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www.thisweeklive.com Thisweek Apple Valley-Rosemount APRIL 1, 2011 VOLUME 32, NO. 5 Announcements/5A Sports/6A Classifieds/7A Thisweekend/10A by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS Southern comedy comes to the Lakeville Area Arts Center stage. See Thisweekend Page 10A. A NEWS OPINION SPORTS Opinion/4A Legal Notices/11A Jobs to be cut in District 196 School Board approves $8.5 million in budget adjustments by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS Mayor: Rosemount `well positioned' to expand Bill Droste discussed growth, development and areas in city that need improvement Rosemount has faced tough times, but is on track toward recovery, Mayor Bill Droste said March 25 in his State of the City address. Droste began his address at the city's Steeple Center with a moment of silence in recognition of Army Spc. Andrew Wilfahrt, a Rosemount native killed in Afghanistan on Feb. 27. Droste noted that last year the city lowered its property tax rate for the third consecutive year and reduced the cost of services, while property values remained relatively stable. "We are committed to being good stewards of the money that taxpayers entrust to us," he said. Rosemount completed several street improvement projects with the aid of federal stimulus funding. Droste noted that residents have often told him Rosemount has the bestkept streets compared with its neighbors. Keeping Rosemount's infrastructure maintained has been key as the city rapidly low at 3.1 percent, he said. Development continued in the city despite the poor economy. The number of building permits issued in Rosemount grew from 2004 to 2009 57.1 percent to 700. The city added 80 housing units during 2010 and posted $32.2 million in new construction, Droste said. This new development has attracted businesses to the community, Droste noted. Droste also recognized the contributions made by existing businesses through their partnerships with local agencies and community groups. "I often think about the assets we have in Rosemount. And some of the most important are civic and volunteer groups," he said. Although Rosemount saw indications of economic recovery, the city still faces challenges brought on by the recession, Droste said. "By definition, we are in the 21st month of recovery. But you have to squint hard to see evidence of that, See Mayor, 11A The RosemountApple Valley-Eagan School District will slash $3.5 million from its budget, resulting in 48 job cuts. The School Board unanimously approved budget adjustments on Monday that include eliminating approximately 48 full-time equivalent positions, cutting funding to high school figure skating and increasing fees by $10 for all high school sports and fine arts. Board Member Mike Roseen said he disagrees with several specific cuts, but voted in favor of the proposal to ensure the district meets its budgetary goals. "I think the middle school is disproportionately taking cuts on this," he said. Other board members disagreed, saying staff changes at the middle schools are due to the recent schedule restructuring, which was made in an effort to boost achievement. The staff cuts could be a combination of layoffs and attrition, said Tony Taschner, communications director for District 196. De- tails on specific layoffs will likely be known in late April or early May, he said. A recently approved retirement incentive could prevent some layoffs because it resulted in a higher than average number of retirements, he said. Seventy-four teachers will take the early retirement incentive. Raising activity fees will result in steep fees for some popular sports, Taschner said. For instance, hockey and football fees will be raised to $185 per participant. Although funding for the figure skating team will be cut next school year, the sport will not disappear from the high schools. The district's Icettes plan to become self-sustaining in order to keep the team together. The district will also reduce transportation services by moving its eligible service distances from one mile to one half mile. Although District 196 will face cuts next school year, officials will be able to avoid cutting another $5 million by using federal education jobs funding See Cuts, 12A Photo by Jessica Harper Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste said in his State of the City address March 25 at the Steeple Center that he believes the city is in good shape and is on track to expand as the economy begins to turn around. grows, he said. The city experienced significant growth in population and development over the past decade. Rosemount's population grew 50 percent to 21,874 people in the past 10 years, while Minnesota's population grew by 8 percent, according to the U.S. Census. "Clearly, ours is a growing community, well-positioned for the future," Droste said. Droste noted that the city is preparing, specifically, to serve the growing senior population. Despite the city's rapid growth, crime has declined 18 percent in the past year, and poverty has remained `Quick response' saves life of Apple Valley man Cardiac arrest survivor Buzz Graves thanks emergency workers by Andrew Miller THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS Misaligned track to blame for monorail stall Train was carrying passengers again the next day by Tad Johnson THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS A misaligned track was to blame for a stalled monorail train last Friday at the Minnesota Zoo, according to zoo officials. The misalignment caused a short in the electrical feed from the track to the monorail, which was unable to be restarted and carry its 44 passengers to the unloading deck. Apple Valley Fire Department firefighters in three fire trucks and its aerial ladder truck responded to the zoo at 1:13 p.m., according to Fire Chief Nealon Thompson, to unload the passengers using fire department ground ladders. With the rail about 18 feet above the ground it took less than an hour to unload everyone, according to Thompson. Kelly Lessard, from the zoo's public relations department, said changes in the weather caused the track to ex- pand and contract and become slightly misaligned. Once the track was repaired, the monorail was tested Friday afternoon without passengers inside. It was tested again Saturday morning before it was opened to the public, running on its normal schedule again, according to Lessard. Lessard said zoo officials will continue monitoring the alignment of the track and conducting its general maintenance. She said workers inspect the monorail train each morning, ensuring all safety devices are working � doors, emergency stops, intercom, heating and air conditioning, among other items. More on this story is at www.ThisweekLive.com in a version that was posted Friday, March 25. Tad Johnson is at editor. firstname.lastname@example.org. The scene at 957 Redwood Drive took a sudden, unexpected and nearly deadly turn. Firefighters were attending to a small, smoldering fire at the Apple Valley home on Feb. 4 when the homeowner, Farrell "Buzz" Graves, observing the scene from the sidewalk with his wife Mary, collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. Apple Valley firefighters responded to family members' calls for help and began CPR on the unconscious Graves. They were soon joined in the resuscitation effort by police and paramedics. Eventually, Graves regained a pulse and was transported to Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. "Eleven days after that event, Buzz Graves walked out of the hospital with no deficits, a cardiac arrest survivor," said Apple Valley Fire Chief Nealon Thompson. The odds of survival had been slim. According to Jeff Czyson, operations manager for Allina Medical Transportation, sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 1 killer in the United States, with a survival rate of just 7 percent. In Graves' case, the quick response of public safety personnel was key, Czyson said. Those first responders � Apple Valley firefighters Trudy Hagert, Sam Seal, Nick Torrini and Capt. David Kennedy; Apple Valley police Sgt. Peter Matos and officer Marcus Smith; and ALF paramedics Katie Kuenzi Photo by Andrew Miller Buzz Graves thanks Apple Valley police officer Marcus Smith at the City Council meeting on March 24. Smith and police Sgt. Peter Matos, center, were among eight public safety officers recognized for helping to save the life of Graves, who went into sudden cardiac arrest Feb. 4. and Albert Reiff � were presented with the Allina Life Saver Award at the March 24 Apple Valley City Council meeting. Graves attended the awards presentation, and personally thanked each of the first responders. "Needless to say, I don't remember meeting any of you," he told them. "When you have a sudden cardiac arrest, it's literally like fainting � I actually never knew I hit the sidewalk." Said Graves: "There's probably nobody happier to be here tonight than I am." Andrew Miller is at andrew.miller@ ecm-inc.com. Rosemount pimp pleads guilty in extortion by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS A Rosemount man accused of initiating an extortion scheme that ended in another man's suicide pleaded guilty on March 22. Rickey Eugene Pouncil, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of felony coercion. The count is punishable by a stayed sentence of 18 months. Hennepin County prosecutors intend to ask District Court Judge Philip Bush for a harsher sentence, based on "aggravating factors, accord- ing to the Star Tricide May 10. bune. Police discovered Charges filed last Kreye had already year claim the alleged borrowed $200,000 pimp and 32-yearfrom a business partold Shannon Gura, ner and obtained an alleged prosti$350,000 from a tute, tried to extort Rickey home equity line of more than $500,000 Pouncil credit when Pouncil from Daniel Kreye and Gura allegedly of Bloomington by began contacting him threatening to show Kreye's for more money. wife explicit photos and text When questioned by pomessages involving him and lice, Pouncil allegedly said Gura. he has been a pimp for the Police learned of the al- past 20 years, and admitted leged plot when the married he was to get a cut of the exfather of two committed sui- tortion money. However, the prostitute disappeared without paying. Gura and Christina Artac, 32, previously pleaded guilty to coercion and admitted to aiding Pouncil in the blackmail scheme. Pouncil's attorney, Earl Gray, declined to comment, and representatives from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office could not be reached. Laura Adelmann contributed to this story. Email Jessica Harper at: email@example.com General 952-894-1111 Distribution 952-846-2070 Display Advertising 952-846-2011 Classified Advertising 952-846-2000 une Dakota County Trib The Dakota County Tribune is your source for Business information south of the river. Interested in a free subscription? Just complete this form & mail it to: Attention: Subscriptions Dakota County Tribune 12190 County Road 11 Burnsville, MN 55337 or fax to: 952-846-2010 __________________________________________________ _____________________________ BUSINESS NAME ADDRESS ATTENTION ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ CITY/STATE/ZIP __________________________________________________ _____________________________ SIGNATURE EMAIL DATE & !""'