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West Lake Business February 2011

Serving Delano, Independence, Long Lake, Maple Plain, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Mound, Navarre & Spring Park

When Parents Fear for Their Child’s Future


Anne didn’t need to imagine what her son was headed for. As a counselor at Osseo Senior High School, she sees it all too often among students who have given up on school after years of frustration. “After a while these kids just disengage, they don’t care, and so many turn to self-destructive behavior,” Anne worried.

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And yet she could see her own son, Leighton, then in 2nd grade, starting down this same path. “He would get so frustrated, he would literally pull his hair out as sat at the kitchen table trying to do his homework,” Anne recalls. “He’d cry out, ‘I’m stupid! I hate school!’ It was terrifying to think about what could happen with my child.”

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Leighton at the head of the class

One morning after a particularly rough night, Anne walked into her office and bumped into a colleague who was bubbling over with excitement about the transformation in her dyslexic daughter who was now reading fluently after brain training at LearningRx. “She gave me the book and explained the science. It all made so much sense. I could tutor him all day long, but unless he had the skills to learn, it wasn’t going to work.”

They enrolled at LearningRx in the spring, and by summer Leighton was blending words and solving problems without getting upset. He started to read the road signs as they were driving in the car. Homework ceased to be the battle it once was.

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When he began 3rd grade this fall, Leighton could tell that schoolwork was easier for him and his behavioral issues began to fade. He developed the confidence and composure to explain himself. At one point he stood up in front of the class and explained what it means to have ADHD while the class sat spellbound.

When Parents Fear, continued on page 16


Steve Ritz, exercise physiologist, founded Fitness First in 1998 located on East 2nd St. in Chaska, (952) 448-4322. His second location, conveniently located at 23505 County Rd. 19, Suite 150 in Excelsior, opened in 2008, (952) 401-4322. Steve has developed a prescription for exercise called the SEE-FIT training system. The SEE-FIT system encompasses workouts that are SAFE, EFFICIENT and EFFECTIVE -- all in just two intense 45-60 minute sessions a week. Each month we will be profiling the personal experiences of actual Fitness First clients.

February Fitness Diary

A family history of osteoporosis led Jeanine Peterson, 53, into researching ways to improve her health and bone density. After strength training on and off for the past 5 years, Jeanine was not happy with the results she was getting. Reading the Fitness Diaries in the Southwest Business intrigued her to contact Fitness First.

Fitness Specialist Nick McCoy assisting Jeanine with a dumbbell shoulder press.

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Minnesota Publishing • publishers of: West Lake Business: 15,350 copies mailed to Delano, Maple Plain, Independence, Mound, Minnetrista, Spring Park, Navarre, Minnetonka Beach and Long Lake Southwest Business: 15,100 copies mailed to Excelsior, Chanhassen, Tonka Bay, Shorewood and Deephaven Waconia Business: 15,600 copies mailed to Waconia, Victoria, Norwood Young America, Mayer, Watertown, Cologne, St. Bonifacius, New Germany, Plato, and Hamburg P.O. Box 273, St. Bonifacius, MN 55375 Publishers/Editors: Tami and Russell Crea Office: 612-867-2148 • FAX: 952-446-1458 For info. call Lynne Cason 320-286-0111 Advertising: • Susan Duchon, Nancy Winter West Lake Business February, 2011 3

Fitness Diary, cont. from page 1

“I really want to strength train with knowledgeable Instructor professionals ensuring I will have a safe and Insights effective workout. One of my fears was strength Research h as training might actually cause harm to my body. proven hig I knew I needed a professional who really h intensity s understands physiology and would customize an trength exercise prescription for me. I wanted to leave training is s an appointment feeling energized, without any and more e afer injuries. I strength train with Fitness First twice a fficient to reduce b week for 45-60 minutes each appointment. It was ody fat one of the best decisions I have ever made when it than tradit ional comes to my health. It is a love hate relationship. cardio trai I hate to go because it is not always easy, but I ning. love to go because of everything I get as a result Intrigued ? Call 952-4 of my efforts. The way I feel after training is 48-4322 exhilarating. I really respect and understand how my body is improving without risk of injury. My lower back doesn’t get sore any more and I don’t experience nearly as much pain or fatigue Nick instructing Jeanine on a Nautilus pullover machine. every morning as I walk my dog, Leo. The trail we walk on has an uphill grade. Since beginning my strength training at Fitness First, I breathe more easily and my added strength has positively impacted our walks. Being a stay at home mom for the last 15 years, I needed to get up and move around more but I wasn’t able to motivate myself to do it. Now with the appointments at Fitness First the lifestyle has grown on me and I could not imagine missing my appointment.”

