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Farmington | Rosemount and the surrounding areas

June 27, 2013 • Volume 129 • Number 17


Starting over:

Addressing elder abuse Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom is part of an effort that aims to end the increasing incidence of elder abuse in Minnesota. Page 7A

OPINION Trap shooting is on target The number of Minnesota high school students competing in trap shooting prove the sport is here to stay. Page 4A


Homelessness in Dakota County Homelessness continues to rise in Dakota County as out-of-work residents struggle to find jobs “I did everything I could but the economy would not have it,” she said. “I never exAt age 50, Stephanie lived a in Dakota pected that at my age I would comfortable, middle class, subbe homeless.” urban life. She held a career in County She managed to sustain herthe insurance industry, had a self for several years but by nice apartment in Burnsville 2012 Stephanie lost her home and was sending her daughter of 26 years. off to college. “It’s the worst thing that has Stephanie (who asked that ever happened to me,” she said. her last name not be used) nev“I went through a horrible deer imaged that in four years she pression.” would be homeless. Since then, Stephanie finds Just as the recession gained herself sleeping in a different momentum in 2008, Stephanie place each night as she couchwas laid off from her job at an “Starting over” is part one hops among friends and faminsurance company that spe- of an ongoing series on ily. cialized in workers compensa- rising homelessness in DaStephanie is among the tion claims. growing number of people who kota County. Though she spent 40 hours face homelessness in Dakota a week searching, Stephanie struggled to find County. another full-time job, and took part-time and Homelessness continues to climb at a fast temporary work. pace countywide, despite signs of a recovery. by Jessica Harper



After struggling with homelessness for much of his adult life, Albert Scott enrolled in a photography program at Dakota County Technical College to widen his career options. (Photo by Jessica Harper) Between 2011 and 2012, homelessness in Dakota County increased 20 percent to 1,022 people, according to a study by the nonprofit See HOMELESS, 11A

Tax increase of $12 projected in 2014 Average-valued residential property owners expected to pay slightly more by Tad Johnson SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Zoo inspires poet’s work

While other Dakota County cities are staring down the possibility of cuts in service due in part to 2013 legislative changes, the city of Rosemount isn’t expected to do the See ROSEMOUNT, 12A

Apple Valley resident Charlie Curry is assembling a chapbook of poetry inspired by his frequent visits to the Minnesota Zoo. Page 17A


Rose Thompson Hovick, the subject of Carolyn Quinn’s book, had roots in Farmington. Her grandparents Mary Herber and Lornze Egle owned Dakota County businesses in Farmington. The Herbers owned the Luxembourger Hof Hotel and the Egles owned the Egle Saloon, later the Egle Hotel with prohibition. (Photo submitted)

Author uncovers life of infamous vaudeville stage mom with Farmington roots in new book ‘Mama Rose’s Turn’ delves into Farmington history with help of Dakota County Tribune archives

Local players earn honors Several Rosemount and Farmington sports stars were honored with all conference designations after the end of the spring season. Page 10A

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Rose Thompson Hovick is the fascinating, misrepresented character immortalized in the musical “Gypsy.” The crazed stage mom who managed the vaudeville acts of daughters Gypsy Rose Lee and June Havoc captivated the attention of a 12-year-old Carolyn Quinn who saw the play. Carolyn She asked her parQuinn ents why it was called a “musical fable” when the story was based on real people. They explained the producers cleaned the story up for public consumption. “Can they do that?” she wondered. “It got me thinking right away,” she said. As she delved into books about Gypsy Rose Lee and Baby June Havoc, she saw different stories related. “I had a feeling there was a mystery there,” she said, and her curiosity about the story continued throughout her life. Since 2008, Quinn has pieced together the story of the Hovick family after she was surprised to learn her local library had the family’s archive of papers. For five hours, she engrossed herself in the story of the vaudeville romps of the 1920s. Her discoveries are documented in

the book “Mama Rose’s Turn: The True Story of America’s Most Notorious Stage Mom” published by the University Press of Mississippi scheduled to release Nov. 1. An administrative assistant at a medical school in New York by day, Quinn filled her weekends sifting through correspondences, interviewing family members and reading Dakota County archives about the family. Thanks to the Dakota County Historical Society she was able to uncover the Farmington roots from about the 1860s to 1895. As Quinn delved deeper into the story, she discovered a connection to Farmington she claims was not well known. Before the vaudeville days, ginbrewing in bathtubs, extortion suits, lesbian romps and other scandals that followed Mama Rose, Hovick grew up in Farmington where her family had rooted itself after immigrating from Germany and Luxembourg. Quinn was intrigued that “First of all that the family owned hotels, because in the musical they acted like this was this blue collar family,” she said. “The musical really misrepresented them. They were really prominent people from Farmington.” Rose’s grandparents were Mary Herber and Lorenze Egle. The Herbers owned the Luxembourger Hof hotel in Dakota County. The Egles owned the Egle Saloon in Farmington, and later the Egle Hotel, which reopened as a hotel during prohibition days. “The whole group was resourceful. Put them down anywhere in the world and they would’ve made money,” Quinn


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same for its 2014 budget. City officials outlined at a budget discussion Monday night that they are proposing a 1.41 percent increase in the city’s property tax levy, which is estimated to have a $12 in-

Council keeps hacking at proposed budget with new regulations State imposed levy limits, local government aid causes council to reconsider its spending by Theresa Malloy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

nearly equals 3 percent of the 2013 amount, Farmington cannot increase its operating tax levy next year because of a 3 percent cap. Farmington City Council officials expressed

The Farmington City Council is back to the chopping block as new state restrictions continue to limit the 2014 levy. Since the city is receiving local government aid that See FARMINGTON, 12A

Family, friends honor Mark Weber

A funeral service and interment were held Friday, June 28, for Rosemount resident and Minnesota National Guard Lt. Col. Mark Weber, who died on Thursday, June 13, after a three-year cancer battle. Minnesota National Guard Chaplain Col. John Morris offered words of encouragement to a crowd of about 100 people who gathered at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for the interment. Family members and friends paid their final respects to Weber as a 21-gun salute was fired and Taps was played. An American flag was presented Weber’s wife Kristin and three sons – Matthew, Joshua and Noah – and his parents Dennis and Illean Weber. A funeral service was held prior to the interment at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)

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Thompson announces run for governor’s seat by Howard Lestrud SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

It was 15 years ago that an oftentimes brash radio personality dipped into politics and came away with the governorship. This personality was Jesse Ventura, who became Minnesota’s 38th governor. Now another former radio personality, Sen. David Thompson, RLakeville, has announced his intention to bid for the state’s top executive job. With family and supporters at the Minnesota State Capitol, Thompson on Wednesday, June 26, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor in 2014, hoping to square off against current Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Following the press conference, Thompson planned to touch down in Rochester and Duluth before concluding the day with an ice cream social in Lakeville. Thompson, 51, hosted the The Dave Thompson Show for nearly eight years. The radio talk show aired on KSTP in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Thompson’s show pro-

State Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, was surrounded by his family, wife Rhonda, daughter Amanda and son Phil as he announced his candidacy for governor Wednesday, June 26, at the State Capitol. Following the announcement, Thompson headed for Duluth, Rochester and Lakeville to share his announcement. (Photo by Howard Lestrud) moted generally conservative views. Thompson represents District 58, which includes Lakeville and Farmington. He is serving his second term in the Minnesota Senate. “I believe in Minnesota and in Minnesotans,” Thompson said as he addressed a small gathering at the Capitol. Thompson said he was fortunate to have received

a “great education” in a thriving economy. He said he is proud to have raised happy and healthy kids and did not have a ragsto-riches story to tell. He said he grew up in Little Falls with his parents, who owned a motel. He then later moved to East Grand Forks. During that time, he said, he learned the values of hard work. Thompson pointed to education and to the econ-

omy as two major issues that likely will evolve during the 2014 gubernatorial campaign. Thompson said every youngster should have the opportunity for education and “throwing a little more money at the problem” is not the way to solve it. “We need to have money following kids, not buildings,” Thompson said.

