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Villager Cable fee windfall Mediacom to pay city $625,000 BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

It’s what running a library system is all about these days. DiMassis is taking it in stride. “We always hear the question, ‘Who

An “inadvertent accounting error” that stretches back more than a decade will result in Mediacom paying the city of Chanhassen $625,000. Chanhassen city officials signed off on the agreement Jan. 9. Mediacom, which has a franchise agreement with the city to provide cable television service, is required to pay the city an annual franchise fee as well as a “PEG” fee, which supports public access, education and government programming. However, since 1988 when Mediacom entered into a franchise agreement with Chanhassen, no PEG fees have been paid. The PEG fee that was included in the franchise, which was a renewal of a pre-existing franchise operated by Triax Cable, called for Mediacom to make a monthly payment of 84 cents per subscriber for the PEG fee. Both city officials and Mediacom representatives said the non-payment of the PEG fee was simply an oversight. “Certain errors appear to have occurred early on during the franchise term and then simply compounded as the years went by with neither party aware,” according to a city legal briefi ng on the matter. The city has received a steady stream of funding from Mediacom for the franchise fee, which is a 5 percent fee based on Mediacom’s revenues. The annual franchise fee has increased from $150,000 in 2005 to more than $185,000 in 2010, according to Chanhassen Finance Director Greg Sticha. City officials said the annual franchise fees have been used to support public access government programs and equipment. The annual PEG fee, according to Sticha, should be about $44,000 currently. At Monday’s City Council meeting, Brian Grogan, an attorney representing the city, and Sticha detailed how the accounting error occurred and ultimately was discovered. In 2009, the city received its only PEG payment from Mediacom. That payment included nine months of back payments.

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Nick DiMassis is the new manager of the Carver County Library. “Carver County Library Services has a great reputation around the state,” DiMassis said. “I am very excited to be joining the team at a time of great change. My promise is this: Carver County Library will remain relevant to the needs of residents in the short and long term.”

Beginning a fresh chapter DiMassis takes over as new Carver County Library Services manager BY UNSIE ZUEGE

The DiMassis family spent part of Thanksgiving Day touring Carver County. Currently they live in Isanti, but were anxious to familiarize themselves with Carver County, where they plan to relocate. Just the day before, Nick DiMassis accepted Carver County’s offer to be the new Carver County Library Services manager. DiMassis steps into the position previously held by Melissa Brechon, who retired at the end of the December. The position of library director has been renamed to manager of

library services, to make it consistent with all other similar management positions in the county. DiMassis comes to Carver County after being assistant director for the state’s East Central Regional Library in Minnesota, where he managed 14 branches. He assumed his new job on Jan. 3. “We’re excited to have him come down here,” said Steve Taylor, administrative services division director for Carver County. “He’s been heavily involved with state library committees, projects and initiatives.” DiMassis office on the second floor of the Chaska City Hall building, directly over

the Chaska Library, is still bare bones. Yellow Post-It notes, helpfully left by Brechon, identify the contents of the fi le cabinets in his office. He points to an iPhone and iPad that the county has issued to him. The iPad takes the place of a conventional laptop computer.


Hockey rinks on the blink High temps turn winter upside down BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

Record high temperatures earlier this week have been a joy for some but a pain for ice-skating enthusiasts and others who enjoy traditional outdoor winter recreation. The city of Chanhassen announced this week that outdoor hockey rinks won’t be flooded anymore this winter, although flooding is planned on outdoor pleasure rinks. Unseasonably warm temperatures

have not permitted the hockey rinks to be flooded with enough frequency to create even a minimal layer of ice, according to the Chanhassen Park and Recreation Department. Todd Hoffman, Chanhassen director of Parks and Recreation, said it’s the first time since at least 1982 that the hockey rinks haven’t been open during the winter. City public works crews have been able to catch up on tree trimming and activities that don’t involve snow and ice, he said. Flooding will start again on the pleasure skating rinks in Chanhassen as temperatures cool and all warming houses will re-open by Saturday, Jan. 14 with normal scheduled hours. The pleasure skating rinks and warming houses will remain open until warmer temperatures and increasing sunlight

hours once again melt the ice. The story is similar in Chaska, where Park Director Tom Redman said it was the first time in 36 years that the city didn’t have rinks open this time of year. “This is not good for the outdoor enthusiast,” Redman said, “but the indoor ice at the Chaska Community Center has been doing a record business for open skate time.” There’s another weather record potentially on the horizon, according to the National Weather Service Office in Chanhassen. There has never been a winter where temperatures at reporting locations across the Twin Cities forecast area failed to drop below zero. A cold snap late this week could potentially erase that possibility.


Charlie Eiler, Brad Morse and Jerry Chalupsky, members of a city of Chanhassen Public Works crew, trim trees Jan. 10 near the entrance of Lake Ann Park. The mild winter has allowed city crews to spend more time whittling down their to-do lists.



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needs books?’� DiMassis said. “We’ve gone through that discussion before. Remember when everyone was talking about the paperless of fice? BusinessWeek wrote a cover story in 1975, that within five years we’d be a paper-less society. But instead, paper output doubled. As technology increased, it encouraged us to produce more of it (paper). “People always talk about the death of the library,� DiMassis said. “I’m not terribly worried about it. There is an idea that print and electronic media is in some sort of a battle when in fact print and electronic media are just containers for delivering content. “If patrons want their information on paper, we have it. If they want it electronically, we’ll deliver. It’s the content that’s impor-tant. And I also like to say that a library is more than just a warehouse for books. It’s much more than that. “If we look at it (the public library) through the lens of it being a community gathering place of opportunities,� DeMassis said, “it will continue to be relevant.� As assistant director of the East Central Regional Library, DeMassis initiated “Your Library,� an overview of the library system and its important role in a community to civic groups. He spoke to Lions Clubs through the East Central Regional Library area. He feels that the mission of Lions Clubs are especially aligned with that of libraries — in addition | Chanhassen Villager to the Lions’ valuable work in promoting vision and providing glasses for those who need them for sight and for reading, the Lions also promote literacy. DiMassis plans to continue similar outreach in Carver County. DiMassis is also enthusiastic in working with the Library Foundation of Carver County. “I’m looki ng for wa rd to reaching out to the community and working on raising the visibility of the library foundation (Library Foundation of Carver County),� DiMassis said.



I was in the children’s section. You have to be at an elite level because the kids are pulling books as fast as you’re shelv-ing them. It’s kind of a Sisyphean experience. But you don’t get annoyed, it’s the opposite. You see that the kids are so excited about the books. I loved seeing the reaction of kids coming into the library.

Unlike many who enter the library profession, Di Massis wasn’t a big-time library user. He studied history for his underg raduate deg ree, and considered teaching, or going on to graduate school. As he was considering next steps, his wife suggested library sci-ence. That’s what her sister was doing, and besides, they were already surrounded by books anyway. Boxes and boxes. Stacks and stacks. DiMassis admits he’s not so much a reader as he is a collector. “I was always interested in books, collecting and buying them even as a kid,� DiMassis said. “I’d go to estate sales for the books. I’d drive up to my friends’ houses and open up the hatchback of my car. ‘Look what I found!’ No one ever was as excited as I was. “I got my f i rst job as a shelver,� he said, “to make sure the environment fit my skills. And no, I didn’t find shelving boring. Ex-cept when

“I collect early American history,� DiMassis said. “I enjoyed reading them, and then collecting them. When we go on trips, it’s guaranteed we’ll be stopping in at least three book stores along the way. I don’t collect for value or fi rst editions, nothing like that but more content. “That’s probably why my wife suggested it (librarian). We’re surrounded by books. I remember when we moved some years ago. We fi lled more than 100 apple boxes and I donated a lot to a local festival at our parish. When they went on sale, I bought some back.� Moving his books is one aspect of moving to Carver County. He and his family plan to buy a home here. “We want to be in Carver County,� DiMassis said. “To advocate and fund-raise, to do the things I want to accomplish, I need to live in the county.�


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Nick Dimassis Age: 46 Title: Manager, Carver County Library Services Residence: Isanti, Minn.

Recipes for hot winter drinks

Hometown: Minneapolis

Now that winter and colder weather have set in, we want your recipes for soothing, hot drinks – alcoholic or not.

Family: Wife, Kris, and four children ranging in age from 5-15.

What drinks have you whipped up to counterbalance the below-freezing temperatures outside? What interesting liquid concoctions have thawed you after taking the dog for a walk, scraping the ice off your car’s windshield, or shoveling the driveway?

Education: Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, history; master’s degrees from Dominican University, River Forest, Ill.

Share your winter drink recipes with Chanhassen Villager readers; send one or more to Editor Richard Crawford,, before noon on Friday, Jan. 20. Include a photo if you like, and also your name, city of residence, and a daytime phone number. We’ll run some submissions online at and some in the Jan. 26 Villager print edition.

library and information science, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in management.

E-MAIL: PHONE: (952) 345-6471

Most recently: Assistant Director, East Central Regional Library (ECRL) Assistant Director, East Central Regional Library (2006-2011), one of Minnesota’s 12 regional


libraries. Professional profile/ experience, most recent: Prior experience: Minneapolis Public Library; Saint Mary’s University; and the Minnesota Historical Society. Recently served as Legislative Chair for the Minnesota Library Association (MLA).


Shakopee making late bid for Vikings stadium BY SHANNON FIECKE

Only a week into his mayorship, Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke announced he’s going after the Vikings. Tabke has called a press conference for Wednesday at the State Capitol to propose a site in Shakopee for a Vikings stadium. Tabke declined Tuesday night to state the exact location, but said the property owner has

signed a letter of intent to sell the property to the Vikings. This is the first time the property has been considered for a stadium. Although Arden Hills remains the team’s preferred site, Tabke said the Vikings are “excited� to have another plan in the mix. Tabke is expected to be joined tomorrow by Save The Vikes founder Cory Merrifield, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Claire Robling of Jordan, State

Rep. Michael Beard of Shakopee and Shakopee Chamber of Commerce President Angie Whitcomb. T abke s a id he wa s ap proached following the fall election by a developer with interest in the property and the details fell into place within the last five days. The property doesn’t carry the “baggage� of other sites proposed thus far, Tabke said, such as Arden Hills’ extensive environmental clean-up re-


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quirements. Nor does it require the same level of road improvements as that site. The proposal was put together in rapid pace when Gov. Mark Dayton called for all plans to be submitted to him by Thursday. The support of Robling and Beard are crucial, given their clout at the state Legislature. Both are also strong advocates of a Racino at Canterbury Park, which has been proposed to help fund a Vikings stadium.

“It was this payment that sparked the city’s interest in conducting an audit of payments due u nder the franchise,� according to a city report. Mediacom has been cooperative throughout the process, according to city officials. Phyllis Peters, Mediacom spokeswoman, described it as “an honest mistake on both sides which has resulted in an amicable agreement.� Peters said the fee error “is well outside of the norm of what we’ve ever seen. We do have all kinds of checks and balances.� T he cit y a nd Me d i ac om agreed to the settlement, which will resolve all past accounting matters. Sticha said Mediacom could have disputed some of t he unpaid fees due to statute of limitations. Peters said Mediacom had no desire to take the issue to court. “We and the city of Chanhassen wanted to get it resolved as quickly as possible and not go

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TO SEE MORE DETAILS ON THE ACCOUNTING ERROR through a protracted legal issue,� Peters said. Shortly after receiving the report, the City Council unanimously approved the agreement with Mediacom. According to the agreement, Mediacom will pay the city $625,000 within 30 days. There are no restrictions on how the city can use the money. For the time being, Sticha said, the money will be placed in the city’s cable TV fund. He said that city staff wi l l li kely discuss how to use the money with the City Council in greater detail later this year. The franchise agreement with Mediacom is up for renewal in Chanhassen in 2013. Peters said Mediacom, which has a tech center with 60 employees i n Cha n hassen, is planning to seek renewal of the franchise.



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County to vote on mussel plan The Carver County Board is planning to vote Jan. 24 on whether to implement a zebra mussel inspection program at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park for the upcoming boating season. The proposed program outlined by the county Park Director Marty Walsh would run from May to September and include seven seasonal inspectors who would educate boaters and inspect boats to ensure they aren’t transporting aquatic invasive species. The program, estimated to cost $31,000, would have costs split between Carver County and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. Inspectors would have the authority to issue civil citations to boaters, however, the primary focus of the program would be education, Walsh said. Carver County currently operates two public access sites: Lake Minnewashta Park and at Lake Bavaria in Chaska. Lake associations have been pushing for local governments to do more to prevent the spread of zebra mussels, which have infested Lake Minnetonka and Prior Lake but haven’t been confi rmed in any Carver County lakes. If the county approves the inspection program, it would be one of the first started by a county in the state. Not all county commissioners are backing the plan, however. Commissioner Jim Ische, of Norwood Young America, said he is not planning to support the plan. He said the enforcement is a state matter and it would be hard to justify why the county is spending resources directed at only one lake. — Richard Crawford

District 112 offers K-Spanish Beginning in September, District 112 will offer a new, all-day dual language program at the Kindergarten Center called La Academia. The program will include instruction in both Spanish and English. For this first year, enrollment will be limited to two sections of kindergarten students and two sections of

first-grade students, for a total of 50 students at each grade level. The program will be based on the same academic standards as all-English kindergarten programs. At the kindergarten level, 90 percent of instruction will be in Spanish. Posting for licensed elementary teachers proficient in both Spanish and English will begin this month. The program will have the same tuition, $3,600, as standard all-day kindergarten. It will also share the same hours and provided transportation as the all-day program. There is no fee for the first-grade classes. District officials will take ki nderga r ten applic ations through January. Parents interested in registering their child in La Academia next fall are required to attend one of four upcoming information meetings at the Kindergarten Center, 110600 Village Road, Chaska. The sessions are at 6 p.m., Jan. 16; 7:30 a.m., Jan. 17; 1:30 p.m., Jan. 18; 6 p.m., Jan. 19. For more information, go online at pdfs/112LaAcedemia.pdf.

benefits for the elderly and disabled in a program called “This is not your Mother’s Medicaid Program.” At 7 p.m. Jan. 19, Roger Grumdahl, financial planner and father of a “special needs” daughter, presents on advocacy and planning for families with “special needs” loved ones. At 7 p.m. Jan. 26, Christopher Hunt an estate planner, will answer questions about estate planning. Other offerings include knitting, Square Dancing, Gardening, Auto Care Basics, Senior Fitness, Yoga, Nutrition, Parenting Teens, Study of the Book of Faith: Philippians, Thrivent Financial offerings which include: Budgeting and Networth plus a class about finding financial balance for soon-to-be or new parents titled “We to Three.”. Pastor Josh Nelson returns to Family of Christ as the new senior pastor to “Tell My Faith Story” on Jan. 19 and 26. For registration and a complete listing of class descriptions and times, go to www. and click on J-Term 2012 or call the church at (952) 934-5659.

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Hannah Paine, a fourthgrade student at St. Hubert School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 4, , and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 24th annual National Geographic Bee. The Bee is sponsored by Google. For more information visit

This year is the 25th anniversary of “Week of the Family Child Care Provider.” The Carver County Licensed Child Care Association (CCLCCA) is accepting nominations for Carver County’s 2012 Family Child Care Provider of the Year. Each year the group honors one licensed family child care provider in Carver County. In addition to being recognized by the association, they attend and are honored at the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association’s Week of the Family Child Care Provider” banquet held May 5 at the Ramada in Bloomington. Criteria for being chose as “Family Child Care Provider of the Year” include: must have been a license family child care provider in Carver County for at least three years who has not received this award within the last 10 years; must exhibit special competency as a family child care provider; promote in-home licensed family child care in his/her community; demonstrate professional skills

Time to enroll in ‘J-Term’ 2012 Family of Christ Lutheran Church located at 2020 Coulter Blvd., Chanhassen, invites the public to free Wednesday and Thursday evening classes covering subjects ranging from financial fitness to theology. The Mission and Vision Endowment Committee at Family of Christ has arranged for the special presentations. At 7 p.m. Jan. 12, attorney Cathryn Reher will present on the maze of governmental

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in child care; have made a positive impact on the lives of young children; and may not have any pending negative licensing action. Anyone may nominate a licensed family child care provider of this award. “This is a wonderful way to honor the child care providers in our communities for all they do for the children they care for and their families,” stated a CCLCCA press release. To obtain a nomination form visit www.cclchildcare. org, or call Deb Templeman at (952) 657-2400. Nominations must be postmarked by Jan. 31.

Summer Camps at Three Rivers Registration for summer camps in Three Rivers Park District begins Jan. 13. At the camps, children will gain an appreciation for nature while participating in handson recreational, nature and cultural heritage programs, according to a Three Rivers press release. Three Rivers offers affordable day camps for children ages 4-15. Camp topics include nature exploration, outdoor recreation, golfi ng, fi shing, farming, and Minnesota history. Camps are offered at nature and visitor centers, golf facilities, The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park in Shakopee and Gale Woods Farm. Children must be in the age group indicated for each camp. Camp dates, times and fees vary. Reservations, prepayment and health waiver are due at least two weeks in advance of camp starting date; early reservations are recommended. Three Rivers Park District is committed to serving people with disabilities. Indicate any special needs at the time of reservation. Scholarships are available for qualified individuals. For more info, visit www. or call (763) 559-6700 to register.

City officials cool to no-fault insurance BY RICHARD CRAWFORD


Last February, a Chanhassen city water main break triggered sewage to back up into more than 20 homes in the Chanhassen Hills neighborhood leaving residents with sewage in their basements and some without adequate insurance coverage to pay for repairs. On Jan. 9, the Chanhassen City Council debated whether to add no-fault sewer back-up and no-fault water main break insurance to its insurance plan. T he coverage, of fered through the League of Minnesota Cities, would provide some financial assistance to residents affected by incidents such as the one last February. Residents who don’t have their own coverage for sewage back up or water main breaks can be left with nowhere to turn if the city is not found liable for water main breaks. City councilors, however, indicated they are not interested in pursuing the additional coverage. The options would allow the city to buy different levels of no-fault coverage. For $ 5,068 per year, the city could obtain $ 40,000 in insurance coverage for sewage backups on a per incident basis, meaning $40,000 would be available to all affected property owners if individual insurance policies don’t cover the cost. The insurance coverage for water main

DO YOU THINK THE CITY SHOULD PAY FOR ADDITIONAL SEWER LINE INSURANCE? breaks would be up to $250,000 per incident. The incident last February would have been eligible for the water main coverage, according to city staff. In addition to the annual premium, the city would also be responsible for a $2,500 deductible per incident. Councilor Denny Laufenburger spoke in favor of getting the add-on insurance to help with clean-up to remove health hazards; to reduce the potential for lawsuits against the city; and to give city staff a “tool” to address difficult situations. Currently, there are two incidents related to sewer and water main breaks that are being litigated, according to city staff. T he rest of t he cou nci l, however, had philosophical concerns about providing insurance coverage for private property. The council decided not to put the issue on an upcoming council meeting for consideration. A ssist a nt Cit y M a nager Laurie Hokkanen said there is typically one incident per year in Chanhassen in which a home is affected by a sewer or a water main break.

CORRECTION In the Jan. 5 issue, the story on page 1 about Minnetonka High School bloggers Abby Hanson and Rachel Yang. The story switched the two students’ career ambitions. Abby’s ambition is to be a veterinarian, specializing in horses.

Rachel’s ambition is to be a writer/journalist. The Villager is committed to providing accurate information. If you find an error or have a comment about a story, call Editor Richard Crawford at (952) 345-6471.

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It pays to monitor cable franchise The city of Chanhassen is fi nancially healthier today as a result of city staff pursuing a financial audit of the city’s cable TV franchise agreement. Without that audit, the city might still be humming along unaware that thousands of dollars – hundreds of thousands – were not being collected to support government programming. It does appear that procedural errors at the front end of the agreement, which dates back to 1998, simply weren’t caught and the error kept compounding until 2009, when Mediacom made the fi rst PEG fee payment in a decade. Mediacom, by all accounts, has been proactive and cooperative in resolving the problem and chose not to contest unpaid fees that may have extended beyond statute of limitations. The eye-popping $625,000 windfall for the city, however, should serve as another call to city officials to pay closer attention to the franchise agreement. Last spring, when some residents were raising questions about cable TV standards, the prevailing sentiment of the City Council was to take a hands-off approach and to let the

The $625,000 windfall should serve as a call to city officials to pay closer attention to the franchise agreement. cable TV provider handle its own issues. F ranchise ag reements allow cable companies to provide cable service in a city. Mediacom is the only provider in Chanhassen. In the 2010 community survey, a majority of survey respondents gave scores of “fair” or “poor” to the quality of service available in the community. For a city that takes great pride in quality of life, that fi nding should be cause to take action, not take a back seat. The agreement reached this week with Mediacom effectively puts an end to past accounting errors. However, the cable franchise agreement will be up for renewal next year. City officials should place a high priority on crafting a new franchise that can pave the way for the best service possible for residents.


“If you’re going to spend $15,000, do it for something that helps all lakes.” Carver County Commissioner Jim Ische, explaining why he’s against a plan to conduct boat inspections at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park.



Republicans will move ahead I’m writing in response to the editorial regarding the need for a fresh start in the Republican Party. While that sentiment has been addressed, and we have new leadership, I take issue with the suggestion that we leave social issues aside. The editorial suggests that due to the personal failings of some of our members, that this somehow undermines some of our platforms, like the defense of marriage, or that our party’s finances undermine our platform regarding fiscal responsibility. These notions are ridiculous. As to the Amy Koch affair, individuals falter. Her individual actions are not a reflection of the party as a whole. She actually did the right thing by resigning her position as a party leader. I remember a former president who was in a similar situation who chose a different path. Did Bill Clinton’s affair create an air of immorality for the Democrats as a whole? Imagine if every time a party member’s personal failing resulted in modifications to a party platform, what would any party have to stand upon? One can look at the some of the Green champions in the Democratic Party, and fi nd similar variances. Look at Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi’s extensive personal use of energy for example. Does their irresponsible use of energy undermine their Party’s platform regarding climate change? As to fiscal responsibility, we will, as a party, deal with our debts in a responsible manner. We will

not be looking for bailouts from government. I can’t speak to all of the details as to how we arrived at the level of debt, but it’s certainly not insurmountable. All of us as individuals go into debt at some point in our lives. Responsibility demands that we live up to the obligations to repay our debts, and not pass these debts onto our children. I don’t know when the state GOP will be back in the black, but almost certainly it will not be something with which we burden others. In fact our level of debt is less than our budgeted yearly income. Most people go into debt at a level outpacing their yearly incomes to buy homes. Does this make homeowners irresponsible? We see fiscal irresponsibility is at the federal level. As homeowners, we eventually pay off these debts. We don’t push this burden off onto our children. Can we say that at the federal level? Looking at the federal debt and what it means to future generations is not something to be ignored simply because our state party leadership went into debt. While I can appreciate the suggestions as to the right path forward, I think that’s up to us. As an organization, we recognize that individuals fall from grace. But as such, we have an obligation to maintain our standards, and to move on from distractions. Without convictions and standards, where would anyone be today? Sometimes you trip. Sometimes you fall. You get up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward, and that’s exactly what this party will do.


