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Tackling the test I

Two EPHS students earn perfect ACT scores


t’s a college-bound student’s dream come true and it’s happened twice this year at Eden Prairie High School. Brandon Barker and Kobie Spaeth both earned perfect scores on the ACT. Barker, an Eden Prairie High School senior and Spaeth, a junior, scored a 36 on the ACT, a college entrance exam that can be a bane to many a high school student with test fatigue by the time they need to get ready to apply for college. But, both Barker and Spaeth offer similar advice: Don’t stress it. “Usually if I’m ever nervous, I’ll just tell myself, ‘Slow down, calm down; you know what you’re doing,’ and that usually does the trick,” said Spaeth. Aside from taking the test in the ninth grade and a practice test the previous summer Spaeth didn’t do much studying. But then, he said he’s always been comfortable with testing, “especially standardized tests.” “You kind of get to know them after awhile.” Barker took the test the previous summer but wanted to improve his score. He bought a book of practice tests and went through them. But nailing the


Brandon Barker and Kobie Spaeth earned perfect scores on the ACT test. perfect score? “I didn’t expect that, at all.” The fi rst time he took the test Barker scored lowest in the English and science sections, so the practice tests helped him in that regard. “The main thing about them was just getting used to the format so that’s why taking the practice tests helped,” he said.

Barker advises that students take the test early so they can have that opportunity to retake. “Get sleep, be ready for it and don’t worry about it too much.”

SKILL-BUILDING Beyond getting perfect scores, Barker and Spaeth have one other thing in common. They’re very busy. There is no trick to getting a

perfect ACT score, but it helps to have a rigorous academic background. “Getting a thorough grounding in just basic math skills will not only help you a lot for the test but I’m sure later in life,” said Spaeth. The same goes for basic grammar, he added, noting the use of bad grammar when students are on Facebook.

It’s important to know basic grammar and how to write well, said Spaeth. He practices what he preaches. His days are packed with rigorous college classes since he’s enrolled in a program that allows him to take University of Minnesota classes while still in high school.

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Does Eden Prairie have the right level of affordable housing? City official urges mentorship among neighbors BY LEAH SHAFFER

Depending on who you talk to, Eden Prairie either has too many or too few affordable housing units. The issue even ties into the recent school

boundary controversy as boundary lines were redrawn to redistribute low-income children who are clustered in affordable housing in northern Eden Prairie. “It’s an interesting balance to try to have,” said city Housing and Community Services Manager Molly Koivumaki during a recent presentation at Pax Christi Catholic church. The presentation was the second in a series about poverty in the city and Koivumaki talked about the issue of affordable housing.

ing but “we’re not actually close to the top,” said Koivumaki. In some apartments, the lease lists five but there might be 10 people living there, she said. “People are doubling up,” noted Koivumaki.

SECTION 8 Affordable housing is more complicated than just one type of housing complex.

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Pax Christi presentations on poverty The affordable housing presentation was the second in a series offered at Pax Christi Catholic Community. The first presentation, titled “An Eden Prairie Perspective on Poverty,” was held Dec. 7.

‘Service is just so ingrained in her’

Eden Prairie School Board 2012 Eden Prairie News is profiling outgoing School Board members Carol Bomben and Kim Ross. This week, we feature this story about Board Chair Carol Bomben and, on page 4, questions for the board members. In 2012, the Eden Prairie School Board will include new members Karla Bratrud and Dave Espe, along with re-elected members John Estall and Holly Parker and returning members Ranee Jacobus, Suzanne Kutina and Chuck Mueller. The first School Board meeting of the year is Jan. 10.

“The city is very invested in affordable home ownership,” said Koivumaki. It’s unlikely there will be further construction of additional Section 8 housing complexes such as the two found just off of Edenvale Boulevard. The city has moved away from a policy where low-income housing is so concentrated. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for more affordable housing. People may complain that Eden Prairie has so much affordable hous-

After 16 years, Carol Bomben leaves Eden Prairie School Board BY LEAH SHAFFER


After 16 years on the Eden Prairie School Board, Carol Bomben is taking a break. As manager of The Preserve and as a representative of EP Schools on the board of Intermediate District 287, she will remain busy.

During her last meeting, Eden Prairie School Board Chair Carol Bomben had a message for her fellow board members. “Always remember: It matters to children what we do every day, the decisions that we make,” she said. Bomben, who decided to not seek re-election this fall, has spent 16 years on the School Board; served on every one of the board’s standing committees; was director of the Minnesota School Boards Association; served on the Association of Metropolitan

School Districts, Minnesota State High School League and serves as a representative on the board of District 287.

RECOGNITION AND HONORS Bomben is one of those Eden Prairie individuals that knows just about every official in the city; she has immersed herself in the ins and outs of public policy. In December, Bomben received the top honor from the Minnesota School Boards Association, named to the 2012 All State School Board. She was one of only four board members out of the 2,300 school board members state-


wide to receive the award. Criteria for the award includes MSBA training; strong leadership; excellence in boardsmanship; communication skills; visionary thinking; demonstration of concern for students, staff and taxpayers; and support for the nomination from stakeholders. “It never fails to amaze me how many people know and care about Carol,” said Board member John Estall. “For Carol, it has always been about staying focused on the needs of students,” he said during the Bomben’s last meeting, Dec. 13.

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Artists sought for Community Center The city of Eden Prairie is seeking an artist or team of artists “to create a dynamic mural or light-weight wall relief to enliven space near the Eden Prairie Community Center main entrance.” The wall is 30 feet, 6 inches long by 9 feet, 1.5 inches high. Pieces could hang from the ceiling. Visit the city website at for more details. Deadline for submissions is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. Info: (952) 949-8304.

The Eden Prairie Police Prius “A 2011 black Toyota Prius is the latest car to join the EPPD Fleet,” according to a city of Eden Prairie blog post. “The Prius, which will be driven by Chief Rob Reynolds, is the fi rst hybrid for the Police Department and the third for the city of Eden Prairie. Other hybrids are driven by members of the Inspections and Water Utilities staff.” The purchase helps the city to meet “20-40-15” goals, which call “for the city to improve energy efficiency in all of its facilities by 20 percent, increase the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet by 40 percent, and accomplish these goals by the year 2015.” The Prius is not practical for replacing response squad cars, the blog said. For more information, visit

Service center closes Jan. 20 Hennepin County has released the date the Eden Prairie Service Center is scheduled to close. The Service Center, 479 Eden Prairie Center Drive, is set to close on Jan. 20. “It’s estimated the closure will save the county at least $300,000 annually,” according to a news release from the

county. For the story about the closure from the Dec. 22 issue of the Eden Prairie News, visit our website, edenprairienews. com. For more information from the county, visit or call (612) 348-8240.


Disability Awareness Committee sets event Eden Prairie’s Disability Awareness Committee is planning a community book club event for teens and adults from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the city of Eden Prairie’s Heritage Rooms, 8080 Mitchell Road, lower level. Reserved copies of “Look Me in the Eye” by John Elder Robison are available at the Eden Prairie Library. Robison is set to interact with the group at the event as he’s piped in to address the group and respond to questions, according to a news release. His book describes his struggles with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, and how it affected his efforts to forge relationships and interact socially. Cost is $5. Register online at or call (952) 975-6940. The community is invited to the event.

EP resident is Cinderella


Leith Anderson completed his time as senior pastor at Wooddale Church with several Candlelight Christmas Eve services. Anderson, who started as Wooddale’s senior pastor in 1977, has seen the church grow from its original building in Richfield to the striking Eden Prairie location. During Anderson’s time at Wooddale, the church added nine daughter churches around the metro and recently opened its second location in Edina. Anderson, who retires on Dec. 31, spoke at nine services in the last week of December.

Eden Prairie resident Jessica Fredrickson appears as Cinderella in the Ordway’s version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” The Ordway, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, is hosting the following remaining performances: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Tickets start at $35. Info: (651) 224-4222.

City to get design consultation Eden Prairie will be one of eight U.S. cities to receive a free neighborhood design consultation in 2012 from “Global Green USA with the help of a grant from the Environmental P rotection Agency’s ( EPA)

TELL US … It’s list-mania time: Top news stories … biggest newsmakers … craziest celebrities … best new restaurants. And, we’re piling on by asking all of you bibliophiles: What’s the best book you read in 2011? If you have a book recommendation – whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry or (heaven forbid!) reference – then send us the title, author and a couple of sentences describing why it’s great.

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Firefighters from across the metro gathered at the Chanhassen Fire Station Dec. 21 for the announcement that the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial organization has reached its fundraising goal of $600,000 to construct a memorial. The memorial will be dedicated at the State Capitol in October 2012, to honor firefighters who have died in service.

Mission accomplished Firefighters reach memorial fundraising goal honoring their fallen BY UNSIE ZUEGE



irefighters from across the metro gathered in Chanhassen Dec. 21 for the announcement that the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial organization has raised $600,000 to create a new memorial. Since 1881,194 Minnesota firefighters have died in the line of duty. A memorial was dedicated to them at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport more than 20 years ago. In July of this year, the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation launched a campaign to create a larger and more visible, interactive memorial at the State Capitol. This memorial would provide a more easily accessible and permanent location for families, friends, co-workers and community members to visit. The fundraising project was spearheaded by George Esbensen, Eden Prairie fire chief/director of Emergency Preparedness, and president of the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation. The announcement took place at Chanhassen’s Fire Station No. 1, selected as the announcement site to recognize the Chanhassen Fire Department as one of the top four memorial fundraising departments in the state: Eden Prairie, $14,000, Chanhassen

If you’d like to contribute to the memorial fund project, send a donation to: Minnesota Fire Service Foundation, c/o Flagship Bank, 7525 Office, Ridge Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3644. George Esbensen, Eden Prairie fire chief and president of the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation, played a major role in organizing the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial project. $12,200, Minneapolis $12,000, and St. Paul, $10,600. In addition to being among the top four fund-raising departments in the state, Chanhassen Fire Chief John Wolff said the department was selected as the announcement site to recognize its achievement in raising the most money based on its population and number of fi refighters. The occasion also honored the memory of Michael “Mick” Wiborg, a Chanhassen firefighter who died April 13, 1998, from a heart attack after a training exercise. Wiborg’s widow, Vicki, was seated along with three others who have lost family members in the line of duty — Mary O’Rourke, the daughter of Jim Spillane of Richfield, Mary McElmurry,

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widow of Bob McElmurr y of St. Louis Park, and Marva Johnson, widow of Arnie Johnson, St. Louis Park. A mong t he f i re depa r tments attending the event were Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, Chaska, Victoria, Carver, Hamburg, Mayer, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Cologne, Watertown, Waconia, Lakeville and North Mankato.

EXCEEDED GOAL “We raised $12,200,” said Chanhassen Fire Chief John Wolff. “When the idea for the memorial fi rst came up, they took the cost of what it would be, and divided that by the number of firefighters (approximately 24,000) in Minnesota, and divided that into the cost to construct the memorial, $500,000. It roughly came out to be $30 per fi refighter out of their own pockets. “We knew we’d meet our goal for the fi re station,” Wolff

said. “What’s really impressive is that 70 percent of our guys weren’t around when Mick was here. They didn’t know him, but everyone pitched in. And then we thought, why not open it up to the community?” The Chanhassen Fire Department had a boot drive in front of Byerly’s and Cub Foods for three weekends in October. Volunteers from the fi re department stood outside the stores and collected donations, raising an additional $8,000. “People were very generous,” Wolff said. “Our fi rst day, a Sunday, residents donated $4,000, showing their appreciation. It was very impressive.” The Minnesota Fire Service Foundation had $120,000 on Oct. 1. With other fi re departments stepping up their efforts, like Chanhassen, the foundation had $ 600,000 by Dec. 1, $100,000 more than the original goal. Donations exceeding the $ 600,000 goal will fund educational scholarships for children of active, retired, or deceased fi refighters, and help spouses of deceased fi refighters and for minor expenses for the October memorial dedication. Financia l contributions to the Minnesota State Firefighter Memorial fund can be sent to Minnesota Fire Service Foundation c/o Flagship Bank, 7525 Office, Ridge Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3644. All contributions are tax deductible.

Burton Sutton, 73, of Eden Prairie, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 27 from 4-7 p.m. at the Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel. Service was held Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour before at the Eden Prairie United Methodist Church, Eden Prairie. Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel, 7625 Mitchell Rd. 952-975-0400.

Irene E. (Vlasak) Vinella Irene Vinella, 87, of Eden Prairie, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. Visitation Thursday, Dec. 29 from 4-7 p.m. at the Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel, 7625 Mitchell Rd. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, Dec. 30 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour before at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Tr., Eden Prairie. Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel, 7625 Mitchell Rd. 952-975-0400.

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Resident unhurt in Sunnybrook Rd. house fire A wo m a n e s c a p e d u n harmed from a house fi re at 12465 Sunnybrook Road in southeastern Eden Prairie early Monday morning. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but appears to be accidental, said Fire Chief George Esbensen, who added that damage amounted to approximately $100,000. Firefighters were called shortly before 3 a.m. when

neighbors spotted fi re on the roof of the home. A female tenant was able to get out of the house uninjured. She was directed to a fire chaplain, and was later housed at a nearby hotel. However, officials were uncertain whether a pet cat survived the fi re. Firefighters from Edina and Bloomington assisted the Eden Prairie Fire Department at the scene.

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Preparing for Youth America Grand Prix BY KARLA WENNERSTROM

Students from the Academy of Russian Ballet in Eden Prairie are getting ready for the Youth A merica Grand Prix competition in Chicago Jan. 6-8. “Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition,” according to its website. Finals are in New York City. Scheduled to attend are Masha Bak of Chanhassen, Amy Underwood of Eden Prairie, Lydia Jarnow of Eden Prairie, Irene Anastazievsky of Shoreview, Ellie Babcock of Minnetonka and Lucia Erickson of Excelsior. The young women are excited. “This is a very prestigious competition,” said Academy founder Kirill Bak. It’s the fi rst time that the local Academy of Russian

SEND US YOUR … Opinion: What’s the best book you read in ’11? It’s list-mania time: Top news stories … biggest newsmakers … craziest celebrities … best new restaurants. And, we’re piling on by asking all of you bibliophiles: What’s the best book you read in 2011? If you have a book recommendation – whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry or (heaven forbid!) reference – then send us the title, author and a couple of sentences describing why it’s great.


Masha Bak, Amy Underwood, Lydia Jarnow, Irene Anastazievsky, Ellie Babcock and Lucia Erickson. Ballet is taking a group to the event. ARB participants were given the option to do the extra work and participate in the

competition. The students will participate in competition and master classes.

It’s always good to meet other strong dancers,” Bak said. “They know what they judge.”


Share your recommendation with Eden Prairie News readers. Send your suggestion – no more than 200 words, please – to Editor Karla Wennerstrom,, before noon on Friday, Jan. 6. Include your name and city of residence. We’ll run some recommendations online at and the best in the Jan. 12 EP News print edition.



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New beginnings, new worries With senior year teeny bank account. I almost halfway over guess it is time to say already, it seems as goodbye to restaurants though it is time to and the mall and hello start preparing for to the cafeteria and the next chapter in I better my life, college. With start paying attention all the excitement of in math class if I am meeting new friends going to be on a budget and starting a new for the first time. beginning comes the Rate your professor worries of so many is a website where changes, too. college students can As I continue to rate their college GENERATION EP mentally prepare professors based on myself for college, their teaching skills, I can not help but how helpful they are wonder how different my life will and even how hot they are. This be. While trying to stay excited, has been a priority website for me there are some concerns that seem because I am worried I will end up inevitable for me as a freshman in with a stereotypical 80-some-year-old college. professor who does not know what First, and probably the No. 1 Facebook, Twitter or even a cell concern on my list, is rooming with phone is. a stranger. As an only child, and only Classes, homework, library, living with my mom, one could say write paper and repeat. I’m afraid I have been accustomed to my own this will be my everyday schedule. space. Having two cats as my only I mean, who actually wants new other roommates for the past 15 years friends and a social life in college; it has been a blessing, so when the is so overrated anyways. Hopefully, times comes to be shoveled off into a I will not end up as that girl who is four-by-four-foot room, let’s just hope overly possessive of her library seat my roommate is not a hermit and because she is there every day at the will leave the room, often. Along with same time. a small room comes a small closet. If I am fortunate enough to find I will be the first to say, I probably time to have a social life, college frat have enough clothing to clothe most parties here I come. However, one of Eden Prairie, so where am I going does not want to be that one who has to put all this? I don’t think I will gone to one too many frat parties and be able to cram two closets and a ends up falling off their top bunk by dresser’s worth of clothing into a morning. two-foot closet. Probably one of the common As for my roommate, I’m just concerns is avoiding the notorious hoping that she is not some sort of freshman 15. When I come back for psychopath. Although colleges say winter break during my first year, they try to match people who they I do not want to be that kid that think will fit well, let’s be honest, everyone else can tell has had one one always hears of horror stories too many burgers. Maybe coming where someone gets a roommate who prepared with a mini-fridge loaded is anorexic, a drug dealer, a World of with string cheese, carrots or Warcraft addict or a die-hard vegan. anything else healthy will steer me in I mean, I guess I will bring some duct the right direction. tape to divide the room in half, just in I guess now would be the best time case it comes to that. to learn to do laundry, too. I admit it, Another concern is trying not to Pertl to page 5 ® break the already microscopically



