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ISD 15’s Transportation Department: putting safety first Katrinna Dodge

Staff Writer

Along with teachers, chalkboards and apples, the image of a yellow school bus is a symbol of public schools. A nostalgic memory in photo albums is of a smiling student with an oversized backpack getting on a school bus for the first day of school. For Independent School District 15 (ISD 15), retaining this tradition is about route efficiency, having personable drivers and keeping students safe with stellar transportation service. According to a Minnesota Department of Education 2015-16 pupil transportation study, ISD 15’s Transportation Department is one of 117 elementary and secondary public school districts out of 328 that has a district-owned bus fleet. “Our goal is to take care of the kids,” stated Dean Krause, transportation supervisor. “Unlike contract

buses, our goal is to monetarily break even, which allows us to take better care of our students.” Meeting the needs of ISD 15 students and their families in a district 25 miles wide and 15 miles deep requires a great team. The Transportation Department has 60 drivers, 10 paraprofessionals, five office professionals and three mechanics. The mechanics complete regular maintenance on vehicles and fix submitted repair write-ups from drivers. The drivers manage their own buses and vans and conduct pre-trip safety checks. To become a school bus driver, an individual has to have a Department of Transportation (DOT) license with four permits: Class B, school bus, passenger and air brake. Bus drivers are aided by paraprofessionals, who assist special needs students while riding and getting on and off the bus. Paraprofessionals, bus drivers and mechanics are supported

by office staff consisting of two route specialists, one special education specialist, one office professional and one supervisor. The special education specialist helps schedule trips and drivers for special needs students ensuring bus accessibility and a comfortable atmosphere for students. The office professional handles payroll, billing, trip assignments and bus video archives. The transportation supervisor manages everyone, ensuring staff is on time and providing the tools they need to complete their job. The two route specialists assure bus stops are correct, improve routes and act as a driver direct supervisor. “We work really hard at making the routes efficient,” commented Krause. The transportation staff works closely with schools and other departments to ensure students are safe and at the correct buildings. This includes shuttling students between buildings. “Safety of students

The St. Francis High School Marching Saints performed their final march of the season at the Isanti Rodeo Days parade on July 8. See article on page 3.  Photo submitted by Chad Armbruster, SFHS Band Teacher

is important to us,” stressed Krause. “We have emergency safety drills and provide on-site training for K-5 students on how to ride and evacuate the bus and cross the road safely.” At the beginning of each school year, the Transportation Department has a presence at open houses to answer questions from parents about bus safety and routes. Part of Transportation’s safety initiative is to have bus drivers know each of their student’s names and ask how their day is going. Last year, saw the switch over from diesel to propane fueled buses. Propane buses heat-up faster in the winter and provides cleaner air for passengers and drivers. For the 2017-18 school year, the

Transportation Department will be rolling out the Here Comes the Bus® app. Here Comes the Bus® app is available for smartphones and computers and will provide maps, alerts and real time GPS. More information will be available in the coming weeks. “Bus drivers are the first person students see in the day,” smiled Krause. “The morning bus ride can set the tone for their day. Our goal is to keep them safe and provide good bus rides.” Krause, who will be retiring August 1, first started working for ISD 15 in college as a bus driver and had a goal to be transportation supervisor. “I really love my job, but I’m ready for a change.”

ISD 15 School Board moves forward with bond referendum Katrinna Dodge

Staff Writer

The school board held a special session on July 19 to determine whether or not to move forward with a bond referendum in November. Prior to this meeting, the school board and administration of Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) circulated a survey on the district website and social media pages, attended local events, held a community forum and dialogue session to gather community input. The school board decided to move forward with one question to be voted on in November. The question focuses on enhancing learning environments, increasing academic opportunities, addressing critical physical building needs, elimination of portables and improving safety, security and accessibility. The predicted tax impact of a $200,000 home is approximately an additional

$1.74 annually, based on current tax rates. ISD 15 is putting together a community outreach plan concerning the bond and the tax impacts on residents of ISD 15. Residents in Bethel, East Bethel, Oak Grove, St. Francis and portions of Andover, Nowthen, Isanti, Athens Township, Stanford Township, Linwood Township and Spencerbrook Township are the focus of the community outreach between now and November. Please email your questions to or call Lisa Rahn at 763-753-7048.

Inside Schools in Action.......................2 School Board Highlights.........11 Community & Business..........13 Community Education............22 Sports & Outdoors...................25 Meetings, Events & Benefits...28 Life..............................................29

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Schools in Action Superintendent’s Bulletin Troy Ferguson ISD 15 Superintendent

Hello everyone, I hope this communication finds you and your family well and rested. It is hard to believe that the beginning of the 2017-18 school year is just around the corner. The time between the last day of the 2016-17 school year through July 4 flew by. The big news over the last few months was the school district’s unsuccessful bond effort in May. As I have written about in past issues, we continue to face the poor conditions of our buildings and facilities. The results of the May election results do not deter the need of improving our facilities. Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) staff, students and community members are still optimistic for the future and continue to be dedicated to our district! After the failed bond in May the ISD 15 School Board, administration

question remain relatively tax neutral and they succeeded. The estimated tax impact on a $200,000 valued home is approximately an additional $1.74 annually, based on current tax rates. A successful bond referendum in November will allow ISD 15 to address the current state of our buildings and grounds. Major components of the proposed improvements include: ■ Improvements to address deferred maintenance and physical facility needs within existing district facilities, including replacing aging infrastructure and interior finishes ■ Renovations, additions and site improvements at the high school, middle school, elementary schools, Lifelong Learning Center and other existing facilities. Also, to eliminate portable classrooms, accommodate programmatic and curricular goals with Friday, September 8 twenty-first century 8:00-11:00 p.m. Youth Block Party – Gaga ball, learning concepts and

and staff sought the public’s opinion on possible future bond questions. By holding a public forum, a dialogue with the public session, a survey through the district website and reaching out to friends, neighbors and community member feedback acknowledged the state of our facilities. There is public support for a great number of points listed in the bond that failed in May. Utilizing this information, the School Board went back to work with district administration and our consultant firm, ICS, Inc., to frame possible bond questions for November. On July 19, after much deliberation with open and honest conversation our School Board voted to run a bond levy to our voters on November 7, 2017, with one question on the ballot. It was important to the School Board that the

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Transportation Department to implement new tracking app Jeremy Bolles

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This fall the Independent School District 15 Transportation Department will implement a product from Synovia called Here Comes The Bus. It is an app for computers and smartphones that not only shows parents the scheduled times for the bus arrival, it also shows their student’s current bus location and alerts the parent when the bus is close to their house. This app has been used with success in other districts and not only reduces parent and student frustration, it also reduces calls being made to the Transportation office. Look for more information about this program in upcoming issues of The Courier and on the district website at

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reorganize emerging programs, such as special education ■ Improve on-site traffic flow and pedestrian safety ■ Improvement of districtwide safety and security, including the creation of secure entries for all ISD 15 students, staff and community members Personally for me one of the most refreshing elements of this process is my complete confidence that the School Board has gone to great lengths to listen to our public and take their feedback to heart, as they made the decision to move forward with a bond referendum effort on November 7. The next step for the School Board is to approve the formal election resolution at the August 14 regular school board meeting. The next three months will be used to inform the public of the new plan details. I wish you all a wonderful rest of your summer. I’m looking forward to seeing our students and staff back in school in September!

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Marching Saints finish successful season in first place at Isanti Parade Chad Armbruster

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The 2017 St. Francis High School (SFHS) Marching Saints completed their summer parade marching season in Isanti, where the group finished in first place among competing bands. The group traveled and performed throughout the state of Minnesota, representing SFHS at a total of 12 parades throughout the months of June and July. The Tri-State Judges Association evaluates marching bands at certain events and the Marching Saints enjoyed another successful season earning awards all along the way. Their 2017 program, Aggressivo, featured a combination of aggressive tempos, color guard choreography, percussion and accompanying brass and woodwind melodies. The program proved to be challenging, effective and entertaining to the thousands of spectators that observed the

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ensemble at each parade. The group of 70 total performing students was led by seniors Adam Danylyszyn, Carl Jenson, Zach Mayer, Dilan Miemietz, Elizabeth Stromquist, Connor Swafford, Gabe Tronson, Joey VanRossum and Drum Major Mackenzie Goedel.

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St. Francis High School choir program welcomes new choir director Along with his teaching experience, Telschow brings professional choir experience. He was hired with the Katrinna Dodge VocalEssence Ensemble Singers as a baritone in the Staff Writer 32-voice professional choir after graduating from St. Olaf College before retiring in 2015. Telschow St. Francis High School (SFHS) welcomes Josiah toured with the World Choral Symposium to South Telschow as the new choir director for the 2017-18 Korea and China, tours of Norway, England and school year. Telschow hails from Madison, Wisconsin, where his passion for music began. He graduated from Eastern Europe. He was also part of a concert with Rufus Wainwright, composer of Hallelujah, singing St. Olaf College with a bachelor’s degree in music for former President George W. Bush at the White program, music education before starting at Indian Mounds Elementary School, Bloomington, in 2008. In House for the National Day of Prayer. He performed at Carnegie Hall, National American Choral Directors the summer of 2008, he started working at Kennedy Association convention in Los Angeles and with The High School, Bloomington, where Telschow directed Rolling Stones at TCF Stadium. He will take past seven choirs, plays and musicals, coached poleexperiences and apply them toward the future of the vaulting, produced the school-wide talent show and SFHS choir program. taught theatre classes and piano lab. Telschow commented on how he connects with “To me, performing is all about storytelling,” said Independent School District 15’s mission statement. Telschow. “I look forward to diving into our up coming shows and competition sets to see how we can “I am thrilled to teach in a place where vocal music tell our stories and see how much fun the students can is held to the highest standard, where students are motivated toward excellent singing and where the have performing.” community is so supportive,” he stated. “Singing in choir is so much more than learning how to sing or being able to read Your Real Estate Expert a score. It is also learning how to function in Home & Land Sales since 1995! in a team and using your strengths to make the group better. I believe to my core that Char Provost

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Open House schedule for District 15 schools Cedar Creek Community School Wednesday, August 30 5:00-6:30 p.m. • Open House & BBQ East Bethel Community School Thursday, August 31 5:00-6:30 p.m. • Open House 5:00-6:00 p.m. • BBQ St. Francis Elementary School (both campuses) Tuesday, August 29 • 5:00-6:30 p.m. Crossroads School & Vocational Center Wednesday, August 30 • 4:00-7:30 p.m. Saints Academy/ Saints Online (CSVC) Tuesday, August 29 • 4:00-8:00 p.m. Transition 15 (CSVC) Wednesday, August 30 • 4:00-7:30 p.m. St. Francis High School Monday, August 28 • 3:30-7:30 p.m. St. Francis Middle School Monday, August 28 • 4:00-8:00 p.m. Lifelong Learning Center Tuesday, September 5 First day of Adult Basic Education Thursday, September 7 Peek at Preschool

Century Club promotes activity for a fifth year Jamie Studnicka

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Physical activity levels in students have been linked to better health, achievement and increased self-esteem. Kindergarten through fifth grade students at East Bethel Community School (EBCS) are encouraged and rewarded to play outside of school through the EBCS Physical Education Century Club. Minnesota State Physical Education Standard #3 expresses that a physically literate student participates regularly in physical activity. The Center for Disease Control and the American Heart Association recommend 60 minutes of vigorous activity for kids. Each month EBCS teachers collaborate on a monthly newsletter that shares what’s going on in specials. On the back of each newsletter is a Century Club Calendar. Students can earn up to two points per day for being active outside of school. One point can be earned for a light activity such as walking, household chores or a family bike ride. Two points can be earned for

Homeschool, nonpublic school update Ann Johnson

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Information regarding registration for the 2017-18 school year for homeschool/nonpublic schools is posted on the Independent School District 15 website:; Parents > Parent Resources > Tell Me About…>Homeschool Information. Information packets will also be available at the ISD 15 Central Services Center. Contact Ann Johnson at 763753-7044 to pick up a packet. Registrations, immunization forms

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News from District 15 Health Services Sonni Sellner

Special Services Program Supervisor

The ISD 15 Health Services Department is excited to welcome students and staff back to school for the 2017-18 school year. Health Services staff are looking forward to a healthy school year and will be working hard to promote student health and safety so that health concerns do not become obstacles to learning. Please continue reading for information that will help answer the most common

