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A signature moment: Mayor sued If Ewals won’t sign ordinance to allow downtown crematory, court might make him BY MATHIAS BADEN email@example.com
Pete Ewals won’t sign a crematoryrelated ordinance.
Mike Shaw wondered aloud if the mayor would reconsider. Ewals wouldn’t.
Tanya Velishek made the motion to sue the mayor, and it passed.
The mayor’s colleagues want him to sign on the line. On Monday, with threats of litigation lingering, Jordan City Councilmember Joe Thill offered an out for Mayor Pete Ewals: “If we put it in front of you right now, would you sign it?” Thill asked. Ewals uncomfortably paused for 15 seconds, looking down in thought. “I think we’re going to just end the discussion,” Ewals told Thill. “I don’t really want to get into it.” The mayor didn’t want to sign the amended zoning ordinance for which the Jordan City Council
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voted two weeks ago. If enacted after signing and publication, it would allow crematories as accessory uses to funeral homes, effectively allowing Ref lections Crematory to operate downtown, where Ewals has said a crematory does not belong. Ewals also said that five votes are not enough to pass the zoning amendment. With Councilmember Thom Boncher and him voting
against the proposal on Oct. 3, a supermajority vote was not achieved. City Attorney Annette Margarit, on the other hand, argued that per state law, which supersedes city ordinance in this case, only a simple majority is necessary. Jordan’s mayor and attorney will take their arguments to Scott County District Court. On Monday, the Jordan City Council voted 5-2 to sue the mayor to get the ordinance signed.
LEGAL OPTIONS “Mayor Ewals has decided that he will not sign the above text amendment because he doesn’t agree with the ordinance’s approval,” Shukle said, reading a
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 Caroline Carritt, Lauren Pedersen and Melisa Stoltz. You can read questionand-answer responses and minibiographies in their own words on page 6. Last week, your local newspaper featured Dennis Schmit and Bob Vollbrecht and published 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.
Carritt journeys to city, returns to a small town BY DAVID SCHUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Carritt grew up on the farm, where feeding the animals, bailing hay or cutting thistles were common chores. But after graduating from high school she moved away to a city, and had continued to live in a more urban setting, until three years ago. That’s when she moved back to a small town – Jordan – and she feels at home.
“I’ve experienced a lot of places and a lot of different people, and this is where I’m most happy,” Carritt said. Carritt is one of five candidates for three seats on the Jordan School Board. Her journey to Jordan highlights the nearness-tonature that small-town living can afford. “I love gardening, I love nature. I could hike all the time. I’m an apple orchard lover,” Carritt said.
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Sand Creek is only a few steps from Caroline Carritt’s backyard. Language about the creek, an asset for her as a nature lover, made it into Carritt’s wedding vows. Her dogs Malibu (left) and Daisy joined her on the water’s edge.
The scrap house is a little old place where Lauren Pedersen and her friends can get together – and do some scrapbooking. No distractions, only scrapbooking, which involves getting that per fect layout of photos and embellishments to commemorate holidays and treasured memories. Pedersen goes on scrapbooking retreats a few times a year with anywhere from five to 15 friends.
“You’re always laughing. Half the time, you’re looking at your pictures and telling stories,” Pedersen said. Pedersen is one of five candidates for three seats on the Jordan School Board. While a scrapbooking retreat could happen in a lot of settings, she especially enjoys going to a scrap house because it has tools and supplies that she doesn’t. For example, the Cricut brand of cutting machine can make thin letters
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Lauren Pedersen enjoys scrapbooking with friends. She said lots of scrapbookers, and even a scrapbooking business, can be found in Jordan. “It’s harder than you think,” she said, of the hobby.
Stoltz follows signs all the way to South Dakota BY DAVID SCHUELLER email@example.com
Where the heck is Wall Drug? Melisa Stoltz can tell you. She’s been there five times. “I’m always amazed about what you can find in there,” Stoltz said. For the record, the store, which has the feel of a supersized flea market, is located in Wall, S.D. And you really never know what you’ll find in there.
But some things never change. “They still have that green dinosaur,” Stoltz said. Stoltz is one of five candidates for three seats on the Jordan School Board. For her, trips to South Dakota hold a special family significance. Her first trip there was when she was in second grade. She and family members were on their way out to Wyoming on a hunting
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Linking to parents, pushing students to achieve among high priorities for new Jordan High School principal BY DAVID SCHUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
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memorandum detailing his discussion with Ewals. “He believes the motion to approve the text amendment ordinance failed because he believes it is illegal. He indicated that state law forbids him to sign this ordinance since it is illegal.” T hen, M a rga r it d ropp e d a bomb, introducing 11 pages of lega l options a nd suppor ti ng documents related to the mayor’s inaction on the ordinance, which Margarit deemed to be legally approved. The mayor is responsible for ensuring a legal process is followed, the memo said.
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Melisa Stoltz has fond memories of family trips to South Dakota, including to one well-known store. Can you guess which one? Here, she’s behind the wheel of the vehicle she took on her most recent road trip.
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Barb McNulty learned one of the benefits of supervising lunch periods in a high school smaller than the one she left in Shakopee. “It’s just a joy to be able to stand in the lunch room and see everyone without putting my glasses on,” McNulty said. Barb McNulty McNulty is Jordan High School’s new principal, after being a school administrator in Shakopee and Lakeville for more than 16 years. So far, McNulty has spent time strengthening lines of communication with parents and district staff, and getting to know students. McNulty is enthusiastic about showing students how much high school academics can shape their futures. “The kids are really interested to know,” she said. Meanwhile, the district has been getting to know McNulty since she started this year, after former principal Mark Ruggeberg resigned. It was an emotional transition for some. Ruggeberg had a reputation of being well liked and respected by students.
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You might not see them, but even here in the southwest metro, thousands of families are struggling to get by. T he Mi n nesot a Housi ng Partnership (MHP) reports that 36 percent of available jobs in Scott and Carver counties pay less than the wage ne c e s s a r y t o a f for d b a sic needs. “Just because you have a job doesn’t mean you can afford everything you need for your family,” said Patricia Pettit, coordinator of Project Community Connect. Local service agencies and community volunteers are coming together from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 to help area residents “living on little” as part of the second annual Scott Carver Project Community Connect. More than 80 providers will provide free services, including housing, education, medical care, youth, legal assistance, haircuts, benefits help, family services, dental, veterans services and more. T he event has moved to Minnesota School of Business, which offers additional professional space, such as doctor exam rooms, laboratory and more computers for legal volunteers, Pettit said.
hover around 5.6 percent, up from 3.6 percent before the Great Recession. Families that were formerly independent are now struggling due to job or housing loss. Between 2005 and 2010, there were 3,792 homes in Scott County lost to foreclosure, according to MHP’s 2011 county profi les. Carver County lost 1,602. “All of a sudden you have people who have always been self-sufficient thrown into a new world,” Pettit said. “They don’t know where to go. They don’t know who to ask, and there’s going to be pride thrown in there, too.” Project Community Connect was born from Heading Home Scott-Carver, a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Scott and Carver counties. The event not only points people to available resources, but also draws awareness to the issues of homelessness and poverty in the southwest metro. “Their situation could happen to any one of us at any time,” Pettit said. “It could be a medical event, it could be a car crash, it could be the onset of a disability that could put us in that position. That’s (why we need to) open our hearts and arms and extend our hands.” Last year, Project Community Connect served 183 individuals. Organizers are planning for a bigger turnout next week due to
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Preventing bullying deserves thumbs up Thumbs up to … Preventing bullying: Jordan Public Schools, and especially Jordan Middle School, is making strides to combat bullying. The middle school years can be tough enough for some kids as they move from being a youngin to a young adult, without the unnecessary and sometimes tragic consequences bullying can have. In Jordan Middle School, eighth graders recently went on the annual Courage Retreat, which aims to break down social barriers and help students have courage in moments of choice. The retreat, run by St. Louis Park-based Youth Frontiers, also lets students apologize and make amends for past hurts. In another effort, the middle school started a bullying prevention group. It consists of five students, five parents and teachers, and meets at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. This group is planning to talk about what students can do if they’re bullied, or if they are a bystander. Preventing bullying also comes down to personal choice, of course, but schools need to be taking action to do what they can to address the causes of bullying, as well as incidents when they arise. It looks like progress is being made on both fronts in Jordan. Jordan’s A1 bond rating: The city of Jordan conducted a bond refunding – sort of like refi nancing a loan – this week, and learned of another “actual accomplishment,” Finance Director Tom Nikunen said Monday. In this economic environment, just keeping a great bond rating is a step forward. The city’s fi nancial position offers a positive outlook, said Doug Green of Springsted Inc., the city’s fi nancial adviser. “It represents good financials, good management.” The city saved and estimated $74,000 by refi nancing, savings that will be accrued during the next nine years, Nikunen said. Jordan City Councilmember Joe Thill said that the city has worked hard to hold the line on the budget, which will likely increase by less than 1 percent in 2012, and that the city has a great administration, from City Administrator Ed Shukle on down.
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Thumbs down to … Delays in fi lling city commission seats: The Jordan Planning Commission has delayed for more than a year in its duty to fill an open seat on the advisory body. A second seat has recently opened. An allegedly botched interview led to a recent delay, three interviews were conducted at the last meeting, and then the commission decided that a fourth interview will need to wait a month. No! A more responsible body of government would hold a special meeting and get the job done. A leader on the city council should hold this commission accountable. For the good of the city, fi ll these seats.
