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Local leaders react to redistricting BY PATTY DEXTER

The anticipation of waiting for the next redistricting plan has come to an end for future candidates and political enthusiasts. On Tuesday, the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Special Redistricting Panel released new maps for Congressional and legislative districts. According to the panel’s final order for the legislative redistricting plan, Minnesota has 67 Senate districts and 134 state House districts, with each Senate district containing two House districts. The U.S. Constitution and Minnesota’s Constitution require the state’s legislative districts to be substantially equal in population. After the 2010 Census, the ideal population of a Senate district is 79,163, while the ideal population of a House district is 39,582. The state’s total population rose 7.8 percent during the last decade but the growth was not uniform, the order said. Senate District 42A Rep. Kirk Stensrud of Eden Prairie said the idea of redistricting was to get an even amount of people and population within the districts. “I trust that everyone’s going to have an even number of people or a balanced number of people that they represent and that’s the whole goal of redistricting,” he said Tuesday. The map released by the panel shows most of Eden Prairie now in Senate District 48, not Senate District 42. Marc Papineau, Senate District 42 Republican Party executive committee co-chair, said it was too soon to comment on the redistricting’s impact.


Performers had dress rehearsals for “Three Dimensions” Monday.

‘Three Dimensions’ of dance BY KARLA WENNERSTROM


his year’s La Danse Fatale showcase performance is more philosophical than in years past, said artistic director Julia Levina, who directs and choreographs the shows. “I almost want people to look inside themselves,” Levina said. “Three Dimensions” includes three performances: “Journey of a Pure Soul,” and new to the group, “Romeo and Juliet” and “My Body is a Cage.” The performing arts youth ballet company has dancers ranging from ages 13 to 20 and offers a performing opportunity for seri-

ous dancers as a transition to the professional stage, according to a news release. “‘My Body is a Cage’” is actually about drug addiction,” Levina said. She said the group is trying to show the strengths of the human spirit. “We all live through turmoil,” she said. “It’s the way we emerge that makes such a big difference.” She added, “I hope it will touch some people and maybe help some people to emerge from their dark places.”


If you go What: “Three Dimensions” performance by La Danse Fatale When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 Where: Eden Prairie High School Performing Arts Center Cost: $17/adults and $13/students or senior citizens Info:

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Time for the 10th annual Taste Fundraiser for Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools is Saturday BY KARLA WENNERSTROM

This is the 10th anniversary of the Taste of Eden Prairie. And with 30 restaurants participating in the event this year, attendees will get more tastes than ever. Co-chair Anne Byrne said several new restaurants have signed up for the “Taste of Eden Prairie Goes Wild West.” “It’s more restaurants than we’ve ever had,” added co-chair and Eden Prairie School Board Member Holly Parker. The Taste of Eden Prairie is from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Minnesota Vikings Practice Facility, 9520 Viking Drive, Eden Prairie. Cost is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. New to the Taste this year are VIP tickets

(that’s Very Important Posse, according to the website). Only 50 of the $75 VIP tickets were to be sold. The tickets include premium parking, a Vikings locker room tour, a wine and cheese reception with interim Superintendent Jon McBroom before the event and more. The auctions have reached a whole new level as well with about 200 items available for bid online, plus silent and live auctions during Saturday’s event. A raffle will feature prizes like $500 and a wall of wine. The Heads and Tails game for an iPad is FOR MORE ON WHAT YOU’LL FIND set for 9 p.m. Music is by Shalo Lee and the Rush River Band. AT THE TASTE OF EDEN PRARIE,


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Fueling station planned for Eden Prairie a first in Minnesota City OK’s compressed natural gas facility on Flying Cloud Drive BY KARLA WENNERSTROM

A private compressed natural gas fueling facility for Allied Waste/ Republic trucks is set to be built at 9813 Flying Cloud Drive. The natural gas dispensers replace existing fuel dispensers, City Manager Rick Getschow told the Eden Prairie City Council Tuesday. There will be spaces for the facility’s 105 trucks to refuel. The site will have a 1,850-square-foot con-


crete pad with a six-foot-tall fence, according to information presented to the council. The site includes about 24 acres across the road from Flying Cloud Airport. “We’re partnering with Republic to provide their facility with natural gas, so they can replace their petroleum-based fleet with natural gas,” said Pam Pullen, an associate planner with Clean Energy. Clean Energy fuels vehicles at more than 250 locations across North America, she said. She said Republic wants to convert 80 percent of its petroleum-fueled fleet nationwide to natural gas. Pullen said 90 percent of natural

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Wins district spelling bee Zane Stranger, 11, a sixthgrader at Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School, won the Eden Prairie School District spelling bee on Feb. 15. Stranger is set to attend the state spelling bee on March 10 for the second time in a row. The bee will be at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Winner of that competition goes to the national bee in Washington, D.C. Stranger plays percussion in the school band. “He is known among his classmates as the 3rd member of the Bach 5,” according to his mother. “This is a little club that he and four other boys have formed in which they discuss various details of the late composer.”

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Rep. Loon sets listening sessions Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-42B, has scheduled a series of meetings with constituents. Residents can schedule individual or small-group meetings to discuss issues, according to a news release. The meetings are planned for 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Heritage Room II at Eden Prairie City Hall, 8080 Mitchell Road. District 42B residents can reserve a 15-minute slot to meet with Loon. “This is an especially important time of year to meet with people and receive in-

put,” Loon said in a news release. “The Legislature is back in session and we face a number of difficult decisions in the upcoming weeks and months. Remaining in close communication with local citizens helps me continue doing my best to serve as the voice of people of our area.” Loon encourages calling (651) 297-8187 to make a reservation. Walk-ups will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis as time allows.

Violent crime drops countywide since 2006 Hennepin County has seen a decrease in violent crime within the last five years, according to newly released statistics from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. The statistics indicate violent crime dropped countywide by 38 percent from 2006 to 2011. “ T h i s i s a r em a rk able achievement for the residents of Hennepin County and I believe the hard work and innovation of the sheriff’s office in partnership with all local

law enforcement agencies contributed significantly to making communities safer,” Sheriff Rich Stanek said. According to the sheriff’s office, 2011 was the fifth consecutive year that violent crime was reduced countywide. From 2010-2011, there was a 6 percent reduction in violent crime. The FBI defines violent crime as murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. – Patty Dexter

Eden Prairie School Board meets Tuesday The Eden Prairie School Board will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, for a work session in the board room at the Administrative Services Center, 8100 School Road in Eden Prairie. The session will include a finance review from Superintendent Jon McBroom and a review of the administration organization chart. A stakeholder connections session with the board will follow at 5 p.m. The board will conduct its regular business meeting at 6 p.m. in the board room. The board is scheduled to vote on items including a recommen-


Chanhassen American Legion Post 580 organized an impressive welcoming committee of Legionnaires, Auxiliary, Boy Scouts, Legion motorcyclists, and honor/color guards. They lined the driveway as Natl. Comdr. Fang A. Wong walked to the Legion Post’s building.

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dation to provide an additional year of the Kid EdVenture pilot, a recommendation for the first/last day of school and the release of probationary teachers. Minnesota School Board Association members will provide a legislative update. The board will hear a timeline on the preliminary budget, an update on the capital fund and an update on enrollment and facilities from McBroom. The board also will review the integration budget and the results committee charter, according to the School Board’s work plan. – Patty Dexter

hanhassen and American Legion Post 580 did themselves proud. “You can tell a lot about a community when you give them a chance to shine bright,” said Post 580 Cmdr. Ron Schlagen, about the recent reception the Post gave American Legion Natl. Cmdr. Fang A. Wong.

The national commander was greeted by an outdoor reception line that ran from the entrance of the Legion’s parking lot to its front doors. The welcoming committee included the Post’s Honor Guard and Color Guard, the Auxiliary, youngsters from local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts troops, Sons of the American Legion, Legion Riders, and Eden Prairie American Legion baseball players. Wong walked the leng th of the reception line, shaking hands along the way, and greeted at the front doors by the

color guard and honor guard, Schlagen, Joanne Joachim, president of the Auxiliary, and Paul Palmer, commander of the Sons of the American Legion. Local officials, including Chanhassen Mayor Tom Furlong, greeted Wong at the reception and dinner which was attended by 102.



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The birthday party that wasn’t It’s like an episode Puzzling. of “The Twilight There was Zone.” I mean, I certainly no shortage was there. I drove, I of the latest high tech, parked, I brought a digital gear handy. gift. I participated. I Everyone there had lived it. a cell or smartphone. But I have found no I myself have the record, no video, no latest version of the posts, no photos. So HTC Evo with an now I am not so sure. excellent camera and Odd. a video capability Friend Chuck that could easily turned 55 a couple record three two-hour LIFE IN EDEN of weeks ago. A piano recitals. Yet, no small gathering was phones came out, no planned by his lovely cameras were evident wife at an Eden Prairie bistro. It and there quite frankly is no record was an event that could have been of this event. the epicenter of an episode of a Perhaps that was our gift to popular television show. It was that Chuck, and each other. delightful with fun-loving friends As much as we AARP members and a splendid repast. (not me yet) want to be a part of Instead, it’s as if the event never the social media revolution and happened. Weird. add photos of our daily activities Do you remember the scene in to all of our sites, there comes a “It’s a Wonderful Life”? George time when we realize that except in Bailey tells Clarence the angel that very low light, we prefer photos of he wished he had never been born. ourselves out and about in common A cold wind gusts into the small company not to be in someone’s building over the river and George news feed. is given that gift. He has no wallet, Don’t get me wrong. A handsome no license, no papers, his lip had group gathered for this party to be stopped bleeding. No life insurance sure. But wrinkles outnumbered policy. And shockingly, they were muscles, support hose had the edge gone too. Do you remember? over low-rise jeans. Hair was in Zuzu’s petals. short supply on the head, ample Yeah, it was like that. I think I supply elsewhere. dreamed it. This darn party never Perhaps our gift to the world that happened. night was to put the phones away, But I do think I remember toasts celebrate with gusto, and go quietly and a rousing version of “Happy into that goodnight. Birthday” with the requisite Did the party happen? Absolutely. harmonies on the final “Happy Did we have a wonderful time? birthday to you!” Other diners, Most certainly. Is there even one there had to be at least 20, clapped photo out on Twitter, Facebook and smiled as well. Or were they or Pinterest of us leaning in really there at all? awkwardly holding up our wine And I think the guest of honor glasses with closed eyes? Not a thanked his friends, got choked up, flippin’ one. Leave that to our kids. told us all how much his wife meant Happy Birthday, Chuck. to him, and raised his glass. I think Eden Prairie resident Steven there might have been a couple of Stromberg’s humor column appears tears. But, my memory is foggy. twice monthly.



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Another surprise for local soldier As grandparents of Kelly Collins, we want to thank you ever so much for your help in making her homecoming from Afghanistan a memorable event. Her boyfriend was also home on leave from Afghanistan, and at Toby Keith’s restaurant after the music stopped, on bended knee on the dance floor, he flipped open a small box, and proposed. A gala event to say the least. Happiness all around. She leaves for an air base in Afghanistan on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, and will be there until her one-year deployment is satisfied. Whereupon she then returns to Fort Hood, Texas, her home base. Her eventual goal is to be a civilian air traffic control operator, when she departs from the service, which she is currently doing in the military. Thank you again for your kindness.

Dave and Priscilla Cassin Edina


Taste of EP is Saturday, Feb. 25 Jody


I don’t recall why I needed a rocking chair 23 years ago. Maybe it was being eight months pregnant. I simply had to have a rocking chair for this baby. We bought a beech wood chair, made for someone a bit larger than I was. But of course, sporting those 40 extra pounds, I probably was that larger person and, in any case, it was comfortable. We chose a powder-blue cushion for it. I think my husband was hoping for a boy, though I don’t think I ever would have chosen a pink cushion anyway. The chair had great rock. Its rockers — the curved bands of wood — were long and solid and I could move quite a bit in it. The chair was well used during my daughter’s first year, mostly during those early months of nursing. I can remember the exact feel of that little bedroom with the blue carpet, one wall papered in an old fashioned wallpaper of toys and dolls, the kind children don’t really play with anymore. It was hung by the previous owners and just quaint enough to keep. It was a room where I cried when my daughter was days old — cried just from not knowing how to be a mother. Do I read to this



baby? Pick her up when she cries at bedtime? What do I do when her little nose is stuffed? How many dolls can safely be in the crib? When can she eat Cheerios? Ice cream? How does anyone know how to do any of this? I’d sit in that wooden rocking chair and nurse my daughter. And read to her. And talk to her. And smile. And marvel at her dark eyes. And sometimes I’d cry. The chair sat in her room and welcomed me in the middle of the night or in the middle of the afternoon; it settled me down, and was a part of motherhood for me. Nearly three years later, the chair was again part of being a mother, when it was moved from my


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The Taste of Eden Prairie is Saturday, Feb. 25. This is the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools’ biggest fundraiser of the year and its success is a function of public support. A large number of very dedicated and passionate volunteers and board members along with 30 local restaurants, corporate sponsors and numerous donors of products, services and auction items have been working for months to put on a great event. All involved have decided that supporting Eden Prairie teachers and students is worth their time and worthy of their passion. At this time last year I wrote a similar letter to the Eden Prairie News. I was nervous about the impact of local politics on this event. Like last year, I write this letter as a father and FEPS’ Board president. I am also a teacher and the husband of a School Board member. I think it’s important that all who might be unsure about whether to attend Taste understand that FEPS, as an independent nonprofit, proudly supports teachers and students. In the last six years FEPS has provided over $ 330,000 in support including $153,000 in large grants to teachers for innovative programs, $100,000 in scholarship funds, and $10,000 in computers to families who couldn’t otherwise afford them. FEPS is working hard to live up to its mission of enhanc-


Kelly Collins is pictured with her grandparents, Dave and Priscilla Cassin of Edina, after she surprised her father with the news that she was home on leave from Afghanistan. ing the legacy of excellence in Eden Prairie schools. Whatever your feelings are regarding events in Eden Prairie over the last two years, one thing I hope we can all agree on is that teachers and students merit our support. Please show your support for education by joining us Saturday night and enjoying a fantastic Taste of Eden Prairie. Learn more at

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Information was ‘nasty and appalling’ I am writing in response to Mark Bell’s Letter to the Editor in the Feb. 16 edition. I am very thankful for the Internet and Google. Within minutes, I was able discredit pretty much everything in Mr. Bell’s letter. I was able to find the one website that he gathered all of his misinformation from and was able to find multiple sites with great information regarding the true statistics regarding pedophilia. Because I was able to easily dismiss Mr. Bell’s information, I usually don’t respond to that rhetoric. My bigger concern with Mr. Bell is that he equates pedophilia to homosexual men. On behalf of my family, I feel compelled to respond. This type of stereotyping needs to end. There is no place for it in our community. Mr. Bell mentions the Penn State scandal and immediately moves into false statistics about how gay men are the perpetrators. He forgot to mention that the person accused in the Penn State scandal is married, a father, and a grandfather. He also forgot to mention that men who are not gay commit most of these crimes. Please search the web for yourself and find the real statistics. I am also very curious about Mr. Bell’s notion that school curriculum is pushing “homosexual theology.” My husband and I have lived in Eden Prairie for

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the past six years raising our two boys. Our children have attended the public school since kindergarten. They have yet to come home with any mention of a “gay hero.” Trust me, I think they would have let us know if anything like that happened in school. I would love if they came home one day and had a story about someone in history that had a similar family to ours. This just simply has not happened and I don’t expect it to happen. One of the few things I took comfort in learning from Mr. Bell’s letter is that the school does have Safe Zones for Questioning Youth. I would hope that all students feel safe and welcomed in our schools. It would be nice if one day these types of groups aren’t needed because we have grown as a society and accept people for who they are. Mr. Bell, if you have an issue with homosexuality due to your faith, I understand and respect your position. When you spread the nasty and appalling information like you did in your letter, you are hurting your fellow neighbors. I am your neighbor. I would be glad to have an open discussion about homosexuality and what it means to me and my family. When you say the things you do, it is hard to have a civil conversation.

