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Americans get 8-year sentences
The American Legion Post No. 3 held a flag burning ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 18
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INDEPENDENT JORDAN SCHOOLS
Clean in time for ﬁrst day? PHOTOS BY DAVID SCHUELLER
After an excavator punched holes in two walls of the brick St. Benedict School building, a third shove was all it took for the roof to fall.
School built in 1898 fades away Another St. Benedict landmark is gone
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he St. Benedict school building was demolished the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 23. It stood near a church in Helena Township since 1898, part of the landscape that had over the years held classes for students in grades one through eight. A handful of people watched as the bricks toppled down into a cloud of dust. The building, about six miles south of Jordan, was used in recent years for parish events, religion classes, Helena Town Board meetings, and polling for elections. Last year, the community decided to have the building demolished while facing the closure of the church building, located near the school, following a reorganization of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The demolition date had been delayed somewhat until a Scott County mitigation study could be completed. It came back without major issues, which cleared the way for the Tuesday demo.
Workers under duress to finish mold cleanup at elementary
While young students of the past may have hoped for such an event, the actual demolition of St. Benedict school on Tuesday, Aug. 23 meant another town landmark would be no more. To watch a video of the demolition, visit jordannews.com. Discussion on the fate of the church building hasn’t happened yet. “We haven’t talked about it,” said Diane Weckman, a former liturgist there and an involved St. Benedict community member. “We were so focused on getting the school done.”
The cornerstone in the church was recently removed to fi nd out what was behind it. The fi nd: two G er ma n la ng uage newspapers printed in Illinois, and German coins. And the papers were readable. “Surprisingly, the papers were in fairly good shape,” Weckman said.
After the school demolition, bricks were planned to be set aside for people to take as keepsakes. The community plans to plant a garden, and have a monument installed that will incorporate a wooden St. Benedict school sign from 1937, as well as an angel that was saved from the building.
With only a couple weeks before school starts, custodians and contractors are feeling the crunch as they test for mold and clean up Jordan Elementary School. “This will be an unusual start to the year,” Principal Stacy DeCorsey told the Jordan School Board at its Aug. 22 meeting. The school’s air conditioning system malfunctioned during hot and humid July weather, leading to mold growing in the school. This past week, contractors were testing more than 50 rooms for mold. Nearly 30 dehumidifiers were running in the building. Furniture has been moved out of rooms, causing a delay for teachers who want to get into their classrooms. Each book in the library needed to be cleaned. Heat extraction was planned for the carpets on Tuesday. “ T hey’re goi ng to go to every single room and give us the stamp of approval before we move any furniture in,” DeCorsey said, after the meeting.
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Leaving their tiaras behind Miss Jordan royalty represented all of us
After visiting other fields, teen puts home-run end on search
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Where is Jordan? Thankfully for residents here, four young women are chosen each year in the Miss Jordan Ambassador Scholarship program to represent Jordan in parades and events far and wide – and they answer that geography stumper question. A pageant is held each year to choose a Miss Jordan, fi rst princess, second princess and miss congeniality.
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Miss Jordan ambassadors greeted customers at Radermacher’s Fresh Market with warm apple cider at the store’s open house this past winter. They are, from left, First Princess Katie Hovland, Miss Jordan Emily Beckius, Miss Congeniality Marissa Robling and Second Princess Mariah Olinger.
A Jordan High School student off from tennis practice found the Heimatfest medallion around 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, outside the fence of a softball field at Holzer Park.
Paige Moran, 15, of Jordan, was hunting as part of a family team with her mom Stina Moran and brother Thurston Moran. Medallion hunters, this should get your goat: They found it on their first day of searching.
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VOTE FOR CUTEST BABY PICTURE
The beautiful Miss Jordan candidates were beautiful babies as well. Voting is open for the cutest baby picture. Voting will take place until Friday, Sept. 9 at Radermacher’s Fresh Market, HomeTown Bank and Riverland Bank. There is $1 donation per vote. Proceeds benefit the Miss Jordan Ambassador Scholarship program. The Miss Jordan pageant will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Ridges at Sand Creek, with a 6 p.m. social hour and dinner and program at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 and are available from the candidates, HomeTown Bank, or Donna Will at (952) 492-2411. The crowning of Miss Jordan will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Heimatfest, and winners of the cutest baby contest will also be announced at the festival.
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Jeanne LaBerge of Coon Rapids with the Black Velvet Band performs during the Minnesota Renaissance Festival media preview party in mid August. The annual festival runs until Oct. 2. between Jordan and Shakopee.
BIRTHDAYS Christopher Hanek, Sept. 1 Douglas Krohn, Sept. 1 Robert McCullough, Sept. 1 Nicholas Peterson, Sept. 1 Kalie Jane Sheprow, Sept. 1 Laura Wolf, Sept. 1 Louetta Hanson, Sept. 2 Mark Hentges, Sept. 2 Kelly Kochlin, Sept. 2 Melissa Kreuser, Sept. 2 Diann Morlock, Sept. 2 Rodney Morlock, Sept. 2 Cal Belden, Sept. 3 Arlee Enger, Sept. 3 Nathan Kramm, Sept. 3 Elizabeth Ann Malz, Sept. 3 Brad Nelson, Sept. 3 Jay Pascal, Sept. 3
Alison Wilhelm, Sept. 3 Tom Betchwars, Sept. 4 Darlene Boeckman, Sept. 4 Richard Busch, Sept. 4 Donald Beuch, Sept. 5 Adam Doolittle, Sept. 5 Liz Musil, Sept. 5 Jason Schmit, Sept. 5 Susan Nelson, Sept. 6 Marion Oldenburg, Sept. 6 Tom Sunder, Sept. 6 Gene Eichten, Sept. 7 Michelle Erickson, Sept. 7 John Hawkins, Sept. 7 To add or delete a name, call the Jordan Independent office at 952-492-2224 or e-mail editor@ jordannews.com.
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This year, the Miss Jordan pageant will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Ridges at Sand Creek, with a 6 p.m. social hour and dinner and program at 7 p.m. The crowning of Miss Jordan will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Heimatfest. A cutest baby contest also lets people vote on which of this year’s candidates was the cutest baby. As last year’s royalty prepare to hand off their tiaras
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to the next ambassadors, the Jordan Independent asked each of them about their experiences this past year.
JORDAN’S AMBASSADORS RESPOND Jordan Independent: When people hear you’re from Jordan, what kinds of questions do they ask? Any questions stand out? Miss Jordan Emily Beckius: The one question that stands out to me the most is, “Where is Jordan?” Very few people know where Jordan is, but we have the same response to that question: “It’s about seven miles south of Shakopee.” First Princess Katie Hovland: Yes, one question that stands out is, “Where is Jordan?” “Jordan is a town?” So, a lot of the time I fi nd myself explaining that yes, Jordan is a small town near Shakopee. It’s a great place to live! JI: What does the Miss Jordan pageant mean to you? Miss Congeniality Marissa Robling: An opportunity to support the Jordan community. KH: This whole experience has been wonderful. It means so much to me that I was able to take part in this. The memories that have been made, the people I have met, and all of the parades and opportunities I have been able to be a part of have meant so much to me. JI: Were you nervous during the pageant? Would you have done or said anything differently? Second Princess Mariah Olinger: I would be lying if I said I wasn’t. I was so nervous to say or do something wrong, and make myself look like a fool in front of everyone I knew. There were moments during the pageant that I thought immediately, “Why did I just say that.” However, I am glad I did things the way I did. Thinking about it now, I don’t think I would have changed a thing. JI: Did you do anything to prepare for the pageant? If so, what? KH: Yes, I did a lot to prepare for the pageant. I learned facts about Jordan, prepared a personality skit, learned a dance that all of the candidates had to know, and reviewed my application for any questions the judges may have for me during my interview. JI: Why did you decide to enter the pageant? EB: I decided to enter the pageant because it is a good way to get involved in the community, have fun, and make memories! MR: I noticed it was time to apply, and my sister, a past fi rst princess, said it was a lot of fun and she encouraged me to join it. JI: Tell us about some of the highlights of what happened after you were crowned.
It was royal sparkle night at Target Field, and royalty from lots of places showed up to walk on the field and get on the big screen. From left, Miss Jordan Emily Beckius, First Princess Katie Hovland, Miss Congeniality Marissa Robling and Second Princess Mariah Olinger. K H : We at t ende d m a ny parades, community events, and volunteer services. A few highlights include the Anoka Halloween Parade, the tree lighting in Jordan, working at the horse show, and sparkle night at the Twins game. EB: Another thing was the winter carnival. As Miss Jordan I had the opportunity to attend the St. Paul Winter Carnival for the weekend. It was a lot of fun and I met a lot of really great girls! JI: The wave. Did it take any perfecting? Is there a manual? Did yours change at all on the parade circuit? EB: We got the wave down rather quickly! There is no manual and it didn’t need to be changed at all throughout the year. MO: Yes, we did practice our wave, but I don’t think there is a manual on how to wave exactly. JI: Does your arm ever get sore from waving? EB: After waving for a long period of time my arm gets a little sore but nothing too bad! MR: Yes! The shoulder definitely gets sore. It’s a good workout! JI: What’s a funny memory of your time as Miss Jordan royalty? KH: After the Shakopee parade, Emily and I had to go into Target with our dresses on. We got a few strange looks and saw a few people that we knew! JI: Are there any misconceptions that people might have about the Miss Jordan program? MO: There are always misconceptions about programs like the Miss Jordan program. I think one of the biggest misconceptions about this program is people often assume that the judges are local; however they are not. They have no connection with the town of Jordan in any way, shape or form. KH: A lot of people think that the Miss Jordan program interferes with sports and other school activities, but it does
not. Also, many people have misconceptions about pageants in general. People may think it is like a beauty and popularity contest, but it based on being prepared, and the way you present yourself. JI: What parades did you attend? Have any favorites? KH: One of my favorites was the Anoka Halloween Parade, because we got to decorate the float with desks, paper, pencils, folders, and all kinds of school supplies. We dressed up as nerds. It was a lot of fun! JI: Do you have any advice for future candidates? KH: Be yourself. Stay confident. Have fun. The judges will look for that. As long as you have these qualities to you, you are good to go! Come prepared for the pageant. It will go a lot smoother, and you can focus on having fun. No matter if you win something or you don’t, the candidate experience is worth it. JI: Any parting words for you as you prepare to leave the tiara behind? MO: Just that this experience has really made a difference in my life, and I feel much closer to our community because of this program. EB: Being Miss Jordan has really been the best experience I have ever gone through. It was a huge opportunity for me to open up and meet people in the community and the surrounding communities. I had a blast with everything that we got to do, and I’m so glad that I got to share the experience with the amazing court that I have! MR: It’s been a fun ride. I experienced a lot, and I hope the best to all the future royalty! KH: I have had a wonderful experience serving as an ambassador for Jordan. I want to thank the Chamber of Commerce for all that they have done to support us through this experience. It is an experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I have made so many memories and long lasting friendships.
