics, also held at the Bunker Hills Activities Center. Pre-registration is required due to space limitations. Classes are free, but a suggested donation of five dollars per session is welcome, which helps to cover marketing and promotional expenses. Please call 763-755-1280 to reserve your space. A copy of the brochure is available at www.anokamastergardeners. org and lists complete class descriptions.



Anoka County Library’s summer library experience, Bookawocky, is a celebration of summer reading and learning. Whether it’s an eBook, audiobook or paper copy, the library has plenty of options for kids to read stories this summer June 1 through August 19. “Bookawocky is a great way that families can get inspired, explore ideas and find information at the library this summer,” said Anoka County Library Board President Dan Greensweig. “Kids have fun but also keep reading and learning, which helps them when they return to school.” Anoka County Library has more than 100 programs for kids of all ages and interests to inspire reading and learning in the summer. It’s not just about summer reading; the library offers a wide variety of summer activities for youth and families. Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with cool hands-on projects using great gadgets. Teen volunteers run these fun and information-filled programs for younger children.

Kids can win a free book in the library’s Read, Write, Draw program by writing or drawing a review of a favorite book. For other books, children and teens can enter the Read It! Rate It! contest for a chance to win tickets to Bunker Beach, Twins games or the Minnesota State Fair. The Read Down Your Fines program in June and July allows children and teens to reduce their fines by spending time reading in the library. Ask your librarian for more information. Bookawocky is sponsored in part by the Friends of Anoka County Library, which supports the library and connects the community to ideas, information and inspiration through special events and programs, membership development and fundraising. Many of the programs are made possible with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Most programs are held at Anoka County libraries, but other locations include Coon Rapids and Blaine High Schools. Programs are hands-on, creative and most important, fun! To find all events, visit anokacountylibrary. org or pick up a schedule at your local library.

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Rubie-Faye Lynn Anderson was born on April 17, 2017, at Cambridge Medical Center to Josh and Christine Anderson of Isanti. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19½ inches long. Rubie-Faye was welcomed by siblings William and Nathaniel. Emerald Rose Boner was born on May 1 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and was 18 inches long. Proud parents are Nicole Bylund and Louis Boner of East Bethel. Siblings Shyanne and Eli welcomed Emerald. Grandparents are Janet Ross of Isanti, Roger Ross of East Bethel, Jamie Bylund of Ogilvie and Coral Moore of Coon Rapids. Carson Jean Collins was born on May 12, 2017, at Cambridge Medical Center to Garen Collins and Hollie Finney of Cambridge. He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 18 inches long. Carson was welcomed by siblings Garen Junior, Grace and Gabriel. Proud grandparents are Bryan and Tammy Finney of St. Francis and Robert Collins of Palisade. Maria Virginia Merchlewicz was born on May 16, 2017, at Cambridge Medical Center to Matthew and Anna Merchlewicz of St. Francis. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. Maria was welcomed by brother Isaac. Proud grandparents are Tony and Julie Merchlewicz of Braham, Mitch and Gina Vidor of Braham, Brian and Bonnie Long of Orlando, Florida.

Why are my baby apples falling off the tree? “Why are my baby apples falling off the tree?” This question was asked by a very concerned gardener during one of my recent visits at a local farmers’ market. There is no simple, direct answer. Fruit drop, as it is called, typically happens during the month of June in Minnesota. There are several things that can make an apple, pear and sometimes a cherry tree shed its fruit: late frosts, excessive heat or cold, abrupt changes in humidity, poor pollination and even excessive fruit on the tree. Many apple varieties have heavy fruit production every other year. So, in the “on year,” they would have an abundance of flowers and, with luck, successful pollination. This results in an overabundance of immature apples/pears. If there are no environmental issues, the fruit tree recognizes that it needs to conserve energy and begins to cut off the supply of nutrients to some of the immature fruit. These immature apples/pears begin to fall from the mother tree near the month of June. If you were to examine an apple/ pear tree a couple of weeks after it had flowered, you would discover baby fruits hanging from an elongated, knobby growth called a fruit spur. From this fruit spur you would see anywhere from two to six or eight baby fruits. As they begin to grow, two or three of the baby fruits will be larger


