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Public Works director: City water safe after gas spill

Former Rosemount school building to be demolished St. Joseph’s Catholic School to be removed to make way for senior housing

Four municipal wells in Apple Valley remain shut down as a precaution

BY JOSEPH PALMERSHEIM CONTRIBUTING WRITER Nearly three years after class was last dismissed, a former school building in Rosemount might be facing its last summer vacation. Demolition work could begin this summer at the former St. Joseph’s Catholic School at 143rd Street West and South Robert Trail to make way for senior housing. According to Community Development Director Kim Lindquist, a concept plan for the site calls for a 68-unit senior housing development (with a third of that total devoted to memory care) SCHOOL: TO PAGE 9


moved to Eagan over the past year, Maguire noted. Prime Therapeutics and Ecolab were among a handful of companies to expand within the city in recent months. Others moved their operations into the city, including Penn.based Diversified Information Technologies, which included

The February fuel spill at Magellan tank farm in Apple Valley has not contaminated the municipal water supply, the city’s top Public Works official said Tuesday. Cleanup efforts are under way at the privately owned tank farm at County Road 42 and Flagstaff Avenue, where an estimated 63,000-gallon gas leak was discovered Feb. 14. “63,000 gallons spilled – we take that very seriously,” said Public Works Director Todd Blomstrom, “but in terms of a public health concern with the municipal water supply, that is not an issue.” With oversight from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Magellan is using a soil vapor extraction system – a pump that sucks air from the ground – to clean up the fuel that seeped into the soil.



The former St. Joseph’s Catholic School building on 143rd Street and South Robert Trail could be demolished this summer to make way for senior housing. The school moved to a new building in 2009. The adjoining church at the site was renamed the Steeple Center, and is a multi-use community center. (Photo by Joseph Palmersheim – Contributing writer)

Mayor Maguire: We’re confident in Eagan’s future BY JESSICA HARPER SUN NEWSPAPERS Mayor Mike Maguire painted a rosy picture of Eagan’s future during his State of the City address Thursday. “In the clear light of the here and the now, the state of our city is strong,” Maguire said. The Eagan leader gave his


address March 15 to the Dakota County Chamber of Commerce. Maguire’s speech was also televised on Eagan public access. Pointing to recent developments, Maguire said he is confident Eagan’s economy will continue to grow and thrive. “Eagan has been a regional jobs leader for the past decade,” he said.

In the past 10 years, the city’s total number of jobs increased 15 percent, while jobs in similar cities such as Eden Prairie and Plymouth have dropped. Technology jobs rose 15 percent over the same period of time, while the Twin Cities lost 5.7 percent of jobs. Several major employers have expanded within or

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Gerlach to take a rest, along with his campaign T-shirt Apple valley, Rosemount area state senator to retire at end of 2012 BY TAD JOHNSON – SUN NEWSPAPERS In recent years, it was easy to spot Chris Gerlach as a participant in local parades. Along with being accompanied by dozens of volunteers waiving signs bearing his name, one could pick him out because of his trademark American-flag T-shirt. While the T-shirt has logged lots of walking miles and has faded a bit over time, that garment and its frequent wearer can finally take a rest. Gerlach, the Apple Valley and Rosemount-area state senator for the past eight years and state representative for six years before that, has seen his children grow up fast over those years and said on Monday his interest in spending more time with them is one of the reasons he is retiring from elective office when his term expires at the end of this year.

Gerlach and his wife, Shelli, have two children, ages 10 and 8. “While serving in the Legislature is truly an honor and privilege, the family and financial sacrifices are great,� he said in a press release. “Now is the time to reassess my personal priorities.� “He’s long struggled to maintain a lifework balance, between politics, family and his business,� said Kevin Ecker, Gerlach’s campaign manager and the Republican Party senate district’s secretary. “He takes his public commitments very seriously, so it was often his family or business that suffered as a result. I think he finally just realized he couldn’t be all things to all people. As a friend, I’m happy with his decision and glad to see he made it.� Gerlach, who did not return a phone call for comment on this story, said the other reason he retired was to focus on his direct mail business, Eagan-based Capitol Direct, which has been the focus of recent scrutiny. Criticism from within his own party and from the nonprofit, nonpartisan citiGERLACH: TO NEXT PAGE

State Sen. Chris Gerlach (right), R-Apple Valley, cited a desire to spend more time with his family as the main reason he is retiring from his work in the Senate. (Photo by Rick Orndorf – Sun Newspapers)


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Gerlach FROM PREVIOUS PAGE zen’s lobby Common Cause Minnesota regarding Capitol Direct’s mailing of fliers in support of the so-called Right to Work proposed constitutional amendment did not factor into his decision to retire, according to Ecker. The conservative political action committee Freedom Club paid for the Right to Work fliers, which were mailed in neighborhoods that have Republican senators reportedly reluctant about supporting the proposed constitutional amendment. The amendment, carried in the Senate by Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, cleared a Senate committee on Monday amid protests by union supporters. If approved by voters, the measure would make it illegal to force someone to join a union or pay union dues as a condition of employment. Common Cause Minnesota asked Gerlach on Monday to disclose Capitol Direct’s client list. “Legislators and the public deserve to know whose interests Senator Gerlach may be representing,” Mike Dean, executive director of Common Cause Minnesota, said on the organization’s blog release. “This business arrangement between a lobbying group and the Senator creates an appearance of corruption.” Capitol Direct’s website reported that Gerlach bought the company in the mid 2000s and brought with him “his values discipline, and business ethics, which reinforced the strong foundation of this already successful and growing organization.” Gerlach’s retirement announcement comes six days before the Senate District 57 endorsing convention, at which many expected him to be the new district’s candidate. Gerlach would have run in the new Senate District 57 that largely went unchanged under the new redistricting plan. The district, which includes all of Rosemount and Apple Valley, adds Coates and a portion of northeast Lakeville, while losing a portion of southeast Burnsville. Ecker said an announcement is expected soon regarding a replacement candidate for Gerlach. Apple Valley resident Mike Germain, who has run previously against Gerlach, has said that he will seek the DFL’s endorsement this weekend at the convention. Gerlach’s announcement also comes four days after House District 37B Rep. Kurt Bills, R-Rosemount, said he would seek the Republicans’ U.S. Senate endorsement. The Republicans are seek- – Thursday, March 22, 2012 – Apple Valley, Rosemount & Eagan Sun-Current


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Gerlach’s career During his career, Gerlach served in both the Republican minority and majority, and as majority whip and assistant majority leader, a position he lost earlier this year during a GOP reshuffling after Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch resigned from her leadership post. Gerlach said in the press release that he was most proud of the opportunity to serve as the chairman of Senate Commerce Committee. “It has been a great platform in which to promote free-market economics while balancing consumer protections,” he said. In 2010, as the lead minority party member on elections issues, Gerlach said he was key to the successful bipartisan efforts that produced a wide-ranging package of election reforms, including administration procedures, absentee ballot reforms, an earlier primary election and changes to campaign finance and reporting rules in the wake of the Coleman-Franken recount of 2008. Ecker said one of Gerlach’s most notable accomplishments was holding the line on taxes. “I was pretty happy with some of his work on election laws,” Ecker said. “I know the local beer fans were pretty happy with his ‘Surly bill’ that passed through his committee.” In his time at the Capitol, Ecker said Gerlach was practical. “It’s easy to get your head wrapped around ideology, but Chris has never lost sight of the big picture and what’s practical in our current situation,” Ecker said. “He’s been a good judge of character and who to seek out for advice when a legislative topic leaves his comfort area.” Gerlach graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of St. Thomas and earned a master of business administration from the University of South Dakota. He maintained and deactivated weapons systems as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. Gerlach has served on the Dakota County Human Services Advisory Committee and as a board member of the Apple Valley Optimist Club – an organization dedicated to fostering a wide range of youth programs. “He’s always been very approachable, even to those that disagree with him,” Ecker said. “Sometimes at parades someone will pull him aside and want to lay into him on an issue. By the time they part they’re both smiling.” And Gerlach and that old T-shirt keep moving up the road. Tad Johnson is at