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BEYOND THE YELLOW RIBBON
Help-your-military campaign picks up Thill urges, and receives, mayoral proclamation BY MATHIAS BADEN email@example.com
Led by Joe Thill, the Jordan City Council joined a campaign meant to help military members and veterans in their hometowns. Jordan, by mayoral proclamation, is a Yellow Ribbon Com mu nity, of feri ng assistance to active members, veterans and their families in need. This summer, Dawn Buhain, the Prior Lake wife of an active military member, invited Jordan to join her hometown in an effort she is trying to expand countywide.
INVOLVED, OR NOT Upon approval Aug. 15, Jordan Mayor Pete Ewals asked if anyone on the council wanted to read the proclamation. The mayor should read it, said Thill, who suggested Jordan follow Prior Lake in being a partner in the program. “I wasn’t even involved,” said Ewals, who due to crematory-related legal troubles missed a previous discussion with Buhain. Thill reminded the mayor that he signs documents such as the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon proclamation.
PROCLAMATION Then, Ewals read: “P roclamation: Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River. “Whereas, the Yellow Ribbon Program was originally established to unite key areas within local communities to leverage existing support activities, build awareness, and take action to recognize and support service members and military families; and whereas, the vision of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River is to build up on the success of the Yellow Ribbon P rog ra m by encou rag i ng community leaders to support service members and their families; and whereas,
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River will establish a network of support that represents key elements of the community, including business/employers, clergy, elected officials, educators, medical service providers, public safety and law enforcement, social service providers, veterans organizations, youth and volunteer organizations; and whereas, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River will plan and integrate recognition of military services members and families into community events; and whereas, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River will service and support all veterans and their families af fected by hardship that includes but is not limited to fi nancial, spiritual and emotional support. “Now therefore, I, Pete Ewals, mayor of the city of Jordan, Minn., do hereby recog nize the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River program for its support and assistance to our military men and women and their families, and further, do urge all citizens of Jordan to endorse and participate in this worthwhile effort.” Ewals added, “Thank you.” According to a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon flier, the program also is meant to: I educate by sharing customs, traditions and values; I provide volunteers for specific needs of family members during a deployment cycle; I and care for veterans and their families during times of crisis. Thill, although he has military ties, is a reluctant liaison to the program – he got “roped in” by Councilmember Mike Shaw, Thill has twice said.
CONTRIBUTE Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River can be reached at P.O. Box 394, Prior Lake, MN 55372. For more information, or to fi nd or provide assistance, contact the local nonprofit organization at btyrsouthof t heriver @ g mai l.com or (952) 440-5011.
OLD GLORY’S PROPER END The American Legion Post No. 3 held a flag burning ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 18 in Lagoon Park. Burning is the proper way to dispose of the Flag. In all, 31 flags were burned. Above — Richard Lockert burnt the flags as others looked on. Left — Jordan Girl Scout Brownies Hannah Coole, left, and Hope Wesala, both from Jordan, take in the ceremony. PHOTOS BY RON MORNSON
JORDAN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Chamber liaison attends EDA, planning commission meetings BY MATHIAS BADEN firstname.lastname@example.org
With a unanimous vote of the Jordan City Council Aug. 15, the Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce has earned a liaison to two city commissions. Councilmember Tanya Velishek said the chamber’s proposal was a positive step for open communication between elected officials and business owners. City st a f f recom mended adding a nonvoting chamber liaison and alternate to be a participant at Jordan Economic Development Authority and Jordan Planning Commission meetings. The chamber has expressed an interest in collaborating
Velishek changes meeting minutes Prior to the Jordan City Council approving its most recent set of meeting minutes, Councilmember Tanya Velishek clarified her Aug. 1 crematory-related comments. On Aug. 15, she asked for the
with the EDA and planning commission because the two commissions are “closely related to business activity in the community,” City Administrator Ed Shukle wrote in a memorandum to the council. A liaison would not make decisions but rather be present to “offer input or to answer questions from a Jordan business perspective,” Shukle wrote. “The liaison then would report back information to the chamber board from time to time so that there is a good communication path between the city and the chamber.” “It’s looking at open communication between the city commissions and our staff,” Velishek said.
The chamber has 79 members, according to Shukle. A packet of information – the same thing that is provided to commissioners – would be given to the chamber liaison before each meeting, Shukle said. “The goal of the chamber in making this request is to foster a stronger working relationship with the city by staying informed on certain issues affecting the chamber’s members,” Shukle wrote. “... The chamber wants to work with the city in promoting business within the community. The chamber believes that this is a good method by which to achieve this goal.” “I think it’s going to be an
Come Rain or Shine approved minutes to read: “Ms. Velishek also commented on the fl ier that was distributed around town that contained incomplete factual information about crematories and stated that information that is distributed should be clear and concise and truthful and not use scare tactics.” The draft meeting minutes
said that the f lier contained no factual information, but Velishek said she meant to say that it was not all factual information. The council voted 6-0 to approve the amended minutes. Mayor Pete Ewals abstained from voting; he did not attend the Aug. 1 meeting. Compiled by Mathias Baden
asset,” Councilmember Mike Shaw said. “What I push for is open and active involvement in government,” Mayor Pete Ewals said. “It’d be nice if the liaison were a resident of Jordan,” Councilmember Thom Boncher said, adding that he doesn’t think the liaison must live in the city. He asked if a chamber liaison would like to attend council meetings, as well. Boncher went on to wonder aloud if the topic of adding liaisons had been breached with the two commissions’ other members. Councilmember Joe Thill answered that the idea was “perceived well” by the EDA.
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Thumbs up to progress, and saying what we’re all thinking Thumbs up to … A new library: I t ’s a b o u t t i m e . W het her you l i ke the proposed location or not, thanks is in order to Scott County for a good dea l. T hey gave a cash payment and a low-rate loan that will make a $1.5 million project work for the city.
us were thinking: “I want a guarantee.”
UP & DOWN COMMUNITY ISSUES
New attractions at the county fair: The more things change, the more they stay the same. But not at the Scott County Fair. The fair board spent big bucks on a class-act band, then a magician fell in their lap and ended up going over very well, and a Ferris wheel is being rebuilt. While county fairs draw attendees based on the usual contests, competitions, friends, food and fun, new attractions add to the excitement every year. Your hard work is worth it for those of us who attend.
Thumbs down to … Slow progress: We want progress. While we are thankful St. Francis Regional Medical Center is interested in locating a clinic in our town, the bottom line is this: The town needs a physician and a pharmacy, and we still don’t have them anywhere particularly nearby. It’s getting to the point of being disingenuous for the newspaper to write that a pharmacy is proposed here, because no commitment has been made. Will it be on the horizon soon? Probably not. Do we truly believe that St. Francis is going to build a clinic here? Yes. Will it include a pharmacy? Who in the world k nows ? C ou nci l memb er T a nya Velishek said in public what a lot of
T wo - s i d e d mout h s : A re you one of those people who don’t like so c a l le d b ad news ? Then don’t talk about it. Doing so is talking out of both sides of your mouth. Be aware that the most talked-about news often makes it into print.
Blaming your local newspaper for controversy: So the news is about you, and you don’t like it? Well, have you thought that maybe it’s your issue and you are sensational enough in and of yourselves for a big, bold headline? The newspaper isn’t in the business of making things up, or even reading between the lines. Your local newspaper prints opinions at times, and although you might not like those opinions, it’s proper to target the source of your worries, not the business that is supposed to be a messenger of news to your town.
Think on this … Downtown Jordan: Gary Shelton, Scott County Administrator compared Jordan‘s situation with a new library location discussion to a past controversy in Shakopee. Residents in Shakopee wanted the library to stay downtown, and so it did. But Shelton said that libraries don’t generate enough or the right kind of foot traffic to save a downtown. Jordan needs to mold and implement a vision for its downtown, he said. And he is right. If we value your downtown – our small-town feel, as we so often say – then we need to get to work.
We can reach common goals without labeling opponents There weren’t a reflects poorly on the lot of summer job person applying the opportunities for a label. 12-year-old boy in If an argument or Belle Plaine in 1971. position is so weak You could deliver that name-calling newspapers, mow must be resorted to, the neighbor’s grass, then silence may or bail hay when the be a better option. farmers called. Few Now that Michelle people were willing to Bachman has found give a kid a chance to herself in first place prove himself – you after the Iowa straw had to know someone. poll I’m waiting to see COMMUNITY COLUMNIST Apparently, I didn’t if her opposition will know enough people. be called chauvinists But I knew Jim or misogynists. After and Jim knew his parents and his all, some state that those who parents knew someone who needed oppose President Obama’s policies their fence painted. The job was are doing so only because he is too big and boring for just one, so black. They must be racists; there Jim asked if I would help him. It can be no other explanation. At was the perfect summer job for me. least that’s why I hear from some It was only a couple blocks from of his supporters. my house, it was outside, little skill Tea party members are either was needed, and I got to spend time “terrorists” (Joe Biden) or with a friend. “hobbits” (John McCain). It’s From one side the outside difficult to defend or explain away surface of a board could be such a charge without getting into painted, along with the inside a childish exchange of “No, I’m surface of the other side. not.” “Yes, you are.” “No, I’m not.” Sometimes Jim and I would paint “Yes, you are.” on the same side of the fence, other Unless there is clear hard times on the opposite side. evidence to support damaging We talked and we worked. labels, let’s do away with them. We talked about girls, sports, We may be on opposite sides of teachers, and planned adventures. the fence, but we should be able to Sometimes we spilled paint, accomplish common goals without missed a spot, and went too fast or painting each other with labels. too slow. But by working together And just in case you need to we were able to get the job done know the color, we painted the without a lot of flip-flopping or fence red. excessive name-calling when The woman who hired Jim and things didn’t go right. And we were me, a couple of white boys, to paint just kids. her fence, was black. Kids call each other names, She gave us a chance, and I will adults label one another, and the never forget that. meaning is the same. The intent Jerry Kucera is a Sand Creek is to damage the other person or Township resident and is a columnist group. When an unflattering label for the Jordan Independent. Read or name is attached to a person or his past columns on his blog: www. a group it hurts the target and also jerrykucera.blogspot.com.
