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SFHS Class of 2013

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Sandy Benson’s kindergarten class celebrated the fact that they knew all of the 40 sight words by climbing the jungle gym for a celebration photo. T-shirts displayed the sight words and students colored the words with markers as they learned each one. The T-shirts were purchased for all Cedar Creek Community School kindergartners by the CCCS PTO. PHOTO by Laura Lamson Submitted by Sandra Benson, CCCS Kindergarten Teacher, Peer Leader

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

July 2013 | Volume 20, Issue 12


Keeping kids active once the school year ends In many ways, today’s kids have busier schedules than any previous generation of youngsters. Many extracurricular activities, including sports, require a nearly year-round commitment, and the dual-income household has landed many kids in afterschool programs where kids tend to homework or various activities that keep them from resting on their laurels. But those busy schedules get a lot less hectic when the school year ends. Once school is out, kids used to a full schedule might find themselves with lots of time on their hands. Though it’s good for kids to squeeze in some rest and relaxation during their summer break, it’s also important for kids to stay active so they don’t develop poor habits as the summer goes on. In addition, the American Psychological Association notes that kids who are physically active are more capable of coping with stress and tend to have higher self-esteem than kids who do not include physical activity as part of their regular routines. The following are a few suggestions for ways to keep kids active throughout the summer while still allowing them to recharge their batteries after a long school year. } Plan an active vacation. Summer is when many families go on vacation, so why not choose a vacation that involves more than napping poolside? Though it’s still good to leave some time for relaxation, find a locale where you can embrace activities like snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, or other adventures that get you and your youngsters off the poolside chaise and out exploring. Such a trip might inspire kids to embrace an activity more fully, getting them off the couch not only while they’re on vacation but also when they return home for the rest of summer. } Teach kids to garden. Gardening might be seen as a peaceful and relaxing hobby, but it still requires a lot of elbow grease and hard work that pays physical dividends. A garden must be planted, hoed, weeded, and watered, and gardening gets kids out of the house to enjoy the great outdoors. When growing a vegetable garden, kids might embrace the chance to be directly involved in the foods that will eventually end up on their dinner tables. Parents can embrace this as an opportunity to teach the value of eating locally-produced foods and the positive impact such behavior has on the environment. } Go swimming. Few adults who work in offices haven’t looked out their windows on a sunny summer day and thought how nice it would be to be spending that afternoon making a few Continued, Page 13

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July What’s Inside Schools in Action..........................................2 SFHS Class of 2013.......................................8 School Board Highlights.........................12 Community Education............................14 Area Summer Events................................17 Community & Business...........................22 Sports & Outdoors....................................30 Life..................................................................33 Classified.......................................................36

Schools in Action Superintendent’s Corner Edward Saxton

Early in my educational career, toward the end of June, my father would always ask, “So, what are you doing now that it is summer?” Great question. To this day, there are as many answers to that question as there are employees in our district. When the formal school year

ends, the business of running school districts changes—but it does not cease. Most students have summer plans; a significant number of those plans involve family and, oddly enough, a great deal of the balance involves our schools and our staff. June is traditionally a busy month for marching band and for athletic and academic opportunities. Coaches and advisors have spent extra time planning and hope to create quality experiences for student growth in June, July, and August. From an educational perspective, our district continues to encourage reading as a quality summer endeavor. Our summer school program, Academic Stretch, starts after the Fourth of July and runs for

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School Board Highlights Community Education two consecutive three-week periods. Our students have the option of attending the first session, the second session, or both sessions. These are family decisions that generally revolve around need and availability. But what else happens around the district in the “summer?” Building hours change and many employees who work alternative shifts during the school year are now on days. Custodial and maintenance activity is more likely to occur during a traditional day, and employees who may work in small groups during the year are now part of a larger team with a goal of having our buildings ready in the fall. Of course, this is accomplished at the same time we offer camps and summer


school. It is not just the buildings that need consistent attention, but our grounds and fields as well. At the bus garage, safety checks and fleet work continue to be a priority, and a limited number of drivers will be in action during Academic Stretch. The fall planning will begin later in July with the goal of bringing quality service to our families in the 2013-14 school year. Even though some of our office professionals have fewer hours at this time of year, many of our staff are yearround employees and work during the summer months. For example, in July and part of August, the district office is open Monday through Thursday, and Friday by appointment, to allow for some flexibility with staff. Each building in the district has a form of adjusted hours. Our desire is to continue to be available in some form while


the majority of our students are gone. What do our principals do in the summer? Our principals spend time thinking about programming and how to better serve their students in the fall. Many will be involved in professional development activities designed to increase efficacy as an instructional leader. Some will attend activities along with our teaching staff to increase the probability of success next year. An interesting group to observe, if you can keep up, are those who coordinate technology. Most of us understand staying ahead of the curve in the digital world can be a daunting task. Multiply that need exponentially by adding about 5,000 clients who range in age from three to 65, and you have the world that we ask our “techies” to manage. Ironically, they welcome the challenge Continued, Page 13

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Ben Mayer, a fourth grade student at East Bethel Community School, helped his classmates choose new books. Ben’s mother, Carol, is a teacher and saved her book points to collect enough books to donate to several classes and provide books for the EBCS book walk. The students are thrilled with their new books! Cassie Schmoll, EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

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Yellow House Dancers visit District 15 Cindy Thurston, CSVC teacher Carlene Sargent, SFMS teacher The Yellow House Dancers, a Native American dance group from Arizona, recently performed at Crossroads School and St. Francis Middle School. Led by Lane Jensen, an awesome hoop dancer, the group was both informative and entertaining. Each of the performers described the meaning of their dance and aspects of their clothing.

The grass dancer, Alex Wells, wore a large headdress that resembled long grass along with ribbons on the clothing also symbolizing grass. That dance was important for preparing sacred places for Native American life as well as having the practical aspect of flattening the grass so land could be used without destroying the grass. The shawl dance, performed by Tawny Anderson, is significant in that it marks the first dance

women were able to do in a more prominent way as opposed to peripheral dances women did when the men were dancing. It was striking to learn that within the culture, a subculture has its history, too. The hoop dance represents a symbolic connection of life and its gifts. Using the hoops, the dancers constructed symbolic forms, such as globes, eagles, snakes, butterflies and coyotes. The hoop has no beginning and no end, which

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Cedar Creek Community School After 33 years of being a speech and language clinician in Independent School District 15, Marianne Albus retired. Albus worked in many different buildings in ISD 15. A celebration was held on May 16 at the Refuge Golf Club. On her last day at Cedar Creek Community School, Marianne did a victory lap around the building on the scrubber. The staff at CCCS cheered her into retirement. Best wishes to Marianne and thank you for all your years of service. Sandra Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

St. Francis Elementary School

Van Gilder retires Sandra Benson CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

Holly Van Gilder has retired this year after 37 years of teaching in ISD 15. She started her teaching career in 1975. ISD 15 is the only district in which she has taught. She has been in all elementary buildings in the district. In her many years of teaching she has shown skills in a variety of different teaching assignments. She has Holly Van Gilder taught kindergarten, first, second and third grade. She Submitted Photo has been very flexible and creative in meeting the needs of learners in those grades. Holly always kept the developmental learning style of each of her students in the forefront of her mind when she was teaching. When not in school, Van Gilder is gardening, cooking, baking and enjoying her family. She has a son who will start college this fall. Van Gilder will continue to travel with family and friends. Her contributions to our district will be missed. The ISD 15 kindergarten team wishes her much happiness. Thank you, Holly, for your dedicated years of service in ISD 15!

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St. Francis Elementary School (SFES) raised money for the children and families affected by the tornado in Oklahoma City. As the elementary school was devastated, our school wanted to do something special for those children and families. We decided to name our campaign, “Coins for Kids.” On a Wednesday, we collected pennies and nickels; on Thursday, dimes and quarters and on Friday, bills and any coins. In total, we collected $2,425.49. Feed the Children organization in Oklahoma City was selected as the recipient because they deliver food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families. A special thanks to Village Bank for counting all the coins and providing a cashier’s check payable to Feed the Children. Thank you to The Courier staff for making the oversized check that can hang on the wall in SFES main office and show our hard work and dedication to others during our Coins for Kids campaign.

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Congratulations from the high school counselors Jill Salo SFHS Counselor

By the time you read this article, nearly 400 students will have completed their education in Independent School District 15. It has been our pleasure to work with your sons, daughters, grandchildren and neighbors. It is always refreshing to see these young minds go off into the future to make this a better world, and these graduates undoubtedly will. As we celebrate a successful end to the year and look forward to the next, some graduates shared some advice

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to the upcoming student leaders: Remember to enjoy and cherish your time at SFHS. The time you are a student here is limited, so as you walk into the familiar building that you know as your high school next year, think about how you can always work to make it a better place. Develop positive relationships with the teachers and staff. Do things to help out. Your parents are right— letters of recommendation, class rank and grades really are important! Also, thank your parents and other influential adults in your life for their time and support. Get involved and have fun. Our athletic teams, clubs and activities depend on a healthy crowd, and it’s more fun when everyone is there. Have many friends and get to know each group of students in your class—remember to “be kind” to all people. The following are some important reminders for the upcoming year. Graduation requirements Students graduating in 2014 and 2015 need 54 credits to graduate from St. Francis High School. Students graduating in 2016 need 57. Within those credits, there are minimum requirements among a variety of curriculum

areas, which are outlined in the 2013-14 registration guides on the SFHS website ( Students must also pass the state-mandated tests for their appropriate grade level. Class schedule change policy Class schedules for the 2013-14 school year will be mailed home in mid-August. Students were able to register for classes online and had the opportunity to choose classes they wanted. This should minimize the need for any schedule changes. However, if you notice an error on your son or daughter’s class schedule, please call the counseling office at 763-2131590 to make an appointment with a counselor. Schedule changes will take place for the following reasons only: } Student has not yet satisfied the prerequisite necessary for a scheduled course } Student has already taken and passed a course on the schedule } Student has a study hall or a blank in their schedule and prefers a class } Student needs to replace an elective class with a required class Orientation and Open House Incoming freshmen and their parents will receive an invitation in August to attend orientation.

Freshman Orientation at St. Francis High School will be held on the evening of August 27. This is a fun event and the entire class of 2017 and their parents are encouraged to attend. Parents will learn about the opportunities and policies that SFHS offers while freshmen attend an assembly, find their lockers and classrooms, and become acquainted with their new school.

Please mark your calendar now for the school-wide Open House on August 28. Students in grades 10-12 will have the opportunity to choose a locker, find their classes, put money in their lunch account, etc. Parents will also be able to pick up their PIN to access up-to-date grades and attendance online for their children through SchoolView.

Students receive real-world auto body experience Kyle Linton and Erik Trost SFHS Auto Body Teachers

For two years, St. Francis High School has offered an introductory auto body technology course. The course is taught between the school’s automotive shop and metal shop and has had approximately sixty students in each of its first years. Students learn basic knowledge regarding many auto-related topics: careers in the field, estimates, dent repair, safety, and spray techniques. One of the projects includes students designing graphics for and painting a mailbox that they may take home. This year presented a new challenge with the high school’s spray booth needing repairs that were not able to be fixed. Thankfully, Joe Tillman, owner of St. Francis Collision, stepped up and opened the doors of his shop to the students of his community. Six students were transported to St. Francis Collision approximately three days a week throughout the course and were instructed on proper spray techniques. This gave students the opportunity to learn from professionals who have over thirty years in the business; it also gave students experience working in an actual collision repair shop. Special thanks to St. Francis Collision, PPG Industries, and Audatex for their support of this program.

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East Bethel Community School

Students show what they know Cassie Schmoll EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

It was time for the students in Cassie Schmoll’s fifth grade class to show what they have learned, and it is not through a multiple choice test! Students assessed their own skill level on each of the state standards. They chose the top three math skills they were most comfortable with and three skills they were a little shaky on. The students split into groups composed of peers that were very comfortable with the chosen standard and students who wanted a little more practice. Each group chose how they were going to present their lesson and worked on the content. Students used all sorts of media—everything from the standard white board to Prezi and Google presentations using iPads and iPad minis. Students took on the role as teacher in every sense of the word. After creating their lesson, they presented it to the class. They required their classmates to take notes, ask questions, walk through examples and they even assigned homework. Schmoll’s fifth grade students rose to the

occasion exponentially! Many lessons and skills were gained and enhanced both academically and socially.

Students in physical education classes at East Bethel Community School participated in the annual Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser. Jump Rope For Heart promotes physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. Money raised goes directly to the American Heart Association. This year students raised over $4,500. The top fundraiser was Molly S., turning in $500. The top fundraising family was Kaisa, Kaiden and Kennedy H., turning in $600. Thank you to everyone for supporting the American Heart Association. 

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East Bethel Community School students from Kathy Kolb’s reading class finished poetry projects and then visited several classrooms to present their version of a Poetry SLAM.  Cassie Schmoll,

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Lillian DeRung and Cassie Schmoll’s fifth grade reading students lent their musical knowledge of the song Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and their science skills to help Michelle Roy and Leslee Yseth’s kindergartners. The fifth graders helped trace the kindergartners so their models would be lifesize. There was a team effort in placing the kindergartners’ internal organs in the correct spots on their life-sized models. Who knows, there may have been a few future internal medicine surgeons born in one verse of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes! Cassie Schmoll, EBCS Community Relations Coordinator The Courier | July 2013 |

On May 9 East Bethel Community School (EBCS) held the spring book walk. Families enjoyed the exercise and fun evening that focused on literacy. The book walk was sponsored by EBCS and the Community Involvement committee. Books were provided by the EBCS PTO. Thank you all of our student volunteers including Aaron Boelter, Adriana Anderson, Amelia Tesdahl, Storm Tocheck, Tayes Baldwin, Tayler Anderson, Krista Sanow, Andra Gulenchyn, Jammi Hammonel, Shannyn Telander, Faith Mauriala, Katie Sigfrinius and Kyle Carrigan.  Debbie Sundberg, EBCS Grade 2 teacher

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Cheers to you, Class of 2013! We’re proud of you, and we wish you all the best as you pursue your goals for the future. May all of your hopes and dreams come true.