Think on this … Occupy this clinic : Whether looking at the crowds in the Occupy Wall Street protests or the Tea Party protests, it’s clear lots of people are unhappy about the direction this country is headed. With an economy that climbed out of one recession only to limp along and be threatened by another, with young adults being lumped into what’s being called a lost generation, and unemployment still a major issue, it’s no wonder people are unhappy. But what is there to make of the protests? On the one hand, it’s a fundamental strength in this country that we have the right to gather publicly and protest, no matter the cause. On the other, what’s the end goal of a protest? Real policy or economic action, we might guess. And in this country lately, there’s been lots of talk and very little action.
Summer is leaving again till next year I tilled the garden – not once, but twice. The first was to grind this year’s remains into the ground. The second time was to add about 10 bags of leaves to the soil. These leaves were special – you might even say imported. They were a gift from my daughter, Jennifer, who lives in town with her new husband Adam. Growing up in the country, Jennifer rarely had to rake leaves. Out here on the farm we use the mow-and-blow method: chop the leaves up with the mower and let the wind take them when and where it wishes. But that method of yardwork is frowned upon in town, so she and Adam bagged up the leaves that had fallen on their yard and generously shared them with me. When they had completed their end of the bargain I went to town and picked up the bulging bags. At home I quickly spread the leaves on the freshly cultivated soil. I had to hurry, less the gift to the garden would blow away to parts unknown. Jennifer used to work the farm garden with her mother – now she has her own smaller plot in town. So this year I was a “husbandman,” an old term meaning farmer, gardener. So I helped my wife in the harvesting of tomatoes and carrots to empty the ground before the tillage. As the Lord says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Before I modernized with a tiller powered by the tractor I used to
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have what is commonly referred to as a walk-behind tiller. But walking suggests a peaceful pastime, and that does not describe my former tiller. Instead it handled like a team of wild horses trying to escape. A rear-leaning 45-degree stance was required to engage the tiller in battle. By the end of a leisurely day in the garden my forearms were like rocks, my back was shot and my legs quivered with fatigue. But turning over soil has become an easy chore since I purchased an attachment for my tractor. I call it a tractor because that’s what it is, but Mary, Mary quite contrary, my tractor looks like a toy next to real farm tractors. So I guess I’m playing farmer. True, I live in an old farmhouse and have a barn, but I am not a farmer – I do not possess their massive machinery or skills. The farmers in the area are
busy. Their trucks and tractors pulling wagons go back and forth on the normally quiet avenue. The combines with their bean heads raise dust in the fields and on the roads as they reap what they have sown. Soon they will come back outfitted to collect the corn. They will be gone soon, along with the 80-degree October days. I wave as they pass. The 80-degree-plus days in August are normal and expected, so I take them for granted and think about cooler times. But in this clime, those temperatures in October are rare and fleeting, so I soak up the sunshine as I go about my business. If I knew it was the last time I would see such warmth for six months or more I may treat the day differently. I can find contentment in a day spent reading and writing, but as the old saying goes, “A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds.” Land must be turned, garden hoses and pumps have to be drained and put away, and snow removal equipment must be made ready. So I toil in the soil and make provisions for the cold. The garden has been put to bed and patiently awaits the heavy blanket of snow that will surely come. Till next year. Jerry Kucera is a Sand Creek Township resident and a columnist for the Jordan Independent. Read his past columns on his blog at jerrykucera.blogspot.com.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR CITY LEADERSHIP
Mayor Ewals, quit wasting taxpayer dollars on court fees
CREMATION It’s time for citizen majority to speak up on lack of leadership Jordan could have encouraged
To the editor: Mayor Ewals, several months ago I listened to your radio broadcast on KCHK. In that broadcast, your advice to citizens was to become involved in the city. I heeded your advice and began attending the city council meetings. Boy, what an eye opener this has been! At Monday night’s council meeting, you admitted you were not a lawyer; however, you continue to dismiss the opinion of the city attorney and the attorney for the city’s insurer. You do not have a right to do whatever you want to do. You were elected by the people, so do your job and fulfi ll your oath of office. Sign the resolution to amend the ordinance that has been approved by the city council, and quit wasting our taxpayer dollars. If we wouldn’t have to waste so much money on legal fees, perhaps the city could purchase the new banners to put up around town that Councilmember Schultz asked about at the council meeting. New banners might help brighten the cloud that has been lingering over our community. Citizens of Jordan, if you are unable to attend the city council meetings, I urge you to watch the rebroadcasts on the city access channel. We all need to become educated and informed the next time we vote for a mayor to lead our city.
To the editor: After having watched the past city council meetings, including the Monday, Oct. 3, city council meeting, I am seeing the mayoral leadership falling under the wheels of micromanagement. The idea that leadership has one role, that being to put a stop to a singular issue, has hurt the community and caused a furor within the council. There seems to be no logic involved in making leadership decisions, including the inability to work within Robert’s Rules. Not allowing the councilmembers to talk or speak more than once as in a true debate of the back and forth, gaveling a member due to an opposing opinion or suggestion, is to suggest that leadership has only one agenda and Katy bar the door if that agenda is disrupted. We as citizens of Jordan could pay the price in property taxes if legal options are exercised due to this stubbornness. In spite of the comments by Councilmember Boncher in his Jordan Underground, the minority has long overstepped its bounds and now is the time for the majority to speak up. After all, the minority does not speak for the community, as has been stated. The community has been silent to this point, and it’s high time that the majority let this community know that we are tired of the circus and the defi nite lack of leadership on the part of the mayor.
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business expansion, like New Ulm To the editor: I recently had the pleasure of being invited to an open house celebration for Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm, Minn. The local funeral home recently installed a crematorium (which happens to be the same unit installed by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home in Jordan.) We drove down on a beautiful Sunday afternoon into the Minnesota River valley basin which looks surprisingly similar to the river valley basin of Jordan. Like Jordan’s funeral home, New Ulm’s funeral home is located 1/2 block off their main street. There is a four-story apartment building directly across the street surrounded by single family homes. They are located near two churches and the historic glockenspiel and city park. When we arrived, the parking lot was fi lled to capacity. The funeral directors welcomed us warmly and invited us to go on a tour of their updated facility. The directors gave a tour of their whole facility and explained the various components of traditional funerals and cremations. The questions asked by the guests were genuine and varied. Much time and attention was given to answering their questions and concerns. The local newspaper reporter joined one of the groups and was taking pictures and notes as he, too, was being educated as to the function of the new crematorium. In speaking with some of the residents of
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New Ulm, all welcomed the new addition to their funeral home. Some admitted that they may not use cremation as a final disposition, but were satisfied that they had options when discussing their end of life. How is this scenario different than Jordan’s? Instead of supporting a growing business, we have members of this community who have challenged, fought and ultimately sued the city to prohibit the expansion of our funeral home. They have picketed, hung offensive signs and slandered a long-standing member of our community. The contrast is stunning. Instead of welcoming growth and expanded service, this group has sought to demean and denigrate this business. Instead of having a mayor who invites the metro press to share the assets of our community, we have a mayor who contacts them to vindicate himself. I am appalled that he could walk into court, settle and then publicly deny any wrongdoing. Just exactly who was investigated, charged and tried in a court of law? I believe it was you, Mr. Mayor. I would like our community to emulate New Ulm. I would like our city council move on with the business of selling our community and drawing in new business. I would like to see our current businesses continue to grow and prosper. And perhaps the only way this will be achieved will be for our mayor to resign his position. He has violated the oath of office and cannot objectively continue in his role. We need leadership that will take our community into the next decade. Mayor Ewals, it’s time for you to step down.
Colleen Herzog Jordan
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Breaking down barriers Students write about the heartwarming, sometimes tearful gathering BY DAVID SCHUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
Poetic Courage Retreat
istrict parents or BY ERIN DARLING staff sometimes talk about the To have a Blast! size of Jordan’s Reflect on the Mistakes made in the Past! schools as Courage Retreat. a benefit. Students and An amazing way to Forgive, Apologize, teachers can better get and put away the Bad! to know each other, the Taj, Sam, Brian, and the High School Leaders. thinking goes. Mango Volleyball, Dancing, Group Jump Rope. A potential downside of We will never forget the games! togetherness, however, is We danced to the songs. that students might not have We made up our own dances. as many new peers to whom We took the mike and apologized. they can turn if things go We shared our Acts of Courage. sour between them and a Tears were also shared. group, or if they have to deal Pebbles in the Pond. with bullying. A daylong retreat taken by eighth-graders each year tries to chip away social The Courage Retreat opens the eyes divisions that might have of the kids to make them see that it’s formed between students and groups. wrong. The Courage Retreat is run by St. At the end of the day, each individual Louis Park-based Youth Frontiers, and has the chance to get up in front of the includes the goals of building positive school community, breaking down social whole class and say what their “act of courage” is. These could be a variety of barriers and helping students act with things, such as “I want to stand up for courage in moments of choice. The Jordan Independent asked to have others,” or “I want to be myself.” Many tears are shed at this time, as the eighth students write about what the Courage graders realize that they haven’t exactly Retreat means to them. been acting in the best way. Many apologies are given with everyone there to witness, and seeing the whole grade come together is truly heartwarming. All of us high school leaders had On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the 8th graders tears in our eyes as well, because we at Jordan Middle School took part in the knew that these kids had learned 2011 Courage Retreat. As high schoolers, something valuable that would stay we had the opportunity to lead our with them throughout the rest of younger classmates. their lives. Being a high school leader We worked with them through our was very rewarding. We had the small groups and helped to create a fun opportunity to make a difference in our atmosphere in large group activities. school. Some of the eighth graders said The Courage Retreat is not all fun and that their small group leaders changed games, however, and the people from their life. Youth Frontiers (Brian, Sam, and Taj) We are super happy to have been talked to the eighth graders about some chosen, and we will continue to be very important topics that are on the positive role models for the high minds of today’s youth. schoolers that are to come. Bullying and not fitting in are parts Dillon Baxendell, of the everyday life of a student in Jordan High School leader middle school, but they shouldn’t be.
