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“Come visit Jordan’s historic downtown for antique shops, coffee shop, downtown brewery, gifts, local art, specialty meats, professional services, arcade, upholstery and furniture refurbishing, fine dining and overnight luxury stays. Walk to the Sand Creek waterfalls and serene Mill Pond in Lagoon Park. Just outside of town, you will find Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, apple orchards, draft horse farms, riding stables, state park trails, campgrounds and a vineyard.

September 2017

October 2017

December 2017 February 2018 April 2018 May 2018 Cinco de Mayo Celebration City-Wide Garage Sale

July 2018

With small-town appeal, Historic Jordan is a great place to spend the day or perhaps to Live - Shop - Dine.”

August 2018

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We are now enrolling Competition & Recreational dance students! With degrees in dance and/or earlier childhood education, our staff are not only former dancers; they are leaders, mentors, and educators. Come visit our newly renovated studio during our OPEN HOUSE on October 3rd and 10th, 2017! We know that choosing a dance studio can be a big decision. We are pleased to offer your first two classes free.


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As he is into the Christmas choir, Kainen Buesgens, playing Happy the dog, happily howls along.

ATTRACTIONS Parks Trails Nature Recreation

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GOVERNMENT City of Jordan Meetings City Departments Utilities Ordinances Scott County Frequently Called Numbers Libraries Utilities Metropolitan Council Watershed Management Licences & Documents U.S. Postal Services Health & Human Services Elections State Programs State of Minnesota United States

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Hospitals Medical Clinics

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LEISURE Performing Arts Studio Arts Clubs & Organizations Youth Organizations Youth Sports

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LIVING Jordan Public Schools ISD 717 Other Area Schools Special Programs Help & Support Services

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MARKETPLACE Media Chamber of Commerce

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ANIMALS Dog Licenses Lost Pet Humane Society

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2017-2018 Big Fish Lifestyle Guide Publisher: Laurie Hartmann \ Regional Editor: Deena Winter Editor: Amanda McKnight \ Editorial Content: Rachel Wittrock Cover Design: Mike Gears \ Editorial Design: Steve Christiansen \ Advertising: Erin Troxel Special thanks to the city of Jordan, Jordan School District, CAP Agency and Scott County for their contributions. Every effort has been made to provide an accurate directory, but if errors have occurred please let us know about them. Published by Jordan Independent, 109 Rice St., Jordan MN 55352. Copyright 2017-2018. Printed in the USA. To submit additional information call 952-445-3333 or send an email to

Cover photo by: Rachel Wittrock Izzy Kalal enjoying a temporary splash pad.

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Josiah Gregory hurls a water toy into Mill Pond.


elcome to Jordan’s Lifestyle Guide, where you will learn all about the amenities the community has to

offer. Jordan is surrounded by bluffs and rolling green hills, and many residents enjoy fishing and playing in Sand Creek, which winds through town. The population of the city has increased 60 percent since the start of the millennium, and there are many reasons that could contribute to the boom: the beauty of the area; enjoying the simple pleasure of fishing along Sand Creek and at Mill Pond; shopping and dining options; an excellent, progressive school district; and proximity to the Twin Cities without the accompanying hustle and bustle. But don’t just take our word for it: In 2015, Niche ranked Jordan the second Best Place to Raise a Family among all

Minnesota cities. And in 2017, Jordan ranked 20th on the Safest Cities in Minnesota report by Safewise. Whether you’re a new resident or have lived here for years, this guide provides easy access to everything you could want to know about Jordan, from businesses and restaurants to your contacts in city and county government, local organizations and everything in between. However, if there’s anything we missed or left out, we apologize in advance. Let us know if anything needs to be updated so that we can publish it in the next edition. We can be reached at Also, if you want to see more copies of the Lifestyle Guide, please call the Circulation Department at Southwest News Media. They can be reached at 952-345-6682. Thank you and happy reading!


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Mustard Seed Inc


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Chaska Community Center






Dakotah Sport and Fitness


The Meadows


Shakopee Dakota Convenience


Dakotah Meadows RV Park


Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant


Eileen’s Colossal Cookies


Old Town Coffee Saloon


Community Action Partnership


Ridgeview Medical Center


Children’s Dental Care


Kingspath Senior Living


Carver Dental


St. Francis Regional Medical Center


St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center 29 Veil Orthodontics


Jordan Community Education


Edina Realty Marcus Johannes


Alphabet Junction Learning Center


Edina Realty Perkins


Home Town Bank


St. John the Baptist Catholic School


Jodi Langhorst See Law Office & Dispute Resolution Services, PLLC


Riverland Bank


Stanley & Wencl Construction & Facility Systems


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


City Administrator Tom Nikunen and City Engineer Tim Loose grill burgers during the Commercial Club’s annual Brewers Appreciation Night.


City of Jordan


Chloe Gruenhaven of Bloomer gently pets a baby chick that was hatched at the Scott County Fair.

Friendship Church


Hosanna! Church


St. John Baptist Church


I Got a Guy LLC


Prior Lake Auto Collision


Appliance Source


Berger Interiors


Glowing Hearth & Home


Brock’s Flooring


Referral Collision


The Jordan Junker


Prairie Farm Supply


Insurance Brokers of MN


Cheylub Schmitt shows off a black standard Cochin chicken he recently raised. Schmitt feeds his chickens special feed to help them grow and mature faster.






208 2011 - 2015 = 50




11.1% increase from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015



5 years and under


18 years and under


Between 19 and 64 years











Mean travel time to work

workers age 16+

26.8 min

2011 - 2015



65 years and older





3.4% Foreign born

Between 2011 and 2015


1,961 Housing units, 2010 = 250

70.8% Homeownership rate, 2011 - 2015

87.3% Living in same house 1 year or more $203,100 Median value of owner-occupied homes, 2011 - 2015 2.73 Persons per household $68,252

Median household income, 2011 - 2015

96.1% High School Graduate or higher, 25+ 2011 - 2015

30.6% Bachelor’s Degree or higher, 25+ 2011 - 2015

$28,938 Per capita income

in past 12 months, 2015 dollars


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Paul Buss and the Brewers defeated Union Hill on Baseball Day on June 25.


ordan’s attractions have something for everyone, from history buffs to candy addicts, baseball fans to those looking for a delicious holiday ham or turkey. Downtown Jordan is steeped in history, with 20 historic buildings, including 13 on the National Historic Register. Many of those historic buildings are home to downtown businesses. “I like the older buildings, the quaint older buildings,” said resident Connie Jabs, who has lived in Jordan for 40 years. “I like the idea that they want to restore or keep them with the old time look. I think that draws more interest, and remembering the past sometimes is good. I like having the old buildings, I think it is very intriguing.” The Jordan Historical Society is dedicated to preserving Jordan’s past and making sure future generations know what life was like back in the settlement days. The dream of having its own museum finally came to fruition last fall. The Jordan Historical Society Museum, 16 First St. E., includes displays of historical clothing, purses, photographs and even four historic cars, including the 1909 Ford Model T roadster — the first car Ford produced. Pekarna’s Meat Market has been housed in the same location at 119 Water St. since it was established in 1893. The Pekarna family has owned and operated the meat market for 124 years and has developed a reputation for good cuts of smoked meat. In fact, it is the sole reason Carver resident Stacey Best comes to town. Best loves their hams, wild rice brats and steaks. Best’s mother-in-law, who lives in Chaska, told her about Jordan’s famous meat market.

