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news Referendum rethought Board puts kibosh on referendum plans for this year BY LEAH SHAFFER

The Eden Prairie School Board passed a resolution Tuesday evening to delay a referendum. “We have to take what we have and we have to make it better,” said School Board member Ranee Jacobus. In late June, when the Eden Prairie School Board approved a plan to put a referendum on the ballot this fall, the district’s financial picture looked grim. Since that time, with the budget agreement that emerged during the state shutdown, that financial picture has brightened. During this Tuesday’s meeting, the board was scheduled to approve language for the referendum, a fi nal step before it goes on this election year’s ballot. Instead, members approved a resolution to delay putting the question to voters and instead begin gearing up for a referendum in 2012. The resolution passed Tuesday


George Holasek recounts tales of more than 70 years in Eden Prairie.

requires that a leadership committee for a 2012 referendum be put together by October. Getting volunteers for this year’s referendum committee was a challenge, noted board member Holly Parker. Now there may be people lining up to get involved in a possible 2012 referendum, she said. Parker emphasized that either way they look at it there is a lot of work to do. She said they don’t want to “just kick the proverbial can down a year” without an idea of what they want to do next. If they engage the community along the way, “maybe that is for the best too,” she said.

BUDGET UPDATE In late June, the district’s budget model showed the district was facing a $4.6 million shortfall for the 2012-2013 school year. By shortfall, that means the projected budget in 2012-2013 would dip below the 4 percent reserve fund the district is required to keep in place. In June, the board approved a plan to ask voters for an operating levy increase of $4.2 million (which would translate to an approximate $170 increase on taxes

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Holasek’s history in Eden Prairie Tales from former farmer include cock fighting, snowstorms and ‘Hopalong Catastrophy’




s the interview begins, George Holasek’s son Joe asks if this reporter has heard about when his dad was arrested for cockfighting. According to a very colorfully written account in the Hennepin County Review on March 28, 1946: “Good old Eden Prairie leaped into the metropolitan headlines this week when deputy sheriffs from the city, snoopers that they are, dropped in

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Holasek said his greenhouse was located where Flying Cloud Animal Hospital is now. He is pictured here with Paul Holasek.

Bomben out of School Board race Eight candidates remain in the mix BY LEAH SHAFFER

Eden Prairie School Board Chair Carol Bomben withdrew from the School Board race last week after originally filing to run. Bomben, who has served with the School Board since 1996, said she decided not to run for re-election for reasons related to family and that, “It’s time for me to move on.” Bomben said she will remain involved with education issues through work as a board member of District 287. She also serves as an alternate member for the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, and as a member of both the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools and the Eden Prairie Foundation.

In addition, Bomben said she’s started a new job. “ R i g ht now I ’m on so many boards a n d s o m a ny d i fferent things,” she noted. “I’m kind of stretched.” In addition to being Carol a long-time member Bomben of the Eden Prairie School Board, Bomben has been active with a variety of education organizations. She just fi nished her term last year as a director at the Minnesota School Boards Association. “I’m hoping that I’ve made a difference,” said Bomben, of her time with the district. “I truly believe in the work that this district is doing.” Eight candidates remain in contention for the four School Board

positions this fall, including incumbents John Estall, Kim Ross and Holly Parker. They’ll be joined by Karla Bratrud, David Espe, Tim Fox, Derek Gunderson and Bill Lapadat.

PARKER IS IN Parker, after initially indicating she would not be seeking reelection, signed up for the race on the last day to fi le. It was both a hard decision not to run, then a hard decision to run, she noted. In the end, Parker weighed pros and cons and decided she could add value and “restore some trust if it’s been lost” in this major time of transition as the district gears up for a new superintendent and fi nishes up the K-6 change. “I think I can be helpful in this


Do over done good, really, really good. Last year’s Eden Prairie American Legion baseball team finished one game short of an American Legion World Series title. This year’s team won it all, beating a talented Tupelo, Miss., squad 5-4 in 13 amazing innings. With its win, Eden Prairie became only the fourth Minnesota team to win an American Legion World Series title in the tournament’s 85-year history. For more on Eden Prairie’s fantastic finish, go to page 8.

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Social networking with scouts and seniors BY KARLA WENNERSTROM

As Jacqueline Tomoe set up her Facebook account, the messages started coming. She found several relatives immediately, sending them “friend requests.” The Girl Scout Tech Savvy Senior class at the Eden Prairie Library Friday attracted three seniors who were able to set up a Facebook page, or learn more about using their Facebook page. Scouts from Troop 10 035 helpi ng wit h t he cl a ss i ncluded Allison Barker, Jane Bollweg, Abby Drach, Zahara Kathawalla, Taryn MacGibbon, Saahithi Rao, Priyanka Shetty and Sydney Wrobel. The troop is working with

If you go What: Tech Savvy Seniors class When: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7 Where: Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie Info: (952) 279-8050 (Eden Prairie Senior Center). Target Women in Science and Technology (TWIST) and the city of Eden Prairie on this Silver Award project. They are developing training materials for an ongoing program helping seniors learn about the computer and Internet technology.

They want to teach about a variety of uses of technology, including registering for Eden Prairie classes and programs, using Caring Bridge, r e g i st er i n g for F ac eb o ok , sending email, fi nding news, using Google, fi nding weather reports and directions, looking up movies and theater information and working with photos. Local seniors have been pa r ticu l a rly i nterested i n learning about Facebook and sharing photos, said Scout Leader Malyn Wrobel. The troop is working to plan several upcoming sessions, including one on Oct. 7. For more information, contact the Eden Prairie Senior Center at (952) 279-8050.

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Band performing today at State Fair The EPHS Marching Band (“Eagle Band”) will be featured in the Minnesota State Fair Opening Day parade on Thursday, Aug. 25. They will perform “Poker Face” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Sneak Preview Night for the Eagle Band field show, “An Eagle’s Flight,” will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at EPHS Aerie Stadium. The Eagle Band will perform its show during halftime of home EPHS football games on Sept. 1, 9, 23, 30 and Oct. 6. The 20th annual Prairie Colors Band Festival is at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at EPHS Aerie Stadium. High school marching bands from around the state will compete, and the Eagle Band will perform in


The EPHS Marching Band played “Thriller” on the opening day of the fair last year. exhibition. The University of Minnesota marching band (including several EP alumni) will also perform that evening.

Livestock at the State Fair Want to see local 4-Hers’ livestock at the State Fair?

Minnesota 4-Hers will have their livestock (beef, dairy, goats, sheep, swine, llamas, poultry and Rabbits) at the Minnesota State Fair from Thursday, Aug. 25, through Sunday, Aug 28. Most of the livestock categories, including horses, will have open (non 4-H) categories throughout the fair (Aug. 25 through Sept. 5), except rabbits, which will only be there from Aug. 25 to 28. Other 4-H project areas will be displayed during the entire fair, reports Eden Prairie resident Mark Engstrom, a livestock advocate for Hennepin County 4-H.

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Ginko, named for the ginkgo plant, in the Londeen’s Eden Prairie front yard last year, preparing for the State Fair.

Firefighters from the Eden Prairie Fire Department are planning a car wash and family event to benefit the American Cancer Society from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie.

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Massive elm tree succumbs to disease Eden Prairie reports slight increase in Dutch elm disease this year BY KARLA WENNERSTROM

Neighbors gathered on Gerard Drive Thursday to watch as a massive elm tree was cut down. The tree, which measured 150 inches around, according to homeowner Marlene Nickolai, started to lose leaves in the summer. She called the city forester to come take a look and the diagnosis was Dutch elm disease. The tree received an orange mark and the homeowners were given 20 days to have it taken down. Eden Prairie City Forestry Technician Jeff Cordes said that for the past 10 years the city has averaged between 1,100 and 1,400 elms removed each year. In 2011, the city is tracking at about 1,600 diseased elms marked so far. The total in 2010 was 1,324. “There’s a slight increase in the incidence of Dutch elm disease this year in Eden Prairie,” Cordes said. He said the tree on Gerard Drive measured 49 inches in diameter at the 4.5 foot mark in height. He said he thinks the towering elm is the largest removed in the city this year, with only one more above the 40-inch mark reported. “That was a huge elm there,” Cordes said. When the disease was raging through the area in the late 1970s and ’80s, thousands of trees were removed, he said. There are reasons the trees must be removed quickly, he said. “It is infectious to the other elm trees in the neighborhood and we want to try and control that spread,” Cordes said. The

Do you have a diseased tree? If you notice something wrong with any tree, call the city to come and take a look at it. Call forestry technician Jeff Cordes at (952) 949-8463. The city lists the following questions on its website:

Marlene Nickolai and Blaine Patrick stand nearby as their elm tree is removed Thursday. dying elms attract bark beetles, which is the most common way the disease is spread. “You want to get rid of that material as quickly as possible,” he said. The property owner is required to have the tree cut down. Cordes recommends getting three to five estimates because costs can vary. The city can often provide free hauling and removal of wood, which is taken to the old BFI site near Flying Cloud Airport, then sent to District Energy in St. Paul, a biofuel plant. “I bet I’ve had half a dozen taken out of my yard,” said neighbor Chuck Kuyava. Nickolai said she moved to Eden Prairie in 1970. She didn’t plant anything for the fi rst few years, thinking she wasn’t going to stay. “Here I am all these years later,” she said. She’s watched the huge elm tree split, able to see it from her bedroom window. Nickolai said that she and her husband Blaine Patrick had 14 elm trees in their yard. Now there are six, which she expects to lose as well. The cost to remove the tree was estimated at about $2,000. The couple and their neighbors continued to watch as the

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Time to register for Alma Mater Trotter It’s time to register for the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools’ third annual Alma Mater Trotter, set for Saturday, Sept. 24, beginning at Aerie Stadium at Eden Prairie High School. FEPS is a nonprofit “with a mission to support and enhance the legacy of excellence in Eden Prairie Schools.”

“Are leaves falling off your tree in the middle of summer? “Is the foliage of the tree off color or different than it was last year? “Are there strange bumps or ragged edges on the tree leaves? “Have you noticed an increase in insects or caterpillars on your tree? “Has your tree lost a limb or major branch due to wind damage?” Dutch elm disease is a fungus. It is still the most common tree problem in the city, but there are also pockets of oak wilt, Cordes said. tree came down, branch by branch and limb by limb, with larger pieces lowered carefully to the ground by ropes. “That guy knows his physics,” Patrick said as a branch fell to the ground next to all the others. “It’s like a train wreck. You can’t take your eyes off it,” said neighbor Sue King.



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In defense of our firefighters BY JACK SHEEHAN

Richard Proops’ analysis of the expenses associated with our volunteer fire service demands a response, and as someone who donated over 20 years of his life to serve as a volunteer firefighterparamedic (not in Eden Prairie) I feel compelled to fill in the gaps in his knowledge. The question of how many people are required to man a station is best left to the fire chief. Let’s examine what those 92 volunteers do to earn that average weekly pay of $71.15, less than they could earn delivering pizzas. First, consider the nature of the work these men and women are doing. The U.S. Department of Labor defines it this way: “Fire fighting involves the risk of death or injury from sudden cave-ins of floors, toppling walls, traffic accidents when responding to calls, and exposure to flames and smoke. Fire fighters also may come in contact with poisonous, flammable, or explosive gases and chemicals, as well as radioactive or other hazardous materials that may have immediate or long-term effects on their health. Adverse conditions or unusual expectations required as part of the job include: driving emergency vehicles in inclement weather and under emergency conditions, unusual physical exertion such as lifting,

climbing, bending, and crawling, as well as exposure to intense heat and toxic environments. An appointee may be exposed to a wide variety of physical risks ... including: extreme temperatures; exposure to all weather conditions; water risks while engaged in rescue operations; risks from operating at heights while involved in structure fires or rescue operations and the diseases and illnesses of EMS clients.” Note that first sentence. Fortunately firefighter deaths and life-changing injuries don’t happen every day, but they do happen. A husband or wife could answer an alarm and never be seen alive again. A family is destroyed, perhaps left destitute by the loss of the major breadwinner, and the survivors are left to grieve. A slip and fall, a serious burn, an armed and dangerous EMS patient, a needle stick, or an inattentive driver could, in seconds, turn an active and healthy volunteer into an invalid. Most of us don’t face that level of risk in our daily lives. Consider also that these fine people train every week at mandatory drills. They put important parts of their lives on hold and subordinate their personal pleasures to the needs of our community. They jump up

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Autumn arrives at 4:05 a.m., Sept. 23 BY DEANE MORRISON

The fading summer leaves us more hours of darkness to enjoy the stars, which is nice for finding some of the less obvious treasures of the night sky. High in the south after sunset, the Summer Triangle still dominates. From bright Deneb, in Cygnus, west to brilliant Vega, in Lyra, and south to Altair, in Aquila, it comprises three of the sky’s brightest stars and comes out shortly after nightfall. Break out the binoculars to spot the aptly named Coathanger, a grouping of stars three-eighths of the way along an imaginary line from Altair to Vega. Moving eastward from the Coathanger, look for the thin form of Sagitta, the arrow, and leaping Delphinus, the dolphin. And before you leave this section of sky, be sure to turn the binocs on the Milky Way, which flows through or close to these constellations. In the predawn sky, Mars glides out of Gemini and into Cancer. Look on the 15th, when the Red Planet forms a straight line with the Gemini twins Castor and Pollux above the eastern horizon. On the 23rd, a waning moon appears near Mars. But the planet’s best moment of the month is its last: On the 30th, Mars hovers at the edge of the beautiful Beehive star cluster, the jewel of otherwise dim Cancer. Mercury pops into the morning sky early in September. Look for it low in the east-northeast, especially on the 9th, when it pairs up with Regulus, the brightest star in Leo. Jupiter rises in the east about two and a half hours after sunset on the 1st, but by the 30th, we’ll only have to wait about 90 minutes after sundown to see its brilliant golden form. If you’re up in the predawn hours, you’ll find it high in the south, between the Great


Square of Pegasus to the west and Orion to the east. Wherever Jupiter is, look 16 or 17 degrees below it and a few degrees west to find an intriguing star called Mira. Five years ago, astronomers found that this star, which began life like our sun, is shedding a tail of gas and dust as it hurtles through space. Now 13 light-years long, the tail has formed over the last 30,000 years and may seed the formation of new stars, planets and even life. Because it is billions of years older than the sun, Mira is a case study in how our sun is likely to evolve. It has grown into a large star called a variable red giant, the “variable” part referring to its pulsating brightness as it periodically swells and shrinks. Its brightness is expected to peak this month, so don’t miss this chance to see it. September’s harvest moon shines on through the night of the 11th-12th. This moon has long been a boon to farmers working late to bring in their crops because near the time of the fall equinox, the full or close-to-full moon rises as little as 22 minutes later each night. At other times of year the interval is much longer. Around the spring equinox this March, for example, the fullish moon rose 81 minutes later from night to night. Things go the opposite way in the Southern Hemisphere, however, so farmers there enjoyed a harvest moon then. Speaking of the equinox, fall arrives at 4:05 a.m. on the 23rd. At that moment the Earth’s axis tilts neither away from nor toward the sun, and an observer from space would see our planet lighted from pole to pole. Deane Morrison, with the University of Minnesota, can be contacted at Find U of M astronomers and links to the world of astronomy at www.


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Every college kid should drive a junker My father was not taxi taking everyone a farmer. I never lived everywhere everyday on a farm. I couldn’t all fall. tell a sheep from a One day in goat from a hippo from November of that a polar bear. year, however, my OK, that is a bit of father peeked in a fib. Because I attend his new truck as I the Minnesota State was heading into Fair every year I can town for basketball tell a sheep from a practice and noticed goat. But the bottom the odometer. I don’t line is this. I should remember exactly have never been what he said but it LIFE IN EDEN granted a farm driver’s was something along permit as a 15-year-old the lines of “shut the who lived out by the front door!” golf course in central Minnesota. A call was placed and I was soon Farm permit you ask? This handed the keys to my brother’s fivemeans shy of my 16th birthday I had year-old 1974 Ford Gran Torino with a valid driver’s license and was able a fuel efficient V-8 engine. to get around this fine state legally The Gran Torino rocked. It was at 15. How did I get this permit? My fast, sexy and had the latest in audio father didn’t lie. When asked if he accessories, a cassette player. farmed, he simply told the registrar It was decided that in the summer that “you can’t make a living at the and good weather I would drive my telephone company.” car and in the poor winter weather So Steve had a car. A truck to be where four wheel drive might be more accurate. A brand new Ford necessary, I drove the truck. It was a F150 four-wheel-drive truck. The pretty good gig. truck was necessary because in the In contrast, I feel very sorry for winters mom and dad wanted to my college junior. We spent much of be sure I could get to school. Our the summer on Craigslist looking driveway was about a quarter mile for a suitable vehicle for her to take long and heaven forbid I get to sleep north and give me a reason to retire in a bit after a blizzard makes the the 1996 Maxima we limped around roads dangerous and un-drivable. this summer. Junker? Oh heck yeah! Thanks Dad. 240,000 miles! My friends were thrilled. Since Rather than list the things that none of them could drive, I was the are wrong with her car I will simply



list the things that work. Ready? Air conditioning. Power windows. But just for fun, I will give you a flavor of some of the car’s charm. Ready? Wiper fluid pump doesn’t work. Three huge cracks in the windshield. Left front blinker broken. Bose stereo doesn’t power up, so no radio. Sunroof is a combination of Plexiglas, screws, Gorilla Glue and duct tape. Hood only opens with the help of a screwdriver and an old Patty Berg nine iron to keep the hood from falling on your head while adding 10W-30. Why are you adding 10W-30? Because it leaks more oil than the Exxon Valdez. In my defense I did look in earnest for a better car all summer, but used cars are in demand right now and we could never get to a good one before it sold. And frankly, every college kid should drive a junker, right? It’s all part of the experience, right? Also in my defense, I drove that car all summer and let her drive my car. All summer. And it will really only sit at college. She walks to class and her job. But she has never heard the story of my fortunate youth driving my brand new truck. And my cool car with cassette player. And she never will. Right? Eden Prairie resident Steven Stromberg’s humor column appears twice monthly.


