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District tries out childcare program Board will hear evaluation of Kids EdVenture next month

Community weighs in on superintendent search BY LEAH SHAFFER



y the end of next mont h, Eden Prairie School Dist rict st a f f w i l l b e det er mining whether their foray into before and after-school childcare is a success they want to expand. Eden Prairie Schools have been testing a pilot program offering childcare this year at Oak Point Elementary and Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School. For years, that same service has been provided by the YMCA, which continues to handle childcare for students in other elementary schools in the district. By next month, the district will be evaluating whether this endeavor should be expanded, or nixed. To do that, they’ll be compiling data and surveying parents in the district. A parent feedback session is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Oak Point. During its Tuesday meeting, the Eden Prairie School Board heard a brief update on the program, called ““Kids EdVenture.” Interim Superintendent Jon McBroom said Community Education Services Interim Director Terri Johnson will return to the Board in February with fur-

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Ryley Gilbertson plays with a paper-folding activity book during the “Kids EdVenture” program at Oak Point Elementary.

Attention to detail BY MOLLEE FRANCISCO

The consultants charged with recruiting a new superintendent for the Eden Prairie School District heard from Eden Prairie residents Monday and Tuesday during meetings at Central Middle School and the high school. Mond ay ’s me et i n g f u nc tioned as a sounding board for parents to share their concerns about the direction the district is heading. Most of those concerns were connected to the backlash stemming from the district’s boundary changes. “ T his last yea r is not good,” noted Sonja Anderson, a retired teacher. “I’ve been very upset about what has happened in the community,” she said, referring to the upheaval about the district’s boundary changes and transition to K-6 schools. “An important goal is for people to get along,” she added. T he consu lt a nts, from School Exec Connect, have been meeting with teachers, district staff and community groups to pull together a profi le of what qualities the community seeks in a new superintendent. Eden Prairie’s former superintendent, Melissa Krull, stepped down in September and interim Superintendent Jon McBroom will fill in unti l a new candidate is selected. The feedback from the groups, along with the results of an online survey, will be compiled into a single document that will be pre-

What do you want in a new superintendent? The Eden Prairie School district is seeking feedback from the public on developing a leadership profile for a new superintendent. Visit to fill out the survey on qualities you want in a new candidate. The survey, which is confidential, will be available through Jan. 18. sented to the Eden Prairie School Board in a couple of weeks. The feedback will help guide the consultants in determining what type of candidate would fit in Eden Prairie. The plan is for the School Board to review semifinalists on March 12, interview candidates March 14 and narrow the field to fi nalists from there. Finalists will be interviewed March 20 and 22. The board plans to select a new superintendent at its March 22 meeting. Consultant Ken Dragseth, a retired Edina superintendent, explained that the hiring process remains private until candidates agree to interviews, which will be held during public meetings. Dragseth estimated that School Exec Connect will likely pull together about six candidates as semifi nalists. The superintendent search

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Arb celebrates work of botanical illustrator

Ophelia Dowden

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

EMBRACING ART Born Anne Ophelia Todd in 1907, Dowden grew up in Boulder, Colo., the daughter of a pathologist and a nurse. She spent much of her childhood exploring the natural treasures hid-

What: Wild Green Things: The Art of Anne Ophelia Dowden Dates: Jan. 18 – May 2 Location: Anderson Horticultural Library, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Blvd., Chaska Cost: Free with Arboretum admission More info:

den in the neighboring foothills. “She became immersed in the natural world,” said Taylor. Dowden collected and drew any living thing she could fi nd, especially insects and flowers. She would continue to do so for most of her life, until her death in 2007, just months shy of her 100th birthday. “She knew early on art was going to be her career,” explained Taylor. Dowden had her first piece of work published in her father’s pathology textbook when she was

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



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


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Scouts visit History Museum Cub Scout Troop 479-Den 12, Troop 346-Den 8, and Pack 597Den 5 visited three Eden Prairie sites Saturday in pursuit of their History Badge. The group started at the History Center/Museum, in the lower level of Eden Prairie City Center, where Bob Hirt and Bob Pemberton of the Eden Prairie Historical Society, gave a tour. Chris HonaasWildfang, Cummins-PhippsGrill homestead task force member, guided a tour of the house. And the group visited the Smith-Douglas-More House Dunn Bros for a smoothie and the story of that home.


Become a Tech Savvy Senior At its next tech training event for local seniors, Girl Scout Troop 10035 will discuss Facebook and Timeline. “From creating an account, modifying account settings, managing privacy settings, adding friends, adding a profi le picture to understanding the new Timeline feature,� the group will go over it at the Eden Prairie Library from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 4. Facebook is a social networking site, which means it allows you to reach and communicate with other people who use Facebook. Many use it to stay in touch with relatives, colleagues and friends by sending messages to them or viewing what they post on their account. Other topics for one-on-one sessions include email and email security, photo attachments, maps, weather and searches. To sign up, call the Senior Center at (952) 279 - 8 050 or email

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The Taste of Eden Prairie 2012 has announced its list of participating restaurants. As of Tuesday, the group had listed the following restaurants as participants in the annual event. The Taste of Eden Prairie 2012 has released a list of participating restaurants in this year’s event: Buca di Beppo, Kowalski’s, Wildfire, Kona Grill, Houlihan’s Bar & Restaurant, Eden Prairie Schools Catering, Aurelia’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant, JJ’s Coffee Company & Wine Bar, Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies, Pasta Zola, Biaggi’s, Berry Blendz, Red Moon Chinese CafÊ, Jerry’s Foods, D’Amico & Sons, Dickey’s BBQ Pit, rare steak & sushi, Dunn Bros Smith Douglas More House, Backstreet Kitchen, Bayside Grille,


Local Cub Scouts visited the History Center/Museum at Eden Prairie City Center. Jake’s City Grille, Woody’s Grille, Panino Brothers, Famous Dave’s BBQ, Santorini, Baker’s Square and Cold Stone Creamery. The event is set for 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Minnesota Vikings Practice Facility. Cost is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Info:

situation, as well as review CPR and airway obstruction for adults, children and infants. The group will also learn how to operate an Automated External Defibrillator. The class does not provide certification.

Dunn Bros sets treasure hunt

Applications are now being accepted for 2012-2013 commission appointments in the city of Eden Prairie. For more information about the application process, visit Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.

Dunn Bros Coffee in the historic Smith-Douglas-More House has teamed up with the city of Eden Prairie to host a citywide treasure hunt beginning Sunday, Feb. 19, and running through Saturday, Feb. 25. The Grand Prize will be $150 in cash and a $150 Dunn Bros Coffee gift card. This is the fourth annual event and offers the l a r g est prize in the history of the contest, according to a news release. “Residents young and old in the Eden Prairie community are invited to participate in this citywide treasure hunt. Hunters will be looking for Sheldon Smith’s wrench that, according to legend, was lost 135 years ago. One clue will be posted in the Dunn Bros Coffee shop each day at 4 p.m. All clues will reference Eden Prairie history and previous days’ clues will be posted on the Dunn Bros Coffee website,� the release said. For more information, visit and search for the Eden Prairie location.

Learn more about CPR and AEDs A CPR Awareness and AED Training Class is set for 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Preserve Barn, 11221 Anderson Lakes Parkway, Eden Prairie. Check in with light refreshments is at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. RSVP to Barbara at (952) 941-8400. Cost is $12 per person. Participants will learn to follow a plan to act quickly and effectively in a life-threatening


Student volunteers from Eden Prairie High School Karly Knutson, Kelsey Spresser, Megan Skaar and Megan Foremda helped at last year’s Taste of Eden Prairie.

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Silent Auction items needed for Souper Bowl Souper Bowl Saturday is set for 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 28, at Central Middle School in Eden Prairie. The event is a fundraiser for PROP, the local food shelf. Pottery Bowls made by students from Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, Holy Family and St. Hubert’s schools will be available. Attendees receive a bowl, along with a bowl of soup and bread, and the opportunity to help those in need. Another feature of the event is a silent auction, with all proceeds going to PROP. Donations of handmade arts and crafts can be dropped off at PROP, 14700 Martin Drive, Eden Prairie, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays through Jan. 20. Drop off a business card or small advertisement to display with your item, and your name will be listed on the event’s donor materials. Info: prop

Blizzard Blitz is Jan. 16 Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings are teaming up with Starkey Hearing Foundation for its annual, all-day Blizzard Blitz family ice-fishing event from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Lola’s Lakehouse on Lake Waconia. During the event, the Foundation will also hold a hearing mission to deliver the gi ft of hearing to under-served, hearing-impaired children and adults from the Waconia area, according to a news release. Activities include “free rod and reel building, ice safety, fish identification and high tech fi shing gadget tutorials; ice fi shing Olympics; as well as a star-studded ice fishing tournament – all while raising funds that will help give children around the world the gift of hearing,� according to a news release. “During the hearing mission inside Lola’s Lakehouse, the Foundation team of audiologists and staff will fit each of the recipients,

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Board elects Jacobus chair During its fi rst meeting of the year, Eden Prairie School Board members elected Ranee Jacobus as the new Chair of the board. The Board elected John Estall as vice chair, Holly Parker as clerk and Chuck Mueller as treasurer. Jacobus noted that there are a number of big issues awaiting Board members (hiring a new superintendent, reviewing the 5-year facilities plan, a possible referendum). “We have a very aggressive agenda in 2012. We’re up to the task,” she said. The board approved a number of other organizational measures including reinstating the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each meeting, an action suggested by new board member Dave Espe. The Board also cuts its pay from $422.75 a month to $400 a month (the chair will continue to receive and additional $150).


Karla Bratrud (left) along with Dave Espe are newly elected board members this year. Holly Parker (right) and John Estall were re-elected. The Board had its first meeting of the year Tuesday.

PUBLIC SAFETY The following charges have been submitted through Hennepin County:

Woman charged with identity theft had victims in EP Rachel Rose Wag ner, 35, of St. Paul, has been charged with identity theft and credit card fraud after using stolen credit cards at a number of stores in the metro. In the fi rst case, that occurred on Oct. 23 last year, someone broke into a vehicle parked in a Carver County park. A total of $3,574 in charges was racked up on the victims’ credit cards at a number of stores in Eden Prairie.

Surveillance videos from those stores showed Wagner using the stolen cards, according to a criminal complaint. Si mi l a r i ncident s of t hef t where Wagner was identified in surveillance videos also occurred in Oakdale, Eden Prairie, Cottage Grove, Chanhassen, Woodbury and Bloomington. All told, the suspect is connected to theft cases from last year totaling more than

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PROP seeks board members People Reaching out to Other People (PROP) has board member openings for 2012. PROP is the local nonprofit community service organization serving community members in need in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. The mission of PROP is to provide neighbors in need with

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OTHER CHARGES Tyler Thomas Pfeifer, 19, of Eden Prairie, is charged with theft of property and fi nancial transaction card fraud after a l leged ly stea ling a credit card and two rings from an acquaintance’s house in Eden Prairie.

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A letter to me, from me After the first of A letter to the the year, I get all adult me. crazy motivated. It’s another brutal You know, clean the winter up here. I closets, get bags of sometimes wonder, clothes to give away, especially because sort through the I’m a golfer, why I holiday decorations, didn’t go to school clean the fridge, look somewhere warm? under the cushions This sucks. At least for stray chocolates spring break should because I’m starving be good. Florida from being on some again this year to new no-eggs, onevisit Bob. LIFE IN EDEN pickle, high-protein, So I am supposed cabbage-based diet. to tell the future me This year I the things I hope I chose to dig deep. I opened up the have accomplished by the time I tubs of high school and college read this. Things I am planning memorabilia my mother had put now. OK, here goes. together for me when they sold I hope you are married, and you their home 10 years ago. should probably have a few kids. I won’t lie. I had some strange Don’t have more than two. Your stuff in those tubs. A Lord of the sister already has three and it’s Rings bulletin board (what a nerd). chaos at the holidays. Preference Homecoming pins from my grade for boys or girls? Doesn’t really school on up that had slogans matter. I figure with girls I won’t like “Wreck the Rangers,” and have to take them to the bathroom, “Clobber the Gobblers.” Soaps and so make it girls. If one of them matchbooks from family vacations makes it to the pro tour, I can quit in New York, Lake Louise and my job and caddy for her. As far as Orlando. I have no idea why I kept a wife, she should be fun and enjoy this junk. I’m just a sentimental sports. Being rich would be a plus. fool, I guess. The plan is to take the LSAT and Just when I was about to throw give law school a try, so I assume everything out, tubs and all, I you are practicing law at a big-time noticed an unopened envelope law firm by now, making I hope stuck in a poetry book. I knew decent money. immediately what it was. I hope you have kept some I was a double major in college, friends from college. I know we political science and English. You are all going to end up in different have few options with a B.A. in places, but you have experienced those areas of study. You can work a lot with your classmates. You at your father’s company drinking might have forgotten by the time coffee and reading the paper or go you read this, but I hope not. to law school. I chose the latter. What is the definition of a good But I loved my English classes. life as we get older? What kind I took Shakespeare, Dickens, Ibsen of things will people own in the and many creative writing courses. future? How will I be living? In a And in one of those classes we house in a small town or on the were told to write a letter to our moon in a pod? I guess with good adult selves, talking about life as friends, family and enough money it was at school, as well as hopes to live well, it doesn’t matter. and dreams for ourselves 25 or so The most important thing is to years down the road. The envelope be happy and content. Lots of kids in that book was my letter from the on campus seem wrapped up in past, to the adult me. drama and distressed, or just very As I carefully and nervously phony. The happy student who says opened it I wondered what kind “hi” to everyone, but doesn’t know of incredible insight and depth I anyone’s name doesn’t seem like would share with myself from the they are living the right way. So, 1) past. I imagined that I must have Be genuine. 2) Be kind. 3) Play lots at least mentioned world peace, of golf. And good luck. See you in helping homeless animals and the future. marrying Christie Brinkley. Wow. That kid makes me proud. I won’t keep you in suspense. I wonder whatever became of him? FYI, I edited out some personal and Eden Prairie resident Steven embarrassing information. Stromberg’s humor column appears Feb. 14, 1983 twice monthly.



