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ackson Spingler stood waiting for the puck to be dropped. He just happened to glance up into the crowd. The Ch a n h a s s en s en ior spotted an unusual face – one he’d seen so many times in school, but never at the arena. The puck dropped and seconds later Spingler scored what proved to be the winning goal agai n st Re d Wi ng Ja n. 1 2 i n Victoria. It is customary for Storm players to celebrate a goal in front of the glass by the Chanhassen student section. Spingler, though, raced over to another section and high-fived the glass where his friend Dan Crippen stood. The rest of the team followed suit. Crippen, a special-needs student at Chanhassen High School, was hooked at that very moment. He returned to the Victoria Ice Arena exactly two weeks later and before the game Spingler, captain Connor Kelly and Head Coach Chris Wilson presented Crippen with an honorary Storm jersey. Of course, Crippen wanted No. 7 – his friend Jackson’s number. “Jackson is a special young man,” said Crippen’s paraprofessional Frank Condon. “It just goes to show you that there is some really nice kids that have a really big heart for people.” “It was awesome to hear about Dan and Jackson’s friendship. That’s what our team should be all about. The guys love Dan. We’re really happy to have him wea r a Stor m jersey,” C oach Wilson said. For more of the story, see Page 8 in the sports section.

Gov. Dayton scolds GOP; Ortman says argument flawed BY RICHARD CRAWFORD



Chanhassen senior Jackson Spingler, at right, presents fellow student Dan Crippen a team jersey before the game last week in Victoria. Crippen befriended Spingler a year ago in an adaptive sports class and attended his first game Jan. 12.

I n t he a f ter m at h BY GOV. DAYTON of a divisive nominaAND SEN. ORTMAN. tion process this week, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton criticized Republicans for “being too extreme” and singled out Chanhassen Sen. Julianne Ortman in the process. One problem, according to Ortman – the governor’s attack was flawed. After Senate Republicans rejected his appointment of Ellen Anderson as Public Utilities Commission chair, Dayton didn’t hold back in a Jan. 30 statement: “A very good person, a very dedicated public servant, and an excellent chair of the Public Utilities Commission was wrongly maligned and cruelly rejected today by Republican senators, who showed once again that they are unfit to govern this state,” Dayton said. Dayton attempted to take Republicans to task on a range of issues, including ‘leadership scandals’ causing the Senate to elect new leaders, including Ortman, who was selected deputy majority leader. Dayton blamed Ortman for being responsible for a change in the Homestead Market Value Credit that he initially said cost Xcel Energy more than $40 million in higher property taxes that will be passed on to consumers. In her own statement issued Jan. 31, Ortman said Dayton was mistaken about the effect to Xcel Energy. “To the contrary,” Ortman said, “Xcel Energy has stated that their ‘taxes are going up $40 million, due to a number of things such as (their) own investments, local tax rates, continued decline in the housing market, and the Market Value Homestead Credit.’” After Ortman issued her statement and brought the matter to the attention of the governor’s office, the governor’s statement was revised and information about Xcel Energy was excised from the statement that remains on the governor’s website. Ortman also reviewed reasons why Anderson’s appointment was rejected. “Sen. Anderson’s agenda to impose renewable energy

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Goodwill store in the works for Chanhassen City considering approval this month BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

Chanhassen could soon join a growing list of communities in the Twin Cities as a site of a Goodwill store. This month, city officials will be reviewing a proposal for a new Goodwill at 80 West 78th Street, the current Chanhassen Office Complex, which is on the north side of Highway 5 near the intersection Highway 101 North. The proposal calls for removing the existing of fice building and replacing it with a 20,600-squarefoot-retail facility. A drive-through

donation center will accept items such as clothing, furniture and toys and the items will be resold at the Goodwill store. The mission of Goodwill, according to Lisa Ritter, director of marketing, is to assist people with barriers to education, employment and independence in achieving their goals. Goodwill is a non-profit that helps people prepare, train and obtain employment. Goodwill is in the process of opening six new facilities in the metro area, Ritter explained. A store opened in Champlin in February and new sites are planned in Forest Lake, Roseville, Fridley and Chanhassen this year. Ritter said the Chanhassen site could open in November. Chanhassen-based Center Companies will be the developer and owner of the new building contingent on

Goodwill proposal Proposed site: Site of existing Chanhassen Office Complex at 80 West 78th Street. Schedule: Project will be considered by the Chanhassen Planning Commission on Feb. 7 and Chanhassen City Council on Feb. 27. Building: The proposal calls for construction of a new, 20,600-square-foot building. Potential opening: November 2012 city approvals. The current owner of the Chanhassen Office Complex is Clifford Whitehill. Current tenants have been notified of the need to

A rendering of a 20,600-square-foot building proposed Goodwill store at 80 West 78th Street in Chanhassen. relocate and the existing building is scheduled for demolition May 1, according to Ben Merriman of Center Companies. Center Companies also


developed the new Haskell’s located to the east of the proposed Goodwill site.

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standards and increasingly burdensome emissions standards and to oppose traditional energy sources translates into higher energy costs for Minnesotans,” Ortman said. “Her political agenda regarding energ y issues, in my view, disqualifies her from serving as chair because the interests

of the ratepayers in securing efficient and affordable energy resources must be a prime consideration of the Public Utilities Commission.” Ortman said she also wanted to set the record straight. “Unfortunately, Gov. Dayton used yesterday’s news conference in response to the Senate’s action to vent his frustration with the Senate Majority Caucus, and launched a gratuitous personal attack based on

“I can forgive him for his mistake, and his bizarre attack, but I do want to set the record straight.”


— Sen. Julianne Ortman unrelated issues and inaccurate information. I can forgive him for his mistake, and his

bizarre attack, but I do want to set the record straight.”

Love stories and sweetheart photos Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we want your love stories. Tell us how you met your spouse. Or, share your funny or unique marriage proposal story. You can also send us your favorite “sweetheart” photo – one that conveys the love you and your partner have for each other.


Party caucuses are Feb. 7 The Senate District 34 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party holds its precinct caucuses at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m., according to Chair Richard Donnay. Easter n Ca r ver Cou nt y caucus locations are: Carver: Church by the River, 109 Main Street Chaska: Chaska Middle School West, 140 Engler Boulevard Chanhassen: Bluff Creek Elementary School, 2300 Coulter Boulevard Victoria: Victoria Elementary School, 930 0 Red Fox Drive The main order of business at caucuses are elections of local party leadership; elections of delegates and alternates to the conventions; a presidential preference ballot; and discussion of issues. At both sites members arriving will be provided directions to the room for their caucus. Youth 16 years of age and older may participate, but to vote they must be 18, Donnay said.

GOP The Carver County GOP also holds its caucuses at 7 p.m., Feb. 7, with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m., according to Steve Nielsen, Carver County Republican Party chair. Easter n Ca r ver Cou nt y

caucus locations are: Chaska, Carver and San Francisco Township: Chaska Middle School East, 1600 Park Ridge Drive Cha n hassen : Chanhassen High School, 2200 Lyman Boulevard Victoria: Victoria Elementary School, 930 0 Red Fox Drive, Victoria The group will be selecting delegates for the GOP county convention to be held on March 3, and electing precinct officers for the next two years. There are about 400 delegate positions and another 400 alternate positions to the convention. Participants can also make proposals for party platform changes and vote in a presidential straw poll, according to Nielsen. Participants in the GOP caucus must reside in their precinct on caucus day; be able to vote at the time of the next general election; agree with party principles; not have participated or intend to participate in another party’s precinct caucus this year, according to Nielsen.

Mulder to address SouthWest chamber T h e S o u t hWe s t M e t r o Chamber of Commerce welcomes Jim Mulder to their membership luncheon on Feb. 22 at Oak Ridge Conference Center. Mulder is the former execu-

tive director of the Association of Minnesota Counties and is recognized as one of the state leaders in efficient and effective delivery of government services. Mulder will discuss the unsustainability of the current model and what some communities are doing to deliver better outcomes and thrive in the “new reality.” “Having worked more than 30 years in the public sector, Mulder has fi rst-hand experience and solid ideas on how to reform service delivery to a better result for taxpayers and recipients,” said Deb McMillan of the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce. “It’s good business to always be thinking about innovation and efficiency, and all businesses, both public and private sector, should be in a constant state of continuous improvement; Jim’s ideas are timely and relevant”, concluded McMillan. For more information on the luncheon or to inquire about registration, call the SouthWest Metro Chamber at (952) 474-3233 .

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Andrew Peterson farm receives grant Restoration of the Andrew Peterson farm barn, received $ 27,140 in the latest round of Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants. The Andrew Peterson farm, now known as Rock Isle Farm, is located on Highway 5, just past Victoria in Laketown Township. The original settler of the property, Andrew Peterson, was a Swedish immigrant who arrived in Laketown Township in the 1850s. He farmed and documented life on his Minnesota farm in a diary he kept his entire life. The diary has enabled historians to learn about an immigrant’s life in rural Minnesota. His diaries, now housed at the Minnesota Historical Society, inspired the work of Vilhelm Moberg, a Swedish writer. Moberg used Peterson’s diaries as a source and inspiration for a four-volume book series called “The Emigrants.” The Minnesota Historical Society announced a total of 59 recipients of mid-size and large Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants for fi scal year 2012.

Santorum to speak in Eden Prairie R ick S a ntor u m, for mer senator of Pennsylvania and current candidate in the 2012 Republican Party presidential primary, will be speaking during the 9:30 a.m. worship service at Grace Church in Eden Prairie on Sunday, Feb. 5, according to a Grace Church press release.


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Ritter said the site in Chanhassen meets Goodwill criteria for store selection, including being located on a major freeway or highway. Currently, Goodwill has stores nearby in Minnetonka (along I-394) and in Hopkins. Ritter said the Minnetonka store is one of the strongest stores in the metro area. Donations to Goodwill are tax-deductible, Ritter said.

About Goodwill Goodwill stores offer on-the-job training and skills development for participants while providing quality goods at discount prices. Items may include new and re-fashioned clothing, jewelry, furniture, electronics, housewares and toys. The net revenue from Goodwill’s retail stores supports training programs that put people to work. Source: Goodwill

EMPLOYMENT Ritter said Goodwill stores typically hire 35 full and parttime employees. Part-time employees are paid $9 to $10 per hour. Ritter said a hiring fair generally takes place about eight weeks before store openings. Goodwill’s local headquarters are based in St. Paul, where most of the organization’s training programs are conducted, Ritter said.

CITY REVIEW The Chanhassen Planning Commission is scheduled to review the proposal Feb. 7 and the item will be in front of the Chanhassen City Council Feb. 27. City Planner Bob Generous said the proposal “looks pretty straight-forward” and he didn’t anticipate any major hurdles for the development.

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Hooked on Books set for Feb. 11 Featured author took unique path BY MOLLEE FRANCISCO

Hooked on Books organizers Mary Erickson and Lori Kendall feel like they’ve hit the jackpot. While they’ve always managed to bring in successful and interesting authors for their annual event, this year they’ve not only snagged a Minnesota author, but a Minnesota author who just happens to be tackling timely topics with her latest books. “We got really lucky, to tell you the truth,” said Erickson, who manages community development and services for the Eastern Carver County school district. “Hooked on Books … and the Arts, too” will take place at Chanhassen High School from 9 a.m.–noon, Saturday, Feb. 11. This year’s event features the work of Mary Casanova. A native of St. Paul, Casanova now lives with her husband Charlie in the small town of Ranier, just outside of International Falls. She is the author of 19 children’s books and novels. Casanova’s work is geared towards children of all ages from picture books like “Utterly Otterly Day” for young kids up to historical fiction novels like “The Klipfish Code” for older kids. Her catalog also includes a small, but growing, selection of “American Girl” books. “The breadth of what she’s doing is amazing,” said Erickson. Casanova will be joined at Hooked on Books by her friend and fellow collaborator Ard Hoyt, who has illustrated a number of Casanova’s picture books including “Some Dog!” and “One Dog Canoe.” He has 15 published books to date, including children’s works by TV comedians John Lithgow and Molly Shannon.

SLOW START Casanova wasn’t born with a love for reading or writing. “I didn’t get interested in writing until high school,” she said in a phone interview. Casanova figures that being one of 10 children, writing was a way for her to “truly have a voice.” “I realized it was a powerful tool for communication,” she said. But Casanova wouldn’t find a direct route to becoming an author. She married and started a family, working a series of part-time jobs as she meandered toward a career in writing. “Writing was always something I worked towards,” she said, noting that she kept convincing her husband to give her “one year extensions” on her dream of becoming an author. Casanova was 32 years old

Hooked on Books…and the arts, too Featuring: Minnesota author Mary Casanova and New York Times bestselling illustrator Ard Hoyt


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Cost: Free and open to the public More info: and working on a master’s degree when she stumbled upon a two-credit class on writing for youth that would put her on her path to success. She found inspiration in fellow Minnesotan Gary Paulsen’s young adult novel “Hatchet.” “Maybe I have my own North Woods story,” she thought. Casanova’s “Moose Tracks,” a book about a young boy who witnesses poachers slaughtering a moose, was published in 1995. “I thought I was lucky to get one book published,” said Casanova. But she wasn’t done yet. The books kept coming. “I loved the craft,” she said. “It’s a high art form to write for kids.”

WRITING Casanova knows she’s reaching children at a critical age in their reading development. “It’s a huge responsibility,” she said. “I want to help further their love of reading or help them discover their love of reading.” She also has the opportunity to reach out to those who show a passion for writing, which is why she spends plenty of time on the road each year speaking at events like Hooked on Books. “I love if I can inspire them,” she said. “Writing takes courage. We leave our fingerprints on everything we write.” Casanova displays a wide variety of interests with own her writing, covering everything from the great outdoors and animals to history and human behavior. “I’ve learned nothing is off limits,” she said. Her only rule for herself is that she sticks to subjects that have a personal connection. “What I write has to have something I care about or something I want to learn about,” said Casanova. Her research for her books has taken her around the world from Belize to France to Norway. “I love what I do,” said Casanova. “Each book, each year, each idea is a gift.” Several years ago, Casanova was approached to write


Mary Casanova for the American Girl franchise. In 2002, “Cecile: Gates of Gold,” about a young girl asked to serve in King Louis XIV’s court, was published. Casanova has since published four more American Girl books including Jess, Chrissa and McKenna – the newest of which came out in late December. “I really like writing for them,” said Casanova, of American Girl. “I get to write about what I care about.” Erickson and Kendall are particularly excited to feature Casanova’s A merican Gi rl books because both the Chrissa and McKenna books they tackle timely topics of bullying and learning problems. “They’re incredible teaching books,” said Erickson.

CELEBRATING THE ARTS Erickson and Kendall love having the chance to make heroes and celebrities out of authors like Casanova with the Hooked on Books event. “Hopefully, we’re inspiring kids to write and read,” said Erickson. Regardless, the theme of the day is always fun with a variety of activities for kids of all ages. Among all of the day’s offerings, there are nature journals to be created, mini-cupcakes to decorate, dancers to watch, musicians to listen to and poetry to write. Each activity draws its inspiration from a children’s book. “We’re celebrating the arts,” said Kendall. “All the things that are connected to books.” Organizers work about a year in advance, getting all of the district’s elementary schools involved to make Hooked on Books a success. The event is expected to draw upwards of 1,500 attendees. Now in its seventh official year, Hooked on Books just keeps growing. “We’re always trying to add new twists,” said Erickson. “That’s what’s really, really fun,” added Kendall. “It’s a feel-good day,” said Erickson. “It’s a good day for the community.”

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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. 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.

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National commander to visit Post 580 Feb. 9 this.” Post 580 h a s i nv i t e d Ch a n h a s s en M ayor Tom F u rlong, Carver County Commissioner Tom Work ma n, U. S . R e p r e Fang sentative Wong Joh n K l i ne , U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Gov. Mark Dayton, and Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito. “We, as a legion, are expecting record event attendance,” Schlangen said, “along with the presence of the American Legion Riders, the Sons of the American Legion, the Women’s Auxiliary, the American Legion Baseball Team, and various Boy Scout Troops that our donations support.” National Commander Wong lives in East Brunswick, N.J., was elected nationa l commander of The American Legion on Sept. 1, 2011, during the 93rd National Convention, in Minneapolis. Wong attended New York City public schools and became a naturalized citizen in 1963. Wong volunteered for

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The Chanhassen American Legion Post 580 will host a dinner for the American Legion National Commander Fang Wong on Thursday, Feb. 9, beginning at 5 p.m. National Commander Wong was elected Sept. 1 last year in Minneapolis, and leads a 2.4 million-member organization. Wong, who was born in Canton, China, and immigrated to the U.S. at age 12 in 1960, served 20 years in the U.S. Army. “This is an historic event for us,” said Post 580 Commander Ron Schlangen. “We had the national president of the American Legion Auxiliary at our post last fall. Many posts don’t have the privilege of either one visiting--we get both! We consider ourselves to be a progressive Legion. “We are one of the few Legion posts in Minnesota who are growing in profitability and growing in membership,” Schlangen said, “while many others are floundering. We are working hard to shed the “Old Men’s Club” image and create a great gathering spot for veterans, military members, women, families, and the entire community at large; and we are excited to show National Commander Wong just how it is that we are accomplishing


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Reforms will promote economic freedoms The 2012 Legislature assembled last week in St. Paul. This session my colleagues and I are concerned with what matters most to Minnesotans: jobs and the economy, family finances, and government reform. Just as the Legislature enters the new year with its fiscal house in order, we need to ensure that you and your family have the freedom to manage and improve your finances. I often talk about the need to approach the legislative mission in terms of strategy and its tactical implementation. We legislators must always keep in the forefront of our minds the idea that we need to do more to strengthen the freedom of our citizenry – our people – to unleash human potential, versus enlarging our government that retards economic growth. Putting individual freedom first must be our overall strategy. That’s done by reducing the size and scope of state government, making it smaller, less expensive to operate, less intrusive, and more responsive to the individual through reforms that streamline functions. Freedom from governmental intrusion – whether it be excessive taxation or burdensome regulations – will allow us to generate private sector jobs and economic development, as well as provide a healthy environment for improved family finances. But we must recognize that freedom as a strategy and overall goal is not merely an idea. It is accomplished through the day-to-day tactical implementation of legislation. Last year’s session we worked on reforming the budget. We called it our Reform 1.0 initiative that largely contributed to the $876 million budget surplus we have today. During this year’s session, our tactics include a slate of reforms designed to promote and enhance more economic freedoms. We call it Reform 2.0, a package of many common sense bills. Some of the bills will: I Raise the threshold for what it takes to increase taxation.


LEIDIGER GUEST COMMENTARY I Establish ‘right-to-work’ legislation that ensures employment freedom. I Phase out and eliminate the state business property tax. I Reform the Executive Branch’s Rule Making to include legislative review prior to implementation. I Enhance the Angel Investment Tax Credit to spur entrepreneurial innovation. I Reform the prevailing wage laws to lower the cost of construction projects. I Align government pay and benefits with the private sector. I Create a primary contact for new and expanding businesses so that we have a one-stop shop for growing jobs in Minnesota. These are just some of the initiatives we’ve put forward this year, but I invite you to visit for more information. In the end, we aim to save you, the taxpayer, money, promote free market job growth, and provide confidence to our business community to take risks and add jobs. I thank you for the opportunity to serve District 34A in the state legislature. Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts regarding Reform 2.0 or the 2012 legislative session. Rep. Ernie Leidger (R-Mayer) represents western Carver County in District 34A, which includes Carver, Victoria and a portion of Chaska. He can be contacted at (651) 296-4282 or rep.ernie. Sign up for e-mail updates at mn/34a.

