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Parker, Estall, Espe and Bratrud elected to board BY LEAH SHAFFER

BEEP was the word of the night. It was the response Julie Klein gave when asked who she voted for during the Eden Prairie School Board elections Tuesday. BEEP candidates Karla Bratrud, Dave Espe, John Estall and Holly Parker received the majority of votes in this year’s election and will serve along with Chuck Mueller, Suzanne Kutina and Ranee Jacobus as the new Eden Prairie School Board in Janu-

ary. Voters could pick four out of the eight possible candidates in District 272. Candidates included Bratrud, Espe, Estall, Tim Fox, Derek A. Gunderson, Bill Lapadat, Parker and Kim Ross. Parker, Estall and Ross were the incumbent candidates. School Board Chair Carol Bomben opted not to seek re-election. The acronym BEEP was not associated with any particular campaign but rather, emerged as a grassroots effort to bring change to the board. Many par-

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You are not alone PHOTO BY DANIEL HUSS

Natalio Blanche was, well, all crazy after scoring his team’s second goal in Eden Prairie’s 3-1 win over Eastview in Thursday’s Class AA state championship game. When asked if he has a name for his celebration, Blanch was at a loss. Suggestion: How about Joy? Eastview was the favorite, having entered the game with an undefeated record. For more on Eden Prairie’s state championship, go to page 9.

Veterans’ memorial ‘book’ shows that every vet counts BY UNSIE ZUEGE

3 EP fire fighters injured in garage fire BY LEAH SHAFFER


A house on the 13500 block of Caramel Trail was damaged during a fire Sunday. Discarded ashes from a recreational fire started the fire.

Discarded ashes were the cause of a fi re in Eden Prairie that ended up inundating a garage Sunday. Three Eden Prairie firefighters were injured during the response. Two were injured when the roof collapsed on top of them and one rolled his ankle in the yard. All three where transferred to Fairview Southdale Hospital with minor injuries and released. The fire started brewing on the 13500 block of Caramel Trail Saturday night after residents disposed of ashes from a bonfi re in a plastic garbage bin. The ashes caught fi re and quickly ignited the vinyl siding of the garage, according to Fire Chief George Esbensen.

Ron Schlangen’s “book” has 12,622 pages but one defi nitive message to vets, all vets. “You are not alone.” His book, “All Wars Veterans Memorial,” is a memorial to all the U.S. veterans who have served in the U.S. military during wartime

— all veterans, beginning with the Revolutionary War. That’s 43 million. Schlangen, of Eden Prairie, is commander of the Chanhassen American Legion and the author/ craftsman of this distinctive memorial. Schlangen’s point is that each and every person who has served in the U.S. military during wartime counts. It doesn’t matter whether they were in hand-to-hand combat, answered phones, manned PT boats, cleaned latrines, flew fi ghter

Schlangen to page 8 ® Chanhassen American Legion Commander Ron Schlangen has built a “book memorial” that honors each and every one of the 43,277,096 U.S. military veterans from the beginning of the American Revolutionary War through July 2007 of the Global War on Terror.

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Tommy Kramer appears Saturday Tom my K ra mer, for mer quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, is set to appear to sign autographs at the newly opened Fan HQ Collectibles and Memorabilia store in Eden Prairie Center mall from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. “Kramer was drafted out of Rice University by the Minnesota Vikings in 1977. He was the top-rated passer in the NFL and appeared in the Pro Bowl in 1986. Kramer was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Vikings of All-Time at a ceremony at TCF Bank Stadium in 2010. Kramer will sign autographs, meet with fans and pose for photographs. The event and the autographs are free,” according to a news release. Tim Laudner, Don Beaupre, Chuck Foreman, Kevin Tapani and Brian Bellows are

also scheduled to appear at the new Fan HQ location in the Eden Prairie Center. Fan HQ is outside of JC Penney on the lower level.

Celebration of Thanksgiving The sixth annual Eden Prairie Community Celebration of Thanksgiving is set for 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in the sanctuary of Pax Christi Catholic Community. To join the combined adult choir, attend rehearsal at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Pax Christi. “The theme for 2011 is Expressions of Gratitude – Unity, Hope and Love,” according to a news release. “The evening will offer Eden Prairie residents a chance to experience and celebrate the community’s ever-increasing diversity. “Congregational singing, choral and hand bell anthems, dance, sacred readings, video, visual art and prayers from many great faiths will be in-

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Eden Prairie honored as Digital City On Nov. 2, Eden Prairie received a fi rst-place ranking in the 2011 Digital Cities Survey. The city came in fi rst among towns with a population between 30,000 and 74,999. Other award-winning cities on the list included Honolulu, Hawaii (population of 250,000 or more), Olathe, Kan. (125,000 to 249,999), and Roseville, Calif. (75,000 to 124,999). It’s the 11th such survey. City IT Manager Lisa Wu said one reason for the win is upgrades to the city’s public safety dispatch system. The Center for Digital Gover n ment a nd G over n ment Technology survey “spotlights the municipalities that best show how information and communication technology are used to enhance public service.” The city now uses a joint police and fire dispatch system, called “New World,” replacing several systems in the Police and Fire departments. The new system allows the city to more easily share information with the county and state, she said. The use of “eCitation” means that data from tickets is transferred to the county and state from each squad car. Wu said the process used to take 20 minutes, but can be cut down to five


Eden Prairie is using a geographic information system to display where Police and Fire department resources are in action. minutes now – plus accuracy is improved. Using GIS and GPS technology for maps to keep track of the city’s public safety resources is another improvement for public safety in the city. Wu said this improves communications in emergencies. “Staff will be able to see all the resources on the street and where they go, to improve communication and also resource management under stressful situations,” Wu said. The city saved money by switching to a local reseller and purchasing desktop and laptop computers through state contracts. Wu said the city has imple-

mented point to point wireless for its 12 remote sites, like the Art Center and Senior Center, using an antenna on Edina’s water tower. “It is a significant cost saving on our infrastructure,” she said, pointing out that it cuts ongoing costs for the city. The city has also “virtualized” 81 percent of its servers. Wu said having virtual data storage improves efficiency and would make it easier for the city to continue operations in another location in the case of a disaster. “If city hall has a problem,” she said, “now we can get our system up and running at another location within a few hours.”

Wu said the city implemented “centralized invoice approval,” which means that a process that used to take days to send papers between departments and sites, now takes only seconds. She said the process saved the city the cost of one full-time employee. “Change is not easy,” Wu said. “We try to work smart, do more with less. … We are moving in the right direction. From this award I can confirm that.” What changes will residents notice? Wu said residents will notice the increased efficiency in the Police and Fire departments, for example, which will allow those departments to spend more time on other areas of crime and fire prevention. “I’m honored to accept this award on behalf of our talented IT team,” Wu said. “We’ve been working hard to improve our service to our customers with fewer resources. We have accomplished that by implementing creative solutions and focusing our energy on implementing the solutions. We are very happy for the outcome.”

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Sgt. Matt Sackett said Eden Prairie is not receiving an unusual number of calls regarding sick raccoons. “It’s really on track for a normal year,” Sackett said. Neighboring Edina reported a spike in raccoon activity last month, with the city advising residents to make sure their “pets are vaccinated against distemper as directed by your veterinarian.” Sackett said that every year in the fall, the city experiences a slight uptick in calls regarding sick raccoons. The city does not separate calls out by animals, so exact numbers were unavailable. According to the city’s web-

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cluded. A collection will be made i n suppor t of PROP (People Reaching out to Other People), Eden Prairie’s emergency food shelf. The evening will end in shared fellowship and refreshments.” T h i s ye a r ’s event ho st (which rotates from year-toyear) is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Other participating faith commu nities i nclude : A MCC American Muslim Community Center, the Hindu Community, Minnesota Zen Center, Eden P rai rie United Met hodist Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pax Christi Catholic Community, Prairie Lutheran Church, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, the release said. Info: (Marianne Ward)

Silent auction benefits Rwanda The “Experience Rwanda: Art Exhibit and Silent Auction” will include an openhouse style exhibit and silent auction featuring Rwandan-

site, “citizens are encouraged to report sick or injured animals to the Police Department. “For complaints involving nuisance wildlife, contact a pest control agency. If you are interested in a live trap, contact the department’s Animal Control Officers and they will assist you in determining if a live trap is necessary.” You can contact Animal Control at (952) 949-6200. Sackett said that if residents see a raccoon that looks sick or doesn’t shoo away with a loud noise, they should call Animal Control. He advised residents to make sure trash cans are secured and kept inside a garage or made jewelry and art, including photographs of Rwanda printed on canvas, journals and cards. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12, at JJ’s Coffee and Wine Bar, 7942 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie. Funds raised will support New Mercies’ Faith Village project, a community of homes for orphaned and abandoned children in Rwanda, according to a news release. “Eden Prairie couple, Charlie and Karen Oglesby, began New Mercies (www.newmerciesministries. org) in 2006.” Find more information on Facebook.


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CHARGES The following people face charges from Hennepin County related to Eden Prairie: Ti mot hy Michael Ga l laher, 19, of Eden Prairie, was charged with fourth-degree driving while impaired and possession of a con-trolled substance. Ga l la her was pulled over on May 7 after

building. He advised against leaving bowls of food for pets outside. “That’s something raccoons are going to try to get hold of,” he said. of time to order and receive your gifts in time for the holidays. Admission and parking is free at the Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie. Vendor table fees support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Eden Prairie. For a complete list of confirmed vendors visit the Info Page at i she d M a rket . For more information or for vendor inquiries, contact event organizers at or Amy at (952) 937-1497.

Become a ‘Tech Savvy’ senior Girl Scout Troop 10035 is offering its Tech Savvy Seniors class from 10 : 30 -11: 30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive. Learn Facebook basics, including creating an account, updating account and privacy settings, adding friends and adding a profi le picture. Call the Eden Prairie Senior Center at (952) 279-8050 to sign up, but walk-ins are also welcome.

driving erratically and crashi n g i nt o a not h e r veh ic le . Police found a bag of the antianxiety drug Clonazepam on Gallaher but he did not have a prescription for it. According to the criminal complaint, “he admitted that he had been drinking that day and said that at the time he was driving the car, he probably was ‘pretty impaired’ because of the alcohol and/or drugs he had consumed.” Victoria Louise Weber, 46, of Minneapolis, was charged with financial transaction card fraud. According to a criminal com-plaint, Weber used credit cards that had been stolen

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City’s first city manager dies George Hite of Eagle Harbor, Mich., who served Eden Prairie as its first city manager, died on Nov. 1 at age 80. Hite worked in several positions in Edina, before working in Eden Prairie from 1968 to 1972. “He was considered to be a visionary and the driving force behind the construction of the water treatment plant in Eden Prairie that was instrumental in determining our future growth,” according to information from the city of Eden Prairie. He later worked for Target Stores and Dayton Hudson Corp., serving in many civic and professional organizations, according to his obituary. “George retired to a family home in Eagle Harbor, where he was actively involved in community planning, historical preservation and land conservation activities,” the obituary said. “The George Hite DunesMarshes Nature Preserve near Great Sand Bay in Eagle Harbor Township is named in recognition of his land conservation support.” A memorial service is planned in Eagle Harbor in July 2012. For more information, visit


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I’m gonna hold off on the turkey and gravy Tomorrow is my perfect time to make birthday. Kisses a concerted effort to and hugs accepted get out of it. To shake but no gifts please, things up a bit. unless it is wine. I Let me tell you am supposed to drink about my Eden more wine. Doctor’s Prairie friend Mark. orders. OK, he’s more than a You may have friend. Mark is also already noticed that one of my heroes. today is 11/10/11 A few years ago, meaning my birthday Mark was in my tomorrow falls on situation age wise. 11/11/11. It’s called He had one very LIFE IN EDEN a power birthday. I important item on wish I had some clue his bucket list that he what to make of that. wanted to accomplish This also means that at two times by age 50. tomorrow using the calendar and Mark wanted to play in a rock a clock, it will be 11/11/11, 11:11:11. band. And not just sit in once I suppose I should purchase some or twice like my cousin Dennis lottery tickets. Or go to Las Vegas. has talked about for 30 years. No, Or something else equally stupid. Mark wanted to be in a regular, I’m trying not to get too excited performing rock band. over the big day and the unlikely Unfortunately he had one very potential of gifts. I have never large challenge. Although he loved received any mail on my birthday classic rock and had been a huge because it falls on Veteran’s Day, music fan since childhood, he a federal holiday. And because my couldn’t play guitar. Or drums. Or daughters are poor college students bass. Or keyboards. Or sing. Things I will be lucky if they can afford a weren’t looking good. Only artists stamp to send me a handmade card. like Kid Rock, Britney Spears and My guess is I might get a birthday Nickelback can get away with text from each of them. Did I becoming rich pop stars without mention I pay for their phones and any ability. Mark had looks but he phone plan? Sigh. It’s fine. I don’t needed something musical to hang need anything. his hat on. He settled on the guitar. But more than anything I think He started practicing daily, a this middle-aged birthday is going solitary figure in his basement to give me an opportunity to take night after night. He ignored the a look at my current life situation sneers and mockery of his friends and give it some analysis. My and neighbors who thought this goal isn’t to run out and climb was just another one of his crazy Kilimanjaro to try and help me schemes. He rightly figured that forget about thinning hair and an they were just jealous. His wife and increasing waistline, but rather to kids encouraged him to stay with it. at least entertain the idea that it (It kept him in the basement.) might be time to take some more Slowly and not without strange risks, have some new adventures. circumstances, friends and At the very least, it’s a dang good acquaintances began to get invited time to take a look at my elusive to jam sessions and a real live rock bucket list I hear people speak of band began to form. so often. If many of us are in a rut Stromberg to page 11 ® in life a middle-aged birthday is the




Remember the sacrifices of veterans BY REP. ERIK PAULSEN

For more than two centuries, generations of Americans have taken up arms in defense of this country. From Lexington and Concord, to the hallowed grounds at Gettysburg, to the bluffs overlooking the beaches of Normandy, and Erik to the deserts of Paulsen Iraq, our nation has asked every generation to put on the uniform of our Armed Forces and defend freedom in its hour of peril. On battlefields across this country and around the globe, graves mark the final resting place of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. At the same time, the battlefield has also been the site of the best of what America has to offer. Take for instance Minnesota National Guard Staff Sgt. Chad Malmberg. In January 2007, his convoy was ambushed outside of Baghdad. Though outnumbered by the enemy, Sgt. Malmberg risked his life multiple times as he coordinated ground and air support, in the end ensuring that not a single troop in the convoy was injured. For his incredible acts of heroism and gallantry, Sgt. Malmberg was awarded the Silver Star. Minnesota is lucky to have brave and courageous citizen-soldiers like Sgt. Malmberg. Sadly, our nation hasn’t always treated veterans with the respect and admiration that they have earned. Following the Vietnam War,


veterans of the unpopular conflict were all too often ostracized and vilified for serving their country. This was clearly not America’s finest hour. Fortunately, those attitudes are now a thing of the past. Despite the American people being divided over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this country has remained committed to supporting its veterans. In the last 10 years we have seen the rise of new organizations like the Patriot Guard Riders and programs like Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, which are dedicated to assisting veterans and their families. In my role as your representative, I’ve had the privilege to meet some of the young men and women in our military, a great majority of whom are citizen-soldiers in the Minnesota National Guard. When I meet them, their bravery and selflessness renews my faith in this country. It is every generation’s duty to leave the next with a country in better condition than it was left to us. Having witnessed the determination of our men and women in uniform, I have no doubt that America’s best days do indeed lie ahead. Despite all the gridlock and partisanship in Washington, there is one area where Republicans and Democrats can come together – helping our veterans. Last month, the House passed two bills geared specifically to assist veterans of our Armed Forces. The Veterans Benefits Training Improvement Act would improve the way veterans benefits are processed through individualized training and annual testing to ensure that the government employees who handle


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Thanks Obama It’s great to have a president who appreciates veterans and their service to our country. Previous administrations have not always kept faith with the solemn responsibility we have to provide for our veterans that have protected our freedoms, so I especially appreciate President Obama increasing those veteran benefits and military family initiatives. In October, President Obama increased disabled veterans’ insurance, increased veterans’ mortgage and life insurance and increased veterans’ burial and cemetery benefits. These small increases were overdue, but much deserved. Since our returning veterans have a higher unemployment than nonveterans, President Obama also increased veterans’ education benefits and increased enhanced employment opportunities through the American Jobs Act, which provides for a $9,600 wounded warrior tax credit and a $4,800 returning heroes tax credit. The First Lady has also highlighted military families’ issues and recently announced an initiative where the private sector has agreed to hire 25,000 military spouses and veterans over the next two years. But the greatest thing President Obama has done for us is getting us out of Iraq. After almost a decade our soldiers will be home for Christmas. Thank you, President Obama.

John E. Mallo Eden Prairie

Questions Obamacare criticism There has been criticism of the Affordable Health Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, almost exclusively from Republican politicians and their beneficial supporters. These partisan criticisms have generally taken the form of frightening the potential beneficiaries, especially seniors. Potential loss of coverage, a “death panel” making end-of-life decisions, and other benefit threats are described in matter-of-fact terms that would be cause for high concern if true and representative. These criticisms are usually issued in the context of asking for voter support. Congressman Erik Paulsen recently mailed a document to his constituents using these same tactics, including a statement about Obamacare robbing Medicare. His objections to the new health care law are not accurate and do not represent the impact it will have on seniors. There are many coverage improvements and few negatives for Medicare recipients in this law. In fact, the solutions that Paulsen proposes in his mailer for preserving Medicare are already included in the Affordable Health Care Act. In a hypocritical act against seniors, Paulsen voted for the Republican sponsored 2012 budget bill; the centerpiece of this bill eliminates Medicare and replaces it with a pri-


Mallo met President Obama this summer at the American Legion National Convention. vately purchased health care insurance insurance requirement. There are many groups in the medical industry as well as knowledgeable individuals who support “Obamacare.” These supporters include the American Medical Association and 11 other health care provider organizations, AARP, and the chair of the National Institute of Health Policy. There are two health care provider organizations and two health insurers that are opposed to Obamacare, and many commercial and business associations oppose it. The criticisms arguing diminished health care with the new law are shown to be false with these published endorsements. We should hold our politicians to a standard that keeps the American people as their target for health care improvements. And we should all speak with informed truth if we want to have debates that accomplish this goal.