Fire Department cost effective Last week, Mr. Richard Proops wrote a letter which among other items discussed the cost and structure of the Eden Prairie Firefi ghter Relief Association Pension Plan, which provides pension benefits to retired and disabled firefighters. I would like to make several comments. For the year 2011, the city’s net contribution to the pension plan will be $822,000, based on the 2009 Relief Association Actuarial report, dropping to $615,000 in 2012. These amounts are significantly lower than the 2011 budget amount of $1.42 million stated in Mr. Proops’ letter. E den P r a i r ie h a s a p a id - on call fire department made up of residents that dedicate their time to the community. After 10 years of service they are eligible for a pension, a benefit that is critical for the recruitment of new fi refi ghters and the retention of experienced ones. Eden Prairie has an excellent volunteer pension plan and I believe

that I speak for all active and retired members in thanking the city and its residents for their continual support of the volunteer pension plan. It should be recognized that Eden Prairie is one of the busiest cities in Minnesota with a paid-on-call fi re department – this continues to be a cost-effective solution while still providing superior service to Eden Prairie residents. Finally, with regards to changing the pension plan from a Defi ned Benefit Plan to a Defi ned Contribution Plan, over 84 percent of Minnesota Volunteer Fire Pension Plans are Defi ned Benefit Plans based upon the 20 09 State Auditor’s Report. Since I am also not aware of any metro area relief association that has recently changed or is considering changing to a defi ned contribution plan, I would question Mr. Proops’ statement in his letter that many organizations “have gotten away from this plan in favor of Defi ned Contribution plan.”

Philip A. Jones Eden Prairie Editor’s note: Jones is an active Eden Prairie Firefighter and a trustee on the board of the Eden Prairie Firefighter Relief Association.

Congrats to Eden Prairie I have kin folks in Young America, Minn., so I supported your team in the series. What a great bunch of young men. You should be very proud of this team playing two games on the fi nal day and winning the series in 13. I look forward to seeing your team in Shelby next year. Congrats to the town of Eden Prairie and to a great baseball team.

Ed Blake Shelby, N.C.

Cows are delightful The renovation of the GoodrichRamus Barn on Pioneer Trail is terrific. The wonderful cows are so delightful they bring a smile every time I pass by. Thank you Mr. Schussler, for your attention to detail, creative sense of humor, and especially for sharing it with the community!

Cheryl Scheible Eden Prairie

CORRECTION An article in the Aug. 18 edition of the Eden Prairie News incorrectly reported that School Board candidate David Espe was the only School Board candidate not in attendance at a ses-

sion on the board’s governance model. School Board member and candidate Kim Ross was also absent from that meeting. The Eden Prairie News is commit-

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Eden Prairie student science scores remain flat at elementary Recently released results from the MCA-II science test show scores have remained relatively flat in Eden Prairie for fifth-graders and eighthgrade students, while the high school saw a slight increase. According to the results reported by the Minnesota Department of Education: I 49 percent of fifth-grade students scored proficient on the test, the same level from 2010. I 67 percent of eighth-grade students were proficient, up slightly from 66 in 2010 I 69 percent of high school students were proficient, up from 60 percent in 2010. Eden Prairie students continue to score higher than the state average. According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Education. “About 54 percent of high school students were proficient, reflecting a consistent increase in the percentage of proficient scores each year since 2008. About 45 percent of eighthg rade students were proficient, representing a slight decline from 2010.” The percentage of fi fth-graders who were profi cient remained at 47 percent this year. “ T h i s spr i n g, a tot a l of 179,219 students in grades five,

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Source: Minnesota Department of Education, Eden Prairie School District

eight and high school took the Science MCA-II, which measures student performance on M i n ne s ot a’s Ac adem ic Standards. The science standards define what students should know and be able to do in a particular grade and are developed in partnership with Minnesota educators. “Ac c or d i n g t o C om m i s sioner Cassellius, the mixed results may be a reflection of the transition from teaching the 2003 academic standards to teaching the new standards implemented in 2009. 2011 is the last year of administration of the Science MCA-II assessments based on the 2003 academic standards. The 2012 Science MCA-III assessments will be based on the 2009 aca-

demic standards.” Eden Prairie is on the verge of implementing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineeri ng, Mat h) pri nciples i n a number of classrooms this fall. “Implementing 50 minutes of science daily in conjunction with our strengthened science curriculum will help address the static nature of fi fth-grade scores,” said Superintendent Melissa Krull in a news release. Because of the state shutdown, there has been a lag in the release of test scores by the state of Minnesota. Results from the 2011 MCA math and reading tests are expected in September. –Leah Shaffer


Community Ed offering classes According to a news release, “the fall Community Education catalog has been delivered to every home and business in Eden Prairie and registration is open for a variety of new lifelong learning opportunities. Do something for yourself and try a new fitness class like Abdominal Strengtheners, Hips, Bellies and Shoulders, Hula Hoop, Kettlebells or Zumba; learn about all the new technology out there including Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010, or sign up for some real fun learning Sign Language to use with your baby or try another one of our popular languages. Take up dancing, yoga, or check out one of our many new classes. If you didn’t receive a copy or need more information, go to our website at or call (952) 9756940.”

Behavior expert speaking at ISM Dr. Marti Erickson, co-host of and wellknown, local child and youth behavior expert, will be speaking at The International School of Minnesota (ISM) between 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. According to a news release, “She will be

focusing on five steps for ensuring your child’s school year is the best it can be.” Dr. Erickson’s presentations at ISM are free and open to the public. They will be held in the school’s performing arts center. The school is at 6385 Beach Road, Eden Prairie. For more information, call (952) 918-1816. For school information, go to

GED program taking registrations Adult Options in Education is taking appointments for registration at Eisenhower Community Center. To schedule a registration appointment for adult English language or GED preparation classes, call (952) 988-5343. According to a news release, “appointments begin mid-August; classes will start Monday, Sept. 12, at sites in Minnetonka, Hopkins and St. Louis Park. “Adult Options in Education offers classes for adults who need English-language skills (ESL/ELL classes); a refresher in math, reading or writing; or GED preparation. All Adult Options in Education classes are free. Transportation and childcare assistance may be available for registered students.” Registrations for classes at all sites are at Eisenhower Community Center, Room 228, 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins.

Family Center offers classes The Eden Prairie Family Center offers the following family and parenting classes: Register for ECFE Classes 2011-2012 : Meet once a week with other families to share the fun and challenges of parenting. The Eden Prairie Schools Early Childhood Family Education Program is taking registrations for 20112 01 2 . Week ly pa rent /chi ld classes for babies through 5-year-olds provide parents with the opportunity to network, share ideas with each other and receive parenting tips from a parent educator. Daytime and evening classes are available. All Aboard for Two-Day Twos!: Beginning in September, this new class will offer older 2 -yea r- olds a week ly special class with a parent and an additional day of preschool on their own. The Wednesday class, from 9:30-11 a.m., will offer parent/child time and parent conversation facilitated by a parent educator. The Friday class, from 9:30 a.m.noon, will offer the 2-year-olds the opportunity to grow on their own. All classes and events are held at the Eden Prairie Family Center, 8040 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie. To register for a class, call (952) 975-6980.

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unexpectedly on a card of cock fights that was going strong in the township there Sunday afternoon,” the story said. “Scene of the colorful sporting event was a vegetable barn on the farm operated by Arthur and George Holasek, not far from the ‘Y.’” The story ends as follows: “But all bets were off in a jiffy. The fi ghting cocks were hustled to the showers by their respective trainers, while the gloomy trio from the sheriff’s office hustled Mr. Ertle, Harry Borton of Minneapolis, B.L. Clark of Anoka, Chester Anderson of Anoka, James Kennedy of Edina and George Tolley of Minneapolis, down to the courthouse in the city. “They were charged with aiding and abetting cock fighting in violation of Minnesota law. The Holasek brothers were charged with permitting cock fighting on their premises. The eight defendants were fined $100 each, but with $75 of it in each case stayed for one year by Justice of the Peace Tom Bergin. The cocks, their spurs and their wattles drooping in shame and defeat, were given three dirty looks apiece – one each by each of the three deputies.” The Holasek property included a good chunk of what is now Columbine Road and Prairie Center Drive, with the house approximately where Wedding Day Diamonds is today. The 77 acres reached from the Eden Prairie Center area past Life Time Fitness. Eden Prairie was almost all farms, and Holasek raised cabbage, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, berries, peppers, pumpkins, squash, f lowers, vegetable plants, corn, soybeans and sorghum, according to information from the family. He remembers the Armistice Day storm, Nov. 11 and 12, 1940, saying that 26 people spent the night in their twobedroom house, because they were stranded along nearby old Highway 169 in the storm. The aforementioned sheriff’s raid of the farm, and the arrest of George and Art, for permitting the cock fight on their premises, came in the late ’40s. “One of the neighbors was

Wayne Martin, 81, of Eden Prairie, passed away Tuesday Aug. 16, 2011. Visitation was Monday Aug. 22, from 5-8 p.m. at Washburn McReavey Eden Prarie Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday Aug. 23, 11 a.m. at Church of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Minnetonka, with visitation one hour prior to Mass at church. Washburn-McReavey Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400.

Gerhard Bergeson Gerhard “Gary” Bergeson, 63, of Chanhassen, formerly of Bloomington passed away on Thursday Aug. 18, 2011. Funeral service 2 p.m. Thursday Aug. 25, at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church West Campus, 7150 Rolling Acres Rd., Victoria. Visitation one hour prior to service Thursday at church and also 5-7 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 24 at Washburn McReavey Eden Prairie Chapel 7625 Mitchell Rd (1 blk N. of Hwy 5) 952-975-0400.

Ralph Koloski Ralph “Bud” Koloski, 78, of Eden Prairie, passed away Saturday Aug. 20, 2011. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Thursday Aug. 25, at Pax Christi Catholic Community 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie with visitation 9:30- 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Washburn McReavey Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400

Hal Hill Hal Hill, 90, of Eden Prairie, passed away Saturday Aug. 20, 2011. Funeral service 12 noon Thursday Aug. 25 with visitation one hour prior to service, all at the Fort Snelling Chapel. Hwy 55 to Historic Fort Snelling exit. Follow signs to chapel. Washburn McReavey Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400

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George Holasek was pictured in the Oct. 9, 1997, Eden Prairie News with his 16.5-foot-long cherry tomato plant at his Dell Road home.

The family sold pumpkins from their Eden Prairie home. jealous and he turned us in,” Holasek said. The farm also housed a few cows for the family and Holasek butchered hogs and cattle for a market in Hopkins in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Holasek drove the lone snowplow for the city of Eden Prairie in the early ’50s for five or six years, he said. He would work

the plow controls while another employee drove. The pay was 85 cents an hour. A founding member of the Eden Prairie Lions Club, he also remembers hauling in sections for the fi rst antenna system of what is now AM 950 on Valley View Road. He played “Hopa long Catastrophy” in a parent skit

Holasek’s great grandparents Josef and Marie Holasek settled on the north shore of Bryant Lake in 1855. His grandparents Winslow and Mary Holasek’s house, built in the 1890s, is in Minnetonka. Winslow’s brother John built an identical house, which is now near Camp Eden Wood on Indian Chief Road off of Highway 62 in Eden Prairie. Holasek came to Eden Prairie from parents Joe and Signe’s home in St. Louis Park in 1940, joining brother Art, who had moved to the area first. George’s brother, Earl, started the Holasek Greenhouse in Chanhassen. Holasek has outlived three wives. He married first wife, Mary Wenker, on June 1, 1939. She died suddenly of a heart attack in 1955 after they had been married 15 years, leaving George with four young children, George, Joe, Mary Kaye and Sally. “The neighbors all figured I couldn’t keep them together,” Holasek said. The children were ages 9 to 14 at that time. When Holasek remarried in 1959 to Bernice Sorenson, they bought two acres, across 169 and slightly north of their other property and sold some land to The Preserve. He also ended up selling land to Homart (now Sears Corp.), in the late ’60s or early ’70s, then moving to Dell Road, where they raised a large garden. Holasek adopted Bernice’s two daughters and they had a daughter together, Connie. He continued to work until he was 78. They were married 41 years when Bernice died of cancer. He married Beverly Ceder after that and they were married about five years when she passed away just a few years ago. Holasek just turned 94 on Aug. 16. He has 10 grandchildren and lives at The Colony in Eden Prairie. “According to the papers, it’s the best place in the United States to live,” Holasek smiles.




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for the average valued home). Since that time, due mostly to increases from the Legislature, the projected shortfall is down to $1.5 million, according to Chief Operating Officer Patricia Magnuson. Magnuson said legislators approved an increase of $50 to the per pupil funding formula for each of the next two years. In addition, the district will receive some one-time funding of almost $1 million because it falls within the top 20 largest districts in the state. “We can start to close our gap for [2012-2013] and probably with minimal budget cuts,” said Magnuson. There’s generally all good news here, said Superintendent Melissa Krull. Looming on the horizon, though, is the need to pass a referendum in 2012. “It doesn’t take the problem away, however it does give you something to work with,” said Krull. If you take a referendum to a general election year, “you just have to think differently about what’s going on in the district,” she said. “You’ll be in a different place next year,” she added. In discussing why she favors delaying the referendum, Jacobus noted that there is too much out there that’s unknown. “I think we need to do an analysis of spending within our means,” she said. If the district can take a year to do that and get 2013-2014 looking good for the long run, “we have an opportunity here,” she said. As part of postponing the operating levy question, the board also is pushing back a renewal of the technology levy. The referendum that successfully passed in 2004 included $4.6 million annually for up to 10 years for technology and a one-time $20 million bond levy for maintenance projects. The tech levy expires in three years, but earlier this month, board members had been pondering whether to include its renewal on the ballot question this fall.



The Eden Prairie School Board will likely be hiring a consultant as it begins the search for a new superintendent. Melissa Krull, whose contract expires in June, plans to step down as Eden Prairie’s superintendent next year, so, it is likely the new board, elected in November, will ultimately make the decision on who to hire as a superintendent. For, now, the board is taking tentative steps to begin the process. On Thursday, last week, board members heard a basic run-down on the superintendent search process from Sandy Gendlach, the director of school board services for the Minnesota Association of School Boards. Gendlach advised that the board “begin with the end in mind,” meaning they need to fi rst determine their needs and criteria in selecting a new superintendent. Gendlach estimated that the search process could take anywhere from three to six months to complete.

members recently and heard concern about the support for a referendum. They were told that the message that the district needs an increased operating levy to sustain itself “is not going to cut it this time around.” “They’re not sure the message is there, to get the support we need,” Jacobus said. According to the results of a community survey, 45 percent of respondents would vote in favor of the referendum and 48 percent said they would oppose it. When respondents were given more background information on the district’s budget, those in favor of it increased to 52.6 percent and 45.4 percent opposed it. Long term, the budget picture remains a challenge. Also unknown is how teachers will take the news of the nixed ref-

The fi rst step in that process is to hear proposals from search firms and select a consultant. Gendlach said it is more typical for suburban districts to work with a consultant and those on the Eden Prairie School Board seemed to agree that would be the best move. Search fi rm services could cost anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 plus expenses to bring in candidates. Another early decision the board will have to make in the search process is how to involve stakeholders, such as if community members can also participate in interviews with the fi nal group of candidates. A ll meetings are open to the public as the search process begins. In response to questions from EP School Board member Chuck Mueller, Gendlach noted that the district is required by law to hire someone with a superintendent’s license because there is a secondary school in the district. Even someone appointed as interim superintendent must have a license. “The law is very clear,” she said.




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transition,” she said.

CANDIDATES Karla Bratrud: Bratrud, who has two children in the district and one who has graduated, has been active in the dist rict si nce cont roversy arose about the district looping policy. Since then, she has been one of the most vocal opponents to the district’s plans to transition from a K-4 to a K-6 elementary system. Speaking of the K-6 plan, in a column co-written with Jessica Score last year, she wrote: “A large nu mber of pa rents si mply object to the fact that the superintendent limited what the facilities committee was allowed to consider, resulting in a plan that is more disruptive and less cost effective than it could have been.” D av i d E s p e : E s p e h a s four children who have been t h rou g h t he E den P rai r ie School District, including one in seventh grade. He is a coach for the seventh-grade football team. Espe said he decided to run because he is not satisfied with the direction the board and administration has taken the past several years.

John Estall: Estall was fi rst elected four years ago but, prior to that was involved in a number of district committees, including chairing the Advisory Finance Committee, and participating in the Deficit Reduction Committee. Estall noted that the past few months, the School Board has been more open and trusting of one another. “I see a greater sense of unity in what we’re doing.” Tim Fox: Fox served as an Eden Prairie School Board member from 20 04 to 20 0 6, filling a two-year term vacated when David Hann was elected to State Senate. He opted not to seek re-election in 2005, but returned to the race for School Board during the previous campaign in 2007. Fox, a business analyst, has previously touted his business background and a conservative approach as assets he could bring to the board. He has four sons, all of whom have attended Eden Prairie schools. Derek Gunderson: Gunderson is on his third year as a member of the city’s park and recreation commission. He has a newborn son and 2-year-old daughter. Speaking of the contentious issues of the past year, Gunderson said both sides

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erendum, (negotiations for the teacher contracts are almost concluded). Krull emphasized that under the current budget model, class sizes and programs will be pretty stable, she said. That means that teachers would not have to worry about job cuts, at least for the short term. Despite the rosier picture for the next two years, by 20132014, the shortfall is projected to come in at $15.4 million— that assumes that there are no increases from the state Legislature. “It’s a long-term decision that we’re making tonight” said Board member John Estall. “I think we have the short term covered pretty well but it’s that uncertainty that I’m struggling with.”

handled the issue pretty poorly. Bridging the gap between parents and the board is something the new School Board will have to work on, he added. Bill Lapadat: Lapadat has written the “Left Side of the Prairie” columns for the Eden Prairie News and billed himself as “a stay-at-home dad, writer and former English teacher.” In a commentary sent to the paper last year he voiced his support of the recent K-6 decision. He wrote: “As a teacher, I want to assure people that Melissa Krull, Kim Ross, Camie Melton-Hanily, and everyone else involved is trying hard and that they have only the best intentions for our kids and our community.” Holly Parker: Prior to being elected to School Board, Parker was a volunteer in many areas of the district, including district committees and the PTOs for Cedar Ridge, Oak Point, Central Middle School and Eden Prairie High School. Kim Ross: Ross was fi rst elected in 2008. She has served as board chair and stated that her priorit y, i f re - elected, would be “continuing to govern and look at the results of the district to ensure that the positive outcomes that I believe this plan and our changes will yield, are actually realized.”



