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The Courier Outcome of Bond Results KATRINNA DODGE


On June 12, Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) received an official memo from Anoka County Elections & Voter Registration stating revised numbers of total persons voting. The final number of persons that voted on May 23 was 4,522; 1,591 from Precinct One, 1,684 from Precinct Two and 1,247 from Precinct Three. The outcome of the election did not change as a result of the revisions. School District Question 1• $92,280,000 Bond Yes No Precinct 1: Central Services Center 702 884 Precinct 2: Lifelong Learning Center 795 889 Precinct 3: East Bethel Community Center 517 729 Totals: 2014 2502 School District Question 2 • $15,520,000 Bond Yes No Precinct 1: Central Services Center 591 997 Precinct 2: Lifelong Learning Center 703 980 Precinct 3: East Bethel Community Center 437 802 Totals: 1731 2779 Cindy Reichert, Anoka County Elections manager, reported election results provided on May 23 and canvassed by the school board on May 26 were a transcription error. Anoka County staff had mistakenly transcribed Line B (total numbers of unused ballots) instead of Line C (total number of counted ballots) in Precinct 1 and Precinct 3 on the Precinct Summary Statement. This mistake was sent to ISD 15 and canvassed by the school board on May 26. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

St. Francis High School commencement ceremony was held June 2. (Pictured, L-R) Emily Hennen (not facing the camera) and Emily Hewitt wait to be seated. The Class of 2017 were ceremonially handed their diplomas on a toasty 90-degree afternoon. This was the first commencement ceremony held outdoors in several years. A total of 380 students graduated this year from SFHS, Saints Online and Saints Academy.



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From a structural standpoint, computers, cellphones, software programs, internet access and security can be metaphorically related to the nervous system in the body— connecting different devices and areas to work seamlessly. “We support the community, students, teachers and administrators to communicate and complete their daily jobs,” stated Jeff Kienitz, technology coordinator at Independent School District 15’s (ISD 15) Office of School Technology (OST). The Technology Department works with all school district department branches and employees in support of educational achievement. These efforts can take the form of creating transcripts, regulating cyber security, syncing databases, managing Google and Office 365 domains, ensuring cloud security, and updating hardware and software. Other areas of support include sound systems, security cameras, print center and district calling system. To prioritize jobs, each day the technology specialists and administrators meet to create a top ten list. At St. Francis High School (SFHS), there are currently 76 jobs to complete. These duties come from all different access points that need to be maintained and strengthened to ensure software is running correctly for protection of staff, faculty and student privacy. “Every day we do roughly the same thing, but not the exact same tasks,” commented Kienitz. The range of work can create challenges, i.e. outdoor graduation, that technology coordinators work together to overcome. “When you don’t know who we are, we are doing our job.” OST works with faculty, staff, students and community members to continue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) integration through student support. During the summer, students from local colleges work with staff in maintaining and updating district infrastructure, such as rebuilding district networks. Another example of STEM integration supported by the OST is SFHS Today. SFHS Today

is a student-run weekly broadcast that reports on news important to students happening at SFHS. Staff from the Technology Department help maintain the high-level production equipment so that students interested in pursuing a professional career in broadcasting, reporting, videography and related degrees have relevant experiences. Kienitz and his team work throughout the year to keep costs down. They succeed by applying for grants and being innovative in improving day-today tasks. Last year OST was awarded $160,000 in grants to improve ISD 15 internet networks. Another cost reduction is streamlining maintenance and circulation of technological devices throughout ISD 15. Operational programs from various data management systems are programmed to communicate with each other to reduce time and human resources needed to produce mandatory reports. One of the larger cost minimizers is the success of streamlining the printing process. The creation of the Print Center within ISD 15 allowed cost of printing class materials and documents to be reduced from $0.33 to $0.17 per page. By June, 14,494,368 pages had been printed through the Print Center for the 2016-17 school year. Keeping costs down with little disruption to the daily work environment are forefront criteria for OST. From replacing catalogues, building networks, maintaining electric systems to repairing Chromebooks, iPads and desktops, OST staff keeps the nerve center at ISD 15 running smoothly, continually connecting devices, people and software to work seamlessly. Kienitz summarized his department’s support and the range of the work, simply stating, “We like what we do; it keeps us motivated at work.”

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Schools in Action East Bethel Community School awarded technology grant JAMIE STUDNICKA


Delaney Brooks, a junior at St. Francis High School (SFHS), poses with her award-winning sculpture, Standing Rock. Brooks stated, ”My grandfather and great grandfather both grew up on Standing Rock Reservation and owned land on it. My sculpture was a tribute to them to honor my past.” The Spring Art Show was held in the SFHS Media Center on May 22.


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In December 2016 Ryan Fiereck, technology teacher at East Bethel Community School (EBCS), applied for a grant to Midcontinent Communications for headphones that will be used in his class. Fiereck received news in May that the company awarded EBCS $300. Fiereck will use the money to purchase headphones so all students will have access to them. These headphones will be used daily in technology class for instructional purposes. Midcontinent Communications is a Midwest internet, cable, and phone provider. In 1987 they created

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Tony Harding from Midcontinent Communications presents Ryan Fiereck from East Bethel Community School with a $300 technology grant check. PHOTO BY JAMIE STUDNICKA (Left) These are a few of the creative Junky Joe’s from students in Julianne Polsfut’s kindergarten class when the letter of the day was J.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Kindergartners at St. Francis Elementary School celebrated all they have learned by zooming through the alphabet backwards. Each day, students focused on the letter of the day. They participated in fun activities, representing that letter. When classes reached the letter J, they used “junk” to create “Junky Joe’s” from items they found around their homes and donations made to school. Other days included Yoga Day, for the letter Y, Upside Down Day, for letter U, Queens & Quarterbacks Day for letter Q, Kindness Day, for letter K and Bubble Day for letter B. On the last day of school, all of the kindergarten students wore special T-shirts with the 40 sight words they learned throughout the year. They are ready for first grade!


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East Bethel Community School hosts Spring Evening Book Walk CHRIS CARRIGAN


East Bethel Community School (EBCS) hosted its annual Spring Evening Book Walk event on May 18. Families came for the evening and had a great time winning books while getting some exercise. Every child left for the evening with at least one book! This event is sponsored by our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)and hosted by the EBCS School and Community Involvement committee. This event was made possible with the help of our many volunteers. A huge thank you goes to our EBCS PTO committee members who coordinated and hosted this event and to the volunteers who help run it: Angel Wright, Jennifer Bowman, Elsi Kelly, Andrew Schumacher, Shelby Reynolds, Josh Schluter, Pam Stoeckel, Jeff Stoeckel, Lorraine Crain, Richard Forester, Linda Forester, Amy Beck, Karsten Beck, Amy Beck, Taryn Tessner and the EBCS Student Council who helped with set up.

A group of Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) students, staff, community members, family and friends traveled to New York City June 8-13. Carline Sargent, ISD 15 Multicultural Liaison, coordinated the trip and travel arrangements were made by Leisure Time Tours from St. Cloud. Sargent’s original plan was to provide an opportunity for students, grades 9-12, to travel and explore. When not enough students expressed interest in the New York City trip, the community was invited to participate. Fifty travelers and one tour guide experienced many sites, sounds and tastes of the Big Apple. Read more about the group trip in the August issue of The Courier.  KATHLEEN MILLER, STAFF WRITER FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 8:00-11:00 p.m. Youth Block Party – Gaga ball, pizza, prizes, games, bonfire, grand prize drawing and more. Advance $10, at door $15


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St. Francis Middle School talent show results JESSICA ROWLES


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Eleven students from St. Francis High School were honored as Students of the Month for May at the monthly ceremony on Friday, May 19. Pictured (L-R) back row: Alex Besch (Physical Ed/Health), Travis Carroll (Math), Megan Weber (Language Arts), Hannah Hassel (Art), Luke Lysdahl (Physical Ed/Health), Amelia Engman (Music), Carson Lohman (At Large); front row: Madelyn Keech (World Languages), Paige Johnson (CTE/IT/Business/FACS), Charlotte Sonterre (Social Studies), Lucy Martin (Science). STEVEN J. FETZIK, SFHS COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR

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High school College Biology students bio-monitoring the Rum River BETHANY STILES


St. Francis High School’s College Biology students experienced bio-monitoring firsthand as they ventured to the Rum River to collect and analyze samples in mid-May. The Anoka Conservation District has worked closely with students since 2002 but have since stopped their data collection due to budget cuts. The College Biology students hope to continue the data

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collection in the years to come, compile that data into a useable database, share the findings with the community for the benefit of the river and all who use it. Biological monitoring, or bio-monitoring, is the use of biological responses to assess changes in the environment, generally due to anthropogenic (human pollution-related) causes. Jared Wagner, a water resources technician with Anoka Conservation District, guided the students through the bio-monitoring process of a small section of the river at the Rum River North County Park. He described the techniques used to capture macro-invertebrates and students focused on habitats such as sticks, grass and aquatic vegetation. He assisted in the identification process and taught students how to use a Pollution Tolerance Index (PTI) rating to determine the health of the river. According to the class data collected, the Rum River has excellent water quality, which means we have little pollution in our river. Our class average

PTI rating on May 9 was 35.3 and on May 16 was 34.4. Both ratings are in the excellent range of water quality. Very tolerant organisms are capable of surviving in strongly polluted rivers, whereas very intolerant organisms require an exceptionally clean river to survive. In short, more intolerant organisms will not survive in polluted waters so they score more PTI rating points. Some of the most common intolerant organisms collected were mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies. As homeowners located in a state known for 10,000 lakes, it is an important responsibility for people to be aware of our water quality and get involved in maintaining and establishing high-quality wetlands. Water quality can have enormous effects on the organisms and ecosystems living in and near rivers and lakes. Water is crucial for all living systems, yet it is often contaminated or misused. While the quality of water can be affected by many natural causes, there are many human actions that are negatively affecting water

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St. Francis High School Congratulations to the Class of 2017 You’ve worked hard to get where you are today and The Courier staff would like to congratulate you on this well-deserved achievement. We wish you all the best. Visit ISD 15’s YouTube channel, ISD15StFrancis, for the video of the graduation ceremony. * Honors with Distinction + Honors ^ National Honor Society ~ International Exchange Student Isley Reese Allen Luc Daniel Almendinger*^ Amanda Katherine Anderson*^ Megan Renae Anderson Sarah Jane Antinozzi*^ Danielle Renae Archerd Raelynn Marie Arens Carissa Renee Artz+ Hunter Matthew Arvidson Jack Thomas Babcock Derek Allan Barck Jamison Bruce Barker Ashley Jordan Bartell Nathan Henry Bauer*^ Jonathan Jay Baumann Natalie Joyce Beauto* Chase Robert Beedle Meggan Mae Beehler+^ Joshua Hunter Beranek+ Julie Lynn Berger Alexander Adrian Besch Austin Taylor Bigelbach Dylan Thomas Bigelbach Marissa Jo Bishman* Zane Allyn Bixby Lauren Rose Bjorngjeld Megan Faye Bliese Bryanna Emily Blodgett Sylvia Kagan Blonigen Selena Lynn Blumb Sydney Nicole Boelter*^ Haylie Marie Boemer Jordan Leigh Bogan*^ Julia Marie Bolte+ Michael Joseph Bothun Brenna Christine Bowman* Nathan Edward Boyer Kallie Alexis Breen* Chayse William Buchta Isabela Monique Cain Hanna Nicole Capistrant Jared Joseph Carda*^ Annalisa Rose Carlson+ Brady John Carlson+ Travis Patrick Carroll*^ Daisy Marie Chelberg Jillian Cavanaugh Cherney Nathan David Chinander Tyler James Chouinard Britany Marie Cich Blake Lawrence Cipperly+ Jadyen May Cope Zackary James Crews