! ! ne Dakota County Tribu $ ________________________________________________________________________________ 2A April 1, 2011 THISWEEK Apple Valley Compromise reached on ordinance targeting prostitution Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland: Regulations strike balance between massage business interests, `zero tolerance for prostitution' stance by Andrew Miller THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS An ordinance intended to thwart prostitution was revised by the Apple Valley City Council last week over concerns it might hamper legitimate businesses that offer massage therapy. The ordinance, which requires licensing and background checks of massage business owners and therapists, was initially approved in December to prevent prostitution rings from hiding behind a facade of massage therapy. One such business, a massage parlor that opened in October in a home on Garden View Drive, caused an uproar among neighboring residents who alleged the business was a front for a prostitution service; police investigated the business, located about a block from Westview Elementary School, and it has since closed. But that business was not an isolated case, according to Council Member Tom Goodwin. "We've had four incidences in Apple Valley where we've had problems," he said. Following the ordinance's initial approval in December, city officials mailed notices to 37 people and businesses involved in massage therapy in Apple Valley. The feedback received included concerns that some licensing requirements would be harmful to legitimate businesses, and that the licensing fees were too high. The council sought to strike a balance. "We have zero tolerance for prostitution in the city of Apple Valley, but we are also business-friendly," Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland said. The revisions approved at the March 24 council meeting nixed a 90-day residency requirement for massage therapists, exempted pedicurists from licensing, and set new guidelines for what education credentials or cer- tification a therapist must possess to be granted a license. The revised ordinance still allows police to periodically inspect massage businesses, including ones that operate out of residences. "It gives the Police Department the tools that they need, and is fair to businesses as well," Council Member Clint Hooppaw said. The original ordinance set licensing fees at $200 for therapists seeking a new license, with a $100 annual renewal fee. The revised ordinance reduced the first-time fee to $100 and the renewal fee to $75. The ordinance is set to take effect April 1; massage businesses and their therapists have until May 20 to file for licenses. Joe Jensen, who operates a Massage Envy franchise in Apple Valley with his wife, sounded a note of support for the ordinance changes.. "There are a couple things in there that we think are kind of stiff and maybe a little bit more stringent than they need to be," he said. "However, I really think the community is going to be a lot better with this ordinance than without it." As for the impact on his business the regulations will have, "it's certainly something we can live with," Jensen said. The changes to the ordinance, months in the making, are something the city's Police Department can live with as well, Chief Scott Johnson indicated. "It's been a long process, it's been a learning process, but I think in the end you end up with a better ordinance," Johnson said. The City Council approved the revised ordinance by a 4-0 vote; Council Member Ruth Grendahl abstained from voting, stating that she didn't agree with all the changes. Andrew Miller is at andrew. firstname.lastname@example.org. THISWEEK April 1, 2011 3A Education Three Community Education employees to be laid off by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS Three longtime Community Education employees in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District will be laid off this year due to budget constraints, district officials say. The district's adult edu- cation coordinator Norm Kunselman, preschool-age project KIDS coordinator Carmen Cook, and youth programs coordinator Deb McKenzie were notified last week that they will be laid off in June. "It's all part of an ongoing realignment," said Tom Umhoefer, Community Education director for District 191. Kunselman has worked in the district for 18 years, and Cook for 17 years. McKenzie has worked in community education for the past year, but has been with District 191 for 28 years. Umhoefer said the layoffs were in reaction to declining enrollment and revenue. "The economy is not getting better any time soon and families are cutting back on their discretionary spending," he said. Enrollment in the district's Community Education programs has declined steadily over the past five years, he said. The layoffs will save the district an estimated $177,000. Although the School Board discussed the mat- ter in a closed work session, it has yet to vote on it. The board will likely vote on the layoffs within the next few weeks, district officials say. E-mail Jessica Harper at: email@example.com Burnsville Apple Valley Sign review passes first test Revamped ordinance would allow more signs in Burnsville by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS Long-discussed changes to Burnsville's sign ordinance passed their first test March 28 with the Planning Commission's unanimous recommendation of approval. The changes � which include a lower permit fee for sandwich board signs and looser regulation of tenant signs on building walls � go to the City Council on April 5. "If this does get approved there will be more signage in Burnsville, is the bottom line," Community Development Director Jenni Faulkner told commissioners. "It's just where is it going to be." The 18 proposed changes address perceived flaws that have emerged through business owners' frustrations and suggestions from city officials. Commissioners said the changes aren't all perfect but represent progress following input from the business community. Chair Chris Teiken said he hopes the changes aren't so liberal they affect the appearance of Burnsville's commercial landscape. "I hope this isn't kind of a permanent change to respond to the way the economy's going right now," Teiken said. Proposed changes include allowing building owners to give sign space to up to four tenants on a wall not adjacent to their leased space. Signage plans would still be subject to limits on the amount of wall space signs can occupy. The City Council asked for the revision after allowing Becker Furniture signage facing County Road 42 on a wall not adjacent to its leased space. The ordinance now allows only one wall sign per tenant in a multitenant building. It must be on the tenant's leased space. Another change would increase the number of wall signs allowed. The current ordinance allows one sign for each tenant in a multitenant building and two signs (on different walls) for a single-tenant building. Those limits would be lifted. The review stems from the council's approval of a Burger Jones restaurant with eight wall signs at the Aurora Village center on County Road 42. Sandwich board signs began popping up along Burnsville Parkway last summer, when road reconstruction had business owners complaining that motorists didn't know how to access their properties. To help businesses, the council temporarily suspended enforcement of the sign ordinance in the construction zone. But in recent memory, few business owners � maybe one or two � have sought the required permits for sandwich boards, Faulkner said. A changed proposed by city staff would cut the permit fee from $515 a year to $240. Commissioners said the fee should be even lower, but added that as a suggestion to the council rather than recommending a specific fee. "I think the fee is excessive," Commissioner Vicky Turner said, noting that small businesses benefit most from sandwich boards. "I thought it was before, I think it is now." Burnsville Chamber of Commerce President Daron Van Helden said comments he's heard from business owners also support a lower fee. "I've heard the number 100 bucks, 150 bucks, seems a whole lot more palatable than the 240," he said. Overall, business owners seem generally pleased with the revamped sign ordinance, but sign restrictions are always a sore point for some, Van Helden said. The Burnsville Economic Development Commission did the ordinance review with help from city staff and comments from business owners. John Gessner is at burnsville. firstname.lastname@example.org. Repeat DUI offender now Wasserman accused of fleeing police named to Planning Commission "jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the home and An Apple Valley man shut the door," the comwith multiple convictions plaint said. He came out of the house when orfor drinking and dered by the officer, driving is back in and surrendered jail on another alcowithout incident. hol-related charge. The officer detectThis time, Jimmy ed the odor of alcoDale Comstock, 56, hol on Comstock's is accused of fleeing breath; Comstock police � in a vehicle refused to do any and on foot � while Comstock field sobriety tests, under the influence. He was charged with or submit to a breath, two felonies in Dakota blood or urine test. Asked why he refused County District Court last week in connection with the tests, Comstock told police, "Because it's my the March 18 incident. The criminal complaint right, Fifth Amendment," gives the following ac- the complaint said. Comstock was booked count: At 11:03 a.m. March 18, into the Dakota County an Apple Valley police of- Jail; he remained in custoficer observed Comstock's dy there as of Wednesday. He's been charged with tan SUV traveling northbound on Galaxie Avenue DWI-test refusal and fleeat a high rate of speed, ing police in a motor vethen jump the curb and hicle, both felonies, along with fleeing police on foot, drive on the sidewalk. When the SUV returned a misdemeanor. His next to the roadway, the officer court appearance is April activated his emergency 11 in Dakota County Dislights and siren at Galaxie trict Court in Hastings. Comstock was conAvenue and McAndrews Road to make a traffic victed of DUI in 1988, stop, but the SUV con- 1992, 1996, 1997, 1999 and tinued on, making several 2003, according to police. turns before stopping in the He also was convicted of driveway of Comstock's DWI-test refusal in 2005. home on the 7100 block of Andrew Miller is at andrew. 