“This is the jewel of Jordan, no doubt about it.” - John Breimhorst, on the Mini-Met baseball park “She said ‘Don’t get your ham anywhere but here,’ “ Best said. In addition to delicious meats, Jordan is also home to Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store. Also known as “The Big Yellow Barn,” it offers fresh baked pies, fudge, dozens of types of root beer, salt water taffy, licorice and candy from around the world. The candy store just completed a new addition, which features an outer space/sci-fi theme and new Japanese candy. The candy store also lined up The Confectionaires, a mechanical band made up of candy musicians that will play pre-selected music. Jon Buchholz of Shreveport, Louisiana, happened to be visiting the candy store on opening day this year. He walked away with Pocky sticks, banana licorice and Japanese sour candy, but he had his eye on many more delights. “I am about ready to go and get all the candy I had as a little kid that I can’t find anywhere else,” Buchholz said. One of Jordan’s not-so-hidden gems is the Mini-Met Baseball Park, which was recently featured in a new book, “Town Ball Parks of Minnesota,” written by Todd Mueller. Over the years the Mini-Met has hosted baseball games, bandstand concerts, picnics and the Scott County Fair in its earlier years. In the summer it’s a great spot to take in a baseball game, including the Jordan Brewers, Alers, Millers and American Legion baseball teams. “This is the jewel of Jordan, no doubt about it,” John Breimhorst said of the Mini-Met. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a hot air balloon ride, ziplining and high ropes courses, and paintball.

ATTRACTIONS PARKS Jordan residents can enjoy more than 25 miles of sidewalks and trails that lead to amenities like a skating rink, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, a skate park and picnic shelters. Parks are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Dogs must be on leashes and owners must pick up and remove any animal waste. Lagoon Park 300 Park Dr. Lagoon Park has picnic tables, shelters, grills, bathrooms, a gazebo, fishing pier, playground equipment, horseshoe pits, swimming, pond hockey and volleyball courts. Bridle Creek Park Intersection of Bridle Creek Dr. and Waterford Way Basketball courts and playground.

Brentwood Park Jennifer Lane Playground equipment. Jackie Holzer Memorial Park 900 Syndicate St. Softball fields, playground equipment, picnic shelter. Jordan Dog Park Just off Sawmill Road Fenced-in dog park with dog waste bags and trash cans . Dogs must be up to date on vaccines and licensed. High School Athletic Complex Off Hope Avenue Softball, football and track are among the sports accommodated by the high school’s athletic facilities. Log Cabin Park Off Varner Street

Highway 21 Rest Stop Intersection of Sawmill Road and Highway 21 Sledding hill.

Pekarna Park 140 Water St. Contains gazebo, flower beds and Sand Creek access.

Mini-Met Outdoor Hockey Rink 401 Rice St. S. A warming house is provided.

Timberline Park Off Lodge Drive and Foxboro Trail Playground equipment, benches, picnic tables and a trail. Access is provided via a trail system, with no off-street parking.

Mini-Met Skate Park 401 Rice St. S. Skate park for use by skateboarders.


Liz Thaves, lead curator for the Jordan Area Historical Society, stands inside the new History Center in downtown Jordan. 2017 - 2018 |


ATTRACTIONS Firemen’s Park Intersection of Creek Lane/ Sunset Drive Firefighters memorial. Sawmill Park Off Sawmill Road in Jordan Riesgraf Lions Park 275 Creek Lane N. Open space, picnic shelter. Veteran’s Park 300 Park Drive Veteran’s memorial honoring those who have served in the military. REGIONAL PARKS Scott County Parks 952-496-8475


Jordan is also home to the Scott County Fair, which draws thousands of people every year to enjoy food, entertainment, 4-H projects, a bean bag toss, the Miracle of Birth, and of course, rides on the iconic Ferris Wheel.

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Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park 400 W. 260th St., New Prague T h i s 2 0 -a c re site , f o r m e rl y operated as the Cedar Lake Farm and Day resort, of fers shore fishing, swimming beach, picnic sites. Part of a future 300-acre regional park that will feature wet-



Connie Jabs and Hedy Joachim welcomed area residents as they entered the Jordan History Center for the dedication on Feb. 21. lands, Big Woods forest and 4,000 feet of shoreland, public recreation. Doyle-Kennefick Regional Park This 490-acre park in Cedar Lake Township is still undeveloped. Spring Lake Regional Park This 373-acre park on the northern shore of Spring Lake includes an offleash dog area and trail. Three Rivers Park District 763-559-9000 Cleary Lake Regional Park 18106 Texas Ave. (Co. Rd. 27), Prior Lake 763-694-7777 Biking, hiking, canoeing, golfing, swimming and picnicking, cross country skiing. It has 1,045 acres. Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve 15501 Murphy Lake Road (Co. Rd. 75), Savage 763-694-7777 Hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and mountain biking. This is a 2,400-acre park.

The Landing-Minnesota River Heritage Park 2187 E. County Road 101, Shakopee 763-694-7784

TRAILS DNR-owned Minnesota Valley State Trail runs along the river (the federal and state governments own various parts of the river frontage being preserved). A boat landing, adjacent to the Minnesota River bridge in Belle Plaine, offers access to the river.

NATURE Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington 952-854-5900 Made up of 14 separate units, the 14,000-acre Minnesota Valley

National Wildlife Refuge runs from Bloomington to Henderson, along both sides of the Minnesota River. Nearby Chaska, Rapids Lake and Louisville Swamp Units combine to provide 4,700 acres of outdoor opportunities such as hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, wildlife observation and photography as posted on Refuge interpretive signs. Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center 15865 Carver Highlands Dr., Carver 952-361-4500 Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska 952-443-1400 The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has more than 1,000 acres of landscaped gardens, natural woodlands, wetlands and prairie, plant collections, and displays. Walk, hike, cross-country ski over eight miles of trails. Open 363 days a year.

RECREATION Community Education and Recreation Center (CERC) 500 Sunset Drive, Suite #3, Jordan 952-492-6211 The community center of fers competitive individual and family monthly and annual membership fees. The CERC offers a full fitness center with locker rooms, threegym stations with an upper walking /running track, 80 -person multi-purpose meeting room for celebrations and meetings, batting cages, tennis, volleyball, basketball, pickle ball and preschool play equipment. Minnesota Harvest 8251 Old Hwy 169 Blvd Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-2785 Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area 19825 Park Blvd., Jordan 952-492-6400 2017 - 2018 |


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Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store added a new silo with a sci-fi hub. The ceiling is painted like the constellation Carina, the wall panels depict an outer space landscape, and new candy from a faraway land fills the shelves. Lakefront Skate Park 5000 Kop Parkway, Prior Lake 952-447-9800 City-operated skate park featuring 3- and 5-foot ramps for skateboarders and in-line skaters. A helmet is mandatory for all users, and knee pads and wrist protection are strongly recommended. Admission is free. OUTDOOR PUBLIC SWIMMING Jordan Mill Pond 300 Park Drive, Jordan City-operated swimming, beach, fishing pier, gazebo, play area, horse shoe pits and volleyball court. Sand Point Beach 14349 Crest Ave. N.E., Prior Lake City-operated beach, concessions, volleyball, fishing pier, play equipment and sandy beach. Located off of County Road 42 and Crest Avenue.