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from the Thanksgiving dinner table, leave their children by the Christmas tree with packages still unwrapped, roll out of bed at 3 a.m. or anytime of the day or night to render service to people they probably don’t know. There are easier ways to earn $3,700 a year. Mr. Proops frets that the additional hiring required to establish in-quarters duty crews could increase this magnificent weekly wage to as much as $115.38, assuming the same 92 people took on the task, but we know that more volunteers will be needed. The fire load in a structure almost doubles every minute once the fire is established. Shaving a minute or two off the response time can mean the difference between life and death. For a family trapped in

a burning home, with children screaming and choking as the smoke fills their lungs and the flames scorch their skin, those extra minutes mean everything. I doubt their last thoughts would be, “I’m glad the city didn’t spend that extra $260,000 and kick my tax bill up another five bucks a year.” Yes, it is true that after 10 years of service Eden Prairie volunteer firefighters are eligible for a pension that pays a few hundred dollars a month. Big money, complains Mr. Proops. We could cut this paltry incentive and face an even greater challenge of attracting qualified applicants willing to do for free the job that most cities pay for. Or we could do away with the fire department altogether and adopt the free-market solution – contract with another fire department in a neighboring town on a fee-for-service basis. You call 911 and the contractors

respond, but nothing is done until you produce the credit card or cash. No money? Too bad. Grandma’s time has come, or your house burns to the ground. Rejoice that we saved money. Of course, if the neighboring fire department was out on another call, or your plea for help was outbid by someone else, too bad. Those of us who strap on the gear and step briskly into unknown hazards do so because of a sense of service to our neighbors. The few bucks earned through on-call fees pale in comparison to the risk and the sacrifices our families make, both actual and potential. Oscar Wilde, the playwright, once remarked that a cynic is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. This unseemly nitpicking seems to fit that description perfectly. Jack Sheehan is a resident of Eden Prairie.

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Members of the Eden Prairie American Legion baseball team include (front row, left to right): Miles Nablo, Will Phillips, Adam Bray, David Belusky, Danny Blasy, Brett Guba, Tyler Ruemmele and Blake Schmit; (back row) Assistant Coach Mike Halloran, Cameron Mingo, Tyler Peterson, Dylan Frederick, Jordan Smith, Lance Thonvold, Ryan Maenke, Danny Halloran, Tony Skjefte, Anthony King Foreman, Assistant Coach John Buteyn and Head Coach Scott Hackett.

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embers of the World Series champion Eden Prairie American Legion baseball team haven’t had a lot of time to rest on their laurels. After all, some of the team’s players have already left for school. For others, school is just around the corner. Still, they had the opportunity to attend a welcome home/ congratulatory get together Thursday at the Chanhassen American Legion. What did they bring back from Shelby, N.C., new home of the American Legion World Series? “I’ll remember the people,” said Adam Bray, winning pitcher of the game (2-1 victory over Las Vegas) that sent Eden Prairie into the championship. “They set attendance records throughout the tournament. There had to be 5,000 fans at every game.” Bray also remembers the last out of the last inning of the last game. “We’ve been playing together since we were young,” he said. “For it to end that way is unbelievable.” In case you’ve been living under a rock, Eden Prairie became only the fi fth team from Minnesota to win an American Legion World Series title in the tournament’s 85-year history, beating Tupelo, Miss., 5-4 in 13 innings as Tuesday, Aug. 16, turned into Wednesday, Aug. 17. The Rochester A’s won it all in 2003, Tri-City Red in 1999, Edina in 1983 and Richfield in 1943.

experience, having finished runner-up at last year’s World Series (nine of Eden Prairie’s 17 players played on last year’s team) “How many teams get a do over?” questions Eden Prairie Head Coach Scott Hackett. The answer is one. “Other than us,” said Hackett, “no one from last year’s field made it back.” To be su re, ta lent a lone doesn’t always win championships. “Stuff has to go your way,” said John Buteyn, pitching coach/member of the first Eden Prairie team to qualify for the World Series (2004). “Take the weather. They had forecast 100 degrees for Tuesday; instead,

EPHS Booster Association selling activity passes Support the Eden Prairie High School Booster Association by purchasing a multi-event activity pass. Passes for the 2011-12 school year are now available – you can purchase passes at the Spirit Store, football games and most PAC meetings. When you purchase an activity pass, you enjoy significant savings on your favorite events – up to $ 85 in admission fees. You also receive immediate entrance into events – no more waiting in lines. Most importantly, profits earned through activity pass sales go directly to Student Activities at Eden Prairie High School. Pass types include: Eagle, 25 admissions for $ 90 ($ 85 savings); Aerie, 15 admissions for $ 65 ($40 savings); Pinion, 10 admissions for $ 50 ($20 savings); Talon, five admissions for $ 35 (convenience) and Student, 10 admissions for $25 ($25 savings). Without a pass, regular admission is $7 for adults and $ 5 for students. Eden Prairie households with students in grades seven to 12 should expect more information to arrive in the EPHS Booster Association newsletter in late August, which will include a mail order form for pass purchase. Passes will also be sold during picture days, orientation, PAC meetings and home football games. The EPHS Booster Association is a parent-run organization that supports over 50 co-curricular activities including sports, intramurals, academic clubs, student clubs and organizations, vocal and instrumental music, and theater. In the 2010-11 school year, the Booster Association donated over $ 85,000 to Student Activities and awarded five $1,000 scholarships to deserving seniors. For more information, visit (click on the Booster Association logo).

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To a player, the dog pile following Eden Prairie’s 5-4, 13-inning win over Tupelo, Miss., in the American Legion World Series made the biggest impression. “A dream come true,” said Lance Thonvold, the game’s winning pitcher. “They were nice enough,” said Assistant Coach Mike Halloran, a member of Edina’s 1983 team, “but I’m not sure they bought into the idea that a team from the North should be winning a World Series.” Their main arg ument is that teams from the South play baseball year around. So? So, how did a team from the North claim Legion baseball’s biggest prize? “We had a good team,” said Blake Schmit, winner of the George W. Rulon Player of the Year Award. “We had really good pitching and a really good lineup.” What Schmit didn’t say was that Eden Prairie had a lot of

Kate Tobin, Eden Prairie High School class of 2007, was selected to the All-American Scholar Team for the third consecutive season. Tobin, a 2011 graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, accumulated a GPA of 3.88 as a business administration major (Magna Cum Laude honors). She collected AllNSIC and NSIC All-TourKate Tobin nament Team honors her senior season. She was also named All-Central Region by the National Golf Coaches Association in 2011. Tobin, who had a 78.8-stroke average, fi nished fourth at the NSIC Championship; fi fth at the Central Region Championship and tied for 47th at the NCAA Championship.

the high was 85. If it’s 100, I don’t know that we play that way for 22 innings.” Eden Prairie defeated Las Vegas 2-1 in nine intense innings. A half hour later, they took on Tupelo and played 13 intense innings. “It was crazy,” said Tony Skjefte, “crazy until the very last out.” Jordan Smith drove home the winning run on a hard hit ball to the shortstop. His lasting memory? “The dog pile at the end of the game,” he said. Question: Did the coaches join in? “We had a mini dog pile in the dugout,” laughs Hackett, “a puppy pile.”

The Eden Prairie Girls Basketball Association (EPGBA) is accepting applications for paid travel coaches for the 2011-12 season. The coaching positions are for grades four to eight. Competitive salaries are offered and are dependent on years and quality of prior coaching experience. Application forms can be found on the EPGBA Web site at, under the “hey coach” tab. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 18. EPGBA travel team tryouts will be held the weekend of Sept. 16; travel coaches will be announced after teams have been determined. Mail applications to EPGBA, PO Box 44731, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 or scan and email application to Carol Levine at

Recreational volleyball registration Registrations are being accepted for the 2011 Eden Prairie Volleyball Fall League. Girls entering grades K-8 are eligible. Registrations are being accepted through Sept. 4. For more information, as well as registration instructions, go to

MN Elite Academy Fall Lacrosse programs The MN Elite Lacrosse Academy is offering lacrosse opportunities to girls (K-12) on Sunday afternoons at Benilde-St Margaret’s. All players must have U.S. Lacrosse memberships. All abilities welcome. Sessions will be held Sept. 18, 25 and Oct. 9, 16 and 30. League games, with instruction from MN Elite Academy Staff, will be of the 4 v. 4 format. Cost for K-6 players is $55 and includes a T-shirt. Cost for grades seven to 12 players is $90 and includes a reversible jersey. Questions? E-mail See for registration information.


Garbuz, Romashin shine at Visa Nationals How many gymnasts from Minnesota can say that they won medals at the National Visa Championships? How many made the National Team? Eden Prairie’s Julia Garbuz, (left), who trains at NorthWest Rhythmic in St. Louis Park, won silver medals in the ball and clubs events at the recent National Visa Rhythmic Gymnastics Junior Championships. In addition, she secured a spot on the Junior National Team. Teammate Daniella Romashin (above), also from Eden Prairie, finished ninth and missed being named to the Junior National Team by 0.025 points.


EPDT hosts 10K Walkathon On Aug. 9, the Eden Prairie High School Dance Team hosted its fifth annual 10K Walkathon, where it raised $10,000, benefitting the dance team and the Special Olympics of Minnesota. Representatives from the Special Olympics Western Wings participated in the event and were on hand to accept a check for $1,000. This fall, the EPDT fall team will perform at varsity football and soccer games. Its first performance is scheduled to take place at halftime of the Sept. 9 Eden Prairie vs. Bloomington Kennedy football game.


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scoreboard Sports Preview: Part I Editor’s note: Preseason Eden Prairie High School fall sports coverage begins this week with stories on the girls soccer, volleyball and girls tennis teams. Next week, we’ll profile EPHS boys soccer, cross-country and girls swimming/diving teams. A complete list of EPHS sports schedules can be found at

Youth movement hits state champion Eagles BY DANIEL HUSS

The Eden Prairie High School girls soccer team graduated 11 players off last year’s state championship team. This includes Taylor Uhl, the school’s all-time leading scorer. Still, this year’s Eagles expect big things, big, big things. “ Wit h f ive s ophomor e s and a freshman on the roster, we’re definitely younger,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Tony Bidwell. “And yeah, we’re going to have to replace Taylor’s goals, but we’ve got a lot of gifted players. Question is, will they be mentally ready to play at this level.” Physically, Eden Prairie might not miss a beat. “This year’s team is more technical,” said Bidwell, “and maybe a little quicker.” W hen asked about being “more technical,” Bidwell responds by saying, “possession with a purpose.” Still, the question remains: Who is going to score Eden Prairie’s goals?


Kendall Wilkins (left), Becca Sparkman and Leslie Chilton are the captains of this year’s Eden Prairie High School girls soccer team. “We’ve got three or four girls who can fi ll the void left from last year’s seniors,” said Bidwell, “and a couple (Leslie Chilton and April Bockin) with 20-goal potential.” Weaknesses? “I’ve got some concerns,” laughs Bidwell, “but I don’t know if I want those concerns printed in the paper.”

WIDE OPEN As a member of the five-team Lake Conference, easily the best conference in the state, Eden Prairie is going be tested. “Aside from Hopkins, I think you’ll see a lot of parity,” said Bidwell. “Last year’s Wayzata team lost in the state finals; Edina is always tough and Minnetonka should be much

improved.” If that’s not enough, Eden Prairie could see Woodbury, arguably the top team in the state, in the second game of the season (Eden Prairie would have to beat Duluth East in its season opener if it wants a shot at Woodbury). “W hy not go against the best,” adds Bidwell. That said, the coach places competition over wins and losses. “The goal,” he said, “is to be ready for the second season (playoffs).” L ast ly, wit h t hi s ye a r ’s youth, is Eden Prairie going to be a team that might be more ready to win next year, rather than this year? “We have expectations of excellence,” said the coach, “and that culture has already been instilled.” Eden Prairie plays its season opener Friday at Duluth East. If Eden Prairie wins, they’ll face Woodbury on Saturday. Eden Prairie plays its home opener Tuesday against Prior Lake (7 p.m.).

EP volleyball team to lean on ‘full-time’ talent BY DANIEL HUSS

This year’s Eden Prairie High School volleyball team returns three players with “full-time” experience. “We don’t return a lot of full-time experience,” admits Eden Prairie Head Coach Chad Becker, “but we return a lot of full-time talent.” From there, Becker took this a step further. “On paper,” he said, “we could be as good or better than last year’s team and last year’s team was just a few points away from making the state tournament.” If that’s going to happen, Eden Prairie is going to have to show steady improvement. “I expect us to be better later in the season than we will be at the beginning,” adds Becker. If that rings true, Eden Prairie will have become a complete team, a team that can control the ball on offense, a team that can play solid defense and a team that can put up a good block. They’ll also have to get the most out Sarah Wilhite, easily

and Leesa Hulstrand, Becker should have backcourt options as well. “We’re trying to decide if we want to go with one or two setters,” said Becker, “If we go with two, we could have one for the front row and one for the back.”



Sarah Wilhite (left) and Kirsten Peterson are the captains of this year’s Eden Prairie High School volleyball team. one of the best outside hitters in the state. “She won’t need a l l t he touches,” said Becker, “but I expect her to take the bulk of the swings. “A nd ot her tea ms k now that,” he adds. “If they’re going commit to her, we have to take advantage of the situation.

Right now, we’re trying to figure out who can do that.” On paper, again, Becker would appear to have lots of options. “I don’t want to just give the job to someone,” he said, “I want to see someone jump up and grab it.” With setters Maddie Reese

With only five teams competing in the Lake Conference, do three really good teams make the conference top heavy? “I looked,” said Becker, “and Wayzata, us and Hopkins are all ranked in the top 10. Wayzata is No. 3, we’re tied for No. 6 and Hopkins is either No. 8 or No. 9.” All three, along with Edina and Minnetonka, compete in the same section. “It (Section 6AAA) might not be as deep as our old section (Section 2AAA), but it’s just as tough,” states Becker. Who wins? “We all can beat each other,” said the coach, “What it’s going to come down to is who executes better and who does a better job at controlling their nerves.”

EP tennis: New coach welcomes new players BY DANIEL HUSS

If you were looking for one word to describe this year’s E den P ra i r ie H i g h S chool g i rl s t en n i s t e a m , a go o d choic e wou ld b e t he wor d “new.” One, they have new coach Karen Berg. Two, they have five new players, four of whom are freshmen, on this year’s varsity roster. Those things being said, the top of Eden Prairie’s lineup looks a lot like last year’s. Maddie Bu xton retu r ns as Eden Prairie’s top player. Allison Malmsten, last year’s No. 2 singles player, returns to the same spot this year. Cassy Deng, last year’s No. 3 singles player, is this year’s No. 3 singles player. “Maddie has a solid a l laround game,” explains Berg. “Allison brings a power aspect to our lineup and Cassy is kind of a counter-puncher.” The No. 4 singles spot is a battle. “Work in progress,” states Berg.

t hat, however, is a nyone’s guess. “We’ve got a lot of potential,” said Berg. “They like to have fun. They like to compete and they like to work hard. As a coach, you can’t ask for more than that.”



Maddie Buxton (left) and Allison Malmsten are the captains of this year’s Eden Prairie High School girls tennis team. Likely candidates include Eleanor Martin, Megan Phillips and Sophie Farmer. Doubles? Berg says she’s not quite sure. “We’re trying to fi nd out who can play with

whom,” she said. Favorites to play on Eden Prairie’s No. 1 doubles team are the odd players out of the battle for the No. 4 singles sp ot . W h at h app en s a f t er

M o n d a y, E d e n P r a i r i e opened its competitive season with a pair of victories, a 4-3 win over Lakeville North and 7-0 victory over Owatonna. “We’re pleased,” said Berg. “Last year, we lost to Lakeville.” O ne go o d d ay, however, does not make a season. After all, Eden Prairie competes in the ultra-competitive Lake Conference. Edina, having won 14 of the last state tournament, is clearly the team to beat. Wayzata is also expected to field a strong team, as will Minnetonka. Eden Prairie? “We’ll defi nitely be young,” said Berg, “but I also think we’ll be pretty solid.”


Grizzly bears use a variety of techniques to capture salmon.