Bullying shouldn’t be part of life
If cash is king, then Jordan schools are in the pillory
Tears help class unite On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the eighth graders went on a Courage Retreat. The Courage Retreat was a retreat to help build up the courage to do the right things, no matter what others think. The Courage Retreat took place at Ridges at Sand Creek golf course. When we all got off the bus we were welcomed by cheering high schoolers who took a day off from school to help us learn about courage. There were three leaders: Brian, Sam and Taj. We played games that had a point to them involving courage. They got everyone involved by playing fun music and dancing around. They also talked about some acts of courage, and we got into our small groups led by our high school leaders. In our small groups we talked about the types of bullying that went on in our school and individual acts of courage that could help. At the very end of the retreat we played Pebbles in the Pond. We all got a little card to write down our act of courage to help our school. If you wanted, you could go up and tell everyone your act of courage. A lot of people did. This was when it was very emotional. The acts of courage really touched everyone, especially the people who were bullies or have been bullied. It made a lot of people cry, including some teachers. When we got back to school, we hung out with our friends, our entire class, at the playground.
Katelyn Behr, eighth grade
More on courage … We did one last activity called Pebbles in the Pond. That is where each of us, if we chose, went up and threw a pebble in a half-full bowl of water and told the class what our courage was. I was the first one to go up. After everyone was done we stopped and had a small time of silence. Then we all got up and went around and cried and hugged each other and talked. Some were going around and saying sorry for bullying people. Others just cried. Then we left and went back to school.
Anthony Kuechle, eighth grade
H ow d o J o r d a n P u b l i c Schools’ finances stack up, more or less? Here are some highlights. The district pays administrators less than other districts, spends less on staf f development, is roughly equal on teacher pay, spends more on building maintenance but much less on new buildings and equipment. Oh yeah, and it could make a new movie called “Honey, I Shrunk the Cash Balance.” The district would co-star in that one with most others in the state, following budget shifts from the legislature. On the other hand, it isn’t all about cash. In some cases districts work with promises of payment. The Jordan district increased its general fund balance – which results from having more revenues than expenses – to $1.9 million in 2011, up from $1.4 million in 2010, and $900,000 in 2009. But that, of course, isn’t how much cash is on hand. “Things look good from the surface, but I have to point out the other cautions,” said Mike Ward, school district auditor with LarsonAllen, in his 2011 audit report given at the Oct. 10 Jordan School Board meeting. On the cash front, Ward said the district is down to nearly nothing, at $155,000 in 2011, compared to $1.1 million in 2010. “Right now, you have an IOU from the state of Minnesota,” Ward said. The cash shortage led Jordan School Board members, later in the Oct. 10 meeting, to unanimously approve $1 million of borrowing, in anticipation of state aid.
LOWER OR HIGHER PAY? Perhaps the most striking g raphs in the audit repor t show how Jordan compares on a variety of categories to other districts of a similar size (1,500
to 2,100 students) and the state average, using other districts’ 2010 numbers. To administrators, Jordan paid $680 dollars per student, compared to $800 dollars per student in similar-sized districts and in the state average. “You’re well under other districts, and the state,” Ward said. Teacher pay was higher than other similar districts but lower than the state average. Jordan paid teachers $4,300 per student, compared to a similardistrict average of $4,200 and a state average of $4,900. However, it paid much less to further train those teachers: $280 per student, compared to similar-district average of $330 and a state average of $460. Ward said Jordan is “significantly under the other schools in the state,” in that category.
HIGH MAINTENANCE With an aging Jordan Middle School building and problems with the elementary school air systems, there’s another telling comparison to be seen. In site, building and equipment costs, Jordan spends $890 per student, compared to a similar-district average of $760 and a state average of $790. Compa re t hat to capita l expenditures, a category that would include the costs of new buildings or equipment. In capital expenditures, Jordan spent $210 last year, compared to a similar-district average of $460 and a state average of $440. Jordan is raising its tax levy by a maximum of 9 percent, a $333,900 proposed increase that would cover the cost of a new air handler at Jordan Elementary School. The state would then pay back the district next year. It can lower but not raise the levy at its fi nal approval after the truth-in-taxation hearing on Dec. 12. The district has total revenues of about $19.5 million and expenses $17.7 million.
A mix of high school team leaders and eighth-graders compete in a beach ball team-building exercise. Among them is high school leader Maddy Dean.
School board hears 2011 audit report Eric Robert Larson BY DAVID SCHUELLER email@example.com
Allison Soeffker (left) and Karli Nielsen interact in an icebreaking game involving rapid calculation.
Eric Larson, 39, of Webster, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 in New Market Township, MN. Eric was born in New Prague June 20, 1972 to Lloyd and Lorraine (Kuzel) Larson. He married Christy Ann Peppel Aug. 29, 1998 in Eagan, MN. Eric was coowner of All Craftsmen Exteriors. Eric was a devoted husband, caring father, little brother and was a successful business owner. A 1990 graduate of Burnsville High School, he was an avid hunter and camper. Eric had many friends and will be dearly missed by all. He is survived by wife of 13 years, Christy; daughter, Alicia (12); son, Alex (9); mother, Lorraine Larson Busse and stepfather, Paul Busse; big brothers, Jeff and Doug; loving uncle to his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Larson. Visitation was Monday, Oct. 10 from 5-8 p.m. at the McNearney Funeral Home, Shakopee. Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Prior Lake. Officiating at funeral service was the Rev. John Vaughn. Pallbearers included Doug and Jeff Larson, Jeff Granowski, Chris Erickson, Jason Bentson and Kevin Hover. Interment at Valley Cemetery, Shakopee Funeral arrangements through McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee, 952-445-2755. www.mcnearneyfuneralhome.com
Earl L. Clinton Earl Clinton, 74, of Shakopee, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 201 at his home. Earl was born in St. Vincent Township, Kittson County, July 8, 1937 to parents, Herbert and Laura (Johnston) Clinton. He married Bonnie Russell Oct. 26, 1962. Earl was an auto mechanic and had been employed at Shakopee Ford and Freeway Ford. He was a member of Teamsters Local 974. He is survived by wife, Bonnie; daughters, Christine (Joe) Dysterheft of Shakopee, Stephanie (Dennis) Schroeder of Jordan; grandchildren, Tara and Jennifer Dysterheft, Carissa (Kevin) Grohs; great-granddaughter, Cadyn; brother, Raymond Clinton of Lancaster, MN; sisters, Shirley Farbo of Hallock, Bernice Benny of Minnetonka; nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Rose and Marilyn Clinton; brother-in-law, Mike Benny. Earl was preceded in death by parents; brother, Collins Clinton; sister, Viola Clinton. Visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 19, one hour prior to the service at the McNearney Funeral Home, Shakopee. Memorial service was held Wednesday, 12 noon at the McNearney Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements through McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee, 952-445-2755. www.mcnearneyfuneralhome.com
Linda L. Welch, Tchi Maingan (Big Wolf) Linda Welch, 63, of Shakopee, entered the Spirit World Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 at her home. She was born Dec. 20, 1947 in Stone Lake, WI, to Leonard and Bertena (Quaderer) Smith. Linda married Ronald T. Welch Oct. 20, 1971 in Rapid City, SD. Linda had worked as a chemical dependency counselor for the Minneapolis Public Schools. She was a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribe in Wisconsin Besides her husband, Ronald, she is survived by son, Sunny Day Welch; daughters, Tina Welch and Becky Welch; grandchildren, Jayde Mohr Welch, Mercedes Van Cleve and Maddison Van Cleve; mother, Bertena Wolfe; brothers, Gary Quaderer and Leonard Quaderer; sisters, Kate Taylor and Michelle Wolfe. Preceding her in death include her father, Leonard Smith and brother, Wilfred Wolfe. Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 18, one hour prior to the service at the Tiowakan Spiritual Center at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Prior Lake. Memorial service was held at 5 p.m, Tuesday at the Tiowakan Spiritual Center at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Officiating at the funeral service was the Rev. Jerry Zephier. Funeral arrangements through McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee, 952-445-2755. www.mcnearneyfuneralhome.com
Daryl Anthony Aretz Daryl Aretz, 36, of Davenport, IA, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 in Davenport. Per his request, cremation rites were accorded. There will be no visitation or services. Online condolences may be left at www.therungemortuary.com Daryl was born May 1, 1975 in Shakopee, the son of Herbert and Jeanette (Schweim) Aretz. He enjoyed music, poetry, origami, reading and games, but, his greatest joy was exploring nature with his son, Dassel, the light of his life. Those left to honor his memory include his son, Dassel of Chaska; parents, Herb and Jeanette of Davenport; brother, Dennis (Genise) Aretz of Belle Plaine; sister, Dena (Phil) Burian of Cedar Rapids, IA; paternal grandfather, Lester Otto of Belle Plaine; maternal grandmother, Verda Schweim of Chaska; nieces and nephews, Stacey, Micayla, Morgan, Jensen, Madeline and Kaden; great-niece, Olivia. His paternal grandmother, Rosella Otto and maternal grandfather, Raymond Schweim preceded him in death. Daryl brought love and joy into many lives and will be greatly missed!