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FEBRUARY 5 DA Shiver Ice Fishing Tournament West end of Lake Sarah. Information at noon-3:00 p.m. Sponsored by Crow River Youth Hockey Association activities include a huge ice fishing competition, a bonfire, ice skating, games and prizes for the kids, cookout and s’mores, door prizes and a raffle. Many, many prizes! $35 registration for fishing.

FEBRUARY 3 & 10 Feed My Starving Children Bethel United Methodist Church 2116 Commerce Boulevard, Mound, (952) 472-1522 An opportunity for people from Westonka to package a meal for starving children in over 50 countries. Volunteers need to register with Joleen Carlson at 952-491-6065. Carpooling from Mound to packing location in Chanhassen available. www.bethelumcmn. org for carpool times.

February 10 Hawaiian Beach Party Gillespie Center, 2590 Commerce Blvd., Mound 952-472-7563 2-5:30 p.m. Fun for the whole family! Islander Food, Beach Music , Live Entertainment, and the Gillespie Singers $10 Adults and $5 Kids under 12 years old

FEBRUARY 3 Finding Joy Grand Opening 5619 Manitou Road, Excelsior, 612-250-7286 3:30 p.m. A new art studio featuring the diverse, hand-made creative creations of over 50 Twin Cities artists. Merchandise will include jewelry, pottery, glass, woodworking, mosaics, children/baby items, textiles and more – all within the $2 to $300 price range. FEBRUARY 4 The Bingos Chumly’s On Main, 112 W. Main Street, Waconia, (952) 442-4904 Is it the Beatles? The Stones? It’s almost better, it’s The Bingos! For a good time see your local boys play classic rock, blues and country. FEBRUARY 5 GFWC Delano Snowflake Luncheon Delano American Legion, 200 Babcock Blvd. Delano DHS ocial time at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon to follow at noon. Entertainment and prizes will be provided. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) invites first timers and returning guests to come to the luncheon. Entertainment provided by “After 5 Ensemble” GFWC uses all proceeds for the betterment of the community. Anyone interested in joining or finding out more, call co-presidents Lorraine Statema 763-972-6627 or Norma Wandersee 763972-2068. 6 February, 2011 West Lake Business

SATURDAY, February 19 ‘Moonlight Trail Night’ Dakota Trail in Minnetrista, Mound & Spring Park Members of Celebrate Greater Mound!, will host the 2nd Annual Moonlight Trail Night along the Dakota Regional. Set to coincide with a full moon, the event will unfold along the trail East and West of the Transit Parking Deck in Mound. You will find booths with information and refreshments. Cross country skiers, showshoers (snowshoes rental available with $5 donation), and hikers will find bonfires and refreshments along the trails. For more information visit FebRUARY 26 Backyard Chickens 5184 Main St E, Maple Plain, MN, (952) 847-5700, Saturday, Feb. 26, 11a.m. – noon Thinking of raising chickens or already have a small flock in your backyard? An educator from the University of Minnesota Extension Office will answer questions about this popular new hobby and address local city codes on backyard poultry. Sponsored by the Friends of the MP Library.

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How Will New Tax Laws Effect You? Consider these key parts of the new tax laws: • Income tax rates remain the same. • Payroll taxes reduced by two percent. Your share of the Social Security payroll tax will drop from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent for 2011. Consequently, you should see more take-home pay. You may consider investing at least part of this savings in another retirement account, such as an IRA. • Top capital gains and dividend tax rates stay at 15 percent. Due to the new legislation, the highest tax rate for both capital gains and dividends will stay at 15 percent for at least 2011 and 2012. • The capital gains and dividend tax provisions can have significant effects on your investment decisions over the next two years. You now still have a strong incentive to follow a “buy-and-hold” investment strategy, under which you’d earn the favorable 15 percent rate on capital gains from selling an appreciated asset, such as a stock, that you’ve held at least one year. And the 15 percent rate on

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MAINSTREET MINUTE MainStreet Community is building a “mission team” in 2011 to help launch a new church in Mound. We are committed to following Jesus, living in deeper community, reaching the next generations, serving the needs of the community, and seeing lives transformed by Christ. To learn more about the vision of MainStreet Covenant Church and how you can get involved please visit www.mainstreetcovenant. org or contact Pastor Jeremy Berg at Find more about Event times and details at:

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Improve Your Home Renovation Experience

by Brooks Powell,

Some homeowners love the remodeling process. Some homeowners have nightmares about it. Why such a difference? Renovating is a disruptive process, there is no question about it. It is exciting; but it does disturb your common routine of everyday living. The renovation process can be a lot easier if you are prepared for it.