Fishing for fishing coastal brown bears



I woke with a massive headache. The kind of pain in your head that hurts so bad it wakes you from a deep sleep. This is not uncommon for me when jet-lagged in wet, cold weather. I could hear strong winds buffeting my tent walls. I thought to myself at least it’s not raining. I rummaged around in the dark for my watch to check the time – 4 a.m. Lying in my sleeping bag; I couldn’t wait for the sun to come up so I could get up and get moving. Before I could complete my thought I could hear the first rain drops hitting the tent roof. Dang, I can deal with the wind but the rain is definitely not what I wanted. Getting up at 6 a.m., I put on my very damp clothing and stepped out of my tent and into the wilderness of Katmai National Park in Alaska. It was a typical summer day in August – high winds, temperatures in the 40s and 50s and light rain. Ahhh, the life of a wildlife photographer doesn’t get much better than this. No cell phone service, no emails, no TV, just bears and wilderness. I came to Katmai, a 4.3-million-acre park in southwest Alaska, to photograph bears. The coastal brown bears of Katmai are legendary. I’ve been working on a new book about bears and there is no better place to get up close and personal with these huge land predators. The night before I was fortunate enough to have some sunshine and decent weather but today is threatening to be a total washout. After a quick breakfast, we headed out on the half-mile walk down the wind-swept beach to a small creek where the salmon were running. There are five different kinds of salmon in Alaska and three of them spawn here at Katmai. Just days before our arrival, the salmon started to build at the mouth of the creek out in the ocean and now they were running up the creek. The ocean tides play a huge role in the activity of the salmon, which in turn plays a bigger role in the activity of the bears. The bears come down from the mountain just to fish this creek and I am here for the bears. I am joined by two other photographers on this adventure. Two days ago we flew into the bear camp

in a small bush plane and landed on the beach. After getting settled in we hit the beach looking for the bears. We were fortunate enough to photograph a couple of bears as they attempt to catch fish. Each bear has its own unique way of catching fish. Some sit calmly along the shore watching for the dorsal fins of the salmon to break the water’s surface before charging into the water. Others walk on their hind legs while surveying the river from a higher angle for fish. Others just run up and down the creek in hopes of scaring a fish up and out of the water. But now it’s raining. We head out with heavy duty rain gear for ourselves and the camera gear. Even though the winds are gusting to 35 to 40 mph and the rain stings like insect bites when it hits exposed skin, we are determined to photograph these bears. Near where the creek enters the ocean a single bear is lying in the sand facing the creek. It looks to be waiting in a crouched position ready to pounce, but actually it’s resting while waiting for the next fish. We set up with a decent angle to catch some fishing action. Sure enough, it suddenly gets up and rushes into the freezing cold water. Undaunted by the cold water, the bear makes several runs up and down the creek bed chasing fish. Our cameras are smoking as we capture some great action shots in the rain. The bear gives up and heads back to the shore where it resumes the same position ready to charge again. This goes on for a while and the bear never catches a fish so it wanders off toward the ocean surf. We head up stream to see if we can find some more bears. Sure enough, we come across a mother and a 1-year-old cub. These bears were patrolling the banks of the creek occasionally entering the water. They too are looking for a fish meal. We managed to capture a few nice images of these bears before they wander off too far away for our lens. At the end of the day we head back to camp to dry out some gear and get a warm meal. For the next three days the rain and wind continues. As I write this, we are supposed to fly out of this camp tomorrow but the weather looks bad. The small airplanes that carried us in and out can only fly if the weather cooperates, so for now we are stranded. Only time will tell if we will make it out or not. To be continued. Stan Tekiela of Victoria is an author, wildlife photographer and Eden Prairie’s city naturalist. He travels to study and photograph wildlife. Tekiela can be followed on Twitter or Facebook or at naturesmart. com.

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A honey of a restaurant

BUSINESS Kinderberry Hill’s garden is growing

Star Bank’s Wahlquist honored H a r r y Wa h lqu i st , P re s ident /CEO of St a r Ba n k – Eden Prairie, was recently honored with t he “ L eg acy of Com munity Banking Award” for 50 yea rs i n t he banking industry by the I ndep endent Harry C om mu n it y Wahlquist Bankers of Minnesota (ICBM) at their annual convention in Duluth. Wahlquist received a statuette in recognition of his achievement and had the opportunity to speak during the closing dinner at the convention, according to a news release. Wahlquist said in a news release, “I want to thank the I ndep endent C om mu n it y Bankers of Minnesota for this recognition. Commencing in the large bank environment of Northwestern National Bank of Minneapolis, which laid the groundwork for my present activities, I have had a very

Honey Garden combines flavors of China, Vietnam BY KARLA WENNERSTROM


Kinderberry Hill classes planned, planted and tend the gardens. blessed and fulfi lling career. Today tops it all with our Star Bank Team bringing ruralbanking attributes to the metropolitan community of Eden Prairie. Our open, friendly and entrusting atmosphere is apparent to all.” Star Bank – Eden Prairie celebrated its one-year anniversary in Eden Prairie in July.

produce sourcing and third party logistics companies in the world, the release said. C.H. Robinson also donated a plot of land to Hands for Harvest, a local nonprofit organization co-founded by C.H. Robinson employee Travis Dahlke. An open house at 5 p.m. Aug. 24 for employees and their families was planned to celebrate the success of the program.

C.H. Robinson’s Giving Garden a success

Parallel Technologies plans open house

The C.H. Robinson Community Giving Garden, opened in the spring of 2011, was inspired by C.H. Robinson’s Summer of Wellness campaign which encourages employees to participate in a variety of community and wellness events in support of healthy living, according to a news release. Over 100 employees from C.H. Robinson’s Eden Prairie offices teamed up and are responsible for planting, watering, weeding and harvesting their plots throughout the growing season. After harvesting, employees donate all the items to People Reaching Out to Other People (PROP), a volunteer-driven agency serving the residents of Chanhassen and Eden Prairie. To help get things started, each team was supplied with seeds, plants, gardening tools and expertise from a master gardener, who is also a C.H. Robinson employee. C.H. Robinson is one of the largest

Parallel Technologies Inc., a technology and integration fi rm, announced the investment in a 30,000-square foot, state-of-the-art office building in Eden Prairie. “The new facility will help support the additional 25 employees hired in 2011 and showcase the company’s unique demonstration center, Parallel Integration Center. This center allows clients to experience the power of their solutions which create robust and secure collaborative communications, more energ y ef f icient bui ldi ngs and a very safe work environment,” according to a news release. An open house with tours is planned for Aug. 25 and 26. “Guests will marvel at the network-based LED lighting system and be given a chance to outsmart the Intelligent Building,” the release said. For information on tours, contact Kim Baumgartner at

Starting a new restaurant is quite a leap in this economy, but it’s nothing like the leap Hang Nguyen remembers taking at age 19 in 1983. She describes how she and Hien Nguyen jumped to a boat from Vietnam at about 2 a.m. And after one day on the water, the engine stopped. “ T hey fou nd u s i n t he ocean,” she said, of the 62 people with no food or water. “We got rescued by the American Navy.” From there, they were taken to the Philippines, then they were able to fi nd a sponsor in Minnesota and come to the United States. Hien has been cooking for more than 25 years, Hang says. When they fi rst came to Minnesota, they didn’t know much English and Hien fi rst found a job washing dishes. “Now he can cook Vietnamese and Chinese food,” Hang explains. His love of cooking is why they have continued to work in restaurants, including running the Hong Kong Restaurant in Richfield and a take-out restaurant in Bloomington. She remembers when a publication rated their egg foo young and chow mein as the best. “That day was so busy,” Hang said. “I didn’t know what happened!” Hang and Hien Ng uyen brought their style of Chinese and Vietnamese cooking to Eden Prairie in March, taking over the Honey Garden restaurant. “He likes to cook everything,” Hang said. “He likes to have a dining room with people, so he can cook more food. … After my husband found this one, he was excited.” A specialty is pho, a popular Vietnamese beef noodle soup, which Hang encourages everyone to try. Other featured items include the beef with vegetables and pea pods, kung pao chick-


Honey Garden owners Hang and Hien Nguyen outside the restaurant on Anderson Lakes Parkway

If you go What: Honey Garden Restaurant Address: 13997 Anderson Lakes Parkway, Eden Prairie Open: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 4-9 p.m. Sunday Info: (952) 934-3023 en and hot and spicy chicken and lo mein dishes, but you can sample a little bit of everything with lunch and dinner combinations or at the buffet, which costs $6.95. The new restaurant has become a favorite for Sister Mary Nicholas, who lives nearby in Eden Prairie. She said people don’t realize it’s under new

ownership. Years ago it was owned by Mister Q. “I’ve never been disap pointed,” she said. She’s also impressed with the Nguyen’s story and family, she said. “They’re just a wonderful young couple.” The Nguyens live in Burnsville. They have four children, two girls and two boys.


Children at Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center in Eden Prairie are learning responsibility, teamwork and patience as they tend gardens planned and planted by each class. “Plants include kale, radishes, carrots, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, pumpkins, cucumbers and flowers,” according to a news release. “The children are learning about the science of growing, plus they are able to practice their math skills by measuring and graphing the growth of plants and even counting beans. T he older children are also using their writing skills by keeping a garden journal. And all classes are learning about nutrition and healthy food choices. They can’t wait to share their nutritious bounty with families and friends.” Kinderberry Hill is at 10160 Hennepin Town Road. Info: (952) 345-8012 or

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Ellie Khabazian of Edina and Steven Vilendrer of Eden Prairie were married Aug. 20, 2011, at St. Francis de Sales Church, Sherman Oaks, Calif., with Father Michael Wakefield officiating. Organist was Steve Parks and harpist was Maria Casale Hanulik. Parents of the couple are Dr. Hossain Khabazian of Isfahan, Iran, Hoori Mostashari of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; and Kent and Kathy Vilendrer of Eden Prairie. The maid of honor was Sarah Alhafidh of Pasadena, Calif. Bridesmaids at the wedding were Momal Iqbal, Erika Pennington, Reyhanak Shafiha, Stacie Vilendrer (Eden Prairie) and Stephanie Vilendrer (Eden Prairie). Personal attendants were Heather Anderson, Soheila Mohammadi and Tiffany Waldrop. Flower girl was Maryam Khabazian. Best man was Sean Danahy of Minnetonka. Groomsmen were Patrick Donnell, Jason Holt, Iman Khabazian, James Stolen, and John Vilendrer (St. Paul). Ushers were Zachary Dahl of Edina and Geoffrey Kremer of

Alex Carlstedt and Holly Dolph announce their engagement and upcoming wedding on Sept. 30, 2011, in Minneapolis. Alex is the son of Robert and Kenna Carlstedt of Eden Prairie. He is a graduate of Eden Prairie High School and Metropolitan State University and is employed at Enterprise Holdings. Hol ly is the daughter of Warren and Debbie Dolph of Eden Prairie. She is a graduate of Eden Prairie High School and Iowa State University and is employed at Intermediate School District 287.

Ellie and Steven Vilendrer Bloomington. The reception was at the Town and Gown Room, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Ellie attended Katella High School, Anaheim, Calif., the University of Southern California and Brigham Young Law School. She is an attorney with Bassford Remele Law Firm in Minneapolis. Steven attended Eden Prairie High School and Carleton College, graduating with a degree in economics. He works at Medical Device Testing Services in Minnetonka. The couple will reside in Edina, Minn., after the wedding.


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‘Hairspray’ more than holds its own BY RICHARD CRAWFORD


Jay Albright as Wilbur, left, and David Anthony Brinkley as Edna, play Tracy Turnblad's wacky parents.

n the surface, ‘Hairspray’ is a 1960’s musical comedy that tells the tale of how Tracy Turnblad is able to capture the love of heartthrob Link Larkin. On the simplest of levels the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ new main stage offering scores high on the entertainment quotient with notable performances from veteran and new cast members alike. But the show also explores a variety of racial and societal taboos that make this much more interesting fare. “Hairspray” follows the journey of plump Tracy Turnblad, played by CDT newcomer Therese Walth, who longs to dance on TV’s “Corny Collins Show” and meet the handsome Link Larkin, played by Ben Bakken. Despite facing obstacles from home, school and TV show cast members who make fun of her weight, Tracy is able to land a role on the Corny Collins’ cast. That sets the stage for Tracy to address racial injustices and help integrate the TV show. There are plenty of whacky characters to help and hinder along

‘Hairspray’ What: The Broadway musical, winner of eight Tony Awards, now showing on the Main Stage at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. When: Performed eight times weekly through January. Tickets: $59-$79. Information: Call the theater box office at (952) 934-1525 or go online to

the way, including her overweight mom, played in drag by David Anthony Brinkley. Julianne Mundale shines in the role of detestable Velma Von Tussle, who as the former “Miss Baltimore Crabs” does everything in her power to make sure her daughter is chosen as the next teen queen and, in a Freudian slip, insists that the TV show continues to do “the white thing.” Michael Gruber also is perfectly suited to the hip and snappy role of Corny Collins, who helps pull strings for Tracy along the way. The singing and dancing in the show was vibrant throughout. Kasono Mwanza, Seaweed, and Aimee K. Bryant, Motormouth Maybelle, lead the way on the singing front with their renditions of “Run and Tell That” and “I Know

Where I’ve Been.” While the deeper societal flaws aren’t explored in documentary-like fashion, this is a musical comedy after all. One only needs to look at David Anthony Brinkley’s garb to put things in perspective. There is lots of colorful costuming, fun dance numbers and songs that you’ll be singing long after the closing number. The final cast number, “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” is a highlight with this summary nugget: “You can try to stop the paradise we’re dreaming of … but you cannot stop the rhythm of two hearts in love.” Ultimately, as director Michael Brindisi points out in his director’s note, the story “is a fairy tale, but it can come true. Deep down in the soul of every human there is ‘a Tracy.’”

Your heart will ache and jump for joy along with ‘The Help’ Based on the book by Kathryn Stockett, “The Help” takes place in Mississippi in the early 1960s. A well-educated, white college graduate, Eugenia aka Skeeter (Emma Stone), comes home from college to find her beloved “nanny” or “maid,” Constantine (Cicely Tyson) is nowhere to be found. Skeeter has a fresh perspective on her other high-class socialite friends and family and begins to take notice of how “the help” or the African American maids are treated. After getting a job at the local newspaper, Skeeter decides to write about “the help,” which becomes a book and turns the whole town into a frenzy. Although Skeeter is technically the main protagonist, the maids (led by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer) are what make “The Help” magical.



THE HELP (PG-13) (OF 5)

Their portrayals are intimate and emotional. Their stories are

touching, beautiful, sorrowful and yet so profound. The picture painted of the South isn’t a pretty one, when integration was a new concept and the lines drawn between blacks and whites were thick. When ignorance was at its peak and hatred was hiding behind every corner. Still, somehow, these beautiful African American women had hope for a change and for a better future, and courage enough to make a difference. The best films, in my opinion, make you laugh, cry and leave you with a morsel of wisdom or inspiration when the credits begin to roll. The characters are so real, so honest that you sincerely care about them and your heart aches or jumps for joy at their every sorrow or victory. When you leave the movie theater, you’re left thinking

about it long after it’s over. “The Help” is enriching and well organized. I was transfixed within the first scene and it gripped me to the very end. The characters have so much depth and insight, that you sincerely love them, or in some cases, hate them. There were numerous times that I laughed out loud and other tender moments that made me shed a tear. All the actresses did such a wonderful job in making their characters real, that their emotions were dripping from every scene. The wisdom the maids carried with them resonated in my mind and I’m still thinking about it. All in all, “The Help” is a fantastic movie. I can’t think of one thing to criticize about it. It’s a film message needed even today, that everyone, regardless of race, deserves love, respect and equality.

Please, do yourself a favor and see “The Help.” You’ll love it.

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AUG. 25 MINNESOTA STATE FAIR The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended agricultural and educational fairs in the nation. The fair features agricultural and commercial exhibits, live entertainment, concerts, food ona-stick and fun for the whole family. Time: Aug. 25-Labor Day Cost: Adults 13-64 $12; seniors 65 & over $10; children 5-12 $10; children under 5 free; pre-fair adult discount tickets $9 Location: 1265 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul Info: (651) 288-4400 or mnstatefair. org

ALL ABOUT ORNAMENTAL GRASSES A Master Gardener will present information about how ornamental grasses grow and how to better use them in the home landscape. This class is part of the Evenings in the Garden program. Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 Cost: Free; pre-registration requested Location: Scott County Fairgrounds, 7151 W. 190th St., Jordan Info: (952) 492-5410 or


AUG. 26 FAMILY FUN NIGHT Enjoy nature at night on a naturalistled walk, playing games, sitting by a campfire and meeting an animal that is adapted for hunting at night. Bring marshmallows or a hot dog, a roasting fork and a blanket for the campfire. Long pants and insect repellent are recommended. Reservations required; state activity number #312901-0102 at time of reservation. For ages 2 and older. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 Cost: $5 Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Rd., Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or


AUG. 27 CAR SHOW Westwood Community Church hosts an any make, any year, any shape car show, with food and trophies. Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 Cost: Free Location: 3121 Westwood Drive, Chanhassen Info: Jim Theis at (952) 224-7378

MASTER GARDENER: PERENNIALS FOR THE SHADE What can you grow in a garden that gets less than four hours of sun a day? Spring bulbs to deep-shade ground covers! Explore perennials and the many types of ferns that thrive in shade at the Eden Prairie Library. Time: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 Cost: Free Location: Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie Info: register online at or call (612) 543-6275

WEEKEND FAMILY FUN: PRAIRIE NATIVES Families are invited to search for late bloomers in the prairie and the butterflies and birds that call the


Dress as a pioneer or come as you are, get your picture taken by Flash photography, play old-fashioned games, tour the Dorenkemper House, ride a horse-drawn wagon, make fresh apple cider from a cider press, shop at a farmers market featuring local farmers, dance to the Virginia Reel, visit an auction of historical items and purchase items from food and craft vendors. Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 Cost: Free Location: Riley-Jacques Barn, 9100 Riley Lake Road Info:

prairie home. Time: Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 27 and 28 Cost: Free with gate admission of $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to Arboretum members Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska Info: or (952) 443-1422

A COLLECTION OF ONE ACTS Enjoy appetizer and dessert buffets along with a collection of comedic and dramatic plays. Advance tickets are recommended due to limited seating. Appetizers will be served half an hour prior to the One Acts. Time: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16-17, 23-24, 30, Oct. 1; 2 p.m. Oct. 2 Cost: Advance tickets, $13.50 Location: Riley-Jacques Barn, 9100 Riley Lake Road, Eden Prairie Info: tickets available at the Senior Center (8950 Eden Prairie Road), Community Center (16700 Valley View Road) or edenprairieplayers. com

