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ECM signs letter of intent to acquire Sun Newspapers ECM Publishers, a media company based in Coon Rapids, Minn., has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire the Minnesota Sun Newspapers from American Community Newspapers II located in Dallas, Texas. While ACN has accepted the Letter of Intent, purchase agreement negotiations are ongoing. “This potential combination promises vital hometown journalism for scores of suburban communities,” said Julian Andersen, CEO and Chairman of ECM. “Both of these newspaper groups are staffed and led by talented and effective associates, who will bring vim and vigor to the opportunities and responsibilities of a larger media enterprise.” “ECM is always looking for ways to grow as an information company,” said Marge Winkelman, president and chief operating officer. “ECM has grown over 35 years from a weekly newspaper in Princeton, Minn., to a company with 21 publications delivered to more than 300,000 Minnesota homes.” “Opportunities of this magnitude rarely happen and ECM

This NovaBus Cedar Avenue Bus Rapid Transit vehicle was displayed at several Dakota County locations last week, including the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley Wednesday, Dec. 14. The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority approved the purchase of seven BRT vehicles that are scheduled to begin service on Cedar Avenue from 155th Street to the Mall of America by fall 2012. (Photo by Matthew Hankey – Sun Newspapers)

The (transit)way of the future vehicle displayed MVTA buys seven NovaBus Cedar Avenue BRT vehicles, will be in use by fall 2012 BY MATTHEW HANKEY – SUN NEWSPAPERS The bus of the future was on display at various Dakota County locations Dec. 1415. The new Bus Rapid Transit vehicle for the Cedar Avenue Transitway was exhibited Dec. 14 at the Burnsville Transit Station, Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority Eagan Bus Garage.

On Dec. 15, the BRT vehicle, a 40-foot NovaBus, was on display at the MVTA Burnsville Bus Garage, as well as locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The MVTA will be the service provider for the Cedar Avenue BRT service, and the MVTA Board approved the purchase of the seven vehicles at its Dec. 7 board meeting. “They will be used for our BRT services, our frequent service on Cedar Avenue,” said Dakota County Transit

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Mrs. Claus plays a mean organ Bonnie Seydell, dressed as Mrs. Claus, plays holiday carols on the old-fashioned pump organ at the Old Fashioned Holiday event Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Holz Farm in Eagan. The event featured a nostalgic holiday experience at the 1940s-era Holz Farm. Attendees visited with Santa, saw live reindeer, made s’mores and winter crafts, sang carols and enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate. (Submitted photo)

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District 196 School Board approves two-year contract with nurses, teachers

The ISD 196 School Board unanimously approved a new two-year agreement at its Dec. 12 meeting with Dakota County United Educators, who represent the teachers and school nurses in the RosemountApple Valley-Eagan public schools. On Dec. 5, the DCUE had previously reached a tentative agreement during a vote of its members. The contract is enforced back to July 1 and is effective through June 30, 2013. The agreement provides for step and lane increases in both years of the contract for additional years of service and education attained, according to district officials. In year one, there is no increase to any

earn $66,395 in base salary and up to $6,993 in longevity pay next year, under the 1 percent increase for in the new agreement. Teachers will still pay the same portion of their health insurance premium in both years of the new contract. The total cost of the contract over two years is an increase of 4.1 percent compared to the previous contract, including all costs for step and lane increases, the schedule increase in year two and health insurance costs in both years, according to district officials. The new contract is in line with the budget the school board approved, said Human Resources Director Tom Pederstuen. “The total new costs during the term of this agreement will be within the parameters you’ve set forth,” Pederstuen said to the school board at the Dec. 12 meeting. Afterwards, Pederstuen recognized the hard work that both bargaining teams put in to reach a new agreement. “Thank you to everyone from the teachers’ side and from the district’s side,” he said. “We always have good conversation and I think we’ve got a good agreement.”


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School property taxes to drop for most ISD 196 residents School board approves payable 2012 tax levy, budget deficit forecast BY MATTHEW HANKEY – SUN NEWSPAPERS The latest Rosemount-Apple ValleyEagan District School Board meeting presented a mixture of good and bad news for district residents. The good: Homeowners will receive a slight tax relief in the amount of district taxes they owe next year. The bad: The district is forecast to operate under a deficit if the proposed 2012 fiscal budget is approved early next year. By a 6-0 vote, the school board approved lowering the district’s 2012 property tax levy to 75.8 million. Boardmember Rob Duchscher was absent from the regular meeting. He left the earlier school board work session because of an illness, said School Board Chairperson Jackie Magnuson. “It’s about a $2 million dollar reduction [from 2011] and represents about a 3 and a half percent decline in the gross levy authority that we’re asking for last year,” said District Finance & Operations

Director Jeff Solomon. “Most of the decline took place in the general fund portion.” The 2011 levy is $78.42 million, roughly $1 million less than the 2009 levy. In September, the school board set the levy limit and last month, Dakota County mailed proposed payable 2012 property tax statements to its taxpayers. Solomon said that the majority of school district funds are provided by state aid, roughly 63 percent. Property taxes account for roughly 22 percent, federal aid 5 percent and other aid is 9 percent. Solomon said a formula is used to calculate what percentage property taxes will comprise in the budget. “A lot of people confuse this and they believe that you as a school board determine a budget and then decide, ‘All right, 19 percent of that budget is going to be paid for by local taxes.’ Actually, the way that it works is that our revenues are determined by the [number of] pupils that we serve [multiplied by] legislative formulas.”

The district will receive additional state aid in the future, roughly $50 per student for the 2012-2013 school year, Solomon said. For the current school year, the district receives $5,174 per student from the state. For 2012-2013, that figure will be increased to $5,224, which equates to an additional $1.5 million in additional revenue for the district, Solomon said. Student enrollment is projected to increase by 16 students for the 2012-2013 school year and then slightly decrease over the next five years, according to public district data. “And that makes revenue forecasting a little easier when we have stable enrollments like we do now,” Solomon said. Another component for lowering the levy is the continual decline in home values. District homeowners have seen their property value decline four years in a row. In 2011, home values in the district are forecast to drop 6.4 percent, but only 2.9 percent next year. Solomon said owners of median-valued

‘And that makes revenue forecasting a little easier when we have stable enrollments like we do now.’

home will pay $1,128 in school district taxes in 2012, down $17 from $1,145 for 2011.

Budget discussion Solomon also presented the proposed fiscal 2012 budget at the Dec. 12 meeting. The total proposed budget is roughly $347.5 million. District officials expected state funding to be cut for schools during this summer’s legislative session, but the state voted to increase its monetary aid. “We were anticipating a reduction in state funding for education and actually what occurred through the legislative session was that we received a one percent increase,” Solomon said. “So, there’s a change of about slightly over 4 percent for our state funding for this year.” Even with the additional state funding, the district will operate under a deficit next year. Solomon estimates the deficit will be roughly $5.5 million for the 2012 fiscal year, $4.4 million of which is from the general fund. The district has more than $69 million in its fund balance – monies it can use to offset the planned deficit. The school board will vote on the proposed final budget on Jan. 9, 2012.


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What can I say? I, like most people, love this time of the year. Generally speaking, people are friendlier, and the spirit of giving exists unlike no other time. Depending on your sources of news, you might occasionally hear of such pleasant incidents as an individual making an anonymous donation of $1,000 or even $5,000. And with certain radio stations, the sounds of legendary singers performing a wide array of traditional songs are enough to put you in a good mood. It’s also a time of the year when most take part in tradition, whatever that tradition may be. For me, every year I like to buy myself a gift, even going so far as to package it one year and address it to myself. It was an attempt at humor then as it is now. Unlike years past, however – when I was more focused on “toys” than practicality – I finally decided to buy myself a gift that I feel is well worth the money.