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Graduates Connor Patrick Ryan Amelia Rose Sadusky+ Morgan Lee Salmela Jake Thomas Scardigli Justyne Ann Schake+ Joshua Louis Schlueter*^ Austin Lee Schuhmacher Brennan Jeffrey Schultz+ Megan Carolyn Schumacher Thomas Lowell Schwieger+ Austin Zachary Scott Sophia Elizabeth Scott+^ Destiny M Sengthoumma Benjamin Forest Serre+ Katie Lee-Marie Shampine+ Daisha LaNiece Shannon Lucas Daniel-Kenneth Sherburne Scott Francis Sherman William David Sitts Dalton Jacob Sjodin Ashley Kay Skalsky Ethan Paul Skogquist Alex James Slanga Ashley Mae Smith Austin Jeffrey Snelling Liberty Mae Soderberg Emily Nicole Sornsen+ Kallie Rae Sparstad Austin Leroy Spindler Maxwell Gordon Spitzer* Nirawan Srikongphet~ James Edwin Stapfer*^ Brooklyn Rocky Staubs

Jade Elizabeth Stenger Ashley Marias Stepaniak Anna Rose Stilwell Sydney Ahna Stokes+ Elise Alice Strecker Emma Marie Street Jazmyn Sophia Strom Elizabeth Anne Stromquist+ Anthony Franklin Struntz+ Hannah Tracy Struzyk Conor Joseph Sullivan*^ Ryan Joseph Svihel Connor Oleg Swafford Alexander Michael Sweeney Sydney Anna Sylvester Justin Jerome Tatley Brittany Eileen Thayer Rebecca Joy Theis Taylor Rose Thull*^ Skyler Mathew Todaro Edward Jacob Toering Taylor Andrew Toft Colin Ray Tollefson+ Patryk Tomczyk Connor Josef Tracy+ Payton Eleanor Tradewell Adam Elijah Trandem+ Pietro Trevisan~ Gabriel Timothy-Gemlo Tronson+ Melanie Ann Tveit+ Anika A Vang Kenji Keng Vang+ Morgan Long Vang Steven Toufong Vang+ Jacinta Rose Vangsness Joseph Aaron Vanrossum+ Theodore Vlasyuk

Class of 2017 St. Francis High School Scholarship Recipients 2017 Matthew Tsim Muaj Vu Asinard Vue Chimeng Austin Vue Daobay Vue Shengying Vue+^ Alaina Magdeline Wadzink*^ Alison Michelle Wallace+ Jessie Lee Wallenberg Caitlyn Claire Walsh*^ Travis James Ward Taylor Wayne Warren Jacob Donovan Way Megan Lynn Weber Travis Scott Weidt+ Trevor John Weidt Nathan Joseph Weigel Austin Nathaniel Weins Timothy Martin Wetenkamp Austin Glenn Whipple Brianna Lynne Whited Amber Marie Wietman Anja Elizabeth Wiita*^ Stephon David Wilder*^ Jeremy Craig Wilker+ Sarah Mae Willner Bailey Aaron Wilson Luke John Gabriel Wingerter Melissa Kay Wodziak+ Mystica Rose Wolf Skylar Joseph Wolf Ryan Mykenzie Wolfe*^ Jacinda Paige Woolcott Precious Nub Ci Yang+ Nicole Lynn Zempel Nicholas Lawrence Zinniel Sara Zoccheddu~ Katelyn Camille Zupfer*^



Isley Allen - Foundation 15 Counseling Department Scholarship $750 Luc Almendinger - Richard Hubbard/Stan Yovetich Memorial Scholarship $750, Foundation 15 Scott Goltz Memorial Scholarship $500, St. Francis Basketball Association $500 Amanda Anderson Foundation 15 Scott Goltz Memorial Scholarship $1,000, Ann Talle Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship $1,000, Foundation 15 Physical Education Scholarship $750, SFHS Track & Field/Cross Country Scholarship $500, For Jake’s Sake Scholarship $500, St. Francis Community Drug Awareness $500, Female Athlete of the Year, North Dakota State University Renewable Full Tuition Athletic Scholarship, North Dakota State University Provost Scholarship $1,500 Sarah Antinozzi - American Red Cross Scholarship $500 Meggan Beehler - College of St. Scholastica Renewable Benedictine Scholarship $19,000 Alexander Besch - Bill Johnson/Roger Anderson Memorial Hockey Scholarship $500

WORD IS You Graduated!

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! You make us very proud, and we hope the future spells out continued happiness and success for you.

3645 Bridge Street St. Francis, MN 763-753-1265

St. Francis High School (SFHS) Class of 2017 listened to the welcome address at commencement ceremonies June 2. Under the direction of Chad Armbruster, the high school band provided instrumental music and the Madrigal Singers performed during the ceremony with direction from Lukas Warren. With the weather cooperating, the ceremony took place outdoors on the high school football field. Doug Austin, SFHS principal, presented the Class of 2017 and School Board Chair Mike Staff addressed the graduates. THE COURIER PHOTO

Dylan Bigelbach St. Francis American Legion Post 622 Scholarship $1,000 Marissa Bishman St. Francis Elementary APT Scholarship $300 Sydney Boelter - St. Francis Lions Club Scholarship $500, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Renewable Iron Range Scholarship $3,000 Jordan Bogan - ISD 15 Music Faculty Scholarship $250 Michael Bothun - Mark Evans Memorial Scholarship $1,000, St. Francis Basketball Association Scholarship $500 Kallie Breen - Connexus Energy Scholarship $1,000, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Renewable Iron Range Scholarship $4,000 Jared Carda - St. Francis American Legion Post 622 Auxiliary Scholarship $1,000, National Honor Society Scholarship $400, Male Athlete of the Year, University of Minnesota Duluth 50 percent of Total Tuition Best of Class Scholarship Travis Carroll - Bill Johnson/Roger Anderson Memorial Hockey Scholarship $500 Jillian Cherney - Ramsey Lions Club Scholarship $1,000, SFHS Student Council Scholarship $400, Adelphi University Renewable Dean’s Scholarship $14,500, Adelphi University Renewable AU Panther Scholarship $4,500, Adelphi University Renewable Business Award $2,000 Britany Cich - ISD 15 Music Faculty Scholarship $250, Female Fine Arts Participant of the Year Blake Cipperly - Nickolas Engler Memorial Scholarship $1,000, Lee Carlson Endowment Scholarship $250, Wartburg College Renewable Presidential/ Regents Scholarship $22,000, Wartburg College Renewable Meistersinger Scholarship $2,500, Wartburg College Renewable Iowa Private College Scholarship $500 Chad Desota - Foundation 15 Social Studies Department Scholarship $750 Danielle Deusenbery University of St. Thomas Renewable Academic Scholarship $20,200 CONTINUED, PAGE 9



Scholarships Casey Doran - Northland Screw Products Scholarship $2,500 Brianna Duerr - Grand Canyon University Renewable Dean’s Scholarship $5,800 Stephanie Everth - Oak Grove Fire Department Scholarship $500, University of Wisconsin River Falls Opportunity Scholarship $2,000, University of Wisconsin River Falls Academic Scholarship $1,000 Kelsey Fahland - Virginia Pearson Anderson Memorial Scholarship $1,500 Mitchell Ferguson Ham Lake Lions Club Scholarship $500 Alexandra Ferguson National Honor Society Scholarship $400, Cedar Creek Community School PTO Scholarship $250, Gordon Nyman Memorial Scholarship $200, Minnesota State University Moorhead Honor’s Apprentice Scholarship $20,000 Alisa Franchino St. Francis American Legion Post 622 Scholarship $1,000, University of Minnesota Duluth Renewable Scholarship $3,124, University of Minnesota Duluth U Promise Scholarship $2,944 Katelyn Gehling Foundation 15 Scott Goltz Memorial Scholarship $500, St. Francis Chamber of Commerce Scholarship $500, College of St. Scholastica Renewable Benedictine Scholarship $21,000 James Green - Foundation 15 Scott Goltz Memorial Scholarship $1,000, Foundation 15 Language Arts Department Scholarship $750, John Fryer Memorial Scholarship $500, Saint Mary’s University Renewable Presidential Scholarship $22,000 Daniel Hanlon - St. Francis Community Drug Awareness Scholarship $500 Hannah Hassel - College of Saint Benedict Renewable Presidential Scholarship $17,000 Landon Henjum - Ramsey Lions Club Scholarship $1,000 Emily Hennen - Foundation 15 Scott Goltz Memorial Scholarship $500, University of Minnesota - Duluth Raise Me & U Promise Scholarship $14,000 Emily Hewitt - Foundation 15 Scott Goltz Memorial Scholarship $1,000, Lakeside Cabinet Scholarship $500, College of St. Scholastica Renewable Benedictine Scholarship $17,000

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Jessica Hiebert - University of Wisconsin River Falls Theatre/New Student Scholarship $1,000 Morgan Hoppe - National Honor Society Scholarship $700, Sara Sauer CPA Scholarship $500, Ed Fleming Memorial Scholarship $500 Chloe Jenson - Ham Lake Lions Club Scholarship $500, College of Saint Mary Renewable Marie Curie Scholarship $20,000, College of Saint Mary Renewable Athletic Scholarship $5,000 Benjamin Johnson - Institute of Production & Recording Presidential Scholarship $4,000, Institute of Production & Recording Director’s Scholarship $500 Elsie Johnson - Dr. Noel Johnson Memorial Scholarship $1,800, National Honor Society Scholarship $700, SFHS Track & Field/Cross Country Scholarship $500, University of Minnesota Duluth Renewable Academic Scholarship $2,000 Taylor Karasch - St. Francis Lions Club Scholarship $500, Catholic United Financial Scholarship $500 Carmen Kivisto - St. Francis American Legion Post 622 Scholarship $1,000, For Jake’s Sake Scholarship $500, St. Francis Community Drug Awareness Scholarship $500, Village Bank Scholarship $500 Amanda Koester - College of St. Scholastica Renewable Benedictine Scholarship $18,000 Ashley Koivisto - University of Wisconsin River Falls Renewable Academic Scholarship $1,000 Ethan Lachinski - St. Francis Lions Club Scholarship $500 Emma Lero - Richard Hubbard/Stan Yovetich Memorial Scholarship $750, National Honor Society Scholarship $700, St. Francis Chamber of Commerce Scholarship $500, Female AAA Award for Academics, Athletics & Arts, Southwest Minnesota State Renewable Dean’s & Athletic Scholarship $2,375 Karl Letourneau St. Francis Lions Club Scholarship $500, Cedar Creek Community School Parent Teacher Organization Scholarship $250 Eric Linder - Foundation 15 Business Department Scholarship $750 Maichei Lor - Foundation 15 Art Department Scholarship $750, St. Cloud State University Renewable Presidential Scholarship $2,500

Sarah Lysdahl - Ramsey Lions Club Scholarship $1,000, University of Minnesota Duluth Academic Scholarship $2,000 Luke Maiers - St. John’s University Renewable Merit Scholarship $16,000 Caleb Manglos - Male Fine Arts Participant of the Year Terra Mann - St. Francis American Legion Post 622 Auxiliary Scholarship $1,000, Viterbo University Renewable Hallmark Scholarship $10,000 Alexandra Marron St. Francis Lioness Club Scholarship $350 Parker Marshall - Northland Screw Products Scholarship $2,500, Foundation 15 Scott Goltz Memorial Scholarship $500, St. Francis Basketball Association Scholarship $500, St. Cloud State University Renewable Presidential Scholarship $2,000 Madison Mart - Anoka Hennepin Credit Union Scholarship $1,000 Chase Maryns - Sons of the American Legion Post 622 Scholarship $500, A-1 Engineering Scholarship $500 Allison Mathwig - Connexus Energy Scholarship $1,000, Pipeline National Renewable Scholarship $2,000, Winona State University Renewable Academic Scholarship $1,000 Zachary Mayer - Connexus Energy Scholarship $1,000, ISD 15 Music Faculty Scholarship $250, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Renewable Academic Scholarship $2,500 Ryan McClung - Reid Ferguson Memorial Scholarship $1,000, Foundation 15 North Anoka Plumbing Scholarship $500 Danielle Menge - National Honor Society Scholarship $700, Foundation 15 Scott Goltz Memorial Scholarship $500, SFHS Track & Field/Cross Country Scholarship $500, Dig It Volleyball Scholarship $500 Kim Nathe - Mercy Hospital Scholarship $600, University of Minnesota Twin Cities CLA Freshman Research & Creative Award $2,000 Kierstyn Oie - St. Francis American Legion Post 622 Scholarship $1,000, For Jake’s Sake Scholarship $500 Robert Peterson Foundation 15 North Anoka Plumbing Scholarship $500, Theodore Pierce - St. Cloud State University Renewable Academic Scholarship $1,000, St. Cloud State University Renewable Athletic Scholarship $1,000