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Health care debate hits home for Medica’s Coleman Work on exchanges takes a breather as Supreme Court arguments loom BY PAUL WAHL – SUN NEWSPAPERS When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on the validity of portions of the Affordable Care Act March 26-27, Danette Coleman will be paying more attention than most. Coleman is vice president of public policy and government relations for Medica, based in Minnetonka. She has spent most of her professional career in the health care industry, the past year as a member of the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force. If the federal legislation approved in 2010 – sometimes called Obamacare — runs afoul of the justices, it could mean long hours of work for nothing. The Court is expected to rule on various aspects of the health care reform legislation in June. Most Americans eventually will have a legal obligation to carry health insur-

ance or face a fine. C o l e m a n believes if the courts determine that requiring Americans to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional, it will likely be a “dealbreaker” for this chapter of health care reform. “If you get rid of the mandate to purchase health insurance, you lose the mandate for guaranteed issue – no preexisting conditions,” Coleman said. “Those hang together. One without the other is like adding home insurance when you’re standing outside your house that’s burning down.” An exchange is a marketplace – essentially a website – where Minnesota consumers and employers can find, compare, choose and purchase health care coverage that best fits their person, family and business needs, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce. It would be the only place where a

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been the point man for Republican opposition to the task force. Hann is chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. In February, Hann said spending money to hire nine staffers in the State Department of Commerce “to do nothing is a clear misuse of public tax dollars. Republicans were offered two slots on the task force but declined to participate. Another $26 million federal grant to continue design of an exchange was announced in late February. A Minnesota-specific exchange would have to be approved by the Republican controlled House and Senate and signed by Dayton. Bills calling for creation of an exchange were introduced last legislative session and again this year. They have not been considered in either body. Minnesota has until Jan. 1, 2013, to develop its exchange and prove to the federal government it will function. Exchanges will become the law of the land in January 2014 unless court challenges are successful.

consumer can receive a federal subsidy to cover the cost of health care insurance, C o l e m a n explained. Under federal law, if Minnesota does not create its own exchange, a one-size-fits-all model would be imposed upon

the state. “We have been of the position that we have always done things better when we do them as Minnesotans,” said Coleman, who is one of 15 members of the task force. “The federal government does not understand our communities.” The work of the task force has been politically charged and controversial. Its efforts were funded initially with a $4.2 million federal grant. The money had no more hit the state’s bank account before Republicans objected, alleging Gov. Mark Dayton was spending money not authorized by the state legislature. Sen. David Hann (R-Eden Prairie) has



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Apple Valley looks to expand Lebanon Cemetary ments as well as better road access. Currently, the 10-acre city-run cemetery at Pilot Knob Road and County Road 42 has enough space for 80 years of interments. The Fischer Sand and Aggregate parcel, which adjoins Lebanon Cemetery to the east, would provide enough total land for about 100 years of interments. The land would also provide better road access to the cemetery as it would connect with the city’s planned extension of Embry Path, Blomstrom said.

“The challenge with (access to) the cemetery today is there’s a median along the centerline of County Road 42, and there’s a median along the centerline of Pilot Knob Road,� which makes the cemetery inaccessible to westbound vehicles on 42 and southbound vehicles on Pilot Knob Road, Blomstrom said. If city staff and Fischer Sand and Aggregate are able to arrive at a purchase price, the purchase agreement would then be brought before the city council for final approval.

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Dead Sea Scrolls, will present “Unraveling the Dead Sea Scrolls� to Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 3. Dr. Steven Derfler, Ph.D., will present “Archaeological Mysteries of the 1st Century� at the Robert Trail Library, 14395 Robert Trail, Rosemount, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 1. Info: 651-450-2918.

BY ANDREW MILLER – SUN NEWSPAPERS Apple Valley officials are looking to add about three acres of land to Lebanon Cemetery. City staff are in talks with the owner of the parcel, Fischer Sand and Aggregate, and are hoping to arrive at a purchase price in the next few weeks, according to Apple Valley Public Works Director Todd Blomstrom. The additional land, Blomstrom said, would provide more space for inter-






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Thanks and we’ll see you again soon CURRENT The Sun-Current will cease publication; new newspaper ready to hit the ground running They say with every ending comes a new beginning. We certainly think so. This is the last edition of the Sun-Current in Dakota County. As of this printing, a chapter in the newspaper’s history, which dates back to the mid-1970s, will

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come to an end and a new one begins. For decades, you’ve been able to turn to our pages and discover the news and events that have defined our communities. For the wedding announcements and crime reports, feature stories and city council roundups, we’ve been there. We’re proud of the paper’s history and the work we’ve done here. But more so, we’re excited for what comes next. As you may have read in these pages, ECM Publishers, the company that brings ThisWeek Newspapers to

Dakota County, recently purchased Sun Newspapers. Frankly, we couldn’t be happier. Since our mission is serving the community, increasing our power to do so can only be a positive. Especially, when it brings the opportunity to do something bigger, something better. Beginning March 30, the new, improved newspaper of the county, Sun ThisWeek, will launch and continue to bring you the high-quality community news, information and discussion you’ve come to expect from our organizations.

You’ll still be able to find the great content you’ve always seen in the Sun-Current and ThisWeek. City news, school information, crime reports and the in-depth commentary and analysis you deserve regarding local issues will still populate our pages. Thank you for your readership. Thank you for your support. And thank you for recognizing the value of community journalism. We’re excited about where we’re going with Sun ThisWeek and hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Speak up for county library funding At a time when more people than ever are using their community libraries, the funding gradually is being reduced. A good library is essential in a community now more than ever when people cannot afford to buy books and more people are using its computers, downloading Ebooks and checking out audio materials. At this time, advocates of local libraries need to protest some of these reductions during a time when services are most needed. Counties are responsible for providing a library system. Libraries get some revenue from the state while most of it comes from taxpayers in each county through special and general property tax levies. Hennepin and Ramsey County and its suburban libraries, bolstered by supportive county commissioners, are weathering the reductions better than most. Despite a $2.5 million reduc-

DON HEINZMAN Editorial Writer tion this year for the Hennepin County library, neither hours nor staff were cut. The director decided to buy fewer materials. The annual total budget for 2012 is $69.9 million. Thanks to some money from the Target ballpark sales tax revenue, worked out by the county board of commissioners, Hennepin opened some libraries on Sunday and added hours to the Central Library. They are, however, expecting revenues to be tight for a while. Hennepin library users checked out 18.3 million items in the 41 libraries last year. In Ramsey County where there are separate tax levies for St. Paul and its suburban libraries, hours have not been

reduced and a reduction of $100,000 has resulted in a loss of two staff and less for the collection. The collection revenues have been hit the hardest dropping from $1.3 million in 2003 to $850,000 in 2012, Revenue to buy materials for the libraries has gone down from $1.3 million in 2003 to 850,000 in 2012. Fortunately, Ramsey and other libraries purchase materials through the Metro Library Service Agency (MELSA) at a lower price. Last year, the Ramsey County system circulated 4,317,000 materials and had 1.8 million visitors. The Dakota County Library system expects to circulate 5 million materials this year. No hours have been reduced and most of the nine libraries are open Sunday. Last year the county system circulated 4.9 million materials through its nine-library system. This year’s total budget from

all sources is $11,691,000. Over the last few years, mostly through attrition and not filling positions the number of fulltime equivalents has dropped from a high of 159 to 136. The counties’ revenues are suffering because tax capacity is going down due to all the foreclosures and shrinking commercial tax base. State legislators have cut local government aid and are requiring counties to do more with less and mandating more expenses with no extra money. The state auditor reports that cities and counties in the state have cut public library operating budgets and capital outlay by 42 percent between 2005 and 2009. Meanwhile, more people than ever are using libraries. More students are going to the library, because school districts are short-changing their media centers, once called libraries. Homeschooled children are using the HEINZMAN: TO NEXT PAGE

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Gambling should not be expanded to increase state revenue To the editor: As expected, gambling expansion bills have been introduced in the legislature. As these are considered for whatever funding purpose, I remain adamantly opposed to government expansion of gambling. This is simply not a function that government should be involved in on a whole host of levels. After a tumultuous session last year,

Heinzman FROM PREVIOUS PAGE libraries more. Senior citizens are attending computer classes so they can use the library’s computers. Of course, the economy and particularly reductions in local government aid from the state to the counties partly are to blame for the underfunding and reduction in services.

and negotiations with all parties to agree on a budget, I have to ask why we are now looking at yet another source of revenue to fund more government. Regardless of how it is disguised, the state of Minnesota has no business in eyeing more revenue – particularly not from gambling. We need to live within our means and make government more efficient. Gambling is not only a regressive tax it is not a reliable source of revenue for our state and shouldn’t be counted as one at all. Rob Edinger Eagan