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Class of 2013 Zachary Warren Daniels Samuel Sterling Day Tiffany Lynn Day Britany Amber Delcourt Weston Kelly DeMorrett Makina DesJarlait Mitchell Paul Deusenbery Alana Jane Dittes Kallie Marie Domogalla + Randi Leigh Donnay Shelby Irene Doucette Adreall Elizabeth Dropik Angela Rose Dugas Griffin Roger Dunn Autumn Marie DuPaul + John Richard Durkot + Kaitlyn Janette Dutcher Alexander Paul Eastman Christine Marie Edelburg Zachary Duane Edwards + Hunter Allen Emmerich David Joshua Erickson Natasha Ann Ervasti Jasmine Pearl Espino Pastones Miranda Ashley Evjen Magdalyn Mae Ewen +^ Nicholas Ryan Feela Faith Michele Fenton + Bryanna Rose Marie Ferguson Logan John Ferguson Sabrina Marie Fluegel + Zachary Richard Foesch Aaron Scott Folk Jordan David Forbord +^ Hope Renee Frants Samantha Adorah Frenier Caitlin Rose Funder Nickolas Gennaro Gagliardi Matthew Thomas Gallion Sean Patrick Gard Samuel Miner Gerlach Wilfred Michael Gessner Bryce Clarence Gilbertson Patrick Richard Godin Jessica Jo Goldeman Claire Elizabeth Gonsales Andra Rose Gulenchyn *^ Sarah Catherine Haley Morgan Louise Hall Haley Eva Haluptzok Samantha Rose Hamlin + Sasha Rae Hamlin * Aaron Christopher Hamm Gabrielle Nicole Hammond +^ Benjamin William Hanson Sarah Alexandra Hanson Reed William Harmon + Brandon Ray Hartzberg Megan Gabrielle Henry + Victoria Rose Henry Danielle Lynn Hericks Tyler Michael Hermanson Kaitlyn Jo Hiebert Travis Rode Hodgman Ciara Marie Hoff Anthony Michael Hoffman

Kylee Kay Hoffman Brittney Justine Hoglund Ryan James Holritz Cole Benjamin Homan Sonja Annemiche Homan *^ Zachary Laurence Homan Brittney Victoria Hoosline Nathen Dale Huettl Ann Elizabeth Hunt * Lucas Ronald Huss Anthony Joseph Isle Quinton Felix Jacobson Aaron Michael Jacques *^ Monica Lynn Jenson *^ Benjamin Thomas Jerde Alissa Mae Johnson *^ Alyssa Louise Johnson Chad Allan Johnson + Jacob Scott Johnson Joseph Allan Johnson Kayla Leigh Johnson +^ Sery Leigh Johnson *^ Michaela Mae-Marie Jones Kyle Perry Joos Stephanie Marie Jorgensen Alexander Cassatt Jorgenson Cameron Dennis Kaehler Nathan Steven Kahler Ashlee Ann Kammerud Jacob Edward Kastenbauer *^ Collin George Katseres Meghan Faye Kimpling Daniel John Kivisto Kody James Kobus Kennady Grace Koel Steven Andrew Koenekamp Jennifer Lynn Kost + Michael Glenn Kowalski Bryanna Jean Krolick Cholena Eileen Krolick + KaDe Ann Lane Lindsey Jo Langer Jasmin Elise Lankford Toua Lao Emily Jane Larson Keith Richard Lau Autumn Raye LeFever + Melissa Ann Lemke *^ Isaac David Lindahl *^ Kaitlin Serena Linder Peter Robert Loahr Robert Thomas Loahr Ann Michelle Lokke + Fallon Storm Long Samantha Madison Lowry Connor Daniel Lysholm Hunter Jeanell Maas +^ Michael William MacDonald London Michelle Mahle Savannah Rose Maughan Faith Mary Irene Mauriala *^ James Anthony Mayer Darron Marquis McKenzie Kaeli Ann Melin +^ Amber Marie Minor Nicholas Annund Mitzuk

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St. Francis High School

Class of 2013 From Page 8


Congratulations to the St. Francis High School Class of 2013. The 99th annual commencement ceremony was held on May 31 where 359 students celebrated their accomplishments with family, friends and administration. This year’s senior class motto was, "Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” These seniors are ready to start climbing. Pictured (L-R) Aaron Jacques, Claire Gonsales, Sam Wellman, Connor Tradewell and Alex Sivigny. Good luck to the Class of 2013! Submitted Photo

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St. Francis High School Scholarship Recipients 2013 Nancy Selb

SFHS Administrative Assistant/ Registrar

Adriana Anderson $19,000 Hamline University Renewable Honors Scholarship $250 ISD 15 Music Faculty Scholarship Mitchell Anderson $500 Winona State University Academic Scholarship $500 St. Francis Lions Scholarship Nickolas Anderson $150 Saints for Soccer Scholarship Tayler Anderson $1,000 St. Francis Jaycee’s Scholarship Tayes Baldwin $500 Pentair Equipment Protection Company Scholarship Paige Berg $500 St. Francis American Legion Post 622 Scholarship $500 Thomas Smith Support the Troops Scholarship Ellisana Blumb $500 Foundation 15 Counseling Dept. Scholarship Nicole Borstner $500 St. Francis Lions Scholarship; $300 St. Francis Basketball Cody Brant $11,000 Carthage College Renewable Founders Scholarship; $500 Foundation 15 Saxton/Helm Scholarship

$250 SFHS NFL Booster Club Scholarship Ashton Brask $7,500 Bethel University Renewable Dean’s Scholarship $500 Foundation 15 FACS Dept. Scholarship Kassandra Brown $500 St. Francis American Legion Post 622 Auxiliary Scholarship Dakota Bullen $200 Bill Johnson & Roger Anderson Memorial Hockey Scholarship Megan Capistrant $500 Oak Grove Fire Dept. Alan Dahl Memorial Scholarship Heather Carlson $14,000 College of St. Scholastica Renewable Benedictine Scholarship $6,471 College of St. Scholastica Renewable CSS Yes Scholarship $1,500 College of St. Scholastica Alliss Scholarship Mitchell Carlson $250 Cedar Creek Community School PTO Scholarship $500 North Anoka Plumbing Trades Scholarship $350 St. Francis Lioness Club Scholarship Kyle Cederberg $500 David Bednarz Scholarship Kaitlin Connolly $4,000 St. Cloud State University Academic

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Scholarship; $1,000 Nickolas Engler Memorial Scholarship Mitchell Deusenbery $1,000 Jan Owczarzak Memorial Scholarship $2,000 University of Minnesota Duluth Iron Range Scholarship Alana Dittes $300 St. Francis Basketball Association Scholarship Kallie Domogalla $12,700 University of St. Thomas Renewable St. Thomas Award Scholarship $500 Ann Talle Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Griffin Dunn $300 Saints for Soccer Scholarship Natasha Ervasti $500 Thomas Smith Support the Troops Scholarship Magdalyn Ewen Arizona State University Five Year Full-Tuition Athletic Scholarship; $12,000 Arizona State University Renewable Academic Scholarship Faith Fenton $350 St. Francis Lioness Club Scholarship Bryanna Ferguson $500 Foundation 15 Art Dept. Scholarship Sabrina Fluegel $5,000 Bethel University Renewable Faculty Scholarship $2,000 Bethel University

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Jack Russell Scudder Abigail Elizabeth Senger Daniel Alexander Sievert *^ Alexander Edward Sivigny Alexander Robert Skeate Lauren Elizabeth Skogquist Alex William Smith Marissa Katherine Smith *^ Samantha Ann Smith +^ Benjamin John Solarz + April Lindsay Solberg Ashley Michelle Solei Keely Cherea Soucie + Sarah Marguerite Sparks Brianna Marie Stansberry Zoey Lyn Stewart *^ Jennifer Lynn Stierns Alexandria Marie Stokes *^ Samantha Irene Street Trevor Nicholas Studer Alyssa Jo Sturdevant Bailey Morgan Swensgard Katie Lynn Swenson Nicholas Robert Swenson Tyler Scott Swenson Garrett Roy Tegg Mikayla Jean Thayer Jeremy James Theis *^ Nathon Allen Thomsen Anthony Wayne Thorndike Brady Brian Tiegs Matthew Allen Timmons Kaitlyn Marie Tobako + Connor Dwane Tradewell Alexandra Elizabeth Troye + Travis Keith Tueffel Dominick Alexander Tuff Zoey Nicole Tye

Brittnay Ann Marie Tyson Jordan Adair Van Dusen Forrest John Van Gilder Adam Plie Vang Katie Mee Vang + Zachary Wayne Vangsness Samantha Jo VanKempen + Matthew Joseph Vanness Amanda Jo Vevea Stephen Wayne Vincent Laura Catherine Vogel +^ Maria Rae Voit Keetha Veda Vue +^ Ashley Lynn Wallace *^ Mackenzie Ashlyn Walsh + Steven Paul Walter + Nicholas Joseph Wander ^ Seth Allen Weber David Joseph Weigelt Katelynn Marie Welch Samuel Jeffrey Wellman + Dylan Ray Whipple Cody Lee Whiteford Adam Grant Whitt Felicia Ann Widmer Regan Raye Williamson + Ceena Lynn Wills Brant Junior Wilson Justin Christopher Wilson Megan Rose Wines +^ Nathaniel Steven Wong Mark David Worthington *^ Erica Lynn Wright Yer Linda Xiong Sarah Jean Youngquist + Curtis Daniel Yurick Austin Lee Ziemer Brianna Lyn Zupko

It’s Your Moment

CONGRATULATIONS! Your diploma will take you far, and we wish you all the best as you embark on the future. Thanks for setting a great example and making us proud.

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All eyes are on you, graduate, as you accept your reward for years of hard work and dedication. Congratulations, and may all of your hopes and dreams come true.

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Scholarships Renewable On-Campus Scholarship; $3,000 Bethel University Renewable Bethel Scholarship; $1,000 Bethel University Renewable Royal Scholarship Aaron Folk $750 Richard Hubbard and Stan Yovetich Memorial Scholarship; $1,000 Fred Dawson Memorial Scholarship $400 Bill Johnson & Roger Anderson Memorial Hockey Scholarship Jordan Forbord $100 University of North Dakota Outstanding High School Leadership Scholarship $500 St. Francis American Legion Post 622 Scholarship Bryce Gilbertson $300 St. Francis Basketball Claire Gonsales $10,000 College of St. Benedict Renewable Dean’s Scholarship Andra Gulenchyn $1,000 Virginia Pearson Anderson Memorial Scholarship; $20,000 Gustavus Adolphus College Renewable Presidential Scholarship $5,000 Gustavus Adolphus College Renewable Jussi Bjorling Music Scholarship $250 SFHS NFL Booster Club Scholarship Sasha Hamlin $500 Pentair Equipment Protection Company Scholarship Gabrielle Hammond $20,000 St. Catherine University Renewable Presidential Scholarship $500 St. Francis Lions Scholarship

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Kaitlyn Hiebert $2,000 University of Minnesota Duluth Iron Range Scholarship Ryan Holritz $500 John Fryer Memorial Scholarship Sonja Homan $1,000 St. Francis Jaycee’s Scholarship; $450 Saints for Soccer Scholarship Ann Hunt $500 AAA Recipient and JDK Scholarship Recipient; $500 East Bethel Senior Center Scholarship $500 Beaverbrook Tri-County Sportsmen Club Scholarship; $300 Village Bank Scholarship; $5,000 University of Minnesota Duluth Renewable Best of Class Scholarship; $1,500 University of Minnesota Duluth Renewable Honors Scholarship; $200 SFHS Student Council Scholarships Aaron Jacques $500 Ed Fleming Memorial Scholarship; $16,500 St. John’s University Renewable President’s Scholarship; $1,000 St. John’s University Renewable Eldon Siehl Memorial Scholarship Monica Jenson $500 St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Alissa Johnson $1,000 University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Helen Godfrey CNR Freshman Scholarship $500 Foundation 15 Social Studies Dept. Scholarship $250 ISD 15 Music Faculty Scholarship; $250 SFHS NFL Booster Club Scholarship Chad Johnson $500 David Bednarz Scholarship

Kayla Johnson $500 North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters Scholarship Sery Johnson $500 East Bethel Senior Center Scholarship; $3,000 University of Minnesota Twin Cities Renewable Presidential Scholarship; $500 Foundation 15 World Language Dept. Scholarship; $1,000 Ramsey Lions Club Scholarship Michaela Jones $500 Foundation 15 Jacque Stein Memorial Scholarship Jacob Kastenbauer $500 St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Meghan Kimpling $500 St. Francis United Methodist Church Dorothy Leathers Scholarship Kennady Koel $600 Mercy Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship Kade Lane $300 St. Francis Basketball Emily Larson $5,500 Jamestown College Renewable Academic Scholarship; $2,000 Jamestown College Renewable Basketball Scholarship; $1,000 Jamestown College Renewable Golf Scholarship; $500 Jamestown College Alumni Scholarship $300 St. Francis Basketball Autumn LeFever $500 Conference of Women in Real Estate Scholarship Melissa Lemke $14,000 College of St. Scholastica Renewable Benedictine Scholarship $1,000 Fairview Northland Medical Center & Fairview Clinics; $500 Thomas Smith Support the Troops Scholarship

Isaac Lindahl $500 Cyril C. Daniels Memorial Scholarship $400 SFHS Class of 1963 Scholarship $5,000 University of Minnesota Duluth Renewable Best of Class Scholarship Robert Loahr $250 ISD 15 Music Faculty Scholarship Hunter Maas $500 Ham Lake Lions Club Savannah Maughan $500 Foundation 15 Science Dept. Scholarship Faith Mauriala $16,000 Concordia College Renewable Faculty Scholarship $2,500 Concordia College Renewable Speech Scholarship $1,000 Connexus Energy Scholarship; $1,000 Fairview Northland Medical Staff Scholarship; $250 SFHS NFL Booster Club Scholarship Nicholas Mitzuk $500 North Anoka Plumbing Trades Scholarship Benjamin Monnier $500 St. Francis Lions Scholarship; $300 St. Francis Basketball Jill Morgan $15,000 Drake University Renewable Academic and Music Scholarship; $250 ISD 15 Music Faculty Scholarship Cassie Mraz $10,000 College of St. Scholastica Renewable Benedictine Scholarship $2,400 College of St. Scholastica Alumni Referral Scholarship $500 Bill Johnson & Roger Anderson Memorial Hockey Scholarship; $500 St. Francis United Methodist Church Dorothy Leathers Scholarship Gabriel Nelson $300 St. Francis Basketball