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questions about school health services. District Health Services Staff There are several health positions in ISD 15. Each school has access to a licensed school nurse (LSN). In addition, each health office is staffed with either a health education assistant (HEA), a health office licensed practical nurse (LPN) or a registered nurse (RN). Cedar Creek Community School: Carol Wilson, LSN; Mary Beth Franz, HEA East Bethel Community School: Carol Wilson, LSN; Jennifer McDonough, HEA Lifelong Learning Center: Lillian Levine, LSN; Katie Duray, HEA St. Francis Elementary School: Lillian Levine, LSN; Teresa Cadwell, HEA St. Francis Middle School: Colleen Flaten, LSN; Sheryl Achman HEA St. Francis High School: Holly Coy, LSN; Open position, HEA Saints Academy, Saints Online, Transition 15, Crossroads School & Vocational Center: Colleen Flaten, LSN; Kayla Hansen, LPN Emergency Cards Emergency cards will be sent home at the beginning of the school year. Please fill out the form, sign and return it 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 that are listed on the student’s emergency card. If there is a change of address or phone number during the school year, please contact the health office so we can make that change. Immunizations The Minnesota State Immunization Law requires students attending school to be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases or show proof of exemption. This means students in all grades need to have documentation of required vaccines or exemption on file. To enter kindergarten, students need to show proof of having (or being exempted from) five DTap (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), four polio, two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), the Hepatitis B series, and two varicella (chicken pox) vaccines. Students entering grade 7 are required to show evidence of having (or being exempted from) a second MMR, a

Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), the Hepatitis B series, two varicella and the meningococcal vaccine. All vaccinations or exemptions need to be completed prior to the first day of school. Class schedules for those entering seventh-grade will be held until the needed immunization dates or exemption information is received. Please call the LSN at your student’s school with any questions. Physicals The Minnesota State High School League requires 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 levels. In the growth and development of the adolescent, it is important that regular preventive healthcare 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 your student’s life. Athletic physical exam forms can be obtained in the health office at your child’s school or found online at www. > St. Francis High School > Athletics. If you have questions, please contact the health office at your student’s school. Illnesses It can be difficult to decide when your child should stay home due to illness. ISD 15 Health Services staff has developed guidelines that can guide your decision making. ■ If your child has a temperature over 100 degrees, he/she needs to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school ■ If your child has vomited or had diarrhea, he/she needs to stay at home for 24 hours after the last episode ■ If your child has had a throat culture to rule out a strep infection, he/she 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 healthcare provider prior to having your 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 healthcare provider and parent/guardian permission are necessary to give medications at school. This includes both prescription and over-thecounter medications. Please remember, when you are at your clinic, get a note from your healthcare provider stating that medication needs to be given at school. If you forget to obtain the written order, the clinic can fax the permission to the school your child attends. Medication must be in the prescription bottle or original container when brought to school. Parents are required to bring the medication to school unless an alternate plan has been developed with the school nurse. Many medications are a controlled substance and we need to make sure that all of the medications arrive safely at school. 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 healthcare 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 selfcarry must be completed annually by the prescribing healthcare professional and parent/guardian and returned to the school nurse. Severe Allergies Students with lifethreatening 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). Diabetes Federal law gives students with diabetes the right to receive the care they need to be safe and participate in school activities just like any other child. Our health services


staff works hard to provide monitoring of blood glucose levels, administer insulin and glucagon and provide diabetes care during field trips, extracurricular events and all school-sponsored activities. In addition, we work with families to make appropriate individualized health plans for the students. Per federal law, capable students are permitted to self-manage their diabetes anytime, anywhere. Section 504 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights statute that assures individuals will not be discriminated against based on disabilities and medical diagnoses, including many of those described above. This law protects a student with an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. In addition, students on 504 plans generally have accommodations so they can access learning at the same rate as peers. A student must qualify for a 504 plan through a school based evaluation process. If you are interested in learning more about 504 plans or feel your child may be a candidate for a 504 evaluation, please contact your school 504 coordinator: Lifelong Learning Center: Lillian Levine Cedar Creek Community School: Kara Lofgren East Bethel Community School: Katherine Arnold St. Francis Elementary: Lillian Levine St. Francis Middle School: Brenda Langseth Perrault St. Francis High School: Tammy Sworsky Saints Academy, Saints Online: Erica Campbell Transition 15, Crossroads School & Vocational Center: Sarah Perry Additional Information The health services webpage can be found on the district website under the ‘departments’ tab. Additional information about the above topics as well as important health forms can be found here. If you have any health related questions at any time throughout the school year, please contact your school’s health office. If you need to contact someone about your child’s health during the summer to prepare for the upcoming school year, please contact Sonni Sellner, Supervisor of Special Services at 763-753-7013

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Transportation services and policies • 2017-18 school year Independent School District 15 Transportation Department

How safe is the bus? In Independent School District 15, we pride ourselves on having a safe, top-ofthe-line fleet of buses driven by superior drivers. When you put your child on our buses, this is what you can expect: ■ Buses are 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. ■ Buses are equipped with state-of-theart video surveillance. In Minnesota, only school officials are authorized to watch in-bus video. ■ Buses are equipped with newly installed GPS units to track the location of the bus for student safety. ■ Our buses have LED lights in the stop sign and in the back of the bus for better visibility. Each of our drivers, including substitute drivers, has the following qualifications: ■ 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 ■ Has his/her driver’s license checked through the Department of Vehicle Services at least twice a year ■ Has a two-way mobile device with direct connection for immediate contact with dispatch

Yearly reminders 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 on the district website at transportation. If there is ever a change in your child’s transportation, please contact the Transportation Department 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 will use elementary bus stops. 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 are to be measured from the end of the student’s driveway where such driveway meets the publicly maintained road.

School bus and school bus stop rules The school district school bus safety rules are to be posted on every bus. If these rules are broken, the school district’s discipline procedures are to be followed (see Policy 406). Consequences are progressive and may include suspension of bus privileges. It is the school bus driver’s responsibility to report unacceptable behavior to the school district’s Transportation Office/ School Office. Rules at the bus stop ■ Get to your bus stop five minutes before your scheduled pick-up time. The school bus driver will not wait for late students. ■ Respect the property of others while waiting at your bus stop ■ Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself ■ Use appropriate language. ■ Stay away from the street, road or highway when waiting for the bus. Wait until the bus stops before approaching the bus. ■ After getting off the bus, move away from the bus ■ If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you. Wait for the driver to signal to you before crossing the street. ■ No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay ■ No use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs Rules on the bus ■ Immediately follow the directions of the driver ■ Sit in your seat facing forward. ■ Talk quietly and use appropriate language ■ Keep all parts of your body inside the bus ■ Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself ■ No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay ■ Do not throw any object ■ No eating, drinking or possession or use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs ■ Do not bring any weapon/look-alike or dangerous objects on the school bus ■ Do not damage the school bus Drivers are to enforce the provisions of the school bus and bus stop rules as appropriate. Students may be released from the bus at only two points: the designated bus stop or at school, except in case of an emergency or as otherwise authorized. Bus rules and discipline 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 Infractions include: abuse, verbal, includes profanity; alcohol or chemicals, possession; ammunition, possession; arson; failure to follow driver’s direction; fighting; firearm or lookalike firearm; harassment, including obscene gestures; interference with safe operation of the bus; not remaining seated; spraying of cologne/ perfume/ hair spray; tampering with emergency and safety equipment; theft or knowingly possessing stolen property; throwing/shooting of objects and tobacco/tobacco products, e-cigarettes. 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 privileges. Items not allowed on a bus: any potentially dangerous item; skis, skateboards, roller blades, etc.; helium-filled balloons/large objects that take up ⅓ 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; fire or smoke producing items are prohibited (state rule); weapons/look-a likes of any kind are prohibited (state rule); gas cans are prohibited (state rule) and animals, dead or alive, are prohibited (state rule). Inclement weather When a decision is made to close school, all district personnel and households with students are notified with a phone call, email and/or text message. Please make sure that all contact information is current and upto-date in Infinite Campus. The district website is updated immediately after the decision has been made to close school. Sources of information about school closing are: ■ District website at

■ Local television stations— Channels 4, 5, 9 and 11 ■ ISD 15 Facebook page 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 Student 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 fill out a Student Transportation Form and call the Transportation Department at 763-753-7080 if there is a change in address, phone number, head of household or name. This will help keep records up-to-date and allow proper bus assignment. Forms can be found on the school district’s website at 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. No driver is to make changes in the pick-up or drop-off schedule for his or her route without prior authorization. No stops are to be added, deleted or moved without approval. No driver may deviate from the established route without prior permission except as required by an emergency or temporary road conditions.

Very important 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. PLC Late Start Days If students ride the school bus on the PLC late start days, buses will run 90 minutes later than scheduled. Call the ISD 15 Transportation Department for details at 763-753-7080. See page 3 for PLC late start dates. 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 at 763-753-7080. Transportation staff is looking forward to serving you.

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2017-18 Educational Benefits including school meals Independent School District 15 Nutrition Services

Independent School District 15 schools provide healthy meals each day. Regular-priced meals are listed below. Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. To apply, complete the enclosed Application for Educational Benefits following the instructions. A new application must be submitted each year. At public schools, your application also helps the school qualify for education funds and discounts.

Regular Priced Meals Breakfast Prices $1.35 Elementary $1.45 Secondary Lunch Prices $2.20 Elementary $2.40 Secondary A ½ pint of milk is included with a meal. Extra milk is 50¢ per ½ pint. State funds help to pay for reducedprice school meals, so all students who are approved for either free or reducedprice school meals will receive school meals at no charge. State funds also help to pay for breakfasts for kindergarten students, so all participating kindergarten students receive breakfasts at no charge. Return your completed Application for Educational Benefits to: ISD 15 Nutrition Services 23306 Cree Street NW, Suite 103 St. Francis, MN 55070 Who can get free school meals? Children in households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and foster, homeless, migrant and runaway children can get free school meals without reporting household income. Or children can get free school meals if their household income is within the maximum income shown for their household size on the instructions. I get WIC or Medical Assistance. Can my children get free school meals? Children in households participating in WIC or Medical Assistance may be eligible for free school meals. Please fill out an application. Who should I include as household members? Include yourself and all other people living in the household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends). 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 free or reduced-price school meals. 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 overtime only sometimes. For seasonal work, write in the total annual income. Will the information I give be checked? Yes, and we may also ask you to send

written proof. How will the information be kept? Information you provide on the form, and your child’s approval for school meal benefits, will be protected as private data. For more information see the back page of the Application for Educational Benefits. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes. Please complete an application at any time if your income goes down,

your household size goes up, or you start getting SNAP, MFIP or FDPIR benefits. Please provide the information requested about children’s racial identity and ethnicity, which helps to make sure we are fully serving our community. This information is not required for approval of school meal benefits. If you have other questions or need assistance completing the application, call 763-753-7015.

Instructions for Completing the

APPLICATION for EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS Complete the Application for Educational Benefits form for school year 2017-18 if any of the following applies to your household: } Any household member currently participates in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). —OR— } The household includes one or more foster children (a welfare agency or court has legal responsibility for the child). —OR— } The total income of household members is within the guidelines shown at right (gross earnings before deductions, not take-home pay). Do not include as income: foster care payments, federal Step 1: Children List all infants and children in the household, their birthdate and, if applicable, their grade and school. Attach an additional page if needed to list all children. Fill in the circle if a child is in foster care (a welfare agency or court has legal responsibility for the child). Please provide the requested information on ethnicity and race for each child. This information is not required and does not affect approval for school meal benefits. The information helps to make sure we are meeting civil rights requirements and fully serving our community. Step 2: Case Number If any household member currently participates in the Special Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), write in your case number, check which program you participate in, and then go to Step 4. If you do not participate in any of these programs, leave Step 2 blank and continue on to Step 3. WIC and Medical Assistance

education benefits, MFIP payments, or value of assistance received from SNAP, WIC, or FDPIR. Military: Do not include combat

Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Add for each additional person

$ Per Year 22,311 30,044 37,777 45,510 53,243 60,976 68,709 76,442 7,733

pay or assistance from the Military Privatized Housing Initiative. The income guidelines are effective from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

Maximum Total Income $ Per $ Twice $ Per Month Per Month 2 Weeks $ Per Week 1,860 930 859 430 2,504 1,252 1,156 578 3,149 1,575 1,453 727 3,793 1,897 1,751 876 4,437 2,219 2,048 1,024 5,082 2,541 2,346 1,173 5,726 2,863 2,643 1,322 6,371 3,186 2,941 1,471 645

(M.A.) programs do not qualify for this purpose. Step 3: Adults / Incomes / Last 4 Digits of Social Security Number } List all adults living in the household (everyone not listed in Step 1) whether related or not, such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends. Include any adult who is temporarily away from home, like a student away at college. Attach another page if necessary. } List gross incomes before deductions, not take-home pay. Do not list an hourly wage rate. For adults with no income to report, enter a ‘0’ or leave the section blank. This is your certification (promise) that there is no income to report for these adults. For seasonal work, write in the total annual income. } For each income, fill in a circle to show how often the income is received: each week, every other week, twice per month, or monthly. } For farm or self-employment income only, list the net income




per year or month after business expenses. A loss from farm or selfemployment must be listed as 0 income and does not reduce other income. } Last four digits of Social Security number – The adult household member signing the application must provide the last four digits of their Social Security number or check the box if they do not have a Social Security number. } Regular incomes to children – If any children in the household have regular income, such as SSI or part-time jobs, list the total amount of regular incomes received by all children. Do not include occasional earnings like babysitting or lawn mowing. Step 4: Signature and Contact Information An adult household member must sign the form. If you do not want your information to be shared with Minnesota Health Care Programs, check the “Don’t share” box in Step 4.