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School FROM PAGE 1 along with a senior center, facilities for intergenerational use, and public space. The total number of units was determined based upon market demand and what the site could accommodate. Rosemount partnered with Development Representation Associates last fall after narrowing its choices to three redevelopment proposals. Ebenezer Management Service, which is part of Development Representation Associates, would manage the senior housing. If past projects of this nature in other communities are any indication, Lindquist estimated a yearlong construction process. An architect is currently working on preliminary plans regarding how to disengage the school building from the adjoining Steeple Center (the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church). Last year, Rosemount received a $120,000 grant to pay for removal of asbestos from, and for the demolition of, the old school building. The grants allow 18 months for project completion, with a potential one-year extension available. The school, built in 1953, moved to a new building across town in 2009. The city acquired the 1924-built church and the attached school in 2004. A 23-member community task force convened in 2006 to determine how the site should be used, and returned in 2007 with several recommendations, including using the church as an arts and cultural facility. Since its conversion in 2010, the Steeple Center, as the former church was rechristened, has lived up to expectations, said Rosemount Parks and Recreation Director Dan Schultz. “We’ve been happy with the amount of use we’re getting,” Schultz said. “We’re seeing a good variety [of users], and we’re looking forward to a good future for that space. I know the council has seemed pleased with how things are going. We’re also getting some good feedback on the space and how it functions.” No cost estimates for the redevelopment are currently available. Lindquist described it as “a moving target,” but said that the city already owned the property and had the grant money for demolition. If it is eventually built, the senior housing development could positively affect the lives of people living beyond its walls while adding to the city’s tax base. “[This project would] hit several goals,” she said. “Right now, our senior group uses several rooms in the community center. This would allow them to do more programming in the confines of the building. It also makes better use of the site. There is certainly land available

there to do something for community, and would help in terms of revitalizing downtown. It could bring potential customers to businesses downtown, and create more interest.” The redevelopment will be the subject of future community meeting to unveil the layout and take public comment before and formal review process would begin, Lindquist said.

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New ‘discovery art’ helps those with Alzheimer’s Artist believes supernatural phenomenon is at work BY ANDREW WIG – SUN NEWSPAPERS Residents at Sunrise Senior Living in Minnetonka are seeing things. They see birds, flowers, dancers, men combing their facial hair. The visions have been appearing for the past several months, on the third floor of the assisted living community, in what is called the Reminiscence Neighborhood, a place set up to comfort for those with Alzheimer’s disease. Every Tuesday afternoon the residents gather around the dining room table in the homey space and stare at glossy 8½-by-11inch cards — colorful, splashy abstract prints painted by a Richfield resident who believes she is channeling something from a spiritual realm, in a kind of Alzheimer’s therapy that by all accounts is unprecedented. After about five months of the weekly exercise, of gazing into the work of Richfield resident Sheila Van Houten, the results reported from inside Sunrise’s memory care community are phenomenal, staff there say. Normally taciturn residents are brought to life when guided through an interpretation of Van Houten’s work, they report. The artist calls it “discovery art,” consisting of seemingly random brush strokes and splotches that seem to come to life before the right kind of eyes. Bloomington resident Dan Dolliff ’s 80year-old mother, Mary, is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. One thing that holds her attention are re-runs of “The Lawrence Welk Show.” It was on one day as Mary sat on the third floor at the Sunrise community. “Ordinarily she would have been glued to the music on TV,” Dolliff said. But then the art came out. “It was like somebody switched the set off and there was no other competition. It was just the cards,” Dolliff said. “That was an eyeopener for me.” Now, his mother, instead of sitting passive, was subject to “100 percent engagement” in what lay before her, tracing shapes and strokes with her fingers, Dolliff said. At this point, “I became a true believer.” Dolliff, a philanthropist, has made it his mission to spread Van Houten’s work to other assisted living communities. So far a facility in Brainerd also has the cards, and Dolliff said he is targeting a facility in Edina next. “It’s a great tool. Every place should have them,” said Jodie Kneip, a life enrichment manager at Sunrise who leads the art

therapy sessions. Van Houten is hoping her art can help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, too.

An artist is born The gregarious Van Houten offers 30 different personal services out of her home in southeast Richfield. Among them, she is a palm reader, a career coach and a ghost buster. She remembers the exact day she added “artist” to the list: May 5, 2011. “I woke up one morning,” Van Houten said. “I just started to paint and I had no idea whether I was good or not.” The native of south Minneapolis said that without thinking, she decorated the canvas with a wild procession of brush strokes, with intriguing results. She showed her kaleidoscopic work to an artist friend. “She said, ‘Sheila, you’ve got talent.’” The palm reader kept painting, and noticed a peculiar phenomenon. When she finishes a painting, she walks away, “and when I come back an hour later,” she said, “faces show up.” They appear by the hundreds in each work, Van Houten said. “I’m still finding them.” In one painting, even Willie Nelson showed up. To Van Houten, the faces, plus the random assortment of images — from animals to landscapes to humanoid figures and a seeming preponderance of birds — that appear are not merely the result of random brush strokes. She believes something else is happening. “The only thing I can say is I’m spiritdirected. I’m what’s called a pure channel,” she said. When painting, “I don’t think of anything. I’ll just go and allow whatever to come through, come through.” “She kind of goes blank during these sessions … and something just kind of tells her to swoop up here, or mush here,” observed Scott Anderson who works alongside Van Houten offering services as a psychic. Despite her inclination toward the supernatural, Van Houten describes herself as “a very practical person,” and she wanted her work to do something other than just sit there. “I thought to myself, how in the world are we going to make use of all these paintings?” she said. “We don’t really have any wall space left.” She remembers comforting her dying father by bringing him pictures of ice crystals that were supposed to have been charged with positive emotions, “and he got very peaceful and he sort of fell asleep,” she remembers, “and he died the next morning.” Van Houten also is motivated by the

memory of her mother, whom she lost to Alzheimer’s. “I thought, ‘I think what I’m supposed to be doing is to put this art in the hands of Alzheimer’s patients,’ so that’s what I’ve been doing,” she said. “It’s just been a riot to see how people respond to it.”

Guided visions As the ladies in Sunrise’s Reminiscence Neighborhood sat around the table last week, with the wildly vivid prints spread out, staff member Jodie Kneip asked the ladies to describe the first thing they notice in the pink and yellow arrangement lying before them. “There’s a man there,” said one woman, smiling. “He looks like a lot of fun.” Kneip asked what they would call the painting. “‘Bouquet of Flowers,’” said one. “‘My Mother’s Garden,’” another offered, sparking a strain of conversation among the women about their mothers and gardens. One resident saw a tree on fire. Kneip asked where at. Yellowstone National Park, the woman replied, prompting a short round of recollections on trips out west. Kneip brought out another painting. One of the ladies called it “‘Midnight Dream.’” The others agreed: This is a very good name for the strokes of purple and pink, and black and white. One saw a snowy hill. So did some others. Another saw two girls dancing. “How do you think they know each other?” Kneip asked. She has learned to give such prompts in the past five months leading what they call “art critiques.” She has taught herself as she goes, because “discovery art,” fresh from van Houten’s brush, came with no instructions. Results have improved as Kneip has refined her guidance. “The first time, I was like, ‘Isn’t this a cool painting?’ And they were like, ‘Yeah that’s cool.’” That was about it. But a light bulb went off during a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The museum hosts tours as therapy for those with Alzheimer’s and Kneip noticed how the tour leaders instigate lively discussion by asking the right questions. She has since borrowed from these methods of effacement. The effects of the past several months of guided gazing have been clear, Sunrise staff say. “It seems to promote a feeling of bonding,” Kneip said. “People who … maybe maybe spend time with themselves in the other room, maybe don’t sit with other ladies … Certain residents really seem to become more attached to the residents around them after (the art sessions).”

