STATE TOURNEY â€“ HERE WE COME! Gabe Fogarty (left) and Nick Dvorak celebrate a Class 2A, Section 2 title after the Scott West Panthers defeated New Prague. The Panthers will be grappling for the state Class 2A title at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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will continue to share a Senate district. Most of Sha ko Prior Lake, Savage pee is paired with and Shakopee each gain Louisville and Jacktheir own state House son townships in a district in the redistrictHouse district called ing decision released 5 5A . T he s e r u r a l Tuesday by a Minnesota Shakopee townships Supreme Court panel. were formerly comMark Prior Lake and most bined with a Carver Buesgens of Shakopee, which curCounty legislative rently share a state repredistrict. sentative, will now be split from Prior Lake is paired instead each other, although the cities with Jordan in House District BY SHANNON FIECKE firstname.lastname@example.org
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55B, which also contains the far southern chunk of Shakopee, in addition to St. Lawrence, Sand Creek, Spring Lake and Credit River townships. Savage, which (all but one
precinct) formerly shared a Senate district with northern Scott County and the House district with Jordan, is part of Senate District 56 that contains Burnsville. â€œFrom my quick take, it couldnâ€™t be better for our communities,â€? said Senate District 35 DFL chairman Bruce Barron of Savage, who said he believes the new districts contain natural constituencies.
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Former Jordan High School teacher faces charges again James Simonâ€™s alleged criminal sexual conduct spans years, complaint states BY DAVID SCHUELLER email@example.com
Additional charges have been issued against former Jordan High School teacher James Simon, 58, who served five years in prison after being convicted of four counts of criminal sexual conduct in 2003. In the original investigation, from a period of 12 to 16
years ago, Simon admitted that there had been multiple victims, according to police. On Monday, Feb. 13, Simon turned himself in after being charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, for alleged offenses between 1998 and 2000.
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Makayla Hansen (left), Sebastian Lopez, and Mathew Greeson work on long division by touching the screens of iPads, which came to Jordan Elementary School using grant money.
Once chalk, now screens With grant-funded iPads, students learn in new ways BY DAVID SCHUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
ourth-grader Alexa Fern tapped the touchscreen of an iPad in Sarah Fritzkeâ€™s math class in Jordan Elementary School. â€œWhat weâ€™re doing right now is long division,â€? Fern said. Students in small groups usually switch between stations that include computers, the iPads and other activities aimed at helping students learn math basics. Sure, students have long used chalkboards, paper pads and pencils to slog through math problems. But in Jordan schools and in classrooms across the country, technology is starting to change the way students learn. Lately, much focus has been on iPads as a learning tool. Fourth-graders Sebastian Lopez (left) and Mathew Greeson work on iPads during math in Sarah Fritzkeâ€™s iPads to page A6 ÂŽ class.
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Jordan Knights of Columbus Steve Menke, Lance Krzmarcik, Norbert Hennen, Tim Sebenaler and Tom Robling are warm hearts â€” volunteers for their hometown and friends of the local Catholic elementary school.
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When you spend your $100 to support St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Jordan, your blackjack dealer is likely to be Norbert Hennen, Lance Krzmarcik or Tim Sebenaler. The Jordan Knights of Columbus will gladly accept your play money. Real money, paid for two dinners, goes to the schoolchildren.
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In exchange for a donation, youâ€™ll enjoy a night at a local golf club, complete with tender prime rib, chicken Chardonnay, the din of live dinner music, and free-flowing casino â€” and real cash. Itâ€™s the 23rd year of the Cadillac dinner, held Saturday, March 3, at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Sand Creek Township, near Jordan.
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Jordan City Councilmember Thom Boncher said that he’s received the promise of state Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Savage, to strike unfunded mandates. Buesgens gets complaints about unfunded mandates in general, but few specifics, according to Boncher. If the city points out unfunded mandates from the state, the legislator will “shoot ‘em down,” Boncher told the council this month. (Buesgens did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment for the newspaper.) Boncher suggested that the city staff soon write a letter to Buesgens, state Sen. Claire Robling, R-Jordan, and Gov. Mark Dayton. Boncher wants to see a meeting agenda item about unfunded mandates, he said. L ater, Cit y Ad mi nist rator Ed Shukle said that the League of Minnesota Cities, of which Jordan is a member, tends to include elimination of unfunded mandates on its leg i sl ative pl at for m. L MC lists its stances on its website, Shukle said. “Every legislator’s had the opportunity to look at that.” Shukle offered to write a letter, and Mayor Pete Ewals said the city should take the time to send it. “A letter has impact,” Ewals said.
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want the proposed pedestrian crossing near the intersection of highways 169 and 282 to fall under the radar. This month, she reminded the city staff to put the issue on the city council’s agenda soon. The city is considering five possible locations for a pedestrian bridge. In the mean time, footpaths lead to the Highway 169 surface, as well as under a highway bridge over Sand Creek.
Senior housing facility opens soon Oak Terrace Senior Living of Jordan is scheduled to open March 12, according to Jordan City Administrator Ed Shukle. It is located near the intersection of Aberdeen Avenue and Sunset Drive, across the street from Jordan Elementary School.
Shaw says coverage Area of most police tells it ‘like it is’ activity? Downtown Mi ke Shaw recent ly expressed to the rest of the Jordan City Council his change of view on the Jordan Independent. “I don’t know if I’m repenting or not,” Shaw said during a meeting this month. He went on to say that he has criticized the local newspaper’s coverage in the past, but recent coverage has told it “like it is.” Shaw said he is not the only one who noticed a “big difference.”
The top neighborhoods for police activity are no surprise. Downtown Jordan always takes the cake. Last month, there were 58 incidents in the area. Following far behind were: River Ridge, 26; Triangle Lane and other areas west of Sand Creek, 18; and Valley Green Mobile Home Park, 17. Jordan Police Chief Bob Malz released the department’s monthly police statistics report in a Feb. 21 memorandum to the Jordan City Council.
The city of Jordan is experimenting with an online video stream of its past meetings. Summer Networks, an information technology consultant, developed a pilot project involving the posting of several Jordan City Council meetings on the city’s website, jordan. govoffice.com, where previously, residents were required to download large video files to their home computers for personal viewing. The application Silverlight
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After more than 37 years with Jordan Public Works, Jerry Beckius retires at the end of next month. This month, the Jordan City Council voted 6-0 to accept Beckius’ resignation with regrets — and, according to Councilmember Thom Boncher, “good wishes for a happy retirement.” Councilmember Sally Schultz was absent from the meeting. Mayor Pete Ewals said Beckius is due thanks for all of his years of service. In his letter of resignation, Beckius wrote: “It has been a pleasure. ... I really have nothing but good memories of the year and time has gone by fast. The best part of this job is the people I work with daily.” Beckius’ last day on the job is March 31.
is necessary to view the meetings. The video streaming allows website users to click on a topic of council discussion and skip to a particular point of interest in a meeting. Viewers may remind and fast forward, as well. “Several cities and counties already use this type of service through other vendors,” Jordan City Administrator Ed Shukle wrote in a memorandum to the council.
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A few examples of good people living in Jordan Don’t you just love it when you open up the newspaper and read a story that warms your heart? More than a decade ago, the Jordan Independent started a tradition that has continued to today and hopefully will continue for years to come. Your local newspaper takes annual nominations for a series of stories about those whom the newspaper has nicknamed “warm hearts.” Warm hearts are people who live, work, or volunteer in Jordan or a nearby township and touch other people’s lives. They expect little or no pay for what they do. The staff at your local newspaper wants to thank them with a little welldeserved attention. They do not ever seek the attention we give them. The newspaper approaches them. Many times, nominees with incredible stories to tell in private turn down offers to tell their stories in public, in fact, preferring to stay the silent servants that they often are. But the point of stories about volunteers is to spur more volunteerism. Last year’s warm hearts features included these great people: Wade and Sarah Olsen, drivers behind the Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce Miss Jordan Program pageant; Ed Breimhorst, one of the pres-
ervationists with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church bells in mind; Dr. Chuck and Sara Cook, longtime Jordan Jaycees faithfuls; and Darrell Nelson, former handyman for the Jordan Area Food Shelf. We are all aware that more than the few warm hearts featured in last year’s series are selflessly serving other people. We know you’re out there, doing things behind the scenes and making this town a better place. For your service to Jordan and your neighbors, we thank you, too, even if you don’t want to take credit for your charitable actions. So when you read the 2012 series, for which nominations are just coming in, think of what you can do at a church, in a service club, through the schools, on a city or county committee, or just as a neighbor and friend. Join the corps of warm hearts making a difference one little task at a time. And if you want to nominate a warm heart in your life, contact the editor at (952) 345-6571 or email@example.com, or submit your story idea online at jordannews.com/newstip. Mathias Baden, editor of the Jordan Independent, wrote this editorial, a version of which originally ran in 2010.
Lawmakers must work together As a story on a print edition last month said, this session of the Minnesota Legislature, which opened Jan. 24, may have a lot of implications for Scott County and its cities. To be sure, the legislature’s ability to govern will have implications for the whole state, as we recall the 20-day government shutdown last July. Of major interest to Scott County is whether the legislature will approve a racino at Canterbury Park, which would put the Shakopee horse track on equal footing with several tracks in the region, as close as Iowa, which benefit from casino gaming. Top horses and jockeys will go where the larger purses are, and when tracks just a few hours from the Twin Cities metropolitan area can boost payouts from casino gaming income, there’s no way Canterbury can compete. A racino will also provide revenue to the state that can be used for education funding and pay for a Vikings stadium. Often overlooked in the debate is the fact that a healthy Canterbury will be a big boost to the state’s agri industry.
Shakopee residents also have a special interest in whether a fence for the state women’s prison, which is included in Gov. Mark Dayton’s bonding bill, is approved. And while it looks unlikely, a bid to locate a new Vikings stadium near Canterbury has not been ruled out; at least, a bill has not yet been passed to locate it elsewhere. Even-year sessions of the legislature are traditionally short with the major emphasis on bonding for projects. Short and mostly sweet. But in light of what happened last year at the legislature, when compromise was thrown out the window in favor of hyper-partisanship, we have our doubts, despite assurances from legislative leaders. There was no need for a shutdown last summer, and taxpayers should look long and hard at how legislators act this session. Lawmakers should understand that they must be willing to compromise to come up with the best solutions to issues. If they cannot, voters should clean house during November’s election. The Shakopee Valley News originally published this editorial.
County welcomes bridge support Kudos to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and his staff for making good on a promise to return to Shakopee to tackle the County Road 101 river crossing project and for realizing its regional importance in pledging support for raising the crossing. During a tour of the area during the spring flooding last year, Dayton pledged to return to the area to talk river crossings. State Sen. Claire Robling, R-Jordan, reminded him of the promise, and the governor made good on it Feb. 3. Transportation dollars are scarce these days and there’s a lot of pressure to fund projects throughout the state. It’s no secret that the list of state road and bridge repair needs is long and legitimate, if not critical. State leaders in the past few years have neglected to properly replenish the funding sources, and we’re paying the price now in Minnesota. To their credit, Dayton and state Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel realize that spring f looding in the area — in the spring and fall in 2010 — has devastating effects not only on commuters but also on intrastate and interstate commerce. When vehicles can’t cross the Minnesota River in Shakopee or Chaska, they have to head to the Bloomington Ferry Bridge or Interstate 35W, which is not only out of the way, but further clogs up those crossings to the point of gridlock. On his recent visit, Dayton pledged support for raising the County Road 101 river crossing and expanding it to four lanes, a plan supported by local leaders in Scott and Carver counties. It is estimated that to raise the County Road 101 bridge in Shakopee, along with
work that would allow additional lanes on the Bloomington Ferry Bridge, would cost almost $31 million. It would cost an additional $6 million to make the County Road 101 crossing four lanes — an option Shakopee officials prefer over the state’s original two-lane proposal, which could require a road closure of around a year. That option would be devastating to downtown Shakopee merchants, who suffered greatly last when County Road 101 was under construction for several months, in addition to three flood closures in 15 months. The preferred four-lane plan likely would require far fewer traffic disruptions. Only $25 million is available in competitive metro bridge funds for f lood mitigation. “You’re positioned pretty well in that competition,” Sorel told a gathering of around 50 civic and business leaders from Carver and Scott counties. Dayton pledged to help find the funding for the locally preferred option. “ I f t he f i rst $ 2 5 mi l l ion comes through, I’ll be glad to work with your legislators on the other $10 million,” Dayton said. Local leaders would seek $10 million in state bonding, contributing highway turn-back dollars (attached to the halfcounty, half-state-owned crossing) for the rest. Like he did last spring, Dayton gave the group his personal home phone number in case local leaders don’t get the progress they want. Dayton deserves credit for recognizing how serious local flooding is. The Shakopee Valley News originally published this editorial.
