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The Belle Plaine Friends of the Library Board plans to eventually demolish the city-owned building at left, currently rented for use by Front Porch Photography, and construct an addition to the library building.
Belle Plaine Friends of Library Proposing to Expand Facility The BPHS robotics team and its robot -- No. 4663 -- is ready for the regional competition tomorrow, Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota. On its pyramid, the team includes (from left) Alex Casebier, Thea Iverson, Ben Preusser, Patrick Schaefer, (not pictured) Keegan Titus and Nicole Eisenschenk. The team is led by (below, from left) advisors Jeff Heine and Kyle Iverson.
B.P. Robotics Team Has Lofty Goals for First Competition
‘Cyber-Tigers’ Will Enjoy First Regional This Week at ‘U’
A year ago, the idea of a robotics team at Belle Plaine Junior-Senior High School was something few were certain would become reality. Today, the team’s entry in the regional competition is packed and ready to go. The Minnesota North Star Regional competition begins tomorrow (March 28) and runs through Saturday (March 30) at Williams Arena and Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. Belle Plaine – known as the Cyber Tigers -- will compete at Mariucci Arena. The pits and machine shop open each day at 8 a.m. A practice round will be tomorrow morning, 10 a.m. to noon, and again at 1 to 4:30 p.m. Qualiﬁcation matches are Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5:45 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The ﬁnal round of
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by Dan Ruud The Belle Plaine Friends of the Library Board is proposing to construct an addition to the public library downtown that would increase the size of the facility by one-third to onehalf. According to Joey Behnke, CEO of the Friends of the Library Charitable Gambling Committee, the project could be done with very minimal costs to the city. Behnke said he is conﬁdent the project, estimated at over $300,000, could be funded almost entirely through
charitable gambling funds and a county or state grant. The Friends of the Library presently has charitable gambling sites at the Red Door Bar, Sparetime Tavern and Borough Bowl. “We have enough money stashed away to get this started, and with future charitable gambling proceeds, this shouldn’t cost the city,” Behnke said. Laurie Behnke, treasurer of the Friends of the Library Board, and Tami Almlie, charitable gambling manager, both agreed that the cost to the city would
be minimal. The city is responsible for the public library building and its maintenance, while Scott County pays for all stafﬁng and material costs, the latter of which includes books, computers and furniture, etc. The expansion would occur at the present site of Front Porch Photography (123 West Main Street), which has been operated by Toni Fogarty for a number of years. She rents the facil-
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Mayor Pingalore is New Manager of Valley View Golf Course/Restaurant by Dan Ruud Belle Plaine Mayor Mike Pingalore is the new General Manager of Valley View Golf Course and Eagle Ridge Restaurant/Lounge in Belle Plaine. His ﬁrst day on the job was March 18. Pingalore replaced Matt Hauge, who resigned recently to accept a similar job with the Waseca Lakeside Golf Club. Hauge had worked at Valley View for about seven years. Pingalore, 39, became mayor of Belle Plaine this past January after defeating incumbent Tim Lies in the November General Election. He has lived in Belle Plaine for about 10 years.
Pingalore, who has also worked for Taylor Corporation in sales and marketing, said he is in the process of transitioning from that job to his new one at Valley View. Pingalore spent a number of years living in Florida before moving to Belle Plaine. He attended Jacksonville (Florida)
University on a golf scholarship from 1992 to 1996, graduating with a degree in business communications. He eventually operated his own business in Orlando as a manufacturers’ representative for golf products. He currently runs his own small business called BrokenTee Custom Golf, a mobile golf club repair service. Pingalore and his wife, Tina, met at a PGA Golf Show in Orlando in 1998. They have three children – Jake, 11, Ella, 9, and Grace, 3. Pingalore is
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Before a home basketball game last month against Jordan, BPHS’s robot made its public debut presenting the referee with the game ball.
What to Do With County Jails and Not Enough Prisoners? Scott-Carver Counties to Study Sharing of Jail Space Hoping to bridge the gap between the number of available beds and bed space in use in the Scott and Carver county jails and the cost to operate the two facilities, county sheriffs and commissioners are beginning to look into the possibility of sharing space and possibly services.
Last week, Scott and Carver County commissioners met in a workshop to begin what could be a lengthy study and series of talks on the potential of sharing services in the name of maximizing the efﬁciency of operating the two jails.
Plenty of Vacancies
The Scott County Jail in Shakopee was built for $32 million in 2005. It includes sheriff’s ofﬁces, a 9-1-1 dispatch center, conference and training space. It has 264 beds and space to expand to 450 beds. But that expansion would eliminate ofﬁce space. Its average daily population the past four years has been 116 or about 44 percent of its existing capacity.
