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After tragedy Local graduate witnesses Norway coming together BY MARK W. OLSON

“It was a sea of people. I have never seen anything so powerful, strangers were hugging and crying in each others arms,” reports Kristina Kelly, a 2006 Chaska High School graduate, now living in Norway. She was describing a July 25 rose vigil she attended and photographed, held in memory of the more than 70 people killed in the July 26 bombing and shooting attacks. Anders Behring Breivik is accused of both July 22 attacks. Kelly grew up i n C h a n h a s s en , still home to her parents, Cole and Teri Kelly. In 2010, Kel ly g raduated from the University of North Carolina, where she studied photography and sculpture. She is continuing her photography PHOTO COURTESY OF KRISTINA KELLY studies about 22 miles south of Oslo Chaska High School graduate over the summer. Kristina Kelly, studying “I was actually photography near Oslo, supposed to be in attended Monday’s rose vigil the city on the day and took pictures of the of the bombing but mourners. due to rain we decided to stay at the house,” Kelly said, in an e-mail. “I was sitting in my room when I heard a rumbling and just thought it was thunder but at the same time it was strange because it only happened once. About 20 minutes later I found out the sound was actually the bomb explosion. We were all in shock and turned the television on right away.” Kelly fl ipped through Norwegian channels until she found CNN and learned about the explosion. Two hours later, she learned about the slaughter on the island of Utoya. “There was a mood change in the house, everyone was silent just listening to the news, e-mailing and calling home to let their families know we were alright,” Kelly said. As a photographer, her immediate impulse was to photograph what was happening, Kelly said. “But not knowing exactly who was involved with this we decided it was safer to stay put. Once I heard of the shooting, I felt

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Denny Johnson (white cap) swims for the Lake Minnewashta Regional Park public swimming area. He is followed by Eric Haycraft (Yellow), Patty Costello (blue) and Steve Gunther.

Bodies of water BY FORREST ADAMS

The first rule about the open water swim on Monday nights is it’s by invitation only. It’s only for the hard core, people in training for a triathlon who can complete a 0.7 mile swim in short order before they turn around and swim back, from one side of the lake to the other, sometimes twice. More than a dozen colored silicone swim caps cut through the clear water under a partly cloudy sky Monday evening. The time was 6:30 p.m. A wave of energy, kicking legs and stretched out arms moved toward the public swimming area at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park. They were the fi rst large group of the week to swim across Lake Minnewashta. Denny Johnson was one of them. A 65-year-old retired attorney from Edina who is now training for his fi rst ironman triathlon, the Wisconsin Ironman, sched-

Triathletes regularly train with swims on Lake Minnewashta

uled for Sept.11, 2011. An Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a marathon (26.2 miles) run, raced in that order and without a break. Patrick Ward, Minneapolis, was another. The fit 20-something is training for an event called Vineman Triathlon later this month in Santa Rosa, Calif. The Vineman brings competitors through Sonoma County’s wine countr y. In 2 010 there were approximately 700 entrants. Others in Monday’s swim group were preparing for the 5-mile Minnetonka Challenge open water swim this weekend, the Ironman Boulder triathlon on Aug. 4 or another event in the rapidly growing sport of triathlon. Steve Gunther, host of the swim, said he thinks triathlons are “the new golf,” in terms of their growing popularity and attraction to business executives and others looking for a recreational challenge. The second group of the week swims

on Wednesday mornings. They gather at 6 a.m. at Gunther’s Chanhassen home. Gunther said this group is typically about 40 people. Both groups are guided by buoys and monitored by two kayaks and a pontoon as they traverse the lake from Gunther’s private beach, which is visible across the lake from the park beach.

CAMP GUNTHER Steve and Helen Gunther have owned a home on Lake Minnewashta since 1998, and it wasn’t long before they were training for their fi rst triathlon. Steve said ever since he has been hooked to “the training lifestyle” and has competed in about eight triathlons each year as far away as Switzerland. More than travel to competitions in exotic locales, Gunther said another positive aspect of bringing triathlons into his life has been the camaraderie with other people

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Fate keeps bringing them together BY UNSIE ZUEGE

Back in fi rst grade, Halle Witherspoon noticed that like her, Grace O’Malley was hanging back from the other kids on the playground at recess. The two girls were starting their first-grade year at Bluff Creek Elementary School in Chanhassen. Halle said she remembered approaching Grace and saying, “I see that you don’t play with anyone on the playground either.” The two girls bonded over their shared shyness, and soon learned that they had a lot more in common. They liked the same things, had the same interests, and became best friends. C oi ncident ly, t hei r mom s, A i me e O’Malley and JJ Witherspoon met and befriended each other, too. So it was a sad day when in third grade, Halle’s family, the Witherspoons, moved to

Phoenix, Ariz. But the girls and their moms kept in touch through e-mail, phone calls, and annual visits when the Witherspoons returned to the Twin Cities to visit relatives. “The girls have always had such a connection,” Aimee O’Malley said. Near the end of last school year, in May, Grace’s fi fth-grade class at Bluff Creek had a new project to work on. Fifth-grade teacher Julie Myhr signed up to have the students participate in The Great Mail Race. It’s a letter writing program for schools across the United States. The project enables students to write letters to classrooms all across the country. In addition to helping students with their language and grammar skills, it also teaches them about the 50 states, the capitols, and other interesting facts about each state. “Our class received two letters,” Grace said. “Mrs. Myhr held them up during class.

One was from Oklahoma. Then she held up the second letter and said, ‘Who wants to open this one?’ I raised my hand. I opened it and started reading. “The letter said, ‘Hi my name is Halle,’ and it went on about what she liked to do in school,” Grace said. “And then I read, ‘I know a girl named Grace…’” “She called me up and said, ‘I got your letter!’” Halle said. Halle and her family are currently in the Twin Cities visiting. Last Friday, the two girls and the two moms spent their day at Mall of America. There they celebrated Halle’s birthday. She turned 11 on Thursday, July 21. Grace turns 12 in September. Halle explained that her school — Desert Sun Academy — in Phoenix also participated in The Great Mail Race. When it was time to choose schools to which they’d send

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Friends Grace O’Malley, left, and Halle Witherspoon first met on the playground at Bluff Creek Elementary as first-graders. Years later they became accidental pen pals. They’re holding Halle’s letter that found its way to Chanhassen and to Grace.


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a little weary and unsafe but after calling home and talking to my dad, he told me there is going to be more security there so you should be just fi ne. It really gives you a perspective on your life and that you should never take anything for granted. You never know what can happen,” she said. An estimated 150,0 0 0 attended the Monday rose vigil, which was “full of emotion, tears, hugging,” Kelly said. “The whole community came together to morn these young people.” In the Twin Cities, the victims were remembered at a vigil held at the Mindekirken church in Minneapolis. They are also on the minds of local residents with Scandinavian ties. “The Nordic Heritage Club wishes to extend their sympathy to the tragedy that happened i n Nor way. Vio lence has no boundaries,” said Carolyn Spargo, with the local Nordic Heritage Club. The entire country of Norway, even those who didn’t know a victim, was affected,


Kelly said. “One guy I met said ‘This will only make our country stronger, we will have more protection for a day or two but we aren’t going to let this change the way we run things here. We don’t need to have police carry weapons here because then criminals and other people will carry them as well.’” “He, and many other people, said they felt safer knowing it was a Norwegian shooter instead of an immigrant. Everywhere I went people were saying ‘This kind of thing doesn’t happen here in Norway, in many other places but not here. We live very peacefu l ly a nd t his just doesn’t happen.” “This is a huge event that will never be forgotten here in Norway, this is the biggest tragedy since WWII,” Kelly said.


An estimated 150,000 people gathered in Oslo, Norway, on Monday for a rose vigil to mourn the victims of the July 22 attacks.

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in training. “If you’re training for a triathlon, you’re doing multiple sports six days of the week,” he said. “Everybody has a handicap. Some people are good swimmers but can’t run to save their life. Others are good bikers but poor swimmers. You meet a lot of neat people, and you train together.” N o t s u r p r i s i n g l y, t h e more triathlons Gunther has trained for and competed in, the more new people he has met and invited to train at Lake Minnewashta. Gradually his house became known as “Camp Gunther,” and even now in the midst of the sweltering heat this summer and the road construction that has street torn up, the training continues.

Steve Gunther swims beside the pontoon. Gunther hosts free openwater swims every Monday and Wednesday, as weather permits. For more information, or if you plan to attend the Wednesday swim, e-mail Steve at

Information More information: http:// events/details/255wednesday-open-waterswim, Minnesota Multisport Athletes on Facebook

Dave Brown (white cap), Denny Johnson (flag cap), Jim Schulz (green cap) and Patrick Ward (black cap) begin their swim for the other side of the lake from the water beside Camp Gunther.

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letter, Bluff Creek Elementary was one she selected as a former student there. But she never imagined her letter would be opened by her long-distance best friend. O’Malley said that when the girls were younger, they were both very shy and they bonded in part because of that quality they saw in each other. “And now, years later, a thousand miles apart, they seem to continue to fi nd each other,” O’Malley said. “They’re talking about going to college together, too. Where, they don’t know yet, but as far away from their moms as possible.”

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could still be a “long shot” to get state funding to help with the project. Earlier this year, the county had put the public access question on hold because it wasn’t clear if the land owner was interested in selling the property. However, Hemze said it is now clear the property owner is willing to sell. Last winter, the appraised value of the land was $3 million, although the land was being marketed for $9 million. In last week’s staff report, the total cost of the project was $5.7 million, with the county’s share at $1.15 million. The source of the county money has yet to be determined. If a new public access is built, additional county staffi ng would also be required to operate the boat access.

CAP Agency seeks school supplies

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The Scott Carver Dakota Community Action Partnership (CAP) Agency is collecting school supplies for its annual backpack distribution. Through the service, children are able to receive a new backpack that is filled with school supplies for the up coming year. Last year, 1,000 backpacks were distributed to residents of Scott and Carver counties, according to a CAP Agency press release. The CAP agency is seeking money and school supply donations for the project. Supplies that are needed include colored pencils, red ink pens, blue/black ink pens, pencil cases, folders, erasers, markers, glue sticks/bottles, pencils, scissors, crayons, rulers, loose leaf paper and spiral notebooks. Donations are needed by Aug. 10 and can be dropped off at the CAP Agency offices at 712 Canterbury Road South in Shakopee, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents with children in grades K-12 can utilize the service. Registration for the backpack distribution is 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 1-12 at the Shakopee office. For more info, visit www.

The Bountiful Basket Food Shelf of Eastern Carver County will have an open house at its new location in Chaska from 4 – 6 p.m. on Friday, July 29. The food shelf moved into the old Snyder’s building at the southwest corner of Highway 41 and Co. Rd. 61 after Chaska’s CAP Agency offices closed in late June. The public is welcome and encouraged to stop the open house and see the new location. For more information call Bountiful Basket at (952) 556-0244.

press release. In 2002, the Motor Vehicle Sales Tax (MVST) became the major funding source for the agency. “Our service has evolved from just a few buses providing service from various surface lots to an award-winning agency serving over one million riders a year,” said Len Simich, CEO of SouthWest Transit. “Our coach buses accommodate our riders in comfort and style, and our enclosed transit stations in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen add to their transit experience.” “We are proud of our many n at io n a l , s t at e a n d lo c a l awa rds for ser vice, sa fet y and security”, he continued. “Each year our rider survey results indicate that 99 percent of SWT riders are satisfied or very satisfied with our service. They rate our reliability and customer service very high.” SWT anticipates more demand for service from riders in the southwest suburban a rea. Cha n hassen T ra nsit Station is under construction near the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and should be open for service early in 2012. Plans to build a parking ramp and enclosed station at the current East Creek Transit Station site in Chaska are i n t hei r beg i n ni ng stages. Construction would begin in 2012.

Carver County is enlisting financial support from the state to help pay for a public access at Lake Waconia Regional Park. The county is seeking $2.8 million in state bonding to pay for half of the total project cost, which includes purchasing a 19-acre site adjacent to the county-owned park. A public access has been included in long-range plans for the park and the current access on Lake Waconia is inadequate, according to a staff report. “ T he cu r rent public ac cess is often overflowing with many vehicles that park along County Road 92,” the sta f f report said. “A second public boat access will help satisfy user demand and contribute to improved safety of County


Southwest Transit celebrates 25 years On July 21, 1986, the Southwest Area Transit Commission (later renamed as SouthWest Transit) was formed through a Joint Powers Agreement between the Cities of Eden Prairie, Chaska and Chanhassen to provide transit service to the residents of those three Cities and surrounding areas. This collaboration was a result of the cities’ decision that they were not receiving an equitable level of transit service compared to the amount of property taxes they paid, according to a Southwest Transit



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Less posturing, more governing Nose cut off? Check. Face spited? Check. If that was the goal of the state’s politicians, well then, mission accomplished. Ou r elected represent atives avoided the difficult decision to both cut services and raise revenue (or raise taxes; or generate user fees; or shut loopholes; or build a Racino; or whatever the heck you want to call it). Instead, our budget was balanced by borrowing money against a 13-year-old tobacco lawsuit and passing along debt to our schools. But this duct tape solution will only work short-term. It is our wish that the DFLers and the GOP learn how to govern, instead how to posture. And, if they’re planning a budget standoff, maybe they could schedule it earlier in the session. Or maybe sessions could be shortened to a week long, if that’s how they want to handle business. Instead, our politicians waited until the last minute playing a game of budget chicken. One of the many results? State parks, in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” were closed in the middle of summer. If that doesn’t spell dysfunction, what does? It was heartening that, during the shutdown fiasco, the city of Victoria offered a solution – compromise. Victoria is a GOP stronghold. It has an average household income of $109,200 (compared to the state average of $ 55,621) and it’s only voted for only two non-Republican presidential candidates since being incorporated in 1915. Here’s what the letter, written by Mayor Mary Hershberger Thun, and signed by the four councilors, had to say “We are not in favor of a broadbased or targeted tax increase, as rarely do taxes solve all problems, but neither are we in favor of hurting those who need assistance to simply live their daily lives … “There are ‘taxes’ or ‘user fees’ that can be levied that affect only those citizens who choose to use

particular services or products. There are certain projects that can be delayed into the future, but still planned and [budgeted] for, without substantially affected our livelihood. There are certain tax ‘breaks’ that can be eliminated that will minimally affect our residents and business. There are certainly services that can be safely pared down for people that for whatever reason need assistance through honest efforts by our state to provide a ‘safety net.’ … “We believe that you need to live up to your responsibilities. Your immediate challenge is to put this State on a sustainable path, regardless of your future and regardless of your party’s future.” So there you have it – Victoria, one of the most conservative cities in Minnesota, telling Minnesota politicians to compromise by cutting services and raising taxes. Victoria is represented in the Minnesota House by freshmen Rep. Ernie Leidiger, who hasn’t been a big fan of compromise in the budget discussion. Apparently, not hearing from the Victoria council, Leidiger commented earlier during the shutdown, “My constituents absolutely do not want me to back down.” Leidiger was one of only a few reps who voted against a bonding deal that was part of the GOP/DFL deal which, as terrible as it was, ended the state shutdown. Other local Republicans Rep. Joe Hoppe and Sen. Julianne Ortman voted for the entire deal. While Carver County has a long proud GOP history, it also has a tradition of playing ball with the DFL. Going into the second year of his term, Leidiger should, like Victoria, opt for a mainstream GOP position. (His unrepentant invitation to an anti-gay pastor to give an insulting opening prayer at the Minnesota House was a bad stumble out of the starting gate.) In the next session, we hope all our representatives take a leadership in governing, not posturing.


Scorpius slithers across horizon BY DEANE MORRISON

The end of summer brings the laid-back water constellations into the evening sky and gives us our last good look at the stars of Scorpius and Sagittarius. Those two constellations move from south to southwest during August. Scorpius, slithering across the southern horizon, leads Sagittarius and its starry Teapot toward their seasonal oblivion. The Summer Triangle soars in the south. It comprises Deneb in Cygnus, the swan, and Vega in Lyra, the lyre, both very high; and Altair in Aquila, the eagle, the lowermost point of the triangle. Just east of the Triangle, see if you can find little Delphinus, the dolphin, as it leaps toward the Great Square of Pegasus, now coming into view in the east. Below Altair is dim, chevronshaped Capricornus, the sea goat. Moving eastward we find the spidery form of Aquarius, the water carrier, and, underneath the Great Square, the Circlet of Pisces, the fish. In the west, brilliant Arcturus pulls kite-shaped Bootes, the herdsman, down toward the horizon. Saturn also falls in the west. By month’s end the gorgeous planet sets only about 90 minutes after the sun. But another bright planet soon comes along. Jupiter, a beacon in the east, rises around midnight on the 1st but closer to 10 p.m. by the 31st. In the predawn sky, Mars appears ever higher in the east, gliding through Gemini en route to Cancer. On the 22nd and 23rd, the Red Planet forms the westernmost point of a thin isosceles triangle with Castor and Pollux, the brightest stars in Gemini. West of Mars you’ll see Orion, Taurus and other bright winter constellations, plus Jupiter riding high in the

southeast. Moonless mornings in August and September are the times to look for the elusive zodiacal light. This broad, fingerlike glow points up from the eastern horizon along the sun’s path between about one and two hours before sunrise. Called the “false dawn” in the “Rubaiyat” of Omar Khayyam, it is caused by sunlight reflecting off dust in the plane of the solar system. August’s biggest show—the Perseid meteors—will be a flop this year, thanks to a nearly full moon washing out all but the brightest meteors. The shower peaks the night of the 12th-13th. That full moon shines the next night. Algonquin Indians called it the sturgeon moon, for the iconic Great Lakes fish that is most easily caught this time of year. As the moon wanes, though, it glides through the morning stars. Catch it on the 25th, when it appears close to Mars. In astronomical news, the Hubble Space Telescope has just discovered a fourth planet orbiting Pluto. Temporarily named P4, it is only 8 to 21 miles in diameter, compared to 20 to 70 miles for Pluto’s moons Nix and Hydra, 648 miles for Pluto’s major moon, Charon, and 1,400 miles for Pluto itself. The sharp-eyed Hubble spotted tiny P4 from a distance of 3 billion miles. Astronomers think the entire Pluto system may have been created by a collision between Pluto and a planet-sized body when the solar system was young. The collision would have splattered material that coalesced into the moons, a scenario similar to the way scientists believe Earth’s moon was formed. Deane Morrison, with the University of Minnesota, can be contacted at


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Keep lakes open to all I just read Mitch Krause’s letter, “Keep lakes open for all” in the July 21 edition. I too, have contacted the City Council and mayor about this hostile proposed solution to invasive species of putting up gates on our lakes! It is being sold as a pilot project. Right. When and how would we ever get the gates to be taken down once they are put up? This is a slippery slope to losing lake access. Our lakes, and access to them, is part of the value of your home and what has won us awards as a great place to live. Every tax-paying citizen of Chanhassen should be outraged by this power grab by the lake associations. It will lower the value of your home and make this a less friendly place to live. Please contact the City Council and the mayor and let them know that you wnat the lakes to be open to all.

Dave Howe Chanhassen

Protecting lakes from infestation It seems to me that Mitch Krause has not read all the information that has been provided regarding the effects of invasive species. Alittle extra travel time is nothing compared to the devastation from invasive species infestation. We are working hard to protect the lake for all boaters.

AR Fitzsimmons Chanhassen

Don’t cut off lake access I’m writing in response to the letter from Mitch Krause. Well said Mitch! To spend all that time, money and effort to cut off access to local lakes is just wrong. The lake residents have always had the upper hand in defi ning access, motor, speed and size restrictions to add inspection and special codes only given out during specific times, like you said, is not going to solve the problem. Thanks for speaking up Mitch, there are more of us like you out there and it’s about time we spoke up.

Ken Weis Chanhassen


Voting against moving forward One of the conditions Gov. Mark

Dayton placed on his acceptance of the Republican budget offer was the addition of a bonding bill. In a bonding bill, the state issues bonds (debt) that is used to build capital projects around the state. If you’re going to be issuing debt as a state, bonding for capital projects – infrastructure – is the best possible thing you can do with that debt. And now, with the economic downturn, is an even better time to invest heavily in infrastructure. It has the immediate impact of getting people back to work, and it creates lasting projects that can serve as the basis for future growth. Additionally, you can build infrastructure more cheaply now than you can when times are good. Gov. Dayton and the Republican majority agreed on a bonding package of $531 million. It’s full of great projects, including: I $ 51 million for a new Physics and Nanotechnology building at the University of Minnesota I $48.7 million for new science facilities at St. Cloud State University, Metropolitan State University and Mesabi Range Community College I $16 million to renovate the Coon Rapids Dam, including construction of an invasive species barrier I $50 million for flood mitigation I $33 million in local bridge replacement I $22.5 million in Twin Cities and greater Minnesota transit These are projects that are going to have beneficial long-term impacts on our state. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact number of jobs that will be created by these investments, but using historical rates, a $ 531 million level of investment will result in about 15,000 new jobs. 15,000 new jobs would shave half a percent off of the state’s current unemployment rate, reducing it to 6 percent. Who could be opposed to such a common-sense proposition? Rep. Ernie Leidiger of Mayer, that’s who. Leidiger was one of only 16 representatives to vote “no” on the bonding bill. Most Republicans, including Chaska’s Rep. Joe Hoppe and Chanhassen’s Sen. Julianne Ortman, recognized the value of this bill and voted in favor of it. Undoubtedly, Leidiger will cite the issuance of more debt as his rationale for opposing the bill. But Leidiger – on the same day – voted for over $1.3 billion in debt that is really harmful to Minnesota’s economy. Leidiger voted for a $700 million shift in K-12 education payments that puts the state IOU to its schools at $2 billion. Leidiger also voted to issue bonds against future tobacco settlement revenues. To raise $ 640 billion in revenue for this biennium, the state is going to have to spend between $ 800 and $900 million dollars. These moves are debt of the worst kind – they hurt our schools and create holes in the state budget in future years without providing any of the long-term benefit of the

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infrastructure projects. Leidiger’s “no” vote on the bonding bill is a vote against moving M i n ne sot a for wa r d , a nd i s yet another demonstration of his willingness to blindly vote ideology over the real world needs of his constituents.