Bradley Weber Eden Prairie

Psychologist responds to letter As a psychologist who works with many survivors of sexual abuse, I felt compelled to respond to Mr. Bell’s letter “Remove teaching of homosexual theology.” Mr. Bell seemed to be equating sexual abuse with sexual preference. Studies estimate that approximately one third of females and one fifth to one seventh of males are victims of some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime. Rape and any sexual assault is about violence, power and control whether

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to CareNextion, a free Eden Prairie-based nonprofit program that serves caregivers and seniors who want to live independently, the following are several options you might want to consider: Create a Care Team: Developing a network of family, friends, neighbors and others in the community to provide volunteer help can greatly reduce the cost. CareNextion can help you create, organize and manage an online Care Team, if you wish. Choose the Right Service Providers: Cost and quality of care are the most important factors to consider. Avoid buying on price alone because that decision could eventually cost you more money and time than you would have spent choosing a higher quality, higher cost option. Seek Independent Advice: Make sure the resource you choose for eldercare advice has one agenda only: To serve your family’s interests. Many organizations have a service to sell you, which creates a conflict of interest. Use Nonprofit Agencies: Community nonprofits

typically include senior assistance agencies and faith communities as well as an assortment of lower-cost local and state government programs. You should consider taking advantage of these services whenever possible. Guidance from an Independent Professional Care Manager: Professional Care Managers can help assess your needs, build a plan for maintaining independence and find the best service providers. They are often an excellent source of impartial advice on the best options to meet your needs. Make Use of Technology: Advances in technology have given us more ways to remain independent. However, they can be pricy. Honestly assess how often the caregiver or the person needing care would actually use technology such as monitoring and measurement systems; video conferencing; email; text messaging; or Smart Phones before you buy. Consider simple, inexpensive technologies such as personal emergency devices for safety at home. You Might Qualify for Assistance: Your loved one may qualify for state assistance through Medicaid or a related program. You can contact CareNextion at the phone number below or get in touch with an eldercare attorney to find out more about your situation. You should also contact your local VA office to see if anyone qualifies for Veterans Administration (VA) benefits.

Save on Taxes: Caregiving costs can potentially be tax deductions. Talk with a tax adviser or IRS representative to find out more. How much you save will depend on your specific situation. But it’s possible to reduce overall costs by as much as 40 to 50 percent each year. For example, if you’re anywhere near the average expenditure level for out-of-pocket expenses, that alone could result in savings of as much as $2,212 to $2,766 annually, or more if you’re providing care long distance. To find out more about saving money, providing care and living independently, go to or call (612) 770-7005. Eden Prairie Professionals in Aging is a nonprofit organization based in Eden Prairie, a town of 60,000 in the southwestern Twin Cities. Our diverse member organizations are all committed to the welfare of seniors in our community. Our purpose is to provide networking opportunities for individuals who provide services to elderly persons in Eden Prairie by meeting bimonthly for information exchange and problem solving in our field. For more information on EPPIA please visit our website at Submitted by EPPIA Members Lisa Schmidtke of Independent Home Living ( and Lee Ann Eiden, CareNextion and Senior Community Services, Eden Prairie (

sexual abuse are committed by pedophiles. Pedophiles are physically attracted to children. Most do not have a preference for boys or girls and are instead drawn to the body of a child. They do not typically have adult sexual relationships. They will typically choose jobs where they will have access and opportunity.

Mr. Bell seems to have regurgitated the party line of many extreme religious conservatives who believe it is their business what consenting adults do behind closed doors. Homosexuals are no more dangerous, and I would argue less dangerous then heterosexuals. Our children are in danger because sexual

abuse is far more common than people want to believe. Anyone who preys on children should receive the most severe penalty possible, as I have seen the devastating effects on the survivors of childhood sexual abuse with whom I am privileged to work.

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“I had no idea how much it costs to help someone live independently,� said Beth in Eden Prairie. “But it’s amazing how much you can save once an expert shows you where and how to do it.� Many Eden Prairie residents who need help living independently are not aware of how much it will cost them. Those who become caregivers often don’t realize how much they will have to spend out of their own pockets or how much it currently costs their loved ones to live each month. A lot of people also mistakenly believe that their health insurance will cover all or most of the costs. The total cost of living independently with assistance depends entirely on the individual situation. Specific diseases or conditions will dictate costs as will mobility issues and mental capabilities. According to a study conducted by Evercare in collaboration with the National Alliance for Caregiving, the average yearly out-of-pocket cost to provide care is $5,531. (Long distance caregivers can spend up to $3,000 more in a year.) That figure doesn’t include the cost of lost wages due to time away from a job, the caregiver’s time, the physical and emotional wear and tear on the caregiver, or monthly living expenses. The good news is, there are a lot of ways to cut costs or at least keep them under control. According

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the victim is male or female. We all know it is not uncommon for males to be raped by males in prison. I would suggest the perpetrators in those settings would not identify as homosexual. Not all acts of

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daughter’s room to my infant son’s room. He and I rocked. I nursed, I read, I talked, I smiled, I marveled at his red hair, and did a whole lot less crying. Only a few years later, divorce brought a division of property. I let most of the furniture go, but not the rocking chair. I tend to hold onto objects with emotional rather than monetary value. The years haven’t been easy on this rocking chair. My son rolled a metal toy on it once and scratched the wood in deep gouges. It’s been part of blanket forts. It’s been the home of many a teenager playing Nintendo, Playstation and Xbox. It’s moved into the grungy part of the basement to collect dust — it’s come back out — and gone back in again. Not long ago, I bought a more beautiful rocking chair at a local art fair. Made by an artisan. The wood is oak, stained a rich brown, more suited to my taste. It’s a work of art. Its lines gentle. It rocks smoother. Fits me better. I love looking at it. Sitting in it.

It’s “my� rocking chair. I read in it. I talk on the phone in it. I sit in it with my feet up and look out the window, watching the mourning doves fluff out in the northern spruce. Love struck again and the chair went to his home, where I could start anew with it. Together, we picked out a new cushion. Black and white, thick and cozy. The chair still has great rock. Sturdy as can be. Its childhood scars hidden by the new plump cushion. I read in the chair, rocked in it, played word games in it, listened in it, was honest in it, and watched the world go by outside his window. And love, being the most capricious and whimsical aspect of my life for so long, slipped away. The chair came home again, with its beautiful cushion and its substantial rock. It sits in my living room, though it’s not where I sit. I look across the room at it. It’s a reminder of whom I’ve loved over the years and the changes that life inevitably and unpredictably offers. Jody Russell is an Eden Prairie web designer, photographer and writer. Her columns appear regularly in the Eden Prairie News.

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Pancake Breakfast is March 11 Boy Scout Troop 342 will hold its 45th annual Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Eden Prairie High School, 17185 Valley View Road. The Troop will serve “all you can eat” pancakes as well as French toast, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee. Tickets are $15 per family and $ 5 for individuals. Tickets are available from the Scouts and will also be available at the door on the day of the breakfast. Donations are also accepted. Funds raised by the Scouts a re used to suppor t t hei r monthly camping activities, service projects, troop equipment and high adventure trips. I n fo : ( 6 1 2 ) 2 8 1- 5 1 9 2 o r

‘My Kind of Town’ is ball’s theme Join your friends and neighbors for the annual Eden Prairie Foundation Ball on Saturday, April 14, at the Minnetonka Marriott Southwest. The Foundation raises money for Eden Prairie nonprofits and civic groups and also awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors. The theme this year is “My Kind of Town,” with a black tie featured Rat-Pack era or Mad Men/Pan Am attire, and features the popular Twin Cities band R Factor. There will also be live and silent auctions. Bill Rasmussen, a vocalist who specializes in singing Sinatra favorites, will be the entertainment during the first hour of the event. This year’s ball chairperson is Sara Ulshmid. She is a Perham, Minn., native and a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead currently working in public relations for the Minnesota Swarm. Sara brings unique leadership and exciting energy to this year’s ball, according to a news release. Info:


Scouts were ready to help guide guests to their seats during last year’s pancake breakfast.

Home, Landscape and Garden expo The Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual Home, Landscape and Garden Everything Spring Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Grace Church. The show is free to attend and will showcase more than 100 exhibitors. Activities include children’s crafts by KidCreate Studios and Eden Prairie Art Center, the Mustard Seed Landscaping & Garden Center, and an animal display by Lowry Nature Center (9 a.m. to noon). Eden Prairie Police & Fire Departments will be displaying a squad car and fire truck, plus there will be free door prize drawings throughout the day. Twelve free seminars will be conducted throughout the day on topics including: Water Smart Landscaping; Kitchen Concepts; New Plants for 2012; Understanding Siding and Windows; Garden Inspiration and more. Info: or (952) 944-2830. Grace Church is at 9301 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, enter through doors 1 and 4.

Battle of the Bands is Friday Teens Alone will hold its 8th annual Battle of the Bands fundraiser this Friday, Feb. 24, at The Depot Coffee House, at Highway 169 and Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins. Bands from Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Wayzata high school and Main Street School of the Performing Arts will perform. Bands are The Filthy Flamingos, Jesse and the Strippers, Half Demon Dolls and The Central Radio.

Doors open at 6:30 and admission is $7 at the door. All proceeds go to Teens Alone, which provides free counseling to teens and young adults who live or attend school in the Eden Prairie, Hopkins, St. Louis Park or Wayzata school districts. Young people or their parents can contact Teens Alone at (952) 988-TEEN (8336) or come to walk in hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.

Optimists sponsor Essay Contest The Optimist Club of Eden Prairie is recognizing area students who wrote essays on the topic: “How My Positive Outlook Benefits my Community” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2012. A reception to honor the winning essay writers and all participants will be held at the Eden Prairie Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. Essay contest winners will be invited to read their essays. The Eden Prairie Optimists have been participating in the Optimist International Essay Contest in Eden Prairie for six years. The Eden Prairie Optimists are sponsors of various programs and activities that primarily benefit the Youth of Eden Prairie and neighboring communities. Info:

Veterans sought for celebration The Eden Prairie Veterans Memorial Committee is seeking nominations of veterans to honor during its Memorial Day celebration at 11 a.m. May 28.

Time to buy Girl Scout Cookies Girl Scouts can be seen around town at stores, malls and in neighborhoods, selling cookies door to door. “Girls going door to door will have cookies on hand again this year, so you can get your cookies right away,” according to a news release. You can find locations, dates and times when troops are selling cookies at girlscoutcookies. org. You can also make a cash donation to donate cookies to Operation Cookie Ca re Package (which distributes cookies to U.S. military serving at home and overseas) and Cookies for the Community (in which local troops distribute cookies to local food shelves and community service organizations of their choice). Proceeds stay within the local council and help fund troop activities, camps, events and service projects.

Randell Voas Scholarship Randell Voas Scholarship applications are available in the Career Counseling Center at Eden Prairie High School. The scholarship is available to graduating seniors who plan to attend college in the fall. T his yea r’s scholarship is twice as valuable as last year’s, at $4,000. Money for t he schol a r sh ip i s r a i s e d through Randy’s Run, which is scheduled for Memorial Day, May 28, at Purgatory Creek Park. “Randy’s Run was created April 25, 2010, by a group of classmates from Eden Prairie High School’s class of 1985 to create a high school scholarship as a way to honor a fallen classmate, Major Randy Voas, United States Air Force, whose CV-22 Osprey crashed on April 9, 2010 near Kandahar,” according to a news release.


Wooddale part of Hunger Initiative Wooddale Church is joining with 10 other churches in Minnesota on The Hunger Initiative to pack one million meals in one day to alleviate hunger in the Horn of Africa. “The World Food Program estimates that 10 million people in this region are in need of food. The drought and other factors have displaced many thousands of people in this desolate area,” according to a news release. “Many refugees make the trek to Dadaab, Kenya, where a large refugee camp is established to care for those who m a ke it . Ever y d ay ab out 1 , 4 0 0 -1 , 5 0 0 n e w r e f u g e e s (mostly women, children and babies) trek from Somalia to Dadaab. Many of the women are robbed, raped, beaten or lose a child or two to malnutrition and the food-related disease dysentery along the way. They get to the camp, are registered, given one day’s supply of food and sent to wait outside the camp for 10-14 days. “Eleven churches including Wooddale, working together with partner organizations Feed My Starving Children, Impact Lives and Kids Against Hunger, are determined to do somet hi ng to add ress t his huge problem by providing 1 million meals for those who are suf fering and starving in the Horn of Africa,” the release said. On Feb. 25, Wooddalers and their friends will pack meals in the Wooddale Church gym that will be sent to the Dadaab refugee camp.

Food drive a success Prairie Lutheran Church collected over 986 pounds of food and supplies for PROP (People Reaching Out to other People) during January and February. PROP is a nonprofit human services agency serving Eden Prairie and Chanhassen families during emergencies and times of temporary need until they can attain self-sufficiency. While 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. Info: prairielutheran. org or (952) 829-0525.

Lent services to begin Prairie Lutheran Church is hosting a series of Lenten Worship Services beginning at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29. The series titled “Come to the Table” offers a family-friendly interactive worship featuring a youth band at 6:15 p.m. A quieter, more traditional service featuring Holden Prayer is offered at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Prairie Lutheran Church is at 11000 Blossom Road, Eden Prairie. Info: prairielutheran. org or (952) 829-0525.

