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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011
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Dancing their way to fitness Spanish teacher starts new club Zumba for a cause Jordan High School’s fitness club is having a Zumba dance party, aka a Zumbathon, to benefit Jordan Family Outreach, featuring three trainers, a relaxation session, massages, and of course, Zumba. Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 Cost: $10 (prepay at jordan.k12.mn.us) Location: Jordan Middle School large gym, 500 Sunset Drive Info: (952) 492-4452 or email@example.com
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hey stepped fast to the music in a dance, but this was no waltz. Those who were new to the Zumba class had to learn by following along with others, including instructor Amy Peters. Although there are graceful and perhaps less graceful ways to keep up with the quick dance moves, the goal in the Thursday afternoon class was getting a workout. Although there are lots of places to take a Zumba (pronounced zoom-ba) class, Jordan High School students and school district staff can try it as one of several activities in the school’s new fitness club. Peters, a high school Spanish teacher, started the fitness club this year.
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PHOTOS BY DAVID SCHUELLER
Student Selena Rios soon found herself overdressed, and had to take off a layer at Zumba on Oct. 27.
PHOTO BY DAVID SCHUELLER
Jordan Police Sgt. Brett Empey stands next to a squad car that has 106,700 miles on it.
Next up: City replaces high-mileage squads BY DAVID SCHUELLER email@example.com
In 2010, the Jordan Police Department took a budget buzz cut. Recently, as one measure of replacing what was cut, the department is looking to get back into its former police car replacement schedule. “It’s important to us that we have reliable, well-maintained vehicles,” Jordan Police Chief Bob Malz said. Ideally, a squad car would be replaced at 100,000 miles, according to Malz, which is also the average number of miles a squad sees in a year. The department, thus, was replacing one squad per year – but did not do so in 2010 because of budget cuts. This year, a new squad was replaced in February, and last month the Jordan City Council approved having another squad replaced with money from the 2011 budget. That means in 2012, the department will get a new squad in either January or February 2012, and another one in March 2012.
Right – Amy Peters, a Jordan High School Spanish teacher and certified instructor, leads a Zumba class on Oct. 27.
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New wheels In 2010, the department skipped replacement of a squad, and will be getting two squads replaced early next year to get back into the pre-2010 replacement schedule. Ideal mileage for replacing a police squad car is 100,000. The Jordan Police Department’s squad mileage is as follows. K-9 unit: 117,100 Backup squad: 106,700 Main squad: 88,800 Squad No. 411: 32,100 Most recent cost to buy and equip squad: $33,100 Next squad model to be purchased: Ford Taurus, with all-wheel drive, new graphics and a turbo V6 engine. Source: City of Jordan
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CLEANUP WITH A PURPOSE
BY SHANNON FIECKE firstname.lastname@example.org
The first-of-its-kind interchange in Minnesota is nearly complete at the county roads 42 and 17 three-legged intersection. Although common in the East Coast, this is only the second known three-legged interchange, also cal led a partial or flyover interchange, in the Midwest. A similar one is under construction at the intersection of county roads 13 and 101 in Savage. Project manager Greg Felt said the desig n is intended to improve the safety of T-shaped intersections. “We want to eliminate the points where people have the tendency to make mistakes and judgments,” he said. “This one is very unique in the way it’s laid out.”
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Zachry Beach and Thomas Schlicht break from the day-to-day routine to dust near breaking bread. Among other art at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, they cleaned an image of the Last Supper. Students got some time to do work outside of the classroom for the annual Marathon that raises money for St. John’s school. Some students raked leaves, some sung to seniors at the Schule Haus, and some got to dust in the church.
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Questions & Answers The Jordan Independent asked each of the candidates for three open positions on the Jordan School Board to answer a few questions about issues facing the people who live within the Jordan school district. Stories about each of the five candidates were published in previous editions of your local newspaper.