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ourschools Who is Caroline J. Carritt?
Who is Lauren Pedersen?
Who is Melisa Stoltz?
Caroline J. Carritt
Family: Married to Dave Reinke, seven children. Three children have graduated from Jordan schools. Education: Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Concordia University in St. Paul. Master’s in special education from Bemidji State University. Specialist degree in educational and general education administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Employment: I have experience working in public, private, charter schools. I also have experience working in the business world. I am a former metro area and surrounding area director of special services, director of special education, due process facilitator. General education teacher in grades 3-8 and special education teacher in grades kindergarten through 12 grades. I am Minnesota Department of Education licensed for superintendent, K-12 principal, director of special education, elementary education, and learning disabilities. My business experience includes account executive for Voyager Expanded Learning. I have also served as an adjunct instructor for Concordia University in St. Paul, in both the master’s of education program, as well as the School of Accelerated Learning (information technology management degree and organizational management degree programs). Grant reviewer for the Minnesota Department of Education and a panelist for approving licensure completion for candidates of director of special education at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. School board or public office experience: Throughout my career in education and experience as a parent, I have had extensive experience working with school boards. This position will be the first as a member of a school board. My professional memberships: Minnesota Association of School Administrators, Minnesota Association of Special Education Administrators, Council for Exceptional Learners, Autism Society, National Association of School Administrators, Minnesota Administrators for Special Education, National Association for Special Education Administrators, Minnesota Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Staff Development Council, Council for Exceptional Children, Minnesota Autism Society, Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs.
Carritt says standardized test scores aren’t the sole indicators of students’ academic progress Q. Why are you running for a school board position? What expertise, work experience or talents will you bring to the board? A. The chief reason I am running for a school board position lies in my passion for education. I not only have a long history working in education, I am a parent who has supported my children and their schools. I would now like to serve Jordan by working hand in hand with the district and community to continue providing an exceptional education for our children. Q. How do you think the board should decide for which programs to allocate its limited funding? A. Money should be prioritized to the needs of the students. above all else. With the help of the community and input from the district we can then strategically plan for additional funding decisions. With a focus on accountability and results, we can further the efforts of past funding decisions to provide programs to our students and families. Q. How should the board deal with an aging middle school building?
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It was also love that brought her to Jordan – she’s married to Dave Reinke, whose family has a farm in St. Lawrence Township. “That’s one of my favorite places to visit,” she said. But being close to nature is even easier for Carritt than heading the short distance to St. Lawrence Township. Sand Creek is just beyond her backyard fence. “For someone who loves nature, I couldn’t imagine a better place,” Carritt said. She’s close enough to hear the creek flowing from her yard. She can hear fish jumping, or in the winter, ice cracking. “It’s gorgeous. It was actually part of our wedding vows,” Carritt said. She talked of how a creek can be quiet and still sometimes, and full of energy other times, with an ebb and flow that represents life. “It’s always moving and always changing,” Carritt said. Carritt said she isn’t usually so whimsical – she called herself more of pragmatist –
A. First, the board needs to investigate possible alternatives, including renovation or building a new school. Both alternatives are sizeable endeavors with longand short-term benefits, as well as funding requirements. Second, the enrollment projections, community desires, and future district needs will inform the ongoing discussion among community members, school board, parents, staff and students. Q. Should the district pursue a referendum sometime in the next four years? A. Our community needs to continue to support our schools so they are managed efficiently and our students are educated effectively. The need for a referendum is dependent on many variables, primarily the needs of the school district, the community’s capacity to support it and funding provided by the state. Information such as enrollment trends, funding, and economics will help. The decision to pursue a referendum should be in tandem with shared goals of the community.
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and it probably shows in the range of cities in which she’s lived: St. Paul; Minneapolis; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Cass Lake; Bemidji; and Apple Valley. She said she feels most at home in Jordan, where nature is right out back, and she also lives downtown. Her family farmed in the town of Soldier, Iowa, and her parents live in the “very small town” of Ute, Iowa. The farm has been in her family more than 125 years. She grew up as a farm girl, was in 4-H, and has continued to love horses. “I had pet pigs, too, and pet calves that I would bucket feed if their mothers couldn’t feed them,” Carritt said. She grew up with a strong sense of family and nature, she said, but knew she wanted to experience more than the farm. “I didn’t know anything else, but I had a yearning to go to the city and experience things that you can’t experience in a small town in 1980,” Carritt said. She’s enjoying the creek, the town, and life in Jordan. “It’s got the best of everything. I’ve got the small town and the city close by,” Carritt said.
Family: My husband is Sid. My daughter, Lexi, is 7 years old and in second grade at Jordan Elementary School. My son, Landon, is 4 years old. He attends the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) preschool program and is enrolled in the Early Adventures program at JES. Employment: I have been a compensation analyst for 12 years. I work for Optum Insight in Eden Prairie as a senior compensation analyst. My previous employer was Ecolab in St. Paul in the same role. Education: Bachelor’s degree in human resource management, from Concordia University in St Paul School board or public office experience: I have been an active member and volunteer on the Jordan Elementary School parent-teacher organization for the past three years. I was a member of the steering committee for the 2009-2010 Jordan referendum. I was the co-chairwoman for the get out the vote/canvassing committee.
Family: I have two boys; Alex is 4, and Dylan is 19 months. Alex has started in the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program. And Dylan was going to start in the program, but there wasn’t enough children to sign up for the new Play and Learn class, so we are waiting to see if any other children sign up to get him started in the program. Employment: I have been an administrative assistant for 13 years with financial companies, as well as with collection/skip agencies. Education: I have taken some college courses to improve my typing skills, business writing and Microsoft Office products. I also received my associate’s degree in culinary arts. School board or public office experience: This is my first time running for any type of office or board.
Pedersen says school programs Stoltz says that if a referendum and their impact on students is necessary, board will offer need to be analyzed by board information, reasons to voters Q. Why are you running for a school board position? What expertise, work experience or talents will you bring to the board? A. As a member of this community, I want to do what’s best for all the children in this district. My interaction with parents and teachers has allowed me gain insight as to the issues and concerns of our district. These connections, along with my willingness to listen and act, would be beneficial to this position. In addition, I have experience in developing policy, documenting process flow and cost of sale analysis related to compensation expense. Q. How do you think the board should decide for which programs to allocate its limited funding? A. The board should utilize experts to help identify best practices for programs and call out any important research-based information that can assist in the process. District policy should outline the critical criteria for each program, identifying those that are state mandated, which limits the flexibility of the board. Each program should include a purpose statement, number of students impacted, identify pros and cons of the program, impact statement for the district, and cost of program. Q. How should the board deal with an aging middle school building? A. The district already has a comprehensive study completed by DLR Group in 2009. The results of this study provide the necessary data for the board to develop a plan that should define, prioritize and document the most critical enhancements needed for Jordan Middle School. Of course, people want a new building or updates to the existing. However, this creates additional expense for the district and community. At this point, decisions should be based on critical needs.
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that would be tough for the average crafter to cut by hand. Scrap houses are rented out to groups well in advance, and can be difficult to book because of the demand, Pedersen said. “There’s a whole big business in scrapbooking,” Pedersen said. Pedersen said she’s not exactly a die-hard scrapbooker – some make scrapbooks for their pets – but she said she’s getting the basics down. Although some go into a scrapbooking weekend with everything prepared to make lots of progress, she lets the moment take her, and might get 30 pages done in a weekend. “I go and wing it, and go with the flow,” she said. Pedersen got into the hobby about seven years ago, when she moved to Jordan. Here, she met fellow scrapbookers, and also uses the hobby as a way to preserve early memories for her two children. Her daughter, Lexi, is 7 years
Q. Should the district pursue a referendum sometime in the next four years? A. As a member of the 20092010 referendum committee, I was pleased the community stepped up to help the kids in the district. I’m sure parents would love to give our kids more. Being realistic, no one wants to pay more taxes. It’s critical for the district and community to collaborate and determine the critical needs, versus wants, for the district. Then, collectively identify what the community is willing to support in the next four years. Q. Do Jordan schools have any sense of identity? How would you define it, and how would you shape it? A. Jordan has an identity. It might not be fully shaped, but one thing’s clear: there’s a bond between the community and the district. Wherever you go, there’s a great deal of Jordan pride and J-Town spirit. We aren’t a huge district, so we need to make sure that Jordan is a place where everyone counts and feels welcome. Staff, students and parents need to build relationships on a personal level, building on the family atmosphere. Q. How much focus should teachers place on preparing students for standardized tests, such as the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II? A. I think the focus of teaching should be based on defining the type of learner each student is and then identifying a plan that will help that child learn the basic skills. Once the skill is mastered, teach the student how to apply that skill elsewhere. Passing a test does not do the student any good if that knowledge can not be recalled and applied elsewhere.