Sean Olsen Chaska

Sounded more like dictatorship I am writing in response to the July 21 Chaska Herald letter, “Republicans need a time out.” The letter writer considers himself to be a centralist and for the fi rst two paragraphs of his letter he sounded like one. Then for the next eight paragraphs he sounded like he is about as much of a centralist as Obama, Pelosi and Reid! W hat he is ig nori ng a nd has conveniently failed to mention was that the Republicans wanted to keep the state operating and offered a lights on bill but Dayton said ‘No.’ The Republicans wanted to avoid a state shutdown but Dayton said ‘No.’ They wanted to keep all of the state workers on the job but Dayton said ‘No.’ They also wanted to keep the state parks and buildings open but Dayton said “No.” From the beginning it almost appeared that Dayton wanted to have a shutdown so he could blame the Republicans, but it was he that caused it. Contrary to the letter writer’s belief, it was Dayton’s ‘no, no, no’ that sounded like a dictatorship! So what does Dayton do after being responsible for shutting down the state, he started on an around the state tour to preach his failed message. During that tour he must have heard an overwhelming majority of negative comments from Minnesotans about his failure to keep the state operating. Then in typical Dayton fashion, he did not fi nish what he started and he returned to St. Paul apparently ready to compromise and stop saying “No.” It is reasonable to believe that if they had continued to work on a solution during the Republican offer to keep the lights on bill, they may have come to the same resolution without laying off the state workers and closing the state parks and buildings during a state shutdown. Do I believe the Republicans are without fault, absolutely not, but for sure they do not have an 80 percent share of the blame as stated by the self proclaimed centralist letter writer. If his numbers were reversed to 80 percent the fault of Dayton and the Democratic leadership the numbers would at least be closer to reality!

Robert Hoyt Chaska

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Legislators share viewpoints on 2011 marathon The state government is back at work, and the historic government shutdown ended after 20 days. Arguably, neither Republican legislators nor the Democratic governor got exactly what they wanted out of the shutdown, and both sides remain at odds over the 2012-13 budgets that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law. From neither side of the political aisle was there chest thumping or shouts of triumph over a victory. This year’s Legislature was historic for ending in the longest state shutdown in Minnesota’s history, but other things made it historic as well. When the 2011 Minnesota Legislature conveyed in January, it was under full Republican control for the fi rst time in 38 years. As such, elected Republicans from Senate District 34, which includes Carver County and part of Scott County, played a prominent role in the lawmaking. Sen. Julianne Ortman, a Chanhassen Republican, was the first woman to chair the Senate Tax Committee since Minnesota’s statehood. Ortman joked during the session that this year she was able to vote for a senate tax bill for the fi rst time since she was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2002. She was the bill’s chief author. Rep. Joe Hoppe, a Chaska Republican, found himsel f serving as assistant minority leader in the House of Representatives and chair of the House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee. After scant authorship of bills while t he House was u nder DF L control, this year Hoppe was the chief author of 22 bills. Not only that, but he was also among the Republican leaders to accompany the governor on Pokegama Lake this May for the Governor’s Fishing Opener. The 2010 election brought many new faces into the Legislature, one of them a staunchly conservative Republican from Mayer named Ernie Leidiger, who fi lled the House seat vacated by Paul Kohls, a Victoria Republican who retired from the House following his failed bid for the Republican nomination for governor in 2010. Leidiger made headlines this session, not so much for the legislation he authored but because he invited a controversial talk radio preacher from Minneapolis to lead prayer on the House floor. Since the end of the state shutdown, Leidiger has come under more scrutiny for telling his constituents that he would vote against the budget bills because they would increase state spending. However, the vote tally shows Leidiger voted for each of the final budget bills except for the bonding bill. In the aftermath, Leidiger claimed in an e-mail to the newspaper that he and 15 other conservative GOP House members indeed planned to vote against the budget bills until Republican leaders promised them a conservative slant on next session’s agenda. “The conservatives stayed together and were assured conservative policies would prevail in the future,” he said. Name: Julianne Ortman Top bi l l s you authored this session: Tax Conformity Bill, Tax Policy and Technical Bill, Tax Omnibus Bill, 5 Legal Reform Bills Julianne


Highlight of the session: Personally: ttending the Memorial Service for Senator Linda Scheid with dozens of other legislators; we celebrated her life and contributions with her family, and constituents in the Brooklyn Park Community Center. Professionally: Passing my fi rst Tax Omnibus Bill out of the Senate. After being in the minority for 8 years, it was exciting to see my ideas passing with support through both Houses of the Legislature: Homeowner Property Tax Relief, Estate Tax Reform to protect small businesses and farmers, maintaining LGA and County Program Aid at 2010 Levels, permanently (saving hundreds of millions of dollars for the next 4 years), eliminating the broken Market Value Credit Program, correcting the Tax

Incidence study to include federal taxation, property tax relief for disabled veterans and spouses of veterans. Lowlight of the session: June 30, 2011, when the governor left the capitol for the evening without fi rst passing a “lights on” bill or ordering a special session, with no alternative but shutdown. Why did you vote the way you did on the fi nal budget bills? The plan got us over the impasse between the Legislature’s goal to limit spending to funds available, and the governor’ goal to spend $1.4 billion more, with a tax increase. The governor put Minnesotans to the test of shutdown and constitutional crisis: he vetoed our $34. 2 billion balanced budget — but only after the Constitutional deadline required that we adjourn. He had no alternative with legislative support. After that, only the governor could call a special session to allow work on an alternative. He insisted on shutdown and refused to call a special session until we agreed to more spending. Sadly, he accepted a compromise made by legislative leaders on June 30; the shutdown was completely avoidable and unnecessary. On a scale of one to five, with five the best and one the worst, please rate your performance as a legislator this session? Why? 5. As Chair of the Tax Committee, I worked to lead the debate on tax policy in St. Paul with a different point of view: our tax code should encourage competitiveness, stability, and economic growth. We passed important tax reforms this year and will accomplish even more in 2012. A lot of the problems the state Legislature encounters have to do with projected spending and revenue. Should this process be reformed? Why? Yes, I have proposed a Constitutional Amendment that will limit biennial spending to 98 percent of projected revenues (the other 2 percent would be set aside in reserve). We have a spending problem; there will always be more wants, more good ideas and programs to fund. We need additional constitutional clarification on what it means to adopt a balanced budget. We also need more institutional pressure to respond to economic realities. Legislators are in session for five months of the year. Why is so much time needed if a special session will be required anyway? This year is a very good example of why five months is necessary. After the 2010 election we had record numbers of new legislators and brand new majorities in the House and Senate. The new majorities wanted to take a direction that has not been taken in 40 years: to reduce the size and footprint of state government. It takes time to reorganize, educate, plan, prepare bills, hold public hearings and reach consensus. The governor’s budget proposal was $ 36 billion. The Republican proposal was $ 34 billion. The final budget turned out to be $35.4 billion. What brought the Republican caucus so close to the governor’s number? See above. The governor opposed social policies that were found in initial Republican budget proposals. Why were social issues brought into the budget discussion? My understanding is that no such offer was made; rather leaders and the governor were exploring all potential avenues for compromise. I was not in favor of introducing social policy issues in the budget negotiations. Would it be accurate to say that the Republican’s education funding shift and tobacco bond borrowing are examples of ‘kicking the can down the road?’ Both are funds available to us (the school funds are reserves, and the Tobacco bonds use revenues that are already coming to the state). When a business or family experiences a budget crisis, they must look at all funds available and make the best choices they can to resolve the immediate crisis and then lay a foundation for

longer term financial health. In my view these proposals were less than ideal, but better than tax increases. Once the leaders and the governor agreed to these funding methods, we worked diligently to ensure that the increased spending was not used to fund long-term spending commitments, but were used to invest in spending reductions that would generate long-term budget savings. We have reduced the 2012-2013 budget from the $39 billion plan adopted in 2010, and reduced the structural deficit. It is a big step in the right direction. What can we expect from you next January when the Legislature is seated again? More reforms intended to further reduce the size, cost and footprint of state government; more reforms to encourage economic growth and competitiveness, including more Tax Reform. Name: Joe Hoppe Top bi l l s you authored this session: I was the author of a number of commerce-related bills this ye a r. T h ey were most ly technical, dealing with Joe insurance, anHoppe nuities, banking, etc. While not very exciting, they were very important to both businesses and consumers in Minnesota. Highlight of the session: Meeting with the Korean Ambassador regarding the Korea/ American Free Trade Agreement. Lowlight of the session: Not getting a budget agreement that would have avoided a government shutdown after being so very close to a deal in the fi nal days of June. Why did you vote the way you did on the fi nal budget bills? We needed to get the shutdown over with, so I was planning on voting for the deal in any event. As the details in the bills were finalized over the weekend, I became more enthused about the fi nal product. There are many reforms in these bills that will help Minnesota down the road. On a scale of one to five, with five the best and one the worst, please rate your performance as a legislator this session? As the chair of the commerce committee in the House, I enjoyed the process of moving bills from concept to passage. As a member of the leadership team, I liked helping to get bills passed. Getting support from Democrats as well as Republicans, Senate and House members in order to get legislation advanced is enjoyable.

cial policies that were found in initial Republican budget proposals. Why were social issues brought into the budget discussion? Many issues were brought into the negotiations. The fi nal budget bills are full of policy provisions. Would it be accurate to say that the Republican’s education funding shift and tobacco bond borrowing are examples of ‘kicking the can down the road?’ This was not a perfect budget solution and using the funding shift and tobacco bond money were not my preferred alternatives. Having said that, this money won’t be permanent spending and the fi nal budget deal is better than it could have been. What can we expect from you next January when the legislature is seated again? I will continue to work on commerce issues in particular and to make sure that government is spending our tax money wisely in general. Name: Ernie Leidiger Top bi l l s you authored this session: E-Veri fy use r e qu i r e d by state contractor; targeted misdemeanor clari f ied to include no contact order Ernie misdemeanor Leidiger violations for the purpose of requiring fingerprinting; wage and hour provisions modified. Highlight of the session: The last day of the session when we had passed the balanced budget and we accomplished passing so many reforms in the bills without a tax increase. Lowlight of the session: The governor shut down government for no reason on June 30, when we were all there and could have at least passed a “lights on” bill. The governor just quit the negotiations. Why did you vote the way you did on the fi nal budget bills?

I voted yes when leadership promised a legislative agenda next year centered around spending reforms and restrictions on increasing tax rates. There are excellent reforms in the bills we signed that will retard government spending. So I support them. However, the one-time spending increases must not appear again next biennium. They must be eliminated. On a scale of one to five, with five the best and one the worst, please rate your performance as a legislator this session? I rate myself as a 4.5. I became more effective as the year went on, and I was able to help influence voting toward conservative principles. A lot of the problems the state Legislature encounters have to do with projected spending and revenue. Should this process be reformed? Why? We have a major problem, it’s government spending. Private sector jobs are key to moving our economy forward. Government spending takes money out of the private sector retarding growth. We need to pass a bill that provides a mechanism to justify government spending. The best mechanism was the zero-based budgeting initiative that the governor stripped out of the Gov Ops bill. It needs to be passed because every government agency needs to justify its existence. It’s the only way we will see a reduction and right-sizing of the size of government. Legislators are in session for five months of the year. Why is so much time needed if a special session will be required anyway? If the governor would have engaged the Legislature instead of waiting to the end of the session, we could have be done in three or four months. This governor was intent on promoting his liberal ideology and the Dayton-Obama-Soros socialist agenda. Notice that it’s always the Democrats that want to increase spending and increase taxation, and now want to totally redistribute the wealth. This ideology needs to be stopped; it’s ruining the free

market system. The gover nor’s budget proposal was $ 36 billion. The Republican proposal was $ 34 billion. The final budget turned out to be $35.4 billion. What brought the Republican caucus so close to the governor’s number? The state did not need to spend another $1.4 billion. The legislature handed the governor a balanced budget at $34 billion. It was enough. But the Governor would not back down. He intended to hurt as many Minnesotans as he could by shutting down the state government for political reasons. The governor opposed social policies that were found in initial Republican budget proposals. Why were social issues brought into the budget discussion? Most of the policy reforms were also linked with fiscal reforms and needed to remain in the bills for the reductions in spending to work. It was the bases for balancing the budget. Would it be accurate to say that the Republican’s education funding shift and tobacco bond borrowing are examples of ‘kicking the can down the road?’ Yes. To a certain extent it is like kicking the can down the road. Spending is the problem. The governor and Democrats in the Legislature are all about spending. The Republicans hold the line on spending. What took place was one-time spending and not programmed spending. So we need to ensure that the one-time money is no longer available next time we do the budget. To do that, we need to pass a zero-based budgeting initiative to illuminate and consolidate government agencies. What can we expect from you next January when the Legislature is seated again? We will pass and place on the ballot the voter ID bill and a bill that limits the authority to increase taxes. We will then continue work on spending decreases and reducing the size of government. This, in tandem with holding the line on taxes, will help promote job growth in the private sector.

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A lot of the problems the state Legislature encounters have to do with projected spending and revenue. Should this process be reformed? A lot of the problems that the state Legislature has are due to the huge increase in spending over the past 30 years. While it would be nice to flatten out the projections, it would be nicer to not want to spend so much in the fi rst place. Legislators are in session for five months of the year. Why is so much time needed if a special session will be required anyway? While the budget is being worked on starting early in the session, there are many other bills that are being worked on simultaneously. There is a tremendous amount of committee work that doesn’t pertain directly to the budget. The gover nor’s budget proposal was $ 36 billion. The Republican proposal was $ 34 billion. The final budget turned out to be $35.4 billion. What brought the Republican caucus so close to the governor’s number? Among other things, the $34 billion budget that we passed increased spending by over $5 billion from the previous biennium, dealt with the deficit, increased education funding, and had substantive reforms – all without raising taxes. The governor vetoed that budget. The fi nal budget deal was the best compromise that we could negotiate with the governor. The governor opposed so-

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LIVESREMEMBERED Wilton Otto Borgmann Wilton Borgmann, 91, of Chaska, died Friday, July 22, 2011 at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home, Chaska. Funeral service will be held Thursday, July 28, 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 241 5th Ave. N., Hopkins, with the Rev. Randall A. Neal officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. Casketbearers include Duncan Borgmann, David Unruh, Bob Brown, Jerome, Meyers, Samuel Meyers, and Nicholis Meyers. Burial will be at Glen Haven Memorial Cemetery, Minneapolis. Wilton was born Feb. 2, 1920 in Young America, MN, to Victor and Bertha (Hensel) Borgmann, one of five children. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Hopkins, and attended school at Hopkins High School. On March 15, 1941, Wilton married Joyce Hanson. They had one son, Donald. Wilton retired from Minneapolis-Moline in Hopkins after many years, and then went on to be Vice President of Laser Engineering in Chaska for 20 years. He and Joyce have been residents of Chaska for 23 years. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, and was a state tournament winner in bowling. Wilton was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Elmer and Elroy. Survivors include his son and daughterin-law, Donald and Cathy of Chaska; grandsons, Paul of Chaska, Eri of Minneapolis, Matthew, of Hibbing; four great-grandchildren;one great-great-grandson; sisters, Darlene Mueller of Plymouth, Rosalyn Cobb of St. Michael. Funeral arrangements were with the Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska, 952-448-2137.

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The cast of Toasted is Lily Podany, Zach Bolland, Taylor Diles and Lauren Beck star in “Toasted.”

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Chaska teens get toasted Detective spoof among shows at Fringe Festival

“Toasted” at the Minnesota Fringe Festival


Written/directed: Andrew Brady and Robbie Lyman

Dried bread and toasters may be subject matter better suited for breakfast than theater, but for Andrew Brady and Robbie Lyman, the seemingly random items provide the perfect backdrop for a classic detective spoof. “We tried to think what is the most ridiculous crime one could commit,” explained Brady. Brady and Lyman – both freshly graduated from Chaska High School – are the writers/ directors of “Toasted,” a oneact play that joins 167 other theatrical performances at the 18th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival Aug. 4-14. The Chaska duo didn’t set out to write a piece for Fringe. Instead, they were hoping to get a head start on a project for their senior drama class. They began writing “Toasted” during their junior year, only to find out the following school year that they wouldn’t be performing studentwritten pieces. Determined to not let their hard work go unnoticed, they persevered. “We tried a number of ways to see if we could perform it,” said Lyman. They eventually found out about the Minnesota State Thespian Chapter Festival in early January and didn’t hesitate to enter. “Sign us up!” said Lyman. A 2 0 -m i nut e ver sion of “Toasted” debuted at the festival to a receptive crowd. “The audience there loved it,” noted Lyman. Brady added that at one point the crowd burst into applause, eliciting huge smiles from the show’s directors.


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With new confidence, Brady and Lyman picked up a brochure for the Minnesota Fringe Festival and entered the Fringe lottery a couple weeks later. “We didn’t know what it was,” said Brady, of Fringe. “We weren’t aware of how big it was. I’m starting to understand now.” Out of more than 400 applicants, Brady and Lyman ended up No. 9 on the waiting list. And not long after, enough groups had dropped out to secure their


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Peruse antiques and f lea market finds on the lawn of Eden Prairie’s Smith-DouglasMore House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. The fi fth annual Eden Prairie Antique Fair is sponsored by the Eden Prairie Historical Society, Dunn Bros. Coffee, Eden Prairie News and M&I Bank. Several new dealers will be part of the event, said Eden

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Starring: Taylor Diles, Lauren Beck, Zach Bolland and Lily Podany Venue: Playwrights’ Center, 2301 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis Dates: 5:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5; 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7; 10 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10 and Friday, Aug. 12; 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14 Tickets: $12 for adults; $5 for kids (12 and under); $10 for seniors and students More info and tickets: spot at the performing arts festival. There was only one problem. They needed to expand their show to at least 45 minutes to fit within Fringe guidelines. Brady and Lyman got the cast together and got busy writing. “Toasted” is the sharply written story of a looted toaster shop owner who employs an ace detective to solve the case of her stolen toasters. “We’re very much inspired by those 1940s fi lm noire detective flicks,” said Brady. “This is an entire spoof on that.”

CHARACTERS Eighteen-year-old Lauren Beck, Chaska High School’s reigning Homecoming Queen, plays Victoria Strudelle, the victimized toaster shop owner. “She’s the damsel in distress,” said Beck. “Vicki is overly dramatic about toasters,” she added. “To her, it’s serious. It’s a really big deal.” Strudelle enlists Detective Percy Irving, played by Homecoming King Taylor Diles, to help find her missing toasters. “Our detective is incompetent,” offered Lyman. “He’s an idiot,” said Diles, of his character. “He’s so extremely full of himself.” Diles is assisted by his sarcastic secretary Doris, played by 16-year-old Lily Podany. “She’s the brains behind the operation,” said Podany. Rounding out the cast is Zach Bolland, 18, who plays the villainous Toastmaster. “He’s eccentric,” said Bolland of his tuxedoed character. “He’s off the deep end,” offered Brady. Like any good villain, Bolland seems to grab the attention of not only the audience, but his fellow cast members. “I do like watching Zach,”

VIDEO ONLINE FOR MORE LINKS AND A VIDEO FEATURING THE DIRECTORS AND THE CAST OF TOASTED, VISIT said Podany. “He’s hysterical.” “[Bolland] is big and fun to watch,” said Brady. “He’s able to grab a lot of laughter with a lot of things most people wouldn’t attempt.” Like the Toastmaster, Bolland, too, is eccentric. Brady and Lyman admit that they had Beck, Diles, Podany and Bolland in mind when they created the characters in “Toasted.” And for the most part, the cast is OK with that. “I can be an idiot sometimes,” said Diles. “But I don’t think I’m that arrogant.”

SHOW “Toasted” is geared toward ages 12 and up, but Bolland says that their show has something for everybody. “The physical comedy plays well to any age,” said Brady. “I think everybody can find something to relate to.” “It’s not an edgy or controversial show,” he added. “I would bring my grandma to it.” And though the majority of the group is headed off in different directions for college next year (including Brady to Hamline University on a theater scholarship and Lyman to Columbia University) this may not be the last time their paths cross. They’ve had so much fun working together on “Toasted” that the odds of them reuniting for another show are high. “I’m already thinking Fringe for next year,” said Brady with a smile.

