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Santa Claus made a grand entrance to City Center Park in downtown Chanhassen Saturday during the annual tree lighting ceremony. Several hundred children and their parents gathered around the man dressed in red after he was escorted to the park on a Chanhassen Fire Department ladder truck. Snow began falling in the city shortly before Claus arrived. More photos of the event on page 7.

Tax hearings

More than halfway through the annual tax hearing season, residents appear content not to give an earful to elected officials. At the Carver County tax hearing last week, only one person showed up to address county officials and only one person spoke at the Chanhassen tax hearing Monday night. In recent years, tax hearings have been heated affairs as residents have worked to make ends meet in a depressed economy. The lone resident to attend the county hearing, former commissioner John Siegfried, had scolded the officials last year about needing to tighten spending. This year, he credited them for heeding his words and keeping spending down and the lid on taxes. Complicating the process this year was a state legislative change in how property taxes are calculated. To save about $260 million, legislators scuttled the homestead market value credit and instead introduced a homestead market value exclusion. As a result, Carver County lost about $1.4 million in state aid designed to reduce the property tax burden. After the change, the county redirected state funding that had been geared for capital expenditures to help cover the loss in state aid. As a result, generally speaking, the county portion of property taxes homeowners pay has been kept flat. The short and quiet county tax hearing was called “unprecedented” by County Administrator David Hemze.

Already conducted: Carver County, city of Chanhassen, Minnetonka School District. Upcoming: School District 112 — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, District Education Center, 11 Peavey Road, Chaska. City of Victoria — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, Victoria City Hall, 7951 Rose St., Victoria. Local property taxes support city, county and the local school district as well as watershed districts and the mosquito control district. At the Chanhassen tax hearing Monday, the story was similar. Chanhassen attempted to keep taxes flat for residents and is planning to spend $40,000 more in its general fund next year. The budget includes employee salary increases of 1.5 percent. Chanhassen resident Rolland Neve said the city could keep spending at a zero percent increase by not offering salary increases in a tough economy. Chanhassen Finance Director Greg Sticha explained about 20 percent of property taxes go to the city, while 30 percent go to the county, 44 percent go to the school district (District 112) and 5.5 percent to the smaller jurisdictions. Sticha said while the city portion of property taxes are expected to stay close to flat next year, the legislative change makes it challenging

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The training wheels are off Chan 8-year-old nationally ranked BY UNSIE ZUEGE

At only 8 years old, Jennifer Mettler of Chanhassen already has an awesome array of trophies stockpiled in her house. Add to it the hefty one she just brought home from the American Bicycle Association’s BMX Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. Jennifer fi nished in 5th place in the 8-year-old age group, and is 5th in the ABA’s National Age Group for 2011. The slightly built 8-year-old is fearless on the BMX track, and hasn’t let any spills or falls deter her competitive nature. According to her father, Mark Mettler, Jennifer’s drive to win was apparent at an early age during fierce board-game battles. “While there were Minnesota girls

of nearly every age group from under 5 to over 17 at Grands,” Mark said, “Jennifer was one of only four girls who made it through the qualifying rounds to Sunday’s main event with eight finalists competing for the championship.” According to the ABA website, there were a record 603 fi rst-round qualifying races (all ages, boys/girls, men/women) at this year’s event. Next year’s competition promises to be even larger as a result of a recent merger of A BA BM X (American Bicycle Association) out of the Midwest and Southwest United States, and the smaller NBL BMX (National Bicycling League). During the last BMX season, Jennifer competed in the junior category of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series and raced against other 8-9 year old girls in the Ore-to-Shore Junior Rock event in Marquette, Mich. In that race, she placed fi rst and beat last year’s 6-7 year old winner by

Getting to know Name: Jennifer Mettler Age: 8 Home: Chanhassen School: Third grader at Bluff Creek Elementary School Family: Parents Mark and Tetyana Mettler Achievement: Recently won 5th place at American Bicycle Association’s BMX Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Okla.

1.9 seconds. Both girls beat all the 9-year-olds. “I like flying over the hills, getting trophies, and rewards and plaques that say I’m really good,” Jennifer said during a recent interview at her home. “That’s why I like it. I like to see who’s the best BMXer.”


Jennifer Mettler, 8, of Chanhassen recently took 5th place at the American Bicycle Association’s BMX Grand Nationals competition, adding one more trophy to her collection. Read more about Jennifer in this week’s Three Qs on page 22.

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The children’s Christmas insert published in the Nov. 25, 2011 issue of the Chanhassen Villager misidentified a student artist. The correct name of the artist who drew the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres ad was Nicole Reiling.

A quote attributed to Nan Bailly of Alexis Bailly Vineyard misrepresented her philosophy on entertaining in the “Tis the Season” special section published on Nov. 17. Bailly said a host should always make sure guests have food prior to serving beverages and always serve food with alcoholic beverages.


was 4 percent. When local governments set their fi nal 2012 budget s later this month, the fi nal amount can be lower but not higher

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Lake ice is running just a bit behind schedule, according to one of the only lake group’s in the area to track ice formation. The Lake Riley Improvement Association has been tracking ice-in dates since the early 1970s. The average “ice-in” date for Lake Riley, which is in Chanhassen and Eden Prairie, is Dec. 3. Last year Lake Riley froze over on Dec. 2. But as of Dec. 6, there was still a large portion of the center of the lake that was still open, said Anne Florenzano, an Eden Prairie resident who serves as association secretary and ice watcher. The maximum depth of the lake is about 50 feet, she said. She’s been tracking ice-in and ice-out dates on the lake

since 1995, when she moved to Lake Riley. Prior to that, a former resident was in charge. “I’m not a scientist, I just go by my eye,” she said. Florenzano said there are some ice-boaters on Lake Riley who eagerly await a frozen lake and hope for good ice-boating conditions, which require ice clear from significant snow. The earliest ice-in date recorded for Lake Riley was Nov. 5, in 1976. The latest was in 2001, on Dec. 25. There are a few missed years in the Lake Riley record since ice-in dates were recorded. But the recorded dates for ice-in have been trending later in recent years. According to Todd Hoffman, Chanhassen Park and Recreation director, there aren’t formal “ice-in” records kept for Chanhassen lakes. He said, however, that Lake Lucy and

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Malia Sherred, a seventh-grader at Chapel Hill Academy, won “most creative entry” in Chanhassen’s Gingerbread Contest. Malia’s entry depicted a Hawaiian hut theme complete with a marshmallow “sandman” wearing a lei, a dried ginger surf board, shredded wheat thatched roofi ng and a palm tree fashioned out of Peeps, pretzels and chocolate covered peanuts. Malia was born in Hawaii while her father served in the Air Force.

Miracle New Year’s Eve celebration set The 7th-annual Minnesota Miracle New Year’s Eve Celebration is planned for Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Hilton MSP Airport Hotel in Bloomington. All proceeds will benefit The Miracles of Mitch Foundation (MOMF). Tickets are still available at newyears. This family gala event will feature a dinner and program, auctions and a variety of kids’ activities, including bingo, arts and crafts, and video games. This year, kids will also have the opportunity to tie fleece blankets will be given to pediatric cancer patients. In addition, everyone will dance to the sounds of Casablanca Orchestra. The Hilton MSP Airport Hotel has created special Miracle New Year’s Eve Packages so attendees can enjoy the entire evening without having to drive home after the party. These packages include overnight accommodations, dinner and dance, Miracle Brunch on New Year’s Day and gift bags. For more information about The Miracles of Mitch Foundation and the Minnesota Miracle New Year’s Eve Celebration, visit

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Minnetonka Theatre celebrates the holiday season with Rodgers a nd H a m mer st ei n’s “The Sound of Music” at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9-10, Dec. 16-17, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, and 4 p.m., Dec. 11. at the Arts Center on 7, at Minnetonka High School, 18285 Highway 7. The show is filled with well-loved songs including “My Favorite SUBMITTED PHOTOS Things”, “Do-Re-Mi”, Debbie Turner and “Edelweiss.” A special treat is a Larson was a child “Behind the Scenes” actress who starred presentation with the as ‘Marta,’ one ori g i n a l M a r t a von of the von Trapp Trapp, Debbie Turner children, in the 1965 Larson of Chanhassen, film version of the after the 2 p.m., Satur- musical hit, “The day, Dec. 10 matinee. Sound of Music. Larson is a former child actress who starred with Ju lie A nd rews and Christopher Plummer in the 1965 musical fi lm classic. The free presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m., and Larson will discuss ma ki ng t he movie, working with Andrews, growing up Larson is a longas a child star, and life time Chanhassen a fter “The Sound of resident and owner of a floral design Music.” The show is directed business who by Associate Director remains friends Trent Boyum and the with the Sound of c a s t i n c lu d e s M i n - Music cast. netonka T heat re favorites Jen Burleigh-Bentz as Maria and John Trones as Captain von Trapp, last seen together at the Arts Center in Annie Get Your Gun, Hello, Dolly!, and The Romance of Broadway. Kathleen Bloom, with local credits in Minnesota Opera and Theatre Latte Da, will star as Mother Abbess. For show tickets go to

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SouthWest Transit is hosting a grand opening event for the new downtown parking ramp in Chanhassen from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9. The ramp is scheduled to be operational on Monday, Dec. 12. Chanhassen Station is located directly south of the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. The new 420 space, four-level parking structure replaces the former 120 space Market Park & Ride surface lot and provides covered parking as well as an enclosed, climate controlled waiting area. For more information, go to www.swtransit. org.

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PLUS … Help raise money to support the local humane society and the animals they rescue! Vote Now! Vote for your favorite pet photo Voting takes place Dec. 6 through Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE PET AND SUPPORT A WORTHY CAUSE: You’ll have a chance to vote for your favorite pet photo and, at the same time, contribute to a worthy cause, the Carver-Scott Humane Society.

PRIZES: First prize: $500 Southwest Metro Federal Credit Union Visa Card. Various locations throughout the Southwest Metro Second prize: Pet Portrait Sitting with a Framed Eclectic: Total Value: $265; From Custom Creations Photography, Shakopee Third Prize: A Pamper Gift Basket for Pet Owner from Allure Salon and Spa, Shakopee

PRIZES: First prize: $500 Southwest Metro Federal Credit Union Visa Gift Card. Various locations throughout the Southwest Metro Second prize: Pet Portrait Sitting with a Framed Eclectic: Total Value: $265; From Custom Creations Photography, Shakopee Third Prize: A Pamper Gift Basket for Pet Owner from Allure Salon and Spa, Shakopee

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Voting for PAWS FOR A CAUSE will begin Tuesday, Dec. 6 and run through Monday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.

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Fire safety reminders for holiday season There’s a lot going on during the holiday season but one thing that shouldn’t be forgotten is fi re safety. Chanhassen Fire Chief John Wolff recently told city officials and residents that this time of year can be a busy one for fi refi ghters and he advised residents to take some simple precautions. The decorations, lights, trees and cooking that accompany the season bring a greater risk for fi re. The National Fire Protection A ssociation provides a si mple checklist to follow. DECORATIONS Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are fl ame resistant or fl ame retardant. Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect. Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.

Keep decorations away from windows and doors. HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan. Keep children and pets away from lit candles. Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet. Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop. Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep thei r smoki ng m ateri a l s wit h t hem so young children do not touch them. Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding. BEFORE HEADING TO BED Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed. According to the (NFPA), holiday decoration fi res are most likely to happen in the living room, family room or den. Almost half of all home decoration fi res are started by candles. And half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source. For more fire safety information:

Support Toys for Tots drive Like many Minnesotans, I am a proud and grateful grandparent. Whether I am hunting and fishing with my grandkids or playing games and helping them with homework when Vicky and I visit, we cherish the memories with all four family blessings. It seems like just yesterday when they, nestled on my lap, were bursting with unbridled excitement and enthusiasm on Christmas to tear off the gift wrapping and unveil the surprises that awaited them. But in no time at all, the annual opening of Legos, Tonka trucks, and Barbie dolls has given way to the sights and sounds of the latest electronic gadgets. Throughout our lives, most of us have captured the memorable vision of children still in their pajamas sprinting down the stairway to the Christmas tree to discover what gift-wrapped surprises awaited. Every child should be able to experience that memorable joy. In our household, the Christmas season provides an opportunity to reflect on our many blessings and celebrate what is most important to us: faith, family, friends, and the freedoms we enjoy. The holidays also give us an opportunity to reflect on our less fortunate neighbors and consider ways we can help ease their burdens. By now most – if not all – of us have been touched in some way by the economic challenges facing our nation. Across the country, unemployment has been too high for too long and Minnesotans are not immune to the downturn. The debate on how this happened and, more importantly, what to do to help our economy so job creators can do what they do best – create jobs – can be saved for another day. What cannot be ignored are the many Minnesota families who are trying to figure out how they can purchase gas and groceries while still making their monthly mortgage payments – let alone a special gift for their child. As Christmas approaches, I ask that you join me in easing their minds. Founded in 1947, Toys for Tots began when Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine


KLINE Reservists in California collected and distributed more than 5,000 toys to needy children. Last year, Marines distributed more than 16.7 million toys to nearly 7.2 million children through the program. Many of the gifts Toys for Tots provides, such as books, games, and sports equipment, make a significant contribution to the educational, social, and recreational development of these children. If you would like to join me in supporting the Toys for Tots effort, please bring your unwrapped toys to one of numerous drop-off sites in the 2nd District. (Staff Sgt. Michael Rice reports the Twin Cities warehouse in Eagan could use more toys, especially for boys and girls, ages 14-17). Please visit one of the following websites to find a drop-off site near you:  Dakota, Scott, and Carver Counties –  Goodhue County –  Rice County – http://  Le Sueur, County – http:// As a 25-year veteran of the Marine Corps, I have a fondness for the Toys for Tots initiative. As a grandpa, I do, too. Please join me and Vicky this Christmas season in doing what we can to help ensure a special Christmas morning for every child in Minnesota. John Kline, of Lakeville, is a Republican representing Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Carver County. He and his wife, Vicky, live in Lakeville.