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Seeing clearly through the fog When I was young, the fog used to come up the river from Mankato, stopping only briefly in town to rest before it continued on to the Cities. Walking to school with my brothers and sisters, we would have to cross Highway 25. The state road would drop into the valley, cross the river and climb back up again before heading west and then north. On those damp mornings, we would gaze down into the valley and imagine we were on the granite shores of Lake Superior. That’s what it looked like to us. We couldn’t see through the fog, so instead we pretended we couldn’t see across the Great Lake. The fog obscured what was there and allowed our minds to imagine what was not or perhaps could be. Maybe that’s why fog is found so often in stories — the fog fuels our imaginations. Walking shrouded in fog on a quiet country lane far beyond the reach of the street lights can be very peaceful when done in the morning. But the same stretch of road takes on a different feeling at night when it’s foggy. A rolling fog often precedes death in movies and books, so you have to keep your imagination on a short leash lest it run out ahead of you in search of Vincent Price and Edgar Allen Poe.
KUCERA COMMUNITY COLUMNIST
“... fog actually forces me to focus on the matter at hand.” The warm days and cool nights of these past few weeks have ushered in the fog around here. The poet Carl Sandburg said, “The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.” I try and enjoy its short, infrequent visits before it lifts. Fog comes in when the proper mix of temperature and moisture has created the right conditions. According to those unpredictable people at weatherquestions.com, “Fog can be considered a cloud at ground level. The processes
forming it, however, are usually different from those that form clouds.” You can have your head in the clouds, or you can have your head in a fog. The first describes someone who is out of touch with reality. The second tells of a person who is confused, forgetful, or unable to concentrate. But I find that fog actually forces me to focus on the matter at hand. It’s good to have vision that lets you see in the distance, but to really concentrate, it sometimes becomes necessary to shut out all distractions. Take driving for instance. Driving in fog is especially risky. I’ve come dangerously close to missing turns and curves on a foggy night. But I suppose any activity can be dangerous if not accompanied by care and concentration (throwing knives, shooting guns, making toast, et cetera). When everything else is blocked from your view, you pay attention to what you can see, what is close at hand. Otherwise, the important things can be taken for granted — like taking a walk with your family. Jerry Kucera is a Sand Creek Township resident and a columnist for the Jordan Independent. Read his past columns on his blog at jerrykucera.blogspot.com.
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Local donors give 80 pints of blood To the editor: Once again, thanks to the many people who help make the Jordan community blood drive work. Our donations were down a bit this time, collecting only 80 pints of
blood, but that still helps many people. Special thanks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the February sponsor, the VFW auxiliary, the Jordan Lions, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and School, hospitality workers and greeters — without your help, this wouldn’t work as well. This drive found donors reaching milestones: Jim Colling, 6
gallons; Diane Jabs, 12 gallons; and Lee Kes, 4 gallons. Way to go! Again, thanks to all who helped save a life.
Jeanne Pahl Jordan Jerry Langsweirdt Jordan Editor’s note: Jeanne Pahl and Jerry Langsweirdt serve as cochairpeople of the blood drive.
Oscar gold Let’s Go staffers predict battlee go’ between ‘The Artist’ and ‘Hugo’ Read all about some of the best venues in the area in this week’s edition of Southwest Saturday – arriving on the doorsteps of every house in Jordan, Belle Plaine and Shakopee.
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independentviews Help reduce the hazard of dog attacks Trying does not always mean finishing BY KAREN KELLER
For every mail carrier bitten, hundreds of children needlessly suffer the pain and trauma of dog attacks. Dog attack victims account for up to 5 percent of all hospital emergency room visits. Children are most often the victims. Dog attacks are the most commonly reported childhood public health problem in the United States. Attacks can range from a nip to a fatal mauling. Dog attacks are a serious problem for the entire community, and not just our mail carriers, who were victimized by nearly 5,700 dog attacks last year. That’s an average of 11 dog attacks every delivery day, and that figure does not include the number of threatening incidents that did not result in injury. These numbers pale in comparison with the more than 4.5 million people — mostly children and the elderly — who suffer injuries from dog attacks each year. Why do some dogs attack? Lack of socialization, improper training, excitement, and fear can all contribute to a dog attack. While some attribute attacks on mail carriers to dogs’ inbred aversion to uniforms, experts say the psychology actually runs much deeper. Every day that a mail carrier comes into a dog’s territory, the dog barks and the mail carrier leaves. Day after day the dog sees this action repeated. After a week or two, the dog appears to feel invincible against intrud-
ers. Once the dog gets loose, there’s a good chance it will attack. Although dogs may attack for a variety of reasons, spaying or neutering has been shown to reduce aggressiveness. Bite statistics show that dogs that have not been spayed or neutered are up to three times more likely to be involved in a biting incident. Fortunately, most dog bites can be prevented through responsible pet ownership. Three suggestions to help take the bite out of your dog: Teach your dog appropriate behavior. Use positive motivational training techniques. Don’t play aggressive games with your dog such as wrestling, tug of war, or siccing your dog on another person. It’s essential that your dog recognize members of your family as dominant figures not to be challenged. Even a nip on the leg is unacceptable behavior for a family dog. Be a responsible pet owner. For everyone’s safety, don’t allow your dog to roam. Make your pet a member of your family. Dogs that spend too much time tethered to a dog house or in the backyard have a much greater chance of developing aggressive behavioral problems. Stay on the safe side. Help your dog become accustomed to a variety of situations. If you don’t know how your dog will react to a new situation, be cautious. If you think your dog could panic in a crowd, leave him or her at home. If your dog
may overreact to visitors or delivery people, keep him or her in another room. If a mail carrier needs to deliver an item to your door, put your dog into a separate room before opening your front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate glass windows to get at strangers. Dog owners should remind their children about the need to keep the family dog secured. Our mail carriers are vigilant and dedicated, but we may be forced to stop mail delivery at an address, or group of addresses if a mail carrier is threatened by a vicious dog. We can’t control people’s dogs; only dog owners can do that. You may feel confident that your dog won’t add to these statistics, and it is probably true that your trusted companion will never seriously harm anyone. However, if your dog does attack or bite someone, you could be liable for the victim’s pain, suffering, and medical expenses. Potential victims include your mail carrier and neighborhood children. Reducing the likelihood your dog will ever bite someone helps protect you, your canine companion, and everyone else in the community. These simple reminders and helpful tips can reduce the hazard of dog attacks. Help us to help you. Karen Keller is the Jordan postmaster. This guest column was partially adapted from a piece in the Potal Bulletin.
I reached into the freezer for a plastic bag forgotten about for months. It had a typed processing label reading Clayton, Wisc. The heavy contents of the bag were sliced, and looked like a loaf of dense bread. It was not bread. It was a significant portion of a cow’s liver. The cow was from the farm where I hunt with my father- and brother-in-law. Unlike some farms, where the animals get a number as a name, the landowner with the nickname of Duck likes to give his cows better names than 3429 — like Bulldozer. One year, Bulldozer chased after me while I was riding on the tailgate of Duck’s truck. I’m not sure which cow gave up its liver to my freezer. When I agreed to take the bag of liver, I did not remember how liver tastes. Every so often, while in the Feed Mill Restaurant in Jordan, I’ve looked a bit longer at the liver and onions on the menu, just wanting to give liver another try. I never did, typically opting for the beef commercials instead. Although I’m sure they make better liver and onions than I do at the Feed Mill, I’m guessing the gravy-laden sandwiches were a better bet for me.
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On weekends when I was young, my dad would open up a pack that looked like it contained fishing bait. It was beef liver. My dad would cook it, and I would eat some. At least, I think I ate some. I really hadn’t tried liver since then. I had no idea one cow’s liver was that large. It’s not something I ever thought much about, growing up pretty much in the city and eating liver from small supermarket containers. So I was ready to give liver another try. With one slice pried off and thawed, I plopped it onto a hot, oiled frypan, listened to the sizzle, and waited. Pretty soon, I had a slab of meat — is liver really meat? — waiting for me on the plate. Sorry to say, that moment was the best part. I’m sorry. I just couldn’t. I know the rest of the cow
went for a good cause, but the liver may be an all-out loss. I even tried texting my brother, to see if he likes liver. He likes most meat. His reply: “Not too keen on the idea of beef liver but I could always try it.” I texted him because in a phone call, I knew my tone would force me to tell him that the liver was the most wretched thing I’ve eaten in recent memory. I’ve long held a mix of admiration and curiosity of those of our ancestors and recent relatives who’ve eaten more of the animal than most typically do today. Head cheese, lutefisk, hearts, turkey gizzards — whatever a person’s heritage, there are dishes to insert in the category. Does that admiration mean we should still be eating these quasi-meat dishes? Honestly, if it doesn’t taste good, I’m inclined to say no, heck no, and absolutely not. I even tried to get a cat to eat the cooked liver. The cat sniffed the liver, then sniffed the dry food in the bowl, and chose the food in the bowl. I tried. I really tried. But take heart — maybe not literally — that whatever else came out of the processor in Clayton was probably delicious.
LIVESREMEMBERED Herold H. Hafemann
Chloe Caroline Fruth
Herold Hafemann, 98, of Arlington, MN, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. He farmed near Green Isle, Henderson and Belle Plaine. Herold enjoyed horses and was a member of the Prairie Downs Charioteers and participated in the wagon train for Camp Courage. He is survived by his daughters, LaVerne (Ron) Muehlenhardt of Henderson, Elaine (Louis) Stier of Jordan; daughter-in-law, Lois Hafemann of LeSueur. Funeral services will be at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Arlington at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. The Rev. Bruce Hanneman will officiate. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Belle Plaine. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Sunday. Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington is in charge of arrangements. 507-964-2201.
