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INDEPENDENT Maze masters and crazed clowns Jordan residents mastermind the CarnEvil in 3-D at ValleySCARE BY MATHIAS BADEN email@example.com
osh Nelson has built a backyard to die for. And every year, every week, he wants to do something to top his latest scare. For six years running, his bosses, Ron and Kim Hubner of Jordan have been the “maze masters” at CarnEvil in 3-D at ValleySCARE, but it’s the clowns that do the scaring. “We have realized how many people are afraid of clowns,” Kim Hubner said. Nelson, a 1998 Jordan graduate who lives in Henderson, is back for a sixth year on the back-lot scare, located in a warehouse formerly used to store toys and other prizes. It’s annually the most attended haunted maze at Valleyfair’s fall event. From a staff of 40 scary clowns, 18 are returning. Four of the new clowns – Seth Baxendell, Dillon Baxendell, Ryan Hubner and Scott VonBank – are firsttimers hailing from Jordan.
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After a heart procedure, Jim Rutoski, a former employee of Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC), was able to climb steps and resume an active life.
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Scary clown Josh Nelson will get you one last time in the backyard at ValleySCARE’s CarnEvil. For the past six years, Nelson, a 1998 Jordan graduate, has put his creativity to work at Valleyfair’s Halloween Haunt. They started as season pass holders, and ended up working there. Nelson and the other clowns get their fingers into the design of CarnEvil, with Nelson’s favorite
contributions ranging from a 3-D Scrabble board to the baby room to a variety of backyard scares.
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Knott’s Camp Snoopy and Valleyfair teamed up to create ValleySCARE, which has two distinct features – Planet Snoopy for the younger kids, and Halloween Haunt for older kids and adults.
Ron, who met Kim working at Valleyfair, is the director of merchandise and games and has worked at Valleyfair since 1980.
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Fixed his heart, he’s back at it New valve repair procedure may have saved Jim Rutoski’s life BY DAVID SCHUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
Get out and vote Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and five candidates are running for three open seats on the Jordan School Board. Please learn about the candidates before you vote. This week, the Jordan Independent features Dennis Schmit and Bob Vollbrecht. You can read question-andanswer responses and minibiographies in their own words inside on page 6. Next week, your local newspaper will feature Caroline Carritt, Lauren Pederson and Melisa Stoltz. You can also read their questionand-answer responses and minibiographies. The deadline for letters to the editor about candidates is 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24. By Oct. 28, election coverage will be available at jordannews.com. Your local newspaper will remind you about the candidates’ positions on issues by the Nov. 3 print edition.
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Dennis Schmit’s parking spot is visible while in line for the High Roller at Valleyfair Amusement Park in Shakopee. “I work at an amusement park, so I must be a kid at heart,” Schmit said. The common question: What does he do in the winter? That question gets old, since he’s long worked there all year. He’s an accounting office manager, and before that, he managed the dorms there for 12 years. Valleyfair employs 70 to 80 full-time workers.
Schmit is one of five candidates for three seats on the Jordan School Board. His job has proved educational, Schmit said, even though he hasn’t done much traveling out of the country or to too many faraway states. The dorms he managed house seasonal employees from out of state and out of country. “I have friends in Bulgaria that I talk to now on Facebook,” Schmit said. He made a point to put up flags from the home countries of each worker
Dennis Schmit has been known by some for his variety of ties. This roller coaster tie is especially appropriate, considering Schmit’s place of employment – full time at Valleyfair. PHOTO BY DAVID SCHUELLER
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Bob Vollbrecht is a Johnnie. To other Johnnies, that means a lot. “More than any other school, Johnnies stay connected,” Vollbrecht said. He’s an alumnus of St. John’s University in Collegeville, the all-male partner college to the female College of St. Benedict in nearby St. Joseph. Vollbrecht graduated in 1984, and has stayed in contact with friends and family who went to the school. It’s a task
made somewhat easier by the fact that he has four brothers and – you guessed it – “the five boys all went to St. John’s,” Vollbrecht said. Vollbrecht is one of five candidates for three seats on the Jordan School Board. When he was a freshman, three brothers were there at the same time, and they were all in the same dorm building. Vollbrecht, the youngest of his brothers, was already connected to St. John’s before he got there, from knowing people and being known through his brothers.
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Bob Vollbrecht is proud to be a Johnnie, along with family members and friends. PHOTO BY DAVID SCHUELLER
Before and after. For Jim Rutoski, 73, of Sand Creek Township, before was a life of inactivity, no driving, low energy, and not much of a future considering he’d already had four heart operations and needed a fifth. In his heart, blood was leaking the wrong direction because of a weak valve – a condition called mitral valve disease. “I didn’t hardly do anything. In fact, towards the end, I was passing out,” Rutoski said. The risks of a fifth heart surgery were great, said Wes Pedersen, an interventional cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. “That is almost unheard of. Most surgeons tend to cringe with the second time going into the chest because of all the scar tissue,” Pedersen said. Before and after? At this point, about a year ago, he was facing a 10 to 20 percent chance of surviving another surgery, Rutoski said. There probably was not an after. Instead of surgery, cardiologists at the heart institute recommended a new, less invasive procedure that involved sending a 100cm-long catheter up through Rutoski’s groin to his heart, and placing a clip on the valve in hopes of stopping the leak. Only problem was, the procedure has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and has been only offered at around 30 sites in the U.S. for investigative trials. One of the few ways to get the procedure involves what’s called a compassionate use. Physicians can lobby for it when patients have few other good options.
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Shou ld a public school’s music curriculum be centered around a Christian holiday? A discussion about concerts got snagged on that rock of a question at the Oct. 10 Jordan School Board meeting. When Jordan Elementary School music teacher Marie Palmquist proposed to change how kindergar ten through second-g rade concer ts a re per for med, she got heated objection from some school board members who took issue with the idea of moving away from holiday-based programming. Palmquist asked to hold an informance, in which groups of about 25 students perform in a classroom setting. The idea is to include more of the processes that get students to the finished product. Included in her proposal was moving concerts away from the holiday-dominated schedule, which requires months of preparing for a concert, “creating holes in the curriculum and long stretches of rote learning,” she stated in her proposal to the board. “We’re starting to sing about Santa in October,” Palmquist said. She also noted another reason to move away from holiday programming. “No matter how few, some students and families are excluded from the prevailing celebration. I want to move
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www.jordannews.com away from the Christian-dominated topics of Christmas and perhaps transform a future December program into an educational balance of traditions, celebrations, and cultures,” Palmquist stated. “ We ’ r e n o t e xc lu siv e ly Christmas celebrators like we were maybe even 10 years ago,” Palmquist said at the board meeting. It was that last sentence in her written proposal to the board that brought about strongly worded opposition. “I think we cannot change everything because a few don’t believe that way,” Board Member Joe Benko said. Board Member Bob Vollbrecht said the informance made sense. “But then when we jump into a, with all due respect, antiChristian line,” it’s totally unnecessary, Vollbrecht said. “I’m not anti-Christian,” Palmquist said. Board Member Tammy Will said she completely agreed with Benko. “If my kid was in (those grades) and I didn’t get to go to the Christmas program, I would be offended,” Will said. Principal Stacy DeCorsey summed up the board sentiment.
“We will continue to do a Christmas program, and you will spend hours on that. That’s what I’m hearing,” DeCorsey said. Curriculum Director Carol Lagergren said the concerts might be taking away from time for learning. “She’s talking about really presenting good curriculum to our students,” Lagergren said. Pa l mquist said public schools in Belle Plaine, Eastern Carver County Schools, Shakopee and Waconia have adopted some form of informance. The proposal also had been brought to the administration last spring, but wasn’t brought to the board until Monday. That left little time to implement the idea this year. After board members sounded off about the idea of moving away from a Christmas concert, the idea of an informance got some airtime. Ben ko said t hat i f more time for music instruction is important, the board should think about increasing that time. “We have to fi nd a way as a board, if music is important, let’s bite the bullet,” Benko said. Benko also brought up the parent response that might come from a plan to do away with Christmas concerts. “Don’t give up your Christmas program. You’re going to hear static. It’s not going to be good for you,” Benko said to Palmquist.
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calling the agreement “a continuance for dismissal of the pending disorderly conduct charge. The effect of this is that Mr. Ewals is given the opportunity to have the pending disorderly conduct charge against him dismissed, on the condition that he has no same or similar conduct, during this one-year period, that he pays $400 in costs, and that he not go on private property in which Mr. (Mark) Ballard (the funeral home owner) has an interest. “If those conditions are met, at the end of one-year the pending disorderly conduct charge will be dismissed.” Ciliberto emphasized that on the pending disorderly conduct charge, Ewals was treated like any other individual without prior criminal history. “There’s no admission of
fault,” Halberg said. “There is no conviction. ... He has never had a record. He never will have one.” Halberg likened Ewals’ agreement to a past handshake deal with Ballard, who previously held a restraining order against the mayor. “The terms of the agreement provide accountability on the part of Mr. Ewals,” Ciliberto said, “as well as an opportunity for him to avoid a possible criminal conviction if he fulfi lls the conditions of the agreement.” T he d i s or derly c onduc t charge stems from an incident that allegedly occurred at 1 a.m. July 16, 2011. The mayor approached Ballard’s vehicle at the funeral home, tried to talk with Ballard, and the car sped away.
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Jordan Mayor Pete Ewals, denying a disorderly conduct charge, this week agreed to what his lawyer called a “delayed dismissal” of the case involving an incident at BallardSunder Funeral Home. As long as Ewals complies with certain conditions, the case will be dismissed in a year, according to Marsh J. Halberg of Halberg Criminal Defense in Bloomington. Ewals was scheduled to appear before a district court judge on Monday but instead convened to a court conference room and eventually settled. In an e-mail Tuesday, Scott County Attorney Pat Ciliberto took issue with Halberg’s term “delayed dismissal,” instead
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Learn about the Dakota Uprising The Scott County Historical Society will welcome guest speaker Corinne Marz at its annual meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Marz will offer a general history of the 1862 Dakota War and will share documents, articles and photos related to this tragic episode in Minnesota’s history. For more information, contact (952) 445-0378 or scottcountyhistory.org, or visit Scott County Historical Society at 235 Fuller St. S. in Shakopee.
Hartmann attends soil and water conference Gary Hartmann of Shakopee recently attended the Soil and Water Conservation District Governance 101 Conference in Alexandria. He was elected to the Scott Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Board of Supervisors last November and is completing his fi rst year of a four-year term. The conference, hosted by the Board of Soil and Water Resources, provided both new and experienced SWCD supervisors and employees in Minnesota with a background on various conservation efforts, core SWCD functions, leadership en ha ncement a nd SWCD guidelines and structure. Har tmann serves as secre tary-treasurer of the Scott SWCD board. He represents District 5, which encompasses the cities of Shakopee and Jordan as well as Jackson, Louisville, Sand Creek and St. Lawrence townships.