and greener than the others on Isanti Family Farmers Market on that spur. The smaller/immature Fridays or the Cambridge Farmers fruits will begin to take on a pale Market on Saturdays from May green to light yellow color. If you through October. Bring your take your finger, you can give one questions or just come to visit. See of these smaller fruits a little flick you at the Farmers Markets and and it will fall from the fruit spur. happy gardening! Most of us like to eat large Correction: healthy looking apples/pears. The The byline was incorrect on size of the mature fruit will be some past Master Gardener dependent on the number of fruit articles. Here is the correct on the tree. If you want larger information: fruit, you will need to thin out The invasive buckthorn some of the apples/pears on the (December 2016/January 2017) tree. Take your hand pruner and by John Nordin snip off all but one fruit per fruit Let’s get seeds started because spur. Now step back and see how spring is here (April 2017) by many fruits are in a given area Rebecca Mauriala-Kuehn of the tree. You need a space of Host plants for butterflies and six to eight inches between each other pollinators (May 2017) by remaining fruit. Rebecca Mauriala-Kuehn Here’s a simple way to measure this distance. Take your adult hand, make a fist and now extend your thumb and little John Deere 3025E finger in opposite directions • Standard 4WD for max traction away from the fist. The • E-hydro transmission with Twin distance from the tip of the Touch pedals for ease of use thumb to the tip of the little • Category 1 3-pt hitch compatible with iMatch Quick-Hitch finger is the correct spacing and for mos. between apples/pears. Don’t forget to keep your pruners clean and sharp. Compact Tractor Clean the cutting edges with either a solution of ten Plus Additional $500 Off percent bleach mixed with with purchase of 2+ implements water or alcohol (isopropyl or denatured). You will find Isanti Check out County Master Gardeners additional specials at each week at either the

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Monday-Thursday, August 14-17 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Each day will be filled with stories, art activities and games based on a different Dr. Seuss book. Day 1 Day 3 The Cat in The Hat One Fish, Two Fish Day 2 Day 4 Green Eggs and Ham Fox in Socks Children age 3 by May 1, through 5, pre-kindergarten.

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St. Francis High School (SFHS) is fortunate to have strong choir programs. The variety of choral programs offered allows students to excel at any level. As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, SFHS can be especially proud of several individual choral students who achieved unique honors or accomplishments for stretching beyond expectations. Minnesota All-State The Minnesota Music Educators Association offers enrichment programs to develop the finest musicians among Minnesota’s most accomplished high school students. Students from schools across the state work through a rigorous nomination and audition process. The following students were accepted and participated in the Minnesota All-State Championship program for 2016-17: Britany Cich, Jake Hoefer, Aaron Manglos, Katie Peterson and

Austin Scott. Auditions were recently completed and SFHS will be represented by Jake Hoefer, Irina Klimok, Connor Kortemeier, Aaron Manglos, Katie Peterson and Katey Smith in 2017-18. Scholarships Showchoirs enjoyed an outstanding year and the following seniors were awarded Showchoir Outstanding Performer Scholarships: Maija Luckow, Aaron Manglos and Jocelyn Pilarski. Mississippi 8 All-Conference Singers St. Francis High School choirs also participate in the Mississippi 8 All-Conference Singers group. The following students represented our school as they participated in accelerated learning sessions and performed as a select choir: Alicia Fahland, Brendan Long, Maija Luckow, Connor Kortemeier, Caleb Manglos, Sarah Provost, Amber Stone and Chimeng Vue.



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Class of 2017 choir seniors We honor all our seniors who have represented St. Francis High School with pride and professionalism in their high school careers. Best wishes to these seniors as they start a new chapter in their lives: Sarah Antinozzi, Megan Bliese, Bryanna Blodgett, Jordan Bogan, Isabela Cain, Jillian Cherney, Tyler Chouinard, Britany Cich, Blake Cipperly, Christian Dahlstrom, Rianne Doherty, Jordan Engen, Kelsey Fahland, Alex Ferguson, Reagan Gard, Katelyn Gehling, Ryan Grimsley, Dan Hanlon, Dawson Helget, Marty Henderson, Carter Hopkins, Brianna Huntington, Carl Jenson, Tyler Kesler, Tyler Knudtson, Emma Lero, Logan Lene, Brendan Long, Maija Luckow, Kalee Luther, Shawn Madzey, Caleb Manglos, Ben Murphy, Karina Nelson, Brittany Nesset, Dawson O’Brien, Alyssa Pace, Annika Peterson, Paris Pyles, Brian Renfro, Morgan Salmela, Austin Scott, Scott Sherman, Ashley Skalsky, Austin Spindler, Nirawan Srikongphet, Jazmyn Strom, Sydney Sylvester, Chimeng Vue, Daobay Vue, Travis Ward, Megan Weber, Brianna Whited, Stephon Wilder, Melissa Wodziak and Skylar Wolf Interested in learning more? SFHS Choir Boosters have a website to highlight the choir programs and provide information about upcoming events, volunteerism and fundraising opportunities. For email notifications about St. Francis High School choirs, subscribe to the email list from our website at http://