123rd Street Court. At that point, Comstock email@example.com. THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS by Andrew Miller The newest member of Apple Valley's Planning Commission brings a background in construction management, and academia, to the post. Brian Wasserman, who chairs the construction management department at Minnesota State UniversityMankato, was named to the commission March 24 by the City Council. Wasserman, an Apple Valley resident, was selected from a field of six applicants and appointed to a threeyear term that expires in March 2014. He will fill the vacancy on the Planning Commission left by longtime member Jeannine Churchill. Churchill, who resigned in December while serving as chair of the seven-member commission, left the post on amicable terms. The Planning Commission advises the City Council on planning and land use issues. It meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month, at 7 p.m., at the Apple Valley Municipal Center. --Andrew Miller 4A April 1, 2011 THISWEEK Opinion Thisweek Columnist Silicon Valley success started in District 194 by Aaron Vehling THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS I've always been fascinated by software entrepreneurs. Growing up, I idolized Bill Gates as much as my favorite rock musicians. He was as much an innovative software programmer as a titan of industry. Nowadays, the new crop of software artists center their talents mostly on Internet-based applications. Facebook is the most popular, not only because of the 2010 film "The Social Network." Twitter, Digg, Reddit and Foursquare, like Facebook, are all the products of young people with a vision, some venture capitalist backing and a die-hard drive to succeed. Kurt Wilms, a 2001 Lakeville High School graduate and son of Walt and Doris Wilms of Lakeville, is one of those twentysomethings who has become a member of the pantheon of storied Internet entrepreneurs. Wilms and three business partners sold their business early this year to Google after only six months in operation, a move that netted them financial rewards and jobs at the web giant's subsidiary YouTube. As with their innovative predecessors, dozens of hours living, breathing and sleeping code have paid off. The four men's website was called Fflick. Until its sale, Wilms and his friends operated their company from their respective apartments across the San Fran- cisco-Silicon Valley area. From his apartment in the Russian Hill neighborhood in San Francisco (famous for the serpentine Lombard Street), Wilms collaborated with his partners to offer an extraordinary Twitterbased product to Fflick's visitors: movie ratings based on moviegoers' Tweets. "If I go out to a movie and Tweet to a friend that I just saw `Toy Story 3' and it was awesome, the software analyzes the Tweet to determine a positive or negative score," Wilms told me on the phone a couple weeks ago. "Based on that, the software produces a score." It is an automated process that had two distinct benefits: (1) an ostensibly more accurate groupgenerated film rating (someone wouldn't need to manually create an account on a site like Rotten Tomatoes) and (2) some juicy market research data for the film industry. That Google would see a value in this technology (sometimes poetically referred to as "sentiment analysis") is no surprise. What's shocking is that Facebook didn't bite first. So while Wilms' story impresses me on the aforementioned terms, there was something else he said that got me thinking: When I asked him if he had any inspirational teachers growing up, he was not hesitant to bring up his journalism teacher, Peg Benson, who worked in the Lakeville public schools until 2003. Photo submitted Kurt Wilms is pictured at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada. Wilms recently sold his company to Google. I often ask that question of high achievers because I personally had at least three teachers growing up who influenced me in ways that would affect who I am today: one elementary teacher and two high school teachers. That question is even more important today because teachers are under constant attack. If I had a dime for every time I heard a politician or pundit rip a teacher, I'd be starting my own social media company. Amid the rhetorical battles of our modern era, we have to remember that at the end of the day these people we pay to educate our children often inspire them to do great things in life. Two of my high school teachers had huge impacts on me. Maureen Desmond, my English teacher at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, had faith in my creative writing abilities. She signed me up for writing conferences and submitted my work for consideration at invitational readings. She never ceased to encourage me when I was on the right path and offer me constructive criticism when I was veering down the wrong one. Perhaps one of Desmond's enduring legacies (in addition to her love for Elvis) was the writing conference I attended with her that resulted in Philip K. Dick's biographer praising my work profusely. I will cherish that day forever. My religion and ethics teacher, Brother David Barth, instilled in me a curiosity about the global impact of his subject matter in a way that occupies my existence even today. Students who have taken his courses will tell you that they will forever carry with them the inspiration of that man. When my fourth-grade self was getting into fights with other kids, punctuated with weekly visits to the principal's office and followed by threats of suspension, Ms. McCollister took the time to cultivate my creative curiosity in constructive ways that ensured my academic (and therefore intellectual) success for years to come. There are several more I could name, including Mark Capecchi, the musical genius and father to all who was my band teacher. Back in Lakeville, Benson remembers Wilms well. "In high school he was a successful guy, both academically and socially," she said, "but he would never toot his own horn." At that time, Wilms was into computers but did not have the formalized interest in software engineering he would later develop at the University of Minnesota. He was the sports editor of what was then Lakeville High School's newspaper. For two years, Benson taught him journalism and was his faculty adviser on the newspaper. She said his quick mind and ability to see the world from a big-picture perspective gave her insight into the type of man he would become. "Kurt didn't respond to stress by getting frustrated," Benson said. "He was the kind of guy who figured out how to get the job done." The inspiration can go both ways. After all, people often get into teaching because they derive an intrinsic sense of accomplishment from helping students succeed. "To have someone like Kurt contact me 10 years later and say `You inspired me to do well and try my hardest' is better than any paycheck I could ever receive," Benson said. "Ever." So think about Wilms and Benson during the next Teacher Derision Hour. After all, Gates, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg and Wilms had to start somewhere. Aaron Vehling is the Lakeville Editor for Thisweek Newspapers. Readers can often find him at Mainstreet Coffee Cafe in downtown Lakeville. Columns reflect the opinion of the author. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters City should keep sheltering cats To the editor: The reason I ran for Rosemount city office was to keep it honest. I find a couple discrepancies I wish to address. As a citizen, I wish to be informed ahead of time when something near and dear to my heart, that I pay for, is taken away from me after many years of receiving that benefit. Sneaking in a vote has gotten very popular. I don't like it. The 2010 U.S. Census results tell us there are 7,600 occupied resident units in Rosemount and 21,874 residents. Rosemount reports that in 2010 it cost the city $13,662 to impound cats not claimed by owners. Folks, this amounts to $1.80 per resident unit household for the entire year, 62 cents per individual resident for the year, and a fifth of a penny per day per resident. Find me one household that cannot afford $1.80 per year and residents who cannot afford one-fifth of a penny per day to have a safer human and cat population in Rosemount. Rosemount reports that they have the second highest median income level in all of Dakota County: $84,651. We can afford to spend onefifth of a penny a day on impounding cats for health, safety, and humane reasons. Chief Gary Kalstabakken says that "impounding cats takes time and money that the city could better put to other uses." We have plenty of police officers in Rosemount. And, why is a police chief deciding how to spend my 1/5th penny? Blame has been put on irresponsible residents for letting cats loose. Has anyone noticed the mortgage foreclosure pages in newspapers are not getting any shorter? It is common for homeowners who can no longer afford their own homes to leave pets behind. Is being abandoned the cats' fault? Out of the goodness of their hearts, warm-hearted Rosemount residents have taken in homeless cats they find roaming their property and caring for them. We will look back in shame at a city who won't let its residents set aside $1.80/ per year/household to aid those remaining helpless precious creatures so near and dear to our hearts. TIM JUDY Rosemount Performing Arts Center for a performance of "Marat/ Sade" by the Chameleon Theater. As an usher I had the opportunity to watch the play. Initially, I said I'd rather read my book because the summary of the play talked about it taking place in a 19th century insane asylum and being "one of the most polarizing theatrical experiences of all time." I wasn't sure that I was up to it. At the last minute I opted to go in. It turned out to be one of the most powerful and thought-provoking performances I have seen in a long time. It takes place during the French Revolution and portrays the conflicting goals of the revolution's participants and the vacuum of leadership when many of the educated class had been killed. At home later I did a little research into the main characters, the Marquis de Sade and Jean-Paul Marat, and found that the script was historically accurate. With all the revolutions going on in the world today, the play is very timely. People are facing many of the same issues. The play continues through April 10 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. I would highly recommend it. We're not in Minnesota anymore To the editor: It seems that the GOP-led House and Senate, including my representative, Kurt Bills, think that state workforce reduction and huge cuts to state agencies is a way to balance the budget. I'm not clear how more unemployment is good for our state: less spending from unemployed people, fewer or compromised state services. I'm especially sensitive right now as the threat of cuts to Health & Human Services will affect the home health care my 95-year-old mother currently receives. It doesn't feel like I'm in Minnesota anymore. KAY SMITH Apple Valley efficient and cost-effective manner. If elected, David will be the only director with an electrical engineering degree. His engineering expertise, master's degree in business, and over 25 years of technical management experience will provide the representation we need. I'm convinced he is easily the best qualified candidate. TOM CHIAL Eagan Paul Bakken for Dakota Electric To the editor: I would like to encourage people to vote for Paul Bakken for the Dakota Electric Association Board of Directors. Paul is running in District 4, but every member account can vote for him. Ballots will be mailed March 22. Members can vote by mail or online. I am especially attracted to Bakken's focus on the core principles of our local electrical co-op. Paul understands that, as a cooperative, our values are different from those of a traditional corporation. The primary focus is not on maximizing profits but, rather, on providing the best level of service and value to the member customers. Paul knows that this means keeping in touch with the varied needs of Dakota Electric members and proactively looking for ways to serve them better. Paul also respects the rural roots of our co-op, and is committed to making sure that no one gets left behind. As the Dakota Electric service area further develops into residential, commercial, and industrial uses, Paul will remain sensitive to the needs of our agricultural customers. We need people like Paul on the Dakota Electric Association Board of Directors. 