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BY MIKE HANKS SUN NEWSPAPERS From refrigerator magnets to T-shirts and jackets, a new Mall of America store has them, and much more. And there will be cookies, too. The Girl Scouts have set up shop inside the Bloomington mall, offering a variety of merchandise in the month leading up to a celebration of the organization’s 100th anniversary. The River Valleys council of Girl Scouts, serving 49 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, is operating the store. The store has something for both Girl Scouts and their alumni, from jackets and mugs with the River Valleys logo to necklaces and stuffed bears denoting the national organization’s centennial celebration. For everyone else, there will be cookies, beginning Feb. 20. The annual cookie sale kicked off last weekend, and local troops will sell cookies in the store beginning next week. “It’s a great billboard to have as we’re selling Girl Scout cookies,” said Linda Keene, CEO of the River Valleys council. Beyond selling cookies, clothing and collectibles, the store provides the River Valleys council an opportunity to “raise the visibility of Girl Scouts and what Girl Scouts is doing for girls today,” Keene explained. When some people think of


Erin Westman of Shoreview, left, and Isabella Chaffee of Arden Hills examine a pin for sale Feb. 9 in the new Girl Scouts store at Mall of America. The store, operated by the River Valleys council will be open through March 11. (Photo by Mike Hanks – Sun Newspapers) Girl Scouts “they think of cookWeekly said. Super Savings! The store’s final weekend ies and crafts and camp,” Keene will include the Great Girl said. Some people don’t recogGathering at Mall of America nize Girl Scouts as “the preMarch 10-11. Girl Scouts from miere leadership development around the country will be parorganization for girls.” ticipating in weekend events In addition to merchandise, marking the organization’s centhe store has copies of the proW e e ktennial. l y S u Information p e r S a v i about n g s ! the gram materials used by the Girl organization will be on display Scouts program. The materials around the mall during that showcase the evolution of the weekend as well, encouraging program and the activities pargirls who are not a part of the ticipants are involved in, Keene

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The man dubbed the “man in black” by the FBI has been indicted in federal court. Mark Edward Wetsch was charged with 13 counts of armed bank robbery. The indictment, filed Feb. 7, was unsealed following Wetsch’s initial appearance in federal court in St. Paul. Wetsch is accused of committing a string of bank robberies between March 9, 2011, and Jan. 3. His alleged string ended following a Jan. 3 robbery of Rolling Hills Bank of Brewster, Minn. Wetsch was arrested in St. Peter, Minn., that same day by a St. Peter Police Department detective who had been investigating a Dec. 22 St. Peter bank robbery attributed to the man in black. Using information about the getaway vehicle in Brewster, the detective anticipated the perpetrator would be passing through St. Peter en

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Santorum favored in Bloomington straw polls Republicans garnered the significant attention during Minnesota’s political caucuses last week, but the state’s other parties found plenty of reason to gather, too. The Republican Party attention centered upon the straw poll taken during statewide caucuses Feb. 7. Rick Santorum came out ahead of his three challengers for the party’s presidential nomination. And he proved to be the candidate of choice for Republicans in each of the city’s three senate districts, besting Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. Santorum’s support in Minnesota may be a reflection of his campaign style, which is in contrast with those of his challengers, according to Lew Coffey, cochair of the Senate District 41 Republicans, representing west Bloomington and Edina. “ By and large people do not like negative campaigns,” Coffey said. “It’s just not what people

want to be associated with.” The campaigns of Republican heavyweights Gingrich and Romney may have contributed to the overall attendance at Republican caucuses last week, Coffey said. Months ago party leaders were preparing for a healthy turnout given the enthusiasm of the party base, but as the campaigns rolled forward, “Our expectations were a little bit dampened,” he explained. Santorum’s predominantly positive campaign provides “a good bit of the explanation for his success,” Coffey surmised. In Coffey’s district, Santorum narrowly edged Romney, 406-389. Ron Paul garnered 256 votes while Gingrich, who had campaigned in Bloomington on Monday night, finished with 109 votes. In Senate District 40, covering part of Bloomington and Burnsville, Paul was the runner up to Santorum, 381-257. Romney finished with 165 votes, Gingrich


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Caucus FROM PREVIOUS PAGE with 98. Paul also had a strong showing in Senate District 63, covering the northeast portion of Bloomington as well as Richfield and part of Minneapolis. Santorum bested Paul 234-167. Romney’s third-place total was 108. Gingrich finished with 48 votes. Although attendance at Republic caucuses didn’t reach a level once anticipated, Coffey was pleased with the outcome, as caucuses are “our chance at renewal every year,” he said. “The world is run by those who show up.” Democratic caucuses didn’t have the benefit of a meaningful straw pull with President Obama concluding his first term in office, but discussion of party issues and the selection of delegates to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor convention provided reasons for residents to gather across Bloomington. Senate District 41 representative and precinct chairwoman Jill Crafton of Bloomington said attendees presented resolutions that reflected Obama’s agenda, such as calling for investment in clean energy to create new jobs and improve public heath, and resolutions regarding

Newt Gingrich speaks to supporters attending his presidential campaign rally Feb. 6 in Bloomington. (Photo by Hannah Pietrick – Sun Newspapers Intern the way Minnesota does business, from its elections to its taxing and spending. As the state legislature continues to ponder proposals for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium funded in part by taxpayers, “There was strong support for not diverting Clean Water, Land and Legacy funds for its intended constitutional mandate to

pay for a Vikings stadium,” according to Crafton. Without a challenger to Obama, attendance was down considerably from four years ago when DFL caucuses were overflowing with residents eager to cast a vote in the straw poll. The turnout at Bloomington DFL caucuses “was in line


with my expectation,” she said. Minnesota’s upstart third major party, the Independence Party, had an intimate gathering last week, according to six-year member Jon Oleson of Bloomington, a former IP candidate for U.S. Congress. The eight adults and a seventh-grade student gathered in Bloomington. Other than him, all in attendance were new to the party, Oleson said. The party held a straw pole regarding the state’s proposed marriage amendment on this fall’s ballot and using taxpayer funds in the construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Of the six who voted, five were opposed to the marriage amendment, which would ban same-sex marriage. The voters were split on whether or not to use taxpayer funds for a new football stadium. Although the turnout was small in Bloomington, the party also held an online caucus last week as a way to encourage participation in the party, a party Oleson sees an important to the future of Minnesota. Oleson, 66, continues to champion the party as an alternative for those who are dissuaded by the polarization and rhetoric of the legacy parties. He sees a viable third-party option as a necessity in Minnesota. “It’s so critical to our future.”

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Coyotes don’t like hazing, either Animal control officer advocates re-instilling fear of humans in suburban coyote population

Edina Animal Control Officer Tim Hunter discusses techniques for hazing urban coyotes during a Feb. 9 presentation at Edina City Hall. Hunter will present the information several more times in February and March.

BY MIKE HANKS – SUN NEWSPAPERS It’s called hazing, and Linda Davis of Edina is interested in learning how to do it, and do it well. Edina and many neighboring communities have seen an increase in coyote traffic in recent years. Edina leaders have been proactive in addressing the problem. Recently the city hosted a coyote management workshop. Now it’s taking the next step in management: education. The city is conducting a one-hour presentation on coyote hazing, and offering several opportunities for residents of Edina and neighboring communities to learn the technique and its benefits. The first presentation on Feb. 9 brought Davis to Edina City Hall because her dog “Ruby” was attacked by a coyote last March. Davis didn’t see her miniature dachshund being attacked by the coyote, but she heard Ruby yelping outside. Davis yelled as she saw the coyote from inside her house, enough to scare it away. Although Davis didn’t see the skirmish, Ruby’s injuries left no doubt the coyote had attacked her small dog. Ruby had “several bite marks on her rump” and

(Photo by Mike Hanks – Sun Newspapers) broken ribs, Davis said. Ruby recovered from her injuries, and Davis is careful not to leave the dog unattended in her fenced-in yard, as she periodically sees a coyote outside her home near Edina’s Pamela Park, sometimes walking down the street or crossing nearby France Avenue in the afternoon. Coyotes are smart animals that will adapt to their urban environment, according to Edina Animal Control Officer Tim Hunter. Hazing is intended to re-instill the fear of humans. “This isn’t

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Hunter outlined several techniques and recommendations for hazing a coyote, and also discussed their seasonal behavior and how to identify them. Foxes are often mistaken for coyotes, Hunter noted. “A lot of people mistake coyotes for wolves, as well,” he said. Hunter’s presentation included pictures comparing foxes to coyotes, as well as information to help distinguish between the two. Coyotes are attracted to Edina for the plentiful food, water and shelter that is available throughout the city, Hunter said. “They enjoy an utter lack of competition for the resources,” he explained. In other parts of the country coyotes compete with wolves, cougars and bears for food, and survival. In Edina, “They don’t have to run away from anything,” he noted. Although coyotes are carnivores, they will eat vegetables, plants and bugs, Hunter said. A study of urban coyotes determined that 1 percent of their diet appears to be domestic animals, he added. COYOTES: TO PAGE 17

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Eden Prairie’s registry: A good example to follow Domestic Partner Registry affords some benefits to unmarried couples The Eden Prairie City Council is the latest to approve a Domestic Partner Registry that legally enables couples living together and not married to acquire certain benefits. Domestic partners can be any couple, including same-sex and heterosexual couples. After filling out a one-page form and in some cases paying a slight fee, these couples can be eligible for bereavement leave, family leave and insurance benefits at companies that recognize domestic partnerships. The couple must be unmarried and living together, live in the city and be committed to one another to the same extent as married persons are to each other, except for the traditional

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marital status and solemnities. Back in 2008, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed legislation that would have allowed partners of state, federal and city employees to a have the same benefits reserved for married couples. His veto, however, didn’t prohibit individual cities from approving an ordinance for their own domestic partner registry. Minneapolis, St. Paul, Edina, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park, Eagan and Richfield have approved these registries. Rochester, Red Wing and Duluth also have them. The Eden Prairie City Council wrestled with the registry before approving it on second reading, 4-1. One council member, Brad

Aho, said it wasn’t needed, that only nine people in neighboring Edina registered for the benefits and only 2 percent of the cities in the state have adopted it. More to the point, he argued that the ordinance undermines marriage because it infers that any marriage is as equal as the partnership. Councilmember Kathy Nelson said the proposal has nothing to do with the proposed marriage amendment that will be on the ballot in November. “The ordinance,” she said, “does not make a statement in favor of or against any state law, and it is not political.” Another council member, Sherry Butcher Wickstrom, reminded that the city has a Manifesto which encourages diversity. It’s a way of acting and not just talking about diversity, she said. Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens was surprised more people didn’t object to the registry. The pattern in cities where it has been

passed is that most people find the registry reasonable. The mayor struck the right chord when she said: “The ordinance may not affect many people, but we deal with things that affect a small number of people all the time, as well as decisions that face all Eden Prairie residents.” That’s the genius of local government; it is local enough to be concerned about all of its neighbors. This action by the Eden Prairie City Council is to be commended, because it enables citizens to get benefits under the law regardless of their marital status as long as they live together in their community. Other cities should follow Eden Prairie’s example. Don Heinzman is an editorial writer for ECM Publishers. Sun Newspapers welcomes responses to this and any other editorial page commentary. Send to:

Effective ways to close the achievement gap BY JOE NATHAN – GUEST COLUMNIST This was monumental,” according to Gary Cunningham, vice president at the Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul. About 200 educators met last week to learn from some Minnesota’s public schools that have been most effective in closing the achievement gap. They were from district and charter public schools, and they focused on helping students. The African American Leadership Forum (AALF), General Mills Foundation and the University of Minnesota cosponsored the meeting. Cunningham believes “All children will benefit if this continues.” I agree.