Fifth annual Antique Fair is Aug. 13

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What: A detective spoof called “Toasted,” created by Chaska teens for the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Prairie Historical Society President Kathie Case. The PROP Shop will be back with a booth for the second year as well. “The whole goal of this Antique Fair is to provide a fun event for the community,” Case said. You’ll be able to spend under $50 and walk away with a lot of fun, reasonably priced stuff, she said. Vendors include Treasure Chest Antiques, NIKKI Prairie Gold with silver items and bottle cap jewelry and Bodylish,

which offers handmade soaps and lotions. You can also enjoy coffee in the morning, and wine or beer on the patio later in the day, Case pointed out. The vendors pay $35 to participate, with those funds going toward Dunn Bros. projects like the new shed and gazebo. Dunn Bros. in the Smith Douglas More House is at 8107 Eden Prairie Road. Parking is also available at the adjacent Huber Funeral Home. For more information, call (952) 934-0145.

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CONTACT FOR FAITH STORY IDEAS Forrest Adams: (952) 345-6472 or PROVERB OF THE MONTH — “Call on God, but row away from the rocks.” (Indian Proverb)

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Movement spawned ‘no ordinary love’

Parenting your adult child BY FORREST ADAMS


I love hearing stories of extraordinary love. Don’t you? During the recent government shutdown I read of government employees working with the poor who conDoug tinued to serve their Peterson clients without pay because they cared about their needs. This is love. A new and mysterious love movement was started over 2,000 years ago and continues today. It began as Jesus was tortured and died a criminal’s death to take the penalty for the sins of the entire world, including mine and yours. What would make a person willingly lay down his life for others? It was love. Certainly, this was no ordinary love. This movement of love continued with a group of followers who became known as the early church. People went into their communities “in the name of Christ” and put into practice the things that Jesus had taught. They clothed the needy, fed the hungry, gave drinks to the thirsty, welcomed strangers into their homes, cared for the sick, and visited those in prison. They believed Jesus when he told them that when you serve “the least of these” you are serving me. In fact, through these acts of loving others, and thus identifying themselves as followers of Jesus, their lives were threatened, and some were martyred, yet they continued to serve, and their numbers surprisingly grew! This was no ordinary love. In the 2,000 years since the beginning of this movement, love has continued to be the mark of Christians that is most compelling. There certainly have been times and places during those 2,000 years where many who called themselves Christ-followers, or Christians, did not exhibit this mark of love. This is confusing and difficult to understand. But, even in those times, we can find the faithful remnant of true followers who continued to love and put into practice their faith in Jesus, their leader and savior. In the face of persecution and oppression, they continued to obey Jesus’ twin commands, “Love your God… and love your neighbor…” This was no ordinary love. This movement of love continues today, in our time, wherever Christians are reaching out to meet the needs of the poor and broken in local communities around the world. For Christians, loving others is part of our DNA. If we have experienced the life-changing love of God in our lives, received forgiveness of sins through

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Christ’s death and resurrection, then loving others is the natural result. Jesus words to his closest friends the night before his death reveals what kind of love this is. “A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you love one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples” (John 13:34-35). We are talking about the fullest, deepest love the world has ever known. Jesus makes it clear it is this kind of love that will be the true mark of the Christian. This is no ordinary love. For the past four years Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) of Eastern Carver County has tried to live out, and put into practice, this kind of extraordinary love. Love In the Name of Christ is a network of two dozen Christian churches that have come together as the larger body of Christ, across denominations, to love their neighbors in need. Love INC provides practical ways for Christians to express Christ’s love, and remind those in need that they are not alone; they are loved by those in our community, and they are loved by God. What does this love actually look like? In many cases, people donate items that are then given to those in need — all in the name of Christ. These items include used beds, dressers, tables and chairs, bicycles, blankets, sheets, towels, packages of diapers, new or used car seats, new baby cribs, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, dishes, cleaning supplies, laundry or dish detergent, and much more. Sometimes this love is shown by a volunteers providing a ride, mentoring regarding finances, teaching skills to find work, or helping with household chores. It’s exciting to be a part of a movement that is over 2,000 years old, where we see God using his people to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ. This is no ordinary love. Doug Peterson is the executive director of Love INC of Eastern Carver County.

Launch Ministry began blasting into the fabric of eastern Carver County about two years ago a s le ader s of t he Christian nonprofit Corey organization took Magstadt aim at the spiritual needs of struggling young adults, ages 18 to 25. The ministry, which raises support through individual donations and the sale of fair trade coffee from Guatemala and Costa Rica, found its niche by serving a portion of the population that often fends for itself in affluent suburbia. They are young adults who haven’t gone off to college, started their careers, gotten married, bought a house or begun their families. They haven’t lived the stereotypical American dream. It’s a segment of the community that needs help, said Corey Magstadt, Launch Ministry founder. Since its founding, Launch Ministry has sought out and tried to help young people transform their lives by exposing them to what Magstadt calls “opportunities that will promote healthy, productive transitions into adulthood.” But this fall the ministry is scheduled to enter new territory by reaching out to parents of teen and adult kids, who may be involved in Launch Ministry. Magstadt said he’s developing a curriculum that he hopes will provide a time for parents of adult children and teens who are struggling to encourage

one another, network with one another and learn tips about guiding children’s transition into adulthood. A Launch Ministry volunteer supporter, Mary Rabai of Chanhassen, said she thought the parenting classes would allow for parents to join together in a hopeful, positive, humorous and non-judgmental environment. For more information, call Magstadt at (952) 261- 46 0 6 or e -mail

MENTOR RECRUITMENT About 20 youth, who are living between adolescence and adulthood, now participate in a weekly Launch Ministry Bible study/support group, according to Magstadt. He said the group meetings are good times for growth and learning, and they have the potential to transform participants’ lives. “Holistic li fe transformation, transformation that affects all aspects of life, is at the heart of our ministry,” Magstadt said. Each participant is assigned an adult mentor and works with that person to make positive choices and set goals related to jobs, education and character development — “life skills,” Magstadt calls them. However, a shortage of volunteers has resulted in about half the participants with no mentor at all. Currently five people serve as mentors for Launch Ministry. Magstadt said he could probably use seven or eight new people and put them to work right away.” The next mentor training for Launch Ministry is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 10, in a place that has yet to be determined. RSVP to Magstadt.

‘INVISIBLE’ POPULATION Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight said the population Launch Ministry serves is living among us but remains “either invisible or ignored.”

Retired Chaska Mayor Bob Roepke agreed with that sentiment. Both men said that many of the struggling 18 to 25 year olds in the area are homeless, as well. “A lot of people across our county are insulated from this, in terms of understanding the significance of the issue and the need,” Roepke said. “Maybe the assumption is we don’t have as much of a problem with homelessness as they have in the core cities. The problem is real. The problem is growing.” Both Knight and Roepke are enthusiastic Launch Ministry supporters, with Knight calling Corey Magstadt “the Mother Teresa of this area.” “What’s unique about this population that Corey serves is they’re legally adults,” he said. “Because of their legal status, they are virtually underserved by every organization. A lot of them have no support. Many of them haven’t had the benefit of the structure or guidance of adult role models. They don’t have anywhere to turn, but Corey is there to support them.” Roepke said community acknowledgment of and a willingness to address the problems facing this 18- to 25-year-old population would be a dramatic community improvement. “The word community means a place for everyone,” he said. “I’d like to see the community respond to the need we have. The concept of community has always been important to us. This is an example of how we can reach out and address a need.” “I think the best-case scenario is that we more clearly defi ne the need that exists,” Roepke said. “The end result would be that we address this hopeless feeling, so we don’t have young adults in our community who feel like they have nowhere to turn. There is hope and possibility for everyone. There are times when people need to hang out to support, so they know where to turn. It gives them hope that they can move forward.”



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Chanhassen house is a showcase for livable ‘green’ design ‘Green’ Blue House is back on market BY UNSIE ZUEGE

K i d s s ay t h e d a r n d e s t things. Several years ago, when Josh Stinson asked a neighborhood kid about the remodeled home on West 77th Street, the kid took a moment, eyeballed the house and told Stinson, “It looks like a Smurf threw up all over it.” Stinson didn’t take offense. He laughed instead. Of course, he would. This is someone who lists as one his favorite books of all time, “The Big Orange Splot,” by Daniel Manus Pinkwater. The quirky children’s book is about a man who wakes up one day to find a big orange splot of paint on his house. He can’t seem to get rid of the splot, which sets off a chain of events in his neighborhood. “I used to give it to people to read,” Stinson said. “It’s about someone who said, I want to make my house like my dream, and then goes ahead and does it.” The story of the Blue House began when the Stinsons purchased it in 2005. Charles Stinson is a wellknown Twin Cities-based architect, known for sleek, contemporary homes. His development on Lotus Lake showcases his design esthetics. W hen Stinson purchased the former Schutrop home, he intended to tear it down. But after reviewing the home with his two sons, they decided to renovate


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instead. And since Josh was in the market for a home, he planned the home for himself. “Josh said the house had good bones,” Charles Stinson said. “He said, ‘Let’s make it a research project, and redo it in the same footprint.’” Stinson’s other son, Jason, is a builder. He’s interested in “green” design, and saw the potential to remodel the home with sustainable materials, from the lumber to solar energy

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and blue tones for the accents throughout the white interior. “I told her, I want this house to be a celebration of life,� Josh said. “I want it to feel warm and inviting, a house you don’t want to leave. Ruth ran with it.� But once the home was finished, Josh’s plans changed and he had an opportunity to move to Seattle. “I never did end up living there,� Josh said by phone recently. “But I have a home here and I painted it the same blue. They are a little more adventuresome with color here [Seattle]. It’s still a big bright blue house but it doesn’t stick out as much as it does there. “It took the [Chanhassen] neighbors a while to get used to it,� Josh said. “The initial feedback from neighbors was mixed. ‘Wow. That’s bright.’ It had been a light brown with dark brown so I think it was a shock to some of the neighbors.� After being a rental for three years, the house is once again on the market. “It’s not for people who like traditional homes,� Josh said.

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FOUNDING Fox was at a 50th birthday party for a friend when some of the attendees began asking why Chaska didn’t have a community band any more. Before he knew it, Fox was being volunteered to start one. “We started practicing that summer [of 1986] and had our first performance at River City Days,” he recalled. The performance was a success, prompting members to consider doing the band year round. David and Gayle Godfrey, of Chaska, have been with the band since that first year. David plays the euphonium, Gayle the clarinet. “Our love of playing is why we joined and why we stay,” they wrote in an e-mail. The two started playing music in the band at Chaska High School and found an avenue to carry on after graduation in the Minnesota Valley Community Band. “Music is such a great interest that can start when you are a youngster and carry through your whole life as Minnesota Valley Community Band demonstrates,” they stated. Jennifer Schreiber would agree. Schreiber is relatively

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The Minnesota Valley Community Band performs during the 2010 River City Days. The band got its start at the 1986 festival and has remained a crowd favorite every year. The group performs at 7 p.m. this Friday in City Square Park. new to the group, having joined in 2009 after moving to Chaska. She now leads the clarinet section. “Throughout my life, being in a band has always been part of making wherever I live ‘home,’” she wrote in an e-mail. “Keeping music in my life as an adult is really important to me.” Schreiber said that being part of the band also offers her balance. “Being a scientist all day requires some balance in life! “Some people use yoga or running, I use music.” Getting into the group is fairly simple. “We’ve been run pretty much the same since 1986,” said Fox. There are no auditions and the only real requirement is that you be able to make most of the rehearsals, Fox said. The band performs between six and eight concerts a year – mostly during the summer.

GIFTS For Stanton Galstad, of Jordan, municipal bands are a way of life. Galstad is one of seven French horn players in the group. He has been with the band for the last seven years but has played in or directed municipal bands since he was

in high school more than four decades ago. “I believe that music is a gift to be used for the enjoyment of others,” Galstad replied in an e-mail. His whole family has been known to get in on the action. His wife Sandy has been with band for the last six years and his two daughters have also played in the past. Today, there are about 60 members of the Minnesota Valley Community Band. They come from all over the area and include members from Chaska, Chanhassen, Victoria, Jordan, Shakopee, Farmington and Hutchinson. They also come with a nice range of instruments. “We are very fortunate to have a wonderful balance,” said Fox. Among the group, there are nine trombone players, five percussionists, 10 flautists, 9 clarinetists and six saxophone players. The band also has one tuba player – a rare find for most community bands. The group’s members range in age from as young as 17 to as old as 78. Despite the six decade span, they are united together by their love for music. “I love playing and like the fellowship with other like-mind-

Minnesota Valley Community Band Founded: 1986 Members: 60 Age range: 17-78 Info: Next concert: Chaska’s River City Days from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 29, in front of the gazebo in Chaska City Square Park ed people,” said Galstad. “We are a microcosm of society where each can bring a gift and the result is more than the sum of the parts,” wrote the Godfreys. “It shows what can be accomplished for the common good.” Their Friday line-up includes John Phillips Sousa’s “The Minnesota March,” “The March from 1941” by John Williams, Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” and Philip Sparke’s “Dundonnell” from the suite “Hymn of the Highlands.” The group will also team up with a seven piece brass ensemble called The Tarnished Brass for “That’s a Plenty.”

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publicnotices STATE OF MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number: Date Filed: June 08, 2011 The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required as a consumer protection, in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business. 1. State the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Bloom Think 2. State the address of the principal place of business. A complete street address or rural route and rural route box number is required; the address cannot be a P.O. Box: 911 Saddlebrook Pass, Chanhassen, MN 55317 3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address. Attach additional sheet(s) if necessary: Bloom Think, LLC – 911 Saddlebrook Pass, Chanhassen, MN 55317 4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. Signature: William Cripe II – President Billy Cripe - Contact Person 612-205-3762 Date: 06-08-2011 (Published in the Chanhassen Villager on Thursday, July 21 and 28, 2011; No. 4529) ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS 0.75MG ELEVATED WATER STORAGE TANK CITY OF CHANHASSEN, MINNESOTA Notice is hereby given that sealed Bids will be received by the City of Chanhassen until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Chanhassen City Hall, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud, for the furnishing of all labor and material for the construction of a new elevated water storage tank. Major components of the Work include: 750,000 Gallon Elevated Water Storage Tank Auger Cast Pile Foundation Electrical/Instrumentation 205 LF of 18-inch HDPE Water Main 5,315 CY of Common Excavation 356 LF of HDPE Storm Pipe 1,060 SF of Modular Block/ Retaining Wall Bids shall be on the form provided for that purpose and according to the Bidding Requirements prepared by Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., dated July 2011. The Bidding Documents may be viewed at Digital copies of the Bidding Documents are available at http:// for a fee of $40. These documents may be downloaded by selecting this project from the BIDDING DOCUMENTS link and by entering eBidDocTM Number 1662488 on the SEARCH PROJECTS page. For assistance and free membership registration, contact QuestCDN at 952.233.1632 or

Paper copies of the Bidding Documents may be obtained from Docunet Corp. located at 2435 Xenium Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55441 (763.475.9600) for a fee of $150. Bid security in the amount of 5 percent (5%) of the Bid must accompany each Bid in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. Bids shall be directed to the City Engineer, securely sealed and endorsed upon the outside wrapper, “BID FOR 0.75MG ELEVATED WATER STORAGE TANK PROJECT.” The City of Chanhassen reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive irregularities and informalities therein and to award the Contract in the best interests of the City. Todd Gerhardt City Manager City of Chanhassen, Minnesota (Published in the Chanhassen Villager on Thursday, July 21 and 28, 2011; No. 4530) STATE OF MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number: Date Filed: July 01, 2011 The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required as a consumer protection, in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business. 1. State the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: LittleBigThings 2. State the address of the principal place of business. A complete street address or rural route and rural route box number is required; the address cannot be a P.O. Box: 6830 Yuma Drive, Chanhassen, MN 55317 3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address. Attach additional sheet(s) if necessary: Yvette Erasmus – 6830 Yuma Drive, Chanhassen, MN 55317 4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. Signature: Yvette Erasmus Yvette Erasmus - Contact Person 612-208-7216 Date: 07-01-2011 (Published in the Chanhassen Villager on Thursday, July 28 and August 4, 2011; No. 4535)

SHERIFF The Carver County deputies assigned to the cities of Chanhassen, Victoria, and Carver and the townships of Laketown, San Francisco and Dahlgren responded to the following calls from July 4 through July 10. July 18 At 10:03 a.m., responded to the 100 block of Elm Drive West, Carver, for runaway male report. At 10:21 a.m., responded to the 6800 block of Ruby Lane, Chanhassen, for report of damaged window and siding. Estimated loss is $900. At 12:28 p.m., responded to the 2400 block of Gunflint Court, Chanhassen, for theft from vehicle report. Stolen were a purse and cash. At 12:34 p.m., responded to the 700 block of Riesgraf Road, Carver, for vandalism to property. At 12:58 p.m., responded to the 9300 block of County Road 50, San Francisco Township, for property damage to a mailbox, estimated damages of $39. At 5:10 p.m., responded to the 100 block of Elm Drive West, Carver, where a juvenile male was arrested on an outstanding warrant. At 7:20 p.m., responded to the 600 block of Riesgraf Road, Carver, for report of property damage to a playhouse. July 19 At 9:47 a.m., responded to the 8000 block of Bavaria Road, Victoria, where an adult Victoria male as cited

mated at $2,500. At 11:11 p.m., responded to the 6300 block of Trap Line Circle, Chanhassen, where a 19-year old Chanhassen male, an 18-year old Victoria male, and a 19-year old Victoria female were cited for minor consumption. July 21 At 4:40 p.m., responded to the 1400 block of 78th Street West, Chanhassen, for report of theft. Stolen items included laptop and iPod, estimated at $500 loss. The laptop was later recovered. At 6:40 p.m., made a traffic stop at 700 block of Lake Susan Drive, Chanhassen, where an adult Chaska male was arrested on an outstanding warrant and driving after revocation. July 22 At 1:51 a.m., responded to the 8300 block of Suffolk Drive, Chanhassen, where an adult Chanhassen female was cited for underage consumption. At 8:45 p.m., made a traffic stop at Royal Oak Drive and County Road 10, Chaska. A 19-year old male was cited for seatbelt violation and a 19-year old male was cited for underage possession of alcohol. July 23 At 12:17 a.m., responded to the 1700 block of Basswood Court, Carver, for report of a domestic. At 12:45 a.m., responded to the 200 block of Broadway North, Carver, for fight between approximately 10

people. At 1:50 a.m., responded to call at Highway 5 and Highway 41, where an 18-year old female was arrested, cited for multiple traffic violations and taken to detox. At 1:51 a.m., responded to the 2200 block of Lyman Boulevard, Chanhassen, where an 18-year old Chaska male was cited for underage consumption. At 4:23 a.m., responded to the 7600 block of Nicholas Way, Chanhassen, where an 18-year old Eden Prairie male was cited for underage consumption. At 3:28 p.m., responded to the 4000 block of Stratford Ridge, Chanhassen, for theft of cell phone from vehicle and damage to vehicle. Estimated loss is more than $400. July 24 At 12:21 a.m., made a traffic stop at Highway 5 and County Road 13, Victoria, where an adult Chanhassen female was arrested for 3rd degree DWI and centerline violation. At 7 p.m., made traffic stop at Highway 5 and Dakota Avenue, Chanhassen, where an adult Chanhassen man was arrested for intent to escape motor vehicle tax, no proof of insurance and failure to signal turn. Editor’s Note: You can listen to police, fire and sheriff’s calls 24/7 through our online police scanner at www.

tention to driving, which can lead to crashes,” said Steve Lund, MnDOT’s state maintenance engineer. Placing signs or objects in highway right of way is a misdemeanor violation punishable by a maximum $1,000 fi ne and/ or 90 days in jail. Highway rights of way include driving lanes, shoulders, ditches, clear zones and sight corners at intersections. State law also says that signs

and other items may not be placed on private property outside of the right of way limits but in proximity to a roadway without consent of the landowner. MnDOT crews will remove all signs within the right of way without notice. Unauthorized signs include, but are not limited to—real estate open houses, garage sales and signs for various public and private events and activities.

L a r g e it e m s c o m mo n ly found in rights of way include cars and other vehicles, boats and motors, campers and travel trailers, commercial stands and large bales of hay. These objects: I Present safety concerns I Inhibit proper drainage I Catch debris I Restrict mowing, spraying and other road maintenance activities.


