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May 9, 2013 • Volume 129 • Number 10
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2013 Summer Sensations Inside the Summer Sensations special section, the newspaper staff has gathered information about events and activities in the south metro this summer. See insert
Traveling a long way to Grand Day Akin Road Elementary School first-grade student Destiny Amadasun was all smiles when talking about his grandmother Patricia I. Jesuoraba visiting him for Grand Day Friday, May 3. Jesuoraba flew 16 hours from Nigeria to spend the day at school with Destiny, his sister Beauty and his mother Josephine Amadasun. Pictured with Principal Laura Pierce, Destiny’s family won a book as a prize for the grandparent who traveled the farthest. (Photo by Theresa Malloy)
Answering the call for 31 years
Talks for new Farmington aquatic facility begin
by Tad Johnson
After more than four decades, city looks ahead to new facility by Theresa Malloy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE
War comes to Farmington World War II weekend at Dakota City Heritage Village will see mock battles staged by living history groups. Page 17A
Scott Aker, a fire chief in Rosemount for the past 25 years, was honored by Mayor Bill Droste during a recent City Council meeting. (Photo submitted)
The Farmington Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission began talks about a creating a new aquatic facility to replace the existing pool, more than four decades old, at a workshop on May 1. “The clock is ticking on the existing pool, and we give it five years maximum,” said Randy Distad, Parks and Recreation director.
Scott Aker retires after 25 years as Rosemount’s fire chief SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE
Because of this, the City Council has identified looking at options for a new facility as part of its five-year strategic plan. Commission Member David McMillen said he believes an aquatic facility is an important part of the Farmington community. McMillen said its location in the southern part of the city is a problem to consider, especially because more growth has shifted north since the pool was built. The commission identified Jim Bell Park and Preserve in the northern part of Farmington as a potential location
Throughout much of his 31 years with Rosemount’s fire department, Scott Aker was teaching grade-school students in Hastings. Unusual as the mixed title was when he started as chief in 1988, the schoolteacher/fireman found his dual roles each informed the other more often than most would think. With a master’s degree in education, Aker’s teaching ability translated well to directing the oncall volunteer firefighters in training, recruitment and daily interaction. “As a teacher, I had 30 little people from all different walks of life,” Aker said. “It was my job to try to get them united.” Connecting with a diverse collection of firefighters drew upon the same skills of leadership,
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Weather puts Dakota County Fairgrounds behind schedule
Soggy grounds slowed down set up for its first big event of the season by Theresa Malloy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE
Irish softball scores big win An Irish 4-1 win over Eastview High School might mak this team one worth watching in the May 15 playoffs. Page 11A
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On a snowy Friday, May 2, crews at the Dakota County Fairgrounds were trudging through soggy grounds as snow fell to set up for its first event of the season, the Minnesota Scottish Fair. The fair was moved two weeks earlier because miserable humidity last season made the wool kilts a little unbearable, but event planners probably did not anticipate a late winter meant a frigid day for kiltwearers this year. Crews worked quickly to get things ready. Typically, fair set up starts at least seven days in advance, said Kristine Smith, fairgrounds office manager. “This year is different. We have one day,” she said. Snow piled up around tents as it slipped off the awnings. Grounds workers moved snow-covered pic-
The Dakota County Fairgrounds had a fresh layer of snow Friday, May 3, one day before its first fair of the season. The soggy grounds caused more setbacks as campers had to park on the road to avoid sinking in the ground and water The maintenance foreman bundles up as snow lightly falls in May. was not yet running. (Photo by He moves snow-covered picnic tables to the tents while setting up for Theresa Malloy) the Minnesota Scottish Fair. Usually crews have a week to set up for events, but bad weather pushed it to one day. (Photo by Theresa Mal- also canceled for the following week because the horse arena fence was loy) not replaced yet due to the weather, Smith said. nic tables to the eating area. for campers by May 1. Local residents who are stor“Campers are not able to pull At noon on Friday, the water into the actual campground area still was not turned on at the fair- ing equipment and cars in the as the ground is too soft and wet, grounds. Camp-goers had to carry fairground buildings are extending and they would sink,” Smith said. jugs of water to their campers. their stays. While winter storage Instead campers are parked along Water was turned on for half the typically runs from mid-September the road and have extension cords grounds in time for the Scottish to the first week of May, some veconnecting them to power sources. Fair the following day. Usually the campgrounds are ready All horse clinics and events were See FAIRGROUNDS, 8A
Scotland invades Farmington
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The weather felt like Scotland, but it did not stop the faithful from attending the 2013 Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games on the Dakota County Fairgrounds on May 4. Activities included sheep herding demonstrations, native music and dance, and various highland games, including the caber toss. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)
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Band garage sale raises $10,945 Woman charged with felony theft SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE
The directors thanked businesses that donated to the event, the schoolâ€™s custodial staff and parents who juggled work, family and driving kids to come in whenever they could to contribute. â€œAll of these efforts did not go unnoticed and were keys to our success,â€? the directors said. Parent co-leaders of the event were Tracey Casey and Teresa Davis. â€œIt is a privilege to work alongside such enthusiastic and committed students and parents,â€? the directors said. â€œThanks to you all for making the 11th annual RHS Band Garage Sale a success. This RHS band family is the best!â€?