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With arms raised, Jordan Rosado (left) dances to the music. Dave Scherer’s hip hop act AGAPE performed concerts in Jordan on Sept. 28. During the day, Scherer worked with students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School, and in the afternoon performed with students.
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Dave Scherer’s hip hop act AGAPE performed a concert in Jordan on Sept. 28 at Hope Lutheran Church. Hans Peterson, music teacher at St. John the Baptist Catholic School, said seeing two churches – Hope and St. John’s – come together for the event was inspiring. And having good attendance helped. “Fabulous. Full house. It was packed – over 300 people,” Peterson said. Scherer has a relational ministry call Hip Hop Outreach that combines rapping, dancing, storytelling, and his fluency in
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Engaging personalities draw voters to election coverage Coverage of the Jordan School Board elections starts this week, and the candidates don’t disappoint. We have five candidates for three open positions on the most important board affecting our public schoolchildren in Jordan. The school board’s decisions affect curriculum, class sizes, local social gatherings like concerts and competitions, the hiring policies of our town’s largest employer, your tax bill, and more. We can’t give these three open seats to just anyone. So the Jordan Independent staff has worked hard to provide you with coverage about the candidates in four to five parts. In the next two print editions of your local newspaper, you may read five features about who are the candidates. Staff Writer David Schueller tells you a little about the candidates’ lives and passions, beyond their interest in local politics. Schueller personally met with each candidate, interviewed and photographed them. He learned all about them and then picked one facet of their lives to share with you. The stories aren’t meant to be comprehensive but rather interesting. Hopefully, the engaging personalities of these candidates will draw you into the rest of the JI’s election coverage. The second and third parts of the election coverage are directly submitted by the candidates. They each write their miniature biographies, including age, family, employment, education and public office experience. Then, they give their best pitch for why you should vote for them, offering their qualifications, as well as views on issues that will face Jordan Public Schools in the coming years. We ask questions about the budget, the middle school building, any future referenda, developing a sense of identity for the district, standardized testing, disagreements into which
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Most of us don’t want to get stung Buddy the dog “war on terror” or doesn’t like bees; he “overseas contingency tries to bite them. operations” or I don’t mind them; whatever the phrase I understand their of the day is. purpose: to pollinate I would buy one of and produce honey. those to avoid getting I also know they can stung. I think most sting, but I accept that people would. I also as part of the tradeoff. think most people want However, I am much to avoid the sting of less tolerant with paying more taxes than wasps, hornets and is legally required of other members of their them. But there are COMMUNITY COLUMNIST swarm. I understand always exceptions. they are considered For instance, Doug useful by those in Edwards, a retired the know, such as the University of millionaire and former Google Minnesota Extension Office: employee, was an invited audience “Wasps are predators, feeding member of a town hall meeting held insects and other arthropods to recently in California. He asked their young. … They are beneficial President Obama, “Would you please because they prey on many insects. ... raise my taxes?” Some wasps may become aggressive I agree, please raise Mr. Edwards’ scavengers around human food. … taxes. But I don’t think he meant Nests that are near human activity just his, because anyone who felt can pose a potential problem. If there that they weren’t paying their fair is a concern about stings, you should share, has an easy solution. Simply eradicate the nest.” send the government a check. They suggest that you wait until According to http://www.fms. nightfall to attack. One method is to treas.gov/faq/moretopics_gifts.html, “cover the nest with a large, heavy, a U.S. Treasury website, “Citizens plastic bag and seal it shut. Cut the who wish to make a general nest from the tree and freeze it or let donation to the U.S. government the bag sit in the sun, which will kill may send contributions to a specific the wasps inside in a day or two. Use account called “Gifts to the United caution: there is more risk involved States.” They even give you the in this procedure than in spraying address to make it easy. the nest.” Warren Buffet, a zillionaire, Uh-huh. It seems to me that if you doesn’t think it’s right that his tax were unsuccessful you have only rate is lower than his secretary’s. made a bad situation much worse. Well, I don’t think it’s right that his If they were aggressive before, they company, Berkshire Hathaway, may are sure to have revenge on their have owed the Internal Revenue minds now. I have trouble with Service (IRS) $1 billion since 2002, Ziploc baggies, so I am going to according to various websites, avoid that method. based on a story from Americans for I like spraying them with an Limited Government. insecticide from a safe distance of Jerry Kucera is a Sand Creek two yards (mine and my neighbors). Township resident and a columnist I think someone should invent a for the Jordan Independent. Read predator drone for home use. They his past columns on his blog at seem to be working very well in the jerrykucera.blogspot.com.
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I will continue to ‘ﬁght like a girl’ against breast cancer To the editor: I saw your request for personal essays to raise awareness about breast cancer in October. I just wanted to applaud your efforts since so many people have been affected by this or will be unfortunately. For myself, I received the official diagnosis last New Year’s Eve Day. I feel like I’ve been riding a rollercoaster ever since. “Fight Like a Girl” is a slogan I’ve been seeing on T-shirts in stores lately. It sums up what I have been through so far – surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and now I’m starting hormonal therapy. I have been battling hard all year long and will have to continue to fight for years to come. I have been sharing my progress on Caring Bridge. My personal page is charvoigt. I am amazed to see that I have fi lled over 20 pages so far! Caring Bridge has been a great tool to keep everyone up to date. There has been joy in this journey. The cancer care team at St. Francis Regional Medical Center became a second family to me. So many people reached out to me and offered support. I got a chance to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones, as well. I look forward to reading the stories that get submitted. I pray they all celebrate positive outcomes.
Char Voigt Jordan
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Change your behavior before it’s too late To the editor: Thirty-nine Minnesotans died in smoke and flames last year – up from 34 deaths in 2009. The majority of the victims lost their lives in a place where they should feel safest – at home. And unfortunately, in more than one-third of these tragedies, smoke alarms were missing or inoperable. Cooking, heating and open f lames accounted for nearly 70 percent of residential fi res with cooking, once again, being the leading cause. And while careless smoking accounts for only 4 percent of residential fi res, it caused 21 percent of residential fi re deaths last year. These sobering statistics are part of the reason for Fire Prevention Month in Minnesota. The campaign, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, is an annual effort to spread lifesaving messages in hopes of changing behavior that leads to deadly fi res. Gov. Dayton has signed a proclamation officially declaring October Fire Prevention Month in Minnesota, and the state fi re marshal division has launched a month-long public education campaign. The campaign includes advertisements on Metro Transit buses, downloadable education materials on the state fi re marshal website, fire safety tips on the fire marshal’s social media pages and a plan to distribute news releases across the state throughout the month informing Minnesotans of open houses at fi re departments and providing additional prevention information. Please visit our website at fi re.state.mn.us and select “Public Education” for
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Small business organization applauds Ortman for work To the editor: The state’s largest business groups in terms of entities, the National Federation of Independent Business with 12,000 members statewide, applauds state Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, for passing critical estate tax legislation during the 2011 special session. Sen. Ortman was successful in passing legislation which was part of the fi nal budget deal which was enacted in July that conforms Minnesota’s estate tax exemption to the federal for assets held in a small business or a farm. Under the new law, the estate tax exemption increased from $1 million per person to $5 million per person for assets held in a small business or a farm. Thanks to Sen. Ortman’s effort, any small business or farm that does not have federal estate tax liability will not have state. We really appreciate her tireless efforts and were incredibly impressed that she was able to accomplish this, despite the government shutdown and the contentious budget negotiations that occurred. Thanks to her efforts, family held small businesses and farms can breathe a lot easier on this issue and it will reduce the need to purchase excessive amounts of life insurance or establish trusts that were previously needed to guard against the harsh bite of the estate tax. Small businesses and farmers really have a friend in Sen. Julianne Ortman and we thank her for the tremendous efforts she made in the 2011 session.
Mike Hickey NFIB Minnesota state director
Blood drive collects 87 pints, asks for more donations To the editor: We wish to thank all those who helped make the community blood drive a very worthwhile thing. Special thanks to the Jordan Commercial Club, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and School, the Jordan Lions, the many workers and greeters, and the loyal donors that help make it possible. First-time donors were Tia Hinz, Brittany Beck, Joyce Welter, Lora Genetsky and Autumn Wheelock – hats off to them! Other milestones were: Dale Lachelt, 1 gallon; Lanny Holzer, 6 gallons; Jim Colling, 5 gallons. We collected 87 pints of blood that will help save lives. Hope to see you on Feb. 16, and make this number even greater.
Jeanne Pahl Jordan Jerry Langsweirdt Jordan Editor’s note: Jeanne Pahl and Jerry Langsweirdt are co-chairpeople of the local bloodmobile effort.
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Preparing for high achievement starts early Imagine standing in a line of 100 people for playoff tickets to the Super Bowl. The person near the front of the line with 90 people behind them stands a good chance of getting a ticket. That’s what I tell the student who scores in the 90th percentile of a standardized test; that’s a pretty good score that will open doors in the future. As a parent who happens to be an educator, I have attended many social events where other parents ask me to interpret what all those test scores mean. In an age when students spend a great deal of time taking tests, the results for parents can be overwhelming. Test names like MCA, MAP, ACT, Plan, and Explore may seem like alphabet soup, but understanding the importance of each of these tests can help parents guide their children and reinforce what educators are doing in the classroom.
MAP As early as kindergarten, students take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. Students can potentially take the test in the fall, winter, and spring, which to many may seem like a lot of testing. However, the test allows teachers to determine what students
MCNULTY need to improve, and then the next test measures student progress toward an individual target goal. Teachers can then streamline their methods to reach students more effectively.
MCA The MAP test indicates the extent to which students will be successful on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) tests. While in the elementary and middle schools, the test largely measures the success of the instruction. When students reach the high school, they become high-stakes tests that will determine if a student has met Minnesota standards for graduation. On the MCA writing test, students must achieve a 3 or better; the test is first
administered in ninth grade. As sophomores, students take the MCA reading test, and as juniors, they take the MCA math tests. Parents of high school students can check student progress online at School View. The following initials indicate the level of competence individual students have attained on the MCA tests: D means “does not meet standards,” P means “partially meets standards,” M means “meets standards,” and E means “exceeds standards.”
EXPLORE & PLAN The Explore and Plan tests, which students take in eighth and 10th grades, actually predict how well a student will perform on the American College Testing (ACT) assessment, which many colleges use as a standard for admission. Students are expected to increase three to four points between the Explore and Plan tests and another three to four between the Plan and ACT tests in a typical progression of academics. Colleges post average scores needed for admission on their websites.