Young Life plans Aloha Club Eden Prairie/Chanhassen Young Life has scheduled an “Aloha Club” meeting from 7:04 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Stephens’ house, 17718 Steading Road, Eden Prairie. For more information, contact Theresa Dolezal, head leader at (612) 226-6527 or

‘Walk Thru the Bible’ Prairie Lutheran Church is hosting a “Walk Thru the Bible” two-part seminar from 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 9, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10. “Come journey through the Old Testament at an unforgettable Bible adventure seminar led by speaker Rev. Johan Hinderlie,” according to a news release. Cost is $15 per household (class recommended for ages 9 and older) and includes the class and one workbook. Additional workbooks are available for purchase at the event. Free on-site childcare is available with registration. Register and pay online at prairielutheran.

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Born Oct. 24, 1933 in Shakopee, Winifred was the daughter of Raymond and Rosalia (Philipp) Hill. She was the youngest of three children. Winnie’s childhood years were spent in Shakopee, attending the St. Mark’s parochial school and graduating from the Shakopee Senior High in 1951 as the valedictorian. After high school, Winnie found employment as a cashier for the First National Bank, until she met Charles W. Anderson. On Oct. 24, 1964, at the Church of St. Mark in Shakopee, Winifred and Charles exchanged wedding vows. They were blessed with four children, Brad, Susan, Daniel and David. Most of Winnie’s life was spent being a loving wife and a dedicated mother. A lifelong and active member of the Church of St. Mark, she was involved in the choir, the Passion Play and the C.C.W. Winnie was a member of the Shakopee Heritage Society, the Calvary Cemetery Restoration Committee and her homemaker’s group. She was also an active volunteer at the Shakopee Catholic Area Schools, St. Francis Auxiliary, local elections, blood drives and various other community events. Winnie also enjoyed being involved with the quilting club. In her children’s early years, Winnie was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout troop leader. In her free time, she loved to travel with her husband and friends. Winnie enjoyed reading, completing crossword puzzles and her early morning walks. Her biggest passion in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. A deeply caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother, Winnie was a giving and generous woman and community member. A resident of Shakopee, Winnie Anderson, 78, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family, the early afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee. Forever loved, Winifred will be deeply missed by her husband of 47 years, Charles W. Anderson; children, Brad (Karla) Anderson of Plymouth, Susan (Jim) Fletcher of Eden Prairie, Daniel (Anna) Anderson of Eden Prairie, David (Dana) Anderson of Shakopee; grandchildren, Ava, Alex, Leah and Charlie Anderson, Lauren and Braden Fletcher; brother, Philip “Jim” Hill of Shakopee; sister-inlaw, Mary Kay Hill of Deephaven; many nieces and nephews and other loving relatives and devoted friends. Winifred is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Rosalia and brother, Robert Hill. Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 4-8 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 23 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., all at BallardSunder Funeral Home, 833 S. Marschall Rd., Shakopee. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m., at the Church of St. Mark 350 S. Atwood St., Shakopee. Pallbearers will be Paul Anderson, Tom Hill, Steve Grimaldi, and Pete Galvin. Winifred will be laid to rest at the Shakopee Catholic Cemetery. The Anderson family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Shakopee Chapel.

Phyllis Stacken, 79, of Chaska, died peacefully with her devoted husband Charles at her side, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home, Chaska. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Feb. 20, at 3:30 p.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Chaska, with Father Thomas Joseph celebrating. The visitation was Monday, Feb. 20 from 2– 3:15 p.m. at the Bertas Funeral Home. Casketbearers were her 12 grandchildren. The burial was at Guardian Angels Catholic Cemetery, followed by a celebration of her life held in the Guardian Angels School Gym. Phyllis was born Jan. 30, 1933 in St. Bonifacius, to Louis and Dorothy (Bruhn) Gothmann, the youngest of six children. On June 27, 1953 Phyllis married Charles Stacken at St. Boniface Catholic Church, St. Bonifacius. Phyllis was a very dedicated and loving wife to Charlie for 58 years. Together, they raised five children, Bob, Barb, Dave, Anna, and Karen. She was a wonderful mother, who taught her children so much. Strength, faith, encouragement, compassion, forgiveness, and dedication. She was filled with wisdom and gave them very good advice as they found their way through life. She taught them many skills, like canning, cooking and cleaning. She kept a very clean house. She loved her 12 grandchildren, making each of them feel very special. She enjoyed being a great grandmother to Adele. She touched many lives as a childcare assistant for 10 years at E.C.F.E. District 112, Chaska. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Dorothy; sisters and brothers, Marva Derhaag, Bernice Mader, Kenneth, James and Vernon Gothmann. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Charles; children, Bob (Pat), Barb (Steve) Rademacher, Dave (Mary), Anna (Ted) Lubansky, Karen (Clancy) Finnegan; grandchildren, Jesse (Akiko) Stacken, Dan (Mary Anne) Rademacher, Jake (Liz) Stacken, Andrea Stacken, Kate Stacken, Emily Stacken, Claire Lubansky, Kelly Stacken, Joe Rademacher, Carly Lubansky, Ryan Finnegan, Andrew Finnegan; great-granddaughter, Adele; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements were with the Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska, 952-448-2137.

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Gaining spiritual understanding after death of Whitney Houston As the nation adjusts to the loss of Whitney Houston, an exceptionally beautiful and gifted talent, there are some thoughts I would like to offer that impact our spiritual understanding stemming from her experience. 1. Wealth and celebrity are not a panacea. Average Americans look with fascination and envy to the lifestyles of the rich and famous. They think, “If only I could be blessed with money and material possessions, I could be freed up from my mundane obligations and could really enjoy life.” The sad reality for many who have achieved financial success and the affirmation of an adoring public is that their underlying issues continue. Whitney evidently suffered from self-doubt and never feeling like she really had fully achieved; she also became burdened with addictions for which she sought repeated treatment. The limelight and all the money that went with it did

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not solve her problems; they perhaps made them worse. The late Johnny Carson once philosophized, “Having a lot of money solves only one problem: the problem of not having enough money. It doesn’t make you any happier; it doesn’t win you more friends; it doesn’t solve your problems.” Jesus said it clearly many years ago: “A man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things that he possesses.” 2. We reap what we sow. Every action we take has

implications for our future welfare. If we invest foolishly, we will not get a positive return. In computer terms, garbage in, garbage out. Whitney Houston had many positive influences in life that led her to stardom; she had some negative ones, as well, that crippled her personal life and even damaged her exceptionally beautiful singing voice. Whitney’s mother complained that her drug use did not start until she was married. Her husband may well have influenced her, but she did take responsibility for the decisions she made, realizing the huge price she paid for substance abuse. Although the common response to news of her death was surprise and shock, no one looking on was really surprised. The trajectory of Whitney’s life was downward with recurring challenges with drugs and alcohol. Reaping what we sow is a general principle of life … but it is even more instantly

evident when it comes to substance abuse. All of us know friends and family members who drink too much or abuse prescription or illicit drugs. These chemicals do not enhance life; they destroy it. As one man told my pastor father once on his deathbed, “You can tell everyone from me that there is no problem you can have in life but that alcohol won’t make it worse.” When we see someone’s life hurdle out of control, we need to take our own self-inventory and determine mid-course corrections we need to make. We can decide to start sowing seeds of success rather than destruction. 3. We must be careful not to make spiritual judgments about others. One of the factors in the history of the Christian church that has made it unattractive to outsiders is the quickness with which people are willing to jump to conclusions about someone’s heart and mind based on observable behavior. For some Christian

groups, a long list of forbidden behaviors is maintained in written or unwritten form that are litmus tests for faith and character. If you are guilty of engaging in any of them, you are cast in the spiritual dustbin without credibility as a true believer. An arresting statement made by the pastor at the memorial service for Whitney Houston was that the most important fact about her was that she loved her Lord. Although challenged by difficult personal demons, the pastor was confident she had her faith intact. I am the first to say that by the grace of God we need to strive to live holy, exemplary lives that reflect a change of heart. This change is seen by remarkable character, positive behavior and productive relationships. But I know as well that all of us are flawed and sinful. I know that some people who struggle with one kind of addiction or another are

humble children of God who clearly understand their own weakness and lean on the grace and forgiveness of God to face each new day. Those of us who claim Christian faith must be moved by compassion in hearing of the experience of one who simply did not conquer the challenges she faced and departed this world prematurely. We cannot put ourselves in the place of God to know the depths of the heart of another. Oh, there is a sadness in all of this. A beautiful, talented and sensitive human being has left us too soon. But in the wake of Whitney Houston’s passing, may God help us to think through some of the issues of life and learn in the process. The Rev. Timothy A. Johnson shares this space with the Rev. Rod Anderson as well as spiritual writers Dr. Bernard E. Johnson, Beryl Schewe and Lauren CarlsonVohs. “Spiritually Speaking” appears weekly.

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org until March 4. Prairie Lutheran Church is at 11000 Blossom Road in Eden Prairie. Info: or (952) 829-0525.

‘Make yourself indispensable’ A workshop titled “Make Yourself Indispensable” is set for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Eden Prairie Assembly of God Church. Speakers, Ken and Linda Miller, are Certified Human Behavior Specialists, speakers and trainers, on relationship dynamics. Registration is required. Cost is $39. Info: or

Artists network plans seminar Great Commission Artists (GCA), a new network of artists, has announced its first seminar, “Worship in the Potter’s Hands: An Art and Worship Collaborative,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Bloomington Arts Center, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington. It will feature a keynote by Steve Nesheim of art-Reach Today and Jane Horn of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, a pottery demonstration and several choices of breakout session, including a children’s session. It is a nondenominational gathering. Cost is $20 pre-registration or $30 at the door. Info:

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Eden Prairie finishes second in Kick and fourth in Jazz BY DANIEL HUSS

Soccer scholarships offered


racy Oliver, head coach of the Eden Prairie Dance Team, describes her team’s State Meet experience as super. “We were super successful, “ she said, “and I’m super proud of my team. We had a huge, huge weekend.” What up? Eden Prairie’s Jazz team, making a return to the State Meet after a three-year absence, not only made the finals (Top 6), but finished fourth overall. “I watched the preliminaries,” said Oliver, “and thought we would advance to finals as either the third or fourth best team. I certainly didn’t think we’d be sixth.” But sixth it was. “Instead of telling the team exactly where they stood, I told them that they trailed two teams that they had beaten before,” said Oliver. “They figured it out and went out and killed their finals dance. “I’m not exactly sure,” she adds, “but I think they moved up 30-40 points.” Section foes Wayzata and Maple Grove finished first and second. Eastview finished third. That all happened on Friday. Saturday, Eden Prairie would compete in the Kick competition, a competition where they were expected to challenge for a state championship. Eden Prairie didn’t disappoint, opening the competition with a preliminary performance that ranked right up with Eden Prairie’s best, or so thought Oliver. “I didn’t want to know what we scored,” she said, “and I didn’t want the other coaches to tell me. “But I knew,” she adds, “as there were too many people smiling at me.” So? “In the finals, we had a performance of a lifetime,” she said.

Registration for the Eden Prairie Track and Field Association’s spring season ends Tuesday, Feb. 28. Girls and boys enrolled in grades one to six are eligible to participate in the six-week program beginning April 9. There will be a “Rookie Camp” registration for boys and girls who are in kindergarten. To register, or for more information, visit

High school seniors are invited to submit their application for college scholarships to the Eden Prairie Soccer Scholarship Committee. Established in 1989, a total of $4,000 will be presented jointly by the Eden Prairie Soccer Club and the Eden Prairie Soccer Association. All past and present players in either of the Eden Prairie programs who plan on attending a college or university offering either a two- or four-year degree may apply. Details of the award criteria are on the application forms, available in the CRC room at EPHS or on the EPSC website,

EPHS alpine team members to host Ski Camp Spend a day skiing and getting an introduction to racing at a one-day camp offered by the Eden Prairie High School alpine ski team at the Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area. Ski team members will meet participants at the chalet at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Cost is $ 50 per skier and includes lift ticket and lunch. Registration is limited to 60 students. Come out and ski with some of the best skiers in the state. Ski together from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. with a break for lunch. After the camp concludes participants are free to ski on their own (lift tickets are good until 3 p.m.). In addition, EPHS alpine coaches will be conducting a race clinic. Students in grades two to eight with all abilities of skiing are welcome. Race clinic option, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., is open to intermediate and advanced skiers. Ski rental ($15 for a full day) is also available. Parent chaperones will be in attendance from 9:45 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. For more information, contact Kim Teaver at (612) 986-0303 or

EP baseball online registration The Eden Prairie Baseball Association is conducting registration for the 2012 season. 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 as well as registration instructions, visit the EPBA at

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The Eden Prairie Dance Team’s Kick routine is like Minnesota weather, always changing. The team’s routine was set to songs you might hear at a wedding reception. “In my opinion, it was a state championship performance.” What matters, of course, are the judges’ opinions. “After dropping the high and low scores, we were tied with Eastview,” said Oliver. “For the first tiebreaker, they add them back in. When they did that, they

beat us by four points. “I didn’t like it,” she adds, “but fair is fair and you’ve got to live with the rules.” Eastview finished first, Eden Prairie second and Brainerd third. Question: Heartbreaker or meet maker?

“When you combine Jazz and Kick, we haven’t had a finish like this in four years,” said Oliver. “We killed our Jazz routine and then went out and performed what I thought was a first place Kick routine. That’s not heartbreaking, that’s super.”

The Eden Prairie Soccer Association (EPSA) is conducting online registration for the spring 2012 season at Registration will be available through March 25, or until all teams have been filled. The spring season will open for play on Saturday, April 28, and runs for approximately eight weeks. EPSA is open to boys and girls in grades K-12. Fees are $ 60 per child for online registrations through March 25 (late fees assessed after that date). Games are typically played at Flying Cloud Fields. The EPSA program is run by volunteers. Between coaches, team managers and program administrators the group needs significant parent involvement in programs. Training is provided for all volunteer positions. For more information, contact EPSA at or email

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Meeting ALPINE SKIING


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 from 7-8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Road, Room M259 (enter Door 1). Matt Steensland will be the special guest. There is no charge to attend. For more information, contact Stephanie Teal at Information can also be found on Facebook (FCA — Eden Prairie, MN/seventh and eighth 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 at

Post paces three top 20 finishes BY DANIEL HUSS

Eden Prairie’s Jack Post missed out on skiing at his state meet two years ago when he sustained a knee injury the day before the section meet. Last year, he made it and skied it. He won’t admit it, but he was one of the skiers that were just happy to be there. This year? This year, Post wanted to make some noise. “I went into it,” he said, “expecting to finish in the top three.” And? Post’s first run would be the fastest run of the meet (34.52). “I wanted to ski my second run like the first one,” he said, “so I didn’t try to make any changes.” Post would ski his second run in a time of 35.13. “Bjorn (Minnehaha Academy’s Bjorn Halvorson) skied his second run 100 times faster,” adds Post. Actually, Halvorson skied his second run 0.20 faster than his first, meaning his two-run total would equate to 1:09.44, .21 faster than Post’s (1:09.65). Halvorson’s aggressiveness was rewarded with a state championship. Post would finish second. The Blake School’s Jack McNeill would finish third, 0.01 behind Post. “I figured it was going to be between me, Bjorn and Jack,” said Post. He was right on.