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What people are saying about Jordan’s next library Different people have different opinions about the recently accepted proposal for a new Jordan library. It will be near the intersection of Seville Drive and Creek Lane, a steep slope below Spirit Hill Cemetery. Jordan High School librarian Joanne Westphal said it’s the ideal location for the new facility. Some people argued on Aug. 15 that the library should stay downtown. But Westphal said that “the reason not to have it downtown is there is an intersection of two highways to deal with.” That, she said, poses safety and parking concerns. Michelle Barnd, a teacher who has two little kids who love going to the library, said she believes that downtown Jordan is a dangerous location for a library. Also, there isn’t enough space for children to mingle, nor is there adequate seating for events. And “there’s nothing else for kids to do downtown,” Barnd said. Ray Sandey, a member of the Jordan Economic Development Authority, told the Jordan City Council Aug. 15 that Whispering Meadows subdivision, a part of “our limited highway commercial district,” is not the best place for a new city library. If the library were put in another location, that other area of town would economically benefit from the new library in its midst, Sandey said. This despite Scott County’s offer to put $500,000 cash toward a $1.5 million project, as well as offer a 3 percent interest rate on the remaining $1 million, for which the city is responsible to pay.
Online detractors write against building a new library in Jordan, she said, but she has an answer for their arguments, too: “I don’t think they have this. I don’t think they have a Scott County Library System card.”
CHATTERBOX “The $500,000 they are giving you does not exist,” Sandey warned. He also commended the city on its great credit. Gary Shelton, Scott County administrator, said the county pays for everything that would fall out – if you could turn a library upside down and shake it. Plus, the county is offering “a separate $500,000.” Scott County Commissioner Joe Wagner, in an interview, said he supports the project. “It’s the last one in Scott County that’s going to get done. ... Scott County’s been involved with libraries for 100 years.” On Aug. 15, Carol Scheffler, 20 years a librarian, publicly expressed disdain at “councilmembers actively sabotaging or undermining this plan,” referring to the county’s proposal for a library combined with assisted living, a medical clinic and possibly a pharmacy. She said 8,000 square feet is the perfect size for a town with Jordan’s population. In the past, as a teacher of driver’s education in Jordan, Scheffler took children to the Hennepin County library system to see what a great library is like, she said.
Tim Bischke, during the Aug. 15 Jordan City Council publiccomment period, bemoaned Scott County’s roadwork along Old Highway 169 (County Road 66). “None of the shoulders are paved or widened,” Bischke said. He and Jordan Planning Commissioner Guy Beck met with Lisa Freese of Scott County, only to leave disappointed with her explanation of the project. Scott County calls the roadwork a resurfacing project, but the plans include box culverts and rumble strips – that’s not exactly resurfacing only, Bischke contended. He is pushing for accommodations for those who walk, bicycle, push a stroller, or run. Such work could be done for cheaper than the $800,000 state grant for which the city is hoping, Bischke said.
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Myths vs. truths about Catholic schools
Tensions rise at school board meeting
As we look forward to a new school year, the St. Johnâ€™s School Advisory Board recently discussed how to share the great news happening at our school. We talked about the rumors that swirl around the community regarding Catholic schools and decided that we should dispel any myths that exist about St. John the Baptist Catholic School. Myth: Teachers can be anyone plucked off the street. Truth: All St. Johnâ€™s school classroom teachers have teaching licenses. Three of our teachers have masterâ€™s degrees as well. Myth: We can teach any curriculum we want. T r uth: St. Johnâ€™s school follows the Minnesota state standards. We follow all of the same government regulations including testing that the public schools do. We use Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) testing to monitor student growth but do not give the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) or any other tests that do not benefit the students. Myth: We are not accountable to anyone. Truth: In addition to being accountable to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolisâ€™ Office of Schools, we are accredited by the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association and participate in a review every year as well as a thorough review every seven years. Myth: Catholic schools are still using chalkboards and clapping erasers; additionally, they do not even know that the Internet was invented.
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Truth: We have new iMac computers in our lab and integrate technology throughout our curriculum. Myth: Catholic schools are only for Catholic students. Truth: About 10 percent of our school population is nonCatholic. My t h : C at hol ic s cho ol s have big, combined, multi-age classes. Truth: Our class sizes are small â€“ typically between 14 and 20 students each. Myth: We teach willy-nilly academics. T r uth: St. Johnâ€™s school graduates have been Jordan High School valedictorians in the following recent years: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. Most (and sometimes all!) of our 6th grade graduates fi nd themselves on the honor roll in the middle school. Myth: We are still in the old school across the street. Truth: We have a wonderful new facility built in 2005! Myth: Students bring bag lunches every day. Truth: We have an awesome
hot lunch program serving homemade lunches as well as soup and salads. Myth: We are a separate entity with no support from the public school system. Truth: The public school system shares resources with us (thank you!) such as special education, title and band. Myth: Catholic schools have a top down model with no input from parents. Truth: Parents are involved at St. Johnâ€™s school in many ways including daily volunteering, the Family Association and the School Advisory Board. Myth: We do not offer any sports opportunities. Truth: In fact, we have travelling basketball for boys and girls, and a girls volleyball program. Myth: We are too small to offer much enrichment. Truth: We are fortunate to have many resources that allow for field trips to cool places from Wagnerâ€™s Apple Orchard all the way to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Orchestra Hall. Myth: Wearing uniforms is a bad thing. Truth: Parents and students alike love uniforms. They love the simplicity of getting ready in the morning and the beauty of minimized competition in the wardrobe arena. We hope that if you have any other questions about St. Johnâ€™s school that you will contact our school office for more i n for mation. H ave a great school year! Bonita Jungels is the principal of St. John the Baptist Catholic School. She can be reached at email@example.com.
An 8th-grade parent and student meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 in the school gym. Equipment handout will follow. A 7th-grade parent and student meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. Practice starts on Aug. 29 and runs
from 3:30-5 p.m. As for the volleyball program, a 7th and 8th-grade volleyball parent meeting will be held 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 in the middle school gym. Practice starts on Monday, Aug. 29 and runs from 3:30-5 p.m. Compiled by David Schueller
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Tempers flared at the Jordan School Board meeting on Monday, Aug. 22 when Board Member Joe Benko criticized Board Chairman Dan Buresh over data he sent to board members about the job evaluation of the superintendent. â€œWe were supposed to have time to respond to that,â€? Benko said. The board started the evaluation process in a closed meeting Aug. 8, and continued it in a closed meeting on Aug. 22. Buresh would have none of the criticism, though. â€œYou know what, Joe, youâ€™re never going to be happy as long as Iâ€™m chair,â€? Buresh said.
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MOLDAGEDDON? District officials were calling it the worst-case scenario â€“ the perfect storm â€“ for mold to grow in the school because of the weather and malfunctions. Don Horkey, mechanical engineer with the DLR Group, has been heavily involved in the cleanup. â€œNeedless to say the last week was pretty hectic,â€? Horkey said. He told board members Monday that the cost of a chiller to purchase and install will be about $150,000, up from a previous estimate because it has expanded capacity. Chillers make cold water for cooling the building. School board members voted to pay for the chiller, and said theyâ€™re most concerned about safety and getting kids back to school on time.
Buresh said Benko keeps jerking his chain, and defended himself by saying he was busy because he has a job. Benko is a retired former principal of Jordan Elementary School. â€œThen get out of the job,â€? Benko said, though it was unclear in the meeting what job he was referring to. Benko said Buresh was given directive by the board and did not follow through with that. Benko also said that some on the board couldnâ€™t give their evaluation to the superintendent to his face. Superintendent Kirk Nelson, before the board membersâ€™ spat, said he wanted to comment. â€œWhen we go into closed session, I want to discuss my evaluation,â€? Nelson said. After the meeting, Board Member Deb Pauly released a statement on the evaluation. â€œWe met to discuss Kirkâ€™s evaluation and we are wait-
ing for feedback from Kirk, both on areas of successes and areas for growth,â€? Pauly stated. While the board was meeting in closed session, meeting attendees were talking outdoors near the entrance to Jordan Middle School. Then, Benko and Buresh appeared near the doors, and were arguing with each other at close range. After a short time, they both went back into the closed meeting. Benko tends to criticize something every few meetings. However, board members havenâ€™t recently done much arguing in return in board meetings. On Monday, it was among the most heated arguments in a public board meeting in more than a year. After the meeting, Buresh wouldnâ€™t comment on what caused the two to take their argument outside the meeting room.
â€œTimeline â€“ itâ€™s really a crunch,â€? said Board Member Deb Pauly. Meanwhile, the district is posting updates on the process on its website. â€œWe donâ€™t want to scare people, but we take it very serious,â€? said Superintendent Kirk Nelson. Other school buildings in the state are also suffering from the humidity, Nelson said. Nel son said st a f f members have learned about the many varieties of mold, and that what was found in the elementary school is â€œnot the dangerous mold we hear about.â€? Still, staff members whoâ€™ve continued to work in the building have been offered respirators. The district is expecting to know a reliable cost estimate for the cleanup late this week. The fi nal figure â€“ board members seem to expect some
sticker shock â€“ will depend much on the response from two insurance companies, as well as what kind of cleanup is required. â€œIf insurance isnâ€™t going to cover it, itâ€™s a huge issue,â€? Pauly said. A contained cleanup â€“ using plastic barriers â€“ could be required if the process extends into the start of school, which might drive up the cost. Board members called a special meeting Wednesday to hear results and decide on direction. Work to install the chiller should happen starting after Aug. 29. Mea nwhi le, cu stodia ns have been working non-stop, and some are preparing to give up plans for Labor Day weekend to get the school ready for the Tuesday, Sept. 6 start of school. â€œWe already know some of us will be staying,â€? said custodian Gene Hein.