Abbie Rockstad - University of Minnesota Duluth Academic Scholarship $2,000 Morgan Salmela Foundation 15 FACS Department Scholarship $750, St. Francis American Legion Post 622 Riders Scholarship $500 Jake Scardigli - Foundation 15 Scott Goltz Memorial Scholarship $1,000 Justyne Schake - Ramsey Lions Club Scholarship $1,000, University of Minnesota Duluth Renewable Academic Scholarship $3,000 Joshua Schlueter - Sons of the American Legion Post 622 Scholarship $500 Megan Schumacher Foundation 15 Jacque Stein Memorial Scholarship $750 Thomas Schwieger St. Francis Lioness Club Scholarship $350 Austin Scott - ISD 15 Music Faculty Scholarship $250 Sophia Scott - National Honor Society Scholarship $400, University of North Dakota Academic Scholarship $1,000 Maxwell Spitzer Foundation 15 Scott Goltz Memorial Scholarship $500, John Fryer Memorial Scholarship $500 Elise Strecker - University of Wisconsin Stout Academic Scholarship $1,000 Conor Sullivan - Foundation 15 Citizenship Scholarship $750, Foundation 15 World Language Department Scholarship $750, SFHS Track & Field/Cross Country Scholarship $500, ISD 15 Music Faculty Scholarship $250, Male AAA Award for Academics, Athletics & Arts, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Renewable Presidential Scholarship $5,000 Ryan Svihel - St. Francis American Legion Post 622 Auxiliary Scholarship $1,000, Foundation 15 Scott Goltz Memorial Scholarship $500, Foundation 15 Lakeside Cabinet Scholarship $500, St. Francis Basketball Association Scholarship $500 Connor Swafford Foundation 15 Music Department Scholarship $750 Justin Tatley - Ramsey Fire Relief Association Scholarship $250 Payton Tradewell - Hamline University Renewable Achievement Scholarship $21,000, Hamline University Renewable Hamline Firsts Scholarship $2,500, Catholic United Financial Scholarship $300


Adam Trandem - Foundation 15 Science Department Scholarship $750 Gabriel Tronson - ISD 15 Music Faculty Scholarship $250 Alaina Wadzink - Fairview Northland Medical Scholarship $1,000, University of Minnesota Duluth Renewable Academic Scholarship $2,000 Caitlyn Walsh - St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship $500 Anja Wiita - Education Minnesota Scholarship $750, Cedar-East Bethel Lions Club Scholarship $500, Bethel University Renewable Royal Merit Scholarship $18,200, Bethel University Renewable Music Performance Scholarship $5,000, Bethel University Renewable Bethel Experience Scholarship $2,000 Ryan Wolfe - Cedar-East Bethel Lioness Club Scholarship $500 Camille Zupfer - Foundation 15 Citizenship Scholarship $750, Foundation 15 Math Department Scholarship $750, St. Francis Community Drug Awareness Scholarship $500, SFHS Student Council Scholarship $400, University of Wisconsin River Falls Academic Scholarship $1,000

Staff recognition Lukas Warren - Fine Arts Advisor of the Year Brittney Moffatt - Coach of the Year

Honoring Our Graduates An important education goal has been realized, and we salute your hard work and dedication. We hope you will continue to set the bar high and make your dreams come true. Member FDIC


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Saints Online & Saints Academy Class of 2017 Saints Academy

Saints Online

Sylvia Kagan Blonigen Jayden May Cope Hamilton Antonio Dennison Kaitlin Marie Hagen Jerry Roger Hanson Nicholas Sterling Heino Tehya Sylvia King Jacob Basil Mead James Hunter Nordstrom Nicholas George Rath Jasmine Nicole Rathbun Daisha LaNiece Shannon Rebecca Joy Theis Theodore Pavel Vlasyuk Luke John Gabriel Wingerter Nicole Lynn Zempel

Madison Kaye Fellman Hunter Ross Hartstrom Natalie Jane Juell Joseph Lyle Kling Misty Rose Knudson Zachary James Kosnopfal Kayla Marie Krone Makayla Marie Lind Kayalana Lynn Maher Kelcie Christine Noha Brett Orrie Norton Kalissa Maja Pederson

Raina Kelsey Pegors Sydnee Anne Pfannenstein Austin Lee Schuhmacher Ashley Kay Skalsky Kallie Rae Sparstad Jade Elizabeth Stenger Elise Alice Strecker Hannah Tracy Struzyk Timothy Martin Wetenkamp Bailey Aaron Wilson Jacinda Paige Woolcott

Len Messerschmidt retires JESSICA ROWLES


Len Messerschmidt, a physical education teacher at St. Francis Middle School (SFMS), has retired after 33 years in Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) with a total of 34 years of teaching. Messerschmidt has many fond memories from his experiences in the district, but ones of coaching stick out the most. Messerschmidt stated, “I coached football, track, Len Messerschmidt volleyball and basketball over THE COURIER PHOTO the years in the district, but my favorite sport was basketball. I was so fortunate to work with so many great student athletes. My players were awesome! My greatest memory from coaching was having the opportunity to work with my own kids, Rob and Lindsey. We built a bond that still exists today and now carries over with my grandchildren. My best team memory was every team I coached, but especially my 2008 State Tournament girls basketball team. Great kids, great parents, great experience with all my players and teams and lessons learned on and off the court that have helped them all to Kids Connection/ be the quality adults that they are today. Playing for ‘Mesh’ for Youth Enrichment Site them was an unforgettable experience they will never forget! Nor Coordinator will I ever forget any one of them.” Kids Connection and Messerschmidt does not have set plans for retirement. He Just 4 Kids are childcare Saints Academy and Saints Online hosted their first graduation looks forward to spending more time with his family and programs providing all ceremony on June 1 at the St. Francis High School Performing grandchildren. He smiled, “It’s time to pay back to them. Over day programming in the Arts Center. Excitement buzzed from students, staff, faculty and the course of my many years of teaching and coaching I spent summer for children families. Throughout the ceremony were cheers and clapping for more time with other people’s kids than I did with my own. I look the 38 graduates. After the commencement ceremony, staff and three-years-old to fifthforward to being with them as much as possible.” faculty served cake and to the graduates and their families. Staff grade. During the school Messerschmidt continued, “Teaching is an ever changing, and faculty pictured are back row (L-R) Scott Manni, Matt Anderson, year, childcare is provided Dennis Sargent, Paula Jo Davis, Tami Schroeder, Scott Ols; front row evolving process. The challenges are endless. But what I do know, before and after school. (L-R) Gail Gessner, Eve Kaldahl, Julie Gloege, Erica Campbell and having lived here, my kids having gone to school here, is that ISD Site coordinators plan, KATRINNA DODGE, STAFF WRITER Mollie Ziebart. 15 is an excellent school system. Each and every kid who goes to implement and supervise school here is fortunate to be in a system that cares and strives to appropriate classroom, help them be the best version of gym and outdoor activities The 2017-18 Independent School District 15 wall calendar themselves as possible.” as well as other duties as will be available at school open houses the end of August. Messerschmidt will be missed CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 assigned. See www.isd15. by staff at SFMS. We thank him org/employment to review It’s not too late to advertise. for his years of service. Best the job posting and to apply Call Sarah at 763-753-7032 for more information. Reichert also reported that wishes to you, Len, in your online. Job #2774. EOE corrected results provided by retirement. Anoka County had mistakenly added the total number of signatures from the voter rosters with the number of signatures counted for Election Day registrants twice in Precinct 1. After adding all Individual – Relationship – Adolescent – Adult – Child three precincts’ total number of voters, 4606 was the total St. Francis Forest Lake number of persons voted Lighthouse Building Franklin Building instruction at St. Francis High School provided for the June 2 school 23038 Rum River Blvd. NW 69 North Lake Street board canvassing meeting. The BHP – Preferred One – UCare – MHCP CLASSROOM EDUCATION total number of persons voted Bruce W. Barton, M.Div., M.A., LMFT, LP Registration for classroom driver education is being accepted should have been 4522. for the 2017-18 school year. Classroom driver education Since May 23, ISD 15 information available on the website. canvassed twice within the seven-to-ten-day allotted time BEHIND-THE-WHEEL DRIVING INSTRUCTION by the State of Minnesota. At Six hours of required behind-the-wheel instruction this time, the school district Flexible scheduling The Twin Cities #1 Senior Photographer can no longer canvas results State of Minnesota certified instructors of the special election. These Central Studio Anoka Studio Fee $260 updates from Anoka County 763-571-2265 763-421-4553 Applications available at Elections do not change the 1290 Osborne Road 1916 2nd Avenue S or call 763-213-1640 for more information. outcome that Question One Fridley, MN 55432 Anoka, MN 55303 Sponsored by ISD 15 Community Education and Question Two failed from the May 23 special election.


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Community Education Classes & Events

23820 Dewey Street Bethel, MN 55005

Strength In class you will use dumbbells/ hand weights and resistance bands to strengthen muscles, improve bone density and increase your metabolism. Class is for seniors or active older adults. Days: Mondays Time: 8:00-8:45 a.m. Fee: $2 per class No registration required

Calling all 3 & 4 year olds! Early Childhood Screening is waiting to see you! Do you have a child who is three or four years old? Have they been through Early Childhood Screening? Early Childhood Screening should be completed 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. Safety

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

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

Sandhill is a Silver & Fit qualified center. For more information on the Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program or the Sandhill Center, please call 763-213-1640. To see if you qualify as a Silver & Fit member or a SilverSneakers member, please contact your insurance company.

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

Youth Football

Register online, NOW or call Amy at 763-213-1588. Tackle Football Youth Football Camp Grades: 2–6 Fee: $160 by July 24 $180 after July 24

Camp is designed to prepare players for the next level of football. Work with varsity coaches on football fundamentals.

Grades: 7–8 Fee: $180 by July 24 $200 after July 24

Location: St. Francis Middle School Course: SC-717008 Grades: K–4 Dates: July 24 & 25 Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m. Fee: $50 Course: SC-717009 Grades: 5–8 Dates: July 26 27 Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m. Fee: $50

Equipment Deposit $150 check will be required before equipment is handed out.

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

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Equipment Handout July, 18 & 19, 6:00–7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Middle School Football shed. No equipment will be handed out at camp. When registering, remember to change the program year to 2017–18. Contact Diane Guinn, Rec Department Manager, for more info at 763-213-1823. The Rec Department a division of ISD 15 Community Education

Fitness 15 s s e Fitn for all! Only $2 per visit & no membership fees

Relaxed atmosphere – senior citizens are encouraged to attend! +Treadmills + Elliptical Trainers + Stationary Bikes + Nautilus Weight Machine

Summer Kids Connection provides a variety of learning activities and recreational experiences to fill each day. Fun weekly field trips and summer activities.

Registration forms available online at or call 763-213-1641 or


Contact ISD 15 Adult Community Education Sandhill Center • 23820 Dewey Street • Bethel at 763-213-1640 for Monday-Thursday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. & 1:00-4:00 p.m. Friday Closed more information.


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BRIGHT BEGINNINGS in ISD 15 Early Childhood 763-753-7170

Call ECFE at for more information or to register for any of the opportunities on this page. Lifelong Learning Center • 18900 Cedar Drive NW, Oak Grove • Online at Follow ISD 15 Early Childhood on Facebook to stay in the know and connect with other parents.

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

Preschool Camps

2017 Summer Preschool & ECFE

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

Dr. Seuss on the Loose

Space is limited!

Camps for preschoolers emphasize a theme. All camps will include stories, music, art, literacy and math activities and time for playing with others. Children should be toileting themselves. Sliding fee scale is available.