CANDIDATES FOR JORDAN SCHOOL BOARD Caroline J. Carritt 316 First St. W. (952) 288-8185 caroline.carritt@ gmail.com
Lauren Pedersen 981 Bridle Creek Dr. (952) 492-5660
Candidate’s main reasoning for running
Candidate’s view on the budget
Candidate’s view on the Candidate’s view on middle school building a possible referendum
Candidate’s view on standardized testing
Candidate’s focus if elected
In addition to my passion for education, I want to give back as a public servant, giving a voice to all stakeholders in decision-making processes.
Money should be prioritized to the needs of students above all else. With input from the community and district, we can strategically plan funding decisions.
The solution lies in the shared e duc ational go als of the community and the school district.
The decision to pursue a referendum should b e in tandem with the shared goals of community and schools in consideration of needs and economics.
The academic progress of each student is a chief priority. Test scores, along with other points of information, enable us to monitor school programs’ effectiveness.
I’ll focus on increased communication and collaboration between the school board, parents, students, staff, and community, working toward similar goals while staying focused on students.
I love Jordan! It’s where I chose to live and raise my children. I want to do what I can to make it better.
We n e e d to co nt i n u e to anticipate and prepare for changes in state funding to ensure the district is operating within its financial plan.
Fix what we can, at least the critical issues. I’d like a new or updated building. However, I don’t think the district has the resources.
State funding for schools has Teach students to be critical been relatively f lat, while thinkers and how to apply the operating costs continue to skills they have been taught. rise. Collect district needs and decide what they’re willing to invest in.
Transparency and communication; continue to utilize the tools we have, as well as reaching out for alternative solutions. Determine what works best for the community.
I am running to help provide children with the tools and education they need to succeed.
The board needs to provide a reasonable budget that the school can work with to help the students succeed.
We need to watch how we I don’t believe that a referen- Quick review before the test My focus in this election is to without slowing down the help keep Jordan schools a spend our resources in the dum is needed at this time. learning process. great place for all children to building to make sure we get learn and grow. the most for our money.
I believe in our children’s education and hope I can make a small difference to better them.
Costs are rising, but it seems like the funding our schools need isn’t going up. We could find ways to raise additional funds without cuts.
I am no expert of building structures, but from the looks of the inside and outside, it seems to be in good working order.
Dennis Schmit 104 Second St. (952) 492-7894
For more information about each of these candidates, go to tinyurl.com/ jordanelection2011. For forums in which you can discuss candidates’ stances on local issues, go to jordannews.com/community_forums.
Melisa Stoltz 719 Lodge Drive (952) 913-2366 email@example.com
Bob Vollbrecht 200 Crestview Circle (952) 492-3749
I think if a referendum is I feel the testing is important to Making a difference as a team needed and warranted that it see if the children are grasping and working together to get should be placed on the ballot what they are being taught. it done. for voting.
To do what I can to make sure I believe we have done a pretty The mechanical systems are More research needs to be It is here to stay. Jordan schools continue to be a good job of living within our in disrepair and need to be done and options explored, but great place to send our kids. means. addressed. I believe it is likely one will be considered in the near future.
To make sure our students graduate with the sk ills necessary to succeed at the next stage in their lives.