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Americans Shane B auer a nd Josh Fattal, detained in Iran for more than two years, have b e en fou nd guilty of spying and given Shane sentences of Bauer eight years each, Iranian state TV reported Saturday. “In connection with illegal entry into Iranian territory each was given three years in jail and in connection with the charge of cooperating with American intelligence service, each was given five years in jail,” the IRINN website reported, quoting an informed judiciary source. They say they were hiking in the mountains of northern Iraq and, if they crossed the unmarked border into Iran, it was by mistake. The hikers’ families released a statement following the Aug. 20 verdict: “Of the 751 days of Shane and Josh’s imprisonment, yesterday and today have been the most difficult for our families. Shane and Josh are innocent and have never posed any
threat to the Islamic Republic of Iran, its government or its people. “We are encouraged that the Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, has said he hopes the case will proceed in a manner that will result in Shane and Josh’s freedom. We appeal to the authorities in Iran to show compassion and allow them to return home to our families without delay. “We also ask everyone around the world who trusts in the benevolence of the Iranian people and their leaders to join us in praying that Shane and Josh will now be released.” Bauer and Fattal, both 29, have been held in Iran’s Evin Prison since shortly after their arrest along the border with Iraq in July 2009. Also arrested was Bauer’s fiancée, Sarah Shourd, who was released in September 2010 on $500,000 bail. Bauer is the son of Sand Creek Township resident Al Bauer. The two are said to have 20 days to appeal the decision. New reports say it is unclear whether the jail sentence will include the time they have already served. Compiled by Pat Minelli and Kristin Holtz
DISTRICT COURT The following are Scott County District Court felony and gross-misdemeanor dispositions. Defendants either pleaded guilty or were found guilty by the court unless otherwise indicated. Bradley Scott Christiansen, 20, Belle Plaine, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Five years’ probation, 80 hours of community service, follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $75 in fines. Scott Lee Schultz, 38, Belle Plaine, driving while intoxicated (DWI), a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, two days in jail, 28 days under electronic home-monitoring, follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $100 in fines. Justin Roger Sweet, 25, Brainerd, Minn., third-degree criminal damage to property, a gross-misdemeanor. Enter diversion program: 30 hours of community service, pay $400 in prosecution costs, restitution. Paris Edward Young, 36, Belle Plaine, domestic assault, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 22 days in jail, 120 hours of community service, follow recommendations of evaluation, anger-management counseling, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $160 in fines. Michael Arnold Andersen, 44, Waconia, two counts of second-degree burglary, both felonies. Seven years’ probation, nine months in jail, no contact with victim(s), provide DNA sample, abstain from alcohol, random tests, restitution, $410 in fines (same sentence for each count, to be served concurrently). Christian Anthony Edison Nelson, 18, Morton, Minn., fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Three years’ probation, 60 hours of community service, follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $400 in fines. Kaarin Marie Callery, 42, Savage, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. One year probation, fol-
low recommendations of evaluation, $910 in fines. Ryan Michael Greden, 24, Prior Lake, DWI (refusal to submit to test), a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, four days in jail, 26 days under electronic home-monitoring, follow recommendations of evaluation, $385 in fines. Boz Thomas Hanson, 35, Apple Valley, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Three years’ probation, 80 hours of community service, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $275 in fines. Riana Leigh Keim, 27, Hastings, fifthdegree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Three years’ probation, 40 hours of community service, follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $250 in fines. Alexander Randall Mooney, 21, Bloomington, first-degree criminal damage to property, a felony. Five years’ probation, provide DNA sample, restitution, $385 in fines. Tiffany Louise Smith, 27, Shakopee, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Three years’ probation, three days in jail, 27 days under electronic home-monitoring, follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $585 in fines. Nicolas Keith Sutherland, 21, Prior Lake, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. One year probation, three days in jail, follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $710 in fines. Tyler Aaron Tweit, 18, Savage, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, follow recommendations of evaluation, $685 in fines. Eugene Robert Boyer, 65, Savage, furnishing alcohol to minor, a gross-misdemeanor. One year probation, $385 in fines. Barry Lee King, 28, Mounds View, violation of driver’s license restrictions, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 10 days in jail, 40 days of community service, $585 in fines.
LIVESREMEMBERED Robert E. Malz
Bradley John Miller
Roland Gerald Sunder
Robert Malz, 78, of Prior Lake, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 at the Richfield Care Center in Richfield. Born Dec. 10, 1932 on the family farm in Belle Plaine Township, Robert was the son of Edward and Emeline (Krekelberg) Malz. He was raised on the family farm and attended the Belle Plaine Country School District 35. On Oct. 30, 1972, he married Loretta Scott in Sioux Falls, SD. Together they made their home in Shakopee and later moved to Prior Lake. He first worked in the creamery in Jordan, then was a Police Officer in Belle Plaine for a short time, then came to Jordan where he was a Police Officer, and later obtained his boiler license, were he was employed as en engineer in maintenance at St. Catherine’s College. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at his cabin up north. He is survived by his wife, Loretta of Prior Lake; son, Bob (JoAnn) of Jordan; daughters, Bonnie Chandler of Cissna Park, IL, Cindy Shriver of Harlingen, TX, Sheree and Paul Jeffery of Belle Plaine; brothers, Edward (Judy) of Lakeville, Myron (Peg) of Belle Plaine, Larry (Dorothy) of Jordan, Gary (Sally) of Jordan and Alan (JoAnn) of Jordan; sister-in-law, Dorothy of Shakopee; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard and his parents; brother, Melvin; sister & brotherin-law, Phyllis (Gary) Snyder. Funeral service was Friday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m. at Wagner Funeral Home in Jordan with the Rev. Joseph Thunker officiating. Pallbearers were Tom Stolee, Brett Empey, Brian Stolt, Jon Wamsley, Jeff Strack and Shane Schultz. Burial was at Spirit Hill Cemetery in Jordan. Wagner Funeral Home, 952-492-3366.
In Minneapolis, on May 18, 1974, Bradley John Miller was born to the parents of John and Marilyn (Botko) Miller. The fourth of four children, he grew up on a hobby farm, south of Prior Lake. As a young boy, Brad was never dry and never clean. With a creek running through the land, it meant adventurous days catching frogs, building dams, and playing in the mud. Even as the baby of the family, he found ways to keep up with his older sisters and brother. Attending the Prior Lake School District, Brad was a long distance runner for the cross country team, played trombone in the band and was a varsity baseball player. Brad graduated from Prior Lake High School in 1992 and later from the University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. While attending a St. Patrick’s Day party, Brad was introduced to a beautiful lady named, Joy Mullery. They soon fell in love and on the hot, yet beautiful day of April 28, 2001 at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake, they exchanged wedding vows. Brad and Joy soon welcomed to the world, Nicholas, Anna and twin girls, Maggie and Paige. Over the last 10 years, Brad raised the bar for the rest of us to be a compassionate husband and loving father. He loved and adored his wife and children, first and foremost. Brad lived each day by the motto “we are in this together”, as a husband, a father, a son, a brother and as an uncle. He was most proud of raising happy and successful children. In the last year, he even became his children’s soccer coach, just to spend extra time with them. He still enjoyed running, just so he could keep fit to keep up with his children. A planner by trait, Brad loved spending time at the family lake cabin and Island Lake Acres (124 acres in northern Minnesota). He was always dreaming about the next adventure or task. Maybe it was the next fishing, hunting or snowmobiling excursion, or where to create new trails in the woods. Brad was proud of his perfectly manicured lawn and sustaining ever lasting friendships. Brad was determined, confident, thoughtful and loyal. He was always happy, had a wonderful sense of humor and always had a positive attitude. He lived his life on faith, wanted to know you for who you were and appreciated the desire to always try and learn new things in life. A resident of Shakopee, Brad was 37 years young when he passed away unexpectedly the early morning hours of Aug. 21, 2011. Brad will always be loved and deeply missed by wife, Joy (Mullery); children, Nicholas, Anna, Maggie, Paige; parents, John and Marilyn Miller of Prior Lake; sisters, Laurie Miller of Prior Lake, Lisa (Eric) Schmid of New Prague; brother, Erik Miller of Maple Grove; grandma, Louise Botko of Prior Lake; parents-in-law, Gloria and John Mullery of Burnsville; sister-in-law, Erin (Scott) Vandenbark of Hudson, WI; brother-in-law, Shawn (Stephanie) Mullery of Minneapolis; nieces and nephews, Jeremy and Alice Schmid, Helen, Henry and Tripp Vandenbark; many other relatives and friends. Brad is preceded in death by his grandparents, Wesley and Alice Miller. The visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 25 from 4-8 p.m. at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home 833 S. Marschall Rd, Shakopee and starting at 9:30 a.m. prior to the service at church. Celebration of Life Service will be on Friday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church 3611 N. Berens Rd, Prior Lake. Pastor Mark Holman will officiate. Pallbearers will be his brother, Erik; brothers-inlaw, Eric Schmid and Shawn Mullery; cousin, Chris Miller; and close friends, Sean Brockway, Brent Anderson, Jim Lemke, Dave Dunbar. Brad will be laid to rest at a private family burial. Memorials are preferred to the family to help further his children’s education. The Miller Family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Shakopee Chapel www.ballardsunderfuneral.com
On July 24, 1925 in Jordan, Joseph and Isabelle (Leonard) Sunder welcomed the birth of their son, Roland Gerald “Rollie” Sunder. Rollie was the second oldest of four active boys. His siblings were Len, Lee and Paul. In his early years, Rollie, his brothers and the neighbor boys enjoyed spending hours outdoors. A natural on the ice, he loved skating on the rink behind their house, that his dad prepared each year. Rollie also enjoyed downhill skiing at Moon Valley and was also a proud member of the Boy Scouts. As a family, they traveled to various sights around the country, including attending the World’s Fair. They spent many weekends, enjoying their family cabin in Longville, MN. The movie camera was always rolling to capture the family swimming, skating, fishing, and hunting. Rollie treasured his school years. As an avid sportsman, he played football, basketball and had a special love for baseball. After graduating from Jordan High School, he furthered his education by attending both St. Thomas University and Dunwoody Institute for drafting. Soon he was called back to Jordan to help run the family business, Sunder’s General Store. Later, Rollie and his brother, Paul purchased and operated the general store for many years. In 1967, he and Toby Mares built and co-owned Toby and Rollie’s Bar (which is now Clancy’s). After many years of operation in the bar business, Rollie decided to semi-retire and enjoyed working at Pekarna’s Meats. Life changed for Rollie, when he was introduced to Vivienne Bauer. Their first date was an evening to an ice skating show in Minneapolis. Three years later on Sept. 1, 1949, Rollie and Vivienne exchanged wedding vows at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, MN. They were blessed with five children, Gregg, Maureen, Mark, Kate, Charlie and eight grandchildren. A life-long member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and an active member of its choir, Rollie believed the highest form of prayer was singing. A strong supporter of his community, Rollie was a member of the Jordan Fire Department, Knights of Columbus, past president of the Jordan Commercial Club and involved with the local politics. In his younger years, Rollie was the long time center fielder for the Jordan Brewers. In later years, he enjoyed running, golfing, boating and painting, especially Christmas village houses. A life-long resident of Jordan, Rollie was 86 years old when he died from heart complications in the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. We will miss Rollie’s contagious smile, positive attitude and gentle soul. Rollie will be deeply missed by his wife of almost 62 years, Vivienne; children, Gregg (Lora) Sunder of Wauwatosa, WI, Maureen (Pat) Lynch of Austin, MN, Kate (Paul) Parparian of Vero Beach, FL, Charlie (Mary) Sunder of Prior Lake; grandchildren, Joseph, John Erik and Jennifer Sunder, Christopher and Jack Lynch, Nick Parparian, Tony and Jacob Sunder; brothers, Len Sunder of Arden Hills, Paul (Betty) Sunder of Jordan; sister-in-law, Gert Sunder of Richfield; many other loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rollie is preceded in death by his son, Mark Sunder (2008); parents, Joe and Isabelle Sunder; brother, Lee Sunder; sister-in-law, Josephine Sunder; brother-in-law, Harvey (Maxine) Davis. The family will greet friends at the visitation Friday, Aug. 26 from 4-8 p.m. at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, 104 W. First St., Jordan and also one hour prior to the mass at church. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 210 N. Broadway, Jordan. The pallbearers will be Joseph Sunder, John Erik Sunder, Jennifer Sunder, Jack Lynch, Nick Parparian and Tony Sunder. Father Timothy Yanta will officiate. Rollie will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Jordan. The Sunder Family was served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Jordan Chapel www.ballardsunderfuneral.com