Watzl’s Beach – Lakefront Park 5000 Kop Parkway, Prior Lake City-operated beach, concessions, picnic facilities, fishing pier, boat slips and canoe rental. INDOOR PUBLIC SWIMMING Twin Oaks Middle School 15860 Fish Point Road S.E., Prior Lake 952-226-0893 CAMPGROUNDS Baylor Regional Park 10775 Co. Rd. 33, Norwood Young America 952-466-5250 Fish Lake Acres Campground 3000 210th St. E., Prior Lake 952-492-3393 Minneapolis S.W. KOA 3315 166th St. W., Jordan 952-492-6440 MN Valley Trail State Park/Rec Area 19825 Park Blvd., Jordan 952-492-6400

Reagan Goebel and Olivia O’Brien rush to fill a bucket with water during the kids matchup in the bucket brigade competition at Heimatfest. 2017 - 2018 |




Jordan residents wait in line to purchase Mexican food, including four different types of tacos, from the El Jefe food truck during the city’s first Cinco de Mayo celebration.


f there’s one thing Jordan residents are clamoring for, it’s more dining options, and the city is pursuing ways to make that dream come true. Currently, Jordan’s food options include a Chinese restaurant, two apple orchards, microbrewery, coffee shop, French dining, the state’s largest candy store, some of the best fried chicken around, a supper club, and plenty of sandwiches and hamburgers. Local resident Mike Franklin enjoys eating at Clancy’s or the Jordan Supper Club. “We definitely need more sit-down options,” Franklin said. One sit-down option many residents have been clamoring for is a Mexican restaurant, but in the meantime, they will soon be able to eat at a Mexican fast-food restaurant. Maureen Carlson, a former business owner for 17 years and a new resident, thinks Jordan could use more fast food options and a salad bar. Connie Jabs, who has lived in Jordan for 40 years, favors sports bars or restaurants that offer a variety of sandwich options. She is also a fan of Taco Bell, Olive Garden and Perkins. The city also approved a food truck policy in 2016, and the first regular food truck rolled into town in April. Roets Jordan Brewery on Broadway Street rotates a different food truck every weekend, and residents enjoy sampling the different food options on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Just the facts The city also approved a food truck policy in 2016, and the first regular food truck rolled into town in April.

The city of Jordan also approved a commercial kitchen loan policy this year, which has generated interest in opening more restaurants downtown. According to City Administrator Tom Nikunen, the lack of “move-in ready” spaces downtown has deterred some inquiring restaurant owners from moving to town. “The biggest cost for somebody that wants, to say, open a bakery would be the kitchen equipment — the hood, the fire suppression, which can be very expensive and can deter that start-up business from happening,” Nikunen said. There are many talented cooks and bakers outside of restaurant establishments as well. The local Lions and Jordaness Lions clubs host fish fries in the spring, which draw hundreds of hungry residents.


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City Administrator Tom Nikunen, Mayor Tanya Velishek and City Council member Mike Franklin show off the GreenStep Cities blocks the city was awarded for completing the requirements for a Step 2 and Step 3 GreenStep City.


ordan may be a small town, but the city is constantly looking at ways to improve the lives of its citizens and offer additional amenities. A big achievement was made this year when the Jordan Police Department moved from shared space in the city hall building to its own facility on Syndicate Street. After more than a year of retrofitting, the Jordan Police Department moved into its own building at 705 Syndicate St. at the end of April. The new facility includes a patrol room, records room, interview rooms, administrative offices, investigative offices, showers and a locker room. There is even an office for the Minnesota State Patrol. The facility was designed with LED lighting, Energy Star appliances and water fountains with an option to fill up water bottles, all of which save the city money and energy. “We are just extremely happy to be in here — it is just a different feeling. All the cops just feel more professional,” Empey said. “We are having outside departments come through here and they have reacted very well. They have been impressed with the facility and amenities. It just feels good to have a place that is respected by other departments and people that come through here.” The Jordan City Council and city staff have also been investing in green measures that will improve the quality of life for residents and save the taxpayers money. In May, council members approved a contract with ReneSola to provide solar energy to all Jordan residents who are currently being served by Xcel Energy. The move to solar energy is expected to save the city at least $2.7 million over the next 25 years. The move to solar energy and the energy-saving measures at the new police station are two of the contributing factors that

“It just feels good to have a place that is respected by other departments and people that come through here.” - Jordan Police Chief Brett Empey, on the new police facility

led to Jordan’s recognition as a Step 3 GreenStep City in June. The city also received recognition for the additional trees and native vegetation that were added downtown, its dedication to purchasing Energy Star appliances in all city-owned properties, and the reduction in solid waste that was achieved by using a dewatering bag. The city also hired a new garbage hauler at the start of the year. In addition to saving residents money, Dick’s Sanitation offers organics pickup for residents, and city staff is working on an organics grant that could make that service affordable for all residents. The city would eventually like to achieve Step 4 status, which is currently the highest level available through the GreenStep Cities program. The city is also moving forward with the Southwest Interceptor project, which will increase the city’s sewer capacity and allow for new development. For more information on city programs or news, check out




210 E. First St. 952-492-2535 TTY: 612-342-5471



Police and fire emergency Police (non-emergency) Police (general information) Fire (general information) Water and sewer billing Scott County Sheriff

911 952-445-1411 952-492-2009 952-492-2535 952-492-2535 952-496-8300

CITY COUNCIL The mayor and council members serve as the Jordan City Council. Terms are four years. Jordan City Council elections are held concurrently with the state and federal general elections.


Jordan City Hall is located at 210 1st St. E. in downtown.


ROBERT WHIPPS Council member

Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

MEETINGS FIRST & THIRD MONDAY: City Council Council Chambers, 6:30 p.m.

SECOND TUESDAY: Planning Commission Council Chambers, 6:30 p.m.

JEFF WILL Council member

MIKE FRANKLIN Council member

TERRY STIER Council member


Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

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THIRD TUESDAY: Economic Development Authority Council Chambers, 6:30 p.m.

FOURTH MONDAY: Park and Recreation Advisory Commission Council Chambers, 6:30 p.m. (every other month)


JEREMY GOEBEL Council member

Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

Tom Nikunen City Administrator 952-492-2535

Morey Schaefer Finance Director 952-492-2535 Scott Haas Public Works Director 952-492-2535 Kathleen Hammer Planner 952-492-2535 Lucinda Meyers Planner 952-492-2535 Brett Empey Police Chief 952-492-2009

UTILITIES Jordan Public Works 210 East First Street, Jordan 952-492-2535 2017 - 2018 |



JORDAN HAS MANY CHARMS What is the city of Jordan’s charm to the 6,500 population? Many individuals choose Jordan as their home because they enjoy the country atmosphere and community of a small town. Jordan is on the scenic wooded bluffs and rolling hills, and has been considered the hub of Scott County. Sand Creek water way flows through our Lagoon Park area with the magnificent waterfall, multiple picnic areas, and our Mini-Met ball park where you can catch a Brewers game with popcorn and peanuts. Lagoon Park features Veterans Park, which is one of the many attractions that visitors and residents enjoy in our area during the summer and fall months. Whether you live downtown or on a farm on the outskirts of town, Jordan has many fine neighborhoods with park areas. Jordan supports basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, has an updated football field, and multiple art and music opportunities. Our public schools are conveniently located in a campus style. Jordan Middle School has been redesigned with the Jordan Community Education and Recreation Center. Sports programs, community recreations and extra-curricular activities are available for youth, adults and our