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David has been a colleague of mine at Lockheed Martin in Eagan for over nine years. His experience, expertise, and integrity will ensure that our association meets the demanding reguRALPH GILBERTSON lations being established by Burnsville our lawmakers in the most THISWEEK April 1, 2011 5A Apple Valley Obituaries Complaints filed against former Apple Valley company For-hire essay company raises flags with Better Business Bureau A company that until recently was located in Apple Valley and charged fees to high school and college students to write essays is on notice from the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. BBB is expressing ethical and practical concerns about the business model of Essaywritingcompany.com, according to a press release issued March 25. The online firm, which markets to high school and college students, offers to write research and term papers, ranging in price from $29.95 for a 1.5-page paper to $399.95 for 15 pages. The company, which up until recently was headquartered in Apple Valley, according to the BBB, maintains a website where students can solicit their services. The location listed on the website is still 15322 Galaxie Avenue, Suite 208. The company's website says it was founded in 1998 and provides contact information by e-mail, a 1-800 number and texting to a phone number with a Twin Cities south metro area code. The company, which is run by Jordan Kavoosi, has an entry on its website called "Why Jordan kavoosi is not a scam." "Jordan is not a scam," it reads, "he is simply running a company that helps people. People want to bring negative attention to him, but the fact of the matter is there are worse things going on in the world, porn shops, strip clubs, those are things people need to worry about. Not jordan Kavoosi, he is helping people who spend thousands of dollars a year on education stay in school during family emergency's. He's is a nice guy. He is an American, and will continue doing right thing because that is the type of person that he is." On its website, the company claims to guarantee "A's," and offers a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Complaints to the BBB allege the company didn't meet deadlines, and failed to provide promised refunds in a timely manner. "In addition to the many ethical considerations, students who hire third parties to do their work for them run the very real risk of getting expelled for submitting work that's not their own," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB in its press release. "The old adage still holds: Students who cheat are not just cheating the system, they're cheating themselves." The BBB recently secretshopped this company, contracting with them to write a college-level paper. The person who performed the secret shopping on behalf of the BBB reported the company was very difficult to reach and didn't return several phone calls. The completed essay was brought to Dan Wackman, chair of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, for review. Wackman, who specializes in the subject matter of the essay (the ethics of advertising to children), said he would give the essay a "C" grade, far short of the "A" the company's website guarantees. He also said the paper was not formatted to meet Modern Language Association standards. MLA style is followed by most post-secondary schools and specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing. The BBB has processed four complaints against Essaywritingcompany.com in the last year. The company has responded to all of those complaints, resolving three of them by providing refunds. A fourth complaint is currently pending. The following claims the company makes on its website are also a source of concern for the BBB and may be in violation of the BBB's Code of Advertising: � The company states it's not liable if the customer doesn't receive their essay due to a technical issue. � The site claims all of its writers have college degrees or Ph.D.s, but does not offer substantiation of this. � The 100 percent satisfaction guarantee isn't explained in detail. � The company uses customer testimonials in a manner which may be misleading. � Tad Johnson HansonTravaline Greg and Becky Hanson of Eagan, would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kirsten Hanson, to Mario Travaline, both of Cape Cod, MA. Kirsten is a 1999 graduate of Eagan High School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota. She also received her esthetician license from St. Paul College. Mario is a 1999 graduate of Lowellville High School in Ohio and a graduate of Coastal Carolina University and the University of Minnesota. A September 16 wedding is planned at Trellis in Stillwater. Deborah Viau (Artley) Age 51 of Apple Valley passed away with her family at her side after a 15 year battle with Huntington's Disease. She is preceded by her father James Artley, Survived by loving husband Bryan Viau; children Emily and B.J. Viau; mother Eleanor Artley; sisters Martha McDonnell (John), Cindy Artley (Rick); father-in law Ellsworth Viau; and many other loving family and friends. Debbie was a wonderful wife and mother who taught us about courage and grace in her battle with this disease. While Deb was a teacher at heart she inspired her family and countless others to get involved and fight for something you believe in. She will be remembered for her vibrant personality, beautiful smile and heartwarming hugs. A public visitation will be held at W h it e Fu n e ra l Ho m e, 1 4 5 6 0 Pennock Ave, Apple Valley on Wednesday, March 23rd from 4 -7 pm with a service to follow at 7pm. Friends are welcome to join the family following services at Deb's favorite restaurant, Culvers of Apple Valley, 15225 Galaxie Ave, as they have been long time supporters of the Twin CitiesHoopathon. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Deb Viau Memorial F u n d b y g o i n g t o http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/emily-viau-1/deb-viau-mem orial-scholarship-fund White Funeral Home Apple Valley 952 432 2001 Kenneth Cedric Carlson Kenneth Cedric Carlson Born: January 24, 1925 Passed Away: March 24, 2011 Kenneth ( Ken ) passed away at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville around Midnight Thursday. He was born in Slayton, MN on Jan. 24, 1925 to Gust & Elvida Carlson. He was raised by his parents and Uncle Herman Berlin. During his childhood he lived many places throughout MN and once attended Phillips Junior High School on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. On July 27, 1955 Ken was united in Marriage to Caroline M. Asp at Goodridge, MN. They celebrated 50 years of Marriage in July 2005. Together, they raised three Children: Angeline, Loretta, & Kevin. In their early years, they lived and Farmed in Goodwin, South Dakota, working 283 Acres of land and had twenty five head of Holstein Milk Cows. Ken worked as a Steam Boiler Operating Engineer for Mid America Dairymen. During the years at Mid Am, Dad also managed the Tom Thumb Laundromat in Farmington and remained in that position until The laundry closed it's doors in 2001, working there for 27 years. Ken is Survived by his Wife of 56 years, Caroline, One Daughter, Loretta (Norm)Storbakken of Heath Texas, and a Son, Kevin (Chris) Carlson of Lakeville, and Grandchildren: Daniel (Corinne) Haack, Sheila (Jay) Peterson, Stephanie (Bill) Balke, Jason Haack, Dustin (Nicole) Artwohl, Nick Storbakken and 6 great-grandchildren. Dad is preceded in death by his Parents, one Daughter, Angeline ( Carlson ) Haack and brother Russell Carlson He regularly attended Celebration Church in Lakeville. Dad had a Born Again and Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ and is now in the Precious Arms of the Lord. Visitation was at 4-6 PM, Sunday, March 27, 2011 at Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 14850 Garrett Avenue, Apple Valley. There was also a visitation from Noon to 1pm at the church Monday. Funeral service was at 1 PM, Monday, March 28, 2011 at Celebration Church, 16655 Kenyon Avenue, Lakeville with burial following at Corinthian Cemetery, Farmington. Bucheger Jacobs Jeff and Rose Bucheger of Farmington are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Alison to John Jacobs, son of John and Patricia Jacobs of Margate, FL. Alison is a 2001 graduate of Lakeville High School and a 2004 graduate of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. She also received her Paralegal Certification from the Minnesota Paralegal Institute in 2006. She is currently employed with Bowman and Brooke LLP as a Paralegal. John is a 2000 graduate of Henry Sibley High School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota - Duluth where he received his Bachelors in Business Management. He is currently employed at Menards as a Department Manager. A July 2011 Wedding is planned at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in New Market. Rosemount Fatal crash occurs on Highway 52 by Tad Johnson THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS Susan K. Grinsteinner Beloved Wife, Mom, Grandma & Dear Friend Age 61 of Oakdale. Surrounded by her family, Sue peacefully entered the kingdom of heaven on March 25, 2011. Preceded in death by father Raoul Anderson. Survived by loving husband of 42 years Ray; children Bretta and Matt; cherished grandson Todd; mother Jeanette Anderson; brother Curt Anderson (Pam) and their children Chris (Erikka) and Nora Frye (Arnold); extended family and many loving friends. Service was Wednesday (3/30) at 2:00 PM at ST. MARK'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2499 Helen Street, North St. Paul (Door 7W). Interment was at St. Mary's Cemetery, North St. Paul. Visitation was Tuesday from 4-7:00 PM at SANDBERG FUNERAL HOME, 2593 E. 7th Avenue, North St. Paul and one hour before the service on Monday at the church. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to Lakeview Hospice or your local hospice. Sue's life was devoted to her family, her friends and her faith. We will all miss her dearly. Sandberg Family Funeral & Cremation Service 651-777-2600 www.sandbergfuneralhome.com A 36-year-old Shakopee man died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday, March 29 at 8:42 a.m. on Highway 52 near 250th Street in southern Dakota County. The crash occurred when Eric J. Bruss was driving a 1998 Dodge Neon north on Highway 52 and reportedly struck a 1999 Chevrolet Wagon in the rear as it moved to the left lane to pass, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The Neon went out of control and rolled into the ditch east of Highway 52. Four people from Pine Island in the Chevrolet suffered no apparent injuries � the driver Aubrey Lenz, 21; and passengers Karen A. Lenz, 50; Charles Lenz, 19; and Benjamin Lenz, 17. Dakota County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the crash. Apple Valley City Briefs Women's selfdefense course set Blue Line Defense will offer a women's self-defense course from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road. The class will include a combination of classroom and hands-on exercises. Cost is $40. Register at www.bluelinedefense.com or call (612) 564-5711. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays on the following nights: � April 14, "Nourish: Plan Your Garden," School of Environmental Studies, 12155 Johnny Cake Ridge Road. � April 21, "Dirt! The Movie: Learn About Soil," Falcon Ridge Middle School, lower level multipurpose room, 12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Road. � April 28, "Edible Landscapes: Partnering with Nature," School of Environmental Studies. � May 5, "Flourish: Grow, Homegrown Revolution & Gardening Resources," School of Environmental Studies. Registration is recommended but not required. To register, call District 196 Continuing Education at (651) 423-7920 or register online at www.district196. org/CE. Moms on the Run Women of all ages and fitness levels are invited to participate in a 5K training program this spring and summer at Diamond Path Park led by prenatal and postnatal fitness specialist Laura Polikowsky of Rosemount. Classes start April 27. A portion of all proceeds goes to Feed My Starving Children. For more information, see www.MomsOnTheRun.com or contact Melinda at (651) 795-9214. Dimond-Dalsin Molly Dimond, daughter of Gail and David Dimond, and Sam Dalsin, son of Sara and Jim Dalsin, announce their engagement. Molly and Sam are 2010 graduates of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and are currently enrolled in doctoral programs at the University of Minnesota, in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering respectively. A May wedding is planned. Randa A. Vogen Age 69, of Lakeville, MN passed away on March 22, 2011 at Highview Hills in Lakeville. Randa was a member of the Mpls Childrens Hospital Aux., MN Veterinary Medical Aux., Pan-O-Prog past president, Lions past president, and was a former board member of the Dakota County Fair. She is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Elvah (nee: Weise) Fossum and her son, Thor Vogen. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Alan; children, Tove (Eric) Johnson, Bjorn (Jennifer Vogen) and Christian Vogen; 6 grandchildren, Emma, Carl and Ilse Johnson, Reier, Thor and Anders Vogen; siblings, Eldon (Barb) Fossum, Ramona (Elmer) Pumper, Bill (Jean) Fossum and nieces, nephews and many friends. Memorial Service was held at 11:00 Saturday, March 26, 2011 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Ave., (Cty Rd 50) Lakeville, a memorial visitation was held from 4-8 PM Friday, March 25, 2011 at White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Trail (Cty Rd 50), Lakeville, (952 469 2723) Interment, Trondhjem Cemetery, Lonsdale. Online condolences at www.whitefuneralhomes.com White Funeral Home Lakeville 952-469-2723 Grow your own food series offered Growing Community, a collaboration of citizens and students growing the Partnership Garden, a sustainable organic garden at the School of Environmental Studies, will offer the "Nourish to Flourish: Grow Your Own Food in Partnership with Nature" series starting April 14 in Apple Valley. The free series is designed for gardeners of all ages in all communities. To submit an announcement Forms for birth, engagement, wedding, anniversary and obituaries announcements are available at our office and online at www.thisweeklive.com (click on "Announcements" and then "Send Announcement"). Completed forms may be e-mailed to email@example.com or mailed to Thisweek Newspapers, 12190 County Road 11, Burnsville, MN 55337. If you are submitting a photograph along with your announcement, please only submit photographs for which you have the right to permit Thisweek Newspapers to use and publish. Deadline for announcements is 5 p.m. Monday. A fee of $25 will be charged for the first 5 inches and $5 per inch thereafter. They will run in all editions of Thisweek Newspapers. Photos may be picked up at the office within 60 days or returned by mail if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided. 6A April 1, 2011 THISWEEK Sports Standings South Suburban Boys basketball Conference champion: Eastview All conference: Eastview: Joey King, Frank Veldman; Eagan: Jameson Parsons, Ben Sicoli, Matt Hentges; Apple Valley: Tom Schalk, Tyus Jones, Gavin Bronson; Burnsville: C. J. Smith, Rosemount: Matt Nelson; Honorable mention: Eagan: Ryan Patterson, Eric Wittenburg, Shea Mandli, Nick Sabatke; Burnsville: Cam Jones, Chad Dove, Adam Chandler; Apple Valley: Josh Johnson, Jordon Crockett, Dustin Fronk; Rosemount: Andrew Nelson, Brandon Forcier, Kevin Larson; Eastview: Ben Oberfeld, Chris Narum, Darin Haugh, Shane McSparron So when do we get to play? It is unlikely spring sports opening day games will be played by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS Girls basketball Conference champion: Lakeville North All Conference: Eastview: Alex Beckman, Jenna Docter, Amber Mehr; Apple Valley: Jordan Sammons, Jaryn Pipkins; Eagan: Jess Hart, Sage Peterson; Rosemount: Elaine Warner; Burnsville: Jermisha Watson Honorable mention: Apple Valley: Destiny Scott, Kati Erb, Sydney Schalk; Eagan: Lindsey Gonsior, Sammie Delzotto; Eastview: Paige Palkovich, Claire Elliot, Hannah Shie, Emily Young; Rosemount: Rachel Hoeppner, Brooke Stevens Boys Hockey Conference champion: Burnsville All Conference: Eagan: Michael Zajac, Will Merchant, Eli May; Burnsville: Bodhi Engum, Sean Madigan, Eddie Wittchow, Mike Dockry; Eastview: Scott Nelson, Max Smith; Apple Valley: AJ Michaelson, Derek Smith, Hudson Fasching, Aaron Gretz Honorable mention: Rosemount: Mike Cossalter, Andy Gustafson, Connor Langfield; Eagan: Tommy Bodeker, Nick Kuchera, John Carroll, Sam Wolfe; Burnsville: Cory Chapman, Jace Childs, Nick Senta; Eastview: Bryce Branstad, Taylor Branstad; Apple Valley: Vince Pedrie, Michael Berens, Kris Goodman It's pretty tough to play baseball with snow on the ground, and no one has plans to try anytime soon. It's no secret that winter has stuck around a little longer this year, which has left several spring high school athletes wondering when they will play their first game. Athletic directors, groundskeepers, coaches and players have been exercising various degrees of optimism and patience in the past few weeks. Many grounds crews use spring break to prepare their fields and courts for play, but this year their time has been spent shoveling. "I'm already three weeks behind where I was last year," District 196 groundskeeper Patrick Cason said. "We already had the fields ready at this point last year and now there's still snow on the stadium." As far as playing next week, it doesn't look good. Opening day for baseball and softball is Tuesday, April 5. "There's no chance that's going to happen with the amount of snow we still have," Eastview athletic director Matt Percival said. That means rescheduling and several days of back-to-back games in late April and May. "We'll squeeze everything in," Percival said. "Twenty games in 20 days, we're not there yet, but it's going to be a scramble to get them in." With snow and rain forecast this weekend, there's the potential teams won't see the field for a few more days. Rain may melt the snow, but it doesn't solve the problem. "Then there's so much ground water," Cason said. "You really can't walk on the frost or you'll damage the grass." South Suburban Conference lacrosse and tennis schedules begin the first week of April. Track and field teams have already participated in indoor meets at area colleges, but several outdoor meets are scheduled Thursday, April 7. Golf is scheduled to begin April 11. It's up to the area golf courses whether that happens. Photo by Rick Orndorf The fields at Burnsville High School were still unplayable on Wednesday morning. Athletic directors in the South Suburban Conference are already pondering rescheduling their early-April games and meets. past 15 years. Programs are Even when the snow is used to practicing in a gym gone, programs won't be in before the season starts. the clear. Each playing field Last year, teams were has a different degree of difoutside in late March, but ficulty in preparation for the that was an aberration. season. "That wasn't the norm, Removing snow from a but that's what's fresh in tennis court is easy, but it everyone's mind," Rosemay be some time before mount athletic director wind nets are raised. The Mike Manning said. tracks are almost clear, but Once the season is under the facilities for field events way, teams still won't be in such as throwing and jumpthe clear. Storms usually ing will need some work. Lamove the schedule around crosse fields take the longest at least once in April. to prepare because of the "We try to put off all number of lines that need to decisions each day unbe painted. til noon," Manning said. Teams still need practice, "We want to get the games so they have been holding in when we can. We have them in gymnasiums. Eastsome pretty hardy coaches view's three gyms have a rohere. In the past our softtation of several sports from ball coach (Jim Matheson) 2:45 to 9 p.m. every night, will continue games even from golfers hitting into nets if it's snowing. We tend to runners striding on the to plow through anything balcony track. Photo by Rick Orndorf here." "There's an awful lot of When the sun shows up activity going on in a small Snow remained on the baseball diamond at square footage of space," Burnsville High School as of Wednesday morning. for good, count on seeing As far as playing opening day on Tuesday, it doesn't high school sporting events Percival said. during every second of Some schools haven't look promising. available daylight. been as affected. Rosemount Late starts are common in Minis fortunate to have a