Respect the right of way The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds residents that placing unauthorized signs and other objects on state highway right of way is illegal and can distract drivers and obstruct their vision. “Signs created to attract a driver’s eye can easily distract motorists from paying full at-



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Jon DuToit wins State Juniors title BY ERIC KRAUSHAR

Jon DuToit has had a summer to remember. And as he looked back on the last two months, he could pinpoint his recent success on one thing – hard work. T he Cha n hassen native, who placed third at the Class AAA State Golf Meet in June, won the Minnesota State Junior Boys Championship two weeks ago and then took sixth last week in the Minnesota Golf Association State Amateur Championships. He also was fourth at the AJGA W. Duncan MacMillan Classic in Maple Grove in early July. “It’s been a lot of fun, that’s for sure,” he said. “At the start of the high school season I was in a slump. I just kept on working on my swing and I found it and it’s been great ever since.” A senior-to-be at Chaska High School, DuToit equaled the low 18-hole score of the Minnesota State Junior Boys Cha mpionships Ju ly 14 by shooting an even-par 70 at Rochester Golf and Country Club in the second round. The even-par score wiped out a four-stroke deficit he faced at the beginning of the day. His 36-hole total of 144 put the Chanhassen native in a tie for fi rst place with Karter Smith of Detroit Lakes. “It was a lot of fun playing against guys from all around the state. I knew most of them which made it even more exciting,” DuToit said. “I knew if I could shoot a decent score like even par, I would have a

chance. It was a tough course and scores weren’t very low. I just said to myself, go in with a new mindset. And it worked.” On the first playoff hole, DuToit carded a par and Smith was unable to match it, giving the Chaska Hawk golfer the tournament – his fi rst career victory at the state stage. “He bogeyed the fi nal hole (No. 18) and I knew the pressure was all on him. I got a par and he had a bogey. It was pretty sweet,” he said. His stellar play began at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids in mid-June. DuToit shot identical rounds of 73 (37-36) to place third overall (146) at the Class A A A State Meet. Max Kelly of Forest Lake, a sophomore, was the champion with a 143. A year before, as a fi rst-year state qualifier, he recorded a two-day score of 162 to place 55th. It was a nice jump for DuToit, dropping 16 strokes and moving up 52 places. His high fi nish at the State High School League championship not only set the stage for his Junior Boys victory, but also a run at the MGA State Amateur Tournament in White Bear Lake last week. Playing against former state champions and even former Nationwide Tour reg ulars, DuToit held his own, fi ring a three-day even-par score of 213. The mark tied him with three others, including current University of Minnesota golfer and state champion Robert Bell. “I’m not going to lie, I was a bit intimidated. I mean, (Donald) Constable is one of the best


Chanhassen’s Jon DuToit has had quite a run on the golf course. He was third playing for Chaska High School in the State High School League championships and recently won the State Juniors title in Rochester.

golfers in college. There were a lot of good golfers. I just wanted to play well. I didn’t think I’d be in the second-to-last pairing in the final round,” DuToit said. He played one over-par July 18, but shot a two-under 69 on Day Two to move into fourth

place overall. He matched his fi rst-day score of 72 to fi nish out the tournament July 20 in a tie for sixth place. During the fi nal 18 holes, he was three-over through four holes, but made birdie three times on the back-nine before shooting a bogey on hole No. 17

for the second straight day to fi nish plus-one for Day Three. Constable, the 2010 runnerup, won the event by three st rokes (2 0 6 ) over Class A champion Dillon Schultz of Springfield. DuToit, 18, has his sight on many things in the near-

future, including playing in a U.S. Open Amateur qualifier in North Oaks this week. “I’m shooting for three- or four-under for the two days. There are only a few spots available, so it’s going to be tough. But I’m excited,” he said.



A mixed bag in district play

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Chanhassen’s Second District opener went about as badly as possible. Six errors, 11 walks by the pitching staff and two singles that could have easily have been outs. Post 5 8 0’s second ga me, though, couldn’t have gone any better. Sixteen hits at the plate and outstanding pitching led Chanhassen to the program’s fi rst-ever district victory. Chanhassen topped league rival Shakopee 12-1 Thursday to remain alive in the Second District playoffs. A day after playing perhaps their worst ball game of the year, Chanhassen looked like a different team in the elimination round. From the start Post 580 had a better approach at the plate. Already leading 1-0 in the second inning, Brandon Arnold plated the first of four runs with a single. Zach Elder and Ryan Blanchard followed suit with two outs for the 5-0 lead. Chanhassen tacked on a solo run in the fi fth and broke the game open in the sixth as Andrew Riley knocked in a pair of runs with the bases loaded on a sharp single to center f ield. Catcher Sea n Hennen added to the lead with a hit for the 9-1 advantage. Elder gave Post 580 the 11-1 lead in the seventh with a double to center fi eld, while


Chanhassen pitcher Paul Jobin tags out a Lakeville North runner who was caught in a rundown between third base and home plate during an 11-0 loss. Jobin pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief of Trevor Patterson. Riley completed a 3-for-5 game with his third run batted in for the fi nal margin. Arnold, Riley, Blanchard and Elder each had three hits in the game. Meanwhile, Dan Fuhrman was nearly unhittable on the mound. The junior-to-be pitch-

er surrounded just three hits over seven innings, allowing an unearned run in the third inning. Chanhassen outhit Shakopee, which split a doubleheader with Post 580 July 14, 16-3. In the tournament opener, Lakeville North jumped

out to a 10 - 0 lead t h rough three innings and never allowed Cha n hassen to f i nd any rhythm. Riley and Trevor Patterson each had singles for Post 580. Chanhassen’s district tournament ended Friday in an 8-7 loss to Watertown.

In perhaps the most exciting game of the 2011 season, the Red Birds beat the Le Sueur Braves in the Central Division Playoff elimination game by a score of 5 - 4 in 11 innings on Tuesday night at Storm Red Bird Stadium. The victory kept the Red Birds’ playoff hopes alive and set the stage for a playoff rematch with Arlington tonight in Chanhassen. The winner gains a berth in the Region 6 C tou r na ment a nd plays Belle Plaine at Belle Plaine Tiger Park on Saturday, July 30, at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, with the score tied at 4 in the bottom of the 11th, Zach Swenson opened the Red Birds’ decisive inni ng wit h a high loopi ng ball that landed between the right fielder and the second baseman. He took a chance and stretched the hit to a double with a smart piece of base-running. Then, following a strike out and a fly out to center field, Adam Heitz lined a single to center field. With two outs Swenson was r u n ni n g on t he pl ay a nd scored the winning run as he threw his helmet into the air and was mobbed by his team mates. Andrew Roy started and worked 9 innings. Zach Neubauer relived in the top of the 10th and got the win. Starter and losing pitcher, Darron Culbert for Le Sueur pitched

Game tonight Red Birds vs. Arlington 7:30 p.m. July 28 Storm Red Bird Stadium Information: www. 10 innings and was relieved by Jordan Sinell. But Zach Swenson’s double was of f Culbert, so Culbert took the loss for the Braves.. The Red Birds, the No. 2 seed in the division, dropped the fi rst game in playoffs July 22 to Arlington 7-0. The Red Birds bounced back Sunday and rode the strong arm of Justin Thompson to a 2 - 0 victory over the visiting HendersonTigers. Thompson worked eight scoreless innings, scattering three singles, while striking out 11 Tigers. The only two walks issued by Thompson in the fi rst two innings were erased by a caught stealing in the fi rst and a line drive to shortstop Nate Swenson that caught the runner off first base for an inning ending double play in the top of the second. For more statistics and the playoff picture, visit www. Information courtesy Denny Laufenburger, “Voice of the Red Birds.”

Records broken at Holy Family 5K The fourth annual Holy Family Fire 5K was held July 16. Jensen Orlow, 17, of Jordan, (second at this race in 2010) coasted down the blacktop to win the 5K with a time of 16:53. Jorge Oconitrillo, 38, of Chanhassen, came in second place with 18:10. The women’s race saw its t h ree -yea r old record bro ken by two finishers. Molly Eastman, 15, of Victoria set a course record of 20:35, beating the previous mark of 21:07 set at the very fi rst Fire 5K in

2008. Last year’s race champion, Emily Castanias, 15, of Carver also beat the old course record by a wide margin, crossing the line in a 20 :55 second-place clocking. Fourteen-year-old Abby Drach of Eden Prairie rounded out the top three. “We couldn’t have been happier with the turnout to this year’s race,” stated Jim Kappel, co-race chair and head Holy Family girls and boys cross country coach, in a press release.

“The race is defi nitely growing in popularity as the amount of prizes and the list of generous race sponsors gets larger. Having the course record broken in each of the past two years means we are now drawing quality to runners to complement those who run as part of a healthy lifestyle. We plan for an even better race next year with hopefully more prizes and USATF 5K course certification on the way.” Results online at SUBMITTED PHOTO

Holy Family’s 4th annual Fire 5K featured 76 racers.

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In Black Hills, early bird catches wildlife views Knowing and understanding basic bi rd and anima l behavior is critical to being a successful wildlife photographer. I am not talking about an understanding of complex biological processes. No, I am talking about basic stuff. For example, last week I was in the Black Hills of South Dakota photographing with my wife and daughter. Every morning we would get up at 5 a.m. and head out to see what wildlife we could find. The mid-day temperatures were reaching well into the 90s so there was very little critter movement during the day. Any and all wildlife encounters were going to be early in the morning or at the end of the day. This is basic biological behavior. We were driving the wildlife loop road in Custer State Park and found a nice little valley with a number of trees and a small creek running through it. We parked our RV and my wife and I gathered up our camera gear and headed out across the prairie and into the valley. We were far enough away from the road where we wouldn’t be noticed but we were close enough to see what was going on where we parked. It was only 5:30 a.m. and the sun was just peeking over the horizon. As we walked into the valley, a large mule deer buck spotted us and stood up. He looked at us for a while then turned



and leaped over a fallen tree and bounded off deeper into the valley. I am sure he was in search of a cool shady spot in preparation for the coming day’s heat. We moved into the valley in hopes of photographing a spotted towhee, which is a large sparrow like bird with a long tail. The towhee was there and we did manage to get a few shots. I also wanted to make some audio recordings of this bird’s song so I hiked back to the RV and grabbed my large parabolic dish microphone and recorder. Within 20 minutes I had the recordings I was looking for. Within minutes we spotted a coyote that was trotting by on the far end of the valley. He didn’t stop so we didn’t get any images but it was great to see him anyway. Meanwhile, two common nighthawks starting flying over head. This was

fairly uncommon because these birds usually come out late in the evening. I managed a few nice in-flight images. I could hear a western tanager singing from a tall Ponderosa pine tree so we moved over to see if we could fi nd it. Sure enough, a beautiful male was singing his heart out so I set up my recorder and managed about 3 minutes of song recordings without any background noise. I was thrilled. We wanted to get some pictures of this bird but we were looking into the sun. In order to get the sun at our backs we had to cross a tiny stream. While stepping across the stream we could see about six western chorus frogs in the water. This valley was stuffed with all sorts of critters. The tanager cooperated and we got a few nice images. Just then a large pronghorn buck crested the hill to our right. He gave several loud high pitched snor ts because appa rent ly he was not happy with us. No doubt he wanted to join us in the cool valley and wasn’t used to sharing. By now it was getting close to 9 a.m. and I noticed the fi rst of the many safari Jeep rides coming down the road. These are open sided Jeeps with a guide/driver who takes tourists around and points out wildlife. They were moving fairly fast and slowed down a little bit when they passed by


A pronghorn buck was on alert in a valley of the Black Hills. our RV. They couldn’t see us but we could clearly see them and I am sure they were wondering what we were seeing. I thought to myself, this is the fi rst people we have seen all morning. Almost four hours had passed since we started photographing and recording. It was getting a little hot and we were about to call it a day and head back for some breakfast

when the first wildlife watchers were showing up. Obviously the people in the Jeep wanted to see some wildlife. So here is my point. If you don’t understand basic wildlife behavior you won’t see much wildlife. In the heat of the summer, don’t wait until 9 or 10 a.m. before going out. Another thing, get out of your vehicle and look around. The chances

of seeing something cool is much greater when you are moving slower and are closer to the ground and away from the road. Until next time... Stan Tekiela is an author / naturalist and wildlife photographer from Victoria who travels the United States to study and photograph wildlife. He can be followed on or



Chanhassen AA does well at state tourney CC United U12 girls win league championship

The Chaska Juniors 14-1s volleyball team placed third at the AAU National Tournament in Orlando, Fla. June 15-18. Team members are, front row from left, Assistant Coach Rachel Wenzel, Dillon Forseth, Keena Seifert, Erin Schindler, Makayla Wenzel, and Head Coach Sue Murphy. Back row: Assistant Coach Mike Hull, Sara Kelly, Lauren Nordvold, Elizabeth Hoppe, Lucia Saathoff, Geena VanVooren, and Assistant Coach Mike Murphy.



On July 6, the Chanhassen American AA baseball team concluded the final of two rescheduled games from a May rain out for a second-place finish in the Chaska Classic Tournament. The team also took fourth place out of 40 teams at the Minnesota Baseball State Tournament July 15-17 in Apple Valley. Chanhassen played seven games in two days to achieve its top-four finish. The players are, front row from left, Greg Schoepp, Zach Fox, Nick Craig, Preston Cobos and Jack Ryan. Middle row: Cole Fagan, Lincoln Kent-Schneider, Porter Conklin, Parker Benkstein and Brian Pitz. Back row: Coaches Bill Fox, Dan Fagan, Brian Benkstein and John Pitz. Not pictured is Jacob Zay.

The CC United U12 girls’ soccer team won the West District championship to advance on to regionals. The players are, front row from left, Maddy Pernat, Sarah Althaus, Lauren Tritch, McKenzie Beno and Quinn O’Connor. Back row: Ava Bebler, Chloe Husemoen, Katie Ashpole, Anne Murphy, Hannah Lamson and Katya Berkland.

Victoria wins 3CV year-end tournament Chaska places second in 3CV Tournament After dropping its first game, the Chaska In-House High School team rallied back in the heat to win five straight games and finish second in the year-end 3CV fastpitch softball tournament. The players are, front row from left, Tessa Frederick, Sierra Vettel, Anne Richelsen, Allison Okonek, and Emilee Schimshock. Middle row: Taylor Nippoldt, Sydney Watts, Madison Koebnick, Hallie Nippoldt, Bailey Holasek, Kristen Matthews, and Coach Dan Holasek. Back Row: Coach John Matthews. Not pictured is Mary Welter.

Victoria Teal takes third in 3CV Tournament The Victoria Lions In-House High School girls’ fastpitch team (Teal) took third place at the 3CV year-end tournament. The players are, front row from left, Kylie Rumble, Abby Rolf, Sydney Davis, Marissa Krause, Lauren Sundby, and Janine Andrys. Back row: Coach Chris Rumble, Emily Thompson, Allison Sumners, Alexis Flesness, Hannah Wessels, Michaela Mandel, Rebekah Triethart and Coach Kevin Rolf. Not pictured are Megan Vandervest, Sarah McLarnan and Coach Doug Andrys.

The Victoria Lions In-House girls’ fastpitch team took first place at the 3CV year-end tournament. The players are, front row from left, Sari Schwimmer, Megan Isreal, Brook Heaney, Michaela Spielberger, and Sydney Lura. Middle row: Coach Todd Triethart, Brianna Kaufhold, Bailey Weibel, Julia Jensen, Leah Kutch, Paige Strigel, Alayna Triethart, and Coach Joe Jensen. Back row: coach Tom Strigel, Erin Nydahl, Kathy Frye, Coach Kevin Shiffer, Kate Shiffer and Jessica Carroll. Not pictured are Mikeala Meadows and Kate Johnson.

Victoria Purple wins 3CV In-House title For the third year in a row, the Victoria High School Purple fastpitch team won the championship at the 3CV In-House year-end tournament July 16-17. The players are, front row from left, Kelsey Bell, Miriam Swanson, Katie Bell, Erin Wolke and Sam Mattingly. Middle row: Assistant Coach Jim Bell, Morgan Frye, Chloe Payne, Lauren Strigel, Marissa Larson, Caroline Brayden, and Christine Piwnica. Back row: Assistant Coach Tom Larson, Stephanie Yeager, and Head Coach Bill Piwnica. Not pictured is Marley Hoeft.

Chaska 14-1s volleyball team places third at Nationals The Chaska Juniors 14-1s team wrapped up its season at the 38th annual AAU National Tournament in Orlando, Fla, June 15-18. The team had high expectations heading into the 130-team tournament and certainly met those expectations by finishing tied for third, losing to the eventual tournament champions, Team PIKO from Hawaii in the semifinal match. The prospects of a magical season were set in place early with a strong core of players who have been teammates for a few years. Added to that strong core were a number of talented new players who enhanced and provided depth that allowed the group to reach its full potential. The team continually challenged itself by competing at the 15s and 16s levels for the majority of the season and responded by

growing and maturing to a level where it could feel confident to compete for a national championship. Generally, not only did the team hold its own at these older levels, but more often than not succeeded and excelled. Additionally, the team participated in many events that pitted them against non-community based, open-club teams. Such was the case at the National Tournament where the majority of the participants were from open clubs. To have a team from a community of our size do so well against open clubs from all around the country is quite an accomplishment. Because of the team’s success in Orlando, two members were voted by coaches to the All-American team – middle blocker Sarah Kelly and setter Makayla Wenzel.


Run or walk for a good cause You can run or walk a scenic, 3.1-mile course and help fight domestic abuse at the same time by participating in the inaugural Boots & Boas 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie. The event is sponsored by magazine, the Eden Prairie News, St. Francis Regional Medical Center and a number of other local businesses. A pre-race 50-yard “dash” in boots and boas will be held as a photo opportunity and to make people more aware of the good work of two organizations working to end domestic violence: Cornerstone, which serves southwestern Hennepin County, and the Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women, which serves Scott and Carver counties. Early-bird registration (before Aug. 2 0) costs $ 25 per person. After that the fee goes to $ 30; race-day registration is $35. You can register online

at (type in Boots & Boas), which charges a small administrative fee. Or, download an entry form at www., www.scoreboard. mn or www.edenprairienews. com. More information about the race is available on Facebook. You can also call 952-445-3333 or send an e-mail to Mark Weber at

Chanhassen dance camp on for Aug. 13 The Chanhassen High School dance team is hosting a junior dance clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 13. at the high school. Dancers aged six through 12 will learn a routine from the coaches and Chanhassen dance team to be performed at a Chanhassen High School football game. There will also be a same-day performance for parents as well. Registration is underway now at Chaska Community Education online at Type-in Chanhassen Jr Dance Clinic in search.

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Tree’s bad habits are a thorny topic A few weeks ago as I neared the parking lot of my church, I was surprised to see small drifts of cottonwood tree “cotton” along the street curbs. It got me to thinking about the habits, good and bad, of trees and other plants. Too often we discover bad habits of trees years after the trees are in the ground — too late to do much about the bad habits, in other words. Sometimes we inherit the problems when we purchase a different home. Many bad habits of trees don’t star t showing up for years after planting. The nuisance cotton from cottonwoods doesn’t begin for six or seven years on most trees. Most plants have both good and bad habits and the decision often is, do the good habits (i.e., shade, tasty fruit, fall color) outweigh the bad habits (i.e., poor branching, brittle branches, roots that grow above ground)? I recently cut down a vigorous Aralia spinosa tree because I decided its bad habits outweighed its good habits. Two common names for Aralia spinosa are Devil’s walkingstick and Hercules’ club. These wicked-sounding monikers are fitting for the tree’s needlesharp, 3/4-inch-long thorns that protrude from the trunk



and branches. I planted Aralia spinosa because it is sort of a novelty that was fun to show off to visitors and my grandchildren. I could have lived with the thorns but another bad habit of Aralia spinosa is its propensity to sucker. More than a dozen new shoots had begun popping up in a 10-foot circle around the original tree. At the rate the tree was suckering, it would have created an impenetrable forest of thorny tree trunks in a couple more years. Now I’ll probably be removing suckers for years to come. One of the most frustrating bad habits of trees is poor branching structure, which generally means narrow, vshaped crotches. Narrow, vshaped branch unions are not

as strong as U-shaped (more you put it in the ground and conrounded) branch unions. As the tinue pruning every year. branch grows and adds weight, I like red oaks but I’ve decidthis tight crotch is more sus- ed they should only be planted ceptible to wind shear. When where they have lots of shoulder the branch breaks in a storm, room to grow horizontally, it tends to rip out a wide verti- rather than be shoe-horned into cal section of the trunk, which a tight landscape and forced to severely weakens the tree. grow straight up to claim their Freeman maples (Acer x free- share of sunlight. A red oak that manii) have become very popu- can grow wide is a beautiful lar landscape trees because of thing, but a red oak that can their beautiful fall color. One only grow vertically produces of the most popular Freeman little more to appreciate than a maples is ‘Autumn Blaze.’ I bare trunk. planted my Autumn Blaze about Owners of new-construction 15 years ago and it’s now more homes often shop for and inthan 40 feet stall the fasttall. est-growing I did n’t t r e e s ( e . g ., pay attention silver maple, t o t he n a r cottonwood, row- crotch poplar, wilbranching low) t hey habit of Aucan fi nd. Untumn Blaze fortunately, until several fastest-growye a r s a f t er ing trees ofit was in ten have the the ground. worst habits. By then, the Silver maples branches a r e not or iCliff Johnson on this fastous for shedMaster Gardener growing tree ding brittle were already branches high up in the canopy and dif- in storms and growing roots ficult to prune. above ground as they mature. If you plant an Autumn Blaze, A homeowner once called my advice is to start pruning out me, asking if I knew any oak the v-shaped branches the year species that didn’t bear acorns.

“Best advice is to do your research and choose a tree that won’t surprise you with bad habits five or 10 years down the road.”

SENIOR NEWS Information submitted by the Chanhassen Senior Center. For information on any of the programs or activities call the Chanhassen Senior Center at (952) 227-1125.

