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

September 2013 | Volume 21, Issue 2


Golyers named Anoka County Farm Family of the Year Juanita Reed-Boniface Anoka County Extension Committee

Larry and Sandi Golyer, Oak Grove, were named the Anoka County 2013 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota. They were one of 75 families from throughout Minnesota recognized in ceremonies August 8 at the annual Minnesota Farmfest near Redwood Falls. For the past 29 years, Larry and Sandi Golyer have owned and operated Lone Wolf Nursery at their five-acre farm in Oak Grove. Their nursery has grown from a seasonal bedding plant nursery to a full service nursery, growing and marketing annuals, perennials, shrubs and vegetables. The Golyer operation has three large greenhouses, including one high tunnel facility. They produce plants not only to sell, but also for the University of Minnesota research plots when control plants are needed that have prescribed protocol. Larry and Sandi work as a team, with Larry doing most of the work in production and research and development. Sandi does the promotion, bookkeeping, marketing and technical support. They hire short-term help for transplanting seedlings. Always the educator, Larry takes pride in making time for his customers and educating them about plant selection, soil preparation, plant care and maintenance. The Golyers are leaders in the Farmer’s Market industry. Larry is Market Master at the Ramsey market and president of the Anoka County Growers Association where Sandi is the secretary. In addition, they are active in the newly formed Minnesota

Larry and Sandi Golyer, owners of Lone Wolf Nursery in Oak Grove, were pleasantly surprised when they were named Anoka County Farm Family of the Year. The Farm Family Recognition Program through the University of Minnesota has existed for over two decades and honors farm families from throughout Minnesota for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities. The Golyers accepted their award at a ceremony held August 8 at the annual Minnesota Farmfest near Redwood Falls. Pictured (L-R) Charlie Poster, assistant commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Larry and Sandi Golyer, and Bev Durgan, dean, University of Minnesota Extension.  Submitted Photo

Farmers’ Market Association. Larry and Sandi are very involved in the community. Larry, a retired school teacher and Sandi, a semi-retired school bus driver, have been involved with the Gladiator Wrestling program and various St. Francis High School Booster Clubs. Larry is a past member of the Independent School District 15 school board. Larry and Sandi provide plants at wholesale cost to a number of community organizations in the St. Francis and Oak Grove areas. Larry also enjoyed his time as an Anoka County Master Gardener, which he accredits his confidence and skills to expand his business as well as implement sustainable, reusing and recycling principles within his production. The Golyers have four grown children and five

grandchildren. In making the presentation at Farmfest, Bev Durgan, dean of University of Minnesota Extension stated, “Farm families and agriculture are a major driver of Minnesota’s economy and the vitality of Minnesota’s rural communities.” The Anoka County Extension Committee selects the County Farm Family of the year and also recognized the Golyers at the County Farm Bureau annual meeting August 12. The committee receives nominations and conducts interviews and farm site visits with nominees. Families are chosen for demonstrating commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture.

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September What’s Inside Schools in Action..........................................2 School Board Highlights.........................10 Community Education............................11 Community & Business...........................15 Sports & Outdoors....................................28 Life..................................................................32 Classified.......................................................35 Go Green/Recycle......................................36

Schools in Action Superintendent’s Corner Edward Saxton

Years ago, my mom encouraged me to understand that each learning experience “puts a key on the ring.” She insisted that learning was a daily activity and every person I encountered had the ability to teach. ”Collect the keys and use them when the situation returns,” Mom advised.

Now that September has arrived, the back-to-school displays will be coming down and stores will be moving to the next “marketing moment for sales.” However, in our school system, September is more about what can be taught now so students can succeed long-term. Our job is to make each day an opportunity to improve as a student, as a thinker and as a problem solver. With that said, the next issue is how to deliver learning experiences that are meaningful. The learners of today bring a completely different skill set to the classroom. They are ready to be anytime, anywhere learners. The more critical element is, will the current system be innovative

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School Board Highlights Community Education enough to meet their needs? Our students will be exposed to ever-improving models of instruction focused on the quality and appropriate use of technology. Most students are exposed to the internet with the ability to research almost anything. As our teachers work to harness the enthusiasm and help shape problem-solving abilities, our students will be well-prepared to experience learning anytime, anywhere. Our ability to build a digital bridge from school to home becomes a high priority. Using devices at school will allow students to become better researchers. Problems will be identified, addressed and solved. Everyone in every setting has the ability to learn. The


school experience begins with the ride to school and continues in the hallways, classrooms and after school activities. A true learning setting is one that is constantly in front of the learner. Our employees in District 15 ascribe to the concept of learning in every setting. We will welcome our students soon and will together chart a course for a successful 2013-14 school year. Open houses are underway and students, parents, families and staff members are working together to venture into an environment focused on achievement. Our first goal is to help families experience a positive transition into our system. Most of our students will report to new classrooms with new teachers and perhaps even a new school. It’s time to create an environment for growth. Let the learning begin. Experiences are the keys to learning.


Where my mother encouraged me to collect keys, my father was a bit bolder. He taught me, “You can learn something from everyone; from some, you learn what to do and others, what not to do.” I believe they were saying the same thing, just in very different ways. Collect your keys, learn from everyone you can and have a great school year.

Missed picking up your Independent School District 15 2013-14 calendar? Copies are available at your student’s school office or at Central Services Center, 4115 Ambassador Boulevard NW, St. Francis.

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The American Indian Education Parent Committee will meet Thursday, September 5, 5:00 p.m. in Room 215 at St. Francis High School.

Carline Sargent ISD 15 Multicultural/Diversity Liaison

The term diversity is used broadly to refer to many demographic variables, including, but not limited to, race, religion, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, education, geographic origin and skill characteristics. America’s diversity has given this country its unique strength, resilience and richness. (U.S. Department of Interior) Independent School District 15 is taking a proactive approach to acknowledging diversity in our schools by serving the diverse needs of all students, staff and families in our community. The district is interested in finding the most effective ways to help all students succeed academically as well as developing an understanding and respect for all people. Understanding diversity begins the process of living in harmony with others. Anyone in the community is invited to be part of the Multicultural/Diversity Group. Please contact Carline Sargent, Multicultural/Diversity liaison at 763-213-1575 or email carline. for more information. The first Multicultural/ Diversity Group meeting will be Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m., St. Francis High School, Room 215.

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The American Indian Education Program held an end of the 2012-13 school year celebration June 5 at the Rum River North Regional Park. Everyone enjoyed a potluck dinner and some traditional foods: fry bread with warm blueberry gravy and wild rice. St. Francis High School seniors Cholena Krolick, Bryanna Krolick, Zach Daniels and Makina Desjarlait were honored with singing and drumming by Hoka-Hey and each were given a wooden eagle feather. Pictured (L-R) Dennis Sargent, Cholena Krolick, Makina Desjarlait, and Independent School District 15 School Board Director Marsha Van Denburgh. Photos Submitted by Carline Sargent, ISD 15 Multicultural/Diversity Liaison


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Education Minnesota members Mark Petersen and Ryan Fiereck from Independent School District 15 recently joined 9,000 other delegates from around the country at the National Education Association’s (NEA) Representative Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia. The annual event brings together leading educators from around the country in an effort to help improve the quality of American education. “It’s an honor to attend such a gathering,” Fiereck said. “I’m gratified to be able to contribute to improving education for our children.” The week-long assembly focused on educators’ roles in shaping education policy. Delegates approved a dues increase, which will generate more than $6 million to fund the Great Public Schools Grants program. The program will provide state and local affiliates grants to support projects to boost student learning, such as school safety and anti-bullying programs, and technology initiatives to improve classroom instruction and student learning. Delegates also adopted a new policy statement that acknowledges the importance of digital learning, as well as educator interaction with students. The policy reflects the NEA’s first broad endorsement of combining digital learning with face-to-face instruction to create an optimal student learning environment. “It’s such an important time in education,” Petersen said. “Educators are in a unique position to see first-hand what works and what doesn’t work in the classroom. It’s important for us to share that knowledge with policymakers.” NEA President Dennis Van Roekel urged the delegates to take on leadership roles, fight for social justice and work together to create positive change for students in their schools and classrooms—ensuring great public schools for every student. Petersen and Fiereck were two of the 175 Minnesota educators who participated in the annual assembly in early July. Education Minnesota and its local unions and intermediate organization provided the funding for delegates’ attendance. The National Education Association is the nation’s largest educators union, with 3.2 million members, and is affiliated with Education Minnesota, the state’s educators union. About Education Minnesota Education Minnesota represents 70,000 professionals working together for excellence in education for all students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and educational support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO. More information about Education Minnesota is available

Food Locker at St. Francis High School helps provide students and their families with non-perishable food, hygiene supplies and school and household supplies. These items are available for students and their families to take home—no qualifications are necessary; no questions asked. When a student or their family member arrives at the Food Locker, they can either choose their own items or they


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Student Updates David Anderson, a native of Oak Grove, participated in St. Catherine University’s spring commencement ceremony held May 23 in St. Paul. Anderson was awarded a doctor of physical therapy degree. He is the son of John and Barb Anderson of Oak Grove. Anderson is a 2006 graduate of St. Francis High School. Two local students have enrolled at Saint John’s University for the 2013-14 academic year. They are Aaron Jacques, son of Glenn and Sandy Jacques of Bethel, and Samuel Wellman, son of Jeff and Jill Wellman of Oak Grove. On August 22, new students moved in and began orientation which continued through August 25. Classes for fall semester began August 26. Cassandra Roline, daughter of Glenn and Celeste Roline of Anoka, has enrolled at the College of Saint Benedict for the 2013-14 academic year. On August 22, new students moved in and began orientation which continued through August 25. Classes for fall semester began August 26. Nathan Fisher of Cedar was named to the Dean’s List at Alexandria Technical & Community College for achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher spring semester 2013. Nathan is enrolled in the law enforcement program. Jacqueline Currier of St. Francis was named to the Dean’s List at Alexandria Technical & Community College for achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher spring semester 2013. Jacqueline is enrolled in the child development program.

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High school teacher attends Northwoods Writers Conference Kathleen Miller Staff Writer

St. Francis High School English teacher Rob Held was chosen to participate in the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University in July. After a five-year hiatus, the rebirth of this week-long program motivated Held, a 30year veteran of the St. Francis High School Language Arts Department, to snap at the chance to be included in this prestigious powwow of writers from around the country. Candidates were asked to send

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of 5-10 page writing sample as part of the application process. Held sent his 1963 Little League memoir, A Boy and a Dare, published in the 2012 spring edition of Minnesota Moments magazine. ”Thank you for your fine submission,” emailed back Mathew Crawford, conference administrator. “We are delighted to notify you of being accepted in the Creative Nonfiction workshop with Dr. Joni Tevis.” Tevis, author of The Wet Collection, teaches

Held has always found himself most comfortable in the realm of nonfiction. “The writing I do now is opening a scrapbook of the mind and examining its contents in detail,” Held described. “Once the pen begins to roll across the page, unthought things will bubble to the surface as the reconstruction of memory takes shape.” Held has written stories that range from an embarrassing incident during first grade recess to a near-tragic adventure hike on a frozen river with a couple high school buddies. He is currently working on a dramatic piece about witnessing the death of a co-worker on the job site at a lumberyard. “There comes a moment during the somewhat arduous preliminaries of scraping raw material onto paper when a story begins to breathe on its own,” said Held. “This is when the writer starts to St. Francis High School English instructor Rob Held and professional writer breathe rarefied Dr. Joni Tevis of Furman University worked together during the Northwoods air and rides upon the current. Once Writers Conference at Bemidji State University in July. Submitted Photo

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writing at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Her nonfiction sessions were titled, The Archaeology of Memory: Discovering Your Inner Indiana Jones. “She was a maestro of presenting effective prompts, and her classroom presence was one of acceptance and encouragement,” said Held. “I felt like we won the lottery on visiting professional instructors.” With 15 years of experience as a newspaper sports reporter,


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a story finds itself, it must be fashioned to its finish.” The Northwoods Conference attracted writers from as far as Brooklyn, New York and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visiting professors, chosen for their writing accomplishments and success in teaching, came from San Francisco State University, University of Arkansas, American University in Washington, D.C. and Emory University in Atlanta. The Distinguished Visiting Author was Ron Carlson from the University of California-Irvine. Writers met in conclave for three hours each morning under the guidance of their assigned instructors. Besides Creative Nonfiction, the conference included sections for Poetry, Fiction and Translation. Public readings were presented by a different visiting author every evening followed by in-depth question and answer sessions which allowed the audience to probe the creative process and practice of these professional writers. “I came away with a renewed sense of purpose,” Held revealed. “My classroom notebook is a digsite filled with artifacts to be inventoried and written.”