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ISD 15 Nutrition Services 23306 Cree St. NW, Ste. 103 St. Francis, MN 55070 Phone 763-753-7015 Fax 763-753-7709

Application for Educational Benefits – School Year 2017-18 School Meals • State and Federally Funded Programs

Step 1 List all infants, children and students through grade 12 in the household, even if they are not related. If more space is needed, attach another sheet.



Pacific Islander


African American

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Step 2 Do any Household Members currently participate in any of these programs – SNAP, MFIP or FDPIR? (Medical Assistance and WIC do not qualify.) If No > Go to STEP 3. If Yes > Write in the CASE NUMBER here____________________ and check the program: c SNAP c MFIP c FDPIR. Then go to STEP 4.

Step 3 A. List All Adult Household Members including yourself and report all incomes. (Skip STEP 3 if you answered “yes” to STEP 2 or if all participants are foster children.) Public Assistance, Child Support, Alimony

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For the purpose of school meal benefits, the members of your household are “Anyone who is living with you and shares income and expenses, even if not related.” List the full name of each household member not listed in Step 1 and their income(s) in whole dollars. If a person has no income, write in 0 or leave the section blank. This is your certification (promise) of no income to report. Include any college students temporarily away from home.

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B. Do any of the children listed in Step 1 receive regular incomes such as SSI or wages? C. Last four digits of signer’s Social Security Number (SSN) or no SSN (required): TOTAL incomes to children, if any:






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OR c I don’t have a Social Security Number

Step 4 I certify (promise) that all information on this application is true and correct and all household members and incomes are reported. I understand that this information is given in connection with receipt of federal and state funds and that school officials may verify (check) the information. I understand that if I purposely give false information, my children may lose benefits and I may be prosecuted under applicable federal and state laws. The information I provide may be shared with Minnesota Health Care Programs as allowed by state law, unless I have checked this box: c Do not share my information with Minnesota Health Care Programs. Signature of Adult Household Member (required)___________________________________________ Print Name___________________________________ Date__________________ Address______________________________________ City____________________________ Zip_____________ Home Phone__________________ Work Phone__________________ Office Use Only Total Household Size: _______ Total Income: $____________ per ________ Approved: c Case Number–Free c Foster–Free c Income–Free c Income – Reduced-Price Denied: c Incomplete c Income Too High Signature or Determining Official:____________________________________ Date:_________________ Is this form required? This form must be completed to apply for free or reduced-price school meals, unless: (1) Your school provides free school meals to all students without applications from households (Community Eligibility Provision, Provision 2 or Provision 3) or (2) You were notified that your children have been directly certified for school meal benefits based on foster care status or participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). Privacy Act Statement / How Information Is Used The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give this information, but if you do not we cannot approve your child for free or reduced-price school meals. You must include the last four digits of the Social Security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the Social Security number are not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child, or you provide an MFIP, SNAP or FDPIR assistance number, or you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a Social Security number. Only authorized officials will have access to the information that you provide on this form. We will use your information to determine if your child qualifies for free school meals, and for administration and enforcement of the school meal programs. We may share your information with other education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund or determine benefits for their programs, with auditors for program reviews, and with law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules. We require written consent from you before sharing information for other purposes. Please provide the requested information about children’s race and ethnic identity. This information is not required and does not affect approval for program benefits. We use the percentages of participants in each racial/ethnic category to check that our program is operated in a nondiscriminatory manner in compliance with federal civil rights laws At public school districts, each student’s school meal status also is recorded on a

statewide computer system used to report student data to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) as required by state law. MDE 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. Information provided on this form may be shared with Minnesota Health Care Programs, unless the person completing this form has checked the box in Step 4 to not share information for that purpose. Nondiscrimination Statement In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed discrimination complaint form or letter to USDA by: (1) Mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or (2) Fax to (202) 690-7442 or (3) Email to This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Nutrition Services meals program The Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) School Board has resolved to continue the lunch/breakfast meals program for the 2017-18 school year. The ISD 15 Child Nutrition Program includes the following provisions: Participation in the Free and Reduced Lunch/Breakfast Programs is guaranteed by the United States Department of Agriculture. All district families are encouraged to complete the Application for Educational Benefits (page 9) to learn their eligibility status for compensatory funding purposes in ISD 15. Please return the application to: ISD 15 Nutrition Services 23306 Cree Street NW, Suite 103 St. Francis, MN 55070 – or – to student’s school c/o Nutrition Services. Free lunch and breakfast will be provided for those who qualify. Students who qualify for reduced price school meals will receive free breakfast and lunch.

Nutrition Education Nutrition Services supports the Wellness Committee Initiatives by providing healthy school meals and snacks to students of ISD 15. Offer Versus Serve Students of all grade levels must take a minimum of three of the five offered food groups when buying a lunch and three of four offered food groups when buying a breakfast. United States Department of Agriculture regulations require students to take ½ cup fruit or vegetable at lunch for the meal to be complete. Monthly menus are posted on the district website at www. Milk All meals in ISD 15 are served a choice of one percent white, chocolate skim or white skim milk. ISD 15 will furnish lactose-reduced milk upon request in writing from a parent. Extra milk is 50¢. Kindergarten snack milk is unflavored one percent or skim. À la Carte Sales Healthy à la carte choices are made available to students at St. Francis High School and St. Francis Middle Schools

(grades 6-12). Some examples of items offered are: noncarbonated beverages, bottled water, flavored milk, baked chips, string cheese, beef jerky, granola bars, crackers, yogurt, low fat ice cream, fruit and vegetable juices. Extra portions of menued items are also for sale. À la carte offerings meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School standards. It is very important that parents establish guidelines for the amount of à la carte items students may purchase in their accounts. Note: The elementary schools (grades K-5) offer milk, juice, bottled water and an extra portion of entrée only! Pin Numbers A PIN number will be assigned to new incoming students and staff. Keep this number confidential! The owner of the account is the only person who may use the account. Lunch/Breakfast Prices Students and staff may purchase meals by the day or for the entire school year. Your building cashier will be happy to answer questions and help you decide the best method of payment for your student.


Meal Accounts Student meal accounts are prepaid accounts that must maintain a positive balance. Absolutely no negative balances will be allowed when purchasing extras or à la carte on student meal accounts! Students may deposit funds into their accounts in the morning after arriving to school. Sending cash with students is discouraged and at your own risk. Please send checks or use Visa, MasterCard or Discover, electronic check or debit card to purchase meals. Visit the district website at www., select Nutrition Services under Departments then Meal Payment Options or directly at or There is a transaction fee to use either service. Please allow one to two school days for your payment to update the account balance at the school. A convenience fee will be charged when using online payments. Sending cash with your student is discouraged by ISD 15. Special note for St. Francis High School and St. Francis Middle 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. Grades Grades K-5 6-12



Lunch (First Lunch) Full Pay $2.20 $2.40 $3.60 Reduced 0 0 N/A Free (No charge) 0 0 N/A Second Lunch $3.60 $3.60 $3.60 Breakfast (First Breakfast) Full Pay $1.35 $1.45 $1.90 Reduced (No charge) 0 0 N/A Free (No charge) 0 0 N/A Second Breakfast $1.90 $1.90 $1.90 New This Year! Kindergarten Breakfast is FREE Milk 50¢ 50¢ 50¢ Kindergarten Snack Milk: No charge for milk Kindergarten Snack Item: 50¢



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School Board Highlights School Board Highlights Katrinna Dodge

Staff writer

June 26, 2017 All members present. Elementary and Secondary Mathematics Curriculum Update The school board voted down implementing Math Expressions and College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) as the mathematics curriculum. On June 12, Nichole Rens, director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Megan Schmidt, mathematics teacher at St. Francis High School presented on adopting Math Expressions for elementary level and CPM for secondary level (grades 6-12) starting for the 201718 school year. School board

School Board Meeting Schedule School board meetings are held in the Community Room at Central Services Center, located at 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. Monday, August 14 & 28 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 11 & 25 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 9 & 23 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Live streaming and video archives of school board meetings are available at

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members inquired about additions to school supply lists, cost of transportation and training. The proposed mathematics curriculum failed by a vote of 6 to 1. In favor was Director Sean Sullivan. November Bond Referendum Discussion The school board discussed the timeline, proposed questions and community engagement plan in consideration of moving forward for a bond referendum in November. Before their discussion, the school board listened to concerns during consideration of visitors. Pat Overum presented on the tax impact and details of the three proposed questions. Below were the proposed questions and anticipated tax impact: Question One would address enhancing learning environments, increasing academic opportunities, addressing critical physical building needs, elimination of portables and improving safety, security and accessibility. Overum stated that the predicted tax impact if Question One is passed would be considered tax neutral with no net increase. Question Two would provide more operating funds for technology needs. The predicted tax impact would be approximately $25 annually for a home valued at $150,000 and $36.13 per year for a home valued at $200,000. Question Three would include a high school gym addition and additional stadium renovations including handicap accessible restrooms, synthetic turf, concessions, and track and drainage improvements. The predicted tax impact would be approximately $35 annually for a home valued at $150,000 and $46.34 per year for a home valued at $200,000.

The school board decided topostpone their decision on whether or not to move forward with the bond. School board members and Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) administration decided to progress with a community engagement plan to gather public opinion on the three proposed questions. ISD 15 and the school board hosted a community forum on July 10, a dialogue session on July 17, attended local community events, and circulated a survey via telecommunications and social media before their decision at the July 19 special session. The school board had until July 20 to submit bond plan to Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and until July 27 to submit a formal language resolution.

School Board Highlights Katrinna Dodge

Staff writer

Special Session July 19, 2017 All members present. The School Board of Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) met on July 19 to vote on which questions to include in November. The board resolved to proceed with one question on the ballot. The bond focuses on enhancing learning environments, increasing academic opportunities, addressing critical physical building needs, elimination of portables and improving safety, security and accessibility. The predicted tax impact of a $200,000 home is approximately an additional $1.74, based on current tax rates. The bond question was approved 5-2. Opposed were Director Jill Anderson and Director Rob Schoenrock.

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Multicultural trip to New York City enlightening and entertaining Carline Sargent

ISD 15 American Indian & Multicultural Coordinator

Independent School District 15’s (ISD 15) students, staff and community members participated in a worldly New York City (NYC) trip through ISD 15 Multicultural program. They started at 5:00 a.m., June 8, at Hubert Humphrey Airport with great anticipation and excitement for a six-day trip. Fifty-one people consisting of all ages (six years-old through senior citizens), walks of life and travel experience took advantage of this great opportunity. This was an awesome group to travel with and together experienced NYC’s diverse population, world-class museums, outstanding theaters, unique shops, incredible restaurants and iconic sights, which included: Empire State Building, New York City TV/Movie Tour, Time Square, Central Park, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Broadway Show Wicked, walked the Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Chinatown, Little Italy, Radio City Hall, NBC Today Show, Battery Park, Statue of Liberty/Liberty Island, Ellis Island, Chelsea Market, Dinner/ Harbor Cruise and experiencing NYC subways. This trip was organized by Carline Sargent, American Indian & Multicultural coordinator and offered through the ISD 15 Multicultural program. Culture immersion trips allow travelers the opportunity to see and learn more about the world we live in. A ten-day trip to Ireland is currently being planned for June 2018. More details about the Ireland trip and registration information will be in the Fall Community Education catalog and The Courier.