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Supporting Minnesota high-tech manufacturing We just marked the end of 2011 – a year lots of people are more than happy to put behind them. There is no doubt that 2012 is going to be tough, but as we go forward I think there are reasons to be optimistic, especially in Minnesota. That’s why I’ve been traveling around the state on a manufacturing tour to visit schools, manufacturers, and small businesses to learn more about the workforce needs of manufacturing and how we can prepare our students and workforce to fill these jobs and improve the state’s economy. And nearly all of them have told me that the No. 1 thing holding them back is that they can’t find enough workers who’ve been trained to perform the high tech manufacturing jobs of the 21st century. In fact, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development did a survey of manufacturers in our state, and found that nearly half had positions going unfilled because they lacked qualified applicants. And, to be clear, these jobs require advanced training. These aren’t your grandfather’s manufacturing jobs. They are high-tech precision manufacturing jobs. These jobs require critical thinking, problemsolving skills, and what are known as STEM skills – science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM skills are practically mandatory for any worker looking to succeed in the 21st century economy. Eighteen of our state’s 20 fastestgrowing industries require them. And there are thousands of these jobs available right now.



There are some communities around the state that are on top of this. Alexandria Technical and Community College is ranked eighth in the nation among two-year schools. It provides high school graduates with training in industrial arts. And the college partners with the high school to run an industrial arts summer camp, bringing in people from Douglas Machine to help recruit kids and get them excited about learning these skills. That’s why Douglas County is the Silicon Valley of packaging machines. And it’s part of the reason unemployment there is lower than the statewide average. Across the state, 16 area Workforce Investment Boards are overseeing 49 workforce centers where workers who have lost their jobs are being retrained in the skills they’ll need to find new ones. These boards are run by businessmen and women. And why? Because they’re the ones who know what employees need to handle these jobs. The men and women who will

hold these advanced manufacturing jobs in the coming years and decades will carry on a middle-class tradition that stretches back to World War II, a tradition in which anyone can put in a good day’s work and earn a paycheck that allows them to participate in their community. That’s good for every business, because even if you aren’t in manufacturing, these are the folks who are spending money in their communities. Right now, we have many economic challenges to face. Our economy still isn’t where it should be, and although it’s heading in the right direction, it’s heading there way too slowly. But as we go into 2012, I can’t help but feel we have a lot to be thankful for, and like I said, optimistic about. Yes, we’re in a tough spot. But we’ve gotten out of worse. And, yes, Washington can be a frustrating place to work. But when I come back to Minnesota, and I see big businesses and small businesses, schools and universities, and labor and community leaders all pulling in the same direction, I know we’ve got bright days ahead. I’m committed to bringing Minnesota ideas and concerns back with me to Washington so that I can keep fighting to open up new opportunities and make things better for working families across the state. It isn’t going to be easy, but we have a plan of attack in our workforce training programs right here in Minnesota. I know we can do it. Al Franken (D-Minneapolis) represents Minnesota in the U.S. Senate.

Is ‘the patron saint of southern cooking’ willing or wanting? T he pat ron sai nt of sout her n cooking has diabetes. Her news has shaken up the health care community. And, has drawn fi re from critics who feel Deen has made a career of inspiring unhealthy choices like her signature dish — the Lady’s Brunch Burger, topped with a fried egg and bacon, wedged between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Her Lady Brunch Burger provides 936 calories and 59.7 grams of fat (the average adult needs 2,000 calories a day and a half stick of butter is 60 grams). Her last cookbook, “Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible,” was voted one of the worst culinary offerings of 2011 by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. As a registered dietitian, many people come to me and want me to motivate them to lose weight. Key words, they want me to motivate them. You want to lose weight but are you willing to do what it takes to get there? You want to wear a size 10 or fit into a size 34 pair of pants but are you willing to do what it takes to get there? I have had many people say they want to lose weight but they don’t



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is time to move into the preparation stage of change. If the list of cons is bigger, don’t rush into this change as it will not stick and you will feel like a failure and worse than before. There may be a billion reasons Paula Deen really wanted to take care of her diabetes but was not willing to do what it takes to control her diabetes. I give her slack. Diabetes is the leading cause of death and disability in Minnesota. There are 228,000 Minnesotans who suffer from diabetes while 1 million Minnesotans have pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but it’s not yet increased enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Without intervention, pre-diabetes is likely to become type 2 diabetes in 10 years or less. Worse, if you have pre-diabetes, the long-term damage of diabetes to your circulatory system and heart may already be starting. The good news is diabetes can be delayed or even prevented with people with lifestyle changes such as changing your diet, increasing your physical activity and a 5 -10 percent

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5. Create your environment to match who you want to be. If you don’t want to eat sugar, dump the candy jar off your desk or kitchen counter and replace it with nuts or fruit. If you don’t want to snack on chips, get rid of the chips. In 2007, the average person diagnosed with diabetes had annual health expenditures of $11,744, about 2.3 times higher than people without diabetes. By 2050 one in three people will have diabetes. Can you physically and financially afford this? Your health is priceless, maybe you just forgot. Ask yourself am I willing to do what it takes to get what I want? If you have not consciously made the decision to be happier and healthier, you have unconsciously made the decision to be unhappy and unhealthy. Better get busy — you only have one life to live, imagine if it was one you loved. Chere Bork, MS RD is a health and life balance enthusiast, professional NSA speaker and Wellcoach® from Eden Prairie, who helps people, discover their purpose to live happily and healthfully ever after. Her website is www.

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School enrollment slowed by economy BY CHUCK FRIEDBAUER

Five years ago, district officials braced for a student body increase of 25 percent by 2020. But a recent demographic study indicates there will be no growth in students – and possibly a decrease – by the 2020-21 school year. The current enrollment is 8,976 students, with the latest demographic study predicting 8,879-9,051 students in 10 years. District officials use demographic studies to help decide many things – from whether to build a new school, to where boundaries are drawn, to school budgets. T he 2 0 0 7 st udy, by Ba rba ra Lu ker ma n n, forecast 9,235-9,587 students by 2012, and between 10,129 and 11,169 students by 2020. The growth forecast was based on a robust regional economy and strong local housing market. “The school district is well positioned on the edge of the southwest metro growth sector with excellent transportation accessibility to major employment markets and attracting families with children, the study stated. Two main factors led to the demographic nosedive. “New housing units will not be substantial enough to drive growth here as it has in the past and the number of resident live births have declined in the past several years,” said Hazel Reinhardt of Hazel Reinhardt Consulting Services, who performed the 2011 study.

HOUSING UNITS In 2007, local housing con-

Comparisons in District 112 enrollment projections from demographic studies performed in 2007 and 2011 School Year

Actual District 112 Student Enrollment







2007 Demographic Study Enrollment Forecast Range

2011 Demographic Study Enrollment Forecast Range






8,732 - 8,768



8,859 - 8,920



8,956 - 9,034


District 112 officials have set the preliminary budget assumptions for the 2013 fiscal year. The assumptions based on a total enrollment of 9,097 students. Assumed revenue increases include approximately $2 million, due to 1 percent increase in the general education funding formula; one-time compensatory funding; and a literacy incentive plan. Assumed expense increases include the 3.19 percent increase to the teacher contract approved last fall; slight increases in retirement and other employee benefit programs; and a 3 percent increase in fuel and utilities costs. Class sizes


9,064 - 9,299 9,235 - 9,587

9,129 - 9,159


9,350 - 9,890

9,171 - 9,221


9,427 - 10,146

9,150 - 9,201


9,513 - 10,416

9,062 - 9,117


9,632 - 10,617

9,025 - 9,090


9,737 - 10,781

8,969 - 9,047


9,842 - 10,906

8,943 - 9,050


9,946 - 11,001

8,875 - 9,017


10,129 - 11,168

8,879 - 9,051

Source: Hazel Reinhardt Consulting Services and District 112

VICTORIA OPEN ENROLLMENT The school board unanimously approved to allow open enrollment into all-day kindergarten at Victoria Elementary for the 2012-13 school year. The board had previously closed open enrollment for all grades at Victoria Elementary, along with Clover Ridge and East Union Elementary schools because current enrollment exceeds building capacity at each location. T he action provides t he school flexibility to place stu-

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between 2007 and 2010, compared to 372 in the five years previous to t hat. T he 2 011 study indicates the five-year projection from this year to average about 151 new homes per year. Reinhardt’s research led her to state, “Construction of single-family homes is the largest driver of enrollment growth in the district” and “these data also suggest that enrol l ment wil l g row ver y slowly or even decline in the next 10 years.” One method demographers use to project enrollment involves forecasting the number of kindergarten students in a school district using resident live births. Based on projections supplied by the Minnesota Demographic Center, Carver County resident live births were expected to be

more than 1,500 annually now, but have actually been about 25 percent less. The 2011 study states that difference will result in smaller kindergarten classes until at least 2016.

DECISIONS District 112 officials and school board members use the demographic studies as a fi rst step in their review of the district’s programs and facilities. Superintendent Jim Bauck said he expects the district facility plan to be updated by July 1. He also said the school board will gather data over the next year to identify any decisions on changes to programs and attendance areas. Bauck said he targets January 2013 for these decisions, with any resultant changes to be implemented no sooner than the 2013-14 school year.

dents into the expected two sections of all-day kindergarten at Victoria if they are not fi lled by resident students.

SEPARATE TEAMS The school board has unanimously given its approval for the district high school athletic departments to pursue independent schedules for cooperative Chaska/Chanhassen teams in both girls hockey and boys wrestling for the 2012-13 school year. “We are attempting to split our teams as soon as possible, but these two sports have low participation numbers,” said Chaska High School athletic director Troy Stein. For example, Stein said, he hopes to have 19 girls in grades 9 through 12 available

to play hockey for Chaska next year. “Beyond that, we don’t view pulling up current seventhgrade girls who are not able to skate at a varsity level as appropriate, safe or fair to their development,” he said. In wrestling, Chanhassen would have 13 wrestlers and Chaska would have 8 if all current participants return. Neither would be able to field half a varsity line-up. For both sports, Missota Conference athletic directors denied a co-op for next season by a vote of six to two, with both “for” votes coming from Chaska and Chanhassen. The co-op teams will still play a number of Missota conference teams in their independent schedules.

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publicnotices CITY OF VICTORIA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO REVIEW A REQUEST FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR JAGUAR COMMUNICATIONS FOR PROPERTY OWNED BY CARVER COUNTY AND LOCATED AT 8399 VICTORIA DRIVE, VICTORIA MINNESOTA 55386 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012 6:30 P.M. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Victoria Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter in the City Council Chambers located at 7951 Rose Street. The purpose of the public hearing is to review and possibly recommend approval of a request for a conditional use permit for Jaguar Communications to construct a publicly owned utility building for property owned by Carver County and located at 8399 Victoria Drive, Victoria Minnesota 55386. All those interested are encouraged to attend or contact the City of Victoria offices at (952) 443-4210 for

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Bullying Town Hall is Feb. 4 CL I M B T heat re and the Chaska Police Department Public Safety Focus Group are bringing bullying prevention programming to Chaska for “Examining Bullying in Our Community.” The Chaska Town Hall is 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4. The event, at the Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive, is free and open to the public, according to a press release. Professional actors will perform scenes that depict various types of bullying, including school, GLBT, and cyber-bullying, initiating dialog on bullying awareness and prevention. “Examining Bullying in Our Community” is designed to engage Chaska residents and surrounding communities on ways to combat bullying in various settings. This program is designed to reach across all age groups, demographics, and walks of life and provide attendees the tools and resources to combat bullying, according to a news release. Last year’s first annual town hall on bullying drew national attention through local and state media, as well as an invitation from the White House to Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight to attend the first national summit on bullying hosted by President Obama and the First Lady. “Bullying targets, and often those who know that another person is the target of bullying,

don’t know what to do to get help. Our aim is to help the target, educate the community, and ultimately align resources to help the bully, too,” stated Knight. “The power of these efforts is in the synergy of all the partners and attendees who have antibullying strategies as a common goal, which in turn this makes us all safer and healthier.” “Last season was a tremendous success. Not only did we reach a lot of children, we found new ways of serving schools that were looking for everything from basic bullying prevention classes to an in-depth exploration of the concept of social justice in an educational setting. Interactive theatre provides a unique opportunity to harness the power of imagination and enact real change in people’s lives,” stated Julie Janus, with CLIMB. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. The town hall includes “Action Teams” to help anyone who is the target of a bullying situation. The schedule is: 9 a.m.: Gather and refreshments. Opening remarks 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.: Climb Theater Production. CLIMB, “Creative Learning Ideas for Mind and Body,” will perform scenes that depict various types of bullying, including workplace bullying, GLBT, and cyber bullying. 10 : 3 0 a .m.-11: 3 0 a .m. : Breakout sessions Sessions include: I Bullying in Schools I Social Media and Cyber Bullying

I S.A.V.E. – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education I Bullying of GLBT Persons 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Lunch 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.: Breakout sessions Sessions include I Bullying in Schools I Social Media and Cyber Bullying I S.A.V.E. – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education 1:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Closing remarks For additional information on the Bullying Town Hall, contact the Chaska Police Department at (952) 448-9200.

Snap Fitness acquires partner Snap Fitness, a leader in 24/7 fitness centers with corporate headquarters in Chanhassen, announced that it has acquired Kosama Complete Body Transformation. Kosama is a group training program designed to accommodate all fitness levels— from triathletes to those looking to shed some extra weight—in a team-like atmosphere. Kosama opened its first location in January of 2010 and has since grown to 19 locations operating in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Arizona and South Dakota. The company currently has multiple locations scheduled to open in Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin in the first quarter of 2012. The Kosama eight-week body transformation program integrates muscle confusion, nutrition and consultation, with a

money-back results guarantee and prides itself on offering “real results for real people.” “The fitness horizon is always introducing new crazes and there is no doubt that 2012 will be even more embracing of group fitness sessions,” said Peter Taunton, founder and CEO of Snap Fitness. “It’s a way for people to motivate their friends, and it’s a good way to work out that is cost efficient. We have quickly recognized the many advantages of such a workout and look forward to strengthening Kosama’s presence among the industry leaders.” While the Kosama and Snap Fitness franchise opportunities will be owned and operated separately, the partnership will create a 360 degree wellness solution in communities allowing customers the best of both worlds. Founded in 2010, Kosama has grown to 19 locations in five states and plans for a total of 75100 by the end of 2012. “I have complete confidence in the Snap Fitness management team and appreciate their commitment to the communities they serve,” said Bob Kral, president of Kosama, who will join the Snap Fitness senior management team and will continue to oversee the day-today operations of Kosama. “The company’s proven success made becoming a part of the Snap team an easy decision. With Snap’s guidance, together we hope to grow the Kosama brand to an international level following in the footsteps of Snap’s success.”

SEND US YOUR … Leap-year celebration stories Does your birthday or wedding anniversary fall on a leap year day – that extra day inserted at the end of February every fourth year? One of those extra days is coming up: Feb. 29, 2012. If your birthday or anniversary falls on Feb. 29, and your calendar anomaly prompts you to hold a unique or atypical celebration every four years, we’d like to hear about it. What’s your best leap-year celebration story?

Share your leap-year celebration story with Chanhassen Villager readers. Send it to Editor Richard Crawford, editor@, before noon on Friday, Feb. 17. Include your name and city of residence. We’ll run some stories online at and the best in the Feb. 23 Villager print edition. CHANHASSEN


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Requiem for the Rex: Chaska theater closes BY MARK W. OLSON

Chaska’s first movie theater opened in 1914. Now, 98 years later, the city’s only theater has closed. The Rex Cinema’s end came Wednesday, Jan. 25. Diagnosis: Lack of cash. “It’s a financial decision. We’ve never made money ever since the day we opened. It got to the point where we just couldn’t do it anymore,� said Glenn Baird, who has owned the cinema for the past seven years. Following a $2 million remodeling in 2005, the Rex Cinema reopened as a six-auditorium theater, near the corner of Walnut Street and County Road 61. It was part of Baird’s Five Star Cinemas group, which

includes theaters in Chanhassen, Excelsior and Buffalo. “Financially, it was the weak sister,� Baird said. There were a number of reasons Baird decided to pull the plug. “The downtown Chaska area is struggling and that doesn’t help matters, and the combination of [new Highway] 212 opening up and the economy in general is challenging for everybody,� Baird said. “Another factor in our decision to close was the housing development to the west of downtown failing to be a reality. We anticipated customer growth from that area and it came up a bit short,� Baird said.

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WILL BE MISSED “It’s a great little place – it was just a little sleeper,� Baird said. Many movie-goers agree. “The Rex was clean, comfortable, and up-to-date, and had current movies. Prices were lower than AMC, employees were friendly, and it was never

too crowded. Too bad that last quality isn’t conducive to staying in business,� noted one of over 60 online comments responding to the closure. For many who posted their concerns, the Rex closure is yet another blow to a struggling downtown Chaska. Baird recently received an e-mail from a fan who told him “I kissed my first two boy[friends] at that cinema. How could you close?� “I sincerely appreciate all of our great and loyal guests who kept us going to this point. Unfortunately, we were not able to win over enough of them to stay viable. Chaska is a great community. Competition for entertainment dollars is tough. I wish the Rex could have succeeded,� Baird said.


Rex Cinema, with its landmark marquee, closed last week in downtown Chaska.

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William Meyer, 80, of Chaska, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Jan. 28, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Chaska, with the Father Doug Ebert, Father Paul Jarvis, Father Thomas Joseph, and Deacon Mr. Jim Bauhs con-celebrating. Casketbearers were his 10 grandchildren. William Meyer was born Jan. 12, 1932 in Chaska, the only child of William F. and Marie (Van Sloun) Meyer. He was baptized and confirmed at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Chaska and attended School at Guardian Angels High School. On Nov. 7, 1959 William married Mary (Kes) at St. Mark’s Church Shakopee. They had four children. He was a deputy sheriff for Carver County for 33 years. He also was a bus driver, projectionist, postal worker, and worked at the Chaska Drug Store for several years. He was a trustee for over 30 years at Guardian Angels Church along with being a money counter, Eucharistic Minister, Sacristans, and took care of cemetery operations and many other roles for the church. He worked at Bertas Funeral Home for 22 years and enjoyed being a taxi driver for his family. William was preceded in death by parents, William F. and Marie (Van Sloun) Meyer. Survivors include his loving wife, Mary (for 52 years); children, Joseph (Julie) Meyer of California, Juanita (Mike) Puncochar of Chaska, John Meyer (special friend Candy Weeks) of Chaska, Jeffrey (Lauren) Meyer of Carver; 10 grandchildren, James, Kyle Cassie, Lisa, Samantha, Kayla, Suzanne, Emma, Reid and Riley. Funeral arrangements were with the Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska, 952-448-2137.


version from 35 millimeter fi lm to digital cinema – which will take place by the end of 2013, Baird said. “You’d better be digital or you’d better not be around,� he said. The cost of switching over each auditorium to digital cinema is $80,000, Baird estimated. Hollywood will assist with some of the costs, Baird said, “but there are marginal movie theaters that are going to be going by the wayside as time goes on if they don’t convert to digital.� Bai rd ow ns t he ci nema, but not the building, which is owned by Properties of Chaska, LLC. “Our current plan is to repurpose the furniture fixtures and equipment then put the building up for sale. We will keep our options open

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Competing well beyond his age BY ERIC KRAUSHAR

Finding success in high school swimming at a young age in girls competition is common. Chanhassen freshman Kaia Grobe was a double state champion last fall. But in boys competition, the trend is much different. Seniors and juniors generally dominate the field due to increased strength and size. At the Class A Swim Meet last season, only 10 freshmen competitors qualified for the field and of those 10, three reached the top - eight. Red Wing’s Tanner Alms won the 500-yard freestyle and placed third in the 200 freestyle. In Class AA, there were four individual competitors from the ninth-grade class with two reaching the podium led by a sixth-place fi nish from Colby Smith of Hastings. Chaska freshman Sean Donnelly is currently bucking the trend of the elder swimmers dominating the youngsters. In the last four dual meets, Donnel ly has recorded si x fi rst-place fi nishes and a pair of runner-up marks. “It’s mostly mental. As soon as you get the technique down and you gain enough muscle, then the rest of the race is all mental,” said Donnelly. Even against the state’s best competition at the Section 6AA True Team Meet, which featured No. 1 Eden Prairie and No. 2 Minnetonka, Donnelly hit the wall third in the 100-yard breaststroke and fourth in the highly competitive 50 -yard freestyle. “They are all tall and super


built. It’s a bit intimidating. You just have to know that you’re at their sort of level,” Donnelly said. Although Donnelly had fi rstplace times in the 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle, in which he set a pool record at Shakopee, his two main individual events this season have been the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. He enters tonight’s meet against Farmington with season-best splits of 22.66 and 1:03.70, which are both personal-best efforts as well. Donnelly has come a long ways in one season. “Last year at this time I was around 24 (seconds in the 50 freestyle) and just under a minute in the 100 free. I guess it’s because I swim all year. There isn’t much of an offseason. We only get about a month off. With club we practice at 7 a.m. and then here at 3,” Donnelly said. “I’m getting better at it,” said Donnelly on his new event – the 100 breaststroke. “I just like it better than the 100 freestyle.” The Chaska freshman has his sights set on loftier goals such as conference and section individual titles and hopefully a spot on the podium at state when it’s all said and done. “I just want to get to 1:03 so I can get to state this year. I’ve been there for club, but not with school. It should be fun,” said

Donnelly. With Chaska and Chanhassen splitting for sections, Donnelly, a Chaska student, will compete in Section 2A. The state qualifying standards for his two individual events are 22.80 and 1:05.35.