ORDINANCES For additional information about city ordinances, call the city office at 952-492-2535 or visit the website at www.jordan.govoffice. com. Winter Parking It is unlawful for any person to park a vehicle on any street after a continuous or intermittent snowfall during which there has been an accumulation of one inch or more of snow, or when a Snow Emergency is declared, until all snow, ice and similar debris has been plowed or removed from the paved portion of the street. Except on First Street an d Water Street , from Mill Street to Varner Street, parking shall be allowed on even-num-

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senior citizens. Each year more programs are added such as tennis, pickleball, etc. Jordan has a proactive Police Department and Fire Department that is supported by 11 police officers and more than 30 dedicated volunteer firefighters. The Police Department has built a new facility this year. The Fire Department is supported by the cit y and local Tanya townships and it has the Velishek latest updated trucks Mayor and equipment. Jordan has three living areas for senior citizens. They can choose to move into the recently remodeled Schule Haus, Oak Terrace or the Brentwood Court facility. The newer Jordan/Scott County Library is located in the Brentwood Court facility which is conveniently located next to the local Allina clinic and pharmacy facility. Annual events that many enjoy include the Jordan Dazzle parade in the winter, Memorial Day ceremonies and parade at the area cemeteries, Cinco de Mayo, Fireman’s Dance and steak fry, and multiple community fundraising events and

celebrations. In the summer, we have the Illuminight Run and at end of July the Scott County Fair. In August we celebrate the Scott Carver Threshers Show for those that are interested in the history of farming. In September, come and enjoy Heimatfest, Jordan’s hometown festival. Activities include a Classic Car Cruise and Street Dance. On Saturday, the day is filled with a 5K Run, Volleyball, Parade, Miss Jordan Coronation, Horseshoe Competition, music and many other activities before ending the day with fireworks. Jordan has a Chamber of Commerce, Commercial Club and Economic Development Authority which includes many retailers and business partner that offer a reason to shop in Jordan. There are several antique stores, shops and restaurants in the historical area, with some of them on the National Registrar of Historic Places. Jordan attractions include a historical center, new city chambers, Roets Jordan Brewery, Coffee Saloon, Apple Orchard and the Yellow Candy Barn. Visiting Jordan will be an all-day adventure, so take time to come visit our home town community. Tanya Velishek, Mayor City of Jordan

bered days for vehicles parked on the even-numbered side of the street and, on odd-numbered days for vehicles parked on the odd-numbered side of the street until the street is plowed curb to curb. Watering Ban A total watering ban will be in effect every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the restrictions are odd/ even. Violators will be cited. There is an exemption for newly seeded or sodded lawns. Building Permits A building permit is required when any building is erected, altered, demolished or moved and for most new construction, including decks. Call 952-492-2535 for information.


Jordan Police Chief Brett Empey sends a few emails from his office in the new Jordan Police Department headquarters on Syndicate Street.



SCOTT COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee, MN 55379-1220

952-445-7750 As Scott County continues to be a regional and statewide leader in both population growth a n d e co n o mic d evel o p m e nt , progress is evident throughout the community. Over the last several years, Scott County has managed to keep its budget in check while still investing in its residents’ future. Scott County is truly committed to its vision: “Where individuals, families, and businesses thrive.” Residents are encouraged to keep current on county news through viewing County Board meetings (available online in “real time” and on-demand), visiting

TTY/TDD : 952-496-8170

the website (w w, tuning into local government access cable for meeting coverage and other programming, following the county on social media, and reading the award-winning resident newsletter (The Scott County SCENE). In addition, you can become more directly involved by volunteering with various community groups, serving on a citizen advisory committee, or by attending County Board meetings and workshops, which are held on most Tuesdays at 9 a.m. You can visit the website for up-to-date schedule information.


BARB WECKMAN BREKKE District 1 612-616-1086

TOM WOLF District 2 952-440-6805

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MICHAEL BEARD District 3 952-583-7090 Term ends Dec. 31, 2018

LUKE HENNEN Sheriff 952-496-8300

RON HOCEVAR Scott County Attorney 952-496-8415

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS DAVID BEER District 4 952-393-5296 Term ends Dec. 31, 2020

JON ULRICH District 5 612-716-6724

Medical/PoliceFire Directions to the Government Center Job Hotline Switchboard Animal Control Court Administration

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GOVERNMENT FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS County Administrator Gary L. Shelton 952-496-8100 Deputy County Administrator Lezlie Vermillion 952-496-8062 Building Inspections Jeff Munsterteiger 952-496-8883 County Assessor Michael Thompson 952-496-8972 County Attorney Ron Hocevar 952-496-8415 County Engineer Tony Winiecki 952-496-8008 County Recorder James Hentges 952-496-8362

Information Technology Jeff Peichel 952-445-8113

Scott County Historical Society/ Stans Museum 235 Fuller St. S., Shakopee 952-445-0378

Parks & Trails Patricia Freeman 952-496-8752


Planning & Zoning Brad Davis 952-496-8654 Public Health Lisa Brodsky 952-496-8520 Sheriff Luke Hennen 952-496-8300 Surveyor James Hentges 952-496-8362 Veterans Services Jerry Brua 952-496-8175


Facilities Management Joe Wiita 952-496-8063

Jordan Branch Library 275 Creek Lane S., Jordan 952-496-8050 The Jordan Branch Library is part of the Scott County Library System, which allows library card-holders access to libraries in seven communities, including Belle Plaine, Prior Lake, Elko New Market, New Prague, Savage and Shakopee. In addition, the county-wide system is part of the greater metropolitan system — Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) — which allows library cardholders access to nearby Hennepin, Carver and other metropolitan county libraries, as well as Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Libraries.

Finance Steven Jones 952-496-8765

Law Library Scott County Government Center 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee 952-496-8713

Customer Service 952-496-8150 Elections Lisa Shadick 952-496-8560 Employee Relations Lori Huss 952-496-8103 Environmental Services 952-496-8177

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BURIED CABLE – CALL BEFORE YOU DIG GOPHER STATE ONE 651-454-0002 ELECTRICITY Xcel Energy 1-800-895-4999 Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative 952-492-2313 NATURAL GAS CenterPoint Energy 612-372-4727

METROPOLITAN COUNCIL Metropolitan Council Main Office 390 N. Robert St., St. Paul, MN 55101 651-602-1000 The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning organization for the seven-county Twin Cities area. It runs the regional bus system, collects and treats wastewater and manages water resources preservation, plans regional parks and administers funds that provide housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The council serves a region encompassing 189 cities and townships and a population of 2.85 million. It is divided into 16 districts. The governor appoints a representative for each, as well as the council chairperson.

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT Watershed management organizations and watershed districts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area

participate in water planning and implementation. Scott Watershed Management Organization 952-496-8054 Meetings are the fourth Monday at 4 p.m. at the Scott County Government Center. Lower Minnesota River Watershed District 952-856-5880 Meetings are the third Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Chaska City Hall.

LICENSES & DOCUMENTS DRIVER AND VEHICLE SERVICES Jordan Government Center 210 E. 1st St., Jordan 952-492-6330 Scott County Government Center 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee 952-496-8150 Prior Lake-Savage License Bureau 14033 Commerce Ave., Prior Lake 952-447-8817 Driver’s License Renewals See above list or visit LIQUOR & TOBACCO LICENSES Jordan Government Center 210 E. 1st St., Jordan 952-492-6330 Scott County Government Center 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee 952-496-8150 Scott County does these for the unincorporated areas. HUNTING/FISHING LICENSES Prior Lake License Bureau 14033 Commerce Ave., Prior Lake 952-447-8817

GOVERNMENT Scott County Government Center 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee 952-496-8150 Sporting goods and convenience stores also sell these licenses.