UPCOMING LADIES TEA LUNCHEON AND STYLE SHOW FROM THE 1950s — Join us for a delicious Tea Luncheon and a Style Show from the 1950s. Historians refer to fashions of the 1950s as the “American Dream.” It was time for women to reveal themselves after WW II. Beautiful long skirts fitted tops displaying a narrow waist and of course long arm gloves and hats were a must. Television and the birth of Rock’n’Roll both had an influence on the fashions of the decade. A variety of fashions came into play like circle skirts, crinolines, sack dresses and pants that women would wear when they were away from home. Ponytails and poodle hairstyles were introduced in the ‘50s as part of women’s femininity. Audrey Hepburn helped set a trend with her sweater set, tight fitting pedal pushers and short hair. Special thanks to Hair for Guys and Dolls for their support of this event. Date: Thursday, Aug. 11 at noon. Cost: $13 residents, $14 nonresident. Reg istration deadline :


Needle-sharp thorns is one of the habits of Aralia spinosa. I said I thought every oak species produced acorns. As an afterthought, I asked what he had against acorns. “Well, I like to walk under my trees barefoot, and the acorns hurt my feet,” he explained. Acorns, in my opinion, aren’t a bad habit of oaks, but for his tastes, they are. I’ve read that the ginkgo tree is the oldest living organism on our planet, surviving with little or no change in appearance for 150 million years. People who plant a female ginkgo tree generally discover that the tree, at maturity, “produces a fruit that

drops, rots, makes a mess and stinks to high heaven,” according to one of my tree reference books. Bad habits of trees can be depressing because they generally get more severe as the tree matures. Best advice is to do your research and choose a tree that won’t surprise you with bad habits five or 10 years down the road. Master Gardener Cliff Johnson is a Carver resident. More than 200 previous Putting Down Roots columns can be viewed at

PETS OF THE WEEK Thursday, July 28. DETAILS WITH THE DEPUTIES — Join us coffee, donuts and casual conversation with Chanhassen’s Sheriff deputies. Hear what’s going on in the area and share what’s on your mind. Date: 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8. Topic: Emergency Services — How to stay cool in an emergency situation. Cost: Free, but please call to register. L EA R N I NG FOR L I F E EDUCATION SERIES: BING CROSBY — Bing Crosby was the first popular singer to combine an intimate, modernistic approach to mass-media communication (the microphone), with a jazz-bred sense of swing. He became the first pop music idol of the 20th century and eventually sold 500 million records. Recorded examples illustrate the evolution of the Crosby style. Date: Thursday, Aug. 18 Time: 2 p.m. Cost: $3 Registration deadline: Aug. 10 ESTATE PLANN ING — Join Attorney Chuck Roulet and discover how to make sure your wishes are carried out exactly as you want. Even if you have an estate plan or living trust, new laws are often overlooked. The

The pets noted are being housed by the Carver-Scott Humane Society (CSHS) and are among the dozens of homeless animals available for adoption. For more information, go online at



The cool wet weather did not stop the enjoyment at the Annual Lake Ann picnic sponsored by the Chanhassen Lions. presentation will address differences between a will and living trust, planning for incapacity, federal and state estate taxes laws, long-term care planning and more. Date: Monday, Aug. 29. Time: 10 a.m. Cost: Free, but please call to register. Reg istration deadline : Aug. 22 ENHANCEFITNESS — Participants will work at their own pace and receive personal attention from a trained instructor. EnhanceFitness focuses on stretching, flexibility, balance, low impact aerobics (seated if needed) for cardiovascular health, and strength training exercises. Location: Chanhassen Recreation Center, 2310 Coulter Blvd.

Dates: Aug. 1 – Oct. 17, Cost: $69 per session (UCare for Seniors members can attend at no charge, but must pre-register). Pre-registration is required. To register, fill out registration form or call the Chanhassen Recreation Center at (952) 227-1400. Information is available online at www. H A PPY H A N DS K N I TTING — The Happy Hands Knitting group, which makes items for local charities and organizations, will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 10 a.m. to work on their projects. Feel free to bring your own knitting project and come and socialize with the group. Yarn donations are welcome. We are accepting new or good quality skeins of yarn for our projects.

Friendly, affectionate Lola would like to be your companion. She is 3-years-old, easy going and passive. Lola gets along with most dogs, cats and kids. She jumps into your lap and will stay a long time if you brush her. When you come home she’ll door greet, ankle rub and follow you. You’ll hear her chatter while watching birds at the window. Easy-going Lola likes petting and head scratching. Check out this beauty.

MAX Are you my childless couple or single retired person looking for a companion? I do tricks, and know obedience. Although I’m fi ne with girl dogs and older kids, I’d like life to be less fast paced. I jump into laps or sit next to you. I was born in August 2003. I wear diapers, as I am 80 percent housebroken. If you let me out every two hours, I do fi ne. I’m a quiet, very friendly, purebred Lhasa Apso who became homeless when my past owner died.

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Selling? Try these tips for making your home more attractive


irst impressions are important and the same holds true when you are showcasing your home for a potential sale. While larger home improvement projects are often necessary to catch the eye of someone in the market for a new home, they require a great deal of time and money. Sometimes simple cleaning and organization is all that is needed to appeal to potential buyers. Home staging expert and TLC host Lisa Lynch says giving the perception of a clean home is of utmost importance for people looking to sell or rent their homes. “Presenting a sparkling clean property gives the impression that it was well maintained,” says Lynch. “This gives potential buyers and renters a feeling of security. Often they will pay a premium for a place that has been well-maintained and has a clean appearance.” Lynch offers these tips to impress your guests and convince potential buyers

that you took outstanding care of your home.


Begin by de-cluttering your home. By removing personal items that might distract prospective buyers, you’ll help them focus on how they think the home might look when they move in.


When showing your home to others, set your personal tastes aside by decorating in a way that will appeal to a broad range of people. Think about replacing strong patterns with solid colors on items like bedding, carpets and drapes. It might also be a good call to store that dramatic piece of art somewhere out of sight. You can show it off again when you move into your new house.

A photogenic home

Many potential buyers will make decisions on which homes they would like to look at by looking at photos posted online. Do whatever you can to make your home sparkle in the images you and your real estate agent select for

your listing. Focus on glass and metal surfaces that will add shine to your photos. For other bathroom surfaces, a bath scrubber like Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber should be used to remove easy-to-spot and unappealing grime and scum from bathtubs and showers. Thoroughly cleaning these surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens can make your home look fresher and newer.

Areas that must sparkle

While it is important to keep the entire home spotless, there are two rooms in particular that require special attention: the kitchen and the bathroom. In a recent survey, Mr. Clean asked consumers which room they would clean first if moving into a new home. Of the more than 1,000 participants, an impressive 41 percent responded the kitchen and 38 percent said the bathroom. When selling your home, it is always important to make the extra effort in these two rooms; you’ll never know if it will be a make or break a deal.


Whether they know it or not, people entering your home will notice more than just appearances. Attractive scents can create good feelings. Candles, diffusers, potpourri and cookies all offer inviting and familiar aromas. Use a cleaner with a pleasant scent to keep your home smelling fresh.

Details matter

Eliminate any small imperfections that might cause uneasiness with potential buyers by replacing broken light bulbs, fi xing loose doorknobs or getting your closet door moving smoothly on it tracks. Even something as minor as a little mess in the microwave could turn off a prospective renter or buyer,

so make sure every place you can think of is squeaky clean. Since first impressions are so important, having your home properly cleaned and staged will help you make a sale or rental more quickly and net the price you deserve.



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Library’s homebound delivery service brings services to your door science. Call Carver County Library at (952) 227-7609 for more information, to sign up or volunteer to be a homebound delivery person. You can also complete the homebound application on our web site www.carverlib. org and mail it in. There is no charge for this service.



Carver County Library provides free library service to individuals unable to come to our library branches. “Delivery is offered to individuals unable to come to the library due to mobility, health or disability barriers,” said Carver County Commissioner Gayle Degler. “In addition, people in assisted living residences may also use this service.” How does it work? The program coordinator matches a library volunteer with a homebound customer. The volunteer becomes familiar with the reading and viewing interests of their homebound person, then helps them to select materials that will be delivered to their residence. Deliveries are usually once or twice a month. “We have been collaborating with Meals-on-Wheels to assist with the promotion of this service,” said Carver County Board Chair Randy Maluchnik. “The homebound service provides residents with library access that may otherwise be difficult.” What materials are available? Car ver County libraries have an extensive collection of large-print and regularprint books and paperbacks, including: the classics, current novels, mysteries, westerns, romance novels and biographies, as well as books on current events, health issues, religion, cooking and travel. Many titles are available on compact disc. We have a generous magazine collection that ranges from popular titles to special interest publications. Back issues are available for checkout. Also available are popular movies, TV series, and DVDs on art, travel, history, health, sports, biography, nature and

CHANHASSEN LIBRARY EVENTS The August and September exhibit at the Chanhassen Library is provided by local painter Art Weeks. Weeks is a retired architect, who lives in Chaska. After a trip to the Adirondacks 20 years ago, he began working in watercolors, oils, acrylics, and pencil drawing. Since 2000 he has concentrated on studio and plein air painting during the summer months, and watercolors in the winter. We e k s s ay s , “ O ve r t h e years, I have been inspired by many artists: Winslow Homer, Anders Zorn, Emile Gruppe, Childe Hassam, Scott Lloyd Anderson, and Mike Lynch among others.” In addition to his landscapes, he has also painted abstracts. His works have been exhibited at numerous galleries, including A r tworks in Excelsior and Savage Art Studios. His locations vary from the Arboretum and Lake Minnetonka to Alaska. The Friends of the Chanhassen Library Barkus Dog Parade will be on Saturday, Aug. 13! The parade starts at 10 a.m. Immediately after the parade The Teddy Bear Band will perform. If you want to dress your dog in a costume related to a book or movie, you can register for the parade by fi lling out a form and returning it to the Friends with your registration fee ($8-$12 per dog, $15 if after Aug. 9). You can get a registration form from www. or stop in at the Chanhassen Library and pick one up. The dog parade and Teddy Bear Band is a great way to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program. The parade will be held rain or shine. Sometimes the humans accompanying the dogs are in costume too. Re-live some of your favorite Magic Tree House adventures with Jack and Annie through


Painter Art Weeks will have his watercolor paintings on display in August and September at the Chanhassen Library.

fun activities and games at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2. For ages 6 and up Family story time runs every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., through Aug. 10. For all ages with a focus on children ages 2 and up. Children, parents and their caregivers are invited to come and share 30 minutes of stories, music and movement that encourages the development of early literacy skills. No registration required. Lapsit story time runs every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., through Aug. 11. For children from birth to 18 months. Babies and their caregivers share quality time in a 20-minute session designed to encourage la ng uage development through sharing board books and movement activities, followed by ti me for visiti ng and play. Call to register (952) 227-1500.


LOCAL WRITERS GROUP Come meet local writers who’ll sign and talk at Chaska River City Days this weekend! The sales and meeting booth will be located in the Craft section, Chaska City Square, from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 29; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, July 30. At the booth: Friday, July 29, 3 to -5 p.m. — Laurel Means, Ryan Travis, Brian Busch; 5 to 7 p.m. — Lori Blatzheim; 7 to 9 p.m. — Jan Dunlap; Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to noon — Jan Dunlap, Debbie Lynch; noon to 1 p.m. - Laurel Means; 1 to 3 p.m. — Joyce Ostlund, Larry Christianson; 3 to 5 p.m. — Alicia Williams; 5 – 7 p.m. — Mark Nelson; 7 – 9 p.m. — Laurel Means and others. Also, writers will be reading and discussing their works in the Moravian Church, across from the booth: Friday, 4 p.m.,



Lori Blatzheim; 4 : 30 p.m., Unsie Zuege; 5 p.m., Laurel Means; Saturday, noon — Laurel Means; 12:25 p.m. — Larry Christianson; 4 p.m. — Joyce Ostlund; 4:45 p.m., Mike Huang. Others to be announced. Contact Angela Hunt at the Chaska Library, (952) 448-3886 for more information.

REVIEWS “Buried S e c r e t s ,” by Joseph Finder. Finder brings back Nate Heller, who is now op erati ng his own private security fi rm in Boston. (Heller fi rst appeared in “Vanished,” where he helped fi nd his missing brother).

Nick Heller comes to the aid of family friend Marshall Marcus, whose daughter Alexa has been kidnapped and held captive in an underground crypt; but as Nick digs deeper into Marshall’s life, he finds that his criminal activities have left behind scores of enemies that reach to the highest levels of government, from the Colombian drug cartels to the Russian mafia. One of the main clues they have to go on is a cell phone photo taken by Alexa of the tattoo on the back of the head and neck of the sadistic monster who kidnapped her. Finder is a fantastic thriller writer, one I recommend to people who like Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. The Chanhassen Library is located at 7711 Kerber Blvd. in Chanhassen. For more information, call (952) 227-1500 or go online at

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tomp out domestic violence by participating in the inaugural “Boots & Boas Fun Dash & 5K Run/Walk.” Bring along your favorite boots and don a complimentary boa for the 50-yard fun dash. A portion

of proceeds will benefit two local organizations dedicated to ending domestic abuse: Cornerstone and Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women. The 5K Run/Walk takes place on easy, flat terrain that wraps around a scenic wetland.

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ArtStock’s organizers enjoy wine in front of the Parley Lake Winery tasting house. They are, from left, Suzanne Thiesfeld, Lin Deardorff, Naomi Russell, Steve Zeller, Bonnie Deardorff, Deb Zeller, and Barb Hone. In front, the Deardorffs’ family Lab, Smokey.

ArtStock 2011 Celebrate the fruits of artistic endeavor Aug. 6 From left, quilting bee painters Bonnie Deardorff, Naomi Russell, Tim Mulcrone and James Russell.

A posted schedule for the team of volunteer painters.

James Russell of Waconia deftly paints “Blazing Star.”

James Russell, Suzanne Thiesfeld, Ginger Mulcrone, Suzy Swanson and Tim Mulcrone take a look at their revised version of “Blazing Star.”



here were you for the first ArtStock of Carver County? Be one of the folks who can look back in 25 years and say, “I was there for the very first one.” Mark the calendar. ArtStock of Carver County makes its splash from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Deardorff Orchards and Winery at Parley Lake, near Waconia. It’s an afternoon of celebrating the fruits of local artists, musicians and wine makers in an outdoor setting. Artists will display and sell their work in booths scattered around the expansive yard of the winery and apple orchards at Deardorffs. Art includes watercolor, ceramics, photography, fiber arts, woodwork in furniture and marquettry, and local authors. Parley Lake Winery will open for wine tasting and sampling. The event also highlights the Carver County Barn Quilt project. The Carver County Barn Quilt project is a modern twist to the traditional quilting bee. Earlier this summer, volunteers recreated traditional quilt block designs on 8 ft. x 8 ft. wood panels. These art square panels will be installed on selected barns throughout Carver County, honoring both the quintessential symbol of Carver County’s farming heritage, the family barn, and the time-honored symbol of hearth and home, the heirloom quilt. The very first quilt block will be unveiled at ArtStock at the Aug. 6 festival.

Barn owners Lin and Bonnie Deardorff chose the “Tree of Life” pattern block, an apt symbol for the longtime apple orchard owners. In 2005, the Deardorffs along with Deb and Steve Zeller of Victoria began Parley Lake Winery, planting vineyards next to the apple orchards. Their collaboration has created a line of wines that have won medals in the prestigious International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCC). The official kick-off to the Barn Quilts of Carver County project coincides with the Carver County Fair, which opens in Waconia on Wednesday, Aug. 10. In addition to visibility at the fair, the public can take a selfguided driving tour of all the barn quilt locations, and for armchair tourists, a virtual tour will be available on the Barn Quilt website, www. In the past two months, volunteers have been painting the quilt blocks at Suzanne Thiesfeld’s art studio in Carver. More than 50 area people have participated. The Barn Quilt project is one that has become popular throughout the Midwest in recent years. It originated in Ohio, then spread to Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. According to the Barn Quilts of Carver County website, a woman named Donna Sue Groves of Adams County, Ohio, painted the first barn quilt square on her family’s tobacco barn to honor her mother, a master quilter. Since then, fans of quilting, folk art and rural life have made the project their own. It’s estimated that 1,500 painted quilt squares are displayed on barns in 24 states.

ArtStock Who: Everyone who enjoys art, music. What: Booths featuring Carver County artists and artisans working in watercolor, oils, ceramics, fiber arts, woodworking, and literature. Live music by the Scenic Roots, 2-4:30 p.m., and JazziBlue, 5-7 p.m. Where: Parley Lake Winery and Deardorff Orchards, 8350 Parley Lake Road, Waconia. When: 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Admission is free. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. Highlight: Unveiling first Barn Quilt installation. Barn Quilts of Carver County is a county-wide arts project, sponsored by the Arts Consortium of Carver County. For more information: Barn Quilts of Carver County, go to www. barnquiltsofcarvercounty. com/. Art Stock at Parley Lake Winery, go to http:// artstock-2011/.

Parley Lake Winery The winery is open Fridays through Sundays from 12-5 p.m. Learn more about their wine offerings at www.

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Search for micro-critters in a water zoo; meet a live snake or turtle; have your face painted; make a sand craft; navigate an obstacle course; eat a treat. Watch a Creature Encounters live animal show at 1 p.m. Event takes place rain or shine. Games, craft and animal show will be under shelter. Fee includes wristband admission to the swim pond. For all ages. Time: Noon-3 p.m. Thursday, July 28 Cost: Adults $3; children $5; children younger than 2 free Location: Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, 4610 Cty. Rd. 44, Minnetrista Info: (763) 559-9000 or

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Tim Mahoney will perform pop/ alternative music in Chanhassen’s Summer Concert Series. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free Location: City Center Park in downtown Chanhassen Info:


Chaska Valley Family Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka,” directed by Kelly Jeremiason and featuring Thaddeous Gulden as Willy Wonka. Time: 7 p.m., July 28, 29 and Aug. 2, 3, 5, 6; 2 p.m. Aug. 6, 7; and 10 a.m., Aug. 4. Cost: $15, adults; $10, under 17; $8, Aug. 4 performance Location: Chaska High School RIVER CITY DAYS theater, 545 Pioneer Trail, Chaska Enjoy the entertainment, food, and Info:; (952) 250-7206 many activities at Chaska’s River City Days SCOTT COUNTY FAIR Time: 5 p.m.-midnight, Friday, July The Scott County Fair features 29; all day Saturday, July 30; limited carnival, animal exhibits, commercial activities Sunday, July 31 exhibits, grandstand events, tug-ofCost: Free war, horse shows including the draft Location: City Square Park, horse competition, and live music downtown Chaska and entertainment. G.B. Leighton will Info: perform Friday. Grandstand events will include an autocross race, demo COMMUNITY BAND derby and semi, truck and tractor pull. The Chaska Valley Community Band Time: July 28-31 performs classical, march and show Cost: Parking $10 per vehicle; five tune music during River City Days. day parking pass $20; grandstand admission: Adults $10; children 6-12 Time: 7 p.m., Friday, July 29 Cost: Free $5; children 5 and younger free Location: City Square Park, Location: Scott County Fairgrounds, downtown Chaska, 300 Chestnut 7151 W. 190th St., Jordan Street Info: (952) 492-2436 or Info: (952) 448-5633;

Universe in the Park is a summer outreach program hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Department of Astronomy. Representatives of the department will present a short talk and slide show that will cover a variety of astronomical topics including the history of matter, how astronomers “see” and a journey through the solar system. If weather allows, attendees will view the sky through eight-inch reflecting telescopes, operated by the staff and provided by the Astronomy department. Free star maps will be provided and University representatives will show attendees how to use them. Questions from the audience will be encouraged. For all ages. Time: 8:30-10 p.m. Saturday, July 30 Cost: Free Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria Info: (763) 559-9000 or

ARB WEEKEND FAMILY FUN Learn what habitats hummingbirds like best and plant flower favorites to feed them. Make a tiny hummingbird nest out of moss, bark and dry grass and peek inside nectar-filled flowers with microscopes. Time: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 30-31 Cost: Free with gate admission of $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to Arboretum members Location: Landscape Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska Info: or (952) 443-1422



THE SPLATTER SISTERS The Splatter Sisters offer upbeat songs for moving and shaking during their concert of classic kids songs. The show is part of the Huber Park performance series. Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28 Cost: Free Location: Huber Park, 600 Bluff Ave., Shakopee Info: (952) 233-9500 or (952) 233-9502

TOAST & TASTE AT THE ARBORETUM Toast & Taste combines the Arboretum’s gardens, live music, food and wine. The evening will serve up tastes of in-season, fresh, local cuisine from 25 independent restaurants in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. Minnesota and regional wineries will be pouring samples. Time: 7-9 p.m. for general admission; 6 p.m. for patron-level early admission Thursday, July 28 Cost: $75 general admission; $125 for patron-level early admission Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska Info: toasteandtaste.aspx or (612) 6259875

GARDEN PARTY Celebrate the beauty of Noerenberg Gardens with an evening in the garden. Stroll the gardens on your own or with a tour guide. Music provided by harpist Andrea Stern. Visit the historic barn. The event will include children’s activities, historical displays and door prizes. For all ages. Time: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 28 Cost: $5; children younger 2 free Location: Noerenberg Gardens, 2840 North Shore Dr., Wayzata Info: (763) 559-9000 or





The fourth annual “Camping with the Stars,” is Aug.5-7 at Baylor Regional Park.



arver County Parks and the Minnesota Astronomical So-

Join the annual Clayhole Beach party, sponsored by Chaska Park and Recreation. Time: Beach opens noon-6 p.m.; games start at 2 p.m. Friday, July 29 Cost: $1 Location: Clayhole Beach, Firemen’s Lake, at County Road 61/Highway 41 intersection. Info: (952) 448-5633; www.


ciety are holding the fourth


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through some of the best amateur telescopes

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annual Camping with the Stars at the MAS Onan Observatory,

Friday, Aug. 5 to Sunday, Aug. 7. There are activities all weekend. The Onan Observatory is located within

