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‘I was verbally and physically attacked’ As sheriff’s office investigates, restraining order details allegations against mayor BY MATHIAS BADEN firstname.lastname@example.org
For the next year, Pete Ewals must stay away from Mark Ballard. A Scott County District Court judge took action against the mayor of Jordan, issuing a temporary restraining order to protect the owner of the downtown Jordan funeral home, which recently began operating a crematory. Jordan’s yearlong tussle over a downtown crematory reached new levels this month, resulting in Ballard’s request for a restraining order,
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granted last Monday, July 18. According to Scott County District Court Judge Caroline Lennon’s harassment restraining order, Ewals must not harass Ballard, have no contact with Ballard, and stay away
from where Ballard lives and his job site. Until July 18, 2012, Ballard is specifically protected from Ewals contacting him directly or indirectly, any visits or phone calls, or threats or assaultive behavior. Ewals may not damage or steal Ballard’s property, break into and enter Ballard’s residence, or take pictures of Ballard without his consent, according to the restraining order.
WHAT HAPPENED On Thursday, July 14, neighbors
“Came at me at a brisk pace while I was trying to get into my car. He was blocking my car and hitting it with his hands and grabbed for me through the window.” Mark Ballard In his request for a restraining order against Mayor Pete Ewals of Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home and other opponents of the crematory called each member of the Jordan City Council to witness the business
School demolition nears Another chapter will end for the fading town of St. Benedict
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Beth Kiewatt tends to a dapple gray draft horse at Ames Percheron Farm in Jordan.
In the circle driveway at Ames Percheron Farm, Shaw commands a two-horse hitch team with ease.
Draft horses for beginners What first-time fans need to know about one of America’s biggest hitch shows BY MATHIAS BADEN email@example.com
o you like horses, you’re curious about the draft horse show at the Scott County Fair, and you’d like to enjoy it more this week than you ever have before? Here are the basics an unseasoned fan might need to know at the show: I What: The Scott County Fair draft horse show is a competition among workhorse breeds. “They were the freight wagons, the 18-wheelers, of their day,” said Jill Westbrook, who comes from
“We are one of the top competitions in the nation.” Jill Westbrook On the Scott County Fair draft horse show of Schulenburg, Texas, to run the show. The first draft horse competitions, between meatpacking companies, took place as early as the 1910s. Later, beer and lumber companies, dependent on draft horses for deliveries, joined the six-horse hitch competitions.
Scott County’s show is primarily a hitch show, with each cart or wagon featuring a driver and an assistant pulled by horses in harness. The fairgrounds’ horse barn was built in 1997, Westbrook said, and the local show started in 2000. I When: The fair runs Wednesday to Sunday, July 27-31. Draft horse shows take place at 4 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. I Where: The fairgrounds are located at 7151 190th St. W. in St. Lawrence Township, near Jordan. Ask a golf-cart shuttle driver to take you from the parking lot to the south ring; it’s a long walk past the Midway. I Who: Ames Construction
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The town of St. Benedict once had a creamery, post office, bar, baseball field, church and a school. It had an identity. Soon, another piece of the town will be gone. As the St. Benedict Catholic Church community faced the closure of their church building last year, they came to the realization that the nearby school building would cost too much to keep. The brick building will be demolished sometime in the coming months. “It’s part of the landscape. Once it’s gone, it will never be the same,” said Diane Weckman, who’s involved in the parish community and was a liturgist at St. Benedict. The school building, located in Helena Township about 6 miles south of Jordan, had been used in recent years for parish events, religion classes, Helena Town Board meetings, and polling for elections. Weckman said insurance and heat alone would mean an annual $10,000 cost, a tough burden for a parish that had been declining in numbers and then merged early this year with a New Prague parish. Weckman said no decisions have been made about what to do with the church building, which is no longer used. Figuring out what to do with the church building had taken priority over keeping the school, Weckman said. “I think people realized if we wanted to focus on anything, we’d like to focus on the church.” Still, the prospect of losing the school building will likely be difficult to many – another sign not only of the loss of the church, but of the unincorporated town’s identity. Weckman said the public will be invited to the demolition, and a calling tree is planned when the
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NEWS TRACKER St. Benedict School 1874 The first schoolhouse and teacher residence were built on the north side of the church.
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A four-hitch team takes a turn according to driver Travis Shaw’s steady hand at Ames Percheron Farm in Jordan.
operating the crematory after a different local district court judge order
1877 The school was moved to the south side of the church.
1881 The school was enlarged, and an addition for the Franciscan Sisters of Milwaukee was built. Sisters took over operation of the school.
1888 Franciscan Sisters moved back to Milwaukee, and lay teachers were used.
1898 Ground broke in March for a new school building, and it was blessed in September. It cost $4,367. Parishioners paid $4,373. The old school building was sold for $6 to Andrew Busch.
1930 1933 Electric lights were installed in the school.
1969 St. Benedict School closed. Most of the students continued in a new elementary school in New Prague, while others went to Jordan or parochial schools in other towns. School continues to be used for parish events, religion classes, Helena Township board meetings, and elections.
1995 1996 It was the last school year during which a religious education program for Catholics-to-be was taught in the school.
2008 Helena Township Board in March unanimously voted to pursue relocating township meetings and elections in New Prague rather than the school.
2010 Facing the impending closure of the St. Benedict church building, parishioners decided they will need to demolish the school building because of maintenance and other costs.
2011 The last mass was celebrated in the Church of St. Benedict.
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The Jordan High School band plays a Beach Boys tune on the opening day of Scott County Fair. More than 100 people who contribute to the success of the fair filled up the beer garden earlier than usual â€“ at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, in fact â€“ for an annual thank-you breakfast. Due to light rain, the event was moved from its usual location around the fountain by the gazebo. Fair Manager Jim Luce, putting on his weathermanâ€™s hat, promised that the rains would recede by the afternoon.
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On the day marking their twoyear anniversary in prison, two American hikers will finally get their day in court. A July 31 trial date was set for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, according to their attorney Masoud Shafii. Bauer and Fattal were arrested July 31, 2009, with Bauerâ€™s fiancĂŠe Sarah Shourd, after allegedly crossing the Iranian border while hiking in northern Iraq. Bauer, 29, the son of Sand Creek Township resident Al Bauer, and Fattal, 29, remain in prison while Shourd was released on bail. â€œItâ€™s been a hard two years,â€? Al Bauer said Monday. â€œWeâ€™re just kind of waiting and hoping that this will be over.â€? Iran has charged the hikers with crossing the border illegally and accused them of espionage. The families, however, say the trio accidentally crossed the border while vacationing in Iraqi Kurdistan. In September, Shourd was released on $500,000 bail. Last month, she told BBC about physical abuse from Evin Prison guards. She said she feared the three were going to be executed shortly after their arrest when a guard began cocking his weapon. â€œMy worst fear is that theyâ€™re not safe â€“ especially when we havenâ€™t seen them for so long,â€? Shourd, 32, told BBC Persian TVâ€™s Enayat Fani. â€œThere are months at a time where they
donâ€™t see anyone from the outside world. They donâ€™t have consular access, theyâ€™re not allowed to see their lawyer, and we fear the worst.â€? A trial hearing had been set for Bauer and Fattal May 11, but they were not brought to court. Iranian authorities did not explain their absence. â€œWe are outraged that Shane and Josh continue to be arbitrarily detained and have been physically mistreated,â€? the mothers said in a June statement. â€œIt now seems that after nearly two years of denying our sons due process, the Iranian judicial authorities want to conclude a trial. The least those authorities can do in the meantime is release Shane and Josh into the care of the Swiss Embassy. Theyâ€™ve done that in many cases involving foreign nationals and there is no reason they cannot do it again.â€? Al Bauer has spoken to his son only once in the past two years â€“ an April 2010 phone call. Shaneâ€™s mother, Cindy Hickey of Pine City, Minn., last communicated with her son about two months ago, Al said. â€œEverything has been quiet,
â€œEverything has been quiet, so we donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going on right now. Weâ€™re praying and hoping everything is going to go right and this will end here this weekend before the Ramadan starts.â€? Al Bauer Father of hiker Shane Bauer, an Iranian prisoner since July 2009 so we donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going on right now,â€? Al said. â€œWeâ€™re praying and hoping everything is going to go right and this will end here this weekend before the Ramadan starts (Aug. 1).â€? Bauer, a freelance photojournalist, and Shourd, a teacher of English, were living in Damascus, Syria, at the time of their vacation. Fattal, an environmental advocate, was visiting them. A rally for Bauer and Fattal will begin at noon Friday in front of the Iranian Mission to the United Nations in New York City. The waiting and lack of control has been really wearing on the Bauer family, Al said. He hopes the Iranian court system finally brings about a conclusion Sunday. â€œItâ€™s in their hands.â€?
