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An estimated 750 people participated in February Festival activities on Lake Ann in Chanhassen on Feb. 4. Hoar frost provided a backdrop for residents who slid, skated and took part in the annual ice fishing contest. More photos and fishing results on page 12.


Burnsville woman finds medallion BY UNSIE ZUEGE

Kris Hopco got the treasure hunt bug last September when she took part for the fi rst time in the annual Burnsville Fire Muster’s medallion hunt. Hopco, a lifelong Burnsville resident, followed the clues and was thrilled to be the one who discovered its hiding place. Since then, she’s made it a habit to check community calendars in surrounding communities for similar contests. That’s how she came across news about Chanhassen’s annual February Festival, and the Friends of the Chanhassen Library’s (FoCL) medallion hunt. Although Hopco is a Burnsville native, she’s more than familiar with Chanhassen and Eden Prairie, with friends and relatives living in the area. Hopco and her husband also enjoy geo-caching, a hobby in which participants follow clues and geographic coordinates to locate small treasures left by other geo-cache enthusiasts. “Once I found out about the contest, I started following the clues online,” Hopco said about the Feb

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Thumbs up for 101 crossing Governor pledges support to improve flood protection


Gov. Mark Dayton pledged his support last Friday for raising the County Road 101 river crossing and making it four lanes from the get-go, as local leaders prefer. “If the first $25 million comes through, I’ll be glad to work with your legislators on the other $10 million,” Dayton said. New estimates show that raising 101, along with improvements to the Highway 169 bridge for flood purposes, would cost nearly $ 31 million. It’s just another $6 million to widen the County Road 101 crossing to four lanes, which could also possibly limit closures during road construction. The state’s current two -lane proposal would require a 12-month closure. That would be “devastating” to merchants who’ve already endured three flood closures in 15 months, plus three road construction projects, said former Shakopee Mayor


I Raising 101 river crossing as-is and 169 bridge improvements: $30.7 million I Additional expense of making 101 four lanes: $6 million


Kris Hopco tried to imagine the vantage point of a Lilliputian-sized person walking down a city trail. Hopco of Burnsville followed the clues and discovered the hiding spot for this year’s Feb Fest Medallion along the walking path of Kerber Pond Park.

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MORE ONLINE READ PAST STORIES ABOUT THE RIVER CROSSING ISSUE AT John Schmitt. Only $25 million is available in competitive metro bridge funds for flood mitigation. The winner will be selected in about two weeks. “You’re positioned pretty well in that competition,” Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel told a gathering of about 50 civic and business leaders from Carver and Scott counties. If 101 is successful, another $12 million in funding would be required to make a four-lane project possible.

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Paul Sjogren and Sandy Wagner of Chanhassen announce the engagement of their daughter Kirsten Lee, to Phillip Richard, son of Steve and Ruth DesMarais of Duluth, MN. The future bride is compleƟng her internship requirements and will be graduaƟng from the College of St. ScholasƟca with a doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in May. Paul and Sandy The future groom received a Master of Science degree from the College of St. ScholasƟca in Exercise Physiology and is employed as Director of Corporate Wellness at Sansio in Duluth, MN. A May 2012 wedding is planned and the couple will reside in Duluth, MN.

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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 thoughts with Chanhassen Villager readers; send your essay, no longer than 200 words, to Editor Richard Crawford,, before noon on Friday, Feb. 17. Include your name, city of residence, and a daytime phone number. We’ll run some submissions online at and some in the Feb. 23 Villager print edition.

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Fest Medallion Hunt. The fi rst clue was posted on the Villager website Sunday, Jan. 29. Hop c o u s e d t he cit y o f Chanhassen’s website to access maps of the city and its parks, and went elsewhere online to learn Chanhassen history. “It’s incredible how much you can learn about a city on a hunt like this,” Hopco said. “I looked at the Villager, and other sites to read about the city’s history.” A lot of it comes with luck, Hopco said, about deciphering the ambiguously worded clues. “I do know that an early clue said, ‘am I in town or out of town?’ and about being within shouting distance. I looked at the city map, and figured, it must be in town, and maybe, from what the clue said, within shouting distance of downtown,” Hopco said. “I started looking at the city map and saw that Kerber Park is close to downtown commerce. Kerber Park Pond is in the heart of the city. And, that Kerber is the name of one of the early settlers here. “There was also the mention of the name Franz,” Hopco said. “I wondered if Franz was Kerber’s fi rst name, and I looked it up. And I read that his original house had been moved, but there was still this little storage shed near the trail that looked like it might have belonged to the original property.


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These are the clues that Hopco deciphered to locate this year’s Medallion:

But your best mode of transfer are your own two feet. Clue No. 3

Clue No. 1

Am I lounging in a garden?

Off again we go this year,

If I’m not I beg your pardon.

On a hunt both far and near.

This garden has a special reason,

My resting place is not as warm, As last year’s site was not the norm. Clue No. 2

But only in selected seasons. Clue No. 4 I rest between 3 large pebbles,

Am I in town or out?

If we were in Lilliput and Gulliver were the rebel.

Let’s just say I’m within a shout.

Franz would be honored to welcome him here -

I reside off a cul-de-sac or dead-end street,

At a place this town has honored him dear.

“A clue mentioned Gulliver and Lilliput,” Hopco said, “which made me think, what would be in the line of vision for someone small, from Lilliput? I saw a grouping of three landscaping boulders right off the trail, and when I looked, there was a brown paper package nestled in between the rocks.” Hopco found the medallion at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. She collected her prize package, which included a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader. Despite her fi nesse navigating the web to hunt clues and history, Hopco confesses she’s

JOIN THE CHAT HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU WALK RIGHT PAST THE MEDALLION ALONG THIS WALKING PATH? been a slow adapter to media on electronic devices. But she’s more than ready to catch up. “I don’t even have an iPod or a MP3 player,” she said. “So I’m looking forward to downloading books on the Nook.”


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County Republicans have faith in Santorum BY RICHARD CRAWFORD AND MARK W. OLSON


Republican presidential hopefuls Ron Paul, above, and Rick Santorum, below, visited Minnesota in search of support prior to statewide caucuses on Feb. 7. One of Paul’s stops was at a “town hall” meeting at the AutoMotorPlex in Chanhassen on Saturday. An overflow crowd estimated at 600 people turned out for the Texas congressman’s visit. Meanwhile, Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, made an appearance at Grace Church in Eden Prairie. He also visited a Superbowl Sunday tailgate party in his honor at Sovereign Estate Winery in Waconia. PHOTO BY MEGHAN O’CONNOR

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Carver County Republicans are on the Rick Santorum bandwagon. By a significant margin Tuesday night, they backed the former Pennsylvania senator in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Santorum received close to 50 percent of all votes cast in Senate District 34 straw polls. The Senate district includes all of Carver County and three townships in Scott County. Santorum received 589 votes compared to Ron Paul (272 votes), Mitt Romney (216 votes) and Newt Gingrich (122 votes). Statewide Santorum cruised to victory, bucking a lengthy winning streak in caucuses and primaries by Romney. “It’s definitely a Santorum night,” said Vince Beaudette, of Victoria, as he tabulated votes. Republicans crowded into Chanhassen High School and heard from state Sen. Julianne Ortman, of Chanhassen, and state Rep. Joe Hoppe, of Chaska, before breaking out into precincts to conduct party business. Also in attendance were Carver County commissioners Tom Workman and Gayle Degler, both of Chanhassen, and the entire Chanhassen City Council. Delegates elected Tuesday will proceed to the Republican county convention scheduled for March 3 at Chaska High School. One theme seemed universal. “Please wholeheartedly support whoever comes out of this process,” said Hoppe. Ortman agreed that it’s an important year for Re-




















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publicans and said it’s critical for Republicans to stay engaged to unseat President Barack Obama as well as to maintain majorities in the state House and Senate. Ortman received the loudest ovation of the night when she told caucus-goers that “We’re going to put voter ID on the ballot this year.” Prior to Tuesday’s caucuses, Santorum sought support in Minnesota and made campaign stops in Waconia and in Eden Prairie, where he answered a Q & A at Grace Church.

DFL TURNOUT LIGHTER The Senate District 34 DFL caucuses were much calmer than four years ago, when many came out to cast ballots for front-runners Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. This year, voters could choose only President Obama or “Uncommitted.” There were just over 200 participants, with 161 delegates elected, said Laura Helmer, who compiled the DFL caucus data. There were only three uncommitted ballots, with the rest cast for Obama. At the Chaska precincts at Chaska Middle School West, DFL volunteer John Varone, who greeted people at the door, estimated there were more than 400 attendees in 2008 and 40 this year.

“Uncontested presidential – that’s the key,” Varone noted. One of the larger groups, Chaska’s Ward 1, Precinct 1, meeting in Mr. Smutka’s civics’ classroom, canvassed with a dozen attendees. Senate District 34 Chair Richard Donnay said he was “very pleased with the turnout.” There were a number of resolutions proposed for the state DFL platform, Donnay said. “It was very productive in terms of resolutions. We had productive groups.” Delegates were also chosen at the event, and they will head to Senate District level caucus at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 24 at Chanhassen High School. This summer, when Democratic Party candidates start actively running, “that’s when you’ll see the Democratic energy come forward,” Donnay said. So far, there are no DFL candidates for local legislative seats. In perhaps a forecast of the political rancor to come this election season, Varone directed a lost caucus-goer to the GOP caucuses the next school over, at Chaska Middle School East. After helping her out, Varone, a Vietnam veteran, said she told him, “I’m not going to be in there with all you Communists.”

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Keeping the state on track BY SEAN OLSEN

Many observers hoped that this year’s legislative session would be quick and non-controversial. After all, the state has a projected budget surplus, meaning that there will be no repeat of last year’s lengthy budget standoff that resulted in a state government shutdown. Those observers felt that legislators – who are waiting anxiously for the new redistricting maps to be released later this month – would prefer to keep their head down, get some work done, and then focus on their re-election campaigns. Not only that, but they pointed to the election of Republican State Sen. David Senjem as the new majority leader as a sign that things would be less acrimonious. Senjem is a Senate veteran who was widely hailed as a conciliatory voice during his previous tenure as minority leader for Republicans. It took less than a day for those hopes to be shattered. Senjem and his leadership team (including Chanhassen State Sen. Julianne Ortman) delivered what was perceived by DFLers as a sharp partisan blow – forcing a cut in DFL staff budgets of over $400,000 while not reducing Republican staff dollars at all in an effort to close a $2.5 million budget gap for the State Senate. This prompted a stinging, sharply worded rebuke from DFL minority leader Tom Bakk over both the cuts themselves and the process that led to them in the first place. Ortman was also in the middle of the second major partisan controversy of the session – the party-line vote by Republican senators to remove former State Sen. Ellen Anderson as the chair of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Anderson was a well-known environmental advocate when she was nominated by Gov. Mark Dayton last spring. However, her nearly oneyear long tenure on the PUC was not controversial. In 221 votes that Anderson participated in, the fivemember board (consisting of two DFLers and 3 Republicans), returned unanimous decisions 205 times. Of the remaining 16 votes, Anderson found herself in the minority only six times. Republicans, meanwhile, pointed to Anderson’s Senate record for evidence supporting their vote, noting her authorship of a bill that gave the state a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. They failed to note, however, that the bill passed on a bipartisan basis and was signed by Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Dayton’s response to the Anderson “firing” was intense and personal. In his fiery response, Dayton targeted Ortman (who was just one of two Republican Senators to speak on the floor of the Senate in favor removing Anderson) with pointed rhetoric and some incorrect facts. There seemed to be little doubt in many minds – even though it

went unsaid by those involved – that the Anderson decision was in part payback for DFL rejections of two Pawlenty appointees. So are we doomed to two more months of this nonsense? Let’s hope not – and we can do much as citizens to make sure that we get a session that is productive despite the partisan divisions that paralyze St. Paul far too often. First, we should insist that legislators get together quickly on the main deliverable of this year’s session: a bonding bill. Gov. Dayton has released a $775 million proposal that is a mix of infrastructure and support for local projects. Legislative Republicans have yet to release their planned bonding bill, only saying that do not plan on spending more than $500 million and they favor a higher infrastructure component than Dayton. Both parties have valid points here. Dayton has the size of the bill correct, as it equals the average bonding investment over the last decade. With interest rates low and the construction industry looking for a boost, this is exactly the right time to invest in our state’s longterm priorities. Meanwhile, Republicans are correct that there should be a stronger infrastructure component to the bill. We have crumbling roads and bridges around this state that should be addressed in a more significant fashion. Some local projects specified by Dayton, such as improvements to Nicollet Mall or building a new St. Paul Saints stadium, should wait. Second, we can demand that legislators seriously tackle governmental reform that has been left outstanding for too long. Included as part of this agenda would be developing a statute that would defuse much of the harm of failure to reach a budget agreement by the end of the fiscal year, freeing local governments and school districts from certain state mandates, consolidating backoffice functions and purchasing across state agencies to maximize efficiencies, and eliminating loopholes in transparency laws that allow legislators to shield some of their income from disclosure. Finally, we should expect that politicians on both sides of the aisle to grow up and stop the ridiculous titfor-tat that passes for discourse in St. Paul. It doesn’t matter who did it first, who did it last, or who did it worst. We should have higher standards for those who represent us. The decisions they make have real impacts on real people. If a politician is more interested in partisan games than doing the people’s business, it’s up to us to send them home in November. Sean Olsen is a Chaska resident and a commissioner on the city’s Parks and Recreation Board. He is also the writer of Brick City Blog, available at http://brickcity.


Year of the Dragon in Carver County BY CARLOS GALLEGO

Cha n hassen High School served as venue for the fi rst major Chinese celebration in Carver County. On Jan. 28, the Minnesota International Chinese School and District 112 celebrated the Year of the Dragon – considered the lucki-est of years on the Chinese zodiac. This, along with continued growth of Chinese calling Minnesota home, has led to an increase of celebrations this year. Aside from the many celebrations throughout the Twin Cities, Asian restaurants also lured families with special menus or dishes with many running month-long specials. Families and revelers alike attended numerous events hoping to capture the luck of the dragon. The ever popular Hui’s Lucky Lion Dance Team provided the dragon entertainment at Chanhassen High School. This troupe is a local staple throughout New Year’s celebrations, and many store owners invite them to attend their grand opening in hopes of bringing their business luck. Nearly 500 attended the event. The audience was primarily Chinese, with many elders connecting with friends. There were also many families with young children celebrating in the festivities. Some of the children dressed in red and/or brand new clothes (it’s customary on New Year’s to wear brand new clothes). There were many traditional activities at the event, including a game in which one tosses small stones in the air and tries to catch


Hui’s Lucky Lion Dance Team provides dragon entertainment. them before they fall. There were also calligraphy and paper dragonmaking stations. Six restaurants’ vendors served a variety of Chinese food. There was also a vendor selling pizza, catering to the ‘Americanized’ palate of some of young attendees. There were more than 30 vendors including: Hospitality Center of China, Association of Minnesota Chinese Physicians, Chinese Senior Society and the event host, Schools of Eastern Carver County.

Several departments and clubs from the University of Minnesota represented as well including: China Center and the Confucius Institute were in attendance. In addition to the vendors, several dance and martial arts schools provided entertainment in the school’s auditorium. This year, Chinese New Year’s Eve was Jan. 22, with New Year’s Day on Jan. 23. Carlos Gallego is a Chaska resident and former District 112 school board member.

Water and energy savings are a two for one deal Did you know turning off lights when not in use helps conserve water? Or how about this, taking shorter showers not only reduces your water bill, but your energy bill too? Yes, our water and energy use are strongly connected. According to Union of Concerned Scientists, an average family of four uses roughly 400 gallons of freshwater a day. Creating and transporting energy uses water as well. By adding the energy use from a coal or nuclear power plant to the average daily water use that average increases to 1,000 to 2,200 gallons of water use each day for the average family. Take a look at the many ways water and energy is connected. Electricity generation: Thermoelectric power plants, which use heat sources to produce steam



generating electricity, require large amounts of water for cooling (20 to 50 gallons per kilowatt hour). And of course there are the hydroelectric power plants which convert the energy of falling water into electricity


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by passing it through turbines. Emission control: Lots of water is required to operate pollutant control technologies in power plants that prevent sulfur, mercury, particulates and carbon dioxides from being released into the air. Fuel extraction and production: Water is a critical resource for the filling and mining of fuels such as gas, oil, coal, uranium. Extraction often produces waste water too which then needs energy to be treated. Fuel refining and processing: Oil, uranium and natural gas all require refining before they can be used as fuels uses substantial amounts of water. Fuel transportation: Water is used to transport coal through slurries, which are pipelines of finely ground coal mixed with water.

It’s also used to test energy pipelines for leaks. Biofuels: We need water to grow it! Creating a single gallon of ethanol consumes, on, average, about 100 gallons of freshwater (some from rain, not all from irrigation). Some of the more water friendly “cellulosic” biofuels (drought tolerant grasses and waste wood) may only require 2 to 10 gallons. Home use: All water that is treated, transported to our homes, and heated uses energy. Producing energy uses water and providing freshwater uses energy. So by conserving one resource, you can help conserve another resource. So what to do? Turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Shorten your showers or buy a water saving shower head which can save up to

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40 percent on your water bill, not to mention your energy bill. Turn your water heater down to 120F, wash your laundry in cold water, and line dry clothes in nice weather. Xcel energy reminds us that 80 percent of the cost of our washing machine is used just to heat the water, and your clothes won’t notice the difference. When using these energy saving tips, think about the great two for one deal you are getting in conservation and on your electric and water bills. It’s a win-win! Visit the www.mnenergychallenge. org to learn more ways to conserve and sign up your family, your school, your business. Madeline Seveland is an education coordinator with Carver County Water Management. She can be reached at mseveland@co.carver.