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Many years ago, I was nearly a victim of identity theft. Luckily, the criminal was stupid, and his attempts were intercepted – not after I was put through the “test” to rule me out as a suspect, however. Even though the perpetrator was not completely successful, it was enough to disrupt my life and certainly give me cause for concern with regard to the future. This incident occurred nearly 20 years ago, so imagine how much more sophisticated these criminals have become. Statistically speaking, the numbers to me are staggering, but the problem with the figures is consistency. According to Mike Prusinski, LifeLock senior vice president of corporate com-

munications and a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist, the mechanisms used to report such crimes are not reliable due to a great disparity from one to the next. Javelin Strategy & Research reported 9.1 million incidents last year, while the Federal Trade Commission said around 250,000. And the Department of Justice reported 8.6 million households, so Prusinski has a great point. In simpler terms, this means the law is far behind the sophisticated nature of how most of these crimes are committed. “We need a better reporting mechanism that is going to allow us to really look at this crime,” Prusinski said I’m in total agreement, but reporting such crimes typically occurs after the fact. I would much prefer to avoid the hassle in the first place. That is what LifeLock and other similar agencies are designed to do.

Until police, which Prusinski teaches on occasion, catch up and are better equipped to create a deterrent for the criminals, we all are vulnerable – some more than others depending on spending habits. With Christmas just around the corner, and of course the spending that comes with the time of year, it would be in everyone’s best interest to use cash. If this is too inconvenient, then all ought to use credit cards instead of debit cards, since debit cards provide direct access to your bank account. With credit cards, should any act of thievery occur, the burden is the credit card company’s, not yours. Better yet, should you know in advance one or more stores, and can’t think of an idea, buy gift cards. Again, no direct access to your bank account. From phishing schemes — online methods of luring unsuspecting victims to click on

years. The normal procedure for forming a union is not being followed. Under Dayton’s plan, more than 7,000 (well over half) licensed providers will not be allowed to vote. Only those receiving state subsidies between October 2010 and 2011 and still registered to receive payments as of Oct. 15 will be eligible to vote. Regardless of the number of votes cast, a simple majority of 50 percent plus one would authorize a union. Union and state decisions would impact all childcare

providers. The union would be able to control many aspects of the childcare business such as accessibility, regulations and costs and force all providers to comply. There is a temporary restraining order currently preventing the vote from taking place. If you are a family childcare provider, please learn how being part of a union will affect your private business. Contact your state legislator for more information. Bob Cannella Eagan


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Gov. Dayton issues order to vote on forming childcare providers union To the editor: Gov. (Mark) Dayton issued an executive order calling for an election to form a union of private family childcare providers in Minnesota. “Why should I care?” If Gov. Dayton’s unlawful order

is allowed to stand, there is nothing stopping him from trying to unionize other small business owners or groups. In Michigan, family members caring for sick relatives have been forced into a union so it can skim dues off Medicare payments. If in-home childcare providers are successfully unionized, you or your industry could be next. Certainly, childcare costs will increase. States that forced providers to unionize saw childcare costs increase as much as 35 percent within just one or two

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Ricci FROM PREVIOUS PAGE images or other links that allow criminals to view your entire keystroke record — to high-tech tools that allow thieves to retrieve your debit card data even after it has been used at an ATM or gas pump, the methods are very eye-opening. And of course, I can’t leave out at least a mention of how criminals obtain Social Security numbers. This is particularly invasive and more likely to greatly harm one’s financial standing as well as reputation. “Somebody could be using your [Social Security Number] and you don’t even know it,” Prusinski said. And he is exactly right. When this nearly happened to me, I had no clue. The next thing I knew, I was sitting at the Minneapolis Police Department watching a security tape of my perpetrator attempting to get a valid Minnesota identification card using my name and Social Security number, plus any other personal information he was able to acquire. According to Prusinski, people who use any public WiFi system are particularly susceptible to their Social Security Number being stolen out of thin air, literally, as these criminals nearly can cherry pick victims on an unencrypted WiFi net-

work. But this is all child’s play when it comes to the lengths to which criminals will go in the age of social networking. “These criminals have gotten so good at social engineering, and that is them recreating your profile,” Prusinski said. Through a series of false emails, of course after hacking into your Facebook for example, these criminals have been successful in stealing one’s social networking identity and soon fleecing their friends and acquaintances, using the networking connection to their advantage. Right now, all of us in the United States are 10 times more likely to be victims of identity theft than having our cars stolen. According to the Secret Service, identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. “We have seen parents take advantage of children and children taking advantage of elder parent,” Prusinski said. “There really is nothing that can stop all forms of identity theft. I could go on and on with more statistics of this ever-growing crime, but suffice it to say – it’s one that appears to be just in its infancy and the future appears bleak in terms of combat ing the problem, which is why this year I bought myself some peace of mind with LifeLock, as well as a box of fine cigars to enjoy while I sit next to the fire and watch little “A Christmas Story” for well over the one-hundredth time. Merry Christmas.

COMMUNITY BRIEFS Rosemount collecting resident comments for city services survey Rosemount residents are invited to share their opinions on city services in a brief online survey through the end of December. The survey, linked to the city’s homepage,, consists of 11 questions. Areas covered include public safety, public works and recreation services. Rosemount is among more than 100 cities taking part in the Minnesota State Auditor’s Performance Measurement Program. Joining the program fits with the Rosemount City Council’s efforts of the last few years to collect data on how well the city provides services to the community. “There’s general agreement that local governments should measure themselves,” said Rosemount City Administrator Dwight Johnson. “Some things that cities do are difficult to measure, so sometimes the

best alternative is to measure customer satisfaction with a service. This survey is intended to help fill that need.” Rosemount’s survey will be available online until Dec. 31. The League of Minnesota Cities will compile the results of the online survey and supply the outcome to the city of Rosemount early next year.

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COMMUNITY BRIEFS MRCI in Rosemount collecting light strings for recycling program Recycling Association of Minnesota and MRCI are collecting old strings of holiday lights, lighted figurines, extension cords and electrical cords removed from the appliances for our “Recycle Your Holidays” program. The material will be collected from the bins, sorted and recycled by MRCO employees, a leading vocational services provider for adults with disabilities in Minnesota. This program provides meaningful work for MRCI employees and an opportunity for the public to help the environment by keeping those pesky and nonfunctional holiday lights out of the waste stream. Receptacle bins are available at: Apothecary, The Pond, Fluegel Elevator in Rosemount, Western Service Center – Social Services Office, Wings Financial, City of Rosemount Community Center, Sterling State Bank, Transition Plus A.V., Meadowview Elementary – Community Education (Farmington), Alliance Education Center in Rosemount, Round Bank, Starbucks, Shenanigans Pub, First State Bank, various District 196 Schools, Coopers Restaurant in Eagan, Community of Hope Church, Vermillion Bank, USA Nails, Rosemount National Bank, and MRCI Rosemount, 15191 Boulder Court, Rosemount. Info: 952-290-1000 (Bryan) or 651-4238900 (Nancy).