Mass of Christian burial was 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in St. Augusta for Chloe Caroline Fruth, 16, of Maple Lake, formerly of Jordan, who died Friday, Feb. 17 in Minneapolis. The Rev. Robert Rolfes officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Friends and relatives called on Monday, Feb. 20, from 4-8 p.m. at St. Mary Help of Christians and after 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Parish prayers were prayed at 7 p.m. Monday at the church. Chloe Caroline Fruth was born Feb. 5, 1996 in Edina to Patrick and Staci (Adams) Fruth. She was a sophomore at Maple Lake High School and a member of St. Mary Help of Christians Church in St. Augusta. Chloe was a World Champion and 2-time State Champion Barrel Racer. She was an honor student who aspired to attend medical school. Chloe loved all things Victorian, antique shopping, and was an avid reader and book collector. She was most proud of her humor and communication skills with her horses. At age 10, Chloe, after receiving money from a benefit for her, wanted to give back to other children who endured cancer treatments. She created a “Chloe’s Courage” Trophy that was given to children at the completion of their treatment at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital where Chloe is considered a legend. Chloe idolized her brother, Bridger’s, musical gift as well as his humor. Chloe would most want to be remembered by her morals, integrity, courage, sheer determination, her natural humility and most of all her amazing strength! She will be dearly missed and remembered always by those who knew and loved her. Chloe is survived by her parents, Patrick and Staci; brother, Bridger; paternal grandparents, Ralph and Judy Fruth of St. Augusta; maternal grandparents, Vic and Jody Adams of Yates Center, KS; and countless other relatives and friends. Chloe was preceded in death by her sister, LeAn on Jan. 17, 1995. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Chloe’s Courage Fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Dale Edward Larson Dale Larson was born on May 20, 1951 in Minneapolis, to parents Harvey and Elizabeth (Batdorf) Larson. Dale’s childhood years were spent in Edina, and he eventually graduated from Edina high school. Most of Dale’s career was spent in law enforcement where he was a member of the fraternal order of Police. He served both Waseca and Jordan as a police officer. Dale served in the United States Navy and also was a volunteer firefighter for the city of Jordan. He enjoyed boating, fishing and had a special love for snowmobiling on the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota. He also enjoyed and had a special interest in cabinet making. One of Dale’s lifelong dreams was recently fulfilled as he purchased his lake home in Deer River, MN, where he planned to spend his retirement years. Known for his heart of gold, Dale, at the age of 60, -passed away unexpectedly on the afternoon of Valentine’s Day, Tuesday Feb. 14, 2012. Forever loved, Dale will be deeply missed by his children, Jonathan Larson of Colorado, Christopher Larson of Colorado, Joi Larson of Maryland, Jenn Larson of Northfield, Mark (Catherine) Larson of Eden Prairie; partner, Debbie Sernett; siblings, Debbie (Greg) Franzen of Rockford, Dean (Jody Nummela) Larson of Mound, Donna Larson of Oklahoma; many other loving relatives and friends. Dale is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Elizabeth (Batdorf) Larson. Visitation was Sunday Feb. 19, from 4-8 p.m. at BallardSunder Funeral Home, Jordan and one hour prior to the service at church. The Celebration of Life Service was held Monday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, Jordan. Pastor Steven Thompson officiated. Dale was laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, with full military honors provided by the Fort Snelling National Cemetery Volunteer Rifle Squad. Memorials preferred to the American Diabetes Association The Larson family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Jordan Chapel.
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Elaine Elizabeth (Ebert) Stelten Elaine Stelten, 86, of Chaska, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, at her home. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Chaska, with Father Mike Kaluza celebrating. The visitation was one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Monday, Feb. 20. Casketbearers were David Stelten, Tim Hammers, Mark Hammers, Russell Fahey, Christopher Winkler, Sean Stelten, Jake Stelten, and Chase Stelten. Burial at Guardian Angels Catholic Cemetery, Chaska. Elaine was born May 15, 1925 in St. Bonifacius, to Andrew and Mary (Thurk) Ebert, one of seven children. She was baptized, confirmed and attended school in St. Bonifacius. On Jan. 21, 1947 Elaine married Leander “Bert” Stelten at St. Bonifacius Catholic Church. She was a member of Guardian Catholic Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Shakopee, and V.F.W. Auxiliary in Chaska. She had been a resident of Chaska for 40 years. She enjoyed Bingo, fishing, cross-stitch, bowling, cards, and puzzles. Her husband Bert died in March of 1998. Survivors include her children, Mary (Hank) Cole, of Arizona, Rose (Mike) Hammers, of Chaska, Luann (Gary) Allison, of Carver, Betty (David) Fahey, of Belle Plaine, Jo Ann Winkler, of Perham, DiAnn (John) Klepperich, of Chaska, Andrew (Kelly) Stelten, of Chaska, Randal Stelten, of Jordan; 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Muriel Wickenhauser, of Cologne. Funeral Arrangements were with the Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska. 952-448-2137
Winifred Rosalia (Hill) Anderson Born Oct. 24, 1933 in Shakopee, Winifred was the daughter of Raymond and Rosalia (Philipp) Hill. She was the youngest of three children. Winnie’s childhood years were spent in Shakopee, attending the St. Mark’s parochial school and graduating from the Shakopee Senior High in 1951 as the valedictorian. After high school, Winnie found employment as a cashier for the First National Bank, until she met Charles W. Anderson. On Oct. 24, 1964, at the Church of St. Mark in Shakopee, Winifred and Charles exchanged wedding vows. They were blessed with four children, Brad, Susan, Daniel and David. Most of Winnie’s life was spent being a loving wife and a dedicated mother. A lifelong and active member of the Church of St. Mark, she was involved in the choir, the Passion Play and the C.C.W. Winnie was a member of the Shakopee Heritage Society, the Calvary Cemetery Restoration Committee and her homemaker’s group. She was also an active volunteer at the Shakopee Catholic Area Schools, St. Francis Auxiliary, local elections, blood drives and various other community events. Winnie also enjoyed being involved with the quilting club. In her children’s early years, Winnie was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout troop leader. In her free time, she loved to travel with her husband and friends. Winnie enjoyed reading, completing crossword puzzles and her early morning walks. Her biggest passion in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. A deeply caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother, Winnie was a giving and generous woman and community member. A resident of Shakopee, Winnie Anderson, 78, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family, the early afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee. Forever loved, Winifred will be deeply missed by her husband of 47 years, Charles W. Anderson; children, Brad (Karla) Anderson of Plymouth, Susan (Jim) Fletcher of Eden Prairie, Daniel (Anna) Anderson of Eden Prairie, David (Dana) Anderson of Shakopee; grandchildren, Ava, Alex, Leah and Charlie Anderson, Lauren and Braden Fletcher; brother, Philip “Jim” Hill of Shakopee; sister-inlaw, Mary Kay Hill of Deephaven; many nieces and nephews and other loving relatives and devoted friends. Winifred is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Rosalia and brother, Robert Hill. Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 4-8 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 23 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., all at BallardSunder Funeral Home, 833 S. Marschall Rd., Shakopee. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m., at the Church of St. Mark 350 S. Atwood St., Shakopee. Pallbearers will be Paul Anderson, Tom Hill, Steve Grimaldi, and Pete Galvin. Winifred will be laid to rest at the Shakopee Catholic Cemetery. The Anderson family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Shakopee Chapel.
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Jordan students graduate at Bemidji State Students from Jordan completed undergraduate degree requirements during the fall semester at Bemidji State University. Alexia Echols earned a bachelor’s degree in design technology. Zachary McLellan earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. Both students graduated after the fall semester.
Wolf visits Memphis to help those in need More than 50 students from the University of South Dakota traveled during their winter break to the southeast United States, central Minnesota and Central America to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, spend time with children in need, and assist Ecuador farmers with the planting and harvesting of their crops as part of the university’s Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning (AWOL) program. Among them was Abby Wolf of Jordan. Wolf traveled to Memphis, Tenn., where students partnered with both the LeBonheur’s Children’s Hospital and the Hope House, a learning center for children who have at least one family member that is HIV/AIDS positive. Throughout the week, students divided their time between the two organizations and interacted with children and their families. They made crafts, distributed hot cocoa, played games and did other work, according to a press release.
Wolf makes dean’s list in South Dakota Abby Wolf of Jordan earned a spot on the dean’s list during the fall semester at the University of South Dakota. To make it onto the dean’s list, students must achieve gradepoint averages of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Students make dean’s list in Moorhead
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Fourth-graders Sebastian Lopez (left) and Mathew Greeson started with long division, and then got to play mathrelated games at the end of their session on iPads.
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Fritzke said the iPads in her class have helped students be more confident in math, and improve their test scores. Fritzke wrote and received a grant for five iPads, and was awarded nearly $3,000 from the Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, to start using them in class this year. “I felt like I had won the lottery. It has been such an adventure with these iPads,” Fritzke said, during a presentation to the Jordan School Board on Feb. 13. Her plan when applying for the grant was to use the iPads to have a self-running smallgroup station that would keep students engaged and let her focus on students in other stations. That was the plan, but the
technology is letting her do more than she planned. The iPads started popping up in other areas of her day, like in reading, spelling and science. Her class even tested a software application before it was released, for an app developer called Motion Math Inc. Her class was then listed in the app’s credits when it was available on the iTunes online store. “My class thought this was the coolest thing,” she said of getting a mention. In the end, though, making math more fun isn’t that relevant if the fun doesn’t also serve to improve skills. In early test results, data show that something is working. Fritzke’s students had an average of a 10-point increase on their Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) scores from September 2011 to last month. In an entire year, the average growth is eight points for
fourth-graders taking the test. Some students in Fritzke’s class posted 20- to 30-point gains. Students seem to be excited about using the iPads. They allow Fritzke to get a different sense of how students are thinking about a problem. They can create movies in which they talk through and complete a problem at the same time. One type of movie replays what was written as if it was on a whiteboard, and includes a student’s narration. The changes give a teacher new ways to reach students. Instead of calling up a student to the chalk board and putting them on the spot, she can see if a student understands the material without the pressure, Fritzke said. “This is nice, because I think we’ve always wanted to get a sneak peek inside students’ brains, to see what
they’re thinking,” Fritzke said. Her teaching methods are adapting technology in other ways, too. Fritzke uses Google Docs for student tests, and when they submit answers, the program sends results to a spreadsheet, which grades it. The spreadsheet can pass on important knowledge, such as if a particular problem was difficult for most students in a class. The process also means less time spent grading papers and more time teaching. Fritzke plans to reapply for a second year of funding through the grant program, to focus on assessment using iPads and Google Docs. Rather than having technology replace the work of teachers, it gives Fritzke more ways to reach students. “It will not replace teachers. It will really enhance what we do with our time,” Fritzke said.
Three students with ties to Jordan earned spots on the Minnesota State University Moorhead dean’s list during the fall semester. They are: Nora Hamer of Jordan, majoring in criminal justice; Tyler Kivel of Prior Lake, who graduated from Jordan High School and is majoring in criminal justice; and Brooke Myers of Jordan, majoring in art. To earn spots on the dean’s list, students must have gradepoint averages of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Jordan students on Mankato honor lists Students from Jordan made it onto honor lists during the fall semester at Minnesota State University in Mankato. Jordan students who made it onto the list are: Jill Beckius, who earned a 4.0 grade-point average; Francis Betchwars; Nathaniel Gonzales; Christopher Hanek; David Hartman; Amanda Hunstad; Jacob Jirik; Alexander LaMoore; Sabrina McMahon; Michael Morales, who earned 4.0 GPA; Marissa Robling; and Josephine Smith. To make honor lists, students must achieve GPAs of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Aamodt earns degree in water resources A student from Jordan graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point in the university’s winter commencement ceremonies. William Aamodt earned a degree in fisheries and water resources.
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It’s a leap year, so special Attention celebrations are approaching Health Care Providers!
t’s hard to decide whether folks who celebrate a leap-year birthday or leap-year wedding anniversary are lucky or unlucky. On the one hand, they are among only a handful of people whose original special event happened on an ever-so-rare, leapyear day – that extra day inserted at the end of February every fourth year. On the other hand, the fact that there’s a big gap between the calendar’s leap-year days is bound to limit or even eliminate a few celebrations. Another leap-year day is coming up – it’s Feb. 29, 2012 – and we asked area readers who celebrate a leap-year birthday or wedding anniversary to tell us about their unique place in the world of celebrations. Here are a couple of responses we received.