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SHERIFF The Car ver County deputies assigned to the cities of Chanhassen, Victoria, and Carver and the townships of Laketown, San Francisco and Dahlgren responded to the following calls Jan. 30 through Feb. 5. Jan. 30 At 1:09 p.m., responded to the 2200 block of Lyman Boulevard, Chanhassen, for drug violation. A juvenile male was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. At 4:38 p.m., responded to the 7600 block of Victoria Drive, Victoria, to make a warrant arrest. At 8:26 p.m., responded to the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue, Victoria, for report of a domestic. Jan. 31 At 6:06 a.m., responded to the 9600 block of Independence Circle, Chanhassen, for report of theft from a

Go to . . . vehicle and damage, estimated at more than $700. At 6:47 a.m., responded to the 9600 block of Independence Circle, Chanhassen, for report of theft of GPS valued at $400, from a vehicle. At 1:44 p.m., responded to a Chanhassen address, on a referral from social services about abuse/ neglect. Feb. 2 At 11:55 a.m., responded to the 400 block of 4th Street East, Chaska, for report of a juvenile male who was cited for disorderly conduct. At 1:45 p.m., responded to a Chanhassen address on a referral from Social Services about abuse/ neglect. At 2:27 p.m., responded to the 400 block of 4th Street East, Chaska, where a juvenile was arrested on a warrant.

At 2:27 p.m., responded to the 7800 block of County Road 50, San Francisco Township, for report of a possible burglary, which resulted in $200 in damages but nothing was reported missing at this time. At 2:58 p.m., responded to a Chaska address on a referral from Social Services about abuse/neglect. Feb. 3 At 12:22 p.m., responded to the 8200 block of Market Boulevard, Chanhassen, for report of a child custody dispute. At 2:03 p.m., responded to the 8100 block of Stone Creek Drive, Chanhassen, for report of appliances theft. At 3:56 p.m., responded to the 1200 block of 78th Street West, Chanhassen, for report of a court order violation.

At 5:08 p.m., responded to the 8300 block of County Road 52, San Francisco Township, for report of a burglary in which a digital camera was taken and a door was damaged. Estimated loss and damage is $60. Feb. 4 At 1:16 a.m., assisted with a pursuit on Highway 5 and Dell Road, Chanhassen, where an adult male passenger was ar rested on an outstanding Carver County warrant. Feb. 5 At 10:57 a.m., responded to the 300 block of Hill Street West, Norwood Young America, where an adult Chaska male was arrested for domestic assault. 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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was .07, below the legal limit. According to the Sheriff’s Office report, Susan Orsen was advised to call a sober person to pick up the vehicle and later pick up her husband at the jail. Shortly after midnight on Dec. 3, Susan Orsen arrived at the county jail in Chaska and exhibited signs of being intoxicated, according to a second Sheriff’s Office report. She told deputies she had driven to the jail to pick up her husband, the report said. Deputies gave her a field

sobriety test at the jail and she provided a urine sample that later indicated she had a blood-alcohol level of .08, right at the limit. On Monday, Feb. 6, both Allan and Susan Orsen entered guilty pleas to careless driving in front of Carver County Judge Janet Cain. Both will be on supervised probation for one year and undergo a chemical dependency assessment. Fines for both were $550. T he O r sen s c ou ld n’t b e reached for comment.

Over 90 attend bullying town hall

BB gun shuts down Hwy 212

The second annual “Examining Bullying in Our Community” attracted approximately 92 participants last Saturday. The event was presented by the Chaska Police Department’s Public Safety focus Group. Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight credited groups such as the Carver County Attorney’s Office, Carver County Sheriff’s Office and Chaska Human Rights Commission for “pushing this topic and keeping it out there for folks.” The event featured CLIMB Theatre, which performed interactive plays with various bullying scenarios. There were breakout sessions on issues such as bullying in schools, cyberbullying, suicide awareness and GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning) youth. A number of local agencies were at the event handing out information, such as local public safety groups, the Sexual Violence Center and the West Suburban Teen Clinic. “There’s something here for everybody,” Knight said, at the event. “We are here to help anyone who is a [bullying] target,” he said.

Highway 212 traffic between Highway 41 and Engler Boulevard was shut down for a while around 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon as local law enforcement responded to a call of a possible gun being thrown out of a vehicle. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said that his office got a call out of Cologne with reports of a gun falling or being thrown out of a vehicle. Olson said they were able to get behind the vehicle on Highway 212 and observe kids inside. The Sheriff’s Office pulled the vehicle over on Highway 212 between Engler Boulevard and Highway 41. Olson said law enforcement discovered the gun in question to be a BB gun. Citations were written for drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana.

Carver Count y At t o r n ey Mark Metz. This indictment stem s from an armed robber y a lleged to have occurred at a c onven ienc e store in Mayer Demetrius on Dec. 3, 2011. Derden The matter was originally prosecuted in state court by the Carver County Attorney’s Office. According to the Carver County Attorney’s Office complaint, at 8 : 39 p.m., Dec. 3, Derden allegedly walked into Mayer Oil Company gas station wearing a winter jacket, gloves, and a face mask covering everything but his eyes. The defendant allegedly carried an umbrella in one hand to block his face from the video surveillance and a hand gun in the other hand. The defendant walked behind the counter and pointed the gun at the clerk, the only other person in the store. The defendant allegedly placed a bag on a stool and demanded cash. The defendant emptied the cash drawer into the bag and then pointed the gun at the clerk and walked the clerk to a back area of the store which

contained a safe. The clerk heard a “click” coming from the gun and believed that the gun was emptied, so he began to turn around and stand up, the complaint stated. The defendant then pushed him back down and struck the clerk on the side of his head with the barrel of the gun. The clerk said he began to “fight for his life.” The defendant allegedly bit the clerk’s finger and struck the clerk with the gun. The clerk punched the defendant in the groin, head butt him, wrestled the gun away, and struck him in the head with the gun. During the struggle, the clerk was able to remove the defendant’s mask and jacket. The defendant eventually pushed the clerk down and fled the store with the bag of money. In cases where alleged actions violate both state and federal law, the United States Attorney’s Office and the Carver County Attorney’s Office have overlapping jurisdictions. Both offices agreed that interests were best served through federal prosecution. Accordingly, the Carver County Attorney’s Office dismissed its charges against Derden, deferring to the federal prosecution of this case.


Allan and Susan Orsen of Victoria both entered guilty pleas this week to charges of careless driving. The Orsens were both arrested for DWI after leaving a holiday party in Victoria


Robbery suspect federally charged A federal grand jury has indicted Demetrius Charles Edward Derden, 32, for violation of the Federal Hobbs Act, according to a press release from

LIVESREMEMBERED Kathryn Joy (Tufvander) Barrera Kathryn Barrera, 53, of Chanhassen, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, Ellis and Irene Tufvander. She was survived by her beloved daughter, Lindsay; sisters, Karen (Jeff) Tetzlaff of Shorewood and Laurie (Scott) Kaster of Apple Valley; nephews, Travis and Gabe; niece, Tara; and members of the Barrera, Johnson, and Tufvander families. Kathryn was a gentle and caring individual who endured her illness with grace. Her greatest joy was her daughter Lindsay. Kathryn treasured their time together and especially enjoyed watching Lindsay’s dance performances and competitions. She was very proud of Lindsay’s accomplishments. Kathryn also took great pleasure in spending time at the family cabin on Lake Vermilion. Kathryn grew up in Minnetonka and graduated from Hopkins Eisenhower High School. She attended college at U.M.D., the University of Minnesota, and Penn State, and later taught at U.M.D. She was passionate about education, and especially enjoyed her years as a special education teacher. Kathryn was currently serving as a school psychologist for the Minneapolis Public Schools. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to service at Westwood Community Church, 3121 Westwood Dr., Chanhassen. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Eden Prairie Chapel, 952-975-0400.

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Peggy L. Kaufhold Peggy Kaufhold, 43, of Victoria passed away Saturday Feb. 4, 2012 at her home in Victoria. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria with Father Bob White as Celebrant of the Mass. Visitation is Thursday, Feb. 9, 4-8 p.m. at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria and also one hour prior to the Mass on Friday. Peggy was born on April 1, 1968 in Shakopee, the daughter Leo and Evangeline (Meuleners) Schneider. Peggy was baptized and confirmed at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria. On Sept. 11, 1993 Peggy was united in marriage to Tim Kaufhold at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria by Father Elstan Coghill O.F.M. Peggy was a loving wife and mother devoted to her family. She always had a warm smile and a contagious laugh that would warm up any room. Peggy treasured having her family and friends get together and have a good time. She enjoyed making greeting cards, shopping and exercising as some of her past times. Peggy truly loved hanging out with her sisters and having the yearly sleepover with them. Peggy is preceded in death by her father, Leo Schneider; sister-in-law, Sylvia Kaufhold. Peggy is survived by her loving family, husband, Tim; daughter, Breanna; son, Tim Jr.; mother, Vangie Schneider of Waconia; sisters and brothers, Bonnie (Dan) Wagener of Waconia, Bruce (Mary Kehrer) Schneider of New London, Mary (Joel) Roen of Webster, WI, June (Paul) Miller of Chaska, Lee (Jane) Schneider of Eden Prairie, Pat (Jean) Schneider of Jordan, Julie (Ron) Kelzer of Mayer, Jo (James) Fiebelkorn of Chaska; father-in-law and mother-inlaw, Bill and Marlene Kaufhold of Victoria; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bruce Kaufhold of Victoria, Kevin and Judy Kaufhold of Ohio, Michelle and Roger Hammers of Victoria, Matt and Tisha Kaufhold of Carver; aunts, uncles, cousins other relatives and friends. Casket Bearers (nephews) Jason Wagener, Eric Wagener, Troy Wagener, David Wagener, Joe Schneider, Dennis Fiebelkorn, Andrew Fiebelkorn, Nathan Kelzer. Honorary Casket Bearers (nieces) Becky Wagener, Angela Blackburn, Amy Palmateer, Jenilee Roen, Teresa Borlaug, Maria Schneider, Tracy Kelzer. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.

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Dec. 2. A l lan Orsen, who is the city manager of Wayzata, was stopped by a Carver County deputy at 9:31 p.m. Dec. 2 while driving east on Highway 5 near the intersection of Park Road. His wife, Susan, was a passenger in the car. She is the editor of the Victoria Gazette. The deputy observed the Orsen vehicle weaving and crossing the centerline, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. Allan Orsen was taken to the Carver County Jail. A blood test indicated his blood-alcohol level

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TENTATIVE AGENDA - CHANHASSEN CITY COUNCIL MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 CHANHASSEN CITY HALL, 7700 MARKET BOULEVARD 5:30 P.M. - CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION, FOUNTAIN CONFERENCE ROOM Note: If the City Council does not complete the work session items in the time allotted, the remaining items will be considered after the regular agenda. A. Update on SouthWest Transit, Len Simich, Chief Executive Of¿cer (verbal). B. Discuss Water Meter Radio Read Replacements.

e. TH 5 Improvement Project, PW067B2b: Approve Cost Share Agreement with the U of M and City of Victoria for Pedestrian Underpass. f. Approval of 2012 Key Financial Strategies. g. Approval of Request for Temporary On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License, Annual Gym Jam Athletic Fundraiser, March 24, St. Hubert Catholic Community. h. Approval of Amendment to Financial Policy for New GASB Pronouncement on Fund Balance.

C. Discuss National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program.



2. Update from Carver County Attorney’s Of¿ce, Mark Metz (verbal).



CONSENT AGENDA 3. Lakeside 5th Addition: All items listed under the a. Consider Vacation of Drainage Consent Agenda are considered & Utility Easements on Lot 1, to be routine by the city council Block 2 and and will be considered as one Outlot B, Lakeside 4th Addition motion. There will be no separate (public hearing). discussion of these items. If b. Consider Approval of discussion is desired, that item Replatting a Portion of Lakeside will be removed from the Consent 4th Addition into Lakeside Agenda and considered separately. 5th Addition and Approve City council action is based on Amendment to the Development the staff recommendation for each Contract for Lakeside 4th item. Refer to the council packet Addition (not a public hearing). for each staff report. COUNCIL PRESENTATIONS 1. a. Approval of Minutes b. TH 41 Trail Extension, AtADMINISTRATIVE Grade Pedestrian Crossing and PRESENTATIONS Stairway Connector: 1) Approve Plans & CORRESPONDENCE Speci¿cations DISCUSSION 2) Approve Limited Use Permits ADJOURNMENT c. Intersection of TH 101 Members of the City Council and some and Pioneer Trail: Approve staff members may gather at Chanhassen Resolution for Local Road American Legion Post 580, 290 Lake Improvement Grant. Drive in Chanhassen immediately after d. Approve Snow Plow the meeting for a purely social event. All Agreement with City of members of the public are welcome. Victoria for the Tristan Heights Neighborhood, PW 309. 207517

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

‘Pay It Forward’ tour inspires tomorrow’s leaders KANSAS CITY HERE WE COME


On ThursW hen it c a me to spri ng day, Feb.18, 60 break, four University of Min- Ch a n h a s s en nesota students didn’t want High School to blow off steam in Florida, students will Mexico or any of the other typi- b o a r d t w o cal student holiday hot spots. charter buses, Instead they imagined visiting their destinacommunities in need, lending tion, Kansas a hand. Inspired by the book C i t y , M o . and the popular 2000 fi lm, they Along the way, Paige wanted to use spring break to they’ll stop in Wandling “pay it forward.” t h ree cities, T hey pitched thei r com- volunteering and helping local munity service idea to the organizations with anything “adults,” including the univer- that is needed, from painting, sity for sponsorship. washing windows, picking up Everyone thought it was a trash, or visiting with nursing great idea, but the answer was home residents. Their five-day always “no.” tour also includes visits to two Finally, the four decided to college campuses. This is the do it on their own. second year Chanhassen High They packed up, pointed School has participated. their bus to Washington, D.C. As a junior Paige Wandling, as their desnow 18, of tination, Chanhasand along sen, brought the way, volt he id e a t o unteered in her English soup kitchteacher Lara en s , home Entire at less shelters, Chanhassen and nursing High School, homes. and with her The expeguidance, rience was so helped orgaPaige Wandling l i fe - c h a n g nize a STLF Chanhassen High School ing, they did Tour last senior; Pay It Forward Tour it the followspring, with organizer ing year, and 3 2 st udent s the next, and pa r ticipatthe next. Each year, more stu- ing. Etnier traveled with the dents joined them on their group as one of the adult chap“spring break tour.” erones. Eight years later, the brain“I heard about the ‘Pay It storm of one small group of Forward Tour’ when I was at friends has kick started one of a business camp in 2010 at St. the fastest growing non-profits John’s University,” Paige said. in the country, comprised of “I heard one of the founders students from middle school all speak, and I was really excited the way to college. about bringing it to ChanhasThe non-profit is called Stu- sen. This was the first time dents Today—Leaders For- I heard of a service program ever (STLF), operating out of where you see that what you Minneapolis. Students from are doing is actually help mostly Midwestern states, from ing and it’s hands on. I’m in middle school to college International Club, Key Club, Since 2004, STLF has led and National Honor Society. 320 tours and involved 175,000 I’ve helped with lots of drives students, according to Danny to raise funds and resources, Walters, one of the tour chaper- but on the tour you see the one coordinators. Walters fi rst significance of what you’re dowent on a Pay It Forward Tour ing magnified by 10,000 times. I 2008 when he was a junior at “I knew I would lead it again North Dakota. this year,” Paige said. “This “I got hooked right away, year, we’ve got 60 students and with the idea of service and we’re taking two coach buses.” volunteering, and then I kept Paige, 18, explained that volunteering. It opened doors there will be several other for me and when there was a high school groups from the chance to work on the tours, Twin Cities taking similar I wanted to give something tours, with different routes to back. I’ve been so lucky to Missouri. be with them one and a half “On the fourth night we’ll years. “ all meet up, and present re-

Students TodayLeaders Forever WHAT: Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) —student-led non-profit based in Minneapolis that organizes “Pay It Forward” service tours across the U.S. WHO: Students from colleges, universities, high schools and middle schools, primarily from the Midwest. HOW: STLF High School Pay It Forward Tours visit four cities over the course of five days, conduct service projects in each of those communities visited, work with a variety of organizations, and visit one or two college campuses. Through evening activities and reflection, the tour is an opportunity to build meaningful relationships and learn about issues affecting communities across the country. Each High School Pay It Forward Tour consists of up to 35 high school students and five to seven college student and adult leaders.

“Out in the suburbs, we can be so shut out of the reality of the other 95 percent of the world.”

Last year, 30 Chanhassen High School students went on the Pay It Forward Tour, visiting four cities in five days. They worked at an elder-care home in Iowa, a YMCA, a cancer lodge/Ronald McDonald house, and at community gardens in the town of Old North St. Louis, a high poverty section of the city. This year, 60 students are taking the trip.