Food drive pits city against city
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The Scott County Fair is pitting cities against each other in a food drive during the best five days of summer. T he cou nt y fai r r u ns through Sunday, July 31, at the fairgrounds, 7151 190th St. in St. Lawrence Township,
near Jordan. Residents from each of the countyâ€™s cities will staff the fairâ€™s new welcome booth, and they will compete for which city can collect the most food for area food shelves. Support your food shelf on: I Jordan day, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; I New Prague day, 11 a.m. to
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Credit River Antique Tractor Club members pose with their 2004 restored tractor, a 1944 Farmall A. The tractor club formed in 1998 and restores a new tractor every year for raffle.
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When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 29-31 Where: Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, 400 260th St. W., Helena Township Admission: Free More info: crtractors.com on last year’s model, a 1951 Minneapolis Moline Avery. Past restored tractors also include a 22 Massey Harris, 420 John Deere, 66 Ford, 60 Oliver and A Farmall. “It’s better than new when you have it all finished,” said club treasurer John Riesgraf, who grew up on a farm near Jordan. Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and club members travel throughout Minnesota selling them at antique farm events. The raffle drawing for this year’s tractor is Oct. 8. Second prize is an Allis Chalmers pedal tractor; third prize, a toy model.
This year’s 1951 Allis Chalmers CA tractor is up for raffle. Tickets are $2 each. Also new this year, guests can also hop a wagon for a shuttle ride to George Novotny’s farm to check out his museum of nearly 400 toy and pedal tractors. Novotny also collects Allis Chalmers tractors. As Scott County has become more urban over the years, the tractor club is a chance for people to hold onto its country roots, said Muelken, who grew up
on a Credit River farm. He has about 25 antique Allis Chalmers tractors and his son just started collecting, too. The club has members of all ages – from 20 to 93. While the majority live in the township, not all have farm backgrounds, Muelken said. They just share a love of antique tractors. “We’re just farm boys,” Riesgraf said. “We love our toys.”
Head to the Farm Take a leisurely drive out to the country this weekend and step back in time. Antique tractors of all makes and models – Farmall, Minneapolis Moline, Allis Chalmers, Case, John Deere – will be in their glory at the Credit River Antique Tractor Club’s tractor show Friday through Sunday at Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park. The daily show offers free admission and parking. This is the first year the annual tractor show will be at the Scott County park, located near New Prague, said show organizer Terry Muelken of Credit River Township. The club is hoping the new date and location will draw more families to explore farm tractors of eras gone by. “There’s a lot of sheds sitting around (the township) with tractors in them,” he said. The Credit River Antique Tractor Club was formed in 1998, when a dozen or so area residents brought their tractors to the Credit River Town Hall one Sunday afternoon. Since then, the club has expanded to 70 members and hosts annual shows. Most recently, the club has held its shows every October at the Norm Madison farm. However, tired of October’s unpredictable weather, it moved this year’s show to a new date and location. In addition to an antique tractor display, vendors, music, parade and food are all part of the event, as well as an opportunity to purchase tickets for this year’s raffle tractor. Every year, the club restores an old tractor, which is raffled off in October. This year’s tractor is a 1951 Allis Chalmers CA, which club members have been restoring Wednesday evenings at member Bill Sill’s shop. The restoration tractors begin as junk but in the end turn out to be something beautiful, said Muelken, who estimated the club spent $9,000
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State shutdown: We deserve to be angry The state government shutdown – mercifully – has come to an end. That means some 22,000 state workers can return to work and state services will once again be offered as usual. Other than that, we fi nd little reason to feel good about the settlement negotiated between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans. In fact, we feel anger, and so should all citizens of Minnesota. After more than six months, Minnesota’s lawmakers kicked the can down the road once more, borrowed $700 million from schools and $700 million against future tobacco-settlement funds. We looked forward to a legislative session that promised reform. Instead, we got the same smokeand-mirrors budgeting that simply plugs the accounting leaks here and there to “balance” the budget. On top of it, most Minnesotans can expect property tax increases again. Rather than reform, we got intransigence, particularly from freshmen Republican legislators. The GOP leadership either acquicesed or was unable to convince them that democracy cannot work this way. There has to be some give and take. Gov. Mark Dayton put his foot down for a twoweek shutdown, rejecting a lights-on legislation that would at least allow
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state operations to continue, only to agree after the damage was done to an earlier GOP proposal. Rather than compromise, we got hyper-partisanship, with lawmakers more interested in drawing lines in the sand and spouting cheap rhetoric that only adds fuel to the divisive fi res of governance. Meanwhile, we take from our schools. We take on more debt. The state’s credit rating drops, which will cost dearly. We accept no increase in revenue. We push our problems down the road. Minnesota, formerly admired nationally as the state whose government “works,” is looked at as having the longest state shutdown in U.S. history and a state whose problems were, once again, simply put off until another day. Remember this at the polling place. The Shakopee Valley News originally published a version of this editorial.
Erosion – a valley’s insidious frenemy
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Typically, when you see about two dozen adults staring into a drainage ravine, you might expect to see a horrible car wreck, a horse trapped in quicksand, or at least something more dramatic than – oh, the horror! – erosion at work. However, erosion, which created our river valley in the first place, can also be an insidious villain for those who worry about such things. It can wreck water quality, and the land itself. When I pulled up on a blazingly hot July 18 afternoon to the farm owned by John and Mary Whipps of Sand Creek Township, just south of Jordan, I did see a late-comer running toward the woods, so I knew I was in the right place. There was no wreck, though, unless you consider the erosion. The location was stop one in a three-stop tour for local officials and stakeholders to showcase landowners who are making some water-friendly improvements. It was sponsored by the Scott Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Scott Watershed Management Organization (WMO). The plans for the ravine are to install a smaller-diameter drainage pipe and build a berm to hold back water and reduce damaging erosion. The flow rates there will be lessened by about one-third. John Whipps said that in the surrounding agricultural areas, landowners only want to get rid of the water as fast as they can, using drain tile and other methods. He thought it would be neat if more people looked at what
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Less water flowing through this ravine will mean less sediment carried into Sand Creek. John and Mary Whipps of Sand Creek Township are working with partners in government to stabilize the ravine on their land. happens once water leaves their property, he said. “All the water dumps into this farm here. They don’t take into consideration what’s going on here,” Whipps said. The area does contribute lots of sediment. If you want technical language about that, ask Paul Nelson, natural resources director for Scott County. According to Nelson, the subwatershed draining to Sand Creek between County Road 2 near New Prague to Jordan contributes five to 10 times the sediment load compared to other sub-watersheds (such as Porter Creek, Raven Creek and areas draining to Sand Creek upstream of County Road 2). So not double or triple the sediment. Five to 10 times the amount of sediment. That seems like plenty. “It makes sense. It’s where we cut through the bluff,” Nelson said. Thus, it becomes even more important to pay attention to what’s going on as the water tumbles toward the Minnesota River. Of course, it’s not just one spot that has a problem. Nelson said the Blakeley area is another tough area – in at least one spot, the ravines are
wide enough to store a semi-trailer. Preventing damaging erosion comes at a cost. The project at the Whipps farm will cost an estimated $23,800, paid for by the landowner, the WMO, and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. EQIP sends money to farmers for conservation projects that, among other things, can help improve water quality after it leaves a property. The Whipps didn’t stop at that project, either. They planted 15.9 acres with native prairie grass a short walk away from the ravine. John Whipps said he clips it down every three weeks, and that the prairie project was fun for him to take on. “I like to drive tractors, so it was a fun project, really,” he said. Other stops on the tour were on land owned by Joe and Terrie Adams in Sand Creek Township, and Jay and Laureen Picha in Louisville Township. While it might seem far-fetched to expect landowners to care about erosion enough to do something about it, people like John and Mary Whipps, and others, show that efforts are moving forward.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR CREMATION & MORE
Public show of hands? How is that respectful? To the editor: I have protested in front of city hall, I have protested across the street from the local funeral home, I have distributed flyers to my neighbors about the hazards of a crematory in a residential neighborhood, I have e-mailed my local elected officials regarding the crematory, I have voiced my concerns regarding a crematory openly at city council meetings and, yes, I have a protest sign in my front yard. I believe that I am considered to be one of the party of 10.