Register, know where to go, and learn about candidates BY MATHIAS BADEN firstname.lastname@example.org
With a light albeit important slate of elections on the ballot this year, it’s the perfect time for nonvoters to get engaged in the political process. No getting overwhelmed. Only a little bit of research to do. And a local newspaper that is willing to guide you through
a few things you should know before going to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8: I There’s not a whole lot on the ballot this year, but that means your vote will count. Here, the Jordan School Board election is the main event. Look at it this way: If voter turnout is light, it only takes a few hundred votes to win an election. So your vote carries
additional weight this year, compared to when you vote in a presidential election and yours is one of millions of ballots cast nationwide. There are five candidates for three open positions on the school board, and they’ve all thoroughly responded to the Jordan Independent’s inquiries for information about themselves. For more information about
where to go to vote: Go to pollfi nder.sos.state.mn.us. Most Jordanites will be directed to vote at Jordan Middle School, 500 Sunset Drive. I If you would like to cast an absentee ballot, you must vote before Election Day. In Minnesota, citizens are allowed to vote absentee, in person or by mail, for the following reasons: absence from your
the school board candidates, go to the Schools section at jordannews.com or http://tinyurl. com/jordanelection2011. I You can register on Election Day, if you haven’t already. But if you are registered to vote, you can get gentle reminders about which Congressional, House, Senate, county commissioner, judicial and school district you live in, as well as
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Left â€“ Millerâ€™s photo of a rooster perched on a tractor is his most popular. He and his wife, Barb, will sell their wares at the Hope Lutheran Church craft show Nov. 5.
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OUR QUESTIONS Miller took time to answer a few questions from the Jordan Independent this week: Q. When I heard that a couple of accomplished photographers are coming to the Hope Lutheran Church craft show this weekend, I was quite impressed. Just what awards have you won, and what will you be selling at the show?
Hope Lutheran Church is having a craft and vendor fair fund-raiser for youth programs. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 Henry Miller
A. I am the current reserve senior champion (in) photos, Dakota County Fair. I missed the deadline for the Scott County Fair this year by one day. At the 2010 Scott County Fair, I received five blue ribbons and three second-place (red). My wife, Barb, received her first blue ribbon at the Dakota County Fair 2010. I was one of the 10 finalists in six categories in the Minnesota Zoo photo contest this year. There were over 1,650 entries. In three years, from Hennepin, Scott and Dakota county fairs, we have received: I one reserve champion; I nine first place; I five second place; I seven third place; I two fourth place. Q. Your e-mail address refers to Hikinâ€™ Henry? How did you get the nickname?
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A. We used to do a paper route, and I would call in as a regular when Al Malmberg was on WCCO Radio. He had nicknames for some of the callers. Because I was out hikinâ€™ every day on the paper route, he called me Hikinâ€™ Henry. I used that for my screen name.
Q. Can just anyone take a great photo? What makes your work special?
Q. Are you selling photos taken in the Jordan area? A. I have a few taken of old barns from the area. I also have some cow photos that have been taken in the area, and they seem to be a very popular subject.
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Jordan area history buﬀs should opt for state money You talk about how great it would be to create a local museum, but will you act on the idea? On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the Minnesota Historical Society announced its latest round of historical and cultural heritage grant recipients. Forty-nine organizations across the state will receive grants for history and cultural heritage projects of enduring value. To that end, $10.5 million was appropriated for grants in 2012 and 2013. Only one of the grants goes to an organization in Scott County. That fact is disheartening, because there are needs in the Jordan area, the state is handing out money, and you just need to make a great application to grab it. A museum or other historical project in the Jordan area could be a fantastic benefit to those who love this town with deep roots. The recipients of the state’s most recent grants will conduct projects ranging from preserving historic buildings to installing interpretive history markers along roadsides. Up to $7,000 was available for each project chosen by the state historical society. In Shakopee, the Scott County Historical Society received $3,650 for an exhibit called “Marking Time: The Rituals of Life & Death.” Local history buffs should follow the county historical society’s lead. Jordan could use future funds to run its own little museum with similar, even more local exhibits. The idea of doing so in the new or current library facility has come up. Could the current library and former bank building be upgraded so that it is suitable for a future museum? Why not put a few thousand dollars toward the historic log cabin in downtown Jordan? Could historical studies of the Herder cigar factory, the Mini-Met ballpark, and the Union Pacific Railroad be conducted with state grant money? Wouldn’t some extra cash assist some of the work being done at the Jordan brewery? How about adding more historical signs downtown, or at various other locations in and around the city? What other amazing things could the owners of our historical church buildings, houses or businesses do
with up to $7,000 for fi x-up projects? And only some of these projects would have to be on our dime. The state is offering to assist us.