Pay It Forward Tour

COST: $280 per student. Students pay their own way but grants and scholarships are available.

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WHO: Two coach buses for 60 students, and tour chaperones and teachers.

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p or t s on wh at we’ve done throughout the week,” Paige said. Last year’s tour was an eye opener. “I came home, and I thought, ‘There’s heat! That’s really great.’ You take things like a warm house for granted. It makes you look at everything differently.” Paige credits her parents for her heightened awareness of social responsibility and what it means. “My parents have tried to immerse me in different cultures and experiences,” Paige said. “Out in the suburbs, we can be so shut out of the reality of the other 95 percent of the world. It’s so easy to live in our own little bubble.” On the road, students bring sleeping bags and sleep in community centers and gymnasiums. They pack lightly, get two meals a day, and spend their day volunteering as needed. At

RETURN: Monday, Feb 20.

ITINERARY: Chanhassen, Orange City, Iowa (tour Northwestern College of Iowa), Omaha, Neb. (tour Creighton University), Topeka, Kan., Kansas City, Mo. night, students convene to talk and exchange notes. Everyone keeps a journal. “It puts everything into a healthy perspective,” Paige said. “I’m really passionate about this.” Paige is already looking ahead to college. She’s considering Pepperdine University and the University of Texas, plans to major in business and communication, and then go to law school. “What they bring back to school is a lot of personal reflection,” Etnier said. “The whole experience really makes kids think about personal integrity, goals, and who they want to be. One of the activities includes two campus tours in the city they’re visiting. It makes them think beyond high school. Kids


During last year’s Pay It Forward Tour to St. Louis, Mo., Paige Wandling assisted a youngster with her rooster, in the North St. Louis Community Garden. go where they’re normally not seen, senior homes, cancer lodges. It breaks down barriers all the way around.“ The most important thing is that the leadership and insight students gain on the trip. “It’s not a club,” Etnier said. “The students are not all from

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

ChanChaska clay target club launches in March BY UNSIE ZUEGE

This spring, Chanhassen and Chaska high schools will participate in the Minnesota Clay Target League, joining other area high schools like Wayzata, Minnetonka, and Hopkins that have competitive clubs. Cl ay shooti ng ent husiast Will Swanson of rural Cologne is happy to see the sport being offered at the two high schools. He has three sons—one is a ninth-grader at Chaska High School, another attends Chaska Middle School, and the youngest is at East Union Elementary. “This is new for District 112,” Swanson said. “In the state, we’ve gone from 29 to 60 participating high schools.” One misconception is that target shooting enthusiasts also hunt. “A lot of enthusiasts don’t hunt,” Swanson said. “What they like is that it’s about rifle marksmanship and clay shooting.”

ChanChaska Clay Target Club No clay target experience required, but participants must have a Firearm Safety Certificate. Students fill out District 112 participation forms as in other activities and sports. Firearm safety is stressed. At least two of the club coaches teach DNR firearms safety classes. WHO: Boys and girls, grades 9-12

Another misconception is that target shooting is just for boys and men. “Our high school club welcomes all comers, girls and boys,” Swanson said. “Clubs are co-ed. It’s all about having a very safe and fun experience.” “Women are joining the sport in growing numbers, and there’s a tremendous interest growing at high schools,” Swanson said. Interested students can register at the activities office at Chanhassen High School.

WHEN: Registration closes Wednesday, Feb. 15; first meeting is Thursday, March 15. Practices and meets are Thursday nights. WHERE: The Watertown Rod and Gun Club. Each team needs a home club. HOW: Should have own firearm, though club will make arrangements to provide the equipment necessary

The team will be limited to 40 members in its inaugural year, in order to have a high ratio of safety personnel on hand to supervise and coach the team members. “No clay target experience is needed to come out for the team,” Swanson said, “but you do have to have your gun safety certification and permit.” Shells will be provided but members also must provide their own guns, as well as be responsible for transportation to and from the Watertown

to participate. No guns are allowed on school property so club members must have transportation home and to the Watertown Rod and Gun Club. FEE: Activity/participation fee $255. For more information: chanchaskaclaytargetclub/links/

Rod and Gun Club where practices and competitions will take place.

LIFELONG SPORT The high school head coach, Dick Bienapfl , 63, of Chaska, started skeet shooting when he was 8 years old, competing at 10, and honing his marksmanship to be a five time world champion over 20 years. “I literally grew up with shot gun in my hand,” Bienapfl said. He used to run the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lane.

Hooked on Books, and bluegrass music



Philip and the Pherns is the opening act for Monroe Crossing’s concert Saturday, Feb. 11, at Chanhassen High School. Both musical groups are sponsored by Community Education as adult enrichment for District 112’s 7th annual “Hooked on Books and the Arts, Too.” These sophomore bluegrass musicians from Chanhassen High School named the band after Philip Ireland as he plays the banjo – an authentic bluegrass instrument. Like bluegrass, “Pherns” reflects unique vegetation. The group liked the creative spelling and alliteration. The name was selected prior to entering last year’s Carver County Music Contest. Philip’s interest in bluegrass

started in the fourth grade when a banjo arrived in the mail. His dad had wanted to play since his college years. At Simply Strings, father and son started lessons together. Vocalist Kate Erickson grew up listening to the Dixie Chicks with her mom, and to John Denver and Johnny Cash with her father. Last year she started taking private voice lessons. Bennett Johnson, too, comes from a musical family. Piano lessons started for him in the fi rst grade. In the sixth grade his interest was drawn to the guitar due to, as he says, its “cool” factor. Matt Tyson is a welcome latecomer to the group – two previous bass players have moved out of state. Hannah Potter started classical violin lessons in the second grade. Since the sixth grade she has been playing with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. In the seventh grade at Chaska Middle School West, her violin became a part-time fiddle. Each of these young musicians signed up for music teacher Eric Songer’s bluegrass class that was offered through afterschool Community Ed. Songer nurtured a group of 10 students through middle school, including summers. Despite the even-


Some of the best clay target shooters around are the girls. Last spring this teen did target shooting as Jeff Byrne of Cabin Fever Sporting Goods, Victoria looked on at a local hunt club. This spring, Chanhassen and Chaska high schools will compete in the Minnesota Clay Target State League. And, more importantly, Beinapfl did competitive shooting. He was pretty good at it. “I’ve had a number of friends running high school clubs so I know what it’s about,” Bienafpl said. “And, I’ve been shooting

skeet and trap which is what this league is all about.” Beinapf l was happy to be asked to coach, “to give back to the game,” he said. “I started at 8; now I’m 63. It’s a lifelong sport.”

Debate duo head for Harvard BY UNSIE ZUEGE


Bluegrass band Philip and the Pherns is the opening act at Saturday’s concert at Chanhassen High School. The band includes high school students from Chanhassen and Chaska high schools. From left, Kate Erickson, Bennett Johnson, Philip Ireland with banjo, and Hannah Potter. Not pictured, bass player, Matt Tyson.

tual split into two high schools — Chanhassen and Chaska — this group has stayed together; as they’ve moved up through the schools, Songer continues to guide their progress . Barb Hone is an arts enthusiast, piano teacher, and charter

member of the Arts Consortium of Carver County (ACCC). She is an occasional Chanhassen Village contributor, writing about the local arts. To join the ACCC, go to or e-mail info@arts

Chanhassen High School juniors Alice Thompson and Alex Wahl, representing District 112, will compete in the public forum debate competition next week at the Harvard Invitational, Cambridge, Mass. They leave on Thursday, Feb. 16. Ea rlier t his yea r, A lex had the distinction of being the first District 112 debate student to advance to the state tournament in 20 years. A lex advanced to state in the Lincoln-Douglas debate, according to a District 112 news release – “a challenging debate format that places a heavy emphasis on logic, ethical values and philosophy.” Alice and Alex are coached by Zach Prax, who teaches at Chanhassen High School. Chanhassen and Chaska high schools have a joint debate team. Public forum debate requires extensive knowledge of public issues and current

Alice Thompson

Alex Wahl

events, which the pair describes as “being ripped from the headlines.” Seriously, the two read, more like study current events magazi nes li ke Ti me and Newsweek, keep up with the New York Times, and even academic journals, to be able to form their pro and con debates about such topics as immigration. At Harvard, Alice and Alex will compete against 31 top high school teams from across the United States. There will six rounds, with winners based on the number of wins and losses.

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District 112 students reading for the record books Middle schoolers to try for Guinness entry BY MOLLEE FRANCISCO

Students at Chaska Middle School East (CMSE) will try to read their way into the record books next Wednesday. As part of “I Love to Read” month, the school’s 690 students plus staff will attempt a reading relay. If successful, they could fi nd themselves as the newest entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. CMSE Assistant Principal Dr. Judy Nagel said the idea

came from some of the school’s PTO members and was coordinated to coincide with “I Love to Read” activities taking place Jan. 25 to Feb. 15. Students and staff will take turns reading one sentence at a time from Minnesota author Kurtis Scaletta’s “Mudville.” Scaletta will be on hand to participate in the world record attempt. “It should be really, really fun,” said Nagel. It will take more than 290 people to break the world record for most people in a reading relay of a single book. The record was last set in Vienna on Sept. 26, 2010. Students and staff will each get their sentence ahead of time to practice for Wednesday’s event. Nagel is feeling

good about their odds of breaking the record and believes it will be a point of pride for those involved. “How cool to be a part of it,” she said. The reading relay is just one of a handful of activities staff at CMSE has organized to celebrate reading. They kicked off the month with an appearance by KDWB’s morning show host Dave Ryan on Jan. 25 and continued with the introduction of their “Perpetual Reader” display on Feb. 1. Staff of the school’s media center used the prominent w i n d ow s ove rlo ok i n g t h e main commons area and stairway to create a sort of store window display where participants would be stationed and

reading throughout school hours. A cozy room was created with curtains and a plush recliner and was accented with all the comforts of home from blankets and a candy bowl to doi lies a nd a fa ke fi replace. Teachers, parents and even some community members readily signed up for the half-hour time slots in the display. T he “Per petua l Reader” display was designed to promote reading for both school and pleasure. “Their lives get really busy in middle school,” said Nagel. “It’s important to encourage them to take time out to read.” Vic tori a M ayor M a r y Hershberger-Thun excitedly took her turn in the display

last Friday. “I didn’t know whether to bring my iPad or the newspaper or a book,” the avid reader said. St udents a re a l so usi ng this reading-centric month to raise funds for the school by participating in a series of reading activities and going door-to-door to ask for donations. Their efforts replace magazine sales done in the past. “We wanted to have more of an academic focus,” explained Nagel. “These are pure donations, not pledges.” Students that turn in donations are entered into drawings to win from a selection of popular books including “The Hunger Games” trilogy and “Matched.”


Victoria Mayor Mary Hershberger-Thun takes her turn at the “Perpetual Reader” at Chaska Middle School East last week.

‘How we met’ and other love stories from readers


alentine’s Day is all about the love, and if you’re married there aren’t many stories more sentimental than how you and your partner met, how your marriage proposal was made, or how your life remains full of love after many years of marriage. Those stories are often sweet, funny … and perhaps a little unusual. We asked readers to tell us how they met their spouses, to share funny or unique marriage proposals, or simply tell us a love story. The best of those responses are on this page. We thank these brave readers for their stories.

Honoring the spirit of love As a native of Eden Prairie, my career took me to Newport Beach, Calif. in 2005. While there, I met a beautiful woman named Jen who shared many of my passions. Long walks along the beach and weekend trips around the West fueled our excitement. Within a year, I knew I had to snag her for good. By May 2011, we were married and ready for the next adventure. What we didn’t realize was that fate, via a wonderful career opportunity, would bring us back to the Twin Cities soon after. Many of her friends and family couldn’t believe she would move to such a cold place, given she had grown up in Las Vegas and never even driven in the snow before. But since our move to Prior Lake in August, Jen has shown an aggressive enthusiasm for everything our beautiful area has to offer. From the farmer’s market to Cleary Lake dog park, volunteering at local charities to spearheading a trip to the St. Paul

‘I can’t believe I actually did that’ I met my husband at Sears when it used to be on Lake Street in Minneapolis. I worked in menswear, and the tailor shop in back of menswear was also a break area. A new guy, a really handsome guy, was taking his break. I asked the tailor, a good friend, to introduce me. He said “Nah,” if you want him to fall in love with you, just take this hanger which he had broken open to a straight wire. He tied a string to each end and tied the string together at the top. “Now,” he said, “hang this string around his ears and bang on the wire and he will love you forever.”

Matt and Jen Karpinko at their wedding. Jen moved from the warmth of the West Coast to the frozen tundra of Minnesota for love. Winter Carnival, Jen has shown her taste for the flavor of life ever since we moved here. It is just that spirit that caused me to fall in love with her from day one.

Matt Karpinko Prior Lake

So, I can’t believe I actually did that, but I went ahead and did just that. We were happily married in Jordan 3-1/2 years later. With fond remembrance,

Dorothy (Warden) Tournat

Boy meets girl at Radermacher’s The store was quiet, nearing the end of the night. There was something lonely about that store when we approached closing. The hustle of the day was drawing to an end and the aisles were empty. I wasn’t alone; there was a cashier up front and my best friend was

in the front of the store sweeping, cleaning up after a long day. It was the night before prom, and I was feeling lonely. The empty store wasn’t helping. I walked up to the front of the store to help clean up, and as I rounded the corner, I saw her for the fi rst time. Well, I had seen her before, of course; we worked together. But I had never really seen her before. She was at her register, waiting patiently for customers. She had long, straight brown hair and a beautiful smile. We had talked before, on break or while we were working. I always joked with her, because she seemed to have a sense of humor similar to mine. I approached her, not sure of what I would say. I hoped that I could make her laugh, while asking her to get to know me at the same time. I struck up a conversation. I don’t remember what we talked about that night, all I remember is what happened at the end of the conversation. “Are you going to prom?” I asked. “No,” she replied. She didn’t say much because she was very shy, but that’s one of the things I found so unique about her. “Your boyfriend won’t take you, or what?” I questioned. I was joking, but it was a delicate question to ask. “I don’t have a boyfriend,” she answered. “Do you want one?” I asked with a grin. She shyly laughed and turned away to hide her face. Later that night, she accepted my invitation. That was April 24, 2009. Over the next couple months, we got to know each other well, and we spent the whole summer together. We faced one daunting challenge at the end of the summer, and we knew it was coming. She had been accepted to South Dakota State University, while I was going to attend Michigan Technological University. That fi rst semester was the hardest of our relationship, but we got though it with the help of Skype. We did some research and discovered that there was a school within five minutes of mine that supported her major. She quickly applied to Finlandia University and was accepted. We have been inseparable ever since. Last summer, on July 14, I proposed to her, and we will be married on May 12 this year. I am so grateful that I worked on that lonely night with that cute, shy cashier, because she has changed my life forever.

Crash my Corvette, survive anything The following story is completely true and I have my wife’s OK to send it to you, too … lol. I had come back from a long day at work and my (then-fiancée) took my 1975 Corvette for a spin. I trusted her and she knew where the keys where kept, so this was not out of the ordinary. Her best friend arrived, and seeing her gone, decided to wait for her by sitting on my motorcycle, which was parked in front of my car. Seeing her friend waiting my then-fiancée went to park the car back where it was, and as she parked, the carburetor on the car surged and she hit my motorcycle with my Corvette and knocked her best friend to the ground. She was quite worried on how I might react, and when she told me, I asked if her friend was OK. We were married shortly after that. I figure if I can live through her hitting my motorcycle with my Corvette, I can live through just about anything … chuckle.

Dan Elke figures if Shannon could crash his Corvette into his motorcycle and he could survive, he might as well marry her. I do love you, Shannon; life is never boring. Love,

Dan Elke Jordan

It only took 28 years… Steve and I fi rst dated when we were 22 years old. We dated for about a year, broke up, got back together, broke up again but remained friends. I moved to Denver and we saw each other several times but lost touch for many years. I found him on Facebook three years ago, fully expecting that in the 13 or so years we hadn’t talked that he’d be happily married with kids. I simply wanted to touch base with him. He wasn’t married, nor was I, when I came from Milwaukee to visit. There ensued a fairy tale. Our enjoyment in being together was as i f we were 22 years old again, and our love resonated. We got engaged shortly thereafter and upon announcing this, both of our families sighed, “Finally!” I married the only man I have ever loved on Oct. 9, 2010 and we are

The Steeles at their wedding reception. Elizabeth wore the red velvet dress that was handmade for her grandmother’s wedding in the early 1930s. still giddy about our good fortune!

Elizabeth J. Steele Prior Lake

Michael Houghton Houghton, Mich.

Daniel Rogers proposed to Stacey (Kreuser) Rogers by putting an engagement ring inside of a rare shell he found while snorkeling in Fiji.

‘Yes’ moment: Ring given in a rare shell

John Herzog reflects on the love of his life and the resulting blessings, including grandchildren, shown oldest to youngest, Emma (left), Jacob, Ethan, Isabella, Rowan, Andrew, Ethan and Asher.

Family provides lifelong blessings I have truly been blessed in my life. My wife, Colleen, and I have lived in Jordan now for over 30 years, and this has become our home. We have raised five wonderful daughters (Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, Emily and Molly). And we now have eight beautiful grandchildren (Emma,

Jacob, Ethan, Isabella, Rowan, Andrew, Ethan and Asher). We have three great son-in-laws (Ted, Chris and Jeff), as well. They all reside in the metro area; it is so nice to have them close. No matter how difficult life can get at times, family always brings me back and reminds me of what is

truly special and most important of all. In February, Colleen and I will celebrate 40 years of marriage. I would just like to say how much you mean to me. I love you. You are the best part of my life.