Only in Jordan would doing those things have you classified as a terrorist. In one of the fi rst public comments at the last council meeting, I was referred to among other things to be a terrorist. The councilmember running the meeting reminded the audience that clapping was not allowed in the council chambers, so he asked for a show of hands from everyone who agreed with the statement that had just been given. For those of you who so willingly took part, words don’t begin to express how I feel – the business owners who I have faithfully supported and the retired teachers who taught my sons. There has been much discussion regarding respect and protocol. Please explain how any of what hap-
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pened at that meeting was respectful or followed any sense of protocol. This has proven to me that the issues we as a community are dealing with go way beyond the crematory.
Cindy Nevins Jordan
With bill, Republicans duck their responsibility To the editor: The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act (H.R. 2560) passed in the U.S. House on a mostly party-line vote of 234190, but was defeated in the Senate 51-46, falling short of the 60 votes required.
Notwithstanding claims by its authors, the bill would have led to substantial cuts to Medicare and Social Security, cutting $111 billion in spending in 2012 alone, leading to a loss of roughly 700,000 jobs with even deeper cuts required in later years, as the caps on spending would be reduced. The bill would have held hostage the increase needed in the debt limit by Aug. 2, tying it to congressional approval of an extreme version of a constitutional balanced budget amendment which caps spending at a dangerously low percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) and requires a super majority to raise revenues. The federal government provided state and local governments with
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$478 billion last year, according to a report issued by the Pew Center on the States. State governments rely on the federal government for 25 percent to 50 percent of their revenue. These funds are used to pay for health care, education, law enforcement, employment services, transportation, and many other vital services. If Congress fails to raise the debt limit by Aug. 2, the federal government will be forced to immediately cut nearly 40 percent from its budget. Every state will lose hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in federal funding regardless of how the Treasury Department decides to prioritize payments.
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Our kids give us a new perspective in life Sunny greetings! When I was asked to write a couple of columns during the summer, I was thrilled. I enjoy writing; in fact, I find it to be one of my passions. As I have gotten older, I have come to know better who I am, and what I enjoy. Writing is one of those things. Of course, I am spending a good chunk of my summer trying to write my dissertation for a doctorate degree that seems somewhat elusive in the crazy-busyness of my life. Dissertation writing has not been as much fun as writing these articles. (Probably why I am writing this instead of opening the window on my computer that says “chapter four.”) But with God’s help and my chair’s patience, I hope to graduate sometime this century. The crazy-busyness of my life involves being a parent. I thought about that experience this week, as I drove my car across many city lines to get my kids to their variety of activities. I remember being a teacher before being a parent. Not to take anything away from the awesome, vibrant, creative people who teach without the firsthand experience of their own children, but my perspective was very different back then. I did not understand why my middle-school students could not do the tough or occasional long assignments that I might dole out in my English class. You have a soccer game? Karate? Chess club? But this is John Steinbeck, an important research paper, or even invaluable grammar skills! I seriously couldn’t believe that their schedules could be strung tight as banjos. Flash forward about 16 years. Ah, I get it. When my girls were little, I worried that they might
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not like sports (I am an avid sports enthusiast) when they preferred to play in the sand in the outfield at tee ball, or just stood there staring at the mob of preschoolers chasing the ball in soccer. Now, both of my daughters play high school soccer and hockey year round. Their schedules are almost ridiculous. Over the years, they tried nature camp, tennis, golf, theater, gymnastics and dance and settled on what they most enjoyed. They both love their sports and look forward to their last few high-school years honing their skills and spending time with their teams. In addition, they have become youth recreational coaches themselves. What a great experience! My son, however, has a different bent. He did not like hockey or soccer or tee ball, but he has enjoyed karate for six years. When he was younger, he spent many sessions swimming like a fish at Foss Swim School and has this summer dabbled in archery. And most recently, he has enjoyed his utmost passion by being at a Minnesota Zoo camp. He has always had a love for the outdoors and almost anything science related. He knows obscure facts about animals that no human being should have committed to memory. So we found his niche in Apple
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date is known. “If they want to be here to witness it, they are more than invited to do that,” she said. The demolition was actually planned to happen by July 22, but Scott County stepped in to require a hazardous mitigation study be done on the building, which pushed off the demo date. “Everybody I’ve talked to swears there’s no asbestos, but it’s probably the lead paint,” Weckman said. On the inside, after only a short time of desertion, water pools in the basement, where mold is growing, and parts of the ceiling are crumbling down. The upper floors are stripped of most everything of value.
BRICKS AS KEEPSAKES On Saturday, July 16, parishioners, those who attended the school and others were invited to take keepsakes from the school and church. For many St. Benedict parishioners, the open house held in the church was the first time they’d been back since the last mass in January. Among them was Jan Hartman, who lives just down the road and was baptized there about 70 years ago. “It was a little overwhelming,” Hartman said. She came away with items including a candlestick. “Took a candlestick and got it polished,” she said. Hartman went to St. Benedict School from first through eighth grades, and then attended school in Jordan. She seemed to take the loss of her church harder than the planned demolition of her school. “Sad, but it’s in bad shape,” Hartman said of
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Jan Hartman, who lives down the road from St. Benedict School, watched the doors to her church close earlier this year. Soon, the school she attended until eighth grade will be demolished. the school. “Being that we don’t have a church, there’s no reason to keep it here.”
SCHOOL MEMORIES Hartman was in a graduating class of three at the school, where her husband, Roger, also attended. “Mothers would come in and can for the lunch program to use,” she said. There was a library upstairs, and an outhouse behind the building. Hartman remembers rows of desks, and listening to lessons being taught to older kids. Four grades were taught in the ground-floor classroom, and four were taught in the upstairs classroom. Christmas plays were held on a stage in the basement. “We’d start practicing after Thanksgiving,” Hartman said. The school, despite its name, was most recently a public school. But religious education classes were still taught, and religious art was on the walls. “I guess when the superintendent came out, he would look the other way,” Hartman said.
PEACEFUL GARDEN Once demolished, the land will be rezoned to be used as a cemetery, which will save money on property tax
expenses, Weckman said. Parishioners and former students will be invited to take a brick from the school building. “A lot of parishioners have expressed interest – they want at least one brick,” Weckman said. Once the site is leveled, a garden and monument are planned, with the monument incorporating parts of the school. Those who wish are invited to help with the garden. “We’d like everybody to be involved with it,” Weckman said.
SEE IT WHILE IT LASTS The grounds of the school and church feel heavy with time. Tall cedar trees line the walk between church and school buildings. A cemetery is located behind the church. A house that was built for the priest is being rented out, and the residents work on upkeep of the grounds. Nearby, houses and a ball field, home to the St. Benedict Saints town baseball team, still add to a sense of place. The school building, however, will soon live on only in what people recycle or take away – parts, memories, photos, keepsakes and bricks. “I’m sure it will bring tears to people’s eyes,” Weckman said.