Upcoming Rosemount Parks and Recreation winter classes The following classes are being offered by the Rosemount Parks & Recreation Department: Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Trip (Ages 6-12) Join us 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, for an exciting trip to Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park – the world’s first all-trampoline, walled playing courts. Zip across the court, freestyle your latest moves, bounce off the walls or just jump! Sky Zone requires participants to have a completed and signed waiver form in order to participate – no exceptions. Long socks work best for jumping. Cost is $25 per child, which includes transportation and admittance to Sky Zone. Registration: 651-322-6000 or

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Teens can sharpen writing skills at workshop in Eagan Instructor and published author Ethan Rutherford will lead teens in a two-day short story writing workshop 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan. The workshop, open to youth ages 1218, will include writing exercises, group discussion and critique. The workshop is free, but registration is required and those who register must attend both workshops. Rutherford has been a writing instructor at Macalester College and the Loft Literary Center. His story, “The Peripatetic Coffin,” was selected for inclusion in the anthology Best American Short Stories 2009. Info: 651-450-2900 or

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COMMUNITY BRIEFS Apple Valley resident to perform in ‘Nutracker Fantasy’ Apple Valley resident Rhapsody Stiggers, 9, will perform as a dancer in Loyce Houlton’s “Nutcracker Fantasy,” which runs Dec. 23-31 at the newly refurbished Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. Minnesota Dance Theatre Artistic Director Lise Houlton directs this master-

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Nine-year-old Apple Valley resident Rhapsody Stiggers will perform as a dancer in the “Nutcracker Fantasy,” which runs Dec. 23-31 at the newly refurbished Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., in Minneapolis. (Submitted photo by Brad Rolfs Photography)

Dakota County seeks input on regional park plan at Jan. 5 meeting Dakota County officials will be accepting input regarding the county’s draft master plan for Dakota County’s new regional park during an open house 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. The session will include time for questions. The new 456-acre regional park – the latest addition to the Dakota County parks system – is located in Empire Township, next to the 2,840-acre Vermillion Highlands modified Wildlife Management Area. This master plan establishes the park vision; identifies development, restoration, interagency collaboration and operational needs; and develops a cost estimate and phasing approach for park improvements. The regional park plan includes a visitor center/trailhead, trails, picnicking, event and nature/water play areas, unique camping cabins, off-leash dog area, disc golf, and a variety of gardens. The plan also addresses park management, budget and more. Comments on the plan will be accepted until Thursday, Jan. 12. The plan is available for review at all Dakota County library branches, the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center and online

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Dakota County libraries computers to help build literacy Early Literacy Station computers are now available at all Dakota County library branches as well as the South St. Paul Library. The stations allow kids ages 2–8 to play games and try challenging puzzles to build literacy skills. With two sets of headphones per station, caregivers can play along with the child. The games and puzzles on the computers support school readiness and curriculum in math, science, reading, art and music. In addition, each computer is loaded with a collection of games and programs in both English and Spanish. Info: 651-450-2942.

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Approved 2012 levy is $675,500 less than this year, new 2012 budget is roughly $52 million BY MATTHEW HANKEY – SUN NEWSPAPERS The Apple Valley City Council approved the city’s 2012 budget and property tax levy at its Dec. 8 meeting by a 4-1 vote. Councilmember Ruth Grendahl voted in opposition largely because the proposed budget did not allow for additional funds to be used for future road construction projects. The 2012 levy approved is $22,025,249, roughly $675,000 less than the 2011 levy, a 2.97 percent decrease. Property taxes will slightly increase for a median-valued home of $197,800 under the new levy, said Finance Director Ron Hedberg. This marks a 2.94 percent drop in home values from 2011 and city taxes will increase $7 for a median-valued home. “We are still experiencing, in the community, property values that are still falling, but less dramatically than we have seen in the past couple years,” said Hedberg, adding that home values dropped 6.4 percent for this year. Hedberg said the city council set a goal to make any tax increases for property owners as minimal as possible in this struggling economy. “Specific for this year [in] maintaining the city’s fiscal stability … was a budget to be developed that holds the line on the city’s share of the property tax bill for the median-valued home, or typical Apple Valley home,” Hedberg said. Hedberg assured that the city remains financially stable. Apple Valley is a AAA-bond rated city and its bond rating has been upgraded four times in 11 years, Hedberg said. “Our foundation is strong,” he said. In turn, Hedberg said the total taxable market value of all taxable city properties has decreased from $4,457,368,700 in 2011 to $4,352,875,800 for next year. “It’s down 2.3 percent from the previous year, but still a healthy, healthy tax base,” he said. Overall, next year’s budget is roughly $52.08 million. The budget’s largest fund – the general fund – is 24,521,314, a 1.63 increase from this year. The elimination of the state’s Market

Value Homestead Credit program this summer was a big factor in determining home values and property taxes for 2012, as well as the drop in city levy. In 2012, Apple Valley will not have to levy additional money for the program as they had in years past. Hedberg said the state had not reimbursed Apple Valley and other cities for many years under the homestead credit program. “It worked OK for awhile until the state didn’t fund that and then it didn’t work quite as well,” said Hedberg of the program. The Market Value Homestead Credit program was replaced with the Homestead Market Value Exclusion program this summer. Under the new program, homeowners who qualified for the previous credit will still receive a credit of sorts. The new plan calls for homeowners to receive a reduction in their taxable market value, but on property tax statements, it appears as if home values have dropped considerably. This change in programs has caused confusion for many homeowners, Hedberg said. He said he’s received 13 calls from homeowners regarding the property tax notices Dakota County mailed last month, the majority of which dealt with the value of their homes. The figure shown on the tax notices is not what a home would sell for, said Hedberg. It is the taxable market value of a home. “Overall, citywide, the impact is not great to the median or the average-valued home. Frankly, it works out to be about the same,” Hedberg said. “But, what it does, is the credit for lower-valued properties receive a bigger benefit than either highervalued or other property classes such as commercial or non-Homesteaded.” Council members spoke to the confusion the new program has created for homeowners and city staff alike. “This is a mess,” Goodwin said. “It’s not a mess that we create … [it’s] given to us by our friends in the Minnesota Legislature. We don’t create this crap. We deal with it.” Goodwin is proud that given the differences in homestead programs, the city is keeping the burden off its taxpayers. “Even with all these incredible changes, we’ve been able to keep our property tax increase to a 1 or 2 percent margin,” said Goodwin. “I’m happy that our increases are minor and I’m pleased with that.”

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EDUCATION ropes and weights for the physical Vikings player presents jump education department. $10,000 grant to Paideia Eagan preschool Academy in Apple Valley teacher surprised In October, the Paideia Academy – a K-8 public charter school in Apple with $10,000 award Valley – received news that it was one of 32 grand prize winners in a nationwide NFL Play 60 Back to Football Friday contest, earning the school a $10,000 grant for health and wellness efforts. In addition to the grant, the school enjoyed an NFL Team Celebration Tuesday, Dec. 6, which consisted of a visit to the school by Viking running back Toby Gerhart and his father, Todd Gerhart, who presented the $10,000 check to the students. The Gerharts spent time discussing the importance of academics and sports and engaged 50 of the students in football drills, hula-hooping and a game of “Simon Says.” The NFL Play 60 left behind all the equipment they used for the two-hour celebration, including new footballs,

Debbie Sawyer, a preschool teacher at the Eagan Knowledge Beginnings Center for 10 years, was honored Dec. 6 with an Early Childhood Educator Award from Knowledge Universe and surprised with a $10,000 prize. Nominated and evaluated by her colleagues for demonstrating exceptional skills and practices in her work with children, she was selected for this award without her knowledge. Sawyer was surprised with the award and $10,000 prize in front of students, parents and colleagues who value her work with children on a daily basis. She is one of only three teachers across the country to receive the 2011 Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award.

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Buses FROM PAGE 1 minor finishing touches completed the next spring. Station-to-station service with 15minute frequency between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. is scheduled to begin in late 2012, said Morneau. “We’ll be running in our shoulder lanes that we’re constructing now as well as our highway lanes,” Morneau said. The BRT vehicle route begins at 155th Street at the Apple Valley Transit Station and heads north 10 miles to the Mall of America in Bloomington. The buses are planned to make six stops on its 25-minute route, Morneau said. The buses will be delivered to the MVTA sometime next fall. The NovaBus on display – the manufacturer’s demo model – had a seating capacity of 35. “The ones we get might have a couple more or a couple less,” Morneau said. All seven buses that will be purchased are 40 feet in length, but Nova offers a 60foot articulated vehicle as well. Morneau said the buses have a lifespan of 12 years. When it comes time to replace the vehicles, the longer buses could be an option for the fleet.