MN ZOO TIGER TRACKS 5K AND KIDS RUN This Minnesota Zoo wild run will start at the Puma Pavilion, weave into the zoo, and around the Northern Trail. Bring the whole family for a brisk morning run, then slow down the pace and enjoy a day at the zoo. All proceeds from the run support the zoo’s conservation programs. Registration includes zoo admission, T-shirt, and refreshments. iPods and cameras are allowed on the course. Time: 5K run 8 a.m.; Kids’ Run (1/2 mile and 1 mile) 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 Cost: 5K registration $25 through Aug. 25; $35 on race day; Kids’ Run $15 through Aug. 25; $25 on race day Location: Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley Info: or (952) 431-9200 or (651) 688-9143


WALKS FOR THE CURIOUS Enjoy a nature walk with an Arboretum naturalist. Meet at the Ordway parking lot. Time: 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 Cost: $7.50 Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska Info: or (952) 443-1422

TONY BENNETT Time: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 Cost: $68-$87 Location: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake Info: or (952) 4966563


‘Perennials for the shade’ will be discussed at the Eden Prairie Library. The perennials pictured here are in full sun outside the Eden Prairie Library.


aster Gardener: Perennials for the Shade” is the topic at 11

a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, during a free class at the Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie. What can you grow


in a garden that gets less than four hours

Hike the refuge trails to look for birds nesting on the refuge. Visitors should see a wide variety of species during the trek. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Led by Volunteer Refuge Naturalist Craig Mandel. Time: 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 Cost: Free Location: Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, Carver Highlands Lot, 15865 Carver Highlands Dr., Carver Info: (952) 361-4500 or midwest/minnesotavalley

of sun a day? Spring bulbs to deep-shade


AUG. 28


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ground covers! Explore perennials and the many types of ferns that thrive in shade at the Eden Prairie Library. Register online at or call (612) 543-6275.

own. Reservations required for this activity; state number 311301-06-07. For ages 4 and older. Time: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 Cost: $5 Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or



the diverse plants and animals that depend on the refuge for survival. For all ages. Time: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 Cost: Free Location: Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, Carver Highlands Lot, 15865 Carver Highlands Dr., Carver Info: (952) 361-4500 or midwest/minnesotavalley

BIRD WATCHING TREK Hike the refuge trails to look for birds nesting on the refuge. Visitors should see a wide variety of species during the trek. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Led by Volunteer Refuge Naturalist Craig Mandel. Time: 7-10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

Registrants will spend over an hour on the lake and learn how to get into and out of a kayak safely, how to make a kayak go in a straight line and spin in one spot. Priorities are safety, fun, participation and skill. Reservations required. For ages 12 and older. Time: 1-3 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 Cost: $20 Location: Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Rd., Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or

Join a guided tour at the Landing. Enter through the visitors center at the main entrance. Walking distance is 1.5 miles round trip. Time: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28; noon-5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 26 Cost: $3; ages 2 and younger free Location: The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park, 2187 E. Hwy. 101, Shakopee Info: (763) 559-9000 or




Join Refuge staff for a walk exploring trails and observing the natural world. Enjoy the solitude of the Minnesota River valley tucked into the midst of the busy urban landscape. Explore prairie, forest and wetland habitats and discover

Visit the Eagle Creek Fair to celebrate a successful summer with the farmers and townsfolk of Eagle Creek on Labor Day weekend. Play games and enjoy a ride on a trolley pulled by Percheron draft horses. See craft and

Catch and tag monarchs as they fuel up for their 2,000 mile journey to Mexico. See them in different life stages. Learn about past years’ tagging research and receive a colorful chart of butterflies to take home. Nets provided or bring your

150th Stiftungsfest Norwood Young America August 26-28 Friday, August 26 Ragtown Blurred Vision Leon Olsen Hairball

EDEN PRAIRIE ART CRAWL Visit the studios of artists exhibiting all types of media. Visit local artists, tour the Art Center, find unique and creative gifts and more. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 and noon-5 Sunday, Sept. 25 Cost: free Location: Eden Prairie Art Center, 7650 Equitable Drive, Eden Prairie Info: (952) 949-8304 or edenprairie. org


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The 3rd Annual Alma Mater Trotter 5K Run/Walk will be held at 8:30 a.m. with a one mile Kids Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers through various age groups and through drawings. Proceeds will support Eden Prairie Schools. Early registration guarantees a free Alma Mater Trotter T-shirt. Online registration is available at or (952) 975-7205. Same day registration is available beginning at 7 a.m. Time: 5K, 8:30; Kids Fun Run, 9:30 Saturday, Sept. 24 Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for the Kids Fun Run through Sept. 14 Location: EPHS Aerie Stadium, 17185 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie Info: to register, or (952) 975-7205

Saturday, August 27 Sunday, August 29 Becky and the Ivanhoe Church Service: Ascension Dutchman Catholic Church, NYA, with The Wendinter Band Alpensterne Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchman Miss Stiftungsfest Queen Coronation featuring Miss Kevin Lange and the Minnesota Mississippi Drifters Alpenterne Diamondback 219915 Elk River German Band Call the Stiftungsfest Hotline 952-467-1812 Wally Pikal for a complete schedule. Call free from metro. Mr. Big-DJ Visit us online: Mn State Fire Memorial PARADE: Sunday, August 28, 12:30 pm Service Bag Pipe Band 125 unit Parade. Call Jack Lano, 952-467-2181, to enter a unit.


farm exhibits and visit soldiers from the 5th Minnesota infantry. Monday only: paddle a Wilderness Inquiry canoe, hear live music and watch a Shakespearean play and a 1860s “base ball” match. The gift shop will be open and food available for purchase. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3; noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5. Cost: Ages 18-64 $5; ages 2-17 and seniors $3; children younger than 2 free Location: The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park, 2187 E. Hwy. 101, Shakopee Info: (763) 559-9000 or

HONEYBEES Find out about the bees that make honey and pollinate the flowers. Watch a beekeeper open an active hive and see its inner workings. See how honey is harvested, walk to the bee tree on the prairie and taste fresh honey. Find out the different roles the queen, drones and worker bees play in a hive. For ages 4 and older. Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 Cost: $5 Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Rd., Bloomington

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Library Friends Groups throughout Hennepin County host book sales to raise funds for their local library. Each sale features hundreds of adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover and paperback. Most books are priced at $2 or less. There will be a bag sale at noon. Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Location: Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Dr., Eden Prairie Info:

RUN, WALK, ROLL AGAINST BULLYING PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center will hold the second annual Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Oct. 1, in Bloomington as part of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month of October. Run four miles or walk/roll one and a half miles to kick off National Bullying Prevention Month. Preregistration is encouraged. Time: registration, 9 a.m.; four-mile run or one and a half mile walk/roll, 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Cost: $20, which includes a T-shirt and snacks. Location: Mount Normandale Lake, Normandale Boulevard and 84th Street, Bloomington Info: To register, or (952) 838-9000



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

Special events Friday BINGO – 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Suggested cost is $1 per two cards.

Senior trips Senior trips leave from the Senior Center. Winona Trip (Lake City; Winona) – 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Cost is $61, which includes transportation, lunch and a visit to Pepin Heights Apple Orchard and the Marine Art Museum. Registration deadline: Sept. 5. Hairspray (Chanhassen Dinner Theatre) – 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. Cost is $59, which includes transportation, lunch and tickets to Hairspray. Registration deadline: Sept. 7.

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: Biking Club – Ride 15-20 miles round trip each week with the biking club. The group meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Contact Duane or Diana at (952) 448-1608 for more information. Join The Walking Club – Walk on local trails, 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Call the center for schedule. Pickleball – Play Pickleball at Pioneer Park from 9 a.m. to

noon Tuesdays and Thursdays and 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Players of all levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and white-soled tennis shoes. Contact Jerry Maas at (952) 918-0500 for more information.

Classes Several driver safety courses are offered. Call (952) 279-8050 for information. Line Dance – 11: 30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Cost is $42 for eight sessions.

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.

Weekly events Mondays S en ior S i n g le s C of fe e K latch – 8 :45 -10 : 30 a.m. at Dunn Bros., 8107 Eden Prairie Road, for senior discounts on coffee. Shopping Bus – Call (952) 279-8051 by Thursday to schedule a senior van home pick up for the 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday shopping trips in Eden Prairie. Duplicate Bridge – 12:15 p.m., no need to sign up, just bring a partner or call John Dollerschell at (952) 937-2150. Crafting – 1 p.m., bring your own project to work on and socialize. Tuesdays Greeting Cards – 9:30 a.m. to help cut, tape and create old greeting cards into new. Bread Day – 9:30 a.m. for “end of the day” baked goods and breads donated by a local baker. Donations accepted. Party-Style Bridge – 12:153:30 p.m., no need to sign up, just come and play. Call Mary Canakes at (952) 445-0978 for more information. Cribbage – 1-3 p.m. Open to all levels of players.

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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 BJ Cappozzi at (951) 8205542 for more information. Cribbage – 1-3 p.m. Open to all levels of players. Call Jerry Clark at (952) 974-7989 for more information. Fridays Men’s Coffee Group – 9:30 a.m. Tell a tale, swap a story and learn something new. Call Duane Kasper at (952) 448-1608. Bread Day – 9:30 a.m. for “end of the day” baked goods and breads donated by a local baker. Donations accepted. Partner Bridge – noon, arrive with a partner or fi nd one at the center to play at 12:15 p.m. Call Lorraine Dilling at (952) 941-2060. Party Bridge – 12:15-3:30 p.m., no need to sign up, just come and play. Call Shirley at (952) 934-3461 for more information.

Gather with family and friends at Fairview Southdale Hospital for a FREE seminar to learn more about your weight loss surgery options. Friday, September 9, 1 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 6 p.m. Friday, September 23, 1 p.m.

Fairview Southdale Hospital Au Fait Room Reservations are required.

Call 952-915-8626.

Monthly events Chair Massages – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. Call the Senior Center for pricing and appointments.

Beyond the Senior Center Th e following upc oming events are geared toward Eden Prairie seniors, but are not affiliated with the Eden Prairie Senior Center. 55-plus Driver Improvement – The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55-plus Driver Improvement Course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13 (eight-hour full 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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Memory Loss support Memory Loss and Caregiver Support Group meetings will be held at Prairie Adult Care from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sept. 1. Concurrent support groups for persons with early stages of memory loss and their caregivers, are facilitated by trained professionals in disease management strategies. The discussion groups help individuals connect to community resources, and foster self esteem in caregiving and care receiving. Info: visit or the Alzheimer’s Association MN-Dak Chapter website at or call (952) 949-3126. Prairie Adult Care is in Victory Lutheran Church at 16200 Berger Drive, Eden Prairie.

SW Metro AD/HD Support Fa mi lies wit h at tention issues face challenges that friends might not understand, according to a news release. The group meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Eden Prairie School District Administrative Services Building, 8100 School Road. Amy Dawson, executive director from the Autism Advocacy and Law Center will be speaking on “What to Do When Your Child Could Be Doing Better at School.” For information, contact Cindy Lea, MA, at (612) 965-3052 or

Small Dog Play Group A Small Dog Play Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at Nesbitt Preserve Park hockey rink, 8629 Center Way. Bring water and clean-up bags.

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. I n fo : rocky @ l hot or

Alcoholics Anonymous An Alcoholics Anonymous Men’s Meeting is set at 7 p.m. every Monday at the Preserve

Center “Barn,” on the second f loor, 11221 Anderson Lakes Parkway, Eden Prairie, next to the tennis courts. Info: (612) 210-1312, Brian.

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

Civil Air Patrol The 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. Barney Uhlig at (952) 937-2924 or CAP National Headquarters’ website is The Viking Squadron website is

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

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

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

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

Speakers after Hours Speakers after Hours Toastmasters invites you to improve your public speaking and leadership skills. Meetings are from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Tuesdays at Supervalu Corp. Headquarters, 11840 Valley View Road, Room 203, Eden Prairie. Info: or Bennie.R.Leonard@supervalu. com.

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

No Teasing, Dinner’s on Us!*


BNI Networking Group F rom 7- 8 : 3 0 a.m. Thursdays at Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Road, international networking group focuses on referrals. Info: or (952) 8906524, Ext. 7568, Paul Turney. The Eden Prairie Lioness Club is a volunteer organization of civic-minded women representing a cross-section of the community. The club meets at 6 p.m. the fi rst Thursday of each month (September through November and January to May) at Camp Eden Wood, 6350 Indian Chief Road. Meetings include a guest speaker and club discussion. Info: eplioness@comcast. net.

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Fresh Start Recovery From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Road, Christian recovery program for those with a “hurt, habit or hang-up.” Music, teaching, testimonials and small groups. No cost, no registration required. Info:


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

Overeaters Anonymous From 9-10:30 a.m. Saturdays at Pax Christi, 12100 Pioneer Trail, men and women use the 12 steps of Overeaters Anonymous to stop eating compulsively. Info: (952) 237-1168, Adam; and odat0487@ and (952) 943-8422, Sarah.

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

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

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I give a special thank you to Alice and her caregivers for allowing us to use her story. The power of touch through massage and other healing modalities stimulates endorphins which provide an emotional sense of calmness and well being. This is especially important for those suffering from anxiety and memory disorders. They become more relaxed and even sleep better. In our society, massage is often viewed as a luxury, though the benefits of massage for seniors can be tremendous and can also help caregivers too. The social one-to-one interaction is important as an outlet to the caregiver’s role. Massage therapists will not only help with their aches and pains but can provide dignity by listening to their concerns and perhaps more importantly to the stories they want to share about the valuable experiences in their lives. Eden Prairie Professionals in Aging is a nonprofit organization based in Eden Prairie, a town of 60,000 in the southwestern Twin Cities. Our diverse member organizations are all committed to the welfare of seniors in our community. Our purpose is to provide networking opportunities for individuals who provide services to elderly persons in Eden Prairie by meeting bimonthly for information exchange and problem solving in our field. For more information on EPPIA and a list of resources regarding activities in Eden Prairie, please visit our website at Submitted by EPPIA members Litahni Coleman, CMT, Senior Massage Therapy (, John Armstrong CMT-LMT, Errands and Things LLC ( and Lisa Schmidtke, Independent Home Living (

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Alice had been a very active person all of her life. Now, in a residential care facility, Alice finds life pretty quiet. One day her caregiver introduced her to a woman who would be making regular scheduled visits to give massages. Alice had never had a massage and said she didn’t want to have one. The caregiver convinced her to try it once, just for 15 minutes, and if she didn’t enjoy it she didn’t have to participate the next time the therapist visited. At her first massage Alice reluctantly sat in the kitchen chair up to the kitchen table that had a funny looking support on it. The Therapist told her to just lean forward into the support, rest her face in the face rest and her arms on the table. Once Alice was comfortable the therapist began a gentle back and shoulder massage and gently massaged lotion into her arms and hands, working each finger gently. Before long Alice was sighing with pleasure and when the 15 minutes were up she didn’t want the massage to stop and as she got up from the chair she wanted to know how soon the therapist would be back and could she have 30 minutes next time. The caregivers where Alice lives noticed a couple of positive changes in Alice. She was much more positive in her general attitude after the massage and she had fewer aches and pains in her arms and hands from her arthritis. She was also more likely to say yes to new ideas than no every time she was asked if she wanted to try something new. The exciting thing about this is that I have seen it happen over and over. Our elders love massage once they understand the concept. Massage is a very effective stress reducer, bringing deep relaxation to the mind as

The Eden Prairie Professionals in Aging column focuses on the welfare of seniors in Eden Prairie. For more information about the group, visit www. well as the body. For elders, simple, gentle strokes can ease physical discomfort from conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis, and help increase circulation to infrequently used muscles. It can also benefit those who have had a stroke, as a means of communication. It helps to reconnect the elderly with bodies that have long ago failed them. Treating chronic pain in the elder population is especially important because pain is prevalent in most seniors’ lives. Nearly 80 to 85 percent of people past the age of 65 will experience pain caused by a health problem. This coupled with decreased social contact at this point in their lives makes massage therapy a particularly effective treatment approach for seniors. Massage therapy: I Reduces the pain of chronic disease and minor injuries, I Decreases muscle spasms and stiffness, increases mobility, I Provides more physical and social interaction for elders. I Alleviates some of the anxiety associated with memory loss by inducing relaxation I Can also stimulate the nervous system to maintain nerve passageways that decline with aging. I Touch therapy through massage can offer great relief and even aid the medication therapy that elders are often prescribed.

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Rep. Loon returns pay from shutdown A number of law makers said they would not take pay for their work during the Minnesota state shutdown have ended up receiving pay, according to recent news reports. In the case of Eden Prairie’s Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-42B), she donated the money back to the state. Accordi ng to a news re lease: “Loon recently donated $1,674.40 to the state, the a mou nt of money she was scheduled to be paid during the recent three-week government shutdown. “Loon sent a personal check to Minnesota Management and


Budget and was told she will receive a letter of confirmation once the necessary processing is conducted and the money is returned to the state’s treasury.” Loon said in the release that if she hadn’t accepted the check, the money would have remained in the House of Representatives’ account. She said in the release, “I did not want the money to be available for further use by the Legislature … The payroll offices for the house and for the state are separate. In talking with our comptroller, this is how he said it would have to be done.” Loon was also recently recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities “for her positive impact on economic development policy.

“Loon received the award for her successful efforts to extend the life of several economic development related T a x I ncr ement F i n a nci n g (TIF ) provisions that were first authorized in the ‘jobs bill’ the Legislature passed in 2010,” according to separate news release.

‘Coach Clownfish’ receives award Debbie Townsend, founder of the Clownfish Swim Club in Eden Prairie, received the Theme Award at the Age and Disabilities Odyssey conference in Rochester in June. “Townsend, known to her swimmers as Coach Clown-

fish, won the award for best representation of the Odyssey conference’s theme, ‘Building a Quality Future,’” according to a news release. “She formed the competitive swim team for children with disabilities out of her passion for the swimmers and for the skills they would gain by being in a club with other swimmers who have special needs. The Clownfish swimmers range in age from 9 to 20 and come from towns across the metro area.” The nonprofit swim club was named after the clownfi sh in the movie “Finding Nemo.” “Nemo had a disability; he had one big fi n and one smaller fi n,” said Townsend in the release. “That is why we are the Clownfish.”