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What’s ahead for Eden Prairie Schools? The Eden Prairie News emailed School Board members questions regarding the upcoming school year. Current Board members Carol Bomben, John Estall, Ranee Jacobus, Susanne Kutina, Chuck Mueller and Holly Parker and Kim Ross along with incoming board members Karla Bratrud and Dave Espe offered the following response as a group: Q: What should the district be doing to address its enrollment decline? Nationally recognized districts like Eden Prairie historically enjoy a higher capture rate and open enrollment demand than other districts. Recent enrollment declines have shown us that we need to do the work necessary to maintain excellence, and we are committed to partnering with our stakeholders to make the changes necessary to renew loyalty and pride in our schools. The fi rst step we have taken is to hire an independent demographer to quantify our current school-age population, what percentage of those children attend EP schools, and what we expect our school age population to be in the future. Our second step will be to survey our stakeholders to garner an assessment of district culture and curriculum offerings. This comprehensive analysis will provide us with the data necessary to understand enrollment trends, the reasons behind them, and prioritize the changes we need to make to positively impact enrollment. We recognize the need to rebuild trust and support within our community. Leadership at all levels is committed to providing a communications strategy to increase understanding, transparency and two-way dialogue with stakeholders. Introducing new and innovative programs to meet the needs of all of our students will expand our brand. Promoting our successes and fl agship offerings in the academics, arts and athletics will

enhance our reach. Q: What will be the biggest challenge of the coming year? The board will continue to evaluate our K-6 transformation. We are fully aware that we did not meet all of the goals stated in our fi rst year. We need to analyze those results and decide if we still believe it is a viable long-term configuration for our school facilities. Interest in fi rst-grade readiness, gifted and talented, CMS Performing Arts space, additional choice schools and other program enhancements will be included in this analysis. We will assess the community’s appetite for any new changes in facilities usage, as well as the operating, capital and tax funding needs associated with them. It is also important that programs promised as part of the K-6 transformation, such as STEM and Social & Emotional Learning, continue to be thoughtfully constructed, delivered and communicated to stakeholders. We are very fortunate to have Jon McBroom, our acting interim superintendent, working with us as we navigate through this process. In the end, our goal is to have a dynamic 21st century facilities configuration capable of delivering the innovative and varied educational offerings our community values, and that once again positions us as a leader among reputable districts. Stakeholder input and involvement will be instrumental in achieving this goal. Hiring a new superintendent that will lead, listen, communicate and advance the education of all students through the fi nal implementation of this long-term vision is very important to the future of our district. Our superintendent search timeline has been fi nalized by the board, commencing with multiple input opportunities for our stakeholders during the early part of January. A detailed communication to the whole community outlining

the search process and timeline has been published and is posted on the district’s website. We are planning to select a new superintendent in early spring for a July 1 start date. Q: How should the board be prepping for the possibility of a referendum? The state’s budget problems, subsequent delay in payments, and unfunded or underfunded mandates have certainly had their effect on public education in Minnesota. Eden Prairie is in a better position than most districts in the state due to conservative budgeting and prudent spending practices. However, our 12 percent accrued reserve balance will possibly diminish as soon as May 2012 if unpaid shifts continue and future changes to funding, enrollment and expenses occur. Our current local operating levy will expire at the end of the 2013-14 school year. In the next few months, the board will be analyzing the options and timing available to us for conducting a referendum election for this levy and other potential levy needs. Conversations with the community on these options will be an important part of the process. The board has taken steps to have a more active role in the development, analysis and approval of our budget assumptions, spending and fund balance decisions at the ground level. Our new Finance Committee will be working with administration in the analysis of all budget and referendum recommendations brought to the whole board for approval. The superintendent and COO will expand reporting on our monthly financial position, and also make changes to our budget book that provide more detail on expense variations among our schools and major general fund expense categories. All of this information will be readily available to stakeholders to provide the facts necessary to understand and support any future referendum decisions.


Cell phone users: I want to live Recently there has been discussion in Washington about banning cell phone usage in automobiles. Tonight while driving past Costco, a lady in a Lexus SUV was talking on her phone and nearly broadsided my car. She seemed totally unaware of what she had done and kept on talking on her phone. Folks, I am sick and tired of playing defensive driver for inconsiderate individuals who feel it’s more important to make that phone

call than to pay attention to their driving. I don’t believe that a ban should be legislated but as adults, you have to start paying attention to your driving. Please, please don’t use your cell phone while you drive. I want to live.

Don Nelson Eden Prairie


There are lots of alcohol-free activities Teens are often known to always be getting into trouble because of underage drinking. But there are a lot

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of alcohol-free activities that teens are choosing to participate in! There are many drama opportunities going on throughout the school year, including the fall play, winter drama club, and the spring musical. There’s also Run Club, volleyball, track, tennis, and other sports going on in the after-school activities during the different seasons. There are teen programs held by the city that can be found on the city website. Eden Prairie also has a magazine called Parks and Recreation Programs, which is full of alcohol-free activities for all ages, including teens, to participate in. Outside of school, and

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with these great companies and others are advertised in CLASSIFIEDS located in the back of this newspaper

the community, friends often get together to take part in a variety of different activities where drugs and alcohol are not involved at all.

Find more local JOB openings in the CLASSIFIEDS. To see your company listed here, or to place your employment ad, call 952-345-3003.

Malynn Weiman, Elizabeth Kenyon, Gerrie Perez and Greta Frye Eden Prairie

Crossroads Optometric

Studied effects of caffeine Kids are drinking more and more highly caffeinated beverages such as energy drinks and soft drinks. I wanted to know what effect caffeine has on heart rate and blood pressure. I hypothesized that caffeine wou ld i ncrease bot h you r hear t rate and your blood pressure. I tested this by drinking water as my control, coffee and the popular energy drink Monster. I conducted these tests separately on different days at the same time each day to prevent daily cycle bias. I wou ld measure my heart rate and blood pressure before drinking the beverage and measuring it at 5, 10, 15 and 30 minute intervals after drinking. I concluded from my results that caffeine lowered blood pressure starting 5 minutes after drinking and began to rise after 15 minutes. Caffeine had a very slight effect on heart rate averaging about one beat per minute increase over the time period tested. Blood pressure is measured in two numbers, the top number is the systolic number. The systolic number measures a person’s blood pressure while the heart is contracted, and is the higher number of the two. The diastolic, bottom number, measures blood pressure while the heart is resting in between beats. This number is the lower of the two. You should monitor your blood pressure because high blood pressure can lead to significant health problems such as heart disease. My results showed a higher change in the diastolic number. After drinking the Monster, which had the highest caffeine content, my blood pressure dropped below 60 on the diastolic number. If your diastolic number is less than 60 you can have low blood pressure (hypotension). Symptoms of hypotension include dizziness to extreme cases of fainting. Other studies I have read about on and have concluded that caffeine increases blood pressure between 30-60 minutes after consumption. My tests looked at the short-term effects of caffeine from 5-30 minutes after consumption. It found that blood pressure was lowered five minutes after drinking a caffeinated beverage and it started to rise after 15 minutes. What I learned from this experiment was that all three liquids initially lowered my blood pressure and then started to raise it after 15 minutes. In conclusion, this study lacks sufficient evidence to support any strong recommendations for or against caffeinated beverages.

Matthew Kronlokken Eden Prairie

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I do not do my own laundry, but I guess if I do not want to smell like sweaty socks, I better learn how to wash them now. Plus, I do not want to spend my first semester stuck in Home Economics 101. One may say that for many, being in a large lecture class is a worry because they do not want to end up lost in the

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a father’s TV or a sibling’s video games and set up a fully stocked desk: pencils, dictionary, calculator, etc. Here’s an article about creating an inspiring space to study: http://www. Increase their brain food. You know that soda



Students in Ruth Coppock’s class submitted the letter on the topic of alcohol-free activities.

How liquids affect tooth enamel I am an eighth-grade student at Central Middle School in Eden Prairie. I just recently fi nished a science project for school, with my topic being on how different liquids affect tooth enamel. I did this experiment for one full week, then tried to brush off stains that the different liquids created with a tooth brush and toothpaste. I used orange juice, Gatorade, ACT Mouthwash, milk, water, Coke, Diet Coke and vinegar. During this experiment, I used hard-boiled eggs as my “teeth.” One egg was placed in each liquid for one week. The eggs were kept in my refrigerator. I also checked the shell condition of each egg daily to look for any notable changes. Each egg was weighed at the beginning and end of the experiment. One of the most interesting results was the difference between the effects of Coke and Diet Coke on the eggs. I noticed that the Diet Coke had a moderate stain, but the stain would not come off when brushed. It also had many small dots and cracks in the shell. Coke, on the other hand, was the total opposite. There was a darker stain, but it was easier to brush off. It had very few spots and no cracks. I had originally thought that the sugars in the Coke would be worse for teeth, but in the end, I found that Diet Coke is worse for your teeth than regular Coke. I also noticed significant changes in the egg placed in the vinegar. The shell was completely gone and there was a foam-like substance floating on the top of the vinegar. The hard shell was completely dissolved at the end of the seven days. The egg lost five grams in weight. Vinegar is an acid and probably the strongest acid that I used. Based on this observation, I can conclude that acids are hard on tooth enamel. The remaining liquids – orange juice, Gatorade, ACT Mouthwash, milk and water – did not show as much change in the shell conditions. There was slight color change with the orange juice, Gatorade and ACT, but I was able to brush it off. The shells all remained strong and intact and the weights changed very little. I learned many things about taking care of my teeth. I now know how important it is to brush my teeth and get all of the bad stuff off of the teeth each day. With the exception of the vinegar, I tested everyday drinks. I also learned that

just because the diet versions of sodas may have fewer calories and sugars, they may be damaging your teeth in other ways.

Josh Lamberty Eden Prairie


Holiday traditions may be dangerous The period between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day is typically the most fi re-deadly week of the year in Minnesota. Cooking, candles, decorations and fireplaces are the main culprits, but in every case, lack of caution plays a role. When holiday traditions add fi re threats and we fail to take additional precautions, the outcome can quickly turn a holiday into a disaster. As your State Fire Marshal, I ask you to read the information below, clip it out and review it with your family. Perhaps you’ll hang it on the refrigerator with other special reminders and tokens of affection for your loved ones. Cooking: The No. 1 cause of residential fires because distracted cooks forget to watch the stovetop. Never leave a hot burner unattended; grease fi res start in seconds. Keep clothing, clutter and children away from the stove, and your kitchen will be more fi re-safe. Candles: Candles belong in sturdy containers or holders, far from curtains, greenery, paper, gifts, and children’s reach. Never leave them burning unattended. Decorations: Water your natural tree every day. A fresh, green tree will hardly burn; a dry one can ignite an entire room in seconds. Be sure light cords are in good condition and don’t overload electrical sockets. Finally, keep greenery and heat sources three feet apart — and no fresh greens on the fi replace mantel! Fireplaces: Never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace; it’s a frequent cause of chimney fi res. If you haven’t had your chimney inspected for a year or more, do it before you light that crackling holiday fi re and the creosote build-up turns it into something very unpleasant. Please share these tips with the people you love. Your Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division wishes you peace and joy during the holidays and throughout the year.

Jerry Rosendahl Minnesota state fire marshal

crowd. Coming from Eden Prairie, this is one concern I am not worried about. Some of the colleges I toured have even been smaller than Eden Prairie High School. With all these worries and concerns rushing through my mind all the time, it seems that I am going to need my last eight more months to figure out solutions to these problems. If I fail to have solutions to my many concerns, I guess there is

always the option of living at home with mom the rest of my life; I am sure she would not mind. Kilee Pertl is a senior at Eden Prairie High School and co-editor-in-chief of the Eyrie newspaper. She will be alternating the Generation EP column each month with her co-edior-in-chief, Ryan Williamson. You can follow Kilee on Twitter at kileepertl and the Eyrie newspaper at The_Eyrie.

and candy are bad for your kid’s brain (sugar, caffeine and food dye, oh my!), but did you know there are foods that can actually strengthen their brain? Among the best: wild salmon (omega-3 fatty acid DHA), blueberries (boost cognition and memory) and walnuts (antioxidant and improved thought processing). Here’s a link to get you more information on brain foods: http://www.webmd.

com/diet/guide/eat-smarthealthier-brain. For more ideas on fighting the “holiday slide,” including a free five-page brochure of learning activities, contact LearningRx. Terri O. Johnson is director at LearningRx in Chanhassen, which helps students to improve their learning ability through cognitive brain training. For more information, call Johnson at (952) 949-6900.

CLARIFICATION A letter to the editor in the Dec. 15 issue titled “People must hold politicians accountable” included an unclear statement. The discussion about building a new city hall referred to in the letter occurred decades ago, not recently.

The Eden Prairie News is committed to providing accurate information. If you find an error or have a comment about a story, call Editor Karla Wennerstrom at (952) 345-6474 or email

publicnotices Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Assumed Name/Certificate Of Assumed Name Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number: Date Filed: November 16, 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: carol hagebak photography 2. Principal Place of Business: 14729 Langdon Place, Eden Prairie, MN 55347 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: Carol Hagebak – 14729 Langdon Place, Eden Prairie, MN 55347 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: Carol Hagebak - Owner Carol Hagebak - Contact Person 612-386-3027 Date: November 10, 2011 (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, December 22 and 29, 2011; No. 3254) ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS (Notice to Contractors) WTF PROCESS AND CONTROLS PHASE II IMPROVEMENTS CITY OF EDEN PRAIRIE EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA Notice is herby given that sealed bids will be received by the City of Eden Prairie (OWNER) at the City of Eden Prairie, at 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, 55344-2230, until 11:00 am, January 9, 2012, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. Bids arriving after the designated time will be returned unopened. An overview of the scope of work is as follows: 1) New ferric chemical feed system and feed piping. 2) Power and control wiring improvements for existing chlorine feed system. 3) New CO2 gas feed system. 4) Ventilation for existing lime slakers. 5) Miscellaneous control system improvements. 6) Miscellaneous demo in chemical room areas. Bids shall be submitted on the Bid Forms provided and in accordance with the Bidding Documents prepared by Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., 6901 East Fish Lake Road, Suite 184, Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369-5457 (ENGINEER). Copies of the above documents may be seen at the City office. Complete digital project bidding documents, pursuant to which labor, materials, or services must be furnished, are available at www.AE2S. com or You may download the digital plan documents for $25.00 by inputting Quest project # 1816196 on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact at 952-233-1632 or for assistance in free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information. An optional digital format on CD may be purchased for a charge of $50.00 or paper copies of the Bidding Documents may be obtained for $100.00, for each set of documents requested, from the issuing office of the Engineer, AE2S, 6901 E. Fish Lake Road Suite 184, Maple Grove, MN 55369. Each set of Bidding Documents will include the Project Manuals and one (1) complete set of 11x17 inch Drawings. All costs associated with preparation of Bids shall be borne by the Bidder. All costs for either digital or paper copies are NON-REFUNDABLE. No partial sets will be issued. Bids security in the amount of 5% of the amount of the bid must accompany each bid in accordance with the Instruction to Bidders. Bid security of the three lowest Bidders will be retained until the contract has been awarded and executed, but not longer than sixty (60) days from the date of the bid opening. No bids will be considered unless sealed and filed at the city office, together with the bid security and other requirements of the bid, in an opaque envelope, which shall

be plainly marked with the project title and the name and address of the Bidder. If a bid is to be mailed to the City of Eden Prairie, the bid envelope should be sealed in a regular mailing envelope. The City of Eden Prairie reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any irregularities or informalities. No Bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of sixty (60) days after the bid opening. Dated: December 13, 2011 (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, December 22 and 29, 2011; No. 3255) ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 272 EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA PROJECT NO. R11-1181.000 CALL FOR BID Bids close at 2:00 p.m. on January 31, 2012. A mandatory pre-bid conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on January 12, 2012, at Oak Point Elementary School, 13400 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. By order of the School Board of Independent School District 272, sealed bids for the Oak Point Elementary School IAQ and Deferred Maintenance Project - 2012 will be received in accordance with the documents prepared by Hallberg Engineering, Inc., until 2:00 p.m. on January 31, 2012 at the office of the Purchasing Coordinator, in the Administrative Services Center, 8100 School Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Bids will be opened and read aloud in the Boardroom at the time and place specified above. Bids received after 2:00 p.m. will be returned unopened. Submit bids for all work as outlined in the bid form. This project includes the replacement and refurbishing of air handlers and other mechanical deferred maintenance work. Documents may be obtained on or after January 10, 2012 at Engineering Repo Systems, 612.722.2303. Please telephone all requests for documents. The deposit for obtaining the documents will be $50.00. The amount of deposit for one set of documents will be refunded to each bidder who submits a bona fide bid and returns the documents in good condition within ten days after opening of bids. Contractors who do not submit bids will receive a refund of one half of their deposits for documents that are returned within ten days after receipt of bids. The Proposal shall be made in duplicate on bidder’s letterhead in exact accordance with the Proposal Form accompanying the specifications, and the signature shall be in longhand. No oral, telegraphic or telephonic proposals or modifications will be considered. Each successful bidder will be required to furnish a satisfactory performance bond. Each proposal must be accompanied by a certified check, cashier’s check or bid bond in the amount of five percent (5%) of the bid, made payable to School District No. 272 as a guarantee that the bidder will, if awarded the bid, enter into a contract with the School District in accordance with his proposal and specifications. Envelopes containing bids must be sealed, marked on the lower left-hand corner “Oak Point Elementary School IAQ and Deferred Maintenance Project - 2012” with the name and address of the bidder, the date and hour of the opening and addressed to: Bev Matheson Purchasing Coordinator Eden Prairie Schools #272 8100 School Road Eden Prairie, Minnesota 553442230 The School Board of Independent School District No 272 Minnesota reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids or parts of such bids and waive any formalities or irregularities in bidding. No bid may be withdrawn for a period of thirty (30) days after bid opening without the consent of the School Board of Independent School District No. 272 of Minnesota. SCHOOL BOARD CLERK Holly Parker INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 272 EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, December 29, 2011 and January 5, 2012; No. 3257) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLANNING COMMISSION Monday, January 9, 2012 - 7:00 PM City Center - 8080 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Project: Meadows at Riley Creek (The) Location: 9845 Sky Lane Developer: Meadows, LLC NOTICE: Residents of Eden Prairie are invited to attend a public hearing about a proposal for a 12 lot single family subdivision. This is the first of at least two public hearings on this project. The meeting is televised live on cable channel 16 and rebroadcast on Mondays at

7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. The developer is requesting the following actions by the City: • Zoning District Change from Rural to R1-13.5 on 5.03 acres • Preliminary Plat of 5.03 acres into 12 lots and 1 outlot QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: If you wish to see plans before the meeting, please stop by City Hall between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you want to talk to someone about the proposed project, please contact Scott Kipp, the project planner, at 952-949-8489. Copies of any written comments submitted to the Community Development Department by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting date will be distributed in the Commission packets. (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, December 29, 2011; No. 3258) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLANNING COMMISSION Monday, January 9, 2012 - 7:00 PM City Center - 8080 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Project: Ridge at Riley Creek 5th Addition Location: 9567, 9667, and 9687 Sky Lane Developer: JMS Custom Homes NOTICE: Residents of Eden Prairie are invited to attend a public hearing about a proposal for a single family lot subdivision into five lots. This is the first of at least two public hearings on this project. The meeting is televised live on cable channel 16 and rebroadcast on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. The developer is requesting the following actions by the City: • Planned Unit Development Concept Review on 2.02 acres • Planned Unit Development District Review on 2.02 acres • Zoning District Amendment within the R1-13.5 Zoning District on 2.02 acres • Preliminary Plat of 2.02 acres into five lots QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: If you wish to see plans before the meeting, please stop by City Hall between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you want to talk to someone about the proposed project, please contact Regina Rojas, the project planner, at 952-949-8490. Copies of any written comments submitted to the Community Development Department by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting date will be distributed in the Commission packets. (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, December 29, 2011; No. 3259) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLANNING COMMISSION Monday, January 9, 2012 - 7:00 PM City Center - 8080 Mitchell Road Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Project: BFI Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Facility Location: 9813 Flying Cloud Drive Developer: Clean Energy NOTICE: Residents of Eden Prairie are invited to attend a public hearing about a proposal for a natural gas fueling facility. This is the first of at least two public hearings on this project. The meeting is televised live on cable channel 16 and rebroadcast on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. The developer is requesting the following actions by the City: • Planned Unit Development Concept Review on 24.32 acres • Planned Unit Development District Review on 24.32 acres • Zoning District Amendment within the I-2 Zoning District on 24.32 acres • Site Plan Review on 24.32 acres QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: If you wish to see plans before the meeting, please stop by City Hall between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you want to talk to someone about the proposed project, please contact Regina Rojas, the project planner, at 952-949-8490. Copies of any written comments submitted to the Community Development Department by 12:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting date will be distributed in the Commission packets. (Published in the Eden Prairie News on Thursday, December 29, 2011; No. 3260)

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Occupying my New Year’s resolutions As I think about creating my New Year’s resolutions, I find myself apprehensive about what 2012 holds in store. Of course, there’s all the mystery surrounding the Mayan predictions about life as we know it ending in 2012. Watching the stock market zigzag up and down is also a bit unsettling, especially in light of the debt crises facing so many governments worldwide. And then there is the escalating politicking to look forward to as the election draws nearer, with disappointing choices on both sides of the fence from my perspective – more of the same old, same old. Each week seems to bring news and images of a world in crisis, from unprecedented flooding and droughts, to looming environmental disasters of unknown proportions such as the ongoing release of radiation (some claim meltdown) of Fukushima and massive contamination of our drinking water supply from fracking used in natural gas and oil extraction.