Getting homework turned in Parents often tell me, “My son (or daughter) does the homework, but doesn’t always get it turned in.” They’re baffled about why their child does this and need help in finding ways to turn this around. The simplest cause is that your child has lost the homework. Once or twice is understandable, but if this becomes a pattern, you’ll need to dig deeper. Keep in mind a child’s brain is still developing, especially when it comes to planning or organizing and in understanding the long-range consequences of their actions or inactions. They’re easily distracted by everything going on at home and school – or in their own heads. Even if they do the homework, they may need help getting organized enough to follow through in a timely manner. Talk with your child to discover whether you can help by, for instance, buying a binder with a pocket for each class or finding a quieter study area in the home. Many children need a particular setting. Experiment until you find what works best for your unique child. If you’ve taken these steps and the pattern continues, the following tactics might help. If the school doesn’t use

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assignment sheets, help your child develop one with details such as assigned book pages, due dates and the teacher’s name. This could be a one-page table printed out from your computer that your child then takes to school. Make sure your child writes down all assignments as he or she receives them. Ask the teacher(s) to initial the sheet each day to show that it is complete. Then, review the sheet each evening. Help your child find a “home” for their backpack and a set place for completed assignments, making it convenient to grab as they head out the door in the morning. Monitor assignments on the school website portal. Do this

regularly, such as once a week, to ensure your child hasn’t fallen behind. If they do, have them track down the homework, redo it, or ask the teacher for a makeup assignment with a deadline. If your child is making progress, let them propose rewards they’ll get for keeping on track. Increase the rewards for longer time periods. For instance, if they turn in all their homework for one week, reward them with something small. After one month of success, reward them with something bigger such as an outing for a movie and pizza with friends. Or reward points for a gadget they’ve asked for. Enlist the school staff; after all, you all want your child to do well. Find out the best way to reach the teachers so it’s easy to contact each other with questions or reminders. Talk with the teacher about whether your child is capable of doing the assignments. Does he or she need extra help? You could take your child along to meet with the teacher and ask him or her to discuss the reasons for homework and how it affects the final grade. Are other students having similar problems? Ask the school counselor for help

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‘We would be proud to register’ In reading this week’s comments from Mr. [City Council Member Brad] Aho, I feel anger and would like to ask him what he’s afraid of. Obviously, he does not support equal rights and benefits for same-sex couples and does not want “us” living in his city, paying taxes, supporting businesses and being responsible and good neighbors. Mr. Aho, we are in your city and we belong here. As a same-sex couple of 10 years, we would be proud to register as such and have that recognition. I’m happy that the other City Council members are in favor of this registry. Are you, Mr. Aho, really afraid of a city employee who is in a domestic partnership, that they may some day receive the same benefits and rights as you do? I would like to suggest that you talk to our neighbors and ask them how they feel to have a gay couple living next to them and if they support your way of thinking. “We” are here, love it here and will stay here.

Terry Likens Eden Prairie


Vote no on domestic partnership registry “Eden Prairie is set to create a domestic partnership registry.” So starts an article in the last issue of the Eden Prairie News. My first thought was, “What the heck is a domestic partnership registry? ” Checking into the issue, I discovered that there is a group of activists that have been attempting to obtain ordinances in cities throughout Minnesota creating “Domestic Partnership Registries” at the city level. The effort seems to be to circumvent some decisions forthcoming from higher levels of government. Our Legislature has placed the definition of marriage as a constitutional amendment on the November 2012 ballot. A recent Hennepin County court case concerning the issue of same-sex relationships was dismissed. This is a real hot-button issue, let’s not jump the gun and try to bypass the will of the people. The Eden Prairie City Council approved the “first reading” on Jan. 3. It’s due to come up for a “second reading” at the Jan. 17 City Council meeting. If the majority votes “aye,” it will become an Eden Prairie City Ordinance which would suggest that most of us Eden Prairie-ites agree with


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establishing a “Domestic Partnership Registry” and I don’t think that’s the case. Most everybody knows that the vast majority of Minnesotans would define marriage as between one man and one woman. I would hope that the council would vote “No” on this issue, or at least table it, but I’m afraid that, unless a lot of us go to that meeting on Jan. 17 and voice our opinions, they will approve it. There was a time, not so long ago, when the City Council was representative of the people of Eden Prairie. I’m afraid that’s not the case anymore. Cities are supposed to see to things like plowing snow when it snows, putting out fi res, providing police protection, etc. Otherwise, leave us alone. We don’t need them to “work for the freedom of all of our residents to pursue happiness.” That, we can take care of ourselves!

Fred Koppelman Eden Prairie


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n opportunity to meet other athome mothers. A chance to fi nd other at-home children for her child to play with. That’s what Mary James was looking for when she founded a MOMS Club in California in 1983. And that’s what members of the MOMS Clubs in Eden Prairie fi nd today as two of more than 74 MOMS Club chapters in Minnesota and more than 2,100 chapters in the United States with more than 100,000 members. MOMS stands for Moms Offering Moms Support. The Staring Lake MOMS Club chapter started in 2000, according to information from the group. There is also a Mitchell Lake chapter. The group first came to Eden Prairie in 1999. Today residents who live west of Mitchel l / Baker Road, generally join the Mitchell Lake chapter, with those on the east joining the Staring Lake Club. The Staring Lake g roup came together on a recent Friday morning to welcome a new member, plan for an upcoming open house and enjoy the company of other mothers and their children – and to enjoy a few treats. Christine Stebner, the new member, had only recently started staying home with her children. She said that she found she had a lot to do with the kids in the summer, but needed more activities for the children in the winter. The group aims to provide a welcoming environment for the moms – and their kids. Goals include: providing support for mothers who choose to stay at home to raise their children; exploring topics of interest; helping children in the community and performing at least one service project yearly to that end. The group meets during the day and welcomes children to meetings. Typical events include meetings with speakers and discussions, activity groups, park outings and mothers’ nights out. The local MOMS Clubs are welcoming the community to learn more about them at an upcoming open house on Jan. 27 at the Eden Prairie Commu-

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Kari Mitchell and Paula Leen spoke as Laeda Mitchell peeked from the kitchen before a December MOMS Club meeting.

If you go The Eden Prairie MOMS Clubs are hosting an Open House in the Gym and Play Structure area of the Eden Prairie Community Center from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27. “Come with your kids and see how your local MOMS Club can get you and your children active in playgroups, monthly meetings, field-trips and community service projects,” according to a news release. Cost is $6 per child age 18 months to 4 years and $6.50 per child ages 5 and older. Adults and children under 18 months get in free. The Community Center is at 16700 Valley View Road in Eden Prairie. Info:

Principles of MOMS Club That women must be free to choose their personal path to fulfillment 

That, for women who choose it, raising children is an important and fulfilling full-time job 

 That a family’s decision for a mother to stay at home to raise the children often involves considerable financial sacrifice

 “The MOMS Club is a nonprofit corporation and a 501 (C) (3) publicly-supported charity registered with the IRS!”  “MOMS Club knows being an at-home mother today means making a financial sacrifice, so dues to our local chapters are only $15-30 per year!”  “At-home mothers of any age children are welcome! You don’t have to leave the group when your children enter school! We know you still need support as your children grow!”

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other authority figures. This tendency usually increases in middle school and high school. Think about any issues in the home. Is your child having problems with a sibling? Is there tension between you and the other parent? The child may be rebelling against homework out of a need to control some part of their life. Have a conversation when you’re both feeling relaxed and don’t forget to acknowledge his or her feelings. They may be looking for attention. Skip the drama and calmly and factually

tell your child you will work with him only if he brings his homework home. Ask what she thinks is going on, enlist her suggestions on how you might help, and give it a chance. If the problem continues or worsens, have your child evaluated. Depression, ADHD, or weak cognitive skills may be the cause. Consider seeking help from an ADHD coach or therapist. During the teen years, your child is more likely to listen to others. Experiment with different approaches until you find the

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Eileen Wessels, 70, of Bloomington, passed away Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. She was preceded in death by husband, Dick Kohl; father, Robert J. Binzen; brother, Robert J. Binzen Jr. She will be deeply missed by her mother, Loretta Binzen of Algona, IA; children, Gail (John) Cornelissen of Troy, OH and Brian (Shelley) Wessels of Westerville, OH; grandchildren, Nicholas, Evan and Sean; sisters, Pat Ewing of Des Moines, IA, Kathy (Ray) Vaske of Conroe, TX and JoAnn Binzen of Iowa City, IA; and many dear loving friends. No services will be held upon Eileen’s request. She will be remembered by thinking of others before herself and would wish in her memory that you donate or give of your time to a local food pantry or charity. Cremation Society Edina Chapel (952-924-4100).

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Upcoming Eden Prairie High School events Jan. 13 9:30 a.m., Coffee with the Principal

Jan. 16 No School for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 17 7 p.m., Grade 9, 10 Band Concert

Jan. 21 9 a.m., K-12 District Science Fair

Jan. 23 7 p.m., District Secondary Choral Festival

Jan. 26 7 p.m., District Jazz Festival

Jan. 26 7:30 p.m. One-Act Performance starts

EPHS student projects on display at upcoming district Science Fair


he Jan. 21, K-12 District Science Fair is an opportunity for all the inquisitive minds of the district to come together in one place. For EPHS students, it’s not only an opportunity to feature their own science projects but also to act as mentors for the younger students in the district.

Sam Bradley remembers his fi rst science fair experiment. In fi rst grade, he created the classic water and vinegar volcano. Now a sophomore at EPHS, Bradley and Kevin Bu set out to determine the effects vitamin D might have on plant growth. “We’re both in biology right now and we get extra credit for doing the science fair, so we were just like, ‘What the heck, try it,”’ Bradley said. “It’s pretty fun, though.” They wanted to test the effects of vitamin D tablets on growth, so they crushed the tablets and watered the plants, said Bu. “We have the control where we just watered them with water,” Bu said. Two

Sam Bradley and Kevin Bu’s science fair project studied the effects of vitamin D powder on plant growth.

K-12 Science Fair Jan. 21 The K-6 Science Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.



Eden Prairie High School sophomores Kevin Bu and Sam Bradley teamed up for a project in this year’s K-12 Science Fair. plants were watered with one tablet of vitamin D and two others used two tablets. Bradley said they thought the plants with vitamin D would grow the best, since Vitamin D is produced in the

body through exposure to sunlight. “We fi gured that the vitamin D that is in tablets would work the same way,” Bradley said. So far, they note, the

plants with the most vitamin D are the tallest. One interesting side note was that on the plants with vitamin D, the “leaves were slightly darker,” said Bu. Bradley and Bu are

still fi nishing up their presentation, so to see the official conclusion you’ll have to visit the Science Fair. The K-6 Science Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. – Compiled by Leah Shaffer

The following course dates are offered at Eden Prairie High School: from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 22, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. March 5 and 6 or from 3 to 5:30 p.m. May 7 and 8. For more information and to register online, visit

rations” to “Food/Beverage and Entertainment.” If you would like to be part of a planning committee, contact Cindy McPherson at cynthiapmcpherson@ I The Senior Party Coffee Room is seeking souvenirs from college tours. Contact Lorri Steen lorristeen@ to see about helping provide prizes for the Coffee Room. I Boxer Bingo planners are trying to collect more than 500 pairs of boxer shorts. Boxer collection boxes will be located at the high school Student Activities Office and South Entrants. The Boxer Bingo committee needs men’s boxers of all sizes with fun patterns. Contact Wendy Gustafson at

(612) 267-5558 or dwgustie@aol. com or Laura Mahoney at (612) 875-6174 or laura.c.mahoney5@ with the Boxer Bingo committee to learn more. I The decoration committee needs volunteers to decorate the day before the party June 7 and 8. Volunteers are also needed to make phone calls, collect items from vendors and share contacts with businesses that may be willing to provide discounted banners, draping, specialty lighting, etc. Contact Beverly Heinen ( or Dawn Reynolds (dawn.reynolds @ to volunteer. To learn more, visit the senior party website at

Feb. 2 7 p.m., Winter Show Performance starts

Feb. 11 7 p.m. SELGAES dance


Financial Planning event tonight The EPHS counselors are hosting the annual Financial Planning Evening for parents and students from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12. Use the east entrance by the east commons. Again this year, a range of sessions/topics will be presented by financial planners, state universities, the University of Minnesota, private colleges, ROTC and military academies, lending institutions and local scholarship programs. Parents can choose a maximum of three sessions from the menu of choices. The sessions will allow par-

ents to access in formation depending on their interest and readiness. Any parent with students at the high school interested in learning about how to fi nance a post-high school education should consider attending, according to a news release.

Community Ed offers ACT prep Eden Prairie Community Education and ZAPS Learning Co. are sponsoring High School ACT preparation courses. Participants will receive practice materials, including practice tests, a special study guide and test-taking strategies.

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EAGLENEws Students present a sweet story of friendship BY LEAH SHAFFER


his year’s One-Act Play, “The Sweet Spot,� was written by Eden Prairie resident Rick Karulf. Rick, husband to the director Deb Karulf, is a surgeon who also writes fiction, Deb said. The play is the story of two women (ages 55 and 22) who strike up a friendship while receiving chemotherapy at the same cancer treatment center. “It’s a poignant yet humorous look at life and the unlikely friendships that develop in a very unusual setting,� said Karulf, who has been directing Eden Prairie High School productions for a number of years now. “It’s very touching, very moving, yet funny,� said Karulf. She’s had three friends die of breast cancer within six weeks, she noted. Her husband wrote the play in honor of them. One of those recently lost was Deborah Whitaker, 52, who was the costume designer for Eden Prairie High School shows. “We’re really missing her,� said Karulf. Karulf said that she has an “amazing� cast and crew that includes student director Devon O’Brien. Lead actresses Molly Peterson and Kathryn Ravey play 22-yearold patient Emily and 55-yearold Meg. Cast members also include Zach Khelah as Dr. Drip; Luke Heeringa as Brian; Emma Foster as Roberta; and Jack Maurice and Kaylee Simonson as nurses Bryce and Kay. Ravey, who plays Meg, said the play has the right mix of poignancy and humor. The “Sweet Spot� of the title refers to the seat at the treatment center that has the best cell phone reception and initially the two patients clash over who gets the seat while they undergo their treatment. “It’s very relevant, very current,� Ravey said.

‘The Sweet Spot’ The Eden Prairie High School One-Act performance: “The Sweet Spot� will be held Jan. 26, 27 and 28 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Eden Prairie High School Performing Art Center. The play will also be performed during the South Suburban Conference One Act Play Festival starting at 9 a.m. Jan. 21 at Mraz Center in Burnsville Senior High School. Ravey said the crew will be taking the show to the one-act performance competition this year. Last year, the show “The Image� tied for third place in 6AA fi nals competition and got second in its division at sub-sectionals out of 12 schools. The show will fi rst be performed Jan. 21 at the one-act festival at Burnsville High School. “The best part of the one acts is you get to see the acting talents of all the big schools in the district,� said Ravey. “You really learn from your own peers and I think it’s amazing to see what schools create,� she added. The One-Act Play, “The Sweet Spot,� will be performed in the Eden Prairie High School PAC at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 27 and 28. “It’s one of my favorite things to do this year,� said Ravey.


Zach Khelah and Kathryn Ravey rehearse a scene from “The Sweet Spot.� The crew will be performing the one-act play at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 27 and 28.

Far left — Kathryn Ravey plays Meg, a 55- year-old woman receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer in this year’s One-Act Play, “The Sweet Spot.� Left — The “Sweet Spot� of the title refers to the seat at the treatment center that has the best cell phone reception.