GET OURS The society also announced the next deadline for Small and Structured Grants is Jan. 13, 2012. Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment by the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. The amendment supports efforts to preserve Minnesota land, water and legacy, including our state’s history and cultural heritage. Taxpayers voted for their money to be available to you. Somebody in Jordan just needs to take the bull by the horns and do something positive for this town. “It’s clear that Minnesotans need these funds to preserve and make accessible history now and for future generations,” said David Grabitske, manager of outreach services for the Minnesota Historical Society. “In 2009 and 2010, the society administered more than $6 million in grants – the first time that Minnesotans have really had access to such significant grants for the cause of history. With those funds, we just made a dent in the pent-up demand for funds. It’s no surprise to see such strong usage of the grant program. We’re pleased to see the good work that began in the last legislative biennium, continue.”
STEP UP The Grants Manual is available at mnhs.org/legacygrants with all applications being accepted only through the Society’s new grants portal at grants.mnhs.org. Anybody can apply. Let’s start something great. It’s time to follow through. Jordan residents, new and old, should have interest in these types of projects, whether they are publicly or privately owned. Jordan’s history belongs to all of us. Step up and do your part. Mathias Baden, editor of the Jordan Independent, wrote this editorial.
In ‘Joan of Arc,’ Peden creates ‘tour de force performance’ Nautilus Music-Theater’s production of “Joan of Arc” by Mel Marvin and Laura Harrington runs through Nov. 6 at Nautilus Studio, Northern Warehouse Building, 308 Prince St., in St. Paul. But with only 40 seats in the downtown loft and ticket prices set at $15-$20, the latest of Jennifer Baldwin Peden’s intimate, powerful performances was sold out earlier this week. The St. Paul Pioneer Press gave Peden a positive review, saying, in part: “The lone occupant of that stage is Jennifer Baldwin Peden, whose powerful singing voice and magnetic acting combine to create a tour de force performance. Peden persistently reminds you that Joan was a teenage farm girl who became an unlikely (and astonishingly successful) military leader before being captured and executed before her 20th birthday. She’s majestic and girlish, charismatic and vulnerable. And she sings spectacularly. Throw in your proximity to the performer and it’s the kind of characterization you probably won’t be able to shake from your memory for some time.” Peden is a Jordan High School alumna. Her proud parents, Herb and Fern Baldwin, live in Sand Creek Township.
****** Bloggers at jordannews.com have posted some very interesting facts and figures. Lately, Jordan Public Schools Superintendent started his hopefully-weekly blog.
CHATTERBOX The first one was about homestead credit changes employed by the state. “… it is a concern for many homeowners who will lose this tax deduction,” he wrote. “The 2011 omnibus tax bill passed by the legislature was repealed, affecting cities, counties and school districts. This repeal took $260 million from local governments to help solve the state budget deficit. “The legislature and the governor designed the ‘market value exclusion,’ where a portion of residential homestead property with a value less than $413,000 would be taken off the tax base. This equals up to 40 percent of the market value up to a maximum of $30,400. “Key question is how will this affect home owners, city, county and school districts?” To start your blog, register at jordannews.com, log in, click on Home -> My Blogs, and then click on Create A Brand New Blog. Chatterbox, which runs on an occasional basis, is a collection of tidbits from the notebooks of the Jordan Independent staff.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Mayor protects citizens despite ‘smear campaign’ To the editor: This past June, a judge from Scott County ruled that a conditional-use permit (CUP) for a crematory in the Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, as approved by only three councilmembers in July 2010, was an unlawful legislative action. Mayor Ewals had presented that same argument to the council in October 2010. Our city attorney disagreed with the mayor and advised the council that the CUP was legal. She was wrong. The League of Minnesota Cities attorney who defended the city’s opinion was wrong. The councilmembers who went by those legal opinions were wrong. The mayor was