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Apple Valley www.SunThisweek.com NEWS Abdallah looks to expand The longtime familyrun Burnsville candy company is seeking larger quarters for its factory and retail shop. Page 3A

OPINION Don’t deny school lunches The 2014 Minnesota Legislature should approve the governor’s proposal to support schools in providing lunch to all students. Page 4A

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February 28, 2014 | Volume 35 | Number 1

Debate on marijuana bill reignites County’s top law enforcement officials want to put out medical marijuana bill by Tad Johnson SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Dakota County’s top two law enforcement officials are urging people to press state legislators to strike down proposed medical marijuana legislation. County Attorney James Backstrom and Sheriff Dave Bellows spoke to a group of Rosemount leaders Thursday, Feb. 20, to tell them why the bill as proposed shouldn’t become law. They say in states where similar bills were passed with the intention to help people with serious illnesses, a result has been marijuana ending up in the hands of people who don’t really need it for medical purposes. “If we approve it for medical use, we have just approved it for recreational use,� Bellows said, referring to the experiences in other

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states. The bill has too many qualifying conditions for patients who would be able to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana, according to Backstrom and Bellows. Those conditions range from cancer to severe pain. In Colorado, they said 3 percent of cancer patients were approved for medical marijuana while about 95 percent of people with chronic or severe pain were approved.

Supporters say generally medical marijuana laws in 20 states and Washington, D.C., are working well and providing patients with relief and protection from arrest, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. Backstrom and Bellows said most of the patients using medical marijuana are young while males. They added that 50 percent of medical marijuana purchasing cards were approved by 12 doctors in Colorado – an indication that there is lax oversight and abuse in the system. The state has about 900 doctors who can approve use. The county attorney and sheriff said they are sympathetic to people who suffer from serious medical conditions, but feel that there are medications on the market that have the same chemicals as marijuana and are more effec-

tive. “(Those medications) have restricted, controlled use in terms of their quantity and quality and are sold in pharmacies,� Backstrom said. “We need to continue to study� these medications. It has been reported that allowing marijuana extracts in a pill or inhaler form could emerge in a compromise bill this session. The current bill would allow marijuana to be sold in dispensaries that would be limited by size, with four counties having two or more, 45 having one and 38 having none. The proposal also details conditions for prescribing, licensing, growing and dispensing marijuana. The Minnesota Legislature approved a bill to legalize medical See MARIJUANA, 11A

Longtime legislator will not seek re-election

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Holberg: ‘16 years is a long time’ by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Frozen Apple concert This year’s Frozen Apple music series concludes March 1 with a concert by Michael Monroe at Valleywood Golf Course. Page 16A

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Members of the Los Puerto Ricans team plunged into the icy waters of Crystal Lake in Burnsville on Saturday, Feb. 22, as part of the annual South Metro Polar Bear Plunge. Polar Bear Plunge events are organized by Minnesota law-enforcement groups to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota. Plungers at Crystal Lake swam or walked a short distance to shore before hustling into a warm-up tent. A total of 878 plungers were registered for the event, raising $197,000 in pledges, according to the event website. (Photo by John Gessner)

Eagles to send several to state The Apple Valley wrestling team will send a large contingent of members to the state individual tournament. Page 10A

Republican fiscal and social conservative leader state Rep. Mary Liz Holberg will not seek re-election to the Minnesota House this fall. Holberg, of Lakeville, announced her decision not to seek a ninth term in office at the Republican caucus Mary Liz in Farmington on Holberg Saturday. “It was a tough decision,â€? Holberg said. “It’s certainly a job I love. It’s exciting and you learn new things and I’ve gotten to work with people across the state ‌ but 16 years is a long time.â€? See HOLBERG, 11A

In winter, fire safety starts with a shovel Fire chief urges residents to clear 3-foot space around hydrants by Andrew Miller SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

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A garage fire last month on the 4900 block of Upper 148th Court in Apple Valley could have been a lot worse, according to Apple Valley Fire Chief Nealon Thompson. But a civic-minded neighbor had cleared the snow from around the fire hydrant nearest the garage, giving the first firefighters to arrive on the scene immediate access to water needed fight the blaze. “Because the hydrant had been cleared by the neighbor, we were able to confine the fire to the garage and prevent it from going into the house,� Thompson said. The fire chief is asking Apple Valley residents to clear 3 feet of space around fire hydrants near their homes, giving firefighters access to the hydrants from the street.

Apple Valley Fire Chief Nealon Thompson is asking residents to clear 3 feet of space around fire hydrants, as shown above, near their homes, thus giving firefighters immediate access to water when responding to fire calls. (Photo courtesy Apple Valley Fire Department) The basic idea, Thompson said, is that every second counts when there is a fire, and the sooner firefighters can connect hoses to hydrants, the sooner they can get water on fires. There are more than 2,500 fire hydrants in the city, and the city’s volunteer Fire Department doesn’t have the resources to clear snow from them all. “With the high amount

of snowfall we’ve had this year, fire hydrants are becoming harder and harder to access,� Thompson said. “Firefighters having to spend five minutes digging a fire hydrant out of a snowbank is just going to slow down our efforts.� Clearing the snow with a shovel is best, the fire chief added, as using a snowblower has the potential to damage both the hydrant and the snowblower. Thompson said there

haven’t yet been any fire calls this year in which firefighters were delayed by buried hydrants, though there have been a number of fire calls in which “properly dug out hydrants have assisted us.� “We’ve had no significant impact so far, but of course we want to prevent Fire hydrants buried under that from happening,� he snow can delay firefightsaid. ing efforts. (Photo courtesy Apple Valley Fire DepartEmail Andrew Miller at ment) andrew.miller@ecm-inc.com.

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Area Briefs Citizens Academy offered The Apple Valley Police Department is offering a free Citizens Police Academy on Tuesdays, April 1 through May 27. The class meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and is open to anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in Apple Valley and has not attended an Apple Valley Citizens Police Academy within the last five years. Criminal background checks will be conducted on all applicants. Topics for the eightweek course include routine traffic stops, the Dakota County Drug Task Force, school resource officers, use-of-force issues, DUI enforcement, the Mutual Aid Assistance Group (SWAT team), the judicial process, crime scene investigations and K-9. Registrations must be completed online at www. cityofapplevalley.org/police. No applications will be accepted after March 25. For more information, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Pam Walter at 952-953-2706 or pwalter@ cityofapplevalley.org.

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Starting in March, Dakota County Library will host Great Decisions, a nonpartisan discussion forum that provides opportunities for education and conversation on important American foreign policy issues. Each program will be

held at Apple Valley’s Galaxie Library and will feature a presenter with expertise in the topic. Participants are encouraged to read the Great Decisions booklet available at the Galaxie Library information desk. The first program is “China’s Foreign Policy,� 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4. What does the rapid rise of China mean for other countries in the region, and are there potential points of conflict with the United States as it “pivots� to Asia? Presented by P. Richard Bohr, professor of history and director of Asian studies at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. For more information, visit www.dakotacounty. us/library and search Great Decisions or call 651-450-2900.

Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings, Minn., 55033; emailed to board@ co.dakota.mn.us; or faxed to 651-438-4405. They must be submitted by the end of the day on March 28. Each commissioner will use the pool of applicants to nominate two representatives to the citizen panel. Their selections will not necessarily come from their respective districts, but will properly represent Dakota County residents and their interests. Selected candidates will be notified by phone or email, and panel appointments will be made April 8. For more information or to obtain an application, visit www.dakotacounty.us/parks and search master plan.

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The 12th annual MOMS (Making Our Moms Successful) Benefit Concert and Silent Auction is Saturday, April 5, at 12921 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville. MOMS is a nonprofit mentoring program designed to equip single mothers with the skills and support to build healthy, stable homes for their children. The organization has been serving Dakota County since 1990 and has now expanded to include Scott County. All concert proceeds benefit the MOMS program. Advance tickets are $15, or $20 the day of the show. For more information, or to order tickets, call 952-890-5072, email momshis@aol.com, visit www.momsprogram.org.

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on its Lebanon Hills Regional Park 2014 Master Plan Citizen Panel and review specific elements of the park’s draft 2014 Master Plan to provide comments to the board. The panel – which will consist of no more than 20 members – is expected to meet approximately eight times between April 1 and Dec. 31, with meetings being held in the evenings and likely lasting a maximum of three hours. Applications can be mailed to the Senior Administrative Coordinator to the Board, Dakota County Administration

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Conditions were less than ideal for tennis last week at Apple Valley’s Scott Park, with the top of the court’s net visible just above the recently fallen snow. The intense winter storm that began Thursday afternoon dumped nearly 10 inches of snow in the Twin Cities area, closing Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan schools on Friday and leaving roads dangerously slick. (Photo by Andrew Miller)          

          

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Abdallah Candies looks to expand Burnsville hopes to retain longtime business by John Gessner SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Steady growth has Abdallah Candies, a fixture in Burnsville for nearly 50 years, seeking larger quarters for its factory and retail shop. The search could end with the storied candymaker and family business leaving the city it’s called home since 1965. Or not. City officials are keen to retain the company, whose products — principally chocolates and caramels — can be found on store shelves across the Upper Midwest and the nation. Mayor Elizabeth Kautz even gave Abdallah a shout-out during her Feb. 12 State of the City address, saying the city is working with the company on its expansion plans. Abdallah President Steven Hegedus, who employs about 120 people, says he’d prefer to stay in Burnsville. “Burnsville is strongly supportive of our business. If there’s a way we can do that, we will,� said the Savage resident, who’s been making candy since childhood. “That’s one reason why we’re considering many options in Burnsville. But we also have to be realistic and do what makes sense for the business. If Burnsville can’t accommodate, then we have to look elsewhere.� He said he wants to keep the company in the Twin Cities and is scouting locations “south of the river.� Abdallah is located in a 65,000-square-foot building on the southwest corner of County Road 42 and Burnsville Parkway. Some 40,000 cars pass daily on 42, a boon for the retail store, where business is especially brisk around Valentine’s Day, Christmas and Easter, Hegedus

said. The challenge to staying in Burnsville, he said, is finding a good retail spot that can also accommodate the 100,000-squarefoot building needed for production to keep pace with sales growth. “The retail operations are still very profitable and we want to keep a good presence, so the location is important,� Hegedus said. Known to many as “Abdallah’s,� the company has had several prominent locations during its 104-year history. It began as a small candy and ice cream shop at Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street in south Minneapolis. The founders were Albert Abdallah, a Syrian immigrant, and his new bride, the former Helen Trovall from Monticello, Minn. The shop grew to include a restaurant and soda fountain. The end of Prohibition moved much of its customer base back into the bars, and the couple closed the business in 1935. But Albert, who learned his candymaking skills in America, continued to make candy for select clients while trying to rebuild the business. Abdallah reopened, without the restaurant, in 1937 on West Lake Street near Lake Calhoun, a few blocks from the old location. “The trolley stop was Hennepin and Lake,� Hegedus said. “People would get off on that corner, walk to Lake Calhoun, and they would promenade back and forth by his ice creamcandy store.� Abdallah eventually asked his son-in-law, Glen Oletzke, to join the business. Oletzke was the father-in-law of Steven Hegedus’ father, Stephen, who also