John Herzog Jordan

How we met: Upon arriving in Sydney on vacation, Stacey went to climb the Harbour Bridge to see sights of the beautiful Harbour City. By a twist of fate, Dan led Stacey’s climb and they spent the whole tour together. A longdistance love blossomed – you can’t get much more distance than between Minnesota and Sydney! – and after hundreds of phone calls, e-mails, and texts, international visits, and an intercontinental move to Sydney … four years later, we are starting the beginning of another new journey together as husband and wife. There was a very special trip to

Fiji in 2010, when Dan surprised Stacey by taking her away under the guise of it being her birthday present. It was during this trip that Dan popped the question on the beach, after fi nding a rare shell while snorkeling and putting the ring in the shell. In December, 60 of our family and friends joined us back in paradise for our dream wedding on the beach in Fiji, including Jordanites Dave and Karen Kreuser, Lisa Kreuser, Emily Plooster, and Katie LaPlant.

Daniel and Stacey Kreuser Rogers

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Losing not an option at this point BY ERIC KRAUSHAR

In a matter of five minutes, the Chaska/Chanhassen girls hockey team went from jubilation to heartbreak. A team never wants to lose, but for the Storm Hawks it was a good reminder on the heels of the Section 2AA playoffs the importance of finishing off a game. After falling behind 4-1, C/C rallied to tie the game in the final minute of regulation. But 43 seconds into the overtime session, a shot from the point bounced in front of the net and Wayzata freshman Sophia Shaver tapped it in to give the Trojans the 6-5 win. “We talked to the girls afterward that we’ve seen this before. We were down three goals to Orono. We were down three goals in the third period to Mound. It was the same kind of thing today. No matter what the situation we can come back,” C/C Head Coach Tracy Cassano said. “We just need to stay aggressive once we tie it back up. This game and the one with Mound, we needed to be more persistent and get after the puck and close up the gaps between their skaters.” “It was a tough loss, but we’re not done yet,” Cassano

added. With a record of 18-6-1, the Storm Hawks received the No. 2 seed in the Section 2AA playoffs, which begins on Friday at Chaska Community Center. They play No. 7 seed Holy Family/Waconia (16 -7-2) at 7: 30 p.m. in the quarterfi nals. Cassano said the team isn’t looking ahead to possible match-ups with Eden Prairie or Edina. “We told the kids we have to focus on one game on a time. We can’t get caught looking ahead or there might be not a game to play. It really comes down to one shift, one period and one game at a time,” she said. Kaitlin Storo, who leads the team with 33 goals and 55 points, said losing is not an option right now. “We now know what it feels like to lose,” she said after Saturday’s loss. “The seniors don’t want to lose. None of us wants this season to be over.” After fi nishing with a 17-10 campaign last season, which included a 1- 0 loss to Eden Prairie in the section semifinals, C/C has progressed well this season with six seniors, five juniors, five sophomores, two freshmen and one eighthgrader on the roster. “Everyone shows up ready to play and puts their best effort

into each game. That is making a huge difference this season,” said Storo, a junior. At 5.1 goals per game, which is fourth-best in Class AA, the Storm Hawks offense has been solid all season. Six forwards have at least 10 goals, which gives C/C a chance to win in most games. Down 4-2 in the third period Saturday, it was the extra effort from Storo and linemate Emma Silkey that kept the Storm Hawks in the game. Wayzata couldn’t clear the puck and instead of going for a line change, the duo kept the pressure on. Breanna Lervick, who also remained on the ice for nearly 90 seconds, slid a pass into the crease where Storo banged in a rebound to bring the Storm Hawks within a goal with 5:59 to play. Wayzata got the goal back more than a minute later, but a wrister from Silkey and a tying goal from Megan O’Brian with 42 seconds left in regulation knotted the game at five. O’Brian’s goal, which came with the Storm Hawks’ goal u n ma n ned, was set up by Lindquist, who took the puck into the corner and feed O’Brian in front of the net for the onetimer. “We know we can come back


Kaitlin Storo (11) leads the Chaska/Chanhassen girls hockey team with 33 goals and 55 points. She notches a goal late in the third period to help force overtime in a 6-5 loss Saturday to Wayzata. no matter how bad we’re losing. We just haven’t been able to finish it off, which is something we’ll have to do in the playoffs.

Hopefully we’re not losing, but if we are, we know we have the ability to come back on a team,” Storo said.

Carly Van Orden, making her first start since an overtime loss to Mound-Westonka Jan. 26, made 17 saves in the loss.



Storm roll to 7-0 in the Missota

Dream comes true for gridiron stars


A once 21-point lead was shrinking point by point midway through the second half. Needing a spark, Kevin Jensen was sent back into game for Chanhassen. On his second possession back in the game, Jensen got into the lane and was fouled, sinking two free throws. On the next trip down the floor, Jack Kozlowski pulled down an offensive rebound, finding a wide open Jensen at the top of the key for a three-pointer. After a Jensen block, an outlet pass found Cole Otto for a driving floater. Leading 46-33 when Jensen entered, all of sudden the advantage was back to 17 at 55-38. Jensen, a Chanhassen senior, netted a game-high 18 points to lead the Storm to a 64-47 win Feb. 3, vaulting the team’s Missota Conference record to 7-0 through the first loop of the schedule. Brandon Arnold added 12 points, while Otto had seven for the Storm. “The conference title – that’s always something we’re looking at. But this year we only lost three seniors (from last year) and most of these guys played last year. So pretty much everyone has at least two years of experience. We knew this was our year for something more. We’ve been getting better and better and if we’re going to do something, it has to be this year,” Jensen said. For Chanhassen, the 7-0 start in the conference has come at relative ease minus a one-point win at Chaska. The average margin of victory has been 22.5 points. The Storm beat Northfield by 44 points and second-place New Prague by 38. “We didn’t think it would be that big of wins. We’re happy where we’re at right now, but we still have seven games. We still have to play every team once more. You know teams will be coming for us,” Jensen said.


Chanhassen senior Kevin Jensen lines up a free throw during a 64-47 win over Shakopee on Friday. Heading into this week, Jensen is averaging 20.1 points per game. Having won eight straight games, Jensen said the biggest challenge is keeping the intensity up for the final seven games. “That part is tough. You know we’re 7-0, but you can’t overlook anyone. You just have to come out and play hard and get out to an early lead. We know how to handle playing with the lead,” he said. T hat ’s exact ly what t he Storm did on Friday. After a slow start, Chanhassen pulled away in the first half, using an 18-1 run to take a 27-9 lead. The score was 33-18 in favor of the Storm at halftime. Jensen had 10 points at halftime – all coming on two-point baskets. The jump shot is the area the senior forward believes he has most improved on in his three seasons at Chanhassen. “My sophomore and junior seasons I primarily played in the post. Last year I got a little into the perimeter, but now this season we have certain plays where I get the ball up top and I have the option to shoot the ball from the outside. I really have transitioned from the post to a wing player,” Jensen said. Being able to play inside and

out makes Jensen a valuable recruit for his future school, Division II University of Mary. “I’ll be a three or a four up there. I’ll do a little bit of posting, but I’ll rely more on driving from the perimeter. It’s nice to be getting it all figured out now before I get up there,” he said.

THE 1,000-POINT CLUB Jensen set a milestone Jan. 27 in a 79-67 win over Red Wing. The Storm senior became the first player in school history to score 1,000 points for a career. Needing 14 to reach the milestone, Jensen had 13 at halftime. His only points of the second half came on a bucket in the paint that also drew a foul for a free throw. “I just came around underneath and put up a layup plus one,” he said. “I’ll remember that one shot for 1,000 for the rest of my life. It’s nice because it’s been a long journey – it’s nice to get that appreciation. It’s really special,” Jensen added. For the season, Jensen has scored 382 total points in 19 games for a 20.1 point average.


Jack Biebighauser and Cole Otto were ready for the spotlight – National Signing Day at Chanhassen High School. The only thing in the way of the two seniors signing their National Letters of Intent was no power in the theater. Fortunately, the great staff at the high school got the lights working and the signing went on as planned. Both players – three-year varsity members on the football team – made dreams come true Feb. 1. For Biebighauser, his realization that the hard work and dedication to the game had paid off came late in the fall. The inside linebacker was offered a scholarship at Minnesota State UniversityMoorhead. “I have four cousins that have gone there. My cousin, Philip (Pryor) played football there and another cousin Max Pryor that played football there and is graduating this year. They told me it was a good school and that made my decision easy,” Biebighauser said. Chanhassen Athletic Director Dick Ungar retold a story from nearly 12 months earlier when Biebighauser attended signing day to support friends. “I saw Jack in the weight room later that day – he was working out and he told me, ‘Mr. Ungar that was a nice ceremony. Next year that’s going to be me. I’m going to work hard to be up there.’ A year later, Jack is up here,” Ungar said. “Ever since I was little, I always wanted to play college football. I didn’t know how or where. Division I is always a kid’s dream. Division II is just as good and I’m excited to be going up there,” Biebighauser said. “I’ll be playing against grown men – big guys. It’s not boys anymore.”

Chanhassen senior Jack Biebighauser signs his National Letter of Intent to play at Minnesota State UniversityMoorhead during a Feb. 1 ceremony. Also signing was football teammate Cole Otto. For his Storm career, Biebighauser made 124 tackles with three sacks and an interception. Steady was the word used by position coach Bob Schneider. Biebighauser recorded 63 tackles as a junior and 61 as a senior. “He was the signal caller and captain of our defense. He played with an edge and a sort of aggressiveness,” Schneider said. “He loves football and loves to have fun and that’s something you look for in a football player.”

FOLLOWING IN HIS FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS Otto’s decision on a college was made last month. He selected St. Cloud State University – a place his father, Brent, called home for four years on the football team. “It’s close to home and both my mom (Lisa Hart) and my dad went there. My dad played wide receiver there so I’ll be following in his footsteps,” Otto said. “I went up there for my official visit and I just knew that I wanted to go there.” Otto, a three-year starter for the Storm, is simply a “playmaker,” according to position coach Andy Granowski. “Cole is signing this National Letter of Intent for more than his athletic ability. Colleges look at athletic ability, but they also look at character and Cole has great character. He is extremely competitive, unselfish – a team-first player that is a great leader. He

challenges himself, but also others. He is mentally tough and has great work ethic,” Granowski said. Otto holds many records at Chanhassen, including throwing the first touchdown in school history. He started his career as a sophomore at quarterback, leading the Storm to a programopening win over St. Agnes 20-14 with a throwing touchdown to Maverick Edmunds. “It seems like just yesterday that we were at the brand new Sea Foam Stadium at Concordia University and Cole was the starting quarterback. It was a big deal for a new program with new coaches and no seniors to win their first game,” Ungar said. Otto is also a school leader with 78 receptions, 1,076 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns. He was a two-time all-conference selection, offensive most valuable player as a junior and team captain his senior year. Otto said he’s excited to take his talents at wide out up to St. Cloud State University – a program the past two years that has reached the NCAA Division II Championships. “It’s a great football school. They’re on the verge of getting a national championship. They beat Duluth last year and they were the defending champions, so it’s awesome. It should be great,” he said. is moving! Starting in March, find area prep sports news on your digital daily,

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Second-year program headed to state BY ERIC KRAUSHAR

In just its second year of existence, the Chanhassen boys alpine ski team qualified for the State Meet with a championship finish in Section 6 Tuesday at Buck Hill in Burnsville. The District 112 program, which began four years ago under the Chaska High School name, is sending its first team to state in the sport. The State Meet is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. Just a week after winning the Missota Conference, the Storm put it all together during the two runs down Buck Hill. “We had some struggles at some of the courses, but we pulled through at the right time,” said Chanhassen sophomore Vy Nguyen, who will be making his fourth consecutive trip to the state meet. He was third overall Tuesday. “I’ve never been there as a team. I’ve always had my friends rooting me on, but to have someone with me for me to be able to cheer on is great,” he added. For Jesse Kleve, one of two seniors on the Chanhassen roster, it was redemption for a year in which he struggled to stay on his feet during conference events. He had two runs under 25 seconds on Tuesday.

Dritz, Grant Magnuson and seventh-grader Louis Nguyen, the brother of Vy. Louis was the fi rst-ever Missota Conference champion this season. “He is a lot stronger than I was. He has a lot more training because he started at a younger age than I did. Well, he’s younger and he’s kicking my butt so it’s kind of frustrating,” said Vy Nguyen with a chuckle.



Vy Nguyen places third overall in helping Chanhassen qualify its first team to state in alpine skiing Tuesday at Buck Hill. It is Nguyen’s fourth straight trip to Giants Ridge. “It just feels awesome. I really wasn’t doing well this season. It feels like the weight is lifted. I finally got two runs in,” said Kleve. “I was the fi fth seed and the top four counts for each team, so they all put in good

Knockout performance for Storm dance team Cha n hassen showed t he gathered crowd at Wayzata High School that the Storm Dance Team will be one that will be continued to be heard from in the future with a knockout performance in high kick during the Section 2AAA Meet. Despite a great performance in kick, the Storm Dance Team was not able to finish in the topthree. Host Wayzata and Eden Prairie were double state qualifiers. EP won the kick competition followed by Wayzata and Hopkins, while Wayzata, Maple Grove and EP were the top-three in jazz. Chanhassen was fifth in high kick and seventh in jazz. Minnetonka also competed in Section 2AAA – their results

were not available. Section 3AA moved venues from Waconia High School to Holy Family Catholic High School this year and the host Fire Dance Team didn’t disappoint the home crowd. H F C qu a l i f ie d for st ate in jazz/funk for the fourth straight season in double-A. The Fire were third in jazz behind Mound-Westonka and Marshall. State qualifiers in high kick were Marshall, Waconia and Hutchinson. The fourth area team, Chaska, competes in the Section 1AA Meet at noon Saturday in Austin. The state meet is Feb. 17-18 at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.

runs. I didn’t feel a ton of pressure on me. I could just go for it.” Many of the Chanhassen racers, including Nguyen, got started racing at Buck Hill as a part of the (U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association) program.

It was a welcome return to the home course. Edina also qualified for state in the boys competition with a second-place finish. Also competing for the Storm were Maverick Edmunds, Jack

Louis and Vy Nguyen as well as Edmunds all placed in the top-five, helping Chanhassen clinch the first-ever Missota Conference title in alpine skiing Jan. 31 at Welch Village near Red Wing. Northfield won the boys meet with 559 with the Storm finishing second with 543. The final standings saw Chanhassen defeat the Raiders 2,174-2,170. Solid second runs from the Nguyens helped clinch the title. Louis was second overall with a total time of 59.34, while Vy was fifth at 1:03.38. Edmunds had his top finish of the season in third at 1:01.54. On the girls side, Chanhassen couldn’t overcome a 26-point deficit with Northfield, fi nishing third in the final meet with a score of 435. Northfield won the conference title with 2,006 points, while Chanhassen topped Holy Angels by seven points with 1,846 for second.

Anika Abrahamson led the Storm with a ninth-place run of 1:19.28. Cari Lee and Chloe Weber were 12th and 13th, respectively.

GIVE SKIING A TRY Ever wanted to try skiing a slalom race course? The Chaska/Chanhassen Alpine Ski Team is hosting a race camp and charity race allowing skiers of all ages and abilities to give it a try. The day starts with a short instructional period, followed by more than two hours of skiing a slalom ski course. After getting acclimated, a charity race with professional timing equipment will track the fastest two runs. How will you stack up? Instructors will be on-hand to provide tips and tricks to get acclimated and ski faster. This is the second year of the event and this year the club is offering pre-registration with a five-dollar discount. Registration forms can be picked up/ turned in at the Chaska High School Activity Office. This event is open to the public. From athletes considering racing to experienced racers or parents and recreational skiers – this event is for you. Helmets are required. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area in Bloomington. Registration begins at 9 a.m.


Career-high helps keep Storm perfect BY ERIC KRAUSHAR

A n na L etsche scored a career-high 20 points, leading four Chanhassen players in double fi gures in a 65-49 win over Farmington Monday. The Tigers were coming off an upset victory over Red Wing 66-58 on Friday. Chanhassen is still unbeaten in the Missota Conference with a record of 9-0. New Prague is two games back at 7-2. The Stor m pu l led away from a 2 9 -24 intermission lead, outscoring the Tigers 9-4 during the fi rst 10 minutes of the second half. Letsche had 15 of the team’s fi rst 38 points. Mikki Prince (13), Becca Smith (11) and Lauren Shif-

flett (10) were also in double figures for the Storm, who have won six straight games. Taylor Meyer led Farmington with 15 points. Shifflett helped Chanhassen pull away from a threepoint halftime lead in a 51-41 win over Shakopee Feb. 3 to keep the Storm unbeaten in league play. Leading 26-23 at the break, the Storm used a 10-2 run for an 11-point advantage five minutes into the second half. The lead was 44-32 eight minutes later. Shif f lett led all scorers with 18 points – her 14th consecutive contest in double fi gures. Letsche added nine points, while Tori Shear and Prince each had eight. Shakopee’s top scorer was Hanna Zerr was 13 points.