Hunny bunny “Hunny is a small female dilute calico cat (10 months old) with an adorable personality. She enjoys playing with strings, being held, and if you sit on the floor, she will crawl up on your lap and beg to be loved! Found as a stray, she needs some time to adjust to new surroundings and will benefit from a little patience. She will do fi ne with other easygoing cats if given the time. Won’t you help this little Hunny?”

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Volunteers for the Carver Scott Humane Society will hold a pet adoption from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 3 at Petco in Chaska off Highway 41 and Pioneer

Trail. One rabbit, kittens, cats and dogs will be available. All cats and dogs have been microID implanted, vet checked, wormed, had shots updated, checked for friendly temperaments and age appropriately spayed/neutered. Adoption fees are $165-plus for cats and $195-plus for dogs. For more information on adopting a homeless pet, call (952) 368-3553 or visit


Hosts Beth Moore simulcast Christian author and speaker Beth Moore will be featured i n a L iv i n g Proof Live Simulcast event from 9:30 a.m. t o 4 :1 5 p. m . S a t u r d ay, S ept . 10, at Grace Church Beth Moore in Eden Prairie. Grace is one of over 700 chu rches from around the world participating in this live simulcast. “The event offers powerful messages to women that will challenge them to dig deeper into a more intimate relationship with God. Moore, whose books and studies include David: Seeking A Heart Like His, Breaking Free and Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman have been read by millions around the world. She is known for her ability to apply biblical scripture to everyday li fe. Also appearing will be contemporary Christian singer, arranger and worship leader Travis Cottrell,” according to a news release. Cost is $20, including lunch. Tickets can be purchased at and at the door. Info: Linda at lmo- or (952) 2243064. The church is at 9301 Eden Prairie Road. For directions, go to

Trail dedicated to Chris Jenkins The site blessing and dedication of the new Chris Jenkins “Footprints of Courage” Memorial Trail was Aug. 14 at Spirit in the Pines Church Camp on Pleasant Lake near Hackensack, Minn. The camp, a ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, according to a news release. “University of Minnesota student and goalie on the U of M Varsity Lacrosse Team, Chris Jenkins, disappeared on Oct. 31, 2002, in Minneapolis, immediately prompting a massive search that captured the attention and involvement of thousands of families, friends, students, teammates and others across the region and the country until his body was discovered in the Mississippi River on Feb. 27, 2003, at St. Anthony Falls. “Chris’ parents, Steve and Jan Jenkins, courageously led the search and ‘stayed on the path’ determined to fi nd Chris and to fi nd the explanation for his death. Jan wrote an inspir-


Steve and Jan Jenkins attended the dedication of the new trail in honor of their son. ing book titled Footprints of Courage recalling the search and remembering the courage in Chris’ life! The Jenkins have also given presentations around the community and across the country encouraging youth and adults to watch out for their friends and their own safety! A wristband campaign called ‘Got Your Back’ has been well received and supported,” according to a news release. The trail will include rest spots with resources on themes like “Courage to Care,” “Courage to Believe” or “Courage to Serve.”

For more information, visit, or call Burke Hancer at (612) 239-1212. To learn more about the Chris Jenkins story, visit or

Grace plans Family Fun Gr ac e Chu rch ho st s it s fourth outdoor Family Fun Festival from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, with giant infl atables for the kids, pony

PROP Shop’s Back-to-school needs of the week immunizations The PROP Shop client room currently requests donations of sheet sets and blankets in good condition (no stains or rips) in all sizes. The PROP Shop is a nonprofit re-sale store, which sells new and gently used items to everyone in the community. It depends on donations of furniture, clothing and housewares. The PROP Shop also offers a separate Client Services Center which provides clothing, housewares and furniture to referred families and individuals in need. The PROP Shop is at 15195 Martin Drive in Eden Prairie. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Donations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit or call (952) 934-2323.

‘See Something, Say Something’ “With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaching, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek is urging residents to be aware of the terrorism prevention effort known as, “If You See Something, Say Something,’” according to a news release. County residents are asked to report it to law enforcement if they see something suspicious. The county sheriff’s office offers the following examples of reasons to contact law enforcement: an unattended package or backpack at a bus stop, light rail stop, or other crowded area, an unusual piece of mail arriving at a business, an unknown vehicle parked illegally, or for an extended period of time or people trying to access a restricted area in a government building or a person behaving in an odd manner near critical infrastructure such as hospitals, government buildings or utilities.


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PROP food shelf needs of the week “Join the PROP volunteer team! PROP is in need of volunteers in the food shelf for both Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an ongoing commitment of time. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (952) 294-8378 for more information,” according to a news release. PROP is in need of coffee, apple juice, tea, canned meat other than tuna and baked beans. Your cash donations enable PROP to use its buying power for food, supplies and fi nancial support for clients. Your food donations keep shelves stocked. The group appreciates the support and invites you to volunteer and use your creativity to create a PROPthemed event. If you need services or support from PROP, visit its website at propfood. org, call (952) 937-9120 or stop by the office at 14700 Martin Drive Monday through Friday 9:30 to 1 p.m. or Monday and Wednesday evenings 4 to 6:30 p.m.


Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women is in need of additional volunteers to answer its 24-hour crisis line and provide childcare at support groups. Free training for crisis line volunteers will begin Oct. 1. No training is required for childcare volunteers.

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Hennepin County Public Health offers low-cost immunizations to those without adequate health insurance and has added extra clinic dates to increase availability of back-to-school shots. All clinics are walk-in clinics so no appointments are necessary. All school-required immunizations will be available. Parents are asked to bring each child’s immunization records with them. The clinics will be held on the following dates: Bloom i ng ton cl i n ic : Blo om i n g ton Div i sion of Health, 1900 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 6 and 20 Brooklyn Center Clinic: Hennepin County’s Brookdale Service Center, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 Downtown Minneapolis Clinic: Hennepin Health Services Building, 525 Portland Ave. S., Minneapolis 8:30-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2 For more information, call (612) 348-2884 or visit Donations are requested but not required for the immunizations.

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Don’t believe everything you believe Meet our new columnist Beryl Schewe is director of Spiritual Care at Our Lady of Grace Church in Edina and has lived in Eden Prairie for the past 18 years. She is an APC board certified chaplain and speaks regionally for grief support groups and conducts spirituality workshops on a range of topics. She worked as a chaplain at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and has a master’s in divinity from St. John’s University in Collegeville, an MBA from the University of Virginia and a BA in Religious Studies from Duke University. She is married and has three adult children. Columnist Michael Miller recently retired after serving for nine years with Eden Prairie United Methodist Church.

Years ago, I spent a week at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C. We were a motley crew. Collectively we covered a range of industries, including defense, consumer package goods, health care and cigarette manufacturers. We were engineers, MBAs, RNs, CPAs and ordinary people with no letters after our names. Our industry acronyms didn’t always translate for each other. But we weren’t there to learn about each other’s industries; we were there to learn brainstorming techniques. Originally developed in the 1950s, brainstorming is a group activity for problem solving where participants spontaneously suggest ideas. For practice, we were invited to bring a work problem to the group to brainstorm possible solutions. Naturally, I wasn’t too concerned about my complete lack of knowledge of the defense industry or health



care; however, my group’s lack of knowledge about my industry, consumer packaged goods, left me uneasy. What could they possibly bring to the table to help with my work problems? A lot, as it turned out. The more diverse the team, the better the solutions. People who knew little about a particular industry had no self-imposed constraints on what might work or might not work. They did not have a litany of “what we’ve already

tried” rattling around in their head. Ideas bubbled up, some wildly creative and crazy ideas, the kind of ideas you’d hesitate to say out loud among your peers. Our initial tendency to self-censor was strong, but we’d taken to heart the prime directive of brainstorming: suspend judgment. Let every wild and crazy idea surface. Turns out it’s easier to transform wildly crazy ideas into brilliant, workable solutions than to transform dull, workable ideas into something creative and worth trying. Improbably, by simply shaking up the class and asking us to work on problems for which we had no prior experience or context, the center drove home a point: the more diverse the working group, the stronger the final solutions. Most of us spend our days with people who share common information and hold common assumptions.

The oddballs and iconoclasts are often weeded out. Organizations, communities and families whose navigation is restricted to known, acceptable channels may miss the next opportunity or critical warning sign. With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 days away, it’s a good time to remind ourselves that diversity isn’t the enemy; diversity is the answer. The 9/11 Commission Report suggested there were four areas of failure which led up to the 9/11 terrorist attack: failures in policy; capabilities; management; and imagination. The report noted that as early as July 1995, there were specific concerns about “vulnerability of the White House, the Capitol and symbols of capitalism such as Wall Street.” The report goes on to note that while bureaucracies are not known for their imagination, it would not have been a big leap to imagine the use of a plane as a weapon. Al

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Qaeda had used suicide truck bombs and a boat in the attack on the U.S.S. Cole. Why not other modes of transportation, including planes? There were reports in 1998 of a “plot to fly an explosive-laden aircraft into a U.S. city.” U.S. countermeasures entertained “one idea, intended to test the command and control plans … [which] postulated a hijacked airliner … crashing into the Pentagon.” But the idea was dismissed as too unrealistic. The slow pace of our pre 9/11 policy decision making coupled with patchwork sharing of information between agencies resulted in stunting our institutional imagination. Jesus had more than a little experience confronting a lack of institutional imagination. Derided for healing on the Sabbath, accused of blasphemy for curing the paralytic and chastened for not washing before a meal, Jesus saw what can happen when people become prey to groupthink – when the prevailing wisdom shuts out creative possibilities and alternative voices. No wonder Jesus surrounded himself with oddballs and outcasts: tax collectors; prostitutes; the Samaritan woman; and lepers. Jesus knew we would need imagination – wildly creative, uncensored imagination – to envision a world actually feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and caring for the sick. At the end of my week in Greensboro, the center handed us each a small button as we left. It read, “Don’t Believe Everything You Believe.” Spiritually speaking, when Jesus said he came for all, perhaps he also meant we need all. We need diverse voices, the wisdom of the least among us, and random gifts from the most motley, oddball crew we could conjure. Only then could we imagine heaven on earth.

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Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie will hold a Women with Spirit Bible Study titled “Peter and Paul: A Church is Born!” from 9:3011: 3 0 T uesdays, beginning Sept. 13. Following a presentation each week, members will gather in facilitated smal l groups for discussion. The cost is $100, which covers lectures, books, retreats and childcare. Registration is available online at and at the church reception desk. Registration is requested by Sept. 1. For more information call (952) 944-2861. Pax Christi is at 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie.

Funshine Preschool enrolling students Funshine Preschool at Grace Church in Eden Prairie is enrolling students for the 20112012 school year. A three-day program is offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday for children age 33 months to 5 years old, and a new four-day option is available Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon for children 3.5 to 5 years old. Lunch is offered each day from noon to 1 p.m. as well as on two extended days each month, when all children are cared for until 2:30 p.m. Semester add-on classes are offered for 4-year-olds until 2:30 p.m. on topics like cooking, art and science. A winter morning drop-off has been added to make it more convenient for parents to bring their children to the door. Info: funshine or call Deb at (952) 224-3069. For directions, visit or call (952) 224-3180.

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publicnotices NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE 2012 BUDGET FOR THE LOWER Minnesota River WATERSHED DISTRICT Notice is given that at a special meeting of the Board of Managers of the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District scheduled for 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September, 13, 2011 at the District’s meeting place at the Chaska City Hall, Valley Room, 1 City Hall Plaza, Chaska, Minnesota, the Managers of the District will consider the adoption of the District’s 2012 budget. A summary of the proposed budget to be considered by the Managers is as follows: A $927,260 budget which would require a tax levy in 2011 to be collected for taxes due and payable in 2012, of $373,000.00 to be used for administrative purposes, including permit review, permit inspection, cooperative projects, engineering, legal and secretarial services, and costs and other expenses of the District’s operations. Preliminary 2012 Budget Revenues

Tax/Market Value-General General Property Tax-Projects Grants - Metropolitan Council Interest Revenue Miscellaneous Income Total Revenues General Fund Money Available as of January 1, 2012* 2012 Total Funds Available

0 $380,200 547,038


Expenses Administration Cooperative Projects 509 Plan Nine Foot Channel

250,000 123,000 7,200 0

84,175 140,026 378,546 14,513

Total Expenses


Reserve for 2013 * Total Expenses and Reserve

$309,978 $927,238

This amount will vary depending upon receipt of tax payments, delinquenttaxes,otherincomeand/oradditionalexpenses

Dated: August 17, 2011 BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF MANAGERS S/Len Kremer L. Kremer Secretary Lower Minnesota River Watershed District (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, August 25 and September 1, 2011; No. 3206) NOTICE OF SALE Storage mechanics lien request. For fees & services rendered for 2001 Mercedes Benz S-500. Vin # WDBNG75J51A164298. Black sedan, black interior. T. Matthews was served letters on the following dates. 03/17/04, 03/25/04, 02/25/05, 12/10/10, 07/20/11. Sale will be at 10830 Greenbrier Road, Minnetonka, MN 55305 on Friday, September 2, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. $216,425.00 – Storage, repo and towing fees. Rapid Recovery Service Company Jamie Scott 10830 Greenbrier Road Minnetonka, MN 55305 (952) 829-5515 (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, August 18, 25 and September 1, 2011; No. 3196) Public Notice (Official Publication) Notice of Public Hearing Nine Mile Creek Watershed District 2012 Budget and Levies Notice is hereby given that the Board of Managers of the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District will hold a public hearing pursuant to Section 103D.911 of Minnesota Statutes, on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 5:30 p.m., at the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Office, 7710 Computer Avenue, Suite 135, Edina, MN to consider the District’s budget and levies for the year 2012. The total proposed expenditures for 2012 are $2,462,150. Proposed levies are as follows: A $250,000 general fund levy for District operations as authorized by Minnesota Statutes 103D.905. A $1,200,000 levy not to exceed 0.00798 percent of taxable market value for Basic Water Management Projects initiated by petition of the City of Hopkins, the City of Bloomington, and the City of Edina and authorized by Minnesota Statutes Section 103D.905, Subd.3. A $15,000 maintenance and repair fund levy as authorized by Laws of Minnesota 1980, Chapter 501. A $911,950 Metropolitan Surface Water Management Act implemen-

tation levy as authorized by Minnesota Statutes Section 103B.241. A levy for tort liability insurance premiums of $10,000 as authorized by Minnesota Statutes 466.06. Dated: August 10, 2011 BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF MANAGERS /S/Steve Kloiber Steve Kloiber, Secretary (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, August 18, 25 and September 1, 2011; No. 3197) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING EDEN PRAIRIE CITY COUNCIL City of Eden Prairie, Minnesota Tuesday, September 6, 2011 – 7:00 p.m. City Center – 8080 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Project: Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Minnesota Investment Fund Application for a grant to help pay for building renovations at Rosemount Inc., 12001 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, MN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., at the City Center located at 8080 Mitchell Road in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, to adopt a resolution approving the application to Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) Minnesota Investment Fund (MIF) for a grant to help pay for renovations to a building owned by Rosemount Inc, located at 12001 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, MN. 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. City staff is requesting the following actions: • Adopt resolution approving application by the City of Eden Prairie to DEED’s Minnesota Investment Fund. • QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: A copy of the proposed amendment is on file and available for public inspection at City Hall between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Written comments submitted to the Community