Enter the rhyming and funny world of Dr. Seuss. Which is your favorite character? Course: PP 1116 Dates: Tuesday-Thursday • July 18-20

Parent’s Name ____________________________________________________________________

Math Path

City _____________________________________________ Zip____________________________

Time: Fee: Ages:

Count, make patterns, sort, measure, put shapes together! It all adds up to learning and thinking about math in the world around us. Course: PP 1117 Dates: Tuesday-Thursday • July 25-27

Preschool Camp

9:00–11:30 a.m. $40 for each 3-meeting session Children must be at least 3 years of age by 6/1/2017 and have not attended kindergarten

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

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

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

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

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

What is ECFE? Early Childhood Education (ECFE) is: A place for babies A place for toddlers A place for preschoolers A place for all dads, moms and others relatives in a parenting role

a division of ISD 15 Community Education

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Event Baby Café

This is a family-friendly drop-in breastfeeding group. Baby Café offers information and support to help you

Early Childhood Family Education

Address _________________________________________________________________________

PP 1111 PP 1115

PP 1112 PP 1116

PP 1113 PP 1114 PP 1117 Total Preschool Fee:__________________

Child’s Name______________________________________ Date of Birth_____________________ ECFE

EC 0701 No Fee

Child’s Name(s)____________________________________________________________________ Date(s) of Birth____________________________________________________________________ a division of ISD 15 Community Education

Me and My Little One Come and enjoy time with your little one while participating in songs, games and activities. Also connect with other parents who are experiencing the joys and challenges of early parenting. Course: Age: Date: Time: Fee:

Phone (day) ___________________________ Phone (evening)______________________________

EC 0701 0-18 months Wednesday, July 12, 19, 26 9:15–11:15 a.m. FREE; please register

Attending Parent:__________________________________________________________________ Payment

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Am Express

Card number: _______________________________ Exp Date_________ Card Code_____________ Print Name:___________________________ Signature:___________________________________ Any special needs of you or your child we need to plan for?___________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________

Mail your registration and payment to the Lifelong Learning Center, 18900 Cedar Drive NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011. Registrations will be processed as they are received.

Sliding Fee Scale Annual Income Preschool 0-$45,000







Pop In and Play Tuesdays Come with your young child and participate in fun activities. The perfect place to relax with your child and meet other families with young children. No pre-registration necessary. Age: Time: Fee:

Birth to kindergarten and their parents 9:15–11:15 a.m. $4 per child; max $12 or 3 punches per family (limit of 4 children/adult)

July 11: July 18: July 25:

Pour, Drip and Splash Teddy Bear Day Summer Fun

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

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

Preschool Place 15

For more information on classes and to register, visit or call 763-753-7170

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


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Community & Business East Bethel News


Celebrating biodiversity Tucked away in the northern reaches of East Bethel is a hidden gem unknown to most of our residents. Although many folks may have driven by this area, few realize the ecological significance of this 5,000+ acre undeveloped area of woods, wetlands and lakes. The Cedar Creek Ecosystem and Scientific Reserve (CCESR) occupies a vast area of northern East Bethel and southeastern Athens Township and is home to some of the most important scientific ecosystem research in the world. CCESR is owned and operated by the University of Minnesota as an experimental biological field station and used by researchers from the University of Minnesota and other institutions across the country to study our natural systems and societal impacts upon our ecosystem. The CCESR is rich in biodiversity allowing researchers to conduct short and long-term ecological experiments, which have produced valuable information used to understand our natural environment.

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Established in 1940, the CCESR is celebrating its 75th year with a series of open houses, guided walks and other activities which will be open to the public. The city of East Bethel has worked with the University of Minnesota for many years to increase the public outreach and accessibility of portions of the CCESR, encouraging our residents to explore areas of the CCESR and to experience some of the wonder of this incredible natural asset in our own backyard. As part of the 75th anniversary celebration, the East Bethel City Council will be conducting the July 12 city council meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Lindeman Reception Hall. The hall is located on the CCESR research campus, 2660 Fawn Lake Drive, located approximately 1.5 miles east of Highway 65 on County Road 24 (Coopers Corner). Prior to the city council meeting, the public is invited to attend a tour of Cedar Bog Lake within the CCESR to view a portion of the natural area and learn more about the research activities. The approximate half-mile

trail walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will wind through a grass prairie, a white cedar swamp and deciduous forest. Upon returning to Lindeman Hall, CCESR researchers will provide refreshments and be available to discuss the mission and history of the CCESR. The East Bethel City Council invites you to join us in celebrating biodiversity at the CCESR on Wednesday, July 12. Booster Days The City’s 2017 Booster Day official celebration is scheduled for July 14-15. Early activities begin on Monday, July 10 with its first citywide Medallion

Hunt. Stipe Shows Carnival, another new addition, will have rides open Thursday evening through Saturday in Booster Park. On Friday, July 14, catch a game of Fire Department Water Ball or our Movie in the Park featuring Raiders of the Lost Ark and a bullwhip exhibition prior to the movie. Booster Days fun for all ages continues on Saturday, with a kiddie parade, Booster Days parade, car show, lawn tractor pull and East Bethel Royalty coronation. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the Senior Center on Saturday with a bake sale

and bingo. Food and vendors, turtle races, petting zoo, Anoka County Remote Control Airplane Club demonstration and disc golf are also part of the event schedule. The celebration is topped off on Saturday night with fireworks and the annual East Bethel Firefighter’s Dance. We invite all of our residents and neighbors from surrounding cities to join us in our annual summer celebration. On behalf of the East Bethel City Council, I wish you a wonderful and safe summer.

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Achieve Personability Gala is a smashing success! A. CARLSON


On May 5, Achieve Services celebrated its annual Personability Gala at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. Almost 300 people attended to raise funds for programs that help people with disabilities achieve a greater level of independence. As an organization, over

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Foundation 15 and St. Francis Traveling Baseball road clean-up MARK AHO


On May 22, team members and coaches from Pete Schweiters and Eric Esbolt’s 14-year-old St. Francis Traveling Baseball teams assisted Foundation 15 members with the spring “Adopt a Highway” clean-up project. The sponsored two-mile stretch of highway starts at the edge of St. Francis on County Road 7. North Anoka Plumbing allowed our group to assemble in their parking lot. This was the start and end point of the collection. This is the second year St. Francis Traveling Baseball has assisted Foundation 15 in the clean-up efforts. “I hope it is a long forming relationship. It’s great to see different community groups work together in worthwhile causes. It’s fun to work with the kids,” said Mark Aho, Foundation 15 board member.

Pictured front row kneeling (L-R) are: Nate Owens, Anthony Esboldt, Josh Ferguson, Parker Liepzig; second row standing (L-R): Tyson Berwald, Brendan Bankes, Peyton Hallberg, Ethan Smith, Aaron Smith, Adam Bosen, Matt Heinen, Gabe Schwieters; last row kids (L-R): Chase Palluck, Gavin Brant, Jesse Voelker, Will Thomas, Tony Gerlach, Tate Bodenberg, Cody Cheney, CJ Block, Lucas Hess; last row coaches (L-R): Jake Ferguson, Eric Esboldt, Pete Schwieters and Bob Bankes. SUBMITTED PHOTO


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Community Celebrations & Events Fox Force takes the street

Night to Unite—Neighbors Joining Together




Residents on Fox Street in St. Francis recently started a neighborhood watch called Fox Force. On May 28, our first watch party was a huge success with almost 100 attendees. Most of the residents were sporting their blaze orange Fox Force shirts provided by local sponsors. The St. Francis Police Department (SFPD) joined in the festivities. Thanks to our generous community we had a dunk tank, bounce house, popcorn bar, food and prizes for everyone. One of our SFPD officers has a great aim and dunked on of the neighborhood kids in the dunk tank on his first throw. Our next event will be on National Night Out, Tuesday, August 1. SFPD is continuing to look for Neighborhood Watch block captains.


Please join the Miss St. Francis Ambassador Program, St. Francis Lions, St. Francis Lioness and St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, August 1 at St. Francis Community Park from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Hot dogs and chips will be provided by the St. Francis Lions and Lioness. St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce will be serving root beer floats and Miss St. Francis Ambassadors will be applying temporary tattoos. Music will be provided by Party Patrol DJs, LLC. If you have any questions, please contact Jacquie Goedel at 612-282-7226 or


Join us this fall for the Fourth Annual Chaos Family Fun 5K Walk/Run! The event takes place October 14 at Rum River North County Park at 10:00 a.m. This fun walk/run supports Citizen’s Supporting Our Armed Forces, a local Minnesota non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping our military troops, veterans and their families. Enjoy a beautiful fall morning along the trails of the Rum River. Chaos throughout the race


Announcing 4th Annual Chaos Family Fun 5K Walk/Run JACKIE GIESE


route is provided for participants. We will have activities for children 12 and under before and during the race. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes; bring your family and friends to the event. There will also be a variety of vendors with prizes and giveaways! Registration is now open online at http:// We are also looking for sponsors with a variety of packages available. Contact Jackie Giese at to learn more and how you can be involved!


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National Night Out/Night to Unite LORI ROBERTS


The St. Francis Police Department is hosting a night

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Many food vendors, Friday and Saturday night tractor pulls, golf cart rentals available, visit for more information. BRINGING THE PAST TO THE PRESENT!

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Together we are making that happen by enhancing relationships between neighbors and law enforcement. Join us in bringing back a true sense of community and provide a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Annual awards ceremony recognizes recycling efforts MAGGIE YAUK


The Anoka County Board of Commissioners recently held its 28th annual Recycling Recognition Awards ceremony. The event recognized municipalities, businesses, schools, individual citizens, waste, recycling haulers and service providers who assisted Anoka County residents and businesses with recycling 213,963 tons of materials in 2016, resulting in the recycling of 52 percent of waste generated in the county. This is a one percent increase from the previous year and quite a feat—an increase of over 10,000 tons, equivalent to the weight of the Eiffel Tower. Municipalities, private waste haulers, service organizations, individual citizens, schools and businesses were recognized for their hard work and efforts in the previous year to improve recycling and waste diversion. A specialty award was presented for the Most Improved Municipal Drop-off Program to the city of St. Francis and Linwood Township for improving the percentage of recyclables collected through their drop-off programs by 80 percent or more over the previous year. A new award was presented this year as well to schools in Anoka County that went above and beyond to increase recycling and organics recycling in their schools. Recipients included PACT Charter School in Ramsey, which decreased waste by 66 percent and the Fridley School District. Recycling provides a range of environmental and st economic benefits to our communities. Manufacturing with recycled materials saves energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials. It takes 95 percent less energy ! c i l Bands Play pub e h t to recycle aluminum than o t 7:00-11:00 Open it does to make it from raw p.m. on-site s e l materials. According to the a s d drink n a U.S. Environmental Protection d o Fo Agency, making recycled steel saves 60 percent, recycled Saturday, July 15 Saturday, August 12 newspapers 40 percent, recycled plastics 70 percent and recycled glass 40 percent.

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Oak Grove Lions Club Presents…

Saturday, August 12

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Oak Grove City Hall Complex 19900 Nightingale Street NW, Oak Grove

Events Scheduled LIVE MUSIC

St. Francis High School Drum Line Blues Driver Lake George Conservation Club Oak Grove Fire Department Firefighting Equipment Can Do Canines Car Show Bingo and Bake Sale, Oak Grove Senior Club Life Link Helicopter Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Specialty Vehicles, K-9 Unit Demo Mayor’s Beverage Garden Tractor Ride Food Booths Silent Auction Geocaching Vendors, Kid’s Games Crafts, etc.

Family Fun for All is coming soon! Kick off with the St. Francis High School Drum Line

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Huge Fireworks Display Wednesday, July 26 at dusk.

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What’s in a label? SHARON JOHNSON


Are you a consumer who seeks organic produce and meat? Maybe you look for food and fibers that are grown sustainably. Or maybe conventional methods make sense for you. In our part of Minnesota you’ll find organic, sustainable and conventional farmers. One of the most frequent questions we receive on our farm is, “Are you organic?” Our farm is not organic certified. Organic farmers meet national organic standards and are certified by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—accredited organization. Stores such as Whole Foods, Cub Foods and Walmart carry organic products. Foods and fibers labeled as organic are generally costlier than those grown conventionally. The biggest reason for this is the cost of extra labor that it takes to grow, process and market organic products. Our farm, and many others, identify as sustainable farms. Whereas organic is a certification, sustainable is more of a philosophy. Sustainable farms focus on keeping their soil healthy to be used for generations of farming. Many of us completely avoid the use of pesticides, even organic-approved pesticides, to keep a balance of beneficial insects, including pollinators. Most sustainable farms use cover crops such as rye,

buckwheat and radishes to diminish soil erosion and to add organic material to the soil. Sustainable farmers are also focused on the financial sustainability of family farms. We collaborate with other farmers at Sustainable Farming Association meetings to learn from each other and support our farms by drawing on the strengths of each. As you drive through the countryside and see

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Adult Admission $7, Child Admission 6-12 $3, kids 5 and under FREE!