Although your contractor is doing the renovating, there are also things you can do to make the process run smoothly for everyone. 1. Be available. There are always little decisions that need quick answers as the whole process begins. So although you have come up with the “big” plan with your contractor already, be prepared for the little decisions that have yet to be made. Try to be available on short notice, so there won’t be any huge delays in the schedule. 2. Make product selections ahead of time. You don’t want to be making lighting or flooring selections at the last second or when construction is already underway. Make sure you select and order all your lighting, flooring, appliances, and cabinets before construction starts. This will relieve stress and help prevent delays later.

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3. Prepare the space. Clear the area that will be under construction of anything like furniture, drapes, and decorations. And if there are things that cannot be moved, cover them to protect them from the dust. This will help create a good work space for your contractor and it will keep your personal belongings protected. 4. Don’t wait for the “right time” to discuss any questions or concerns you have. Bring all problems up as soon as possible to avoid delays. The sooner the contractor knows, the easier it is to correct the problems. 5. Accept the unexpected. Certain things will happen, that neither you or your contractor could have predicted, like products that are not in stock, weather, or any other various things. Know that your contractor does not have complete control, there are some things that are out of your contractor’s hands. If you can stick to these five things, you will be better prepared for your home renovation experience! For further help, visit the Home, Landscape and Lifestyle Expo on February 19 held in the Chanhassen Rec Center, 2310 Coulter Blvd. from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. You will find lots of new ideas and great companies to work with no matter what you have planned - both indoors and out! ✿

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How Do I Get onto the Team? Your daughter has taken a few sessions of gymnastics now and you see her starting to improve on her skills. Today after class is over, she comes up to you and with a wide smile, her eyes light up as she exclaims, “I want to be on team!” as she points in the direction of the team girls she continues, “What do I have to do to be like them?” Every gym has different rules and philosophies of when, and if, a child is ready for team gymnastics. Some gyms have only one main team while others may offer different competitive teams with distinct paths to get onto them. At Premier, we have a Pre-Team and two competitive teams. We offer a USAG JO team with levels 4-10 and a USAG Prep-Op team with silver through platinum levels. The path that brought our gymnasts to team may be similar but each one is different. Just as with classes, how a team gymnasts progresses depends upon the individual girl. Our Pre-Team program has been developed for gymnasts that show a special talent for strength, flexibility and skill building, at a faster pace than others in the recreational program. Pre-Team can begin as early as the preschool program for some children while others may already be in our progressive levels when they are first offered a trial for the Pre-Team. Children are invited to participate in the program by the Pre-Team coaches. Often children are selected without them or their parents even knowing they were being evaluated. The ultimate goal of the Pre-Team program is to prepare the children for entry onto the USAG JO team; however, some children will try the Prep-Op program instead. Levels 4-10 of the USAG JO Team are also by invitation only. A child does not have to be part of the Pre-Team program to be chosen to try-out for the team. Some gymnasts will come from our Pre-Team, some will come from the Prep-Op Team and some may come from our classes. Our coaches are always watching classes for children that show the potential needed for the USAG Team program. Coming from a class to team is rare but does happen. Our USAG Prep-Op Team is a competitive team program that was designed for the class gymnast who desires to be on a competitive team. Open try-outs are held each year in the late spring. Any child who has passed the Advanced II class level may try-out. If your daughter desires to be on a team, then her first goal is to reach the advanced classes. 12 February, 2011 West Lake Business

As our class program is based on a yearlong curriculum it will take time and dedication to reach this level. Although your daughter may want to get to team as fast as she can, taking the time to build a solid skill base from the beginning will help her to succeed. Not every child will make it onto a competitive team, however, if your daughter is interested in the possibility of team, there are steps you can take to help her prepare for the opportunity. Attend class at least twice each week In each class, the time is divided between warm-up, event training and conditioning. Each of these areas must be focused on during every class. Attending classes at least twice a week will help your daughter to retain the skills she has learned and to advance more quickly. If your daughter ends up on team, coming to classes twice a week will help transition her to the team schedule as team gymnasts practice between 2 -5 days, for a total of 4-16 hours, each week depending upon their level. Year Round Classes Consistency is the key in being successful in the sport of gymnastics. If your child only attends 3-6 months each year it makes it extremely difficult to progress. Muscle memory is very important. When a child takes time off, they lose strength, flexibility and skills they have already learned and often must repeat the last level they were in. As with attending multiple classes each week, coming year round will also help them to transition onto team. Competitive gymnastics on either of the USAG team programs is a year round sport. Private Lessons In addition to adding a second class each week, you may decide to sign your daughter up for a private lesson. If your daughter has been struggling to gain a certain skill that is preventing her from moving up to the next level, a private lesson could help. We offer 30, 45 and 60 minute private lessons. The amount of time we would recommend depends upon what events and skills your daughter will be working on. If your daughter has set a goal to be on team, it will take time, dedication and commitment to reach her goal but once on team it is an incredibly rewarding experience and worth all the effort. West Lake Business February, 2011 13