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Mackenzie Nelson $9,200 University of St. Thomas Renewable Merit Scholarship; $500 Ann Talle Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship; $500 Foundation 15 Business Dept. Scholarship; $150 Saints for Soccer Scholarship; $200 North Metro Soccer Association Scholarship Emma Nordin $38,000 University of Rhode Island Centennial Scholarship $500 Ham Lake Lions Club Christa Norrgard $750 Richard Hubbard and Stan Yovetich Memorial Scholarship Jessica Pavek $400 SFHS Class of 1963 Scholarship; $1,000 University of Minnesota Duluth Renewable Iron Range Scholarship Monica Pelkey $500 Cedar Elementary School PTO Commemorative Scholarship; $200 Gordon D. Nymann Memorial Scholarship $17,000 Gustavus Adolphus College Renewable Dean’s Scholarship; $1,000 Connexus Energy Scholarship; $300 Saints for Soccer Scholarship Raelin Pilarski $1,500 Evangel University Renewable Merit Scholarship $500 Evangel University Admissions Scholarship Brandon Pittman $1,200 Dr. Noel Johnson Memorial Scholarship $300 SFHS Class of 1961 Scholarship; $6,000 University of Minnesota Duluth Renewable Best of Class Scholarship; $500 Foundation 15 PE Dept. Scholarship Kayla Plaisance $14,000 St. Catherine University Renewable Dean’s Scholarship Alexandra Provost $250 Lee Carlson Endowment Scholarship Christina Resnikoff $7,500 Bethel University Renewable Dean’s Scholarship $500 St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Aubrie Ricker $500 Foundation 15 Math Dept. Scholarship Dana Riebe $13,000 Gustavus Adolphus College Renewable Dean’s Scholarship; $1,000 Gustavus Adolphus College Renewable Music Award Scholarship $4,000 Gustavus Adolphus College Renewable Jussi Bjorling Music Scholarship $1,500 Gustavus Adolphus College Renewable Evelyn Anderson Theater Scholarship $1,000 Gustavus Adolphus Gustavus Renewable Art Scholarship; $500 Thomas Smith Support the Troops Scholarship

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St. Francis Middle School

The middle school has talent Jessica Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

The St. Francis Middle School Adrenaline Show Choir entertained students at East Bethel and Cedar Creek Community Schools. Submitted Photo

Middle school show choir had great year Alexandra Ferguson SFMS student

In May, St. Francis Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade Jazz Band and Adrenaline Show Choir performed their spring concert. Each group was buzzing as they waited to begin the show. Following tradition, it started out with the national anthem, and then carried into “take one” of the night. This consisted of renditions of seven songs, four of which were by the jazz band. The other three were sung and danced to by Adrenaline on brand new

staging. The purchase of the new staging was approved by the school’s Site Management Council. Finally, hours of hard work paid off as the first section of the concert was finished. Moving into “take two,” many nervous yet talented seventh and eighth grade students remained in front of the audience as they prepared for the nineteen solos and ensembles yet to come. Among these were band and choir mixes, soloists from both sections of the music department, as well as mixed

The St. Francis Middle School grade 7 class went on an end-of-theyear field trip to Wildwoods Water Park in Otsego on May 30 to swim. Students had a great time being physically active. 

Jessica Rowles, SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

band and choir ensembles. These were met with rounds of applause from enthusiastic audience members as each group went up and gave it their all, finishing the night with confidence. Their concert may have been over, but these dedicated students weren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet. The next day, they headed out for a tour of other elementary schools in district. They spent the first part of their trip at East Bethel Community School, alternating through seven songs. Afterwards, they walked to Cedar Creek Community School and repeated their earlier performance with fervor. Following the performances, seventh graders were dropped off at school and the eighth graders set off to Mansetti’s Pizza & Pasta for a celebratory buffet. Though everyone was sad to see the performing season come to a close, they were all happy to have had this experience and encourage others who are passionate about performing to join in the future.

On May 23 and 24, students from St. Francis Middle School were invited to watch the annual talent show in the gymnasium put on by the student council which is led by guidance counselor Jennifer Norstrem. Tryouts were held a few weeks prior to the show. Students were rewarded with a Target gift card for participating in the show. In addition to Show Choir and Jazz Band performing, the following students participated: On May 23, Katey Smith – singing; Anna Schultz/Hannah Williams – singing/piano; Max Globensky – piano; Tiana Charfauros – singing; Alyssa Miles – singing; Elizabeth Vang – dancing; Asinard Vue – singing; Conor Sullivan – piano; Emmy Blackburn/Felicia Bartell – singing; Ali Wallace/Camille Zupfer/ Marissa Bishman/Carmen Kivisto – dancing; Selena Blumb – singing; Alexandra Ferguson – singing and Bonida Tann – singing; on May 24, Tim Cariveau – piano/singing; Kaylie Beck/ Emma Deroo – singing; Mary Nelson – singing; Sydney Stokes – gymnastics; Ally Smith – singing/guitar; Anja Wiita – piano; Brianna Waste – flute; Kaitlin Marks/Janis Haller – singing; Jocelyn Pilarski/Aaron Manglos – singing; Madeline Olson/ Rileigh Vojta – Karate; Kami Ferguson – singing; Alicia Fahland/ Madi Fiebranz – singing/guitar and Spencer Roesler/Tim Cariveau – singing/guitar/drumming.

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School Board Highlights School Board Perspective David Anderson

When we read this July issue of The Courier, the summer break for Independent School District 15 students will be more than a third of

School Board Highlights May 28, 2013 Kathleen Miller Staff writer

All board members present. Happening Around the District Community Education focus on district-wide youth programs Nancy Messerschmidt, Adult Program Manager and Facility Scheduler, acknowledged teachers Carol Krupke and Christine Tauer for their work with the After School Enrichment program. Krupke explained to the board the program is designed

the way past. It seems like only yesterday that our 2013 graduating seniors made the “walk” to receive their diplomas and congratulations for a job well done. As a board member and parent, I have had the opportunity to attend numerous graduation ceremonies. Some graduations were for family members and relatives in this district or surrounding districts and even some in other states. Most of these ceremonies are very similar, but as a school board member, this is always a most enjoyable moment—to see students, along with their

parents, reach one of the most important educational goals. The one common thread that I have noticed with most of the new graduates seems to be the excitement and anticipation for what is to come next. At graduation night, it might be the pure excitement of the day, the public acknowledgement of their success, the smile on their face or the sincere handshakes and hugs as they accept many congratulations on this special day. As the summer flies by, it may be the excitement of a new job or the anticipation of being with friends before they

move on to post secondary education or technical training. Just as students learn at different paces but collectively reach a common juncture at graduation, they may take different paths for their next journey in life as they travel on the road to success. This journey should hopefully also be filled with excitement and anticipation for what is to come. I believe that Independent School District 15 works hard to deliver a quality, yet challenging and purposeful education so that all students will succeed. As a district

we are constantly evaluating and investigating programs, introducing new curriculum and initiatives. We have agreed to continue our all day, every day kindergarten program and to expand the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program to the fourth and fifth grades. Programs like these will give our students an early start in their educational careers and will challenge them for the years ahead. Congratulations and good luck to all our 2013 graduates for whatever they plan as their next endeavors!

to bring opportunities to students in grades 1-5. Recent opportunities included Adventures in Art, Choir & Drama and Improv Comedy Club. School Board Member Reports Board members congratulated the ISD 15 retirees. Prior to the school board meeting, retirees were recognized for their years of service to the district. There were 31 staff that retired during the 2012-13 school year. School board members reported on the number of phone calls and emails received regarding the transfer of Bobbi Hume, assistant principal at St. Francis Middle School, to St.

Francis High School. Suzanne Erkel made a motion, second by Marsha Van Denburgh, to keep Hume at the middle school. Superintendent Ed Saxton explained the reason for the transfer and how Hume’s skill set could better serve the district at the high school. After much discussion, motion carried to keep Hume at the middle school 5-2, nays being Janet Glover and Amy Kelly. Marsha Van Denburgh met with Indian Education families. A graduation recognition was held June 5 and Dennis Sargent was honored. Harry Grams commented on the appreciation dinner May 23 for local businesses. The dinner was held at the St. Francis American Legion and was hosted by the St. Francis Lions and St. Francis High School. During the dinner, SFHS Activities Director Jeff Fink presented highlights of the great academic and athletic programs offered at the high school. The goal is to help the business community through

the opportunities offered at ISD 15 schools. Levy Report Scott Nelson, Business Services, introduced Michael Hoheisel, senior vice president of finance with Northland Securities, who provided his interpretation of new legislative law in regards to levy referendum.

School Board Meeting Schedule

School Board Members

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

Amy Kelly, Chairwoman 763-744-8458

Monday, July 8 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

David Anderson, Clerk 763-434-9457

to make this important event accessible to all. The regularly scheduled school board meetings have been live-streamed and archived on the ISD 15 website. Due to technical issues, the live streaming was not functioning for the May 28 meeting. The board was reminded that at the time live streaming was being discussed, no resources would be allocated. Also, live streaming was to be implemented at regular school board meetings only. A no-cost solution was devised, which has sufficed with a few glitches since the first meeting was livestreamed September 13, 2010. The board will discuss options and procedures to enhance and expand live streaming at a future board meeting. Administrative Report: Q Comp Amy Worden, ISD 15 Q Comp coordinator and kindergarten teacher, reviewed the 2012-13 Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) annual report. Over 90 teachers, leaders and administrators attended the 2012 Leadership Conference and 318 licensed staff participated in the Q Comp components. OTL facilitated staff development for district initiatives. In April, Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius met with OTL staff, teacher leaders and classroom teachers and gave high marks to the ISD 15 Q Comp program design and effectiveness. The University of Minnesota will be providing STEM training to middle school science, math and technology teachers. School Board members are invited to the 2013 Leadership Conference August 13 and 14.

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School Board Highlights June 10, 2013 Kathleen Miller Staff writer

All board members present. School Board Members Report Graduation ceremonies were held at St. Francis High School May 31. The ceremony was live-streamed to the overflow audience in the Performing Arts Center and is available for viewing on the ISD 15 website. The Office of School Technology (OST) was commended for setting up and working the equipment

Janet Glover, Vice Chairwoman 763-221-5341

Harry Grams, Treasurer 763-856-4350 Suzanne Erkel, Director 763-413-1195 David Roberts, Director 763-843-0013 Marsha Van Denburgh, Director 763-753-6653 Email:

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Keeping kids active

Superintendent’s Corner

laps in a lake, at the beach or in a pool. Kids have the same daydreams during the summer, so take a day off every so often and take the kids for an afternoon of swimming. Swimming is a great activity that exercises the entire body, including the shoulders, back, legs, hips, and abdominals. In addition, swimming helps kids and adults alike maintain a healthy weight while also improving their cardiovascular health. It’s hard for some people to find a place to swim once the warm weather departs, so take advantage of the summer weather and go swimming as often as possible while the kids are not in school. } Limit how much time kids spend watching television, playing video games or surfing the Internet. Many of today’s kids are as tech savvy as they are busy. But it’s important that kids don’t spend too much time online or on the couch watching television or playing video games. Such activities are largely sedentary and can set a bad precedent for the months ahead. Parents should limit how much time their youngsters spend in front of the television or the computer during summer vacation, keeping track and turning the TV or computer off if they suspect kids are spending too much time staring at the screen instead of being active. Kids might not love it when you turn their video games off or minimize their access to social media, but explain the limitations at the onset of summer and let kids know you expect them to be physically active even if it is summer vacation.

and the opportunity to set the pace. Add teachers to our list, and the diversity of summer activity expands in every direction imaginable. Perhaps that is why many of us had to annually write the what-I-did-on-my-summervacation paper. Is it really vacation—or just a significant change in routine? Another good question. When my father asks, “So, what do you district folks do when the kids go home?” I am tempted to say, “Not much; we just hang around and wait for them to come back in the fall.” The danger is, at age 91, he might believe me. Please have an eventful, fun, and educational summer.

Source: Metro Creative Services, Summer 2013

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School Board Highlights Preliminary Budget Report 2013-14 Scott Nelson presented the preliminary budget. Approval for the 2013-14 budget will come before the board June 24. Any documents added to the report and all funds summary will be forwarded to board members prior to the June 24 meeting. Work Session A work session has been scheduled for Monday, June 17 at Crossroads School to discuss the 2013-14 Literacy Plan – Reading Well by Grade 3 and proposed changes to the education delivery model for next school year.

The St. Francis High School All Night Party Committee thanks the following businesses,

organizations and individuals for donations, helping to make this year’s party—It’s A Jungle Out There, another great success! Many thanks to those who helped plan the party and the adults who volunteered their time at the high school and at Blainbrook on May 31. Without your continued support, we would not be able to provide this memorable event for our deserving graduates. Our committee also suggests to graduates, future graduates and parents, whenever possible, to thank the following sponsors personally and encourage everyone to give as much support as possible to our local business community.

Good luck to the Class of 2013.

Acapulco Restaurante Mexicano, Ham Lake Sheryl & Andrew Achman ACE Solid Waste, Inc. Heidi Aldrich American Family Ins., Mary Dresch, St. Francis American Legion Post 622, St. Francis Priscilla & Kent Anderson Andover Community Center Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, St. Francis Balloons Galore & More, Wendy Dorholt Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. Dick Bartz Anita Beal, Henna Artist Becker Furniture World Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, St. Francis Belkin Int’l, Inc., Big Lake Jean/Douglas Benjamin Kiersten Berg Best Buy, Blaine Blaine’s Blazin 4th, Inc.

Blainbrook Entertainment Center, Michelle & Donald May Jennifer & Matt Bomstad Jacqueline & Jeffrey Borstner Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, Coon Rapids Peggy Boyer, Massage Therapist Broadway Bar & Pizza, Rogers Carlson Toyota, Coon Rapids Cedar Creek Baking Co., Oak Grove Cheap Skate Lilli Putt, Inc., Coon Rapids Connexus Energy Lisa & Dennis Connolly Costco Kings County Market, St. Francis Joni L. Craft. P.A., Fridley CUB Foods, Coon Rapids Dairy Queen, Ham Lake Karen & Robert Deusenbery Kallie Domogalla Christina England, Massage Therapist

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Federal Premium Ammunition Flex Fitness & Health Center, East Bethel Julie Forbord Jennifer & Guy French Melissa, Tracy & Erin French GTI Theaters, Cambridge Keri Gagliardi Gail Gessner, Henna Artist Joel Godin Ham Lake Liquor Claudia & John Hanson Heritage Claim Svc., Brooklyn Park, George Sartain Hidden Haven Golf Club Jill & Kindra Hoffman Holiday Station Stores, Ramsey Mary & Ian Homan ING, Mpls., Steve Burk Independent School District 15 Independent School District 15, Transportation Les Donald, Bus Driver Joanne Erickson, Bus Driver Pat Johnson, Bus Driver Dennis Lundholm, Bus Driver Linda Tuckenhagen, Bus Driver Linda Jenkinson Theresa Jensen Joe’s Plumbing & Heating Inc., St. Francis Carol Johnson Laurie & Thomas Johnson Valerie Johnson Jostens, Eden Prairie Denise & Brad Kaehler Kohl’s, Blaine Kraig Ltd., Inc., Anoka

Student updates Dr. Elizabeth Morgan Thompson, a 2006 graduate of St. Francis High School, graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine on May 17. She graduated with awards and will be practicing in Missouri at a mixed large and small animal clinic. Kevin Kraus, Luther College vice president for academic affairs and Dr. Elizabeth Morgan Thompson dean of the college, Submitted Photo has announced that Tanya Meyer, Luther College junior from Cedar, was named to the 2013 spring semester Dean’s List. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventional grades (A, B, C, D). Meyer is a 2011 graduate of St. Francis High School and daughter of Ken and Theresa Meyer of Cedar. Jennifer Klejeski, Bethel, has been named to the dean’s list in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters for outstanding scholarship during the Spring 2013 semester. Students who achieve dean’s honors at Notre Dame represent the top 30 percent of students in their college.