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How to create grateful kids We talk to many parents who tell us their kids are not grateful, that the kids just expect to be fed, clothed, taken places, cared for, given computers and cell phones, and so on, with no sense of thankfulness. Parents feel taken for granted. “How do we get them to be more thankful?” is a common question we hear at our workshops. We give a threefold answer. First, maybe parents should quit giving their kids so much, and help the kids learn that life is not handed to them on a silver platter. For example, a child who has been given the responsibility for preparing and cleaning up a meal, who understands how much work and planning is involved, and who knows how much time and effort are needed, is much more inclined to be grateful when a meal is served to him or her. Or a child who instead of getting all the toys she wants, Jim & Lynne is required to use her own hardearned allowance to get them, or to buy gifts for her friends, is more likely to feel grateful when she is given gifts. When you own the responsibility for your own life,

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you tend to appreciate the gifts and blessings that come your way unearned, or undeserved. Second, kids don’t develop grateful hearts when they don’t feel appreciated themselves. They don’t learn to thank others because they rarely or never get thanked. So finding ways for growing kids to truly be responsible for Jackson important aspects of family life will help them be positioned to be the recipients of gratitude. When people do important or necessary things, and are then recipients of gratitude, they learn to be grateful

“Be grateful so your kids see it. Give them responsibility for their lives, and opportunities to serve the needs of others.”

when others do important or necessary things. Finally, we see that kids aren’t grateful because parents have done little to nothing to foster environments of gratitude in their own lives. Instead of showing gratitude for jobs, parents often complain. Instead of thanking the server at the restaurant or the customer service representative on the phone, parents often remark about the stuff those people do poorly. Instead of expressing thankfulness for the blessing of family and safety, we tend to take these things for granted. Ask yourself this question: “When was the last time my child saw and heard my exuberant expression of gratitude.” If kids don’t see authentic gratitude in action, they won’t learn to be authentically grateful. So, be grateful so your kids see it. Give them responsibility for their lives, and opportunities to serve the needs of others. And express your appreciation when they serve. Habitually do these things, and you’ll develop grateful kids. Happy Holidays! Jim and Lynne Jackson, of Chaska, are co-founders of the local counseling agency Connected Families and co-authors of “How to Grow a Connected Family.” For more information visit www.


A standing ovation for city officials I’m so happy that I was able to attend the Chanhassen City Council meeting and hear the unanimous “No” to the applicant, Walmart. Their request to rezone Powers Boulevard and Park Road in support of an 117,000-square-foot “super center” was simply found as not being a good fit for the proposed property. As I sat there and listened, I wasn’t sure which direction the councilors were going to go as they sought information from both city staff and the applicant. Thankfully they were doing their due diligence to make a very thorough decision on an extremely complex request. I commend them for their hard work and applaud their decision! One of the concerns the City Council had was traffic yet the applicant’s architect didn’t seem to alleviate that

concern when she stated the following; “I live only 1.1 miles from this site and would defi nitely shop at the Chanhassen Walmart. I don’t shop at the Eden Prairie Walmart now because I don’t like the traffic there.” I find it interesting that a local resident would be in support of increasing the traffic in their own back yard yet they don’t want to deal with it elsewhere. I understand that our city would like to have a property that sits vacant, occupied to bring in more tax based revenue, more jobs and not have any “leakage” to other communities. But thankfully the City Council discovered this conceptual proposal was minimally satisfactory and wouldn’t fulfi ll any of these agendas. I would personally like to add that it doesn’t fit our beautiful community either even though the applicant claimed that this would be the most beautiful Walmart in the state of Minnesota. Thanks, but not thanks! Of course we as a city would like to see the supposed $10 million dollars that is being spent by Chanhassen residents at the Eden Prairie Wal-

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mart kept in Chanhassen. However I’m not sure how much of that Chanhassen would really see if Walmart moved in here. In actuality, I believe this would take money out of the small businesses’ pockets located in Chanhassen and ultimately removing consumer choice for shopping. Maybe researching whether or not this property is zoned correctly is a good idea as suggested by Counci l Member Bethany T jor nhom. Perhaps take it a step further and we as a city could seek out the “right applicant” that is willing to bring their “A” game to the table and have a desire to meet Chanhassen’s codes and standards rather than bringing us down to their level. Better yet, why not fi nd an applicant that wants to exceed them? Thank you City officials for doing your homework and making a very educated decision. Because of you, we can be assured that Chanhassen will continue to be one of the top 100 places to live!

Kate McGuire Chanhassen

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City of Chanhassen **Important Notice** Winter Parking Rules

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Between November 1 and April 1, no parking is allowed on city streets between 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Additionally, do not park on city streets any time of day when 2 or more inches of snow has fallen until the street has been plowed curbto-curb. Violators may be tagged and/or towed.




Chanhassen Curves owner Melissa Olson, 26, was named 2011’s Membership Rebuilding Owner of the Year at the fitness center company’s annual national meeting in Las Vegas.

Olson wasn’t immediately aware that she was in the running for one of the company’s top recognition awards although her area director had contacted her a few weeks before the convention. “She said, ‘I want to write you a nice recommendation after seeing your numbers.’” Olson attended the convention with her mother, who is an employee at Curves. “By then, I knew I was nominated for something, but I looked around at all the other people and thought, ‘I’m not going to win. Why would I? “I’ve only had the club for two and a half years,” Olson reasoned. “There are people who’ve been owners for 8-10 years. But then I heard them reading the description that my area director had written, the same verbiage, and I knew it was me and I started shaking. I handed my mom my camera and tried to show her how to work it so she could take a picture. “But my mom wasn’t paying attention,” Olson said. “She was talking, trying to keep me from being disappointed, you know, being a mom, and saying, ‘Don’t worry, don’t worry, you don’t know yet.’ In the meantime, I’m getting up, and saying ‘Mom, take the camera! Seriously, it’ll be me.’ “They called my name, and I was on the stage, and Gary (Heavin, Curves co-founder) hands me the microphone,” Ol-

son said. “I didn’t prepare anything so if felt like I looked at it for an hour ... but what I did end up saying is that when you own your own business, you work 365 days a year. So when you’re able to say that realistically, it only feels like work two or three days out of the year, that’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

LEARNING THE ROPES While Olson is only 26 years old, she’s already been working for 10 years. “I’ve been working hard since I was 16,” Olson said. “I started at Culvers from day one when it opened. “I loved Culvers,” Olson said. “I learned so much about running a business — scheduling, ordering, managing shifts. My boss trusted me enough to do important things.” Olson worked at Culvers while attending Chaska High School, and continued through college. When she graduated, she was promoted to general manager. “I look back and now I see I was put in these specific situations for a reason. They’ve helped me do this now. Curves is what God had in mind for me.”

Olson‘s membership came and went over the years, and she’d been an employee for a time. One day, she had a casual conversation with Joy, the owner. “She told me she was closing the Chanhassen franchise,” Olson said. “’You can’t close,’ I told her. But Joy and her husband also own two clubs in Arizona, and they wanted to live in Arizona year-round. “One day, I sat down with Joy to talk,” Olson said. “I walked out with a printer sheet fi lled with my notes, the monthly expenses, and a list of what it takes to own a Curves franchise. I’m thinking to myself, ‘Yeah, right.’ “It turned out that Joy had put it up for sale since 2007,” Olson said. “I talked to her in January 2009. One day, she called me and said, ‘it’s funny. I’ve talked to so many people who are interested in buying, but it’s really odd, you’re the one I’m most comfortable giving my baby to.’ And in the end, she sold it to me for a dollar. I had just turned 23. It was incredible. I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ “Thus changed the course of my life,” Olson said.



Olson f i rst encou ntered Curves when she was 16. Her aunt belonged to a Curves in Minneapolis. “I wanted to get into regular exercise so Mom and I joined together,” Olson said. Over the years, her mother quit, and

“I love the community,” Olson said. “I grew up in Chanhassen. People will say, ‘You’ll never leave.’ But some people have to stay, like me. I love this community. I love working with other business owners here. It’s really cool.”

Getting to know Title: Owner Curves fitness club, 406 West 78th Street, Chanhassen Age: 26 Home: Chanhassen Family: Parents Ron and Linda Olson, Chanhassen; brother David, 21, attending North Central University.

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f. Approval of Lease Extension for Old Village Hall, Seattle Sutton. g. Approval of Resolution Accepting Voluntary Donation for City Services in Lieu of Paying Taxes, Mount Olivet Rolling Acres. h. Pioneer Pass 2nd Addition: 1) Final Plat Approval 2) Approve Plans & Speci¿cations 3) Approve Resolution Reapportioning Assessments i. Approval of Requests for Temporary On-Sale Intoxicating Liquor License, Chanhassen Rotary Club: 1) February Festival, February 4, Lake Ann 2) Fourth of July Celebration, July 3 & 4, City Center Park j. Approval of Findings of Fact for Denial of the Concept Planned Unit Development, Walmart. k. Repeal Chapter 10, Article VIII of Chanhassen City Code Concerning Rental Dwelling Licensing. l. Approve Changes to Employee Personnel Policy. VISITOR PRESENTATIONS NEW BUSINESS 2. Set Final 2012 Tax Levy; Approve Resolution Adopting the 2012 Budget and 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Program. 3. Consider Amendment to Chapter 4 of City Code, Concerning Fees.

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Name: Melissa Olson

They joined Curves, and then started a weekly knitting group. Everyone enjoys a laugh during a recent morning at the club. Front, center Melissa Olson, and from left, Gloria Ruesink-Kurtz, Eden Prairie, Jan Lindquist, Chanhassen, Sharon Graef, Excelsior, Arvy Murphy, Excelsior, Pat Lueck, Eden Prairie.

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A HAPPY PLACE Olson is outgoing, bubbly, and positive. According to her members at Curves, it’s no surprise that Olson was recognized. “Melissa is dynamic, creative, engaging, and all sorts of other good things,” Curves member Betty Liedtke of Chanhassen wrote in an e-mail. “She loves her job and all the members, and it shows. She makes it a fun place to be, and she takes really good care of all of us. She is absolutely deserving of the award. And she’s only in her 20s.” Liz Nystrom, also of Chanhassen e-mailed her two cents, lauding Olson’ achievement and pointing out that the Chanhassen Curves is one of the top 30 clubs in the United States. On a recent morning, Phyllis Hart, 80, of Chanhassen, described why she loves to come to Curves to exercise. She spends six months of the year in International Falls. She winters south, in Chanhassen. Her membership is good at both Curves locations. “(Melissa) makes it a happy place to come,” Hart said.

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Melissa Olson was just 23 when she assumed ownership of the Curves fitness club for women in Chanhassen. Curves differentiates itself from other small fitness clubs by catering exclusively to women since 1992. Since its fi rst location in Texas in 1922, it’s grown to include nearly 10,000 franchised clubs in more than 85 countries with more than 4 million members. And 320 of those members go to the Chanhassen Curves. In the world of Curves, that is a significant number. In fact, growing and maintaining membership is always a challenge, but one that Olson has made look easy. When Olson took ownership of Curves in May 2009, membership was 110. As of November 2011, there are 310 members, and the club has an attrition rate of less than 2 percent. “ W hen t hey a n nou nc e d that percentage at the recent Curves convention, the audience gasped!” Olson said. “Who has that? Crazy right?” How about “outstanding?” So outstanding in fact that compa ny co -fou nder Ga r y Heavin named her Curves 2011’s Membership Rebuilding Owner of the Year at its U.S. national convention in Las Vegas last month. And Olson just turned 26.

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Ortman at ground zero of new pro stadium discussions BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

State Sen. Julianne Ortman may be “neutral” when it comes to whether to build a new Vikings stadium, but for the past week she’s been near the center of the debate. Ortman, a Republican from Chanhassen, is chair of the Senate Tax Committee, which has conducted two public meetings to gather comment on the issue. O n T ue sd ay, leg i sl at ive leaders heard more than five hou rs of input on stadium proposals and possible funding sources. Prior to Tuesday’s meeting, Ortman emphasized that no decisions have been made regarding the stadium and that she personally hasn’t formed a position. “There is no plan to help the Vikings,” she said. “There is no


“There is no plan to help the Vikings, there is no done deal.”

Vikings: Benefits to Minnesota



The state of Minnesota will collect nearly $20 million annually from stadium-related sales and player income taxes.


The construction alone will support 7,500 full and parttime construction jobs with nearly $300 million in wages during the three-year building period.

Sen. Julianne Ortman


done deal.” Ortman said there is lot of “heavy lifting” to do before any decision could be made on the stadium and said that Gov. Dayton’s recent call for a special session to consider the matter would have been fruitless because so much is undecided. “There is no proposal with enough shape to have a special session,” Ortman said. She said input has been gathered from the Vikings as well as the general public regarding the matter. A focus of Tuesday’s hearing was how

much revenue could be generated from such things as taxes on players, sports memorabilia and other alternative revenue sources. She said general fund tax dollars and a local-option sales tax are “off the table,” whether a stadium is built in Arden Hills or Minneapolis. Information gathered at the meetings could potentially be used as a springboard for a stadium bill that could be considered by the 2012 Legislature, which is slated to begin Jan. 25. The stadium issue, however,

appears to be coming to a head. Echoi n g re c ent c om ment s made by Rep. Joe Hoppe, a Chaska Republican, representatives of the Metropolitan Sports Commission said on Tuesday that the Vikings will leave Minnesota if a new stadium isn’t built … soon. The issue, Or tman said, is divisive and crosses party lines. “You hear people say they don’t wa nt a ny ‘cor porate welfare’ and you hear very conservative Republicans say ‘you cannot let the Vikings leave,’” she said.

Approximately 95 percent of the labor and subcontract value is estimated to go back to Minnesotans.


The stadium will be publicly-owned and will host high school and amateur sports and other community events.


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Ortman hasn’t been a big stadium supporter in the past. She said she voted against the Twins stadium proposal because it included a sales tax increase for Hennepin County residents.