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Local students compete at national level Adrianah Trevino-Gartner SFHS Student

More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni and guests from across the country along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands gathered in Nashville for the FCCLA 2013 National Leadership Conference (NLC). The conference is based on the student-originated theme, “Discover Your Voice.” Angel Her and I, both upcoming seniors at St. Francis High School, were among the members and took part in competing in the fashion construction category and the leadership academy. Last year in July, I attended the NLC in Orlando, Florida, for designing and constructing an elegant evening dress. The experience was unforgettable, seeing all the famous attractions, making new friends and gaining new knowledge about becoming a leader. On April 30, Minnesota FCCLA-HERO (Home Economics Related Occupations) held their 43rd annual state competition in Brooklyn Center at the Crown Plaza. There are only 15 different categories. Over 50 students compete in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition), in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and occupational preparation. I am fortunate that FCCLA still holds fashion construction as a competing category. This was my second year of participating. Since I made a long elegant dress last year, I thought I would go short and sweet this year. To put my skills to full potential, I thought an intricate and unique garment would be an acceptable challenge—a professional ballet tutu! Finding a pattern was a challenge itself. All of the tutus I found were made for little girls, but after searching I found one online. To go beyond just sewing, one must be willing to be passionate about learning. That is exactly what I did. I spent about two weeks researching the history, terminology and anatomy of a professional ballet tutu. After months of working,

I accomplished designing and making a ballet tutu come to life just a week before FCCLA state competition. I was thrilled to know that I won first place for presenting my garment. I was even more thrilled when I looked down at the medal, plaque and certificate which all said “National Qualifier.”

make improvements on my dress from seeing what others made. I am proud of myself for sticking with it and competing. Since it was my first time sewing, there were times when I wanted to give up, but with effort and patience, I was able to achieve a dress made by me. “Now, I was given the opportunity to compete

Adrianah Trevino-Gartner (above) and Angel Her (below) traveled to Nashville for the 2013 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference. Both are St. Francis High School students and both competed in the fashion construction category. Submitted Photos

Angel Her, also competed at state, earning bronze for designing and constructing a chic winter dress made from wool and accented with leather. “I always found myself sketching clothes and scanning through magazines, so during my junior year, I decided to join Fashion Club. I wanted to experience new things, meet new people and gain knowledge. That’s exactly what Fashion Club gave me by becoming an FCCLA member. “Hearing my name called for bronze was really exciting and surprising because I didn’t expect to win. It was also an eye opener for me to

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in Nashville but worried I wouldn’t be able to go due to lack of money. Fortunately, my parents were able to gather enough money and I was free to explore the world!” says Her. I couldn’t believe that Angel, Beth Widell, our Fashion Club advisor, and I were all going to nationals in Nashville, Tennessee, home of country music! We went to all the famous attractions, from listening to Carrie Underwood and having a backstage pass at the Grand Ole Opry, to strolling around in historic downtown Nashville. We even stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention

Center, which was filled with the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. The fun still continued, but along with it came knowledge. FCCLA is known to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge and career preparation. I learned every one of those roles through various workshops taught by teachers, advisors and students. Angel and I immediately jumped at the opportunity to get involved in the FCCLA Leadership Academy. The FCCLA Leadership Academy is a series of yearlong leadership trainings which allow students to customize their leadership development journey by choosing courses that fit their needs and interests. Through the program, members are given the opportunity to gain leadership training and be recognized for their selfimprovement efforts. Sessions took place at NLC and will continue through national meetings, state involvement and online coursework. To further my education for becoming a leader, I took additional courses to run as a candidate in the 2013-14 FCCLA Minnesota-HERO state president. I did this not only to promote FCCLA throughout my school and state, but to make a difference in the world through giving, which is a big part of the FCCLA organization. As president of Fashion Club, I helped establish Food Locker, a place where students can pick up non-perishable food and personal products to take home, ensuring they will have

an evening meal. We were honored to be presented with a certificate for outstanding work and participation at local, state and national community service programs. The days flew by and it was already the last day to get the big results. “Good or bad, I gave it my all; there’s always better luck next time,” said Her with a positive attitude. We both nervously stood waiting for them to call our names under fashion construction category. “Bronze, Angel Her from St. Francis High School, Minnesota.” I was so proud of Angel for earning bronze at her first time in nationals! As I looked around, I was the only one left standing. “Gold, Adrianah TrevinoGartner from St. Francis High School, Minnesota.” I was filled with joy knowing that I earned gold and placed fourth in the nation, but disappointed being so close to having a scholarship to attend the Arts Institute. Our adventure was coming to an end when we set foot at the airport with our medals in hand and luggage all packed. For us, the experience was unforgettable. “I have to say I was very nervous to go out of state for the first time, but it was the best experience I have ever had! It taught me how to be more responsible and independent. I came back open minded. With so many people that attended, there are so many ideas and possibilities,” exclaims Her. Now we are people who challenge themselves, fight and never give up on our dreams to become who we want to be in life. Having this experience makes us want more. Expect both of us to make another garment for 2013-14 FCCLA competition. I can now say we are leaders, thanks to FCCLA—the ultimate leadership experience.

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Student writing—goals for the school year East Bethel Community School teacher Cassie Schmoll challenged her students to write goals for their new school year. A few of her students took up the challenge and here is what they wrote. My name is Kaylee Olson, 6th grader at St. Francis Middle School. Last year, in 5th grade, I went to East Bethel Community School, being in Mrs. Schmoll’s class! And I’m just here to share a little about my year, (if you don’t mind). Leaving 4th grade I have to admit, I was a little scared for 5th grade, all the responsibilities and the homework, of course. But after the first week of 5th grade, I was fine, and I had realized it wasn’t as hard as I had thought it would be. Sure, there was homework and responsibilities and rules I had to stand by, but it’s not as bad as you would think. There were a couple things, however, that I was a little nervous to do. For example, ever since kindergarten, I had heard the 5th graders doing the announcements and I thought it would be cool to be over the loudspeaker. Unfortunately, when I was picked to do the announcements that day, I was nervous that I would mess up, that people would laugh at me and that office staff would be a little mad that I wasted time and had to re-do the whole sentence, but somehow inside I knew that if I just tried my hardest, it didn’t matter if I accidently made a mistake because everyone does it and after all, it was a mistake!! After doing it a couple times, I was pretty much a pro! And before I knew it, the school year was over, and it was time to say goodbye. I was a little emotional because

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all the teachers I grew up having in school were so fun and nice. Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed some of my memories of 5th grade and all the things that I experienced in 5th grade! Have a good school year! My name is Audrey and I was a 5th grader at EBCS in the 201213 school year. I started my 5th grade year confident and excited to be back to school. I had very high goals for myself that year, some of which included getting good grades and, most importantly, getting to have fun while still working hard! After settling in to my new classroom and getting to know my wonderful teacher, Mrs. Schmoll, as well as my fellow classmates, I knew that my 5th grade experience was going to be one hectic ride! After the first few months, our classroom had already become a second home to each and every one of the students, because we had learned to build strong bonds with one another. During the second trimester, Mrs. Schmoll and Mrs. DeRung combined their two classes together for many subjects, including science, social studies, and reading. We called this team-teaching, and with the help of the two best friends, Mrs. Schmoll and Mrs. DeRung, learning (and, not to mention, teaching) became so much more fun! I have many favorite highlights of that year including,: our mock trial, Loyalist vs.. Patriot debate, Science Expo and, last but not least, our 5th grade party! But 5th grade wasn’t always a fun and cheery experience. Like always, there was evidently some drama, feuds, and bad days, and even some everyday trouble. But those things never stopped us to be the best we can possibly be! My 5th grade school year was an experience I will never forget. I am very pleased to have been able to meet so many great people. I am proud of who I have become thanks to everyone at EBCS. Many people at EBCS have inspired me, but I am especially inspired by my teacher and friend, Mrs. Schmoll. I may be moving on to bigger things, but EBCS has forever left its mark on me. Jordan wrote: I want to accomplish many goals this school year but here are my main ones. I would like to be in honors class for each class I am in by the end of the year. That is possible because of my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Schmoll. I would also like to make the traveling team for basketball. I will probably have more goals before the end of the year but those are my main goals. Thank you, Mrs. Schmoll!

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Establishing a positive homework environment for your student Though it might not be something students look forward to, homework is an essential element of the learning process. Homework allows kids to apply the lessons they learned in the classroom while giving educators a chance to determine if students are grasping the concepts discussed in class or if certain lessons need to be revisited. Students often seek their parents’ help when doing their homework, but parents can start helping even before their children bring any assignments home. Creating a homework environment where kids can concentrate and put forth their best effort is a great way to help them throughout the school year. The following are a few tips for parents who want to ensure that home is as conducive a place as possible for students to do their best on homework assignments. } Find a quiet space with little or no distractions. A quiet place in the home where kids can concentrate is essential when kids are doing homework. While a youngster’s bedroom might have sufficed years ago, today’s children tend to have bedrooms that mimic the showroom floor of an electronics store. If kids have televisions, video game consoles and stereos in their bedrooms, then that’s likely not the best environment for them to do their homework. Kids can too easily grow distracted, so find a quiet area where kids can focus on their studies without being tempted by television, video games or other distractions not conducive to studying. } Designate a time each day when kids do their homework. Another way to make your home more amenable to homework is to designate a time each day when kids will study. Let other members of the household know that this is a quiet time in the house so kids aren’t distracted. Once kids get comfortable Continued, Page 9

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Building a strong parent-teacher relationship alike. Parents interested in developing a strong relationship with their kids’ teachers can take several steps to make that happen. Meet your child’s teacher at the beginning of the year. Teachers have many students come in and out of their classroom on any given day, so it can be hard for teachers to initiate a relationship with parents. Parents have significantly fewer children to look after, so they should take the first step toward building a relationship with teachers. Introduce yourself at the onset of the school year, providing phone numbers and e-mail addresses where you can be reached. Let the teacher know you’re available for discussion any time during the school year and that you look forward to the coming school year and working with the teacher as the year progresses. Attend Back to School Night. School events like an open house or a "Back to School Night" are a great way Developing a strong relationship with a child’s to help kids grow teacher can help parents ensure their kids are acclimated to doing their best in the classroom.  File Photo Once a school year begins, many students spend more time in the classroom with their teachers than they do at home with their parents. That’s especially true in dual-income households where both parents work outside of the home. Though many parents would love to spend more time with their children, doing so can be difficult when both parents must go to work every day. Because kids spend so much time with their teachers, it’s important for parents to work toward building a strong parent-teacher relationship. Such a relationship fosters communication, which can help a young student do his or her best in and out of the classroom, something that’s a goal for parents and teachers

their school. But such events also make great opportunities for parents to learn more about their kids’ teachers than they might have learned during their introductory meeting. Such events may allow teachers to explain the curriculum for the upcoming year, and teachers may feel encouraged when parents show an active interest in such events. Prioritize parent-teacher conferences. Parent-teacher conferences are a great opportunity for parents to speak to their children’s teacher one-onone. Unlike an introductory meeting or an open house at the beginning of the school year, a parent-teacher conference allows parents and teachers to specifically discuss students in private. Teachers may provide insight into how a child is performing and behaving in the classroom, offering advice as to how to improve that performance or suggestions as to how to encourage kids to keep up the good work. Such conferences may be your only opportunity for a one-on-one, in-person discussion about your child, so make sure you’re on time and that you don’t miss these conferences. Your child’s teacher will appreciate it, and you can use this as an opportunity to ask any

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questions you have about your child. Keep the channels of communication open. If it’s been awhile since you’ve spoken to your child’s teacher, don’t be afraid to e-mail the teacher to check in or see if you can lend a helping hand. In addition, if your child really enjoys a teacher’s class, don’t be hesitant to share that with the teacher. Teachers appreciate compliments just

like other professionals, and parents should express their gratitude to those teachers who are working hard to make learning fun for their youngsters. Establishing a strong relationship with a child’s teacher can help parents ensure students are making the most of their time in the classroom. Source: Metro Creative Graphics Editorial

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Positive homework environment in this routine they likely won’t need much prodding to do their homework, and this designated quiet time in the household can be a relaxing time for other members of the household as well. } Have healthy snacks available. Few people do their best work on an empty stomach, so if kids will be doing their homework immediately after school, make sure you have some healthy snacks on hand. Elementary and high school students tend to eat lunch earlier than adults, so they’re liable to be hungry when they arrive home from school in the mid- to late-afternoon. Have plenty of fresh fruit on hand so kids can satisfy their hunger. Less healthy snacks might satisfy youngster’s hunger pangs, but such snacks may also make kids drowsy, negatively affecting their ability to concentrate and indirectly hindering their schoolwork as a result. } Let kids know their work will be checked nightly. Parents who want to create an environment where their children approach homework seriously should let their kids know their work will be checked each night, and they will need to redo any assignments that were not completed correctly. This prevents kids from rushing through assignments without giving their best efforts. Few youngsters look forward to homework. The Courier | September 2013 |

While parents might not be able to change their kids’ attitudes toward homework, they can change their home to make it as positive an environment for kids to pursue their studies as possible. Source: Metro Creative Graphics Editorial

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School Board Highlights School Board Perspective Amy Kelly

Time… it goes by so fast! It seems like yesterday I was shaking the hands of our St. Francis High School graduates and wishing them luck as they begin the next chapter in their lives. Time… where does it go? It

School Board Highlights July 29, 2013 Kathleen Miller Staff writer

Directors Suzanne Erkel, Janet Glover and Marsha Van Denburgh absent. Superintendent’s Report Superintendent Ed Saxton met with a subcommittee of the Board regarding superintendent goals and reviewed the Independent School District 15 Improvement Plan. A community meeting was held July 25 for anyone interested in running for ISD 15 School Board. There are three seats open as 4-year terms and one seat open for a 2-year term. The election will be held November 5, 2013.

feels like summer just began and yet today, many of you by now have sent your children off to school. As we begin a new school year, what are my thoughts? Your time… give it to those you care about. As I reflect, I don’t remember most of the gifts I received. What I do remember are those special moments in my life and the time I gave and spent with those I love. So as you juggle your busy schedules… pencil in that time to spend with others. Better yet, write it in permanent ink! Want to know what I think? Your time… it’s the best gift you can give someone!

Administrative Reports Several ISD 15 staff and school board members have toured Infinite Campus, a local student information system (SIS) company. The district has been looking at alternatives to TIES, the district’s current SIS vendor. Infinite Campus, located in Blaine, would be one option for the district. The information to withdraw from TIES was presented to the board at this time due to a by-law from TIES requiring a one-year notice. The board voted 4-0 to approve the resolution stating the district will withdraw from TIES Student Information Systems and Financial Systems effective on or before June 30, 2014. The board will be presented with more information and costs on other SIS options in order to make a recommendation for a new vendor in the next 60 days.

School Board Meeting Schedule

School Board Members

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

Amy Kelly, Chairwoman 763-744-8458

Monday, September 9 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

David Anderson, Clerk 763-434-9457

Monday, September 23 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 14 Retiree Recognition Program 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Live streaming and video archives of school board meetings are available at 10

Janet Glover, Vice Chairwoman 763-221-5341

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

Health Insurance Option The superintendent’s cabinet discussed transitioning the health insurance option (Plan F) to the district’s insurance committee. The discussion included renaming Plan F to Compensation Alternative District Health Insurance (CADHI) and that the district-wide policy would be a stand-alone initiative and not part of any employee’s work agreement/contract. The insurance committee is interested in pursuing the discussion but wanted school board input. Levy Presentation Business Services Director Scott Nelson introduced Michael Hoheisel from Northland Securities to the school board. Hoheisel presented information regarding the current location equity plus operating authority and recommended the board consider the conversion to a new levy. The district would receive approximately $1.5 million in additional revenue from the proposed levy; of this, just under $1 million is state aid. The board will make a decision at a future meeting.