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wimmers talk, so much so that a number could be heard predicting state championships for their respective schools. Some had been posting their thoughts on various social networking sites, others just talk. With that as a backdrop, the prestigious Maroon and Gold Invitational was held Saturday and featured the who’s who of Minnesota swimming. If you wanted to talk, the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center was the place to do it. And? “It was a reality check,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Kelly Boston. So? Although it’s only January, Eden Prairie looks to be the team other Minnesota teams will be chasing. So yeah, their No. 1 ranking appears to be justified. Saturday, Eden Prairie was tops, winning the Maroon and Gold Invite by 99 points (614-515). “We had better top-end swims,” states Boston, “and the most kids under state cuts.” Eden Prairie opened the competition by setting a meet record in the 200 medley relay (Bryce Boston,

Eden Prairie seventh- and eighth-grade student athletes (from public and private schools and association/club/travel/ community league teams) are invited to attend a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) huddle meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 7-8:15 p.m. at Grace Church (9301 Eden Prairie Road); enter Door 1 and proceed upstairs to room M259. Stephan Quie and Zach Ainsworth, from the state champion EPHS boys soccer team, will be the special guests. There is no charge to attend. For more information, contact Kris Kerber at klkerber@ Information can also be found on Facebook (FCA - Eden Prairie, MN / 7th and 8th grade). FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America, focusing on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging student athletes to make a difference for Christ. More information on FCA can be found by visiting PHOTO BY DANIEL HUSS / REPRINTS AT PHOTOS.EDENPRAIRIENEWS.COM

Aaron Greenberg won the 200 individual medley at Saturday’s Maroon and Gold Invitational. In all, Eden Prairie won five races. Aaron Greenberg, Maverick Hovey and Michael Solfelt – 1:35.5). Rosemount, which had been telling everyone that they had some unfi nished business to deal with since fi nishing second to Eden Prairie at last year’s state meet, fi nished second again, 2.5 seconds back. In the second event, the 200 freestyle, Eden Prairie captured the top two spots. Hovey fi nished fi rst (1:43.55), Jonathon Lieberman fi nished second (1:45.11). A win in the third event, the 200 individual medley (Greenberg – 1:57.41), had everyone looking at Eden

Prairie. “We were having fun,” adds Boston. Really? Eden Prairie fi nished the meet placing three (Boston – 22.05) and four (Solfelt – 22.08) in the 50 freestyle; one (Hovey – 50.82) and two (Boston – 52.23) in the 100 butterfly; third in the 100 freestyle (Solfelt – 48.02); fi rst in the 500 freestyle (Lieberman – 4:41.87); third in the 100 backstroke (Greenberg – 51.92). Eden Prairie would also fi nish second in both the 200 freestyle (Greenberg, Lieberman, Jenia Foster and Boston – 1:28.07) and 400 freestyle

(Lieberman, Solfelt, Spencer Sathre and Hovey – 3:15.97) relay races. As a team, Eden Prairie would amass 614 points. Iowa’s Dowling Catholic fi nished second with 515 points. Minnetonka fi nished third with 482 points. If you take Dowling Catholic out of the equation, Eden Prairie’s margin of victory gets bigger. That’s not just talk. Friday, the Eagles host Edina in a conference meet (6 p.m.). Saturday, Eden Prairie participates in the True Team section meet (Edina, 1 p.m.).

Flom film festival gets a big thumbs down Playing a bad game over the break isn’t good. How does one know? On the heels of a bad loss to No. 1, 3A Benilde-St. Margaret’s, the No. 7, 4A Eden Prairie High School boys basketball team sat through a one-hourand-fi fty-minute fi lm session. “Usually, we’re pretty efficient with our fi lm work; 10-15 clips in 30-40 minutes,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach David Flom. “Monday’s session had 67 clips.” Does Eden Prairie want to do that again?

“I know I don’t,” said the coach. Based on how his charges have played since Monday’s marathon film session, it’s obvious that they don’t want to either. Tuesday, Jan. 3, Eden Prairie traveled to Shakopee and beat the Sabers soundly (59-35). Eden Prairie opened the game with a 14-0 run and led 3814 at halftime. Flom spent the second half getting his bench players varsity minutes. Sander Mohn led all scorers with 21 points. Alex Ihrke added nine, Jordan Peterson seven. Friday, Eden Prairie used another fast start to beat an ex-

perienced Chanhassen team (the Storm’s starting five included three three-year starters) 71-58. “Our younger players are starting to figure it out,” said Flom. How does he know? “We’re making dif ferent mistakes,” he said. “Compared to making the same ones, that’s progress.” A ndre Wal lace led Eden Prairie with 24 points. Sander Mohn scored 15 points. Grant Shaef fer and Jack Cottrell added eight points apiece. Like it did against Shakopee, Eden Prairie led early (the Eagles led 38-25 at halftime). “Of the big strides we took

throughout the week, a level of urgency was one of the biggest,” said Flom. The win lifted Eden Prairie’s overall record to 7-2. More importantly, it tagged a loss on a very good section team. Tuesday, Eden Prairie was scheduled to play St. Paul Johnson. Saturday, the Eagles host Cretin-Derham Hall (7 p.m.).


EP Track and Field Association registration Registration is now open for the upcoming Eden Prairie Track and Field Association’s spring season. Girls and boys enrolled in grades one to six are eligible to participate in the six-week program beginning April 9. Registration is limited to 400, so sign up soon. There will also be a “Rookie Camp” registration for boys and girls in kindergarten. To register, or for more information, visit

EP baseball registration The Eden Prairie Baseball Association is conducting registration for the 2012 season. Online registration begins Monday, Jan. 16, at You may also register in person on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. until noon at Sports World in Eden Prairie. Sports World is at 16522 W. 78th St. in the Prairie Village Mall. Registration is for all kids, ages 4 through 12th grade, who live in or go to school in Eden Prairie. A $30 late fee will be assessed beginning March 1. For additional information, visit the EPBA at

EPGBA Rookie League registration Registration is open for the Eden Prairie Girls Basketball Association’s Rookie League (kindergarteners and firstgraders). Sessions will be offered from 6- 7:15 p.m. on either Tuesday or Wednesday nights (your choice). The program will run for eight weeks starting the fi rst week of January and continue through the last week of February. Rookie League players will receive a basketball and a T-shirt as part of their registration. Cost is $80. For more information, including registration instructions, go to

EPBA Winter Instructional Clinics The Eden Prairie Baseball Association will offer the following clinics at the PrairieDome: Clinic No. 1: Instructional Clinic – Eden Prairie Baseball Association coaches will conduct structured baseball drills and offer hands-on instruction at each session. Coaches will follow a comprehensive instructional plan developed exclusively for EPBA’s Winter Instructional Clinic; Clinic No. 2: Pitching Clinic – Eden Prairie varsity Pitching Coach Tony Ruemmele and his staff will conduct seven 60-minute pitching clinics for players in grades three to nine on Saturdays beginning Jan. 7; Clinic No. 3: Travel Tryout Fundraiser – Eden Prairie Baseball Association coaches will lead players through the actual Travel Tryout Drills March 18 and 25. Players in grades three to 12 that live or go to school in Eden Prairie can participate. Sign up for one, two or all three. Registration, at, is open through Jan. 29. Space is limited.

Olympic Skater visits EPFSC


Mother Nature shines on Post’s wins BY DANIEL HUSS

At fi rst glance, the east-facing race course at Buck Hill looked as white and snowy as always. The temperature, however, told another story. It was the fi rst Thursday in January and it was 45 degrees. Ye a h, somet hi ng h ad to give. “I’d describe the snow conditions as something between mashed potatoes and soft-serve ice cream,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Nate Springer. Yet, the skiers slogged on, some racing down the hi l l with no problems at all, others sliding like gravy on potatoes or chocolate sauce on ice cream. “Ruts can defi ne the race,” adds Springer, “and the younger kids haven’t figured that out yet.” That being said, Springer’s boys team held its own, fi nishing second at the fi rst conference race of the season. “The girls would’ve finished second too,” said Springer; “if they would’ve stayed on their skis.” W hen t hey did n’t , Eden Prairie fi nished fourth. Individually, Laura Post won the girls race. Teammate Abbie Phang fi nished seventh; Emily Weber fi nished 18th. Jack Post paced the boys team, fi nishing second. Teammate Andrew Teaver fi nished fourth.

Sam Brancale

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Meeting



Eden Prairie senior wrestler Sam Brancale upset Forest Lake’s Ben Morgan at Saturday’s Burnsville Invitational. Brancale. wrestling up at 132 pounds, beat Morgan 8-3. Morgan, headed to the University of Nebraska, is Class 3A’s top ranked 132-pound wrestler. Brancale, headed to the University of Minnesota, is ranked No. 2 at 126 pounds.

Olympic Canadian figure skater Sebastien Britten paid a visit over the holidays to the Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club (EPFSC) where club members are preparing for upcoming competitions. Britten, who placed 10th in the 19 94 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer and eighth in the 1994 World Cha mpionships, choreo graphed freestyle numbers for the Southwest metro area student skaters. Members from the EPFSC will be competing at the 32nd Annual Northland Figure Skating Competition in Duluth this month and will be celebrating the club’s 30th anniversary this year with the annual ice show, “Heroes and Villains: An On-Ice Fantasy” at the Eden Prairie Community Center in March.


Colette Danielski, EPFSC member and Our Lady of Grace student, works with former Olympic figure skater Sebastien Britten.

EPHS Sports This Week


After winning Thursday’s first conference race of the season, Eden Prairie’s Laura Post bested a field of 156 skiers to win the Buck Hill Invitational.

BUCK INVITE The Buck Hill Invitational was held Friday and featured more than 300 skiers. As one would expect, conditions were uneven. “Jack [Jack Post] fell while trying to make a turn,” said Springer. “There was no snow, at least not anything fi rm, but that’s racing. It’s too bad, be-

cause he was really hauling.” Although Post would finish with the second fastest run of the race, his fall on his fi rst run dropped him to 87th place. Teaver had the Eden Prairie boys team’s best fi nish, placing 23rd. Like she did on Thursday, L au ra Post f i ni shed f i rst .

Phang finished 24th, Weber 56th. When asked if winning the Buck Hill Invite, a race that featured 156 girls, labels Post as the favorite to win the state meet, Springer said, “she beat one of the ones to watch and made a statement for herself.” In other words, you’re only as fast as your last race.

BOYS BASETBALL Saturday, Jan. 14 ..................................Cretin-Derham Hall ............................................. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 .....................................DeLasalle............................................................ 7 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Saturday, Jan. 14 DeLaSalle ....................................................... 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Chanhassen............................................... 7:30 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Thursday, Jan. 12 ...................................Blaine ................................................................. 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 Minnetonka ............................................... 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Wayzata ......................................................... 7 p.m. BOYS HOCKEY Saturday, Jan. 14 ...................................Duluth East ......................................................... 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 .....................................Hill-Murray ..................................................... 7:30 p.m. DANCE TEAM BOYS SWIMMING Friday, Jan. 13 ........................................Edina ................................................................. 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 ...................................True Team at Edina ...................................................TBA ALPINE SKIING Thursday, Jan. 12 ...................................Lake Meet at Buck Hill ................................... 3:30 p.m. NORDIC SKIING Thursday, Jan. 12 ...................................Lake Meet at Elm Creek ................................. 3:30 p.m. GYMNASTICS Thursday, Jan. 12 ...................................Minnetonka ........................................................ 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 Lakeville Invite ................................................ 8 a.m. WRESTLING Thursday, Jan. 12 ...................................Hopkins ............................................................. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 .....................................Lakeville North .................................................... 7 p.m. For schedule changes or directions to away games go to or call the Eden Prairie High School Student Activities Hotline at (952)975-8120

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The Eden Prairie High School team was all smiles after winning a Class 5A state title. Friday, Eden Prairie’s No. 56 national ranking was recognized by the National Guard.

According to MaxPreps, Eagles were the 56th best team in the country PHOTO BY DANIEL HUSS//REPRINTS AT PHOTOSEDENPRAIRIENEWS.COM

Eden Prairie goalie Derrick LaCombe had to go behind his back to stop this Elk River scoring chance. Defensemen Tyler Leddy (No. 3) and Luke Sudman (No. 27) are there to take care of the rebound.

EP hockey: When good, really good BY DANIEL HUSS

It’s not that the Eden Prairie High School boys hockey team has a Jekyll and Hyde personality, but … “We’re a dynamic hockey team when we play together, make short passes and use our speed,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Lee Smith. “When we get in trouble, we either try to do too much or go at it all on our own.” In Thursday’s 6-3 win over Elk River, Eden Prairie was flat out dynamic. “We looked pretty good,” admits Smith. Never mind that the two teams were meeting for the third time in eight games. (3-3 on Dec. 15; 4-0 Eden Prairie win

Dec. 30). In Eden Prairie’s latest beating of the Elks, the Eagles turned a 1-1 tie into 4-1 and 5-1 leads. They scored five on five, on the power play and while playing shorthanded. Michael DeCesare, making the most of his move from defense to forward, led Eden Prairie with two goals. “We made the change to get stronger in the middle,” said Smith. “Not only is he giving us that, but he’s creating some offense.” Mason Bergh, Danny Halloran, Steven Spinner and Jack Keeley would also score Eden Prairie goals. In Saturday’s 6-4 win over Holy Angels, Eden Prairie started dynamic and finished dynamic. In the middle, they were

a team plagued by bad play, bad luck and bad timing. Wait a minute, isn’t this the same Holy Angels team that lost 15-2 to Benilde-St. Margaret’s and 15-3 to Burnsville? “They got their goalie back,” said Smith, “making them a different team than they were two weeks ago.” In the first period, Eden Prairie outshot Holy Angels 17-0, but had nothing to show for it. “Their goalie was unreal,” laments Smith. Holy Angels owned the second period, scoring four times, once while playing at even strength, twice while on the power play and once shorthanded. Eden Prairie scored twice. Eden Prairie would return to its dynamic self, but not until there were just 10 minutes left

in the game. “We got one and then another,” said Smith. “Looking gassed, they called a timeout with three minutes remaining. We scored on our next shift.” An empty-net goal was the frosting on Eden Prairie’s fourgoal third period rally. Bergh scored twice. Knudsen, Halloran, Spinner and Andrew MacLeod scored lone goals. Eden Prairie has but one game this week, but it’s a doozy. Saturday (3 p.m.), the Eagles host No. 1 ranked Duluth East.



X-country skiers take weather in stride Mesabi East Invitational: EP boys finish 2nd, EP girls 5th BY DANIEL HUSS

The Eden Prairie High School Nordic ski teams traveled more than 200 miles to get to Giants Ridge in Biwabik, yet still had to ski on artificial snow. And that’s OK, as both Eden Prairie boys and girls teams placed in the Top 5 at the Mesabi East Invitational, an event billed as North America’s biggest Nordic ski meet. The Eden Prairie boys team finished second, in part, because Tom Bye and Joe Vergeront had very good classic races. Bye finished eighth overall, Vergeront placed 11th. The field included 165 skiers. Henry Zurn had paced the Eagles in the freestyle race, finishing 14th. Teammate Andrew Hansen finished 23rd. The varsity boys freestyle race featured 171 skiers. As a team, Eden Prairie finished just 13 points behind Roseville. The Raiders amassed 715 points. Eden Prairie finished second with 702 points. Irondale (690), Minneapolis Southwest (683) and Duluth East (687) finished three, four and five. The team field included 60 schools. Eden Prairie’s girl team, minus its top skier, finished fifth overall. Wayzata would fi nish first with 721 points. Stillwater finished second (714). Duluth East (713), Roseville (696) and Eden Prairie (683) finished three, four and five. The girls field included 63 schools. Individually, Eryn Stewart was credited with Eden Prai-


While racing at the Mesabi East Invitational, an event billed as North America’s biggest Nordic ski meet, Eden Prairie’s Eryn Stewart finished eighth in the classic race. The girls varsity classic race featured 167 skiers. rie’s best race, finishing eighth overall in the classic event. Teammate Jenna Arvidson finished 17th. Beth Schappe would place 12th in the freestyle race; Hanna Hoch finished 36th.

APPLE TO APPLES? Although Eden Prairie’s boys and girls teams raced well, Eden Prairie Head Coach Doug Boon-

stra cautions anyone who reads too much into the final results. “We skied well on a manmade non-traditional course,” said Boonstra, adding that the competition was what he called a mixed event. “You don’t have your skiers skiing both events. Instead, they ski one or the other. In that sense, it’s not like a section or state meet.” In other words, it is what is.

“We had really good performances,” he added, “no one got hurt and we didn’t really have any off days. “Besides,” he adds, “if the weather doesn’t change, Saturday’s course might be the same course they’ll use for the state meet.” Eden Prairie is scheduled to return to action Thursday (today) at Elk Creek (3:30 p.m.).

