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High school teacher attends space camp SUBMITTED BY LEE GRAVES ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER


t. Francis High School science teacher Lee Graves recently returned from attending Space Academy for Educators in June. Graves was one of 250 educators from 27 countries and 47 states selected for an all-paid scholarship to Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The camp included real-life astronaut training such as high-performance jet simulation, scenariobased space missions and water survival training. The opportunity was presented to him by fellow St. Francis High School teacher Ann Ackerman, whose husband works for Honeywell. Graves’ week began with an optional Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Educators Experience workshop which focused on aerospace educational materials. Graves plans on using this material in his classroom. Along with the workshops, the experience also included a tour of the Huntsville International airport and a chance to fly with a Civil Air Patrol pilot. The Space Academy program began with participants learning about the space shuttle and the space program. One of the highlights of the experience was the mission simulations. Teachers were put into teams of 16 individuals. The team Graves was on, Team Columbus, consisted of teachers from the United States, Puerto Rico, Macedonia and Romania. For each mission, each teacher was assigned a position. Missions were realistic, exciting and challenging. During the Atlantis Mission, Graves was the capsule communicator or CAPCOM. This person communicates between the space shuttle and mission control. They, similarly to a classroom teacher, need to be able to communicate effectively between groups and problem solve quickly. On the camp’s Discover Mission, Graves was the shuttle commander, in charge of flying and landing the space shuttle. The launch and landing of the simulation, much like the real experience, is very time-specific and involved numerous checklists and procedures to be completed in a very short amount of time. The most stressful portion of the simulation was the landing, which Graves performed and executed. The space shuttle simulator simulated the movement of the shuttle, which added a level of realism to the experience. The missions were a great way to give the experience of missions while creating a need for teamwork. Even though the United States is dismantling the space

St. Francis High School teacher Lee Graves takes part in a shuttle simulation during his time at Space Academy. SUBMITTED PHOTO


Boy Scout Troop 733 members (L-R) Zachary Peter-Nye, Zachary Lachinski, Ethan Lachinski, Justin Bergstrom and Brian Bergstrom lead the kiddie parade at East Bethel Booster Days held July 15 and 16. Read more about the event on page 14. SUBMITTED PHOTO

New reading curriculum to be introduced SUBMITTED BY KURT BECKER CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT

To elementary school-aged students, the beginning of a new school year can be a very exciting time. There are new school supplies, new clothes, new teachers, new classrooms, and some new classmates. This year, Independent School District 15 elementary students will have one more new thing to look forward to—a new reading curriculum program. The Journeys program from the Houghton-Mifflin/Harcourt publishing company will be implemented in all kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms for the first time in the 2011-12 school year. This comes on the heels of a pilot that took place in 201011 when 17 ISD 15 teachers used the program alongside a program from another publishing company.

After a thorough examination and evaluation of both programs, Journeys was chosen as the program that best fit the needs of the district’s elementary students. There were several features that set Journeys apart, including the differentiation of the lessons. This allows for intervention for struggling readers as well as instruction that meets the needs of English Language Learners. Advanced readers will also be challenged to continue to

SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS ISD 15 school board meetings: Monday, August 8 and Monday, August 22, 7:00 p.m., Central Services Center, 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. The public is also invited to “Dialogue with the School Board” at 6:30 p.m. |

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increase their reading level. Because of the quality of differentiation involved in this program, the wide range of abilities and needs within each classroom can be met better than before. Another great feature of the Journeys program is the number of technology connections made within the curriculum. Teachers will be able to utilize their interactive whiteboards CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 » CURRICULUM

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District 15 Kindergarten Plus classes visited Como Zoo on June 3. Students toured the conservatory where they enriched their knowledge of seeds and plants. They had fun attending the Sparky the Seal Show and viewing animal exhibits. As a special treat, Jackie Attleson donated 150 carousel tickets so all students could ride the Cafesjian’s 1914 Historic Carousel. The kindergartner’s had a great day! Pictured is Justus Johnson, one of Lisa Prowizor’s Kindergarten Plus class students, riding a carousel horse. SUBMITTED BY LISA PROWIZOR, SFE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER


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Schools in Action EDWARD SAXTON THE SUPERINTENDENT’S CORNER When the August issue of The Courier is off to press, it is a clear indicator that a new school year is just around the corner. Before moving into the 2011-12 school year, it may be prudent to review a few changes made over the summer. Our Project Handshake program, designed for some of our incoming ninth grade students, conducted an instructional experiment that proved to be extremely successful. We provided each student with an iPad to use in and out of class. The two instructors and the students were engaged in anytime/ anywhere learning. These students were asked to engage in multiple strategies that focused on learning and were tied to technology. Students discovered research tools that will prove to be useful during their high school careers. Project Handshake students were the first pilot group asked to engage in a one-toone technology learning environment. The results were notable. Staff was impressed with students’ willingness to explore new techniques and to use new technology equipment in a responsible manner. Staff anticipates these students will have a smoother transition into their new educational setting. Thanks to all the Project Handshake students for participating, and thanks to teachers Sue Bayer and Mark Lodge for seeing this project as a worthwhile experiment with technology. Another significant change to the summer school pro-

gram has taken place at the K-8 level. The dates of summer school had been before and after the July 4 holiday. This year, summer school was scheduled for the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August. Amy Worden, the district’s intervention coordinator, was asked to convert the traditional summer school program into Summer Springboard, a program based on student data and designed to “spring” students into the academic year at or above current grade level. Two weeks in Summer Springboard and Worden’s high-quality planning is evident. Approximately 100 iPads are on hand for integration

in the Summer Springboard learning experience. These iPads are shared by the 240plus students. These tools are used in a variety of ways to augment student engagement and increase learning opportunities. I was able to observe a collection of first graders transition into a vocabulary lesson using iPads. Students navigated seamlessly from the paper lesson to an electronic lesson. These students had been in Summer Springboard for about seven days; yet, they handled the iPad as though they had been using it for years. The charge continues to be one of helping students engage and staying on the cutting edge of innovative education. The full impact of Summer Springboard will surface in the fall. Follow-up study on student achievement during the 2011-12 school year will allow analysis of its positive effect on participating students. Preliminary results are

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exciting. With that said, the 2011-12 school year is the next opportunity to continue to move Independent School District 15 in a positive direction. With the activities in St. Paul and in Washington, D.C., it can be difficult to stay on course—but we must. The senior class is ready to engage educationally and achieve the goals they have set. At the other end of the spectrum, the class of 2024 is about to begin. Between these two classes is a collection of students, each expecting to reach new heights with the guidance and help of the

adults in their lives. Collectively, we will continue to move forward and embrace change. Success will be measured, in part, by what we did yesterday and what we are doing today; most importantly, success will be measured by how well we shape the future. Let’s have a great year together. See you soon. |

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ith the retirement of Jay Reker, Independent School District 15 human resources director, in March of this year, the district proceeded in May to solicit candidates for the position. Interviews took place in June, and David Lindberg emerged as the candidate of choice out of a field of six.

Home school information and forms for Independent School District 15 home educators are not yet available for the 2011-12 school year due to the Minnesota state government shutdown. When changes to the Minnesota statutes for non public schools become available, updated information and forms will be posted to the home school packet, available at www.stfrancis.k12., under Resources, Parent & Student Resources. For more information, contact Becky Kowitz, 763-753-7048. |


Lindberg, who began his duties July 18, will oversee the operations of the human resources department and the approximately 1,000 employees of the school district.

Deadline for the September 7 issue of The Courier is on or before August 19, unless other arrangements are made. Information about advertising—call Janice Audette at 763-7537032. Information on article or photo submissions—call 763753-7031. Check out The Courier online at The Courier is a monthly publication distributed by Independent School District 15 Community Education & Services. The publication is delivered at no charge to all residents in Independent School District 15 the first Wednesday of each month. An annual subscription is available for $18 (12 issues). The Courier will be mailed to any address. Please direct comments, questions, and inquiries to: The Courier 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis, MN 55070-9368 Telephone: 763-753-7031 763-753-4693


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Lindberg spent the last three years as the human resources director for North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Prior to working in higher education, he was the human resources director for an accounting firm in Willmar. Lindberg also was a sergeant in the Army, serving as a medic and spent more than a year in Iraq. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a master’s degree in organizational management.

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Additionally, he has earned the Senior Professional of Human Resources and the International Public Management Association – Certified Professional designation. Lindberg grew up in Blaine, his parents live in East Bethel and he just purchased a home in Oak Grove. He is married and has three daughters, ages 8, 6 and 2. Lindberg said he enjoys being back in the area. Lindberg’s spare time is dedicated to a doctoral research fellowship at Middlesex University and long rides on his Goldwing motorcycle.  |

High school dehumidification/ cooling project nears completion BY TOM LARSON STAFF WRITER

With the addition of the St. Francis High School classroom wing on the east side of the building in 2009, only one area remained void of dehumidification and cooling. The west wing of the high school, including industrial tech, art and physical education classrooms, locker areas and the five gymnasiums went under construction this summer to complete the final phase. A project to tie all areas of the high school campus together with a higher quality of air flow and cooling has now been completed. The school board authorized the construction and bonding for the project in 2010 with pre-construction that began in March. “With the weather the way it can be and has been, the learning environment will be greatly improved with this project, as well as having the whole campus having similar temperatures yearround,” said Chris Wirz, ISD 15 maintenance supervisor.



Human resources deals with payroll, insurance, negotiations and staffing. Lindberg has been busy in his first few weeks. “My major task is absorbing information and observing how things work,” he said. He said the district’s reputation for innovative programs and projects was something he was looking for in his job search. “I sought to be on a team with fresh ideas and methods for student learning, operations and employee engagement. I think there is a great foundation at ISD 15 for all of those elements and I will do my best to contribute to the ongoing success,” Lindberg said.

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his summer, a group of teachers at St. Francis Elementary School were given the opportunity to volunteer their time and explore potential uses for iPads in the elementary classroom. By giving teachers time with these portable devices along with the support of technology teacher, Diane Peterson, they were able to become familiar with many of the wonderful resources available to enhance student’s educational experiences. SFE currently has one classroom set and two small group sets of iPads that can be checked out for use by teachers. This exploration opportunity will help teachers utilize these tools more fully during the upcoming school year. The iPads have already proven to be very motivating to students, so it will be

exciting to see what doors will be opened for students this year. Many teachers have already used the iPads with their students during the

2010-11 school year, but the hope is that this exploration experience for teachers will increase their use in new and meaningful ways.  |

St. Francis Elementary School teachers (L-R) Sandy Olson and Meri Humphrey do some hands-on training with iPads to learn new techniques for teaching. SUBMITTED PHOTO


STUDENT UPDATE Tiffany Horne, East Bethel, was named to the dean’s list at Hamline University for the spring term of the 201011 academic year. Members of the dean’s list achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale. Horne, a 2009 graduate of St. Francis High School, is the daughter of Bill and Sara Horne of East Bethel. Amanda Luby, daughter of Doug and Jennifer Luby of Andover, has earned the distinction of being named to the dean’s list for the 2011 spring semester at the College of Saint Benedict. Luby is a first-year mathematics major at CSB. To be included on the dean’s list, students must have a semester gradepoint average of at least 3.80 and have completed 12 credits for which honor points are awarded. Riley Sabby has been named recipient of a $750 Maverick Scholarship from Minnesota State University, Mankato, for the 2011-12 academic school year. This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Sabby is the daughter of John and Rindy Sabby-Zgutowicz of Wyoming. Eric Sheforgen, St. Francis, was among 696 students who participated in St. Olaf College’s 122nd commencement ceremony May 29. The event capped off the college’s Commencement Weekend, which included a senior art exhibit, celebration concert, banquet, and more. Sheforgen, the son of Rick and Lana Sheforgen, earned a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in social studies education. |

Kindergartners from Sandra Benson’s class work very hard to win the tug of war event held during Track and Fun Day. There were many fun activities for Cedar Creek Community School students on May 27 by John Von Arx and Matt Tanner enjoyed using skills they learned throughout the school year.  SUBMITTED BY SANDRA BENSON, CCCS KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Kindergarten students across the district celebrated a successful year with the help of teachers, staff, parents and community volunteers. Year End Center Day is a special day for ISD FROM PAGE 1 15 kindergarten students CURRICULUM to participate in a variety of to effectively deliver the curgames, crafts and activities riculum and students will be with their classmates. Stuable to access material in the dents were able to enjoy outeBook format. This will allow door activities, create Fun in for anytime-anywhere learna Bottle (pictured above) and ing opportunities. have their faces painted. All kindergarten students are The quality of literature in given a Sight Word T-shirt Journeys includes engaging which lists all 25 sight words material that students are mothey have learned during the tivated to read. The program school year. They were able also contains rich vocabulary to decorate their T-shirt usand rigorous comprehension ing fabric markers and then instruction that is in accorwear them on the last day dance with the latest research. of school. Year End Center The goal of the program Day is a wonderful way for matches the goal in each ISD students to come together 15 classroom; to make every as a group to celebrate their student a motivated and sucmany accomplishments durcessful learner. Ultimately, we ing their kindergarten year. expect the Journeys program Fun was had by all! to help students read earlier, SUBMITTED BY BETH ANDERSON, and at a higher level, than ever SFE PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR before. |

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The St. Francis High School Debate Team recently returned from a successful trip to the National Forensic League National Debate that was held in Dallas, Texas in June. Zachary Knudson led the squad by placing in the top 20 in extemporaneous debate, an event that included over 600 contestants. In addition, Alex Gray finished in the top 50 and Alex Everhart finished in the top 75 in the same event. Extemporaneous debate changes its topic every round, with students having only 30 minutes to prepare. In the double-elimination format, Knudson lasted eight rounds, Gray six rounds, and Everhart five rounds. Topics included raising the debt ceiling, college tuition, taxes, federal budgets and others. “I am extremely proud of my squad, especially Zach,” commented debate coach Steven Fetzik. “I knew all three had great potential and they exceeded my expectations.”|

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The health services staff of Independent School District 15 welcomes students back to school in September. Staff is looking forward to another healthy school year for all students. Below is information that may help answer questions you have regarding immunizations, physical exams, medications, etc. Please contact the health office at your child’s school if you have any questions. Screenings Vision and hearing screening is done for specific grade levels, kindergarten through grade 7. Screening is done early in the year to detect possible hearing or vision problems so further medical evaluation can be done. Please check the school calendar for screening dates. We are always in need of volunteers to assist with screening in our elementary schools. Please call the health office at your child’s school if you are interested in volunteering. Thank you in advance.

Emergency cards Emergency cards will be sent out at the beginning of the school year. Please indicate current phone numbers, address changes, health information, etc., and return the signed form to your child’s school. It is very important that we have current emergency information for each student. We are only able to send students home with persons you have listed on your child’s emergency card. If you have a change of address or phone number during the school year, please contact the health office so we can make that change. Illnesses Sometimes it is difficult to decide when to keep your child at home due to illness. Here are some guidelines you can follow that may help in your decision making: } If your child has a temperature over 100 degrees, your child should be feverfree for 24 hours before returning to school.