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Valley. It strikes me that every kid is so different. It is one of our jobs as parents to find help them find out who they are and how to develop that amazing person. Right now, I have two daughters in two different high schools and may send my son to a third different high school. Three beautiful kids, each with unique needs. Together, we have identified some of their needs academically and socially and been able to find the situation that fits each of them best. In Minnesota, we are so lucky to have many school choices available to us. We have a variety of public and private schools to explore and from which to choose. Besides writing, I also have a passion for the Minnesota Twins. My kids are not really Major League Baseball fans, but every now and then, they attend a Twins game with me because they know that it is one of my passions (and they like the good eats). I support my kids in their variety of interests and activities, and they do the same for me, as well. We nurture the passions in each other that make us who we are as people. We build our relationships and our community by encouraging each other and our strengths. When my 42-year-old friend who recently gave birth for the first time said, “These babies sure don’t come with owner’s manuals – the hospital just asks you if you have a car seat and then sends you off,” I smiled and nodded. As parents, every day is a new learning experience. I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world, even if it does take me until the next century to finish my degree. Bonita Jungels is the principal of St. John the Baptist Catholic School. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Pexa, 80, of New Prague, died Monday, July 25, 2011 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. He was born April 1, 1931 in Helena Township, Scott County to Wencel J. and Bessie (Kadrlik) Pexa. On April 7, 1956 he and Rosemary (Winter) were married in Northfield. A lifelong resident of St. Patrick and New Prague area, George attended Scott County District School, St. Wenceslaus School, and New Prague High School. He was a crop and dairy farmer. George was president of New Prague Rural Fire Protection Association, served on the Cedar Lake Township board, was a member of the Prior Lake V.F.W., New Prague American Legion, and Fish Lake Sportsmen. He was a sargeant in the U.S. Army, serving in the Korea War. George organized and served on the Prior Lake Veterans Color Guard and was captain for 33 years. His hobbies included playing cards and fishing. He is survived by wife, Rosemary of New Prague; children, Debbie (Jon) Tonkin of Bloomington, Mike (Mary) Pexa of New Prague, Kathy (Mike) Kreuser of Jordan, John Pexa of New Prague, Marge (Jim) Shimota of St. Patrick, Diana (Paul) Schoenbauer of St. Patrick; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Leonard Pexa of Heidelberg, Allen Pexa of New Prague; sisters, Angeline Singer of Bloomington, Marian (Donald) Rud of Bloomington; sister-in-law, Helen Pexa of New Prague. He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Amy Shimota; parents; brother, Daniel Pexa. Visitation is Thursday, July 28 from 3-8 p.m. at Bruzek Funeral Home, New Prague and on Friday at the church, one hour prior to the Mass. Mass of Christian Burial at Church of St. Patrick of Cedar Lake, 24425 Old Highway 13 Blvd., Jordan, Friday, July 29 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Orlando Tatel will officiate. Pallbearers are Brian Shimota, Adam Shimota, Joe Kreuser, Matt Kreuser, Jesse Pexa, Andrew Schoenbaue, Laura Tonkin, Emily Tonkin and Jordyn Alt. Visitation is Thursday, July 28 from 3-8 p.m. at Bruzek Funeral Home, New Prague and on Friday at the church, one hour prior to the Mass. Bruzek Funeral Home, New Prague. 952-758-4949.
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Mathias “Pete” Schmitt 8/3/2003
Eight years have passed since you were called home, yet it seems like only yesterday we were sitting at the kitchen table playing cards and you were teaching someone how to play sheephead. Many of our family and friends have left us to join you. It brings us comfort to know that you were there with open arms to welcome them home.
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Audrey Eileen (Benson) Peterson Audrey Peterson, 79, of Great Falls, MT, formerly of Prior Lake, died Saturday, July 16, 2011. She was born Jan. 27, 1932. She grew up in Prior Lake and graduated from Shakopee High School in 1950. She moved to Great Falls in 1954 and married Eugene Peterson in 1956. They divorced in 1968. Survivors include daughters, Karla (Simon) Brown and Debbie (Kipp) Kazda, both of Great Falls; sons, Kevin (Tina) Peterson of Great Falls and Steven (Pam) Peterson of Billings, MT; sisters, Gladys Novak of Savage, Lorraine Fideldy of Shakopee, Marlys Dittman and Darlene Lilleskov of Prior Lake; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Merten (Curt) and Ethel Benson; brothers, Virgil and Dale Benson.
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That-a-bear. Chamber singers posed with T.C. the Bear. Pictured are (from left): front row, choir director Brian Ohnsorg, T.C., Maddie Haeg, Anne Colling and Audrey Fricke; middle row, Sarah Hanek, Emily Beckius, Brittany Beck, Katie Hovland, Suzanne Olson, Kimberly Seifert, Joe Vloo, Brian Ochsner and Nick Haeg; back row, Scott Dvorak, Eric Reger, Matt Timmons, Colton Chilson and Kurt Schansburg.
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They finally got a chance to sing to the crowd at Target Field. The Jordan High School Chamber Singers’ scheduled April 22 performance of the national anthem was one victim of this spring’s tough weather. That April 22 game featuring the Minnesota Twins vs. the Cleveland Indians was postponed due to rain and cold. The makeup game finally happened on a sunny July 18, along with temperatures of close to 100 degrees. More than 300 people from the Jordan area watched that day as the chamber singers belted out the national anthem while standing behind home plate. Compiled by David Schueller
Eichten earns business degree Lynda Eichten of Jordan graduated June 23 from the Minnesota School of Business in Shakopee. She has an applied associate’s degree in business administration.
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Now that’s a big screen. The Jordan High School chamber singers, under the direction of Choir Director Brian Ohnsorg, got to be the stars when they sang the National Anthem at Target Field.
Beck, Dietel post perfect GPAs Two students from Jordan, Rachel Beck and Leah Dietel, made the dean’s list and got
perfect 4.0 grade-point averages in the spring semester at South Dakota State University. Beck and Dietel are both enrolled in the College of Education and Human Sciences, and needed a minimum of a 3.5 grade-point average to make the dean’s list.
Lennox studies natural resources Justin Lennox of Jordan graduated from the University of Minnesota in Crookston after this past spring semester. Lennox earned a bachelor’s
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Jordanites make president’s list Jacob Beach and Norman Nicks, both from Jordan, made it onto the president’s list at the North Mankato campus of South Central College during the spring semester. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must have grade-point averages of 3.5 or better. Compiled by David Schueller
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The neighborhood get-together known as National Night Out is happening on Tuesday, Aug. 2, in Jordan and across the country. The event is meant to allow neighbors to get to know each other, and help build relationships between residents and law enforcement. This year, the Jordan Police Department is again facilitat-
ing the local event, and released a list of neighborhood parties. These get-togethers have been planned with the department so far: Valley Green Mobile Home Park, near the lawn of the main office; River Ridge, on Leon Street; Jordan Bluffs, located on Lydia Road and Arabian Drive; Rustle Road, near the Juergens Drive triangle; Jordan Valley Townhomes, located near Augusta Court; Schule Haus, 100 Fourth St. W.
in lowertown Jordan; Sawmill Woods, at 777 O’Day Drive; a party on Water Street; a party in the Timberline neighborhood; and a party along Hooper Court. Parties and information about them will also be posted on the police department’s Facebook page. Anyone who still wants to set up a block party can call the police department at (952) 492-2009.
Creek for a water rescue after a report of a kayaker missing in the creek. July 18 Firefighters responded to the 1100 block of Stone Bridge Path for a report of smoke detectors going off. July 19
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DISTRICT COURT The following are Scott County District Court felony and gross-misdemeanor dispositions. Defendants either pleaded guilty or were found guilty by the court unless otherwise indicated. Bianca Lorray Peterson, 23, Lakeville, theft, a felony. Five years’ probation, 15 days in jail, 30 days under electronic home-monitoring, provide DNA sample, restitution, $85 in fines. Kim Roland Nascene, 41, Shakopee, driving while intoxicated (DWI), a gross-misdemeanor. Four years’ probation, 30 days in jail, 60 days under electronic home-monitoring, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $585 in fines. Zachary Nelson Squires, 21, Shakopee, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 30 days in jail, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $410 in fines. Juan Roberto Torres, 38, Shakopee, second-degree possession of controlled substances, a felony. Ten years’ probation, six months in jail,
follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, provide DNA sample, $85 in fines. Nancy Lynn Traeder, 48, Bloomington, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 30 days in jail, abstain from alcohol, complete treatment, $285 in fines. Jason Robert Banaszewski, 40, Belle Plaine, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, credit four days served, 90 days under electronic home-monitoring, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $385 in fines. Ly Kim Trinh, 20, Eagan, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Five years’ probation, 30 days of community service, follow recommendations of evaluation, random tests, $200 in fines. Jeremy Michael Hover, 35, Medina, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Five years’ probation, 30 days in jail, follow recommendations of evaluation, random tests, provide DNA sample, $160 in fines.
Fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Five years’ probation (concurrent), 80 hours of community service, restitution, $300 in fines. Paul Joseph Daley, 46, Prior Lake, driving after cancellation (inimical to public safety), a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, $985 in fines. Gerald Edward Germscheid Jr., 49, Le Center, driving after cancellation (inimical to public safety), a grossmisdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 60 days under electronic home-monitoring, $385 in fines. Quintin Eugene Moore Sr., 43, Minneapolis, receiving stolen property, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 40 days in jail, restitution, $300 in fines. Eli Van Muelken, 20, St. Paul, fifthdegree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Three years’ probation, 80 hours of community service, follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $325 in fines.
am afraid to be at my business alone. I also have employees who are afraid to be alone.” When asked if he believes the harassment will continue and why, Ballard wrote: “Yes, he has publicly been harassing me for over a year. It has now gone to him on my property and physical.”
