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With United Health Group redevelopment, road will be widened and improved

Shady Oak Road project 62 W. 62nd St.


READING reasons why,” said Interim Superintendent Jon McBroom. “I think we need to have some discussions about that and then talk about where do we

During the meeting, the board approved the administration’s assertion

212 Construction will start in 2012 on a project to widen and improve a segment of Shady Oak Road between Rowland Road and Highway 62. The city, county, MnDOT and Minnetonka, along with United Health Group, are working in partnership on the project. The cost of the project will be covered by United Health Group, which will be undertaking a massive redevelopment at its site, just north of City West Parkway. y


go from here.” Board member Ranee Jacobus also emphasized the need for the board to grapple with the district’s enrollment issues. “We need to have that conversation as a board sooner rather than later,” she said.

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The last Eden Prairie School Board meeting, held Nov. 15, highlighted both the district’s strengths and its ongoing challenges. The strengths: Eden Prairie students continue to excel and improve when it comes to test scores. The challenge: attracting more students as the district’s enrollment is projected to decline. “If we didn’t hit the target for the demographics, there’s probably some


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It wasn’t exactly the Lambeau leap, but it was close. After playing a big role in the outcome of the Eden Prairie High School football team’s 13-3 victory over No. 1 ranked Wayzata in the Class 5A Prep Bowl, the Eagles’ Matt Knoff celebrates his team’s state championship by jumping into the Eden Prairie student section at the Metrodome. Knoff intercepted a Wayzata pass near the Eden Prairie goal line late in the first half. The win marks the seventh time Eden Prairie has won a big-school football title. For more on Eden Prairie’s win, go to page 8.

The northeast corner of Eden Prairie will be transformed next year as reconstruction projects for Shady Oak Road and the United Health Group campus start up. The Shady Oak Road improvement project, which starts in late summer of 2012, will bring a widened roadway, turn lanes, medians and pedestrian trails to a section of Shady Oak Road, just north of Rowland Road. The cost of the fi rst phase is covered by United Health Group as it begins work on the massive redevelopment of its campus, just east of Shady Oak and south of Highway 62. The fi rst phase of the UHG project will include the construction of two eight-story buildings and a parking ramp set for completion in 2013. The project will include four new buildings totaling almost 1.5 million square feet of office space on 71 acres. The $250 million redevelopment project will transform the wooded area just bordering Eden Prairie into a state-of-the-art walkable corporate campus with space for a light rail transit station. The UHG project is estimated to add 14,000 to 15,000 new vehicle trips daily to the area and an estimated 6,700 jobs. To handle all those extra drivers, UHG will cover the costs of improvements to Shady Oak Road and

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City West Parkway. The fi rst phase of the Shady Oak project should be complete by 2013. The city and Hennepin County held an open house in late November to answer questions about the project. There, Assistant City Engineer Randy Newton explained that the Shady Oak project will occur in two phases, with the northern phase starting up next year. However, the onus is on the city to come up with

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Eden Prairie’s Police Officer of the Year Officer Travis Serafin was selected as the 2011 Officer of the Year by the Eden Prairie Police Department. According to the EPPD blog, Serafin was selected for the award “for the positive attitude, eagerness and friendly demeanor he demonstrates at work on a daily basis. He is constantly interacting with various groups of people including his co-workers in the police department, other city staff and the retail community. He makes a point to get to know the people with whom he interacts and exhibits a genuine care and concern for them. In addition, Officer Serafin has demonstrated leadership on the ERU team where he has served as an instructor at the SWAT basic school and has taken the initiative to custom design and build several pieces of equipment for the team.” SUBMITTED PHOTO

EP News spoke with Officer Serafin. The interview below has been condensed and edited. Q: How long have you been working for Eden Prairie? A: Eleven years Q: How did you get started as a police officer? A: I started right with Eden Prairie,

Travis Serafin is the Eden Prairie Police Department Officer of the Year for 2011. but my father was a Hennepin County sheriff’s deputy. Q: How did you end up in Eden Prairie? A: I just applied everywhere and I

was a garbage man in Eden Prairie: An opening opened up and I interviewed, got the job. Q: What’s a typical day on the job? A: I actually work the retail crime unit now. I work the mall and the downtown district. There’s two of us and a sergeant that work that. I typically work afternoon hours till 10. We work right out of the mall; we have an office at the mall. [I] work a lot with mall security and all the stores. ... The majority of our job up there is to deter crime and to deter the ORCs or organized retail crime, people who shoplift and things like that for a living. So we’re typically dealing with that the majority of the time. Q: Is Eden Prairie a target for those organized groups? A: It’s any mall. We work with Bloomington and the Mall of America and Ridgedale and Southdale; they also have police officers in their malls. The ORCs, they bounce

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City Engineer Randy Newton listened to comments during an open house about the Shady Oak Road project. The northern section of the road will be widened next year in anticipation of the redevelopment of the United Health Group site.

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Giving care can be both rewarding and stressful. The additional commitments that accompany the Holiday Season can make this role even more difficult. It’s imperative, for both the caregiver and loved one, that the caregiver recognize this and take appropriate steps to manage their well being. Join us for a discussion filled with techniques, support and encouragement!

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Eden Prairie resident Don Dickerson has released a new ebook called “Fatherhood Unplugged: An Unpretentious Guide for the New Dad.” “The book was written for newly-minted dads; those who wear the badge of fatherhood but are yet completely baffled how to affix a diaper,” Dickerson writes. For more information about the book, visit

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The Eden Prairie Lions Club will be hosting its 36th annual Wild Game Dinner on Monday, Dec. 5, at Camp Edenwood in Eden Prairie. Allen Garber, DNR Commissioner for former Gov. Jesse Ventura, wil l be the g uest speaker. “Garber is also a retired FBI agent and U.S. Marshall, so he has several very interesting stories to share with the audience. Last year’s speakers for the dinner were Mike and Bud Grant,” according to a news release. Info: Mike Gruidl, event chairman, at (952) 937-9024 or

Become a Tech Savvy Senior Do you want to become a Tech Savvy Senior? Join Girl Scout Troop 10035 as they show you how to get better acquainted with modern technology, according to a news release. During events from 10:3011:30 a.m. Dec. 3 and 17, the Scouts will teach Facebook basics, from creating an account, modifying account settings, managing privacy settings, adding friends, to adding a profi le picture. They will address other topics like email and email security, photo attachments, maps, weather, search and Skype. The events are at the Eden Prairie Library. To sign up, call the Senior Center at (952) 2798050. Participants are asked to register as there is limited space available.

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Dickerson’s new book. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 9201 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington. This event will feature festive and reflective piano arrangements by Carlson along with a talented ensemble of musicians: renowned Twin Cities vocalist Patty Peterson, woodwind artist Kenni Holmen, guitarist Cory Wong, percussionist Brett Lobben and introducing vocalist Jack Cassidy, according to a news release. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for ages 16 and younger. They are available by calling (952) 934-2319 and at Special rates are offered for groups numbering 10 or more. Remaining tickets will be sold beginning one hour prior to the concert at the church. Each paid ticket holder will receive a complimentary new DV D, “Seasons in the Northland,” when they arrive. Concert package prices will be offered for all CDs and DVDs including Mary Beth’s new release, “You Are My Sunshine,” all-time favorite songs for the young and the young at heart. Info:

Learn about 169/494 project Project representatives will be at Eden Prairie Center mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, to answer questions and address concerns about the Hwy.

169/I-494 project. “The roundabout located at the entrance to the Abbott Northwestern Clinic [was] scheduled to open to traffic this week, weather permitting. At that time, you’ll need to navigate through the roundabout, past the clinic and continue to Valley View Road to access Hwy. 169. The current temporary ramp to Hwy. 169 will be removed once W. 78th Street and the roundabout open,” according to a news release from MnDOT. “W. 78th Street [was] scheduled to reopen on Monday, Nov. 28, weather permitting. At that time, residents and businesses will be able to access both southbound Hwy. 169 and Prairie Center Drive from W. 78th Street.” Info:

Cardinal Stritch collects Toys for Tots Cardinal Stritch University is collecting Toys for Tots. This program is in connection with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Donated toys are distributed at Christmas time to less fortunate children. For more information visit Please feel free to drop off new, unwrapped toys donations at: Cardinal Stritch University, 11010 Prairie Lakes Drive, Suite 300, Eden Prairie. Info: 1-80 0 -347-8822, Ext. 8830.

Fare for All date is Dec. 6 Eden Prairie United Methodist Church, 15050 Scenic Heights Road, Eden Prairie, is the site for Fare for All, a monthly opportunity to purchase fruits, vegetables and meat for up to 40 percent off retail. The program is open to everyone. Visit the church from 3:305:30 p.m. Dec. 6 for the next opportunity to buy low-cost groceries. Info:

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EP school bus involved in accident 3 students receive minor injuries Three Eden Prairie students received minor injuries Monday when their school bus collided with a vehicle on Dell Road and Maple Leaf Drive.

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PetSmart in Eden Prairie holds pet adoption days on the second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

A cheaper alternative to pet adoption The number of homeless pets in the SW metro is rising, but if you can’t afford to adopt one you may be able to foster one. BY CHELSEA WALLACE

Southwest Metro Animal Rescue is celebrating 10 years of helping pets find homes. Since it began in 20 01, the group has helped more than 400 unwanted cats and dogs find homes. SWMAR is a no-kill organization that is completely volunteer run. “Our mission is to get the animals healthy, spay and neuter them, and find them homes,” says Katie Jorgenson, Cat Director and Board Member of Southwest Metro Animal Rescue. Southwest Metro Animal Rescue is unique because it doesn’t have a shelter. The organization houses animals in foster homes. Foster homes work with the help of volunteers that have extra time and space. Volunteers take care of homeless animals in their own homes until the animals fi nd permanent homes. Foster programs are good for the cash strapped pet enthusiast because SWMAR supplies all the food and supplies at no cost to the volunteer. All you need to foster is an open heart and a little extra time and space. Most of the animals are impounds, or found on the street, but with the sluggish economy,

SWMAR has seen more surrenders, animals that people give up because they are unable to care for them. Organizations like SWMAR have seen a recent rise in surrenders due to the sluggish economy. People are unable to pay for food and veterinary costs for their animals. They take the animals to SWMAR because they want to find a place that won’t euthanize their animals. The number of homeless animals in Eden Prairie has risen since the recession hit, with one animal far outnumbering the rest. “There are a lot more cats than dogs,” says Jorgenson. Eden Prairie PetSmart employee DeDe Crist agrees, “It’s mostly cats, but this can be good because dogs require more care and attention than cats. But it’s never good to have animals without homes.” Crist says businesses like PetSmar t are doing ever ything they can to help pets. They house cats 24/7 and work with local adoption agencies li ke SW M A R to help loc a l pets fi nd homes during adoption days. On adoption days, held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month, foster volunteers bring in adoptable animals to PetSmart to try and fi nd them a new owner. “We have a space open for them so they can bring in their animals,” says Crist, “We showcase them so we can get them new homes.” PetSmart houses cats, but doesn’t have the volunteer capacity to care for dogs. “We work with the groups


hand-in-hand,” says Crist. Skipper and Sarah are two special cats. “We believe they are brother and sister,” says Jor gen s on . T he c at s wer e rescued from an area north of the Twin Cities where a neighbor was fed up with stray cats in the area. The neighbor planned to shoot the cats, but lSWMAR got wind of the story and rescued four cats, including Skipper and Sarah. “They are the most loving, gentle cats,” says Jorgenson. The two have an application in for their adoption and if all goes according to plan they will be in homes sometime in the next week. The cost to adopt a pet is $275. Thinking about giving an adopted pet as a gift this year? When it comes to adopting a pet as a Christmas gift, Jorgenson says to be wary. “Make sure they know it is a lifelong commitment,” says Jorgenson, “I don’t think it’s a great idea to surprise someone with an animal.” Be sure you know what it takes to care for an animal a nd m a ke su r e t he whole fa m i ly i s on b oa rd b efore adopting. Crist says the best Christmas gift for pet owners is a pet training class. “Obedience is lifelong,” says Crist.


First Avenue gets a taste of Eden Eden Prairie rock band Eden is hitting Minneapolis to headline at First Avenue and 7th Street Entry on Dec. 9. “The young band star ted in the Eden Prairie high school in 2009, and continues to bring great music to venues all across the metro. From humble beginnings, the band is rocketing up in the Twin Cities music scene, and representing the strong musicianship Eden Prairie has to offer,” according to a news release. The Dec. 9 show includes acts like Vaudeville, Smiling Politely and Aiming for Aurora. Eden plans to distribute 2,000 demo CDs across the Twin Cities.

Tonjes to compete in ‘Drum-Off’ Alec Tonjes of Eden Prairie is set to compete for a spot in the grand finals of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Competition. He’ll be competing on Jan. 17, 2012, in Hollywood, according to a news release. “In addition to a cash prize of $20,000, the grand prize winner will receive a drum endorsement deals, a feature in Modern Drummer Magazine and a trip to New York to record at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio.” Info:

Receive letters from Santa The Eden Prairie Women of Today (EPWT) are again helping Santa send out personalized letters to children. “Imagine children’s joy and amazement when they not only receive a letter from Santa,

The accident occurred around noon Nov. 28 when, according to city officials, the bus failed to yield to the vehicle. The vehicle’s driver, an adult male, was not injured but three children on the bus received minor injuries and were treated at the scene. Parents of the children were

notified of the accident. A preliminary inspection from the State Patrol shows that there was no apparent mechanical failure. The bus driver will be tested for any drugs or alcohol, as is the standard procedure, according to the district. – Leah Shaffer

but one that mentions a great job they have been doing, a special gift they might want and a holiday-related picture they can color,” according to a news release. “If you want Santa to send a letter to a special child in your life, just print the form at, fi ll it out and send it, along with $5 per form, to EPWT’s address (on the form) by Dec. 5, 2011. Letters will be sent out about 10 days before Christmas!” Proceeds for the project are donated to the Children’s Grief Connection of Minnesota ( Info: adstoner@earthlink. net, (612) 423-5701, or

and more. P roceeds benef it t he Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools, Eden Prairie Historical Society, Eden Prairie fi refighters and Bridging.

Boy Scout Troop 347 offers trees Boy Scout Troop 347 of Eden Prairie’s annual Christmas tree fundraiser is in the parking lot of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16515 Luther Way, off Eden Prairie Road. Products include 6- to 11foot Fraser fir, 3- to 11-foot balsam fi r, 6- to 9-foot white pine and 5- to 9-foot Scotch pine; wreaths, balsam roping, candy canes and swags. The lot is set to be open daily from 6-8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds are used to fund prog rams, including monthly campouts, a weeklong summer camp and community service projects.

Novelist to appear locally Sha kopee resident Lyle Scott Lee is set to sign copies of his book “The Spirit of Nova” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Dunn Bros. Coffee on Eden Prairie Road in Eden Prairie. “The Spirit of Nova” is loosely based on Lee’s greataunt Nora Anderson, a Minnesota school teacher who served as a U.S. Army nurse in France during World War I. Lee, a data specialist for Supervalu, has written many short stories over the past 25 years. This is his fi rst novel published through Tate Publishing.

EP Optimists’ tree lot open The Eden Prairie Optimists’ tree lot in the northeast corner of Round Lake Park near the intersection of Eden Prairie Road and Valley View Road is open for business. The Optimists will be selling a large supply of premium quality Christmas trees and are specializing in Fraser fi rs, ranging from 6 to 12 feet, balsam fi rs and spruce trees. Decorated holiday wreaths will also be sold. Lot hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and 5-8 p.m. weeknights. The tree sale is the Optimists’ only fundraiser. Funding for all of the Optimists’ youth programs in Eden Prairie depends on the profits raised through the tree sales.