dome to prac- nesota for spring high school sports. tice in where baseball, lacrosse and Teams have taken the field as late Andy Rogers is at andy.rogers@ softball can prepare on a dry field. as the second week in April in the ecm-inc.com. Girls Hockey Conference champion: Lakeville South All conference: Rosemount: Rachael Kelly, Allison Micheletti, Taylor Sampson, Kendra Goodrich; Burnsville: Megan Killmer, Kasey Evans; Eagan: Bre Steele, Molly Sparks; Eastview: Emily Snodgrass, Courtney Kukowski, Delaney McKay; Apple Valley: Erica Power; Honorable mention: Rosemount: Caitlin Dantzscher, Lauren Riley, Alison Warweg; Burnsville: Jenny Maloney, Alex Pearson, Paige Skaja; Eagan: Megan Wolfe, Megan Juricko, Shelby Williams, Emily Otrogge; Eastview: Sophie Des Lauriers, Kelly Meyer, Taylor Feinhage; Apple Valley: Allison Johnson, Hailey Sampson, Liz Hermes Three Apple Valley staffers named to MSHSL Hall of Fame by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS Wrestling Conference champion: Apple Valley All conference: Apple Valley: Jordan Kingsley, Matt Kelliher, Brandon Kingsley, Jake Waste; Eastview: Mitch Rechzigel, Erik Ehresmann; Eagan: Yonas Gebreab, Bob Rada, Jacob Lueck; Burnsville: D'Narius Lewis; Rosemount: Adam Jackson, Steve Levine, Johs Francios, John Bishop; Honorable mention: Burnsville: Harry Bramley, Andy Underhill; Rosemount: Dan Rosa, Adam Hedin, Paul Domeier, Nick Paxson; Apple Valley: Steven Keogh, Matt Hechsel, Corbin Farrell, Jason Halcomb, Cory Rathman; Eastview: BJ Groskreutz, Edgar Garcia, Anthony Munos, Ben Schmitz, Josh Blake; Eagan: Alexei Gwinup, Mitch Johnson, Golin Sullivan, Mike Marsh Apple Valley High School's Geri Dirth, Chuck Scanlon and Nancy Grimes (retired) all were recently selected to join the Minnesota High School League Hall of Fame. Geri Charles Nancy They will join 10 other Dirth Scanlon Grimes inductees during a ceremony at championship seasons in 1993, 1 p.m. May 15 at the Edinburgh Golf and Event Center in Brooklyn 1994, 1995, 1997, and 2004, with 10 conference and 15 section champiPark. They will join other Apple Val- onships. She has coached 25 indiley MSHSL Hall of Fame mem- vidual champions and one Olymbers including James Bosen (retired pian, Shani Marks. She led efforts to get a True Team principal), Carol Ann Shudlick (student-athlete), Pam Cady Wy- state tournament. In 2007, Dirth coff (speech coach), Walt Weaver was named the National Track and (volleyball coach) and Bill Dema- Field Coach of the Year. She is also a member of the Luther College ray (wrestling coach). Dirth has been a coach and Hall of Fame. Scanlon has been the boys socteacher at Apple Valley for 31 years. During that time she has been the cer, girls hockey, boys hockey, ringirls cross country, track and field, gette (girls hockey) and baseball coach at Apple Valley during his 33 and basketball coach. As a track coach, her teams have years of coaching. As the only boys soccer coach placed in the Top 10 at the MSHSL state meet 13 times, including state in school history, he put together a career record of 518-89-46, which is the all-time Minnesota win record. His teams have won 20 conference titles, 17 section championships and nine state championships out of nine appearances. The boys soccer team is on a 47-game win streak, which is also a state record.Scanlon was the 2009 state soccer Coach of the Year and the 2010 national soccer Coach of the Year. Scanlon is a pioneer of girls hockey at Apple Valley, where he led the program for its first 18 years. His team won the nation's firstever girls state hockey tournament in 1995 and the first televised girls hockey state championship in 1998. He won 217 games, three section titles and two state championships. He was also a member of the Bemidji State 1973 national championship hockey team. Grimes was the AVHS assistant principal for arts and sciences starting in 1982. Her major responsibility was to design, develop and implement an arts and activities program that was comparable to the athletic and academic departments at Apple Valley. The arts programs achieved local, state and national recognition during her tenure. She helped add a variety of electives, including music tech, electronic imaging, jazz improvisation, dance performance, and marching band. In 1986 her leadership resulted in AVHS becoming the first high school in Minnesota to provide more than 1,000 students a year with either conference-level arts or activities competitive events or conference-level workshops or festivals. She spearheaded the process leading to Redbook Magazine's choice of AVHS as one of the nation's best 140 schools. She was named the Secondary Arts Principal of the Year in 1995 by the Minnesota Alliance for Arts Education. She retired in 1997. Andy Rogers is at andy.rogers@ ecm-inc.com. Rosemount mites Eagle wrestlers meet governor skate at Frozen Four Gymnastics Conference champion: Eagan All conference: Eagan: Julia Wolter; Dana Holmes, Katherine Torres, Jenna Holmes, Katie Palluck; Apple Valley: Kelsie Long, Taylor Hoeppner; Rosemount: Abby Nelson, Claire Holtz, Kathy Aune, Kailey Askew; Eastview: Brittany Stumpf, Erica Anders Honorable mention: Apple Valley: Mariah Grant, Sidney Bethke; Eastview: Morgan Poulson, Erin Gorski; Eagan: Ellie Smith, Alyssa Corazzo; Rosemount: Jenna Schlukebier, Jana Elliot. Photo by Rick Orndorf The Rosemount youth hockey C Mite team scrimmaged between the first and second periods of the NCAA Division III Men's Hockey Frozen Four semifinal game between St. Norbert and Norwich. The mini mites took over the ice at Photo by T.W. Budig Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on March 25. More photos are online at Members of the state champion Apple Valley High School wrestling team were honored at the State Capitol on Wednesday with a proclamation by Gov. Mark Dayton. www.ThisweekLive.com. THISWEEK April 1, 2011 7A Rosemount City Briefs Nominate volunteers for recognition The Rosemount City Council is asking residents to nominate community volunteers who add to the city's quality of life. For the eighth year, the city is collecting names of those individuals and groups that deserve recognition for service as volunteers. Honorees will be recognized by the council during the city's observance of National Volunteer Week. The City Council plans to recognize as many volunteers as possible during its regular meeting on April 19. A total of 116 individuals and groups were honored during last year's observance. Nominations should be sent by Monday, April 4, to Communications Coordinator Alan Cox, (651) 322-2078 or alan.cox@ ci.rosemount.mn.us. Include the names and phone numbers of both the volunteer to be honored and the person making the nomination. Ave. W., Rosemount. A freewill offering will be taken. Apple Valley City Briefs MOMS Club meets in Apple Valley The Apple Valley South MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) holds winter meetings at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 7510 Palomino Drive, Apple Valley. MOMS Club is a national nonprofit organization for moms who have chosen to stay at home full-time or part-time. The group offers weekly events for moms and their children, monthly meetings, and a chance to make new, lifelong friends. For more information or directions to the church, eA collection drop-off will mail momsclubofapplevalbe available at the fashion firstname.lastname@example.org. show for gently used purses, handbags and wallets to donate to Clutch For Cause, an organization working with single parents. The event will include Chicks For A Cause will appetizers and a cash bar. hold the Fashionista Favor- A variety of vendors will be ites Fashion Show from 4 to featured. Fashion show tickets 9 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at GrandStay's LaGrand Con- are $15 in advance at www. ference Center, 7083 153rd chicksforacause.org or $20 at the door. St. W., Apple Valley. Those interested in beThe show will benefit Kids 'n Kinship, a local ing a vendor at the event, youth mentoring organiza- providing sponsorship or tion. Funds raised will as- in-kind silent auction donasist Kids 'n Kinship in pro- tions should contact Sarah viding mentors for the 70 at Chicks For A Cause, youths on the organization's (651) 423-5017 or sarah@ chicksforacause.org. waiting list. Vocalmotion performing arts camp at RHS Vocalmotion camp will be held June 13-17 at Rosemount High School and is open to any student currently in grades three through eight. Each day includes activity sessions focused on vocal technique and performance, dance and movement, and music and dance presentation/improvisation. To download the brochure and register for the camp, visit www.district196. org/rhs/choir. Fashion show to benefit local charities KCs host fish fry The Rosemount Knights of Columbus will host fish fry suppers from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, April 1 and 15, in the social hall at St. Joseph's Church, 13900 Biscayne Announcements Announcements Announcements Organizational Notices Abraham Low Self-Help Systems (Recovery, Int'l) Looking For Good Homes For Puppies You Are Selling? Place An Ad Here! Only $37.50 For 5 Lines + Picture Runs for 6 weeks! 952-894-1111 Organizational Notices Farmington AA Closed Mixed Meetings Mon, Wed, Thurs at 8 PM Open Meeting 2nd Sat. Organizational Notices South Suburban Alanon & Alateen Tuesdays 7:15-8:30 pm Organizational Notices DONATE YOUR VEHICLE to St. Martin's Way SMW provides assistance to empower people to improve their life situation through education counseling and donated cars. � Tax deductible if you itemize � Free pick-up St. Martin's Way 14450 So Robert Trail #203, Rosemount 651-423-9606 www.stmartinsway.org Dona: 612-824-5773 www. LowSelfHelp Systems.org Burnsville Lakeville ADOPTED! Small Animal Swap Meet Sat., April 2, 9am-noon Alanon Mtgs Thurs at 8pm All meetings at: Rambling River Center 325 Oak Street All Saints Catholic Church 19795 Holyoke Ave Lakeville, MN Concurrent Alateen Meeting Ages 12-17 Contact (Alanon) Kathy: 952-956-4198 (Alateen) Kevin: 651-325-6708 A Vision for You-AA Thursdays 7:30 PM A closed, mixed meeting at Wabasha Co. Fairgrounds 99 Coulee Way Wabasha MN 507-251-7149 Questions? 