Chanhassen’s Tori Shear (44) and Danielle Gitzen (1) combine for the block of Shakopee’s Rachel Boegeman (43) in a 51-41 win Feb. 3.


Chanhassen’s Clark commits to U of Pennsylvania


Chanhassen senior Alex Pattee was among four seniors Saturday competing for the last time at the Section 2AAA Dance Meet at Wayzata High School. Chanhassen placed fifth in high kick and seventh in jazz/funk.

Brandon Clark, a Chanhassen resident and senior at The Blake School, committed to the University of Pennsylvania. Clark trains with Storm runners Alec Olson, Kieran Kelly, Spencer Mertes, and Austin Miller. Clark was recruited by the top cross country and track programs in the country, including the current national ch a mpion s, Un iver sit y of

Wisconsin. His fi nalists included Villanova University, Carleton College, Iona College, Purdue University, and the University of Minnesota. He hold s m a ny Bl a ke School cross cou nt r y a nd t rack records. T his past season he qualified for the Nike National Cross Country ch a mpionship (on ly eig ht Minnesotans have qualified as individuals for Nationals in the history of the event) as well as was ranked in the ESPN Top 25 distance runners in the country (honorable mention in the latest

edition). Clark fi nished as the top Mi n nesot a n i n t he Ni ke Heartland Regional Race and the Nike National Race (42nd place overall). He has earned T ri Met ro A l l- Con ference honors every season he has participated in cross country and track since seventh g rade. He i s a t h re e -ti me all-state student-athlete and was a scoring runner on the schools only state cross count r y cha mpionship i n 2 0 0 8 and recently led the team to a fourth-place finish in the 2 011 St ate C ross C ou nt r y

Championship. “In all my years of coaching, Brandon was by far the most recruited student-athlet e i n ou r prog r a m , a nd we have had many studentathletes compete at the next level,” says Blake Head Coach Ga r y L e e. “W hen t a l ki n g with head coaches inquiring about Brandon, my conversation was focused on his leadership, passion for the sport and team, and his many examples of excellent sportsmanship, including giving up his fi rst-place medal at a race when he followed the lead


Four Fire athletes ink their futures with collegiate programs BY ERIC KRAUSHAR

For Michael Roane, it was a season of blood, sweat and tears on the g ridiron. The all-everything Holy Family Catholic senior left everything he had on the field. Thrust into a starring role in his fi nal football season, he captured the eyes of at least one Division I program in Drake University. He, along with three other classmates, made their commitments official with the signing of a National Letter of Intent Feb. 1 in the school gymnasium. Roane, a Chanhassen native, only made his decision the weekend before the signing day. “I just really loved the school and their academics are amazing there. I really like their team – it’s a huge family and that’s what I’ve come from here at Holy Family. The whole team is a family no matter what (year) you are. They are always encouraging you. I just feel in love with it when I took my of-

ficial visit,” Roane said. Roane rushed more than 1,500 yards and passed for more than 1,300 yards this season as a dual-threat quarterback. He also had 26 total touchdowns, figuring in on two-thirds of the Fire’s offensive production. For h i s s e a s on , he wa s named First Team All-Pioneer Press, Second Team All-State by the Associated Press, Second Team All-Metro selection by the Star Tribune and most recently to the Minnesota Vikings All-State Team. He leaves Holy Family Catholic in the top-10 all-time in passing, rushing, tackles and total points. He was the team’s most valuable player overall and on special teams. Holy Family Catholic Head Football Coach Dave Hopkins said Roane’s favorite award may have been non-football related. “He finished second in a team vote for best hair on the team behind Tanner Steen,” joked Hopkins. “He’s real proud of that one.” Truthfully, though, Roane

is proud to see a dream come true. A tired-less competitor, the hard work has paid off with a chance to play Division I football. “I don’t know when I realized it was becoming true. I’ve always wanted to play college football at the Division I level. For a little bit it was a struggle to fi nd a school. It’s tough, but I just fought through it and finally last week it just clicked and I feel in love with the school,” Roane said. At Drake, Roane will switch sides of the ball, focusing on safety – a position he played this season along with quarterback, punter and kicker. “I’ll probably play strong safety, but it’ll depend on where they need me. I might play free safety, too,” he said.

HEADED TO HOLY CROSS Also signing letters of intent were Victoria’s Jordan Hollen (baseball), Chaska’s Maggie Renfro (soccer) and Jordan’s Jensen Orlow (cross country). Hollen, the baseball team’s starting center field, is the

third Fire athlete in the past three years to sign with Holy Cross College in Indiana. Jackson Hallahan, a 2010 Holy Family graduate, attends the school currently. 2011 Fire graduate Patrick Gullickson also is on the team. “I visited earlier this year and I truly enjoyed the atmosphere. It came down to where I could see myself enjoying four years. Where I can enjoy playing baseball, so that’s why I chose Holy Cross,” Hollen said. Holy Cross, which is lo cated in Notre Dame, Ind., is a newer program, competing this spring in its second varsity season. “I just see it as a developing program with a great coaching staff that is really solid. I think I can prosper in their program,” he said. Hollen hit .351 with 21 runs batted in, 19 runs, two home runs and eight stolen bases as a junior. He was an honorable mention all-conference selection and helped the Fire post a school-best 18-4 record. “He helped lead us to our best

Michael Roane proudly displays his new Drake University Bulldogs hat after signing his National Letter of Intent Feb. 1 at Holy Family High School. Roane, a Chanhassen native, is pictured with his parents Mary Beth and Jim. season ever last year. He is a big part of the best defensive team we’ve ever had at Holy Family,” Holy Family Head Baseball Coach Bryan DeLorenzo. Hollen, who only chose Holy Cross last week, is currently getting ready for his senior baseball season. “I leave (Thursday) for a tournament in Phoenix and then

sometime in March we go to Florida for our school’s spring break trip,” he said. “I want to make state this year. A lot of people are doubting us because we lost a couple solid seniors, but I think we can still do it. We definitely have the players to make it there,” said Hollen on his goals for the spring.

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Wildfire enters playoffs winners of eight

Skippers win third Lake Conference in convincing style

Holy Family Catholic/Waconia led 2-0 after one period, but had to hang on late in the game in a 3-1 win at New Ulm Feb. 2. The Wildfire finished the regular season with a 16-7-2 record and enter the Section 2AA playoffs this week riding an eight-game winning streak. The last loss came Jan. 5 against Mound-Westonka. HFC/Waconia had to kill off a two-minute penalty with five minutes to play. Megan Bunker scored on the empty net with 33 seconds left to seal the win. L i n e m at e s A b b y H a n s com and Sarah Rosland each scored in the fi rst period for the 2-0 Wildfi re lead. T he adva nt age lasted at two goals until New Ulm got a goal back midway through the second period. Despite outshooting the Eagles 26-15 for the game, the lead remained at one until Bunker’s goal in the fi nal minute. Carly Bergstrom made 14 saves for the win in nets for HFC/Waconia. The Wildfi re, which were given the No. 5 seed in Section 2AA, travel to Bloomington Ice Arena to take on Jefferson at 7 p.m. Friday.

DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR HUTCH Scoreless after one period, Holy Family Catholic opened the floodgates during the fi nal two periods in a 9-0 home win over Hutchinson Feb. 2. Sa m Stenson a nd Sha ne Gersich each had two goals in the win. Tanner Steen and John Peterson added two assists apiece. Stenson scored twice in the fi rst six minutes of the second period. Garrett Riebling and Gersich scored on the next two shifts for the 4-0 lead after two periods. G er sich adde d a p ower play goal, while Mike Gaslin, Peterson, Max Mork and Will Garin also netted goals in the

fi nal stanza. H F C out shot t he T i gers 40-11 for the game. Nick Schreiter stopped all 11 shots in the victory. Just two days after defeati ng Hutchi nson 9 - 0 on t he home ice, Holy Family Catholic did it again on the road, winning 10-1 Saturday to 5-3 in the Wright County Conference and 15-6 overall. Gersich netted a hat trick, while Garin and Stenson each had two goals for the Fire. Ryan Swanson added three assists, while Peterson, Joey Marooney and Dylan Woolf each had two assists. An early major penalty allowed Holy Family to gain a quick 2-0 lead on goals from Swanson and Stenson. The Fire led 3-0 after one period and 6-0 following two stanzas. Netters from Gersich – his third of the game – and Peterson brought the advantage to 8-0 before Max Cowger scored on the power-play for Hutchinson. Garin and Stenson closed the scoring with goals midway through the fi nal period. H F C out shot t he T i gers 54-19 with goaltender Larry Bieneman stopped 18 Hutchinson attempts. At 5-3 in the Wright County Conference, the Fire will likely have to win the fi nal four games, including a showdown with fi rst-place Delano in the regular-season fi nale Feb. 17 to clinch the title.

BLOWOUT VICTORY Coming off a tough 40 -38 loss to Shakopee, Holy Family Catholic got a much-needed win over St. Louis Park 87-50 Friday. The Fire outscored the Orioles 45-23 to pull away in the second half after leading by 15 points at halftime. Hannah Schonhardt and Michaela R asmussen each had 16 points for Holy Family, which is 15-5 overall. Ashley Hanson and Erin Ryan-Mosley also had 12 points apiece.


Holy Family Catholic guard Michaela Rasmussen ties up the ball with Shakopee’s Gracie Vaughan as Fire seniors Ashley Hanson and Erin Ryan-Mosley watch on in a game Jan. 31. Shakopee won the contest 40-38. Abigail Olson led SLP with 15 points. Earlier in the week, trailing 9-6 nine minutes into the fi rst half, Shakopee ended the stanza on a 10-3 run to take a 20-9 lead at halftime. Holy Family played much better in the second half, outscoring the Sabers 29-20, but didn’t have enough left in the tank to win late in the game. Schonhardt and Ryan-Mosley netted 18 of the team’s 29 second-ha l f poi nts. Schonhardt fi nished with 12 total, while Ryan-Mosley had 10.

LEAD SLIPS AWAY Holy Family Catholic led 34-29 at halftime at St. Louis Park, but the Fire couldn’t hold off the Orioles in the second half in a 67-59 loss Friday. The Fire are now 1-17 on the season. Kashif Hayes led all players with 23 points for St. Louis Park. Ja ke D r ye r p ac e d H oly Family with 16 points, while Joe Conroy and Joe Traxler also were in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively.


Boys hockey completes sweep of rival Chaska Chaska stayed with Chanhassen for almost a period, but the deeper Storm pulled away in the second period for a 6-0 win Feb. 2. Chanhassen swept the season series, outscori ng t he Hawks 14-0 in the two games. Chaska held strong for much of the fi rst period, limiting the Storm to shots from the outside. However, late in the fi rst period, a neutral-zone turnover sent Connor Kelly in all alone and a wrister beat goaltender Blake Jackson for the 1-0 lead. The goal with 14.3 seconds remaining was only the second shot in 13 attempts for the period that came from inside the two circles. The second period was all Chanhassen with the Storm scoring four goals, including two by defenseman Nathan Holasek. The senior made it 2-0 with a wrister that tipped off Jackson’s glove off the pipe into the net. Less than four minutes later, Holasek added his second goal on a blast from the slot for the 3-0 lead. Nate Traina and Kelly added goals in the fi nal five minutes

of the period down low in front of the net. Kelly capped a hat trick with a netter in the third period. Jackson Spingler had two assists in the win. Chanhassen outshot the Hawks 45-13 for the game. Harlin Paradise turned away all 13 shots for the win for the Storm, while Jackson stopped 39 shots for Chaska (3-18). Chanhassen was the better team offensively Monday, but it was New Prague that came out on top 3-1. It was the fi rst loss in the Missota Conference for the Storm, who beat the Trojans 3-2 in overtime in the fi rst meeting. Chanhassen sits at 9-1-1 with remaining games at Red Wing and Shakopee and a lone home contest against Farmington. New Prague is in second place at 8-3. Logan Wilkinson finally beat Trojans goaltender Joe Morris with 6:49 remaining in regulation to cut into the twogoal deficit. Despite outshooting New Prague 38-25 for the game, the Storm never were able to tie it. An empty-net goal from Aus-

tin Kilian with 61 seconds left was the fi nal score at 3-1. New Prague led 1- 0 after Cody Meyer scored on the power-play at 9:20 of the fi rst period. Paradise made 22 saves in the loss for Chanhassen.

MISSOTA RECORD EVENED Chaska/Chanhassen wrestling completed the Missota Conference portion of its schedule with a 54-12 win over host Farmington Feb. 2. The Storm Hawks fi nished the schedule with a 2-2 record, also posting a victory over Northfield this season. C/C won 11 of the final 12 weight classes to conclude the conference dual. Zach Bell, Joel Larson, Brenden Olevson, Corey Heitz and Josh Blackowiak all had pins in the win. Also winning by decision were Trent Butcher, Sam Vance and Reid Johnson. C/C concludes the regular season with a dual at Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran at 7 p.m. tonight.

ANOTHER DUAL VICTORY JP Currie, Connor Schrempp

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and Peter Augdahl swept the top-three positions in the 500yard freestyle to help Chaska/ Chanhassen defeat Farmington 92-89 in the fi nal Missota Conference dual Feb. 2. The Storm Hawks, which fi nished with a 3-1 dual record, swam exhibition in the fi nal two events after starting the meet with a 92-64 lead through 10 events. Currie hit the wall at 5:13.93 to win the 500 freestyle – an event that saw C/C extend a 12-point lead to 22. Victories from Currie (200 freestyle, 1:54.71) and Benny Richardson (200 individual medley, 2:11.62; 100 butterfly, 56.51) helped the Storm Hawks gain an advantage early in the meet. The 200 medley and freestyle relays a lso won with times of 1:42.69 and 1:34.81. Connor Martin also scored a fi rst-place fi nish in the 100yard backstroke in a time of 55.99. C/C next competes at the Missota Conference Championships at 1 p.m. Saturday in Northfield.

Needing a tie or a win to clinch the Lake Conference title outright, Minnetonka put the game away with four first-period goals in a 6-1 home win over Eden Prairie Feb. 2. The Skippers fi nished the league schedule with a 6-1-1 record. Edina was second overall at 4-1-3. It is the third conference title in school history for Minnetonka. “We’re very happy. The girls have played extremely well and have gotten better over the course of the season,” Minnetonka Head Coach Eric Johnson said. “They understand that other teams are going to give their best every night. The girls have done a great job preparing themselves to play, especially in the second half of the season.” Goals from Diana Draayer, Hadley Cookson and Sidney Morin broke a 1-1 tie midway through the period to help the Skippers clinch the title. Morin’s goal came on the power play from Sydney Baldwin with 5:56 left in the fi rst stanza made it 4-1. Baldwin and Morin each netted goals in the fi nal two periods for the 6-1 difference. Laura Bowman also had a power-play goal in the game’s opening two minutes. The captain added two assists for a three-point night. Minnetonka scored four goals in the opening period for the second straight game, defeating Class A No. 6-ranked Blake School 5-1 at Pagel Activity Center Saturday. Bowman, Draayer, Maggie Bazany and Amy Petersen each scored in the fi rst stanza for the Skippers, who improved to 19-4-1. Bowman added a goal in the third period for the fi nal difference. Petersen had two assists in the game. Syd ney Rossma n, ma king her third straight start, turned away eight shots in the win. The junior goaltender 45 of the past 47 saves in the three games. Next up is the Section 6AA playoffs as the Skippers were given the No. 2 seed behind Benilde-St. Margaret. A fi rstround match-up with Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper (615-4) is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Saturday with the semifi nals on Feb. 15. Lake Conference teams Hopkins and Wayzata are on the other side of the bracket. “It’s such a good section so we definitely respect everyone. We look for them to have a good hockey team,” said Johnson on the Robbinsdale co-op. “Maple Grove has been playi ng some rea l ly good hockey. In their last 12 games they’re 9-2-1, so they’ve had a strong season and they’re a hard-working team. All of the teams are in our section are coached well.”

LOSING STREAK HITS SEVEN M i n n e t o n k a’s l o s i n g streak stretched to six games as University of Minnesota recruits Jackie Johnson and Shayne Mullaney combined for 34 points in an Eden Prairie 60-42 win Friday. Johnson led all scorers with 19 points, while Mullaney added 15. The Eagles led 27-17 at halftime. Jo a n n a H e d s t r om w a s

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BIG WIN OVER EP Coming off a pair of tough losses to Park Center and Edina, Minnetonka needed a big-time performance at home Friday against rival Eden Prairie. The Skippers got just that i n a n 8 0 - 6 3 w i n over t he seventh-ranked Eagles – both offensively and defensively. Eden Prairie came into the contest averaging 70 points per game. Tommy McDermott scored a career-high 27 points, while Andrew Grosz (16), Latrell Love (12) and Joe Risinger (10) were also in double fi gures for Minnetonka (14-4). Eden Prairie was led by Sander Mohn with 20 points, while Jordan Peterson had 14. Minnetonka led 39-32 at halftime. Siya ni Ch a mb er s a nd Zachary Stahl combined to score 45 points to lead No. 2-ranked Hopkins to its 14th straight win in a 94-76 win over Minnetonka Monday. The Royals scored 90 or more points for the 11th in 19 games. Minnetonka was behind 41-31 at halftime. McDermott led the Skippers with 22 points, while Riley Dearring had 20. Love and Grosz also hit double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

RETURNING THE FAVOR Edina scored with 80 seconds remaining to upset Minnetonka Jan. 19 in the first Lake Conference meeting. In the rematch, after blowing a 4-2 lead in the third period, the Skippers returned the favor, scoring the game-winner 42 seconds into overtime in a 5-4 win at Braemer Arena Saturday. Mi n neton ka (18 - 3 ) now trails the Hornets by one game in the league standings. Edina sits at 4-1 with three road games at Hopkins, Wayzata and Eden Prairie, while Minnetonka is 3-2. Leading 4-2 in the third period, Edina knotted the game with two goals in the final seven minutes, including the tying goal from Connor Hurley with 1:40 remaining in regulation. Sam Rothstein capped a hat trick game with the winner on the fi rst shot in overtime from Connor Thie and Erik Baskin less than a minute into overtime. Also scoring for the Skippers were Michael Prochno and Erik Baskin, who along with Thie had three assists. Paul Ciaccio made 22 saves in the win for Minnetonka.