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Fran Dohrmann, 74, of Eden Prairie, formerly of Le Sueur, passed away peacefully Nov. 27, 2011 following a courageous sixteen year battle with cancer. Fran was born March 28, 1937 in Hennepin County. She and her twin brother, Fred Jr., were adopted by Fred and Dorothy Grote, Rush City, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents and Laura (Hults) Rood, her birth mother. Fran was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. She was active in her church, knit newborn caps for Methodist and Shriner’s Hospitals and volunteered at the PROP Food Shelf serving Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. She enjoyed playing bridge and the piano, landscaping, knitting and quilting. Survivors include her husband, Richard; daughter, Cheryl (Mark) Amundson; son, Al (Becky); brother, Fred (Vonnie) Grote and half-brother, Jay Rood; half-sisters, Karlene (Harold) Elcock, Julene (Jack) Yager and Renee Sandhurst; grandchildren, Krista, Kirk and Brian Amundson, and Meghan, Theodore, William and Gabriel Dohrmann; ten nieces and nephews. The Celebration of Life Memorial Service is 11:00 a.m., Friday, Dec. 16, at Eden Prairie United Methodist Church, 15050 Scenic Heights Rd., Eden Prairie. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. People attending the service may bring a nonperishable food item for the PROP Food Shelf. Memorials may be given to Eden Prairie United Methodist Church Music/Audio Visual Ministry and to Ridgeview Foundation in support of the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home. Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel (952) 975-0400.

However, Ortman said she needs more information to form an opinion on the Vikings stadium. “I don’t have a dog in the fi ght right now,” she said. “I’m trying to remain neutral.”

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Snow arrives on cue for city’s Christmas tree lighting


It was Christmas time in the city on Saturday in downtown Chanhassen. Santa arrived in a fire truck to kick off an afternoon of holiday fun. Above, Santa mingles among children and adults, greeting everyone and making notes of who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.

Is that a Santa’s elf with Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer? Natalie Ashline of Chanhassen is thrilled to pose for a photo beside Rudolph and his handler, Mark Halla of The Mustard Seed, Carver.

Carolers from Living Christ Lutheran Church add to the holiday cheer at the city’s tree lighting ceremony.


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Storm roll to unbeaten start BY ERIC KRAUSHAR

a 62-33 victory over Waconia in the season opener Dec. 1. The Storm held the Wildcats It’s the start Chanhassen to just 12 points in the second girls basketbal l coach A n- half. Waconia’s Division II regie Kissock hoped for. The cruit Lauren Deadrick had just Storm won all three contests seven points, which included in the opening week heading two free throws during the into a tough two-game stretch fi nal 18 minutes. with Bloomington Jefferson Fast-break layups from Becand Kennedy to complete the ca Smith and Mikki Prince got week. Chanhassen rolling early in the “We have had a strong start second stanza. A Tia Wright to the season. Tori Shear and three-point play followed by a Anna Letsche Prince layup have come and Danielle on strong for Gitzen threeus, and espepoint pushed cially on the t he le ad to defensive and 40 -23 at the rebou ndi ng 10:30 mark of end. The girls the half. are starting Wa c o n i a to get t hei r didn’t get any defense down closer than and their of15 points the fensive sets r e s t o f t he a r e get t i n g way. Prince more sound,” and Gitzen, said Kissock o n e o f t wo T uesday a ffreshmen ternoon. “We to hit t he Angie Kissock a re doi ng a court for the Chanhassen girls basketball better job of Storm, each coach distributing hit three the bal l to p oi nter s to our shooters and pushing the send the lead to 48-28. Gitzen tempo up court. We are looking finished with nine points in her forward to some great games fi rst varsity game. this week.” Prince scored 11 of her gameLeading 29-21 at halftime, high 15 points in the second Chanhassen used an 11-2 run half. Smith had 12 points (eight over the fi rst seven minutes of in the first half) and Wright the second half to pull away for added 10 points for Chanhas-

“We are doing a better job of distributing the ball to our shooters and pushing the tempo up court. We are looking forward to some great games this week.”


sen. The Storm struggled from the free-throw line, converting just 10-of-28 foul shots. All-conference guard Lauren Shiffelt did not play due to an achilles injury. The Storm also beat nonconference opponents Woodbury and Minneapolis Washburn. Shear, a junior, scored a careerhigh 21 points, leading four Storm players in double figures, helping her team to a 7355 victory over Woodbury at the Breakdown Classic at Hopkins High School Saturday. Smith (13), Gitzen (11) and Prince (10) also were in double figures for the Storm. The halftime score was 32-22. Kayla Hinton paced Woodbury with 14 points. Letsche also added nine points for Chanhassen, who beat Minneapolis Washburn 6135 Tuesday to improve to 3-0. Twelve players figured in the scoring led by 14 from Smith and 10 from Olivia Wilder. Senior Janelle Kloth also had a career-high seven points, while Gitzen and Shear also had seven points apiece. Chanhassen led 37-10 at halftime.


Chanhassen junior Anna Letsche scores on a putback midway through the second half of a 62-33 win over Waconia Dec. 1 in the season opener.



All eyes on the freshman phenom

Butcher crowned champ


With a young, but talented roster, Rahn wants the Fire to play with and against the best It only took Noel Rahn a few and prove it can be one of the seconds to spot the strangers elite programs in the state of in the crowd at the Victoria Minnesota. Recreation Center during the Holy Fami ly took a step opening night of hockey Dec. toward that goal, defeating a 1. These men were there for respected Holy Angels team one reason – to see Holy Fam- 8-4 at Richfield Ice Arena Satily Catholic freshman Shane urday. Rahn called it a “stateGersich. ment win.” The Chaska native didn’t Through six periods of hockdisappoi nt t he scouts a nd ey, Holy Family has scored 19 coaches in attendance, compil- goals. ing three goals and four assists “I told the kids at the bein an 11-5 win over New Ulm. ginning of the year we’re not Two days later, he scored four going to have trouble scoring goals and added an assist in an goals; the thing is we have 8-4 win over Holy Angels. more of a defensive-minded That’s 12 points through two attack. Scoring goals are great, games for the Fire forward, but when you get into sections who compiled 41 points on and into big games you have to the varsity team as an eighth play defense,” Rahn said. grader. Rahn, a former NaGersich netted four goals tional Hockey League player – two in the fi rst period and and later player agent and then one in each of the final two scout for the Minnesota Wild periods. The Fire gained a 3-0 and Phoenix Coyotes, called advantage, but Holy Angels Gerisch “one of the most excit- cut the deficit to 3-2 early in ing players to come out of the the second period. However, state in a while.” goals from Sam Stenson and And that includes current Gersich pushed the lead back Universit y of to three. Minnesota T he line of freshman Kyle Gersich, StenRau – a player son and John R a h n worked Peterson, a secwith for three ond freshman years. on t he F i re’s “He’s worked top line, had 15 so hard in the total points in off-season and the opener. The put in a lot of trio scored six time in the goals on Saturwei g ht room. day with PeterHe’s matu red son picking up just in a year. four assists. He’s goi ng to “It was a big be an unbelievwin over a big able player for double-A team. m a n y, m a n y I just think of Shane Gersich years to come,” it a s a not her Rahn said. game. I just foThe hot start even caught cused on my game and I guess Gerisch, who was named Prep it worked out,” Gersich said. Athlete of the Week by KARE- “I give a lot of credit to my 11 Monday, by surprise. teammates for getting me the “I wasn’t expecting this puck.” kind of start, but I guess it’s Peterson, who spent time in good. It’s hard to complain the Shattuck-St. Mary’s proright now,” Gersich said. gram, grew up playing with There were skeptics when Gersich. They were reunited Rahn, the second-year head this season and it’s been a boys hockey coach, moved up great one-two combo through the Holy Family Catholic squad two games. to Class AA this season. “We probably played to -

“It was a big win over a big double-A team. I just think of it as another game. I just focused on my game and I guess it worked out,”


Shane Gersich sneaks his third goal of the game under the arm of the Holy Angels goaltender in an 8-4 win Saturday. Gersich has 12 points through two games for Holy Family Catholic. gether four years ago. We were on the same triple-A team, so we’ve kind of always played together with each other and we just know where each other is. He’s a good passer,” Gersich said. “Those two have been playing with each other for many years. I coached them on a triple-A team. Shane has matured so much in the last year. I haven’t seen a kid like this come out of Minnesota in a long time,” Rahn said. “When the opportunity came about for Johnny to come up to Holy Family, he was very excited to come here and play with Shane. And Shane needs some guys that understand what his strengths are and how to get him the puck. Johnny knows exactly what to do with it. You add Sam Stenson on that line and we got 15 points in the first game and they probably had 10

to 12 points today.” Gersich, along with Jack Glover of Benilde-St. Margaret’s and Jack Walker of Edina, have been selected to play on the U.S. under-16 boys’ select team at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games on Jan. 13-22 in Innsbruck, Austria. Also scoring for the Fire were Tim Fellner and Mike Gaslin in the third period against Holy Angels. The Stars outshot the Fire 36-28 for the game. Nick Schreiter earned the victory for Holy Family (2-0) in his fi rst career start. Against New Ulm, the second period saw 45 shots and 13 goals combined between Holy Fami ly Catholic and the Eagles. Yes, it was a wild season opener. Holy Family netted 11 goals in a six-goal win over New Ulm, which was the Section

VIDEO ONLINE CHECK OUT FELLNER’S GOAL OVER HOLY ANGELS AT 3A runner-up a season ago. The Fire led at one point 9-1 midway through the second period. Gersich had a big night for the Fire, supplying three goals and four assists. Stenson and Peterson also had two goals each with Peterson fi nishing with a five-point night. A l s o s c o r i n g f o r H o ly Family were Fellner, Austin Balm, Tanner Steen and Max Mork. Larry Bieneman made 25 saves for the victory for the Fire, which outshot the Eagles 59-30.

Trent Butcher won a 6-5 decision in the 126-pound bracket championship match at the Paul Wolf Panther Invite at Lakeville North High School S at u rd ay to le ad Ch a sk a / Chanhassen wrestling to a fi fth-place fi nish in a 16-team field. Butcher, ranked No. 6 in Class AAA, defeated Philip Dvorak of Scott West 6-5 in the title match at 126 points. He was one of six Storm Hawks to place in the top six. Luke Finkel, a 2011 state participant, was a runner-up at 113 pounds. Finkel dropped a 5-0 decision to Scott West’s Zach Siegle in the championship match. Siegle is ranked No. 2 in Class AA. Isaac and Ethan Loosbruck each finished third for C/C. Isaac, an eighth-grader ranked No. 8 in Class A A A, won a 2-1 decision over Ty Johnson of W hite Bea r La ke at 10 6 pounds. Ethan, a senior ranked No. 9, scored a decision by the score of 11-4 over Austin Britnell of Lakeville South at 152 pounds. Josh Blackowiak was fi fth for C/C at 170 pounds, topping Tristyn Hanson of Lakeville North by pin at 4:41 in the fi nal match of the day. Reid Johnson also won by fall at 4:46 of the third period over Mitchell Kern of New Richmond (Wisc.) to secure fi fth place at heavyweight. The Storm Hawks are at Eden Prairie at 7 p.m. Friday before hosting an invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday. Competing teams are Buffalo, Champlin Park, Hopkins, Mankato West, Mi n neton ka, New P rag ue, Owatonna, and Robbinsdale Cooper.

RUNNER-UP FINISH T he C h a n h a s s en d a nc e team got off to a great start in the Missota Conference with a runner-up fi nish at the high kick event at Farmington High School Nov. 29.

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Storm Hawks unbeaten in league play BY ERIC KRAUSHAR

In hockey, when a goaltender is single-handily carrying their team, there’s a phrase that’s used called “standing on your head.” Holy Angels junior Maddie Karl was a perfect example of this Dec. 1. Five days after beating the Stars 10-0 in the championship game of the Prior Lake Invitational, Chaska/Chanhassen found itself trailing 1-0 late in the second period. Karl was a big reason for the score. The junior goaltender, who did not start against the Storm Hawks in the first meeting, stopped the fi rst 24 shots she faced. And they weren’t easy ones, either. She knocked down point blank shots and even made two key saves on breakaways in the first period. It took until there was 40.2 seconds left in the second period for C/C to get a shot past her. Kaitlin Storo jammed in a Morgan Morse shot on the power play to knot the game at one. Nearly 20 seconds later, Karl was knocked to the ice and was never the same. Storo scored a pair of unanswered goals in the third period for a 3-1 win. “Solid start so far. We’ve had three nice wins to begin the season and we also won the Prior Lake Tournament. All of the offensive lines have contributed to our scoring as well as offensive production from our defenseman, which is great to have that balance,”

said C/C Head Coach Tracy Cassano Tuesday afternoon. “Kaitlin Storo has been a scoring machine.” The Storm Hawks remained unbeaten in the Missota Conference with a 3 -3 tie with Shakopee Tuesday. C/C is now 2-0-1. Trailing 3-1 after Shakopee scored three times in a fourminute span midway through the second period, the Storm Hawks pulled within a goal on a netter from Megan Williams. Casey Lindquist scored with 7:07 remaining in regulation off a pass from Emma Silkey to even the game. Despite outshooting the Sabers 45 to 24 for the game, C/C only managed a tie. The Storm Hawks led after one period as Megan O’Brian scored from Jenna Wormuth in the ninth minute of action. Shakopee responded with Anna Kubes scoring followed by a pair of goals from Lauren Hespenheide. Laura Chalupsky made 21 saves in the tie for the Storm Hawks. Earlier in the week, Storo and Wormuth each netted goals for C/C, but it wasn’t enough to top visiting Grand Rapids/ Greenway Saturday. The Lightning, behind forward Molly Illikainen’s goal and assist, won 3-2 over the Storm Hawks at Chaska Community Center. Illikainen is headed to Division I Providence University on a hockey scholarship. She also was one of six Minnesotans

VIDEO ONLINE CHECK OUT STORO’S GOAL OVER HOLY ANGELS AT named to the U.S. women’s U-18 national team. Aspen Anderson also had a goal and an assist for Grand Rapids/Greenway. Trailing 2-1 into the third period, the Lightning scored just four seconds into the stanza on a goal from Delany Kohorst. C/C got back within a goal on a power-play shot from Wormuth, but the Storm Hawks were unable to get the tying goal despite outshooting Grand Rapids/Greenway 12 to 5 for the period. Storo scored her 11th goal of the season at 5:20 of the second period to tie the game at one. Illikainen gave the Lightning the lead for good with a power-play goal with 36 seconds remaining in the stanza. C/C got 11 saves from Chalupsky.