} If your child has vomited or had diarrhea, your child should be at home for 24 hours after the last episode. } If your child has had a throat culture to rule out a strep infection, your child should remain at home until the results of the culture have been obtained. If the culture is positive for strep, your child will need to be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school. } If your child has any rash that may be disease related or you do not know the cause, check with your health care provider prior to having the child come to school. Please contact the health office at your child’s school if your child has any infectious disease such as chicken pox, strep throat, impetigo or if you have any questions. Medications A health care provider and parental/guardian permission are necessary to give

medications at school; this does include both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Medication must be in the prescription bottle or original container when brought to school. Please remember when you are at your clinic to get a note from your health care provider stating that medication needs to be given at school. Many of the antibiotics are now being given three times a day so the student does not have to take medication at school. Parents are required to bring the medication to school unless an alternate plan has been developed with the school nurse. Many of the medications are a controlled substance and we need to make sure that all of the medications arrive safely at school. This precaution needs to be taken so students do not have the opportunity to share their medication. If you forget to obtain the written health care provider order while at the clinic, the clinic can fax the permission to the school your child attends. If you have questions regarding medications, please contact the health office at your child’s school. Asthma Students with asthma may self-carry and administer their quick relief asthma inhaler at school when a health care provider, parent/guardian, and school nurse agree that a student is able to selfadminister their medication safely and responsibly at school (MN Inhaler Use Statutes 121A.221). Consent to self-carry must be completed annually by the prescribing health professional and parent/guardian and returned to the school nurse. Severe Allergies Students with life threaten-

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ing allergies/anaphylaxis may self-carry and administer their Epi-Pen®. The parent and prescribing doctor must annually inform the school in writing that the student possesses, or requires access to, the Epi-Pen®. The licensed school nurse will develop an individualized health plan to ensure student safety at school (MN House File 1763). Immunizations The Minnesota State Immunization Law requires students attending school to be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases. To enter kindergarten, students need to show proof of having had five DtaP (Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), four Polio, two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), the Hepatitis B series and the two Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines. Students entering 7th grade are required to show evidence of having had a second MMR, a Td (Tetanus/Diphtheria) booster, the Hepatitis B series and two Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines. All vaccinations need to be completed prior to the first day of school. Class schedules for those entering 7th grade will be held until the needed immunization dates are received. Physicals The Minnesota State High School League has required that students participating in any athletic activities have on record a physical examination every three years. The district requires physicals for participation in athletic activities at the middle school and high school level. In the growth and development of the adolescent, it is important that regular preventive health care, such as a physical, is obtained. The recommended years to have a physical would be prior to 7th and 10th grades. Physical fitness and developing the habit of routine preventive health exams promotes optimal health throughout their life. Athletic physical exam forms can be obtained in the health office at your child’s school or found online at www.stfrancis.k12. If you have questions, please contact the health office at your child’s school. Health Services website Health Services has developed a website that can be found on the district web page. This is another way we are able to share health information with you. We have included our health service staff directory, screening dates, immunization requirements, medication policy and forms, etc. We hope that you will find the information useful. You can access the web page at and click on Health Services. If you have questions or comments, call Lillian Levine at 763-213-1510. |





Attention St. Francis High School alumni

St. Francis High School is proud of the many accomplishments of our graduates. As a long time instructor at SFHS, I am asking alumni to help record and chronicle these achievements. To accomplish this, I am compiling an electronic allschool, all-classes yearbook.

It will titled be titled We Are St. Francis. To participate, please send a brief personal biography via email to Tim McLean, timmcl@stfrancis. In the subject box, simply title the email, We are St. Francis. Feel free to brag, but please remember that all information will be shared with a large number of people. In

addition to the year you graduated, it would be helpful if you included a current photograph. Please participate! It is a great opportunity to create an enduring historical record of the fantastic people who have walked the halls of SFHS. Please pass this information along to encourage others alumni to submit as well. |

Education bill shorts Minnesota students, schools Gov. Mark Dayton signed an education bill into law on July 20 that delays an additional $780 million in aid to public schools and imposes significant policy changes affecting students and educators. Once again, lawmakers turned to schools to help close the state’s budget deficit. The state had already delayed $1.4 billion in early childhood through grade 12 aid; the new shift brings the state’s debt to school districts to $2.2 billion. The additional loss of revenue will force most school districts to borrow and pay interest. The early childhood through grade 12 bill calls for $13.6 billion in spending over the next two years—on paper, a $195 million increase after accounting for shifts. These are some of the spending changes: } School districts will receive only 60 percent of the money the state owes them in the current year, with 40 percent shifted to the following year. The current shift is 70/30. The money is not only delayed, but amounts to a real cut of about 10 percent in state aid for all schools. Two years ago, when the Legis-


Meal price increase approved by school board

Online yearbook is now being compiled BY TIM MCLEAN SFHS SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER


lature enacted the 70/30 shift, schools lost 20 percent that has yet to be repaid. } The per-pupil general education formula will increase $50 in each of the next two years to help districts cover the cost of borrowing to make up for the delayed aid payments. Policy changes in the bill include: } Teachers must be evaluated annually, with evaluations based 35 percent on student “growth” on tests or other state or local measures of student growth. Local districts and unions may negotiate an evaluation system according to guidelines; if they don’t, the district must adopt a statewide evaluation system to be developed by a task force.



ndependent School District 15 Nutrition Services will increase meal prices a dime for the 2011-12 school year. The new prices for breakfast are: $1.25 elementary, $1.35 secondary, and $1.80 adult. The proposed new prices for lunch are: $2.10 elementary, $2.30 secondary, and $3.30 adult. The ISD 15 school board approved the increase on July 11. The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act signed by President Obama in December 2010 mandates a price increase for schools receiving federal funding. The act requires price increases to reach meal price equity with the government reimbursement rates for free meals. An increase of a dime insures compliance with the mandate. Several local districts have indicated that they will be seeking increases for next year as well, to be in compliance with the federal mandate. With 5,200 students enrolled, an average of 4,160 lunches and 454 breakfasts are served per day in ISD 15. Nutrition Services operates separate from the general fund of the district and is self-sufficient, its only funding sources are ticket sales and reimbursements from federal and state government. The cost of food and services continue to rise, therefore to keep ISD 15 Nutrition Services from operating in a deficit and to be in compliance with the federal mandate, the above price increases are being proposed.  |

} Districts must adopt literacy plans, undertake interventions and provide staff development to ensure all children read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. Students are not required to be retained. Source: Education Minnesota,



Nutrition Services Meals Program 2011-12 The Independent School District 15 School Board has resolved to continue the lunch/breakfast meals program for the 2011-12 school year. The ISD 15 Child Nutrition Program includes the following provisions:

initiatives by providing healthy school meals and snacks to the students of ISD 15. Nutrition Services employment opportunities are listed on the district website:

Participation in the Free and Reduced Lunch/Breakfast Programs are guaranteed by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Offer versus Serve

All district families are encouraged to complete the Application for Educational Benefits to learn their eligibility status for compensatory funding purposes in ISD 15. Please return the application to: ISD 15 Nutrition Services 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW St. Francis, MN 55070 – or – to student’s school c/o Nutrition Services Free lunch and breakfast will be provided for those who qualify. Reduced prices for those who qualify will be forty cents (40¢) for lunch and no charge for breakfast. Nutrition Education Nutrition Services supports the Wellness Committee

Students in all grade levels must take a minimum of three of five offered food groups when buying a lunch, and three of four offered food groups when buying a breakfast. Monthly menus are posted on the district website: Milk All meals in the district are served a choice of one percent white, chocolate skim, or white skim milk. The district will furnish lactose-reduced milk upon request in writing from parent. Extra milk is 50¢.

beef jerky, granola bars, cornnuts, crackers, school baked cookies, yogurt, low fat ice cream, fruit and vegetable juices. Extra portions of menued items are also for sale. À la carte offerings meet the recommended wellness policy standards for 2011-12. Note: The elementary schools (grades K-Plus through grade 5), offer milk, juice, bottled water and extra portions of menued items only! It is very important that parents establish guidelines for the amount of à la carte items students may purchase in their accounts. Personal Identification Number (PIN) Students changing schools within ISD 15 will be assigned a new PIN number. Balances will transfer automatically. PIN numbers and balances will be mailed midAugust.

À la Carte Sales

2011-12 Lunch/Breakfast Prices

Healthy à la carte choices are made available to students at St. Francis High and Middle Schools (grades 6-12). Some examples of items offered are: non-carbonated beverages, bottled water, flavored milk, baked chips, string cheese,

Students and staff may purchase meals by the day or for the entire school year. Your building cashier will be happy to answer all your questions and help you decide the best method of payment for your student.




Lunch: (First Lunch) daily cost Full Pay

















Reduced (No charge)




Free (No charge)










Free (No charge) Second Lunch

Breakfast: (First Breakfast) daily cost Full Pay

Second Breakfast: Milk:

Kindergarten Plus Milk Program: No charge Students may deposit funds into their accounts in the morning after arriving at school. Sending cash with students is discouraged and at your own risk. Nutrition Services staff are not responsible for lost or stolen cash. Please send check payable to ISD 15 Nutrition Services with your child’s PIN number on the check and place in an envelope addressed to Nutrition Clerk. Purchase meals online with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, electronic check or debit card at the district website: Click on Parent, choose SchoolView, login using your assigned SchoolView login, click on FeePay, or visit Please allow one to two school days for your payment to update the account balance..

Again, sending cash with your student is discouraged by Independent School District 15. Special note for St. Francis Middle School and St. Francis High School students: We are unable to make change on the main meal lines. Change will be deposited into the student’s account for future use. Student meal accounts must maintain a positive balance. Absolutely NO CHARGING will be allowed.





2011-12 Educational Benefits including school meals Dear Parent/Guardian:

MFIP or FDPIR benefits.

Our schools provide healthy meals each day. Regular priced meals are listed below. Your children may qualify for educational benefits including school meals. Reduced price is 40¢ for lunch; breakfasts are served at no charge. To apply, complete the Application for Educational Benefits following the instructions on page 9. A new application must be submitted each year. Your application also helps our schools qualify for additional education funds and discounts.

Who should I include as members of my household? Include yourself and all other people living in the household, related or not (such as grandparents, other

relatives or friends). Include a household member who is temporarily away, such as a college student. Do not include a person who is economically independent and pays their full pro-rated

BREAKFAST PRICES $1.25 Elementary $1.35 Secondary LUNCH PRICES $2.10 Elementary $2.30 Secondary A ½ pint of milk is included with a meal. Extra milk is 50¢ per ½ pint.

Who can get meal benefits? Children in households participating in Food Support (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Plan (MFIP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) and foster children can get free school meals without reporting household income. Also, children can get free or reduced-price meals if their household income is within the maximum income shown for the household size. An application cannot be approved if any required information is missing. Can foster children get free meals? Yes, foster children who are the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals regardless of household income. I get WIC. Can my children get meal benefits? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reducedprice meals. Please fill out an application.

What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally get. If you normally get overtime, include it, but not if you get it only sometimes. Are military housing and supplemental allowances counted as income? Do not include any housing allowance from the Military Housing Privatization Initiative or a Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance. Include the portion of a deployed service member’s income that is made available to the household, except do not include combat pay or Deployment Extension Incentive Pay.

Regular Priced Meals

Return your completed Application for Educational Benefits to: ISD 15 Nutrition Services 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW St. Francis, MN 55070

share of all expenses.


How will the information I provide be kept? Information you provide on the form, and your child’s approval for school meal benefits, will be protected as private data. See page 9 for details on data privacy.

Will the information I give be checked? Yes. We may ask you to send written proof. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing. Do I need to notify school officials if my income increases or my household size decreases after I have qualified for meal benefits? No. Approval for meal benefits is good for the school year unless the household has received a temporary approval for school meal benefits. If you have other questions or need assistance completing the application, call 763-753-7015. Sincerely,

Wendy Klobe Program Supervisor

Instructions for Completing

APPLICATION for EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS Complete an application if one or more of the following apply to your household: − Any member of the household currently participates in any of these three programs: Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Food Support (SNAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). − One or more children in the household are foster children (a welfare agency or court has legal responsibility for the child). − Total household income (gross earnings, not take-home pay) is within these guidelines:

Maximum Household Income Household Size

$ Per Year

$ Per Month

$ Twice Per Month

$ Per 2 Weeks

$ Per Week

















































Add for each additional family member






Section 1 Check the box if this is the first time that you have applied for meal benefits for any of your children at this school district or non-public school. Section 2 List all children in the household, including foster children, and provide the requested information for each child. List any regular incomes to children such as SSI payments or regular earnings. Do not list occasional earnings like babysitting. Foster children: check the “foster child” box for each child who is a foster child (a welfare agency or court has legal responsibility for the child). If all children who need to be approved for school meal benefits are foster children, skip Sections 3 and 4.

May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You or your children do not have to be U.S. citizens for your children to qualify for meal benefits.

Section 3 If any member of the household receives public assistance from any of the following three programs, write in the person’s name and case number: Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Food Support (SNAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). If Section 3 is completed, skip Section 4. A medical assistance number does not qualify for this purpose.

If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your income goes down, household size goes up or if you start getting SNAP,

Section 4 Write in all adult household members and all incomes. Include all adult persons who live in the household whether related or not. Also include any persons who are temporarily away, such as a student away at college. For earnings, list gross income before taxes and other deductions, not take home pay. You should be able

to find your gross income on your pay stub. For farm/self-employment income only, list net income after business expenses. Write in how often each income is received: Weekly (W), Bi-Weekly (every other month) (BW), Twice per Month (TM), or Monthly (M). Do not write in an hourly wage. Examples of “other income” to include in the last column are farm or self-employment income, Veterans (VA) benefits, and disability benefits. Do not include as income: foster care payments, federal education benefits, or assistance provided by MFIP, SNAP, WIC or FDPIR. Military: Do not include income from the Military Privatized Housing Initiative or combat pay.

Section 5 Leave these boxes blank if you want to share your school meal eligibility status with these health benefit/insurance programs. Check the boxes if you do not want to share your eligibility status with these programs. Section 6 The form must be signed by an adult household member. If Section 4 of the application has been completed, the signer must provide the last four digits of their Social Security number unless they indicate that they do not have a Social Security number. Provide an address and phone number to assist in processing your application. Also, please provide voluntary racial/ethnic information requested on the form (see page 9).




Application for Educational Benefits Free and Reduced-Price School Meals • School Year 2011-12 • State and Federally Funded Programs for Schools 1. c Check here if this is the first school meal application at this school district or nonpublic school for any child listed below. 2. Names of all Children In Household including Foster Children

Attach additional page if necessary

First Name

Last Name

Date of Birth Month/Day/ Year

G r a d e


✓ if foster child*

Any Regular Income to Child (for example SSI)



$_______ per____



$_______ per____



$_______ per____



$_______ per____



$_______ per____

* The child is the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court. If all children applied for are foster children, skip Section 3 and 4.

4. Names of All Adults in Household (all household members not listed in Section 2) Include all adults living in your household, related or not. Attach additional page if necessary.

First Name

Last Name

Check if NO INCOME 44444✓


ISD 15 Nutrition Services 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW St. Francis, MN 55070 Phone 763-753-7015 Fax 763-753-4693

3. Benefits (if applicable)

If any household member receives benefits from a program listed below, check the applicable box and write in the name of the person receiving benefits and their case number. Skip Section 4.