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE Jordan Post Office 214 2nd St. E., Jordan 55352 1-800-275-8777 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Scott County Government Center 200 Fourth Ave. W., Room 300, Shakopee 952-445-7751 Carver-Scott Crisis Program 952-442-7601 (24 hours)

Child Care Assistance 952-496-8686 Child Support Enforcement 952-496-8183 Financial Assistance 952-496-8686 Home and Community Care Intake 952-496-8556 Mental Health Program 952-445-7751 Public Health Nursing 952-496-8577 Social Services 952-445-7751 Volunteer Opportunities 952-496-8169


the proper identification, they may register on Election Day. Residents may register to vote when renewing driver’s licenses. For more information on voter’s registration, eligibility and/or absentee voting, call 952-496-8560 or write Scott County Elections, 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee, MN 55379. You may also call Jordan City Hall at 952492-2535. POLL LOCATIONS Jordan Jordan High School 600 Sunset Dr. Saint Lawrence Township Town Hall 7500 Old Hwy. 169 Sand Creek Township Minnesota Valley Electric Coop 125 Minnesota Valley Electric Dr. Helena Township New Prague Fire Hall 505 Fifth Ave. N.W., New Prague

STATE PROGRAMS MN Workforce Center 752 Canterbury Rd. S., Shakopee 952-445-7087 Job service is available to all job seekers and employers. Information concerning filing for unemployment insurance can be obtained by calling 651-296-3644 or at MN Correctional Facility 1010 W. Sixth Ave., Shakopee 952-496-4440 The facility houses adult women felons. MN Department of Natural Resources – Conservation Service 7050 East County Road 101, Shakopee 952-496-4141

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Our clients become e m p o w e r e d as we guide them towards stabilization & mobilization The Community Action Partnership of Scott, Carver and Dakota Counties provides residents with hope, help, and a chance for self-sufficiency through our services and programs. We encourage you to support your community by providing assistance where it is needed most. Your donation will allow us to meet the increased needs of the community we serve. We are regularly seeking corporate and private partnerships, individual donations, and volunteer support from those who believe in our mission.

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City Administrator Tom Nikunen and Police Chief Brett Empey stand outside the new police headquarters on Syndicate Street. The city completed the project for approximately $1.8 million.



Heimatfest offered a Kids Fishing Contest, with winners for the largest weight and the boy and girl who caught the most fish. Last year’s winners included Cooper Fahning, Madeline Stier, Jackson Taddei, Evy Menven, Emmaleah Cecka, Ben Jabs and Hunter Stier. Pictured in back is John Breimhorst.


very year, Jordan tries to do more and more things to promote healthy living for its residents. The city boasts its own local pharmacy and a branch of St. Francis Hospital, where residents can often get a same-day appointment. There are also two dental clinics and three chiropractor offices. There are two gyms in town, and many residents enjoy getting in shape at the new Community Education and Recreation Center, especially throughout the winter months. The CERC sold 700 membership packages, including 375 family memberships. Members can enjoy working out in a weight room, use an elevated running/walking track, try their rackets at pickleball, and even take lessons with a personal trainer. Starting in the fall, the CERC began offering a drop-in daycare, and they partnered with Higher Power Training out of Eden Prairie to offer additional personal training classes. “One of the main reasons why we exist is to serve and provide a space for people to have a healthier lifestyle,” said Community Education and Recreation Director Nate Warden, who oversees the CERC. “Our goal is not so much to grow our memberships, but our goal is to have healthier kids and families and adults so that they can do things outside our building.” Community Education and Recreation offers many programs that are designed to get kids outside and exercising. According to Warden, last year they had 32 summer ball teams, 25 fall football and volleyball teams, and 176 children in kindergarten

“We are here to make sure that you can continue to have the physical and active lifestyle that you want.” - Nathan Warden, Community Education and Recreation Director

through sixth grade participated in the basketball program. In total, Community Education and Recreation classes and camps reached 2,774 children last year. Jordan also offers plenty of walking and biking trails throughout town, including one by picturesque Lagoon Park and Mill Pond. Jordan’s natural topography provided a good workout for Kathy Mattson when she was training to hike in the Grand Canyon. Mattson and her husband got in shape by hiking the hills by the high school, from their house down to Lagoon Park, and the one by Radermacher’s grocery store. “We did the Grand Canyon and did a pretty good job,” Mattson said.

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Matt Hennen, Mike Seifert and John Hennen donned lederhosen and ran with bratwurst and beer steins during last year’s Run of the Mill 5K during Heimatfest.

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Landen Benage and puppy Reggie Enriquez, Chloe Leahy, Josey Shanks and Santana Grace relax in hammocks at Lagoon Park on a warm summer day.


any a lazy summer afternoon is spent at Lagoon Park. The park boasts two sand volleyball courts, plenty of green space to run around, play soccer or even train your dog, a children’s playground, four shelters for parties and family reunions and bathrooms. “We really enjoy Lagoon Park. It’s a great way for the whole family to have fun,” said Jordan resident Mike Franklin. Lagoon Park is also where many city festivals are held, including Heimatfest and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Jordan is also home to the Scott County Fairgrounds, which hosts the Scott County Fair, Autumn Fare, the MuckFest MS 5k and Motokazie racing. Jordan debuted a Cinco de Mayo festival for the fi rst time in May. Many residents turned out to enjoy traditional Mexican food, make their own maracas, listen to traditional Mexican music and even learn cumbia and salsa dancing. “My grandson really likes going to the festivals. They are always kid-friendly and they are always fun. Cinco de Mayo was fabulous and my grandson thought that was the best festival. He had a blast and it was so fun to watch him having so much fun,” resident Brin Rafferty said. Next to the park is Mill Pond, where adults and children can swim, fish or launch their own canoe or paddle boat. Residents can rent paddle boards from a nearby park concession stand. Anyone walking past the park is sure to hear the roar of the nearby waterfall, which provides a picturesque scene for

“Cinco de Mayo was fabulous and my grandson thought that was the best festival. He had a blast and it was so fun to watch him having so much fun.” - Brin Rafferty

a picnic, photography enthusiast or just someone enjoying a brief respite in Mother Nature. Jordan is also home to the famous Mini-Met baseball park, and many residents enjoy attending a Jordan Brewers baseball game in the summer months. The city also has softball fields and some baseball fields at Holzer Park. Recent park improvements were made to enhance game play, including new roofs and a donation of bat racks. Jordan has a local library, where kids and adults can check out books and explore new worlds, but that is not all. In the summer the library participates in the Bookawocky program, which includes fun family events all summer long. There is Crafty Science time, where kids can explore science concepts and make a take-home project every week; see various reptiles and amphibians at the Rad Zoo Open House; or even read to a therapy dog. One thing Jordan resident Chelsea Kalal would like to see come to town is a community pool. Kalal grew up in Kenyon, Minnesota, which has a population of about 1,800. She thinks back fondly of summer days spent at her community pool. “I used it every single day of the summer,” Kalal said.



Jasmine Resendiz, a student at Jordan Elementary School, twirls and dances in her traditional Mexican folk dance dress during this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.