Once students get out of school, it is important that they find a job in a robust economy, Thompson said. He spoke about using a tax credit to spend education dollars where the schools wish to spend them. He chastised the Democratic-led Minnesota Legislature for spending $2.1 billion to solve a $625 million shortfall. “You people were treated like an ATM machine,” he said. “We need to get rid of waste, fraud and abuse. … It is your money, not mine, and I have to be a good steward of your money.” Thompson said he wanted business to grow in Minnesota because it will benefit all of Minnesota. “I don’t like having Minnesotans against one another,” Thompson said. He said a goal of his as governor will be to “get out of your way.” Thompson said he will take the “North Dakota open for business” sign, turn it around and say “welcome back to Minnesota.” He said he will be there for that farmer out in the field, for that window maker in Warroad, and

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for that shoemaker in Red Wing. Thompson was asked what distinguished himself from the other Republican candidates in the race. He said he believes he has the ability to talk to people and has them acceptable of his beliefs and values. “I will be leading all Minnesotans,” he said. Other Republicans in the race thus far for governor are Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, Wayzata business owner Scott Honour and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove. Senate Minority Leader David Hann has also been mentioned as a possible candidate and told ECM Publishers he will not have an announcement this week, possibly next week, as to whether he may run for governor. Attacking the record of Dayton, Thompson, an attorney, previously told ECM Publishers, “Dayton is taking us in the wrong direction.” Some states are doing what Dayton is doing, increasing taxes and increasing the cost of government, Thompson said. He used the states of Illinois and California as examples. Thompson was asked about his relationship with big labor. He said he was not anti-union but believed it does not serve laborers. Thompson said if he had been born 100 years earlier, in 1861 rather than in 1961, he may have been a union organizer. “The union machine has become separated from the union,” Thompson said. Looking back at his three years in the Minnesota Senate, Thompson said he was most proud of the fact that he could work across the aisle with other legislators. He said he authored a number of bills that were supported by Democrats. He mentioned being nominated by DFL Sen. Ann Rest for an See THOMPSON, 6A

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DNR stocks Vermillion River with 1,000 more rainbow trout Additional fish stocked due to concern rainy spring may have sent the trout downstream by Theresa Malloy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stocked the Vermillion River with 1,000 more rainbow trout on Friday, June 21. The DNR had already stocked the river with 1,000 fish earlier this spring. However, all the rain this past month raised concerns that the fish may have floated downstream, said Harlan Hiemstra, public affairs officer with the DNR. With a surplus of rainbow fish at the hatchery in Lanesboro, the DNR decided to add a second stock to the Vermillion River, which is an unusual move to stock an area twice in one season. “I think it’s a good place to stock them and provide good opportunities for families and kids

Minnesota DNR interns Sarah Botkin and Ray Heinz transfer the 1,000 rainbow trout from coolers into the Vermillion River at the Rambling River Park in Farmington. The rainbow trout made the more-than-100-mile journey from the Lanesboro hatchery in tanks secured on a trailer attached to a DNR truck. (Photos by Theresa Malloy) to fish,� Hiemstra said. The Vermillion River is known as a great trout fishing spot near the Twin Cities because it has clean, cold water that trout need to flourish. In other areas the DNR stocks, recreational anglers have to catch and

release. In Farmington, people can keep the fish. Anglers 16 and older do need a fishing license, which are available online at and click on “fishing license.� The public access points in Farmington are at the

Rambling River Park and the Kuchera Entrance. Additional Dakota County public access points are also available on the DNR website. Email Theresa Malloy at

Plug pulled on this summer’s jazz festival Founder hopes Art and All That Jazz will reappear by John Gessner SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

The Art and All That Jazz Festival, a mainstay of Burnsville’s summer entertainment calendar, won’t be held this year. Organizers are pulling the plug on the 2013 event after losing their biggest sponsor, Pawn America, said festival President Dan Gustafson. The festival was scheduled for Aug. 17 in Nicollet Commons Park. The headlining act was Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Gustafson said. It would have been the 10th annual Art and All That Jazz Festival, which Gustafson founded in

2004 as a private enterprise and has run as a nonprofit, with a board of directors, since 2006. “This was my baby. This was my vision,� said Gustafson, a former two-term Burnsville City Council member who didn’t seek re-election in 2012. “We just kind of slowly watched it slip away.� He hopes to present Art and All That Jazz again in 2014. “We need sustained sponsorship,� said Gustafson, who from 1988 to 1991 owned a Minneapolis jazz club called the Roxy Music Cafe. “To tell you the truth, I think we need to hook up with a service organization and

make it work that way.� He wouldn’t say how much the loss of Pawn America cost the festival. The event — which features art vendors and food along with five to six musical acts — costs more than $50,000 to stage, Gustafson said. According to him, Burnsville-based Pawn America said it’s focusing its local philanthropy instead on establishing a Boys and Girls Club in Burnsville and building a Lutheran school long championed by founder and CEO Brad Rixmann. That message came in an email from Pawn America executive Chuck Armstrong, Gustafson

said. local talent, headlined by “We’ve lost a few (spon-Mick Sterling. sors) this last year,� he said, The festival, which runs adding that Pawn America’sfrom noon to 10 p.m., typpullout “kind of broke theically draws about 15,000 camel’s back.� in the course of a day, The event also ran intoGustafson said. trouble two years ago with Past national acts have the loss of another majorincluded Nick Colionne, sponsor, SKB Environmen-Adams, Lao Tizer, Mindi tal, Gustafson said. Abair, Jesse Cook, Randy Organizers scaled backBrecker and Larry Carlthe festival and featured onlyton.

“There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t talk to somebody in town that talks about that festival and how much they love it,� Gustafson said. John Gessner can be reached at (952) 846-2031 or email

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Trap shooting is on target for a growing number of teens by Don Heinzman SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

With gun purchases and requests for gun permits at record levels, it’s no surprise to learn that one of the fastestgrowing high school sports in Minnesota is trap shooting. In just four years, this sport has grown from 30 to more than 3,400 male and female shooters from sixth through 12th grades and from three to 115 teams. In trap shooting, the shooters use shotguns with shells and fire at clay pigeons. The winner destroys the most pigeons. The Minnesota State High School League, in a close vote, sanctioned the state high school trap shooting tournament for 2014, just like all of the other high school sports. A state high school trap shooting championship meet also was endorsed by the Minnesota High School Coaches Association, the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, the Minnesota Association of

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Secondary School Principals and the Minnesota School Boards Association. In June of next year, Minnesota will be the first in the nation to have a highschool-sanctioned state trap shooting tournament. Recently, 2,039 young shooters competed in the State High School clay target competition at the Alexandria Shooting Park. A team from St. Michael-Albertville won the championship, followed by Hastings, Hopkins, Prior Lake, Jordan, St. Francis, Worthington, Rogers, Wayzata, Alexandria and Elk River. Members of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League hope the high schools will treat this like any other sport

with a photo in the yearbook and a letter for the participants. Proponents of the sport claim it is safe. Since the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League was formed in 2001, there have been no injuries and no school gun policy violations after 3,000 participants have fired 1.5 million rounds. Participants cannot have a shotgun in their car when it’s parked on the school lot. After school, they get their guns and ammo from homes and practice at local gun clubs. They first must pass the Minnesota Firearms Safety Training Certificate to be eligible for the teams. Proponents say the teams are well organized. A minimum of five is needed to start a team and there must be a coach for every 10 shooters. It’s a coed sport, and it’s open to disabled shooters as well. Moreover, it gives kids who can’t make the varsity sports something constructive to do. Proponents point out that the sport

also prepares young people to use a firearm safely and to be careful and accurate hunters. The coaches in the league are all volunteers. Students pay on average a fee of $300 to participate, so little direct payment comes from the school district. All that said, some wonder if under the high school curricular umbrella, teaching students how to shoot a shotgun in a recreational sport and bringing the gun culture into the school house is part of the school’s mission. That’s no longer a question, because high school trap shooting teams are here to stay and the number of participants is continuing to grow. The case has been made that educating students on how to use firearms safely and properly while practicing good sportsmanship are good lessons to teach. Don Heinzman is a columnist for ECM Publishers and a member of the ECM Editorial Board. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Editor to raise money for refugees by striding 100 miles as part of ‘Run for the Border’ by Jonathan Young SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