AN OLD NEMISIS Tracy Cassano led Rosemount to the Class AA Girls Hockey State Tournament last season only to fall to Edina 6-0 in the quarterfinal round. Now the coach at Chaska/Chanhassen, the story was the same Nov. 29 with Cassano and the Hornets. Edina scored a goal in each of the fi rst two periods to beat


Chaska/Chanhassen sophomore forward Sheridan Bergo (19) attempts to stuff the puck past Holy Angels goaltender Maddie Karl during a 3-1 win Dec. 1. the Storm Hawks 2-0. It was the fi rst loss of the season for C/C, which had scored 25 goals in three victories. Edina, ranked No. 3 in Class AA after finishing second at state last year, is coached by Cassano’s former teammate and roommate at the University of Minnesota Laura Slo-


minski. Megan Armstrong, one of four all-tournament players returning from last season, notched a power-play goal in the fi rst period for the Hornets. Liz Trautz added a second goal later in the game for Edina. Chalupsky, playing while starter Carly Van Orden is out

with an illness, made 24 saves in the nets in the loss for C/C. “Laura has started five out of our last six games because Carly was out with mono and she has stepped up, competed hard and put our team in a position to win all of those games, which is what you ask of your goalie,” Cassano said.


Experience on the side of Storm BY ERIC KRAUSHAR

Chan 7B girls are runners-up at Lakeville The Chanhassen Seventh Grade Girls B Basketball team took second place at the Lakeville Classic Tournament Nov. 20. Pictured from top left, Joanna Hart, Dailia Plath, Hailey Frye, and Grace Morley. Bottom row: Amber Mollet, Maggie Rolf, Laura Price, Alex Lindelien, and Kasey Kroiss. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Chan girls place second at Lakeville The Chanhassen Fourth Grade Blue travel girls basketball team took second place in its first tournament of the year in Lakeville. The girls played a great tournament and just came up short against Eden Prairie in the championship. The team is, front row from left, Celia Kreykes, Riley Lyons, Elizabeth Murphy, and Madison Thomes. Back row: Maddie Brzica, Annika Olson, Julia Gronholz, and Gabby Barreiro. Coaches are Scott Murphy and Paul Gronholz.

CC Squirt C starts season with a secondplace finish

Chan 7 White wins at Lakeville The Chanhassen Seventh Grade White girls basketball team were champions at the Lakeville Classic Tournament Nov. 19. Team members are front row from left, Amber Mollet, Karin Ellefson, Katya Berkland, and Lauren Tritch. Back row: Joanna Hart, Hannah Olund, Grace Morley, and Jenna Bilden.

The Chaska/Chanhassen Hockey Association Squirt C Purple team had a great opening season tournament showing, taking second place in the 2011 Chaska Brick City tournament hosted at the Chaska Community Center. Victories over CCHA Black and St. Michael-Albertville and a tie with KC Thunder Bay propelled the Ice Warriors into the championship game versus the Omaha Jr. Lancers (A). Although the Ice Warriors fell short, they earned a well deserved second-place trophy. The players pictured are: M. Roane (13), G. Kinneman (5), D. Armstrong (12), S. Caufield (15), J. Weyandt (9), J. Donachek (7), P. Anderson (2), A. Sibley (3), C. Funk (8), S. Marone (4), A. Cole (10), J. Sendin (14), J. Schneider (16), N. Stanger (11) with coaches by M. Sendin, D. Armstrong and J. Marone.

Chanhassen started slow, but had a strong finish last season, giving Storm Head Boys Basketball Coach Nathan Pelowski reason for optimism for a program searching for its first section win. “After a rough December, we finished strong with a 10-7 record, including a stretch where we won eight out of nine. Things could have been better as well with three overtime losses, which included a hard fought loss to inter-district rival Chaska. Things seemed to turn around for us after rallying to beat Holy Family,” the head coach said. With a trio of third-year starters returning for the Storm, Pelowski is excited to see if this is the year Chanhassen can earn a spot in the section semifinals and possibly its first conference title. “Having three 3-year varsity players will add the experience needed to compete for the conference and section title. They should also help the team be more consistent throughout the year,” he said. “Can the Storm win the big game? A tough December schedule with teams rated in the top ten, Lakeville North and Eden Prairie, will give us an idea where we are at,” Pelowski added. Topping the returnees is Kevin Jensen, a 6’6” all-conference forward that recently committed to play at Division II University of Mary. Jensen scored 13 points per game a year ago and will leave the school as its all-time rebounds leader. Also back for their third years are guards Brandon Arnold and Joey Stark. Arnold averaged seven assists per game last season, while Stark was the team’s defensive leader. “The versatile Kevin Jensen will be looked to score from both inside and out. Joey will be looked upon to lead the

defensive attack. He will be look to shoot the ball better this year. Brandon’s unselfish play will put many players into easy scoring opportunities,” Pelowski said. The team also returns four key reserves in seniors Steven Gitzen and Cole Otto in the paint and juniors Jared Lea and Jack Kozlowski. Gitzen, also listed at 6’6” for the Storm, can score from anywhere. Otto came on strong at the end of last season, while Lea was a back-up guard. Kozlowski added four-plus offensive rebounds for Chanhassen, which had a 13-13 overall record with a 9-5 record in the Missota Conference.

DEFENDING THE HOME COURT Chanhassen’s forward trio of Jensen, Otto and Gitzen combined for 49 points as the Storm boys basketball team held on for a season opening victory 76-69 over Henry Sibley Friday. Jensen led the Storm with 20 points. Otto added 16, while Gitzen had 13. Chanhassen led the Warriors 35-27 at halftime. Adam Huessner paced Henry Sibley with a game-high 21 points. Lea chipped in nine points for the Storm, while Stark had eight. On Tuesday, clutch free throws from Gitzen and Otto down the stretch a l lowed Chanhassen to hold on for a 62-56 win at Waconia. The Wildcats placed third in Class AAA last season, returning three players from the main rotation. Jack Kozlowski scored a career-high 19 points to pace the Storm (2-0). Gitzen added 10 points, while Stark and Lea each had nine. Alex Schmitt had 17 points for Waconia, while Wylie Ferron chipped in 12. Chanhassen led 30 -25 at halftime. The Storm host Lakeville North at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Don’t miss this TOUGH TESTS It’s a busy week on the court for the Chanhassen basketball teams. The girls play section foes Bloomington Jefferson and Kennedy – both on the road – while the boys host Lakeville North Friday and are at Buffalo on Tuesday. The Storm girls also host Buffalo on Tuesday.

Middle school wrestlers second at Waseca The Storm Hawks Middle School Wrestling team placed second in the team competition at the Waseca Invitational. Team members are, front row from left: Collin Olevson, Michael Hoppe, Jerry Ansera, and Matthew Boyum. Second row: Matt Kegal, Jinlee Gunvalson, Darius Perkins, Andre Berkland, Aaron Timm, and Randall Huesman. Third row: McKay Hardy, Daniel Harper, Branden Hewitt, Scott Gustofson, Andrew Hoffman, and Ryan Seamann. Fourth row: Taylor Hardy, Gavin Buckentine, Jonny Zarnke, Alex Machukans, and Nathan Yeager. Fifth row: Chris Mcgraby-Wiley and Levi Roth. The team is coached by Jeff Higgins and Cabe Miller.

CC Squirt C Gold wins consolation trophy The Chaska/Chanhassen Squirt C Gold hockey team took third in the Thanksgiving Weekend Brick City Hockey Tournament. The squad defeated Minnetonka and Canada to secure the consolation trophy. The team is, top row from left, Assistant Coach Gary Hegenes, Assistant Coach Ric Steigerwald, Head Coach Clayton Solie, Evan Hegenes, Lucas Stolt, Charlie Goodrich, Joey Lindquist, Quinn Maher, Matthew Kuntz, and Ricky VickmarkSteigerwald. Bottom row: Cooper Solie, Dylan Schenk, Tate Even, Lukas Casey, Blake Muschewske, Ben Parker, and Connor Berends.


Chanhassen H.S. TODAY, DECEMBER 8 Gymnastics at Lakeville North, 6 p.m. Dance at Missota Conference (Northfi eld), 7 p.m. Girls Basketball at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 Wrestling at Eden Prairie, 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. Lakeville North, 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Wrestling at Home Invite (Chan H.S.), 9 a.m. Gymnastics at Northfield Invite, 10:30 a.m. Dance at Lakeville North Invite, Noon Girls Hockey vs. Northfield, 2 p.m. Girls Basketball at Bloomington Kennedy, 3 p.m. Boys Hockey at Coon Rapids, 3 p.m.

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Undefeated start for three Skipper teams Trailing 39-31 at halftime, the Minnetonka girls basketball team held Richfield to 18 second-half points to rally for a 68-57 victory Saturday at the Breakdown Classic at Hopkins High School. The Skippers outscored the Spartans 37-18 during the fi nal 18 minutes. Courtney Frederickson led all starters with 19 points, while Joanna Hedstrom added 18 for Minnetonka (3-0). Kelly McKenzie and Maddy Johnson also were in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Hedstrom had to sit most of the fi rst half in foul trouble and her impact was felt immediately in the second half as she sparked the Skippers with great point guard play. Richfield’s top scorer, Jessica January, was held to 13 points in the loss. Hannah Wise led the Spartans with 16 points. Earlier in the week, new head coach Leah Dasovich saw her team rout Lakeville South on the road 75-44 Dec. 1. The Skippers led 42-23 at halftime. Four Minnetonka players – McKenzie, F rederickson, Hedstrom and Anne Hamilton – each scored in double figures. McKenzie led the way with 18 points, while Frederickson had 15. Hami lton and Hedstrom fi nished with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Minnetonka also topped Prior Lake 59-43 Nov. 29 in a game much closer than the final score suggested. The Lakers never led in the game, but was right on the Skippers’ heels up until the fi nal seven minutes when Minnetonka pulled away. The Skippers went on a 10-0 run to seize control in the fi nal minutes. Hedstrom led all scorers

with 25 points for Minnetonka, while Johnson added six.

3-0 START Brian Anderson did everything to keep Centennial in the game against Minnetonka. But the Cougars goaltender couldn’t stop junior Vinni Lettieri from netting the eventual game-winner early in the third period in a 2-1 win for the Skippers Saturday. Lettieri scored on the power play off assists from Max Coatta and Tommy Vannelli at the 4:14 mark of the fi nal stanza. Minnetonka outshot Centennial 46 -24 for the game. The game featured 36 penalty minutes, including nine roughing penalties – five to Centenntial and four to Minnetonka – 90 seconds after the winning goal. Sam Rothstein got the Skippers on the board first with 2:11 left in the fi rst period with assists going to Connor Thie and Erik Baskin. Centennial tied the score in the second period on the power play, but it was the only goal the Cougars would get on Minnetonka goaltender Matt Behounek. The goalie made 23 saves for his second win of the season. Earlier in the week, No. 10-ranked Burnsville scored 37 seconds into the game and led 2-0 nine minutes into action. But that’s where the fun ended. Minnetonka took over from there. The No. 4-ranked Skippers tied the game at 2-2 after one period and scored two goals in the fi rst 40 seconds of the second period en route to a 7-3 win. Minnetonka scored four unanswered goals in the second period to take a 6-2 lead. Coatta and Lettieri each had a pair of goals for the Skippers, while

Jack Teal, Thie and Rothstein also scored. Coatta had a five-point evening for Minnetonka. Sophomore Jack Ramsey also added three assists. Paul Ciaccio made 11 saves for his fi rst victory of the season for the Skippers. The Skippers got goals from five different players in a 6-0 season-opening win at Apple Valley Nov. 29. Minnetonka Head Coach Brian Urick said his junior class would play a large role in the team’s success this season and he was right. All six goals came from the junior class. Thie, a transfer from Hopkins who had 25 points a season ago (10 goals and 15 assists), had two netters in the opening period. Jimmy Schuldt, who had two points on the event, added a short-handed goal for the 3-0 lead after one period. Lettieri and Coatta had goals in the second period, while Jared Ridge finished off the scoring for the Skippers with a third-period tally. Rothstein added three assists for Minnetonka. Behounek made 16 saves for the shutout for the Skippers. Minnetonka outshot the Eagles 33 to 16 for the game.

SOLID START Minnetonka improved to 2-0 in the boys basketball season with a 93 - 83 win over Rogers Saturday at the Breakdown Classic at Hopkins High School. Joe Risinger netted a careerhigh 26 points for the Skippers, who scored 90 or more points for the fi rst time since Dec. 29, 2009. Minnetonka didn’t win its second game until Jan. 4 last season during a 4-23 campaign. Riley Dearring and Latrell


Minnetonka junior Joanna Hedstrom scores 25 points in a season-opening victory for the Skippers Nov. 29 at Prior Lake. Love were also in double fi gures with 21 and 19 points, respectively, for the Skippers. Both players are transfers this season for Minnetonka. Love scored 18.5 points per game last season for Minneapolis Henry. Dearring averaged 8.5 points per game for DeLaSalle High School last year. Grant Kellogg added nine points for Minnetonka. Michael Schreiber paced Rogers with 29 points. Minnetonka defeated Rose-


mount 6 0 - 5 5 in the season opener Dec. 1. Andrew Grosz had 14 points for the Skippers against the Irish.

BACK ON TRACK A round trip of more than 300 miles gained Minnetonka girls hockey a pair of wins during the past weekend. The Skippers topped the Duluth Northern Stars 6-0 Friday before they finished off the back-to-back with a 6-1 win over Proctor/

Hermantown Saturday. Sidney Morin and Hadley Cookson each scored twice in the second game of the weekend. Minnetonka (6-2) outshot Proctor/Hermantown 48-14 for the game. Also scoring for the Skippers were Hannah Behounek and Maggie Bazany. Minnetonka led 6-0 after two periods. Sydney Rossman made 13 saves for the victory. Scoring from the Duluth game was not available.