WHAT IT MEANS What does that mean for parents? Parents can provide support at home by providing
reading materials and math games and puzzles for younger children. As students move through the system, continuing to support them, helping them access additional help when they struggle, and encouraging them to take rigorous coursework will help them experience more success on the tests. The Explore and Plan have an added bonus because they help students identify career areas of interest. Parents can consider the coursework students need to reach their dreams by talking with teachers and the school counselor. While all the testing may seem excessive, each one is important in that it can help teachers understand specific needs of students, show parents their children’s strengths and the areas in which they need more help, and – most importantly – help guide students as they graduate from high school and look to their future. All of this may help put students in the 90th percentile – at the beginning of the line –in turn opening many doors for their futures. Barb McNulty is principal of Jordan High School. She can be reached at mcnulbar@ jordan.k12.mn.us.
Amy Johns was all smiles when she got $1,000 in teaching supplies on Tuesday, Oct. 4, next to OfficeMax employee Scott Bobrick. PHOTO BY DAVID SCHUELLER
Teacher wins supplies-a-plenty BY DAVID SCHUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
Third-grade teacher Amy Johns got a surprise on Tuesday, Oct. 4, when OfficeMax employees showed up to give her $1,000 worth of school supplies as part of the store’s A Day Made Better program. “Congratulations, it’s well deserved,” said Principal Stacy DeCorsey, as Johns’ class looked on. DeCorsey also noted in a report to the Jordan School Board that Johns is “creative, loving, and inspires kids to learn and grow.” The OfficeMax program seeks to replenish supplies that teachers use. Why $1,000? That, according to OfficeMax, is the amount
teachers, on average, spend on supplies for their classrooms each year. Jordan teachers spend about $500 of their own money on classroom supplies, according to DeCorsey, a figure arrived at from a survey of several teachers’ personal spending. OfficeMax awards 1,000-plus teachers with a cool grand worth of supplies each year during the one-day event. OfficeMax has also set up a way for people to donate to the cause, at adaymadebetter.com. Included in the supplies for Johns was a digital camera, maps, colored pencils, cork board, among other items. “It’s kind of like a little Christmas,” said Mike Zellmann, assistant store manager in the Shakopee OfficeMax.
LIVESREMEMBERED Roger Richard Frey
Michael Clarence Hennen
Doris Maxine Brown
Roger Richard Frey, 55, of Jordan, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 in Burnsville, MN. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Oct.12, at 11 a.m. Visitation at 10 a.m., all at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Chaska. Father Al Backmann was the celebrant. Casket Bearers were Jeff Frey, Allen Frey, Matt Frey, Adam Frey, Sam Reynolds and Jonathon Nash. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Roger was born Oct. 25, 1955 in Shakopee, to Raymond and Veronica (Treml) Frey. He was one of six children. Roger won numerous special Olympic medals and in 1975 he was a gold medallist at the International Special Olympics in Michigan. Roger loved working through various MRCI work programs; he enjoyed bowling, all wildlife and loved his pet dogs. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Special Olympics or Guardian Angels Catholic Church. Preceding him in death were his parents, Raymond and Veronica. Survivors include his brothers, Joseph (Jeanne) of Jordan, Gary (Mary) of Jordan, sisters, Janice (Gary) Solie of Spring Grove, Jonita (James) Reynolds of Chaska, Marianne (Stephen) Nash of Ramsey, nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were with the Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska, 952-448-2137.
On June 8, 1954 in New Prague, MN, Clarence Frank and Suverna M. (Klehr) Hennen announced the birth of their son, Michael Clarence. Growing up on his grandparents and parents farm, he established his farming roots early in life, along with his 12 brothers and sisters. At the age of 17, Mike worked part-time at Knox Lumber and custom combining for neighbors. He graduated early from Prior Lake High School in 1972. Enjoying the farming life, Mike bought some cows and started farming. He later pulled his brother, Paul, into the operation as they worked side by side, tending to the animals and working the fields. Expanding his horizons, Mike started working construction and later owned and operated Hennen Dirt Works. In July of 1990, Mike’s world changed. Through some great friends, he met Crystal Freese. Their first date was to the Taste of Minnesota and they were engaged in October. On April 29, 1991, a day which contained all of Minnesota’s elements, Mike and Crystal were married on the farm. Their journey took them living and working side by side on the farm. In 1997, Mike had a vision and special knack of buying and rebuilding a run-down cabin on Spring Lake. This home was his pride and joy. This was a house that Mike built in hopes of passing it down to his children. His family was the utmost importance to him, especially his nieces, nephews and beloved grandson, Derek In his spare time, Mike enjoyed watching and attending sports. The Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves and Vikings were his favorites. Mike’s eyes would light up as he would be cheering his son, Bart on the side lines. Enjoying family and friends, he loved stopping at the local establishments and catching up. Every Sunday Mike had a routine of washing his vehicle and stopping by Marystown Bar to play cards. A man of a wonderful sense of humor, Mike was a caring, loving and protecting, husband, father, papa and brother, who always was a motivator and teacher to everyone he met. A resident of Prior Lake and at the age of 57, Mike passed away unexpectedly the late evening of Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at his home. Forever loved, Mike will be deeply missed by his wife, Crystal; children, Shawna Freese of Shakopee, Barton (Huldah Omesa) Hiltsley of Prior Lake; grandson, Derek Mink; siblings, Carol (Tom) Muelken of Shakopee, Rose (Paul) Krueger of Prior Lake, Alice (Bob) Busacker of Jordan, Dolores (Harlan) Poppler of East Union, Betty (Jerry) Meuffels of Bongards, Paul (Nellie) Hennen of Cologne, Theresa (Al) Hanson of Jordan, Daniel Hennen of Jordan, Al (Laura) Hennen of Belle Plaine, Ann (Pat) Schuneman of Arlington, Mary Hennen of Prior Lake; godchildren, Lisa Muelken-Breeggemann, Anthony Hennen and Isabella Hennen; lots of nieces and nephews; relatives and friends. Mike is preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Suverna and sister, Barbara Hennen. The visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 3-8 p.m. at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home Prior Lake and one hour prior to the Mass at church. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m.at Church of St. John Assumption, Belle Plaine. Father Samuel Perez was the officiant. Mike’s urn bearers were his family. The Hennen family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake Chapel www.ballardsunderfuneral.com
On Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1929 in Cleveland, OH, Doris Maxine was born to parents Norman and May (Ecklund) Dunkle. Moving to Minneapolis at a young age, she grew up with her four brothers and two sisters, creating many fond memories along the way. Doris graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis. On April 6 at the Richfield United Methodist Church in South Minneapolis, Doris married a young man named Stanley Brown. They were blessed with three children, Marlene, Susan and Michael. Family was always most important to Doris. She was able to stay home to raise her children until Michael was older. Entering the work force, Doris worked as a cashier for Jim Brady Drug Store in Savage. Expanded her horizons, she then worked for many, many years as a cook for the Burnsville School District, until she retired in the late 90’s. As a couple, Doris and Stanley loved deer hunting, casting a rod into the lake and riding the snowmobiles during the winter. As a family, they especially treasured their summers visiting Doris’ sister’s cabin in Randall, MN. In December of 1979, her world changed with sudden passing of her husband. In her spare time, Doris loved working with the flowers, enjoyed the companionship of her dog, Buster and spending time with her family. A dedicated woman of faith, Doris also loved having coffee with friends and co-workers. At the age of 82 and a resident of Savage, Doris passed away peacefully with her daughter at the side the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 at The Lodge on Natchez in Elko. Forever loved, Doris will be deeply missed by children, Marlene (Robert) Clark of Naperville, IL, Susan (Richard) Hennes of Webster, Michael (Jennifer) Brown of Savage; grandchildren, Jennifer Thompson, Justin Clark, Robert Hennes, Danelle Borgmeyer, Keelee Hennes, Brittany Hennes, Nicole Brown and Marissa Brown; great-grandchildren, Carter and Devyn Thompson, Liam and Morgan Clark, Sam and Lilly Hennes and Mason Westphal; brother, Ralph (Sandy) Dunkle of Apple Valley: sister, Jean (Ron) Rasmussen of Bloomington; sisters-in-law, Marge Dunkle and Tommie Dunkle; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Doris is preceded in death by husband, Stanley; parents, Norman and May; siblings, Bud Dunkle, Bob Dunkle, Lloyd Dunkle; sister, Joan (Art) Senart. The visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 5-7 p.m. at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, 4565 Pleasant St. SE, Prior Lake and one hour prior to the service at church. The Celebration of Life Service will be Thursday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Glendale United Methodist Church, 13550 Glendale Rd., Savage. Pastor David Taylor will be officiating. Doris will be laid to rest next to her husband, Stanley at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. The Brown family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake Chapel www.ballardsunderfuneral.com
Kristine K. Marte Kristine Marte, 45 of Jordan, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. Kristine is survived by husband, Mark Marte of Jordan; children, Sierra (Jesse Davis) Marte of Sioux Falls, SD, April (Dallas Hill) Marte of Jordan, Whitney (Caleb Eastman) Marte of Jordan, Savannah Marte of Jordan; grandchildren, Jayden Davis and Kobe Eastman; mother, Gladys Johnson of Denton, TX; brother, Bob (Vickie) Johnson of Brookings, SD; sisters, Sandra Johnson of Seattle, WA; Ruth Johnson of Denton, TX; mother-in-law, Darlene Marte of Jordan; fatherin-law, Eugene (Phyllis) Marte of Browerville, MN; brotherin-law, Craig Marte of Belle Plaine; sister-in-law, Peggy Marte of Jordan; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded by her father, Arthur Johnson; brotherin-laws, Steven, Robert and Kevin Marte; father-in law, Dick Spencer. Visitation is Tuesday October 11, 4-7 p.m. at Ballard–Sunder Funeral Home, 104 First St. W., Jordan. There also will be visitation at the church one hour prior to services. Memorial service was Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, Jordan. Funeral arrangements by Ballard–Sunder Funeral Home, Jordan, 952-492-2818. www.ballardsunderfuneral.com
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Mary DuTout Bayha Mary Bayha of Excelsior and Chaska died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. Preceded in death by parents Louise and Dana DuToit; husbands, Howard Bayha and Ted Allegretti; children, Nicholas and Margot Allegretti; sister Eugenia Waters; brother George A. DuToit; sister-in-law, Dorothy DuToit; brother-in-law Harvey Sobel. Survived by sisters, Suzanne Sobel, Tracy (Dennis) Swanson; brother, Dana DuToit, Jr.; stepsons, Joshua and Howard Bayha, Jr.; brotherin-law, Richard Waters; sister-in-law, Dolores DuToit Beson. Loved by 23 nieces and nephews; 25 great-nieces and nephews and many great-greats. Memorial service is Friday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave. S. Time of gathering is at 1 p.m. Inurnment at Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Carver County Library System or donor’s choice. Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska, 952-448-2137.
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ourschools Who is Dennis Schmit?
Who is Bob Vollbrecht?
Family: Married with four children. The two oldest attend Jordan Elementary School (fourth grade and kindergarten).