correct. This past month, the council is again voting to approve another ordinance change to accommodate the funeral home. This move by the council is not only inappropriate, but it is again irresponsible. The council was given a letter from the citizens outlining their concerns and legalities of the matter which the council again ignored. Allowing a crematory to become an accessory use in a funeral home is an abuse of the purpose of an accessory use, which is to be subordinate to and incidental to the principal use. The crematory will become the primary use for the funeral home as the business will be able to incinerate bodies from other communities. More cremations will take place at that facility then there will be funerals, as it did last spring. I am all for business, but not business that pollutes our community. The mayor again disagrees with the council and the attorney, and this time, he is refusing to sign the ordinance change due to the many legal issues. He is doing his mayoral duties and upholding his oath. He is trying to protect the city from making wrong decisions that wind up in a courtroom, and more importantly, he is protecting the citizens’ health and safety. The smear campaign against him has been disheartening. The city councilmembers also took an oath and part of that oath was to be impartial. When citizens concerns are ignored and shut down, impartiality does not take place. When friends and neighbors of a business owner sit in positions of power and make decisions to benefit that business owner over the laws, ordinances and local outcry, impartiality does not take place. Thank you, Mayor Ewals, for standing up for the law and doing what is right in the face of such harsh, meanspirited criticism – criticism without all the facts.
Christa Oldsberg Jordan
If crematory becomes accessory use, what’s next? To the editor: An accessory by defi nition cannot be a business that could operate on its own; such as a business that is related to, but does not need to be an accessory to another business in order to operate. Our ordinance specifically classifies accessory uses as storage buildings, signage, and parking. Look it up online on our city webpage. At issue right now is not the crematory. It is the amendment to the zoning ordinance (our city law) that is changing an accessory use to include a separate business (according to state statute). If this zoning code is changed to what the city council wants, it will affect businesses down the line. When they want to add something to their business, but it isn’t covered in the current zoning ordinance, will they merely have to prove their “related” business is valid to make it an accessory? Meat market = feed lot? Hair and nails = tattoos? Might this amendment change be “spot zoning” after all?
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Another issue is whether there are limitations placed on the second business to keep it “subordinate to” the primary business – this is a key point. If there is no verbiage in regard to that, what happens when the accessory use business becomes bigger than the primary business, either monetarily or by square footage? Again, by defi nition subordinate to something is key in this text amendment change. An accessory use cannot become the primary business. I hope everyone will see past all the personal attacks and look at what is really at issue. I, for one, applaud the mayor for recognizing the ramifications this zoning change will have on future businesses and our city’s comprehensive plan.
Nancy Murray Jordan
Wexford Square gets a park, but downtown gets a crematory To the editor: The citizens of Jordan that live in Wexford Square were promised a park, by their builder. The builder reneged. The families say, “Our children are playing in the street.” The city council says, “That is not safe.” Well, come and live in downtown Jordan and have a crematory smoking, smelly, and noisy across the street from your house. Is that safe and healthy for our children? Still to this day, the city council – that is the five members – have not answered. With all the facts that the government knows, there are toxins and mercury that will come out of the crematory stack, that will pollute our air. They choose not to regulate them. Let’s face it – the government does not care about your health. Why did the city make an industrial park? Common sense says, for the industrial-size equipment, like the incinerator/crematory. Relocate the crematory to a more appropriate location. Thank you, Mayor Ewals and Councilman Thom Boncher, for doing your research and standing strong to keep the Jordan community safe and children healthy.