My laundry list of concerns goes on, but at the risk of sounding like Scrooge welcoming in the New Year, I’ll stop at that. Yet it all leaves me feeling the need to find ways to remain strong and optimistic, for it’s far too easy to fall into feeling hopeless and powerless. So to my list of New Year’s resolutions I’m adding uplifting books and movies I want to get to this year, adding more time for spiritual and healing practices, and reaching out more to support causes and

political candidates I believe in. Most inspiring and uplifting of all to me is what started as the Occupy Wall Street movement and is now sometimes lightheartedly referred to as the Occupy Everything movement, especially as it gains acceptance and becomes globally interconnected. Thanks largely to the capabilities of various social media, it represents an unprecedented coming together of people worldwide looking to make the world a better, more equitable, more sustainable, place to live. “Time” magazine recently selecting “the protester” as person of the year speaks to the power of this phenomenon. Equally encouraging to me has been the growing involvement of interfaith leaders in supporting this movement. A recent report in “Religious News Service” noted that 1,400 faith leaders from around the country signed a pledge of solidarity with Occupy protesters, and that number is growing. Many

of the Occupy camps have set up designated tents or areas for prayer and meditation, reflecting the spiritual component of this movement – an aspect not always covered by mainstream media. This involvement has sparked much discourse, at times controversial, on the role of religion in such matters. Lynne McTaggart, author and spiritual leader, put forth the following in her piece, “The Hijacking of Jesus”: “What is so interesting about all this is not only the fact that this movement is changing the global conversation but also how the Christian church is finally, rather belatedly, reclaiming the rightful moral stance of Jesus Christ.” News reporter Chris Hedges had the following inspiring words to say in his address, “Where Were You When They Crucified My Lord?,” to Trinity Church leaders in New York City, encouraging them to allow demonstrators use of an adjacent vacant lot: “I am here because I have seen in

my many years overseas as a foreign correspondent that great men and women of moral probity arise in all cultures and all religions to fight the oppressor on behalf of the oppressed. I am here because I have seen that it is possible to be a Jew, a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Christian, a Hindu or an atheist and carry the cross. The words are different but the selfsacrifice and thirst for justice are the same.” Spiritual leader and author Deepak Chopra has also offered many inspiring words about the Occupy movement, especially in the blessing meditation he provided in New York City, available on and well worth watching. Interestingly, as one of the 1 percent, he encourages people not to ultimately frame the solution in a “we” versus “they” model. He suggests we Occupy ourselves, be the 100 percent remembering we are all in this together, and with heartfelt intention, ask ourselves, how may I be the change I wish to see in this

world? Many agree the growing Occupy movement represents a spiritual awakening in the world, a true unfolding shift in human consciousness toward a global collective consciousness yearning for a better world. On my refrigerator is the newspaper photo from an Egyptian protest with a protestor holding the sign, “Egypt supports Wisconsin workers. One world, one pain.” It brings me great comfort and hope. The closing words of McTaggart’s piece sum it up well: “Belatedly as it may be, the Christian church is finally wrenching Christ away from the politicos and the moneychangers, and reclaiming Him as both radical reformer and a symbol of universal connection, love and justice.” Spiritual writer Lauren Carlson-Vohs shares this space with Dr. Bernard E. Johnson, Beryl Schewe and the Revs. Rod Anderson and Timothy A. Johnson. “Spiritually Speaking” appears weekly.


Eden Prairie

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

Grace announces support groups

Invite People to Worship with You!

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

Eden Prairie

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

Sunday Worship 10:30 AM Sunday School

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

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


saint andrew

at St. Andrew West Sunday 9:30 a.m. 112090 Hundertmark Rd


(2 Blocks West of State 41 on Hundertmark)

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

13600 Technology Drive

(Along State Hwy. 5/212 one mile west of 494)

(No Sunday School Dec. 25 & Jan. 1) 952-934-0956 Sunday worship 9:00 AM Chrisan Educaon for all ages – 10:15 AM

Daycare/Preschool/Church Camp


W ishing you and your Wishing family a blessed New Year!

(1 blk. west of Mitchell Rd.)

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

Worship/Church School/ Nursery Each Hour


15050 Scenic Heights Road Eden Prairie 952-937-8781

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


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

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

Eden PraIrIe PresbyterIan Church

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

Sunday Services | 952.937.8000

Sunday Worship on Jan. 1st - 11:00 am Special Guests: MN Teen Challenge Choir 952 952--829 829--0525

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

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

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

Wednesday AWANA Clubs - 6:30 p.m. Youth Bible Study - 6:30 p.m. Adult Bible Study - 6:45 p.m. Child Care Provided in All Services


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

Building Friendships, Building Families, Building Faith

Weekend Masses Saturday Sunday

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

Weekday Masses Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

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

Youth Group 6 pm Young Adults 7:30 pm

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

Prairie Hill Evangelical Free Church Dr. Jerry Erickson, Pastor

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

Visit our website for more groups and events! 103288

952-937-9593 17200 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie

All are Welcome!

Are you hungry for “meaty” Bible teaching?

The Counseling and Care department of Grace Church in Eden Prairie is announcing the start of eight support groups this winter as part of its Community Care Nights ministry. All groups begin at 7 p.m. I Beyond Betrayal is Thursdays, Jan. 12 to March 29, for women dealing with sexual betrayal in their marriage. Register on Thursday night or at I Women’s Depression Group: Thursdays, Jan. 12, ongoing; register on Thursday night or at I For Men Only – Drop In: Thursdays, Jan. 5, ongoing; for men dealing with sexual purity issues, such as pornography and impure thoughts. No registration needed. I Fresh Start Sharing Groups: Thursdays, Jan. 5, ongoing; separate groups for men and women. Share and receive support from others for all types of issues. No registration needed. Guests can arrive between 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a free dinner. A teaching and testimonial program is presented during dinner from 6-7 p.m. Childcare is available for children ages 4 to 9. Various personal services are provided free on selected evenings, such as hairstyling, career counseling, personal finance counseling, resume writing assistance, a clothing closet and consultations with a medical doctor. Info: or contact Shelly at sgeoffroy@ or (952) 224-3023. Grace is at the southeast corner of Pioneer Trail and Eden Prairie Road, one mile west of Flying Cloud Airport.

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Homelessness exhibit at Pax “Pax Christi Catholic Community, in collaboration with St. Stephen’s Human Services, invites Eden Prairie residents to the opening of a powerful audio/photo exhibition created from hundreds of conversations with individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Minnesota,” according to a news release. Through striking portraits and first person audio, “Homelessness is My Address, Not My Name” is designed to alter your perception of homelessness. The exhibit opening is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Pax Christi and the exhibit will be on display at the church, 12100 Pioneer Trail, from Jan. 7 to Feb. 12. The exhibit’s stories spring from The Oral History of Homelessness Project, which documents homelessness in Minnesota through first-person narratives and portrait photography. Interviews and portraits of individuals and families experiencing homelessness provide stories of the daily lives, challenges and successes in overcoming the most extreme form of poverty in this socio-economic era. This exhibit is presented as collaboration between the Pax Christi Catholic Community Justice Grants Board (working to end homelessness and alleviate poverty) and the Pax Christi Arts Committee (working to provide the community with art that fosters introspection and action). The exhibit is free and open to the public. Check for additional information.

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

Special events Health Care Panel Discussion – 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Cost is $5. Sponsored by Senior Resource Professionals. Cribbage Tournament – 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Fees apply. Event, which is open to surrounding Senior Centers, is in the Senior Center Community Room.

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

RSVP at (952) 279-8050 for the following events: Join The Walking Club – Meet on the lower level of Sears inside at the mall entrance, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Pickleball – Play Pickleball from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Eden Prairie Community Center. Players of all levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and white-soled tennis shoes. Contact the Senior Center for more information. Cost is $5 for non-members. Foot Care Clinic – Jan. 4, 18; Feb. 6, 22. Call 763-560-5136 for appointment. Cost is $33. Health Insurance Help – 1 p.m. Jan. 19, Feb. 16. Call (952) 279-8050 for an appointment. Blood Pressure Clinic – 11 a.m. to noon Jan. 5, Feb. 2. Call Senior Center for appointment. Inside Edge Indoor Golf for Seniors – Mondays at 9 a.m. Cost is $21 per round. Call the Senior Center for more information.

are offered. Call (952) 279-8050 for information.

Canasta – 1 p.m. No need to sign up. Cards are provided. Call the Senior Center at (952) 279-8050. Cribbage – 1-3 p.m. Open to all levels of players. Call Jerry Clark at (952) 974-7989 for more information. Fridays Men’s Coffee Group – 9:30 a.m. Tell a tale, swap a story and learn something new. Call Duane Kasper at (952) 448-1608. Bread Day – 9:30 a.m. for “end of the day” baked goods and breads donated by a local baker. Donations accepted. Partner Bridge – noon, arrive with a partner or fi nd one at the center to play at 12:15 p.m. Call Lorraine Dilling at (952) 941-2060. Party Bridge – 12:15-3:30 p.m., no need to sign up, just come and play. Call Shirley at (952) 934-3461 for more information.

Mondays S en ior S i n g le s C of fe e K latch – 8 :45 -10 : 30 a.m. at Dunn Bros., 8107 Eden Prairie Road, for senior discounts on coffee. Shopping Bus – Call (952) 279-8051 by Thursday to sched-

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

days at Biaggi’s Restaurant in the Eden Prairie Shopping Center. Info: (612) 759 -9150, Dick Ward.

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

Eden Prairie Lioness

Civil Air Patrol

La Leche League Meets at 10 a.m. every third Tuesday of each month for women to learn about breastfe e d i n g. E x p e c t a nt , nu r s ing mothers and babies are welcome. Info: (952) 474-5173, Deb.

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.

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/.

Optimist Club

Alzheimer’s Group

The Eden Prairie Optimist Club is a civic organization with an emphasis on programs that benefit and recognize the youth of Eden Prairie. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Chanhassen American Legion, 290 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen. Visitors are always welcome. Info: or

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.

Driver safety classes Several driver safety courses

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 $ 2 0 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

Monthly events Bingo – From 1-3:30 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 30, Jan. 27 and Feb. 24. Cost is $1. Refreshments provided. Book Club – 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, reading “Still

Alice” by Lisa Genova. Chair massages – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 12, 26; Feb. 9, 23. Cost is $18 for 15 minutes or $33 for 30 minutes. Call the Senior Center to make an appointment at least one week in advance. Computer Cracker Barrel – 10 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 5 and Feb. 2, Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive. Bunco – 2 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 20, Feb. 17. Call Senior Center for 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 Program – The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a four-hour refresher course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at Summit Place Senior Campus, 8501 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie. Pre-registration required. Cost is $20. For more information or to register, visit or call toll free 1-(888)-234-1294.

MEETINGS To add a meeting to our list, or update a listing, please email editor@ or call (952) 942-7885. Contact clubs directly for holiday meeting schedules.

Memory Loss Support The Memory Loss and Caregiver Support Group meetings will be held at Prairie Adult Care from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 5. Concurrent support groups for persons with early stages of memory loss and their caregivers are facilitated by trained professionals in disease management strategies. The discussion groups help individuals connect to community resources, and foster self esteem in caregiving and care receiving. Participants may attend alone or with their family member or friend. To learn more about the support groups or the adult day center, visit prairieadultcare. com or or call (952) 949-3126. Prairie Adult Care is in the Victory Lutheran Church at 16200 Berger Drive, Eden Prairie.

AD/HD Connection The SW Metro AD/HD Connection meets the second Monday of each month. During the next meeting, from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, Lucy Segesky, M.Ed, occupational therapist, will speak on “The influence of sensory processing and emotional regulation on anxiety and AD/HD?” The group meets at the Eden Prairie Schools Administrative Services Building, 8100 School Road. Info: Cindy Lea, MA, (612) 965-3052 or Cindy@

Eden Prairie Lions The Eden Prairie Lions is a

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

Meals on Wheels

Alcoholics Anonymous An Alcoholics Anonymous Men’s Meeting is set at 7 p.m. every Monday at the Preserve Center “Barn,” on the second f loor, 11221 Anderson Lakes Parkway, Eden Prairie, next to the tennis courts. Info: (612) 210-1312, Brian.

Eden Prairie AM Rotary The Eden Prairie AM Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tues-

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. The group is open to all. Meetings are from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Supervalu Corp. Headquarters, 11840 Valley View Road, Room 203, Eden Prairie. Info:

Business to Business Networking group meets

Fresh Start Recovery From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Road, Christian recovery program for those with a “hurt, habit or hangup.” Music, teaching, testimonials and small g roups. No cost, no registration required. In fo: atg / fresh-start.

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.

Business Igniters

Overeaters Anonymous

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

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

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

The Eden Prairie Lioness Club is a volunteer organization of civic-minded women representing a cross-section of the community. The club meets at 6 p.m. the fi rst Thursday of each month (September through November and January to May) at Camp Eden Wood, 6350 Indian Chief Road. Meetings include a guest speaker and club discussion. Info: eplioness@comcast. net.

From 7-8:30 a.m. Thursdays at Eden Prairie Community C enter, 1670 0 Va l ley View Road, international networking group focuses on referra ls. In fo : / or (952) 890-6524, Ext. 7568, Paul Turney.

Minneapolis Commodores The Minneapolis Commodores, a member of the Barbershop Har mony Society, welcome all men, young and old, who enjoy singing to come and experience the pleasure of

barbershop harmony and camaraderie. The group practices at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Richfield. Call Rich at (952) 829-7009 or go to

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

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

Datamasters Toastmasters group meets 8-9 a.m. the 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 information call Ralph at (952) 9349727 or e-mail meditation@

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Eagle swimmers get up and race

Rau playing for U.S. National Junior Team

‘We’ve had 20 swims that have been under the state cut’ BY DANIEL HUSS


good team is one t h at get s up no matter who the opponent. A better team is one that competes, no matter what the circumstances. “This team likes to race,” said Kelly Boston, head coach of the Eden Prairie High School boys swim/dive team. Thursday, Boston’s Eagles raced all right, winning every swim event in a 103-75 rout of Chaska/Chanhassen. Maverick Hovey, who set a pool record in the 100 butterfly (51.06), would also win the 50 freestyle (22.20). Aaron Greenberg was also a double-event winner. Greenberg won both the 100 freestyle (48.51) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.61). Jenia Foster won the 200 freestyle (1:53.70); Jonathan Lieberman won the 200 individual medley (2:02.32), Sam Hansen the 500 freestyle (5:05.99) and Bryce Boston the 100 back (55.39). Eden Prairie would also win the 200 medley relay (Dima Foster, Boston, Brandt Swanson and Ahmed Bilal – 1:45.15), 200 freestyle relay (Swanson, Spencer Sathre, Daniel Nelson and Greenberg – 1:33.21) and 400 freestyle relay (Lieberman, Griffin Back, Greenberg and Boston – 3:27.31). A Chaska/Chanhassen diver won the diving event (171.1), but Eden Prairie’s Sam Gunderson had a better score (190.95); problem was, Gunderson’s dives were scored as exhibitions. No matter.


EPGBA Rookie League registration Registration is open for the Eden Prairie Girls Basketball Association’s Rookie League (kindergarteners and first graders). Sessions will be offered from 6- 7:15 p.m. on either Tuesday or Wednesday nights (your choice). The program will run for eight weeks starting the fi rst week of January and continue through the last week of February. Rookie League players will receive a basketball and a t-shirt as part of their registration. Cost is $80. For more information, including registration instructions, go to

EPLA offering boys winter lacrosse programs Just a quick reminder that registration is still open for the Eden Prairie Lacrosse Association’s winter lacrosse camps. These camps run on Thursday nights from January 5th through March 21 and will be held at the PrairieDome. We’ve got camps for all ages and experience levels. We’ve also got half camps starting in February for those of you who have other winter commitments, but want to shake the rust off before spring tryouts. Details can be found at

Eden Prairie Soccer Club to hold U8-U11 tryouts PHOTO BY DANIEL HUSS

Eden Prairie freshman Sam Hansen was fast Thursday, swimming the 500 freestyle in 5:05.99. As a team, Eden Prairie won every swim event en route to a 103-75 victory over Chaska/Chanhassen.