PERFORMING ARTS Chaska Valley Family Theatre

STUDIO ARTS A Brush With Water 952-496-0503 Minnesota Watercolor Society

Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus

Scott County Crazy Quilters 952-445-0378

Homeward Bound Theater

Upper Midwest Bead Society

Prior Lake Players

225 Waterstreet Creative Arts

South Metro Chorale South of the River Community Band Stages Theatre Company The Valley Jazz Big Band 952-556-3536


Carver/Scott Master Gardeners

Jordan Area Historical Society

Celebrate Jordan 952-492-6211

Jordan Commercial Club

Ducks Unlimited

Jordan Community Education and Recreation 952-492-6211

Fraternal Order of Eagles Friends of the Jordan Library 952-492-2500 Friends of the Minnesota Valley Great Scott Cycling Club

American Legion, Post 3 952-492-6826

Heimatfest Committee 952-492-6077

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon-South of the River

Home Educators for Excellence

Jordan Lions Jordaness Lions 952-492-3404 Knights of Columbus 952-492-6471 LaLeche League League of Women Voters of MN Marine Corps League 952-447-1683

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Youth enjoy running through a splash pad behind Jordan Elementary School, provided by the Jordan Fire Department on a June summer day. MN Deer Hunters Association-MN River Valley Chapter

Sandcreek Gray Beards (National Wild Turkey Federation)

MN Landscape Arboretum Auxiliary

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MN Valley Riders Saddle Club MN Waterfowl Association Newcomers Club of the Southwest Suburbs NOW – National Organization for Women-MN Valley Pheasants Forever of Scott County Rainbow Animal Rescue 952-440-3824 Relay for Life of Scott County Camila Lombana (front, center), Juanita Cárdenas (blue t-shirt) and Brenda Muñoz (yellow t-shirt, back row) share a native Colombian dance with Jordan Elementary School students.

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River Valley Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club

Scott County Fair Board Scott County Historical Society/ Stans Museum Shriners Club (West Suburban) 952-473-8619 Scott County SNO-Trails, Inc. 952-440-1003 St. Francis Auxiliary & Volunteers 952-428-2065 Toastmasters — Midday Mumblers U of M Extension – Scott County V.F.W. Post #2854 952-492-2727 V.F.W. Auxiliary 952-492-2674



The Jordan Middle School choir sang a selection of holiday carols after last year’s JordanDazzle Parade.

YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS Boy Scouts of America Boy Scout Troop 332, Jordan Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys 4-H Programs U of M Extension oversees the 4-H Program and can provide full

information on both the program and exsiting clubs.

MN Job’s Daughters International

U of M Extension – Scott County


Camp Fire U.S.A. Camp Tanadoona 952-474-8085 Camp Kici-Yapi 952-835-2567 YMCA Burnsville

District 717 Community Education 952-492-6211 Baseball Millers 952-367-6994

Ghostriders Wrestling/ Panther Cubs 952-492-3460 Jordan Basketball Association Jordan Brewers Baseball jordanbrewers Jordan Junior Olympic Volleyball 952-240-3072

Girls Fastpitch Traveling (ages 18 and under) 952-985-3970

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All Alice (Riley Newton, center) wants is directions to the croquet match, but silly Tweedledee (Allyssa Stadler, left) and Tweedledum (Emily Page, right) won’t help her until she listens to a story, and Alice just won’t sit patiently until the end.


ordan residents love the city’s small town feel and amenities. Chelsea Kalal moved to Jordan in 2014 after marrying her husband. Kalal grew up in Kenyon, Minnesota, which has a population of about 1,800. Even though Jordan is a larger city than her hometown, she enjoys the small-town feel and thinks the city’s greatest asset is its location to the metro area. “You are close to the [Twin] cities, but close to Mankato. You don’t have far to go to get stuff if you can’t get it in town,” Kalal said. Jordan may be a small town, but its residents have a big heart. Whenever there is a need – whether it be supporting someone struggling with an illness, ensuring all students do not go hungry or even putting on a community event – there is never a lack of assistance. When Jordan played host to the state baseball tournament in June, approximately 150 volunteers from local civic groups, businesses and individuals helped out. “You don’t get that in every community,” City Administrator Tom Nikunen said. Jordan is home to a public elementary, middle and high school, as well as a Catholic school for grades K-6. In recent years, the public school district has implemented a 1:1 initiative using Chromebooks, invested in the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program, and is pursuing a new program to give students real on-the-job training. “You would be hard pressed to find other school districts,

“You would be hard pressed to find other school districts, especially our size, provide what we are able to provide.” - Community Education and Recreation Director Nate Warden

especially our size, provide what we are able to provide,” said Community Education and Recreation Director Nate Warden. “And that is something that comes from the leadership of our admin teams, and of course Mr. Helgerson and the school board. Our MCA scores are at the best in the conference. In all honesty, I don’t think other school districts can compete with what we do, that are our size.” Jordan is also home to a Catholic church, three Lutheran churches, a Baptist church, United Methodist church and a Christian non-denominational church. St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrated its 150th anniversary this year, as well as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. “The parks and the schools and the people here are fantastic,” Nikunen said.



Jordan Elementary kindergarten teacher Stephanie Olstad talks to her class during morning carpet time.

JORDAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ISD 717 Jordan residents are served by Independent School District 717. The Jordan public schools program is housed in three facilities: pre-K-4, grades 5-8 and grades 9-12. The elementary school has 655 students and a pre-school program of another 30 students. The 5-8 middle school has 541 students and the high school has 482 students. In all, 160 full-time personnel are employed by the district, which this year has a budget of $14 million. Among its special programs is a before/after school day care in the elementary that opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. The district has an active community education program for all ages and it operates community recreation programs through Community Education. A Mac computer lab at the elementary level and IBM labs at the middle and high school level, along with additional computers in the classrooms, offer students a technological boost. In 2002, the district constructed an addition to the elementary school and the high school opened in 2003. All three facilities are on the same campus. In 2015, the district renovated the middle school with a modern, col-

laborative approach to education, and the new Community Education and Recreation Center was built and connected to the middle school. LUNCH/DAY CARE Jordan schools provide both breakfast and lunch for students in grades K-8. Lunch only for grades 9-12. Jordan has a full-time nurse for grades K-12. There is a before- and after-school program (day care for students) beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. The program also operates on non-school days during the year. The district also has preschool programs for 3- and 5-yearold children, and offers a full day, everyday kindergarten program. Jordan also has a full complement of activities for children through senior citizens in its Community Education Programs. EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY EDUCATION Jordan Elementary School 815 Sunset Dr., Jordan A program for parents and their children (birth-age 5), which includes parent/child activities, children’s programs, parent education, and child care. BOARD OF EDUCATION The District 717 School Board is the school district’s governing body. It is

composed of seven members, each of whom is a district resident elected by voters to serve a four-year term. The terms have been staggered, with elections conducted in November of odd-numbered years, but will be moving to even-numbered years beginning in 2018. School board business meetings are conducted once a month on the 2nd Monday at 7 p.m. Additional workshop meetings, when needed, are held on the 4th Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Occasionally, times of the meetings are changed when there are conflicts with school activities. Meetings are held in the Community Education and Recreation Center, 500 Sunset Drive, Suite #3. Deb Pauly Chair Bob Vollbrecht Vice Chair Sandy Burke Clerk Lauren Pedersen Treasurer Bob Malz

