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Students discover body during field trip BY PATTY DEXTER


The Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area is off Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie.

A group of middle school students discovered the body of a man during a field trip in Eden Prairie’s Richard T. Anderson Conservation Center Thursday. Eden Prairie Police were dispatched to the scene after receiving a 911 call at 10:06 a.m. The caller indicated the body of an adult male was discovered with a gunshot wound to the head. The body was found on a main trail off of the parking lot in a wooded area, by students from the

Oak Grove Middle School in Bloomington, said Katie Beal, a police spokesperson. “Initial investigation at the scene immediately indicated that it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The weapon was recovered. Police aren’t looking for any suspects,” she said. Approximately 125 eighth-grade students were on an exploratory field trip at the center with a group of teachers. Thirty students and a teacher from the group made the discovery. The students were then moved away from the scene and gathered by the entrance to the center. The teacher called 911 dur-

Man’s body discovered by Oak Grove Middle School students

ing the process, said Rick Kaufman, Bloomington Public Schools spokesperson. “Once the police talked with the teacher and the students that found the body, we released the students and the students returned back to school,” he said. The trail was closed for about two hours until police officers and the fire department cleared the scene. Chaplains who serve the police and fire departments talked with the students, Beal said. Kaufman said the district mobi-




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Polar Bear Plunge is March 10


Take the plunge and raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota BY ALEX KEMPSTON


n just under two weeks, hundreds of residents from across the Twin Cities will flock to a frozen lake in Eden Prairie and plunge into the freezing water. Sound crazy? The Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge, an event that raises money for Special Olympics Minnesota, will return once again to Round Lake Park at noon Sunday, March 10, for the fifth consecutive year. In the past four years, over 1,000 people have participated in the plunge, raising a staggering total of $215, 639. Last year, 391 people took the plunge, raising an all-time high of $79,312. But, according to Eden Prairie police officer Linda Williams, the standards are even higher this year, with the goal of raising $90,000. As in previous years, registration for the plunge has already started online, but participants can register onsite either on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., or on Sunday from 9 a.m. until the plunge. On the day of the plunge there will also be a huge heated tent with a changing area, bleachers for spectators to enjoy the fun, and a new, bigger platform to allow more people to jump at once. Throughout the event, there will be shuttle buses running back and forth from between parking lots at Round Lake Park and Eden Prairie High School. When asked if the warmer weather will affect the event, Linda Williams replied, “Not at all. If we are not able to jump into a hole we will just run into

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Eden Prairie High School senior Mackenzie Dent wowed the State Gymnastics Meet crowd by taking home four medals. Dent won state titles in floor and bars, fi nished runner-up in the all-around and third on vault. For more on the State Gymnastics Meet, go to page A8.


Judge to decide Randel Richardson’s future Judge Jay Quam will decide if Richardson should be committed as mentally ill and dangerous BY PATTY DEXTER


A Viking took the plunge at last year’s event. This year, you can show your Nordic stoicism at the Polar Bear Plunge on March 10 in Round Lake Park.

Randel Richardson’s future is in the hands of a judge. The final day of civil commitment hearings concluded Monday at the Hennepin County Mental Health Court in Minneapolis.


Richardson, a resident of Eden Prairie, was previously found not guilty by reason of mental illness for drowning his six-month-old son, Rowan, in a basement laundry tub on July 31, 2010. The Hennepin County attorney later petitioned to have Richardson committed as mentally ill and dangerous. The hearings began in February when the court heard testimony from Richardson, his wife Karen, and experts including Dr. Michael Farnsworth, a psychiatrist, and Dr.

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Teens can learn stage combat A Stage Combat Teen Theater Workshop for ages 13 to 19 is set for 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Eden Prairie Community Center Gym, 16700 Valley View Road. “Join the Eden Prairie Players’ teen theater workshop for a great class exploring the act

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Local legislators plan to run for re-election After the redistricting maps were released on Feb. 21, Eden Prairie remained in the Third Congressional District. But legislative districts saw minor changes. The city is now in Senate District 48, with a small portion in Senate District 49. Sen. David Hann said he intends to run for re-election

in the new District 48. “Yes I am intending to seek the endorsement of our district,” Hann said. He said a few precincts were taken off the eastern end, now in District 49A, and a few were added on the western end. “It’s a little bit different, but not hugely different,” Hann said of his new district. Rep. Jenifer Loon is a resident of District 48B. “I will be running for re-

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Ketcham pleads guilty in real estate fraud case BY PATTY DEXTER

John Halvor Ketcham has pleaded guilty for his part in a fraud case involving a real estate development in Minnetonka. According to a plea agreement filed in the U.S. District Court in St. Paul on Tuesday Feb. 21, Ketcham pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit fraud, a felony. If he complies with the terms of the agreement the remaining counts will be dismissed at the time of sentencing. According to published reports, Ketcham is from Eden Prairie.

Around March to July 2007, Ketcham assisted in finding buyers for units at the Cloud 9 Sky Flats, a real estate development in Minnetonka. “During that time frame the defendant (Ketcham) and others conspired and agreed to engage in a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders in connection with the marketing of several Cloud 9 units through the submission of materially false information to lenders financing the sale,” the document states. According to the plea agreement, Ketcham knew a kickback of approximately 20-30 percent of the purported purchase price would be paid to

scheme participants outside of the formal closing. The kickback payment was returned through an account funded by a payment from the loan proceeds. Ketcham received a portion of the kickback for his participation. Lenders were being misled about the true nature of the buyers’ financial participation in the transaction. The total purchase price of the unit was artificially inflated by at least the amount of the kickback. In the plea agreement Ketcham acknowledges that on or about March 27, 2007, a wire transfer payment was made to a

bank account controlled by a conspirator. The loss in the case is $793,493 based on the five properties Ketcham received kickbacks from. Jeanne Coooney, spokesperson for the Office of the U.S. Attorney, said Ketcham will be sentenced in the next eight to 10 weeks. Ketcham faces a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the amount of gain or loss, and up to five years in prison. Ketcham’s attorney, Dennis Johnson, could not be reached for comment.


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Police statistics break down thousands of calls 2011 saw increase in traffic citations, DWIs, decrease in domestic assaults, residential burglaries

Eden Prairie Sgt. Dennis Paulson said Monday that an increase in DWI citations for 2011 can be traced in part to state grant money. “For 2011, the city received a lot more state grant money to go out and specifically enforce DWI laws,” Paulson said. “That’s probably one of the biggest reasons.” DWI citations went from 270 in 2010 to 337 in 2011. Traffic citations in general were up, to 7,417 compared to 6,256 last year. Paulson said traffic numbers were closer to numbers

in 2009, because in 2010 transitions in the department, including lower staffing, a new radio system and dispatch software, meant that a lot of training was required and there were fewer officers on the street.

DOMESTIC ASSAULTS Domestic assault calls decreased by about 24 percent from 126 in 2010 to 96 in 2011. Part of that decrease could be credited to the city’s DART (Domestic Abuse Response Team) program. Whenever there is a domestic call, the DART team meets with those involved to direct them to a program like Cornerstone.

“We like to think we’re having some impact,” Paulson said.

BURGLARIES AND THEFTS While non-residential burglaries increased by 96 percent, residential burglaries were down 25 percent. Paulson said the non-residential burglary increase, from 25 to 49, is related to five instances in which strip malls were broken into, involving several businesses at one time. Thefts from vehicles de creased from 311 to 240, while thefts of vehicles increased from 26 to 36. Paulson said those thefts could be cut down a lot more if people would not leave valuable

things in their cars. “I don’t understand that as a cop,” Paulson said. Paulson related an increase in narcotics crimes, from 180 to 236, and an increase in juvenile alcohol stops, from 13 to 37, to the increase in traffic stops. “You come across a lot more people,” Paulson said. Total calls for service went from 52,041 in 2010 to 59,544 in 2011, according to the report.

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Police interrupt burglary in southwestern Eden Prairie Eden Prairie Police interrupted a burglary on Feb. 15. “This was a good example of the community working with us,” said Sgt. Dennis Paulson. W hen someone in the Sky Lane neighborhood in southwestern Eden Prairie s aw l i g ht s i n side a hou s e under construction at about 4:30 a.m., they called 911. Officers saw the suspect come out of the house with his arms full of property and directed their lights at him.

“It literally was like deer in headlights,” Paulson said. The suspect froze, dropped everything and started to run. “And then the chase was on,” he said. The suspect got away, but left his vehicle behind and a jacket with his name on it in the house. He later allegedly stole a vehicle in another neighborho o d , a f t er br e a k i n g i nto a not her ga r a ge a nd goi n g through vehicles looking for

keys. “Even in your garages it’s not a good idea to leave your keys in your vehicle,” Paulson said. The items left behind indic ate d a D u lut h add ress. Eden Prairie Police contacted Duluth Police and the suspect was arrested in Duluth with the stolen vehicle. He has not yet been cha rged with the

Eden Prairie incidents. Paulson said Eden Prairie Police brought the victim who lost their vehicle to Duluth to get their car back. “It worked out well,” Paulson said. He credited the neighbor who called 911 immediately. “ T h e y w e r e n’ t s e c o n d guessing themselves,” he said. – Karla Wennerstrom

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Governor’s support for bridge project welcome Kudos to Gov. Mark Dayton and his staff for making good on a promise to return to Shakopee to tackle the County Road 101 river crossing project and for realizing its regional importance in pledging support for raising the crossing. During a tour of the area during the spring flooding last year, Dayton pledged to return to the area to talk river crossings. State Sen. Claire Robling, R-Jordan, reminded him of the promise and the governor made good on it Feb. 3. Transportation dollars are scarce these days and there’s a lot of pressure to fund projects throughout the state. It’s no secret that the list of state road and bridge repair needs is long and legitimate, if not critical. State leaders in the past few years have neglected to properly replenish the funding sources, and we’re paying the price now in Minnesota. To their credit, Dayton and state Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel realize that spring flooding in the area — in the spring and fall in 2010 — has devastating effects not only on commuters, but on intrastate and interstate commerce. W hen vehicles can’t cross the Minnesota River in Shakopee or Chaska, they have to head to the Bloomington Ferry Bridge or Interstate Highway 35W, which is not only out of the way, but further clogs up those crossings to the point of gridlock. On his Feb. 3 visit, Dayton pledged support for raising the County Road 101 river crossing and expanding it to four lanes, a plan supported by local leaders in Scott and Carver counties. It is estimated that to raise the County Road 101 bridge in Shakop-

ee, along with work that would allow additional lanes on the Bloomington Ferry Bridge, would cost almost $31 million. It would cost an additional $ 6 million to make the County Road 101 crossing four lanes — an option Shakopee officials prefer over the state’s original two-lane proposal, which could require a road closure of around a year. That option would be devastating to downtown Shakopee merchants, who suffered greatly last year when County Road 101 was under construction for several months in addition to three f lood closures in 15 months. The preferred four-lane plan likely would require far fewer traffic disruptions. Only $25 million is available in competitive metro bridge funds for flood mitigation. “You’re positioned pretty well in that competition,” Sorel told a gathering of around 50 civic and business leaders from Carver and Scott counties at the Feb. 3 meeting. Dayton pledged to help find the funding for the locally preferred option. “If the first $ 25 million comes through, I’ll be glad to work with your legislators on the other $10 million,” Dayton said. Local leaders would seek $10 million in state bonding, contributing highway turn-back dollars (attached to the half-county, half-state-owned crossing) for the rest. Like he did last spring, Dayton gave the group his personal home phone number in case local leaders don’t get the progress they want. Dayton deserves credit for recognizing how serious local flooding is. This editorial originally appeared in the Shakopee Valley News, a sister publication of the Eden Prairie News.

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Thanks for rec basketball Certainly this sentiment exists across the grades and across activities for so many kids in Eden Prairie, but when it happens with a last-inthe-fold 12th-grader, sappy dads feel compelled to write letters. A final year of rec basketball is over, and I mean final. Through three girls, and now Tim, I have truly enjoyed just watching what seems like half of EP’s kids busy at different things over 20 years. Though springtime awaits, on basketball, thanks to all EPHS staff, league commissioners (John Eglseder for lifetime achievement?), other coaches, referees, helpers, parents and game watchers, including girlfriends, each and every one of the 120 12th-grade men in rec basketball, and especially the nine on my team. All of you have enriched my life. Thanks EP!