BIG CONFERENCE VICTORY Chaska/Chanhassen jumped out to a 9 8 - 41 lead on Northfield before swimming exhibition the fi nal three events in a 98-79 win over the Gators to improve to 2-1 in the Missota Conference Tuesday in Chaska. The Storm Hawks won eight of the first nine events, outscoring Northfield in every event to grab the commanding lead. C/C went out to a 12-2 lead by taking the top two positions in the 200 medley relay. Connor Martin, Sean Donnelly, Benny Richardson and Sam Halterman hit the wall at 1:44.84 for the win. Aaron Wuflestad and Donnelly added victories before the break with wins in the 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle. Wuflestad took the lead in the breaststroke split, fi nishing in a time of 2:16.23. Donnelly, who also had a winning time in the 100-yard breaststroke, had a fast time of 22.93 to lead the Storm Hawks to a sweep of first through third places. Halterman and Casey Bringhurst rounded out the top three. JP Currie, Richardson and Connor Schrempp also went second through fourth for key team points in the 200 freestyle. C/C led 43-19 at the diving break. Jason Nibbe led a trio of Storm Hawk divers with a


Sean Donnelly helps the Chaska/Chanhassen 200-yard medley relay win the opening race in a meet against Northfield Jan. 24. winning score of 138.70. After the intermission, it was all Storm Hawks as Richardson (100 butterf ly, 57.65), Martin (100 backstroke, 52.99), JP Currie (500 freestyle, 5:12.18) and the 200 freestyle relay of Bringhurst, Martin, Wuflestad and Donnelly (1:36.12) were also victorious in aiding C/C to a 98-41 advantage. Leading by three points heading into the final 40 0 yard freestyle relay, Chaska/ Chanhassen held off a strong challenge from Forest Lake to win the seven-team Minneapolis Southwest Invitational

Saturday. The relay of Richardson, Halterman, JP Currie and Martin posted a third-place finish of 3:31.01 to beat the Forest Lake ‘A’ team by more than a second. Wuflestad, Gus Currie, Peter Augdahl and Schrempp combined to hit the wall in sixth at 3:41.32 to beat the Forest Lake ‘B’ by two seconds. The relay advantages gave the Storm Hawks a 278-269 lead in the final standings. Chaska got the meet started off on the right foot with a firstplace finish in the 200 medley relay. Martin, Richardson, Hal-

terman and Donnelly swam a time of 1:43.78 to win by four seconds. Donnelly posted the lone individual win for C/C in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.46. He was also third in the 100 freestyle at 50.64. Also finishing in the top three were Richardson in the 200 individual medley (2:12.39) and 100 butterfly (56.76), Bringhurst in the 50 freestyle (23.78) and Martin in the 100 backstroke (57.18). The 200 freestyle relay of Bringhurst, Wuflestad, JP Currie and Donnelly were also runner-up at 1:36.16.



No longer considered a long shot at sections

Storm Hawks clinch first banner


The past two years, Chanhassen has been a long shot at qualifying for state out of a highly competitive Section 2AAA. But with the rise of the Storm dance program and the departure of rival Chaska to Class AA, a spot has opened up, and Chanhassen hopes to hear its name called Saturday as a qualifier for state. “It would be a dream to make state in jazz,” senior captain Natalie Wilson said. Last year, Maple Grove, Wayzata and Chaska qualified for state in jazz/funk, with all three teams placing in the top-four. State runner-up Eden Prairie joined Maple Grove and Chaska at state in high kick with two of three teams placing in the top-five. Chanhassen Head Coach Allison Feeny sees Maple Grove and Wayzata as clear favorites in jazz this weekend, but that third spot is up for grabs among Eden Prairie, Hopkins and Chanhassen. Minnetonka may be in the mix as well. “It will be difficult, but I think we have the talent. We just have to put forth the effort,” senior captain Liz O’Neill said. The one thing going against the Storm may be their order of appearance. Chanhassen competes fi rst of the 13 teams in jazz in front of Eden Prairie. Feeny said sometimes judges don’t score as high at the beginning of a competition, saving the higher marks as the meet progresses. “We just have to deal with what we have been given. We can’t change anything. Obviously it will be tough dancing right before Eden Prairie, but, it’s nice to not see the other teams go because then it’s one less thing you’re thinking about,” O’Neill said. The same teams figure to be shooting for the top-three spots in kick as well. Chanhassen had the op portunity to see many of the top Section 6AAA teams at the Wayzata Invitational Jan. 21.


Natalie Wilson is among four Chanhassen seniors that will be competing for the Storm Dance Team at the Section 2AAA Meet this Saturday in Plymouth.

And while the Storm fi nished 11th in both dances, it was a good opportunity to see what the competition has in store for them. “W hen we went over the scores with our coaches we were surprised to fi nd that we weren’t that far behind them,” said O’Neill of the top 6AAA teams. “We have a lot of tough competition and that is motivating for us to meet the challenge,” Wilson said. Meet time is noon on Saturday at Wayzata High School. Chanhassen competes in kick at 1:08 p.m. with jazz less than an hour later at 2:05. Times are approximate and fans should be there in advance of the competition.

HAVING FUN IN DANCE Starting with tryouts in the fall and culminating with sections this weekend, both dancers believe the team is ready for the steep challenge on Saturday. “It seems like it was only a couple of weeks ago that we were trying out for winter season. It’s flown by, especially with December being so crazy busy with all of the competitions,” O’Neill said. “It’s an exciting time. It’s weird to think that I might

MORE ONLINE CHECK OUT THE GALLERY AT not ever dance again after this Saturday. Hopefully I’ll have a few more weeks with state,” Wilson said. Wilson and O’Neill, both three-year varsity members, hope Saturday isn’t the end to the season. It has been a special season that has seen the Storm Dance Team win multiple invitationals and place second in the Missota Conference. Maybe more importantly, though, the team has developed a unique bond that has made the season the most enjoyable yet. “This is the third year of the team and we’ve really grown a lot,” Wilson said. “It is something that we are very proud of. I’m proud of the girls on how hard they worked,” O’Neill said. “I’m confident in our girls. When we really get motivated, we can do extraordinary things.” “It’s more showing off to everyone what we can do. What we’re capable of. We’re a respected program now,” Wilson added.

Five goals in the second p er io d vau lte d Ch a sk a / Chanhassen to the team’s fi rst Missota Conference championship in an 8-4 win over Red Wing Tuesday. Three power play goals and a short-handed netter helped the Storm Hawks rally from a 1-0 deficit and take a 6-1 lead at the 13:17 mark of the second period. Class A ninth-ranked Red Wi ng pu l led wit hi n t h ree goals at 7-4 with 7:24 to play, but an insurance goal from Kaitlin Storo sealed the win and the league title. C/C finished the Missota schedule with an 11- 0 -1 record. Down 1-0 late in the fi rst period, the Storm Hawks got a power-play goal from Jenna Wormuth to knot the game at one after a period. The second stanza was all Storm Hawks as Anna Lano gave C/C the lead for good with a slap shot from the point followed by a pair of goals from Casey Lindquist and Megan O’Brian. Two of the five goals came on the power play, while O’Brian added a short-handed goal. The two teams combined to go 5-for-13 on the power play in the game. Lindquist finished with two goals and four assists, while Storo and Emma Silkey each had three assists in the win. Storo and Wingers’ Nicole Schammel traded a pair of goals each in the third period for the fi nal tally of 8-4. C/C outshot Red Wing 59-33 for the game. Laura Chalupsky made 29 saves for her second victory in four days. Leading 3-2 early in the second period against New Prague Saturday, C/C opened up the game with a pair of goals 66 seconds apart from Lindquist and O’Brian for the fi nal 5-2 difference. The Storm Hawks tied the game late in the fi rst period on a goal from Silkey at the 14:49 mark. C/C took the lead for good midway through the second stanza on Si l key’s 17th goal of the season on the power play. S t o r o, who a lo n g w it h Lindquist each had two assists, also scored early in the

third period for the 3-1 lead. Cha lupsky, ma ki ng her f i rst st a r t i n nets Dec. 3, stopped 15 shots for the win. Despite peppering 52 shots on goal and rallying from a 4-1 third-period deficit, C/C couldn’t notch the eventual game-winner, losing 5 -4 in overtime at nonconference foe Mound-Westonka Jan. 26 to begin the week. The White Hawks are led by former C/C Head Coach Chris Erickson. M-W’s Abby Brustad scored with 42 seconds left in the eight-minute overtime session for the winner. The White Hawks took a 4 -1 advantage early in the third period on a second goal from Jessica N khata. The Storm Hawks, though, didn’t give up. Back-to-back goals from Storo less than four minutes, including one on the power play, pulled C/C within one at 4-3. A Megan Williams tally from Lindquist with 8:10 to play in regulation knotted the game at four. C/C, which had two power plays late in the period and early in overtime, couldn’t get the winner despite fi ring 20 shots in the third stanza. For the game, the Storm Hawks outshot their opponents 52-39. Lindquist also scored in the second period off passes f rom O’ Br i a n a nd Mega n Hinze. Carly Van Orden made 34 saves for only her second loss in the past eight games.

KELLY NETS NO. 100 Chanhassen remained unbeaten in the Missota Conference, salvaging a 3-3 tie with Holy Angels Jan. 26 in Victoria. The two teams entered the game in the top two spots in the league standings. Christian Wise’s goal on the power play at the 4 : 36 mark of the third period gave Holy Angels the 3-2 lead. The advantage lasted until Connor Kelly scored his second goal of the game with 74 seconds remaining in regulation. Kel ly scored of f assists from Jack Spillers and Jackson Spingler to force overtime. Chanhassen outshot the Stars 5-4 in the extra session

despite killing a two-minute penalty. Harlin Paradise stopped 33 shots in the tie for Chanhassen. The Storm got on the board fi rst as Spillers’ turn-around shot found room between the pad and right pipe for the 1-0 lead. Holy Angels, though, took a 2-1 lead into the break as Frankie Mork netted a shorthanded breakaway attempt before Mario Bianchi gave the Stars the advantage late in the stanza. A power-play goa l from Kelly knotted the game at two in the second period. Kelly netted his 100th career point early in the third period and eventually added another point to the tally in his third goal of the game in a 6-2 Chanhassen win over Northfield Tuesday. The Storm are 8-0-1 in the Missota Conference and 14-3-1 overall. Kelly scored twice in the fi nal period to help Chanhassen pull away for the win. His goal at 1:29 of the stanza from linemates Spingler and Logan Wilkinson set the milestone. Kelly, who also had a power-play goal in the second period, finished with four points. Kent Eklund added two power-play goa ls a nd an assist, while Nate Traina scored just 31 seconds into the contest. Paradise made 12 saves in the victory for the Storm. Chanhassen set at least four school records on Saturday, posting 14 goals and 71 shots on net for the game in a shutout victory over Dodge County. The Wildcats are 2-14-1 on the season. The Storm also set records with 35 shots and nine goals in the first period. Wilkinson, Traina, Kelly, Nathan Holasek and Bryson Burkholder each had two goals for Chanhassen. Jake Anderson, Spingler, Michael Gmiterko and Cody VanThournout also scored for the Storm. All three varsity goaltenders played in the win with Erik Anderson (four saves), Paradise (five) and Nick Harrel (six) combining for the 15-save shutout.

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Dreams come true for two pals

Tight race for first Missota alpine titles


Perched atop the stands, gazing down on the ice, Dan Crippen stood Jan. 27, proudly displaying his Chanhassen Storm hockey jersey. Just moments before in a locker room underneath the stands, Crippen, a specialneed s st udent at t he hig h school, received a Storm jersey from his friend Jackson Spingler as well as senior captain Connor Kelly and Head Coach Chris Wilson. “Do you like it, Dan?” said Spingler as Crippen pulled the jersey on over his sweatshirt. Crippen, who was born with Fragile X Syndrome, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and the most common known genetic cause of autism or autism spectrum disorders, didn’t have to say anything. He cracked a partial smile as he paced in excitement. “Dan, the boys really love having you at the games,” Wilson said. Spingler and Crippen became friends last year during the second semester through a Peer Physical Education class. Spingler immediately bonded with Crippen through the game of hockey. “I had an opening in my schedule, so I went to my counselor because I needed to get it fi lled and she said they were offering this class to students called Peer PE where we helped kids do regular activities. We did do some floor hockey and some basketball and fishing in the gym. We went on hikes and all that kind of fun stuff. It was a lot of fun,” Spingler said. Frank Condon, a paraprofessional that works with Crippen, noticed how close of a friendship the two had developed. “Jackson is a special young man. It just goes to show you that there are some really nice kids that have a really big heart for people,” he said. “No matter how bad of a day I was having, I left that class with a smile on my face. I couldn’t be more thankful because I know the kids in that class make the most out of everything they’re given. It was very inspiring and humbling experience,” Spingler said. And while the two students don’t share a class this school year, they do fi nd time to stay in touch. “Every class period in between classes he’s out in the hallway looking around. I’ll see him and say hi or give him a handshake,” Spingler said.

A JERSEY FOR DAN Spingler had no idea that Crippen was going to be in attendance Jan. 12 in a home game against Red Wing. Condon had gotten permission from Crippen’s parents, Curt and Mary, to take him to a game to see Spingler in action. With the Storm up 2-1 midway through the second period, Spingler looked up into the crowd. “It was the faceof f right before my goal,” said Spingler about noticing Crippen. “I saw him in the stands and he was waving and I just happened to

Jackson Spingler skates near the opposing team’s net during a recent game against Northfield. Spingler, a Chanhassen senior, has eight goals and seven assists heading into this week’s action. score on that shift.” “He had spotted him in the crowd and he scores the goal and he comes up to where Dan was standing and he high-fived the glass. Then the whole team did it. Dan absolutely loved it. I couldn’t see his face, but I’m sure he was beaming,” Condon said. Spingler’s goal proved to be the game-winner in the 4-2 victory. “He has a lot of players’ schedules memorized. So, when it’s passing time he fi nds their lockers and says hi in between class. At lunch time he’ll sit with the hockey players,” said Liz Tholen, Crippen’s teacher. “Dan sometimes has trouble communicating and with Jackson he’s always like ‘How are you?’ So, he’s learned so many communication skills through this friendship.” Two weeks after his first Storm hockey game, Crippen returned to the arena with Condon and Tholen to accept a team jersey. “Dan can take a long time to warm up to somebody, but with Jackson right away he was his pal,” Tholen said.

A DREAM COME TRUE Spingler, who was born in California and has lived in New Mexico since he was 7 yearsold, is in his second year at Chanhassen High School. Living in Santa Fe, hockey opportunities were limited, forcing him to travel north to Colorado most weekends. With a dream to play hockey after high school, Spingler set out searching and it’s safe to say he has found a home with the Storm. “I’m looking to play hockey after high school, so I thought Minnesota was a lot more viable in terms of getting noticed,” he said. “Coach’s Wilson’s step-son is


Chanhassen High School student Dan Crippen looks on during a recent Storm game against Holy Angels. Crippen received a jersey from the team for his support of the Storm and his friend, Jackson Spingler. Drew Akins, (a former) captain up at Minnesota-Duluth. He played juniors for the Roadrunners in Santa Fe and we were a housing family for him. We stayed really close with Drew when I was looking for a place to play hockey. Drew told me his dad was coaching a new team that was just starting off, so I came out and skated with them and really liked the area and all of the players,” Spingler added. Spingler shares an apartment with a rotation of family members. Either one of his parents or grandparents come up for two to three weeks at time generally. “I do (get homesick). I have

two younger brothers that are home. I try to stay in touch with them. I make sure to call my parents enough,” he said. Even t hou g h he m i s s e s home, Spingler said it’s been a great experience living in Minnesota playing hockey. He has lived out the fi rst half of his dream – now he is hoping that the second part comes true. “I don’t regret anything. The team and the school have been fa nt astic. I wou ld n’t change anything. Hopefully I’ll play juniors, if not I’ve enrolled in a bunch of schools and I’ll just go to college,” he said. “Even if I don’t play juniors, I won’t regret it.”


Area softball clinics begin next month The Chaska Youth Softball Association has two upcoming softball clinics to help you get ready for your summer softball season. The third annual Hitting Academy will again be led by Kristina Trapp (head coach for the Chaska Hawks Varsity Softball team) along with her coaching staff and players. Join them for fun, fast-paced sessions of individual and group hitting instruction. The cost for all four sessions is $85 (each 4-session pre-registered participant will receive a T-shirt). If you wish to sign up for individual sessions, the price is $25 per session. Session dates, times, and locations are: Sunday, Feb. 12 (4:45-6:45 p.m.) at the Pioneer Ridge Middle School Gym Sunday, Feb. 19 (4:45-6:45 p.m.) at the Pioneer Ridge Middle School Gym Sunday, Feb. 26 (4:45-6:45 p.m.) at the Bluff Creek Elementary School Gym Sunday, March 4 (4:45-6:45 p.m.) at the Pioneer Ridge Middle School Gym Starting in mid-February, CYSA and Strike3 will be also hosting Saturday morning

pitching clinics. More information on these clinics can be found on the web site ( where you can also register online for these clinics by clicking on the “Register Online” tab on the left side of the screen. If you have any questions regarding these clinics or if you have any other youth softball questions, please email the program at cysafastpitch@

Volleyball club offers youth development camp Do you have a youth interested in playing volleyball? Registration is now open for the Chanhassen Club Volleyball Youth Development Program. This is a new program being offered by Chanhassen Club Volleyball for girls in ages 9-12 interested in learning more about the sport of volleyball. This program will be geared toward developing young volleyball players’ skills through repetitive drills and games as well as growing an understanding and knowledge base for the game. This program is six sessions on Sunday evenings, beginning Feb. 12 at the Chanhassen High School Main Gym.