Some kind of ‘magic’ Art has been used in Alzheimer’s therapy for some time, but art created with this specific intension seems to be a novel development in the world of memory care. “I’ve never heard about it. I mean, it’s interesting,” said Dr. Robert Kane, Director of the University of Minnesota’s Center on Aging. While Van Houten’s work appears to be unique in its aim, the question remains: How does it work? Dolliff and staff at Sunrise are hesitant to venture toward a supernatural explanation such as Van Houten’s, but there is one term they feel safe using. “I’m into energy, so I can relate to Sheila (Van Houten), said Emily Figueroa, who also guides the gazing sessions at Sunrise. “The energy she puts in there, I think it transforms into the individual. … Who she’s going to touch with the energy, only the energy would know.” Kneip is sometimes left puzzled as residents see images that escape her. “One time someone was saying, ‘Oh, I see a man combing his mustache.’ It’s these strange specific things they see so vividly that I’m just like, ‘Whoa,’” she reported. “It could be some sort of magical language that we can’t see just yet.” Anecdotal evidence seems to be mounting, but Dolliff would like to some day see formal study. “I really am interested in kind of both the personal experiences and feedback, and eventually, I think, more science-based evaluation of it,” he said. Kane agrees. While “there is no theoretical basis for why Alzheimer’s patients would be attracted to (the paintings) … it’s provocative; it’s interesting, and it needs more work.” Kneip theorizes that part of the art’s efficacy is its open-endedness and the creative, judgment-free environment it fosters in a daily world that has become sometimes befuddling for the residents of the Reminiscence Neighborhood. “They know they’re not going to be wrong,” she said. “Anything they say is right and beautiful and valuable, and it kind of starts to build.” In a world where life goes by one moment at a time, memory care providers see proof — that something is working — in the expressions they see. “If there is a smile, just for that moment, that lights up my day completely,” Figueroa said. Dolliff called it “that little pocket of joy and happiness.” How it works is up to interpretation and study, but those exposed to Van Houten’s burgeoning form of therapy agree on one conclusion: Something is going on here. Whatever it is, Figueroa said, “it’s happening, here at Sunrise.”


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Maguire FROM PAGE 1 Eagan in its Midwest expansion plans last February. The city of Eagan has also played a role in spurring growth by investing in a study, funded by non-tax dollars, that attracted a privately funded data hub to Eagan, Maguire said. “Again, the city is not getting in the provider business but we’re making it easier for others to serve you,” he said. The city has also completed several projects of its own thanks to partnerships with state, county and private agencies, Maguire said. Duckwood Overpass and Northwoods Parkway bridge are among the examples Maguire pointed to as much needed improvement projects that were brought about by a partnership between the city and state agencies. Maguire emphasized that although city officials are committed to investing in Eagan, they also strive to remain fiscally prudent. “Whenever possible we believe in pay-as-you-go and knowing not just what you’re paying for, but how,” he said. In many instances, Eagan has managed to spend less on its projects than

similar communities, Maguire noted. The $8.1 million price tag for Eagan’s fire safety center, for instance, is lower than most shared-use public safety buildings, according a 2011 Fire Chief Magazine article. The new center enabled the fire department to cut its response times in half, making it an invaluable asset, Maguire said. Maguire also noted how Eagan managed to save taxpayers’ money by acquiring the safety center’s land and building without looking to bonds or adding to the tax levy. “That is sound financial management, and I’m extremely proud of Team Eagan for getting that job done the Eagan Way,” he said. Maguire said he also believes open, transparent communication is key to building a strong community and city government. “It’s all about building trust,” he said. Eagan achieves this goal, Maguire said, through various efforts, such as holding community meetings for special assessments and open houses during the annual budget process. “All you have to do is look at the headlines and the controversial dollar costs associated with road projects in several other metro communities to know that Eagan is doing that by doing the right thing with its pavement management

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program, by being good stewards of the public dollar, by being open and by forming partnerships that make sense,” Maguire said. Though Eagan is on the right path, Maguire said, city officials will face obstacles along the way. Much of city’s stability has been created by experienced city leaders and employees, Maguire said. But Eagan has begun, and will continue to, lose many decades of experience as veterans retire. “To say this will be a time of change is a serious understatement,” Maguire said. “We are challenged to take a fresh look at old assumptions and new solutions.” At the same time, Eagan will continue to be challenged by the struggling real estate market and growing demand for public transportation. “If we are patient and steady with our approach, good things will result. I’m confident of that,” he said. Maguire said he believes past and present leadership have built a “forward-looking legacy” that he plans to maintain in the future. “I can assure you, while the state of the city is strong today, Eagan’s best days are yet to come,” he said. Jessica Harper is

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Hope, where there had been none DARTS/From page 15 For a woman who had always valued her independence, and loved living in Apple Valley’s Orchard Square senior apartments, it presented the 89-year-old with a tough challenge. “I thought of assisted living because of my eyesight,” she said. “But I don’t really need it because this building takes care of me perfectly.” Moberly and her husband moved into the apartments the day they opened in 1995, and her husband passed one year later to the day. She soon saw light at the end of the tunnel when a neighbor told her about DARTS (Dakota Area Resources and Transportation for Seniors), a community-based nonprofit that offers assistance to seniors like Moberly throughout Dakota County. According to Moberly’s DARTS service coordinator Mary Cordell, the organization’s mission is to help keep people independent in their

homes. “When we get a request for a volunteer, the service coordinator does a home visit with the client to learn about their situation,” she said. “Our volunteers’ interests and availability are matched with the needs of the older adult.” As a result, Moberly uses DARTS bus service, and she was matched with a volunteer for grocery shopping and a DARTS homemaker for house cleaning services. “Barb, who helps me clean, and Kati who takes me shopping, are sweethearts. They are wonderful, dear friends. I couldn’t exist without friends like DARTS,” said Moberly. When Kati Rainwater of Apple Valley gave up her job to stay home with her two girls, Callie (now 6) and Rylie (3), she immediately began looking for volunteer opportunities. “I heard about DARTS grocery shopping for seniors and I thought, ‘I could do that.’ ” “When Kati first came, we just

Home modifications help as you age Housing/From previous To ideally accommodate a wheelchair, the doorway to your home should be at least 32-inches wide. Even without a wheelchair, a wider opening can be beneficial when entering and exiting. There are different doors you can install to meet your mobility needs and personal style, which can allow for easier access and for dramatic and elegant curb appeal. Also consider how the door swings. A door that swings in may be easier to operate than one swinging out. A remodeling contractor can help determine what your home can accommodate structurally, provide recommendations for styles and handle installation. Lowering countertops in your kitchen and bathroom can make using them easier. And consider grab-bars for showers and bathtubs. For their part, curbless showers and bathtubs with entrances that open can reduce the possibility of falling. According to the Centers for

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clicked right away,” Moberly remembered. “She had her two girls, and we fell in love with each other. They’d say, ‘Can I walk with you Miss June? Can I take your hand Miss June?’ ” Moberly believes that after a year and a half Kati knows her so well she could probably shop without her, but what fun would that be? “We’re usually gone for about two hours. Kati and I have become close.” For Rainwater, time spent with Moberly has become much more than a volunteer opportunity. “When I tell people what I do, I always say I won the lottery when I got June. She is the sweetest person with the most positive outlook on life,” she said. “She just draws people to her with her amazing stories. I love her so much. She’s become like a part of my family.” Friends like Rainwater are particularly important to Moberly, who has lost two sons in the past 10 years. Her remaining son, a minister, lives in

Albuquerque, New Mexico with his family. She’s thought of relocating there to be closer to them, but her son’s frequent international travel convinces her she is better where she is. “I have so many friends here. At this stage of the game, my friends are very important,” she said. “I’m content because of all the help I get from the people that do these things for me. Without that, life wouldn’t be worth too much, would it?” In 2011, 1,324 people volunteered their time with DARTS. As a result of volunteer and staff work, 2,268 callers got answers to their agingrelated questions; 515 found assistance with everyday chores and shopping; 470 people found resources and support for their eldercare journey; and 2,048 riders with special needs had door-through-door assistance. For more information, call DARTS at 651-455-1560 or visit


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Water FROM PAGE 1 Apple Valley officials shut down four municipal wells in the wake of the spill as a precaution. Those wells were still shut down as of this week, Blomstrom said. In terms of water supply to residents, “we have 19 municipal wells. In the winter, we can easily operate on four. To pull those wells offline really is just a flip of the switch,” he said. The Minnesota Department of Health has taken water samples from the wells, though Blomstrom said the motivating factor behind the shutdown of the wells was to alleviate public concern, not because of contamination. “There’s certainly not gasoline going to be showing up in municipal wells,” he said. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency estimated that the spilled fuel had gone as deep as 40 feet below the ground, according to a March 3 Star Tribune report. The groundwater supply begins about 70 feet below the surface, and the nearest municipal well is 500 feet deep.