Jennifer Larson Lioness Club, Cedar/East Bethel Lions Club, Cedar/East Bethel Lions Club, Nowthen Lioness Club, St. Francis Lions Club, St. Francis Tammy MacDiarmid, Tarot Majestic Oaks Golf Club Mansetti’s Pizza & Pasta, St. Francis Phil Mauriala Menards, Blaine Michelle & Todd Morrell Minnesota Zoo North Anoka Plumbing Northland Screw Products, Inc. Old Country Buffet, Coon Rapids Opp Family Chiropractic PA, St. Francis Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill Physical Therapy Consultants, East Bethel Dawn Pilarski Sue Plaisance Printing Unlimited, St. Francis Reichert Productions, Inc., Dustin (Freddie Justice) Reichert, Hypnotist Reichert Productions Photo Booths, Stacy Reichert Rensch, Becker, Carlson & Ackermann, D.D.S., P.A. Tami Ruble, Creative Shears Salon St. Francis Area Women of Today St. Francis Dental Care P.A. St. Francis Police Reserves

St. Francis True Value Hardware St. Patrick Catholic Church Julie Salitros & Family Dan Schmitz on behalf of Majestic Oaks Memorial Kuduk Foundation Yvonne & William Sievert Brenda Sivigny Angela & Ryan Smith Sno-Ghosts Snowmobile Club Special Tools, Inc. Beth Sturdevant Subway, St. Francis TCF National Bank, Anoka Taho Sportswear, Ham Lake Target Distribution Center, Fridley Tarot by Jeff, Jeffrey Tyler Temperature Specialists, Inc. Texas Roadhouse, Coon Rapids The Courier Three River Parks District Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home, Inc. Julie Tobako Cindy Trusty, Henna Artist Holly & Ronald Van Gilder Village Bank, St. Francis Christine & Mark Vogel Wal-Mart, Coon Rapids Lois Wander & Family Wells Fargo Bank, Coon Rapids Michelle Wenker Hally Wines The Women of St. Johns, Zimmerman YMCA, Andover 13

Community Education

Area Summer Events


Preserve Your Harvest concludes Lunch & Learn series Juanita Reed-Boniface Lunch & Learn Coordinator

Preserve Your Harvest, the final program of this year’s Lunch and Learn series, opened with participants sharing their favorite home preserved foods and their experiences with canning and freezing. This set the stage for lively audience participation as Debra BotzekLinn, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Food Safety, facilitated a discussion on safe home food preservation methods. “Home food preservation has been a timeless art; but interest has varied over the

years. Concerns for food safety, food costs, food additives, nutrition and the increased use of local foods are some of the reasons for the recently renewed interest,” Debra said. “Some people are using food preservation as an income source by producing and selling specialty jellies, jams, pickles, and salsa. “Canning can be an art— those jars of canned goods do look pretty on the shelf, but canning and preserving are also science—the science of food safety,” she added. “As we have learned more about the chemical interactions in foods and food processing methods, it is important

Kids Connection Before and after school childcare

KC info line 763-213-1641 Registration forms are available online

to keep up-to-date on best practices to assure a quality and safe product.” Many good resources are available to people doing home food preservation. There is a wealth of information online, but it may or may not be reliable. Food preservationists need to look critically at the source of the information and analyze its credibility. Botzek-Linn recommends calling the University of Minnesota Extension AnswerLine at 1-800-8541678 where “real live” home economists answer questions about safely cooking, canning and freezing foods.

Kids Connection provides a safe, structured, nurturing and fun atmosphere for Independent School District 15 students in kindergarten through 5th grade. This quality before and after school childcare program is offered at two sites in ISD 15. Students can exercise individual responsibility, and engage in social interaction and free choice to promote a healthy self image and enhance the quality of their life. Learning activities that are offered include:




Cedar Creek Community School

for East Bethel and Cedar Creek Community School students St. Francis Elementary School Student care is available September 3, 2013 through June 2, 2014.

Before School Care Begins at 6:30 a.m. until school starts ���������� $9/day After School Care Begins at the end of the school day until 6:00 p.m.���������� $9/day Non-School Care 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.������ $30/day Other fees Registration fee���������� $25/child  $45.00 per family (2 or more children)

No walk-ins on September 3. All children must be preregistered. Registration fee must be paid to be registered. Kids Connection is a division of ISD 15 Community Education


■ art ■ drama ■ reading ■ iPad ■ science discovery ■ crafts ■ sports ■ games ■ outdoor play ■ small and large group action 2013-14 School Year

The University of Minnesota Extension website at food-safety/preserving has short videos, downloadable fact sheets for preserving methods by food type as

well as information on the e-newsletter subscriptions. Extension services in other states have similar websites that are helpful. Reference books: So Easy to Continued, Page 15

Debra Botzek-Linn (center) watches as class members demonstrate a Juanita Reed-Boniface jar lifter and lid remover tools.

Community Education Contacts Troy Ferguson, Assistant Director............................................................ 763-753-7041 Adult Basic Education (GED)...................................................................... 763-753-7190 Mel Panek, Coordinator/Teacher Adult Education & Services......................................................................... 763-213-1640 Driver’s Education/Behind the Wheel Nancy Messerschmidt, Program Supervisor Communications & District Website Kathleen Miller, Program Supervisor................................................. 763-753-7042 The Courier Newspaper................................................................................ 763-753-7031 Kathleen Miller, Editor................................................................................ 763-753-7042 Pat Johnson, Graphics................................................................................ 763-753-7025 Alicia Loehlein, Staff Writer, Billing...................................................... 763-753-7033 Janice Audette, Advertising.................................................................... 763-753-7032 Facility Scheduling Nancy Messerschmidt, Program Supervisor................................ 763-213-1589 Family Education & Services....................................................................... 763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Kids Connection Theresa Antinozzi, Program Supervisor.......................................... 763-213-1616 Kids Connection Lifelong Learning Center Site......................... 763-753-7160 Kids Connection St. Francis Middle School Site........................ 763-213-8674 Preschool Place 15............................................................................................ 763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Rec Department Diane Guinn, Program Supervisor...................................................... 763-213-1823 Amy Lindfors, Rec Assistant.................................................................... 763-213-1588 Sandhill Center for the Arts Theresa Antinozzi, Program Supervisor.......................................... 763-213-1616 • • The Courier | July 2013 |

Congratulations to Carmen Money, the very deserving recipient of the Rudy Jensen Scholarship. This scholarship was created by Jim Jensen and his siblings in honor of their father, Rudy Jensen. Rudy, a former ISD 15 School Board member, was a strong advocate of lifelong learning and of the Adult Basic Education program. Sandy Farder, ISD 15 Adult Basic Education Coordinator , The Courier Photo

killed with a cooking temperature of 240 degrees Fahrenheit. The less acid in a vegetable, the greater the risk of botulism. For this reason, low acid foods must be preserved using a pressure canner. It is also important to Preserve, published by the University of Georgia, or the Ball Blue Book, by Altrista cook canned foods to the boiling point for about 10 minutes before eating to Consumer Products are updated every be sure any harmful organisms are few years and are available at most destroyed. bookstores or online. Pressure canners can be a challenge When preserving, it is best to use to use and Botzek-Linn gave several recipes dated after 1994, but this tips for their use. Select a canner with a doesn’t mean that traditional family weighted or dial gauge, have someone recipes can’t be used. Check the recipe help you the first time you use it, and compare to today’s guidelines stay in the room and watch the gauge especially for processing time and controlling the heat/pressure level with methods. the stove, and let the canner cool by Botulism is the primary food safety itself. issue in canning. Botulism is bacteria Do not use a pressure cooker on found in the soil which we can’t see, a glass top stove as the canner is too taste or smell. Plants can absorb this heavy for the burner and the stovetop in the growing process. Botulism is does not keep consistent heat. Water bath canners are used to process high acid foods such as fruits, tomatoes, pickles and relishes. Any large metal container may be used as long as it is deep enough for one inch of briskly boiling water to cover the jars. It must have a tight fitting lid and a rack. The rack keeps the jars from touching the bottom of the canner and allows the water to circulate freely under the jars. Be sure your canner is compatible with your stovetop. Glass top stoves need a flat-to-flat surface while most canners have a ridged bottom. When canning tomatoes, pay attention to the newer varieties. Some of the newer varieties produce a lower acid product, which means that the pH needs Presenter Debra Botzek-Linn explains the use of lemon to be increased by adding vinegar or lemon juice juice and vinegar to adjust the pH of foods.  Juanita Reed-Boniface when canning. From Page 14

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From the Rec Department

Football Fall 2013 Tackle Football Registration for grades 2-8, online registration available in July. Flag Football Registration for grades K-3, online registration available in August.

Summer Camps 2013 Register and find out more about the summer camp line-up at Watch for additional camp opportunities also. There are camps for: Volleyball.............................July 15-18 Wrestling.............................July 15-18 Soccer..................................July 22-25 Fundamental Basketball.....August 5-8 When registering for summer camps online, please make sure you select the 2013-14 school year. Contact Diane Guinn, Rec Department manager for more info 763-213-1823

Youth Football Camp This camp will focus on football fundamentals including blocking, tackling, throwing and catching. This is an excellent opportunity for youth level players in preparation for the upcoming season. Come prepared with comfortable clothes, cleats and water bottle. Location: St. Francis Middle School Course: SC-713013 Grade: 6-8 Dates: Monday/Tuesday, July 15-16 Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $45 (T-shirt included) Course: SC-713014 Grade: 1-5 Dates: Wednesday/Thursday, July 17-18 Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Fee: $40 (T-shirt included)

Register Online

The Rec Department a division of ISD 15 Community Ed

“Can meat be canned?” was one of the questions asked. “Yes,” said BotzekLinn. “It is a low acid product so it must be processed in the pressure canner. Select a reliable recipe and follow directions. Be sure to trim the fat from the meat as it can interfere with the jar seal.” Pickling is one of the more popular methods of preservation. Many foods can be pickled. One of the most popular is pickled asparagus. Good pickles are crunchy with distinctive seasonings— dill, garlic and others. Tips for making good pickles include select, pick and

get to pickling right away. take off the blossom end of the cuke, use canning salt, experiment with water and use what works best. Growing conditions have a large impact on cuke quality. Weather is often a big factor; it may be too dry or too wet. Vinegar can also be a variable. Be sure to check the label and use five percent white vinegar. This program concluded the Lunch and Learn series for the 2012-13 school year. Watch for new programs to be announced in the Community Education brochures and The Courier later this summer.

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

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

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

For more information on the Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program please contact Sandhill Center at 763-213-1616. 15

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

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

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What is ECFE? Early Childhood Education (ECFE ) is a place where parents and young children learn and play together and can meet other families with young children. We are one of nearly 350 in the state of Minnesota offered through school districts. We believe ALL families deserve support, information, and opportunities to be involved in their children’s learning. We recognize that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. ECFE provides information on getting ready for school, discipline, child development, communication and growing together as a family.

ECFE is: A place for babies

A place for toddlers A place for preschoolers A place for all dads, moms and other relatives in a parenting role

We’re Making a Family Connection

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Classes offered at the Lifelong Learning Center in Oak Grove

The mission of Preschool Place 15 is to provide a safe environment where young children of all abilities can grow and experience success and their parents can be partners in learning.

• Programming takes place September through May • Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions available • One, two, three or four times per week • Two hour, Two hourfifteen minute, Two-anda-half hour and Two hour-forty-five minute sessions • Most classes are age specific • Classes also available for Two year-olds and very young Three year-olds • Sliding fee scale is available based on family size and income • Busing available for ALL full-year morning and afternoon classes


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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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Area Summer Events

Sports & Outdoors


Oak Grove Acorn Day is back Saturday, August 10 Acorn Day, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Acorn Day makes a return appearance. The Oak Grove Lions Club is organizing the event. Bring your family for a full day of fun with games, vendors, silent auction, bingo, food, beverage garden and live music by Road House Blue, 4:00-8:00 p.m. Also at the event are Lion’s Wellness Van, fire department fire engines, the Safe House active display, a car show and children’s games. Vendor sign up forms can be obtained at Oak Grove City Hall, 19900 Nightingale Street NW. If you have questions, please call Lion Tim at 763-753-4492.

August 9, 10, 11 & 16, 17, 18

Anoka Heritage Home and Garden Tour Elaine Koehn Volunteer Coordinator, Anoka County Historical Society

It is a summer tradition that community members look forward to each year. The Anoka Heritage Home and Garden Tour Get the inside scoop on the historic homes of Anoka as their current owners graciously invite us inside for a peek into history. The tour on Sunday, July 14, 1:00-5:00 p.m. features historic homes and gardens in and around Anoka’s Whiskey Flats neighborhood. Also included on this year’s tour is the Woodbury House at 1632 South Ferry Street. The home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has been unoccupied for several years. This year is a rare opportunity to see inside this home that has intrigued generations of Anokans. This event is a benefit for the Historical Society and our partners at the Anoka Heritage Preservation Commission. Advanced tickets for $12 can be purchased online at our new website, by calling 763-421-0600, or in person at the Anoka County History Center located at 2135 Third Avenue North in Anoka. They can be purchased on the day of the tour for $15 at the Artique at 1900 Third Avenue in Anoka.


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We’re excited to announce and celebrate our move to a new clinic location in JULY! We are moving a 1/2 mile north on Hwy 47 in the same building as Fairview Medical Clinic.

23615 Highway 47 in St. Francis


Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 am-5:30 pm or by appt.