Pastor Arthur Matychuk Arthur Matychuk, 80, of Burnsville, born Feb. 27, 1931 in Minneapolis to Peter and Celia Matychuk, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011. Pastor Matychuk was a graduate of Milwaukee Bible College and over a lifetime of ministry, pastored three churches, was instrumental in planting two churches, served as a missionary in Bolivia, South America, was a marriage counselor, served on mission boards for 40 years, invested time in prison ministry and for many years ran his own small business. In addition, he was the former Senior Pastor and current Pastor Emeritus at Bethesda Church in Prior Lake. He was preceded in death by brother, Donald Matychuk. Arthur will be dearly missed by his wife of 58 years, Gretchen; children: Pastor Mark (Kathy) Matychuk, Minnesota Representative, Pam (Chuck) Myhra, David (Nancy) Matychuk and Wayne (Karen) Matychuk; 13 beloved grandchildren: Nathaniel, Ailyse, Stephen, Kristin, Justin, Kathrin, Elizabeth, Brendan, Rachel, Emily, John, Brianna and Lily; and other family and friends. Visitation, 5-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26 at Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 3640 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis. Funeral service, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, at Bethesda Church; 15033 Hwy. 13 S. in Prior Lake with visitation one hour before. Interment, Lakewood Cemetery. Henry W. Anderson 612-729-2331. www.HenryWAnderson.com
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publicsafety Maddox to serve 20 years in prison of her death. The sentence is seven months shy of the maximum allowed under state sentencing guidelines. The county Charles attorney’s ofAnthony fice had asked Maddox for an upward departure from the guidelines – of up to 40 years – because of the cruelty of the crime, particularly putting Ruth Anne’s body in a garbage can, and because the defendant showed no remorse, Scott County Attorney Pat Ciliberto said Wednesday. Abrams denied the request, saying that while the murder was brutal, violent and reprehensible, he found no basis for an increased sentence. Abrams also said he did not see any reason to go along with the defense’s request of 21 years, nine months – the lowest allowed by sentencing guidelines. He said Maddox’s actions following the crime indicated Maddox was attempting to escape the consequences and if not for some diligent police work, “this might have been a crime that would never have been prosecuted.” Ruth Anne’s sister, Karen Whitaker, thanked the community, police, county attorney’s office, jury and judge for their support. “We are happy that the judge realized the severity of the crime and saw through Tony today,” Whitaker said. Whitaker and her mother, Lois Lipka, spoke prior to the
sentencing. Addressing Maddox, Whitaker said she knew Maddox was to blame when her sister was reported missing Nov. 11. W hen she heard of Ruth Anne’s death, Whitaker said, her world came to a “screeching halt” before she started calling relatives to share the news. “To this day, I can remember the individual noises of anguish each one made,” Whitaker read. “I am haunted by these sounds and my heart is forever broken.” A representative from the county attorney’s office also read a letter from Ruth Anne’s childhood friend, Colleen Hatami of Indiana, who was not present. She called Tony an arrogant, charismatic man who has shown no remorse or sadness over his wife’s death. “The only thing Tony is sorry for is he got convicted of a crime he undoubtedly committed,” Hatami wrote. Ruth Anne’s mother shared similar sentiments. “His only remorse is for poor Tony because he got caught,” Lipka said. Hatami wrote that Maddox had swept Ruth Anne off her feet at a class reunion and within three months she sold her house and moved to Minnesota with him. As Ruth Anne’s money depleted so did Maddox’s charm, Hatami said. She said Maddox had defrauded other women in the past and taken advantage of his loving family. She feared he may do the same if released on a lighter sentence. Whitaker spoke of the “web of deceit” Maddox had created through gambling, porn, tax evasion, cheating and ruining
Last week, the Jordan Police Depart- arrived at the home and transported the ment responded to 119 incidents – 27 woman to the hospital. citations, 16 warning citations and 76 calls for service. Aug. 18 At 1:52 p.m., an officer responded Aug. 15 to a residence along Meadow Lane for At 2:15 p.m., an officer stopped a a disturbance. A woman reported that vehicle at the intersection of Highway her juvenile son had fled the residence 169 and W. 166th St. because the man after a verbal confrontation between who was driving showed an active Scott them. The officer located the juvenile County warrant. The man was arrested male and arrested him on an active for the warrant and transported to the Scott County warrant. Scott County jail. At 9:05 p.m., officers responded to At 4:13 p.m., a woman reported the 800 block of Heritage Trail for a theft of an envelope of cash from her suspicion call. The caller reported that purse while at her place of employment a man had pulled into a neighbor’s in the 200 block of Triangle Lane. The driveway on a motorcycle and began total amount of loss is $570. looking into windows of the home. The officers checked the area but were unAug. 16 able to locate the man. At 1:05 p.m., an officer responded to the 800 block of Old Bridge Way for Aug. 19 a medical call. Ridgeview Ambulance At 2:13 a.m., an officer stopped a transported the man to St. Francis Re- vehicle for a driving violation at the ingional Medical Center. tersection of Triangle Lane and Second At 3:47 p.m., a man came to the Street. The 16-year-old juvenile male Jordan Police Department in regards to driver was issued a citation for curfew a theft case. The man had two con- violation, stop sign violation, and no firmed Scott County warrants and was proof of insurance. A 16-year-old juvearrested and transported to the Scott nile male passenger was issued a citaCounty jail. tion for curfew violation. At 7:37 p.m., an officer stopped a At 10:41 a.m., a woman residing in vehicle at the intersection of Highway the 200 block of W. Sixth St. reported 282 and Minnesota Valley Electric Drive a theft of three lawn ornament gnomes after receiving a driving complaint. The from her backyard. The total amount of woman who was driving was found to loss is estimated at $100. be intoxicated and was arrested for At 1:12 p.m., an officer responded fourth-degree DWI. to a minor property damage accident At 9:51 p.m., an officer responded in the parking lot of a business in the to the 500 block of S. Broadway St. for 200 block of Triangle Lane. The officer a medical call. Ridgeview Ambulance assisted both drivers with exchanging transported the man to St. Francis Re- information. gional Medical Center in Shakopee. At 10:35 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of W. Second St. for a Aug. 17 911 hang-up call. Officers arrived and At 6:28 p.m., an officer responded discovered that a man and a woman to the 900 block of Heritage Trail for a who are siblings had an argument, and medical call. A family member then the man then barricaded himself inside
the home. Ridgeview Ambulance responded to transport the man to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis for a medical situation.
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Lois Lipka held a birthday card she had bought for what would have been her daughter’s 48th birthday Saturday while asking Scott County District Court Judge Jerome Abrams for the maximum sentence for Ruth Anne Maddox’s killer. Charles Anthony “Tony” Maddox Jr. will spend 20 years in prison for his estranged wife’s death. Maddox, 48, who was convicted of second-degree murder in June, was sentenced Wednesday, Aug. 17 in Scott County District Court to 30 years – 20 in prison and another 10 on supervised release. “You will have the next 20 years. I know where you’re going to be and I know what you’re going to be thinking about,” Abrams told Maddox after pronouncing the sentence. In court, Maddox’s lawyer, Fred Bruno, said an appeal was imminent. He could not be reached for comment following the sentence. In June, a jury convicted Maddox of murdering Ruth Anne, likely by crushing her neck with a door following an argument in the early morning of Nov. 11, 2008. The Prior Lake woman died of blunt force injuries to her head and neck. Her body was found in the couple’s garage the next day. Maddox claimed sel f- de fense. The couple was in the middle of a divorce at the time
Ruth Anne financially. Yet, that wasn’t enough, Whitaker said. “You purposely and angrily took a precious life – the life of someone I love very much … ” Whitaker said. “All I can hope for is you live a very long life – all of it behind bars.” Abrams noted he had received several letters of support for Maddox; he denied, however, allowing three family and friends in the courtroom to speak for Maddox. Defense attorney Bruno told Abrams a minimum sentence of 21 years, nine months would still be three times the sentence of manslaughter, which some may see the case as. The act was an “extreme aberration, not characteristic of who Mr. Maddox was,” Bruno said. Maddox also spoke, apologizing to the court, his family and Ruth Anne’s family. He said if he had remained the husband to Ruth Anne he should have been, making reference to marriage vows, they would have never come to divorce. He said he panicked the night of her death and should have called the police right away. He also thanked his family for its love and support, saying it “changed me as a person and as a man.” Walking into the courtroom Wednesday, Whitaker said she still had feelings of sickness despite a nearly three-year legal battle. While the sentencing is over, she’s learned the ordeal will never really get easier. “My sister is such a good person and what Tony did was so heinous,” Whitaker said. “There’s no punishment that would be enough because it’s never going to bring her back.”
Murderer sentenced to a total of 30 years
Aug. 20 At 1:02 a.m., an officer responded to the 400 block of Sunset Drive for a medical call. Allina Ambulance transported the man to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Aug. 21 At 2:14 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 282 and Triangle Lane after receiving a traffic complaint and witnessing a driving violation. The man who was driving was arrested for second-degree DWI and transported to the Scott County jail. At 1:17 p.m., an officer responded to the 200 block of Jennifer Lane for a report of a burglary that occurred at 4 a.m. that morning. The man who was a resident advised that he saw the suspect in his home but was unable to stop him. Nothing was reported missing and the only thing damaged was a garage screen. At 9:45 p.m., an officer responded to a medical call in the 100 block of W. Fourth St. Allina Ambulance responded and transported the woman to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. At 11:52 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 169 and W. 173rd St. for a driving violation. The man who was driving did not have a valid driver’s license, had a suspended driving status for multiple violations of driving without a license, and did not have any type of valid identification. The male was arrested and transported to the Scott county jail. Listen to the police scanner live online at jordannews.com/crime_beat.