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Student Updates The Financial Aid Office at Valley City State University, Valley City, North Dakota is pleased to announce that Ellen Anderson has been awarded the Audber James and Gaylon Audber Hansen Memorial Scholarship by the Science Department for the 2017-2018 academic year. Ellen is a junior and is pursuing a major in Fisheries and Wildlife. She is from Oak Grove. Nicholas Malvin, junior majoring in Accounting, from Cedar has been named on the Spring Honors List for the 2016-2017 academic year at Concordia University Wisconsin. To be eligible

for the honor, students must achieve a minimum 3.50 GPA. Haylie McClung, daughter of Scott and Lisa McClung of East Bethel, was named on the dean’s list for the 2017 spring semester at the College of Saint Benedict (CSB). McClung is a junior individualized major at CSB. Deb and Phil Morem are pleased to announce the 2017 graduation of Amanda Morem-Anderson from medical school. Amanda is a 2008 graduate of St. Francis High School. She graduated from the college of St. Scholastica, Duluth, then as a doctor of osteopathic medicine

from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. Anderson will be an Emergency Room Intern at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Congratulations to Miranda Rossback from Wyoming for receiving a bachelor of science in elementary education from the College of Education and Human Sciences on May 20 at the University of WisconsinEau Claire. Cayman Salitros, son of Chris and Julie Salitros of Andover, has earned the distinction of being named to the dean’s list for the 2017 spring semester at Saint John’s University (SJU). Salitros is a senior global business leadership major at SJU.

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School bus drivers wanted Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) is in need of school bus riders/drivers for the 201718 school year. Part-time and full-time shifts are available for mornings, afternoons or both. Complete the online application at A valid Class B drivers license required; if applicant does not have Class B license, the Transportation Department will provide PAID training. A 6-hour day qualifies driver for full-time benefits. Call Transportation at 763-753-7080 for more information. ISD 15 is an equal opportunity employer.

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Integrated Pest Management — annual notification A Minnesota State law went into effect in the year 2000 that requires schools to inform school employees and parents if they apply certain pesticides on school property. Specifically, this law requires schools that apply these pesticides to maintain an estimated schedule of pesticide applications and make this schedule available to employees and parents of Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) concerning indoor air quality. ISD 15’s pesticide application schedule is as follows (school is not in session): Education Minnesota days in midOctober, winter break and spring break. State law requires that

employees and parents be told that the long-term health effects on children from the application of such pesticides or the class of chemicals to which they belong may not be fully understood. Asbestos — annual notification of availability of the management plan and related activities Independent School District 15 has on file a complete and updated management plan for dealing with building materials containing asbestos within the school district’s buildings. The management plan is available for viewing by interested parties, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.3:00 p.m., at the Maintenance Administration Building, 23397 Rum River Boulevard in St. Francis. Plans are also kept in the principal’s office at respective school sites. Copies will be made available for

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reproduction at a nominal cost. The following have asbestos materials located in the building: East Bethel Community School, Lifelong Learning Center, Sandhill Center, St. Francis Elementary School, St. Francis Middle School, St. Francis High School and the Transportation Building. Crossroads School & Vocational Center, Cedar Creek Community School and Central Services Center were designed by the architect to not allow the use of building materials containing asbestos in the construction. As required by federal law, the condition of asbestos in our schools is surveyed every six months as part of an ongoing operation and maintenance program. The asbestos is reinspected every three years by certified staff. The Institute for Environmental Assessment completed an inspection in February 2017. Lead in drinking water — annual notification Independent School District 15 (ISD 15), St. Francis has historically conducted and continues to conduct lead in drinking water testing per the Minnesota Department of Health’s “Reducing Lead in Drinking Water: A Technical Guidance for Minnesota’s School and Childcare Facilities” recommendations. Lead in drinking water program information or results are available to the public. If you have any questions or concerns, please address them to Chris Wirz, maintenance supervisor, at 763-213-1881 or

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Community & Business Anoka County News Anoka County Communications

$14.1 million in state funds for Hanson Boulevard safety project Anoka County secured $14.1 million in funding for the railroad grade separation project on Hanson Boulevard in Coon Rapids during the 2017 legislative session. The project will reconstruct a section of Hanson Boulevard to provide a highway overpass over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railway. Two additional bridges are a part of this project, including a street connection for 108 Lane/ Avenue north of the railroad and a pedestrian and bike trail south of the railroad. The total project cost is $25.2 million. Hanson Boulevard is an important north-south route through Anoka County and the city of Coon Rapids. More than 12,500 vehicles per day use the roadway, including a Metro Transit bus route and medical and fire emergency responders. On average, about 80 trains per day currently use the rail line. BNSF has plans to add a third line in the future to accommodate growing freight and commuter rail traffic. “This is one of the busiest at-grade rail crossings in the state,” said Anoka County Commissioner Scott Schulte. “Separating rail and vehicle traffic will improve safety and mobility for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists as well as boost response time for emergency services.” This is a high priority project for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Anoka County and the city of Coon Rapids. Preliminary design work has been completed and construction is scheduled to begin late in 2017 with

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Coming this fall: MN Writes MN Reads Local authors are an important part of our community and too often they are underappreciated and underutilized. Beginning this fall, Anoka County Library will help connect local authors with local readers through an exciting new service called MN Writes MN Reads. The new service will allow the library to put a new spin on traditional e-books. Local authors will be able to design and export their own e-book using Pressbooks, then upload it to a statewide collection using SELF-e. Finally, using Biblioboard, readers will be able browse these books and check them out to enjoy on their e-reader, mobile device or PC. Go to anokacountylibrary. org for more information about MN Writes MN Reads. In addition to new digital tools for local authors, the library is also physically connecting authors and readers. The library’s second annual Local Author Fair takes

place at the Rum River Library on Saturday, September 30, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. “Come to the fair to meet local authors, discuss their works, and purchase books directly from them,” said Anoka County Commissioner Mike Gamache, who is the county board’s library board liaison. “This free event is a great opportunity to connect the community’s passion for good books with the authors who provide the passion and talent right here in Anoka County.”

A new play space for everyone The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund has awarded Anoka County a $50,000 grant to install a rubberized surface and special playground equipment at George Enloe Park in Anoka to make it more accessible for children with disabilities. The grant is part of the 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, a year-long effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding grants to 52 communities to improve the

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Real ID deadline January 2018 Minnesotans will be able to get REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards in 2018 under a new state law passed this year. The new law requires that licenses compliant with the federal REAL ID Act be issued beginning October 1, 2018.

Minnesotans can continue to use their current driver’s license as a form of identification to board domestic flights until January 22, 2018. REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses or IDs won’t be available until next year, so there is nothing for card holders to do at this time. And there is no need to get a new license unless it’s time to renew an expiring license. If your driver’s license expires before October 2018, individuals will renew it in same way they do today. Minnesota is requesting an extension from the federal government that would allow current licenses to be used for all federal purposes while steps are taken to provide REAL ID compliant licenses to Minnesotans.

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City of East Bethel News

Steven Voss Mayor, City of East Bethel

Getting involved The old adage is if you have a complaint, it’s best to have an idea of how to fix it. Taking that a step further, if you have an idea how to change something that doesn’t seem quite right, then get involved in making that change. This is how citizens become involved with governance of their communities whether it is a citizen’s advisory committee or an elected position. The common thread for all of the volunteer committees, city council and the mayor is the desire to contribute to the community and their belief that all opinions matter. If you have an interest in your community governance, attend a meeting or two. We often have openings on our Parks, Roads and Planning Commissions and consider new appointments annually. The only qualifications are that you are an East Bethel citizen and have a desire to better our community. The time commitment is minimal, but your input is valuable to the commissions and the city council, who considers and ultimately acts upon the commission’s recommendations. City Budget One of the primary jobs for the city council is to establish and approve the annual budget and levy each year. This process begins in the spring with the discussion of goals and objectives by the city council, preparation of a preliminary budget by the city staff to meet these goals, and then refinement of the budget by the city council for the upcoming year. The preliminary budget and levy is set by city council in September and the final version approved by the city council in December, following a public hearing. It is important to note that the city council welcomes citizen input to the budget at any time. Once the preliminary budget is set in September, it can only be lowered, prior to certification of the final budget in December. Copies of the preliminary budget are available at city hall during normal business hours and anytime online on the city’s web site.


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Gravel or Not to Gravel The city maintains approximately 140 miles of streets within the city road system. Some folks might be surprised that we still have 16 miles of gravel roads. To many, these gravel roads represent the nostalgic rural feel of the city that we are trying to keep. To others, the gravel roads can be a headache at times, particularly in the spring after heavy rains and during extended dry spells. Maintenance of gravel roads is a challenge and are more costly to maintain than the paved roads. The city has enacted a revised paving policy for gravel roads, which is still dependent upon the request for the paving by those residents living on the road. A simple petition to the city will start the process and will include an initial estimate of the project costs, an estimate of the resident’s contribution and an estimate of the city’s contribution to the project. Should you have a desire to have your gravel road paved, please contact city hall for more information. If there are ever issues with a city road, such as potholes, excessive cracks or drainage, please do not hesitate to contact the Public Works Department at 763-367-7876 to report a problem.

Roads of the Future Speaking of roads, residents will begin seeing many changes in the near future, particularly in the southern portion of the city along Highway 65. We are currently constructing a new service road on the west side of Highway 65 that will connect the area behind the theater with Viking Boulevard (County Road 22) to the north. This road will provide a safer alternative to using Highway 65 for access and exit of this area and better traffic movement in the future. The city is also currently in the planning stages for new service roads on the east side of Highway 65 between Viking Boulevard and 181st Avenue to the south. A more substantial change that residents will start seeing next year in the construction of improvements to the Highway 65 intersections at Viking Boulevard, 187th Lane, and 181st Avenue along with three intersections to the south in Ham Lake. These intersection changes will provide greatly needed safety improvements while providing smoother access points to the commercial areas along the highway. On behalf of the East Bethel City Council, I wish you a wonderful and safe summer.

Anoka Technical College celebrates 50th anniversary Melissa Priebe

Anoka Technical College, Writer & Project Manager

Anoka Technical College marks its 50th anniversary in 2017, celebrating 50 years of excellence in career and technical education. Founded in 1967, Anoka Tech has become a fixture in the community, catering to those who work and live in Anoka and the surrounding areas. The college first opened as Anoka-Hennepin Technical Education Center, offering certificates, diplomas and degrees in five programs, including

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concrete technology, grain and feed, optical technology, auto mechanics and practical nursing. Undergoing many name changes over the years, the college has expanded to offer more than 35 degree programs. Anoka Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State system, and it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college serves more than 2,800 learners of all ages. In 2011, Anoka Tech was aligned with Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Together, the institutions serve more than 16,000 learners­—

as the largest community and technical entity in Minnesota. The 50th anniversary celebration, a public event, will be held on Thursday, October 5, 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Anoka Technical College. The event will include a special presentation, guest speakers, activities and opportunities to tour the campus, as well as light refreshments. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information, check out the 50th anniversary blog at https:// or visit

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City of Andover News

Julie Trude Mayor, City of Andover

I love sharing the news about all the great things that are happening in Andover! As you drive around, you will see many new homes under construction, especially in the eastern area of the city. (Maps of available lots are posted at city hall and Sixty new homes have been built this year. A luxury senior apartment building will soon open north of Oak View Middle School. Increasing population, plus the success of the few restaurants we have, such as Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Willy McCoy’s, Acapulco and Pappy’s Café, has drawn more interest. A few franchises are scouring locations near the hub of activity on Bunker. The all new Shops @ Andover strip mall, located at the southwest corner of Hanson and Bunker Lake Boulevard, is bursting with activity. Located in the Shops