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The Minnesota learning curve BY BYUNG HAK LEE

As fall sets in and a cold breeze cuts a deep swath of empty feeling through my soul, my mood goes frail. This sentiment repeats every fall season without fail since my childhood. There must be a pathological term to explain this, which I do not know. My wife diagnosed that it was because I didn’t receive enough love and attention from my parents in my childhood, and her prescription was that I work hard to earn her love to compensate for the “lost love.” I must refute this, however, because all my siblings don’t seem to suffer from what I do. For my early years living in Minnesota, I kept complaining to my wife about the cold winters and thunderous, mosquitoridden summers, suggesting that we get out of here soon. Then, why have I not yet moved to any of the Sunbelt states? This is a Minnesotan mystery. It is not uncommon to find native Minnesotans who never ventured out to other parts of the nation. I even sense a certain fatalism from such people – as if the ver y t hou g ht of moving out defies their “goddess of the Minnesotan destiny.” I ronic a l ly, t he s u ic i d e r at e s i n T w i n C it i e s a r e lower than any of the major sunbathi ng cities. I n my opinion, one single sunny day of Minnesota is a good reason enough to make people happy and smiley in the streets and workplaces – Minnesotans have cultivated the understanding of appreciation! My co-worker, when in his late teens, used to be a crab fi sherman in the Arctic Ocean. He once told me that Minnesotan boys were the favorite to their employers because of their high work ethic and tenacity in savagely cold seas. It’s no wonder, considering what they had endured here! Unexceptionally, every winter, my wife and I talk about our dream of moving to Arizona or California. We know we aren’t going anywhere. It nevertheless provides us a sense of consolation that, only if we decide, we

CAN get out of Minnesota anytime for a “happier” life. We’ve been engrained as optimists! Yet, the true sustaining power that holds us here may be best summed up after we venture outByung Hak side the Minnesota Lee borders. Toward the end of our family vacations to the places like Hawaii and California, we eventually come to be homesick for our Minnesota, proclaiming, “It’s a nice place here for winter vacation, but not good enough to live.” Fifteen years ago when I was in Massachusetts looking for a job, I received a call from a recruiter working for my current company. I still remember her fi rst remark on the phone, “People in Minnesota are nice.” To be honest, the niceness of people was my least care at the time. I had been desperately looking for a job for five months so that I was ready to accept any job – even one like cleaning the bottom of Minnesota lakes in February. H owever, it didn’t take long to realize that once in Minnesota I was blessed with good people surrounding me: neighbors, pals and coworkers – that my recruiter was vindicated. Furthermore, here is a little secret to spill. Minnesota is also home to about 12,000 Korean-Americans, who came from across the nation and Korea. I hear often that Koreans in Minnesota are nice, probably nicer than those in any other states. The security system of the MinneapolisSt. Paul International Airport doesn’t scrutinize the character of newcomers, nor is Minnesota the destination where only good Koreans choose to live. The fact is that they are assimilated to the culture and the nicety of the Minnesota natives. As I decided to explore Minnesota, I asked my coworkers about where to visit. They all recommended going to Duluth, saying that I’d see an ocean-

“One single sunny day will be good enough to make Minnesotans happy and smiley in the streets and workplaces – Minnesotans have cultivated the understanding of appreciation!”

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like lake with real waves. However, I knew about the sea. I had been raised alongside the ocean and had just come from Boston where my frequent resting place had been Newport for fishing and beaching. I didn’t want to be faked by a pseudo-ocean. It took me 12 years to visit Duluth for our family trip. Our family really enjoyed the place, and we still reminisce about the trip. It surely was an ocean, just with fresh waters. Another lesson learned: Don’t waste time to appreciate the life that Minnesota has to offer. I perceive that Minnesota represents the contemporary American voice and place: geographical center, sensible viewpoints, home of many fortune 500 companies, profound art and science activities, best hospital system, University of Minnesota, etc. I also observed that Minnesotans are frequently interviewed for opinions on the current affairs by national media. The people have compassion, and our political perspectives know how to meet at balanced points when two principles conflict – true in my remote memories. That’s why we have always thrived under the harsh testing of the Mother Nature. Texans’ hospitality may come from a certain pride and sense of superiority. However, Minnesota nice is based on its genuine openness. We often feel, especially during winter, a sense of being trapped inland and bored. Visitors from the outside world will receive an openarmed welcome. Recently, my best friend in Korea called me. After we fi lled the gaps of years, I asked him, almost begged, “Please come visit me, you only need to buy airfare and all other expenses will be on the house.” He then asked, “What can I do if I am in Minnesota? ” After moments of silence, I fi nally came up and told him, “Imagine this in your mind. 20 degree below temperature, you go out to the middle of a lake, take your coat off in a fi shing hut on the top of ice, warming yourself with cans of beers, talking and laughing with your friends, in anticipation of catching the world’s best looki ng f ish ca l led Wa l leyes. T here are no other places like this in the world.” Believe it or not, despite my hard sales pitch, he didn’t bite! Byung Hak Lee is a 15-year Chaska resident who also works locally as an engineer.

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LIVESREMEMBERED Bill Katz Bill Katz, 58, of Marine on the St. Croix passed away quite suddenly and unexpectedly at home on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. Survived by Rachel Powers, Patti Katz, Ervin and Diane Feller; three cousins and his beloved dogs, Buddy and Sherlock. Bill has an M.S. and Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry, an M.B.A. in Finance, authored many articles and spoke throughout the world. He was also a respected scientest and businessman in the Twin Cities. At leisure, he loved to cook, travel, watch movies, read, play Scrabble and cribbage and spend time with his dogs. Memorial gathering Friday, Jan. 13, 6-8 p.m. at: Eden Prairie Chapel 952975-0400. 7625 Mitchell Rd. (1 block N. of Hwy 5)

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“I wanted to live in the moment,” he explained. “I didn’t understand it until I was on the bike – then I was soaking it in, every minute, every day.” To make it out to the west coast and have enough time to explore before coming back to Minnesota for Thanksgiving, Carlson opted to fly from Atlanta to Denver. Those miles don’t factor into his impressive 6,600-plus mile total. “I don’t care about the miles,” he said. “ O n c e you get used to the mental part, the mi les don’t me a n a nything at all.”

Carlson, a 2000 Chaska High School graduate, originally embarked on his bicycle adventure wit h longti me friend and Victoria resident Luke Earley. The duo bi ked together through the Upp er M idWRITING west, i nto Shane Carlson Canada and Carlson Bicyclist down the wrote about Eastern seahis trip on a board all the way to Charlottes- blog entitled “The Side of the ville, Va. before Earley bowed Road.” He detailed the unusual out, leaving Carlson to go it places he slept (like the rafters alone. of a shed in an old abandoned “The best part of the trip c a mpg rou nd), t he st ra nge happened soon after,” Carlson things he saw (like the giant, admitted. “It was so much more nondescript turnstile to allow empowering.” American bicyclists to cross The more introverted Carl- the border at Tijuana, Mexico) son, who had deferred to the and the interesting people he outgoing Earley to chart their met (like the world’s nicest course, fi nd lodging and keep man he couldn’t quite shake in them on pace, was suddenly Wyoming). forced to take matters into his “Writing was part of being own hands if he wanted to finish alone,” he said. “There wasn’t what they had started. anybody to talk to. You live mo“The biggest thing I learned ment to moment all day long and was that I was capable of decid- then you write at night.” ing to do things and then do But on Day 115 in an entry them,” he said. called “Development,” CarlOn his own, Carlson adopted son’s blog begins to read less a more leisurely pace than the like a travelogue and more 80-, 90-, 100-plus-mile days he like a novel. It was then, in and Earley had been tackling Port Angeles, Wash., that he together. encountered a brunette named “Some days I went 12 miles,” Amelia. She was biking from he said. Alaska to Argentina as part of Carlson took the time to stop a peacekeeping mission called when something interesting Bike for Peace. caught his eye – like the offer to For nearly a month the two ride on a monster truck for $5 in made their way down the Parural North Carolina – or to ful- cific Coast before parting ways. fill a crazy dream – like riding Carlson freely admits that he down a road in Glacier National believed Amelia would be the Park at 45 mph only to jump off happy ending to neatly wrap up a cliff into a glacier-filled pond his epic adventure. at the end. “I thought it would launch my “You don’t get to do that thing epic story,” he said. “I thought it every day,” said Carlson his would be unavoidable.” red beard parting to reveal a Even without a neat ending, nostalgic smile. Carlson hopes to turn his adven-

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tures into a book. “I have to,” he said. “I don’t want to piss it away. “I want to make it count for my identity.” And if this 6,000-plus mile, 25 -state, 3-country journey wasn’t enough material for a book, Carlson isn’t ruling out

another trip. “If I could learn Spanish, I’ll go down to South America,” he said. Seeing the world at his own pace and on his own terms has brought Carlson to a certain level of understanding. “This is what’s worth dying for.”

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LIGHTNINGbOLT A salute to students of Chanhassen High School involved in arts, athletics and academia

Student newspaper mixes electronic media with print BY UNSIE ZUEGE


oom 102W is headquar ters for the Chanhassen High School school newspaper a nd ye a rb o ok . Newspaper and yearbook are elective classes that can be taken by any student who has taken the prerequisite Intro to Journalism class. The classroom is fi lled with nearly two dozen students. On a recent day, after a briefing by Mrs. Nelson, Chanhassen High School’s student newspaper and yearbook advisor, the students break out into small groups to continue working on assignments, or head out the door for an interview or photo assignment. The Storm Scribe newspaper staff has gathered to talk about their student newspaper. The first edition was completed, printed and distributed in December. While the yearbook staff enjoys at least a dozen or so members, the newspaper has one editor, Kaitlin Hellendrung, and four reporters—junior Dakota Erlanson, senior Austin Weigel, senior Kaisi Haarstad, and junior Alexis Immerman. The Scribe was launched when Chanhassen High School opened in 2009. In the fi rst two years, it was published in print only. This year, the Scribe is also available online. According to Brie Nelson, the newspaper advisor, the staff is using an online content management system and web

The newspaper staff uses computers in the school’s computer lab to write, edit, and lay out their print edition, and to upload their electronic version. From left, Dakota Erlandson, Austin Weigel, Kaisi Haarstad, and Alexis Immerman. Not pictured is editor Kaitlin Hellendrung. host called The company, My High School Journalism, is a free online/digital hosting for youth-generation news. A visit to org describes it as a hub for 3,976 youth news sites. Putting a student newspaper out is easier now that students first learn the basics in the Intro to Journalism class, Nelson said. “Until the two high schools split, students could join the newspap er a nd ye a rbook s staffs without taking a journalism class first,” Nelson said. “It was actually more difficult for students because they were learning basic skills as they were putting out the paper or working on the yearbook. “When we became two high schools, we had a curriculum adjustment, and that’s when we

The first issue of the Storm Scribe was published in December, 2011. It featured stories questioning school parking fees, solved the mystery of the school tunnel, and described what homeowners are doing to stop the spread of zebra mussels.

required Intro to Journalism as a prerequisite,” Nelson said. “Now, before anyone can join the newspaper or yearbook, they have to complete that one semester class.” It also explains why the newspaper staff is so small this year. “We have students interested but they haven’t been able to fit the Intro class into their schedules,” Nelson said. “But we have a number of students who are finishing that class first semester—which ends Jan. 20, and they’ll be able to join the staff second semester, which begins Jan. 24.

TRIAL AND ERROR The Scribe staff is a young one. Of t he fou r repor ters gathered in the room, only senior Austin Weigel has been on staff in previous years. His beat is sports. Junior Dakota Erlanson covers sports, too. Senior Kaisi Haarstad and junior Alexis Immerman debuted in the fi rst issue with a story revealing the story behind the mystery tunnel that leads to nowhere on the school g rou nds. K aisi and A lexis consider themselves general assignment reporters, game to cover anything and everything except sports. The two also dabbled with video. “We both went to the tunnel, trading off the camera,” Alexis said. “I was narrating and I wasn’t looking and toppled into the stream. She fi lmed it. People should log on.” “We’re so understaf fed,” Kaisi said. “That’s why we were only able to get one issue

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They cover all the news that’s fit to print. Brie Nelson’s newspaper students published their first edition of the Storm Scribe in December. The issue is noteworthy as it came out in print and for the first time, online. The staff includes, from left, Kaisi Haarstad, Alexis Immerman, Austin Weigel and Dakota Erlandson. Not pictured is editor Kaitlin Hellendrung. out so far this year. “ The sta f f published that paper fi rst online. The print version was available a week later. Publishing online has been another new challenge for the staff. “It’s trial and error,” Kaisi said, “and if we can’t figure something out there’s a wonderful guide online.” But the biggest challenge is marketing the newspaper and making students aware of the printed and online versions. “We have a scrolling bulletin board in the commons that we’ve used to publicize the paper and online,” Alexis said. Surprisingly, the staff said

they’ve received the most feedback on their fi rst newspaper from parents. “I’ve gotten surprising feedback,” Kaisi said. “Parents read it.” When they brainstorm what they’ll write about, they ask themselves, “Would I want to read this?” “And if you don’t, what’s the point?” Alexis said. In addition to paying attention to what classmates are talking about in between classes, by their lockers, and at lunch, the staff uses Facebook. “The students have found that it’s great way to get comment s f rom k id s,” Nel son

said. “Kids are more honest when you ask them a question about something on Facebook,” Kaisi said. Alexis agreed. “A lot of kids don’t have e-mail or extended data plans,” Alexis said. “So they use Facebook instead. And anyway, why would you use e-mail. It’s just alerts and notifications about your Facebook anyway.” The popularity of Facebook has prompted them to look at setting up a Storm Scribe Facebook page. “Everything will work out for the best,” Kaisi said, “if we consider all the options.”

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LIGHTNINGbOLT A salute to students of Chanhassen High School involved in arts, athletics and academia

Nationally known pros join students at jazz fest Chanhassen High School will host District 112’s 18th Annual Community Jazz Festival on Feb. 3 - 4. Featured this year are the spectacular talents of guest performers Bruce Thornton, woodwinds, and Dave Schmalenberger, drums. Both of these nationally known professional performers will also double as clinicians for the events and activities. T he public is i nvited to attend many of the events, culminating with the Finale Concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at Chanhassen High School. There is no admission (this is a change from the past) for Saturday night’s concert. A freewill donation will be taken after the concert to support the festival. The festival format once again promises to provide tremendous opportunities for the students of District 112. The event kicks off Friday morning with two vibrant, dynamic and educational concerts for all 700-plus fi fth graders featuring favorite tunes of the Swing Era. Several middle and high school students will attend these concerts as well. T he fe st iva l c ont i nue s on throughout Friday and Saturday with woodwind and percussion workshops for middle and high school students, as well as improvisation clinics and performances by all of the district’s jazz ensembles. Friday night will include a n op en “ ja m s e s sion” at Ch a n h a s s en H i g h S cho ol . Jazz combos from District 112 schools, as well as members of the Valley Jazz Big Band will perform alongside Thornton a nd Sch ma lenberger. T his event is tentatively set for 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3. The highlight of the weekend undoubtedly will be the Jazz Festival Finale Concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Chanhassen High S cho ol T he at er. T h i s c u lminating event will feature the student ensembles from Middle Schools East and West,

18th annual jazz festival WHAT: District 112’s annual community jazz festival WHO: Guest performers Bruce Thornton and Dave Schmalenberger, District 112 students, grades 5-12, and the Valley Jazz Big Band. Performances: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, Open Jam session with guest musicians and the Valley Jazz Big Band 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, Jazz Festival Finale Concert. Free, open to the public. WHERE: Chanhassen High School Auditorium, 2200 Lyman Boulevard, Chanhassen FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Paul Festival Coordinator Paul Swanson at (952) 556-3536. Also check festival website for updated schedules and more information— http://cns.district112. org/chanhassenhs/ instrumentalmusic/. P ione er R id ge, a s wel l a s Chanhassen and Chaska High Schools. The most anticipated p er for m a nc e of t he n i g ht promises to be that of The Valley Jazz Big Band. It is with this powerhouse of local talent that the community can hear the spectacular musicianship of this year’s Jazz Festival guest stars. F o r m o r e i n fo r m at i o n , please call Festival Coordinator Paul Swanson at (952) 556-3536. Check in at the festival website (http://cns.district112. org /cha n hassen hs /i nst r umentalmusic/) for updated schedules and more information.


Jared Zingsheim drummed for the Chaska II jazz ensemble at last year’s jazz fest. The jazz fest event provides students with clinics, workshops and opportunities to jam with the school district’s best.

Zach Spielberger and the Chaska High School II saxophone section performed during the Jazz Festival clinic.

Music teacher Eric Songer, at far right, led the Chaska Middle School West Seventh/ Eighth-Grade jazz ensemble through their clinic session last February.

Concert inspired by Scandinavian myth

A Musical Collage WHAT: Music concert

Music students from Chanhassen High School will present “A Musical Collage” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Chanhassen High School Theater. There is no admission charge.

The featured ensemble will b e t he S y mphon ic Wi nd s. The highlight of their performance will be Andrew Boysen’s “Twilight of the Gods.” This piece depicts the story of Ragnarok, the end-of-the–

world myth from Scandinavian Mythology. It was written in conjunction with and to accompany the computer animated graphic depiction of the myth created by visual artist Erik Evenson.

Several student solos and ensembles will also be performing during the evening, i nc lu d i n g s t r i n g s , pi a no, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

WHO: Chanhassen High School music students WHERE: Chanhassen High School Auditorium, 2200 Lyman Boulevard, Chanhassen

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Page turners: Readers chime in on book recommendations


ooking for a good book? We challenged newspaper readers to answer a question – “What’s the best book you read in 2011?” – and some of your responses are on this page. We received a range of recommendations, from a book on how to turn back one’s biological clock to a World War II tale of Leningrad museum artifacts. Perhaps the reader advice published here will motivate you to buy a book or two, hunker down during the winter months ahead, and either learn, explore or be entertained by turning one page after another. Our thanks once again to all the readers who shared their thoughtful book recommendations.

Two stories share contrasting experiences Here are a couple books I read in 2011: “The Madonnas of Leningrad,” by Debra Dean.. By way of saving the contents (madonnas) of the Hermitage museum during WWII, this novel informs the reader of t he i ntense hu n g e r a n d cold the peasants endured in Leningrad. It makes hunger and cold unforgettable. “Waiting for White Horses,” by Nathan Jorgenson, a Minnesota author. This novell is a sweet read. Every character I would like t o k now b etter and would l i ke t o h ave for my neighbor. The two dentists value their friends h ip, wh ic h has g rown through seasons of duck hunting in northern Minnesota. I have never been duck hunting, but this read certainly makes it enticing.

Barbara Colhapp Chaska

‘The Wife’s Tale’ by Lori Lansens The best book I read in 2011 was “The Wife’s Tale” by Lori Lansens: Mary Gooch’s husband quietly e leaves her on the h eve of their 25th wedding anniversary, which catapults Mary onto a path of tremendous self-discovery and personal g rowth. The premise sounds sad and it is. However, it is exciting and wonderful to watch Mary’s metamorphosis as the story unfolds. I fell in love with Mary Gooch – her courage, her strength and her humanity. I hated to see the story end!

Tory Brogan Eden Prairie

‘Nothing to Envy’ by Barbara Demick North Korea is a country I knew nothing about; the people, the politics, the culture. This book sheds a little light on this dark, hidden country by following the lives of a few people. It’s interesting to have this insight with the recent events occur-

ring there and the few images the government allows to be seen. While a shor t read, it is engaging and made me appreciate the sma l l liberties I take for granted.

J. Boevers Chanhassen

‘Football Wife: Coming of Age with the NFL as Mrs. Karl Kassulke’ by Jan Thatcher Adams, M.D. I read a lot of books, good, bad, and in-between. “Football Wife: e Coming of Age with the NFL a s M r s . K a rl Kassulke,” by Jan Thatcher Adams, M.D., is a good book published i n 2011. This is a memoi r. A l l memoir writing is self-serving. The requirement for memoir is telling the Truth. Emily Dickinson in poem 1129 says: Tell All the Truth but tell its slant Success in Circuit lies She ends her poem with these lines: The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind Jan Adams told her Truth. Some of her candor may be shocking and disturbing to some readers, but she conveys an understanding and kindness about this time of her life. Reading this book will be an insightful learning experience. The family photos included tell an inclusive story. As a good memoirist should, Dr. Adams puts enough in and leaves enough out of her story. She allows us to read in well as read out in this well-crafted memoir.

Tom Dubbe, Ph.D. Shakopee

‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ by Garth Stein I loved thiss b o o k ! Ve r y readable, it is an intriguing story told from the perspective of a wise and insightful dog who wants badly to be a hu ma n. He loves his family and is heartbroken by what he observes and cannot share.

‘Younger Next Year’ by Crowley and Lodge My husband and I recently read “Younger Next Year” by Chris Crowy ley and Henry S. Lodge. Crowley is a 70-plus retired at t o r n e y. H e shares ideas, attitude and inspiration about living long and st rong du ring “the last third” of our lives. Lodge is an internal medicine doctor who shares the science behind the theory that if we stay active (meaning aerobic exercise five to six days per week and active involvement in family and community), our body continues to grow rather than decay, as we’ve been conditioned believe. By following this program, the authors suggest you can avoid 70 percent of the decay and 50 percent of the illnesses and injuries associated with getting older. Published in 2005, the book is humorous and empowering all at once. Good information about a healthful diet, too, all told in a practical, funny tone. It was a really excellent read for this time of life and the beginning of the New Year. “Younger Next Year” and “Younger Next Year for Women” are available at the Scott County Library as hardcover and audio book.