Son born on 2-29 — at 2:29 p.m. My husband Vern and I became proud parents of our son, John, on Feb. 29 at 2:29 p.m. in 1956. He arrived two months early but all turned out just fi ne. We always celebrated about March 1 but in leap years, it was really special. He made the Valley News, with a picture of him, two cousins and a friend in 1968, I believe. He gets lots of cards every year because people do remember that he really doesn’t have a real day. His birth was different in that I got polio about the same time I found out I was pregnant with him. So I was in the Sister Kenny Institute (was there at the time for 4½ months) when it became obvious that I needed to get to another hospital and the ambulance took me
to St. Barnabas where he was born. He weighed a little over 3 pounds. He stayed in an incubator and was released about April 1 after he went to 5½ pounds. I got out of the Kenny the last week of May. The 29th of February also is the birthday of one of my nephews and a cousin. This will be John’s “14th” birthday. Forever young.
Marilyn Lang Shakopee
My teacher’s only 9 years old A Leap Year birthday can be very confusing, especially when you are trying to explain your age to a classroom of young children. I have been an elementary school teacher for the past 12 years. I have taught both fi rst and third grade. It has been very fun to mess with the minds of my students when it comes to this special day for me. When I tell them that I’m only 9, 10 or in this case turning 11 years old, their brains just don’t seem to quite comprehend how that works. They will ask me questions in a very sincere manner like, “How can you be a teacher?” “How can you have a family?” “How can you drive?” or “Why are you so tall?” The questions will go on and on. They really get a kick out of thinking that their teacher is almost the same age as they are. So when my students catch me doing something silly and say that I’m acting like a kid, I can honestly tell them that’s because I am!
Jeff Paulsen Eden Prairie
Participate in the 2012 YourWellness.mn Medical Directory The YourWellness.mn Medical Directory is the go-to-guide when local consumers are searching for health care providers. The medical directory will be organized by specialty with Provider Bios that are reader friendly and easy to use to find providers and specialists, get general information and make appointments. The Your Wellness.mn Medical Directory will be distributed to more than 62,000 households throughout the Southwest Metro area and be a comprehensive digital directory as well. If your business is part of the health care community, or helps consumers attain optimal health, you belong in the YourWellness.mn Medical Directory. This is a paid participation publication. Deadline to participate: Friday, April 20 For more information contact Jennifer at 952-345-6477
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ourschools Jordan Elementary School students, parents show generosity The Jordan Elementary School community has always been dedicated to helping others. Children learn the importance of generosity, caring and respect by lending a hand, and this message is taught to them through their actions learned by you and at school. I’d like to share with you some of the amazing fundraising that has been done through the coordination of our student council, classroom teachers, and the parent-teacher association (PTA): We kicked off this fall with two elementary school
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teachers volunteering to organize and support a fourthgrade student council. Thank
you to Jessica Rance and Lauren Meyer for supporting young leaders. In January, the student council hosted a mitten and hat drive for students and families in Jordan. They were able to collect two large boxes of hats and mittens. They have been distributing them as needed. We are so proud of our student council! Our kindergarten classrooms just recently hosted a food drive for the school backpack program and the local food shelf. They were able to collect 389 pounds of food! It was wonderful to see the
MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR ROLL The second-quarter honor roll was recently released by Jordan Middle School. Students receiving honor-roll mention include:
‘A’ HONOR ROLL
‘B’ HONOR ROLL Grade 5 Michael Adkins, Jozette Anderson, Ryan Bambenek, Dristen Biehn, Anna Braun, Joshua Briese, Taya Burke, Ashtin Buxbaum, Ryan Darling, Chloe Davis, Brianna Day, Kiarra Dennison, Bernarda Diaz-Salgado, Cody Fossen, Maria Givens, Jonathan Huss, Katelyn Johnson, James Kerber, Tyler Kruger, Michael Lambrecht, Joseph Lenz, Bryce Lofton, Ryan Malz, Otylia Markham, Grace McLaury, Carsyn Mizsak, Mitchell Mosher, Curtis Olson, McKayla Page, Joseph Pesek, Cielo Reyna, Morgan Rodriguez-Gutierrez, Christian Schumann, Simon Shapoval, Chance Shimek, Kali Stadler, Jacob Strack, Leah Thissen,
ciate all that you do. Jordan elementary fourth-grade students spent half a day at Feed My Starving Children in Prior Lake. They learned how others around the world struggle to find food each day, and learned to understand how their efforts would help. Jordan Elementary School has taken fourth-grade students on this field trip for the past few years. We feel it is an important way to help students understand the plight of others. Thank you, fourthgrade teachers, for continuing to organize this day. As you can see, Jordan
Elementary School has been busy working together for others, and we thank everyone who participated in these events for all their continued support and generosity. Please be sure to check our website for upcoming events and activities. We also encourage you to sign up to receive our Facebook messaging. For more information visit Jordan Elementary School’s Facebook page. Have a wonderful week! Stacy Decorsey is the principal of Jordan Elementary School. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL Michael Tkachenko, Kortney Trutnau, Ava Wermerskirchen, Jessie Westman, Mathew Williamette, Joshua Wynne, Zachary Zaun and Charlotte Zent. Grade 6 Ian Altenburg, Jessalyn Aune-Smith, Drew Beach, Caleb Beers, Taylor Benko, Jasmine Braun, Madison Brule, Ryan Busch, Adam Byers, Jackson Carroll, Benjamin Cooley, Makenzie Danielson, McKay Danielson, Mitchell Engel, Colyn Erickson, Julia Flick, Cory Glaccum, Jaime Gonzalez, Daniel Gunderson, Rebekah Hearon, Zachary Heimark, Alec Holbeck, Andrea Howard, Jason Howard, Benjamin Keyes, Noah Knox, Tessa Matzke, Logan McDermid, Andrew Niebuhr, Brett Olsen, Jacob Olson, Mathew Palmer, Alexander Paschke, Madison Paul, Mariah Pekarna, Joeline Reyna, Alexandra Rodriguez, Lessly Rodriguez-Gutierrez, Nathan Schneider, Parker Smith, Logan Sperbeck, Anthony Thorn, Patrick Yates and Mercedes Zappetillo. Grade 7 Benjamin Alexander, Joshua Backlund, Austin Bendzick, Jacob Bischof, Sydney Bourdeaux, Joselyn Breeggemann, Braden Cederstrom, Taylin Church, Kacie Conrady, Amanda Downs, Daniel Dvorak, Megan Eggersgluss, Devynn Frey, Shannon Gindorff, Logan Glynn, Matthew Hanek, Jeffrey Hartman, Myah Hentges, Jacob Johnson, Michael Kroeger, Samantha Lynch, Adya Markham, Madison McDonnell, Alania Mosher, Dean Pesek, Madelyn Rasmussen, Nathan Schmidt, Jordan Schumann, Josey Shanks, Aliyah Speikers, James Vollbrecht, Jason Way, Christopher Weber, Jace Westman, Jakob Young and Jared Zaun. Grade 8 Rebekah Adkins, Jordyn Alt, Karl Altenburg, Jessica Backlund, Trevor Bambenek, Korrie Becker, Christian Bevins, Serquarious Clay, Jayse Cole, Hailey Demeule, Garrett DeWeese, Jennifer Eichten, Matthew Elke, Andrea Erickson, Mark Gonzalez, Molly Huss, James Kroeger, Lacy Lee, Gabriel Lopez, Megan Luscomb, Jacob Mahto, Spencer Malz, Dawson Moe, Megan Monson, Hannah Morlock, Dylan O’Conner, Jake Pieper, Michaela Pletsch, Jacob Pond, Ellie Quern, Nicole Samuelson, Nolan Sandey, Megan Shanks, Natalie Taylor, Hannah Templin, Sabrina Thong, Rebeca Valencia, Chad Vohnoutka, Sophia Wagner, Abigail Weber, Jonathan Wynne and Lucy Yeliseyeva.
The second-quar ter honor roll was recently released by Jordan High School. Students receiving honor roll mention include:
‘A’ HONOR ROLL Grade 9 Taylor Austen, Hyllarie Barillas, Anthony Bissener, Theodore Colling, Kaitlyn Elke, David Flynn, Andrew Fogarty, Katie German, Maria Gunderson, Daniel Gutzmer, Joshua Hartman, Jason Hartwig, Samantha Harvey, Ashley Horejsi, Michelle Jablonsky, Michaela Johnson, Derek Karsky, Cody Kerkow, Kaitlin Kreuser, Melissa Laabs, Samuel Leonard, Grace Lightfoot, Elizabeth Lloyd, Jessie Matthews, Noah Miller, Madison Norrander, Dalton O’Brien, Nicholas Pitlick, Titus Schmitt, Logan Simonson, Emily Stocker, Joseph Szyszka, Abigayle Thorn, Mariya Tkachenko, and Karth Whiteside. Grade 10 Katheryne Alberg, Sarah Aldrich, Josie Aslakson, Mitchell Atneosen, Alexander Cole, Madison Dean, Anthony Eichten, Rebecca Ekert, Brian Hartman, Austin Hovland, Morgan Krull, Alexis Larson, Carissa Lewis, Gustavo Marinos Julca, Rachel Menke, Brett Moberg, David Pankratz, Madeline Pearson, Victoria Read, Kyle Schansberg, Bjorn Solberg, Amanda Sopata, Barbara Stier, Lauren Stier, Trianna Thong, Madison Thorsfeldt, Deanna Trapp, Katelyn Weierke, Sarah Welter, Angela Wick, Kjell Wicklund, Makena Wiescamp, Rebecca Wiseman, Alexandra Wolf and Nicholas Zahler. Grade 11 Dani Allen, Benjamin Althoff, Jacob Andersen, Hallie Anderson, Britta Baker, Nathan Beckman, Mark Boeckmann, Danielle Breeggemann, Lizbette Breeggemann, Elle Case, Alex Danuser, Drew DeCorsey, Emma Driemeyer, Alexandria Erickson, Justin Freund, Kelly Gindorff, Molly Gould, Anna Gunderson, Nicholas Haeg, John Hiegel, Nicholas Hunstad, Marisa Karsky, Hannah Klegstad, Spencer Kubista, Paige Lachelt, Justine Lloyd, Allison Mediger, Kimberly Nohner, Aaron Osborne, Christopher Quatmann, Jordan Remme, Michael Rutz, Courtney Smith, Carl Soller, Madeline Struck, Nicole Szyszka, Michaela Vogel, Scott Vonbank, Jacob Weierke, David Wick and Faith Wuollet. Grade 12 Dillon Bedney, Kelsey Chambers, Anne Colling, Alex German, Kailey Giancola, Emilee Gutzmer, Sarah
Hanek, Samantha Hentges, Michael Huss, Megan Johnson, Aaron Kerkow, Caitlin Krautkremer, Trisha Laabs, Tayla Lambrecht, Jenna Mikonowicz, Katelynn Nohner, Ethan Palmer, Samantha Ryan, Kurt Schansberg, Andrew Schrader, Kimberly Seifert, Paige Smith, Alexandra Sopata, Morten Stulen, Reinah Thom, Katrina Totenhagen, Jazmyn Trapp, Kallie Trutnau, Samantha Twite, Kyra Wicklund and Jacob Zahler.