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are: Dunkin’ Donuts, AT&T, Natural Nails and Joy Kitchen. Joy Kitchen offers sushi and Asian cuisine for eat-in or takeout and offers wine and beer. Nearby, in the shopping area known as Andover Station, the Andover Theatre has been updated to add comfortable heated leather recliners. Adult beverages will be on their menu later this year. During our recent Andover Family Fun Fest, we promoted the city’s four nature preserves with photos and maps of walking paths. It was fun to talk about these special sites, each about 40 acres in size, where anyone can enjoy nature. Three of the sites have mowed walking paths and can easily be located by viewing maps on the Andover website (look for Open Spaces under the Community tab). The most easily accessible site is North Woods Preserve. The wellmarked parking lot is located about a quarter mile north of 161 Avenue NW, on the east side of Hanson. A kiosk at the entrance provides maps. Maple View Preserve is accessed directly from Maple View Park, the newest city park. Located on the north side of 167 Avenue, east of Hanson, you will find a beautiful stand of maples near the entrance with meadows, wetlands and woods to the north. Martin’s Meadows, in the northwest area of the city, east of the Seventh Avenue corridor provides many trail loops, a bluff with views and access to the Rum River. The most rugged preserve is Dalske’s

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Woodlands in the northeast corner of the city, accessed from 181 Avenue NW in Oak Grove, for the true adventurer who requires no mowed paths. Andover’s YMCA Community Center is always

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Fresh on the Farm

Sharon Johnson Minnesota Fresh Farm

Why buy local? This is the time of the year when you can enjoy a whole array of locally grown fruits and vegetables. You’ll find local produce at farmers markets and farm stands. Local produce is not shipped across the country, which means farmers can leave the tomatoes on the vine or berries on the plant, until the very peak of ripeness. This assures you of the best tasting fruits and vegetables. A shorter interval between harvest and your dinner table also reduces the loss of nutrients in the food. Better tasting and more nutritious food may be reason enough to buy local, but did you know that when you buy direct from the farmer you double the economic impact of your purchase? A 2016 study from University of California-Davis found that for every dollar of sales, direct farm marketers generate twice as much economic activity within the region as compared to producers who are not involved in direct marketing. The biggest impact is because these farms generally hire local labor and buy more local goods and services. The benefits of buying local do not stop at picking

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store or restaurant keeps dollars in your community. Independent local businesses often support local services themselves. They hire architects, designers, cabinet shops, sign makers and contractors for construction. Neighborhood farms utilize local accountants, insurance brokers, computer consultants, attorneys and advertising agencies to help in running their business. Local retailers and distributors often carry a higher percentage of locally-produced goods than chains, meaning more jobs for local producers. According to Civic Economics, a research firm that analyzes retail trends, 48 percent of dollars spent at independent retail businesses are recycled right back into the local economy. Small businesses are a critical component and contributor to the strength of local economies. They present employment opportunities and have served as the genesis of the nation’s largest corporations. They provide a sense of community as shoppers are recognized, usually by name by the business owner, as soon as the customer walks through the door. Why buy local? The benefits go way beyond the enjoyment you receive from that tasty tomato.

New designs announced for Anoka County Library cards Maggie Snow

Anoka County Library

Anoka County Library is pleased to present new artwork for library cards designed by local professional and student artists. Pick up a new card at all Anoka County Library locations or by applying online at Current library cardholders can replace their existing cards for free now through Sunday, September 10. “Like a good story, works of art are transformative. Adding artwork to our library cards is another way of sparking ideas and conversations,” said Maggie Snow, director, Anoka County Library. “We’re delighted that our library cards are now a pocketsized canvas for local artists to share their Local artists have their artwork displayed on creativity with the new Anoka County Library cards. community.”  Submitted photo

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City of St. Francis Comprehensive Plan Survey, input to shape the future

Anoka Technical College machine trades program offers three new certificates

Kim Thurnstrom

To better serve students and meet industry needs, the Anoka Technical College Machine Trades program has been revamped to include three new Machine Technology certificates and an evening class option. The evening class will allow students to work during the day and attend college later in the day. Each of the three 16-credit certificates are progressively designed to prepare individuals for entry-level to mid-level positions. After completing each certificate, graduates can choose to enter the industry’s workforce with strong skills and/or build toward a diploma or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. Program graduates will be skilled in the areas of blueprint reading, GD&T, statistical process control, lean manufacturing, math, inspection and the correct sequence of operation required. “A lot of our students work, both in the machine trades industry and outside of it,

City of St. Francis

Ever wonder what role you have in shaping the city you live in? Every 10 years St. Francis is required to complete a Comprehensive Plan and submit it to the State. Every resident has the ability to provide input into one of the largest planning documents completed to assist in the development of the Comprehensive Plan. This plan guides city growth, redevelopment, infrastructure and the overall progress of the future of the city. We depend on the input from residents to identify what we are doing well, what we could do better and what you would like to see in the future. The survey questions for the 2040 Comprehensive Plan are asking you about the quality of life, importance of public facilities, amenities in our parks and housing choices. The City of St. Francis is asking that you complete the survey available on our website at to voice your opinion in shaping the city.

Night at the Museum Fundraising dinner series Anoka County Historical Society

August 28, 5:30 p.m. Get a close up look at the art of Jon Arfstrom and the unique opportunity Anoka County Historical Society (ACHS) has to preserve his work, digitize his diaries, create a book, and publish an online exhibit. Want to own a print for yourself? Dinner guests will receive a special discount. Sponsored by QCTV. September 20 and October 11 Anoka Halloween goodies are collected all over the world. Talk Halloween and get an up-close look at ACHS’s exclusive collection of Anoka Halloween memorabilia on these special, spooky evenings. September 27 and October 18 It’s a who-done-it night! Become detectives, interrogate suspects or try to get away with murder at ACHS’s inaugural murder mystery dinners. Character sheets will be given prior to dinners and special awards presented throughout the night to celebrate excellence in investigation, evasion or creativity. For more information on these events and ACHS, visit achs@ or call 763-421-0600. ACHS is located at 2135 N 3rd Avenue in Anoka.

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and they need the option to attend classes in the evenings,” said Machine Trades faculty instructor, Matthew Rogers. “There is also a strong need for skilled employees in the industry. So offering these cumulative certificates will allow graduates to start working once they complete their first certificate in just


one semester, and then they advance in their careers as they complete the other certificates. Students can continue on to complete a diploma or a degree as well.” For more information about the Machine Trades programs at Anoka Technical College, visit

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Business Spotlight

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Welcome to Northland Screw Products, Inc. Located on Stark Drive in St. Francis is a manufacturing company that has been passed down between the generations. The smell of lubricating oil hangs in the air the moment you enter. Employees walk around with smiles on their faces and earbuds or ear plugs while operating the shop machines. Northland

Screw Products, Inc. prides themselves on creating quality manufacturing products and a supportive work environment. Northland Screw was founded in 1977 by Dan Martinson with a $10 check that was un-cashable. He purchased three machines and started his first order with his first customer. Northland


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Screw still makes the exact same part 40 years later. Being in the custom manufacturing trade is generational. Dan Martinson learned about the screw machine trade from his father-in-law, Lester Cass, before branching out and starting Northland Screw. He passed on his knowledge to his sons, Rob and James, when they started working on the assembly line in their teens. Over the years Northland Screw has grown to support 80 customers in various industries, including hydraulic, marine and recreational sporting goods. Northland employs 40 individuals to produce between 600,000 and 700,000 individual pieces on average per month nationwide. This relies on a team of professionals knowledgeable on how to operate the various machines and make the products to the customer’s blueprint

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specifications. These machines create intricate parts from steel that require precision. James Martinson, co-owner, stated

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that Northland Screw is “where old world craftsmanship meets today’s technology.” “Many people think we make screws here,” smiled Rob Martinson, co-owner. “We do, just not the type an everyday person uses.” Both Martinson brothers highlighted that the screw in Northland Screw is for the screw machines that create different parts in items the layman uses, such as boat motors and archery arrows. Northland supports the surrounding community besides employment. They offer scholarship opportunities for St. Francis High School students pursuing postsecondary opportunities in technology, machining and engineering. In the 201617 school year, two students were each awarded a $2,500 Northland Screw scholarship for their postsecondary pursuits. The Martinson brothers indicated they are excited to see more applicants for the upcoming scholarship year. Besides support for local education, Northland Screw annually has the Pioneer Days parade start in their parking lot. The company’s continued support of the community reflects their exceptionalism at maintaining their customer base and their worker rapport. “We are committed to being a part of St. Francis,” stated James Martinson. “We are a family business that plans to stay here.”

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Anoka County Parks and Recreation Programs and Activities Andy Soltvedt

Anoka County Visitor Services Manager

Check out Anoka County Parks and Recreation for fun seasonal programs and activities. To register or for more information, call 763-324-3350 or visit Howl with the Wolves Enjoy an evening adventure as we play wolf games and tell stories by the bonfire. Preregistration is required. July 28, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Cost: $3/child (3 years and up) + tax; $5/adult + tax All Ages Friday Evening Paddle Join us for a leisurely Friday evening paddle on a beautiful George Watch Lake. A staff person will help set up equipment, assist with instruction and lead the group. Families welcome, age four and up recommended. No paddling experience necessary. Preregistration required. July 28 or August 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Cost: $5/person + tax (includes canoe/kayak rental) Canoe and Kayak by the Light of the Moon The Rice Creek Chain of Lakes is a beautiful setting to paddle under the light of a full moon. Space and boats are limited. Pre-registration is required. August 7, 7:00-10:00 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Cost: $15/person + tax (includes canoe/kayak rental) Ages 15+ Stand Up Paddle Boarding Easy, fun and great workout. Class sizes are small and the instruction is short, so most of your time will be on the water. Pre-registration is required. August 9, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Centerville Beach, Centerville Cost: $20/person + tax Ages 15+ Yoga Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP YOGA) No prior experience needed. Class space is limited and pre-registration is required. Continued On Page 21


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Engines, engines, engines As with many things in life, it seems things come in clusters. We recently have done a number of major repairs on vehicles. A pattern that has emerged is vehicles are lasting much longer and the cost of a new or used vehicle is substantial. We have had a number of mid-2000 vehicles needing engines, transmissions, major drive components and complete brake system repairs, including running new brake lines due to rusted parts, all thanks to Minnesota salt in the winter. In the past I may have questioned whether it was worth fixing or replacing, but after looking at new and used car prices, it is much better financially to just fix up the existing vehicle. These vehicles are most often paid for and the driver knows what has been done in the past as well as the general condition of the vehicle. In many cases it is an easy decision to make the repair. Other reasons to hang onto your vehicle are reduced annual license tabs, less expensive insurance and of course, no payment. The rule I usually ask, “Could you take the money for the repair (even if it is thousands of dollars) and replace the vehicle with a similar one?” The answer generally is no. Of course there are cases when it is time to pull the plug and we do recommend that as well when we see it. Nowadays we are replacing engines on 10 to 15-year-old vehicles with 130,000-170,000 miles on them. They still are very nice vehicles and one can expect three to five years of additional use from them. We are now in the midst of installing a remanufactured engine in a 1999 pickup. It is not cheap, but the owner told me he has been looking around and to replace that truck, he would need to spend over $15,000 to get something comparable with less miles. He decided to invest in what he has. He had replaced the transmission about 50,000 miles ago and it had good tires, brakes and the body is clean. He is money ahead. I bought a very nice sedan for my wife. It had about 100,000 miles on it and was seven years old. We got a fair deal on it. Shortly after we got it, the

transmission failed. The seller had no idea that this major item would fail and neither did we. We went back to them and worked out an arrangement where we split the cost. We then had a great vehicle with a new transmission. Yes it was unexpected and was not cheap, but it was a used car and all in all, we still paid way, way less than purchasing a new vehicle. The vehicle now has close to 200,000 miles on it and it is still a great car. We have taken a couple of pretty long road trips with it out West. I consistently make sure all the maintenance is up to par. We use synthetic oil and change it every 6,000 miles. I can’t tell you it will last forever because it won’t, but for now we are very happy to drive it any place we need to go. I am tempted periodically by the zero percent interest offered by many manufacture’s, but I still conclude, “I can’t afford the savings.” New cars are nice. We see them come in every day and they are beautiful. Perhaps I am just one of those people that does not need a new car because I see vehicles as transportation and not much more. Each person is different. I know some folks may need to drive a new vehicle for business purposes. I was talking to a guy the other day, that has a friend that drove a new Tesla, valued around $100,000. He said he drove it for status. He has a big time job and feels he needs to drive a certain car. I also have read stories of wealthy people, like Warren Buffet, that drive cars 10 years old. They certainly can afford it, but it is not high on their priority list. What really bothers me is when I see someone buy a brand new car and I know they cannot afford it. This only puts them farther in the hole financially. This column is supposed to be about auto repair and not a financial advice column, but I guess it is all related. Another good tip is if you do need to buy a used vehicle, please have it inspected before you buy it. We do comprehensive inspections regularly. Sometimes we find that the vehicle is in great shape. Sometimes we find that the car is a disaster. In some cases, it is too late because the customer has already purchased it. I hate when that happens.