Family: Four kids Rebecca, 23; Rachel, 22, special education teacher in St. Cloud; Alex, 16, junior at Jordan High School; Jimmy, 13, seventh-grader at Jordan Middle School
Employment: Valleyfair amusement park accounting office manager
Employment: Self-employed in insurance and financial services
Education: Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Mankato State University School board or public office experience: None
Education: St. John’s University, 1984 graduate School board or public office experience: Served eight years on school board 2000-2008. Appointed last fall to fill open seat. Formerly served eight years on Scott County Human Resource council and eight years on Scott County Local Advisory Council on Mental Health.
District shouldn’t waste money repairing equipment that ought to be replaced, Schmit says Schools do good job of putting Q. Why are you running A. I don’t feel that a standards into well-rounded for a school board position? referendum is needed at this What expertise, work time, but a lot of variables curriculum, Vollbrecht says experience or talents will could come into play within you bring to the board? the next couple of years. A. As a parent, I want to make sure that Jordan schools are providing children with the tools they need to properly learn and grow. I graduated with a teaching degree, so I am familiar with the inner workings of the school system. I have also been a manager for the last 17 years and have had to make budgets to work with during the following year.
Q. Do Jordan schools have any sense of identity? How would you define it, and how would you shape it?
Q. How do you think the board should decide for which programs to allocate its limited funding?
A. I believe that as long as teachers are teaching the students the material in the standardized test, they should only need to do a little review during the week before the test. The students should constantly be learning new material to improve their knowledge.
A. I feel that the board must weigh and prioritize each individual program based on interest and type of program. I feel that Jordan schools should offer enough programs to allow all of the students the possibility of finding something that interests them. Q. How should the board deal with an aging middle school building? A. The board should seriously look at the building and equipment. They need to make sure that money is not being wasted on constantly repairing equipment that should really be replaced. Q. Should the district pursue a referendum sometime in the next four years?
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who stayed in the dorms, which hold 400 employees. They’re generally college aged, and come to work in positions that, especially before the recession, were difficult to fill by local people because of the short timeframe. The park hires around 1,600 seasonal workers, he said. “It was hard to fill those positions,” Schmit said. Slowly, the park began hiring from faraway places. Schmit ended up collecting 15 to 20 flags. “That was really interesting, learning about other countries. Every now and then, someone would want me to try out their home cooking,” Schmit said. Another perk to working at Valleyfair, one might think, is the ability to go ride the rides.
CLASS OF ’61 REUNITES
A. (No answer) Q. How much focus should teachers place on preparing students for standardized tests, such as the Minnesota Comprehensive AssessmentII?
Q. As a board member, how would you deal with disagreements, when they arise, with employees and parents? A. I would make sure to listen to both the employee and the parents, and work to help them understand the other’s position. This will hopefully help diffuse the disagreement and find a solution. Q. What do you see as the other major issues facing the district? A. (No answer) Wild Thing during lunch breaks perhaps? Well, maybe not. “The rides have never excited me,” he said. Schmit knows how much the rides are inspected, and they’re very safe, he said. In the fall, the park offers some Halloween-themed events, and then things wind down a bit between November and April. That’s when budget, hiring, ordering and planning work kicks up. Schmit doesn’t ride endless loops on Wild Thing, but he still enjoys going to the park with his kids. “Now we have a whole lot more to offer families with smaller children,” he said. This past summer, the park opened a $9 million, 3.5-acre Planet Snoopy area with more than 20 Peanuts-themed rides and attractions. “Now that I get to see it through my kids’ eyes, that has brought a whole new life,” Schmit said.
CLASS OF ’53 RETURNS
The Jordan High School class of 1953 held its 58th class reunion on Aug. 9 at the Ridges at Sand Creek. Pictured are (from left): front row, Harold Beckman, Donald Javurek and Bob Mertens; back row, Donna Krajewski, Janice Huss, Cordelia Milbrand, Shirley Browning and Gwen Brandt.
Q. Why are you running for a school board position? What expertise, work experience or talents will you bring to the board? A. When my seat opened up last year, I applied for the position because I thought my experience as a former board member would be valuable. I now have nine-plus years of experience on the board and believe that I have a reasonable understanding of how schools operate in Minnesota and the challenges we face. Q. How do you think the board should decide for which programs to allocate its limited funding? A. I don’t believe the board should almost ever decide anything unilaterally. Teachers, staff, administrators and citizens should all have input into what programs the district believes are the most crucial to the ultimate success of our students. It is the board’s job to get as much input as possible and try to reach a consensus. Q. How should the board deal with an aging middle school building? A. As part of the board’s recent strategic plan we have put together a maintenance plan. That plan should be followed. Q. Should the district pursue a referendum sometime in the next four years? A. The board is currently assessing the needs of each of the buildings, particularly the middle school. Once all of the information is gathered, I believe it is likely that the board will pursue a referendum to address the needs of our buildings. Once again, input from all interested parties will be gathered. Q. Do Jordan schools have any sense of identity? How would you define it, and how would you shape it? A. I moved to Jordan 24 years ago, because I was raised in a small town and greatly appreciate the values and sense of community that
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“I knew brothers of my brother’s friends,” he said. By the time he got there, he took part in a family tradition – his brother Mike and a friend had started an intramural basketball team that continued until two years after Vollbrecht graduated. They took a ragtag bunch of guys, some with no experience on the court, and turned them into a well-oiled losing machine. They made shirts for the squad. They also had team members sign contracts, which noted, in part, that, “I acknowledge the fact that whenever the word ‘team’ is used in this contract, it does not necessarily mean ‘a group of organized people working together towards a common goal.’” “We won one game in all the years we played,” Vollbrecht said. Friends and family continued to keep Vollbrecht connected to St. John’s. So did Johnnie football. And he’s not the only one
comes with that. Every child should have the opportunity to achieve his or her highest potential, and I believe that is best delivered in small towns with teachers, administrators and staff that get to know each and every student, not cater to any particular segment. Q. How much focus should teachers place on preparing students for standardized tests, such as the Minnesota Comprehensive AssessmentII? A. Testing is important, and, regardless of my opinion, is here to stay. Test scores are important to funding, and parents looking to move their children into (or out of) this district certainly look at them when choosing a school. That being said, I think we do a pretty good job at Jordan of embedding the standards that are tested into a good, wellrounded curriculum instead of just teaching to the test. Q. As a board member, how would you deal with disagreements, when they arise, with employees and parents? A. As a board member, such disagreements should rarely, if ever, get to the board level. Disagreements should be handled between the parties involved, and, if that is not satisfactory, it should move up through the supervisors (for example, principals), then the superintendent, and only if all of that fails, should the parties come before the board. I will always try to help walk anyone with any questions or complaints through the process, however. Q. What do you see as the other major issues facing the district? A. Finances will always be a huge issue for any school. Trying to balance providing the best opportunities for our students with limited funding and ever-increasing mandates is not easy. The more we are mandated, the less flexibility we, and subsequently our students, have in providing the types and variety of classes and opportunities needed to ensure the longterm success of our students. from Jordan to watch games. “There’s a pretty good contingent from Jordan that goes up there,” he said. Well-known names in Jordan like John Breunig and Ken Hanson, and others, make the trek. Breunig, in particular, can often be seen at games, he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been to a game he wasn’t at,” Vollbrecht said. During the season that ran up to the 2003 football team’s national championship title win, Vollbrecht saw nearly every game. “We saw every game home and away that year, expect the final,” Vollbrecht said. Going up as an alumnus has made for family road trips, as his sons, Alex and Jimmy, were exposed to their dad’s alma mater. “They made a lot of friends just from being up there playing with other kids,” Vollbrecht said. But does that mean they’re headed to St. John’s just like their dad? Bob said it’s still too early to say. “They both considered it,” he said.
PHOTO BY RON MORNSON
The Jordan High School class of 1961 met for a 50th reunion on Sept. 24 at Ridges at Sand Creek. Those who attended are (from left): front row, John Hentges, Lois Pasek, Dianne Bilek, Pat Anderson, Doris Fahey, Donna Moravec, Betty Huebner and Diann Schumann; second row, Dolly Mach, Sue McCoy, Pat Koepp, Jane O’Hern, Mary Benko, Allen Boeckman, Diann Hovland, Elaine Johnson, Duane Busch, Lamont Hennen, Ron Munson, and Eileen Hoy; third row, Duane Krautkremer, John Seifert, Jerry Seifert, Dale Thelemann, Ron Hahn, Dennis Smith, Curt Pelarski, Jane Nash, Marilyn Kalal and Harry Pieper.
More students enroll in Jordan schools We’re excited to report the Jordan school district is beginning the new school year with an increased enrollment; up 30 students from the end of last year. Here’s how the numbers break down, by grade. Kindergarten: 152 First: 137 Second: 126 Third: 134 Fourth: 111 Fifth: 142 Sixth: 108 Seventh: 143 Eighth: 158 Ninth: 138 10th:116 11th: 127 12th: 133 Total at Jordan Elementary School: 660 Total at Jordan Middle School: 551 Total at Jordan High School: 514 District total: 1,736.
MOLD ISSUES Elementary Principal Stacy DeCorsey and I met with parents of elementary students on Monday, Sept. 19, to answer questions concerning the summer elementary building mold issues. Mold was discovered in the building following failure of the air conditioning chiller this summer. The building received extensive cleaning, followed by testing, to verify the facility met safe environment standards. Following installation of the new chiller, new carpet was installed, and the building received a complete cleaning, including the air ducts. The building has passed all environmental inspections, and records reflecting the testing are available in both the elementary building office, as well as the central office.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION Five candidates are running for the three open seats on the Jordan School Board. They are Caroline Carritt, Lauren Pedersen, Dennis Schmit, Melisa Stoltz and Bob Vollbrecht. Being a school board member takes a huge commitment of time, training and decisionmaking based upon the idea, “What is best for all students?” Board members Scott Erickson and Tammy Will are not seeking re-election, and Bob Vollbrecht is our only incumbent. Please join us in thanking Tammy and Scott for their many years of dedication and service to making Jordan a school of excellence.
TALENTED STAFF Jordan is fortunate to have curriculum director Carol Lagergren on board. Lagergren splits her time equally between Jordan and Belle Plaine.
NELSON DISTRICT 717 SPOTLIGHT
Jordan has made great progress in curriculum development with Lagergren’s direction. Ever-increasing academic standards have made this position both essential and complicated. She brings extensive experience to this role. Scott Hare, our special education director, holds a position also shared with Belle Plaine. Hare is a leader in the state in special-education planning and services. His skills, including his work with the Minnesota Legislature, are a great resource for our school and community. As a district, we continue to look for cost-effective sharing opportunities that will improve our school district.