Tom Vogel Connie Hennen FACILITIES Jordan Elementary School 815 Sunset Drive 952-492-2336 Jordan Middle School 500 Sunset Drive 952-492-2332 Jordan High School 600 Sunset Drive 952-492-4400 Jordan Community Education and Recreation 500 Sunset Drive 952-492-6211 FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS District 717 Offices 500 Sunset Drive, Jordan 952-492-6200 Matt Helgerson Superintendent 952-492-6200 Melissa Barnett Elementary School Principal 952-492-2336 2017 - 2018 |


LIVING Ben Bakeberg Middle School Principal 952-492-2332 Jeff Vizenor High School Principal 952-492-4401 Nate Warden Director, Jordan Community Education and Recreation 952-492-6211

OTHER AREA SCHOOLS St. John the Baptist Catholic School Grades Pre-K-6 215 N. Broadway, Jordan 952-492-2030 St. John’s Catholic School is an elementary school accredited through the Minnesota Non-Public School Accrediting Association. St. John’s School provides a Catholic education with emphasis on academics, spiritual relationships and respect


for self and others for preschool through sixth grade students. Its mission statement reads, “St. John’s enables children to grow in faith while striving to reach their full potential through life-long learning.” St. John’s Parish welcomes students of all faiths desiring a Christian, value-based education in a Catholic school setting. Living Hope Lutheran Church and School Grades Pre-K-4 8600 Horizon Dr. S., Shakopee 952-445-1785 Living Hope Lutheran School continues to meet and excel in the standards established by the Minnesota Non-Public School Accrediting Association. It has provided Pre-K through fourth grade Christian education since 2002. The Word of God is taught not only during religion classes, but throughout the day it is applied and is the basis and guide for all learning and living. The whole education is aimed at Christian training through the subject taught.


It is the school’s mission to take into account all the child’s needs of body, mind and soul.

the Minnesota River Conference. Financial aid and transportation are available.

Mayer Lutheran High School Grades 9-12 305 5th St. N.E., Mayer 952-657-2251 A nationally accredited high school offering Christ-centered education and academic excellence, sports and fine arts programs for grades 9-12. Bus service is available. A variety of denominations are represented and welcomed.

Southwest Christian High School Grades 9-12 1981 Bavaria Road, Chaska 952-556-0040 Southwest students are challenged to think and live differently in the midst of postmodern culture. All subjects, from physics to physical education, are rigorously taught with a biblical worldview. Honors and AP classes, music and fine arts, 17 varsity sports and a wide variety of co-curricular activities are available. SWCHS also offers a robust financial aid program. To arrange a tour, call the Admissions Office.

Holy Family Catholic High School Grades 9-12 8101 Kochia Lane, Victoria 952-443-4659 Serving grades 9-12, this Lasallian co-educational college prep school is committed to helping young men and women realize their academic and spiritual potentials. The school also provides a full program of interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities, and is affiliated with

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LIVING AARP – American Association of Retired Persons 952-858-9040 American Cancer Society 651-225-8100 American Heart Association – Greater Twin Cities 952-835-3300

River Valley Special Education Center 100 Hope Ave., Jordan 952-567-8102

HELP & SUPPORT SERVICES Alcoholics Anonymous 952-922-0880

American Lung Association of MN 651-227-8014 American Red Cross – Twin Cities 612-871-7676


SO LD ! Programs include alternative learning centers, special education, adult basic education, professional and technical programs, youth and adult transitional services, family programs and services for students with special needs. Locations are spread across Carver and Scott counties.

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Bridging, Inc. 952-888-1105 Carver-Scott Mental Health Crisis Program 952-442-7601

MN Citizens Concerned for Life 612-825-6831 MN Literacy Council 651-645-2277 or 1-800-225-READ

Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative 952-567-8100

Heading Home Scott Carver 651-645-0676 MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Drivers 612-523-0802

Scott-Carver Affordable Housing Coalition 952-402-9832

Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women (SVABW) 952-873-4214

Scott County Licensed Family Daycare Association 952-334-7179

Narcotics Anonymous Planned Parenthood 1-800-230-PLAN

Sexual Violence Center – Scott and Carver Counties 612-871-5111 (24 hours)

NAMI – National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Scott County 952-890-1669

Crisis Nursery 763-591-0100 (24 hours)

Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213

Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, Inc. 952-496-2125 The CAP Agency is a private, nonprofit human service organization serving a three-county area. They offer everything from financial assistance to child care to domestic abuse help.

MN Problem Gambling Hotline 1-800-333-HOPE

Carver-Scott Humane Society 952-368-3553

RSVP – Retired & Senior Volunteer Program 952-945-4161

St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee 952-428-3000 St. Francis Regional Medical Center offers a number of support groups and services that are free or of low cost to the public. Their support groups focus on everything from infant loss to struggling with low vision to fighting diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. United Way 612-340-7400 Welcome Neighbor 952-442-9000

What does excellence look like in our Catholic schools and specifically at St. John’s School? St. John’s School believes that excellence involves educating the whole child. We want to provide excellence for the students in the form of mind, body and spirit. St. John’s provides an ideal learning environment with small class sizes in addition to a beautiful historic church, both of which we enjoy while learning and growing in mind, body and soul. Visit us today! Call 952-492-2030 to schedule a campus tour. 215 Broadway Street North | Jordan,MN 55352 |

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JODI LANGHORST SEE Law Office & Dispute Resolution Services, PLLC With 30 years of legal experience, let us help give peace of mind to your family by preparing an estate plan to include a will, living will and power of attorney forms. If you are going to make a change and need advice about family law (divorce, custody, support, adoption), contact our office to make an appointment for a free initial consultation at 952.226.1220. Family Law Adoptions Child Custody Divorce Grandparent Rights Maintenance/Alimony Mediation Paternity

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Welcome Home! St. John the Baptist Catholic Church


313 E. Second Street, Jordan, MN 55352 Church 952.492.2640 • School 952.492.2030 • Weekend Mass Schedule: Sat. 5pm, Sun. 8 & 10am Weekday Mass Schedule: Tues. 6:15pm, Wed., Thurs., Fri. 8:15am

Confessions: Tues. 5:45pm, Fri. 8:45am Sat. 4-4:30pm Father Timothy Yanta, Pastor Courtney Bierlein, Principal

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Relevant Messages | Modern Music Rooted In Tradition | Spirit-Led Youth Programming

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Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store owner Robert Wagner had a busy year as a new silo addition to the barn was being built and painted, inside and out. The candy store is filled with many fun, interactive displays, like the dragon with the light-up eyes on the wall next to Wagner.


ordan is blessed to balance commercial and industrial businesses. The historic district of downtown Jordan provides a variety of retail and service-oriented businesses, such as antique stores, a scrapbooking store, upholstery shop, insurance agencies, photography studio, aerial/drone photography, boutique and flower shop, tax assistance, meat market, and more. Jordan also boasts 95.5 acres of industrial space in the Timberline Industrial Park. Parcels range from 1.5 to 28 acres. “We have a lot of great businesses other communities don’t have,” City Administrator Tom Nikunen said, pointing to Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, By the Yard, excavating contractor S.M. Hentges & Sons, and Minger Construction as examples. Nikunen did add that it would be nice to add more industrial businesses and jobs. The city has also been trying to boost awareness of Jordan’s many shops by selecting a Business of the Week. Residents used to complain about empty storefronts, Nikunen said. Now, the main complaint is not enough open parking spots for downtown shoppers. One area local residents would like to see grow is the restaurant business. The Comprehensive Plan survey revealed many people would like a mix of fast food and full service restaurants, and a sit-down Mexican restaurant is at the top of the list. “Something like an Applebee’s or even an Olive Garden would be pretty cool,” said Jordan resident Nate Warden.