Free Free loaner car or rental cars available! Estimates! We work with ALL insurance companies and guarantee all repairs. The Courier | July 2013 |

New clinic address: 23671 St. Francis Blvd. NW, Suite 102 763.213.0615 Please join us on July 18, 6:30pm at the new clinic for a Bootcamp with Ascension Fitness Training! Dr. Brian Opp will also be speaking about Sports Injuries and Sports Nutrition. 17

Don’t miss the fun at Isanti’s Rodeo Jubilee Days Tracy Neifert Isanti Area Chamber Of Commerce

From July 11 through July 14, Isanti will celebrate the 2013 Rodeo Jubilee Days. Join the celebration kickoff at the Jubilee Parade which

begins at 6:30 p.m. with a flyover by T-6 Thunder. Partake in all yummy concessions along the parade route. The parade is approximately 200 entries long and boasts marching

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bands, percussionists, horses and outstanding floats. Angie Senger will entertain before the parade begins at the corners of 1st Avenue and Main Street beginning at 4:30 p.m. Go to www.



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37th Annual Isanti Firefighters


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Saturday, July 13 Mutton Bustin’ 6:00 p.m. Rodeo 6:30 p.m. Dance afterwards to Iron Horse 18

Adults $12 Children (4-12) $6 3 and under FREE Advance sale ends July 11, 10:00 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased online at or at many local businesses. There is an ATM onsite. K102 on air personalities will be present Saturday, 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Live Music



Pony Rides



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Car Show Parade

Thursday, July 11

Still the most fun you can have with your boots on! Friday, July 12 Family night, bike giveaway for kids Mutton Bustin’ 6:00 p.m. Rodeo 6:30 p.m. Dance afterwards to Sterns County 17

Tourney begins at 9:00 a.m. at the VFW. Heritage Coral offers food, crafts and vendors 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. in the city hall parking lot and community center backyard. Kids Free Fun Day is 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and is located on Main Street and the City Hall backyard. Back by popular demand are Tommy’s Zoo and Stables, pony rides and petting zoo, also the obstacle course moonwalk, and other games. Be sure to watch the Kiddie Parade on Main Street at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy the Lions Corn Feed at the Isanti Community Center as well as the Pie Social at Faith Lutheran Church. The Royal Box Lunch auction begins at noon on Main Street followed by the Turtle Races at 1:00 p.m. The 24th Annual Outhouse Races begin on Main Street at 2:00 p.m. Make the day complete by attending the second rodeo at 6:30 p.m. followed by a dance featuring Iron Horse. A very fitting conclusion to the weekend celebration is the 2013 Isanti Ambassador Coronation Ceremony at Spectacular Events at 4:00 p.m. Three of the six candidates will be crowned Ambassadors for the City of Isanti. Admission is $5 and the reception is immediately following. If you would like to be involved or volunteer, please call the Isanti Chamber at 763444-8515. Remember, there’s no place like Isanti. See you there!


For further information call 763-464-2508 or visit

Live music each night! Advance Tickets for a complete listing of events and parade route. Stop in at the pie social at Faith Lutheran Church, 4:00-10:00 p.m. After the parade, stop by Wintergreens and listen to Southbound from 8:30 p.m.12:30 a.m. on their new patio. Or enjoy the campfire in the backyard at the VFW and listen to Terry Dubois at 9:00 p.m. Friday, July 12, is the Celebration of Summer at Lake State Credit Union from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with vendors, classic cars, games and face painting. Food will be served from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. The 36th Annual Isanti Firefighter’s PRCA Rodeo’s first performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at the rodeo grounds. The rodeo is followed by a dance featuring Sterns County 17. Advance tickets for adults are $12, $14 at the gate; advance tickets for children under 12 are $6, $8 at the gate. Dance free with a same day paid rodeo ticket. Tickets available at www. Overflow parking available at Isanti Ice Arena with shuttle service to the rodeo grounds. Saturday, July 13 begins with a 5K run or 2-mile walk. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the event begins at 8:00 a.m. at the corner of 1st and Main. The Blueliners Pancake Breakfast is 8:00-11:00 a.m. at the Isanti Community Center. The VFW Backyard Horseshoe

Tickets at the Gate

Adults $14 Children (4-12) $8 3 and under FREE

Preferred Seating $60 above bucking chutes

Club Seating

$50­ both Preferred and Club seating include food and beverages Box Suites­ Call for details $400/night or $700/weekend, room for 10 and includes 5 beverages per night, per person

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Friday, July 12

Celebration of Summer at Lake State Credit Union Vendors, Classic Cars, Games, Face Painting����������������������������9:00 am–4:00 pm Food Served���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������10:00 am–2:00 pm Isanti Family Farmers Market at Eagle Park, 18 Broadway St. SW (Fridays thru Sept.) PRCA Rodeo, followed by a Dance with Sterns County 17������������������������������ 6:30 pm Wintergreens Outdoor Live Music on the Patio with Ferris Brothers����������� 8:30 pm VFW - Live Music by Charlee Hoarse�������������������������������������������������������������������� 9:00 pm

Saturday, July 13 - Free Kids Fun Day

Fitness Run Walk, Corner of 1st & Main��������������������������������������������������������������7:30 am Free Pony Rides, Bounce Houses and Games����������������������������������10:00 am–1:00 pm Kiddie Parade��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 11:00 am Outhouse Races���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 2:00 pm PRCA Rodeo followed by Dance with Iron Horse�������������6:30 pm

Info call 763-444-8515 • Rodeo Tickets 763-464-2508 • The Courier | July 2013 |

Isanti County Fair celebrates Oktoberfest in July Ruth Paschke Isanti County Fair Board

The 136th Annual Isanti County Fair runs from Wednesday, July 24 through Sunday, July 28 and is packed full of education, competitions, and events. The fair officially opens at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and all military service members and veterans will receive FREE admission. Opening ceremonies and flag raising will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Legion building and all rides on the Midway will be only $1. On Thursday, all seniors 62 and older will receive discounted gate admission. This year’s Senior’s Day program will feature Down Home, Sac’s Red Hatters, Outstanding Seniors Awards, followed by the Elk River German Band performing folk songs and polkas in the bandshell. A traditional German dinner will also be served at the bandshell. Fair visitors are invited to participate in a German Chocolate Cake contest sponsored by the Open Class Department. Kid’s Day events begin on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. with games, activities, contests, prizes, Lego creation competition and a pedal tractor pull. On Saturday, the Concord Singers along with Narren from New Ulm and the Edelweiss Dancers from Saint Paul will perform. You will not

want to miss this opportunity to experience the Concord Singer’s extensive repertoire German popular standards and Volksweise. Traveling with the Concord Singers will be Narren, a group of performers in traditional German wooden masks and colorful costumes, who involve the audience. The Edelweiss Dancers will perform traditional folk dances that originated in Austria and Germany. Their authentic attire is a sight to be seen. The Isanti County Fair Classic Car Show is back on Sunday along with their famous burn out competition. Also join us for the Isanti County Fair Talent Contest, The Neighberz Band, Cowboy Church Service and much more. Bandshell entertainment includes Vulkan performing 80s rock on Wednesday and the Mystery Mountain Boys will play bluegrass on Thursday evening. The Chris Brooks Band will return on Friday night and the Shaw Brothers Band will provide great dance music on Saturday. Great grandstand events begin Wednesday. Wednesday and Thursday children 12 and under can attend free with a paid adult grandstand admission. Wednesday has motocross action starting at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday will be the Night of Destruction including a spectator drag race, street survivor race, chain race, appliance races, Dukes of

Hazard jump, death defying stunts by Wildman Clay Gallagher and the figure eight trailer races. The annual tractor pull is on Friday. Saturday is demo derby featuring both compact and full-size cars and trucks plus two pro stock heats for full-size cars, compact trucks and mini-vans. Looking for something new? Take in a Michael Griffen America’s Escape Hero show. Griffen has appeared on America’s Got Talent, Ripley’s

Believe It or Not and Masters of Illusion. He will be appearing several times daily throughout the fair. Returning attractions include The Old West Society of Minnesota with their 1800s campsite complete with reenactments of legendary gunfights; free trolley rides daily, Pork Chop Derby pig races, Cock-aDoodle Zoo exotic animals, bingo, 4-H and open class exhibits, demonstrations and

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competitions. Amusement Attractions Carnival is offering daily ride specials, advance sale carnival ticket prices and armband days. Visit www.isanticountyfair. com or call 763-689-2555 for information on advance sale tickets. Also find a complete schedule of events on the fair website. Join us for the Best Five Days of July at the Isanti County Fair and celebrate Oktoberfest.

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Ghosts of Anoka Walking Tours Elaine Koehn Volunteer Coordinator, Anoka County Historical Society

What better place to explore for ghosts than in the city of Anoka, Halloween Capital of the World. Anoka County Historical Society costumed guides will take you on a 90-minute, 1.5 mile walk through the historic neighborhoods of Anoka to see homes and businesses (from the outside) that have been privy to some unexplained events. Hear stories that have been brought to ACHS by the people who have experienced these events first hand. These popular tours fill up fast. Tickets $7 for adults, $5 for children and ACHS members are available on the society’s new website, by calling 763-421-0600, or in person.

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See the newest Anoka County Historical Society exhibit, All for the Union Anoka County Faces the Civil War for free during Anoka’s Riverfest celebration, Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. In addition to free admission to the galleries at the Anoka County History Center, visitors will get to interact with costumed interpreters. The Second Minnesota Battery of Light Artillery will be on the front lawn telling stories about what life was like in a light artillery unit during the civil war. Also see their full scale ten pound Parrott rifle (a cannon!) Inside the history center visitors can get a feel for what the Soldiers Aid Society (SAS) needed to do to engage the community to raise funds and send necessary articles to Union soldiers. Costumed interpreters will be portraying 1860s SAS members and doing period accurate fundraising activities such as fish pond and signature quilt. The evening will feature refreshments and recognition of those with ancestors who served in the war. The Anoka County History Center is located at 2135 Third Avenue North in Anoka. For more information on this exhibit or historical society event visit or call 763- 421-0600.

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Andover Family Fun Fest Nancy DeSteno Andover Family Fun Fest Coordinator

It’s almost that time again! Bring the family to the 18th annual Andover Family Fun Fest (AFFF) beginning Friday, July 12 at 5:00 p.m. and all day Saturday, July 13. See the full schedule of events in this issue of The Courier on page 3 or visit and click on Fun Fest 2013. The River City Cloggers will kick off the AFFF at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12. The performance will be followed by family entertainment by the Wonderful World of Woody. The Rockin’ Hollywoods band will play from 8:00-11:00 p.m. On Saturday, we have several special activities. Lowes has generously offered to play a big part in this year’s AFFF. Not only will they be in the parade and have a community booth for the first

time, but they will be hosting a Build & Grow workshop at the Andover Community Center (ACC) grounds. Adults can help their children choose and build a wooden project for no cost. Cub Scout Troop 609 will be helping out as well. The workshop opens at 10:00 am and will last until 500 kits run out! Thank you Barbi from Lowes for coordinating this. Under the Bingo tent, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. you will find Benji, a very talented teenage caricature artist, who is volunteering his time for the second year. Also, under the Bingo tent you can view the items available for the Silent Auction from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Final bidding ends at 6:00 p.m. Winners will be called and items can be picked up between 6:00-9:00 p.m. For more family or teen fun, check out the new Smile Spot Photo Booth, which will be located within the craft fair

136 th Annual

July 24-28 Isanti County Fairgrounds Cambridge, MN (East of Hwy. 65 on Hwy. 95)

Gate Admission

$5 Adults • $2 Age 6-12 5 & Under Free Special advance sale Carnival, gate and grandstand ticket prices…visit our website

at the Andover Community Center. Reasonably priced pictures will be taken and printed in color while you wait from noon-6:00 p.m. New food this year will be Chinese food, steak bites, cupcakes and Jonny Pops, all fresh and natural gourmet popsicles with a portion of Jonny Pops proceeds donated to the Hazelden Foundation. The car show has a new organizer this year. Dan Anderson, owner of Christian Brothers Automotive opening in Andover this fall, has stepped up to do the job. No pre-registration needed. Just drive onto Crosstown Blvd. by 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 to be a part of the car show from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Please vote for your favorite car as the top three favorites get dash plaques. Thank you Dan. Volunteers are still needed to help with the silent auction and bingo.

Grandstand Adults $7; Children Ages 6-12 $3; Children 5 & Under FREE; WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY Special—Children 12 & Under FREE with a paid Adult Grandstand Admission

Wednesday, July 24 Motocross Thursday, July 25 Night of Destruction Friday, July 26 Tractor Pull Saturday, July 27 Demo Derby

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Bandshell Entertainment Wednesday, July 24 7:00 pm Music by Vulkan Thursday, July 25 7:00 pm Music by Mystery Mountain Boys Friday, July 26 8:00 pm Music by Chris Brooks Band

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Saturday, July 27 8:00 pm Music by The Shaw Brothers Sunday, July 28 9:30 am Open Range Cowboy The Shaw Brothers Church 12:30 pm Music by Neighberz Band 3:00 pm Isanti County Fair Talent Contest

Speaking of volunteers, if you see someone in a yellow volunteer shirt, please thank them. Without the volunteers,

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Daily Highlights Pig Races • Old West Society • The Escape Guy • BINGO Winter Adventures • FREE Trolley Rides • Cock-A-Doodle Zoo Carnival w/Daily Ride Specials & Armband Days!