“The 60-foots might be a possibility 10, 12 years down the road,” Morneau said. The vehicle on display was a hybrid model, and Morneau said the seven buses the MVTA acquires could be either diesel or hybrids. “It’s not certain,” he said. The buses are being purchased through the State of Minnesota Cooperative Purchasing Venture for $3,110,463 and funding for the buses is from two primary sources. First, the MVTA secured a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant two years ago that was matched by Regional Transit Capital funds and funds from the Dakota County Regional Railroad Authority, which may be augmented by Counties Transit Improvement Board funds. CTIB collects a quarter-cent sales tax in Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties and a $20 motor vehicle sales tax permitted by the Minnesota Legislature to invest in and advance “transitway” projects by awarding annual capital and operating grants, according to MVTA officials. The Metropolitan Council – the planning agency that serves the seven-county metro area – authorized the funding for the buses at its Dec. 14 meeting, said MVTA Customer Service Manager Robin Selvig. In addition to the buses, the MVTA will need to purchase cameras, automatic

Two men toured the NovaBus BRT vehicle Dec. 14 at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley. This display model has a seating capacity of 35 passengers and the seven buses ordered by the MVTA will have roughly the same number of seats. (Photo by Matthew Hankey – Sun Newspapers) vehicle locator system hardware and a parts inventory for maintenance purposes, said Selvig. “I don’t have the timeline in front of me,” Selvig said regarding these future purchases. “I know it will be soon.” The MVTA Board and Dakota County Regional Railroad Authority still need to consider various interior and exterior options for the buses ordered, said Morneau. On the inside, seating arrangement and lighting options need to be finalized. For the exterior, an option to have wheel covers and the shape of the panels are up for discussion, as well the place-

ment of potential bicycle racks, Morneau said. No matter what it decided, the new BRT vehicle is an upgrade over the standard bus models, said Morneau. “For the passengers, the big thing is there’s a little bit more space on the bus,” he said. “There’s a wider boarding area. This bus will be able to pull up flush to the curb. We’ll have level boarding. Wheelchairs should have no problem at all.” “This is really a whole, new style of service,” Selvig said. “It’s a different type of a vehicle than anything we’ve offered before.”

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BUSINESS Eagan businesses survey results anticipate job growth A survey of all Eagan businesses shows that 37 percent expect to increase their staffing, and 91 percent expect to remain stable or increase employment in the next 24 months. The survey, conducted online earlier this fall, had some interesting findings. • More than half of Eagan companies

responding have been here for more than 10 years. • Most lease vs. own their facilities. • 80 percent rate the business climate in Eagan as excellent or good and 93 percent say Eagan’s business climate is better or about the same as the Twin Cities economy, but 45 percent think Eagan’s business climate is better than it is nationally. The top three serious issues facing their businesses are the general economy, health insurance costs and doing more with less. But, government regulations and taxes come in for criticism from more than 20 percent of respondents. Business

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COMMUNITY LINE Apple Valley Apple Valley resident Cody Groskreutz is serving as a tutor for the 2011-2012 school year at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Groskreutz is a sophomore and is majoring in biology health professions at Northwestern College. He is a science and nursing tutor. Groskreutz is the son of Jon and Kauline Groskreutz of Apple Valley. Air Force Airman 1st Class Laura A. Henry graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San

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exercise science and sport studies from Springfield College, Mass. for studies completed in 2011.

Eagan Air Force Reserve Airman Joshua A. Huber graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Huber is the son of Janice Huber of Kings Road, Eagan and a 2010 graduate of Eastview High School in Apple Valley. Kevin Horton, son of Jean and Kris Horton of Eagan, is studying abroad for the fall 2011 semester in Japan. Horton is a junior computer science major at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Emma Randolph will attend the University of Minnesota, Morris beginning in 2012. Randolph will be a 2012 graduate of Eagan High School and is a recipient of the Associate’s Scholarship. Sean Byom was one of six Saint Thomas Academy seniors who were promoted from cadet captain to cadet lieutenant colonel. Byom was named brigade executive officer. Ni Suphavong, with Jade Logistics, was recognized by the Minnesota Jacyees as one of Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans at their annual award event Dec. 3. Jessica Boldt was named to the spring semester 2011 dean’s list at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. Alicia Johnson received the Andrew J. Kaufman Scholarship for the 2011-2012 school year at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Eagan resident Heather Jensen recently graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Rosemount Rosemount High School Debate Team members Lisa Beard and Matt Stefanko reached the semifinals of the Dec. 9-10 West Des Moines, Ia. Dowling tournament. By reaching the final four of the 87team field, Lisa and Matt earned their first bid to the national Tournament of Champions. Matt was the 17th-ranked individual speaker out of 174 students. Rosemount resident and Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Gabriel A. Mateo graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Mateo is the son of Randall Mateo of Delta Court, Rosemount. He is a 2008 graduate of Rosemount High School. Kari Mitchell, with Charity Events of Minnesota, was recognized by the Minnesota Jacyees as one of Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans at their annual award event Dec. 3.

CALENDAR Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

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23 Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Nights Where: Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, Discovery Room, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan When: 5-9 p.m. Price: Free, registration required Information: 651554-6530 Pre-Christmas Piano Party Where: Bogarts, 14917 Garrett Ave., Apple Valley When: 8:30 p.m. Price: $5 Information: 952432-1515

24 Christmas Eve Services Where: Faith in Christ Fellowship, 670 Diffley Road, Eagan When: 5 p.m. Price: Free Information: 651717-5184 Christmas Eve Services Where: Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 10658 210th St. W., Lakeville When: 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Price: Free Information: 952435-5548



25 Christmas Day Services Where: Church of St. Joseph, 13900 Biscayne Ave. W. Rosemount When: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Price: Free Information: 651423-4402 Christmas Day Services Where: Mary, Mother of the Church, 3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville When: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Price: Free Information: 952890-0045


26 Monorail at the Minnesota Zoo Where: Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley When: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Price: $4 regular, free for children 2 and under Information: 952431-9200 Buck Hill Monday Night Group (A.A.) Where: Grace United Methodist Church, 15309 Maple Island Road, When: 8 p.m. Price: Free Information: 952922-0880





Dungeons and Dragons Where: Dakota County Library, Wescott, 1340 Wescott Rd., Eagan When: 2-5 p.m. Price: Free, registration required Information: 651450-2900 Robert Trail Library Book Group Where: Dakota County Library, Robert Trail, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount When: 7-8:30 p.m. Price: Free Information: 651480-1200


Movie Where: Dakota County Library, Wescott, 1340 Wescott Rd., Eagan When: 2-4 p.m. Price: Free Information: 651450-2900 K w a n z a a Storytime Where: Dakota County Library, Heritage, 20085 Heritage Dr. Lakeville, When: 10:30-11 a.m. Price: Free Information: 952891-0360


Legos at the Library Where: Dakota County Library, Galaxie, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley When: 10-11:30 Price: Free Information: 952891-7045 The Hunger Games Trivia Contest Where: Dakota County Library, Wescott, 1340 Wescott Rd., Eagan When: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Price: Free Information: 651450-2900


“Shining the Light . . .”