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old, and her son, Landon, is 4. Pedersen said she’s been getting Lexi into the hobby, too. “She’s doing her own scrapbook already. I can’t wait until she gets older because I’ll take her on weekends,” Pedersen said. As Pedersen held a scrapbook with her daughter’s early years in it, she pointed to a page with a baby picture. “This simple page took me three hours to conceptualize. And all it is is paper and a flower,” Pedersen said. But the work already was bringing back memories for her children, who were looking through the scrapbook on a recent afternoon. Lexi was answering questions from the younger Landon about family photos, like one of Santa. Lexi said she has one of her scrapbooks done and another book has two pages fi nished. While looking in her mom’s scrapbook about herself, Lexi found a photo hiding that wasn’t attached yet. “I like that one. I want to put that one in my scrapbook,” Lexi said.
Q. Why are you running for a school board position? What expertise, work experience or talents will you bring to the board? A. I am running for the school board because I believe in our children’s education and feel there should be a mixture of people on the board, young to elderly. I have been an administrative assistant for 13 years and can take projects on and prioritize. I am a good listener and can work through issues that come up in a calm manner. I will work hard to help make good choices for our growing children. Q. How do you think the board should decide for which programs to allocate its limited funding? A. They should try and make choices that would not affect the education the children are getting. Which I am sure they would review how the funding is spent on programs and which ones would not affect their education. Q. How should the board deal with an aging middle school building? A. Make improvements as needed to ensure the safely of our children, as well as the integrity of the building. The school was built in (1965), making it (46) years old. I looked to see what the oldest school was still in operation and found that it was built in 1635. Boston Latin School in Boston – that was the first public school and the oldest school in the U.S. It’s used as a public exam school. Q. Should the district pursue a referendum sometime in the next four years? A. If the district needs to have a referendum done, then they should submit for one, as they have in the past. With the last referendum
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trip, where they stayed in a single-room house on a farm. The trip formed vivid memories, she said. “It was the last vacation we went on with our grandparents,” Stoltz said. She’s been to Wall Drug four more times since that first trip, most recently a handful of years ago. South Dakota is a favorite place to visit, she said, and they make a point to stop at Wall Drug. “I think I like the fact that it’s this really small town with such a big store in it,” Stoltz said. Of course, one oddball factor to Wall Drug is the relentless billboards one sees on the way west from Minnesota. “There’s like 100 signs (noting), ‘Wall Drug is up ahead,’ starting in Minnesota,” Stoltz said. Once in the store, nothing
that was put through, I felt the board provided the information of why the referendum was needed for the education of our children, and if another is needed, the board will do the research and provide the public with all of the information needed to get it to pass. Q. Do Jordan schools have any sense of identity? How would you define it, and how would you shape it? A. I believe all things have an identity. I have spent some time in the schools for activities I have signed my children up for and feel that the schools seem very friendly and welcoming. I don’t feel I have spent enough time in all the schools to get a full sense of what their identity is completely. Q. How much focus should teachers place on preparing students for standardized tests, such as the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II? A. I think they should put enough focus so the children understand that the standardized tests are important but without putting undue stress on the kids. Q. As a board member, how would you deal with disagreements, when they arise, with employees and parents? A. I would listen to the details of their disagreements and try and help come up with a plan for everyone to work through the disagreements and have a positive outcome. Q. What do you see as the other major issues facing the district? A. At this time, I am not aware of any major issues, but sometimes major issues come up without warning.
she looks at there is too extravagant – she’s bought and looked at gemstones, blankets, pens, those sorts of thing, she said. In the parking lot, it’s easy to spot license plates from other states, even from as far as California. “It’s just amazing that people drive all the way across the country to go there,” Stoltz said. On family trips, there was, of course, more to do in South Dakota than visit Wall Drug. She enjoys going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Bear Country USA, Cosmos Mystery Area, and she likes to look at historic structures in Deadwood, S.D. Lately, she hasn’t had a chance to get out to Wall Drug, instead choosing to spend time with sons Alex, 4, and Dylan, 19 months. Will she again follow the signs and step into Wall Drug? “Oh yeah, yeah, when my kids get a little bit older,” Stoltz said.
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High school senior Tia Hinz said she cried when she heard Ruggeberg had resigned. “I wasn’t happy finding out we had a new principal. But I’m happy now,” Hinz said. This year, things have changed in some ways, she said, but not in others. Hinz said McNulty is an open person, and fittingly, keeps her office window shades open. No barriers there, Hinz said. “She’s really nice to all the students. She jokes around,” Hinz said. McNulty backed up something Ruggeberg had often said – that the students are great. Specifically, they’re polite and highly respectful, said McNulty, who started the job during the summer before students arrived. “I kept waiting for the kids to come, because I kept hearing how great the kids are. And they lived up to expectations,” McNulty said.
ACADEMICS McNulty gets particularly enthusiastic about student academic achievement. Testing, while it can be confusing, can show students where their strengths are, and what they need to work on. That matters, because colleges look at test scores and transcripts. She said sitting down with students to make sense of scores can help them focus on what they want to do after graduating. “If you narrow it down to what’s really important, kids can understand that, parents can understand that,” McNulty said. Four-year plans for students will help students keep in mind classes they need for their next steps. McNulty hopes to improve reading and math scores. A new focus on vocabulary is part of that plan. In math, the high school is re-tooling its class sequences to get students to complete more algebra before graduating. “Our math scores are low. The math department is concerned,” McNulty said. Another goal is to raise the school’s average composite score on the American College Testing (ACT) exams – one big factor in college choice – from 21.5 to 23.
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Barb McNulty oversees 250 students per lunch instead of about 400 like in Shakopee – only one of the changes to which she’s adjusted in her new post. “It needs to go up,” McNulty said.
COMMUNICATION McNulty said communication is another personal goal. “I believe one of the best things we can do is form a partnership with parents,” she said. She’s been updating a parent e-mail list and has put her newsletter online, with helpful information for parents. “I like to do things electronically, because that’s the world we live in,” she said. But there is a line – she doesn’t plan to Tweet, and isn’t yet sure about Facebook in a school setting. Renee Hentges, high school registrar and secretary, said McNulty has been working to e-mail parents important forms or items they need, instead of mailing, which has helped with having “good communication with parents and community,” she said. “I really enjoy working with her,” Hentges said. McNulty works to keep the school website updated, and sends out regular “highlight” communications. “She congratulates or gives acknowledgements to teachers and staff,” Hentges said. Hentges also said the new principal has a bubbly personality. McNulty seems to take the dread out of visits to the principal’s office. “When kids come out, they’re always smiling,” she said.
A SMALLER DISTRICT Besides lunch, McNulty said she has more duties in Jordan because of fewer administrators, but each
takes smaller amounts of time because there are fewer students. She’s also been getting to know teachers and staff. “I think it’s been hard on the staff to have a change of leadership,” McNulty said. During homecoming week, she took part in an Air Jams skit on stage, and worked with students to plan homecoming events. Anne Jans, family and consumer science teacher, was part of that Air Jams skit about good spectator sportsmanship. McNulty “challenges you to do your best, to do better,” Jans said. McNulty called teaching “the best job I ever had.” She spent the other half of her career as an English teacher. After 16 years, she went into administration to have more input on education as a whole. She said now is good timing for her to move from being an assistant principal to principal, since her son is a high school junior and her daughter is a first-year student in college. When McNulty got her principal’s licensure, they were 1 and 3 years old. “I had to get my kids through that. Being an administrator is a huge time commitment,” McNulty said.
COLLABORATION McNulty said educators need to be thinking in terms of pre-kindergarten through 14, meaning two years after high school. “That’s what I think about for our kids,” she said. Focus and direction become important, for example, because while testing can be important for
some post-secondary options, the ACT is not required for those who might want technical training. And about discipline? These days, students don’t have time to misbehave, she said. “It’s harder to be a student. There’s so much more you have to do now,” McNulty said. Gaining the respect that can lead to good student behavior was another of Ruggeberg’s strengths, some have said. Jordan Middle School Principal Lance Chambers said both McNulty and Ruggeberg are very good administrators, each with different styles. “I think that she’s done a good job. The staff and students got along very well with Mr. Ruggeberg. It’s not easy coming and having to follow anybody,” Chambers said. He said McNulty is a good listener, and also brings a focus on data – looking at research and programs and how they can be used. “She’s going to bring a lot to the district,” Chambers said. The two principals have looked at things like collaborating on schedules because the two buildings share some teachers. McNulty also brought some knowledge of a program for observing teachers that the whole district has adopted. “It’s more research based, and it’s very good. It gives more feedback to the teachers,” Chambers said. He said both the former and new principals have senses of humor, though different. “They both have a sense of humor, which I think is important for this job,” Chambers said. Sounds like McNulty might need it when it comes to the color code of being a Jordan sports fan. She apparently once carried a maroon chair and wore the red of her former district in Shakopee, plus colors from her son’s high school in Burnsville. Well, there is a code of conduct when it comes to fan fashion. “We’ve got to teach her how to don that maroon and gold a little bit better,” Chambers said.