When I run a 5K, here’s what typically happens: At first it feels effortless, and I think it will be easy. About halfway through the run, I begin feeling fatigued. “Oh good, I’m half done,” I say to myself, followed immediately by, “Oh no, I have to do that much again.” By the end my chest is heaving, sweat is soaking through my shirt, and I want to collapse. Once I recover, I admit, I usually feel great. Running is difficult for me. That’s why I chose to run 100 miles between Memorial Day and July 13 as part of the Run for the Border fundraiser. I wanted to do something challenging to increase awareness of the needs in one of the most war-ravaged places on the planet, the border between Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and Thailand. It wasn’t my idea, and I’m not alone. I’m one of many partnering with Cedar Valley Church in Bloomington, Burnsville-based nonprofit Venture Expeditions and Feed My Starving Children. I made my commitment after hearing Venture’s president, Ryan Skoog, speak at Cedar Valley. Skoog and his family traveled to the border of Thailand and Myanmar, where he said millions of refugees live in squalor, victims of a civil war that has lasted

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Jonathan Young 63 years. Skoog has visited 42 countries, but what he saw in Myanmar shocked him. “It’s one of the most devastated places with the least amount of work that I’ve seen,” he said. That was largely because the Burmese army forbade organizations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army from entering the country. During his trip, Skoog asked people along the border how his organization could help. They told him if they didn’t have to worry where their next meal was coming from, they could begin rebuilding their lives. “The idea is moving from survival to developing,” Skoog said. Venture decided to try to get food through Thailand to the border, and Feed My Starving Children agreed to donate the meals. No one had ever brought relief food through the port of Bangkok, Thailand, Skoog said. Four organizations working in the region long-term told him it couldn’t be done. The first shipment took months to get through the port and required a Ven-

ECM-Sun Brooklyn Park community editor Jonathan Young runs to raise funds for Burmese refugees. (Photo by Sarah Young) ture representative to fly to Washington, D.C., to get a signature from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Eventually the food got through. Soon Venture got a call from the World Hunger Alliance asking how it had succeeded. “We told them it was a miracle,” Skoog said.

Venture has shipped more than a million meals to the border, and it’s raising money to ship about 3.2 million more meals to the Burmese refugees. Feed My Starving Children is donating the food, and it costs about 10 cents a meal to ship. To cover shipping costs, Venture is doing a campaign called “Run for the Border” this summer. A few crazies are running 100 miles in four days in July and asking donors to sponsor them. Other runners will go a shorter distance on “Border Day” July 13 or have made commitments to run a certain number of miles before then. The idea is not only to raise money, but also to participate in a way that’s more difficult than simply writing a check. It’s making a personal sacrifice to inspire yourself and others. For me, running 100 miles is a greater challenge and sacrifice than just donating money. I’ll put up with the sweat, soreness and time commitment because this is a worthwhile cause. What cause do you believe in? Have you sacrificed anything for a cause recently? To learn more about Run for the Border go to To support Jonathan’s 100 mile run to feed Burmese refugees, go to Contact ECM-Sun Brooklyn Park community editor Jonathan Young at Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Don’t hinder exchange programs To the editor: As most Americans, I agree a solution must be found for the 11 million hapless undocumented workers who hide in the shadows. The Immigration Bill on the Capitol Hill is trying to do that. Unfortunately, as part of the political horse-trading, some worthwhile programs have been sacrificed. As a student who studied abroad through a program offered at the University of Minnesota, this news is devastating. I have felt the value in studying abroad, and encourage this cultural exchange. Under the current

Senate Bill, all J-1 student exchange programs, such as the summer camp counselors, au pairs, summer work and travel students and internship/trainee participants will be eliminated. That is approximately 200,000 young people from all over the world, all elite university students (except for au pair), the future leaders of their respective countries. This is puzzling and disturbing as J-1 programs are the cornerstone of the U.S. public diplomacy efforts. The Senate Bill does this by reclassifying all of these as “foreign labor” (under Subsection F, “Human Trafficking”) and as such, U.S. employers would be responsible to pay for students’ program expenses, including airfare, insurance,

housing and visa fees in addition to regular stipends. Sen. Charles Schumer’s amendment adds insult to injury by making the U.S. nonprofit sponsors post an additional $500 bond for every work and travel student (to be put in a federal fund to repair the border). No businessman will pay foreign students’ airfares and other fees to flip hamburgers or tend to young campers. These are cultural and educational programs not “labor.” Foreign students enrich the fabric of cultural life and become lifelong friends of the United States. This was basically a piece of raw meat thrown to the unions, which maintain that these students are stealing jobs from the Americans (nonsense), in exchange for

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more laxity with the guest workers, requested by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Student exchange organizations, which will be wiped out if the Senate Bill passes, were not invited to sit at the negotiation table. Why not? Let’s hope this travesty gets corrected before/if the Immigration Bill becomes law. RAEANN COLLINS Eagan

Kline votes regularly against women’s rights To the editor: U.S. Rep. John Kline, RBurnsville, voted recently to pass the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Aside from the fact that this bill is likely unconstitutional and is bad policy, it makes no sense that Kline should take on this issue. It does not appear that this bill creates jobs in any sense. And it can only serve to alienate his constituency. Kline suggests that this bill is a reaction to the conviction of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. On its face, this seems a colorable argument. Except Kline then has to face his own record on women’s health issues, in just the current Congress. In addition to the D.C. bill, he has been a co-sponsor on the following proposed legislation: • No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act • Sanctity of Human Life Act • Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act • Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act

• Stop Abortion Funding in Multi-state Exchange Plans (SAFE Act) • Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2013 • Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act • Health Care Conscience Rights Act • Life at Conception Act And he has also voted in favor of maintaining command line authority regarding military sexual assaults, contrary to the best interests of women in the military. Kline believes his views are in line with those of his constituents. I guess we’ll find out in 2014. RONALD GOLDSER Eagan

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cut health care costs by the billions once fully implemented; emergency rooms will be freed up for emergencies and not serve as the sole health care providers to millions. Competition among providers will bring down costs, as has already been shown in California. Millions of people will be afforded what government should be duty-bound to provide – decent health care, such as is available in all of the other 138 industrialized nations that recognize the need and the value of caring for its citizens. Ms. Kreitz offers criticisms, but nowhere does she suggest solutions to problems that gnaw at the foundations of our democracy. She states that many doctors are “opting out” or retiring without a scintilla of proof. Her last paragraph is a diatribe against so much as to defy response, except to note that many of her shibboleths have already been discredited or proven factually incorrect. We face many problems, but they need reasoned solutions and not mindless attacks. I would be remiss to overlook that her criticisms, many which include events that transpired or began under previous administrations, surface now, i.e., she never met an ultra-right position she didn’t like. She suggests “we all move to a better climate and to a state with no tax on income, such as Florida.” Has she noted that 80 percent of Floridians have deemed their current policies unfavorably? I’m staying, but if she can go if she wants.