Classroom Voices: History from Area Schools

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Josephine Kriebs Soderlund (Hackensack Class of 1928) taught for two years at the one-room school, before going on to college. Her school was between Hackensack and Longville on Woman Lake in Cass County. She applied for the job and was hired by the county board. During the World War I years, the district had no money to pay the teachers, so they were given “orders” to be cashed a the local bank. Beginning teachers received a starting salary of $45 a month, with usually a $5 raise per month for each month that they stayed on the job. Alice Kuntz Noreen (MCHS Class of 1936), got her first job through the Hennepin County superintendent. “At that time, a lot of teachers wanted to get into Hennepin County because they were paid a little bit better than the others. I know some of my friends started at $75 a month, and I got $85, so I was one of the top people. Of course, that went a long way in those days.” Teachers often moved from school to school. Alice taught two years at Fish Lake, before coming to Stubbs Bay. After teaching several years in one school, Gladyce Hughes Reimer (Wayzata class of 1931) taught two years at Fish Lake, before coming to Stubbs Bay. After teaching several years in one school, Gladyce would move to another one. “A couple of years, and then I’d try to move ahead, to do a little better. The first year I taught, I think I got $75. And even the last years at Maple Plain I got $150. That was the highest wages I ever had. That was during the war. But, you know, in those days, your money bought a lot of things.

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Florence Sutton Roth (Delano Class of 1936) taught one year at Armstrong, and later at Oak Lake. Gladyce also taught one year at Armstrong, the last year before it closed, and she taught two years at Maple Plain. “It was during the war. There was a shortage of teachers. I had children (and) I was lucky to get my sister to come and stay here. She had a little girl; her husband was gone to war. So she came and stayed here, and it worked out perfect....I taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade, the big kids. Kids behaved in those days. You never had a problem with kids. If anything serious happened, the parents would know it....I never had any problems, so I was fortunate.”










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“Books, you know, at St. Paul Book and Stationery,” Gladyce said. “Actually I was never told that I had a certain budget. But I would get everything I thought I needed for the school year. They took care of the bill. But in those days, you weren’t extravagant. I never had a spelling book that they would use. I had one with the words that they had to learn. I used to put them on the board. Sometimes it helped the lower grades to see them, the visual help, you know.” ✿

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When Parents Fear, continued from page 1

“It’s so frustrating for parents to know that their child is bright, and yet see them struggle in school, because there’s something getting in the way,” says Anne. “What they don’t know is that that something is often a weak cognitive skill.” Cognitive skills are the underlying mental skills that enable learning in any subject. They include attention, memory, logic & reasoning, and visualization, among others. When one or more of these skills is weak, learning can be very difficult.

the results, and learn how these skills can be improved, it all makes sense.” “For my husband and me, we knew that we couldn’t afford to have our son give up on school in the 2nd grade,” Anne concludes. “You only get one shot with your child. If we didn’t do something to address this now, we’d be looking at an even tougher situation down the road.”

If someone in your family is struggling in school, call LearningRx today. With a one-hour assessment test and consultation with a cognitive skills expert, you can understand What makes LearningRx so unique is Leighton and Anne brain training in the your child’s mental strengths and that they don’t teach academic subject boundary waters weaknesses, and how these skills can matter like other learning centers. Instead, they enhance a person’s cognitive skills through be strengthened to improve their performance in school. intensive mental exercises. These exercises are game-like and competitive in nature and are all done one-on-one with a personal trainer. As a result, most kids find the sessions fun and actually look forward to coming to LearningRx each day. Anne notes that the experience has even helped her as a counselor to her high school students. “Even older students can experience dramatic changes in their learning ability with LearningRx. A term like ‘cognitive skills training’ can sound weird at first. But once you have the test done, see Chanhassen Savage Maple Grove 952-949-6900 952-226-1115 763-746-5850



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Helping Your Child Get Into College Getting into college and the whole college application process can be a stressful journey for both students and parents alike.Every child is different and so finding a college “home” will be different for each one. As a parent, you need to walk the fine line of helping each child decide which college they wish to attend but also keeping them grounded through the process. This can be difficult. Try to stay calm, and supportive, but remember this has to be their choice. Above all, do not do it all for them. As high school juniors or seniors, they should be willing to put in their own time and energy to get the application completed. There is a wealth of free information all over the Internet, as well as from their individual high school and on all college websites, to help them through the application process. This may be the first time they have had to compile this kind of paperwork, and the experience is priceless. It may the first time they have to find a reference ~ someone who will write the needed letter of recommendation. It may also be the first time for many that they have to really think about their future, their goals, and their life experiences and then put all those into a written document ~ The college essay. Give them the gift of your patience and gently guide them along the way as they may struggle with some of these things.