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the top scorer for the Skipp ers wit h 15 poi nt s. Ca rol i ne Shelqu i st h ad n i ne points, while Kelly McKenzie chipped in seven points. Hopkins pulled away from an 11-point hal ftime lead, outscoring Minnetonka 32-15 in the second half in a 68-40 win Monday. The Royals are ranked No. 1 in state with a record of 20-0. Hedstrom led the Skippers with 14 points, while Courtney Frederickson added 11. Nia a nd Syd ney Cof fey led Hopkins with 18 and 14 points, respectively. Minnetonka (12-9) hasn’t won a game since Jan. 14.

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February Festival


Dennis Karius, of Chaska, earned top honors when he reeled in a 0.37 pound crappie in Chanhassen’s Feb Fest ice fishing contest Saturday. No northern pike were caught this year but there were plenty of perch, sunfish and even a lone baby bullhead.

2012 Feb Festival Fishing Contest Winners PHOTOS BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

They weren’t just catching fish on Lake Ann. Ava Sharkey, of Chanhassen, was ready for a nap. She was being pulled around the lake by her father, Chad, of Chanhassen.

Above Symone Vesledahl, of Chanhassen, gave skating a try with the help of her parents, Theresa and David Vesledahl. Left Noah Piere, a Chaska resident with Boy Scout Troop 330, displays the minnows the troop provided for anglers at the Feb. 4 fishing contest on Lake Ann.







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Unexpected eats

Delicious dining in places you never imagined



everal years ago, my family discovered a place we couldn’t wait to eat at, even our meat-andpotatoes grandfather. The location: AbbottNorthwestern Hospital. After my grandmother recovered from heart surgery, I made a few more trips back to the hospital cafeteria. It was that good (and cheap for a college student). If you’re in a dining rut, check out these strange places to eat in the southwest metro.

HOSPITAL CAFETERIA With homemade soups, a salad and sandwich bar, hot specials and grab-n-go, Legacy Café at the St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee reminds me of my beloved college cafeteria — only a whole lot prettier. St. Francis recently invested $6.3 million into a new kitchen and cafeteria. With two-story windows, the dining room is a bright, airy place that opens to a patio and healing gardens. Even if you’re not visiting a patient, it’s worth a stop.

ROMANTIC DINNER IN A SKYSCRAPER A stone’s throw from Hyland Park Reserve, the Normandale Lake Office Park offers two high-class eateries: one classy and the other swanky. Kincaid’s Steak, Chop and Fish House has showcased the 8400 Tower’s open atrium for more than 20 years. I discovered Kincaid’s on a first date (our lobster bisque soup was made right at the table), but it’s also the perfect place to take your parents for an anniversary dinner. Where else can you get a coat-check and covered parking but no downtown traffic? The hotter scene is across the street at Parma 8200, ground level in the 8200 Tower, whose glowing fires catch the eye as you’re driving by. D’Amico’s take on a classic Italian taverna, Parma offers a posh bar with mood-casting lamps and front-row seating as chefs prepare food. We debated between potato gnocchi with duck sauce, pumpkin ravioli and linguine with clams (all under $20). Open less than two years, Parma has racked up 438 reviews on In the spring, try the outdoor lounge with pergolas, fireplaces and a pool table.

FUSION IN THE SUBURBS A restaurant attached to an Indian grocery store is the go-to caterer for all the East Asian families I know. With a mix of south and north Indian and IndoChinese cuisine that I haven’t found anywhere else in the Twin Cities, India Spice House’s daily lunch buffet draws a heavy business crowd and Indian families. Weekend nights, sample popular Indian street food, called Chaat. Until recently, the restaurant was just a plain hole-in-

LifeCafe and Rare Steak and Sushi Lifetime Fitness, 755 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie (952) 829-8400


Watch a game of tennis while enjoying a protein shake, sushi or steak at the LifeTime Fitness in Eden Prairie. At left – India Spice House, an ethnic gem, is at the back of a grocery store.




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the-wall café. The line was out the door after a remodeling project doubled and transformed the dining area. “We didn’t expect it to grow this big,” said Gopi Karla, an IT systems engineer from Shakopee who initially opened a smaller grocery in 2007 with friends. Karla doesn’t know how to cook, but he hired some that sure does, Chef Ganesh.

CAMBODIAN-SERVED FRENCH CUISINE AMONGST FARM FIELDS Next time you’re in the mood for fine dining, head south on Highway 169. Suzette’s Fine European Cuisine is located in an old Bridgeman’s ice cream parlor south of Jordan, which looks like a roadside diner. Inside is a simple bistro that specializes in French and Italian cuisine. Cambodian-born Chef Banrith Yong received

his culinary training in Switzerland. He and his wife Joleen, who served my family on Christmas Eve, have owned Suzette’s since 1998 and rely on customers from the Twin Cities and Mankato. The prices should appeal to all. My family — a diverse group of city dwellers and small-towners — enjoyed stuffed flounder, chicken wellington, chicken fettuccini and grilled New York strip steak.

A WORK-OUT AND THEN SUSHI? With two restaurants and a bar, LifeTime Fitness’s flagship Eden Prairie club offers diverse dining options for the general public. LifeCafe serves healthy smoothies, soups and sandwiches, while Rare Steak and Sushi offers grassfed beef and “sustainably

Suzette’s Fine European Cuisine 20251 Johnson Memorial Drive, Jordan (952) 492-2422 Note: Closed Mondays



Kincaid’s 8400 Normandale Lake Boulevard, Bloomington (952) 921-2255


Parma 8200 5600 West 83rd St., Bloomington, Suite 100 (8200 Tower) (952) 896-8888

India Spice House 8445 Joiner Way, Eden Prairie (952) 942-8010





SAVAGE St. Francis Regional Medical Center Legacy Café 1455 St. Francis Ave., Shakopee (952) 428-3112

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Stuffed flounder and wine at Suzette’s in St. Lawrence Township. sourced” sushi. Have a seat at the sushi bar, courtside patio, elegant private meeting room, bar near a large-screen TV or upscale dining hall overlooking the tennis courts. “You could definitely spend three hours a day here — easily,” said John Stenbeck Jr., a high school student enjoying a quick salad after a workout.

Above – You have to know Kincaid’s is here, to know it’s here. At left – Legacy Café at St. Francis offers a smorgasbord for any choosy family.

LET’S GO! BEST BETS 1. HIDDEN WORLD OF BEARS TRAVELING EXHIBIT Explore the intimate details of black bear behavior through the photos and insights of long-time bear researcher, Dr. Lynn Rogers. “The Hidden World of Bears” exhibit features about 70 of Dr. Rogers’ framed photographs of bears. Most of the photographs are of black bears, documenting their life as cubs born in a winter den and on through the spring and summer months as they eat, play and interact with other bears—and at times people, finally culminating in the construction of a new winter den in the fall. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through April 2 Cost: Free Location: Como Zoo, 1250 Kaufman Dr. N., St Paul Info: or (651) 487-8200

2. EXHIBIT: ‘AND … NATURE SINGS’ In the exhibit ‘And … Nature Sings,’ artist Betty Thompson endeavors to interpret the excitement, beauty and wonder of nature through oil paintings, Delve into the animal kingdom and explore the life of bears at the Como Zoo’s “The Hidden World of Bears” exhibit.

sumi-e brush paintings, sculpture and pottery. Time: Exhibit runs through March 31 Cost: Free Location: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or

3. INSIDE THE COLLECTION: GONE TO THE BIRDS The Arboretum’s Andersen Horticultural Library has a number of richly illustrated ornithological works on birds around the world. Delve into some of these works with library head Kathy Allen. This class offers an exclusive opportunity to see many which are rarely viewed. Time: Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 Cost: $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to Arboretum members Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska Info: or (952) 443-1422


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Crossing will appear in concert. They dazzle audiences with their electrifying blend of clas-sic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals. Time: 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11 Cost: $15-$20 Location: Chanhassen High School, 2200 Lyman Blvd., Chanhassen Info:

Memorial Blood Centers holds a blood drive. Time: 2-6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9 Location: St. Hubert Catholic MEDITATION CLASS Community Fellowship Hall, 8201 Main The public is invited to a meditation St., Chanhassen class led by a Buddhist Monk. Weekly Info:, sponsor classes are open to all regardless of code 3406; (651) 332-7164 level of experience. Time: 10:10-11:30 a.m. Saturdays WHITE PRIVILEGE Feb. 11-Dec. 22 A “New Conversations” dialogue on Cost: Free; donations are welcome. “White Privilege.” Facilitated by The Location: Chanhassen Library, 7801 Saint Paul Foundation’s Facing Race Kerber Blvd., Chanhassen Initiative. Sponsored by the Chaska Info: Call Ralph at (952) 934-9727 or Human Rights Commission, with e-mail Chaska Dunn Bros Coffee, Chaska Police Department, Carver County WINTER IN THE REFUGE Sheriff’s Department, Carver County Explore and photograph the Library and the Beacon Council. Bloomington Ferry Unit around Rice Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9 Lake, taking advantage of the early Cost: Free morning light. The cool blue light at Location: Chaska Community Center, twilight provides additional interest 1661 Park Ridge Drive. to winter scenes. The group will have Info: (952) 448-9200, Ext. 7103; an opportunity to capture the sunrise from the pedestrian bridge. There will be a brief discussion of winter shooting techniques and then the group will head out on the trail. Twilight is set to begin at 6:50 a.m. and sunrise at 7:20 a.m. Equipment requirements include a camera, a tripod and warm winter LADIES EVENING ESCAPE The Arboretum will sponsor an evening clothing. This program is for anyone interested in winter photography, from of fun, fashion and shopping. Live beginner to advanced. Led by Volunteer acoustic music by the BZ Girls (Carol Refuge Naturalist Don Tredinnick. Zimmerman and Tara Brueske), fashion show and displays and booths Time: 6:45-8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 featuring more than 25 local jewelry Cost: Free stylists, home decor vendors, artisans and more. Cash bar and food available Location: Bloomington Ferry Unit, 11255 Bloomington Ferry Road, for purchase. Guys are welcome, too. Bloomington The Arboretum Gift Store will be open and will offer a 10 percent discount on Info: (952) 854-5900 or Midwest/minnesotavalley all purchases. Time: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 BIRD WATCHING TREK Cost: $10 per person Take a bird walk on the Wilkie Unit and Location: Minnesota Landscape learn about the birds that spend the Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, winter in Minnesota. Search for birds Chaska that winter in Minnesota and the first Info: migrating species of the year. Birders ladiesevening.aspx of all skill levels are welcome. Bring COMEDIAN OLIVIA binoculars, a favorite field guide and ARRINGTON dress appropriately for the weather. Time: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 Olivia Allen-Arrington is a Cost: Free granddaughter, daughter and sister of Location: Wilkie Unit, 7701 Cty. Road cops. She thought one day she would 101 E., Shakopee follow that fine family tradition but Info: (952) 854-5900 or instead decided she would buy her own coffee and donuts. Olivia’s natural midwest/minnesotavalley humor is drawn from growing up on the FAMILY CLASSIC BEGINNER south side of Chicago in the Catholic CROSS COUNTY SKIING school system. Comedian Colleen A fun lesson for children and adults Justice will open. together. Learn the basics: putting on Time: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10; 8:30 equipment, falling down and getting p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 up, diagonal stride and stopping. Cost: $13 Reference activity number 123193-01 Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, when registering online. This program is 1583 First Ave., Shakopee for ages 6 and older. Info: Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 shakopee Cost: $14; $20 for ages 6-12 with ski rental; $22 for age 13 and older with ski rental Location: Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or HOOKED ON BOOKS “Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too!” CROSS COUNTRY SKIING: offers family fun celebrating literacy CLASSIC BEGINNER I and the arts. Author Mary Casanova BASICS and Illustrator Ard Hoyt will join us. Learn cross-country skiing basics, Over 25 activities and projects for including putting on equipment, children to experience. Suitable for all, but ages 4-10 will especially enjoy falling down and getting up, diagonal stride, stopping, turning and a brief the offerings. Books will be available introduction to small hills. For novice for sale. skiers and those who want to review. Time: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 11 Reference activity number 123188-06 Cost: Free when registering online. This program is Location: Chanhassen High School, for ages 13 and older. 2200 Lyman Blvd., Chanhassen Time: 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 Info: Cost: $18; $26 with ski rental MONROE CROSSING Location: Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington World-class bluegrass group Monroe


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ooked on Books … and the Arts, Too! is back for its seventh year, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 11, at Chanhassen High School, 2200 Lyman Boulevard. The event is geared toward ages preschool to grade 5. The free event features Minnesota author Mary Casa-

nova and New York Times bestselling artist, Ard Hoyt, who has illustrated 15 children’s books. 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. The event is expected to attract more than 1,500 attendees. For more info, visit

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VALENTINE’S DINNER AND CANDLELIT WALK Enjoy a pampered night out with a sweetheart. Share a romantic meal served near a crackling fireplace, enjoy live acoustic guitar and meet a live raptor. After dinner, stroll along a wooded candlelit trail; an outdoor fire awaits at trail’s end. For dinner entrée, choose from New York Strip, chicken breast or seared mixed vegetables served over steam Arborio rice. Bring a bottle of wine if you wish (must be age 21 and over). Reservations required before Feb. 8; reference activity 111307-11. For ages 18 and older. Time: 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 Cost: $27 per person Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or

Location: Cleary Lake Park, 18106 Texas Ave., Prior Lake Info: (763) 559-6700 or

VALENTINE’S SLEIGH RIDES Bring a sweetheart and feast on a romantic, sustainably-raised dinner followed by a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the pastures. Relax and enjoy a dessert and hot beverage while cuddling by the fire, meet the Gale Woods animals and try snowshoeing. Reservations required by Feb. 3 by phone only; reference activity number 137417. For ages 16 and older. Time: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 Cost: $50 per person Location: Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Road 110 W., Minnetrista Info: (763) 559-6700 or

allows humans and dogs to exercise and enjoy winter trails together. In this class for beginners, learn the basics needed to skijor and how to train your dog with a Skijor Now instructor. Gear provided. Dog and skis required. Reservations required; reference activity 124511-00. For ages 16 and older. Time: Noon-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 Cost: $20 Location: Cleary Lake Park, 18106 Texas Ave., Prior Lake Info: (763) 559-6700 or

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The Friends of the Chaska Library are holding a book sale. Proceeds from these sales goes to support library programs. Donations can be brought in ‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN any time, and are tax deductible. CHARLIE BROWN’ Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17; 9 “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18 invites the young-at-heart to experience Location: Chaska Library, 4 City Hall TIM PATRICK AND HIS BLUE comic, touching, and occasionally Plaza EYES BAND profound moments in Charlie Brown’s HUNTER’S BANQUET Swing with your valentine to the world- life, strung together during a single day. A cast of characters including Charlie class, award-winning sounds of Tim The Minnesota River Valley Chapter Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy Patrick and His Blue Eyes Band along of the Minnesota Deer Hunters and Charlie’s sister Sally offer a family- Association is having its 29th Annual with guest vocalists Jennifer Grimm friendly evening of theater. Based on and Debbie O’Keefe, as they perform Banquet. Public welcome. the “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles the love songs of Frank Sinatra, Judy Time: 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, social Garland, Rosemary Clooney and Dean Schultz, “You’re A Good Man Charlie hour; 7 p.m., dinner; 8 p.m., program Brown.” Martin. Cost: $25, adults; $15, youth Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Location: KC Hall, 1760 East 4th Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 through Feb. 12 Cost: $19 Avenue, Shakopee Cost: Adults $28; seniors and student Info: Barb Breeggemann at (952) Location: Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville $25; children 12 and younger $12 445-4396 Info: (952) 895-4680 or ticketmaster. Location: Bloomington Civic Theatre, MLHS PLAY 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, com The Drama department at Mayer Bloomington SNOWTIME ADVENTURES Info: or Lutheran High School presents the FOR YOUNG CHILDREN comedy/play “You Can’t Take It With (952) 563-8575 You.” Explore Cleary Lake Park’s winter Time: 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24; 7 p.m., world with a book and art project Saturday, Feb. 25; 2 p.m., Friday, 26 about snowflakes and animal tracks. Cost: $7 adults; $5, children Hike around Cleary to find and make Location: 305 Fifth Street NE, Mayer tracks in the snow. Children must be Info: accompanied by an adult. Reservations SKIJORING BASICS required; reference activity 124603UPRISING 00. For ages 3 to 6. Skijoring is a rapidly growing winter Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 sport in which a person wearing Nordic In conjunction with the new traveling exhibit, “Why Treaties Matter: SelfCost: $5 per child; no fee for skis is drawn over snow by a dog. It Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe accompanying adults creates a unique partnership that