To the editor: It never ceases to amuse me that Alice Kreitz surfaces in the editorial pages to offer her “objective” views on current events. With rhetoric such as “monstrosity,” “train wreck,” “nightmare,” “incoherent statutory requirements,” “Obama lied,” and her last paragraph where she attacks, without fact or proof, every rumor and innuendo which has been attributed to Democratic administrations, national or local, that her political bias and lack of substantiation become painfully evident. The problem is that far too many members of our society fail to look beyond the hysterical caterwauling to bother to ascertain the truth. The sky is not falling. The Affordable Care Act will, by independent ALAN MILLER estimates such as the Con- Eagan gressional Budget Office,


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This is a big deal … literally. One of what is believed to be among the state’s largest Alternative Urban Areawide Reviews for undeveloped land is underway. The proposal will dramatically change the landscape in Rosemount for decades to come. Rosemount area residents and agencies may provide comments until July 10 regarding the 113page AUAR for a 4,900acre proposed sustainable community at the UMore Park property. The review and comment period and a public meeting Monday, June 24, were given as a chance to raise issues and have questions answered with regard to a project that could alone double Rosemount’s current population of about 22,000 over the next 30 to 40 years. The questions raised by the dozen or so residents in attendance at the meeting were good ones and issues that have been discussed before, according to City Planner Eric Zweber. They related to stormwater management, road

improvements and environmental standards. Zweber said the issues raised will be reviewed through the AUAR, which primarily addresses work that aims to mitigate environmental factors such as water, erosion, wastewater, traffic and soil conditions based on the development. He said the most helpful comments through the review are related to the mitigation strategies. He expects Dakota County, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Department of Natural Resources to provide specific comments on the AUAR. The western portion of UMore Park, which is land owned by the University of Minnesota, is currently the site of a 20year mining operation that aims to reclaim aggregate that can be used in the construction of area roads and other projects. Once the mining operation is complete, university officials plan to market the property to developers to build the projected housing, commercial and other uses. Outlined in the AUAR are four development scenarios, three of which are interpretations of the uni-

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ards on the site, which was once the location of the Gopher Ordnance Works, a World War II-era government-owned, contractor-operated facility. The plant primarily produced smokeless gunpowder of cannon shells. UMore Park also once was the site for three electrical transformer recycling facilities. A number of remediation activities and studies, which are listed in the report, have been done on the site, and other mitigation strategies are detailed. A copy of the review is available on the city of Rosemount’s website at

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Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District officials plan to borrow from the district’s reserves to balance the budget in 2013-2014 and avoid making cuts. “This will mark our second year with no budget adjustments,” said Jeff Solomon, finance director for District 196. The district had faced deep cuts

between 2010 and 2012. On June 24, the School Board unanimously approved a proposed preliminary 2013-14 budget of $379.9 million, which is about $6 million ahead of previous predictions. Solomon credits the higher projections to increased state aid payments and the state’s recent attempts to repay deferred aid payments. Last session, the Leg-

islature added $485 million to its E-12 education budget, which included a 1.5 percent increase to the basic per pupil formula in 2013-14. This translates to an additional $2.4 million for District 196 in 2013-14. In previous budget calculations, district officials predicted a 1 percent increase in state aid. District 196’s preliminary general fund budget is projected at $293.1 mil-

lion and is expected to incur a loss of $17.3 million. The district plans to absolve the deficit by borrowing from its general fund balance. After covering the deficit, the general fund balance will be $21.04 million, which is 6.78 percent of the general fund. Board policy requires a fund balance that is at least 5 percent of the general fund.

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Key features of the Metro Red Line, which launched its service in Apple Valley and Eagan on Saturday, are that it connects to the Metro Blue Line/Hiawatha Light Rail at the Mall of America and runs every day of the week and so frequently that riders don’t need a schedule. Roadway improvements like bus-only shoulders keep buses moving and buses can signal to traffic lights so green lights stay on longer and red lights go green sooner. More information about the Metro Red Line is at http:// (Photo by Rick Orndorf)

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Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota DFL and an Eagan resident, said Thompson’s three years in the Minnesota Senate “paint a troubling portrait” of the chief executive he could be. “If Thompson got into the governor’s office, he’d look out for Minnesota’s wealthiest citizens and his personal interests rather than serving the average Minnesotans who make this state great,” he said. Following the announcement, several lawmakers confirmed their support for Thompson. Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, said he has offered to support Thompson because he believes he can win the governor’s office. “He is a regular guy and can figure out how to pay the bills of government,” Nienow said.

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When a Farmington police officer saw a car traveling southbound on Highway 3 near 225th Street drifting across its lane on Jan. 17, the driver had more concerns than failing to produce proof of insurance. The criminal complaint details the following: As driver Joshua Lee Roder, 21, of Northfield, said he did not have proof with him because he goes through many insurance companies, the officer noticed a small plastic bag usually used to carry controlled substances in the center console. The bag had “Fusion” on it, which can indicate synthetic marijuana, and the vehicle had a “strong odor of marijuana.” The officer asked Roder and a passenger to exit the vehicle so he could search it, and he noticed Roder stash the bag and a smaller one in his pocket. When the officer Email Theresa Malloy at asked if either person theresa.malloy@ecm-inc. had anything illegal on com. them or in the vehicle,

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Farmington police responded to a physical domestic assault Wednesday, June 12, when a victim reported her boyfriend had attacked her at her residence while he was intoxicated. Sammie Lee Towns, 28, of Minneapolis, was charged with domestic assault by strangulation, which is a felony that has a maximum sentence of up to three years and $5,000. The victim told police that Towns pushed Email Theresa Malloy at her against the wall and theresa.malloy@ecm-inc. choked when she would com.

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Public awareness of the elder abuse “epidemic” is key to stopping it, Minnesota S.A.F.E. Elders Initiative officials insist. “It’s so important we get on top of it early,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said Tuesday, June 11, at a press conference in St. Paul. No one really knows how many elders face abuse of trust, many times by family members, during the Golden Years. Associate Director Iris Freeman, Center for Elder Justice and Policy at William Mitchell College of Law, said just over the past few years some 30,000 reports of elder abuse have been received by county social service agencies in Minnesota. These numbers do include police reports and reports to other agencies. “Unfortunately, one of our gaps is information,” Freeman said. The most common forms of elder abuse are physical, emotional and sexual abuse; neglect and

financial exploitation. Scott Campbell, a retired Duluth police officer, spoke of a brother wrongfully tapping into their elderly mother’s savings of $115,000, leaving less than $700. About two-thirds of elder financial exploitation prosecuted in Anoka County involved family members, County Attorney Tony Palumbo said. Things are being done. House Judiciary Finance and Policy Committee Chairwoman Debra Hilstrom, DFL-Brooklyn Center, also a county prosecutor, said “very significant” changes to state law have been made to make prosecution of elder abuse easier. And tougher. For instance, in cases of financial exploitation, exploiters can be charged for every six months of the exploitation, plus face an aggregate sentence. Additionally, restitution can be sought, even if the elderly victim has passed away, she said. To heighten public awareness, the Elders Initiative co-produced with Twin Cities Public Television a 26-minute documentary on elder

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom called elder abuse an “epidemic,” much of it hidden and unseen. He was speaking during a St. Paul press conference Tuesday, June 11, on behalf of the Minnesota S.A.F.E. Elders Initiative Project, a group committed to ending the abuse of seniors. (Photo by T.W. Budig) abuse that began being aired June 16. Working with Hilstrom, law students at William Mitchell constructed a mobile device app, S.A.F.E. MN, that includes a list of signs of abuse, reporting agencies and other tools for law enforcement. The public can download the app for free. Elders Initiative,

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and dehydration, a lack of supervision or necessary health aids. Red flags of financial exploitation includes unpaid bills, abrupt asset transfers and a lack of basic financial information. When trying to determine if elder abuse is occurring, experts suggest starting by asking three basic questions: • Is someone taking or using your money without your permission? • Is anybody hurting you? • Are you afraid of anyone? Be mindful, experts warn, not to ask these questions in the presence of a possible abuser. Minnesota, as across the country, will see a surge of elderly residents as baby boomers move into their retirement years. The number of Minnesotans over the age of 65 will more than double over the next 25 years to 1.3 million. According to the League of Minnesota Cities, there will be more Minnesotans over the age of 65 by 2020 than of school age.

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Work began June 24 on the Trunk Highway 3 trail and underpass project in Rosemount. The project will improve the city’s trail network by adding a pedestrian underpass across Trunk Highway 3 between 142nd Street West and 140th Circle West. The pedestrian underpass will provide pedestrians and bicyclists a safe crossing across Highway 3 and will connect Rosemount High School and the Rosemount Community Center to city parks on the east side of Trunk Highway 3 (South Robert Trail). The project is anticipated to be completed by Aug. 30. During construction, traffic will be shifted to the edges of Trunk Highway 3 in two phases. From June 24 until July 19, traffic will shift to the west side of the highway. From July 19 until Aug. 30, traffic will shift to the east side of the highway.