Eric Mahmund, co-founder and executive Director of Harvest Prep in Minneapolis, was one of the keynote speakers. Harvest Prep frequently has appeared on lists of Minnesota’s “Beat the Odds” schools. That’s because despite the fact that more than 90% of its students are from lowincome families, and more than 95% are African American, 82% of the schools students tested “proficient” in math, and 76% tested proficient in reading. Both are above the state average. Mahmoud listed five key gaps in Minnesota. He’s found that “schools can overcome all of them.” • Preparation Gap (too many youngsters from low income

families come to kindergarten with low birth weight, not having heard enough words or encouragement. • Time Gap: Given the preparation gap, many youngsters from low-income families need a longer day and a longer year. • Belief gap. Mahmoud called this “the most important gap.” It’s the belief of some people that students from lowincome families cannot succeed in school. • Teaching Gap – failing to use research based approaches. • Leadership Gap – More leaders needed who know how to overcome other gaps. Mahmoud recalled the 1979 words of the late Harvard Professor, Ron Edmonds: “How many effective schools

would you have to see to be persuaded of the educability of poor children? If your answer is more than one, then I submit that you have reasons of your own for preferring to believe that pupil performance derives from family background instead of school response to family background. … We can, whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us. We already know more than we need to do that. Whether or not we do it must finally depend on how we feel about the fact that we haven’t so far.” Bill Wilson is former Minnesota Commissioner of NATHAN: TO PAGE 8


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Traffic stop results in identity theft investigation BY MIKE HANKS – SUN NEWSPAPERS A traffic stop by Bloomington police for an equipment violation resulted in the arrest of two people found to be in possession of what appeared to be stolen mail and check blanks, as well as narcotics. A 29-year-old Brooklyn Park man and a 31-year-old Brooklyn Center woman were arrested Feb. 4 after an officer noticed the brake light of their vehicle was out and the license of the vehicle was expired, according to Bloomington Deputy Chief Rick Hart. The woman, who had an outstanding Ramsey County felony warrant for a probation violation, initially gave a false name. The man driving the vehicle was driving without a license, Hart noted. The duo was found to be in possession of what appeared to be stolen mail from several cities, as well as blank checks with several different names on them and suspicious credit cards, according to Hart. The woman is also suspected of being in possession of a controlled substance, Hart said. Documents and checks recovered from the vehicle suggested that the duo was attempting to obtain unemployment

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No free ride Multiple counterfeit bills led to the arrest of a 31-year-old Chaska man at Mall of America. The suspect, arrested Feb. 3, was attempting to purchase ride passes at Nickelodeon Universe amusement part in the mall, according to Hart. Police were called after the bills were presented for payment, he said. The man was questioned by police and found to be in possession of several other bills identified as counterfeit, Hart added.

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County lakes close to vehicles; fish houses getting iffy BY BLAZE FUGINA – SUN NEWSPAPERS The first day of spring may not fall officially until March 20, but officials are warning Hennepin County lake users ice is already dangerously thin in many areas. Hennepin County Sheriff Major Darrell Huggett announced all lake access points were closed at a new conference Feb. 9. That means cars, trucks and SUVs are taboo. “It is unsafe for vehicles to drive on the ice, the lakes, rivers and ponds of Hennepin County,” said Huggett said. “Recreational vehicles such as snowmobiles and ATVs will be allowed on county lakes.” Huggett has been overseeing the department’s Enforcement Services Bureau since early January. It includes the patrol and communications division. Owners of vehicles caught on the ice are subject to a misdemeanor citation. Huggett said the early restrictions are due to the unseasonably warm temps this winter which have created inconsistent ice conditions. A sheriff ’s department spokesman said that at least five cars have fallen through lake ice in the past week. Besides Lake Minnetonka, vehicles have fallen into Medicine Lake in Plymouth, Bald Eagle Lake near White Bear Lake and Lake Riley in Eden Prairie, among others. “This is a very uncommon winter we are having,” said Huggett. “Talking with folks in the community, I want to reiterate that this is something that we haven’t

seen ever.” Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek explained the need for barring vehicles this way. “We’ve had freezing and thawing on area ice and area lakes. ” he said. “It’s not worth the loss of life, or serious injury, just to drive on a frozen lake.” The sheriff ’s office had “beefed up” its patrols on the lakes prior to Feb. 9. A number of signboards were posted in the area to announce the unsafe ice conditions. “This is something we don’t want to take a chance on,” said Stanek. “We’ve spoken with the Department of Natural Recourses, and they concur with our decision, and that’s the way it will be.” Huggett also touched on removing fish houses from area lakes. “That’s part of the reason why, at this point, we are not restricting ATVs and snowmobiles,” he said. “I tell everyone that we are still very concerned, and that you have to use caution.” Huggett said the department recommends people begin removing shanties immediately. “The fact of the matter is that in several weeks the ice will start pulling away from the shoreline,” said Stanek. “It’s going to happen naturally in several weeks. We’re pushing it up a little bit because we don’t want to see those cars, those SUVs and those pickup trucks go through and risk people’s lives.” Huggett said that the ice restriction includes upcoming festivals that are taking place on county lakes.


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Fiscal disparities on the menu at State Capitol BY T.W. BUDIG – ECM PUBLISHERS The release of a report on fiscal disparities has pushed the controversial 40-yearold tax base equalization program into the spotlight. Ushered into law by former Anoka County state Rep. Charles Weaver in 1972, the program attempts to equalize tax bases in the seven-county metro area by having the haves share their tax base wealth with the have-nots. “I don’t think you ever could do this again,” said Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart of passing such legislation. Under the program, 40 percent of the growth in the commercial/industrial tax base is siphoned off and placed into a regional pool. These dollars are then doled out to recipient localities, those areas with lower tax base growth. The idea behind the program is that it could promote orderly development, provide incentives to work for the betterment of the region as a whole, offer needed funding for communities at their early stages of development, according to the report. Arguably there are winners and losers. In terms of tax rates, the study estimates that the current law total tax rate without fiscal disparities in Anoka County, for instance, would increase from about 116 percent to about 132 percent — about 16 percent difference. For Washington County the current law total tax rate of about 90 percent would increase to about 101 percent without fiscal disparities — an 11 percent difference. Conversely, Hennepin County, without fiscal disparities, would see its current law total tax rate decrease by about 1.5 percent. Erhart, a staunch defender of fiscal disparities, argues it offers positive benefits. The program allows metro communities, for one thing, to vie for business development on a more level playing field, Erhart said.

Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans indicated the Dayton Administration envisions no immediate tweaks of the fiscal disparities program. (Photo by T.W. Budig) Without the fiscal disparities, some communities, intent on building their tax base, would offer so many tax breaks and other incentives to business to locate that in the long run they would damage more than help themselves, he explained. Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, acknowledges the program has critics. “It’s an ongoing threat to Anoka County and our area,” he said of removing fiscal disparities. Both House and Senate tax committees will be taking up the fiscal disparity issue in upcoming days.

Whatever the merits of the program, the fiscal disparity debate is not a partisan one, explained House Tax Committee Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston. “This is one where Republican and Democrat — you can toss that out of the window,” Davids said. The fiscal disparity debate is geographical, he said. Indications are lawmakers are more likely to simply examine the fiscal disparity program this year than take wrenches to it. “I don’t foresee any tweaks or changes

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Capitol FROM PREVIOUS PAGE For one thing, it makes an already complicated property tax system even less understandable, she explained. “Complexity is layered on top of complexity,” she said. Beyond heaping complexity, the program serves to “distort” the property tax picture, Ortman argued. And she questions why growing cities, such as Chanhassen, are required to share their tax base with older, more established

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explained. Sen. Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake, suggested the program could continue into the future. “I think it would be a very difficult road to remove it,” he said. The House will have two hearings on Feb. 15 on fiscal disparities. The Property and Local Tax Division will meet at 8:15 a.m. with the Tax Committee meeting at 10:15 a.m. The Senate Tax Committee hearing is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 16. The report cites a number of fiscal disparities variables open for discussion. For example, it’s been argued the 40


percent threshold is arbitrary and not proven to be the point after which commercial/industrial property pays for itself, the report notes. Questions of exclusions from the program for regional benefits, such as the Mall of America, have been raised. It’s been argued, the report notes, that the 1971 commercial/industrial base value starting point in the program discriminates against localities that have experienced most of their growth since that time. T.W. Budig is the Capitol Reporter for ECM Publishers.

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COMMUNITY NOTES Pond family stories to be recounted Sunday Stories about Bloomington settlers Gideon and Agnes Pond have been passed down for five generations. Their great-grandson will share those stories this weekend. Pond descendant Steve St. Martin will recount the stories 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Gideon Pond House of Pond-Dakota Mission Park, 401 E. 104th St., Bloomington. Tours of the house are at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Info:

Highway 169 closure planned this weekend Motorists will encounter delays and a detour on both directions of Highway 169 in Bloomington and Edina when the roadway closes at Interstate 494 for the weekend. The loop ramps from Highway 169 to I-494 will also close for the weekend. Access to Eden Prairie Center, local businesses and neighborhoods adjacent to the Highway 169 and I-494 interchange

will remain open and available during the closure. Highway 169 and the ramps will close at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20. The closure is necessary for placement of beams that span the roadway for the new flyover bridge from westbound I-494 to southbound Highway 169 as part of the interchange reconstruction project. Info: 1-877-563-4768.