SISTER ACT Laura Post, Jack’s older sister, would ski in her third

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Saturday’s Section 2AAA quarterfi nal match would be determined by the heavyweights. Kennedy needed a pin to win and Eden Prairie’s Eric Dunn (left) wouldn’t let it happen.

One that didn’t get away BY DANIEL HUSS

The No. 4 seeded Eden Prairie High School wrestling team fell 51-20 to the No. 1 seeded Prior Lake Lakers in the Section 2AAA semifinals, but that’s not what they’ll remember. What they’ll remember is their dramatic 32-31 win over the No. 5 seeded Bloomington Kennedy Eagles in the section quarterfinals. “A barn burner,” states CoHead Coach Tom Gruhlke; “we probably should have got on the bus and left right there.” With the heavyweights left to go, Eden Prairie led 32-28, meaning Kennedy needed major points for the win. A lthough Eden Prairie’s Eric Dunn was considered the underdog, he gave it his all. “We talked about a game plan before the match,” said Gruhlke, “and he followed it to a T.” What wasn’t part of the plan was an injury with 52 seconds left in the third period that left Dunn holding an ankle and

writhing in pain. “The trainer was working on the ankle,” recalls Gruhlke, “and I was barking at his head.” K nowi ng t hat a n i nju r y default would have cost his team the match; Dunn, minus a good wheel, hobbled back to the mat. “The timeout allowed their guy to get some coaching,” said Gruhlke, “and then he caught us in a headlock. That doesn’t happen if they don’t get the break. “They had one shot,” he adds, “and they took it. To Eric’s credit, he fought it (pin) off and he fought it off for 24 seconds. Not very many heavyweights would do that.” Dunn, would lose the battle 7-2, but Eden Prairie would win the war (32-31). “That’s a huge win for us,” said Gruhlke. Eden Prairie points would come from Chris Timm (deci sion at 10 6 p ou nd s) , J T Dedeaux (major decision at 120 pounds), Ben Brancale (pin at 126 pounds), Sam Brancale (major decision at 132 pounds),

Chase Monger (technical fall at 145 pounds), Matt Gribben (pin at 162 pounds)) and Melvin DeSouza (major decision at 182 pounds). Of note, Sam Brancale’s victory tied the school record for most wins (137).

GOOD START Eden Prairie vs. Prior Lake wasn’t supposed to be a match. The Lakers, after all, beat Chaska 63-9 in the quarterfinals. Turns out, Eden Prairie vs. Prior Lake was a match, at least for a while. “We don’t have the kind of team that can go out and blow away good teams,” said Gruhlke, “but we can duke it out with them.” Timm opened with a decision at 106. Ben Brancale won with a pin at 126. Chase Monger upset Matt Kahnke at 145. Gribben won at 152 and DeSouza won at 182. Eden Prairie wrestled without Sam Brancale, who had just returned to the lineup that morning.

Southwest All Stars is offering cheerleading classes for athletes from 3-18 years of age at its new Eden Prairie facility, 9940 Hamilton Road. Classes are for all age levels and abilities; from beginners who want to learn more about cheerleading to experienced cheerleaders who want to improve their skills prior to school sideline or competitive team tryouts. Students will be taught by certified coaches with many years of competitive high school, collegiate and All-Star experience. Classes begin Saturday, Feb. 25, and run through March 24. Each class is five weeks long. For more information on classes and tryouts, visit For those interested in the sport of competitive cheerleading, Southwest All Stars will hold team tryouts April 18-22. During the competitive season, athletes will spend three to six hours per week perfecting routines that combine stunting, tumbling, jumps and dance.

Fastpitch softball registration The Eden Prairie Fastpitch Association is offering in-house and travel programs for girls in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information and to register online, go to

EPHS Sports This Week BOYS BASKETBALL Friday, Feb. 24 ...............................................Andover ................................................7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 Wayzata ............................................6 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Friday, Feb. 24 Andover ............................................7 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY BOYS HOCKEY Thursday, Feb. 23 ..........................................Section 6AA (Armstrong) .....................7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 ..........................................Section 6AA at Braemar ...........................TBD DANCE TEAM BOYS SWIMMING Thursday, Feb. 23 ..........................................Section 6AA at Art Downey ..................5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 ...............................................Section 6AA at Art Downey ..................5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 ..........................................Section 6AA at Art Downey ..................1 p.m. ALPINE SKIING NORDIC SKIING GYMNASTICS Saturday, Feb. 25 ..........................................State at U of M, Pavilion .......................6 p.m. WRESTLING Friday, Feb. 24 ...............................................Section 2AAA at Shakopee ............4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 ..........................................Section 2AAA at Shakopee ..........10:30 a.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. | Eden Praire News

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EP swim/dive team always goal seeking BY DANIEL HUSS


Opportunity lost: With Jack Keeley (No. 36) and Harry Pajor (No. 41) camped in front of the net, the Edina defense kicks the puck and campers out of the campground.

Eden Prairie 6AA’s No. 2 seed Title shot hinges on whether Eagles get healthy BY DANIEL HUSS


n near-unanimous fashion, the Eden Prairie High School boys hockey team was awarded the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Section 6AA Hockey Tournament. There wasn’t much of an argument for the Nos. 1, 3 and 4 seeds either. Minnetonka was awarded the No. 1 seed; BenildeSt. Margaret’s the No. 3; Wayzata the No. 4. Hopkins, Holy Family, Armstrong, Minneapolis and Cooper were seeded Nos. 5-9. When asked about Eden Prairie being a strong No. 2, Eden Prairie Head Coach Lee Smith talked of his team’s schedule.

“We played 20 games against teams ranked in the Top 20,” he said, “and went 12-7-1. Benilde played nine games against Top 20 teams; Wayzata played 15. “At the end of the day,” he adds, “you still have to win three games to get out of the section.” The defending state champion Eagles believe they have a chance, if ... “If we’re healthy enough,” said Smith, “we’ve got a shot. If not, it’s going to be awfully difficult.” Right now, Eden Prairie isn’t healthy. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Smith, of his team’s depleted roster. “Hopefully, we start getting guys back.” Those things being said, Eden Prairie, minus a

handful of starters, played what many would argue was its best period of the season Saturday in a 6-3 loss to Edina. “If it wasn’t our best period,” said Smith, of Saturday’s second period, “it had to be right up there. It’s just too bad that we didn’t get rewarded with more than two goals.” The game would turn, however, when a clearing attempt hit an official. “They scored on that play,” said Smith, “and then got another goal when the puck hit a jersey. If it doesn’t hit us, it hits the glass. Instead, it goes in the net.” Game over. Thursday, Feb. 16, Eden Prairie fell 6-0 to Minnetonka. Tuesday, Feb. 14, Eden Prairie defeated

Apple Valley 3-2. “That’s a hard week,” said Smith. “Not only did we play three tough teams, but we were short guys.” The question remains: How many of those guys are coming back? Ready or not, Eden Prairie opens section play Thursday (today) with a home game against Armstrong (7 p.m.). “We’re the better team,” said the coach, “but they scare me because they have 12 seniors on their roster. To them, this is their careers. Lose and they’re done.” If Eden Prairie wins, it’ll play a section semifinal game Saturday (time yet to be determined). The section finals are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Mariucci Arena (6 p.m.).


Sure, now it snows Thirteen Eden Prairie skiers produce five All-State finishes BY DANIEL HUSS

Four days after the Eden Prairie High School Nordic ski teams wrapped up a season in which they never skied a Metro race on natural snow, it snowed. W h at ’s up i s dow n a nd what’s down is up. Had either Eden Prairie girls or boys team qualified for the state meet, they would have placed in the top five. Again, what’s up is down and what’s down is up. “I scored it on the bus ride home,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Doug Boonstra, following last week’s State Meet. “It might not be totally accurate, but our girls would have finished third, our boys fourth.” As it was, Eden P rai rie didn’t qualify for the team competition. Instead, it sent a busload of individuals, 13 in all, to the state meet. As Boonstra would predict, five would ski their separate ways to All-State honors (top 25). “I think I guessed low,” said Boonstra, of his pre-state meet prediction. “Hailey (Hailey Hildahl) didn’t ski because of an illness and Ryan (Ryan Stewart) basically couldn’t ski because he was sick. If they’re healthy, they’re All-State skiers as well.” Eryn Stewart, a junior var-


With seven state qualifiers, no other team in the state qualified as many individuals for the State Nordic Ski Meet as this year’s Eden Prairie High School boys Nordic ski team. sity skier early in the season, would clock Eden Prairie’s best finish, finishing 12th overall with a pursuit time of 35.38.5. Teammates Beth Schaepe (35.43.1) and Jenna Arvidson (36.00.3) would also earn AllState honors, placing 13th and 20th. Brianna Paulsen, skiing in her first ever state meet, finished 50th (38.13.9). Hannah Hoch would finish 101st

(41.18.0). The Eden Prairie boys team was paced by All-State skiers Tom Bye (21st overall, 31:17.3) and Henry Zurn (22nd overall, 31:18.4). Joe Vergeront would finish 28th (31:34.5), Andrew Hansen 33rd (31:52.8), Jay Grootwassink 44th (32:13.5), Mitch Stenoien 53rd (32:28.2) and Ryan Stewart 96th (34:43.8). If this seems like a lot of ski-

ers it’s because it is, as Eden Prairie qualified more individuals to the state meet than any school in the state. In fact, a combined 13 girls and boys individuals is most certainly a record number of qualifiers. And to think, this all happened during a season without snow. “Never groomed Staring Lake,” adds Boonstra, “not even once.”

If the Eden Prairie High School swim/dive team was working off a grocery list, it would be headed to the ice cream aisle. The basics are already in the cart; what’s left is the goodies. “So far,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Kelly Boston, “we’ve accomplished all of our goals. We won all our duals. We won the Lake and we won our invites, so yes, we’re exactly where we want to be at this point of the season.” But don’t for a minute think Boston’s Eagles are resting on their laurels. “We look at goals at the beginning of each week,” she said. This week (Thursday-Saturday), Eden Prairie competes in the most important meet of its season, the Section 6AA Meet. The No. 1 goal is to qualify swimmers/divers to next week’s state meet. If this results in a Section 6AA title, Eden Prairie will take that too. If setting a section lineup is like playing a game of chess, Boston is the queen. Instead of trying to anticipate where her fel low section coaches are going to swim their best swimmers, other coaches are trying to predict what Boston might do.

To put it another way, Boston holds all the cards. Reason being, Eden Prairie enters the section meet with 16 swims seeded under state standards. “You always hope to walk away with more,” she adds. The one dilemma she faces is what to do with her relays. “We have the three fastest relays in the state,” she said, “but those times are with the same four guys.” Problem is, those same four g uys ( Bryce Boston Aaron Greenberg, Maverick Hovey and Michael Sol felt), can’t swim three relays, at least not if they hope to swim two individual events. So? “You do what’s best for the team,” she said. Eden Prairie is a f lexible team, meaning it has lots of moving parts, lots of fast moving parts. If we go back to that game of chess, queen takes ... The Section swim/dive meet will be held at Edina’s Art Downey Aquatics Center. Swim preliminaries are scheduled for Thursday (today) beginning at 5 p.m. Dive prelims/finals will be held Friday beginning at 5 p.m. Swim finals are scheduled for Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.


With Lake and section fates determined, Eagles still on mission BY DANIEL HUSS

What a difference a game makes. In a T uesday, Feb. 14, win over Edina, the Eden Prairie High School boys basketball team beat the Hornets in multiple ways. “We moved the ball,” explained Eden Prairie Head Coach David Flom, “and defended very well.” Eden P rairie won 6 3 - 4 3, outscoring the Hornets by 10 in each half. Abrian Carpenter scored a game-high 17 points. Grant Schaeffer and Sander Mohn would each add 13. Jack Cottrell scored 10. Three days later, Eden Prairie would suffer its worst defeat in Flom’s tenure, falling 81-47 to No. 1 ranked Hopkins. “I felt like we were prepared and mentally ready,” said the coach. They were, if you only count the first 12 minutes. “It was a 24-22 game with six minutes left in the half,” said Flom, “but that was before they closed it out by going on an 18-2 run.” What the heck? “We were too tentative,” said Flom, “and you can’t play tentative against a team like

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consecutive state meet and post her third consecutive Top 10 finish. She finished fourth in 2010, fifth in 2011 and ninth this year. This year, she posted runs of 38.69 and 40.16. She finished

Hopkins. Instead of attacking, we played like we didn’t want something bad to happen.” The loss dropped the No. 9 ranked Eagles to 2-3 in the Lake Conference. It also means they have no chance at catching Hopkins (5-0).

EYE ON THE PRIZE Not only is Eden Prairie’s conference fate determined, but so too is its standing in the upcoming section tournament. Eden Prairie is going to be the No. 1 seed and it’s not going to matter what it does over the final two weeks of the season. This year, seeding is based on a team’s QRF value. Eden Prairie has the fourth highest QRF value in the state. At 20, Chanhassen holds the section’s second highest QRF ranking; at 26, Prior Lake is third. Question: If Eden Prairie can’t win its conference and its section fate is already settled, what does it have to play for over the next two weeks? “If we win out and then win our section tournament,” said Flom, “we could get the four seed in the state tournament.” Tuesday, Eden Prairie was scheduled to host Minnetonka. Friday, the Eagles host Andover (7 p.m.).

with a two-run total of 1:18.85.

FIRST TIME Andrew Teaver, a third Eden Prairie High School skier to qualify for the state meet, was making his first appearance. He didn’t disappoint. Teaver finished 20th, counting runs of 36.57 and 36.97. His two-run total would equate to 1:13.54. is moving! Starting in March, find area prep sports news on your digital daily, with a local focus

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“I h ad no ex p e c t ation s. There are so many rumors that it is worthless to try to pick one,” he said. Stensrud also had no expectations for the results. Everyone was just waiting for the courts to look at all the information, he said. Papineau said it appears Eden Prairie remains intact. The city is now located in Senate District 48 and not District 42. “House District 48B encompasses fewer precincts than before. House District 48A picks up some of the old 42B precincts in Eden Prairie,” he said. Laurie Pryor, chair of the Senate District 42 DFL, said Eden Prairie voters should see very little change in the district that will now be called Senate District 48. “The most important impact of the results is that they are finally known – no more speculation,” Pryor said. “Now that the redistricting is complete, we are ready to work.” | Eden Praire News Carver County communities of Chanhassen, Chaska and Vic t or i a , a s wel l a s E den Prairie, Minnetonka, Bloomington, Maple Grove and Coon Rapids. P au l s e n s a i d h e c a l l e d his parents, Jerry and Jan Paulsen, after the redistricting map was released. “I said, ‘Now you can send me letters,’” he said. Paulsen said the map is fair and it’s exciting to keep the vast majority of the district. He said he lost Brooklyn Center and some parts of Edina, but gained Chanhassen, Chaska and Victoria. “It kind of fits well with the demographics of the district,” he said. When asked if he sees the Carver County area as a Republican stronghold, he said, “The legislators from Carver County have always been Republican,” however, “voters by and large look to the candidate more than they look to any party. That’s more and more the trend these days.” – Editor Karla Wennerstrom contributed to this report.