Development Department by 12:00 p.m. on the Thursday September 1, 2011 will be distributed in the City Council packets. Additional questions regarding the proposed application submittal should be directed to David Lindahl, Economic Development Director, at 952-9498484. (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, August 25, 2011; No. 3198) CITY OF EDEN PRAIRIE HENNEPIN COUNTY, MINNESOTA METROPOLITAN FORD 2011 SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE NO. 10-2011-PUD-5-2011 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, AMENDING THE ZONING OF CERTAIN LAND WITHIN ONE DISTRICT, AND ADOPTING BY REFERENCE CITY CODE CHAPTER 1 AND SECTION 11.99, WHICH, AMONG OTHER THINGS, CONTAIN PENALTY PROVISIONS THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, ORDAINS: Summary: This ordinance allows amendment of the zoning of land located at 12475 Plaza Drive within the Commercial Regional Service Zoning District. Exhibit A, included with this Ordinance, gives the full legal description of this property. Effective Date: This Ordinance shall take effect upon publication. Nancy Tyra-Lukens, Mayor Attest: Kathleen Porta, City Clerk (A full copy of the text of this Ordinance is available from City Clerk.) (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, August 25, 2011; No. 3199) STATE OF MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number: Date Filed: August 05, 2011 The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is

continued from previous page required as a consumer protection, in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business. 1. State the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Menlo Park Funding 2. State the address of the principal place of business. A complete street address or rural route and rural route box number is required; the address cannot be a P.O. Box: 70 Grand Avenue, Suite 109, River Edge, NJ 07661 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: Real Estate Mortgage Network, Inc. – 100 S. 5th St. #1075, Minneapolis, MN 55402 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: Philip A. Schild – CLO Emily Laskowski - Contact Person 732-738-7100 x434 Date: 07-28-2011 (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, August 25 and September 1, 2011; No. 3200) STATE OF MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number: Date Filed: August 05, 2011 The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required as a consumer protection, in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business. 1. State the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: FinanceMyHome. com 2. State the address of the principal place of business. A complete street address or rural route and rural route box number is required; the address cannot be a P.O. Box: 70 Grand Avenue, Suite 109, River Edge, NJ 07661 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: Real Estate Mortgage Network, Inc. – 100 S. 5th St. #1075, Minneapolis, MN 55402 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: Philip A. Schild – CLO Emily Laskowski - Contact Person 732-738-7100 x434 Date: 07-28-2011 (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, August 25 and September 1, 2011; No. 3201) NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS RILEY LAKE ROAD – TRAIL EXTENSION PROJECT CITY OF EDEN PRAIRIE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT NO. 4013 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that bids will be received until 10:00 a.m. on September 15, 2011 at the Eden Prairie City Hall, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344

for the Riley Lake Road – Trail Extension Project. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Parks and Recreation Director or designated representative. The major items of work and approximate quantities will include: 3,700 C.Y. Common Excavation 760 Tons Bituminous Trail 3,500 Tons Class 5 Aggregate 4,100 S.F. Retaining Wall 115 L.F. 12” Storm Sewer 2 Each 27” Catch Basin 5000 L.F. Silt Fence 2.0 Ac. Seed & Erosion Control Blanket Each bid must be accompanied by a bid bond for at least five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid, made payable to the City of Eden Prairie, which shall be forfeited to the City of Eden Prairie in the event that the bidder fails to enter into a contract. The City Council reserves the right to retain the deposits of the three lowest bidders for a period not to exceed sixty (60) days after the date and time set for the opening of the bids. No bid may be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days after the date and time set for the opening of bids. Contractors desiring a copy of the Plans and Specifications may obtain them from the Engineer, Hansen Thorp Pellinen Olson, Inc., 7510 Market Place Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, 952-829-0700, upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit of sixty dollars ($60.00) made payable to HTPO. Digital copies of the Plans and Specifications are available at and for a fee of $20. These documents may be downloaded by selecting this project from the BIDDING DOCUMENTS link and by entering bid document No. 1716561 on the SEARCH PROJECTS page. For assistance and free membership registration, contact QuestCDN at 952.233.1632 or info@ The City Council reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive minor irregularities and information therein and further reserves the right to award the contract in the best interests of the City. All proposals must be addressed to: City of Eden Prairie, 8080 Mitchell Road Attention: Stuart Fox and shall have endorsed thereon: BID FOR RILEY LAKE ROAD – TRAIL EXTENSION PROJECT Bids Close: 10:00 A.M., September 15, 2011 Addenda No.’s _____________ included. (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, August 25, 2011; No. 3202) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY COUNCIL MEETING Tuesday, September 6, 2011 – 7:00 PM City Center - 8080 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Project: Code Amendment Variance Standards NOTICE: Residents of Eden Prairie are invited to attend a public hearing about a proposal for an ordinance of the city of Eden Prairie, Minnesota amending City Code Chapter 2 and 11 by amending Section 2.26, 11.45 and 11.76 relating to the Board of Adjustment and Appeals and variances, and adopting by reference City Code Chapter 1 and Sections 2.99 and 11.99 which, among other things, contain penalty provisions. The meeting is televised live on cable channel 16 and rebroadcast on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: If you wish to see plans before the meeting, please stop by City Hall between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you want to talk to someone about the proposed project, please contact Michael Franzen, the project planner, at 952-949-8487 . Copies of any written comments submitted to the Community Development Department by 12:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the meeting date will be distributed in the Council packets. (Published in the Eden Prairie

News on Thursday, August 25, 2011; No. 3203) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY COUNCIL MEETING Tuesday, September 6, 2011 – 7:00 PM City Center - 8080 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Project: United Health Group Location: Hwy 62 and Shady Oak Road Developer: United Health Group NOTICE: Residents of Eden Prairie are invited to attend a public hearing about a proposal for four office buildings totaling 1,481,700 square feet. The meeting is televised live on cable channel 16 and rebroadcast on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. The developer is requesting the following actions by the City: • Planned Unit Development Concept Review on 71 acres • Planned Unit Development District Review with waivers on 71 acres • Zoning District Change from Rural to Office on 71 acres • Site Plan Review on 71 acres • Preliminary Plat on 71 acres into one lot and one outlot QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: If you wish to see plans before the meeting, please stop by City Hall between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you want to talk to someone about the proposed project, please contact Michael Franzen, the project planner, at 952949-8487. Copies of any written comments submitted to the Community Development Department by 12:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the meeting date will be distributed in the Council packets. (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, August 25, 2011; No. 3204) Public Notice (Official Publication) Notice of Public Hearing Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District 2012 Annual Budget and Levies Notice is hereby given that at the meeting of the Board of Managers of the Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District, scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 7:15 p.m., at the Eden Prairie City Offices, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, the Managers will consider the following budget for the year 2012 levies: A 509 LEVY to pay the costs of preparing a plan under Minnesota Statutes sections 103B.231 and 103B.235 or for projects identified in an approved and adopted plan as authorized by Minnesota Statutes Section 103B.241 in the amount of $1,500,000. A GENERAL LEVY to pay the costs of District operations and projects of common benefit as authorized by Minnesota Statutes Section 103D.905 of 0.048 percent of taxable market value, or $250,000, whichever is less. A MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR FUND LEVY authorized by Laws of Minnesota 1980, Chapter 501 in the amount of $15,000. An INSURANCE PREMIUM LEVY to pay tort liability insurance premiums as authorized by Minnesota Statutes Section 466.01 in the amount of $12,000. Dated: August 17, 2011 BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF MANAGERS (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, August 25 and September 1, 2011; No. 3205)

Early Deadline Notice due to the Labor Day Holiday will be at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 31, 2011 for the September 8, 2011 edition of the Eden Prairie News. Faxes are not accepted.

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


Controls Engineer

Printing Press Operator

Inquiries sought from motivated individuals with analog and digital machine control design experience. Associate Degree or higher in electrical engineering required. Assignments require strong computer skills, the ability to read, design and draw wiring diagrams and control schematics using AutoCAD 2012 and good communications skills. Jordan Transformer offers competitive wages, 401K plan and medical package. Inquires send resume with wage expectations to: Email:

North Star Publishing of International Falls is seeking a Printing Press Operator for its sheetfed print shop. Heidelberg experience is preferred, but willing to train the right individual. This is a union position with good wages and benefits. Primarily a day shift position, but flexibility is a must. Starting pay scale commensurate with experience. To apply, email resume to: send to Jerry Flansburg, North Star Publishing, 1602 Hwy 71, International Falls, MN 56649 or call Jerry or Rob at 218-285-7411

Store Management & Crew Members Opportunities Available Now hiring for a full time Assistant Store Management position. Stores are located in the Shakopee, Chanhassen, and Excelsior areas. Please call Michelle at 612.718.3520 or Lauren at 952.239.1466 for interested inquiries. WE OFFER: Flexible scheduling Opportunity to run your own store Competitive pay Pleasant atmosphere Multi-store opportunities Due to continued growth, M.A. Gedney Company, the Minnesota Pickle, has current openings for qualified individuals in our manufacturing plant. Machine Operators Mixers Forklift Drivers Positions are available on both first and second shifts. We are seeking individuals with previous line maintenance experience in a manufacturing setting to include trouble-shooting, line setup, PLC's and with basic skills in electrical, welding and machining, and a desire to be a part of the team that manufactures the country's best pickles. In exchange for your experience, we offer a full range of employee benefits. Interested candidates may submit their resume to hr@ or fax to 952-448-1790.

DRIASI in Chanhassen, MN is currently hiring Claims Examiners. Candidates must be familiar with Life and Health Insurance concepts and must also have at least 3 years claims examining experience. For full detail and to apply, please go to: https://home.eease. recruit/?id=814271

Finish carpenters wanted with 2-5 years of experience. Position is full time and benefits eligible. Must have valid D/L, reliable transportation and be able to pass background check, drug screen and physical. Call our job line at 952-380-3720 or send resume to

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

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

Shakopee Midas is growing! We are looking for an experienced full-line technician with strong driveability background. We are a full service shop. We service most makes and most services. Looking for an energetic, personable tech that can develop relationships with our customers. We offer 5 day work week, vacation, holiday pay, health insurance, employee discounts, tool insurance, clean shop and friendly atmosphere. Teamwork, flexibility and adaptation is important. ASE certification, trade school or manufacturer certification required. Immediate placement, competitive wages for the right person. Must possess valid drivers license. Please e-mail or apply in person. 952-496-2656


New and used car and truck sales. We need self starters, looking for long term employment and huge earning potential. We are one of the few growing Ford dealerships in Minnesota. Experience preferred but will train the right individual. Wolf Motors Jordan, MN 952-492-2340

is currently recruiting for the following openings: - Outdoor/Seasonal General Laborers - Assemblers/Packagers -Warehouse/Pick& Pack - Machine Operators


Employees of The Work Connection receive excellent wages, weekly pay, affordable benefits & great work environments! Must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check prior to start. HS diploma/GED required, or equivalent work experience in manufacturing. To apply for these positions, contact the Chaska office: (952) 368-4898, 1340 Crystal Lane

Immediate opening for an experienced Fast Food Manager in Jordan MN. We are a growing company with competitive salary & benefits available. Qualified applicants reply by email to: or 952-224-8370


Manufacturing 1st/2nd/3rd shift We have several skilled and entry-level positions available for: -Assembly -Packaging -Welder -Warehouse -Machine Operators -Quality Tech. -Maintenance -Quality Assurance Tech. Please apply ASAP for immed. consideration! TEAM PERSONNEL Shakopee....952-746-3346 Mankato....507-720-6556

Apply now start working right away!! Paid Training, Fun Atmosphere, Free Uniforms, Discounted Meals, Paid Vacations For more details and to apply online: Prior Lake Pizza Hut 6880 Boudin St NE, Prior Lake, MN 55372

Welders Chart Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of standard and custom engineered products and systems for a wide variety of cryogenic and heat transfer applications. Chart's New Prague MN manufacturing campus is a 27-acre site with over 275,000-sq. ft. of heavy manufacturing space. Presently, Chart has immediate openings for Welders on our night shift. Primary job responsibilities will include performing complex and critical welding operations on various metals using Flux-core, TIG, MIG and Sub-arc Welding. The ideal candidate shall have a high school diploma, vocational welding program certificate or equivalent welding experience and the ability to read and interpret drawings and weld symbols. Chart's fast track to a rewarding career includes a competitive compensation and benefits program. If you are interested in the challenge please apply in person, call or send your resume and/or application to:


PEOPLE WORK Provide support and assistance to a group of adults, 21-85 years old with a Developmental Disability, some with Alzheimers. Fun and challenging team work with unique schedules. Learn more about job duties, qualifications, pay and benefits and do an online application at our website.

Metro area asphalt paving contractor has openings for qualified experienced personnel. Skilled positions are available in all areas of excavation/ grading and asphalt installation. Clean driving records with Class A CDL is required. For more information please contact Pam at 952-4962651

Apply on-line at Community Living Inc, 952-443-2048 eoe

Chart Inc. 407 7th Street NW New Prague, MN 56071 EOE

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Handyman Ser vices PROFESSIONAL, PROMPT, COURTEOUS SERVICE 28 YEARS OF TRADE EXPERIENCE Bob Wagner (952) 686-4833 for available services and rates. Fully Insured

Retaining Walls, Concrete & Paver Drives, Patio & Walks, Boulder walls, & much more!

Handy Home Repair Service, Inc.


Insured, References, Licensed #20374699

Premiere One Landscapes


LANDSCAPING #1 Schieber Outdoor Services LawncareLandscaping. Commercial Residential. Senior Discount. Joe: 952-2924445 612-275-2574. AJ's Tree & Lawn Service LLC. Trimming & removal. Licensed, insured. 952-445-1812 Paul Bunyan Tree Service. Tree Removal and Trimming. www.paulbunyantree AA Tree Removal/ trimming/ firewood/ brush hauling, stump grinding. Steve, 952-445-5239



You Call - We Haul

Completely Enclosed Truck Very Reasonable Rates

952-758-2552 We Haul Moving New Prague



MJ Painting Interior/ Exterior painting & staining. 952-445-2904 Marvin Jeurissen

Monnens Custom Builders


Any Task... Just Ask

Quality Remodeling and Home Repairs A Minnesota Greenstar Qualified contractor

References, Lic & Ins Mn Lic. 20632058 Kevin Hayes


NEED HANDYMAN? Little Job Expert! For all the odd jobs needing Attention!!! Painting: • Interior & Exterior Finish Carpentry: • Basements • Bathrooms • Ceramic Tile • Sheet Rock & Taping Dennis 952-334-1755 952-445-9034

ODD JOBS Bruce Mackenthun Does It All! WindowDoor- Deck specialist! Professional services. 952-270-9166. Lic #20452534 Ins.

Ken's HANDYMAN SERVICE Repairs, Installations & Home Improvements. Call Ken: 952-445-1836

Best Drywall LLC Serving SW Metro 18 yrs. Small crew/no subs/ painting. New Const/ Basements/ Repair. BBB Reg/Ins/Free Est. All work guaranteed Mic 612-685-0476

PAINT/WALLPAPER *A and K PAINTING* Schedule your Summer painting now!

Ext/Int Paint/ Stain ~Carpentry/ Repair~ Free Estimates Ins/ Bonded

952-474-6258 Major credit cards accepted

“Bill's Painting” Exterior/ Interior/ Decks. 29 yrs/ guaranteed work. 10% scheduling discount. 952-448-6633/ 952-220-1090 Breimhorst Painting. Interior/ Exterior. Insured. Albie: 952-261-2234

952-448-3761 No wall too small

Roofing/ Additions New Construction Siding/ Windows Locally owned 20 + Years Jim's Cell: 612-859-4618 Mike's Cell: 612-859-4620 952-496-0921 Lic. 4960

Why Wait Roofing LLC Offering best extended manufacturers warranty! Tear-offs, Re-roofs, Siding & Gutters, New Construction Insurance Specialist Over 18 years experience FREE ESTIMATES Rodney Oldenburg Cell # 612-210-5267 952-443-9957 Lic. ID-20156835

952-492-3842 952-412-4718(cell) Storm damage repairs Defective shingle claims Family owned & operated Thousands of satisfied customers Professional and Courteous Lic# 20632183

Let us know how we can earn your business. (952)873-6078 Roofing Windows OSiding ORemodeling O


Regal Enterprises, Inc. Roofing, siding, windows, gutters. Insurance work. Since 1980. 952-201-4817

SIDING/GUTTERS Grade A Gutters, competitive prices, free estimates. Since 1991. 952448-9943

Discounted fabrics... drapes, bedspreads, residential/ commercial. 38 years' experience. 952-447-4655


Locally Owned & Operated Licensed & Insured #20631439

Classifieds 952-345-3003

PLUMBING/SEPTIC Father/ son plumbing company. Licensed, bonded, insured. Working for you! R&D Plumbing952-237-0115 Plumbing, heating, remodel and repair, new construction. 952-4922440




Finding the Service you are looking for OR To place your Ad in this section!

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Free wind & hail damage inspections... We can handle all of your insurance claims. Roofing, Siding, Windows & all home improvement needs. We do it all!

BUY IT SELL IT FIND IT is your key to placing a classified ad...... call 952-345-3003 with questions

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JOIN A WINNER! South Metro Federal Credit Union has an opportunity for individuals seeking permanent Fulltime employment as a MSR/TELLER. Opening is for 8am-5pm or 9am-6pm. Flexible work week due to scheduling. MSR/Tellers perform member transactions, including deposits, withdrawals, loan payments, transfers, check cashing, debit card ordering and other member services. Additional duties include assisting members in opening new accounts, handling member requests and introduction of member services. SMFCU offers a competitive wage & benefit package including a 401(k) savings plan. If you want to be a part of an organization that is a good place to work with friendly people, please submit you resume to: South Metro Federal Credit Union 2573 Credit Union Dr. Prior Lake, MN 55372

Now hiring for full time, part time, and seasonal full time positions! **Warehouse experience preferred, but not required.** Heartland America is a direct marketing company offering brand name and other quality merchandise at value prices via catalog and internet sales. Excellent starting wage and full time benefits include: Medical, dental, 401K, paid vacations, paid holidays, a generous merchandise discount & more!! Application available online at: www.heartland application Send resume or apply in person: Conveniently located off of Hwy 5/41, Chaska Heartland America Attn; Jason/Warehouse 8085 Century Blvd. Chaska, MN 55318 Phone (952) 361-5609 Email: jdrum@heartland

ATT: Human Resources

Phone calls will not be accepted in response to this posting. Thanks for your consideration. South Metro Federal Credit Union is a growing Federally Chartered Credit Union in Prior Lake.

Painter, FT/PT, pay based on experienced. 612-701-6805 Work Close To Home! Inside Sales and Telesales Manager Positions Experience desired. For complete postings, see our listings on Careerbuilder and Craigslist.

Send resumes to: recruitment@

A New Career Carver County office: Are you fun and outgoing? Take the real estate style test and find out if a real estate career is right for you.

Part-Time Help needed in busy Chiropractic office. 1424 hours per week. Salary DOQ. Chaska 952-448-3900 Lunchroom Supervisor/ Study Hall Supervisor. Jordan Middle School has an opening for a lunchroom/study hall supervisor. PT, 11am2:15pm, during student days for the school year. Please send application & letter of interest to: Lance Chambers, Principal, Jordan Middle School, 500 Sunset Dr., Jordan, MN 55352 Open until filled. Newspaper Route: Weekday/Weekend Routes now avail. Bloomington area. Must be 18 yrs. & have own vehicle. (952) 451-8188

Wyn Ray 952-556-1750 st




Now hiring Cashiers, Sales, Lot. Chaska Home Depot. 952-368-0281

Office Support Small office in Eden Prairie is looking for part-time (20-25 hrs weekly) employee to answer phones, input customers and general office work. Must have good phone skills and be able to use Windows based programs. Please send resume to

RN Needed Knowledge of home health. Very pt work Flexible schedule Pay rate $22.00/hr. Please fax resume attn: Gay 952-746-5738 or email:

Sales Positions


Prior Lake State Bank has an immediate opening for a Part-time Teller of 20-30hrs per wk including Saturdays. The main duties will be to conduct a variety of banking transactions efficiently & accurately. Candidates will possess the following: High School Education or equivalent is required. 1-2yrs of cash handling and customer service experience is helpful. 1-2 yrs of banking experience is preferred. Please send your resume and cover letter to: Prior Lake State Bank, Attn: Paula Ruths, 16677 Duluth Ave SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372 or email to Equal Opportunity Employer

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women is in need of additional volunteers to answer its 24-hour crisis line and provide childcare at support groups. Free training for crisis line volunteers will begin Oct. 1. No training is required for childcare volunteers. For more information, call Kim by Sept. 14,


Rewarding & fun position working as an activities coordinator. No experience required. $9$11/ hour. Call 612-2456797.