‘What’s Cooking in Eden Prairie’’ Volume 2 of the cookbook is available now. This cookbook can be purchased by contacting Tammy Brooks at (952) 937-8205 or at Dunn Bros coffee shop on Eden Prairie Road. T he recipes a re from friends and family members from Eden Prairie. There are recipes from Vikings players, wives and coaches, Eden Prairie fi refi ghters, teachers





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Eagle Nation rescues fans from woeful pro teams As a Minnesota Eden Prairie has sports fan, the been a part of some last year has been historic games over miserable. It is almost the last few years. a daily routine to For example, open the newspaper Minnesota hockey and see another experts across the loss by a Minnesota state were calling professional team. For Eden Prairie’s many in other towns win over Duluth their high school East in last year’s teams do not provide state hockey a positive alternative. championship In Eden Prairie that games one of the GENERATION EP is not the case. Eden best games they Prairie High School have ever seen. sports make the rough While the sports scene better. professional and collegiate sports The Twins have plummeted from scene is bleak, Eden Prairie their days of the playoffs to the alumni seem to be on the way to bottom of their division. The players bringing these teams back to being who led the Vikings to a near-Super competitive. Look at the University Bowl run are starting to show their of Minnesota men’s hockey team, age and the Timberwolves, who have which has made a dramatic a team that could finally gain some turnaround with help from former public interest, were until recently Eden Prairie standout Kyle Rau. locked out. The only team providing Former Eden Prairie baseball hope is the Wild. pitcher Cole DeVries is coming up I have always been a big Eden through the Twins minor league Prairie fan and it has been fun system and can help the Twins’ to watch so many successful problem of not having enough teams over the years. This fall pitching. has been no different. While these This trend of high school sports professional teams have gone success is bound to continue. Last through some collective struggles, winter sports season, Eden Prairie the Eden Prairie teams just keep came away with one state title and on rolling. other teams making deep runs into Just this fall season alone, we the state tournament. This year have seen multiple teams playing should be no different, especially on an extremely high level. The with the girls basketball team girls volleyball team made the state bringing back two University of tournament for only the second Minnesota signees, Jackie Johnson time in school history. The team and Shayne Mullaney. gave fans a dramatic championship Minnesota sports teams are match, prevailing over Lakeville bound to get better. Each of the North in five games. four professional teams and many Not to forget the boys soccer of the University of Minnesota team making it all the way to the sports teams had some sort of finals and upsetting the favorite success in the last 10 years and it Eastview. And the football team seems almost like a cycle on teams continues to build success under going from bad to great. the dynasty of Mike Grant. So, as the fall sports season How can a member of the Eden comes to a close and the winter Prairie community, or as EPHS season begins, it’s time for Eden students call it, “Eaglenation,” Prairie fans to brave the cold and not want to support these teams? go out to support the fantastic high These kids work extremely school teams. They make being a hard on a daily basis and play Minnesota sports fan just a little at an extremely high level. And bit better. unlike pro teams, many of these Ryan Williamson is a senior players live among you as normal at Eden Prairie High School and community members. co-editor-in-chief of the Eyrie newsAs an Eden Prairie fan, it is fun paper. He will alternate writing the to go to the Metrodome or Xcel Generation EP column each month Energy Center and not come out with co-editor-in-chief, Kilee Pertl. being embarrassed to be a fan of You can follow Ryan on Twitter at your team. While in these arenas, rwilliamson29.



The way to predict your future is to create it Do you realize unhealthy is the new norm? I 23 is the number of pounds the average American is overweight; I 3.8 million Americans weigh over 300 pounds; I 32 percent of U.S. children are overweight or obese; I Children today are the first generation in 100 years to have a lower projected life expectancy than their parents. It is predicted that by 2030, 86 percent of Americans will be overweight or obese. If these predictions are realized, $1 out of every $6 spent on health care would be spent to treat obesityrelated conditions. It all starts with small baby habits that can create huge results. Here are five easy habits that don’t involve a diet that will kick start a healthier holiday season. Make junk food boring. If you are trying to cut back, don’t even think of bringing cookies and sweets and chips into your kitchen. Who do you think is going to eat it? And buy boring food. The more variety the more you eat. In a one day study, people who were offered pasta in three



different shapes ate 600 calories, but people who were offered pasta in one shape ate 500 calories. Variety is the one reason people eat a lot more in restaurants. Boring is good! When hungry, rinse fruit or veggies and eat. Rinse a container of strawberries. Eat. Rinse a container of blueberries. Eat. Rinse some pea pods. Eat. Buy bags of cut up veggies. Are you tired, busy and out of time? Yes? Cut up veggies cost more, but sitting in the doctor’s office costs a lot

more than a bag of cut up cauliflower and carrots. What is your overcommitted and busy life really costing you? Don’t forget the salad bar for veggie toppings to make a salad at home. What is easier than – open bag, dump and eat? Focus on fiber. The word “diet” can mean “Dare I Eat That” or “Discovering Intelligent Eating Techniques.” Fiber is the best kept intelligent eating secret. Fiber fills you up, not out. It is easier than you think. Start the day with a high fiber cereal (8 grams). Eat an apple or pear for a snack (4 grams). Order a whole grain sandwich for lunch (8 grams). Eat some hummus with whole-wheat crackers (6 grams). Have 1 cup of broccoli for dinner (6 grams). You are at a whopping 32 grams. Aim for about 25 grams a day. A “good” source of fiber contains 3-5 grams. A “high” source of fiber contains 5 grams or more. On a food label, read the serving size first. Does your morning cereal have 150 calories per half cup or cup? Does your

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Bag fee is indeed a tax

Jim Reed Eden Prairie

I am amused and somewhat outraged by the Eden Prairie Conservation Commission’s proposal of a plastic bag fee (“Commission discusses plastic bag fee” Nov. 17) Commission member Sue Brown’s statement that a bag fee proposed all on “non-reusable bags” would not be a tax is an obvious attempt to avoid current anti-tax sentiment. It does not go unnoticed by this citizen. Merriam-Webster defi nes a tax as, “a charge usually of money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.” Based on this defi nition it seems to me that this bag fee is indeed a tax, and one that affects an already stretched area of a typical taxpayer’s budget. Assuming a $50 grocery purchase placed into five plastic bags, the 5 cent per-bag tax would raise my grocery bill half a percent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of food has risen 4.5 percent over the past year. Is adding more cost to already burdened grocery budgets responsible government? Further, government should not intrude into my life to the point that they are attempting to influence my choice in grocery bag. This really would be an overstep of government boundaries. What next? A tax, er, I mean fee, on all plastic food contain-


ers in grocery stores from yogurt to ground beef? After all, they use plastic just like bags do.

Cheer and hope in dark season While driving home the other evening, it just made me smile every time I passed a house decked out in wonderful, twinkling Christmas lights. For a while I was thinking, “Boy, barely is it Thanksgiving and already Christmas lights are up.” But then I thought beyond that. Although the custom of decorating with lights began as a celebration of Christmas, all these beautiful lights are really all inclusive. Their happiness and colors and brightness are there for all to see, all to share. Adding cheer and hope to the season of darkness. Thank you, decorators and glad tidings to all!

Margaret DeHarpporte Eden Prairie


It’s a wonderful protest In the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Jimmy Stewart’s character, George Bailey, gets a chance to discover the difference he makes in the lives of the other people around him.


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George Bailey, through his actions, large and small, allows his town of Bedford Falls and its citizens to prosper. At his job at the Bailey Savings & Loan, he provides opportunities for others to have a decent home at a reasonable price. The movie also shows that without George Bailey, his town becomes a different place, Pottersville, where people struggle to provide for a good home and a good life. It becomes a grim, harsh place to live where each person really is on their own. We now live in a time of economic hardship similar to when “It’s A Wonderful Life” took place. We have high unemployment, large numbers of home foreclosures and a grim future. Irresponsible mortgage companies marketed their sales to produce a large volume of mortgages, without working with buyers to guarantee the quality of the loans. Homeowners were promised they could have their dream home, even if they could not. The corporate banks bought the mortgages without caring about the quality of the loans. With the collapse of the housing market, our government had to step in to prevent a worse fi nancial crisis that could have spread to affect the credit of our industries and to cause a global economic catastrophe. Those responsible for these fraudulent schemes have not been held legally responsible because our laws were revised to allow them to swindle people. What makes the corporate banks

similar to the movie’s villain, the banker, M r. Potter, is how they have treated their customers. Now the corporate banks would rather foreclose on a home and get what money they can instead of working with homeowners to refi nance and keep our communities strong. These banks would rather pass along extra fees onto their customers instead of improving their bookkeeping or reducing the salaries of overpaid, irresponsible executives. So who is George Bailey in this analogy? Who is helping those in need in our desperate times? I believe it is those in the Occupy Wall Street movement. These protestors argue for banks to treat our neighbors, our friends and our families compassionately and humanely. They stay outside in the cold when it would be easy to give in and go inside to vegetate in front of a TV. The protestors risk arrests, injuries and humiliations for little thanks and a belief in noble causes. The Occupy Wall Street protestors are not perfect. (Who among us is? I am sure there are many readers who can list numerous incidents of stupidity or illegal actions. Go ahead, write a response and defend the corporate bankers.) These protestors crusade to make the world a better place. We all benefit because of their efforts. Thank you to all of you wonderful George Baileys.

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Anti-bullying has another agenda My wife and I have been residents of Eden Prairie for 22 years and have four children with a sophomore and a senior still at home. As you can see, we have a vested interest in what is taught in our schools. While I fi rmly believe that bullying is cruel and must be stopped, parents need to be aware that many of the anti-bullying prog ra ms have a not her agenda altogether – homosexual advocacy in the classroom. I do not want my fellow Eden Prairie parents to get sucked into this national anti-family movement. Too often we see parents and school administrators in school districts around the country deceived by political activists who are using the bullying issue as a vehicle to infuse their own agenda into the public school curriculum. School boards are under extreme pressure to add “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender” categories to their bullying prohibition and nondiscrimination policies thereby giving special protection to a few. So what’s the big deal? Please understand that while gay activists say it’s all about protecting kids, this is a deception. It’s really about forcing the teaching of homosexuality on

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What we want other parents to know EP4Y (Eden Prairie for Youth) is a community coalition dedicated to promoting healthy youth development. For more information go to the website: or call Randy Thompson at CMS (952) 9757339. We invite your input. This month’s article is written by the parents of the young man who wrote the September article about his own battles with chemicals and addiction, and recovery: Our son is a recent Eden Prairie High School graduate who was the anonymous author of September’s EP4Y article. Now it’s our turn. Straight “A” student. Basketball and soccer athlete. Home for dinner. Involved at church. Helpful around the house. Pleasant, respectful, kind. This was our son in high school. Little did we know, he was sneaking out his basement bedroom window at night and hitting parties, smoking marijuana on the way to school with his friends, and on weekends getting blackout drunk on hard liquor. You could call him a high-functioning drunk or a very good actor. We didn’t go through years of bad behavior, trouble and sorrow. Things were going fine, then this issue hit us, “Wham!” The first inkling something was not right was a DWI when he was found passed out in his car at 5 a.m. in front of our house. Two years of confusion, anger, frustration and expenses followed. We couldn’t believe our son had a problem! Isn’t drinking a rite of passage? No, not for those who are susceptible to addictions. We took away privileges, got him legal help,



enforced curfews, and hoped he’d “grow out of it.” We’d think he was complying but there always seemed to be something pulling him back. Even sending him to an expensive out-of-state private college with a new environment only landed him in with a “using” crowd. He didn’t want to, and couldn’t, quit on his own. A second crisis with the law was the final straw. He asked for help and was admitted to inpatient chemical dependency treatment. We’re happy to report that he’s been clean and sober for two-and-ahalf years and active in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). He’s thriving at a local private college and is again getting straight A’s in his classes. Looking back over what we’ve been through the last couple of years, our advice for parents is:  Be aware of your family tree and note if you have any blood relatives with chemical abuse issues. If so, then you must be extravigilant with your children. Teach them that they’re just not like “everyone else.”  Watch your own

drinking behavior as a role model. I quit drinking on my own eight years ago for health reasons, and believe this is a continuing positive role model for our son to stay clean. Those of you with a bar in your home, think more than twice about what this is showing and telling your kids.  Have positive consequences for nondrinking behavior. Offer car, phone, monetary allowance and housing as rewards for a healthy lifestyle. Be firm and let them know that they need help if drinking is more important to them than these privileges.  Get educated about the signs and symptoms of chemical dependency. The website is a good resource.  Go to Al-Anon (a support group for a user’s friends and relatives), or call someone to get help and support if you believe your child has a problem and is unwilling to face it. This will enable you to intervene and not make the problem worse.  Remember the Three C’s: “you didn’t cause it, you can’t control it, and you can’t cure it.”  Finally, be assured that the sun does come out, the dark clouds don’t last forever, and you can have your beautiful child back … one day at a time. Randy Thompson is a school counselor at Central Middle School (CMS) and has worked with EP4Y and other youth development and prevention efforts for more than 25 years. Before working at CMS, Thompson served as an officer with the Eden Prairie Police Department for 20 years. Info:

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS T he fol lowing are local government meetings in Eden Prairie. Meetings are held at Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road, unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, Dec. 1 Budget Advisory Commission – 6 p.m., Prairie Room.

Monday, Dec. 5 Parks, Recreation and

Natural Resources Comm ission – 7 p.m., Council Chamber.

Tuesday, Dec. 6 City Council meeting – Workshop in Heritage Rooms of Eden Prairie City Center, starts for council members at 5 p.m., but normally discussions on topics don’t begin until about 5:30 p.m. Regular council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in

Council Chamber. Residents can discuss city business with council members during the city’s open forum from 6:30 to 6:50 p.m., and open podium from 6:50 to 7 p.m. Those who wish to take part in the open podium need to contact the city manager’s office (952-9498412) by noon the day of the meeting. Source: City meeting calendar,


The trouble in this river city? Poverty BY MICHAEL P. GRIFFIN

The character Harold Hill in the musical “The Music Man” got right to the point; We got trouble, right here in River City, it starts with ‘T’ that rhymes with ‘P’ and that stands for … of course he said pool. Whether one’s river city is Eden Prairie on the banks for the Minnesota River or Pax Christi Catholic Community on the banks of Purgatory Creek, our trouble rhymes with ‘T’ and starts with ‘P’ and that stands for … poverty. The Music Man was a fictional story with a happy ending. Poverty in our community, state, nation and world is a reality that unless we individually and collectively do a better job of addressing it, will have a disastrous ending beyond those living in poverty every day. Some reading this will be genuinely surprised to hear that there is poverty in Eden Prairie. Others might acknowledge there are folks in need, but “how bad can it really be, or isn’t it mostly in Minneapolis?” Others will pit poverty in competition for resources with other important values as a way of distracting or paralyzing efforts to provide support and greater opportunity for our neighbors in need. Last week Pax Christi was the host site for the sixth annual Eden Prairie Community Celebration of

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all school-age children. Their agenda is clearly spelled out in the Safe Schools Manual (u sed i n m a ny school di s tricts) where the intent is to go subject by subject queering the curriculum, as they

Thanksgiving. A wonderful diversity of faith traditions participated in the event. An important principle acknowledged by all was that all the traditions proclaim a tenet of caring for others, especially those in need. One of the visible recipients of action based on these beliefs is of course PROP, as it should be. However, the demand for services at PROP continues to rise at an alarming pace. Our faith communities, businesses and government all have responses in place to attempt to deal with some needs. All of these efforts are falling short. Poverty is on the rise, especially in the suburbs. We know that, as a faith community, Pax Christi needs to do even more than we are currently doing (which is a lot). Our tradition professes a strong grounding in the individual,

as well as the common good. Attending to both is essential if we are to build and be a healthy, thriving community. We also believe that those on the margins are not expendable and that there is not an acceptable level of poverty. All sectors of the community will no doubt step up during this holiday season and give. But we must also remember that poverty does not go away in January. There is more to learn about the reality of poverty in our community and then when we are equipped with more knowledge, we can discuss and implement more effective solutions. To this end, Pax Christi has invited two city staff members to share important data critical to better understanding poverty in Eden Prairie. All are welcome to presentations on Dec. 7, “An Eden Prairie Perspective on Poverty,” and Dec. 14, “Demystifying Affordable Housing.” Both begin at 6:30 p.m. in room No. 111, or go to We are not the first ones to raise these issues. We hope we are not the last to do so and that more will join the chorus seeking to understand the reality of poverty, and then act to do something about it, right here in river city. Michael P. Griffin is a member of the parish staff at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie.

Habits and choices, not diets, are the path to a healthier and happier lifestyle. You can predict your future through your habits. Eating healthy and moving our bodies are who Gary and I are, not what we do. Ever notice the word eat is in the word create? What you eat today does indeed walk and talk tomorrow. So now you

know the “weigh” to predict your future is to create it. Better get busy! Chere Bork, MS RD is a health and life balance enthusiast, national speaker and Wellcoach from Eden Prairie, who helps people, discover their purpose to live happily and healthfully ever after. Her website is

phrase it. Yes, bu l lyi ng a nd peer abuse is wrong. It must be stopped and prevented. This can be done, however, without politicizing the classroom and i nt ro duci n g c ont roversi a l sexual topics that validate the gay lifestyle. Our children are best served by a policy that gives equal protection

to everyone – a policy that does not single out certain characteristics as being more worthy of protection than others. The school is responsible to provide a safe environment for all students; it is not their role to be advocates for the homosexual movement.