Events & Attractions Wednesday, July 24 Military Day

FREE admission for all Service Personnel and Veterans 5–9 pm Cock-a-Doodle Zoo & pony rides 5 pm Midway opens 5 pm Open class exhibits open 6 pm Flag Raising 7:30 pm The Escape Guy

Thursday, July 25 Seniors Day

$2 Off admission for seniors 62 and older 11 am Robotics demo (Bandshell) 1 pm Midway opens 1 pm Outstanding Seniors Program & Century Farms Recognition 3 pm Old West Society performance 3 pm German Chocolate Cake Contest 4 pm Authentic German dinner 4 pm Bingo

Friday, July 26 Kid’s Day

8:30 am-Noon Kids day at the fair (by pond) Cock-a-Doodle Zoo; Ronald McDonald Magic Show 10 am–2 pm Arm Band Day on the Midway Noon–3 pm Timberwolves promo 1 pm Lego Creation Contest 2 pm Pedal Tractor Pull 4 pm Bingo

Saturday, July 27 4-H Day at the Fair 9 am 11 am Noon Noon

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Community & Business Recycling efforts make a difference Martha Weaver Public Information Manager, Anoka County

Anoka County residents recycled nearly 34,000 tons of materials in 2012, exceeding their goal by 14 percent. Of the county’s 21 municipalities, 13 met or exceeded their 2012 recycling goals: Andover, Bethel, Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Ham Lake, Hilltop, Lino Lakes, Oak Grove, Ramsey and St. Francis. Their achievements were recognized recently by the Anoka County Solid Waste Abatement Advisory Team, which advises the Anoka County board on issues related to recycling and

solid waste management. “It’s remarkable to look at the recycling totals countywide in 1988, when we were just getting started, and compare it with where we are today,” said Anoka County Commissioner Jim Kordiak, who chairs the county’s Waste Management and Energy Committee. “We’ve gone from 4,734 tons of recycled materials back then to today’s impressive total. It has taken a lot of hard work and persistence to convey the message that it is well worth our time and efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle as many materials as we can.” Continued, Page 25

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Maggie Snow Anoka county library

Bookawocky, Anoka County Library’s summer reading experience, is a celebration of summer reading. Whether it’s an eBook, audio book, or paper copy, Anoka County Library has plenty of options for sharing stories this summer. “Bookawocky is a great way families can Read, Explore and Connect at your library this summer to have fun and succeed in school,” said Library Board President Bob Thistle. For every book read over the summer, kids can enter Read. Write. Draw. for a chance to win a book or a family 4-pack of passes to Bunker Beach. Teens can enter Best Book Ever for their chance to win. Read. Write. Draw. and Best Book Ever run June 8 through August 17. “This program is a great way to have fun and improve your reading skills. Plus there’s the chance of winning a 4-pack of passes to Anoka County’s Bunker Beach Water Park! What could be better!” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West. Anoka County Library has programs for all ages and interests. Many programs are hands-on, creative and, most important, a whole lot of fun. Some programs do require individual registration via our online calendar. For a complete schedule of programs, visit Connect with other readers! Meet up with fellow readers at library book clubs. Clubs meet at several libraries throughout the summer. Or connect online through where you can create your own booklists, find more great books to read, and earn virtual badges for reading, exploring, and connecting to your community. Bookawocky is sponsored in part by the Friends of Anoka County Library. The Friends supports the library and connects the community to ideas, information, and inspiration though special events and programs, membership development, and fundraising.

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“A Walk in the Garden” Educational Series Lynne Hagen Master Gardener Program Coordinator, University of Minn 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 Blvd. NW in Andover. Six classes are scheduled throughout the summer on

Dr. Brian Opp congratulates Brooke Reintjes who was crowned Little Miss St. Francis at St. Francis Pioneer Days in June. Opp, owner of Opp Family Chiropractic, P.A. commented, "We are so very proud to have been her sponsor and are thankful we were given the opportunity." Submitted photo 

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select Wednesday evenings in the Veteran’s Peace and Master Gardener Demonstration Garden south of the Activities Center from 7-8 pm as follows: • July 10 Using Native Plants in the Home Landscape • July 24 Creative Color Combinations • August 7 Fragrant Annuals & Perennials

• August 21 Landscape Design Concepts Classes will be taught by Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteers and will include many useful gardening tips and University of Minnesota research-based information. These classes immediately follow the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics, also held at the Bunker Hills Activities

Center. Classes are free, but preregistration is required due to space limitations. Donations to the program are welcome. Please call 763-755-1280 to reserve your space. A copy of the brochure is available at county/anoka or http://www. and lists complete class descriptions.

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The St. Francis American Legion Color Guard participated in local Memorial Day activities at local cemeteries. Pictured at left are Amelia Tesdahl and Sydney Huffman with poppies that were placed in remembrance of local veterans. They also placed a wreath in the Rum River to remember our veterans lost at sea. The girls are junior members of the St. Francis American Legion Auxiliary and both are students at St. Francis High School. Peggy Tesdahl

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The City of East Bethel was recognized recently by Anoka County for having the most improved municipal recycling program. Pictured (L-R) are Anoka County Commissioner Julie Braastad, East Bethel Recycling Coordinator Carrie Frost; Judy Ricke, Cedar/East Bethel Lions/Lioness Club and Dallas Jelmberg, East Bethel Bandits Baseball Team. Volunteers from the Lions/Lioness Club and baseball team assist with special recycling events. Submitted photo the most prolific municipal recycling program in Anoka County. Andover has consistently met its recycling goals every year since 1988. In 2012, Andover residents recycled more than 4,781 tons of materials. Its recycling rate of more than 312 pounds per resident per year for all materials is the highest of any Anoka County municipality. Do you know someone who is extraordinarily committed to recycling? Nominate them for Anoka County’s “Recycling Champion” recognition by calling Anoka County Integrated Waste Management at 763323-5730 or emailing

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Recycling efforts The City of East Bethel received special recognition for having the most improved municipal recycling program in Anoka County, increasing recycling totals from 158.32 pounds per city resident in 2011 to 176.61 pounds per resident in 2012. The city’s recycling center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, the city holds special spring and fall recycling events and a once-a-month recycling drop-off event for appliances, auto batteries, computers/electronics/TVs, and tires. The City of Andover was cited for having

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Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce


ven if you don’t own or work at a business in Ham Lake, it’s almost certain that you’ve been involved in some way with the Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Ever been to the Ham Lake Snowbowl? Then you’ve enjoyed a Chamber activity. But it certainly doesn’t stop there. Enjoy golf ? Have a relative in the military? On Tuesday, July 30, you could have fun at the Chamber’s annual golf classic at Majestic Oaks. This year’s theme is “Fore the Troops,” and the net profits from the golf tournament will be donated to organizations that support America’s troops. Another benefit you should enjoy is the annual summer picnic, coming up on Wednesday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m. in Lions Park next to City Hall. You’ll hear some extremely interesting speakers and munch on some delicious food. If you’re new to the community, this is a great event to get acquainted. Registration is needed. To attend, email If you’ve participated in charitable gambling at Majestic Oaks or Ham Lake Lanes, you’ve also helped the Chamber help the community. Pulltabs are available daily, plus bingo and meat raffles on selected days. In order to fill even more donation requests, the Chamber is looking for a couple of additional businesses to host charitable gambling. During 2012, the Chamber donated funds from charitable gambling to the following organizations: Alexandra House, American Heart Association, Andover High School, Anoka County Historical Society, Anoka-Champlin Meals on Wheels, Anoka-Hennepin Education Foundation, Blaine High School, Boy Scouts of America, Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk, City of East Bethel, City of Ham Lake, Feed My Starving Children, Girl Scouts of America, Lee Carlson Center, Majestic Oaks/ DKM Foundation, McKinley Elementary, NACE, Inc., Paws for Canine and VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Non-profit organizations seeking a share of the Chamber’s charitable gambling funds can find a link to a request form on the left side of the Chamber’s home page. Citizens wishing to learn about the business community and local events can also check things out at: www. That’s also the place to check on upcoming Chamber meetings, which are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month. The Chamber’s 2013 Executive Board consists of President Al Stauffacher (Twin Cities Gateway), Vice President Ellen Christopherson (Sjoberg & Associates), Secretary/Treasurer Sarah Jordahl (21st Century Bank), and Board Members Tim Holtz (Holtz Landscape & Irrigation), Dan Butler (Butler & Associates), Mel Aanerud and Lori Wawers (All Event Party Rental). Wendy Renner is executive director and gambling manager. 25

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

Legislative work continues through the interim years, but they have been an annual occurrence the last decade. Disaster relief has spurred some of the off-year bonding. This year, a plan to continue restoring our state Capitol was the driving force behind a $177 million bonding bill. The 108-year-old building is undergoing extensive structural repairs and is receiving some upgrades to outdated mechanical systems. This year’s bonding package also included funding for flood mitigation and expansion of a veterans’ home in Minneapolis. The 2014 session will reconvene in late February, but a number of legislative panels will continue meeting between now and then. One

Minnesota has a part-time Legislature. In truth, there is no offseason. We adjourned from the Capitol in late May, but business continues. I have been able to spend more time in the district since then, meeting with citizens and discussing the issues. Some people want to rehash what happened in the 2013 session and others are interested to learn what will take place in 2014. This year was a budget year in St. Paul, so that occupied the vast majority of our time. One headline item on next year’s agenda is likely to be a capital investment bill that would fund construction projects throughout the state. These “bonding” bills are supposedly authored in even-numbered

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A statewide campaign to identify and combat elder abuse was recently launched by a diverse coalition of prosecutors, senior advocacy groups, financial institutions, health care providers and law enforcement. The Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation of Elders in Minnesota (MN S.A.F.E. Elders) initiative has created a video featuring the stories of Minnesota seniors who have been abused or exploited, a website, community toolkits and mobile apps that help law enforcement spot potential abuse. The video, Elder Victims: Abused, Exploited, Alone, was created in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television, and copies are available free of charge to organizations and the general public through MN S.A.F.E. Elders. “Abuse of our most vulnerable seniors occurs in Minnesota today, and if unaddressed, we expect the problem to increase. Unfortunately it is currently under-reported, difficult to spot and even harder to prosecute. Only by addressing this problem at a community level can we ensure that all Minnesota seniors are safe,” said Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo. The five most common types of elder abuse are: } Physical abuse } Emotional abuse } Sexual abuse } Financial exploitation } Neglect “Elder abuse knows no boundaries and the most isolated seniors face the greatest threat. From rural communities and small towns to the large metro cities, elder abuse can be found anywhere in Minnesota. Our ultimate goal is ensuring that the people of this state know how to recognize the problem and know where to get help when they need it,” said Iris Freeman, Center for Elder Justice & Policy at William Mitchell College of Law. The Minnesota S.A.F.E. Elders Initiative was created in 2012 through an initial partnership between the Anoka County Attorney’s Office and the Vulnerable Adult Justice Project. Visit for more information.

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I hate when that happens Randy Gerdin ASE certified technician

The Hammer I heard a pretty good story a number of years ago and I am not sure if it is true or not. The story goes that when Henry Ford was beginning the assembly line process, things were going well and the process was working as it should. One day, all of a sudden, the assembly line stopped. This brought about a big flurry of events. Managers tried to figure out what had happened and what was the cause of the stoppage but were unable to get the assembly line going. Henry was certainly upset because no cars were being made by employees that were being paid to be there. So Henry got on the phone and called the designer of the assembly line and told him to come over right away to get the line going. The designer came and got to work to ascertain the cause of the line shutting down. He inspected this and that, he checked and measured and finally exclaimed, “I think I’ve got it. Does someone have a hammer?” He took the hammer, went to the middle of the line and gave it a sharp whack. Immediately the line started going and they were back in business. The designer went to Henry Ford’s office and, of course, Henry was very relieved. Henry asked, “What do I owe you?” The man said $1,000 to which Henry replied, “That is crazy, I want an itemized bill. I cannot believe you would charge me that much.” The designer made out the bill: one dollar for the hammer and $999 for knowing what to hit. Repair jobs in many fields can be the same—the repair is simple, but the knowledge and experience is invaluable. A recent job comes to mind. A vehicle came in with the anti-lock

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For several years, the job market has been pretty bad for younger workers. Even those with jobs aren’t making much headway because wages, adjusted for inflation, have largely stagnated for over a decade. Less income clearly equates to less opportunities for investing and creating wealth. Still, even given these somewhat grim realities, younger people can help themselves build resources for the future and make progress toward their long-term goals. If you’re in this group, what can you do? For starters, pay yourself first. Set up an automatic payment each month from your checking or savings account into an investment vehicle such as an IRA. At first you may only be able to afford small sums but, over time, you may be pleasantly surprised at the amount you’ve saved. Next, every time your salary goes up, try to increase the amount you put into your 401(k) or other employersponsored retirement plan. Because you typically contribute


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Sports & Outdoors Veterans and rookies compete in state track & field meet Ewen wins 6th & 7th state titles, Santiago earns All-State Andy Forbort Track & Field coach St. Francis High School

After a memorable 2013 track & field season (see conference meet article below), St. Francis High School was well represented at the state track & field meet with six athletes earning the opportunity to compete June 7-8 at Hamline. In order to qualify for the state track & field meet, athletes needed to finish first or second in the section meet or perform better than the qualifying standard. Senior Ann Hunt competed in the long jump and finished in 16th place overall with a best jump of 15'6.5". Junior Jessica Justin finished in 17th place in the 200M dash with a time of 26.51 seconds. The girls 4x100M relay team finished in 15th place with a time of 51.54 seconds. Team members included eighth graders Taylor Karasch and Emma Street along with Hunt and Justin. Sophomore John Santiago placed third in his preliminary heat of the 300M intermediate hurdles which enabled

Track & field athletes represented St. Francis High School at the Minnesota state track meet June 7-8. Pictured (standing) are Maggie Ewen, Taylor Karasch, Emma Street, Jessica Justin, Ann Hunt with John Santiago in front.  Andy Forbort, SFHS Track & Field Coach

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him to qualify for the finals. Senior Maggie Ewen continued her dominance in the discus as she captured her fourth state title with a best toss of 167'1". Ewen managed to captivate the crowd and won her third straight shot put title and did so in a state meet, Minnesota alltime and near national record manner. In her first three attempts, Ewen managed to break the 10-year-old alltime state meet and all-time Minnesota records. Her best performance of the day was a toss of 54'8.50" which was two inches away from the national record. Sophomore John Santiago earned All-State honors in the 300M intermediate hurdles with his fourth place finish overall in a time of 39.00 seconds. Three seniors finished ahead of Santiago in the race. Earlier in the season, Santiago broke the school record in the event, running 38.47 seconds. Congratulations to all the state meet participants as it was a successful way to end the season for the seniors and a great experience for those who will return in 2014!