FROM PAGE 4 Last week, the Minnesota Senate conducted a hearing on a bill that would place limits on a health insurance exchange. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Chris Gerlach (R-Apple Valley), said the idea is to prevent the Obama administration from establishing exchanges without legislative consent. Another bill, sponsored by Hann, would allow consumers to save for healthcare expenses in specialized accounts. For the second time in recent weeks, GOP legislators have found themselves in opposition to business organizations that generally support conservatives. TwinWest Chamber of Commerce,

which represents businesses in a wide swath across the West Metro, has spoken in favor of the exchanges. “Requirements like individual insurance mandates, government-mandated coverage inclusions and insurance exchanges are largely yet to be sorted out, bringing a level of uncertainty to businesses as they make decisions about employee benefits,” said Bruce Nustad, president of TwinWest. “These uncertainties, coupled with potential penalties and taxes, stifle private sector job growth.” Nustad said the chamber supports “exchanges that are structured around market-based, consumer-driven principles reflecting both quality of care and price.” Coleman has been affiliated with TwinWest in a variety of capacities for a number of years. The chamber and Republican legis-

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lators have also differed recently on funding the SouthWest Light Rail plan. Other supporters also argue that the idea for exchanges originated with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, and only when they became part of Obama’s plan did Republican opposition surface. For Coleman, a Brooklyn Park native and graduate of Park Center High School, the partisanship issues are “unfortunate.” “In an election year, it makes it difficult for Republicans to look like they support moving forward with anything related to health care reform favored by President Obama,” she said. A number of organizations are pushing for the 5½ hours of Supreme Court hearings to be televised. Both Obama and the GOP have said they are confident their side will prevail.

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NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED that a hearing on the petition for approval of the establishment and funding of a Special Needs Trust for Cathleen McRunnel be held at 9:00 a.m. on April 26, 2012, at this Court, Dakota County Judicial Center, 1560 Highway 55, Hastings, MN 55033;

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ALL-STAR SERIES Eastview senior Joey King has been selected to play in the Minnesota High School All-Star Basketball Series. Games will be March 30 at St. Cloud State University and March 31 at Macalester College in St. Paul.

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Playing days probably over, but Grogan ready to move on Still recovering from concussion, Eagan native gets one last chance to skate for Gophers BY MIKE SHAUGHNESSY AND TAD JOHNSON SUN NEWSPAPERS Alyssa Grogan has played exactly 9.8 seconds of hockey in the last 17 months, and chances are she’ll never play again. But Grogan not only is at peace with that, she said she believes it was a great way to go out. Playing the final few seconds of a game the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team had already safely tucked away allowed Grogan the chance to say goodbye on her terms. Now she can move on with her life, which might one day include training young girls to play goalie – the position where she excelled for years at the high school, college and international levels. Grogan, an Eagan native, suffered a concussion in practice in October 2010. What followed was a long, frustrating, debilitating battle with concussion symptoms, not unlike what Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby have gone through. Last Nov. 30, the Gophers’ team physician and athletic trainer told Grogan her playing career was over. They said they couldn’t clear her to return because she was still experiencing symptoms and the risk of another concussion was too high. “It’s hard to imagine what my recovery from a second concussion would be like,” Grogan wrote in recent e-mail exchanges with Thisweek Newspapers reporters. “It was something I was praying I wouldn’t hear but something I unfortunately wasn’t completely shocked to hear.” Grogan celebrated on the ice with her teammates when Minnesota beat Wisconsin 4-2 in the championship game of the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four last weekend in Duluth. But her closure came when she was allowed to sit on the bench for the Gophers’ Senior Night game Feb. 18 against North Dakota. It was the first time Grogan had suited up since her injury. The Gophers weren’t planning to put her in the game. They held a 5-2 lead with

Eagan native Alyssa Grogan returned to the net for the final 9.8 seconds of a University of Minnesota women’s hockey game last month. She had been out since Oct. 2010 because of a concussion. (University of Minnesota photo) 9.8 seconds remaining with a faceoff in the North Dakota zone. At that point, coach Brad Frost removed his goalie and sent out a sixth skater with the intention of having six seniors on the ice when the game ended. The skater who was to replace the starting goalie suggested that Grogan take the ice instead. With the trainer’s OK, Grogan skated to the Minnesota net as more than 2,100 fans at Ridder Arena roared their approval. “As I skated to the net, I wasn’t really thinking,” she said. “I honestly just couldn’t believe it was happening. I don’t know if I’ve ever had that big of a smile on my face in my entire life.” Better still, her parents, who had attended every home game for four years, were in the crowd, as were about 10 family members from out of town. Grogan’s brother Derek had his Senior Night hockey game for St. Olaf College the previous day. “I’ve been asked quite a few times if it makes me want to play again,” she said. “And to be completely honest, that moment was so special to me, it almost makes me never want to suit up again. Nothing will ever top that moment on the

ice to me.” In the weeks following her injury, Grogan slept as much as 20 hours a day and experienced severe headaches. She missed three semesters of classes. It cut short a career that included playing for Eagan High School in the state Class AA tournament and for the gold medal-winning Team USA in the Under-18 World Championships in 2008. As a freshman at Minnesota, she ranked sixth in the nation with a 1.67 goals-against average. Recovery took place slowly, but she was able to resume a full-time course load this semester and is working out almost every day. Grogan is on schedule to graduate in spring 2013. Her degree will be in business marketing with a public relations emphasis, and she’s working toward a minor in management. She also is interested in broadcasting after serving as a radio analyst on Gophers games this season. She expects coaching to be part of her future. “I spend a lot of time in the summers coaching at all levels,” she said. “I have a huge passion for the game and for being a positive role model to young kids. I’m a goalie coach for a lot of different camps

and still have great connections with my old high school coaches at Eagan. Eventually I’d like to go back and help coach with them.” Grogan said she expects to field numerous questions about her concussion rehabilitation. “I am not fully through with my journey yet,” she said. “But the most frustrating part of the whole process for me was there wasn’t anybody for me to turn to who knew what I was going through. I didn’t have anyone to talk to who understood. And that was really hard.” She has spoken about her experience at a University of Minnesota Mini Med School presentation as well as Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action functions. “I love sharing my testimony. My faith has held me up through this storm,” she said. Player safety in hockey came under intense scrutiny following injuries to high school players Jack Jablonski and Jenna Privette this winter. A “Player Safety Summit” was held last week in St. Paul in conjunction with the state high school boys tournament. “All my prayers go out to [Jablonski and Privette] in their continued recovery and I have found a tremendous amount of inspiration from Jabs and the way he’s handled his injury,” Grogan said. “Mine was a complete accident – an unfortunate accident from poke-checking a puck, and I have no hard feelings toward the player who hit me.” Grogan said collisions are unavoidable at the highest levels of competition, but “I think the focus needs to get back to the fundamentals – puck movement, skating, passing, shooting. The girls game is a bit different from the boys, but nobody should be focusing primarily on leveling another player.” Although it appears Grogan will not return to hockey as a player, there is one big athletic test she wants to pass in the next few months. “I love to golf in the summer,” she said. “Last summer I wasn’t able to because it made me too dizzy and I couldn’t contact the ball. I’m super-excited for it to warm up and the snow to melt because I have a feeling I’ll be able to do that again. “It seems like a little thing, but that would make a big difference to me.”

In the Community, With the Community, For the Community – Thursday, March 22, 2012 – Apple Valley, Rosemount & Eagan Sun-Current


Eastview seniors pass the torch Next generation of young players will try to send Lightning girls back to state next year BY MIKE SHAUGHNESSY – SUN NEWSPAPERS Eastview concluded its girls basketball season by finishing fourth in the state Class 4A tournament. The question is, was it the end of an era or the beginning of an era? Then again, why can’t it be both? The Lightning’s 52-43 loss to Edina in the state tournament third-place game March 17 ended a 25-7 season. But a group of previously unheralded seniors – Paige Palkovich, Meghan Ryan, Hannah Shie, Emily Young, Taylor Kuhn and Amber Mehr – closed their careers knowing they helped get their school back to state for the first time in three years. The state tourney also provided a glimpse of the Lightning’s future. First-year varsity head coach Melissa Guebert previously was a traveling team coach in the Eastview girls youth program. She has worked with many of the players who are in the high school program’s pipeline. She also likely has her point guard for the next three seasons – her daughter Madison, a ninth-grader who averaged 18 points a game for the varsity this year. Hopkins romped to the Class 4A championship, defeating all three of its opponents in the state tournament by at least 22 points. Eastview wasn’t able to stop the Hopkins juggernaut, losing 55-31 in the state semifinals March 15 at Target Center. The Lightning scored only 13 points in the first 24 minutes. But once the game was out of reach, the Lightning was able to put younger players on the floor with an eye to next season and beyond. Getting the younger players into a state tournament game “is going to help us,” Melissa Guebert said. “When they step on the court for us next year, they’ll have more confidence.” Hopkins forced Eastview into 27 turnovers. Madison Guebert was the Lightning’s leading scorer with seven points. The Royals’ depth allows them to keep up the defensive pressure for as long as it takes for opponents to crack. It “makes it so tough for you to get into your offense,” Melissa Guebert said. Madison Guebert had 13 points and Mehr 10 in the third-place game against Edina. Madison Guebert and Palkovich had 15 points each in the Lightning’s 54-41 victory over St. MichaelAlbertville in the Class 4A quarterfinals March 14. Mehr had 10 points and 12 rebounds. The state tournament appearance was Eastview’s fifth since 2000. Paul Goetz was head coach for the previous four state trips, including runner-up finishes in 2000 and 2003. Goetz stepped down as head coach after the 2010-11 season but remains with the program as an assistant coach.