“We have a lot of great businesses other communities don’t have.” - Jordan City Administrator Tom Nikunen

Suzette’s, the Jordan Tap Room and Clancy’s restaurant are all popular dining spots for residents and out-of-towners. “People come from a ways away to eat at those establishments,” Nikunen said. Nikunen is hoping the city can bring a hotel to town so overnight visitors can have a place to stay. Jordan played host to both the state golf tournament and state baseball tournament this June, both in the same week. The first game of the state baseball tournament, 1,421 tickets were sold, not counting the passes for volunteers, media personnel, bus drivers or the team players and coaches, Nikunen said. Those big events provide a huge boon to the city and businesses in terms of exposure. “It gets exposure to our businesses and people maybe come back here in the fall for apple season. Maybe they are dropping through and realize that they had some good pizza at Clancy’s,” Nikunen said.

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MEDIA Jordan Independent 109 S. Rice St., Jordan 952-492-2224 Publishes each Thursday. Mail delivery. Also publishes Southwest Saturday. Primary coverage area includes the City of Jordan, as well as Helena, St. Lawrence, Spring Lake and Sand Creek townships. Minneapolis Star Tribune 650 3rd Ave. S., Suite 1300, Minneapolis 612-673-4000 Published daily.

St. Paul Pioneer Press 345 Cedar St., St. Paul 651-222-1111 Published daily.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce 110 First St. E., Jordan 952-492-2355

Designer Katie Olson began her KnockOut Home business with redesigning furniture pieces like this dining room or bedroom piece she painted with dark roast and cheesecake colored paint she named “Cocoa.”

Prairie Farm Supply • Hubbard Feeds • Premium Feeds • Mol/Mix Liquid Feeds • Feedlot Equipment • Horse Feeds

• Pet Foods & Supplies • Bird Feeders • Bird Feed

Located in downtown Jordan 209 Water Street (952) 358-1970 Open Fri-Sat 10-5 & Sun 11-4

With new items added daily, you never know what you’ll find at The Jordan Junker! Repurposed, Antiques, Furniture, Chalk + Mineral DIY Paint, Unique Decor, & More!

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The Mini-Met Baseball Park is a great place for dogs and their masters to relax. From left to right, Elmers Vuskans, Jet the German shepherd, Moxy the German shepherd, Jon Lucas and Tyson the golden retriever enjoy Baseball Day together.


hen going through life, a four-legged companion or other pet can sooth the soul and provide comfort, but your pet needs a space to have fun too. When the weather is nice, many residents can be spotted walking their dogs along the sidewalk by Lagoon Park and Mill Pond. The lawn provides plenty of open space for dogs to run and play fetch or Frisbee. Jordan is very pet-friendly and dogs are free to roam around in all of the city’s parks, although city staff ask that dogs do their business somewhere else than the Mini-Met baseball field. When a baseball game is in progress, it is not unusual to see a fan settle down on the hill with their four-legged friend by their side. Dog owners who are hesitant to let their dog run free off a leash can use the new fenced-in dog park in the Sawmill Woods area. If your pet gets sick, Jordan is well equipped to handle any needs, with two veterinary clinics that are equipped to treat your smallest pets to your largest. Kreuser Veterinary Clinic of-

DOG LICENSES Jordan Government Center 952-492-2535 Dogs over four months of age must be licensed in Jordan. The cost of a license is $10 and a proof of rabies vaccination is necessary. Licensed dogs are to wear the license tag number on their collars. Any dog found in the city without a license and running at large can be

“People come from all over to go to that horse fair.” — City Administrator Tom Nikunen

fers veterinarian services for cows, while the Jordan Vet Clinic offers equestrian wellness, lameness exams and dentistry. Jordan is also known as the home of Ames Percherons. The large, beautiful draft horses strut their stuff at the Scott County Fair every July. During this year’s fair, Ames Percherons won the Open Six-Horse Hitch and Open Eight-Horse Hitch out of 10 and 16 competitors, respectively. “The Scott County Fair with the Percherons and all the other horses there is fantastic,” City Administrator Tom Nikunen said. “People come from all over to go to that horse fair.” Local youth also show steer, pigs, lambs, goats, chickens, ducks and rabbits at the local fair.

impounded. For more information, check with city hall. A household that has more than three licensed dogs on the premises must apply for a $50 kennel license.

LOST PET Critter Getters 952-873-6611

Animal Control 952-894-9065

HUMANE SOCIETY Carver-Scott Humane Society 210 N. Chestnut St. Chaska, MN 952-368-3553

BUSINESS DIRECTORY AUTOMOTIVE Kennedy Transmission 630 1st Ave E. Shakopee, MN 55379 952-496-2633

Prior Lake Auto Collision 16111 Main Ave. SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 952-447-4259

Rod Dehmlow Auto Sales 4810 Dakota St. SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 952-440-2277

DENTAL Jabs Family Dentistry 201 Meridian St. S. Belle Plaine, MN 56011 952-873-6766

DINING / FOOD Clancy’s Bar & Pizza Parlor 220 Triangle Lane N. Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-2199

ENTERTAINMENT / RECREATION Chaska Community Center 1661 Park Ridge Drive Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-5633

Minnesota Harvest

8251 Old Hwy. 169 Blvd. Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-2785

Northstar Dance Company

191 El Dorado Drive Jordan, MN 55352 612-460-8499

River Valley Ranch, Inc

16480 Jonathan Carver Parkway Carver, MN 55315 952-361-3361

FINANCIAL Cheryl Hawkins, CPA 700 Seville Drive, #204 Jordan, MN 55352 952-222-8272

South Metro Federal Credit Union 8001 Old Carriage Court, Suite A Shakopee, MN 55379 952-445-0888

HOME SERVICES Glowing Hearth & Home Inc 4425 W. 123rd St. Savage, MN 55378 952-808-0754

Lange’s Plumbing & Heating

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PERSONAL SERVICES Daniel J. Stanley, Stanley & Wencl, LLC Construction & Facility Services 952-226-1100

Jodi Langhorst See Law Office & Dispute Resolution Services, PLLC - Jodi J. See, Esq. 16186 Main Ave. SE, #200 Prior Lake, MN 55372 952-226-1220

RETAIL Link Lumber

1440 W. Third Ave. Shakopee, MN, 55379 952-445-3240

My Appliance Source

13122 Johnson Memorial Drive Shakopee, MN 55379 952-445-2916

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Parts City Auto Parts


Simon’s Flooring & Design

American Family Insurance Allen Houdek Agency, Inc. 700 Seville Drive, Suite 200 Jordan, MN 55352 952-492-2502

MEDICAL Ridgeview Belle Plaine Clinic 165 Commerce Drive W. Belle Plaine, MN 56011 952-777-5661

St. Francis Regional Medical Center 1455 St Francis Ave Shakopee, MN 55379 (952) 428-3000

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16511 Anna Trail SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 952-226-3567

The Mustard Seed

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TRAVEL Shakopee Travel Leaders 16731 Hwy. 13 S., #108A Prior Lake, MN 55372 952-445-6463

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