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St. Kate’s fashion students not worried about future Credit technology for future employment possibilities BY MICHAEL RICCI – SUN NEWSPAPERS Thanks to a newly designed website for the fashion industry, two south metro women are much less worried about their futures, as well as being much more optimistic. A bad economy may produce worries in the minds of many students with regard to future employment, but two south metro women attending the St. Catherine University in St. Paul are optimistic about finding employment after their graduation. Lakeville native Emily Wiitala and Apple Valley native Sarah (Crowley) Walstrom credit technology – as well as internships with the same company – for increased focus and heightened interest in their chosen industry of fashion. Wiitala and Walstrom are both participants in an ambassador program with Stylitics, which is a fashion insights company providing ways for designers to better understand and connect with consumers using its website. The company uses its site, which features a virtual closet, to convey information to designers and brands by collecting anonymous data from

users. As ambassadors, Wiitala and Walstrom both work on projects that include realtime trend reports, analysis of brands and emerging styles, and media campaigns. “It’s a great tool for me because I am a college student,” Wiitala said. “I’m going to be competing with people in the industry for entry level jobs, so I have to make sure that I do get experience in my industry while I’m in school.” As an apparel design major in what she referred to as a competitive industry, Wiitala is confident the experience will pay dividends by way of compiling information, giving feedback, and producing reports for Stylitics. “Those are going to be great tools for my resume, because I will have experience to talk about,” she said. According to Zach Davis, co-founder of the company, the site offers students like Wiitala and Walstrom a new way for them to think about information, and their being ambassadors is a means of creating opportunities for them to interact with industry executives. But Davis said the company goes one step further for its ambassadors. “We put together a resume book to help promote the ambassadors into any partner of ours, retailers of ours, or brands we

work with,” he said. Davis described the Stylitics site as a way for designers to see what people are buying and wearing, what people have in their virtual closets, what they have worn for certain occasions and the frequency of each item worn, and to connect directly with designers for feedback about certain fashion items. But Davis was quick to add that the direct interaction with other consumers is limited, at least for now. “It’s more of a consumer site,” Davis said, adding the design was not intended to mimic social networking sites. “We wanted to build a site with a lot of usability. It’s meant to be fun.” According to Wiitala, as consumer the site allows anyone, not just ambassadors, a way of organizing their wardrobes and accessing that information remotely, suggesting such use can prevent the purchase of items that are already in one’s wardrobe. She added that it allows users to more easily coordinate all of their apparel. “It makes shopping a lot easier,” she said. “It makes planning our outfits and also seeing what we’ve worn a lot in the past. It really is tracking – a virtual closet.” Wiitala added that the virtual closet is the main appeal of the site. Davis said this aspect of the site is

incentive driven, as well as allowing all users to manage their wardrobes and personal styles. “Everything you do on the site earns you points,” he said, adding that users accrue these points until they have an adequate amount to qualify for opportunities to win awards, mainly apparel. Walstrom, a fashion merchandising major, agreed that the site will help serve as a catalyst for her career, largely based on what she has been able to learn – outside of a classroom. “What I have learned is how to contact magazines and newspapers with a press kit and get interest in Stylitics,” she said. “That’s been very beneficial for me.” Before actually doing the work to prepare a press kit, Walstrom said she had just read about and heard about them either in class or in the industry, but she did not know how to prepare them for sending. In addition to what Walstrom has learned, she thinks the platform that Stylitics has created will serve her well in the future as she intends to go into styling for magazine or TV. “There are definitely opportunities here for styling and creative outlets,” Walstrom said. “It’s really growing here in the Twin Cities, just like music.”

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JABS - SKOG Daniel Jabs of Jordan, MN and Ellen Skog of Bloomington, MN announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. The wedding will be held June 9, 2012 at Oak Hill Lutheran Church

in Bloomington, MN with a reception following. Parents of the bride are Dexter and Kim Skog of Bloomington, MN. The groom’s parents are Dr. Steven and Sarah Jabs of Jordan, MN. Ellen is a 2008 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School and a 2011 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She has a degree in Business Administration and works at Jabs Family Dentistry as an Office Administrator. Dan is a 2008 graduate of Jordan Senior High School and is pursuing a degree in Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He will graduate in 2012 and has applied to dental school. Dan is an EMT and also works at Jabs Family Dentistry. The couple met through a mutual friend while in high school.


FORSLINE - LORIMER Ashley Anne Forsline and Matthew Alexander Lorimer were married October 22, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ. A beautiful sunset reception followed the ceremony. Ashley is the daughter of John

and Lori Forsline of Scottsdale, AZ, and the granddaughter of C. Richard and Lois Forsline of Bloomington, and the late Homer and Inez Moeller of Richfield. Matthew is the son of Jerry and Cynthia Lorimer, also of Scottsdale, AZ, and the grandson of Barry and the late Kathleen Lorimer of Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. The newlyweds are graduates of the University of Arizona. Attendants in the bridal party included Jessica Krebs of Mahtomedi, Jennifer Harrison of Farmington, Eva Forsline of Minneapolis, and Jordan Forsline and Elliot Forsline, both of Scottsdale, AZ. After a honeymoon to Hawaii, the couple is residing in Scottsdale, AZ.

MARTIN - KOLUMBUS Meghan Martin and Ryan Kolumbus were married September 24, 2011 at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Minneapolis. Their reception was at Target Field, and they have a

european honeymoon to come in April. The bride is the daughter of Tom and Mary Martin of Savage. And the groom is the son of Dawn McDonough of Rice Lake, WI and Ernie and Luann Kolumbus of Sarona,WI. The bride is a graduate of Burnsville High School and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. She is currently the head athletic trainer at Hamline University in St. Paul. The groom is a graduate of Rice Lake High school in Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He is currently the running backs coach at Hamline University and works as a personal trainer. The couple is at home in Burnsville. – Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 – Apple Valley, Rosemount & Eagan Sun-Current

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EDUCATION District 197 bus driver recognized for work Bus driver Dennis Stricker doesn’t simply deliver students from point A to point B. He sets a tone focused on learning each morning. In his second year driving Bus D for Garlough Environmental Magnet School in West St. Paul, Stricker asks students on his bus a trivia question each morning. Students search for the answer during the day and report their answers to Stricker on their bus ride home. As the first district person these students see each day, Stricker has an impact beyond the school bus and into the classroom. By highlighting the importance of

learning with his trivia questions, Stricker helps put students in the learning mindset before they even enter the building. The trivia questions that Stricker asks cover aspects of science, math, history and geography. The tradition started two years ago when Stricker was looking for an answer to a question he didn’t know and asked the students on his bus. No one knew the answer in the morning, but when he picked the students up in the afternoon they had the answer for him. At the Dec. 12 school board meeting, Stricker was recognized for his outstanding work on behalf of the students in School District 197. Earlier in the day, Stricker told his students that he was going to be recognized that evening, and

the students broke out into spontaneous applause for their beloved driver.

Moreland students bake bread from scratch Third- and fourth-grade students at Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School in Mendota Heights recently learned how to bake bread through King Arthur Flour’s Life Skills Baking Program. Students gathered for a live demonstration led by two of their peers and a professional baker, and were given the ingredients and supplies needed to make two loaves of bread on their own. Students were encouraged to bake one loaf for their

family and to donate the other loaf to a friend, family member or neighbor. Deanna Hernandez, teacher at Moreland, sought out this opportunity and organized the event for the school. King Arthur Flour, located in Vermont, presents their free Life Skills Baking Program to students across the country. Moreland was the first school in Minnesota to host the program. This baking program taught students the skills to make bread from scratch, using math, science, reading, planning and creativity. Each student received a two-pound bag of all-purpose flour, a twopound bag of 100 percent organic white whole wheat flour, a recipe book, a packet of yeast, a dough scraper, a bread bag and twist tie.