GET UP AND RACE One meet, or one competition, doesn’t a season make. Still, what Eden Prairie has been doing doesn’t appear to be a fluke. “We’ve had 20 swims that have been under the state cut,” said Boston. “Seventeen individual swims and three relays. And it’s only December.” What’s more, Boston said,

she has a bunch more ready to “crack through.” “We’re in the best position an Eden Prairie team has ever been in,” she added. But don’t for a minute think they’re ready to rest on their laurels. T hu r s d ay ’s me et ende d shortly before 9 p.m. On Friday, they were back in the pool 5:30 a.m. and then back again

at 3 p.m. This week called for a similar practice regimen. “We’ll hit it hard while we have the time,” added Boston. But isn’t it the holidays? “We’re going to focus on fundamentals,” she said. “Swim some fun sets and do some intra-squad things.” Meaning they can still get up and race.


P is for progress; W for work

The Eden Prairie Soccer Club will be holding tryouts for its girls and boys U8 – U11 spring/summer teams on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the PrairieDome. Check-in begins at 2:30 p.m.; tryouts/ parent information meeting begin at 4 p.m. Eligible player are born between July 31, 2004 and Aug. 1, 2000. For more information, go to

EPLA accepting girls winter lacrosse registration 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

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.


Thursday, Dec. 22, the Eden Prairie High School girls basketball team ended the pre-break portion of its schedule with arguably its best win of the season, a 62-56 victory over No. 3-ranked Lakeville North. “A good win against a good team,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Chris Carr. Question: Does this mean his Eagles have arrived, again? (Last year’s team lost in the state championship game.) “Our focus is on getting better every day,” said Carr. “It’s like going from A to Z. We’re not at A right now, but definitely not at Z either, meaning we still have a lot of ground to cover.” As Carr says this, he cautions anyone who thinks this year is last year. “It’s a different team and a different cast of characters,” he said. He looks at Lakeville North the same way. “They might be a better overall team,” he said, “but they don’t have last year’s star power.” Last year Lakeville North was led by Rachel Banham, the state’s best player. Banham now plays at the University of Minnesota. Coincidently, or not, that’s where Eden Prairie seniors Jackie Johnson and Shayne Mullaney are headed. I n T hu rsday’s wi n over Lakeville, the duo combined for 44 points (22 points for Johnson and 22 points for Mullaney). “That’s the first time in nine games where they’ve complemented each other,” said Carr. “They’ve had good games,” he adds, “but not on the same night.” With the win, Eden Prairie improved its record to 8-1. “We’ve played some good teams,” added the coach. “Apple Valley has beaten some people. Benilde has been good, and so have Lakeville North and Providence Academy.” Wednesday, Eden Prairie was scheduled to open the Dick’s Sporting Goods Holiday Classic with a game against Milwaukee Rufus. If Eden Prairie wins, they’ll face the winner of Osseo vs. Hutchinson on Thursday (6 p.m.). The tournament is being played at the Lindbergh Center at Hopkins High School.

University of Minnesota freshman Kyle Rau is playing for the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team, representing the United States at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship (Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011) in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta. Rau, a 2011 Eden Prairie High School graduate, leads all freshmen nationally in points (22) and goals (12). In addition, he’s tied for fi rst in the nation with five game-winning goals. In Team USA’s fi rst game, an 11-3 victory over Denmark, Rau scored two goals.


Open space was hard to come by as Eden Prairie’s Sander Mohn found out while trying to drive the baseline during a 69-62 loss to Lakeville North. With its win, Lakeville North moved up to No. 4 in the rankings; Eden Prairie dropped to No. 5.

EP boys basketball team can’t dig itself out of 15-point hole BY DANIEL HUSS

In a battle of two tough boys basketball teams, Lakeville North was tougher than Eden Prairie, at least for a night (Tuesday, Dec. 20). Tough? The Panthers out-muscled the Eagles 69-62. “They cut harder, moved faster and sealed better than we did,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach David Flom. One more thing; two, actually: They started faster than Eden Prairie and had a stronger post presence. In any event, the Eagles got down, clawed back and then fell back down again. “We got it to two a couple times,” added Flom. That alone is impressive as Eden Prairie trailed 21-6 early

and 35-25 at the half. Eden Prairie opened the second half by holding the Panthers scoreless on their fi rst 11 possessions. Unfortunately, Eden Prairie didn’t take full advantage of that, scoring only three baskets. Bottom line: The hole Eden Prairie dug was too deep, its sides too steep. “We have to play with more urgency consistently,” said Flom. Andre Wallace led Eden Prairie with 19 points. Sander Mohn added 14; Grant Shaeffer added nine. “We’ve got to get him more touches,” said Flom, of putting the ball in Wallace’s hands. “He was 6-of-7 against Lakeville and 6-of-8 the game before.” The loss to Lakeville, now the No. 4-ranked team in the

state, dropped Eden Prairie to No. 5. Eden Prairie has a 4-1 overall record. Tuesday, the Eagles were scheduled to open their own Eden Prairie Invitational with a home game against Holy Family. If Eden Prairie wins, they’ll play the winner of BenildeSt. Margaret’s vs. Waconia Thursday (today) at 7:30 p.m. The third place game (loser of Eden Prairie/Holy Family vs. loser of Benilde-St. Margaret’s/ Waconia) is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Games are played at Eden Prairie High School.



Red wins Lakeville North Panther Classic Eden Prairie fourth-grade Red won the Lakeville North Panther Classic. Team members include, front Row (left to right): Zoe Gaytan, Jessica Yokubonis, Becca Schuetz and Abby Jirele. Back row: Valerie Higgins, Hailey Hohenecker, Kaylee Nordquist and Nneka Obiazar. Coaches: Jon Norquist and Eric Yokubonis.

EPHS Sports This Week BOYS BASETBALL Thursday, Dec. 29 ..................................EP Invitational ............................................... 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 Shakopee .................................................. 7:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Thursday, Dec. 29 ...................................Holiday Tournament @ Hopkins ............................... TBD Friday, Dec. 30 .......................................Holiday Tournament @ Hopkins ............................... TBD Tuesday, Jan. 3 .......................................Prairie Seeds Academy ....................................... 7 p.m. GIRLS HOCKEY Thursday, Dec. 23 ...................................Eden Prairie Tournament ......................................... TBD Friday, Dec. 30 .......................................Eden Prairie Tournament ......................................... TBD Tuesday, Jan. 3 .......................................Edina ................................................................. 7 p.m. BOYS HOCKEY Thursday, Dec. 29 ...................................Tournament @ St. Louis Park .................................. TBD Friday, Dec. 30 .......................................Tournament @ St. Louis Park .................................. TBD DANCE TEAM BOYS SWIMMING NORDIC SKIING GYMNASTICS WRESTLING Thursday, Dec. 29 Oshkosh Tournament....................................... 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30 Oshkosh Tournament ...................................... 8 a.m. For schedule changes or directions to away games go to or call the Eden Prairie High School Student Activities Hotline at (952)975-8120

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scoreboard BOYS HOCKEY

Eagles’ new look burns Blaze The four teams that participated in the pre-Christmas Edina Holiday Classic (Edina, Eden Prairie, Elk River and Grand Rapids) entered the hockey tournament with combined record of 17-2. Eden Prairie tied Elk River, beat Grand Rapids and then lost to Edina. Grand Rapids, ranked No. 5 before the tournament, went 0-3. “We played pretty good,” said Eden Prairie Head Coach Lee Smith. Still, he felt the need for change. “We needed to get a little more balanced and get more g uys involved in scoring,” said Smith. So?

Sm it h ch a n ge d h i s l i ne combinations. For some, this was a reward for playing or practicing well. For others, it was a wake-up call. It was also a means of equalizing Eden Prairie’s offensive fi repower. “We looked at December as a trial,” explains Smith. “The goal all along is to get better.” T ue s d ay, D e c . 2 0 , E den Prairie’s new look was put to the test as Eden Prairie traveled to Burnsville to take on the No. 5-ranked Blaze. And? Eden Prairie beat Burnsville 7-3. “For one ga me,” ad mit s Smith, “our changes looked really good.” Danny Halloran, playing on Eden Prairie’s top line, was credited with four points (two

goals and two assists). “He was one of the top scorers at Bantams,” said Smith, “and then one of the top scorers on last year’s junior varsity team.” As a line, Andrew Knudsen, Halloran and Brad Boldenow would fi nd the back of the net four times. Like Halloran, Knudsen also scored two goals. Steve Spinner, Harry Pajor and Mason Bergh, Eden Prairie’s second line, would also score (Spinner). The kicker? Eden Prairie got two goals from its defensemen (Luc Snuggerud and Mike DeCesare). W hat’s most impressive, however, was Eden Prairie’s reaction after Burnsville tied the game at 3-3. “ T hey scored t wo fast

goals,” said Smith. “We’re at their place and we’re in front a big crowd, but instead of falling apart, we showed a lot of composure.” Four goals later, of which two were of the empty net variety, Eden Prairie showed that its new look looked good. “Looked good for a game,” cautioned Smith. Wednesday, Eden Prairie was schedu led to open the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Holiday Classic Tournament with a game against an undefeated Moorhead squad. Thursday (today), Eden Prairie could ver y wel l play Beni lde - St. Margaret’s, the team many think could unseat Eden Prairie as section champions. The tournament, held at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center, concludes Friday.



Slow start, fast finish; fast start, best finish

Consistently tough


Imagine trying to stop a leaky foundation by sticking your fi nger over a stream of water, only to find that the foundation sprung a leak somewhere else. This is an exaggeration, but the Eden Prairie High School girls hockey team faced a similar situation early last week. If you had patterned the Eagles through their first two months, you’d find that Eden Prairie was a third-period team. Blame it on their balance and a penchant for wearing teams out. This isn’t news to Eden Prairie Head Coach Jaime Grossman. In fact, it’s something he’s talked about. “We’ve talked about being more focused and ready to play right from the start,” he said. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Eden Prairie played one of its better first periods of the season in a 2-1 overtime loss to Champlin Park. “It was 0-0 after the first period before we put it in cruise control,” said Grossman. “I think we thought winning the game would just happen.” Translation: Eden Prairie’s start was better than its finish. Turns out, Eden Prairie lost, in part, because it was too aggressive with its neutral zone face-off. “It was a bit of a coaching error,” said Grossman. “I should have called it (face-off) off.” Bottom line: Eden Prairie didn’t play three strong periods. “I’m hoping that that’s the last time we have to learn that lesson,” said Grossman. Charly Dahlquist, Eden Prairie’s leading scorer, scored the Eagles lone goal. Friday, Eden Prairie had easily its best start of the year with a four-goal first period against Bloomington Jefferson. Karissa Olsen scored twice; Rachel Olson and Dahlquist scored lone goals. Jordan Phillippi added a second-period goal and Eden Prairie won 5-1. The win was extra special, not because it evened Eden Prairie’s record at 4-4-2, but because Jefferson is a section team. Wednesday, Eden Prairie was scheduled to open its MidWinter Meltdown Tournament against Shakopee, another section team. Tournament play continues Thursday (today) and Friday.



A snowy owl perches on a fence post.

Irruption of ‘snowies’ in the upper Midwest

Eagles prevail on night where judges rule BY DANIEL HUSS

As a gymnast, all you can ask for is consistency from the judges. As a gymnastics’ coach, you not only want that consistency, but you want that same consistency from meet to meet. “How do I convince someone that they did better when their scores are lower? ” questions Eden Prairie Head Coach Kirsten Lindsay. Fol lowi ng l ast week’s 137.075 to 127.575 win over Chaska/Chanhassen, Lindsay found herself in that exact situation. “The judging was very tough,” she said, “certainly tougher than what we had seen before.” To be sure, Eden Prairie’s score was four points lower than it was the week before. As for Chaska/Chanhassen, their coach said it was their lowest score in three years. To make matters worse, or at the very least more confusing, last week’s meet featured a different format – instead of separate varsity and junior varsity rotations, a single 10-gymnast rotation was scored. This wasn’t comparing apples to apples; this was comparing apples to leftover turkey sandwiches. “A little frustrating,” adds Lindsay.




Jessie Rogge’s 8.9 floor score counted as her Eden Prairie High School gymnastics team beat Chaska/Chanhassen 137.075 to 127.575. Those things being said, Eden Prairie got out of the meet what it had hoped to get out of the meet. “We tested the waters with a few new vaults and a couple new bar releases,” said Lindsay. On vault, Eden Prairie posted five scores of 8.0 or better. Mackenzie Dent was tops with a 9.55. Eden Prairie was also proficient on floor exercises (four

scores of 8.0 or better) and the balance beam (three scores of 8.0 or better). Like always, bars were a challenge. “It’s the last to come,” stated Lindsay. Dent won the all-around title, posting a four-rotation score of 37.0. Abby Soderberg finished with a 34.35, Jessie Rogge with a 33.575.



The Eden Prairie High School Dance Team’s High Kick routine was tops at the Wayzata Lake Conference Meet. As a result, Eden Prairie and Wayzata are tied for the Lake lead with one meet remaining.

High Kick routine wins at Wayzata The Eden P rai rie H i g h School Dance Team traveled to Wayzata on Dec. 15 for its second High Kick Lake Conference Meet of the season and delivered one big Holiday message. By finishing fi rst, the Eden Prairie Dance Team moved into a tie with

Wayzata. The one remaining High Kick meet is scheduled for Jan. 19 at Edi na High School. Eden Prairie will host the fi nal Jazz Lake Conference meet on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at Eden Prairie High School. Currently, Eden Prairie is

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in second place just behind Wayzata. Lake Conference champions will be crowned in Eden Prairie (Jazz) on the 10th and then a week later in Edina (High Kick). The section meet is scheduled for Feb. 4.

It is looking like this winter is shaping up to be the winter of the “snowies,” and I don’t mean the frozen white stuff that falls from the sky. Nope, I am referring to snowy owls (Nyctea scandiaca). Snowy owls are an amazing species of owl that normally live in the arctic regions of Canada and Alaska. Every now and then — let’s say every three to five years — some of these owls show up in the upper Midwest, Pacific Northwest and along the Eastern seaboard. This is one of those years. You see, this is not owl migration. No, this is owl irruption. There is a big difference between migration and irruption. Migration is a predictable or annual event in which the birds leave their home ranges at a predictable time, such as the end of summer, and move to warmer places, or at least less extreme climates. In spring they return. This is all very predictable. Every single year, right on cue, the migration happens. Irruption is not regular or annual. It occurs in irregular intervals. It is difficult to predict an irruption year, although many try to predict with varying amounts of accuracy. A good example of migration can be seen in the warblers. These tiny songbirds leave their home ranges at the end of summer and migrate down to central and south America. In spring they return. Just like clockwork. Birds such as the snowy owl, great gray owl and northern hawk owl are irruptive. Normally they don’t go anywhere. They stay in their home range. However, every so often they pick up and head out on a long-distance journey. So at this point you might be asking yourself a couple questions. First of all, how do you know if this is an irruptive year and what makes the birds do this behavior? First, it would be normal to have a few, and I mean just a few, snowy owls being reported across any given region in a given winter. This year, hundreds are being reported in the Upper Midwest alone. Other areas are also reporting large

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numbers of these large white birds. So, armed with this information, I would say it’s safe to say we are having an irruptive winter with snowy owls. So why does this happen. Traditionally it has always been thought that an acute food shortage causes these movements. So in other words the normal food supply for the owl would be running low, crashed, and the owls would be starving and would leave their traditional areas in search of another food source. I remember back in the ‘60s and ‘70s the common belief is that lemmings, a small arctic rodent, would commit mass suicide by all jumping off a cliff. This turned out to not be true on so many levels, starting with the fact there are very few cliffs of sufficient height in the arctic in which to jump. And besides, no wild animals have ever been documented to commit suicide. The drive to survive is way too strong. During the past few years, studies have shown that the lemming populations in the arctic are at an alltime high, so this wouldn’t support conventional thinking, would it? So what the current thinking is, due to the abundance of food supplies, the owls have been able to reproduce at record numbers. High population of owls has lead to a natural dispersal of birds out of their home range. This is a fairly common behavior for many of Mother Nature’s critters. Exploring new opportunities is how some animals are so successful. Irruption is just one more way to fill a niche. When these owls irrupt from their natural home range they don’t just go south. They also go east and west. We often think that the birds make a beeline due south. Obviously not true. Many owls will end up along the West Coast. I just was looking at some information regarding 10 snowy owls together along the coast of Washington state. Many of these owls will end up along the East Coast, in places including New York. Once established in a spot, the owls often stay put for several months or at least to the end of winter when they will return back to their home range. Let’s hope the snowies survive winter and return safely home in spring thus completing the cycle. Until next time... Stan Tekiela is an author, Eden Prairie’s city naturalist and wildlife photographer from Victoria who travels the world to study and photograph wildlife. He can be followed on Twitter and Facebook and at www.

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ON CAMPUS Case interns with Sen. Franken David Case of Eden Prairie recently completed a staf f internship with U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s Duluth office. Case, son of Ron and Kathie Case, is a senior at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Case, who graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2008, is earning a major in criminology and a minor in political science from UMD. He is a member of SCRIM, the sociology and criminology club, and participates in intramural sports. For more information about interning for Sen. Franken, e-mail a cover letter, resume and three references to



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The following Eden Prairie High School students have been accepted at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and will automatically be awarded a $4,000 scholarship if they meet the following conditions: are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, or have a 3.5 GPA for high schools that do not rank, have an ACT score of at least 26, or an equivalent SAT score, and apply by Sunday, Jan. 15. The scholarship is renewable for $2,000 for a second year.

Students include Lauren Cooper, Hanna Hoch and Joshua Kautz. Jessica Thurin has been accepted at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and offered a $1,000 automatic, one-year scholarship if Thurin meets or exceeds the following criteria: ranks in the top 50 percent, with a 3.2 GPA for high schools that do not rank, and has a composite ACT score of 22. Thurin plans to major in food systems and technology.