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Q. Do Jordan schools have any sense of identity? How would you define it, and how would you shape it? A. Yes, Jordan provides exceptional opportunities for students to excel, both academically and in cocurriculars. A continued focus on individual student needs will enable the district to maintain an exceptional reputation. Shaping the identity is the collective responsibility of community, parents, students, staff, and school board. Q. How much focus should teachers place on preparing students for standardized tests, such as the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II? A. There are numerous factors that make up the whole child to consider when addressing academic progress and the effectiveness of our programs. Using many sources of information, in addition to test scores, staff is better able to address individual needs of students
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Q. As a board member, how would you deal with disagreements, when they arise, with employees and parents? A. Listening to the concerns of employees and parents while being respectful, it’s imperative to understand the issues and make rational decisions that are in the best interest of the parties involved. I’d treat all district members, students, parents and employees equally, without disparity or favoritism to one group over another. If there is a defined policy, I
and ultimately help them improve academically. These points of information allow us to monitor and adjust where needed. All in all, it is about ensuring every student is able to achieve their goals. Q. As a board member, how would you deal with disagreements, when they arise, with employees and parents? A. Differences of opinion, areas of concern, and various perspectives are always helpful. Embracing disagreements ultimately leads to more effective solutions to difficulties. Most importantly, it is about listening to various perspectives and bringing consensus to solutions with better outcomes. Q. What do you see as the other major issues facing the district? A. Lack of state and federal funding in addition to the reduction of local authority are the two major issues facing the district. With expensive state and federal mandates, local authority is reduced and the lack of funding to implement mandates has created a difficulty for the district to balance local needs and those mandates.
would make the impacted parties aware of the policies and recommend adhering to the guidelines. Q. What do you see as the other major issues facing the district? A. Funding is a major issue for the district. The district has had to make cuts in programs and services, which limit district’s resources and impact its ability to successfully teach the students of our community. We need to level the playing field for our district by finding alternative revenue sources or by thinking outside the box and identifying different strategies to provide services with less funding.
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DISTRICT COURT The following are Scott County District Court felony and gross-misdemeanor dispositions. Defendants either pleaded guilty or were found guilty by the court unless otherwise indicated. Dylan Robert Breeggemann, 19, Jordan, financial-transaction card fraud, a felony. Three years’ probation, 10 days of community service, provide DNA sample, restitution, $235 in fines. Issuance of dishonored check, a misdemeanor. One year probation, restitution, $160 in fines. Violation of no-contact order, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 10 days of community service, abstain from alcohol, random tests, no possession of dangerous weapons, complete parenting class, $160 in fines. Domestic assault, a misdemeanor. Pay $160 in fines. Thomas Ralph Schultz, 42, Belle Plaine, driving while intoxicated (DWI), a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, $610 in fines. Sean Thomas Richards, 29, Eagan, check forgery, a felony. Five years’ proba-
tion, 10 days of community service, complete program for gamblers, provide DNA sample, restitution, $85 in fines. Keith Edward Berg, 54, Minneapolis, driving after cancellation, a grossmisdemeanor. Two years’ probation, $560 in fines. Thomas Michael Oliver, 58, Hopkins, driving after cancellation (inimical to public safety), a gross-misdemeanor. Adjudication stayed: two years’ probation, 60 hours of community service, $400 in fines. Michelle Anne Reimann, 41, Shakopee, driving after cancellation (inimical to public safety), a gross-misdemeanor. Serve one year in jail (concurrent to previous sentence). Aloysius Eric Schrom, 48, North Branch, financial-transaction card fraud, a felony. Serve 28 months in prison, provide DNA sample, restitution, $85 in fines. William Thomas Benjamin, 36, Minneapolis, first-degree burglary, a felony. Serve 60 months in prison, provide DNA sample, restitution, $100 in fines.
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Timothy Mitchell Grindeland, 44, Faribault, Minn., DWI (test refusal), a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 30 days in jail, follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $410 in fines. Open bottle in motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. Serve 30 days under electronic home-monitoring (concurrent). Hector Manuel Perez, 43, Chaska, first-degree sale of controlled substance, a felony. Serve 84 months in prison, provide DNA sample, $160 in fines. Seth Michael Tate, 25, Murphy, N.C., domestic abuse, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 200 hours of community service, complete treatment, abstain from alcohol, random tests, no contact with victim(s), $85 in fines. Aliva Baker, 33, Shakopee, DWI, a misdemeanor. One year probation, 24 hours of community service, $185 in fines. Obstruction of the legal process, a gross-misdemeanor. Adjudication stayed: One year probation. Violation of noise ordinance, a petty-misdemeanor. Pay $210 in fines. James Frederick Boyce, 71, Minneapolis, DWI (refusal to submit to test), a gross-misdemeanor. Four years’ probation, 95 days in jail, follow recommendations of evaluation, $185 in fines. Jason Michael Manning Sr., 36, Shakopee, theft, a felony. Five years’ probation, 10 days in jail, 20 hours of community service, abstain from alcohol, random tests, provide DNA sample, $160 in fines. Shayna Megan Ystaas, 18, Devils Lake, N.D., fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Three years’ probation, 60 hours of community service, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $300 in fines.
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Summary of ﬁndings of citizen design team CEDAR LAKE REGIONAL PARK (OPERATIONAL) Picnicking and group camping are already offered at this former private day resort, which has volunteer caretakers during the summer. The vision for this park builds on family use of the waterfront and the history of the site as a farm. Recommendations include an off-leash dog park, bringing picnicking closer to the lake, improving beachfront with piers and boat slips, minor upgrades to the existing pavilion and restoration of drained wetlands.
SHORT-TERM DEVELOPMENT Build all or portion of trail loops.
Fix this old cabin? County ponders what to do next with historic digs BY SHANNON FIECKE email@example.com
he front porch is crumbling, stucco is sagging and moss is growing on the wood shingles, but historical experts say this one-time pioneer log cabin near Lennon Lake is easily redeemable. The 1861 home, which was added onto twice and covered with stucco, was occupied until 2002 by Francis Doyle, a former planning administrator for Scott County. The following year the county purchased the farmstead from Doyle’s family for a regional park. Who knows how long it will be before camping, horseback riding and kayaking are offered at the farmstead south of Prior Lake, now the DoyleKennefick Regional Park reserve. In the meantime, the Civil War-era home that could someday serve as the park’s centerpiece is boarded-up – vulnerable to decay and trespassers. As the county waits for funding to develop the park, vandals have already tagged the house’s interior and even attempted to start it on fire. A citizens’ park design committee and the county’s historical society director believe the home should be preserved, but county commissioners are unsure whether the restoration is worth the cost. “We don’t have a quarter, much less a quarter of a million dollars sitting around,” said Scott County Chair Tom Wolf, who toured the house last month. “I understand it can never be replaced, but how many people would visit? If we are just keeping it up to keep it up and nobody sees it, what is it worth?” County commissioners could decide the fate of the Doyle home as early as next week. The Scott County Parks Department wants to cover the home with a pole barn until money is found to strip the building back to its pioneer day condition, but Commissioner Dave Menden, of Shakopee, doesn’t see the value in saving the home. Menden said he heard from county employees who think if there’s money to cover up the house, the county should have the means to provide raises to its employees. “And I might have to agree,” he said. This is the oldest known log home at its original location in the county, said Scott County Historical Society Director Kathy Klehr. The home was occupied by the same family all its years. I have serious doubts we’d ever find a place like this again,” said Klehr. “This is an opportunity that once you remove the cabin, you’re probably never going to have again.” The cost of restoring the house to its original condition and installing necessary mechanical systems and a dry pipe sprinkler system is estimated to be $227,000. It would cost about $85,000 less if the 1930s addition was torn off and the home restored with minimal modern upgrades. Although it has a disappointing exterior, the
Renovate barn to make it rentable for weddings (threeseason approach with restrooms, but no heating and cooling). “They’re not making barns like this anymore,” said Scott County Parks Planner Patricia Freeman. Attempt to secure private funds to restore the farmhouse (thought to be from 1890s or 1990s) Future: Create a market learning center with demonstration agricultural fields and community gardens
DOYLE-KENNEFICK This former family farm near St. Catherine and Lennon lakes boasts “stellar wetland habitat and natural resources.” It has three modern houses, currently rented out, and the original Civil War-era log home.
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Exterior and interior views of the original log home, built in 1861. A citizen design committee wants the building mothballed to prevent further damage from weather or vandals. The county sponsored a tour this fall. inside has been entombed well and an architectural analysis found the house in fair condition. “It looks terrible, but structurally it’s really sound and the interior looks really good,” said Klehr. Exposed logs, which have been painted over, line the walls of the original cabin. “The stucco has actually preserved the logs underneath,” said Jed Becher, who was on the design committee. The floor of the 1861 room is fashioned from wood planks of varying widths with peg fasteners. The ceiling is the exposed underside of the second-level: white-washed beams with unfinished wood decking. Park planners say the home, once restored as a pioneer-style cabin with the stucco removed, could be rented to over-night lodgers. It could also be used for interpretive park programming, similar to the Landing in Shakopee. “It’s not just that it’s neat and old – it tells a lot of different stories,” said Klehr. The recommendation to preserve the home came from a citizen design committee that developed master plans for both Doyle-Kennefick and Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park. “We all felt pretty strongly about preserving the house at Doyle and the barn at Cedar Lake Farm,” said Becher.
PRIORITIES While Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park also has a farmhouse (thought to be built around the turn of the century), the citizen committee considered Doyle’s the jewel and proposed restoring the Cedar Lake house only if private funding is found. Doyle also has a 1943 dairy barn fashioned from local oak trees that is in fair condition but not valued as much as the 1913 Cedar Lake barn, which some believe has more character and could be immediately used for weddings. In the near future, the county foresees only limited development of its three regional parks, largely trails
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“The majority of this is extremely long-term,” Freeman said.
“There are funding opportunities by collaborating that the county wouldn’t have on its own,” said county Parks Manager Mark Themig.
There is a lot of interest for Doyle to have equestrian trails. A public horseback riding facility, possibly run by a private business, is envisioned.