Name Case Number c Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) c Food Support (SNAP) c Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations — Medical Assistance number does not qualify.—

Household Incomes: Write in each gross income and how often it is received: weekly (W), bi-weekly (every other week) (BW), twice per month (TM), monthly (M). Do not write in hourly pay. If income fluctuates, write in the amount normally received. Attach additional page if necessary. Gross Wages and Pension, SSI, Public Assistance, Unemployment, Any Other Income, Salaries — all jobs Retirement, Child Support, Worker’s Compensation, including net Farm/ -before deductionsSocial Security Alimony Strike Benefits Self-Employment $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______ $_______ per ______

5. If your children are approved for school meal benefits, this information may be shared with MinnesotaCare and General Assistance Medical Care programs to identify children eligible for Minnesota health insurance programs. See back page for more information. Leave the boxes blank to allow sharing of information. c Do not share information with the MinnesotaCare health insurance program. c Do not share information with the General Assistance Medical Care program.

6. I certify (promise) that all information on this application is true and that all income is reported. I understand that the school will get federal and state funds based on the information I give. I understand that if I purposely give false information, my children may lose meal benefits and I may be prosecuted.

Signature of Adult Household Member (required) ____________________________________ Print Name: _____________________________________ Date: _________________ Social Security number – last 4 digits (required if Section 4 is completed): ____ ____ ____ ____

OR c I don’t have a Social Security number

Address: _________________________________________ City: ___________________________ Zip:__________ Home Phone: ________________ Work Phone: _______________ ________________ ly Offce Use On Total Household Size: _______ Total Incomes: $________ per ________ Approved (check all that apply): c Case Number - Free c Foster - Free c Income - Free c Income - Reduced Price c Temporary until _______________________ Denied: c Incomplete c Income Too High c Other: Signature - Determining Official: ___________________________________ Date: _____________ Change Status To: ________ Reason: _____________________________ Withdrawn: ___________

Signature - Confirming Official: ________________________________ Date: ____________ Date Verification Sent: ____________ Response Due: ___________ 2nd Notice: __________ Result: c No Change c Free to Reduced Price c Free to Paid ly Offce Use On c Reduced Price to Free c Reduced Price to Paid Reason for Change: c Income c Household Size c Refused Cooperation c Other: Signature - Verifying Official: __________________________________ Date: ____________

Privacy Act Statement / How Information Is Used The National School Lunch Act requires that the household member signing the application must provide the last four digits of their Social Security Number unless an active Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Food Support (SNAP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) assistance number is supplied for your child, or you are applying for a foster child, or you do not have a Social Security number. Provision of a Social Security number is not mandatory, but if a Social Security number is not given or an indication is not made that the signer does not have such a number, the application cannot be approved. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We may share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules. At public school districts, each student’s eligibility status is also recorded on a statewide computer system used to report student data to the Minnesota Department of Education as required by state law. The Minnesota Department of Education uses this information to: (1) administer state and federal programs; (2) calculate compensatory revenue for public schools; and, (3) judge the quality of the state’s educational program. Sharing Information with MinnesotaCare and General Assistance Medical Care Programs Children who are eligible for free and reduced price school meals may be eligible for Minnesota health insurance programs. Your child’s eligibility status for school meals (qualified for free or reduced price meals) may be shared with the MinnesotaCare and General Assistance Medical Care programs unless you tell us not to share your information by checking the boxes in Section 5 of the application. You are not required to share information for this purpose and your decision will not affect approval for school meal benefits. Nondiscrimination Statement This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly: In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339, or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Children’s Ethnic and Racial Identities (Optional) Please provide the following information, which is used to determine the institutions’s compliance with civil rights laws. If the information is left blank, a representative of the institution is required to identify the ethnic and racial categories of participants for civil rights reporting. 1. Choose one ethnicity: c Hispanic or Latino c Not Hispanic/Latino 2. Choose one or more (regardless of ethnicity): c Asian c American Indian or Alaskan Native c Black or African American c Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander c White

May 2011





District 15 Transportation Services and Policies 2011-12 Please read this: Changes for 2011-12 Childcare forms need to be filled out each year; previous years do not rollover. These forms are available at each elementary school, at the transportation office and online at the district website www. If there is ever a change in your child’s transportation, please contact us immediately. Grades 6-12 will ride the early routes together. Grades K-5 will be going to East Bethel Community School, Cedar Creek Community School and St. Francis Elementary School. Kindergarten students not in K-Plus will use elementary bus stops when riding a.m. and p.m. routes. Midday transportation for kindergarten students may be at bus stops nearer to the home or day care. Walking to a bus stop It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure the safety of their child walking to and from the bus stop. Students may be expected to walk to the bus stop or to school as follows: K-5 .4 mile

6-12 .5 mile

All distances to be measured from the end of the student’s driveway where such driveway meets the publicly maintained road. How safe is the bus? In Independent School District 15, we pride ourselves on having a safe, top of the line fleet of buses driven by superior drivers. When you put your child on our buses, this is what you can expect:

nesota, only school officials are authorized to watch inbus video.

system. The School Closing Hotline and the district website are updated immediately after the decision has been reached to close school.

} Each bus is equipped with newly installed GPS units to track the location of the bus for student safety.

To find out if school is closed, please:

} All of our buses have LED lights in the stop sign and in the back of the bus for better visibility.

} Turn to WCCO TV Channel 4 or 830 AM radio } Call the School Closing Line at 763-753-7017

Each of our drivers, including substitute drivers, has the following qualifications:

} Check the website at

} Has completed at least 20 hours training behind the wheel } Attends at least 8 hours of additional training each year } Has taken an awareness class on body fluids and the handling of them } Has received and cleared two background checks } Driver’s license is checked through the Department of Vehicle Services at least twice a year


} Bomb threat, false } Chemicals, possession with intent to distribute or sell } Dress and grooming, inappropriate or exposure } Explosives, possession or use } Failure to follow driver’s direction } Fighting

} Has a two-way mobile device with direct connection for immediate contact with dispatch

} Fire extinguisher, unauthorized use

Bus rules and discipline

} Fireworks, possession or use

For infractions of the bus rules, the driver will fill out a discipline report and a letter is sent or a call is made to the parents or guardians regarding the incident. A copy of the report is sent to the school principal for their knowledge and records. The student is issued either a warning or a suspension from the bus depending on the infraction. Each subsequent offense results in an increasingly stricter discipline. Bus riding is a privilege not a right. Abusing these rules can result in the loss of a student’s bus riding privileges. Infractions

} Every bus is equipped with an alarm system called “Child Reminder.” This alarm will sound in the rare event that a driver forgets to walk through the bus after turning it off.

} Abuse, verbal includes profanity

} 100 percent of all route buses are equipped with state of the art video surveillance. In the state of Min-

} Assault, aggravated

} Alcohol or chemicals, possession } Ammunition, possession } Arson

} Firearm or look-alike firearm

} Gambling } Harassment, including obscene gestures } Insubordination } Interference with safe operation of the bus } Interference, disruption or obstruction } Lighting incendiary devices } Not remaining seated } Records or identification, falsification } Robbery or extortion } Spraying of cologne/ perfume/hair spray } Squirting devices

Students may ride only the bus to which they are assigned. Policy prohibits students from riding a friend’s bus. Changing of buses for social reasons is never allowed. Bus capacities are such that room is not available for the casual rider on other buses. Vandalism Vandalism on buses is not tolerated. Students are responsible for paying for damages they cause to buses. Students causing damage to a bus lose their bus riding privilege. Items not allowed on a bus } Any potentially dangerous item } Skis, skateboards, roller blades, etc. } Helium filled balloons } Large objects that take up 1/3 or more of the bus seat } Sharp objects that are not contained in a backpack } Balls, marbles, anything that rolls } Containers that can leak or squirt liquid } Glass objects } Possession or use of laser pens or pointers

} Tampering with emergency and safety equipment

} Fire or smoke producing items are prohibited (state rule)

} Terrorist threat

} Weapons of any kind are prohibited (state rule)

} Theft, or knowingly possessing stolen property

} Gas cans are prohibited (state rule)

} Assault, physical

} Throwing/shooting of objects

} Bodily harm, inflicting

} Tobacco/tobacco products

} Animals, dead or alive, are prohibited (state rule)

} Trespassing

Inclement Weather

} Vandalism

When a decision is made to close school, all district personnel and households with students are notified with a call from the SchoolReach

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Changes to Transportation Joint/Shared Custody When both parents reside in the same school boundaries, students may ride from both residences as needed. Call the transportation office to arrange for the buses. Childcare } Childcare is defined as a location other than the student’s residence in which care is being provided in the absence of the parent or legal guardian. } A Childcare Transportation Form must be submitted to the transportation office if your child needs transportation from childcare. } Childcare pick up and drop off locations must be the same every day. } Forms must be submitted five (5) days in advance to allow for proper notification and scheduling. } Forms are available on the district website, at all elementary school offices and at the transportation office. Change in Student Information Please call the transportation department if there is a change in address, phone number, head of household, or name since. This will help keep records up-to-date and allow proper bus assignment. Changing Routes and/or Bus Stops Students are assigned to bus stops and specific bus routes. Students must ride only the bus they are assigned to. Students shall board and exit the bus only at their assigned bus stop. Moving When you move, please notify the transportation department so we can cancel the current transportation and add your child to a different route if needed. If you have any questions or need general student transportation information, please contact Transportation Services at 763-753-7080. The transportation staff is eager to serve you.  |




School Board Highlights JULY 11, 2011


All board members present. Starting/Ending Times for the 2011-12 School Year The adjusted school times for the 2011-12 school year were approved as follows: School St. Francis High School St. Francis Middle School Crossroads School Cedar Creek Community School East Bethel Community School St. Francis Elementary School AM Kindergarten PM Kindergarten T-15 Superintendent Saxton noted that the kindergarten day has been extended by a simple change in bussing. The same bus that drops off the afternoon kindergarten students will also be taking the morning kindergarten students home, adding 45 minutes for remedial, enrichment and other instruction. This change also provides a cost-saving benefit for the transportation department. School Board policies that have been revised and approved are: Policy 109 – Public Participation in School Board Meetings/Complaints About Persons at School Board Meetings and Data Privacy Considerations

Start Time 7:25 a.m. 7:25 a.m. 7:25 a.m. 8:55 a.m. 8:55 a.m. 8:55 a.m. 8:55 a.m. 12:10 p.m. 7:40 a.m.

End Time 2:25 p.m. 2:12 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 3:25 p.m. 3:25 p.m. 3:25 p.m. 12:10 p.m. 3:25 p.m. 1:40 p.m.

Reach call that was made to ISD 15 staff and school board members July 1. A request was made to have an email sent to school board members following a SchoolReach call so that the message can be referenced. Also, discussion regarding SchoolReach calls in general concluded with the decision that school board members will receive all district-wide calls, but not necessarily every call that is made by individual schools and various departments, such as Transportation. Superintendent Report

} Saxton attended the ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) conference with a group from ISD 15. Many things are happening in areas of technology and ISD 15 is on the cutting edge with using the iPad in the classroom. } Saxton met with David Lindberg, newly hired as assistant human resources director. Lindberg will be in the district full-time beginning July 18. } Dr. Ronald Ferguson will be presenting at the Teacher Academy Leadership event. School Board members are encouraged to attend the leadership event to hear him speak. Ferguson has taught on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government since 1983, after holding full time appointments at Brandeis and Brown Universities. Ferguson’s research publications cover issues in education policy, youth development programming, community development, economic consequences of skill disparities, and state and local economic development.

} Saxton reported that the pilot project of live streaming and archiving school board meetings has gone through various changes. A call was received at Central Services regarding the meeting from June 13 not being available. There was trouble with the audio which was not able to be resolved. The meeting is posted on the website with a note. An email was sent to school board members to communicate the situation.

Annual Resolutions

The board discussed a School-

} St. Francis High School Principal Paul Neubauer was awarded the Central

5. Advisory councils for Community Education and Early Childhood Family Education



Policy 433 – Student Wellness Policy 510 – Public and Private Personnel Data Policy 528 – Allergens and Irritants All school board policies can be found on the ISD 15 website, www.stfrancis.k12. Communications

School board meetings are held at the Community Room in the Central Services Center located at 4115 Ambassador Boulevard NW, St. Francis. Monday, August 8 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 22 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 12 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Amy Kelly, Chairwoman 763-744-8458 Harry Grams, Vice Chairman 763-856-4350 Joe Haag, Clerk 763-753-6298 Mark Vogel, Treasurer 763-213-1237 David Anderson, Director 763-434-9457 Sandy Grams, Director 763-434-7564 Marsha Van Denburgh, Director, 763-753-6653 Email schoolboard@

All 13 resolutions were passed. A summarized list of the resolutions passed: 1. School board meeting dates and location 2. Reimbursable meals and milk to ISD 15 students and staff 3. Mileage allowance for employees’ use of own vehicle 4. Renewal of annual memberships for ISD 15

6. St. Francis High School activity fees 7. ISD 15’s legal counsel, official newspaper, official depositories, authorized financial institutions, authorization of ISD 15’s treasurer, payment of claims, and electronic fund transfers. 8. School district and agencies named in continuing a cooperative Adult Basic Education project 9. District representative to the Anoka County Children and Family Council 10. Minnesota State High School League participation 11. Directory information

12. Title IX compliance, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, emergency action plan, Total Special Education System, school bus safety, meeting special educational needs,

Title I, II, and III, services for students from St. Cloud State University, and lastly, substitute employee rates of pay 13. Health and safety management plan for ISD 15|

SANDY GRAMS SCHOOL BOARD PERSPECTIVE Summer has finally arrived, how about that nice hot weather? Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July. With the state shutdown over we can move forward with a little breathing room as we gear up for another school year. Do not forget to attend the open houses, you can get the schedule on the district website. If anyone is interested in running for Independent School District 15 school board, the filing dates are August 2-16. You can file at Central Services Center, Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. |

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Driver’s Education at St. Francis High School CLASSROOM EDUCATION Registration for classroom driver’s education is being accepted for the 2011-12 school year. If you are 15 years of age or approaching 15, you may register to participate in a 30-hour classroom driver’s education course offered during the school day. Fee $110.

BEHIND-THE-WHEEL DRIVING INSTRUCTION Six hours of required behind-the-wheel instruction Flexible Scheduling New Vehicles State of MN Certified Instructors Fee $225 Applications available at or call 763-213-1640 for more information. Sponsored by ISD 15 Community Education & Services




Community Education SilverSneakers® Muscular Strength & Range of Movement

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Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Handheld weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support. Days: Tuesdays, Thursdays Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Fee: Free to SilverSneakers® members; $2 per class for non-members Location: Sandhill Center, 23820 Dewey Street, Bethel

YogaStretch will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance, and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Fee: Free to SilverSneakers® members; $2 per class for non-members Location: Sandhill Center, 23820 Dewey Street, Bethel

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

ISD 15 Adult Basic Education Re-opens Tuesday, August 16

at the Lifelong Learning Center in Oak Grove ✓ GED Preparation ✓ Accuplacer Preparation ✓ Adult Diploma ✓ ESL Instruction ✓ Basic Skills Instruction

Please call 763-753-7190 for class times and further information on Adult Basic Education.