One Chanhassen alpine ski team was closing in on a conference title, another was closing in on the leader. The Storm ski teams entered this week’s meet at Welch Village within grasp of the school’s first titles. This is the first season the Missota Conference has offered the sport to the league’s eight schools. The boys had 1,631 cumulative points heading into the final meet, which was held on Tuesday. Results are available on Scoreboard.MN. Northfield and Holy Angels were behind them at 1,611 and 1,554. On the girls side, Chanhassen trailed Northfield by a score of 1,437-1,411. “Chan is in a tight, tight race. Everything will be decided at Welch,” Chanhassen coach Josh Kleve said. In the latest meet at Afton Alps, the girls got a surprise victory despite only four skiers completing the two runs. “We had some fresh snow that really made for some interesting races for the first few skiers. It went from ice to soft snow and a lot of people didn’t make it. Everybody else had the same issues,” Kleve said. “The girls didn’t even know it until the bus ride home. I don’t think I’ve seen them so excited.” Anika Abrahamson (fourth), Cari Lee (seventh), Emily Roseth (eighth) and Morgan Larsen (ninth) helped the Storm girls win with a score of 376. For the boys, it was a second consecutive third-place finish behind Holy Angels and Northfield. The margin, though, was so small – eight points – that the Storm held onto the league lead. “Every race counts the same and our first race we came out ready to ski and that gave us a big cushion,” Kleve said. Leading the way for the Storm at Afton were Louis Nguyen and Vy Nguyen, who placed first and fourth, respectively. Louis Nguyen had a total time of 1:02.76 for his second straight win. Chanhassen next competes at the Section 6 Meet at Buck Hill at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Space is limited. For more information and to register online please visit:

Skippers Dance Team to perform at Swarm game Minnetonka’s Dance Team will perform at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., during the first quarter of the Minnesota Swarm game against the Edmonton Rush. Ticket orders are due by Monday, Feb. 6. Please order through a MHS dance team member or Linda Harrington at 612-840-3556/ljharrin@aol. com or Carl Starkey, Minnesota Swarm, 651-726-1739/cstarkey@

Sign-up for Carver Community Youth Baseball/Softball under way Registration is now under way for the Carver Community Youth Baseball Softball Association. CCYBSA is open to all youth in the Eastern Carver County School District. Get more information and

register at F rom the left hand side select “Local Athletic Associations,” then select CCYBSA – Carver Community Youth Baseball & Softball Association. If you registered with our system last year, all you need to do is return to your account, sign in, and continue to register for 2012. The system will display the programs (based on the information from last year) your child can register for. E-mail questions to ccybsa. reg @ g mai or contact Jane Thon at 952-492-2907.

Deer Hunter’s Association holds banquet Feb. 18 The Minnesota River Valley Chapter of the MN Deer Hunter’s Association is having its 29th annual banquet Saturday, Feb. 18. Everyone is welcome to attend. Social hour starts at 5 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and the program at 8 p.m. Cost for the banquet is $25 for adults and $15 for youth. It will be held at the KC Hall in Shakopee, which is located at 1760 E. 4th Avenue. For tickets or more details, please contact Barb Breeggemann at 952-445-4396.

Chaska /Chanhassen jumped out to a 33-0 lead on non-conference foe DasselCokato and held on for a 41-27 win on parents’ night Jan. 26. Luke Finkel returned to the lineup after a three-week absence with a 7-2 win at 113 pounds. Sam Vance also had a 19-4 technical fall at 132 pounds, while Joel Larson pinned Tom Keskey in the second period at 120 pounds. Also winning during the early run were Ethan Loosbrock by pin, Trent Butcher in a forfeit, Isaac Loosbrock by

major decision and Brenden Olevson in a 6-4 decision. Ethan Loosbrock is now ranked No. 3 at 145 pounds in Class AAA. Victories by Sam Grausam at 160 pounds (11-4 decision) and a forfeit decision to Josh Blackowiak sealed the win for the Storm Hawks, who are 4-0 in duals this week. C/C defeated St. Paul Harding 66-15, St. Paul Johnson 44-21 and Columbia Heights 66-16 Jan. 25 in St. Paul. Individual results were not available. Olevson, ranked No. 9 in Class AAA, recorded his 50th career win and 25th pin in the quadrangular. Blackowiak also notched win No. 75 on the evening. Three Chaska/Chanhassen wrestlers – Isaac Loosbrock, Finkel and Reid Johnson – each won individual titles at the Totino-Grace Invitational Saturday. The Storm Hawks won the 10-team tournament with 171 points. Rockford was second with 169 points, while the host Eagles were third with 162 1/2 points. Loosbrock pinned teammate Logan Larsen, who was wrestling unattached, in the third period of the 106-pound bracket championship. F i n ke l d o m i n at e d t h e 113-pound weight class, pinning Pine Island’s Trevor Turner just 33 seconds into the championship match. Johnson also won by fall in the heavyweight championship, taking down TotinoGrace’s Richie Donovan at 5:22 of the third period. Placing second were Blackowiak and Butcher at 170 and 126 pounds. Butcher lost a 7-5 decision to No. 4-ranked Ty Griffin of Rockford. Blackowiak fell to No. 4-ranked John Redepenning of Rockford by pin. Olevson was third, while Grausam (fourth), Ethan Loosbrock (fifth), Sam Christianson (fifth), and Larson (fifth) also placed in the top-five.

HIGH SCORE OF THE SEASON The Chaska/Chanhassen gymnastics team had its highest score of the season, posting a 137.025 in a victory over Red Wing Jan. 24. With the win, the Storm are 2-4 in the Missota Conference with dates still remaining with Northfield and Farmington on Friday. Results from Tuesday’s meet with Northfield will be available on Scoreboard.MN. Leah Kutsch received the highest vault score with an 8.95, while Alex Dragos continued to be a leader on bars and floor exercise with marks of 8.7 and 9.45. Rachel Nornes had the top beam score with a 9.3.


Chanhassen teams sit atop Missota Conference Down 19-12 at one point in the fi rst half, Chanhassen rallied and took the lead for good in the second half, outscoring host Red Wing 32-23 during the fi nal 18 minutes in a 56-47 win Jan. 27. After tying the game at the half at 24, Chanhassen built a double-digit lead by getting to the free-throw line in the second stanza. The Storm finished 21- of-31 from the foul line, including a 10-for11 performance from Lauren Shifflett, who led all scorers with 17 points. Chanhassen forced Red Wing into 17 turnovers for the game, and held leading scorer Tesha Buck to 17 points. Mikki Prince also notched 14 points for the Storm. Leading 36-30 at halftime, Chanhassen pulled away in the second half, outscoring Northfield 40-33 during the fi nal 18 minutes in a 76-63 win Tuesday on the road. The big four – Shiff lett, Prince, Becca Smith and Tori Shear – combined to score 60 points to offset a 29-point effort from Raiders’ Marla Thomforde. Sh i f f let t h ad 17, wh i le Smith and Prince each had 15 points for Chanhassen (16-3). Shear added 13 points, while Anna Letsche had six. The two victories gives the Storm a two-game lead in the Missota Conference. Chanhassen sits at 7-0 with New Prague next at 5-2. Red Wing, which started the sea-

son with four straight league wins, now is 4-3.

1,000 POINTS FOR JENSEN Kevin Jensen made history early in the second half of Chanhassen’s 79-67 win over Red Wing Jan. 27. The Storm senior, who has committed to play basketball at University of Mary next season, netted his 1,000th career point. Jensen is the first player in school history to reach the 1,000th-point plateau. In the process of doing so, Jensen helped Chanhassen roll to a 5-0 mark in the Missota Conference. Four Storm players were in double figures led by Jensen with 16. Jensen, needing 14 points to hit the milestone, had 13 at halftime. Cole Otto (15), Brandon Arnold (10) and Joey Stark (10) also hit double digits in the victory. Chanhassen led 46-34 at halftime. Chanhassen continued to dominate the Missota Conference, posting a 77-55 road win at Farmington Tuesday. The Storm have won seven games in a row – six against league foes. Jensen posted a game-high 15 points for the Storm (14-4). Also in double fi gures were freshman Joey Witthus with 12, while Arnold and Otto each had 11. Stark, Jared Lea and Steven Gitzen each pitched in six points as well. Chanhassen led 41-28 at the break.

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Fire back in conference title hunt Combined between Holy Family Catholic and Delano, the two teams came into the Jan. 24 conference tilt averaging more than 12 goals a game. So go fi gure, it turned into a defensive battle. The Fire went on the road and won 3-1 at Delano, improving to 3-2 in the Wright County Conference. Delano sits at 5-2 in league play. The game featured 17 penalties for 54 minutes, which included four major penalties. HFC was 2-for-11 on the power play. D efensive pai ri ng Rya n Swanson and Dylan Woolf each had a goal and two assists in the win. Swanson put the Fire up 1-0 4:50 into the game off assists from Woolf and Shane Gersich, who returned from playing with Team USA in Austria. John Peterson made it 2-0 on the power-play from Woolf and Swanson late in the second period. A third Fire goal from Woolf with the man-advantage that deflected off the pipe into the net made it 3-0 with 4:27 remaining. Nick Schreiter made 30 saves in the nets, losing his shutout in the fi nal minutes on a goal from Jack Nelson with 2:42 to play. Tied at two late in the fi rst period, HFC scored the final four goals to beat Chisago Lakes Area 6-2 Saturday in Victoria. T he Fi re have won fou r straight games to improve to

13-5. The Wildcats got a pair of goals to knot the game at two, but Joey Marooney’s shot with two seconds remaining in the first period from Will Garin gave Holy Family the lead for good. Gersich, Garrett Riebling and Tim Fellner each scored in the second stanza for the fi nal difference. Petersen had three assists in the win. Also scoring in the fi rst period were Sam Stenson and Max Mork. Schreiter stopped 19 shots for the win in nets.

SEVEN IN A ROW Down 3-1 in the second period, Holy Family Catholic/ Waconia got the offense rolling in the third period to rally for a 5-3 win over Litchfield/DasselCokato Saturday in Victoria. Makayla Williams notched a pair of goals – one late in the second period and another 55 seconds into the fi nal stanza – to knot the game at three. Just 15 seconds later, it was Mega n Men z uber f rom JC Reinke for the eventual gamewinner with 15:50 left in regulation. Reinke added an insurance goal in the final seven minutes. LDC, winless in the Wright County Conference and losers of 12 straight games, jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 3:06 into the contest. Reinke pu l led the Wildfi re within one with an unassisted goal, but the Dragons regained the two-goal


advantage midway through the second period. The victory evened HFC/ Waconia’s conference record at 4-4 for third place in the fiveteam league. Carly Bergstrom made 15 saves in the win – the seventh in a row for the Wildfire (15-7-2). T he Wi ld f i re b ega n t he week with a 4-3 overtime win over Hutchinson Jan. 24. Abby Hanscom scored on a powerplay goal from Sarah Rosland and Reinke just 44 seconds into the overtime session for the winning goal. HFC/Waconia beat Hutchinson 6-1 in the fi rst meeting Jan. 12. Reinke got the Wildfi re on the board fi rst 77 seconds into the fi rst stanza on a goal from Megan Burke. Ashley Madson, Baylee Holtz and Sara Carlson all scored for the Tigers before Menzuber pu l led H F C/Waconia back within a goal at 3-2 late in the fi rst period. Burke knotted the game at three on a power-play goal from Rosland and Reinke midway through the second stanza. Bergstrom stopped 24 saves, including nine in the third period for the win in nets.

FIRE WIN FIRST CONTEST There were plenty of smiles Jan. 24 as Holy Family Catholic outscored Belle Plaine 8-1 in overtime to record its fi rst win of the boys basketball season 70-63. The Fire started the season with 14 straight losses.

After giving up a seven-point halftime lead, Holy Family responded in the extra session, giving up only a single freethrow defensively to the Tigers. Joe Traxler returned to the court for the fi rst time in 2012, netting a season-high 23 points for the Fire. Freshman post Justin Dahl added 11 points, while Colton Stenerson had eight. Jake Dryer, Joe Conroy and Joe Hanel each chipped in six points for the Fire. HFC couldn’t make it 2-for-2 in a 66-55 loss to Minnehaha Academy Jan. 26. The Redhawks scored 33 points in each half for the victory. Hanel led the Fire with 15 points followed by Jake Dryer and Dahl with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Delano outscored host HFC 33-22 in the fi rst half and held on for a 71-61 win in Victoria Friday. Three Tiger players were in double figures led by sophomore Toby Hanson with 18 points. Zach Checkal and six foot, seven-inch forward Grayson Pulis had 14 and 10 points, respectively. Holy Family got 13 points from Traxler, while teammates Dryer and Conroy contributed 11 and 10.

BACK ON TRACK Holy Fa mi ly Cat holic jumped out to a 35-16 halftime lead at Delano on Friday and held that advantage throughout


The Holy Family Catholic High School dance team performed Jan. 21 at the Totino-Grace Invitational in Fridley. The varsity jazz team placed eighth in the AA competition out of 15 teams. Pictured from left are Kim Plante (Eden Prairie), Savannah Kiffmeyer (Minnetonka), Sunny Taunton (Excelsior), Laura Kubisiak (Chanhassen) and Krista Stanoch (Chaska). The Fire host the Section 3AA Meet in Victoria at noon Saturday. in a 62-43 victory. T he F i re have now won three games in a row after dropping a pair of contests to top-five teams in the state. Hannah Schonhardt netted a game-high 18 points, while Michaela Rasmussen and Emily Bauer contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively. Hayley Thompson added eight, while Ashley Hanson and Erin Ryan-Mosley each had six.

HFC began the week with a decisive 74-51 road win at Big Lake Jan. 26. The Fire, which led 31-23 at halftime, scored 43 second-half points to pull away for the nonconference win. Schonhardt notched a gamehigh 20 points in the win for the Fire. Thompson added 13 points, while Hanson had seven and Mosley had six. In total, 15 different Holy Family players netted at least one point in the win.


Girls hockey one win or tie away from a Lake title Edina entered Saturday’s girls hockey contest ahead of Minnetonka in the Lake Conference standings. The only way to get back on top for the Skippers was a win. Minnetonka did just that, scoring three goals in the second period in a 3-0 win. The victory moved the Skippers into fi rst place with a 5-1-1 mark in league play. A wi n or tie tonight against Eden Prairie seals the conference title outright for Minnetonka (17-4-1). Laura Bowman broke a sc orele ss t ie at t he 10 : 2 2 mark of the second period. Holly Korn added a goal 71 seconds later before Bowman fi nished the scoring late in the period on a power-play netter. Amy Petersen had two assist in the win. Sydney Rossman turned away 24 shots for the shutout for the Skippers.

DEFENSIVE LETDOWN Pa rk Center hit t he 80-point mark for the fifth time in six games, extending a win streak to six contests in a 99-83 win at No. 8-ranked Minnetonka on Friday. The Skippers, which entered the game riding a sevengame win streak of their own, had no answer defensively in the fi rst half for the Pirates. Park Center led 53-34 at halftime. Riley Dearring and Andrew Grosz each had 23 points in the loss for Minnetonka (13-3). It was a career-high for Grosz, who entered the game averaging around seven points a contest. Starters Latrell Love (15), Tommy McDermott (11) and Joe Risinger (10) were also in double figures for the Skippers.

EAGLES SURPRISE SKIPPERS Danny Hal loran scored with 43 seconds remaining to give No. 8 Eden Prairie a huge 4-2 win over No. 1 Minnetonka Saturday night. It was the second loss in four Lake Conference games for the Skippers, who lost for just the third time in 20 games. With the game tied at two late in regulation, Halloran found an open spot in front of the Minnetonka goal, taki ng a pass from li nemate Andrew Knudsen and fi red a shot t hat beat Skippers goaltender Matt Behounek for what proved to be the game winner.

Steven Spinner scored an empty net goal 18 seconds later for the fi nal tally. After a scoreless fi rst period, the two rivals traded goals in the second stanza. Knudsen went fi rst for the Eagles followed by a power-play goal from Skippers’ Max Coatta to knot the game at one. It stayed that way until the third period when Spinner netted a goal followed by a 5-on-3 power-play score from Minnetonka’s Sam Rothstein. T he c ontest app e a re d headed to overtime as Eden Prairie goaltender Derrick LaCombe turned away a number of quality chances for the Skippers. A turnover at the blueline gave the Eagles life and led to the eventual winner. Behounek stopped 17 shots in the losing effort. Earlier in the week, Minn e t o n k a s h owe d S e c t io n 6AA a statement, defeating Lake Conference and section foe Wayzata 5-1 at Pagel Ice Arena. Down 1-0 after a period, four Skippers netted goals over the fi nal two stanzas in the victory. Rothstein scored two goals, including a power-play goal from Vinni Lettieri that got Minnetonka on the board early in the second period. A goal from Connor Thie at the 7:34 mark of the period proved to be the game-winner. Justi n Bader, Coat t a a nd Rothstein added netters in the third period for the fi nal difference. Paul Ciaccio stopped 15 shots for the Skippers’ victory.


CC Squirt C third at Ice Breaker Invite The Chaska/Chanhassen Squirt C Black Warriors took third place in the St. Paul Ice Breaker Tournament held on Jan. 6-8. Pictured front row is Cady Clark. Second row from left: Ryan Hill, Luke Terris, Rory Johnson, Matthew Lueck, Joe Dorway, and Max Fellner. Third row: Coach Doug Meyer, Max Splett, Matthew Dixey, Zach Wilder, Landon Elliott, Eric Spielberger, Logan Starkey, and Coach Marc Terris.

CC Peewee C Purple wins at South St. Paul The CCHA Peewee C Purple was consolation champions at the South St. Paul Cowtown Classic Jan. 13-15. The tournament started with a game against Lakeville North. Chaska lost in a close 4-2 game with one goal scored in the last 40 seconds on an open net. The second game was against Coon Rapids where Chaska dominated winning 5-1. The championship game was a nail biter as the game was tied 5-5 leading into a fiveminute, four-man overtime. No goals were scored so it went to a five-man shoot-out. Both teams scored two goals in the shoot-out, so it went to a sudden death 1-on-1 shootout. After two rounds, Chaska scored the winning goal. Pictured are front from left, Goalies Tyler Lee and Blake Starkey. Kneeling: Jack Parker, Kevin Oprosko, Lucas Simon, Tyler Reutzel, and Jacob Smith. Back row: Head Coach Ted Smith, Blake Anderson, Jack Stolt, Jack Velasco, Coach Mike Simon, Thomas Gauvin, Andrew Cadle, Coach David Holman, Micah Roane, Mitchell Holman and Coach Al Lee. Not pictured is Teddy Smith.

Fire JV dances places third at Totino-Grace The Holy Family Catholic High School junior varsity jazz team placed third out of 11 teams at the TotinoGrace Invitational on Jan. 21. Pictured are from left, Ali Cornelison (Chaska), Annie Richelsen (Chaska), Katie Hanousek (Chanhassen) and Emily Vakulskas (Chaska).

FOUR LOSSES IN A ROW Minnetonka dropped its fourth straight contest, losing to a dominating Wayzata squad 71-43 Friday. The Trojans got 46 combined points from a trio of posts in Kayla Timmerman, Marissa Grossfeld and Reilly Johnson. The Trojans, ranked No. 5 i n Class 4 A wit h a 16 -2 record, pulled away from a 37-24 halftime lead by outscoring the Skippers by 15 points in the second half. Minnetonka had no answer for the Wayzata posts, who shoot just as equally as well from outside as they do in the paint. Grossfeld led all scorers with 20 points. Jo a n n a H e d s t r om w a s the lone Skipper in double fi gures with 16 points. Anne Hamilton added nine, while Courtney Frederickson and Kelly McKenzie each had six.

CC 10B wins consolation at Duluth

Chan 5 Blue takes second at Lakeville The Chanhassen Blue fifth grade girls basketball team placed second at the Lakeville South Tourney Jan. 15. The team defeated Cottage Grove and Blaine before losing to Woodbury in the championship game. Pictured from left, players are Eme Erickson, Julia Geurs, Grace Conroy, Emma Templeton, Anna Vakulskas, Gabby Maschka, Grace Adsem, Lauren Roberts, Piper Krych and Leah Olson. The team is coached by Mike Conroy and Mark Erickson.