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PRIOR LAKE PLAYERS AUDITIONS Auditions are open for the Prior Lake Players production of “Fairy Tale Adventures.” The show is a collection of fairy tale stories including “Hansel and Gretel” and “Cinderella and the Seven Dwarfs: A Fairy Tale Mash-Up.” The production will be co-directed by Justin Dekker and Kay Dunning. Auditions are first-come, first-served. No appointments needed. Those auditioning will read from the script. Performances will be Oct. 7-9 and 14-15. Time: Children 12 and younger 6:307:30 p.m.; teens and adults 13 and older 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 and Monday, Aug. 29 Cost: Free Location: Twin Oaks Middle School, 15860 Fish Point Road S.E., Prior Lake Info: plplayers.org
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ALL ABOUT ORNAMENTAL GRASSES A Master Gardener will present information about how ornamental grasses grow and how to better use them in the home landscape. This class is part of the Evenings in the Garden program. Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 Cost: Free; pre-registration requested
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RIVERSIDE SWING BAND The Riverside Swing band’s repertoire is in the style of the ’30s and ’40s. In addition to Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, the group can play Michael Jackson, James Brown, the Beatles and Motown. The show is part of the Huber Park performance series. Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 Cost: Free Location: Huber Park, 600 Bluff Ave., Shakopee Info: (952) 233-9500 or (952) 233-9502
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The Scott Clean Water Education Program will host a set of free workshops about restoring your lakeshore with native plants. Workshops will include photos of past projects, and attendees can get help with design and installation assistance for lakeshore restoration projects, and find information about a grant to help offset the costs of the project. Reservations are recommended for the workshops. Time: 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 Cost: free Location: Prior Lake City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. SE., Prior Lake Info: (952) 492-5424 or dmiller@ co.scott.mn.us
AUG. 26 COFFEE HOUR Minnesota Harvest Orchard will host the Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce’s coffee hour. Time: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26 Cost: Free Location: Minnesota Harvest Orchard, 8251 Old Highway 169 Blvd., at Apple Lover’s Lane, St. Lawrence Township near Jordan Info: (952) 210-2593, or (952) 4922355 to become a member
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Craig Allen’s smart, sarcastic style has made him a favorite at a wide array of venues ranging from comedy clubs and universities, to Fortune 500 boardrooms and biker bars and, most recently, a nudist resort. Comedian Raleigh Weld will also perform. Time: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27; 10:30 p.m. Aug. 27 Cost: $13 for 8:30 Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday shows; $10 for 10:30 p.m. Saturday show Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 1st Ave., Shakopee Info: minnehahacomedyclub.com/ shakopee
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Enjoy nature at night on a naturalistled walk, playing games, sitting by a campfire and meeting an animal that is adapted for hunting at night. Bring marshmallows or a hot dog, a roasting fork and a blanket for the campfire. Long pants and insect repellent are recommended. Reservations required; state activity number #312901-0102 at time of reservation. For ages 2 and older. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 Cost: $5 Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Rd., Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or threeriversparkdistrict.org
AUG. 27 CAR SHOW Westwood Community Church hosts an any-make, any-year, any-shape car show, with food and trophies. Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 Cost: Free Location: 3121 Westwood Drive, Chanhassen Info: (952) 224-7378
MASTER GARDENERS PLANT SALE Hardy perennial divisions from the Carver/Scott Master Gardeners including hosta, ornamental grasses, ground covers, iris, peonies, daffodils, houseplants and shrubs. This year only, gardeners are offering 100 “one of a kind” daylily varieties developed by a Carver/Scott Master Gardener. Time: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 27 Location: Rainbow parking lot, Highway 41 and Pioneer Trail, Chaska
MOVIE IN THE PARK Huber Park in Shakopee will host a monthly family-friendly movie in the park as part of the Huber Park performance series. Time: Sunset Saturday, Aug. 27 Cost: Free Location: Huber Park, 600 Bluff Ave., Shakopee
Last year, Emily Beckius reacts to being crowned Miss Jordan 2010-2011. The 2011 pageant is coming up Wednesday, Sept. 7, and voting is also open for the cutest baby contest.
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JORDAN HEIMATFEST Jordan Heimatfest kicks off on Friday, Sept. 9 with the annual car cruise, and a street dance. Then, on Sept. 10, the parade will start at 11 a.m. at the Jordan fire station. A lineup of events are held, including the Run of the 9 a.m. Mill 5K race, fishing contest, noon events in the park, and the Miss Jordan coronation at 4 p.m. Saturday. Time: Car cruise starts 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 Cost: free for the festival Location: Water Street in downtown Jordan, and Lagoon Park, 300 Park Dr., Jordan Info: (952) 492-2355; (952) 4926211 for Run of the Mill info
soon time to pick new royalty – and the he e cutest baby among the candidates. Winners of the pageant and the cutest baby contest nttest will be announced during Heimatfest on Saturday, Sept. 10. Voting for the cutestt baby among the candidates for Miss Jordan
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The “Bees Knees – 1920s” Hangar Dance will raise funds for the Scott County Historical Society. Get dolled up in your ’20s glad rags and get a wiggle on. Music by the Roseville Big Band, silent and live auctions, moonshine cash bar (wine/beer), light supper, costume and Charleston dance contests and more. Tickets available at SCHS or the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce. You must be 21 or older to attend. Time: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 Cost: $30, $25 SCHS members Location: Flying Cloud Airport – Gate H Info: (952) 445-0378, info@ scottcountyhistory.org
Bank and Riverland Bank. Donations of $1 benefit scholarships for the Jordan royalty. (See the Heimatfest event listing for more information.)
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TONY BENNETT Time: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 Cost: $68-$87 Location: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake Info: mysticlake.com or (952) 4966563
GRIMM FARM OPEN HOUSE Step back in time and explore Wendelin Grimm’s farm. See the restored 1870s house and fields where Grimm, a German immigrant, experimented with alfalfa. Hear how his work transformed the Upper Midwest into America’s dairy belt. Experience hands-on work and play on a late 1800s Minnesota farm. For all ages. Time: 1-4 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 27 Cost: Free Location: Grimm Farm (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria Info: (763) 559-9000 or threeriversparkdistrict.org
BIRD WATCHING TREK Hike the refuge trails to look for birds
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The Miss Jordan Ambassador Program 2011 pageant will be held, with questions to the candidates, a talent competition, and more. Tickets available from the candidates, HomeTown Bank, or Donna Will at (952) 492-2411. Time: 6 p.m. social hour and dinner, 7 p.m. program, Wednesday, Sept. 7 Cost: $18 Location: Ridges at Sand Creek, 21775 Ridges Drive, Sand Creek Township near Jordan Info: (952) 492-2411
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nesting on the refuge. Visitors should see a wide variety of species during the trek. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Led by Volunteer Refuge Naturalist Craig Mandel. Time: 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 Cost: Free Location: Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, Carver Highlands Lot, 15865 Carver Highlands Dr., Carver Info: (952) 361-4500 or fws.gov/ midwest/minnesotavalley
AUG. 28 LIKE FATHERS LIKE SONS Childhood friends Edward Pond and John Williamson followed in their pioneer father’s footsteps as missionaries to the Dakota. Discover their amazing stories during tours of the historic Pond House. Time: 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 Cost: Suggested donation of $2, youth through high school free Location: Pond House, Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 E. 104th St., Bloomington
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MONARCH TAGGING Catch and tag monarchs as they fuel up for their 2,000 mile journey to Mexico. See them in different life stages. Learn about past years’ tagging research and receive a colorful chart of butterflies to take home. Nets provided or bring your own. Reservations required for this activity; state number 311301-06-07. For ages 4 and older. Time: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 Cost: $5 Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or threeriversparkdistrict.org
AUG. 29 RESTORE YOUR LAKESHORE The Scott Clean Water Education Program will host a set of free workshops about restoring your
EXHIBIT: HEROES AMONG US Listen to stories told by local WWII veterans, watch a WWII video and gain an understanding of the experiences these young men and women endured during a pivotal period in the country’s history. This exhibit makes the connections between Scott County and the world at war, from the home front to the battleground. Time: Through August Cost: Adults $4, students $2, Scott County Historical Society Members free Location: Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller St., Shakopee Info: (952) 445-0378 or scottcountyhistory.org
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DAYBOOK Aug. 25-31 Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and Scott County Public Health mobile health clinic, 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, Russian Evangelical Baptist Church, 1205 10th Ave., Shakopee, (952) 496-8555 or www.co. scott.mn.us Sand Creek Township annual meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 for setting the levy; monthly meeting to follow at 7 p.m., Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative lunch room, 125 Valley Electric Drive, Jordan, (952) 492-3122 “All About Ornamental Grasses,” Carver/Scott County Master Gardeners’ Evenings in the Garden (rain or shine), 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, Scott County Fairgrounds Teaching Gardens, 7151 190th St. W. in St. Lawrence Township, near Jordan, extension.umn. edu/county/scott/, (952) 492-5410 to register for free Emotions Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, Presbyterian Church of Le Sueur, 404 Turril St., Le Sueur, (507) 665-2587 Carver/Scott County Master Gardeners’ third annual plant sale (rain or shine), 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 27, Rainbow Foods parking lot, 200 Pioneer Trail, Chaska, extension.umn.edu/ county/scott/, (952) 492-5410
Jordan High School’s class of 1966 had its 45th class reunion Aug. 6. More than 60 graduates attended, some from as far away as Colorado, Arizona, and Indiana. From left, front row: Mary Weingartner, John Betchwars, Randy McWilliams, Larry Scheffler, Tom Ruppert, Camilla Hartmann and Ron Mornson; second row, John Menke, Ron Hentges, Myrlane Winkels, Vonnie McWilliams, Louise Stocker, Alan Stocker, Cheryl Mork, Gordon Riesgraf, Janet Bailey and Geno Taddei; third row, David Kreuser, Allen Greenwald, Vickie Novak, Richard Schultz, Mary Taddei, Sara Sykora, Connie McCullough, Ron Beckman, and back row, Carol Krohn, Mark Skluzacek, Ray Joachim, John Kragthorpe and Mike Busch. On the floor is Pat Clayton.