Fred Pollman Eden Prairie

Paulsen mailing uses fear tactics Once again I received a flyer from Congressman Erik Paulsen that uses the GOP tactics of FUD (Fear Uncertainty Doubt) about Medicare and seniors. Erik claims he is fighting to protect seniors like myself. I suggest you do some fact checking about his votes and the GOP party’s position (Erik votes 97 percent of the time with the GOP), which is Erik’s position on most issues. The $500 billion is not cuts and in fact the GOP budget plan that Erik voted for would have cut coverage to future seniors. Those under 55 would be placed in the hands of the private

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insurance companies, the same companies that have and are continuing to kill health care reform for their profits. The $500 billion figure is actually the projected savings achieved through reduced growth of future spending on Medicare over the next 10 years; the law does not cut $500 billion from the current Medicare budget, and there are no cuts to guaranteed Medicare benefits. The savings will come from a variety of sources, including higher Medicare premiums for very wealthy seniors, reductions in federal payments to private insurers that administer Medicare Advantage plans and reduced annual payment increases to hospitals and other providers, i.e. increases that are linked to the Consumer Price Index. More rigorous Medicare fraud detection and prosecution is another source of savings. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects that the PPACA (AKA Obamacare) will reduce the federal deficit by $143 billion by 2019. This is the bill that Erik/GOP want to repeal. The American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and the American Association for Retired Persons supported passage of the PPACA. It does not cut Medicare benefits; it increases them. All original benefits remain intact with added benefits. For example, seniors can now receive free annual health care checkups (no deductibles and no co-pays), and drug benefits are improved. The new law closes the donut hole coverage gap for drugs. The GOP and their supporters in the health insurance industry continue to blame all of their increases on recent Health Care Reform (aka Obamacare).

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Lil’ Red, Eden Prairie’s grocery The red store salesman and connected before house, which coming to was located on Eden Prairie the corner of but he had Valley View spent most and Eden of his life in Prairie roads, the grocery was opened in business, the early 1960s having by Bill Riegert. managed The son of stores in William and Mankato, Betty Riegert, Arlington, PRAIRIE PIONEERS Bill spent his Plato and youth in Eden Excelsior. Prairie living To keep near the consolidated school up with the population and on what is now Easy Street. the increased business, Bill bought the coolers a new store was built at and fixtures from the the same location and the Ravnholdt family, who had Nyhammers’ home was the first modern-day grocery located just behind the in Eden Prairie, Windy Hill store. Grocery, which operated for The business now a couple of years beginning includes gasoline pumps in 1959. This was a project to as well as a much larger “send Doug to college.” Doug store and parking lot. was their oldest child. Also a new owner, Holiday After passing through a Stationstores. couple of other owners, the Marie Wittenberg is an store was owned by Haakon Eden Prairie historian and Lucille Nyhammer and author, whose columns starting in 1972. Haakon appear regularly in the Eden was a traveling insurance Prairie News.



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LIVESREMEMBERED Ronald Wayne Patterson “He was a kind and gentle soul who could move mountains.” Ron was born in Williston, ND to Samuel and Minnie Patterson Jan. 17, 1945 and raised in Fairview, MT. He attended the University of Montana, Missoula earning a degree in Social Work. While in college he began working at Glacier National Park. Following college, he worked full time for Glacier, managing Lake McDonald Lodge during the summer and working in the corporate office in Tucson during the winter. Ron took a job with the Good Samaritan Society and moved to Sioux Falls, SD where he eventually became their Vice President. It was here he met Carol Scherer, the love of his life, and they were married in 1974. While in Sioux Falls, Ron and Carol had two children, Dean and Heather. Also while in Sioux Falls, Ron found another talent – he served on the Civil Defense Rescue Squad. A job opportunity with Smith, Harst, Siebel took the family to Denver, CO where Christopher was born. In 1989, Ron was offered a job as President and Chief Executive Officer of Real Property Services Corporation; a national long-term care organization which required a move to California. After 9 years, he moved his family back to the mid-West and settled in Eden Prairie, where he began his career with Volunteers of America. In 2001, he was ordained as a VOA Minister. At the time of his death, he had assumed the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Volunteers of America, Inc. and had been with the company 16 years. Ron had a contagious optimism and spirit. He knew how to have fun, enjoy life and live large...all while living his faith and loving his family, friends and the Lord. He loved to travel, with Scotland and Glacier being two of his favorite places to visit. Even with his responsibilities at work, he always made his family feel like they were his priority. He had an amazing heart and a sharp mind. He couldn’t resist playing cards with anyone who wanted to sit down and play. He also enjoyed being a member of the Twin Cities Scottish Club. His laughter and big heart will be sorely missed by all those who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Carol Patterson; two sons, Dean and Christopher; daughter, Heather (Damon) Uriarte; a very special grandson, Hunter Uriarte and sister, Rosalie Sitter as well as Carol’s brothers and sisters and several nieces and nephews. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Minnie Patterson; infant sister Gloria; mother-in-law, Agnes Scherer; brother-in-laws, Orville Herman, Yogi Sitter, Kelly Welch and Charlie Patterson. A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 13600 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, MN. Memorials can be sent to Volunteers of America National Services, 7530 Market Place Dr., Eden Prairie, MN.

Lewis Ritchie, 94, of Anoka, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. Among others, he is survived by son, Dennis, of Eden Prairie. Funeral service Friday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel, 7625 Mitchell Rd. 952-975-0400.

Gordon Clarence Mulqueeny Gordon Mulqueeny, 85, of Minnetonka, passed away Friday Nov. 4, 2011. Among others he is survived by family in the Eden Prairie and Chaska areas. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday Nov. 9, 2011, at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Minnetonka. Visitation was Tuesday Nov. 8, from 5-8 p.m. Washburn McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400. 7625 Mitchell Rd. (1 blk N. of Hwy 5)

Mildred I. Wartman Mildred “Milly” Wartman, 99, of Chaska passed away Thursday Nov. 3, 2011 at the Auburn Manor in Chaska. Funeral Mass was Monday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m. St. Victoria Historic Catholic Church in Victoria with Father Bob White as Celebrant of the Mass. Visitation was held one hour prior to the Mass at the Church. Milly was born Oct. 6, 1912 in Chaska, the daughter of Herbert and Mary (Bleichner) Schroers. She was baptized and confirmed at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Chaska. Mildred was united in marriage to Harold C. Wartman Feb. 18, 1935 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Chaska. Milly was a loving wife, mother, grandma and greatgrandma. She loved tending to her garden, especially her flowers and vegetables. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, fishing and playing cards. Milly is preceded in death by her husband, Harold Wartman; daughter, Carol Ann Wartman; brothers, James Schroers, Edward Schroers, Walter Schroers, Raymond Schroers, Clarence Schroers; sisters, Viola Plekkenpol, Dorothy Theis. Milly is survived by her loving family; son and daughterin-law, Don and Judy Wartman of Mound; grandchildren, Paul and Rebecca Wartman, Sarah Wartman, Maria Wartman; great-grandson, Elijah; brother, Jerome Schroers of Norwood Young America; sisters, Evelyn Schneider of Chaska, Betty Schmitz of Shakopee; sisters-in-law, Gloria Wartman of Excelsior, Lucetta Monnens of Shakopee, Adeline Wartman of Excelsior; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Arrangements Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia;

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EAGLENEWS Contribute school news to or call (952) 942-3387

Upcoming Eden Prairie High School events Nov. 11 7:30 pm. EPHS Musical starts

Nov. 23 No School for Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 1 7 p.m., Orchestra Concert

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Planning for trips abroad starts now BY LEAH SHAFFER

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he halls of Eden Prairie High School have been dot ted wit h f lyers for a “Magical History Tour” – a weeklong trip to Britain for spring break 2013. But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to travel opportunities offered through the high school. “We’re all history teachers, and so this is kind of like being able to take our show on the road,” said teacher Pamela Skaar-Meier, who, along with social studies teacher Steve Cwodzinski, will serve as guide on the Britain trip. “Truly it brings history to life for the kids,” said Skaar-Meier, who will also be going along on a summer trip to Greece. There are many opportunities for students to go abroad but now’s the time to get planning. Students have until February to sign up for the summer Greece or Israel trips. While planning is underway for a spring break 2013 trip to Britain, students can also take part in a visit to China this July. A planning meeting for the China trip will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the EPHS staff lounge. The trip to Loudi, China, will include stays with families from Loudi high schools; visits to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and visits sites in Xi’an, Shanghai and Hangzhou. Those interested can attend the Nov. 14 meeting or contact Mark Kingsbury at

To learn more about a summer visit to Loudi, China, visit the EPHS teachers lounge at 7 p.m. Nov. 14. The trip will run from July 13 to 28, and will include a five-day home stay in Loudi, China, Eden Prairie’s sister city, and visits to Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Hangzhou. No Chinese language ability required for the trip.

‘Magical History Tour’ Spring Break trip to Great Britain in 2013 “Travel with Mr. Cwodzinski and Ms. Skaar Meier on a magical tour that will include the history of the Beatles from Liverpool to their days recording in London.” Email Steve Cwodzinski or contact Pamela Skaar-Meier.


Planning is underway for a visit to Loudi, China, this summer. Here, students are pictured during a Loudi trip in 2008 where Eden Prairie students Spencer Lasley, JP Maslyn, Andrew Baker, Nikita Lee, Jasmine Wu and John Moen in the far back reach out for a lion’s head handle on a large metal water vessel in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. mkingsbury@ or Ergan Xu at Ergan_Xu@edenpr. Skaar-Meier has been traveling with students since 1989. She’s been everywhere from Ireland to the Czech Republic. “I’ve covered everything,” she said. Typically there isn’t a spring break trip offered at EPHS, but she and Cwodzinski designed

the Britain trip to have a “little bit of everything.” The trip will include stops in Liverpool with a full day visiting various Beatles-related stops. They’ll be visiting Stratford-upon-Avon to learn about Shakespeare; Oxford University where parts of Harry Potter were filmed; and spend five days in London with more

Beatles’ sites, a visit to the British Museum, Imperial War Museum, Churchill’s war room, the Jack the Ripper Tour, theater a Thames River Boat Cruise and more. “It’s just packed” said SkaarMeier. The part she’s looking forward to most is seeing all of the sites related to The Beatles. “Really doing a good job of

The Beatles part of it up in Liverpool and London will just be fantastic.” Skaar-Meier noted that she’s never been able to teach history related to what she experienced growing up but both she and Cwodzinski are huge Beatles fans. “That will be the fun part,” she said. “It’s always fun to travel with kids.”

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5 CMS students in Honor Choir With 670 students, Eden Prairie has one of the largest numbers of students in choir in the state. Along with quantity, they’ve got quality. Five Central Middle School students have been accepted in the 2011 State 7-8 Boys Honor Choir. To get into the choir, students audition and compete against students from around the state. Eden Prairie now has the maximum number of students allowed in the honor choirs. Those five include: Chris Kimball, Grant Matzke, Tyler Row-

berry, Michael Thurin and Kyle Stumpf. The students will be performing at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Gustavus-Adolphus College. To audition, students had to sing a scale and “My Country Tis of Thee.” What differentiates quality singers in many cases is breath control. Students at CMS learn breath control through hissing exercises in the seventh grade. “They can hiss for a minute,” said Mary Wiersum, choir director.


Five Central Middle School students have been selected for the Boys 7-8 State Honor Choir. Those five students include: (back row, from left) Chris Kimball, Grant Matzke and Tyler Rowberry, (front row, from left) Michael Thurin and Kyle Stumpf.

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Belle, played by Molly Peterson, tends to Beast, played by Mallik Johnson. Eden Prairie High School’s Beauty and the Beast starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

den Prairie High School theater students are taking on a Disney classic with the fall musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” With his debut performance on the EPHS stage, Mallik Johnson has been cast in the role of Beast, a prince transformed into a mysterious creature who must earn the love of Belle, played by Molly Peterson. Beast’s enchanted staff members appear in the form of household objects including Lumiere, played by Michael Kretzschmar; Mrs. Potts, played by Kristin Hetherington; Chip, played by Rachel Loon; and Cogsworth, played by Kyle Stengel. The production is directed by Rolf Olson, produced by Jill Boyd, with vocal directors Julie Kanthak and Ellen Meier. Director Liz Jackson leads the pit orchestra and the musical was choreographed by Carol Meyer. Costumes were designed by Katie Ross and Hays O’Brien was the technical director. Scott Flancher serves as acting coach assistant, Tessa Hilpipre is the student assistant and the stage manager is Abbey Wright. I All shows will be held at the EPHS Performing Arts Center. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 and at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 19. Cost is $5 for students and senior citizens over 60 and $7 for adults.

Be their guest Children will enjoy treats and “tea” while meeting the cast from the EPHS fall musical “Beauty and the Beast.” The tea will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the EPHS Performing Arts Center Lobby. Costumes or tea party attire is welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. Seating is limited. Tickets are $10 per child. All proceeds benefit the EPHS Drama Department. Info/ reservations: (952) 9758008. I Tickets are on sale at the EPHS East Entrance Box Office from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 7-10 and Nov. 14-18. I Reserve tickets by calling the ticket line at (952) 975-8008. Someone will call to confi rm the reservation. Credit cards are not accepted. All reserved tickets must be picked up during regular hours at the EPHS East Entrance Box office or at the PAC Box Office one hour before the performance or they will be put back on sale. PAC Box Office open 1.5 hours before performance. Tickets at the PAC Box Office will be available for that performance only. Ticket Questions? Leave a message on the ticket line or email

Students rehearse a song from “Beauty and the Beast.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Director Elizabeth Jackson directs the pit orchestra for the show.

Kristin Hetherington plays Mrs. Potts and Kyle Stengel plays Cogsworth.

Junior Leanne Zhang plays violin in the pit orchestra for Beauty and the Beast.

Mallik Johnson plays the ferocious Beast who must earn the love of Belle.

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Eden Prairie photographer Bob Dale ( shared these photos taken during the Sept. 11 flag ceremony at Eden Prairie Veterans Memorial at Purgatory Creek Park. Eden Prairie Police Reserves raise and lower the flags at municipal locations on special occasions following flag etiquette. Veterans Day is Friday, Nov. 11. Eden Prairie honored veterans with a breakfast today (Nov. 10). Visit our website for other area events.


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jets or Black Hawk helicopters, wrote for Stars and Stripes, cooked in the mess hall, went on bombing missions, drove commanders around headquarters, delivered mail or, as they do today, work at a computer somewhere in the Midwest, operating drone missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. “This honors each and every service member, individually, regardless of where they served, when they served, how they served or why they served,” Schlangen said. “They all gave their lives for a time – some forever.” His memorial is also an attempt to staunch the number of enlisted and vet suicides. “Suicide among the enlisted is at an all-time high,” Schlangen said. Schlangen said according to military estimates, service member suicides occur at a rate of one per day. The suicide rate for all veterans is estimated at 18 per day. After hearing Major General Larry Shellito, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs commissioner, speak last year on the suicide rate, Schlangen decided to take action. “I thought, ‘How do I get this to vets so that they know they’re not alone, that they are part of this huge group of people who’ve served, that they are not anonymous?’ In order to commit suicide, you feel alone. I want to show that we’re all in this together.”

A MEANINGFUL MEMORIAL Schlangen conceived the idea to create the book memorial in 2007. That’s when Eden Prairie veterans began planning a Veterans War Memorial for the city. “We were brainstorming ideas for what kind of a memorial. I started thinking about all the veterans memorials I’ve seen,” Schlangen said. “I kept having a feeling that there was something missing at each one. Some I liked better than others. Some said more than others. Some had more effect on veterans than others. “The two that I thought had the most profound effect on most everyone were the Vietnam Veterans Wall and the national cemeteries,” Schlangen said.

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“I Am Honored: A Veterans Memorial Individually Honoring Each of the 2,322,000 U.S. Military Wartime Veterans of the Persian Gulf War,” by Ron Schlangen. This book along with others from each U.S. war/conflict are displayed along with the “All Wars Veterans’ Memorial” currently on display at the Chanhassen Library.

“Both contain something for each and every veteran they represent individually. The wall has a name for each Vietnam veteran killed in combat and the cemeteries have a marker with a veteran’s name for each and every veteran there. That’s great as far as it goes. But what about the rest of us? I wanted something more.” Schlangen presented his idea to the committee. “But because I wasn’t sure what form this memorial would take, I couldn’t sell it,” Schlangen said. “If I didn’t know exactly what it was going to be then how could I convince others? The veterans’ memorial moved ahead in another direction.” But he didn’t abandon his idea. “One of the things I struggled with was how I was going to represent each veteran individually,” Schlangen said. He searched the Internet for exact numbers and ended up with those from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – the total – 43 million have served since the Revolutionary War. “Talk about not being alone,” Schlangen said. He realized what a massive undertaking it would be to put his idea into something tangible. How would he represent each

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and every person? “Would I put up a plywood wall and put one nail in it for each veteran? No. The wood would rot and the nails would rust. Would I put one marble in a concrete walkway for each veteran? No. I didn’t want them to be walked on. What if I planted one flower for each veteran?” With more than 8.7 million veterans from the Vietnam War alone, planting that many flowers would take time and land.” He fi nally settled on an avatar, a graphic representation of each individual. The result, printed on 12,622 pages – both sides – is a virtual representation of the 43 million who have served since the Revolutionary War. Initially, he wanted to post the memorial on a Web site. Schlangen has a software background, but he soon realized that Microsoft doesn’t have a program that could support such a massive project. And he realized how frustrating it would be for visitors, to scroll through pages and pages of symbols.