LEGAL NOTICES Foreclosure Notice (Official Publication) THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That Default has occurred in the conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: 05/05/2003 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $212,000.00 MORTGAGORS: Corey P. Smith and Tanya K. Smith MORTGAGEE: U.S. Bank National Association ND DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: 07/02/2003, as Document Number 2072778, in the Office of the County Recorder, Dakota County, Minnesota. LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Lot 1, Block 4, Diamond Path Addition, Dakota County, Minnesota.

iff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: 01/20/2012 at 10:00 a.m. PLACE OF SALE: Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, 1580 Highway 55, Hastings, MN 55033 to pay the debt then secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any actually paid by the mortgagee, on the premises and the costs and disbursement allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by said mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns is six (6) months from the date of sale. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on 07/20/2012. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE: None




Dated: 12/08/2011


U.S. Bank National Association ND, Mortgagee


THAT no action or proceeding has been instituted at law to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; that there has been compliance with all preforeclosure notice and acceleration requirements of said mortgage, and/or applicable statutes; PURSUANT, to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sher-

Dunakey & Klatt, P.C., By Brian Sayer Attorney for Mortgagee, 531 Commercial Street, P.O. Box 2363, Waterloo, IA 50701. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. (Dec. 8,15,22,29, 2011, Jan. 5,12, 2012) C2-SmithForeclosure

Public Notice

Foreclosure Notice

DATE AND TIME OF SALE: 01/27/2012 at 10:00 a.m.



PLACE OF SALE: Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, 1580 Highway 55, Hastings, MN 55033 to pay the debt then secured by said mortgage and taxes, if any actually paid by the mortgagee, on the premises and the costs and disbursement allowed by law. The time allowed by law for redemption by said mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns is six (6) months from the date of sale.

GREETINGS: YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to appear and answer before the District County Court At Law #4 Of Hidalgo County, Texas at the Courthouse of said County in Edinburg, Texas, at or before 10:00 o’clock a.m. of the Monday next after the expiration of 20 days from the date of service of this citation, then and there to answer the petition of ELSA AMELIA CANTU, Petitioner, filed in said Court on the 2nd day of DECEMBER, 2011 against SEAN PATRICK MOFFETT. Respondent(s), and said suit being number F-4510-04-4 on the docket of said Court, and entitled SECOND AMENDED PETITION TO TERMINATE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP. Petitioner prays that citation and notice issue as required by law and that the court enters its orders in accordance with the allegations contained in this petition. Petitioner prays for general relief. Said child(ren) was/were born on/in: LIAM CANTU MOFFETT, MALE, AUGUST 11, 2004 The Court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree which will be binding on you.

DATE OF MORTGAGE: 11/02/2004 ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $165,600.00 MORTGAGOR: Robert F. Phenix MORTGAGEE: U.S. Bank National Association ND DATE AND PLACE OF FILING: 12/09/2004, as Document Number 2274319, in the Office of the County Recorder, Dakota County, Minnesota LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: The West 100.1 feet of the East 203.1 feet of Lot 10, Except the South 28 feet thereof, Auditor’s Subdivision No. 38, Dakota County, Minnesota STREET ADDRESS OF PROPERTY: 3285 Highway 55, Eagan, MN 55121 COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Dakota TAX PARCEL I.D. NO.: 10-03800-10-020 LENDER/RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR: U.S. Bank National Association ND

Said petition was filed in said court by Attorney: MIGUEL “MIKE” LOPEZ, JR., 2007 E. GRIFFIN PARKWAY, MISSION, TEXAS 78572.


ISSUED AND GIVEN under my hand and the seal of said Court at Edinburg, Texas, this 2nd day of December, 2011.


Laura Hinojosa, Clerk, District Court Hidalgo County, Texas

THAT no action or proceeding has been instituted at law to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; that there has been compliance with all preforeclosure notice and acceleration requirements of said mortgage, and/or applicable statutes;

/s/ Ernesto Cano By: Ernesto Cano, Deputy District Clerk (Dec. 15,22,29, 2011, Jan. 5, 2012) C2-MoffettCitation

PURSUANT, to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows:




CLEARY LAKE MURPHY LAKE HYLAND LAKE LAKE REBECCA Three Rivers Park District will operate aeration systems in CLEARY LAKE, MURPHY LAKE, HYLAND LAKE AND LAKE REBECCA beginning the week of January 9, 2012, which may result in UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS on portions of the lakes for the duration of the winter. Anyone using the lakes should be aware of the DANGER OF OPEN WATER OR THIN ICE. The aeration system is used to keep fish alive by assuring they receive sufficient oxygen. Cleary Lake Regional Park is located at 18106 Texas Ave., in Prior Lake. MurphyHanrehan Park Reserve is located at 15501 Murphy Lake Road, in Savage. Hyland Lake Park Reserve is located at 8737 East Bush Lake Road, in Bloomington. Lake Rebecca Park Reserve is located at 9831 County Road 50, in Rockford. The parks are operated by Three Rivers Park District. (Dec. 22, 2011) C2/C3/D1/D2/D3/D4/ NC/SC-ThreeRiversAerationWarning

Dated: 12/15/2011 U.S. Bank National Association ND, Mortgagee Dunakey & Klatt, P.C., By Brian Sayer Attorney for Mortgagee, 531 Commercial Street, P.O. Box 2363, Waterloo, IA 50701. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. (Dec. 15,22,29, 2011, Jan. 5,12,19, 2012) C2-PhenixForeclosure

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SPORTS Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

Eagan • Apple Valley • Rosemount

Turmoil in past, Eagan gets ready for rugged conference schedule

Eagan’s boys hockey team will play Hopkins in the quarterfinals of the South St. Paul Premier Tournament at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26. Eagan is defending tournament champion.

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Blaze puts an end to bad streak BY MIKE SHAUGHNESSY – SUN NEWSPAPERS Well, that was a relief. The calendar says it’s still December, but judging by the way Burnsville’s girls hockey players poured off the bench to celebrate after beating Bloomington Jefferson, you might have thought it was a playoff game in February. The first month of the regular season brought little except frustration for the Blaze, which went winless (0-6-3) in its first nine games. Burnsville struggled to score, and couldn’t win. Then the Blaze started scoring in bunches – and still couldn’t win. Just when the Blaze had to be wondering what it would take, it broke through with a three-goal second period en route to a 5-2 victory over Jefferson on Dec. 17 at Burnsville Ice Center. It was long overdue, said Burnsville coach Bruce Anderson, who added that the winless streak was wearing on players and coaches alike. “The girls, to their credit, never gave up or pointed fingers,” Anderson said. “They all worked very hard, and we knew one of these days we would win.” The coaches, meanwhile, tried to keep the players’ spirits up. “My approach to coaching is, when things are going well you can be more demanding,” Anderson said. “When things aren’t going well, you need to pat them on the back.” There were signs the Blaze was about to break out of the slump. Before Burnsville beat Jefferson, three of its previous four games were ties against South Suburban Conference opponents Eagan, Rosemount and Eastview. Brooke Bernhagen, Jenny Maloney and Paige Skaja scored in the second period as Burnsville broke a 1-1 tie in the Jefferson game. Maloney also scored in the first period, and Skaja added another goal in the third. Part of Burnsville’s early season scoring troubles can be traced to the absence

Boys basketball team beats STMA to move above .500 BY MIKE SHAUGHNESSY – SUN NEWSPAPERS It’s been a turbulent few weeks for the Eagan boys basketball team, but the worst might be over. A 58-53 victory over St. MichaelAlbertville on Dec. 16 put the Wildcats above .500 for the first time this season and left them feeling optimistic about their chances in the ultra-competitive South Suburban Conference, which begins league play Jan. 3. “We graduated all of our starters from last year, so people don’t know a lot about us,” senior guard Nick Sabatke said. “But we can go eight or nine deep, and I think we can compete with any of the teams in our conference.” They’ll find out next month if they can compete in a league that had three teams – Eastview, Apple Valley and Lakeville North – in the top six of last week’s state Class 4A rankings. But playing in a loaded conference might not be any tougher than what the Wildcats have been through already. They had a coaching change shortly before the season started when veteran head coach Kurt Virgin was relieved of his duties. School District 196 will say BASKETBALL: TO NEXT PAGE


Eagan’s Shea Mandli shoots over St. Michael-Albertville defenders in the Wildcats’ 58-53 victory Dec. 16. (Photo by Mike Shaughnessy – Sun Newspapers)


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’Tis the season – for holiday tournaments BY MIKE SHAUGHNESSY – SUN NEWSPAPERS For local high school athletes, “holiday break” might mean a timeout from studying, but not from competition. Many of them will be busy next week at various holiday tournaments. Here’s a look at a few of them.