Scott County Board, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, Scott County Government Center, 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee, (952) 496-8100 Further out “Growing, Harvesting, and Making Birdhouses from Gourds,” Carver/Scott County Master Gardeners’ Evenings in the Garden (rain or shine), 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, Scott County Fairgrounds Teaching Gardens, 7151 190th St. W. in St. Lawrence Township, near Jordan, extension.umn.edu/county/scott/, (952) 492-5410 to register for free Scott County Board, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, Scott County Government Center, 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee, (952) 496-8100 Jordan City Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, Jordan Government Center, 210 E. First St., (952) 492-2535, jordan.govoffice.com “Minnesota Apples – Selecting, Growing, Maintaining,” Carver/Scott County Master Gardeners’ Evenings in the Garden (rain or shine), 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, Scott County Fairgrounds Teaching Gardens, 7151 190th St. W. in St. Lawrence Township, near Jordan, extension.umn.edu/ county/scott/, (952) 492-5410 to register for free
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70 YEARS AGO “Kallin Klem and his entertainers featuring the Chippewa Indian Little White Cloud,” an ad in the Jordan Independent said. “Hollowood Inn, Spring Lake. Nic Hames, proprietor.” “Jordan Bowling Alley,” an ad in the JI said, “are now open. Leagues are forming.” Jordan Theatre presents “Road to Zanzibar” with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. St. Joe school opens next Tuesday for a nine-month term. Professor B.A. Herzog and Miss Dorothy Schmitz of New Market are the teachers. St. Patrick school opens next Tuesday for a nine-month term. Miss Ella Fenger of St. Cloud teaches. Hubert Allman has accepted a teaching position at the high school in White, S.D. Ed Schmidt, Alois Wagner and William Witt were elected supervisors for the Scott County Soil Conservation District. A new Catholic church at Lonsdale has been dedicated by Archbishop John Gregory Murray of St. Paul. If you are 28 years of age or older after July 1, 1941, you will not be required to fill out a questionnaire for the selected service. This age group has been deferred for now. An all-time record of 258 drivers in Minnesota lost their licenses in the month of July because of their fondness for intoxicating liquors.
50 YEARS AGO “Labor Day is the last chance to enter into the White Front Bar fishing contest,” an ad in the JI said. “As of today, Leonard Kaiser of Fish Lake has the largest bass – 5 pounds, 8 ounces – and
as an avid ballplayer for Jordan. Jordan Hubmen football opens the season at home against Byron. Jordan’s coach is Bernard Riekena.
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BACK Emil Kohout of Lydia has a 3-pound, 8-ounce walleye. Bring them in; beat the leaders. White Front Bar.” The Haferman family of Spring Lake held a family reunion at their lake cottage. Mrs. Veronica Hildegard (Friedmann) McCabe, 77, of Spokane, Wash., is the youngest living daughter of Ambrose Friedmann, who built the log cabin by Sunder’s Store in Jordan. She visited here Saturday. Dr. and Mrs. Harold Nesse went for a visit with relatives and friends in Norway. The flight takes six hours, 50 minutes. St. Patrick church at a meeting yesterday put the finishing touches on its remodeling plans. Virginia Yarusso, a Jordan graduate, has been hired to be music director for WMMR radio station at the University of Minnesota. Ron Mornson and James Samas will attend the Minnesota State Fair as guests of the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press as part of a recent subscription sales contest. Some 450 boys were treated to this trip. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Riesgraf Jr. (Donna Priesen) of Jordan on Aug. 19. Vincent Simon, 62, passed away. Many will remember him
David Jelen, 26, was killed when his motorcycle left the road and crashed. Schatze Bar in Jordan has an ad for many food and drink specials during the state baseball tournament. Randy Kaiser and Jim Lambrecht of the Jordan Brewers have been drafted by Carver to play in the state baseball tournament at Jordan. Bob Vestal, pitcher, and Florian Busch, catcher, who helped take the Brewers to the 1936 state tournament, will throw out the first pitch at this year’s state tournament at Jordan. Jordan High School’s football season starts Aug. 29 with a scrimmage at Rockford. Seventy-two students grades 9-12 are participating. The tricaptains are Pete Busch, Scott Buesgens and Tom Lambrecht, and Jim Trapp coaches.
10 YEARS AGO Site preparations have begun on Jordan’s new high school location. The new school will have 140,000 square feet of space. Clue No. 4 is out for this year’s Heimatfest search. Jordan police issued a citation to a young male who was opening a motorized fishing boat on the Mill Pond. A city ordinance allows only paddleboats. Hubmen football opens at home against Plainview. The Brewers lost to Prior Lake, ending Jordan’s tournament play. Canterbury Park reports record profits for the second quarter.
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Gosewisch oﬀers conﬂict resolution Dave Gosewisch of Jordan offered an idea for conf lict resolution, during the Jordan City Counci l’s public- comment period Aug. 15. He suggested BridgeBuilders, a professional organization meant to “help people get a common-ground relationship.” Gosewisch urged the council to bask in the “fun and joy” of working together as a community instead of tearing each other down. The former pastor submitted 22 pages of information about the organization, and Jordan City Administrator Ed Shukle provided it to the councilmembers. Compiled by Mathias Baden
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Junior Lexie Erickson returns to volleyball team after getting almost 200 kills as a sophomore. Right — Senior Paige Smith finished with over 150 kills last year as a middle hitter. Head coach Jason Geisel is expecting big things from Smith this fall.
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Once again the Jordan volleyball team will have a target on the back in the Minnesota River Conference. But they won’t be the only ones with a target. Le Sueur-Henderson and Belle Plaine will also have a target which will make the MRC one of the toughest conferences in Class 2A. All three those teams are ranked in the top-10 in the Class 2A preseason poll with Le Sueur-Henderson ranked second, Belle Plaine fourth and Jordan eighth. “Both those teams deserve to be there because they’ve got some really good players,” Jordan head coach Jason Geisel said. Geisel also pointed out that his team also has some really good players and that it should be an interesting three-team race in the MRC and in Class 2A, Section 2. “Anyone can beat anyone on any given evening and that
makes for some extremely exciting volleyball,” Geisel said. For Jordan they return at least six players that contributed last year and that leads to high expectations for this year’s Jaguars. “It’s high every year,” he said. “We really only lost two defensive players and I think we have the players that can replace them.” The two main cogs to the Jaguars’ attack are seniors Kelsey Chambers and Emilee Gutzmer. Those two have played varsity for four years and won a state title as freshman. T his summer they won a national championship and are two of the best players in the state. Chambers has led the Jaguars in kills the last three years and fi nished with over 500 kills as a junior. Geisel said that Chambers will be the main option for this year’s team but he hopes to spread it around it a little bit more.
With options like Megan Johnson, Paige Smith, Lexie Erickson and Rachel Freund that should be possible. “One thing we are going to do better this year is move the ball around,” he said. “Other teams are going to focus on Kelsey and if we can move the ball around and mix it up it will make us dangerous. We have four or five solid options to go to.” Chambers will still lead the team in kills but Geisel would like to see Johnson, Smith, Erickson and Freund each have about 5-10 kills each game. “Maybe Kelsey can be a decoy and we can get a oneon-one matchup on the other side that we can use to our advantage,” Geisel said. T h e r e s p o n s i bi l it y t o move the ball falls on the experienced shou lders of Gutzmer, who returns for her fourth year as the Jaguars setter. She fi nished with over 900 assists last year and should have even more this fall.
Class 2A state rankings 1. Jackson County Central (1) 42 2. Lesuer-Henderson 39 3. Stewartville (1) 37 4. Belle Plaine 36 5. Kasson-Mantorville (1) 35 6. Maple Lake 30 7. Visitation 26 8. Jordan 25 Marshall 25 10. Wadena-Deer Creek 20 Along with Chambers as an outside hitter, Geisel said Johnson and Freund will get time at there to. Smith and Erickson will rotate and middle hitter. “I expect to run a lot more plays for Smith and Erickson this year,” he said. “It’s time to step up. I think we will see a lot of good things from them.” Junior Hannah Klegstad also returns as the team’s libero. She had 157 digs in 2010. Other players that should contribute are Jenna Dietel and Natalia Storlie.
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Thursday, Sept. 15 at Mayer Lutheran
Saturday, Sept. 17 Farmington Invite
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Thursday, Sept. 22 Le Sueur-Henderson
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Tuesday, Oct. 18
DIFFERENT FEEL Even though last year’s team had a successful season, Geisel said that team was lacking something and he couldn’t put his fi nger on it until this year’s team got together for practice. “Last year’s team worked hard and beat some really good teams but lacked that special something,” he said. “I
see confidence and a desire in this year’s squad that I did not see last season. Their eyes tell me they are hungry to prove themselves and it has shown at every practice we have had. This desire is that something special that is needed to pull this team together when it matters most and help them to achieve all the high goals they have set for themselves.”
JAGUARS GIRLS TENNIS
Great start to season Tennis team gets close win against USC BY TODD ABELN email@example.com
Even though they lost one of their fi rst two matches, Jordan girls tennis coach Brad Ernst couldn’t be happier with the start of the season. Jordan started the season by playing two of the favorites in their section and came away with one win and a loss. The Jaguars started the season by defeating United South Central 4-3 and than falling to St. Peter 7-0. “It was a great start,” Ernst said. “The USC win was a great win.” In the win, the two teams were tied at 3-3 after six matches with only the No. 1 singles match still to be determined.
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That match went into a tiebreaker which ended 11-9 in favor of Jordan’s Drew DeCorsey. DeCorsey saved a match point at 8-9 and won the fi nal three points to grab the tiebreaker and the win for the Jaguars. In that tiebreaker, DeCorsey fell behind 2-6 but won nine of the final 12 points for the win. She won the match 6-3, 3-6, 11-9. Sami Ryan lost 1-6, 2-6 at No. 2 singles but teammate Alex
Hancock won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Carina Larsen fell 0-6, 1-6 at No. 4 singles. In doubles play, Paige Moran and Rachel Menke won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles while Paige Huss and Trianna Thong won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles. USC defeated Justine Lloyd and Victoria Read 4-6, 1-6 at No. 1 doubles. Against St. Peter, Jordan couldn’t match their fi repower and got swept away 0-7. All seven matches were decided in straight sets in favor of St. Peter. DeCorsey lost 5-7, 2-6 at No. 1 singles for her fi rst regular season loss since 2009. The Jaguars return to action today when they travel to Le Center.
PHOTO BY TODD ABELN
Alex Hancock earned a valuable point for Jordan at No. 3 singles in their win against United South Central.