Abdallah Candies President Steven Hegedus, who learned candymaking as a boy, walks the floor at the Burnsville factory. (Photo by John Gessner) joined the family business with his wife, Vicke. Oletzke was Steven Hegedus’ grandfather. The business’ next location, at 38th Street and Cedar Avenue, was a victim of fate. Oletzke and Stephen Hegedus moved there in the mid-’50s. In 1964, a spectacular fire caused by an overturned gas tanker truck destroyed part of the building and much of the inventory. Though they briefly maintained a retail store at that location, Oletzke and Hegedus looked south to Burnsville to build a new candy factory in 1965, the year Steven Hegedus was born. “Grandpa taught me how to make marshmallow,� he said. “Dad trained me in candymaking. At 10, 11, 12, I was making candy. I didn’t think it was a job. It was fun.� The new location at 12220 12th Ave. S., east of Burnsville High School, proved to be a winner. A U.S. Post Office was soon built next to Abdallah Candies. “Even though we were more

Velvet Tones present Festival of Music March 2 event at Eastview features Southview Singers Velvet Tones, the senior adult community chorus of Apple Valley, will present its annual Festival of Music at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at Eastview High School, 6200 W. 140th St., Apple

Valley. The free concert will feature the Southview Singers from Southview Elementary in Apple Valley. Stan Turner will serve as master of ceremonies. For more information, call 952-4321081, visit www.velvettones.org or email Velvettones@gmail.com.

in an industrial side of town, people found us because we were next to the post office,� Hegedus said. “You always make it to the post office one time or another.� The company began wholesaling its candy in the late 1970s, partly in response to Fanny Farmer shuttering its wholesale operation, he said. “Their decision to stop wholesaling to retailers left a big demand for boxed chocolates in drugstores and gift shops and places like that, which we filled,� he said. His father took pains to grow the business slowly, never taking on more accounts than he could service, Hegedus said. But grow it did. The company moved to County Road 42 in 1997, starting with 30,000 square feet and four years later building 35,000 more. Abdallah Candies’ account ledger has grown to 7,000 nationwide, Hegedus said. The company has quadrupled its output since 1997, to about 2 million pounds of candy a year, he said. It powered through the

recession; candy and alcohol are mostly immune to such downturns, Hegedus said. “It’s making really good candy,� he said, explaining the company’s success. “It’s focusing on the second sale, never the first. Everything’s repeat business with what we do.� Hegedus hopes to have a new location chosen within a couple of months and new space built within a year. “If we’re going to keep up with demand, we know we can’t do it in this facility,� said Hegedus, whose wife, Karen, runs accounting and human resources for the company and whose three college-age sons have also worked in the business. “It’s more our customers driving our decision than us. If I could stay here I think I would, in these four walls, but we won’t be able to make our customers happy.� John Gessner can be reached at 952-846-2031 or email john.gessner@ecm-inc.com.

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Schools need policies to ensure students have a hot lunch The report of Minnesota school students from low-income families being denied a hot school lunch raises a major question as to who is responsible for feeding hungry students in school. Clearly, the will of the people is that no student should go through the school day hungry. Most agree it is the responsibility of parents to make sure children eligible for a reduced-price lunch either have a bag lunch or the 40-cent co-pay in their lunch account needed to get a hot meal. The same holds for parents who are not eligible for reduced-price meals in school cafeterias. A spokesperson for Legal Aid said this week it believes the same payment policies are applied to all students, regardless of ability to pay for a hot lunch. The survey by Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid found that 46 school districts eventually, after some effort at collection, deny children a lunch if they don’t have the 40 cents to pay for it. The survey comes on the heels of reports from Utah where students were denied meals because of lack of payment. The Utah incidents highlighted the situation here. In fact, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid has been advocating for the past six years to prohibit this practice in Minnesota. The survey found that another 166

ECM Editorial districts provide an alternative – fruit, a cheese or peanut butter sandwich and a carton of milk – while the rest of the districts, including Minneapolis and Anoka-Hennepin, serve hot lunches to those who qualify for reduced-price lunches. Judging from reaction, this issue has engaged many Minnesotans who are choosing sides on the issue of the responsibility of government to feed hot lunches and breakfasts to students who come to school hungry for whatever reason. We believe that the child should not suffer because of neglectful parents, particularly if they have to sit in school feeling the pangs of hunger. The focus of this discussion is on those students who qualify for a reduced-price lunch based on the family’s annual income. The bottom line is who should pay the 40 cents for a hot lunch when the family can’t or forgets to do so in a timely fashion. The answer comes down to the local school district administration and policies approved by the school board. Budgets are set and most districts expect the lunch program to be self-supporting. However, the priority of all school districts ought first to be how can we get all children fed, not how can we get all the

meals paid for. It’s hard to blame the local school food service department that most likely is following orders and guidelines to provide meals while staying within their budgets. But policies that deny a student a meal or send a student home with an ink-stamped hand as a reminder that payment is due are cruel, mean and simply wrong. No child should be punished or humiliated in such a fashion because an adult has failed their personal responsibility. We believe local taxpayers would pay more if they knew those additional funds would go directly to pay for hot lunches for students from low-income families. We also believe most districts can be creative in finding solutions that are respectful to struggling families who want to pay, but need more time. Meanwhile, this survey has so stirred up the public that the Legislature will likely pass a bill making sure every student who qualifies for a reduced-price lunch will get a hot meal. That will require an estimated expenditure of $3.5 million. Gov. Mark Dayton is including the $3.5 million in his supplemental budget that will be considered this session. The state has a budget surplus, meaning the funds are available. It is unfortunate that a proposal in the last session to pro-

vide this funding fell on deaf ears and was eliminated from the budget. The focus alone on this issue will help solve the problem as local school boards examine their policies and procedures and hold accountable administrators to make sure no child is denied a lunch. School districts that carry a healthy food service fund balance do not face budget problems. The Legal Aid survey also drew a response from the commissioner of education. Calling the substance of the survey “quite troubling,” Brenda Cassellius wrote to superintendents in all districts last week: “Like me, I know that none of you would deny a child a nutritious lunch intentionally. I am hoping you will speak with your Food Service Directors regarding this information and find ways to ensure children are never turned away from receiving a hot meal.” Legislators should pass this legislation so that all children eligible for free-andreduced lunches, no matter the economic circumstances of their parents, are provided a hot school lunch so that they can learn their lessons. This is an opinion from the ECM Publishers Editorial Board. Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune are part of ECM Publishers Inc.

Informed urgency needed to help improve schools by Joe Nathan SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Two of the nation’s most intriguing and one of the nation’s most controversial school reform advocates spoke in Minnesota Feb. 6. The conference, convened by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, opened with sobering statistics. While Minnesota schools rank well in many areas, we are 48th in high school graduation rates for American Indians, 49th for African Americans and 50th for Hispanic students. About 250 parents, business community members, legislators, teachers and others gathered to listen, learn and list possible next steps. The two highlights for me were hearing from George Parker and Kati Haycock. Parker grew up in the rural south. His family members were “share-croppers” – among the poorest of the poor. His father completed fifth grade, his mother completed third. Parker taught math for 30 years in the Washington, D.C., public schools. He became a teacher in part because “many of my teachers inspired me. They would not let my family’s poverty be an excuse.” In 2005 teachers elected him to be their union president. He recalls having “typical teacher union president attitudes. Some things were sacred, including protecting seniority and opposing teacher evaluation tied to student perfor-

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mance.” He began to change after he spoke one day in a third-grade classroom. After he told students that his job was to “make sure you have the best teachers,” a little girl hugged him. As he left the school, Parker thought, “I lied to those children.” The union had just spent $10,000 to retain a teacher that “I wouldn’t want working with my grandchildren.” He reconsidered some of his ideas, and “began to focus on child-based rather than adult-based” decisions. Working with Michelle Rhee, the district’s chancellor (what Minnesotans call “superintendent”), Parker negotiated a new contract that increased teacher pay, included student performance as part of the evaluation and reduced seniority as a criterion when layoffs were needed. While some teachers strongly objected, “more than 80 percent of the teachers voted in favor of the contract.” Parker is clear (and I think right) that the most effective schools have strong principals and well-designed profession-

al development. He points out that the best schools serving students from lowincome families have more time with students. He also thinks teachers deserve “a good base pay, with performance measures on top.” Parker’s views complement those of Kati Haycock, president of a research and advocacy group, Education Trust. Haycock has many awards for her careful research and use of data to highlight problems and describe outstanding elementary and secondary public schools as well as colleges and universities. She thinks Americans need to work simultaneously inside and outside schools to help young people. I agree. For Haycock, poverty absolutely is a problem that urgently needs work. She also urges learning from strong early childhood programs and from public schools around the country that are producing excellent results with students from low-income families. Unfortunately, “We are taking the diversity that should be our competitive advantage in the international marketplace and obliterating it,” she said. Her data-packed slide show presentation is available at tinyurl.com/EdTrust214. Another speaker was Michelle Rhee, former D.C. school chancellor, who is one of the nation’s most controversial educators. Parker currently works part time with her. Rhee has founded a group called Students First, which recently rated Minnesota’s school reform efforts as

a D. She was asked why her group rated Minnesota so much lower than some other states when, overall, Minnesota has better results. Rhee responded that she focuses on what states are doing to improve. There’s an ongoing, intense debate about Rhee’s record in D.C. (See, for example, tinyurl.com/l9nl7tu.) The conference opened with Jeff DeYoung, managing partner of a local firm that provides audit, tax, wealth management and other services. DeYoung praised teachers at Central High School in St. Paul, where his children received what he described as a “fine education.” He also feels improvements are needed urgently because “too many of our children’s friends didn’t finish.” Informed urgency is what Amy Walstien, the Chamber’s director of education and workforce development policy, wants. She told me, “Our goal was to introduce the business community to national figures with ideas for commonsense reforms in Minnesota, highlight some great local initiatives and ignite a greater sense of urgency for changes to the education system.” Joe Nathan, formerly a Minnesota public school teacher, administrator and PTA president, directs the Center for School Change. Reactions welcome, joe@centerforschoolchange.org. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Legislators thanked To the editor: I would like to recognize and thank Sens. Jim Carlson and Greg Clausen and Reps. Laurie Halverson, Mary Liz Holberg, Sandy Masin, Will Morgan and Anna Wills for joining members of the Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing for a breakfast discussion Wednesday, Feb. 19. This breakfast, held at Presbyterian Church of the Apostles in Burnsville was a non-partisan gathering planned to help build relationships with state legislators and to exchange ideas on goals for the upcoming legislative sessions. MICAH invited all legislators from Dakota County Districts 51, 56, 57 and 58, to this event,

and we were pleased that the seven legislators above were able to attend. Participants enjoyed lively conversation with the legislators who attended, gaining insight into their goals for the upcoming session. MICAH members advocated for a bonding bill which includes $100 million for affordable housing, including support for House File 2112 allocating funds to help narrow the racial disparity in home ownership.