2011 Registration fees (All registration

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Laugh-until-you-cry stories combine with playful one-liners as Jason Schommer discusses a wide array of topics ranging from his adventures as a receptionist, the daily struggles of life and his loveable, kooky Minnesotan family. Also performing will be David Rose. Time: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 29-30 Cost: $13 Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 1st Ave., Shakopee Info: Shakopee

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cal hookups and 15 sites are primitive. For

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The ability to roll a kayak adds a huge amount of confidence to kayaking. This two-session class will concentrate on making the rider feel comfortable tipping over a kayak and the proper techniques needed to roll a kayak back in a safe and controlled way. Beginning skills required; previous kayak lessons recommended. Reservations required; register for activity 326211-00. For ages 14 and older. Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, July 29 and Aug. 5 Location: Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, 4610 Cty. Rd. 44, Minnetrista Info: (763) 559-6700 or

opens up additional campsites at the foot of

Call the Carver County Park Office at

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JULY 30 FLORAL DESIGN Carver Country Flowers & Gifts, owned by Annette Hentz, presents a free floral design demonstration. The subject is “Flower-tini,” a



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floral centerpiece designed in an oversized martini glass. Class is limited to 15. Time: 9 a.m., Saturday, July 30 Cost: Free Location: Carver Country Flowers & Gifts, 109 3rd St E, Historic downtown Carver Info:; (952) 681-7582

After 5, a women’s vocal jazz and swing ensemble, will perform jazz standards, swing and blues, featuring musicians from the southwest suburbs. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free Location: Staring Lake Park, 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie Info:


AUG. 2 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES The Splatter Sisters will perform children’s music in Chanhassen’s Summer Concert Series. Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: Free Location: City Center Park in downtown Chanhassen Info:

Upcoming ADOPT A PET Carver Scott Humane Society volunteers will hold a pet adoption. All cats and dogs have been micro ID implanted, vet checked, wormed, had shots updated, checked for friendly temperaments, and age appropriately spayed/neutered. Cost: $165+ for cats and $195+ for dogs. Time: Noon-3 p.m. Location: PETCO in Chaska, off Hwy. 41 and Pioneer Trail. Info: (952) 368-3553; carverscotths. org

CLASS OF 1971 The Chaska High School class of 1971 is holding its 40-year class reunion. Time: Saturday, Aug. 13 Location: Traditions at Dahlgreen Golf Course, 6940 Dahlgren Road Chaska Info: or call Margo Rosenwinkel-Steffel at (952) 448-5880



Crown of Glory Lutheran Church hosts an “Auto and Cycle Show,” with five categories: stock, modified, truck, cycle, foreign. Public is welcome. Concessions and food available. Proceeds to benefit Loaves and Fishes of Minnesota. Time: 10 a.m. registration; show, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, July 30 Cost: $15 entrance fee for participants Location: Crown of Glory, 1141

It’s taco night at the Chaska American Legion Post. Taco nights, the first and third Tuesdays of the month, are sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 57. The public is always welcome. Time: 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16 Location: Chaska American Legion Post 57, 102 West Fourth Street

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COMMUNITY GATHERINGS HUMANE SOCIETY FUNDRAISER — The CarverScott Humane Society will have its annual bake sale to raise money for homeless pets on July 29 and 30 during Chaska’s River City Days celebration. Home baked goodies are requested. (Please, no store bought items or frostings that melt in the hot summer sun.) Bring your items to the CSHS tent at River City Days, Friday, July 29 from 3 to 4 p.m. or Saturday, July 30 from 9 to 10 a.m. The location is City Square Park, Highway 41 and 4th Street in Chaska. All are invited to stop by and purchase bars, cookies, muffi ns, cakes, pies and fun animal related items. Carver-Scott Humane Society serves communities in the southwestern suburbs of Minneapolis. Additional information is available on the humane society’s website at

understand. This group provides an opportunity to meet others like you and to learn, discuss and share strategies. It’s free, fun, informative and helpful for parents and adults. The next meeting will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at Eden Prairie Schools Administrative Services Building, 8100 School Road. Michael V. SeSanctis, PhD, will speak on “ADHD and Sleep Disorders.” For more information, call Cindy Lea at (612) 965-3052.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK— The City of Victoria hosts Concerts in the Park, in Lions Park. Concerts in the Park are on Wednesday nights, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 features Wondercure, a pop music group. Music lovers of all ages are invited to bring folding chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner, all the better to enjoy free live music. For more information, contact Ann or Holly at the Victoria Recreation Center at (952) 443-4255.

R ED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE — The American Red Cross is planning a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Two Twelve Medical Center, 111 Hundertmark Road in Chaska. To donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-7332767) or visit redcrossblood. org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

ARBORETUM DAY AUG. 5 — Chanhassen and Carver County Day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will be Friday, Aug. 5. On this special day, Chanhassen/ Carver County residents will be admitted free of charge to the Arboretum (upon showing proof of residency at the gatehouse). Arboretum Director Ed Schneider will welcome Chanhassen Mayor Tom Furlong and city and county officials at a public welcoming ceremony, with complimentary refreshments, at 10 a.m. in the Oswald Visitor Center. Immediately following, free gift bags will be distributed on a firstcome, first-served basis. TOUR DE TONKA BIKE RIDE – Minnetonka Community Education’s sixth annual Tour de Tonka bike ride will be on Saturday, Aug. 6. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Minnetonka High School with same-day registration available until 7 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help with the event. Volunteers are needed to serve as corner guards and parking lot attendants and to work 2- to 4-hour shifts. This year Tour de Tonka is offering five rides: 17, 23, 40, 70 and 100 miles. For more information, call (952) 401-6800 or go online at SW METRO AD/HD SUPPORT GROU P — Families with attention issues face challenges that friends might not CHV

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soldiers who are serving abroad in war zones. The group meets monthly to pack boxes that are sent to our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who have been “adopted” by various individuals or groups and meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month to pack items that have been donated by various organizations, companies, churches, or individuals. If you’d like to donate items, please call Cindy Pugh at (952) 474-1436. Want to adopt a soldier or know more? Go to or call (763) 464-1696.

W ISDOM ON R ELATIONSHIPS — Learn how to strengthen bonds of love, keep your balance, and see others as your spiritual coaches. This free session at Eckankar will be on Wednesdays, Aug. 10–24, 7 –8:30 p.m. Eckankar is located at 7450 Powers Blvd., Chanhassen. For more information, call (952) 380-2200.

MCGT 112 COFFEE CHAT — MCGT coffee chats — open to anyone interested in the gifted and talented (PAC) program in Eastern Carver County Schools — will be at 9:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month during the school year at School of the Wise II, 500 Market St., Chanhassen. For more information, e-mail S O U T H W E S T M E T RO TEA PARTY — The Southwest Metro Tea Party meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Chanhassen Recreation Center. For more information on the group, call Becki Johnson at (612) 865-9178.

WOMEN IN NETWORKING — Women in Networking meets the third Thursday of the month in the Chanhassen/ Victoria area. For more information, visit or call Michelle Aspelin at (952) 241-4021.

CHAMBER MEMBER ORIENTATION — The Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce invites any prospective or new members to a member orientation session to learn more about the chamber’s programs, benefits and services. The group meets the second Thursday of the month at the Chanhassen Recreation Center at 9 a.m. For more information, call Brad Gruhot at (952) 448-5000 or email brad@swmetrochamber. com. FRESH START RECOVERY — A Christian 12-step recovery program for those struggling with any type of hurt, habit, or hang-up meets weekly on Thursdays at Grace Church in Eden Prairie from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. The program includes music, teaching, testimonials, and small groups. No cost or registration required. For more information, go to www.atgrace. com/fresh-start. NON-DENOMINATIONAL BIBLE STUDY — A men’s (all ages welcome) Bible Study meets every Thursday from 7:15-8:15 a.m. at Millie’s Deli in Chanhassen (545 W. 78th St., Chanhassen). During the year the group studies both Old Testament and New Testament books. For more information, call John at (763) 458-5985. MEDITATION CLASS — A meditation class led by a Buddhist monk occurs from 10:10


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W ESTWOOD JOB SUPPORT GROUP — Westwood Job Transition and Networking Group is a faith-based group dedicated to supporting those who have lost their job or are contemplating a career change. Meetings will consist of curriculum covering a range of topics designed to assist you in your search. In addition, we will build relationships and business connections through networking, sharing, listening and supporting each other. Employers who have open positions and are looking for great talent are encouraged to attend. Westwood Job Transition and Networking Group meetings are on the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Room A112 at Westwood Community Church, 3121 Westwood Drive, Chanhassen. No sign up is required; everyone is welcome. For more



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MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS PROGRAM — The Mental Health Crisis Program, serving Carver and Scott counties, has a telephone and mobile crisis response service available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. To reach the Mental Health Crisis Program, call (952) 442-7601.

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information, contact Matthew Beck at or Pat DeZiel at LIONS - The Chanhassen Lions meet every fourth Monday at the Chanhassen Legion. The monthly meeting starts with a social time at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call Gary Haberman at (952) 200-2993. ROTARY – The Chanhassen Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. every Wednesday at the American Legion Post on Highway 5. For more information, call Jeff Anderson at (612) 998-3688. CHANHASSEN SAL MEETING — The Chanhassen Squadron 580 of the Sons of the American Legion meet monthly at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the Chanhassen American Legion in the basement meeting room. For information or to join, call Bob Synder at (612) 867-5365. OPERATION MINNESOTA NICE — Operation Minnesota Nice is committed to making a difference in the lives of our

WEST METRO NETWORKING GROUP — West Metro Network, a professional, referralbased network comprised of trusted and experienced business professionals in the west metro area, meets Tuesday mornings. For more information and meeting times, call Vicki Franzen at (952) 937-9596. BNI-CHANHASSEN — Join other small business professionals committed to referring business to each other at our weekly meeting on Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Chanhassen Recreation Center, 2310 Coulter Boulevard, Chanhassen. For more information, please contact Amy Foley at (612) 701-0822. BNI CHAN-NET— Business Network International has a business networking meeting from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at AmericInn in Chanhassen. For more information, call Vicki Eide, chapter president, at (612) 385-9141. SOUTHWEST METRO BNI - Business Network International has a business networking meeting from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Eden Prairie Community Center (16700 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie). For more information, call Kevin Donlin at (612) 567-6642.

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2 BR townhome, w/garage. $795+ utilities. Non-smoking, no pets. 952-361-3245

1 BR apartment, quiet 6unit building, walk to bus, non-smoking, no pets, lease. $625. Available 8/15 or 9/1. 952937-1959

809 Bradbury Cir 2 BR, 2-1/2 BA, loft, 2 story, basement. All appliances, W/D. Available 8/1. $1,040/ month. Call Jim 612-414-3496

1 BR $635, 2 BR $735. Pets ok. 952-356-0611

4BR, 1.5 BA. Rambler, single detached, double detached garage. $1400. No pets, all appliances. 612-759-2055

New Prague Rentals

1 BR APARTMENT Section 8 project

3BR, 1.5BA. Double attached garage. No pets, all appliances. $1400. 612-759-2055

Low income rent to qualifying persons. Age 62 or older. 30% of income Smoke-free units available

Carver Rentals 1 BR, $685, all utilities included. No pets/ nonsmoking. 952-361-3245 Large 1 BR, $650 includes all utilities. Newly remodeled. 952292-3725

Chaska Rentals



Child Care


Becky's Daycare: 3 openings, starting 9/6, Shakopee. Food program, licensed. 952445-2908

4,756 sf 3-Bay Shop w/ outside fenced storage area. 1,380 sf of Office Spaces also available, can rent separately. Available 8/1. Savage area, near Hwy 169 & 18. Call 612-369-2899 LIGHT INDUSTRIAL Drive-In's & Docks Available Immediately Intersections of 41/ 169. 952-484-9675

1 BR, $775/ mth includes garage. Dogs OK. 612-961-2082

1 mth FREE w/Lease Boutique Apt. Bldg 2 BR Fireplace, Elevator, Heat paid, Heated parking included. Cats Welcome. Available 9/1. 952-914-0357

2 BR apartment from $795 1 BR from $695 Heat & water paid 1 cat OK. Garage/Storage inc. 952-361-6864 2/ 3 BR townhomes, garage included, $795 & $950. 952-448-6549

Nice Duplex, 3BD, 2BA, W/D, A/C, deck. $1050. 952-955-1889

Welcome Home! Clover Field Marketplace Great Move-in Specials Some Utilities Included W/D in Every Home! Pet Friendly  

2 Bedrooms starting at $920

Jordan Rentals 1 & 2 BR apartments, (heat, hot/cold water, garbage included) $600$700, no pets. 612-5996245 2 BR, heat/ water/ garbage incl. $675/ month. 612-701-7557 2BR, 2BA, Townhouse. $1225. Available 8/1 952-250-2083

Call 952-361-3179 for more info!

3 BR available now. Spacious, downtown, upstairs apartment. New carpeting. $875/ month. 612-810-8097

Creekside Apts.

4BR, 1.5BA, Family Home. Rambler in Jordan, MN near Hwy 169 & CR9. Great for families! $1,100 per month plus utilities. Available For Sept 1. Call Jared at 612-290-1466

1 BR $595 2 BR $725 Best rates now! 1/2 month Free Move-In Special. **Heat Paid** 612-874-8183 952-368-9360

Cozy, 2 BR apartment, quiet 4-plex. Heat included. $675. 952-9940318

Prior Lake Rentals 2 Bedroom Home. Single car garage. Dogs o.k. $1200/month. Available Sept 1st 612-6180644 2+BR House, single car garage, all appliances included, new dishwasher, stove, refrig., microwave. Remodeled kitchen/dining. $1200/mo. Avail now 952-492-2990, days, 952-496-9060, after 4pm

Prior Lake- Lg 1 BR, $575/ mo. 2 BR. $735/ mo. Available now. Patio/ balcony, cats OK, please call 952-6532105, 952-594-1791, or 651-470-4017

Shakopee Rentals

Arlington Ridge Apts 2 BR Apts. For Rent Updated unit-Ready for move in! Starting at $825 CALL 952-496-3281 1219 S. Taylor St. #103

Shakopee Housing 952-403-1086

Sandalwood Studiosfull kitchenettes, nightly/ weekly/ monthly rates available. 952-277-0100

2BR, All appliances included. Available now. $900. Central location. 952-445-3479


3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Duplex. Available today. $950 plus utilities. Call Tony 952-567-1888


3BR, detached garage. $1100. No pets, near park. 612-759-2055 3BR/1BA $850 9/1 Remodel! Safe,cln,brght,quiet,Priv deck,plygrnd 1yr lse NrCub/Marshall 722Garden Ln 612-325-7954 Hillview Motel Micro/ Refrig. Weekly $175 & Up. Daily, $35 & Up. 952-445-7111

South of Prior Lake. 1/2 acre. 4BR 3BA 3 garage/shop. $210,000 ID# 23141237 or MLS 4062412, 952-492-6349

Lots/Acreage Farmland for Sale & Wanted. Randy Kubes, Realtor... 612-599-7440

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~ PARAMOUNT REMODELING, INC. ~ Where Your Dreams Are Paramount *Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling *Distinctive Hardwood Flooring

*Lower Level Finishing *Decks & Exteriors

NO JOB TOO SMALL *** Mention this ad for a 10% discount. Call today for a free consultation (952) 607-6726 MN Lic. 20483289, Fully Insured



Licensed, Insured & Bonded

Lic # 20292641

Residential, Commercial, Homeowner Associations, and Property Managers

We specialize in all of your Repair Needs! Member of the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce






Blue Skies Window Cleaning, LLC

Lowell Russell Concrete

• Free Estimates • 14 years experience • The Residential expert! • Insured

From the Unique to the Ordinary... Specializing in drives, patios and imprinted, colored and stained concrete. Interior acid stained floors and counter tops.


Luke 952-467-2447 A Clean House= Big smiles. Experienced, Responsible, References. 952-361-6237 DEADLINES

Clear Day Window Cleaning. Gutters, Power Washing and more. Free estimates, husband/wife team. Justin 612-369-6948


~For Thursday Papers~ Before 3pm on Tuesdays

Classifieds 952-345-3003


• Block Foundations • New Additions, Repairs • Driveways • Patios • Steps • Garages • Pool Decks • Tear-out, Remove, Replace/New • Decorative • Colored, Stamped, Exposed Aggregate

Big Enough To Help~Small Enough To Care


Highland Home Services Inc.

Free Estimates

Steve Jenness

cell 612-418-2277

DECKS DECKS DECKS New Image Over 17 yrs in decks & porches. For deck do-it-yourselfers: framing & footings. www.newimage

Mike 952-442-1308 Lic#20219985 Ins

30 years experience fax 952-447-1211 lic#20628802

BUILDING Builder's Edge Remodeling, Windows, Basements, Additions, Cabinets. Licensed. 952-492-3170

30+ years. Local resident. License 20631664 Visa/MC/Disc. 612-5781954

CABINETRY Eagle Point Construction Cabinetry finish, carpentry, decks, porches and additions. Quality work and competitive pricing. Eagle Point Construction, LLC. Lic.#20631678 call Marc Juergens


KB Custom Cabinets Kitchens, Entertainment Centers, Bars, Built-ins Vanities, Counter Tops. 952-445-7790


Brick Work Stone Work New Remodel Chimney Repairs Free Estimates Licensed Insured


DON WHERLEY MASONRY INC Decorative Concrete Additions - Patios Garage Floors Steps - Sidewalks Aprons - Driveways Stamped, Colored Exposed Aggregate

952-448-7037 Free Estimates

We are a very diverse company that has expertise inDriveways Patios Foundation repair Chimney restoration Stone fronts Outdoor fireplaces Floor staining, etc.... Feel free to text, call or Email Andy, 612-221-1849

Drapes, Blinds, Fabrics, Upholstery, Bedspreads. Lakes Interiors. 38 yrs. 952-447-4655.

•Floor refinishing & sanding •Real wood floors •Dustless refinishing •Water damage specialists •Board patching •Custom staining •Best quality •Best pricing •Most experience in your area •Family owned, 28 years • Free Estimates

612-363-4299 XDecks XFences XRetaining XBoulder Walls XPaver Patios XMulch/ Rock/ Sod XBobcat Work




952-492-6289 952-292-2050

952-469-5713 952-426-2790

Heating, plumbing, remodel and repair, and replacement, new construction. 952-492-2440



ELECTRICAL #Priority Electric Inc. Licensed- Bonded- Insured. No job too small. 952-403-9200


Complete Landscaping Design, Build, Maintain

Water Problems resolved XSprinkler Systems XRock/Mulch/Edger XTrees & Shrubs XBrick Pavers XRetainingWalls Over 30 yrs of quality workmanship X

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R.D. & Associates Specialized Services Inc.

C r e a t e s D i s t i n c t i v e O u td o o r L i v i n g X Complete

Landscape & Irrigation Services & Block Walls X Drainage Correction X Complete Fertilization & Weed Control Packages X Aeration & Over Seeding X Dethatch & Spring Clean-Up X Boulder

Radloff & Weber Blacktopping Inc.

Landscape Services 952 445-0663

Credit Cards Accepted


~Since 1971~ Free Estimates Free estimates, Insured. Stamped concrete, Driveways, Colored concrete, Firepits, Patios, Steps, Garages, Additions, Tearouts, Exposed Aggregate, Block walls, Poured walls, Floating Slabs, Aprons. 952-445-6604 MNLic#4327

~ Custom Landscape Design/Build ~ Bobcat services ~ Raingardens ~ Patios & Retaining Walls ~ Natural Stone ~ Water Features ~ Trees, shrubs & perennials ~ Low-voltage LED lighting

Country Trail Tree Moving & Landscaping Service/Tree Sales Boulder Walls


• Tree Removal • Stump Grinding • Brush Chipping • Overgrown Areas Mowed • Excavating • Sand & Gravel • Crushed Limestone


Driveways, Parking Lots

DCI Inc.

References- Fully insured

! 952-239-4110 Bumble Bee Services Housecleaning. Insured

Call Joe: 952-492-3671


Lebens Masonry

16 years in business Driveways, Sidewalks, Patios, Floors, Steps, Block Foundations, Brick Repairs, Footings




Monyok Masonry

Remodeling ...Repair ... Design

952-440-WOOD (9663)


~For Saturday Papers~ Before 3pm on Thursdays

Over 19 Years Experience Licensed and Insured

Basements • Room Additions Complete Home Remodeling Decks/Porches


Floor Installation Sanding & Refinishing Carpet, Tile & Vinyl Installation Exceptional Quality Great Service


Rock Engraving at Hermans 6 Miles S. of Shakopee on 169 Pulverized Dirt $12.50/ yd. Colored Mulch $26.50/ yd. Cypress, Cedar, Hardwood

Flagstone, Steppers Decorative Rock Edging/ Poly/ Fabric Retaining Walls, Pavers

Call for Hours Wever i l e 952-492-2783 D

Retaining Walls, Concrete & Paver Drives, Patio & Walks, Boulder walls, & much more!

952-292-2261 Premiere One Landscapes

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Real Estate Bargains

Landscape help wanted, various positions. 952445-8996

Lender-owned home, built in 1957, $64,900 New home, 3 car garage, $154,900. 24 acres of farmland, $109,900. 2-1/2 acre lots, $39,900-$69,900. 5 acre Hobby Farm, great bldgs. $219,900 Randy Kubes Realtor 612-599-7440

Mobile Homes 2 BR, 1 BA, mobile home. $2,200, in Shakopee. 952-2151403


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Full-Time Carpentry Contractors Corp. now has openings for Carpenters in our Field Finish Division. These positions are F/T, benefits eligible. Job requirements to include; power tool use, interior finish/trim duties, kneel, squat, bend and twist frequently, and be able to lift 75 lbs of construction materials, pass physical, BGC, and drug screen. Valid D/L and independent transportation required for employment. Please call our Jobs Line: 952-380-3720.