‘B’ HONOR ROLL Grade 9 Kenneth Alexander, Shoal Andersen, Haille Bares, Kenneth Bravo, Hannah Breeggemann, Kaelie Bronk, Connor Bulau, Alyssa Byers, Raegan Cole, Jaylin Danuser, Benjamin Eichholz, Theodore Eischens, McKenzy Goodhart, Lucas Graham, Trevor Hentges, Megan Kelly, Timothy Kerber, Jacob Klegstad, Ashley Koenig, Hannah Kramm, Haley Kreuser, Samantha Kulas, Maxwell Lau, Dominic Lehnen, Dmitri Markham, Zachary Melin, Seth Palmer, Michelle Sanmoogan, Madalyn Schmidt, Scott Schwarze, McClellan Silvernagel, Shelby Smith, Mackinzie Tiegs, Trevor Vogel and Christian Zappetillo. Grade 10 Shane Abraham, Logan Adamek, Jacob Backlund, Zachary Busch, Eli Castillo, Nicole Dardis, Rachel Freund,
Bailey Fries, Jack Gray, Meghan Hendricks, Abbey Johnson, Carina Larson, John McArdle, Kayla Mikonowicz, Amber Olson, McKenzie Parkinson, Rachel Piotrowski, Ryan Robling, Mitchell Sandey, Mickenzy Segler, Kerra Sieve, Lexy Stemig, Jack Storlie, Timothy Way and Megan Weierke. Grade 11 Dillon Baxendell, Gena Beuch, Alexandria Bourdeaux, Marshall Erickson, Christopher Freund, Wendy Gil Tlatenchi, Clare Hamer, Nicholas Heitkamp, Morgan Huss, Meredith Hyatt, Kurtis Kee, Mathias Kreuser, Makayla Lambrecht, Reece Oleson, Rebecca Pauly, Candy Ramirez, Dalton Reed, Alexis Robling, Heather Sharkey, Andrew Smith, Erica Stever, Lienna Tolly, Alexander Vollbrecht, Mathew VonBank and Alissa Wallis. Grade 12 Kaytlyn Cole, Jacob DeWeese, Jenna Dietel, Devon Fye, Brian Gaukstad, James Gower, Micah Hennen, Tia Hinz, Alexia Johnson, Ethan Kelly, Colleen Kingma, Emma Kyte, Rebecca Lambrecht, Shannen Lozano, Isai Morales, Alex Mulvehill, Cody Pauly, Chelsea Pepek, Jessica Sanders, Alex Sandey, William Schneider, Todd Schwarze, Madeline Smith, Jacob Stemig, Natalie Storlie, Jacob Strand, Bianca Thong, Nicholas Torgerson, Lee Vest, Hassanali Walli, Kevin Way and Jake Wolf.
Grade 5 Jordan Austen, Alyvia Behr, Sidney Bendzick, Madison Bohnsack, Katarina Brown-Erdal, Stefan Ceballos, Sydnie Coster, Grace Cromie, Zachary Devine, Abigail Dorey, Ariel Elke, Ashley Elsenpeter, Caitlin Elsenpeter, Ryan Friedges, Victoria Gnade, Josephine Gray, Michael Gregoria, Lauren Groothausen, Rebekah Gunderson, Thomas Gutzmer, Katharine Hall, Jordan Haller, Riley Hibbard, John Hulet, Jaclyn Johnson, Maxwell Karline, Molly Kelvington, Rychard Kes, Tyler Kiecker, Adam Kreuser, Michael Lambrecht, Morgan Lau, Jagger Leik, Trinity Logan, Mikayla Michels, Deanna Milner, Myah Mollenhoff, Tyler Nelson, Lawrence Nord, Jayna Orris, Morgan Parvey, Olivia Pond, Anthony Quinones, Yajaira Ramirez, Nicolas Reuter, Calvin Sandey, Noah Schmitt, Halle Shimek, Trace Shimek, Destiny Simpson, Kory Sisombath-Brandel, Autumn Sivilay, Mitch Steinhoff, Asiah Stephenson, Brianna Szyszka, Olivia Taxdahl, Bryan Thong, Michael Tkachenko, Ashley Tupy, London Vansoest, Mason Vogel, Zachary West, Jacob Wormer and Jolie Wulf. Grade 6 Emma Adamek, Katelyn Barclay, Alyssa Bissener, Bailey Bode, Tyler Buesgens, Alyssa Carlson, Andrew Carman, Jonathan Draheim, Margaret Driemeyer, Damian Erickson, Benjamin Flink, Lance Graham, Kassandra Hauser, Michael Holt, Marcus Houdek, Paige Johnson, Tonali Jurado-Sanchez, Sadie Kahn, Owen Keiser, Kelly Keyes, Dexter Kotz, Abraham Langager, Maria Larson, Grant Lightfoot, Valerie Ludzack, Ansley Miller, Morgan Montreuil, Joshua Nielsen, Ray Oehlerking, Odin Pass, Owen Peroutka, Martina Pieper, Alexandra Rodriguez, Jacob Schurman, Joesy Shea, Kelby Silvernagel, Chloe Skogland, Alex Smith, Abby Sopata, Kelsey Stroh, Eric Tiedman, Hunter Vansoest, Colton Wiegert and Zachary Young. Grade 7 Kara Alberg, Brook Anderson, Hannah Bohnsack, Tasha Buesgens, Andrea Byers, Niles Case, Alexis Chambers, Daymen Cox, Mikala Dalton, Hannah Dardis, Raul Durbeej, Ricka Edwards, Madeline Engel, Carmen Fideler, Ashley
Freund, Courtney Freund, Katelyn Gray, Melanie Johnson, Jenna Kes, Zachary Kes, Jesse Knox, Grace Kubista, Jack Larson, Clayton Laughridge, Allison Leik, Jenna Leonard, Kallie Lizarraga, Lauren Lopez, Leah Mikonowicz, Jasmyn Neises, Rylee Newton, Michael O’Brien, Emily Page, Isabelle Pearson, Madelyn Rasmussen, Lydia Read, Taylor Remme, Samson Schmitt, Rachel Seifert, Peter Shapoval, Brynn Sieve, Brooke Sievers, Brooke Simonson, Aliyah Speikers, Veronica Steinhoff, Rhiannon Struck, Pauls Svalbe, Rachel Szyszka, Jacob Taxdahl, Nicole Tiedman, Yuliya Tkachenko, James Vollbrecht, Rylee Whiteside, Emily Worm and Anthony Yates. Grade 8 Ryan Atkins, Philip Atneosen, Jessica Backlund, Katelyn Behr, Jacob Beuch, Thomas Bischof, Aryn Bissener, Kelvin Breeggemann, Mikaela Breeggemann, Jackson Dean, Brittany Dickens, Brendan Ekert, Julia Fogarty, Patrick Garcia, Ryan Goebel, Makenzie Hennen, Elizabeth Holt, Aleigha Hull, Jordan Jensen, Nicklaus Johnson, Paiton Johnson, Travis Johnson, Benjamin Kelvington, Brinnon Kubista, Alexis Lightfoot, Alexis Lofton, Jake Lundin, Thomas Malz, Monique Martin, Thurston Moran, Alyssa Nicholas, Karli Nielsen, Kristin Nohner, Leah Nordick, Casey O’Hern, Damien Petry, Cruz Pieper, Paige Pitlick, Abigail Quatmann, Nicole Schrader, Jordan Seevers, David Seifert, Savita Sidhu, Keaton Sieve, Hans Solberg, Timothy Soller, Angelik Trapp, Benjamin Twite, Stephanie Unger, Kimberly Weierke, Matthew Welter, Caleb Wickham, Jacob Wiescamp, Trevor Wolf and Paige Wormer.
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A Jordan man was charged with fifth-degree drug possession for allegedly being caught with methamphetamine during a visit to an emergency room in New Prague. Thomas Pauly, 62, of Jordan, was being treated at the Mayo Clinic Health System in New
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Last Tuesday, Simon, of New Prague, posted bail, which was listed at $100,000, according to police. In January, an agent with the Minnesota Department of Corrections contacted the Jordan Police Depar tment about allegations from a male Jordan High School graduate, who reported that Simon engaged in sexual conduct with him about three times a week
Prague on Jan. 8 after being brought there by ambulance, according to a criminal complaint. A nurse reported that when they removed Pauly’s shirt for a medical exam, they took and stored $12 from a front pocket, but when they told Pauly about the money, he said he’d had $ 8,300 in his pocket. When the nurse went back to double
check the pockets, she found a small clear baggie containing a white substance, according to the complaint. A test of t he subst a nc e showed the presence of meth, according to the complaint, which notes that officers were not able to speak with the suspect, as the doctor was attempting to stabilize Pauly for a possible heart attack.
in a classroom, according to a criminal complaint. T he s ex u a l c onduc t o c curred between the former student’s eighth- and 12thg rade yea rs, when he was ages 13-17, in school and at Simon’s home, according to the complaint, which notes that paper had been put up over a classroom window to prevent anyone from seeing inside from the hallway. Simon was a former English teacher and drama coach. The charges take into account that the alleged criminal sexual
conduct occurred when Simon was in a position of authority. I n 2 0 0 2 , Si mon ple ade d guilty to one count of seconddegree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was convicted of all counts in 2003. Simon was released from prison in July 2008. Police were able to undergo the recent investigation because the statute of limitations had not run out on the alleged offenses.
POLICE Last week, the Jordan Police Department responded to 130 incidents — 49 citations, 25 warning citations and 56 calls for service. Two weeks ago, the Jordan Police Department responded to 111 incidents — 29 citations, 22 warning citations and 60 calls for service. Feb. 2 At 9:09 a.m., an officer received a report of five pit bulls at a residence along Oak Circle. The officer made contact with a man, who stated that he only had two and that one was licensed. The man was advised that Valley Green Mobile Home Park has a no-pit-bull policy, and a notice was given to the male stating such. At 8:33 p.m., an officer responded to a school in the 600 block of Sunset Drive for a report of a group of juveniles loitering by the bleachers. The officer arrived and located four juvenile males and two juvenile females inside the press box. There was no sign of forced entry, and no damage was done. The juveniles stated that the door was unlocked. All juveniles were transported to the high school, and their parents were called to pick them up. School officials advised that they would handle the discipline internally. Feb. 3 At 8:37 a.m., a man from the 700 block of Hooper Court reported a suspicious person who was yelling the man’s name the prior evening. An officer advised him to immediately contact the police should this occur again. At 10:22 a.m., an officer was asked to respond to the 100 block of Marlane Circle for a vehicle parked in front of a fire hydrant. Upon officer’s arrival, a vehicle was parked on a private driveway and no violation was found. At 10:44 a.m., officers responded to a school in the 600 block of Sunset Drive for a domestic situation. A juvenile female was arrested for domestic assault against a 19-year-old man. At 1:20 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of Hope Ave. for a juvenile who had a warrant out for his arrest. The juvenile was transported to the Jordan Police Department for Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office to pick up the student. Feb. 4 At 2:39 p.m., an officer responded to the 900 block of Heritage Trail for a woman with a medical condition. An officer stood by until Ridgeview Ambulance arrived and transported the woman to St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. At 3:20 p.m., an officer was called to the 200 block of Triangle Lane for a report of juveniles who were trying to sell pills to an employee. The officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspects. At 6:33 p.m., an officer responded to the 800 block of Enterprise Drive, where a man found a bag and miscellaneous items within the bag. The bag is being held until the rightful owner can be located. At 8:13 p.m., an officer was advised of a possible underage drinking incident at a Jordan High School dance. An officer arrived and determined that no underage drinking had occurred. At 9:11 p.m., an officer responded to the 900 block of Heritage Trail for a possible medical situation. The officer advised the caller that the woman had been transported to St. Francis Regional Medical Center earlier in the day. At 11:32 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Syndicate St. for a woman who was not feeling well. The woman was transported by Ridgeview Ambulance to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Feb. 5 At 9:23 p.m., an officer was advised that there was a vehicle traveling southbound on Highway 169 without its headlights on. An officer located the vehicle and spoke with the driver.