If you go What: Learn more about local poverty Where: Pax Christi Catholic Community, Room 111, 12100 Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie. When: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 (“An Eden Prairie Perspective on Poverty”) and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 (“Demystifying Affordable Housing”) Info:

Mark Bell Eden Prairie

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Discovering a winter refuge Rapids Lake unit shines in all seasons, even the cold one BY MOLLEE FRANCISCO


he prairie is frosted over, the leaves have fallen to the ground. The grasshoppers are long gone and the chickadees are huddling around the birdfeeder. Overhead, the tundra swans are moving south. All those things together can mean only one thing. “That’s a sure sign of winter,” said Leanne Langeberg, park ranger at the Rapids Lake Unit of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Well, that and the hint of snow on the ground. There is perhaps no better place to witness the changing of the seasons than at the refuge’s 1,500 acres along the Minnesota River, just south of Carver. But not only does the refuge provide a place to watch the seasons. It also offers an escape from the hustle bustle of everyday life – especially in winter. “It’s a great place to get out, get some great winter exercise, get revived,” said Langeberg. While winter may not be the refuge’s most popular season for visitors, Langeberg said that shouldn’t keep people from making the drive to their offthe-beaten-track locale. “There are some amazing things you can do here,” she said. The refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset and entry is free. The Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center is staffed during the winter, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. When the building is open, visitors are welcome to come in and check out a pair of snowshoes for free (provided no school classes are using them). Snowshoes provide a great way to explore the refuge’s acreage. The refuge offers the occasional organized snowshoe event for those who aren’t ready to brave the landscape on their own. The next winter wildlife snowshoe and explore event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 29 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Another one will follow on Jan. 23 from 1:30-3 p.m. Langeberg said that crosscountry skiing and hiking are also popular winter activities at the refuge, although she


Leanne Langeberg, park ranger at the Rapids Lake Unit of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, loves the view from the hill overlooking the refuge and the Minnesota River.

Rapids Lake Unit Cost: Free Refuge Open: Sunrise to sunset and entry Visitor Center Open: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. When the building is open, visitors are welcome to come in and check out a pair of snowshoes for free. Info: (952) 854-5900; MinnesotaValley/ notes that they do not groom any trails. “The trail is wide open to explore,” she said. A half-mile loop trail takes visitors through the forest understory while a three-quarter mile walk will lead to the Carver Rapids the refuge unit is named for. The rapids are particularly visible now that the river is so low. “The flooding (followed by a large drop in river levels) has created a landscape that is just amazing,” said Langeberg.

WILDLIFE For those that make the trek to the Carver Rapids unit, there is much to see apart from the bluff and prairie terrain and the winding Minnesota River. “The big focus is on birds out here,” said Langeberg. Chickadees, nuthatches, pileated woodpeckers and even the occasional bard owl grace the land-

Snowshoeing is a popular activity at the Rapids Lake Unit of the Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge. scape with their presence. “The bald eagles come and sit in the tree tops,” she noted. The refuge will host a bird watching for beginners class on Jan. 7 from 9-10:30 a.m. The class, led by refuge naturalist Craig Mandel, is one of many that refuge volunteers offer throughout the year. On the other hand, sel fled walks allow visitors to explore the refuge at their own pace. In winter, even a short walk through the refuge lands can result in plenty of wildlife signs, said Langeberg. Deer tracks, rabbit prints and mouse tunnels are all regular sightings during the winter months. It makes the refuge a popu-

lar location for area schools, many of which make several trips to the refuge throughout the year to do their own version of “Wildlife Scene Investigation” – a play on the popular television show CSI. “They love the little wonders of wildlife,” said Langeberg, of the students. And many of them make sure to bring their parents back and introduce them to the refuge. Seeing families enjoy the refuge together is a great sight for rangers like Langeberg. “This is yours,” she said, of the refuge. “Come use it.” For those who do, Langeberg has one word of advice. “Bring your cameras,” she said. “There’s always something new and exciting.”

SCOUTS SUPPORT OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD The Girl Scouts from the Prairie Star Service Unit held their third annual box packing party for Operation Christmas Child Nov. 5. Through this event and a couple of separate troop packing parties, the girls were able to pack 52 boxes. They pack school supplies, hygiene items, toys and candy in each box for needy children across the world. Those pictured include (from left) Wednesday Wolfe, Krista Anderson and Laura Anderson. Amy Cornish also worked the event but is not pictured.

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Deb Wahlquist and Katie Incantalupo sign cards for the Star Bank American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The bank hosted a cardsigning event Tuesday. Visitors could sign a card to send to members of the U.S. military and their families. Incantalupo said their goal was to get 500 cards signed and “we exceeded that by far.” The event included a visit from Congressman Erik Paulsen and State Rep. John Kriesel.

Dec. 1 is Civil Air Patrol Day In recognition of the 70th anniversary of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Acting Mayor Ron Case presented Viking Composite Squadron Commander Dan Jorgenson with a proclamation designating Dec. 1 Civil Air Patrol Day. Several members of the Viking Squadron gathered in the City Council Chambers for the November City Council meeting to commemorate the event. The Viking Squadron Color Guard was on hand to present the colors prior to the meeting. Civil Air Patrol was founded Dec. 1, 1941, as a f ledgling group of volunteers led by civilian pilots who flew their own planes at their own expense to support America’s efforts in World War II, primarily by flying reconnaissance missions near the country’s coasts to protect cargo ships, especially oil tankers, being sunk at an alarming rate. The volunteers were credited with spotting 143 German submarines, attacking 57, sinking two and directing shore-based fi ghting units to their targets thereby forcing the German Navy to operator further off shore. “The Coastal Patrol was heralded as a great success, prompting President Harry Truman to sign Public Law 476 in 1946, which made CAP a benevolent, nonprofit organization and, nearly two years later, in 1948, the Congress of the United States passed Public Law 557, permanently establishing CAP as the auxiliary of the new U. S. Air Force with the three primary missions of Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education,” according to a news release.

“Since that auspicious beginning, a modern-day Civil Ai r Pat rol has emerged to become one of the nation’s premier humanitarian service organizations, saving lives, finding those who are lost, helping fellow citizens in times of disaster, working to keep America safe, preparing future leaders, offering aerospace education to inspire our nation’s youth and honoring our military. In the past year alone, Civil Air Patrol’s professional volunteers nationwide participated in 1,016 search and rescue missions in which they were credited with saving 113 lives. Recent high-visibility Civil Air Patrol missions have included responses to tornadoes that ravaged communities across America; forest fi res in numerous states; Hawaiian Island and Pacific Coast tsunamis; Hurricanes Katrina and Ike; wildfires in the Southwest; and Midwest flooding. This includes several missions flown by the Minnesota Wing of Civil Air Patrol and members of the Viking Squadron. “The aircraft of Civil Air Patrol, now provided by the United States Air Force, were the only non-military planes allowed in the skies over the U.S. in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks in 2001, and CAP has since performed admirably in other homeland security missions, including responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a 118-day continuous effort, by taking tens of thousands of aerial photographs necessary for assessing environment damage, deploying containment assets and

successfully working side by side with numerous state and federal agencies all the while saving the federal government an estimated $22 million to $38 million for these services. “Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program includes more than 26,500 cadets who benefit from a curriculum that trains them to be leaders ; of fers t hem opportunities for f light, including pilot training; and teaches emergency services techniques, including li fe saving. Cadets in the Viking Squadron serve the community by participating on Ground Search Teams, crowd control at local events such as Wings of the North, 9/11 Remembrances a nd Vetera ns’ recog nition events. They also participate in a large variety of programs with other state, regional and international cadets. “Civil Air Patrol reaches tens of thousands of the country’s school-age children and their teachers, regardless of their membership in Civil Air Patrol, with a comprehensive selection of academic pro grams that stress the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math, in addition to programs that encourage a drug-free lifestyle.” 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 Second Lt. Bryan Stave at (952) 942-5010 or skyrider999 @ CAP National Headquarters’ website address is – Submitted by the Civil Air Patrol, Viking Squadron

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Petry-Lee to lead visit to France Elizabeth Petry-Lee of the Eden Prairie A.M. Rotary Club has been selected as team lead for the four professionals representing Minnesota Rotary Clubs from District 5950 for a month-long visit to France. The Group Study Exchange program of The Rotary Foun-

dation of Rotary International will sponsor the team’s travel to France from June 3 to July 1, 2012, for a vocational exchange focused on agriculture, according to a news release. The four non-Rotarian team members and their sponsoring Rotary Clubs are: Jennifer Pierquet (MinneapolisUniversity) Megan Roberts ( M adel i a) , K ev i n Hu s el id (Minneapolis South) and Am-

ber Siebert (Sartell). Ryan Kiefer (Excelsior) and Anne Campbell (Minneapolis City of Lakes) serve as first and second alternates. “The purpose of the Group S t udy E xch a n g e pr o g r a m is to promote international understanding and goodwill through personal and pro fessional connections,” the release said. Info:

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Breakfast with Santa to benefit Cooperstown team Celebrate the Holiday Season at the fourth annual Breakfast with Santa event, benefiting the Eden Prairie Cooperstown Baseball Team on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon at Bent Creek Golf Club. This event includes pancakes, french toast sticks, eggs and sausage, an opportunity to get pictures with Santa and a silent auction. Tickets are $10 each (children 3 and younger get in free). For tickets or more information, email

Winter Lacrosse Clinics Registration is now open for the Eden Prairie Lacrosse Association’s Winter Lacrosse Clinics. The instructional clinics are for boys and girls grades 2-12 (beginner to advanced). For more information or to register online, go to

TAGS Level 5s win Minnesota Qualifier The Eden Prairie TAGS Gymnastics Level 5 team finished first at the Minnesota Third Qualifier, scoring a team high 108.825 points. Chloe Swanson won the all-around, finishing in front of 51 other gymnasts with a score of 35.95. Swanson would also finish first on vault (8.925) and third on beam (9.35). Lauren Latter was sixth in the all-around (35.275), second on bars (9.35) and third on vault. Celeste Frakes finished seventh all-around (35.25), fifth on beam and fifth on floor. Lauren Bovy finished eighth all-around (35.07). She was also the beam champion (9.6).

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Members of the Eden Prairie High School football team were all smiles after winning a Class 5A title. Friday, Eden Prairie avenged a regular-season loss to Wayzata by beating the Trojans 13-3 in the biggest game of the year.

Big-play Eagles win 5A title Defense key in avenging regular-season loss to Wayzata Grant. “Our guy was clutching the ball against his chest. Their guy was reaching with hands. Now would I argue the other way if the call went against us? No question.” The call stood and the fi rst half ended with Eden Prairie clinging to a 3-0 lead.



he Eden Prairie High School football team watches a lot of fi lm of Eden Prairie High School football, so they’ve seen lots of great plays and lots of great games. “Not everyone can be a great player,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Mike Grant, “but everyone can make great plays. Our guys understand that. When we see a 190-pound defensive lineman making a great play on fi lm, we talk about it. And when we see a 5-11, 250-pound lineman making a great block, we talk about that too. “We talked again before Friday’s game,” he adds, “and I told them to visualize themselves making great plays.” That’s what they did. S h o r t l y a f t e r Way z a t a punched its state championship game ticket, Grant and his defensive coaches broke down film on quarterback Nick Martin. “The bootleg he runs is their bread and butter play,” said the coach. “We spent two hours on that play alone, trying to figure out the best way to defend it. Our conclusion: Do what we’ve been doing, but do it better.” That’s what they did. F r id ay ’s g a me b et we en heavyweights Wayzata and Eden Prairie turned out to be as close and hard hitting as advertised. Ultimately, it was decided by players making big plays in big spots (great players making great plays). “I couldn’t be prouder,” said Grant. “I looked up at the scoreboard in the third quarter and saw us leading 3-0. I knew that someone must be enjoying it.” The people selling TUMS? “This is a special team,” said the coach, following Eden Prairie’s 13-3 victory. “The other Eden Prairie teams that won state titles did so with undefeated seasons. This group


Jack Cottrell (No. 45) and the Eden Prairie defense made Wayzata quarterback Nick Martin’s time in the pocket as uncomfortable as possible. Martin would complete just 8-18 passes for 98 yards and three interceptions.

“I grabbed on for dear life and wasn’t going to let it go.” Matt Knoff on his second-quarter interception wasn’t like that. They didn’t go undefeated as sophomores and they didn’t win a conference championship.” Look at them now, look at them now.

FIELD POSITION The talk leading up to Friday’s game was that Wayzata’s speedy defense would be too much for Eden Prairie to overcome. Lost in the conversation was the Eden Prairie defense, a defense that prior to the start of the playoffs had only allowed one touchdown all season. Put the two defenses on the same field and you’ve got a game of field position … and pressure. “I’m sure it was the first time they’ve trailed all year,”

said Grant. Eden Prairie struck first, kicking a 36-yard field goal (Jake Ibach) 11 seconds into the second quarter. That was a big play. A bigger play occurred eight minutes later. T railing 3 - 0, Mar tin threw a 40 -yard pass down the middle of the field. The Wayzata crowd cheered as they thought their receiver came up with a spectacular catch. Seconds later, the Eden Prairie crowd answered with a louder cheer when a referee ruled that Matt Knoff had intercepted the pass. “I grabbed on for dear life,” said Knoff, “and wasn’t going to let it go.” Wayzata wasn’t buying it and argued as such. “It was the right call,” insists

After opening the second half with an eight-play possession, Eden Prairie followed a six-play Wayzata possession with an 11play 64-yard drive, resulting in a 35-yard field goal (Ibach). Seven minutes later, Wayzata would cut Eden Prairie’s lead in half with a 32-yard field goal. That was before the play, the play that will be synonymous with the 2011 Class 5A Prep Bowl. Facing fourth-and-14 from the Wayzata 30-yard line, Eden Prairie called a timeout. They were too far to kick a field goal and too close to punt. So? Eden Prairie dialed in Blue Chuck Norris, a reverse fleaflicker that had quarterback Grant Shaeffer pitching the ball to Andrew Larson who handed off to Rashawn Fountain who pitched it back to Shaeffer who hit a wide open Jake Woodring for a 25-yard gain. “We set it up last week,” said Grant. “Against Totino, we ran the same play, but hit Hovey (Zach Hovey) down the middle of the field. Friday, Wayzata jumped Hovey and we slipped Woodring behind their safety.” After a false start, Larson scored on a 10-yard run. Game over. Larson ran 33 times for 124 yards. Shaeffer completed a no-interception season by completing 7-10 passes for 62 yards. Wayzata’s Nick Martin completed 8-18 passes for 98 yards and three interceptions. Wayzata would turn the ball over four times. Eden Prairie had zero turnovers. So yeah, defense wins championships.

Girls Youth Lacrosse sponsored by the Eden Prairie Lacrosse Association offers two sessions this winter at the Eden Prairie High School PrairieDome. Session I is a Youth Clinic open to girls grades one to six and offers parents the chance to learn the game side by side with their daughters. The clinic runs four Mondays beginning Jan. 9 and is led by Eden Prairie High School varsity coaches. Cost is $80. Session II runs four Mondays (6-7 p.m.) beginning Feb. 13 and features 4 v 4 leagues for third- and fourth-graders and fifth- and sixth-graders. Cost is $75. Registration is available at Players will need a girls stick, goggles and mouth guard. Sticks and goggles will be made available for those without. Parents are encouraged to participate and see why their daughters love lacrosse. Players in session II are required to have a U.S. Lacrosse Membership (www.uslacrosse. org). For more information, email

Vohnoutka earns First Team All-American honors Eden Prairie’s Katie Vohnoutka, a senior at Concordia College, is an American Volleyball Coaches First Team All-American. Vohnoutka led the MIAC in hitting percentage (.379) and was ninth in kills (3.24/set) and third in blocks (1.22/set). Vohnoutka also passed the 1,000 kills mark during the season (her 1,159 career kills is seventh on Concordia’s all-time list). Her career block total (287) ranks No. 10 on the school’s all-time list. Last year, Vohnoutka earned Second Team All-American honors.

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

EPFSC Heroes and Villains: An On-Ice Fantasy Good versus evil take turns battling one another on ice as the Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club (EPFSC) presents, ‘Heroes and Villains; An On-Ice Fantasy.’ Registration is underway for the annual ice show, which is scheduled for March 23-25 at the Eden Prairie Community Center (EPCC). Children and teens, ages 3 and older, who are currently enrolled in skate classes at the Community Center or plan to enroll for the winter session, as well as EPFSC members, are invited to participate in one of the Southwest metro area’s most anticipated ice show productions. The EPFSC will feature solo and group performances, including a special father/daughter ice dance, plus guest appearances choreographed to popular musical theater and film scores. Registration and costume forms for ‘Heroes and Villains; An On-Ice Fantasy’ may be picked up and completed at the EPCC. In addition, skaters may register before and after all skate school sessions until Dec. 10. For more information, visit the EPFSC website at, or call the Community Center (952)-949-8470.