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Alexandra House Gala exceeds expectations TINA BRONSON


WCCO and Alexandra House hosted the 14th Annual Hope Gala on March 25 at Leopold’s Mississippi Gardens in Brooklyn Park. The Gala, presented by Carlson Toyota, raised more than $150,000 supporting Alexandra House’s comprehensive services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Executive Director Connie Moore shares, “Our 14th Annual Hope Gala, where we celebrated our 40th anniversary, was a record-breaking event. It surpassed our fundraising goal of $150,000 and raised nearly $50,000 more than our event in 2016! It truly demonstrates the incredible investment our community is willing to make in Alexandra House and to ensure survivors of sexual and domestic violence have the support when they need it most.” The keynote speaker, Claudette Jones, provided a moving account of her own struggles in an abusive relationship and how Alexandra House, through its shelter, legal services and support groups helped her escape her circumstance and start a new life free from violence. After her presentation, Gala attendees, encouraged by a $10,000 matching gift from Carlson Toyota, committed thousands of dollars to support Alexandra House’s plethora of life-saving services. Planning for the 15th Annual Hope Gala, tentatively scheduled for March 24, 2018, is already underway. Interest Expires 6/30/17

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in sponsorships, donations, or other means of support may be directed to Tina Bronson, Communications Marketing Director, at 763-656-1363 or Free workshops and support groups in June Alexandra House offers several educational workshops and support groups to help survivors cope with the confusion, anger and fear often experienced after episodes of sexual assault and domestic violence. These workshops and groups enable survivors to share their experiences, express their feelings and provide them with support to overcome their fears and feelings of isolation. For more information or to register for groups, call 763-656-1366 or visit Work shops and groups are held at Alexandra House in Blaine. Coffee & Conversations Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 10:00-11:00 a.m. More than Survivors: Healing Arts Support Group Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 6:30-8:00 p.m. Self-Esteem Support Group Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 6:30-8:00 p.m. On Our Way–For Women 50+ Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 10:00-11:30 a.m. Support and Healing Group for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Mindfulness & Meditation Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 30 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Spring and summer tend to be times when we are busier with outdoor work and activities which may result in a little less pet supervision. It’s helpful to try to prevent access to a number of items that dogs and cats like to chew on and swallow that can result in obstruction. Cats are especially attracted to string-like items, such as ribbon, thread, fishing line and yarn. If a cat starts chewing on thread with a needle attached to it, the needle often gets swallowed along with the thread, or the needle may become lodged in the mouth, tongue, or throat. Fishing line is a favorite play item for cats too and if the fishhook is still attached, it often gets stuck in a paw or lip. Thread or string that is swallowed often wraps itself around the base of the tongue where it’s difficult to see, but it acts like an anchor while the intestines try to pull it down creating bunching of the intestines and, in worst cases, sawing through the intestinal wall. Take care to keep these types of materials out of reach of your cats. Dogs like to chew on lots of different items,

especially if there is an interesting odor. Some of the common items that need to be removed surgically include: golf balls, small bouncy balls, shredded rugs, plastic wrapping from meat, any items from the bathroom garbage, underwear (especially if it’s in the dirty laundry), mittens, diapers and other baby items, small toys, rocks, meat bones that are soft enough to chew up and utensils, especially if they still have food on them. One memorable case was a dog with obstructed intestines after unexpectedly consuming sand from a fire pit where meat had been cooked and the fat drippings had absorbed into the sand. Symptoms you will see are primarily vomiting. After one-three days, the animal will no longer try to eat because of the abdominal discomfort. Any time your pet is vomiting and stops eating, whether or not you think they swallowed something they shouldn’t have, seek veterinary help. This is a problem with a better outcome the earlier it is addressed.