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JBA traveling tryouts scheduled for Sept. 18 The Jordan Basketball Association (JBA) will be holding tryouts for the 2011-2012 JBA Traveling Teams on Sunday, Sept.18. The JBA tryouts will be for both girls and boys in grades 4-8. For more information regarding the JBA or to obtain registration forms, go to the JBA website at www. jordanhoops.com or contact Shelly Pitlick at firstname.lastname@example.org or (952) 492-5180. Registration forms are due no later than Sept. 12.
I woke with a massive headache. The kind of pain in your head that hurts so bad it wakes you from a deep sleep. This is not uncommon for me when jet-lagged in wet cold weather. I could hear strong winds buffeting my tent walls. I thought to myself at least itâ€™s not raining. I rummaged around in the dark for my watch to check the time â€“ 4 a.m. Lying in my sleeping bag I couldnâ€™t wait for the sun to come up so I could get up and get moving. Before I could complete my thought I could hear the fi rst rain drops hitting the tent roof. Dang, I can deal with the wind but the rain is defi nitely not what I wanted. Getting up at 6 a.m. I put on my very damp clothing and stepped out of my tent and into the wilderness of Katmai National Park in Alaska. It was a typical summer day in August â€“ high winds, temperatures in the 40s and 50s and light rain. Ahhh, the life of a wildlife photographer doesnâ€™t get much better than this. No cell phone service, no e-mails, no TV, just bears and wilderness. I came to Katmai, a 4.3 million acre park in southwest Alaska, to photograph bears. The coastal brown bears of Katmai are legendary. Iâ€™ve been working on a new book about bears and there is no better place to get up close and personal with these huge land predators. The night before I was fortunate enough to have some sunshine and decent weather but today is threatening to be a total washout. After a quick breakfast, we headed out on the half mile walk down the wind-swept beach to a small creek where the salmon were running. There are five different kinds of salmon in Alaska and three of them spawn here at Katmai. Just days before our arrival, the salmon started to build at the mouth of the creek out in the ocean and now they were running up the creek. The ocean tides play a huge role in the activity of the salmon, which in turns plays a bigger role in the activity of the bears. The bears come down from the mountain just to fish this creek and I am here for the bears. I am joined by two other photographers on this adventure. Two days ago we f lew into the bear camp in a small bush plane landing on the beach. After getting settled in we hit the beach looking for the bears. We were fortunate enough to photograph a couple bears as they attempt to catch fish. Each bear has its own unique way of catching fish. Some sit calmly along the shore watching for the dorsal fi ns of the salmon to break the waterâ€™s surface before charging into the water. Others walk on their hind legs while
Millers, Alers play in state tournament
PHOTO BY STAN TEKIELA
Grizzly bears use a variety of techniques to capture salmon. surveying the river from a higher angle for fish. Others just run up and down the creek in hopes of scaring a fish up and out of the water. But now itâ€™s raining. We head out with heavy duty rain gear for ourselves and the camera gear. Even though the winds are gusting to 35 to 40 mph and the rain stings like insect bites when it hits exposed skin, we are determined to photograph these bears. Near where the creek enters the ocean a single bear is lying in the sand facing the creek. It looks to be waiting in a crouched position ready to pounce but actually itâ€™s resting while waiting for the next fish. We set up with a decent angle to catch some fishing action. Sure enough, it suddenly gets up and rushes into the freezing cold water. Undaunted by the cold water, the bear makes several runs up and down the creek bed chasing fish. Our cameras are smoking as we capture some great action shots in the rain. The bear gives up and heads back to the shore where it resumes the same position ready to charge again. This goes on for a while and the bear never
catches a fish so it wanders off toward the ocean surf. We head up stream to see if we can fi nd some more bears. Sure enough, we come across a mother and a 1-yearold cub. These bears were patrolling the banks of the creek occasionally entering the water. They too are looking for a fi sh meal. We managed to capture a few nice images of these bears before they wander off too far away for our lens. At the end of the day we head back to camp to dry out some gear and get a warm meal. For the next three days the rain and wind continues. As I write this we are supposed to fly out of this camp tomorrow but the weather looks bad. The small airplanes that carried us in and out can only fly if they weather cooperates, so for now we are stranded. Only time will tell if we will make it out or not. To be continued. Stan Tekiela is an author / naturalist and wildlife photographer from Victoria who travels to study and photograph wildlife. He can be followed on twitter or facebook or at www.naturesmart.com.
The Jordan Millers and Jordan Alers each went 1-1 in the fi rst round of the Minnesota Senior Baseball state tournament. In the Class A/AA play-in game, the Jordan Millers scored a run in the bottom of the 7th to defeat the Perham Silver Pirates by a score of 3-2. Perham was the champions of the Northwest League. The win by the Millers earned them a spot in the Class AA tournament. Brian Buesgens had two RBI and earned the win on the mound. In the first round game of the Class AA tournament, the Millers fell to top seed Prior Lake, 7-1. In their play-in game, the Jordan Alers scored a fi rst inning run and Jack Reed made it hold up as the Alers downed Mineapolis by a 1-0 margin. That earned the Alers a spot in the Class B tournament. In their quarterfi nal Class B game, the Alers fell to Eden Prairie. The State Tournament continues this weekend in Jordan. The Millers play defending Class AA state champions Searles at 6:30 p.m., Friday in Jordan. The Alers play on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Shakopee against Urbank.
Meadows at Mystic named best golf course The Meadows at Mystic Lake has been selected as the best casino golf course in Minnesota by the readers of Midwest Gaming & Travel magazine. Readers of the magazine from 19 states and Canada voted last April for their favorite Midwest Native American casinos and amenities in a number of categories based on personal experience within the past twelve months. The Meadows at Mystic Lake is adjacent to Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. Both of these enterprises are owned and operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, a federally recognized Indian Tribe in Minnesota. The Meadows at Mystic Lake was also selected as the 11th best casino golf course in the country by Golfweek magazine. Golf Digest also named The Meadows at Mystic Lake as one of the top new golf
courses in the country out of several hundred courses in their January 2007 issue. For more information about The Meadows at Mystic Lake call (952) 233-5533 or go to mysticlakegolf. com.
Murphy Menace 50 set for Saturday, Aug. 27 Do you have the endurance and mental fortitude to battle heat, bugs, and 50 miles of mountain bike racing? You can find out on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8:30 a.m.to 3 p.m., at Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Savage. The Murphy Menace 50 consists of five loops on one of the Twin Cities most challenging single-track courses. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; race start 8:30 a.m.Helmets are required for all racers. Cost is $40 for pre-registration, $50 for day-of registration. To pre-register, call 763-559-6700 by Aug. 19 and reference activity No. 323735-05. This race is for ages:18 and up. Go to www.threeriversparks.org/ events/M/murphy-menace-50.aspx for more information.
Great Scott Cycle Club rides again Bicycling enthusiasts are invited to join the Great Scott Cycle Club. The club rides Monday and Thursday evenings from May to October, weather permitting. The group leaves at 6:15 p.m. from the parking lot in front of Michaelâ€™s Cycles located at 16731 Highway 13 S. in Prior Lake. There are five groups of riders to cover all levels. Helmets are required; road bikes are highly recommended. The club represents a mix of young and old, men and women, singles and tandems. This is a social club for riding and gathering afterwards for friendship, food, drink and conversation. New members are always welcome. For more information, call Al at (952) 220-4585. To get on the email list for the latest updates and additional rides go to greatscottcycling.com and press the â€œsubscribeâ€? button. Also follow us and join our Facebook page, the link can be found on our website.
Join the weekly area running club The Prior Lake Area Running Club meets weekly for group runs and also has guest speakers and can provide discounts at local running stores. All levels of runners and joggers are welcome. You donâ€™t have to be from Prior Lake to join the club. For more information, send an email to Doug Krohn at doug.krohn@ comcast.net. Compiled by Todd Abeln
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Tuesday, Aug. 30.........Minnetonka ...................................... 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 ........Blaine ............................................... 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 ........... at Le Sueur-Henderson ......................... 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 ........Norwood Young America..................... 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 ......... at Southwest Christian .......................... 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15........ at Mayer Lutheran ................................. 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17........ at Farmington Tournament ..........................9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 ......... at Belle Plaine ...................................... 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 ......Le Sueur-Henderson .......................... 7:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 ............ at Apple Valley Invitational ..........................5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24........ at Apple Valley Invitational ..........................9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 ......... at Norwood-Young America ................... 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29........ at Watertown-Mayer .............................. 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 ............. at Hopkins ............................................ 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 ..........Belle Plaine....................................... 7:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 ................ at Lakeville North Invitational ......................5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8............ at Lakeville North Invitational ......................9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.......... at Montgomery-Lonsdale ...................... 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 .........Sibley East ........................................ 7:15 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 19...............at St. Peter ............................................ Loss, 7-0 Friday, Aug. 19...............United South Central.............................. Win, 4-3 Tuesday, Aug. 23............at Glencoe-Silver Lake .................................. TBD Thursday, Aug. 25 ..........at Le Center .................................................. TBD Friday, Aug. 26 ........... New Prague .............................................. TBD Thursday, Sept. 1 ...........at Holy Family Academy ................................ TBD Tuesday, Sept. 6 ......... Sibley East.........................................4:15p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 ........ Belle Plaine .......................................4:15p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 ..........at Fairmont ................................................... TBD Tuesday, Sept. 13 ..........at Le Sueur-Henderson ......................... 4:15p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 ...... Sibley East.........................................4:15p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 ..........at Belle Plaine ...................................... 4:15p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 ...... Le Sueur-Henderson ...........................4:15p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 ..........at Le Center .................................................. TBD
Thursday, Sept. 8 ......at Montgomery-Lonsdale Invitational.................. TBD Tuesday, Sept. 13 .....at Norwood ........................................................ TBD Tuesday, Sept. 20 .....at Waconia at Crown College .............................. TBD Thursday, Sept. 22....at Redbird Fun Run at Montgomery.................... TBD Saturday, Sept. 24....at Milaca ........................................................... TBD Tuesday, Sept. 27 .....at New Prague ................................................... TBD Tuesday, Oct. 4 .........at NEY Center in Le Sueur .................................. TBD Thursday, Oct. 13......Conference at Belle Plaine ........................ 3:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 ..........at St. Peter......................................................... TBD Thursday, Oct. 27......Sections ............................................................ TBD
Friday, Sept. 2 ............ Waterville-Elysian-Morristown ................ 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 ............... at Montgomery-Lonsdale ...........................7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 ............. at Watertown-Mayer ...................................7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 .......... Sibley East............................................. 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 .......... Norwood Young America ......................... 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 ................. at Belle Plaine ...........................................7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 ............... at Le Sueur-Henderson ..............................7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 .... Mayer Lutheran ..................................... 7 p.m.
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