Since a temporary restraining order was issued, Ballard did not request a court hearing. Ewals can ask the court to change or vacate the restraining order by fi ling a request for hearing. Lennon’s order on petition for a harassment restraining order detailed the legal description of harassment, including, “a pattern of attending public events after being notified that one’s presence is harassing to another.” Since being accused of harassment, Ewals hasn’t been to a city council meeting, where he would be likely to run into Ballard publicly. The mayor was the only member of the council not to show up at a Saturday, July 16, town hall meeting at the funeral home. Ewals was a no-show at the next regular city council meeting, as well, and he did not attend a closed meeting to discuss impending litigation related to the crematory; those meetings took place on July 18, the day Ballard had taken out the temporary restraining order. Ballard regularly attends council meetings, because his crematory was often discussed, but he did not attend the latest one – a family member publicly said that he was too intimidated after the incident. That night, according to a city press release, the council voted: to appeal the district court’s decision to the Minnesota Court of Appeals because the council disagreed with the court’s holding that the council could not decide that the defi nition of a funeral home could include a crematorium. to direct city staff to evaluate options to amend the zoning ordinance with regard to crematories. This follows the court’s decision, which held that a proper procedure to address crematories would be to amend the zoning ordinance. not to expend taxpayer dollars to take legal action to try to stop Ballard from operating without a permit. The council considered that it would have to pay significant out-of-pocket legal fees to take Ballard to court, that the court process would likely take several months, and that Ballard would claim damages, putting the city at risk for more expenditures. The council also decided to revisit this issue at its next meeting on Monday, Aug. 1.
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nullified a city-issued permit two weeks earlier. Sometime after 1 a.m. Friday, July 15, an alleged disturbance occurred between Ballard, who owns and operates Reflections Crematory, and Ewals. Neither the Jordan Police Department, which had officers respond to the scene, nor the Scott County Sheriff’s Office have offered many details of the incident as the sheriff’s office continues to investigate.
ALLEGATIONS But Ballard’s affidavit and petition for harassment restraining order shed light on what was otherwise a somewhat foggy incident in the wee hours of July 15. Jordan Community Action Group issued a press release, focusing on Ballard’s operation of the crematory while ignoring the alleged disturbance that followed. Yesterday (Wednesday), in person, Ewals declined to comment. In requesting a restraining order, Ballard wrote that he is a victim of harassment and that he does not personally know Ewals. “I only know him as the mayor of Jordan,” Ballard wrote. There are no other restraining orders for Ewals to stay away from Ballard. The funeral home owner detailed how he said Ewals followed, pursued, made threats, and frightened him in his petition for a restraining order. “Friday July 15th 1:00 AM Early Morning, while leaving my place of work I was verbally and physically attacked by Pete Ewals,” Ballard wrote. “… Ewals was an uninvited person on my property and had his hands (grabbing) for me inside my vehicle while yelling at me. … Came at me at a brisk pace while I was trying to get into my car. He was blocking my car and hitting it with his hands and grabbed for me through the window. … He had his hand in my vehicle and was yelling at me and chasing me.” Ewals allegedly harassed the victim in other ways, but Ballard but did not fi ll in the blank with more details. When asked to describe the effect the harassment has upon the victim’s safety, security or privacy, Ballard wrote: “I
‘PRESENT DANGER’ In granting the temporary restraining order, Lennon decided that: there is an immediate and present danger to justify temporary relief in the case; t here a re reasonable grounds to believe that Ewals has harassed Ballard by following, pursuing or stalking, or by making uninvited visits; and the alleged harassment has or is intended to have a substantial adverse effect on Ballard’s safety, security or privacy. Left blank on Ballard’s document were the fields: alleging that the accused had broken into and entered the victim’s residence; alleging that the accused had damaged the victim’s property; alleging that the accused had stolen property from the victim; alleging that the accused had done acts that meet the legal definition of targeted residential picketing; claiming that the victim had told the accused not to come to certain public events that he or his family would attend; and alleging that the accused had shown a pattern of attending public events while knowing that attending is harassing to the victim. Ballard did not fi ll in the blanks next to “respondent physically ... assaulted the victim as follows,” “respondent made harassing phone calls to the victim as follows” or “respondent took pictures of the victim without permission as follows.”
WHAT’S NEXT Scott County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Greg Muelken is investigating Ballard’s allegations, but Muelken cannot project a time table for any further information about the incident, Muelken said in a Monday voicemail to the Jordan Independent. The judge’s order stated the possible penalties for any violations of the temporary restraining order and other consequences in the legal process.
At 10:59 p.m., an officer was called Last week, the Jordan Police Department responded to 129 incidents – 37 to a residence along Scott Lane for a citations, six warning citations and 86 possible disturbance. A neighbor reported hearing yelling and screaming calls for service. coming from a residence. The officer contacted two women at the residence July 18 At 7:37 a.m., a man reported that and determined that one of the his locked vehicle had been entered women had a medical condition. The and rummaged through overnight while woman declined all medical attention, it was parked in his driveway in the 200 and no ambulance response was block of Rustle Road. No items were necessary. stolen from the vehicle. The officer July 19 examined the vehicle and found no At 1:21 a.m., officers, along with the signs of forced entry, nor any damage to the vehicle. Photographs of the ve- Jordan Fire Department, responded to a house fire along Maple Drive. A hicle were taken. At 8:07 a.m., a woman reported that woman had immediately evacuated her her locked vehicle had been entered home after noticing smoke coming from and rummaged through overnight while her air conditioner. Nobody else was in parked on her driveway in the 100 block the home, and no injuries were reported. of Rustle Road. No items were stolen The officers evacuated the neighboring from the vehicle. The officer examined houses as a precaution and provided the vehicle and found no signs of forced crowd control. At 2:23 p.m., an officer assisted the entry, nor any damage to the vehicle. Photographs of the vehicle were tak- Scott County Sheriff’s Office with a medical call in the 10000 block of en. At 9:29 a.m., an officer responded Valley View Drive. Allina Ambulance to the 100 block of Rustle Road for a transported the woman to St. Francis report of property damage. A woman Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. reported that the door handle of her July 20 vehicle had been broken off sometime At 8:16 a.m., an officer assisted the overnight while it was parked in her driveway in the 100 block of Rustle Scott County Sheriff’s Office with a Road. The vehicle was locked and had medical call in the 20000 block of not been entered. The total amount of Ridges Drive. Allina Ambulance transdamage is estimated at about $100. ported the man to St. Francis Regional At 10:42 a.m., a man reported that Medical Center. At 1:01 p.m., officers responded to his vehicle had been rummaged through overnight while parked in the 200 block the 800 block of Forest Edge Drive for of Juergens Circle. Nothing was taken a 911 hang-up call. The officers disfrom the vehicle, and no damage was covered an open door on the rear side of the residence and cleared the caused. At 11:29 a.m., an officer responded house. The officers made contact with to the 100 block of Stuart Drive for a the homeowner and advised on the report of an abandoned cargo van. The call. At 2:49 p.m., an officer stopped a officer ran the license plate and discovered that the vehicle was entered as vehicle for a driving violation at the instolen out of New Prague. The New tersection of Old Highway 169 and Prague Police Department was notified Hillside Avenue. The man who was drivand took custody of the vehicle for ing had an active Scott County warrant and was arrested and transported to processing. At 4:14 p.m., two women came to the Scott County jail. At 5:40 p.m., an officer was called the police department to report that on July 15, they were walking down First for a weapons violation along N. Valley Street and a vehicle pulled up beside Drive. The caller reported that a juvenile them and the driver, a man, yelled at male was shooting a BB gun from his them and continued on. They also re- window. The officer contacted with the ported that another vehicle had driven juvenile’s father, who stated he would past them and yelled an incoherent take care of the issue. statement. Both women advised they July 21 would only like the incident docuAt 10:51 a.m., officers assisted the mented and no enforcement action Southwest Metro Drug Task Force with taken.
executing a search warrant at an address in the 200 block of S. Broadway St. One man was arrested for a previous controlled substance violation, and another man was arrested for an outstanding warrant. At 12:04 p.m., officers responded to a residence along South Valley Drive for a report of a possible medical situation. The officers contacted a resident, a man, who advised that he was fine and did not need medical attention. At 3:43 p.m., an officer responded near the intersection of Prospect Pointe Road and Huntington Way for a report of solicitors without a city permit. The officer located two men and advised them to discontinue soliciting until they obtained a city permit. July 22 At 2:44 a.m., an officer responded to a residence along Spruce Circle for a medical call. Ridgeview Ambulance transported the juvenile female to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. At 10:14 a.m., an officer responded to a residence along Elm Lane for the alleged theft of a lawnmower that had been located in the yard of a nearby residence. The officer spoke with a juvenile male suspect who stated that he had found the lawnmower with a “free” sign on it. All parties were advised, and the alleged victim declined to cooperate with the investigation for criminal charges. At 2:33 p.m., a business in the 200 block of Triangle Lane reported a gas drive-off in the amount of $20. An officer will attempt to contact the registered owner of the vehicle to request payment. At 3:57 p.m., a business in the 200 block of Triangle Lane reported a gas drive-off in the amount of $47. An officer will attempt to contact the registered owner of the vehicle to request payment. At 9:01 p.m., an officer responded to a business in the 200 block of Triangle Lane for a medical call. Allina Ambulance responded to assess the woman. No ambulance transport was necessary. At 10:54 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle on Highway 169 for a driving violation. The man who was driving was arrested for alleged fourth-degree DWI, open bottle in a vehicle, and speeding.