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Farmington Library events The Farmington Library, 508 Third St., will offer the following programs. Call 651-438-0250 for more information. • Wii Games, 3:304:30 p.m. Monday, July 1. Ages: 10-16. • Farmington Library Evening Book Group, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Monday, July 1. “The Story of Lucy Gault” by William Trevor will be discussed. New members welcome. • Farmington Library Afternoon Book Group, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2. “Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence” by Matthew Sanford will be discussed. New members welcome.


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Farmington test scores show improvement Assessment scores above national norm in all grades for reading and math by Theresa Malloy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

board with some students much lower than grade level compared to their high-achieving peers. “This is normal,” she said. “This is happening in every classroom. ... We can’t teach to the middle.” The district is pushing a more customized learning approach with its innovation zone designation and iPad in every student’s hand. The scores help teachers “identify needs and customize learning to each one in the group,” Davenport said. Overall, Davenport still sees room for progress. In terms of college readiness, the district has seen participation in ACT tests, Advanced Placement and college in the school courses “dramatically increase” in the past few years. More than 60 percent of students now take the ACT test, which indicates students are considering college more. The board has asked Farmington High School Principal Ben Kusch to come back at a later board meeting with a presentation about college preparedness and courses offered. MCA, Advanced Placement and college placement test scores will be available later this summer. A complete report of the scores is available on the district website farmington.k12. under School Board > Board Notes > June 24, 2013.

Farmington students in second through 10th grade performed above the national norm at all levels in both reading and math on the NWEA MAP tests taken this past school year. Scores seemed to steadily increase from previous years with the exception of middle school levels due to test changes, said Sharon Davenport, district assessment data coordinator. “The test was criticized for not having enough high-level questions,” she said at the June 24 school board meeting. The test is now adaptive with harder questions, so when students answer a question correctly, a harder question is administered next, but a struggling student who answers wrong will get an easier question. At many grade levels, Farmington students also had average achievement that is higher than the next grade nationally. The district has also tracked data of students in a grade as they change over time. “As our kids progress they get above the national norm,” Davenport said. The collective improvement of the age groups also generally charted higher than the previous class, Davenport said. While the average numbers are above the national averages, Davenport said the spread Email Theresa Malloy at of the class is across the

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Notebook: Players suit up one more time for their schools High school all-star football game is Saturday in St. Cloud by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Some of the top Minnesota high school football players from 2012 will represent their schools one more time Saturday in St. Cloud. Two players from Lakeville North and one each from Apple Valley, Eastview and Burnsville will play for the South team in the Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. at Husky Stadium at St. Cloud State University. The all-star game returned to a North vs. South format in 2011, with the Twin Cities area divided roughly in half. Lakeville North graduates Mitch Johnson and Karl Finkel are two of the South team players. Johnson, a linebacker, and Finkel, a defensive lineman,

helped the Panthers reach the state Class 6A championship game in 2012. Johnson will play at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., while Finkel signed with Minnesota Duluth, which has won two NCAA Division II football titles since 2008. Augustana and UMD both play in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Apple Valley wide receiver Steven Wilson and Eastview offensive lineman Michael Backus also are on the South squad. Both are headed for the University of St. Thomas, last year’s NCAA Division III runner-up. Burnsville’s Andrew Herkenhoff is a defensive back for the South. State Class 6A champion Eden Prairie has two players on the South team – defensive back Logan Duitsman and of-

fensive lineman Anthony Yost. The 2012 Mr. Football award winner, Osseo running back Bridgeport Tusler, is on the North roster but is not expected to play because of an injury. Players and coaches from 82 schools and 35 conferences will participate in the game. They were selected by members of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association. Sixth place for Kampf Former Rosemount High School and University of Minnesota track and field athlete Heather (Dorniden) Kampf finished sixth in the women’s 800 meters at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. Her time was 2 minutes, 0.68 seconds. Alysia Montano won in 1:58.67. Kampf is a member of Asics/Team USA Minne-


NHL Draft Some players with local ties might hear their names called at the 2013 NHL Draft on Sunday in Newark, N.J. Burnsville High School defenseman Teemu Kivihalme was 64th in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings of North American skaters. Kivihalme, the son of Blaze coach Janne Kivihalme, has a year of high school eligibility remaining but turned 18 on June 14, making him eligible for this year’s draft. He has verbally committed to Colorado College and has played for the Fargo (N.D.) Force in the United States Hockey League. Hudson Fasching, a former Apple Valley High School and U.S. national Under-18 team member, is ranked 70th among

North American skaters. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound forward is scheduled to join the University of Minnesota this fall. He helped Apple Valley reach the state tournament in 2010 and played the last two seasons in the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Zach Glienke, the leading scorer for an Eagan High School team that won the South Suburban Conference in 2012-13, is ranked 160th among North American skaters. The 6-3, 190-pound forward has signed with the University of Maine. Justin Kloos, the scoring leader for a Lakeville South team that finished third at the 2012 state Class AA tournament, is 203rd among North American skaters. The 5-9, 176-pound forward played for Waterloo,

Iowa, in the USHL last season, scoring 87 points in 54 games. He led the league with 58 assists and was named to the AllUSHL first team. Kloos also has committed to Minnesota for the 201314 season. Former Lakeville North goalie Charlie Lindgren was ranked 19th among North American goalies. Lindgren, a St. Cloud State recruit, played the last two seasons for the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Stampede in the USHL. Last year he was 35-14-2 with a 2.80 goalsagainst average and .900 save percentage. He won the USA Hockey Dave Peterson Junior Goaltender of the Year award. Email Mike Shaughnessy at

Rosemount lands three on All-SSC boys lacrosse All conference winners announced for Farmington


Rosemount athletes recently were named to All-South Suburban Conference teams in lacrosse, softball and boys tennis. The boys lacrosse team, which finished third in the SSC at 7-2, had three athletes named allconference: senior Grant VanOverbeke and juniors Carter Yepsen and Connor Yepsen. Seniors Brandon Bogdalek and Riley Rutten received honorable mention, as did junior Bobby Price. Senior Madeline Johnson represents Rosemount on the all-conference girls lacrosse team. Junior Sydney Narloch, sophomore Madi Lubeley and ninthgrader Angela Bodine were honorable mention. Senior outfielder Melissa Seldon is Rosemount’s lone player on the allconference softball team. Senior Hannah Esselman, sophomore Anna Hindraker and eighth-grader Gabby Sprang were honorable mention. Senior Taji Onesirosan

Farmington had several student-athletes named to the All-Missota Conference and honorable mention list for spring. For baseball, center fielder/pitcher Spencer Merle and shortstop Jordan Lugowski were named all conference. Their teammates Johnny Dittman (outfielder/ catcher) and Bobby Eckert (catcher/third base) were honorable mention. The softball team had three members earn all conference honors including pitcher Ashley Betzold, outfielder/infielder Amber Doyle and outfielder Carly Esselman. Catcher/ infielder Toni Hunsinger was named honorable mention. The conference champion boys track team had a long list of members. Rosemount’s Madeline Johnson (left) was named to the All-South Suburban Confer- Justin Hyytinen (3200-meter run, 1600), Tanner ence girls lacrosse team. (File photo by Rick Orndorf) Grubb (200) and Nehemiah Rockett (300 hurdles) was named all-conference orable mention. went to press. were named all conference in boys tennis. Seniors All-conference teams along with the 4x800 relay Grayson Freking and Sean for baseball, golf and Email Mike Shaughnessy at (Tyler Lerbakken, Adam Hatlen and eighth-grader track and field were not mike.shaughnessy@ecmDougherty, Devon Webb Anshul Bhareth were hon- available when this edition and Jared Wolt) and the