Free dollars into sense class Julie Blomquist

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The University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County, will present a free Dollars into Sense class on Thursdays September 14, 6:00-7:30 pm, October 12, 10:00-11:30 a.m. and November 9, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Anoka County Human Services Center, 1201 89th Avenue in Blaine. Class will cover tracking expenses, putting together a spending plan, goal setting, credit and where to get additional help/resources. To register, call University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County, at 763-324-3495 at least three days prior to the class.

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Financial Focus

Blake Cheeley Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Don’t let your investments take a vacation It’s summer again—time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won’t want your investments to do the same—in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long? Here are a few suggestions: Avoid owning too many low growth investments. As you know, different investments have different characteristics and can help you in different ways. For example, you typically own stocks because you want them to grow in value so that you can eventually sell them for a profit. Other investments, such as certificates of deposit (CDs), provide you with a regular source of income and stability of principal—two valuable contributions to your portfolio. However, investments like CDs don’t offer much in the way of growth. So if you own too many of them, you might be slowing your progress toward your important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. You can maximize the productivity of your portfolio by owning a variety of investments—domestic stocks, international stocks, corporate bonds, U.S. Treasury securities, CDs and more. How much of each investment should you own? The answer depends on

a variety of factors, including your age, income, risk tolerance, family situation and specific objectives. Over time, your ideal investment mix may change, but you’ll likely need at least some growth potential at every stage of your life. Don’t let your portfolio go unsupervised. Your investment portfolio can be subject to drift if left alone for extended time periods. In fact, without your making any moves at all, your portfolio can move in directions that may not be favorable to you. Suppose you think your holdings should be made up of 70 percent stocks, but due to strong gains, your stocks now make up 80 percent of your portfolio. This development could lead to a risk level that feels uncomfortably high to you. That’s why you should review your portfolio at least once a year, possibly with the help of a financial professional, to check your progress and make adjustments as needed. Don’t stop at the nearest resting place. Some people hope that if they can get that one winner, they will triumph in the investment arena. But the ability to get rich quick is much more of a myth than a reality. True investment success typically

requires patience, persistence and the resilience to continue investing even during market downturns. In other words, investing is a long-term endeavor and you need a portfolio that reflects this reality. The investment moves you make today may pay off for you decades from now. You need to establish your goals and keep them constantly in mind as you invest. You will never really reach the end of your investment journey, because you will need to make choices and manage your portfolio throughout your retirement years. Hopefully, you will enjoy a pleasant vacation sometime this summer. But your investment portfolio shouldn’t take time off. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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Anoka County Parks Instructed by Thia Casanova with Comfort Yoga. August 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Centerville Beach, Centerville Cost: $20/person + tax Ages 15+ Diversity of Life Mini BioBlitz Join us at our first ever adult summer camp. Try out some of most popular summer camp activities, like kayaking and catching bugs, while learning about the diversity of life that surrounds us. August 14, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Cost: $30/person + tax Ages 18+ Rice Creek Paddling Adventure We will be paddling seven miles of the most scenic and wild sections of the creek. Bring your own boar or rent one from us. Space and boats are limited. Pre-registration is required. August 14, Noon-4:00 p.m. Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve, Centerville Cost: $20/person + tax (includes shuttle); Boat rental fee is $20/boat + tax Ages 15+ Introduction to Kayaking Learn the basics behind this fun and easy way to get out on the water. Space is limited, so sign-up early. Pre-registration is

required. August 15, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Centerville Beach, Centerville Cost: $25/person + tax Ages 15+ Kayaking – The Next Level! This class is designed for the kayaker with some previous paddling experience. Bring your own boat or we will provide one. Pre-registration is required. August 15, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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Community Education Join us for the 2017-18 Lunch Bunch season Lisa Rahn

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Enjoy top entertainment by popular local artists at the monthly Lunch Bunch shows. Make sure to register early, most shows will sell out! Lunch Bunch is located at Sandhill Center in Bethel. Doors open: 10:30 a.m. Lunch served: 11:00 a.m. Showtime: 11:30 am12:45 p.m. Cost: $20

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award-winning songwriter, entertainer, who has been busy in and around Minnesota for many years. As well as Mesa, Arizona. Featured regularly on RFD-TV, she also moderates a weekly radio show dedicated to songwriters. Joe Chock is a gifted pedal steel player and will join Senger. Chock also excels at playing the dobro, lead guitar, as well as singing energetic rock-a-billy songs. When these two great friends put their talent on the same stage, you will not be disappointed. Expect a tour through the greats of the Opry and an original or two from this award-winning songwriter. Betty Rydell Tuesday, October 10 Course: LB172

At center stage, the everpopular, multi-talented entertainer, Miss Betty Rydell! Rydell enjoys most performing before a live audience, singing a variety of songs and playing many musical instruments. Rydell’s wonderful personality will make you smile and fill your time with laughter and joy. She strives to do more than just sing songs in the audience, her goal is to entertain! Todd Anderson - Exploring American Cowboy Songs!

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and Western songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Todd will give historical introductions and perform memorable songs made famous by Marty Robbins, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Tennessee Ernie Ford along with many more American anthems about our beautiful homeland. CODA Holiday Program Tuesday, December 12 Course: LB174

CODA, the saxophone/ keyboard duo of Scott Dorff on soprano, alto and tenor saxophones and Malcolm Anderson on piano and keyboard is back by popular demand; this time to bring the Lunch Bunch their own special smooth jazz twist version of both traditional and modern Holiday tunes. Often referred to as the small band with a big band sound, CODA’s primary purpose is to bring peace, joy and love to all who come to listen. Their music has touched the lives of thousands of people and they continue to compose and arrange music weekly, striving to provide a high quality performance which is both pleasurable and entertaining for their audiences. They have also released five very fine recordings. So, come relax and enjoy the magical holiday sounds of CODA.




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Steven Marking presents Our Mighty Mississippi - Part Two Tuesday, January 9 Course: LB175

We could hardly wait to invite Steven Marking back to Sandhill after he wowed last year’s Lunch Bunch with his show, Our Mighty Mississippi— Part One. Through a journey of song, storytelling and visual imagery celebrating America’s greatest rivers, Marking is a modern day Mark Twain with a gorgeous voice and a touch of Ken Burns and Garrison Keillor. This acclaimed baritone singer presents a sensory feast of song, stories, film and photos capturing life on the Mississippi River and surrounding waters. You’ll gain a new appreciation of the River and the songs it has inspired as you see his presentation and listen to Ol’ Man River, Moon River, Up a Lazy River and other river-themed music. Rockin’ Woody

Tuesday, February 13 Course: LB176

A man of many talents, Tom Strohmyer, known professionally as Woody, has been entertaining audiences from age one to one hundred since 1983 playing guitar, keyboards, saxophone, trumpet, flute and singing, both in various bands and as a solo performer. A Lunch Bunch favorite, Woody is a one-man variety show, offering a variety of music delivered in a variety of ways, both instrumentally and vocally. Did we mention he is also a juggler and a magician who can shoot the bull while keeping five balls aloft simultaneously? Lunch Bunch Show to be announced!

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Hot Topic: Easing fears about school Jenny Dupre

Early Childhood Family Education

For both children and parents, the start of school means new worries and some fears. These fears range from, “I will miss my Mommy/Daddy,” to, “What if someone picks on me?” Here are some tips that may help your child cope with the fears school may bring. I will miss you, Mommy/Daddy Many young children are fretful as the first day of school approaches, simply because they are afraid to leave the security of their own home, childcare or preschool. Leaving their family or familiar caregiver for the entire day can be overwhelming. As a parent, you may: ■ provide your child with a “lovey” to keep in their backpack ■ visit/tour the school and playground to become familiar ■ show your excitement for this new adventure ■ send a note or picture in their lunch or backpack for the first week I won’t know anyone or have any friends Making friends is something children will often worry about. This worry starts in kindergarten but usually continues each year through high school. Most children have to work hard at developing social skills in making friends. Parents can help by: ■ reminding their child of previous successes in making friends ■ asking “what do you like in your current friends?” then relating that to what they can look for in choosing a new friend ■ teaching your child they have control over the types of friends they make ■ encouraging your child to take an interest in what others are saying by asking questions, taking turns and sharing ■ listening to your child when they talk about friends from school; take note of the interactions they are describing and guide them into building strong friendships What will school be like? Where are the bathrooms? What if I get sick? Children often express some of these fears prior to the start of school. Visiting the school, classroom, nurse and playground, will assist the child in feeling capable and independent. However, remember that child’s perception of space and time is very different than an adults. To adults, the front door of the school might seem like it is just down the hall from the classroom. To a five-year-old but it may seem like miles. Listen to their concerns/ fears and help them cope as much as you can. What will I do if someone picks on me? If other children begin to tease, exclude or physically harm your child, it can begin to show in their behavior. Listen for reoccurring statements a child makes that diminish their own self-confidence. Take note in changing behavior: withdrawal from favorite things, becoming more quiet, feeling sick or not wanting to go to school. Tips for parents: ■ Appropriate interventions by parents are encouraged. ■ Support your child’s feelings by listening ■ Assist in problem-solving without stepping in to resolve the issue for them ■ Encourage assertive, non-aggressive responses such as “No!” “Stop!” “Don’t do that!” and looking the other child in the eye while making these statements. If none of these work, contact the teacher, social worker, counselor or principal to create a plan together. My first day! Make a BIG deal out of the first day. Take photos, make a special meal to celebrate the occasion or make a tradition for after school that can happen each year. Helpful hints for parents While your child is at school, do something for yourself that takes up your time. Don’t sweat it! Keeping busy will make the time go by faster and you will worry less about how their day is going. Expect your child to come home tired! Try to keep evening activities at a minimum the first day or week of school.

Why do we have a Community Education Advisory Council? Lisa Rahn

ISD 15 Director of Community Education

Have you ever wondered why we have a Community Education Advisory Council for Independent School District 15 (ISD 15), or what purpose it serves? The first reason for a community education advisory council is to bring together a balanced representation of ISD 15 so that well-planned community education programs will be offered, and to avoid duplication of programs within the district. These programs will utilize school district, community and private resources and facilities. The programs are for all ages and social and economic groups residing within the geographic boundaries of ISD 15. The second reason for the council is to provide a recommendation for the use of community service funds, with the school board and director of community education retaining final authority. The third reason is that state requires we have an advisory council if we have a community education program (MN Statute 124.19, Subd. 2). ISD 15 Community Education Advisory Council consists of members who represent the community and parents, various service organizations, churches, nonprofit agencies serving families and youth, staff, school board members and city representatives from local government. The council meets fives times per year, and this 2017-18 school year, the meeting dates are September 28, October 26, January 25, March 29 and May 24 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Central Services Center in the Community room. The upcoming goals set by the council for 2017-18 are: ■ Find out population trends/demographics of

our school district ■ Do community outreach and awareness to help promote community education while helping the community understand that school is not just kindergarten through grade 12, but birth to 100 with community education filling in the gaps Over the course of the next school year the council will decide how they will move forward to achieve these goals. The council welcomes all to attend and is seeking new members. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Lisa Rahn, Lisa.Rahn@, or 763-7537048. Did you know that community education offers a variety of programs during the summer? Programs include Adult Fitness Classes such as RIPPED, Results, Yoga and Zumba. Fall Performance Dance for grades 7-12 begins August 14, and Driver Education classes and behind the wheel lessons are also being offered for high school students. For elementary youth there is an upcoming Cupcakes for Kids class at St. Francis Elementary in August, and our school age child care, Kids Connection is running all summer! Youth recreation kept kids busy offering several summer camps including volleyball, soccer, football, basketball and tennis. At our Lifelong Learning Center there were several preschool camps, along with some Parent Child classes. All of our programs are also busy planning for the fall! Visit our website at www. and click on Community Education to see our current offerings. See you in one of our classes!


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

Looking for a preschool for your child! Registration for the 2017-18 Preschool Place 15 preschool year is going on now!