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Nations”, the Carver County Historical Society hosts author and former State Representative Dean Urdahl to discuss his novel, “Uprising.” Uprising helps to tell the story of the 1862 Dakota Conflict. The story of what occurs when treaties aren’t honored and conflict erupts. Following the book discussion, attend a panel/roundtable discussion with exhibit creators and Native leaders. Time: Noon, Saturday, Feb. 18 Location: Carver County Historical Society, 555 West First Street, Waconia Info: (952) 442-4234; hgould@;

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

DOG SLEDDING The Carver County Historical Society sponsors this event. Meet the dog teams of Points Unknown of Watertown, a dog sledding adventure company. Learn how the dogs are trained, see them harnessed and pulling a sled, and learn the history of the company. Parking costs at Baylor Park will be waived courtesy of the Carver County Parks. Preregistration required. Time: 1-4 p.m., Saturday, March 17 Cost: CCHS members: $7.50/adult, $5/child; non-members: $9/adult, $6/child Location: Baylor Regional Park in Norwood Young America, Info: (952) 442-4234; hgould@;

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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 area high schools and also online at www.chanhassenrotary. org 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 . Huber t ’s i n Chanhassen is hosting a blood drive from 2-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in Fellowship Hall. To sign up, go to searchdrives and enter sponsor code 3406 or call Heather Heyer at (651) 332-7164. CHANT HU — Eckankar invites residents to chant HU at the Temple of ECK every third Sunday of the month from 10:00–10:30 a.m. Eckankar is located at 7450 Powers Blvd., Chanhassen. CHILD CARE TRAINING — 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 Ref lective 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 PROP ANN UAL MEETING — People Reaching Out To Other People, Inc. (PROP) will have its annual meeting beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28., at PROP, 14700 Martin Drive, Eden Prairie. PROP serves the communities of Chanhassen and Eden Prairie. The meeting is open to the public. 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. The 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). F O S T E R P E T H OM E S NEEDED — Volunteers are needed to provide temporary foster pet homes for puppies, cats, rabbits, kitten litters and dogs in Carver, Scott and Hennepin counties. The CarverScott Humane Society is without a permanent shelter, so all abandoned pets are housed in

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municators 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.

foster care until permanent adoption occurs. Once or twice a month the foster family comes with the pet to a public adoption day for 3 hours, held in Eden Prairie and Chaska. The society provides medical care, food and litter. Volunteers provide a safe, loving home for an average of three to six months. Once a month volunteers come with the pet to a public adoption day for three hours; usually held in Eden Prairie. For more information, call the society at (952) 368-3553, line 4, or check online at www.carverscoths. org. 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 Thursday of the month at the Chanhassen Recreation Center at 9 a.m. For more information, call (952) 448-5000. FRESH START RECOVERY — A Christian 12-step recovery program for those struggling with any type of hurt, habit, or hang-up meets weekly on Thursdays at Grace Church in Eden Prairie from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. The program includes music, teaching, testimonials, and small groups. No cost or registration required. For more information, go to 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 ser vice available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. To reach the Mental Health Crisis Program, call (952) 442-7601. W ESTWOOD JOB SUPPORT GROUP — Westwood Job Transition and Networking

Group is a faith-based group dedicated to supporting those who have lost their job or are contemplating a career change. Meetings will consist of curriculum covering a range of topics designed to assist you in your search. In addition, we will build relationships and business connections through networking, sharing, listening and supporting each other. Employers who have open positions and are looking for great talent are encouraged to attend. Westwood Job Transition and Networking Group meetings are on the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Room A112 at Westwood Community Church, 3121 Westwood Drive, Chanhassen. No sign up is required; everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Matthew Beck at or Pat DeZiel at patdeziel123@ LIONS - The Chanhassen Lions meet every fourth Monday at the Chanhassen Legion. The monthly meeting starts with a social time at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www. or call Gary Haberman at (952) 2002993. ROTARY – The Chanhassen Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. every Wednesday at the American Legion Post on Highway 5. For more information, call Jeff Anderson at (612) 998-3688. CHANHASSEN SAL MEETING — The Chanhassen Squadron 580 of the Sons of the American Legion meet monthly at 6 p.m. on the fi rst Monday of the month at the Chanhassen American Legion in the basement meeting room. For information or to join, call Bob Synder at (612) 867-5365 or go online at



BN I- CH A N H ASSEN — Joi n ot her sma l l busi ness professionals committed to referring business to each other at our weekly meeting on Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Chanhassen Recreation Center, 2310 Coulter Boulevard, Chanhassen. For more information, please contact Amy Foley at (612) 701-0822. BNI CHAN-N ET— Business Network International has a business networking meeting

BETA SIGMA PHI MEETINGS — Beta Sigma Phi, an international friendship network providing educational programs and service to the community meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. around the southwest metro area. Women of all ages, interests, educational and economic backgrounds are welcome to attend. Meeting locations vary. For more information, call Annette Walters at (952) 250-7860.

SUPPORT GROUPS A L A N O N — We st wo o d Com mu nit y Chu rch i n Chanhassen is hosting an Alanon group, a 12-step program of recovery for any person who feels deeply affected by someone else’s drinking, from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays. For information, call (952)224-7300.

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TOASTMASTERS — The Rosemount Toastmasters club meets every other Thursday in the Rosemount facility in Chanhassen (8200 Market Blvd.) in the Walnut Conference Room at 12:05 p.m. For more information, call club president Dan Klein at (952) 949-7245 or see the club’s Web site at club3096/info.htm. The “Midday Mumblers” Toastmasters club meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Friday at the SuperValu office at 19011 Lake Drive East in Chanhassen. Non-SuperValu employees are welcome. For more information, call Dru Jorgensen, president, at (952) 294-7305, or Doug Hobbs at (952) 828-4619. The Marsh Winds Toastmasters club meets from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at The Marsh at 15000 Minnetonka Blvd., in Minnetonka. All are welcome. Call Michael for more information at (612) 387-5864. The Carver County Com-

MINNETONKA CAMERA C LU B — T he Mi nnetonka Camera Club meets on the fi rst and third Thursdays of every month in the Glen Lake area of Minnetonka. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, call Linda at (763) 479-1635 or Leanne at (952) 443-4617 or visit

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WOMEN IN NETWORKING — Women in Networking meets the third Thursday of the month in the Chanhassen/ Victoria area. For more information, visit or call Michelle Aspelin at (952) 484-6015.

HOMESCHOOL MOMS’ N IGHT OUT — 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 events.

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OPERATION MINNESOTA NICE — Operation Minnesota Nice is committed to making a difference in the lives of our soldiers who are serving abroad in war zones. The group meets monthly to pack boxes that are sent to our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who have been “adopted” by various individuals or groups and meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month to pack items that have been donated by various orga ni zations, compa nies, churches, or individuals. If you’d like to donate items, please call Audra Brown at (612) 849-0156. Want to adopt a soldier or know more? Go to www.operationminnesotanice. com or call (763) 464-1696.

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Books accompany new history exhibit The Carver County Historical Society in Waconia has a fascinating exhibit on display: “Why Treaties Matter: Selfgovernment in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations,” from Feb. 8 to March 7. We would like to promote two book club in a bag kits, and urge local book clubs to visit the exhibit, attend the panel discussion, and check out one of these kits to discuss for a unique experience. These kits contain ten copies of the book, and a notebook with discussion questions, and can be checked out for six weeks. If the kits are



out, see the exhibit and use the kits later in the year.

Call your library to request these kits: “Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past,” by Diane Wilson “One day I realized that my entire back seat was fi lled with relatives who wondered why I wasn’t paying more attention to their part of the family story … Sooner or later they all come up to the front seat and whisper stories in my ear.” Growing up in the 1950s in suburban Minneapolis, Diane Wilson had a family like everybody else’s. Her SwedishAmerican father was a sales-

man at Sears and her mother drove her brothers to baseball practice and went to parentteacher conferences. But in her 30s, Diane began to wonder why her mother didn’t speak of her past. So she traveled to South Dakota and Nebraska, searching out records of her relatives through six generations, hungering to know their stories. She began to write a haunting account of the lives of her Dakota Indian family, based on research, to recreate their oral history that was lost, or repressed, or simply set aside

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CHANHASSEN LIBRARY The first Great Decisions Discussion of the year is 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 on the topic of “Middle East Realignment” with speaker William Davnie. The popular revolts and upheaval of the Arab Spring have radically changed the face of the Middle East. What lies ahead for the Middle East’s transition to democracy? What are the prospects for the governments that have held out in this new order? With many longtime U.S. allies ousted, how will the U.S. recalibrate its relations wit h t he new regimes? Davnie served as a Foreign Service Of ficer in the U.S. Department of State from 19812007. His postings included Hong Kong, Thailand, USSR/ Ru ssia, Taji kist a n, Lit huania and Finland, as well as four months in Baghdad in 2 0 0 7. P rior to t he Foreig n Service, he researched Islam and taught for one year in Indonesia, and served as a Presbyterian pastor for five years in rural North Dakota. The “Lucky Day” collection, located close to the new fiction and staff recommendation shelves, is a browsing col lection of high- dema nd titles for people visiting the Chanhassen Library. Visitors will have the 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, highdemand 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: I You m ay che ck t he s e books out for 14 days. I There is a limit of two Lucky Day books per library card. I Lucky Day copies cannot be renewed. I Reservations or requests online or by phone cannot be placed on these Lucky Day copies. I Lucky Day books must be returned to a Carver County Library for quicker turnaround. Kathy Perschmann is assistant branch manager of the Chanhassen Library. She can be reached at kperschmann@


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

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Library are holding a book sale on Friday, Feb. 17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Chaska Library. Proceeds from these sales goes to support library prog r a m s . D on at ion s c a n b e brought in any time, and are tax deductible.

as gritty issues of survival demanded attention. “Spirit Car” is an exquisite counterpoint of memoir and carefully researched fiction, a remarkable narrative that ties modern Minnesotans to the trauma of the Dakota War. Wilson found her family’s love and humor – and she discovered just how deeply our identities are shaped by the forces of history. “Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder,” by Kent Nerburn Nerburn recounts his travels with a Lakota elder whose identity he has pledged not to reveal, and the stories the old man told him. Nerburn exposes the real truth, which whites are unwilling to face: that in “the hunger to own a piece of the earth, we had destroyed the dreams and families of an entire race.” This kit is brand new. You can also request book club kits on line at; search under the book title or look for the list of all the kits under the title ‘book club in a bag.’

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


Join us for a great morning for elementary-age children at Chanhassen High School from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 11 at “Hooked on Books… and the Arts, too.” Hooked on Books features Mary Casanova and Ard Hoyt, author and illustrator of award winning children’s books. Several featured artists will join in this year’s event including MacPhail Center for Music; the Kinder Konzerts program of the Minnesota Orchestra; Chaska Valley Family Theatre; and River Valley Dance Academy. There will be free books (while they last). This event is a collaborative event of Carver County Libraries and District 112. Earlier in the week, there will be author visits to third grade classrooms District 112, and a special Parents in Partnership event on Wednesday evening, Feb. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Chaska High School, Blue Forum, dealing with bullying and her book “Chrissa Stands Strong” (one of the American Girl series books). Casanova and Hoyt will also be at the Chanhassen Library at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11.

READING PROGRAM 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.

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

SENIOR CENTER ADVISORY BOARD OPENINGS 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.

UPCOMING THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT! — We have all heard of Apps, but what are they and what can they do? App 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 any-

thing. 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 Registration deadline: Feb. 9

DAY TRIPS T H E “NO BL A 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 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 decent 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

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 and 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. Monday Sr. Advisory Bd (3rd) 9-10:30 a.m. Women’s Club (2nd ) 9:30-11 a.m. Bridge 12:30-3:30 p.m. Book Club (4th) Monday 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday Foot Care (1st) 8:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Health Insurance Counseling (2nd) 9-11 a.m.

Chan-o-laires – 12:30-2:15 p.m. Wednesday Woodcarving 9-11:30 a.m. Bingo 12:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday Nintendo Wii (1&3) 9:30-11 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. 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 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.

dominos or a game of your choice. Stay for a warm nutritious lunch provided by the CAP Agency Senior Nutrition Program. A two day reservation is required for lunch by calling (952) 227-1127 and the program requests a $3.50 contribution. Time: 10 a.m. - noon

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.

CHAN-O-LAIRES — Come share your musical talents this group! New members are all welcome at any time of the season. They meet every Tuesday from 12:30-2:15 p.m. This group sings at various functions community events.

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.

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

CR I BBAGE — Peg your way to the Senior Center for an afternoon of fun. We’ll play on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 1-3 pm. 6 games will be played with prizes awarded to the top 3 point holders. Cost: $1 per person F R I DAY F U N A N D GAMES — Join us every Friday for a morning of fun and games. Board Games, Scrabble,

CONGREGATE DINING AND MEALS ON WHEELS — Enjoy a hot meal at the Senior Center Monday - Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or delivered to your home. The cost per meal is $3.50. For a menu or to make a reservation, call (952) 227-1112.

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The following Chanhassen students were named to the dean’s list for fall semester at the University of WisconsinEau Claire: Tyler Adam, Education and Human Sciences, music; Nikolas Ihlang, Education and Human Sciences, kinesiology; Ellyn Simatic, Business, marketing; Jessica Sorensen, Education and Human Sciences, kinesiology. The following students were named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for fall semester: Chanhassen residents: Erin Kathleen DuBois, Archaeological Studies Major; Kelsi A Williams, Early Childhood through Middle Childhood Education Major. Vic tor i a r e sident : E l i n Pool, Biology Major: Biomedical Science Concentration.



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lison Elizabeth Rigler, Environmental Science (LAS); John Robert Skubic, Chemical Engineering; Lauryn Jo Stromberg, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design; Victoria resident: Kristoffer Ryan Scott, Electrical Engineering.

The following Iowa State University undergraduates were named to the fall semester dean’s list: C h a n h a s s e n r e s i d e nt s : Ch r is Joh n Blackow ia k, P r e -Adver t i si n g ; Au d r e y Claire Bonk, Animal Ecology; Anthony Joseph Dalhoff, Computer Science; Michael Anthony Dembinski, Aerospace Engineering; Ashley E. Eland-Smithburg, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design; K at h r y n S a ger H a n s en , Pre-Business; Joseph Donald H avl i k , Ma rketi ng ; Ju l i a Mae Huber, Pre-Business; M adel i ne Grac e Jen sen, Elementary Education; Al-

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program hits home with Chanhassen families stress.” “For us, because we are faAn American flag flies above miliar with the military, we the garage and three paper stars have a sense of somebody to talk hang on the front door. It isn’t to,” said Bob. “But most people the Fourth of July, Memorial don’t have that.” Unlike other states, MinnesoDay or Veteran’s Day, but a cold Sunday afternoon in the middle ta does not have a military base where soldiers can gravitate to of December. The year-round display of and that makes it more difficult patriotism of retired Col. Bob for them when they return from Ayotte, 63, and his wife, Cheryl, service, noted the Ayottes. But, in an effort to alleviate 53, honors their three grown children serving in the military. the transition soldiers and their “It’s 10 times anything, no, families undertake after their 100 times anything I’ve ever service, Bob has been working experienced,” said Bob, who on developing the Beyond the served 33 years in the military, Yellow Ribbon program in his about his sons’ deployments local Chanhassen community overseas. “I can’t even come of just over 23,000 people. According to its website, close to depicting the realities that these people have experi- the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program seeks to create awareenced.” Bob and Cheryl understand ness for the purpose of confirsthand the problems soldiers necting service members and face when they return home their families with community from combat. Their sons, Bill support, training, services and and Mike, have both been de- resources. “It is a network that tries ployed several times to Afghanistan and Iraq. Their daughter, to identify resources already Liz, will be deployed to Af- available in the community for service memghanistan in bers a nd we February. work to fi ll in Some of the the gap of our problems their database the children have resources that faced upon a re a l ready t hei r ret u r n av a i l a b l e ,” home have ins a i d L au r i e cluded excesHokkanen, 30, sive drinking, the Assistant high blood City Manager pressure, low of Ch a n h a s sel f-i mage, sen. She said and post-trauthe Beyond the matic st ress Yellow Ribbon disorder. Accommittee in cording to Bob, Chanhassen everybody in Cheryl Ayotte is composed of t he mi lit a r y Parent of three U.S. service 15 people, inh a s va r y i n g personnel cluding public degrees of safety and civpost-traumatic stress disorder, but people learn il organization representatives, to cope with it in different ways. the mayor, other city staff and “The point is that we send community members. Hokkanen said the support young, normal, sensitive people to do abnormal, uncommon, from the community for the prohorrific things, so they don’t gram has been incredible. “It’s great to see all the enthusiasm talk about that,” said Bob. One of the largest problems and that everybody really wants is in fact the most fatal: suicide. to help,” she said. T er r y C heu n g , 5 0 , i s a Since 2007, when the National Guard started tracking statis- Ch a n h a ssen resident who tics on suicide, 22 Minnesota serves as a volunteer on the Army National Guard members committee board. Her son has have committed suicide. These been completing Marine boot numbers make the Minnesota camp in California since SepNational Guard second in the tember. “My son’s in the military nation in the number of suicides that occur in its ranks, accord- but somewhere I can’t be a part ing to data from 1st Lt. Adam of what he’s doing, so this is a way I can support him locally,” Kedrowski. “What’s weird is that of those Cheung said. “One of the best 22 suicides, only 36 percent have things about the program has deployed,” said Kedrowski. been understanding more about “What we take away from that what my son is going through, is 64 percent are not struggling what to expect, and having with the issues that come from confidence in what he is doing.” To be recognized as a Yellow being deployed. It’s something else, but we don’t know what Ribbon community, cities must develop a sustainable action it is.” Of the 22 suicides, only two plan demonstrating their comwere women and all but one mitment to service members person was Caucasian. The av- and military families. “We creerage age of the group was 26.4 ate a list of what people have to offer in the community, and years old. Military service can be diffi- when we find out about a need or cult for soldiers, but the Ayottes deployment, we can offer these pointed out that it is often hard people different resources,” for families of the soldiers, too. Hokkanen said. “This may “You live with a quiet worry,” include care packages, babysitsaid Cheryl. “There’s always ting, snow removal, free dental



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Chanhassen Commercial Kennel Permit Applications The following business has applied for a commercial kennel permit: The Canine Club and Spa, 2910 82nd Street, Chanhassen, MN 55317 Any resident wishing to comment on the issuance of this kennel permit should direct written comments to the City Manager, 7700 Market Blvd, P.O. Box 147, Chanhassen, MN 55317 within 10 days of this publication. If no comments are received, the permit will be issued as presented, subject to approval by the Kennel Inspector.