Rookie running mistakes

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A lot can go wrong when competing in one’s first marathon Anyone who has participated in any athletic endeavor knows that the outcome is not always what you’d expect. I spend most of the year watching others win and lose, but last weekend, I experienced what it feels like to fall short because of your own mistakes, yet leave with a feeling of genuine achievement. In an attempt to cross out an item on my bucket list, foster a hobby, and better understand athletes as a sports journalist, I ran Grandma’s Marathon last weekend in Duluth, one of the largest 26.2-mile supported runs in the Midwest. I’ve run several half-marathons through the years and I never felt like going any farther than 13.1 miles, but they were becoming routine. I was receiving less “likes” on Facebook with every run, I love the north shore and doing strange things, so Grandma’s Marathon became my next carrot to chase. When the race began in Two Harbors, I was just hoping to enjoy it, but after crossing the finish line a few hours later in Canal Park, my time was at least half an hour slower than my low-end estimation. You experience nearly every human emotion during a marathon and by the end I felt sad. I made the mistake of going out too fast, cramped up, and aggravated an iliotibial band injury. Veteran marathoners likely rolled their eyes at me when I started too fast; apparently it’s quite common among rookies. I ran 98.5 percent of the time, but in the final seven miles I couldn’t run faster than most people were walking. I just couldn’t run through the pain in a way that felt safe. My race wasn’t perfect. I did see sev-

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appeared in worse shape. If I let too much of that enter my mind, I would have just stopped and grabbed a beer one of the spectators was offering. Like anything in life, most people are just worried about how they look, paying little attention to anyone else around them. But watch where you’re going. • Line up properly. Most events have pace setters. For instance, if you want to run the marathon in four hours, there’s a runner with a sign that reads “4:00” who is going to pace to finish in four hours. If you line up too far ahead, you’re going to be in the way. If you need to walk within the first mile, don’t line up with the 4:00 group. And if you’re too far behind, you’re going to be grouchy for a few miles. • As soon as you get to the starting line, head to the portable toilet, even if you don’t need to. You probably will within the next 20 minutes, which is about how long the lines usually last. • Slow down. In the end, I know no one really cares about my time, and anyone who knew me three years ago is simply happy that I finished. I learned a lot about myself in the past four months. Training and running a marathon will test and improve your willpower more than anything. If you don’t do something unusual every once in a while, you’ll never remember anything you do. I’ll remember June 22, 2013, for the rest of my life, but hopefully my time in 2014 will be more memorable.

eral rookie mistakes, although it’s natural to pick on other people when you’re insecure about your own performance. Here are some tips if you’re planning on running a race from a non-expert who ran one marathon: • You don’t need to bring water. I saw a lot of people carrying water bottles and it was a cool day. While it’s probably nice if you’re out on your own, unsupported, doing a long run on a hot day, there are plenty of water stops along the way during an actual race. For the last 10 miles or so at Grandma’s, they’re every mile. You’re actually in more danger if you drink too much than not enough, and there’s nothing more irritating than needing a bathroom break while racing. Although they’re a nice crutch, every water bottle I saw at the end was still at least half-full. • You don’t need a jacket. It was 50 degrees and foggy Saturday morning and people were dressed for that. After about a mile, 95 percent of those long sleeves and jackets were on the side of the road. You warm up pretty quickly while running. It’s OK to be uncomfortably cold at the starting line. You’re going to feel a lot worse in a few hours anyway. • Don’t worry about anyone but yourself, unless you’re going to run into them. I was passed by about 100 Email Andy Rogers people who were older than me who

4x200 (Mason Auge, Ryan Parco, Thomas Weigel and Grubb). Rockett (110 hurdles) was named honorable mention along with Lerbakken (800), Tanner Thode (shot put) and CJ Wynings (discus). The 4x400 relay (Hyytinen, Weigel, Grubb, Wyatt Ferm, Lerbakken) was also honorable mention. For girls track, Isabelle Ferm (400, triple jump), Alysha Grebner (shot put) and Morgan Cecchettini (long jump) were all conference. The 4x800 relay (Sofia Chadwick, Alex Frost, Maria Kiminski and Alicia Hett) and 4x400 (Megan Graham, Jennifer Miller, Kiminski and Hett) were also all conference. The 4x100 relay (Kelli Elmer, Nicole Doran, Cecchettini and Emma Record) were honorable mention along with Destiny Schmitz (triple jump). Bennett Lagro was named honorable mention for boys tennis, and Erik Holmstrom was honorable mention for boys golf.



More than 350 runners were out in full force Saturday at the Farmington Dew Run. Ben Kampf won the four-mile run, finishing the race in 20 minutes, 31 seconds, and beating Nick Lindstrom of Shakopee by 79 seconds. Kampf graduated from Farmington High School in 2005 and went on to run for the University of Minnesota. This is his second straight Dew Run title. Farmington’s Justin Hyytinen finished third, Burnsville’s Faysal Mahmoud was fourth and Victoria’s Kyle Economy was fifth. The top female finisher was Janet Smith of Dundas. Plymouth’s Christine Cahill was second, Farmington’s Bailey Opsal was third, Farmington’s Maricia Pacheco was fourth and Lakeville’s Theresa Kavouras was fifth. In the one-mile race, Lance Elliot from Edina won in 4:38.

Louis Schmitz Memorial Golf Classic At the Louis Schmitz Foundation fundraiser golf tournament at Southern Hills Golf Course on Friday, Steve Sabetti, Scott Finn, Paul Rutt and Shane Clausen won the men’s division. In the women’s division, Shelly Schmitz and Jody Slette, daughters of Louis Schmitz, were on the winning team with Judy Jungwirth and Helen Nikiel. The foundation raises money for scholarships and provides financial assistance to play sports and participate in community activities. Email Andy Rogers




Dakota County recently formed a countywide initiative called Heading Home that enlists the help of government, business and faith communities to address homelessness. The goal of the 10-year plan is to prevent people from becoming homeless while ending existing homelessness by examining housing, employment and other needs in Dakota County. A task force is currently studying the scope of homelessness, housing needs among other aspects as part of the plan.

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. The county’s actual homeless population is likely much higher, said Madeline Kastler, housing resource development specialist for Dakota County. Dakota County’s Supportive Housing Unit typically receives 6,000 or more referrals and calls each year for assistance from people experiencing homelessness or housing instability, according to county documents. Dakota County outpaces the statewide trend, which saw a 6 percent increase between 2009 and 2012, reaching 10,214 people. “I think generally, people in most need will experience recovery last,” Kastler said.

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Rising rent The economy and a lack of affordable housing and transportation are among the contributing factors in the recent rise in homelessness, county officials say. As growing numbers of people flood the rental market, the cost of rent in Dakota County has risen by $16.68 (1.86 percent) from 2011 to 2012 with the average monthly rent of an efficiency climbing to $635 and a three-bedroom unit to $1,325. Burnsville has experienced the greatest increase with a $31.59 (3.58 percent) rise in rent between 2011 and 2012. At the same time, landlords are becoming more selective. “Those with better credit history and without criminal records are chosen, and others are left out,” Kastler said. County officials also face the challenge of addressing the different needs of people who temporarily struggle with homelessness versus those who are chronically homeless. “Some people need temporary financial assistance, while others need ongoing

Dakota County Technical College officials say about one in 10 of their students face homelessness. (Photo by Jessica Harper) case management to identify the entire picture,” she said. “If we don’t handle the underlying issues, we will see people back at our door.” Knowing a client’s mental health, chemical dependency or economic issues can be useful in working with a landlord when finding them housing, Kastler said. Transportation also continues to be an issue for many homeless people in Dakota County, Kastler said. There are only two emergency homeless shelters in Dakota County: Dakota Woodlands, which serves women and children, and

Cochran House in Hastings, which serves single men. Due to the county’s limited transit system, commuting between one of the shelters and a place of employment can often become a challenge, Kastler said. Though Stephanie drives to friends and family members’ homes and school, she often worries about rising gas prices. “I sometimes wonder if I will have enough to get back and forth,” she said. County officials say the addition of the MVTA’s new Red Line on Cedar Avenue may provide some relief, but additional routes will be needed countywide.