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Chanhassen kicks off its Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Chanhassen American Legion, 290 Lake Drive East. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon will provide local networks of support for service members, military families and employers before, during, and after a military deployment. The Minnesota National Guard has initiated this grassroots program to change how service members are reintegrated to their communities. It is also a reminder that support of service members cannot end when deployments end and yellow ribbons are untied. Volunteers are sought to assist in developing a plan to provide support to service members and military families throughout all areas of the community. For more information, contact Gary Boyle, (952) 934-6677.

“To me they’re all part of it,” Schlangen said, himself a Vietnam vet who served as an MP. “One of the issues I sense in conversations with vets now is how our experiences vary from one extreme to another. “Like my brother-in-law. He was a tunnel rat in Vietnam. There are things you saw that you don’t share with anyone else but another tunnel rat. You don’t share those stories with the general public. “The other extreme is the ones who served at the same time in Europe, Hawaii and never got in theater. They’re almost embarrassed to say they served. “You have to remember that when the Vietnam vets and to some extent the Korean War vets, returned, they were treated very differently from those from previous wars. “When I saw the Vietnam Wall, I still felt a void, as a vet myself,” Schlangen said. “We honor the dead as heroes; and those in combat as heroes. I think everyone who signs up should be counted. When you sign up for the military, you sign your life to them. They use you as they see fit. You do give your life. Some don’t get it back. But everybody counts.” Schlangen hopes that providing a concrete representation of the

enormous brother and sisterhood of being a U.S. military veteran will help reduce the suicides. “Here’s a story,” Schlangen said. “I brought the book to the Eden Prairie Veterans memorial groundbreaking ceremony in 2007 so everyone could look at it. I noticed one man walked up, but then just walked away. “Throughout the construction of the memorial, I would visit the site and take photos to document the progress. One day, a man walked up to me and just started talking. He wanted to know what caused me to build the book. He’d seen me at the groundbreaking and saw the book at that time. “I told him I wanted to let vets know everyone counts and I want to stop the suicides,” Schlangen said. “And I said I recognized him, that he walked up, then just walked away. ‘It was too emotional,’ he said. And then he told me he had attempted suicide years ago. This was the fi rst time he could ever tell anyone. He just started bawling. It was such a release for him. “How do I get this to all the vets?” Schlangen said. “I want vets to see this and realize, ‘I am not alone.’ You do suicide when you feel isolated,” Schlangen said. “I wish I could take this memorial to every Legion in the country.”

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Eagles shock Lightning Eden Prairie wins its second boys soccer championship BY DANIEL HUSS


n anticipation of a winning a state title, Eastview sent 31 fan buses to Thursday’s Class AA State Championship boys soccer game. They had also planned a post-game pep fest back at the school.

And oh yeah, Eastview had entered the game with an undefeated record. Does anyone remember the New England Patriots and Super Bowl XLII? If so, Eden Prairie played the part of the New York Giants. “I’m sure we shocked them,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Vince Thomas. “I really believed we were going to score and it sure was nice to get it so early.” It? It was the goal junior Medo Youssef scored within the first four minutes of the game. He made good, with a 12-yard bullet into the upper corner of the net, on a pass from sophomore Abdul Omar. From there, the two teams played nearly 75 minutes of scoreless soccer. “I told our players not to dive, to hold their spots and to wait until the cavalry gets there,” said Thomas, of facing Eastview’s Mathew Gweh. And it wasn’t just Gweh. “I can think of four different times when we ran right at them,” said the coach. “Forced to make quick decisions, they passed it right to us.” Don’t for a minute think Eden Prairie packed it in. “We could’ve easily scored four goals in the fi rst half,” adds Thomas. That didn’t happen, but Eden Prairie controlled play, out-shooting Eastview 6-4

Four Eagles named to Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team Wells Fargo, the premier corporate sponsor of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), announced Alex Dewey, Roman Derevyanko, Natalio Blanche and Abdul Omar of Eden Prairie High School have been named to the Class AA Boys’ Soccer All-Tournament Team. The award recognizes student athletes who demonstrate exceptional sportsmanship, team commitment, athletic ability and leadership during the state high school tournaments. Athletes are selected to the Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team by a panel of coaches attending the tournament. Sixteen awards are presented in Boys’ Class AA Soccer.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Meeting Eden Prairie seventh- and eighth-grade student athletes (from public and private schools and association/club/travel/community league teams) are invited to attend a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) huddle meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 7-8:15 p.m. at Grace Church (9301 Eden Prairie Road); enter Door 4. Musician/entertainer Tim Lemmens will be the special guest. There is no charge to attend. For more information, contact Kris Kerber at Information can also be found on Facebook (FCA - Eden Prairie, MN / 7th and 8th grade). FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America, focusing on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging student athletes to make a difference for Christ. More information on FCA can be found by visiting

EP JO travel volleyball registration Registration for the 2012 Eden Prairie Junior Olympic/ travel volleyball season is now open. Girls, in grades four to 12, who live in Eden Prairie or attend school in Eden Prairie, are eligible to register. To register, go to Registration closes Nov. 26.

Eden Prairie Baseball Association needs travel coaches The Eden Prairie Baseball Association is accepting applications for travel coaches for the 2012 baseball season. Coaches are required for teams at each age level 10- to 15-year-olds, Mickey Mantle and Sr. Babe Ruth. If interested, visit, find and complete the 2012 Travel Coach Application form located under the “Documents” tab. Alternatively, you may call Doug Kaufman at (952) 210-4094 and an application will be emailed to you. Email completed applications to doug_kaufman@comcast. net or send to: Doug Kaufman, EPBA, 9504 Olympia Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. At the older levels, paid coaches are a possibility, but not mandatory. The goal is to select the best coach for each team. Interviews will be held in November.

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Despite Eden Prairie’s 8-game win streak, the Eagles entered Thursday’s state championship game against undefeated Eastview as underdogs. Look at them now, look at them now. Eden Prairie beat Eastview 3-1. in the fi rst half, 17-7 for the game. Then, and as if out of nowhere, Eden Prairie got that all-important second goal when a Youssef cross sent Natalio Blanche in on a breakaway goal at the 78:23 mark. Fifty seconds later, Michael Vuolo’s unassisted goal gave Eden Prairie a 3-0

lead. “We put him (Vuolo) in for defense,” laughs Midas, er Thomas. Eastview avoided the shutout when Gweh scored an unassisted goal with 40 seconds left in the game. Final score: Eden Prairie 3, Eastview 1. “We fi nished the season with nine straight wins,”

said Thomas. “In those nine games, we gave up three goals and only one goal when it mattered.” How does this happen? “All the guys were playing with a single purpose,” said Thomas, “and that’s to win the game.” The state championship was Eden Prairie’s second; it won its fi rst in 2002.


6 AAAAA football: Smashmouth rules Larson’s fourth-quarter TD lifts Eden Prairie to 6-3 win

The Eden Prairie Fastpitch Association will hold its annual Board Meeting on Monday, Nov. 21 (third Monday of November), at 7 p.m. at the Eden Prairie Community Center (Room 201). All are welcome. For more information on the Eden Prairie Fastpitch Association, go to

EP Fastpitch Association Fall Clinics The Eden Prairie Fastpitch Association announces the return of its new and improved Fall Clinics. Once again, the clinics will be instructed by the Minnesota Fastpitch Association team led by Julie Standering. To see a flyer and video presentation, visit Registration is available online. Clinics will be held in the PrairieDome on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20; Dec. 4, 11, 18.

EPLA accepting girls winter lacrosse registration Registration is now being accepted for the Eden Prairie Lacrosse Association’s girls winter programs. Session I: Four weeks of clinics (Mondays, Jan. 9-30) will consist of lacrosse instruction for girls grades K-6. Players will be divided into K-2, 3-4 and 5-6 groups. Eden Prairie High School coaches Judy Baxter and Beth Patterson will lead the instruction. Equipment required: girls lacrosse stick, goggles, colored mouth guard, water bottle and tennis shoes or cleats. A limited number of sticks and goggles are available to borrow. Session II: Four weeks of league play (4 V 4 and 7 V 7) for third/fourthgraders and fi fth/sixth-graders runs Monday, Feb. 13, through Monday, March 5. Leagues consist of small-sided games with coaching. Players are required to have a U.S. Lacrosse membership ( ). To register, go to


If you like watching smashmouth football, last weekend featured three of the smashiest games you ever want to see – Baltimore at Pittsburg, LSU at Alabama and Minnetonka at Eden Prairie. In Friday night’s Eden Prairie vs. Minnetonka game, the better team won (Eden Prairie won 6-3), even though the better team wasn’t always playing the better football. Got it? Eden Prairie’s first hal f included three turnovers plus two punts that combined to travel 14 yards. On one turnover, the Eagles missed what could have been a touchdown by throwing an interception inside the Skippers 10-yard line. Later, a muffed punt would give Minnetonka the ball on the Eden Prairie 19-yard line. Minnetonka would kick a 32yard field goal, but that’s it. Eden Prairie survived by allowing the Skippers just 65 yards of offense. Eden Prairie’s defense was even stingier in the second half. Smashmouth football? You better believe it. Minnetonka ran the ball on 32 of its 40 plays; Eden Prairie 47 out of its 56 plays. Minnetonka wou ld r ush for just 70 yards, Eden Prairie for 183. A lt hou g h p a s si n g nu m bers wou ld appea r to be si m i l a r – 4 - 8 for 3 6 ya rd s for Minnetonka and 3-9 for 47 yards for Eden Prairie –


Freshmen 9A volleyball team perfect 31-0 The Eden Prairie High School freshmen 9A volleyball team finished its 2011 season with a perfect 31-0 record, winning an incredible 62 consecutive games during match play. They’d also win first-place gold medals at four tournaments (Lakeville North, Apple Valley, Autumn Attack and Eagan). As an encore, they’d punctuate their season with a Lake Conference Tournament Championship. Team members include, back row (left to right): Katrina Hinrichs, Aulora Campbell, Danielle Neilson, Abby Ihrke and Coach Jessica Schaetzke. Front row: Elizabeth Mohr, Lexi Klemp, Lauren Mattison and Ellie Barrett. PHOTO BY DANIEL HUSS

Drake Michaelson’s interception after Eden Prairie took a 6-3 lead sent the Minnetonka offense back to the bench. That’s big when there is less than two minutes remaining in the game. they were hardly equal. Two Eden Prairie passes, both off trick plays, nearly resulted in touchdowns. Minnetonka’s two biggest passes resulted in interceptions. Those things being said, this was a game where both teams preferred to run, run and then

run some more. “They were going to come at us,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Mike Grant. “A nd I didn’t know how we were going to stop them. They’ve got players everywhere.” How did Eden Prairie get its stops?

“ We pl aye d h a r d ,” s a id Grant, “harder than we did against Wayzata.”

PLAY(S) OF THE GAME It’s easy to fi nd a big play in a game that’s decided by three

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EPHS Sports This Week FOOTBALL Friday, Nov. 11 ......................................State Tournament at Osseo ............................... 7 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Tuesday, Nov. 15 ...................................Eagan................................................................. 7 p.m. GIRLS SWIM/DIVE Thursday, Nov. 10 .................................Section 6AA at Art Downey Aquatic Center ....... 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 ......................................Section 6AA at Art Downey Aquatic Center ....... 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 .................................Section 6AA at Art Downey Aquatic Center ....... 1 p.m. VOLLEYBALL Thursday, Nov. 10 .................................State Tournament at Xcel Energy Center ........... 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 ......................................State Tournament at Xcel Energy Center ...............TBD Saturday, Nov. 12 .................................State Tournament at Xcel Energy Center ...............TBD For schedule changes or directions to away games go to or call the Eden Prairie High School Student Activities Hotline at (952)975-8120

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Gut check time, again Four- and five-set wins send EP volleyball team to state BY DANIEL HUSS


had Becker, head coach of the statetournament bound Eden Prairie High School vol leybal l team, summed up the intensity of his team’s section run by saying wins over Hopkins and Wayzata resulted in the two biggest stomachaches of his life. When asked about the potential for a fi fth game in his team’s ultra-close win over Wayzata, he responded with a simple, “Gosh no.” If you haven’t heard, the Eden Prairie volleyball team is advancing to the state tournament for the fi rst time since 2004. In doing so, Eden Prairie followed a 25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 25-16, 16-14 win over Hopkins in the Section 6AAA semifinals with a 25-19, 26-24, 19-25, 30-28 victory over Wayzata in the section championship match. Yeah, both matches were that close. Although the scores suggest otherwise, the Wayzata match was closer. “ We’ve pl aye d Way z at a three times,” said Becker, “and Thursday’s win was the best we’ve played.” During the Lake Conference season, Eden Prairie defeated Wayzata at Wayzata before clinching a conference title with a win at home. “And they knew the fi rst two didn’t matter,” adds Becker. He’s right, as the last one would be the one everyone would remember. Eden Prairie opened Thursday’s match with confidence, winning the first game with ease. The second game, however, was a different kind of animal. “We called a time out when we were down 22-19,” recalls Becker. “I told them if we could get them in weak rotation, we could win this game and that we were only a side out from having them right where we want them.” Eden Prairie responded, tying the game and then winning the game. “If we don’t get that game,” ref lects Becker, “it’s a completely different match.” If a 0-2 deficit is akin to a boxer’s 10-count, Wayzata beat


Hannah Jeter, the only Eden Prairie runner to qualify for the girls race, made the most of her opportunity, earning All-State honors with a 21st place finish (14:51).

Solid plan yields All-State and Top-Five finishes


In Eden Prairie’s four-game win over Wayzata, Eden Prairie’s Sarah Wilhite (No. 9) had an eye-popping 37 kills. Just as impressive, Eden Prairie had five players with double digit digs. the bell. “They responded by winning the third game and then took a late lead in the fourth,” said Becker. In fairness, both teams held late leads in the fourth game. Then, and with the suddenness of Wayzata’s season coming to end, Jaimie Cairncross’ ace lifted Eden Prairie to victory. As a result, Eden Prairie advances to the state tournament for the second time in school history.

“We’ve been playing at a really high level and have played in a lot of really close games,” said Becker. “That should help as I anticipate that we’ll play these same kinds of matches at state.” On Sunday, Eden Prairie was awarded the No. 4 seed, meaning they open the tournament Thursday at 9 a.m. (Xcel Energy Center). Eden Prairie’s first-round opponent is Owatonna, a team Becker knows nothing about.

If Eden Prairie wins, they’ll advance to the semifi nals (Friday, 9 a.m.) where they’ll face the winner of No. 1 seeded Blaine vs. Hutchinson. The state championship match is scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m.



Section 6AA Swim Meet: Race(s) to state BY DANIEL HUSS

Oddly, a listing of swimmers participating in a swim meet is called a psych sheet. “I never know how to take that,” said Kelly Boston, head coach of the Eden Prairie High School girls swim team. “Do they call it that to psych you up or psych you out?” Considering that the biggest meet of the season begins Thursday (Section 6AA Swim/Dive Meet), it cou ld be both. “I have one goal,” said Boston, “and that’s to send as many swimmers as possible, plus all three relay teams to the state meet.”

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points. Obvious candidates include Andrew Larson’s 17-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter, Derek Soderberg’s interception after Larson’s touchdown and Drake Michaelson’s interception after Soderberg’s interception. Larson’s run gave Eden Prairie the lead. The interceptions prevented Minnetonka from mounting a comeback. So? Grant votes for quarterback Grant Shaeffer, who not only opened the second half with a run that prevented Eden Prairie from being pinned deep in its own end, but scrambled for an all-important first down during Eden Prairie’s scoring drive. “We made plays,” adds Grant. “That’s what it came down to.”

On paper, that’s a whole bunch. Three, possibly four, swimmers in the 20 0 individual medley; two, maybe three, in the 100 butterfly; three, maybe four, in the 500 freestyle; two, maybe three, in the 100 backstroke and a bunch of swimmers on the bubble. “I never want to say defi nitely,” adds Boston, “but I think all three relays have a really good shot at getting there.” Obviously, the swimmers with the best chance of advancing to the state meet are the swimmers that have done so before. For Boston’s Eagles, that means Kira Zubar, (200 IM

and 500 freestyle), Ellie Suek ( 5 0 freest yle a nd 5 0 0 free style), Alyssa Swanson (200 IM and 500 freestyle) and Rachel Baker (100 backstroke). That said, state meet experience is not a prerequisite to swimming in the state meet. “Sometimes, sneaky swims can get there,” said Boston. “Not only did Rachel Baker get off the bubble and get there last year, but she fi nished 16th and scored points.” Lost in all this is the race for a section title. “The No. 1 goal is getting swimmers to state,” said Boston. “ T hat’s why I haven’t scored it out.” On paper, Edina, last year’s state champion, would be con-

sidered the pre-meet favorite. And the same could’ve been said last year, yet Eden Prairie won the meet by a point. This year? “We’ve got a young team,” said Boston, commenting on the number of swimmers her team might be sending to the state meet, not on where her team might or might not place in the section, “besides, I hate making predictions.” T he Section 6A A Meet opens Thursday (today) at the Art Downey Aquatic Center. Swim preliminary races are schedu led for T hu rsday (5 p.m.); dive fi nals/prelims for Friday (5 p.m.). Swim fi nals are scheduled for Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.


the rest of the team along as a leader,” said Lindlief.