DONATING FOR STUDENTS This year, the Jordan school district has joined a great organization known for providing and increasing scholarships for graduates, Dollars for Scholars. On the evening of the homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 30, we announced our first large Dollars for Scholars donation. We encourage parents to join Dollars for Schools, an organization slated to be run by parents and community members with interest in increasing scholarships available to Jordan students. Information will be available on the school website soon and materials will be available at homecoming and in the high school office. Jordan will have access to Scholarship America’s Collegiate Partners Program, in which more than 500 colleges, universities and postsecondary schools throughout the nation agree not to reduce grant aid when Dollars for Scholars comes to their campus. More than 120 of these institutions have also agreed to match Dollars for Scholars awards. On behalf of the Jordan School Board and administrators, thank you for your continued support of Jordan students and staff. We’re looking forward to a good year! Kirk Nelson is the superintendent of Jordan Public Schools. He can be reached at email@example.com. mn.us.
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Partial victory for Ciliberto Judge OKs smaller raise, denies hikes for top staff BY SHANNON FIECKE email@example.com
Once again, Scott County District Court Judge William Macklin found the Scott County Board failed to follow legal requirements for setting an elected official’s salary. The judge has ordered a small raise for Scott County Attorney Pat Ciliberto. But Macklin failed to find sufficient cause for also increasing the pay of Ciliberto’s top staff. And in a decision fi led Sept. 22, Macklin appears to have little sympathy for the plight of the Scott County Attorney’s Office. All levels of government face “extraordinary fiscal challenges,” Macklin wrote, and to meet these challenges, those who choose to work for the government are being asked to forgo wage and salary increases. “Within the Minnesota judicial branch, judges, reporters, law clerks and court administration staff have gone without any increase in wages and salaries — COLA’s (cost of living adjustments) and steps included — for the past two fiscal years, and it is unlikely that there will be any in the next two years,” he said. That being noted, Macklin said he was still required to determine if Ciliberto’s salary and his office budget met statutory requirements. Last Tuesday, the Scott County Board complied with Macklin’s order and raised Ciliberto’s salary by 3 percent to $128,000. Both Ciliberto and County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka appealed their salaries, which were frozen for 2011, arguing county commissioners failed to even discuss their experience and duties when setting their pay, as required by law. Macklin agreed, and in April, he provided Studnicka with a 3.8 percent increase, raising his pay to $117,872. “As in the sheriff’s case, the more difficult issue is what a reasonable salary is under the law,” Macklin said. Ciliberto had asked the court to set his 2011 salary at the 2010 average salary of four metro counties, or $143,183. However, Macklin didn’t consider Ciliberto’s salary out of line when
the population of the other counties (Anoka, Dakota, Carver and Washington), and the experience of their county attorneys were considered. “His 2010 salary was 87 percent of the average compared with the county’s population at 50 percent of the four-county average and years of experience at 43 percent of the fourcounty average,” Macklin said. What troubled Macklin, however, is the pay gap between Ciliberto and Scott County’s three highestpaid employees before Ciliberto’s pay increase: county administrator ($130,612), deputy county administrator ($127,260) and health and human services director ($126,811). “He is responsible for providing legal counsel to each of the county’s departments, including two division heads who earn more than he does,” Macklin noted. “Taking into an account the responsibilities and duties … the data from the four comparable counties and (Ciliberto’s) experience, qualifications and performance, the court fi nds a reasonable salary for 2011 should be $128,000.” Unlike Studnicka, Ciliberto also appealed the salaries of his top staff: Chief Deputy Ron Hocevar ($114,952), who has worked for the county 16 years; Neil Nelson, the criminal division head for 23 years ($108,102), and Civil Division Head Susan McNellis, who has been the fi rst assistant for 25 years ($117,535). Their salaries are 90 to 92 percent of the average paid in the comparable counties. It is undisputed these top attorneys are experienced and competent, Macklin said, but the issue – although relying in large part on the same law – is different than Ciliberto’s salary. “Presumably the legislature allowed for an appeal to make sure that a county attorney, an elected public official, is fairly and reasonably compensated by fellow elected officials and not subject to the whim of politics,” Macklin said. “The concern regarding staffi ng is that the funding is sufficient to enable the county attorney to carry out his duties and obligations.” “Without a doubt” Ciliberto’s office is meeting its duties and obligations, Macklin said. His staff is well prepared, timely, seldom seeks continuances and enjoys the occasional luxury of a second
chair for serious felony trials, he said. “Contrast that with the office of the state public defender, which is demonstrably underfunded,” Macklin said. “Assistants are assigned to multiple courtrooms on the same day, continuances are frequently necessary, there are no second chairs, and certified student attorneys routinely provide backup.” Ciliberto had requested an additional $52,537 to bring his salary and three supervisors up to par with suburban counterparts. Scott County made a major adjustment to the salaries of assistant county attorneys in 2006 as part of an effort to stop the bleeding of experienced staff to higher-paying counties. Ciliberto, whose salary was less than the average chief deputy pay of other suburban metro counties, was told his supervisors would eventually get the salary bump they needed, as well. That never occurred. Ciliberto said he believes comparable compensation is necessary for him to attract and retain quality staff. It’s true Ciliberto’s top staff could earn more elsewhere, Macklin said, but a mass exodus from the top positions does not appear likely. “While it cannot be denied that his chief deputy, criminal division head and fi rst assistant could earn more in other metropolitan counties, they remain in their positions in Scott County and have for the past eight years,” Macklin said. “There simply isn’t any evidence that the appellant’s budget and corresponding salaries for his leadership team are preventing him from fulfilling the obligations and duties of his office.” The county board had been giving Ciliberto and Studnicka annual raises to try to get their salaries up, but refused to depart from a countywide salary freeze for 2011. County Administrator Gary Shelton, who received a unanimous evaluation of exceeding performance standards on his latest evaluation from the county board, did not receive a raise during the recent annual review. In court hearings on the salary matters, he noted that he is at the rock bottom of his peers. Ciliberto, who can appeal Macklin’s ruling, declined to comment on the decision until the matter “is concluded.”
Register to get even colder this winter Brave Minnesotans around the state are gearing up a cold shock. Polar Bear Plunge events are coordinated by local law enforcement for Special Olympics Minnesota. Reg i st ration i s now op en at plungemn.org and the first 2012 plunge will be held Jan. 28. Polar Bear Plunge fundraisers help Special Olympics Minnesota offer year-round sports training and competition to more than 7,100 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Polar Bear Plunge events near Jordan include: 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Crystal Beach, 1100 Crystal Lake Rd. E. in Burnsville; noon March 10, Round Lake Park, 16691 Valley View Road in Eden Prairie 1 p.m. Feb. 11, Hallett’s Pond at the intersection of W. St. Julien Street and Old Minnesota Avenue in St. Peter noon Feb. 18, Sand Point Beach in Prior Lake. For more information on Polar Bear Plunge or to register, go to plungemn.org or contact the program at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 783-7732.
Will it take ticket to save the lives unbelted drivers? Law enforcement agencies in Scott County are conducting increased Click It or Ticket seatbelt patrols during a statewide belt enforcement campaign from Oct. 14-27. The campaign aims to increase belt use to stop preventable deaths and injuries. Statewide, in the last three years, 409 unbelted motorists were killed and 814 suffered serious, life-altering injuries, according to a press release from local law enforcement agencies. Seat belts also must be worn correctly – low and snug across the hips with shoulder straps never be tucked under an arm or behind the back. “We are reminding motorists to buckle up. We want you to avoid being pulled over, and more importantly, avoid getting hurt or killed,” said Jordan Police Officer Charlie Crohn in a press release.
Crohn also added that motorists are the fi rst line of enforcing the law by speaking up and insisting that all passengers are belted. “It may not be cool or easy to tell everyone to buckle up, but it’s a lot easier than dealing with the consequences,” Crohn stated.
Pay more attention as daylight time shrinks As days become darker earlier, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is reminding motorists to be aware of pedestrian and bicyclist traffic, especially around schools, campuses and urban areas. In 2010, October was the deadliest month for pedestrians, seven were killed. To date, there have been 18 pedestrian deaths (down from 25 at this time in 2010), and three cyclist deaths (down from eight), according to a DPS press release. At this pace, 2011 could be among one of the safest years for walkers and riders in the last decade. In 2010, there were 36 pedestrian deaths and nine bicyclist deaths. Failure to yield the right-of-way and driver inattention and distraction are the main contributing factors in pedestrian crashes. Impaired pedestrians are another issue – in the last five years, 34 percent the pedestrians killed and tested for alcohol had alcohol-concentration levels of 0.10 or higher.
Man accused of raping woman he met online An 18-year-old Chaska woman has accused a 37-year- old man, Anthony Leo Scully, of raping her on their second date at his home- in Shakopee. Scully, whose home was searched by Shakopee police two days later, has been charged in Scott County District Court with third- and fourth-degree felony criminal sexual conduct. According to the criminal complaint, the woman met Scully on an online dating website called Skout. Scully was charged last month and is scheduled to make his fi rst appearance in Scott County District Court at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 24.
Erin Schneider, The Cheap Chick, is a frugal shopping guru sharing her message in print, on FOX 9 Buzz and across the Internet. When: Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m. Where: Dangerﬁeld’s Restaurant in Shakopee Cost: $16 + tax & fees Tickets on sale now at Savvy.mn, click Soirees
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2008 wedding theft leads to arrests Stolen checks and credit cards from a heist at a Shakopee wedding in 2008 led detectives to a Twin Cities checkwriting ring and the filing of criminal charges against three people last month. According to criminal complaints fi led in Scott County District Court: A 30-year-old Bloomington woman, Jennifer Tasha Stiel, admits going into a wedding reception in September 2008 at the Shakopee Ballroom and stealing a purse near the gift table. Inside, she found the keys to a car, which she and 32-yearold John Linares of Edina then stole. They took handbags and a camera that was later pawned from the $26,000 vehicle. Stolen credit cards were used, checks were written and the victim’s identity was used to produce counterfeit checks and obtain credit cards. The amount of original checks fraudulently written, along with two credit cards opened in the victim’s name, totaled $6,821. (Checks were also made using her identity and the account of a man whose real check was in the woman’s purse.) Another $ 5,200 in counterfeit checks was passed at several casinos. After viewing surveillance from Kwik Trip and SuperAmerica stores and Mystic Lake Casino, police identified the three suspects and spoke with them: Stiel, Linares and 39-year-old Shane Robert Lund of St. Paul. Stiel admitted writing sev-
eral checks, opening a Best Buy credit card in the victim’s name and passing counterfeit checks, which were printed by Michelle Schneider, who has since been convicted in federal court for bank fraud and identity theft-related charges. Linares said he, Schneider and Stiel initially went to the ballroom because Stiel had this “thing where she goes out to weddings and takes stuff from the gift tables.” He said she stole the handbag, but it was his idea to steal the car. Linares admitted using a stolen credit card and pawning or returning several items that had been obtained fraudulently. In May 2009, King Cargo Vans and Trailer Sales notified Savage police of three forged checks drawn on its Klein Bank business account. Two of them were made payable to Linares. He admitted receiving the counterfeit checks from Schneider, according to court records. The detectives spoke with Lund in November 2008 after he allegedly attempted to cash a $2,491 counterfeit check at Canterbury Park. At that time, Lund admitted being part of a “big check-writing ring” with four other individuals, police said. According to court documents, Lund said three of them make the checks and he and Stiel are the check cashers. He admitted cashing a fraudulent check for $1,510 two days earlier. Lund led detectives to the hotel room where the checks were allegedly made. He admitted knowing of approximately 150 victims of this check-writing ring. In addition
to printing fraudulent checks, he said they make fake Minnesota driver’s licenses. Detectives also spoke with Goodman, who has been convicted in federal court for bank fraud and identity theft charges. She admitted printing checks and giving them to Stiel. Lund is charged with theft by swindle and check forgery; Linares is charged with receiving stolen property, check forgery and stealing a motor vehicle; and Stiel is charged with identity theft, fi nancial credit card fraud and check forgery. All are felonies.