State tournament notes • Eagan resident LeeAnn Wise coached Richfield to

Eastview forward Emily Young tries to dribble past a St. MichaelAlbertville defender during a state Class 4A girls basketball quarterfinal game last week.

(Photo by Rick Orndorf – Sun Newspapers)

second place in the state Class 3A tournament. The Spartans were the tournament’s No. 1 seed but lost to DeLaSalle 65-45 in the championship game Saturday night. Wise’s daughter Hannah is a senior guard for the Spartans. Hannah Wise played youth basketball in Eagan but transferred to Richfield before her ninth-

grade year. The opportunity to play varsity basketball for her mother was a big reason for the transfer, Hannah Wise told Richfield Sun-Current sports editor Greg Kleven in a story published last month. Hannah Wise has signed to play basketball at Jamestown College in North Dakota.


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Eastview has tough road ahead in state title quest BY MIKE SHAUGHNESSY SUN NEWSPAPERS











Ashley had a great season in gymnastics. She won all around titles at many meets, including the section 2AA meet. She placed 5th on floor at state and 6th all around at state. She was a great team leader and a major contributor to the team’s success this year. She achieved a 38 (+) all around score a couple of times during the season, which is a huge accomplishment. She was the leading scorer for our team and voted the most valuable by her teammates.

Justin leads the team in points with 101 for the state tournament Cougars. Kloos led the Cougars through the section 1AA tournament championship with 4 points vs the Lakeville North Panthers. Justin scored the goal to move ahead of the top team in the state to secure the upset. The Cougars played in the state semifinals on Friday March 9. Justin is our captain and an excellent student with a 3.8 GPA.

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS All State Elite, All Conference, All Section – Sr year All Conference, All Section, All State – Jr Year All Conference, All Section, All State Elite – 10th grade

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS Minneapolis Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year Gopher Recruit South Suburban All Conference Mr. Hockey Winner

Congratulations to this week’s highlighted athletes! Each will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to Paragon Odyssey 15 in Burnsville, courtesy of Paragon Odyssey 15 and The Sun Current.

Wearing a wide grin on his way to the Eastview team room, Darin Haugh stopped to embrace his coach, Mark Gerber. “We’re almost there,” Haugh said. “We’re almost there.” That statement says a lot about the attitude the Lightning took into the boys basketball season. For some teams, getting to the state tournament is the objective, and they’ll accept whatever happens once they get there. Eastview’s players have made no secret of their goal, and it wasn’t just reaching the state tournament. “Ever since last season ended, we’ve had our sights set on the state championship,” senior guard Chris Narum said. “We’re hoping we’ll be on the court Saturday night.” The Lightning got to the state tournament by beating crosstown rival Apple Valley 57-53 in the Class 4A, Section 3 final March 16 before a packed house at Burnsville High School. As difficult as it was to beat fifthranked Apple Valley three times in one season, No. 3-ranked Eastview might face an even tougher route to the state championship that Narum said the team wants. Despite being 28-1, Eastview received the third seed in the state Class 4A tournament. The top two seeds, Hopkins and Lakeville North, also are 28-1. Eastview drew Eden Prairie (22-7), the 2011 state runner-up, in the Class 4A quarterfinals Wednesday at the Target Center. The winner will play secondseeded Lakeville North (28-1) or Moorhead (18-9) in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22. The championship game is 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24. It’s a tough draw for the Lightning, but “that’s what you have to expect in the state tournament,” Gerber said. In the Section 3 final, Eastview trailed Apple Valley early, took the lead by halftime, build a bigger lead in the second half then had to hold on at the end. The Lightning led by as many as 12 points in the second half before Apple Valley staged a furious rally. Apple Valley junior forward Chris Laymon, who had just entered the game after two Eagles starters fouled out, hit a three-pointer with 12.5 seconds remain-

ing to cut Eastview’s lead to 55-53. The Lightning then was called for a five-second violation, giving Apple Valley a chance to inbound the ball under Eastview’s basket. Eagles star guard Tyus Jones twisted his way into the lane, but his shot rolled off the rim and was rebounded by Eastview’s Joey King, who then was fouled and made two free throws to seal the victory. Eastview took control on the boards in the second half as the Lightning’s lead grew. Eastview outrebounded Apple Valley 40-28, and 6-foot-9 junior Ben Oberfeld brought down 16. “I saw Joey and Ben getting rebounds at key times,” Haugh said. “I saw Chris [Narum] dive on the floor for one, too.” Apple Valley (23-6) had plenty of opportunities to win, coach Zach Goring said. “We didn’t shoot,” Goring said. “If you shoot 34 percent like we did, it’s tough to win a game like this. We had a lot of open shots, but some nights you shoot well and some nights you don’t.” Eastview won two high-scoring games against Apple Valley in the regular season, getting 91 points in its first victory and 84 in the second. But in the section final, it was clear shortly after tip-off the Lightning had no intention of playing another game like that. “We played the first two games at their pace,” Narum said. “This game, we wanted to keep it at our pace, a little slower. When we play at our pace, we feel we have a big advantage with our big guys, Joey [King] and Ben [Oberfeld].” King had 20 points and eight rebounds. Oberfeld scored 11 points to go with his 16 rebounds. The Lightning found senior guard Jordan Bolger open on several cuts to the basket in the second half, and he finished with 14 points. Jones had 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds, leading Apple Valley in all three categories. Harry Sonie added nine points for the Eagles, all on three-point field goals. While the Eastview players may view this week as state championship or bust, Gerber’s view is somewhat different. “That’s a reward you’re talking about,” he said. “The things we talk about in our program are what we have to do to be a better team. Working hard in the weight room. Being consistent about what we do. Playing together in the offseason and building a team.”

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Wall Paper Removal INTERIOR EXTERIOR DAVE'S PAINTING and WALLPAPERING Int/Ext • Free Est • 23 Yrs Will meet or beat any price! Lic/Ins Visa/MC BBB 952-469-6800 St. Christoper Decorating Old World Craftsmanship/24 Yrs

Int Painting/faux/Rlph Lauren Expert Cabinet Refinishing Wallpaper Installation

952-451-7151 Ins/Bonded



SAVE MONEY - Competent master plumber needs work. Lic#M3869 Jason 952-891-2490


Roofs, Siding, & Gutters



Trimming & Removal Free Estimates & Insured

Re-Roofing & Roof Repairs – Snow & Ice Removal - 30 Yrs Exp Insured - Lic#20126880 John Haley #1 Roofer, LLC. Call 952-925-6156 Roofing * Siding Gutters * Soffit/Fascia

15 yrs exp.

A Good Job!!