23820 Dewey Street, Bethel, MN 55005

SANDHILL GIFT SHOP Artwork is displayed on a rotating basis, so you never know what you may find. Open Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

FITNESS for all! We offer plenty of ways for you to get in shape, so you’ll never be bored with working out. We have two treadmills, two elliptical trainers, two stationary bikes and a Nautilus four station weight machine.

Relaxed atmosphere – senior citizens are encouraged to attend! Socialize after your workout in our conference room. 2011-12 School Year

Kids Connection School Age Childcare General Information

KC info line: 763-213-1641 Kids Connection provides a safe, structured, nurturing and fun atmosphere for Independent School District 15 students in kindergarten through 5th grade. This quality before and after school childcare program is offered at two sites in ISD 15.



Note to parents of half-day kindergarten students: Kids Connection does not provide care during the school day.

Lifelong Learning Center East Bethel Community School and Cedar Creek Community School students

Learning activities that are offered include:

St. Francis Middle School St. Francis Elementary students

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Registration Information A $25.00 fee is payable with the completion of the registration form. This fee is non-refundable. If you are registering two or more children, the fee is $45.00. To register: Mail check and completed form to: Kids Connection, 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis, MN 55070 Or stop at one of our Kids Connection sites Registration forms are available online at Registrations received after August 26 may have a delayed start date.

Call 763-213-1641 for registration and billing questions.

Kids Connection is a division of Independent School District 15 Community Education & Services

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No walk-ins on September 6, 2011. All children must be preregistered.

Times and Rates September 6, 2011 – June 7, 2012

BEFORE SCHOOL CARE Begins at 6:30 a.m. until school starts . . . . . . . . . $9.00 per day

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NON-SCHOOL CARE 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. . . . . . . $30.00 per day

OTHER FEES Registration fee . . . . . . . . $25.00 per child $45.00 per family (2 or more children) Late payment fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10.00 Late pickup fee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.00 per child per 15 minutes Registration fee must be paid to be registered. KC childcare info 11-12

Director: Tom Larson.................................................................763-753-7041 Adult Basic Education (GED)..................................................763-753-7190 Sandy Farder, Coordinator/Instructor Adult Education & Services....................................................763-213-1640 Drivers Education/Behind the Wheel Nancy Messerschmidt, Manager Communications & District Website Kathleen Miller.........................................................................763-753-7042 The Courier Newspaper............................................................763-753-7031 Kathleen Miller, Editor...........................................................763-753-7042 Pat Johnson, Graphics...........................................................763-753-7025 Alicia Loehlein, Staff Writer, Billing...................................763-753-7033 Janice Audette, Advertising................................................763-753-7032 Facility Scheduling Nancy Messerschmidt...........................................................763-213-1589 Family Education & Services..................................................763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Kids Connection Theresa Antinozzi, Manager...............................................763-213-1616 Kids Connection Lifelong Learning Center Site..........763-753-7160 Kids Connection St. Francis Elementary Site................763-213-8674 Preschool Place 15.....................................................................763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Rec Department Diane Guinn, Manager..........................................................763-213-1823 Heidi Antinozzi, Rec Assistant............................................763-213-1508 Sandhill Center for the Arts Theresa Antinozzi, Manager...............................................763-213-1616




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

Looking for a Preschool? Register your child NOW for the 2011-12 Preschool school year The mission of Preschool Place 15 is to provide a safe environment where children of all abilities can grow and experience success and parents can be partners in learning.

Check out the Learn & Thrive booklet for Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) parent/child classes for the 2011-12 school year

Register NOW for the best selection of classes! Call 763-753-7170 or visit us online at to register.

• Programming takes place September through May and evening sessions available • Morning, afternoon, late afternoon • Two, three or four times per week • Several age-specific class options on family size and income • Sliding fee scale is available based • Busing available for some classes

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Be counted! Get on the school census It is very important that all residents of Independent School District 15 be included on the school census…even the youngest of babies. Call the Central Services Center at 763-753-7040 when you have an addition to the family or if you move. This will ensure that you will receive early childhood and school information, and help the district with planning for the future.

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

Plan Your Year With Early Childhood Family Education

Have a concern about your child? Are you concerned about your child’s development, speech, or behavior? If your child is under three years of age, contact Tim Finn at: or 763-753-7172. If your child is at least three years of age and not yet in kindergarten, ISD 15 Early Childhood Screening is the first step in confirming any concerns you have; call for an appointment at 763-753-7187 and mention your concerns.

Day and evening classes are offered

Buy one, get one! Register for a full year now and save! Register and pay for at least 18 weeks of parent/child classes (same child & parent) and pay for just one class. You should still use the sliding fee scale to calculate the fees. You can only use this offer with mail-in registrations. Limit one offer per child; cannot be combined with second child in same class discount and cannot be combined with any other offer. If a class or part of a class is dropped, a per class day fee will be charged and cancellation fee will be applied. Offer can only be used as a credit toward fees and cannot exceed the cost of a class. Register now—offer expires August 19.

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ECFE is a place where parents and young children learn and play together and can meet other families with young children. We are one of nearly 350 in the state of Minnesota offered through school districts. We believe ALL families deserve support, information, and opportunities to be involved in their children’s learning. We recognize that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. ECFE provides information on getting ready for school, discipline, child development, communication and growing together as a family. Sisters and Brothers Care is available for most age-specific parent/ child classes to care for siblings.

Try ECFE for FREE! Wondering if ECFE is for you without a long commitment? Want to warm in your child (and yourself) before regular classes begin? Then this is for you! Two week sessions for parents and children. There will be interaction time and discussion time, just like regular classes. Please preregister as there is limited space in each class. Fee: FREE Ages: Birth to Kindergarten Time: 9:30-11:15 a.m. Dates: Mondays, September 19 & 26 Or Time: 6:15-8:00 p.m. Dates: Tuesdays, September 20 & 27

Looking for special events and trips? Watch for the Place to Go, Things to Do brochure featuring events for families such as New Babies, Pop In & Play, Field Trips and Parent Workshops. Coming to your mailbox in September!





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There were 72 youth basketball players participating in a competitive basketball camp held at St. Francis High School July 11-15. The camp was held for students entering grades 4-9 this fall and had the largest attendance to date. Camp participants were part of a daily routine that consisted of fundamental drill work each morning involving dribbling, shooting/scoring, defense/rebounding and transition. The remainder of the day consisted of competitive games of 3 on 3, 5 on 5, shooting contests, fast break transition and a defensive stopper game. The group was separated by age with 4-6 grade students making up the Big Ten group and 7-9 grade students forming the group known as the NBA. Each day concluded with a group shooting competition and drawings for prizes.

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FROM PAGE 16 FIRST DAY ing, such as school supply shopping. Take the carpool route to school, or find out where the school bus stop may be. These practice sessions will enable the family to decide how much time is needed to get ready in the morning and make changes accordingly. } Mention school frequently. Begin talking about school and what is necessary to prepare. Be sure to talk about the more enjoyable aspects of school, such as seeing friends, participating in extracurricular activities and even the change of scenery school provides. Mention the things your child may expect. Hearing about school frequently can reduce feelings of anxiety. } Visit the school. If this is the student’s first time entering this school, you can take advantage of orientation days for new students or schedule an individual visit to the school. A tour and a meeting with the principal will also assuage some fears of the unknown. This can also calm any apprehension parents may have, because they, too, will know the layout of the school, its policies, and who will be watching over their children.

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} Be prepared. Gather supplies, practice the driving route, lay out clothes, make lunch the night before, get a good night’s rest, and set the alarm clock. Knowing all of the controllable factors are handled can ease the mind of parents and students. } Stay positive. Always keep conversations about school geared toward the positive. If children mention things that frighten them, calm those fears and show the upside to attending school. Provide examples of your own school experiences and how everything turned out for the best.


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Nowthen Threshing Show August 19-21

Looking for a fun-filled day of family fun? Stop by the Nowthen Threshing Show August 19-21 at 7415 Old Viking Boulevard, Nowthen. This three-day event includes lifestyles from 1890 to 1920, featuring the John Deere family of tractors this year. This year’s featured small engines are made by International Harvester. Stop by and check out how the Nowthen Threshing Show brings the past to the present. Events include entertainment with a Parade of Power each day at 2:00 p.m., an operating sawmill and lathe mill, threshing, an operating blacksmith shop, craft building, flea market, a consignment auction Saturday at 10:00 a.m., log house and barn with animals, tractor pulls Friday and Saturday nights, and much more. Gates open at 7:00 a.m. Check our website at for additional information. SUBMITTED BY JODY HICKS, NOWTHEN THRESHING

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Tuesday, August 16 • The Refuge Golf Club, Oak Grove Individual or Team Registration $110/person or $440/team. Not a golfer? Join us for dinner for just $20. Hole sponsorships are a great way to promote your business! Visit for more information and to sign up online or call 763-438-5163.

This event is proudly sponsored by the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds go toward Chamber and community events, projects and scholarships..

The newly crowned 2011-12 East Bethel Royalty are: Little Miss East Bethel Joslyn Jacobson, sponsored by Semler Homes; East Bethel Junior Princess Britany Cich, sponsored by Summit Dental Care; East Bethel Princess Christian Mohr, sponsored by Ham Lake Dairy Queen; Miss East Bethel Sara Fobaire, sponsored by Westphal Construction. Other winners were: Little Miss Ticket Sales winner Joslyn Jacobson; Junior Ticket Sales winner Terra Mann; Miss Ticket Sales winner Kasondra Schrecongost; Little Miss Photogenic Paige Schumacher; Junior Princess Photogenic Kelsey Voss; Miss Photogenic Sara Fobaire; Little Miss Congeniality Amanda Smith; Junior Princess Congeniality Kelsey Voss; and Miss Congeniality Jodi McGaver. SUBMITTED BY ERIKA RUCKS, EAST BETHEL ROYALTY

Did you know? The annual production of the Minnesota State Fair, along with all improvements and maintenance of the 320-acre State Fairgrounds, are financed exclusively through revenue produced by the State Fair’s year-round operations and contributions from the State Fair Foundation. The State Fair has received no public money of any kind since 1949. This year’s Fair runs August 25-September 5. Visit for more information.

If your son likes to sing and have fun… sign him up NOW for the

Land of Lakes Choirboys’

Summer Day Camp August 22-26 for boys ages 5-12

LAND OF LAKES CHOIRBOYS FACILITY 6437 Norris Lake Road (County Road 24 between St. Francis and Nowthen) Call for details 763-213-8105

Welcome to Nowthen and the 41st Annual Threshing Show!

8141 Viking Boulevard NW Nowthen, MN 763-241-5266

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

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Wednesday Evenings Kids – AWANA Starts in September Adult – Bible Study & Prayer 7:00 p.m. Youth – NYTRO – Find out more about NYTRO Ministries on the church’s website

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Join us for the Non-Denonminational Church Service August 21 at 9:00 a.m. in the west end of the pavilion.

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new trail segment was just opened in the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve, connecting Lino Lakes Town Center with Baldwin Lake Park. It has 1,000 feet of boardwalk north of the elementary school, a 100-foot long bridge over Rice Creek near Chomonix Golf Course,

and features a temporary connecting route from Rice Lake Elementary along Ware Road and County Road J to the Rice Creek North Regional Trail in Ramsey County. Funding for the trail extension was provided by a $1,050,000 federal Transportation Enhancement grant and $1 million in state and Metropolitan Council Regional Park grants. 





Bird Tour Saturday, September 3 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Meet leaders at Blue Hill Trail; tour includes walking and driving.

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$ Wildflower Tour Saturday, September 10 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Meet leaders at Old School House parking lot; tour includes walking and driving. Fall Wildlife Festival Saturday, September 17 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Anoka County Board Chair Rhonda Sivarajah (center) prepares to cut the ribbon, officially opening a new 5-mile segment of Rice Creek North Regional Trail in Lino Lakes. Joining her are (L-R) Patrick Branch, chair of the Centerville Parks and Recreation Committee; Suzanne Seely, Anoka County park ranger and Centerville Parks and Recreation committee member; Karen Blaska, Park Planner, Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department; Jeff Reinert, mayor of Lino Lakes; Commissioner Sivarajah; John VonDeLinde, Director of Anoka County Parks and Recreation; Dave Bartholomay, mayor of Circle Pines; Rick DeGardner, Lino Lakes Public Services Director; and Sharna Braucks, Director of Chain of Lakes YMCA. SUBMITTED PHOTO

St. Francis Jaycee’s 10th Annual

CORN FEST All the Corn you can eat....


Also Serving… • Hot Dogs & Brats • Beverages

Saturday, August 13 Everyone Noon to 6:00 p.m. Welcome… • Children’s or until gone

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Games Located at St. Francis • Prizes Community Park • DJ 1-5 p.m. Billy’s Neighborhood A portion of the Bar & Grill, St. Francis is proceeds donated sponsoring the first to ISD 15 for school

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Anoka County campground hosts needed

EVENTS, FUNDRAISERS, BENEFITS AUGUST 16 Calling all golfers! St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 9th Annual Golf Tournament at The Refuge Golf Club in Oak Grove. Shotgun start begins at 11:30 a.m. Sign up your golfing foursome or individual registration. Also hole and tee sponsorships are available to promote your business. Contact Kerby 763-228-1215 or register online at AUGUST 19 Inaugural Support Our Saints Big Cup Gold Tournament and Dinner Benefit. 2:00 p.m. sponsored by The Ponds Golf Course. Support the many booster clubs that play an important role for St. Francis High School Athletics and Activities. Participants can choose which booster club they would like to support. For more information, call 763-753-1100 SEPTEMBER 20 New member night to Join Girl Scouts, Rum River Service Unit. All girls and adults interested in being part of the Girl Scout movement are invited. Please join us; we need you! Flyers will be distributed in schools or visit our website for location information (



Saturday, September 10 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Registration forms can be found at County Market, St. Francis Foods and Kids Country Childcare, or go online to Registration is $12 before August 12, $15 August 13-26 and includes advertising in local papers, Star Tribune sale calendar, Craigslist, signs at main intersections and posters around town and maps of all the sales. Sponsored by St. Francis Area Women of Today.

Many reasons to advertise in the September Courier! September is National Healthy Aging Month. Feature your business for improving lifestyle choices, health options and more. Call 763-753-7032 to reserve space in this section by August 17.

Items will be collected through August 10. Goodwill offering on sale items!



Thursday, August 11 • 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday, August 12 • 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday, August 13 • 8:00-10:00 a.m. (Items still left on Saturday are FREE)


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Burgers & Bikes Night

Daily Lunch Specials 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.


Broasted Chicken Dinner 6:00 p.m. until gone


Mexican Night.......... 5:00-8:00 p.m. Meat Give-A-Way....Starts at 6 p.m.


Karaoke with Music Box Starting at 8:30 p.m.