St. Francis hosts North Suburban Conference track & field meet Andy Forbort Track & Field coach, St. Francis High School

In its final year as a member of the North Suburban Conference (NSC), St. Francis High School hosted the track & field championships. In the meet, athletes who placed 1st-4th in an individual event earn All-Conference honors and individuals placing 5th-8th earn All-Conference Honorable Mention honors. Relays that place 1st or 2nd are named All-Conference and the third place relay Continued, Page 31

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Promising baseball season comes to an early end Brian Julson Head Baseball Coach, St. Francis High School

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North Suburban Conference meet is Honorable Mention. At the end of the second day of competition, both the girls’ and boys’ teams placed third overall out of the eleven competing teams. The following athletes earned AllConference and All-Conference Honorable Mention accolades: Girls Track & Field All-Conference Jessica Justin 200M, Triple Jump Ann Hunt Long Jump, Triple Jump Bailey Demar Triple Jump Maggie Ewen Shot Put, Discus Amanda Anderson Discus Maria Zutz Pole Vault Honorable Mention Cassidy Day 400M Dakotah Bullen 3200M Claire Gonsales Amanda Jacques 300M Hurdles Cassidy Day Alysha Johnson Tiera Salitros Emma Street 4x200M Relay Bekah Wyatt Discus (6th) Rachel Hermanson Pole Vault (8th)

Gabe Nelson Cole Draxten Anthony Cole Sam Wellman 4x200M Relay Honorable Mention David Reese 100M, 4x100M Relay Tyler Pallum 400M, 4x400M Relay Aaron Jacques 1600M Mark Worthington 800M, 4x400M Relay Reed Harmon 3200M Genuine Matthews Max Gust 4x100M Relay Isaac Lindahl Josh Dronen Discus Kulin Dahlquist Pole Vault Seniors who maintain a cumulative GPA over a 3.40 are named academic all-conference and the following are the seniors graduating in 2013 that earned this accolade: Academic All-Conference Nick Anderson Reed Harmon Aaron Jacques Jake Kastenbauer Isaac Lindahl Jeremy O’Hotto Conan Sandberg Dan Sievert Sam Wellman Mark Worthington Dakotah Bullen Maggie Ewen Ann Hunt

The St. Francis baseball program did some great things during the 2013 season. The Saints played well in the always tough North Suburban Conference going 6-3, good enough for 4th place in conference play. The Saints excelled in non-conference play going 7-1, including winning the Princeton Tournament. Overall, the Saints finished the regular season going 13-4. All 17 games occurred in about a month of play when the weather delayed the start of the season by almost four weeks. However, after a challenging season to get games in, the Fighting Saints season came to a quick end with a 1-0 loss to Duluth Denfeld in the playoffs. Not only did the varsity program finish with a winning record, the lower levels also had success Varsity Team giving the Saints a promising future. The Varsity team who Offense Player of the Year Mitch Benson, junior went 13-5 returns almost all of Defense Player of Year Cole Duncan, junior their pitching staff and numerous Co-Pitcher of the Year Lucas Niemeyer, junior letter-winners and starters will Josh Niemeyer, sophomore get a boost from a junior varsity team that went 4-0, a B-squad that Most Improved Alex Bauermesiter, junior went 12-4, and a C-squad that Coaches Award Cayman Salitros, senior went 14-7. A combined record of Senior Award Ryan Holritz, senior 43-16, a winning percentage of almost 73 percent. Even though 2013 Captains Ryan Holritz, Lucas this is a great winning percentage, Niemeyer, Trent Sagedahl this record is not the end all when Team Leaders 2014 Season Juniors Mitch Benson, Cole it comes to a successful season. Duncan, Lucas Niemeyer The Saints represented themselves Academic NSC All-Conference Seniors Jordan Forbord, very well in the classroom with Ryan Holritz, Cayman four Academic All-Conference Salitros, Nick Wander Seniors and a Team GPA of 3.4. The Saints program would also NSC All-Conference Mitch Benson, Josh like to give a special thanks to Niemeyer, Lucas Niemeyer our HomeRun Club Board: Sandy NSC Honorable mention Alex Bauermesiter, Lucas Barrette, president; Sue Duncan, Huss, Trent Sagedahl vice-president; Linda Niemeyer, Section 7AAA team Juniors Mitch Benson, treasurer; Joan Fritz, secretary; Lucas Niemeyer Laura Carlson, concessions coordinator. 10th Grade/B-Squad TEAM Not only are the varsity MVP Matt Heagerty program and the HomeRun Club Boys Track & Field Coaches Award Dom Dejarlais (HRC) booster club very strong, All-Conference but our youth program is also Most Improved Ben Yatckoske Grant Olsen outstanding. St. Francis Youth Starting with the 2013-14 9th Grade/C-Squad TEAM 800M, 1600M Baseball Association (SFYBA) school year, St. Francis High John Santiago MVP Hunter Trautman is committed to providing an School will compete in the 110M, 300M Hurdles opportunity for young boys Coaches Award Dylan Lauseng Mississippi 8 Conference. Mitchell Greene to play competitive baseball, Most Improved Shawn Blucher Pole Vault learn the fundamentals of the game, and represent the St. Francis community throughout Minnesota and the United States in state and national tournaments. The HRC and SFYBA boards have always put the interest of the kids playing baseball first. These boards function because of many volunteers serving in roles such as president, vicepresident, secretary, treasurer, clothing coordinators, tournament directors, See NMSA website for age specific dates/times. age-group coordinators, fundraising coordinators, and many other jobs Player age is determined as of August 1, 2013. without titles. If you are interested in getting involved and helping, please Online registration opens late June. visit www.fightingsaintsbaseball. org for the varsity program or www. A $50 non-refundable try-out fee is required at time of online registration. for the youth That fee will be applied to the Spring 2014 registration fee. program. There will be a $75 non-refundable try-out fee for on-site registration. Also, a special thanks to our community for your support again Location: National Sports Center in Blaine this year! We look forward to seeing Please visit the NMSA website for more information, many of you at our golf tournament on Saturday, August 17 at the Ponds Golf Course. Go Saints!

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inside to see if she made it, so when they announced the results, I ran out and was like, ‘Paige you made it!’ It was a good moment for SFHS golf.” These seniors are the first girls from SFHS to qualify in golf. Berg and Larson represented SFHS at the AAA state golf tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Course June 11-12. Larson shot a combined

Jeff Fink St. Francis High School Activities Director

Here are recent updates on a few of our athletes and activities from St. Francis High School. Seniors Emily Larson and Paige Berg became the first girls golfers from SFHS to qualify for the Minnesota State High School League state tournament. Six track & field athletes advanced to the state tournament: Ann Hunt - long jump and 4x100 relay; Jessica Justin - 200M and 4x100 relay, Taylor Karasch - 4x100 relay, Emma Street - 4x100 relay; Maggie Ewen - shot put and discus and Jonathan Santiago - 300M intermediate hurdles.

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score of 176, 90 on day one and 86 on day two, landing her in 50th place. Berg shot 89 on day one and 89 on day two, for a score of 178 for a 54th place finish. There were 88 golfers in the AAA Tournament. Congratulations to Head Coach Brent Swaggert, Assistant Coach Al Schlomann and the entire team on a great season!

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a few weeks later with a 4th place finish in the tough Section 7AAA championship. Seniors Emily Larson and Paige Berg, along with sophomore Alex Hillesheim, all qualified for the second day of sectional play. Hillesheim set a new precedent for the school in becoming the first 10th grader to qualify for day two while shooting a career low 83. Although Hillesheim didn’t qualify for the state tourney, she stated, “I will take away the fact that this is giving me motivation to get back here next year and to do even better. I will work harder than ever during the off-season to improve my game.” Emily Larson shot an opening day 80 and Paige Berg narrowly qualified for day two with an 86. Seniors Paige Berg fired a second day career best 80 and Emily Larson shot a career best 79 to propel them into the state meet. Berg was tied for the final state qualifying spot and had to wait to see if a tiebreaker was needed. Larson recalled, “I knew I had qualified but had to sit and wait to see if Paige would make it, it was scary. Paige was freaking out because she really wanted to make it. Our coach told her to go hit balls on the range in case there was going to be a tiebreaker. I waited

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Many of our track athletes had career best performances. Blake McReavy was the first boy tennis player from SFHS to advance to the Section 7AA semifinals in many years where he lost to the number one seed. Many of the cast and crew received honors for their performance in the spring musical, Grease. Congratulations to the following recipients of the SpotLight Awards: Overall Performance Community Engagement Award Outstanding Tech Awards Alexis Dykema - Stage Management Jolie Olson - Lighting Honorable Mention Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role Connor Lysholm as Danny Zuko Honorable Mention Performance in a Leading Role Jill Morgan as Sandy Dumbrowski Adam Whitt as Keneckie Abilene Olson as Betty Rizzo Honorable Mention Performance in a Supporting Role Max Mauch-Morff as Doody Forrest Van Gilder as Roger Patrick Godin as Sonny Adriana Anderson as Frenchy Amelia Tesdahl as Marty Jamie Costello as Jan Andra Gulenchyn as Patty Simcox Greg Hawks as Eugene Honorable Mention Performance in a Featured Role Michael Courtney as Vince Fontaine Henry Herrara as Teen Angel Thank you to parents, community members and area businesses for your support of our St. Francis High School activities and athletic teams. Your support means a lot to our advisers, coaches, staff and especially our students.

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Begonia are named for Michel Bégon (1638-1710) governor of French-Canadian and botany enthusiast. There are varieties for full sun and some that grow best in the shade. Approximately 1,500 species in all, begonia is the sixth largest angiosperm genus. Most of the begonia species we’re familiar with are tropical or subtropical in origin. There are a number of varieties: Cane or Angel Wing Begonias are characterized by folded, wing-type leaves and thick stems. The foliage can vary in color and pattern— some being splotched or spotted in metallic color. This plant is best used as a houseplant. Shrub types can vary in size from miniatures to giants 12 feet tall and the leaves can vary from smooth to fuzzy. They are very multi-stemmed. Most do not bloom as often or as heavily as cane. Rhizomatous types are grown mostly for their interesting leaves and compact growth. Most give a big blast of blooms in the spring; few bloom all year. Semperflorens begonias are the most widely grown and are called “wax type” because of the waxy look to the leaves. The leaves come mostly in two colors, green and bronze. All leaves are round and all bloom all summer. Tuberous begonias are popular and grown for their flowers that can range from ½ inch to dinner plate size. They grow from tubers and go dormant during short days of fall and winter and restart in the spring. Rexes (Rex Cultorum) begonias are the showboats of the begonia world and are a type of rhizomatous begonia that are grown for their multicolored leaves. Rexes do not bloom. Trailing/Scandent begonias are grown for the trailing habit but also for their great show of flowers, usually in the spring. Thick-stemmed types are not as widely grown. They show off their thick stems because they drop their lower leaves. These can be very attractive and are definitely

unusual if you’re looking for something different to grow. There is really no end to the variety of leaf shape, color and texture in this type of begonia. There is something for every taste. For more gardening

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Ways you can prevent osteoporosis More than 40 million people suffer from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that can cause bones to become porous and weak. It is more common in the elderly and more women suffer from it than men. It can cause bones to become brittle and increase the chance of fractures. It is a slowly progressing disease but one that can be prevented. Here are a few things you can start doing to help prevent the disease or slow its progression. Start by eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. We know calcium can be found in dairy products but it can also be found in dark leafy greens like spinach and kale. It is important as children to eat a diet rich in calcium as well. They are developing their bones and this can help decrease the chance of osteoporosis as adults. Exercise is another part of preventing osteoporosis. Biking and swimming are great for cardiovascular health but are not as effective in fighting osteoporosis. Weight bearing exercises such as jogging, stair climbing or aerobics can be effective because they force the body to work against gravity. Weight training works well too for stronger bone development. With any new exercise programs, you should consult your doctor first. Taking preventative measures to prevent osteoporosis or slow its progression will allow you to enjoy the things you want to do and allow you to do those things for many years to come. There are tests that can check the density in your bones and see if you are at risk for developing osteoporosis. If you have questions about osteoporosis, consult your doctor.

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St. Francis United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor Office Staff St. Francis United Methodist Church

The District Superintendent of the Big Waters District of the United Methodist Church, Minnesota Annual Conference, has announced that it is the intention of Bishop Bruce Ough to appoint Kevin Coder as pastor of St. Francis United Methodist Church. Acting on behalf of the congregation, the Staff Parish Relations Committee has confirmed the Bishop’s intention. Pastor Kevin’s first service will be on Sunday, June 30 at 9:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome to attend. There will be a small reception held in honor of Pastor Kevin in the fellowship hall following the service. Pastor Kevin currently lives in Andover with his wife Sara and their two children, Kennedy (3) and Madison (11 months). Pastor Kevin has been working in various ministries, full and part-time, for almost nine years. The first seven years were dedicated to youth ministry and the last two years dedicated to military chaplaincy and church planting. Pastor Kevin is currently serving in the Minnesota National Guard as a Chaplain Candidate and has New St. Francis United Methodist Church Pastor been in the National Guard for Kevin Coder. Submitted Photo 14 years.

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Active Release Technique Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Specific conditions such as headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles. How do overuse conditions occur? Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways: acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc), accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma), and/or not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia). Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and even pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness. What is an ART treatment like? Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture,

tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. The abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. Symptoms are often duplicated during treatment and are usually relieved during the first or second treatment. These treatment protocols allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. For additional information on ART visit or www.

East Bethel Senior Events Senior Dance Have fun dancing with us! Dances are 1:00-4:00 p.m. Old time music will be played by Biersbach on Friday, July 5. Entertainment for the August 2 dance is Dick Szyplinski. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Pancake Breakfast All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on July 14, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee, and scrambled eggs, additional 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Events are held at the East Bethel Senior Center located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel. The Courier | July 2013 |

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Melissa Enzler St. Francis Anytime Fitness, Owner of these changes can add a bit to the scale, despite your hopes for the exact opposite. First of all, the muscles can increase in size, and the added protein in the muscle actually stores additional water. The body will also start to store more sugar in the muscles, and again, water storage plays a role here as well. Several enzymes that process oxygen will also increase in quantity within the muscle cells. And if this isn’t enough, your connective tissues will toughen and thicken, and your total blood volume can increase by up to one pound within a week. All of this better

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prepares your body for more frequent exercise bouts and helps to improve your workout efficiency. At this point, you’re probably wondering what can be done to mitigate these effects? The answer is not much. The key is to be consistent with your workouts and avoid the scale if you’re likely to get discouraged by what you see. The scale can be an enemy at the beginning of a new exercise program. Fitness tests are a better assessment of progress. You will see fitness and heath results (including toning up and inch loss) before weight loss. A personal trainer at your local gym can guide

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Question I’ve been a yo-yo dieter for the past few years, and for some reason, whenever I re-commit and start a new exercise program, I always seem to gain a little weight before the actual weight loss process begins. Can you explain this? Answer Yes, this is actually a pretty common phenomenon, but one that most people simply aren’t aware of. When a sedentary or somewhat inactive individual starts an exercise program, several changes occur in the body to respond to this new exercise stimulus. The sum

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St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Chamber is Wednesday, July 10 at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in St. Francis, 8:00-9:00 a.m., $3 for breakfast. The next Board of Directors meeting is Wednesday, July 17, 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street. Meetings are open to all. Visit for more info or call 763-438-5163. Tops Chapter MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Check us out on Wed. mornings or visit St. Francis Area Women of Today meet the first Tuesday of the month at the Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, 23280 St. Francis Blvd. NW in St. Francis. Social time is 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at www. or call Dana at 763-753-5010. AA Meets at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. BNI – Referrals Unlimited meets every Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 19001 Jackson Street NE, East Bethel. For more information, check St. Francis Seniors If you are 55 or older, come enjoy some companionship. We play cards and bingo, go on trips, have picnics and potlucks. We meet the first and third Thursday of each month at the St. Francis Legion. Social time noon, meeting at 1:00 p.m., games until 3:00. Some play Scrabble in the afternoon on the third Friday and cribbage on the fourth Friday. Come check us out or call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. 36

Oak Grove Seniors meet the second and fourth Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Marion Schulz at 763-444-5652. EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet third Thurs. of the month at 2241 221st Avenue NE in East Bethel for business meeting and noon lunch; second Wed. of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon w/ potluck at noon; fourth Wed. is crafts 9:00 a.m.-noon; Pancake Breakfast is held second Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the first Fri. of every month, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; each Thurs. is 500 Cards 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Cribbage held once a month; call for date/time 763-434-6179. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent, call Dennis 763-434-9244. All seniors are welcome to join for only $7 per year. NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB Are you looking to serve in your community of Nowthen? Meet new friends? Have a lot of fun? Come join the Nowthen Lions Club! The Nowthen Lions meet on the first Thursday of the month for the Board Meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the Membership Meeting. Please call Patty Wirz at 763-241-1341 or email at CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB meets bimonthly, first and third Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Greg Ricki at 763-434-7893. CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meets the first Thursday of the month at the 6:00 p.m. Ham Lake VFW. For membership information call Marilyn Kappelhoff, 763434-6599. We Serve! Lions Club—St. Francis meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. First Wed. board meeting; second Wed. regular business meeting; fourth Wed. social and program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Kevin Schuldt for more information at 763-753-1205 or visit www.