Wednesday, July 19 Motocross Races Thursday, July 20 Night of Destruction Friday, July 21 Tractor Pull Saturday, July 22 Demolition Derby

livestock and rows upon row of corn, soybeans or grains, you are looking at mostly conventional farms. Conventional farms make up of the vast majority of the food production of feed for animals, bio-fuels, ingredients for your meals and countless other uses. These farmers use the latest in agricultural technology to grow more food and fibers. They feed and clothe a growing worldwide population. After years of sometimes pushing their farms to the limits, conventional farmers are learning sustainable methods, too. Row-croppers are using cover crops and livestock farmers are recapturing animal waste to generate renewable energy in creative ways. Whether you talk with an organic, sustainable or conventional farmer, one thing you will find in common is pride in their product. I have never met a farmer that did not love his or her job. We all love growing good foods and fibers that feed and clothe the world. It is important to us and is why we work long hours in the fields and barns. When you think about agriculture, think about what you value. When you buy a tomato, do you value a low price? Do you value the taste of ripe fruit picked that day or the day before? Do you value that your purchase is supporting a farmer who is building up their farm to be around for generations? Whatever you value, there is a farmer for you!

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7:00 pm 7:00 pm Copperhead Creek

Friday, July 21 8:00 pm Slamabama

HIGHLIGHTS For more information, please call the fair office at 763-689-2555


$5 Adults; $2 Age 6-12, 5 & Under FREE Isanti County Fairgrounds Cambridge, MN (East of Highway 65 on Highway 95)

Wednesday 6:00 pm opening ceremony in front of the SAL building for the flag raising and our anniversary celebration! FREE cake, coffee and water. Sunday Noon FREE corn feed. Variety of activities at the Historical Society.

Saturday, July 22 8:00 pm Bad Jack

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Sunday, July 23 8:00 am The Mystery Mountain Boys 12:30 pm Neighberz Band 3:00 pm Talent Show


JULY 2017


Quilts of Valor recipients DOUG LENNARTSON


On June 8, Jackie Urman presented Quilts of Valor to three recipients at the general membership meeting of the St. Francis American Legion Post 622. Roy Edwards Roy served in the US Navy in WWII and resides in Anoka. He is one of the very few WWII veterans left at this post. Roy has been a member of the St. Francis American Legion Post 622 for 38 years. He has been in the post Color Guard for over 20 years serving at veteran funerals and post events in the community. Roy hardly ever misses a post general membership meeting and volunteers when he can.

with the St. Francis Lions. Doug Lennartson Doug served in the US Army, graduating from electronics school before going to Vietnam. He has been a member for 15 years of the St. Francis American Legion Post 622 and White Bear VFW. Since retiring Doug has served as First Vice Commander/Membership Director and is post Adjutant, serving on the post Color Guard unit and he also chairs the post planning committee and post renovation. Doug also serves on the Anoka County Veterans Service Organization Advisory Board to advise veterans when needed.

The 2017 Pioneer Days Medallion has been found! The St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce thanks all participants and awesome sponsors and those donating prizes. Congratulations Bella Finneman, Tammy Rudquist and Erica Rudquist (pictured above). SUBMITTED PHOTO 



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(L-R) Roy Edwards and Jackie Urman.

Richard (Dick) Fenton Dick served in the US Army and had his turn in Vietnam. He is in his 23rd year with St. Francis American Legion Post 622. Dick served on the Color Guard unit for over 20 years and as the Sergeant at Arms. He volunteers for most events that the legion puts on and is active

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Pioneer Days Kid Power Pedal Tractor Pulls results Age 5 1. Abigail Nelson Oak Grove 2. Cody Benson St. Francis Age 6 1. Kaleb Renna Ramsey Age 7 1. Emma Nelson Oak Grove 2. Dakota Buhman Oak Grove Age 8 1. Braylen Bearl St. Francis

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Summer at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve CAITLIN BARALE POTTER


Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR) has a little bit of everything between now and fall—workshops on specific topics such as limnology, climate change, tree identification, local plants

and animals focused guided hikes, an astronomy event, family Story Walk and even a full afternoon focused on our oak savannas! Contact Caitlin Barale Potter at caitlin@ or 612-301-2602 to register. Unless indicated, events listed below are open to the public and take place at CCESR’s Lindeman Discovery

and Research Center (2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel). More events will be added, so keep an eye on the Cedar Creek Facebook page (CedarCreekESR) and website at Top Ten Trees and Shrubs of Cedar Creek July 10, 5:00–7:00 p.m. $10 fee; Adults Only Get a solid review of the top ten species of woody plants that are native to the Anoka Sandplain from master botanist Barb Delany. These important trees and shrubs provide essential food and cover for wildlife. Register online. East Bethel City Council Meeting July 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE; All Ages July’s East Bethel City Council meeting will take place here onsite! Come at 5:30

p.m. for a short presentation about Cedar Creek from our associate director Forest Isbell. At 6:00 p.m., we will depart for a short nature walk (~1 mile) to Cedar Bog Lake and share natural and scientific history of the property. The City Council meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. July 15: East Bethel Booster Days in Booster Park come celebrate summer. CCESR will be in the Booster Days parade and will have an information table afterwards. Universe in the Park July 21, 8:30-10:30 p.m. FREE; All Ages Look at and learn about the night sky with scientists from the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics! Scientists will present a short talk about astronomy and then all will head out into the darkness to look at the stars through

telescopes and with sky charts. Oak Savanna Day July 22, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Are you interested in learning more about one of America’s most threatened ecosystems? This afternoon event will take you on an adventure through our restored oak savannas. Basics of Limnology July 29, 1:00-4:00 p.m. FREE; All Ages Interested in the fundamentals of water monitoring, aquatic ecosystems, and the science of studying them? Come join CCESR grad student and limnologist Seth Thompson to learn about the basics of how and why scientists study freshwater systems. You’ll also learn how to get involved with water-related citizen science projects in Minnesota.

St. Francis Pioneer Days parade was held June 10. This year’s grand marshal was Kiana Eide, who competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in rhythmic gymnastics. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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of the month. Albro gushed that the response she and the vendors have received from the community has been fabulous. Along the banks of the Rum “I hear all the time ‘Oh my River is a century-old building goodness, St. Francis needed that has become a center for this store‚’” she added. connecting shoppers with In addition to providing creative minds. furniture, clothing and art The Rusty Windmill pieces for residents, with its shabby-chic the Rusty Windmill vibe, permeates the also provides a essence of St. Francis venue for other by carrying over local entrepreneurs 40 local vendors. and residents to “Everything in our congregate, such store is refinished, as hosting LulaRoe refurbished and parties to painting handmade,” classes with Darcy commented owner Magnan. “We are Micki Albro. “We do community oriented,” not have anything stated Albro. “We love commercial.” Items St. Francis and we are artfully displayed want to be here for a to allow the shopper long time.” to imagine each piece On July 14, Rusty in their own home. Windmill presents Staff assist customers Aurora Night Sky from placing special acrylic painting class orders to loading at 6:00 p.m. for $42 purchases. A per person. There welcoming ambience are only 15 spots extends throughout available. For updates the store. on items and events at Albro and the the Rusty Windmill, Rusty Windmill visit their Facebook vendors provide a Refurbished musical jewelry box. page or www. variety of services SUBMITTED PHOTO rustywindmillmn. for local shoppers. The Rusty Windmill com. If you are interested in Local artisans have the ability officially opened April 12 becoming a Rusty Windmill to showcase their talents, from and has increased their hours vendor, contact Micki Albro at carpentry, metalworking, to being open Wednesday beading, to sewing and through Saturday every week for an interview. painting. These original works

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Life insurance needs will change over time…so be prepared If you’re going to achieve all your goals, such as sending your kids to college, retiring in comfort and leaving a legacy, you will need to save and invest throughout your lifetime. To really complete your financial picture, you’ll also need to add one more element: protection. That means you’ll require adequate life insurance for your situation, however, your need for insurance will vary at different times of your life— so you’ll want to recognize these changing needs and be prepared to act. When you’re a young adult and single, life insurance will probably not be that big of a priority. Even married couples without children typically have little need for life insurance. If both spouses contribute equally to household finances, and you don’t own a home, the death of one spouse will generally not be financially catastrophic for the other. Once you buy a home, things change. Even if you and your spouse are both working, the financial burden of a mortgage may be too much for the surviving spouse. So to enable the survivor to continue living at home, you might consider purchasing enough life insurance to at least cover the mortgage. When you have children, your life insurance needs will typically increase greatly. In fact, it’s a good idea for both parents to carry enough life insurance to pay off a mortgage and raise and educate the children, because the surviving parent’s income may be insufficient for these needs. How much insurance do you need? You might hear of a formula, such as buying an amount equal to seven to ten times your annual income, but this is a rough guideline at best. You might want to work with a financial professional to weigh various factors—number and ages of children, size of mortgage, current income of you and your spouse and so on—to determine both the amount of coverage and the type of insurance (term or permanent) appropriate for your situation. Once you’ve reached the empty nest stage, kids are grown and living on their own,

you may need to re-evaluate your insurance needs. You might be able to lower your coverage, but if you still have a mortgage you probably would want to keep enough insurance to pay it off. After you retire, you may have either paid off your mortgage or moved into a condominium or apartment, so you may require even less life insurance than before. It’s also possible that your need for life insurance will remain strong. For example, the proceeds of a life insurance policy can be used to pay your final expenses

or to replace any income lost to your spouse as a result of your death (e.g., from a pension or Social Security). Life insurance can also be used in your estate plans to help leave the legacy you desire. As we’ve seen, insurance can be important at every stage of your life. You’ll help yourself and your loved ones by getting the coverage you need when you need it. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.


4-H Tech Wizards free youth club JY XIONG


4-H Tech Wizards is a FREE program for area youth grades 5-8, engaging them in small group mentoring that uses access to technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts to teach young people life skills. We meet weekly and year around. A snack will be provided. No transportation is provided. This summer we will be exploring video game design. ■ Most Mondays at Fridley Community Center, 6085 7th Street NE, Fridley ■ Most Tuesdays at Columbia Heights Library, 3939 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights For more information visit: Interested youth should contact Jy Xiong, or call 763-324-3494 or simply show up to one of our sessions.

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This year we seemed to go from winter to summer in about ten days. I heat my house with wood and one day I had the wood furnace on in the morning and the air conditioner on the same evening. Crazy! We have also been seeing a number of vehicles in the shop lately with their air conditioners not working. Air conditioning (AC) can be a confusing issue. There are a lot of different configurations on the market. Some vehicles have standard AC while others have dual climate control which allows each side of the

front seating area to control their own temperature. Some SUVs, CUVs and vans have rear heat and AC, which means that the AC system has to run under or inside the body to a rear evaporator core for the far back seating positions. The parts under the hood are the same, but they branch off to provide cooling to the rear. Since 1992 all vehicles use a refrigerant, aka Freon, called R134a. This is the industry standard and is what all manufacturers use. In some new cars, manufacturers are starting to switch to another refrigerant that is supposed

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inspection. In some cases, parts of the vehicle will need to be removed to inspect unseen parts. Sometimes the leak is found, other times we just have to keep looking. One word of caution, never add AC sealer of any kind to the system. It is never recommended and can actually plug up the entire system. We saw it twice last week. Sealers of any kind can contaminate the shop’s AC machine. The AC charging/recovery machine can be damaged beyond repair if a shop is unaware of the chemical in a system. These machines cost thousands of dollars. Please don’t try to cheat the system with a mechanic in a can. It can bite you. I hate when that happens.