1981 Sea Nymph 16' fish/ ski boat, 1989 Evinrude 60hp tracker, Spartan trailer, trolling motor, livewells, locators, anchormates, pedestal seats. REDUCED! $3200. 952445-5473

1992 Vibo 21' Hexagon pontoon. Low hrs. 2 motors. '96 Merc 90HP + 9.9. Marine radio. Trailer. Clean. $9,500. 612720-2262

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

Community Services Technician The City of Eden Prairie is looking for a PT Community Services Technician. This position provides resources, referrals and assistance related to housing and community services. Minimum three years of experience in social services including working with immigrant populations. Starts at $19.66 to $22.41/hr. Apply online at; Application Deadline September 6, 2011.

2002 Larson 19' FishNSki, SEI 190, 135 HP Outboard, stored indoors. $11,900.00 or BO, NADA guide suggested $13,945.00, Jon 612-730-8116

Job Fair! Mains'l Services, Inc. is currently seeking several individuals to partner with consumers with disabilities who are attending or pursuing college in the Eden Prairie, MN area. The College Plus program focuses on: Education Skills, Independent Living Skills,Vocational Skills, and Social Skills. Positions are for 20 hours per week, and begin at $10.00/ hour. Hours may vary based on consumers' school schedules. Join us at the Eden Prairie Community Center on Friday, August 26 between 9am-12pm to learn more about this program and to apply in person. Applications can also be submitted online at

1987 31' Pathfinder Motorhome. $5,000/ BO. 952-496-2243

27' 2007 Palomino Thoroughbred, 1 slide out, triple bunk, queen bed sleeps 7-8. $17,499, Parked in Waseca. Call Mitch 612-325-7365


Part-Time Teller

Campers Travel Trailers

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

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

1996 Itasca Suncruiser Motorhome. Class A, 39'. Excellent condition, shedded at all times/ winterized. Loaded! 29,300 actual miles. $35,000/BO. 507-6656019

Experienced Maintenance Mechanics Due to company growth, M.A. Gedney Company is currently searching for experienced Line Mechanics for second shift. We are seeking individuals with previous line maintenance experience in a manufacturing setting to include trouble-shooting, line setup, PLC's and basic skills in electrical, welding and machining. In exchange for your experience, we offer a full range of employee benefits. Interested candidates may submit their resume to hr@ or fax to 952-448-1790.

Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructors Flexible hours available. Must be certified in Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED for Lifeguards and/or Water Safety Instructor. Day, Evenings & Weekend hours available. For more information please contact Tessa Syverson at 952-227-7746.

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, 5th wheel 2 slideouts, golfcart, shed $14,500. Excellent condition. Parked on beautiful wooded lot in Zumbrota, MN 612-7208683/ 612-599-0184

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

2005 Fleetwood Utah pop-up camper. A/C, furnace, slide-out, outside shower, king beds, bonus add-on-room. Great condition. $6500 or b/o. 952-445-7044

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

Hydro Stream Vegas. 20'. 200 HP+++. Complete restoration. 5 passenger. A real head turner! $8,900 or all trades welcome. 952215-5421

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

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

EZ-GO Gas Golf Cart with Rear Seat. White with White Top and Seats. $2195. 952-2390446

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

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

2004 Harley FXST Softail 24,000 miles. Extras too much to list. Call for details. $9,400. 952836-6773

$$ Wanted $$ JUNK CARS Viking Auto Salvage 651-460-6166

1963 Buick Custom Convertible. V6 A/T. Completely rebuilt 3000 miles ago. New white/top, brakes. Excellent condition some minor restoration needed. $5000. 605-2127283

Phil is happy because he sold his car through the ‘Classifieds’! You can be happy too!

Call our Classified Dept. 8am-5pm Mon-Fri 952-345-3003

Certified Fitness Instructors Positions available to instruct aqua, cycling, studio, and SilverSneaker fitness classes at the Chaska Community Center in a variety of formats. New instructors are welcome to apply; mentoring is available to improve your teaching skills. $15-$25/class. Questions may be directed to Susan Marek, CCC Fitness Coordinator, 952-227-7780 or

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

Honda style 2007 JMST 250cc Scooter. 1329 miles, original owner, 80 mpg, 4 stroke 2 passenger, $2900.00, call Ray 952-402-9110 1994 Harley Heritage Softtail, 26300k, all service records avail, extra set of pipes. $7500. Call Mike @ 612-309-6737

NOW HIRING Part-Time Fitness Job Opportunities! The Chaska Community Center has the following part-time job opportunities. Applications are available online at: or at the front desk of the Chaska Community Center.

Dutchman Camper 2002- 28ft. Excellent condition. Sleeps 6-8 w/queen bed. A/C, heat, appliances, plumbing works perfect. $7800. Must see. 952-474-6230

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



1 & 2 Shift CNC, Vertical Machining Center. 2nd Shift Turning Center. Program. Setup and Operate. 3-5 years experience a must. We offer a competitive wage and excellent benefit package including holiday and vacation pay, health & disability insurance, simple IRA retirement plan! Must be 18 to apply. Busch Bros. Machining, Inc 600 Sixth St NW New Prague, MN 56071 952-758-5757


Local State Farm agent seeking full-time sales rep. Please send resume to:

StarTribune Newspaper Carrier Needed immediately Weekdays (M-F) 1route open immediately in Chaska. For further information see our website at;

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

1986 BMW 528e, sunroof, 5 speed, 4 door, 2.7L, good tires, good body. Reduced to $1,250. 952-426-5657

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

1988 Chev Monte Carlo SS T-Top, 305 HO Engine, original, fast, 69K, stored, like new. $9,900 or b/o. 952-445-6533, Gale


1988, Cadillac Eldorado 78,000 miles. All original, with maintenance records. $6500. b/o 952233-2148

1998 Dodge Stratus, 6 cyl, AT. 156K. $1,500. 952-445-6173


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

2007 Ford Focus. 5 speed, manual. 37 MPG 19k + miles. One owner, $10,500. 612-8400884

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



1993 Ford Ranger, extended cab, topper, 102,000 miles. V6 AT. Great mileage, cold air, runs good. $2500. or b/o. 952-447-8169

Sport Util Vehicles


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

2000 Ford Windstar LX 7 Passenger Van, 133,349 Miles. $2,250. 6 Cyl Engine, Automatic Runs and drives great. Craig 952-368-9689

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

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GARAGE SALES AUCTIONS Estate Sales Estate Sale: Fri-Sat. 8/26-27, Fri-Sat. 9/2-3, Sat-Sun. 9/10-11, 9am4pm. 14018 Pennock Ave., Apt. #134, Apple Valley. New furniture, misc. HH, clothing, jewelry.

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Antiques, glassware, old toys, books, misc. Wed. 8/24, 4pm. Thurs-Fri. 8/25-26, 8am-6pm, Sat. 8/27, 8-12noon. CR 4 & North Hillcrest Ct. Cash Only!

Thurs/Friday & Sat, Multi family garage sale, Aug 25-27, 8am-5pm, Hockey skates, golf clubs, HUGE scrapbook & craft supplies, wine fridge, kitchen items, toys and books. 4164 White Oak Lane.

Thursday 8/25, Friday 8/26, 8-6pm. Saturday 8/27, 8-5pm. Lots of garage stuff, treadmill, dressers, electronics, kids stuff. Ice fishing equipment. 16697 Anna Trail SE

Multi Family Sale. Thursday 8/25, Noon5pm. Friday 8/26 95pm. Saturday 8/27 95pm. Toys, girls clothes, junior clothes, HH items. 1349 Thistle Lane

Friday, August 26th 8am-3pm. Books, household items, fire pit. One day sale! 19139 Maple Leaf Dr.

Jordan Sales

Savage Sales

Thrift Stores

Chanhassen Sales Garage Sale Thursday 8/25, Friday 8/26, Saturday 8/27. 8-4pm. Furniture, HH items, patio furniture, lots of misc. 10460 Bluff Circle Moving Sale- Refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave, white, Furniture & Household Goods. All in excellent condition. 9/1-2, 9am4pm (Near Hwy 5 & Minnewashta Pkwy) 4164 Lakeridge Road Call for more information 612-709-9372

Multi Family Thursday 8/25 10-7pm, Friday 8/26 8-2pm, Saturday 8/27 9-12. Livingroom furniture, home decor, kitchenware, adult clothing, books, college student items. 6527 Kurtz Lane

Sat., 8/27, 9am-4pm. Housewares, clothing, ping-pong table, books, shoes, bags, movies, CDs, regulation soccer goal, etc. 8914 Knollwood Dr.

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Garage Sale! Sat. August 27 8am-4pm. Infant boy clothing. Baby swings, rocking chair, car seats, strollers, Trek burly, Power wheelstruck and John Deere. Boy toys. 1361 Romeo Ct.

Thurs/Fri/Sat 25 -27th Thurs/Fri: 8-4pm Sat: 8-1pm. Joint Family Garage Sale! Housewares, furniture, electronics, toys, games, sports equipment, dormfirst apt. needs, misc. 16408 Kelsey Lane, Eden Prairie

Salvage Sale for antique/ repurpose lovers! Sat. 8/27, 9am-4pm. Vintage haywagon, plow, livestock watertanks, feed troughs, wringer washer, paned doors/ windows, 2 sets portable steps/ railings, 1980's kitchen cabinets, other misc. 20801 Johnson Memorial Dr.

Prior Lake Sales Fabric Sample Sale Thursday, 8/25 9-5pm. Follow signs at Hwy. 13 and 150th St. 14891 Estate Ave. SE Garage Sale: Thurs-FriSat., 8/25-26-27, 8am4pm. 16245 Itasca Ave. SE. Lots of everything, including HH, tools, men's items, much more! Thurs-Sat 8/25-8/27, 9am-6pm. Antiques, lawnmower, TV, electronics, butcher block table, desk, HH, prints, misc., 1971 Ford truck. 5742 Birchwood Ave NE (near Sandpoint beach).

Multi-Family Sale: Thurs, 8/25, 8:30-5pm. Fri., 8/26, 8:30-1:30pm. Kids items, all ages, toys, electronics, HH, lots more! 8103 W. 126th St., benefits Minnesota Valley Gymnastics.

Shakopee Sales August 25, 26, 27. 85pm. Bed, dollhouse, toys, TV, bike, women and kids clothing. Books, movies, CD's. Light fixtures, lots of misc. 2121 Swallowtail Dr. Garage Sale ThursdaySaturday 8/25, 8/26, 8/27. 7am-5pm. Kids name brand clothes, HH, games, books, electronics, much more. 1761 Gotland Lane Moving Sale: Antiques, HH, lotza stuff! Thursday 9/1, 9-5pm, Friday 9/2 Noon-5pm. 1097 Van Buren

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living in ep Did you know? We offer some fun facts about August for this last week of the month. August was originally called “Sextillus” because it was the sixth month of the Roman calendar. July, formerly the fifth month, was called “Quintilis” meaning “fifth.” After the death of Julius Caesar, the name was changed to “July” in honor of his natal month. Not to be outdone by Julius Caesar, Augustus gave his own name to the month of August. Aug. 1, 1780, was the birth date of Francis Scott Key, who wrote the words of the National Anthem. The revolving door was patented by Theophilus Van Kannel on Aug. 7, 1888. August’s birthstone is the peridot. Its flower is the gladiolus. The peridot “is the symbol of contentment and personal satisfaction.” Source: “Days to Remember,” a vintage date book


Come and see them at the State Fair. Michael and Sarah Wentzien are the owners of San Felipe Tacos, located in the Food Building at the Minnesota State Fair. Their special fish taco has made it a destination booth for thousands of fans.

Pronto pups, mini-donuts and … fish tacos?

This date in EP history Aug. 25, 1962 – Cedar Hills golf course has opened. Source: “Eden Prairie Book of Days” by Ernie Shuldheiss

Chan family runs food stand at State Fair BY UNSIE ZUEGE


emember that recent reality show called “America’s Next Best Restaurant?” A bunch of contestants from around the country come up with a restaurant concept, come up with a menu, a logo, and a marketing plan? Michael and Sarah Wentzien of Chanhassen laughed when they heard about it. “We didn’t have to watch it,” Michael Wentzien said. “We’ve lived it.” For 50 weeks out of the year, Michael works at OptumInsight in Eden Prairie, a company which provides technology, information, analytics and consulting to the health care industry. Sarah is a CPA and former IBM business consultant. When they started a family — Paul, 8, John, 6, and Lauren, 3 — Sarah became a stay-at-home mom. But she was cooking up ideas for a food stand at the fair. Sarah comes from a Minnesota State Fair family. Her parents, Richard and Delphine Sunderland, have owned and operated the Red Barn Root Beer Stand and the Galaxy of Drinks for nearly 46 years at the state fair. The root beer is made locally with an old family recipe and is made in St. Paul. It’s only available once a year, during the 12 days of the state fair. Growing up, Sarah spent her time at the family’s fair booth, pretty much from the time she learned how to count back change, Michael said. It just never left her blood. Over the years, she and her family would brainstorm food concepts for the fair. Sarah’s sister, who lives in southern California, suggested creating a fish taco.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX A fish taco? “I know,” Michael said. “If you’re from the Midwest [he grew up in Gladbrook, Iowa] that doesn’t sound right.” Though they played around with lots of ideas, they kept circling back to the fish taco concept. “So Sarah put a business plan together based on a fish taco stand,” Wentzien said. “We fiddled around in a test kitchen with different fish, toppings, sauces, and how you blend it together.” About seven years ago, they submitted their idea to the state fair. “‘We love it,’ we were told,” Michael said. “They said, ‘It’s in our top 10 for new food booths.’ But we didn’t make the fi nal cut. So we tried again the second year, and again we heard ‘We love it.’ The third year we were told that the fair was reconfiguring the International Bazaar and we should base our submission on that location. So Sarah wrote a whole different plan. But we didn’t get it. Then we heard that someone had moved out of the Food Building and there was, fi nally, an opening. This time, they invited us in. “But we had only three to four months


Alex Shockley was pictured at the top of Mount Rainier in Washington.

Turn back the page The Aug 24, 2006, Eden Prairie News reported that EPHS graduate Alex Shockley was hoping to climb the seven summits, the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents.

The Wentziens were at the Food Building Saturday, getting their booth ready for its third year at the fair. Michael Wentzien hung a new sign over the counter at the San Felipe Tacos booth. to build the stand, layout and design the space, fit in the refrigerators, the freezers, the sinks, griddles, the hot and cold tables and develop the signage.” Michael said, ‘Fortunately, Sarah’s parents were able to give us a hand, along with family and friends. “Our fi rst year, we were up all night before the fair opened, getting ready and fi nally had everything set up at 6 a.m.” he said. “And then we opened for business at 8 a.m.” Their fish tacos swam out the door, so to speak. Local food reviewers raved about the new food concession at the fair, and Los Felipe Tacos made the list of top 10 best new foods. Since then, Los Felipe Tacos has expanded its menu. In addition to the famous fish taco, there is also jerk chicken, beef, and vegetarian tacos. Los Felipe Tacos have developed a following. “I know there are people who come to the fair, pay the admission, just so they can get our tacos, and then they leave,” Michael said. “And people always ask if we have a restaurant. We don’t, but maybe we should.” They’re introducing a new taco this year — Carnitas Asian Fusion Taco — made of pulled pork with a special marinade, cabbage, fresh cucumbers, red peppers and jalapeño, served with a cusabi (cucumber/wasabi) sauce. They also have nachos and churros. This year, they’ve replaced the fried ice cream with xango cheesecake, deepfried and rolled in cinnamon sugar, raspberries and whipped cream.


episode of the America’s Next Great Restaurant knowing just what the contestants were going through. “We did the show when we created Los Felipe Tacos,” Michael said. “The hardest thing about opening a restaurant is how to manage the ordering. Our fi rst year, we were left to our own devices. ‘How many tacos will we sell?’ You don’t know, but you have to order supplies and keep them on site. “The fi rst year was tough,” Michael said. “We almost ran out of fi sh the fi rst day. We didn’t know how successful or popular it would be. We kept everyone busy to meet the demand. It’ll be tricky again this year. If the new items are a hit, we’ll fi nd out right away. “We’ve got a good crew,” Michael said. “Sarah does a good job hiring our crew. We’ve got family and friends and people from work helping out during the 12 days, and a lot of kids from Chanhassen High School. “It’s a lot of fun being out here, meeting all kinds of people. It’s a real change from my everyday job. And by the end of the fair, I’m almost glad to get back to a regular office routine!” Follow Los Felipe Tacos on Facebook at


“For Alex Shockley, a recent graduate of Eden Prairie High School, a ‘long day’ started at 1 a.m. at high camp for an expedition to Europe’s highest peak, Mount Elbrus (near the Black Sea). At about 12,000 feet, he and two other hikers decided to make a go for the summit, at about 18,500 feet. Normally in mountaineering, you don’t want to go more than 3,000 feet a day, he explained. Nonetheless, they made it to the top (after hunkering down and waiting for storms to pass at 17,000 feet) and were back to camp by 9 p.m.,” the story said. At the time 180 people had accomplished the task of climbing the seven summits. The list includes Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe, Aconcagua in South America, Vinson in Antarctica, Mount Everest, Denali in Alaska and Carstanz Pyramid in Australia/ Oceania. Source: Eden Prairie News

Dates to remember Sunbonnet Day – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, Riley-Jacques Barn, 9100 Riley Lake Road Art Crawl – Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 24-25, Art Center, 7650 Equitable Drive Festival of One Acts – Sept. 16-17, 23-24, 30, Oct. 1-2, RileyJacques Barn, 9100 Riley Lake Road For more information, see the Let’s Go! Calendar on page 14.


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