Shining eyes near the road? Watch out It’s that time of year. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety reminds motorists that the deer breeding season and crop harvest activity are the primary factors for increased deer movement during the autumn, resulting in a danger to motorists – especially motorcyclists. There were 7,751 deer–vehicle crashes reported to DPS during the last three years, 2008 to 2010. More than onethird of those crashes took place in October and November – resulting in 19 deaths, of which 15 were motorcyclists. Some tips for driving during this season: buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention, and don’t veer for deer – swerving can cause motorists to lose control and travel off the road or into oncoming traffic. Bringing a vehicle to a controlled stop and hitting a deer is safer than swerving.
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Last week, the Jordan Police Depart- broken. The caller was advised to have the ment responded to 107 incidents – 37 property manager contact the police for citations, 11 warning citations and 59 further follow up regarding the damage. At 12:58 p.m., an officer responded calls for service. to the 200 block of Mill St. for a medical related to a fall. The man declined Sept. 27 At 1:49 a.m., an officer responded medical attention and was not transto the 400 block of N. Varner St. for a ported to the hospital. At 10:03 p.m., officers were called disturbance. The caller reported that his friend was pushed by another male. for an unwanted, allegedly intoxicated After speaking with all parties involved, guest at a business in the 300 block of it was determined that the suspect was Eldorado Drive. The officers located the a resident at the home, not a guest, as man in the area and advised him of the reported by the caller. All parties were complaint and that he was not welcome advised, and one individual was cited back at the business. The man began for underage consumption of alcohol. to walk away but then started walking At 7:56 a.m., a man reported that toward officers in a threatening manner. three of his vehicle tires had been slashed The man was taken into custody without sometime overnight while it was parked further incident and was transported to in the 200 block of N. Varner St. The total a Dakota County detoxification center. At 10:31 p.m., an officer was called amount of damage is about $150. for a disturbance in the 500 block of Syndicate St. The caller reported that Sept. 28 At 4:26 a.m., an officer responded to some males were yelling and breaking the 200 block of S. Broadway St. for a items. The officer located a man in the report of a man assaulted by a man and back of a residence along Syndicate a woman. The officer attempted to con- Street, who stated he was yelling at tact the suspects, but they would not someone on the phone. The man was answer their door. The victim and two advised to go inside his house and witnesses initially agreed to come to the quiet down for the night. police department to provide taped Oct. 2 statements, but they failed to show up At 1:54 p.m., an officer responded for the scheduled appointment. The officer then unsuccessfully attempted to to a minor two-vehicle accident at a business involving property damage, in contact the victim and witnesses. At 2:24 p.m., an officer responded the 200 block of Triangle Lane. The ofto the 500 block of S. Broadway St. for ficer assisted both parties with exchanga medical call. The Jordan Fire Depart- ing information. ment also responded to assist with lifting Oct. 3 the patient. The man was transported to At 2:45 p.m., a juvenile male reported Queen of Peace Hospital (Mayo Clinic a theft of a cell phone from a school in Health System) in New Prague. At 6:57 p.m., an officer responded the 600 block of Sunset Drive. The total to the 200 block of N. Varner St. for a amount of loss is about $150. At 4:28 p.m., an officer responded medical call. Allina Ambulance transported the juvenile male to St. Francis to the 500 block of N. Wood St. for a Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. medical call. Allina Ambulance respondAt 10:35 p.m., an officer responded ed to assist with medical care. A woman to the 200 block of Crestview Circle for declined ambulance transport. vandalism report. The caller reported Oct. 4 that her house had been toilet papered, At 12:21 a.m., officers assisted the and lawn statues were knocked over. No permanent damage was reported. The Jordan Fire Department with a fire in officer checked the area for the sus- the 200 block of Valley View Drive. A pects but was unable to locate them. storage shed was fully engulfed by the time the officers arrived. No injuries resulted from the fire. Sept. 29 At 11:42 a.m., officers responded At 8:54 p.m., an officer responded to the 900 block of Trellis St. for a report to the 500 block of S. Broadway St. for of two juveniles smashing pumpkins a medical call. The Jordan Fire Departagainst the caller’s house. The officer ment also responded to assist in lifting checked the area but was unable to the patient. Ridgeview Ambulance transported the man to Abbott Northlocate the suspects. At 9:30 p.m., officers responded to western Hospital in Minneapolis. At 12:36 a.m., a woman who resides the 800 block of Bridle Creek Lane for a vandalism-in-progress call. The caller in the 800 block of Bridle Creek Lane stated that he saw four to six teenagers reported that two eggs had been thrown running from the scene after he went against her home and she suspected a outside to check on the noise. The of- juvenile male neighbor due to having ficers searched the area but were un- previous issues with him. No permanent able to locate the suspects. No damage damage occurred, and the officer contacted the juvenile male and his parents was reported. At 9:55 p.m., an officer responded to advise of the incident. At 6:13 p.m., officers responded to to the 800 block of Bridle Creek Lane for a report that an unknown person threw the 300 block of W. Sixth St. to assist in a tomato at the caller’s garage door, lifting a man who was unable to get up causing a large dent. The total amount after he fell. The man was not injured, and of damage is estimated at $500. Photo- no medical attention was necessary. graphs were taken of the damage. Oct. 5 At 4:23 p.m., an officer responded Sept. 30 At 9:25 p.m., an officer responded to the 200 block of W. First St. for a report to a hit-and-run accident that occurred of a small child left alone in a vehicle. in the 200 block of S. Broadway St. and The officer located a 7-year-old child involved property damage. The officer inside the vehicle watching a movie with checked the area for the suspect but windows open while his mother was inside a business. The officer advised the was unable to locate them. mother of the complaint and supervision concerns for the child. Oct. 1 At 2:36 a.m., an officer was called for Oct. 6 a vandalism report at the intersection of At 6:04 a.m., an officer responded Lodge Drive and 190th Street. The caller reported that lights that shine onto a to the 200 block of Valley View Drive for housing development sign had been a small fire that rekindled in a shed that
was previously involved in a fire. The Jordan Fire Department responded to extinguish the fire. At 9:56 a.m., an officer received a call about an allegedly truant student at a school in the 600 block of Sunset Drive. The officer located the juvenile female and transported her back to the school, where she was released to her mother and school staff. At 9:57 a.m., an officer responded to a business in the 200 block of E. First St. for a report of a possible disturbance involving loud music, along with screaming and yelling. The officer determined that the noise was related to an exercise class. Employees of the business were advised of the complaint. At 10:20 a.m., an officer was recalled to a business in the 200 block of E. First St. for a noise complaint. The officer spoke with the class instructor and advised her on Minnesota noise laws. The officer also left a message with the landlord of the building advising of the complaint. At 1:40 p.m., an officer responded to a residence along North Valley Drive for a medical call. Ridgeview Ambulance transported the man to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. At 8:47 p.m., an officer responded to a residence along Meadow Lane for a domestic incident involving a mother and juvenile siblings. The officer contacted all involved parties and determined that the dispute was verbal only. All parties were advised. Oct. 7 At 1:35 p.m., an officer responded to a school in the 800 block of Sunset Drive for a report of two unknown males inside the school building. The caller reported that the two males left the school after getting a drink of water inside. They stated to staff members that they were on work release from the high school. The officer checked the area but was unable to locate the males. Oct. 8 At 5 a.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of Chad Circle for a report of a man using a screwdriver to pry on the change holder of the coin-operated washing machine. The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m., but the caller was unable to report the incident earlier due to having phone problems. The officer inspected all of the machines and saw no signs of tampering or damage. Oct. 9 At 1:36 a.m., an officer observed a juvenile male walking in the area of Evergreen Circle. The male stated he was walking from one friend’s house to another friend’s house, then requested that he be brought back to his mother’s residence. The male was transported home and released to his mother with a citation for curfew violation. At 8:55 p.m., officers responded to a medical call along Maple Drive. A 63-year-old female died at the scene due to a previous medical condition. At 11:08 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Mill Street and Highway 21 for multiple equipment violations. The juvenile male driver appeared to be under the influence of marijuana and consented to a search of the vehicle. Officers located drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The juvenile’s mother arrived on scene to take custody of the juvenile, and she was issued a citation for not having insurance on the vehicle. The juvenile male was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and a vehicle equipment violation involving lack of rear lamps. Listen to the police scanner live online at jordannews.com/crime_beat.
FIRE From Sept. 30 to Oct. 9, the Jordan Fire Department responded to eight incidents.
for a report of the smell of gas.
At 5 p.m., firefighters stood by for a mutual-aid request from the Carver Fire Department.
Oct. 4 At 12:10 a.m., firefighters respondOct. 8 ed to the 200 block of Valley View Drive Sept. 30 At 8:20 a.m., firefighters responded At 6:20 a.m., after a mutual-aid for a structure fire. At 11:45 a.m., firefighters respond- to the 16000 block of Pueblo Blvd. for request, firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Minnesota Renais- ed to the 500 block of S. Broadway St. a medical call. for a lift assist. sance Festival, near Shakopee. Oct. 9 At 8:55 p.m., firefighters responded Oct. 6 Oct. 1 At 2:05 p.m., firefighters responded to the 200 block of S. Valley Drive for a At 12:50 p.m., firefighters respondmedical call. ed to the 5000 block of W. 210th St. to South Valley Drive for a lift assist.