New artists network to hold seminar March 3 A new artists network will host its inaugural seminar next month in Bloomington. “Worship in the Potter’s Hands: An Art and Worship Collaborative” will explore new and creative ways to yield to the inspirations of worship. The workshop, sponsored by Great Commission Artists, is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road. The non-denominational seminar will feature keynote speakers Steve Nesheim of artREACH Today and Jane

Horn of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church of Bloomington, a pottery demonstration and several choices of breakout sessions, including a childrens session. GCA plans to hold more seminars throughout the year, including a painting collaborative in July and a juried exhibit related to the Book of Psalms in October. GCA is a network of Christians dedicated to leading people to Christ through the visual arts. The seminar is $20 in advance or $30 at the door. Those joining GCA will receive reduced admission to seminars, including free admission to the March 3 seminar. Info:

Healthy aging program begins next month The Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness and York Gardens senior housing development of Edina are hosting a healthy aging program beginning in March. “Better Choices, Better Health” is a six-week program designed to help people increase their confidence and skills in managing care for themselves. The course will help build skills in

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Bloomington ballet company to host gala Continental Ballet Company is holding a fundraising gala Friday night in Bloomington. The gala will help fund the ballet company’s programming. Wine tasting, educational displays and a performance by Continental Ballet Company dancers are planned. The gala is 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road. Tickets are $25 and are available online or by calling 952-563-8562. Info:

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Coyotes FROM PAGE 5 Coyotes may pose a danger to family pets, but, “The vast majority of their diet is beneficial to us,� Hunter said, explaining that they will eat animals that commonly feed on gardens and landscape plants. They will, however, take advantage of opportunities provided by homeowners. “They’re perfectly happy eating any pet food that we leave out,� he noted. Likewise, coyotes will take advantage of most water sources they find. “They don’t really care if they drink chlorinated water,� according to Hunter. It’s impractical to do away with backyard swimming pools, he noted, but their attraction to coyotes “is something we can be aware of,� he added. Coyotes will take refuge in culverts or underneath backyard decks, sheds and other out buildings, Hunter noted.

Before a coyote is spotted in a yard or neighborhood, several steps can be taken to minimize the attraction. Cleaning up fallen fruit from trees or bushes was one of several suggestions Hunter made. He also recommended cleaning up around bird feeders. Although a coyote may not be attracted to the seeds that fall to the ground around a bird feeder, it will be attracted to the animals that congregate at the base of the feeder, he explained. Since coyotes can climb and jump fences, Hunter recommends installing outward extensions or a product called a coyote roller that attaches to the top of the fence and prevents a coyote from maintaining its footing atop a fence. Minimizing hiding spots available in a yard will help dissuade coyotes from taking up residency in a yard, Hunter said. Several measures can be taken to scare a coyote upon an encounter, according to Hunter.

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17 ROTARY CLUB OF BLOOMINGTON DAYMAKERS When: 7:29 a.m. Where: Hilton MinneapolisBloomington, 3900 American Blvd. W., Bloomington Info: BOYS BASKETBALL: KENNEDY VS. PRIOR LAKE When: 7:15 p.m. Where: Kennedy High School, 9701 Nicollet Ave. S., Bloomington Info: 952-681-5000





CLASSIC COUNTRY MUSIC JAM When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Where: Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington Info: 952-563-4944

DANCE WITH COURAGE When: 1-3 p.m. Where: Rotunda, Mall of America, Bloomington Info: CRITTERS CLOSE UP When: 3-4 p.m. Where: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info:

SNOWSHOE AND TRACKS When: 2-3:30 p.m. Where: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info:


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FAMILY STORY TIME When: 10:30 a.m. Where: Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington Info: 612-543-5800

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THURSDAY MUSICAL When: 10:30 a.m. Where: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road Info: 952-563-4944

BOYS BASKETBALL: JEFFERSON VS. LAKEVILLE NORTH When: 7:15 p.m. Where: Jefferson High School, 4001 W. 102nd St., Bloomington Info: 952-681-6409

TEEN ANIME CLUB When: 3:30-5 p.m. Where: Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington Info: 612-543-5800

LOAVES AND FISHES DINNER When: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Where: Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington Info: 952-948-0746


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COMMUNITY NOTES New kind of worship coming to local church A new worship experience is coming to Richfield United Methodist Church. The church’s first service in the Taize tradition Sunday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. Taize began in France during World War II. It consists of prayer, singing, silence and reading of the scripture. A key aspect of the service, open to the public, is that worshippers sing songs methodically, until they sing them without effort. There is no sermon, formal liturgy or offering in the style meant to transcend doctrines and morals and bring about a sense of serenity. The church is located at 5835 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. Info: 612861-6086.

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Simple is the new rich Boomers should spend more time sitting on the porch BY EMILY HEDGES – CONTRIBUTING WRITER When Ron Timm of Minnetonka gives seminars on how to live simply, he frequently refers to the concept of “empty porches.” He challenges his students to drive down Summit Avenue in St. Paul, or around Lake Minnetonka when it’s beautiful outside and see if anyone is

using their porch. “They’re never sitting out there because they are always working,” he said. “Boomers, especially, are finding that they’re working during the years they expected to be sitting on the porch.” Twenty-two years ago, Timm was one of those executives working long hours with an expensive home on the lake that he never had time to enjoy. That is, until the day he thought he was having a heart attack. Come to find out, he was okay, but the experience left its mark. “When I thought I had a heart attack I started thinking about what is important,” he said.

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BY EMILY HEDGES – CONTRIBUTING WRITER If free to be myself, I would…that was the question that changed Cheryl Stepney’s life. When the 63-year-old Bloomington resident got her results back from the Kolbe Index full of verbs to finish that sentence, she realized that she would never relate to people around her quite the same way again. “I’m a lead, follow or get out of the way person,” said Stepney. “I’m a decision-maker who likes to put two and two together. I’m the one in the group who moves projects along, the one who knows how to get the deliverables done.” Helping clients like Stepney know themselves better is at the heart of why St. Louis Park-based Affiance Financial began offering the Kolbe Index last September. According to Financial Advisor Steve Lear, Kolbe isn’t about cognition, intelligence, personality, or values. “There are other types of tests for that. The Kolbe Index is about how people take action; if they were free to be themselves, how would they do something.” The 36-question assessment reveals the way people operate in four areas: Fact Finding (the way you gather information), Follow Thru (how you arrange and design your environment); Quick Start (the way you deal with risk); and Implementer (the way you handle space and tangibles). After taking the test, the experts at Affiance Financial walk the

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Cheryl Stepney used the Kolbe Index to help change her life and its direction. (Photo by Mike Hanks - Sun Newspapers) client through results that are displayed on a four-color chart with numerical values plotting their location on a spectrum in each of the four areas. “It’s interesting to get scores back. Unlike an IQ test, there are no wrong answers. This is a test to understand yourself better,” said Stepney. What she learned has helped Stepney in the way she relates to clients as a technologist in the computer industry. She now understands how individuals want her to communicate with them. “I can tell now who needs high facts, low facts, and it’s made me more successful,” she said. “When you can interpret through observation how to understand and communicate with clients better, they think you’re a genius.” As Stepney looks at her own future, she sees how the Kolbe Index is key for Boomers trying to decide how to spend the rest of their careers and beyond.

“Boomers want to keep working. Maybe you retire from a job you didn’t like. Now through Kolbe, you can go find a job that fulfills you in your later years,” said Stepney. “It helped me discover what I want to do. I’m realizing I want to set up some charitable activities that make me more well-rounded and happy.” Lear counsels Boomers daily who are contemplating a longer working life for all sorts of reasons. “For Boomers, we can help if they need to work, or want to work for their health and sense of purpose. The biggest gift Kolbe gives is to tell you where you fit in. It can also help a Boomer figure out ‘what’s your next career?’” While Stepney isn’t looking to retire anytime soon, and believes many Boomers feel the same way, she realizes that many don’t have the choice whether or not to look for another career. “For Boomers, whether they call it right-siz-

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Ron Timm of Minnetonka thought he was having a heart attack. That served as a wake-up call for him to pursue a new lifestyle that emphasizes simplicity.

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“When you’re on your death bed, no one is going to say, ‘I wish I’d spent another four or five hours every week at the office.’” From that moment on, he wanted to do something different with his life. He started by going back to graduate school, and ended up writing his doctoral dissertation on Exit Strategies from Corporate America Using Voluntary Simplicity Principals. Timm not only read a couple hundred contemporary books on the subject, but also relied on the writing of philosophers hundreds of years old. “Philosophers call it voluntary simplicity,” he said. “It’s about living below your means. It gives you time to enjoy the things that are meaningful.” Timm left his job and opened his own graphic arts business. After 15 years, he decided to close the doors

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and pursue two passions, photography and teaching. Since then, he has helped support his family with his photographs, and teaching photography at the college, community education and through one-on-one instruction as a photo coach. He also wanted to spend his life helping others find peace of mind and a better quality of life through reducing expenses. His course, “Living Better on Less” is now offered in communities all over the metro area. “It’s inspirational to teach the course,” said Timm. “I hear lots of interesting stories from people who were about to retire and now can’t afford to, or who lost their jobs, or just decided they had to cut back.” Timm recalls a corporate attorney friend who decided to leave her job for greater peace of mind. “When she sold her house and bought a less

expensive one, the bank was suspicious because no one bought a less expensive house. But it permitted her to change her career and get into a different business that she was passionate about.” Another student, a 25year-old woman, already knew she didn’t want to be an undertaker for the rest of her life. She took Timm’s course to figure out how to transition into another line of work. Timm points out to his students all of the options that become possible in life if you reduce the amount you need to live on. “Maybe you work four days a week instead of five, change fields or it gives you more time to go back to school or maybe even retire.” While all ages regularly attend Timm’s seminars, it’s Boomers that come most often.

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to get out of credit card debt. So whether the simple living strategies are voluntary or born of necessity, Timm believes they are the key to having a life that is, “outwardly simple and inwardly rich.” He no longer works in an office, and he no longer lives in a lake house. Instead, he and his wife live in a less expensive but lovely home in Minnetonka and rent out the downstairs to live for next to nothing. Hanging on his wall is one of his favorite photographs, two Adirondack chairs with a window box full of blossoms behind them. For Timm that picture embodies the philosophies he shares with the world: voluntary simplicity, live below your means, make time to sit out on the porch. For more information on Ron Timm’s class offerings, go to

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cubic yards of common excavation, square yards of bituminous milling, linear feet of concrete curb and gutter, tons of bituminous plant mixture, tons of Class 5 aggregate base, square feet of 4” to 8” concrete walk or concrete pavement linear feet of 6”-8” watermain linear feet of epoxy pavement markings linear feet of 12”-15”storm sewer

Proposals must be submitted to Heather Forcier Boettcher, Purchasing Agent, at 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, Minnesota 55431 no later than 2:00 p.m., Central Time, Thursday, February 23rd, 2012. Late proposals will not be considered. Proposals must be clearly identified as “PROPOSAL FOR SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLABLE MATERIAL COLLECTION SERVICE” and show the name and address of the submitting firm.