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Auburn Homes and Services in Chaska is currently hiring for the following positions: Memory Care Coordinator LPN Assisted Living Care Attendants Nursing Assistants Please so our website at for details. EOE/AAP ROUTE DRIVER Small local garbage company seeking driver. Must have Class B license, pass DOT physical, drug test, and a clean record. Duties would include driving and lifting up to 75 pounds. Pay DOE. Send resume or questions to: 952-217-1290

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In this position you will perform complex analysis and research related to performance measures, standards, and budgeting for the H&HS Division. A large portion of duties will be related to strategic planning and the implementation of performance measurement for County programs. One must be able to collaborate and work with others. MQs: Requires equivalency of a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business, public administration, or directly related field and two years of experience with planning, performance, budgeting, analysis, or financial reporting. Preference given for experience with financial analysis and reporting, especially in a government health & human services agency. Strong desire for experience with implementing performance and program measurement in a work setting. Hiring Range: $44,864 to $52,782DOQ. Selection Method: Training & Experience Rating. Closing: 02/22/12. Obtain application from Scott County Employee Relations at (952) 496-8890 or online at ( EOE TTY/TDD: (952) 496-8170 Let's work together.

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

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Shakopee Friendship Manor Nursing Home is seeking a Dietary Manager to provide high-energy leadership. We are looking for an energetic individual with long term care experience who can guide our dietary department and will be responsible for preparing and serving meals, ordering the food and planning menus for our 80-bed nursing home. Responsibilities include supervision of the dietary staff and must be knowledgeable of the Federal and State nursing home rules and guidelines. Qualified applicants please send resume to: Shakopee Friendship Manor, Attn: Administrator, 1340 West Third Avenue, Shakopee, MN 55379 or email to:

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SCOTT COUNTY Veteran Services Officer In this extremely important and impactful position you will assist Veterans and their families in regard to programs and benefits available; performs case management and case support activities determining benefit eligibility, scope of benefits, and how to obtain them. Plans and implements outreach and transportation programs for Veterans in Scott County. Advocates for Veterans and their families. MQs: Requires equivalency of an AA degree and 3 years related veteran program support experience. County VSO, Veteran's Organization National Service Officer, VA Claims Rep, or those working with veteran program eligibility are highly desired. One must be a Veteran as defined by MN Statute 197.447. A valid driver's license and a reliable means of transportation for the performance of work are required. One must be organized with an ability to multi-task in an environment of changing priorities. Hiring Range: $42,328 to $57,267DOQ. Selection Method: Training & Experience Rating. Closing: 02/17/12. Obtain application from Scott County Employee Relations at (952) 496-8890 or online at ( EOE TTY/TDD: (952) 496-8170 Let's Work Together.



GUEST SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE 3PM-11PM SHUTTLE DRIVER 5PM 10PM Includes Weekends Apply in Person @ HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS Chanhassen, MN LTS Chemistry teacher for Shakopee School District. Approximate assignment dates are 04/04/201206/08/2012. For full posting and directions on how to apply please visit are refer to posting number 1383. Need a driver, licensed, vehicle provided. 612559-9250

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We have part time hours, all shifts available at Keystone Communities of Prior Lake, a Sr housing facility and Assisted Living. We are looking for a team player who has a passion for working with seniors. Long Term Care and Memory Care experience required. We offer a supportive work environment and great team to work with. Please call Rhonda at 952-2269209, fax your resume to 952-226-9201 or stop by 4685 Park Nicollet Ave., Prior Lake to pickup an application.

P/T Massage Therapist Wanted For Busy Chiropractic Clinic. Send Resume to: chaskalakeschiro Part-time Payroll Clerk MN Landscape Arboretum.Apply at: www.arboretum. mentopportunities.aspx St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie is looking for two parttime custodians. Applicants must be able to lift up to 50 lbs, work independently, and have a helpful and positive attitude. Send resume to StarTribune Newspaper Carrier Needed immediately Shakopee and Chaska, weekend & weekday routes, and PT Sat/Sun. For further information see our website at;

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.


Junior High Golf Coach Responsible for daily coaching duties, including practices, games and clinics. All other Coaching duties as assigned by head coach/ principal. Send letter & application to: Jeff Vizenor Athletic Director 600 Sunset Dr. Jordan, MN 55352 or application materials can be emailed to:

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Hydro Stream Vegas. 20'. 200 HP+++. Complete restoration. 5 passenger. A real head turner! $6,900 or all trades welcome. 952215-5421

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

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



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

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

2002 Larson 19' FishNSki, SEI 190, 135 HP Outboard, stored indoors. $11,900. or BO, NADA guide suggested $10,500.00, Jon 612730-8116

Motorcycles 1991 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome, Class A, 33ft. Only 38k miles! Smooth runner, fully loaded, sleeps 6, hydraulic leveler, $10,500, 612-669-4172 1994 Harley Heritage Softtail, 26300k, all service records avail, extra set of pipes. $7500. Call Mike @ 612-309-6737

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

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

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

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

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



Sporting Goods 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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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! $10,950. 952-215-5421


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


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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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1997 Ford Conversion, 244,000 well maintained miles, HD tow package, $1,200.00 OBO, lots new, email for details scottlacher@ 612-2107303

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Lori Blatzheim The philosophy of thrift has been around for centuries. Benjamin Franklin was once quoted for saying the infamous “a penny saved is a penny earned.” For Lori Blatzheim, a Chanhassen resident, the philosophy of thrift has been instilled in her. For Blatzheim, thrift is more than a way to save the occasional dime; it’s a way of life. Blatzheim was born into a family of Norwegian immigrants. “It’s a cultural trait of people in Norway to live simply and to not overextend their resources,” Blatzheim said. “This philosophy was then passed down to me. I was taught early on that a good life didn’t have to be an overindulgent life,” Blatzheim made it her mission to spread her knowledge of financial frugality through the first ever Thrift Club, located here in Chanhassen. “When I was a part of the writers group at the Chanhassen Library,” said Blatzheim, “it occurred to me that the economy was going down and people were having trouble fi nding jobs. People needed to gain an understanding of thrift,” T he Cha n hassen T h ri f t Club meets once a month at the Chanhassen library. “It offers a place for people to share ideas and experiences with others who have a common interest,” said Blatzheim. However, the Chanhassen Thrift Club was only the beginning. After fi nding and contacting an organization based in Manhattan called “The Institute of American Values,” Blatzheim found herself working closely with Amber Lapp, the thrift supervisor at this organization. “When it’s something that I believe in, and something that will help people, I speak up,” said Blatzheim. And speak up she did. Blatzheim is now writing a blog titled “Thrift Living Today,” which can be found on, which is now one of the number one fi nancial blogs in the country. Blatzheim describes her experience with blogging, as “informal, but still about acknowledging the readers and their reactions.” Bl at zhei m hop es to c onti nue s p r e a d i n g t h e wor d s o f t h r i f t through her blog and by working with organizations like “The Institute of American Values.” “I’m finding other ways to be thrifty,” Blatzheim said. “Thrift is still there.” Q: Where would you like to see the Chanhassen Thrift Club in 5 or 10 years? A: I would defi nitely like to see it still meeting. I think the opportunity for people to get together and listen to the thoughts of others can be very helpful. Those who employ principles of Thrift sometimes feel alone and fail to discuss this strategy with friends and family. A Thrift Club is a place they can freely express themselves and receive support from others. Q: Now that you have a blog, has that helped spread the message of thrift further? A: Absolutely! I have been very blessed by those I have met in the personal fi nancial web site arena. They have accepted my work and my thoughts. They have given me confidence to write. Until you are published, there is always a question about whether anyone will read the work. The Virtual Thrift Club Forum (on “Dollar Stretcher”) has provided an opportunity for dialogue and support. Q: Did you ever expect getting this much attention for doing something you have done your whole life? A: I have learned that to make a n i mpact a nd a di f ference, we sometimes have to put ourselves forward. We need to educate people about the benefits of Thrift and one way to do this is to write about what we are learning and doing. Other ways include speaking up about what we believe in and inviting people to learn more. If it takes “going public” to help people and to show them strategies that might lead to a better life, it is worth it. To answer your question, no, I did not expect it because in the beginning I did not know whether people would listen. —Meghan O’Connor


Mohamed Mohamed received the keys to his Clover Ridge home in February 2010.

Building the American Dream Habitat for Humanity plans five new houses for Chaska BY MOLLEE FRANCISCO

Mohamed Mohamed considers himself a lucky man. A native of Somalia, he successfully entered the U.S. visa lottery for the opportunity to move to the United States. Once here, he found an apartment in Eden Prairie and a job working at a warehouse in Shakopee. Then, he married wife Hodan Elmi and started a family, quickly adding three young children to the mix. But soon, their two -bedroom apartment in Eden Prairie began to feel crowded and Mohamed knew it was time to fi nd his family a bigger home. After researching his options, he decided to test his luck again and applied for a house through Habitat for Humanity. Of the more than 900 metro-area families that applied that year, Mohamed and his clan were among those selected to receive one of 50 houses available. He rejoiced in the good news. “I said whatever house you give me, I’ll take it,” Mohamed laughed. He got the keys to their Clover Ridge home in Chaska on Feb. 25, 2010. “I did not believe until I got the key,” he said. The family moved in on March 22, 2010. A l most t wo yea rs later, Mo hamed’s family has grown to six children – three girls and three boys.

“It was good to move here,” he said as he listened to their feet pad playfully up and down the stairs of the two-story house that he helped build. “I’m thankful for my house.” Mohamed couldn’t speak more highly of the nonprofit organization that helped make it all possible. When told that Habitat for Humanity has plans to build five more homes in Clover Ridge next year, he responds quickly and decisively, “I’m ready to help.” Habitat for Humanity has completed 12 homes in Chaska to date. Next year, they’ll add five more to that roster. “We’ve found a good partner [in Chaska],” said Matt Haugen, communications manager for the Twin Cities branch of Habitat for Humanity. He added that they are currently looking for community groups (businesses, churches, civic organizations) interested in sponsoring their local projects in 2013.

between a third and a half of the median income,” said Haugen. Once accepted into the program, participants must also attend a number of classes that educate them on everything from basic home repairs to how to manage their fi nances. These days, Haugen said they have trouble fi nding families that meet all their criteria – largely due to the dour economy. In addition to being credit-worthy, families must be fi rst-time homeowners or must not have previously owned a home in several years time. But even for families that do not immediately qualify, Habitat for Humanity is willing to work with them in the hopes that eventually they will. “We have to work with a lot of families,” said Haugen. For those that do make it into the program, all the hard work seems to pay off. Habitat for Humanity’s foreclosure rate is less than 1 percent. “It’s a good model,” said Haugen.



Mohamed knows many of the other Habitat for Humanity families in his neighborhood. He’s even worked on a couple of their houses, in addition to helping build his own. Habitat for Humanity participants are required to log hundreds of volunteer hours to the program. Mohamed used several weeks of his vacation to help with the construction of local homes. But that’s just one element of the Habitat program. To be eligible to receive one of the homes along with a no-interest mortgage, applicants must demonstrate both a need for the housing as well as the ability to afford homeownership. “Most of our applicants make

For families like Mohamed’s, Habitat for Humanity can create a sense of stability in their lives. Haugen said families are routinely partnered with another family in their new neighborhood to help them acclimate and become a part of the community. “We want them to feel really welcomed,” said Haugen. “I’m excited here,” offered Mohamed. “I love my neighborhood.” Habitat for Humanity can also provide fi nancial stability. In many cases, homeownership through Habitat can end up being cheaper than renting. “I feel like they give it to me for free,” he said of his home. “In Eden

Habitat Habitat for Humanity in Chaska: I 12 homes already built in Chaska (most recent was finished in 2011). I 5 more homes to be constructed in the Clover Ridge neighborhood in 2013. I Looking for community groups interested in sponsoring Chaska’s 2013 projects. I More info at or (612) 331-4090.

Prairie, I was paying $958 plus utilities. Now, I’m paying less than that.” Mohamed is quick to note that his house wasn’t free, but Habitat for Humanity did give him the assistance he needed to become a homeowner. “It’s like this, if you’re going to do something anyway, I can push you,” he said. “We need organizations like Habitat.” “It really can transform a family,” said Haugen. “Once they can afford their home, they can focus on other things like school, work or their health.” In addition to new construction, Habitat for Humanity also runs Brush with Kindness – a program that does repair projects for low income families in the hopes of helping keep people in their homes. “It’s more than building houses,” said Haugen. “It’s building community.” Mohamed couldn’t agree more and he couldn’t be more thankful for what Habitat for Humanity has meant to his family. “I pray for those guys and that organization,” he said.

Variety is the spice of life and weekend parties I attended a Bridal whom ma ny of us Shower on Saturday, remembered as the and a Super Bowl party child she was when on Sunday, so last weekwe fi rst met her. end was especially soThe Super Bowl cial and enjoyable. party was a differThe shower felt alent type of crowd, of most like a high school course. Many of the reunion. Well, more like guests were people I a twist on a high school knew from the sports reunion. The bride-tobar where my husbe is the daughter of band and I watch a a dear friend of mine, lot of the games dursomeone I met when ing football season. FIND YOUR BURIED TREASURE my family fi rst moved Throughout the winto Chanhassen almost ter, the place is a sea thirteen years ago. We of Green Bay green met through volunteer work at the and Vikings purple, with small middle school and the high school islands of color from people loyal in which our kids were enrolled, to other teams, including my husand got to know each other fi rst by band and me in our Chicago Bears working together on committees and sweatshirts. fundraisers, and then as friends with At the party we attended, no one’s outside interests other than our kids home team was represented in the and their schools. big game, but that didn’t matter Many of the women at the shower and it didn’t dampen anyone’s enwere moms I knew mainly through thusiasm. And although the couple our children – children who are now hosting the party are now avid grown and gone and getting married Vikings fans, he is originally from and starting families of their own. New York, while she grew up in It was wonderful to see everyone New England. This wasn’t an issue again, to catch up on each other’s or a point of contention during the lives and kids and activities, and to game, but it added an interesting marvel collectively at the beautiful, touch to the party. And, as most glowing and gracious young woman people do on Super Bowl Sunday,



we also gave plenty of attention to the commercials and the food – not necessarily in that order. I have to laugh when I think about being at two such totally different types of event, with different people, different purposes, different settings, different foods and activities, different points of reference, different noise levels, and different – well, pretty much everything. And yet I enjoyed both of them immensely. It suddenly made me think about times when I’ve taken surveys or fi lled out questionnaires designed to determine my interests, attitudes and aptitudes. I love that kind of self-exploration, but I hate having to answer questions like “Which would you enjoy more, a night out on the town with friends, or curling up with a good book?” Or “Are you more likely to be found at an art gallery opening or a sports arena? At a theatre, or the grocery store?” There are times when I love being out with friends, and other times when nothing sounds more appealing than hearth and home. And the places I’m likely to be found can vary from day to day, or from morning to night. I don’t like having to choose one over another, and I don’t like the implication that because I enjoy one, I can’t enjoy the others.

The sad thing is that this attitude doesn’t seem to be limited to personality profi les and aptitude tests. Political parties, religious beliefs, parenting styles, entertainment choices. Many of these assume – or insist – that an all-or-nothing choice is required. And that your decision defi nes everything about you, without leaving room for any other options. But real life doesn’t work that way. Or at least, it shouldn’t. So I’ll continue to attend both bridal showers and Super Bowl parties. To have days filled with non-stop activity as well as lazy days when I don’t seem to accomplish anything. And mornings when I’m racing from the post office to the bank to the grocery store, followed by afternoons when I’m out exploring the world. There’ll be times when I’m holed up in front of my computer, and times when I’m out having dinner with friends. The activities and events may change from day to day, and moment to moment. But one thing will stay the same: I plan on enjoying them all. Chanhassen resident Betty Liedtke is a writer, professional speaker, and Certifi ed Dream Coach®. Visit her website at


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