The Chaska/Chanhassen 10B girls won the consolation trophy at the Duluth Ice Breaker Tournament Jan. 13-15. On Friday evening, C/C lost to Superior 2-1 in a game they dominated, but lost due to a stellar Superior goaltender. Evin Pollitt had the lone goal for CC. On Saturday, C/C stormed back with a convincing defeat over Burnsville 5-1 with goals by Anna Kelly, Shannon Blake, Josie Selten and two goals by Olivia Rinzel sealed the game. Sunday’s trophy game came down to the third period with the score even at two. The goahead goal was scored by Pollitt with a beautiful top shelfer putting C/C ahead for the game. Rinzel, Grace Medeiros and Maggie Rothstein accounted for the other C/C scores. CC 10UB is currently 7-1 in conference and having a great season. Front row from left, Paige Whalen and Lucy Treat. Second row: Josie Selten, Anna Kelly, Grace Medeiros, and McKenzie Kahmeyer. Third row: McKenzie McCoy, Jennifer Lamson, Evin Pollitt, Lucy Smalley, Maggie Rothstein, Lexi Block, Elise Pritchard, Zoe Steffen, Haley Ellefson, Olivia Rinzel and Shannon Blake. Coaches: Gordon Medeiros, Matt Smalley, Head Coach Tom Whalen, and Jamie Steffen. Not pictured are Coaches Mike Blake and Scott Pritchard.

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The Carver County deputies assigned to the cities of Chanhassen, Victoria, and Car ver and the townships of Laketown, San Francisco and Dahlgren responded to the following calls Jan. 16 through Jan. 22. Jan. 16 At 11:56 a.m., responded to the 8800 block of Reitz Lake Road, Laketown Township, for report of theft of money from premises. At 3:04 p.m., responded to the 6700 block of Iris, Victoria, for damage to mailbox. Jan. 17 At 11:25 a.m., responded to the 800 block of Gilfillan Avenue, Carver, for report of juvenile male who was cited for underage possession of alcohol and drug paraphernalia. Jan. 18 At 1:13 p.m., responded to the 4000 block of Peavey Road, Chaska, where a person was arrested on a McLeod County warrant arrest. At 4:40 p.m., responded to the 6400 block of County Road 10 East, for report of car crash with unknown injuries. At 5:37 p.m., responded to the

intersection of Market Street and Market Boulevard, Chanhassen, for a personal injury accident. Jan. 19 At 3:38 a.m., responded to the 8000 block of Audubon Road, Chanhassen, for report of thefts and damage to several vehicles at business. Estimated loss and damage is more than $1,600. At 11:03 a.m., responded to a Chanhassen address on a referral from social services about abuse/neglect. At 12:32 p.m., responded to the 8900 block of Crossroads Boulevard, Chanhassen, for report of gas theft of $54. At 8:08 p.m., made traffic stop at Audubon Road and Lyman Boulevard, Chanhassen, where an adult Chaska male was arrested for DWI. Jan. 20 At 3:34 p.m., responded to the intersection of Ringneck Drive and Pheasant Drive, Chanhassen, for a property damage accident. An adult male was cited for no driver’s license and no proof of insurance. At 11:19 p.m., made traffic stop at L y m a n B o u l eva r d a n d Powe r s

Boulevard, Chanhassen, where an adult male driver was cited for no Minnesota driver’s license and possession of drug paraphernalia. An adult male passenger was cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana. Jan. 21 At 12:59 a.m., made a traffic stop at Saddlebrook Pass and Kerber Boulevard, Chanhassen, where an adult Chanhassen male was arrested for possession of fifth degree controlled substance and DWI. At 11:08 p.m. made traffic stop at Highway 5 and Galpin Boulevard, Chanhassen, where an adult male was arrested on outstanding Dakota County warrant. Jan. 22 At 2:08 a.m., responded to the intersection of Highway 5 and Dell Road, Chanhassen, where an adult Chanhassen male was arrested for second degree controlled substance violation. Editor’s Note: You can listen to police, fire and sheriff’s calls 24/7 through our online police scanner at

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victoria TOWN SQUARE City has openings for commissions, committees



Are you full of good ideas and thinking outside the box? The sity of Victoria has a number of upcoming opportunities for citizen volunteers on its committees and commissions. Mayor Mary Hershberger Thun is encouraging residents to apply and assist as prime advisors to the City Council. “Members of the committees and commissions do a lot of the heavy lifting in researching issues,” Hershberger Thun said, “and they often come up with new ideas for us to consider. They provide the council with invaluable information and viewpoints in decision-making.” PHOTO BY UNSIE ZUEGE

Brownies representing Troop 15386, third-graders at Victoria Elementary School, attended the Victoria City Council meeting on Jan. 23, where they led the Pledge of Allegiance. Afterward, Mayor Mary Hershberger Thun presented the girls with individual certificates, and then invited the Brownies to meet the city councilors. From left, Mayor Hershberger Thun, and Brownies Sydney Wellner, Kate Robbins, Erin Simon and Annelies Vandeputte.

Nordic skiers dream of a white loppet With the lack of snow in the Twin Cities, we can only dream of our usual outdoor activities in the white fluff that brightens the brown fall grass. The Twin Cities loppet or ski race has been moved out to Theodore Wirth Park so snow can be made for the trails. Looking at web cameras in Norway and Sweden, there seems to be snow across the ocean. Take a look at some of these web cameras and enjoy looking at the Nordic snow. http://www.webcamgalore. com/EN/Denmark/countrycam-0.html In Sweden, skiers are gearing up for nine different races during the 90th Jubilee Vasaloppet week that begins Feb. 24 and ends on March 4 with a record breaking registration of 60,000 participants.

HOW THE VASALOPPET BEGAN Vasaloppet’s history began in 1520 when Sweden was still a part of Denmark. Gustav Eriksson Vasa was discontented with the Danish leadership and landed in prison for his opposition. Vasa escaped and headed north, hoping to recruit men from Dalarna, all the while being hunted by Danish soldiers. A month after his escape, the 24-year old Vasa stood outside the Mora church and asked if the men would take up arms. The men from Dalarna first wanted to discuss this war decision among themselves. In the



meantime, Vasa kept fleeing the Danes and headed for Norway on skis. News of Danish King Christian’s brutal ravages in Sweden fi nally reached Mora. The men from Dalarna were in full support of Vasa. Mora’s two best skiers, Lars and Engelbrekt were sent after Vasa. They caught up with him in Sälen. They returned to Mora to lead the fight against King Christian. On June 6, 1523, Gustav Vasa was elected King of free Sweden ( The Vasaloppet that takes place on March 4 from Sälen to Mora is 90 km or 55 miles. That would be about the same distance as driving from the University of Minnesota Arboretum to Faribault taking Highway 5, I-494, and 35S, in one day on skis! Imagine going by skis on that route under 3 hours and 52 minutes, as the winners do. It takes a little over an hour by car. One can watch the opening race on webcam and follow the results by going to The Birkebeinerrennet in Norway has been held since 1932.

THE BIRKE AND THE BABY Norway was in civil war in the 1200s. In 1204, the chief


of the Birkebeiners (Haakon Sverresson) died on New Years Day. The rival side saw Haakon’s new baby as a threat to the throne. The Birkebeiner soldiers set out to protect the baby by travelling north to Trondheim. On the way, the soldiers stopped in Lillehammer on Christmas Day to hide in a farm house before continuing the trek. Torstein Skevla and Skjervald Skrukka, the two best skiers, decided to take the baby across a 54 km detour through cold, snow, and wind because the normal route to Trondheim was considered too dangerous. The baby later became King Haakon and an end was put to the civil war. Skiers still carry a backpack weighing at least 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs), symbolizing the weight of the baby king. T he Bi rkebei ner ren net week begins March 10. This 74th year event is expected to have 16,500 participants in seven different races ending with the Birkebeinerrennet on March 17, skiing 54 km or 33 miles. The men’s 2011 winners’ time was under 2 hours and 39 minutes. Follow the results on

CLASSICAL GUITARIST The Nordic club will meet at 7 p.m., Feb. 10, at the Victoria City Hall. The program will start at 7:30 p.m. This month we will be entertained by 18-year-old Thomas Spargo, on his classical guitar. Thomas has studied classical music for more than nine years. Thomas has given previous classical recitals and has competed in competitions such as the Schubert Club and Thursday Musical. Thomas has been

Businesses consider innovative citywide rewards program Last week, Victoria businesses learned about a customer rewards program that could help downtown during t he up c om i n g H i g hway 5 reconstruction. PointStack is a rewards program that uses a customer’s credit or debit card to tabulate and track earned points. The company’s founder is Mark Prondzinski, a Twin Cities entrepreneur. C u r r ent ly t he H a z el le wood Grill and Tap Room in Tonka Bay and Glacier Bar in Minneapolis participate

in the program. According to Holly Kreft, city planner and economic development director, Victoria would be the fi rst to implement a community rewards program. “It would really help the marketing of downtown during next summer’s road construction,” Kreft said. “It’s al l done through the customer’s own credit card. I’m really excited about this. It could bring more busineses to do cooperative marketing.” —Unsie Zuege

The Business Development Committee has five seats (2-year terms) open for appointment. The Business Development Committee (BDC) helps develop and strengthen current and future businesses in the community. “This year in particular, the Business Development Committee will be instrumental in helping us navigate through the marketing of our downtown,” Hershberger Thun said. “We need to stress that Victoria is open for business and we are welcoming any ideas and help from the community to get the message out there.” Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Water Treatment Plant Community Room, 1480 80th Street. Meetings are open to the public.

FINANCE COMMITTEE The Finance Committee has one seat (2-year term) open for appointment. The committee works on city expenditures. “One of the key responsibilities,” Hershberger Thun said, “is helping the city’s finance department and city council prepare the 2013 budget and financial plan. City accounting is so different from our personal budgets. There are specific things a city has to do for its constituents and tax payers “While it is helpful if applicants have ‘some’ finance and budgeting background and experience,” Hershberger Thun said, “they don’t need to have a CPA or MBA to be appointed.”

PARK AND RECREATION The Park and Recreation C om m it t e e h a s f ive s e at s open for appointment (3-year

SENIOR COMMISSION The misconception is that you have to be a senior to be on the Senior Commission. You don’t. In fact, the current chair is in her 40s. There are seven seats (2-year terms) open for appointment, and there can be up to 11 on the commission. T he Senior Com mission meets once a month, 8 a.m. on t he second T uesd ay i n t he Com mu nity Education Room at the Water Treatment Plant. Meetings are open to the public. It advises staff, elected leaders, local groups on the needs for a senior-friendly community. “The commission could take on a lot of important issues,” Hershberger Thun said, “including advising the city on ordinances providing more accessibility for our older citizens, working with the city to continue to engage them. How do we continue to have a community that speaks to all ages? We need a variety of voices and ages on the commission.”

HOW TO APPLY Applic ations wi l l be ac cepted through March 2. Interviews will be scheduled prior to the March 12. City Council meeting. Newly appointed members will begin their terms on April 1. Applications are available on the City’s website at www. or call (952) 443-4212.


Last winter, the city hosted a meet and greet for its commissions and committees, providing an overview of the city and its vision. Among the attendees were Genevieve Tenoso and Erica Vermeij, members of the city’s Business Development Committee.

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It’s time to put on the thermal long johns, get out the handwarmers, and the tipups. The Victoria Fire Fighters Relief Association puts on its annual ice fishing contest on Stieger Lake this Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Plenty of time to haul in some prize winning fish, then get home to warm up and watch the Super Bowl. There’ll be food and hot drinks, and lots of prizes. Last year, youngsters Kate Robbins and Erin Simon shared fishing duties, seated on a tackle box, waiting for bite.

involved in the Nordic community all his life, and has lived in Sweden for two years. He has performed with the Swedish community in the United States from Minot, N. Dak.’s Höstfest to Battery Park in New York City. He has also played Swedish folk music on many stages with his family in Sweden. Thomas will play a variety of classical, Swedish, and contemporary pieces. We will be holding a short annual meeting during our coffee time so you can help with any input for the Nordic Club. This is an open public meeting. We will also have our Lotteri during refreshments. Bring a white elephant gift in good condition for the table, if you have one. We will be asking for donations of $1 for each ticket for the drawing. This Lotteri is to help in donations for future programming. This event is free to the public. Free will donations to the Nordic Heritage Club are tax deductible. For any questions call Carolyn Spargo at (952) 443-3312. Everyone is welcome, regardless of heritage! Families are welcome to our club. Visit the Nordic Heritage Club website at www. for additional information. Carolyn Johnson Spargo lives on the border of Chaska and Victoria, and is active in all things Scandinavian including the Nordic Heritage Club, which meets on the second Friday of the month at the Victoria City Hall at 7951 Rose St., Victoria, except in June, July and August. Her column appears monthly in the Victoria Town Square pages and online at www.chanvillager. com.


terms), and can have up to nine appointments. “I don’t think people realize how important this committee is to the city,” Hershberger Thun said. “We are the city of parks and lakes after all, and we have 23 parks to manage and maintain. The committee over se es op erati n g pro c e dures, the trails, working with District 112 at the Recreation Center. And what will be very important is the Lake Virginia Park. Once the sewer interceptor project is completed the committee will have big input into what happens to that park.” Committee members are appointed to staggered terms. It advises staff, city council and county commissioners on parks and recreation-related needs, plans, programs, open space and facilities. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month, 6 : 30 p.m. at the Recreation Center.

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Contest at center of festivities BY MEGHAN O’CONNOR

Chanhassen will be celebrating the 19th annual February Festival on Saturday, Feb. 4. Starting at 1 p.m. the annual Ice Fishing contest will commence. This event is a great way for families to get outdoors and try something new, according to Mitch Johnson, Chanhassen’s Park and Recreation coordinator. For the second year running, Camp Tanadoona has offered free ice fishing demonstrations for kids of all ages. “Last year was the first year that we did it,” said Camp Tanadoona’s Communications and Marketing Manager Tane Danger. “It’s nice to be involved with the community and stay connected with nature.” Camp Tanadoona’s mission statement is to “build a caring, confident youth and future leaders.” They accomplish this through exposing them to outdoor activities throughout the summer months. Now, they’re executing this mission out on the ice. The demo station will be set up on the east side of Lake Ann along with the rest of the ice fishing. “Families will come and swing by and see how ice fishing happens,” said Danger. Danger describes the demo station as a “g razing station.” Kids stop by for a little bit, and move about when desired. Camp Tanadoona coordinators show kids how to drill the hole in the ice, as well as how to properly prepare the fi shing pole, and drop it into the water. Make sure kids are dressed warmly for the

Ice Fishing Contest WHAT: Feb Fest fishing contest draws 1,5002,000 participants and spectators, and has $6,000 in fishing prizes. WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 WHERE: Lake Ann Park HOW: Fishing tickets are $10 each for all ages and may be purchased in Chanhassen at Byerly’s, Cub Foods, Ivan’s Food & Tackle, Chanhassen City Hall, Chanhassen Recreation Center, or in Victoria at Cabin Fever Sports. u npredict able Mi n nesot a weather. Ice fi shing is a well known and traditional Minnesota sport and “it’s nice to give kids the chance to get involved with a different outdoor activity,” said Danger. “Ice fishing also teaches kids patience, seeing as it’s not a very active activity,” said Johnson. “L ast ye a r, t here were about 1,500 people total participating in February Fest and we are hoping for a better turnout this year,” said Johnson. On Saturday, Feb. 18, Camp Tanadoona will be hosting a Winter Fun Day. This free event is open to anyone interested. M e g h a n O ’ C o n n o r, o f Chanhassen, is a staff intern at the Chanhassen Villager. She is studying journalism at the University of Minnesota.


Thanks to the efforts of the Chanhassen Rotary, there’ll be plenty of ice fishing holes for competitors. Pictured above, front row, from left, Chad Lefevre Joe Scott, Mike Corbin, Mike Leonard, Kevin Crystal, and Trent Mulcrone. Back row, Bill Schubert, Kris Dahl, Angel Arreola and Wade Eckoff.

Feb Fest fun for all SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Chanhassen’s 19th annual February Festival is Saturday, Feb. 4, on the ice of Lake Ann. Noon to 3 p.m. Chanhassen Rotary and Culvers will sell concessions in the tent on the ice. (No one is allowed to their own food, beverages, or coolers onto the ice.) L ive b a it ava i l able — B oy Scout Troop 330 will sell live bait throughout the contest. Free open skating on Lake Ann rink and loop, and bonfi re S’mores cookout – 12 noon to 3 p.m. S’mores kits will be sold next to tent. 12:30 to 3 p.m. Free horse-drawn sleigh rides 1 to 3 p.m. Free door prize drawings— Pick up a free ticket for a chance to win prizes valued at $ 3,000. One ticket per person. Tickets available upon entering the lake

or under the large tent. Must be present to win. Bring your skates and enjoy the skating rink and loop on lake ann. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Ice fi shing demo with friendly staff from Camp Fire USA, Camp Tanadoona, and Tips Outdoors Foundation. Demos take place on the east side of the contest area under the small tent. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Bi n g o, s p o n s or e d by t h e Friends of the Chanhassen Library. Located under the tent. Friends of the Chanhassen Library Medallion Hunt – $750 prize package. Began Sunday, Jan. 29. Clues released daily on the FoCL Web site, and Chanhassen Library until the medallion is found. Also, FoCL book sale. A preview party is 4 to 8 p., Thursday, Feb. 2. Admission is $5 (free for FoCL members).


Holly Theede pulled in a sunfish during last year’s contest.



It’s an afternoon of family activities. Whether you fish, or like Jim Brattensborg, bring a plastic sled to take the kids for a ride across the lake, there’s something for everyone.


Staff from Campfire USA, Camp Tanadoona, and volunteers from TIPS Outdoors Foundation staff will be on hand Saturday to provide ice-fishing lessons to newbies. From left, Krystal Kambron and Tane Danger of Campfire USA, and Mitch Johnson, Chanhassen Parks and Recreation supervisor.



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City of Chanhassen Notice of Commission Vacancies The City of Chanhassen is seeking applicants to ¿ll vacancies on various commissions. Terms are for 3 years unless otherwise noted and no prior experience is required to apply. Application forms are available at City Hall, or on the City’s web site at (follow the link under “What’s New”). Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 10, 2012. Planning Commission: This is an advisory body to the City Council that makes recommendations regarding site plans, subdivisions, special use permits, land use, and zoning regulations. The commission also provides input into plans and programs that will have a long term impact on the community, e.g. the Comprehensive Plan and special studies. They meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. at city hall. Two positions are available. Park & Recreation Commission: This commission acts as an advisory board to the City Council, reviewing all recreation, leisure,

and park-related issues. This includes park development, recreation programming, and implementation of the recreation section of the Comprehensive Plan. They meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at city hall. Two positions are available. Environmental Commission: This commission acts as a citizen outreach and education board for the City Council. Issues addressed by the commission include water quality, forestry, stormwater management, and water conservation education. They meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at city hall. Three positions are available. Senior Commission: This commission examines the needs of senior citizens in the community. They review issues such as housing, information and referral services, transportation, and senior center operations. They meet the 3rd Friday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at city hall. Three positions are available. 200953

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f the growing abundance of red hearts and glitter is any indication, Valentine’s Day is almost here. Traditionalists know that you can’t go wrong with a box of chocolates, a bouquet of pretty flowers, fragrant candles and a bottle of wine to celebrate your love, but why not consider tailoring this Valentine’s Day to the passions you share as a couple? Here are a few suggestions to get the creative juices flowing in the hopes of making this Feb. 14 one to really remember.

Adventurists If adrenaline is your aphrodisiac, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to try something new to get both your hearts pounding. Thrill seekers can tackle up to 60-foot rock climbing walls at Vertical Endeavors in Minneapolis or St. Paul. Want to feel like a kid again? Jump sky high at the indoor trampoline park SkyZone in Plymouth. Heights aren’t your thing? Your fall will be far shorter if you don a pair of ice skates and take a twirl around one of the metro area’s many indoor or outdoor rinks. Or maybe you are looking for the kind of romance that only the great outdoors can provide. Check out the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement in Maple Plain for its special Valentine’s Day dinner and candlelit snowshoe walk (complete with bonfire to warm your frozen toes).