Barb Tieben Jordan

‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins The best books I read in 2011 were “The Hunger Games” series books by Suzanne Col-lins. I loved these books. T hey are fast-paced. They have act io n a n d r o mance. The characters were re a l ly good. They were page turners. They never got boring. I couldn’t put them down. I can’t wait for the movies!

Alex Wagner Age 14 Student at St. Michael’s School in Prior Lake

Suspenseful books are best I actually have two books that I loved in 2011: “ T he Hu nger Ga mes” series books. I loved these books because they had a lot of action and suspense. I also loved the book “I Am Number Four” by Pit t acus Lore. It had a lot of action and suspense and kept you turning pages.

‘Safe from the Sea’ by Peter Geye I really loved Ann Patchett’s

Chaska Middle School East eighth-grader book choices read because 13 different people were blamed for a girl’s suicide and each of the teens do not know why or how they are involved – intriguing and keeps you reading.

I recommend the book, “We Will Always Have Summer,” by Jenny Han. It is a great romance book that will keep you fl ipping the pages! You never know what is going to happen next!

“Shoeless Joe and Me,” by Dan Gutman: This book is an easy read and it is funny. It is about a boy that can travel though time with baseball cards. This is a series that teen boys will defi nitely want to check out.

Carly Kriesel

Kirsten Haugen “13 Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher: I thought this book was very fun to

book to eighth-graders and highschoolers.

Jessie Ireland “Pretty Little Liars,” by Sara

Paige Hall Shepard: I like this book because

Preston Hasting I recommend: “Hunger Games” series, of course! (“Catching Fire” was my fav); “Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire”; “Mysterious Benedict Society” because these books are perfect for engaging teenagers.

“If I Stay,” by Gayle Forman: I like this book because it is so suspenseful that you never want to put it down. The girl protagonist (she is in a coma) has to make a choice of whether she wants to go back to earth and fi nish living her life or go and join her family in the afterlife. It is also very romantic. I would recommend this

Most of the books on my list were published prior to this year. However I did read them this year. “The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak. An interesting look at German life during World War II from the perspective of the main character, “Death.” “Reading The OED: One Man, One Year, 21730 Pages,” by Ammon Shea. The author read the OED in one year and reveals to the read very unique words that are not commonly read. Fun book to read. “The Cigar Maker,” by Mark McGinty: I enjoyed reading about Cuba and Cuban migration into Tampa, Fla. “Alas Babylon,” by Pat Frank. Published in 1959. An amazing post-apocalyptic novel written during the Cold War era. “Cutting for Stone,” by Abraham Verghese: A complex story of two brothers who are raised in an orphanage in Ethiopia. “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void,”

other book that rates on the top of my 2011 list is by a Minnesota author, Peter Geye. The title is “Safe from the Sea.” It is set on a northern lake not far from Superior where a college professor visits his dyi ng fat her and hears the true story of the father’s experience on an ore boat that goes down in a gale on Superior. The son comes to understand his father’s life and in the process come to terms with his own life.

Phyllis Bofferding Eden Prairie

‘Billy Oliver Holding on to Memories’ by Charles Peters This is the type of book that once you start reading it, you don’t want to put it down until you get to the last page. A book that is w e l l w r it t e n and easy to read, readers find themselves living in the “moment” wit h you ng Bi l ly. W hen Billy laughs, readers fi nd themselves laughing out loud, when Billy cries, readers fi nd it is hard to keep a dry eye. The story has emotional ups and downs and ends with an inspirational high that is satisfying to readers.

Charles Peters Eden Prairie

‘Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce’ by Kent Nerburn

Kate Wagner Best book I read in 2011: “Chief Age 14 Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Student at St. Michael’s School Perce,” by Min-in Prior Lake nesota authorr

Joyce Goff “State of Wonder” and it is partially Savage set in Eden Prairie, Minn. But an-

The following book reviews are from Chaska Middle School East eighth-graders, submitted by language arts teacher Leslie Geissler, and media specialist Venisha Bahr.

Good reading noted

I watch the show and it’s very dramatic. It also has a lot of suspense. Teen girls who like series books and like chick lit will want to read these books.

Morgan Ingram “The Last Song,” by Nicholas Sparks: This would be a great book to read if you like summer romances with some tragedies. It may be a little sad at times but that’s what makes the book interesting. It also shows how a rebellious teenager fi nds herself again and becomes really close with her dying dad over the summer. Hope you read it!

Michaela Spielberger

Kent Nerburn. Meticulously researched a nd beautifully written, it is the story of a brave and c omp a s sion ate man who leads what is left of his people over the mountains and across the prairies while pursued by the U.S. Army and all the resources the government can summon. Nerburn clarifies the myths and misconceptions surrounding this great Native American leader whose tribe is deprived of the homeland they have possessed for centuries. Shortly before discovering this book last winter, I was returning from the West Coast and found myself on a deserted mountain road at night with an empty tank of gas. Miraculously there was a resort still open with a gas pump. The owner said this happens all the time. Later in reading the book I was surprised to learn that I had followed the same route as Joseph and his tribe in their flight. I prefer to think it was his spirit that looked out for me and that he still guides lonely travelers in need of help on their way home.

John Miles Shakopee

‘Long Walk to Freedom’ Autobiography of Nelson Mandela The best and most interesting book I read during 2011 is “Long

by Mary Roach. This was a funny book about space exploration, astronaut training. “Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel,” by Jim Kosmo. John Kriesel was a member of the Minnesota National Guard and was stationed in Iraq. “Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod,” by Gary Paulsen. This is about the author’s decision to run the Iditarod. Honestly, this is not a topic that I would normally select to read but this in the top-five favorite books that I’ve read.

Jody Brennan Shakopee Walk to Free-dom,” the au-tobiography off Nel s on M a n dela. It covers his entire life, his youth, his rise into notoriety as a leader among the ANC (African National Congress), his persecution and three decades in prison and his eventual election as the president of South Africa. This book defines what a true leader is – I wish more of our elected leaders would demonstrate similar leadership.

Matt Sasse Prior Lake

‘The Clockwork Angel’ by Cassandra Clare The Chaska High School Hawk’s Nest Book Club just fi nished reading “The Clock-wo rk A n g e l” by Cassandra Clare with rave reviews. T hi s b o ok i s the prequel to Clare’s popular “Mortal Instruments” series, and it is written in the steampunk (think Sherlock Holmes/Victorian era with supernatural and sci-fi elements) genre. Tessa Gray, 16, travels from America to London to join her brother, who has fallen under the influence of the supernatural underworld of London and plans to turn her over to the Dark Sisters who kidnap her in order to develop her previously unrealized ability to change shape into another person. Only the half-angel Shadowhunters can save her and protect her from those in the Underworld who wish to exploit her powers. The paranormal romantic triangle keeps the story moving along quickly, but some of the more predictable elements of the plot created a lively discussion among the avid readers of the book club! Want to see other great titles teens across the country are reading? Join us in reading some of the choices from YALSA’s (Young Adult division of the American Library Association) Top 25 Nominees at teenstopten/ttt11.

Lisa Gearman CHS Hawk’s Nest Book Club

‘For Love of Lakes’ by Darby Nelson I read the book “For Love of Lakes” by Darby Nelson, a professor at A noka-Ramsey Community College, an aquatic ecologist and lakeprotection activist. The book engagingly challenges us to consider both our relationship with lakes and how our choices affect their future. It’s about lakes going way back to early humans, to Henry David Thoreau’s experience on Walden Pond, Concord, Mass. in 1845, and present times. He talks about the current state of our lakes and what we can do to preserve and improve them.

Steve Pany Prior Lake

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A fine line between hockey and life For the most part, no one on the ice knew Benilde-St. Margaret sophomore Jack Jablonski. Players on the Chaska and Chanhassen hockey teams may have been Facebook friends with him, or known guys on the Red Knights team that played with him. Still, less than a week after Jablonski was severely injured in a head-on collision with the boards during a junior varsity game Dec. 31, the District 112 teams got together to honor the brave young man who has been told he will never play hockey or even walk again. Before Thursday’s game, the two teams made a circle around center ice and held a moment of prayer. On each bench, a No. 13 jersey hung to honor Jablonski. In the crowds, students and fans wore white a nd even one Cha n hassen student had #JABS written on his T-shirt. And while the game was onesided with Chanhassen coming out on top 8-0, the fi nal difference didn’t seem to matter. For two-plus hours, the Storm and Hawks were able to enjoy what they love the most – the game of hockey. “All of the kids read the paper and the internet and so do the coaches and I know a lot of the people – the coaches of the Benilde and Wayzata sides. It’s tragic and I think the kids realize that and see that. We talked about hockey and life having a fi ne line between them in how competitive do you get before it turns into you’re out of control,” Chaska Head Coach Mike Johnson said. The big star of the game was Chanhassen senior Connor Kelly, who scored three goals with the word #JABS etched

his close friends. When that happens to someone it’s like it happened to someone in your family because we are all so close in hockey,” Chanhassen senior Eric Bigaouette said.




on the blade of his stick. “I had no goals two games ago and then last game I had # JA B S on my st ick a nd I got a goal in that game and three more tonight so maybe he’s watching over us,” Kelly said. The game though was a lot more than a hat trick to Kelly and the other players on the ice. It was a way to honor a brother. “We didn’t know him, but the hockey community is really tight. When one kid goes down, we want to show him the kind of support we can. That’s what the stick was all about. It was to honor a kid that won’t be able to walk or skate and play the game he loved. We’re just trying to do anything to show him the suppor t he needs. Twitter is a big thing right now and I thought writing #JABS on the stick would help him a bit,” Kelly said. “It was a win for Jablonski. We wanted to honor him. Coach Wilson said before the ga me to not (celebrate) as individuals, but (celebrate) as a team. Hockey is a kind of brotherhood sport. I have a few connections with guys that play with Benilde and some of

Jablonski’s injury, which occurred during a junior varsity game between Benilde-St. Margaret and Wayzata Dec. 31, left the sophomore paralyzed in almost his entire body below his neck. Neurosurgeon Dr. Walter Galicich said in a news conference Jan. 5 that he does not expect Jablonski to regain any movement back in his legs or left arm. Last weekend, though, Jablonski did move both arms – something that was not expected wit h his prognosis. The injury provided a teaching moment for both Johnson and Wilson. “We talked about if you see someone’s back, don’t hit him. There’s a reason for checking – it’s to separate someone from the puck, not to try to hurt him,” Johnson said. “We met with the JV team and coaches and then with my team as well and we just said clearly the message is you don’t want to be on either end of a play like that. I think the sport has gotten sloppy. There were three or four hits (Thursday) that I thought shou ld have been called. The NHL game has gotten sloppy, too,” Wilson said. “I think people get careless because it doesn’t happen very often that people get hurt like this, but when it does it’s traumatic. I feel bad for his family and I feel for the Wayzata kids because they’ll never been the same, too.”


Connor Kelly didn’t know Benilde-St. Margaret sophomore Jack Jablonski, but that didn’t stop the Chanhassen senior from honoring him during the Jan. 5 tilt with Chaska. Kelly wrote #JABS on the blade of his stick for the hockey player who was paralyzed during a game Dec. 31.

#JABS The outpour of support for Jablonski has been tremendous. As of late last week, his Facebook account had more than 43,000 likes. His CaringBridge site has had more than 200,000 views. On Twitter, more than 6,700 people were following Pray_For_Jabs. “Playing for #jabs tonight along with the rest of my team. Never taking a shift off because

I know Jack would love to be in our spot playing,” said Minnetonka junior Vinni Lettieri before the Jan. 3 win over Eagan 4-2. The Shakopee girls hockey team even posted a picture on Twitter with the team wearing all white with fi ngers that read one and three for his hockey jersey. As far away as Missouri, a class got together dressed in

all white to support a young man more than a thousand miles away. A fund was set up at Wells Fargo to suppor t Jack and his family. To make a donation, visit any Wells Fargo location and make a donation to the Jack Jablonski Fund. Donations can also be mailed to Jack Jablonski Fund, P.O. Box 16387, St. Louis Park, MN 55416-2618.



A one-sided District 112 rivalry

Dritz steps up to lead Storm to season-opener win


Chanhassen and Chaska are in year No. 2 of the boys hockey split, and even though the rivalry doesn’t have much history – with three games in the books now – it was clear Jan. 5 that the emotions are notched up a step when the Storm and Hawks meet. In front of a standing-room only crowd, Chanhassen scored early and often, forcing running time in an 8-0 blanking of Chaska on the Hawks’ home ice. Connor Kelly scored three goals as 11 Storm players recorded at least one point in the victory. “It’s a huge win, especially because they are our rivals,” Kelly said. The blowout was a stark contrast to a pair of tight games last season in which Chaska won the first meeting 5-2 in Victoria before the Storm evened the season series with a 4-3 win at the Chaska Community Center. “Two great games last year. (Jack) Storo took it to us almost single-handily in one of his first games back in the first meeting. And then the game here last year with all of the emotion. Today, they just ran out of gas,” said Chanhassen Coach Chris Wilson on Chaska. “The fi rst period they battled and fi nished off checks. Brady Rohrs, one of their captains, he was a warrior out there.” Wilson coached many of the current Hawks on youth teams, including Rohrs. “He scored a big goal on this same ice as a peewee to give a chance to go to regions. He’s just a great kid. So many of their players are,” Wilson said. Chanhassen showed its dominance early, netting three goals in the first 11 minutes of the game. Nate Traina corralled a loose puck in front of the net and beat Chaska eighthgrade goaltender Thomas Hanson at the 3:52 mark. Logan Wilkinson scored unassisted six minutes later, while Nathan Holasek scored on a shot from the point at 10:58



The Chanhassen team mobs the bench following a goal from Tanner Walsh (21) in an 8-0 win over Chaska Jan. 5. Instead of celebrating as individuals, the Storm went with a team approach to honor Benilde-St. Margaret’s Jack Jablonski. for the 3-0 lead. Hanson stopped three shots before being lifted for sophomore Blake Jackson, who held the Storm off the scoresheet for more than 12 minutes. Chanhassen did record four goals in the second stanza as Kelly notched a hat trick in a span of nine minutes, including one on the power play on a sniped shot from the left circle. “This is a big season for us. This year we’re really going. We have Nate Traina, who had to sit out last year, and we’re really clicking right now,” Kelly said. Also scoring in the period was Tanner Walsh on a tipped shot off a blast from defenseman Michael Gmiterko. It is the fi fth game in a row Walsh has scored a goal after starting the season scoreless in three contests. “Five in a row. Wow. We sat him for an entire period a few games ago. I didn’t think he had any mojo in him. He’s putting himself in positions to score. He’s always around the net – a kind of Esposito-like

player right now. I think it’s a good message for the rest of the kids to see. If you find your way, every week is like a tryout. He’s gotten a lot of ice time the past five games because of his play,” Wilson said. Jake Anderson fi nished off the scoring in the third period with a goal. CJ Oddsen added three assists, while Harlin Paradise turned away 17 shots for the shutout.

BACK-TO-BACK WINS Wilson said the Storm needed the same effort it showed in the fi rst two periods of Thursday’s win over Chaska to be successful against Class A No. 10 Blake the next day. Despite playing on backto-back nights, Chanhassen showed great energy, possibly playing its most complete game of the season, in a 6 -3 win over the Bears at Hopkins Ice Arena. Traina netted two goals and two assists, while three other Storm players had two points in the win. Leading 4-3 after two periods, Chanhassen put away the

MORE ONLINE FOLLOW ALL THE STORM ACTION ON TWITTER VIA @ERICKRAUSHAR game with a pair of goals in the fi nal stanza. Traina scored midway through the period, while Kent Eklund added an insurance goal in the final minute from Anderson. Eri k A nderson made 2 3 saves for Chanhassen (7-2). It was a wild fi rst period as five goals were scored. Jackson Spingler, Kelly and Anderson each netted goals for the 3-2 lead. After Spencer Naas knotted the game at three midway through the second period – his third goal of the game – Traina gave the Storm the lead for good with a goal from defenseman Eric Bigaouette with 1: 22 remaining in the second stanza. Chanhassen outshot Blake (6-6) 33-26 for the game.

Temperatures reached 60 degrees in some parts of the state last week, but that didn’t stop the Chanhassen alpine ski teams from hitting the hill for competition for the fi rst time this season. The season opener in December was post poned to later this month. Thanks to snowmaking machines, the race went on at Welch Village near Red Wing. “It was our fi rst race and ou r f i rst- ever race i n t he Missota Conference,” said Chanhassen Head Coach Josh Kleve. “Chaska and Chanhassen split at sections, but we raced as a team in meets before sections. We grew a lot from last season and the decision was made to split for the season. That allows for the Missota to have four teams and have a conference.” Besides Chaska and Chanhassen, Northfield and the Academy of Holy Angels also field teams in the con ference. The Storm were first in the boys race, while the girls placed third in the standings in the season opener Jan. 3. Chanhassen boys’ team scored 562 with the girls fi nishing with 512 points with a strong Northfield team with 574 points. The Storm won the meet despite two of its top three skiers not scoring among the top six. Louis Nguyen, the top-seed in the meet, had a run of 46.43, to slip to 19th place. Senior Jesse Kleve was disqualified on his fi rst run. “We actually won with our third through eighth skiers. It shows you what kind of depth we have. Holy Angels has a couple of really nice skiers, but if they have one of their top guys go down,

they don’t have the seventh or eighth guys we have,” Coach Kleve said. Stor m sophomore Jack Dritz stepped up, winning the event with a meet-best time of 50.37. He had runs of 24.53 and 25.84. “Jack broke his wrist last year when we competed at Welch and then later on he was racing with a cast and broke his heals, so he’s really had to work hard to get back to where he is. Jack is really dedicated and motivated this season. The win couldn’t have happened to a more fantastic kid,” Kleve said. Maverick Edmunds was second overall at 50.53, while Grant Magnuson (fi fth, 56.75) a n d Vy Ng uye n ( ei g ht h , 1:00.42) rounded out the top four for the Storm. On the girls side, Anika Abrahamson had an eighthplace finish of 1:10.01. The sophomore had runs of 35.55 and 34.46. “ B efor e she joi ne d t he team, Anika never had raced before even though she comes from a family of skiers. She’s always been more of a swimmer, but she wanted to try something else. She’s really embraced the sport and we’re really excited to have her for a few more years,” Kleve said. Junior Emily Roseth, making her alpine debut, was fi fth on the Storm squad. She dropped more than six seconds on her second run. “She had only skied once in her life before joining the team, so it was very exciting. I’d say about half of the team is new to the sport. It’s great,” Kleve said. The Missota Conference has three remaining dates left with runs at Mount Kato (Jan. 17), Afton Alps (Jan. 24) and back at Welch Village (Jan. 31).

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Domination describes Missota opener best

Storm Hawks compete against state’s elite teams

Seven Chanhassen players had at least six points as the Storm outscored Northfield 3412 in the second half to rout the Raiders 87-43 Tuesday in the Missota Conference opener. Starting with the fi nal six seconds of the fi rst half, Chanhassen used a 10-0 run to extend the advantage to 30 points with 16:03 to play. The Storm were ahead 78 -37 when the bench was emptied for junior varsity players. Kev i n Jen sen net te d 16 points in the fi rst half to help Chanhassen gain a 53-31 lead at the break. The fi nal play of the first stanza saw point guard Brandon Arnold drive down the court and find a cutting Cole Otto for a reverse layup at the buzzer. Jensen had back-to -back buckets, i ncludi ng a sla m dunk, while Otto added two free throws and a layup to begin the half with an 8-0 run. Jensen finished the game with 2 3 points, while Otto had 14. Joey Stark netted nine points – all in the fi rst half – while Jack Kozlowski (eight), Steven Gitzen (seven), Jared Lea (six) and Arnold (six) also contributed offensively in the win. Eric Shepley led Northfield with 17 points. Chanhassen (8-4) is at Holy Angels at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Earlier in the week, Eden Prairie guard Andre Wallace and Jensen went shot-for-shot with 24 points each, but the Eagles got a bit more help as the seventh-ranked EP boys basketball squad downed the Storm 71-58 Friday. Besides Wallace’s big game, Sander Mohn was also in double fi gures with 15 points for Eden Prairie (7-2). Grant Shaeffer and Jack Cottrell chipped in eight points apiece for the Eagles. Arnold and Stark each had eight points for Chanhassen, which was outscored 38-25 in the fi rst half. The two teams matched second-half outputs with 33 points each. Otto and Lea also had five points each for Chanhassen.

2-0 START IN MISSOTA Mikki Prince said she likes to pass the ball best. The Chan-


Jared Lea fends off a Northfield defender for a layup attempt during an 87-43 win for Chanhassen Tuesday. Lea was one of seven players with at least six points in the victory. hassen senior, though, didn’t mind shooting the ball in a 65-52 win at Farmington Tuesday. Prince netted a game-high 22 points as the Storm jumped out to a 35-16 lead at halftime en route to improving to 2-0 in the Missota Conference. Chanhassen has won a season-high five straight games to improve to 10-2. Lauren Shif felt added 14 points for the Storm, while Becca Smith (eight), Tori Shear (seven) and Anna Letsche (six)

also contributed offensively. Taylor Meyer had 19 points for Farmington, which has one win in 12 games. Earlier in the week, Shakopee is a team that can frustrate an opponent offensively and that’s exactly what the Sabers did for 18 minutes at Chanhassen Friday night. The Storm, though, found their groove just in time, outscoring Shakopee 37-20 in the second half to win 56-45 in the Missota Conference opener. Shiffelt and Prince sparked

Swimming against the big boys of the state of Minnesota and even Dowling Catholic of Des Moines, Iowa, the Chaska/ Chanhassen boys placed 11th with 89 1/2 points Saturday night in the Maroon and Gold Invitational at the University of Minnesota. Minnetonka was third in the Gold Division with 482 points. Eden Prairie ran away with the title with 614 points. Sean Donnelly was the top individual finisher for the Storm Hawks, placing sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (22.66). The Chaska freshman was also eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:03.70. Casey Bringhurst (23.82) and Connor Martin (23.94) scored top-20 points in the 50 freestyle, taking 15th and 17th place, respectively. Ben ny Richa rdson was 13th in the 100-yard butterfly (56.39), while Martin was 13th in the 100 backstroke (57.07). Also scoring points were diver Jack Getty (14th, 146.25) and JP Currie in the 500 freestyle (17th, 5:12.69). The 200 medley relay of Martin, Donnelly, Richardson and Aaron Wuflestad hit the wall in 15th at 1:46.21, while the 400 freestyle relay of Richardson, Currie, Donnelly and Sam Hulterman were 19th at 3:33.99. For Minnetonka, top individual fi nishes came from Noah Busch in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke as well as Kendall Dunn in the 100 breaststroke and Eric Sirjord in the 500 freestyle. Busch was runner-up in both of his events with a time of 21.82 in the 50-yard sprint and 52.21 in the backstroke. D u n n wa s a l so s e c ond in the breaststroke at 59.87, while Sirjord fi nished third at 4:53.91.



the rally with 15 and 11 points, respectively, for Chanhassen. Smith (eight), Shear (seven), Taylor Johnson (six), Tia Wright (five) and Letsche (four) also contributed to the win. Hanna Zerr led the Sabers with 12 points.