Heidi Lawrie Jordan
What now for crematory owner? Work with city to move To the editor: Please help me and others in the community understand why a business has the right to expand a business at the expense of the community’s health. Just because a business owner has lived here all his life doesn’t mean he has the right to do whatever he pleases. The city councilmembers took an oath and need to be reminded that they have the responsibility of protecting its citizens. If the city council is more interested in providing political favors to business owners than protecting its citizens, they need to be replaced. How does an incinerator in a downtown residential area benefit our community? It will bring mercury, toxins and pollution. So we need to wake up and protect future generations now. The city must work with the business owner and help him move his toxic operation to an appropriate industrial zoning district. The lack of due diligence by some members of the city council has resulted in the political and legal mess our city is now in. I’m asking the city council to think about their decisions and the legal impact, because that is their responsibility.
Julie Bischke Jordan
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Here is my position on trying new things to do I’m willing to adjust my attitude from time to time and try new things. I took off for a weekend this month just to try and do geocaching. If that looks like a made up word to you, well you’re right it is. It combines two words: geo (Greek), meaning “of the earth,” and cache (French), which is a temporary hiding place. Geocaching incorporates concepts of older games with modern technology. It has elements of “Hide and Seek,” a scavenger hunt, and the old “you’re getting warmer … warmer … colder … warmer … warmer” game of finding a hidden something or other. In geocaching the clues to find the hidden object are longitude and latitude coordinates, such
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as N 43 (degrees) 31.577’ and W 92 (degrees) 30.946’. Using global positioning satellites or GPS technology the seeker enters the coordinates into a GPS device. Many people use an expensive portable
device that gives directional help, but a smart phone can also be used if you are not smart enough to remember bring the expensive toy with you. Either one lets you know if you are getting closer (warmer) or further away (colder). There is no shortage of places to mess around with geocaching. Thousands of people participate in it every year all over the Earth (or geo if you prefer). So it was just a matter of time before I was forced to check it out. Up until recently I was able to stay in the truck while others scurried about trying to locate hidden treasure. But this time an entire weekend was devoted to geocaching in Minnesota state parks.
When the idea was first presented for my consideration I carelessly said, “I don’t care where I go, I care where I stay.” You see I like traveling, I just don’t like camping. I thought if that message was communicated clear enough I could have a relaxing weekend spent in a hotel somewhere reading and relaxing while others chased wild geese. Once again I didn’t ask enough questions. There are over 70 state parks and recreation areas in Minnesota and each one has at least one hidden treasure waiting to be found using GPS technology. The goal is to find the official cache at all the parks within a certain time period. A local teacher and his wife were
the first ones to complete that task in Minnesota. The modern-day treasure hunters collect stamps, patches and pins when a certain number of these statesponsored caches have been found. My daughter Jennifer and her husband Adam have taken up the task of visiting all 73 state parks. So recently she and her mother conspired to involve the whole family. In two days, traveling over 450 miles, we stopped in at eight state parks; fun for the whole family. We shared trails with horses, climbed hundreds of stairs, scampered up rocky cliffs, traversed ravines, forded streams, explored caves, island hopped and made our presence known in a ghost town. I think the state of Minnesota is using geocaching as a device to introduce people to the state parks. I
was at parks that I had never heard of. All eight parks that we visited were beautiful and each had its own unique identity. I can see why some people like this kind of thing. Geocaching wouldn’t be my first choice, but you have to participate in the activities that are important to your friends and family. My global position is not one of resistance to change and trying new things. I may not always like it but I try to have fun with it. It’s like what Jimmy Buffet said: It’s these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes Nothing remains quite the same. With all of our running and all of our cunning If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane. Jerry Kucera is a columnist for the Jordan Independent.