(Feb. 9 & 16, 2012) D3-SolidWasteRFP

undersigned will sell at public auction on February 28, 2012 at 9:30 am personal property including but not limited to furniture, clothing, tools and/or other household items. The name of the person(s) whose personal property is to be sold is as follows: A026 - Voerding, Philip; A057 - Lindsey, Wayne; A101 - Hostutler, David; B206 Willingham, Brenda; B272 - Gylling, Michelle; B306 - Dyer, Latreace; B317 Peterson, Steven; B322 - Meade, Crystal; B327 - Miller, Michael; B330 - Ellis, Able; B385 - Holtzman, Martin; B387 Nguyen, Thang; B403 - Casebolt, Dustin; B460 - Cronk, Justin; B478 - Wilder, Nathaniel; C108 - Dobbins, La Mark; C129 - Scott, Ernest. (Feb. 9 & 16, 2012) PS 34107 D3-Bloom-Feb28 Auction

Public Notice

Certificate of Assumed Name

(Official Publication) NOTICE OF SALE AND DISPOSAL OF PROPERTY PS Orangeco, Inc and/or Shurgard TRS, Inc will conduct sale(s) at Public Storage located at Bloomington 34107: 9033 Lyndale Ave S., Bloomington, MN 55420. Notice is hereby given that the

(Official Publication) MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to

The City Council reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and to waive any informalities. CITY OF BLOOMINGTON Heather Forcier Boettcher Purchasing Agent

City of Bloomington (Official Publication) INVITATION FOR BIDS CITY OF BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA Sealed bids will be received at the office of the City Engineer, 1700 W 98th St, Bloomington, MN 55431, up to the time of bid opening, for construction of the: 2011-301 WEST 81ST STREET REALIGNMENT BID PACKAGE Which consists of: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Approximately Approximately Approximately Approximately Approximately Approximately Approximately Approximately Approximately Approximately Approximately Approximately

1,620 12,700 1,345 2,000 420 335 1,550 57 1 1 410 2,035


Bituminous Pavement Removal Bituminous Pavement Milling Curb and Curb and Gutter Removal Common Excavation Bituminous Wearing Course Mixture Bituminous Non-Wearing Course Mixture Curb and Gutter Construction 15” RC Pipe Sewer Hydrant and Gate Valve Traffic Signal Concrete Paving 4” Concrete Walk

A Pre-Bid Meeting will be held at the City of Bloomington Public Works South Conference Room at 1700 West 98th St at 11:00 a.m. on March 1, 2012. All questions relating to the bid should be directed to Thomas J. Lincoln, PE, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc., at 651-643-0453.

Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud in the South Conference Room at 1700 W 98th St at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud in the South Conference Room at 1700 W 98th St at 11:00 a.m. on March 15, 2012.

Plans, Specifications, and Proposal forms are on file and are available from the office of the City Engineer, 1700 West 98th Street, Bloomington, MN 55431, upon non-refundable deposit of a $75. Project documents are also available at the City web site, Keyword “Construction Bidding” The complete set of digital bidding documents are available for downloading at no cost using the City e-gram site. Users will need to contact the City at (952) 563-4870 or for assistance in user account setup.

Plans, Specifications, and Proposal forms are on file and are available from the office of the City Engineer, 1700 West 98th Street, Bloomington, MN 55431, upon non-refundable deposit of a $75. Project documents are also available at the City web site, Keyword “Construction Bidding” The complete set of digital bidding documents are available for downloading at no cost using the City e-gram site. Users will need to contact the City at (952) 563-4870 or for assistance in user account setup.

No bids will be considered unless sealed, labeled as a bid for the project, and filed with the City Engineer of Bloomington and accompanied by Bid Security, in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders (to be forfeited as liquidated damages in the event the bid be accepted and the bidder shall fail to enter promptly into a written contract and furnish the required bonds). The Contractor is responsible for the delivery of the bid to the office of the City Engineer. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities, to award the contract in whole or in part, and to award to the bidder the City determines is in the City’s best interest.

No bids will be considered unless sealed, labeled as a bid for the project, and filed with the City Engineer of Bloomington and accompanied by Bid Security, in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders (to be forfeited as liquidated damages in the event the bid be accepted and the bidder shall fail to enter promptly into a written contract and furnish the required bonds). The Contractor is responsible for the delivery of the bid to the office of the City Engineer. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities, to award the contract in whole or in part, and to award to the bidder the City determines is in the City’s best interest.

The City of Bloomington hereby notifies all bidders that businesses owned and controlled by minorities or women will be afforded maximum feasible opportunity to submit bids and/or proposals and will not be subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, ancestry, handicap, public assistance, marital or national origin.

The City of Bloomington hereby notifies all bidders that businesses owned and controlled by minorities or women will be afforded maximum feasible opportunity to submit bids and/or proposals and will not be subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, ancestry, handicap, public assistance, marital or national origin.

The City of Bloomington does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs, or activities. Upon request, accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in all City of Bloomington services, programs and activities. Upon request, the City will attempt to accommodate special needs for this information.

The City of Bloomington does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs, or activities. Upon request, accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in all City of Bloomington services, programs and activities. Upon request, the City will attempt to accommodate special needs for this information.

Shelly A. Pederson, City Engineer

Shelly A. Pederson, City Engineer

February 6, 2012

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that name. The filing is required for consumer protection in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business. List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Guava Healthcare Principal Place of Business: 2139 W. 105th St., Bloomington, MN 55431 List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address: JRB Holdings, LLC, 2139 W. 105th St., Bloomington, MN 55431 I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. FILED: January 26, 2012 /s/ Rachel Larson (February 9 & 16, 2012) D3-Guava

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Jay M. Quam Judge of District Court Mark S. Thompson Court Administrator Pro Se (Feb. 16 & 23, 2012) D3-GriffinProbate

City of Bloomington (Official Publication) NOTICE OF SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCES On February 6, 2012, at its regular meeting, the Bloomington City Council enacted a four page ordinance amending Chapter 12 of the Bloomington City Code concerning hearings for potentially dangerous and dangerous animals. The ordinance enacted includes the following: • Creates the right to a hearing when an animal is declared potentially dangerous; • Creates a new process for potentially dangerous and dangerous animal hearings that involves an administrative law judge rather than a mediator; The specific title of the ordinance enacted was: “The Hearing Process for Potentially Dangerous and Dangerous Animals.” The full ordinance is available to the public for inspection at the Bloomington City Clerk’s Office, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, Minnesota 55431, (952) 563-8700, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or e-mailing Passed and adopted this 6th day of February, 2012.

(Official Publication) STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF HENNEPIN FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT DISTRICT COURT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No. 27-PA-PR-12-66 NOTICE AND ORDER OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of Marvin R. Griffin, Decedent It is Ordered and Notice is given that on February 27, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. a hearing will be held in this Court at Hennepin County Government Center, 4th Floor, Courts Tower, Room C457, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the formal probate of an instrument purporting to be the Will of the Decedent, dated Dec. 27, 1993, and for the appointment of Michael Griffin, whose address is 10601 Drew Avenue South, Bloomington, MN as Personal Representative of the Estate of the Decedent in an UNSUPERVISED administration.

/s/ Gene Winstead Mayor

Any objections to the petition must be filed with the Court prior to or raised at the hearing. If proper and if no objections are filed or raised, the Personal Representative will be appointed with full power to administer the Estate including the power to collect all assets, to pay all legal debts, claims, taxes and expenses, to sell real and personal property, and to do all necessary acts for the Estate.

Passed and adopted this 6th day of February, 2012.

Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the Personal Representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred. A charitable beneficiary may request notice of the probate proceedings be given to the Attorney General pursuant to Minn. Stat. 501B.41, subd. 5. BY THE COURT

ATTEST: /s/ Debbie A. Smith Secretary to the Council (Feb. 16, 2012) D3-DangerousAniOrd

City of Bloomington (Official Publication) NOTICE OF SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCES On February 6, 2012, at its regular meeting, the Bloomington City Council enacted an ordinance amending exception to license requirements. The specific title of the ordinance enacted was: “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 14, AS IT RELATES TO THE EXCEPTIONS TO MASSAGE THERAPIST LICENSING”. The full ordinance is available to the public for inspection at the Bloomington City Clerk’s Office, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, Minnesota 55431, (952) 563-8700, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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City of Bloomington

Certificate of Assumed Name

(Official Publication) Applications will be accepted by the City of Bloomington until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012 for the following position:

(Official Publication) Applications will be accepted by the City of Bloomington until 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2012 for the following position:

(Official Publication) MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required for consumer protection in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business.

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY PROSECUTION Starting Salary Range: $62,000 $65,000 per year, D.O.Q., plus excellent benefits Applications may be obtained from the Human Resources Department, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, or by calling (952) 563-8710. Kay E. McAloney Director of Human Resources February 16, 2012 issue of Bloomington Sun-Current

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Starting Salary: $24.10 per hour, plus excellent benefits Applications may be obtained from the Human Resources Department, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, or by calling (952) 563-8710. Kay E. McAloney Director of Human Resources February 16, 2012 issue of Bloomington Sun-Current (Feb. 16, 2012) D3-AdminAssistant

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List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: New American Republican Counsel Principal Place of Business: 9201 East Bloomington Fwy, Bloomington, MN 55420 List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if

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an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address: Daniel M. Severson “Doc”, 9201 East Bloomington Fwy, Bloomington, MN 55420 I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. FILED: February 9, 2012 /s/ Daniel M. Severson (Feb. 16 & 23, 2012) D3-NewAmRepub

City of Bloomington (Official Publication) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Monday, February 27, 2012 7:15 P.M. 2012 COLLECTOR STREET STRIPING RECONFIGURATION PROGRAM Poplar Bridge Road/W 94th Street (Normandale Boulevard to Kingsdale Drive) – 2012 Construction Auto Club Road (Louisiana Avenue to Normandale Boulevard) – 2012 Construction Normandale Boulevard (Auto Club Road to W 110th Street) – 2012 Construction