THIRD DISTRICT CHANGES “I’m excited to represent my parents where I grew up in Chanhassen,” said U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen of Eden Prairie. The Third Congressional District would now include

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gas is produced in America and it is an abundant natural fuel that burns clean. CNG is made by compressing natural gas (mostly methane) and storing it in high pressure cylinders, according to the California Energy Commission. Conver ting one truck to compressed natural gas fuel is the equivalent of taking 325 cars off the road, Pullen said. “This will be the first station in Minnesota,” Pullen said.


City Council Member Brad Aho asked how the vessels t h at f uel t he veh icle s a r e filled. P u l len said t he n at u ra l gas comes from pipes in the ground through a compressor to the storage vessels. The trucks hook up at night and in the morning they are fueled and ready to go. There is already a natural gas pipeline to the site. It’s the same gas used in homes for cooking, etc., she pointed out. City Council Member Ron Case said he feels very good about the project after initial concerns about safety from residents were addressed.


Eden Prairie’s Polar Bear Plunge is set for noon Saturday, March 10, at Round Lake Park. The Eden Prairie Police and Fire Departments are set to take the plunge with hundreds of local residents, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Minnesota. For info, visit or call (952) 949-8300.

Residents at a Pla n ni ng Commission public hearing asked how close the facility would be to the Williams gas pipeline. “That particular pipeline is more than 2,000 feet away and does not pose a safety concern at all,” said City Manager Rick Getschow. Pullen said that there are statutory requirements for the facility, including guidelines for setbacks from existing buildings and other fueling types, for example. No residents spoke during a public hearing Tuesday. The council OK’d a resolution and first reading of an

ordinance during its regular meeting and directed staff to prepare a development agreement.

CASE RECUSES HIMSELF FROM UHG DECISIONS I n ot her bu si ne s s , Cit y Counci l Member Ron Case read a statement at Tuesday’s council meeting. Case said that he has been a teacher in the Eden Prairie School District for 33 years. He had planned to retire when he reached the year of 90 (when your age and years of teaching add up to 90 or more), and he is exploring retirement from the teaching

profession now. He said he is interested in finding a training, consulting position and has submitted an application to United Health Group. “I plan to recuse mysel f from all future discussion or action that this council might take on UHG,” Case said, regardless of how his effort to seek employment with UHG ends up. He said he decided to apply there in January 2012 and the most recent council action had been in September 2011. “At no time has UHG approached me regarding employment,” Case said.

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Participants at a previous Taste of Eden Prairie.

And that’s in addition to the main event, tasting treats donated by the community’s best restaurants (see page 11). Byrne said the 10th anniversary is a pretty big milestone for the event, which for the past few years has been at the Vikings’ Winter Park practice facility. Tours of the locker room will be available during the event and earlier in the day. “They’re kind of fun, just because you get to go someplace you’re never able to go,” Byrne said of the tours. “They have been a phenomenal partner,” Parker said of the Vikings organization. Funds raised go toward the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools, an organization that “supports and enhances the legacy of excellence in Eden Prairie public schools.” It’s the group’s biggest fundraising event and all net proceeds go toward the grants the group awards to teachers and staff in the district for innovative programs. This is the third year that Byrne and Parker have co-chaired the Taste. “This is such a fun event that I enjoy being part of,” Parker said.

He said if he did get a job with UHG he would continue to recuse himself and refrain from formal or informal discussion with staff regarding UHG matters. The seats of Case and Council Member Brad Aho are up for re-election this fall. Both have stated that they have not made a decision about running for re-election yet.


If you go The Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools’ Taste of Eden Prairie event features about 30 restaurants serving up specialties at the Vikings Fieldhouse in Eden Prairie. The event includes a silent auction, entertainment and more. Time: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Cost: $35 in advance; $40 at the door Location: Minnesota Vikings Fieldhouse Practice Facility, 9520 Viking Drive, Eden Prairie Info:

“I feel very strongly about FEPS and what FEPS does,” Byrne said, “the way it’s been able to make a difference for our teachers and our kids and our schools. Being involved with FEPS is a big passion of mine.” Byrne said she is proud that this community event is affordable to most people. “Holly and I make a good team too.” Visit foundationforepschools. org for more information.

publicnotices 4:00pm-8:00pm NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY COUNCIL MEETING Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 7:00 PM City Center - 8080 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Project: Juris Addition (Metropolitan Ford) Location: 12790 Plaza Drive Developer: Rehder & Associates NOTICE: Residents of Eden Prairie are invited to attend a public hearing about a Preliminary Plat of 14.16 acres into two lots. The meeting is televised live on cable channel 16 and rebroadcast on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. The developer is requesting the following actions by the City: • Planned Unit Development Concept Review on 14.16 acres • Planned Unit Development District Review in the C-REGSER Zoning District with waivers on 14.16 acres • Zoning District Amendment within the C-REG-SER District on 14.16 acres • Preliminary Plat of 14.16 acres into 2 lots and road right of way 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., Mon-

day through Friday. If you want to talk to someone about the proposed project, please contact Scott Kipp, the project planner, at 952-949-8489. Copies of any written comments submitted to the Community Development Department by 12:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the meeting date will be distributed in the Council packets. (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, February 23, 2012; No. 3286)

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Bakers Square Where else would you be able to get a free slice of Bakers Square pie? At the Taste of Eden Prairie. See you there!

EP Schools and Catering Come and try the signature caramel rolls, sweet rolls and fruit pizza. They are known throughout the district. Call: (952) 975-8054.

Cash bar The Taste of Eden Prairie offers “Moonshine” (that’s Captain Coke for those unfamiliar with the “Watering Hole Bar”) for $5, wines by the glass for $5 to 8, beer for $5 and non-alcoholic beverages for $2.

Tastes from the Taste For the second week, we’re previewing the Taste of Eden Prairie, set for Feb. 25, with a photographic sample and description of what participating restaurants are offering. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

If you go What: The Taste of Eden Prairie 2012, a fundraiser for the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools, offers a taste of the best local restaurants, as well as a silent and live auction, music and more. Participating restaurants in this year’s event include: 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 Café, Jerry’s Foods, D’Amico & Sons, Dickey’s y’s BBQ Pit, rare steak & sushi, Dunn Bros Smith Douglas More House, Backstreet et Kitchen, Bayside Grille, Jake’s City Grille, Woody’s Grille, Panino Brothers, Famous Dave’s BBQ, Santorini, Bakers Square, India Spice House, IHOP and Cold Stone Creamery. When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Where: Minnesota Vikings Practice Facility, Eden Prairie Cost: $35 in advance, $40 at the door Info:

Woody’s Grille Woody’s Grille will be serving their award winning White Chicken Chili. Woody’s has two convenient locations in Eden Prairie and Plymouth for all your restaurant and catering needs.

Aurelia’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant See why people voted Aurelia’s thee “Best Mexican Food Around.” Try the Aztec Tortilla Soup and Green Enchiladas, and judge for yourself.

Famous Dave’s BBQ Famous Dave’s BBQ Shack is now open! Enjoy our award-winning hand-crafted meats smoked on site, including our St. Louis-style Ribs and Georgia Chopped Pork.

Halla Greens Executive Golf Course & Driving Range Dave Kirkbride’s 2012 Junior Golf League

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This year’s Junior League will play on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings for 9 weeks through the summer months. Some highlights are… ■ Weekly Prizes, Puma Golf Cap & Goodie Bag! ■ Improved golf knowledge! ■ Junior Club Championship on final week!

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It’s a leap year, so special celebrations are approaching


t’s hard to decide whether folks who celebrate a leap-year birthday or leap-year wedding anniversary are lucky or unlucky. On the one hand, they are among only a handful of people whose original special event happened on an ever-so-rare, leap-year day – that extra day inserted at the end of February every fourth year. On the other hand, the fact that there’s a big gap between the calendar’s leap-year days is bound to limit or even eliminate a few celebrations. Another leap-year day is coming up – it’s Feb. 29, 2012 – and we asked area readers who celebrate a leap-year birthday or wedding anniversary to tell us about their unique place in the world of celebrations. Here are a couple of responses we received.

My teacher’s only 9 years old A Leap Year birthday can be very confusing, especially when you are trying to explain your age to a classroom of young children. I have been an elementary school teacher for the past 12 years. I have taught both fi rst and third grade. It has been very fun to mess with the minds of my students when it comes to this special day for me. When I tell them that I’m only 9, 10 or in this case turning 11 years old, their brains just don’t seem to quite comprehend how that works. They will ask me questions in a very sincere manner like, “How can you be a teacher?” “How can you have a family?” “How can you drive?” or “Why are you so tall?” The questions will go on and on. They really get a kick out of thinking that their teacher is almost the same age as they are. So when my students catch me doing something silly and say that I’m acting like a kid, I can honestly tell them that’s because I am!

Jeff Paulsen Eden Prairie

Very popular – every four years I was born on Leap Year Day. It has always been a source of pride and fun. My Mom told me that at the hospital where I was born each parent could guess the date their child was to be born on and if either was correct they got free diaper service for a year. Of course, neither picked Feb. 29. One went with Feb. 28 and one went with March 1! When I was young everyone who came to my party every four years got their name in the newspaper. I was very popular – every four years. One Leap Year during elementary school we studied February and each student took a day and had to relate historical or related items for a selected day – Ground Hog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, and the like. Of course, I took Feb. 29. I loved Sadie Hawkins’ Day in the Lil Abner cartoon when I was younger. In the 1970’s when there was a military draft lottery they had to figure out how to draw numbers on years in which no one becoming eligible could have been born on Feb. 29 – and should they draw one for Feb. 29 just to be safe! I also recall going to the Draft Board to register and the clerk saying that she had noticed a lot more people coming in recently with Feb. 29 birthdays than she was used to seeing – not thinking it through, of course, that in other years no one had been born years ago on Feb. 29. I had a friend when I was growing up who was also born on my birthday. Later in life a friend’s wife and her sister were both born on Feb. 29 four years apart! Now, a colleague’s brother has a birthday on Feb. 29. Once I was at a restaurant on my birthday and a stranger leaned over to tell me it was his birthday, too, and he was turning 20! Perhaps, the best story I have is that my wife started a Book of the Leap Year Club. She made up a history of the organization along with calligraphy scrolls documenting its

founding. Members get an installment every four years and unlike other book clubs they don’t pressure you with monthly offers but give you time to savor the selection. Once, however, I got a bonus selection in a non-leap year. She throws me a spectacular birthday party every four years. People ask me what I do in the “off” years: I just celebrate all week! Finally, one of my favorite shows is Pirates of Penzance in which the story turns on the occurrence of a birthday on leap year day.

Bob Karol Eden Prairie



Son born on 2-29 — at 2:29 p.m.

Casper the friendly GSD!

My husband Vern and I became proud parents of our son, John, on Feb. 29 at 2:29 p.m. in 1956. He arrived two months early but all turned out just fi ne. We always celebrated about March 1 but in leap years, it was really special. He made the Valley News, with a picture of him, two cousins and a friend in 1968, I believe. He gets lots of cards every year because people do remember that he really doesn’t have a real day. His birth was different in that I got polio about the same time I found out I was pregnant with him. So I was in the Sister Kenny Institute (was there at the time for 4½ months) when it became obvious that I needed to get to another hospital and the ambulance took me to St. Barnabas where he was born. He weighed a little over 3 pounds. He stayed in an incubator and was released about April 1 after he went to 5½ pounds. I got out of the Kenny the last week of May. The 29th of February also is the birthday of one of my nephews and a cousin. This will be John’s “14th” birthday. Forever young.

“Casper came to us as a stray and is believed to be an approximately 2-year-old white German shepherd mix, weighing about 70 pounds. Casper is a friendly boy and loves to play fetch! Because of his age and breed, a fenced yard is a must! Casper is updated on vaccines, tested negative for heart worm (preventative given), has a microchip ID and is scheduled to be neutered. Won’t you help this friendly boy find a forever home?” asks a news release. Contact Southwest Metro Animal Rescue at: (952) 368PAWS (7297) or Southwest Metro Animal Rescue and Adoption Society is in Chaska. For more information, email swmetroanimalrescue or visit

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Enjoy “Tastes” from the area’s best restaurants until 9:00 pm Buca di Beppo Kowalski’s Wildfire Kona Grill Houlihan’s Bar & Restaurant EP Schools Catering Aurelia’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant JJ’s Coffee Company & Wine Bar Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies

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And the award goes to… Let’s Go staff break down their picks for Oscar gold BY ERIC KRAUSHAR


he Academy Awards began in 1929 with a ticket price of $5 and a guest list of 270 people. In 2011, more than 37 million households tuned in to see the winners of 24 competitive categories in the award show better known as The Oscars. Last year’s big winners were “The King’s Speech” and “Inception” – each bringing in four awards – while “The Social Network” added three trophies. “Hugo” leads this year’s nominations with 11, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Costume Design and Best Writing. “The Artist,” which won the Best Picture in the drama category at the Golden Globes last month, also has 10 nominations. I polled three co-workers – Chaska Herald’s Mollee Francisco and Mark Olson and Eden Prairie News’ Karla Wennerstrom – as well as frequent Let’s Go movie reviewer Jeff Ray, to get their opinions on who will win and who should win.

“Although ‘Hugo’ is probably the most beautiful movie I’ve ever seen and every shot was really beautiful and amazing, ‘The Artist’ left me smiling and laughing and just feeling more. It also left me feeling like I should have eaten my popcorn more quietly.” Karla Wennerstrom Eden Prairie News editor

“In my opinion, ‘Hugo’ was the most appealing movie of the year because the story and characters engaged me from the very first moment to the very end. Scorsese’s direction was what pulled the movie into a wonderful masterpiece.” Eric Kraushar Chaska Herald and Chanhassen Villager sports editor

BEST PICTURE The jury is still out on who will win the top award with a solid cast of nominations led by “The Artist,” “Hugo,” “Moneyball” and “The Descendants.” All have qualities that could make them the winner Sunday. “The Artist” may be the favorite because of its uniqueness by using black-and-white film and no dialogue. Coincidentally, the last silent film to win Best Picture was “Wings” in the inaugural year of the award ceremony (1929). “‘The Artist’ was fun. I don’t want to be deluged with silent movies, but as a one-time nostalgic nod to the movies of yesteryear, they did a good job of getting the audience invested in the movie despite a lack of words or color film,” said Francisco, who has seen six of the Best Picture nominees. While “Midnight in Paris” was Francisco’s favorite movie of the season, “Hugo” was a “visual delight and should be a shoe-in for the cinematography award.” “Although ‘Hugo’ is probably the most beautiful movie I’ve ever seen and every shot was really beautiful and amazing, ‘The Artist’ left me smiling and laughing and just feeling more,” said Wennerstrom, who has seen all the Best Picture nominees except “Warhorse” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” “It also left me feeling like I should have eaten my popcorn more quietly.” Olson is a big fan of “Hugo.” Because it is, in part, about the history of cinema and directed by Martin Scorsese, it has an edge on the competition, he said. “The cinematography and the story were beautiful and it was the best 3-D film I’ve seen since ‘Avatar.’”