School Board Highlights August 12, 2013 Kathleen Miller Staff writer

All board members present. Happenings Around the District Joyce Froh, the district’s safety and worker compensation specialist, presented information to the board. Froh, who recently earned certification in safety management, stated that over

the last several years, the program she manages has reduced the district’s exposure to claims, liability and lost time on the job. The insurance industry includes the district’s past three years’ claim history when establishing premiums. Froh pointed out how one catastrophic year can impact many years of insurance premiums paid by the district. Solutions to reduce the amount of money spent by the district on insurance premiums include networking with other districts, becoming more proactive and moving claims management to the local level. Now, with better scrutiny, some claims were denied and more claims are processed and closed more timely. The return to work program has had a positive impact where positions are created to accommodate an employee’s restrictions. The district’s health care resource, NeoPath Health Clinic, and close proximity to other resources such as physical therapy have also made positive impacts. Educating employees on what to do in case of an injury or accident and creating a user-friendly method to report safety concerns are contributing factors in reducing the district’s health costs. Superintendent Report School board members were invited to visit St. Francis Elementary School prior to the school board meeting and observe the new security system in place. To enhance security, new doors and locks were installed at all schools. Once the school day begins, the front doors will be locked and visitors will need to be

admitted by staff. Visitors will be required to show a photo ID. Schools will now be able to concentrate efforts on knowing who is in the building while students are present. Levy Discussion The board reviewed the legislative change of referendum authority. Scott Nelson, ISD 15 Business Services director, updated some information that was presented at the previous school board meeting which changed the per adjusted pupil unit to the metro level rate. Two-thirds of the money that the district would receive would be from state aid and one-third from taxpayers. The example is on a $200,000 home, the property owner would pay an additional $36 per year or $3 per month. The levy is for a period of 5 years. The board was encouraged to make a decision sooner than the deadline in late September so the district could begin making plans for the 2013-14 school year. The decision would also have an impact on negotiations that are underway. Rather than act on the resolution that was in front of the board, a motion was made by Marsha Van Denburgh to suspend the rules; it passed 4-3, nays being Janet Glover, Harry Grams, Amy Kelly. A motion was made by David Roberts to delay the vote of the resolution until the August 26 school board meeting; it passed 5-2, nays being Suzanne Erkel and Marsha Van Denburgh. The reason for the delay was to allow more time for the ISD 15 community to become informed and weigh in on this resolution.

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Let me introduce myself Melody Panek ISD 15 Adult Basic Education Coordinator

Hello! My name is Melody Panek and I am so happy and fortunate to be writing this column because I am the new site coordinator of Independent School District 15’s (ISD 15) Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. As you may already know, Sandy Farder, our previous coordinator, retired this last spring and as her replacement, I wanted to introduce myself and my staff and tell you more about our program. I have worked at ISD 15 ABE for the last 10 years, as a volunteer, literacy assistant and as an instructor and have loved every minute that I have spent in the classroom with our exceptional and dedicated students. Our students are exceptional because they come from all walks of life. Their ages range from 16 years old through their 70s. They may be from the United States or from anywhere else in the world. They may speak, read

or write English or maybe not at all. They may be highly educated and have worked as a medical doctor, or they may have never gone to school for even one day or held any type of job what-so-ever. You would be hard pressed to find a more diverse group of students in one classroom anywhere. Our students are dedicated because they are not forced to be in our classroom, they want to be there. They are dedicated to achieving a goal, which may be either to learn English, get their GED, earn their adult diploma, study for pre-college tests or simply brush up on educational basics in order to perform better at their jobs. Many of our students work hard all day or night and then come to our classroom to study every chance they can. During this past school year, we served 99 students for a total of over 6,300 hours. Of those 99 students, 92 percent progressed to a higher educational achievement level than when they first started. Of those who wanted to get their GED, 88 percent did. Of those

who wanted to earn their adult diploma, 100 percent did. I am very proud of our exceptional and dedicated students. None of this could be possible though, without the terrific staff that we have at our ABE classroom. Ker Vang Lor has been our cultural consultant for the last eight years. Ker speaks, reads and writes four different languages. She is an invaluable interpreter as well as a “go-to” person, especially pertaining to Southeast Asian cultures and customs. Ker and I have worked together so well and for so long, it feels as if we are almost like a family.

Sandy Farder, our previous site coordinator, did anything to help our students learn and grow into confident individuals who were then ready to move forward with their lives with hope for the future. Sandy recently retired, but Ker and I will always think of her as a truly dedicated employee of our classroom and we miss her very much. Since Sandy retired, we are in the position of looking for someone to join our classroom as an ABE instructor. We know there is someone out there who will add so much dedication and inspiration to our classroom and really help

Kids Connection Before and after school childcare

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

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

our students move forward in attaining their educational goals. I just can’t wait to find and meet that person, whoever it is and perhaps next month, introduce you to him or her too! Finally, I want to thank this community and this school district for the opportunity to work with our ABE students. I truly believe it is an honor and a privilege to work at this site, especially with our students and staff. I am very excited about this coming year and I promise to continue to make our classroom a successful place for ABE students to learn. Thank you!

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Before School Care Begins at 6:30 a.m. until school starts ���������� $9/day After School Care Begins at the end of the school day until 6:00 p.m.���������� $9/day Non-School Care 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.������ $30/day Other fees Registration fee���������� $25/child $45/family (2 or more children)

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

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


A message from the ISD 15 Community Ed Director

From the Rec Department

Troy Ferguson

Fall Youth Recreation Opportunities

ISD 15 Community Ed Director,

With Fall fast approaching, there has been a noticeable uptick in activity related to the start of the 2013-14 school year. This holds true for

Independent School District 15 Community Education as well. Our staff has been busy creating, implementing and improving programming designed to enrich the lives of ISD 15 residents. Community Ed offers programs and

services in the areas of Youth Recreation, Youth Enrichment, Drivers Training, Adult Enrichment, Before and After School Child Care, Adult Basic Education, Early Child Family Education, Preschool and Communication. I invite and encourage you to read through the 2013 Fall/Winter brochure and consider participating in any of the numerous offerings. Our instructors and coaches welcome your presence and participation. Additionally, if you have a skill, hobby or passion you would consider sharing with our community, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will work with you to help you share your talents that will enrich and benefit us all. Lifelong learning and focusing on quality community life are the cornerstones of Community Ed in ISD 15.

The ISD 15 early childhood programs teamed up with James Reinstra and Pedaling for Pennies to put on a Trike-a-thon for our youngest riders and raise money for cancer. James Reinstra will be leaving Zimmerman and biking 15,000 miles en route to the southern tip of South America to raise money in honor of his father Wally who died from pancreatic Individual – Relationship cancer at the age of 59. Even Midwest Family SF High School Counseling Adolescent – Child – Adult though July 18 proved to be 9 BHP – Preferred One – UCare – MHCP hot, the kids enjoyed biking Bridge Street and scooting along with James Village Bank through the parking lot, around 23038 Rum River Boulevard, St. Francis cones and following the drawn By St. Francis High School out path to South America. Bruce W. Barton, M.Div., M.A., LMFT, LP Submitted Photo 


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Late Night with the Saints

Bring your daughter to a fun filled night of basketball. Meet the new St. Francis High School girls head basketball coach, Trevor Schneeberger. Players will work on fundamentals. Games, prizes and snack will be a part of the fun evening. Who: Girls grades K-8 Date: Saturday, September 14 Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m. Location: SFHS enter door 13 west side of building What to bring: Tennis shoes, comfortable clothing

Mini Dance Clinic

Dancers will learn an age-appropriate, short dance routine with related skills and techniques. They will have an opportunity to perform with the St. Francis Dance Team at their Fall Show September 21 at 6:00 p.m. Who: Girls 3 years old–6th grade Date: Saturday, September 21 Time: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Location: St. Francis High School

Fall Gymnastics

Learn gymnastics from expert instructors trained by John Tobler, former three-time national gymnastics champion and three-time All-American gymnast. Who: 3 to 12 years old Day: Tuesday/Thursday Location: Cedar Creek Community School gym Cost: $70 per session or $130 for both classes per session NO reduced fees available Dates: Session I: September 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 Times: 6:45–7:45 p.m. 7:45–8:45 p.m. NEW! 6:45–8:45 p.m. (2-hour class) $10 savings Dates: Session II: October 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 22 (No class October 17) Times: 6:45–7:45 p.m. 7:45–8:45 p.m. NEW! 6:45–8:45 p.m. (2-hour class) $10 savings

Register Online Contact Diane Guinn, Rec Department for more info 763-213-1823 The Rec Department a division of ISD 15 Community Education

The Sandhill Center for the Arts is operated under the auspices of Independent School District 15 Community Education. Its purpose is to provide arts and recreation opportunities for the residents served by the school district.

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

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Lunch Bunch 2013-14 entertainment season Join the Lunch Bunch at the 23820 Dewey Street Sandhill Center in Bethel, MN 55005 the Bethel Cabaret for our monthly catered luncheon featuring top entertainment by popular artists. Make your reservations early as most of our shows sell out ahead of time. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Doors open: 10:40 a.m. Lunch served: 11:00 a.m. Showtime: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $13 For reservations, call 763-213-1641. Reservations can also be made on the website at The Cowboy and Hobo Show Tuesday, September 10 The Cowboy and Hobo Show is the band name for Boxcar Bob, Cactus Willie and The Drifter. Performing at many venues from Minnesota to Texas they have earned a reputation for high quality musical entertainment. Recently awarded Valley Star Entertainer of the Year Award 2012 in south Texas. The group performs an upbeat show filled with great music, stage presence and family friendly humor. Hit songs from country, rock, folk are mixed with original tunes that keep the show totally entertaining for all ages. Experience the dynamic, award winning and only one of its kind, The Cowboy and Hobo Show. Angie Senger with Joe Chock Tuesday, October 8 This is REAL music by professional musicians with a load of talent. Versatility means offerings from Patsy Cline to Tanya Tucker. Well-known in our area, you see Senger at the Midwest Country Music Theater, with her band at VFWs and local clubs and dances, festivals and company picnics, as well as on RFD-TV. Joe Chock is a wellknown, nationally-renowned musician whose path took him from touring with the Statler Brothers to the Grand Ol’ Opry. You will enjoy these two together as they offer every song with precision. Remembering the King Tuesday, December 10 Remembering The King features the father/son team of Steve and Tommy Marcio. Remembering The King is a family run organization that started in 2005. They pride themselves on being a family friendly show, and enjoy entertaining people with their respectful and authentic tribute to Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock and Roll.” Steve Marcio was the winner of the 2005 You Be The Judge Elvis contest at the Paramount Theater in Austin. He has performed at the Minnesota Rock & 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 was a 2008 finalist at The Elvis Explosion in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Tommy Marcio has performed as a special guest at the Mall of America Contest of Kings 2005-2009, at the Owens Theater in Branson, Missouri in 2007, and won the Spirit of Elvis award at The Elvis Explosion in 2008 and 2009. The Courier | September 2013 |

Jerry & Shirley Spanhanks Tuesday, November 12 A Sandhill Favorite! The husband/wife duo of Jerry and Shirley Spanhanks entertain you with banjo, dobro, fiddle, guitar and accordion. Jerry and Shirley put on a lively show not to be missed. They sing original songs and old favorites from artists such as Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Elvis Presley, to name just a few. The fast paced bluegrass and gospel music make you want to clap and sing along. Come and listen to their original song about both being raised near the Red River (one from the Minnesota/North Dakota border and the other from the Red River between Texas and Arkansas). Porch Pickers Tuesday, January 14 This delightful band plays traditional bluegrass, gospel, and country music and is a member of the Minnesota Bluegrass and OldTime Music Association. You will be tapping your foot as you enjoy the sounds of the banjo, resonator guitar, rhythm guitar, harmonica, tambourine, autoharp, bass and vocal harmony. Northern Lights Tuesday, February 11 Since 2000, Northern Lights have played for audiences throughout Minnesota. They play a variety of music: Bluegrass, Gospel, Traditional Country, Cowboy and a few other types of music. Along with their music, they interject humorous stories and jokes. Comprised of two members, their instrumentation includes Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin and Harmonica. They have a stage show that has audiences wanting more. Classic Country Show Tuesday, March 11 Alex Parenteau, originally from Ontario, Canada, now makes his home in Minnesota. Alex has his own style of singing and prefers to sing classic country music. He often listened to the Grand Old Opry show on radio when he was a youngster, dreaming that someday he would be singing on stage. While he never has made it to the Opry, he has entertained through out Canada from Quebec to Vancouver. He has entertained in the Upper Midwest of the United States for the past 30 years. Larry Rose is a steady guitar player at the Midwest Country Theater in Sandstone and appears every Sat night on the RFD channel for the Midwest Country Show. Red Johnson Tuesday, April 8 Red Johnson, Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame recording artist, has pleased audiences for over 50 years with his singing and song writing skills. Traditional Country and Western music with a blend of Bluegrass, TexMex, Cajun, Gospel—Red Johnson covers the realm of real country music. Boxcar Bob Tuesday, May 13 Boxcar Bob Selby has been singing since junior high school and has sung in a variety of genres including male choruses, country, folk, fifties rock & roll bands and even some light opera. He is currently singing with The Cowboy and Hobo Show along with Cactus Willie (Charles Casterline) and the Drifter (Wil Kelly) for the past seven years. The band has four CDs to its credit with some of the tunes being written by Boxcar Bob. For this performance, Boxcar Bob will team up with JoAnne Lee, a very accomplished musician, guitar and bass player and teacher. The Drifter will be playing bass for this show and adding his wry sense of humor. All in all, this promises to be a great show and one not to miss!

The East Bethel Booster Day committee would like to thank the following sponsors of our July 19-20 event: City of East Bethel • Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce Chops, Inc. • Route 65 Pub & Grub • Climb Theatre Eckberg, Lammers, Briggs, Wolff & Vierling, PLLP Hakanson Anderson and Associates Classic Construction • RAK Construction Blaine Youth Hockey Association • Coon Lake Community and Senior Center • EJ’s Bar and Bottle Shoppe • Osborne Development • People’s Bank of Commerce Without these sponsors, the East Bethel Booster Day committee absolutely could not organize this event for the community every year! The committee would also like to thank all the volunteers for the hours and manpower they gave. It is truly a team effort and the dedication of this team is unsurpassed. Thank you to the following organizations for your support: Boy Scout Troop #733 • Cedar/East Bethel Lions City of East Bethel • East Bethel 5K • East Bethel Firefighters East Bethel Seniors • East Bethel Booster Day Committee The committee is always looking for volunteer groups and individuals to help make East Bethel Booster Day the best it can possibly be. Visit the city’s website,, for committee meeting dates or if you are interested in finding out more about what we have in store for 2014!

Register now for Preschool Place 15 for the 2013-14 school year! Classes begin soon. Classes offered at the Lifelong Learning Center in Oak Grove

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

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

Do you want your preschooler to attend preschool but you have no time during the day? No problem because we have a solution! Sign up for our evening preschool class. Classes are for children 3½ to 5 years of age and take place 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings. This class follows the same curriculum and schedule as our daytime classes. Come learn, play and meet new friends at this wonderful preschool class! 13

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Plan your year with Early Childhood Family Education Check out the Learn & Thrive brochure for ECFE parent/child classes for the 2013-14 school year Register NOW for the best selection of classes! Call 763-753-7170 or visit us online at www. to register.

What is ECFE?

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

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

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What happens during ECFE parent/child sessions?

Looking for special events and field trips? Watch for the Places to Go, Things to Do brochure featuring special events and field trips for families. Some of these events include Pop In & Play times, Baby Events, Paint and Play, Farm and Zoo Field Trips and many, many more! Watch your mailbox for this exciting brochure

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 often Baby and Young Toddler classes have discussion in the early childhood classroom, older classes separate to a nearby room when appropriate for the group.