AUTO TECH NEEDED Clean well established shop has opening for experienced, motivated tech. Frahm's Auto & Truck Repair, Savage. Call Doug 952-890-1890 BIFFS, INC: Men & Women Drivers needed to Clean, Deliver, Pickup portable restrooms. Not just a job; a career. FT/OT. Local Routes. Incentive-based pay scale. Full benefits package. Locally Owned & Operated. EOE/AA Employer & DOT Compliant. Application REQUIRED: 8610 Hansen Ave, Shakopee or online:

Carpentry Contractors Corp. seeking full time positions:

WORK FROM HOME! Put your faith first, Family second with an Opportunity to earn a Great income! 952-270-6190

Growing company needs 30 good people. Join their team today! Applicants should have Assembly experience Able to work in a fast paced environment Have HSD or GED $10.00+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd shifts Come to the Job Fair on Wednesday Aug. 3 at 10am 124 Columbia Court W. Chaska, MN 55318 Call with any questions or inquiries. 952-915-2000

ASSOCIATE TRAINEE Real Estate Career Excellent Potential Fast Growth



FT Day Bartender M-F 10:30-5 Must live within ½ hr Apply in person only.

Machine Operator We have several skilled and entry-level machine operator positions available in the Le Sueur and Mankato area. Must be able to pass a drug test and criminal background check. TEAM PERSONNEL SERVICES Shakopee....952-746-3346 Mankato...507-720-6556

Customer Facing Center of Excellence Sr. IT Analyst sought by Eaton Corporation in Eden Prairie, Minnesota to provide and lead software application support for many, global Eaton locations; Participate in, or lead, the centralized support for IT applications and systems to ensure timely, reliable, cost effective service to Eaton employees and customers. Must have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering or Mechanical Engineering and 3 years progressive related experience. Experience must be in: Oracle Siebel CRM; Cameleon product configuration; project management leading small and medium scale projects. Must be willing to travel up to 10% of the time. Qualified applicants should apply at (principals only, no calls.)

Lions Tap Family Restaurant 16180 Flying Cloud Dr. Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Health Information- FT RHIA, RHIT or CCS. required LTC experience preferred. Benefits Available Please apply online at www.stgertrudes

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MEDIUM DUTY TRUCK TECH Clean well established shop has opening for experienced, motivated tech. Frahm's Auto & Truck Repair, Savage. Call Doug 952-890-1890


Entry Level Carpenters in our Field Frame, Siding and Windows Divisions Basic rough framing carpentry duties, siding and window installation and power tool use. Requires the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, climb ladders and/or scaffolding frequently and climb/work up to 35 feet. Must be able to lift 75lbs, pass physical, BGC, and drug screen. Valid D/L and independent transportation required for employment. Please call our Jobs Line: 952-380-3720 or

SALES PROFESSIONALS Furniture Mart & Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Shakopee are now hiring SALES PROFESSIONALS to join their teams. Responsibilities include selling furniture and home décor to our customers. Our sales professionals are devoted to helping individuals create something fresh and new in their homes by designing their living space, not just selecting furniture. Excellent income potential with commissionbased pay, including an hourly guarantee. FT positions with complete benefit package. Apply at either store at 4270 12th Ave. E in Shakopee or online at: EOE

Dining Server

Full-Time Software Support Specialist. Assist/Train customers in the use of our software product. ERP/manufacturing software. Experience helpful. College degree preferred. Analytical skills needed. Precise Software Salary based on experience. Vacation/health benefits. Send resume to:

A New Career Carver County office: Are you fun and outgoing? Take the real estate style test and find out if a real estate career is right for you.

Wyn Ray 952-556-1750

Part-Time Assembly (no deliveries) for Star Tribune Newspaper, Chaska Depot, 4355 Peavey Rd. Min. requirements 18 yrs old & own transportation. Apply online: EOE

Part-Time Assistant House Coordinator $12.50-13.50/ hr. Help manage care for elderly in residential group home. 2 days per week. No scheduled weekends. On call every 3rd week. Could be FT hours if certified CNA or HHA doing additional home care visits. Community Home Health 952-440-3955

Before school childcare, 7-8:45am. 3-5 days/ week. Must be able to transport 3 children in your vehicle. ½ mile to SACS. 952-403-0419

Dog Care. Prior Lake Pet Resort. Excellent customer service. Email for application. Head and Assistant Girls' Swim Coaches. New Prague Area Schools. Season begins Aug. 15th. Apply online @

AM Days Full-time and Part-time position available The Colony at Eden Prairie is an Assisted Living serving seniors in your community. If you would like to be a part of a fun team and work in a great environment, we have the job for you.




Please contact Lynda Harmon @ 952-697-0613 Email 431 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-828-9500 *Group interviews every Thursday at 4:00PM

Coldwell Banker Burnet Eden Prairie Irene: 952-949-4759 Rolland: 952-949-4724 EOE

Now Hiring for our new Rehabilitation Addition Opening Fall 2011 Auburn Homes & Services in Chaska is currently hiring of for the following positions: FT RN- Assisted Living FT & PT Care Attendants- Assisted Living Please see our website: for more detailed information. EOE/AAP

Positions Include: MDS Nurse, RN, LPN, NA/R, Housekeeping, Billing, Medical Records, COTA, OTR, PTA, LPT & Activities Benefits Include: 401K Program, Medical, Dental, Vision, Group Life, LTD, FSA, PTO, Scholarship, Fitness Reimbursement and more. St. Gertrude’s is located in Shakopee

Apply online & Available Positions EEOC

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#1 Schieber Outdoor Services LawncareLandscaping. Commercial Residential. Senior Discount. Joe: 952-2924445 1-800-CUT-TREE trimming and removal. 952937-2182 Chad/ FREE ESTIMATES 612-275-2574. AJ's Tree & Lawn Service LLC. Trimming & removal. Licensed, insured. 952-445-1812 Paul Bunyan Tree Service. Tree Removal and Trimming. www.paulbunyantree AA Tree Removal/ trimming/ firewood/ brush hauling, stump grinding. Steve, 952-445-5239

Quality Remodeling and Home Repairs

Ken's HANDYMAN SERVICE Repairs, Installations & Home Improvements. Call Ken: 952-445-1836



You Call - We Haul

Completely Enclosed Truck Very Reasonable Rates

952-758-2552 We Haul Moving New Prague

A Minnesota Greenstar Qualified contractor

References, Lic & Ins Mn Lic. 20632058 Kevin Hayes


NEED HANDYMAN? Little Job Expert! For all the odd jobs needing Attention!!! Painting: • Interior & Exterior Finish Carpentry: • Basements • Bathrooms • Ceramic Tile • Sheet Rock & Taping Dennis 952-334-1755 952-445-9034

ODD JOBS Bruce Mackenthun Does It All! WindowDoor- Deck specialist! Professional services. 952-270-9166. Lic #20452534 Ins.


Handyman Ser vices PROFESSIONAL, PROMPT, COURTEOUS SERVICE 28 YEARS OF TRADE EXPERIENCE Bob Wagner (952) 686-4833 for available services and rates. Fully Insured LOW HOURLY RATES, TELL ME WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD AND WE WILL MAKE A DEAL!

Handy Home Repair Service, Inc. Any Task... Just Ask Insured, References, Licensed #20374699



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Buckets of Color

Interior/Exterior VStorm/Water Damage VTextured Ceilings/Walls VInsurance Repairs VCustom Faux Finishes/Murals VFully Insured/References VFriendly, Honest Service FREE ESTIMATES 952-8 873-4 4679 612-3 366-2 2739 Paul

Ext/Int Paint/ Stain ~Carpentry/ Repair~ Free Estimates Ins/ Bonded

952-474-6258 Major credit cards accepted

Rainbow Painting INT/EXT Specializing in wall & ceiling painting and texturing. Wallpaper removal. Staining. Enameling & more! Free estimates 612-701-6805, Troy





Schedule your Summer painting now!





S.R. PAINTING: 18 yrs. exp. Insured. Commercial/Residential. Interior/Exterior. Wood finishing, Enameling, Custom Texturing, Water Damage, Wallpaper Removal. Deck Refinishing. Quality conscious perfectionist! Estimates/Consultation

Steve Ries, 612-481-8529

PAINT/WALLPAPER “Bill's Painting” Exterior/ Interior/ Decks. 29 yrs/ guaranteed work. 10% scheduling discount. 952-448-6633/ 952-220-1090

Family owned since 1979

Best Drywall LLC

EXTERIOR PAINTING 25 yrs. experience. Honest, fair, pricing. Roller and brush only. 952913-7808 MJ Painting Interior/ Exterior painting & staining. 952-445-2904 Marvin Jeurissen

Roofing Windows OSiding ORemodeling O

Locally Owned & Operated Licensed & Insured #20631439

PLASTER/DRYWALL KREUSER ROOFING, INC. 952-492-3842 952-412-4718(cell)

952-448-3761 No wall too small

PLUMBING/SEPTIC Father/ son plumbing company. Licensed, bonded, insured. Working for you! R&D Plumbing952-237-0115 Plumbing, heating, remodel and repair, new construction. 952-4922440

Let us know how we can earn your business. (952)873-6078 O

Serving SW Metro 18 yrs. Small crew/no subs/ painting. New Const/ Basements/ Repair. BBB Reg/Ins/Free Est. All work guaranteed Mic 612-685-0476

Storm damage repairs Defective shingle claims Family owned & operated Thousands of satisfied customers Professional and Courteous Lic# 20632183

Monnens Custom Builders Roofing/ Additions New Construction Siding/ Windows Locally owned 20 + Years Jim's Cell: 612-859-4618 Mike's Cell: 612-859-4620

ROOFING Regal Enterprises, Inc. Roofing, siding, windows, gutters. Insurance work. Since 1980. 952-201-4817

952-496-0921 Lic. 4960



Always Quality Interior Painting. RELIABLE, Professional, Experienced 952-334-0977 Jerry Fehn Breimhorst Painting. Interior/ Exterior. Insured. Albie: 952-261-2234

Free wind & hail damage inspections... We can handle all of your insurance claims. Roofing, Siding, Windows & all home improvement needs. We do it all!

•Roofing •Siding •Windows

952-882-8888 Why Wait Roofing LLC Offering best extended manufacturers warranty! Tear-offs, Re-roofs, Siding & Gutters, New Construction Insurance Specialist Over 18 years experience FREE ESTIMATES Rodney Oldenburg Cell # 612-210-5267 952-443-9957 Lic. ID-20156835

Grade A Gutters, competitive prices, free estimates. Since 1991. 952448-9943

Call today for your Free Inspection! Family Owned & Operated

Lic# 20609967


Find a home or rental through the Classifieds!

Discounted fabrics... drapes, bedspreads, residential/ commercial. 38 years' experience. 952-447-4655

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FOOD SERVICE PT-2 positions, $10 start. General/ Prep/ Dishes. General/ Cashier. Holy Family Catholic High School/ Taher Victoria. Need flexibility to do variety of food service jobs. Student days only. Fast pace, but fun. Call Brenda 952-4434659 X6115 EOE

MEDICAL CAREERS INSTRUCTOR 2011-2012 School Year Exciting part time position available to design, develop, and teach in a new program promoting careers in the health sciences pathway. Fouryear college degree with Health background required. Please visit for information and application materials. CarverScott Educational Cooperative, Dist. 930. Chaska, MN EOE


St. Andrew Preschool Teacher

2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR No experience Necessary will train

Looking for a loving, nurturing, PT, 3 mornings a week (8-12:00) teacher in our Christian, supportive, environment located in Eden Prairie. Please send resumes to:

Hip old grannies welcome. Supplement Social Security. Energetic daycare/ housekeeper. School-age, Chanhassen area. References. Transportation. 651335-0839 Junior High Football & Volleyball Coaches needed in Jordan. E-mail; jvizenor@jordan.k12. Positions open until filled. Kitchen & serving help, PT. EO wk end & EO holiday. Please contact Sarah Tormoen @ stormoen@keystone or call 612-202-8744 Newspaper Route Delivery-Star Tribune Shakopee, Chaska, Waconia area motor routes. Immediate openings weekend (Sat/Sun), Waconia/ Mayer. Bi-weekly paychecks. Minimum requirements 18 years old & dependable transportation. For information, apply online: EOE

Newspaper Route: Star Tribune has avail. Weekend Routes in Bloomington area. Must be 18 yrs. & have own vehicle.

(952) 451-8188

Newspaper RoutesWeekday & Weekend routes available Adult newspaper carriers to deliver the Star Tribune in the communites of: Chanhassen, Shorewood, Excelsior, Greenwood, Deephaven, Wayzata, Orono, Long Lake, Spring Park, Mound, Victoria. Online applications preferrred and given 1st available appointments: or call Dolores @ (952) 994-5437

Starting wage $13.25 an hour DOE No dui's, must have class d license at least 3 years And be 21 years of age Positive Connections 460 N Hickory Street Chaska, MN 55318 952-361-0899

PART TIME TELLER Teller experience preferred but may accept cashier experience. Strong customer service skills are needed. 20-30 flexible hours per week, including rotating Saturdays. Wage dependent upon experience. Send resume to: Hometown Bank Att: Rick Lockert 101 Creek Ln S. Jordan, MN 55352 or email:

St. Andrew Childcare Aide- EP location Looking for a loving, PT, M-F who enjoys young children 35:30pm. You would work alongside a very supportive teaching staff. Lots of hugs and smiles from a great group of children! Please call Melanie at (952) 937-2776 X#30 or email to:

Some experience, Early Childhood or related degree preferred. For more information contact Deb at (952) 937-2276 x#19

TRANSPORTATION All-Terrain Vehicles

Use our ‘Garage Sale Finder’ to find all the sales in the area! Go to any of our newspaper websites and click on ‘Garage Sales’

2007 Suzuki Eiger 400. Only 170 miles. Warn winch, ITP mud tires, lift kit. Great condition!! $3500 952-994-1291


2001, 17ft. Starcraft, 90HP, Mercury. Excellent condition. $9,000 952-890-2630

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GARAGE SALES AUCTIONS Chanhassen Sales Downsizing Garage Sale- Thurs-Fri. 7/28-29, 9am-5pm. 2460 Galpin Ct. Appliances, furniture, other HH items. Fri. & Sat. July 29-30 Friday 8-5pm. Saturday 8-12. 6719 Brenden Ct. off Lake Lucy Road Neighborhood sale. Thurs-Fri. 7/28-29, 9am7pm. 7701 Great Plains Blvd. (crossroad 77th St.) Rain or Shine. HH, collectibles, artwork, antiques, furniture, sports memorabilia, clothing, unique items. No junk!

Eden Prairie Sales

Eden Prairie Sales

Prior Lake Sales

Shakopee Sales

Shakopee Sales

Fri. & Sat. 7/29-30 8am-3pm. Moving sale. Many HH items, dishes, pictures, clothing, misc. items. Plus huge selection of Christmas collectibles, trees, garland, decorations, ornaments. 10584 Boss Circle (Bell Oaks) off Riverview Rd

Garage Sale Fri. & Sat. 7/29-30 9am-6pm 6649 Flemming Road, HH, oak dining table & barstools, air hockey table, baseball cards, college room assessories, golfing, camping, antique clocks & parts, toys, books, electronics & more!

Estate Sale Thursday 7/28 - Saturday 7/30. 94pm. Everything must go! 763 Barrington Dr.

Thursday and Friday July 28, 29. 8am-3pm. Garage sale. Children's books, clothing, toys. Men's, women's clothing. Kitchen and HH items. 959 Sibley St. S. Shakopee

Multi-Family Sale: 7/2829, 8:30-5pm. LG washer/ dryer, new laminate wood flooring, 2002 Polaris 4-wheeler, kids' clothes (girls 2-4, boys 0-2). 17877 Panama Ave.

HUGE TWO LEVEL ESTATE SALE! Thur, Fri, & Sat, July 2830th, 8am-5pm. Queen bed, table, kitchen set, pantry, book shelves, Asian items and collectibles. Clothes, Blues CD's, VHS tapes and DVD's. Tall lamps, books, electronics, household items, toys, games, framed artwork and much more! Must see! 1718 Presidential Lane Shakopee.

Savage Sales

Large Multi-Family Garage Sale: Thurs-FriSat., 7/28-29-30, 8am5pm. 1408 Thistle Lane

Thur, Fri, Sat, August 4th, 5th and 6th. 8am5pm. 9271 W 126th Street-Behind Tin Shed Garage Sale with something for everyone.

Multi family Fri, Sat July 29, 30. 10-6pm Wine console, stereo cabinet, American Girl Doll clothes, kids' items, vintage hats, books, snowblower. 8711 McGuire Court

Jordan Sales Wednesday-Saturday August 3 to 6, 2011 Wednesday 3-7 p.m. Thurs-Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Multi-family sale. Children's clothing. Men's & women's clothing, toys for all ages, kitchen items, wall hangings, many household items. 6511 West 190th Street, Jordan, MN

Unique garden art. Home decor and more. Grandma poohs creations. Thursday 7/28, Friday 7/29. 8am-7pm. 13475 Essex Court

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1 person tent, rain proof, footprint. $60. 952-9490210 p.m. 12', telescopic, fishing pole. Ready for fishing. $8. 952-240-1025 15 piece golfball rack. Brand new in box. $7. 952-226-2236 16hp, Murray, garden tractor w/36" thrower, 42" mowing. $475. 952496-3440 1939, Emerson & Sears, Silvertone radios. Both work, $50. 952-884-1434 1999, Dutchman FoldDown camper w/air condition. Excellent shape. $1800. 952-657-5016 2 tents, Coleman. OzkTrl, 8 person both. $100. 952-240-3426 2, Honda Civic SE, rims. Good shape. $50. 952292-7886 2, slice toaster. Toastmaster, cool touch. Excellent. $15. 952-2262236 2005, Horizon, treadmill. Excellent condition. $150. Folds for storage. 517-420-5344 3 piece bedroom set. Headboard frame, dresser, w/mirror. $400. 952-220-5051 3, used steel rims, in good shape. $110. 952292-7886 42, DVDs. Wide variety. $50. all. 952-2332131 49", Samsung, projection, HDTV. Works perfect. $50. 612-490-5642 Ab Circle Pro, new in box, $130, 952-2390488 Ab Circle Pro, with extra parts, used, $60, 952239-0488 Baby crib & changing table. Maple. $250. Excellent. 612-227-5174

Antique 3-slot, pay phone, silver. Works great. $145. 952-4475588 Antique copper, fire extinguisher. Lamp, great working condition. $95. 952-447-5588 Antique, Golden Rod, farm tiller. Dutton-Lainson, Hastings, NE. $75. 952-492-3841 Aqua stripe, queen size, comforter. 100% egyptian cotton. $125. 952873-6403 Armoire wardrobe 80"Hx48"Wx25"D, solid light oak, beautiful. $400. 952-440-4380 Armoire, wardrobe, solid oak. 80x48x25 Excellent condition. $450. b/o 952-440-4380 Barbie, Lil Trail Rider. ATV. For 1-3 y/o. $40. 952-461-3508 Bed, queen, brass headboard, excellent condition, $75, 952-8299848 Bedspread, queen, pastel, with many matching accessories. $25. 952934-6069 Bike, 20" Schwinn AeroStar. Very good condition. $20. 952-9751832 Bike, girl's, 24" Schwinn & helmet. $75. 952 4430124 Black & Decker, workmate 400 550#. 28". $45. Excellent. 952-4013786 Black, female cat. Friendly! Shots up to date. $100. 952-3932412 Books, Clique series. 1,3-9. 2 Gossip girls. $15 all. 952-445-4231 Boys, 12 inch bike. $5. 952-233-2131 Boys, girls bikes. 12" & 20", $70. 952-9345988 Eden Prairie

Bunk bed. Pine, $75. 612-916-8274 CD player. Technics 5 disc rotary changer. $30. 952-447-4423

Dining chairs, 6, vintage. Oak, good condition. $120. 952-4013786 Dining room hutch, solid oak, excellent condition, $350. 952-440-5266

Disney, Mickey Mouse, talking, animated, lamp. Like new, $35. 612-2371300 DSI & Pokemon, white, like new. $140. Call 612-964-6096 Electric dryer, 2 years old. Good condition. $150. 952-448-3175 Entertainment center. Excellent condition. $1200 new. $450. or bo 952-934-1219 Exercise, wave board. DVD's, complete. New, $80. Now $40. 952-2212607 File cabinet, HON lateral 5 drawer, great condition. $100. 952-4482914 File cabinets. Metal, 2 and 4 drawer. $40. 952937-1681 Fisher Price, royal potty. Good condition. $5. 952-470-2184 Fitness Quest Inc, Ab Lounge 2. Excellent condition, $70. 952-4405266 Four, light oak, dining room chairs. Great condition. $85. 952-4452679 Free Couch. Pastel stripes, no pets, no smoke. 952-445-6803 FREE kitten! Playful, litter trained, striped. 7 weeks old. 952-8734264 Free, bathroom sink. Rectangular, with metal legs. 952-975-1832 Fridge, white, 18.2, top mount freezer. Like new. $300. 952-2107690 Gameboy advance sp. Includes charger, fire red, emerald. $50. 952440-8619 Garden trailer, for sale. $200. 952-949-1095