Cheapskates So the economy hasn’t rebounded yet and neither has the padding in your wallet – no big deal. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to break the bank, especially if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and do a little work. Why not put together a coupon sheet redeemable for various things throughout the year? You could promise a night out sans kids, create an at-home spa day or even offer to do a chore you know your Valentine hates doing. If your sweetie is romanced by words, a written collection of things you love about him/her might be the way to go. You could generate 52 romantic thoughts for your loved one to read once a week or – if you’re feeling extra ambitious – 365 loving notions, one for every day of the year. Want to create a dinnerscape worthy of Valentine’s Day? Consider setting up an indoor picnic in front of a roaring fireplace to set the mood for love.

Cinephiles If your sweetie is a movie lover, there are plenty of ways to roll out the red carpet on Valentine’s Day. It’s a great time to dig into that DVD collection and create your own athome double- or triple-feature. The American Film Institute considers “Casablanca” the greatest love story of all time, but personally I think you can’t go wrong with “The Notebook,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Love Actually” or just about anything John Hughes put out in the 1980s.

If you’re looking for a night out on the town, why not make it dinner and a movie? Both the Theaters at the Mall of America and the Showplace ICON theaters in St. Louis Park offer fullservice concessions delivered right to your seat while the New Hope Cinema Grill has a full restaurant menu with table service.


Foodies Obviously, Valentine’s Day is a night when restaurant reservations are at a premium. If dining out is part of your tradition, here are a few romantic Twin Cities restaurants worth trying to beg, barter or bribe your way into. You won’t regret the long drive across the metro for a meal at Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar in White Bear Lake. It’s got a killer view of the lake, top-notch service and simply scrumptious food (even the butter is notably delicious). White Bear Lake also dazzles with Ursula’s Wine Bar where the dining room is small, but the flavors are huge and the wine selection perfectly paired to make your meal one to remember. Closer to home, Excelsior’s Biella offers romance in the form of cozy tables, dim lighting and delectable Italian dishes. If you want to be the one wearing the chef ’s hat on Valentine’s Day, why not take a cooking class? Both Kitchen Window in Calhoun Square (Uptown) and Cooks of Crocus Hill in Edina offer classes to help you prepare for Valentine’s Day.

Singles No special someone to toast to? Make the most of “Singles Awareness Day” and celebrate your independence. Throw a get-together with single friends or hit the bars where starry-eyed couples are least likely to be. If you’re looking to be hit by Cupid’s arrow, consider hosting a singles mixer or head to Bloomington’s Park Plaza Hotel for the 10th annual cupidParty complete with eight-minute speed dating sessions.

Top – Enjoying a crackling campfire with your sweetheart is just one way to enjoy the Candlelight and Chocolate event Feb. 10-11 at Richardson Nature Center. Register by Feb. 6 at At right – Bring your Valentine to an Enchanted Evening among the gardens at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory Feb. 12-14 in St. Paul. Learn more at PHOTO COURTESY COMO ZOO AND CONSERVATORY

LET’S GO! BEST BETS 1. TOT TIME SWEETHEART DANCE Chanhassen and Chaska Parks and Recreation departments invite kids 6 and under and their families to come dance and make memories at this fun, casual event. Register online. Time: 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 Cost: $3 Location: Chaska Community Center Info:

2. SHAKOPEE DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE Dads and grandpas dance with your daughters at Shakopee Community Education’s seventh annual Daddy/Daughter Dance. The dance includes dinner, dessert, a DJ, photographer, door prizes and more. Register before Feb. 6 with class code WSPI-35-DD.

Time: 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 Cost: $30 dad and daughter; $42.50 dad and two daughters; $55 dad plus three; $62.50 dad plus four Location: Shakopee High School, 100 17th Ave. W., Shakopee Info: (952) 496-5031;

3. PL-S DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE Girls 12 and under and their dads can dance the night away with music, games, snacks, punch and photos at this Prior Lake-Savage Community Education event. Every girl receives a door prize. Register online with code #3807. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Cost: $30 per couple, $10 each additional girl Location: Prior Lake High School, 7575 150th St. W., Savage Info:


Jason and Brookelyn Ramsey of Prior Lake dance the night away at the 2011 Prior Lake-Savage Daddy/ Daughter Dance.


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FEB. 2 ‘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.

BARIATRIC INFORMATION Interested in weight loss surgery? Attend a free seminar to learn more about surgery and get answers to your questions without any cost or obligation. Seminars will cover current surgical options, benefits and limitations of weight loss surgery, lifestyle and behavior changes associated with the surgery, and the insurance approval process. Time: 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2 Location: Two Twelve Medical Center, 111 Hundertmark Road, Chaska. Info:; (952) 442-7820

MY PRESCHOOLER & ME: GROUNDHOG DAY Parents and their preschoolers or caregivers can learn about groundhogs, woodchucks and whistlepigs with little ones age 2-5. Explore activity stations indoors, play outside and hike in search of signs of spring. Reservations required; reference activity 112903-12. Adults and children pay program fee. Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 Cost: $5 Location: Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or


FEB. 3 COMEDIAN DARRYL RHOADES Comedian Darryl Rhoades will perform. Comedian Jay Harris will open. Time: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3; 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 Cost: $13 for 8:30 Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday shows; $10 for 10:30 p.m. Saturday show Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 First Ave., Shakopee Info: shakopee

MAKING TRACKS Improve powers of observation and get exercise by taking a long hike down into the valley. Come prepared for two hours of fast-paced walking with short breaks. Snowshoes optional and will be provided for those who need them. Led by Park Ranger Judy Geck. Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley


FEB. 4 ADOPT A PET Carver Scott Humane Society

volunteers will hold a pet adoption. All cats and dogs have been micro ID implanted, vet checked, wormed, had shots updated, checked for friendly temperaments, and age appropriately spayed/neutered. Time: Noon-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 Cost: $165+ for cats and $195+ for dogs Location: PETCO, northwest of Highway 41 and Pioneer Trail in Chaska. Info: (952) 368-3553;

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: FAMILY CLASSIC BEGINNER A lesson for kids and adults together. Learn the basics: putting on equipment, falling down/getting up, diagonal stride and stopping. Register for activity 124693-01. For ages 6 and older. Time: 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 Cost: $14 per person if you own skis; $20 with ski rental for ages 6-12; $22 for ski-rental for ages 13 and older. Location: Cleary Lake Park, 18106 Texas Ave., Prior Lake Info: (763) 559-6700 or

MYSTIC COMEDY NIGHT Comedians Chad Daniels, Pete Lee and Tim Harmston will share the Mystic Showroom stage during Mystic Comedy Night. Daniels was named Artist of the Year in comedy by City Pages in 2009. Lee made his television debut on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and he’s been a semi-finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Harmston won the Acme Comedy Company’s Funniest Person award in the Twin Cities 2003 contest. Time: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 Cost: $19 or $49 for two tickets and a $20 dining voucher Location: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake Info: or (952) 4459000

A VISIT WITH MARK TWAIN Humorist, writer and stage personality Bill Cosgrove impersonates Mark Twain. Cosgrove will entertain the audience as 70-year-old Mark Twain in a white suit and red ascot recalling his life as a boy on the Mississippi River and as a riverboat pilot, a confederate soldier in the Civil War, gold and silver prospector in Nevada and reporter in Virginia City and San Francisco. Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 Cost: Adults $18; seniors and students $16 Location: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington Info:


Soul Tight Committee will be the first band to perform at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres under the theater’s new ownership group.



hanhassen Dinner Theatres presents the local band, Soul Tight Committee, in concert on The Club stage at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Soul Tight Committee features singer Michelle Carter who played “Mary Magdalene” in Chanhassen’s ac-

claimed production of Jesus Christ Superstar last year. Soul Tight Committee is a 10-piece band whose members have found a common love for old-school, ‘70s R & B and dance music.

Got the Best of My Love (The Emotions)” and dozens more. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres President Michael Brindisi stated, “This is a fi rst time concert effort under CDT’s new ownership team. We are thrilled to offer people this really

forms well-known hits including: “Ain’t No Woman (Four

incredible soul music experience without having to drive

Tops),” “Boogie Wonderland (Earth, Wind & Fire),” “At Last


(Etta James),” “I Wish (Stevie Wonder),” “Jive Talking (The

There will be a cash bar and grill menu provided. Doors

Bee Gees),” “I’ll Be Around (The Spinners),” “Lady Marmalade

open at 9 p.m.; performance starts at 9:30. Tickets are $10 at

(Patti LaBelle),” “Rock With You (Michael Jackson),” “That’s

the door. For more information, call the Chanhassen Dinner

The Way of the World (K.C. & The Sunshine Band),” “You’ve

Theatres’ box office at (952) 934-1525.

and observe signs and sounds of the year-round residents of Long Meadow Lake while burning calories on this snowshoe discovery hike. Snowshoes provided. Led by Park Ranger Judy Geck. Time: 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley



Sense the pulse of winter wildlife


Ticket holders are invited to dance along as the band per-

For the inside portion of the program, 1-1:30 p.m., those attending will be introduced to a wide variety of handcrafted snowshoes patterned after those made by Native Americans adapted for their environment and needs. In the second part of the program, 1:45-3 p.m., those attending will go outdoors and don modern BIRD WATCHING FOR BE- snowshoes for a leisurely walk on GINNERS the Hillside Trail watching for signs of wildlife. Program is suitable for ages Learn how to enjoy bird watching 6 and older. Dress for the weather from a professional birder. Those attending will learn how to find birds with warm boots, hats and gloves. in their different habitats, how to use Snowshoes are available for free; call a field guide and look for identifying (952) 858-0715 to reserve them. Led by Volunteer Refuge Naturalists features of birds such as eye rings, Donnie Phyilliaer and Marcia Lewis. wing bars and other distinctive Attendees can attend either or both markings. Dress for the weather and parts of the program. bring binoculars. Led by Volunteer Time: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 Refuge Naturalist Craig Mandel. Time: 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley



In this film presentation, narrator David Attenborough, aided by hightech cinematography, will offer an up-close look at the creatures of the

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deep, plants and primates. Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

KICK SLEDDING Try out a kicksled on a frozen pond. The kicksled, also known as a “spark,” is a small sled with a chair mounted on a pair of flexible metal runners. Equipment provided. Reservations required; reference activity 112901-01. For all ages. Time: 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 Cost: $5 Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or

NATURE YOGA FOR WOMEN: LEAPING FORWARD Refresh the spirit with nature and movement. Yoga instructor Annalisa Bragg will lead simple yoga to prepare the body for the coming season. Listen to the stirring within and leap forward into life on a walk with a naturalist. Healthy treats will be served. No prior yoga experience needed. Reservations required; reference activity 111317-03. For ages 18 and older. Time: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 Cost: $25 Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or


Enjoy a guided snowshoe hike and discover the wildlife stories that are left behind in animal tracks. Learn the tricks of how to read the tracks. If there is no snow, the group will hike. Snowshoe rentals and hot chocolate will be provided. Reservations required; reference activity 12561100. For ages 5 and older. Time: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 Cost: $5 per person Location: Cleary Lake Park, 18106 Texas Ave., Prior Lake Info: (763) 559-6700 or

Casanova will speak about empowering young girls to have courage, remain strong, and speak out about bullying episodes. View the “Chrissa Stands Strong” movie. Author Q&A. Recommended ages 8-12 and parent/guardian. Childcare for younger siblings available. Reservations suggested. Time: 6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8 Cost: Free Info: (952) 556-6200; Location: Chaska High School Blue Forum, 545 Pioneer Trail, Chaska



FEB. 5


CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING WOMEN’S CLASSIC BEGINNER Learn cross-country skiing basics, including putting on equipment, falling down and getting up, diagonal stride, stopping, turning and a brief introduction to small hills. For novice skiers and those who want to review. This program is designed for women ages 13 and older. Reference activity 123188-08 when registering online. Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 Cost: $18; $26 with ski rental Location: Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or


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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;

HUNTER’S BANQUET The Minnesota River Valley Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is having its 29th Annual Banquet. Public welcome. Time: 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, social hour; 7 p.m., dinner; 8 p.m., program Cost: $25, adults; $15, youth Location: KC Hall, 1760 East 4th Avenue, Shakopee Info: Barb Breeggemann at (952) 445-4396

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COMMUNITY GATHERINGS RO TA RY S C HOL A RSHIPS — The Chanhassen Rotary Foundation now has scholarship applications available for its annual scholarship program. These scholarships are available to graduating seniors living in Chanhassen who attend any area high school. Emphasizing the Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self,” the foundation will be awarding approximately 20 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 to deserving Chanhassen youth who best exemplify the Rotary motto and are graduating from high school in 2012 with plans to attend college or other studies beyond high school. Application forms and details are available at several of the area’s high schools and also online at Applications must be completed and returned by March 1. The scholarship awards will be presented at a breakfast banquet on May 16. For more information, call Mark Senn at (952) -949-2272. ST. H U BERT’S BLOOD DR I V E — St . Hub er t ’s i n C h a n h a s s e n i s ho s t i n g a blood drive from 2-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in Fellowship Hall. To sign up, go to and enter sponsor code 3406 or call Heather Heyer at (651) 332-7164. C H I L D CA R E T R A I N ING — The Carver County Licensed Child Care Association will host its monthly training at the Early Childhood Center, 110600 Village Road, in Chaska, on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Jenny Honlan will speak on Reflective Child Guidance from 7-9 p.m. A Shaken Baby video will be viewed at 6:30 p.m. For those interested in Crisis Nursery, information will be presented at 6:50 p.m. Registration for all will begin at 6:15 p.m. Free to members, non-members needing a certificate will be charged $20 at the door. Membership information can be found at www. WEST SUBURBAN GRIEF COALITION — The West Suburban Grief Coalition will have its weekly meetings from March 1 through May 31 at Oak Knoll Lutheran Church, 600 County Road 73, Minnetonka. T he phone is (952) 546-5433. The meetings begin at 4 p.m. with a social time. At 4:30 p.m. there is a speaker and at 5 p.m. individual break-out groups are held. The groups consist of Spouse Loss, Child Loss and Friends & Family (all other). FOST ER PET HOM ES NEEDED — Volunteers are needed to provide temporary foster pet homes for puppies, cats, rabbits, kitten litters a nd dogs i n Ca r ver, S c ot t and Hennepin counties. The Carver-Scott 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. O nc e a mont h volu nt e e r s come with the pet to a public adoption day for three hours; usually held in Eden Prairie.

someone else’s drinking, from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays. For information, call (952)224-7300.

For more information, call the society at (952) 368-3553, line 4, or check online at www.

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.

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 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 T hu rsd ay of t he mont h 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 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 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. WESTWOOD JOB SUPPORT GROUP — Westwood Job Transition and Networking Group is a faith-based group dedicated to supporting those who have lost their job or are contemplating a career change. Meetings will consist of curriculum covering a range of topics designed to assist you in your search. In addition, we will build relationships and business connections through networking, sharing, listening and supporting each other. Employers who have open positions and are looking for great talent are encouraged to attend. Westwood Job Transition and Networking Group meetings are on the fi rst 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@ L I O N S - T he C h a n h a s sen Lions meet every fourth Monday at the Chanhassen

COMFORT AND CARE — If you’ve lost someone close to you, or know someone who has, please ca l l us to f i nd out more information about our weekly Griefshare seminar/support group sponsored by We s t wo o d C om mu n it y Church. For more information, call (952) 224-7300.

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 www.chanhassenlions. org or call Gary Haberman at (952) 200-2993. ROTARY – The Chanhassen Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. every Wednesday at the A mer ic a n L e g ion Po st 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 A merican Le gion in the basement meeting room. For information or to join, call Bob Synder at (612) 867-5365 or go online at www. O P E R AT I O N M I N N E S O TA N IC E — O p eration 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 Aud ra Brow n at ( 612 ) 8 49 0156. Want to adopt a soldier or know more? Go to www. 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 com 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 professiona l, refer ra l-based network c ompr i s e d of t r u st e d a nd experienced 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 bu si 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. T uesdays at A mericI n n i n Chanhassen. For more information, call Vicki Eide, chapter president, at (612) 385-9141. S OU T H W E ST M ET RO BNI - Business Network International has a business net work i n g me et i n g f r om 7 to 8 :30 a.m. Thursdays at t he E den P r a i r ie C om munity Center (16700 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie). For more information, call Kevin Donlin at (612) 567-6642. BN I- CH A N H ASSEN — Joi n ot her sma l l bu si ness 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 R osemount 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” To a st m a ster s 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., i n M i n neton k a. A l l are welcome. Cal l Michael for more information at (612) 387-5864. The Carver County Communicators Toastmasters 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 www. or call JoAnn at (952) 912.2429. 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 h a s i n for m a l d i s c u s sion s about genea log y sof twa re, Web sit e s , a nd t ip s ab out research. For more information, call the museum at (952) 442-4234. HOM ESCHOOL MOMS’ N IGHT 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 www. MINNETONKA CAMERA C LU B — T he Mi n neton ka Camera Club meets on the f i rst a nd t hi rd T hu rsd ays of every month in the Glen L a ke a rea of Mi n neton ka. 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 www. BETA SIGMA PHI MEETI N G S — B et a Si g m a Ph i , an international friendship net work prov id i n g e duc ational programs and service to the community meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. around t he sout hwest met ro a rea. Women of all ages, interests, educ ationa l a nd economic back g rou nd s a re welc ome to attend. Meeting locations vary. For more information, call Annette Walters at (952) 250-7860.

SUPPORT GROUPS A L A N O N — We s t wo o d Com mu nity Chu rch i n Chanhassen is hosting an Alanon group, a 12-step program of recovery for any person who feels deeply affected by

MOMS CLUB — The MOMS Club of Chanhassen/Excelsior is a support group specifically for at-home moms. If you are interested in seeing i f 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. MOPS – MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets at Westwood Com mu nit y Chu rch. The group meets every other T hu r s d ay mor n i n g or t he f i rst T hu rsd ay eveni ng of the month in a relaxed atmosphere to connect with other moms and learn from guest speakers. Visit online at www. 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) 4654194, or visit A LCOHOL ICS A NONY MOUS — Me eti ngs e ach Sat u rd ay at 9 : 3 0 a.m. a nd 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. S T RO K E S U P P O R T — Any stroke survivor and their family member or friend and he a lt h c a re provider s a re 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 A merican St roke 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. S E X UA L V IOL E NC E CEN TER — Call (952) 4485425 or (612) 871-5111 for more information.

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

KAZE T h i s 6 -ye a r- old door greets, follows you, a nd wa nts to kiss, lick, and snuggle. Kaze is very ac tive a nd needs a family that will play, run and walk with her. She knows the commands “sit” and “stay at the door.” She is a very friendly, house trained, 20-pound Puggle who enjoys hopping into your lap, being carried around, and playing fetch or sleeping in your bed. She gets along with cats, most dogs and kind kids.


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February 9, 2012 • 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m.


Prior Lake High School Speakers start at 6:15 p.m. FREE DINNER for registered guests from 5:30-6:15

Successful Students: One at a Time Local school districts and medical experts are working together to improve how we help our kids succeed to the best of their ability. Breakout sessions: • Understanding Challenging Behaviors: Tips for Parents • May I Have Your Attention Please? • What is Neuropyschology & How Can it Help Your Child? • Keeping it Positive at Home • Over-Parenting: Three Mistakes Parents Make • Positive Behavior Support; from School to Home • Guiding Your Child on the Path to Literacy • Interventions that Work • My Child has Autism. What Can I do? • Navigating the Education System


It’s your Lucky Day at the Chanhassen Library! A new collection of books was unveiled on Jan. 21 and they have been flying off the shelves! Thanks to the Friends of the Chanhassen Library, current popular books can be instantly borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. The “Lucky Day” collection, located close to the new fiction and staff recommendation shelves, is a browsing collection of high-demand titles for people visiting the Chanhassen Library. Visitors will have an opportunity to avoid long wait periods for these titles and have a “Lucky Day” experience. The books in this collection are chosen by staff to match the local community’s reading tastes in popular, high-demand titles. To help keep a supply of titles available for Chanhassen Library visitors to check out and enjoy, a few special borrowing conditions have been applied to this collection: You may check these books out for 14 days. There is a limit of two Lucky Day books per library card. Lucky Day copies cannot be renewed. Reservations or requests online or by phone cannot be placed on these Lucky Day copies. Lucky Day books must be returned to a Carver County Library for quicker turnaround.