I’m with Olson – my favorite movie of the year is by far “Hugo.” Everything about it blew me away. It is the only movie I’ve seen in 3-D where afterward I was happy I paid the extra fee.

BEST ACTOR The Best Actor award once again features some outstanding performances from Hollywood’s top actors in George Clooney (“The Descendants”) and Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”), and less known stars Jean Dujardin (“The Artist) and Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”). Gary Oldman (“Tinker Tailor Spy”) gave a “wonderful performance from an under-appreciated actor,” Olson said. Still, it likely comes down to Dujardin and Clooney, who won Golden Globe awards last month. “I loved Jean Dujardin. He looks so much like Clark Gable,” Francisco said. “Also, he looked good in black and white and knew how to use his face and body to convey emotions.” “Demian Bichir was really excellent in ‘A Better Life,’ even more amazing when I realized the other movies I’d seen him in,” Wennerstrom said. “George Clooney and Brad Pitt were excellent, but my pick for Best Actor would have to be Jean Dujardin. It takes a lot to convey that much emotion and humor without speaking a word, well, maybe one word.” While I only saw Pitt and Clooney in action, Dujardin is likely the favorite.

BEST ACTRESS Unlike most major categories, the Best Actress nominees come

If you watch… What: The 84th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal. Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Emma Stone and the cast of “Bridesmaids” are among the presenters. When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Red carpet coverage starts at 6 p.m. Where: ABC, KSTP channel 5 Can’t get enough? E! starts its Oscars coverage at 12:30 p.m. Watch in style: The Cowles Center is hosting Oscar Night America, an Academy-sanctioned, black-tie Oscar party from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $65 per person. Learn more at

mong from movies not nominated among the top films of the year. Well, that’s ays outside of Viola Davis, who plays nning a housemaid in the award-winning ” novel-turned-film, “The Help.” n Oscar Meryl Streep hasn’t won an ween since I was a 1-year-old. In between The “Sophie’s Choice” (1983) and “The n Iron Lady” (2012), she has been nominated 12 times. She delivers a wonderful ret performance depicting Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” but by all accounts it is Davis’ to win..

BEST DIRECTOR Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, ick, Alexander Payne and Martin e Scorsese. All big names for one reason or another. k with Payne, who got his big break “Sideways,” returned from a sevenants,” year hiatus for “The Descendants,” g but which was terribly depressing well put together. ector Allen has won two Best Director d awards, and although I enjoyed n the “Midnight in Paris,” it is not in ree of running to win. Neither is “Tree edy on Life,” which would be a “tragedy the order of the extinction of the ng to dinosaurs” if it won, according ke to Wennerstrom. “I also would like warn readers that ‘The Tree off Life’ is terrible. It may be the worstt movie ho I’ve ever seen – and I saw ‘Nacho Libre,’” she said. That leaves the category to el two men – Scorsese and Michel he Hazanavicius. Scorsese won the Golden Globe and I don’t see why he on. I doesn’t sweep the award season. mean, he found something in Sacha now Baron Cohen that I did not know existed. In my opinion, “Hugo” wass the most appealing movie of d the year because the story and characters engaged me from the very first moment to the very end. Scorsese’s direction was whatt erful pulled the movie into a wonderful masterpiece. “I would be happy if Payne, Allen or especially Michael Hazanavicius won. ‘Hugo’ is just a majestic, old-school excellent picture,” Wennerstrom said. “Martin Scorsese deserves the directing award again for this movie.”

Let’s Go picks Best Picture “The Artist” (Jeff, Mollee and Karla) “Hugo” (Mark and Eric) Best Actor Jean Dujardin, “The Artist” (Mollee, Karla, Jeff and Eric) Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Spy” (Mark) Best Actress Viola Davis, “The Help” (Mollee, Karla, Jeff, Mark and Eric) Best Director Martin Scorsese, “Hugo” (Karla, Mark and Eric) Michael Hazanavicius, “The Artist” (Mollee and Jeff )


LET’S GO! BEST BETS 1. MONTGOMERY GENTRY Country duo Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry will perform. The duo won Top New Vocal Duo or Group from the Academy of Country Music, Favorite New Artist (Country) from the American Music Awards, and Vocal Duo of the Year from the Country Music Association in 2000. Time: 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 Cost: $45-$55 Location: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake Info: or (952) 445-9000

2. IRISH CONCERT: O’ROURKE’S FEAST O’Rourke’s Feast is a lively seven-piece Irish traditional music ensemble, with a repertoire that includes dance melodies like jigs and reels. The group also plays long-neglected material from the Irish tradition, including hornpipes, clan marches and some old, slow airs and songs. The group

also plays some original music, composed in traditional style. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 Cost: Adults $15; seniors and students $10 Location: Olivet Congregational Church, 1850 Iglehart Ave., St. Paul Info:

3. SOUTH METRO CHORALE ‘CABARET’ Enjoy a wide variety of musical numbers presented in a cabaret-style setting. Bid on silent auction items. Games and cash raffle, tasty tidbits, free beverages and dessert. Time: 7 p.m. Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4 Cost: $18 adults, $15 students and seniors Location: Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville Info: or (952) 985-4640 or tickets@


Country music duo Montgomery Gentry will perform at the Mystic Lake Showroom Feb. 26.


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let'sGo!Calendar WE WANT YOUR LISTINGS! Listings are printed free but not guaranteed, although we do our best to include them. Submit your events through our website, where you can find many more local and regional fun things to do. You can also send an e-mail to editor@edenprairie Deadline is one week prior to publication. For information call (952) 942-7885.

FEB. 23 ‘NICE PEOPLE DANCING TO GOOD COUNTRY MUSIC’ Eve Wilfong, who lives over the “Nice People Dancing To Good Country Music Bar,” is paid a visit by her niece Catherine, a novice nun who’s been asked to leave her convent. Roy, an honest if simple fellow from the bar downstairs, wants to court Catherine. Eve feels she should give her niece the benefit of her experiences with men before allowing her to venture back into the mad, modern country world. Written by former Minnesotan Lee Blessing, this quirky, touching story is not, in fact, about country music. Time: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-25 Cost: Adult $14; seniors $12; students $10 Location: Minnetonka Theatre, 18285 Highway 7, Minnetonka Info: or (952) 401-5898

ART IN THE HOME Bloomington Theatre and Art Center announces Art in the Home Goes Green, a bi-annual exhibition in the Inez Greenberg Gallery which coincides with the City of Bloomington’s Feb. 25 Home Improvement Fair. This year’s exhibition will focus on artist-created furniture and home accessories which are made from recycled, repurposed or otherwise sustainable material while still focusing on the finest of craftsmanship. Time: Exhibit opening 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23; exhibit runs Mondays-Fridays 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-10 p.m. Feb. 23 through April 6 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Art Center, Inez Greenberg Gallery, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington Info: or call 952-563-8575

MASTER GARDENER CLASS: SEED STARTING With the short growing season in Minnesota, gardeners need a way to give some plants a head start. This class will teach the secrets of starting plants from seed. Time: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 Cost: Free Location: Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd., Chanhassen Info: (952) 227-1500 or www.


Des Moines, Iowa, Alton eventually traded his cleats and shoulder pads for a microphone and a note pad and made the move to Chicago, to pursue his dream of becoming a professional comic. Also performing will be comedian Chris May. Time: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Cost: $13 Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 First Ave., Shakopee Info: shakopee


FEB. 26 HOW TO TALK REAL MINNESOTAN After touring the historic Pond House this Sunday, learn some everyday words and phrases in Dakota – Minnesota’s original language – first written down by Gideon and Samuel Pond. Time: House tours from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 Cost: $2 suggested donation Location: Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 E. 104th St., Bloomington Info: (952) 563-8738 or

‘ALMOST, MAINE’ Follow the residents and visitors of the small town of Almost, Maine, as they fall in and out of love in unexpected, surprising and honest ways. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Feb. 24-March 11 Cost: Adults $20; students and seniors $17 Location: Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville Info: (952) 895-4680 or

COMEDIAN JOSH ALTON Josh Alton is an athlete-turnedcomedian. Growing up, he was never picked on, beaten up or made fun of, but he has always been a gigantic smart mouth and has always enjoyed getting a laugh. Originally from



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FEB. 25 TASTE OF EDEN PRAIRIE The Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools’ Taste of Eden Prairie event features about 30 restaurants serving up specialties at the Vikings Fieldhouse in Eden Prairie. The event includes a silent auction, entertainment and more. Time: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Cost: $35 in advance; $40 at the door Location: Minnesota Vikings Fieldhouse Practice Facility, 9520 Viking Drive, Eden Prairie Info:

La Danse Fatale performing arts youth ballet company will highlight its new work, Three Dimensions, which includes three powerful performances: “Romeo and Juliet,” “Journey of a Pure Soul” and “My Body is a Cage.” The company will perform twice, at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 26. La Danse Fatale is composed of dancers ranging from ages 13 to 20 and offers performing opportunity for serious dancers as a transition to the professional stage. Performances are directed and choreographed by Julia Levina, the company’s artistic director. Time: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 Cost: $17 for adults; $13 for students and senior citizens Location: Eden Prairie High School Performing Arts Center Info:

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WACONIA THEATRE STADIUM SEATING & NEW SOUND SYSTEMS IN ALL AUDITORIUMS • NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS New admission prices: Adults $7; Children, Seniors & Matinees $5 We now have digital projection in all auditoriums • No Shows Before 4 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 24

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Enjoy a fundraising pancake breakfast on Sunday at the Hopkins VFW. Volunteers from the Military Order of the Cootie (MOC) cheerfully provide the labor; all proceeds used for hospital work at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 Cost: Adults $5, children $2. Location: Hopkins VFW, 100 Shady Oak Road, Hopkins Info:

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JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (PG) 12:35, 2:40, 5:052, 7:002, 9:05 THIS MEANS WAR (PG-13) 12:40, 2:40, 5:002, 7:102, 9:15 THE VOW (PG-13) 12:20, 2:35, 4:552, 7:152, 9:35 ACT OF VALOR (R) 12:30, 2:35, 5:102, 7:202, 9:30 GHOST RIDER (PG-13) 12:30, 2:50, 5:102, 7:252, 9:40 SAFE HOUSE (R) 12:25, 2:45, 5:152, 7:302, 9:45 THE HUNGER GAME (PG-13) Starts Fri., Mar. 23 - 12:01 a.m. show Other show times: 12:15, 3:00, 6:40, 9:35 TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 2

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begins when he discovers that it is full of money — a lot of money! Of course,


he assumes it is illicit cash and he decides to keep it. Mistaken intentions and identities come together for an evening full of laughter.” Cost is $10 (cash or check) at the door. Group rates available for groups of 10 or more. Info: or (952) 949-8305.

Ministries, “The Mists of Forever” takes the audience on “a musical journey to the eternal city, that place of ultimate fulfillment dimly seen now, gloriously revealed later.” With professional orchestra and chorus, the haunting Celtic-flavored songs will stir the heart and soul. Time: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Tickets: $20 Location: Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville Info: (952) 895-4680 or

LITTLE HOUSE BAKING AND SEWING Make and bake a small brown-sugar cake like the one that Laura Ingalls made in the Little House book series. Then learn to sew by hand and begin making a nine-patch pillow from calico fabric. Reservations required; reference activity 111325-04. For ages 6 and older. Time: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Cost: $7 Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or

MINNESOTA RIVER WINTER CAMP Spend a night along the frozen Minnesota River. Explore a variety of winter camping techniques from the past to the present with experienced guides. Enjoy the warmth of a campfire and visit the fur traders’ cabin. Meals provided include Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast. Information sessions offered at REI in Bloomington on Jan. 12 and Feb. 9. Reservations required by Feb. 10; reference activity 138417-02. For ages 10 and older. Time: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26

Cost: $40 Location: The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park, 2187 E. County Road 101, Shakopee Info: (763) 559-6700 or

Upcoming EDEN PRAIRIE COMMUNITY BAND SPRING CONCERT The Eden Prairie Community Band will be performing their Spring Concert on Sunday, March 4. They will perform songs by Copland, Frescobaldi and Strauss. In addition to that there will be marches, a polka and several songs that have been commissioned for schools across the United States. Time: 7 p.m. Sunday, March 4 Cost: Free Location: Edinborough Park, 7700 York Ave. S., Edina Info:

FESTIVAL OF ARTISTS Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation of Lac du Flambeau, Wis., will partner with The Hopkins Center for the Arts to bring free art demonstrations to artists and friends in Hopkins for the third year. Demonstrations are planned by artists including Karen Knutson of Eden Prairie on “Step out of the Box – Watercolor/Acrylic.” Time: 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 9 Cost: Free Location: Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins Info:, dillmans. com

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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:

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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 or

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:

31ST ANNUAL BALL, MY KIND OF TOWN The Eden Prairie Foundation is hosting its 31st Annual Foundation Ball, “My Kind of Town,” on Saturday, April 14. It is the Eden Prairie Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year. This year, the ball will acknowledge the “Best Small City in America” designation with the theme, “Eden Prairie – My Kind of Town.” Time: 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14 Location: Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, 5801 Opus Parkway, Minnetonka Info: (612) 860-6727 or scottgotis@

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY LUNCH The Eden Prairie Senior Center is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day lunch on March 15. Enjoy a delicious meal of corned beef and cabbage or beef stew from Annie’s Catering. The registration deadline is March 8. Note your choice of stew at registration. Time: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 15 Location: Eden Prairie Senior Center Community Room, 8950 Eden Prairie Road Cost: $10 Info: (952) 279-8050

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The following upcoming 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 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.

Special events Pinochle and chess — The senior center is seeking double-deck Pinochle and chess players. Contact the Senior Center if you are interested. Art by Grant Gilderhus — Watercolors by the artist are on display at the Senior Center through Feb. 28. S t . Pat r ick’s D ay Lu nch — 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 15. Enjoy a meal of corned beef and cabbage or beef stew from Annie’s Catering at the Senior Center. Cost is $10. Register by March 8.

Senior trips Minnesota Home and Garden Show — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Visit the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show. Food is on your own. Cost of $14 includes transportation and

Health and wellness The Eden P rairie 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: 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 white-soled tennis shoes. Contact the Senior Center for more information. Cost is $5 for non-members. 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.