Eagles in hurry-up-and-wait mode BY DANIEL HUSS

With a new coach and a new system, members of the Eden Prairie High School girls hockey team were out to prove that the level of play they were showing in practice was real. For the fi rst period in their season-opening game against Eagan, they did just that. Problem was, hockey games are three periods long. “Our upperclassmen didn’t play their best game,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Jaimie Grossman, “and I don’t know why. Nerves? New staff?” In any case, Eden Prairie watched a 1-0 fi rst-period lead turn into a 3-2 loss.

Josie Ol son a nd Ch a rly Dahlquist scored Eden Prairie goals. Eagan outshot Eden Prairie 39-15. Three days later (Nov. 19), Eden Prairie would head north to play back-to-back games with Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Proctor-Hermantown. Eden Prairie was better, beating Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 2-0 and Proctor-Hermantown 3-1. “Bot h tea ms a re st rong defenders,” said Grossman, “still, we outshot them 3:1, even though the score sheet said it was closer to 2:1.” Olson and Angie Heppelmann scored goals in the win over Cloquet-Esko-Carlton; Olson and Amy Paulson in the win over Proctor-Hermantown.

“We’re making progress,” said Grossman, “but we’re taking baby steps.”

TIME OUT After opening the season with three games in five days, the Eagles were looking to get their groove on. And then they took a break, a long break. “I prefer more games in November,” said Grossman. “That way, I get to see what we have.” That’s not what happened. A fter playing Proctor-Hermantown, Eden Prairie had a nine-day break. “We had a good week of practice,” said Grossman, “but I want to see if what we do in practice carries over to games.”

Tuesday, Nov. 29, Eden Prairie was scheduled to take its biggest test of the season, playing an away game against Hill Murray. “Not only is Hannah Brandt a Ms. Hockey candidate, but she‘ll probably win it,” said Grossman. “Of their 14 goals, she’s scored 12 of them. “We’ll see,” adds Grossman. “We look like we’re getting better in practice. What’s left is to go out and prove it.” Friday, Eden Prairie hosts Grand Rapids (7 p.m.).



5As win Chaska Tournament The Eden Prairie 5A basketball team was crowned champion of the Chaska Tournament (Nov. 12). Team members include, top row (left to right): Julian Wright, Max Steensland, Bennett Mohn and Briggs Bengston. Front row: Cole Trinter, Jack Cowan, Jamison Battle and Cole Kramer.

EPHS Sports This Week BOYS BASETBALL Tuesday, Dec. 6 Apple Valley ............................................... 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Friday, Dec. 2 Apple Valley ............................................... 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 ......................................Bloomington Kennedy .................................... 7:15 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Friday, Dec. 2 .........................................Grand Rapids...................................................... 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Farmington ................................................ 7:15 p.m. BOYS HOCKEY Thursday, Dec. 1 .....................................Bloomington Jefferson......................................... 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 .....................................Eagan ................................................................ 7 p.m. DANCE TEAM Saturday Chaska Invite ...................................................... 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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Editor’s note: Preseason Eden Prairie High School winter sports coverage continues this week with stories on EPHS boys hockey, boys basketball and gymnastics teams. Coverage continues next week with wrestling and boys swimming stories. A complete collection of EPHS winter sport schedules can be found at

Boys hockey team locked and (re)loaded BY DANIEL HUSS

Since winning its second state championship in the last three years, the Eden Prairie High School boys hockey team has graduated 13 seniors, including its leading scorer, its best defenseman and its leading goalie. Rebuilding? “We are not rebuilding,” insists Eden Prairie Head Coach Lee Smith. “We’re starting over, but our goals are still high. We still want to win the conference and we still want to win a section title.” If that’s to happen, Eden Prairie is going to have to do it without a lot of varsity experience. “We graduated 65 percent of our roster,” adds Smith. Question: How does that get replaced? “We’ve got guys who have worked their way off last year’s JV team, guys that had to wait their turns,” said Smith, “We’ve also got guys who played on a state championship Bantam team, guys with speed, size and skill.” Add these to a core group of players who return with varsity experience – Andrew Knudsen, Brad Boldenow, Mason Bergh, Luke Sudman and Danny Thayer – and Eden Prairie has a “chip and a chair.” “We’re leveraged to give ourselves a shot,” adds Smith.

ROLE PLAY If Eden Prairie is going to be successful, it’s going to develop into a team that plays the op-


Dance Team off to fast start PHOTO BY DANIEL HUSS

Brad Boldenow, Luke Sudman and Andrew Knudsen are the captains of this year’s Eden Prairie High School boys hockey team. position tight into the third period. “Keep it close and let our depth win out,” said Smith. “Kind of like what we did in 2009.” Question: Who is going to score Eden Prairie’s goals? “Our top two lines are going to have to carry a lot of the load,” said the coach, “Spinner (Steven Spinner), Bergh and Knudsen and Pajor (Harry Pajor), Sullivan (John Sullivan) and Boldenow.” Eden Prairie’s defense is also going to have to step up. “All six of our defenseman (Tyler Leddy, Luc Snuggerud, Chad Dahlquist, Hunter Warner, Michael DeCesare and

Sudman) can shoot the puck,” adds Smith. Yeah, but Eden Prairie is also going to have to stop the puck. That job, or jobs, goes to Derrick LaCombe and Jake Gerdes.

THE CHASE Duluth East, the team Eden Prairie beat in last year’s state championship game, enters its season ranked No. 1. Minnetonka, the team Eden Prairie defeated in last year’s section title game, should enter Lake Conference play as the team pegged to win a conference title. Eden Prairie? “We’re not being chased,”

said Smith. “Instead, we’re doing the chasing.” And? “A f ter pl ay i n g a sche dule like ours,” said Smith, “I wouldn’t want to play us.” Eden Prairie opens its 201112 campaign Thursday (today) with a home game against Bloomington Jefferson (7 p.m.). Saturday, the Eagles host Eagan, the No. 2 ranked team in the state (7 p.m.)

The Eden Prairie High School Dance Team picked up right where it left off last season. The first Lake Conference Jazz Meet of the season was held at Edina High School last week and both Eden Prairie varsity and junior varsity Jazz teams came out flying. Eden Prairie’s varsity team performed its new routine to a packed house, which included a large contingent of Eden Prairie High School students and Dance Team alumni, and didn’t disappoint, placing second in the highly competitive Lake Conference meet. Wayzata finished first; Hopkins finished third. Wayzata, Eden Prairie and Hopkins would also place one, two and three in the junior varsity competition. The next Lake Conference Meet was scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Minnetonka. Saturday, Eden Prairie is scheduled to compete in the Chaska Invitational.



Is boys basketball team ready for encore? ahead of our defense.” That could be taken two ways. One, Eden Prairie could have a dynamic offense. Two, Eden Prairie’s defense has to get up to speed. Three, it’s November. “We’ll get better,” said the coach, “but it’s going to depend on how well we teach and how well we learn.”


Last year’s Eden Prairie High School boys basketball team played its way into the st ate cha mpionship ga me. W hat does it do for an encore? “You win it,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach David Flom. Didn’t Eden Prairie graduate 11 seniors and doesn’t Flom return only one player (Sander Mohn) who played meaningful varsity minutes? If so, doesn’t that put the Eagles in a rebuilding mode? “That’s not how we’re thinking,” said Flom. “We’ve got a lot of talent and we’ve got a lot of depth (Eden Prairie’s junior varsity team went 24-2 last year). “The one thing we don’t know is how they’ll respond to playing at the varsity level,” he adds. F lom says this and then adds that five of his top 12 players (Grant Shaeffer, Jack Cottrell, Grant Gordon, Logan Duitsman and Zach Hovey) made big-time contributions in Friday‘s state championship football game. Question: How do you win basketball games with football



Sander Mohn and Jordan Peterson are the captains of this year’s Eden Prairie High School boys basketball team. players? “They’re basketball players who play football,” laughs Flom. Bottom line: Five of Eden Prairie’s top 12 players, six when you count Mohn, are well versed in the highest levels of varsity play.

DEFENSE FIRST Flom’s best teams have been known to play the state’s best defense. So, if Eden Prairie is going to be good, really good, they’re going to have to be a defensive force. “For the first time ever,” adds F lom, “our of fense is

If playing the best teams makes you better, Eden Prairie should be close to perfection by season’s end. “We have 14 games against top 14 teams,” said Flom, “and we see three of them twice.” Count the defending champions Hopkins Royals as one of the three. “They’re the No. 1 ranked team in the state,” said the coach, “and they return four DI players.” And Eden Prairie and Hopkins shared last year’s Lake Conference title. The Eagles open their regular season Tuesday, Dec. 6, at No. 2-ranked Apple Valley. Lest you forgot, the south-of-the river Eagles have Tyus Jones, the state’s best player. Trial by fi re? You bet.


Legacy Gymnastics gymnasts with Minnesota State Qualifier success include, top row (left to right): Kennedi Roberts, Gabby Cohen, Abri Click, Erin Ackerson, Rachel Steiner, Kasey Walker, and Emma Rosenow. Bottom row: Kyllie Harrison, Lilli Roehrig, and Tori Tatum.

Legacy gymnasts bask in MN Qualifier success Eden Prairie-based Legacy Gymnastics competed at the Level 5/Level 6 Minnesota State Qualifier (Nov. 19-20). Legacy’s Level 5s, which already had 10 girls qualify for the December state meet, fi nished second with a team score of 107.625. Danielle Miller fi nished third all-around (35.575), Madison Beatty was second on beam (9.45) and Becca Holt won bars (9.45). Legacy’s Level 6s, which had already qualified its entire team to the state meet, finished first with a season-high 111.275. Tori Tatum, competing in the 8- to 10-year-old age division, won the all-around (37.475), bars and floor competitions. Teammate Rachel Steiner won the beam title and placed second in the allaround competition (36.9). Erin Ackerson won vault (9.575) and placed third in the all-around. Abri Click was third on vault and fourth all-around. Gabby Cohen was seventh all-around and sixth on bars. Kennedi Roberts was ninth all-around and eighth on vault. Kylie Harrison, competing in the 11-year-old age division, won bars and beam. In addition, she’d fi nish second all-around (36.425). Kasey Walker, competing in the 12-year-old age division, won bars. The State Meet is scheduled for Dec. 10.

There’s youth in the Eden Prairie gym BY DANIEL HUSS

It’s possible (probable?) that this year’s Eden Prairie High School gymnastics team is the youngest in school history. One freshman, one eighthgrader and three seventh-graders will do that to a team. “They’re very enthusiastic, so it’s been fun,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Kirsten Lindsay. Does that mean Eden Prairie’s youth is ready to step up and compete at the varsity level? “We have no idea what our lineup is going to look like,” laughs Lindsay. One, Eden Prairie has to make up for the loss of two all-arounders, meaning eight varsity routines are up for grabs. Two, gymnasts who were injured last year return stronger and healthier, meaning that they’re going to want to make up for lost time. And? Expect the Eden Prairie gym to be competitive. Like Lindsay said, her lineup


Mackenzie Dent and Kalley West are the captains of this year’s Eden Prairie High School gymnastics team. is a work in progress. That being the case, figure Mackenzie Dent, Abby Soderberg and Hannah Striker, gymnasts who helped lead Eden Prairie to a fifth-place finish at last year’s state meet, to figure prominently into Lindsay’s final decision(s), so too will Cameron Zuck, a gymnast who suffered a season-ending injury on the

second day of practice last year. There are others as well. “It’s a process,” adds Lindsay. In Eden Prairie’s case, this means building from the basics. “We slowly add new skills,” said the coach. “If we struggle, we’ll revert back to where we were having success and then

add on again.” Historically, Eden Prairie’s strength has been in the beam and floor rotations. Vault? “We have the potential to be a little better,” said Lindsay. Bars? “Bars are always a struggle,” laughs the coach. “That’s why we need to add new skills.” And if it all comes together, Eden Prairie has the potential to score in the mid-140s. If that happens, Eden Prairie could put itself in position to not only win a Lake Conference title, but a section title as well (Eden Prairie’s new section assignment has it competing with other Lake Conference teams). When asked if those goals are realistic, Lindsay dodges the question. “We should be better in February than we will be in December,” she said, and left it at that. Eden Prairie competes in its season opener Thursday, Dec. 8, at Wayzata. Eden Prairie hosts its home opener Thursday, Dec. 15, against Edina.


Green Gators win 8th-grade Eagle Bowl The Eden Prairie Green Gators won the eighth-grade Eagle Bowl. In addition, they were regular-season champions. Team members include (left to right) Jack Jenson, Ricky Fung, Mathew Snyder, Ty Welder, Jacob Miller, Joe Keeley, Adam Warbritton, TJ Conrad, Zach Evers, Jake Ruppert, Antoine Winfield, Alec Hetherington, Matthew Kronlokken, Omar Hagi, Griffin Ruthford, Ryan Lippert, Josh Dvorak and Earl Johnson.

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Another setback for Walmart proposal IWCO CONCERNS

Chanhassen City Council 4-0 against concept BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

Walmart representatives said they were prepared to spend money on roads, bring jobs and tax base to the city and keep millions of local dollars in Chanhassen, but their proposal to build at a vacant corner in Chanhassen has netted precisely zero votes. On Monday the Chanhassen City Council voted 4-0 against Walmart’s rezoning request for a 120,000-square-foot store at the intersection of Highway 5 and Powers Boulevard. Rezoning would be needed because of the proposed size of the building. The council echoed concerns expressed by the city’s Planning Commission earlier this month and city staff regarding deficiencies in the plan related to parking, traffic, landscaping and architecture. City officials also have heeded a strong public outcry and have fielded hundreds of e-mails and calls from residents who have lined up against the proposal. Residents have raised a host of issues, ranging from concerns about additional crime to how a big-box retailer would affect existing businesses. Several hundred residents crowded into City Hall Monday even though there was no formal public comment period.

WALMART: $10 MILLION A YEAR Prior to the vote, Walmart representatives indicated they were prepared to pay $1.5 million to address intersection upgrades needed on Highway 5 and Powers Boulevard to accommodate additional traffic. The city does not have money programmed for intersection upgrades there. Lisa B. Nelson, a Walmart spokeswoman, said the company wants to locate in Chanhassen because it knows it can have success at the location. Receipts at the Walmart store in Eden Prairie indi-


Members of Chanhassen First, a grassroots community organization, picket at the corner of Powers Boulevard and Highway 5 on Nov. 25 — “Black Friday” — to show their opposition to a potential rezoning to accommodate a proposed Walmart. cate that Chanhassen area residents spend $10 million a year there. Nelson said the store would employ between 250 and 300 people and bring additional tax base to the community. But city officials said the proposal Walmart submitted for conceptual review fell short in areas such as adequate parking spaces and met minimal requirements for internal truck maneuvering. Nelson, however, said the site would work for Walmart and the company was committed to a 120,000-square-foot building. Councilors initially considered a motion to table the proposal to examine whether zoning requirements should be altered at the site, which formerly was the home of Teleplan. However, the proposal to table the motion failed on a 2-2 vote. Councilor Vicki Ernst recused herself from the discussion because she is an employee of Target.

The city also was contacted by IWCO Direct, which has its headquarters across Park Road from the proposed site and employs 880 people. IWCO, which has been a long term lessee of the proposed Walmart site, encouraged the city to move forward with the Walmart proposal. “During the past six years, we’ve been unsuccessful in fi nding a buyer for this land parcel – until now,” wrote Joseph Morrison, IWCO president. “Developing this parcel as a vibrant retail destination appears to be its best purpose. It will create an anchor point for Chanhassen’s commerce corridor bringing customers not only to Walmart but to the surrounding retail stores and restaurants.” Councilor Jerry McDonald expressed a willingness to continue working with Walmart to see if the company could further address city concerns. Even if the concept had been approved, Walmart would have to come back with fi nal plans, McDonald pointed out. He said there were “enough good things” – such as jobs, tax base and upgrading a vacant building – to continue going forward with planning. However, Mayor Tom Furlong and Councilor Denny Laufenburger said there were too many deficiencies in the plan for approval. Ultimately, councilors Bethany Tjornhom, McDonald and Laufenburger and Mayor Furlong voted against the plan. The 14-acre site, they said, wasn’t appropriate for the size of the project.