Chaska /Chanhassen topped its third top-10 Class A team with a 4-2 win over No. 6-ranked Blake School Saturday afternoon in Hopkins. S t or m H awk s’ Mor g a n Morse st retched her goa l streak to four straight contests with the eventual gamewinner at the 14:53 mark of the second period. Emma Silkey put the finishing touch on the Bears with an empty-net goal – her 13th of the season – in the fi nal seconds. Goaltender Carly Van Orden improved to 9-3 on the season with 22 saves.

Megan Williams notched her ninth goal of the season just 91 seconds into the contest off passes from Morse and Kaitlin Storo. The lead grew to two for C/C as Storo netted a goal 13 seconds into the second period on the power play from Jenna Wormuth. Blake got a goal back 10 minutes later, but Morse’s tally from Williams gave the Storm Hawks the 3-1 advantage entering the final period. C/C, which is 0-3 against top-10 Class AA teams, sports wins over No. 6 Blake, No. 7 Orono and No. 8 Red Wing in Class A. Prior to Friday, C/C’s girls hockey team had played a pair of top-10 teams. The Storm Hawks played No. 6 Edina tough, falling 2-0. During the holiday break, they lead No. 3 Anoka in the second period before losing 4-3. Facing the top-ranked team in Class AA in Benilde-St. Margaret, C/C fared wel l again against the state’s elite programs, but couldn’t hold onto a first-period lead in a 4-2 loss. Morse and Storo notched goals 38 seconds apart midway through the first period for the 2-1 lead for the Storm Hawks. Storo’s goal came on the power play off a pass from Emma Silkey just 13 seconds into the man-advantage. The lead lasted for more than 11 minutes, but the Red Knights scored three times in the second period – twice by Jackie Pieper – to take the lead for good. After outshooting B-SM 10-3 in the first period, No. 20-ranked C/C lost the shot battle 20-11, including 13-5 in the second period. Van Orden made 19 saves in the loss for the Storm Hawks.

FIRST PLACE SWEEP T he Cha n hassen dance team swept the varsity competition Saturday at the Henry Sibley Invitational, placing fi rst in both the high kick and jazz/funk events. Junior varsity was fi rst in jazz/funk and second in high kick. Chanhassen is at the Missota Conference Championships at Shakopee High School on Saturday. The Storm Dance Team sits in second place with 20 points behind leader Chaska with 24.

Skippers win with third-period rally Four goals in the fi rst eight minutes of the third period allowed Minnetonka to rally from a 2-1 deficit to beat host Moorhead 5-3 Friday. Both teams entered the game with only one loss on their records. The second-ranked Skippers are now 12-1, while No. 9 Moorhead is 9-2. Down a goal entering the t hi rd p eriod, M i n neton k a evened the game at the 37-second mark on a score from defenseman Jimmy Schuldt from Jared Ridge and Justin Bader. Following a power-play goal from Max Coatta four minutes later, the Skippers got a pair of goals 32 seconds apart from Vinni Lettieri and Ridge, a third-line forward. Moorhead finished off the scoring with a goal with 11 seconds remaining in regulation. Matt Behounek stopped 26 shots for the victory for Minnetonka. Sam Rothstein gave the Skippers the 1-0 lead on a powerplay goal from Erik Baskin and Coatta, who along with Bader each had two assists. Moorhead took the 2-1 lead with solo goals in each of the fi rst two periods.

Bison entered the game with a 9-3 record, while the sixthranked Skippers were 10-1. Joanna Hedstrom led Minnetonka with 12 points, while Courtney Frederickson and Kelly McKenzie each had 10. Buffalo led 24-20 at halftime. The 47 points was the secondlowest output for the Skippers this season. Post Emily Spier paced the Bison with a game-high 18 points. Taylor Frederickson, making her 2011-12 season debut, had four points for Minnetonka. MacKenzie Dahl also had a season-high six points off the bench.


BIG ARENA, BIG WIN Sometimes playing in the arena the size of the Target Center makes for a difficult adjustment for shooters. Minnetonka didn’t seem to mind in the fi rst half of the 86-66 win over Pelican Rapids in the third game of the Timberwolves Shootout Saturday. The Skippers were an efficient 22-for-28 from the field, including a 10-for-10 performance from Latrell Love in the fi rst half in jumping to a 53-34 advantage heading into the locker room. Love, who had foul trouble


Minnetonka post Latrell Love manages to score two points in the paint despite being fouled in a 99-57 win over Durango (Nev.) Dec. 29. in the second half, fi nished the half with 21 points and 27 for the game. Tommy McDermott added 20 points, while Riley Dearring had 17 for Minnetonka (10-2), which has won four straight games. The Skippers jumped out to a 14-0 lead and never trailed throughout the contest, leading by as many as 27 points in the second half at 71-44.

Pelican Rapids, ranked No. 6 in Class AA, was led by senior guard Casey Bruggeman with 17 points. He was followed by senior forward Luke Halbakken with 16 points and sophomore guard Ryan Bruggeman with 14.

BUFFALO SHOCKS TONKA Minnetonka suffered its second loss of the season Jan. 6, falling 49-47 to Buffalo at home. The

No. 4-ranked Minnetonka was on cruise control with a 3-0 lead and a shot advantage of 32 to 6 with just three minutes to play. That’s when Wayzata woke up; scoring a pair of goals late and even had a chance to tie the game with 38 seconds of power play to end the game. The Skippers, though, prevailed in the Lake Conference opener to win 3-2 to improve to 14-3 on the season Jan. 7. Minnetonka dominated the contest’s first 48 minutes, jumping out to a 2-0 lead through two periods on goals from Amy Peterson and Sydney Baldwin. Baldwin, a sophomore defenseman, has four goals in the last six games. Senior Kira von Steinbergs netted a power-play goal at the 8:47 mark of the third period for the eventual game-winner. Wayzat a scored at 14 : 5 6 and 16:22 on goals from Mara Dougherty and Allie Fischer. The Skippers outshot the Trojans 32-10 for the game. Hannah Ehresmann made eight saves for the victory.


Danielle Magnuson and Coach Jaime Tsurusaki were all smiles after the Chanhassen senior’s bar routine Tuesday in a 144.225-134.175 loss to New Prague. Chaska/Chanhassen gymnastics was coming off a thirdplace finish at the St. Peter Invite Saturday. Stillwater and Becker were the top two teams at the invitational.


Want more sports coverage? Did you know sports coverage extends farther than the print edition? That’s right, there’s plenty of ways to follow local area sports coverage on the web. Follow Sports Editor Eric Kraushar on Twitter (@EricKraushar) and on Facebook (Scoreboard.MN). Get live scores from the game and updates from around the region. At the end of the night, make sure to stop at Scoreboard.MN for all of the night’s highlights from Chanhassen, Chaska, Southwest Christian

and Holy Family Catholic athletics.

Local free-throw contest All boys and girls ages 1014 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2012 Knights of Columbus Free-Throw Championship. The local competition will be held at Guardian Angels School in downtown Chaska at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. For registration for ms, contact Bob Ohnsorg at 952448-5976 or e-mail at ohny@

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Early detection is the first step to prevention BY ERIC KRAUSHAR

Sam Herrold was all set to play alongside her older sister as an eighth grader on the Parkston girls varsity basketball team in South Dakota. Standing six feet, four inches, at the age of 13, Herrold figured to have a successful fi rst season on the court. Her start to the season had to be put on hold, though, after it was discovered she had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. Herrold had no symptoms. She had no fainting spells. If not for a heart screening, the disease may have triggered at any moment.

Parkston Girls Basketball Head Coach Rob Van Laecken encou raged students to be checked a f ter doctors dis covered a hole in a Beresford teen’s heart during a screening. Herrold’s parents listened and today she is back on the court after doctors put in a defibrillator near her heart. Herrold’s case is a prime example of prevention. Unfortunately, more than 3,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 34 die annually of sudden cardiac death. SCD can occur du ring st renuous physica l activity for both athletes and non-athletes. Screening America has set out to prevent SCD from happening. “That 3,000 number is prob-

ably the low end of the estimate because not all cases are reported. There’s no other way to put it – we’re trying to prevent these deaths from happening,” said Doug Adams, Director of the Health Screening program based out of Sioux Falls. S.D. Adams, a former teach and coach for 28 years, is bringing a mobile unit to Chaska and Chanhassen High Schools Jan. 19. Screening America techs go over the pre-fi lled out family health history forms, take the student’s blood pressure, run an electrocardiogram and perform a heart ultrasound. The tests are then read by a certified cardiologist who in turn replies to each family. S cr e en i n g A mer ic a h a s

been in more than 65 schools and screened more than 1,000 students such as Herrold. “As a former teacher and coach and even more a father and a g rand fat her, I’m re ally interested in preventing something before it happens. We’re in the business of saving lives,” Adams said. The screenings will take place in the morning at Chaska High School and the afternoon at Chanhassen High School on Jan. 19. A consent form must be fi lled out by a parent or guardian prior to the screening. The cost is $79. For more information, go on l i ne to w w w. scre en i n or call 605-5206560.


First-period edge enough for a win Sam Stenson and Will Garin scored 13 seconds apart in the opening two minutes as Holy Family Catholic went on to beat St. Cloud Cathedral 4-1 in Victoria Jan. 3. The Fire, which have won three straight games, outshot the Crusaders 51-21 for the game. Stenson scored just 88 seconds into the contest off assists from Shane Gersich and John Peterson. Just 13 seconds later, it was Garin, an eighth-grader, unassisted for the 2-0 lead. Gersich added his teamleading 18th goal with 4:01 left in the first period for the 3-0 advantage. After a scoreless second period, in which HFC goaltender Nick Schreiter turned away a number of quality Cathedral scoring chances, Danny Johnston did get a shot past the Fire sophomore with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation. Defenseman Dylan Wolff scored with 48 seconds remaining for the 4-1 difference. Peterson finished with two assists and now has 24 on the season. Schreiter turned away 20 shots for his sixth victory of the season for HFC (8-3).

TEN IN A ROW Even a drive over the state border couldn’t halt Holy Family Catholic’s winning streak as the sixth-ranked Fire won its 10th straight game with a 60-32 victory Jan. 5. T he Fi re outscored host Somerset (Wis.) 32-15 in the second half after leading 28-17 at halftime. Michaela Rasmussen was the lone Holy Family player in double fi gures with 14 points. Hannah Schonhardt chipped in eight points, while Angie Wenning had seven and Erin Ryan-Mosley added six. H F C (10 -2 ) hoste d No. 1-ranked Hopkins on Tuesday. Results are available on Scoreboard.MN.

UNBEATEN WRESTLER Holy Family Catholic wrestler Will Van Sant improved to 14-0 on the season with a fi rst-place showing at the Paul Bengtson Invitational in Hopkins Saturday. Van Sant, ranked No. 6 in Class 3A at 195 pounds, scored a technical fall in his first match followed by two first-

Don’t miss this HIT THE SLOPES There isn’t much snow on the ground (if at all), but that hasn’t stopped the alpine ski team from competing this month at hills that are able to make snow. The Chanhassen slalom team hits Mount Kato in Mankato at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17, for the second Missota meet of the season.


Chanhassen H.S. Web schedule: School: Hotline: (952) 361-CHAN (2426)  Home boys hockey games at Victoria Arena  Home girls hockey games at Chaska C.C.  Home basketball games at Chan H.S.  Home wrestling meets at Chan HS/Chaska HS  Home gymnastics meets at Chan H.S.  Home swim/dive meets at Chaska M.S. East TODAY, JANUARY 12 Nordic Ski at Eastview Invite (Valleywood G.C.), 3:30 p.m. Boys Swim/Dive at Red Wing, 6 p.m. Wrestling vs. Shakopee, 7 p.m. Girls Hockey at Holy Angels, 7:15 p.m. Boys Hockey vs. Red Wing, 7:15 p.m. FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 Gymnastics at New Prague, 6:30 p.m. Wrestling at New Prague, 6:30 p.m. Boys Basketball at Holy Angels, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball vs. Holy Angels, 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Dance at Missota Conf. C-Ships (Shakopee), 1 p.m. Boys Swim/Dive at True Team Sections (Edina), 1 p.m. Boys Hockey vs. New Ulm, 3 p.m. Girls Basketball at Mpls South, 7 p.m. MONDAY, JANUARY 16 Nordic Ski at Apple Valley Invite (Valleywood G.C.), 9 a.m. TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 Alpine Ski at Mount Kato, 5:30 p.m. Gymnastics vs. Farmington, 6:30 p.m. Girls Hockey vs. Shakopee, 7 p.m. Boys Hockey at Farmington, 7:15 p.m. Girls Basketball vs. Eden Prairie, 7:30 p.m. Boys Basketball at Holy Family Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

Minnetonka H.S. Web schedule:  Home hockey games at Pagel Activity Center  Home basketball games at Minnetonka H.S. West Gym  Home wrestling matches at Minnetonka H.S. East Gym  Home gymnastics meets at Minnetonka H.S. Middle Gym  Home swim/dive meets at Minnetonka M.S. East TODAY, JANUARY 12 Wrestling at Wayzata Quad, 5 p.m. Gymnastics at Eden Prairie, 6 p.m. Boys Hockey vs. Benilde-St. Margaret, 7 p.m. FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 Wrestling vs. Home Invitational, 5 p.m. Boys Swim/Dive vs. Hopkins, 5 p.m.


Holy Family Catholic Nick Schreiter makes a butterfly toe save in a 4-1 win over St. Cloud Cathedral Jan. 3. Schreiter turned away 20 shots in the victory. period pins to win the individual title. His semifi nal match lasted just 16 seconds with his fi nals victory coming at 1:03 over a wrestler with only two losses on the season. T he Holy Fami ly Cat ho lic junior wrestles for HFC/ Mound-Westonka, which tied for second in the team standings behind host Hopkins.

FIRE WIN TWO AT ROSEAU Holy F a m i ly C at hol ic ’s struggles continued Thursday with a 71-46 loss at Minnetonka Jan. 5. The Fire boys basketball team is off to an 0-10 start. Minnetonka outscored the Fire 41-20 in the fi rst half with four different players in double fi gures. Tommy McDermott and Riley Dearring led the Skippers with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Reserve Andrew Grosz added 12, while Joe Risinger had 10 for Minnetonka (9-2). Jake Dryer scored a season- and game-high 21 points for Holy Family. Joe Conroy also chipped in 13 points for the Fire. Things don’t get any easier for Holy Family as they host No. 6-ranked Wayzata on Friday.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Boys Swim/Dive at True Team Sections (Edina), 1 p.m. Girls Basketball vs. Moorhead, 2 p.m. Boys Basketball at Robbinsdale Armstrong, 2:30 p.m. Boys Hockey vs. Holy Angels, 7 p.m. Girls Hockey at Eden Prairie, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. St. Paul Academy, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball at St. Michael-Albertville, 7:30 p.m.

Holy Family Catholic H.S. Web schedule: School: Hotline: (952) 443-HOLY (4659), ext. 1111  Home girls hockey games at Victoria and Waconia Arenas  Home boys hockey games at Victoria Arena  Home basketball games at HFC H.S. TODAY, JANUARY 12 Girls Hockey vs. Hutchinson, 7 p.m. Boys Hockey at Waconia, 7 p.m. FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 Boys Basketball vs. Wayzata, 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Dance at Simley Invite, 10 a.m. Boys Hockey at St. Thomas Academy, 3 p.m. Boys Basketball vs. St. Thomas Academy, 7 p.m. TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 Girls Hockey at St. Louis Park, 6:30 p.m. Girls Basketball at Wayzata, 7 p.m. Boys Hockey vs. Orono, 7 p.m. Boys Basketball vs. Chanhassen, 7:30 p.m.

Chaska H.S. Web schedule: School: Hotline: (952) 556-HAWK (4295)  Home basketball games at Chaska H.S.  Home hockey games at Chaska C.C.  Home wrestling meets at Chan HS/Chaska HS  Home gymnastics meets at Chan H.S.  Home swim/dive meets at Chaska M.S. East TODAY, JANUARY 12 Nordic Ski at Eastview Invite (Valleywood G.C.), 3:30 p.m. Boys Swim/Dive at Red Wing, 6 p.m. Wrestling vs. Shakopee, 7 p.m. Girls Hockey at Holy Angels, 7:15 p.m. Boys Hockey vs. Holy Angels, 7:15 p.m. FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 Gymnastics at New Prague, 6:30 p.m. Wrestling at New Prague, 6:30 p.m. Boys Basketball vs. New Prague, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball at New Prague, 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Dance at Missota Conf. C-Ships (Shakopee), 1 p.m. Boys Swim/Dive at True Team Sections (Edina), 1 p.m. Boys Hockey vs. Bloomington Kennedy, 7:15 p.m. MONDAY, JANUARY 16 Nordic Ski at Apple Valley Invite (Valleywood G.C.), 9 a.m. TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 Alpine Ski at Mount Kato, 5:30 p.m. Gymnastics vs. Farmington, 6:30 p.m. Girls Hockey vs. Shakopee, 7 p.m. Boys Hockey at Shakopee, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball vs. Red Wing, 7:30 p.m. Boys Basketball at Red Wing, 7:30 p.m.


TWO WCC LOSSES Mound-Westonka broke open a tight one-goal game with three unanswered goals in the fi nal 12 minutes to beat Holy Family Catholic 5-1 Jan. 5. Kelsey Burmeister scored early in the fi nal period to pull the Wildfi re back within a goal at 2-1 off a pass from Makayla Williams. The White Hawks, though, got netters from Jessica Nkhata, Nina Chase and Michele Mahoney to improve to 4-0 in the Wright County Conference. Mound is currently tied with Orono atop the standings. HFC/Waconia outshot the White Hawks 37-33, including 15-8 in the second period, but still trailed 1-0 after two stanzas. Jessica Nkhata gave Mound the lead in the first period on a goal from Grace Holmen. Kia Johnson also scored on the power play early in the third period for the White Hawks. Carly Bergstrom made 28 saves in the loss for the Wildfi re (8-7-2), who are 1-4 in the WCC. Earlier in the week, Bergstrom kept HFC/Waconia in the contest for two-plus peri-


YOUTH SPORTS ods, making 23 saves through 34 minutes. Orono, though, broke through in the third period for a trio of goals to beat the Wildfi re 4-1 Jan. 3. The loss snapped a threegame winning streak for HFC/ Waconia. With the score tied at one, Ellie Martini notched the eventual game-winner from Emily and Stephanie Knight at the 3:30 mark of the third period. Becky Smith and Madison Martini added goals for the fi nal difference. HFC/Waconia jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Sarah Rosland’s unassisted goal with 6:30 to play in the fi rst period. Orono tied the game late in the stanza on a goal from Millie Luedtke. The Wildfire, which were outshot 35-13 for the game, were 0-for-5 on the power play. Bergstrom turned away 31 shots in the loss.



Chan 5A boys win home tournament The Chanhassen 5A boys won the local Chanhassen Basketball Tournament in December. To earn the championship, the team beat Edina, Chaska and OsseoMaple Grove in a very exciting two-point victory. Pictured are, front row from left, Carson Hollowaty, Nick Craig, Tyson Hansen, and Jackson Owens. Back row: Cade Plath, Carson Hake, Reid Stark, and Porter Conklin. The coaches are Chad Hake, Steve Hansen, Dave Conklin, and Jason Owens.

No. 7 Loosbrock wins second invitational title BY ERIC KRAUSHAR

Ethan Loosbrock captured his second invitational title of the season, leading Chaska/ Chanhassen wrestling to a runner-up team finish at the Tom Keating Memorial Tournament in Foley Saturday. Loosbrock, seeded second in the tournament, cruised to the championship with three pins – two in the fi rst period. Facing Big Lake’s Cole Knaeble in the fi nals, the seventh-ranked Chaska wrestler won by fall at the 1:54 mark of the opening period. Loosbrock is now 19-3 on the season. The Storm Hawks trailed St. Cloud Apollo for second place late in the tournament with

a pin from heavyweight Reid Johnson in the fifth-place match pushing C/C past the Eagles for the runner-up spot with 138 1/2 points. Foley, ranked No. 3 in Class AA, won its home invitational with a staggering 303 points. T rent Butcher and Josh Blackowiak each reached the finals as well for the Storm Hawks. Butcher lost a 12-10 decision to Foley’s No. 8-ranked Tyler Jenson in the 126-pound championship match. Butcher won all three of his previous matches in pins, including a pair in less than a minute. Blackowiak fell to top-ranked Taylor Lewandowski of Foley by fall in the championship match at 170 pounds. The Chaska senior had a pin and a 3-0 decision victory over Dylan Holly

of Foley junior varsity to reach the finals. Other top-eight finishes came from Isaac Loosbrock (sixth) at 106 pounds, Sam Christianson (seventh) at 132 pounds, Brenden Olevson (fourth) at 138 pounds, Zach Boyum (eighth) at 152 pounds, Sam Grausam (seventh) at 160 pounds, Zach Bell (eighth) at 195 pounds and Johnson (fi fth) at 285 pounds. Grausam, who missed the first month with a neck injury sustained in football, lost his first match, but rebounded with a pair of second-period pins to finish the tournament with a 2-1 record. His fi nal match ended in fall over Elk River’s David Kroger at 3:27. Christianson lost his first bout, but won his final three to place seventh as well. A week af-

ter placing second at the Rumble on the Red Junior Varsity Tournament with five victories, the Chaska eighth-grader earned a spot on the podium with a technical fall score of 15-0 and two third-period falls. Johnson’s pin over Holdingford’s Malcom Dewar in the fifth-place match pushed the Storm Hawks past St. Cloud Apollo for the second-place team fi nish. The Chanhassen sophomore went 3 -1 on the day. C/C was coming off a 43-26 decision to Northfield on Jan. 5. Individual results were not available. The Storm Hawks take on Shakopee at 7 p.m. tonight at Chaska High School before traveling to New Prague on Friday for a quadrangular.