Girls hockey close to putting it all together Jaime Grossman, fi rst-year head coach of the Eden Prairie High School girls hockey team, uses a three-pronged approach to getting his team ready for the most important part of its season (section playoffs). “We spend the first third working on getting stronger,” he said. “We spend the second third on speed work and stick skills; the last third on putting it all together.” Where are Grossman’s Eagles right now? “We’re in the middle of a transition,” said the coach. Translation: Eden Prairie’s

opponents to seven points or less. The defense posted four shutouts and held six foes without a touchdown. Senior linebacker Drake Michaelson spearheaded the defense with 82 tackles, including 13 for losses, and picked off a pair of passes. Junior tackle Tyson Reinke made 38 tackles and had six quarterback sacks while safety Matt Knoff (15 solo tackles, three picks) and cornerback Ryan Gunderson (17 solo stops, four interceptions) also provided stellar play. Both are seniors. Two-time all-state running back Andrew Larson ran for 1,657 yards and 27 touchdowns whi le junior quar terback Grant Shaeffer passed for 1,022 yards and nine TDs and was not picked off all season. Tackle Nick Davidson, who will play next season at Stanford (Calif.) University, anchored the offensive line. Minnesota Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Kyle K a lpha ke presented Coach Grant and the team with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during halftime of the school’s boys’ varsity basketball game Friday night. “We are pleased to announce that this is the seventh year the National Guard has presented nationally ranked football teams with the national ranking trophy,” said Lt. Col. William Dones, Army National Guard Bureau. “It is our pleasure to support this program and honor these teams, players, coaches, schools and parents, because they exhibit characteristics we hold dear in the National Guard, such as character, talent and courage.” MaxPreps uses Freeman Rankings to determine team rank for the Tour of Champions. The system utilizes game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents), margin of victory and strength of schedule. Playoff games are weighed 2.1 times a regular season game.




The Eden Prairie High School football team has fi nished No. 56 nationally for the 2011 season. The announcement was made by MaxPreps, a California-based company that ranks more than 16,000 high school varsity football teams. Eden Prairie (12-1) avenged its only loss of the season with a hard-fought 13-3 victory over Wayzata on Nov. 25 to capture the Minnesota 5A state championship. Wayzata, which was shooting for its second straight title, upended the Eagles, 9-0, on Oct. 19. This marks Eden Prairie’s seventh state championship and its first since the 2007 season. Eden Prairie is one of 50 schools being honored on the seventh annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard. The Eagles were also honored on the Tour of Champions for the 2007 (ranked No. 11) and 2006 (ranked No. 20) seasons. “On behalf of MaxPreps, I would like to congratulate Coach Mike Grant and the Eden Prairie High School football team on an incredible season,” said President Andy Beal. “MaxPreps is once again honored to partner with the Army National Guard in saluting 50 of the top high school football teams in America. With the Army National Guard’s continued support, the Tour of Champions has become one of the most recognizable awards programs in the country.” “This is great for a Minnesota football team to be recognized by a group such as MaxPreps that looks at all of high school football. To win our seventh state championship and then to be recognized nationally, we are truly honored,” said Eden Prairie head football coach and athletic director Mike Grant, who completed his 20th season. His teams have gone a cumulative 83-7 .922 winning percentage since the 2005 campaign. Eden Prairie’s defense rose to the occasion game after game. The Eagles allowed just 104 points for the season (8 points per game) and held 10

promise is sometimes overshadowed by inconsistency. “Sometimes you wonder if you’re doing the right things,” adds Grossman, “but I know it’s worked in the past.” Tuesday, Jan. 3, Eden Prairie played what one spectator said was the team’s best period of the season, yet trailed 1-0 when the Edina Hornets netted a power play goal with 42 seconds remaining in the period. Edina, ranked No. 6, 2A, scored the next three goals, including two more power play goals, before Eden Prairie cut the Hornets’ lead in half with two power play goals of its own (Josie Olson and Michelle Jamar).

Unfortunately, that’s as close as the Eagles would get. Thursday, Jan. 5, Eden Prairie defeated Blake, No. 6, 1A, by the same 4-2 score. “They were without their best player,” said Grossman, “still, I don’t think the score reflected how the game was played.” Eden Prairie outshot Blake 41-15, enough said. Charly Dahlquist, Eden Prairie’s leading scorer, scored a pair of goals. Anna Johnson and Jordan Phillippi scored lone goals. Tess Roehl was credited with three assists. The win evened Eden Prairie’s record at 7-7-2. Saturday, the Eagles returned to Lake Conference play and beat

Hopkins 5-1. “It was a bit of a rivalry game,” said Grossman, “as their coach was the guy that got me into coaching girls hockey.” A nd t hat ’s how you say thanks? Eden Prairie’s Josie Olson scored three goals. Dahlquist and Karissa Olsen scored lone goals. The victory puts Eden Prairie’s overall record at 8-7-2, meaning the Eagles have a winning record. Tuesday, Eden Prairie was scheduled to play Buffalo. Thursday (today), the Eagles host a very good Blaine squad. Saturday, Eden Prairie plays at No. 4 ranked Minnetonka.


An end-of-the game handshake is a big part of hockey. Monday, Eden Prairie Mite hockey players get their day in the sun as the Eden Prairie Hockey Association hosts the 3rd Annual Eden Prairie Boys and Girls Mite Day (Round Lake Park, 1-7 p.m.).

Eden Prairie Boys/Girls Mite Day set for this Monday On Monday, Jan. 16, the Eden Prairie Hockey Association will be hosting the 3rd A n nua l Eden P rai rie Boys and Girls Mite Day. The all-day event will take place at Round Lake Park and features Mite games on one rink, pick-up hockey on another rink, as well as games, food, prizes and fun. The event is scheduled to take place from 1-7 p.m. It’s a great way to celebrate boys and girls Mite hockey in Eden Prairie, according to a news release. Every Mite team plays an outdoor game on

Round Lake’s East Rink while the West Rink is dedicated all day to kids playing pickup hockey. The middle rink is open for general skating and fun games. Over the past couple years, kids that spent four, five and even six hours on the ice playing hockey the way it was meant to be played, outdoors and with friends. In addition to the hockey, there will be a Culver’s food tent, concessions, warminghouse, prizes, an airbrushed hats booth, Chopper Mittens, bonfire and more. All are welcome.

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2011 notable quotes The Eden Prairie News presents some quotes and images that made the news from July to December 2011. “People were disappointed it came to this point.”

“The way I see it, I’m either auditioning for the A’s or someone else.”

– Rep. Jenifer Loon, commenting on the government shutdown, which stopped work on the 494/169 interchange, among other impacts to Eden Prairie.- July 7

– Neil Wager, on his call up to the Major Leagues. He is the first Eden Prairie High School player to be named to the Major Leagues. Sept. 15

“I don’t think we have the answers, but I think we’re trying cautiously some different things.”

“We lost a small percentage of our population and we have space for them all to come back.” – Patricia Magnuson, Eden Prairie School District COO, commenting on the Eden Prairie School District enrollment decreasing by 300. - Oct. 13


– Fire Chief George Esbensen, talking about the use of social media by public safety departments. Eden Prairie has seen success with its social media this year, including a popular Facebook page. - July 14

“I’ve got a year ahead of me and we’ve got work to do.” – Superintendent Melissa Krull, announcing her plan to step down at the end of the 2012 school year. Aug. 4

“I’m not sure who’s supposed to be steering the ship here.” – School Board member Holly Parker, discussing the late start to possible referendum planning. The district decided against a 2011 referendum later in the year. - Aug. 11

‘It’s the Disneyworld of home improvement.’ – Jim Deck, general manager of the revamped Menards store, which opened this year – and included moving sidewalks and a grand piano. The store was featured in the July 21 issue of the paper.

“If you never believed in guardian angels before, this should make you believe.”

“I love the dichotomy between the old and the new. I’m making it luxurious.”

“I really feel like I’m leaving at a time when there’s so many good things in place.”

– Father Michael Tix of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savage, on the dramatic bus ride the group took in Eden Prairie on the way to Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen. The bus driver slumped over in his seat and one of the chaperones had to take over, maneuver the bus to a grassy area and stop the bus. - Aug. 18

– Entrepreneur Steve Schussler, on the udderly eye-catching cows he added to the barnyard after purchasing the Goodrich-Ramus Barn on Pioneer Trail to use as a creative laboratory. - Aug. 18

– Superintendent Melissa Krull, announcing that instead of staying through the end of the 2011-2012 school year, the board and Krull reached an early separation agreement and she would leave the district on Sept. 30. - Sept. 15



Bird’s eye view


Extra Extra at Xcel The Eden Prairie Eagles won the state volleyball championship in a match that could go down as the most memorable in state tournament history, according to the Nov. 17 issue of the EP News.

“We have taken some very measured steps as we promised to do in the journey.” – Dennis Spalla, senior director in charge of development for United Health Group’s real estate division. The group is working on a 71-acre campus at highways 62 and 212 in Eden Prairie. - Sept. 22

Lucky bounce The Eden Prairie A.M. Rotary held its first ever golf ball drop, dropping 150 golf balls from an Eden Prairie Fire Department ladder truck during the Fourth of July celebration at Round Lake Park. The celebration, though scaled back a bit due to budget cuts, still included its signature fireworks over the lake. Photos were included in the July 7, 2011, issue of the Eden Prairie News.

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– Interim Superintendent Jon McBroom in his first Eden Prairie News interview. - Nov. 17

The Farmers Airship, one of two Zeppelins in the world, visited Eden Prairie, offering rides during this year’s Air Expo. It was featured in the July 21 Eden Prairie News.

“The business has changed dramatically the last five years. More and more people are doing more and more online.”

“I’m hoping that I’ve made a difference.”


“My intent is to just do the duties of a superintendent and do the same things that I’ve been doing for 28 years and try to help the district move along.”

– School Board Member Carol Bomben, announcing she would not run for re-election. Candidates were incumbents John Estall, Holly Parker and Kim Ross; as well as Karla Bratrud, Dave Espe, Tim Fox, Derek Gunderson and Bill Lapadat. Estall, Parker, Bratrud and Espe would be elected, with campaign signs arranged to spell “BEEP.” - Aug. 25


– Hennepin County Commissioner Randy Johnson, who voted against closing the Eden Prairie Hennepin County Service Center. The Service Center is scheduled to close this month. - Dec. 22

A world of its own The Eden Prairie American Legion team won the American Legion World Series, beating Tupelo, Miss., 5-4 in 13 innings. Eden Prairie is the fourth Minnesota team to win the title in the tournament’s 85-year history. The team was featured in the Aug. 25 issue of the Eden Prairie News.

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ther data (parent and student surveys) to help determine the viability of the program. “We’re compiling data,” said McBroom. “Terri’s done a really good job,” he said, but he wanted the Board to postpone hearing a presentation on the program until more information was compiled. McBroom said Johnson is working to validate assumptions for the pilot and how that projects out for the next few years (including the budget impact). “I think she’s really trying to be broad-based in how she’s looking at this,” said McBroom. Parents have expressed both support for the YMCA program and the new program, he noted. “We’re just asking that we try and do a fair and balanced review here.” In highlighting why the district is trying the program, a staff report states that it’s an “opportunity for Community Education to expand offerings in Eden Prairie and work more closely with schools and families vs. outsourcing the service” and that it builds “more enrichment opportunities into childcare

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just 16. She went on to pursue a degree in art from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon) before moving to New York City in 1930. There, she found work teaching drawing at the Pratt Institute. She later founded the art department at Manhattanville College. Dowden married fellow artist Ray Dowden in 1934. She continued to build her collection of drawings throughout her 15 years of teaching. “She was drawing all the time to build up her research paintings,” said Taylor. “It was her source for anything she wanted.” In the early 1950s, Dowden began to get her botanical il-

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process, which includes a number of public meetings and public interviews, stands in contrast to what was done in the selection of the previous superintendent in 2002. In that case, the Eden Prairie School Board chose not to renew thensuperintendent Bill Gaslin’s contract and instead appointed Assistant Superintendent Melissa Krull as acting superintendent. No reason was given as to why the board did not renew the contract, although there was some speculation it was connected to a failed referendum attempt. Krull was appointed superintendent later that year.

COMMUNITY COMMENTS Transparency and openness were themes emphasized by the consultants as they spoke with community members. During Monday’s meeting, consultants went through a list of five questions. They sought the most important goals for the district in the next three years; what the top three strengths in

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of that program is still undecided. The board will hear an evaluation of the program later in February. According to the staff report, success indicators for the program include the following: T he prog ra m me et s t he needs of parents and children; the program is viewed positively by school staff; it meets quality childcare standards; it meets the district’s standard of maintaining a 4 percent fund

balance; Community Education’s ability to assess and meet community needs is strengthened by ongoing relationships with families. Board members were curious about the impetus for starting the program in the fi rst place and were uncertain as to how their governance policy would allow them to review it “It’s a chance to see if you can provide a service,” said McBroom. They still need to determine whether they will continue the pilot; expand it or scrap it, he said. “I don’t think there was anybody here who was trying to circumvent something.” Chuck Mueller said he did not recall the board giving its approval to start the pilot project. That’s because, under the board governance policy, they don’t have to give approval for something like Kids EdVenture. Holly Parker clarified how board governance would handle this situation: The district is free to take action as long as the board is comfortable that such action complies with district policy. The Board is going to have to continue to wrestle with how they use their governance model, she said.

of the dandelion. Dowden’s work exemplifies an art that is largely being replaced by digital technology in modern day. “It’s defi nitely art that is not as widely distributed as before,” noted Taylor. But what she loves about D ow d e n’s wo rk i s h ow it speaks to the relationship between art, science and literature. Taylor hopes visitors to the Dowden exhibit will get a “renewed sense of the interaction between the plant world, insects and people.” “I hope people start seeing and observing,” she added. And come spring, people will be able to do just that, taking their inspiration from Dowden’s work right out onto the Arboretum grounds to see the same plants and insects with their own eyes.

but someone who presents facts and choices; a leader who surrounds themselves with staff who complement their skills; somebody who has been an educator; someone who can make decisions without bringing in consultants; a superintendent who looks to the teachers so teachers don’t have to fear retaliation. By giving input, “you’re being extremely helpful to us,” said Consultant Bob Ostlund. People won’t shy away from Eden Prairie because of the controversy of the past few months, he added. “In fact, that will be an attraction, that’s an opportunity.”

Kids EdVenture Feedback Session Community Education is conducting an evaluation of its childcare pilot program it began this fall at Oak Point and Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion schools. A recommendation regarding the future of the pilot will be made to the School Board by the end of February. An information and feedback session for interested families is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Oak Point Elementary School, 13400 Staring Lake Parkway. Parents interested in attending should RSVP by Jan. 13, by calling (952) 975-6940. experience (such as science, art, service).” Additionally the report states that the program is an opportunity to “minimize the transitions between childcare and school environments,” and “Children’s needs get met when there is a strong connection between school staff and childcare staff.” Activities in the program are “choice-based” according to the report and include a “balance of structured and non-structured.” Students can play together using a variety of games and there is space and help for those students who want to work on homework or just read. During a recent visit to the after-school program at Oak Point Elementary, kids were playing together with puzzles and activity books, board games and, in a separate section, working on homework.

According to the report, the after-school program includes time when kids are in small groups based on their age, and there are times when all ages are mixed together. The staff ratio per child is 1:12 for kindergarten and up to 1:15 for older children, depending on the activity. A total of 226 families are enrolled in the program and the average morning attendance is 87. The average afternoon attendance is 165 kids. Parents were initially concerned last year when rumors spread that the YMCA afterschool programming would be replaced with a district-run program. The district then clarified that they’d be instituting a pilot project which went into place this year at Oak Point and Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School.