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Years ago, turtle paces 8 feet in 57 seconds 70 YEARS AGO Mudbaden Sulphur Springs, east of Jordan, will celebrate 40 years of business. It is owned by E.H. Seeman of Chicago. World War I veteran Joseph Langer, 53, passed away. He had been inducted into the Army in February 1918 and saw action in France. Louis Scherer, 58, of Maple Glen passed away because of the heat wave hitting Scott County. It has been 98 to 102 degrees all week. A farmer died while piling hay in the barn. Jacob Kreuser, 82, of Marystown passed away. Scott County commissioners have the task to appoint or hold a special election to fill the sheriff ’s position. Some legal matters must be discussed first. Threshing is about complete in the area. There are three crews in the Merriam area. Even with the heat, crops look very good – even the corn crop, according to a report from Merriam. The city of Belle Plaine prepares for its 23rd annual harvest holiday at the park Aug. 15. There will be a ballgame, picnic, concert and pie-baking contest. Jordan’s town team plays Shakopee in league playoffs.
50 YEARS AGO The Scott County Fair has built two large barns on the fairgrounds and has added onto the 4-H building to enhance the event at Jordan on Aug. 10-13. Spring Lake’s seventh annual water show and picnic is scheduled for Saturday at Sunset Beach resort. It’s a spectacular water show, including ski jumping and stunts. Tom Huth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Huth of Jordan, was rushed to New Prague hospital, where he underwent surgery. Arlan Schwitzenburg of Jordan won the turtle race. His turtle traveled 8 feet in 57 seconds, according to summer rec.
BACK Walt Disney’s “AbsentMinded Professor,” starring Fred MacMurray, is playing at the New Prague theater. Thousands of people will pour into Henderson, a town of 728 people, for Sauerkraut Days. July 30 is drawing for cash day. Tons of the juicy, sour cabbage cooked by experienced hands of this German community will be served free. The Brewers defeated the New Prague Robins 3-1 and finished in second place in the River Valley League. Ardie Hamer won first place, getting the most points for broad jump, high jump, 100-yard dash and endurance race, according to summer rec.
30 YEARS AGO Tug-of-war winners at the Scott County Fair were women Super Differs and men Theis Farms. Jordan schools have a call for bids in the JI for milk, bakery and snow removal at Jordan High School. Robert Wolf serves at the board clerk. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pahl of Jordan. Forty head of cattle were auctioned off at this year’s 4-H auction at the Scott County Fair. Total receipts were just more than $10,000. Ray Schmitt of Shakopee and Agnes Krautkremer of Jordan were presented by outstanding senior citizen awards. Citizen awards were presented by Sen. Robert Schmitz of Jordan. The Jordan Brewers defeated Belle Plaine twice – 5-2 and 12-3 – and they host
Carver on Sunday. The Jordan-Belle Plaine Babe Ruth team took first place at the Shakopee and will advance to the state Babe Ruth tourney at Chaska. All incoming seventhand 10th-graders who will participate in school sports this year must have physicals. Contact Amo Vitae Clinic in Jordan. Community Rec of Jordan reminds all participants of summer programs to return uniforms to Jordan city hall. Jordan Baseball Association put up a sign along Highway 169 to advertise the upcoming state tournament in Jordan.
Dr. Chuck Cook of Chiropractic Specialists of Jordan made donations of $1,603 and $80 to the Jordan Area Food Shelf. He is shown here with Jordan City Councilmember Tanya Velishek, who sits on the food shelf board.
10 YEARS AGO
At this year’s Scott County Fair cow-milking contest, Minnesota Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau won with 2-1/2 pounds of milk. Local band Rock Ridges is one of many bands set to perform at the fair. The city of Jordan continues water restrictions because of dry weather. Leo “Dan” Mornson traveled to Canada for his prescription meds and saved $500 a year by doing so. John Whipps and Jeff Will of Jordan were the winners in Montgomery Mony Bass Classic’s ninth year, during which more than $15,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society. Wilbert L. “Ole” Olson, 83, of Jordan passed away. Lydia United Methodist and Hope Lutheran churches both hold vacation Bible school. The Spirit Hill Cemetery board plans to hold a meeting. Contact Jim Heinisch. The Scott West Panthers held their wrestling camp at Belle Plaine. Looking Back is a regular feature of the Jordan Independent for which information is gleaned from past issues of your local newspaper. If you have a question or comment about the column, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Want to help kids in need prepare for school? The Scott-Carver-Dakota Community Action Program (CAP) Agency started collecting school supplies for its annual backpack distribution. Needed are donations of money and school supplies including colored pencils, red ink pens, blue or black ink pens, pencil cases, folders, erasers, markers, glue sticks or bottles, pencils, scissors, crayons, rulers, loose leaf paper and spiral notebooks. All donations are needed by Wednesday,
Aug. 10. They can be dropped off at the CAP office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 712 Canterbury Road S. in Shakopee. Registration for parents with children in kindergarten through 12th grade who need to use this service is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 1-12 at the office location. For more information, call (952) 496-2125. Compiled by David Schueller
BIRTHDAYS Ron Beckman, Aug. 4 Christine Beckrich, Aug. 4 Aiden Thomas Beuch, Aug. 4 Dustan Drummer, Aug. 4 Andy Link, Aug. 4 Kathy Skinner, Aug. 4 Gary Undesser, Aug. 4 Monica Wolf, Aug. 4 Melissa Allen, Aug. 5 David Bakken, Aug. 5 Kyleigh Hamblin, Aug. 5 Luke Hessing, Aug. 5 Paul Johnson, Aug. 5 Fredrick Kerkow, Aug. 5
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On July 4, while driving through Lagoon Park, Kathy Colling of Jordan took this photo of two boys fishing off the Mill Pond dock. The park and the pond have captured residents’ interest for years. Even nearly three years removed from the big fix-up of Lagoon Park, residents are awestruck by the park that is widely considered one of the prized jewels of Jordan. Residents have taken ownership of the park. The pond is stocked with fish, people are swimming at the beach, the cannon has been restored, and – believe it or not – Heimatfest, Jordan’s widely attended city festival, will be here before you blink. Enjoy!