Feb. 10 At 7:36 a.m., an officer responded to the 200 block of S. Broadway St. for a man who couldn’t feel his legs. Officers arrived and assisted in medical care until Allina Ambulance arrived and transported the man to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. At 7:49 a.m., an officer responded to the 800 block Sunset Drive for a complaint of a raccoon. An officer arrived and waited for response from the Minnesota Critter Getters, which was able to remove the raccoon from property. At 8:39 a.m., an officer responded Feb. 6 At 9:26 a.m., an officer responded to the 200 block of E. Second St. for to the 100 block of W. Fourth St. for a parking complaint. An officer arrived a medical call. Allina Ambulance and discovered the vehicle was legally transported the woman to Mayo Clinic parked and not blocking. At 11:47 a.m., an officer met with a Health System in New Prague. At 9:29 a.m., staff at a school in woman in regard to a suspicious letter the 100 block of Hope Ave. reported a she had received in the mail. The offamily offense. The officer arrived and ficer provided the woman with info on spoke with the school social worker personal protection. At 12:40 p.m., a woman brought a and determined that the alleged offense had taken place in Prior Lake. loose dog into the police department. The Prior Lake Police Department was The dog had broken free from the rope attached to the collar of the dog. Minadvised of the call. At 11:08 a.m., a business in the nesota Critter Getters responded and 100 block of S. Broadway St. re- took the dog until owner was located. At 6:37 p.m., an officer responded ported a gas drive-off in the amount of $79.09. The officer contacted the to a suspicion call in the 200 block registered owner of the vehicle and ad- of W. Eighth St. The caller reported vised him to return to pay for the fuel. that someone was knocking on the At 2:45 p.m., an officer received front door and did not want to ana report of possible child maltreat- swer the door. The caller wanted the ment that occurred in the 100 block area checked and did not want to be of Hillside Ave. The incident is under contacted. investigation. Feb. 11 At 4:03 a.m., an officer assisted Feb. 7 At 12:14 a.m., an officer stopped a Belle Plaine Police Department in the vehicle near the intersection of High- city of Belle Plaine. A man allegedly way 169 and West 173rd Street for the assaulted his mother and fled on foot. driver showing an outstanding warrant. An officer was able to locate the man The man who was driving was arrested and detain him until the Belle Plaine for the warrant and transported to the police could take custody of him. At 6:25 a.m., officers responded Scott County jail. At 2:29 p.m., an officer stopped a to the 200 block of Jennifer Lane for a vehicle on northbound Highway 169 report of a burglary. An officer arrived after receiving a driving complaint. The and located a juvenile male outside driver was found to be experiencing a the residence who was allegedly inmedical condition. Allina Ambulance toxicated. The Scott County crime unit transported the woman to St. Francis was called to the scene for processing. The juvenile male was transported to Regional Medical Center. a Dakota County detoxification center. This case is pending charges. Feb. 8 At 11:53 a.m., an officer assisted a At 12:14 p.m., an officer responded to a school in the 100 block of man with questions about a potential Hope Ave. for a juvenile male who attempt on fraud. A man reported that was being disorderly and then left the a potential buyer had sent a check for building. The juvenile was located and an amount in excess of the listed sale was issued a citation for disorderly price and asked that the balance be conduct. The man was transported to forwarded to a third party in Florida. The caller was advised to contact the the juvenile alternative facility. At 1:26 p.m. an officer responded buyer, cancel the sale, and not cash to a school in the 100 block of Hope the check. At 1:43 p.m., an officer was called Ave. for a juvenile male who walked away from school. The officer searched to the 1100 block of Lillian St. to assist the area but was unable to locate Scott County Sheriff’s Office deputies in picking up a woman with a warrant the male. At 2:03 p.m., an officer and his K-9 for her arrest. An officer arrived and a partner responded to a school in the deputy had a woman in custody. At 1:58 p.m., officers made contact 500 block of Sunset Drive for a locker with a woman along North Valley Drive drug sniff. No drugs were located. At 2:09 p.m., an officer responded who had an outstanding warrant for to the 700 block of Herbert St. for a her arrest. The woman was taken to dog bite. The victim was delivering a the Scott County jail. At 4:14 p.m., officers received package to the residence when the bite occurred. The dog punctured the skin information regarding a driving comand caused bleeding. Animal control plaint for a vehicle heading southwas notified of the incident, and the bound on Highway 169 from Highway dog was left with the owner for the 41. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle. 14-day quarantine period. At 6:14 p.m., officers responded At 3:25 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of S. Broadway St. to the 200 block of Elm Lane for an for a gas drive-off in the amount of out-of-control and allegedly suicidal $36.32. A letter was mailed to the juvenile male. The juvenile was threatregistered owner of the vehicle advis- ening to harm himself by using knives ing her to return to pay for the fuel. in the kitchen. Officers used force on the juvenile male in order to take him Feb. 9 into custody safely, as he refused to At 9:13 a.m., an officer responded follow officer commands. The juvenile to a school in the 100 block of Hope male was transported by Ridgeview Ave. for an attempt to act on a warrant. Ambulance to Fairview Riverside HosA juvenile male was arrested for the pital in Minneapolis. warrant and transported to the Scott At 7:34 p.m., an officer conducted County jail. a traffic stop that resulted in charges At 7:31 p.m., a business in the 200 against a juvenile male for driving withblock of Triangle Lane reported a gas out a driver’s license and not having drive-off in the amount of $31.06. The proof of insurance on the vehicle. An license plate information provided was officer transported the juvenile to Belle not on file. Therefore, the officer was Plaine, where he was staying. unable to locate the registered owner Listen to the police scanner live onof the vehicle. line at jordannews.com/crime_beat. The driver was not under the influence of alcohol and appeared to be unfamiliar with the vehicle, which was a rental. No citations were issued. The driver was instructed on how to operate the lights and released from scene. At 10:58 p.m., an officer responded to the 800 block of Forest Edge Drive for a missing persons report. A woman was overdue in returning home. Shortly thereafter, the woman’s husband advised that he had made contact with her and that everything was fine.
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Danny Busch, March 2 Kathy Fossen, March 2 Connie Gill, March 2 Laura Hennen, March 2 Margaret Hennen, March 2 Richard Mornson, March 2 Todd Schansberg, March 2 Peter Seifert, March 2 Michael Will, March 2 Rick Hamer, March 3 Richie Lambrecht, March 3 Abigail Lewis, March 3 Kim Petrick, March 3 Carol AnCel, March 4 Jon Colling, March 4 Debra Kramm, Mar 4 Lee Slavicek, March 4 Elizabeth Thran, March 4 Linda Hauer, March 4 Mrs. Robert Boettcher, March 5 Randy Breeggemann, March 5 Mitzi Lais, March 5 Mrs. Ron Lehnen, March 5 Jim Colling, March 6 Joe Dean, March 6 Savannah Hope Hentges, March 6 Jean Lind, March 6 Jeffrey Malz, March 6 Bonnie Shotliff, March 6 Oliver Stocker Jr., March 6 Clyde Bandy Sr., March 7 Mark Wolfram, March 7 Wanda Breimhorst, March 8 Paul Gaukstad, March 8 Lanny Hartman, March 8 Todd Kidd, March 8 Diane Menke, March 8 Dr. Joseph Pekarna, March 8 Branden Pickar, March 8 Martin Rybak, March 8 Evan Stier, March 8 To add or delete a name on the birthday list, call the Jordan Independent office at (952) 492-2224.
BEER & WINE There was a lot of preparations for the beer/wine-tasting/silent auction event that was held on Feb. 2 at the Ridges at Sand Creek. A special thanks to the Ridges staff for letting us put on this event — they are great to work with. With the way it looks out there, hopefully it won’t be too long before we can all swing the clubs again. Lions Jerry Lang, Bruce Johnson, Dale Lachelt, and Chuck Wermerskirchen put out a ton of effort to put this together. They did an outstanding job. It was a great turnout and fund-raiser for the Lions. A big thank you goes out to them and all the Lions who sold tickets to the event and worked the event. It takes a lot of time and effort to make this happen, and all of you deserve the credit for it. This year, we had table sponsers for this event and the Lions would like to thank all of the table sponsors for helping in this fund-raiser. The Lions would also like to thank all of the people and businesses that donated items to the silent auction, there was a lot of items that covered the spectrum, something for everyone to bid on, it was a great spread. Thank you also to Jordan Wine and Spirits for their help in organizing the vendors. Apparently word never got around to Lion Gil Hartmann that this event wasn’t an all-you-can-eat buffet. It was reported that he was seen at the food line quite often that night.
BLOOD DRIVE The Lions were also invovled with the Red Cross blood drive on Feb. 16. There were many Lions there to help out with this opportunity to donate blood and also help with making sure it goes smooth from start to finish. There were 80 pints of blood donated. Thanks to everyone who donated, it makes a world of difference.
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some of the Lions on Friday night — Saturday morning came pretty early for some of them. Not mentioning any names, but one in particular’s initials are B.W., who was heard having a good time ‘til well into the early morning hours with some of the Jordaness Lions. There were many interesting speakers at the convention, and it’s great to hear all the good the Lions do, not only in our community but also around the state, country and world.
COMING RIGHT UP Upcoming events for the Lions are the fish fries at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. There is one from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 24. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 12 and younger, free for children ages 3 and younger. There will be another fish fry on March 30 at the same cost and times. Please come out and support your local Lions at these events. It is hard to believe it’s that time of year, but that means spring is right around the corner, hopefully.
SUPPORT US Again, I would like to thank all of you who have supported us through these events, and please support us in our future events. It’s fun to see people in our community having a good time at these events, Lions included. If interested in joining, please talk with your local Jordan or Jordaness Lion. Scott Hennen is a columnist for the Jordan Independent. He and other columnists can be reached by sending an e-mail to the newspaper at editor@ jordannews.com.
MIDWINTER CONVENTION Many Lions attended the midwinter convention in Mankato Feb. 10-12. It has been reported that there was a really good time had by
Scott Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) supervisors Linda Brown (left), Jim Fitzsimmons and Ewald Gruetzmacher attended Legislative Day at the Capitol last week.
Conservation district leaders head to Capitol Scott Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) board members attended a legislative briefing and meetings at the State Capitol on Feb. 15-16. The annual event provides local conservation districts throughout the state with opportunities to visit one-on-one with their elected representatives and senators. Scott SWCD supervisors Ewald Gruetzmacher of Belle Plaine, Jim Fitzsimmons of Prior Lake and Linda Brown of Elko New Market,
along with SWCD Manager Troy Kuphal, attended the event, according to a press release. “It is important for us to get the conservation message out to our elected officials in St. Paul,” Scott SWCD Chairman Gruetzmacher said in the press release. During their visit, SWCD supervisors met with: Rep. Kelby Woodard, R-Belle Plaine; Sen. Al DeKruif, R-Madison Lake; and Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Savage. Compiled by David Schueller
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Jordan isn’t far away from enacting some fresh incentives for incoming businesses. Mikaela Huot of Springsted, a financial consulting company contracted by the city, told the Jordan Economic Development Authority (EDA) about pre-packaged tax-increment financing (TIF) during a work session in December, according to recently released meeting minutes. Through the proposed program,
the EDA could buy land, using TIF, for the purpose of stimulating development. TIF is a funding mechanism by which tax dollars generated on a property are used for improvements to the specific property. Using up-front TIF is a high risk, Huot said, because the city takes out the loan. “Typically, an economic development district is created but expires after eight years,” according to the minutes. Greg Sticha, EDA member, said
that “he is concerned that such a program would place the city at a high risk, particularly for a highly speculative project,” the minutes said. The EDA found that: finding ways to write down the fees of project might carry less risk; its members have questions about how to make Jordan a more “TIF friendly” town; it could revisit the city’s business subsidy policy in the future; and members want to work on an incentive marketing list for low- and high-risk projects.