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R/C truck, nitro. $135. 612-644-8377

Ceramic Kiln, Paragon HighFire. Model P. Free! You haul. 952934-1219 Chairs, 2 resin patio, with cushions. $20. 952443-0124 Chest, freezer Frigidaire. 10 cf, white. $100. 952-649-7936 China hutch for sale. Good condition. $175. Contact Lois 952-8904914 Coffee table, $15. 952292-7886 Coffee table, round, red sliding doors. $50. 612209-4202 Craftsman, 16", scroll saw. #137.216100. New condition. $125. 952949-2210 Craftsman, 19 pc. router bit set. Like new. $50. 952-240-1025 Craftsman, chainsaw. $75. 952-949-1095 Crib and new mattress. $60. Call 952-361-5401 Curio cabinet, 33.5" x10"x74. $100. 952-4923873 Excellent condition Deck chair. Cedar & hardwood, hand crafted. $60. Call, 952-3615401 Dell 17", LCD monitor. $50. 952-292-7886 Desk with hutch, chair, white. 44Lx18Dx77H, $225. 612-210-0991

GE, dishwasher, black, nice. $75. 952-649-7936 Girls bike, 26", 6 speed. Huffy, Stone Mountain. $35. 952-440-8413 Girls, 12 inch, "Barbie" bike. Pink, and cute, $35. 952-934-5988 Girls, bedroom furniture. Twin frame, table, desk, dresser. $300. 952250-0194 Glider rocker, with ottoman. Excellent condition! $150. 952-4452679 Golf bag, new. Santa Rosa stand bag. $25. 952-942-9281 Golf bag, with set of Tour model irons. $30. 952-942-9281 Graco, motorized infant swing, like new, $10. 952-448-9059 Graco, Pack N Play, playpen. Blue, like new. $35. 952-448-9059 Hand stitched quilt, queen. Hexagon blocks, scalloped edge. $400. 952-873-6403 Hilti, hammer drill, w/extra bits. $100. Call 952687-7257 HP, Scanjet. 6200C, cable/ cd software. Scans good. $25. 952-2262236 Hummels, 8, dated 1970-1980. $500. for all. 612-518-4099 for info. Hutch, table, 2 chairs, white. $175. 952-4029117 Ikea, twin, metal, loft bed frame. Silver. $75. 612-490-5642 Inflatable boat. SeaEagleSE8, like new, motor extras. $500. o/bo 952240-1514 Joe Mauer plaque. 8X10 with 3 cards. $45. 952-447-5151

Kenmore, energy efficient 16cf, upright frostless freezer. 1/yr. $300 952-934-3611 Kitten, female, $10. 952-461-3287 Lakeville Lattice 4x8 panels, (5), 6 edgers, 5 joiners, $105/all, 952-440-6700 Lawnmower, 20in. 24volt. 1yr old. $150. 952873-2642 Loveseat with matching chair, blue. $200. 952402-9117 Marshfield, Flexsteel, queen, sleeper sofa. $250. Cash, carry. 952440-1490 Mary Kay 5pc, miracle set. $90 w/tax. 952891-4694 Mary Kay, even complexion essence. $30. w/tax. 952-891-4694 Maytag, window air conditioner. $100. or best offer. Call 952-445-1744 Mickey Mouse comforter, bumper guard, mobile. Gently used. $25. 612-237-1300 Monitor, View Sonic 19" A90f+ Perfect flat. $75. b/o 952-448-2926 New, Bright Starts Playard, changing table, bassinet, $75. 952-2262236 New, cigar humidor. Cherrywood, holds, 55. $20. 612-644-8377 New, T-mobile Blackberry, 8520. $200. 952292-7886 Oak desk. Enclosed top. Pull out keyboard, drawers. $75. 952-937-1681 Outdoor cushions. Newly recovered. Blue and while stripe. $75 952-403-0687 Ping pong table, folding, Sportcraft, $50. 952474-8601

Power washer, 3.75hp. 1800psi, 2.0gpm. Good condition $175. Eric 952-934-9924 Propane tanks (2-both empty) $30. for both tanks. 952-447-4423 Propane, double ceiling lights, brass. $30. four $100. 952-215-2092 PS2 Console, & 2 controllers. Works perfectly! $50. 952-947-1191 Pub table, solid oak, good condition, $40. 952-440-5266 Puppy, "Workie". Fixed, shots, 6 months. Hypoallergenic, sweet. $350. 952-583-3317 Queen, head, footboard. Solid cherry, Amish 4poster, beautiful! $350. 612-916-8274 RedBull refrigerator, works, looks great. Has racks. $175. o/bo. 612282-9450 Rock band CD, for PS2. Drumset sticks, 3/guitars. $60. 952-9471191 Rocking chair. Cedar & hardwood. Hand crafted. $60. Call, 952-3615401 Rockler Dovetail Jig, combo. New in box, $140. 952-949-2210 Sassy Warm, steam nursery vaporizer. Works great! $10. 952470-2184 Spalding, basketball hoop, w/base. Great condition. $25. 952-9494906 Square, 38", wooden coffee table. Free! 952443-4609 Swagman, 2 place bike rack, fits receiver hitch. $100. 952-687-7257 Table, bar height, chrome legs. Blk/white checker top. $50. 612209-4202

Tea table, pink for little girl. Small, round. $45. 952-221-9575 Tent, 2 person. Vented, rain fly. $25. 952-9490210 p.m. Thermal carafe, 1 Liter. Capacity, Copco Glass lined. $5. 952-447-4961 Travel trailer cover. Fits 24'-26' trailer. Unused. $200. 952-448-3175 TV, 27inch. RCA with remote. $20. Call 952448-4920 TV, 65" Mitsubishi DLP w/stand. Extra lamp, $500. call 952-905-4938 Utility stool, 1 step Cosco. Gold, new $12. 952-447-4961 Washer & Dryer, electric good condition. White, Kenmore. $100. 952210-1736 Wicker shelf, vintage, free standing. 34x18, aqua blue. $45. 952221-9575 Wiggles tickets 8/2/2011 show $240. 4 available Chanhassen 952-6573580 Women's leather motorcycle jacket. Sz10. Chaps sz small. $100ea 952-440-4380 Xbox 360 games,Madden10, $15. NBALive10, $15. 952-457-3811 Zerlinda, wedding gown. Size 16, asking $500. b/o 952-393-2412

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1981 Sea Nymph 16' fish/ ski boat, 1989 Evinrude 60hp tracker, Spartan trailer, trolling motor, livewells, locators, anchormates, pedestal seats. $3500. 952-445-5473

1992 Vibo 21' Hexagon pontoon. Low hrs. 2 motors. '96 Merc 90HP + 9.9. Marine radio. Trailer. Clean. $10,500. 952934-3902

2002 Larson 19' FishNSki, SEI 190, 135 HP Outboard, stored indoors. $11,900.00 or BO, NADA guide suggested $13,945.00, Jon 612-730-8116

1987 31' Pathfinder Motorhome. $5,000/ BO. 952-496-2243

1991 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome, Class A, 33ft. Only 38k miles! Smooth runner, fully loaded, sleeps 6, hydraulic leveler, $10,500, 612-669-4172

2006 Crestliner Lsi Angler 2285. Lots of extras. 60 HP Mercury 4 stroke and dual axle trailer. $22,800 763360-6251 1992 Fleetwood. 107K, 454 gas motor, hydraulic leveler system. fully equipped! Well maintained! $10,900. John, 952-474-9713

2001, Polaris Virage TX. 3, seater. $2900. or best offer. 952-445-5570

1996 Itasca Suncruiser Motorhome. Class A, 39'. Excellent condition, shedded at all times/ winterized. Loaded! 29,300 actual miles. $35,000/BO. 507-6656019

2007 27' ColorardoRL 5th Wheel, 2 Slide, 06 Chevrolet Silverado LT1 2500HD Extend Cab. 52,594 miles. $51,800. 507-934-4834 after 5:30

2000 Harley Davidson 883 Sportster, wife's bike, never rode, must go. 1300 miles, Lots, lots of extras, mint! $7000. 952-890-0905

2003 Harley Softtail Deuce Anniversary model. 5500 miles. $13,000. 952-447-4280

1998 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 36' motorhome, great condition, sleeps 6, 60,000 miles, $31,900 or best offer. Call Gary at 952492-1129.

Dutchman Camper 2002- 28ft. Excellent condition. Sleeps 6-8 w/queen bed. A/C, heat, appliances, plumbing works perfect. $7800. Must see. 952-474-6230

2005, 125cc gas scooter. Bought new in '06. 1500 miles and in excellent shape. 85 mpg. Cash, no trades. $1100. 952-233-3322

Honda style 2007 JMST 250cc Scooter. 1329 miles, original owner, 80 mpg, 4 stroke 2 passenger, $2900.00, call Ray 952-402-9110

2005 black Yamaha R6, 6,000 miles. Yoshimurd customized exhaust. With OEM cover & tank bra. $5,500. 952-3610142


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Hydro Stream Vegas. 20'. 200 HP+++. Complete restoration. 5 passenger. A real head turner! $8,900 or all trades welcome. 952215-5421

94 Starcraft, 17ft. Aluminum. Walleye, Bass ½ Console 75hp. Mariner & 8hp. Kicker. $6500. 612-554-6725 or

2004 41' SportsCoach Elite. Fully equipped. 23,000K. Well-maintained. 3 slides. $100,000. 952-797-6264

2001 Camper, 5th wheel 2 slideouts, golfcart, shed $14,500. Excellent condition. Parked on beautiful wooded lot in Zumbrota, MN 612-7208683/ 612-599-0184

952-345-3003 1994 Harley Heritage Softtail, 26300k, all service records avail, extra set of pipes. $7500. Call Mike @ 612-309-6737

2005 Kawasaki 1600 Vulcan Classic with Vance & Hines pipes. New tires. 10,895 miles. Mint condition. $5900 Call (952) 934-7358

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1972 rare triple black 'Cuda, with high compression 340 HP. 727 slapstick tranny. Posirearend, PS, bucket seats, Recession reduced!! $42,500. 612804-4074


1986 BMW 528e, sunroof, 5 speed, 4 door, 2.7L, good tires, good body. Reduced to $1,250. 952-426-5657


1988, Cadillac Eldorado 78,000 miles. All original, with maintenance records. $6500. b/o 952233-2148



2000 Jaguar XJR. Well maintained. $9700 Silver and black interior, 83,000 miles. Call 612655-6680

Lincoln LS, 2003 Sedan. Original owner. Premium sound system, heated/cooling seats, keyless entry. Brand new tires. Excellent condition. $7991 612-5542405


1964 Chevy C20, 350 engine, 350 auto tranny, every bolt, nut, part replaced, or sandblasted and painted. 8K. REDUCED- $12,500. 952913-7808


1993 Ford Ranger, extended cab, topper, 102,000 miles. V6 AT. Great mileage, cold air, runs good. $2500. or b/o. 952-447-8169


2000 Ford Windstar LX 7 Passenger Van, 133,349 Miles. $2,250. 6 Cyl Engine, Automatic Runs and drives great. Craig 952-368-9689


1998 Dodge Stratus, 6 cyl, AT. 156K. $1,500. 952-445-6173

1988 Chev Monte Carlo SS T-Top, 305 HO Engine, original, fast, 69K, stored, like new. $9,900 or b/o. 952-445-6533, Gale


2007 Ford Focus. 5 speed, manual. 37 MPG 19k + miles. One owner, $10,500. 612-8400884

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Phil Juliano Phil Juliano of Chanhassen began drawing cartoons in 2004, when he brought home his new puppy. The pup was so entertaining that he had to create a comic strip based on his personality. Before that, he was drawing independent (read self-published) comic books with a friend under the imprint “Luchador Enterprises.” “My cartoon work has been printed in more than 30 publications over the years,” Juliano said by e-mail. “My comic strip is regularly published in the ‘Tidbits of Greater Carver and SW Hennepin Co.,’ and a bunch of newspapers, magazines and websites in North Carolina and New York. I also keep a website/blog which updates M-Th-Sat: www.bestinshowcomic. com. It also has a merchandise link — hint, hint!” Juliano, 39, is a newcomer to Chanhassen. He relocated with his partner Rachael, who is originally from the area, to be close to her family. Their household also includes his dog, Spencer, a chocolate Lab and inspiration for his comic strip, and Rachael’s dog Sierra, a golden retriever. “My primary project is my daily comic strip ‘Best In Show.’ It’s a humorous comic strip based on my own life, which makes it easy to come up with material. I just write about what’s going on any given day. That could include anything from going skydiving to commenting on a funny quip regarding hormone-free beef made by a friend. “As for my medium of choice, I work ‘old school.’ I draw on Bristol board with non-photo blue pencil and finish with Sharpies and pen and ink. I then scan the inks into PhotoShop for lettering and clean-up.” His work isn’t political. Instead, he focuses on his life and his friends and their foibles. What’s a typical day for a working cartoonist like? “Well, I’ve had this conversation with many a colleague and the answers vary greatly. For me, I try to finish the pencils and inks in the morning and scan and letter in the afternoon. Maybe work on another comic after that. Writing comes whenever the inspiration hits, so I keep a little notepad with me at all times. I have a schedule for each publishing deadline and keep track of all the ‘toons that I send to each editor.” Q: Who are some of the cartoonists you admired as a youngster or a teen and why? A: Hands down they are Bill Waterson (Calvin & Hobbes), Gary Larson (Far Side) and Mike Peters (Mother Goose & Grimm). Q: Who is/are your favorite cartoonist(s) today? A: I still follow Mike Peters and I like Darby Conley (Get Fuzzy), Scott Kurtz (PvP) and Dave Kellett (Sheldon). Mother Goose and Grimm is still in syndication so I still read it. Get Fuzzy gave me a taste of a new, more sarcastic and edgy comic strip featuring a fellow pet owner. PvP and Sheldon are amazing because they are web cartoons and the artists have created a successful business model that allows them to produce their comics and merchandise them without the restraint of syndication. And I met all these guys in person (except Darby Conley). Q: Is there anything you can’t draw? If so, what is it? A: Technical drawing. Motors, electronic devices, mechanical items with little bits that need to fit together perfectly. Ugh...*shudder* Bonus Q: When people find out what you do, do they ask you to draw them? A: Nah. I usually get a blank stare. See, most people don’t know how to respond to someone that says they’re a cartoonist. They have no frame of reference. Maybe an “Oh, that’s nice.” or “Ah...”. Unless they’re a little kid or a fan boy, then they ask you to draw Spiderman or Wolverine. Sheesh. —Unsie Zuege

See your photo here! We love to meet our neighbors, so if you or someone you know would be an interesting, whimsical, unusual, or quirky 3 Qs profile— think of a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker, or even a beloved pet, staff writer Unsie Zuege would love to chat them up. Don’t be shy! Contact her at (952) 345-6473 or


Jonathan Kim plays the piano as Menards patrons ride the moving sidewalks between the two floors.

Save big money, see grand piano Menards pianists tickle the ivories amid the plywood BY MICHELLE STEVENS

“It’s the Disneyland of home improvement,” said general manager Jim Deck. The Eden Prairie Menards features two levels of shopping joined by escalators, which is more of a moving sidewalk that goes from one floor to the other. Between those two escalators? A piano. During the week, the piano is on auto-play, but on weekends, Menards customers can hear recent high school graduates Davis Fischer and Jonathan Kim and recent college graduate April Kim tickling the ivories. According to Deck, having a piano player in the store has brought in more customers. They even had one guest call in and ask if they had escalators and a piano player to settle a bet. He attributed this to the fact that having a piano player is unique to the business and gives it a department store feel. According to Deck, the three students play varied styles, ranging from Elton John to Usher to Kiss. “Something [customers] can tap their feet to as they walk around,” said Deck. Jonathan J. Kim started working for Menards as the piano player in April. He has been playing the piano for 10 years and decided to play for Menards after his choir director recommended it. “I was like, why not?” he said. “I don’t have a favorite [style] but I like to play something that’s

loud and exciting,” Jonathan said. He plays his pre-prepared music during his shift on Saturdays and Sundays. This is Jonathan’s first piano job. “I just consider it another opportunity to play for people, if they listen,” Jonathan said. After he goes to college, he wants to continue playing on Saturdays at Menards. Davis Fischer starting playing piano at Menards in June. He said he chose to work at Menards because it was close to his house. If he could not get a job there, he was going to look at VonMaur and other stores with pianos. Fischer has been playing the piano for 12 years. Fischer said since he has played in settings with lots of people before, such as weddings and at church, he decided it would be easy to adjust to a store. According to Fischer, the three piano players choose their own music to play “with helpful suggestions from Jim, our manager.” He prefers to play improv jazz. “If a song is suggested and I have it, I’ll play it. Otherwise, I’ll write it down and try to fi nd it later,” Fischer said. “It’s an adjustment for me from what I usually do but it’s a lot of fun,” Fischer said. Fischer plans to attend North Dakota State University in the fall and major in electrical engineering. April Kim graduated in spring 2011 from St. Olaf as a piano performance major. She will be attending Cleveland Institute in the fall to major in solo piano performance. April has been playing piano for 18 years. According to April,

The shopping continues as Jonathan Kim plays during his Saturday shift at Menards. she wanted to get a job before grad school and her brother was working at Menards so April said she would love to play if there was an opening. “That’s what I want to do in my career, obviously,” April said. Her brother Jonathan talked to Deck and she has been playing for a little over a month. She will continue playing through the summer until she goes to grad school in the fall. April likes to play classical music. “I played Mozart once,” she said. She also plays Korean pop, what she described as cheesy background music. “I tend to play the calm lyrical styles,” April said. She has held collaborative jobs at St. Olaf, which is a more formal term for being an accompanist. April has also played for juries, weddings, recitals and other accompanying opportunities. She also had the opportunity to play at the Summer Music Camp at St. Olaf and Magnum Cho-

JOIN THE CHAT WHAT SONG WOULD YOU REQUEST FROM THE MENARDS PIANIST? SHARE YOUR COMMENTS. rum’s auditions this summer. While at St. Olaf, she went on two solo piano tours. Her sophomore year, she and nine other students went to Texas for a solo tour, and this year she and 10 other students had the opportunity to go to Seattle for a solo tour. Accordi ng to Deck, t he Eden Prairie Menards has had a piano player since it opened in February. The piano players can be heard from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday weekends and holidays at the Eden Prairie Menards, 12600 Plaza Drive, Eden Prairie.

Up or down, left or right, we can get there from here My hu s b a n d a n d I n h i g h scho ol , I went up north last many conversations weekend. Except we every spring re had to drive south to volved around hopes get there. and dreams of going We spent the weekdownstate – which, end with my brotherof course, meant the in-law and sister-instate basketball tourlaw, who live in the nament at the U of I. Chicago area but reIn college, especially cently bought a cabin during my fi rst year at Fox Lake, which is at Eastern Illinois about a two-hour drive University, many of north from their house. us still held strong FIND YOUR BURIED TREASURE From ours, it’s a sixt ie s a nd loya lt ie s hour drive in the other to our high school direction. teams, and as springIt was a great weekend, and other time rolled around, we talked about than the time we spent riding out the our high schools’ chances of making storms, we spent most of the weekend it to the tournament that year. What boating, swimming, laughing, and re- threw me for a loop was the first time laxing – everything you’re supposed a friend of mine talked about the posto do when you go up north, which sibility of his high school team going a columnist in the StarTribune re- upstate. It took a moment or two for cently described as more of a state of the word to register. In the split secmind than an actual location. I totally ond before my brain made the adjustagree with that assessment. And I’ve ment, my mind was trying to figure been having fun telling people we out what tournament he was talking were going up north, down south. about, and which northern Illinois Describing it that way made me town would have hosted it. think of a grand revelation that came I realized almost right away to me during my freshman year in that he was talking about the same college. basketball tournament I was. The



state championship was the state championship, period. And it was always held in the same place. It’s just that my friend saw it – and his high school team got to it – from a different direction. Naturally, I’d have known this all along if I’d ever given it a thought. But I never needed to. From the Chicago suburb where I grew up, “downstate” wasn’t a direction, it represented a place and an event. And it meant the same thing to everybody. Just like “up north.” It wasn’t until I was going to school with people who were looking at it from the other side that it occurred to me there was another point of view. This isn’t just a geographical phenomenon. It applies to other areas that can be looked at from different directions. 50-degree weather can feel like a balmy day or an Arctic blast depending on what season it is and what temperatures we’ve been experiencing most recently. A new dollar amount on our paycheck can make us feel either rich or impoverished, depending on whether it represents a raise or a cut in pay. Even something like time, which is a hard and fast measurement, can seem different from different

perspectives. After all, how long a minute lasts depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on. I think one of the big problems in the world today is that too many of us look at things from our own point of view and forget – or never take the time to realize – that the same facts, circumstances, or information can be looked at from the other direction, too. And that the view from the other side is just as legitimate and accurate as ours, even if it’s completely different, or simply coming from a different direction. Recognizing and acknowledging the point of view that others have doesn’t mean we have to change our own, or that we have to alter our beliefs, opinions, or sense of direction. It simply gives us a wider view of the world. It can also give us different ways for both looking at our problems and solving them. It can also help us in getting to that lovely and wonderful place – up north. No matter which direction we need to go in order to get there. Chanhassen resident Betty Liedtke is a writer, professional speaker, and Certified Dream Coach®. Visit her website at


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