The county would rely on outside sources, such as state Legacy funds and regional park capital bonding dollars, for acquisition.
Planners would like to strip back the original homestead log home back to its pioneer days for overnight lodging. The barn, while not as prized as the one at Cedar Lake, is recommended to be stabilized for future use. The hayloft could be renovated for a three-season facility for weddings, while the lower level could serve as a warming horse.
Short-term (about $200,000 over next 10 years): stabilize barn and log home (2012 capital budget); soft surface trail loop construction and road stabilization.
Two regional park trail systems are envisioned, with Scott County West more likely to be completed in the near future.
2,164 acres (2,000 bluff; 700 agricultural). Restore bluff and ravine areas; create core habitat area. Provide scenic views, connection to the Blakeley hamlet and Minnesota River.
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Scott County West Regional Trail will connect regional parks and follow existing roads from Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve south of Savage to the Minnesota River in Shakopee. Segments of the 16.5 mile envisioned trail already exist and there are pieces that can be completed as roads are improved.
With a vision of establishing a regional park reserve here, but no dollars for buying land, the county is interested in partnering with the DNR on land acquisition. The DNR is converting a state wayside rest into a wildlife management area. Foreclosed properties in the search area are
Spring Lake Regional Trail is “more of a trail preservation opportunity,” explains Andy Hingeveld, a county planner. Its completion could be decades off and would cross Scott County largely off-road, from Spring Lake Regional Park through Jordan to the Minnesota River.
Future: Horseback riding facility; primitive camping; retreat center with camper cabins in the northern area of the park; canoe/ kayak launch; nature center; mix of trails.
and renovation or stabilization of existing structures that would be funded with park dedication dollars or regional and state funds. Most of the development plans for the parks are more than a decade off.
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OTHER OPTIONS Wolf and Commissioner Barbara Marschall of Prior Lake both would like to see the log home at Doyle restored, but they don’t believe the county has the funds to do so. However, they are open to stabilizing the structure with a reusable pole barn until a decision is reached on the home’s future. “It’s certainly historical, but it’s going to take some major dollars to restore and preserve,” said Marschall. Perhaps outside dollars and volunteer carpenters could restore the Doyle house, said Wolf. “I don’t want to use too much property tax money to fix these things up,” he said. But Menden said if people want to see the Doyle house preserved, they should start with stepping up to pay for its stabilization. Demolishing the building would cost almost as much as the estimated cost ($32,000) of covering the house with a pole barn and taking minimal steps to make it weather-tight and vandal-resistant. It would take an additional $12,000 to secure the place, according to estimates. “There is a great concern it may be burned down from kids goofing around,” said Becher, a Web manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) who lives about a mile from the park. Becher believes the log home is an opportunity the county should not pass up. He said the state’s camper cabins in the metro area are booked all summer long. How much more popular would an historic one be? “It’d be so cool to be able to stay at a log cabin – it’s a big one too,” he said. Menden said he loves park land and believes the committee did good work, but the county has to be “realistic” about what can be accomplished from the master plans. “There’s just that one little issue called money.”
Envisioned is a 1,200-acre park with horseback riding, a campground, retreat center and pioneer cabin.
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Drew DeCorsey (left) and Alex Hancock went 3-1 in section play to qualify for the Class 1A state tournament.
Doubles team reaches state DeCorsey, Hancock will be first Jordan tennis players at state BY TODD ABELN email@example.com
For the fi rst time in school history Jordan will be represented at the state girls tennis tournament. The doubles team of Drew DeCorsey and Alex Hancock qualified for the Class 1A state doubles tournament on Monday when they fi nished second in the Section 2 doubles tournament. “Unbelievable and amazing,” head coach Brad Ernst said. “They played just amazing tennis and they had to.” DeCorsey and Hancock lost to Racheal Thompson and Calleigh Carlson of St. Peter 3-6, 4-6 in the championship match to fi nish. Because two doubles teams from each section qualifies for the state tournament, DeCorsey and Hancock qualified for the state meet by just getting to the championship. “Being the fi rst people from Jordan to go to state, that’s exciting,” DeCorsey said. DeCorsey and Hancock were
the Jaguars No. 1 and 2 singles players all year and only played at doubles a couple times this season. “We wanted to play together and thought that was the best bet to get to state,” DeCorsey said. Because of that, they were only seeded fourth in the tournament meaning they would have to beat the No. 1 seeded team to get to the championship match. They did just that as they defeated Waseca’s Hannah Flor and Abby Collins 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in the semifi nals. “We came out ready to win,” Hancock said. “We weren’t playing afraid.” In that match, DeCorsey and Hancock led 5-1 in the second set but saw the Waseca pair win two straight games to cut the lead to 5-3. In the next game, Flor and Collins led 40-0 and appeared to be on their way to cutting the lead to 5-4. But D eC orsey a nd H a ncock rallied to win that game which gave them the set and the match.
“They went into the match confident and loose,” Ernst said. “They served well, hustled and put shots away when they had the opportunity.” To get that far, DeCorsey and Hancock defeated Sibley East’s Hanna Larson and Breann Walsh 6-0, 6-2 and Le SueurHenderson’s Carlie Brandt and Callie Boelter 7-5, 6-3. DeCorsey and Hancock don’t know who they will play in the state tournament but know that they begin action Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. at the ReedSweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. As for the other Jordan girls tennis players participating in the section tournament, they didn’t have the same success as DeCorsey and Hancock but played some great tennis. In singles action, senior Sami Ryan and sophomore Rachel Menke both lost in the round of 16. Ryan lost a heartbreaker as she fell to Waseca’s Maddie Muotka 5-7, 6-7 (2-7).
That match took almost three hours to complete as both players made big rallies in each set. Ryan trailed 2-5 in the fi rst set but won three games to tie it at 5-5 only to lose the next two games and the set. In the second set, Ryan led 5-2 but couldn’t close it out as Muotka forced a tiebreaker and won that 7-2 to clinch the match. For Menke, she had to play in a play-in match before getting to the round of 16. She defeated Lindsay Fasching of Sibley East 6-2, 6-3 to advance to play the second seeded Katie Hanson of St. Peter. Hanson was too much for Menke as she defeated Menke 6-3, 6-0. “ B ot h S a mi a nd R achel played their best tennis of the year,” Ernst said. “They should be proud of their effort.” Jordan’s other doubles team in action in sections was Justine Lloyd and Victoria Read. They lost their only match 6-7(5-7) 2-6 to Blue Earth Area’s Abbi Nimz and Autumn Drake.
Brewers switch to Class C Move keeps local talent playing for town baseball team BY TODD ABELN firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jordan Brewers are moving. No, they aren’t moving out of Jordan or even out of the Mini-Met. Where they are moving is to a different class. Last week, the Minnesota Baseball Association granted the Brewers request to move from Class B to Class C beginning in 2012. The MBA granted the request with a 7-2 vote. People in and around the Brewers organization say the move isn’t because they aren’t competitive in the higher class but because they want to get back to the team’s roots – playing local players. “The organization felt that the time was now to make the change for the future of Jordan Brewers baseball,” manager Jason Chalupsky said. “We knew that eventually this day would
come and felt that there was no better time to make the move as the current core group continues to get older. By making this move, this will allow myself and the organization to now concentrate on bringing in only local kids from Jordan High School.” In the past few years, the Brewers have seen players that have graduated from Jordan High School choose not to play with Brewers but other local teams such as St. Benedict or Arlington. Those decisions along with the fact that the current Brewers roster is fi lled with veteran players that will retire soon made the organization think about what was the best way to keep Jordan players in town and playing for the Brewers. “I know that there are a few people that are a little surprised by this move,” Chalupsky said. “What they need to know is that this will be better for Jordan baseball as we go forward. Everyone wants to see local kids play, and we feel this was the best way to make this happen two, three years down the road when our roster is expected to turn over.”
The decision to move down a class wasn’t easy one for the team, as they have been very competitive in Class B. Since the Brewers moved up to Class B in 1988, they have been a mainstay at the state tournament. In the 24 years since they moved up a class, Jordan has been to the state tournament 17 times. They have won the Class B state title twice (1994 and 2 0 0 4), finished second twice (1988 and 1990), and third four times (1989, 1991, 1992 and 2000). But with the changing landscape of town ball in the last few years it was getting harder and harder for the Brewers to compete without bringing players in from outside Jordan. One person with a unique perspective of the Jordan Brewers and the decision to move is Ron Beckman. Beckman played 24 years for the Brewers, currently is the River Valley League president (the Brewers league), manages Jordan’s American Legion team, has two sons on the Brewers roster and is a fan of the team.
“Knowing we aren’t getting as many locals as we used to, how are we going to have a viable roster in the next few years if we don’t change something?” Beckman said. “That was the impetus for change.” He also said that Class C is where the Brewers belong if you look at the town’s size, the high school’s class sizes and many other factors. “Clearly by any measure, Jordan arguably is a Class C town,” Beckman said. “There is no way Jordan can compete with other town teams if we don’t bring in players from outside Jordan. This will put them in a class where they can compete very well in.” As a person who watches just about every Brewers game, Beckman said the move is the fi rst step to getting back to the team’s roots. “I believe the community needs to know that town baseball will be in Jordan for years to come,” he said. “They need to know that things are being done to preserve that. Without a doubt this is the best move for that.”