Upcoming ECFE Events: Try ECFE for FREE! Wondering if ECFE is for you without a long commitment? Want to warm in your child (and yourself) before regular classes begin? Then this is for you! Two-week sessions for parents and children. There will be interaction time and discussion time just like regular classes. Please preregister as there is limited space in each class. Fee: FREE Ages: Birth to Kindergarten Dates: Thursday, September 19 & 26 Time: 9:15-11:15 a.m. — Or — Dates: Tuesday, September 17 & 24 Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Do you have a new baby in your house? Celebrating Baby

Enjoy songs and games together and meet others who are experiencing the joys and challenges of raising a baby. For babies birth-12 months of age and parents. Dates: Thursdays, September 19 & 26 Time: 9:30-11:15 a.m. Fee: FREE but you must pre-register. Free Sibling Care also available but you must pre-register

Be counted! Get on the school census It’s very important that all residents of Independent School District 15 be included on the school census… even the youngest babies. Call the ISD 15 Central Services Center at 763-753-7040 and let them know when you have an addition to the family or if you move. This will ensure that you will get Early Childhood and school information, and help the district with planning for the future. Let your neighbors know this, too!


Looking for Resources… ECFE is the place to be! Do you need some additional support in your parenting role? Would you like to know more about resources in your community? Do you have concerns about relationships, parenting, child development or something else? Learn about valuable school, county, and community resources available to your family. Attend a parent/child ECFE class, call for a home visit, or send us a message through Facebook to find out about these resources.

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

Have a concern about your child?

Are you concerned abou t your child’s development, spe ech or behavior? If your ch ild is under three years of age, contact Kristine Vogtlin at: kristine.vogtlin@isd15.or g or 763-753-7172 to reach ISD 15 Help Me Grow services. If your child is at least three years of age and not yet in kindergarten, ISD 15 Ea rly Childhood Screening is the first step in confirming any concerns you have. Call for an appointment at 763-753-7187 and menti on your concerns.

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Community & Business Alumni Choir seeks members Bruce P. Gleason The St. Francis High School alumni choir is beginning to take shape but more members are needed—women especially. The group meets at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Elim Baptist Church in Anoka, 503 Polk Street. The next rehearsal is Saturday, September 14. Bruce Gleason has been elected to be the conductor. Eleven singers were at last rehearsal—there was great music-making and conversation. Photos and other memorabilia have also been a part of the gathering. The group is looking for more singers,\ and is not particular about which choir they sang in during high school. The group is simply looking for people who enjoy singing. For more information, email Jolene Gustafson Crofoot (class of 1978) or Bruce Gleason (class of 1976) at brucegleason@

Janice Audette CountryFest celebration at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 19921 Nightingale Street, Oak Grove will be held on September 6, 7, 8. CountryFest kicks-off on Friday, September 6, with the Teen Block Party at 8:00-11:00 p.m. The teen block party is for all youth in middle and high school. DJ Bill will return to entertain. Enjoy a bonfire, games, pizza and win some great prizes. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The 5K Fun Run/Walk is Saturday, September 7 at 10:00 a.m. All 5K participants will receive a T-shirt. Refreshments are provided and prizes will be drawn. Awards will be given for the overall men’s and women’s winners. The Kids Run for ages 10 and under begins at 11:30 a.m.

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Registration information is available online. Bring your grandparents and grandchildren and celebrate Grandparents Day. Take family photos with farm accessories in the barnyard area. Fun for all ages begins Saturday at noon. Enjoy great food, games, Teddy Bear Band at 1:30 p.m., Touch of Magic and balloon sculptures at 3:30 p.m., Bingo, OREO Walk, music, Country Store with fresh produce and homemade items and a silent auction with many treasures. Mass is at 5:00 p.m. Stay for dinner and dance to Sterns County 17, 7:00-11:00 p.m. and enjoy fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, September 8, Mass is at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. The Classic Car Show is scheduled for noon until 4:00 p.m. in the south parking lot. Sunday offers more games, food,

events and fun. Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Quilt Auction at 1:00 p.m. There are over 25 homemade quilts of all sizes to bid on. To see the many choices prior to CountryFest, visit countryfest. Be sure to make your last bid for silent auction items by 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Activities will wrap up

with the raffle drawing for over $14,000 in cash and prizes on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. Purchase a ticket or two—you could be a winner. First place prize is $10,000, second is $2,000 and third is $1,000. For more information, visit or call 763-753-2011. See you there!

St. Francis American Legion Auxiliary

& Saturday, November 9 • 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. St. Francis American Legion Post 622 • 3073 Bridge Street, St. Francis Looking for crafters, call 763 753 8247 for more information. Table rental will be $15 for an 8 foot table.

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The Oak Grove Lions and Acorn Day Committee would like to thank the businesses and people who supported and donated to make the return of Oak Grove Acorn Day a success. Agape Moments, LLC • Andover Wheel & Frame • Anoka County Sheriff Department • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s • Bill’s Superette • Cedar Creek Automotive • Cedar Creek Baking Co. • City of Oak Grove Collision 2000, Inc. • Connexus Energy • Costco • DCC Inc. DepotStar • Federal Premium Ammunition • G-Will • Greenberg Implement, Inc. • Hidden Haven Golf Club • Isanti County Equipment Isanti Rental • Lake George Conservation Club LePage & Sons Waste Solutions • Magnum Superchargers, Inc. Mickman Brothers • NACE Food Shelf • Nordin Enterprises North Metro Soccer Association • Nowthen Lions Club • Oak Grove Seniors • Oak Grove Fire Department • Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill Printing Unlimited • RJM/General Paper Products • Rum River Inn Rum River Tree Farm • Shoenrock Sign & Graphics • Standing Room Only (SRO) • Steve’s Collision, Inc. • St. Francis Lions Club St. Francis Lioness Club • St. Francis McDonald’s • St. Patrick Catholic Church • Suburban Lawn Center • The Courier The Ponds Golf Club • The Refuge Golf Club • Tin Man Fabrication, Inc. • Tony’s Auto Repair • Village Bank



Fundraisers, Benefits, Events

Nowthen The City of Nowthen will hold its Fall Clean Up Day Saturday, September 21, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., behind City Hall in Nowthen, 19800 Nowthen Boulevard NW. A reminder for Nowthen residents: drop-off assistance is available the first Saturday of each month. For more information, contact city hall at 763-4411347.

Saturday, September 21 Northside Mothers of Multiples will hold a Super Kids Sale, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of the Master, 789 Northdale Blvd., Coon Rapids. A $1 entrance donation is requested. Items include infant to teen clothing, books, furniture, equipment, coats, shoes and much more. For more information visit Saturday, September 28 The Nowthen Lions will

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host its 5K Walk/Run on September 28. This year’s Walk/Run will be held in East Twin Lake Park in Nowthen. It will include a kids’ 1K as well as the 5K. Races begin at 8:30 a.m. Cost for individuals prior to the early bird date is $20 and family cost is $45. Cost after that time is $25 for individuals and $55 for families. Kids under 8 years old pay just for T-shirt, early bird cost is $6 and after that is $10. This includes a race T-shirt, medal and refreshments. Nowthen Lions are also looking for sponsorships. Proceeds from this race will be used within the community of Nowthen. For more information and a registration form, please call Lion Judy at 763-753-6962 or email at You may also call Chris Bassett at 612-889-9473 or email at

Letter to the Editor The Lake Mille Lacs report by Tom Larson (The Courier-May 2013) is not justified — I would like to know why The Courier allowed Larson to claim that the D.N.R. and the native American Indian tribes as being the standout problems concerning the decline of that lake’s walleyes. What qualifies him to insinuate that the D.N.R. is reporting false numbers on the amount of release mortality, and that the tribes are at fault for netting, which is a given treaty rite? He stressed these two points while making small mention of some other factors involved. He makes no mention of the lake being over fished by rod and reel, or of the kill off from live release tournaments, where live well sorting yet illegal is still practiced, or where mishandling of any fish is done by jamming your fingers into their gills (just as he is doing in The Courier photo), which greatly harms the fish and many die after releasing. The size walleye he is holding for the camera is obviously the size you release as it’s most likely a female that will produce the next hatch or it’s not within the legal keeper slot size. The Courier, I believe, was created to bring school news and events to the district students and families, not as a delivery system for someone’s personal comments not pertaining to school matters that can put a cloud over the tribes and the D.N.R. They are preventing another Red Lake mistake. Dennis Lund, Isanti Resident

Letters to the editor Policy The Courier reserves the right to reject any letter submitted and edit letters for clarity, length and grammar. Be timely—visit for deadline information. Include contact information—include your full name, title (optional), city and daytime phone number. Unsigned letters or those submitted without a phone number will not be considered. Be clear & concise—make one main point in 200 words or less. Be accurate—letters that are factually inaccurate will not be printed. Be considerate—only one letter per author every 60 days. Regular contributors should submit letters on varied subjects. Letters by the same author that reiterate opinions previously expressed may not be published. Writers must either live within District 15 or be writing about an issue specific to The Courier coverage area. Submissions—letters can be sent by email to kathleen.miller@isd15. org, by U.S. mail to The Courier, 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis, MN 55070, or by fax to 763-753-4693. Other—thank-you letters that relate to a public event, organization or official are not considered letters to the editor. Contact the editor regarding submitting that information. Viewpoints expressed in a letter to the editor do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of Independent School District 15 or The Courier staff.

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

The very popular “Ghosts of Anoka” tours are offered at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening in September and October. The last week of October before Halloween we will offer tours on October 28, 29, 30 and 31. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for ACHS members (must show membership card), and $5 for children 6-17 years of age. The tour route is 15 blocks around Anoka city streets and lasts about one hour and a half. This year new stories were added of odd happenings and eerie encounters. Because the tours are so popular we require registration in advance at the History Center by calling 763-4210600 or go to our website ( and purchase your tickets online. The tour is limited to 24 people. Lastly, if your group of 15 or more would like to book a private Ghosts of Anoka tour, please contact ACHS at 763-421-0600 or stop in at the History Center to make reservations. The History Center is located at 2135 Third Avenue North in downtown Anoka. Please call for additional information at 763-421-0600 or visit the website at www.

Individual and business community members from the region recently joined staff from Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus for a harvest party at the campus 24-acre double-cropped plot of camelina and soybeans, part of an expanding emphasis at the college on biofuel research and training. Jesse Kraft from Isanti County Equipment poses with Gerald Gelle’s farm equipment, which was used at the research/demonstration site. For more information about the demonstration site, the professional training opportunities or more about biodiesel production, please contact Steve Jones at or 763433-1200, or Melanie Waite-Altringer at melanie.waite-altringer@ or 763-433-1327. Submitted Photo

St. Francis Lions President Rex Larson presents a check for $761.20 for equipment to Dan Thompson and Carl Johnson of the St. Francis Fire & Rescue Department. Submitted Photo

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Trebuchets middle-ages catapults

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Ramsey Fire & Police Chili Cook-Off 4:30–6:00 p.m. Happy Days Logo Contest Award

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Live Music American Roadhouse 5:00–7:45 p.m. Go Kart/Lawn Tractor Races

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4-H Information Night set for September 26 Anna Gilbertson 4-H Program Coordinator

Check out what is happening in Anoka County 4-H! Come and explore what 4-H is all about! Join us at a 4-H Information Night to learn what 4-H can offer you

and your family on Thursday, September 26, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW in Andover. There will be fun, handson activities and general information about 4-H. 4-H lets kids try new

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things, new skills and express themselves through fun hands-on activities. Working on projects helps connect kids with their friends, families, communities and the world. 4-H helps kids gain confidence and develop life skills that will help them be successful. 4-H clubs are open to all youth, kindergarten through one year past high school. 4-H welcomes boys, girls and adults from all backgrounds. The entire family can join in projects and activities. Younger kids, kindergarten through third grade, are part of the Cloverbud program. Cloverbud activities promote creativity and discovery without emphasis on competition. Want to get involved in 4-H? Whether you want to be an Anoka County 4-H member or adult volunteer, there is a place for you! Call Anoka County 4-H, 763-7551280 for more information! Check us out on the web at county/anoka.

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East Bethel Booster Day was held July 20. (Top photo) Longtime East Bethel area volunteer and Grand Marshall Dick Bartz, shared treasures along the parade route. (Bottom photo) The Cedar/East Bethel Lions enjoying themselves on the parade route and had great success with their new turtle races event! Submitted Photos

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Girl Scouts from Rum River and Rivers Bend (East Bethel/St. Francis schools and Champlin schools) combined this year to form 2 Rivers Day Camp. The theme this year was Cowgirls of the Rum River and 110 campers had a week of fun. A huge thank you to all the youth staff and adult volunteers who helped make the week a success. Do you have a daughter interested in joining Girl Scouts? Or are you interested in volunteering with Girl Scouts? If so, please come to our New Member Night Tuesday, September 17 at Our Saviors’ Lutheran Church, Cedar, at 7:00 p.m. A new member night in the St. Francis area will be held soon. Girls in kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome, as well as adults. For more information about Girl Scouts, visit or call 1-800-845-0787.  Submitted Photo

Oak Grove Acorn Day, sponsored by the Oak Grove Lions, was held August 10 and was a great success with more than 400 people enjoying the day. There were 75 entries in the car show and over 30 vendors. Mark your calendar for August 9, 2014 for the next Oak Grove Acorn Day. (Top) Oak Grove Lions free hay wagon ride ran all day. (Bottom L-R) Oak Grove council members Mike Wiley, Sean Sullivan, Dan Denno, Mayor Mark Korin and Lion Tim Newell, Lion Roger Welch and Lion President Mark Silbernagel welcome all to the return of Oak Grove Acorn Day. Submitted Photo

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Orchard in Oak Grove offers more than apples Donna Remick Owner, Remick’s Orchard

Remick’s Orchard in Oak Grove, owned by Donna Wasnick Remick and her husband, Chuck, have created a fall destination stop for fruits, vegetables and grapes for wine making. The history was “planted” on June 15, 1935, as Donna’s grandparents, Michael Demitry and Lena Pelecacz Wasnick, purchased the 80-acre parcel of land. Over the years, mainly potatoes were grown in the back west section of the property and the rest with hay for animals. Donna often wondered why her family would buy this property that was mostly trees. Then one day, as she looked at the property abstract and realized it was purchased on June 15, her birthdate, she decided this

was destiny that something should be done fitting to her grandparents’ and family’s memory. The vineyard is the Heritage Farm. Each row of grapes has a bottle of wine created with a label in honor of a family member beginning with Remick’s grandmother. They have labeled each row in memory of not only deceased family members but one for Donna 1953 and son Bryce Charles 1978 and two grandsons Tyler Charles 2001 and Aidan Michael 2004. There is even room for great grandchildren. The purpose of the Heritage Farm is to honor the past, present and future. So as you purchase the grapes to make a few bottles of wine, keep in mind your heritage and how it evolved to where you are today. Maybe you will want to plant

a few grape vines in memory of your family heritage. All of the grapes grown can be used for wine, jams and jelly, juice or just for eating as a snack! When the Remicks began planting the apple orchard in Anoka County sand, there were some pessimistic folks who said it could not be done. But today there are apples as well as cherries, plums, horseradish, blueberries, rhubarb, asparagus, grapes and raspberries. Fall fun at the orchard will include photo opportunities, trail walks where you can see 100-plus year old grape vines, wildlife, rare plants, straw bales, pumpkins, kids games and more. Visit Remick’s Orchard at 18978 Lake George Boulevard NW or call 612-240-3355 for more information.