Classes are filling quickly! } Morning, afternoon and evening sessions available } One, two, three times per week Classes are also } Two-hour to two-andavailable for two-yeara-half-hour sessions olds and very young } Most classes are age three-year-olds specific Independent School District } Free or reduced 15 Early Childhood Family tuition and fees based Education is offering on family size and Preschool Place 15 at the income Lifelong Learning Center in The curriculum of Oak Grove. Preschool Place 15 focuses on social skills and early literacy development. Mathematical thinking, scientific thinking, social studies, the arts and physical development are also part of the curriculum. Environments are designed to enhance and expand children’s understanding of the world as they direct their own play. Teachers facilitate the child’s learning; they guide and encourage independent learning in each child.

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

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

What happens at weekly ECFE parent/child sessions? Time together: Parents and children explore a variety of activities planned by a licensed early childhood teacher. Time for play: Children practice and discover their own capabilities by experimenting with materials, playing with other children and trying out toys appropriate for their age. Time for parents: While the children are busy playing, you have an opportunity to meet with other parents and gain support. A licensed parent educator will lead the group and share information about parenting issues, child development and resources. Most baby and young toddler classes have discussion in the early childhood classroom; older classes separate to a nearby room when appropriate for the group.

Watch for the new Learn & Thrive brochure in your mailbox. It has information about ECFE parent/child classes for the 2017-18 school year!

Just 4 Kids is a childcare option for children who are 3 years of age by September 1, 2017 to kindergarten entrance. Children participate in various activities in a safe, well-supervised environment. Extended childcare options are available at: • Cedar Creek Community School, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Preschoolers who attend Just 4 Kids will be bused to the Lifelong Learning Center (LLC) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at no fee. • St. Francis Elementary School, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Preschoolers who attend Just 4 Kids will remain at St. Francis Elementary School. If preschoolers are attending Preschool Place 15, they will be bused to LLC at no cost. Customize your childcare arrangements! Before and after preschool, daily and weekly rates are available for Just 4 Kids. Call 763-213-1641 for more information.

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, call 763-753-7172 to reach Independent School District 15 Help Me Grow services. If your child is at least three years of age and not yet in kindergarten, ISD 15 Early Childhood Screening is the first step in confirming any concerns you have. Call for an appointment at 763-753-7187.

Early Childhood Screening Do you have a child who is three or four years old? Have they been through Early Childhood Screening? Early Childhood Screening should be completed 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 Safety not been screened.

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Sports & Outdoors St. Francis natives excel at USA National Championships Ewen moves on to world championships Kristi and Bruce Ewen


Maggie Ewen will represent the United States at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations World Track and Field Championships on August 5 in London, England. Ewen earned her place on the U.S. national team in the hammer throw three weeks ago when she set a new all-time collegiate record of 244 feet 7 inches while competing at the USA Senior Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California. She finished second to American record holder and Olympian Gwen Berry, who won the event with a throw of 245 feet 4 inches. Ewen is currently the sixth ranked hammer thrower in the world. Born and raised in St. Francis, Ewen graduated from St. Francis High School (SFHS) in 2013. She attends Arizona State University where she studies Health and Wellness. While attending SFHS, Ewen was a member of the National Honor Society, standout volleyball player, a four-time state champion in the discus throw and three-time state

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champion in the shot put. Also competing at the USA National Championships in the junior division (19 and under) was Amanda Anderson. Anderson was born and raised in St. Francis. She competed in the discus throw and finished in sixth place, an outstanding performance, throwing against college freshmen and high school standouts from across the country. Anderson, a two-time Minnesota state

St. Francis High School Football prepared for the 2017 season Brent Swaggert

SFHS Head Football Coach

The Fighting Saints had a busy and productive summer preparing for their season home opener on Friday, September 1, starting 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis High School (SFHS). The Fighting Saints are hosting a district crossover game against the Sauk Center Rapids-Rice Storm. The summer began with a four-day team camp held at SFHS that had over 80 participants. A few days later, 70 tenth through 12th-grade SFHS football players headed to Grand Forks, North Dakota, for a three-day team football camp hosted by the University of North Dakota. Along with early morning summer strength and conditioning, the football program hosted their third annual Sunday evening seven-on-seven passing league. Fourteen teams from around the north metro participated five Sundays in June and July. The Fighting Saints wrapped up their summer with a four-day team camp the last week of July, which included a youth camp where SFHS players worked with second through eighth-graders on football fundamentals, teamwork and staying active. Leading up to the September 1 season-opening kickoff, the Fighting Saints will host a four-team scrimmage on Saturday, August 26. Teams participating in this year’s pre-season scrimmage include Anoka, Irondale and Cambridge-Isanti. Come support your Fighting Saints on September 1 at SFHS!

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St. Francis High School 2017 summer strength and conditioning has record number turn out Brent Swaggert

SFHS Social Studies Teacher

Over 250 student-athletes participated in the summer strength and conditioning program at St. Francis High School. The program ran from June through July and consisted of a combination of strength training, speed development, core strength training, agility, plyometrics, flexibility and speed development. Each of the three

available sessions gave the participants an opportunity to individualize their workouts. The 6:00-8:00 a.m. session had a heavy emphasis on both power lifting and extra conditioning. The 7:30-9:00 a.m. session allowed athletes to choose individualized lifting programs and the 8:3010:00 a.m. session included over 90 St. Francis Middle School athletes—a record number of participants. Great job to all who made the commitment this summer!

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Luana Goltz and the entire Goltz family would like to thank everyone that came out to the Inaugural Scott Goltz Memorial Golf Tournament on July 17. There were 148 registered golfers. Special thank you to The Ponds for helping this event to be a success, Taho Sports for their continued support of local events, all the local residents and businesses, and St. Paul businesses that contributed to our silent auction, donated money or sponsored a hole. A fun time was had by all with all funds going to the Scott Goltz Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club August 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m. We will be discussing Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, a book credited with inspiring the modern environmental movement. Acorn Day in Oak Grove August 12, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Cedar Creek education staff will be at the annual Oak Grove Acorn Day to share information about water and the important role it plays in our landscape. Ferns, Wetlands and Other Curiosities August 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Learn about Cedar Creek’s wetlands fabulous display of ferns. Registration is required, email Caitlin ( $10 fee, adults only. Story Walk to Cedar Bog Lake August 19, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. August 23, 1:00-4:00 p.m. This our first Story Walk, in partnership with the Anoka County Library System, will feature the classic children’s book Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. No fee. An Intro to Climate Science for Minnesotans August 21 and 23, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Are you interested in learning more about the science behind climate change? Join atmospheric scientist Dr. Sam Potter for a special two-night class for deeper understanding. Registration is required, email Caitlin ( $30 fee, adults only. For more information about Cedar Creek events and programs visit

Rum River BMX riders qualified to race at 2017 World Championships Sean Wilson

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Rum River BMX, USA BMX and USA Cycling are pleased to announce that the following Rum River BMX riders have qualified to represent the United States: Alex Antil, Ashton Antil, Avery Chartrand, Bri Collison, Averi Conzemius, Cassidy Crotty, Trenton DuVall, Ella Fields, Bodie Fitzsimonds, Avery Fulton, Johnny Goth, Sophia Johnson, Sheila Kauppi, Joslynn LaRock, Reed Larson, Henry Leners, Logan Matteson, Cyrus Mattson, Jennifer Mettler, Bailey Morrison, Devin Nelson, Tyler Nelson, Jack Plummer, James Plummer, Taylor Riedemann, Kali Streeter and Nora Willmert. These 27 riders, along with 28 other Minnesota riders will join the team representing the United States in the 2017 Union Cycliste Internationale BMX World Championships held July 23-30 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. For the first time in 16 years, the World Championships will be held on American soil. Last held in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2001; the event in Rock Hill is forecast to be the largest BMX World Championship ever held. The United States, by hosting the event, is eligible for 32 athletes per age class. Other countries are eligible to send up to 16 athletes per age class.

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Rileigh Vojta, first ever SFHS sophomore to qualify for Girls Golf State Tournament Brent Swaggert

Preparing for St. Francis High School Fall Sports Heidi Antinozzi

SFHS Girls Golf Coach

On June 12 and 13, St. Francis High School sophomore Rileigh Vojta got a chance to compete with the best players in the state at the AAA State Golf Tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Club. Vojta finished 53 of 88 golfers over the two-day, 36-hole tournament. Vojta was able to settle down after the first round and shoot a school best 87 on July 13. Vojta played well, ending her third year as a varsity golfer for the Saints by playing consistently well throughout the season. For the first time in school history, Vojta was the overall medalist for the Mississippi 8 (M-8) Conference East Division with a conference average of 83 per round for the year. Qualifying alongside Vojta for All Conference was fellow sophomore Mae Grahek. Earning All Conference Honorable Mention were sophomore Paige Aldrich and eighth-grader Sam Rudnick. Congrats on a great season and with nearly all varsity golfers returning, a chance to compete for a M-8 Conference and Section 7AAA title in the spring of 2018! Rileigh Vojta hitting her tee shot on the Par 4 third hole at Grand National in Hinckley during Section 7AAA play on June 1. Vojta finished the second day event in third place with over 60 girls competing.  Submitted Photo On June 20, local riders attended Olympic Day race at Rum River BMX in Isanti, honoring the spirit of the Olympics and the 27 local riders competing for Team USA BMX at Rock Hill, South Carolina, in July. Olympic Day was free to the public and received a strong attendance from riders and their families. See the-courier. org for rider results.

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Meetings, Benefits & Events ISD 15 School Board


ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meetings: August 14 & 28 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. and September 11 & 25 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.

AA/NA Meeting at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in East Bethel. NA on Mondays at 7:00 p.m., AA on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., NA on Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

City & Township Meetings Andover City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., 1685 Crosstown Boulevard NW, Andover 763-755-5100 Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday, 7:00 p.m. 23820 Dewey Street, Bethel, 763-434-4366 Nowthen City Council Meets 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. 19800 Nowthen Boulevard NW, Nowthen 763-441-1347 East Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. 2241 221st Avenue NE, East Bethel 763-367-7840 Oak Grove City Council Meets 2nd & last Monday 7:00 p.m. 19900 Nightingale Street NW, Oak Grove 763-404-7000 St. Francis City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Monday, 6:00 p.m. ISD 15 Central Services Center, St. Francis 763-753-2630 Stanford Township Board Meets 1st Monday, 7:00 p.m. 5050 261st Avenue NW, Isanti, 763-444-6370

Area Chamber of Commerce St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Board meeting is August 16, 11:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street, St. Francis. Meetings are open to the public. Visit our website to find our more about the event or call 763-438-5163. North 65 Chamber of Commerce Have an evening of fun at the City of Isanti Street Dance, Saturday, August 12 on Main Street. Live music by Jonah and the Whales. For more information about the North 65 Chamber visit East Bethel Chamber of Commerce Visit for more information on chamber events and membership. Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting is August 16, 9:00 a.m. at 21st Century Bank, 17635 Central Avenue NE, Ham Lake. Visit www.hamlakechamber for location and more information.

AA Meets at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

American Legion American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 – St. Francis General membership meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234.


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American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234.

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


CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB Meets bimonthly, first and third Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., at Maxx’s Restaurant & Bar on Hwy. 65. Call Judy Ricke at 763-226-4893.

Edward Jones Coffee Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. at Bridge Street Coffee, 3122 Viking Blvd., Oak Grove.

Health & Fitness New East Bethel TOPS weight loss support group meeting. Meeting held at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1450 237th Avenue NE, East Bethel, Mondays at 5:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to their first meeting free of charge with no obligation. Tops Chapter MN #1774 Meets every Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Check out a meeting or visit Long Lake Lutheran Church Invites you to join us for GriefShare Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Free. We are located five miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47. For more information please contact Sharon Sudeith at 763-444-4483 or visit For general information on the GriefShare program, visit Alexandra House Free Workshops and Support Groups to help survivors cope with the confusion, anger, and fear often experienced after episodes of sexual assault and domestic violence. These workshops and groups enable survivors to share their experiences, express their feelings, and provide them with support to overcome their fears and feelings of isolation. Alexandra House is located in Blaine. For more information call 763-6561366 or visit

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

Seniors Oak Grove Seniors Meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Oak Grove City Hall at noon for a potluck and short business meeting. Bingo follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Marion Schulz at 763-444-5652. St. Francis Seniors Life is good when you can make new friends, get out and enjoy the multitude of activities that our community has to offer. We meet the first and third Thursday of each month at St. Francis City Hall Meeting Room, 23340 Cree Street NW, St. Francis. Social time and lunch begins at noon, with the meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. and games until 3:00 p.m. We play cards, bingo, scrabble, cribbage, go on trips, lunch outings, have picnics and stay active as we get older. Come and see what we are about. Call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. East Bethel Seniors Dances are held 1:00-4:00 p.m. Cost is $6, lunch included. The Friday, August 4 dance will have old time music played by Jim Armstrong. Entertainment for September 1 will be by Jerry Bierschbach. All are welcome to our Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, August 13, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee and choice of egg, 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Are you 55 or older? Come and enjoy some companionship. All are welcome. Seniors meet the third Thursday of each month for a business meeting and catered noon lunch, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; second Wednesday of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon with potluck at noon; fourth Wednesday is crafts only, 9:00 a.m.-noon. Cribbage once a month, call Barb for date/time at 763434-6179. We also go on tours, etc. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent, call Dennis at 763-434-9244. Join East Bethel Seniors for $10 a year and receive a monthly newsletter. The East Bethel Senior Center is located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel. Does your organization have a meeting or event to advertise? Contact The Courier office at 763-753-7031. We have a circulation of over 13,000.