At Saturday’s state meet, runners from the Eden Prairie High School boys and girls cross-country teams ran the plan. It wasn’t always easy. “The leaders opened the boys race by running the fi rst mile in 4:53-4:56,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Jeff Lindlief, “If we weren’t last, we were close to it.” Hannah Jeter, the only Eden Prairie runner to qualify for the girls race, faced a similar situation (ridiculously fast start). “She was in 80th place at the 800-meter mark,” adds Lindlief. Like Energizer bunnies, the Eden Prairie runners wou ld methodica l ly work their respective ways through the field. “At a mile and a half, Hannah was somewhere between 10 and 15,” said Lindlief. “By 1,000 meters, the boys had worked their way through two-thirds of the pack.” Jeter would hang on to place 21st overall (All-State honors go to runners who place in the top 25). “Hannah ran a 14:51,” said Li nd lief, “A f ter sections, that’s her fastest race ever.” As a sophomore, Jeter has big-ti me big-meet experience. Last year, she not only ran on Eden Prairie’s state championship team, but the Eden Prairie team that ran to a 12th place fi nish at the Nike Cross Nationals. This year, she fi nished second in the state’s most competitive section before earning AllState honors at the Class AA state meet. Next year? “We’re hoping she pulls

By Lindlief ’s definition, his boys team would’ve had a great state meet if they placed in the top five. T he Eden P rai rie boys team (Cal Lawton, Ricardo Reyes, Andrew Hansen, Jacob Young, Henry Zurn, Ryan Stewart and Jack Odzer) had a great state meet. Stillwater, the pre-meet favorite, finished first with 92 points. Burnsville fi nished second (115 points); Edina finished third (129 points). Rosemount (132 points) and Eden Prairie (137 points) fi nished four and five. The field included 16 teams. “If a couple things swing our way,” said Lindlief, “we finish third. If they swing the other way, we’re seven or eight.” That’s when Lindlief caught himself. If things swing further away, Eden Prairie doesn’t even make it to the state meet. “Then we’re having this discussion after the section meet,” said the coach. “If only we ran better, we’d be at state. I was telling this to the guys and they responded by saying, “good point.’” Bottom line: a fifth-place finish at the state meet is something the Eden Prairie runners should be hanging their hats on. “They should be proud,” adds the coach. Lawton paced the Eagles by placing 17th in the team competition (16:17.7), Reyes fi nished 22 (16:27.8), Hansen 24 (16:28.1), Young 34 (16:42.7) and Zurn 41 (16:48.4). Stewart and Odzer finished 52 and 55.


TORNADO WARNING With its win, Eden Prairie advances to the state tournament for a 15th time. The Eagles open tournament play Friday against Anoka, winners of Section 7AAAAA (Friday’s game will be played at Osseo High School beginning at 7 p.m.). “They’re a scary team,” said Grant. “They have three good backs and start 21 seniors. “They like to run,” he adds. “They didn’t attempt a pass in their win over Blaine, but ran for 400 yards.” If Eden Prairie wins, they face the winner of Totino-Grace vs. Prior Lake in the semifinals (Friday, Nov. 18, at the Metrodome, 8:15 p.m.).



Andrew Larson’s 17-yard touchdown with 3:42 left in the game gave the Eagles all the points it would need in a 6-3 win over Minnetonka. Larson would rush the ball 35 times for 131 yards.

A fast finish by Eden Prairie’s Ricardo Reyes helped lift the Eden Prairie High School boys cross-country team to a top five finish, an Eden Prairie goal going into Saturday’s state meet.

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“Ashes can maintain enough energy to spark a fi re for days,” he noted. The fire destroyed the garage and left smoke and water damage within the main structure. It was the second fi re related to smoldering ashes that the department had seen that week, noted Esbensen. Firefighters returned Monday morning to further tamp out some smoldering remains. Some of the remains started to smoke. “It does happen occasionally.” said Esbensen. The department has firefighting foam that they blanket everything with to cool down the remains of a structure. The department received mutual aid from Chanhassen, Minnetonka, Hopkins, Edina, Bloomington and Excelsior fire departments. “The garage was basically a total loss as it was upon our arrival,” noted Esbensen. He estimated a total of about $150,000 in damage was done to the structure and contents. All the residents were able to get out safely. T he message he wa nted to spread was for residents to make sure they dispose of ashes in a metal container until they are cold to the touch. Don’t dump ashes in a garbage can. The denser the ashes are, he noted, “the more they’re going to hold that heat in.”

While a small amount may be for the increased coverage and the restrictions on denying coverage most of the increases are related to profits and executive compensation. The median 2010 CEO pay in the industry was $10 million, according to the study, which was done in conjunction with consulting firm Hay Group. Locally we have Stephen Hemsley, the CEO of United Health Group, with a 198 percent jump in total direct compensation, had among the biggest year-over-year percentage gains in pay among health-care CEOs. Hemsley also had $99 million in realized long-term incentives, which mostly came from gains in options exercised in the past fiscal year. That gave him the second-largest realized longterm incentive windfall among the CEOs analyzed.

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ents were dismayed by board members’ roles in bringing about the K-6 transition and boundary change. Both Estall and Parker voted against the K-6 change, while Ross was a supporter of the change. Both Espe and Bratrud have been critical of the district’s process in making the K-6 change. The BEEP campaign emerged from a group of parents who are frequent contributors to the Eden Prairie School Board Accountability Facebook page. On Tuesday, that Facebook page saw a steady stream of comments and encouragement for voters to elected Bratrud, Espe, Estall and Parker. “Vote BEEP – Bratrud, Estall, Espe, Parker! BEEP is a one-word voting guide for positive action in EP schools,” wrote Rick Ericson on the Facebook page comments on Election Day. Parker, a popular incumbent, came in with the most votes with 19 percent. “I’m ready to go and glad we can move on,” she said. Results were in within an hour of the polls closing Tuesday. “ T h e y c a m e i n r e a l ly

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About a year and half ago an old neighbor of mine tracked me down and asked if I would be interested in going over to some guy’s house to play some music. I asked if there would be food. I was assured there would be and thus began my role in Mark’s quest for his dream. Fast forward to today. I play in Mark’s classic seven-piece rock band. We have performed more than 20 times at charity functions and events in and around Eden Prairie. Anytime we are playing and I look

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these benefits stay up to date. Also passed by the House was the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act, which would provide up to 10 months of Veterans Retraining Assistance for unemployed veterans who have been discharged from active duty. Despite the divisions in Washington, or the significant challenges we face, you can be sure I will continue to work across the aisle to fight to help those who’ve put their lives on the line for our freedom. So, as Veterans Day

Gregg Harcus Eden Prairie


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Firefighters put out some smoldering remains on Monday. The entire garage was destroyed by the fire.

quick!” she said. Parker is hoping, with the election there will be less anger in the district among parents. “I’m hoping we can focus on looking ahead and hiring a phenomenal superintendent,” said Parker. A similar thought came from Estall, who pulled in 18 percent of the vote. “My hope really is that we can rally around the schools, and that we can bring people together,” he said. “That would have been my hope regardless of who’s elected; I think we can do that. I’m optimistic.” Espe and Bratrud came in third and fourth with about 16 percent of the vote each. Tim Fox came in fi fth with 11 percent of the vote; incumbent Kim Ross received 7 percent of the vote; Bill Lapadat received 5 percent and Derek Gunderson 4.6 percent. Fox, a former School Board member, wished the other candidates the best of luck. He didn’t feel that the BEEP campaign gave him an unfair shake but “that certainly gave them advantage with the support from some of the political parties,” he said. “However much that was, I guess that’s unclear,” he said. Turnout was larger than

back at Mark strumming his favorite Fender Telecaster, he is always smiling. He had a pretty unlikely dream and he made it happen. That’s why he is one of my heroes. Still think you have a goal that is impossible? Tell that to Mark. He may never dance with the Bolshoi but he plays in a kickin’ rock band. How cool is that? So what about me you ask? Any guy who is about to experience a birthday on 11/11/11 must have taken some time to really rattle that bucket, right? Yes indeed I have and here it is; this is the year I go after my

approaches, it’s important to take the time and remember the sacrifices of those who have donned the uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces. If you know a veteran, make sure you take the time to say thank you; if you know someone currently deployed, write them a letter to let them know you are praying for them and their families. Though it is impossible for us to ever fully repay our veterans, thanking them for their service, and their sacrifice, is the least we can do. U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen represents Minnesota’s Third District in Congress.

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previous school elections. Estall noted that last time; he was elected by 1,300 votes in 2007, this time by 3,500. “Turn-out is substantially larger than it was last time,” he said. Espe, who garnered 16 percent of the vote along with Bratrud, said there was great voter turnout. “The people really sent a message.” Bratrud said she was “very, very humbled and grateful for all the support.” Bratrud said the new board is going to be a great group of people to work with. “It’s a great turnout. I’m just thrilled that many people care about the schools,” she said. The top vote-getters in the previous School Board election in 2009 garnered approximately 1,500 votes. This year, the top vote-getters brought in more than 3,500 votes. When asked what his priorities will be, Espe said the board needs to get the governance model back on track and take a hard look at what’s going on financially in the district. He thanked all the voters of Eden Prairie. “Now we’re off to do their work.”

goal of not needing to undo my belt after Thanksgiving dinner. I know I am shooting high, but with the support of family and friends, I think I can do it. Eden Prairie resident Steven Stromberg’s humor column appears twice monthly.

Support PROP Services and Food Shelf on Give to the Max Day, Nov. 16. Last year, more than 42,000 individual donors logged on to and gave over $10 million to more than 3,000 Minnesota charities and nonprofits in 24 hours during Give to the Max Day. PROP has had previous success from this event to support its services. Nov. 16 is the third annual Give to the Max Day! The mission of PROP is to compassionately provide our neighbors in need with food and financial assistance and to provide support toward self-sufficiency. GiveMN’s Give to the Max Day amplifies your giving impact in a number of ways. New this year, Minnesota small nonprofits, like PROP, that attract the most donors during Give to the Max Day will be awarded prize grants, and $1,000 will be given to a random donor’s charity every hour. We hope you will help support PROP by logging on to on Nov. 16 and give to the PROP Food Shelf. Be a part of this historical event and join this “Great Minnesota Give Together!”

Anne Harnack Eden Prairie

Help fight pancreatic cancer November is National Pancreatic Ca ncer Awa reness Month and I am proud to say that I am raising awareness about the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It has been 40 years since the enactment of the 1971 National Cancer Act and over the past decade there has been significant improvement in overal l cancer sur vival rates. Sadly pancreatic cancer survival rates are not reflected in this. In fact this insidious disease has seen an increase of cases and deaths since 1998 and remains the only cancer that

Jody Zielinski Eden Prairie


New superintendent should be paid less The Eden Prairie School Board has an opportunity to make adjustments now that a search is on for a new superintendent. First of all, I do not see why the bureaucratic state organization of school boards gets into the act. Are not our own board members empowered to seek candidates on their own – especially since they use a headhunting firm? (We could even look throughout our school organization for qualified candidates and save the outside fees.) Second, since the salary and perks are exorbitant, we should adjust them downward to reflect tougher economic times and bring them in line with the level of responsibility. Forget about pay levels and contract buyouts and other unreasonable perks at area school systems because what has been created is a game where the applicants control the rules and there is no maximum in sight. There will still be plenty of qualified candidates who want the job.

Roger Shipp Eden Prairie

Let’s rise to the occasion As I write this, the School Board election is looming. As you read this, the results are in. Those results, no matter what they are, combined with new administration, give Eden Prairie a chance to move forward, to get perspective, and, at the risk of sounding melodramatic, to heal. Of all the upheavals and changes we’ve experienced recently, what I resent most is what’s happened to my community as a result. So, how about it? Let’s take this opportunity

and rise to the occasion. Let’s help our neighbors. Be good listeners. Respect one another. You know all that good stuff we teach our kids? Let’s do that.

Amy Nylander Eden Prairie

A FRESH look I would like to encourage the Somali parents to work with volunteer resources in their community. While reading the Nov. 3 article about the FRESH program, I felt their discouragement, however I think revitalization could be to focus first on a volunteer reading program with first the Somali community then seniors, churches and community facilities that would offer time and rooms at no or very little charge. Is this an opportunity for Somali leaders to review their goals and identify quick wins? I was once in a similar situation and used the Everybody Wins! Minnesota ( Reading Program as a model; I wonder if Somali FRESH leaders could consider the same, hence using little money. I believe resources are available to you to create a reading program that incorporates all your children, and Somali parents have the ability to organize it. Reading may be a less complex step and in my experience once a child has confidence in reading, math comes along within 12-18 months. I would encourage you to find Somali parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and brothers and sisters with good reading skills as your volunteer foundation. Next identify each of your volunteers’ reading levels and match volunteers with preschool through second-grade children needing tutors. Next go out into the community. Could Somali children go to community elderly resident/ nursing homes? I perceive plenty of seniors with brilliant minds and experience but without the mobility, hence bring your thirdthrough fourth-grade Somali students to them. Once that is underway, request Eden Prairie residents to read for fun with Somali children committing two to four times per month on a regular basis at one hour per week. Match these volunteers with older students. Finally ensure your volunteers feel appreciated for their time. In my experience when volunteers have a full-time job, family and other commitments and are graciously thanked for their time and resources, fruits can be boundless. To summarize: (1) Somali Parents take ownership in FRESH. (2) Consider reading as your primary emphasis. (3) Partner with Everybody Wins! Minnesota; understand their model. (4) Bit by bit provide your children regular reading buddies (volunteers). (5) Appreciate your volunteers and finally, (6) once your reading program is a well oiled machine, consider using your lessons learned and take on your next opportunity – whether it be math or a newly identified goal.

T.A. Strand Eden Prairie

SEND US YOUR … Outstanding photographs of holiday decorations Let there be light! We’re looking for the biggest and brightest – not the biggest and brightest people, but the biggest and brightest displays of Christmas lights and holiday decorations, whether they’re yours, your neighbor’s, or just something everyone should see. Share your best photo with Eden Prairie News readers. Send your picture – in .jpg format, at least 3 MB file size – to Editor Karla Wennerstrom,, before noon on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Include your name, daytime phone number and city of residence, as well as the address of the display. We’ll run some reader photos online at and EDEN some in the Dec. 8 EP News PRAIRIE print edition.






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still has a five-year survival rate in the single digits at 6 percent. There are heroes in our community, along with myself, that are volunteering to make a difference in the outcome for those diag nosed with pancreatic cancer. We are fighting alongside the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure with a goal to double the pancreatic cancer survival rate by 2020. Five years ago I lost my father to pancreatic cancer at the age of 53. I understand firsthand the urgent need to create hope for others and their loved ones. I myself was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago at the age of 33. I urge others to become involved today. Now is the time to be a hero in the fight against pancreatic cancer and volunteer for progress. Please visit to fi nd out how you can become involved. Together we can make a difference.

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Snow Sports Academy Where: Elm Creek in Maple Grove and Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area in Bloomington. Individual Registration: For adults and youth. Call (763) 559-6700 to sign up. Team Registration: For adults and youth. Register online at Lessons: For private or semiprivate, call (763) 694-2050 for Maple Grove and (763) 694-7800 for Bloomington.

“We’ve got third-generation skiers coming out to take lessons. It’s really quite something. It’s amazing how busy this place is here in the winter.” Fred Seymour Alpine Services Manager, Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area in Bloomington

Winter games Try downhill skiing or snowboarding in Three Rivers Park District’s Snow Sports Academy BY TOM SCHARDIN


couple weeks ago, a huge Nor’easter dumped record snow on the East Coast, despite the calendar still reading October. Remember 20 years ago, the Halloween Blizzard of 1991 when Old Man Winter dropped a record 28.4 inches of snow on the Twin Cities over a three-day period? Call it a reminder that winter will soon be on its way. This time of year, many skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts are dusting off their equipment, awaiting their chance to hit the slopes or fly through the air on a wicked snowboard jump. If you are a beginning skier or snowboarder or are just looking for some friendly competition, perhaps you should look into Three Rivers Park District’s Snow Sports Academy. Registration for youth and adult programs is underway, along with

competitive team signups at either Elm Creek in Maple Grove or Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area in Bloomington. Three Rivers Park District has instructors from all over the Midwest, using proven teaching techniques to help you learn the basics or take your skills to an even higher level. The academy offers group lessons and semi-private lessons based on the need of the individual. According to Fred Seymour, alpine services manager at Hyland, between 35,000 and 38,000 lessons are given each winter at Hyland, ranging from toddlers to adults. The Snow Sports Academy has been around more than 50 years. “The program has been a huge success,” Seymour said. “We’ve got third-generation skiers coming out to take lessons. It’s really quite something. It’s amazing how busy this place is here in the winter. “We’ve had skiers take lessons who have gone on to compete in the (Winter) X-Games and even the Olympics.”

The most recent skier from Hyland to compete at the highest level is Edina-native Kaylin Richardson, who competed in the 2010 and 2006 Winter Olympics in the Super Combined and Combined. Richardson started out skiing in the Snow Sports Academy, Seymour said. Getting to the Olympics is a long shot for many young skiers, but there are other good reasons to brave the chilly winter temperatures either on a pair of skis or snowboard. How about exercise? What’s better than trying to stay fit and healthy? Skiing and snowboarding can build endurance and strength. “The beauty of winter sports is you can do it from childhood to older age,” Stephen Olvey, a doctor and professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine, told in a story about top winter sports. “It also lends itself to family involvement so you can have kids, grandkids and grandparents all involved.” According to Olvey, downhill skilling is “a power sport that


Above – The Snow Sports Academy also offers downhill ski lessons for all ages at either Elm Creek in Maple Grove or Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area in Bloomington. Top – Three Rivers Park District’s Snow Sports Academy offers lessons and competitive team opportunities for snowboarding.

improves balance, flexibility, agility, and leg and core strength. Snow skiing also doesn’t strain the back muscles, tendons, and joints like water skiing does.” Snowboarding uses a variety of mucles, “calf muscles, hamstrings

and quadriceps to guide the board; ankle and feet muscles for steering; and abdominal muscles for balance,” the article also states. And if you’re looking to burn calories, a person weighing 150 pounds can burn 480 calories an hour.


All the world’s a stage Area high school drama departments are in full swing this month with musicals, comedies and more.