our county commissioners, and the citizens of Dakota County to please step back and look at the big picture. There was not citizen involvement in the planning of a greenway bike trail system that is planned for two local parks. There is not public awareness or clear communication for the cost to the taxpayers of Dakota County for a greenway bike trail system to go through or around Spring Lake Park Reserve and DEBBY REISINGER Lebanon Hills Regional Apple Valley Park. Both of these parks are two rare natural parks left in this entire country. Attention They both have several Dakota County recreational activities and they are unlike all other taxpayers parks. The cost for these To the editor: greenway trails for biking I urge the Dakota is multi millions more than County Parks director, the $3 million grant, which

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will go toward the cost of one of the parks. The total amounts are not clearly defined by the plan. One bridge or overpass could cost more than $1 million with several structures needed in the plan because of the terrain and grade within these parks. The maintenance costs of the trails is not included in the approximate cost to build. The public comments show that 90 percent of people commenting do not want paved trails in either of these parks. The planning committee and the county commissioners are not taking public comments into consideration and they are not listening to the citizens who will pay for this costly project. Costly for the money spent and costly for the damage to the wildlife, and natural beauty of these parks. Minimal development with needed land restoration and enhancements would be the best for these parks, for future generations to enjoy. PATRICIA LUETH Eagan

Not surprised To the editor: Lynn Utecht recently wrote in a letter that at the Dakota County Board meeting of Feb. 11, the board did not discuss the fact that their plan does not meet citizens expectations nor did it address the violation of the 2001 plan, the cost for construction

or maintenance of their new idea, nor the fact that the vast majority of public comments received have been opposed to their development plan, but rather focused on placing guidelines (and presumable restrictions) on a potential citizens group and how to repair their image. I share her disappointment; I do hope she was not surprised. JOE CHANSLOR Eagan

Education is elementary

to know about the value of early education, and has dismissed government programs as “glorified baby-sitting programs.” He seems to be a reluctant supporter of public education. He has delayed acting on funding for Special Education to help local school districts. Before funding anything, he says we must eliminate the waste from many different programs he says already deal with early childhood education. That may be a delaying tactic. Mr. Kline has been chair of the Education and Workforce Committee for several years and has yet to pass legislation renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The vast majority of studies indicate that positive outcomes are a result of early childhood programs, well into adulthood. One recent study conducted by Harvard University researchers on Boston Public Schools reported there were “huge benefits” from a welldesigned early childhood education program. Mike Obermueller, a leading candidate for Congress in the 2nd District, has long advocated for such programs, citing benefits to the community at large. Our low income children deserve that kind of program, and we can all reap the benefits.

To the editor: The chair of the Education and Workforce Committee in the U.S. House, Rep. John Kline, R-Burnsville, recently convened some meetings on the value of early childhood education. Many seem to believe it’s important to pursue early education, given studies about the brain, and about success for children who have had early education. Yet Kline, a multi-term representative from the 2nd District, which includes south suburbs and rural areas, questions the value of such programs. For some years now, studies have shown the effectiveness of early education in promoting success and preventing illegal behavior. Peace officers and prosecutors in Dakota County support the idea, but the incumbent PAUL HOFFINGER congressman claims not Eagan


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Arts center’s latest numbers have city officials smiling Attendance and revenue up at Burnsville venue by John Gessner SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

The arrows keep pointing in the right directions for the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, whose 2013 financial performance has center officials and City Council members smiling. Attendance and revenue were up, while the city-subsidized operating deficit fell sharply. “I’m never going to stop showing this chart,� Sal Mondelli, chair of the center’s citizen advisory commission, told the council Feb. 18. “I think it’s a testament to hanging in there and doing the right thing.� He presented numbers from the center’s annual report showing that revenue rose 20 percent, from $975,385 in 2012 to $1.17 million in 2013. Attendance at center functions rose 11 percent, from 110,425 to 123,030. And the operating deficit, which management and city officials have been trying to slash since the center’s difficult opening years, plunged 37 percent — from $253,465 to $160,115. “Everything focuses on all of these numbers being better and better,� Mayor

Elizabeth Kautz said. The center also bested its 2013 budgeted numbers in revenue ($1.17 million vs. $1.1 million), expenses ($1.33 million vs. $1.38 million) and operating deficit ($160,115 vs. $275,995), according to the annual report. Food and beverage sales grossed $210,400 last year, compared with $148,735 in 2012 — a $66,600 increase in revenue and a $39,800 increase in profits, the report said. The council voted Feb. 18 to approve the center’s 2014 business plan, which includes goals for boosting the number of events and raising even more money from facility rentals, the center’s chief revenue source. The 2013 showing is a far cry from 2009, when the facility — built by the city for $20 million and vigorously opposed by some residents — posted a first-year operating deficit of $547,855, according to VenuWorks, the center’s management firm. The deficit fell to was $399,615 in 2010 and $275,715 in 2011. Revenue has nearly doubled since 2009. The center will get another boost this year when a $1 million naming-rights

deal kicks in. Burnsville-based Ames Construction Inc. reached a deal in August to pay the city $100,000 a year for 10 years. The center will be renamed the Ames Center, with new exterior signs and a public dedication sometime in the coming months. Mondelli said VenuWorks wants to use possibly 20 percent of the annual payments to boost the center’s “angel fund,� which allows management to pursue several of its own bookings rather than just waiting for promoters to call. Kautz said the original intent of selling naming rights was to raise revenue to pare the operating deficit. But a successful run of angel fund shows can also further that same goal. “We think growing the angel fund is really, really key,� Mondelli said. The 2014 business plan calls for raising the fund to $100,000 by the end of 2018 through corporate sponsorships and naming-rights revenue. Executive Director Brian Luther said the fund now has $72,000, some of which is already tied up in upcoming shows. Seven angel fund shows are planned this year, he said. The plan sets forth other goals, which include increasing the number of concerts from 28 in 2013 to 30 in 2014, in-

creasing the number of events in the upper lobby from 75 to 85, increasing the number of events in the main theater from 148 to 153 and increasing the number of events in the black box theater from 123 to 125. The goals are among the performance measures the city added last year through a new three-year contract with VenuWorks, which has managed the center since it opened. The goals aren’t contractual but will help the city judge the company’s work, Mondelli said. The council also approved the 2014 work plan for the center’s advisory commission. The plan includes regular review of the performance measures by the full commission. The plan calls for three subcommittees to work on publicizing the center in the community and gauging customer satisfaction, increasing business engagement in the center through facility rentals and donations, and exploring revenue enhancements. The full commission will also cut back its meeting schedule from every two months to quarterly. John Gessner can be reached at 952-846-2031 or email john.gessner@ecm-inc.com.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon honored

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Apple Valley’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon was honored with a Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Burnsville, at the eighth annual Star of the North ceremony Feb. 13 at Kenwood Trail Middle School in Lakeville. Last summer, Apple Valley and Rosemount’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organizations held their annual Bad Apple Golf Tournament. Eighty-four golfers turned out at the Fountain Valley Golf Course in Farmington to participate in the event. The tournament raised $9,364 for both groups to help serve the needs of local veterans and their families. The award was accepted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon members Bruce Folken, Bill Tschohl, Nancy Tschohl, Paul Chellsen, William Nygaard III, and Rich Davey. (Photo submitted)

Merchants Bank had its second Money Ball winner in two weeks when Apple Valley High School student Mohamed Kone sank a half-court shot to win $300 in the Merchants Bank Money Ball giveaway held at halftime of the school’s basketball game on Feb. 11. Kone is pictured with his father, Adama Kone, and Brian Wester from Merchants Bank. Kone’s name was drawn at random. On Jan. 28, AVHS student Ja’Quan Robinson won $500 in the progressive jackpot when he sank a half-court shot. Merchants Bank has been sponsoring Money Ball throughout the basketball season at the school. (Photo submitted)

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Public Safety Suspect charged in Burnsville liquor store burglary by Andrew Miller SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

The suspect in a Burnsville liquor store burglary was drunk and covered in blood when police stopped his vehicle just after midnight Feb. 19, prosecutors said. Jack C. Bellissimo, 21, of Burnsville, has been charged with felony burglary as well as two counts of DWI in connection with the incident at Big Discount Liquor, 12100 County Road 11.

According to the ing the apartment comcriminal complaint, plex and proceeding Burnsville police were onto County Road 11, called to the liquor store where it was seen swervat 12:05 a.m. Feb. 19 on ing back and forth. a report of a commerBellissimo, the vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cial burglary alarm trigsole occupant, told pogered by front entry to Jack C. lice his legs and hands the store. A witness told Bellissimo were covered in blood police a person wearing because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d fallen all black had been seen running down, and that he was driving from the liquor store to the Co- himself to the hospital, the comlonial Villa Apartments nearby. plaint said. A short time later, police Pressed by police about his stopped Bellissimoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pickup injuries, Bellissimo eventually truck after it was observed leav- admitted that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;just robbed

a liquor store,â&#x20AC;? had taken two bottles of vodka and an energy drink, and had gotten cut while exiting the store, according to the complaint. Police said Bellissimo smelled of alcohol, had red glassy eyes and was slurring his speech during the traffic stop. A preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol concentration of .21, more than twice the legal limit for driving. Because of his injuries, Bellissimo was first taken to a hospital before being booked into the

Dakota County Jail. If convicted of the burglary charge, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000. The two DWI charges heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facing are misdemeanors that each carry up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 20 in Hastings. Email Andrew Miller at andrew.miller@ecm-inc.com.

Man charged in attempted copper theft from Lockheed Martin building A Minneapolis man faces felony charges after allegedly attempting to steal copper from the vacant Lockheed Martin building in Eagan. Austin Jeffrey Jones, 22, of Minneapolis, was charged on Feb. 18 with felony third-degree burglary in connection to the break-in. According to the criminal complaint, an Eagan police of-

ficer noticed Jones and another man pulling a sled on Feb. 14 from the Argosy University parking lot at 1515 Central Parkway to the Lockheed Martin property. At some point, they began running toward the building, which has a â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Trespassingâ&#x20AC;? signed posted outside, and the officer ordered them to stop. When they continued to run,

the officer chased them on foot, but was unable to catch up with them before they entered the building. Other officers arrived soon after and set up a perimeter around the building. One of the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father came to the scene and told officers that another man and Jones, who had called him, were â&#x20AC;&#x153;scared and wanted to come

out.â&#x20AC;? Eventually, the men agreed to come out and were arrested. Officers found freshly cut copper piping in the Lockheed Martin building and two bags containing 150 pounds of copper piping on a sidewalk between Argosy and Central Parkway. Jones was convicted of felony motor vehicle theft in 2009

when he was 17 and has misdemeanor convictions for driving without a license and underage alcohol consumption in 2011 and 2012. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison. No charges have been filed to date against Jonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; alleged accomplice. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jessica Harper

DWI charge follows Higher fines proposed for drivers in work zones Crash in Burnsville that killed two is at the center of the issue school parking lot crash An Apple Valley woman was arrested and charged with DWI following a two-vehicle collision earlier this month in the parking lot at Falcon Ridge Middle School. Police said the woman, 51, was drunk when the Pontiac she was driving T-boned a Kia in the Apple Valley schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking lot just before 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb.