Jim Bluhm Eden Prairie

Thanks Dunn Bros When a stop for coffee on Saturday morning revealed that Sheldon Smith’s lost wrench was still missing, my husband and I decided to throw aside the must-dos and should-dos of a typical Saturday and join in the hunt. Arming ourselves with boots, a city map and our copy of “Eden Prairie: The First Hundred Years,” we hyper-analyzed the clues, smugly determined we knew which park, and eagerly awaited the posting of the final clue at 4 p.m. Dead wrong! High-tailing it up to Bryant Lake Park, we joined a calvalcade of other would-be winners who were also thrown off by the cryptic clues.

After some frenetic searching by young and old, the call rang out that the elusive wrench had been found. Only mildly disappointed, the small crowd eagerly sought out the winning couple to congratulate them and to share stories. Those young people deserved to win. By midweek, they had determined Bryant Lake to be the park and had been combing the area for days. One of them claimed they knew the park inside and out. Isn’t that the point? To get to know our community better? As for me, I certainly know the area around the CumminsGrill House like the back of my hand. As we moved to our cars, all who had joined in the search agreed that since we had fun, we won. Thanks to Ann Schuster and the entire Dunn Bros family for once again bringing some cheer and community pride to the mid-winter blahs. Can’t wait for next year’s hunt.

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Taste of Eden Prairie thanks community On behalf of the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools (FEPS) and the 2012 Taste of Eden Prairie Planning Committee, we extend our profound and sincerest appreciation to the Eden Prairie community for its tremendous support of the 10th annual Taste of Eden Prairie, held Saturday, Feb. 25. Taste of Eden Prairie is an evening when we gather together as a community to show our support for our schools and for FEPS’ mission. The Taste of Eden Prairie is FEPS’ main fundraising event. We are grateful for the broad-based local support we received from restaurants, businesses and corporate and personal financial sponsors. Please see next week’s thank you ad for a complete list of Taste res-

taurants and sponsors. We hope you will thank all of our restaurants and sponsors by patronizing their establishments or utilizing their services. We must also thank our silent and live auction donors and the approximately 150 volunteers who all contributed to Taste’s amazing success. Approximately 800 guests enjoyed “tastes” from 29 participating restaurants, bid on over 300 auction items, purchased raffle tickets for a chance at winning a unique collection of wine or $500 in cash, played our Heads & Tails and Cactus Tree games, enjoyed our live auction and relaxed and enjoyed the sounds of the Shalo Lee and the Rush River Band. We wou ld e sp e ci a l ly l i ke to thank the 2 012 Taste Planning Committee: Dianne Astry, Carol Bomben, PJ Clark-Hines, Cherie Cocallas, Kathy Educate, Cammy Enck, Heidi Gandrud, Suzan Kammer, Susan Kielly, Nancy Lagermeier, Jo Nelson, Esti Olllerman, Christy Schively, Ginger Venable, Bill Wrobel and Julie Young. This committee began its planning in October 2011 and wrap-up work continues today. Finally, we would also like to thank Eden Prairie News for its phenomenal coverage of the 2012 Taste of Eden Prairie. We can’t ask for a better partner. Proceeds from Taste of Eden Prairie support grants that are awarded to teachers and staff who have innovative ideas that have a direct and measurable impact on student learning. For more information, visit Thank you again to all who contributed to the success of the 2012 Taste of Eden Prairie. We hope to see you next year!

Anne Byrne and Holly Parker Eden Prairie Editor’s note: Byrne and Parker are the Taste of Eden Prairie co-chairs.


Spring arrives on March 20 BY DEANE MORRISON

In March we get to watch as four planets group into two pairs. Three of the planets are in the sky and one is right under our feet. Mars reaches opposition on the 3rd, the day Earth passes it and it appears directly opposite the sun. The Red Planet will be up all night, burning its ruddy fire below the belly of Leo, the lion. The bright star west of Mars is Regulus, the brightest in Leo. On the 5th, Mars will sweep closest to Earth and shine at maximum brightness for this visit. If it seems strange that our two worlds make their closest approach after Earth has lapped Mars, remember that both orbits are noncircular, with points of perihelion and aphelion when the planets are nearest and farthest,

respectively, from the sun. Earth is heading out toward aphelion while Mars, having passed its aphelion in February, is now closing in. These motions continue to bring our two planets closer until two days after Earth has left the Red Planet behind. Unfortunately, being so near aphelion means Mars won’t come nearly as close as it did in 2003, when its opposition and perihelion fell only two days apart. This time it will be about 63 million miles away, compared to only 35 million miles in 2003. Also in Mars news, recent data from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe suggests that a large ocean once covered the planet’s northern plains. The probe’s radar picked up evidence of marine-like sediments in locations already suspected to have been

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ancient shorelines. Researchers speculate that the ocean enjoyed a rather brief life some 3 billion years ago. The second planetary pairing happens on the 13th, when Jupiter drops past Venus on its way down into the sun’s afterglow. The king and queen of planets come within three degrees of each other, then separate as Jupiter continues its freefall. On the 25th, a thin crescent moon comes out close to Jupiter. The next night, a slightly fatter lunar crescent appears next to Venus, just as the brilliant planet reaches its highest point before beginning a dramatic fall. With the Pleiades star cluster hovering just a few degrees above Venus, this is a night to grab your binoculars.

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Saturn is well up in the east by midnight all month. Just southwest of the ringed planet is its companion, the bright star Spica in Virgo. Above and left of the pair is Arcturus, the brightest star in Bootes, while Mars shines high to their upper right. Algonquin tribes called the full moon of March the worm moon, for the casts of earthworms that now begin to appear on the softening earth. In more northerly areas, it was known as the crow moon, for the cawing of these feisty birds, or the crust moon, because during this season snow acquires a crust from cycles of melting and refreezing. This year it rises the night of the 7th and reaches perfect fullness at 3:39 a.m. on the 8th.

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available, our phones have become a virtual learning environment. Game and other educational apps offer a fun way for children to gain skills and mastery without even realizing they’re learning. New apps are entering the market at lightning speed and are available for countless subjects and skill levels. As with all computers, caution should be used in downloading apps to your

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‘Researchers speculate that the ocean enjoyed a rather brief life some 3 billion years ago.’ Deane Morrison High in the south during the evening is Procyon, the brightest star in Canis Minor, the smaller of Orion’s hunting dogs. Procyon is actually a double star consisting of a star twice as wide as the sun and nearly seven times as bright and a white dwarf star that packs about 60 percent of the sun’s mass into an orb smaller than Earth. Procyon isn’t especially bright; it just looks that way because it’s only about 11.5 light-years from Earth. Procyon forms one point of the Winter Triangle of stars. The other points are Sirius — below Procyon and only 9 light-years away — and the

gigantic red star Betelgeuse, which forms Orion’s northeast shoulder and burns brightly despite being some 600 light-years away. Spring arrives with the vernal equinox at 12:14 a.m. on the 20th. At that moment the sun crosses over the equator into the northern sky and the Earth — the other side of it, of course — will be lighted from pole to pole. Deane Morrison, with the University of Minnesota, can be contacted at morri029@ Find U of M astronomers and links to the world of astronomy at www.astro.umn. edu.

smart phone. Whether downloading apps for your children or finding apps for themselves, you’ll want to check the age-appropriateness of the apps they use and set ground rules about browsing and downloading. Many free apps make their money by selling ads. Be sure to monitor for the appropriateness of content. Even if the games are educational, you’ll want to set time limits. Many apps are designed for multiple players, providing an opportunity to interact and strengthen those cognitive skills together. Done

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Kids EdVenture continues for one year Before- and after-school program is at Oak Point and Eagle Heights BY PATTY DEXTER

The Eden Prairie School Board voted Tuesday to continue the Kids EdVenture pilot program for another year. The vote came after Interim Superintendent Jon McBroom told the board the administraKeith Carlson, 86, of Eden Prairie, passed away Sunday, tion’s recommendation was to Feb. 19, 2012. Funeral Service was Friday, Feb. 24, at 11 continue the program. Kids a.m. Washburn McReavy Edina Chapel 952-920-3996. EdVenture replaced the YMCA programming at Oak Point Elementary School and Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion. Prior to the vote, Board Eric Falkingham, 25, of Eden Prairie, passed away Member Karla Bratrud said she was not opposed to approving Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. Funeral Service was Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. at St. the pilot for another year, but Andrew Lutheran Church. Visitation was Monday, Feb. 27, looking ahead there should be from 5-8 p.m. at Huber Funeral Home, Eden Prairie and more questions asked about whether the program would one hour prior to the service at the church. Huber Funeral & Cremation Service Eden Prairie Chapel continue in the future. There should be no assumption it’s 952-949-4970 going to continue permanently. “I would envision a lot more scrutiny of it,” she said.

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Marjorie Weyer, 88, of Eden Prairie, passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m., Thursday, March, 1, with visitation one hour prior to the service at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. Washburn-McReavy, Eden Prairie Chapel. 952-975-0400

Randall Baldwin Randall Baldwin, 62, of New Hope, passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 5-8 p.m. at Washburn-McReavy. Funeral Service will be Thursday, March 1, at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley. Washburn-McReavy, Eden Prairie Chapel. 952-975-0400

McBroom agreed and said moving forward, there needs to be more scrutiny. Continuing the prog ram for another year will provide a chance for further examination. It also will allow the programming to go on that people have become accustomed to, he added. “This gives us an opportunity to give us a full year of data,” he said. The board has had a positive response from parents regarding the pilot program, said Ranee Jacobus, board member.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE The board heard legislative updates from Kirk Schneidawind and Grace Kelliher of the Minnesota School Boards Association. The updates included discussion of “last in, first out” bills regarding teachers, bills covering the use of funds by district employees and a bill

requiring students to complete a digital course to graduate.

EDEN LAKE PRINCIPAL Mc Broom reported the position for the Eden Lake principal has been posted and the district is in the process of recruiting candidates. The district expects to conduct interviews in mid-April and bring a hiring recommendation to the board in May. The board accepted the resignation of Eden Lake Principal Nanette Yurecko effective June 30, during its last meeting on Feb. 14.

FUND BALANCE STABLE The board met for a work session prior to the regular meeting. McBroom discussed various parts of the budget with the board for informational purposes. He reported the fund balance has been stable over the last five years. He is promoting the use of some of that balance for next year’s

budget but cautioned the board not to draw down the balance too quickly or cuts would need to be made. The district is expecting enrollment to continue to decline. The projected number of students for 2012-13 is 9,106, 8,938 in 2013-14 and 8,836 in 2014-15. This is due to smaller kindergarten classes coming in, McBroom said.

BUS FLEET Some changes regarding the bus fleet are being discussed. Chief Operating Officer Patricia Magnuson said the district is transitioning to a 15-year replacement cycle, which will require an approximate annual purchase of seven buses. The oldest regular education buses are from 1997 and have around 120,000 miles. The oldest special education buses are from 1998 and have approximately 180,000 miles.

Board expects to pick superintendent by end of the month BY PATTY DEXTER

The Eden Prairie School District is in the candidate recruitment phase of the superintendent search, according to Bob Noyed, executive director of communication and community relations. The board has contracted with School Exec Connect to provide a pool of candidates for the board to choose from.

“What they will do is, they will come back on March 12 and they will present a slate of candidates to the board,” he said. “At that time the board will approve the slate.” Noyed said School Exec Connect has indicated it will present between five to seven candidates for the board to interview. Those candidates will then be interviewed, once the list has been approved, on March 14. The board will nar-

row the number down to three final candidates who will be interviewed on March 20-22. According to the district’s website, the public will be able to meet the finalists during sessions from 5-6 p.m. on those dates. “There will be a chance for the public to interact and ask them questions,” Noyed said. According to the website, the board will interview each candidate for a second time at

7 p.m. Ma rch 2 0 -2 2 , i n t he board room at the Administrative Services Center. The interviews are open to the public. Noyed said the board will meet on March 23 to discuss and plan to designate a candidate to enter into contract negotiations. “ I f it st ays on sche du le they should have somebody selected on March 23,” he said.

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T he fol low i n g st udent s from Eden Prairie received degrees during the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s winter commencement on Dec. 18: Nicholas Patrick Denucci, bachelor of science-personal finance; Michael R. Gorski, bachelor of science-dietetics/ nutritional sciences; Katherine Julia Hansen, bachelor of science-kinesiology; Daniel John Montville, bachelor of science/medical microbiology and immunology, graduating with distinction; Greta Christina Peterson, bachelor of science/biology; Matthew David Wiebold, doctor of philosophy/ electrical engineering.