All gymnasts back on the mat Searching for

the first victory


Jamie Tsurusaki is in her third year as head coach of the Chaska-Chanhassen gymnastics team. After two seasons of developing the program, the Storm Hawks are eager to showcase their talents this winter. “We didn’t graduate any seniors last year so we are looking to be pretty strong this year,” Tsurusaki said. Top returning gymnasts are seniors Alex Dragos and Taylor Ruelle as well as sophomore Rachel Nornes. As a junior, Dragos received all-conference, all-section and all-state honorable mention on uneven bars, floor exercise and in the all-around competition. Ruelle was an all-state honorable mention selection in the balance beam, while Nornes gained all-conference honorable mention, all-section and all-state honorable mention in the uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and the all-around competition. “We also had eight girls receive all-section academic and one receive all-section academic honorable mention,” Tsurusaki said. While the two schools will


The Chaska/Chanhassen gymnastics captains are Alex Dragos, Danielle Magnuson and Taylor Ruelle. compete together during the regular season, Chaska will go to Waseca for the Section 2A Meet, while Chanhassen travels to Eastview High School in Section 2AA. The Storm Hawks haven’t qualified a gymnast for state si nc e K r i st i n K nud son i n

2008. “A few goals for the season are to have people make it to state, improve off our team scores from last year and to remain injury free,” Tsurusaki said. Captains for the season are Dragos, Ruelle and Danielle

Magnuson. The team has a roster of 21 gymnasts. All practices and competitions will be held at Chanhassen High School this year. The season opener is scheduled for tonight at Lakeville North High School with an invitational at Northfield Saturday.

Holy Family led Richfield 41-32 at halftime, but the Fire were outscored 35-14 during the final 18 minutes as the Spartans won 67-55 Dec. 1. The Fire are off to an 0-2 start. All-Metro guard Jessica January led all scorers with 23 points, while teammates Hannah Wise and Sierra Washington also were in double figures for Richfield with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Ha ley T hompson had a career-high 19 points for Holy Family, while Michaela Rasmussen chipped in 11 points. Emily Bauer and Hannah Schonhardt each had seven points as well. Earlier in the week, Providence Academy’s Nathalie Ratliff netted 29 points as the Lions spoiled new Holy Family Catholic girls basketball coach Jenny Swartout’s debut Nov. 29 62-42. The Lions outscored the Fire by 10 points in each half. The score was 29-19 at the break. Schonhardt led Holy Family with eight points. Bauer and Rasmussen each chipped in five points, while Erin RyanMosley had four rebounds.

SECOND SHUTOUT A one week hiatus proved to be just what the Holy Family Catholic/Waconia girls hockey team needed Saturday. A rested Wildfire squad pulled away in the second period from a scoreless game to win 4-0 over Minnehaha Academy to improve to 3-2-2. Shaina Gonzales, JC Reinke and Megan Menzuber scored three and a half minutes apart midway through the second stanza to gain control of the nonconference game. Reinke added a short-handed empty netter in the fi nal minute to complete her threepoint night. Menzuber added an assist for the Wildfi re. Carly Bergstrom stopped all 19 shots for her second shutout in si x sta r ts this season.

LONG ROAD TRIP The Holy Family boys basketball team lost a pair of games during a trip to Wisconsin this past weekend. The Fire dropped a 61-52 contest to Waukesha Catholic Memorial Dec. 2 before falling 56-39 to St. Pius XI of Milwaukee on Saturday.

SPORTS BRIEFS state tournament Nov. 18-19 in named honorable mention. Southern Stars’ Mankato West quarterback Stillwater. Philip Nelson, a University of Brennan named to Minnesota recruit, was named all-tournament team HFC’s Roane, Tonka’s the AP’s player of the year. Wells Fargo, the premier Webb selected allClark runs well at corporate sponsor of the Minnesota State High School League, state announced Aaron Brennan Holy Family Catholic’s Mi- Nike Nationals in of the Chaska/Chanhassen/ chael Roane, who rarely came Prior Lake/Shakopee Southern off the field for the state tour- Oregon Stars has been named recipient of this year’s Wells Fargo AllTournament Team award for Adapted Soccer, CI Division. The award recognizes student athletes who demonstrate exceptional sportsmanship, team commitment, athletic ability and leadership during the state high school tournaments. Athletes are selected to the Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team by a panel of coaches attending the tournament. Twenty-four awards are presented in CI and PI Divisions of Adapted Soccer. The Southern Stars fi nished with a 10-2 record this season, losing both matches at the

nament participant Fire, was named to the Associated Press All-State Football team last week. Roane, a senior quarterback/ safety/punter/kicker, was chosen as a second-team recipient at the returner/all-purpose position. Teammate Ryan Dahl was picked honorable mention on the defensive line. Also selected to the first team was Minnetonka’s Charles Webb at defensive back, while tea m mates M a lcom Moore (receiver), Beau Bates (linebacker), KeAndre Singleton (defensive back), DeA nd re Singleton (defensive back) and Vinni Lettieri (kicker) were

Chanhassen native Brandon Clark, a senior at Blake School, completed his senior championship season on a high note as he finished 42nd at the Nike Cross Country National Championships this past weekend in Portland, Ore. The top runners from around the country earned an invite to the meet by finishing in the top-five individuals from their region. Clark was the fourth individual runner from the seven-state Heartland Region race run on Nov. 19th in Sioux Falls, fi nishing as the top Minnesotan running a time of 15:35 just ahead of Class AA state champion senior Josh Thorson


Blake School’s Brandon Clark (Bib 204, far left), a Chanhassen native, starts his 5,000-meter journey at the Nike Cross Country National Championships in Oregon last weekend. from Wayzata. At the National meet, Clark’s goal was a top-25 finish and he was in position to achieve that goal with a mile to go but could not hold on in the muddy conditions, finishing the race with a time of 15:58. Thorson placed

73rd with a time of 16:15. Although Clark runs for the Blake School, he has been training with four Chanhassen Storm seniors since the state high school cross country meet. These five runners will continue to train together this winter

in preparation for their final track season. The Chanhassen runners are Alec Olson, Kieran Kelly, Spencer Mertes, and Austin Miller. These five will run in one or two indoor meets this winter competing as the Chanhassen Running Club.

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

Twinkle toes for Toys for Tots ‘Dancing with the Teachers’ dance off is Dec. 14 BY UNSIE ZUEGE

Students in Heather Stohs’ Capstone marketing class are clustered into groups, some in front of computers, others going over their project details, and one group is out in the school building, making posters and hanging them up to publicize their upcoming event . T he s e C h a n h a s s en High School students have already taken introductory and intermediate classes in business and marketing. This Capstone class enables them to take what they’ve learned, and develop a project beyond the classroom. The Capstone program is applied to four areas of interests at Chanhassen and Chaska high schools — arts and communication, global st udies, he a lt h a nd soci a l sciences, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Beginning with the class of 2013, every student is required to complete a Capstone course for graduation. W hether a student aspires to b e a me ch a nic, a d ietician, a professional singer,

an advertising professional, or engineer, he or she will be able to gain experience in the real world. “W hat I like about it, is that it’s student voices, it’s student led and it involves a lot of self learning, leadership and developing an action plan,” said A rlene Borner. Borner is the Capstone coach a nd pr ofe s sion a l develop ment c o or d i n at or at b ot h hig h school s. “I enjoy t he excitement students have for their projects. There are 29 courses, including Capstones in Spanish, French, musical performance, sports and fitness, engineering. There’s a student working on a power drink as his project.” Marketing students Megan Hugh, Sydney Storm and Mariah Williams are organizing a fundraiser called “Dancing with the Teachers,” as part of their Capstone “learn and earn” assignment. In their case it is fundraising for Toys for Tots. “We had so many ideas,” Megan said. “But we wanted to do something to raise money ot her t ha n a more t y pic a l silent auction, or a contest

like ‘Chan Man,’ or a powder puff sports event. We wanted something interactive, and we wanted to get away from just copying ideas from Chaska (High School). When we talked to local businesses about bei ng i nvolved, t hey wa nted something that was holidayoriented. “TV shows like ‘Dancing with the Stars’ are really popular now,” Megan said, ‘so we thought a ‘Dancing with the Teachers,’ would be fun.” There are eight dancing couples, pairing students with teachers. “Each pair has a designated dance style,” Megan said, “from doing a ‘hoe down’ type of dance or disco or something else. We have a panel of judges, i nclud i n g t he d a nc e te a m coach, so you know it’s not all fun and games. They’re really going to have to work.” Emily Ray, the high school’s fall performance dance coach, Baylee Cummins, a student, Maureen Harlander, an English teacher, and Jim Swearingen, assistant principal are the judges. “The judges will give the contestants feedback and ulti-

mately determine the winning pair,” Megan said. “Partner groups that advance to the final round will be given a 15 -mi nute i nter mission to come up with 30 seconds of material to a random style of music and style of dance.” Revenues from refreshments sold during intermission will also go to Toys for Tots, and attendees are invited to bring toy donations as well. Read about other Capstone marketing projects online at

What is Capstone? What it is: Introductory and intermediate classes lead to Capstone, a project-based class that immerses students in authentic ‘real world’ experience in the arts and communication, global studies, health and social sciences, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer, and Math). Who participates: Beginning

with the Class of 2013, all Chanhassen and Chaska high school students are required to complete a Capstone Course before graduation. Who benefits: Students gain experience in the world beyond the classroom walls in areas of their interest through mentors, project consultants, internships and job shadowing.

Dancing with the Stars When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14


Where: Chanhassen High School

How: Admission is $6 per person with proceeds going to Toys for Tots. Attendees are also encouraged to bring toy donations.

Who: Eight dance couples, students and teachers will compete to win dance

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The Chanhassen High School contestants get loose and limber in preparation for the Dec. 14 “Dancing with the Teachers” dance competition and fundraiser. Front, from left, Annie Parten, Kelly Ryan, Naomi Delorenzo, and Erin Wolke. Back row, Frank Ragnow, Kurt Vinje, Jack Kozlowski, Cullen Bahn, Nancy Flom, Austin Nevin, and Patrick Shipway. Not pictured, Lauren Lantz, Chris Schriever, Sara Falkofske, Lori Constable, and Zachary Prax.

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driving without a valid driver’s license and no identification. At 6:02 p.m., responded to the 10400 block of Bluff Circle, Chanhassen, for a child custody dispute. At 11:14 p.m., made a traffic stop at Vernon Drive and White Pine Way, Carver, where an adult Carver male was arrested for DWI and speeding. Nov. 30 At 7:21 a.m., responded to Highway 5 and Highway 101, Chanhassen, for a personal injury accident. At 10:41 a.m., responded to the 2200 block of Lyman Boulevard, Chanhassen, for report of a theft. At 11:03 a.m., responded to a Carver address for report of abuse/ neglect. At 12:48 p.m., responded to the intersection of County Road 61 and Highway 101, Chanhassen, for a property damage accident. A 39-year old Chaska male was cited for no insurance. At 3:20 p.m., responded to the 7700 block of Chanhassen Road, Chanhassen, for report of theft from a vehicle. At 3:31 p.m., responded to a Victoria address, on a referral from Social Services, about abuse/ne-

glect. At 3:56 p.m., responded to the 7400 block of Saratoga Drive, Chanhassen, for report of a theft. At 8:33 p.m., responded to the 3600 block of Red Cedar Point Road, Chanhassen, where a warrant was served on an adult Chanhassen male and he was cited for possession of marijuana. At 11:32 p.m., made a traffic stop at Dell Road and Highway 5, Chanhassen, where an adult male was arrested for DWI. Dec. 1 At 7:45 a.m., made a traffic stop at Highway 5 and Dakota Avenue, Chanhassen, where an adult Jordan female was arrested for third degree DUI, 5th degree possession of a hypodermic needle, and drug paraphernalia. At 1:01 p.m., responded to the 7900 block of Dakota Avenue, Chanhassen, where an adult Hopkins male attempted a gas drive-off. He was cited for theft. At 1:23 p.m., responded to the 8400 block of Kochia Lane, Victoria, for report of theft of more than $100 cash. At 4:21 p.m., responded to the

8700 block of College View Drive, Laketown Township, for report of theft by swindle, and a loss of $1,500. At 7:24 p.m., responded to the 8300 block of Allegheny Grove Boulevard, Victoria, where an adult Victoria male was arrested for domestic assault by strangulation, interference with a 911 call and fl eeing peace officer on foot. Dec. 2 At 7:23 p.m., made a traffic stop at County Road 61 and Highway 101, Chanhassen, where an adult Chanhassen male was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana and a centerline violation. An adult Chaska female was cited for littering. Dec. 4 At 6:23 a.m., responded to the 8100 block of Trillium Circle, Victoria, for report of damaged mailbox, estimated value of $250. At 9:21 a.m., responded to the 1800 block of Victoria Circle, Victoria, for report of theft of top portion of an evergreen tree valued at $800. 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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he holidays are a true holiday from a busy season of baking at Cocoa & Fig. “This is fun for us,” said co-owner Laurie Pyle. The bakery, which has a production kitchen in Shakopee, is at its busiest in the summer and fall when catering weddings. The holidays are a fun time to try to new things, Pyle said. Her co-owner, Joe Lin, said Cocoa & Fig embraces the holiday season. “It’s good busy and it’s fun busy,” he said. “It’s a chance for us to switch gears and do something different.” If you’re the type who’s ever yawned at the usual offering of sugar cookies and gingerbread, Cocoa & Fig’s holiday treats might be the menu to check out. The bakery specializes in “just making things a little bit more gourmet than maybe grandma made them but still have some flavors that are reminiscent of what you had when you were a kid,” Pyle said. For example, salted caramel is the popular treat this season. “We are doing our salted caramel nut tarts which is sort of a kicked up version of a pecan pie,” Pyle said. Cocoa & Fig’s head pastry chef is allergic to pecans. “So maybe selfishly, I wanted something that didn’t have pecans,” she added. Another classic with a twist: chewy, chocolate ginger cookies. Cocoa & Fig’s recipe adds

Treats to try: Apple Galette, Salted Caramel Nut Tart, Chewy Chocolate Ginger, Pumpkin Macarons The retail shop is located at Gaviidae Common, 651 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis Retail shop: (612) 333-1485 Shakopee production kitchen: (952) 540-4300 Website:

Valrhona cocoa powder and 70 percent chocolate chunks with crystallized ginger. Definitely not your grandma’s gingerbread man. As much as customers may want something new, they also want seasonal classics with pumpkin and chocolate. Clients want something “approachable and comforting,” Lin noted. “They want it tweaked a little bit.” Those looking for major comfort food should try the bakery’s apple galette, pumpkin cheesecake and Russian tea cakes. “Our cake lollipops have been a huge hit,” Pyle said. Seasonal cake lollipop flavors include pumpkin and peppermint. Then, there’s the macarons, a small sandwich cookie made from almond powder and egg whites. Flavors include pumpkin, caramel apple, salted caramel and pistachio. “It’s like taking the classic American dessert and putting it in a small French cookie,” said Lin about the caramel apple macarons.