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Teachers, preschool instructors create lasting first impressions of ISD 15 find at the Lifelong Learning Center’s Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program. “We build programs to meet community needs,” said Tracy Erickson, Early Childhood Special Ed (ECSE) teacher. “We wear a million hats. We are educators, counselors, psychologists and more—providing resources for parents and their children.” Erickson elaborated on the important role teachers and instructors provide by connecting resources and information to families. These efforts bring the community together, providing extracurricular activities for youth, potential after-school and childcare opportunities and more. Preschool instructors and teachers work collaboratively and independently to create a learning environment to meet a child’s individual needs. To accomplish this, staff ensure they follow standardsbased curriculum through fun and educational activities. Skills are assessed throughout the day (i.e., social skills, manners, reading, math). Meetings with staff to address issues and chart new developments in educational practices ensure positive growth for each child. “We plan with specific outcomes,” said Nancy Wallace, ECFE program supervisor. “Education starts when the child is born. Supporting parents



Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) has seen many changes since its establishment in 1914, but an aspect that has stayed consistent are staff who are commitment to students. “[Teachers] give 100 percent to their students,” stated Jay Powell, principal at Crossroads School & Vocational Center. “Students always come first.” Powell notices staff going the extra mile for students daily. “The commitment teachers have for kids—time, energy, knowledge and creativity, helps students.” Powell advised students and parents to “not be afraid to reach out to the teacher to have that communication in helping students succeed.” Doug Austin, principal at St. Francis High School, emphasized the importance the extra hours teachers put in on behalf of students, making a “positive connection with students to succeed and connect with school.” Building these first impressions and creating relationships starts early between parents, students and staff. Preschool instructors and early childhood teachers have an important role in creating lasting relationships and building trust with parents and their children in this first educational experience. Providing a safe and caring environment is what families will

allows them to grow as individuals and become more confident with their children.” “Everything we do in ECFE is intentional,” stated Kelli Stockinger, an ECFE teacher. Not only do teachers support students, they also support parents. “Everything we know is passed along to parents,” she added. To ensure district instructors and teachers are receiving the training needed to provide high quality programs and educational paths, professional development opportunities and resources are a priority in ISD 15. Ninety-minute late starts are utilized by staff to tailor information to meet students’ needs. Scott Manni, principal of Saints Academy and Saints Online, notices that allowing time for teachers to problem solve, review and decompress while participating in professional learning communities correlates with positive student/parent/teacher relationships and increased enrollment. The ability to collaborate, discuss results, address challenges and chart achievements gives staff the support needed to determine proper student programs. “Research says that the greatest impact on students is quality teaching,” stated Manni. “That is what we have in ISD 15.”

SCHEDULE — FRIDAY, JULY 14 Community Center East Bethel Fire Department Waterball Event.......................................7:00 p.m. Booster Park West Concessions and pre-movie activities.........8:00 p.m. Free movie Raiders of the Lost Ark in the park courtesy of Chops, Inc....................................Dusk In case of inclement weather, this will be held at East Bethel Ice Arena.

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Friday & Saturday! Booster Park Family Fun Days East Bethel Community Center 2241 221st Avenue NE

One mile east of Hwy. 65, corner of 221 and Palisade Street

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at Viking Meadows Golf Club. The outing will be held on Friday, July 14, 11:00 a.m. Would you like to sponsor a hole? Please contact Tom Bennek at 763-434-4205. For further details on the golf outing, see the Golf Outing registration form on the city’s website. Interested in the Friday night movie or Saturday kiddie parade? Contact East Bethel City Hall – 763-367-7840

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Medallion Hunt Paint in the Park Touch-A-Truck Anoka County Historical Society Presentation Kid Power with Rachel Stay tuned for details!

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Pancake Breakfast................................................................................ 7:00-11:00 a.m. Flag Raising.....................................................................................................8:00 a.m. 5K Run/Walk...................................................................................................8:15 a.m. 1K for Kids.....................................................................................................9:15 a.m. Car/Truck/Tractor Show.................................................................8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sheriff’s Fingerprinting......................................11:30 a.m. Bingo.........................................................1:00-4:00 p.m. East Bethel Ice Arena East Bethel Royalty Pageant............................... 2:00 p.m. Booster Park Kiddie Parade registration................................10:00 a.m. Kiddie Parade.................................................11:00 a.m. GRAND PARADE.............................................11:00 a.m. Anoka County Radio Control Club.................... 1:00 p.m. Tractor Pull......................................................... 1:30 p.m. 56th Annual Firefighters Dance........8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Live Music Good for Gary, Food/Beverages Fireworks................................................................... Dusk

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East Bethel Royalty Pageant If interested in becoming a candidate or for event information, contact Ken Orr at 763-218-0123

Reserve your booth space. Merchandise, food and crafters are all welcome Saturday, July 15. General information, email to

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The Courier - June 2017  

Publication of Independent School District 15, St. Francis