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The following Eden Prairie students have been named to the dean’s list for the 2011 fall semester at the College of St. Benedict: Janie Driver, daughter of Ray and Diane Driver, is a sophomore elementary education major; Lauren Guetzke, daughter of Tom and Julie Guetzke, is a first-year global business leadership and Hispanic studies double major.

Bryant University Caitlin Hanahoe, a freshman international business major from Eden Prairie, was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.

College of St. Scholastica Marisa K rueger of Eden Prairie graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth on Dec. 7, 2011. Marisa


E l l iot F r ay ne h a s b e en named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Frayne, the son of Lynda and Jon Frayne of Eden Prairie, is studying pre-law.

UW-Milwaukee Brett Bork and Stephanie Christine Spading of Eden Prairie have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the fall 2011 semester.

St. Catherine University Julia Brumback of Eden Prairie has been named to the dean’s list at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Brumback, daughter of John and Clare Brumback of Eden Prairie, is


Excelsior College Riley C. Pritchett of Eden Prairie has earned a bachelor

University of St. Thomas Tyler Naas, a junior at the University of St. Thomas was named to the dean’s honor list for fall 2011.

Miami University The following students from Eden Prairie made the dean’s list for the second semester of 2011-2012 at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio: Sarah Elizabeth Hancock, Krista Marie Lindseth, David John Schatz and Davis Edward Snyder. K at heri ne Bootsma was named to the president’s list for receiving a perfect 4.0 GPA for the first semester of 2011-2012.

UW-Superior Hayley Grady of Eden Prairie has earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

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ISM students to play educational games Students from The International School of Minnesota will participate in two days of the 2012 World Education Games. Kindergarten students through fifth-graders will join others to answer 1 billion spelling questions on March 6 and 1 billion math questions on March 7, according to an ISM press release. ISM students will play for one period during the day, but children ages 4 through 18 can play in live games any time of the day against other students around the world. Each game lasts for 60 seconds and students can play up to 100 games, earning points for their personal tally. “Brook Tousig nant, ISM academic quality controller for the Lower School, reported that last year, some students who were struggling in math became very enthused about the subject after participating in the World Education Games. ISM students will plan the games during the finals week to give them a fun, educational break between exams,” the release said. For more information about the World Education Games, visit

EPHS grad party seeks donations Eden Prairie High School’s senior graduation party is seeking donations. The EPHS Class of 2012 will enjoy an all-night party at the high school, immediately following graduation, thanks to countless hours of work by over 500 parents of this year’s seniors. The parents plan the party and raise 100 percent of the funds through local donations, business support and student registration fees. The committee is seeking donations to support a variety of party needs. The committee is looking for new electronic items, local gift cards, cash or other prizes for the raffle. The service project is in need of items such as individually packaged shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, powder, soap, hand sanitizer, shower gel and other personal

care items for bags, which will be assembled by students and donated to PROP, Rezak House and Cornerstone. Five hundred pairs of new men’s boxers of any size with appropriate patterns are needed for “Bingo for Boxers.” Individual boxes or bags of candy are being sought for the movie room. Donations can be dropped off at the South Entrance of Eden Prairie High School or contact Cindy Evert at (952) 975-9191 cindyevert@comcast. net for assistance.

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Fundraisers benefit Senior Party The community is invited to support the Eden Prairie senior grad party by dining at local restaurants and shopping at local businesses on special fundraiser benefit dates in March. A portion of the sales will be donated by the business to the senior party. Parents of EPHS students are busy raising 100 percent of the cost of the party for this year’s 790 graduates. Upcoming events in March include:  4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Eden Prairie Culver’s  1-8 p.m.Wednesday, March 7, at Homemade Pizza, 10165 Hennepin Town Road  11 a.m.-8p.m. Thursday, March 8 / 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Hot Ice Jewelry, 7117 Washington Ave. S  4-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, Dickey’s BBQ , located next to Noodles For more information or to make a donation or host a fundraiser, contact Cindy Evert at (952) 975-9191. For more information about the party, visit the party’s website at www.

Community Ed offers classes Contact Eden Prairie Community Education at (952) 9756942 for registration information or register online at Jump Start Your Metabolism: 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


ISM’s Book Blast ISM students who meet their reading goals can choose a book at the “Book Blast.” 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. Free Baby Playtime: This play time is available for newborns through 16-month old infants. 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 14. Free Infant Massage: This massage session is available

from 6-7:15 p.m. March 22, and 10-11:15 a.m. March 23. Free Dinner and Baby Story time: This will take place from 6-7:15 p.m. March 29. 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. Parent Seminar Language and Literacy: Jill Schroeder, early childhood parent educator, will discuss the role parents and caregivers play in laying the foundation for their

The Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools (FEPS) is requesting nominations for the Eden Prairie Schools Legacy Awards. Established in 2008, t he L egacy Awa rd s 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 a nd a lu m nu s. Applic ation deadline is March 16, 2012, and recipients will be notified by March 25. Award winners will be honored at the Legacy Awa rds event on May 9 at Olympic Hills Country Club. Nomination forms are 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, 810 0 School Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 or info@foundationforepschools. org. Established i n 19 9 8, t he 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.

Free ACT and SAT tests C o l l e g e T u t o r s i nv it e s college-bound 10th- and 11thgraders to take a practice ACT or SAT test to gauge their current achievement level and readiness for college entrance exams. All colleges require either and ACT or SAT score to

accompany applications. The Free Practice ACT or SAT — the student chooses — will be given on March 3 and 10. Call to register. The practice test is held at College Tutors’ Eden Prairie Learning Center, 16315 Terrey Pine Drive Suite 300, Eden Prairie. College Tutors mimics the setting and timing of the actual tests. Tests will be scored by Col lege T utors and a free, individual consultation for parents and student will be scheduled to share results, as well as areas of strength and weakness. Info/registration: (952) 285-7667.

Lions scholarships available Forms are now available for seniors to apply for the Eden Prairie Lions Club scholarships. Eight non-renewable $1,0 0 0 scholarships will be awarded to seniors who qualify. A scholarship form is available at Eden P rai rie Hig h School Career Resource Center or may be downloaded at Application forms also may be obtained by calling the committee chair after March 7. The criteria states that any high school senior who lives in Eden Prairie is eligible, regardless of the high school attended. Applicants must have a good academic standing and be civic-minded as shown by volunteer work or community projects. Those who may apply are seniors who are planning to attend a four year college, university, two-year technical or vocational school or community college in 2012-2013. Deadline for returning the application forms is Tuesday, April 10. Scholarship winners will be notified by mail or a phone call. Presentations will be made at individual school s a nd a n nou nc ed at EPHS Awards Night, Thursday, May 17. Info: George Schell, committee chair, (952) 944-3722, after March 7.

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Named to Honor Band of America Keeheon Nam, a sophomore at Eden Prairie High School, will join other outstanding musicians from across the nation March 15-17 as part of Music for All’s 2012 Honor Band of America. Nam was selected from hundreds of applicants from across the country for membership. Nam is the son of Jaewoo and Gyusum Nam. His band director is Dr. Elizabeth Jackson. The Honor Band of America wil l per form in concer t at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. Keeheon Nam plays the clarinet in the EPHS Wind Ensemble. He has numerous musical awards, such as two superior ranks at the 2011 Solo and Ensemble contest in Edina. Keeheon Nam recently was a part of the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall Honor Orchestra and played at the principle position in the Honor Orchestra. He has attended numerous honor bands, such as the 2009, 2010 and 2011 MBDA State Honor Bands, 2011 and 2012 University of Minnesota High School Honor Band, and March 15 he will perform with the 2012 Music for All National Festival Honor Band of America. He is a part of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies Symphony Orchestra, directed by Manny Laureano. He actively participates in EPHS’s chamber winds program and

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Vohs to attend Youth Summit Michelle Vohs of Eden Prairie, a student at Hopkins High School, has been selected to represent Minnesota as a National Youth Delegate at the 2 012 Washing ton Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. Vohs joins a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Vohs was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

Holy Family names honor roll During the second quarter of the 2011-2012 school year at Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, 406 students earned placement on the school’s academic honor roll lists. Of these 406 students, 154 were placed on the President’s List by earning GPAs of 3.8 or higher; 134 were placed on the Principal’s List by earning GPAs of 3.446-3.799; and 118 were placed on the Honor Roll by earning GPAs of 3.0-3.445. Eden Prairie residents are listed below:

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President’s List, 3.8-4.3: Julia Andersen, Abbie Clough, Bradley Eral, Elizabeth Fenske, Madeline Flom, Brenna Foley, Daniel Gilles, Katherine Horstmann, Rachel Johnson, Madeline King, John King, Jacob Kirsch, Madeline Koebnick, Nicole Kramer, Brady Lass, Keegan Lutz, Edward Mallak, Evan Miller, Peter Morgan, Caroline Morgan, Elizabeth Olson, Lindsay Overby, Kimberly Plante, Robert Pohlen, Emma Proudfit, Matthew Requet, Nicholas Schreiter, Hayley Thompson and Megan Zeien; Principal’s List, 3.446-3.799: Claire Blackford, Collin Campbell, Yazmin Cespedes, Jessica Cook, Kristen Drewing, Anna Ewen, Claire Fenske, Hannah Flom, Katherine Gammon, Michael Gaslin, Abigail Hanscom, Thomas Hanson, Laura Hemken, Nolan Hickey, Kyle Horstmann, Katharine Mallak, Megan Manning, Sarah Manning, Nick Newman, Molly Odzer, Spencer Olson, Emily Rasmussen, Sophia Romanaggi, Sarah Rosland, Marcus Skonieczny and Elizabeth Wilson; Honor Roll 3.0-3.445: Sydney Bork, Christian Caskey, Jason Cook, Emily Drewing, Taylor Gallagher, Benjamin Gaslin, Nicholas Hanscom, William Hanscom, A nna Hanson, Mitchell Koebnick, Margaret Lindahl, Connor Puff, Kristen Rosland, Tanner Steen, Ryan Swanson, Kendall Thompson, M at t hew T ucci a nd Grace Willeck.


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Eden Prairie senior wins floor (9.725) and bars (9.75) events BY DANIEL HUSS


den Prairie High School gymnasts Mackenzie Dent and Abby Soderberg a r rived at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion at 2 p.m. Saturday to prepare for the State Meet. Dent, who was literally the last gymnast to compete, would perform her beam routine at 9:40 p.m. “That makes for a long day,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Kirsten Lindsay. But it was worth it; it was so worth it. Dent, competing in what was most likely the last gymnastics meet of her career, opened the competition by posting the third highest vault score of the meet (9.75). She’d follow that a pair of state championships, winning the floor event with a 9.725 and then shocking everyone, coach included, with a winning uneven bars routine (9.75). C o mbi n e d , t ho s e t h r e e scores put her in the lead for the coveted all-around title, but Dent wouldn’t know that. “She knew she was up there,” said Lindsay, “but she didn’t know where she stood.” Dent’s beam routine was a little shaky and a little controversial. Two judges counted it one way (9.3s); two counted it another (9.0s). “Because the scores were out of range, they had a conference.” said Lindsay. “They settled on 9.05.” Not making the connection is an automatic 0.2 deduction, making it impossible to get a 0.8 bonus. Bottom line: Dent would finish second in the all-around. North St. Paul’s Julian Stedman won with a score of 38.4; Dent would finish runner-up with a 38.275. Disappointing? “Mac had a great meet,” said Lindsay, “and she was really excited.” Soderberg, a sophomore, would also have a great meet. She finished 17th all-around (36.525), 11th on vault (9.55) and 16th on floor (9.425). She posted a 9.125 on beam, but because she hadn’t qualified for the individual beam competition, her score only counted toward her all-around

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

Soccer scholarships offered 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,

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

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

MSSLax 5th/6th-grade girls lacrosse The EPLA is reminding all girls in fifth and sixth grades, who wish to participate in the EPLA-sponsored MSSLax Girls Lacrosse team for spring, that registration is open and practices have begun. Go to for online registration. Late fees occur after March 1. Cost is $215 and all participants need a current U.S. Lacrosse membership. For information, email or ana.bowlsby@

EPHS Pom Squad info meeting set for Wednesday An Eden Prairie High School Pom Squad information meeting for both parents and students (grades 8-11) will be held in the Eden Prairie High School East Commons at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. Additional information, along with a tryout schedule, can be found at


Mackenzie Dent was all business en route to a pair of state championships at this year’s State Meet. Dent won bars and floor (above), fi nished third on vault and runnerup in the all-around competition. total. That’s too bad because she had the 13th highest beam score. Her one bauble occurred while attempting to land a new bars dismount. “Like a lot of competitors, she struggled with the lights,”

explains Lindsay, “but like Mac, she was very happy with her day and was all smiles when it ended.” Dent, a senior, left her mark on Eden Prairie gymnastics with a pair of state titles. She also owns the school record

vault score, last year’s 9.9. Soderberg will return for her junior year next year having two state meets under her belt. “That’s great experience,” said Lindsay. Make that a great experience.