Chan 7A girls place second at Shakopee The Chanhassen 7A girls basketball team recorded its third runner-up finish of the year, this time in the Shakopee Tournament. The players are, front row from left, Marybeth Olson, Anna Craig, Chloe Husemoen, and Maddie Kakacek. Back row: Lexi Wall, Ashley Benson, Carley Banson, Taylor Manno, and Anne Murphy. The team is coached by Scott Murphy, Lori Wall, and Pat Olson.

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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 Jan. 2 through Jan. 8. Jan. 2 At 9:41 a.m., responded to County Road 61 and Highway 101, Chanhassen, for report of damaged car window, estimated at $200. Jan. 3 At 6:04 p.m., responded to the 100 block of Carver Creek Circle, Carver, for report of a domestic. At 8:46 p.m., made a traffic stop at the 00 block of Lake Drive East, Chanhassen, where an adult Eden Prairie

Carver man pleads guilty to producing child pornography

Best recipes for warm winter drinks Baby, it’s cold outside! And now that winter and colder weather have set in, we want your recipes for soothing, hot drinks – alcoholic or not. What drinks have you whipped up to counterbalance the belowfreezing temperatures outside? What interesting liquid concoctions have thawed you after taking the dog for a walk, scraping the ice off your car’s windshield, or shoveling the driveway? Share your winter drink recipes – and a photo or photos, if you like –with Chanhassen Villager readers. Send your recipes to Editor Richard Crawford,, before noon on Friday, Jan. 20. Include your name and city of residence. We’ll run some recipes online at CHANHASSEN and the best in the Jan. 26 Villager print edition.


A Carver man has pleaded guilty in federal court to producing images of child pornography. Randy Davies Anderson, 49, specifically pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release. A nderson, who was i ndicted on Nov. 8, 2011, entered his plea before United States District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen. Anderson did not enter a plea agreement. Anderson admitted that in January of 2011, he induced and coerced a minor female child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct. In addition, Anderson admitted storing those digital images on his computer and transmitting a copy of the images over the Internet. According to a Carver County criminal complaint, authorities learned about Anderson in July 2011, while conducting a child pornography investigation involving another individual, the release stated. Agents found two pornographic images on that individual’s computer that were sent from Anderson. On Sept. 6 , 2 011, a gent s exe cute d a




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Jan. 5 At 3:12 a.m., made a traffic stop at Highway 212 and Bluff Creek Drive, Chanhassen, where an adult Victoria male was cited for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and speed. At 7:38 p.m., responded to the 4000 block of Crestview Drive, Chanhassen, where an adult male was arrested on a warrant. Jan. 6 At 2:37 a.m., responded to the 6800 block of Redwing Lane, Chanhassen, for report of a theft. At 5:43 a.m., responded to the 00 block of Hill Street, Chanhassen, for report of an assault.

Jan. 7 At 10:12 p.m., made a traffic stop at Highway 41 and Engler Boulevard, Chaska, where two adult females were arrested on drug charges. Jan. 8 At 2:17 p.m., responded to the 8600 block of Lake Riley Drive, Chanhassen, for report of a burglary and estimated loss of $35,000. At 3:58 p.m., made a traffic stop at County Road 61 and Highway 101, for report of a theft.

search warrant at Anderson’s residence, where they seized computers and other related items. Those items were later found to contain images of child pornography. For his crime, Anderson faces a potential maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years. Judge Ericksen will determine his sentence at a future hearing. Anderson remains in custody. This case is the result of an investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Cyber Crimes Task Force, which is sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Steinkamp. In fiscal year 2010, 2,235 defendants pleaded guilty to federa l chi ld por nog raphy charges, 2,222 of whom were sentenced to prison. In fi scal year 2009, 2,083 defendants were sentenced to prison on child pornography charges. For more information about these efforts, visit the Department ’s P roject Sa fe Chi ldhood website, at

Carver County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident in Watertown. Ca rol A n n Wi g g i n s, 6 8 , was struck by a vehicle at the Territorial and Westminster Avenue intersection in Watertown. Wiggins was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition. On Jan. 5, she died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the accident. The Carver County Attorney’s Office has reviewed the investigative reports and has determined that no criminal charges will be fi led, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. According to the Carver C ou nt y At tor ney ’s O f f ic e, “tragically, the evidence we have demonstrates that Ms. Wiggin’s simply did not see the vehicle entering the intersection and that the driver simply did not see Ms. Wiggins entering the crosswalk,” the release stated.

Safety by 314 law enforcement agencies. The Chaska Police Department booked five DWIs, with the highest alcohol concentration at .258. The legal limit is 0.08. The Carver County Sheriff’s Office had 32 DWIs, with the highest alcohol concentration at .26. Statewide, the highest alcohol-concentration reported was 0. 3 9. T wenty agencies reported their highest alcoholconcentration in an arrest was at or above 0.30, and more than 100 agencies reported their highest alcohol-concentration was at or above 0.20. In Minnesota, all repeat DWI offenders — and motorists arrested for a fi rst-time DWI with an alcohol-concentration level of 0.16 and above — face stronger DWI sanctions. Under these sanctions, DWI offenders must use ignition interlock for at least a year or face at least one year without driving privileges. Interlock requires a driver to provide a breath sample under 0.02 for their vehicle to start. In Minnesota, one in seven drivers has a DWI on record. In 2010, 29,918 motorists were arrested for DWI. “The consequences of a DWI are harsh for a good reason,” says Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol. “Drunk driving results in hundreds of deaths and injuries each year.”




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Moving Local community centers provide options for walkers, joggers who want to exercise inside




innesotans are mostly a hardy bunch. They like to get outside to walk and run. That’s not a Paul Bunyan-esque myth we’re making up. According to surveys by American Sports Data Inc., Minnesota has more runners per capita than all but four states. Hardcore runners like their exercise outside pretty much yearround, and many cities help by plowing trails to keep them open through the heart of winter. But what happens to the casual, not-so-hardy exercise buffs when the weather gets really hot or really cold? Where do those not interested in a full-fledged fitness club membership go when they aren’t willing to put up with ice-covered paths or soaring heat indexes? One option that’s easy on the pocketbook is the local community center. There are several in the southwest suburbs that have walking/running tracks open for public use free of charge. “Our track is utilized a lot when it’s cold or hot out,” said Chaska Park Director Tom Redman. The three-lane track has designated walking and running lanes and good window views for those who simply want to see what’s going on outside. Redman said the Chaska track, which overlooks gym floors and a workout area, attracts regular walkers and strollers, as well as casual joggers. About a dozen walkers took advantage of the indoor track even on a relatively mild early-January afternoon. A lot of socializing happens among the walkers, too, which gives facility newcomers a chance to see all that the community center has to offer, Redman said. Access to the track is also free at the Victoria Recreation Center, Shakopee Community Center and Prior Lake and Eden Prairie high schools, as well as other community facilities. A track at the Pagel Ice Arena at Minnetonka High School is also available to the public, said Manager Greg Clough. There, however, you aren’t necessarily escaping the cold. The track temperature is near freezing, he said. Typically, the community tracks get busier when winter hits, though this year the warm December and January weather may be keeping more people outside. “As soon as it gets cold and the sidewalks get slippery, then it fills up,” said Bobbi Birkholz of Prior Lake-Savage Community Education. The track at Prior Lake High School is exclusively for walkers; Mondays and Wednesdays are designated family walks for parents who want to exercise with their children or push a stroller. So for the casual jogger or walker resolving to make 2012 a year of better fitness, local community facilities may be a good option to get on the path to success. Keep in mind, however, that in most cases the tracks are the only free amenity at community centers. Entrance to other parts of the facilities, such as locker rooms, requires daily or membership fees.


Glenn Manning is home in Victoria on break from college. He uses the Victorian Recreation Center’s track during his stay at his parents.

Above – Lisa Anderson of Chaska uses the running track at the Victoria Recreation Center while her son has hockey practice. At left – The Holy Family boys hockey team recently uses the indoor track at the Victoria Recreation Center to warm up before heading to practice on the ice sheet below.

Area indoor tracks The following are some local facilities that have indoor tracks open to the public for little or no cost: VICTORIA RECREATION CENTER

6 p.m.; Sunday, generally noon to 8 p.m.

Address: 8475 Kochia Lane, Victoria

Info: (952) 975-8110

Walking/running track above ice rink: Free Hours: M-F 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; weekends 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; track closes early on nights with varsity hockey games. Restrictions: 10 years or older without an adult Info: (952) 443-4255

PRIOR LAKE HIGH SCHOOL Address: 7575 150th St. W., Savage Walking track around upper level of gym: Free Hours: M-Th 6 to 8 p.m.


Restrictions: Walking only. Family walks are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Tuesdays and Thursdays no children or strollers.

Address: 1661 Park Ridge Dr., Chaska

Info: (952) 226-0080

Cushioned walking/running track: Free Hours: M-S 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Restrictions: 15 years or older

Address: 1255 Fuller St., Shakopee

Info: (952) 448-5633

Walking/jogging track overlooking gymnasium: Free.


Hours: M-F 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: 17185 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie Cushioned track over basketball court: Free Hours: M-F 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, generally 8 a.m. to

Restrictions: Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult

What happens to the casual, notso-hardy exercise buffs when the weather gets really hot or really cold? Where do those not interested in a full-fledged fitness club membership go when they aren’t willing to put up with ice-covered paths or soaring heat indexes?

Info: (952) 233-9500

LET’S GO! BEST BETS 1. ENTERTAINING ANIMALS STORY TIME Come to the library to hear stories about entertaining animals. Each week’s story time includes stories, songs and early literacy skills. All ages welcome, no registration required. Time: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Cost: Free Location: Jordan Library, 230 Broadway St. S., Jordan Info: (952) 492-2500 or

2. PLAYFUL OTTERS, WISE OWLS STORY TIME Stories about playful otters and wise owls will help participants learn about the letter “O.” Each week’s story time includes stories, songs and early literacy skill development. All ages welcome, no registration required. Story time at Jordan Library is all about the animals this month.

Time: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 Cost: Free Location: Jordan Library, 230 Broadway St. S., Jordan Info: (952) 492-2500 or

3. POLAR ANIMALS STORY TIME It’s a winter carnival of animals this week, with stories about penguins and polar bears. Each week’s story time includes stories, songs and early literacy skills. All ages welcome, no registration required. Time: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 Cost: Free Location: Jordan Library, 230 Broadway St. S., Jordan Info: (952) 492-2500 or


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WE WANT YOUR LISTINGS! Listings are printed free but not guaranteed, although we do our best to include them. Submit your events through our website, where you can find many more local and regional fun things to do. You can also send an e-mail to editor@chanvillager. com. Deadline is one week prior to publication. For information call (952) 345-6471.


JAN. 13 WINTER GOURMET DINNER Enjoy a multi-course meal with wine pairings. Time: 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 Cost: $65 for Arboretum members; $70 for non-members Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska Info: or (612) 626-3951


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BOGLEHEADS Bogleheads are a local group of do-it-yourself investors who use common sense, low-cost methods to successfully manage their own finances. Planning for retirement? Concerned about spending in retirement? Need help in selecting funds in your 401k or 403b? Discuss your options with the local group. Practical guidance for managing your plan through turbulent markets. Time: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 14 Cost: Free Location: Chanhassen Library, Maud Hart Lovelace Room, 7711 Kerber Blvd. Info:

SKEPTIC’S SEARCH The Westwood Community Church men’s breakfast presents “A Skeptic’s Search.” Myron Moser, president and CEO of Hartfiel Automation, and a minister’s son and amateur astronomer, discovers faith through science. Time: 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14 Cost: $12 Location: Westwood Community Church, 3121 Westwood Drive, Chanhassen Info:; (612) 850-7495

WEEKEND FAMILY FUN: PREHISTORIC PLANTS Meet some living fossils and prehistoric plants from the days of the Diplodocus. What kind of plants did the dinosaurs munch on? Create a fern print, hunt for prehistoric plants in the greenhouse and pot a prehistoric plant to take home. Time: Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29 Cost: $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to Arboretum members Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska Info: or (952) 443-1422

FAMILY NATURE YOGA Move like an animal with simple yoga, look for animal tracks and go for a ride on a Norwegian kicksled.


Dust off the bike for a winter mountain bike time trial. Race through the trees and snow, then warm up at the trailhead building for awards and door prizes. Studded tires are approved; helmets required. For ages 18 and older. Pre-register online for activity 123735-00. Time: Registration begins at 10 a.m.; race starts at 11 a.m.; racing until 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 15 and 22 Cost: Pre-registration $10; registration day of event $15 Location: Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, 15501 Murphy Lake Road, Savage Info: (763) 559-6700 or

SKI-SKATING I: BASICS Learn beginning ski-skating techniques, including efficient edging, gliding and control. Prior classic skiing experience is recommended. Registration required; reference activity 123191-02. This program is for ages 13 and older. Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 Cost: $22 or $36 with ski rental Location: Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or

SKI-SKATING CLASSIC II: INTERMEDIATE Improve your rhythm and increase your glide while ski-skating. Class covers a more in-depth review of diagonal stride technique, increased control on hills, and an introduction to double-poling techniques. For anyone who has some classic skiing experience. Registration required; reference activity number 12318901. This program is for ages 13 and older. Time: 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 Cost: $18 or $22 with ski rental Location: Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or

RAPTORS IN THE YARD Meet a captive merlin and barred owl and learn about these birds of prey. Cameras are welcome. For all ages. Time: 2-4 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 Cost: Free Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or

WOMEN’S WINTER WALK Women are invited to bring families and friends to discover nature in winter with a naturalist. Dress in boots and snowpants or wind pants. Be ready to go off-trail and explore the nature center habitats: hilly woods, frozen prairies and frosty ponds. Adults must accompany children. For


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hanhassen Dinner Theatres is resurrecting its ever-popular ‘50s musical classic, “Forever Plaid,” which opened Jan.10 in the Fireside Theatre.

“Forever Plaid” features the same cast

as Chanhassen’s recent holiday production,



dozens more. All tunes are sung in four-part harmonies accompanied by exaggerated and synchronized precision dance movements.

“Plaid Tidings.”

“Forever Plaid” is directed by Resident

“The Plaids.” Frankie, Smudge, Sparky

Artistic Director Michael Brindisi. Brindisi’s

and Jinx, met in high school (1956) when they

creative team returns: Tamara Kangas Erick-

joined the audio-visual club. Discovering they

son/Choreographer; Andrew Cooke/Musical

shared a love for music and entertaining, they

Director; Nayna Ramey/Scenic Designer;

met frequently and dreamed of becoming like

The play is slated to run through March

their idols – The Four Aces, The Four Lads,

2012. It generally plays eight times weekly

The Four Freshmen, The Hi-Lo’s and The

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Wednesday and Saturday matinees. Ticket

Audience musical favorites include such

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songs as “Three Coins in A Fountain,” “Heart

to $64 per person, including dinner. Reserva-

and Soul,” “Perfidia,” “Love Is A Many Splen-

tions for can be made by calling the box office

dored Thing,” “Lady of Spain,” “Matilda” and

at (952) 934-1525.

“Tot-Time: Winter Wonderland” for pages 2-6. A parent and child class will make winter-themed crafts and play winter-themed games while enjoying warm cocoa. Time: 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25 Cost: $5, Chaska Community Center member; $6.50, non-member Location: Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive Info:; (952) 448-5633

MINNESOTA ROMP Join a 3K or 5K “Romp to Stomp” snowshoe walk, benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28 Cost: Adult, $37 (preregister); $42 day of event Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Boulevard, Chanhassen Info: http://tubbsromptostomp. com/mn

‘BUMPING INTO GOD OUTSIDE OF CHURCH’ The Active Older Adults (AOA’s) for Christ is hosting a special event for all adults on Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Chaska Community Center Theater. Father Tim Powers will be speaking on “Bumping into God Outside of Church. Prior to this speaking event the AOA’s for Christ will host a coffee, punch and cookie social at the CCC Lodge starting at 6 p.m. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free with donations being accepted to the local Bountiful Basket Food Shelf of Eastern Carver County.

WHITE PRIVILEGE ages 10 and older. Time: 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 Cost: Free Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-9000 or


JAN. 17 VIKINGS Eric Dregne, author of “Vikings in the Attic” will speak at Vestland Lodge, Sons of Norway Time: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17 Location: Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd.


JAN. 18 HOMEBUYER SEMINAR “Thinking of buying a home? This Homebuyer Seminar is key to getting good home loans, knowing financing options, the important details of the real estate purchase process, documents and the responsibilities

of homeownership. Individual Loan Counseling appointments are optional and free except for the credit report. The certificate you earn is necessary for some loans and “down-payment assistance” programs. Time: 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18; 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 Cost: $30 per family Location: Carver County CDA, 705 Walnut Street, Chaska Info: (952) 448-7715, Ext. 2773

INSIDE THE COLLECTION: THE ART OF ANNE OPHELIA DOWDEN Visitors can delve into the art of renowned botanical artist Anne Ophelia Dowden (1907-2007), whose works are the subject of the “Wild Green Things” exhibit opening Jan. 18. Visitors can explore dozens of her actual sketches and paintings on loan from the University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Collection with Lucie Taylor, curator of the Dowden exhibit. Time: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18; exhibit runs through May 2 Cost: $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to Arboretum members Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska

Info: or (952) 443-1422

Upcoming PAYING FOR COLLEGE St. Gertrude’s Health & Rehabilitation Center, DucerusMinnesota and Thrivent Financial host a workshop for parents and students “How to Pay for College Without Going Broke.” This workshop will focus on little known ways of getting money for college, no matter what your income is, or how good of a student you have. The workshop is taught is being taught by DucerusMinnesota. Light supper provided. Registration required. Time: 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 Cost: Free Location: St. Gertrude’s, 1850 Sarazin Street, Shakopee Info: (952) 233-4488; Yvonne.; www.

BARK, BUDS AND A LEAF OR TWO Learn how to identify Minnesota trees in the winter. Dress for being outdoors. Program led by Park Ranger Mara Koenig. Time: 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20

New to the area? We’ll help make the move easier. • packet of helpful information including maps, civic and county resources • hundreds of $$$ in local merchant gift certificates • answers to your new-to-the-area questions about their new community for over 20 years. CALL 952-442-9000 OR EMAIL US TODAY FOR YOUR FREE PACKET. Business owners interested in building your customer base – call us for more information.

MYTHS SUPPORTING RACISM A “New Conversations” dialogue on “Uncovering the Five Myths that Support Racism.” Facilitated by The Saint Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Initiative. Sponsored by the Chaska Human Rights Commission, with Chaska Dunn Bros Coffee, Chaska Police Department, Carver County Sheriff’s Department, Carver County Library and the Beacon Council. Time: 6:30-9 p.m., Thursday, March 8 Cost: Free Location: Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive. Info: (952) 448-9200, Ext. 7103;

To learn more about this opportunity and meet some of our staff, you are invited to an informal open house Wednesday, January 18th, at NOREX, 5505 Cottonwood Lane, Prior Lake, MN 55372. Call 952-447-8898 to RSVP for one of two discovery sessions beginning at 6:00 pm and 6:45 pm.

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A “New Conversations” dialogue on “White Privilege.” Facilitated by The Saint Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Initiative. Sponsored by the Chaska Human Rights Commission, with Chaska Dunn Bros Coffee, Chaska Police Department, Carver County Sheriff’s Department, Carver County Library and the Beacon Council. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9 Cost: Free Location: Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive. Info: (952) 448-9200, Ext. 7103;

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RACISM A “New Conversations” dialogue on “Race and Racism.” Facilitated by The Saint Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Initiative. Sponsored by the Chaska Human Rights Commission, with Chaska Dunn Bros Coffee, Chaska Police Department, Carver County Sheriff’s Department, Carver County Library and the Beacon Council. Time: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 14 Cost: Free Location: Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive. Info: (952) 448-9200, Ext. 7103;

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Bloomington Theatre and Art Center announces “I Remember the 1950s,” a black-and-white photography exhibition in the Atrium Gallery. Bloomington photographer Richard Thorud will present his blackand-white photographs from the 1950s, a time he considers to be the “golden age” of photography. Prior to the reception, a digital Photo Scavenger Hunt will be at 1:30 p.m. in conjunction with the City of Bloomington’s Winter Fete celebration. Time: Opening reception 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21; exhibit runs through March 4 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington Info: or (952) 563-8575

Slide like an otter and hop like a squirrel in the snow. Listen to a story and enjoy a wintry snack. Co-led by yoga instructor Annalisa Bragg and a naturalist. Reservations required; reference activity 111301-08. For ages 2 to 8 with adult. Time: 10-11:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 Cost: $8 Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or


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COMMUNITY GATHERINGS ALPHA MINISTRY — Alpha is a ministry that provides an opportunity for people to learn about the Christian faith in a relaxed “come as you are” environment. Alpha will be held at St Andrew West Lutheran Church in Chaska on Sunday evenings from 5 to 7:30 p.m. starting Jan. 15 through March 25. The evening begins with a dinner, followed by a large group presentation and ending with a small g roup discussion. For more information and to register, go on line at ministries/alpha. BLOOD DONATIONS — January is National Blood Donor Month and above all other times of the year, it is the month that presents the most challenges for blood collection, according to the Red Cross. Blood donation times are scheduled in January in Carver County: Jan. 16 — 1:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., Community Center, 1211 Village Pkwy. S., Cologne. Jan. 23 — 12:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., Parish Center, Parish Center, Victoria. Jan. 31 — 1:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., American Legion, 290 Lake Dr. E., Chanhassen. First-time and regular donors are encouraged to make a difference in their communities by scheduling an appointment to give blood every January, and regularly thereafter. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-7332767) or visit redcrossblood. org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 in generally 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. DFL — The monthly meeting of the Senate District 34 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 25, in the Chanhassen Library Wilder Room. There will be a caucus convener organizing session at 7 p.m. in the Wilder Room. For more information, call Richard Donnay at (952) 934-4702. M IN N ETON K A PR E SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE — There will be a Minnetonka preschool open house on from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Minnetonka Community Education Center in Deephaven. Parents and children are invited to explore, play, and participate in activities in the preschool classrooms and gym. In addition, child care will be available while parents are given the opportunity to attend the presentation “What to Look for in a Preschool.” For more information, call (952) 401-6812 for details.

hassen is hosting an Alanon group, a 12-step program of recovery for any person who feels deeply affected by someone else’s drinking, from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays. For information, call (952)224-7300.