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Rosemount clinic earns innovation award Fairview Clinics-Rosemount is among 30 clinics nationwide selected as an Exemplar Primary Care Practice by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Group Health Research Institute. The initiative aims to identify practice innovations that make primary care more efficient, effective, and satisfying to patients and providers. The Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices project identifies primary care practices that have focused on teamwork and new roles for health professionals in ways that support consistently outstanding primary care. “One of the things that is really exciting to me about participating in the LEAP Project is that Fairview will be part of a learning community to share best practices,” said Katie Holley, clinic administrator. “This will be a great way for Fairview to learn what other forwardthinking primary care practices across the country are doing.” The Rosemount clinic was selected through a national process and threeday site evaluation to receive the designation. During the site visit, researchers observed team huddles and informally shadowed staff and patients. They also learned about care coordination, medication therapy management and the use of electronic health records to support population health management. The goal of LEAP is to identify and share innovative staffing arrangements that make primary care more accessible and effective for patients.








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Mama Rose Thompson Hovick in 1910 (Photo submitted) BOOK, from 1A

But when the depression hit, Louise moved to the burlesque circuit and performed as Gypsy Rose Lee much to her mother’s dismay. “Rose didn’t want to push her into it because it was so low class,� Quinn said. “But it was the depression.� The family remained in the spotlight once Gypsy Rose took off, inspiring the eventual musical. Quinn’s story offers a more holistic look at Mama Rose’s “resourceful and adaptable� lifestyle.

While Quinn has never been to Farmington, she is hoping to travel there for a book signing. She describes the books as, “The story of seven strong women – Rose, her grandmother, mother, sisters and daughters – who had 21 surnames between them. Those included her daughters’ stage names, but mostly they were all of the names of the women’s husbands. Rose and her two sisters had eight marriages that I know about – possibly more.� Quinn’s book promises

FARMINGTON, from 1A of its five-year strategic plan. frustration at a June 24 Now the council must budget workshop at the look to cut $306,441 from state intervention that has its proposed 2014-2015 “backed them into a cor- budget, which will be adner.� opted at the end of the “Shame on our law- year. The council also makers and governor,� explored the idea of ussaid Council Member Ja- ing some LGA money for son Bartholomay. “Espe- operational costs, so they cially for a city like us that do not have to make more has been conservative, and cuts in staff. The council now it handcuffs us.� was torn on this option. “I’m so spitting mad The council also disthat I can’t see straight,� cussed the possibility of said Council Member getting a $125,000 bond to Christy Jo Fogarty. fund the CIP. The council plans for “We can’t keep pushing LGA money to go toward this CIP project down the one-time expenditures, but road,� said City Adminisit would not cover the ice trator David McKnight. arena levy, operational Mayor Todd Larson increases and capital im- agreed: “We’ve been kickprovement plan the coun- ing this can down the road cil spent months discuss- way too many years.� ing and planning as part The project includes

road improvements such as the Akin Road area that needs a face lift after more than two decades. “The roads are terrible. ... It’s embarrassing,� Larson said. City Engineer Kevin Schorzman said waiting on the project could be more costly as construction costs increase over time, and the city could incur more cost by waiting. Finance Director Robin Hanson also said bonds are at record-low interest rates. Council Member Doug Bonar said he is not in favor of the bonding, but understands the city has been dealt a difficult hand. Council Member Terry Donnelly agreed: “If there’s another way to go without bonding, I would

do it. But it’s not an option.� The city will look into a bond and present it at a future meeting along with specifications for the Akin Road project. An exact formula for the 2014-2015 budget will not be available until Sept. 1. Other cities such as Burnsville will have to make similar cuts to its proposed budget, while others such as Rosemount are largely unaffected by the limits. Farmington will continue its budget discussions at public meetings in coming weeks. The city meeting calendar is available online at

ROSEMOUNT, from 1A general fund budget by 3 percent without having to crease on the median resi- pass along a higher tax indential property valued at crease to residents because $203,500. the tax burden is falling on “We are pleased that a broader base. we can present a reasonResidential values will ably modest budget and increase on average 3.76 tax levy that keeps the percent from 2013 to 2014, city moving ahead on according to the city. the building, operating The tax levy is expected and maintaining of many to increase from $10.46 new facilities,� wrote Fi- million to $10.6 million. nance Director Jeff May That is about the same and City Administra- rate of increase as last tor Dwight Johnson in a year (1.23 percent in 2013 memo to council mem- to 1.41 percent in 2014). bers. The city notes that the A number of factors overall tax levy has deare contributing to the clined by $864,842 from moderate climb in residen- 2009 to 2014 (proposed) tial property taxes, but one and that the amount the of the significant changes average-value home has from 2013 to 2014 is a paid on the city portion projected 4.12 percent in- of property taxes has decrease in the property tax clined by $186 from 2008 base. to 2014 (proposed). That means the city For the additional $12 will be able to increase its next year, the average hom-

eowner can expect to have one new police sergeant on staff by about mid-year 2014, fund increased costs to operate new facilities and athletic fields, replace existing equipment, playgrounds and parking lots and much more. The addition of the police sergeant, which aims to improve management of the investigations unit among other duties, would bring the city’s number of authorized full-time employees 76. There were 81 full-time employees at the beginning of 2008. A part-time senior center coordinator position may be added midyear if the development of a new senior housing and center is constructed by Stonebridge Communities of Apple Valley. Another potential part-time hire would be in the account-

ing department. The parks maintenance budget is expected to climb by $92,500 (12.52 percent) to address those new facilities. Unlike other area cities that are smarting about legislative changes, Rosemount reports it could save about $140,000 because of the elimination of most sales tax payments for goods. The city has until September to certify its 2014 levy to Dakota County. More information about the city budget is at, under Government, in Agendas and Minutes, in the June 25 Special Work Session.

said. “Just like in Farmington it all started billiards, and reopened as hotel, after hotel, reopened, later became a candy store.� Rose was born in Wahpeton, N.D., but her three other siblings were born in Farmington. Her faintrigue, scandal along ther, who was also born in with some Farmington Farmington, worked for history. the Great Northern Rail“Mama Rose’s Turn� road. can be pre-ordered on Rose lived with her for $23.89. grandma at the candy store, which burned down Email Theresa Malloy at and the family moved ward Seattle. Rose later had daughters Louise and June. Quinn said Rose and 2-year-old June sat in the back of Louise’s dance class. June started dancing in the back of the classroom on her toes. “She was a dance prodigy,� Quinn said. Rose did not force her child to perform, Quinn claims. “You can’t take a child and force a child to perform,� she said. The divorced mother took the sister act starring Baby June Havoc on the road to the Pantages After the Farmington fire in 1879 that completely destroyed 25 buildings downtown, and Orpheum circuits. the families rebuilt their hotels on Oak and Third streets. (Photo submitted)

vs. Kansas City T-Bones


Carolyn Quinn’s book “Mama Rose’s Turn� documents the famous stage mother of Gyspy Rose Lee, both pictured on the book cover. Mama Rose, Rose Thompson Hovick, grew up in Farmington where her family owned a saloon turned hotel in prohibition days. Quinn used documents including archives from the Dakota County Tribune to piece together the family’s story in Farmington. The book will be released in November this year and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. com. (Photo submitted)

July 6: Join us as we show our troops how much we care during our Independence Day Celebration with Post-Game Fireworks Super Show presented by Cub Foods and Snapple (7:05 p.m.) July 7: Faith and Family Day with post-game concert (1:05 p.m.) July 8: Because we didn’t do a Harlem Shake video: A Salute to Dead Dances on Kevin Bacon’s Birthday (7:05 p.m.)

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theater and arts calendar To submit items for the Arts Calendar, email: darcy. Concerts An Evening with Melissa Etheridge, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, in the amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo as part of Subway Music in the Zoo. Tickets: $70. Information: Melody and The Dramatics, pop/cabaret, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 30, as part of Sunday Night Music in the Park at Nicollet Commons Park, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Free. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo with Brynn Marie, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, in the amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo as part of Subway Music in the Zoo. Tickets: $60. Information: Music in Kelley Park featuring T. Mychael Rambo, 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Kelley Park, 6855 Fortino St., Apple Valley. Free. Food and beverages available for purchase. Dark Star Orchestra, 7 p.m. Friday, July 5, in the amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo as part of Subway Music in the Zoo. Tickets: $30. Information: musicinthezoo. Cheap Trick, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, in the amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo as part of Subway Music in the Zoo. Tickets: $65. Information: musicinthezoo. “Sound and Place: Minnesota” by McKnight visiting composer Hugh Livingston, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, Caponi Art Park’s Theater in the Woods, Eagan. Free ($5 suggested donation). Information: Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, in the amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo as part of Subway Music in the Zoo. Tickets: $56. Information: Great Big Sea, 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, in the amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo as part of Subway Music in the Zoo. Tickets: $58. Information: musicinthezoo.