Eden Prairie Fastpitch will offer a series of free softball clinics beginning Thursday, March 8, at Prairie View Elementary Gyms 1 and 2. Players 9-years-old and younger (on Jan. 1, 2012) meet from 6-7 p.m. Players 10-years-old and older (on Jan. 1, 2012) meet from 7-8 p.m. Free instruction, provided by Eden Prairie High School varsity players and coaches, will focus on fundamentals and drills. Participants will need to bring a glove and bat, if they have one. Parents are encouraged to grab their own gloves and join their daughters. No registration is necessary. Go to to learn more about the free clinics held every Tuesday from now until April 24 (except for April 3) and to register for the spring softball season (fee increases on March 9).


Eagles reign on Section 6AA, advancing 26 swims to state BY DANIEL HUSS

If you’re expecting eight inches of snow and get dumped with 20, you know just how the Eden Prairie swim team’s section foes feel. S at u r d ay, E den P r a i r ie reigned over the Section 6AA swim finals. Yes, they qualified what has been said to be a record 26 swims for next week’s state meet. Yes, Eden Prairie had 10 double qualifiers; yes, Eden Prairie swam away with eight section titles and yes, Eagles swimmers set five pool records. “Bet ter t ha n ex pected,” laughs Eden P rai rie Head Coach Kelly Boston. And Boston had high expectations. “I was thinking 22,” she said, “maybe 22.” Like it is wont to do, Eden Prairie opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay (1:36.16). From there, the Eagles not only won (Jonathan Lieberman — pool record 1:41.55), but qualified three individuals in the 200 freestyle (Maverick Hovey and Michael Solfelt would also beat the state standard). From a pure section standpoint, the 200 individual medley was crazy. “The top three guys in the consolation heat made the cut,” said Boston, “and then everyone in the finals.” Eleven state qualifiers in


Northland Figure Skating success Southwest metro area skaters from the Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club (EPFSC) met on Valentine’s Day at the rink to give heartfelt hugs for competition honors at the 32nd Annual Northland Figure Skating Competition in Duluth. Skaters pictured (front row from left to right) are: Olivia Meredith, Jana Carlson, Sophia Ramlo, Alexis Stern, Ellie Ackerman, Lauren Muench, Abby Boedigheimer and Amanda Renn; (back row from left to right) Amelia Thoreson, Libby Isaacson, Shiloh Walker, Megan Sternke, Rachel Larson, Brooke Ramlo, Sara Haines, Sophia Modeas, Madison Fisher and Emily Williams. Club members are preparing for upcoming Minnesota competitions in Brooklyn Park, Minnetonka and Roseville, as well as Eau Claire, Wis. The EPFSC, celebrating its 30th anniversary, will showcase its ‘Heroes and Villains: An On-Ice Fantasy’ ice show March 23-25 at the Eden Prairie Community Center. Visit www.edenprairiefsc. org for more information.


Jonathan Lieberman set two pool records en route to winning 200 and 500 freestyle Section 6AA titles. one event. If that’s not a record, it should/could be. Include Eden Prairie’s Jenia Foster, Dima Foster, Sam Hansen and Griffin Back amongst the 11. In the 50 freestyle, Eden Prairie’s Aaron Greenberg cracked the ever-elusive 21-second barrier. He went into the meet tied for the pool record.

During Thursday’s preliminaries, he broke the record with 21.3. Saturday, he shattered it with a 20.97. Bryce Boston wou ld a lso swi m a qualifying time in the 50. Boston would set the pool record in the 100 butterfly with a swim of 50.44. Hovey, Jenia Foster and Brandt Swanson would also post qualifying

times. How fast is Eden Prairie’s butterfly? Boston, Hovey and Foster enter next week’s state meet as No. 1, No. 2 and No. 8 seeds. Greenberg won the 100 freestyle (46.17). Solfelt beat the standard.

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BOYS BASKETBALL Friday, March 2 ........................................Edina..............................................................7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 ...............................Section 2AAAA at EP .....................................7 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Saturday, March 3 ...................................Section 2AAAA at Hopkins ............................6 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY BOYS HOCKEY DANCE TEAM BOYS SWIMMING Friday, March 2 ........................................State Meet at U of M .....................................6 p.m. Saturday, March 3 ...................................State Meet at U of M .....................................6 p.m. ALPINE SKIING NORDIC SKIING GYMNASTICS WRESTLING Friday, March 2 ........................................State Meet at Xcel .........................................9 a.m. Saturday, March 3 ...................................State Meet at Xcel .............................................TBD 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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Five EPHS wrestlers wrestle to state

QRF system figures Eagles to be second best team in section

Gribben, plus two Brancales, win Section 2AAA titles BY DANIEL HUSS

T he Eden P rai rie H i g h School wrestling team’s Saturday was a pixel short of a perfect picture. “We were that close to running the table,” said Eden Prairie Co-Head coach Tom Gruhlke. W hen asked to explain, Gruhlke talked of his presection meet prediction of advancing five wrestlers to this week’s state meet. “We were one match away f rom b ei ng p er fe c t ,” s a id Gruhlke, “and we lost that one match in the last five seconds.” The match Gruhlke refers to is Chase Monger’s 145-pound semifinal match with Lakeville North’s Lucas Westrich — Westrich defeated Monger 8-6. Monger never got a true second match. Although that match didn’t go Eden Prairie’s way, another close one did as Melvin DeSouza defeated Prior Lake’s Robby Schultz in overtime (182-pound, true second). “ We wer e le ad i n g by a point when their g uy took Melvin down at the buzzer,” said Gruhlke, “but the official ruled that it had happened a fraction of a second too late. It was one of those deals where they (Prior Lake) were hoping to get the call and we were ecstatic when we did.” D r a m a a s so ci ate d w it h Eden Prairie’s other three qualifiers, Ben Brancale, Sam



Matt Gribben, wrestling at 152 pounds, was one of three Eden Prairie wrestlers to win section titles. Brancale and Matt Gribben, was nonexistent. “Matt (Matt Gribben) had a monster day and the Brancales just dominated,” said Gruhlke. B en Br a nc a le, a f r e shman wrestling like a senior, waltzed through the 120-pound bracket, winning his championship match 16-7. Ben’s older brother Sam won the 126-pound bracket in similar fashion, winning his championship match 17-6. “They’re little machines,” said Gruhlke, in reference to t he Bra nc a le brot hers. “They’ve got that calm confidence and they wrestle, wrestle and wrestle.” Jerry Bilse would also have a good day. “He had a 5-1 tour-

nament,” said Gruhlke. Bilse, wrestling at 160 pounds, would finish third.

BRACKET BUSTERS According to Gruhlke, all five of his wrestlers have decent state tournament draws. In No. 4 ranked Ben Brancale’s draw, the top two seeds are on the opposite side of the bracket. In No. 2 ranked Sam Brancale’s draw, No. 1 ranked Mitch Bengston is on the other side, meaning they can’t meet until the finals. “The Bengston kid hasn’t been beat in something like 200 matches,” said Gruhlke, “and the only guy who could stop it would be Sam.”

Gribben, wrestling at 152 pounds, opens with St. Francis’ Taylor Charles. If he wins, he faces the likelihood of seeing No. 4 ranked TJ Ohara in the second round. As an aside, Gribben, currently unranked, defeated No. 6 ranked Ben Cousins in the section semifinals. “Melvin opens with a twoloss Mounds View kid,” said Gruhlke, “but if he can get by him, it’s wide open.” The Class AAA State Individual Tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center. Firstround matches begin Friday at 9 a.m.

Section 2AAAA used a QRF (Quality Results Formula) system to seed its girls basketball tournament. Based on those results, Edina was awarded the No. 1 seed, Eden Prairie the No. 2, Bloomington Kennedy the No. 3 and Chanhassen the No. 4. Prior Lake, Shakopee, Bloomington Jefferson and Lakeville South are the Nos. 5-8 seeds. Eden Prairie ended its regular season with the Lake Conference’s second-best record. They split with Edina, losing the second game by two points despite having played that game without Shayne Mullaney, Eden Prairie’s leading scorer. Needless to say, Eden Prairie Head Coach Chris Carr isn’t sold on the new seeding system “We don’t know how they come up with their numbers,” complains Carr. Bottom line: Eden Prairie is the No. 2 seed and they’re going to have to win three games in order to defend the section title. “We’re the section champions,” he adds, “until someone beats us.” Question: Eden Prairie lost to Kennedy early in the season and then Edina late, what’s going to be different now? “When we lost to Kennedy early in the season,” said Carr, “we were playing lots of fresh-

men. They’re different players now. Since the start of the conference season, Sam (Sam Trammell) has been averaging a double double and Martha (Martha Kuderer) is averaging seven points per game. “What I really like,” he adds, “is that we’re playing better together as a team.” L a st ly, E den P r a i r ie i s healthier now compared to three weeks ago when it lost to Edina. “Shayne’s ankle is close to 100 percent,” adds Carr.

STRONG FINISH Tuesday, Feb. 21, Eden Prairie concluded its Lake Conference campaign with a 73-62 victory over Minnetonka. Mullaney led all scorers with 23 points. Jackie Johnson added 2 0 ; T rammel 14 and Cassy Saxton 12. Friday, the Eagles ended regular season play with a 61-28 win over Andover. Johnson and Trammel combined for 42 points. Mullaney was credited with 15 assists. “Do that,” adds Carr, “and you’re pretty tough to stop.” Eden Prairie was scheduled to open section play Wednesday, after deadline, with a home game against Blooming ton Jefferson. If Eden Prairie wins, they’ll play a section semifinal game on Saturday at Hopkins High School (6 p.m.).


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In the Eden Prairie High School boys hockey team’s 2-1 loss to Armstrong in the first round of the Section 6AA tournament, the Eagles attempted 90 shots. Fifty of those found their way to the net, but only one, however, would find its way into the net. That was a problem. “We had a lot of puck luck throughout the season,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Lee Smith. “Thursday, we didn’t get any.” For what it’s worth, Eden Prairie hit the post twice, the crossbar once. And? “You’ve got to give Armstrong a lot of credit,” said Smith. “They had a plan and they stuck to it.” Plan? “Considering all our injuries, I think they thought they could win by scoring two or three goals,” said Smith. To be sure, Eden Prairie was injured. Not only were two of its best players in street clothes, but its line of Brad Boldenow, Andrew Knudsen and Danny Halloran had just been cleared to play. Those things being said, Smith isn’t using injuries as an excuse. “I’d be more disappointed if I thought we hadn’t played so

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Lieberman would win his second title of the day, breaking the 500 freestyle pool record with a time of 4:35.18. Michael Hoblit, Spencer Sathre and Daniel Nelson would also qualify. “Daniel (Daniel Nelson) entered the meet with a seed time of 5:08; Spencer (Spencer Sathre) was a 5:02,” said


Members of the Eden Prairie Pom Squad pose with UDA Nationals second place trophies.


The defending state champion Eden Prairie High School boys hockey team fell big time in a 2-1 loss to Armstrong in the opening round of the Section 6AA Tournament. well,” he said. OK then, what went wrong and how does a No. 2 seed lose to a No. 7 seed? The answer, according to one witness, is that it doesn’t have any net crashers. “We talked about taking away their goalie’s eyes,” said Smith. “Not only was he seeing too many pucks, but we weren’t getting any second chances.” A lack of second chances wasn’t by accident. “Teams that have packed it

in against us have had some success,” admits Smith. “Wayzata beat us and then Hopkins and Buffalo kept it close.” Question: Does packing it in make Eden Prairie a perimeter team or was Eden Prairie already a perimeter team? “I don’t know; we’ve struggled to score goals all season,” said Smith. That may be true, but Eden Prairie still won 17 games and still earned the No. 2 seed in the state’s most competitive

section. On the flip side, the Eden Prairie team that lost to Armstrong wasn’t the same Eden Prairie team that beat Minnetonka last month. “We’ve had no consistency, not even at practice,” said Smith. “Monday, we were still fiddling with our lines.” Thursday, Eden Prairie put 50 shots on net, yet only scored one goal. End of story.