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. Stefan Arnason Egilsson, 45, New Prague, driving while intoxicated (DWI), a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 15 days under electronic homemonitoring, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $300 in fines. Adam Robert Bushaw, 27, Champlin, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Five years’ probation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, provide DNA sample, $660 in fines. James Patrick McCauley, 43, Prior Lake, third-degree assault (substantial bodily harm), a felony. Five years’ probation, 10 days in jail, 20 days of community service, follow recommendations of evaluation, no contact with victim(s), provide DNA sample, restitution, $385 in fines. Anthony David Petsuch, 23, Min-
neapolis, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Five years’ probation, 90 days of community service, random tests, $400 in fines. Detphongsone Outthaaphay, 45, Minneapolis, check forgery, a felony. Five years’ probation, 165 days in jail, provide DNA sample, $375 in fines. Adam Robert Bushaw, 27, Champlin, first-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Twenty years’ probation, one year in jail, abstain from alcohol, random tests, provide DNA sample, complete treatment, $960 in fines. Eric William Harcey, 25, Sioux Falls, S.D., receiving stolen property, a felony. Sixty days’ probation, provide DNA sample, restitution, $85 in fines. Ryan John Lundy, 23, Shakopee, use of artificial lights for hunting, a grossmisdemeanor. Continued for dismissal: One year probation, $500 in fines. Christopher James O’Regan, 22,
Shakopee, obstruction of the legal process, a gross-misdemeanor. One year in jail, $85 in fines. Gregory Scott Rasmussen, 45, Apple Valley, furnishing alcohol to minor, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, $75 in fines. Fredy Flores Rosas, 19, Shakopee, domestic assault by strangulation, a felony. Three years’ probation, four days in jail, counseling/treatment, provide DNA sample, $385 in fines. Shaun Michael Maubach, 26, Minneapolis, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Five years’ probation, 120 days in jail, abstain from alcohol, random tests, provide DNA sample, $110 in fines. Troy Blaine Almhjeld, 33, Burnsville, domestic assault, a felony. Five years’ probation, 45 days in jail, follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, provide DNA sample, $285 in fines.
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Oct. 13-19 Winter salt management workshop for professional maintenance staff, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center, 13550 Dakota Ave. S., Savage, (651) 480-7715 or firstname.lastname@example.org VFW Auxiliary Post No. 2854, 7 p.m. Schule Haus Community Room, 100 W. Fourth St., Jordan, (952) 492-2674 St. Lawrence Town Board, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, St. Lawrence town hall, near intersection of Old Highway 169 and Highway 59, (952) 4923284 Growing Through Grief meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, Solarium, Queen of Peace Hospital (Mayo Clinic Health System), 301 Second St. N.E., New Prague, (952) 758-8188 Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency, 7:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, Prior Lake City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. S.E., (952) 4968186 or (952) 496-8597, scaleinfo. org Highway 169/Interstate 494 roundabout simulation and open house, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Braemar Golf Course, 6364 John Harris Drive, Edina, (877) 5634768, Hwy169-I494@rranow.com or dot.state.mn.us/metro/ projects/169 Jordan City Council, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, Jordan Government Center, 210 E. First St., (952) 4922535, jordan.govoffice.com Scott County Public Health walkIn immunization clinic, 1-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 792 Canterbury Road S., Suite A160, Shakopee, (952) 496-8552 Co-dependents Anonymous, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, Hope Lutheran Church, 201 Hope Ave., (952) 4925021 Alzheimer’s Association meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, Kingsway Retirement Living, The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine, 815 W. Main St., (952) 873-2161 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota free parent training class (with childcare for kids ages 4-14), 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, Lone Oak Room, Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, (651) 645-2948 ext 102 Jordan Economic Development Authority, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, Jordan Government Center, 210 E. First St., (952) 492-2535 Area separated and divorce support group 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, St. Wenceslaus Church, lower level, 215 E. Main St., New Prague, (952) 873-6781 Scott Soil and Water Conservation District board of supervisors meeting, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Extension and Conservation Center, Scott County Fairgrounds, 7151 190th St. W., St. Lawrence Township, (952) 492-5425 Prostate cancer support group, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Solarium, Mayo Clinic Health System, 301 Second St. NE, New Prague, (952) 758-4431, ext. 5174
Whitney Moore (Gannon) and Andrew Nathan Rebstock of Milwaukee were married Aug. 27, 2011, at Community United Church in Elm Grove, Wis. The parents of the couple are Jim and Stacey Gannon of Brookfield, Wis., and Lee and Mary Rebstock of Jordan. The maid of honor was Drew Gannon of Brookfield, Wis. The bridesmaids were: Lindsey Hirt of Milwaukee; Jessica Humphrey of Baltimore; Julie Stoddard of Ridgecrest, Calif.; and Rachel Landon of Carol Stream, Ill. The personal attendant was Lori Glawe of Houston. The best man was Geoff Edwards of Rhinelander, Wis. The groomsmen were: Dr. Michael Pay ne of Mi lwaukee; Ryan Beckius of Jordan; Adam Kalal of Jordan; Jeremy Landon of Carol Stream, Ill. The ushers were Johnny Pinto of Los Angeles and Dr. John Humphrey of New Orleans. T he g reeters were Kel li Boerkoel of Muskegon, Mich., and Hope Mirendil of Carlsbad, Calif. The Rev. John Wells presided over the wedding ceremony, and musicians L. Thomas Lueck and Drew Gannon performed. It was a beautiful day with an outdoor-poolside reception followed by formal dinner and a dance at Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield, Wis. Live music provided by DejaVu of Chicago.
Whitney (Gannon) and Andrew Rebstock Whitney attended Brookfield Central High School in Brookfield, Wis., and Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. She works as a corporate accountant in global fi nance at ManpowerGroup in Milwaukee. Andrew attended Jordan
High School and Marquette University in Milwaukee. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) for P ricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC, LLP) in Milwaukee. The couple resides in Milwaukee.
Know any leaders in conservation? If you know someone in Scott County who goes above and beyond for conservation, the Scott Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in St. Lawrence Township, near Jordan, wants to hear about them. Nominations (individuals, families, schools and businesses in Scott County) will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 17, for the 2011 Conservation Leaders Program. Nominations in four categories will be accepted: agricultural producers or farmers; businesses or schools; government entities (cities, townships, watersheds, et cetera); and urban or city residents. The award application form is available at scottswcd.org. The can be fi lled out online and returned via e-mail to dhrabe@ co.scott.mn.us or printed out and returned to Conservation Leaders Program, Scott SWCD,
7151 190th St. W., Suite 125, Jordan MN 55352. For more information or to nominate someone or become a sponsor, call the Scott SWCD office (952) 492-5425.
Uninsured? Need healthcare? Scott County Public Health identified a need for services that are more easily accessible to individuals and families who are uninsured, underinsured, and underserved. Through a partnership with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Scott County Public Health is offering a mobile clinic. The next clinic is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Russian Evangelical Baptist Church, 1205 10th Ave. in Shakopee. F o r m o r e i n fo r m at io n , contact Scott County Public Health at (952) 49 6 - 8555 or www.co.scott.mn.us.
St. Francis improves nurses’ bedside care St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee was one of 23 care teams from Minnesota hospitals to launch an 18-month project to improve care at patients’ bedsides through nurseled innovations. Transforming Care at the B e d side ( T CA B ) work s t o empower nurses and other bedside caregivers to suggest, test, and implement potential solut ion s to problem s. St . Francis will engage nurses and front line staff to redesign their work to get better results for patients, according to a press release. The overall goal is to increase time nurses get to be at the bedside by 40 percent. “This exciting change is getting nurses to feel that they can speak up and make a difference,” said Nursing Manager Sarah Amendola in a press release.
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Alex Hancock (left) won her quarterfinal match against Belle Plaine in straight sets. Rachel Menke returns a ball, playing No. 4 singles for the Jaguars.
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T he Jordan gi rls tennis team’s season ended on Wednesday morning. The Jaguars lost 2-5 to St. Peter in the semifi nals at Gustavus Adolphus College. Despite the loss, head coach Brad Ernst was happy with his team’s performance, considering they lost 0-7 to St. Peter earlier in the year. “We played great all the way around,” he said. “We were in every match. There’s nothing to hang our heads about.”
Getting wins for the Jaguars was Sami Ryan and Rachel Menke at No. 3 and 4 singles. Ryan won 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 while Menke won 6-3, 6-0. Drew DeCorsey lost 2-6, 1-6 at No. 1 while Alex Hancock lost 0-6, 2-6 at No. 2 singles. In doubles play, Victoria Read and Justine Lloyd lost 2-6, 0-6 at No. 1 while Paige Moran and Sammi Twite lost 3-6, 0-6 and Paige Huss and Carina Larson lost 3-6, 2-6. The team’s season might be over but the individual sec-
tion tournament began this morning.
ADVANCING T he Jordan gi rls tennis team advanced to the Class A, Section 2 semifi nals by beating Belle Plaine on Tuesday. Jordan won 4-3 when it was determined that Belle Plaine had used an ineligible player at the No. 4 singles position. The match was scheduled for Monday in Jordan. On Monday, the teams got together begin their warmups, introduced their starting lineups and got the match under way. Just minutes after starting the match, rain came, forcing the match to be postponed and continued on Tuesday afternoon.
“ We wer e l it er a l ly ju st points into the match,” Ernst said. C ome T ue s d ay, t he t wo teams gathered again, but this time Belle Plaine had a different player at No. 4 singles. Ernst protested that you can’t change your lineup once the match had started. The protest kept going up the ladder of responsibility until at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Minnesota State High School League ruled that Belle Plaine had used ineligible player. That gave the Jags a 4-3 victory and moved them onto the semifi nals. “The lineup was already established, and you can’t change it afterwards,” Ernst said. “They didn’t do it intentionally.”
Without the ruling, the Jaguars would not have played on Wednesday. With the protest looming around the tennis courts, the matches went on. Before the ruling, Jordan h ad lo st 3 - 4 a nd wou ld’ve b e en el i m i n at e d f r om t he playoffs. After the ruling, Jordan had won 4-3 and moved on in the playoffs. The Jaguars won all four singles matches and lost all three doubles matches. DeCorsey won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, while Hancock won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2. Ryan won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 and Menke won by forfeit at No. 4 singles. In the doubles play, Belle Plaine won all three matches in straight sets.
“We were a little complacent knowing we had beaten them twice already,” Ernst said. “Pretty quickly, we found ourselves down and started pressing and couldn’t get it back.”
CONFERENCE AWARDS The Minnesota River Conference announced its endof-the-year awards and allconference selections for girls tennis. Jordan came away with the biggest hardware, as DeCorsey was named the con ference most valuable player and Ernst was named the coach of the year. Besides those awards, DeCorsey, Hancock, Ryan along with the doubles team of Justine Lloyd and Victoria Read were named all-conference.
JORDAN CROSS COUNTRY
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Jenna Dietel can’t dig a ball out before it hits the ground for the Jaguars.
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The Jordan volleyball team fi nished fi fth at the Lakeville North Bachmann Invitational over the weekend. Finishing fifth might not sound too good, but when you consider the 16-team tournament had some of the best in the state and only one team had a better record than the Jaguars then it feels pretty good. Jordan finished the tournament with a 3-1 record having beat Irondale, New Prague and Prior Lake. They only team that went 4-0 in the tournament was the champion, Marshall. The Jaguars opened the tournament on Friday with a 25-12, 25-12 win against Irondale. In that win Paige Smith and Rachel Freund led the attack
with six kills each to lead the team. Emilee Gutzmer finished with 16 assists. Defensively, Hannah Klegstad and Natalie Storlie led the team with three digs. That win sent the Jaguars into a quarter final match against Hill-Murray. A fter winning the first set 25-19, Jordan dropped the next two 20-25, 15-17 to lose the match. Lexie Erickson and Freund led the Jaguars with seven kills. Gutzmer fi nished with 21 assists. That loss sent Jordan into the fi fth place bracket on Saturday morning where they faced New Prague. They defeated the Trojans 25-15, 25-20 to advance to the fi fth place match. Megan Johnson and Smith led the team with seven kills. Gutzmer led the team in both assists (17) and digs (5). Jordan claimed fi fth place when they outlasted Prior Lake 27-25, 14-25, 15-11.