Striping Reconfiguration Program. Layouts presented at the open house are the same being discussed at the public hearing. A public hearing at the City Council meeting will be held at the above date and location to discuss the proposed changes. Information about the program and proposed changes are available on the City website,, select the “Traffic and Roads” tab at the top and go to “Traffic Management”. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Jarvis, Traffic Management Coordinator, at (952) 563-4548 or (Feb. 16, 2012) D3-StreetStriping

CITY OF BLOOMINGTON City Council Chambers 1800 West Old Shakopee Road The collector streets listed above are being considered for striping reconfigurations as part of the 2012 Collector Street

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(Official Publication) ORDINANCE NO. 2012-4 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 8.86 OF THE CITY CODE AS IT RELATES TO NO PARKING ZONES WITHIN THE CITY The City Council of the City of Bloomington ordains: Section 1: That Section 8.86 of the City Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

(Official Publication) ORDINANCE NO. 2012-5 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 8.86 OF THE CITY CODE AS IT RELATES TO NO PARKING ZONES WITHIN THE CITY The City Council of the City of Bloomington ordains:


Section 1: That Section 8.86 of the City Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

The parking of vehicles upon the following described streets or portions thereof are hereby prohibited during the hours prescribed:



Side of Street

Wentworth Avenue Wentworth Avenue

To 89th Street

Hour Prohibited

The parking of vehicles upon the following described streets or portions thereof are hereby prohibited during the hours prescribed:


From 88th Street

24 Hours


Side of Street


88th Street

North property line of 8811 Wentworth Avenue

24 Hours

East 88th Street 88th Street


Nicollet Avenue

To 18th Avenue

Hour Prohibited



7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

18th Avenue 87th Street


50 feet east of Clinton Avenue 90th Street

24 Hours

South property line of 8811 Wentworth Avenue 89th Street

50 feet west of Clinton Avenue 87th Street 17th Avenue 3rd Avenue

Cedar Avenue

24 Hours

Columbus Avenue

24 Hours

Wentworth Avenue


North property line of 8811 Wentworth Avenue

Wentworth Avenue


South property line of 8811 Wentworth Avenue

24 Hours


Passed and adopted this 6th day of February 2012.

88th Street North Passed and adopted this 6th day of February 2012.

/s/ Gene Winstead Mayor

/s/ Gene Winstead Mayor



/s/ Debbie A. Smith Secretary to the Council

/s/ Debbie A. Smith Secretary to the Council

Approved: /s/ Sandra Johnson City Attorney

Approved: /s/ Sandra Johnson City Attorney (Feb. 16, 2012) D3-Ord2012-4

(Feb. 16, 2012) D3-Ord2012-5

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SPORTS Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Kennedy, ranked fifth among state Class 4A girls basketball teams, will travel to Prior Lake Thursday, Feb. 16, and return home to play Lakeville South Tuesday, Feb. 21. Both games start at 7:15 p.m.


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Jefferson girls skate to playoff win

Eagles are eliminated Eighth-seeded Bloomington Kennedy had the unenviable task of meeting No. 1-seed Edina in the Section 2AA girls hockey quarterfinals Feb. 10 at Braemar Arena. The Eagles were no match for the Hornets, losing 10-0. Edina scored five



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BY GREG KLEVEN – SUN NEWSPAPERS Bloomington Jefferson survived a close call in the Section 2AA girls hockey quarterfinals. The fourth-seeded Jaguars (13-11-2) defeated fifth-seeded Shakopee 3-2 Feb. 10 at Bloomington Ice Garden. Jefferson was scheduled to face topseeded Edina in the semifinals Feb. 14. Winner of that game meets second-seeded Chaska/Chanhassen or third-seeded Eden Prairie in the Section 2AA title game at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at BIG. “We wore Shakopee down with our three lines,” said Jefferson head coach Mark Stephan. “Shakopee’s goalie played well, but we kept executing.” Olivia Spellmire scored the winning goal at 14:54 of the third period with assists from Kelsey Cline and Kylie Earl. Sarah Freschi and Cline also scored for Jefferson. Karma Knutson was credited with an assist. Jaguar goalie Bailey Plaman preserved the win by making 23 saves. Jefferson concluded regular-season play with a 1-1 overtime tie with Rosemount Feb. 4. The Jaguars placed fourth in the South Suburban Conference with an 8-81 record. Lakeville North won the conference title with a 14-2-1 mark. Eagan placed second (13-2-2) and Lakeville South was third (13-3-1). “That was our highest conference finish in many years,” said Stephan. “We moved up from eighth to seventh and now fourth place in the last three seasons.” Cline scored Jefferson’s goal against Rosemount. Erika Beek and Earl picked up assists. Plaman stopped 29 shots.



Jaguars top Shakopee 3-2 in Section 2AA quarterfinals


The University of Wisconsin senior point guard from Bloomington scored 27 points as the Badgers defeated Minnesota 68-61 in overtime during Big Ten Conference men’s basketball action Feb. 9 at Williams Arena. Taylor is a graduate of Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School.

Bobby Fong The St. Olaf College guard from Bloomington scored 27 points to spark his team to an 81-64 victory over Concordia College in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball action last week. Fong is a Bloomington Kennedy graduate.

Jan Ketterson The Jefferson senior Nordic skier qualified for the state meet with a second-place pursuit time of 24 minutes, 24 seconds in the Section 6 meet Feb. 8 at Elm Creek Park.

Gregory Rhodes The Bloomington Nordic skier placed 14th in the men’s 13.5K classic race at the City of Lakes Loppet Feb. 4 at Theodore Wirth Park. His time was 30:47. Jefferson senior captain Kylie Earl attempts a shot during regular-season girls hockey action. Earl provided one assist as the Jaguars defeated Shakopee 3-2 in the Section 2AA quarterfinals Feb. 10 at Bloomington Ice Garden. (Photo by Brian Nelson – Contributing Photographer) times in the first period and twice in the second period. The Hornets added five goals in the third period. Kennedy senior goalie Kathryn McGaffey finished with 54 saves. “Edina is deep, fast and wore us down,” said Kennedy head coach Den Wineberg. “And Edina did a good job of moving the puck.” Kennedy finished 6-18-2 overall record and was 0-9 in conference play. Kennedy lost 7-2 to Apple Valley in the regular-season finale Feb. 4. Britta Mach scored both Kennedy goals. Assists went to Kalli McCullen and Rachel Ganske.

“Our girls worked hard from the start of the season to the finish,” said Wineberg. “We had a better record this season playing a modified schedule. “With a break or two, we could have won about three or four more close games. But we just didn’t score a lot of goals. We have a good crop of forwards returning for next season but must rebuild at defense.” Kennedy will graduate five skaters and one goalie from this year’s team. Departing seniors are Alexandra Cole, Amanda Dusing, Hannah Crook, Kelsey McWilliams, Brianna Mrozek and McGaffey.

Britney Scherber Scherber scored 31 points to lead the Jefferson girls basketball team to a 63-48 victory over Eagan Feb. 6. The win improved Jefferson’s record to 813.

Jon Lindquist Lindquist scored two goals as Jefferson defeated Rosemount 3-2 Feb. 4 in a South Suburban Conference boys hockey game.

Jumah’ri Turner The Kennedy junior guard scored 15 points during a 68-56 South Suburban boys basketball loss to Lakeville North Feb. 6.


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Jaguar swimmers place third at Hibbing Invitational Hynes claims 500-yard freestyle title BY GREG KLEVEN – SUN NEWSPAPERS Bloomington Jefferson’s boys swimming team made a successful trek north to the Hibbing Invitational Feb. 4. The Jaguars placed third in the eightteam meet with 341 points. Grand Rapids finished first with 356 and Simley was second with 351. Jefferson’s Charlie Hynes put on an impressive individual performance. He won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5 minutes, 8.1 seconds. Hynes finished second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.51). Derek Burling was third in the 200 individual medley (2:14.91). Teammate Kieran Anthony finished fourth in that event (2:16.46). Jefferson’s Ben Lundeberg placed third in the 50 freestyle (23.13). He was fifth in the 100 freestyle (51.83). Anthony finished fourth in the 100 butterfly (59.15). Jefferson’s first-place 200 freestyle relay consisted of Lundeberg, Scott Bachmeyer, Calvin Skinner and Hynes. The Jaguars’ time was 1:34.99.

Scherber scoring spree Jefferson senior Britney Scherber continues to show why she is one of the top guards in South Suburban Conference girls basketball. Scherber scored 31 points during a 6348 Jaguar victory over Eagan Feb. 6. She had scoring support from teammates Allison Riermersa (eight points), Elizabeth Wittenborg (seven) and Anne Gathje (six). Scherber came through with another high-scoring effort during a 67-63 win over Prior Lake Feb. 10. She contributed 30 points. Nicci Roedel also scored in double figures with 16 points. Gathje added eight points. Jefferson improved its overall record to 9-13. The Jaguars are 7-7 in league play.

Boys lose twice It was a tough week for Jefferson’s boys basketball team. The Jaguars lost 61-29 to Eagan Feb. 6 as Ryan Gilmer scored 12 points. Prior Lake defeated Jefferson 52-39 Feb. 10. Matt Rosen led the Jaguar offense with 14 points. Jefferson is 5-14 overall and 2-10 in the conference.

Bloomington Jefferson’s Charlie Hynes swims the 500-yard freestyle earlier this season. Hynes won the 500 freestyle and finished second in the 200 freestyle at the Hibbing Invitational Feb. 4. (Photo by Brian Nelson – Contributing Photographer)

Lindquist sparks win Jon Lindquist scored two goals to lead Jefferson to a 3-2 boys hockey victory over Rosemount Feb. 4. Tony Roisum added the other Jaguar goal. Lindquist scored the winning goal at 15:44 of the third period. Goalie Grant Martens made 20 saves. Jefferson tied Eagan 6-6 Feb. 11. Colin Hernon scored four times for the Jaguars, including three in succession as Jefferson rallied from a 6-2 deficit in the third period. Charlie Bach scored in the first period and Lindquist scored the tying goal with 19 seconds left in the third period.. Jefferson goalies Martens and Will Doss combined for 43 saves. Eagan, which already clinched the South Suburban Conference championship, had won its first 14 league games. The Jaguars scored four times in the second period of an 8-2 victory over

Eastview on Feb. 9. Johnny Panvica, Austin Hunt, Zac Beek and Charlie Straus scored for the Jaguars. Jefferson added goals by Panvica, Roisum, Hernon and Tyler Johnson in the third period. Martens stopped 23 shots.

Nordic ski honorees Bloomington Jefferson had several Nordic skiers receive All-South Suburban Conference recognition. Four Jefferson members of the Bloomington boys Nordic ski squad were all-conference selections – Jan Ketterson, Zak Ketterson, Tamer Mische-Richter and Jacob Weber. Jefferson’s Sydney Bramer represented Bloomington’s girls on the all-conference team.