Registration is preferred but walk-ins welcome Register at or 952-226-0080

The Winter Jackets Adult Reading Program runs through 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.


ART EXHIBIT The February Exhibit at the Chanhassen Library is photog-

Hooked on Books ...and the Arts, too! Free Family Fun


Peter Klose will have his photography on display at the Chanhassen Library in February. rapher Peter Klose. Klose has exhibited at many locations, including Klein Bank, Chanhassen; The Hopkins Center for the Arts, the 2011 and 2012 Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Photography Juried Show (where he received honorable mentions both years). Klose says, “My medium was film photography up to 2007; then I switched to digital. I purchased a Canon Digital Rebel Xti with a 18 x 200mm telephoto lens, which is great for most photography subjects. My favorite photographers include John Gregor of Two Harbors, Jim Brandenburg of Ely; and Craig Blacklock of Moose Lake; and Ansel Adams. The highlight of 2011 was in April, the city of Plymouth, Plymouth Fine Arts Council Street Banner Contest, where I received 3rd Place Adult Banner Award.” The winning banner will be in the exhibit at the library.

BULLYING TOWN HALL A town hall meeting examining bullying will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Chaska Community Center. The event is free and open to the public. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. At 9:15 a.m. Climb Theater will entertain with a specially created production depicting bullying — all the various types. There will be two breakout sessions where you can attend workshops on: Bullying in Schools, Social Media and Cyber Bullying, S.A.V.E. – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, or Bullying of GLBT Persons. Throughout the day, there will be “Action Teams” in place to help anyone who is the target of a bullying situation, immediately. The event is presented by the Chaska Police Department Public Safety Focus Group. Thanks to our sponsors: Chaska Rotary, Carver County Library (Legacy Funds- from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund), and Chaska Police Department Drug Forfeiture Funds.


Saturday, February 11 9 a.m.-12 noon Chanhassen High School

Featuring Minnesota author Mary Casanova whose books include One Dog Canoe, hƩĞƌůLJKƩĞƌůLJĂLJ, and Some Dog! ůƐŽǁĞůĐŽŵŝŶŐEĞǁzŽƌŬdŝŵĞƐďĞƐƚƐĞůůŝŶŐĂƌƟƐƚ͕ƌĚ,ŽLJƚ͕ illustrator of 15 children’s books.

$VDPSOLQJRIDFWLYLWLHV Celebrate Nature CHN Community Art Project Arts Consortium Creating Fun Faces Arts Consortium Cupcake Mania JES Dance Performance River Valley Dance Academy El Skippito Mask Club Care Fantastic Ocean Animals VES Fishing in the Brook Magnifying Abilities Free Book while supplies last Free to Be Me! ECFE, Community Ed Haiku Poetry Writing Community Ed & Carver Co Library Healthy Games Ridgeview Medical Center If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Kindergarten Center Kings, Queens & Treasured Books BCE

MacPhail Center For Music Minnesota Center for Book Arts Musical Books World Learner Oliver Twist Chaska Valley Family Theater One-Room Schoolhouse Carver Co Historical Society Play and Learn CAP Agency Play and Sing w/ Mother Goose EUE Put Yourself in a One Dog Canoe CRE Quinceañera Dress Intercultural Spec Reach for the Sky CHN Full-Day Preschool Read It, Read It! Welcome to our Pond CES Tails for Tales Carver County Library The Tin Forest WAMSO Kinder Konzerts Valentines for the Forgotten CRE


“Senior Surf Day.” Basic computer classes for seniors. Learn how to search the Internet and fi nd web sites of interest. Monday, 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 27. Call to register. Family Day is 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 28 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 Writer’s Group meets 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, once a month at the Chanhassen Library. Join this group of aspiring writers for inspiration and support. In 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? In March Mike Lein will talk about “Writing for columns.” Internet Basics: Building Job Skills, will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. The Internet is fi lled with useful information for those who can make sense of the maze. Learn to navigate the Web with browsing, addresses, and search engines. Classes presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota Computer Education Center, funded by MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency). Class size is limited and registration is required. Call (952) 227-1500 to register. Toddler Storytime, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and their caregivers are welcome to join us for 20 minutes of actionpacked fun with stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and musical movement for this busy age group. Come shake your sillies out with us! Recommended for ages 18-36 months. No registration required. Family Storytimes, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Children and their caregivers are invited to come and share 30 minutes of stories, songs, and

fi ngerplays that encourage the development of early literacy skills. The program is recommended for 3-6 year olds. No registration is required.

MASTER GARDENER There is an upcoming series of Master Gardener classes at area libraries: “Seed Starting,” is at the Chanhassen Library at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23. “ B et t er g a r den s , le s s work,” Chaska Library, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16. Check the Website calendar for all the Master Gardener classes. They are also offered at the Norwood Young America Library at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays.

REVIEWS “City of Whispers,” by Marcia Muller, a Sharon McCone Mystery. San Francisco PI Sharon McCone is ensnared in the problems of her half-brother Darcy, a troubled young drug addict who sends her an e-mail asking for help, but gives no more information. The clues take them to the grave of Gaby DeLucci, a young heiress murdered two years previously, a case never solved. Sharon becomes convinced that the fate of Darcy and the murder of Gaby are somehow linked. “The Retribution” by Val McDerm i d ,” a Tony Hill and Carol Jorda n M y s t e r y. Clinical p sycholo g i s t D r. Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan have captured a lot of sociopath serial killers in England, working out of Bradfield. One of the worst was the deceptive and wealthy Jacko Vance. After 12 years of suffering in prison, he has finally been able to manipulate things so he can escape, and he is set on revenge. Carol and her team are also trying to solve a string of murders of working girls, while trying to help in the search for Jacko as he sets about trying to destroy the people who put him away. This one is absolutely grim and chilling. “That Used to Be Us: What Went Wrong with America And How It Can Come Back,” by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum Friedman and Mandelbaum focus on four challenges they see as crucial to America’s survival: globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation’s chronic deficits, and our pattern of excessive energy consumption. They feel that the paralyzed political system and the erosion of key American values have made it i mp o s sible to address these challenges. They offer some interesting ideas for r e c ove r y, looking back to our history and profi ling individuals who have not lost sight of the old American habits of bold thought and dramatic action ... people like Wendy Kopp, of Teach for America; and Mike Biddle, the founder of MBA Polymers, who has invented a process for separating plastics from piles of junked computers, appliances and cars, and recycling it into pellets which can be used to make new plastic. Robert Stevenson is another. He is the owner of Eastman Machine Company, founded in 1888, one of the oldest manufacturers in Buffalo, New York. Kathy Perschmann is the assistant branch manager of the Chanhassen Library. She can be reached at kperschmann@

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SPECIAL EVENTS VALENTINE’S DAY DELIGHT — Join us for the sweet sounds of our very own Chan-olaires 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 THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT! — We have all heard of Apps, but what are they and what can they do? Apps is an abbreviation for application. An app is a piece of software. It can run on the Internet, on your computer, or on your phone or other electronic device. With hundreds of thousands of them there’s an app for almost anything. Join us as we show you some popular Apps, how you can find them and download them. Date: Thursday Feb. 16 Time: 10 -11 a.m. Cost: $5 Reg istration dead l i ne : Feb. 9 LIVING WELL WITH 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

DAY TRIPS TH E “NO BLA R N EY” TOUR — Let’s kick-off the Irish season with this “No Blarney” tour! We will pick up our Irish saint or sinner guide at Wabasha Street Caves in nearby St. Paul

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Senior Center participants enjoy the RECENT Passport to the World: Iceland presentation. Marcie Parker, Frank Seigers and Jodi Sarles shared their stories and pictures of travel adventure to Iceland. for this Irish heritage tour with drives by Irish-influenced sites like University of St. Thomas, early immigrant areas, and a stop at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Learn why St. Paul’s most notorious figures are of Irish descent and which government leaders have Irish heritage during a drive by the state capitol. After our driving tour, we will continue the Irish tradition at an authentic Irish pub. We will journey to Minneapolis to one of the four Cara Irish Pubs in the metro area, The Local. We will enjoy a wee lunch in “The Hallow” room. Lunch is to include a choice of a Reuben, Rachel, BBQ pork sandwich or fish & chips with fries, wee garden salad, and a soda or coffee. Lots O’ luck will come your way if you join us for this Irish themed day! Date: Monday, March 5 Time: 8:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. P ay me nt /r e g i s t r at io n deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 21 Fee: $40

Wednesday Woodcarving 9-11:30 a.m. Bingo 12:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday Nintendo Wii (1&3) 9:30-11 a.m. Card Club (500/ Hand &Foot) 1-4:30 p.m. Friday Sr Commission Meeting (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.

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OPEN SWIM PROGR A M AT A M ER IC I N N — The 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

ONGOING CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES PICKLEBALL — Join the fun. Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton and table tennis. The sport is played on a court with hard paddle and a wiffle ball. Although pickleball appears to be very similar to tennis, there are key differences that make pickleball more accessible to a wider range of players, particularly seniors. Pickleball play will be available at the Recreation Center on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. Use your Rec Center punch or pay the daily fee.

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FOOT CARE CLINIC — The Senior Center is offering foot care services on the first 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 your visit. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (952) 227-1125.

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BOOK CLU B — 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.

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.

• Emergency Care CA R D C LU B S — 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.


Beginning on Jan. 23, applications will be accepted for vacancies of the Senior Advisory Board for the upcoming term, beginning in April 2012. The Senior Advisory Board meets on a monthly basis and serves as an advisory board, making recommendations to the Senior Center Coordinator & Park and Recreation Department on matters relating to social, recreation and education programs and services at the Chanhassen Senior Center. For more information or to obtain an application, call Sue at (952) 227-1124. Application deadline is Feb. 24.


Worship Directory

Building Friendships, Building Families, Building Faith

Prairie Hill Evangelical Free Church Dr. Jerry Erickson, Pastor

952-937-9593 (Located next to Eden Prairie High School)

As Soul I Am Free

St. Hubert


Sunday Worship, 10 a.m., February 5

Youth programs, ages 3–13 Classes, Tours



“Rooted in Tradition, Growing in Faith”

Sun. 9:15 &10:30 am Rolling Acres Rd, Victoria 952.767.1500

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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Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Treasure Seekers and Sunday School Classes for all ages: 9:15 am Wednesdays: Family Meal at 5:30 pm, Awana at 6:30 pm

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Crazy for color: Grandma Marian would have approved One generation ago, in 1957, Maynard and Marian Brinkm a n pu rch a se d a fa r m i n You ng A meric a. T he ba r n was built in 1914. The date is inscribed on the cupola and appears in several locations around the hayloft. It was built for milking cows and continued in this capacity for nearly 100 years. In 1990, Dan and Lori Brinkman bought the building site from Dan’s parents and the remainder of the cropland in 2001. The Brinkman’s sold the dairy operation one year ago due to the volatility in the markets. After a long history in the



registered Holstein industry in Carver County, plus state a nd nationa l levels, Da n’s


Lori Brinkman’s grandmother Marian chose somber tones when she sewed her wedding quilt. But today, Marian may have gone with a colorful Crazy Quilt. The Brinkman family of Young America are pictured in front of their historic barn and their Crazy Quilt block. Front, Amanda and Lilly. Back, Nolan, Cole, Dan, and Lori Brinkman.

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transition to pigs has not always come easily. But today, the farm is home to a brand new venture, farrowing sows for pastured pork and free range chickens. Dan and Lori sell to individuals and are the main pork supplier for restaurants such as Terra Waconia, Kieran’s Irish Pub, The Local, The Liffey and Cooper Irish Pub. With Terra Waconia’s chef Craig Sharp, they will participate in the Minnesota Cooks program at the Minnesota State Fair. In addition to a farming tradition, both Dan and Lori share a quilting tradition. Each of their aunts, great aunts and both mothers have long been quilters. In fact, Lori’s grandmother Marian made a qui lt t he yea r she and Maynard were married. Though the quilt was quite plain and main ly black, it has had a special place in the Brinkman family. Grandma Marian quilted until age 85 when she moved to an assisted living facility 10 years ago. Marian passed away in July 2007. W hen Da n a nd L ori de cided to par ticipate in the Barn Quilts of Carver County art project, they discussed t hei r choic e. T hey ag re e d that Grandma Marian might today consider more color and selected the crazy quilt block

1. The Andrew Peterson FarmSwedish Apple Orchard, 8060 Parley Lake Rd., Waconia 2. Deardorff Orchards—“Apple” Tree of Life, 8350 Parley Lake Rd., Waconia Watertown 3. At the Farm—TBD, 8880 Hwy. 5, Mound Waconia St. Bonifacius 4. Carver County Historical Society Log Building—Log Cabin, Carver 7 Excelsior County Fairgrounds, 501 3rd St., Mayer Waconia Lake New Chanhassen 5. The Drill-Mellum Barn—Dutchman’s Waconia Germany Puzzle, 5850 Co. Rd. 155, Waconia Victoria 6. The Kelzer Farm—Double Wedding 41 Waconia 25 Ring, 12855 Co. Rd. 32, Waconia 5 7. The Melichar Barn—Blazing Star, 284 8 8020 Hwy. 25, Mayer Chaska 8. The Brinkman Farm—Crazy Quilt, Norwood 18980 102nd St., Young America Young America 212 9. The Kramer Barn—Lone Star, 17870 Carver 134th St., Norwood/Young America Cologne 10. The Pearson Barn—Fannies’ Fan, 53 17450 134th St., Hamburg CARVER Hamburg 11. The Honebrink Farm—Custom COUNTY Block, 17175 Co. Rd. 53 Belle Plaine 12. The E. Willems Barn—Triple Tulip, 10720 Co. Rd. 153, Cologne 13. The Schreiner Barn—Trip Around the World (variation), 9380 Co. Rd. 140, Cologne

An open-air gallery of folk art


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Truck Technician & Maintenance Supervisor Positions Allied Waste Services is currently seeking a Truck Technician and a Maintenance Supervisor to join our truck maintenance team. Truck Technician Performs preventive maintenance on all types of trucks and/or equipment to maximize safe and productive operations. This is a 2nd shift entry-level position. Qualifications: Prior technical school training or mechanic exp. Valid commercial drivers license or ability to obtain license within first 90 days of employment High school diploma or G.E.D. Maintenance Supervisor Maintains the safety and productivity of a large refuse truck fleet by supervising and coordinating activities of the shop personnel. This is a first-line supervisor position on our 2nd shift, responsible for directing the workflow within our maintenance shop. Qualifications: 4-6 years of vehicle maintenance experience Two years supervisory or lead experience High school diploma or G.E.D. ASE Certification, technical school training and knowledge of DOT, OSHA and other applicable safety and health standards Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word and Excel and ability to learn company specific applications Class A or B commercial drivers license pref. Applications accepted through February 17, 2012 9813 Flying Cloud Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55347 Or email your resume to or fax to (952) 946-5266 Attn: HR Physical exam and pre-employment drug testing required. EOE M/F/D/V

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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.

Certified Veterinary Technician Needed! Our four doctor AAHA accredited practice in Prior Lake is seeking an experienced, FT CVT who has a minimum two years of experience, is committed to personal & professional growth, development & ways to push your edge. River Valley Veterinary Service is well equipped with excellent support staff, electronic medical records, digital radiography, full dental capabilities, endoscopy, & more. We are community focused, progressive and we are expanding! We offer an excellent competitive compensation package. View our Facebook page at Please email your resume to

IWCO Direct is the fastest growing integrated solutions provider for direct marketers. Our company provides direct marketing campaigns for some of the most recognizable companies in the country and offers print, envelope (printing and converting), promotional plastics, personalization, bindery, lettershop, and Automated Marketing Program (AMP) services. If you are interested in a career opportunity that offers innovative employee programs and fosters an environment where individuals are encouraged to make a difference, we'd like to hear from you. We are currently seeking energetic, team-oriented individuals for the following positions: Machine Operators Printer Operators Technicians Press Roll Tenders Quality Assurance Coordinators Warehouse Material Handlers Shipping & Receiving Coordinators IWCO Direct is located in Chanhassen, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis. IWCO Direct offers an excellent work environment along with a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, 401(k), disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, an onsite fitness center, and the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the industry. For more information about IWCO Direct or to apply for open positions, please visit our website at: EEO/AA/M/F/D/V

Accounting Assistant Rahr Malting Co. based in Shakopee, Minnesota is a world leader in supplying products and services to the brewing industry. We are currently looking for an Accounting Assistant to provide general accounting and administrative assistance on a full-time basis. Responsibilities include: Data entry into a variety of accounting functions such as payroll, A/P, A/R, cash management, reconciliation of inventory and fixed asset responsibilities. Invoicing and input receipts and shipments into management information system Prepare general ledger entries Qualified candidates will have a two-year associates degree (or equivalent experience) with emphasis in accounting. Strong verbal and written communication skills are necessary. Candidates must be detailoriented and organized with ability to set priorities, work independently and accurately within deadlines. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, 10Key data entry, typing by touch, and a general knowledge of accounting software. Rahr offers comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, life and vision insurance. We offer a 401-k Savings and Pension Plan, Health and Dependant Care - Flexible Spending Account. Starting hourly wage will be dependent upon experience and capability with a minimum of $13.00 per hour. If interested, please submit your resume to Mike Mayne at: and indicate "Accounting Assistant position" in the subject line, or mail applications to: Rahr Malting Co., 800 W. 1st Ave. Shakopee, MN 55379 EOE

Due to our rapid growth and expansion we are looking for a professional, reliable mechanic to join our team. Emergency Apparatus Maintenance, Inc provides full service and repair of fire apparatus, ambulances and other emergency vehicles. Technician's responsibility includes all aspects of onsite emergency vehicle/equipment repair, maintenance, and testing. Job Requirements: Trade school & experience, personal tools, DOT Certified, current CDL. Preemployment physical and drug screen required. Excellent Benefits: medical/dental/life insurance, premier ESOP retirement plan, 401K, uniforms, tool insurance, Holiday/Vacation pay. MondayFriday daytime hours. Please visit our website for more information and employment application,




EP Chamber is looking for an Accounts Receivable specialist for an estimated 16 hours a week with a flexible schedule. Experience in bookkeeping/AR. Perfect position for someone wanting a community position with midday hours. Send resumes and references to: pat.mulqueeny@

RN/LPN-12hr day shifts EVERY FRIDAY ONLY NO weekends!!! River Valley Home Care is seeking an experienced, dependable nurse to assist our quad client in his Prior Lake home. He has a g-tube and cpap, and requires "total" cares. Please email me your resume or call Rachelle for more details @ 651-460-4201

Laborer for Home Builder. Knowledge about new construction a plus. Must have good driving record. Must be able to lift heavy items. PT with possibilities of FT. Send resume to: tonia.siehndel Laborerconstruction. $11/ hour. DL required. Lydia, MN 952-4126199 Looking for Massage Therapist to work at Canterbury Park. Chair massage in Poker room “No chair required” Need 100 hours of schooling. Must be honest and self motivated, flexible hours, call: Connie 952-250-3899 Mains'l Services Inc. is seeking Direct Support Professionals (DSP) for locations in the Southwest Metro. DSP's have the opportunity to partner with consumers with disabilities in the community, in group homes, and in the consumer's own home. Duties include assisting with activities of daily living such as personal cares, menu planning, cooking, attending community activities, and light housekeeping. Ideal candidates will be at least 18 years of age, have a valid MN driver's license, and the ability to pass a background check through DHS. Positions available in Chaska, Shakopee, New Prague, and Chanhassen. Please visit our website at careers/job-openings.php

Gain the rewards that come from supporting individuals with a Developmental disability. We have the following openings in Victoria: FT LPN: 35 hrs a week. We are willing to consider a newly licensed LPN with previous health care or DD experience. We have a LPN hiring bonus! PT Residential Counselors: Work 1-7 shifts per week! AM shifts, evenings and weekends. Qualifications, duties, pay scale and benefits listed on our website! Join a company serving people with DD for over 35 years!