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Life Becoming a Master Gardener, information night The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program in Anoka County (ACMG) is offering a free informational event on Thursday, August 24, 6:30-9:00 p.m. for persons interested in learning about and applying to the local Master Gardener program. Participants will learn about Extension mission and goals for the ACMG program, as well as how to apply to the program. Extension Master Gardeners are a group of eager volunteers who receive professional training in consumer horticulture

by extension educators and university faculty. There will be an opportunity to learn from other ACMGs about the array of activities volunteers can participate in and what they enjoy about being in the program. An educational seminar will also be taught by an industry professional. Seminars such as this one is a monthly activity for all ACMGs. Participants will become better informed to determine if the ACMG volunteer program will be a good fit for them. Attending this event does not guarantee acceptance into the program. There is no charge to attend but pre-registration is required. Please call 763-324-

3495 to register. All ACMG candidates should have an active interest in gardening, have a desire for increasing their horticulture knowledge and be able to pass on their love of gardening through various Master Gardener activities. To become certified, there is an application and interview process and required attendance at the Master Gardener core course consisting of 48 hours of online and/or classroom instruction. Instruction includes, but is not limited to, topics on trees and shrubs, entomology, fruits, flowers, lawns, vegetables and plant diseases. During the first year in the program, interns are

Author Nancy Carlson visits East Bethel Community School Jamie Studnicka

EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

At the end of the school year, author and illustrator Nancy Carlson visited East Bethel Community School (EBCS) . Carlson is a children’s book author who resides in Bloomington. The Golden Book series inspired Carlson as an illustrator and as a writer, she was influenced by The Secret Garden and The Borrowers. Many of her books focus on lessons that will help students better understand life situations. Her latest book, It’s OK to Ask!, is about children with disabilities. The book helps kids see past disabilities and create friendships. Carlson spoke to students at EBCS about ideas and imagination. She gave a presentation showing pictures from her over 65 books and even drew for the students using their suggestions. Fifth-grade students had an opportunity to draw with Carlson. She even took time to autograph her books for the students. EBCS staff would like to thank its parent/

teacher organization for supporting and funding this great event. Students were treated to a unique opportunity and were inspired to read.

required to complete 50 hours of volunteer service under the guidance of experienced ACMGs. Each year thereafter, volunteers must perform a minimum of 25 hours of fun and engaging service. Are you ready to dive in? All you need to do is contact the ACMG office, complete an application, be selected for an interview and submit and pass a background screening. If accepted, there is a fee of $320 (includes $290 for course materials the student retains

and a $30 background screening fee) for the core course which starts in January and is typically held on Fridays and Saturdays. The Anoka County Master Gardener program will offer a $50 rebate for all new volunteers accepted for the 2018 program which will then be remitted upon completion of the first-year internship. Specific information about the ACMG program and application materials are available at www.

Long Lake Lutheran Church Join us each Sunday for worship and fellowship 8:00 & 9:30 a.m. – Worship Service 7:17 p.m. – Wednesday Service 3921 277th Avenue NW, Isanti 763-444-5315 •

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Minnesota author and illustrator Nancy Carlson guides EBCS fifth-grade students with their drawings. Photo by Debbie Sundberg

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Kids and cords don’t mix Neighborhood Safety Network

Nearly one child a month dies after becoming entangled in a window-covering cord. Considered one of the top hidden dangers in the home, accessible window covering cords pose a deadly strangulation hazard to young children nationwide. Action leads to prevention. First, read below about the hazard and CPSC’s recommended safety tips. Then purchase and install cordless window coverings or window coverings with inaccessible

cords in homes and buildings where children live or visit. Finally, share this lifesaving information with others. The Hazard Scenario Strangulation deaths and life-altering injuries can occur wherever there is a window covering with an exposed cord. Children can wrap window covering operating cords around their necks or can become entangled in loops formed by cords, some of which are not clearly visible, but are accessible. Incidents have involved children up to nine years of age. Strangulation has occurred most often in children’s

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bedrooms and in living rooms, areas generally perceived by care givers as safe. Strangulation happens quickly and silently. How to Stay Safe At Home To prevent window covering cord strangulation: ■ Use cordless or inaccessible cord window coverings in homes where young children live or visit. Child safe window blinds and shades are available for sale today. ■ Examine all shades and blinds for accessible cords on the front, side and back. ■ Do not place cribs, beds and furniture close to the In support of

100% of the proceeds and donations collected at this event will go to Citizens Supporting Our Armed Forces. Last year, $2,680 was raised and over 500 donation items collected. This year’s goal is to raise $4,000 and collect over 700 donation items for CSOAF.

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A Walk in the Garden Educational Series Lynne Hagen

Anoka County Master Gardener Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota Extension

The University of Minnesota Extension - Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteer Program is sponsoring A Walk in the Garden educational series of gardening classes at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Andover. Classes are scheduled on Wednesday evenings in the Veteran’s Peace and Master Gardener Demonstration Garden south of the Activities Continued From Page 22

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winner of 2005 You Be The Judge contest at the Paramount Theater in Austin, performed at the Minnesota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, won the Mall of America Contest of Kings in 2007, The Ultimate Elvis contest at the Owens Theater in Branson Missouri in 2007 and 2008 finalist at The Elvis Explosion in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Gracenotes Trio Tuesday, May 8 Course: LB179

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Center, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ■ August 2: Revising Your Perennial Garden, Cheryl Seeman, Extension Master Gardener ■ August 9: Monarch Butterflies – History and Habitat, Kathy Johnson, Extension Master Gardener Space is limited so preregistration is required. Classes are free, but a suggested donation of five dollars per session is welcome. Please call 763-324-3495 to reserve your space. For more information a copy of the series brochure is available at www. to sing old favorites from the 1930s and 40s. In addition to their Andrews Sisters-Big Band style programs, they have added some great songs from the 50s and 60s that appeal to all ages. They bring nostalgia, smiles and joy to their audiences. Come and join in the fun! Reservation cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the show date will be refunded minus a $5 processing fee. Cancellations less than two weeks before the show date will not receive a refund, but you can notify us and send another adult in your place.

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windows. ■ Check regularly that cords are out of reach of young children and cannot form dangerous loops. A young child is likely to die this month, strangled by

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Pet Corner

Dr. Amy Morgan Oak Grove Animal Hospital, Owner

Question I’ve heard algae in the lake can be harmful to my dog—can you explain? Answer By mid-summer many lakes, rivers and ponds turn green due to the growth of small microscopic plants in the water called blue-green algae, also known as Cyanobacteria. Algae grow in all bodies of water

when light and nutrient levels are sufficient. In many lakes, algae abundance is determined by the amount of phosphorus dissolved in the water. The more phosphorus present, the more abundant algae become and the greener the water gets. Usually algae growth comes from run-off from fields that are heavily fertilized or that contain a large number of

Faith Listings Abundant Life Alliance Church 3840 197th Avenue NW Oak Grove • 763-753-0284

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

Bethel Community Church 23860 Dewey Street NW Bethel • 763-434-9834

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church 207 Whiskey Road NW Isanti • 763-444-4035

Cedar United Methodist Church 17541 Jefferson Street NE Ham Lake • 763-434-7463

St. Andrew Lutheran Church 1450 237th Avenue NE East Bethel • 763-434-7146

Elim Baptist Church 114 Dahlin Street SE Isanti • 763-444-9221 Immanuel Church (OPC) 15036 Round Lake Boulevard NW Andover • 763-210-5846 Living Hope Evangelical Free Church 23038 Rum River Boulevard NW St. Francis • 763-753-1718

St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-2273

New Life Church - Oak Grove 18975 Lake George Boulevard NW Oak Grove • 763-753-5717 New Life Church 17261 St. Francis Boulevard NW Ramsey • 763-421-0166

West Bethel United Methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451

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requires emergency veterinary attention. A definitive diagnosis can be made from stomach contents and water samples. Be on the lookout at any lake for the typical algae bloom or abnormally colored water. You can also check the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website, lakefind. Enter the lake and county you’re interested in, go to the water quality tab, then water quality summary. If phosphorus and trophic state are closer to the green end of the scale shown, conditions are more favorable at that lake for algae bloom. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency also has more lake algae information on their website at

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is to avoid ponds or lakes where algae is known to grow. Public health officials advise avoiding areas with ‘pea soup’ colored water. Treating ponds and lakes for existent algae results in the release of more toxins as the algae dies, so it isn’t recommended. Blue-green algae can cause acute liver illness or neurological symptoms and/ or stomach upset. Dogs are exposed by drinking from the pond or lake or swimming in it and then licking their fur. Dogs are quite sensitive to the toxins and the signs appear very rapidly. Weakness, pale mucous membrane, bloody diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and coma can be seen. There is no antidote, so the treatment is symptomatic and

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animals. Algae can be found lakewide, generally freefloating, but concentrations occur along windward shores and backwater areas. As it becomes abundant, a strong musty or earthy odor from decomposing algae appears. Although they are most often blue-green in color, Cyanobacteria can also be blue, green, reddish-purple or brown. Unfortunately, even if you don’t see the algae the algae toxins can remain in the water for a while after the algae themselves have died off and sunk below the surface. Of the many species of bluegreen algae, only a handful are toxic but the toxins are very potent so it pays to be cautious. Probably the only reliable way to reduce the risk of exposure


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Stay Connected this school year!

Community helps install new Victory Garden Prairie

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David Berger

CSVC Teacher

The Crossroads Victory Garden now has a brand new, growing 8,000 square foot prairie, thanks to a local Girl Scout troop and community volunteers. Another major project has now been completed at Crossroads School The Crossroads Victory Garden will be & Vocational Center. Great work, featured in a magazine article this fall. girls and volunteers! Students worked hard during summer school On June 23, ten days after to have the garden looking good. Pictures is the future prairie soil had been Alyssa Kamman. Photo By David Berger treated and burned, new seeds were spread and wildflower seedlings planted. The seeds take approximately three years to develop full root structure and begin to flower. The extra effort by the Girl Scouts of River Valley/St. Francis, led by Krista Kamman, a few parents, community volunteers and guided by our Extension Master Gardeners was needed. Students begin learning about native wildflowers, pollinators and their importance to food production in the Victory Garden, this fall!

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Daily and special attractions 2-Night Tractor Pull Friday Night, August 18 Pull starts at 6:00 p.m.

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

5 hours of tractor pulling each night hundreds of antique and classic tractors

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Come see your favorite old tractors compete! For more information, contact: Josh Wilhelm 763-370-1321 or Kurt Johnson 612-790-3554 or

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Daily Pancake Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Kettle Corn • Hot Dogs & Burgers • Pork Chops Gyros and much more

Bringing the Past to the Present

Friday, August 18 “Bib Overalls Day”

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 Just Right Band 6:00 p.m. Tractor Pull

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Schedule of Events

Special Attractions

Restoration of a One-Room School Steam Traction Engines • Gas Engines Antique Cars & Trucks • Shingle Mill • Plowing Sawmill • Lathe Mill • Threshing 1920s 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 6 p.m. Sunday Church Service 9 a.m. Shuttle Service on Grounds Anoka County Master Gardeners

Children’s Activities

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

Craft & Activities Building

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

Saturday, August 19 “Favorite Logo Shirt Day”

7:00-10:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Music by Now & Then Band 2:00 p.m.  Parade of Power 5:00-9:00 p.m. Music by Alan Godage & Sundown 6:00 p.m.Tractor Pull

Sunday, August 20 “Favorite Hat Day”

7:00-10:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast 9:00 a.m.Non-Denominational Church Service 12:15-2:00 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.

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