13. The Pontiac sustained heavy front-end damage when it collided with the front driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s door of the Kia, according to police. The Pontiac was subsequently towed from the accident scene. Both vehiclesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; airbags deployed in the collision; no injuries were reported. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Andrew Miller

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Making Minnesotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s road construction sites safer is the aim of a pair of bills a House transportation committee heard Monday, Feb 10. Sponsored by Rep. Ron Erhardt, DFL-Edina, House File 1796 proposes toughened standards for driving through construction areas, including prohibiting cellphone usage â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even hands-free devices â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in work zones and setting a new $375 fine for speeding when construction workers are present. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orange cones, no phones,â&#x20AC;? Erhardt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want you all to remember that.â&#x20AC;? A second bill, H.F. 1949, sponsored by Rep. Mary Sawatzky, DFLWillmar, also proposes a ban on the use of mobile phones in roadway construction zones. The bills were heard during an informational hearing of the House Transportation Policy Committee, which Erhardt chairs. Neither bill has a Senate companion. The $375 fine would replace current statute that doubles normal speeding fines when in a work zone. H.F. 1756 also calls for a

Deb Carlson (left) and Jodi Rajkowski testify before the House Transportation Policy Committee on Feb. 10 in support of House File 1796 that would prohibit cellphone use by drivers in work zones when workers are present. The spouses of both women died after being struck by an inattentive driver in an Interstate 35W work zone in Burnsville. (Session Daily photo by Andrew VonBank) $375 fine for drivers who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t obey safety flaggers in work zones. The legislation proposed by Erhardt would institute a pilot program to test automated speed enforcement in up to five construction zones per year in 2014 and 2015. Road construction industry officials expressed support for the changes, saying more needs to be done to protect workers alongside busy roads, highways and interstates from distracted drivers.

The husbands of Jodi Rajkowski and Deb Carlson were killed in October 2011 when a distracted motorist plowed into them at high speed at a project on Interstate 35W in Burnsville. Both women told lawmakers more consideration needs to be given to the safety of workers alongside the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roads. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keeping road workers safe in Minnesota is just as important as keeping traffic moving,â&#x20AC;? Carlson said. Rep. Linda Runbeck, R-Circle Pines, said she

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Deterring thieves is aim of Eagan companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new travel bags Skooblevart to launch online travel guide by spring by Jessica Harper SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

While traveling in Denmark about a year ago, Eagan resident Jeff Carpenter became yet another victim of pickpockets. Determined to prevent not only himself, but others from falling victim again, the local entrepreneur set out to create a theftdeterrent bag. From there, the 130Âş brand was born. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Pickpocketing) is an epidemic problem,â&#x20AC;? Carpenter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing is 100 percent theft-proof, but it slows them down.â&#x20AC;? Launched in November by Carpenterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s travel accessory company, Skooblevart, the bags are designed deter thieves by making it more difficult for them to open the bags without the wearer noticing. Part tote bag, part satchel, the canvas travel bags feature a zipper and button flap over the main pocket and a smaller inside pocket that has a zipper that opens in the opposite direction. A cord also attaches the bag to the wearerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s belt loop to further deter thieves. The bags, which are manufactured in Minneapolis, also feature a middle divider so if the bag is cut open, items closest to the wearerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body will remain inside the bag. The travel bags, which range in price from $12.50 to $57, and Skoo-

blevart journals are available on the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website www.skooblevart. com and at amazon.com. Inspired by their own traveling experiences, Carpenter and his wife, Carol, founded Skooblevart in 2007 and sold handmade travel journals that contain facts and activities about particular countries and cities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are designed to be fun, interesting and help people get more out of their trip,â&#x20AC;? Carpenter said. The couple have lived in Eagan for nearly 19 years and enjoy traveling the globe, particularly after their two children, who graduated from Eastivew High School, left home. Though the business managed to stay afloat over the years, it quickly faced increasing competition from e-readers and other electronic devices. By 2013, the coupled decided to expand their porfolio to include the bags. Since launching the bags three months ago, sales have slowly picked up, Carpenter said. In addition to selling journals and travel bags, Skooblevart hopes to launch an online travel guide called Clue Me that features user-generated content. The interactive site would enable travelers to share and create a list of lesser known, must-see travel destinations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea is to put all these hidden gems in one spot,â&#x20AC;? Carpenter

said. Though it would be a free site, Carpenter said he hopes to generate revenue through advertising and partnerships with travel agencies. The company has already partnered with Minneapolis travel agencies Wandering Puffin and Highland Asia Travel, which are offering discounts for travelers who contribute to the campaign. Whether the concept becomes a reality hinges on the businessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; crowdfunding campaign, through which supporters of the idea can purchase product packages to fund the project. Proceeds will go toward the cost of the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infrastructure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good way to test the market and engage our target,â&#x20AC;? said Carpenter, who also owns Bird Dog Innovation Strategies, an Eagan business consulting company. Consumers will ultimately decide if Clue Me even gets off the ground. Carpenter hopes to raise $43,000 by March 20, but if the company fails to raise at least $26,250, the concept will be abandoned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we are successful, we will launch it by this travel season,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If not, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll keep our focus on our other products.â&#x20AC;?

Jessica Harper is at jessica.harper@ Jeff Carpenter, owner of Skooblevart, launched in Noecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sun- vember a new line of travel bags called 130Âş that are aimed at deterring pickpockets. (Photo by Jessica Harper) thisweek.

Business Briefs Builder wins awards College City Design/Build Inc., a Lakeville-based builder, has received 2014 Best of Houzz customer satisfaction and design awards from Houzz.com, an online platform for home remodeling and design.

Questar adds to leadership Brad Baumgartner has been named executive vice president of sales and marketing at Apple Valley-based Questar Assessment Inc., an educational assessment provider for states, school districts, and higher education institutions. Baumgartner will head up the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s domestic and

international sales efforts. He most recently served as vice president of global sales at ConnectEdu, an online service provider for career and college planning. Prior to that, he was director of business development at Ellucian (formerly SunGard Higher Education). He also served as director of global business development at Elsevier, a leading provider of scientific, technical and medical products and services.

New officers at Lakeview Bank Maureen Shelton was elected vice president operations and IT security officer and Lisa Meinerts was promoted to personal banking officer at Lakeview Bank, Lakeville.

Shelton has degrees from Bemidji State University and University of Minnesota-Mankato. Prior to joining Lakeview Bank in November 2013, she was an operations and accounting officer with Citizens State Bank of Shakopee and Stonebridge Bank, and most recently was a tax associate with Boulay Heutmaker Zibell and Company in Eden Prairie. At Lakeview Bank she has management responsibilities for the bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operations, accounting, and IT functions. Meinerts joined the bank in 2011 as a customer service representative after prior experience at Sterling State Bank and Venture Bank. Her primary responsibilities at Lakeview Bank include retail banking and teller line supervision. She holds a degree in journalism and mass

communications from the Uni- families transitioning out of versity of Minnesota. homelessness and poverty. Bridging distributes 240 pillows to more than 75 houseUPS honors safe holds every week. drivers New pillows can be dropped Jerry Knutson, of Farming- off at any Coldwell Banker Burton, and Douglas Smith, of Ea- net office now through March gan, have been inducted into the 18. Local offices are in Apple Circle of Honor, an honorary Valley, Eagan and Lakeville. organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more Food co-op years of accident-free driving. Both work out of the St. Paul sponsors 5K hub in Eagan. Minnesota food co-op, Valley Natural Foods, Burnsville, will host its fourth annual Run Pillow drive for for Hope 5K (www.runforhoBridging pe5k.com) on May 3. All race proceeds benefit EarColdwell Banker Burnetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foundation is collecting new ly Childhood Family Education pillows for Bridging, a nonprofit of the Rosemount-Apple Valleyorganization that provides fur- Eagan School District (www. niture and household goods to district196.org/ecfe/ECFE.cfm).

week-long grand opening celebration for Meineke of Burnsville. Free, no RSVP required. Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce events: â&#x20AC;˘ Tuesday, March 4, 8-9 a.m., Rosemount Coffee Break, Rosemount Fire Station 2, 2047 Connemara Trail W., Rosemount. Open to all Chamber members. Information: Jessy Annoni at 651-288-9202, jannoni@dcrchamber.com. â&#x20AC;˘ Tuesday, March 4, 4-4:30 p.m., ribbon cutting at Orangetheory Fit-

ness, 15624 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley. Information: Jessy Annoni at 651-288-9202, jannoni@dcrchamber. com. â&#x20AC;˘ Wednesday, March 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Robert Street Corridor Luncheon, DARTS, 1645 Marthaler Lane, West St. Paul. Free. Information: Jessy Annoni at 651-288-9202, jannoni@ dcrchamber.com. â&#x20AC;˘ Wednesday, March 5, 4:30-6 p.m., Why Not Wednesday Business After Hours, Green Mill, 1940 Rahncliff Court, Eagan. Information: Jessy

Business Calendar To submit items for the Business Calendar, email: darcy. odden@ecm-inc.com.

Investment Board Event, Valleywood Golf Course, 4851 McAndrews Road, Apple Valley. â&#x20AC;˘ Friday, March 7, 10-11 a.m., ribApple Valley Chamber of Com- bon cutting, Orangetheory Fitness, merce events: 15624 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valâ&#x20AC;˘ Tuesday, March 4, 7:30-9 a.m., ley. Information: Kristy Cleveland at Chamber Coffee Connection, Cul- kristy@applevalleychamber.com or verâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 15225 Galaxie Ave., Apple Val- 952-432-8422. ley. Information: Kristy Cleveland at Burnsville Chamber of Comkristy@applevalleychamber.com or merce events: 952-432-8422. â&#x20AC;˘ Monday, March 3, 11:30 a.m., â&#x20AC;˘ Thursday, March 6, 7:45-9:30 ribbon cutting, Meineke, 600 Southa.m., Open to Business and Workforce cross Drive, Burnsville. Kick off the

Annoni at 651-288-9202, jannoni@ dcrchamber.com. Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce events: â&#x20AC;˘ Wednesday, March 5, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Morning Brew, Sport Clips, 17440 Kenwood Trail. â&#x20AC;˘ Thursday, March 6, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Open to Business Dakota County, Valleywood Golf Course, 4851 McAndrews Road, Apple Valley. Register by noon March 3 at http://opentobusiness2014.eventbrite.com or call 651-675-4432.

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It was Ben Franklin who said nothing is certain but death and taxes. This article does not deal with taxes, but rather the other certainty in life. Everyone dies, so a discussion of funeral planning is never irrelevant. When someone we love dies, there are varying stages of anger, confusion and numbness. The funeral is one of the most significant means we have of dealing with grief. The funeral ritual helps us focus our emotions and brings a sense of meaning to death. It confirms the reality of death and provides a catalyst for mourners to talk about the deceased. Experts tell us being able to talk about the life of a deceased loved one is one of the first steps toward accepting death.

A call to a funeral director or a pre-arrangement specialist probably would be a good beginning in making sure you have covered all your bases in your planning. He or she can lead you through a process to ensure you don’t forget vital information in your plan. Some funeral directors and prearrangement specialists offer free booklets that provide a “punch list” of topics to think through and record your wishes. Topics in these guides include funeral details ranging from visitation to the memorial service and alternatives from burial, cremation or entombment. These are obvious decisions, but other important topics include categories that will provide a helping hand to your family. Additional topics include organizations to be notified with phone numbers, persons to be notified, medical history, estate information, banking information, real estate holdings and insurance policies. Many include obituary information outlines, personal property inventories and special instruction and information pages. There may also be information regarding the importance of your will and how to go about ensuring it is accurate and updated.