Lakeville North Invitational Sport: boys basketball. Dates: Wednesday, Dec. 28, and Thursday, Dec. 29. Participating teams: Lakeville North, Shakopee, Minneapolis Washburn, Stillwater. What to watch for: Lakeville North, ranked sixth in Class 4A, is the likely favorite but can’t expect to just waltz through its own tournament. If the Panthers get by Shakopee in the first round (7:45 p.m. Dec. 28), they might face Minneapolis Washburn, the secondranked team in Class 3A, for the title. Lakeville North and Lakeville South used to play each other in the first round of this tournament, with the game counting in the conference standings. South is playing in the Rochester Rotary Classic this year.

Lakeville South Invitational Sport: girls basketball. Dates: Tuesday, Dec. 27, through

Basketball FROM PREVIOUS PAGE only that Virgin is on paid administrative leave while a complaint filed against him is investigated. With Mike Sullivan taking over as interim head coach, the Wildcats dropped their first two games against St. Louis Park and Wayzata. Victories on consecutive nights at the North St. Paul tournament Dec. 9-10 helped them settle down. “I don’t think we played our best basketball in that tournament,” Sullivan said. “We played well enough when we needed to and got a couple of wins. “Right now we’re a good team and the kids have had a great attitude. But we can play better. With experience, I think we will play better.” Sullivan was to be the Wildcats’ jun-

Thursday, Dec. 29. Participating teams: Lakeville South, Chanhassen, Minneapolis South and Blaine. What to watch for: Chanhassen was 10th in last week’s state Class 4A rankings. Minneapolis South and Blaine have been state powers but are struggling this year; at the end of last week Minneapolis South was 1-4 and Blaine was 0-7. Lakeville South, under first-year head coach Angie Iverson-Ohnstad, was 4-3 at the end of last week – already quadrupling last year’s victory total. The Cougars will play Minneapolis South on the first day of their round-robin tournament Dec. 27. They will play Chanhassen and Blaine the following two nights. All games involving Lakeville South are scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

Burnsville Invitational Sport: girls hockey. Dates: Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Thursday, Dec. 29. Participating teams: Burnsville, East Ridge and Proctor/Hermantown. What to watch for: Burnsville (1-6-3 at the end of last week) and Proctor/Hermantown (2-7-1) have unsightly records, but each is probably better than its record indicates. Both have played competitive schedules, and Burnsville played several games without top forwards Jenny Maloney and Paige Skaja. Burnsville and Proctor/Hermantown

ior varsity coach this year. He had been in the Eagan program at its inception before taking a few years off from coaching. He returned to the Wildcats as an assistant coach in 2006. So the players were familiar with him. A couple of longtime assistant coaches remain on staff – including Virgin’s son Ben, who’s in his 13th year as an assistant. Eagan held off St. MichaelAlbertville on Dec. 16 as Sabatke scored 20 points and senior forward Shea Mandli scored 18. STMA trailed by two points with less than 20 remaining and had possession, but senior guard Jackson Prestrud’s steal – followed by two free throws after he was fouled – put the game out of reach. “What’s been happening lately is our big men have been stepping up,” Sabatke said. “Our offensive is starting to click and we’re able to do some different things on defense. Toward the end of the [STMA] game, you saw us

play on the final day of the round-robin tournament at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29. The Blaze plays East Ridge at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Owatonna at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Eagle Invitational Sport: boys swimming. Date: Friday, Dec. 30. Diving 1 p.m.; swimming, 3 p.m. Participating teams: Apple Valley, Lakeville North, Lakeville South, Anoka, Cretin-Derham Hall, Farmington, Minneapolis Southwest, Rochester Mayo, Stillwater and Eau Claire (Wis.) North. What to watch for: Apple Valley’s annual invitational meet at Valley Middle School uses the True Team scoring format, in which all swimmers and divers score points for their teams. The format favors teams that have deep and balanced lineups over those with a few superstars. Lakeville North, which has started 2-0 in South Suburban Conference meets, could be in the race for the Eagle Invitational title.

the Schwan Cup – for the first time, but the Blaze has drawn a difficult firstround assignment. The fifth-ranked Blaze plays No. 1-ranked Duluth East in a quarterfinal game at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, at Ridder Arena. Also playing in the Gold Division are Minnetonka (ranked second in Class AA), Edina (ninth in Class AA), Blaine (10th in Class AA), Hill-Murray (12th in Class AA) and St. Thomas Academy (first in Class A). In the boys Silver Division, Lakeville South plays Stillwater at 12:30 p.m. Monday, followed by Apple Valley against Breck at 3. Both games are at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine. Championship games are Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Xcel Energy Center. The Silver Division title game is 5:30 p.m., with the Gold Division final at 8.

Louis Schmitz Invitational

Sport: boys hockey. Dates: Monday, Dec. 26, through Wednesday, Dec. 28. Participating teams include: Burnsville, Lakeville South and Apple Valley. What to watch for: Burnsville plays in the Gold Division – the top bracket in

Sport: girls hockey. Dates: Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Thursday, Dec. 29. Participating teams include: Apple Valley, Eastview, Lakeville North and Rosemount. What to look for: Teams usually aren’t anxious to face opponents from their own conferences in holiday tournaments, but that didn’t stop four South Suburban Conference teams from signing up for the Louis Schmitz Invitational at Schmitz-Maki Arena in Farmington. The host team also is the defending champion.

use a 3-1-1 press.” Sabatke, who averaged about nine points a game as a reserve last season, is averaging 21 this year. He had a career-high 28 in Eagan’s 73-59 victory over North St. Paul in the championship game of the Polars’ tournament. Mandli, a 6-foot-8 forward, is averaging 18 points and has made big strides as a player, Sullivan said. “He worked hard on his game in the summer,” Sullivan said. “He had a great experience with his summer team – played in a lot of games, got a lot of minutes. It helped him, no doubt.” Centers Eric Woodcock and Mitch Knutson, forward David Satre and guards Drew Bauer and Isaiah Pearson are among those who also have played productive minutes for the Wildcats. The 18-game South Suburban Conference grind starts Jan. 3 when the Wildcats play at home against Eastview, the defending league champi-

on. Between now and then, there are some things the Wildcats would like to clean up. “We need to get better at making layups,” Sabatke said. “Toward the end of this game [against STMA], it seemed like every time we got a layup, we missed it. “I think we also need to work on controlling the ball at the end of the game. We took a couple of shots we probably didn’t need to take.” Said Sullivan: “There are some areas where we can improve. Everything we’ve done wrong, we can fix.” Eagan’s last game before the holiday break is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Minneapolis South. When the conference schedule starts, the slogan on Eagan’s team poster says it all: “Under the Radar.” “We’re fine with staying there,” Sullivan said.

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Hockey FROM PAGE 24 of a couple of key players. Maloney, a senior forward, missed the first six games. Skaja, a sophomore, played in the Blaze’s season opener with a concussion, unbeknownst to the coaches. She struggled in that game, then was shut down for the next two. “Jenny is an absolute magician with the puck,” Anderson said. “She automatically adds offense for us. Having her and Paige back makes a big difference for us.” After being held to two goals or fewer in its first seven games, Burnsville had 14 goals in the next three. The Blaze played Prior Lake in a South Suburban game Dec. 20 and will face fourth-ranked Edina in non-conference play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at Burnsville Ice Center. Burnsville opens play in its annual holiday tournament at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, against East Ridge. The Blaze is hoping a good showing in the tournament will propel them to a better second half of the season. “Generally, we play well in our tournament,” Anderson said. “It seems like we relax a bit. Yes, we want to win, but because they’re not conference games, the pressure’s off.”