Brendan Jennen, Owen Berkholtz and Megan Timmerman played during the after-school program at Oak Point. Margaret Cahill spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting about her concerns with the program. Cahill’s oldest is in second grade. Cahill said it is good to look at new programs but she wanted to find information about the expectations of that program. “It feels like it’s already been decided,” she said. Board member Karla Bratrud assured her that the future

Dowden was in her 50s when she published her first book “Look at a Flower.” It would be the fi rst of 19 books she would release commercially, most of which are geared toward students in the middle grades.

Dowden was intimately involved in the entire book publishing process, from the art to the text to the layout. “She liked the process of choosing the words that would go with the illustrations,” said Taylor. “It would take her two to three years per book.” H e r work e n c o mp a s s e s a range of interesting book themes from plants of Christ-

mas; to plants of the Bible; to plants of Shakespeare. All of her watercolors feature anatomically accurate plants and insects, with an eye for what would be visually appealing on the page. Dowden’s last book “Poisons in our Path: Plants that Harm and Heal” was published in 1994. Dowden was 87 years old.

The Arboretum’s exhibit, which includes her books and scanned illustrations along with original notes and artwork, covers Dowden’s entire career with special attention paid to her “Wild Green Things” publication. Dowden spent three yea r s s e ek i n g out the weeds native to New York City in order to create the book. The University of Minnesota Libraries obtained some of Dowden’s original artwork from “Wild Green Things,” which will be on display in the Andersen Horticultural Library, just outside the rare b o ok s r o om . Vi sit or s c a n del i g ht i n a r t t h at br i n gs common weeds – like the dandelion – to life. “I want to just get my pick and scoop that out,” said Taylor, remarking on the realism

the district were; its top three greatest challenges; important characteristics a new superintendent needs to possess and what questions the board should ask candidates. The same questions and survey are available online at through Jan. 18. In terms of challenges the district faces, Beth Kryzer brought up the need for Eden Prairie schools to attract and retain students in the district. “I think they need to be competitive with our surrounding districts,” she said. Rick Ericson said that there is a general theme of “restoration” in the district. It would be good to see a certain amount of goodwill return, he said. In talking about challenges, one parent brought up the tension between families in the general K-6 schools versus those in Spanish immersion. She said that people are “automatically not nice” when people learn she has a daughter in the immersion school. Another parent cited “continued fi nancial stability” as another challenge that awaits. Ericson said he’s not looking for a new superintendent that will cut the budget but it infuri-

ates them how money has been wasted in the district. Other parents talked about the need for openness in the district, for staff to openly share the good, the bad and the ugly. “I have been frustrated with the lack of information,” said Erika Willette. “This person has to be open, honest and accessible to the community.” Participants in Monday’s meeting were also asked to share what strengths the district offers, reasons why candidates would be interested. “Your image has taken a hit,” is what they’ve heard, noted Dragseth. “There’s good things here; what are they?” he asked. Ericson said that “this town has enormous reserves of goodwill.” Another parent offered that “it’s really a family-focused community.” Kryzer cited the early childhood education offerings. Eden Prairie resident Jeff Strate noted that Eden Prairie is among an elite group of schools in the region. “This is the top of the ladder,” he said. Willette said that, since few are actually from Eden Prairie,

it’s an easier place to make connections, people are more open here. In terms of challenges the district faces, those at the meeting talked about the need to restore the sense of trust in the community. Another parent noted that because there is less turnover in homes, there are fewer young families in the community, which can add to enrollment/financial troubles. Debbie Brandt asked about the issue of students leaving the district. “That’s a huge challenge,” she said. A lot of people already left, so now that you’ve lost good

people, “how do you get them back?” asked another parent. Ericson said that EP is not a permanently divided community. If someone walks in with common sense, “The community is eager to embrace that leader.” The group shared some characteristics they want in a new leader which included the following: A collaborative versus a confrontational approach; someone with thick skin but not too thick so they don’t come off as uncaring; someone who is accessible, who answers their email; someone with common sense who will offer a vision for the district; not a politician,

lustrations published in magazines and journals. She became known for the extraordinary accuracy and detail of her work. “She drew them absolutely the way they grew,” said Taylor. Dowden amassed more than 400 research paintings in her lifetime. As her work began to receive recognition, Dowden quit her teaching job to focus on her art full time. “It really was a change of career,” said Taylor. “I fi nd her courageous to be doing that.”


Horticultural Library The Andersen Horticultural Library is the largest horticultural library in the Upper Midwest. It is a reading and research library specializing in horticulture, plant sciences and natural history. The library contains one of the country’s most comprehensive collections of seed catalogs (more than 57,000 of them!). It is also known for its unique furnishings – pieces by American woodworker George Nakashima. The library is open to Arboretum visitors and is located in the Snyder Building.

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Page turners: Readers chime in on book recommendations


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

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

Barbara Colhapp Chaska

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

Tory Brogan Eden Prairie

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

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

J. Boevers Chanhassen

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

Tom Dubbe, Ph.D. Shakopee

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

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

Barb Tieben Jordan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carly Kriesel

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

book to eighth-graders and highschoolers.

Jessie Ireland “Pretty Little Liars,” by Sara

Paige Hall Shepard: I like this book because

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

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

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

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

Phyllis Bofferding Eden Prairie

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

Charles Peters Eden Prairie

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

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

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

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

Good reading noted

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

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

Michaela Spielberger

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

John Miles Shakopee

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

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

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

Matt Sasse Prior Lake

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

Lisa Gearman CHS Hawk’s Nest Book Club

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

Steve Pany Prior Lake

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




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


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

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

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

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

Address: 8475 Kochia Lane, Victoria

Info: (952) 975-8110

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

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


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

Address: 1661 Park Ridge Dr., Chaska

Info: (952) 226-0080

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


Restrictions: 15 years or older

Address: 1255 Fuller St., Shakopee

Info: (952) 448-5633

Walking/jogging track overlooking gymnasium: Free.


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

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

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

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

Info: (952) 233-9500

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

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

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

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


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

‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN’ “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” invites the young-at-heart to experience comic, touching, and occasionally profound moments in Charlie Brown’s life, strung together during a single day. A cast of characters including Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy and Charlie’s sister Sally offer a familyfriendly evening of theater. Based on the “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles Schultz, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.” Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Jan. 13-Feb. 12 Cost: Adults $28; seniors and student $25; children 12 and younger $12 Location: Bloomington Civic Theatre, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington Info: or (952) 563-8575


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

THE PERSUASIONS Classic a cappella group, The Persuasions, will perform. With a career closing in on 50 years and showing no signs of retiring soon, the group will use no instruments other than their voices to present blues, gospel and pop. Time: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 Cost: $26 Location: Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins Info: or (952) 9791100

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


ROCK ON ICE Skating, music and refreshments by bonfire are planned at the Round Lake Park Ice Rink, 16691 Valley View Road. Event sponsored by the Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation Department. In case of inclement weather or lack of outdoor ice, event will be held at the Eden Prairie Community Center. Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 Cost: Free Location: Round Lake Park, Eden Prairie Info: or (952) 9498449, Ext. 5.

IS THE DAKOTA LANGUAGE DYING? “Very few people speak Dakota today. Will the language be spoken in the future?” asks a news release. This Sunday, Dakota language teacher Joe Bendickson will explain what is being done with the Dakota language today, and his thoughts about the future of the language. Time: 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 Cost: $2 suggested donation Location: Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 E. 104th St., Bloomington Info: (952) 563-8738 or

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

WOMEN’S WINTER WALK Women are invited to bring families and friends to discover nature in winter with a naturalist. Dress in boots and snowpants or wind pants. Be ready to go off-trail and explore the nature center habitats: hilly woods, frozen prairies and frosty ponds. Adults must accompany children. For ages 10 and older. Time: 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 Cost: Free Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-9000 or

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


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In case of inclement weather or lack of outdoor ice, event will be held at the Eden Prairie Community Center. Limited s’mores ingredients available. The event is sponsored

by the Eden Prairie Parks and Recreation Department. Rock on Ice is planned for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. The event is free. For more information, visit or call (952) 949-8300. Weather line: (952) 949-8449, Ext. 5.

18. Visitors can explore dozens of her actual sketches and paintings on loan from the University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Collection with Lucie Taylor, curator of the Dowden exhibit. Time: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18; exhibit runs through May 2 Cost: $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to Arboretum members Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska Info: or (952) 443-1422

Upcoming STATE OF THE CITY Learn about the State of the City from Chamber of Commerce President Pat MulQueeny, Interim Superintendent Jon McBroom and Eden Prairie City Manager Rick Getschow. Time: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 Cost: $25 for members/$40 for nonmembers Location: Garden Room, Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road Info: or adminj@

FAMILY PIZZA AND BINGO NIGHT Children ages 5 and older and their families are invited for a family BINGO night at the Eden Prairie Community Center. Time: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 Cost: $5 Location: Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Road Info: or (952) 9498300

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

WAR HORSE (PG-13) 12:30, 4:152, 6:552, 9:35

Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANIS! The fifth annual Happy Birthday Janis is a tribute to the life and music of Janis Joplin. Local musicians from over 10 different bands come together to pay tribute to the music legend. The show stars vocalist Jill Mikelson, who played Janis Joplin in the Ordway Center’s performance of Love, Janis. Time: 8:30 p.m. (doors) 9:30 p.m. (music) Saturday, Jan. 21 Cost: $12 at the door/$10 advance (ages 18 and older) Location: Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis Info:

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

BIRD WATCHING TREK Take a bird walk on the Wilkie Unit and learn about the birds that spend



the winter in Minnesota. Search for birds that winter in Minnesota and the first migrating species of the year. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather. Time: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 Cost: Free Location: Wilkie Unit, 7701 County Road 101 E., Shakopee Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

BIRD BANDING See wild songbirds being safely trapped, studied and tagged with numbered rings. Hear a bird’s heartbeat and help release it. For ages 4 and older. Time: Saturdays, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18 Cost: Free Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or

EDEN PRAIRIE LIBRARY BOOK SALE STARTS The Friends of the Eden Prairie Library will be having a book sale from Jan. 25 to 28. Donations of books are accepted at any time the library is open. Proceeds go to fund special projects for the Eden Prairie Library. Time: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 (Friends of the Library members only); 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 Cost: Free; bag sale for $5 starts Saturday at noon Location: 565 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie Info:

TASTE OF EDEN PRAIRIE The Taste of Eden Prairie event features about 30 restaurants serving up specialties at the Vikings


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CEDAR RIDGE CARNIVAL The Cedar Ridge Elementary School Fundraiser Carnival is set for March 16. The school’s annual fundraiser will include games, face painting, other creative activities, a kids’ store, great food and many prizes! You can also enjoy the Silent Auction and Theme Basket Auction. Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 16 Location: Cedar Ridge Elementary School, 8905 Braxton Drive Info:

HEROES AND VILLIANS; AN ON-ICE FANTASY The Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club presents its annual ice show, featuring children, teen and adult performances. Time: March 23-25 Location: Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Road Info: 952-949-8470/www.

WRITER’S FESTIVAL AND BOOK FAIR There will be a book fair, workshops and speakers for writers and other book enthusiasts. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 24 Cost: Keynote address: $12; Workshops and panels: $12; Boxed lunch: $12 (must be preordered) Location: Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington Info:

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Senior Center

Health and wellness

Th e following upc oming events take place at the Eden Prairie Senior Center at 8950 Eden Prairie Road, unless another location is given. To register, visit the center, mail in your registration or visit edenprairie. org. For other information, call (952) 279-8050. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. To display artwork at the center, call (952) 279-8050.

The Eden Prairie Community Center at 16700 Valley View Road offers fitness classes geared toward seniors. Call the Community Center at (952) 949-8470 for more information. RSVP at (952) 279-8050 for the following events: Tai Chi Class – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, through Feb. 21. Call Senior Center to register. Join The Walking Club – Meet on the lower level of Sears inside at the mall entrance, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Pickleball – Play Pickleball from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Eden Prairie Community Center. Players of all levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and whitesoled tennis shoes. Contact the Senior Center for more information. Cost is $5 for nonmembers. Foot Care Clinic – Jan. 18; Feb. 6, 15. Call 763-560-5136 for appointment. Cost is $33. Health Insurance Help – 1 p.m. Jan. 19, Feb. 16. Call (952) 279-8050 for an appointment. Blood Pressure Clinic – 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 2. Call Senior

Special events Cribbage Tournament – 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Fees apply. Event, which is open to surrounding Senior Centers, is in the Senior Center Community Room. State of the City Address – 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. City Manager Rick Getschow will discuss the latest news about the city at the Senior Center. The event is free.

Senior trips Capitol Tour and Winter Carnival – 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Take a tour of the State Capitol and drive around Rice Park to see the Winter Carnival Ice Sculptures. Cost is $44. Register by Jan. 22.

Center for appointment. Inside Edge Indoor Golf for Seniors – Mondays at 9 a.m. Cost is $21 per round. Call the Senior Center for more information.

Classes Several driver safety courses are offered. Call (952) 279-8050 for information. Navigating Medicare and Part D Presentation – 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Cost is $12. Shuff le, Deal and Play Bridge Lessons – 1 p.m. Jan. 26-March 15. Cost is $64. Indoor Golf at Inside Edge Golf – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, through April at Inside Edge Golf, 16502 W. 78th St., Eden Prairie. Cost is $21 per week.

Red Hat Chapter Contact the Senior Center for more information on trips and special events. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Friday of each month at the Original Pancake House. Casper’s Cherokee Sirloin Room Trip – Monday, Jan. 23. Cost is $ 5; meal on your own. Lunch at the Senior Center with entertainment by the Chan-o-laires choir –

11: 30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. Cost is $ 12 . Register by Jan. 25.

Woodshop T he wo o d shop i s ava i lable from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with evening hours also available. Participants must take twohour training. Fees are $ 20 per quarter or $ 5 per visit. Info: (952) 279-8050.

Weekly events Mondays S en ior S i n g le s C of fe e K latch – 8 :45 -10 : 30 a.m. at Dunn Bros., 8107 Eden Prairie Road, for senior discounts on coffee. Shopping Bus – Call (952) 279-8051 by Thursday to schedule a senior van home pick up for the 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Monday shopping trips in Eden Prairie. Duplicate Bridge – 12:15 p.m., no need to sign up, just bring a partner or call John Dollerschell at (952) 937-2150. Crafting – 1 p.m., bring your own project to work on and socialize. Tuesdays Quilting – 9 a.m., to help with creating a quilt or work

on your own. Call Angie at (952) 934-1671 for more information. Greeting Cards – 9:30 a.m. to help cut, tape and create old greeting cards into new. Bread Day – 9:30 a.m. for “end of the day” baked goods and breads donated by a local baker. Donations accepted. Party-Style Bridge – 12:153:30 p.m., no need to sign up, just come and play. Call Mary Canakes at (952) 445-0978 for more information. Cribbage – 1-3 p.m. Open to all levels of players. Wednesdays ‘500’ Cards – 1 p.m. No registration necessary. Just stop in and play. Thursdays Canasta – 1 p.m. No need to sign up. Cards are provided. Call the Senior Center at (952) 279-8050. Cribbage – 1-3 p.m. Open to all levels of players. Call Jerry Clark at (952) 974-7989 for more information. Fridays Men’s Coffee Group – 9:30 a.m. Tell a tale, swap a story a nd lea r n somet hi ng new. Call Duane Kasper at (952) 448-1608. Bread Day – 9:30 a.m. for

“end of the day” baked goods and breads donated by a local baker. Donations accepted. Partner Bridge – noon, arrive with a partner or fi nd one at the center to play at 12:15 p.m. Call Lorraine Dilling at (952) 941-2060. Party Bridge – 12:15-3:30 p.m., no need to sign up, just come and play. Call Shirley at (952) 934-3461 for more information.