Boston. “Saturday, they both went 4:54.” Eden Prairie would win the 200 freestyle relay and then qualify three backstrokers (Hansen, Dima Foster and Hoblit). Back would become the first Eden Prairie breaststrokers to swim at the state meet in at least the last four years. As if Eden Prairie’s day needed an exclamation point, the Eagles ended their day by

shattering the 400 freestyle pool record. The old record was 3 : 0 9 -something. Eden Prairie swam a 3:07.51.

said it. We’ve thought about it, but don’t know that we’ve ever said it.” Q ue st ion : D o e s B o st on think this is a realistic goal? “I love where we’re sitting,” she said, “but you still have to go out and swim and you still have to go out and perform.” T his yea r’s St ate Swi m Meet, held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, is scheduled for Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (6 p.m.).

SAY IT As a coach, Boston has adopted a one meet/one week at a time approach. “We set goals at the beginning of every week,” she adds. This week? “The goal for this week is to win state,” she said. “There, I

EPHS Pom Squad second in Pom and Jazz at Nationals T he E den P r a i r ie H i g h School Pom Squad has taken top honors at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) National Competition at Disney World. The team placed second in Large Varsity Pom and second in Large Varsity Jazz. The EP Pom Squad has traditionally placed in the top five and has earned champion titles in 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Large Varsity Pom category included 45 team entrants; Large Varsity Jazz included 40 team entrants. The Eden Prairie Pom Squad is the only High School team from Minnesota to participate in this competition. Close to 4,000 of the country’s top dancers assembled at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando to compete on Feb. 4 and 5. Approximately 300 school and all-star teams from 35 states competed in the 2012 National Dance Team Championship produced by Universal Dance Association. The top three teams are showcased for national viewing on ESPN in March or April of each year. The Eden Prairie Pom Squad

has 18 members and is a highly motivated team with a commitment to excellence, according to a news release. They are known for challenging dance routines with elite technical training. They provide spirit and halftime entertainment at EPHS, including football, soccer and basketball game performances. Coach Anna Itman, 19 9 6 Eden Prairie Pom Squad alumni, is a freelance choreographer. Itman has won numerous national awards and has been commissioned by many teams throughout the country. She is a former seven-year UDA Head Instructor. In addition to coaching the EPHS Pom Squad, she continues to teach dance at The Dance Warehouse in Chanhassen. “The team set out to give performances that would be remembered for years to come,” said Itman. “They certainly claimed their place in history, delivering dynamic and powerful routines. I couldn’t have asked for more.” More information on the UDA competition can be found at is moving! Starting in March, find area prep sports news on

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Eden Prairie basketball in transition, literally NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLANNING COMMISSION Monday, March 12, 2012 - 7:00 PM City Center - 8080 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Project: Flying Cloud Landfill Lot Subdivision Location: 9813 Flying Cloud Drive Developer: Allied Waste NOTICE: Residents of Eden Prairie are invited to attend a public hearing about a proposal for a preliminary plat and rezoning to transfer ownership of the Flying Cloud Landfill from Allied Waste Services to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. This is the first of at least two public hearings on this project. The meeting is televised live on cable channel 16 and rebroadcast on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. The developer is requesting the following actions by the City: • Zoning District Change from Rural to I-2 on 12.4 acres. • Preliminary Plat of 156 acres into 2 lots. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: If you wish to see plans before the meeting, please stop by City Hall between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you want to talk to someone about the proposed project, please contact Regina Rojas, the project planner, at 952-949-8490. Copies of any written comments submitted to the Community Development Department by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting date will be distributed in the Commission packets. (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, March 1, 2012; No. 3287) Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Assumed Name/Certificate Of Assumed Name Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number: Date Filed: February 10, 2012 The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required as a consumer protection, in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business.

1. List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Silver Communications 2. Principal Place of Business: 7536 Carnelian Lane, Eden Prairie, MN 55346 3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address. Attach additional sheet(s) if necessary: Benjamin Silver – 7536 Carnelian Lane, Eden Prairie, MN 55346 4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. Signature: Benjamin J. Silver - President Benjamin Silver - Contact Person 952-452-1561 Date: 01/27/2012 (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, March 1 and 8, 2012; No. 3288)

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Eagles to open section play Wednesday as No. 1 seed BY DANIEL HUSS

K nowi ng t h at sec tion tournaments tend to feature a lot of half-court play, David Flom, head coach of the Eden Prairie High School boys basketball team, has decided to go in the opposite direction and focus on his team’s transition game. One, transition baskets are easy baskets. Two, teams that prefer the slower paced half-court style of play aren’t always equipped to run up and down the court. “Why not?” adds Flom. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Eden Prairie skipped into second place in the ultra-competitive Lake Conference with a 76- 64 victory over Minnetonka. “They didn’t shoot as well as they did when they beat us at their place,” said Flom, “but to be honest, their looks were just as good.” But that doesn’t totally explain how Eden Prairie turned a 32-29 first-half deficit into a 12-point win. “We were more aggressive with our attack in the second half,” explains Flom. Grant Shaeffer would lead all scorers with 23 points. Sander Mohn wou ld add 19, Andre Wallace 15 and Abrian Carpenter 10. The win lifted Eden Prairie’s conference record to 3-3; Edina is also 3-3. Hopkins is 7-0. Minnetonka is 2-5. Wayzata is 1-5. Friday, Eden Prairie continued its aggressive play with an 81-68 win over Andover. “Hopefully our aggressive


Jack Cottrell (No. 32) scored a team high 17 points in Eden Prairie’s 81-68 victory over Andover. attack is becoming the norm,” adds Flom. Jack Cottrell led Eden Prairie with 17 points. Wallace added 16; Jordan Peterson 15; Mohn 11. The win didn’t change a thing in terms of section seeding as Eden Prairie has al-

ready locked down the top seed. Chanhassen would appear to be the No. 2 seed. Prior Lake, however, could possibly leapfrog the Storm with a win over Lakeville North. In any case, Chanhassen and Prior Lake or Prior Lake and Chanhassen are going to be No. 2 and No. 3 seeds.

Burnsville is a lock for the No. 8 seed, mea ni ng Eden Prairie will open section play Wednesday, March 7, with a home game against the Blaze (7 p.m.). Friday, Eden Prairie ends its regular season with a home game against Edina (7 p.m.).


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Logo and vehicle designs unveiled for LRT, BRT A new logo and look for the “METRO” system of LRT and BRT services was released last week by the Metropolitan Council. “METRO riders can expect fast, frequent, and convenient service, whether they ride the Blue Line to Target Field, the Red Line to Mall of America, or the Green Line to the State Capitol,” said Arlene McCarthy, director of Metropolitan Transportation Services for the Met Council, in a news release. The system will consist of LRT (light rail) and station-tostation BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), and each line will have a color name, the release said.

of stage combat! A chance for beginners to get a taste for the physicality of theater, this class teaches participants the basics of fight on stage and puts them in action to test out their new skills,” according to a news release. For more information, visit

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The Blue Line refers to the Hiawatha LRT; Green Line is t he Cent ra l /Sout hwest LRT; Red Line is the Cedar Avenue BRT and the Orange Line is the I-35W BRT, the release said. The Southwest Corridor LRT is set for service in 2018, the release said. “The Central and South-

we st L RT l i ne s h ave one color, because when complete, that line will allow riders a “one-seat ride” from downtown St. Paul through downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie — one train will provide service to both corridors,” the release said. I n fo : t w it t er.c om / MetCouncilNews.

App for SouthWest Transit bus schedules Now available in the Apple Store, “Sout hWest T ra nsit Schedule Information” provides up-to-date route information and real-time arrival in formation for SouthWest Transit riders. L ast fa l l a Universit y o f M i n ne s o t a s t u d e nt ap proached SouthWest Transit with a proposal for a phone app, according to a SouthWest press release. Now SWT riders can access the most current schedule information at any time. When time changes are made on, the app will immediately notify the rider that new schedules are available and ready for download.

The app also makes it easy for riders to save and check the scheduled times of their most commonly ridden routes through the app’s “favorites” feature. Real-time bus arrival information is available using the capabilities of the NexTrip syst em . R ider s w i l l k now when their bus is going to reach a stop and can be ready to board, the release stated. A SW T app for A nd roid phones is currently in development. Its expected release date is June 2012. SouthWest Transit ( provides transit services to the residents of Chask a, Ch a n h assen a nd Eden Prairie as well as riders from

other surrounding cities. SouthWest Transit has four main Park & Ride lots: SouthWest Station at 13500 Technology Drive in Eden Prairie; Chanhassen Transit Station just south of the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in Chanhassen ; S out hWe st Vi l l a ge at the intersection of Highway 212 and County Road 101 in Chanhassen; and East Creek Station at the intersection of Highway 212 and Highway 41 in Chaska. Other information, including additional Park & Ride faci lities, route m aps a nd s che du le s , i s ava i l able at or (952) 949-2287.


gone. “He clearly states that his mental illness is gone as i f it’s evaporated,” he said. “The nuances and dynamic factors matter in this case.” Randel Alsdurf Richardson said Richardson’s behavior is unpredictable. He could not give an absolute prediction on Richardson’s chances of hurting someone if he is not committed as mentally ill and dangerous. In closing statements, Richardson’s attorney Christopher Petros said his client’s case is not typical. While there are three different expert opinions,

he doesn’t believe anyone is suggesting that Richardson would not be medication compliant. He agrees his client meets the standards for mentally ill, but not dangerous. George Widseth, Hennepin County assistant attorney, said Richardson has a history of being dishonest about taking his medications and being noncompliant about taking them. The mentally ill and dangerous committal would provide Richardson with the gradual treatment he needs. Quam said he will do his best to render a decision as soon as possible. Fol low i n g t he he a r i n g , Widseth said it’s possible Quam could issue his decision within a week.

Bruce Renken, a psychologist. On Monday, Hennepin County District Court Judge Jay Quam heard continuing testimony from Renken. Renken said he wanted to see Richardson’s treatment plan include longer term care and to not have the burden placed on Richardson or his providers. He recommended Richardson’s introduction back into the community to be gradual because there could be significant stressors upon his return. Dr. James Alsdurf, a psychologist, said he is concerned that Richardson has attached himself to the notion that his mental illness came and is now

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lized its crisis response team once it was notified. The team includes grief counselors. Students were given the opportunity to speak with counselors.

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the lake and run out.” As always, participants are encouraged to come in costume, either as individuals or as teams, and to take part in the fun. If jumping in the freezing water does not sound appetizing, the reactions of the people before, during and after the plunge are worth coming out and witnessing. Even though this event is a chance to get out and have some

Most students stayed at school, but some elected to go home early with parents. “We did have a few students who were fairly distraught,” he said. The district planned to release more i n for mation to parents later in the afternoon,


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 allyou-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.

Local company in national commercial The Lawn Ranger Outdoor Services an Eden Prairie company has been selected to be the focus of an AT&T commercial highlighting their innovative use of cell phone technology, according to a news release from the business. Filming took place Jan. 2527 at their offices, 6390 Carlson Drive, Eden Prairie and other locales in the Twin Cities. The Lawn Ranger Outdoor Services has been providing full service grounds maintenance, snow and ice management, design build landscaping services, irrigation, arbor care, shrub pruning, fertilization and holiday décor throughout the Twin Cities area since 1985.

VISI hosts data center seminar VISI and Kraus Anderson Construction Co. are co-sponsoring a free seminar titled “Data Center Decisions: Build Versus Buy” on March 9 at the Westin Galleria in Edina. The seminar introduces the question and lends some insight into the risks and benefits of either decision. Topics include assessing growth, capacity, consolidation, risks and benefits related to operating your own data center or relocating your equipment with a data center provider, according to a news release. T he seminar’s featu red speaker is Jeff Gilmer, a senior partner with Excipio Consulting. Gilmer has over 30 years of IT experience, and Excipio has completed hundreds of data center assessments for public and private organizations ranging in size from 350 employees to over 100,000. The seminar includes a complimentary break fast. The seminar is free, but preregistration is required at Info:

Kaufman said. Beal said further details about the man’s identity and manner of death will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. The office had not released an update at press time.