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Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency (SCALE) members are considering a “first stop” for economic development, said Ron Jabs, Jordan Economic Development Authority (EDA) member, according to recently released meeting minutes. SCA L E is envisioni ng a county economic development executive who could potentially be a resource to more local officials involved in economic development, Jabs told the rest of the EDA in December. “Members noted that it may be beneficial to have someone of this nature but also expressed concerns if the person would be or became biased towards certain communities, and questioned how the person would be held accountable,” the minutes said.
City may hire expert in development Learning from the past is one of the initiatives of the Jordan Economic Development Authority (EDA). “Members noted that they would like to have a discussion with folks from the former Jordan Development Corp. to see what steps they have taken during their existence and what could be applied from that time to today,” said the Dec. 20 meeting minutes, which were released Feb. 6. The EDA is considering talking to John Breimhorst, Jim Pauly and Cy Wolf. EDA Member Dave Wol f asked if the commission could receive a “company contacts” list, in order to show what level of development interest exists in Jordan. Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce liaison to the EDA Mark Seifert noted that “the list could potentially assist in discussions of having a fulltime economic development position within the city,” according to the minutes.
sand mining operation released, the public comments will be accepted from through March 21. The proposed Louisville Township mine is called Merriam Junction Sands Mining and Processing Facility. Scott County is the governing agency on the project. For more information, contact Kate Sedlacek, Scott County Environmental Health, at (952) 496-8351 or ksedlacek@ co.scott.mn.us.
SCALE gains notice of area legislators Jordan area legislators attended the recent Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency (SCALE) meeting to hear about the organization’s legislative priorities for the year, including support for: restructuring the Metropolitan Council; bond funding sufficient to address the existing and anticipated Minnesota River crossing needs; elimination of all legislative restrictions on the Dan Patch commuter corridor; a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)led study of the feasibility and implementation of bus rapid transit (BRT) or other transit improvements along the Interstate 494 corridor; a number of statutory modifications to acknowledge the concerns and needs of a growing exurban area; and Dakota County’s bonding request for the purpose of constructing a southern Minnesota regional morgue facility. State Sen. Claire Robling, R-Jordan, Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan, and Rep. Michael Beard, R-Shakopee, were in attendance, according to the minutes of the Feb. 10 meeting. The city of Jordan is a member of SCALE. For more information, go to scaleinfo.org.
What’s public safety commission up to? While the Jordan City Council received official minutes from recent meetings of the Jordan Park and Recreation and Jordan Economic Development Agency (EDA) this month, the minutes from the Jordan Public Safety Committee were older than usual. “Wow, what happened to the minutes?” Mayor Pete Ewals said of the October minutes released in early February. C it y A d m i n i s t r at or E d Shukle explained that the public safety committee didn’t meet for a couple of months. The committee met in January and will also do so in February.
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size. Scott County remains in the Second, which added Wabasha County, while losing Carver, Le Sueur and a large chunk of Rice. Carver County, previously represented by John Kline, is largely paired with a district that wraps around the north metro. The eastern edge of Carver County is hooked up with western Hennepin County.
SENATE DISTRICT 55 Senate District 55 consists of: House District 55A: Jackson and Louisville townships and the bulk of Shakopee House District 55: Jordan, Prior Lake and the southern chunk of Shakopee, as well as Credit River, Spring Lake, Sand Creek and St. Lawrence townships.
SOUTHERN SCOTT COUNTY The southern strip of Scott County (bordered by County Road 8 on the north) is part of the new Senate District 20 with Le Sueur and Rice Counties. Included are Belle Plaine, New Prague and Elko New Market, as wel l as Blakeley, Cedar Lake, Helena, New Market and Belle Plaine townships.
SAVAGE The city of Savage is paired with Burnsville in House District 56A. Burnsville makes up the remainder of the new Senate District 56.
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“If politics is really local, it gives people that run for office really the ability to focus on their neighbors.” Elko New Market, which also previously shared a Senate district with northern Scott County is thrown in with the rest of the southern Scott County strip (bordered on the north by County Road 8) in new Senate District 20, which also contains Le Sueur and Rice counties. The new lines split Scott County in fewer parts. Before, the county was represented by six state representatives, although only two had House districts solely in the county, and four state senators. Now the county will be represented by just four state representatives and three state senators. What does this mean? Northern Scott County will now have three state representatives that represent its largest population base, whereas it essentially only has two representing the bulk of the area (two representatives from other counties previously had three small western county townships and one Savage precinct as part of their districts.) State Rep. Michael Beard, RShakopee, and Claire Robling, R-Jordan, kept good chunks of their current territory, while
Rep. Mark Buesgens, who recently moved from Jordan to Savage, would shed much of his district, while gaining new ground in Burnsville. Buesgens might face more difficulty in a re-election bid, including possibly an innerparty challenge for the Republican endorsement, should he stay in Savage or even if he were to relocate to Jordan. Although Beard has said he is likely to run again, both Robling and Buesgens have been awaiting redistricting results. None of the three was prepared to comment Tuesday afternoon on the plans, as they were still having trouble accessing the state website. No Republican in Shakopee has announced to run in what is Beard’s new House district, although DFLer Chuck Berg intends to challenge Beard. However, Republicans in Prior Lake, Savage and Spring Lake Township have all announced interest in running for the state legislature. So has Democrat Brent Lawrence of Credit River Township. “This was exactly the map I had hoped for,” Berg commented on shakopeenews.com. “If I am successful in my bid for this seat, I would be representing the very people I grew up with, that I went to school with.”
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been repor ted i n t he f i rst month of 2012 than during the same time period in 2011, fewer accidents occurred, and the number of citations are down.
Jordan Police Chief Bob Malz released the department’s monthly police statistics report in a Feb. 21 memorandum to the Jordan City Council. “The statistics show about the same activity level as last January,” Malz wrote. Some of January’s statistical highlights include decreases in: assaults, one last month, compared to five in January 2011; criminal or civil incidents committed by a juvenile, two, down from eight; motor vehicle accidents, seven, down from 16; animal-related noncriminal incidents, two, down from nine; gas drive-offs, six, down from 12; total noncriminal incident reports, 224, down from 254; citations for seat-belt violations, eight, down from 13; and total citations, 218, down from 272. Last month’s stats show increases in: criminal traffic, nine, up from two in January 2011; dr ug-related of fenses, three, up from one; thefts, eight, up from five; total crimes reported, 30, up from 27; incidents of juvenile mischief, five, up from one; lost-and-found activity, seven, up from three; noise complaints, three, up from two; odor complaints, two, up from one; and records checks, 22, up from 12.
Fireﬁghters donate nearly $23,000 Jordan Fire Relief Association donated nearly $23,000 last year, through its charitablegambling efforts. Some of the firefighters’ donations were given to the city or spent for fire departmentrelated purposes, like: $6,000 for turnout gear; $5,000 for a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) matching grant; $2,600 for exercise equipment at the fire hall; $2,021.50 for fire prevention week materials; $1,500 for a firefighter memorial; $500 for flag accessories; and $145 for the fire prevention contest. Other donations included: $6,000 to Food Baskets for the Needy; two $1,000 student scholarships; $975 to the lung cancer stair climb; $575 to the American Lung Society; $500 to Jordan Family Outreach; $500 to the Boy Scouts; $250 to a family in need; $150 to the Jordan High School All-Night Graduation Party Committee silent auction; $150 to Relay For Life; and $26.30 to the Girl Scouts (for postage). Jordan Fire Chief Steve Kochlin reported the department’s donations to the Jordan City Council on Feb. 21.
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The Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul is becoming the Scott West Panthers home away from home. For the fifth straight year and ninth time in 10 years, the Panthers have qualified for the Minnesota State High School League wrestling tournament. They did it by dominating the Class 2A, Section 2 tournament. Scott West opened the tournament with a 65 -9 victory against Glencoe-Silver Lake in Belle Plaine last Thursday. They followed that up by whipping both Water townM ayer Lut hera n a nd New Prague at St. Peter High School last Saturday to qualify for the state tournament. “That was fun,” co -head coach Darren Ripley said after winning the section title. “It was a good night of wrestling.” The Panthers advanced to the championship match by defeating Watertown-Mayer Lutheran 62-6. That sent them into the section final match against the No. 12-rated New Prague Trojans, a team they had beaten just a week earlier 61-3. Would the Panthers take the Trojans lightly? The quick answer was no. David Flynn started the finals out by pinning Nick Knutson at 5 minutes, 44 seconds of the opening 106-pound match. The next match at 113 pounds turned into the match of the night as No. 6 rated Zach Siegle outlasted No. 8-rated Griffin Parriott 1-0 in triple overtime. Neither wrestler could escape from the other and was unable to score a point in the first six minutes. In the first overtime, neither Siegle nor Parriott was able to take the other one down, forcing another overtime. After each wrestler rode out the other for 30 seconds, they went into the third overtime. Siegle won the coin flip and picked the top position and was able to ride Parriott out for the entire 30 seconds to earn the 1-0 win. “It was a good match win by Zach and he certainly did a good job of riding,” Ripley said. At 120 pounds, Scott West’s Jake Weierke lost 8-5 to James Berg, who was 3 0 - 5 on the season. “Jake has really improved this year and has done a great job of wrestling for us throughout the season,” Ripley said. “He may not have won either of his two matches (Saturday), but he was right in there with two very good wrestlers.” After that, it was all Scott West. The Panthers got pins from Luke Betchwars, Gabe Fogarty, Patrick Dvorak, Nick Dvorak and Michael Kroells. Derek Dahlke earned a technical fall at 145 pounds, while
2012 State Class 2A Wrestling tournament 2012 State Class 2A wrestling tournament Thursday, March 1, at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Quarterfinals, 11 a.m. Scott West (23-0) vs. Monticello (12-12) Foley (25-1) vs. Windom (19-5) Simley (25-3) vs. Milaca (28-9) Kasson-Mantorville (24-5) vs. Perham (21-5) Semifinals, 1 p.m. Scott West/Monticello winner vs. Foley/Windom winner Simley/Milaca winner vs. Kasson-Mantorville/Perham winner Championship, 7 p.m.
Freshman Andrew Fogarty folds up Richard Reinartz in their 138 pound match. Fogarty won 16-5.
Third place, 4 p.m. Consolation, 5 p.m.
Luke Zilverberg, Andrew Fogarty, Charlie Pesch, Jake DeWeese and Mike Riker earned decisions for the Panthers. “We’re excited to be back in the state tournament and that’s the way you have to wrestle at this time,” Ripley said.
SEEDINGS Scott West earned the No. 2 seed for the state tournament and will wrestle Monticello at 11 a.m. in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Simley was seated No. 1, while Foley was No. 3 and Kasson-Mantorville got No. 4. The Panthers defeated Monticello 45-22 in last year’s state quarterfinals. Scott West also defeated Kasson-Mantorville last year in the semifinals before losing 39-16 to Simley in the championship match. This marks the 13th time that Scott West has qualified for the state tournament in its 22-year history. The last time the Panthers did not qualify for the state tournament was in 2007, when Jackson County Central beat Scott West in the championship of the section tournament. Prior to that, Blue Earth Area kept the Panthers out of the state tournament in 2002. “Our tradition and history is very important to us at Scott West,” Ripley said. “Our kids know that when they put on that Scott West singlet that they are not just wrestling for themselves and their current Scott West team, but they are also wrestling to uphold that tradition of success that has been established by the many great Scott West wrestlers and
Mike Riker works to turn New Prague’s Danny Saunders to his back during his 220 pound match. teams that have come before them.” Before the state tournament, Scott West will compete in the
section individual tournament this weekend at Waconia to try to qualify as many individuals for state as possible.