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Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling the arts center at (952) 985-4640 or online at www.lakeville-rapconnect.com. Calendars can be found online at www.ThisweekLive.com When longtime friends Kate Habegger and Pamela Page attended a performance of "The Dixie Swim Club" last summer at the Old Log Theater in Excelsior, they were so taken by the show they made a pact: If the Southern stage comedy was ever produced in the south metro area, they'd audition together. They didn't have to wait long. In January, Habegger chanced upon an auditions announcement in a local newspaper for Lakevillebased Expressions Community Theater's production of "The Dixie Swim Club." "She brought the paper to me and was like, `It's time,' " said Page. True to their word, they both auditioned, and both landed a spot in the fivemember, all-female cast. Habegger, of Apple Valley, and Page, of Savage, became fast friends about a decade ago as members of the women's choral ensemble at Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville. Since then, they've worked together doing chil- Photo by Andrew Miller Friends Kate Habegger and Pamela Page will share a stage for the first time in "The Dixie Swim Club." dren's theater productions at the church, but "The Dixie Swim Club" marks the first time they'll share a stage for a full production. Interestingly, the Lakeville show will see the two friends engaging in some very unfriendly behavior � all acting, of course. "We have a fight scene � a screaming match between the two of us," said Page. "It's fun." Andrew Miller is at andrew. firstname.lastname@example.org. theater and arts briefs Men's Chorale Lorie Line Lakeville concerts showcase performance high school singers Tickets are on sale for The Minnesota Valley Men's Chorale will perform spring concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, at Grace Lutheran Church, 7800 W. County Road 42, Apple Valley. The 40-voice men's choir will perform a selection of sacred and secular pieces, spirituals and show tunes. The concerts also will showcase high school talent. Friday's performance will feature selected soloists and ensembles from several area high schools. The concerts are free and open to the public; a freewill offering will be taken. For more information, visit www.MVMCsings.org or contact Steve Boehlke, director, at (651) 423-3501. Lorie Line's local Intimate Evening Series performance at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Tickets are $38 per person or $33 each for a group of 10 or more. All seats are reserved. To order tickets, call the box office at (952) 985-4640. Celebrate children, books April 16 Heritage Library in Lakeville will celebrate El D�a de los Ni�os/El D�a de los Libros (Children's Day/ Book Day) from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Activities will include storytelling and puppetry by Nicolas Carter, Spanish and English storytime, crafts, and the breaking of a pi�ata. Events are free and open to all ages. The library is at 20085 Heritage Drive. For more information, call (952) 891-0360. 3/25-4/8�2548045R�TWND Audition set for ballet scholarships Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota will hold auditions for its 2011 Student Dancer Recognition Scholarships and its annual twoweek Ballet Repertoire workshop at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16233 Kenyon Ave., Suite 100, Lakeville. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. For more information, grant applications or forms, call Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota at (952) 4523163, or visit www.TwinCitiesBallet.org. Comedy for Caring Saturday, April 30 Chicago's famed Second City will provide entertainment during Comedy for Caring, the Burnsville Rotary's annual community fundraising event, to be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville. A pre-show party will include live and silent auctions, complimentary appetizers and a drink, and the sounds of Real Big Band, an 18-piece jazz ensemble. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35. VIP seating with a cast meetand-greet is $75. Tickets are available at the box office, ticketmaster.com or (800) 982-2787. THISWEEK April 1, 2011 11A Mayor/from 1A PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF APPLE VALLEY ORDINANCE NO. 911 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE OFFICIAL MAP OF THE CITY OF APPLE VALLEY, DAKOTA COUNTY, MINNESOTA WHEREAS, The City Council of the City of Apple Valley held a public hearing on property described herein on March 24, 2011, as required by Minnesota Statutes, Section 462.359; and WHEREAS, on March 24, 2011, the City Council recommended the amendment to the Official Map as hereinafter described. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Apple Valley, Dakota County, Minnesota, that: 1. The Official Map, established by the Apple Valley, Minnesota Code of Ordinances section 17.1, is hereby amended by incorporating the legal description and surveyor's certificate, hereto attached, into and made a part of the Official Map of the City pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 462.359. This area described is generally located in the East 1/2 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 26, Township 115 North, Range 20 West, Dakota County, Minnesota. 1. This ordinance shall become effective upon its passage and publication. 3. The City Clerk is hereby directed to file this ordinance and the official Map amendment in the Office of the Dakota County Recorder. PASSED this 24th day of March, 2011. /s/Mary Hamann-Roland, Mayor ATTEST: /s/Pamela J. Gackstetter, City Clerk 2555193 4/1/11 PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF APPLE VALLEY ORDINANCE NO. 913 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF APPLE VALLEY, MINNESOTA, AMENDING THE FEE SCHEDULE APPENDIX OF TITLE III OF THE CITY CODE AND BY ADJUSTING FEES AND CHARGES FOR VARIOUS PERMITS AND SERVICES IN THE CITY The following is the official summary of Ordinance No. 913 approved by the City Council of Apple Valley, on March 24, 2011. The Fee Schedule Appendix of Title III of the Apple Valley City Code is amended by adding certain descriptions and fees and charges under "Licenses and Permits" and establishing fees and charges related to massage therapy businesses and massage A printed copy of the ordinance is available for inspection by any person during regular office hours in the office of the City Clerk at the Apple Valley Municipal Center, 7100 147th Street W., Apple Valley, Minnesota 55124. 2555276 4/1/11 PUBLIC NOTICE SECTION 00 11 13 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed Bids will be received by the City of Apple Valley, Minnesota, in the Apple Valley Municipal Center, 7100 147th Street West, until 10 A.M., CST, Thursday, May 5, 2011, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the furnishing of all labor, materials, and all else necessary for the following: Project 2010-134, Galaxie Pond Flood Mitigation 2,750 32,500 750 90 400 750 1750 470 1 Remove Bituminous Pavement Common Excavation RCP Storm Sewer Concrete Stairs Furnish and Install Handrail Bituminous Mixture Class 5 Aggregate Base Concrete Curb and Gutter Furnish and Install Baseball Backstop 20,000 SY Seeding 25 EA Furnish and Install Trees 700 LF Pavement Markings With related items Bidders desiring Bidding Documents may purchase them by check from the City of Apple Valley, 7100 147th Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124, (952) 953-2588 for a non-refundable fee of $45. The Bidding Documents may be seen at the office of the City Engineer, 7100 147th Street West, Apple Valley, MN. Direct inquiries to Engineer's Project Manager Colin Manson at (952) 953-2425. Bid Security in the amount of 5 percent of the amount of the Bid must accompany each Bid in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. The Owner reserves the right to retain the deposits of the 3 lowest Bidders for a period not to exceed 60 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids. No Bids may be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive irregularities and informalities therein, and further reserves the right to award the Contract to the best interests of the Owner. Pamela J. Gackstetter, City Clerk City of Apple Valley, Minnesota 2553793 4/1-4/8/11 SY CY LF SF LF TN TN LF LS PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF APPLE VALLEY Sealed bids will be received until 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2011, at the office of the City Clerk, City of Apple Valley, 7100 147th Street W., Apple Valley, MN 55124, at which time they will be publicly opened and read, for the purpose of securing a vendor to supply: 2011 OUTDOOR POOL WATER MANAGEMENT Each bid shall be accompanied by a certified check, cashiers check or a bid bond in the amount of 5% of the gross bid, made payable to the City of Apple Valley, which shall be forfeited to the City in the event the bidder fails to enter into a contract. The City Council reserves the right to retain the deposits of the bidders for a period not to exceed 60 days after the date and time set for the opening of bids. Specifications and proposal forms may be obtained from the Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124. The City Council reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive irregularities and informalities therein and further reserves the right to award the contract in the best interests of the City. Dated this 24th day of March, 2011. /s/Pamela J. Gackstetter, City Clerk 2555873 4/1/11 PUBLIC NOTICE City of Apple Valley NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Apple Valley will hold a public meeting on the City's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP), which is a requirement of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Phase II (NPDESII) storm water permit. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Center, 7100 147th Street W. A brief presentation will provide information on the City's SWPPP followed by a summary of the draft annual report. Time will be allowed for public comment following the presentation. Copies of the SWPPP are available for viewing at the Municipal Center (7100 147th Street W.) and at the Central Maintenance Facility (6442 140th Street W.). The SWPPP is also available for viewing on the City website. Written comments may be submitted prior to May 10, 2011, at the following address: City of Apple Valley ATTN: Jeff Kehrer 7100 147th Street W. Apple Valley, MN 55124 DATED March 24, 2011 2555304 4/1/11 PUBLIC NOTICE SECTION 00 11 13 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed Bids will be received by the City of Apple Valley, Minnesota, in the Apple Valley Municipal Center, 7100 147th Street West, until 10 A.M., CST, Thursday, May 5, 2011, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the furnishing of all labor, materials, and all else necessary for the following: Project 2011-106, Upper 147th Street West Extension 280 LF PVC Sanitary Sewer 2,600 LF DIP Water Main 900 LF RCP Storm Sewer 14,500 CY Common Excavation 16,500 TN Select Granular Borrow 4,600 TN Cl 5 Aggregate Base 3,000 TN Bituminous Mixture 2,800 LF Concrete Curb and Gutter 1.25 AC Seeding 4,500 LF Pavement Marking With related items Bidders desiring Bidding Documents may purchase them by check from the City of Apple Valley, 7100 147th Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124, (952) 953-2588 for a non-refundable fee of $45. The Bidding Documents may be seen at the office of the City Engineer, 7100 147th Street West, Apple Valley, MN. Direct inquiries to Engineer's Project Manager Colin Manson at (952) 953-2425. Bid Security in the amount of 5 percent of the amount of the Bid must accompany each Bid in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. The