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Re/Max recognizes outstanding associates

What: Eden Prairie Polar Bear Plunge When: noon Saturday, March 10

fun for a good cause, the competition is stiff. Last year, Abby Pearson raised $1,290 just by herself, and the Edina Police Department raised almost $3,000. Williams said, “I think of the athletes and their oath when I strive to raise more money at the plunge this year. ‘Let me

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


Funds raised by the Scouts a re u se d to supp or t t hei r monthly camping activities, service projects, troop equipment and high adventure trips. I n f o : ( 6 1 2 ) 2 8 1- 5 1 9 2 o r


Re/Max associates with Re/Max Results in Eden Prairie were recognized at the Re/Max North Central Day of Distinction and Awards Celebration for outstanding achievements in 2011. John Collopy and Marshall

Where: Round Lake Park, 16691 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie Info: location/edenprairie

Saunders, broker/owners of Re/Max Results, were named Regional Broker/Owners of the Year for 2011. Jeffrey Detloff was honored for finishing 2011 as the No. 2 individual in the state of Minnesota for sales earned in a single year and number of closed transactions. Detloff and Wade Ryan were honored for achieving Chairman’s Club level status in 2011. Mark Bartikoski, Todd Bertelson and Julie Trones were honored for achieving the Platinum Club level. Joe Niece received the Lifetime Achievement award from Re/ Max World Headquarters. The Lifetime Achievement award is the second highest national honor given for total career sales and years of service. The following associates were given service awards: 25 years – Regina Finkelstein: 20 years – Michael Best and Joe Passofaro; 15 years – Tim Ehorn, Debbie Getlin, Greg Hatch, Michael Hatch and Sanford Hatch.

Carr joins Sharper Management Sharper Management, an Eden Prairie-based property management company that specializes in common interest communities (CICs), home owners associations (HOAs) and rental management for si ngle -fami ly ow ners, announces the hire of community manager Jennifer Carr. Carr will manage Sharper Management’s associations and develop the company’s community management division. She is a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) and Association Management Specialist (AMS) with 12 years of proper ty management and community management.

Kinderberry enrolling Summer ‘Klimbers’ Kinderberry Hill, 1016 0 Hennepin Town Road, Eden Prairie is enrolling for its summer “Klimbers” program. “Designed for children entering first through sixth grade, Klimbers features fabulous field trips to places like the zoo, a splash pad and the theater. On-site events include arts and ceramics projects, bounce castle fun, musicians, magicians and much more,” according to a news release. Sports clinics, a garden, sci-

ence, music, Spanish, health/ fitness and optional academic tutoring are available. Kinderberry Hill offers fulltime, part-time and f lexible schedules for Klimbers. Families may enroll for the entire summer or for a few weeks. Info: Heidi Olson at (952) 3458012 or

Clario Version 3.0 available Clario Analytics in Eden Prairie, an “expert in cloudbased marketing analytics for multi-channel retailers,” has announced the availability of Clario Version 3.0, providing new capabilities for efficiently processing large volumes of marketing data. “Clario’s Version 3.0 release provides marketing analytics users with a new ‘Jobs’ capability that is a productivity enhancer allowing users to orchestrate dozens of workflows and status notifications and run them with a single mouse click. Jobs streamlines repetitive tasks such as: submitting recurring operationally-oriented workf low sequences that produce timely customer data attributes, selecting the optimal marketing campaigns for customers and updating critical reports with the most current data available,” according to a news release.

‘Monetizing social media’ On March 29, a panel of three experts will give their insights on Monetizing Social Media. Participating will be M Squared Group Managi ng Pa r t ner a nd Fou nder Mark Price, Checkerboard Strategic Web Development President Jason Kocina, and Genoo Founder and President Kim Albee. The panel will be moderated by Minnesota Business Publisher Stafani Pennaz. Each panelist will present a short case study followed by a short discussion session. Sponsored by Sales & Marketing Executives International of Minnesota, the event will take place at The Woman’s Club main dining room, 410 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis, from 7:30-9 a.m. A hot buffet breakfast will be served. To register, visit The fee is $20 for students, $30 for members and $50 for non-members.

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he PROP Shop in Eden Prairie has found another way to market and sell some of the donated items it receives from the community. In early February the shop added an online store to its website. Volunteer Jody Russell came up with the concept and designed the online store because the shop receives unique and interesting items in its donations. Some of these items may not sell as well on the floor, she said. “I’m trying to think of a way to move these items; trying to get a reasonable price for the item and trying to broaden the audience so that we can reach further with the online store than the brick and mortar store,” she said. “We’re still exploring what we’ll put on the store.” Vicki Bomben, shop operations manager, said the online store will help to sell those items that may be collectables and give collectors a way to locate those things. The online store also can give comfort to donors because it will find the proper audience for those items. “The online store will help single out those special pieces and provide access to information to those pieces,” she said. Russell said some of the items are so unique she has to spend some time doing research about what they are and how to fairly price them. She is handling the upkeep of the online store, which includes taking pictures of the items, writing a short summary about each thing, determining prices and shipping. This will take the burden off of the other people


This Tula Russian Samovar, replicating the original tea brewing system from Tula, Russia, is available for $100 at the PROP Shop’s new online store, www.propshopep. org. involved with handling the physical store. The online store can be accessed by visiting the PROP Shop’s website at and clicking on “online store” at the top of the page. Once there, a list of items for sale with a picture, title, price and short description can be viewed. Some of the objects for sale have included a miniature elephas maximus, an American sweetheart depression glass set of four sherbet bowls and a Bottega Voneta ivory handbag. According to a recent PROP Shop newsletter, customers can order and pay for items with a credit card. People can save on shipping by picking up their purchase at the shop or items can be shipped for a fee. Bomben said for more information, call the PROP Shop at (952) 224-7051.

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Rewriting the book club Book clubs introduce readers to new books, friends BY AMY LYON


n a back corner meeting room at the Burnhaven Library, members of the newlyformed Literary Ladies Book Club gather to talk about their February title, “The Devil

in the White City.”

The small group of six discusses details of the book: How it believes the World’s Fair changed America, the motives of a young doctor and murderer and the reality that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Some members peruse the paperback version while others utilize the technology of their e-readers. Two ladies armed with iPads research questions that arise. The Literary Ladies Book Club operates in a casual structure with a playful tone that seems comfortable even though some ladies just met for the first time. The book is the bridge; their love of literature fills any gaps. Literary Ladies first met in January and its book selection process is simple: Each month a member chooses a book in the genre of her choice and leads the discussion during the meeting. The only rule: “Nothing too obscene,” said group founder Lisa Kvam of Burnsville. Kvam visited litladies. com for discussion guides and googled “how to start a book club” when laying the foundation for the group. “It helped to have a base of four people that were interested and would be there no matter what,” said Kvam. “I also talked to people of successful and unsuccessful book clubs to see how they operated.” Literary Ladies member Briana Capra of Prior Lake likes that she’s getting involved with this book club at the beginning to see how it grows and evolves. She also likes the opportunity the book club gives her to meet new people. “I like the selection process,” said Capra, who knits during the meeting. “It opens me up to some books I may not have selected on my own.” The Burnhaven Library in Burnsville offers free space each month to the group, which meets from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. In March, the Literary Ladies will discuss “The Hunger Games,” “The Night Circus” in April and “The Tiger’s Wife” is the selection for May. Literary Ladies is excited to welcome new members, Kvam said. Visit the group on Facebook (literaryladiesmn) or email at literaryladiesmn@

Current page-turners “Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo “Catherine the Great” by Robert K. Massie


Above – The Literary Ladies gather to discuss its February book selection, Erik Larson’s “The Devil in a White City.”

“Defending Jacob” by William Landay “Fault in Our Stars” by John Green “Hedy’s Folly” by Richard Rhodes

At left – Using iPads, the women research background on the book, such as the history of the World’s Fair.

“Last Man in Tower” by Aravind Adiga “Norumbega Park” by Anthony Giardina “Rin Tin Tin” by Susan Orleans


“Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel” by Hal Vaughan

Interested in joining or forming your own book club? Try these links:

“Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson Start your own book club with this 10step guide.

“The House at Tyneford” by Natasha Solomon Find out what other book clubs are reading and read book reviews.

“To End All Wars” by Adam Hochschild “Train Dreams” by Denis Johnson Find a local book club to join.


Club Book author events Utilizing a Minnesota Legacy grant, Club Book brings acclaimed authors to libraries across the metro area. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Richard Louv “Last Child in the Woods” and “The Nature Principle” 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka

Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift “The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Weekends”

Julie Schumacher

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3

“The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls”

Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Parkway, Prior Lake

6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17 Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd., Chasnhassen

Rita Mae Brown “The Big Cat Nap: The 20th Anniversary Mrs. Murphy Mystery” 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley

Richard Louv

Jenni Holm “Our Only May Amelia” and “Babymouse”

Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 New Brighton Library, 400 10th St. N.W., New Brighton

Don Shelby David Rhodes

“The Season Never Ends: Wins, Losses, and Wisdom of the Court”

“Rock Island Line,” “The Easter House” and “Driftless”

2 p.m. Saturday, April 14 Rum River Library, 4201 Sixth Ave., Anoka Anne Fadiman

7 p.m. Thursday, May 3 Jenni Holm

Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third St. N., Stillwater

“The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” 7 p.m. Monday, May 7 Don Shelby

Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Parkway, St. Paul

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LET’S GO! BEST BETS 1. GIFTS OF THE MAPLE Discover the maple syruping process. Watch sap boil in the evaporator, hike to see tapped trees and taste real maple syrup. As trails to the trees can be icy, uneven and moderately maintained, strollers are not recommended. For all ages. Time: 3-4 p.m. Sundays, March 4, 11, 25 Cost: Free Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-9000 or

2. MY PRESCHOOLER AND ME: MAPLE SYRUP Parents and their children ages 2-5 are invited to come to The Landing and find out what makes maple trees special. Tap a tree, collect sap and sample real maple syrup and sugar. Adults and children pay program fee. Reservations required; reference activity 238403-01. Enter the park through the west entrance. March’s warm days and cool nights are perfect for tree tapping.

Time: 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 Cost: $5 Location: The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park, 2187 E. County Road 101, Shakopee Info: (763) 559-6700 or

3. MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL Collect “sweet water” from the sugar maples and boil it down to make syrup on traditional wood-fired, barrel-stove evaporator. Discover the syruping process from start to finish: learn how to find a maple tree without the leaves, help to tap a tree, taste and collect sap, and watch as it is being boiled down. Make a craft and enjoy a taste of Lowry’s award-winning maple syrup on ice cream. For all ages. Time: 12-4 p.m. Saturday, March 17 Cost: $5 Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or


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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.


MARCH 1 MASTER GARDENER: GROWING VEGETABLES 1 This is the first part of a two-part class highlighting the 10 most popular vegetables grown in the area. A Master Gardener and CSA owner has compiled a list of favorites with hints on how to grow them successfully from start to harvest. The first class will highlight five vegetables that can be planted as early as April for early harvest. The Growing Vegetables 2 class, highlighting vegetables that should not be planted until danger of frost has passed, will take place 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Time: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 Cost: Free Location: Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd., Chanhassen Info: (952) 227-1500 or www.