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Sports & Outdoors Saints dominate at Minnesota AA State Track & Field BRITTANY MOFFATT


The St. Francis High School Track & Field Saints competed on day two of the Minnesota AA State Track & Field meet June 10. Conditions were challenging with a heat index close to triple digits and winds above 20 mph. With 67 teams competing at the prestigious meet, the Saints had many impressive performances. The boys team of Eli Hylen, Genuine Matthews and Tommy Schwieger finished sixth overall and the girls team, with only Amanda Anderson competing, finished 22nd overall. Sophomore Eli Hylen is the 2017 Minnesota State champion in high jump, tying his previous personal record and SFHS record of 6 feet, 8" inches. Hylen was seeded third overall, but he was able to beat the competition, including 13 seniors. At last year’s state meet, Hylen finished 17th with a height of six feet. Needless

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Genuine Matthews (third from the left)

to say, he has made a lot of progress this season and his future looks promising. Senior Genuine Matthews earned a third place finish in the 100-meter dash. His time of 10.71 seconds is another new SFHS record. Matthews completed his high school track career with a first place finish in the 400-meter dash;

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his time of 48.72 seconds was more than 1.2 seconds faster than the second place finish. Matthews also holds the SFHS record in the 200 and 400-meter dashes. Matthews plans to attend North Dakota State University in the fall, where he will compete in track and field. Senior Amanda Anderson is the two-time consecutive state champion of discus. She threw a distance of 154 feet, 7 inches a staggering 23 feet further than second place. Anderson is the Mississippi 8 Conference record holder in discus. Later in the meet, Anderson was able to earn another medal by finishing fifth in shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 10½ inches. She also earned an athletic scholarship and will attend North Dakota State University in the fall where she will compete in track and field. Senior Tommy Schwieger also earned two medals at the state meet, finishing fifth in

Eli Hylen

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The St. Francis Bike Rodeo on June 6 held at the St. Francis Police Department was a great success! This was the first Bike Rodeo held by the St. Francis Police Department and we look forward to making this a yearly event. Pictured is St. Francis Police Chief Todd Schwieger giving away one of our bike.


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Check out Anoka County Parks and Recreation for fun seasonal programs and activities. To register or for more information, call 651-429-8007 or visit Dragonflies and Damselflies July 8, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Cost: $5/adult, $3/child plus tax Ages 7 and up All Ages. Wargo Nature Join us to observe and identify some of different species of colorful dragonflies and damselflies in the Wargo Nature Center. Binoculars and nets are provided but feel free to bring your own! Pre-registration required. Canoe and Kayak by The Light of the Moon July 9, 7:00-10:00 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Cost: $15/person plus tax (includes canoe or kayak rental) Ages 15+ The Rice Creek Chain of Lakes is a beautiful setting to paddle under the light of a full moon.

Pre-registration required. Introduction to Kayaking July 11, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Centerville Beach, Centerville Cost: $25/person plus tax Ages 15+ Learn the basics behind this fun and easy way to get out on the water. Space is limited, so sign-up early. Pre-registration required. Kayaking – The Next Level! July 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m. East Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Coon Rapids Cost: $ 25/person plus tax Ages 15+ The second (but still introductory) level kayaking class is designed for the kayaker with some previous paddling experience. Bring your own kayak or we will provide one. Pre-registration required. Stand Up Paddle Boarding July 16, 1:00-2:30 p.m. or 3:00-4:30 p.m. Centerville Beach, Centerville Cost: $20/person plus tax Ages 15+ Easy, fun, and a great workout! Pre-registration required.



Congratulations to St. Francis High School alumna Maggie Ewen for being the first person in Pac-12 Conference history to win three throwing events at the conference championships. Ewen won the hammer throw, shot put and discus throw at the 2017 Outdoor Pac-12 Conference Championships in Eugene, Oregon. She also set a new conference record in the hammer throw of 70.20 meters. Ewen’s performance earned her not only the Pac-12 Female Athlete of the Meet award, but also the Pac-12 Female Athlete of the Year. In addition, Ewen is one of only ten athletes nationwide to be nominated for the Bowerman Award—named

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School Board Highlights School Board Perspective


Dreams. So different for every one of our students. One of my favorite children’s books is Meindert DeJong’s The Wheel on the School. The storks have stopped coming to a small Dutch village and six school children set out to figure out why. They explore the village and extend their dream to the residents to bring the storks back to Shora. Every time I read this story to a new group of children, I remain fascinated by the study of curiosity and determination. When our school district commissioned and wrote its Strategic Plan, our mission statement included the phrase, “Our mission is to equip all students with the

School Board Highlights KATRINNA DODGE


May 22, 2017 All members present. New ISD 15 Business Director Bernice Humnick started as Independent School District 15’s business services director on May 18. She is taking over from Kathy Miller, interim business services director, who was on assignment after Scott Nelson retired March 31. Humnick will be tackling the upcoming audit within her first three months. Recapturing Minutes of Instruction ISD 15 recaptured ten minutes of instruction at the elementary level by adjusting bus transportation at St. Francis Middle School (SFMS). Buses will use a drop-n-go method to transport students to SFMS at 7:20 a.m. Presently,

knowledge and skills to empower them to achieve their dreams.” These words were deliberated for hours by a team of stakeholders from our community and each word was specifically placed. The process produced a lot of discussion and thoughtful outcomes. As we strive to become more individualized in public education, we incorporate our mission statement. For some students, their dream may be of a state track title that three of our students recently achieved. Others focus on academics and their dream of a college scholarship to a chosen institution. Some

the buses arrive at 7:20 a.m. and leave at 7:30 a.m. Passed Policies Policy 536 – Drug and alcohol testing. Passed unanimously. Policy 580 – Subpoena of school district employee. Passed unanimously.

of 4,516 votes cast. Ballot Question 2 failed with 2,779 against and 1,731 in favor with a total of 4,510 votes cast.

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Special Session June 2, 2017


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School Board Members

School Board Meeting Schedule

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

All members present. The School Board of Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) met on June 2 to re-canvass the results of the May 23 special election. After canvassing the election results on May 26, ISD 15 received corrected numbers from Anoka County Elections. The purpose of this meeting was to ratify and approve the corrected election results within the seven-to-ten day legal canvassing period under state law. The school board certified a total of 4,606 voters in ISD 15 who voted on Ballot Question 1 and Ballot Question 2. Ballot Question 1 failed with 2,502 against and 2, 014 in favor with a total of 4,516 votes cast. Ballot Question 2 failed with 2,779 against and 1,731 in favor with a total of 4,510 votes cast.

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Special Session May 26, 2017 All members present. The School Board of Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) met on May 26 to canvass the results of the May 23 special election. The school board certified a total of 5,270 voters in ISD 15 who voted on Ballot Question 1 and Ballot Question 2. Ballot Question 1 failed with 2,502 against and 2,014 in favor with a total

Monday, August 14 & 28 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 11 & 25 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Live streaming and video archives of school board meetings are available at



June 12, 2017 Director Sean Sullivan absent. Discussion Regarding ISD 15 Transportation Building The school board approved a

of my children simply dream of a full belly having come from a family riddled by poverty, and the security of a school breakfast and lunch stabilizes them. Still others long to read fluently but are hampered by a learning disability. As we end the 2016-17 school year and look forward to 2017-18, the school board and district will continue to be guided by our mission to empower our students to achieve their dreams. It’s a lofty goal. Like the school children of Shora, we will be guided by our curiosity and determination to empower all students.

bid of $269,600 from Berwald Roofing Company, Inc. for the transportation building improvements to replace exterior siding and insulation upgrades. The school board in June 2016 originally approved this project under the Long Term Facility Maintenance Revenue (LTFMR) ten-year plan. The ten-year plan was approved by the Minnesota Department of Education in July 2016 to distribute funding for building maintenance. The bid was approved by a vote of 4 to 2. Opposed were Director Jill Anderson and Director Rob Schoenrock. May 23 Special Election Results from Anoka County Tim Finn, ISD 15 director of Special Services, informed the school board that Anoka County Elections had provided inaccurate results for the special election on May 23. On June 9, Anoka County notified Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) that there was a discrepancy in the results provided for the canvassing completed on June 2. Finn commented that ISD 15 was information the total numbers of voters was incorrect. This discrepancy does not change the outcome of the special election results. ISD 15 is consulting the county about how to address this issue as the legal canvassing time period, seven to ten days after the special election takes place, ended on June 2. The school board expressed disappointment that the official results of the special election continue. The board inquired about recourse for Anoka County’s mistakes that would monetarily reimburse ISD 15.

Elementary and Secondary Mathematics Curriculum Presentation Nichole Rens, director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Megan Schmidt, mathematics teacher at St. Francis High School, proposed adopting Math Expressions for elementary level and College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) for secondary level (grades 6-12) starting for the 2017-18 school year. CPM and Math Expressions were recommended to improve connecting mathematical ideas across grades, collaborate with peers to create a better understanding and decrease math anxiety to increase student test scores on the Assessment Curriculum and Teaching (ACT) and Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA). CPM is projected to assist lowerlevel students to progress and challenge higher-level students to have a conceptual understanding of math through multiple access points. This would allow more students access to Advanced Placement (AP) and College in Schools classes before graduating. In the 2016-17 school year, thirty K-12 teachers participated in a pilot study group. Throughout the year these teachers were trained in teaching CPM to students and parents. They provided best practice feedback to Learning Area Center (LAC) verbally and through surveys. LAC will have all-year support and training for teachers to ensure students comprehend math through practice, discussion and problem solving by CONTINUED ON PAGE 26


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School Board Highlights articulation. There is a parent guide and homework help online for parents provided through CPM. If approved, CPM would roll-out over three years, 2017-20. School board members inquired about transitioning new students, challenging highlevel students, college-prep, cohesiveness with elementary math and textbooks. The school board will take a vote at the June 26 school board meeting. Q Comp Report Linda Erickson, ISD 15 student performance improvement plan coordinator, reported on Quality Compensation (Q Comp) for the 2016-17 year. Currently Q Comp provides four sections in career advancements, evaluation, performance compensation, learning opportunities and professional development. Section One allows teachers who have met certain requirements to obtain leadership roles to be a peer leader, coordinator, specialist or staff mentor. Section Two creates professional learning communities (PLCs) to occur on 90-minute late-starts that allow teachers to collaborate regarding student learning and effective instructional strategies. Section Three established a three-year professional review cycle that includes individual growth and development plan, peer reviews and a summative evaluation. Section Four address teacher compensation based on performance reviews. Erickson addressed recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for the 2017-18 school year. She will complete program update form to present to superintendent and union president by August 15.

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Cedar Creek Community School retirees Sandy Benson LORI ALLARD




sports, playing softball and running a sharpening business. Eliason and his wife, Mary, plan to spend more time with family, taking road trips on their Can-Am Spyder, and play and listen to more music. Look for him at the next bluegrass music festival playing his mandolin or fiddle or cruising on his motorcycle down the road with his wife.



Sandy Benson is retiring after 36 years with Independent School District 15 (ISD 15). Benson taught kindergarten and first grade and has worked in Title One, Early Childhood, Parent Education, preschool, resource liaison for Early Childhood, and was the manager of Kids Connection at various locations. Benson was involved in districtwide committees including CELC, Teacher Academy, ACT, Safety Committee, Writing LAC, Site Management Council, Community Relations, Site Management Development Committee and Student Performance Improvement Program Teacher Advisory Committee. She also organized and facilitated study groups for the districtwide kindergarten team. Benson loves watching children learn and grow in their skills. She has enjoyed watching her students realize they can put sounds together to read for the first time. She will miss the relationships that she has developed with the many families across the district. When not in school, Benson can usually be found with her family. She has two children and three grand babies. Benson enjoys the orchestra, church activities, boating, Bunker Beach and spending time with family and friends. She has touched the lives of many children, parents and staff with her leadership, thoughtfulness, guidance and caring manner. The ISD 15 kindergarten team wishes her much happiness and many blessings on her retirement. Thank you, Sandy Benson, for all of your dedicated years of service in ISD 15!