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. Mystic Lake and buffet — 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29. Cost is $5.

Woodshop The woodshop is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with evening hours also available. Participants must take two-hour training. Fees are $20 per quarter or $5 per visit. Info: (952) 279-8050.

Weekly events Mondays Senior Singles Coffee Klatch — 8:45-10:30 a.m. at Dunn Bros., 8107 Eden Prairie Road, for senior discounts on coffee. Shopping Bus — Call (952) 2798051 by Thursday to schedule a senior van home pick up for the 9:3011:30 a.m. Monday shopping trips in Eden Prairie. Duplicate Bridge — noon, 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 turn 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. Pa r t y- S t yle Br id ge — noon3:30 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 and learn something 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 find one at the center. Call Lorraine Dilling at (952) 941-2060. Party Bridge — noon-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. Friday, Feb. 24. Cost is $1 for two cards. Refreshments provided. Chair massages — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 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. Beyond the Senior Center The following upcoming events are geared toward Eden Prairie seniors, but are not affiliated with the Eden Prairie Senior Center. 55 -plus Driver Improvement Program — The Minnesota Highway Safety Center offers a 55-plus Driver Improvement Course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 and 13 (eight-hour first-time course), at Summit Place Senior Campus, 8501 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie. Cost is $24. Info/ registration: or 1-(888)-234-1294.

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

Learning Ability.” Info: Cindy Lea, MA, at (612) 965-3052 or Cindy@SucceedingwithADD. com.

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Eden Prairie Women of Today EPWT meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the Star Bank community room, 250 Prairie Center Drive. Eden Prairie Women of Today is committed to Service, Growth and Friendship ( The meeting is a way to see the range of activities and collective enthusiasm of members. Visitors are welcome. Info: Charlotte at

PROP Annual Meeting People Reaching Out to other People Inc. (PROP) is holding its annual meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at PROP, 14700 Martin Drive, Eden Prairie. This meeting is open to the public. Info:

Memory Loss Support Memory Loss and Caregiver Support Group meetings are from 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 1, at Prairie Adult Care, 16200 Berger Drive, Eden Prairie (in Victory Lutheran Church). Concurrent support groups for persons with early stages of memory loss and their caregivers, are facilitated by trained professionals in disease management strategies. Info:, alzmndak. org or (952) 949-3126.

SW Metro AD/HD Connection SW Metro AD/HD Connection provides an opportunity to meet others like you and to learn, discuss and share strategies. Free meetings are on the second Monday of each month. The next meeting is set for 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, at the Eden Prairie School Administrative Services Building, 8100 School Road, with Baird Johnson, executive director, LearningRx cognitive brain training center, discussing “Applying Brain Research for Improved Attention and

A Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meeting will be held at Prairie Adult Care from 1:30-2:45 March 14. The support group is for persons with Parkinson’s Disease or related neurological disorders, and/ or their caregiver. Free respite care available with reservation. To learn more about the support group, which meets on the second Wednesday of every month, or the adult day center, visit prai rieadu or call (952) 949-3126. Prairie Adult Care is in Victory Lutheran Church at 16200 Berger Drive, Eden Prairie.

Eden Prairie Lions The Eden Prairie Lions is a volunteer organization of civicminded people representing a cross-section of the community. The club meets the first 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 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 face-

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 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 Group 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 support 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.

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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: bbirr@ and (612) 229-8386, Bruce.

Speakers after Hours Speakers after Hours Toastmasters invites you to visit the club, which is open to all. Practice your public speaking and leadership skills at meetings from 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Supervalu Corp. Headquarters, 11840 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie. Info: http://afterhours.

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 From 7-8:30 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 first 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:

Community Care Nights 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.

Super Speakers 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 (952) 943-8422, Sarah.

Edina Professionals Network Group Edina Professionals Network Group meets from 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings at 660 France Ave. S., lower level Edina Realty office. All are welcome.

City of Lakes Chorus City of Lakes Chorus is an award-winning chorus of approximately 90 female voices with a long history of excellence. City of Lakes Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a nonprofit organization of approximately 30,000 members in choruses and quartets, worldwide. “We invite women of all ages to experience the excitement and find out why this is the best

vocal workout for women in town,” according to a news release. The group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Richfield. Info: (763) 551-2524 or

Minneapolis Commodores The Minneapolis Commodores, a member of the Barbershop Har mony 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.

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

Datamasters Toastmasters group meets 8-9 a.m. the first and third Friday of each month at Datalink Corp., 8170 Upland Circle, Chanhassen. Info: cleeman@ or (952) 279-4852, Cheryl Leeman.

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

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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Whitacre recognized for volunteering Eden Prairie High School Senior Elizabeth Whitacre has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Presidents’ Volunteer Service Award, according to the Eden Prairie School District. “The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their community and their country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Elizabeth participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of Eden Prairie High School.” “Eden Prairie High School students have a longstanding history of providing service to both their local community and the broader community,” said Principal Conn McCartan on the district website. “Elizabeth is a shining example of that spirit of volunteerism.” Eden Prairie High School students recorded over 23,000 hours of service for approximately 217 agencies or organizations last year.

EPHS Conferences set Feb. 28 and March 1 Third-term conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28, and Thursday, March 1. Because it is a new semester, the conference format has some changes, according to a news release. On Feb. 28 there will be traditional conferences from 4- 6 p.m. and an open house format from 6:25-8 p.m. On March 1 there wi l l be traditional conferences from 4-8 p.m. For more information, visit

ISM hosts workshop on financial aid The International School of Minnesota (ISM) is partnering with Minnesota College Goal to host a Financial Aid Awareness Workshop from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the school. A financial aid counselor will present an overview of financial aid. After the presentation, college financial aid counselors will be available to assist families with completing the online FAFSA form. Counselors will assist families on a first-come, first-served basis. Other professionals will be available including financial consu ltants and bank/loan officers to answer general financial aid-related questions, according to a news release. Additionally, a profes-


sional will be available to provide information on accessing scholarship resources. Info: Kerrie Troseth at ktroseth@ or

Driver’s Education classes available Eden Prairie Community Education of fers mont h ly Driver Education classes after school throughout the school year and a variety of times in the summer with licensed, certified teachers. Eligible students need to be at least 15 years of age by the last day of class and either live or attend school in Eden Prairie. The class fee is $110 for 30 hours of class instruction and $300 for six hours of behindthe-wheel driving instruction or $399 if paid in one payment. Driving instruction is also available for adults. To register online, visit or call (952) 975-6942 for more information.

Community Ed offers classes Contact Eden Prairie Community Education at (952) 975-6942 for registration information or register online at Ju mp St a r t You r Me tabolism: 7-9 p.m. March 15 at Central Middle School. The cost of the class is $ 38 and the registration deadline is Feb. 28. So You Want to Write Children’s Books: 9 a.m. to noon March 17 and 24 at Central Middle School. The cost is $38 and registration deadline is Feb. 28.

Family Center offers classes The Eden Prairie Family Center, 8040 Mitchell Road, offers the following family and parenting classes: Contact the Eden Prairie Schools Early Childhood Office at (952) 9756980 or to register. Family Fun Time: This play time is available for infants to 5-year-olds with an adult. $ 5 per child/$10 per family. Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. Registration is open: Register for 2012-2013 Eden Prairie Preschool and ECFE with new classes and programs including three-hour preschool options, two-hour extended day for preschoolers and a new location and lower pricing for Spanish Preschool. Pa r ent S em i n a r L a n g uage a nd Literacy: Jill Schroeder, early childhood

parent educator, will discuss the role parents and caregivers play in laying the foundation for their children to become effective talkers, readers and writers, from 6:30-8 p.m. March 13. The cost is $10 for one person or $15 for two from the same household.

ISM students receive architecture lesson Fifth-graders from the International School of Minnesota recently learned how architecture is connected to the science concept of energy transfer. Marcy Conrad-Nutt, a partner of Conrad + Nutt Studio, gave a presentation to students which included information on energy efficient building design, the use of insulator, solar energy and current green technology. The students were able to view window samples and learn about materials used in desig n to prevent energy transfer. Conrad-Nutt also shared pictures and plans from some of her past projects, including designing the MacPhail Center for Music in downtown Minneapolis, and redesigning commercial and residential buildings.

Nominate for Legacy Awards The Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools (FEPS) is requesting nominations for the Eden Prairie Schools Legacy Awards. Established in 2008, the Legacy Awards honor individuals who have made a significant impact in the quality of education in the Eden Prairie School District. Awards are made in five categories; student, teacher, district staff employee, volunteer and alumnus. Application deadline is March 16, 2012, and recipients will be notified by March 25. Award winners will be honored at the Legacy Awards event on May 9 at Olympic Hills Country Club. Nom i n at ion for m s a r e available at the main office of each school in the district or by going to the Legacy Awards home page at Nominations can also be sent to the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools, 8100 School Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 or i n fo @ fou ndation forep Established in 1998, the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools is a not for profit established to support and enhance the excellence of Eden Prairie schools. The organization has awarded more than $165,000 in grants and $111,000 in ongoing scholarships.

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Jason Thul of Eden Prairie, a 2011 graduate of Eden Prairie High School, has been named to the president’s list for fall semester at California State University — Long Beach. Those named to the president’s list achieve a 4.0 GPA.

North Dakota State Sarah Kerns, daughter of Steve and Stacey Ker ns of Eden Prairie, has been named to the dean’s list in the College of Human Development and Education at North Dakota State University for fall semester 2011. Sarah is majoring in exercise science with a minor in psychology.

Tufts University Ha nora h Va n ni of Eden Prairie has been named to the Tufts University dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester.

DePaul University The following Eden Prairie residents have been named to the dean’s list for fall quarter 2011 at DePaul University in Chicago, Ill.: Anna Mueller, Chongyang Zhang, David Zhang, Samantha Grif fith, Jacqueline Clevette, Samantha Morgan, Ricardo Ortiz-Vazquez and Helen Tornquist.

Minnesota State - Mankato The following students from Eden Prairie have been named to the Minnesota State University — Mankato High Honor list for achieving a 4.0 average gpa for fall semester 2011: Paul Lentsch, Zoe Martin, Ivy Stevens and Laura Weber. The following Eden Prairie students were named to the Honor List (3.5 to 3.99 GPA): Quinn Anderson, Aaron Barthol, Joseph Cegla, Chelsea Filipovich, Roisin Guargena, Jessica Hanson, Jenna Kerker, Hurmah Khan, Kevin Knutson, Ashley Koppy, Kyle Lenzen, Scott Lindner, Daniel Miller, Rachael Moline, Kristina Montville, Jordyn Smith, Anna Steider, Melissa Stewart, Br yanna Sud man, Ki rsten Williams and Nestor Yanez Gutierrez.

Denison University Claire Hamilton of Eden Prairie has been named to Denison University’s 2011 fall semester dean’s list. Denison is in Granville, Ohio.

University of New Hampshire Christina Stolz of Eden Prairie has earned Highest Honors for the fall semester of the 2011-2012 academic year at the University of New Hampshire. Highest Honors are received by students with a GPA of 3.7 or better.

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Macalester College Jesse Russell, the son of Jody Russell of Eden Prairie, has been named to the dean’s list of Macalester College for academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2011-12 school year. A graduate of Eden Prairie High School, Russell was a sophomore at Macalester last fall.

Concordia University Wisconsin Hannah M. Shockey of Eden Prairie has been named to the fall dean’s list at Concordia University Wisconsin. Shockey is majoring in elementar y education.

Clemson University Sarah Elizabeth Claeys of Eden Prairie has been named to the fall 2011 Clemson University dean’s list. Claeys is majoring in general engineering.

Beloit College Chelsea Knauf of Eden Prairie has been named to Beloit College’s dean’s list for fall semester. Beloit College is in Beloit, Wis.

University of St. Thomas The following students from Eden Prairie have been named to the fall semester 2011 dean’s list at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul: Peter Bollig, Christina Omlie, Elizabeth Tang, Erica Borden, Kailey Fargo, Andrew Ferriss, Meaghan Leighton, Carley Leonard, Tyler Naas, Charles Peterson, Paige Peterson, Colleen Raschke, Alyssa Schroeder, Kelsey St. Mary, Zachary Ulrich, Charles W heeler, Adeab Azadegan, Kate Berkbigler, Benjamin Bloomquist, Brian Bojan, Katelyn Bojan, Casey Collett, Lauren Donna, Jacob Eglseder, Lauren Faust, Allison Greupner, Samantha K lemp, Amanda Lesnikowski, Erik Nielsen, Brianna Nieson, Timothy Pelcak, Morgan Reese, Trevor Stewart, Solome Tibebu, Spencer Toay, Shelby Vortherms, Alyssa Wargin and Meredith Montana.

University of Iowa The following students from Eden Prairie have been named to the University of Iowa dean’s list for the 2011 fall semester: Ann Kathryn Carlstedt, liberal arts and sciences; Jessica Ann Eglseder, liberal arts and sciences; Thomas J. Fisher, liberal arts and sciences; Zachary Christopher Hanson, engineering; Isaiah Pharaoh Mack, liberal arts and sciences; Claire Elizabeth Mikulay, liberal arts and sciences; James Victor Niemann, business; Eric Cameron Roudabush, liberal arts and sciences; Caroline Strand Schneider, liberal arts and sciences; and Amanda R. Troldahl, liberal arts and sciences.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities The following students have made the University of Minnesota dean’s list for fall 2011. Students on the list all achieved a grade point average of 3.66 or higher while taking 12 or more credits. Hodo K. Abdi, Matthew T. Adams, Katayoun Amjadi, Elizabeth S. Anderson, Petra C. Bachour, Brittany M. Balagna, Cameron M. Beiersdorf, Laurine E. Berg, Allison A. Bertelson, Kristen A. Bertelson, Brice J. Blahnik, Samuel G. Buck, Corbin J. Buechler, Aura Cernatinskyte, Donna J. Coetzee, Jordan R. Collins, Jennifer R. Crist, Kimberly M. Currier, Jennifer C. Dworak, Nina R. Dylla, Linden L. Falk, Mahin J. Fernando, Shannon J. Fletcher, Jeffrey M. Frankosky, Hayley Freeman, Gabrielle M. Ghreichi, Shane I. Goronkin, Shamsu Dini O Hashi, Sara K. Hauck, Tyler L. Herzog, Alice Hindanov, Lang M. Ho, Laura P. Hoffman, Holly M. Hornseth, Elizabeth M. Hustad, Maggie R. Hysjulien, Salman S. Ikramuddin, Alyssa A. Kettler, Blake Kist, Morgan Kist, Brian J. Krause, Shay A. Lell, Mitchell W. Lenhard, Jessica J. Lewis, Katherine M. Lunde, Anjuli S. Maharaj, Corey D. Miller, Hannah E. Mohan, Caitlin M. Moldenhauer, Lauren M. Moriyama, Iris Nash, Laurel

College of St. Scholastica The following students graduated on Dec. 7 from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth: Justin Kelley of Eden Prairie was awarded a master’s of business administration and Marisa Krueger of Eden Prairie was awarded a master’s of business administration, management. Geofrey Kalanzi graduated with a bachelor of arts in international business.