Monthly events Bingo – From 1-3:30 p.m. F r id ays, Ja n . 2 7 a nd Feb. 24. Cost is $1. Refreshments provided. B o ok C lub – 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, reading “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey. Chair massages – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 12, 26; Feb. 9, 23. Cost is $18 for 15 minutes or $ 33 for 30 minutes. Call the Senior Center to make an appointment at least one week in advance. Computer Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive. Bu nco – 2 p.m. F ridays, Jan. 20, Feb. 17. Call Senior Center for information.

MEETINGS To add a meeting to our list, or update a listing, please email or call (952) 942-7885.

com or (952) 949-3126. Prairie Adult Care is in Victory Lutheran Church at 16200 Berger Drive, Eden Prairie.

Divorce Support

Newcomers of Southwest Suburbs

Women Healing from Divorce will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Biaggi’s Restaurant, Eden Prairie mall, 8251 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie. There will be dinner and a discussion with family law attorney for over 30 years, Pamela Green, who will provide legal information to women who are in the beginning, midd le or end of the divorce process. Cost is $35. To RSVP or for more information, contact barb@barbgreenberg. com.

League of Women Voters L ori St u rdeva nt wi l l be the speaker for the League of Woman Voters prog ram from 9 :30 -11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the City Council Chambers at Minnetonka City Hall, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka. The Minnetonka Eden Prairie Hopkins League of Women Voters is sponsoring the event.

Sons of Norway Eric Dregne, author of “Vikings in the Attic,” will speak at Vestland Lodge, Sons of Norway, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. Autographed copies will be available and the public is invited.

Caregiver Support A Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held at Prairie Adult Care from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 19. The support group helps caregivers learn coping skills and make healthy choices for the future. The meeting will be facilitated by LeeAnn Eiden, MSW from Senior Community Services. Free respite care is available with advance reservation. Info: prairieadultcare.

The Newcomers of the Southwest Suburbs have set their monthly Welcome Coffee for 1011:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Dunn Bros., 8107 Eden Prairie Road. “Participating in Newcomers is a great way to meet new friends, get acquainted with the community and enjoy many activities and special interest groups,” according to a news release. “See us when you arrive and we’ll buy your fi rst cup of coffee. Just look for the ‘Newcomers’ sign. There is no need to RSVP. If you miss us this month, join us next month on the fourth Tuesday, same time and place.” Info:

Eden Prairie Lions

with an emphasis on programs that benefit and recognize the youth of Eden Prairie. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Chanhassen American Legion, 290 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen. Visitors are always welcome. Info: or

Alcoholics Anonymous An Alcoholics Anonymous Men’s Meeting is set at 7 p.m. every Monday at the Preserve Center “Barn,” on the second f loor, 11221 Anderson Lakes Parkway, Eden Prairie, next to the tennis courts. Info: (612) 210-1312, Brian.

Eden Prairie AM Rotary The Eden Prairie AM Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Biaggi’s Restaurant in the Eden Prairie Shopping Center. Info: (612) 759 -9150, Dick Ward.

Civil Air Patrol

The Eden Prairie Lions is a volunteer organization of civicminded people representing a cross-section of the community. The club meets the fi rst and third Mondays of the month at Camp Eden Wood, 6350 Indian Chief Road. “Think about joining. As an Eden Prairie Lion you’ll help your community, gain valuable skills, network with others, energize your life, make an impact and have fun,” according to a news release. Info: or (612) 825-5100 (Ted Muller, Lions president).

Meals on Wheels Delivers weekday, noontime, nutritionally balanced meals to residents of Eden Prairie who are unable to leave their homes. Deliveries may be long term or for a short-term medical recovery. Info: (952) 221-2123.

Optimist Club The Eden Prairie Optimist Club is a civic organization

The U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Viking Squadron offers a cadet aerospace education program for kids ages 12 to 21 years. Senior officer members are age 21 and older. Viking Squadron covers the southwestern portions of the Twin Cities area and meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, 9301 Eden Prairie Road. For more information contact Lt. Col. Brent Halweg at (952) 937-3535 or bhalweg@ CA P National Headquarters’ website is The Viking Squadron website is mncap. org/viking/.

Alzheimer’s Resource A resource group oriented to male caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease meets on the last Thursday of each month at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail (Room 247) in Eden Prairie. Meetings are at 1:30 p.m. and last from 60-90 minutes. In families where

women have served as the primary caregivers for decades, men often need suppor t in taking on that role. No appointment necessary. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Info: (612) 382-3890.

Eden Prairie Noon Rotary The Eden Prairie Noon Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at Bearpath Country Club in Eden Prairie. Info: (612) 7193236, Bill Dobbins.

Business to Business Networking group meets from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Flagship Corporate Center, 775 Prairie Center Drive, Suite 400. Info: (612) 247-3630, Heather.

La Leche League Meets at 10 a.m. every third Tuesday of each month for women to learn about breastfeeding. Expectant, nursing mothers and babies are welcome. Info: (952) 474-5173, Deb.

Speakers by Design Toastmasters group meets from noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays at Digital River, 9625 W. 76th St., to increase confidence, improve public speaking and develop professional leadership skills. Free. Info: and (612) 229-8386, Bruce.

Speakers after Hours Speakers after Hours Toastmasters invites you to improve your public speaking and leadership skills. The group is open to all. Meetings are from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Supervalu Corp. Headquarters, 11840 Valley View Road, Room 203, Eden Prairie. Info:

Business Igniters Meets 7:15-8:45 a.m. Tuesdays at the Eden Prairie Community Center. More information is available at getreferred. Info: getreferred.

BNI Networking Group F rom 7- 8 : 3 0 a.m. Thursdays at Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Road, international networking group focuses on referrals. Info: or (952) 8906524, Ext. 7568, Paul Turney.

Eden Prairie Lioness The Eden Prairie Lioness Club is a volunteer organization of civic-minded women representing a cross-section of the community. The club meets at 6 p.m. the fi rst Thursday of each month (September through November and January to May) at Camp Eden Wood, 6350 Indian Chief Road. Meetings include a guest speaker and club discussion. Info: eplioness@comcast. net.

(952) 943-8422, Sarah.

Minneapolis Commodores The Minneapolis Commodores, a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, welcome all men, young and old, who enjoy singing to come and experience the pleasure of barbershop harmony and camaraderie. The group practices at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Richfield. Call Rich at (952) 829-7009 or go to

H2O Masters Toastmasters group meets 7:30-8:30 a.m. the second and fou r t h T ue s d ays of ever y month at Culligan Water, 6030 Culligan Way, Minnetonka. Info: or (952) 912-2429, JoAnn.

Community Care Nights

Tagtalk Toastmasters

Grace Church in Eden Prairie invites anyone struggling with loss, disappointment, poor health, unemployment, depression, grief or any type of addiction or difficult life circumstance, to come Thursday evenings to enjoy a free meal (5:30-6:30 p.m.), teaching and testimony program (6-7 p.m.), and to participate in a facilitated, gender-based sharing or support group (7-8 p.m.). Enter Door No. 1 and follow the signs. Info: or contact Shelly at sgeoffroy@ or (952) 224-3023.

Meets noon-1 p.m. Thursdays at Best Buy Corporate Headquarters, 7601 Penn Ave. S., Richfield. Details are at and (612) 291-7585.

Super Speakers

Toastmasters group meets 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays at Supervalu, 19011 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen. Info: (952) 9066470, Morgan Holle.

Toastmasters Group meets from 7-8 a.m. Fridays at Supervalu, 11840 Valley View Road. Free for all. Info: (952) 294-7410 or steve.d.clifton@supervalu. com, Steve Clifton.

Overeaters Anonymous From 9-10:30 a.m. Saturdays at Pax Christi, 12100 Pioneer Trail, men and women use the 12 steps of Overeaters Anonymous to stop eating compulsively. Info: (952) 237-1168, Adam; and odat0487@ and

Datamasters Toastmasters group meets 8-9 a.m. the fi rst and third Friday of each month at Datalink Cor p., 8170 Upla nd Ci rcle, Chanhassen. Info: cleeman@ or (952) 279-4852, Cheryl Leeman.

Midday Mumblers

Meditation A meditation group led by a Buddhist Monk occurs from 10:10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays at the Chanhassen Library. Classes are open to all regardless of level of experience. There is no charge; donations are welcome. For more in for mation cal l Ralph at (952) 934-9727 or e-mail

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publicnotices Crown Castle USA (Crown) is proposing to modify the cellular installation at this site: Hampton Hills GC #878481 located at 5313 Juneau Lane in Plymouth. Crown invites comments from any interested party on the impact of the proposed tower on any districts, sites, buildings, structures or objects significant in American history, archaeology, engineering or culture that are listed or determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Comments should be addressed to Monica Gambino, 2000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317 or by phone at 724-416-2516 and must be received by 1-30-12. (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, January 12, 2012; No. 3264) Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Assumed Name/Certificate Of Assumed Name Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number: Date Filed: November 07, 2011 The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required as a consumer protection, in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business. 1. List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Johnson Consulting Co. 2. Principal Place of Business: 14842 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie, MN 55347 3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address. Attach additional sheet(s) if necessary: Terry Eggan Consulting LLC – 14842 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie, MN 55347 4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. Signature: Terry Eggan – Owner Terry Eggan - Contact Person 612-386-9309 Date: 10/11/2011

(Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, January 12 and 19, 2012; No. 3265) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLANNING COMMISSION Monday, January 23, 2012 - 7:00 PM City Center - 8080 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Project: Eden Prairie Office Retail Location: 14675 and 14711 Martin Drive Developer: Fe n d l e r Pat terson NOTICE: Residents of Eden Prairie are invited to attend a public hearing about a proposal for construction of a 16,000 square foot building. This is the first of at least two public hearings on this project. The meeting is televised live on cable channel 16 and rebroadcast on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. The developer is requesting the following actions by the City: • Planned Unit Development Concept Review on 3.84 acres • Planned Unit Development District Review on 3.84 acres • Zoning District Amendment within the I-2 Zoning District on 3.84 acres • Site Plan Review on 3.84 acres • Preliminary Plat of 3.84 acres into 1 lot QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: If you wish to see plans before the meeting, please stop by City Hall between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you want to talk to someone about the proposed project, please contact Michael Franzen the project planner, at 952-949-8487. Copies of any written comments submitted to the Community Development Department by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting date will be distributed in the Commission packets. (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, January 12, 2012; No. 3266)

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PROP Shop needs of the week The PROP Shop is looking for volunteers to help with its daily operations. “There are shifts and tasks to suit every schedule and interest. Please contact Alicia at or (952) 224-0362 to fi nd out more! There is also a volunteer sign-up form online at http://www.propshopEP. org/?page_id=53,” according to a news release. The PROP Shop is a nonprofit re-sale store, which sells new and gently used items to everyone in the community. It depends on donations of furniture, clothing and housewares. The PROP Shop also offers a separate Client Services Center, which provides clothing, housewares and furniture to referred families and individuals in need. The PROP Shop is at 15195 Martin Drive in Eden Prairie. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Donations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. For more information and a list of other needed items, visit, email, or call (952) 934-2323.

Opat re-elected chair of board Commissioner Mike Opat was unanimously re-elected chair of the seven-member Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, on Jan. 3 at the board’s organizational meeting for 2012. The board also unanimously re-elected Commissioner Mark Stenglein, 2nd District, as board vice chair. Committee chairs include: Budget and Capital Investment, Commissioner Mark Stenglein; Public Works, Energy and Environment, Commissioner Peter McLaughlin; Health and Human Services, Commissioner Gail Dorfman; Public Safety and Judiciary, Commissioner Jeff Johnson; Libraries, Technology and General Government, Commissioner Randy Johnson; Intergovernmental, Commissioners Peter McLaughlin and Jeff Johnson Pet er Mc L au g h l i n wa s



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PROP food shelf needs of the week The food shelf is currently most in need of cereal, rice, apple juice, canned meat, jelly, sugar, oatmeal and crackers. Your cash donations enable PROP to use its buying power for food, supplies and financial support for clients. Your food donations keep shelves stocked. The group appreciates the support and invites you to volunteer and use your creativity to create a PROPthemed event. If you need services or support from PROP, visit its website at propfood. org, call (952) 937-9120 or stop by the office at 14700 Martin Drive Monday through Friday 9:30 to 1 p.m. or Monday and Wednesday evenings 4 to 6:30 p.m.

New features for Library app Hennepin County Library’s free mobile app has added two features: I A dedic ated c ategor y for downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks. Patrons can search for and download titles directly onto their mobile device, as well as access their digital account. I And patrons can scan ISBN barcodes on books with their smartphone’s camera to check to see if the titles are in Hennepin County Library’s catalog and place requests immediately. For more information, visit through your smartphone and select “Download our app.”

League welcomes Sturdevant Lori Sturdevant will be the speaker for the League of Woman Voters program from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the City Council Chambers at Minnetonka City Hall, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka. Sturdevant writes a column for the Star Tribune. “Some of the recent ones are on Social Security. Voter ID. and

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BUSINESS NEWS Wag ‘n Woofs recently opened January is National Train Your Dog Month, according to Wag ‘n Woofs, a new dog daycare, training, boarding and grooming facility that recently opened in Eden Prairie. Wag ‘n Woofs will be starting a new round of classes at the end of January to celebrate, according to a news release. “Work with co-owner and trainer Ashley Wendel, CPDT-KA to shape up on your dog’s manners. Classes range from Puppy Basics through Advanced Obedience.”

Receives Super Service Award Devane Desig n has been awarded the 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers. “Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their clients and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines,” according to a news release. Ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2011 Super Service Award logo next to business names in search results on

HealthSource in top tier of franchise list HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab broke into the top 100 of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Franchise 500” list this month, according to Katie Kearney-Bidwell, D.C., and Nicole Lauer, D.C., of HealthSource of Eden Prairie “The company also continued its reign at the top spot in the Health Services list, having been ranked No. 1 in that category four years running,” according to a news release. HealthSource came in No. 99 on the Franchise 500.

EDUCATION NEWS As part of the award, HealthSource franchises throughout the nation will be providing new patients a free, 17-point, painseeking evaluation to encourage overall health and wellness. The offer includes X-Rays if necessary, and is good through January 2012. Info: (952) 3456110 or

Business, HR & Employment, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Mergers & Acquisitions. Brimmer comes to Fafinski Mark & Johnson from a Chicago-based firm. He graduated summa cum laude from DePaul University College of Law. Info:

Anytime Fitness CEO releases book

Bouari Weight Loss Clinic opens

“It might be the last thing you would expect to hear the owner of a fitness club say. But Amanda Musil of Anytime Fitness in Eden Prairie isn’t shy about admitting it: ‘Working out sucks,’” she says in a news release. In honor of Anytime Fitness CEO Chuck Runyon’s new book, “Working out Sucks,” the EP Anytime Fitness is offering free enrollment plus a free personal training session for new members who join by the end of January. Proceeds from the book go to Limbs for Life.