The Rosemount High School Band Garage Sale netted a record $10,945 on Saturday, May 4, at the high school. Funds raised will be used to pay for the band programâ€™s transportation, music, uniforms and equipment. Band directors praised the work of the students who weathered the weather, which brought cold temperatures, some wind, rain and even snow. Students who were singled out in a â€œthank youâ€? sent by the directors were Emily Brossart, Savanna Kearns, Lindsey Mohrland, Lexi Cross, Jackson Tad Johnson Schalliol, Auna Nelson, Evan Johnson Email firstname.lastname@example.org. and Sam Breyer, who was the emcee.
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Desperate for money, woman allegedly embezzles money from her Lakeville bank employer by Theresa Malloy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE
The Dakota County Attorneyâ€™s Office charged Leah Marie Bremner of Farmington with felony theft by swindle for $95,000 at the Lakeville bank where she worked. â€œThis is a significant economic crime and is the 19th theft over $50,000 in the last five years in Dakota County,â€? County Attorney Jim Backstrom said in a press release.
Bremner, 31, worked at the bank and allegedly took the money in incremental amounts between May and October 2010. The criminal complaint details the following: On Oct. 4, 2010, Lakeville police responded to a call of internal bank theft. Bremnerâ€™s supervisor confronted her about discrepancies in her teller and vault entries. She admitted that she stole money from the bank because her husband recently lost his job
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and the couple had financial problems. When asked how much, Bremner allegedly wrote on a piece of paper â€œ86,000.â€? The bank official told police Bremner was â€œdistraught, hysterical, crying and rocking back and forth in her chair during the contact.â€? On Oct. 5, 2010, Bremner sent an email to a coworker saying she lost her job for a â€œstupid deci-
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New library manager hired at Robert Trail Frances Veit hopes to continue to expand the definition of a library by Andy Rogers SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE
The definition of a library has evolved over the years. Itâ€™s gone from a quiet place of study to a bustling center with rows of computers, daily activities and, of course, shelves of books. Thereâ€™s something for seemingly everybody. â€œItâ€™s a community gathering place,â€? said Frances Veit, the new Robert Trail Library branch manager in Rosemount. â€œOur mission is to enrich and educate. From kids craft programs, to adult reading, to computer classes, all of those programs fit into that whole life aspect.â€? In April, Veit replaced Jamie Jurgensen, who is now the youth and popular materials manager at the Dakota County Library headquarters in Eagan. â€œIâ€™ve gotten a very warm welcome, and Iâ€™m very impressed with the Dakota County Library system,â€? Veit said. â€œThereâ€™s just a lot of support, resources and rich infrastructure. The community is so engaged with the library.â€? Veit will be responsible for keeping the branch running smoothly while managing staff and dealing with customer concerns. Sheâ€™s also a key player in collaborations and programming, something that has been quite successful since the branch opened. THEFT, from 2A sion,â€? and â€œI am starting to face the reality of what I did and it is something I will have to pay the consequence for which I am prepared to do.â€? An initial audit revealed $95,000 in cash was missing. The investigation revealed that Bremner falsified daily entries
Frances Veit is the new library manager at Robert Trail Library in Rosemount. (Photo by Andy Rogers)
She has a strong passion for helping children and literacy, and she said sheâ€™s excited to branch out into adult programming. Libraries could have gone by the wayside like many video rental and book stores, but they adapted and flourished, Veit says. â€œThatâ€™s exciting, considering what I thought when I first got my degree,â€? Veit said. â€œI thought, â€˜Oh no. What is this going to look like in 10 years?â€™ â€? In Dakota County, it seems to be growing. Some libraries within the system are being remodeled. â€œThe most interesting thing to me is that we still get a lot of questions for librarians at the information desk,â€? Veit said. â€œPeople think everybody just Googles things now, but they still go to the library and ask.â€? Before coming to Rosemount, she has worked in academic science and public libraries, most recently at Buckham Memorial Library in Faribault for the past four years as head of youth services. She holds a bachelorâ€™s degree in biology and English from Carleton College in Northfield, and she received her masterâ€™s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies. The current building for the Robert Trail Library opened in 2009 as the latest in the nine-member Dakota County Library system.
One of those big upcoming projects is the quarterly lobby art displays by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. A new exhibit is opening May 19 featuring high school studentsâ€™ work. Veit hopes to grow those community partnerships and relationships. â€œThereâ€™s a wonderful Friends (of Robert Trail Library) group thatâ€™s doing a lot of great work,â€? Veit said. â€œRosemount Area Arts Council has been a great friend to the library, too. Itâ€™s been exciting.â€? Sheâ€™s only been at this since April 22, so she still in the process of meeting people, but sheâ€™s excited about the potential in Rosemount. â€œIâ€™m an ideas person,â€? Veit said. â€œIâ€™m not afraid to take on new projects. Iâ€™m not afraid of change. Iâ€™m really interested in partnerships, Email Andy Rogers with the library relatively new, and firstname.lastname@example.org. Iâ€™d like to build on that enthusiasm.â€? ceal her embezzlement by falsifying a log so it looked like she provided $86,000 to an armored car service. She tried to cover the drawer shortage by running false transactions through her personal bank accounts. Bremner made her first court appearance May 3 with a $10,000 bail without conditions set, $5,000
that allowed her through time to take cash from the bank while keeping the drawer balanced. The entries showed she â€œboughtâ€? cash from the vault to balance her teller drawer and would then â€œreverseâ€? the entry she made to make it look like the money in the vault was balanced. The audit also found that Bremner tried to con-
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