Friends of the Isanti Area Library participated in the City of Isanti Jubilee Days parade on July 7. Pictured on the float are (L-R) Nicole Golden, Susi McCune, Penny Golden and Dwight Haberman. SUBMITTED PHOTO

LETTER TO THE EDITOR No letters to the editor were received this month.

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“Campground hosts are an integral part of our campground operation!” said Jim Kordiak, Anoka County commissioner and Parks and Recreation Committee chair. “They are here when staff is not, and are the ultimate ambassadors of our park system.  We have been so fortunate to have two fantastic hosts at Bunker Hills.  They pioneered the program for Anoka County.”

Be timely—visit for deadline information. Include contact information—include your full name, title (optional), city, and daytime phone number. Unsigned letters or those submitted without a phone number will not be considered. Be clear & concise—make one main point in 200 words or less. Be accurate—letters that are factually inaccurate will not be printed. Be considerate—only one letter per author every 60 days. Regular contributors should submit letters on varied subjects. Letters by the same author that reiterate opinions previously expressed may not be published. Writers must either live within District 15 or be writing about an issue specific to our coverage area. Submissions—letters can be sent by email to katmil@stfrancis., by U.S. mail to The Courier, 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis, MN 55070, or by fax to 763-753-4693. Other—thank-you letters that relate to a public event, organization, or official are not considered letters to the editor. Contact the editor regarding submitting that information. Viewpoints expressed in a letter to the editor do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of Independent School District 15 or The Courier staff.

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The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for great people to fill some really big shoes! For the first time in 17 years, Bunker Hills Regional Park Campground will have new volunteer campground hosts.  Barb and George Carley, who have provided hospitality and friendship as campground hosts since 1994, are retiring.

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Volunteer campground hosts assist the Parks Department by being onsite during evening and overnight hours when Parks and Recreation staff members are not available. They assist with late check-ins, sell firewood, promote parks activities, direct campers, and do light maintenance and cleaning duties in the restrooms. Hosts also assist campers during severe weather and work closely with the Park Ranger Unit to monitor behavior in the campgrounds. In exchange, hosts may use an electric and water hook-up site at the campground while they are acting as hosts. While the Carleys look forward to moving to Arizona’s much more temperate climate, they’ll miss the many friends they’ve made at Bunker Hills Regional Park Campground. “This has been home to us for many years,” said Barb. “We love our campers. But it’s time to settle into one home again!” Anyone interested in applying to be a volunteer camp host may download an application at and return it to Camp Host Applications, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW, Andover, MN 55304, or it can be emailed to If you have questions about the program, call 763-757-3920. |




Time will tell the true savings in reform We all have immediate opinions regarding the budget we passed during the recent special session, but keep in mind it will be months or even years before the true cost-saving benefits of reform we enacted take hold. One of our top goals in the regular 2011 session and this summer’s special session was to lower the trajectory of spending increases, helping us create a sustainable future and meet the challenges of an aging workforce. The best way to accomplish this is to create a more efficient government and we made significant headway in that department. The savings estimates we used in the Legislature were very conservative figures, yet we still have eliminated 60 percent of our projected shortfall for the upcoming biennium. If actual savings come in higher than we were allowed to calculate—and many people anticipate this will happen—we will be in even better shape two years from now. The biggest example of the reform we enacted is in the Health and Human Services portion of our budget. This area was set for a 22 percent spending increase this biennium, but nationleading reform we enacted allows us to put forth a more sustainable 5.8 percent for the next biennium. That allows us to account for natural growth without breaking the bank, saving taxpayers an estimated $13 billion over the next decade. This is really once-in-a-generation reform. Some of the changes include repealing the “sick tax” on medical services, cracking down on welfare fraud and providing some people who receive state-paid health care a voucher to purchase private health care coverage, moving us further in the direction of a patient-centered system so we can uphold our responsibility to provide assistance to those who need it most. We also increased funding to rural nursing homes and pharmacies. The budget solution was not perfect and we can all find things we would have liked to have done differently. I am truly disappointed we experienced a state shutdown and agree with local people who tell me they are just glad it is over and our state is operating again. This was a very challenging time on many levels as we work to recover from the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. I thank local citizens for the opportunity to serve Minnesota during a very crucial point in state history and appreciate the support I continue to receive. It is our job to make difficult decisions that will put us on a better path, allowing us to uphold our priorities as we deal with challenges of an uncertain economy. This will pave the way for a more fiscally stable future, but, again, it will take time for us to realize our true cost savings. It will be interesting to see what updated economic forecasts begin to show in November and February.

We still have a lot of work to do in redesigning our government to increase efficiency while we begin to reap the benefits from changes we made this year. I look forward to making even more improvements in 2012.  Rep. Hackbarth is the state representative for House District 48A which includes Elk River, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Bethel and East Bethel. You can reach Rep. Hackbarth by mail: 309 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155; by phone: 651-296-2439; by email:


Village bank’s Golfing for Groceries tournament raises $39,000 for Anoka County food shelves


Spending in Minnesota has grown by roughly 500 percent since 1960, per capita and adjusted for inflation and the simple math tells us this is more than we can afford. The important thing this year was to reel in state spending and we did so, reducing General Fund growth from an unsustainable $39 billion. I am confident that we are moving in the right direction.



The 6th Annual Golfing for Groceries tournament held May 24 raised $39,000 for the Anoka County food shelves. Over the past six years, Golfing for Groceries has raised nearly $300,000. Village Bank underwrites the tournament resulting in 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the Anoka County food shelves including: Anoka County Brotherhood Council, Community Emergency Assistance Program, Centennial Food Shelf, North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf and Southern Anoka County Assistance. Representatives from the food shelves were recently rewarded the proceeds from the tournament in a ceremony held at Village Bank. In addition to raising money for the food shelves, the golf tournament included the excitement of a hole-in-one being scored by participant, Tom LaBonne. For his ace on hole number four at Majestic Oaks Golf Club, LaBonne won a car donated by Friendly Chevrolet of Fridley. |

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Golfing for Groceries Hole-in-One winner, Tom LaBonne, poses with his family and new car from Friendly Chevrolet. Tom (left) is pictured with his wife, Marie LaBonne, daughter, Lynn Mason, and son-in-law, Andy Mason. SUBMITTED PHOTO

55+ Driver Improvement Program Offered The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the following days: 4-Hour Refresher Course

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Andover Senior Center Anoka/Andover September 27 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - OR October 26 • 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Andover Senior Center Anoka/Andover August 30 & 31 9:00 a.m.-1:00 pm

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Village Bank owner, Don Kveton, presents the proceeds from the 2011 Golfing for Groceries tournament to representatives from the Anoka County food shelves. Pictured (L-R) Linda Wieser (NACE), Sheri Hanson (Centennial), Joanne Yackel (NACE), Don Kveton, Rick Johnson (SACA), Byron Laher (CEAP), Annabelle Budde (NACE), Jerry Loughry (ACBC), and Cathy Hereau (NACE).


5:00 p.m. until Dusk St. Francis City Centre Mall Pederson Drive NW, St. Francis Reserved parking for 1980 & older vehicles

Free Admission • Everyone Welcome


Friday, August 19 Trophies, Music and lots of Special Prizes! Please bring non-perishable items for the local food shelf.

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Insurance Brokers of MN Anoka October 10 • 5:30-9:30 p.m. Nowthen Alliance Church Anoka September 1 - OR - October 26 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church St. Francis August 31 - OR - September 29 5:30-9:30 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church of Anoka October 3 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Anoka Senior Center Anoka October 26 & 28 • 1:00-5:00 p.m. Anoka United Methodist Church Anoka August 22 & 23 • 5:30-9:30 p.m. Connexus Energy Anoka/Ramsey October 6 & 7 • Noon-4:00 p.m. Insurance Brokers of MN Anoka October 4 & 5 • 5:30-9:30 p.m. Nowthen Alliance Church Anoka September 28 & 29 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. St. Stephens Catholic Church Anoka October 21 & 22 • 5:30-9:30 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church St. Francis October 25 & 27 • 5:30-9:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit our website at or call TOLL FREE 1-888-234-1294. The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is requested. A MN Highway Safety & Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology. This class has something for everyone! The fee for the four hour refresher course is $20 and the eight hour course is $24. Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a ten percent discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10% discount.





Independent School District 15 honored for recycling efforts Anoka County municipalities recycled more than 31,888 tons of materials SUBMITTED BY MARTHA WEAVER PUBLIC INFORMATION MANAGER ANOKA COUNTY

T Cub Scout Pack 521 receives the William T. Hornaday award from the Boy Scouts of America for their outstanding service to the community. SUBMITTED PHOTO

September is National Coupon Month

Advertise your Back-to-School deals for teachers, students and parents in a special Back-to-School section. Call Janice at 763-753-7032 by August 19 or before for priority placement in this section.


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Sunday Day Fun League

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The City of Andover received special recognition for having the most prolific municipal recycling program in Anoka County. Andover has consistently met its recycling goals every year since 1988. In 2010, Andover residents recycled more than 3,580 tons of materials and collected more than 82 tons of problem materials for proper management. The city’s recycling rate of more than 230 pounds per person per year for all materials is the highest of any Anoka County municipality.

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Andover promotes recycling through the city newsletter and website, cable TV, ads in the local newspaper and movie theatre, and flyers. A drop-off recycling center is open during daylight hours seven days a week. The city also provided recycling of plastic bottles, cardboard, and tennis shoes at the annual Andover Family Fun Fest. Ryan Parsons, a paraprofessional at Andover High School, was frustrated at the amount of perfectly good food being thrown away each day in the school’s cafeteria. In response, he founded Project Plenty to save and repackage uneaten food and distribute it to families in need. Approximately 400-550 pounds of food is collected and distributed each week. “This program supplies nourishing food to people in need,” Kordiak said. “There is no red tape keeping families from getting the food they need, especially when it would otherwise have been thrown away.” |

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Of the county’s 21 municipalities, 15 met or exceeded their 2010 recycling goals: Andover, Bethel, Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Ham Lake, Hilltop, Lexington, Lino Lakes, Nowthen, Ramsey, and Spring Lake Park. Their achievements were recognized recently by the Anoka County Solid Waste Abatement Advisory Team, which advises the Anoka County board on issues related to recycling and solid waste management.

Independent School District 15 was recognized for a program that collects food scraps for a local hog farm. Pictured (L-R) ISD 15 representatives Mae Hawkins, Sharon Waits, and Wendy Klobe, and Anoka County Commissioner Jim Kordiak.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

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wo recycling initiatives by local school districts have been commended by Anoka County. Since 2002, Independent School District 15 in St. Francis has implemented a food-to-hogs food waste recovery program where food scraps and uneaten food are collected and delivered to an area hog farm. All food waste is heated to kill potentially harmful bacteria before it is fed to the hogs. Since 2002, more than 1.3 million pounds of food waste has been recycled. “This program is really a win-win for everyone,” Kordiak said. “The food-to-hogs program reduces odor and pest problems for the school district and also teaches students that food waste is a resource.”

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The trouble with trouble is it happens when you are not expecting it. And that is trouble. Some trouble is preventable; some is totally out of the blue. Such is the case with a flat tire. We have seen a bunch of flat tires recently. Tires with nails, screws, knife blades, rocks, and even a piece of wood stuck in them. In most cases, we remove the tire from the wheel and apply a patch. In some cases, we have to use a plug patch. A plug patch has a round, rubber plug affixed to the center. It is installed from the inside, pulling the plug through the hole. The injury to the tire has to be in the tread area, not in the sidewall; the sidewall area cannot be repaired safely. We don’t use plug patches as they are not recommended by tire manufacturers as a safe, permanent repair. In fact, plug patches can damage the tire. Having a flat tire comes at no convenient time. It usually involves filling the flat with air and taking it in to be repaired. If the tire is totally flat, put on the spare. Remember, never drive on a low or flat tire; this will destroy the tire. Some tires come with road hazard warranties. This is for a non repairable injury. If you run over a nail, a regular repair is in order. But, if you run over a nail and continue to drive on the tire and the tire is destroyed, this is not a warranty issue. Many newer vehicles are equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems. This will alert the driver of a low tire. Please do not ignore this warning; it may save you from wrecking a tire or worse, from a blow-out. Most blow-outs occur when a tire is driven with not enough pressure. The tire overheats and will blow out. If you have to put your spare tire on, the first thing is to find it. Car manufacturers

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put them in all kinds of places. I have seen them placed in the engine compartment, in the trunk and many are located under the vehicle. This is when the owner’s manual comes in handy. Get it out and find where everything is located for changing a tire. On my pick-up truck, the jack is under the seat, the jack handle is under the hood and the spare tire in under the box. The jack handle also acts as the tool needed to lower the spare from under the box. There is a small hole to put the jack handle into and crank the small hoist that lowers the spare. These hoists can be another source of trouble. With all the salt we use on our roads, the hoist can rust and will not crank when the spare is needed. We have had to cut the spare out of a vehicle because of the rust. A good rule is to annually lower and raise the spare, so you know it will come down when you need it. This will also familiarize you on where all the parts are located and review the procedure of getting the spare out. Some newer vans are really a challenge because the spare tire is located under the vehicle between the two front seats. There is a small hole in the carpet to install the special tool and lower the spare to the ground. I am not sure how fun this will be if you happen to be all dressed up and need to change a tire during a snowstorm.

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The third annual meeting of the Lake George Improvement District (LGID) will be held Tuesday, August 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Oak Grove City Hall. Board Chair Larry Backlund invites all voting members of the district to attend. Featured on the program will be information on aquatic weed identification and lakescaping guidelines. Two directors will be elected at the annual meeting. Don Nast and Juanita Reed-Boniface have placed their names in nomination for election. Both Nast and Reed-Boniface are current members of the board. Other business will include the chairman’s report, a report on invasive species management and budget review and vote. All persons interested in Lake George are invited to attend. Voting members are those persons who are listed as property owners within the boundaries of the LGID, in the city of Oak Grove, that are listed on the Anoka County tax rolls. Each individual owner of the property as listed on the Anoka County tax records is entitled to one vote at the annual meeting. 

Monday, September 5

The annual meeting of the Lake George Improvement District will be held August 15, 7:00 p.m. at Oak Grove City Hall.  THE COURIER PHOTO

BUSINESS PROFILE: TEKS ON-SITE On-site computer repair business opens “My computer is slow.” “I have a virus.” “I need my documents moved from one computer to another.” “I can’t print!” Every day, small business owners and residents throughout Anoka County struggle with computer issues. These issues affect people’s ability to do what they need to do, both at work and home. Now there is a company in Anoka County where highly qualified technicians come to you and fix the issue. Teks On-Site is excited to provide computer repair and support for the small businesses and homes in Anoka County and the surrounding communities. As part of our grand opening cel-

ebration, Teks On-Site had a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce. Now we want to include you in the celebration by offering $25 off your first hour of service now through August 31. Teks On-Site, your computer solutions team, is an on-site computer repair company. Our technicians provide hardware and software support for both Macs and PCs. They can assist you with network set-up or issues, data recovery, virus removal, new technology installation, slow computers and more. Appointments are scheduled at your convenience (day, evening and weekend appointments available) and the technician comes to you. For more information check us out on the web at www.teksonsite. com.  