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carryover.” “We need to make sure that we’re comfortable with those designations,” he said. After looking at the reserve fund balances, the Finance Committee will have a better picture of the total fund balance. Then they can talk about what to do if they need to go out and consider a referendum with respect to the operating levy, capital levy and renewal of the technology levy, said Mueller. In addition, the committee will be looking into the district’s enrollment projections. The district has hired a demographer to look at the population of Eden Prairie. With the enrollment projections, the group needs to make sure they’re getting the right assumptions in regard to Eden Prairie, said Mueller. For instance, Mueller wondered if the county birth rate should apply to the city since Eden Prairie has a significantly growing immigrant population. The results from the demographer will be reported to the Finance Committee fi rst, Mueller said. He said the committee will look at “real nuts and bolts fi nancing issues.” The meetings are open to the public, Mueller said. “I invite everybody to come to those meetings.”


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“Students will receive an additional day of vacation at the end of winter break this year,” according to the Eden Prairie School District website, Teachers will have a professional development day on Jan. 3 and school starts again Jan. 4.

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The Eden Prairie Family Center offers the following family and parenting classes: R e g i s t e r fo r S p a n i s h 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 www.edenpr. org/famctr. Family Fun Time: Play f or 0- to 5-year-olds with an adult. $ 5 per child/$10 per family. Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free Infant Massage: from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Dec. 15. Free Baby Playtime: from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jan. 11 F ree Pa rent a nd Baby Yoga: sessions will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Jan. 12 and 10 to 11:15 a.m. Jan. 13. Free Dinner and baby story time: This event will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Jan. 26. Shape Up your Home: This session will be held from 6:30

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representing the school’s extracurricular activities. A short presentation by Dr. Bob Tift, school president, will precede mini-classes, which will run until 8:30 p.m. The mini-classes are specifically designed to familiarize those present with BSM elective courses. Financial aid information will also be available throughout the evening. “ T hose i nterested i n attending the open house are encouraged to pre-register for the event at www.BSMschool. org/admissions. Applications for grades 7 and 9 for the 20122013 school year are due Jan. 17. The admissions test for incoming seventh and ninth graders will be administered Saturday, Jan. 21, at 8:30 a.m. Applicants for all other grades are accepted on a rolling basis and an entrance exam is not required. For directions or more information on admissions procedures, contact the BSM Ad missions Of f ice at 952-915-4345 or admissions@ or visit www.”

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During the last Eden Prairie School Board meeting, the topic of school fi nances took up hours of the night. It was clear that board members were just beginning to sink their teeth into the subject. That’s where a new board committee will come into play. The Eden Prairie School Board is starting a Finance Committee in 2012. The committee will include the School Board treasurer and two other appointed members along with Superintendent Jon McBroom and COO Patricia Magnuson. “It will be a great place for collaboration,” said Magnuson. The new committee will be a place that the district fi nance staff can run through its work before presenting to the full board. “I think it’s a really great idea,” said Magnuson. Current Board Treasurer Chuck Mueller hopes to be appointed to the new Finance Committee. Committee assignments will be sorted out during the board’s fi rst meeting of the year on Jan. 10. “Finance Committee will take on more hands-on review and collaboration with administration on financial matters,” he said. The Finance Committee will

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replace the board’s Financial Advocacy Committee. The legislative advocacy duties will go over to the Connections Committee, said Mueller. “We just have a lot of fi nancial matters that we need to attend to,” he said. The committee is a good way to get ahead of those issues so that the administration can collaborate with the three board members before the issues go before the full board, he said. School Board meetings are so long, he added. The implication is that meetings will go more smoothly if board members work with the administration on the fi nancial matters beforehand. “I’m real excited about the collaborative spirit on this,” said Mueller. The fi rst meeting of the Finance Committee will likely take place in late January. “First and foremost, the board needs to weigh in on the designation of these fund balances,” said Mueller. The district has an assortment of internally designated fund balances and “the board needs to weigh in on whether or not those designations are still applicable,” said Mueller. About $12 million of the fund balance is “unreserved” but, Mueller is referring to an additional $3 million that goes to certain line items like “general tax shift” or “general site

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“Many times we’ve looked to Carol for some sort of historical perspective.”

He and his two brothers, who are seniors, all are enrolled in Calculus Three together. “There is some competition,” he said. He’s busy. How busy? Next semester he’ll likely take Spanish 6, world civilizations and AP Comparative Politics at the high school, and at the University of Minnesota, he’ll be taking quantum physics, linear algebra and differential equations. “I have no free time,” Spaeth said. In contrast, Barker has a schedule packed with activities. In the summer and fall, he does marching band, jazz band and concert band. “That’s pretty much what I do all summer.” In the spring this year, he’s participating on Speech Team for the first time. He’s strongest in math and science, but wants to step up his public speaking skills. This year, for instance, his Speech

EARLY VOLUNTEERING WITH THE DISTRICT Before being elected in 1995, Bomben started getting involved in the district, first with school carnivals, then on committees, then helping with elections. Former Board member Ann Yonamine fi rst met Carol when they were working on the Eden Lake Carnival, as Bomben’s twin daughters were the same age as Yonamine’s daughter. Event u a l ly t hey bot h helped with Karen Norman’s campaign for School Board, t hen Bomben helped wit h Yonamine’s campaign, then Bomben caught the service bug, and it stayed with her. “Service really is her middle name,” said Yonamine. Bomben, whose children were in band, is the type of person who would go to the State Fair with the band when it was 102 or 45 degrees and raining. She would be “one of the ones who would always be there,” said Yonamine. “Service is just so ingrained in her.”

BOARD SERVICE Bomben did not imagine she was destined to stay for so long as a board member. “I always tell the story, it really was that situation where you wanted to be part of the solution versus part of the problem,” she said about fi rst running for the board. “I have a deep belief in public education,” said Bomben, “That’s the place that levels the playing field for all kids.” Bomben said she got that from her mother, “a strong sense of the importance of education and that it opens up the world.” Bomben grew up in California, got a biology and chemistry degree and was working in a medical lab when she had twin daughters. Since then, her career has been one of public policy. She’s served on the School Board through major transitions, including replacing Superintendent Bill Gaslin


Carol Bomben presides over her last Eden Prairie School Board meeting on Dec. 13. Bomben did not seek re-election to the board this year. She has served a total of 16 years on the board. with Melissa Krull, and the most-recent boundary change controversy. Bomben, who now works as the manager of The Preserve Association, a homeowner’s association in Eden Prairie, decided not to run for a variety of reasons: she’s taking care of an aging parent; her children have long-since g raduated from Eden Prairie schools. She said she didn’t feel like she was going to be contributing to the success of the board. “I think the board kind of needs to find a way to refocus itself,” she said. “I think it’s been a little distracted lately.” The past few years have been some of the toughest at the school district. The K- 6 cha nge a nd bou nda r y change brought unprecedented levels of anger toward board members who supported the change. Bomben voted for the change and stands by the board’s decision. “Any time you take on a major restructuring of a district, it’s hard,” she said. When asked if she does have regrets, Bomben said, school board members can always run on a platform of better communication. “There’s always a need for better and different communication,” she added. Though there was a steady

stream of emails, Bomben said she can count with one hand the number of phone calls she received about the boundary change. “It’s a di f ferent time in which people communicate with their elected officials,” she said. “If we were to have done it again, it would be creating more venues for people to get their questions answered,” she said. When asked if the district made the right choice, Bomben said it did. She adds that the part we have to always pay attention to is “what’s best for kids?” “Yes, I think we made a good decision” she said. For those who criticize the district because the district did not reach its goal balancing low-income students among all the schools, Bomben said it’s not realistic to think you could get it exactly right because families make choices. “It’s going to be important to assure parents that Eden Prairie Schools is strong as it always has been and will be strong going forward,” she said.

CONTINUING INVOLVEMENT Bomben, who has previously run for office to be state representative for District 42B

and state Senate, said she’s not interested in pursuing higher office. She will remain involved in the district as the representative on the board of Intermediate District 287, a district that is a consortium of 12 west metro school districts and offers specialized programming for students. These last years have been challenging, noted Yonamine. But Bomben has never lost her sense of commitment to “greater Eden Prairie and all that it entails.” “I don’t think she knows how to say ‘no,’” Yonamine said. “She’s just been the kindest, most generous caring friend anyone could ask for.” When asked what she is most proud of, Bomben won’t settle on just one thing. “It took a long time but we got 10 minutes added to the elementary day,” she offers. “There have been some really good initiatives that have happened in the district that other districts come and visit and see what we’re doing,” said Bomben. The middle school model of teaming has been very successful, she said. “I think we’ve got some fabulous principals.” Then, perhaps that loyal band parent pride bubbles up. “The music department is awesome.”

Team presentation will be about 3D printing. “It can actually build up layers to create a 3D object,” Barker said. On top of speech, he’ll be continuing to work on the EPHS Robotics Team, which he’s done since freshman year. “The robotics team is, for anyone interested in math or science, it’s one of the best things you can do at the high school.” The team offers “real-world experience, working with a budget, working with a time constraint – you just can’t get that really anywhere else.” Oh yeah, and battles with robots. “Show up and there’s 70 people there with these sixfoot-tall robots and it gets really crazy.” Barker said Eden Prairie “is incredible” because it offers you a group of people who are at the same level. “Just to have so many options as well for activities,” he said. “There’s not many other schools in the country where you can do all that.”

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8 (it’s not something the city can track). “I’m kind of astounded by that number,” said Koivumaki. With the down housing market, house rentals may become more common, as could some conflicts between residents and new immigrant families. Problems often stem from new immigrants taking on single family homes but not knowing how to dea l with maintenance of the home. The city ends up fi nding out who is renting using Section 8 often because a neighbor calls to complain. Last summer she heard from a man who said one townhouse was housing seven Soma li children. “It was a very sad situation; the kids didn’t have any place to play,” she said. The children were getting into people’s garages and cars in the neighborhood, so the city, which has a Somali liaison on staff, went over to help. They ended up signing the kids up for parks and recreation classes and showing the mother the location of a nearby park. Sometimes it’s just that simple. Things settled down at the townhouse complex, she said. “It was just somebody had the guts to ask,” said Koivumaki. In another case, she heard of children dodging cars at another complex. She visited the unit with the Somali liaison and it turns out the kids were playing chicken with cars. The mother didn’t understand the kids were supposed to be playing in their fenced in back yard. For those who come from an entirely different culture, you can’t assume some basic rules are understood. “It is a different cultural reality,” said Koivumaki. The city needs more people to step up and mentor their neighbors. For example, this summer, a man trained two of his teen neighbors on lawn care, and those two boys ended up helping other families. “We really need compassionate people to serve as mentors,” said Koivumaki.

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“Affordable housing is extremely varied,” said Koivumaki. There are 6,541 rental units (apartments/condos) in Eden Prairie. Of that, 645 are subsidized units, meaning the city requires that they are affordable (a cost of $945 per month for a two-bedroom unit). In addition, a total of 350 Section 8 housing vouchers are used in the city and 354 units are project-based Section 8. Got that? Section 8 is a type of housing assistance where an individual pays 30 percent of their income toward rent. There are project-based Section 8 developments, where an entire apartment complex remains as Section 8 units. The other type is Section 8 vouchers where housing assistance is tied to the individual. Vouchers are tough to come by as the supply is limited and the waiting list is closed, for now. Eden Prairie has three apartment complexes that are project-based Section 8, meaning the entire complex is Section 8 housing. Two of the complexes are located just off of Edenvale Boulevard and the other one is in southeast Eden Prairie, near Eden Lake Elementary. The city doesn’t handle Section 8 housing, that’s something that falls under the guidance of the Metropolitan Council, but Koivumaki still hears complaints about it. There are stereotypes of Section 8 housing, that those who qualify don’t have to work, she said. “It’s pretty easy to lose your voucher, actually,” said Koivumaki. When you get a Section 8 voucher you have to work hard to keep it. “It is not the cakewalk that some folks would have you believe it is,” she said. A notable number of singlefamily homes are rented in Eden Prairie. Eden Prairie has 552 single-family homes registered as rental properties, some of which could be using Section



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Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program,” according to a news release. The release said that over the next si x months, fou r sustainability experts will conduct three-day visits to communities and “provide comprehensive recommendations for infrastructure and policy changes aimed at helping the communities build a future that is more resource-efficient, livable, healthy and environmentally responsible.” Info: buildingblocks.htm.

DEFINING AFFORDABLE In one type of affordable housing, the maximum charged for a two-bedroom unit is $945 per month, and $787 for a onebedroom. A number of developments in Eden Prairie have those types of affordable units because, if the development received any aid from the city, the city requires that 20 percent of the units be “affordable.” Senior Housing complexes like Sterling Ponds, The Colony and Summit Place offer a certain percentage of affordable units, though the deal that requires affordable units at Sterling Ponds is set to expire in 2015. Two more upscale complexes (Lincoln Parc and the Bluffs of Nine Mile Creek) also offer a percentage of affordable units. The city is required to track its affordable housing because of the Livable Communities Act, which is governed by the Met Council. The Met Council calls for Eden Prairie to have 1,844 new affordable units by 2020. “Does seem like a lot,” said Koivumaki. The city doesn’t get punished if it doesn’t meet the goal but it does have to show it is making an effort. As to where those affordable units would go, some could be developed in the Golden Triangle and with any new development that stems from light rail transit. When asked if people want more affordable housing for the city, Koivumaki said you want the “big three:” Affordable housing, transportation and jobs. Ultimately it’s out of the city’s hands what affordable housing comes its way, because any new housing will spring from redevelopment in Eden Prairie. “We have a very good policy,” she said. “But you have to have somebody bring the project to you.”

Community Center has holiday hours The Eden Prairie Community Center is open from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 1, to kick off those New Year’s resolutions. Studio A is closed Dec. 23-31 for maintenance, according to a news release. For more information, visit edenprairie. org/communitycenter to learn more and find regularly scheduled hours.

Blizzard Blitz is Jan. 16 Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings are teaming up with Starkey Hearing Foundation for its annual, all-day Blizzard Blitz family ice-fishing event from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Lola’s Lakehouse on Lake Waconia. During the event, the Foundation will also hold a hearing mission to deliver the gift of hearing to under-served, hearing-impaired children and adults from the Waconia area, according to a news release. Activities include “free rod and reel building, ice safety, fish identification and high tech fishing gadget tutorials; ice fishing Olympics; as well

as a star-studded ice fishing tournament – all while raising funds that will help give children around the world the gift of hearing,” according to a news release. “During the hearing mission inside Lola’s Lakehouse, the Foundation team of audiologists and staff will fit each of the recipients, who range in age from three to 77 with their own custommade, digital hearing device.” Celebrity guests are scheduled to include “Chris Smith, former NFL Washington Redskin; Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota Viking; Kyle Massey, Disney actor; Chris Massey, Nickelodeon actor; Shjon Podein, NHL Stanley Cup Champion; Mike Pomeranz, KARE11 TV/FOX Sports; Congressman Erik Paulsen; Senator David Hann; Senator Juliann Ortman; former Senator Norm Coleman; Representative Joe Hoppe; Representative Ernie Leidiger; Waconia Mayor Jim Nash; and Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.” Cost is $15 for children age 15 and younger or $25 for age 16 and older who pre-register. Info:

the Optimist International District Essay Contest for an opportunity to win a college scholarship of $2,500. Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more about the contest by contacting Eden Prairie Optimist Essay Contest Chair Don Affolter at (952) 944-2719 or Application Forms and complete contest rules can be obtained from the Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive, or online at A reception to honor the winning essay writers and all participants will be held at the Eden Prairie Library on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Essay contest winners will be invited to read their essays. The Eden Prairie Optimists have been participating in the Optimist International Essay Contest in Eden Prairie for six years. The Eden Prairie Optimists are sponsors of various programs and activities that primarily benefit the youth of Eden Prairie and neighboring communities.

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The Friends of the Eden Prairie Library will be having a book sale from Jan. 25 to 28. T he sa le wi l l b eg i n on Wednesday evening, Jan. 25 from 4-7 p.m. for members of the Friends of Eden Prairie Library only. Book sale hours for the public will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. The bag sale begins on Saturday at noon with all the books that fit into a grocery bag for $5 per bag. The library is at 565 Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie. Donations of books are accepted at any time the library is open. The Friends would also appreciate donations of good paper grocery bags with handles to be used for the bag sale. Proceeds go to fund special projects for the Eden Prairie Library.

The Optimist Club of Eden Prairie is encouraging area students to contemplate on the phrase: “How My Positive Outlook Benefits My Community” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2012. Students under age 18 as of Dec. 31, 2 011, who have not yet graduated from high school are invited to enter this essay contest by writing 700 to 800 words on “How My Positive Outlook Benefits My Community.” Deadline for submitting essays is Feb. 15. Gift certificates of $ 50, $40 and $30 will be awarded to the fi rst-, second- and third-place winners in each of these categories: fourth to sixth grade, seventh to ninth grade, and 10th to 12th grade. The overall winner’s essay will be sent to


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Mulled wine 3 cups red wine ¼ cup brandy 3 cups water 12 whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 1 lemon peel 1 cup sugar Simmer cloves, cinnamon, sugar, water and lemon peel for 10 to 15 minutes. Add the wine and warm to the temperature of hot coffee. Take off the heat and add brandy.

Holly Berry Martini 1 oz. white cranberry juice ¼ oz. simple syrup 3 oz. sparkling wine Splash of lime juice Place two scoops of ice into a martini shaker. Pour white cranberry juice, simple syrup and lime juice into shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Pour from shaker into martini glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with cranberries (previously rolled in simple syrup, then sugar and frozen).

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Eggnog (left) and mulled wine were among the drinks customers learned to make at Wildfire’s recent Candy Cane Cocktail Class. The restaurant offers cocktail classes for $30 per person; the next one is in March.