The Carver County Jail in Chaska was built in 1994 and has 117 beds. Its average daily population the past four years is 78, or 67 percent of capacity. The two counties built their jails hoping to bring in additional revenue by housing other counties’ inmates, state and federal prisoners as well as their own inmates and pre-trial offenders when space permits. Carver County has a beneﬁcial contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It provides the lion’s Workers were moving large coolers into the former Duets building downtown on Tuesday. Inshare of Carver County’s $1.1 side was Linda Heng, who with her husband Tim recently purchased the building from Rick million in annual revenue. Scott and Mary Krant. The Hengs, who also operate Broadway Market in Jordan, plan to call their County has eight to 10 Bureau Belle Plaine business Main Street Donut and Deli, which will include breakfast pastries, sandwiches, hamburgers, soups and more. Linda Heng said plans are to open the business soon Jails after all the necessary procedures are completed, including the upcoming inspection. More on (continued on page 8) Main Street Donut and Deli will appear in an upcoming addition of the Herald.
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013
An Honored Guest
Trinity Top Spellers
Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis recently visited Belle Plaine and Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church and School. He visited with participants in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults class Thursday evening (March 21), said Mass Friday morning (March 22), visited with students in OLPâ€™s classrooms and enjoyed lunch before heading back to St. Paul. He is pictured after Mass with altar servers (from left) Natalie Covington, Tory Pumper and Connor Mulroy.
Trinity Lutheran School held a spelling bee Friday afternoon. Contestants were divided by grade groups. The top three finishers in each grade groups were honored. Pictured above are (back row, third-place, from left) Jakin Anderson, Ava Lyons, Elisabeth Fritze, (middle row, second place, from left) Haleigh Weiers, Sydney Fors and Seth Rucks (not pictured). The first place spellers (front row, from left) include Maddy Fors, Jimmy Meyer and Brenna Krommendyk.
Kline Honors B.P. Food Shelf Volunteers Honored at State Ava Remus (center), a third-grader at Oak Crest Elementary School, and Addisyn Giles (left), a kindergartner at Our Lady of the Prairie, recently earned state honors for their entries in the annual Belle Plaine Fire Departmentâ€™s Ladiesâ€™ Auxiliary Fire Prevention Poster Contest held each fall. The contest is held in collaboration with the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association. Pictured with Belle Plaine Fire Chief Todd Otto, the two artists were lauded for their posters following the theme, â€œHave Two Ways Out.â€? Remus, the daughter of Nikki and Jake Remus, won second-place state honors and a $50 prize. Giles, the daughter of Michelle and Dallas Giles, won an honorable mention at the state level and a $10 prize.
Noteables Preparing for Concert April 21
Members of the Noteables are rehearsing for their upcoming concert, â€œAn Afternoon at the Movies.â€? Formed in 2006, the Notables include 60 singers from Belle Plaine, Le Sueur, Henderson, Le Center, Edina and St. Peter. Gordon Gregersen, former Le Sueur-Henderson High School vocal music teacher, directs the group. The concert is set for April 21, 4 p.m., at Le Sueur-Henderson High School/Middle School Auditorium. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
The program will feature songs from Broadway-turned-movie hits like â€œSinginâ€™ in the Rainâ€? and â€œPhantom of the Opera.â€? The concert will also include nostalgia tunes like â€œSummertime,â€? the Gershwin favorite, â€œAs Time Goes Byâ€? from the film, â€œCasablanca.â€? The Notables will also perform the popular tune, â€œPink Pantherâ€? and â€œDancing Queenâ€? from the Movie, â€œMamma Mia.â€? Refreshments will be served after the concert.
U.S. Rep. John Kline recently presented Belle Plaine Food Shelf volunteers his â€œStar of the Northâ€? award during a ceremony March 11 in Lakeville. The group includes (back row, from left) Pat Ollhoff, Rep. Kline, Tom Bartholomew, Tim Lies, (front row, from left) Betsy Ollhoff, Linda Fahey, Joe Fahey Jr., Helen Lehtinen, Doris Bartholomew, and Walt Lehtinen. â€œWe are blessed in Minnesota to be surrounded by so many selfless individuals who are willing to step up to address the needs they see in our communities and beyond,â€? Kline said. His district includes Belle Plaine and Scott County. â€œThese â€˜Stars of the Northâ€™ have given far more than they have received â€“ volunteering, offering a helping hand, reaching out to a neighbor to ask, â€˜What can I do for you?â€™ â€? Volunteers at the Belle Plaine Food Shelf helped pack and distribute between 20-25 boxes of food, including a 12-pound turkey for Thanksgiving Day meals. The food shelf also distributes food for holiday meals during Christmas and Easter.
Veterans Scholarships Minnesota veterans may be eligible to receive scholarships from the VFW Department of Minnesota Scholarship Program. For rules and an application, call Connie Zurn of the Belle Plaine Ladies Auxiliary 6202 at 952-873-2342. The deadline to apply is April 1.