Bouari Clinic of Eden Prairie opened its doors on Jan. 3. Rebecca Dirks is director of the Eden Prairie location. For more information, call (763) 445-2444 or visit According to a news release, “The first Bouari Clinic opened in 2007 and has successfully treated over 30,000 people with a time-tested, safe, reliable and effective method for eliminating obesity. The Bouari protocol includes products that help reset the body’s metabolism and includes a stabilization and maintenance period to create a new weight set point so that you do not regain the lost weight.”

Coldwell Banker hosts Trees for Toys Coldwell Banker Burnet recently hosted its 10th Trees for Toys event, inviting customers to come to the Coldwell Banker Burnet offices throughout the region to receive a free Christmas tree or wreath in exchange for a toy donation. This year 7,685 toys were collected and donated to needy chi ld ren through Toys for Tots and other agencies. Info:

Joins Fafinski Mark & Johnson Fafinski Mark & Johnson, P.A. has announced that attorney Tyler Brimmer has joined the Eden Prairie-based firm as an associate in the litigation practice group. Fafinski Mark & Johnson serves local, national and international clients in 11 primary practice areas: Aviation, Bankruptcy & Insolvency, Commercial Lending & Finance, Commercial Real Estate, Estate & Trusts, General Corporate &

Artists plan exhibit at Flagship Salon Painter Heidi Poey and her husband, sculptor Richards Poey, are exhibiting their work at the Flagship Salon in Eden Prairie through March. “Heidi’s vibrant colorist paintings interpret European landscapes and floral arrangements in an impressionistic style. Richards’ bronze and stone sculptures feature the female figure, as well as his penguins with human feet, portraying their social traits that are so similar to humans,” according to a news release. Salon owner Gary Parendo invites the public to drop in during business hours to view the art and enjoy a cup of coffee. (No purchases are necessary.) The Salon is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Flagship Salon is near Punch Pizza at 8345 Crystal View Road (a block and a half south of Flagship Athletic Club) in Eden Prairie. Info (952) 944-6647.

ON CAMPUS Art Institutes International The following students from Eden Prairie recently graduated from Art Institutes International Minnesota: Breanne M. Brodersen, BS, fashion and retail management; Juliet M. Gosse, DP, culinary arts; Jack E. Siegel, BS, graphic design.

Florence and Tuscany. Along with sharing their talents, the UW-Superior students will visit famous cultural sites and learn about Italian culture. Bodner, who is majoring in transportation and logistics management, performs as a bass with the Acappella Choir.

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The University of Wisconsin-Superior has named the following students from Eden Prairie to the dean’s list this fall: Michael Bodner; Erica Milton; Ross Sherman.

The following students from Eden Prairie were named to the dean’s list at North Dakota State University: Molly E. Blair, Miles W. Book, Cameron J. Corrigan, Alexander D. Dalsin, Brandon D. Ebersohl, Eric N. Ebersohl, Anthony J. Haas, Erik B. Hamilton, Sarah C. Kerns, Stephen W. LaGrange, Molly O. Lass, Joseph W. Matlock, Hanna P. Minnick, Heather J. Myers, Neil A. Odum and Rachel A. Smith.

Performing in Italy Michael Bodner of Eden Prairie, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, is spending the next week in Italy as the university’s choirs perform in several cathedrals and sing for mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Sixty members of UW-Superior’s Acappella Choir and Chamber Choir are touring Jan. 11-19 in Rome, Siena, Montecatini, Assisi,

MN State University Ryan J. Fritzke of Eden Prairie graduated from Minnesota State University – Mankato with a degree in Law Enforcement.


Alms returns after Iraq deployment Army 1st Lt. William C. Alms has returned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., after being deployed to Iraq serving in support of Operation New Dawn, according to a news release. “Members from all branches

of the U.S. military and multinational forces were also assisting in rebuilding Iraq’s economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq’s sovereignty and independence as a democracy,” the release said. Operation New Dawn officially

came to an end Dec. 15, 2011. Alms is the son of Gerald L. and Cheryl E. Alms of Eden Prairie. He is a 2003 graduate of Eden Prairie High School. He earned a master’s degree in 2009 from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is a section leader with Charlie Company, 2-135th General Aviation Support Battalion, Lincoln.

Family Center offers classes The Eden Prairie Family Center offers the following family and parenting classes: Register for Spanish Preschool, Family Center Preschool. The Eden Prairie Family Center still has openings for a number of preschool programs. For more information or to register, contact the Early Childhood Center at (952) 975-6980 or visit Free Parent and Baby Yoga: Sessions will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Jan. 12 and 10 to 11:15 a.m. Jan. 13. Free Dinner and Baby Storytime: This event will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Jan. 26. Shape Up your Home: This session will be held from 6:30 to 8:40 p.m. Jan. 12. Join Carol Eliason, professional organizer to learn tips and tricks that will help you create a more efficient home. Focus will be on ways to organize children’s clothes, toys and the never-ending paper that comes into your home. Cost: $10 for one or $15 for two people from the same household. Free Infant Massage: This will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Feb. 2 and from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Feb. 3. Free Baby Sign Language: This will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Feb. 2. Free Baby Playtime: This will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 8.

Minnetonka Preschool offers open house Minnetonka Preschool Open House will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Minnetonka Community Education Center in Deephaven. Parents and children are invited to explore, play and participate in activities in the Preschool classrooms and gym. In addition, childcare will be available while parents are given the opportunity to attend the presentation, “What to Look for in a Preschool.” Call (952) 401-6812 for details.

Community Ed offers classes Contact Eden Prairie Community Education at (952) 975-6942 for registration information or register online at PowerPoint 2010: This class will run from

Movie Night features ‘El Cid’

St. Andrew registers for fall preschool St. Andrew Preschool in Eden Prairie is now registering for the fall 2012 preschool year. “St. Andrew Preschool’s Ch ristia n cu r ricu lu m i ncludes Discovery Learning Centers that allow preschoolers to learn with ‘hands on’ activities, a whole language approach to kindergar ten readiness, creative art, music, indoor gym and outdoor playground and much more. We offer a wide variety of options from 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-day options. We also offer a one-day “Preschool Sampler” option. Many opportunities for extended classes as well,” according to a news release. Info: Con-

Food drive at Prairie Lutheran Prairie Lutheran Church is hosting a food drive for PROP (People Reaching out to Other People). Pick up an empty grocery bag with a list of the most needed items at Prairie Lutheran Church. The church will be collecting food in the Narthex at Prairie Lutheran from Jan. 22 to Feb. 5. PROP is a nonprofit human services agency serving Eden Prairie and Chanhassen fa mi lies du ri ng emergencies and times of temporary need until they can attain self-sufficiency. Currently serving approximately 3,000 people, PROP relies on generous contributions from local churches, businesses, civic organizations, schools, youth organizations, individuals and the city of Eden Prairie. Prairie Lutheran Church is at 11000 Blossom Road in Eden Prairie, one mile west of 169 off Pioneer Trail and Bennett Place. Info/directions: or (952) 829-0525.

Choosing your preschool Prairie Lutheran Preschool offers a presentation, “Play Talk Read,” from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. “The focus is how preschoolers learn and what you can do as a parent to support their learning. After the presentation you are invited to tour the

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

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Hike Peru’s Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

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Prairie Lutheran Preschool is accepting registrations for fall 2012-2013 preschool. Children age 33 months to 5 years are invited to enroll. “We are a Christian preschool committed to small class sizes with discovery-oriented curriculum. Our highly trained staf f will meet your child where they are in development and help them grow. We welcome the challenges of helping your child overcome separation anxiety, master toileting skills, communicate their needs and make friends of their classmates,” according to a news release. For forms or to schedule a tour, call (952) 942-1800 or visit Prairie Lutheran Preschool is one mile west of 169 on Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie.

All-day job search workshop planned T he Crossroads Ca reer Network at Grace Church in Eden Prairie is holding its

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



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

school, meet the teachers and learn why Prairie Lutheran Preschool is the best choice for your child,” according to a news release. Childcare available. Prairie Lutheran Preschool is one mile west of 169 on Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie. Info: (952) 942-1800 or

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GED orientation sessions have been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Eisenhower Community Center, Hopkins and 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at St. Louis Park High School-AOIE Wing, St. Louis Park. According to a news release, “Adult Options In Education offers free classroom preparation for the GED exams, in addition to i-Pathways, online GED preparation … “Adult Options In Education classes are for adults who want to gain English-language or basic skills or adults working to prepare for the GED exams. Adult Options offers day and evening classes in Hopkins, Minnetonka and St. Louis Park and Saturday morning classes in Hopkins. All Adult Options In Education classes are free.” Info/registration: (952) 988-5343. GED testing is regularly offered at Eisenhower Community Center on selected Wednesday mornings, Tuesday evenings and Saturdays. For a complete testing schedule, visit Info/scheduling: (952) 988-5340.”

tact Sherrie at (952) 937-2776, Ext. 40 for more information or to schedule a tour.

Victory Lutheran Church is inviting the community to a movie night at 5 p.m. Jan. 21. “We will be showing the 1961 epic film, ‘El Cid,’ starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren, about Spain’s legendary hero of the 11th century, who fought to rid his country of fanatical Islamic Moors, amidst political upheaval,” according to a news release. The fi lm is rated PG and is three hours in length with an intermission. Call the church at (952) 934-0956 to register. The movie is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own treats and lawn chairs. Victory Lutheran is at 16200 Berger Drive. Info:

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8:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Education Center. The cost of the class is $94 and the registration deadline is Jan. 31. Intro to Excel 2010: This class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Education Center. The cost of the class is $94 and the registration deadline is Jan. 31. Basic Home Repair – Electrical: This class will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Central Middle School. The cost of the class is $29 and the registration deadline is Jan. 31. The Power of Intention: This class will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8 at Eden Lake Elementary. The cost of the class is $24 and the registration deadline is Jan. 31. Website Design I: This class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Education Center. The cost is $94 and the registration deadline is Jan. 31. Train Your Brain for Lifelong Learning: This class will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Central Middle School. The cost of the class is $15 for individuals, $20 for a couple. Registration deadline is Jan. 31.


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Climbing out of grief: Choosing healing path Sometimes grief descends on us like an uninvited guest and then refuses to leave. We lose a loved one and find ourselves in uncharted waters, experiencing a roller coaster of emotions and waves of sadness that can wash over us without warning. We grieve for more than the loss of loved ones through death. Divorce, loss of a job, loss of physical function from stroke or illness, a move to a new community: loss surrounds us. We can’t always control what sadness may come our way; we can control our response to it. Regardless of our circumstances, we have a choice in how we navigate our journey. As difficult as if seems, we can be active participants in our own grief process. Walter Anderson wrote: “I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable



misfortunes that darken life. Bad things happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” How do we become active participants in something as difficult as grief work? It’s not called “work” for nothing.

Grief is a process. We can’t cure grief; we can’t schedule grief. Grief has its own timeline. The healing process may feel like it will never end. For most of us, our journey through grief feels foreign, it is land we’ve never been to before and didn’t want to visit in the first place. We don’t know the road signs or the landmarks. Here are some ideas. 1. Throw the nets wide. Allow others to help. Many people are more comfortable giving help than receiving help. Asking for help may feel uncomfortable. Remember, people want to help, they don’t always know how to help. It’s not an imposition to ask and be specific about your needs. 2. Surround yourself with supportive people. Don’t spend lunch with the colleague who thinks you should be over it by now. As you will discover, some people are profoundly uncomfortable with tears. You don’t need to deny your feelings

to make others comfortable; you need to find people comfortable with your feelings. 3. Give sorrow words. Shakespeare is attributed with saying, “Grief that does not speak whispers the overwrought heart and bids it break.” 4. Consider a support group. These are the people who understand what you are going through. You speak a common language and share a common pain. Area churches or local hospitals can provide you with information about the closest group to you. 5. Be your own best friend. Remind yourself you are doing the best you can. Be gentle with yourself. 6. Talk about your loved one by name. This gives others permission to speak about your loved one. 7. Share your feelings with trusted friends. When we grieve, some of our feelings can be prickly. We may be really angry at our loved on

for leaving us. We may feel lonely. Our feelings are just that – feelings, not good or bad. Remind yourself that whatever you feel is OK. 8. Resist making permanent life-changing decisions in the first year. Think you want to move out of state? Is renting a possibility? Consider ways to try on the change before committing to the change. 9. Nurture yourself. Eat well. For those now cooking for one, there is a temptation to eat whatever is not past its expiration date in the refrigerator. Cooking a nutritious meal takes time. You are worth it. 10. Keep a routine for sleep. Sleep is elusive and after a sleepless night we want a few more hours. If your morning schedule is flexible it’s easy to get off cycle. Before you know it you’re sleeping the morning away, potentially missing time with friends. 11. Exercise. Three hours a week. Even a walk helps. It

keeps you healthier and in better spirits. 12. Continue talking to your loved ones. Christians believe in the communion of saints. We believe our loved ones live on, that we are still in relationship with our loved one. Keep talking to them; they have more to teach us. Allow yourself the privilege of time to journey through the process of grief. Perhaps the greatest tribute to our loved ones is to live our lives as fully as possible. They would want nothing less for us. We can journey through grief but not be bound to it. We are changed, not broken. Our lives are different, but we can still embrace a future that can hold a world of love and healing. Beryl Schewe shares this space with the Revs. Rod Anderson and Timothy A. Johnson as well as spiritual writers Dr. Bernard E. Johnson and Lauren Carlson-Vohs. “Spiritually Speaking” appears weekly.

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quarterly All-day Job Search Workshop from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with career coaching from 3 : 30 -5 p.m.) Saturday, Jan. 21, at Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, Room M211/M212 (enter through Door 4). The event will include practical ideas, presentations and breakout discussions from various experts, interactive Q&A sessions, and opportunities for networking. Topics are to include the importance of networking, the power of Linked In, résumé dos and don’ts, how to make recruiters work for you, organizing your job search and more. If interested in participating in mock interviews, bring three to four copies of your résumé. Cost is $10 per person, including box lunch and course materials. Info:

Homelessness exhibit at Pax “Pax Christi Catholic Community, in collaboration with St. Stephen’s Human Services, invites Eden Prairie residents to the opening of a powerful audio/photo exhibition created from hundreds of conversations with individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Minnesota,” according to a news release. Through striking portraits and first-person audio, “Homelessness is My Address, Not My Name” is designed to alter your perception of homelessness. The exhibit will be on display at the church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, through Feb. 12. The exhibit’s stories spring from The Oral History of Homelessness Project, which documents homelessness in Minnesota through first-person narratives and portrait photography. Interviews and portraits of individuals and families experiencing homelessness provide stories of the daily lives, challenges and successes in overcoming the most extreme form of poverty in this socio-economic era. This exhibit is presented as a collaboration between the Pax Christi Catholic Community Justice Grants Board (working to end homelessness and alleviate poverty) and the Pax Christi Arts Committee (working to provide the community with art that fosters introspection and action). The exhibit is free and open to the public. Check for additional information.

Alpha Class set at Westbrook Alpha is coming to Chaska from 5-7:30 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 15, to April 1. “Would you like to make some new friends, hear great speakers, ask questions about the Christian faith and hear what other people think?” asks a news release. Info:

Temple of Eck plans activities The following events are held at the Temple of Eck for the community in January: Let Go and Let God: Chant Hu! – 10 -10 :30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. Free events are at the Temple of Eck, 7450 Powers Blvd., Chanhassen. Info: templeofeck. org or (952) 380-2200.