Raise a glass Drinks to warm the belly and the heart BY LORI CARLSON


ometimes, the holidays just go down better with a warm, cozy cocktail. Luckily, the southwest metro area has plenty of establishments proffering winter warmth in a glass – from cake-like cocktails to the fuzzy-sweater-in-a-mug that is mulled wine. At Wildfire in Eden Prairie, customers can even take classes to learn how to whip up celebratory beverages with ease. This year’s Candy Cane Cocktail Class included recipes for hot drinks – like the aforementioned wine mulled with brandy, cloves, cinnamon and lemon peel – and frosty drinks sure to warm the cockles of the coldest winter hearts. In addition to the traditional eggnog – a blend of milk, heavy cream, egg yolks, sugar, ground nutmeg and dark rum that should come with a “don’t eat for a day before imbibing” warning – the course also highlighted three holiday-themed martinis that range from sprightly to choco-licious. The holly berry martini is not named after a smoking-hot Oscar-winning actress, but rather the frozen, sugar-coated

cranberries that float in the glass. Jackie Stetter and Brooke Kennington of Wildfire developed the recipe and perfected the art of rolling cranberries in simple syrup and sugar, then freezing, for a pretty adornment. With white cranberry juice, simple syrup, lime juice and sparkling wine, the drink is perfect for New Year’s Eve, with or without alcohol. Those looking to replicate the atmosphere of the chilly outdoors should try the winter frost martini – a decadent mix of Van Gogh Dutch chocolate vodka, vanilla vodka, simple syrup, white crème de cocoa and white crème de menthe. On the other end of the south metro is Axel’s Bonfire in Savage, which introduced its “Winter Warmers” menu in early December. The surprisingly good Three Olives Cake vodka brings sweetness to two of the recipes – the molten chocolate cake and coffee cake martinis – without curling one’s teeth, though the molten cake drink is far sweeter than the coffee cake, in which hot coffee replaces the cocoa. Of course, you could stick with a traditional Irish coffee or Bailey’s and coffee, but why not branch out when local bars offer things like almond truffle and French vanilla martinis?

Rim glass with vanilla frosting and crushed candy canes. Place two scoops of ice into a martini shaker. Pour all ingredients into shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Pour from shaker into martini glass.

French vanilla hot cocoa ½ oz. Kahlua ½ oz. Absolut Vanilia vodka ½ oz. peppermint schnapps Hot cocoa Whipped cream Place shots into glass mug; top with hot cocoa and whipped cream.

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The coffee cake warmer at Axel’s Bonfire features Three Olives Cake vodka, hot coffee, whipped cream and sprinkles.

LET’S GO! BEST BETS 1. MAKING TRACKS Improve powers of observation and get exercise by taking a long hike down into the valley. Come prepared for two hours of fast-paced walking with short breaks. Snowshoes optional and will be provided for those who need them. Led by Park Ranger Judy Geck. Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6 Cost: Free Location: Bass Ponds, 2501 86th St. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or

2. MURPHY MOUNTAIN BIKE FRIGID TIME TRIAL Dust off the bike for a winter mountain bike time trial. Race through the trees and snow, then warm up at the trailhead building for awards and door prizes. Studded tires are approved; helmets required. For ages 18 and older. Pre-register online for activity 123735-00. PHOTO CREDIT THOMAS NORTHCUT

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Time: Registration begins at 10 a.m.; race starts at 11 a.m.; racing until 2 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 7, 15 and 22 Cost: Pre-registration $10; registration day of event $15 Location: Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, 15501 Murphy Lake Road, Savage Info: (763) 559-6700 or

3. WOMEN IN WINTER: SNOWSHOEING Bring your mother, sister or friend and enjoy the beauty of nature on snowshoes. Learn the basics, don snowshoes and watch and listen for wildlife. Dress for the weather with warm boots, hats and gloves. If there is too little snow, the group will hike instead. Led by Volunteer Master Naturalist Marcia Lewis. Time: 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 Cost: Free. Snowshoes available at no charge; call (952) 858-0715 to reserve. Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or


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WINTER WILDLIFE SNOWSHOE AND EXPLORE Explore the wintry landscape along the Minnesota River with a park ranger in search of a variety of wildlife signs. This is a family friendly event. In the event there is no snow, the group will hike. Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Dec. 29 Cost: Free Location: Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, 15865 Carver Highlands Drive, Carver Info: (952) 361-4502

AR-BRR-ETUM! Close out 2011 with a refreshing winter outing on skis or snowshoes. Cap it off with a hot chocolate in the restaurant. Time: 8 a.m.-sunset Saturday, Dec. 31 Cost: Free admission for anyone arriving with skis or snowshoes Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska Info: or (952) 443-1422


‘CINDERELLA’ Adapted especially for the Old Log Theater with music and lyrics by Bob Williams, this rags-to-riches tale about a servant girl who is transformed into a princess is full of music, humor, magic and audience participation. It is intended for youngsters of all ages and embraces the holiday spirit. A concession lunch of hot dogs, chips and cookies will be available at noon for all shows. Time: 1 p.m. matinees Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 29-31 Cost: $16 Location: Old Log Theater, 5185 Meadville St., Excelsior Info: or (952) 474-5951

Since exploding onto the scene as a solo artist in 1992, Wynonna has made herself into a preeminent female country music performer. Backed by The Big Noise, Wynonna will make her sixth appearance in the Mystic Showroom at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel with a pair of shows on New Year’s Eve. Time: 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 Cost: $44-$55 Location: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake Info: or (952) 4459000



See live birds of prey, learn their survival strategies and find out Set in a 1970s urban neighborhood why they live in captivity. Cameras barbershop, the hit musical revue reveals the ups and downs of all kinds welcome. For all ages. of love through the eyes of four African Time: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 Cost: Free American men relating their stories through the pop tunes of the 60s and Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, 70s, including songs by the Jackson Bloomington Five, Percy Sledge, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Info: (763) 559-9000 or Earth, Wind and Fire. Starring Julius C. Collins III, David Hurst, Jackson Hurst LAUGH OUT LOUD and Dennis Spears, this reprise of NEW YEAR’S EVE: “Always and Forever” features special LOUIE ANDERSON holiday songs—including a neverbefore-heard original. Comedian Louie Anderson will share Time: 8 p.m. Dec. 29-30, Jan 5-7; 7 the ups and downs of his childhood p.m. Jan. 4 and 8 experiences growing up in Minnesota Cost: $20-$35 in a family of 11 children. Location: Illusion Theater, 528 Time: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Hennepin Ave., Eighth Floor, Saturday, Dec. 31 Minneapolis Cost: $31.95-$71.95; meet and Info: (612) 339-4944 or www. greet tickets $101.95 Location: Burnsville Performing Arts Friday Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville Info: (952) 895-4680 or



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Sit down with the children by a favorite tree and listen as the elves BODEANS and helpers tell favorite holiday stories. Twenty-five years after their debut, Time: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. through the BoDeans are still rocking and Dec. 31 harmonizing gracefully, touring the U.S. regularly and exposing the kids of Cost: Free with regular admission of $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and their longtime steadfast fans to real, younger; free to Arboretum members heartfelt and trend-free music. Location: Minnesota Landscape Time: 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Cost: $41-$44 Chaska Location: Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville Info: or (952) 443-1422 Info: (952) 895-4680 or

ARBORETUM OUTDOORS WITH HOIGAARD’S Try snowshoes and Nordic walking with equipment compliments of Hoigaard’s. Free lessons. Time: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 Cost: Free with regular Arboretum of $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to Arboretum members Location: Oswald Visitor Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska Info: or (952) 443-1422



Dance the night away to live music from Will Hale and the Tadpole Parade, create your own sparkly hat, take the stage with inflatable guitars, countdown to a magical 8 p.m. ball drop and explore the Museum’s galleries. Enjoy a pre-party meal for additional cost. Time: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 Cost: $10 per member, $14 per nonmember, which includes snack, free parking admission Location: Minnesota Children’s Museum, 10 Seventh St. W., St. Paul


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NEW YEAR’S EVE KIRTAN CELEBRATION Kirtan is a celebratory chant ceremony to invoke grace, beauty, prosperity and removal of obstacles led by Myra Godfrey of Gita for the Masses at midnight. The public is invited to come together for four hours of Kirtan and a midnight ceremony with the Wild Moon Bhaktas and Kirtan Path. Food will be available for purchase. Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.; Kritan starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 Cost: $20 at the door; $15 presale online until Friday, Dec. 30 at midnight Location: Living Waters Market & Café, Center for Harmonious Living, 12201 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka Info: or facebook. com/KirtanPath

NEW YEAR’S EVE COMEDY The MinneHaHa Comedy Club will host a New Year’s Eve dinner with headliner Dennis Ross and special guest Paul Dillery. Pre-registration is necessary. Time: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 Cost: Dinner and show $40; show only $20 Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 First Ave., Shakopee Info: or (612) 860-9388

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Meet some living fossils and prehistoric plants from the days of the Diplodocus. What kind of plants did the dinosaurs munch on? Create a fern print, hunt for prehistoric plants in the greenhouse and pot a prehistoric plant to take home. Time: Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29 Cost: $9 for adults; free for ages KEVIN MEANEY 15 and younger; free to Arboretum THE YEAR IN DENIAL members Kevin Meaney is known for drawing Laugh in the New Year with comedians upon his family relationships for much Location: Minnesota Landscape the Scrimshaw Brothers and their Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., of his material. special guests Eric Webster, Shanan Time: 7 p.m. dinner show; 10:30 p.m. Chaska Custer and Tim Uren. The celebration Info: or cocktail show Saturday, Dec. 31 will be an irreverent mix of smart (952) 443-1422 Cost: Dinner show $45; VIP dinner sketch, stand-up and improv comedy. show (includes priority seating and CROSS COUNTRY SKI Time: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 VIP meet and greet) $65; cocktail BEGINNER BASICS Cost: $20 show $25 Location: Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, This class will cover cross-country Location: Bayview Event Center, 687 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis skiing basics including putting on Excelsior Blvd., Excelsior Info: (612) 825-8949 equipment, falling down and getting Info: (952) 470-VIEW or up, diagonal stride, stopping, turning CDT NEW YEAR’S EVE and a brief introduction to small hills. For novice skiers and those who want See “Hairspray,” “Plaid Tidings” or to review. This class is designed for Steve Ray’s Comedy Cabaret and ages 13 and older; reference activity choose dinner from a specialty New number 124688-01. Year’s Eve menu. Then, after the Time: 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 production, choose any or all of the CHAN LIONS Cost: $18 or $26 with ski rental post-theater entertainment offerings POLAR PLUNGE Location: Cleary Lake Park, 18106 which include Music Magic DJ playing Texas Ave., Prior Lake pop music, a visit to the Piano Bar or The Chanhassen Lions will host the Michelle Barber and the Chanhassen 2012 Chan Lions Polar Plunge at Lake Info: (763) 559-6700 or Ann. There will be a warm changing Swing Orchestra performing dance tent and hot coffee available. music. At midnight participate in a HOLIDAY ART & GIFT SHOW Members of the Chanhassen Fire holiday toast with champagne. At Department will help with a plunge. the end of the evening, sample the Area artists will bring the spirit of Advance registration online ensures assortment of sweets and coffee. winter and the holidays to the Savage Time: Dinner 5:45 p.m.; curtain 7:45 a T-shirt. People may also sign up to Art Studios & Gallery. Visitors will see

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FAMILY PIZZA AND BINGO NIGHT Children ages 5 and older and their families are invited for a family BINGO night at the Eden Prairie Community Center. Time: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 Cost: $5 Location: Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Road Info: or (952) 9498300

EDEN PRAIRIE LIBRARY BOOK SALE STARTS The Friends of the Eden Prairie Library will be having a book sale from Jan. 25 to 28. Donations of books are accepted at any time the library is open. Proceeds go to fund special projects for the Eden Prairie Library. Time: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 (Friends of the Library members only); 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Cost: Free; bag sale for $5 starts Saturday at noon. Location: 565 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie Info:

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LET’sGO!CALENDAR More Fun Things To Do LOYCE HOLTON’S ‘NUTCRACKER FANTASY’ Loyce Houlton’s “Nutcracker Fantasy” continues to enchant audiences of all ages. This classic holiday story unfolds through the eyes of Marie who receives the gift of a cherished Nutcracker from her beloved godfather Drosselmayer. Witness the drama of the nefarious Rat Queen and be entertained by the antics of the hilarious Madame Bonbonniere as Drosselmayer takes Marie on a journey to the Land of Snow and Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The ballet danced to the music of Tchaikovsky remains one of Minnesota’s most treasured holiday traditions. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes through Dec. 31 Cost: $36 Location: Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis Info: or (612) 206-3600

BABY NEW YEAR’S TIME TRAVELING DIAPER PARTY Ring in the New Year and still be home in time for bed. From the creators of “The Harty Boys Save Christmas” and “The Smothers Brothers Grimm” comes an early bird New Year’s Eve countdown for the whole family. The audience will enjoy comedy, dance and grown men in diapers. Time: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 Cost: $12 Location: Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis Info: (612) 825-8949


Oxford undergraduates Jack Chesney (top left, played by Matthew Amendt) and Charles Wykeham (top right, played by Ben Mandelbaum) manage to persuade fellow undergraduate Fancourt “Babbs” Babberly (bottom center, played by John Skelley) to impersonate a millionaire aunt in order to have a proper chaperone when they go to visit their girlfriends.

SCOTT HANSEN Award-winning comedian Scott Hansen has been residing in the quiet Minneapolis suburb of Maple Grove for nearly 24 years. Hansen will bring his unique “hit and run” style of comedy to this New Year’s Eve show. Time: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 Cost: $20 in advance; $25 day of show; $150 for VIP table for four with champagne Location: Maple Tavern Bar and Grill, 9375 Deerwood Lane N., Maple Grove Info: (763) 425-2700, scotthansen. com or

RAPTORS IN THE YARD See live birds of prey, learn their survival strategies and find out why they live in captivity. Cameras welcome. For all ages. Time: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 Cost: Free Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-9000 or

‘CHARLEY’S AUNT’ “Charley’s Aunt” centers on two Oxford undergraduates in search of a chaperone for a proper visit from their girlfriends. Jack and Charley manage to persuade fellow undergraduate Fancourt “Babbs” Babberly to impersonate a millionaire aunt in this hilarious tale of unrequited love and preposterous deception.

sort of potpourri – they were in a barn after all.) Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any other. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Tuesdays through Sundays through Jan. 1 Cost: $35 Location: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul Info: or (651) 224-4222



“A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol” is the sequel to the award-winning musical comedy “Don’t Hug Me.” It’s Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson gets in an argument with his wife, Clara, tells her he’s skipping Christmas, he storms out of the bar, goes snowmobiling across the lake, falls through the ice, and goes into a coma. He comes back in his dream where he’s visited by folk legend, Sven Yorgensen, who plays the ghost of Christmas past, present and future. Sven takes Gunner on a journey similar to that in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” only very different. The musical features17 original songs including “Gramma Cut the Christmas Cheese,” “Gunner Fell Into an Ice Hole” and “The Wheel is Turnin’ but the Hamster is Dead.” Time: Evening and matinee showtimes through Jan. 1 Cost: $30 Location: New Century Theatre, 615 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis Info: or 612-373-5600

Auditions are being held for approximately 25 speaking roles and 20-30 chorus members ages 12 and older. Talented male dancers are especially needed. Those auditioning should bring a prepared song (accompanist will be provided), come dressed for movement and be prepared to sing, dance and read from the script. No appointments necessary. Callbacks will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. Rehearsals will begin Jan. 9. Time: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 and Wednesday, Jan. 4 Cost: Free Location: Twin Oaks Middle School, 15860 Fish Point Road SE, Prior Lake Info:

‘THE SOUL OF GERSHWIN: THE MUSICAL JOURNEY OF AN AMERICAN KLEZMER’ Explore the roots of music that influenced the great American composer George Gershwin (Michael Paul Levin) as he travels the city that stirs his soul – bustling with Yiddish theatre, cantor chants, popular tunes, folk songs, blues, jazz and opera. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes through Jan. 1 Cost: $20-$60 Location: Park Square Theater, Historic Hamm Building, 20 W. Seventh Place, St. Paul Info: or (651) 291-7005

‘SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM: THE MYSTERY OF THE MAGI’S GOLD’ It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of “Late Nite Catechism,” as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? (We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a

DANCETERIA: SALSA DEL SOL First Thursdays Danceteria features live dance bands and dance instructors. The January Danceteria program will feature salsa music by Salsa del Soul. This program is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Time: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 Cost: Free Location: Club Prior, Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. S.E., Prior Lake Info: (952) 447-3375

‘INDEPENDENCE’ Minnesota playwright Lee Blessing creates a vivid, tender and often funny family portrait. An emergency reunites three sisters – Kess, a gay professor living in Minneapolis, the artsy wild child Sherry, and homebody Jo – in their hometown of Independence, Iowa, to care for their mother. But failing health has not softened the manipulative Evelyn, forcing each woman to come to terms with their bond as daughters and sisters. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 6-29 Cost: $15 Location: Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis Info: or (612) 333-3010

‘EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE, REMEMBER’ PHOTO SHOW “Explore, Experience, Remember”

Time: Evening and matinee showtimes through Jan. 15 Cost: $24-$62 Location: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis Info: or (612) 377-2224

is the theme of the Arboretum Photographers Society juried photography show and sale. Visitors will warm their winter souls with images of butterflies, rose petals, tulip gardens and more. Time: Jan. 6-May 27 Cost: $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to Arboretum members Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska Info: or (612) 626-3951

will learn how to find birds in their different habitats, learn how to use a field guide and look for identifying features of birds such as eye rings, wing bars and other distinctive markings. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Led by Volunteer Refuge Naturalist Craig Mandel. Time: 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 Cost: Free Location: Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, Carver Highlands Lot, 15865 Carver Highlands Drive, Carver Info: (952) 361-4500 or midwest/minnesotavalley



More than 2,000 purebred canines will compete for American Kennel Club (AKC) awards. Highlights of the show include obedience and rally competitions, more than 155 breeds of dogs competing for the honor of “Best in Show,” AKC Canine Good Citizenship test, Therapy Dog Testing, and more than 70 vendors showcasing canine apparel and accessories. Time: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan 7; 8 a.m.6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 Cost: Adults $8; children 4-12 $4.50; children 3 and younger free Location: St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul Info:, or (651) 265-4800

CROSS COUNTRY SKI LESSONS FOR WOMEN The Women’s Classic Beginner class will cover cross-country skiing basics including putting on equipment, falling down and getting up, diagonal stride, stopping, turning and a brief introduction to small hills. For novice skiers and those who want to review. This class is designed for women ages 13 and older; reference activity number 124688-03. Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 Cost: $18 or $26 with ski rental Location: Cleary Lake Park, 18106 Texas Ave., Prior Lake Info: (763) 559-6700 or

‘PARTY IN THE REC ROOM’ “Party in the Rec Room” sold out for its last four runs. This show is a one-person improvised comedy show by nationally-known author Laura Landvik. “Party in the Rec Room” promises a fresh cast of characters each night. Time: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 Cost: $15 Location: Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis Info: (612) 825-8949 or

BIRD WATCHING FOR BEGINNERS Learn how to enjoy bird watching from a professional birder. Those attending