‘ONCE UPON A MATTRESS’ Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak. Meanwhile, his terror of a wife, Queen Aggravian, has taken over control of the kingdom. In an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only the princess that can pass her test may marry her son and no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Enter Princess Winnifred the Woebegone and the Princess and the Pea-based tale unfolds. Time: 7 p.m. Nov. 12, 17-19; 2 p.m. Nov. 13 Cost: Adults $12; students and seniors $10 Location: Chaska High School Auditorium, Chaska Info: (952) 556-3516 or

‘GREASE’ When wholesome good girl Sandy and greaser renegade Danny fall in love over the summer, they never expect to see each other again. But when they both discover that they’re attending the same high school, social differences challenge their romance. Time: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19; 2 p.m. Nov. 20 Cost: Adults $6; students and seniors $4 Location: Shakopee Senior High School, 100 17th Ave. W., Shakopee Info: (612) 454-0329

‘COMPLETELY HOLLYWOOD (ABRIDGED)’ The audience will see more than 180 movies in less than two hours when the

Cost: Adults $6; students and seniors $4 Location: Jordan High School, 600 Sunset Dr., Jordan Info: (952) 492-4400


Jordan High School Theatre Department produces a satirical tribute to the film industry in its fall play “Completely Hollywood (Abridged).” Time: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 17-19; 2 p.m., Nov. 20

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren isn’t prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, many of the locals are eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is one of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

Time: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19; 2 p.m. Nov. 20 Cost: Adults $10; students $7 Location: Prior Lake-Savage High School, 7575 150th St., Savage Info: (952) 226-8637 or (952) 226-8791

‘ANNE OF GREEN GABLES’ In the early 1900s, two elderly siblings adopt an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, who is outspoken, opinionated and good-hearted. Anne must win over the people of Avonlea, who see an orphan as being nothing but trouble. Through trials and tribulations, Anne wins over those important to her and matures into young womanhood. Time: 7 p.m. Nov. 17-19; 2 p.m. Nov. 20 Cost: Adults $6; children $4 Location: Belle Plaine Performing Arts Center, 130 Willow St. S., Belle Plaine Info: (952) 873-2403

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seniors $17 Location: Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville Info: (952) 895-4680 or



Dave Kopperl, a photo preservationist and Eden Prairie Historical Society board member, shares his tips on preserving old photographs. Time: 7–9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 Cost: Free Location: City Center Heritage Rooms 3 and 4, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie Info:

‘DRACULA’ A terrifying and passionate new musical based on one of the most frightening novels ever written. It is a thrilling drama and a Gothic romance. Set in Europe at the end of the Victorian age, the production follows Dracula’s lust for blood and a small band of mortal men and women who must face his overwhelming seduction and supernatural powers. Not recommended for children 12 and under Time: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-12, 17-19; 4 p.m. Nov. 13 Cost: $12-$18 Location: Minnetonka Theatre, 18285 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka, MN 55345 Info: or (952) 401-5898

Take an evening walk exploring nature at dusk and dark, Discover why November’s moon is called migration moon. Learn about the animals that are migrating south for the winter. Search for animals that stay in Minnesota such as deer, owls, raccoons and other nocturnal animals. Following the walk, roast a marshmallow by the fire. Reservations required. For ages 6 and older. Time: 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 Cost: $6 Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or



O’Rourke’s Feast, a new Irish traditional music ensemble led by button accordion legend Paddy O’Brien, will perform. Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 Cost: Adults $15; children and seniors $10 Location: Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins Info: or (952) 9791100

The Experience Rwanda: Art Exhibit and Silent Auction open-house-style exhibit and silent auction featuring select pieces of Rwandan-made jewelry and art, including beautiful photographs of Rwanda printed on canvas, journals and cards is Saturday. All funds raised support New Mercies’ Faith Village project – homes for orphaned and abandoned children in Rwanda. Pre-bidding open on Facebook. Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 Cost: Free Location: JJ’s Coffee and Wine Bar, 7942 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie Info: Search on Facebook for prebidding



More than 500 artists and craftspeople from 30 states will offer handcrafted and one-of-a-king home décor and gifts. There will be entertainment throughout the day and refreshments available for purchase. Gift certificates will be awarded hourly. Time: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Nov. 10-11; 9 1.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 Cost: Adults $8, seniors $7, children 10 and younger free Location: Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Road S., Shakopee Info:

“It’s Coming from the Heart” benefitting Bountiful Basket Food Shelf, Feed My Starving Children and Love Inc. is set for Nov. 12. Enjoy the show, raffles and special guests. Time: 5 and 7 p.m. Nov. 12 Cost: Free, but non-perishable food items and cash donations accepted Location: Chaska Community Center Theater, 1661 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska Info: (952) 448-5633



NOV. 11 LIBRARIES OPEN Hennepin County libraries will be open their regular hours on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov 11. Time: Friday, Nov. 11 Location: Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive Info: 612-543-6275 or

‘WE GATHER TOGETHER’ Thanksgiving is coming and Cele and Alicia have no idea what chaos it will bring into their lives. These two sisters, who couldn’t be more different, have lived together and depended on each other for more than 50 years. Their comfortable routine is upended when they meet Jennifer, a local college student, and David, who lives across the street. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Nov. 11-20 Cost: Adults $20; students and


WEEKEND FAMILY FUN Enjoy nature-based fun for the whole family. The November theme is Buckthorn Bust. Time: Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 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

VETERANS DAY REMEMBRANCE Visitors may tour historic buildings in the Village of Eagle Creek, observe Thanksgiving preparations, view military displays and enjoy refreshments served in the Town Hall. A special 1 p.m. program will feature speeches, music and Abraham Lincoln reciting the Gettysburg Address. Enter park through West Entrance. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 Cost: Ages 18-64 $5; ages 2-17 and seniors $3; children younger than 2 free Location: The Landing - Minnesota


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The Eden Prairie Historical Society will advise residents on preserving old photographs like this one of the Cummins family outside their first home in Eden Prairie. It was across Pioneer Trail from the Cummins-PhippsGrill Homestead that still exists.



ave Kopperl, a photo preservationist and Eden Prairie Historical Society board member, shares his tips on preserving old photographs from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. “Most of us have home photos that we can readily admit look different than they did when fi rst processed,” according to a news re-

lease. “Faded color, stain, yellowed or spotted silver images are just a few of the results from less than optimal processing and /or storage.” Kopperl is a 30-year specialist in photo preservation who worked for the Eastman Kodak



Company and Creative Memories. He can offer examples and advice for salvaging damage to family photos. Participants are encouraged to bring photos. The free event is at the Eden Prairie City Center Heritage Rooms 3 and 4, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie. Info:

River Heritage Park, 2187 County Road 101 E., Shakopee Info: (763) 559-9000 or

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BROTHERS OR RIVALS? During tours of the historic Pond

DIVAS NIGHT OUT & House this Sunday, hear the story HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT THE of Baptist minister Rev. Palmer, who ARB paid a visit to Rev. Gideon Pond Enjoy an evening of music, wine and wellness. This fun evening includes wine tastings and food samplings, cash bar and appetizer menu, a fashion show and live music by the BZ Girls. Psychic Ruth Lordan and friends will provide readings. Local artisans and boutiques will sell handcrafted jewelry, clothing and unique treasures. Time: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 Cost: $25 per person includes wine tasting and a feather boa Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska Info: aspx or (952) 443-1422

BIRD BANDING See wild birds safely trapped, studied and tagged with numbered rings. Hear a bird’s heartbeat and help release it. For ages 4 and older. Time: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 12 Cost: Free Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria Info: (763) 559-9000 or


NOV. 13 “ONCE UPON A TIME…” CONCERT The Minnetonka Civic Orchestra presents a concert with music featuring Rossini’s Cinderella Overture and more. Time: 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 Cost: Donations accepted at the door Location: Minnetonka High School Arts Center, 18285 Highway 7, Minnetonka

in November 1871 to announce a Baptist meeting that evening. Discover Gideon’s surprising response! Time: 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 Cost: $2 suggested donation, youth through high school free Location: Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th St., Bloomington Info: 952-563-8738 or www.

RAPTORS IN THE YARD Meet a captive merlin and barred owl and learn about these birds of prey. Cameras welcome. For all ages Time: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 Cost: Free Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria Info: (763) 559-9000 or


NOV. 14 OPENOFFICE BASICS OpenOffice is a free, multiplatform office suite that can be used to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Learn how to use Open Office in the library and how to download and install the program at home or work. Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 Cost: Free Location: Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive Info: 612-543-6275 or

SQUIRRELS AND ACORNS Parents or caregivers and their preschoolers ages 2 and older

can discover the world of squirrels and their acorns as the Lowry Nature Center staff gets squirrelly in costumes and leads a song and a nut painting activity. The group will explore outdoors in search of squirrels, acorns and squirrel homes. Dress appropriately for the weather. Reservations required; reference activity #411303-03. Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14 Cost: $5 per person Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or


NOV. 15 MICROSOFT WORD BASICS Learn how to use the ribbon, enter and delete text, basic formatting, cut, copy and paste; and when to use ‘save’ and ‘save as.’ Time: 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 Cost: Free, registration required Location: Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive Info: 612-543-6275 or


NOV. 16 CAREER COUNSELING A career counselor will be available to discuss employment challenges and offer assistance with résumés, job searching, networking and more. Presented in collaboration with Minnesota WorkForce Centers – Employment Action Center. Time: 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 Cost: Free Location: Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive Info: 612-543-6275 or

Upcoming BTAC’S INSTRUCTORSTUDENT ART SHOW Bloomington Theatre and Art Center will host its annual Instructor-Student Art Show featuring original artwork by students of Bloomington Theatre and Art Center’s Education Program and the teaching artists who have guided them through their work in the past year. Students and their instructors will be treated as peers as their work is exhibited side-by-side. Time: Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17; exhibit runs Nov. 17-Jan. 13 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Theatre and Art Center’s Atrium Gallery, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington Info: (952) 563-3575 or

WHO IS HIDING? Parents or caregivers and their preschoolers ages 2 and older can explore indoor activity stations as they learn about camouflage. Sing songs, read a story, and discover how animals can hide. The group will go outdoors, search for hiding animals and play hide and seek with pretend animals. Reservations required; reference activity #412903-16. Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 Cost: $5 per person Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or

REJOICE! A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS Pianist Mary Beth Carlson and guest musicians will be performing Christmas tunes for all ages. Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 Cost: Adults: $15; ages 16 and younger: $8 Location: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church 9201 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington Info: or (952) 934-2319

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Mondays S en ior S i n g le s C of fe e K latch – 8 :45 -10 : 30 a.m. at Dunn Bros., 8107 Eden Prairie Road, for senior discounts on coffee.

Shopping Bus – Call (952) 279-8051 by Thursday to schedule a senior van home pick up for the 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday shopping trips in Eden Prairie. Duplicate Bridge – 12:15 p.m., no need to sign up, just bring a partner or call John Dollerschell at (952) 937-2150. Crafting – 1 p.m., bring your own project to work on and socialize. Tuesdays Quilting – 9 a.m., to help with creating a quilt or work on your own. Call Angie at (952) 934-1671 for more information. Greeting Cards – 9:30 a.m. to help cut, tape and create old greeting cards into new. Bread Day – 9:30 a.m. for “end of the day” baked goods and breads donated by a local baker. Donations accepted. Party-Style Bridge – 12:153:30 p.m., no need to sign up, just come and play. Call Mary Canakes at (952) 445-0978 for more information. Cribbage – 1-3 p.m. Open to all levels of players. Wednesdays ‘500’ Cards – 1 p.m. No registration necessary. Just stop in and play. Thursdays Canasta – 1 p.m. No need to sign up. Cards are provided. Call the Senior Center at (952) 279-8050. Cribbage – 1-3 p.m. Open to all levels of players. Call Jerry Clark at (952) 974-7989 for more information. Fridays Men’s Coffee Group – 9:30 a.m. Tell a tale, swap a story 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.

Small Dog Play Group

Alzheimer’s 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.

A resource group oriented to male caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease meets on the last Thursday of each month at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail (Room 247) in Eden Prairie. Meetings are at 1:30 p.m. and last from 60-90 minutes. In families where women have served as the primary caregivers for decades, men often need support in taking on that role. No appointment necessary. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Info: (612) 382-3890.

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.

information. Cost is $5 for nonmembers. Chair massages – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10, 17. Cost is $18 for 15 minutes. $33 for 30-minute session. Call senior center for appointment. Pre-payment required. Foot care clinic – Nov. 21. Cost is $33. Call (763) 560-5136 for an appointment. Health Insurance Help – Dec. 16. Call (952) 279-8050 for an appointment.

Special events


Holiday Lunch – 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. Cost is $10. Turkey, potatoes, vegetables, dinner roll, beverages and pumpkin pie for dessert. All are welcome. Deadline for preregistration is Dec. 1.

Several driver safety courses are offered. Call (952) 279-8050 for information. Understanding Psoriasis – 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. Cost is $2. Learn about signs and symptoms and various treatments.

Senior trips Senior trips leave from the Senior Center. Old Log Theatre “Everybody Loves Opal” – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. Cost is $26. Show tickets included. “It’s a Wonderful Life” – 12:15-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Live radio play plus appetizers, entrée and holiday dessert. Lunch, transportation and show included. Cost is $68. Register by Nov. 28.

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: Line Dance – 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 to Jan. 6. Cost is $36. Join The Walking Club – Meet on the lower level of Sears at the mall entrance, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Call the Senior Center for schedule. Pickleball – Play Pickleball from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Eden Prairie Community Center. Players of all levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and whitesoled tennis shoes. Contact the Senior Center for more

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. Green Mill and Bunco – noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Cost is $5. Register by Nov. 11. Info: (952) 279-8050. OK Corral Lunch and Shopping in Jordan – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Cost is $10. Register by Nov. 23. Info: (952) 279-8050.

Monthly events Bunco – 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. No experience necessary. Join in to play this interactive dice game.

Woodshop The woodshop is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with evening hours also available. Participants must take two -hour training. Fees are $ 2 0 per quarter or $ 5 per visit. Info: (952) 279-8050.

Weekly events

Beyond the Senior Center The fol lowing upcoming events are geared toward Eden Prairie seniors, but are not affi liated with the Eden Prairie Senior Center.

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 5 5+ Driver Improvement Course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15 (four-hour refresher course) at Summit Place Senior Campus, 8501 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie. Cost is $20. Info: or 1-(888)-234-1294.

The SW Metro AD/HD Support Group is a free resource for families with attention issues to learn, discuss and share strategies. The group meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, with Gary Johnson, executive director of CALM Clinic, discussing “What really is ADHD and what helps?” The meeting is in the Eden Prairie School District Administrative Services Building, 8100 School Road. Info: Cindy Lea, MA, (612) 965-3052 or

Caregiver recognition Family caregivers and care recipients are invited to the Prairie Adult Care “Caregiving Recognition Event” from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. A community resource fair and dessert bar will be open to the public. Chair massage and gifts for caregivers will also be offered. A Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held after the resource fair from 2 to 3:30 p.m., facilitated by LeeAnn Eiden, MSW from Senior Commu nity Ser vices. To lea r n more about the support groups or the adult day center, visit or call (952) 949-3126. Prairie Adult Care is in Victory Lutheran Church at 162 0 0 Berger Drive, Eden Prairie. There is no charge.

Sons of Norway Sons of Norway Vestland Lodge 601 in Minnetonka has planned its annual “Taste of Scandinavia and Holiday Craft Sale” for 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka. The event will feature Scandinavian food tasting ($5 per plate), a bake sale, silent auction, arts and crafts and more. Info: (952) 472-5804.

Bogleheads Meet the Bogleheads: A local group of do-it-yourself investors who use common sense, low-cost methods to successfully manage their own finances is set to meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Chanhassen Library in the Lewis room. At the next meeting, the group wi l l review the Boglehead investing principles and Rick Ferri’s new book, “The Power of Passive Investing.”

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

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, 2 9 0 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen. Visitors are always welcome. Info: rocky@ 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. Brent Halweg at (952) 937-3535 or bh a lwe g @ c omc a s t . net . CAP National Headquarters’ website is gocivilairpatrol. com. The Viking Squadron website is

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The cost of ‘perfection’ BY CINDY MARKISON

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In a society of competition, striving for perfection is common: “Just try a little harder.” “You can do better.” “Is that your best?” We’ve probably all heard or have said phrases like these. They seem harmless enough; yet, they can plant a seed of self-doubt in children, a doubt that can grow into excessive anxiety. The fear of failing, of not being good enough or of disappointing parents, teachers or coaches can become overwhelming. This type of anxiety is often referred to as perfectionism and is accompanied by self-defeating thoughts and unrealistic expectations that can interfere with success rather than promote it. Most recognizable are the students who become distraught if they do not receive 100 percent on their assignments/tests. No matter what you say, these children feel inadequate, begin to see failure all around, and are robbed of any sense of personal satisfaction. These children set the bar so high for themselves that disappointment and “failure” are inescapable. Recall also the students who stay up most of the night doing more work for school than is necessary. They become sleep deprived, irritable and can have compromised immune systems. The less recognized students are the ones who simply stop doing or turning in work if they believe it is not “perfect.” For these students, choosing to get a zero on an assignment is a better option than the risk of feeling like a “failure.” Perfectionism often starts at a young age and becomes a way of life instead of a passing phase. One example is of children who used to enjoy art and drawing; yet, as they grew older, they became upset if they felt like they had messed up. They may frequently rip up their pictures or stop drawing altogether. Activities that used to bring joy to these children can transform into sources of stress, and the smiles of pride and satisfaction that used to paint their faces become grimaces and tears. Children with perfectionistic anxiety will start a sport/activity out of enjoyment then begin to put so many unrealistic expectations on themselves to be the best that either they will stop playing altogether or begin to develop a pattern of thinking that is selfcritical and devaluing. The repercussions of ongoing anxiety about “perfection” can be costly. Constant stress, even in children, can lead to health problems and/or complaints about stomachaches and headaches. Some children begin to lose confidence and begin to feel inadequate in everything they do, causing their self-esteem to suffer. Other children use avoidance as a way to manage their anxiety and stop doing activities they previously enjoyed, causing them to withdraw from new experiences. Then there are children who focus all of their attention on being perfect in some way to the detriment of other areas such as social, physical, educational or emotional development. Other children and adolescents search for perfectionism in how they look, leading to unhealthy

exercise patterns and/or eating disorders. So, the question becomes: How can adults cultivate a child’s work ethic and desire for excellence and not create an anxiety laden individual who is constantly in fear of failing? When mistakes are seen as an expected part of life that offer children the chance to grow, the anxiety that naturally comes with “messing up” is used in a healthy way to motivate. On the other hand, if a mistake is seen as a personal flaw that makes them less adequate, the anxiety that follows is about the fear of failure and can be demoralizing. Mistakes are a great avenue for addressing perfectionistic anxiety. As adults, we can help children see that mistakes are a part of life. We can acknowledge when we make mistakes and role model ways to respond that promote growth instead of self-criticism. It is important to help children recognize that many of the things we learn are because of mistakes. Other ways to combat perfectionistic anxiety include helping children set realistic expectations of themselves and those around them. Also, helping children set goals based on their wants and abilities instead of what they believe others want from them is a way to reclaim personal satisfaction. As children strive for their goals, celebrate with them the process and give affirmations about the effort you see them putting forth instead of just celebrating the end product. Challenge all-or-nothing thinking and behavior in relation to their goals. If one part of reaching the goal is not working out as planned, encourage your children not to give up, and instead teach them flexibility and problem solving skills; adjust expectations if necessary. If you see that your child’s behavior and mood are being impacted by perfectionistic thinking and anxiety, seek support from your child’s school or consult with a mental health professional. Even though perfectionism is sometimes seen as a benefit and, by some, necessary for success; in reality, this type of anxiety impairs overall effectiveness. Addressing self-defeating thoughts and unrealistic expectations early can help free children from unnecessary feelings of failure and can help them reclaim a sense of personal pride and enjoyment of life. Note: The information provided should not be used during a mental health emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of a mental health condition. A licensed mental health professional should be consulted for a diagnosis and treatment. Call 911 for mental health emergencies. Cindy Markison, LICSW, is a therapist in Washburn Center for Children’s School-Based program which serves the Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, and Bloomington school districts.