Gymnastics wins Jefferson defeated Eastview and Apple Valley in South Suburban Conference gymnastics competition

Jan. 31. The two victories improved Jefferson’s league record to 5-2. Jefferson scored 132.975 while Eastview finished with a 132.85 total and Apple Valley had 120.475. Jefferson’s Michaela Schmidt had scores of 9.325 on vault, 8.55 on bars and 34.475 in all-around. Christine Koch also turned in several high scores. She scored 9.125 on vault, 8.675 on beam and 8.875 in all-around. Shayna Mellesmoen had 8.575 on vault and 32.625 in all-around. Sarah Pertl scored 8.725 on floor. Jefferson will compete in the Section 2AA gymnastics meet at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Eastview High School. The top four individuals in each event qualify for state along with the championship team. “We hope to qualify a couple of gymnasts for the state meet,” said Bloomington gymnastics coach Leslee Wright.

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No. 5-ranked Kennedy nets two more basketball wins Eagle girls squad improves to 17-4 BY GREG KLEVEN – SUN NEWSPAPERS Kennedy upheld its No. 5 ranking among state Class 4A girls basketball teams with two victories last week. The Eagles, 17-4 overall and 12-2 in the South Suburban Conference, defeated Lakeville North 45-43 Feb. 6. Kennedy and Eastview are tied for first in the South Suburban. Kennedy’s leading scorers against Lakeville North were Tonoia Wade (11 points), Kenisha Bell (nine) and Jasimine

Scott (eight). Kennedy had a much easier time beating Apple Valley 77-56 Feb. 10. Jade Martin provided 25 points for the winners. Wade scored 16 points and Heather Bachman finished with 15. Bell added 11 points.

Eagles skate to win

Basil made 15 saves. Cooper edged Kennedy 2-1 Feb. 9 at New Hope Ice Arena. Peer scored the Eagle goal with assists from Lamere and Brad Hinrichs. Basil stopped 21 shots. St. Louis Park defeated Kennedy 6-1 Jan. 31. Jost scored for the Eagles and Lamere picked up an assist.

Kennedy got goals from four different players in a 4-1 boys hockey victory over Dodge County last week. Michael Jost, Tait Carlson, Andrew Lamere and Jordan Peer scored in the nonconference game Feb. 11 at Dodge County Ice Arena in Kasson. Assists were credited to Henry Roers and David Hinrichs. Eagle goalie Tony

Kennedy lost twice in South Suburban Conference boys basketball action last week. Kennedy lost 83-64 to Apple Valley Feb. 10 despite 21 points from Jumah’ri Turner. C.J. Lewis scored eight points and Rico Gunn chipped in with seven points.

Boys lose twice

Lakeville North defeated Kennedy 6856 Feb. 6. Turner netted 15 points and Darian Pittman had 12. Gunn and Eric Bryan-Jeffries scored nine points apiece.

Gymnastics highlights Two Kennedy gymnasts recorded high scores in South Suburban competition against Eastview and Apple Valley Jan. 31. Alana Currin had scores of 9.175 on vault, 8.05 on bars and 33.6 in all-around. Megan Olson earned scores of 8.2 on vault and 8.95 in floor exercise. Kennedy’s gymnasts will compete in the Section 2AA meet at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Eastview High School.

SHORTS Free sychro swim clinic The Bloomington Aquettes High School team will conduct a free synchronized swimming clinic from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Olson Middle School pool. Clinic participants can learn more

about the Bloomington synchronized swimming program for girls in grades 7-12. Participants should bring a swimsuit and towel. For more information about the clinic, call 651-492-1681 or email

Cassie Anderson update Cassie Anderson started on the Bloomington Jefferson High School girls basketball team for three seasons before moving to Spokane, Wash,, with her family. Anderson is now playing for the Gonzaga High School Bullpups team that


is coached by Mike Arte and former NBA All-Star guard John Stockton. Anderson’s teammates include Stockton’s two daughters, Lindsey and Laura. Anderson signed last week to play basketball at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., next season.



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BYSC KICKERS EAGLES The third grade and older "Eagles" played in the 2011 Summer Kickers program. Pictured with their coach, left to right, front row: Vance Melbostad, Thomas Quiggle, Alison Le. Second row: Bethany Perelman, Erwin Enriquez, Rochelle Olson, Stasia Nelson. Not pictured: Javon Evans-Curry.

BAA Boys Basketball is underway, 5th &6th grade Team Wolverines, left to right; Chris S., Michael W., Terrel B. , Drew K., Austin B., Jeremiah Z., Deshawn S., Isaac C., Coach Dan F.


Since 1954, the Bloomington Athletic Association has been offering sports opportunities to the area’s youth. Currently we have 12 sports programs from pre-k to 12th grade. Please check out all the sports we offer at:

BYSC is accepting registrations for Winter Training, Summer Super Soccer Sundays (Kickers), Junior United and Summer Traveling (United). If you have questions, please contact us at Register at or call us at 952.926.2844.

In the Community, With the Community, For the Community – Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 – Bloomington Sun-Current



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


$40 Package


• 3 line ad • 2 week run • FREE Garage Sale Kit* • Metro Wide Coverage – 318,554 homes

952-941-5431 10917 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Attn: Classified

$44 • 3 lines, 4 weeks, All zones • Additional lines: $7.00 • Merchandise $151.00 or more

price must be in ad, you must call every fourth week to renew. Private party ads only. • Includes website • Maximum of 13 weeks

FREE CLASSIFIEDS: One Item for Sale, $100 or Less. Mail or FAX in only Tues. - Thurs. Friday, Monday, and Call-ins: $7.00 per ad, 1 week, 1 zone

Health & Healing

Please Call Attorney Charles Johnson

1-800-535-5727 Social Clubs & Events

Bloomington Eagles #3208 Rooms available For Meetings, Parties, Banquets. We also invite non-profit groups to use our meeting rooms free of charge. Now offering internet access. Please call 952-854-3044


Accountants & Tax Svcs

Debbie Yerys Individ & Small Business

30 Yrs Exp. Enrolled Agent Free E Filing 612-272-3434

Building & Remodeling

* HOME REMODELING * Specializing in Bathrooms Quality Work w/ Reasonable Rates. 20+ yrs Owner on the Job Site! Rob 612-578-4897 952-238-9500 TLC TAX 494 & 35W 952-948-1105



Affordable Basement Finishing by Two Teacher Construct Inc. Professionals you can trust to design & finish your basement. BBB


Baths/Kitchs/Bsmts crptry, cer tile, walls Lic 4614 I do My own work 612-968-2311

WORK GUARANTEED • Window & Door $27,800 Replacement 16’x16’ room • Additions • Roofs addition • Basements Call for details • Garages 28 yrs. exp. • Decks • Siding Insurance Claims

952-894-6226 / 612-239-3181

FREE ESTIMATES Insured, Bonded & Licensed No. 20011251

* WANTED * US Coins, Currency Proofs, Mint Sets, Collections, Gold, Estates & Jewelry Will Travel. 27 yrs exp Cash! Dick 612-986-2566

Twin Cities TV's #1 Gold Buyer. TOP CASH PAID (not a check, but CASH) for Gold, Silver, Diamonds, Coins, Sterling Flatware, etc. We make House calls and Bank calls. Ref's avail. Same day service. Over 34 yrs in biz. Lic/Bonded buyer. Call for free advice.

Mark 612-802-9686

Building & Remodeling


0%Hassles 100%Satisfaction All Carpet & Vinyl Services Restretch Repair Replace


Cabinetry & Counters

Cement, Masonry, Waterproofing

The The Original Original

Drexler Cabinets


Carpet Repairs - Restretch Origina The Sales - Installs - 30 Origina yrs exp The Carpet Doctor of MN The 763-463-9525 Origina


Carpet Cleaning


LiveClean Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning 952-388-6300

Cement, Masonry, Waterproofing

Tuckpointing/Brick Rpr Free Est. Insured Tim Arlt.... 952-937-6961

Building & Remodeling


Building & Remodeling

Since 1949 The Origina


Cement, Masonry, Waterproofing

• •

We Specialize In:

• LICENSED Driveways • Buckling Walls (MN • Garage Slabs • Foundation Repair • Walks • Aprons • Retaining Walls • Steps • Patios • Drain Tile LICENSED


(MN# 20215366) •


Family Owned 612-824-2769 952-929-3224 Family Owned & Operated

Free Estimates


Call today for your FREE Inspection!

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Tear-out -ReplacementsRetain walls- Steps-Walks, Drives- Drain tile- Bsmnt floors - Stamped & Colored  763-229-4508 Joe 612-245-4439 (Hopkins)

• Replacement Windows • Glass Block Windows


Steps, Walks, Drives, Patios Chimney Repair. No job to Sm. Lic/Bond/Ins

John 952-882-0775 CAPSTONE BROS. Frank Gardner Construction • Lic. #20632396

• Roofing • Siding •INC Windows CONTRACTING,

Cement, Masonry, Waterproofing

Free Est. & Insured:

We Work Year Round!




Affordable Concrete & Chimney Work



3900-3990 4000-4600 9000-9450 5000-6500 7000-8499 9500-9900

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.

QUALITY SERVICE • Since • 1949

Carpet Installation Repair & Restretch West Metro 952-446-1963

Custom Cabinet Making Laminate Counter Tops The 952-881-5331


Carpet & Vinyl







Business Services Building & Remodeling

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


Stauber & Associates PA

Professional Services Selling or Buying Gold & Silver


1000-1090 1500-1590 2000-2700 2700-2760 3700-3840


One ad per customer per week. Additional zones are $7.00. Three line maximum. Price must be in ad.

between 2001 and the present and developed blood clots, suffered a stroke, heart attack or required gall bladder removal you may be entitled to compensation.



• 3 lines, Runs for 13 weeks, choose 2 zones • Additional lines: $7.00 • For one item priced under $2500,

10917 Valley View Road 952-392-6888




• 3 lines, 4 weeks, All zones • Additional lines: $7.00 • Private party only



• Announcements • Professional Services • Business Services • Education • Merchandise & Leisure Time • Animals • Family Care • Employment • Rentals • Real Estate • Automotive



Additional Lines $10.00 Ads will also appear on each Wednesday by 9:00 a.m.




• 3 line ad • 2 week run • FREE Garage Sale Kit* • Metro Wide Coverage – 318,554 homes • Rain Insurance – we will re-run your ad up to two weeks FREE if your sale is rained out.

*Garage Sale Kits can be picked up at the Eden Prairie office.