Explore the Refuge, sense the pulse of winter wildlife and observe signs and sounds of the year-round residents of Long Meadow Lake while burning calories on this snowshoe discovery hike. Snowshoes provided. Led by Park Ranger Judy Geck. Time: 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY 101 Winter offers amazing benefits to photographers as they can access areas that are inaccessible during other seasons due to swamps, lakes and brush. During the session opening the group will learn how to set a camera for winter shooting, winter photography techniques, preferred locations and how to stay warm. After the presentation, the group will practice along the Refuge trails. Led by Volunteer Refuge Naturalist Don Tredinnick. Time: 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 7 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

SNOWSHOEING: A WALK IN THE SHOES OF AMERICA’S NATIVE PEOPLE For the inside portion of the program, 1-1:30 p.m., those attending will be introduced to a wide variety of handcrafted snowshoes patterned after those made by Native Americans and adapted for their environment and needs. In the second part of program, 1:45-3 p.m., those attending will go outdoors and don modern snowshoes for a leisurely walk on the Hillside Trail watching for signs of wildlife. Program is suitable for ages 6 and older. Dress for the weather with warm boots, hats and gloves. Snowshoes are available at no charge; call (952) 858-0715 to reserve them. Led by Volunteer Refuge Naturalists Donnie Phyilliaer and Marcia Lewis. Attendees may attend

one or both parts of the program. Time: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

WHOO IS WILD ABOUT OWLS? Learn about owls that call Minnesota home, dissect owl pellets, take a hike searching for owls and signs of owls and end the day by meeting the nature center’s resident owl. Reservations required by Jan. 2; reference activity 112901-04. For ages 4 and older. Time: 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 Cost: $5 Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or

REMARKABLE REPTILES Touch a scaly snake, feel a turtle’s shell and watch these reptiles move. Find out what makes reptiles special animals. Cameras welcome. For all ages. Time: 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 Cost: Free Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-9000 or

LIFE: PART 3 In this film presentation narrator David Attenborough, aided by hightech cinematography, will offer an up-close look at the insects, predators and prey and their survival strategies. Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

GOING WILD: RAIL TO REFUGE Ride with a park ranger on the Hiawatha Light Rail and discover how easy it is to access one of the Twin Cities wildest natural areas via mass transit. Meet at the Bloomington Visitor Center and come prepared for a guided ride and hike to the Bass Ponds. Led by Park Ranger Judy Geck. Time: 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 Cost: Weekend fares are $1.75 Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

OUTSIDE IN: WEEKEND FILMS Enjoy a film about nature and the outdoors while enjoying the comfort of the visitor center. The January film will be on the topic of beavers. Time: 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 Cost: Free

Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

RAINFOREST ADVENTURE Rainforest Adventure is a multisensory expedition that introduces visitors to tropical rainforests around the world, highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders and suggests ways that people can make a difference. Families can role-play as research assistants on a series of problemsolving adventures; explore a 9-foot kapok tree; climb into the rainforest canopy using a chair lift; seek and find endangered animals, discover unidentified animals and create their own unique insect; visit four very different rainforest regions: Latin America, Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa, and learn about the customs and cultures in those areas. Visitors will also learn about the many complex challenges threatening the survival of these rainforest environments. Time: Through Jan. 8 Cost: Ages 1-101 $8.95; members free; children under one year free Location: Minnesota Children’s Museum, 10 W. Seventh St., St. Paul Info: or (651) 225-6000

‘TRIPLE ESPRESSO’ “Triple Espresso” tells the story of a comedy trio going for its big break, only to have its hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one funny failure after another. Hugh, Buzz and Bobby reunite for an evening of music, magic and laughs in a show appropriate for everyone from age 6 to 106. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes through Jan. 8 Cost: $31-$36; discounts available for students, seniors, youth, military and for groups of 12 or more Location: The Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis Info: or (612) 874-1100

‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’ The Children’s Theatre Company enters the Land of Oz for the third time in its 46-year history. The Cowardly Lion, rusty old Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Toto, too, will travel through the timeless classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” Based on the original 1939 film, this production of “The Wizard of Oz” showcases CTC’s trademark scenic and costume design by Scott Bradley and Helen Huang, marking the Emerald City’s gorgeous return to the stage. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes through Jan. 8 Cost: Adults $19-$49; children 17 and younger, students and seniors $19-39 Location: Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis Info: or (612) 874-0400

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In “Identity: An Exhibition of You,” visitors will discover the ways in which science is providing new insight into the way we think about our physical, psychological and social identities. In this interactive exhibition, visitors will use a scanning machine to analyze their fingerprints and learn which elements are genetically influenced and which are not, determine if they are introverts or extroverts, view the differences between male and female brains and more. Time: Through Jan. 8 Cost: Adults $13; children and seniors $10 Location: Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul Info: or (651) 221-9444

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and Grand Ole Opry member, Brad Paisley will perform. The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery with open the show. Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 Cost: $25-$60 Location: Xcel Energy Center, 175 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul Info: or (651) 265-4800

Consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer Brad Paisley will perform at the Xcel Energy Center Jan. 14. The Band Perry (below) will open the show.



In “Nature Unleashed,” Science Museum visitors will discover how much they know – and how much they’re still learning – about nature’s astonishing power through hands-on activities, stunning photography and multimedia presentations. Visitors will manipulate real-time earthquake data, such as location, time, magnitude and depth; trigger a virtual underwater earthquake to see how a tsunami develops; create their own virtual volcanic eruptions; step into the path of an oncoming tornado through audio and video footage provided by a storm chaser; and tour images, artifacts and first-hand audio accounts of people directly affected by Hurricane Katrina. Time: Through Jan. 8 Cost: Adults $13; children and seniors $10 Location: Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul Info: or (651) 221-9444

EVENING YOGA SERIES Restore and renew with yoga instructor Annalisa Bragg in an eight-week series of evening yoga. Learn to link breath with movement and move through a series of poses. By deepening mind, body and breath connection, build awareness, concentration and strength. Poses can be adapted for students at various levels. Bring a yoga mat and blanket or towel. Reservations required by phone only by Dec. 28; reference activity 111311-00. For ages 14 and up. Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 9-Feb. 27 Cost: $65 for the series Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or

MY PRESCHOOLER AND ME: ANIMAL TRACKS Parents and caregivers and children ages 2 to 5 can discover the magic of historic Eagle Creek village as they play, sing, read stories and explore the outdoors. Dress as a pioneer or not, but remember outdoor clothes. Enter park through the west entrance. Reservations required; reference activity 138403-02. Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 Cost: $5 Location: The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park, 2187 E. County Road, Shakopee Info: (763) 559-9000 or

‘DISNEY’S THE LION KING’ “The Lion King” is a spectacle of animals brought to life by awardwinning director Julie Taymor. The score by Elton John and Tim Rice includes the rhythms of the African Pridelands and songs “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Jan. 11-Feb. 12 Cost: $30-$134 Location: Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis Info: or (612) 339-7007

MY PRESCHOOLER AND ME: SNOW AND ICE Discover the natural world through indoor hands-on activity station, stories, art, songs, games and outdoor exploration relating to snow and ice. Reservations required; reference activity 112903-11. For ages 2 to 5 and their parents or caregivers. Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 Cost: $5 per person Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or

SESAME STREET LIVE: ‘ELMO MAKES MUSIC’ Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live’s “Elmo Makes Music.” Adults will hear music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children including “The Hustle,” “You Should Be Dancing” and “Rockin’ Robin.” Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Jan. 11-15 Cost: $10-$75 Location: Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Minneapolis Info: or (612) 6730900

MINNESOTA SPORTSMEN’S BOAT, CAMPING AND VACATION SHOW The 42nd annual Minnesota Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping and Vacation Show will feature new model boats, RVs of all sizes, motors, docks, marine electronics, fishing gear, hunting and campground equipment, lodges, resorts, campgrounds, outfitters and free seminars. Time: 2-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12; Noon-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13; 10 a.m.9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 Cost: Adults $9; children 6-12 $250; children younger than 5 free Location: St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul Info: or or (651) 265-4800

SNOWSHOEING 101 FOR FAMILIES Experience snowshoeing with the family. Learn the basics, don snowshoes and take a leisurely hike on Hillside Trail. Watch and listen for wildlife and learn which animals are active all winter. Appropriate for ages 6 to adult. Dress for the weather with warm boots, hats and gloves. If there is too little snow, the group will hike. Snowshoes are available at no charge. Call (952) 858-0715 to reserve them. Led by Volunteer Master Naturalist Marcia Lewis. Time: 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

SAVVY SOIREE AT CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRES Join Magazine for a Savvy Soiree celebrating “Hairspray” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Complimentary appetizers, cash bar, question-and-answer session with “Hairspray” creative team and meet the cast members from the show. Special offer for Savvy Soiree participants: See “Hairspray” after the Savvy Soiree for only $25. Good for the 8 p.m. showonly Thursday, Jan. 12 performance. Time: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 Cost: Free Location: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen Info: Visit and click on soirees

WINTER GOURMET DINNER Enjoy a multi-course meal with wine pairings. Time: 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 Cost: $65 for Arboretum members; $70 for non-members Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska Info: or (612) 626-3951

‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN’ “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

invites the young-at-heart to experience comic, touching, and occasionally profound moments in Charlie Brown’s life, strung together during a single day. A cast of characters including Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy and Charlie’s sister Sally offer a familyfriendly evening of theater. Based on the “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles Schultz, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.” Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Jan. 13-Feb. 12 Cost: Adults $28; seniors and student $25; children 12 and younger $12 Location: Bloomington Civic Theatre, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington Info: or (952) 563-8575

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

TIM GUNN: GUNN’S GOLDEN RULES Tim Gunn of “Project Runway” fame and New York Times best-selling author has been involved in the world of fashion for more than 25 years. Currently, he is the Chief Creative Officer of Liz Claiborne, Inc. His latest project is “The Revolution,” a daily show about health and lifestyle transformations, is scheduled to premiere in January. Gunn’s appearance is part of the Hennepin Theatre District’s Smart Talk Women’s Speaker Series. Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 Cost: $60-$90 Location: State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis Info: or (612) 339-7007

‘A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION’ Join Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home Companion gang for two hours of live radio fun. The show will include special musical guests. A limited number of rush seats will be available at 4 p.m. on the day of the show. Time: 4:45 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 14, 21; Feb. 4, 11, 18 Cost: $32-$48 Location: Fitzgerald Theater, 10 East Exchange St., St. Paul Info: (651) 290-1221 or

‘CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF’ It’s the 65th birthday of wealthy

southern patriarch Big Daddy Pollit, who is unknowingly dying of cancer, and his sons Gooper and Brick have arrived on the scene of the family’s Mississippi plantation in hopes of inching closer to their $10 million inheritance. Yet as Brick descends into alcoholism following the death of a college friend, his fragile relationship with his wife Maggie continues to crumble, and the lies and illusion become too much for the family to bear. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Jan. 14-Feb. 26 Cost: $24-$68 Location: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis Info: or (612) 377-2224

THE PERSUASIONS Classic a cappella group, The Persuasions, will perform. With a career closing in on 50 years and showing no signs of retiring soon, the group will use no instruments other than their voices to present blues, gospel and pop. Time: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 Cost: $26 Location: Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins Info: or (952) 9791100

FAMILY NATURE YOGA Move like an animal with simple yoga, look for animal tracks and go for a ride on a Norwegian kicksled. Slide like an otter and hop like a squirrel in the snow. Listen to a story and enjoy a wintry snack. Co-led by yoga instructor Annalisa Bragg and a naturalist. Reservations required; reference activity 111301-08. For ages 2 to 8 with adult. Time: 10-11:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 Cost: $8 Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or

‘JULIUS CAESAR’ The Acting Company, in partnership with the Guthrie, will present Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” The Acting Company is a training ground that offers an opportunity to up-andcoming actors to showcase their talents. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Jan. 14-Feb. 5 Cost: $24-$39 Location: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis Info: or (612) 377-2224

RAPTORS IN THE YARD Meet a captive merlin and barred owl and learn about these birds of prey. Cameras are welcome. For all ages. Time: 2-4 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 Cost: Free Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria

Drive, Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or

‘A TALENT TO AMUSE’ Skylark Opera will present an encore performance of this one-man musical tribute to the British wit, actor, composer and playwright, Nöel Coward, created and performed by Gary Briggle. The cabaret performance will feature nearly 30 of Coward’s most memorable songs. Inspired by the Las Vegas act which revived Coward’s career in 1955, Briggle interweaves romantic ballads, dance tunes and humorous story-songs with observations about London, the joys of travel and life in the theater. Time: 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 Cost: Free Location: Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St., St. Paul Info: (651) 292-4309 or

WOMEN’S WINTER WALK Women are invited to bring families and friends to discover nature in winter with a naturalist. Dress in boots and snowpants or wind pants. Be ready to go off-trail and explore the nature center habitats: hilly woods, frozen prairies and frosty ponds. Adults must accompany children. For ages 10 and older. Time: 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 Cost: Free Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-9000 or

Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast. The breakfast celebrates the legacy of service of Dr. King and encourages those attending to live out his legacy. This year’s keynote speaker is human rights activist Nontombi Naomi Tutu, the third child of the revered South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Nomalizo. Time: 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16 Cost: $30 Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis Info:

‘HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON’ Based on the books by Crockett Johnson. One crayon. One character. Go. Take a ride with Harold and his trusty crayon as he hops a ride on a flying saucer, shares a pie with French-speaking critters and explores the heavens above using stars as stepping stones. This world-premiere musical uses breathtaking animation, inventive puppetry and an indie-music score. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Jan. 17-Feb. 26 Cost: Adults $33.50-$43.50; children/teens/students/seniors $23.50-$33.50 Location: Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis Info: or (612) 874-0400


“Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women” is an original comedy celebrating the honor, truth, humor THE WEDDING FAIR and silliness of being female. With a two-woman local cast, “Girls Only” Two hundred exhibitors will share mixes sketch comedy, improvisation, information about what’s hot, audience participation, video trendy, new and exciting in wedding and raucous songs in a unique planning. The Wedding Fair also examination of all things girly. features a bridal fashion show Time: Evening and matinee highlighting today’s bridal trends for every season from the world famous showtimes Jan. 18-March 18 designers. The fashion show repeated Cost: Adults $30; seniors $26; students $20 throughout the day. Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 Location: New Century Theatre, 615 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $15 Info: or (800) Location: Minneapolis Convention 982-2787 Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis MINNESOTA AND Info: or (612) THE CIVIL WAR 335-6000


HOLIDAY DIVERSITY JOB FAIR The Diversity Job Fair is open to all candidates, entry level and above. Those interested in applying should bring resumes. Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 Cost: Free Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis Info: (800) 390-5561 or psijobfair. com

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY BREAKFAST The General Mills Foundation and United Negro College Fund will present the 22nd annual Dr. Martin

Minnesota offered the first volunteers and Minnesota soldiers still served after most volunteers went home. See colorful images and hear stories of their service. Presenter Stephen Osman recently retired from his position as a senior historian for the Minnesota Historical Society. This 30-45 minute illustrated presentation is for teen through adult audiences. Questions and discussion will follow the presentation. Time: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Cost: Free Location: Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. S.E., Prior Lake Info: (952) 447-3375 or www.scott.

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Firewood Fireplace/Fuel Dry Firewood: Mixed Hardwood, ½ cord 4'x12'x16”: $165, 4'x8'x16”: $120. Free delivery. 952-445-5239, Steve


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RENTALS Office/Commercial LIGHT INDUSTRIAL Drive-In's & Docks Available Immediately Intersections of 41/ 169. 952-484-9675 Office/ Business space for rent. West 2nd St., Chaska. 952-448-2577 Space available for Zuba, Yoga, Dance/ Exercise classes... or other activities? Grand Palms Event Center, Chaska. 952-448-7206

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Jordan Rentals

Prior Lake Rentals

Newer, 3 BR split entry, range, refrigerator, microwave. 3 car garage on huge lot. $1100.+ utilities. Mike 952-2501796

1 & 2 BR apartments, (heat, hot/cold water, garbage included) $600$675, no pets. 612-5996245

2 BR+ Den, 2 car W/D. Utilities included, $850. 952-210-9732

Chaska Rentals 2 BR in modern 4-plex. Your own front & back doors to yard. No long hauls to exit. Quiet neighborhood. $795 includes heat. Many extras. Jan. 1st or 15th or February. 612-823-3909

Belle Plaine Rental Large 1 BR apartment, heat/ water/ garbage included. $575/ month. 612-386-5559

Jordan Valley Townhomes

375 Augusta Court Jordan, MN 55352

952-492-5330 *Income Restrictions Do Apply

Roommates M/F share 3 BR Chaska home. $400/ month, all utilities included. 612309-1251

New Townhomes Rents - $927/month* 3 BR Townhomes, 1,600-sq. ft. Private entry w/covered front porch. Double car garage w/opener. Washer/dryer in each unit, central heat & air conditioning. Range w/self cleaning oven, refrigerator, dishwasher & breakfast bar. Children's play area w/equipment.

2 BR apartment from $795 1 BR from $695 Heat & water paid 1 cat OK. Garage/Storage inc. 952-361-6864

Prior Lake Rentals

2/ 3 BR townhomes, garage included, $795 & $950. 952-448-6549

2 BR condo, garage. Pet OK. Includes water, sewer, $925. Available now. 952-440-4112

2 BR, full kitchen, no pets. On lake, off-street parking. $595. 952-4404673 2BR in quiet 4-plex. No pets, $700. 952-4963485 3BR 1BA apartment. Detached garage. $895. Randy 952-270-9221

Shakopee Rentals

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

1 BR APARTMENT Section 8 project

Mobile Homes

Low income rent to qualifying persons. Age 62 or older. 30% of income Smoke-free units available

2000 Dutch Double wide. $38,000. 612-3908409

Shakopee Housing 952-403-1086

Prior Lake- Lg 1 BR, $595/ mo. 2 BR. $765/ mo. Available now. Patio/ balcony, cats OK, please call 952-6532105, 952-594-1791, or 651-470-4017


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

3BR, 2BA, 3 car garage. Contract for deed terms with 5% down. $177,900. Randy Kubes, Realtor 612-599-7440

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Sandalwood Studiosfull kitchenettes, nightly/ weekly/ monthly rates available. 952-277-0100

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


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Handyman Ser vices PROFESSIONAL, PROMPT, COURTEOUS SERVICE 28 YEARS OF TRADE EXPERIENCE Bob Wagner (952) 686-4833 for available services and rates. Fully Insured LOW HOURLY RATES, TELL ME WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD AND WE WILL MAKE A DEAL!