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Three actors will deliver all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in under 100 minutes in the comical “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Caponi Art Park in Eagan. Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation, and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to spread on the grassy slopes of the park’s outdoor amphitheater. The event is part of Caponi’s Summer Performance Series, which offers theater, music and dance on Sunday evenings through mid-August; the full schedule is at (Photo submitted) admission. Information: Eagan July 4th Funfest, July 3-4. Information: www. Lakeville Pan-O-Prog, July 4-14. Information: www. Rosemount Leprechaun Days, July 19-28. Information: www.rosemountevents. com/Leprechaun.html.

Exhibits “Cultural Perspectives: Color Our World” runs through July 20 at the art gallery at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Sponsored by the International Festival of Burnsville and the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. “Seeing in Watercolor,” an exhibit by the Ginnie AdEvents/festivals ams Watercolor Group, runs Apple Valley Freedom through Aug. 1 at Lawshe Days, June 28 through July 4. Memorial Museum, 130 Third Information: www.avfreedom- Ave. N., South St. Paul. mation: 651-552-7548. Eagan Art Festival, June “Lines of New York” 29-30, Eagan Community photography exhibit by Dean Center Festival Grounds, Seaton runs throughout July 1501 Central Parkway. Free at Dunn Bros. Coffee, 1012



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Eagan Art Festival The Eagan Art Festival will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Central Park in Eagan. The event features a juried art show, entertainment, children’s activities and food. Information:

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Jazz vocalist T. Mychael Rambo will perform Friday, July 5, as part of the summerlong Music in Kelley Park concert series hosted by the Apple Valley Arts Foundation. Admission is free to the 6-9 p.m. concert in the park located at Founders Lane and West 153rd Street in Apple Valley’s Central Village, and vendors will offer festival food such as burgers and brats along with wine and beer. The series continues July 12 with a performance by the David Gonzalez Band, followed July 19 by Patty Peterson & Friends. More information about the concerts is at (Photo submitted)

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Composer at Caponi California composer Hugh Livingston will present “Sound and Place: Minnesota” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, as part of the free Summer Perfor-

mance Series at Caponi Art Park in Eagan. Audience members will explore performance in a new way with musicians from St. Paul-based Zeitgeist flitting in and out of the woods. Birdcages hanging from trees emanating sounds recorded from Caponi Art Park will provide a visual element. Children can participate by playing percussion instruments. Livingston is the 2012 McKnight visiting composer with the American Composers Forum. Each year the American Composers Forum selects up to two composers to design and produce their own residencies. Visiting composers spend approximately 60 days in Minnesota, working on projects with a Minnesota community. Livingston selected Caponi Art Park as his partnering organization and will complete his residency this June and July. “Sound and Place: Minnesota” is free, with a $5 per person suggested donation to help make the Summer Performance Series possible. Weatherrelated announcements will be made at Caponi Art Park will host additional events with Livingston in July. On Saturday, July 13, at 8 a.m. birders, landscape architects and landscape designers can walk through the park with Livingston, followed by a group discussion of sound in the context of designed spaces and the musical implications of natural rhythms and harmonies in Minnesota’s landscape. Registration is required; call 651-454-9412 to sign up. Space is limited. Additional events to be announced.

Cannon Valley Fair begins The 98th annual Cannon Valley Fair in Cannon Falls runs July 2 through July 6. Grandstand entertainment includes a car and pickup demolition derby at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. An NTPA truck and tractor pull will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 5, and the Auto Cross event will be 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Harness racing will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 4, with fireworks at dusk. Also on Saturday will be a concert by Brat Pack Radio Supershow, beginning at 9 p.m. The Grande Day Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on July 4, with fireworks at dusk. Admission to the fairgrounds is $3 per person per day (children age 5 and under are free), with $8 season passes available. Parking is free. Information: www.



Thisweekend An unlikely muse Apple Valley resident finds poetic inspiration at the zoo by Kristina Ericksen SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Apple Valley resident Charlie Curry is assembling a chapbook of poetry inspired by his frequent visits to the Minnesota Zoo. The chapbook will include about 20 of Curry’s poems written over the past eight years. Averaging about three visits a week, the recentlyretired financial consultant walks the 2.5 miles of paths rain or shine, from below zero temperatures to hot summer days. Curry has been a member of the zoo on and off since it opened in 1978. He has been walking the trails regularly since 2005. “It’s hard to not run into him here,” zoo director of marketing Bill Von Bank said. “He always has a smile on his face.” Curry’s time at the Minnesota Zoo has allowed him to observe animals and reflect on their importance or about conservation and education –two of the zoo’s philosophies. “It doesn’t take many visits to the zoo to see how much we’d lose if we lost the animals,” Curry said. But Curry doesn’t visit the zoo just for the animals. Besides getting in some exercise, Curry enjoys observing zoo visitors. “I like to watch people and their interactions,” Curry said. “And I like the quiet days when people just observe. The zoo is a place to come and walk, a place to observe. It’s a place to be.” Curry cites the human

Charlie Curry of Apple Valley has been walking at the zoo since 2005. His observations of zoo visitors inspired a collection of poems he recently assembled into a chapbook. (Photo by Kristina Ericksen) connections, snippets of conversations and the interconnected environment as a few of his inspirations for writing. Growing up, Curry frequented zoos in Madison and Kansas City, though he never had many pets of his own. Curry has been writing since he was a teenager. “They were wretched,” he said of his early works. It was only later in life that he began to take writing seriously. He currently belongs to a poetry group that evolved from a class he took from Juliet Patterson, a Minnesota writer. The poetry group’s members read and critique each other’s work. Curry wrote poetry for sermons while he served as a minister. He has been published in various church newsletters, the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal and Community of Christ Magazine. Last year he won the Dakota County

nectedness.” His poems aim to engage readers and “look outward to look inward.” “His poetry is really inspiring,” Von Bank said. “Charlie is a great guy.” Curry is assembling his poems inspired by the Minnesota Zoo into a chapbook. It will contain about 20 of his poems written since 2006. Curry plans on entering it in contests upon its completion. “It’s collected but not finished,” Curry said. For aspiring writers, Curry gives this advice: “Get in the daily grind of writing. Find a voice and something to say.” Curry also suggests trying writing exercises and reading other poets’ work to see their writing strategies. So what’s next for the Apple Valley poet? “More walking, more writing, and more discipline in my writing,” Curry said. He also hopes to produce more chapbooks and poetry collections. For those interested in reading Curry’s chapbook, he can be found walking around the zoo or reached at charliecurry@charter. net.

Library Poetry Contest. “He has a passion for the zoo and for poetry,” Von Bank said. “With his poems he’s connected his two passions together.” When writing, Curry finds taking notes helpful. He reflects over the sights and sounds of the zoo during his first draft, which is then revised and redrafted. Curry has friends and family read over his work for critiques. He then edits his poems, working on them for months at a time. Like many writers, Curry claims his poems are “never finished” and has a hard time Email Kristina Ericksen at putting them down. “You know a poem’s good when people interpret it differently than you intended. It has a life of its own,” Curry said. Curry’s poems are free verse and tend to be short with a reflective and observant tone. Many of his poems are people-oriented and recognize “intercon-

Two healthy bongo calves were born earlier this month at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. They can be seen in the Africa! exhibit at the zoo through Sept. 2. (Photo courtesy of Minnesota Zoo)

Bongo calves born at zoo Two bongo calves were born earlier this month at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. The two healthy calves – the first ever born at the zoo – are making their public debut in the zoo’s summer Africa! exhibit. A male calf was born June 6 and a female calf was born June 16. Both calves are doing well and currently weigh approximately 40 and 30 pounds, respectively. Bongos (Tragelaphus eurycerus) are the largest and heaviest forest antelopes. They are found in rain forests with dense

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