IN PERSON: Visit the Eden Prairie office to place your Classified ad, make a payment, or pick up your Garage Sale Kit.









Decks 3 & 4 Season Porches

Pool/Hot Tub Surrounds

Specializing in: CT CONSTRUCTION Custom Build & Remodel

Design, Create, Inspire.

612-327-7843 License #20588723

• Residential Remodeling • Additions • Kitchens • Bathrooms • Basements • Since 1996

Jon Dimich Deck Creations

612-418-3677 Lic 20490464



Alliance Drywall

(952) 431- 9970

30 yrs exp. Ins. Edina. Check my lower prices. Rock, text., tape & skim-coat. Free est.

Dan 651-235-7997



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Ceiling & Plaster Repair Free Ests Owner/Operator Reiman Int. 612-598-6381 PINNACLE DRYWALL *Hang *Tape *Texture*Sand Quality Guar. Ins. 612-644-1879


Electric Repairs

612-501-1093 WHY PAY MORE? Call Signature Electric



#1 All Area Hauling Lg/Sm I haul all rubbish Move, Sr. Disc 612-532-1162 **First

612-598-2276 Rubbish Removal/Clean-Up Containers for Rent 5-18cu/yds Since 1979 952-894-7470

0 Risk! Lic/Bond/Ins.

0 Stress! 110% Satisfaction!

763-537-4731 Schoo Electric Small Jobs – Service Changes Prompt Service & Free Ests. Licensed – Bonded – Insured

JNH Electric 612-743-7922

Bonded Insured Free Ests Resid, Comm & Service. Old/New Const, Remodels Serv Upgrades. Lic#CA06197 Lew Electric: Resid & Comm. Service, Service Upgrades, Remodels. Old or New Constr. Free Ests. Bonded/Insured Lic#CA05011 612-801-5364

TEAM ELECTRIC Lic/ins/bonded Res/Com All Jobs...All Sizes Free Est 952-758-7585 10% Off w/ad


Flooring & Tile

#1 in Hardwood Refinishing



Schultz'e Contracting Inc

Lower Level Remodels Wall/Ceiling Repair/Texture Tile, Carpentry, Carpet, Paint. #BC538329

MDH Lead Supervisor

Dale 952-941-8896 office 612-554-2112 cell “Soon To Be Your Favorite Contractor!”

952-451-3792 R.A.M. CONSTRUCTION Any & All Home Repairs

Concrete Dumpster Service Carpentry Baths & Tile Fencing Windows Gutters Water/Fire Damage Doors Lic•Bond•Ins Visa Accepted

Regrout, Tile, Painting, Etc. We Do it All • Lowest Rates


20+ Years In Tiling Free Estimates/Low Prices Excellent References


We offer professional services for your wood floors! Installs/Repair Sand/Refinish Free Ests Ins'd Mbr: BBB Professional w/10 yrs exp.

952-292-2349 SANDING – REFINISHING Roy's Sanding Service Since 1951 CALL 952-888-9070

Tile, Glass Block, Masonry/ Concrete, Misc. Home Remedy. 30yrs. Exp “No Job Too Small”

swisstoneconstruction Steve 612-532-3978 Ins'd

KITCHEN RENAISSANCE Refacing, new cabs/counters

25+ Yrs Exp. Owner/Oper Mbr:BBB 763-586-0701

R&J Construction

• Decks • Basements • Kitchen/Bath Remod • Roofing & Siding • All Types of Tile Free Quotes & Ideas


Furniture Repair

REPAIRS DONE IN HOME 35 Yrs Exp. Wood, Upholstery& Recliner. 10Yr guar. on re-gluing Free Est. Pick up & Delivery Mitchell 952-935-3349


Garage Door

Fences, decks, gutters, ceiling/drywall, paint. Leaks & squeaks and much, much more!

You name it we can do it!


Call Ray 952-484-3337

Reasonably Priced! Carpentry, Paint & Remodel Exp'd/Lic/Ins 612-590-1887

LOOK for a new pet



*A and K PAINTING* Int./Ext Painting/Staining & texturing. Free Est. 952-474-6258 Ins/Bond Major Credit Cards Accepted 3 Interior Rooms/$250 Wallpaper Removal. Drywall Repair. Cabinet Enameling and Staining. 30 yrs exp. Steve 763-545-0506


Quality Residential Painting & Drywall Ceiling & Wall Textures



*10% off 1 st Cleaning* BEST CLEANING WE CLEAN YOU GLEAM Prof House & Office Cleaner High Quality, Comm/Res Ref/Ins/Bond. Call Lola 612-644-8432 or 763-416-4611 HOME SPARKLERS ReliableFussyReasonable 20+ yrs, Ref/Ins 612-869-3661


Insulation & Weatherproofing

763-477-2612 ( 30 YRS) Old Home Specialists –Walls/ Attics/Venting/Spray Foam


Moving, Storage & Shipping


A German Craftsman

 Paint, Plaster, papering   30yrs quality work, Ref's   Seasonal Rates. Reliable  Est. Int/Ext 952-484-4867  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 DAVE'S Painting Int/Ext 3 Rooms $175. Paper rem Enamel Refs avail. 952-201-1577

Int/Ext Painting Wallpaper removal. 3 rms $250. Jim: 651-698-0840 St. Christoper Decorating Old World Craftsmanship/24 Yrs

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

952-451-7151 Ins/Bonded



A Local Mover

Robinson Moving Household & Office Movers Reasonable Rates ICC 52334 35Yrs Exp Sr. Disc Call 763-566-8955



Roofs, Siding, & Gutters


763-792-2999 Geno's Sewer & Drain


Special $89/with ad!

Two Teacher Construction Re-roofing-Tearoffs. Large crew done in a day! Immaculate clean-ups Ins Lic # BC 073200 Ref's


*A One Man Company* 30 yrs exp. Call Steve 612-788-5558 Lic#4040 A RENEW PLUMBING •Drain Cleaning •Repairs •Remodeling •Lic# 004914PM Bond/Ins 952-884-9495

An Honest Plumber Ins/Bond Lic. #57327-MR Dan 952-465-2926

Master Plumber. Semi retired. Bath remodeler, tile, piping, misc. Lic. #058689PM 651-983-6300 Credit cards accepted.




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

Roofs, Siding, & Gutters

** BLOMQUIST ** EXTERIORS Siding- Roofs-Soffit-FasciaGutters- Lic#20172580


A Family Operated Bus.

Snow Removal



Re-roofs Tear-offs BBB Free Est. MC/Visa No Subcontractors Used. Lic/Ins. 952-891-8586 Re-Roofing & Roof Repairs – Snow & Ice Removal - 30 Yrs Exp Insured - Lic#20126880 John Haley #1 Roofer, LLC. Call 952-925-6156

Forget The Rest Call The Best!! Full Tree & Landscape Services. Serving The Entire Metro Area. 763-954-1063 BBB Accredited Business

A Good Job!!


Immaculate Clean-up! Tree Removal/Trimming Lot Clearing & Stump Removal Free Estimates 952-440-6104

Interior/Exterior Painting by the Pros Bonded & Insured Free Est. • Senior Discounts

Upholstery & Accessories European trained upholster. Teresa 952-393-4610

952-392-6888 Tree Service


in Sun Classifieds

Repair /Replace /Reasonable Lifetime Warranty on All Spring Changes


612.839.2239 • 612.866.0949

Glen Haven: 2 plots, 2 vaults w/companion headstone. Value $8,990. Asking $4,500/BO. 218-828-3608 Grandview Park Cemetery, Hopkins, MN. 2 side by side plots, $950 ea. 602-861-8082


Tree Service

20% Winter Tree Removal, Tree Trimming Discount High Risk Climbing, Stump Grinding and Storm Clean Up the time NOW is Oaks & to trimlms E

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


(952) 881-2122 • (612) 599-6385

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

(763) 550-0043 (952) 476-7601 (651) 221-2600 3500 Vicksburg Lane Suite 400-351 P l y m o u t h , M N 5 5 4 4 7 Lic # 6793





Senior Discounts

Great Service Affordable Prices 2490


Lic. #BC626700


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

Ideal Tree Service

Credit Cards Accepted


Dawn Valley Memorial Park: 1 Cemetery lot $1,500 + transfer fee. 952-941-1795

Affordable Custom Uphols Upholstery – Slipcovers Visa/MC Jan 612-824-7376


Cemetery Lots

Dawn Valley Cemetery 2 plots asking $1,750 each or best offer. 312-927-2060

Upholstery & Slipcovers



Burial Plot, Glen Haven Memorial Masonic Garden 2 plots avl. Valued $5200. $2000 for both. 651-331-1670

15 yrs exp.


A Fresh Look, Inc.


Thomas Tree Service

Oak, Birch, Ash, Maple Dry Firewood

35yrs Exp. 612-875-2230

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


952-883-0671 Tree Removal BBB Accredited Silver Fox Services

Any & All Home Repairs




Roofs, Siding, & Gutters


Window Cleaning

Fully Licensed & Insured “We take pride in our work”

Work Guar/Refs/Ins/Free Ests


Allen's Perfect Painting Ceiling & Drywall Repair BBB Member. Call anytime. Lic/Ins. Free Est. 612-388-2884


Sell your items in Sun Classifieds 15% Winter Discount

Window Cleaning


Turn your unneeded items in to

Tree Service



Will Beat Anybody's Price!



Ext/Int Painting Reasonable Rates FREE Est. EARL 952-944-7983

Tree Service


PRO PAPER HANGING Removal, Paint/Plaster

20 years exp. Degreed Shop Teacher Interior Specials including ceilings, walls, paneling, windows, fine enameling, Kitchen cupboards and basement floors. Wall and wood repair. Fully insured.



H20 Damage – Plaster Repair

Multi-Year Service Award Winner

MN Lic BC20122701

Tile Drywall Trim Cabinets Doors Windows Baths Flooring Randy 612-281-8930


Escobar Hardwood Floors & Ceramic Tile Work, llc

Home Repair: Interior & Exterior

952-994-4303 George Elite Repair & Tile

Carpentry, Remodeling, Repair & Painting Services. I love to do it all! 612-220-1565

Above All Hardwood Floors Installation•Sanding•Finishing “We Now Install Carpet, Tile & Vinyl.” Call 952-440-WOOD (9663)

LetUs Be Your Handyman!

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

A+ Angie's List 952-474-4355

Call 952-451-1037


Impressions **


Family Owned & Operated 612-296-6000 Sr. Disc


“You Point & It Disappears” A Moving & Hauling Service

Service Upgrades, Misc Wiring, Remodeling & More! Owner/Oper Lic/Bonded/Ins

Best Bids, Quality & Service for Over 20 Years!