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Father/ son plumbing company. Licensed, bonded, insured. Working for you! R&D Plumbing952-237-0115

Kerchner Outdoors Now offering snow removal. Serving the Lakeville, Savage, Prior Lake, and Shakopee area. Call today for a free estimate. 612-3859010 Dependable, on time. Flexible & efficient!

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Storm damage repairs Defective shingle claims Family owned & operated Thousands of satisfied customers Professional and Courteous Lic# 20632183

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Coldwell Banker Burnet Eden Prairie Irene: 952-949-4759 Rolland: 952-949-4724 EOE

Beautician & Nail Tech Openings- Busy Salon. Commission or Rental. FT/PT. 952-445-3300, 952-215-9904, Debi

Client Service Vet Asst Busy, client focused practice needs an upbeat, positive person with superior customer service skills, + the ability to handle multiple phone lines. Ideal candidate is passionate about pets and their people. Schedule flexibility important. E-mail resume to

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A New Career Program Manager/Shakopee FT confident supervisor/ QMRP/DC for 4 bed grp home w/4 women w/ DD. Exp. w/Alzheimer's preferred, prior supv. exp beneficial/preferred. Compassionate, flexible w/ your schedule, patient & a team player essential. 35 hr wk/salaried position w/ competitive benefits. On Call. 4 yr degree prefer/1 yr exp w/DD or 2 yr degree/2 yr related exp. Submit Cover Letter/Resume, incld salary req. & ad location to: DianeK@ AA/EOE

Residential subcontractor for new home construction is looking for 15 Window installers immediately to work on Window installation crews. Work sites are Mpls/St. Paul metro wide. Positions are full time, year round and benefits eligible. Must have valid drivers license and pass a drug test/background check and physical. Please call 952-380-3720. WEB Developer for ecommerce: 3+ yrs experience IIS, ASP, XML, JAVA, HTML, CSS, ISAPI, .NET, PCI; BS-Computer Science; Send resume to brianw@

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

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Part-Time Custodial / Maint. Ice Rink P.T. Seasonal $9.00/hr weekday evening and weekend hours avail. Includes ice resurfacing, run skate shop, general maint. Apply at Chaska Community Center Front Desk, 1661 Park Ridge Dr, Chaska MN 55318 Driver Warehouse Part time. Parts Delivery Warehouse No experience required. Clean driving record. Auto Plus Hourly based on experience. EOE 952474-3162 FLORAL DESIGNER All occasion design and retail sales at Emma Krumbee's Floral in Belle Plaine. D/N/W. Submit resume:

TUTORS Wanted! Leader in in-home tutoring company looking for experienced tutors for middle school and high school subjects including math/science. Flexible hours and competitive pay. Please email your resume to

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We welcome you to submit your application to a friendly, progressive optometric office! 20+ hours/week. Optician/Technician experience preferred. Crossroads Optometric 952-447-2020

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

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

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

Campers Travel Trailers

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

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


Accessible Space, Inc. a national non-profit provider seeks experienced Part-Time caretaker (up to 25 hrs/wk) for apartment building in Shakopee, MN. General caretaker duties include - apartment turns, cleaning, painting and minor maintenance. Competitive Wage + PT benefits. Apply online at: www. or fax resume to HR (651) 645-0541. Ref job code 73111 when applying. EOE/AA

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

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

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

Property Caretaker Palmer Bus Service is looking for persons with a good driving record to drive school bus in the Shakopee School District. Activity routes and Substitute driver routes available. Requires School Bus license. Will train eligible applicants. Excellent salary, annual bonus, paid training. Palmer Bus Service 952-445-1166

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

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


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

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

Sporting Goods

Social Services

Make your work matter! Work 1:1 with a young man in Prior Lake with DD. Work on goals, comm. activities. MonFri 3-6pm (can be split between 2 people). Call Cassie 763-450-5003

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


Sales Positions

Jordan Kids Company has an opening for a part time Group Leader. Hours will be 2:00pm6.00pm. Mon-Fri. Call Lori at 952-492-4312 for application. Position open until filled.

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

Campers Travel Trailers

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

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

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

Cars $$ Paid for Junkers/ Repairables FREE TOW. Immediate pickup. Serving Carver/ Scott counties. 952-220-TOWS, 24/7 $$ Wanted $$ JUNK CARS Viking Auto Salvage 651-460-6166

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PROP Shop needs of the week

County offers immunizations

Smarty Pants Kids honored

The PROP Shop client room currently requests donations of small appliances (blenders, toasters, kitchen mixers and coffee pots) in clean and working condition. The PROP Shop is a nonprofit re-sale store, which sells new and gently used items to everyone in the community. It depends on donations of furniture, clothing and housewares. The PROP Shop also offers a separate Client Services Center which provides clothing, housewares and furniture to referred families and individuals in need. The PROP Shop is at 15195 Martin Drive in Eden Prairie. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Donations are accepted Wednesdays (10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). The PROP Shop will be closing early at 3 p.m. Dec. 31. For more information and a list of other needed items, visit, email, or call (952) 934-2323.

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 Bloomington Clinic: Bloomington Division of Health, 1900 W. Old Shakopee Road, Jan. 3 and 17, 3 to 5:30 p.m. I Brooklyn Center Clinic: Hennepin County’s Brookdale Service Center, 6125 Shingle Creek Road, Jan. 24, 9 to 11 a.m. I Downtown Minneapolis Clinic: Hennepin Health Services Building, 525 Portland Ave. S., Jan. 6, 8:30 to 11 a.m. For more information about these clinics, call (612) 348-2884 or go to Donations are requested but not required for the immunizations.

Smarty Pants Kids in Eden Prairie received the “2011 Best of Eden Prairie Award” in the toys category from the U.S. Commerce Association. The business is at 966 Prairie Center Drive. Info: (952) 974-8274. T he awa r d “ r e c o g n i z e s outstanding local businesses throughout the country,” honoring those that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. Smarty Pants Kids also recently joined ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association), a g roup that “believes in the right of all children to achieve their full potential through fun and positive play.”

Progresssives on the Prairie

The food shelf is currently most in need of cereal, rice, apple juice, canned meat, jelly, sugar, oatmeal and crackers. Your cash donations enable PROP to use its buying power for food, supplies and fi nancial support for clients. Your food donations keep shelves stocked. The group appreciates the support and invites you to volunteer and use your creativity to create a PROP-themed event. If you need services or support from PROP, visit its website at, call (952) 937-9120 or stop by the office at 14700 Martin Drive Monday through Friday 9:30 to 1 p.m. or Monday and Wednesday evenings 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Progressives on the Prairie is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Star Bank Community Room, 250 Prairie Center Drive, across from the Eden Prairie Center Penney’s parking lot. Brian Rusche, executive director of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, will be speaking on “Faithful Citizenship and the 2012 Legislative Session.” The new Census has confi rmed that the child poverty rate is at 15.2 percent, or 192,000 children. Rusche’s program will talk about the sobering connections between economic justice and upcoming legislative decisions and take questions.

Jennifer Schneider has been promoted to senior branch of f ice ad mi nist rator at an Eden Prairie branch office of financial-services firm Edward Jones. Schneider has been with Edward Jones the past five years. Zane Birky, the local Edward Jones fi nancial advisor, said Schneider is very deserving of the promotion. “Schneider has demonstrated an outstanding ability to juggle the many complex tasks and responsibilities associated

and adults with hearing aids during the one-day mission at Branson’s Bhubezi Health Clinic,” according to a news release from Starkey. Info:

Collecting mittens and 360 Insurance hats for local schools Agency opens United Educators Credit Union’s Eden Prairie Branch at 7912B Eden Road will hold its Second Annual Holiday Mitten and Hat Drive through Dec. 31. Throughout the month of December, UECU welcomes its members and t he Eden Prairie community to donate new mitten and hats, to benefit local elementary schools in the area.

Starkey Foundation mission with Branson

Promoted at Edward Jones

PROP food shelf needs of the week

with helping run this office. I’m very pleased that her exceptional ability and dedication to the firm have been recognized and rewarded,” Birky said. Info:

“Starkey Hearing Foundation, which strives to change the social consciousness of hearing and hearing health care, wrapped up its fi rst-ever hearing mission in Bushridge, Mpumalanga, South Africa last week with the help of Sir Richard Branson and his notfor-profit organization, Virgin Unite. For this fi rst-time mission working with Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite, Starkey Hearing Foundation provided 490 under-served, hearing-impaired children

360 Insurance Agency, an affi liate of Child Shield U.S.A., has opened in Eden Prairie. Child Shield, U.S.A., is described in a news release as “a national organization dedicated to the safety of America’s children. … The primary goal of Child Shield, U.S.A. is to reduce the alarming numbers of lost, missing, abducted and runaway children in America. To this end, their child safety kit provides an easy to follow educational program designed to empower parents and children with important knowledge that can help to prevent tragedy. In addition, the educational part of Child Shield, U.S.A. service includes the unique Safety Seven framed poster and Guide to Safer Children book.” Child Shield also helps disseminate information about a missing child, contribute toward the investigation and implement an immediate $50,000 reward for recovery of the child and arrest and conviction of the people responsible, the release said. Info: (612) 217-2060.

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1/2” plywood, attic air chutes. Free, Prior Lake. 952-447-3784 Advantium conventional oven, never used. $500. 612-619-3694 Apple Laptop iBook, G3, latest os. Excellent condition, $120. 612-8392933 Blanket, 102"x90" queen, 100% polyester. Provincial rose print, $8. 952-447-4961 Canon power Shot A720 IS, disc never opened $65. 952-445-4375 Fish house furnace, sink, 3 burner cooktop. $100. 612-619-3694 Foosball Table. Length 54 Width 29. Excellent Condition $50. 952270-1224

Ice auger, Eskimo, 49cc 8" vg $175. or b/o. 952-448-7161 Insulation bats, $50. Prior Lake, 952-4473784 Kids bedroom set. Dresser, bookcase, headboard, captains base. $150. 612-2758699 Lowrey Organ. Floor Model. 1970's. Good Condition. $100. 952270-1224 Mission Armoire/ TV Media stand, like new condition $300. 651398-2614 New black credit card case. $10. 952-2401025. New black genuine leather billfold. $10. 952-240-1025.

Piano, Wurlitzer with bench. Good tone. $300. Can deliver 952445-4177 Printer, Canon, Pixma. IP1700 photo printer. New, $10. 952-4017597 Printer, scanner, fax, All in one. HPC4280, new, $25. 952-401-7597 Rocker video game chairs. Great condition. $60. 952-949-2128 Router bits, Sommerfeld CMT. Like new, $100. 952-445-9797

Ski boots, 27.5 Salomon Sport 6.0 952-334-5585 $75 OBO Sofa Sleeper, Tan color, great shape, $50.00 or B/O 612-817-3800 Stadium blanket, 56"x72", 100% virgin wool, new, $10. 952447-4961

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Trombone Conn 18 H, good condition, w/accessories, $200 OBO, 952-334-5585

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Twin bed mattress & frame, $150, Cash. Prior Lake. 952-847-0627

Sectional sofa, with coffee, end tables. Great condition, $125 952226-1965

Upright Appollo Player piano. Serial #9366. $200. 952-445-5614

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

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

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

1994 Toyota Camry 163k miles, 4 cylinder, 4 door. Maroon, 30 + mpg, sunroof, new brakes, good condition. $2750. 952-466-2129


1997 Mercury Cougar, 30th Anniversary Limited Edition, 4.6 Liter, 140K Miles, $1,000. 952-220-8325

2002 Dodge Intrepid SE 116K. Leather interior, 3.4, V6, runs great. $2100 call Jim @ 952447-2905



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

1993 Ford Ranger XLT. 215M. New clutch/ battery, 4 cyl, 5 sp. $1,300. 952-426-5657, Lou

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

2002 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4x4, 5.4L V-8. Rear bucket seats, new motor. One owner. Great condition, very clean. $5,199. 612-5542405

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Page 20 | December 29, 2011 | Eden Prairie News

living in ep Did you know? The U.S. Census Bureau provided the following information for this holiday season: The nation’s projected population as we ring in the New Year is at more than 312 million, according to population estimates. The Census Bureau’s world population clock read 6,983,154,840 on Dec. 23, although that population was estimated to have hit 7 billion earlier this year. Source: U.S. Census Bureau

This date in EP history Dec. 29, 1927 – Eden Prairie High School puts out the second issue of its newspaper called “The Buzzer.” Source: “Eden Prairie Book of Days” by Ernie Shuldheiss


Carolyn Muchow of Minneapolis, one of the senior librarians at the Eden Prairie Library, displayed some of the most popular items (before they were checked out again).

What are you reading? H

ennepin County Libraries has released its lists of the top 25 adult, teen and kids titles that have been checked out this year.

ADULTS Of the top 25 adult titles checked out of Hennepin County libraries this year, 24 were fiction, according to a news release f rom Hen nepi n County. The one non-fiction title? “ Unbr oke n : A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,’ a biography of Lt. Louis Zamperini,” who has visited Eden Prairie for speaking engagements. The top circu lating adu lt book this year was “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. Check out the list: 1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 2. Buried Prey by John Sandford 3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 4. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen 5 . T he Gi rl W ho Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson 6. Bad Blood by John Sandford 7. American Assassin by Vince Flynn 8. The Confession by John Grisham 9. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson 10. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult 11. Tick Tock by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge 12 . Smoki n’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich 13. Don’t Blink by James Patterson and Howard Roughan 14. Toys by James Patterson and Neil McMahon 1 5 . W i c k e d A p p e t it e b y J a n e t Evanovich 16. Room by Emma Donoghue 17. S i z z l i n g S i x t e e n b y J a n e t Evanovich 18. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand 19. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese 20. Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell 21. Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci 22. Vermilion Drift by William Kent Krueger 23. 10th Anniversary by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 24. Cross Fire by James Patterson 25. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

TEENS Teens are trending toward science and futuristic fiction. “A few favorite authors have

more than one title in the top-circulating (checked out) 25, but teens are reading a mix of authors and genres as well,” according to a news release. “Suzanne Collins’ novels ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Mockingjay,’ and ‘Catching Fire,’ ranked number one, three and four in the top 25, are set in a futuristic dystopian America of gladiator battles and growing rebellions.” Hu “Hunger Games” is also the Eden PraiRe rie Reads selection, with activities comu soon (visit ing up He are the top 25 teen titles checked Here i Hennepin County: out in 1 The Hunger Games by Suzanne 1. Coll Collins 2 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 2. 3 Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 3. 4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collin lins 5. The Maze Runner by James D Dashner 6. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer 7 Twilight by Stephenie Mey7. er 8. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Me Meyer 9. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Sh Shepard 10. Fang by James Patterson 11. New Moon by Stephenie M Meyer 12. Witch & Wizard by James P Patterson and Gabrielle Charb bonnet 13. Angel by James Patters son 14. Crocodile Tears by Ant thony Horowitz 15. I Am Number Four by P Pittacus Lore 16. Matched by Ally Condie 17. Stormbreaker by Ant thony Horowitz 18. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer 19. The Absolutely True Diary of a PartTime Indian by Sherman Alexie 20. The Da ngerous Days of Daniel X by Ja mes Patterson 21. I’d T e l l Yo u I L o v e Yo u , But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter 22. Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz 2 3. T hi rteen Reasons W Why by Jay Ash Asher 2 Hatchet by Gary 24. Pau Paulsen 25. Skeleton Key by An Anthony Horowitz

KIDS For Hen nepi n C County kids, 24 of t top 25 books were the w written by only four a authors, and most were fantasy stories, a release said. Those authors? J.K.

Rowling (“Harry Potter”), Jeff Kinney (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”), Mary Pope Osborne (“Magic Tree House”) and Daisy Meadows (the pseudonym of a group called Working Partners that writes the “Rainbow Magic” series) are those authors. Here is the kids’ list: 1. Dog Days by Jeff Kinney 2. Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney 3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling 4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney 5. T he Last Oly mpia n by Rick Riordan 6. Eve of the E mp er or Pen g u i n by M a r y Pope Osborne 7. Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince by J. K. Rowling 8. T he Ugly T r ut h by Jef f Kinney 9. The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney 10. Harry Pot ter a nd the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K . Rowling 11. Harry Pot ter a nd t he C h a m ber of Se crets by J. K. Rowling 1 2 . Bl i z zard of the Blue Moon by Mary Pope Osborne 13. Ella the Rose F a i r y by D a i sy Meadows 14 . Mond ay With a Mad G e nius by Mary Pope Osborne 15. Hau nted Castle on Hallows Eve by Mary Pope Osborne 16. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling 17. Gabriella the Snow Kingdom Fairy by Daisy Meadows 18. Dark Day in the Deep Sea by Mary Pope Osborne 19. Penny the Pony Fairy by Daisy Meadows 20. Victoria the Violin Fairy by Daisy Meadows 21. Phoebe the Fashion Fairy by Daisy Meadows 22. Cherry the Cake Fairy by Daisy Meadows 23. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling 24. Isabelle the Ice Dance Fairy by Daisy Meadows 25. Dragon of the Red Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne For more information and updates, visit


The moose trophy donated by Clayton Gunnarson.

Turn back the page The Dec. 23, 1976, issue of the Eden Prairie News stated that a moose head had been donated to Forest Hills Elementary School. “A moose, who once lived in British Columbia, has now found a new home in the library of Forest Hills School,” the caption for the above photo said. “Clayton Gunnarson (right) claimed he shot the moose while on a hunting expedition only ‘because there was no tree around big enough to hide behind.’ (Editor’s note: Yes, the paper included the word “right” in parentheses to help identify Gunnarson in the photo). “Gunnarson also said he donated the trophy to the school because its antlers were too wide to fit through the door of his house. When alive, the moose weighed over 1,600 pounds and stood over six feet tall at the shoulder.” Source: Eden Prairie News archives


A bundled up Emma Whittlemore, 7, held onto mom Lynda at last year’s Rock on Ice event.

Dates to remember Rock on Ice – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, Round Lake Park Ice Rink. Family Pizza and BINGO Night – 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, Eden Prairie Community Center. Souper Bowl PROP food shelf fundraiser – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, Central Middle School. Father and Daughter Sweetheart Dance – 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, The Garden Room, Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road. Senior Center Valentine Breakfast – 9-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, Eden Prairie Senior Center. For more information, see the Let’s Go! Calendar on pages 14-16.

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