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Healthy Valentine Snacks for Your Sweetheart by Susanne Myers, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about roses and boxes of chocolate. You can surprise your sweetheart with some healthy valentine snacks this year that not only good for him or her, but also delicious. Here are five healthy snack ideas that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Combine ripe strawberries with dark chocolate for a healthy, yet indulgent Valentine snack. Start with large, ripe strawberries. Melt some dark chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave. Dip the strawberries halfway into the dark chocolate. Allow the excess chocolate to drip off, and then place them on some wax paper to allow the chocolate to harden. Heart Shaped Grilled Cheese Sandwich For these cute grilled cheese sandwiches, layer a piece of low fat cheese between two slices of whole grain bread. Use a large heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the sandwich into a heart. Spray a hot pan with a non-stick cooking spray and add the sandwich. Grill it until it is golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted. These

sandwiches are a perfect snack on their own, or serve them with a cup of tomato soup for a light lunch. Cupid’s Arrows This snack also makes an attractive appetizer. Start by washing some grape or cherry tomatoes and cutting some low-fat mozzarella cheese into cubes. Thread them on some kabob sticks, alternating the tomatoes and the cheese. Lay the “arrows” on a platter and drizzle with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to finish off. Even cupid could not resist this Mediterranean inspired snack. Valentine’s Day Smoothie This very-berry and pink smoothie makes a great midday snack or even a filling breakfast. Start by adding some low-fat strawberry yogurt to your blender. Toss in some frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries etc.) and a frozen banana if you’d like. Add a little natural orange juice and blend on high until well mixed. Pour the smoothie into tall glasses and top with a little low-calorie whipped topping, a strawberry and a Hershey’s kiss. ✿

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Bean Counters Accounting and Bookkeeping Service 1. B. According to the popular definition, it is the second Full Moon to occur in a single calendar month. The average interval between Full Moons is about 29.5 days, while the length of an average month is roughly 30.5 days. This makes it very unlikely that any given month will contain two Full Moons, though it does sometimes happen. On average, there will be 41 months that have two Full Moons in every century, so you could say that once in a Blue Moon actually means once every two-and-a-half years. 2. D. Gatorade was created by Drs. Robert Cade, Mandel Dequesada, Alex DeQuesada, Dana Shires and Jim Free at the University of Florida in 1965 for the school’s football team and named after the university’s athletic nickname, the Gators. Cade entered into an agreement with the Indianapolis-based fruit and vegetable canning company StokelyVan Camp, Inc. to produce the product, which he had already patented. 3. C. All whales have to surface to breath and when they exhale they produce a “spout” of moist, warm air from blowholes on the top of their heads. The different whale species can be distinguished by the size and shape of their spout. 4. A. Traditionally, Americans adjusted their hours to fit changes in daylight. Farmers, as well as railroads, steamship lines, shops, and factories changed their hours of operation seasonally. These seasonal schedules declined after American railroads implemented standard time zones in 1883. In 1907, an English builder and golfer named William Willett proposed the basic outline of what became daylight saving time. His plan found ready ears in the United States. 5. C. Giant stick insects are some of the longest insects in the world. In fact, the longest insect on record is a stick insect of the species Pharnacia kirbyi, found living in the rainforests of Borneo, and it can grow up to 20 inches long.

5. What is the longest insect? A. The Giant Dragonfly B. An Amazon Mosquito 4. Who thought of Daylight Savings Time? A. William Willett B. Benjamin Franklin C. Teddy Roosevelt D. Winston Churchill 3. Why do whales spout? A. To have fun B. To clear their nostrils C. To breath D. To attract a mate 2. What was Gatorade named for? A. Alligator Alley in Florida B. A private alligator farm C. A veterinary clinic D. University of Florida Gators football team 1. What is a blue moon? A. No full moon in a calendar month B. Second full moon in a calendar month C. Third full moon in a calendar month D. An eclipse of the moon

C. Giant Stick Insect D. Beetleus Giagaticus

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West Lake Business, P.O. BOX 273, ST. BONIFACIUS, MN 55375 Entries must be received by Feb. 15, 11. Only original entry forms will be accepted. ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD. Two winners will be picked by random drawing this month.

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