Donna and Chuck Remick of Remick’s Orchard in Oak Grove offer apples, fruits, vegetables, grapes and more. The property has been in Donna’s family since 1935.  Submitted Photo

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Lake George Improvement District holds Annual Meeting Juanita Reed-Boniface Lake George Improvement District

The fifth annual meeting of the Lake George Improvement District (LGID) was held August 13 at Oak Grove City Hall. Board chairman Larry Backlund called the meeting to order and gave the chairman’s report. Backlund commended the Invasive Species committee this past year for their work with milfoil and curly leaf pondweed control. The LGID works closely with DNR staff to monitor and map the lake for weed growth, determine milfoil and curly leaf treatment and analyze treatment results. He also acknowledged the financial support from the Oak Grove City Council, the Anoka County Parks Department and DNR grant programs for their help in financing these control programs. One director was elected at the annual meeting; Robyn Erickson was re-elected for a three-year term. Other business included the budget report and approval of the 2014 budget. Assessment fees will continue at the $200 level. John Vilande displayed a newly completed map of Lake George identifying all property owners, addresses and property pin numbers. This map will be invaluable to the LGID board as well as to city officials and landowners. Copies of the map may be purchased from Charlie Teff at the Anoka County Government Building. Contact

him by email at Charlie.Teff@ or call 763-3235502. The price is $15 plus tax. Special recognition certificates and gift cards were presented to three community

volunteers for their service to the LGID. Alex Stitt was cited for his leadership in identifying the benefits of a Lake Lake George, Page 26

The Lake George Improvement District held its annual meeting August 13. Pictured (L-R) front row: honorees Dan Burke, Alex Stitt and John Vilandre; back row: board members Juanita Reed-Boniface, Don Nast, Dick Werner, Larry Backlund and Robyn Erickson. 

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Building Blocks Montessori proudly presents its Preschool Graduating Class of 2013. Pictured (L-R) front row: Ryan Mickelberg, Caden Aldrich, Rhiley Murphy, Jamie Clarkson, Gracie Geslin; back row: Gavyn Gutierrez, Molly Hanson, David Kuss and teacher Laurie Skoglund. Not pictured: Isiah Koppendrayer and Maddex Udstuen.  Submitted Photo

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Anoka County Farm Bureau holds annual meeting Juanita Reed-Boniface Anoka County Farm Bureau

Anoka County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting recently at Majestic Oaks Golf Course. Guests included elected officials, Anoka County’s Farm Family of the Year, County Extension staff, County Extension Committee members, District Farm Bureau representatives and insurance agents. Amber Hanson, associate director, Public Policy, Minnesota Farm Bureau was the keynote speaker. Hanson identified and discussed the three key Congressional issues that Minnesota farmers/ ranchers are focused on. These are: the farm bill, agricultural labor reform and upgrades to our nation’s waterways transportation infrastructure. Highlight of the evening was recognition of Larry and Sandi Golyer as the 2013 Anoka

County Farm Family of the Year (see article on page 1). Brittany Coop, daughter of Mitch and Dana Coop and Jenna Padula, daughter of Charles and Karin Padula, reported on their participation in the Farm Bureau sponsored Animal Science Showcase event at the Anoka County Fair. They described their project and their experiences interacting with the public to tell their story of animal agriculture. Newly designed teaching kits featuring learning activities about beef and sheep were displayed. These teaching resources were developed by Anoka County Extension Staff with financial support from Farm Bureau. Elected officials were introduced and each gave a brief statement. Legislators in attendance were Representatives Tom Hackbarth and Jim Abeler. County Commissioners attending were Julie Braastad

and Scott Schulte. President Doug Lawrence presided over the business meeting. Dick Boniface gave the invocation. Juanita ReedBoniface gave the annual report of activities. District Director Fran Miron brought greetings as did Mike Rouillard, District

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Anoka County Farm Bureau Board of Directors (L-R): Charles Padula, Director; Anna Gilbertson, Chair, Promotion/Education; Dick Boniface, Treasurer; Juanita Reed-Boniface, Vice President; JoAnn Lawrence, Director; Doug Lawrence, President. Submitted Photo

Promotion and Education Committee Representative. District Program Leader Dennis Sabel commended the organization for their strong leadership and size and scope of programs completed. A unanimous ballot was cast to re-elect present officers

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Documentary of renowned potter to premiere September 5 at local college Tina Perpich Anoka-Ramsey Community College

With the help of a $49,713 Minnesota State Arts Board grant and generous donations from Northern Clay Center, Continental Clay and the college foundation, AnokaRamsey Community College has captured renowned potter Warren MacKenzie at work in his studio in a documentary titled, “Warren MacKenzie: A Potter’s Hands.” The documentary, premiering September 5, presents a visual window into the life work of this remarkable potter who, at 89, continues to remain active in his studio. This documentary follows the potter through his complete firing cycle, and captures MacKenzie

sharing his own stories. “It has been a wonderful experience documenting Warren in his studio,” said Mark Lambert, college art faculty and documentary director. “Witnessing his hands move

life into the clay is captivating, and Warren is such a warm and giving individual. The film crew also worked so well together, each person filling an important role and doing a remarkable job.”

The documentary will premiere at Anoka-Ramsey Community College: Thursday, September 5, 7:00 p.m., Coon Rapids Campus Performing Art Center (11200 Mississippi Boulevard NW, Coon Rapids).

Public viewing of the documentary will also be shown throughout the state. Contact Mark.Lambert@anokaramsey. edu, 763-433-1307 for details. POTTER, Page 26

A documentary about potter Warren MacKenzie will premier at Anoka-Ramsey Community College September 5. Submitted Photo

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I hate when that happens Randy Gerdin ASE certified technician

How do they do that? We have sure had a wild ride this spring and summer with our gas prices. They have been close to $4.50/gallon and then down to $3.25 and back to the mid-$3 range. Like most people, I really pay attention to the price of fuel. Our company uses a lot of both gasoline and diesel fuel each month. I also keep track of our sales volume when the price of gas spikes. We do see a slow down when gas rises rapidly. So what is the answer to high gas prices? I guess it depends on who you ask. Ask a car salesman and he may tell you to buy a brand new economical car. An environmentalist may recommend that you drive less and walk, ride your bike or take mass transit. A mechanic may say to make sure you take care of the car you have and keep it in top condition so it will run longer and more efficient. However, if you ask the United States government, they will tell you that they have a plan and they do. It is to increase the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Congress first enacted these standards in 1975 after the 1973 Arab oil embargo. Back then they mandated that a manufacturer increase fuel economy to 18 miles per gallon (mpg) by 1978. That was a jump

since the average in 1974 was about 13. The current administration has issued a new standard that says by 2025, the corporate average fuel economy for a manufacturers’ fleet of vehicles must be at 54.5 mpg. That is a big jump. How will they get there? Well, the car companies are not standing still in the least. There has been a consistent progression of ways to save fuel. Technology advances have paved the way and many newer vehicles have been getting over 30 mpg for more than 10 years. On-board computer controls have been taking over many of the previous mechanical systems. Today the computer can vary valve timing, vary fuel injector on time, completely control ignition spark timing and fuel control. Of course, vehicles have gotten lighter and lighter. Many body panels are made out of composite materials. Aluminum parts have replaced heavier steel or iron counterparts. Transmission design has changed dramatically going from 3 speed units to 6, 7 and even 8 speeds. The goal is to control engine RPM, yet allow for quick acceleration when needed. Many vehicles have changed fuel injector configurations. Many manufacturers have what is called direct injection right

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into the combustion chamber rather than into the intake manifold. This is no easy task. Fuel pressure has had to go way up and fuel control has gotten much tighter. Some manufacturers have put smaller engines into their vehicles. Where once they had a V-8 or V-6, they may put in a 6 or a 4-cylinder with a turbo charger. Many companies are putting small turbo-charged diesel engines in their line-up. They have been used in Europe for years but are only now catching on in the United States. There are the hybrid vehicles that come in all kinds of designs, from a total plugin electric to a gas/electric combination of some kind. There are a lot of things to think of when talking about getting better fuel economy. For each person, that issue may be different. Not everyone can afford to buy a brand new car. Some people may need a pickup truck so that may limit their options. Some people do not really drive that much and are fine with what they have. Others, even if they drive a lot, still find it cheaper to keep what they have when they consider everything that goes into ownership of a vehicle these days. But eventually everything wears out and sooner or later everything will need to be replaced. Uncle Sam does have a plan whether we like it or not. We will all save at the pump, I hope?

Fighting Saints look to build on success Chris Lindquist SFHS Head Football Coach

Starting with the 2013 season, the St. Francis Fighting Saints will be competing in the Mississippi 8 Conference. There will be many familiar teams, some of them new and some old rivals. The Mississippi 8 will consist of 10 teams in total. From the North Suburban Conference, St. Francis will be joined by Chisago Lakes and North Branch. In addition, longtime geographic rivals, Cambridge-Isanti and Princeton, will join. The five remaining teams consist of Big Lake, Buffalo, Monticello, Rogers and St. Michael-Albertville. Two Duluth schools, Denfeld and East, have also been placed in our conference for football. The Saints football squad looks to build from a playoff victory for the second time in three years. Returning starters on offense and defense will help with continuity as they get ready for a tough conference schedule. On offense, the Saints return seniors Adam Blue-tackle, Max Gust-running back, Dylan Schroeder-wide receiver. Juniors Blake Moreno-tight end and John Santiago-running back also return. In addition, sophomore Hunter Trautman starts at quarterback. Defensively, seniors Adam Blue-end, Kolton Oie-defensive back, Kesler Soucie-linebacker, Mitch Benson-defensive back and Nate Svihel-linebacker return. The Saints coaching staff and players are very excited for the 2013 season and expect to compete at a very high level. We look forward to seeing the best home crowd in the Mississippi 8 under the Friday night lights!


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Anoka County Extension Staff and Dollar Works Volunteers will present a free Dollars into Sense class on Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center (550 Bunker Lake Boulevard, Andover) and again at 7:00 p.m. at the Anoka County Human Services Center (1201 89th Avenue, Blaine). To register, call University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County, at 763-755-1280 at least three days prior to the class you wish to attend. Classes will cover budgeting and address credit issues, tracking expenses, making a spending plan, goal setting and how to get additional help.

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From Page 24

Potter MacKenzie was born in 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri, and spent his formative years in Wilmette, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. After serving in the Army during World War II, he returned from Japan and attended The Art Institute of Chicago. He apprenticed with English potter Bernard Leach from 1949 until 1952. In 1953, he and his wife purchased a farm near Stillwater and constructed a studio where he continues to work today.

Over his 60+ year career, Warren MacKenzie has made vast contributions to our society’s cultural heritage. MacKenzie’s simple, wheelthrown functional pottery, heavily influenced by Korean folk pottery, is internationally recognized. According to the Smithsonian Institution, MacKenzie is credited with bringing to Minnesota the Japanese “Mingei” style of pottery—“hand-crafted art for ordinary people.” He joined the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities art faculty in 1952 and remains a professor emeritus

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today. MacKenzie has always represented his work as everyday pottery for everyday people at an affordable price, reinforcing the functionality of his pieces; yet, his work continues to be highly valued and prized for its simple elegance and artistic value. This documentary showcases the artistic process of this remarkable individual, provides a view into the creation of the art form, and imparts to Minnesotans the artistic value of pottery, as well as its historic and cultural significance to society as a whole. This documentary was funded by Minnesota State Arts Board- Folk and Traditional Arts grant and made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Lake George Improvement District, researching the development of a district and developing the proposal for the creation of the Lake George Improvement District. He has served as the recording secretary for the past five years. John Vilandre was recognized for his many contributions in overseeing and carrying out administrative duties of the organization including developing business forms, lake maps, policies and procedures for elections and writing the newsletter. Dan Burke was honored for his leadership as chair, Invasive Species Committee, his skills in establishing and maintaining a strong working relationship with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and positive and effective relationships with contractors to do lake treatment, surveying and monitoring. In making the awards Board Chair Backlund stated, “All of these men have had long-time interest in the well-being of Lake George and have given countless hours of unselfish service to the LGID and the Lake George Community.” Voting members of the LGID are property owners within the boundaries of the LGID in the City of Oak Grove and are listed on the Anoka County tax rolls. Each individual owner of property as listed on the Anoka County tax records is entitled to one vote at the annual meeting. Following the annual meeting, the LGID board met to reorganize for the coming year. Larry Backlund was re-elected chair. Other officers re-elected were Juanita Reed-Boniface, first vice-chair, Don Nast, second vice-chair, Robyn Erickson, secretary and Dick Werner, treasurer.

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Financial focus

Blake Cheeley Edward Jones financial advisor

Avoid "cramming" for college savings If you have children, you’re keenly aware that it’s back-toschool time. Today, that might mean you need to go shopping for notebooks and pencils. But in the future, when back to school means off to college, your expenditures are likely to be significantly greater. Will you be financially prepared for that day? It could be expensive. The average cost for one year at an in-state public school is $22,261, while the comparable expense for a private school is $43,289, according to the College Board’s figures for the 2012–13 academic year. And these costs will probably continue to rise. Still, there’s no need to panic. Your child could receive grants or scholarships to college, which would lower the sticker price. But it’s still a good idea for you to save early and often. To illustrate the importance of getting an early jump on college funding, let’s look at two examples of how you might fund a college education. A 529 plan is one way—but not the only way—to save for college. (The following examples are hypothetical in nature and don’t reflect the performance of an actual investment or investment

strategy.) Example 1: Suppose you started saving for your child’s college education when she was 3 years old. If you contributed $200 a month, for 15 years, to a 529 plan that earned 7 percent a year, you’d accumulate about $64,000 by the time your daughter turned 18. With a 529 plan, your earnings grow tax free, provided all withdrawals are used for qualified higher education purposes. (Keep in mind, though, that 529 plan distributions not used for qualified expenses may be subject to federal and state income tax and a 10 percent IRS penalty.) Example 2: Instead of starting to save when your child was 3, you wait 10 years, until she turns 13. You put in the same $200 per month to a 529 plan that earns the same 7 percent a year. After five years, when your daughter has turned 18, you will have accumulated slightly less than $15,000. Clearly, there’s a big disparity between $64,000 and $15,000. So, if you don’t want to be in a position where you have to start putting away huge sums of money each month to catch up on your college savings, you’ll be well advised to start saving as early as possible— specifically, during the first few

years of your child’s life. Of course, given all your other expenses, you may find it challenging to begin putting away money for college. And with so many years to go until you actually need the money, it’s tempting to put off your savings for another day. But those other days can add up—and before you know it, college may be looming. Consequently, you may want to put your savings on autopilot by setting up a bank authorization to move money each month into a college savings account. And, as your income rises, you may be able to increase your monthly contributions. Save early, save often: it’s a good strategy for just about any investment goal—and it can make an especially big difference when it comes to paying for the high costs of higher education.