In the Community, With the Community, For the Community

BOB’s 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!


Sun Classifieds Work! Call

952 – 392 – 6888 to place your ad.

In the Community, With the Community, For the Community


Collectibles & Art

Chocolatier Magazines 1st thru 12/05 issues (118 issues) $175/BO. 952-938-2468




Senior Rentals

South Mpls: New opportunity to rent a 1BR apartment in an established 55+ building. Convenient 3 Year dry Oak mix, location. Call 612-721-5077 4x8x16 $119 or 2 for $219. Stored indoors. Free delivery & stacked 612-845-0957


Fireplace & Firewood

Talheim in Chaska



Authentic, lovely, Amish Oak Rolltop Desk, 25x57x54 $2,350 Must see! 612-750-0499

NEW 8 pc. Custom Rattan Furniture Set, val. $5,000; asking $1,200. 612-437-5900 Pine Log Handmade Twin Loft Bed $500or OBO 763559-9344. SOFA: Henredon 3 pc sectional. $500/OBO. 952-881-1381


Misc. Wanted

WANTED Old stereo equip., need not work. Andy 651-329-0515 Buying Old Trains & Toys – Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 – Bloomington Sun-Current


Houses For Rent

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


Rooms For Rent

Move In Special Incl. all utils, phone, cable & Internet. Weekly pay option.

Call for details: Michael (763) 227-1567

Apartments & Now accepting 6400 Condos For Rent applications for Bloomington: 2BR, 1BA, W/D, Excellent Location, the 1BR waiting $850/mo 952-944-5532 list for Senior 62 7000 Real Estate years & older. 8100 Manufactured Homes

952-361-0310 EHO

This space could be yours

952-392-6888 9100

Help Wanted/ Full Time

2008 Mobile Home for Rent with option to Buy 3BR, 1BA, $800/mo Krestwood Mobile Village 10225 Lyndale Ave S. Bloomington. Call Carol 952-807-5331


Help Wanted/ Full Time




Musical Instuments

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


Snowblowers & Equipment

Yard King 8/27 snowblower, Elec. Start, low usage, $550. Call 763-493-3356



Garage Sales this week Lakeville

ESTATE SALE: Sat 2/18 (8-3) Vintage jewelry, furn, antiques, knick knacks, clothes. 16902 Javelin Ave



HOT TUB - good condition, 5 person, 2 pump. $980. Call 952-431-6944


Fitness Equipment

HUGE selection-refurbished ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, weights & more. 30 day $$$ back satisfaction guarantee. 90 day parts warr. Preview used-fitness-equipment. Try before you buy at our St. Louis Park warehouse.

CPAP Set-Up Technician Seeking applicants for an experienced and motivated CPAP Set-up Technician. Corner Medical currently has 6 locations and is looking to fill this full-time position in our Apple Valley Branch. Applicant must be motivated and capable of multi-tasking and working in a fast-paced environment. Applicant must have a minimum of 2 years CPAP set-up experience and preferably healthcare credentials. If interested, please call 952-388-0500 or go to and click the contact us page.

Corner 5100

Senior Rentals

Medical 5100


Call 952-947-0908 P3-Established for over 25 years! Total Gym XL: Exc Cond!

w/accessories, incl videos. $699/cash. 952-474-4391


Sporting Goods & Misc

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

Senior Rentals



Employment Health Care

RN-Triage Ped's Clinic PT 5-9pm two shifts/wk + rotate Sat Ams. Phone: 952-278-6950 Fax: 952-278-6947


Help Wanted/ Full Time

$ Dollars for Driving $ Better than Volunteering Mature drivers earn up to $400+ per week driving passengers to medical appointments in our minivans. Call our confidential info line 24/7



Help Wanted/ Full Time

EXPERINCED TOW DRIVERS! FT/PT. 612-919-4071 ALT. # 952-949-2900

Community Editors Sun Media is recruiting for FT Community Editors. Our editors write, photograph & maintain close relationships with the communities they serve. A successful candidate must be able to write a feature one moment & effective local government coverage the next & take quality photos to accompany both. Editors also produce online content. Knowledge of AP Style required. Layout experience in either QuarkXPress or Adobe InDesign is preferred, but a desire to learn & implement layout & design skills is required. We offer the opportunity to get a start in journalism or a spot to grow your already started career. Benefits include a 401(k) plan, health, dental, life ins & pd vacation. If you feel like you're up to the challenge, send a cover letter, resume & 3-5 examples of your best work to: Sun Media is a division of ECM Publishing.

Senior Rentals


Senior Rentals


rents based on income for qualified adults 62 years of age and better „Controlled access entry „Elevator „Laundry facility on site „Community room with kitchen „Great location, close to bus line, medical and shopping „Computer lab


Help Wanted/ Full Time


Help Wanted/ Full Time


Help Wanted/ Full Time

A New Career We're looking for motivated individuals to join Minnesota's #1 real estate team. We'll provide the training and resources. You bring the desire for personal and financial growth. Together we'll build your real estate career. Call Irene Levy at 952-949-4759 or email:




952-831-3372 „

¡ÚNESE A NUESTRO EQUIPO! Digi-Key Corporation is a rapidlygrowing global distributor of electronic components located in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Along with world-class career opportunities, our employees receive an outstanding benefits program, a comfortable, stable, friendly work environment, and the added benefits of living in a smaller community. Share in our success and make Digi-Key part of your future!

Bilingual Sales & Customer Service Correspondent - Spanish Position Overview: Process fax, email, and Internet orders, as well as respond to inbound phone calls in Spanish and English. Interact with other internal departments on behalf of the customer to provide superior customer service to our Spanish-speaking customer base. Responsibilities: t Respond to inbound telephone calls in English and Spanish t Provide information in response to customer inquiries t Enter customer orders using the English language t Other duties as assigned or required Requirements: t Fluent in English and Spanish (written and spoken) t High school diploma or equivalent t Excellent communication skills t Good voice quality and tone t Positive attitude t Computer experience - i.e. Microsoft Excel and Word Come join our Sales team, where you can find a challenging, rewarding career and help Digi-Key remain a leader in customer service.

To learn more or apply online, visit

DIGIKEY.COM/CAREERS Digi-Key is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.



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Help Wanted/ Full Time

Apprentice Landscape Foreman Established west metro co seeks self-motivated precision-oriented individual to train in hardscapes. 1-3 yrs landscape exp. Knowledge of power tools & bobcat skills essential. Are you motivated to lead crews & jobs? Call Greg: 763-478-2752


Help Wanted/ Full Time

DunX Delivery, a division of Dunham Express, is seeking Independent Contractor Drivers for its St. Paul, MN location. As owner of your business, you will share in both the challenges and rewards of serving our customer's needs. You will be directly rewarded for your efforts. The more you work, the more you make. You will be ensured steady work & stable customer stream. Your vehicle should be 7 years or newer & we strongly suggest a 12 ft Mini cube or extended Sprinter. Great customer service skills & a business aptitude are a must. Potential annual income before expenses & taxes is between $60,000-$68,000 dependent upon contracted route. Dunham Express has set the industry standard since 1951 for ontime, professional delivery service to businesses in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and the U.P. of Michigan. Call 651-256-0070 to learn more about this fantastic business opportunity.

795 Vandalia St St. Paul, MN

Child Care Providers Advertise your openings in Sun•Classifieds


Help Wanted/ Part Time


Marketing Assistant

My Brothers' Keeper Progressive environmen- needs PCAs Richfield, Mpls and Burnsville area. tal firm has an opening at our St. Louis Park Corpo- Pay rate $9.75/hr. Variety rate office to support the of hours available. Please dept in administrative, call for more information marketing, advertising Jackie (952) 496-0157 and business development PT Accounts duties.


Junkers & Repairable Wanted

$$200 + UP$ JUNK& REPAIRABLE Cars/Truck JACK'S AUTO 612-919-2707 OR 763-533-7122

Receivable Clerk

Req: Bachelors degree in busines or marketing and Open House Wednes- 2 years exp. in a support day 9am - 11am for the role in a corporate envifollowing positions: Fork- ronment. Exc computer skills, Word, Excel,Powerlift/ Warehouse/Machine Operators/Printing/Office point, Access. Screening: Admin/Shipping & Re- Pre-Emp Drug test. We ofceiving. Call for more info fer full benefits pkg and are located on major bus 952-924-9000 line.

Independent Contractor Drivers


In the Community, With the Community, For the Community

To express interest: submit your resume and salary requirements (a must) to: ARCA, Inc. Human Resources 7400 Excelsior Blvd St. Louis Park, MN 554264517 Fax (952) 930-1802 EEO Employer M/F/D/V We are an e-verify employer

Eden Prairie manufactur- Runners & Non Runners 612-810-7606 ing company has an immediate opening for a part Licensed/Bonded/Insured time Accounts Receivable Clerk. Some office experience required. 10-key $$$ Junk Cars & Trucks skills and working knowl- Call us 1st or Call us Last, but Call US! 612-414-4924 edge of Excel preferred. Please submit resume to: Douglas Corporation Attn: Steve Montbriand 9650 Valley View Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 steven.montbriand@


Seasonal Hiring

Snow Plow Operators

Prescription Landscape is seeking operators for plow trucks and/or Bobcat loaders. Duties include competent operation of CHECK THIS OUT! snowplow equipment, Lead generator, Costco snowblowers, and other equipment associated Eden Prairie & St Louis Park, Are you friendly, with snow and ice manoutgoing, like to chat? I agement, up to and includhave the job for you! Make ing manual labor, snow the hours fit your life as shoveling, lifting up to 45 they are flexible. Hourly lbs, and other duties as aspay, plus commissions. No signed. Must have a valid experience needed, we driver's license and clean train. Call for more info, driving record. We have 2 locations to work from - St ask for Cheri. 763-535-2000 Paul or Crystal. This is a seasonal position with opportunity for year-round employment. We are a drug and alcohol free work environment. To submit an applicaJob Fair!!! tion/resume visit our website at Wanted Retail "Kleeners", Part time AM/PM posifax 651-488-9195, or tions available $8.50/hr email sueleatherman Mon-Fri w/ rotating week- For ends & holidays. Join us more information call on: Sue at 651-379-4713.


Help Wanted/ Part Time

Tuesday, February 22nd from 1:30PM - 3:30PM At the Dakota County Workforce Center 2900 Country Rd. 42 W Suite 140 Burnsville, MN 55337 Must have the ability to read, write, and communicate in English. Expect to complete an application & interview. Employment contingent on drug screen & background check results Questions - call Shannon @ 651-454-1014 Log onto to learn more about us

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