Thomas Tree Service Immaculate Clean-up! Tree Removal/Trimming Lot Clearing & Stump Removal Free Estimates 952-440-6104 TREE REMOVAL/TRIMMING Shrub Pruning Free Ests Lic'd / Ins'd / 20 Yrs Exp. 651-455-7704

Window Cleaning


TOPSIDE, INC. 612-869-1177 Licensed * Bonded * Insured 32 Yrs Exp. A+ Rating BBB

Why Wait Roofing LLC Tear-offs & New Construction Siding & Gutters Over 17 yrs exp. Free est. Rodney Oldenburg

612-210-5267 952-443-9957 Lic #20156835 • Insured

A RENEW PLUMBING •Drain Cleaning •Repairs •Remodeling •Lic# 060881-PM Bond/Ins 952-884-9495

Tree Service


AJ's Tree Service

We Take Care of Insurance Claims Offering the Best Extended Manufacturers Warranty


Tree Service




Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

Spring Craft & Gift Market 50+ Vendors Hand-Made Crafts Favorite Gift Companies

Mount Olivet Church 14201 Cedar Ave. Apple Valley, MN 952-432-4332


Cemetery Lots

Glen Haven: 2 plots, 2 vaults w/companion headstone. Value $8,990. Asking $4,300/BO. 218-828-3608 Grandview Park Cemetery, Hopkins, MN. 2 side by side plots, $950 ea. 602-861-8082


WORK! 952.392.6888

Collectibles & Art

'91 World Champion MN Twins – Bobbleheads, full set (26). New – in original pkg., $599. Call 952-927-0788


Estate Sales

EDEN PRAIRIE 11003 Bell Oaks Estates Fri., March 23 (8:30-5:30) #'s Friday at 8am

Sat., March 24 (8:30-4:30) Beautiful fine art! HH furnishings, quality furniture, patio furniture, sporting goods, & much more! EDINA - 5210 Villa Way Antiqs, furn, collectibles, 50” HD TV, DR sets, more!

3/22 (1-7); 3/23-25 (9-7)

5100 5100 SUN Classifieds You are invited to Senior Rentals

Clothing & Jewelry

Silver Fox Jacket. Beaut. 12-14. $95.00 or best offer. Call 952-884-3484

Saturday, March 24 (9-4)

For Sale: 4 Lots Glenhaven Good Samaritan Garden $7,000 for all. 320-243-3165

Window Cleaning 651-646-4000


Senior Rentals

tour our Model Apartment Home

Tree Service


Ideal Tree Service Tree Removal, Tree Trimming ng 20% Sopurint Disc

Quality Work and Low Rates Free Ests Lic’d & Ins’d

General Contractors Storm Damage Restoration Roofing ■ siding ■ windows Established 1984


3500 Vicksburg Lane Suite 400-351 P l y m o u t h , M N 5 5 4 4 7 Lic # 6793




Sun Classifieds Work! Call

Commercial and residential pressure washing Decks strip & seal, roof washing, house washing, concrete cleaning and staining. Full exterior washing.

Our job is to make you look good!


952 – 392 – 6888 to place your ad.

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(952) 881-2122 • (612) 599-6385

(763) 550-0043 (952) 476-7601 (651) 221-2600

Credit Cards Accepted



Roofs, Siding, & Gutters

High Risk Climbing, Stump Grinding and Storm Clean Up

Lic. #BC626700





A Fresh Look, Inc.



Lawn & Garden



Mowing • Fertilizing Spring & Fall Cleanup Landscaping Snowplowing




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Senior Discounts

Great Service Affordable Prices 3050

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts


Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

THINK SPRING Arts&Crafts Show Southtown Mall

March 30, 31 & April 1 Fri 10-9 • Sat 10-6 • Sun 11-4 Penn Ave. & 494, Bloomington

Heart Promotions 651-438-3815

Please call Cindy at 952-461-1644 or 612-865-6625 to arrange for a personal tour of the model. Market Village 100 J Roberts Way Elko New Market, MN 55054

In the Community, With the Community, For the Community


Estate Sales


1141 133rd Lane NE Sat., March 24 (8:30-4:30)



Family Care Child Care Wanted

#'s Saturday at 8am

Sun., March 25 (8:30-3:30)

Shakopee - FT Nanny

Model car collection, die cast items, Coca-Cola & vintage memorabilia, high quality furniture & furnishings

Mature, loving Nanny with Infant experience for Twins Beg. 5/15/12 $550 wk


LCHS 651-209-1111




BR Set: Qn. size, light wood, bkcase hdbrd, triple drssr, 2 nite stands. Mint cond! $400. 952-831-2998


Pine Log Handmade Twin Loft Bed $500or OBO 763559-9344.

LKVILLE RENT2OWN Bad Credit ok. 4Br/3Ba $1850/mo. 612.216.6248


Misc. Wanted

  WANTED   Hifi/stereo equip., HAM, & misc. old electronics. Andy 651-329-0515 Buying Old Trains & Toys




Musical Instuments

Piano player: mahog. Upright. $849 612-377-4715



Garage Sales this week Bloomington


Houses For Rent

Rental Information

All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women; and people securing custody of children under 18.

This newspaper will not Estate 3/24 (8-4); 3/25 (10- knowingly accept any ad4) Furn, tools, china, HH, vertising for real estate misc. 9219 Chicago Ave So. which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all Richfield dwellings advertised in this newspaper are availMoving Sale: Furn, Antiq, able on an equal opportuHH, Fri 3/23 (12-5), Sat nity basis. To complain of 3/24 (8-4) 6800 Oliver Ave S discrimination call HUD toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. 3700 Leisure



Boat Services, Storage & Slips



Don't Be Left Aground Come Boat the Mississippi Slips available for all sizes Plenty of water!

Call JP at 651-695-3783


Sporting Goods & Misc

Personal Gun Collection for Sale. High quality! Call for pricing. 612-408-0222



Agriculture/ Animals/Pets Pets

Peeka & Boo, 2 sweet & beautiful, bro & sis, orange tabby cats, together only to a special loving home. All tests/shots/spay/neut. $75 for both. Jerry 952-888-9524

Sun Classifieds




Business Opps & Info

Advertising Disclaimer Because we are unable to check all ads that are placed in our media, we encourage you to be safe and be careful before giving out any important information such as credit card numbers or social security numbers, when responding to any ad.

9050 – Thursday, March 22, 2012 – Apple Valley, Rosemount & Eagan Sun-Current


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Administrative Assistant Must be flexible, adaptable, self-motivated, detail oriented, multi-tasks, skilled in MS Office and capable of high level communication. Exp w/ CRM systems, specifically ACT! is a +. Limited travel required. Position includes salary & benefits. Send resume to LeAnn Koenig lkoenig@ Biz-2-Biz Interviewing Home Based Business mktg experience. No home calling. 15+hrs/ wk avail from your home. M-F days. $13-$18/hr. Call 952-252-6000

Contractor Drivers Independent Contractor with own Dock, Cube or Sprinter. Dynamex, an industry leader in the messenger and dedicated logistics delivery business has Contractor Driver opportunities available. Sign on Bonus and Fuel Surcharge provided. Build your own company and be your own boss.


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Director of Nursing St. Lucas Care Center is looking for a compassionate and dedicated RN who has great leadership ability and long term care experience to be the director of our 109-bed skilled nursing facility. This position will lead a team of nurse managers in clinical and operational outcomes. Functions include people management, customer service, clinical assessments, budget responsibilities, and legal compliance. St. Lucas Care Center is a facility which provides a variety of challenging medical specialties which are unique to what most facilities provide, including Transitional Care, Memory/Dementia Care, along with traditional Long Term Care. To email your resume, or for more information contact Sheri Ferguson, sferguson@ Resumes can also be mailed to:

To find out more please call Donna 651-746-5945

St. Lucas Care Center Attn. Sheri Ferguson 500 1st St SE Faribault, MN 55021


Help Wanted/ Full Time

CSR/Account Rep Responsibilities: Providing Information for Potential Members. Update Current Members Account Information Assist in Setup & Troubleshooting of New Member Equipment General Sales & Marketing Support Efforts

Rosemount • Burnsville Mendota Heights Seasonal Outdoor Work Employee Discount April to July Flexible Hours

We offer a starting salary of $14 - $17 per hour. (PT/FT) Interested Candidates should forward resumes to :

EXPO SALES OPPORTUNITY Have a fun, fast-paced and rewarding inside sales career selling exhibit space and sponsorships. Children in school? We can accommodate School-friendly hours.

Apply Online:

Call Cynde at 612-798-7218 Burnsville location

Open House from 9am to 11am on Wednesday for Food Manufacturing. All skill levels & warehouse/Forklift. Call for more info 952-924-9000

Full Case Grocery Selector M-F 8am start $13.10/hour.