Prearranging your funeral Prearranging your funeral is not much different than any other planning you have carried out during your lifetime. You buy insurance in case of fire, flood, theft or death. These coverages are purchased as an act of love and responsibility for those you love in case an unfortunate incident occurs. A pre-planned funeral accomplishes the same goals. A preplanned funeral can prevent your family members from having to make a number of significant decisions at a time when they are confused and upset. They will have enough on their minds dealing with grief without having to make several important decisions in a very short period of time. Experts tell us that there are an average of 50 decisions to be made when arranging a funeral. Adding to the need for preplanning is the fact that our lifestyle is more complex in today’s world. Family members often live in different states, complicating rapid decision making. Further complications stem from frustrations that occur when dealing with government agencies in different states. A solid preplanning session can help prevent these complications which can loom very large during a time of pain and sorrow.

Prefunding your funeral Prefunding your funeral also is an important consideration. Your funeral director or pre-arrangement specialist can show you options which will waive your family from possible financial burden later. You may take out a life insurance policy which would cover funeral expenses, or invest in a funeral trust account or final expense insurance policy. In most cases, funds invested today would be enough to cover the total cost of the funeral since interest earned by the funds will offset the effect of inflation. Government regulations safeguard your investment so funds will always be available for use. Another important part in your plan is to make sure your loved

ones know where your recorded wishes can be found. Millions of dollars in government and insurance death benefits go unclaimed because family members do not know where to find information they need at the time of death. Some considerations that also need to remain in the forefront of the pre-planning agenda: • Social Security: When a loved one dies, dependents and survivors may be eligible for certain benefits such as death payments, survivor’s benefits and Medicare. Qualifications depend on several factors such as age, marital status, number of dependent and whether employment was under Social Security. Your Social Security account should be verified periodically to ensure contributions are posted. All benefits must be applied for since payments are not automatic. • Veterans Benefits: Honorably discharged veterans are entitled to benefits that may affect decisions about funeral arrangements. For example, veterans may qualify for a cemetery plot and burial allowances, a headstone and burial flag, as well as pension for survivors. • Medicaid: Having a properly structured prepaid funeral is a very important reason why preplanning a funeral is imperative. If an individual has placed their funds into a prepaid funeral plans, after they have itemized a funeral pre-arrangement, the money would most likely be protected 100% from paying for any nursing home costs. In most cases they can also pay for burial space items for their immediate family members. Each persons situations is unique and laws change, however, most funeral directors and pre-arrangement specialists work closely with Elder Law Attorneys who keep them updated on current Medical Assistance laws.


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No bees or goats, but urban hens allowed in Lakeville Mayor responds to calls for chickens by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Lakeville is poised to legalize raising chickens in residential neighborhoods. Mayor Matt Little said he has received numerous requests from citizens who want to raise chickens in their backyards, and most Lakeville City Council members indicated support for the idea at their Feb. 24 work session. Beekeeping or raising goats in neighborhoods, also requests the city has received from residents, were ideas quickly dismissed by council members during the Feb. 24 work session considering urban farming options. Little proposed the city establish an ordinance permitting residential homes the ability to keep a maximum of two hens in backyard pens. Council Members Kerrin Swecker and Doug Anderson agreed with neighborhood chicken-keeping,

giving provisional majority support for an idea that had been discussed but rejected by the council several times in the past few years. City Planner Daryl Morey said some residents want chickens to teach children how to care for a productive animal, others are looking for ways to save on grocery bills. The council considered various regulations other cities like Burnsville and Farmington have enacted that define how and where urban birds are kept. Burnsville, Farmington and Eagan have standards for minimum coop and run design standards, and they also require permits and regular inspections by animal control officers, according to the city. None of the cities allow beekeeping on property that is not zoned agricultural. Staff will review options and return this spring with a proposed or-

dinance for consideration. Although city staff reported none of the nine cities with chicken ordinances that were reviewed have had problems or complaints from neighbors, Council Members Colleen LaBeau and Bart Davis were opposed to the idea for Lakeville. Davis said farm animals do not belong in urban areas; LaBeau said chickens could cause conflicts with dog and cat owners, and did not support Lakeville police devoting time to manage issues that may arise. Little said the policy should be strict enough so neighbors do not infringe on each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to enjoy their property. He also emphasized that city code needs to identify the only chickens that would be allowed would be hens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No roosters,â&#x20AC;? he said.

   

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Open house at St. John the Baptist School St. John the Baptist Catholic School and Preschool in Savage will host an All Day Open House from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 6. Stop in any time to tour the school and learn more about the curriculum, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School difference, athletics, extra-curricular activities, admission process, tuition and more. The school is located at 12508 Lynn Ave., Savage. Enter door No. 1. For more information, call 952-890-6604 or visit www.stjohns-savage.org.

College news Semifinalists Rensselaer Polytechnic named for Institute, Troy, N.Y., fall Teacher of Year deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list, Markus GaasSeveral local teachers are among the 33 semifinalists for 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. They include: â&#x20AC;˘ District 191: Steven Orth, English and language arts teacher, grades 7-9, Burnsville-EaganSavage. â&#x20AC;˘ District 194: Kim Jirik, speech language pathologist, pre-kindergarten, Lakeville. Jill Mitzo, alternative learning, grades 6-8, Lakeville. â&#x20AC;˘ District 196: Michelle Betts, chemistry, grades 11-12, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan. The program is organized and underwritten by Education Minnesota, the 70,000-member statewide educators union. A selection panel of 25 community leaders chose the semifinalists and will meet again in late March to select about 10 finalists.

edelen of Apple Valley. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, fall deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list, from Apple Valley â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Isra Ahmad, Amanda Beckman, Renee Breault, Binh Bui, Quentin Bunnell, Emily Capra, Nathan Carr, Macgregor Grier, Jonathan Hennessy, Justin Hill, Sean Horgan, Dain Howes, Katy Huang, Megan Kalafut, Christopher Karasch, Christopher Koenig, Rtusha Kulkarni, Bin Lian, John Loftus, Joseph Lombardi, Anna Ma, Brian Mathison, Rebekah Moran, Tim Nguyen, Larena Norton, Grace Okali, Becky Qiu, Hannah Ritschel, Rachel Robinson, Lauren Selby, Rebecca Selser, Mary Shabatura, Andrew Stone, Yeohosua Suh, Nicholas Swenson, Meron Tebeje, Greta Thomas, Cassie Torbenson, Kyle Webb, Dan Wylie, Julia Zibley.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, fall honor roll, Katherine Berkopec of Apple Valley. Riverland Community College, Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna, fall presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list, Jessica Schulz of Apple Valley. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, N.Y., fall deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list, Derek Peterson of Apple Valley. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y., fall deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list, from Apple Valley â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ryan Selig, Mary Weber. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, fall deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list, Michelle McGuire of Apple Valley. University of Wisconsin-Madison, fall graduates, from Apple Valley â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Emilia Burns, B.A., environmental studies, geography; Michael Kaiser, B.A., environmental sciences; Katherine Olson, B.A., communication arts, English; Alisa Petersen, B.S.M.E., mechanical engineering, with distinction; Brenton Smith, B.S.I.E., industrial engineering, with distinction. Noah Pehrson of Apple Valley was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta at Schreiner University, Kerrville, Texas. ALD is a national honor society that recognizes students who have attained a 3.5 grade point average during their first year of college while enrolled full time. Arizona State University, Tempe, fall deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list, Joyee Chin of Apple Valley. College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, fall deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list, Mackenzie Lecy of Apple Valley. University of Iowa, Iowa City, fall deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list, from Apple Valley â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Eric Boeshart, Elizabeth Wolf. Bemidji State University, fall deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list, from Apple Valley â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Katherine Coulson, Samuel Putnam.

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Apple Valley 14-for-14 in section wrestling State individual tourney is Friday, Saturday by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Numerous wrestlers from Dakota County will compete in the individual portion of the state tournament this weekend – including 14 from Apple Valley. Yes, that’s one qualifier at every weight for the Eagles, who are favored to win the Class 3A team championship Thursday before the individual tourney is held Friday and Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. Apple Valley had 13 champions and one runner-up at the Section 3 individual tournament Feb. 22 at Eagan High School. Eastview had four state

qualifiers – including George Farmah, the only wrestler not from Apple Valley to win a weight class in Section 3. Farmington had five individual qualifiers from the Section 1 tournament, setting a school record. First-round matches in Class 3A begin at 1 p.m. Friday. The championship round for all classes is 7 p.m. Saturday. Here are the state qualifiers from local schools:

Apple Valley Kyle Rathman (106) – freshman, 33-9 record. Section 3 champion. Noah Buck (113) – freshman, 28-14. Section 3 champion. Gannon Volk (120) – senior, 35-6. Section 3 champion. State runnerup in 2013. Zach Chytka (126) – freshman, 19-3. Section 3

Eagan, STA reach section hockey final OT goal puts Lightning out of playoffs by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Eagan is in the Section 3AA boys hockey championship game for the fourth consecutive year. In a rare turn of events, the Wildcats might be underdogs. They’ll be wearing their road uniforms and using the visitor’s bench when they play St. Thomas Academy at 7 p.m. Thursday at Warner Coliseum on the state fairgrounds. “It might be good for us not to be the No. 1 seed,” Eagan coach Mike Taylor said following his team’s 2-1 overtime victory over No. 1-seeded Cretin-Derham Hall on Saturday night. Eagan (17-9-1), which was the No. 1 seed in Section 3 the last four years, entered this year’s tourney seeded fourth. St. Thomas Academy, competing in the Class AA playoffs for the first time after winning the last three state Class A championships, is seeded third. The Cadets defeated second-seeded and defending section champion Eastview 2-1 in overtime in the other semifinal game. STA is a quick team that moves the puck well. Eagan has several attributes that could make the Wildcats a dangerous playoff team – size and the willingness to use it, solid goaltending by Andrew Lindgren, and players capable of scoring big goals, such as senior forward Jack Jenson. Jenson scored the game-winner against Cretin-Derham Hall, firing a backhand shot at the net that got past Raiders goaltender Trent Jancze at 7:18 of overtime. “That’s a situation where you just try to get the puck on net and see what happens,” said Jenson, who is Eagan’s leading scorer with 19 goals and 53 points. “Right now we’re pretty confident. Cretin-Derham Hall’s a great team. But we have a really solid defense, Andrew Lindgren is one of the best goalies in the state, and we have good depth.” Senior defenseman Tommy Muck assisted on Jenson’s goal. Max Elsenheimer gave Eagan the lead at 12:13 of the second period with an assist from Spencer Roth, but Cretin-Derham Hall tied the game less than four minutes later. The Wildcats had 39 shots on goal and Taylor said he was pleased with the team’s effort on of-

fense. “We moved the puck well,” the coach said. “Cretin likes to put a lot of pressure on the puck carrier. That means you have to move it quickly, either side to side or low to high.” Eagan has not played St. Thomas Academy this season, although the Cadets faced three other South Suburban Conference teams, defeating Lakeville North and Eastview and losing to Burnsville. STA also split two games this season against state power HillMurray. Eastview goalie Zachary Driscoll appeared to be confounding the Cadets in their Section 3AA semifinal before STA scored to tie the game at 5:46 of the third period. In overtime, the Cadets’ Peter Tufto got a breakaway and put a backhander just under the crossbar for the gamewinner. St. Thomas Academy outshot Eastview 37-22, including 15-5 in the third period and overtime. Eastview’s Tommy Hutsell scored in the first period with an assist from Jake McGlocklin. The Lightning finished 19-7-1. In the Section 3AA quarterfinals Feb. 20, Eastview defeated Park of Cottage Grove 7-1 and Eagan beat East Ridge 5-1. Rosemount finished 8-17-2 after losing to Cretin-Derham Hall 5-3 in the quarterfinals. The Irish beat Apple Valley (5-21) in a first-round game Feb. 18.