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Choosing a great book for a young reader BY TERRI O. JOHNSON

Helping your child choose a good book can be an overwhelming experience. It can sometimes be hard to pick out a piece of quality literature from the hundreds of books on the shelves – some of which are good and some are not. How do you know? What should you look for? Beginning readers rely heavily on the illustrations to help them read. This is a natural and important step in literacy. Since there is a dependence on the pictures to make sense of the words on a page, a good picture book’s text will correspond to the illustration. For example, if the story is about three ducks, there should be three ducks in the picture. Illustrations help construct meaning and build a child’s comprehension abilities. Repetition of words and phrases is also beneficial for a beginning reader. Sometimes when I consult with parents, they express frustration because a book the teacher sent home was repetitive, and their child just memorizes the words. This is actually OK. Repeating tasks is a basic way of learning, and it builds a child up for success. If your children see themselves as readers – even if they are “reading” repetitive phrases – then they will be readers. It’s all about building confidence! For an early reader, it is also important that the text is either located at the bottom or the top


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of the page – not both. This can be confusing for the child. The reading process is complicated enough for kids, and sometimes it’s difficult for them to remember we read from left to right. There’s no sense in confusing them further with text at the top and bottom of the pages. As a child becomes a more independent reader, this is not as important. Even though it is not necessary, books that rhyme are beneficial for children. The ability to identify and make rhymes is a part of auditory processing, which is the foundation for good reading and spelling. According to the International Reading Association, sound awareness, or phonemic awareness, can be a strong predictor of reading success. Nursery rhymes and other rhyming books are great ways to help develop this critical skill. Maren Wilbur, Youth Service Librarian, Chanhassen Library suggests, “Try to select a variety

of books – books you can read together, books you can read to your child and books your child can read to you that match your child’s interests. Encourage your child to try different kinds of books, such as mysteries, biographies and other nonfiction. Younger children enjoy books that use word repetition, rhymes and predictable text. Look for books with colorful pictures and simple words. And remember, a librarian is always available to help with book suggestions or booklists.” When shopping for books or scouring the shelves at the library, you should also consider the interests of your child. You want to hook them by reading about what interests them, and they need to learn at an early age that books can be engaging. I know some parents who keep a running list of topics, and have it handy for the next time they are in the bookstore or library. As in our own lives, when a child can connect with a text, whether it is an experience they’ve had, or another book they’ve read, they are more likely to retain what they are reading. If you are still unsure where to start, consider looking for b o ok s t h at h ave r e c eive d awards. This is usually a safe

bet. There are several awards to look for, and they are typically displayed on the cover of the book as a seal. Two of the best-known awards are the Caldecott and Newbery Medals, both given by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). The Caldecott Award is awarded for illustrations, but content is also taken into consideration. The Newbery Award is given to the author for high-quality content. In addition to these distinguished awards, the ALSC also publishes annually the list of Notable Children’s Books. The list can be found by searching “notable children’s books” at I hope these tips will aid in the navigation of our local bookstore or library and help you to build a lifelong reader! Terri O. Johnson is director at LearningRx in Chanhassen which helps students to improve their learning ability through cognitive brain training. She is an Eden Prairie mother of three with unique learning profiles. LearningRx is at 600 Market St., Suite 120, in Chanhassen. For more information and questions about these and other learning topics, contact Terri at (952) 949-6900.



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Academy, Mounds Park Academy, Providence Academy, St. John’s Preparatory, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Thomas Academy, Trinity School at River Ridge and Visitation School.” The Edina Community Center is at 5701 Nor ma nda le Road, Edina. For more information, call (952) 918-1816 or (612) 728-7763.

A M i d s u m m e r N i g h t ’s Dream will be presented in the Performing Arts Center at the International School of Minnesota, 6385 Beach Road in Eden Prairie, on Nov. 11. Performances begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $ 7 at the door. For more performance and ticket information, call (952) 918-1803.

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Time to sign up for cookie class Eden Prairie Community Education is again offering a series of Holiday Cookie Classes. To see the full schedule of classes and register go to or call (952) 975-6942. New this year are two classes: Holiday Cookie Bake for Peanut Allergies for Ages 16 and older on Dec. 12 and Holiday Cookie Bake for Adult and Child on Dec. 4. Also new this year is that the cookies will be baked for students in large, commercial ovens by teaching staff. Cost is $ 34 to register. An additional $12 (food cost) is payable to the instructor at class. Students will end up with 10 dozen cookies.

Private school fair is Nov. 17 Area independent schools will be hosting a private school fair from 4:30-7 p.m. Nov. 17 at


ISM kids offer candy donation The International School of Minnesota and local orthodontist, Michelle Bergsrud, teamed up to promote good dental health. According to a news release, “Bergsrud’s clinic, Beautiful Smiles, has created an opportunity for ISM students to support local food shelves and troops overseas. The clinic will donate $1 to the ICA Food Shelf for every pound of candy that was collected, and all the candy collected will be sent to our troops overseas in a show of appreciation for their service to our country.” Here, students get ready to deliver the candy to Bergsrud. The candy weighed in at 275 pounds, so Bergsrud will donate $275 to ICA and ship the candy overseas. the Edina Community Center. Accordi ng to a news re lease, “this will be the first school fair of this size and scope to be hosted by Twin Cities private schools, and it is a one-stop-shop for families who are interested in exploring the area private schools without having to travel to each one. Schools that will be represented are: Academy

of Holy Angels, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Bethany Academy, Blake School, Breck, Calvin Christian School, City of Lakes Waldorf, Cretin-Derham Hall, DeLaSalle, Friends School of Minnesota, Groves Academy, Holy Family Catholic High School, International School of Minnesota, Lake Country School, M a ra nat h a Ch ri s tian Academy, Mi nnehaha

The Eden Prairie Family Center offers the following family and parenting classes: Register for Spanish preschool, Family Center Preschool. The Eden Prairie Family Center still has openings for a number of preschool programs. For more information or to register, contact the Early Childhood Center at (952) 975-6980 or visit Free baby playtime: This will be offered from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Call (952) 975-6980 to reserve your spot or visit Family Fun Time: Play for 0-5 year olds with an adult. $5 per child/$10 per family. Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Love and Limits: Class from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 15. Join Susan Busch, director of Family Educational Services, to discuss positive discipline strategies, the importance of rules and how to avoid power struggles. All types of parenting styles will be explored. Cost: $10 for one or $15 for two people from the same household.

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‘Last Pirate’ at Methodist Church The Eden Prairie United Methodist Church Drama Ministry Team fall play is the comedy-mystery “The Last Pirate of the Caribbean” by Kimberlee Mendoza. See it at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 as a dessert theater. “Ghosts and monsters, psychoanalysis, ‘sleeptalking’ and a whole lot of intrigue play out at the Wiki Resort. Nothing is as it appears at this poor excuse for an island getaway,” according to a news release. “Biblical truths are sprinkled throughout the humor.” Offering will be accepted. The church is at 15050 Scenic Heights Road. Info: or (952) 9378781.

Movie night features ‘Oliver’

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Victory Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie will present the 1968 musical “Oliver” at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. The church points out that the Oscar-winning movie is rated “G,” “but there are some scenes which may be too intense for children under the age of 10 that involve a villain (Bill Sykes) in the story. Otherwise it is a treat for the whole family.” Families are invited to bring their own treats and drinks. Victory is at 16200 Berger Drive. Call (952) 934-0956 or stop by the church to sign up if you plan to attend.

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Prairie Lutheran Church is hosting a free series of Sunday Spotlight Speakers, with the next event at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, between worship services. The presentation by author and Hebrew teacher Mark Throntveit is titled “Moses.” “Throntveit, professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary will lead us through a study of Moses and the burning bush and how it applies to us today,” according to a news release. “Bring your questions and enjoy open conversation and refreshments with others.” Prairie Lutheran Church is at 11000 Blossom Road, Eden Prairie. Info: prairielutheran. org or (952) 829-0525.

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Jarvis the Pirate is played by John Pabst. Also pictured are Jarod John and M.E. Scoonover-Nelson.

Help Operation Christmas Child Prairie Lutheran Church is collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. “Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide children’s project of Samaritan’s Purse that uses simple gift-fi lled shoe boxes to let hurting children know that they are loved and not forgotten. Operation Christmas Child needs your help to reach the goal of 8.5 million children that live in war-torn, poverty-stricken, and /or disaster-ridden countries worldwide,” according to a news release. You may pick up an empty shoebox with a list of the most needed items at Prairie Lutheran Church, while supplies last. Or, simply pack a shoebox of your own with school supplies, toys, necessity items and notes of encouragement for needy children. The church will collect shoeboxes in the Narthex at Prairie Lutheran through Nov. 20. Its Youth Ministries will then deliver the boxes to the OCC processing center, to be shipped worldwide in time for Christmas. Prairie Lutheran Church is at 11000 Blossom Road in Eden Prairie, one mile west of 169 off Pioneer Trail and Bennett Place. For more information or directions, visit or contact the church office at (952) 829-0525.

See ‘Race to Nowhere’ St. Andrew Lutheran Church is hosting the documentary “Race to Nowhere” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. Get free

tickets at or visit for a link. The documentary discusses the “high-pressure, high-stakes cu lture [that] has invaded our schools and children’s lives, creati ng u n hea lt hy, disengaged, unprepared and stressed-out youth.” St. Andrew Lutheran Church is at 13600 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie.

Celebration of Thanksgiving The sixth annual Eden Prairie Community Celebration of Thanksgiving is set for 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in the sanctuary of Pax Christi Catholic Community. “The theme for 2011 is Expressions of Gratitude – Unity, Hope and Love,” according to a news release. “The evening will offer Eden Prairie residents a chance to experience and celebrate the community’s ever-increasing diversity.” This year’s event host (which rotates from year-to-year) is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. Other participating faith communities include: AMCC-American Muslim Community Center, the Hindu Community, Minnesota Zen Center, Eden Prairie United Methodist Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pax Christi Catholic Community, Prairie Lutheran Church, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, the release said. To participate in the combined adult choir, attend rehearsal at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Pax Christi. Info: (Marianne Ward)

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Older generation must engage the younger to impart wisdom At this writing, I am about to launch my 19th trip to the African continent, doing leadership conferences once again with church leaders. It is always an enjoyable and enlightening experience and once again I am entering a culture in which respect for authority is a constant underlying subtext. This is sometimes almost an uncomfortable reality for those of us from the West. Here, even in respectable Midwestern America, the lines have been blurred between young and old, veteran and newbie. The informality of daily life both on the job and in the community has nearly erased past patterns of relating between classes of people. When we go to a culture that has an inbred, instant reverence for older, more experienced people, it takes a few days to readjust in thinking and acting. As I look on our current culture, this African dynamic could well be reintroduced

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in American life. The task of the older generation to communicate the necessary values to hold society together to the younger generation has been compromised in recent years. The degree to which we are willing to allow young people to pursue their own ideas and approaches to life has become almost unbridled in the early 21st Century. In days gone by young people sometimes were simply disregarded or lectured about how they needed to wait till they were of age before

they could be welcomed into the real world of the economy or in any institution. Nowadays, however, facile thinking has an almost implicit endorsement by the powers that be and younger, less experienced people are given opportunity to express themselves without critical analysis. The dialog going on these days in the Occupy Wall Street (as well as many other streets across the country) movement is proof of this. Well-heeled executives have engaged in shouting matches with people demonstrating in a general sense against the financially successful. The non-sequitur arguments raised by demonstrators are obviously frustrating to executives, who have to deal with the objective realities of the marketplace. But, the news media and the average person on the street is led to believe that the arguably illogical and contradictory ideas being expressed in these confrontations must be given the same respect as any other

opinion. It seems to me that we are seeing the bitter fruit of another generational failure in communicating to certain segments of our population the values that have gotten us to this point in history. My generation, the babyboomers, probably has not engaged our kids in forthright enough discussions about the practical facts of life on the ground. A spoiled generation with a sense of entitlement is not even getting the benefit of older people confidently straightening them out on obviously erroneous notions of how life really works. Now, I am not being hyper-critical of the younger generation. I love them. I engage many young adults in meaningful discussions. They are generally bright and well-motivated. They are intelligent and have some great advantages even in these challenging days. And they are very much interested in relationships with older people who can share their

practical wisdom with them. My complaint rests with my peers who have not adequately communicated with younger people and engaged them with respect and love to offer what they can to be brought into mature adulthood successfully. At several points in the New Testament, writers encourage the older generation to engage the younger to be a source of wisdom and direction. That biblical mandate has not been taken very seriously. Most social and educational institutions in America are stratified along age lines. We systematically hang out with people of our own age and do not mix with younger or older. This is true in school, church and community activities. The solution to this division between younger/ older, novice/veteran is not going to be dealt with through any kind of governmental or community policy imposed by any authority. It will only happen as individuals take seriously the need to befriend others who are in need of

their insight. This will happen when the older approach the younger showing an interest in meaningful relationships. Younger people will not take the initiative; we old guys must make the first move. The United States is in a very difficult cultural impasse today. There is a wide range of spiritual and philosophical commitment that has served the country well in past generations, but is now not being clearly passed to the new generation. My African friends have a healthy underlying respect for authority and the older generation that we could well recapture in our land. May God help us restore this dynamic for the good of the emerging generation and all others to come. The Rev. Timothy A. Johnson shares this space with the Rev. Rod Anderson as well as spiritual writers Dr. Bernard E. Johnson, Beryl Schewe and Lauren CarlsonVohs. “Spiritually Speaking” appears weekly.

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Prairie Lutheran Church of Eden Prairie has planned a special worship service at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving eve, Wednesday, Nov. 23. A pie social will follow the service. Guests are welcome for this free service of Thanksgiving, featuring music and a message from Rev. Joel Quie, lead pastor. Prairie Lutheran Church is at 11000 Blossom Road, Eden Prairie. One mile west of 169 off Pioneer Trail. For more information or directions, visit or call (952) 829-0525.

Wednesday Learning at Prairie Lutheran Prairie Lutheran Church is kicking off Wednesday Learning programs for all ages, with activities from 7-8 p.m. each Wednesday. For adults, there is a small group study of “The Story” with video and discussion. Teens from seventh-12th grade will hang out with friends and learn about God in either the confirmation class or the High School Bible study. Children from first to sixth grade will enjoy Bible activity time in the Kids Club program, or come early at 6:30 p.m. for the Kids Praise music program. Free nursery care is available for children younger than first grade. Info: (952) 829-0525 or Prairie Lutheran Church is at 11000 Blossom Road, one mile west of Highway 169 off Pioneer Trail and Bennett Place in Eden Prairie.

Grief Coalition meets Mondays Five Eden Prairie churches offer a six-week series, “Living and Growing through Loss,” to provide education and support to help individuals involved in the grieving process. The fall 2011 session concludes on Nov. 14. Speaker Rev. Patrick Kennedy will discuss “Life Has Changed, Not Ended.” Sessions provide information and presentation of a topic of interest, as well as a time for sharing in small groups. Sharing groups will be available for adults, suicide survivors, young adults (age 20-35), teens (age 13-19), and children (age 8-12). Due to the sensitive nature of the topics and ages of the attendees, telephone interviews will be conducted with parents or guardians of those attending the children’s groups. The fall 2011 series is at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, through Nov. 14. Advance registration for free childcare is requested by calling one week in advance of each date. There is no charge to participate in “Living and Growing through Loss.” A light supper is offered at 5:30 p.m. For children’s group registration, call Karen Atkins, (952) 466-2685.

Taizé Prayer at St. Hubert “People of all Christian traditions are welcome to join in this beautiful ecumenical prayer,” according to a news release. At 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at St. Hubert Church, 8201 Main St., Chanhassen, the candle lit service includes sung prayer, rich silence, scripture readings and a reflection.

Dynamic and relevant messages NInspiring music—traditional and contemporary NActive children’s, youth and adult ministry programs N

Invite People to Worship with You!