Loading position M-F 11am start $13.10/ hour. fax: 507-664-3042

Health Care

Social Services

Thomas Allen Inc.:

Registered Nurse: South St. Paul, Burnsville, Bloomington Registered Nurse 5-6 hrs/wk can be split into two positions. Must be RN, Driver's Lic, Insur, clean record, own vehicle. Prefer 3 years experience with developmental Disabled or seniors. Contact: Sandy Q, Fax resume 651-450-7923

Help Wanted/ Full Time

Join Our Team Crew Leads/Crew Members Needed

Prescription Landscape is looking for energetic and motivated persons to join our production teams. We have openings at both locations, Crystal and St. Paul. Job duties include operating mowing equipment, physical labor; up to and including bending, kneeling and lifting up to 45 lbs, and other duties as assigned. Seasonal and year-round positions available. Year-round positions include snow and Qualifications: College degree is a ice management; plowing, strong plus. (High shoveling, etc. Experience School Diploma / helpful but not required, on the job training availGED required) able. Some positions reExcellent verbal and quire a valid and clean written communica- driver's license. Pre-emtion skills required. ployment drug/alcohol Flexible Schedule testing required. Compen(nights, weekends sation: $10.00-$18.00 pendand holidays are a ing experience. For more information visit our web must). site at: Ability to multi task 1+ year experience in or email sueleatherman@ a customer service or phone Sue at 651-379-4713 environment is a strong plus. Knowledge of computers and Microsoft software required (Word/Excel)

Flower Marts NOW HIRING


Sales Reps * BURNSVILLE & MINNETONKA BRANCH * Looking for a CAREER, NOT just a pay check? All experience levels encouraged to apply! Competitive base + commission Benefits: Paid Training, benefits package and fuel reimbursement. Required to pass: Drug screen, background and motor vehicle record checks. Apply at: Burnsville 952-895-3400 Minnetonka 952-933-7360 AA/EOE/M/F/V/D


Help Wanted/ Part Time

Fantasy Gifts Part time sales clerks Evenings and weekends at our Lakeville, St. Louis Park and Coon Rapids locations. Applications at all locations or email resume to helpwanted@

Mystery Shoppers Earn up to $100/day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail & dinning establishments. No exp req. Call 855-219-4443 Part Time Outside Sales


Help Wanted/ Part Time

Social Services

Thomas Allen Inc.: Program MANAGER (South St. Paul)

Hours: 20 hrs/wk flexible, Must be QMRP or DC, valid DL & insurance. 1 year exp. working with persons with DD (2yrs if DC) 1 yr supervisory exp. pref'd. Duties include: Oversee day to day operations of DD home, hiring, training, scheduling staff, writing programs/reports, chairing client meetings, oversee financial status of client/home, med. monitoring, etc. To Apply email letter of interest/resume: Katya@ Visit us at AA/EOE


Seasonal Hiring

Seasonal Openings Lakeville Bachman's has FT Seasonal Openings at our Lakeville Nursery & Greenhouse location. Positions include: Nursery Sales Nursery Worker Equipment Operator Apply at 6877 235th St W. Farmington, MN 55024 between 8am to 4pm. 651-463-3288 Shipping Helpers & Production Helpers Work 7:30-4, M-F & Sat during peak times. Must be at least 18 & HS grad/GED. Ability to frequently lift up to 25 lbs, work on your feet all day, good math & communication skills, understand work direction in English & able to operate equipment. Apply in person at the Lakeville Greenhouse, 23000 Cedar Ave S., Farmington, MN 55024, between 9-3. 952-469-2102 EOE BACHMAN'S




Junkers & Repairable Wanted

Runners & Non Runners 612-810-7606 Licensed/Bonded/Insured

$$$$ $200 - $10,000 $$$$ Junkers & Repairables More if Saleable. MN Licensed

612-861-3020 651-645-7715

To apply call or E-mail: Hollie (507) 664-3038 • Fax: (507) 664-3042

Advertise Here!


Seeking experienced sales professional representing a small service provider to commercial office buildings. Fifteen to twenty hours per week. Please send a short work history and any salary requirements to: Sales, P.O. Box 44701, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

$225+ for most Vehicles Free Towing 952-818-2585 CASH! For Your Junked Wrecks or Unwanted Vehicles. Free Tow-Aways



Motorcycle, Moped, Motor Bike

Motorcycles Wanted! Cash for used & Damaged 651-285-1532


Vans, SUVs, & Trucks

01 GMC Yukon XLT 1500

AT, 4WD, Red w/grey lthr, heated seats, 230K, very well maint., 1 owner, clean inside/out, no rust, 3rd seat, rear heat/ac. $3800 Mike 612 987 1044


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Apple Valley, Rosemount & Eagan Sun-Current – Thursday, March 22, 2012 –


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In the Community, With the Community, For the Community


CA$H PAID-UP TO $26/BOX for unexpired, sealed DIABETIC TEST STRIPS! 2 DAY PAYMENT & PREPAID shipping. SE HABLA ESPANOL. Emma 1-888-776-7771. Canada Drug Center is your choice for safe and affordable medications. Our licensed Canadian mail order pharmacy will provide you with savings of up to 90 percent on all your medication needs. Call Today 888-459-9961 for $25.00 off your first prescription and free shipping. CARS/TRUCKS WANTED! Top $$$$$ PAID! Running or Not, All Years, Makes, Models. Free Towing! We're Local! 7 Days/Week. Call Toll Free: 1888-416-2330


Please call 952-392-6888 for business rates.


• 3 lines, 4 weeks, choose 2 zones • Additional lines: $7.00 • Merchandise $151.00 or more • Includes website


• 3 lines, 2 weeks, All zones • Additional lines: $10.00 • FREE Garage Sale Kit available at one of our three offices - Or we can mail it to you for an additional $4.50 • Rain Insurance $2.00 • Includes website



Classified Phone Classified Fax Classified Billing Legal Notices

952-392-6888 952-941-5431 952-392-6890 952-392-6801


Ads may be placed Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. DEADLINE: Mondays at 3:00 pm* *Earlier on Holiday Weeks BY PHONE: BY FAX: BY MAIL:

952-392-6888 952-941-5431 10917 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Attn: Classified IN PERSON: Visit the Eden Prairie Classified Office


• 3 lines, 4 weeks, choose 2 zones • Additional lines: $7.00 • Includes website *Includes website

We gladly accept VISA, American Express, Mastercard, personal checks, and cash.



$50 Merchandise only

• 3 lines, Runs for 13 weeks, choose 2 zones • Additional lines: $7.00 • For 1 item priced under $2500, price must be in ad, must call every fourth week to renew, private party ads only • Includes website • Maximum of 13 weeks


One Item for Sale, $100 or Less • Mail or FAX in only Tuesday - Thursday Friday, Monday, and Call-ins: $7.00 per ad, 1 week, 1 zone One ad per customer per week. Additional zones are $7.00. Three line maximum. Price must be in ad.

EDEN PRAIRIE 10917 Valley View Road


Sun Newspapers reserves the right to edit, refuse, reject or cancel any ad at any time. Errors must be reported on the first day of the publication, and Sun Newspapers will be responsible for no more than the cost of the space occupied by the error and only the first insertion. We shall not be liable for any loss or expense that results from the publication or omission of an advertisement.


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Classified Misc./ Network Ads

Mail order form to: Sun•Classifieds, 10917 Valley View Road • Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Or fax order form to: 952-941-5431 Deadline: Mondays at 3:00 pm - Earlier deadline on Holiday Weeks Note: Newsprint does not fax legibly, you must fax a photocopy of the completed order form below. Please use this order form when placing your Classified ads.

• Use the grid below to write your ad. • Please print completely and legibly to ensure the ad is published correctly.

• Punctuate and space the ad copy properly. • Include area code with phone number. • 3 line minimum

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Choose from the following 5 zones:

Please fill out completely.

■ Sun•Sailor

Incomplete forms may not run.

Chanhassen, Excelsior, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth, Shorewood, St. Louis Park, Wayzata

■ Sun•Focus

Arden Hills, Blaine, Columbia Heights, St. Anthony, Falcon Heights, Fridley, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Spring Lake Park

■ Sun•Current South

Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville, Rosemount, Savage

■ Sun•Current Central

Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Richfield

■ Sun•Post

Amount enclosed: $________________________ Classification _____________________________ Date of Publication ________________________ Credit Card Info: ■ VISA ■ MasterCard ■ American Express Card # ____________________________________ Exp. Date __________________CID #__________ Name ____________________________________ Address __________________________________ __________________________________________

Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, Robbinsdale

City ______________________ Zip ____________

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(W) ______________________________________

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9999 – Thursday, March 22, 2012 – Apple Valley, Rosemount & Eagan Sun-Current Classified Misc./ Network Ads

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