Cocoa & Fig’s Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Yields: approximately 2 dozen 2 sticks butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 2 tsp. cinnamon 3 cups oats 2/3 cup dried cranberries 2/3 cup white chocolate


Cocoa & Fig owner Laurie Pyle puts together pumpkin macarons at the Shakopee production facility.

Beat butter, white sugar and brown sugar together until light and fluff y. Add eggs and vanilla, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Sift dry ingredients and slowly add to the mixture. Add oats and mix just until combined. Mix in cranberries and white chocolate by hand. Refrigerate dough for 1-2 hours before scooping. Above – A dollop of caramel fits into the center of a pumpkin macaron.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop cookies into rounds using a small ice cream scoop – dough should be about walnut size rounds. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten cookies slightly with the palm of your hand.

At left – Cupcakes are primed for a layer of chocolate, nuts and caramel. Seasonal cupcakes offerings from Cocoa & Fig include pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese icing, caramel apple cupcakes with caramel icing and gingerbread cupcakes with creamy chevre icing.

Bake for 8-10 minutes in preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool completely before enjoying!

LET’S GO! BEST BETS 1. LIVE NATIVITY St. John’s Lutheran Church holds a live nativity at the Chaska Community Center theater at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m., outdoor performance at St. John’s in downtown Chaska. Seats at CCC are firstcome first-served. Time: 2 p.m., 4 p.m. (at CCC); 6 p.m. (at St. John’s) Sunday, Dec. 18 Cost: Free Location: Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive; St. John’s, 300 Fourth St. E., Chaska Info:

2. JULETIDE CONCERT The Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus and Youth

Chamber Choir will perform. Time: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 Cost: Free-will donation Location: Wayzata Community Church, 125 East Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata Info: or (952) 401-5954

3. SKATE WITH SANTA Shakopee Parks and Recreation is hosting a Skate with Santa event. Time: 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 Cost: Free Location: Shakopee Ice Arena, 1255 Fuller St., Shakopee Info: (952) 233-9500



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


DEC. 8 WILL ROGERS Randall Reeder performs as Will Rogers, America’s favorite humorist of the 1920s and 1930s. Reeder blends Rogers comments with commentary on the news today. Time: 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8 Cost: Free Location: Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive Info:

TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY TEAS Share holiday joy at these formal teas complete with freshly baked sweets and savories, plus an English trifle. Time: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8-11, 15-18, 21-23 and 27-30 Cost: $23 for Arboretum members; $26 for non-members Location: Snyder Building Tea Room, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska Info: (612) 626-3951 or

‘WHITE CHRISTMAS’ Chaska Valley Family Theater will present Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas – the Musical.” Based on the film, the musical adaptation tells the story of veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis. The duo has a successful song-and-dance act after World War II, and, with romance in mind, the two follow two beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. The score features well known Irving Berlin standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and “White Christmas.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 8-10 Cost: Adults $15; youth 17 and younger $10 Location: Chanhassen High School Theater, 2200 Lyman Blvd, Chanhassen Info: or (952) 250-7206

The Minnetonka Choral Society, under the direction of Maestro Jere Lantz, will perform a garland of carols for voice and guitar with Minnesota guitarist Jeffrey Van. The music selection includes several written by Jeffrey Van for the Dale Warland Singers as well as new arrangements of treasured favorites such as Silent Night. Time: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Location: St. Therese of Deephaven, 18323 Minnetonka Boulevard, Wayzata Cost: Tickets are $18 for adults - $10 for students (17 and younger) and may be purchased at the door The concert will be held at St. Therese of Deephaven, 18323 Minnetonka Boulevard, Wayzata MN, 55391. Tickets are $18 for adults - $10 for students (17 and younger) and may be purchased at the door, or via a secure link at www. Info: www.minnetonkachoralsociety. org or (952) 476-1922

Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain and they marry. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. Starring Jen Burleigh-Bentz and John Trones. Time: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17; 2 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17; 4 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 Cost: $12-$18 Location: Minnetonka Theatre, 18285 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka, MN 55345 Info: or (952) 401-5898



DEC. 10 CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE & COOKIE WALK There’ll be lots of delicious homemade cookies and other baked goods for sale, along with jewelry, handmade crafts, unique gifts, gourmet soups and more at the Family of Christ Lutheran Church Christmas Boutique & Cookie Walk. Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. From 10-11:30 there will be a children’s party for kids age 2 through second grade. Location: Family of Christ Lutheran Church, 2020 Coulter Blvd., Chanhassen, Info: (952) 934-5659


Dancers Joseph Bingham of Burnsville and Lindsey Mitchell of Chaska will be performing in “The Nutcracker Ballet” performance by the River Valley Dance Academy of Chaska.



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Visit Santa and participate in a variety of family focused activities. There will be a bonfire to keep people warm. The Carver County Historical Society will have table for kids to make historic ornaments. There will also be face painting, a scavenger hunt, holiday trivia and refreshments. Families are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to be donated to the CAP Agency for families in need. Time: 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 Cost: $5 per child Location: Lake Minnewashta Regional Park, off of Highway 41, between highways 5 and 7 in Chanhassen. Info: (952) 466-5250 or visit



“The Creche,” a musical drama, will be performed this weekend at Christ Community Church. Matthew Mohsenian, a Chanhassen boy has a lead role in the show, which includes 50 cast members. Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Location: Christ Community Church, 897 Third Avenue, Excelsior. Seat Reservations: (952) 470-7385

Carver Scott Humane Society volunteers will hold a pet adoption. All cats and dogs have been micro ID implanted, vet checked, wormed, had shots updated, checked for friendly temperaments, and age appropriately spayed/neutered. Time: Noon-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 Cost: $165+ for cats and $195+ for dogs Location: PETCO, 8020 Glen Lane, Eden Prairie Info: (952) 368-3553; carverscotths. org


COMEDIAN MIKE SMITH Smith is one of comedy’s up and comers who works hard to vibe with his audiences, whether they are subdued and passive or excited and ready to rock. Also performing will be comedian Emily Galati. Time: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 Cost: $13 for 8:30 Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday shows; $10 for 10:30 p.m. Saturday show Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 First Ave., Shakopee Info: shakopee

Southwest Metro Animal Rescue pet adoptions will be held. Six lab mix puppies will be there along with our other dogs and cats. All dogs and cats are microchipped, vet checked, vaccinations up-to-date and spayed/ neutered, if over 6 months. Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 Location: PetSmart, 11200 Prairie Lakes Drive, Eden Prairie Info: http://swmetroanimalrescue. org; (952) 368-7297



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pany and school chose the Watertown PAC in part to broaden awareness of the Arts Consortium of Carver County and fi ne arts facilities in the western part of Carver County. The Watertown/Mayer PAC is considered state of the art. “It’s a different feel,” said Jocelyn Braudt, owner of River Valley Dance Academy. “It’s more theatrical than an auditorium, especially with its raked seating.” Before Sunday’s performance, youngsters can have their photos taken with Santa Claus, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10 but bring a gift to donate to the Gillette Children’s Hospital, and the photo is free. Tickets are: Adults $15; Children ages 12 and under, and seniors $10. To reserve tickets, call (952) 368-2300.

most consumer electronics and home office equipment including: computers, monitors, laptops, printers, TVs, stereo equipment, cell phones, large household appliances and more. Freon containing units will be accepted for a fee of $25. Additionally, 5R will be providing Department of Defense approved hard drive cleansing for $10. Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 Location: America’s Best Value Inn/ Canterbury Inn parking lot, 1244 Canterbury Road Shakopee Info:; (715) 3224381

HIS HOUSE THRIFT SHOP CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE His House Thrift Shop in Shorewood will participatie in the Mount Calvary Christmas Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 11. All proceeds from the Christmas Boutique will help local families struggling with basic necessities including gas money, utilities and even rent. Last year’s Boutique was a tremendous fundraiser for His House and this year there are even more families needing your help. New and gently used Christmasrelated donations are welcome at the Thrift Shop at 19245 Highway 7 in Shorewood or in the atrium at Mount Calvary. Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 11. Location: Mount Calvary Lutheran

Church, 301 County Road 19, Excelsior. Info: (952) 474-8893

SOUNDS OF YOUTH Minnetonka Youth Chamber, Concert and Capella choirs will perform. Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 Cost: Free-will donation Location: All Saints Lutheran Church, 15915 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka Info: or (952) 401-5954

SING-ALONG ‘MESSIAH’ AT THE ARB Take part in a sing-along to Handel’s “Messiah” classic with the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra. Time: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 Cost: Free with regular Arboretum admission of $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to Arboretum members Location: MacMillan Auditorium, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska Info: or (952) 443-1422 com

WALK WHEN THE MOON IS FULL: TRACKING MOON Take a moonlit walk in the woods and discover the beauty of Carver Park at night. Follow trails and tracks to discover which creatures are surviving winter’s cold. Program is for ages 6 and older.

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DEC. 11 HOLIDAY CONCERT The Minnesota Valley Community Band (MVCB) presents its 26th annual “Holiday Concert.” Younger listeners will recognize “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer,” and” It’s a Marshmallow World.” A special arrangement of Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” also appears on the repertoire. The MVCB completes the show with an appearance by Santa Claus who will lead the traditional “children’s march” around the auditorium. Audience members will have an opportunity to win or purchase a poinsettia. The performance lasts about one hour. Honoring American veterans and Navy military in particular, will be a dramatic selection based on The Navy Hymn, “Eternal Father Strong to Save.” Ensembles from the flute and trombone sections will entertain before and after the performance. Time: 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11

Music By The Lake is presents the Copper Street Brass Quintet, a group of young musicians whose smart programming and bright personalities have taken the brass quintet to a new level. Their performance will feature “Walking in the Air” from the 1982 animated adaptation of the children’s classic “The Snowman” as well as holiday carols and Christmas classics. Time: 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 Cost: $22; $8 for students Location: Faith Lutheran Church, 800 Waconia Parkway North, Waconia Info: Tickets available at www. or at the door

JULETIDE CONCERT The Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus and Youth Chamber Choir will perform. Time: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Cost: Free-will donation Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie Info: or (952) 401-5954


DEC. 12 OLIVER AUDITIONS Chaska Valley Family Theatre is holding auditions for the Broadway musical, “Oliver.” Come with 16 measures of a song that has been prepared. Bring sheet music for the accompanist. Dance auditions will follow singing audition. Cast size is 50-75 actors, singers and dancers. Those auditioning will read from the “Oliver” script. Callbacks Dec. 15 at Chanhassen High School, 2200 Lyman Blvd. Rehearsals start Jan. 16. Performances March 16-25. Time: Monday, Dec. 12 and Tuesday, Dec. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m., ages 9-14; 6:30-9 p.m., ages 15 and up. Location: Chaska High School 545 Pioneer Trail Info:

Upcoming TAIZÉ PRAYER People of all Christian traditions are welcome to join in this Advent ecumenical prayer. The candlelit service includes sung prayer, silence, scripture readings, and a reflection. Time: 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15 Cost: Free Location: St. Hubert Church, 8201 Main Street, Chanhassen Info:

LIVE NATIVITY St. John’s Lutheran Church holds a live nativity at the Chaska Community Center theater at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m., outdoor performance at St. John’s in downtown Chaska. Seats at CCC are first-come first served. Time: 2 p.m., 4 p.m. (at CCC); 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 (at St. John’s) Cost: Free Location: Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive; St. John’s, 300 Fourth Street East Info:

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TOYS FOR TOTS — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Chanhassen is supporting Marine Toys for Tots in 2011. The Country Inn & Suites will be a collection site for Toys for Tots and in return those donating a toy valued at $10 or more will receive a $20 gift certificate. For more information, visit www. 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 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 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 www.atgrace. com/fresh-start. NON-DENOMINATIONAL BIBLE ST U DY — A men’s (all ages welcome) Bible Study meets every Thursday from 7:15-8:15 a.m. at Millie’s Deli in Chanhassen (545 W. 78th St., Chanhassen). During the year the group studies both Old Testament and New Testament books. For more information, call John at (763) 458-5985. CHANT HU! — All are welcome to this half-hour HU Song at the Temple of ECK from 10

MEDITATION CLASS — A meditation class led by a Buddhist monk occurs from 10:10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays at Chanhassen Library. Classes are open to all regardless of level of experience. There is no charge; donations are welcome. For more information, call Ralph at (952) 934-9727 or e-mail info@

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 or call Gary Haberman at (952) 200-2993. ROTARY – The Chanhassen Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. every Wednesday at the American Legion Post on Highway 5. For more information, call Jeff Anderson at (612) 998-3688. CHANHASSEN SAL MEETING — The Chanhassen Squadron 580 of the Sons of the American Legion meet monthly at 6 p.m. on the fi rst Monday of the month at the Chanhassen American Legion in the basement meeting room. For information or to join, call Bob Synder at (612) 867-5365. OPERATION MINNESOTA NICE — Operation Minnesota Nice is committed to making a difference in the lives of our soldiers who are serving abroad

in war zones. The group meets monthly to pack boxes that are sent to our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who have been “adopted” by various individuals or groups and meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month to pack items that have been donated by various organizations, companies, churches, or individuals. If you’d like to donate items, please call Audra Brown at (612) 849-0156. Want to adopt a soldier or know more? Go to www.operationminnesotanice. com or call (763) 464-1696. WOMEN IN NETWORKING — Women in Networking meets the third Thursday of the month in the Chanhassen/ Victoria area. For more information, visit or call Michelle Aspelin at (952) 484-6015. W E S T M E T R O N E TWORKING GROUP — West Metro Network, a professional, referral-based network comprised of trusted and experienced business professionals in the west metro area, meets Tuesday mornings. For more information and meeting times, call Vicki Franzen at (952) 9379596. BNI-CHANHASSEN — Join other small business professionals committed to referring business to each other at our weekly meeting on Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Chanhassen Recreation Center, 2310 Coulter Boulevard, Chanhassen. For more information, please contact Amy Foley at (612) 701-0822. BNI CHAN-NET— Business Network International has a business networking meeting from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at AmericInn in Chanhassen. For more information, call Vicki Eide, chapter president, at (612) 385-9141. SOUTHWEST METRO BNI - Business Network International has a business networking meeting from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Eden Prairie Community Center (16700 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie). For more information, call Kevin Donlin at (612) 567-6642. BNI-CHANHASSEN — Join


other small business professionals committed to referring business to each other at our weekly meeting on Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Chanhassen American Legion Post 580, 290 Lake Drive E, Chanhassen. For more information, call Melissa Friedrichs at (612) 961-0632.