Section 2AA Burnsville did not advance to the Section 2AA championship game for the first time since 2010 after losing to Bloomington Jefferson 3-1 in the semifinal round Saturday at Braemar Arena. The second-seeded Blaze, which split two games with Jefferson during the regular season, finished 19-7-1. Bloomington Jefferson played Edina for the section championship Wednesday night, after this edition went to press. Blaze forward Will Missling scored an even-strength goal in the second period to tie the Jefferson game 1-1. Burnsville outshot Jefferson 13-2 in the second period and appeared to be taking control, but the Jaguars responded with two third-period goals. Burnsville routed Shakopee 7-0 in a section quarterfinal game Feb. 18. Brock Boeser had two goals and one assist and Jack Ahcan had a goal and two assists for the Blaze, which outshot Shakopee 57-12.

runner-up. Maolu Woiwor (132) – junior, 37-2. Section 3 champion. Two-time state champion. Seth Gross (138) – senior, 37-2. Section 3 champion. Two-time state champion. Brock Morgan (145) – sophomore, 37-4. Section 3 champion. Daivonte Young (152) – senior, 25-7. Section 3 champion. Jackson Graham (160) – senior, 24-5. Section 3 champion. Mark Hall (170) – sophomore, 41-0. Section 3 champion. Three-time state champion. Bobby Steveson (182) – junior, 31-1. Section 3 champion. Gable Steveson (195) – eighth-grader, 34-2. Section 3 champion. Paul Cheney (220) – senior, 39-1. Section 3 cham-

pion. Defending state champion. Lord Josh Hyeamang (285) – senior, 37-3. Section 3 champion.

Eagan Naser Ali (106) – senior, 28-9. Section 3 runner-up. Joe Dubbels (145) – junior, 29-8. Section 3 runner-up.

Eastview George Farmah (126) – junior, 32-5. Section 3 champion. Jacob Rukavina (160) – senior, 33-5. Section 3 runner-up. Luke Dodd (182) – junior, 31-11. Section 3 runner-up. Nick Pegelow (195) – senior, 36-5. Section 3 runner-up.

1 runner-up. Jamin LeDuc (113) – sophomore, 35-5. Section 1 runner-up. Sixth in 2013 state tournament. Taylor Venz (126) – sophomore, 32-8. Section 1 champion. Champion at 106 in 2013 state tournament. Kyle Benjamin (145) – junior, 8-4. Section 1 runner-up. Joe Hoeve (182) – senior, 34-6. Section 1 champion.

Lakeville North

champion. Fifth at 182 in 2013 state tournament.

Lakeville South Dalton Peterson (145) – junior, 31-8. Section 2 champion. Mike Funchie (220) – senior, 20-13. Section 2 runner-up. Jon Zeidler (285) – junior, 23-13. Section 2 runner-up.

Rosemount Jake Baker (113) – senior, 31-10. Section 3 runner-up. Adam Hedin (132) – sophomore, 38-4. Section 3 runner-up. Payton Otterdahl (285) – senior, 32-5. Section 3 runner-up.

Wade Sullivan (113) – freshman, 32-5. Section 2 champion. Collin DeGrammont (126) – senior, 27-9. Section 2 runner-up. Lucas Westrich (160) – junior, 37-3. Section 2 Email Mike Shaughnessy at champion. Fourth in 2013 mike.shaughnessy@ecmFarmington state tournament. inc.com. Tristyn Hanson (195) Victor Gliva (106) – sophomore, 29-14. Section – junior, 38-3. Section 2

Gymnasts show skills at state

Apple Valley sophomore Ashley Flake competes on uneven bars at the state Class AA gymnastics meet Feb. 22 at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. Flake scored 8.775 and finished 28th. Also competing at state was Eastview eighth-grader Bailey Davidson, who scored 9.1 on bars to place 15th. (Photo by Jason Olson)

State swimming meet is this week Lightning, Eagles sending athletes to Class AA competition by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK DAKOTA COUNTY TRIBUNE

Rosemount senior Daniel Monaghan will defend his 1-meter diving championship at the state Class AA boys swimming and diving meet this week at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Some of Monaghan’s toughest competition might be other divers from the South Suburban Conference. Eagan senior Toby Heller was fourth at state last year, and Eagan sophomores Nic Lemieux and Alex Crow also qualified. Also taking part in

the diving preliminaries at 6 p.m. Thursday are Apple Valley junior Carson Scholberg, Eastview sophomore Nick Kilen and Eastview senior Tucker Hoffman. Farmington junior Jonathan Bovee, a future South Suburban Conference diver (Farmington joins the league in 2014-15), also will compete at the state meet. Class AA swimming preliminaries are 6 p.m. Friday, with the swimming and diving finals at 6 p.m. Saturday. One of the top Dakota County swimmers in the state meet is Lakeville South senior Mitch Herrera, who will compete in both distance freestyle races. Herrera was fourth in both the 200- and 500yard freestyle races at the 2013 state meet. This year,

he is seeded second in the 500 and ninth in the 200. Apple Valley and Eastview will have teams in the 200 medley relay. Apple Valley also qualified in the 200 freestyle relay. Eagles junior Aaron Olson is at state in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Eastview freshman Sam Pekarek advanced in the 500 freestyle, where he is the No. 5 seed. Brett Kuhlmann and Noah DeSutter will swim the 100 breaststroke. Lakeville North’s Andrew Trepanier holds a unique distinction as the only seventh-grader to qualify for the Class AA state meet in an individual event. Trepanier is the No. 5 seed at state in the 100 butterfly and the third seed in the 100 backstroke.

Lakeville South has the fourth-fastest seed time in the 400 freestyle relay. Lakeville North is the fourth seed in the 200 freestyle relay and Eagan is the sixth seed in the 200 medley relay. Several Lake Conference teams are expected to battle for the team championship. Eden Prairie is defending state champion, while Minnetonka won the Class AA division at the 2014 state True Team meet. Eagan, the South Suburban Conference and Section 3AA champion, also is among the teams looking for a place on the awards stand. Email Mike Shaughnessy at mike.shaughnessy@ecminc.com.

Sports Brief Adult softball registration open in Apple Valley Apple Valley’s Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for the 2014 spring and summer adult softball season. A variety of leagues for all

levels are offered. All games are played at Johnny Cake Ridge Park. Leagues are offered Sunday through Friday evenings, with both men’s and co-rec leagues available. All games are officiated by USSSA certified umpires. Teams also have an option of a 24-game schedule (double-header games are played each week) or a 13-game schedule.

New this year will be a men’s 40 and over league, a men’s church league and a recreational co-rec Wednesday night league. Registrations are accepted at the Apple Valley Community Center. For more information, contact Lyndell Frey, recreation supervisor, at Lfrey@cityofapplevalley.org or 952953-2316.


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HOLBERG, from 1A Holberg said she decided it is â&#x20AC;&#x153;time to move on,â&#x20AC;? but plans to remain involved in community issues and volunteering. She said she will not endorse a successor, but invites anyone who is interested to call her to learn more about the opportunities. During what will become her last legislative session, Holberg is hoping several privacy bills she has authored will pass into law. One regulates the storage and use of license plate images taken by police and another strengthens medical privacy protections. Since she was elected in 1998, Holberg has built a reputation as a tough fiscal conservative, leading the powerful Ways and Means Committee after Republicans swept the House and Senate in the 2010 election. Her solid grasp of budget details has impressed many, including state Rep. Patrick Garofalo, R-Farmington, who was unanimously re-endorsed by Republican delegates for House District 58B at the convention. Garofalo called Holbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement â&#x20AC;&#x153;a huge loss for the conservative movement and the state of Minnesota.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are few people who have her level of subject matter expertise,â&#x20AC;? Garofalo said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;especially on the budget.â&#x20AC;? He said he is grateful for the support of the Republican Party through the endorsement. He called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;the first step to what I hope will be a very successful 2014 for Republicans up and down the ballot. Minnesotans are fed up with one-party control and the disastrous results that have followed in the form of ObamaCare, skyrocketing taxes, and hundreds of millions in wasteful spending.â&#x20AC;? State Sen. Dave Thompson, who came in second in the GOP straw poll to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton in November, said Holberg served as an inspiration to him

when he first was elected to the Senate in 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was honored to become her colleague,â&#x20AC;? Thompson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was someone I could look at and feel that if I were to do things the way she did them, I was probably was going to be a good legislator.â&#x20AC;? Holbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend, Lakeville School Board Member Michelle Volk, credited Holberg for sticking to her conservative principles in her 16 years while DFLers usually held the House majority. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of those sessions were pretty tough,â&#x20AC;? Volk said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also appreciate how sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s admired by the other side as somebody whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair and principled. You always know where she stands, whether you agree with her or not.â&#x20AC;? Holberg said when she was first elected she made a point to do her research and be well prepared. She said she worked hard to understand her political opponentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; perspectives, helped in part by her upbringing that included her large family caring for a steady stream of foster children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was not unusual for us to have 10-12 kids in our house,â&#x20AC;? Holberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the number one rule was if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re unhappy, you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complain unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to offer a solution and work to do something to change it. That value stuck with me.â&#x20AC;? As for the budget, Holberg said she has always been good with numbers and devoted herself to finding the answers she needed to make good policy decisions. Garofalo called Holberg â&#x20AC;&#x153;an aggressive defender of the taxpayerâ&#x20AC;? who has also stood up for data privacy issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Given the recent NSA (data privacy violations), it really demonstrates sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ahead of her time,â&#x20AC;? he said. Lakeville School Board Chair Roz Peterson, who is running against Rep. Will Morgan, DFL-Burnsville, for the neighboring 56B House seat, said she was disappointed to hear Holberg is leaving the House. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary Liz has been a

huge asset to our community,â&#x20AC;? Peterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You ask a lot of people close to the Capitol process, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you Mary Liz Holberg is an incredibly smart â&#x20AC;Ś effective legislator who has done a lot for privacy rights and transportation issues. She also has a lot of institutional knowledge from being such a big part of the process for such a long time.â&#x20AC;? Some have suggested Peterson may move into Holbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s district to run unopposed, a notion she dismissed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would never have dreamed of moving,â&#x20AC;? Peterson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to move. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m committed to my area.â&#x20AC;? Senate District 58 Republican Party Caucus President Randy Pronschinske said Holberg struggled with the decision to step down, and talked to him about it the night before the convention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was torn on what to do,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was hard.â&#x20AC;? Pronschinske called her resignation â&#x20AC;&#x153;sadâ&#x20AC;? and described Holberg an accomplished legislator who has gotten results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an extremely conservative representative in the House,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supported her constituents extremely well.â&#x20AC;? He said he expects eight to 10 candidates to seek the Republican endorsement for the seat Holbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resignation opens. Three individuals have already indicated to Pronschinske their intention to seek the endorsement, he said, declining to name them until they decide to announce. The district will hold a second convention to endorse a candidate for the race, likely to be held sometime during April 8-12, Pronschinske said. He noted that timeline will allow the meeting before the state convention and give potential candidates time to decide whether to run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big decision,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Religion Community meals at Grace

Music with a mission

Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley will serve free community meals on Mondays, March 3, 10 and 24. Dining hall doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served from 6-6:30 p.m. The meals are for senior citizens, single-parent families, families in transition and all others in the surrounding community seeking a healthy meal in a relaxed and fun environment. Although the meals are free, donations are accepted. Grace Lutheran Church is located at the intersection of Pennock Avenue and County Road 42. For more information, call the church at 952432-7273.