WHAT’S NEXT? While the concept proposal was unanimously denied by both the Planning Commission and City Council, Walmart could resubmit a proposal to the city through a more standard process. The proposal, however, would likely need to be scaled-back in size to have a better chance of gaining city approval. After the vote, Nelson told the StarTribune that Walmart is considering whether to resubmit plans to the city.

Complaint sheds more details on ‘gang’ altercation An Eden Prairie man who was allegedly assaulted and involved in an altercation with potential gang ties has been charged with 2nd degree assault, according to an official Carver County complaint. At about 1:30 a.m., Nov. 2 2 , Ch hu n P h e a k d a y, 3 2 , o f E den Prairie, was Chhun fi nishing his Pheakday work shift at the Emerson Company, located at 8200 Market Blvd., Chanhassen, when he went outside to smoke a cigarette. At that time, according to the complaint, he was jumped by about eight Asian males who were wearing black and gray clothing that is consistent with the “Tiny Rascals Gang.” The assailants were wearing bandannas over their faces. According to the complaint, Pheakday “has some affiliation” with the “Asian Boys Gang.” Apparently, there has been some friction between the two gangs due to an incident that happened at an Eden Prairie bowling alley about

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funds for the second phase of the project, which would include improvements to the roadway south of Rowland Road. “Right now we don’t have a schedule for when we do construction for that,” said Newton. “The major question of that south piece is that we

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Carver County Sheriff ’s deputies stand watch outside of Emerson Process Management in Chanhassen the morning of Nov. 22. one month ago. Upon being attacked, Pheakday tried to make it back into the building, but only made it into the entryway vestibule, the complaint said. The Emerson surveillance camera captured some of the assault. During the assault, Pheakday received cuts, scrapes and bruises to his face and body. He also had a necklace stolen. Pheakday was very upset with his necklace being stolen and decided to chase the alleged assailants. Pheakday ran to the parking lot and drove after one of the cars need to come up with the full funding for that,” he said. One notable aspect of the project is that it includes reconstruction of the intersection between Shady Oak Road and City West Parkway. As part of the entrance to the retail center and the new UHG development they’ll be installing a roundabout to direct traffic, instead of a traffic light. “The roundabout best serves the traffic,” said Newton.

containing the assailants, the complaint said. As it turns out, the complaint said, the defendant was chasing an innocent man, identified as RBK, who also is an employee at Emerson. RBK called 911. During the 911 call, RBK said while he was leaving work there was a white GMC Yukon following him, honking its horn and flashing its brights. RBK said he was scared so he pulled into the Lutheran church at 820 Lake Drive E. At that point, the complaint said, RBK was confronted behind the church

by the defendant, who pointed a gun at him. RBK told Pheakday that he “had the wrong guy,” the complaint said, and RBK reminded Pheakday that they work together. Pheakday then left and drove to the end of the driveway where he blocked in the cars of the people who allegedly assaulted him. The other people f led on foot. Other witnesses describe hearing gunshots. Although no gun was located even after an exhaustive search, handgun shell cases were recovered at the scene, the complaint said. Furthermore, a close friend of the defendant indicated that Pheakday kept a handgun in his sock drawer and had been carrying the firearm as of late, the complaint said. According to the complaint, the investigation is continuing. Pheakday, who was being held in Carver County Jail, faces a felony level assault charge.


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that reasonable progress had been made on reading results. The district’s test scores continue to outperform state averages but also have increased over the years in student subgroups. “We have a lot to be proud of around our reading scores,” said Stephen West, executive director of educational services. Scores have generally increased for all groups at the district but one strong example is that of black students. The same cohort of black students in the class of 2013 went from 39 percent proficient in reading in grade six, in 2008, to 74 percent proficient in grade 10, noted Ishmael Robinson, director of research, evaluation and assessment. Over the years, the district as a whole has seen increases in scores. For instance, for grade six, reading scores went from 79 to 87 percent proficiency between 2007 and 2011. The board was pleased with the report and the chart tracking test score progress. “Probably the finest monitoring report I’ve seen in two years,” said Board Member Chuck Mueller. Jacobus added that she would like to see some comparisons to peer districts and some statement on Adequate Yearly Progress compliance but the report was “phenomenal.” It’s a big milestone for the district to track cohort data, said Board Member John Estall, who thanked the administration for compiling the data. “It’s a major milestone, I think, for us, as a district,” Estall said. He said it was his sense that it might be harder to go from the high 80s to 95 percent proficiency levels. “That’s not a small trick, but I think we can do it.”

FACILITIES While the district has seen good progress on test scores, the year’s boundary change and the changing demographics have painted a less optimistic picture for enrollment projections. The boundary change did not yield the amount of low-income student rebalancing that the district was targeting, though their were improvements in equalizing the number of lowincome students in elementary schools. The goal was for the gap in the percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced-price

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around from mall to mall to mall, and we see a lot of the same people and try to share information back and forth. Q: What other things have you done in Eden Prairie? A: I worked mainly all patrol until January of this year. I was part of our airport liaison unit. I’ve been with our Eden Prairie emergency response unit for eight years and six of those I’ve been an assistant team leader on that. Q: What would you consider the hardest part of your job? A: Not being out on the road … doing paper work. I like being out there and working. … I like being out and talking to people but paperwork is a very important part of the job. …With our new New World computer system, from when I first started to where we are today it’s made our job a lot easier; from just getting to locations and doing reports, and things like that, it’s very efficient. Q: What would you consider the most satisfying part

lunch to be less than 10 percent among the boundaried elementary schools. The boundary change ended up yielding a difference of 15.26 percentage points among the schools. The district’s Operational Expectations monitoring report finds the district not in compliance on indicators related to FRP goals for the boundary schools and Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School, which also lagged in the set target for FRP percentages. The difference between Eagle Heights and the school with the highest percentage of FRP was 25 percent, while the target was a less than 17 percentage point difference. Board members ended up talking about the long-term enrollment challenges faced by the district. Enrollment has declined by almost 150 more than what the district anticipated. Total enrollment has gone down more than 300 students compared to last year. “We have [seen] this reduction coming, and we’ve lost some additional kids this year that weren’t in the projections,” noted McBroom. “Now the question becomes how do we offset that?” When looking at enrollment projections for Cedar Ridge, Mueller noted that district officials project an 8 to 10 percent decline. “That’s troubling,” he said. COO Patricia Magnuson said her model did not include the possibility of getting students back through open enrollment. “There’s some things happening with open enrollment that maybe we can bring Cedar Ridge back up,” she said. The district didn’t predict it would lose kids to open enrollment, noted Magnuson. In fact, the district administration originally thought it would lose kids who were to be enrolled at the new Oak Point Elementary School. “We lost more kids from Cedar Ridge and Prairie View and, to some extent, Forest Hills,” she said. “We’re creating new patterns around boundaries, now whether they’ll hold or not, time will tell.” Both Mueller and Jacobus noted how Minnetonka is picking up Eden Prairie kids. Mueller, who lives in southeast Eden Prairie, has seen a bus from Minnetonka pick up six kids on his street. “I live in the southeast corner … I just, wow, they’re sending a bus,” he said. “There’s a bus stop for 35 of them over at Boulder Point. Thirty-five,” said Jacobus. of your job? A: I’m a people person so I really enjoy just talking to people and the gratification if you help someone out on any little thing. I really like just the people part of my job and dealing with the public. Q: What do you think is the strength of being in the Eden Prairie Police? A: I really think it’s the fact that we still operate internally as what I would call a smaller department where everybody knows everybody. Almost like a family-type of department. My kids know almost everybody in the police department and my wife knows everybody in the police department and they’ve always embraced that. I’ve got my family at home and the police department’s my second family. Q: I imagine this will be a busy time of year for you. A: It will be fairly busy all the way through February, March and the mall is the hub. Rain or shine [there are] people there. [There are] always people at the mall and all the different stores around. – Compiled by Leah Shaffer

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Participation up, new programs available at Eden Prairie Art Center

A class titled “Shhh … It’s A Secret! Handmade Gifts” is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 17. It’s an opportunity for children ages 6 to 12 to come in and make a handmade gift for the people on their gift lists. Cost is $22 ($20 for members).



Mary Puschalski guides the hand of Katy Kremer at the potters’ wheel as birthday girl Mia Hood looks on. The Eden Prairie Art Center offers options like clay instruction, jewelry, mask making, make your own board game, stationary and wrapping paper for birthday parties.

Always wanted to try painting? A new “Rent an Artist” program at the Art Center has provided 15 group or one-on-one lessons. Cost is $30 per hour, with a two-hour minimum. Students pay for supplies. It’s an option Danhauser is marketing to clubs, families, teens and adults. Danhauser said that those who are interested usually just call and discuss what kind of project they want to work on. “From that, I will decide what artist is best for their needs,” Danhauser said. “We set up a time that works for everyone: artist, Art Center and student.” Options include pottery, drawing, painting (watercolor, oil or acrylic), fused glass or stained glass. “We’ve also done flameworked glass beads,” she said. Danhauser said that new ceramic workshops have interesting themes. Make four Asianinspired appetizer plates during “Serve Up Sushi,” a class offered from 6-9 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 24 and March 2. Cost is $85 ($77 for members). “A Pair of Goblets” will be the result of a two-session adult clay class from 1-4 p.m. Sundays Feb. 5 and 12. Cost is $85 ($77 for members). “We have a lot of great adult art classes that teens can join as well,” Danhauser said. “Any of our adult classes are welcome to anyone age 13 and over, if they’re interested.” For more information on offerings at the Art Center, call (952) 949-8304 or visit

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UPGRADES The Eden Prairie Art Center has new blinds and storage cabinets, and received new sod out front, Danhauser said. “We also got a donation from the Sampson family to go toward a purchase of some clay equipment, to help us recycle used clay for our children’s programs,” she said. The Sampsons are familiar to Eden Prairie residents. They’re the family that donated the milliondollar building to Eden Prairie in memory of Roger Sampson, “who built the building as a place to create art before he passed away.” “It is the largest single gift ever given to the city,” Danhauser said during a recent presentation to the Eden Prairie Lioness Club, which has also made donations to the center. Other large donations came from the Eden Prairie Foundation and Eden Prairie Lions Club. The Sampson family has since donated other items, including the recent $5,000 toward the purchase of a pugmill and mixer.

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ore than 200 participants visited the Eden Prairie Art Center this fall, compared to 169 last fall, reports Art Recreation Coordinator Lindsey Danhauser. “We had a great summer as well,” Danhauser said. The summer session served more than 400 participants, up from 299 last year. The Eden Prairie Art Center has continued to grow in registrations and revenue since it opened in 2009. As a new session of classes and offerings begins, Danhauser outlined some of the changes you’ll see at 7650 Equitable Drive.

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 and 22. Cost is $79 ($71 for members) plus $25 materials fee. Another is “Ready, Set, Weave – Make a Scarf,” set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 and 12. Cost is $95 ($84 for members) plus $30 materials fee. Another upcoming class that is part of this partnership is “Spin on a Spindle,” set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Students will “learn to use a drop spindle and prepare fibers for spinning,” essentially making their own yarn. Cost is $55 ($51 for members) plus $25 materials fee. The Weavers Guild promotes weaving, spinning and dyeing. For more information on the group, visit “We’ve had requests for more fiber arts classes,” Danhauser said. “The Weavers Guild also got requests for classes in Eden Prairie. “It should be a great partnership.”

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n Eden Prairie author Tom Hegg’s second PEEF story, Santa comes back to visit PEEF, finding he’s a little bit worse for wear. However, Santa finds there’s been a lot of life experience in the little bit of dirt on the bear – as well as the rip and the tear. Hegg’s son Adam, director of theater programs for FAIR School, has adapted the story for the stage. The play, “A Silent Night for PEEF,” is running at the Stage Theatre Company in Hopkins through Dec. 26. When asked if he consulted with his dad in writing the adaptation, Adam, who was an inspiration for PEEF, replied: “In all things.” “He’s an actor and a teacher and a writer, and I am also an actor, a teacher and a writer,” the Minneapolis resident said. “I am roundly in his shadow.” Tom said he is delighted with Adam’s interpretation of his book. “I am absolutely thrilled

New books by Hegg Tom Hegg, famous for writing “A Cup of Christmas Tea,” has some new books coming out this year, including “Little Dickens: A Droll and Most Extraordinary History,” he said. The new story features characters from Hegg’s favorite Dickens books, “A Christmas Carol,” “Great Expectations,” “Oliver Twist,” and “A Tale of Two Cities.” “It is my homage to Charles Dickens” in honor of Dickens’ 200th birthday, coming up on Feb. 10, 2012, Hegg said. Hegg is set to sign copies of the book from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. In the spring, he will release “Bring It!” a book to be given to a high school graduate. In 2013, he plans to release “Baby Talk,” a gift for someone about to have a baby come into their life.

with what he’s able to do,” said Tom, a drama teacher at the Breck School in Minneapolis. “I’ve been in theater all my life, but I’ve never written for the theater. He’s able to look into the story line and invent characters that do not exist in the book as it is written, but bring the book to life on stage in a way that nothing else could.” While Tom’s book is told as a memory, starting with PEEF telling Santa about the year he has had, Adam said the play offers highlights from that year and ends with PEEF getting ready to tell Santa what happened. Both praised the play’s

music by Michael Mahler. “The songs knock me out,” Tom said. “When you can’t say anything powerful enough with words, it’s time to go into a song. “That’s absolutely thrilling to see it come from two dimensions into three dimensions and add song and dance to it. I mean what more could you want?” Adam, who was about to become a father himself while writing the script, said he gained new insight from the experience. When he submitted the script to his editor, he was holding his 30-hour-old daughter, Imogen Beatrice, in his lap.


Tom and Adam Hegg pose with PEEF. “I’ve always been told that I was an inspiration for PEEF,” Adam said. Adam said he always knew intellectually that he was an inspiration for PEEF, but holding Imogen, it became real. The entire family, Tom and wife Peggy, Adam and wife Breanne (Imogen will attend a matinee later), planned to attend Nov. 17 opening night. “You bet we’re going to be there,” Tom said. “This will be the first time I have seen the show. I haven’t been to any rehearsals. It’s going to be a surprise for me.”

If you go… What: ‘A Silent Night for PEEF’ by Adam Hegg, based on book by Tom Hegg When: through Dec. 26. A special book signing with author Tom Hegg, illustrator Warren Hanson and playwright Adam Hegg is set to follow the 7 p.m. performance on Dec. 9. Where: Stages Theatre Company, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for children ages 5 to 17 and seniors age 60-plus; lap passes are free for ages 0 to 2 or $5 for ages 3 to 4 Info/tickets: (952) 979-1111,, stages

On the hunt for the perfect tree BY KRISTIN HOLTZ

Nothing beats the crisp pine smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree. Whether you’re cutting your own or buying one at the local tree lot, selecting the perfect tree is all about freshness. Donna Revak, owner of Revak Nursery in Elko and Lakeville, says buying a tree from a reliable source is one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting the freshest fir or spruce possible. When choosing a tree, grab the branch and gently pull your hand toward you. If needles come off in your hand, choose a different tree, she said. One word of warning: Choose a tree that’s not taller than the room in which you plan to place it. “Amazingly that simple little rule is forgotten when families go out and pick up a tree,” said Revak, who’s heard numerous stories of families cutting a foot off the tree to get it in the house. “It never seems to look as big in the field or lot as it does in the house.” Always make a fresh cut before putting the tree in the stand and be sure to keep the stand full of water, Revak said. The Minnesota Christmas Tree Association breaks down the characteristics of the most commonly grown Minnesota trees to find the variety that’s best for you.

BALSAM FIR Has distinctive long, dark green needles, ½-to-1½-inch, that are soft to the touch. The aroma is uniquely fragrant. Its branches are layered and can support a variety of ornaments and decorations.

CANAAN FIR Similar in appearance to the Balsam fir, its needles tend to be about 1-inch in length and vary in color. The foliage can be similar to the appearance of the Fraser fir.



Cutting your own Christmas tree is a tradition for many people. “It’s a family event, part of the holiday celebration,” said Donna Revak, owner of Revak Nursery in Elko and Lakeville.

Soft-to-the-touch needles that are flat and short, 3/8-to1¼-inch, with rounded tips and a silvery underside. The dark green color and pleasant fresh-cut aroma make this a frequently requested tree.


Where to find your Christmas tree? Visit for a listing of cut-your-own and wholesale tree farms. Many local Boy Scout troops also set up Christmas tree lots.