The H2O Toastmasters club meets the second and fourth Tuesday each month, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at Culligan Water, 6030 Culligan Way, Minnetonka. For more information visit or call JoAnn at (952) 912.2429.

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 The “Midday Mumblers” Toastmasters club meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Friday at the SuperValu office at 19011 Lake Drive East in Chanhassen. Non-SuperValu employees are welcome. For more information, call Dru Jorgensen, president, at (952) 294-7305, or Doug Hobbs at (952) 828-4619. The Marsh Winds Toastmasters club meets from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at The Marsh at 15000 Minnetonka Blvd., in Minnetonka. All are welcome. Call Michael for more information at (612) 387-5864. The Carver County Communicators Toastmasters 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.

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

MINNETONKA CAMERA CLUB — The Minnetonka Camera Club meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month in the Glen Lake area of Minnetonka. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, call Linda at (763) 479-1635 or Leanne at (952) 443-4617 or visit BETA SIGMA PHI MEETINGS — Beta Sigma Phi, an

COM FORT A N D CA R E — If you’ve lost someone close to you, or know someone who has, please call us to fi nd out more information about our weekly Griefshare seminar/ support group sponsored by Westwood Community Church. For more information, call (952) 224-7300. MOMS CLUB — The MOMS Club of Chanhassen/Excelsior is a support group specifically for at-home moms. If you are interested in seeing if the MOMS Club of Chanhassen/Excelsior is for you, e-mail for more information or come to our monthly business meeting at 10:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Mt. Calvary Church, Excelsior, room 202. You qualify for membership to this local chapter if you live in the zip codes of 55331 or 55317. MOPS – MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets at Westwood Community Church. The group meets every other Thursday morning or the first Thursday evening of the month in a relaxed atmosphere to connect with other moms and learn from guest speakers. Visit online at MOPS — MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) for moms of children from birth through 5 years. Meets twice a month from 9:15-11:30 a.m. on Fridays at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School, 23290 Hwy. 7, Excelsior. For more information, call Lindsey at (952) 465-4194, or visit

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

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SUPPORT GROUPS ALANON — Westwood Community Church in 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)2247300.

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

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to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Eckankar is located at 7450 Powers Blvd. in Chanhassen. The event is free. For more information, go online to www. or call (952) 380-2200.

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LIONS TREE LOT — The Chanhassen Lions tree lot is open at Cub Foods in downtown Chanhassen. The Lions have a variety of trees for sale including Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Spruce and Pine. The Tree Lot hours will be 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on weekends. Proceeds from the sale will go to local charities, college scholarships for high school students, service dog training, diabetes research and the Lions/University of MN Eye Bank. For more information on the Lions, visit them at


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Art Kerber has solved the mystery of the unusual tool, which was displayed in the Chanhassen Historical Society column in October. According to Kerber, the mystery tool was called a “pig snouter” or “anti-rooter.” It was not the most humane tool, but very effective to keep the hogs from rooting (digging). After the snouter was used to clip the flap of skin from the top of the pig’s nose, the snout was irritated and this would keep the pig from rooting. “How do I know?” Kerber said. “We had one at home when I was a boy. I found it in dad’s shop and asked what it was. He told me what it was, how it was used, and why.” Paula Atkins, Chanhassen Historical Society president, said people submitted many suggestions on what the tool was after it was published in the Villager. Atkins said the tool was found in the garage attic of the original home of former mayor of Chanhassen, George Buschowski, on West 78th Street in Chanhassen.


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Art Kerber identified this tool, found in the garage attic of former Chanhassen Mayor George Buschowski. The ‘pig snouter’ was designed to keep pigs from rooting around.

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The library has new Teen Book Club in a Bag kits. (These books would make an excellent discussion for an adult book club as well.) Each bag contains ten copies of the book, and a notebook with discussion questions and author information. They can be checked out for six weeks, but cannot be renewed. They a re housed at fou r Ca r ver County Library branches, and can be requested. The Library owns nearly 200 kits for all ages – adults, teens, and children. “Revolver,” by Marcus Sedgewick Four teen-year- old Sig is a lone wit h his father’s corpse in an isolated c abi n. Out of the Arct ic d a rkness comes a menacing stranger claiming t h a t S i g ’s father owes him a share of a horde of stolen gold. Sig knows nothing about the gold, but he does know that there’s a loaded Colt revolver hidden in the cabin’s storeroom – a gun that his father had said would protect him and taught him to use, but which his mother had abhorred, telling him to have faith in God’s protection instead. Will Sig use the revolver? And to what end? “ D e a d l i n e ,” by C h r i s Crutcher Ben Wol f has big things planned for h i s s en ior y e a r. H a d bi g thi n gs planned. Now wh at he has is s ome ver y bad news and only one year left



to make his mark on the world. How can a pint-sized, smartaleck 17-year-old do anything significant in the nowheresville of Trout, Idaho? First, Ben makes sure that no one else knows what is going on – not his superstar quarterback brother, Cody, not his parents, not his coach, no one. Next, he decides to become the best 127-pound football player Trout High has ever seen; to give his close-minded civics teacher a daily migraine; and to help the local drunk clean up his act. A nd t hen t here’s Da l las Suzuki. Amazingly perfect, fascinating Dallas Suzuki, who may or may not give Ben the time of day. Really, she’s fi rst on the list. Living with a secret isn’t easy, though, and Ben’s resolve begins to crumble … especially when he realizes that he isn’t the only person in Trout with secrets. “Matched,” by Ally Condy I n t he Society, Of f icia ls decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die. Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one … until she sees another face

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WILL ROGERS America’s favorite humorist of the 1920s and 1930s will be on st age at t he Chaska Community Center, 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8. Will Rogers still ranks as one of this countr y’s most universally loved entertainers and speakers. Even though Rogers died in 1935, his legacy l ive s on t h r ou g h R a nd a l l Re e der, who blend s Wi l l’s c om ment s f r om t he e a rly 19 0 0s with commentary on the news today. In addition to speaking as “Will Rogers Today,” Randall writes a ‘Weekly C om ment s’ c olu m n wh ich is published on his web site, T he Chaska Com mu nity Center is located at 1661 Park Ridge Drive. The Chanhassen Library is located at 7711 Kerber Blvd. in Chanhassen. For more information, call (952) 227-1500 or go online at

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f lash for a n i n st a nt b e for e t he screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known, and a path no one else has ever dared follow — between perfection and passion. “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher High school student Clay Jensen receives a box in the mail containing seven cassette tapes recorded by his crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide, and spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

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Noodles is an easy-going, affectionate kitten rescued from a house fi re. He will plop i nto you r lap when you sit. He likes petting and purrs on contact. If you bend over Noodles will jump onto your shoulders and purr. He waits for you at the door. He is hesitant around active kids and enjoys cats. Noodles is fi ne being held except when there are interactive toys around. Playful Noodles was born July 2011. Siblings available.

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Licensed child care and foster care providers can provide short-term care for children whose families are working through a crisis. Experienced social workers/crisis response workers can help to answer calls from families. Training and supervision is provided. Flexible weekdays, evenings and weekends. Call Jodi at (952) 402-9851.




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CAP AGENCY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES The CAP Agency, a private, nonprofit organization providing human services to families and individuals in Scott, Carver and Dakota counties, has the following volunteer opportunities available. For more information about volunteering with the Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency please contact us via e-mail at or call (952) 496 – 2125. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old or supervised by an adult.

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MAINTAIN YOUR BRAIN — Much research has been done in the past few years, studying brain activity and discovering what are the contributing factors to good brain health. Besides some of the physical things you can do to maintain good brain function--eating healthy, exercising, reducing stress, studies are showing that brain stimulation can help with memory and improve cell growth. Marsha Ber r y, educ ation ma nager from the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota & North Dakota, will speak about what we can do to maintain our brain and she will be joined by Karla Businaro, adult services librarian of Carver County Libraries, who will talk about Brain Fitness stations at their branches. Date: Wednesday, Jan.18 Time: 1p.m.


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PA S S P O R T T O T H E WORLD — Travel with us to the wonderful little island of Iceland perched on the edge of the Arctic. Iceland’s breathtaking landscapes contain some of the most impressive natural wonders in Europe. From its boiling mud pools, thermal pools, spurting geysers, glaciers and waterfalls few can leave and many vow to return. Join us as we experience all the wonders of Iceland. Back by popular demand will be the Baked Potato Bar (with all the fi xings,) Icelandic appetizers, dessert and beverage. Date: Friday, Jan. 20 Time: noon Cost: $10 resident, $11 non-

AU T H O R ’ S J O U R N E Y — Hear Chanhassen senior author Joyce Dorsey Ostlund share her experiences of her world travels, and how she began writing her two novel’s “Love’s Gi ft” and “Annie’s Journey.” She will talk about the main characters in her books ; two women looking for answers in their lives. One a widow and the other a young girl traveling life’s journey, which is fi lled with compassion, heartache, love and friendship. Both books are available at the Chanhassen Library. W hy not read them before and bring your questions. Date: Monday, Jan. 9 Time: 10-11 a.m. Cost: Free but call to register Reg istration deadline : Jan. 4

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UPCOMING PLYMOUTH PLAYHOUSE —With more crazy antics, more great new songs, and more lessons reluctantly learned, the Church Basement Ladies are at it again in their new musical, “A Mighty Fortress (Is Our Basement)!” It’s 1960, Beverly gets her fi rst pair of high heels, Pastor announces his impending nuptials; and the ladies plan a food booth for the county fair. Through it all, the ladies stand strong in their faith and friendship. The trip includes a baked chicken buffet lunch with mashed potatoes, corn, coleslaw, bread, dessert, and coffee. Date: Wednesday, Jan. 11 Time: 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Chanhassen Recreation Center Cost: $57 (includes performance, lunch, and transportation) Pay ment/ Reg i st rat ion deadline: Dec.19.

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Shakopee Rentals

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

BENCO EQUIPMENT seeking a full-time equipment technician/ installer. On the job training, any or all plumbing, electrical, hydraulic knowledge is a plus. MUST BE self motivated. Job requires some occasional overnight stays around the state. Ability to lift 100 lbs., and pass a DOT physical. Must have good driving record. See website for details: e-mail resumes to: shannamlauf@ Const. Co. Seeking Night Mechanic Automotive, Small Engine & Truck Exp. Must have CDL & Health Card



is looking for Direct Support Professionals to work in residential settings with individuals with severe, persistent mental health issues. Requirements: Previous experience supporting individuals with mental health challenges. High School Diploma or GED Equivalent. Ability to pass a DMV check for safe driving record. Ability to pass a DHS Criminal Background Check. Fluency in the English Language. Qualified candidates can email their resume

Dental Office FullTime Patient/Coordinator flexible hours needed days,evenings/weekends. Heatherr@

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Fair Wednesday 9am-12pm for Production Work. 952-924-9000 for information

New Horizon Foods is seeking a Culinary Services Director for a Senior Campus including LTC/TCU/AL. 3-5 yrs/exp. Healthcare experience required. Apply amy@ or fax 763-445-2143

Framing, Siding and Window Carpenters Wanted with all levels of experience. Positions are full time and benefits eligible. Must have valid D/L, reliable transportation and be able to pass background check, drug screen and physical. Call our job line at 952-380-3720 or send resume to:

EOE Controller Sensors is hiring production personnel. Experience with pressure sensor assembly, hand soldering, microscope inspection and material dispense required. Test loading/ unloading, familiarity with power supply and digital volt meter operation preferred. Apply in person at 7638 Washington Ave. S., Eden Prairie or by email to: kpeter@controller Interviews and compensation based on qualifications.


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Mt Olivet Rolling Acres is seeking two full-time, licensed nurses to work with D.D. residents in group homes in Shakopee, Mayer, and Norwood Young America. One posientails working tion overnights, 1:1, including trach, gtube. The other will work in several group homes, overseeing resident healthcare. Please apply at www.


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Progressive. Growing. Engaged.

DT&H Vocational Assistant Approximately 35 hours per week Day hours No Weekends or Holidays!! In this highly rewarding position, you will provide direct supervision & training for adults with developmental disabilities at the program site & in the community. Duties include serving as a role model, maintaining daily records, & assisting & supervision to our clients. MQs: Requires equivalency of HS graduation & 1 year experience working with people with developmental disabilities. Strong preference given for CNA, TMA or CMA certs from a vocational school or college. Must be able to physically support clients in daily activities. Must possess a valid driver's license. Hiring Rate: $15.21/hr. plus benefits. Rating: Rating of training & experience. Closing: 12/19/11. Obtain application from Scott County Employee Relations at 952-4968890 or from the Internet at ( EOE TTY/TDD: (952) 496-8170. Let's work together.