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to view complete list of current openings and to apply online. PT TEMP CUSTOMER SVC REP No Sales. PT up to 30 hrs/week. Customer service and Excel experience a plus. Good phone and organizational skills. Helpful and positive attitude a must. Email resume to EOE

StarTribune Newspaper Carrier Needed immediately Shakopee and Chaska, weekend & weekday routes, and PT Sat/Sun. For further information see our website at;

The Software Product Engineering Intern - CS or EE major work a min of 15 hrs wk in Chanhassen

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women needs additional volunteers to answer its 24hour crisis line, to facilitate weekly support groups and to provide childcare at our evening support groups. Free training will begin March 3. For more information, call Kim during business hours before Feb. 17, 952-873-4214.

Seasonal Positions Fulltime seasonal underground utility locator. Experience preferred, will train. Independent outdoor work. Company vehicle provided. Please call 763-682-3514

Sales Positions TELEPHONE SALEScalling business owners nationwide from our Jordan office. Leads furnished. 9am-4pm. Earn up to $2000/ week. Call Vern Schwartz, 612810-8097

Positions Wanted Part-time Development Coordinator. Nonprofit experience in fundraising, grant writing and marketing. Email resume to Executive Director at:


Payroll / Human Resources Assistant Rahr Malting Co. based in Shakopee, Minnesota is a world leader in supplying products and services to the brewing industry. We are currently looking for a part-time Payroll / Human Resources Assistant.

SCOTT COUNTY Residential Property Appraiser Some evenings & weekends will be required. In this position you'll perform duties in the valuation & classification of property for tax assessment purposes. Ongoing job tasks include: performing field inspections, maintaining accurate information in a mass appraisal system, analyzing real estate sales, applying accurate methods to the valuation process, responding to taxpayers concerns, resolving formal and informal appeals, and testifying at local boards of review, county boards of review, and tax court proceedings. MQs: Bachelor's degree in real estate or a related field OR Certified MN Assessor License and 3 years of progressively responsible assessment experience OR Residential Appraisal License through the MN Department of Commerce and 3 years of progressively responsible appraisal experience. Must obtain MN CMA designation within 1 yr of hire. Valid driver's license is required. Salary Range: $44,864 to $60,698DOQ. Selection: Rating of Training & Experience. Closing: 02/08/12. Obtain application from Scott County Employee Relations at (952) 496-8890 or online at: EOE TTY/TDD: (952) 496-8170 Let's Work Together.

This newly created position will provide administrative support to the Director of Human Resources and Employee Benefits. Primary focus will be processing multiple site payrolls. In addition, this assignment will assist in a wide variety of functional areas of the Human Resources Department. Qualified candidates will have a minimum two-year associates degree, (BA/BS strongly preferred) and a minimum of one-year experience processing payroll. Strong verbal and written communication skills are necessary. Candidates must be detail-oriented and organized with ability to set priorities, work independently and accurately within deadlines. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, 10-Key data entry, typing by touch, and a general knowledge of payroll software. Starting hourly wage will be dependent upon experience and capability, with a minimum of $18.00 per hour. Opportunities for flexible, self-directed work hours and increased hours to full-time with additional benefits depending on performance. If interested, please submit your resume to Mike Mayne at and indicate “Payroll / Human Resources Assistant" in the subject line, or mail applications to: Rahr Malting Co., 800 W. 1st Ave., Shakopee, MN 55379 EOE

Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter-like weather will soon end. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. -From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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1998 Bayliner Capri Fish & Ski boat, 19 ft. 135HP. Inboard, stored inside. Excellent condition $6900. 952-4126417


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Cars 2001 Camper, 32', 5th wheel 2 slideouts, golfcart, shed $14,500. Excellent condition. Parked on beautiful wooded lot in Zumbrota, 612-720-8683/ 612-5990184

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

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2006 Crestliner Lsi Angler 2285. Lots of extras. 60 HP Mercury 4 stroke and dual axle trailer. 763-360-6251

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

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

1995 Winnebago 32' Adventurer. Only 43K miles. All options, excellent condition. Well-maintained. $16,500/BO. 952215-2670

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

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

2007 27' Colorardo RL 5th Wheel, 2 Slide $29,500 or best offer. 507-934-4834 M-F after 5:30

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

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

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


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

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1968 T-Bird, 429 automatic, new gas tank, tires, fuel pump, sending unit, brakes. Runs. Needs Restoration. Asking $1200. 952-4482015


1975 Datsun B210 AT. Only 10K miles, runs well, good brakes, great mileage, $800. Don't be a fool, drive something cool! 952-426-5657


1976 Classic Cadillac Convertible. Low mileage. 8 cyl. 440 engine. Complete facts available by calling. 559-435-3751


2009 Chev Cobalt LT. Purchased/ driven locally, like brand new, 21,000K. Black, Spoiler, PW, PL, Cruise, CD, non-smoker, more! $11,700. 952-215-5421



1993 Ford F150, 4x4, new motor, 35k, lift kit, dual tanks. ARIZONA TRUCK, NO RUST, $6000 OBO, Chanhassen, 505-803-8232

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2004 Chevy Silverado Z71 Ext. Cab. 77,XXX perfect cond. Loaded, leather, Bose, 6Disc, Topper and many xtras. $15,700 B/O 612-2030804

'10 Infiniti QX56, $35,000, Black Ext on Gray Leather, 5.6L V8, low mileage, pristine condition, loaded. 612486-2566

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2002 Ford Expedition, original owner, 4.6 liter, A/C, 6CD, third row seat, no accidents, runs, looks very good. $4700. 952-270-8292



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

2000 Chevy Silverado 4x4, regular cab, long box, am, fm, cd. A/C electric locks, windows, good tires. 142,385 $4,700 612-237-9750 1976 Chevy Nova hatchback, 305 AT, new tires & exhaust. Runs/ drives great, fun car to drive! $3,000/BO. 952447-8169

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

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

2008 Chevrolet Silverado, 1500 Ext Cab 4X4. $10,000. More at: or call, text. 612-851-6728

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Crib quilt, bumper pads. Pottery Barn, pink patchwork. $50. 952294-1198 Crib, 2-1, Jardine, walnut color. New $150. o/bo 952-693-5493 Crib, toddler bed, mattress, wood finish. Good condition, $40. 952-4659862 Custom Made 2 Drawer File Cabinet. $200 B/O. Dan, 612-267-8242. Dining room, 6 chairs, great condition. Custom pad, $500. 952-2396524 Dog kennel black, 6x5 new, pickup, $325. 952378-3622 Downhill skies, 200's. Brand name skies, boots, bindings. $350. 612-644-8377 Dresser, solid oak, 71x32x19, 9 drawer dresser, $150. 952-2395546 Drumset, Mapex V Series, pickup, $250. 952-378-3622

Electric guitar, Revolver SS11,21 fret, 25.5" scale, accessories, $95. 612-210-7303 Electric stove, selfcleaning, white, $125. 612-203-2108 Exercise bike, $350. or best offer. 952-5461084 Fabric or cloth, $10. 612-267-8242 Fish house heater with chimney, regulator, propane tank. $135. 952-239-2362 Frying pan, 10" S.S., Flint Ware, good condition, $12. 952-447-4961 Full size headboard, matching dresser, desk and chair. $385. 952448-2849 Gas range and hood. Kenmore, kept clean, manuals, $125. 952440-2466 German Shepherd puppy. Purebred, AKC. $300. 952-212-9575 Mike Wheelchair, new, $85. 952-440-3357

German Shepherd, 17 week female. AKC. Blk Red. $500. 952-4484573 Humidifier Bionaire Tower w/extra filters. Works perfectly, $40. 952-934-9251 Ikea corner desk, white lower shelf. $40. 952201-9989 Jewelry armoire, warm oak, 2 doors, 4 drawers. $50. 612-203-1017 Kitten, Manx Himalayan mix, female, shots+, $100, 952-496-0955 LG Washer Dryer all-inone, no venting needed. $500. 952-492-3068 Linksys Cable, DSL router with 4 port switch. $25. 952-447-6491 Love Bird for sale, with cage, $50. Cash only. 612-275-2935 Luggage set, new black leather, soft. 6 pieces, $195. 952-937-1822 New, 40 piece, 1/4" and 3/8" socket set. $15. 952-240-1025

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Sofa, red tan stripe, with floral design, $125. 952368-9718 Sony 24" digital TV, Tube backing, flat screen. $35. 952-2402436 Telephone, Panasonic, base, 2 handsets. 1 year old. $20. 952-2156012 Telescope with tripod, for star gazing, Likenew, $25. b/o. 952-2392362

Trailer tires, rims. Two 15” 400 miles, $200. set. 952-435-5850 TV Samsung, "52" DLP 720p DVD player. $100. 952-440-2662 TV, HD, RCA 40”. Good condition, $145. 952-440-3357 Vintage dresser with mirror, excellent condition. Medium brown, $200. 952-556-8730 White 4 panel garage door 7' x 8' $100. 952496-2874 Wooden rocker, good condition, $50. 952-4474427

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For the record Historical Society newspaper project hits benchmark BY MARK W. OLSON

Brian Cristofono For many, being a musician brings to mind poorly lit bars, cramped and crowded tour buses, and barely two nickels to rub together. Brian Cristofono, a Twin Cities musician, has risen from those bars and buses and is now releasing a new album “Before You Go.” From a very young age, Cristofono has had a passion for music. Moving from Boston at age 14 he was brought into the Minnetonka School District. Soon after starting high school he and his two friends Todd Laumann (drums) and Jef f Ringate (bass) formed a group called The Drive. “I don’t know how it happened but at the young age of 15 and 16 we were playing dive bars in the middle of Minneapolis and St. Paul,” Cristofono said. Not long after putting out their second album “FM,” they gained European interest from European Management Limited. Soon after The Drive was touring around Europe. “Driving all day, and all night. Just picture six sweaty, stinky guys stuck in a European minivan.” Cristofono recounts fondly his memories touring through cities such as London, Berlin, Hamburg and New Castle. The tour lasted about 3 weeks and soon they were back in Chanhassen. Now, Cristofono is releasing his debut solo album entitled “Before You Go.” Also on his album is drummer Michael Bland of Soul Asylum and longtime friend and fellow Drive member Jeff Ringate. Many have described their music as the fusion between U2 and Green Day. Cristofono himself describes his music as Pop and Punk. Cristofono is also a paramedic/firefighter for the city of St. Paul. His music draws from both his professional and personal experiences. Bassist Jeff Ringate was sadly a victim of the 35W bridge collapse. After having been in critical condition he has overcome all odds and is now back to doing what he loves — music. Songs on this album are a culmination of those events, serving as a coping mechanism for both Ringate and Cristofono. The release date of this new album is April 17. Q: Where did the inspiration come from when writing your new album “Before you go?” A: At the time I really didn’t have any specific theme or idea in mind. I didn’t have any intentions of writing an album actually. After becoming a father, I took a couple years off from writing. Friends would always ask me how it felt becoming a parent after being in a rock band and living that life style for so many years, and I had a hard time describing to them that for me, it was such an incredible change in my life, that I decided the only way to communicate those emotions was to write a song about it. Q: Describe one of your fondest musical memories A: My fondest musical memory would have to be The Drive’s first show in Berlin. They had a square stage in the middle of the club with a railing around it. When it was time for us to go on, the club was so packed we were told by security to line up single fi le with a guard in front and our manager and another guard in back. During the show, people were reaching through the railing and pulling on our clothes and grabbing our legs, a few people even tried to climb over the railing! It was so crazy that the club manager cancelled our second set because the crowd had gotten out of control! Q: What prompted you to want to do a solo album? A: I never planned on recording a solo album; I’ve always loved being in a band and would have loved to continue being in The Drive. The other guys are like brothers to me and I miss being on stage with them. It just as simple as life happens, you know? While some things are a lot easier with just myself making the decisions, I do miss having the others a part of the whole process. —Meghan O’Connor

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

Birth, death, and everything in between. Carver County Historical Society recently completed its newspaper indexing project, totaling 310,000 facts. Well “caught up” might be a better term than “completed.” “If you want to fi nd any information about any time in Carver County, it’s available now. Before it wasn’t,” said Wendy PetersenBiorn, historical society executive director. For over the past 23 years, the historical society, with help from volunteers, part-time workers and federal grants, has been hard at work indexing hundreds of thousands of articles from all of Carver County’s newspapers. Those facts date back 150 years, from the earliest county newspaper still on file, through last week’s newspaper. “It was kind of a surprise. I thought we still had a few [microfi lm] reels to go,” said historical society researcher Marlene Magnuson, of indexing all the newspapers. “Everyone just was relieved and excited. I didn’t think the day was going to come,” she added. Each fact has been meticulously written on an index card, and then entered into a database which is accessible via the society’s webpage. With that information, a researcher can type in a family name, read an online summary of the article, then travel to the historical society and fi nd the entire article on microfi lm. For instance, one index for Mathias Schmidt states: “Is about to erect two dwellings in this village; Weekly Valley Herald; Apr. 16, 1874; [page] 4.”


With the bulk of the newspaper indexing project completed, Carver County Historical Society Director Wendy Petersen-Biorn is ready for the next project – indexing and scanning over 11,000 photos in the society’s collection.

My word! Type in a certain word in the Historical Society database, and here’s the number of entries you’ll find: 84: Insane 484: Murder 517: Drowned 854: Brick


1,342: Barn

Magnuson has worked at the society 25 hours a week since 1998 – mostly devoted to the newspaper project. “I never get tired of it,” she said. When told she’s worked almost 17,000 hours on the project, she laughed and responded, “I’ve never thought of it that way.” For Magnuson, it’s the little mysteries that garner her attention, where she suspects there’s more to the story, such as an 1880s Chaska family that took a boat trip on the Minnesota River in March. The boat capsized and the entire family drowned except the husband. (Just typing in the word “drown” warrants 517 entries in the index.) Or there’s the woman who allegedly committed suicide by cutting her throat over the kitchen sink. The index doesn’t include everything that was ever reported in a newspaper, but includes most significant local events and just about everything a genealogist could hope to dig up on Carver County ancestors. “We’re very careful about names, especially,” Petersen-Biorn said. “Birth, death and marriages are the main thing,” Magnuson said. “But I tell people who are doing indexing now [to record] anything you think would be interesting to someone that was reading the paper or doing some

2,868: Elect 3,005: Fire 3,597: Church 7,575: Business 13,244: Birth 22,394: Died Source: Carver County Historical Society newspaper index

research – if a barn burned down, or things like that. Different individuals see things differently, so it isn’t written in stone,” Magnuson said. The newspaper index has come in handy for everything from researching the history of a home to a probate attorney trying to find the next of kin. With the newspaper index including all of Carver County’s newspapers, workers are now indexing the Herald Journal, which is published in McLeod County, but also covers news in the far northwestern portion of Carver County. It’s an important task, considering the 1903-1923 issues of the Carver County News in Watertown are missing – destroyed for a WWII paper drive. Most small towns had their own newspaper, and many have now gone missing – like the Carver Free Press. Indexers will continue to catalogue incoming newspapers. “It will be ongoing forever,” Petersen-Biorn said. She also notes that, at some point, the society may microfilm recent


Carver County Historical Society Director Wendy Petersen-Biorn stands next to the society’s newspaper collection.

Carver County Historical Society Location: 555 West First Street, Waconia Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; Closed, Sunday Contact: (952) 442-4234 or More info: county newspapers, since the Minnesota Historical Society suspended its newspaper microfi lming program about two years ago.

The newspaper index can be accessed at www. newspaper/search.php

PHOTOS AND COLLECTIONS The newspapers are just the start for the society. The society is currently re-fi ling its entire photo collection, estimated at well over 11,000 images. That amounts to “boxes and boxes and boxes of photos,” said PetersenBiorn. The $7,000 project is being paid for with a state Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment grant. Once ev-

ery photo has a new archive-friendly folder, they will all be scanned into a computer database. The photos will be re-fi led within six weeks, however it will take two years to scan and upload the entire collection, PetersenBiorn said. Ultimately, computer users will be able to view a “thumbnail” of a photograph and order a copy through the society.

Betty’s Beliefs: A few more guidelines for life I got an e-mail from unable to foresee or my sister-in-law after imagine how there she read last week’s could possibly be a column about some of happy ending or a the sayings and quotes positive resolution. that I live by and repeat I s o m e t i m e s j oke – often. She mentioned that it became one of one that she’s heard my favorite sayings many, many times in when my kids were the thirty years we’ve teenagers. Howevknown each other. And er, now that I think she added that she enabout it, it may also joyed the column, even have become a fawithout her favorite vorite saying for my FIND YOUR BURIED TREASURE “Betty Belief.” kids when they were She knows me very teenagers and had to well, and the quote she put up with me. mentioned was actually the next one Betty’s Belief No. 5: The night is on my “Top Five” list. still young. Betty’s Belief No. 4: This too shall It doesn’t matter to me whether pass. it’s early in the morning or very late Unlike the three I wrote about at night. Either way, I’ll be quick to last week, this saying is not one that point out that the night is still young. I came up with on my own. It’s an This is actually the flip side of ancient bit of wisdom whose original Belief #4. Just as I’m encouraged by message was a reminder that neither the awareness that nothing bad is good nor bad situations would last going to last forever, I’m inspired by forever. the knowledge that it’s never too late I think of it only in terms of the to start something new or to explore latter, and fi nd this saying comfort- different avenues. ing and encouraging whenever I’m I recently coached a 77-year-old in the middle of something frustrat- woman who is off on a number of ing or overwhelming, and when I’m new adventures and activities that



she’s taken on since retiring from her lifelong role as a teacher. And I know many people who have discovered their purpose and their passion in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. I’m one of them, in fact. One of the only things that can slow you down or stop you from pursuing something you truly want to do is to start questioning whether you’re too old or start wondering if it’s too late. If that ever happens to you – and it can happen to any of us, at any age – I suggest you quickly remind yourself that the night is still young. So there you have it – my top five personal beliefs. (If you missed last week’s column, the fi rst three are: Nothing is impossible, and you should ignore anyone who tells you otherwise; You can be brutally honest without being brutal; and You can disagree without being disagreeable.) But there are others that guide, comfort and inspire me on a regular basis – like Gandhi’s statement that you must be the change you wish to see in the world. Or Nietzsche’s observation that says, “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” (which is another one I now claim as having helped me

through my kids’ teenage years). And then there’s the mantra I developed back in my proofreading days, which says that if you can’t be right, be consistent. In saying that, I’m not suggesting that you disregard truth or accuracy, and I’m not encouraging you to make the same mistakes over and over again. Instead, I’m acknowledging that even though some things in life ARE either black or white, and right or wrong, there are many that are more a matter of style, preference, or interpretation. In cases like that, be consistent in your beliefs and your behavior. That’s where your values come in, and it lets people know where you stand and what you stand for. It’s what builds your integrity and your reputation. Feel free to adopt or adapt any of my beliefs as your own. And if there are any words of wisdom that you live by and would like to share, please send me an email at betty@ I’d love to hear them. Chanhassen resident Betty Liedtke is a writer, professional speaker, and Certifi ed Dream Coach®. Visit her website at


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