Erickson led the attack with 11 kills followed closely by Smith’s 10 and Freund’s nine. Klegstad led a strong defensive effort as she had a teamhigh 10 digs. Jordan fi nished with 34 digs as a team. Becca Pauly added seven digs.
ANOTHER FIVE SETTER Prior to the tournament, Jordan played another five set match. This time Jordan lost the final two sets to fall 25-22, 18-25, 25-15, 18-25, 15-17 to the fourth-ranked Belle Plaine Tigers. This is the sixth five set match of the season for the Jaguars. They are 2-4 in those matches. Kelsey Chambers returned from mononucleosis to lead the Jaguars with 19 kills. Freund added 11 in the loss. Gutzmer finished with 41 assists and three aces. Defensively, Smit h had eight blocks while Klegstad had 12 digs.
The Jordan cross-country teams combined to fi nish second in their latest meet. The boys and girls crosscountry teams finished with 273 points, just four points behind Belle Plaine at the Giant Invitational at the Ney Nature Center in Henderson. The meet was scored differently than most meets, as they combined the top five male and female runners from each team to figure out the winners. The top runner for Jordan was Tony Eichten, who finished fi fth with a time of 15 minutes, 4 seconds. He was closely followed by Chris Huss and Cody Pelowski, who both earned top-10 finishes. Huss ran a 15:06 to finish seventh, while Pelowski was eighth with a time of 15:09. “Cody ran amazingly well,” he ad c oach B en Nyl a nder said. Jordan Moe just missed a top-10 fi nish, landing in 11th with a time of 15:26. Austin Hovland fi nished 15th. The top female fi nisher for Jordan was Alex Sopata, who finished 34th with a time of 17:51. Michaela Vogel fi nished three seconds later in the 35th spot. “Michaela has been battling a knee injury, so it is great to see her break through with a really nice performance,” Nylander said. They were followed by Casey O’Hern in 47th, Kerra Sieve in 56th and Savita Sidhu in 57th.
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Michaela Vogel helped Jordan finish second.
CONFERENCE Up next for the Jordan cross country team is the Minnesota River Conference championships, where Nylander expects both his teams to fi nish at or near the top. On the boys side, the Hubmen’s biggest competition will come from Belle Plaine and Mayer Lutheran, Nylander said. “We need really big races from our (nos.) 3, 4 and 5 runners in order to win,” he said. Belle Plaine and WatertownMayer are the clear favorites to win the girls title. Nylander said the Jaguars should compete with NorwoodYoung America, MontgomeryLonsdale and Sibley East for third place. T he M RC cha mpionship meet is 3:15 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Ney Nature Center in the Henderson.
Senior Cody Pelowski earned a top-10 finish at the Giants Invitational by finishing eighth.
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Take a test drive for Jordan volleyball The Jordan Volleyball Program will host the upcoming â€œDrive One for UR Schoolâ€? fund-raiser sponsored by Wolf Motors in Jordan on Saturday, Oct. 15. Support the Jaguars by taking a test drive between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Drivers must be at least 18 years old, and only one driver per household, please.
Big 12 basketball honors Chambers Kansas State Universityâ€™s Brittany Chambers, a 2009 Jordan graduate, has been named to the 2011-2012 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention team. Chambers, a unanimous All-Big 12 fi rst-team selection at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 season, led K-State and ranked 10th in the Big 12 in scoring with a career-high 16.1 points per game average (514 total points). The guard was one of two overall players in the Big 12 last season to record 500-plus points, 180-plus rebounds and 80-plus assists and was the only sophomore guard in the country and one of 11 guards in the nation to achieve the feat. Her point total during her sophomore season ranked as the fourth-highest in school history, while she set the school record for three-point field goals made in a season by a sophomore. Chambers, a two-time Big 12 Player of the Week recipient during the 2010-2011 season, also led K-State in three-point shooting (88 of 236, .373 percentage) and led the Big 12 in threepoint field goals made per game at 2.8. She finished second on the team in rebounding (185 rebounds, 5.8 per game) and was second in assists (84 assists, 2.6 per game). The Wildcats had an overall record of 21-11 and a 10-6 mark in Big 12 action which resulted in a tie for third in the league.
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Senior defensive lineman Mike Riker and the rest of the Hubmen defense held Belle Plaine to 22 points.
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The wins arenâ€™t there but Jordan football coach Craig Albers likes what he is seeing. Granted he would like to get the fi rst win of the year but he is seeing his team compete hard and getting better each week. The latest example of that came on Friday when the Hubmen were right there in the fourth quarter against Belle Plaine. In the end, they couldnâ€™t pull it out as they lost 22-7 to drop to 0-6 on the season. â€œWe continue to improve each week and are giving ourselves chances to be in games,â€? Albers said. â€œThe next step is to put it all together for a full game.â€? After a slow start to the game which saw Belle Plaine jump out to a 14-0 lead in the fi rst quarter, Jordan played their best game of the year. After giving up the two early touchdowns, the Hubmen defense stiffed up and kept the team in the game. â€œWith the exception of a couple of big plays, we had the old bend-but-donâ€™tbreak mentality on defense,â€? Albers
said. â€œWe gave up some yardage, but were able to keep them out of the end zone which was helped when we were in much better shape with respect to field position. Also, some of our players really played as smart and as physical as we have all year.â€? That defensive effort gave Jordanâ€™s offense a chance to get into sync. That came in the fourth quarter when the Hubmenâ€™s Jon Kreuser scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 14-7. Belle Plaine answered right back and put the game out of reach when they scored on a 10-yard run by Jordan Johnson. The offense continues to struggle to put points on the board as they failed to score over seven points for the fi fth time this season. â€œOffensively, we were not able to win the battle up front in order to run the ball and we continue to get costly penalties,â€? Albers said. Against the Tigers, Jordan only gained 101 total yards.
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Tuesday, Aug. 30.........Minnetonka ....................................... Loss, 3-2 Thursday, Sept. 1 ........Blaine ................................................ Loss, 3-2 Tuesday, Sept. 6 ........... at Le Sueur-Henderson .......................... Loss, 3-1 Thursday, Sept. 8 ........Norwood Young America....................... Win, 3-0 Tuesday, Sept. 13 ......... at Southwest Christian ............................ Win, 3-2 Thursday, Sept. 15........ at Mayer Lutheran .................................. Loss, 3-2 Saturday, Sept. 17........ at Farmington ......................................... Win, 2-0 Saturday, Sept. 17........ Prior Lake ............................................... Win, 2-0 Saturday, Sept. 17........ Owatonna ............................................... Win, 2-1 Saturday, Sept. 17........ Lakeville South ...................................... Loss, 2-0 Tuesday, Sept. 20 ......... at Belle Plaine ........................................ Win, 3-1 Thursday, Sept. 22 ......Le Sueur-Henderson ............................ Win, 3-1 Friday, Sept. 23 ............ Lakeville North....................................... Loss, 2-1 Friday, Sept. 23 ............ Eden Prairie ........................................... Loss, 2-0 Saturday, Sept. 24........ Alexandria .............................................. Win, 2-0 Saturday, Sept. 24........ Centennial .............................................. Win, 2-1 Tuesday, Sept. 27 ......... at Norwood-Young America ..................... Win, 3-1 Thursday, Sept. 29........ at Watertown-Mayer ................................ Win, 3-2 Tuesday, Oct. 4 ............. at Hopkins ............................................. Loss, 3-1 Thursday, Oct. 6 ..........Belle Plaine........................................ Loss, 3-2 Friday, Oct. 7 ................ Irondale.................................................. Win, 2-0 Friday, Oct. 7 ................ Hill-Murray ............................................. Loss, 2-1 Saturday, Oct. 8............ New Prague ............................................ Win, 2-0 Saturday, Oct. 8............ Prior Lake ............................................... Win, 2-1 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 .......................... Loss, 5-2 Tuesday, Aug. 23............Spring Lake Park .................................... Win, 5-2 Tuesday, Aug. 23............Sibley East ............................................. Win, 7-0 Thursday, Aug. 25 ..........at Le Center ........................................... Win, 5-2 Friday, Aug. 26 ........... New Prague ........................................ Win, 4-3 Thursday, Sept. 1 ...........at Holy Family ........................................ Win, 4-3 Tuesday, Sept. 6 ......... Sibley East.......................................... Win, 6-1 Thursday, Sept. 8 ........ Belle Plaine ........................................ Win, 4-3 Monday, Sept. 12 ..........at Fairmont ........................................... Loss, 5-2 Tuesday, Sept. 13 ..........at Le Sueur-Henderson .......................... Win, 5-2 Thursday, Sept. 15 ...... Sibley East.......................................... Win, 7-0 Tuesday, Sept. 20 ..........at Belle Plaine ....................................... Win, 5-2 Thursday, Sept. 22 ...... Le Sueur-Henderson ............................ Win, 5-2 Monday, Sept. 26 ....... Mound-West Tonka ............................ Loss, 4-3 Tuesday, Sept. 27 ..........at Le Center ........................................... Win, 4-3 Tuesday, Oct. 4 ........... United South Central........................... Win, 4-3 Monday, Oct. 10 ......... Belle Plaine ........................................ Win, 4-3
Thursday, Sept. 8 ......at Montgomery-Lonsdale ......... Boys 15th, Girls 19th Tuesday, Sept. 13 .....at Norwood ................................Boys 9th; Girls 12th Tuesday, Sept. 20 .....at Waconia at Crown College ........ Boys 7th; Girls 8th Saturday, Sept. 24....at Milaca .................................Boys 10th; Girls 14th Tuesday, Sept. 27 .....at New Prague ............................. Boys 4th; Girls 9th Tuesday, Oct. 4 .........at NEY Center in Le Sueur ....................Second place 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 .......... Loss, 39-0 Friday, Sept. 9 ...............at Montgomery-Lonsdale..................... Loss, 10-7 Friday, Sept. 16 .............at Watertown-Mayer............................. Loss, 35-7 Friday, Sept. 23 .......... Sibley East.....................................Loss, 32-14 Friday, Sept. 30 .......... Norwood Young America ................... Loss, 28-3 Friday, Oct. 7 .................at Belle Plaine .................................... Loss, 22-7 Friday, Oct. 14 ...............at Le Sueur-Henderson ..............................7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 .... Mayer Lutheran ..................................... 7 p.m.
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