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Joe Thill of Jordan quickly identified last weekâ€™s mystery photo as the silo at the Belle Plaine Commission Company on a vent at the cityâ€™s water treatment facility on East Commerce Drive. Another mystery photo will appear in next weekâ€™s Herald.
WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2013
Loretta A. W. Hauer
Loretta Anna Wilhelmina Hauer, 92, of Belle Plaine passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Kingsway Retirement Village in Belle Plaine. Funeral Service was at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine. Visitation was from 9-10 a.m. at church on Saturday. Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery in Belle Plaine. She was born on September 1, 1920 in Blakeley Township to Emil and Marie Mueller. Loretta married Ewald Friedrich Hauer in 1938 in Belle Plaine. They were happily married for 70 years. Loretta worked as a dietician specialist at The Lutheran Home for 20 years. Ewald passed away in January 2008. Loretta is survived by daughter, Charlotte (Gary) Lindquist of St. Paul Park, MN; grandson, Jeff (Lisa) Lindquist of Maple Grove, MN; granddaughter, Cindy (Steve) Klund of Stillwater, MN; greatgrandchildren, Alex, Jeffrey, Megan, Mike and Shane; sisters, Ethel (Ben) Callanan, Marie (Eugene) Sundermann and Rosie Hayden; brothers, Norbert Mueller and Marvin Mueller.
Lois J. Schuldt Lois Jean Schuldt, 63, of Belle Plaine, passed away at her home on Sunday, March, 24, 2013. Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28 at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine. Rev. John Zeitler will officiate. Visitation will be from 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at church on Thursday morning. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Belle Plaine.
Lois was born in New Prague on April 10, 1949 to Walter and Blanche (Vannurden) Schuldt. She grew up in Belle Plaine and attended grades 1-8 at Trinity Lutheran School and graduated from Belle Plaine High School the class of 1967. Lois worked at The Lutheran Home, Beck’s Family Store and then as a teller at the State Bank of Belle Plaine for 35 years. She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Her favorite hobby was remembering family and friends with greeting cards for special occasions. Lois is survived by her sister, Mary (Harold) Berg of Carver; nieces and nephews, Cindy Stoltz, Michael (Amanda) Berg, Daniel Berg, Andrew Berg and Jennifer (Ryan) Johnson; 12 great-nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Viola and Ruth; brother-in-law, Alfred Odenthal; and great-nephew Matthew Stoltz.
Harvey Fahrenkamp Harvey Fahrenkamp, 89, of Jordan, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013 at his home in rural Jordan. Celebration of Eternal Life for Harvey will be on Wednesday, March 27 at 12 p.m. from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jordan with Pastor Jeremy Glowicki officiating.Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the Church on Wednesday. Burial will be at Spirit Hill Cemetery in Jordan. Harvey was born in Louisville Township, Scott County, on January 20, 1924. Harvey was the son of Rudolph and
BELLE PLAINE HERALD, BELLE PLAINE, MINNESOTA Emilie (Jabs) Fahrenkamp. He was baptized on February 17, 1924 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Carver with Pastor HA Ganul officiating. He was confirmed on May 8, 1938 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, in Jordan, with Pastor LF Brands officiating. He was raised on the family farm in Louisville Township and he walked to school to Carver. He later attended Dooleyville Country School, in Sand Creek Township. On July 25, 1948, he married Jeanne Quatmann at East Union Lutheran Church, in Carver, with Pastor Kindgren officiating. Together, they farmed, first, in Spring Lake Township, then later in St. Lawrence Township, before purchasing a farm on the Minnesota river bottoms. Then, in 1969 they moved to their final residence in Sand Creek Township. Harvey enjoyed truck farming for many years and enjoyed selling his produce at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. At age 55, he took a job with Kraemer and Sons Bridge Construction and worked until his retirement. Harvey’s past time enjoyment included square dancing with his wife, all over every state in the U.S., other than New York. Harvey enjoyed watching parades also. Harvey is survived by his wife, Jeanne, of Jordan; children, Claudette (Loren) Fritz of Waupaca, WI, Clyde Fahrenkamp of Arlington, Beverly (Edward) Christopher of Dixon, TN, Dale Fahrenkamp, Deloria Henderson of Jordan, Donald (Mary) Fahrenkamp of Elko; brothers and sisters, Lorna Plekkenpol of Shakopee, Waldo (Arlene) Fahrenkamp of Shakopee, Ruth Fahrenkamp of Jordan, Rudolph (Betty), Fahrenkamp of Prior Lake; sister-in-law, Arlis Fahrenkamp of Belle Plaine; and brother-inlaw, Allan (Dorothy) Quatmann of Jordan; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Shirley; and brother, Gerald; grandson, Scott Fahrenkamp; and son-in-law, Eugene Schwingler. Pallbearers will be Rachel Fritz, Shawn Schwingler, Malinda Fahrenkamp, Paul Ries, Travis Fahrenkamp and Tim Henderson.
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