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Sports & Outdoors St. Francis summer baseball teams perform well—Legion team returns to state tournament Brian Julson SFHS Head Baseball Coach

The St. Francis Legion Post 622 baseball team completed a very successful summer season by finishing with a 1511 overall record. The Saints went 8-5 in league play, 3-3 in non-league play and 4-3 in playoffs, including the state tournament. The players and

coaches had the opportunity to attend the state banquet, a flyover and participate in a home run derby hosted by Edina Legion at Braemar Field before playing their games. The Saints lost to Eden Prairie (eventual state champions) 13-1 and Mahtomedi 4-1. Those who participated on the team were Alex

The St. Francis Legion, Post 622 baseball team members were Alex Bauermeister, Shane Benson, Mitch Benson, Brady Blowers, Jeff Bowman, Trent Carlson, Cole Duncan, David Jorgenson, Josh Niemeyer, Lucas Niemeyer, Brent Tholen and Mitch Wenker. 

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Bauermeister, Shane Benson, Mitch Benson, Brady Blowers, Jeff Bowman, Trent Carlson, Cole Duncan, David Jorgenson, Josh Niemeyer, Lucas Niemeyer, Brent Tholen and Mitch Wenker. The players along with coaches Jon Chhay and Bo Stevens would like to thank parents, HomeRun Club and St. Francis Legion Post 622, especially Mike Lillquist, for their support this summer. Also playing well this summer was the St. Francis VFW Post 10796 baseball team. The team finished with a record of 9-13 but played their best baseball down the home stretch and into playoffs. This year’s team members were Shane Benson, Andrew Bode, Ryan Carda, Dom DeJarlais, Hunter Enkhaus, Andrew Fritz, Matt Heagerty, David Jorgensen, Jake Kivisto, Ben Servais and Ben Yatckoske. Also contributing to this team were George Bertels, Donovan Miles, Cam Pettis and Hunter Trautman. The team was coached by Jake Yatckoske. These players and Coach Yatckoske would like to thank parents, HomeRun

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St. Francis Legion Post 622 baseball team Coach Bo Stevens and Coach Jon Chhay proudly display the trophy that the team won at the state tournament. Submitted Photo Club and VFW Post 10796 for their support throughout the summer. Finally, the 2013 15U AAA Mantle St. Francis baseball team finished their season this summer with a 3-12 record. Though the record may not indicate it, the squad performed well in every game and competitive until the very last out against some very strong competition. Players that participated were Brady Arzdorf, George Bertels, Kyler Hennen, Max Hoffman, Travis Hoeschen, Bradley Johnson, Justin Kost, Dylan Lauseng, Skyler Long, Donovan Miles,

Casey Parnell, Cameron Pettis, Keegan Sonnenfeld, Wyatt Tegg, Hunter Trautman and Keegan White. The team was coached by Scott Hoeg. These players and Coach Hoeg would like to thank parents and HomeRun Club for their support throughout the summer. If you would like to help support St. Francis Baseball or get involved with the St. Francis Youth Baseball Association or the HomeRun Club, please contact Coach Brian Julson at 763-213-1596 or

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Local athlete earns gold and bronze medals in international competition Vikki Olsen Parent

Grant Olsen, a senior at St. Francis High School, recently returned from international competition in Australia bringing home gold and bronze medals. Olsen was able to compete in the 25th annual Down Under Sports Track and Field Championship meet hosted by International Sports Specialists, Inc. (ISSI) in Brisbane, Australia. He was part of the First Team selection from ISSI to represent Minnesota and the USA. The competition in July took place at the State Athletics Facility in St. Francis High School senior Grant Olsen (center) Brisbane and included recently participated in an international track and approximately 34 teams field meet held in Brisbane, Australia. He returned from Australia, Brazil,the home with a gold medal in 2000M steeple chase and United States and New bronze medal 800M run. Submitted Photo Zealand. Olsen competed in four events starting with the 800 meter run winning a bronze medal. He won gold in the 2000 meter steeple chase. This was the first time Olsen has ever competed in the steeple chase! Olsen also competed in the 1500 meter run placing fifth, and was a member of a 4x100 relay team. Olsen is a four-year varsity track and field participant, a two-year varsity soccer participant, and a one-year varsity cross country participant at St. Francis High School. He will start the year as part of the cross country team.

Community members, Independent School District 15 staff, former coaches and friends met at St. Francis High School at 5:45 a.m. August 16 to give Maggie Ewen a surprise send-off as she was on her way to the airport. Ewen’s first destination was to Arizona State University to move into her dorm where she will be attending as a freshman this fall. She was then heading to Miami, Florida to meet up with the rest of the USA Junior Track & Field team. The final destination, Medellin, Columbia, is where Ewen competed in the discus event at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championship Track Meet August 23-25. Ewen was quite surprised by her parents as they made a stop at the high school. She is pictured with her high school coach, Mark Hanson, and some of the early riser well-wishers. The entire community is rooting for you, Maggie Ewen! 

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Boys 10U baseball team earns trip to championship game Kati Berwald Parent

It was a slow start to the 2013 St. Francis Youth Baseball season. But once the snow melted off the fields and the bats and balls came out, this St. Francis team of 10U boys were unstoppable. Throughout the season, the boys worked hard and were a dedicated team. Together they enjoyed many successful games and wins, including a second place and two third place rankings in local weekend tournaments. The boys also earned a spot in the

Gopher State Tournament of Champions, where they played in the high humidity and hot temperatures. Their determination and teamwork brought them to the championship games. They took first place for their 10U AA tier by defeating Blaine, which advanced them to the final championship game against their local rival, the Zimmerman Thunder. They played six great innings of baseball; however, it wasn’t enough and lost to Zimmerman. The team was awarded second place for the

10U AA Gopher State Baseball League. The team also participated in the 2013 Gopher State Parade of Champions at Target

Field. The boys will got to walk out onto the field before the Minnesota Twins took on the Chicago White Sox on August 15.

It was a great season, with a lot of sweat, blood and tears, but the moments these boys shared will be memories that will last their lifetimes.

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Tony Jambor’s annual salmon fishing buddies helped Tim Holen celebrate his 60th birthday (Holen shown drinking a Killebrew Root Beer). A group of 33 people from all around the country have gotten together each year since 1983. Some come from as far away Local one stop as South Dakota, the Iron Range, Illinois, Japan and other auto parts locations. For many years the store with over group fished on Lake Michigan 100,000 in (Michigan side) but in the past stock parts and several years they have fished nationwide parts on the west side. During the trip, locating. they fish in the morning, golf in the afternoon and enjoy music and cards in the evening. The Paying $200 for most junkers! Bonus biggest fish this year was just over 25 pounds, 487 pounds of for cars fillets were brought home. Local ’04 or people who went were Tim newer! Holen, Rick and Aaron Sonsteby, 763-753-4698 Tony Jambor, Jeff Laakman, and 4140 St. Francis Blvd., just south of town on Hwy. 47 Roy Robaska. Reservations are Family Run Business — Open 6 Days A Week already made for the 2014 trip.

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Fall Fur, Fin and Feather Reflections of years past

Tom Larson Outdoor Writer

Game Fair 2013 It comes fast, that annual ritual—Game Fair at Armstrong Kennels. Game Fair was the brain child of Chuck Delaney of Armstrong Kennels in Ramsey 32 years ago as a hunting and fishing event that was to get hunters and fishermen hyped up about the fall season. I have been a regular attendee for 15 years for the sole purpose of viewing fall hunting equipment, talking to outfitters, watching dogs work and retrieve and attending a few of the many seminars, all dedicated to getting me even more worked up about what is just around the corner. All this

does is get the juices flowing and the phone calls “a goin’” to set up dates, times and places my hunting cronies and I want to hit. One of the fall highlights for me is to hit the Ducks and Decoy Hill and exhibits. Each year I marvel at the new and improved decoys as well as the gaggle of well rounded goose and duck callers that gather around the many booths. I even took time to talk to one of the callers about the specifics of good goose calling and how to better place tongue and teeth to produce the widely used goose calling warble. I’m still practicing. The last weekend of Game Fair was August 16-18, but I know I’ll look forward to it all over again next year.

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Each fall is also a time that most of us who hunt and fish take some time to reflect on the past as we ease into September. Game Fair revs one up, but the crisp mornings and sounds of honking geese bring back memories. It’s funny, we don’t always remember the days of being skunked and there are those. What we do remember is a great day, a unique decoy set up with flocks of bluebills buzzing the blocks, a big buck that followed an age old trail right under my stand, my first shotgun, the first shotgun I gave my son and the thrill of the season’s first burst of a rooster from cover. My first rooster was in western Minnesota as my Dad and Uncle Vince worked a small grove of trees and were to push up a ravine. I stood stoically to the side of the ravine in a blocking stance with my 20-gauge Savage single shot cradled in my left arm. I had shot at a few birds during the season, but never hit one and was always looking for another chance. A rooster exploded from the edge of the woods and grassy ravine and came right up the alley where I was to be the stop-gap from escaping roosters. I was the only thing between that rooster and a waiting corn field of safety. I could hear my Dad yell, “ROOSTER” and I shouldered that gun for what seemed like a lifetime…it was a perfect right to left busting rooster that was gaining speed and altitude. I waited and waited, knowing I had only one shot… eye and gun barrel on the bird, ease forward of the bird with a smooth swing

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and squeeze the trigger…pop! That bird cartwheeled to the ground. The next thing I knew I was jumping and hollering. As Dad and Uncle Vince came over the rise of the ravine, my Dad gave me the biggest grin.

That grin was the greatest gift a young hunter can get. I got that and a hearty hug to boot! I had arrived. Remember, hunt safe and keep your line wet!

Anoka County Parks event A 30-foot Voyageur canoe, fall colors and the beautiful Rum River—what more can you ask for? Participants will experience the majestic Rum River in all its fall beauty while paddling the big 30-foot canoe Saturday, September 28, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Space is limited to the 20 people we can fit in the boat at a time, so don’t miss out on this unique program. Fees are $7/adult (+tax) and $5/child (ages 15 and under). Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 651-4298007 or visit Anoka County Parks at www.anokacountyparks.

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Office space Whether you work at a desk all day, are studying for an exam or are checking emails at home, chances are you have likely been guilty of poor posture at the computer. Improper posture can place physical stress on your body. Without realizing it, often until it is too late, prolonged or repetitive stress can lead to pain, muscle fatigue or nerve impingement. There are many things you can modify to

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enough to avoid leaning forward or straining the neck. } Head and neck should be aligned with the rest of the trunk. Attempt to keep the ears over your shoulders. } Keep the eyes forward and avoid turning the head frequently, especially only to one side. } Trunk should be nearly perpendicular to the floor, with minimal recline. } If your chair does not have built-in lumbar support, use a pillow or towel roll at the natural curve of the low back. } Make sure your chair has adequate seat width and seat depth and that the seat is not pressing into the backs of your legs. } Shoulders should be relaxed and not elevated. If you need to, raise your seat to decrease shoulder elevation. } Elbows should be bent at 90 degrees and supported. Forearms should be parallel to the floor. } Hands should be aligned with forearms, with minimal bend in the wrists. Wrists should be resting on a curved or padded surface. } Thighs should be parallel to the floor. } Use a footrest if needed so that the feet may be flat on the floor. } If you use the telephone frequently, consider a hands-

free headset to minimize impingement positioning of the neck. } Take frequent rest breaks every 30 minutes to stand up and walk around and completely relax shoulders, neck and wrists. Between these breaks, take smaller breaks to adjust shoulder and neck posture. } Alternate tasks more frequently to avoid repetitive stress. Easy exercises you can perform at the computer: } Slowly turn your head side to side as far as you can for 5 second holds. } Slowly bring one ear to the shoulder to tilt the head for 5 second holds. } Tuck your chin down slightly and push the entire head back to align it with the rest of the spine for 5 second

holds. } Press your shoulders down for 5 second holds. } Squeeze your shoulder blades down and together for 10 second holds. } Using one hand, stretch your opposite wrist by pulling the palm back for 10 second holds. } Extend one leg out in front of you, with the foot supported and reach for your toes, keeping the knee straight and hold for 30 seconds. If you are experiencing constant pain, frequent numbness or tingling or abnormal weakness, please consult your physician. He or she may refer you to a physical therapist to perform range of motion/stretches, manual therapy and postural exercises to decrease these symptoms.

We are rallying for God on Rally Sunday, September 8

After Worship there will be a moonwalk, fish pond, a parade with the kid’s stuffed animals, hot dogs and ice cream cones. Stay for the fun. On Saturday, September 7 we are renting Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. table spaces for the St. Francis 6th grade-adult Citywide Garage Sale. Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. Contact Barb Hankes, 5th grade and under 763-421-4776. Worship at 10:30 a.m.

St. Francis United Methodist Church Pastor Kevin Coder • 3914-229th Avenue • St. Francis (Across from St. Francis Elementary and right by the hockey rink) • 763-753-2273

Starting Sunday, September 8 Fall worship and programming Sundays

Services at 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Faith Formation Time 9:35-10:25 a.m.

Annual Craft Boutique and Santa’s Workshop

Sunday School

Saturday, November 9

10:30 a.m.

Faith Formation Time is defined as Christian Education and fellowship in the church, in our community and the world.

9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Crafters wanted. Please call 763-753-2057 for information.

5730 179th Lane NW, Highway 47 and County Road 27 | Ramsey, MN 763-753-2057 |


The Courier | September 2013 |

Fitness Matters

East Bethel Senior Events

Question I have some pretty serious cravings from time to time. Is this because my body is deficient in certain nutrients that these foods provide? Answer Generally speaking, no! And this is true whether you’re craving brownies, spinach or Taco Bell tacos. Unexplained cravings can pop up during pregnancy, however, and amazingly, a deficiency of one particular nutrient, iron, can lead people to crave non-food items such as dirt and clay (a condition called pica). But aside from this scenario, almost all other cravings are emotional responses to a particular food or food group. Maybe your diet is too boring, too restrictive or you simply won’t let yourself have something you like, but feel you shouldn’t have. These scenarios can easily set the stage for a craving, but minimizing and/or eliminating its effect is achievable. If you can identify the cause of the craving, managing it becomes much easier. In other words, if your diet is in fact, too boring, then try to spice things up a bit while staying within established healthy eating guidelines. If your diet is too restrictive, liberalize a bit. It really can be this simple, but if you’re finding your cravings to be a real challenge, then seek out the counsel of a nutritional coach. Many health clubs will have personal trainers or staff that can help guide you with cravings and a plan for a balanced diet. This will help you be satisfied with your food and balance any weight issues you may have that are due to food issues such as cravings.