Bumpy, large, green, tall or squatty – your favorite pumpkin grows here Local family farm earns Farmfest honor
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At Barten Pumpkins, the whole family helps run the farm, where they offer many kinds of pumpkins, gourds, corn shocks, straw bales, broom corn and decorations. This year, the whole family gets the honor of being named a 2011 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota Extension. There are 75 farm families honored from participating counties
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St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 313 E. Second Street, Jordan, MN 55352 Church 952-492-2640 School 952-492-2030 www.stjohnthebaptistjordan.org Sunday Mass Schedule: Sat. 5pm, Sunday 8 & 10am Weekday Masses: Tuesday 6:15pm, Wed, Thurs, Fri & First Sat @ 8:15am Confessions: Tues 5:45pm, Friday 8:45am, First Sat 7:45am, Saturday 4–4:40pm Father Timothy Yanta, Pastor Bonita Jungels, principal
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DAYBOOK July 28-Aug. 3 Annual garage sale for widow and child Kosovo War survivors, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 28, Faith Covenant Church, 12921 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville, (952) 890-3110, extension 29 Red Cross blood donation, 6:30 p.m. 2-7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, Glendale United Methodist Church, 13550 Glendale Road, Savage, (800) 7332767 or redcrossblood.org Emotions Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, the Presbyterian Church of Le Sueur, 404 Turril St., Le Sueur, (507) 665-2587 Nitrate water-testing clinic, 8 a.m.noon Saturday, July 30, Scott County highway garage, 600 Country Trail E., Spring Lake Township, (952) 492-5424 or firstname.lastname@example.org Carver-Scott Humane Society’s annual baked goods sale during River City Days, 9 a.m. Friday, July 29, to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31, City Square Park 120 E. Fourth St. in Chaska, (952) 3683553, extension 4, or carverscotths. org Jordan City Council, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, Jordan Government Center, 210 E. First St., (952) 492-2535 Scott County Board, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, Scott County Government Center, 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee,
(952) 496-8100 Widowed Lunch Club with Kristen K. Brown, author of “The Best Worst Thing: A Memoir,” speaking about her personal journey, self care and handling stress, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, Biaggi’s Restaurant at Eden Prairie Mall, 8251 Flying Cloud Drive, (763) 497-1779 or email@example.com to RSVP Jordan City Council library-related work session with Scott County, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, Jordan Government Center, 210 E. First St., (952) 492-2535 Further out Sand Creek Town Board, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative lunch room, 125 Minnesota Valley Electric Drive, Jordan (952) 492-3122, (952) 492-2340 or (952) 492-2168 American Red Cross blood donation, 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 5634 Luther Drive S.E., Prior Lake, (800) 7332767 Jordan School Board, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, district office, Jordan Middle School, 500 Sunset Drive, Jordan, (952) 492-4226 Scott County Board, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, Scott County Government Cen-
ter, 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee, (952) 496-8100 Jordan Planning Commission, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, Jordan Government Center, 210 E. First St., (952) 492-2535 Families & Individuals Sharing Hope (FISH)-sponsored “Finding & Enlisting the Heroes Our Children Need,” 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, St. John the Baptist Church atrium, 12508 Lynn Ave., Savage, (952) 890-6604 St. Lawrence Town Board, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, St. Lawrence Town Hall near the intersection of Old Highway 169 and Highway 59, (952)-4923284 Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency, 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, Prior Lake City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. S.E., (952) 496-8186 or (952) 496-8597, scaleinfo.org Jordan City Council, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, Jordan Government Center, 210 E. First St., (952) 492-2535 Jordan Economic Development Authority, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, Jordan Government Center, 210 E. First St., (952) 492-2535 Jordan School Board, 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, district office, Jordan Middle School, 500 Sunset Drive, Jordan, (952) 492-4226
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Chaska Valley Family Theater brings Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka” – and Jordan resident Molly Herzog as Violet – to the stage, opening today. Tour the crazily colorful, mysteriously remarkable, wonderfully inventive world of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The play is directed by Kelly Jeremiason.
The show runs July 28 to Aug. 7 at the Chaska High School stage. Performances are scheduled for: 7 p.m. July 28-29, Aug. 2-3, and Aug. 5-6; 10 a.m. Aug. 4; and 2 p.m. Aug. 6-7. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for youths ages 17 and younger. Herzog has previously had roles in “Sounds of Music,” “Grease,” “King and I” and “Joseph.”
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All 11 children, nine spouses, and older grandchildren help out on the farm, and everyone helps out with various tasks including website development, production, marketing, creative design, fi nancial consulting, cooking, child care, and muscle. The Barten family is involved in the New Prague area, and also has a Roman Barten Memorial Benefit Breakfast to raise money for a sick child. They also organize a winter clothing and Christmas gift drive for nearly 200 children in need. The Barten family will be officially honored in a ceremony Thursday, Aug. 4, at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls, Minn.
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around the state. The Scott County award goes to the Barten farm located in Helena Township, between Union Hill and New Prague. It was chosen by a local Extension committee. Barten Pumpkins was started 18 years ago by Fran Barten and her husband, Roman, who died five years ago. In the beginning, it was just a small pumpkin patch to keep the kids busy, according to a press release. Now, the whole family runs the agritourism outfit, where the farm has 110 acres of corn and soybeans operated by Fran’s sons, who are the third generation to farm the area. Seven more acres are taken up by pumpkins.
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Jerry McLaughlin of Vacaville, Calif., and Nancy McLaughlin of Winters, Calif., announce the engagement of their daughter Mallory McLaughlin to Matthew Nevins, son of Michael and Cindy Nevins of Jordan. Miss McLaughlin is employed as a sales manager at Lacoste and this fall will be attending Yuba City radiologic technology program. Her fiancé is a department supervisor at Home Depot in Winters, Calif. The couple is planning an Aug. 12 wedding at Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Thomas and Barb Hanlon of Detroit Lakes announce the engagement of their daughter Tara Hanlon to Jonathan Nevins, son of Michael and Cindy Nevins of Jordan. Miss Hanlon is a 2011 graduate of the University of California in Davis. She is employed as a program rep at Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Program at UC-Davis. Her fiancé is an independent contractor with Green Earth Organics in Oregon House, Calif. Details of the couple’s wedding are to be announced.
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On the road to start playoffs Jordanâ€™s first foes are two-time defending champs BY TODD ABELN email@example.com
When you play in Section 3B, getting to the state tournament is never easy. For the Jordan Brewers, this year might be especially daunting. Even though they have had a great year, Jordanâ€™s road to the Class B state amateur baseball tournament will be tough. Jordan received the No. 3 seed in Section 3B and will have to beat the two-time defending state champion Shakopee in the fi rst round of the playoffs. Shakopee earned the No. 2 seed by beating Jordan two out of three times this year. Both teams finished with 5-4 records in section play. Beating the champs will be tough enough, but Jordan will have to do it on the road, as the Indians will have home-field advantage in the best-of-five series. The playoff series between Jordan and Shakopee begins tomorrow night at Joe Schleper Stadium in Shakopee. It continues at the Mini-Met on Sunday. Even though they have to play on the road and enter the playoffs having lost two of three to Shakopee, the Brewers are confident they can beat them because of what happened on Sunday. The Brewers defeated Shakopee 10-7 at the Mini-Met to earn some confidence going into the playoffs. Jordan took advantage of Shakopeeâ€™s porous defense, as the Brewers scored five times in the first inning with the help of four Shakopee errors. Cullen Bahn homered in the second inning, as Jordan was cruising leading 6-0. The score remained at 6-0 until Shakopee rallied for six runs in the top of eighth. Jordan responded in the bottom of the eighth for four runs. Again, they got tremendous help from Shakopee, as all four of those runs were unearned. Steven Beckman earned the win for Jordan by pitching in
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Alex Beckman tries to get to home plate before Shakopee catch Kyle Hoover puts the tag on him. relief of Jason Chalupky, who threw six scoreless innings.
LOSING HOME FIELD Jordan lost home-field advantage in the playoffs when Shakopee topped the Brewers 8-0 last Friday at the Mini-Met. The game was a duel between the teams aces, as Shakopeeâ€™s Chris Rupert and Jordanâ€™s Scott Hollingsworth locked horns. The two pitchers were on their game until Hollingsworth had to leave with a blister on his fi nger. With Hollingsworth out, Shakopee took advantage and scored eight unanswered runs. Rupert threw six shutout innings before giving way for Nate Brown, who pitched the fi nal three innings. Jordan kept its hopes alive for home field by beating Victoria 10-8 last Tuesday night. The Brewers trailed 6-5 after five innings before they rallied for four runs in the sixth inning for a 10-6 lead.
Section 3B playoďŹ€s Friday, July 29 - Jordan at Shakopee, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31 - Shakopee at Jordan 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 - Jordan at Shakopee 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug 4 - Shakopee at Jordan (if necessary) 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug 5 - Jordan at Shakopee (if necessary) 7:30 p.m.
Alex Beckman earned the win by pitching six innings, while Mike Beckius got the save by pitching the fi nal 2-1/3 innings. Steven Beckman and Dave Johnson each homered in the game. Mitch Ries added two RBIs. Only five of the 10 Jordan runs were earned.
Right fielder Aaron Langsweirdt makes a sliding catch for the Brewers.