MARCH 2 ‘THE SECRET GARDEN’ Orphan Mary Lennox has just arrived at the home of her uncle. She discovers she has a mysterious cousin, Colin, who has secluded himself from the world. Mary earns Colin’s trust and together they share the secret of an old garden hidden on the grounds of the estate. For ages 6 and older. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes March 2-18 Cost: Adults $15; children 2-7 and seniors 60 and older $12 Location: Stages Theatre Company, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins Info: (952) 979-1111 or

‘ANNIE’ Entirely performed by members of the church congregation, “Annie” is Family of Christ’s fifth annual musical production. Along with Director Carlye Peterson, nearly 100 cast members and many behindthe-scenes helpers are part of the production team. Several children’s main characters were double-cast. Annie will be played by Emma Nelson and McKenzie Woods. Time: 7 p.m. Friday, March 2; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4 Cost: $10 per person in advance; $12 at door. Audience members are asked to bring a canned good to donate to Bountiful Basket food shelf. Location: Family of Christ Church, 2020 Coulter Blvd., Chanhassen Info: tickets@familyofchristonline. com

1:45 p.m. Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

PHOTOGRAPHING THE LAND Nature and humans coexist, and many examples can be seen in the Refuge’s river valley. Take an early morning hike and find your own land ethic through the lens of your camera. Time: 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY! HIKE Test personal knowledge of Minnesota wildlife while hiking through the refuge. Compete as a team or as an individual. The winner gets a blue goose. Time: 3-4 p.m. Saturday, March 3 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley


MARCH 4 EDEN PRAIRIE COMMUNITY BAND SPRING CONCERT The Eden Prairie Community Band will be performing its Spring Concert on Sunday, March 4. The group will perform songs by Copland, Frescobaldi and Strauss. In addition, 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:

BIRD WATCHING WITH CRAIG MANDEL Join expert birder Craig Mandel on an early morning hike to look for feathered friends. Program is appropriate for all birding skill levels; binoculars are available for loan. Time: 8-9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 4 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley




Leo Lara is a native of Ecuador; Kathy is a Minnesota girl. Together they play varied wind and string instruments and percussion handed down through generations in the Andes Mountains on the west coast of South America. They set their music in historical and cultural context and tell of the indigenous European and African influences on their style. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Time: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, March 4 Cost: Free Location: Chanhassen Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd., Chanhassen Info: (952) 227-1500 or www.

GREEN FIRE: ALDO LEOPOLD AND A LAND ETHIC FOR OUR TIME Green Fire explores the life and legacy of conservationist Aldo Leopold and the many ways his land ethic philosophy lives on in the work of people and organizations across the country today. Meet wildlife biologists who bring endangered species back to the landscapes where they once thrived and learn how Leopold’s vision ties modern conservation stories together and offers inspiration and insight for the future. Time: 9:30-10:45 a.m. and 12:30-


Participants at last year’s Polar Bear Plunge displayed a range of costumes from the dainty to the daring.




den Prairie’s Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota is set for noon Saturday, March 10, at Round Lake Park, 16691 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie. “Cheer on the Eden Prairie Police and Fire Departments as they take the annual Polar Bear Plunge

along with hundreds of Eden Prairie residents, organizations and businesses,” according to a news release. For more information, visit

FEEDING TIME Watch feeding time with snakes, turtles, salamanders and toads. Learn about their diets and the adaptations they each have for eating specific foods. Cameras welcome. For ages 1 and older. Time: 1-2 p.m. Sunday, March 4 Cost: Free Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria Info: (763) 559-9000 or

MEDALIST CONCERT BAND: ‘SHALL WE DANCE?’ From the minuet to the mambo, dance music has intrigued audiences for centuries. Experience a variety of dance forms in selections by composers such as Malcolm Arnold, Leonard Bernstein and Peter Tchaikovsky. Time: 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4 Cost: Adults $12; seniors and students $10 Location: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington Info:


MARCH 5 GREENFIT CLUB: SPRING Meet others on a similar path to fitness and find motivation in the friendships. The program will include Nordic walking, yoga, paddling and a variety of outdoor recreation activities. Reservations required; reference activity 223117-00. For ages 18 and older. Time: 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, March 5-May 31 Cost: $75 per season Location: Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or

Upcoming MY PRESCHOOLER AND ME: ANIMAL BABIES Parents and their preschoolers ages 2-5 are invited to explore activity stations together and discover how animals take care of their young. Match babies with their parents,

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sing songs, and play with puppets. On the hike, search for animal baby hideouts and places animals call home. Adults and children pay the program fee. Reservations required; reference activity 212903-17. Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8 Cost: $5 Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or

‘THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY’ Two rival country clubs, Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel, prepare for their annual grudge match. Quail Valley has lost miserably for the past fi ve years and Mr. Bingham’s job is at stake, not to mention a huge wager he makes with the director of Crouching Squirrel. The match plays out amidst three love affairs, a disappearing diamond, ghastly golf sweaters, mistaken identities, emotional mulligans, slamming doors and rapid-fire chip shots. Time: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 1 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays; 2 p.m. Sundays beginning March 8 and continuing through the summer Cost: $27 Thursdays-Sundays; $29 Fridays; $32 Saturdays; $19.50 weekday matinees with discounts for groups and students Location: Old Log Theater, 5185 Meadville St., Excelsior Info: or (952) 474-5951

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

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE The Eden Prairie Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota is Saturday, March 10. The Eden Prairie Police and Fire departments

take the annual plunge along with hundreds of Eden Prairie residents, organizations and businesses. Time: noon Saturday, March 10 Cost: Free Location: Round Lake Park, 16691 Valley View Road Info: or (952) 9498300

TROOP 342 PANCAKE BREAKFAST Boy Scout Troop 342 will hold its 45th annual Pancake Breakfast 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 available from the Scouts and at the door. Funds raised by the Scouts are used to support their monthly camping activities, service projects, troop equipment and high adventure trips. Time: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11 Cost: $5, $15 for families Location: Eden Prairie High School, 17185 Valley View Road Info: Scoutmaster Mark Severtson at (612) 281-5192 or news.php

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

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, food and 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:


10TH ANNUAL EVERYTHING SPRING EXPO On Saturday, March 17, there will be a Home, Landscape & Garden Everything Spring expo hosted by the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce at Grace Church in Eden Prairie. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17 Location: Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Road Cost: Free Info: (952) 926-1884

EDEN PRAIRIE READS EVENT Participate in an evening of entertainment, with a light “The Hunger Games”-inspired meal, nonperishable food drive and a starpower simulation game, followed by a panel and discussion of the book. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is this year’s Eden Prairie Reads selection. Time: 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 19 Location: International School of Minnesota, 6385 Beach Road, Eden Prairie Cost: Free Info:

HEROES AND VILLIANS: AN ON-ICE FANTASY The Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club presents its annual ice show, featuring children, teen and adult performances. Time: 7 p.m. March 23, 5 p.m. March 24 and 2 p.m. March 25 Location: Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Road Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for youth 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:



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Mikalyna Sell, who is in 12th grade at Eden Prairie High School, also performed Jan. 24. She is the daughter of Sally and Chad Sell and was also nominated by Rolf Olson.

Students from Eden Prairie were among 100 Twin Cities high school students chosen recently to participate in the StarKid event at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Students were able to appear onstage in “Hairspray” at the Dinner Theatres in January. Performances of Hairspray continue through May 26. Info: www.


Malik Martin Johnson, a 12th-grader at Eden Prairie High School, performed Jan. 24. Johnson is the son of Brenda L. Johnson of Eden Prairie and was nominated by Rolf Olson.

Brenna Foley, a 12th-grader at Holy Family High School in Victoria, was in the show on Jan. 10. Foley is the daughter of Lori and Tom Foley of Eden Prairie. She was nominated by teacher Christine Funk. Students received lines to memorize and were given dressing rooms.


Eden Prairie Senior Center Th e foll owing up c oming events take place at the Eden Prairie Senior Center at 8950 E den P rairi e Roa d , unl e ss 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 doubledeck Pinochle and chess players. Contact the Senior Center if you are interested. St. Patrick’s Day Lunch — 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 Czech Village — 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 22. Visit Montgomery, Minn., for a visit to Hilltop Hall, an authentic Czech pork dinner and the unusual story of “Big Honza.” Cost is $50. Register by March 5.

Health and wellness The Eden Prairie Community Center at 16700 Valley View Road offers fitness classes geared toward seniors. Call the Community Center at (952) 949-8470 for more information. RSVP at (952) 279-8050 for the following events: 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.

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.

Classes Several driver safety courses are offered. Call (952) 279-8050 for information. Indoor Golf at Inside Edge Golf — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, through April at Inside Edge Golf, 16502 W. 78th St., Eden Prairie. Cost is $21 per week.

Red Hat Chapter Contact the Senior Center for more information on trips and special events. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Friday of each month at the Original Pancake House. 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

Mondays S en ior S i n g le s C of fe e Klatch — 8:45-10 :30 a.m. at Dunn Bros., 8107 Eden Prairie Road, for senior discounts on coffee. Shopping Bus — Call (952) 279-8051 by Thursday to schedule a senior van home pick up for the 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday shopping trips in Eden Prairie. Duplicate Bridge — 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 greet-

ing cards into new. Bread Day — 9:30 a.m. for “end of the day” baked goods and breads donated by a local baker. Donations accepted. Party-Style Bridge — 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 Cof fee 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

The fol lowing 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 (eighthour first-time course), at Summit Place Senior Campus, 8501 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie. Cost is $24. Info/registration: or 1-(888)-234-1294.

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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.

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.

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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. P a r t y B r id g e — noon3:30 p.m., no need to sign up, just come and play. Call Shirley at (952) 934-3461 for more information.

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

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.

Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources The commission meets at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, Council Chamber, Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road.

City Council On Tuesday, March 6, the council workshop in the Heritage Rooms of Eden Prairie City Center, starts for council members at 5 p.m., but normally discussions on topics don’t begin until about 5: 30 p.m. Regular council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chamber. Residents can discuss city business with council members during the city’s open forum from 6:30 to 6:50 p.m., and open podium from 6:50 to 7 p.m. Those who wish to take part in the open podium need to contact the city manager’s office (952-949-8412) by noon the day of the meeting.

Flying Cloud Airport The city Advisory Commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Ma rch 8, Heritage Rooms, Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road.

Human Rights and Diversity The city commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Housing & Human Services office in the lower level of Eden Prairie Center mall.

Divorce Support Women Healing from Divorce will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Biaggi’s Restaurant, Eden Prairie Center mall, 8251 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie. There will be a dinner and a discussion with an expert on how to relieve stress and stay healthy. Cost is $35. Info/RSVP: barb@

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

Progressives on the Prairie 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). Dr. 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.”

Parkinson’s Disease Support 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.

Humane Society Annual Meeting The annual meeting of the Carver-Scott Humane Society is from 6 : 3 0 - 9 p.m. T hu rs day, March 15, at the Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska. This yea r’s prog ra m i ncludes a light buffet dinner, a recap of the Humane Society’s accomplishments and future goals, speaker Dr. Lorna Reichl who will discuss animal anxieties/phobias and the humananimal bond and the CSHS 2011 Volunteer Awards. Info/ RSVP (needed by March 7): (952) 368-3553, Ext. 4 or info@

Ongoing 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.

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.

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

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.

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/.

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 sh a r i n g or supp or t g r oup (7-8 p.m.). Enter Door No. 1 and fol low the sig ns. In fo: or contact Shelly at sgeoffroy@atgrace. com or (952) 224-3023.

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:

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).

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.

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

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.

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

Eden Prairie Women of Today EPWT meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each mont h i n t he St a r Bank community room, 250 Prairie Center Drive. Eden Prairie Women of Today is committed to Service, Growth and Friendship (www.epwt. org). The meeting is a great way to see the range of activities and collective enthusiasm of members. Visitors are welcome. Info: Charlotte at presi-

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.

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.

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Suffering and the human family I’ve been thinking about freedom and suffering and the human family. The news and pictures from Syria are very disturbing as were similar reports from Libya, Egypt and other countries deemed part of the “Arab Spring.” Add to that the natural disasters of earthquakes and floods, tsunamis and tornadoes that have ripped through Japan, Indonesia and even our own country in recent years and you have a pageant of human suffering that is often hard to fathom. My emotions run the gamut from stunned disbelief to utter helplessness in the face of such suffering and loss of life. For many people, including myself, the question of how to respond regularly troubles my soul. For the victims of natural disasters and disease it only seems right to find some tangible way to support relief efforts. For the casualties of war the same is true albeit more complicated to address. In either case, there is something in the heart

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of most people that wants to do something in response to suffering if at all possible. I am wondering, however, if there is not a deeper issue for all of us to consider. It has to do with whether we really do see humanity as one family. Put another way, “When tsunamis and wars are happening ‘over there’ do we think of the people involved as our brothers and sisters?” Just how large is our vision of who and what matters to us in this world? We live in a culture that tends to value the individual

over community, independence over inter-dependence and competition over cooperation. Politically our nation is as polarized as it has ever been. We are rapidly becoming a nation of “gated communities” figuratively and literally. We create islands of preferred reality in hopes we can protect ourselves from unwanted influences. Many of us will watch the news tonight quietly grateful that the bad news did not affect us personally. Is there not something wrong with that picture? One of the great leaders in international compassion and relief was Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision, a Christian world relief agency. He is often quoted for these words: “Let my own heart be broken by those things that break the heart of God.” There is something very profound in those words. At the very least they call for a view of life larger than one’s self. All of which leads to me to believe that something more lasting than simply responding

to human suffering with acts of charity would be a permanent change in my vision of who belongs to me and my family in this world of people. It is literally every other person on earth! Among my African friends are colleagues in Kenya who have a saying, “When my little finger hurts, my whole body is aware of it.” It is another way of affirming the inherent connectedness of all mankind. If the suffering in Syria is to have a lasting impact on us, I believe it will be evident in a growing inability to read the news without being emotionally drawn to every story of both joy and sorrow. To truly weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice may be the only real evidence of being fully human and fully alive. Dr. Ber nard E. Johnson shares this space wth the Revs. Timothy A. Johnson and Rod Anderson as well as spiritual writers Lauren Carlson-Vohs and Beryl Schewe. “Spiritually Speaking” appears weekly.