Meldon “Mel” Eliason, after six years as a Cedar Creek Community School (CCCS) lead computer technician, has decided to retire. He will leave an indelible mark on ISD 15 and CCCS, most notably. There was quite a pair of shoes for Eliason to fill when he walked into CCCS in January 2011 to replace a retiring CCCS computer tech. As with any new job, there was a learning curve for this new position, but he attacked it with enthusiasm, immediately tackling new and unfinished projects. His quick grin, wealth of technical knowledge, customer-first service and unequalled mandolin and fiddle skills made Eliason an instant hit with staff and students. If you were to be in Eliason’s office, there were always people stopping in to seek technical assistance or to recount their latest adventure and ask him the same—especially about his latest music gig. Eliason became more than just a lead computer technician at CCCS. He garnered universal respect and appreciation from those that met him. Ask those who have spent any time around him and you’ll quickly find that he is held in the highest professional and personal regard. After graduation from St. Cloud State, Eliason worked as a computer operator, system analyst and as a manger for Unisys in Roseville for 37 years. He graduated in 1985 from Metropolitan State University with a second degree in business. During his early-married years, Eliason invested his time raising a daughter and son, coaching

Richard Rose is retiring after 38 years in education—34 years in ISD 15. Rose began his career at Isanti Middle School teaching sixth-grade. He spent one year as a counselor in an adolescent chemical dependency treatment facility before coming to ISD 15 (seven at St. Francis Middle School and 27 at Cedar Creek Community School). Rose will be remembered for his love of science, directing science fairs, organizing the science room and encouraging everyone to embrace science and the outdoors. His students will remember him for his passion for the Dakota, Minnesota’s indigenous people. Rose’s strong commitment to building relationships with students, families and staff through teaching, mentoring other teachers and coaching track and wrestling at the middle school has created strong, lasting relationships. Many former students come back to visit him each year. Roes’ list of memorable moments include working with incredible colleagues who have a passion for kids, coaching seventh and eighth-grade wrestling and track, the eight years he “looped” with fourth and fifth-graders, lots of fun projects with kids, hanging

with Ira Fiedelman, jamming with other musical staff at CCCS, advisor program in the middle school, all the cool science stuff he did over the years (taking kids to the pond, water bottle rockets, making rice krispie bars and cookies in the science lab, making volcanoes, cell labs, light demonstrations, all the critters he used to have in his room), and his time with so many awesome kids. In Rose’s free time, he loves to garden, hang out with his grandkids, play guitar at his church and learn new music. He enjoys canoeing in the Boundary Waters and hopes to do more fishing and traveling. He taps trees to make maple syrup and hopes to expand his orchard and vineyard with some of his expected free time. Rose’s future plans also include subbing, working with the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve with elementary programming and volunteering at his grandkids’ schools. Rose has been an important and valued member of the CCCS family. His enthusiasm for building relationships, caring personality and passion for science will be missed.

Student Updates Cassandra Roline, daughter of Glenn and Celeste Roline of Anoka, participated in the 102nd annual Commencement Ceremony at the College of Saint Benedict on May 13. Roline is a candidate to receive a bachelor of arts in mathematics and gender studies with the honor of summa cum laude. Summa cum laude indicates a grade point average between 3.90 and 4.0. On May 14, the following students participated in the 160th annual Commencement Ceremony at Saint John’s University. Aaron Jacques, son of Glenn and Sandy Jacques of Bethel, is a candidate to receive a bachelor of arts in accounting. Cayman Salitros, son of Chris and Julie Salitros of Andover. Salitros is a candidate to receive a bachelor of arts in global business leadership. Samuel Wellman, son of Jeff and Jill Wellman formerly of Oak Grove, currently of Isanti, is a candidate to receive a bachelor of arts in global business leadership.


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Meetings, Benefits & Events Alzheimer’s Association® Caregiver Support Group GUY E. SEDERSKI


Northern Anoka County Caregivers is hosting Alzheimer caregivers support group at West Bethel United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 26, 6:00 p.m.

ISD 15 School Board ISD 15 SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS: July 24 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. and August 14 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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City & Township Meetings ANDOVER CITY COUNCIL Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., 1685 Crosstown Boulevard NW, Andover 763-755-5100 BETHEL CITY COUNCIL Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday, 7:00 p.m. 23820 Dewey Street, Bethel, 763-434-4366 NOWTHEN CITY COUNCIL Meets 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. 19800 Nowthen Boulevard NW, Nowthen 763-441-1347 EAST BETHEL CITY COUNCIL Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. 2241 221st Avenue NE, East Bethel 763-367-7840 OAK GROVE CITY COUNCIL Meets 2nd & last Monday 7:00 p.m. 19900 Nightingale Street NW, Oak Grove 763-404-7000 ST. FRANCIS CITY COUNCIL Meets 1st & 3rd Monday, 6:00 p.m. ISD 15 Central Services Center, St. Francis 763-753-2630

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

STANFORD TOWNSHIP BOARD Meets 1st Monday, 7:00 p.m. 5050 261st Avenue NW, Isanti, 763-444-6370

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

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

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

ST. FRANCIS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Board meeting is July 19, 11:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street, St. Francis. Meetings are open to the public. Visit our website to find our more about the event or call 763-438-5163. NORTH 65 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The North 65 Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament will be held on July 31, 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Purple Hawk Country Club, 36300 MN-65, Cambridge. For more information visit www. EAST BETHEL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Board meeting July 25, 8:00-9:00 a.m., Aggressive Hydraulics, 18800 Ulysses Street NE, Cedar. The East Bethel Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament will be held on July 14 at Viking Meadows, 1788 Viking Boulevard NW, East Bethel. Registration is 10:00-10:40 a.m. Visit www. for more info. HAM LAKE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Board of Directors meeting is July 19, 9:00 a.m. at 21st Century Bank, 17635 Central Avenue NE, Ham Lake. Visit www.hamlakechamber for location and more information


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TOPS CHAPTER MN #1774 Meets every Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Check out a meeting or visit LONG LAKE LUTHERAN CHURCH Invites you to join us for GriefShare Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Free. We are located five miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47. For more information please contact Sharon Sudeith at 763-444-4483 or visit For general information on the GriefShare program, visit

AA/NA AA/NA Meeting at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in East Bethel. NA on Mondays at 7:00 p.m., AA on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., NA on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. AA Meets at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.


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Lions/Lioness CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at Maxx’s Restaurant & Bar on Hwy. 65. For membership information call Yvonne Johnson, 763-434-6985. We Serve! CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB Meets bimonthly, first and third Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., at Maxx’s Restaurant & Bar on Hwy. 65. Call Judy Ricke at 763-226-4893. OAK GROVE LIONS CLUB Meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Oak Grove City Hall, 7:00 p.m., adjourning at 8:00 p.m. For more information, call Lion Mark Silvernagel at 763-753-2215. NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB Are you looking to serve in your community of Nowthen? Meet new friends? Have a lot of fun? Come join the Nowthen Lions Club! The Nowthen Lions meet at Nowthen City Hall on the first Thursday of the month for the board meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the membership meeting. Please email ST. FRANCIS LIONESS CLUB Meets monthly. First Wednesday, administrative board and third Wednesday, general membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall, 23340 Cree Street. For more information, call Mary Madden at 763-444-5020 or Cheryl Eldstrom at 763-753-4602 or email bluesage51@ ST. FRANCIS LIONS CLUB Meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. First Wednesday board meeting; second Wednesday regular business meeting; fourth Wednesday social and program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Kevin Schuldt for more information at 763-7531205 or visit Have an engagement, wedding or birth announcement or an article you would like published in The Courier? Use the convenient online submission form at Questions? Call 763-753-7031 for more information.

Seniors OAK GROVE SENIORS Meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Oak Grove City Hall at noon for a potluck and short business meeting. Bingo follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Marion Schulz at 763-444-5652. ST. FRANCIS SENIORS Life is good when you can make new friends, get out and enjoy the multitude of activities that our community has to offer. We meet the first and third Thursday of each month at St. Francis City Hall Meeting Room, 23340 Cree Street NW, St. Francis. Social time and lunch begins at noon, with the meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. and games until 3:00 p.m. We play cards, bingo, scrabble, cribbage, go on trips, lunch outings, have picnics and stay active as we get older. Come and see what we are about. Call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. EAST BETHEL SENIORS Dances are held 1:00-4:00 p.m. Cost is $6, lunch included. The Friday, July 7 dance will have old time music played by Jerry Bierschbach. Entertainment for August 4 will be by Jim Armstrong. All are welcome to our Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, July 9, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee and choice of egg, 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Are you 55 or older? Come and enjoy some companionship. All are welcome. Seniors meet the third Thursday of each month for a business meeting and catered noon lunch, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; second Wednesday of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon with potluck at noon; fourth Wednesday is crafts only, 9:00 a.m.-noon. Cribbage once a month, call Barb for date/time at 763-434-6179. We also go on tours, etc. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent, call Dennis at 763-434-9244. Join East Bethel Seniors for $10 a year and receive a monthly newsletter. The East Bethel Senior Center is located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel. Does your organization have a meeting or event to advertise? Contact The Courier office at 763-753-7031. We have a circulation of over 13,000.


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Life Friends of the Isanti Area Library promotes access to educational resources SUSI MCCUNE


The Friends of the Isanti Area Library invite you to visit the East Central Regional Library (ECRL) Outreach Library in Isanti City Hall. It’s open noon to 4:00 p.m. each Wednesday, offering both a helpful librarian (Tim Olson) and a computer for public use (provided by Friends). There is even a volunteer on hand from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to assist you with the computer and printer. Our Friends group also has used books available for sale at the Outreach Library-only 25¢ each! All books are donated by community members. We are in need of additional donations. If you have any books, DVD’s or audiobooks you wish to donate, please

contact Susi at 763-444-4585 or to arrange a drop-off. Westerns, children’s, cookbooks and large print books are especially appreciated. Please no textbooks, encyclopedias or magazines. For anyone who doesn’t already know, our nonprofit Friends of the Isanti Area Library helped to establish and continues to promote ECRL’s Isanti Outreach Library site. We’re an all-volunteer group driven by the purpose of encouraging literacy and learning in the community. Please consider joining us at our monthly planning meeting on the third Monday of each month, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Check out our website at for more information. 3220 Bridge Street, Suite 107 in the St. Francis Mall

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■ August 2: Revising Your Garden, Cheryl Seeman, Extension Master Gardener ■ August 9: Monarch Butterflies, Kathy Johnson, Extension Master Gardener Classes will be taught by Extension Master Gardener volunteers and will include many useful gardening tips along with University of Minnesota research-based information. These classes immediately follow the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics, also held at the Bunker Hills Activities Center. Pre-registration is required due to space limitations. Classes are free, but a suggested donation of five dollars per session is welcome, which helps to cover marketing and promotional expenses. Please call 763-324-3495 to reserve your space. A copy of the brochure is available at and lists complete class descriptions.


The University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteer Program is sponsoring A Walk in the Garden educational series of gardening classes at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Andover. Classes are scheduled throughout the summer on select Wednesday evenings in the Veteran’s Peace and Master Gardener Demonstration Garden south of the Activities Center from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ■ July 12: Flamboyant Foliage, Sue Peterson & Allyson Bergman, Extension Master Gardeners ■ July 19: Hostas 101, Cathy Beason & Cheryl Seeman, Extension Master Gardeners

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We continue to give free book coupons to both children and adults at events to encourage reading in general and to promote use of the Outreach Library. We read aloud to children of any age at various public events throughout the year to promote literacy and to invite people to use the Outreach Library. Every year we create a float and participate in the Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days Parade to raise awareness of our Outreach Library Site and encourage its use. Your support ensuring our organization’s part in guaranteeing access to educational resources for everyone, is sincerely appreciated.



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These are some of our accomplishments this past year: We continue to offer financial donations to the Isanti Outreach Library as our local access to high quality educational resources for the public. We contributed funds toward Continuing Education for our Outreach librarians and toward various educational community programs, especially for kids. We actively recycle Tim Olson, librarian, provides assistance donated books and with a smile to library patrons. audiobooks back SUBMITTED PHOTO into our community all year long, plus we have an February, which is I Love To Annual Used Book Sale in Read month.


Birth Orin Lee Wendorff was born on May 27, 2017, at Cambridge Medical Center to Adele and Brandon Wendorff of Isanti. He weighed seven pounds, seven ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Orin was welcomed by siblings Jack and Flynn Wendorff. Proud grandparents are Lisa Bardon of Chisago City, Carole Wendorff of Isanti, Richard Worcester of Cedar Crest, NM, Ron Wendorff and Scott Ruffing of Aitkin.