Members of the choir at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley joined in song at the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabaretâ&#x20AC;? event. Choir members are, from left, Don Roeske, Karen Johnson, Jerry Johnson, Julie Raatz, Marge Lewis, Peggy Roeske, Lisa Smith and Chris Sachs. The Feb. 15 event, which included dinner, entertainment and a silent auction, was a fundraiser for the church youth groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer mission trip. (Photo submitted) sion at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Arden Hills. March 7, at Woodbury Artist He Qi will be Lutheran Church, Wood- at each concert with a Exultate bury; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, display of his paintings performances March 8, at Annunciation related to the passion Catholic Church, Minne- of Christ. Prints will be Exultate Festival apolis; and 3 p.m. Sunday, available for purchase. Choir and Orchestra, March 9, at Benson Great For more information, based in Eagan, will per- Hall, Bethel University, visit www.exultate.org. form Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. John Pas-

MARIJUANA, from 1A first effective medical marijuana law passed, the marijuana in 2009, but Marijuana Policy Project former Gov. Tim Pawlen- says none of the 15 states ty vetoed it. with available data have Backstrom and Bel- experienced a statistically lows are concerned that if significant overall ina medical marijuana bill crease in youth marijuana is passed it will result in use since the lawsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; enactincreased illegal use. ment, but several of the Eight of the 10 states states have reported overwith the highest percent- all decreases. age of past-month mariBackstrom and Beljuana users are states with lows say approving medimedical marijuana laws, cal marijuana sends the according to a Substance wrong message to youths. Abuse Mental Health They say that approvServices Association ing it for legal use will study. lead to the perception The study said five that marijuana is harmof the 10 states with the less. highest percentage of new â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seem incongruous youth marijuana users to me we spent all this also are states with medi- time and effort reducing cal marijuana laws. tobacco use and now we Since 1996, when the have this laissez-faire ap-

proach to marijuana,â&#x20AC;? Backstrom said. Marijuana has many more potential harmful impacts than smoking, Backstrom said. He said studies have shown that heavy marijuana users report declines in IQ, attention span and memory. Backstrom said marijuana is a gateway drug to more serious substances like cocaine and methamphetamine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can probably count on my hand the number of people who are in jail because of more serious drug crime who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t also use marijuana,â&#x20AC;? he said. Email Tad Johnson at tad.johnson@ecm-inc.com.

Laura Adelmann is at laura. adelmann@ecm-inc.com.

      

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Obituaries

Obituaries

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Judge and Mrs. Charles Phillip Ginn of Boone, North Carolina, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jodie Caroletta Ginn, to Christopher Leonard Oblak, son of Thomas and Jill Oblak of Lakeville. A July 2014 is planned at Fort Bragg North Carolina. Jodie is a graduate of Applalchian State University and will graduate from the University of North Carolina with her Nursing degree in May 2014. 1st Lieutenant Oblak is a Rifle Company Executive Officer with the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division stationed at Fort Bragg NC. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, at West Point in 2011 and Lakeville High School in 2007. Following the wedding, the couple will reside in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

The Dakota County Public Health Department is seeking nominations for the annual Public Health Achievement Awards that will be presented before the Dakota County Board on April 8 as part of Public Health Week. The awards recognize contributions of Dakota County residents who devote their time, energy and talents in their communities. Community health leaders are recognized in three categories: Youth, Individual and Community Group (coalition, partnership or organization). Winners are selected based on their leadership, contribution to solutions to public health problems, collaboration, advocacy, role modeling and evidence of impact. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 14. For a nomination form and instructions on how to submit it, visit w w w. d a ko t a c o u n t y. u s and search Achievement Award or call 651-5546100.

         

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ASPHALT CONSTRUCTION LABORER Plehal Blacktopping, Inc. is expanding operations & has openings for asphalt laborers. Skid loader & asphalt experience a plus. Class â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? - CDL driver license a plus. Competitive compensation, w/benefits of Health, Dental, Life & 401K. Please apply in person at 13060 Dem Con Drive,Shakopee, MN 55379

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4510 Apartments/ Condos For Rent 1 & 2BR (2BA & 2 AC), $650 & $850 800/1200SF, Dishw, large balcony, Garage/$50mo. 16829 Toronto Ave SE Prior Lake 612-824-7554 Eagan, 2BR, lwr lvl. includes utils, cbl, laundry $1000/mo. No S/P 651454-4003

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LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: May 24, 2007 MORTGAGOR: Christine A. Herrmann, a single person. MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.. DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Filed June 6, 2007, Dakota County Registrar of Titles, Document No. 612050, as corrected by Corrective Mortgage recorded November 14, 2013 as document no. T725151 on Certificate of Title No. 111704. ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: M&T Bank. Dated June 7, 2013 Filed June 20, 2013 , as Document No. T718114. Said Mortgage being upon Registered Land. TRANSACTION AGENT: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. TRANSACTION AGENTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MORTGAGE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ON MORTGAGE: 100196800031001998 LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR STATED ON MORTGAGE: Home Loan Center, Inc., dba LendingTree Loans RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC MORTGAGED PROPERTY ADDRESS: 14620 Garrett Avenue #310, Apple Valley, MN 55124 TAX PARCEL I.D. #: 01.81401.01.138 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Residential Unit Number 310 and Garage Unit Number 53 in Condominium No. 36 Garrett Square Condominium Homes COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Dakota ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $97,000.00 AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $96,169.84 That prior to the commencement of this mortgage foreclosure proceeding Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; That no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof;

PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: March 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, Law Enforcement Center, 1580 Hwy 55, Lobby #S-100, Hastings, MN to pay the debt then secured by said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on said premises, and the costs and disbursements, including attorneysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fees allowed by law subject to redemption within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns unless reduced to Five (5) weeks under MN Stat. §580.07. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on September 18, 2014 unless that date falls on a weekend or legal holiday, in which case it is the next weekday, and unless the redemption period is reduced to 5 weeks under MN Stat. Secs. 580.07 or 582.032. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE: None â&#x20AC;&#x153;THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED.â&#x20AC;? Dated: January 13, 2014 M&T Bank Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee USSET, WEINGARDEN AND LIEBO, P.L.L.P. Attorneys for Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee 4500 Park Glen Road #300

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CNA - Matrix Home Health Care Specialists is looking for Certified Nursing Assistants to work in their Residential Home, opening this Spring in Burnsville. Evening & Overnight Shifts available. Must be on MN CNA Registry. Submit resumes to: eengeldinger@ matrixadvocare.com

Minneapolis, MN 55416 (952) 925-6888 37 - 13-008787 FC THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Published in the Apple Valley January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014 166464

CITY OF APPLE VALLEY PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Apple Valley will offer an opportunity for the public to provide input on the adequacy of the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP), which is a requirement of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Phase II (NPDES II) storm water permit. The public may comment on the SWPPP at the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Home and Garden Expo held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the City of Apple Valley Natural Resources booth at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Avenue. The SWPPP will be available for viewing at the booth, and city staff will be on hand to answer questions and receive comments. Comments will also be accepted via the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program page on the City of Apple Valley website, www.CityofAppleValley.org, where the SWPPP can also be viewed. Comments will be accepted March 1, 2014, through April 12, 2014. Copies of the SWPPP are also available for viewing at the Municipal Center (7100 147th Street W.) and at the Central Maintenance Facility (6442 140th Street W.). Written comments may be submitted prior to April 12, 2014, at the following address: City of Apple Valley ATTN: Natural Resources 7100 147th Street W. Apple Valley, MN 55124 DATED February 28, 2014. Published in Apple Valley February 28, 2014 181775

NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: August 9, 2007 MORTGAGOR: Phillip A. Klang and Elizabeth C. Klang, husband and wife. MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc as Nominee for Summit Mortgage Corporation. DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Recorded August 28, 2007 Dakota County Recorder, Document No. 2540644. ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: U.S. Bank National Association. Dated July

19, 2013 Recorded July 26, 2013, as Document No. 2965860. TRANSACTION AGENT: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. TRANSACTION AGENTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S MORTGAGE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ON MORTGAGE: 100061907000032151 LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR STATED ON MORTGAGE: Summit Mortgage Corporation RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: U.S. Bank Home Mortgage, a division of U.S. Bank National Association MORTGAGED PROPERTY ADDRESS: 15970 Heath Court, Apple Valley, MN 55124 TAX PARCEL I.D. #: 014580108140 LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: Lot 14, Block 8, Longridge Second Addition, according to the recorded plat thereof, Dakota County, Minnesota COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Dakota ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE: $222,000.00 AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $234,705.54 That prior to the commencement of this mortgage foreclosure proceeding Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; That no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof; PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: March 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, Law Enforcement Center, 1580 Hwy 55, Lobby #S-100, Hastings, MN to pay the debt then secured by said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on said premises, and the costs and disbursements, including attorneysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fees allowed by law subject to redemption within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns unless reduced to Five (5) weeks under MN Stat. §580.07. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed

under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on September 15, 2014, unless that date falls on a weekend or legal holiday, in which case it is the next weekday, and unless the redemption period is reduced to 5 weeks under MN Stat. Secs. 580.07 or 582.032. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE:None â&#x20AC;&#x153;THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED.â&#x20AC;? Dated: January 2, 2014 U.S. Bank National Association Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee USSET, WEINGARDEN AND LIEBO, P.L.L.P. Attorneys for Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee 4500 Park Glen Road #300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (952) 925-6888 19 - 13-001222 FC THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Published in the Apple Valley January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014 166488

dent School District 196 reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informality in bidding. Gary Huusko, Board Clerk Independent School District 196 Published in Apple Valley, Lakeville, Burnsville/Eagan February 21, 28, 2014 178789

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 196 CALL FOR BIDS ECFE/ECSE/ABE BUILDING