Owner reserves the right to retain the deposits of the 3 lowest Bidders for a period not to exceed 60 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids. No Bids may be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive irregularities and informalities therein, and further reserves the right to award the Contract to the best interests of the Owner. Pamela J. Gackstetter, City Clerk City of Apple Valley, Minnesota 2553914 4/1-4/8/11 especially in local government," he said. Foreclosures increased slightly in Rosemount between 2008 and 2010, Droste noted. City officials faced the tough decision last year to consolidate jobs, lay off an employee and reduce services to save money. "It's the mission of the Rosemount City Council to take advantage of its strengths and to address ... the areas that need improvement," Droste said. City officials are hoping to spur economic development by providing incentives that will attract industries to Rosemount, he said. Officials are currently examining whether senior housing could potentially E-mail Jessica Harper at: be built in the northern part email@example.com of the city, Droste said. Other projects include potentially attracting a hotel to the city, redeveloping the former Genz-Ryan Heating and Plumbing site, constructing a park-andride, extending Connemara Trail and assisting in developing business along Highway 52. "We encourage businesses to partner with the city for our mutual benefit," he said. The key to Rosemount's success lies in the relationships among city officials, businesses leaders and citizens, Droste said. "For all these reasons, I can say to you that the state of Rosemount is good, and we are well-positioned to expand as the economy slowly improves," he said. PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF HEARING ON PROCEEDINGS FOR VACATION OF PUBLIC GROUNDS IN THE CITY OF APPLE VALLEY TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Apple Valley, Dakota County, Minnesota, will meet at the City Hall, 7100 147th Street W., at 8:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, on Thursday, April 28, 2011, to consider the matter of vacation of the following described public grounds in the City of Apple Valley, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 412.851: The West 20.0 feet of the South 125.0 feet of Lot 1, Block 1, MENARD ADDITION, according to the recorded plat thereof, Dakota County, Minnesota; and the West 34.5 feet of the North 75.0 feet of the south 200.0 feet of said Lot 1; and the East 20.0 feet of the West 34.5 feet of the North 55.0 feet of the South 255.0 feet of said Lot 1; and the East 19.5 feet of the West 34.0 feet of the North 45.0 feet of the South 300.0 feet of said Lot 1; and the East 20.0 feet of the West 34.5 feet of that part of said Lot 1 lying north of the South 300.0 feet thereof. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposal will be heard at this meeting. DATED this 24th day of March, 2011. /s/Pamela J.Gackstetter, City Clerk 2555332 4/1-4/8/11 A Progressive Christian Community Sunday Worship Hour 10:30 AM Adult Education 9:30 AM (Children's Education during Worship) PUBLIC NOTICE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 196 Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools Educating our students to reach their full potential CALL FOR BIDS 2011 Track Resurfacing Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received for the 2011 Track Resurfacing at Eagan High School by Independent School District 196, at the Facilities and Grounds Office located at 14445 Diamond Path, Rosemount, MN 55068, until 2 p.m. local time on April 14, 2011, at which time and place bids will be publicly opened and read aloud Complete instructions on how to obtain Bidding Documents from SRI Consultants, Inc. can be found at: http://www.district196 .org/District/LegalNotices/index.cfm If you should have any questions regarding this bid you may contact the Facilities Department at (651) 423-7706. Art Coulson, Board Clerk Independent School District 196 2547635 3/25-4/1/11 PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF APPLE VALLEY ORDINANCE NO. 912 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF APPLE VALLEY, MINNESOTA, AMENDING TITLE XI OF THE CITY CODE ENTITLED "BUSINESS REGULATIONS" BY ADDING CHAPTER 123 REGULATING MASSAGE THERAPY BUSINESS AND MASSAGE THERAPIST LICENSES The following is the official summary of ordinance No. 912 passed by the City Council of Apple Valley on March 24, 2011. Chapter 123 was added to the City Code to require licensing and regulation of massage therapy businesses and massage therapists within the City. Chapter 123 provides for definitions of massage, massage therapy business, massage therapist and other related terms. The Chapter provides for exemption from the licensing and regulations under the Chapter. The Chapter provides for the licensing process, eligibility for license, and regulation of licenses. A printed copy of the ordinance is available for inspection by any person during regular office hours at the office of the City Clerk at the Apple Valley Municipal Center, 7100 147th Street W., Apple Valley, Minnesota 55124. 2555233 4/1/11 Not Your Usual Church spiritofjoymn.com 12A April 1, 2011 THISWEEK District leaders, legislators disagree over integration program by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS State legislators are battling over whether integration funding is effective in Minnesota school districts. But all they have to do is look to the RosemountApple Valley-Eagan School District for an indication. The state pays approximately $90 million annually to districts for transportation and programs to increase diversity and close the achievement gap. District 196's magnet schools, which are supported in part by integration funds, have continued to make strides in closing the achievement gap. "Integration has been extremely successful in our district," said Scott Thomas, District 196 integration and equity coordinator. Integration funding attempts to close the racial achievement gap while improving student choice, Thomas explained. District 196 has made improvements in all these areas, he said. In 2007, Cedar Park and Glacier Hills elementary schools were identified as being racially isolated and were turned into magnet schools. Since then, both schools have made strides in boosting diversity and in meeting Adequate Yearly Progress -- performance goals based on test scores, attendance and graduation rates. Cedar Park failed to meet AYP in 2007 in math among Hispanic, special education, English-Language-Learners, and free-and-reduced lunch students. Within three years, the magnet school made AYP in all these areas, but lagged behind in reading scores among ELL students. Glacier Hills failed to meet AYP in 2008 in math and reading among black students and in reading among free-and-reduced lunch students. Within two years, all students met AYP in math, but the school failed to meet AYP among black and freeand-reduced lunch students. The district's other magnet school, Diamond Path Elementary, failed to meet AYP in 2009 in math among Hispanic, free-and-reduced lunch students and in reading among black, free-andreduced lunch and special education students. By the following year, the school made AYP except in reading among its Hispanic students. "It's difficult to tell whether integration funds directly has an effect," said John Linder, who analyzes scores for District 196. "But it gets students access to programs they would not have without it." Diamond Path, for instance, has a Chinese language emphasis that enables elementary students to learn the language and culture. Thomas noted that all three magnet schools have waiting lists and participation in its gifted and talented and young scholars programs has grown. "There is no question that our magnets are high quality schools parents want to send their kids to," he said. Despite this progress, Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, is convinced that integration funding in its current form is ineffective. "The formula is bro- ken, and everyone agrees it doesn't work," he said. A 2005 legislative auditor's report blasted the program for lacking focus and having little oversight. The report stated that the purpose of the program is "unclear" and that districts "vary widely" in how they use the revenue. It also claims that school districts do not have adequate methods for assessing the program's effectiveness. Garofalo co-authored an education finance bill, which recently passed in the House, that repeals integration funding. The funding would be called education innovation funding and focus on improving achievement among all students regardless of race or ethnicity. "The focus should not be on who is sitting next to Johnny," he said. "It should be on whether Johnny is improving." Thomas disagrees that race and ethnicity should not be part of the program's focus. He argues that cultural liaisons and culturally responsive teaching certificates, which are paid with integration funds, help districts meet cultural needs of its diverse population. "This makes a significant difference for teachers in understanding cultural differences," he said. "We cannot dismiss the importance of racial integration." Thomas said he believes the Legislature should look at ways to improve the existing program rather than changing it completely. "This is not something that is going to happen over one or two years," he said. "There is still work to be done." Wasserman named to city's Planning Commission The newest member of Apple Valley's Planning Commission brings a background in construction management, and academia, to the post. Brian Wasserman, who chairs the construction management department at Minnesota State UniversityMankato, was named to the commission March 24 by the Cuts/from 1A that became available last year. Total budget adjustments for the 2011-12 school year will be $8.5 million, based on the assumption that state officials will cut education City Council. Wasserman, an Apple Valley resident, was selected from a field of six applicants and appointed to a three-year term that expires in March 2014. He will fill the vacancy on the Planning Commission left by longtime member Jeannine Churchill. Churchill, who resigned funding by 3.5 percent. This will be the third consecutive year the district will face budget reductions, which officials say are due to years of flat state funding combined with accounting shifts. The state has withheld in December while serving as chair of the seven-member commission, left the post on amicable terms. The Planning Commission advises the City Council on planning and land use issues. It meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month, at 7 p.m., at the Apple Valley Municipal Center. --Andrew Miller $68 million in funding over the past two years, according to district officials. As a result, the district had to impose $10 million in budget adjustments for the 2008-09 school year and $15.3 million for the 201011 school year.