Minnesota’s state tree has dark green needles 3-to-5inches in length, creating a full and pleasing shape. Tree

How to care for your tree I Make a fresh cut. Before placing your tree in the stand, re-cut the trunk at least 1 inch from the bottom. This reopens the tree stem so it can drink water. I Don’t place tree by heat. Keep tree away from heat sources like heat registers, space heaters, fireplaces, stove and electronics because they will speed up the tree’s evaporation. I Water immediately. After making the fresh cut, place tree in stand with warm water. Stand should hold at least one gallon of fresh water. I Don’t add anything to water. Plain tap water works best, since some commercial additives have been shown to decrease a tree’s moisture and increase needle loss. I Check water level daily. Don’t allow water to drop below the fresh cut. Christmas trees are very thirsty and may drink two gallons of water the first day. Source: Minnesota Christmas Tree Association,

has excellent needle retention.

SCOTCH PINE A bushy and full tree with 1-to-3-inch stiff needles in clusters that fill every branch with dense foliage. Colors on the conical shaped trees vary from green to blue-green.

WHITE PINE The lacy blue-green needles, 2- to-4-inch in length, are graceful to the eye and soft to the touch. It has a delightful pine fragrance and excellent needle retention.

COLORADO SPRUCE Foliage ranges from lovely powdery blue to a rich dark green color with long lasting, stiff and pointed needles. The layered branching pattern and its stout strong branches are ideal for hanging heavy ornaments.

WHITE SPRUCE Sometimes called the “old fashioned” Christmas tree because of its shape. The needles are ½-to-1-inch long and fill every branch with dense foliage. It makes an ideal table-top tree as well as a full-sized tree.

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DEC. 1 CHRISTMAS TREE LOT 2011 Boy Scout Troop 347 of Eden Prairie has opened its tree lot for the 2011 season. Time: Now through Dec. 20: 6-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 6–9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Sunday Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie Info: Sheri Dodd, (612) 618-6545

OPTIMISTS CHRISTMAS TREE LOT The Eden Prairie Optimists are holding their annual Christmas tree sale fund-raiser again this year. The Optimists will be selling a large supply of premium quality Christmas trees and are specializing in fraser firs, ranging from 6 to 12 feet, balsam firs and spruce trees. Decorated holiday wreaths, sizes 26”, 36” and 48” will also be sold. Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and 5-8 p.m. weeknights Location: Round Lake Park, near intersection of Eden Prairie Road and Valley View Road Info:


DEC. 2 ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS – THE MUSICAL’ The Chaska Valley Family Theatre is presenting a holiday musical by Irving Berlin. Time: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10; 2 p.m. Dec. 4, 10 and 11 Cost: Adults: $15; age 17 and under: $10 Location: Chanhassen High School, 2200 Lyman Blvd., Chanhassen Info: (952) 250-7206 or

TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY TEAS Share holiday joy at these formal teas complete with freshly baked sweets and savories, plus an English trifle. Time: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 4, 7-11, 1518, 21-23 and 27-30 Cost: $23 for Arboretum members; $26 for non-members Location: Snyder Building Tea Room, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska Info: (612) 626-3951 or

losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Dec. 2-18 Cost: Adults $20; students and seniors $17 Location: Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville Info: (952) 895-4680 or


DEC. 3 AFTER 5 PERFORMS After 5, a women’s vocal jazz ensemble based in Eden Prairie, will be performing holiday music on Saturday at Landmark Center’s 33rd Annual Holiday Bazaar. Enjoy holiday music, shopping, treats and the beautiful Landmark Center. Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: $4 Location: Landmark Center, 75 W. Fifth St., Suite 404, St. Paul Info: or http://





Playing Friday–Thursday Dec. 2-8 PUSS IN BOOTS (PG) 12:35, 2:30, 5:102, 7:002, 9:00 JACK AND JILL (PG) 12:25, 2:25, 5:052, 7:052, 9:05

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Discover the holiday traditions of 19th-century Minnesotans. Attractions include folk art performances, trolleys After a two-year hiatus on bell ringing, pulled by Percheron horses, costumed interpreters and tours of home with Lorie Line will bring Christmas music culturally distinct decorations and and bell ringing to the BPAC stage. Known for her spectacular costumes, crafts. Dress for the weather. Last fans will not be disappointed as Line admission one hour before close. plans to wear the latest and greatest Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 11 from world famous fashion designers. a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 3-18 Cost: Ages 18-64 $5; ages 2-17 and At the end of the performance, seniors $3; children younger than 2 free children ages 4 and older will get an Location: The Landing - Minnesota invitation to join Santa on stage. River Heritage Park, 2187 E. County Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 3 Road 101, Shakopee p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: $47; groups of 10 or more $42 Info: (763) 559-9000 or Location: Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., CHRISTMAS IN VICTORIA Burnsville Info: (952) 895-4680 or Celebrate Christmas in downtown Victoria. Meet Santa, make Christmas crafts, decorate cookies, ‘THE 25TH listen to carolers, kids can sip ANNUAL PUTNAM hot chocolate, adults can sample COUNTY SPELLING BEE’ Christmas spirits, all can enjoy This musical comedy is about six Christmas stories and songs. Tree young people in the throes of puberty, lighting ceremony with the Mayor is overseen by grown-ups who barely at 5:45 p.m. managed to escape childhood Time: 3-6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 themselves, all of whom learn that Cost: Free winning isn’t everything and that Location: Downtown Victoria

THE MUPPETS (PG) 12:20, 2:35, 4:502, 7:152, 9:25


Sit down with the children by a favorite tree and listen as the elves and helpers tell favorite holiday stories. Time: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 26-31 Cost: Free with regular admission of $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to Arboretum members Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., CHANHASSEN TREE Chaska LIGHTING CEREMONY Info: or Come and see the lighting of the (952) 443-1422 holiday tree in City Center Park and enjoy a bonfire, carolers, refreshments, ‘CINDERELLA’ gingerbread displays, live reindeer, and Adapted especially for the Old Log of course and visit from Santa Claus. Theater with music and lyrics by Bob Time: 5 p.m. Dec. 3 Williams, this rags-to-riches tale about Cost: Free a servant girl who is transformed into Location: City Center Park Plaza, a princess is full of music, humor, Chanhassen magic and audience participation. It Info: is intended for youngsters of all ages and embraces the holiday spirit. A HOMETOWN HOLIDAY concession lunch of hot dogs, chips TREE LIGHTING and cookies will be available at noon The event featuring a pinata, program, for all shows. Special appearance by carolers, visit by Santa and the tree Santa Dec. 18. lighting. Hometown Holiday runs from Time: 1 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 17-18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Chaska. 26-31 Time: 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: $16 Cost: Free Location: Old Log Theater, 5185 Location: City Square Park, Chaska Meadville St., Excelsior Info: or (952) 474-5951 VOCALESSENCE:


HAPPY FEET 2 (PG) 12:30, 2:45, 5:052, 7:102, 9:15


Decorator items such as the festive arrangements pictured above will be available for purchase at the Arboretum Auxiliary’s annual holiday sale this weekend.

The VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers, the Chamber Orchestra and conductor Philip Brunelle will present a concert celebrating the warmth of traditional carols and the excitement of new songs for the season. The audience will enjoy carols from France as well as contest-winning carols for men’s chorus and English horn. Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: $23.50-$43.50 Location: Colonial Church of Edina, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina Info: or (612) 371-5656

HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES Tour eight local homes decorated for the holidays. The tour is a fundraiser for the Jordan High School all-night graduation party. Special attractions include the Jordan High School Chamber Singers’ performance at closing social hour at the Jordan Fire Department. Pick up a map at the Jordan Fire Department before starting the tour. Time: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: $10 per ticket pre-sale; $12 day of event Location: First stop at the Jordan Fire Department, 431 Varner St. Jordan Info: (952) 492-4400

hop for one-of-a-kind natural treasures, floral arrangements, wreaths, ornaments, textile arts, fresh West Coast greens and more at the Arboretum Auxiliary’s annual holiday sale. The sale runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675

Arboretum Drive, Chaska. Admission to the Arboretum is $9 for adults and free for ages 15 and younger and Arboretum members. For more information, visit or (952) 625-9865.

MINNETONKA CHAMBER CHOIR The Minnetonka Chamber Choir will perform musical selections for Arboretum visitors. Time: 11-11:30 a.m. and noon12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: Free with Arboretum 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


DEC. 4 LA DANSE FATALE’S 7TH ANNUAL NUTCRACKER BALLET CLINIC Children ages 3-12 are invited to participate in the 7th annual Nutcracker Ballet Clinic. Time: 12:45–3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 Cost: $30 per person Location: Dance Arts Centre, 18690 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen Info: (952) 937-2618 or

THE DAY THAT CHANGED THE FACE OF MINNESOTA Corinne L. Monjeau-Marz will present a collection of documents, articles, maps and pictographs at the historic Pond House this Sunday to follow a timeline of events at the outbreak of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. Time: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 Cost: $2 suggested donation Location: The Pond House at Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 E. 104th St., Bloomington Info: (952) 563-8738 and


DEC. 6 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: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Cost: Free Location: Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive Info: or (612) 543-5375

Upcoming 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

HOLIDAY VARIETY SHOW “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” AR&LE Performers variety show will feature an hour of holiday music and imaginative performances by adults with and without disabilities. AR&LE Performers is sponsored by Adaptive Recreation and Learning Exchange, a cooperative partnership between the cities and school districts of Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie and Richfield, serving people with disabilities. Time: 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Cost: Free, suggested donations $5 per person or $15 per household Location: Edinborough Park Indoor Amphitheater, 7700 York Ave. S., Edina Info: (952) 681-6109

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: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 Cost: Free Location: Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive Info: or (612) 543-5375

COMPUTER SKILLS WORKSHOP Work on projects and practice skills from using the mouse and keyboarding to using email and Microsoft Office with software instructors and volunteer assistants. Time: 2-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 Cost: Free Location: Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive Info: or (612) 543-5375

‘OLIVER’ AUDITIONS Chaska Valley Family Theatre is holding auditions for the Broadway musical “Oliver.” Rehearsals start Jan. 16. Performances are March 16-25. Time: 6:30-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 12 and 13 Cost: Free Location: Chaska High School, 545 Pioneer Trail, Chaska Info:

WOMEN OF TODAY HOLIDAY PARTY The Eden Prairie Women of Today’s annual holiday party is a potluck social event with time for the Letters from Santa project that benefits the Children’s Grief Connection. Time: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 Cost: Free Location: The party will take place at a member’s house, if you would like to join, contact the Membership Vice President, Barb, at the email listed below. Info:

ACADEMY OF RUSSIAN BALLET’S 10TH ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF THE NUTCRACKER Academy of Russian Ballet dancers will be performing this authentically Russian classical version of the holiday fairytale. Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 Cost: Adults: $29/$23; Seniors: $19; Children $17 Location: Eden Prairie High School Performing Arts Center, 17185 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie Info: (612) 636-3167/

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Senior Center

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 white-soled tennis shoes. Contact the Senior Center for more information. Cost is $5 for nonmembers. Health Insurance Help – Dec. 16. Call (952) 279-8050 for an appointment. Inside Edge Indoor Golf for Seniors – Mondays at 9 a.m. Cost is $21 per round. Call the Senior Center for more information.

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

Senior trips Senior trips leave from the Senior Center. “SouthWest Transit Arboretum Trip” – 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. Free. Visit Chaska Lodge for entertainment and the Arboretum. Lunch on your own. Call the Senior Center to sign up. Register by Dec. 7.


Health and wellness

Several driver safety courses are offered. Call (952) 279-8050 for information.

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

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.

Woodshop The woodshop is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with evening hours also available. Participants must take two-hour training. Fees are $20 per quarter or $5 per visit. Info: (952) 279-8050. Woodshop Class – Make a wood tote from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11-25. Three classes. Call the Senior Center for more information.

Weekly events Mondays Senior Singles Coffee Klatch – 8:45-10:30 a.m. at Dunn Bros., 8107 Eden Prairie Road, for senior discounts on coffee. Shopping Bus – Call (952) 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) 9372150. 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 – 12:15-3:30 p.m., no need to sign up, just come and play. Call Mary Canakes at (952) 4450978 for more information. Cribbage – 1-3 p.m. Open to all levels of players. Wednesdays ‘500’ Cards – 1 p.m. No registration necessary. Just stop in and play. Thursdays Canasta – 1 p.m. No need to sign up. Cards are provided. Call the Senior Center at (952) 279-8050. Cribbage – 1-3 p.m. Open to all levels of players. Call Jerry Clark at (952) 974-7989 for more information. Fridays Men’s Coffee Group – 9:30 a.m. Tell a tale, swap a story and learn

something new. Call Duane Kasper at (952) 448-1608. Bread Day – 9:30 a.m. for “end of the day” baked goods and breads donated by a local baker. Donations accepted. Partner Bridge – noon, arrive with a partner or find one at the center 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.

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

55-plus Driver Improvement The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55-plus Driver Improvement Course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 (four-hour refresher course) at Summit Place Senior Campus, 8501 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie. Cost is $20. Info: or 1-(888)-234-1294.

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

Memory Loss Support Memory Loss and Caregiver Support Group meetings will be held at Prairie Adult Care from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Concurrent support groups for persons with early stages of memory loss and their caregivers are facilitated by trained professionals in disease management strategies. Participants may attend alone or with their family member or friend. To learn more about the support groups or adult day center, visit or the Alzheimer’s Association MN-Dak Chapter website at alzmndak. org or call (952) 949-3126. Prairie Adult Care is in Victory Lutheran Church at 16200 Berger Drive, Eden Prairie.

Divorce Support Women Healing from Divorce will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Biaggi’s Restaurant, Eden Prairie mall, 8251 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie. There will be dinner and a discussion on Hope and Healing Strategies for the Holidays. Cost is $35. To RSVP or for more information, contact

AD/HD Connection The SW Metro AD/HD Connection offers opportunities for families with attention issues to learn, discuss and share strategies. The group meets the second Monday of each month. In December, an open forum is planned from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Eden Prairie Schools Administrative Services Building, 8100 School Road (Just off of Scenic Heights between Mitchel l and Eden P rai rie Road). Info: Cindy Lea, MA, (612) 965-3052 or


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 optimists.

A Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meeting will be held at Prairie Adult Care from 1:302:45 Dec. 14. The support group is for persons with Parkinson’s Disease or related neurological disorders and/or their caregiver. Meetings focus on current research and treatment, tips for managing daily activities of living, and psychological coping ski l ls. F ree respite care is available with advance reservation in the licensed daycenter, Prairie Adult Care. Info: or (952) 949-3126. Prairie Adult Care is in Victory Lutheran Church at 16200 Berger Drive, Eden Prairie.

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.

Caregiver Support

Eden Prairie AM Rotary

A Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held at Prairie Adult Care from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 15. The support group helps caregivers learn coping skills and make healthy choices for the future. The meeting will be facilitated by LeeAnn Eiden, MSW from Senior Community Services. Free respite care is available with advance reservation in the licensed daycenter, Prairie Adult Care. Info: or (952) 949-3126. Prairie Adult Care is in Victory Lutheran Church at 16200 Berger Drive, Eden Prairie.

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.

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

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

Alzheimer’s Group

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

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.