S O U T H W E S T M E T RO TEA PARTY — The Southwest Metro Tea Party meets from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Chanhassen Recreation Center located at 2310 Coulter Boulevard. Each meeting includes a guest speaker and many ‘Calls to Action’ encouraging citizens to get involved in Restoring our Republic. To view past speakers or to receive our weekly e -mails, please visit www.

COMFORT AND CARE — If you’ve lost someone close to you, or know someone who has, please call us to fi nd out more information about our weekly Griefshare seminar/support group sponsored by Westwood Community Church. For more information, call (952) 2247300.

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 (952) 448-5000. 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 NON-DENOMINATIONAL BIBLE ST U DY — 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 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays at Chanhassen Library. Classes are open to all regardless of level of experience. There is no charge; donations are welcome. For more information, call Ralph at (952) 934-9727 or e-mail info@ 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. 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

MEN’S AL-ANON — Meets at Mount Calvary Lutheran in Excelsior at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. For information, call John at (612) 269-5657.

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 information, contact Matthew Beck at or Pat DeZiel at patdeziel123@ 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 fi rst 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 or go online at OPERATION MINNESOTA NICE — Operation Minnesota Nice is committed to making a difference in the lives of our 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 Audra Brown at (612) 849-0156. Want to adopt a soldier or know more? Go to www.operationminnesotanice. com or call (763) 464-1696. 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) 484-6015. W E S T M E T R O N E TWORKING GROUP — West Metro Network, a professional, referral-based network comprised of trusted and expe-

rienced business professionals in the west metro area, meets Tuesday mornings. For more information and meeting times, call Vicki Franzen at (952) 937-9596. BN I- CH A N H ASSEN — Joi n ot her sma l l busi ness 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-N ET— 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. S O U T H W E S T M E T RO 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. BNI-CHANHASSEN — Join other small business professionals committed to referring business to each other at our weekly meeting on Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Chanhassen American Legion Post 580, 290 Lake Drive E, Chanhassen. For more information, call Melissa Friedrichs at (612) 961-0632. TOASTMASTERS — The Rosemount Toastmasters club meets every other Thursday in the Rosemount facility in Chanhassen (8200 Market Blvd.) in the Walnut Conference Room at 12:05 p.m. For more information, call club president Dan Klein at (952) 949-7245 or see the club’s Web site at club3096/info.htm. The “Midday Mumblers” Toastmasters club meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Friday at the SuperValu office at 19011 Lake Drive East in Chanhassen. Non-SuperValu employees are welcome. For more information, call Dru Jorgensen, president, at (952) 294-7305, or Doug Hobbs at (952) 828-4619. The Marsh Winds Toastmasters club meets from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at The Marsh at 15000 Minnetonka Blvd., in Minnetonka. All are welcome. Call Michael for more information at (612) 387-5864. The Carver County Communicators Toastmasters


HOM ESCHOOL MOMS’ N IGH T OU T — Join other mothers committed to homeschooling their children of any age, for a monthly night out on the first Tuesday of each month, at 6:45 p.m., at Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, door 4, Terrace level, Room CA214. There is no cost. For more information or to register, call Shirley at (952) 934-4825, or register online at MINNETONKA CAMERA C LU B — T he Mi n neton ka Camera Club meets on the fi rst and third Thursdays of every month in the Glen Lake area of Minnetonka. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, call Linda at (763) 479-1635 or Leanne at (952) 443-4617 or visit BETA SIGMA PHI MEETINGS — Beta Sigma Phi, an international friendship network providing educational programs and service to the community meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. around the southwest metro area. Women of all ages, interests, educational and economic backgrounds are welcome to attend. Meeting locations vary. For more information, call Annette Walters at (952) 250-7860.

SUPPORT GROUPS A L A N O N — We st wo o d Community Church in Chan-

MOPS — MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) for moms of children from birth through 5 years. Meets twice a month from 9:15-11:30 a.m. on Fridays at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School, 23290 Hwy. 7, Excelsior. For more information, call Lindsey at (952) 465-4194, or visit A LCOHOLICS A NON YMOUS — Meetings each Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Living Christ Lutheran Church, 820 Lake Drive, Chanhassen. Call (952) 922-0880 for a listing of other meetings in the area and for information about AA. LA LECHE LEAGUE — La Leche League of Eden Prairie meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. All expectant and nursing mothers and their babies are welcome. Call (952) 474-5173 for meeting location and discussion topic. STROKE SUPPORT — Any stroke survivor and their family member or friend and health care providers are welcome to attend. This group meets on a monthly basis to offer families peer support and current medical information. Meetings are the fourth Monday of every month, sponsored by American Stroke Association and Prairie Adult Care. For more information, call Joanne Bartel at (952) 949-3126. GROUPS AT RIDGEVIEW MEDICAL CENTER, WACONIA — For more information and registration, call Community Relations at (952) 442-2191, Ext. 6111. SEXUAL VIOLENCE CENTER — Call (952) 448-5425 or (612) 871-5111 for more information.

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GENEALOGY GROUP – Group meets the second Saturday of the month from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Carver County Historical Society, 555 West 1st Street, Waconia. The group has informal discussions about genealogy software, Web sites, and tips about research. For more information, call the museum at (952) 442-4234.

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club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at Chaska Middle School East, Room E 30 across from the Chaska Community Center, 1600 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska. Call Jan Naude at (952) 442-3881 or e-mail him at for more information. The H2O Toastmasters club meets the second and fourth Tuesday each month, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at Culligan Water, 6030 Culligan Way, Minnetonka. For more information visit or call JoAnn at (952) 912.2429.

MOMS CLUB — The MOMS Club of Chanhassen/Excelsior is a support group specifically for at-home moms. If you are interested in seeing if the MOMS Club of Chanhassen/ Excelsior is for you, e-mail momsclubofexcelsior@yahoo. com for more information or come to our monthly business meeting at 10:30 a.m. on the fi rst Tuesday of the month at Mt. Calvary Church, Excelsior, room 202. You qualify for membership to this local chapter if you live in the zip codes of 55331 or 55317.



FOST ER PET HOM ES NEEDED — Volunteers are needed to provide temporary foster pet homes for puppies, cats, rabbits, kitten litters and dogs in Carver, Scott and Hennepin counties. The CarverScott Humane Society is without a permanent shelter, so all abandoned pets are housed in foster care until permanent adoption occurs. Once or twice a month the foster family comes with the pet to a public adoption day for 3 hours, held in

Eden Prairie and Chaska. The society provides medical care, food and litter. Volunteers provide a safe, loving home for an average of three to six months. Once a month volunteers come with the pet to a public adoption day for three hours; usually held in Eden Prairie. For more information, call the society at (952) 368-3553, line 4, or check online at www.carverscoths. org.

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Tentative Agenda Chanhassen Planning Commission Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m. Fountain Conference Room, 7700 Market Boulevard WORK SESSION 1. Planning Commission Annual Report. 2. Discussion of Potential Code Amendments: Stormwater, Wetlands, Signs and Ball¿eld Lights.

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Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Assumed Name/Certificate Of Assumed Name Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number: Date Filed: December 29, 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. List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Corners 4 2. Principal Place of Business: 510 Bighorn 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: Masood Sajady – 510 Bighorn 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: Masood Sajady – Owner Contact Person Date: 12/29/2011 (Published in the Chanhassen Villager on Thursday, January 12 and 19, 2012; No. 4584) CITY OF CHANHASSEN CARVER AND HENNEPIN COUNTIES, MINNESOTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE 2012 STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT NO. 12-01 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Chanhassen City Council will meet in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 7700 Market Boulevard on Monday, January

23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible for a public hearing on the feasibility study for the reconstruction of the following streets in the Minnewashta Heights neighborhood: Dogwood Avenue Elm Tree Avenue Fir Tree Avenue Greenbriar Avenue Maplewood Circle Shore Drive The estimated cost of the street improvement is $1,579,800. The total estimated project cost is $2,681,230. A reasonable estimate of the impact of the assessment will be available at the hearing. This project is proposed to be paid for with a combination of assessments and City funds. All persons interested may appear and be heard at said time and place. Todd Gerhardt, City Clerk (Published in the Chanhassen Villager on Thursday, January 12 and 19, 2012; No. 4585) Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Assumed Name/Certificate Of Assumed Name Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number: Date Filed: December 09, 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. List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Embellish by Jackie 2. Principal Place of Business: 7753 Village St., 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: Jackie Coulter – 7753 Village St., 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: Jackie Coulter Contact Person 320-761-0256 Date: 11/17/2011 (Published in the ChanhassenVillager on Thursday, January 12 and 19, 2012; No. 4586)

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I spend part of my childhood waiting for the Stearns County Bookmobile. When it comes to town, it makes a U-turn in front of the grade school and glides into place under the elms. It is a natural wonder of late afternoon. I try to imagine Dante, William Faulkner, and Emily Dickinson traveling down a double lane highway together, country western on the radio. Even when it arrives, I have to wait. The librarian is busy, getting out the inky pad and the lined cards. I pace back and forth in the line, hungry for the fresh bread of the page, Because I need something that will tell me what I am; I want to catch a book, clear as a one-way ticket, to Paris,

REVIEWS “Sheepish: Two women, fi fty sheep and enough wool to save the planet,” by Cathe r i n e Friend This aut hor a l so wrote “Hit by a Farm” and “Compassionate Carn i v o r e ,” along with seven children’s books and three novels. Friend has spoken at the Chanhassen Library, and was truly delightful. This book continues her writing about life on her sheep farm, the history of wool and sheep, her discovery of knitting and weaving, sheep shearing, lambing…and her philosophy of the small farm. “A Bitter Truth; a Bess C r a w ford Mystery,” by Charles Todd T o d d is the author of the W W I era

mysteries featuring Ian Rutledge. This series features Bess Crawford, a nurse in the trenches of France. Bess has returned home to London for a brief leave over Christmas, and finds a distraught woman on her doorstep … a stranger … with a bruised face and a small head wound, Lydia Ellis. Bess takes her in, treats her, and ends up taking her home to face her family, including the husband home on leave who hit her. Bess becomes embroiled in the family drama, and soon one of the houseguests visiting for a memorial service for a slain son, George Hughes, is found dead. Before he dies, he drops a bomb at a family gathering – what about the orphan daughter of Roger Ellis missing in France? What is Roger doing to fi nd her? Bess takes on this mission as well, when she returns to France, with the murderer still unknown. More will die before this murky murder is solved.

READING PROGRAM The Winter Jackets Adult Reading Program is Jan. 17 to Feb. 29. Fill out a form, completing three of the suggested tasks. Turn it in by March 1 and you will be entered in a drawing for a Barnes and Noble gift card. You can only enter the contest once. The Winter Jackets kick-off is 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Chanhassen Library, where our librarians will share some ideas about books and what’s being published. There will be time for questions and for sharing any books you’d like to talk about.

CHANHASSEN LIBRARY “Senior Surf Day.” Basic computer classes for seniors.

Learn how to search the Internet and fi nd web sites of interest. Mondays 10 am to noon Jan. 23 and Feb. 27. Call to register. “Computer Basics – Building Job Skills” is 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18. Preparing for a new job and looking to build the computer skills used daily in the workplace? In this class, you will learn to use the mouse and keyboard, become familiar with windows, and save fi les. These classes are presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota Computer Education Center, funded by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency). Class size is limitedregistration is required. Call (952) 227-1500 to register. Family Day is 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 2 8 with the Chanhassen Historical Society and Carver County Historical Society. Come and meet people from Chanhassen’s early history. Fun for all ages. Snacks. The Thrift Club is 10:30noon, Saturday, Jan. 14. The Thrift Club is now meeting every other month. Join this group for lively discussions on creative ideas to save money. The Writer’s Group meets 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 14. Join this group of aspiring writers for inspiration and support. They meet monthly at the Chanhassen Library. January features Mary Carroll Moore, author of “Your Book Starts Here.” February: Darby Nelson will be speaking about his book on citizen involvement in local water protection. How can you get a desired response about a hot issue? March: Mike Lein talks about writing for columns. Kathy Perschmann is the assistant branch manager of the Chanhassen Library. She can be reached at kperschmann@


Folklorist at Sons of Norway The Sons of Norway - Scandia Lodge presents John Berquist, one of the Midwest’s most respectable folklorists. A native Minnesotan of Norwegian and Swedish descent, he has toured Europe and has performed at festivals all across America. Berquist will perform at Island View Golf Club on Tuesday, Jan 17 as a guest of the Sons of Norway Scandia Lodge. Social hour begins at 6:30. The concert is free and open to the public. If you would like to include dinner with your evening, RSVP to

Berquist presents concerts and programs that bring to life the heritage and lore of the Upper Midwest. From lumberjack ballads to miners’ laments, folk melodies from Scandinavian, Finnish and Slavic immigrants to songs about people and places, John shares a lifelong collection of music and stories with his audiences. He plays the guitar, mandolin, 2 and 4 row button accordions, and he sings in a rich, warm baritone. His stories about the songs he sings, the people who sang them, and the heritage they represent are memorable vignettes of li fe in America’s northern heartland.


Folklorist John Berquist performs at the Sons of Norway meeting on Jan. 17.

MILITARY A ly Mc C on nel l , a 2 0 0 4 g r adu at e o f C h a s k a H i g h S cho ol , joi ne d t he Un it e d States Marine Corp after graduating from the University of St. Thomas in 2008. She was recently promoted to 1st Lieutenant and has completed primary f light training in Pensacola, Fla. She has been assigned to fly the V-22 Osprey after helicopter and multi-engine aircraft training. Proud parents are Ron and Jacquie McConnell from Chanhassen. Navy Seaman Apprentice Olivia K. Huber, daughter of Lisa Traverso of Chicago, Ill. and Paul F. Huber, of Excel-

sior, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, HuAly ber completMcConnell ed a va riet y of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on

physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Huber is a 2011 graduate of Minnetonka High School. Air Force Reserve Airman C ol l i n J. S m it h recent ly graduated from basic military

training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Smith is the son of Denise and Scott Smith of Hill Street, Chanhassen. He is a 2003 graduate of Orono High School.

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We own most of Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen’s books at the library. I recently heard her speak at the Thursday morning discussion up at The Lodge at the Chaska Community Center. It was a fascinating hour. Joyce read “Bookmobile,” one of my favorites, from her book “Comi ng back to t he body.” (Quoted with permission of the author)


3. Discuss PUD Process and Requirements.

CITY OF CHANHASSEN CARVER AND HENNEPIN COUNTIES, MINNESOTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REQUEST FOR AN ON-SALE INTOXICATING LIQUOR LICENSE SPECIAL EVENTS CATERING DBA CHUCKWAGON CHARLIE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Chanhassen City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 7700 Market Boulevard, to consider issuing an on-sale intoxicating liquor license to Special Events Catering dba Chuckwagon Charlie, located at 545 West 78th Street. All interested persons may appear and express their opinions regarding this application at said time and place. Chanhassen City Code requires that all property owners within 500 feet of the site be notified in writing. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karen Engelhardt at 952-227-1104. Todd Gerhardt City Manager (Published in the Chanhassen Villager on Thursday, January 12, 2012; No. 4583)

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Mister of ceremonies Students test nerves for Mitch fundraiser BY CHUCK FRIEDBAUER


etting up in front of a crowd c a n b e a bit n e r ve -w r a c ki n g for t ho s e not i nto t he

theater scene. “I’m a little nervous getting up in front of a fi lled auditorium, but I’ve done a few shows and its all for fun and a good cause, so it’s no big deal,” said Chaska High School senior Camilo Gallego. Eight other seniors joined Gallego in putting their talents on stage for a packed auditorium during the annual Mr. CHS event at Chaska High School last week. Each year, the school’s DECA organizat ion put s on t he M r. C H S event to raise money for the Miracles of Mitch Foundation. Since its inception, the foundation has been providing support to families of children with cancer in honor of local youth Mitch Chepokas, a Chanhassen resident who passed away in 2003. This year, senior Dan DrillMellum won, doing an impression of Severus Snape from the Harry Potter books. “It was pretty popular when I did it last year, but I added a twist to it this year to freshen it up,” he said. The other contestants gave it their best by singing songs, playing the guitar and piano, telling jokes and performing balancing acts. While many were reluctant to admit it, several acknowledged the nerves started to hit them as it came time to get on stage. “I’m generally not nervous around people, but I haven’t played my guitar in front of many people either,” said Patrick Egdorf. “So, I guess I’m a little nervous, but it’s a lot of fun and if you mess up, it’s no big deal.” Scott Gilmore said while he hadn’t performed in front of this many people, he always feels at home with his talents. “I like playing the piano and telling jokes,” he said. “And I enjoy making people laugh, so this will be a lot of fun.” Some of the contestants,

The mc’s of the events were students Mitch Rydeen, left, and Brayden Ploen.

Jacob Mihalko’s introduction to the crowd included a short skit with a large stuffed bear.

Ryan Spencer poses with his “talent”, which entails balancing a toothpick on silverware on a cup of water.

like Drill-Mellum, had wellrehearsed skits. Others may have been, well, winging it. “Right after school today, my girlfriend played me this song that’s real cool,” said

Christian Bentley. “I don’t quite have it memorized, but its fun to be up here with the guys supporting a good cause, so it’ll go fi ne.”

From left, contestants Ryan Spencer, Scott Gilmore, Jacob Mihalko Junior DeLeon, Camilo Gallego, Dan Drill-Mellum and Patrick Egdorf pick up Jake Wiemiller prior to the event.


Worship Directory

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Prairie Hill Evangelical Free Church Dr. Jerry Erickson, Pastor

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Lecture by Jay Howard of the Religious Research Project “The Reliability of Scriptures” • Wed., Oct. 26th at 7 pm The accuracy of the Scriptures will be discussed in areas such as the transmission process, reliability and date of writing.

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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.

SPECIAL EVENTS VALENTINE’S DAY DEL IGH T — Joi n u s for t he sweet sounds of our very own Chan-o-laires Chorus as they perform songs that are sure to warm our heart. Following the performance we will enjoy an array of sweet treats, coffee and tea. Date: Friday, Feb. 10 Time: 1 p.m. Cost: $6 Pay ment/ Reg i st rat ion deadline: Feb 2

UPCOMING MAINTAIN YOUR BRAIN — Much research has been done in the past few years, studying brain activity and discovering what are the contributing factors to good brain health. Besides some of the physical things you can do to maintain good brain function--eating healthy, exercising, reducing stress, studies are showing that brain stimulation can help with memory and improve cell growth. Marsha Ber r y, educ ation ma nager from the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota & North Dakota, will speak about what we can do to maintain our brain and she will be joined by Karla Businaro, adult services librarian of Carver County Libraries, who will talk about Brain Fitness stations at their branches. Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18 Time: 1 p.m. Cost: Free but call to register AC T I V I T Y S A M P L E R (PICKLEBALL AND SHUFFLE BOARD) — Get rid of the winter blues and drop into the Chanhassen Rec Center for a morning of fitness and fun. Learn to play the fastestgrowing player participation sport in America — Pickle Ball. Pickleball is played on an indoor court with a paddle similar to those used in pingpong, only larger and with a baseball-sized wiffle ball. It’s a fun way to get your fitness fi x. Also, Shuffleboard courts and

equipment will be available for play. Date: Monday, Jan. 23 Time: 9 a.m. Pickle Ball demonstration with games to follow. Cost: free DEF ENSI V E DR I V I NG — The Senior Center offers both a first-time defensive d riving class ( 8 hou r) and refresher course (4 hour) for participants who have taken the class before. An insurance discount certificate is given to everyone after completion of the class. The cost is $16/$18 per person. The $16 rate applies for AARP members and the $18 rate is for non AARP members. The AARP number must be provided at time of regist ration. I f you do not have a number call AARP at 1-888-687-2277 or access their website at to get a number. Payment is due with registration. Make checks payable to the city of Chanhassen. Pre-registration is required for these classes and is due 5 days prior to start date. 4 hr refresher class Wednesday, Jan. 11, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 8, 12:30-4:30 p.m. 8-hr First time class Monday/Tuesday Jan. 23 and 24, 5:30- 9:30 p.m. GRAND TIMES TOGETHER - GRANDPARENT & ME BINGO — Are you looking for a fun afternoon activity to do with your grandparent? Or are you a grandparent looking for a fun way to spend time with your grandchild on a schoolrelease day? How about a little Bingo? Date: Monday, Jan. 23 Time: Bingo from 1-2 p.m. followed by snacks Location: Chan Rec Center, 2310 Coulter Blvd, Chanhassen Cost: $1/person L I V ING W EL L W IT H ARTHRITIS — Learn how you can manage your arthritis, including which supplements really help and what exercises reduce joint pain. Learn about small changes you can make that could make a big difference in how you

feel. Presented by Katie Trent DPT, physical therapist from Ridgeview Joint Clinic. Date: Monday, Feb. 13 Time: 10-11 a.m. Cost: free but call to register Reg istration deadline : Feb 6

a.m. Card Club (500/ Hand &Foot) 1-4:30 p.m. Friday Sr Com mission Meeti ng (3rd) 10-11:30 a.m. Cards & Games (1st & 3) 10 a.m. – noon Woodcarving 9-11:30 a.m. Cribbage (3rd) 1-3 p.m.