UW-River Falls The following Eden Prairie students were named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls: Callen Casey, majoring in business administration; Bradley Quinlan, majoring in business administration, economics; Eric Rathke from Eden Prairie, majoring in art; Tanya Steinhoff, is majoring in pre-professional.

UW-La Crosse The following students from Eden Prairie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in December: Bradley J. Masche, bachelor of science, social studies major; Kathryn Ann Vidal, master of science, occupational therapy.

Drake University Several Eden Prairie students were named to the dean’s list at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, during fall semester: Dominic Johnson, Eric Hanson, Lauren Anderson, Everett Garton, Caitlin Hawkins and Laura Vollmer.

UW-Stout The following University of Wisconsin-Stout students from Eden Prairie graduated in December: Mesa Luker received a B.F.A. Matthew Workman received a B.S. in hotel restaurant and tourism. Both are graduates of Eden Prairie High School.

University of Kansas Steven Gerald Addyman of Eden Prairie graduated from the University of Kansas after the fall 2011 semester. He received a bachelor of general studies/psychology and business minor. The University of Kansas is in Lawrence.

Georgia Institute of Technology Sarah Barnes of Eden Prairie has earned a degree in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Ithaca College Megan Grover, daughter of David and Yvonne Grover of Eden Prairie, has been named to the dean’s list at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. Grover is a sophomore majoring in clinical health studies.

U of M-Duluth Mada lene McMahon, a student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, has made the dean’s list in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering for fall 2011.

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Samantha Gleason, a fall 2011 philosophy and religious studies graduate from Eden Prairie and Wai Ling Ho of Malaysia, who graduated in fall 2011 with an actuarial science major and information systems minor, will present the paper “Cross Cultural and Demographic Differences in Stages of Moral Development in IT Ethics Context: Comparing U.S. and China” at the 2012 National Conference for Undergraduate Research March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The student papers were reviewed by a Weber State faculty committee and selected from a pool of more than 3,500 submissions.

Connor Nelson of Eden Prairie was named to the fall dean’s list for 2012 at the University of Minnesota — Duluth, College of Fine Arts.

A. Nee, Jamie D. Nichols, Elli J. Norberg, Parker D. O’Brien, Rachel L. Olson, Cassandra E. Opitz, Ryan T. Orton, Dana J. Osdoba, Arth B. Patel, Jeffrey Pearson, Angela E. Peterson, Victoria Phuong, Rachel E. Powers, Donia L. Robinson, William J. Rock, Sarah T. Sandquist, Christopher S. Schroeder, Michael J. Serra, Soham A. Shah, Melody C. Siebel, Siri A. Simons, Natalie R. Sinn, Dale M. Smith, Stephanie A. Solfelt, Allison E. Spicher, Paul S. Stadem, Carter R. Stebbins, Margaret R. Strampe, Mackenzie A. Styrlund, Stefan L. Szalkiewicz, Autumn M. Tani-Winegarden, Samantha M. Tauer, Jared D. Venier, Jennifer L. Weber, Joseph S. Wentzel, Jessica A. Wheeler, Mengxi Yang, Jessica A Zuck, Rachel L. Hersman, Charles M. Holley, Mattison M. Kim, Maxwell E. Rossi, Anne E. Undis, Jennifer Burt, Danica E. Diver, Michael Z. Dorfman, Megan Howe, Jack D. Johnson.

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

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The City of Jordan is accepting applications for a fulltime public works Maintenance Worker. Minimum qualifications include a Minnesota Class B Drivers License and one year heavy equipment operation experience. Class D Water Operators License and Class D Waste Water Operators License or ability to obtain within two years of employment. Work includes the operations and maintenance of all City public works facilities and utilities. Salary range $19.28 - $22.68. Application materials and position description are available at the Jordan Government Center, 210 East First Street, Jordan, Mn 55352, on the City of Jordan website at: or by calling 952-4922535. For consideration, applications must be received by 4:30 PM, Friday, March 2, 2012. Jordan is an equal opportunity employer.

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Cooks, Bartenders, Servers Eagle Ridge Restaurant at Valley View Golf Course is now accepting applications for the upcoming golf season. Experience, nights and weekends are a must. Applications are available at or call 952873-4653. Resumes can be sent to 23795 Laredo Avenue, Belle Plaine, MN 56011 or email to: Dog Care. Prior Lake Pet Resort. Excellent customer service. Email for application. GUEST SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Part time, Includes Weekends 3PM-11PM Apply in Person @ HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS Chanhassen, MN PIZZAMAN... Drivers earn up to $15/ hour. Apply within, Shakopee/ Chaska locations. Program Counselor (Shakopee) Hours: E/O weekend 3pm-10pm. Experience with Alzheimer's and seizures a plus! Must be able to lift 40 lbs. Driver's lic, insurance, clean record req'd.

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2004 30' RLDS Fifth Wheel Terry Quantum. Barely used, 2 slides, heated tanks, lots of extra, includes Rigid Hitch $15,500. 952-210-4102.


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General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. now has an opening for a Shop Foreman/Inspector. GES has an opening for someone who is looking for that next challenging position and who is ready to be a leader. Visit our website at: or mail application to: ATTN: HR General Equipment & Supplies, Inc., 4600 Industrial Blvd. S, Shakopee, MN 55379 or email:

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

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Carpentry Contractors Co. 2012 JOB FAIR! TUESDAY, FEB. 28 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29 12:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. CCC is Now Hiring dependable, hard working employees for all skill levels in our field Framing or Window Installation divisions. Carpentry Contractors Co. is a market leading, residential new construction sub-contractor in the greater Twin Cities Metropolitan area since 1980. Employment requirements are; independent transportation, valid D/L, must pass a pre-employment physical, drug test and back ground check. Entry level wages start at $9.00-$13.00 an hour. Full Time Regular employees are offered an excellent benefit package which includes; medical, dental, and life insurance, 401k opportunities, and earned paid vacations. Learn more at, or find us on All Job Fair Interviews will be conducted at: Lyman Lumber, 300 Morse Ave. Excelsior. MN 55331 All applicants will have an opportunity to interview during this exclusive two-day job fair. Please call 952-3803720 to pre-schedule an interview time, or feel free to just drop by and learn more about our fast paced, growing company. We are excited to show you what excellent employment opportunities are in store for you!

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SCOTT COUNTY Public Health Nurse In this 36 hr per week position you'll perform skilled nursing duties determining client eligibility for home & community-based service programs. Workloads can vary by position & will include long-term care consultations, & PCA assessments. All positions rely on your use of independent nursing assessment skills & professional judgment to coordinate services & assure the health & safety of Scott County citizens in community settings. MQs: Requires possession of a license to practice as a RN by the State of Minnesota; certification as a PHN; CPR certification; & one year RN experience. SSIS or DHS program training regarding home and community based services and experience with MN-ITS are highly desirable. One must possess a valid driver's license and a reliable means of transportation for the performance of work responsibilities. Hiring Range: $24.69/hr to $33.41/hr-DOQ. Closing: 03/02/12. Obtain application from Scott County Employee Relations at (952) 496-8890 or from our web site at ( EOE TTY/TDD: (952) 496-8170 Let's work together.

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

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

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PROP needs of the week Did you know that PROP served nearly 500 households last month, distributing over 49,000 pounds of food? March is Minnesota FoodShare. Every pound of food and cash donation that comes to PROP during the month of March is part of a matched pool of funds. The more PROP receives the more matching funds it qualifies for. The food shelf relies on this campaign to help stock up. The food shelf is most in need of canned fruit, peanut butter/jelly, apple juice, canned meat, crackers and snack bars. Toiletry items are also needed. 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 PROP-themed event. If you need services or support from PROP, visit its website at, 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.

PROP Shop needs of the week The PROP Shop client room requests donations of dishes and drinking glasses that are

BUSINESS NEWS in good condition and dishwasher safe. 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 , visit, email info@, or call (952) 934-2323.

New bus service available SouthWest Transit and Jefferson Lines (JL) have established an “intercity” bus stop on its route between Minneapolis and Sioux Falls, S.D., at SouthWest Station, 13500 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, according to a news release. “Jefferson Lines provides intercity service in the upper Midwest states and is especially popular with college students in Duluth, Sioux Falls and other cities,” according to a news

release. The current schedule offers service to Sioux Falls on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:15 p.m. from SouthWest Station. Eastbound service along the same routing arrives in Eden Prairie at 4:25 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday on its way to Minneapolis.” The route includes stops in Glencoe, Hutchinson, Litchfield, Willmar, Clara City, Granite Falls, Marshall, Ruthton, Pipestone, Luverne and Sioux Falls. Staff is available at SouthWest Station Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to sell tickets for any Jefferson Lines route. Connections can be made for trips throughout most of the United States. Info:

bullying and sexual (and other forms of) harassment. Bullying has become a catch-all phrase describing student misconduct while in reality, it may be the misconduct is illegal harassment. Sexual harassment is the denial of a student’s civil rights; in Minnesota this includes GLBT students. If misconduct is mislabeled as bullying when it is harassment, it has implications for students, parents, educators and community members,” according to a news release. “Strauss clears the confusion and addresses the consequences of both bullying and sexual harassment.”

Progressives on the Prairie to meet

The Hennepin County Citizens Academy will help residents better understand the scope of county government by giving attendees the chance to interact with county leaders and elected officials, including the commissioners, county administrator, sheriff, county attorney and department directors. Sessions are set for April 4 to May 23 at county facilities and will cover topics like the budget, elections, transportation, public health, public safety, Hennepin County Medical Center and more. To participate, register online by March 2. Info:

Progressives on the Prairie is set to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Star Bank Community Room, 250 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie (across from the Eden Prairie Center Penney’s parking lot). Susan Strauss, a local author, former teacher, consultant and expert witness for harassment lawsuits, will discuss her book “Sexual Harassment and Bullying: A Guide to Keeping Kids Safe and Holding Schools Accountable.” “There is much confusion surrounding the definitions of

Summerhill sets open houses Summerhill Eden Prairie Cooperative, 7610 Smetana Lane, will conduct tours of its facility at Open Houses from 1-3 p.m. Sunday afternoons, beginning March 4. Tou rs can also be scheduled Monday through Thursday during office hours by calling (952) 944- 0903. Walk-in tours are also possible by contacting one of the residents listed in the entrance foyer. For more information and office hours, visit

Target plans free reading event

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Eden Prairie area families are invited to attend a free reading event on Feb. 25. “Target Corp. will host instore reading events for Target guests and their families in celebration of reading and the National Education Association’s (NEA’s) Read Across America program. Target’s in-store reading events will be free at all Target stores and include a reading nook inspired by Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax,’ activity backpacks for children, readings by Target

team members and more. As part of the festivities, families will explore Dr. Seuss classics together,” according to a news release. The event is from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Eden Prairie Target, 8225 Flying Cloud Drive.

VISI receives ‘Progress Minnesota’ award “VISI, Minnesota’s leading managed services, cloud computing and data center services provider, has received one of the first-ever ‘Progress Minnesota’ awards from Minneapolisbased Finance & Commerce. The 2012 award recognizes VISI as one of the companies that is driving Minnesota business g rowth and economic development in unique and innovative ways,” according to a news release. VISI invested in an expansion of its Eden Prairie data center despite a recession in 2010. The company increased staff by 33 percent, serving 3,000 companies. VISI will be honored April 11, when F i n a nc e & C om m e r c e hol d s it s P r o g r e s s Minnesota Gala at the Hyatt Regency-Minneapolis. Info:

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living in ep Did you know? When Flying Cloud Airport was founded in 1943 by Ken Osterberg and W.M. Beadie, it consisted of a small strip of grass and a few acres of land. Before Osterberg and Beadie bought the land, the area was used by the U.S. Navy. They had struck a deal with a local farmer to use part of his field as a practice field for landings. The name was decided by a man named John Stuber, an employee of Osterberg and Beadie, and is symbolic of the Native American heritage of the area. Over the next few years, trees were removed, terminals and hangars were constructed, and by 1954, lights and paved runways were added. In 1958, another main runway was added. Source: Eden Prairie Historical Society

This date in EP history Feb. 26, 1953 — Stanley “Ace” Dressen, gets caught in big blizzard in his semi-truck, learns how to open a can of peas with a nail. PHOTOS BY KARLA WENNERSTROM

Dancers rehearsed Monday for “Romeo and Juliet,” one of the “Three Dimensions.”

Lords and ladies of La Danse

Source: “Eden Prairie Book of Days” by Ernie Shuldheiss

Turn back the page The Feb. 24, 1977, issue of the Eden Prairie News reported that the installation of new bus radios saved time and money. The School Board voted to spend $12,500 to equip the district bus fleet with twoway radios, a decision that was hotly contested. But, according to the School District Transportation Director, Wally Walztoni, the main reason the radios were installed was so that the drivers could call for help if the bus broke down. This way, there would be no delays and kids could get to school on time every day. In addition to this, communication was improved between fellow drivers. “We’re coordinating better, and that means were saving money,” Walztoni said. Source: Eden Prairie News archives

Stage combat is featured in “Romeo and Juliet.” For more information, see page A1.


Julia Levina, artistic director of La Danse Fatale, said the “Romeo and Juliet” portion of the performance is classical but with contemporary twists.

Sydney Eidem, a senior at Eden Prairie High School, plays the lead in “Journey of a Pure Soul.”

Brittany Godward, a senior at Eden Prairie High School, plays Romeo’s confidante in “Romeo and Juliet.”


It’s Polar Bear Plunge time again. Plungers pictured attended last year’s event.

“Romeo and Juliet” (above) is about the dimension of the soul, “It’s the circle of life,” Julia Levina said. “My Body is a Cage” is about the human spirit.

Dates to remember

“Journey of a Pure Soul” (below) is about the dimension of the heart, family and loved ones, according to artistic director Julia Levina.

Taste of Eden Prairie — 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Minnesota Vikings Fieldhouse Practice Facility Eden Prairie Polar Bear Plunge — noon Saturday March 10, Round Lake Park Family Bingo Night — 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 30, Eden Prairie Community Center. Foundation Ball — 6 p.m. April 14, Minnetonka Marriott Southwest For more information, see the Let’s Go! Calendar on page B2.

“Romeo” is portrayed by guest dancer Duncan Schultz. Guest dancer Sebastian Alexander also joins the group for “Three Dimensions.”


If you go City OK’s compressed natural gas facility on Flying Cloud Drive Fundraiser for Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools is Saturday Wha...