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Area Meetings & Events ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meeting: July 8 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.; August 12 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.

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Lioness Club — St. Francis meets monthly. First Wed., administrative board, and third Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall, 23340 Cree Street. For more information, call Jean Schuldt at 763-7531205 or Illa Torgerson at 763753-2002. Oak Grove Lions meet every second and fourth Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-753-4492 after 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly the second Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly on the third Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. Have a meeting or event you would like to advertise? Call 763-753-7033 for more information.

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

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

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

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

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


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Brooklynn Marie Olson was born on May 17 at Unity Hospital in Fridley. She weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud parents welcoming their daughter are Jake and Sammie Olson of East Bethel. Delilah Izabella Tresedder was born on May 20 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Terra Olson and Dan Tresedder of Isanti. Delilah is welcomed by siblings Layla (7) and Josephine (3). Braylen Robert Van Heel was born on May 27 at

Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Jessica Wisen and Mitch Van Heel of East Bethel. Logan Robert McCaskey was born on June 3 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Proud parents are Joshua and Katherine McCaskey of Isanti. Logan is welcomed by siblings Emma (5) and Madalyne (3). Chloe Rena Ryding was born on June 3 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Proud parents are Jacob Ryding and Amanda Hilliard of Cambridge. J Richard Davis was born on June 12 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Proud parents are James and Julie of East Bethel. Ellie Beverly Erickson was born on June 11 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 4 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud parents are Casey and Crystal Erickson of Mora. Ellie is welcomed by siblings, Lily (8), Lila (5), and Edward (2).

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

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Free Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinics The University of Minnesota Extension - Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteer Program offers free Plant and

Lynne Hagen Master Gardener Program Coordinator University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County

Insect Diagnostic Clinics for Anoka County residents. These clinics are designed to help homeowners identify problems

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and develop appropriate solutions for their landscapes by using research-based information. Clinics are held on Wednesday evenings at the Bunker Hills Activities Center from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (please arrive by 7:30 p.m. at the latest), now through August 28 (no clinic the week of July 4). For the convenience of those living on the western side of Anoka County, a traveling Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic will be held at the Nowthen Threshing Show, 7415 Old Viking Blvd., Nowthen, August 16-18. At the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics, residents can: bring samples of garden or lawn plants, or weeds for identification; bring samples of damaged plant material for diagnosis of common insect, disease or other problems; receive recommendations for cultural control of pests and weed problems or discuss other problems or concerns about lawns, trees, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and pests with Master Gardeners.

Samples of diseased plants should be a substantial portion approximately 8-10 inches in length, and include leaves, flowers, and fruit if available, and to include margins showing both healthy and damaged material is best. Samples of insects should include the whole insect (not squished) placed in a screw top jar or sealed plastic container. Insects can be placed in a freezer to preserve them. Samples of turf need to be about the size of a small shoe box and must include the roots. If the turf is diseased, the specimen needs to include a margin of both the healthy side and unhealthy side of the sample. The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics are free, but donations are welcome. Participants are asked to please limit three samples per visit. To learn more about the clinics or other programs offered by Master Gardeners, call 763-755-1280, or visit their website at www.

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St. Francis Pioneer Days Highlights Water Ball Fight winners Kimberly Swenson St. Francis Fire Department

Area fire departments competed in the Water Ball Fight during St. Francis Pioneer Days. First place winner was Bethel Fire Department, receiving a trophy and $200; second place winner was Spring Lake Park, Blaine, Moundsview Fire Departments, receiving $100, and third place winner was Brooklyn Park Fire Department and received $50. The St. Francis Fire Department would like to thank Opp Family Chiropractic and Dave’s Heating and Air Conditioning for sponsoring the cash prize donations.

Pioneer Days Button winners First Place Cindy Webster, Oak Grove Second Place Darci Hulst, St. Francis Third Place Debbie Todd, Elk River

Talent Contest winners First Place McKenna Littlewolf & Alyssa Littlewolf Second Place Taylor Tovok Third Place Arianna Untereker

Medallion Hunt winners Winners of the St. Francis Area Chamber Medallion Hunt were Ethan and Kari Olson. The winning fire department in the St. Francis Pioneer Days water Submitted photo ball fight was the Bethel Fire Department.

The St. Francis Fire Department would like to thank the following businesses for their support in donating to the 2013 Pioneer Days celebration! Ace Solid Waste • Advanced Automotive • All Seasons Dollar Store Anoka Champlin Fire Department • Anytime Fitness • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bloch Painting and Decorating, Inc. • Christian Dollar Store County Market - St. Francis • Dairy Queen - St. Francis Dave’s Heating & Air Conditioning • Domino’s Pizza - St. Francis Dr. Douglas Jonak, DDS • Fairview Clinics • Goodrich Pharmacy Great Clips • Hong Kong Delight • Johnson Family Chiropractic Kids Country Childcare • Mansetti’s Pizza - St. Francis McDonald’s - St. Francis • Northland Screw Products, Inc. Opp Family Chiropractic • O’Reilly Auto Parts • Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill Restyle Consignment • Rum River Inn • St. Francis American Legion St. Francis Bait & Tackle • St. Francis Barber Shop • St. Francis Bottle Shop St. Francis Collision & Glass • St. Francis Dental Care • St. Francis Foods St. Francis Insurance Agency, Inc. • St. Francis Lions St. Francis Physical Therapy • St. Francis True Value Hardware Smith Ironworks • Tasty Pizza • Temperature Specialists, Inc. Tru-Cut Lawns • T&W Adventures Village Bank • Verizon Wireless - St. Francis We ask that you please support these businesses as a way of saying thank you for supporting the St. Francis Fire Department. Special thank you to the St. Francis Fire Department Auxiliary, Ramsey and Bethel Fire Departments for all their help. We truly appreciate all that they do. BOLD indicates MAJOR donations exceeding $100

Thank You

On behalf of the City of St. Francis and the Pioneer Days Committee, we would like to thank everyone who sponsored an event, donated money, donated time and/or equipment for Pioneer Days 2013.

Pioneer Days could not happen without everyone’s help!

Winner of the fourth annual St. Francis Lions Club and Killebrew Root Beer sponsored bed races was 4 Play +1 for the second year in a row. The Courier Photo

Pedal Tractor Trophy winners Age 4 Kayl Greigo, Oak Grove Terry Conklin, Belle Plaine Age 5 Cameron Gobel, Elk River Luke Marti, Oak Grove Kamryn Robert, Oak Grove Age 6 Donovan Gobel, Oak Grove Aiden McDonough, St. Francis Katie Marti, Oak Grove Age 7 Kenyon Behnke, Anoka Johnny Hoffman, St. Francis Lea Roberts, Oak Grove

Age 8 Alicia Baker, Carlton Anika Erickson, Otsego Taetum Dehn, St. Francis Age 9 Joe Dropps, St. Francis Sidney Idown, St. Francis Danial Marti, Oak Grove Age 10 Bradley S., St. Francis Michael, Plymouth Del Morke, Isanti Age 11 Aidon Devres, Austin Toby Dehn, St. Francis Greta Erickson, Otsego

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ACE Solid Waste, Inc. Advanced Automotive Care, Inc. Amy Lazere Anoka County Highway Dept. Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, St. Francis Anytime Fitness, St. Francis/Zimmerman Backyard Bucket Truck, Ken Schorr Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. Jeremy Beaman Beef O’ Brady’s, St. Francis Bolton & Menk, Inc., Jared Voge Bridge Street Coffee Box & Sweet Shoppe Chris Vincent City of Oak Grove Fire Department Cody Adams Coldwell Banker/Burnet, Amy Lazere Connexus Energy Crawford Equipment Dairy Queen/Orange Julius Dave’s Heating & Air Conditioning Deidre & Jessi Held Gail, Rick & Thor Mengelkoch Gerdin Auto & Tire Great Clips, St. Francis Highland Money Management, Inc. Independent School District 15, Community Education, Maintenance & Transportation Joe Eisenschenk Joe Haag

Killebrew Root Beer King’s County Market Living Hope Evangelical Free Church Living Hope Evangelical Free Church, clean up crew after the parade Lone Wolf Nursery Lori Gerhardson Luke Verlennich Lynch Electric, Tom Lynch Malcolm Beck Mansetti’s Pizza & Pasta Mary Middleton Matt Carlson McDonald’s, St. Francis Metropolitan Mosquito Control Mickman Brothers, LLC Northland Screw Products, Inc. Opp Family Chiropractic Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill Premier Specialties Printing Unlimited Professional Exteriors Inc. Restyle & Consignments Richard Mikkelson Rum River Inn St. Francis Alumni Association St. Francis Ambassador Program St. Francis American Legion St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce St. Francis Bait & Tackle St. Francis Barber Shop

June 7-9, 2013 St. Francis City Staff St. Francis Cub Scouts Pack 511 St. Francis Fire Department St. Francis Foods St. Francis Lions & Lioness St. Francis Mayor & City Council St. Francis Municipal Bottle Shop St. Francis Physical Therapy St. Francis Pioneer Days Committee St. Francis Police Reserves St. Francis True Value Hardware St. Francis United Methodist Church Schroeder’s Creekside Stables Subway, St. Francis Tasty Pizza TC Net-Works, Inc. Temperature Specialists, Inc. The Bridge Church The Courier Staff, Alicia Loehlein, Janice Audette, Kathleen Miller & Pat Johnson The Ponds Golf Course The Refuge Golf Course Tim Holen Tony Sharp Trinity’s Little Lambs Preschool & Childcare Val Morton Village Bank Walt Hiller Zane Sharp


St. Francis Pioneer Days Highlights Pioneer Days parade winners Barb Held City Clerk, City of St. Francis

Congratulations to the newly crowned St. Francis Ambassadors. Royalty are back row (L-R) Miss St. Francis Ambassador Sarah Farrier and Miss St. Francis Ambassador Sarah Roppe; front row Little Miss Submitted Photo Natalie Gavit and Little Miss Brooke Reintjes.

Royalty: (1st) St. Paul Park Royalty, (2nd) Coon Rapids Snowflake Days, (3rd) Hopkins Raspberry Festival Community Service: (1st) St. Francis High School Marching Band, (2nd) Rum River BMX, (3rd) St. Francis Cub Scouts 511 Local Business: (1st) Schroeder’s Creekside Stables and Minnesota Cavalry, (2nd) Jam Hops, (3rd) Ace Solid Waste, Inc.

The St. Francis High School marching band placed first in the Pioneer Days parade community service group category. The marching band is under the direction of Chad Armbruster and is approximately 50 members strong. The Courier Photo

Schedule — Friday, July 19


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

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All Day Events - Saturday, July 20 East Bethel Seniors Craft & Bake Sale, Quilt Raffle, Silent Auction FOOD, FOOD, FOOD Inflatables Vendors with good stuff to sell Car/Trucks/Tractor Show

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

Explore East Bethel’s own nature reserve! The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve will be providing tours of the reserve and all that it has to offer!

The Kiddie Parade has moved to Saturday allowing more kids to attend and more adults to enjoy!

Thank you to our donors! Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Blaine Youth Hockey Association; Coon Lake Community Center; EJ’s Bar and Bottle Shoppe; Osborne Development

A BIG thank you to all our volunteers and committee members who work hard to create these special days!

Treasure Hunt for ages 4-10 courtesy of Peoples Bank Drawing for East Bethel Fire Department Birthday Party Package (10 years and younger for East Bethel children please)

Schedule — Saturday, July 20

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

New This Year!

Movie in the park!

Community Center 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. Historical Dedication/Donation..................................................................12:30 p.m. Bingo...................................................................................................... 1:00-4:00 p.m. Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Tours................................... 2:00-5:00 p.m. East Bethel Ice Arena East Bethel Royalty Pageant.....................................2:00 p.m. Booster Park Kiddie Parade registration........................................9:30 a.m. Kiddie Parade (courtesy of Climb Theatre)...........10:00 a.m. The GRAND PARADE.............................................11:00 a.m. Lion’s Club Turtle Races (at the tennis courts).....12:30 p.m. Musikal Mayhem............................................12:30-5:00 p.m. Tractor Pull................................................................1:30 p.m. 52nd Annual Firefighters Dance.............8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Live Music Uncle Chunk, Food/Beverages Fireworks..........................................................................Dusk

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Interested in the Friday night Interested in the General information regarding movie or kiddie parade? parade? Contact Diane Booster Day or to make a donation Contact Wendy Warren Evenson 763-434-4462 or Contact Denise Lachinski 763-367-7853 763-413-2748 or

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Is your vintage vehicle your pride and joy? Enter it in the Classic Car, Truck, and Tractor show! Hosted by Route 65 Pub and Grub. For information contact Brad 763-242-1984 or Harley 612-718-6905. $5 entry fee.

East Bethel Royalty Pageant If interested in becoming a candidate or event information, contact Ken Orr 763-618-0123

Check the city’s website for all the up-to-date information under the Booster Day tab,, or check us out on Facebook, East Bethel Booster Day. 40

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