SW Metro boutique litigation law firm seeking full-time experienced legal secretary/paralegal. Excellent: word processing; drafting of legal documents; calendar scheduling/coordinating; communication skills are required. Please email resumes to:

Client Implementation Specialist Responsible for the development and execution of client implementation project plans. Works with new clients to configure Expense Management program specifications. Acts as liaison between client and InterplX to document, coordinate and monitor internal set-up functions. Handles ongoing client communications and problem resolutions. Will also serve as back up to customer service and program support area. A 2 year Business Associates Degree Required InterplX Technologies offers competitive compensation, great benefits & 401k! Send resume and cover letter to Email: humanresources@ Or: Interplx Technologies Attn: Human Resources PO Box 800 Shakopee, MN 55379

Looking for a highly motivated individual with shipping, receiving and warehouse experience in a manufacturing facility to join our team. Must have good communication and computer skills as well as the ability to organize and prioritize. This position involves forklift driving, warehouse organization and lifting up to 35 lbs. Metro straight truck driving experience required. We provide great benefits and a nice work environment. Please send resume with salary requirements: Attn: Human Resources Federal Package Network, Inc. 4044 Peavey Road Chaska, MN 55318 Fax #952-448-7917

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Auburn Homes & Services in Chaska is currently seeking applicants for the following positions: Nursing Assistants Care Attendants Life Enhancement Assistant

Line Cook, Wait Staff, Part time Host(ess), wanted. Breakfast experience required. Can lead to full-time. 952447-6668

New Horizon Foods is seeking PT Servers for a Shakopee LTC Facility. All Shifts. Apply

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Quilt is ‘apple’ of their eyes Barb


apple trees were Minnesotahardy varieties created at the University of Minnesota’s Hor-

ticultural Research Center just down the road from them in Chanhassen. The “Apple Tree of Life” is the perfect pattern for the Deardorff Orchard barn. It is the only quilt block to be mounted “on point.” Traditionally, the pattern’s leaves are a patchwork of dark green patterned fabric showing light variations, while the trunk is made from a solid brown cloth. The quilt pattern on the Deardorff barn is a variation with apple-red added to the patchwork. The fallen apple was Bonnie’s artistic contribution. Penny Halgren, known as

the Quilt Coach, offers a historical perspective on the pattern. The Tree of Life quilt block is one of the oldest patterns, dating back to the early American clipper ships that brought exotic cargo to the American ports along the Atlantic Ocean. The Tree of Life was a common image on Oriental rugs and was readily converted to a quilt block pattern. Among the religiously inclined early settlers, it became a favorite due to its beauty and its expression of faith and eternal life. Like most of the Barn Quilt patterns, the Apple Tree of Life quilt block was painted at Suzanne Thiesfeld’s Carver studio. Unlike many, the painting was a three-day family adventure that included Bonnie, her daughter and a granddaughter. Barb Hone is an arts enthusiast, piano teacher, and charter member of the Arts Consortium of Carver County. Her column “Barn Quilts of Carver County” appears periodically in the Chanhassen Villager. To join the ACCC, go to www. or e-mail info@arts


Lin and Bonnie Deardorff ’s Apple of Tree of Life celebrates their family and their business as apple and grape growers. Learn more about the Barn Quilts of Carver County project at www. barnquiltsofcarvercounty. com.

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


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Lin and Bonnie Deardorff have owned the orchard on Parley Lake Road just east of Waconia since 1980. The historic barn on their property was built in three phases. The first phase was built in 1880 as a dairy barn with 47 stanchions. The second phase was added in 1890, and in 1910 a third section was added as the original owners changed their operation to Holstein breeding. When the Deardorff family arrived, they planted the fi rst of their extensive apple orchards, replacing soybean and corn fields. With the exception of a few dozen Macintosh trees, all the new

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1976 Chevy Nova hatchback, 305 AT, new tires & exhaust. Runs/ drives great, fun car to drive! $3,000/BO. 952447-8169

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Three Qs

Discovering a winter refuge Rapids Lake unit shines in all seasons, even the cold one BY MOLLEE FRANCISCO


Q: Where does Jennifer train in winter? A: The hotbeds in the country for BMX racing are California along with Florida and Texas. Minnesota is probably the fourth top state for BMX riders. There is an old horse barrel racing barn up in Lino Lakes where Jen often practices and races at during the winter. During the summer, Jen typically races at Rum River BMX in Isanti and Pineview Park BMX in St. Cloud. There are also BMX tracks nearby in Glencoe and Mankato, and plans are moving forward to build a track now in Prior Lake as well. That would bring the total BMX tracks in Minnesota to 14. Q: What other interests does Jennifer have? A: Besides BMX, Jen figure skates at novice level; she’s played basketball and soccer for several years and will be moving up to traveling soccer with the CC United Soccer Club next summer. Jen also enjoys downhill skiing and is joining a cross-country skiing club this winter. And, she takes piano lessons. Q: What makes Jennifer such a strong triathlete? A: “I think Jennifer does so well in kids triathlons because of her strong BMX legs,” her dad said. She is also a strong runner. This summer she set a new Minnesota AAU 800 meter record for 8 year-olds of 3:12.88 beating the prior 8-year old record of 3:15.38. —Unsie Zuege

WILDLIFE For those that make the trek to the Carver Rapids unit, there is much to see apart from the bluff and prairie terrain and the winding Minnesota River. “The big focus is on birds out here,” said Langeberg. Chickadees, nuthatches, pileated woodpeckers and even the occasional bard owl grace the landscape with their presence. “The bald eagles come and sit in


Leanne Langeberg, park ranger at the Rapids Lake Unit of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, loves the view from the hill overlooking the refuge and the Minnesota River.



Jennifer Mettler Jennifer Mettler is only 8 years old, 51 inches tall and weighs in at 55 pounds. But there probably is more athletic ability packed into her frame than someone twice her size and age. Jennifer is a third-grader at Bluff Creek Elementary School in Chanhassen. On Nov. 27, she returned from the American Bicycle Association’s BMX Grand Nationals as its 5th-place winner in the age 8 field of competitors from across the nation. She showed off her hefty trophy during an interview at home last week. Her family’s basement is filled with dozens of trophies of all sizes from all the BMX races she’s won since she started two years ago at age 6. Jennifer’s interest in BMX racing was prompted in part by her father Mark Mettler. “I used to race bikes and do 70-80 mile road races,” Mettler said. “The Minnesota Cycling Federation would put on kiddie races, too, of a half mile and a mile. So when Jennifer was still on training wheels, she wanted to race. Well, she came in last and she was crying. But she wanted to do more races. I wondered ‘what else could she do to build up her strength?’ I found an indoor track where kids could ride their bikes. Jennifer added, “Then my dad showed me on the computer (YouTube videos) what a BMX race was like and it looked like fun.” “I figured she could ride in a race and try it,” Mettler said. “She really enjoyed it. She’s really competitive. When we played board games from early on; if she couldn’t win, she’d be upset.” “I like to win,” Jennifer said. “I like to go over the hills with power. You need power to win.” And she likes the trophies. At Jennifer’s first race, at age 6, there were only three competitors in her age class. And there were three trophies for first, second, and third. All three got trophies and Jennifer was hooked Currently Jennifer rides a Mini Intense BMX bike. “People tease me that I still have Jen riding an old used BMX bike when she is racing against the best in the country,” Mettler said, “but I’m waiting until she’s big enough for the Junior size. I expect by April or May next spring she will be riding on a new bike. Brand new BMX bikes are typically in the $400 to $500 range, but there are usually a lot of used bikes for sale at the larger BMX events during the summer. In addition to being a strong BMX contender, Jennifer is also a strong runner and a triathlete. In a triathlon this past summer, Jennifer finished 2 minutes and 44 seconds ahead of the next girl finisher. In a duathlon, Jennifer beat the 2nd place 10-year old girl finisher by 39 seconds and the next 8-year old girl by more than 4 minutes. Jennifer and her dad answered some questions about BMX. (See photos of Jennifer competing in BMX at www.

he prairie is frosted over, the leaves have fallen to the ground. The g rasshoppers are long gone and the chickadees are huddling around the birdfeeder. Overhead, the tundra swans are moving south. All those things together can mean only one thing. “That’s a sure sign of winter,” said Leanne Langeberg, park ranger at the Rapids Lake Unit of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Well, that and the hint of snow on the ground. There is perhaps no better place to witness the changing of the seasons than at the refuge’s 1,500 acres along the Minnesota River, just south of Carver. But not only does the refuge provide a place to watch the seasons. It also offers an escape from the hustle bustle of everyday life – especially in winter. “It’s a great place to get out, get some great winter exercise, get revived,” said Langeberg. While winter may not be the refuge’s most popular season for visitors, Langeberg said that shouldn’t keep people from making the drive to their off-the-beaten-track locale. “There are some amazing things you can do here,” she said. The refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset and entry is free. The Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center is staffed during the winter, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. When the building is open, visitors are welcome to come in and check out a pair of snowshoes for free (provided no school classes are using them). Snowshoes provide a great way to explore the refuge’s acreage. The refuge offers the occasional organized snowshoe event for those who aren’t ready to brave the landscape on their own. The next winter wildlife snowshoe and explore event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 29 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Another one will follow on Jan. 23 from 1:30-3 p.m. Langeberg said that cross-country skiing and hiking are also popular winter activities at the refuge, although she notes that they do not groom any trails. “The trail is wide open to explore,” she said. A half-mile loop trail takes visitors through the forest understory while a three-quarter mile walk will lead to the Carver Rapids the refuge unit is named for. The rapids are particularly visible now that the river is so low. “The flooding (followed by a large drop in river levels) has created a landscape that is just amazing,” said Langeberg.


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the tree tops,” she noted. The refuge will host a bird watching for beginners class on Jan. 7 from 9-10:30 a.m. The class, led by refuge naturalist Craig Mandel, is one of many that refuge volunteers offer throughout the year. On the other hand, self-led walks allow visitors to explore the refuge at their own pace. In winter, even a short walk through the refuge lands can result in plenty of wildlife signs, said Langeberg. Deer tracks, rabbit prints and mouse tunnels are all regular sightings during the winter months. It makes the refuge a popular location for area schools, many of which make several trips to

the refuge throughout the year to do their own version of “Wildlife Scene Investigation” – a play on the popular television show CSI. “They love the little wonders of wildlife,” said Langeberg, of the students. And many of them make sure to bring their parents back and introduce them to the refuge. Seeing families enjoy the refuge together is a great sight for rangers like Langeberg. “This is yours,” she said, of the refuge. “Come use it.” For those who do, Langeberg has one word of advice. “Bring your cameras,” she said. “There’s always something new and exciting.”

Graphic by Traci Zellmann

DRIVING TO THE RAPIDS Follow Highway 212 west of Highway 41 in Chaska, exit on Jonathan Carver Parkway (County Road 11) and turn south. Proceed 2.5 miles, continuing on CR 11 by turning left (CR 40 proceeds straight at this point). Continue 1.9 miles and turn left on Carver Highlands Drive, continuing east to the end of the road. From Highway 169 in Jordan, proceed north 3.5 miles on CR9 across the Minnesota River (where it becomes CR11) to Carver Highlands Drive, turn right and drive to the end of the road. Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


When friends and moms get together I had cof fee last And not only were we weekend with a friend able to pick up and I hadn’t seen in a long carry on easily and time. We first met each ef fortlessly, but we other at a Toastmasrealized as we were ters event years ago, talking that we have and found we had a lot even more in common in common. We used with each other than to see each other pretwe did before. And as ty regularly, then our we filled each other in schedules, work and on what each of us has timetables shifted. We been doing since then, still touched base from we discovered some time to time, but until powerful new “mom” FIND YOUR BURIED TREASURE last weekend I hadn’t connections between seen her in ages. us – which is kind of You can probably ironic considering that guess how the next part of this goes. we’re both empty nesters. My kids are After a big hug and a little time spent in their mid-20s and have been out on trying to remember exactly when their own for several years now. Her and where we last saw each other, daughter is in college and no longer we started talking – and didn’t stop. living at home. We picked up right where we left One of the things my friend has off – even if we didn’t know quite been involved in during all the time where that had been – and talked I’ve known her is the Mother Bear for over two hours without missing Project, which sends handmade a beat. When we realized how much stuffed teddy bears – knitted or crotime had gone by and that we both cheted according to a specific pattern needed to get going, we promised that assures consistency but allows to see each other again soon. And I room for personality and creativity – know we will. In fact, we’ve already to children in Africa who have been made arrangements to get together orphaned or affected in other ways again before Christmas. by AIDS/HIV. That’s how it is with friends. In addition to knitting teddy bears



herself, she has organized a number of events – for both students and adults – in which participants have learned about the Mother Bear Project and gotten together to knit, crochet, stuff the bears or put the finishing touches on them. This includes sewing on the smiles and fastening the red hearts that are an important part of each teddy bear that gets shipped to a child in desperate need of someone or something to love, hug , and hold on to. While we were sipping our coffee, we also talked about my recent trip to Africa. She wanted to know all about it, and especially about the children. Since returning from Uganda, many of my conversations about the trip have focused on the children, and they are the subjects of some of my most heartwarming and heartbreaking stories and photos. I doubt if that comes as a surprise to anyone. Taking care of children is a pretty universal concern, and when they are sick, scared, abused or alone, it can bring out the maternal instinct in all of us. Whether or not we have kids of our own. And whether or not we’re even of the maternal gender. But even more so when we do, and we are. I’m planning on going back to Uganda next year, and when I do, I

will probably be taking some of my friend’s teddy bears with me. I can think of a number of places where there are children who need and deserve them. And she is already excited about providing them. One of the other things we talked about was how, now that our own kids are pretty much grown and gone, we’ve got a whole world of other kids that we can take care of, and who desperately need us – or others – to do so. My friend thinks of herself as a global mom, and that’s a very good and accurate description of her. I want to be a member of her club, and I know we’re among a growing number of mothers, women, people, who want to make a difference in the world, and who realize it starts with taking care of the children. We’ve raised our own, and now we’re ready to keep it going. You never know what can happen when friends and moms get together. And if you add a few hugs, a lot of heart, and perhaps a few cups of coffee, I’m pretty sure we can rock the world. Chanhassen resident Betty Liedtke is a writer, professional speaker, and Certified Dream Coach®. Visit her website at


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