Burnsville’s Emma Wittchow (18) battles two Bloomington Jefferson players for possession during the Blaze’s 5-2 victory Dec. 17. (Photo by Mike Shaughnessy – Sun Newspapers)

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DAKOTA COUNTY PARKS DEPT.; 5.076"; 10"; Black plus one; 1084676

By: Ali Holman, co-owner of I think we can all agree that eating is fun. Not only is it a way for us to socialize, reward ourselves and comfort ourselves, it also is the one area of fitness where people have the most trouble. Wouldn’t it be great to know that the choices you make are actually helping your fitness program? More importantly, wouldn’t it be even better to banish the word “diet” from your vocabulary? Chances are, if you are embarking on a “diet”, it will have a beginning and an end. The end is usually followed by slowly going back to old habits and ends you right back where you started. With our clients, we really encourage them to focus on a Lifestyle Change with room for “cheat meals” and realistic goals; which inevitably lead to lifelong results and without the emotional roller coaster of a diet.

Core/Conditioning Training’s List of “Fat Burning Foods”


low-fat dairy

Eggs are high in protein and low in calories. You may have heard all the warnings about eggs and your health: opt for eggwhites for the low-cholesterol, fatburning effect. Eggs also contain the vitamin B-12, a great supplement for breaking down fat cells.

Studies show that women who eat low-fat dairy products (such as non-fat yogurt and low-fat milk) three to four times a day lost 70 percent more fat than low-dairy dieters.



Beans are one of the best sources of protein, fiber and iron. Some of the best beans to ear are: • Navy Beans • White Beans • Kidney Beans • Lima Beans

Oatmeal is loaded with soluble fiber, which helps reduce blood cholesterol by flushing those bad digestive acids out of your system. Skip the flavored oatmeals - you lose out on all the health benefits. If you must sweeten your oatmeal, do so by adding fruit.

olive oil

lean meats

Certain fats are good for you, and your body needs them. Olive oil is one of those “good fats.” It helps you burn fat and keeps your cholesterol down. One ounce of extra virgin olive oil contains about 85% of the daily value for monosaturated fat.

Search for lean meats - chicken (baked, broiled, grilled), fish and turkey - which are all high in protein. It is a good rule of thumb to consume at least one half-gram protein per pound of body weight each day. A chicken breast gets you well on your way, with about 22 grams of protein.

whole grains

interval training

Our body needs carbohydrates, despite what the fad diets tell you. Avoid processed carbohydrates such as white breads, bagles, pastas and white rice and look for whole grains that have not been processed and contain the fiber and minerals your body needs.

Interval training is defined as short, repeated bouts of intense exercise with minimal rest. You can burn major calories and get an all-over workout in less than 30 minutes. When you see people who are “cut,” chances ar they are partaking in interval training.

Check out Ali’s blog for more health & wellness tips!

Go to and click on the “Health” tab or check out her website:

Wild about winter Ring in 2012 at our 6th annual family New Year’s Eve Party Saturday, Dec. 31, 5-8 p.m. (countdown to the New year at 7:59 p.m.)

Join us for candlelit trails, sledding, bonfires, live animals, storytelling, magic, s’mores and more… Visitor Center Lebanon Hills Regional Park $8/person if registered by Dec. 29 $10/person at the door Free for kids age 5 and younger. *Bring you own sleds.

For more details on the fun, visit search New Year’s Eve Party



Apple Valley, Rosemount & Eagan Sun-Current – Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 –

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Santa’s Extra Special Good Kid List

Cameron M – Ft. Mitchell, AL Emily M – Eden Prairie, MN Brittany M – Ft. Mitchell, AL John M – Ft. Mitchell, AL Etta Grace W – Eden Prairie, MN Alex M – Bloomington, MN Jordan S – Hopkins, MN Lucas H – St. Paul, MN Sabrina D – Eden Prairie, MN Tristan D – Eden Prairie, MN Nicholas P – Medina, MN Benjamin P – Medina, MN Erin M – Eden Prairie, MN Mara M – Eden Prairie, MN Ellie M – Eden Prairie, MN Kayleigh M – St. Louis Park, MN Grace S – St. Louis Park, MN Elizabeth S – St. Louis Park, MN Bella M – St. Louis Park, MN Shayla M – St. Louis Park, MN Luke M – Golden Valley, MN Chelsea M – Golden Valley, MN

Sara M – Peachtree City, GA Paige R – Rice, MN Braden R – Prior Lake, MN Taylor R- Prior Lake, MN Hailey R – Prior Lake, MN Tyson B – Columbia, MO Jaxson B – Columbia, MO Kylee J – Richfield, MN Matthew L - Bloomington, MN Gabriella W – Bloomington, MN Amelia W – Bloomington, MN Riley L – Rice, MN Parker S – Eden Prairie, MN Miali Jade T – Bloomington, MN Rome B – Ft. Mitchell, AL Ace B – Ft. Mitchell, AL Braelyn W – Ft. Mitchell, AL Isaiaha W – Ft. Mitchell, AL Cameron R – New Hope, MN Kassandra L – Albertville, MN Katrina L – Albertville, MN Austin L – Albertville, MN Javier S – St. Louis Park, MN Jonathan F – Minnetonka, MN Henry C – Maple Grove, MN Marie C – Maple Grove, MN Charles C – Maple Grove, MN Julia F – Minnetonka, MN Jackie P – Apple Valley, MN Brittany P – Apple Valley, MN EllaMae K – Zimmerman, MN Mackenzie K – Zimmerman, MN

Easton K – Zimmerman, MN Carter W – Hopkins, MN Emma W – Hopkins, MN Forest V – Golden Valley, MN Duncan V – Golden Valley, MN Emily S – Edina, MN Will S – Edina, MN Anders H – Upsala, MN Amelia J – Mpls, MN Abigail W – St. Louis Park, MN Kaden C – Apple Valley, MN Ryan C – Apple Valley, MN Amanda Rochelle M – New Brighton, MN Jeni P – Long Lake, MN Evan Z – Monticello, MN P.D. Beito-Z – Monticello, MN Hope C – Portland, ME Mae C – Portland, ME Samuel G – Golden Valley, MN Gwyneth G – Golden Valley, MN Carly W – Hastings, MN Hunter W – Hastings, MN Sean Walter S – Buffalo, MN Miley J – Brooklyn Park, MN Ellie J – Brooklyn Park, MN Kaycie J – Brooklyn Park, MN Abbey S – Brooklyn Park, MN McKenna S – Brooklyn Park, MN James G – Brooklyn Park, MN Piper W – Richfield, MN Nora W – Richfield, MN Hunter H – Annandale, MN

Jackson H – Annandale, MN Juliana W – Independence, MN Antonio W – Independence, MN Jack M – Blaine, MN Allie B – Maple Grove, MN Kara Rose B – Rosemount, MN Brandon K – Rosemount, MN Bradley L – Brooklyn Center, MN Jonathon S – Somerset, WI Christian S – Somerset, WI Kaitlin W – Maple Grove, MN Taylor C – Maple Grove, MN Katy D – Rogers, MN Zach W – Rogers, MN Wyatt W – Rogers, MN Alyssa W – Rogers, MN Maggie W – Shakopee, MN Ashley T – Brooklyn Park, MN Aly W – Burnsville, MN Kyle W – Burnsville, MN Alexis D – Coon Rapids, MN Sara D – Foley, MN Elisabeth C – Apple Valley, MN Jacob G – Buffalo, MN Jonathan G – Buffalo, MN Jolie G – Buffalo, MN Lauren W – Apple Valley, MN Madelyn W – Apple Valley, MN Mallory Q – Apple Valley, MN Aidan B – Minnetonka, MN Nolan B – Minnetonka, MN Stella B – Minnetonka, MN

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