Even though they didn’t win either conference title, Jordan walked away from the Minnesota River Conference championships excited about their performance. Last Thursday at the Ney Nature Center near Henderson, both the boys and girls cross country teams fi nished third and had two runners earn all-conference honors with their performances. For the Hubmen, they went into the meet thinking they had a chance at winning the conference title but walked away happy fi nishing third. Mayer Lutheran won the title with 53 points. They were followed by Belle Plaine’s 77 points and Jordan’s 81 points. “We went into the day hoping to win the conference and our guys ran really hard, however, at the end of the day Belle Plaine and Mayer Lutheran ran tremendous team races and beat us,” head coach Ben Nylander said. Junior Chris Huss and sophomore Tony Eichten led the way for the Hubmen as they both finished in the top-10 to earn all-conference honors. Huss finished fifth with a time of 18 minutes, 18.6 seconds. Eichten was close behind in seventh place with a time of 18:29.1. “Ch ris ran such an inspired race and Tony ran great as well right behind him,” Nylander said. S en ior C o dy Pelowsk i , freshman Jordan Moe, junior Nathan Moe and sophomore Austin Hovland all finished in the top-25 when they fi nished 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th, respectively. Pelowski finished with a time of 19:08.1 and was followed a second later by the Moe brothers and Hovland. F resh man Brady Rut hford wasn’t far behind as he fi nished 30th with a time of 19:42.6. For the Jaguars, they duplicated the boys finish by finishing third and getting two all-conference runners. The Jaguars fi nished with 105 points tying for third place with Norwood-Young
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America. Because the Jaguars sixth runner fi nished higher than Norwood’s, Jordan was awarded third place. Watertown-Mayer won the conference title with 45 points followed by Belle Plaine’s 62 points. Senior Alex Sopata and Junior Michaela Vogel fi nished in the top-10 to get named to the all-conference team. Sopata ran a 17:14.5 to fi nish ninth while Vogel finished 10th with a time of 17:16.7. T hey were fol lowed by eighth-grader Casey O’Hern finished 24th with a time of 18:28.1. Sophomore Kerra Sieve was next with a time of 18:54.6 which put her in 28th place. Ei g ht h - g r a de r s S av it a Sidhu and Kristin Nohner fi nished 34th and 38th place while junior Britta Baker was 40th. “Our girls team improved so much throughout the season largely due to the improvements of our number three, four, five, and six runners,” Nylander said. “Casey, Kerra, Savita, and Kristin really closed the gap on Alex and Michaela this year, it was great to see. Cross country really is a true team sport and it couldn’t have been more evident than when we tied Central for 105 points and needed our sixth runner Kristin Nohner to break the tie by edging out one of their girls.”
JUNIOR VARSITY The Jordan boys junior varsity team had a great race as they placed five runners in the top-11 and six in the top-14. Jason Hartwig won the junior varsity title with a time of 19:58.6. He was followed by Jamen Neises in fourth, Max Kes in fi fth, Nick Zahler in ninth, Carl Soller in 11th and Mitchell Atneosen in 14th. In the junior high race, Parker Huss fi nished second.
Chris Huss and Tony Eichten are close to each other as they near the finish line at the Minnesota River Conference championships.
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Girls basketball schedules fund-raiser The Jordan girls basketball program will hold its annual spaghetti dinner fund-raiser on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Jordan High School. The price is $6 for adults and $4 for students (K-12). Preschool and under are free and a familyâ€™s max is $20. No advanced sales. For more information contact the girls head coach Greg Dietel at email@example.com.
Register for Panther Cubs wrestling The Scott West Panther Cubs Wrestling will be starting on Tuesday, Nov. 1. This program is a combined program of Jordan and Belle Plaine wrestlers grades K through 8. Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Jordan High School wrestling room. Registrations will take place the first two weeks of practice. For more information contact Al Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kroells commits to Minnesota Scott West senior Michael Kroells has given a verbal commitment to attend the University of Minnesota and wrestle for the Gophers following his upcoming senior season. Kroells won the 215 pound Class 2A state title last March as a junior. He is also a three-time state place winner. He was runnerup at 189 pounds as a sophomore and sixth at 189 pounds as a freshman. Kroells was a USA Wrestling Cadet Folkstyle National Champion in 2010. His current career record is 133-28. Kroells is ranked as the 63rd overall senior recruit in the nation by InterMat. Kroells was The Guillotineâ€™s top 2011 Academic All-State wrestler with a perfect 47-0 season record, and a perfect 4.0 GPA. Michaelâ€™s parents are Lori Kroells, Larry Kroells and Laura Cunningham and his coaches are Darren Ripley and Jerold Stauffacher.
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Senior Paige Smith watches her spike fly by a Sibley East blocker.
Four wins equal strong finish BY TODD ABELN email@example.com
The Jordan volleyball team wrapped up its regular season with an easy win on Tuesday night. The Jaguars quickly dispatched Sibley East at home when they defeated the Wolverines 25-10, 25-13, 25-14. That win put Jordanâ€™s season record at 16-10 and 5-2 in the Minnesota River Conference. Their conference record put them in a tie for second place wit h L e Sueu r-Henderson. Belle Plaine captured the con-
ference title with a 7-0 record. Last Thursday, Jordan defeated Montgomery-Lonsdale 25-12, 25-20, 22-25, 25-13. In that win, senior Kelsey Chambers finished with 21 kills, 12 digs and five service aces. Emilee Gutzmer had 42 assists. Sophomore Rachel Freund added 10 kills and Paige Smith fi nished with seven. Junior Hannah K legstad added 10 digs in the win.
SECTIONS With the regular season behind them Jordan looks to the
Class 2A, Section 2 tournament hoping to get through and play at state. It wonâ€™t be easy get ti ng through as the section features some of the best teams in the state. Besides the seventh-ranked Jaguars, the section features M RC champions and No. 4 ranked Belle Plaine, and No. 5 Le Sueur-Henderson. Because the section is split into north and south halves, the Jaguars will most likely have to beat at least one if not both of those schools to get to state.
Jor d a n i s i n t he nor t h subsection along with Belle Plaine. The Tigers will get the No. 1 seed while Jordan most likely the No. 2 seed. In the south section, Le Sueur-Henderson will get the No. 1 seed. T his season Jorda n has split two matches with both Belle Plaine and Le SueurHenderson. If the Jaguars get a top-4 seed they will host a first round match on Thursday, Oct. 27. If they win, their next match would be Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Still looking for a â€˜Wâ€™ Giants defeat Jordan 22-9 BY TODD ABELN firstname.lastname@example.org
They are getting closer. Even though the Jordan football team lost its seventh game of the season they were right there at the end. The Hubmen fell to Le SueurHenderson 22-9 last Friday. There last chance to avoid a winless season came yesterday when they hosted Mayer Lutheran in the fi nal regular season game of the year. Playoffs start on Tuesday with the Hubmen most likely getting the No. 8 seed and having to play Holy Family.
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www.scoreboard.mn In their loss to the Giants, Jordan led 3-0 at halftime when Morton Stulen drilled a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter. Le Sueur scored twice in the third quarter, converting one of their two-point conversions to grab a 14-3 lead. In the fourth quarter, Jon Kreuser scored on a five-yard run to cut the Giants lead to 14-9. Le Sueur-Henderson iced the game away with a late drive that ended in a touchdown and a 22-9 lead.
SheriďŹ€ oďŹƒce oďŹ€ers snowmobile training The Scott County Sheriffâ€™s Office is hosting a CD Course Youth Snowmobile Training. Classes will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, from 8 a.m. until noon, and from noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon, and noon to 4 p.m. Classes will be held at the Scott County Fairgrounds, 7151 190th St. W., Jordan. Snowmobiles will be provided (participants should not bring their own snowmobiles). Youths must be at least 11 years old at the time of the class through age 15. Youths will be responsible for bringing the appropriate clothing depending on weather as well as a snowmobile helmet. Prior to attending the training, youths must contact the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to obtain an interactive CD. The following was from the DNR website: The CD-based youth snowmobile safety training class is an introductory class designed primarily for the snowmobile rider with little or no experience in snowmobile operation. Students obtain and study the safety information on the interactive CD at their own pace under the guidance of a parent or guardian. Depending on the youthâ€™s age and experience, the CD should take approximately two to four hours to complete. Once they complete the CD, students print out a â€œvoucher of completionâ€? and look on the DNR website to fi nd and register for a one-day snowmobile safety CD class in their area. The one-day class includes classroom review of priority safety information and a performance driving course. Youths will not be allowed to participate in the classroom review/ performance test unless they have completed the Youth Snowmobile Safety CD. To obtain the CD, or for general information, call (888) 6466367, (651) 296-6157, or (800) 366-8917, or send an e-mail to info. email@example.com. Prior to attending the class, participants must register by calling (952) 496-8322, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited. Callers must have the childâ€™s full name, date of birth, address, and phone number available. A parent must be available to sign a waiver at the beginning of the class.
Join the weekly area running club The Prior Lake Area Running Club meets weekly for group runs and also has guest speakers and can provide discounts at local running stores. All levels of runners and joggers are welcome. You donâ€™t have to be from Prior Lake to join the club. For more information, send an e-mail to Doug Krohn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2011 Jordan Fall Sports Almanac Jordan Volleyball
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Jordan Cross Country
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 ........................ Win, 3-1 Tuesday, Oct. 18 .........Sibley East .......................................... Win, 3-0
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 ...........Boys 3rd; Girls 3rd Tuesday, 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 ....................... Loss, 22-9 Wednesday, Oct. 19 .... Mayer Lutheran ..................................... 7 p.m.
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