DAY TRIPS WHAT A WONDERFUL WOR L D — T wo g uys, two pianos, and a Valentine’s Day fi lled with music and laughter. We will travel to the historic Paramount Theater and Visual Art Center in St Cloud. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a lunch buffet featuring lasagna, salad, bread, dessert and beverage in Studio C. Then, before the show begins, there will be time visit the Paramount Gallery and Gifts featuring regional art , ceramics, jewelry, glass, photography and more. The show a “What a Wonderful World” features two really funny guys performing your favorite musical standards… F ly Me To T he Moon, Si xteen Tons, What a Wonderful World…and many more form the great American Songbook. A delightful afternoon of music, laughs, and memories! Date: Tuesday, Feb. 14 T ime : 9 :45 a.m. – 5 p.m. Chanhassen Recreation Center Cost: $ 57 (includes performance, lunch and transportation) Pay ment/ Reg i st rat ion deadline: Jan. 10

ONGOING CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES Monday Sr. Advisory Bd (3rd) 9-10:30 a.m. Women’s Club (2nd ) 9:30-11 a.m. Bridge 12:30-3:30 p.m. Book Club (4th) Monday 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday Foot Care (1st) 8 : 30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Health Insurance Counseling (2nd) 9-11 a.m. Chan-o-laires – 12:30-2:15 p.m. Wednesday Woodcarving 9-11:30 a.m. Bingo 12:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday Nintendo Wii (1&3) 9:30-11

OPEN SWIM PROGRAM AT A M E R IC I N N — T he Chanhassen Senior Center along with AmericInn of Chanhassen is offering an Open Swim opportunity for area seniors. The AmericInn pool ranges from 3-5 feet deep. All seniors will also have access to the heated hot tub/whirlpool, and sauna. Towels are provided. The cost is $24 for a 12 session punch card. Punch cards need to be purchased at the Senior Center before attending Open Swim. For additional information, call (952) 227-1125 FOOT CARE CLINIC — The Senior Center is offering foot care services on the fi rst Tuesday of the every month. Foot care services include a soak, assessment, nail trimming and a message. Appointments last approximately 45 minutes. The cost is $26 per visit and payment is made the day of you r visit. Ap pointments are required and can be made by calling (952) 227-1125. BOOK CLUB — All are welcome. Join us for some interesting reads and discussions at the Chanhassen Senior Center book club. The club meets the fourth Monday of the month at the Senior Center from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CARD CLUBS — The Chanhassen Senior Center invites you to play Bridge on Monday’s 12:30-3:30 p.m., Bingo on Wednesday’s from 12:30 p.m.3:30 p.m. and 500 and Hand & Foot on Thursday’s 1-4 p.m. CR I BBAGE — Peg your way to the Senior Center for an afternoon of fun. We’ll play on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 1-3 pm. 6 games wi l l be played with prizes awarded to the top 3 point holders.


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Members of the Chanhassen Woodcarvers club displayed their recent projects at their annual Christmas and Lefse breakfast.

Cost: $1 per person F R I DAY F U N A N D GAMES — Join us every Friday for a morning of fun and games. Board Games, Scrabble, dominos or a game of your choice. Stay for a warm nutritious lunch provided by the CAP Agency Senior Nutrition Program. A two day reservation is required for lunch by calling (952) 227-1127 and the program requests a $3.50 contribution. Time: 10 a.m. - noon CHAN-O-LAIRES — Come share your musical talents this group! New members are all welcome at any time of the season. They meet every Tuesday from 12:30-2:15 p.m. This group sings at various functions com-

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Tanzania: Safari; Zanzibar: Beach Holiday Experience the wonders of Africa’s wildlife by hot-air balloon. Get an up-close view of wildebeest herds pushing across the Serengeti, zebras zigzagging through endless grasses and elephants bathing in wadis. Go wild on a walking or vehicle safari and then sleep tight in your deluxe safari tent.

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After witnessing the largest mass movement of mammals on the planet (say that five times), fly to Zanzibar, Tanzania’s “Spice Island” (see photo, page 10). Here on the Indian Ocean’s white sands, cultures have collided for centuries. Stay in exotic Stone Town where Arab harems danced for sultans, Indian spice merchants left splendid architecture and Dr. Livingstone (I presume) began his last journey into the Swahili mainland. Or stay at a beach resort for some of the world’s best scuba diving.

High Li Living Along Peru’s Ancient Pathways Adventure travelers love the trek to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas,” for its blend of l action, rugged beauty and lavish pampering. What do you call a four-day backpacking trip where polite porters carry your pa pack, learned chefs prepare exotic local foods, and hot wine is served at an fee above sea level? Vagabonding Lulu calls it “Gucci Camping.” alpine viewpoint 11,742 feet


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WOODCARVING — Interested in learning to carve or would like to pick-up with some old unfi nished projects? Join this very talented group of men and women every Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. A volunteer instructor is available to help out beginners or anyone else needing additional assistance. This group welcomes visitors at anytime.

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PARK AND RECREATION The following Chanhassen Park and Recreation Department programs are coming up. For more information, call the Recreation Department at (952) 227-1100.

YOUTH PROGRAMS Abrakadoodle: Sculpt, Pain and Draw for Teens — We’ll sculpt, paint, and decoupage, draw, and more! Learn to sculpt masks from air dry clay and owls using model magic. Paint a landscape on canvas board while applying some impressionist techniques. Discover how to draw owls and learn some water color techniques to compete drawings while learning about perspective. We’ll decoupage and paint picture frames and more! The program, designed for children ages 10 to 14, will be on Saturdays, Jan. 21 – February 5 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Chanhassen Recreation Center. $94 Residents/$99 NonResidents. Grandparent & Me Bingo — This is a great way for children of all ages to spend an afternoon with their grandparent. Participants will enjoy snacks while playing Bingo. This program is offered at the Chanhassen Recreation Center on Monday, Jan. 23 from 2-3 p.m. $1 per person. KinderMusik: Away We Go — This class focuses on transportation, a favorite topic for toddlers on the go, go go! Sing and play along with the favorite songs such as “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad: and Wheels on the Bus.” The program, designed for children ages 1½ to 3 ½, will be on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. at the Chanhassen Recreation Center. $10 Residents/$13 Non-Residents. Little Tiger Self-Defense and Safety Training — This is an exciting class for children ages 3-5 to learn basic self-defense and martial arts skills while developing coordination and flexibility. Join us on Thursdays from Feb. 2 – 23 from 12:45 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. at the Chanhassen Recreation Center. $46 Residents/$50 NonResidents. Daddy/Daughter Date Night — The Daddy/Daughter Date Night is a time to create special memories with your daughter (or granddaughter) while sharing dinner, games, and dancing to children’s music by a local DJ. Two sessions are offered, but this event fills up quickly, so register early! Dances are offered from 6-8 p.m. on either Friday, Feb. 10, or Saturday, Feb. 11. $45 Residents/$50 Non-Residents Tae Kwon Do Junior Program — This traditional Korean marital art teaches selfconfidence, discipline, self defense and respect for others. A Junior Orientation class begins on Feb. 20 and runs through March 29. This program, designed for children ages 7 – 13, is offered at the Chanhassen Rec Center. For more information, call (952) 227-1400. Safe on My Own: A Child’s Guide to Home Alone Safety — This American Red Cross developed program teaches 8-12 year olds how to be safe when at home alone. Skills taught include: home safety, how to react to strangers, internet safety, basic first aid, and more! A book and snack are provided. Open to 8-12 year olds on Thursday, March 6, from 5:15-7:45 p.m. at the Chanhassen Recreation Center. $27 Residents/$30 NonResidents.

YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAMS Small Fry Sports: Basket-

ball — This exciting program is designed to provide 3 and 4 year olds with the opportunity to develop large motor skills through games and activities related to their favorite sport. Each session will focus on skill development, sport fundamentals, and sportsmanship. Join us at the Chanhassen Recreation Center on Tuesdays from Feb. 7-21 from 10-10:45 a.m. $24 Residents/$29 Non-Residents Lil’ Star Sports Basketball — Dribble, pass, shoot, score! Basketball focuses each week on fundamental skills, with fun drills and a weekly scrimmage, all in an energetic, supportive environment. Each week, players will participate in a fun fi lled activity while developing teamwork and sportsmanship skills. Two sessions are available on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, Feb. 21 – March 28 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Chanhassen Recreation Center. $45 Residents/$53 NonResidents. A fter School A l l Stars : Dodgeball — Dodge, dip, duck, dive and dodge! We’re inviting elementary age kids from 7-11 to join us for the 5 D’s of dodgeball at the Chanhassen Recreation Center. This program will allow participants to play several games per week with mixed aged teams. Join us on Tuesdays, Feb. 7-28 from 4-5:15 p.m. $21 Residents/$25 Non-Residents. After School All Stars: Archery — Participants will be introduced to the basics of archery, including proper techniques for stance, aim, and release. All sessions will be in the Chanhassen Recreation Center gym on Wednesdays, Feb. 8-29 from 4-5:15 p.m. $29 Residents/$32 Non-Residents

F letcher, an easy-go ing, 51 pound pointer, who wou ld l i ke to be a companion to you and your other dog. He is house and crate trained. His foster home lets him have the run of the house, and he is well behaved. Fletcher like to sleep in your bed or on a dog bed in your room. If you head for the car, he hopes you’ll take him along. This smart, friendly

Here’s a bet I would have lost: betting that I would be putting the fi nishing touches on my new shade perennial garden on New Years Eve day! I tilled and planted at the base of giant bur oaks during much of August and September and then turned my attention elsewhere, save for weekly watering until the ground froze. I chose not to complete the shady landscape by spreading wood chips on walk paths, figuring that task could wait until next spring. In early December, a neighbor offered me wood chips, but a pond separated my garden from the woodchip pile. Then came New Year’s Eve day and a perfect combination of conditions – thawed woodchip pile, 6-inch-deep ice on the pond, and shirtsleeve temperatures. I forked multiple wheelbarrows full of chips and wheeled them across the ice, covering the formerly bare-earth paths. Who says global warming is a bad thing?! A couple of other stories grabbed my attention recently. U of M researchers compared two Autumn Blaze (acer x freemanii) maple trees planted on the same date 10 years earlier. Both were planted at the depth of the surface soil in the pot, which was way too deep for Tree No. 2. The result was girdling (circling) roots that choked future growth of Tree No. 2.



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Activity Sampler: Pickleball and Shuff le Board — Get rid of the winter blues and romp into the Chanhassen Recreation Center to play Pickleball, the fastest growing participation sport in America. Shuffle Board courts and equipment will also be available for play. Join us Monday, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m. for this free activity.

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Stott Pilates — Pilates tones and lengthens muscles, increases abdominal and back strength, improves posture and body mechanics, and reduces joint and lower back stress and tension. An Intermediate/Advanced class runs on Tuesdays from Jan. 24 – March 27 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. $156 Residents/$181 NonResidents.

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Zumba — Zumba fuses hypnotic musical rhythms and tantalizing moves to create a dynamic workout that is fun and easy to do. The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. All levels welcome. The program will be on Wednesdays, Feb. 22 – April 4 from 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. at the Chanhassen Recreation Center. $48 Residents/$56 Non-Residents.


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ELLA Yo u ’ l l hear me chatter while watching birds at the window. After a couple minutes sizing up a stranger, I’ll rub against their leg. I jump into and stay in a lady’s lap for quite a long time. If you’re a guy, I won’t stay quite as long for some reason. I door greet, follow you, and leg rub. I enjoy petting, and having my head scratched. If you have wand toys we will have a good time togther. I’m OK being held and you’ll enjoy my soothing purr.


the box-cut method generally had good root systems after five years in the ground. Circling roots were drastically reduced but not entirely eliminated, according to the researchers. I’ve just hit the high points of these planting errors; if you’re faced with these situations, I recommend doing a little Internet research before spading your problem tree into the ground (e-mail me for photo link at cliffjohnson1@ One fi nal tree note, of interest to me because of trees on my property. A healthy bur oak drops all its leaves in the fall. Leaves that are infected with the fungal pathogen (Tubakia sp.) that causes Bur Oak Blight (BOB) remain attached to the tree into the winter. Leaves on one of my mature bur oaks remained attached to the tree this fall. Does it have BOB? BOB doesn’t kill bur oaks, but it weakens them, leaving them susceptible to secondary threats like two-lined chestnut borer and A r mi l laria root rot. Coupled with our current drought, my 150-year-old bur oak could be in trouble. BOB has been observed in Carver County. Cliff Johnson is a Carver resident and a Master Gardener. More than 200 previous Putting Down Roots columns can be viewed at

Adult Co-Ed Dodgeball League — Teams will play 7 officiated league matches. Each match will consist of up to 15 officiated games in a 55 minute time limit. Any ratio of men and women, 18 and up, may participate, including all male and all female teams. Sponsored by Chanhassen and Victoria Parks and Recreation Departments. Games will be Tuesday nights from Jan. 17 – Feb. 28. Contact the Recreation Department at (952) 227-1100 for more information.

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stem (usually about one-fourth inch in diameter) is visible after you fill in the planting hole. This will ensure that as the tree gets older and roots and stems expand, there will be no compression of the stem. Another tree-planting dilemma is the discovery that a potted tree is root-bound with a snarl of encircling roots. W hen this tree is planted, chances are good that the roots circling near the top of the conPUTTING DOWN ROOTS tainer will eventually press up against the stem of the tree and After 10 years, the trunk di- strangle it to death. So, what ameter of Tree No. 2 was 4 inch- should you do? es, while the trunk diameter of The best choice at that moTree No. 1 was 8 inches. Tree ment is to return the potted tree No. 2 was 25 feet tall and Tree to the garden center and get a No. 1 was 35 feet tall. Leaves of replacement. If that choice isn’t Tree No. 2 colored and dropped feasible, the U of M researchearly, and the tree looked ane- ers of fer another solution. mic next to It’s called the Tree No. 1. “box cut.” It’s T he t r u e a n a lter nacost of t his tive to techc o m m o n niques sugplanting ergested in the ror is lost past, such time. If Tree as scoring No. 2 dies and the circling Cliff Johnson needs to be reroots with a Master Gardener placed, it will razor kni fe b e 11 or 1 2 or butterflyyears behind ing the root other trees. Even if it lives, it is ball with a shovel. These apessentially half the size of Tree proaches haven’t panned out, No. 1 and other trees planted at according to the U of M rethe same time. searchers. Here’s the lesson: W hen A box cut is performed by planting a container-grown cutting the root ball into the tree, make sure that the fi rst shape of a box using a pruning large root connecting to the saw. Root balls treated using

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Here’s how it works: Jeans Day - a day when employees may dress for work in jeans. In return, the employee pays one dollar, which goes to area non-profit organizations. Jeans Day is a way to raise funds for non-profits and at the same time boost employee morale. We like the idea of people of the Greater Southwest Metro area wearing jeans for area non-profits on the last Friday of each month. For the next year we are proposing the following non-profits: January Big Brothers Big Sisters – Starting something since 1904. At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we’ve been impacting the lives of children for over 100 years. And we’re just getting started. For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. And we have over a century of volunteers, donors, and advocates just like you to thank. More than 100 years later, Big Brothers Big Sisters remains true to our founders’ vision of bringing caring role models into the lives of children. And, today, Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states—and in 12 countries around the world.

February River Valley Nursing Center – Mission: Serving vulnerable individuals and families in our community while promoting the leadership role of nurses. Vision: Compassionate and individualized health-related services and community resources are available to all. History: We grew out of the Carver/Scott Healthy Communities Collaborative in 2003. The 7 original partners all shared a concern for the uninsured and underinsured in Carver and Scott counties. As of 2008, there were almost 5,000 uninsured in Carver County and 11,000 in Scott County. River Valley Community Partnership is a tax exempt organization - 501 (c)(3). Our Unique Model: Our services are provided by Minnesota licensed Public Health nurses and bi-lingual Spanish translators/community outreach providers.

March Minnesota Food Share – Each March, Minnesota FoodShare directs the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state and restocks 300 food shelves across Minnesota. It recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and civic groups to run local food and fund drives to aid in the effort. Minnesota FoodShare organizes a statewide media campaign to promote food shelf donations. It produces and distributes free promotional and educational resources for food drive organizers. It acts as a clearinghouse for cash donations and distributes the funds to participating Minnesota food shelves. Throughout the year, Minnesota FoodShare advocates on behalf of hungry Minnesota families with both state and federal lawmakers and educates the public about hunger in Minnesota.

April Autism Society of Minnesota – The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is an organization of families, educators, care givers, and professionals committed to supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It was established in 1971. AuSM has members throughout the state of Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Mission: The Autism Society of Minnesota exists to enhance the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. AuSM seeks to realize its mission through education support, collaboration, and advocacy.

May Regional Parks Foundation of the Twin Cities – The Regional Parks Foundation of the Twin Cities is the designated non-profit partner for the Regional Parks system. Your Donation supports ALL of the regional parks in the Twin Cities region. Parks in our area: Carver County Parks - Baylor, Minnewashta, and Waconia. Dakota County Parks - Lake Byllesby, Lebanon Hills, Miesville Ravine, Spring Lake, Mississippi River Trail, Big Rivers Trail. Three Rivers Park District (Hennepin and Scott Counties) - Baker, Byant Lake, Carver (Lowry Nature Center), Cleary Lake (Scott County), Clifton E. French, Crow-Hassan, Eagle Lake, Elm Creek (Eastman Nature Center), Fish Lake, Gale Woods, Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes (Richardson Nature Center), Lake Minnetonka, Mississippi River Coon Rapids Dam - West Nature Center, Murphy-Hanrahan (Scott County), North Mississippi, Noerenberg Memorial, Lake Rebecca, Silverwood (Ramsey County), Dakota Rail Trail; North Hennepin Trail, Scott County Trail, Southwest LRT Trails (North and South). www.

June FISH (Families and Individuals Sharing Hope) – is a collaborative effort of the faith community, non-profits, service groups, local government and the business community. Their shared mission is to partner together to meet human needs so that individuals will be able to live healthy, transformed lives. Partnering together to match available and future services with individuals in need

during singular times of crisis or through longer times of need assisted by a mentor to achieve the goal of living a transformed healthy life.

July Life College – Minnesota Life College (MLC), located in Richfield, Minnesota, is a not-for-profit, vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders. Since 1996, MLC has been dedicated to helping our students make a successful transition to independent living and financial self-sufficiency. Our students are involved in a challenging vocational and independent living curriculum with an emphasis on “Real Skills for Real Life™.” Students have the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom. We give students the opportunity to learn the skills they need to know in the real world. www.

August Fruits of the City – Fruits of the City aims to capture fresh fruit that would otherwise go to waste and redistribute it to those in need. In 2010, we partnered with Second Harvest Heartland to glean over 23,000 pounds of fruit. Our goal for this year is to harvest 36,000 pounds of fruit. www. html

September Sobriety High Charter School – Our Mission: to provide adolescents recovering from alcohol and drug dependency a comprehensive, four-year high school diploma program in a safe, sober and chemical-free environment. Sobriety High Charter School is welcoming and supportive academic environment that is committed to sobriety, academic success, and personal growth. Our goal is to provide a safe, sober, and challenging school experience for students who share a commitment to educational achievement and personal growth.

October The Wildcat Sanctuary – Our Mission - Provide a natural sanctuary to wildcats in need and inspire change to end the captive wildlife crisis. Our Vision - Help create a world where animal sanctuaries are no longer needed. Who we are - The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) is a 501c3 non-profit, no-kill big cat rescue located in Sandstone, MN. TWS provides a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspires change to end the captive wildlife crisis. TWS is funded solely on private donations. The Sanctuary is a home for animals, not a zoo for people and is not open to the public. Combining natural and spacious habitats with a life free of exhibition and exploitation, TWS allows all residents to live wild at heart. As a true sanctuary, we do not buy, breed, sell or exhibit animals.

November Minnesota Adoption Resource Network is committed to the right of every child to a permanent, nurturing family. Since 1980, Minnesota Adoption Resource Network (MARN) has been dedicated to the recruitment of adoptive families for Minnesota waiting children, advocating on behalf of adoptive, kinship and foster families, and maximizing opportunities for successful adoptions. Since we are not a child-placing agency, we can fully advocate for the children needing adoptive families. To many, zero means nothing. At MARN, when it comes to children waiting for families, zero means everything. www.

December CAP Agency – CAP Agency - Organized in 1965, as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” movement, the agency began as the Scott-Carver Economic Council providing co-op farming programs, Head Start and Senior Citizen Centers to residents of Scott and Carver Counties. The CAP Agency expanded its service area in 1985, to include residents of Dakota County. The agency’s name has since been adopted to reflect this expansion. Now numerous programs strong, three counties wide and over 40 years old, the CAP Agency offers a varied menu of services in each county, and continues to grow and evolve to reflect its commitment to address the unmet needs of the community.


outhwest Newspapers will promote Jeans Day and all the participating businesses in each of its seven community newspapers every month. We’ll provide you with Jeans Day stickers for your participating employees to wear. We also will give you “table tents” to explain to customers why employees are dressed casually. Southwest Newspapers retains less than 10% of the donations to cover the cost of stickers, mailings and other promotional material. Southwest Newspapers also donates all the ads placed in the paper promoting Jeans Day. In short, this program will cost you nothing. It will boost employee morale. It will pleasantly unite all of the Greater Southwest Metro area for a worthwhile cause, and hopefully will raise lots of money for local non-profits. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Jennifer Sorenson at jsorenson@ or 952-3456477. Thanks, Jeans Day Committee

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Large 1 BR apartment, heat/ water/ garbage included. $575/ month. 612-386-5559

Health Supplies Diabetic test strips wanted. Most brands. Will pay cash. Local pick up. Call Ted at 612-216-6266

Large 2 BR Apt. Washer, Dryer, Utilities included. No smoking, $795. mo. Steve 612875-5505

Carver Rentals 1 BR, $685-710, all utilities included. No pets/ non-smoking. 952-3613245

Updated 3 BR/ 2 BA condo. Pets ok. $1295/mo. 612-4601120

Jordan Rentals 1 & 2 BR apartments, (heat, hot/cold water, garbage included) $600$675, no pets. 612-5996245 2 BR duplex, lower/ upper, W/D, no pets. 3/1/12. $675-$775. 952492-6911 New Townhomes Rents - $927/month* 3 BR Townhomes, 1,600-sq. ft. Private entry w/covered front porch. Double car garage w/opener. Washer/dryer in each unit, central heat & air conditioning. Range w/self cleaning oven, refrigerator, dishwasher & breakfast bar. Children's play area w/equipment. Jordan Valley Townhomes

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3BR/ 2BR off Marshall Private patio playground remodeled, 722 Garden Ln. January $750/$800 612-325-7954 Large 2 BR, heat included, off street parking, $750. 952-890-9177 Sandalwood Studiosfull kitchenettes, nightly/ weekly/ monthly rates available. 952-277-0100


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AUTOCAD DRAFTER Part time, temporary position. Produce CAD drawings of new and existing products. Must have knowledge of AutoCAD 2007 or later. $10.00/hr. Shakopee location near 169 and CR 83. Fax resume to 952884-1726.