‘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

‘Walk Thru the Bible’ Prairie Lutheran Church is hosting a “Walk Thru the Bible” two -par t 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

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Victory Lutheran Church’s Lenten theme is “Salvation at the Skull.” “During Lent, the account of Jesus’ crucifixion will be examined to see how people were drawn to salvation and what that salvation means for us,” according to a news release. A light meal is planned at 6 p.m. Services begin at 7. All are invited. Remaining message titles are: March 7 — “Strange Kind of Salvation;” March 14 — “No Fair;” March 21 — “Paradise;” March 28 — “Salvation at The Skull.” Victory Lutheran Church is at 16200 Berger Drive in Eden Prairie. Info:

Taizé prayer during Lent People of all Christian traditions are welcome to join in this ecumenical prayer, according to a news release, at 7 p.m. Thursdays, March 8 and 29, at St. Hubert Church, 8201 Main St., Chanhassen. The candlelit service includes sung prayer, silence, scripture readings and a reflection. All are welcome.

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Prairie Lutheran Church is hosting a series of Sunday Spotlight Speakers, with the next event at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 11, between worship services. A presentation by Professor Jeremy Myers from Augsburg College is titled “Rooting Youth in the Spirit.” “Myers, a professor of Youth and Family Ministry, will cover the importance of and how we can raise our youth deeply rooted in the faith. Bring your questions and enjoy open conversation and refreshments with others. There is no cost to attend,” according to a news release. Prairie Lutheran Church is at 11000 Blossom Road, Eden Prairie. Info: prairielutheran. org or (952) 829-0525.

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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 artReach 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 non-denominational gathering. Cost is $20 pre-registration or $30 at the door. Info:

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1BR $635, 2BR $735. Pets ok. 952-356-0611

1 BR APARTMENT Section 8 project Low income rent to qualifying persons. Age 62 or older. 30% of income Smoke-free units available

Shakopee Housing 952-403-1086 2 BR, 2 BA one-level townhome. Patio. $1095. 612-702-1390 Sandalwood Studiosfull kitchenettes, nightly/ weekly/ monthly rates available. 952-277-0100

House for sale: 9875 Spring Rd, EP $324,700 952-240-8940 New home, 3 car garage, walkout, custom cabinets, roomy floor plan. $169,900, New Prague. Zero down financing, Randy Kubes Realtor 612-599-7440

Lots/Acreage Farmland for Sale & Wanted. Randy Kubes, Realtor... 612-599-7440

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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.

POLICE RECORDS TECHNICIAN The Shakopee Police Civil Service Commission is now accepting applications for the full-time, civilian position of Police Records Technician. Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have a high school diploma or G.E.D., knowledge of contemporary office procedures and equipment and at least two years previous clerical or receptionist experience. Must be able to pass rigorous background check. Starting Wage: $18.11 to $20.37 per hour, DOQ, plus full benefit package. Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. Application Deadline: March 16, 2012. For more information and an application form, visit or call (952) 233 9320. EOE. TTY/TDD: (952) 233-3837.


Plant Superintendent Seneca Foods Corporation, a local Food Producer and Distribution Center located approximately 35 miles SW of the Twin Cities in Montgomery, MN currently has an opening for a Plant Superintendent. Responsibilities include; supervision of personnel, following and overseeing company and regulatory guidelines, schedules of maintenance, budget planning, safety programs and policies, finished product quality, and other duties as assigned. Requirements include 4-year College Degree and/or equivalent warehouse / production management experience is preferred. Applicant must demonstrate ability to manage multiple priorities, strong leadership and communication skills, along with the ability to function in a team environment. Seneca offers an excellent benefit package, along with a competitive salary based on experience. If interested please send resume or apply in person to: Human Resources Department Seneca Foods Corporation 600 Fifth Street SE, Montgomery, MN 56069 (507) 364-8641 Phone (320) 364-8273 Fax Seneca Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Community Bank Corporation is seeking a qualified individual to join our Commercial Credit Team. The ideal candidate will have 5+ years of credit underwriting, with credit analysis and loan administration experience, a Bachelor's degree, and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. We offer an exceptional compensation/ benefits program for the ideal candidate. Please forward your resume, including salary requirements to: Nancy Aune Community Bank Corp. 455 Pond Promenade, Chanhassen, MN 55317 or fax: 952-227-2424

Experienced, licensed, commercial lines CSA needed for mid-sized independent agency. SW suburbs. Please email resume:

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NOW HIRING SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR No experience Necessary will train Starting wage $13.25 per hour DOE No DUI's, must have Class D license at least 3 years And be 21 years of age Positive Connections 460 N Hickory Street Chaska, MN 55318 952-361-0899

Full-Time Groomer Our progressive veterinary hospital has an opening for a second full time Pet Groomer with a minimum of 2 years experience. Commission based w/full benefits. If you have excellent customer service skills, a positive attitude and the desire to help us grow contact: or call 952.447.4118

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PIZZAMAN... Drivers earn up to $15/ hour. Apply within, Shakopee/ Chaska locations. Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan is looking for talented chefs, line cooks and servers. Must be able to work in fast paced environment. Front line cooks, banquet prep. Bar and Banquet servers. Part time, year round. Day, nights and weekend shifts. Must be 18. Email application to jallar@ridgesat

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


City of Chaska, Minnesota

Customer Service Representative City of Chaska is accepting applications for a part-time (25 hrs/wk) Customer Service Representative working Monday through Friday at City Hall. Duties include phone reception, public reception, cashier tasks, public information inquiries, accounting support, clerical support, and data entry. Minimum qualifications include one-year accounting experience and clerical experience with excellent keyboard and 10-key skills. Experience using Microsoft Excel and Word desired. Starting pay range is $15.69 to $18.03 per hour DOQ. Required application available at or at Chaska City Hall. Completed applications must be received at City Hall, by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2012. EOE.

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

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


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

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


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

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WAREHOUSE Harris Communications, an Eden Prairie based company is seeking a full time warehouse person. This position requires the employee to stand for their shift, be able to read and understand picking tickets, and be able to lift up to 50 pounds. This is a fast paced job where accuracy means everything. Previous warehouse experience and knowledge of shipping software would be a plus. The position would be M-F from 9:00-5:30. If this sounds like something you would excel in please e-mail your resume to or fax to 952-906-1099 for consideration.

Support Specialists FT and PT (MRCI WorkSource) Do you enjoy interacting with other people? Would you like to help make someone's day a success? MRCI WorkSource is seeking to hire Support Specialists to work with individuals with developmental disabilities in our DT&H programs and assist with carrying out daily programs. Hrs 8-4pm with flexibility for routes. Includes an attractive benefit package. PT hours T-Fri, 8-3pm. Must have HS diploma/ GED, strong interpersonal communication, a valid MN driver's license, reliable transportation, good driving record & ability to obtain Class B - CDL within 3 months of hire. Experience working with individuals with autism and sensory needs, highly desirable. Experience in teaching and assisting with curriculum classes in social, education, and work skills a plus! Applications available at or call 800-733-9935 (TDD Hearing Impaired 507-3865600; 8 AM - 4:30 PM; M-F) NO COVER LETTERS OR RESUMES PLEASE. EOE/AA

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PROP needs of the week 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. Your cash donations enable PROP to use its buying power for food, supplies and financial support for clients. Your food donations keep shelves stocked. The group appreciates the support and invites you to volunteer and use your creativity to create a 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.

New options for medicine disposal Hennepin County residents will be able to drop off unwanted, unused medicines at dis-

posal boxes at three Sheriff’s Office facilities in Brooklyn Park, Spring Park and downtown Minneapolis starting Friday. The service is free. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Environmental Services Department will demonstrate the new drop-off boxes at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, (the event was rescheduled from Feb. 29), at the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Patrol Headquarters, 9401 83rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. The green drop-off boxes will be at the Headquarters, as well as at the Hennepin County Sheriff ’s Water Patrol, 4141 Shoreline Drive in Spring Park; and Hennepin County Public Safety Facility, 401 Fourth Ave. S. in downtown Minneapolis. Accepted items will include prescription medicines, including controlled substances, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and supplements and pet medicines. I n fo : w w medicine or (612) 348-3777.

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PROP Shop needs of the week The PROP Shop client room requests donations of boys pajamas, especially in sizes 4-12. 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 a nd Sat u rday a nd noon to 4 p. m . S u nd ay. D on at ion s are accepted from 10 a.m. to 6 : 3 0 p.m. We d nesd ays a nd 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. For more i n for mation and a list of other needed items, visit, email, or call (952) 934-2323.

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


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


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


2009 Chev Cobalt LT. Purchased/ driven locally, like brand new, 21,000K. Black, Spoiler, PW, PL, Cruise, CD, non-smoker, more! $10,950. 952-215-5421



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

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

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


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

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

1995 Chevy 3/4 ton 6.5 L Turbo Diesel ext cab 4 wd ,8' topper, ladder rack, 8' western plow. 174k , $6000. 612-4905078

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

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

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

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B8 | March 1, 2012 | Eden Praire News

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Taste of Eden Prairie

Did you know? This week, with the exception of Mardi Gras, people will drive to work, take the bus to school, and do seemingly hundreds of other things that occupy a typical week. But, did you know that on this week in 1953, scientists discovered the structure of DNA? Or that on March 1, 1932, Charles Lindbergh’s child was kidnapped right out of his home? Dr. Seuss was born during this week in 1904, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as president during this week in 1933. To top it off, the Hula-Hoop was patented during this week in 1963. Although this may seem like another week, one never knows when something significant is going to happen, or when a future leader of the world is going to be born. Source:

Austin Pham, a 12-year-old seventh-grader from Central Middle School, practices with a lasso.

This date in EP history March 1, 1901 — Mathew Riley was kicked right between the eyes by his horse. Source: “Eden Prairie Book of Days” by Ernie Shuldheiss



Ciro Sanchez, a sushi chef for Kona Grill, prepares sushi to be served to attendees.

Fran Stoltz of Eden Prairie glances at items for the silent auction. Stoltz said she’s had children in the Eden Prairie School District and came as a way to support it. “It’s being able to give back to the teachers,” she said. “As a parent that’s what we want.”

The March 15, 1979, issue of the Eden Prairie News reported that students at Forest Hills Elementary School were served shark for lunch, a testament to how things have changed since then. Herb de Roma, food services director of District 272, was known for serving exotic food to students every once in a while, and in 1979, it was completely OK to have some cooked shark between classes. In fact, most of the students thoroughly enjoyed the meat. The only exception to the positive feedback came from Allan Kuntsmann, who described it as, “Too watery.” Source: Eden Prairie News archives

PHOTOS ONLINE Cindy Prior, child nutrition manager at Forest Hills Elementary School, cuts a fruit pizza during the 10th annual Taste of Eden Prairie.

Shalo Lee and the Rush River Band perform country western hits during the Taste of Eden Prairie.



Grady Riegert, Danny Severtson and John Prideaux manned the griddles at last year’s Troop 342 Pancake Breakfast.

Dates to remember Troop 342 Pancake Breakfast – 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11, Eden Prairie High School

Tori Hill, Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools board member (left), Kelly Wilske of Apple Valley (center) and Celeste Heidelberger of Lakeville sample delicacies prepared by area restaurants.

Josh Bouwens, manager of D’Amico & Sons (left) hands David Giese of Marshalltown, Iowa, a piece of strawberry almond shortbread. Giese said his son, who is on the FEPS Board, invited him to come.

Writer’s Festival and Book Fair – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center 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.


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