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 196 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Notice is hereby given that Independent School District #196, will receive multiple prime sealed bids for the ISD#196 ECFE/ECSE/ABE Building project, at the District Office located at 3455 153rd Street W. Rosemount, MN 55068 until 2:00 pm on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at which time they will be opened and read aloud. Complete instructions on how to obtain Bidding Documents can be found at: http://www.district196. org/District/LegalNotices/index. cfm A Bid Bond, Certified Check or Cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Check in the amount of 5% of the base bid price, made payable to Independent School District 196, must be submitted with the bid as bid security. No personal checks will be accepted. The School Board of Indepen-

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 196 CALL FOR BIDS OFFICE AND CLASSROOM SUPPLIES Notice is hereby given that BIDS will be received to award a contract for purpose of purchasing Office and Classroom Supplies by Independent School District 196 at the District Office located at 3455 153rd St. W., Rosemount, MN 55068 until 1:30 p.m. on March 26, at which time and place bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Complete instructions on how to obtain Bidding Documents can be found at: http://www.district196. org/District/LegalNotices/index. cfm A Bid Bond, Certified Check or Cashiers Check in the amount of 5% of the total bid price, made payable to Independent School District 196, must be submitted with the bid. The School Board of Independent School District 196 reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informality in bidding. Gary Huusko, Board Clerk Independent School District 196 Published in Apple Valley, Lakeville, Burnsville/Eagan February 28, March 7, 2014 181812

Independent School District 196 is accepting proposals for Group Life, Supplemental Life and Group Long Term Disability Insurance until 2:00 pm on March 24, 2014. Proposals must be clearly marked and addressed to George Vander Weit, Corporate Health Systems, Inc,15153 Technology Drive, Suite B, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Insurance carriers and third party administrators requesting information on the request for proposal please contact: George Vander Weit, Corporate Health Systems, at (952) 873-7111 or gvanderweit@ corphealthsys.com. The School Board of Independent School District 196 reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive any informality in the proposal process. Gary Huusko, School Board Clerk Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools Independent School District 196 3455 153rd Street West Rosemount, MN 55068-4946 Published in Apple Valley, Lakeville, Burnsville/Eagan February 28, 2014 181264

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Acoustic artist Michael Monroe is set to perform Saturday, March 1, at the Valleywood Golf Course clubhouse as the final performance in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Frozen Apple winter concert series hosted by the Apple Valley Arts Foundation. Monroe, a Grand Marais-based musician who blends folk, jazz and reggae, was recently featured on KSTP news in a segment about his ongoing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Log Cabin Concertsâ&#x20AC;? that he hosts at his home. Admission is free to the 6-9 p.m. Apple Valley concert in the clubhouse at 4851 McAndrews Road, and food and beverages, including a full bar, will be available for purchase. More at www.avartsfoundation.org. (Photo submitted)

theater and arts briefs â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Vertigoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Rosemount The Steeple Center in Rosemount is hosting a screening of the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vertigoâ&#x20AC;? at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, as the second event in the ongoing Hitchcock Film Series sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. Tickets are $6. The Hitchcock series continues with â&#x20AC;&#x153;North by Northwestâ&#x20AC;? on March 28, followed by â&#x20AC;&#x153;Psychoâ&#x20AC;? on April 25. More information is at www.rosemountarts.com.

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May (artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception 1-3 p.m. May 4). The exhibit is sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council and the Robert Trail Library. For more information, visit www.rosemountarts.com.

Bluegrass rescheduled The Switched At Birth concert scheduled for Feb. 20 as part of the ongoing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bluegrass at the Steeple Centerâ&#x20AC;? series was canceled due to the inclement winter weather. The concert has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Steeple Center located at 14375 S. Robert Trail in Rosemount. Tickets for the Switched At Birth show are $5 and can be purchased at the Rosemount Area Arts Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, www. rosemountarts.com, and in person at the Steeple Center.

An ongoing art exhibit featuring the work of area elementary school students is on display at the Robert Trail Library, 14295 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. Artwork by students from Red Pine Elementary School will be on display the month of March. An artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception is 1-3 Eagan young p.m. Sunday, March 2. Shannon Park Elemen- actors featured tary student art will be Young Artists Initiaspotlighted in April (art- tive kicks off its 11th istsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception 1-3 p.m. season with the musical April 6), followed by Dia- â&#x20AC;&#x153;OLIVER!â&#x20AC;? The producmond Path Elementary in

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Break of Reality Cello rock band Break of Reality performs May 15 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students at the box office, by phone at 800-982-2787 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

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theater and arts calendar â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simpatico,â&#x20AC;? presented by The Chameleon Theatre Circle, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1, March 3, March 6-8, and 2 Comedy p.m. March 9, at the Burnsville Comedy Club, 7:30-9 p.m. Performing Arts Center, 12600 Saturday, March 8, at the Stee- Nicollet Ave. Tickets: $20 ple Center, 14375 S. Robert adults, $17 students/seniors at Trail, Rosemount. Hosted by Ticketmaster.com or 800-982Rosemount Area Arts Coun- 2787. cil. PG performance by Dennis â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scooby-Doo! Live MusiCarney and William Hill with cal Mysteries,â&#x20AC;? 2 and 7 p.m. guest Pizpor the Magician. Thursday, March 6, at the Tickets: $5 at www.rosemoun- Burnsville Performing Arts Centarts.com or at the Steeple ter, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets Center. range from $25-$65 at Ticketmaster.com or 800-982-2787. Exhibits â&#x20AC;&#x153;Footloose â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The MusiBurnsville Visual Arts So- cal,â&#x20AC;? presented by The Playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cietyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Fete, Feb. 13 to the Thing Productions performs March 23, Burnsville Perform- at the Lakeville Area Arts Cening Arts Center gallery, 12600 ter March 21-22, 28-29 at 7:30 Nicollet Ave. Information: 952- p.m. and March 23 and 30 at 2 895-4685. p.m. Tickets are available onâ&#x20AC;&#x153;My Minnesota,â&#x20AC;? a photog- line at LakevilleAreaArtsCenter. raphy exhibit by Dean Seaton, com. Information: www.chilis on display through March 10 drenstheatretptt.com or 952at Dunn Bros Coffee, 20700 985-4640. Chippendale Ave. W., Farmington. Features images captured Workshops/classes/other near Grand Marais. Art-themed birthday parties are offered by the Eagan Music Art House, 3981 Lexington Ave. Michael Monroe, 6-9 p.m. S. Cost: $125-$135 for up to 10 Saturday, March 1, Valleywood people. Additional guests are Golf Course, 4851 McAndrews $12.50 per child. Supplies proRoad, Apple Valley. Part of the vided. Information: 651-675Frozen Apple winter concert 5521. hosted by the Apple Valley Arts Winter art classes are open Foundation. Free. Information: for registration at the Eagan Art www.avartsfoundation.org. House, 3981 Lexington Ave. S. South Metro Chorale Cab- Information: www.cityofeagan. aret Show, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, com/index.php/recreation/eaMarch 1, and 3 p.m. Sunday, gan-art-house, 651-675-5521. March 2, Lakeville Area Arts Teen Poetry Jam/Rap BatCenter, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Si- tle, 4-5 p.m. the first Tuesday lent auction at 6:30 p.m. and 2 of each month at Apple Valley p.m., respectively. Tickets: $20 Teen Center, 14255 Johnny adults, $15 seniors and stu- Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, dents at 612-386-4636 or by 952-953-2385. Ages 12-18. email (tickets@southmetrochoAdult painting open sturale.org). dio, 9 a.m. to noon Fridays at Lehto & Wright, 7:30 p.m. the Eagan Art House, 3981 Friday, March 7, Lakeville Area Lexington Ave. S. Fee is $5 per Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke session. Information: 651-675Ave. Tickets: $12.50 in ad- 5521. vance, $17.50 at the door. TickDrawing & Painting (adults ets available online at Lakevil- and teens) with Christine TierleAreaArtsCenter.com or at the ney, 9 a.m. to noon WednesArts Center. Information: 952- days, River Ridge Arts Building, 985-4640. Burnsville. Information: www. christinetierney.com, 612-210Theater 3377. To submit items for the Arts Calendar, email: darcy. odden@ecm-inc.com.

  

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Cary Griffithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first foray into fiction has landed the Rosemount author in some elite company. His novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wolves,â&#x20AC;? published last year, was named one of the four finalists for the Minnesota Book Award in genre fiction last month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wolvesâ&#x20AC;? tells the story of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent investigating wolf depredation of livestock on the Iron Range. The investigation takes a dark turn with the mysterious death of the agentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estranged father. The three other Minnesota Book Award finalists for genre fiction â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Erin Hart, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Book of Killowenâ&#x20AC;?; Brian Freeman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cold Nowhereâ&#x20AC;?; and William Kent Krueger, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tamarack Countyâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are all past winners in that category. Considering the company heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in, Griffith described his chances of winning the award as â&#x20AC;&#x153;extremely dark horse.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would frankly shock me if I won,â&#x20AC;? he said. His tone of deference for the other nominees belies his own accomplishments as an author. Griffith won a Minnesota Book Award in 2011 for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opening Goliath,â&#x20AC;? his nonfiction book about the discovery and exploration of Goliath Cave in southeastern Minnesota. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost in the Wild,â&#x20AC;? a chilling journalis-

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tic account of two hikersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; brushes with death after losing their way in the wilderness. A marketing manager for a Minneapolis-based human resources company, Griffith said he does the bulk of his writing in the early morning hours before his daily commute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a working stiff like me, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to find time to write,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since I was 18 Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing this. I wake up early and I write for at least an hour before anybody else wakes up. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a huge coffee nut in the morning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it is fuel for my morning efforts.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wolvesâ&#x20AC;? is the first in a planned series of novels featuring

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent Sam Rivers. Griffith completed work late last year on ethe second novel in the set ries, which is set in the Minnesota River Valley, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently looking at his publication options. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know this spring if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to list â&#x20AC;&#x153;two-time Minnesota Book Awardâ&#x20AC;? winner on his resume, with this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winners being announced at an April 5 gala in St. Paul. More about Griffithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books is at www.caryjgriffith.com. Email Andrew Miller andrew.miller@ecm-inc.com.

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Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. An interactive concert featuring Hawaiian songs about the Monday, March 3 importance of water. All ages. ADHD/autism presenta- Free. Registration requested at tion, 6:45-9 p.m., Shepherd www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks. of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Saturday, March 8 Road, Apple Valley. Natural Adjusting to Life Beyond approaches to balancing brain Divorce and Looking to the and digestive functions will be Future, 9-11 a.m., InnerLight addressed. Free. Child care Healing Center, 17305 Cedar available at no cost. Informa- Ave. S., Lakeville. Cost: $39. tion: Brenda Brookman, 952- Registration/information: coun322-2176, bpbrookman@aol. selingandhealing.com, 952com. 435-4144. Free family movie, 10 Friday, March 7 a.m. to noon, Farmington High Fish fry dinner, 5-8 p.m., School recital hall, 20655 FlagRosemount VFW Post 9433. staff Ave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ratatouilleâ&#x20AC;? will be All-you-can-eat. Cost: $11. In- shown. Age-appropriate activiformation: 651-423-9938. ties and concessions open durForever Wild Family Fri- ing intermission. day: Na Mele Wai â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hawaiian Fresh Water Songs, 7-8:30 Blood drives p.m., Lebanon Hills Visitor The American Red Cross

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