Optimist Club

Eden Prairie Noon Rotary

Meals on Wheels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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StarKids take the stage at CDT Program places high school actors in ‘Hairspray’ roles BY UNSIE ZUEGE


tarKids recognizes and celebrates Twin Cities youth who love musical theater and participate in their high school’s music and theater programs. For Lindsey Turner, 18, of Victoria, the chance to stand on the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Main Stage in a show was unforgettable. Lindsey and Alex Wahl of Chanhassen are seniors at Chanhassen High School who took part. “It was so cool!” Turner said. “I loved the opportunity from Michael Brindisi. I go to see a lot of the shows there, so to be on stage, to have a line, and spend time with the actors was amazing. And I had a huge group of people in the audience.” This is the second year that the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres has sponsored the StarKids event in which 100 high school students from the Twin Cities’ area and beyond are selected to appear on stage during a CDT show. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ President and Artistic Director Michael Brindisi said he was happy to repeat the StarKids event for the second year. “When we did this for ‘Footloose,’ it was an incredible event,” Brindisi said. “Not just for the students, but also for all of us on staff and for our audiences. After our fi rst go at this, we learned

StarKids What: Music theater teens take turns on the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres stage in “Hairspray” in cameo roles. Who: Teens from high schools across the Twin Cities metro including Chanhassen and Chaska high schools When: Tuesday through Thursday nights, November and January 2012. Other Schools: In 2012, teens from Southwest Christian High School and Minnetonka High School. what was most important to the students and have made it into an event that will be both energizing and a valuable learning tool without making it too stressful. “Our intention was to make this an annual event and so we’re thrilled to do this again,” Brindisi said. “There are so many worthy musical theater students in our communities.” Chanhassen Dinner Theatres contacted more than 100 high school musictheater teachers in the Twin Cities and outstate Minnesota from Albert Lea to St. Cloud to recruit StarKids. Teachers recommended two students from their schools, representing the best talents. In all, 50 schools are participating. Turner and Wahl received their instructions several weeks ago. They could select their own costumes and were provided guidelines as well as the lines they would speak. At 7:45 p.m., backstage, Lindsey, Alex and two high school girls from Mound


Michael Gruber, who plays “Corny Collins,” welcomes the StarKids backstage, shortly before their big scene. From left, are Gruber, Alex Wahl and Lindsey Turner of Chanhassen High School, and Ashley Kershaw of Mound Westonka High School. Left — Alex Wahl and Lindsey Turner of Chanhassen High School made their Chanhassen Dinner Theatres debut on Nov. 15 when they appeared onstage in “Hairspray.” The two teens are among the 100 high school students who were selected for CDT’s second annual StarKids event. Katie Henning and Kathleen Corpron of Chaska High School appeared in “Hairspray,” as well. Westonka gathered in a small room below the stage to run their lines with Jennifer Jeramiasen, a member of the CDT staff, as Kris Howland, CDT director of public relations, snapped photos of

the students for their school and community papers. Shortly after the show began, Mark King, “Hairspray” dance captain, came downstairs to the rehearsal room to go over their dance

steps. A quick lesson and then it was up the stairs and onto the stage for their cameos, as teens appearing on the “Corny Collins” TV show. “I wasn’t nervous,”

Lindsey said. “Not really. All of the cast made us feel pretty comfortable. I was surprised to see that they have three beds down in the green room so actors can take naps on the days they have matinees.”

Free Infant Massage: from 6-7:15 p.m. Dec. 8 and 10-11:15 a.m. Dec. 9 Free Baby Playtime: from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dec. 14 Building Your Child’s Immunity: from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Boost immunity with your diet. Join Taiha Wagner, RN, to learn how our bodies interact with germs and viruses and what parents can do to build up your child’s immune system. Cost: $10 for one or $15 for two people from the same household.

Tutors Eden Prairie Learning Center, 16315 Terrey Pine Drive Suite 300, Saturday, Dec. 10, or Saturday, Dec. 17, at 9 a.m. Call (952) 285-7667 to register. According to a news release, “College Tutors mimics the setting and timing of the actual tests. Tests will be scored by College Tutors and a free, individual consultation for parents and student will be scheduled to share results, as well as areas of strength and weakness.”

Discussion sessions will follow to allow the students to talk about what they’ve seen and experienced and what they can do to make a difference in the world. According to Ramon Pastrano, founder and CEO of ImpactLives, the key is to impress upon the students that by eliminating hunger, we can all be a part of eliminating other desperate measures people take just to survive such as human trafficking. “The fi nale of the day will be to pack the 150,000 meals at the ImpactLives facility. As it has in the past, ISM will ship the meals to the Dominican Republic, and students will travel there next summer to distribute the food, help build houses, educate and estab lish relationships with the individuals they serve. The students will also take part in a transformational leadership process where they learn more about themselves, their strengths and the role they play in being servant leaders in their own community.”


ISM kids’ Creative Endeavors Each year at the International School of Minnesota (ISM), third-, fourth- and fi fthgrade students participate in a project called Creative Endeavors. According to a news release, “The projects are progressively more difficult and detailed as the students move up in grade. Third-graders each choose a particular country, fourth-graders choose states and fifth-graders choose an important person in history. All the students must research their subject, create a visual board with photos and facts, and finally, give a presentation to their peers, parents and staff. Fourth- and fi fth-graders also write a paper. “Creative Endeavors has been a project that ISM students have experienced throughout the school’s 26 years. The enthusiasm of the kids every year seems to predict that Creative Endeavors will always be an important part of the curriculum.” Info:

Join Teens Alone board Teens Alone, a free and confidential counseling service for Eden Prairie teens and their families, has openings for Eden Prairie High School students to serve on its Youth Advisory Board (YAB). YAB helps Teens Alone with peer to peer marketing and organizes

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ISM fifth-grader Henry Haub portrays his subject, General Patton, as he presents the information he’s researched about the man. an annual Battle of the Bands. If you are interested in joining, go to and fi ll out an application. Teens Alone services are available year round. Call (952) 988-TEEN.

cost is $75 and all proceeds will go to Teens Alone.

Event helps Teens Alone

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 Family Fun Time: Play for 0- to 5-year-olds with an adult. $5 per child/$10 per family. Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Teens Alone is offering an opportunity to donate and take part in meeting a professional artist. Visit, click on donate and find the “Norah Long” event to register for an event where you can meet Norah Long, a professional singer/actor. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at a private home at 3100 County Road 101 S., in Minnetonka. The

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F ree walk-in counseling hours are available through Teens Alone. According to a news release, “Teens Alone is a free counseling service for teens, young adults (up to 22) and their families who live and/or attend school in the Eden Prairie, Hopkins, St. Louis Park or Wayzata school districts. Counselors are also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4-6 p.m., on a fi rst-come, fi rst-served basis at the Teens Alone office at 915 Mainstreet in Hopkins. “If you are looking for a free and confidential counseling service, open year round, for your young person or need parenting help, call (952) 988-TEEN, www.”

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ISM raises funds to fight hunger The International School of Minnesota (ISM) has launched its third annual ISM Against Hunger campaign in partnership with ImpactLives. The goal of the program is for students to raise enough money to pack at least 150,000 meals, which will fi ll half of a shipping container. According to a news release: “This year ISM students will travel to the ImpactLives facility in St. Louis Park on Dec. 16 where they will participate in an interactive exhibit. This educational opportunity will allow the students to get a feel for how many people around the world are living in abject poverty. They’ll be able to see fi rsthand what kinds of dwellings people must live in, and they’ll even feel the heat that often is present in tropical and developing countries. They’ll learn how different li fe is for many kids their age who have no resources to depend upon for basic needs.

Sign up for EPHS conferences Parents of Eden Prairie High School students need to get in their parent-teacher conference requests. Conferences are scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, and Tuesday, Dec. 20. Conferences can now be scheduled online. Visit edenpr. org/ephs to learn more. If you have not received a request form, call (952) 975-8015.

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Occupy movements, oil and politics

PROP Shop needs of the week

On the next DFL Senate District 42 cable TV and Internet program Democratic Visions, clean water and air advocate Dr. Maureen Hackett discusses ongoing environmental issues like the British Petroleum Gulf of Mexico oil spill and Canadian tar sand oil. BelAhdan host and commentator Ahmed Tharwat examines the democratic themes that have prompted the “Arab Spring” revolutions in the Mideast and the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations in Minnesota and elsewhere, according to a news release. Producer Jeff Strate also introduces Joe Bodell, who is running in a special, Feb. 14, election to fill a vacated seat on the Minnetonka City Council. “The Junk Yard Democrats return with a new parody that pays satiric homage to country western singer Johnny Cash and Congressman Erik Paulsen,” the release said.

The PROP Shop client room currently requests donations of bath towels, bath wash cloths and bath rugs in good condition. The PROP Shop is a nonprofit re-sale store, which sells new and gently used items to everyone in the community. It is located 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.

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Democratic Visions is produced by Eden Prairie, Minnetonka and Edina volunteers for DF L S en ate Di st r ic t 4 2 . Seg ments of Joe the program Bodell are posted on the web at In Hopkins, Minnetonka, Edina, Richfield and Eden Prairie, Democratic Visions can be seen on Comcast Channel 15 on Sundays at 9 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

County offers immunizations Hennepin County Public Health is offering low-cost

immunizations to people who don’t have health insurance or their insurance does not cover immunizations. “A vaccine is your best defense against many illnesses, including the flu. All are walk-in clinics so no appointments are needed,” according to a news release. Clinics are set for: I Blo om i n g t on C l i n ic : Blo om i n g t on D iv i sion o f Health, 1900 W. Old Shakopee Road, Dec. 6 and 20, 3 to 5:30 p.m. I Brooklyn Center Clinic: Hennepin County’s Brookdale Service Center, 6125 Shingle Creek Road, Dec. 27, 9 to 11 a.m. I Downtown Minneapolis Clinic: Hennepin Health Services Building, 525 Portland Ave. S., Dec. 2, 8:30 to 11 a.m. For more i n for mation about these clinics, call (612) 348-2884 or go to vaccines. Donations are requested but not required for the immunizations.


Feed My Starving Children nourishes body and spirit BY MANDI CHERICO

Six days a week, in a nondescript office park on the border of Chanhassen and Eden Prairie, volunteers of all ages, religious affi liations and backgrounds come together for a common purpose: packing nutritious meals for hungry kids around the world. These volunteers are joining Christian hunger relief organization Feed My Starving Children’s homegrown solution to world hunger. And they’re making a big difference in the lives of countless children. Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) opened its third Minnesota site in Chanhassen at 18738 Lake Drive E. in 2006. On the cusp of a recession, nationwide volunteerism and nonprofit giving was at an alltime low. Yet Lisa Pederson, Chaska resident and FMSC Chanhassen site supervisor, saw faith-based community members pitching in right away to feed starving kids. “St. Hubert’s Catholic Community [in Chanhassen] has volunteered from the beginning and now we have a group come in every Thursday to pack,” she said. “They’re wonderful.” Students at private Christian school Chapel Hill Academy in Chanhassen have also been loyal volunteers. “There was one time when we were desperate for volunteers,” said Pederson. “We called Chapel Hill and asked


Volunteers pack MannaPack Potato-W at the Feed My Starving Children site in Chanhassen. them to pack and they said, ‘Sure!’ We wouldn’t have been able to make that food shipment without them.” Cha n hassen volu nteers made history being the first to pack MannaPack Potato-D; the first food formula in the world made specifically to restore the health of those with diarrhea. The World Health Organization names diarrhea as the No. 1 killer of malnourished children in the developing world, as it claims 3.5 million young lives annually. After a successful clinical study in Zimbabwe, a former World Food Program official called the formula: “the most exciting product I’ve ever seen.” Also volunteer-packed first at Chan, MannaPack Potato-W is FMSC’s first “baby food” for-

mula. The soft formula meets nutritional standards of the World Health Organization for babies 7-12 months of age. It has already saved countless young lives, most recently in droughtstricken northern Kenya. Due to a powder-like consistency, the potato formulas are more difficult to pack than FMSC’s original rice-based formula. But Lisa Pederson has seen volunteers roll up their sleeves and rise to the challenge. “It’s been a lot of work,” said Pederson, “But, wow! Just think about the impact of this food on the children who eat it.” In addition to Chanhassen, FMSC has sites in Eagan and Coon Rapids (its national headquarters), two sites in Il-

linois, and one site in Arizona. They also do an average of four traveling MobilePack events per week throughout the United States. FMSC ships food to some of the most dangerous places in the world, yet after 25 years of shipments, 99.97 percent of the meals have gotten to their intended destinations. They attribute this extraordinary track record to feeding children in the name of Jesus Christ. After each packing shift, volunteers are given the opportunity to join FMSC employees in praying a blessing of safety over the packed food boxes. It’s an FMSC tradition that sets them apart from other food aid organizations. Like many of their volunteers, FMSC sees feeding kids as an opportunity to follow Christ’s example of compassion on the poor; in body and in spirit.

ABOUT FMSC Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children is a Christian hunger relief organization that distributes nutritionally complete meals in nearly 70 countries. The meals – just 24-cents each – are funded by donors and packed by volunteers. FMSC has maintained the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for seven consecutive years. Register to volunteer, donate and learn more at Mandy Cherico is a media relations associate with Feed My Starving Children.


Learn the facts about EP poverty The public is invited to two upcoming presentations in which city of Eden Prairie staff members will share important data critical to better understanding pover ty in Eden Prairie. A Dec. 7 presentation is titled “An Eden Prairie Perspective on Poverty” and a Dec. 14 presentation is titled “Demysti fyi ng A f fordable Housing.” Both Wednesday programs begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 111 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie. The sessions will end at approximately 8 p.m. They will be presented by city staffers Patricia Fenrick and Molly Koivumaki. Learn the facts behind Eden Prairie’s increase in poverty. For more information about the presentations, go to

Join Victory Lutheran this Advent season Victory Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie will be having Advent worship services at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec 14. “Anyone is welcome to attend as we begin to prepare for the coming of our dear savior’s birth,” according to a news release. Victory is at 16200 Berger Drive (one mile south of Highway 5 on Eden Prairie Road). Info: or stop by Sunday worship service at 9 a.m.

‘Questions of Faith’ Prairie Lutheran Church is hosting a series of Sunday Spotlight Speakers, with the next event at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, between worship services.

The free presentation by author and teacher Dan Simundson is titled “Questions of Faith.” Simundson, professor emeritus of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, was ordained in 1959 and studied at Stanford and Harvard Universities, as well as Cambridge in England. “Simundson will lead us through an interesting discussion about how our faith is under fire when we have questions and doubts,” according to a news release. “If you feel like your faith is falling apart, talk to God about it,” Simundson says. “Only in relationship can one renew faith and hope.” Bring your questions and enjoy open conversation and refreshments with others. Prairie Lutheran Church is at 11000 Blossom Road, Eden Prairie. Info: or (952) 829-0525.

Victory Lutheran presents ‘Shane’ Victory Lutheran Church at 16200 Berger Drive, Eden Prairie, will be holding a movie night at 6 p.m. Dec. 2. “Shane,” the classic western, set against the Tetons in 1800’s Wyoming, will be the feature film, according to a news release. “The story centers on a young boy, who idolizes a drifter and ex-gunfighter (Alan Ladd) that mysteriously shows up at the family’s ranch. Viewers of all ages are welcome, however the fi lm is rated PG for some violence. The movie lasts two hours with one intermission,” the release said. Bring your own treats and beverages. Info: http://victorylcms. org/ or attend 9 a.m. Sunday service.

A ‘Very Important Pageant’ Prairie Lutheran Church is

hosting its annual Children’s Christmas Program from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. This year’s theme is “The Very Important Christmas Pageant.” “All ages are invited to experience the joy of the holiday season,” according to a news release. “Enjoy the wonderful story of the birth of Christ told with humor, music and awe by kids ages pre-K to sixth grade. We will have desserts and coffee in the Great Hall immediately following the event. The event is free and open to the public.” Prairie Lutheran Church is at 11000 Blossom Road, Eden Prairie. Info: prairielutheran. org or (952) 829-0525.

Noel at Noon at Wooddale The Noël at Noon Advent Concert Series at Wooddale Church “provides a time for ref lection on Jesus’ coming to Earth in advance of the celebration of Christmas,” according to a news release. The first concer t of the series on the Edina campus is from 12:10-12:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. The concerts on both campuses will feature the same guest artist each week. The fi rst week of concerts in the series will feature Ensemble Aventura. This trio includes Wooddaler Sarah Bertsch on violin, Monica Stratton on voice and violin and Monica’s husband, Roger, on piano. They have performed in concerts around the Twin Cities and have been well received at previous Noël at Noon concert series. The second week of concerts, on Dec. 7 and 8, features singer, songwriter and recording artist Sara Renner. Sara is the director of contemporary worship at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minn.

The third week of concerts, on Dec. 14 and 15, features Woodda le organist Woody Johnson and pianist Melody Anderson. Woody has studied organ with internationally known Daniel Chorzempa and Gerald Bales and has played organ or conducted choirs in many local churches. Melody is a pianist at many Wooddale services and events. Lunch is available for $ 5 before and after each concert (11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. and 12:401 p.m.) on both campuses.

Women’s Christmas Tea Prairie Lutheran Church, 110 0 0 Blossom Road, Eden Prairie, is hosting its annual Women’s Christmas Candlelight Tea from 6 : 30 -9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. This year’s theme is “The Gift.” “Enjoy a delightful evening with local speaker, writer and musician Kathe Matthews. Kathe, a member of Prairie Lutheran Church, lives with her husband and two children in Chaska. She enjoys writing, singing and telling stories that God teaches her through everyday events,” according to a news release. “Savor decadent desserts over conversation with other women. We will serve desserts, mini-sandwiches, coffee and tea in the Great Hall.” Tickets are $10 and you may purchase tickets online at The church is partnering with Cornerstone Women’s Shelter to help collect items for families in need. “Please bring donations of new toiletries, clothing or food for women and children to the church the night of the event,” the release said. Info: or (952) 829-0525.