Senior Dance Have fun dancing with us! Dances are 1:00-4:00 p.m. Old time music will be played by Tony Jambor on Friday, September 6. Entertainment for the November 1 Halloween Dance is Jim Armstrong. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Pancake Breakfast All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on September 8, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee, and scrambled eggs, additional 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Events are held at the East Bethel Senior Center located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel.

Melissa Enzler St. Francis Anytime Fitness, Owner

The Red Cross will be having a blood drive on Monday, September 23, 1:00-7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Francis. Walk-ins are welcome, but it is helpful to make an appointment. You may do so by calling 763-753-1234 or sign up online at

Dr. Francis S. Ryan, Dentist Main Street at First Avenue kitty-corner from The Creamery Isanti, Minnesota 55040

Se Habla Español Aqui – Poco.


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

Cross of Hope Lutheran Church 5730-179th Lane NW Ramsey • 763-753-2057 First Baptist Church & Christian School K–12 22940 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1230

Living Hope Evangelical Free Church 763.753.1718

Living Hope Evangelical Free Church 23038 Rum River Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1718

Welcome to New Life Church

Long Lake Lutheran Church 3921 277th Avenue NW Isanti • 763-444-5315 New Life Church 17261 St. Francis Boulevard NW Ramsey • 763-421-0166

3220 Bridge Street, Suite 107 in the St. Francis Mall


763-753-1277 for an Appointment

Kendall W. Goodian, D.C. Chiropractic Orthopedist

Specializing in Sports, Industrial and Auto Accident Injuries

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

9:00 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Study Free BBQ and games after the Service

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

Sunday Schedule • 9:00 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Study

St. Patrick Catholic Church 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove • 763-753-2011

Our mission is to Invite, Ignite, and Excite all people about Jesus Christ!

18975 Lake George Boulevard, Oak Grove 1/4 mile south of County Road 22 on County Road 9 763-753-5717 •

Come as a guest, leave as our family! The Courier | September 2013 |

The Bridge 763-516-5995 West Bethel United Methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451


“We treat your pets like our own”

St. Francis Veterinary Clinic 763-444-9359

Doctors on staff Dr. Tracey Thomas Dr. Jill Hergenrader Dr. Kelly Pawlenty Dr. Nicole Perreault

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

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

Ask Fido:

What makes Fido’s your favorite home away from home?

“Easy. Four free walks a day, every day I’m here!”

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

Fall Kickoff • Sunday, September 8


Faith Listings

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

Blood Drive

More personal care boarding perks:

10% Off for new Grooming Customers!

• $18 per day plus a multi dog discount • Pick-up/drop-off 365 days a year • 24 hour on-site care • Maintaining Fido’s routine of pottying outside­—we’re not in the business of starting bad habits • Free medication administration

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

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



Nowthen Alliance Church offers ministry luncheon Helen Peterson Nowthen Alliance Church

The Nowthen Alliance Church PrimeTime Ministry welcomes special guests Danielle and Jonathan Ingalls of 99 Perspectives Photography on Thursday, September 19. This is an 11:30 a.m. potluck luncheon in the church’s fellowship hall. The community is welcome and invited to bring a dish or dessert to share. The Ingalls are grateful for Danielle Ingalls (shown above) and her husband the opportunity they had to Jonathan will speak about their missionary trip travel to one of the poorest to Africa.  Submitted photo countries in the world—Malawi, Africa. They served alongside the Christian, non-profit organization called Ancient Path whose mission is to “incite compassion and ignite hope in a hurting world.” In Malawi, the program called Chifundo (mercy) provides children—many of them orphans—with food, clothing, medicine, school supplies, Bible stories and more. Danielle and Jonathan helped to provide such items and spent time with these precious children showing them how much they are loved. Through photography and videography, they captured a glimpse of life in Malawi—both the beauty and poverty—and most importantly, what God is doing there. It was truly an unforgettable experience. Danielle and Jonathan say that “helping to tell His story is such a privilege, and we will never be the same.” To learn more visit and Nowthen Alliance Church is located on the corner of Anoka County Roads 22 and 5 in Nowthen. For more information please contact the church office at 763441-1600.

Complete Family Dentistry

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Dr. Thomas Swenson

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

Open Evenings Nitrous Oxide Available Cosmetic Dentistry

Come Grow With us

Births William Brian Cunz was born on June 25 at Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19¾ inches long. Proud parents are Ryan and Bonny Cunz of Jacksonville, Florida, both graduates of St. Francis High School. William is welcomed by brother Tommy (6), sister Annella (2), and grandparents Gary and Gayle Nelson of East Bethel and Mark and Michelle Masica of Oak Grove. Jason Norris Shugren was born on August 1 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 6 William Brian Cunz  Submitted Photo pounds, 1 ounce. Proud parents are Dustin and Erin Shugren of St. Francis. Calvin Joel Tanis was born on August 6 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Micah and Ranae Tanis of St. Francis. Falen Lynn Kaunzner was born on August 8 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Jennifer Hatcher and John Kaunzner of Isanti. Falen is welcomed by big sister Zoey (2).

Ninth annual 4-H Family Farm Fest Megan Farka 4-H Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County

Anoka County 4-H will host its 9th Annual 4-H Family Farm Fest on Sunday, September 22. Join us at Waldoch Farm, located at 8194 Lake Drive in Lino Lakes from noon until 4:00 p.m. for this exciting event! There is an admittance fee of $7 per person, two years and under are free. Families are invited to attend and learn about agriculture and the environment through a fun day on the farm. Youth of all ages will enjoy a wide variety of hands-on learning activities including making corn husk dolls, apple cidering, bunny booth and much more. Check out the Lino Lakes Canine Unit, all of the animals in the barns, and then hop on a hayride around the farm. Also enjoy face painting, corn dig, hay jump, exploring soybeans, pumpkin painting, and many more educational interactive booths. For questions concerning 4-H Farm Fest, please contact Megan Farka at the Anoka County Extension office at 763-755-1280.

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21202 Old Lake George Boulevard Oak Grove, MN 55303

763.753.6019 Jeffrey W. Williams, O.D.

Garage Sale


Proceeds benefit LLLC 2014 youth trips.

Alicia M. Yates, O.D.


Join us each Sunday for worship and fellowship – 8:00 & 9:30 a.m. Located 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47 3921 277th Avenue NW, Isanti, MN 55040 763-444-5315 • 763-444-8066 fax •

Andover Family Eyecare 3480 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW Suite #101, Andover

September 6 & 7 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Long Lake Lutheran Church



23168 St. Francis Blvd. NW Suite #300, St. Francis

Worship times 8:00 & 9:30 a.m.

All are welcome!


St. Francis Eyecare

Sunday, September 8 Sunday School registration two years old through 5th grade. Also register for confirmation, high school youth group and much more for all ages! Games for the kids following the 9:30 a.m. service.

Less than 5 minutes from St. Francis and 15 minutes to Riverdale in Coon Rapids.

Providers for EyeMed, VSP, Medica, BCBS, HealthPartners, Preferred One, Davis Vision, and many more.

65 Eye Exam


at either Eyecare location

Expires 10/31/13. Excluding insurance. St. Francis Eyecare or Andover Family Eyecare. The Courier | September 2013 |



By Phone 24-hours-a-day

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


In Person

By Mail

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW St. Francis, MN 55070

4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW

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Area Meetings & Events ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meeting: September 9 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.; September 23 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. St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Chamber is Wednesday, September 11 at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in St. Francis, 8:00-9:00 a.m., $3 for breakfast. The next Board of Directors meeting is Wednesday, September 18, 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street. Meetings are open to all. Sign up for the annual Chamber Golf Tournament, Saturday, September 14 at Hidden Haven Golf Course in Cedar. Visit for more info or call 763-438-5163. Tops Chapter MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Check us out on Wed. mornings or visit

For rent Furnished Room in Ham Lake, $300/month. Requirements. Photos on Craigslist, 763-434-6571. 2 sleeping rooms in a private home. Kitchen and laundry privileges. Utilities paid. Garage, walking distance to schools. $750 each room; first and last month plus $100 deposit on move in. Prefer 2 women; no pets or smoking. Available immediately. 763-753-1240.

For Sale 20% of Silpada Jewelry sales donated to North Anoka County Foodshelf, kristin.genser, 763-441-9197.

St. Francis Area Women of Today meet the first Tuesday of the month at the Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, 23280 St. Francis Blvd. NW in St. Francis. Social time is 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at www. or call Dana at 763-753-5010. Lioness Club — St. Francis meets monthly. First Wed., administrative board, and third Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall, 23340 Cree Street. For more information, call Jean Schuldt at 763-7531205 or Illa Torgerson at 763753-2002. NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB Are you looking to serve in your community of Nowthen? Meet new friends? Have a lot of fun? Come join the Nowthen Lions Club! The Nowthen Lions meet on the first Thursday of the month for the Board Meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the Membership Meeting. Please call Patty Wirz at 763-241-1341 or email at

Employment Total Look Salon & Spa station rental now available. $150/wk. Start your own business today. Call Shirley, 763-427-0550. Tow truck driver Wanted – Apply in person at Gerdin Auto & Tire, 3158 Bridge Street, St. Francis. MUST live within 10 minutes of the shop. No experience needed, will train. Must pass background check, have excellent driving record. No special license needed.

Fitness Kettlebell, yoga-fit, RIPPED, personal fitness training and nutrition. Call 763-267-2198 or visit our website at

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. The Courier | September 2013 |

Lions Club—St. Francis meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. First Wed. board meeting; second Wed. regular business meeting; fourth Wed. social and program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Kevin Schuldt for more information at 763-753-1205 or visit www. Oak Grove Lions meet every second and fourth Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-753-4492 after 6:30 p.m. CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB meets bimonthly, first and third Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Hunters Inn. Call Ruth Larson at 763434-9423. CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meets the first Thursday of the month at the 6:00 p.m. Ham Lake VFW. For membership information call Marilyn Kappelhoff, 763434-6599. We Serve! AA Meets at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

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

Real Estate Need help buying or selling your home? Call North Metro Realty today 612-849-4489.

Garage Sale St. Francis City Wide Garage Sale Saturday, September 7. Flyers will be available at County Market, Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, Kids Country Childcare and St. Francis Foods. Sponsored by St. Francis Area Women of Today, SFAWOT Garage Sale at St. Francis Warming House on 229th Avenue across from St. Francis Elementary School.

American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly the second Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly on the third Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet third Thurs. of the month at 2241 221st Avenue NE in East Bethel for business meeting and noon lunch; second Wed. of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon w/ potluck at noon; fourth Wed. is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon; Pancake Breakfast is held second Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the first Fri. of every month, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; each Thurs. is 500 Cards, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Cribbage held once a month; call for date/time 763-434-6179. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent, call Dennis 763-434-9244. All seniors are welcome to join for only $7 per year.

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

Classified rates & Deadlines Classified Ads First 10 words FREE, each additional word is 25¢. Email addresses may be considered as two words. Meetings & Events First 5 lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.00 Each additional line . . . . . . . . . $1.50 Payment is due when placing an ad. Copy & Display Ad Deadline Issue October November December

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Oak Grove Seniors meet the second and fourth Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Marion Schulz at 763-444-5652. St. Francis Seniors If you are 55 or older, come enjoy some companionship. We play cards and bingo, go on trips, have picnics and potlucks. We meet the first and third Thursday of each month at the St. Francis Legion. Social time at noon, meeting at 1:00 p.m., games until 3:00. Some play Scrabble in the afternoon on the third Friday and cribbage on the fourth Friday. Come check us out or call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. BNI – Referrals Unlimited meets every Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 19001 Jackson Street NE, East Bethel. For more information, check

Council & Township Meetings Andover City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday 7:00 p.m. 1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW Andover, MN • 763-755-5100 Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:00 p.m. 23820 Dewey Street • P.O. Box 64 Bethel, MN • 763-434-4366 Nowthen City Council Meets 2nd Tuesday 7:00 p.m. 19800 Nowthen Blvd. NW Anoka, MN • 763-441-1347 East Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday 7:30 p.m. 2241 • 221st Ave. NE East Bethel, MN • 763-367-7840 Oak Grove City Council Meets 2nd Monday 7:00 p.m. & last Monday 7:00 p.m. 19900 Nightingale St. NW Oak Grove, MN • 763-404-7000 St. Francis City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Monday 6:00 p.m. ISD 15 Central Services Center St. Francis, MN • 763-753-2630 Stanford Town Board Meets 1st Monday 7:00 p.m. Co. Rd. 8 (261st Ave NW) Isanti, MN • 763-444-6370 35

Go Green/Recycle Recycling facts } The average American throws away 3.5 pounds of trash per day.