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Computer, flat screen monitor, wireless mouse/ keyboard, speakers. $40. 952564-0383 Couch and loveseat, hunter green, good condition, both $250. 952447-4446 Craftsman tablesaw older model, cast iron, runs good, $45. 952-4451293 Dining table, 6 chairs, oak, very good condition. $375. 952-3613137 End tables, cherrywood, 15 1/2"Hx201/4 "W x 201/4"D, $35. 952-2205339 Entertainment center (63LX70HX21W), excellent condition. Was $1000. only, $150. 952368-9004 Entertainment center, 3 piece sectional, beautiful, lighted, $475. 952496-2439 Entertainment center. Metal glass doors for storage, $50. 952-6491026

Fax, phone, HP640. Very good condition. $40. 952-946-9595 Fireplace, electric heater. 32"Wx11 1/2"Dx25 1/2"H $225. cash only, 952-2205339 Fish house, Mankato 4x7, Like new, suitcase style, $200. 952-2392362 Flour mill, almost unused, excellent quality, $300. firm. 952-4456833 Free, Grandmother sized standing clock. Needs TLC. 952-2402141 Full, double, Ikea loft bed with shelf, desk. $200. 952-403-6354 Girls ice skates, size 5, white, red trim, $15. 612-695-6243 Glass top tables. 2 end, 1 cocktail. $150. b/o 952-220-5339 Hedgehog, female, 2 years old, active, with accessories. $75. 952440-5092

Hitch, trailer 2” drop e/w ball and pin. $10. 952445-4508 In out wireless thermometer new in package $30+ value. $20. 952-445-6833 Kenmore washing machine, 1.5 years old. $250. 612-787-7823 Kohler Staccato brushed nickel sink grates, like new. $50. 612-210-8155 LaCrosse ladies insulated winter boots, size 9. New, $40. 952-4613573 Leather chair, brown, Excellent condition, $280. 952-447-4446 M.A. Hadley handpainted dinnerware, Country pattern, 96 pieces, $720. 952-226-3376 Macy's Leather sofa, good condition, small patch. Free! 952-9749296 Mens xlg Roca Wear brand hoodie. Dark blue, $15. 952-492-7803 TV RCA, color, 20" $10. 952-445-3481

New kids Echos snowboard, 32", holds 90 lbs, $15. 651-717-5318 New sealed T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy, S 4G $350. 952-292-7886 New, black, genuine leather, billfold. $10. 952-240-1025 Office arm chairs padded fabric. 26 chairs, $260. 612-3087905 Plywood boards (4). 3/4" tongue & groove, 4x8. $20. 651-214-0579 Pocket Puggle puppy. 9 week black male, adorable, $450. 612875-2171 Puppet Theatre with whimsical painting. 25 puppets included, $45 952-393-4790 Queen headboard, 2 nightstands, dresser, mirror. Great condition, $150. 952-496-3732 Remington 55,000 btu kerocene heater. $70. cash. 952-461-3573 Window blind 76"H 69"W 2" slats, $40. 952-836-9360

Rigid air compressor wheel barrel style. Honda motor, $350. 952237-9848 Shure ST 6008 Microphone mixer. 8 channels, used, $50. 651717-5318 Sizzix, Sidekick Red with 20 cartridges, all for $50. 952-393-3790 Snowboard, girls Spice black white. 133cm Snowboard, bindings, $70. 952-356-2707. Sofa, great shape. Length 5.5', 3' deep. $200. 952-292-7886

Superwinch DC Mod 1307, 3500lb cap, Like new, $80. 952-239-2362 Trailer tires rims, 15”, like new. 400 miles $200. 612-868-7949 Vexilar, FL-12, fish locator. Pro Pac II. Excellent, $325. 952-4457473 White dresser and mirror, big drawers, great condition, $120. 612327-3466 Xbox 360 game pgr 3. $5. 612-730-4965 Xbox 360 kinect game. Dance paradise, $30. 612-730-4965

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Citizens State Bank of Shakopee has an opening for a PT

FLORAL DESIGNER All occasion design and retail sales at Emma Krumbee's Floral in Belle Plaine. D/N/W. Submit resume:

Teller position Approx. 20 hrs/wk, including evenings and Saturdays. Banking or office experience is preferred. Please e-mail resume to alaina.boys@ Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer Criminal and Credit background check performed

Custodial / Maint. Ice Rink P.T. Seasonal $9.00/hr weekday evening and weekend hours avail. Includes ice resurfacing, run skate shop, general maint. Apply at Chaska Community Center Front Desk, 1661 Park Ridge Dr, Chaska MN 55318

EARN EXTRA $$MONEY$$ Deliver Phone Books Chaska / Waconia Flexible Hours Have Insured Vehicle Have Valid Driver's License Must Be At Least 18 Years Old No Experience Necessary Clerks & Loaders Needed 855-955-7337

Hiring cashier/ customer service position. Nights/ weekends. Flexible scheduling. Wine knowledge preferred. Crossroads Liquor. Shakopee/ Victoria 952-445-7242, 952-443-3078 Le Bistro Tourville is Looking for Line Servers. Hourly wage based on experience. Call 952-479-7397 or Come in 104 Pioneer Trail Chaska Shakopee School District is looking for part time food service workers. For full posting and directions on how to apply please Southwest Eye Care is seeking a PT scribe/receptionist for our growing Chaska office. Duties include assisting doctors with data entry/charting, scheduling appointments, checking in patients, answering phones, insurance billing. Hours include and 1 evenings Saturday/month. Previous experience in a medical setting preferred. E-mail resume to: or Fax to 952-466-3936

Jordan High School is looking for a 9th Grade Baseball Coach. Responsible for daily coaching duties, including practices, games and clinics. All other coaching duties as assigned by head coach/principal. Send letter and application to Jeff Vizenor, Athletic Director, 600 Sunset Drive, Jordan, MN 55352. Open until filled. Application materials can be emailed to

The Lutheran Home Campus is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

• Cook • Direct Support Professionals • Home Health Aides • Homemaker • Social Worker • Nursing Assistants For additional information or to apply online, visit The Lutheran Home Association website @ or call (952)873-2159 An Equal Opportunity Employer


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TUTORS Wanted! Leader in in-home tutoring company looking for experienced tutors for middle school and high school subjects including math/science. Flexible hours and competitive pay. Please email your resume to

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

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

We welcome you to submit your application to a friendly, progressive optometric office! Optician/Technician experience preferred. Crossroads Optometric 952-447-2020

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



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

Priced For Quick Winter Sale!! 3000# Electric Vertical Boat Lift $1900. This boat lift was bought in 2006 New cost was $4000+ * Set up for 12 volt battery * Lift looks like new Call 952-250-3831 ask for Jerry

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

CASH$$ We buy guns SPORTS STOP Shakopee 952-445-5282

Cars $$ Paid for Junkers/ Repairables FREE TOW. Immediate pickup. Serving Carver/ Scott counties. 952-220-TOWS, 24/7

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

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

2002 Larson 19' FishNSki, SEI 190, 135 HP Outboard, stored indoors. $11,900. or BO, NADA guide suggested $13,945.00, Jon 612730-8116


Jordan Middle Schools is looking for a 7th and 8th grade baseball coach. Responsible for daily coaching duties, including practices, games and clinics. All other coaching duties as assigned by head coach/principal. Send letter and application to Jeff Vizenor, Athletic Director, 600 Sunset Drive, Jordan, MN 55352. Open until filled. Application materials can be emailed to:

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

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

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

1999 Chevrolet Malibu, Blue 108K miles $3500 or BO call 952-496-1428

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

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

1994 Toyota Camry 163k miles, 4 cylinder, 4 door. Maroon, 30 + mpg, sunroof, new brakes, good condition. $2750. 952-466-2129

1997 Mercury Cougar, 30th Anniversary Limited Edition, 4.6 Liter, 140K Miles, $1,000. 952-220-8325

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

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


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

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

1993 Ford Ranger XLT. 215M. New clutch/ battery, 4 cyl, 5 sp. $1,300. 952-426-5657, Lou

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2000 Chevy Silverado 4x4, regular cab, long box, am, fm, cd. A/C electric locks, windows, good tires. 142,385 $4,700 612-237-9750

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

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

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2002 Ford Expedition, original owner, 4.6 liter, A/C, 6CD, third row seat, no accidents, runs, looks very good. $5,700. 952-270-8292


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2002 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4x4, 5.4L V-8. Rear bucket seats, new motor. One owner. Great condition, very clean. $5,199. 612-5542405

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living in ep Did you know? Friday the 13th (this Friday) is the first of three this year. The next Friday the 13th comes in April, followed by July. 13. “Such a triple whammy comes around only every 11 years,” said Thomas Fernsler, a math specialist at the University of Delaware who has studied the number 13 for more than 20 years, according to livescience. com. According to the site: I Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor. I Fear of Friday the 13th – one of the most popular myths in science – is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13. I President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13. I Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest. I Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. “It was bad luck,” Twain later told the friend. “They only had food for 12.” Source:


The Arboretum is hosting photo clinics from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays in January.

31 reasons to visit the Arboretum in January Start off the new year with a visit to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a place for inspiration in all seasons. Here are 31 reasons provided by the Arboretum staff to visit in January:


The January Visit Voucher! When you arrive at the gatehouse, you’ll receive a same-day voucher (equal to gate admission) to redeem at the Arboretum Restaurant, Gift Store, Learning Center or Membership Counter and more. Good January only!

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Free Wi-Fi connection for your laptop! The Arboretum Restaurant is a perfect remedy for cabin fever!

Be amazed at “Explore, Experience, Remember,” the Arboretum Photographers Society (APS) juried show through May 27 in the Restaurant Gallery.

Drop in at a photo clinic with an APS photographer Saturdays in January and February from noon to 3 p.m. Oswald Visitor Center. Then get outside and capture the beauty and drama of winter. Post your photos on the Arboretum Facebook page. Shop the Gift Store for nature-inspired gifts and check out the winter clearance through Jan. 31.

Then swoosh over 10 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails through Arboretum woodlands, prairies and winter gardens and tree collections. Experience 3-plus miles of snowshoe trails traversing woods, wetlands, the Garden for Wildlife, prairies and more! Rent snowshoes at the Visitor Center info desk. Sip hot chocolate by the fi replace in the Arb Restaurant. Try your hand at the “public” jigsaw puzzles.

Weekend Family Fun: Prehistoric Plants on January weekends from noon to 4 p.m. Meet some living fossils and prehistoric plants from the days of the diplodocus in the Learning Center . Enjoy a Winter Gourmet Dinner. Friday, Jan. 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Snyder Building lobby and Fireplace Room. $65 members/ $70 non-members. Multi-course meal with wine pairings. Call 612626-3951 or visit See the exquisite paintings – and one stunning mosaic – in the “Reflections of the Season” art exhibit in the Oswald Visitor Center’s Reedy Gallery, through Jan. 29.

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Take a mini-trip to the tropics. Visit the Snyder Building’s Meyer-Deats Conservatory – newly renovated and fi lled with orchids, bromeliads and

more! Ahh!

Bring the kids for StoryTime Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in Andersen Horticultural Library.

Immerse yourself in exquisite botanical images: Wild Green Things: The Art of Anne Ophelia Dowden showcases artwork by the acclaimed artist and author on loan from the U of M Kerlan Collection of children’s literature. Jan. 18-May 2. Reedy Gallery and Snyder Building and Andersen Horticultural Library.


Dig a little deeper into Dowden’s life and art through an “Inside the Collection” class. Lucie Taylor, curator of the “Wild Green Things” exhibit, will discuss and display the works of this prolific illustrator and author. Wednesday, Jan. 18, noon-1 p.m. Andersen Horticultural Library. Fee: $7.50 member/ $10 non-member. Call (952) 443-1422 or visit to register.

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A delicious way to support local foods: Third Thursday luncheon specials in the Restaurant on Jan. 19! The special menu is nutritious, locally sourced and delicious. Check out the Uff-da Palace covered with snow! It’s a magical place!

Calling all knitters, scrapbookers and quilters! Share your passions and learn something new at the Craft Crawl on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Oswald Visitor Center.

Walk the groomed paths through the perennial and wildflower gardens. See nature’s handiwork in the intricate bark patterns on birch, coffee trees and more. Enjoy the stark contrasts and dramatic settings – bright red berries, red osier dogwood, vivid conifers against the snowy white backdrop.

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Retreat to the Andersen Horticultural Library, open a few gardening books and catalogs and imagine the possibilities for your 2012 garden. While you’re in the library, run your fi ngers over the handcrafted wood furniture by master furniture-maker George Nakashima and marvel at its


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Visit the Marion Andrus Learning Center and let the kids wander through the Please Touch Greenhouse and kid-friendly


Love is always in season – say “I do” at the Arboretum. Check out our Winter Wedding Package. Snowladen trees, serene landscapes, breathtakingly beautiful setting included. Hike Three-Mile Drive and try to spot our winter friends – the wild turkeys, woodpeckers, tree sparrows, snow buntings, juncos and even a hardy robin or two. Search for tracks left by squirrels, chipmunks, deer or maybe even a red fox. Sex! Sign up for this steamy class – Sexual Reproduction: Working with Seeds, Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $35/$45. Snyder Building. Call (952) 443-1422. Learn the biology of seeds, germination techniques, scarification, stratification and more from horticulturalist Jim Caulkins.

This date in EP history Jan. 13, 1927 – Federal agents capture liquor shipment in a haystack near Eden Prairie depot. Source: “Eden Prairie Book of Days” by Ernie Shuldheiss

Turn back the page The Jan. 13, 2005, issue of the Eden Prairie News reported that Central Middle School students and families were readying donations of clothes, medicine and cash for tsunami victims. “Blankets, clothes, toys, diapers and cash kept coming shortly after eighth-grade teacher Anna Hoppe sent a letter to parents asking for donations to Sri Lanka, one of many countries hard hit in last month’s far-reaching tsunami,” the story said. “’Ms. Hoppe, your room exploded,’ one student said as he came into class while student volunteers were finishing their sorting projects. “’We’re so lucky that we’re not involved,’ said student Emma Kane. ‘We have all this stuff lying around. Why not donate it?’” Source: Eden Prairie News archives


Winter Hearty! Jan. 29, 2-5 p.m. Sample “classic to comfort” foods and sip local wines and brews. Several local restaurants, brewers and vineyards will provide delicious samples at this Arboretum fundraiser. $40. To register, visit

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Have you tried our freshly baked, irresistible scones? ’Nuf said.

Enjoy a leisurely Sunday brunch of delicious hot and cold fare – including made-to-order omelets – at the Arboretum Restaurant. No reservations required. $10.99 for adults; less for children. No, parents, it’s not too early to think about summer camp options! Registration for Arboretum summer day camps opens Jan.1. Stop by the Learning Center to learn more or visit Check out the Japanese garden – the epitome of winter serenity.

Romp to Stomp Breast Cancer Snowshoe 5K, 3K and Expo on Saturday, Jan. 28. Join us for this delightful fundraiser benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Also includes a short course for children. To register, visit .


The Rock on Ice event offers ice skating and marshmallow roasting.

Dates to remember Rock on Ice – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, Round Lake Park Ice Rink (In Eden Prairie Community Center if ice is not skate-able). Family Pizza and BINGO Night – 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, Eden Prairie Community Center. Souper Bowl PROP food shelf fundraiser – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, Central Middle School. Father and Daughter Sweetheart Dance – 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, The Garden Room, Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road. Senior Center Valentine Breakfast – 9-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, Eden Prairie Senior Center. For more information, see the Let’s Go! Calendar on page 14.