Just South of U.S. 212 on Eden Prairie Road

Eden Prairie

United Methodist Church “Open hearts – Open minds – Open doors” Pastor Dan Schneider-Bryan

Sunday Worship 9:00 & 10:30 AM (nursery care provided)

Sunday School 9:00 AM

Web: Phone: 952-926-1884 At southeast corner of Eden Prairie Road and Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie

Sunday Morning Services: 8:00 • 9:30 • 11:00 Children’s programming at 9:30 and 11:00

saint FALL WEEKEND andrew SCHEDULE at St. Andrew West Sunday 9:30 a.m. 112090 Hundertmark Rd


(2 Blocks West of State 41 on Hundertmark)

at St. Andrew Saturday 5:00 pm Pastoral Team Sunday 9:00 am and 10:30 am Alan Loose Sunday 6:00 pm LiveWire Tasha Genck Morton Roger Schindel

13600 Technology Drive

(Along State Hwy. 5/212 one mile west of 494) 952-934-0956 Sunday worship 9:00 AM Chrisan Educaon for all ages – 10:15 AM

Daycare/Preschool/Church Camp


Join us for a Thanksgiving worship service and Pie Social

15050 Scenic Heights Road Eden Prairie 952-937-8781 (1 blk. west of Mitchell Rd.)

ST. ALBAN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH SUNDAY 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY 6:00 p.m. “Come grow with us in Christ”

Worship/Church School/ Nursery Each Hour


(3 yrs.– 8th grade)

6716 Gleason Road, Edina • (952) 941-3065


One Anothering Immanuel Lutheran Church 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie • 952-937-8123 (2 blocks N. of Hwy. 5 on Cty. Rd. 4)

Sunday Worship Services (nursery available) Traditional Services: 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Service: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday Worship Service at 5 p.m. Visit us at

Eden PraIrIe PresbyterIan Church

Of¿ce: 934-0811 6500 Baker Road • Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Wednesday, November 23 7:00 pm

Sunday Services: | 952.937.8000

Sunday Worship 9:00 & 11:00 am Sunday Education & Wednesday Learning 952 952--829 829--0525

Join us this Sunday! Worship Service: 10:15 am Sunday School: 9:00 am

9145 Eden Prairie Road · Eden Prairie, MN Located at NE corner of Pioneer Tr. & EP Rd.

Bible Classes - 9:30 a.m. Worship Service - 10:45 a.m. Evening Service - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesdays: AWANA Clubs - 6:30 p.m. Youth Bible Study - 6:30 p.m. Adult Bible Study 6:45 p.m.

Child Care Provided in All Services


Pax Christi Catholic Community 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie Father Patrick Kennedy, Pastor

Building Friendships, Building Families, Building Faith

Weekend Masses Saturday Sunday

5:00PM 9:00AM, 11:00AM, 5:00PM

Weekday Masses Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

8:30AM 8:30AM 6:00PM 6:45AM 8:30AM

All are Welcome!

Are you hungry for “meaty” Bible teaching? The close-knit fellowship of a smaller church? Good friends for your children? Visit our brand new church in Eden Prairie, meeting at Eden Lake Elementary, south of the EP Mall, off Preserve Blvd. (One mile west of Hwy 169, on Anderson Lakes Pkwy) Sunday School for all ages 9:15am-10:15am Worship service 10:30am-11:45am Eden Lake Elementary School 12000 Anderson Lakes Pkwy Eden Prairie, MN, 55347 Rev. Ryan Kron, 612-751-2096 217647

Youth Group 6 pm Young Adults 7:30 pm

Prairie Hill Evangelical Free Church Dr. Jerry Erickson, Pastor

Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Treasure Seekers and Sunday School Classes for all ages: 9:15 am Wednesdays: Family Meal at 5:30 pm, Awana at 6:30 pm

Visit our website for more groups and events! 103288

952-937-9593 17200 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie (Located next to Eden Prairie High School)

The Worship Directory appears in the following publications: Eden Prairie News, Chanhassen Villager, Chaska Herald, Shakopee Valley News, Prior Lake American, Savage Pacer and Jordan Independent

Call Kathy 952-345-3003 for rates!

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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


New and used car and truck sales in our Jordan and LeSueur locations. 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 or

MAINTENANCE Local forklift wholesaler needs energetic individual for general maintenance, loading and unloading forklifts and misc other duties. Current driver's license a must. Full time position plus benefits. Call 952-492-3900 or apply in person. CONTINENTAL LIFT TRUCK Hwy. 169, 7 miles south of Shakopee.

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RMS Hydraulic Services South Metro equipment dealer is looking for a hydraulic technician to assist in expanding their hydraulic services division. Service Duties include: Tearing down cylinders, measure seals, hone cylinder barrels, assemble & test. Qualified candidates must have basic mechanic tools and some knowledge of hydraulic cylinders. Entry level position to seasoned mechanics should apply. Please send resume to Patti Sather EOE

Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel is accepting applications for the position of a Food and Beverage Director. The Food and Beverage Director manages the operation of the Food and Beverage Departments to generate a profit and provides the highest level of hospitality to our guests. Requirements: Four year degree in Business, Hospitality or Culinary Arts or equivalent and five year's experience in the front and back of the house. We also offer an excellent benefits package: 401K, Medical with flex plan, dental, life insurance, short and long terms disability, on site daycare. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: Human Resources Department Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel P.O Box 420, Morton, MN 56270 1-800-WIN-CASH ext. 8106 Fax: 507-697-8112

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We are currently seeking RNs/LPNs to work in Prior Lake. We have 12 hour shifts, both days and overnights. We also have opportunities in the surrounding areas. The right person will have 1-2 years experience. At Accurate Home Care, every employee plays an integral part to our success. As our client base grows, so does our need for expert staff. We are constantly looking to add valuable members to our team. Qualified candidates must have great customer service skills, be compassionate and dependable and be able to provide assistance with daily living tasks. We offer outstanding wages plus excellent benefits including: Holiday Pay, Paid Time Off, Health, Dental, STD, LTD, and Life Insurance, 401K with match, & Educational Benefits. Interested candidates can apply by completing an application, please attach cover letter and resume along with salary requirements. EEO/AA To apply go to our website:

Dining Server position Full-time and Part-time Both AM and PM shifts available. The Colony at Eden Prairie is an Assisted Living serving seniors in your community. If you would like to be a part of a fun team and work in a great environment, we have the job for you. Please contact Lynda Harmon @ 952-697-0613 Email 431 Prairie Center Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-828-9500

Resource Conservationist II: Scott Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking a full-time Resource Conservationist II ($47,000-$56,000 plus benefits). Diverse resource planning, problem evaluation, landowner interaction and conservation practice background. BS in natural resource management, civil or agricultural engineering, watershed management or related field AND three years of related professional work experience. Application due by Nov. 14. Visit for complete job description and application or call (952) 492-5425. EOE


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Progressive. Growing. Engaged. Scott County Sheriff's Office As Corrections Officer, you will work directly with adult offenders enforcing & upholding MN Statutes & constitutional standards relating to the detention, custodial care, custody, & control of adult inmates in a 24/7, direct-supervision operation. MQs: Requires equivalency of HS graduation & 2 years of post-secondary training or education in corrections, criminal justice, social science, or the military. One must possess a valid driver's license & be 18 years of age. Preference given for related training: CPR, First Aid, Use of Force, criminal justice degree, & for bilingial abilities. Hiring Range: $20.35/hr to $23.94/hr-DOQ. Rating: Training & Experience. Final selection will include an oral interview, background investigation, physical exam, drug testing & psychological evaluation. Closing Date: 11/17/11. Obtain application from Employee Relations at (952) 496-8890 or from the internet at: EOE TTY/TDD: (952) 496-8170 Let's work together.


Open Systems business software powers the companies that are bringing the economy back to life. We are seeking: A Customer Service oriented person to provide phone support on business software. This client support advisor will define customer's problem, assist in research efforts and communicate solutions back to clients. Excellent customer care skills as well as strong communication skills are necessary. An accounting background or experience with business software, SQL Server Tools or software installations is helpful but not required. Client Support Entry-Level Training will be provided. A Quality Assurance/Tech Lead who will be responsible for ensuring that our quality standards are implemented, analyzing requirements, participating in review meetings for a team and their clients, executing test cases, and writing bug defect reports along with user documentation based on customer requirements. 1+ years of experience with quality assurance and testing of software projects, knowledge of quality assurance methodologies, exposure to defect tracking systems and knowledge of SQL Server are required. A Bachelor's degree in CS, MIS, Accounting or related field or IIST Certified would be preferred. Experience with automated testing software is a plus. This position requires a highly motivated candidate with strong communication skills (verbal and written), analytical and technical skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment. Please send resume and salary requirements to Open Systems, Inc. Attn: HR, 4301 Dean Lakes Boulevard, Shakopee, MN 55379 or email to EOE.

Progressive. Growing. Engaged.

SCOTT COUNTY Public Health Nurse Family Health In this position you'll perform professional public nursing duties providing assessments & care plans to support Family Heath program initiatives. You will work w/individuals, communities, & systems to assure the health of Scott County residents. All positions rely on your use of independent nursing assessment skills & professional judgment to coordinate services & assure the health & safety of Scott County citizens in community settings. MQs: Requires possession of a license to practice as a Registered Nurse issued by the State of Minnesota; certification as a PHN; CPR certification; & one year RN experience. One must possess a valid driver's license & a reliable means of transportation for the performance of work responsibilities. Salary Range: $51,358 to $69,485. Closing: Open until filled.

SCOTT COUNTY Community Health Specialist Emergency Preparedness PT 20 hrs per week In this position you'll perform a variety of activities & tasks in implementing emergency preparedness planning & organized community response. In your work you will engage, consult, & collaborate with others to identify needs, solve problems, find solutions, & evaluate outcomes; you'll coordinate actions & resources to maintain a comprehensive, unified, & efficient approach to emergency preparedness. MQs: Requires equivalency of an AA degree & six years experience with community- based, public health organizing, planning, & implementation. Strong preference given for experience with emergency preparedness planning & implementation. Completion of FEMA basic incident command courses 100, 200, & 700 is highly desirable. One must possess a valid driver's license & a reliable means of transportation for the performance of work responsibilities. Salary Range: $42,328 to $57,267. Closing: 11/23/11. Obtain application from Scott County Employee Relations at (952) 496-8890 or from our web site at ( EOE TTY/TDD: (952) 496-8170 Let's work together.

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House Aide $11.20/hr .8 night position awake staff. Residential group home for (6) elderly seniors providing personal cares. Community Assisted Living. Shakopee. Call 952-440-3955

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BUILDING MONITORS DISTRICT 112 COMMUNITY ED District wide facilities Weekends (Shifts vary between 7:00a.m.-9:30p.m.) Hours vary 3-16 hrs/week $11.96/hour Provide on-site building security and assistance during scheduled events outside of regular school hours Must be 18 yrs of age Background check required Come join our team Apply online at Only online applications will be accepted. For specific info, contact Judy Amrhein 952-556-6213

Office Administrator Part-time Elderly/Disabled Apartment Building Scott County Community Development Agency (SCCDA) located in Shakopee, MN, is accepting applications for a part-time (20 hours per week) office administrator for our elderly/disabled building located in Prior Lake, MN. Responsibilities include performing a variety of office, administrative, and program support for the building including but not limited to conducting new tenant, annual, and interim recertification interviews with clients; inputting and maintaining tenant information in the CDA's software system; completing move in/out inspections; maintaining the waiting list and waiting list applicant files according to Agency established guidelines and HUD regulations. Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or GED with two years related experience or training. Previous experience with HUD regulations and property management is desirable. Must possess excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with the public, as well as have intermediate computer skills. A valid Minnesota driver's license and a good driving record are required. Starting pay range is $13.92 to $15.87 per hour depending on qualifications. To Apply: Applications may be printed from (preferred method), picked up at 323 South Naumkeag Street, Shakopee, or mailed upon request by calling (952) 402-9022. Resumes without completed applications including the supplemental will not be accepted. Applications must be received no later than noon on Monday, November 21, 2011. If you need a special accommodation to apply because of a disability, please contact the CDA. AA/EOE

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Part-Time Health Care CNA or HHA We have part time day, evening and night hours available at Keystone Communities of Prior Lake, a Sr housing facility and Assisted Living. We are looking for a team player who has a passion for working with seniors. Long term care and memory care experience a plus. We offer a great work environment and great team to work with. Please call Teri at 952226-9205, fax your resume to 952-226-9201 or stop by 4685 Park Nicollet Ave., Prior Lake to pickup an application. | Eden Prairie News



Looking to earn extra money? I am looking to contract dependable and responsible adults to deliver the Star Tribune newspaper in the Burnsville/Savage areas in the early morning hours. There is a $100 incentive available after 4 weeks of route delivery. Profit potential is from $400 to $800 per month. For more information contact John 952-895-1910.


NEED TO MAKE SOME MONEY? $15-$20/hr. Looking for 10-15 individuals to shovel snow from sidewalks at commercial properties. Must have a valid drivers license, good health, strong work ethic and be very reliable. Kris 952-890-5303.

JIMMY JOHN'S GOURMET SANDWICHES Hiring Delivery Drivers, Cashiers, Sandwich Makers, & Entry Level Mgrs., Days, Nights, Weekends. If you enjoy working in an energetic atmosphere, come in and apply at Shakopee 952-746-5990. Savage, 952-440-2200. between 2pm-4pm


2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR No experience Necessary will train Starting wage $13.25 per hour DOE

1992 Vibo 21' Hexagon pontoon. Low hrs. 2 motors. '96 Merc 90HP + 9.9. Marine radio. Trailer. Clean. $8,500. 612720-2262

No DUI's, must have Class D license at least 3 years And be 21 years of age Positive Connections 460 N Hickory Street Chaska, MN 55318 952-361-0899

StarTribune Newspaper Carrier Needed immediately Shakopee and Chaska, weekday routes, and PT Sat/Sun Assembly positions (no driving). For further information see our website at;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Do you think of food as an art form? Do you enjoy working with food and people? Our Premier Assisted Living is looking for a well-trained culinary professional who can make both great tasting food and a pleasant experience for our seniors everyday.

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2004 Harley FXST Softail 24,000 miles. Extras too much to list. Call for details. REDUCED! $8,300. 952-836-6773


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1991 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome, Class A, 33ft. Only 38k miles! Smooth runner, fully loaded, sleeps 6, hydraulic leveler, $10,500, 612-669-4172 1994 Harley Heritage Softtail, 26300k, all service records avail, extra set of pipes. $7500. Call Mike @ 612-309-6737

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

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

1973 14' Alumacraft boat/ trailer, 15 HP Johnson motor. Needs carb work. Trolling motor/ battery, steering console. $1,125/BO. 952-448-3128

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

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

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CASH$$ We buy guns SPORTS STOP Shakopee 952-445-5282 2000 Harley Davidson 883 Sportster, wife's bike, never rode, must go. 1300 miles, Lots, lots of extras, mint! $7000. 952-890-0905 EZ-GO Gas Golf Cart with Rear Seat. White with White Top and Seats. $2195. 952-2390446 2003 Harley Softtail Deuce Anniversary model. 5500 miles. $13,000. 952-447-4280

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Holiday Stop 'n Shop: Nov. 12, 9am-3pm. 5973 Dufferin Dr., Savage. Crafters, vendors, door prizes & more! Jump-start your holiday shopping! Winter Wonderland Boutique, Nov 10, 9am7pm; Nov 11, 9am6pm; Nov 12, 10am2pm. 6843 Duck Lake Rd, Eden Prairie

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Fri. 11th & Sat. 12th 9am-5pm. 925 Westchester Ave. Shakopee Multi-family sale. Purses, kids clothes, kids toys, designer clothes, furniture, home decor, and much much more!

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SAVAGE ESTATE SALE 6510 Brook Lane in Chadwick Park Nov 11, 12 & 13 Fri 9-5(#@8)Sat 9-5, Sun 9-3 Directions: from 35W, go W on Cty 42, go S on Cty 27, go W on Dakota Ln to Brook Ln Townhome brimming with well kept, updated furniture including Queen sleigh bed, 5 drawer tall chest, blanket chests, elegant desk, several foyer, end, coffee & small tables, classy sofa, several upholstered chrs & foot stools, lighted curio cabinets, oak server, round oak table and chrs, decorative armoire, lamps, wide variety of mirrors, tables of nice Christmas, 1895 Seth Thomas mantel clock & German cockoo, large quantities of elegant glass & accessories, large set of Blue Onion & holiday china, lovely women's cloz & linens, large area rugs & lots of nice HH.

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Garage Sale Friday, Nov. 11 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Transportation Bus Garage 8055 Wallace Rd. Upright Piano, 27” Color TV, Tables, Chairs, Cabinet Items, Student Desks, Library Books, Projection Screens, Computer Tables, and Many More Items. Everything Must Go! Cash and Carry Out Same Day!