} The average American uses 650 pounds of paper per year. } One ton of paper from recycled pulp saves 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 7000 gallons of water, 4200 kWh (enough to heat

Oak Grove Fall

Recycling Day Saturday, September 21 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Public Works Garage 815 Viking Blvd. NW Watch for signs Call 763-404-7006 for accepted materials and prices

a home for half a year), 390 gallons of oil, and prevents 60 pounds of air pollutants. } Producing recycled white paper creates 74 percent less air pollution, 35 percent less water pollution, and 75 percent less processed energy than producing paper from virgin fibers. } Recycling one ton of cardboard saves over nine cubic yards of landfill space. } Number of landfills in

operation in 1978: 14,000; in 1988: 7,924; in 2001: 1,858; in 2006: 1,754. } Recycling one ton of newspaper saves 15 trees. } Every ton of newspaper recycled saves 4100 kWh or enough energy to power a TV for 31 hours. } Recycling a soda can saves 96 percent of the energy used to make a can from ore and produces 95 percent less air pollution and 97 percent less

City of Nowthen

Fall Clean-Up Day Saturday, September 21 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Behind city hall in Nowthen at 19800 Nowthen Blvd. NW Call 763-441-1347 for prices of appliances, tires, fluorescent bulbs or electronics. No furniture, mattresses or garbage please. First Saturday of each month drop off assistance 8 a.m.–Noon File Photo

City of St. Francis Fall Recycle Day Saturday, October 5 8:00 a.m. until Noon Public Works Facility 4020 St. Francis Boulevard Corner of 227th Avenue and St. Francis Boulevard The following items will be accepted at NO CHARGE: BATTERIES: Automotive batteries only. Household batteries accepted for free by E-Cycling Solutions. SCRAP METAL: Rubber, plastic, glass and wood parts must be removed from the item. Fuel tanks and crank cases must be drained. Leaves: All debris found with leaves will be rejected. Due to state laws, leaves cannot be burned or buried. Leaves and clippings will be accepted in compostable bags or dumped directly into bin. CURBSIDE PICKUP FOR BRUSH Brush will be picked up at the curb in the water and sewer district on September 30 and October 1. Brush must be piled with the cut ends towards the street. Branches cannot be more than 4" in diameter and 8' in length. Only piles 3' high and 4' wide will be taken. Piles must be out to curb by noon on October 1. If you exceed this limit, please call City Hall at 763-7532630. Brush pick up service provided by North Metro Tree Service Inc. 36

water pollution. } One gallon of oil, when reprocessed, can generate enough energy to meet the electricity needs of a home for half a day } The plastic used in one toner cartridge contains about a half quart of oil. Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, website environmental/recyc-facts.html

The following items will be accepted for a CHARGE: ELECTRONICS: Pay E·Cycling Directly E·Cycling Solutions will be here to accept Electronics: Computer towers (CPU).................... FREE Notebook computers.......................... FREE Computer monitors................................ $10 TVs 22" and smaller.............................. $10 TVs 23"-32"........................................... $20 TVs larger than 32" & Consoles............ $30 Home/small office all-in-one printer/fax............................................... $10 Computer keyboards, speakers/pair home phones............................................ $2 Small printers, scanners, faxes, VCR and DVD players, typewriters, satellite receivers, stereo components, boom boxes.............................................. $5 Electric motors, wires, cords, cables, cell phones......................................... FREE Fluorescent Bulbs: Straight 4' or under.........................50¢ each Over 4'..............................................$1 each Round, U-tube, plug-in....................$1 each Screw in (CFL)................................$1 each HID Lamps.......................................$4 each APPLIANCES: JR’s Advanced Recyclers are accepting: Refrigerators, freezers, washers, microwave ovens, residential furnaces, water heaters, dehumidifiers, trash compactors, garbage disposals.......$10 each Water softeners, air conditioners....$20 each

CITY CURBSIDE PICKUP FOR APPLIANCES: Sign up at city hall. The City will pick up your appliances at the curb October 2-3. The cost is $20 per appliance except water softeners and air conditioners are $40. Appliances must be brought out to curb by noon on October 3. Prepayment is required at City Hall. If you have questions regarding this service, please call City Hall at 763-753-2630. TIRES: Lehne’s Tire Service will be accepting tires at the following prices: Prices will be determined by the attendant. Car/Light Truck (on or off wheel)........... $4 Truck 19.5 diameter wheel....................... $6 Semi Truck off wheel............................. $10 Semi Truck on wheel............................. $15 Truck - flotation type front..................... $20 Tractor tires small........................................ $25 medium.................................... $35 large......................................... $45 ITEMS WITH SPRINGS: ACE Solid Waste will accept couches, chairs, recliners, hide-a-beds or other furniture items for $15 each. Mattresses and box springs will be accepted at a drop off bin for $20 each or you can dispose them with ACE for $35 each.

Shredding will not be offered again until the Spring Recycle Day 2014.

Recycling items that are accepted by your curbside recycling vendor will also be accepted during this event.

WASTE ITEMS (for St. Francis residents only): The city will be accepting household waste at a cost of $25 per load. A load is any amount equal to or less than a level pickup box or equivalent sized trailer. Oversized trucks or trailers will be charged extra. Household waste includes such items as: old carpet, broken toys, plastics and general trash. These items fall under the same restrictions as your local refuse hauler. NO HAZARDOUS WASTE WILL BE ACCEPTED Hazardous waste includes such items as oil filters, herbicides, pesticides, paints, solvents, fuel and any undefined liquids, powders or solids. The containers these items are stored in are considered hazardous waste as well. For hazardous waste drop off sites or further information, please call Anoka County at 763-323-5730. The Salvation Army will be taking donations of furniture (no rips, stains or pet hair), clothing, miscellaneous household and domestics. No TVs, exercise equipment or computers are accepted (although flat screen monitors are accepted).

St. Francis City Hall 763-753-2630 • The Courier | September 2013 |

‘Green’ apps can help people be more eco-conscious Smartphones and tablets can help people take charge of their lives, enabling them to manage a host of information right at their fingertips. The bevy of apps now available enable users to do everything from streaming television content to balancing their checkbooks. But there are many apps designed to help people understand and protect the environment as well. Thousands of Android- and Apple-based environmental apps are available for download, and many of them are free or inexpensive. Different organizations, like the United States Environmental Protection Agency and The Environmental Blog, have offered their opinions as to which apps are worthy of investigating. Here’s a look at some of the environmental apps that can help people be more eco-conscious. 3rd Whale Mobile: This location-based app connects you to green businesses in your area, separating data into six different categories: food, retail, services and more. AIRNow: This mobile app enables you to view real-time air quality information so that you can protect your health on any given day. Get access

to location-specific data that includes forecasts for ozone and fine particulate matter pollution. Control 4 MyHome: You can turn your mobile device into a remote control for a Control 4 Home automation system. This system can turn on and off lights, alarm systems, thermostats and more. Get Green: This app sends season-based daily tips to your mobile device, with a variety of topics, including recycling and how to entertain in a more eco-friendly way. GoodGuide: This mobile app for iPhone and Android makes it fast and easy to find safe, healthy, green and ethical

products to buy. Green Gas Saver: This app allows users to monitor their fuel consumption and efficiency and even offers tips as to how to adjust your driving habits to make them more efficient. Green Square: This Android-based app enables you to share your favorite environmentally friendly spots and meet up with like-minded friends. iRecycle: This app is a good tool for identifying recycling centers in your immediate area, whether you’re at home or traveling. WWF Together: This app enables you to learn about endangered wildlife, including facts about your favorite animals. It also offers information as to how you can get involved in protecting local wildlife and even provides

tips on maintaining natural habitats.

2013 Goal 572


51 Tons

Recycled in July St. Francis has recycled 305 tons in 2013 so far. Recycling is now easier with simple sort recycling. You no longer need to sort items. Just place them all in the large roll-off container provided by your hauler. If you have any questions about what is acceptable or would like to start a new service, call your hauler: Ace Solid Waste 763-427-3110 Allied Waste 763-784-2104 East Central Sanitation 763-689-2171 LePage & Sons 763-757-7100

Besides your regular recycle items we will accept


Technology can be very helpful in people’s quest to be ecoconscious. File Photo

Andover Public Works 1785 Crosstown Boulevard NW

Dumpster Rental • We Haul Junk Cars • 6 • 10 • 15 • 20 • 30 Besides hauling junk cars we also yard dumpsters remove metal. Ask about snow plowing. • Household junk • Construction debris • We also load junk for you


All Appliance Disposal Recycling Appliances, Electronics & More

Residential & Commercial 18641 Hwy 65 NE, East Bethel



$ 00

Source: Metro Creative Graphics Editorial

Bring this ad in and receive $5 Off your next disposal. Not valid with any other offer.

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ANTIFREEZE - No oil mixed in BATTERIES - Lead acid car, boat and motorcycle collected by The Knights of Columbus BICYCLES - any condition, are repaired and given away for transportation, parts that can’t be used, may be sold to off set costs

Saturday, September 14 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Document Shredding

APPLIANCES............................... most $5 each Camper refrigerators.................................. $75 Gas/Ammonia (Servel) refrigerators............$150

SCRAP METAL - all metals must be free of plastic, rubber, glass, concrete, tar, glue, wood and paper

Car Seats............................................... $10 Carpet������������������������������ $10 per small load ELECTRONICS - Free CPU computer towers and laptop computers Monitors & TVs up to 22"........................... $10 TVs 22-31", larger printers, stereos.............. $15 TVs over 31" and consoles.......................... $30 VCR and DVD players.................................... $5 Other electronics and commercial - price dependant on size FLUORESCENT LAMPS 4' tube.................... 50¢ 8' tube..................................................... 75¢ Compact, O or U shape............................... 60¢ Broken...................................................$1.75 HID.......................................................$4.45 Small business welcome, show identification to receive documentation of proper disposal. Store and transport carefully to prevent breakage. Do not tape together, they may break. Andover residents (no businesses) up to 5 free per household. MATTRESSES, dry and not moldy................ $15 TIRES Passenger, ATV & motorcycle (w/wo rim)������� $1 Light truck tires......................................$2.50 Semi-truck tires...........$6 (off rim), $7 (on rim) Tractor tires ������������$20 (off rim), $30 (on rim)


USABLE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS - books, clothing (clean, no rips or tears), cosmetics, games and toys, blankets, hardware and tools, kitchen utensils, knickknacks, shoes, purses, belts, hats, coats, small working appliances Good clean furniture items - are being collected by The Salvation Army No junk or items in need of repair All unusable furniture or items will be refused USED EYE GLASSES - Andover Lions collects used eyeglasses, throughout the year

Recycling Day questions? Call 763-767-5175 Do not bring Household Hazardous Waste For more information, call Anoka County Integrated Waste Management 763-323-5730.

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Master Gardener

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A tribute to trees Trees are valuable to our environment, to nature’s beauty, to birds and animals, for heating our homes, for cooling our homes and for their by-products such as

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We care for St. Francis! When it comes to your health, you don’t want to wait for an appointment to see a doctor. At Fairview Clinics – St. Francis we get it! We’re making it easier than ever to get the care you need—when you need it. Fairview Clinics – St. Francis is located at 23671 St. Francis Blvd., St. Francis.

Planting trees can increase the value of a home, reduce energy costs and much more Carol Bray. vulnerable to insects and disease. Tree selection can be intimidating and overwhelming. A day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is time well spent so you can view many types, shapes and sizes of trees. Note that the Arboretum is one zone warmer than Isanti County. To be safe, plant a Zone 3, Zone 2 or Zone 1 tree. Remember that underground utility lines can present serious safety risks when planting trees or shrubs. Before you start digging, call 811 for the exact location of underground electric and

natural gas service, cable television and phone lines. "The best friend on earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources of the earth." Frank Lloyd Wright For more gardening information, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website at www. or call the Isanti County Master Gardeners at 763-689-1810. Visit us on Facebook at Isanti County Master Gardeners. Resource: Value of Trees,Volume 1, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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The proud parents, Frog and Alice Ballance of St. Francis, are excited to announce the marriage of their daughter Tanya Ballance, a 2005 St. Francis High School graduate, to her husband Adam Stewart of Shakopee. The wedding took place May 25 at the Woodbury Park Gazebo in St. Francis. Tanya graduated from Anoka Technical College in 2008 and works as a pediatric medical assistant with Allina Health. Adam attended Chaska High School and now works at Hardcoat, Inc. Tanya and Adam plan on residing in St. Francis. 

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According to some studies, students can carry up to 30 percent of their body weight in their backpacks. Keep these tips in mind when sending your student off to school. Distribute weight evenly by using both straps. Select a pack with wellpadded shoulder straps. Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly on the student’s back. The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back.

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Teachers train to be leaders District’s Teacher Academy trains teachers to lead Professional Learning Communities Steve Fetzik ISD 15 Community Relations Coordinator

Summer is still on for many students, but the teachers of Independent School District 15 were back on the job. The district’s Teacher Academy was in full session for its annual Leadership Conference August 12-15. The conference brings together the district’s teachers and administrators to provide training for the upcoming school year. The teachers in attendance all hold leadership positions in the district. Some are instructional or curriculum specialists, some are peer leaders and some hold other positions within the district. A focus for this year’s conference was to build stronger Professional Learning Communities (PLC) based on the writing of Richard DuFour. This concept was introduced to the leaders by Linda Ericson, the E-5 Teacher Academy Coordinator. According to DuFour and Ericson, PLC require three key components: ensuring that students learn, creating a culture of collaboration and developing a focus on results. Ensuring that students are learning needs to be “systematic, a whole school process that everybody needs to buy into. Implementation is the key,”

explained high school business teacher Leslie Sworsky. St. Francis Middle School teacher Jacqueline Davis agreed. “Every corner of the school needs to be on board,” she explained, “because it requires every staff member to be successful.” One way to promote student learning is through the creation of a culture of collaboration. This involves a willingness to accept that all staff members are part of the solution. “Collaboration must occur to achieve student learning,” noted science teacher Bethany Stiles. Megan Schmidt, high school math teacher, concurred, stressing the importance of finding ways to work in unity for student achievement. “If there is a will to do the work, there needs to be a way,” she commented. Finally, a school district needs to focus on the results of its efforts. “The big thing is focusing on learning and knowing that we are assessing it accurately,” observed Donnie Thompson, high school assistant principal. “The Teacher Academy has always been about not making excuses and focusing on student achievement.” East Bethel Community School teacher Ryan Fiereck discussed how it is important to transfer professional collaboration into the classroom. “The key is to break it down to a classroom level and adapt it to your student’s abilities,” noted Fiereck. Professional Learning Communities need to be a

ISD 15 teachers and administrators worked on developing Professional Learning Communities at the annual Teacher Academy Leadership Conference this Submitted Photo summer. long-term commitment in order to succeed. “It shouldn’t be a fad—that ‘this too shall pass,” noted special education teacher Michelle Fahlen. “Collaboration at its best is a mindset,” added Davis. “It becomes a fluid thing; churning and happening all at once.” “Transforming the staff to PLC isn’t an overnight process,” concluded Ericson. “We’re going to have obstacles, but we are going to work hard to overcome those obstacles.” Source: DuFour, Richard. “What is a “Professional Learning Community?’” Educational Leadership. May 2004. Pp. 6-11.

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Country Store with Fresh Produce & Homemade Treasures Friday, September 6

8:00-11:00 p.m. Teen Block Party – pizza, prizes, games, bonfire, grand prize drawing and more. Advance $10, at door $15

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10:00 a.m. 5K Fun Run/Walk – see website for registration information 11:30 a.m. Free Kids Fun Run Noon-9:00 p.m. Raffles, games, food, bingo, silent auction and a lot more fun 1:30 p.m. Teddy Bear Band 3:30 p.m. Touch of Magic & balloon sculptures 5:00 p.m. Mass 7:00-11:00 p.m. Sterns County 17 9:15 p.m. Fireworks

Barnyard – Bring your

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Sunday, September 8

9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Mass Noon-4:00 p.m. Classic Car Show Noon-4:00 p.m. Raffles, games, food, silent auction, events and more 1:00 p.m. 3rd Annual Quilt Auction view quilts on the church website prior to Countryfest 3:00 p.m. Silent auction closes 4:15 p.m. Raffle drawing

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The Courier - September 2013  
The Courier - September 2013  

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