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Master Gardener


Caring for your perfect lawn As long as it is green and reasonably tidy, I have never been greatly concerned about keeping a perfect lawn. It’s becoming more and more evident that the use of herbicides and fertilizers on our lawns is directly affecting the quality of our drinking water. I decided it would be worthwhile to explore organic lawn care. This spring I spread corn gluten meal (CGM) on our front lawn. The natural pre-emergent herbicide characteristics of CGM was

discovered in 1986 by an Iowa State University professor in the course of his turf grass research. CGM has no effect on established weeds, but can be very successful in controlling germinating seeds, crabgrass, foxtails, dandelions, lambsquarter, pigweed, purslane and smartweed, which all reseed each year. Corn gluten meal also naturally contains 10 percent nitrogen which is released slowly. Each year used will increase CGM’s weed control (50-60 percent

Faith Listings Abundant Life Alliance Church 3840 197th Avenue NW Oak Grove • 763-753-0284 Bethel Community Church 23860 Dewey Street NW Bethel • 763-434-9834 Cedar United Methodist Church 17541 Jefferson Street NE Ham Lake • 763-434-7463 Elim Baptist Church 114 Dahlin Street SE Isanti • 763-444-9221 Immanuel Church (OPC) 15036 Round Lake Boulevard NW Andover • 763-210-5846 Living Hope Evangelical Free Church 23038 Rum River Boulevard NW St. Francis • 763-753-1718 Long Lake Lutheran Church 3921 277th Avenue NW Isanti • 763-444-5315 New Life Church 17261 St. Francis Boulevard NW Ramsey • 763-421-0166 Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel • 763-434-6117

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church 207 Whiskey Road NW Isanti • 763-444-4035 St. Andrew Lutheran Church 1450 237th Avenue NE East Bethel • 763-434-7146 St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-2273 St. Patrick Catholic Church 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove • 763-753-2011 The Bridge Church 6443 Norris Lake Road Nowthen • 763-516-5995 Services 10:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, School and Childcare 3812 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-1234 West Bethel United Methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451

the first year, 80-85 percent the second year and over 90 percent the third year) since more dense grass helps to crowd out opportunistic weeds. The best time to apply CGM is shortly after the last frost but at least three to five weeks before weed seed germination in the spring. It can also be spread again in mid-August to control late-season annual weeds. Twenty pounds per 1,000 square feet spread evenly over the lawn should be watered once lightly and then left to dry to allow germinated seedlings to die. Most people familiar with this natural herbicide may think only of the commercial product, Preen, but CGM can be more cheaply purchased in large bags at local farm stores sold as animal feed. Application of CGM does require a bit more care since it must be applied at least three to five weeks before


crabgrass seedlings begin to germinate. It should be watered initially if there is no rain and then allowed to dry. Heavy rains may affect the success of CGM, but that would probably be the case for other herbicides as well. A healthy lawn means that the grass is able to efficiently absorb storm water and avoid

runoff into streams and rivers. I think it’s worth the effort. You will find Isanti County Master Gardeners each week at either the Isanti Family Farmers Market on Fridays or the Cambridge Farmers Market on Saturdays from May through October. Bring your questions or just come to visit.


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14th Annual Anoka Heritage Home and Garden Tour The Anoka County Historical Society (ACHS) will be holding its 14th Annual Anoka Heritage Home and Garden Tour on Sunday, July 9, 1:00-5:00 p.m. After record-breaking attendance last year, where nearly 600 people enjoyed the historic neighborhoods of Anoka, ACHS is ready to do it again. This tour will feature several historic landmarks and homes in the city while also benefiting the ACHS and the Historic Preservation Commission of Anoka. Along the route, guests will discover an elaborate birthday celebration at the Ticknor Hill Bed and Breakfast, as the home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, turns 150 this year. In addition to a tour of the home, participants can enjoy cake, candles, live music, lawn games and even view antique fire trucks. (All those candles could be dangerous!) Other stops will feature fraternal organizations past and present of Anoka, an opportunity to have a conversation with a master gardener, and the surprise of musical sculptured art in addition to the beautiful neighborhood gems tucked away along the streets. All participants receive a tour booklet that acts as the ticket. The tour booklet contains a map and addresses for the tour. Cost for the tour is $12 for advance tickets and day of the tour is $15. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available for purchase at The Big White

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House, 1900 Third Avenue S., in Anoka. Proceeds from this event benefit the Anoka County Historical Society and the Anoka Heritage Preservation Commission. Advance Tickets Order advance tickets online. Or call the Anoka County Historical Society at 763-421-0600 to order by phone. Online sales end on Friday, July 7 at 4:00 p.m. In person advance sales end on Saturday, July 8 at 4:00 p.m. If you choose to pick up your tickets, they can be picked up at the History Center on or before Saturday, July 8 or beginning at 10:00 a.m. at The Big White House on the day of the tour. Source:

Free Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinics LYNNE HAGEN


The University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteer Program offers FREE Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinics for Anoka County residents. These clinics are designed to help homeowners identify problems and develop appropriate solutions for their landscapes by using research-based information. Clinics are held on Wednesday evenings at the Bunker Hills Activities Center from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (please arrive by 7:30 p.m. at the latest), now through August 30 (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 Boulevard NW, Nowthen, August 18-20. At the Plant & 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,

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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 & Insect Diagnostic Clinics are free, but donations are welcome. Participants are asked to please limit three samples per visit. To learn more about the Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinics, or other programs offered by Master Gardeners, call 763-324-3495 or visit

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Question What kind of things should I watch out for if I have a cat who goes outside? Answer There are some medical problems that are seen much more often in outside cats. Bodily injury from vehicles or predators top the list and include broken bones and bite wounds. Occasionally cats will injure a limb falling from a high place and break a bone or tear a tendon or ligament. Fighting with other cats can happen as well and often results in scratches or bite wounds that can abscess. Parasites are also seen more commonly in outside cats and include ticks, fleas and intestinal worms. Although FILE PHOTO common with dewormer, but dewormers don’t prevent in Minnesota, ticks don’t seem to be able to reinfection if the cat continues to hunt. Humans hang onto slippery cat fur as easily. Check can contracts roundworms from pets, it can around your cat’s eyelids and ears regularly; cause significant health problems. Have your if they do get ticks, they’re often found on the veterinarian check your cat’s stool sample at head and face. least annually to check for roundworm eggs. Although fleas aren’t restricted to outside Your veterinarian can also dispense tapeworm animals, outside cats are at much greater risk dewormer if you see tapeworm segments under of acquiring them since fleas survive outside your cat’s tail. overnight very easily in the summer, waiting Lastly, outside cats are at much higher risk for their next victim to walk by. Cats and dogs of contracting viral infections such as feline share the same fleas, but they won’t become infected with other species of fleas, such as those leukemia virus, upper respiratory viruses, feline distemper and even rabies. Although rabies harbored by wildlife. There are great topical products available that kill ticks and fleas—check has not been frequently identified in Anoka County, it’s worthwhile to protect your cat by with your veterinarian. vaccinating. There are also vaccines that offer The most common intestinal parasites found great protection from feline leukemia, upper in outside cats are roundworms and tapeworms. respiratory infections, and feline distemper. See Roundworms are passed from mother to babies your veterinarian to update your cat’s protection. either during pregnancy or during nursing, but they also can be harbored in prey that cats like to eat mice, for instance. The cat eats the mouse and becomes infected with roundworms. Cats that eat Join us each Sunday for worship and fellowship mice and other small mammals are more likely to become 8:00 & 9:30 a.m. – Worship Service infected with tapeworms. 7:17 p.m. – Wednesday Service These are visible under the tail and look like flattened pieces 3921 277th Avenue NW, Isanti of rice. Both roundworms 763-444-5315 • and tapeworms are treatable

Mike and Kathy Wyatt’s 50th wedding anniversary NATALIE (WYATT) ZELEZNIKAR


Please help us celebrate Mike and Kathy Wyatt’s 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, August 5, 7:00 p.m.-midnight, St. Francis American Legion. Mike and Kathy were high school sweethearts and graduated from St. Francis High School. They married and raised their family in St. Francis. Mike was the principal at St. Francis Middle School and superintendent of Independent School District 15, serving the district collectively for over 25 years. Kathy was a contract bus driver with the school district for 25 years. Together they have created wonderful memories. We hope you can celebrate with them. SUBMITTED PHOTO



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LUTHERAN CHURCH & PRESCHOOL Pastors Dan Nordin, Maria Pederson, Deacon Glenndy Ose

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Recycled in May St. Francis has recycled 317 tons in 2017 so far. Recycling is now easier with simple sort recycling. You no longer need to sort items. Just place them all in the large roll-off container provided by your hauler.


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St. Francis Middle School student wins Anoka County Library writing contest JESSICA ROWLES


Rebecca Baley, an eighth grader in Kyle Water’s language arts class at St. Francis Middle School, won first place in the Anoka County Library’s short story contest this spring for sixth through eighth-grade students. The contest, Write On!, was sponsored by the Anoka County Friends of the Library. Over 130 teens submitted a short story online April 1-30. This is Anoka County Library’s second annual short story contest for teens residing in Anoka County wherein


teens could submit one short story between 1,000 and 2,500

words in any genre. Stories were judged based on the same criteria for Minnesota Book Awards: literary quality, originality and audience appeal. A first, second and third place were given for various grade groupings. Winners received Barnes & Noble gift certificates at the awards celebration at the Northtown library location on May 20. You can read Baley’s firstplace winning story as well as other winners and their works at the following website: https://www.anokacounty. us/3140/Write-On-2017-TeenShort-Story-Contest-W.

Seniors at St. Francis High School celebrate their final in-school moment together on May 31 in the student commons. The annual tradition brings the graduating class together for one last hurrah before the official graduation ceremony.




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

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Viking Meadows Golf Course East Bethel Chamber Golf Tournament...... 11:00 a.m. See Golf Outing registration form on the city’s website. Movie in Community Center East Bethel Fire Department the park! Waterball Event.......................................7:00 p.m. Booster Park West Concessions and pre-movie activities.........8:00 p.m. Free movie Raiders of the Lost Ark in the park courtesy of Chops, Inc....................................Dusk In case of inclement weather, this will be held at East Bethel Ice Arena.

ALL DAY EVENTS — SATURDAY, JULY 15 East Bethel Seniors Craft & Bake Sale, Quilt Raffle, Silent Auction East Bethel Fire Department Auxiliary Blood Drive FOOD, FOOD, FOOD Inflatables Car/Trucks/Tractor Show

Vendors with good stuff to sell Drawing for East Bethel Fire Department Birthday Party package (10 years and younger, for East Bethel children please) HeartSafe AED/CPR Training Available


Medallion Hunt Paint in the Park Touch-A-Truck Anoka County Historical Society Presentation Kid Power with Rachel

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. Bingo.....................................................................................................1:00-4:00 p.m. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! CARNIVAL HOURS Anoka County Historical Society Presentation "East Bethel Boosters".......... 2:30 p.m. Gold Level Silver Level Thursday, July 13 East Bethel Ice Arena East Bethel Fire Relief Assoc. Central Truck Service 4:00-10:00 p.m. East Bethel Royalty Pageant.................................... 1:30 p.m. Go For It Gas Bronze Level Booster Park Thursday Night EJ’s Bar & Bottle Shop Kiddie Parade registration.....................................10:00 a.m. Wristband Special Kiddie Parade......................................................11:00 a.m. 6:00-10:00 p.m. GRAND PARADE...................................................11:00 a.m. Physical Therapy $20 unlimited rides Anoka County Radio Control Club......................... 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 14 Kid Power with Rachael......................................... 1:30 p.m. 4:00-10:30 p.m. Tractor Pull.............................................................. 1:30 p.m. 56th Annual Firefighters Dance..............8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday, July 15 A BIG thank you to all our volunteers and committee Live Music Good for Gary, Food/Beverages 11:30 a.m.-After Fireworks members who work hard to create these special days! Fireworks........................................................................ Dusk General information East Bethel Royalty Pageant Reserve your booth space. Interested in the Is your vintage vehicle your pride and joy? Interested regarding Booster Day or If interested in becoming Merchandise, food and crafters are Friday night movie or Enter it in the Classic Car, Truck and Tractor in the parade? to make a donation— a candidate or for event all welcome Saturday, July 15. Saturday kiddie parade? show! Interested in hosting this event? Email Email information, contact Ken Orr General information, email to Contact East Bethel City For information, contact Dan Dobbs, 612-328-3926 ebboosterparade@ at 763-218-0123 Hall – 763-367-7840 or

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