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Winners announced from summer drawing BY JANICE AUDETTE THE COURIER ADVERTISING SALES

Congratulations to the following advertisers that were winners in The Courier’s summer 2011 drawing for free advertising:

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Isanti Retail Meats, 2 columns x 5" ad ($77.50 value), North Metro Money Management, 2 columns x 3" ad ($48 value), Gold Star Kennels & Suites, 2 columns x 2" ad ($32 value). This is one of the ways we thank our repeat advertisers for their loyalty throughout the year. Thank you to all who participated!


It is time to get in shape! Top 5 weight losses to date: Terry 54 lbs., Michelle 50 lbs., Mary 47 lbs., Debbie 45 lbs., Adam 43 lbs.

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Lake George Improvement District to hold annual meeting


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St. Francis City Administrator Hylen elected to League of Minnesota Cities board SUBMITTED BY DON REEDER PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER LEAGUE OF MINNESOTA CITIES

St. Francis City Administrator Matt Hylen has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the League of Minnesota Cities. Elections for new board members and new officers were recently held at the league’s annual conference in Rochester.

• President H. Dan Ness Mayor, Alexandria

• Scott Schulte City council member, Coon Rapids

• First Vice President Betsy Hodges City council member, Minneapolis

• Mike Maguire Mayor, Eagan

• Second Vice President Shaunna Johnson City administrator, Waite Park Other new members elected to the board are:

League board officers for 2011-12 are:

Kraig Domogalla

“Your Real Estate Specialist” 763-767-1231


Each office Independently Owned and Operated

Lois Workman

Call me for great land and Licensed agent since 1985 763-444-4101 home deals! Fax 763-444-0218

Larry D. Anderson, GRI REALTOR®

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• Tina Rennemo Clerk-treasurer, Baudette • Heidi Omerza City council member, Ely Officials continuing to serve on the board are Shawn Gillen, city administrator, Grand Rapids; Lee Helgen, council member, St. Paul; Sue Larson, council member, Isanti; Steve Nasby, city administrator, Windom; Dave Osberg, city administrator, Hastings; Rod Otterness, city administrator, International Falls, and Rhonda Pownell, council member, City of Northfield. Serving as ex-officio members are League past president Richard Brainerd, city council member, Mahtomedi; Metro Cities representative Doug Anderson, mayor, Dayton; Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities representative Tim Strand, mayor, St. Peter; and Minnesota Association of Small Cities representative Jeff Kletscher, mayor, Floodwood. The League of Minnesota Cities is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to helping cities throughout Minnesota build quality communities through effective advocacy, expert analysis, trusted guidance, and collective action. The League serves its more than 830 members through advocacy, education and training, policy development, risk management, and other services. For more information, visit 


Anoka County Extension Staff and Dollar Works Volunteers will present a free Dollars into Sense class on Tuesday, August 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center (550 Bunker Lake Boulevard, Andover) and again at 7:00 p.m. at the Blaine Human Services Center (1201 89th Avenue, Blaine). To register, call University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County, at 763-755-1280 at least three days prior to the class you wish to attend. Classes will cover budgeting and address credit issues, tracking expenses, making a spending plan, goal setting and how to get help. 


If you’re a baseball fan, you no doubt were aware that the MLB All-Star Game was played July 12. But while you probably appreciated the grace and skill of the players, you may not realize just how much a baseball team can teach you about other aspects of life — such as investing. Specifically, consider the following characteristics: Consistency—Baseball teams need to be consistent. They choose quality players and must have the patience and discipline to stick with those players during slumps. As an investor, you should choose quality investments and have the patience and discipline to stick with them over the long haul. Diversification—A baseball team doesn’t have just one type of player — it contains pitchers, catchers, infielders and outfielders. Your portfolio also needs to be diversified because if you own only a single type of investment, and a market downturn strikes that asset class particularly hard, your

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portfolio could take a big hit. Owning a diversified mix of stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit (CDs) and other investments can help reduce the effect of market volatility on your holdings. Keep in mind, though, that diversification, by itself, can’t guarantee a profit or protect against loss. Unity—While a baseball team contains a diverse collection of players, they all strive toward a common goal. And the mix of investments in your portfolio needs to work together to help achieve the various goals you’ve established, such as a comfortable retirement, college for your children and a legacy for your family. To work toward your individual objectives, you will need to create an investment mix that’s based on your risk tolerance, time horizon, family situation and other factors. Flexibility— While every member of a professional baseball team is a good player, one might be better than another in a given situation. For instance, a faster runner might pinch-run for someone else. And as you move on in your “game” of life, you will need flexibility in making your investment decisions. As one example, when you near retirement, you may want to reduce your exposure to risk somewhat, so you might decide to replace some — but certainly not all — of your growth-oriented vehicles with investments that can offer greater protection of your principal. Good management—Even the best group of baseball players needs a manager to guide them and make decisions during a ballgame. And to help you make investment choices during different times in your life, you might benefit from working with a financial professional — someone who knows your risk tolerance, investment preferences and long-term aspirations. You may never find yourself surrounded by the greatest ballplayers in the world — but remembering these traits can help keep your portfolio “in the game.” 




Sports & Outdoors 2nd: 3rd:


St. Francis High School recent graduates and current students assisted at the summer basketball camp, offered by ISD 15 Community Education. Pictured (L-R): Mindee Adamson, Michael Scardigli, Bryce Tesdahl, McKenna Morrell and Dontay Matthews. Not pictured are Emily Anderson and Nate Larsen. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The St. Francis Saints 14AAA traveling baseball team won the 2011 Gopher State Baseball League Central Division Championship with a 12-4 record. The Saints beat the likes of Champlin, Elk River, Robbinsdale, St. Michael, Maple Grove, Andover, Blaine, Coon Rapids and Brooklyn Park in claiming the crown. Pictured above are: (kneeling) Sam Scardigli, Matt Heagerty, Andrew Bode, Josh Niemeyer, Ben Servais, Dom Dejarlais; (standing) Coach Luke Scardigli, Shane Benson, Coach Scott Benson, Ryan Carda, Lucas Carroll, Coach Chris Niemeyer, Sam Gloe, Coach Jerry Jorgensen and David Jorgensen. SUBMITTED PHOTO

3rd: Jared Carda Austin Snelling Dillon Tradewell David Jorgensen Fast Break 1st: Ryan Svihel Reiley Hoopman Brady Tesdahl Rourke Rodwell Wyatt Tegg 2nd: Taylor McMorrow Hunter Trautman Justin Kane Dillon Tradewell 3rd: Sam Scardigli Levi Ross Austin Snelling Michael Bothun Arianna Untereker Defensive Stopper 1st: Dillon Tradewell Donovan Miles Hunter Trautman Taylor McMorrow 2nd: Arianna Untereker Michael Bothun Austin Snelling Levi Ross Sam Scardigli 3rd: Lucas Nelson George Bertels Stephen Anderson Genuine Matthews 5 on 5 1st: George Bertels

Cameron Pettis Tristen Goltz Jared Carda Jake Scardigli Reiley Hoopman Brady Tesdahl Austin Snelling Genuine Matthews Travis Swenson Parker Marshall Hunter Berggren Justin Kane Donovan Miles David Jorgensen Rourke Rodwell

Tony Fiocietto Lucas Nelson Robbie Whitney Tanner Carlson Arianna Untereker

Assisting with the camp all week were 2011 St. Francis graduates Mindee Adamson, Michael Scardigli and Dontay Matthews, current high school basketball players McKenna Morrell, Emily Anderson and Nate Larsen, and Bemidji State basketball player Bryce Tesdahl. |

ASCENSION BODYWORKS STAY AWAY Self Defense Program Stay Away is a program developed by the International Krav Maga Federation to teach women simple, effective self defense skills. Introductory Seminar – Sunday, August 21 – 3:00-4:30 p.m. Cost is $15 or $10 + non-perishable food item To register send an email to or call 763-267-2198

Now Offering ZUMBA! Sign up now before rates go up in the Fall.

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North Metro Soccer


Save the Date!

U9-U12 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Playing age is determined as of August 1, 2011.

Player identification for U9-U12 players will be Sunday, September 18. Online registration open now through September 11. A $25 non-refundable fee is required at time of online registration. There will be a $35 non-refundable fee for on-site registration.

Support Saints Soccer

Please visit the NMSA web site for more information,, click on Registration.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS August 8-12 • Captains practice Girls, 9:00 a.m.-Noon August 8-12 • Captains practice Boys, 3:00-5:00 p.m.


Monday, August 15 • All teams practice begins SFHS soccer fields


Tuesday, August 23 • 6:00 p.m. • All Teams and Family Picnic at St. Francis Community Park Tuesday, August 23 • 2:00 p.m. • All Team and Individual Soccer Pictures SFHS Soccer Fields Saturday, August 27• Alumni Day/Game at 3:00 p.m. Girls Varsity Game 11:00 a.m. Boys Varsity Game 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 6 • Parent Night

Show your Saints Football Pride!


Location Opponent


09/01 Home

Duluth East

7:00 pm

09/09 Home

Robbinsdale Cooper

7:00 pm

09/16 Away

Benilde-St. Margaret’s

7:00 pm

09/23 Away


7:00 pm

09/30 Home

Fridley Youth Night

7:00 pm

10/07 Home

North Branch Homecoming

7:00 pm

Please bring any new or gently used soccer gear to all home varsity games to be donated to the “Kick it Back” Tony Sanneh Foundation.

10/14 Away

Chisago Lakes

7:00 pm

10/19 Home

Columbia Heights Senior/Parent Night

7:00 pm

Please visit our website at for St. Francis High School soccer information and game schedules.

10/25 Playoffs



Thursday, September 15 • Staff Night Thursday, September 22 • Youth Night Boys Varsity Game 7:00 p.m. Girls Varsity Game 5:00 p.m. NSC Stars & Tony Sanneh Thursday, September 29 • Senior Night TBD • End of the Season Banquet

Grid Iron Discount Cards Discount Cards are available from the Grid Club or any Saints football player. Monday, August 15

Practice Starts Friday, September 30

Youth Night Friday, October 7

Homecoming Wednesday, October 19

Senior/Parent Night

Special recognition of seniors and their parents. Refreshments served in SFHS commons for players and families after the game. The St. Francis High School coaching staff and players want to thank the community for their continued support of the team at each game. Fans can access directions to all high school games in the North Suburban Conference website at

For more information, visit:





St. Francis High School soccer teams announce captains SUBMITTED BY MELISSA VOJTA SAINTS BOOSTER CLUB

Captains on the St. Francis High School Saints soccer teams (L-R): senior defender Jacob Sharpe, senior defender Randie Antczak, senior goaltender Tyler Dustman, senior midfielder Kate Burley, senior defender Brett McReavy, and senior midfielder Mikaela Anderson. SUBMITTED PHOTO

St. Francis Youth Hockey Association

HOCKEY It’s time for another season of the greatest game on earth. St. Francis Youth Hockey Association is looking for boys and girls of all ages for the upcoming season. We have positions available for ages 4 to 16. Walk-in registration will be at the East Bethel Ice Arena

20675 Hwy. 65 NE, East Bethel Wednesday, August 3 6:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 17 6:00-8:30 p.m. Saturday, August 27 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


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Mites and U8 • Saturday, September 17 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Online registration begins July 1 at

The St. Francis High School girls and boys soccer captains for the upcoming 2011 season have been announced. The girls captains are senior midfielder Kate Burley, senior midfielder Mikaela Anderson and senior defender Randie Antczak. The boys captains are senior goalkeeper Tyler Dustman, senior defender Jacob Sharpe and senior defender Brett McReavy. The girls captains have been playing high school soccer for many years. Burley and Anderson began playing high school soccer in 8th grade, while Antzcak started playing high school soccer in 7th grade. They also all play competitive soccer during the summer season for North Metro Soccer Association and Northern Lights Soccer Association. Besides being busy with soccer, all three girls are involved in other activities. Burley is the captain of the track team, and is a member of Youth Teaching Youth, and LINK. Her plans after high school are to play soccer in college and to become a physical therapist. Antzcak is involved in Youth Teaching Youth and LINK and her future plans include playing soccer in college and doing something in the medical field. Anderson’s future plans include playing soccer in college as well as getting a degree in sports education. When asked about their personal and team goals for the upcoming 2011 Saints soccer season, they said, “We hope to go out and have a great season and play hard as a team.” A personal goal for Burley is “to be a good leader for all my teammates and to help the younger players who might be nervous about playing at the high school level.” Antczak said, “I hope to work on my defensive skills and be positive.” An-

St. Francis Boys Travel Basketball Registration & Tryouts

St. Francis Girls Travel Basketball Registration & Tryouts

Sunday, September 18 at St. Francis High School

Sunday, September 25 at St. Francis High School

Grade 4 • 4:00 p.m.

Grade 6 • 6:00 p.m.

(3rd Graders may try out for 4th Grade team)

Grade 7 • 7:00 p.m.

Grade 5 • 5:00 p.m.

Grade 8 • 8:00 p.m.

Grades 4-5 • 4:00 p.m. Grade 6 • 5:00 p.m. Grade 7 • 6:30 p.m. Grade 8 • 7:45 p.m.

Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the tryout times listed above. For more information, call Scott Goltz at 612-685-5312 or visit our website at

Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the tryout times listed above. For more information, call Mark Svihel at 612-209-7922 or visit our website at

derson’s goal is “to get better with my touches on the ball.” Their advice to younger players is, “It is hard work, but worth it, don’t give up it is worth it in the end. It is a great experience and definitely worth trying because of all the fun you have meeting girls who have the same interests as you. There will always be a few bumps in the road, but as long as you work hard and don’t give up, you will be better and stronger.” The boys have also been playing high school soccer for many years. Dustman began playing for the high school in 7th grade, Sharpe began playing in 8th grade and McReavy began in 9th grade. They also all play soccer competitively throughout the summer for Minnesota Thunder Academy, Three Rivers Soccer Association and Plymouth Soccer Association. Along with being busy with soccer, the boys are involved with other activities. Dustman is the field goal kicker for the high school football team, treasurer of the National Honor Society and is a member of Youth Teaching Youth and Boy Scouts. His plans after high school are to be playing soccer in college and obtain a degree in wildlife management. Sharp is on the high school tennis team, and is a member of the National Honor Society and is planning on attending the University of Minnesota to major in statistics. McReavy is a tornado chaser and is planning on obtaining a degree in meteorology. When asked what the personal and team goals for the upcoming 2011 soccer season were, Dustman said, “My number one goal for this year is to lead the team to a section final game. I want this year to be one we remember.” Sharpe added, “My personal goal is to hold as many teams to zero goals as possible.” For Sharpe, the team goal is to “improve on last year’s record, winning our conference and making it to state.” McReavey added, “My personal goal is to have ten or more goals as a defender and as a team to make it to sections.” The captains had some advice for the younger players. “As a player and a person, never settle for anything less than your best. No matter how tired or frustrated you are, still give 100 percent and always try your best. Good things happen to people that work hard. When you give it your best you, know you did your part to help the team. Watch as much soccer as possible, it helps.” |




Life & Classified MASTER GARDENER



Steadfast Sedums If you’re just starting a garden or if you are redoing your flower garden that has full or partial sun, sedums are plants to consider. Sedum, sometimes called stonecrop, is a genus of about 400 species of leaf succulents from the northern hemisphere. Who knows how many cultivars? They vary in growth habit from groundcovers to shrubs. Sedums are sometimes referred to as succulents. The University of Minnesota Extension explains that the word succulent refers to the broad category of plants whose thick, fleshy leaves and stems hold water. They grow in poor soil with little water.


garden, which consists of a small rock with little sedums growing in the crevices. This rock garden is fun and a real conversation piece. Some sedums’ greatest attributes are their foliage, which can vary from nearly white to almost black. Plus, there are many variegated leafed sedums. I cannot sing sedums’ praises enough. They bloom in a rainbow of colors and if you select the correct sedums, their blooms will bookend the garden season. Finally, the bees love the

sedum’s bloom. For more gardening information, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website at www.extension.umn. edu or call the Isanti County Master Gardeners at 763-6891810. You can now find us on Facebook at Isanti County Master Gardeners. |

EAST BETHEL SENIOR EVENTS Senior Dance Have fun dancing with us! Dances are 1:00-4:00 p.m. Old time music will be played by Jerry Bierschbach on Friday, August 5. Jim Armstrong will be the musical entertainment on Friday, September 2. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Pancake Breakfast All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, August 14, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Serving Kookie’s Pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee, and scrambled eggs, additional 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Both events are held at the East Bethel Senior Community Center located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel. |

Heat exhaustion is the result of a body overheating and is one of three heat-related syndromes. These are heat cramps, which are the mildest, heat exhaustion, which is moderate, and heat stroke, which is the most severe. Some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse. This is caused when the body is exposed to high temperatures, particularly when there is high humidity and strenuous physical activity. Heat exhaustion is the precursor of the very life-threatening condition of heat stroke, but can be prevented. The symptoms of heat exhaustion can come on either very quickly or develop after a few days of prolonged exposure to the heat and humidity. One symptom that is associated with heat exhaustion is a person’s skin is cool and moist with goose bumps while in the heat. A person may also feel faint, dizzy, and fatigued. Muscle cramps, nausea or

Generally speaking, there are two groups: low-growing (usually early bloomers) and tall-growing (usually late bloomers). These tough perennials can be grown in zones 3 through 10 with great success. They can be itty bitty sedums, such as Sedum Acre, to some quite large sedums, such as Black Jack or Sedum Mediovariegatum.

even a headache are other symptoms. If heat exhaustion is suspected, a person needs to stop all activity and rest. Get out of the heat, move to a cooler place, and drink lots of water or a sports drink to stay hydrated. Risk factors } For young children (less than 4 years old), the body’s ability to regulate temperature is not yet developed. } Older adults (over age 65), are at risk. Medications or even illness can increase the risk. } Be aware of medications that a person is taking. Some that treat high blood pressure or heart problems can inhibit the body’s ability to regulate heat. } Obesity. Excess weight can also inhibit the ability to control the body’s temperature. } If a person is not used to the heat and goes to a warmer CONTINUED ON PAGE 28 » HEAT EXHAUSTION

A Life-Giving Church PHOTO BY CAROL BRAY



On a personal note, I purchased Sedum Aijoon years ago. This small, yellow flowered sedum can be invasive. I took advantage of its invasiveness by putting a couple of plantings in the cracks of a small flagstone patio. The Aijoon is growing like crazy and replacing the weeds that liked to grow in-between the flagstones. It’s quite lovely. Sedums are terrific for rock gardens. I have a mini rock

Heat exhaustion is preventable

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Help us celebrate our one year anniversary on Sunday, September 18.

For information, call 763-516-5995, go to or look us up on Facebook.

Family Fun Fest

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Sunday Worship at 8:30 & 10:00 a.m. Monday Night Worship 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel in Ham Lake Register for the 2011-12 Preschool Year —classes fill quickly! 19001 Jackson Street NE • East Bethel, MN 55011 West County Road 22 S and Jackson Street 763-434-6117 email: •

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FROM PAGE 27 HEAT EXHAUSTION climate for vacation, high temperatures can also play a role as the body is not used to those kinds of temperatures. Below are some ways to prevent heat exhaustion:


} Wear loose clothing that is lightweight and light colored } Avoid getting sunburned } Drink plenty of fluids } Find a cooler place to do activities } Ask your doctor or pharmacist if the medications you are taking will affect you in the heat. 3220 Bridge Street, Suite 107 in the St. Francis Mall


} Let your body acclimate to the heat. If you travel to someplace hot or have a heat wave, it will take time for your body to get used to the heat. } It is best not to engage in strenuous exercise or activities during hot weather. However, if you do, take plenty of breaks, replenish your fluids, and let your body get used to the temperature.

If you have any questions, talk to your doctor or health care specialist. With heat exhaustion, your body’s temperature can rise as high as 104 degrees. If left untreated, it can lead to heat stroke, which is a life-threatening emergency. Seek immediate medical attention to avoid further complications. |


A Walk in the Garden educational series

763-753-1277 for an Appointment


Kendall W. Goodian, D.C. Chiropractic Orthopedist

Specializing in Sports, Industrial and Auto Accident Injuries

The University of Minnesota Extension Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteer Program is sponsoring A Walk in the Garden educational series of gardening classes.



ound R Lake

Open Evenings Nitrous Oxide Available Cosmetic Dentistry

DENTAL Dr. Thomas Swenson

763-427-0285 13841 Round Lake Blvd. NW • Andover 2 minutes north of Highway 10 on Round Lake Boulevard FILE PHOTO

Long Lake Lutheran Church

Rally Sunday Sunday, September 11

Worship Services at 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School Registration & Ice Cream Social at 9:00 a.m. Sunday School begins September 18 at 9:00 a.m.

Openings Available!

Cross of Hope Preschool MWF Pre-K 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or MWF a.m. or p.m. classes Pre-K T/Th 3 year olds 9:00-11:30 a.m. ELCA Located on Hwy. 47 south of CR 5, six miles north of St. Francis Call church office at 763-444-5315 for more info.

Everyone is invited to an

Outdoor Worship Service Sunday, August 7 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Outdoor Worship Service featuring

Open House on Thursday, September 1 6:30-8:00 p.m. Questions call church office.

Cross of Hope 5730 179th Lane NW

(Highway 47 and County Road 27) Ramsey, MN


FAITH LISTINGS Bethel Community Church 23860 Dewey Street NW Bethel • 763-434-9834 Catholic Church of St. Patrick 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove • 763-753-2011 Cedar United Methodist Church 17541 Jefferson Street NE Ham Lake • 763-434-7463 email: Cross of Hope Lutheran Church 5730-179th Lane NW Ramsey • 763-753-2057 First Baptist Church & Christian School K–12 22940 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1230 Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church 16180 Round Lake Boulevard Andover • 763-421-8434 Living Hope Evangelical Free Church St. Francis High School PO Box 264 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

Share in the ministry of SPOKE FOLK, who will bicycle to our church to share their faith using music, drama and puppets. Bring a lawn chair or blanket!

SAVE THE DATE for Fall Festival Sunday, September 11

Classes are scheduled throughout the summer on select Wednesday evenings in the Veteran’s Peace and Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, south of the Bunker Hills Activities Center. The center is located at 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW in Andover. Classes begin at 7:00 p.m. and last an hour. Scheduled classes: } Sketching in the Garden, August 10 } Produce: Harvesting and Storage, August 24 Classes will be taught by Anoka County Master Gardener volunteers and will include many useful gardening tips and University of Minnesota research-based information. These classes immediately follow the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics also held at the Bunker Hills Activities Center. Classes are free but pre-registration is required due to space limitations. Donations to the program are welcome. Please call 763-755-1280 to reserve your space. For a copy of the brochure, visit www. Anoka or http://blog.lib. for a complete brochure.  |

Looking for a Christian environment for the education and care of your child?

Nowthen Alliance Church 19653 Nowthen Boulevard Anoka • 763-441-1600

Check out our programs at Trinity Lutheran NOW ENROLLING

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel • 763-434-6117

Openings for 3 and 4 year olds

St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-2273 Trinity Lutheran Church, School and Latchkey/Childcare 3812 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-1234 West Bethel United Methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451

Nursery School Program

Daycare and Latchkey Programs Openings in all age groups

Trinity Lutheran School (Kindergarten–Grade 8) Openings in all grades

Sunday Worship Services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School and Bible classes at 9:15 a.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church & School Latchkey/Childcare 229th & Ambassador Boulevard • St. Francis, MN 763-753-1234 •






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AREA MEETINGS & EVENTS UPCOMING ISD 15 SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS are: August 8 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.; August 22 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. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets downstairs at 7:00 p.m. in Elim Baptist Church, but is not affiliated with any religious organization, 114 Dahlin Ave., Isanti, MN 55040. For more information contact Maggie at 612-3900747 or Chris at 763-441-3918. ST. FRANCIS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE next scheduled board meeting is August 17 at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street NW at 11:00 a.m. August 10, Member Coffee Networking at Billy’s Bar & Grill in St. Francis, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Sign-up now for the Chamber Golf Tournament on August 16 at the Refuge Golf Course. Visit for more information or call 763-228-1215. BNI – REFERRALS UNLIMITED meets every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. For more information, check

COUNCIL & TOWNSHIP MEETINGS Andover City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday 7:00 p.m. 1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW Andover, MN • 763-755-5100 Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:00 p.m. 165 Main St. • P.O. Box 64 Bethel, MN • 763-434-4366 Nowthen City Council Meets 2nd Tuesday 7:30 p.m. 19800 Nowthen Blvd. Anoka, MN • 763-441-1347 East Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday 7:30 p.m. 2241 • 221st Ave. NE East Bethel, MN • 763-367-7840 Oak Grove City Council Meets 2nd Monday 7:00 & last Monday 7:00 p.m. 19900 Nightingale St. NW Oak Grove, MN • 763-404-7000 St. Francis City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Monday 6:00 p.m. ISD 15 District Office St. Francis, MN • 763-753-2630 Stanford Town Board Meets 1st Monday 7:00 p.m. Co. Rd. 8 (261st Ave NW) Isanti, MN • 763-444-6370

TOPS CHAPTER MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Come check us out on Wed. mornings or visit www. AA MEETS at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 3921 277th Avenue NW in Isanti, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. OAK GROVE SENIORS meet the 2nd Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting, 4th Wed. of the month at noon for a catered meal and short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Dick Tuott at 763-434-8215. ST. FRANCIS SENIORS If you are 55 or older, come join us for some fun at the St. Francis American Legion. We meet on the 1st & 3rd Thurs. of each month, from noon to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet 3rd Thurs. of the month at 2241 221st Avenue NE in East Bethel at 10:30 a.m. for business meeting and noon for lunch. 2nd Wed. is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon w/potluck at noon, cards and games until 2:45 p.m., celebrate birthdays of the month at 3:00 p.m. 4th Wed. crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon, cards and games from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. followed by coffee and treats. Pancake Breakfast is held 2nd Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the 1st Fri. of every month, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the center. Center is available for rent. For information, contact Dennis Swen at 763-434-9244. All seniors are welcome to join; only $7 per year. ST. FRANCIS AREA WOMEN OF TODAY meet the 1st Tuesday of the month at St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street, 6:30 p.m. is social time with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at or call Dana at 763-753-5010. ST. FRANCIS JAYCEES meet on the third Friday of every month during the fall, winter and spring months at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Francis City Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. For info, visit our website at www. Walk-ins welcome. OAK GROVE LIONS meet every 2nd and 4th Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-753-4492 after 6:30 p.m.

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 meets on the first Thursday of the month for the Board Meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the Membership Meeting. Please call Patty Wirz at 763-241-1341 or email at AMERICAN LEGION POST 622—St. Francis General membership meet monthly, the 2nd Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT 622— St. Francis General membership meets monthly, on the 3rd Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meet every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Ham Lake VFW. Call Marilyn at 763-4346599 for more information. CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB meets bimonthly, 1st and 3rd Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Greg Ricki at 763434-7893. LIONESS CLUB— ST. FRANCIS meets monthly. 1st Wed., administrative board, and 3rd Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall. For more information, call Jean Schuldt at 763-753-1205 or Illa Torgerson at 763-753-2002. LIONS CLUB— ST. FRANCIS meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. 1st Wed. board meeting; 2nd Wed. regular business meeting; 4th Wed. social & program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Brian Heichel for more information at 763753-4415.

DELIVERY DRIVERS Mansetti’s Pizza & Pasta, St. Francis is hiring delivery drivers. Must be 18 or older, reliable and provide great customer service. Find application online at www.mansettis-pizza. com, print, fill out and bring in.

SERVICES FULL SERVICE BOBCAT WORK, handyman, small engine repair and misc., 612-462-1987. DO YOU NEED HELP shopping, or cleaning? Personal help for yourself or parents, lots of experience, trustworthy and compassionate. Weekdays only, references upon request, Linda 763-213-8123. HANDYMAN SERVICES—Plumbing, electrical, masonry, remodeling. Call Butch at 763-300-9869. PIANO LESSONS – Casual, fun, licensed/experienced, competitive rates. Call Carmel, 612-220-0235. LANDSCAPING, black dirt, rock, sod (install option), delivered, 612940-3055 or 651-366-9256. PIANO TUNING – Violin, piano, and guitar lessons, Michael, 763219-4883,

PRESCHOOL PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION for 2011-12 Preschool at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. An educational preschool program for ages 3-5. Call 763-434-6117.

CHILDCARE HAM LAKE DAYCARE has full and part-time openings. Fun and loving environment, small group, low rates, Rum River Elementary. Call 763-434-7206. LICENSED CHILDCARE openings all ages. Safe, fun, loving environment, St. Francis Elementary area. Melissa 763-213-1021. LICENSED CHILDCARE has openings for all ages! Weekly music lady! Food program! Preschool program! East Bethel Community School. Located behind St. Francis High School. Call Sara at 763-7530021.

By Mail Classified Ads First 10 words FREE, each additional word is 25¢. Email addresses may be considered as two words. Meetings & Events First 5 lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.00 Each additional line . . . . . . $1.50 Payment is due when placing an ad. Deadlines ISSUE September October November December January February March April

DEADLINE 2011 8/19/11 9/16/11 10/14/11 11/18/11 2012 12/16/11 1/13/12 2/17/12 3/16/12

DELIVERY 9/7/11 10/5/11 11/2/11 12/7/11 1/11/12 2/1/12 3/7/12 4/4/12

FOR RENT PRIVATE 2 BDM APARTMENT—50 ft. from Rum River in Andover, woods and wildlife, fireplace, deck, laundry, 2 garages available. No pets or smoking. Call 763-421-4705. CHAIR RENTAL AVAILABLE— Salon Genesis LLC—now open for business at 19201 Lake George Blvd., Suite G in Oak Grove. Call Michelle for more information 763753-0905. SPACE FOR LEASE 5,238 square foot office/warehouse space with Hwy. 47 frontage in St. Francis, 763-753-6116.

FOR SALE JANOME 5700 EMBROIDERY SEWING MACHINE—sews beautifully, comes with many extras, $385. Also several memory cards and embroidery thread sold separately, Linda 763-213-8123

WANTED VENDORS wanted for Nowthen Farmers Market, now open; 763360-3161 or

PRECIOUS TIMES LEARNING CENTER in St. Francis–call today, enrolling all ages, 763-753-4656.

ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE needs donations: wooden suit hangers, lumber, latex paint, building materials, costumes, dress gloves, plastic storage bins, call Glenn at 763-213-1633 or glemor@

IN-HOME LICENSED DAYCARE has opening for ages 6 wks-11 years old. 1/2 off first week with enrollment. Fun and loving environment. CPR/first aid certified. Food program. Please call Lisa; 763-458-1948.

KETTLEBELL, YOGA-FIT and personal fitness training classes starting soon. Call 763-267-2198 or visit our website at www.

ST. FRANCIS LICENSED DAYCARE has openings, reasonable rates, Christina 763-258-7282.


Classified Special THE FIRST TEN WORDS ARE FREE! The next issue of The Courier will be delivered September 7. Deadline for classified ads is August 26. A classified form is available online at or in our office. Call 763-753-7031 for more information.

Temperature Sensing For Today… and Tomorrow.

TEMPERATURE SPECIALISTS, INC. 3175 Bridge Street NW St. Francis, MN  55070-9612 763-753-2974 • FAX 763-753-5401 • 800-272-5709 MANUFACTURER OF RESISTANCE TEMPERATURE SENSORS

We accept applications for employment and offer on-the-job training




BIRTHS Vanessa Kay Fiedler was born May 25 at Fairview Northland Regional Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Proud parents are Trent and Kellie Fiedler of St. Francis. Vanessa is welcomed by sister Mackenzie and grandparents Leonard and Lisa Vickstrom of Cedar and Dan and Pat Fiedler of Eden Prairie. Jaxon Markus Arends was born July 11, 2011, at Cambridge Medical Center. Jaxon weighed 7 pounds and was 21 1/2 inches long. Parents are Mark Arends and Tabitha Elstad of East Bethel. Jaxon is welcomed by sibling Sky Lynn Arends, 6. Grandparents are Alvin Arends of McGrath, Vickie Carlson of St. Francis, Robert Elstad of East Bethel and Brenda Burbrauer of Isanti.  | “We treat your pets like our own”

St. Francis Veterinary Clinic 763-444-9359 Doctors on staff Dr. Tracey Thomas Dr. Jill Hergenrader Dr. Kelly Pawlenty Dr. Nicole Perreault

• Small animal medicine, surgery and dentistry • Free initial puppy and kitten exams • Early morning drop off available by appointment • Evening appointments • Heartworm and Lyme testing • Microchip pet ID

Two miles north of St. Francis on Highway 47 Visit us on the web at

Vacation Bible School August 7-11, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Call the church office to register.

God always loves you

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

Worship 10:30 a.m.

St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914-229th Avenue • St. Francis, MN

(Across from St. Francis Elementary and right by the hockey rink) • 763-753-2273

Keep him cool and happy!

10% Off Full Groom For new customers only.

Expires 9/5/11. Not valid with any other offer.

Pet Grooming Salon Located in the Oak Grove Crossing Mall Corner of Cty Rds 9 & 22 3132 Viking Blvd. NW, Oak Grove



What fun hobby creates beautiful art, reunites us with our past, and showcases skills that take a lifetime to perfect? Why, quilting, of course. Several ladies at St. Patrick’s Church, Oak Grove, formed a loosely organized committee to enjoy their favorite creative pastime. Their mission is to design and create beautiful quilts to be auctioned at the church’s annual Countryfest in September.

chine. Nowadays, fabrics are more readily available, more versatile and more colorful. The same skills are still used today, but modern machinery makes stitching the quilts faster and makes quilting much more precise than even the most accomplished hand quilter. The result is a quilt that has as much charm and character as Grandma’s heirloom, but is lighter, warmer, more durable, and easily tossed into the washer.

The public is invited to view the quilts during Countryfest, September 10 and 11. The church is located on Nightingale Street across from Oak Grove City Hall. The auction will be held Sunday, September 11, beginning at 1:00 p.m. A lively competition for the quilts is expected. All proceeds from the sale will go to support programs at St. Patrick’s Church. |


Quilting is a complex process involving designing, cutting, stitching, pressing, and finishing. It requires equipment and room to spread out. Ellen Untz’s family room has become “quilt central” where the committee gathers every Tuesday. Untz has a variety of sewing equipment and the ladies eagerly seized the opportunity to utilize the machines and software. “I marvel at the skills these women bring to the table,” said the committee founder, Debbie Landwehr. In only three months, the ladies have completed twenty quilts, ranging in size from crib quilts to king size. They have utilized traditional patterns and innovative designs to create quilts that are one-ofa-kind treasures. A hundred years ago, quilt making and auctioning was a common way for churches and other non-profits to raise money. Although most women were capable of making their own quilts, they preferred to be spared the hundreds of hours of sewing that a quilt required, even with a treadle powered sewing ma-

Kindergarten Plus children in Sandra Benson’s class at Cedar Creek Community School celebrate the end of the school year by climbing to the top of the spider web on the playground! Here we come first grade!  SUBMITTED BY SANDRA BENSON, CCCS KINDERGARTEN TEACHER



Full Service Grooming • Nail Trims

Tables & Chairs (White & Brown)

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Serving & Chafing Dishes

If your pets could talk, they would insist on…

Salad Bar • Grills Champagne Fountains Mirrored Centerpieces Archways


Portable Bar 100-Cup Coffee Maker

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per night at Gold Star Kennels



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at Gold Star Kennels


at Gold Star Kennels

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6560 Norris Lake Road Elk River, MN 55330 (Nowthen)

Open 7 days a week By appointment only


Podium Speaker System

Call us

“We’re not the biggest… just the best!”


763.444.7368 (RENT) North of Isanti Hardware Hank off County Road 5

Dance Floor • Moonwalk Portable Toilets Wedding Toilets w/Sink Paper & Plastic Products Plastic Tablecloths, Skirts & Linens




he University of Minnesota Extension– Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteer Program offers free Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics for Anoka County residents. These clinics are designed to help homeowners identify problems and develop appropriate solutions for their landscapes by using research-based information. Clinics are held on Wednesday evenings at the Bunker Hills Activities Center from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (please arrive by 7:30 p.m. at the latest), now through August 31. For the convenience of those living on the western side of Anoka County, a traveling Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic will be held at the Nowthen Threshing Show, 7415 Old Viking Blvd., Nowthen, August 19-21. At the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics, residents can: bring a sample of a garden or lawn plant or weed for identification; bring samples of damaged plant material for diagnosis of common insect, disease, or other problems; receive recommendations for cultural control of pests and weed problems or discuss other problems or concerns about lawns, trees, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and pests with Master Gardeners. Samples of diseased plants should be a portion approximately 8-10" in length and include leaves, flowers and fruit, if available, and to include a margin showing both healthy and damaged material is best. Samples of insects should include the whole insect (not squished) placed in a screw top jar or sealed plastic container. Insects can be placed in a freezer to preserve them. Samples of turf need to be substantial in size, about the size of a small shoe box, and must include the roots. If the turf is diseased, the specimen needs to include a margin of both the healthy side and unhealthy side of the sample. The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics are free, but donations are welcome. Participants are asked to please limit three samples per visit. To learn more about the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics, or other programs offered by Master Gardeners, call 763755-1280, or visit their website at http://blog.lib.umn. edu/mgweb/anoka/. |


FROM PAGE 1 SPACE CAMP shuttle program, the space camp will continue because of other missions that NASA will continue to explore. A moon landing simulator was being built while Graves was attending. Besides the missions, there were challenges and workshops. One afternoon was spent at Aviation Challenge, a fighter pilot simulation camp located at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center as well. Graves’ experience involved simulating what it would be like to land in the water with a parachute or be rescued from the water by a helicopter. Some of the space camp workshops involved the upcoming Mars rover Curiosity mission planned for launch this winter. In one workshop the participants built their own rover out of a water bottle. Their job was to make a rover that would go the farthest and be able to carry weight. One of Graves’ favorite workshops was on star constellations. Graves’ astronomy classes already perform optional night observations, but this experience allows for simulated daytime observations along with enhanced learning of the sky and sky observations. In this workshop, teachers created their own constellations and made their own planetarium. Graves plans to bring this into his classroom.



Another favorite workshop was the creation and launching of 2-liter bottle rockets. The teams were to design a rocket with a 2-liter bottle as the main rocket body. Using water under high pressure as fuel, the teams attempted the highest launch possible. Graves plans to bring this into his astronomy and physics classrooms as well. One workshop had campers learn about DNA extraction and actually extracted DNA from fruit. This experiment, while not in Graves’ subject area, has been shared with the biology teachers at St. Francis High School. The highlight of the entire experience for Graves was the opportunity to work with fellow teachers from around the world, share ideas and foster educational friendships to help students around the globe. Every mission and every workshop gave Graves more ideas to incorporate in the classroom. He hopes other teachers in the school district will apply to attend this yearly event. He intends to distribute materials he gathered to different teachers around the district to help spark student interest in math and science through space. He encourages students who are interested in space to take as many math and science classes as possible. If interested in attending space camp, visit www. or contact Graves at leegra@stfrancis. |

Fido’s Barber Shop 19847 Orchid St. NW, Oak Grove

All Breed Professional Dog Grooming and Personal Care Boarding Day and Evening Appointments


Welcome to New Life Church

Graves in the one-sixth gravity chair, which simulates walking on the moon. SUBMITTED PHOTO



Spa or FURminator Package Call Country Critters at 763-753-7941 for appointment. Expires 9/6/11.

We offer: all breed dog and cat grooming hand scissors & “puppy cuts” do-it-yourself tub

763-753-7941 23306 Cree St. NW, Suite 100 St. Francis - next to City Hall

2011 Goal

652 Tons

49 Tons

Recycled in June So far in 2011 St. Francis has recycled 246 tons. Recycling is now easier with simple sort recycling. You no longer need to sort items. Just place them all in the large roll-off container provided by your hauler. If you have any questions about what is acceptable or would like to start a new service, call your hauler: Ace Solid Waste 763-427-3110 • Allied Waste 763-784-2104 East Central Sanitation 763-689-2171 New location


A Lutheran Congregation in Mission for Christ Church

Summer Schedule Sunday’s

9:00 a.m. Worship 10:15 a.m. Fellowship September 8-9-10 Garage & Bake Sale September 11 Family Fun Fest, free BBQ/Open House Our mission is to Invite, Ignite, and Excite all people about Jesus Christ!

18975 Lake George Boulevard, Oak Grove 1/4 mile south of Cty. Rd. 22 on Cty. Rd. 9 763-753-5717 Come as a guest, leave as our family!

GROOMING COMING SOON! Our new location will be…

Please check our website for updates.

19035 Lake George Blvd. NW Oak Grove, MN 55303

Full medical, dental, laboratory and surgical services for pets

763-753-6336 Cty. Rd. 22 & Cty. Rd. 9 Oak Grove, MN 55011

Amy Morgan, D.V.M. Lisa Johnson, D.V.M. Kaija Youngner, D.V.M.




41st Annual

NOWTHEN THRESHING SHOW August 19-20-21 7415 Old Viking Blvd. • Nowthen


Friday, August 19 “Bib Overalls Day”

2011 Admission Prices: 3-Day Pass $14 Individual • $28 Family


7:00-10:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Music by Blue Drifters 2:00 p.m. Parade of Power 5:00-9:00 p.m. Music by Darlene & The Boys 6:00 p.m. TRACTOR PULL

Group rates available – see website

1-Day Pass $8 Adults per day • $16 per Family 12 & under FREE when accompanied by an adult

Saturday, August 20 “Favorite Logo Shirt Day”

General Show Information Sharon Wilhelm 763-295-2600

7:00-10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00-Noon Noon-2:00 p.m.

Recorded Information Hotline 952-253-5774

DAILY AND SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS Special Attractions 2-Night Tractor Pull

Restoration of a One-Room School Steam Traction Engines • Gas Engines Antique Cars & Trucks • Shingle Mill • Plowing Sawmill • Lathe Mill • Threshing 1920’s Red Crown Gas Station General Store • Print Shop • Free Train Rides Blacksmith Shop • Large Flea Market Primitive Camping available on site Log House & Barn • Historical Church Milwaukee Road Depot & Memorabilia Live Music & Entertainment Daily • Chain Saw Artist Daily Parade of Power at 2 p.m. Tractor Pull Friday at 6 p.m. & Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday Church Service 9 a.m. Shuttle Service on Grounds Anoka County Master Gardeners

Friday Night, August 19 Pull starts at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday Night, August 20 Pull starts at 5:00 p.m.

5 hours of tractor pulling each night hundreds of antique and classic tractors Come see your favorite old tractors compete! For more information, contact: Josh Wilhelm 763-370-1321 or

IH Small Engines

Kurt Johnson 612-790-3554 or

Children’s Activities

Food & Beverage Service

Various supervised hands-on activities, including Children’s Barnyard

Daily Pancake Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Kettle Corn • Kuchen • Pork Chops and much more

Show Feature for 2012 Ford and Fordson

Craft & Activities Building

Bringing the Past to the Present

Spinning • Quilting • Weaving • Pottery Various Handicrafts • Sunday Quilt Drawing

Pancake Breakfast Auction Music by Silver Spurs Music by Alex Parenteau & The Silver Wings 2:00 p.m. Parade of Power 5:00 p.m. TRACTOR PULL 5:00-9:00 p.m. Music by Alan Godage & Sundown

Sunday, August 21 “Favorite Hat Day”

7:00-10:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Non-Denominational Church Service Noon-2:00 p.m. Square Dancing 2:00 p.m. Parade of Power 3:30 p.m. Kiddie Pedal Pull Schedule of events or performers subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

CONSIGNMENT AUCTION Saturday, August 20 • 10:00 a.m. Antiques & collectible tractors, machinery, parts, gas engines and similar items of this nature. Consignments to be taken up to the day of the auction. Sale conducted by Bostrom Auctions All lots of sale are at the discretion of the auctioneer.

Consignment Contacts Ron Cardinal 763-441-6048 or Cell 763-226-3482 Lyle Bostrom 763-444-9256

ATM • Goodrich Pharmacy • Gift Cards Floral • Bakery • Full Service Deli Service Meat Case

23122 St. Francis Blvd. • St. Francis, MN 55070 • 763-753-3334 OPEN SEVEN DAYS Monday-Saturday 5:00 a.m.-Midnight • Sunday 6:00 a.m.- Midnight COUPON




Touchless Car Wash


Expires 9/6/11. Free wash of equal or lesser value. Limit one coupon per family. Valid only at St. Francis County Market.






Per Gallon All Grades of Gas

One Cup of Coffee with Gas Purchase

Expires 9/6/11. Good for one cup of fresh brewed coffee with 6 gallons or more gas purchase. Limit one coupon per family. Valid only at St. Francis County Market. COUPON



Cash transactions only, must pay inside store. Expires 9/6/11. Not good with other offers. Limit one per visit. Valid only at St. Francis County Market.





Per Gallon All Grades of Gas



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The Courier - August 2011  

Monthly Publication of Independent School District 15, St. Francis, Minnesota