Insurance Sales position in Chaska. Looking for a career, like working with people? This job might be for you. Please email resume to: Successful completion of licensing requirements is required to solicit and service our products.

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EMPLOYMENT Full-Time WORK FROM HOME! Put your faith first, Family second with an Opportunity to earn a Great income! 952-934-4305 ASSOCIATE TRAINEE Real Estate Career Excellent Potential Fast Growth

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

Beautician & Nail Tech Openings- Busy Salon. Commission or Rental. FT/PT. 952-445-3300, 952-215-9904, Debi

Cook, FT/PT, experience required. TJ Hooligans, Prior Lake 952447-6668 PMT Corp. now hiring for these FT positions: Customer Service Cleanroom Technicians Inside Sales Apply in person- 1500 Park Rd, Chanhassen, MN 55317.

Service Writer Ditch Witch of Minnesota is seeking service writer for busy shop. Experience not required but is a plus. Computer skills are required. Benefits include: Medical, dental, 401K, disability & uniforms. Fax resume to: 952-445-0035 or mail to: 12826 Emery Way, Shakopee, MN 55379. No phone calls please

Mechanic Ditch Witch of Minnesota is seeking experienced technician with formal hydraulics and electrical system training. Computer skills are a plus. Benefits include: Medical, dental, 401K, disability & uniforms. Fax resume to: 952-445-0035 or mail to: 12826 Emery Way, Shakopee, MN 55379. No phone calls please.

Accurate Home Care, LLC, is currently seeking RN/LPNs to work in Prior Lake and the surrounding areas. We are looking for individuals for all shifts. Qualified candidates must have great customer service skills, be compassionate and dependable and be able to provide assistance with daily living tasks. We offer outstanding wages plus excellent benefits including: Holiday Pay, Paid Time Off, Health, Dental, STD, LTD, and Life Insurance, 401K with match, & Educational Benefits. Interested candidates can apply by completing an application, please attach cover letter and resume along with salary requirements. EEO/AA To apply go to our website:

Live-in and hourly positions available. Must have CNA and HHA experience! Drivers license, vehicle, and auto insurance required. $12.50-$15./hour or live-in starting at $160/day.


Sales/ Marketing Outside Sales Rep Ditch Witch of Minnesota is looking for a motivated individual to fill a position supporting directional drilling customers with after market support products throughout Minnesota. Competitive compensation package, vehicle, medical, dental, 401K. Fax resume to: 952-445-0035 or mail to: 12826 Emery Way, Shakopee, MN 55379. No phone calls please.

LIGHT EQUIPMENT MECHANIC RMS Rentals is seeking a Construction Equipment Technician to join our service department. This is a shop position. Experience on Construction Equipment or Technical Schooling preferred. Hydraulic & electrical experience a plus. Must have own tools and clean driving record. Please send resume to Patti Sather or 5633 W. Hwy 13 Savage, MN 55378 EOE

NOREX has an opening for a Customer Service Representative to be a part of our energetic and enthusiastic team. We are seeking an individual with a strong personal commitment to high moral and ethical standards. We need a service-oriented, high energy, personable professional with a minimum 2 year college degree and 2+ years working experience. The desire to grow into a sales position is a plus. To learn more about this opportunity and meet some of our staff, you are invited to an informal open house Wednesday, January 18, at NOREX, 5505 Cottonwood Lane, Prior Lake, MN 55372. Call 952-447-8898 to RSVP for one of two discovery sessions beginning at 6:00pm and 6:45pm. Equal Opportunity Employer

Dining Server position Full-time and Part-time AM shifts 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.


Sheriff's Deputy In this position you will perform duties in the protection of life & property, crime prevention, apprehension of criminals, & the general enforcement of laws & ordinances. Our Officers are proactive and involved in the communities and multi-task oriented in their approach to job tasks. If you are seeking a department that delivers a broad range of programs and services, this is the job for you! MQs: Applicants must have completed skills training, possess a valid driver's license, & be fulltime license-eligible by the MN POST Board by 06-30-12. Salary Range: $51,358 to $69,485-DOQ. Selection Method: Rating of training & experience. Top candidates will be invited to interview. Finalists will undergo background investigation, psychological evaluation, physical exam, & drug testing. Closing: 01-23-12.

Social Worker I Filling 1-FT vacancy working in Children's Services and Adult Mental Health. In this fast-paced position you will perform a variety of program & client support duties working in Children's Services and Adult Mental Health. Your time will be split between the two programs, doing program reporting and direct client services for Children's Services and direct client services with the Community Support Program in Adult Mental Health. Occasional evening hours may be required. MQs: Requires equivalency of bachelor's degree in a health or human services field. Program experience is desirable. Valid DL is required. Hiring Range: $39,934 to $46,981DOQ. Selection Method: Training & Experience Rating. Closing: 01/19/12.

Case Aide In this position you will perform a variety of program support and direct care services for the developmental disabilities unit, playing a key role in administering grants and coordinating program record-keeping in state systems. MQs: Requires equivalency of bachelor's degree in a health or human services field. Related work experience providing program or direct service support is highly desirable. Incumbent shall possess a valid driver's license. Hiring Range: $37,674 to 44,323DOQ. Selection Method: Training & Experience Rating. Closing: 01/20/12. Obtain applications from Scott County Employee Relations at (952) 496-8890 or online at: EOE

TTY/TDD: (952) 496-8170 Let's work together.

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


Garage Door Manufacturer is seeking an honest, dependable and personable individual for customer service, order entry and accounts receivable position. Garage Door or building product experience is an advantage but not required. Casual work environment with a full benefit package. Great opportunity for the right person. Background check required. Please apply at: 4055 Norex Dr., Chaska, MN or by fax 952-368-3435

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As Scheduling Manager for Park Dental, you will play an important role in working with a doctor & his team in a fast-paced environment. You will schedule patient appointments using computerized scheduling, answer insurance & billing questions, & oversee patient account management. Req's inclu: strong computer skills, ability to multitask, strong organizational skills, excellent customer service & professionalism. Dental or Medical exp required. Benefits included. Park Dental is seeking the ideal team member to support our core values of Service, Excellence, Respect, Value, Integrity, Collaboration and Education to our patients. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Kathie at: kdawiedczyk@ Or fax to 651-636-6350. EOE.

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School Bus Drivers Palmer Bus Service is looking for persons with a good driving record to drive school bus in the Shakopee School District. Activity routes and Substitute driver routes available. Requires School Bus license. Will train eligible applicants. Excellent salary, annual bonus, paid training. Palmer Bus Service 952-445-1166

NOREX is hiring full time, salary + commission, sales people to join our family-friendly, stable, and ethical team. No sales experience or IT background necessary, but a college degree and 5+ years work history preferred. Ideal candidate is personable positive and energetic, with good communication skills. Job includes 25% travel calling directly on IT leaders. To learn more about this opportunity and meet some of our staff, you are invited to an informal open house Wednesday, January 18th, at NOREX, 5505 Cottonwood Lane, Prior Lake, MN 55372. Call 952-447-8898 to RSVP for one of two discovery sessions beginning at 6:00 pm and 6:45 pm. EOE

Nail Tech & Massage Therapist. 952-4963331 Anderson Bus Company in Prior Lake is hiring Reliable & Professional Persons to work on Special Education Routes as Driver or Attendant. Must be willing to acquire a CDL w/endorsements. 10-20 hrs per week, with potential for growth. Paid training, competitive salary,401 K, and Summers off. For more information contact Jennifer @ or call 952-447-4189 Busy Prior Lake Chiropractic office part time position. Duties include, patient scheduling, billing, insurance, transcription & miscellaneous office duties. Computer skills and ability to multi task a must. Submit resume to: Yellow mini school bus driver. Need to have license. 952-447-2557


LABORERS 1st SHIFT We're looking for Laborers to assist drivers & load builders with various tasks, stock product & perform yard maintenance on our 1st shift. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Starting wage is $8 to $9 per hour. Applicants must have a great work attitude, ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, ability to lift 100 pounds and ability to pass a drug test & physical. Apply in person at: LYMAN LUMBER COMPANY 18900 West 78th Street Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-470-4800 EOE M/F/D/V

2nd Shift Class A Mold Maker Starkey Laboratories, Inc. is a recognized world leader in providing the highest quality hearing technology available. If you're interested in working for a company that is dedicated to improving our customers' quality of life, consider the opportunity our team presents at our facility in Glencoe, MN. This position is responsible for building various machined pieces parts to support manufacturing and new product development. Qualified candidate should have a 2-year AAS Degree in Tool and Die/Mold making or equivalent. 10 years total combined experience in the building, repair, or maintenance of injection molds required. Ability to operate PC with Microsoft products and proficient with CAD/CAM software. Starting hours Monday-Thursday 10 am-8:30 pm. during training period. After training, Monday-Thursday 3 pm-1:30 am.

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES! ARS is a growing direct marketing company located in Rogers, MN. We specialize in direct mail & are looking for hardworking, reliable people to join our team. * Laser Operator

* Set-up Mechanic

Laser Operator: The main function of this position is to set up and operate the Oce Laser printers and cutting equipment. Set-up Mechanic: The main function of this position is to set up and operate a variety of mail room equipment, provide regular maintenance, and trouble shoot when equipment is down.

You'll enjoy a full benefit package: Exceptional medical/dental/prescription coverage 401 (k), ESOP & life insurance Short term disability Vacation & paid holidays 4 days/10 hour shift

This is a great opportunity for you to join a company that is on the rise. ARS offers great benefits, and a friendly environment. You must be able to bend/twist and lift up to 70 lbs. Please fax resume and salary requirements to (763) 428-1434, apply online to or apply in personAdvanced Response Systems: 13175 George Weber Dr., Rogers, MN 55374. EOE.

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Chief A Boiler Operator $24.00/hr plus day-one benefits including medical, personal time and flex $$.

Come to work for the nation's leading beet sugar producer in a hands-on, equipment oriented environment. United Sugars has openings for nonunion, full time, limited duration jobs in our Chaska, MN plant. These positions work a minimum of 8 hour shifts. There is currently a union lockout in progress. Applicants must be at least 18 years old with a HS Diploma or GED and have a hold a Valid Boiler operator license and pass entrance testing, drug testing and criminal background check. Preferred candidates will have manufacturing or industrial experience, be able to work in an industrial setting, have a good work ethic and communication skills. Apply online at:

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Apple laptop iBook, G3 latest os. Excellent condition, $120. 612-8392933 Barry Sanders autographed football, with case, brand new, $300. 612-695-6243 Briefcase, brown leather, good condition, $8. 952-937-2472 Bun, thigh rocker, body by Jake. With video, $65. 952-239-9431 Captain's bed, full, 4 drawers included in frame, $85. 952-4848029 Char Broil gas grill, tank, cover. Good condition, $45. 952-2401025 China hutch, glass front, perfect condition, lighted, $475. 952-496-2439 China, seasonal, 6pc for 12. $75. cash only. 952220-5339 Comforter, twin, dark purple, 2 coordinating sheet sets. $20. 952937-2472 Tire chains, fit 15" tires$4. 952-445-4508

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Attention to detail Arb celebrates work of botanical illustrator BY MOLLEE FRANCISCO

Connie Claire Szarke Reviewers have compared the new book “Delicate Armor” to classic coming-of-age novels like “True Grit,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” That’s heady praise for first time author Connie Claire Szarke of Mound. Szarke is no stranger to District 112. Before embarking on a writing career, Szarke taught French at Chaska High School for 30 years, retiring in 2001. “I loved teaching French, one of the most beautiful languages in the world,” Szarke wrote by e-mail, “and very much enjoyed working with senior high school students, many of whom participated in our France travel/study prog r a m s. I h ave been in France many times and feel as comfortable there as in my own country. While I am primarily of Scandinavian heritage, a little part of me is French. Szarke describes her book as a coming-of-age story and family saga. Set in the Upper Midwest, 1952-1991, “Delicate Armor” is the story of “Callie Lindstrom, a feisty girl who shares a special bond with her father. Without a son, Will Lindstrom places his energy in young Callie, teaching her his love for the outdoors and accepting her into the world of men. “Delicate Armor” initially began eight years ago as a series of short stories. “After a while, I realized that I had enough to create a book of linked stories,” Szarke explained. “Then it became a novel. Robert Lacy, my first writing teacher at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, suggested giving myself 10 years to complete this ‘Bildungsroman,’ a coming-of-age story and family saga. At the heart of the novel is this wonderful father/ daughter relationship. “Many of my shorter pieces and some poetry have won or placed in competitions and were published in magazines and anthologies,” Szarke said, “including Lake Country Journal Magazine, The Talking Stick, Dust & Fire, Stories Teachers Tell, Minnesota Connections, Brainerd Writers’ Alliance Contest, and the 2010 Creekside Community Center Poetry Competition. I also wrote a couple of pieces for The Cub of the Golden Lion Passes in Review, an anthology for the Veterans of the 106th Infantry Division who survived the Battle of the Bulge.” Q: Did you realize what you were getting yourself into? Why did it take eight years? A: Not at first. And there were times when I felt like quitting, especially during those early years when I was not only learning the craft of writing and how to take criticism (mostly constructive), but how to operate a computer for research and word processing. Q: How much of the book is fiction and how much of it incorporates a younger Connie and an adult Connie? A: Like most novelists and short story writers, I began with the familiar, with what I had known and experienced as a youngster and as an adult. Then I cut the anchor ropes, took off, and had fun with it. I would call “Delicate Armor” semi-autobiographical, layered with lots of fiction. And yes, I did enjoy similar relationships with my father and grandfather. Q: What do you fi nd the most difficult about writing or does it come easily? How much rewriting did you do and how many pairs of eyes saw your manuscripts? A: I think I’m one of the lucky ones, because I love each and every aspect of this long process, from writing down the bare bones to fleshing them out and being charmed by the metaphors and character behavior that begin to surface, to working through the dozens of revisions and final edits. I’ve also been fortunate to have worked with excellent teachers, writers, and editors: Bob Lacy, Faith Sullivan, Steve Wilbers, Nancy and Joe Paddock, Brent Spencer and Ann Woodbeck, to name a few. Before, during, and after reading “Delicate Armor,” I suggest that you listen to “O Mio Babbino Caro,” a beautiful aria from Puccini’s opera, Gianni Schicchi. Music figures into this novel, especially that key tune. I’m currently attending to my second book with the working title “The Story of Amer.” — Unsie Zuege

Pops of color have begun to appear at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Despite a warm winter, it is not signs of spring. It is the art of Anne Ophelia Dowden and it’s providing a sharp contrast to the browns and grays adorning the Arboretum grounds. “Eye ca ndy for t he wi nter months,” said curator and Arboretum volunteer Lucienne Taylor. The Arboretum will open its latest exhibit, “Wild Green Things: The Art of Anne Ophelia Dowden,” on Jan. 18. It runs through May 2 and encompasses the majority of the Arboretum’s buildings. The exhibit showcases the prolific work of the renowned botanical illustrator – work that quickly captured the heart of Taylor. “I’m blown away by her work,” she said. “I’m awed by her ability, her eye, and her commitment to art and science.”

EMBRACING ART Born Anne Ophelia Todd in 1907, Dowden grew up in Boulder, Colo., the daughter of a pathologist and a nurse. She spent much of her childhood exploring the natural treasures hidden in the neighboring foothills. “She became immersed in the natural world,” said Taylor. Dowden collected and drew any living thing she could find, especially insects and flowers. She would continue to do so for most of her life, until her death in 2007, just months shy of her 100th birthday. “She knew early on art was going to be her career,” explained Taylor. Dowden had her first piece of work published in her father’s pathology textbook when she was just 16. She went on to pursue a degree in art from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon) before moving to New York City in 1930. There, she found work teaching drawing at the Pratt Institute. She later founded the art department at Manhattanville College. Dowden married fellow artist Ray Dowden in 1934. She continued to build her collection of drawings throughout her 15 years of teaching. “She was drawing all the time to build up her research paintings,” said Taylor. “It was her source for anything she wanted.” In the early 1950s, Dowden began to get her botanical illustrations published in magazines and journals. She became known for the extraordinary accuracy and detail of her work. “She drew them absolutely the way they grew,” said Taylor. Dowden amassed more than 400 research paintings in her lifetime. As her work began to receive recognition, Dowden quit her teaching job to focus on her art


The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will feature some of the original artwork from illustrator Ophelia Dowden’s “Wild Green Things.”

full time. “It really was a change of career,” said Taylor. “I find her courageous to be doing that.”

BOOKS Dowden was in her 50s when she published her fi rst book “Look at a Flower.” It would be the first of 19 books she would release commercially, most of which are geared toward students in the middle grades. Dowden was intimately involved in the entire book publishing process, from the art to the text to the layout. “She liked the process of choosing the words that would go with the illustrations,” said Taylor. “It would take her two to three years per book.” Her work encompasses a range of interesting book themes from plants of Christmas (as featured in the Dec. 22 Herald); to plants of the Bible; to plants of Shakespeare. All of her watercolors feature anatomically accurate plants and insects, with an eye for what would be visually appealing on the page. Dowden’s last book “Poisons in our Path: Plants that Harm and Heal” was published in 1994. Dowden was 87 years old. The Arboretum’s exhibit, which includes her books and scanned illustrations along with original notes and artwork, covers Dowden’s entire career with special attention paid to her “Wild Green Things” publication. Dowden spent three years seeking out the weeds native to New York City in

Ophelia Dowden What: Wild Green Things: The Art of Anne Ophelia Dowden Dates: Jan. 18 – May 2 Location: Anderson Horticultural Library, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Boulevard, Chaska Cost: Free with Arboretum admission More info: www.arboretum.umn. edu order to create the book. The University of Minnesota Libraries obtained some of Dowden’s original artwork from “Wild Green Things,” which will be on display in the Andersen Horticultural Library, just outside the rare books room. Visitors can delight in art that brings common weeds – like the dandelion – to life. “I want to just get my pick and scoop that out,” said Taylor, remarking on the realism of the dandelion. Dowden’s work exemplifies an art that is largely being replaced by digital technology in modern day. “It’s definitely art that is not as wildly distributed as before,” noted Taylor. But what she loves about Dowden’s work is how it speaks to the relationship between art, science and literature. Taylor hopes visitors to the Dowden exhibit will get a “renewed sense of the interaction between the


Arboretum volunteer Lucienne Taylor curated the Anne Ophelia Dowden exhibit. She is standing in front of a selection from Dowden’s “The Clover and the Bee.”

plant world, insects and people.” “I hope people start seeing and observing,” she added. And come spring, people will be able to do just that, taking their inspiration from Dowden’s work right out onto the Arboretum grounds to see the same plants and insects with their own eyes.

Majesty and memories shoot across the night sky I did something last of the sky was crysweek that I haven’t done tal-clear, with hunin a long, long time. I dreds of stars shinset my alarm for miding brightly. That’s night, and when it went where I concentrated off I got up, bundled my sky-gazing. up, and slipped out the A number of back door. I brushed things were going the snow off one of the t h rou g h my mi nd chairs on our deck, sat as I sat quietly waitdown, and leaned way, ing and watching. way back. I positioned The main one was my myself so I could see as daughter. She has almuch of the sky as posways been interested FIND YOUR BURIED TREASURE sible. Then I watched in astronomy, and as and waited. she was growing up I had read a few days she would always be earlier about the Quadrantids, a the fi rst one in the family to know meteor shower that I had never heard about meteor showers that took place of but was supposed to be active and at different times of the year. It got spectacular for just a few hours, on to be a tradition for the two of us to just this one night. And I didn’t want sit out in our back yard in the middle to miss it. There’s something magi- of the night whenever the Perseids cal and mystical about watching for or the Leonids were in town. My shooting stars and falling stars, as I husband and son occasionally joined grew up calling them. us, but usually it was just my daughThe night air was brisk, but not ter and me, bundled up against the painfully cold. And the sky was an weather or the mosquitoes, dependinteresting mix of cloudy and clear. ing on the time of year. It looked, in fact, as though someone My daughter lives in Florida now, had drawn a huge line across the sky. but we call or email each other whenOne half was so covered with clouds ever we hear of a meteor shower comthat no stars were visible through ing. And we compare notes later on them, and it would have been im- whether and how long we watched, possible to see any celestial activity and how successful we were. going on behind them. The other half One of the magical things about



meteors is that so often you see them out of the corner of your eye. No matter where in the sky you’re looking or how intently you’re staring, there’s always some motion in your peripheral vision that makes you wonder, “Was that real or did I just imagine it?” Then there are the whoppers that leave no doubt. The ones that draw a bright, vivid trail across the sky as you’re looking straight at it. These are the ones that make you catch your breath or gasp out loud. I saw only one of those the other night, but it was worth waiting for. I’m sure I’d have seen more if I would have stayed out longer, but 20 minutes was about all the time I cared to spend out in the cold. Besides, it’s not nearly as much fun when my daughter’s not here. Not only did the meteor shower make me think of my daughter, it also made me think of my fi rst night in Africa during my trip to Uganda in October. While we were loading up the van as we left the airport, I was mesmerized by the night sky, thinking about the view that was so familiar yet so different from the constellations I was used to seeing back home. I thought then about my family back in the States, and the fact that we could be looking up at the same sky, but from such an enormous distance away from each other.

And now I found myself wondering if any of my friends in Uganda would be watching the same meteor shower I was viewing. It wouldn’t be at the same time, since the 8-hour difference was also the difference between night and day. But still. I don’t take the time very often anymore to stop what I’m doing and look up at the night sky. When the stars are at their brightest, I’m usually inside, or on my way to or from places that keep my thoughts and attention focused elsewhere. That’s such a shame, and I realized this in the middle of the silence and solitude I was enjoying during the meteor shower last week. When I went back inside, it didn’t take me long to fall asleep. It felt good to bury myself under the covers to chase away the last of the chill, and to give in to the peaceful slumber that quickly followed. I’m not sure when the next expected meteor shower will grace us with its spectacular sky show. But when it does I will once again set my alarm, bundle up, and step outside to enjoy the view. I don’t want it to be a long, long time before I do this again. Chanhassen resident Betty Liedtke is a writer, professional speaker, and Certified Dream Coach®. Visit her website at


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