Millers bounce back with shutout win The Jordan Millers bounced back from a tough loss at Prior Lake with a 10-0 pounding of Eden Prairie. With that victory, the team remained perfect at the MiniMet, sporting a 4-0 record at home. Following a scoreless top of the first for Eden Prairie, the Millers exploded for five runs, as they sent 10 men to the plate. Chris Rookâ€™s booming dou-
ble to left started the scoring as Pete Buesgens raced home for the opening run of the game. Three hits and an Eden Prairie error allowed the other runs to score. Things settled down until the fourth inning when the Millers tacked on three more runs. An RBI single from Mike Pearson and a two-run single for Rook were the key hits.
In the bottom of the seventh, Bill Piotrowski scorched a base hit that scored two and ended the game via the 10-run rule. T roy Mahoney was bri lliant on the mound, spinning the teamâ€™s fi rst shutout of the season. He scattered four hits while striking out four. At the plate, Mike Pearson, Buesgens, Rook, Schroeder and D.J. Noyce all had two-hit games. They went a combined
10-13 with six runs scored and five runs batted in.
MARINERS TOO MUCH The Prior Lake Mariners ran their record to 9-1 with a 5-4 victory over the Millers last Monday. The Millers jumped to an early 1-0 lead as Mahoneyâ€™s base hit plated Buesgens. H o w e v e r, t h e M i l l e r s s t r a n d e d t wo r u n n e r s i n that inning, foreshadowing a
theme for the night. Prior Lake took the lead in the second inning, using three hits and a walk to grab a 3-1 lead. The Mariners tacked on single runs in the third and the fi fth innings on Millers starting pitcher John Noonan. In the sixth, the Millers closed the gap to two runs. Bryon Schroeder led off the inning with a double. He scored on Mahoneyâ€™s second RBI single
of the night. Two walks and a hit batter led to the other run, but again the Millers left two runners on base. In the seventh frame, Jordan got it going again, this time without a hit. Two walks and two hit batters led to a run, but the Millers left the bases loaded and fell by a fi nal of 5-4. Noonan suffered the loss, going the distance on the hill. He gave up five runs on eight hits and struck out two.
2011 Jordan Summer Sports Almanac Jordan American Legion
Mon., June 6 ............ at Montgomery ........................................ Win, 16-8 Wed., June 8 ..........Sibley East ............................................. Loss, 8-1 Thur., June 9 ...........Lester Prairie (doubleheader) ..Win, 6-1; Win, 11-1 Sat., June 11 ...........at Mayer (doubleheader)............. Win, 5-4; Loss, 1-0 Mon., June 13 ..........at Watertown............................................... Win, 5-3 Wed., June 15 ..........at Belle Plaine ........................................... Loss, 2-1 Fri., June 17 .............at Le Sueur-Henderson ............... Win, 3-1; Loss, 8-5 Mon., June 20.........Norwood-Young America .........Win, 10-4; Loss, 4-1 Wed., June 22 .........Watertown .............................................. Win, 9-5 Fri., June 24 ...........Belle Plaine, Field No. 2 .......................... Loss, 1-0 Mon., June 27 ..........at Sibley East ........................................... Win, 10-0 Wed., June 29 .........Montgomery ............................................ Win, 6-1 Sat., July 2..............Ely .......................................................... Win, 4-1 Tues., July 5 ............Norwood-Young America ............................. Win, 7-6 Thur., July 7..............at Watertown.............................................. Loss, 5-4 Sat., July 9 ...............Sibley East ................................................. Win, 4-3 Sun., July 10 ............Belle Plaine ............................................... Loss, 5-2 Sat., July 16.............Le Sueur-Henderson at Cannon Falls ......... Loss, 5-4 Sun., July 17 ............at Cannon Falls.......................................... Loss, 8-7
Sun., May1 ................. Gaylord Islanders ...............................................Win 13-3 Sun., May 8 ..................at Le Sueur Braves ................................................Win, 11-0 Tues., May 10................at Veseli Warriors ....................................................Win,10-8 Fri., May 13 ................ Delano Athletics .................................................Win, 2-1 Sun., May 15 ................at Chanhassen Redbirds ......................................Loss, 10-8 Fri., May 20...................at Valley City (N.D.) Saints.....................................Win, 15-6 Sat., May 21 .................at Moorhead Expos ................................................. Win, 1-0 Sun., May 22 ................at Clear Lake Lakers ................................................ Win, 7-0 Thur., May 28 ............. St. Peter Saints.................................................Win, 12-1 Mon., May 30 ............. Chaska Cubs .....................................................Loss, 3-0 Mon., May 30 ............. Chaska Cubs ......................................................Win, 2-1 Thur., June 2 .............. Fairfax Cardinals..................................................Win 8-7 Fri., June 3 ................. St. Benedict Saints .............................................Win, 8-1 Sat., June 4 ................ Owatonna Aces .................................................Win, 11-2 Sun., June 5 ............... Fairmont Martins ............................................Win, 19-18 Fri., June10 ................ Prior Lake Jays ...................................................Loss, 5-3 Sun., June 12.............. Victoria Vicâ€™s.......................................................Win, 8-4 Thur., June 16 ...............at Prior Lake Jays ................................................... Loss, 6-5 Fri., June17 ...................at New Prague Orioles ............................................. Win, 7-4 Sat., June 18 ................at New Ulm Kaiserhoff............................................. Win, 5-1 Thur., June 23 ............. Victoria Vicâ€™s.....................................................Win, 13-1 Fri.,June 24 ................ Belle Plaine Tigers ..............................................Win, 5-4 Sun., June 25.............. St. Benedict Saints (Baseball Day).....................Win, 11-3 Thur., June 30 ...............at Chaska Cubs ..................................................... Loss, 8-0 Fri., July 8 ................... St. Louis Park ....................................................Loss, 5-3 Sat., July 9.................. Blue Earth Pirates ...............................................Win, 3-1 Sat., July 9.................. Sauk Rapids Cyclones ........................................Loss, 5-4 Thur., July 14 .............. Green Isle Irish ..................................................Loss, 3-0 Sun., July 17 .................at Shakopee Indians .............................................. Loss, 6-5 Tues., July19 .................at Victoria Vics ......................................................Win, 10-8 Fri., July 22 ................. Shakopee Indians ..............................................Loss, 8-0 Sun., July 24 .............. Shakopee Indians .............................................Win, 10-7 Tues., July 26 .............. St. Louis Park ...................................................7:30 p.m.
Mon., June 6...........Webster Wildcats .................................Win, 14 - 9 Sun., June 12 ..........at Northfield Millers ................................ Loss, 14-0 Mon., June 13.........Union Hill Pitbulls .................................. Loss, 8-1 Mon., June 27.........Veseli Vulcans ....................................... Loss, 3-2 Mon., July 11 ...........at Belle Plaine Gray Tigers ......................... Loss, 5-0 Wed., July 20 ..........St. Patrick Shamrocks .......................... Loss, 15-8 Sun., July 24 ............at Faribault Flames ................................... Loss, 9-3 Wed., July 27 ..........Le Center Braves ................................... 7:30 p.m. Sun., July 31 ...........St. Louis Park Cardinals ........................ 7:30 p.m. Thur., Aug. 4 ...........Eden Prairie Lionâ€™s Tap .......................... 7:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 7............New Hope Bandits ..................................... 5 p.m. Tues., Aug. 9 ...........Lonsdale Jokers .................................... 7:30 p.m.
Fri., May 13 ............Edina Grays ............................................ Loss, 7-6 Fri., June 3 .............NorthďŹ eld Millers .................................Win, 12 - 2 Sun., June 5.............at Slayton Barnstormers............................. Loss, 7-2 Wed., June 8 ............at Belle Plaine Gray Tigers ........................ Loss, 10-0 Tues., June 14.........Shakopee Chiefs ................................... 7:30 p.m. Thur., June 16 ..........at Bloomington Eagles .............................. Loss, 6-1 Sun., July 10 ............at Braemar Bees......................................... Win, 2-0 Wed., July 13 ..........Twin City Goats ........................................ Win, 7-5 Sun., July 16 ...........Faribault Flames .................................... Win, 8-1 Mon., July 18 ..........at Prior Lake .......................................... Loss, 5-4 Thur., July 21 ..........Eden Prairie Lionâ€™s Tap ........................... Win, 10-0 Tues., July 26 ..........Waconia Islanders ..................................... 7 p.m. Thur., July 28 ..........Lonsdale Jokers..................................... 7:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 3 ...........Searles Bullheads ................................. 7:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 7 .............at Veseli Vulcans ........................................... 2 p.m.
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