Independent School District 15
A K-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township



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SFMS student essays: What are you thankful for?

In October, St. Francis Middle School (SFMS) language arts students in Jessica Rowles, Kevin Waters and Nancy Larson's classes wrote essays on what they are thankful for this year. This writing assignment allowed SFMS students to reflect on their 2017 year and what is important to them.

Jessica …

Posted by Katrinna Dodge in Academics on Monday November 6
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FIRST Robotics comes to St. Francis High School

Char Provost, mentor of St. Francis High School Robotics

This fall, SFHS will join over 200 Minnesota schools as FIRST Robotics becomes available to our high school students. Last May, the District 15 School Board unanimously approved funding to incubate this new activity. FIRST Robotics will engage …

Posted by Katrinna Dodge in Academics on Monday November 6
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Antique Appraisals Coming to Anoka County Library

Ruth Hemingson

Anoka County Library is holding an antiques and collectibles appraisal event, featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran, on Sunday, October 29, from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Northtown Library, 711 County Road 10 NE in Blaine.

Categories of objects for appraisal may include:

  • Fine art: …
Posted by Katrinna Dodge on Thursday October 5
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Lights On Afterschool at Anoka County Library

Patrick Jones, Anoka County Library

Anoka County Library (ACL) joins more than 7,500 communities and one million Americans in celebrating afterschool programs on Thursday, October 26, for this year's Lights On Afterschool.

ACL will host seven programs aimed at school-age children as part of the …

Posted by Katrinna Dodge in Academics on Wednesday October 4
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Award-Winning Author to Appear at Anoka County Library

Three-time Minnesota Book Award winner David Housewright will speak at the Rum River Library, 4201 6th Ave. W., Anoka, on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Housewright is the author of the Twin Cities P.I. Rushmore “Mac” McKenzie novels. He is a former president of the Private Eye Writers of America…

College English Department celebrates 30 Years of the Minnesota Writers Series with two author events

Fia Prpic, Anoka-Ramsey Community College

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College English Department is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Minnesota Writers Series with appearances by two guest writers: Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky on October 18, and …

Posted by Katrinna Dodge in Academics on Monday October 2
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Growing Grand Champion Trees

By Brian Lubrant, Rum River Tree Farm

Rum River Tree Farm has been entering Christmas Trees at the State Fair for more than 20 years. In 2017, they won their first Grand Champion with a Fraser Fir. Adam McColley, shearing foreman at Rum River Tree Farm, keeps an eye out for the perfect tree as we …

Posted by Katrinna Dodge in Business on Wednesday September 27 at 02:33PM
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Physical Therapy celebrates 20 years

By Jackie Giese, Licenses Physical Therapy Assistant

On September 16, Ham Lake Physical Therapy celebrated 20 years of serving residents in the Ham Lake community. The achievement was celebrated with an open house that was attended by residents of Ham Lake, current and former patients, members of the…

Posted by Katrinna Dodge in Business on Wednesday September 27
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Impacts of Climate Change on Birds

By Chuck Prentice

The Trumpeter Swan. The American white pelican. The common loon. The mallard duck. The bald eagle. The Baltimore oriole. These are just six of the 166 bird species in Minnesota whose survival is threatened by climate change. In 2015, the National Audubon Society produced the report …

Turn on the lights for homeless veterans

Pam Bowman, Communications Coordinator of the City of Anoka

Minnesota is believed to have the most veteran suicides of any of the United States. While this is difficult to comprehend, together we can make a difference.

Join us, and help save a life! A rally will be held on Thursday, September 28, …

Posted by Katrinna Dodge in Nonprofit, Governement on Wednesday September 20
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