Last year, the Panthers sent 10 individuals to state. They expect to qualify that many, if not more, this year.
Wrestling begins at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) and continues at 11 a.m. Saturday at Waconia High School.
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If there were any doubts how the Jordan girls basketball team would play with the conference title on the line, the Jaguars erased it. The Jaguars quickly dispatched Tri-City United last Thursday to clinch the Minnesota River Conference girls basketball title. Jordan used a 46-point first half to take all the suspense out of the gym, as they cruised to an easy 62-25 win. The win clinched the MRC title for the girls, who finished the conference schedule with a 13-1 record. It is the Jaguarsâ€™ first MRC title since 2009. â€œI think the girls were real excited about accomplishing that goal,â€? head coach Greg Dietel said. â€œHopefully, there is more to come.â€? In the first hal f, Jordan did whatever it wanted when it wanted against the understocked Tri-City team. T h e Ja g u a r s s c o r e d 4 6 points, while holding Tri-City to just 15 points. â€œDefensively, we were really good,â€? Dietel said. â€œOur guards were really strong defensively.â€? With a 30-point lead to start the half, Jordan pulled back and got everybody on the squad into the game. Scoring for the Jags were Maddy Dean with 23, Makayla Lambrecht with 11, Kelsey Chambers with seven, Sam Hentges with six, Hannah Klegstad with six, Elle Case with five, Michaela Vogel with three and Alex Hancock with one. With the conference title behind them, Jordan turned its attention to its last three non-
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conference game to get ready for the playoffs. The Jagsâ€™ first game wasnâ€™t an easy one, as Class 2Aâ€™s No. 9-ranked team in St. Peter came to town on Saturday night. St. Peter hasnâ€™t been Jordanâ€™s best opponent the last couple of years. Last year, the Saints defeated the Jaguars by 14 points and in 2010 St. Peter ended Jordanâ€™s season in the section playoffs by 24 points. â€œThe team really wanted to show them (St. Peter) what kind of team we have this year,â€? Dietel said. St. Peter had the size advantage on Jordan but Dietel wanted to prove one thing to the Saints. â€œWe wanted to show them that they did not have an effort advantage,â€? he said. That effort paid off when the Jaguars , the No. 8-ranked team in Class 2A, rallied in the second half to get the 68-61 win against the Saints.
St. Peter held a one-point lead at halftime at 33-32. T he Ja g u a r s g r abb e d a 6-point lead with six minutes left and did the right things late to get the win. â€œI thought we executed wonderfully down the stretch,â€? Dietel said. The game was a showdown between two players from each team. Jordanâ€™s duo of Dean and Chambers combined for 53 of the teamâ€™s 68 points. Chambers led the way with 28 points, followed by Deanâ€™s 25. St. Peterâ€™s duo of Katy Kuiper and Tailor Raymond scored a composite 45 points for the Saints. Kuiper scored 31 points. The Jaguars also got scoring from Hancock who added six points, Lambrecht with four, Hallie Anderson with three and Hentges with two. On Tuesday night, Jordan ear ned its 2 0 th win of the season when they defeated St.
Clair 78-62. The Jaguars jumped all over St. Clair early on and never looked back. Jordan scored 50 first half points and lead 50-29 at halftime. â€œOur girls were running the floor well and we hit some shots,â€? Dietel said. â€œWhen that happens the offense looks good.â€? Dean scored 30 points in the win. The win improved Jordanâ€™s record to 20-3 on the season with one game left tonight (Thursday) at Lake CrystalWellcome-Memorial. The Class 2A, Section 5 playoffs begin next week. Getting out of the section wonâ€™t be easy because the section features the No. 1 ranked team in the state in Providence Academy. Watertown-Mayer, which is ranked No. 6 in the state is also in section. â€œItâ€™s going to be a challenge,â€? Dietel said. â€œWe are hoping to get the No. 2 seed.â€?
Spring sports meetings scheduled for all Jordan athletes The Jordan athletic department is hosting a spring sports meeting for all athletes in grades 7-12 interested in playing a spring sport at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Jordan High School. The meeting schedule is as follows: ď Ž 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. â€” Registration for all athletes (including
physical forms, and Minnesota State High School League forms) ď Ž 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. â€” Infor mational meeting in the auditorium (covering baseline concussion testing) ď Ž 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. â€” Individual sports meetings with head high school coach (all athletes grades 7-12 together) You may register your child
online through the JPay part of the school district website. You will be seeing and hearing about some other changes in the structure and administration of activities in both the high and middle schools. Parents will register seventhand eighth-graders through the website or at the high school Participants must have a
physical before they can practice. Physical forms are available in the high school office and online. Physical forms are kept on file in the athletic directorâ€™s office and are required every three years. If you have any questions contact Jordan Athletic Director Jeff Vizenor at (952) 492-4402 or email@example.com.
On Tuesday night when Nate Beckman got on the court, he was trouble. Thatâ€™s because he messed around and got a triple double. That triple double helped the Hubmen to a 62-49 win against Le Center. â€œWe had cont ributions from a lot of guys, but Nate Beckman might have had his best game in a Hubmen uniform with 16 rebounds and 14 steals,â€? head coach Matt Urbanek said. Beckmanâ€™s final stat line for the night was 11 points, 16 rebounds, 14 steals and five assists. It was not immediately known when the last Hubmen was to get a triple double, if itâ€™s ever happened. That big night along with Jake Andersonâ€™s 27 points improved Jordanâ€™s record to 12-11 on the season. Itâ€™s the first time their record has been above .500 since winning the first game of the season. Andersonâ€™s stat line isnâ€™t bad either. He scored 27 points on 10 of 12 shooting. He also added five rebounds. As a team, the Hubmen shot 52 percent for the game. â€œWe played really hard and really focused on our transition game,â€? Urbanek said. â€œGive Le Center credit, we had them on the ropes several times and they wouldnâ€™t go away.
GETTING BACK TO .500 The Jordan boys basketball evened its record to 11-11 with a 75-66 win against Belle Plaine on Friday night. With the win, the Hubmen got back to a .500 winning percentage on the season for the first time since Dec. 20 when they were 3-3. The win was their fourth in their last five games. â€œI thought our energy and effort was as good as itâ€™s been all season, and that showed up with our defense and rebounding,â€? Urbanek said. â€œWe knew that we had to rebound the ball well against their strong and physical post players, and we knew that we had to take care of the ball against their
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Donnie Tyler goes up high for a jump shot for the Hubmen. He scored six points against Belle Plaine. press. I give our players a lot of credit for succeeding in those two areas, as it probably won the game for us. We had a lot of scoring balance again (on Friday).â€? Eight players scored. Six of them scored eight or more points. Beckman led the way with 17 points. He was followed by Kevin Way with 12, Anderson with 11, Nick Heitkamp with 10, Micah Hennen with 9 and Kurt Schansberg with 8. The balanced attack allowed Jordan to explode for 39 first-half points and take a 12-point lead into halftime. Belle Plaine scored 39 points in the second half, but Jordanâ€™s offense didnâ€™t slow down as the Hubmen scored 36 points. â€œThis was a fun high school basketball game in a great atmosphere,â€? Urbanek said. T he Hubmen h ave t wo more games remaining on the season, against MontgomeryLonsdale tonight (Thursday) at Prairie Seeds Academy on Friday, March 2, before the playoffs begin.
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Thursday, Dec. 1 ............. at Blue Earth .................................... Win, 62-46 Saturday, Dec. 3 ........... Southwest Christian .....................Loss, 54-53 Tuesday, Dec. 6 .............. at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown ...... Loss, 87-58 Friday, Dec. 9................ Rockford.......................................Win, 51-45 Friday, Dec. 16 ............... at Le Sueur-Henderson.................... Loss, 81-48 Tuesday, Dec. 20 ........... Waseca.........................................Win, 46-44 Thursday, Dec. 22 ......... Watertown-Mayer .........................Loss, 62-42 Thursday, Dec. 29 ......... Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop ................Win, 74-54 Tuesday, Jan. 3 ............... at Norwood-Young America .............. Loss, 60-49 Friday, Jan. 6 .................. at Mayer Lutheran ........................... Loss, 63-59 Thursday, Jan. 12 .......... Sibley East....................................Win, 55-47 Saturday, Jan. 14 .......... St. Peter ......................................Loss, 91-45 Tuesday, Jan. 17............ Belle Plaine .................................Loss, 74-72 Friday, Jan. 20 ................ at Montgomery-Lonsdale .................. Win, 56-54 Thursday, Jan. 26 .......... Le Sueur-Henderson .....................Win, 74-47 Saturday, Jan. 28 .......... Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial ..Loss, 66-41 Tuesday, Jan. 31 ............. at Watertown-Mayer ......................... Loss, 72-35 Friday, Feb. 3 ................ Norwood-Young America ................Win, 48-47 Monday, Feb. 6 ............. Glencoe-Silver Lake .....................Win, 73-50 Thursday, Feb. 9 ............ Mayer Lutheran ............................Loss, 52-47 Tuesday, Feb. 14 ............. at Sibley East ................................... Win, 64-53 Friday, Feb. 17................ at Belle Plaine.................................. Win, 75-66 Tuesday, Feb. 21 ............. at Le Center ..................................... Win, 62-49 Thursday, Feb. 23 .......... Montgomery-Lonsdale ..................... 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2............. Prairie Seeds Academy .................... 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 29 ........... Chaska .........................................Win, 57-52 Friday, Dec. 2 ................. at Glencoe-Silver Lake...................... Win, 63-56 Tuesday, Dec. 6 ............. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown ........Win, 70-48 Friday, Dec. 9 ................. at Le Sueur-Henderson..................... Win, 56-26 Tuesday, Dec. 13 ........... Watertown-Mayer ..........................Win, 77-73 Thursday, Dec. 15 ........... at Norwood-Young America ............... Win, 65-57 Tuesday, Dec. 20 ............ at Mayer Lutheran ............................ Win, 58-53 Thursday, Dec. 22 ........... at Shakopee ................................... Loss, 55-42 Thursday, Dec. 29 ......... Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop ................Win, 74-17 Thursday, Jan. 5 ............ Sibley East....................................Win, 73-38 Tuesday, Jan. 10............ Belle Plaine ..................................Win, 69-41 Friday, Jan. 13 ................ at Montgomery-Lonsdale .................. Win, 77-40 Thursday, Jan. 19 .......... Le Sueur-Henderson ......................Win, 65-41 Tuesday, Jan. 24 ............. at Watertown-Mayer ......................... Loss, 62-61 Friday, Jan. 27 .............. Norwood Young America.................Win, 75-60 Tuesday, Jan. 31 ............. at New Prague................................. Loss, 60-53 Thursday, Feb. 2 ............ Mayer Lutheran .............................Win, 59-54 Monday, Feb. 6 ............... at Sibley East ................................... Win, 76-54 Friday, Feb. 10................ at Belle Plaine.................................. Win, 49-45 Tuesday, Feb. 14 ........... Waseca.........................................Win, 78-43 Thursday, Feb. 16 .......... Montgomery-Lonsdale ...................Win, 62-25 Saturday, Feb. 18 .......... St. Peter .......................................Win, 68-61 Tuesday, Feb. 21 ........... St. Clair ........................................Win, 78-62 Friday, Feb. 24................ at Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial .... 7:30 p.m.
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