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Steblay earns designation Maura Steblay has earned the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) professional designation from the American College, Bryn Mawr, Penn. “Candidates for the CLU designation must complete a minimum of eight courses and 16 hours of supervised examinations. They must also fulfi ll stringent experience and ethics requirements. The Chartered Life Underwriter is the ‘highest standard of knowledge and trust’ and the world’s most respected designation of insurance experience. Once the program is completed, a CLU can provide expert advice on a broad range of financial topics including life and health insurance, pension planning, insurance law, income taxation, investments, financial and estate planning and group benefits,” according to a news release. Maura Steblay has lived in Eden Prairie with her husband and two high-school daughters for 18 years and also holds a master’s of education and ChSNC, (Chartered Special Needs Consultant) designation. She is a fi nancial adviser with the Minneapolis Financial Group. Info: minneapolisfi

Professionals join Patient Doctor Direct “Local medical professionals have joined a revolutionary network that links uninsured and underinsured people to a network of affordable health care providers who accept immediate payment and generally offer reduce rates,” according to a news release. “Eden Prairie-Bloomington Chiropractors Dr. Gerald Madir and Dr. Jerome Schmoe, family physician Dr. Radha Krishnakumar, and Diane Rother, a Thermography and Electro Dermal Screening professional, are charter members of Patient Doctor Direct, a free online resource for self-paying patients. In fact, the newly coined Eden Prairie-Bloomington Wellness Corner (Southwest corner of 169 and Anderson Lakes Parkway) boasts having three Patient Doctor Direct providers who are now networking with each other.” With, patients have free access to its growing network of local medical professionals who provide reduced fees to cash-paying patients. By registering, also for free, they will receive occasional updates and lists of new providers in the area, the release said. Info:

Anderson Lakes Chiropractic collects coats An open house is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Anderson Lakes Chiropractic, 8781 Columbine Road, Eden Prairie. Participants who make an appointment will receive a free adjustment in exchange for a Salvation Army “Coats for Kids” donation. The event will also feature organic Christmas treats. “Our hope and prayer is that all children will have warm outerwear this season,” said Chiropractic Assistant Vicki Prescott. Info: (952) 944-2133.

publicnotices Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Assumed Name/Certificate Of Assumed Name Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number: Date Filed: October 18, 2011 The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required as a consumer protection, in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business. 1. List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Wiltec Industries 2. Principal Place of Business: 6321 Bury Drive #13, Eden Prairie, MN 55346 3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address. Attach additional sheet(s) if necessary: Homeland Precision Machining LLC – 6321 Bury Drive #13, Eden Prairie, MN 55346 4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. Signature: Darren Knight – Attorney/Agent Darren Knight - Contact Person 763-972-3636 Date: October 17, 2011 (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, December 1 and 8, 2011; No. 3246) Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Assumed Name/Certificate Of Assumed Name Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number: Date Filed: November 03, 2011 The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required as a consumer protection, in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business. 1. List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Creation Chiropractic 2. Principal Place of Business: 8781 Columbine Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address. Attach additional sheet(s) if necessary: Matthew J. Alvord, D.C., Ltd. – 8781 Columbine Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Stat-

utes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. Signature: Matthew Alvord, DC Matthew Alvord – Contact Person Date: November 3, 2011 (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, December 1 and 8, 2011; No. 3247) STATE OF MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE AMENDMENT TO CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File No.: Date Filed: November 22, 2011 All information on this form is public information. This filing of an assumed name does not protect a user’s exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required as a consumer protection in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business. 1. State the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: All American Hearing 2. State the address of the principal place of business; (A complete street address or rural route and rural route box number is required; the address cannot be a P.O. Box.): 6600 Washington Ave. S., Eden Prairie, MN 55344 3. List the names and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name. Attach additional sheets(s) if necessary. If the business owner is a corporation or other business entity, list the legal name and registered office address. Northland Hearing Centers, Inc. – 6425 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344 4. This certificate is an amendment of Certificate of Assumed name number 17350400002 originally filed on 03/03/2006 under the name All-American Hearing 5. I certify that I am authorized to sign this certificate and I further certify that I understand that by signing this certificate, I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Minnesota Statutes Section 609.48 as if I had signed this certificate under oath. Signature: Susan Mussell - Secretary Anita Wagner - Contact Person 952-947-4814 Dated: 11/17/2011 (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, December 1 and 8, 2011; No. 3248)

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Nothing left over but the wishbone After a week has passed since Thanksgiving Day and there is nothing leftover, except the turkey’s wishbone. Our gatherings around the sacred bird and the traditions included 11 from one side of our family and plus or minus 60 (no one got an accurate count) from the other side. You can imagine the abundance on the table and on each of our plates, but most memorable was the abundance of smiles and of the words “Thank you,” as well as prayers of gratitude to God. But still, our families had an abundance of leftovers and ideas and suggestions about how to properly and safely refrigerate them and prepare them to be enjoyed. I went one step further and searched for leftover recipes where I usually wouldn’t – the Internet! Having heard there were over 500 online Thanksgiving leftover concoctions, I was curious enough to Google and venture

Rev. Rod


beyond the usual delicious cold turkey and mayonnaise sandwich to try “different.” Just a short list of the very versatile main ingredient of turkey leftovers includes turkey tetrazzini, frittata, enchiladas, quiche, omelet, curry, pot pie, pie, sloppy Joe and on and on! Turkey can be creamed, souped, casseroled, cobblered or made into a panini, a turkey melt sandwich or a salad. We give thanks for the leftovers as much as we give

thanks for the Thanksgiving Day feast. But by now, other than what’s in the freezer, no leftovers remain except the wishbone. I’m not writing of the wishbone formation on the offense side of the football, although we had plenty of that on Thanksgiving Day. For those who prefer soccer and aren’t familiar with X’s and O’s in the football playbook, that’s where two halfbacks and one fullback line up behind the quarterback forming the outline of a bird’s wishbone in the backfield from which the coach can design an unlimited number of running plays and options with these players. Sometimes when the offense lines up in this formation, it’s simply called the “bone.” Note that on any given play, only one player gets to carry the ball at a time. But the wishbone I’m writing about is the furcula (“little fork” in Latin) … forked bones found in birds, according to Wikipedia. After

Thanksgiving Dinner my Mom would pick every remaining shred of meat from the turkey carcass to be served up as leftovers, and then she would place the wishbone where we couldn’t reach it on the window sill above the kitchen sink until it was dry. Days later she would have two of her boys each make a wish, grab one side of the Thanksgiving bone, as it’s also called because of this tradition, and pull until it snapped with one boy getting the longer section, and, presumably, their wish. All six boys in our family gathered around for the wishbone event, and therein lies the unfairness of this wonderful tradition – six boys and only two can play and only one wins to get their wish! That’s unfair, we argued between us. This is a zero-sum game. One has to lose for the other to win and get their wish. The dilemma of the Thanksgiving bone, also called the “merrythought” because

of this tradition, is that it’s not so “merry” for half of the participants and for those who can’t even get in the game. In Minnesota, 49,000 turkeys were raised this year by 250 farming families. That means only 98,000 thankful players get to grab on to the wishbone and only half of those or .924 percent of the total Minnesota population wins! There simply aren’t enough wishbones to go around so everyone even gets to play. Obviously I’d be stretching the metaphor to make any economic assertions from this tradition about those who “have or have not,” but is there something to be learned here about the gap between the goals of the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movements? As we are so polarized in our quest for economic justice, how can we achieve fairness when we know inherently that life isn’t fair? How can equity be discovered and systemic equilibrium be established such that the motivations of both the

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rich and the poor might result in the needs of all being met? Can we create a non-zero-sum game to make sure no one is or everybody isn’t “wishboned?” Is there a “radical middle” from which solutions might be brokered with those so polarized? Ironically, there is an interesting discussion around the concept of nonzero-sum games related to the trading strategies of professional football and other sports players (Pardon the Interruption, ESPN 2010-923) where both teams and all players benefit from a trade. It’s quite a different concept than the flip of the coin where one team wins and one team loses. A week ago we were focused on thanks and gratitude, but how quickly we return to wants and wishes! Black Friday really was pivotal! Do the scriptures have anything to say for us? Is there a good saving word to come after a Black Friday? In the Old Testament, which is filled with God’s call for economic justice, even Job in his suffering is told God’s light rises on all (Job 25:3). In the New Testament (Matthew 5:45), the Sermon on the Mount adds that God sends rain on the fields of both the righteous and the unrighteous. In the beginning and at the end of the day, what more profound statement of God’s equity could we expect? No one gets just leftovers. Everyone receives unlimited, unconditional, unending, unimaginable, amazing grace … not all that we want but more than all that we need. This sounds like God’s version of a non-zero-sum game. With a God like this, whenever I have a wish and a prayer, I always stick with the prayer. The Rev. Rod Anderson shares this space with the Rev. Timothy A. Johnson as well as spiritual writers Beryl Schewe, Dr. Bernard E. Johnson and Lauren Carlson-Vohs. “Spiritually Speaking” appears weekly.

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A donkey, lambs and elaborately dressed wise men, shepherds and angels all will be featured in a children’s live nativity that tells the story of Jesus’ birth from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Cross View Lutheran Church in Edina. At 2 p.m. the Twin Cities children’s choir Angelica Cantanti will perform a concert in the sanctuary. This event is free and open to the public. “Families will step back more than 2,000 years to personally experience the awesome story of the Christ child’s birth through interactive story characters, live animals in an outdoor stable, a storyteller, refreshments and crafts,” according to a news release. Cross View Lutheran Church is at 6645 McCauley Trail W., Edina. For more information see Cross View’s website at, or call (952) 941-1094.

Prairie Lutheran preschool registration Registration for preschool at Prairie Lutheran Registration for the 2012-2013 school year has begun. Contact the preschool office to receive a registration form. Mail the form to the preschool by Dec.14. The placement drawing will be held Dec. 16. 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.

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Burton snowboard and boots. $200 or b/o. 612801-7586 Car luggage, ski carrier. Yakima with racks 81Lx36W $125. 952443-2650

Cooktop 30 in radiant jenn-air. Good condition $125. Chaska 763-2028390 Dog Crate 19 1/2" x 27" x 20" $45. 612-3824680

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Mayline drawing, drafting table. New in box. $100. Excelsior 952212-4239 Men's big clothes. Dockers Levis. 42X3246X32; Shirts-2Xl-3XL, $50. b/o 952-947-9271 Men's, one piece coverall, 42r. Dark green, new, $12. 952-447-4961 Microwave/ hood combo, 30”, Whirlpool, works great, $25, 952445-1423 Mink Coat, beautiful shape, $1,500 or best offer. Sue, 952-4969201 Nordic Track E5 si Elliptical, with ifit technology. $299. 952-448-7348 Oak coffee table, rectangular shape, excellent condition. $50. 952237-8576 Ornaments, 19 Hallmark, 7 Carlton cards heirloom collection. $25. 952-440-6719 Piano, Kimball Artist Console, beautiful condition, $350. 952-4487929 Piano, Wurlitzer with bench. Needs tuning $300., can deliver. 952445-4177

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Campers Travel Trailers

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

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



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Boats/Motors 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

2009 Chev Cobalt LT. Purchased/ driven locally, like brand new, 21,000K. Black, Spoiler, PW, PL, Cruise, CD, non-smoker, more! $12,400. 952-215-5421

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

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

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


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

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living in ep Did you know? “The Latin ‘deci,’ meaning ‘10,’ was used in the naming of December, the 10th and final month of the Roman year,” according to a vintage datebook. “Dec. 5, 1901, is the birth date of Walt Disney.” The birthstone of December is turquoise and the flower is the poinsettia. “The turquoise is the symbol of success and prosperity,” the book said. “On Dec. 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first successful airplane flights at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Rudyard Kipling, great English poet and novelist, was born on Dec. 30, 1865.” Source: “Days to Remember”

This date in EP history Dec. 1, 1885 – Man from Eden Prairie serving on jury duty had his buffalo robe stolen. PHOTOS BY UNSIE ZUEGE

The “White Christmas” cast rehearses the dance routines just like their characters do for General Waverly’s surprise Christmas show. Orchestra director is Scott Winters, seen in the pit with his musicians.

Just like the musicals you used to know Local troupe performs ‘White Christmas’


Protests from neighbors included one from the Vikings: “The Minnesota Vikings, whose property is adjacent to the site, were concerned about ‘maintaining the confidentiality of practices and the ability of persons to observe or record the practice sessions from neighboring parcels.’” They requested a denial of the variance request by KMSP, the story said.

White Christmas What: “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas – The Musical.” Words and music by Irving Berlin. Based on the 1954 Paramount Pictures musical “White Christmas”

A revised tower plan reduced the size of the tower to 100 feet.

When: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10; 2 p.m., Dec. 4, 10, 11.

Cost: Adults, $15; ages 17 and younger, $10

The Dec. 3, 1986, issue of the Eden Prairie News reported that KMSP-TV Channel 9 was considering a move to Eden Prairie from Edina.

“When KMSP first proposed building a 198-foot transmission tower in Eden Prairie last August, the opposition spoke up loud and clear.”

t’s a stage musical that’s been described as a “Christmas card come to life.” If you’ve loved the 1954 movie musical, you’ll love the stage version of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” presented by Chaska Valley Family Theatre for two weekends in December.

Where: Chanhassen High School, 2200 Lyman Blvd., Chanhassen.

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“Despite city approval of a transmission tower which would be needed by the station,” the story said, “the move remains a big ‘maybe.’”


Besides being holiday season-appropriate, the show’s storyline cuts particularly close to home. Local chapters of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon have started recently to recognize and support military families throughout the community. The musical aids with these efforts at the end of each show by recognizing veterans and asking for Yellow Ribbon donations. “White Christmas” involves two vets who devise a way to honor their stoic former commander-in-chief, Gen. Henry Waverly. They learn his postwar enterprise, an inn, has come on ha rd ti mes. A nd, they think they know how to turn things around. A second storyline involves some matchmaking, a meddling housekeeper and a concerned granddaughter. The plot is presented among catchy songs, energetic dancing and comedy. Bill Coldwell directs, assisted by Scott Winters, orchestra director; Katy Jarvis Stromberg, choreography director; and Joan Nelson, vocal director; set designer Randy Herget; and producer Tom Stauber. The characters played by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in the fi lm musical, “Bob Wallace” and “Phil Davis,” are played by Tom Keenan and Kyle

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

Source: Eden Prairie News archives

Theresa Stecker and Kyle Szarzynski play meddling matchmakers “Judy Haynes” and “Phil Davis.” Tom Keenan and Emily Jansen (not shown) play “Bob Wallace” and “Betty Haynes.” Gen. Henry Waverly is played by Tom Rolloff.

Info:; (952) 2507206 Szarzynski. The sisters “Betty” and “Judy Haynes,” portrayed by Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen, are played by Emily Jansen and Theresa Stecker. Tom Rolloff plays Gen. Henry Waverly. Keep an eye out for the faux Willy’s Jeep, circa 1942. Stauber and Herget didn’t know of anyone who had an authentic Willy’s Army jeep, so they decided to build one. They used a toy model to calculate the dimensions and proportions, then engineered the parts out of wood, metal and plastic. The only thing it doesn’t have is an engine.


See Eden Prairie’s After 5 on Saturday at Landmark Center in St. Paul.

Dates to remember After 5 performs – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Landmark Center, 75 W. Fifth St., Suite 404, St. Paul La Danse Fatale’s 7th Annual Nutcracker Ballet Clinic –12:45-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Dance Arts Centre, 18690 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen Rejoice! A Celebration of Christmas – 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 9201 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington

Bill Coldwell, director, and Randy Herget, scenic designer, sit in a WWII replica Willy’s Jeep. The idea of a full-scale replica jeep was conceived and constructed by Herget and “White Christmas” producer Tom Stauber.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Just as “Bob Wallace” and “Phil Davies” honored their commander Gen. Henry Waverly, the CVFT honors and recognizes all those who have served the country. At the end of each show, the cast will invite veterans to stand and be recognized. Also, audience members are invited to make a donation at the end of the show to support the Chaska and Chanhassen chapters of “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” campaigns (

Katy Jarvis Stromberg, choreographer, and Joan Nelson, vocal director, keep actors on their toes and in tune.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon provides local networks of support for service members, military families and employers before, during and after a military deployment. Volunteers are sought to assist in developing a plan to support service members and military families throughout all areas of the community. For more information, contact Gary Boyle with the Chanhassen chapter at (952) 9346677, and Linda-Mary Mellon of the Chaska chapter at (651) 263-7041.

Academy of Russian Ballet’s 10th Annual Production of the Nutcracker - Recital at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, Eden Prairie High School Performing Arts Center, 17185 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie For more information, see the Let’s Go! Calendar on page 14.

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