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1968 T-Bird, 429 automatic, new gas tank, tires, fuel pump, sending unit, brakes. Runs. Needs Restoration. Asking $1500. 952-4482015

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

2009 Chev Cobalt LT. Purchased/ driven locally, like brand new, 21,000K. Black, Spoiler, PW, PL, Cruise, CD, non-smoker, more! $12,900. 952-215-5421

'95 Ford, F-250XLT, 3/4T, 2wd, 5Spd manual, 140k, wood rack, good tires, some rust, new battery, AC, $975, 952-492-2088, 612-2980851

1993 Chevrolet Suburban 4X4, 260K, starts and runs great, body rusty, great winter vehicle, asking $1200, 952447-4946

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

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

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

1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cierra, silver edition. Loaded! Only 109,000K miles. V-6, 4 door, $1,100/BO. 952426-5657

2005 Saturn Ion. Blue. 5-spd manual. Well Maintained. 6-disk CD. Leather interior. Alloy wheels. 112,000k miles $5,200 952-261-9337

Pontiac Grand Prix 1980 301 Engine, 4.9 Liter, 4 Barrel Overhead, New Fuel Pump, Alternator, Battery Heater, 129500K, $1800. 612418-5159

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

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

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1997 Ford Conversion, 244,000 well maintained miles, HD tow package, $1,200.00 OBO, lots new, email for details scottlacher@ 612-2107303

2000 Ford Windstar LX 7 Passenger Van, 133,349 Miles. $1,800. 6 Cyl Engine, Automatic Runs and drives great. Craig 952-368-9689

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Gentle Joey “Joey is a lovely gray shorthair cat, about 2 years old, who was rescued from life on the street. She is a really sweet, gentle girl w i t h bi g green eyes Joey and soft fur who loves to cuddle and purr! Her favorite game is to play in the sink and swat the dripping water! She has a lot of love to give, and if you do as well, won’t you give this sweet gal a chance at a loving home?” Contact Southwest Metro Animal Rescue at: (952) 368-PAWS (7297) or swmetroanimalrescue @hotmail. com. Sout hwest Met ro A ni ma l Rescue and Adoption Society is in Chaska. For more information, em ai l sw met roa ni m a l rescue @ or visit

Pretty Emma Rose “Emma Rose, a 6-year-old Shih Tzu weighing 11 pounds, has a lovely, golden coat and a very calm and gentle personality. She is a bit shy at first, but as soon as she knows you, all is well and Emma Rose she is very happy. She shows it with her cute little wiggle butt. When she first

came into foster care, she had never worn a harness or leash so she was skeptical. Now, she loves to put them on because it means going outside to play in the grass or maybe take a short walk. She adapts well if given time and patience. Like any dog, Emma Rose will need to continue to learn basic dog obedience, which will also help her gain confidence in her new home. She loves to please and is a smart dog that learns quickly. She is house trained but will need continued reinforcement for her good habits. Emma Rose would be happiest in a quiet, calm household with adults, older children, or even another small dog. She just needs a companion who will be with her much of the day. She is healthy, spayed, microchipped, and up to date on her vaccinations. Her adoption fee is $250.” To add Emma Rose to your family, visit and complete an online adoption application or write to Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota, P.O. Box 46562, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.

Pet Adoption Day set Nov. 12 Southwest Metro Animal Rescue pet adoptions will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at PetsMart, 11200 Prairie Lakes Drive, Eden Prairie. Nine lab mix puppies will be there along with our other dogs and cats. All dogs and cats are microchipped, vet checked, vaccinations up-to-date a nd spayed /neutered, i f over 6 months. For more information about the nonprofit run by volunteers, go to or call (952) 368-PAWS (7297).

Congratulations Week 9 Winners! Chad B. $75 Gift card to Paradise

Chanhassen, MN Car Wash & Detail Center

Jacob T. $50 Gift Card to Arizona’s

Shakopee, MN Restaurant & Lounge

Drew J. 2 Movie Passes

PROP food shelf needs of the week “PROP needs your help this holiday season. PROP offers a Holiday Gift Program making it possible for about 900 low-income children and senior citizens from Eden Prairie and Chanhassen to receive gifts this year. This approach allows you to purchase gifts that a child or senior citizen has included on a wish list. If you are willing help a child or senior by donating a gift, please e-mail Maureen Grazzini, PROP’s Holiday Program Coordinator, at maureeng@ for more information. Together we can support local and pay if forward.” This week PROP is most in need of rice, boxed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin, sugar and fruit juice. Your cash donations enable PROP to use its buying power for food, supplies and financial support for clients. Your food donations keep shelves stocked. The group appreciates the support and invites you to volunteer and use your creativity to create a PROP-themed event. If you need services or support from PROP, visit its website at 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.

PROP Shop needs of the week The PROP Shop client room currently requests donations of girls’ tennis shoes, children’s size 5 and up. With the support of the community the PROP Shop assisted 224 local families (32 of them new to the PROP Shop) in October, 2011. Twenty-seven of these families received furniture,

including 18 beds. And 696 bags of clothing, bedding and housewares were given out to families in need last month. Since opening in April, 2007, the PROP Shop has served 1,230 local families in need with 20,462 bags of stuff, 769 pieces of furniture and 648 beds, according to a news release. The PROP Shop is a nonprofit re-sale store, which sells new and gently used items to everyone in the community. It depends on donations of furniture, clothing and housewares. The PROP Shop also offers a separate Client Services Center which provides clothing, housewares and furniture to referred families and individuals in need. The PROP Shop is at 15195 Martin Drive in Eden Prairie. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Donations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit or call (952) 934-2323.

to noon Sunday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21. Info:

Photo contest at Dunn Bros. The third annual photo contest at the Smith Douglas More House Dunn Bros, “Picture This,” continues through Dec. 1. “We would like to see your most creative images taken at the Smith Douglas More House,” according to a news release. “themes can include coffee, Eden Prairie history, nature, relationships or community. … Photos will be judged on creativity, uniqueness and creative expression.” First place wins a $150 Dunn Bros. gift card. Winning photos will be included in a calendar, displayed in the store and online. Each entrant can send up to three photos in digital format to du

Open house set on Shady Oak

Help Operation Christmas Child Items for Operation Christmas Child are being accepted during “National Collection Week” Nov. 14 to 21. The organization has hand-delivered 86 million gifts to kids worldwide since 1993. You can drop off your shoe boxes filled with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement for needy kids overseas at a variety of Twin Cities locations, including Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie. Collection times are 2-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Saturday; 4-7 p.m. Wednesday; 5-7 p.m. Thursday; 6-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.

The city of Eden Prairie has planned an open house from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Wooddale Church, 6630 Shady Oak Road, to discuss changes on Shady Oak Road. The city, county, Mn DOT and Minnetonka are working on plans to improve Shady Oak Road between and including Highways 62 and 212, in addition to improvements on City West Parkway, including the addition of a roundabout, according to the city website. Construction would start in 2012. The meeting will be held in the Great Room. Enter Door 2 on the north side of the building.

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Dog house for large dog. Insulated, flat-top opens, $50. 952-4450533 Door, 6-panel oak 30x80, 6-1/2" jamb like new, free. 612-590-3692 Double stroller, Graco, excellent condition. Barely used, $75. 612298-8126 Downhill ski boots, size 7.5, orange, $40. 651755-2924 Downhill ski poles, $20. 651-755-2924 Downhill skis, 150cm, For beginner, intermediate. $60. 651-755-2924 Dresser, 2 drawers, 2 doors. 49" tall. $20. 952474-7069 Dual, reclining, love seat, good shape. $50. o/bo 952-447-8169 Entertainment center, fits 32" television, excellent condition, $50. 952-445-4680 Exercise bike, works good, $45, 612-2245808 Fine china, Crown Ming, 45 piece set, new. $300. 952-949-2276 Fireplace Insert with firebricks- pick up Good condition $50. 952-4474762 Fishhouse, permanent, 8x7, crank-up, new tires, insulated, $500, 952-994-0073 Flute, (Artly) Silve w/case, cleaning rod. Closed hole. $180. 952448-3699 Free older Sea King 7hp outboard 952-388-8456

Hockey goals, mini, pair, 4ftWx2ftH, Like new. $25. 952-496-2493

Free Weight Set, bench and weights, $30. Call 952-239-8521 Harley jacket, leather. Women's x small. $50. 612-735-9873

Hockey table, Hard Hittin' rod style $180. b/o 952-440-9910 HP 27 Black Ink Cartridge new, $8. 952-2019989 IKEA Corner Desk White 36" Perfect Condition, $40. 952-2019989 Innotek, no bark collar. Never used, $30. 952240-1025 IPhone 3GS, original box and accessories. Good condition. $165. 612-220-7111 Kenmore side by side refrigerator 68”H, 35”W. $150. 952-649-7936 Kitchen table w/wood top & six chairs. $50. 952-412-7149 Kitten, 9 weeks old, female. Free to good home. 952-492-3401 LE explorer teddy bear. $25, cash. 952-5641161 Leather jacket, Wilson, like new size medium, $25, 952-447-3952 Lyons bathtub, new in box. 32x60 rd. Biscuit $200. 612-597-1528

Makita reciprocating saw, plug in. Hardly used, $50. 952-2332567 Maltese/ shiatsu mixFemale, 2 yrs old. $50, Shawna, 612-205-7430

Maytag washer, whiteworks great. $50. 952649-7936 NB- toddler girl clothing accessories, lightly used. $125. 952-4407837 Pickup bed liner. Brand new. $50. 952-412-7149

New Balance, 623 cross training shoes, 12D. New. $40. 952-4797123 NEW Marvin Integrity double-hung window, sandstone clad, 71X50". $245! 612-518-5787 Nordic Track C2300 Treadmill, excellent condition, $500 651-7554911 Oak Entertainment Center w/32"TV! 54.5Wx21"Dx52.5"H. Glass display+ CD/DVD storage. 612-518-5787 Oak entertainment center, excellent condition. $200. 952-492-6739

Oak table with 6 chairs, seats 12. $300. 952492-6739 Organ, electric, older, good condition, $50, 952-873-3429 Ottoman & 4 pillows. Tan, neutral colors. $50. 612-203-3437 Patio porch swing. Buyer needs to pick up. $20. 612-695-6243

Patio set, table, 4 chairs, 2 rockers great condition. $250. 952448-3694 Pellet Stove, Summers Heat 49-SHCPM. Like new, $950. 952-5008680 Piano, grand, new keys new hammers. $500.Can deliver 952-4454177. Play Station 2, 15 games, 3 remotes, $175. 952-201-7289.

Punching bag. 5' tall sand, water base. $65. 952-934-2975 Quilting Frame, The Grace EZ3, like brand new. $50. 952-758-3728 Radiant range, GE Profile. Almond color, $100. 952-381-4789 Rebounder Exerciser. Lose weight or calm overactive kids. $65. 952-934-2975

Refrigerator Kenmore side by side, white 25.1 cf. $400. 952-474-8081

Refrigerator Kitchenaid stainless side by side good condition. $75. 952-913-5736 Refrigerator, dorm size, Works good, $35. 952445-2093 Refrigerator, Kenmore, side-by-side, almond, icemaker, 20cf, $150, 952-649-7936 Refrigerator, Whirlpool, 20.1cf, white, good condition, you haul. $125, 952-496-9413 Remington 597 ODgreen, 3-9 scope, Ammo, case, semiauto, $175. 952-440-2487

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Weight machine, high quality, $1500 new. $100. o/bo 952-2618397

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Stove, Whirlpool electric. White with smooth glass top. $125. 952447-3336 Swanstone white kitchen sink, w/white faucet. $25. 952-4451939 Table saw, Sears 10 inch cast iron top. $50. 952-496-3589 Television Hitachi 53" HDTV, n/condition, retailed $3300. now $200. 952-445-3471

White porcelain soup terrine, with plate and ladle. $20. 952-9343340

Womens size clothes. $150/all 212-0231

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Womens winter coat. Black suede, Wilson's Leather, warm. $50. 612-203-3437 Womens winter jacket. Brown, micro fiber, large. $25. 952-7583728

Wooden picnic table, large, sturdy, $25/BO, 952-758-2124 Wooden rocking chair, blue cushions. Excellent shape, $70. b/o 612224-5808

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living in ep Did you know?

Eden Prairie author’s dark past leads to a bright future

21.8 million The number of military veterans in the United States in 2010.

1.6 million

Rob Cabitto didn’t let misfortune get in the way of his success

The number of female veterans in 2010.

2.4 million

The number of black veterans in 2010. Additionally, 1.2 million veterans were Hispanic; 265,000 were Asian; 156,000 were American Indian or Alaska Native; 28,000 were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and 17.5 million were non-Hispanic white. (The numbers for blacks, Asians, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and nonHispanic whites cover only those reporting a single race.)



ne of my earliest memories was having gas poured on me by my biological father while in an alcoholic rage, then of facing one struggle after another, some in my control and some out of my control,” writes Eden Prairie business man and author, Rob Cabitto, in his recently published memoir, The Fractured Life of 3743: A Journey to Redemption. Rob Cabitto, 45, grew up in northern California. He also lived in southern California and Arizona before he came to Eden Prairie. He has two sons, one 9, the other 21. He describes his journey to Eden Prairie as a matter of fate. Cabitto and his wife were living in Tucson, Ariz., when Cabitto found out his company was closing its offices. Two days after learning this, his wife got a call from Club Sports International saying they had a position open at Flagship, now Life Time Fitness in Eden Prairie, and wanted her to interview. She went to Eden Prairie to interview and they hired her on the spot. She returned to Tuscan, told Cabitto what happened, and in two weeks they were packed and on their way to Eden Prairie. Cabitto’s book, just released by Beaver’s Pond Press, is an inspirational story about his troubled childhood and how he overcame many challenges to start a successful business and follow his dreams. He says he wrote the book to inspire others to never give up on themselves and to show that drugs and alcohol are never the answer. “There’s not only second chances and third chances, but life offers us multiple chances,” Cabitto said. Cabitto’s parents struggled with substance abuse and were unable to care for him, so he was put up for adoption at the age of 5. He was identified by his tribal number of 3743. In the book, Cabitto says his adopted family treated him well and cared for him as much as they could. Unfortunately, this didn’t stop Cabitto from getting involved with drugs and alcohol, just like his parents. “I grew up with a lot of uncertainty and when I was fi rst introduced to drugs and alcohol it seemed to be a solution,” writes Cabitto, “The moment I took my fi rst drink it soothed a fear inside of me. It calmed an anxiety down that I had been carrying around all the way up until that point.” At fi rst he thought alcohol and drugs were a solution to his problems, but over time he realized he was wrong. These vices led him down a dangerous path, making one bad choice after another, until 2004. He took a drink from a bottle of liquor and got a dark, sinking feeling instead of the usual warm, fuzzy one. He realized he needed to change his life. Cabitto then entered recovery. When he decided to turn his story into a book it didn’t happen overnight. The process took several years. While on probation he spoke at an Impact Class, which was a class those who have committed crimes would take while on probation. He wasn’t excited about speaking, but as part of his own probation he had to. So he told his life story for the fi rst time to a room full of strangers. As he told the story he lost himself. To this day he doesn’t remember what he said, but it worked. Cabitto does remember what happened after he told the story. When he looked up after telling it everyone’s jaw was dropped. Then clapping broke out. Soon he was put in touch with a publisher and the book was becoming a reality. Today Cabitto is the founder and CEO of Nine Mile Communications, a Twin Citiesbased company. He stayed in Eden Prairie because the city means a lot to him. He said he had a life-changing experience here that involved him going through a divorce, fi ling for bankruptcy, and getting sober. He developed a support system in Eden Prairie during that time. People started caring for him, he got a job and he went to school in New

In honor of Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, we offer veterans information, by the numbers:

9 million

The number of veterans 65 and older in 2010. At the other end of the age spectrum, 1.7 million were younger than 35. Source: U.S. Census.

This date in EP history Nov. 11, 1940 – Famous Armistice Day blizzard. Source: “Eden Prairie Book of Days” by Ernie Shuldheiss

Turn back the page The Nov. 14, 1991, issue of the Eden Prairie News reported that construction on a new Eden Prairie Post Office was running ahead of schedule. “Construction of Eden Prairie’s new post office is ahead of schedule and may allow for operations to start up early next year,” according to the story. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Rob Cabitto

The Fractured Life of 3743: A Journey to Redemption

According to Dick Rafferty of Rafferty, Rafferty and Tollefson, the architectural firm hired by the U.S. Postal Service for the project, construction was going well despite October’s surprise storm. Source: Eden Prairie News archives

The Fractured Life of 3743: A Journey to Redemption retails for $17.95. It is available for purchase at Barnes and Noble bookstores,, on the author’s website, and direct from the publisher at

York City for a while. Then he was recruited by a software company in Plymouth. “I decided to keep my roots in Eden Prairie,” says Cabitto, “It’s been a safe home for me.” He got the idea to start Nine Mile Communications in a business meeting that took place just prior to the recent economic crash. Cabitto sensed something was amiss and warned that the company needed to change its business strategies to become more service oriented. The vice president of the company didn’t agree. The VP told Cabitto, “If you think you’re so smart you should start your own company smart guy.” He walked out of the meeting and did just that. Even though he started Nine Mile Communications on a day when the stock market dropped 612 points, the business thrived. To this day the business has never seen the red and continues to grow. The inspirational message in Cabitto’s new book is not the only thing that makes it unique. The Fractured Life of 3743: A Journey to Redemption, may be the fi rst book to have a custom-branded QR code printed on it. A QR or Quick Response Code is a barcode connected to an online platform such as a social media site or website. It’s a way for readers to interact with the text rather than simply read it. The QR code allows people to comment on the book via social media, blogs and other online platforms. They can write their reactions to the book, discuss the text and share their own stories. “I love QR codes,” says Cabitto, “I have

been working with UPC codes for years so I naturally had an interest in QR codes.” According to a press release, Cabitto sees a day when all new book titles, printed or online, will come with QR codes that allow the reader to discover the book they are reading in a new way. The Fractured Life of 3743: A Journey to Redemption is a combined medium. It’s more than a print book but not exactly an e-book. It uses new technology that allows readers to engage in a way print books previously hadn’t been able to accomplish, according to the book’s publisher. Cabitto has big plans for the future. He has already fi nished the screenplay for The Fractured Life of 3743: A Journey to Redemption and is working on getting it made into a movie. He is also writing a children’s book, producing a horror movie, working on a documentary about tattoos and writing a TV pilot. Cabitto is reading his book on Nov. 17 at the Hennepin County Jail. He will be telling the police officers, inmates and probation officers his story as well as sharing how his experience helped him understand the dangers of alcohol and drug addiction. His online calendar includes speaking engagements at Fairview Riverside and Hazelden. The Fractured Life of 3743: A Journey to Redemption retails for $17.95. It is available for purchase at Barnes and Noble bookstores,, on the author’s website, www. and direct from the publisher at


Visit Eden Prairie City Center on Nov. 10 to learn about preserving family photos.

Dates to remember Preserving Family Photographs – 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, City Center Heritage Center Rooms 3 and 4, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie Brothers or Rivals – 1:30-4:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th St., Bloomington “Once Upon a Time …”– Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, Minnetonka High School Arts Center, 18285 Highway 7, Minnetonka Rejoice! A Celebration of Christmas – 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 9201 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington For more information, see the Let’s Go! Calendar on page 14.


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