LIVESREMEMBERED RoseAnn Gebhardt
Clotilda M. Burmeister
RoseAnn Gebhardt, 76, of Belle Plaine, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 at Glencoe Regional Health Services in Glencoe. Born in her parents home in Hollywood Township, New Germany Dec. 10, 1934, RoseAnn was the daughter of Jacob and Frances (Ebert) Laumann. On June 21, 1955, she married Alex Gebhardt at Holy Trinity in Winsted. Together they lived for a short time in Glencoe before moving to the city of Belle Plaine. In 1969 they moved to a farm in Belle Plaine Township where she lived until 2005. When she was not busy raising her family, she enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking and crocheting. With her husband Alex, she went to auctions and traveled to Montana and Arizona. Later in her life when the grandchildren came along, she enjoyed spending every moment she could with them. RoseAnn is survived by her six children, Russ (Judy) of New Prague, Dan (fiance Kelly) of Belle Plaine, Bruce (Deb) of Cohassett, Craig (Karen) of Watkins, Karen (Steve) Brelje of Glencoe and Sharon Valentin of Redwood Falls; brother, Edwin Laumann of Watertown; sisters, Adeline (Bill) Harrison of Arizona, Virginia Goede of New Germany; sister-in-law, Cindy McQuay of Arizona; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex; parents, Frances and Jacob Laumann; brothers and sisters-inlaw, Laurence (Butch) Laumann, James and Myrtle Laumann, Alfred Goede; sisters and brothers-in-law, Laverne and Henry Braunworth, Marcella and Melvin Kohls, Ellen and Ruben Baumann and Ethel Laumann. Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jordan with the Rev. Jeremy Glowicki officiating. Pallbearers were the grandchildren. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery, Belle Plaine. Funeral arrangements with the Wagner Funeral Home of Belle Plaine. 952-873-3424
Clotilda “Clodie” Burmeister, 96 of Jordan passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 at the Belle Plaine Lutheran Home. She was born May 5, 1915 in Jordan to parents, Henry and Julia (Hoffman) Boeckman. Clodie married John “Jack” Burmeister May 1, 1949 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan. Clodie was a member of the Ladies V.F.W. Auxiliary, an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and a long time volunteer at St. John’s Catholic School. She enjoyed quilting with the ladies at Schule Haus, playing bingo and cards and doing jig saw puzzles. Loved and forever missed by her children, Ann (Dale) Hoehne of Butterfield, Richard (Suzanne) Burmeister of Belle Plaine, Dennis (Helen) Burmeister of Bloomington, John (Diane) Burmeister of Burlington, WI, Laura (Thomas) Kinning of North Branch; 24 grandchildren; many greatgrandchildren; siblings, Delores Stocker of Prior Lake, Sr. Julene Boeckman of Mankato, Mark (Evelyn) Boeckman of Belle Plaine; brother-in-law, Joe Barlage of Belle Plaine. Preceded by her husband, Jack Burmeister; grandson, Andrew Burmeister; parents; siblings, Leonard Boeckman, Lawrence Boeckman, Margaret Mike, Raymond Boeckman and Alice Barlage Visitation was Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9-11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with the Mass of Christian Burial following at 11 a.m. with Father Yanta officiating. Clodie’s final resting place is Calvary Cemetery in Jordan. Pallbearers include Joe Burmeister, Mike Burmeister, John Burmeister, Brett Carlson, Joe Shaw and Michelle Noll. Funeral Arrangements by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Jordan. ballardsunderfuneral.com
Lynne (Engfer) Sater Lynne (Engfer) Sater, 49, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 at her Oconomowoc, WI home surrounded by her loving family following a nearly two year battle with bile duct cancer. Lynne is survived by her husband, Terry; daughters, Savannah, Autumn, and Sierra; parents, John and Virginia Engfer of Jordan, brothers, Paul (Mary) of New Prague, Bryan (Beth) of Ft. Atkinson, WI. She is also survived by many other cherished relatives. In all things she lived her life as a witness to her faith in Jesus Christ. She was a dear friend to many. She was a graduate of Brown Institute and the University of Minnesota-School of Journalism. Lynne worked as a news reporter at KARE-TV in Minneapolis, WESH-TV in Orlando, Pampered Chef hostess, and as a teacher’s aide in Iowa and Wisconsin. She was also Miss Bloomington, an athlete, a singer, actress, music composer, vacation bible school leader, and enthusiastic fan of dozens of young performers including her daughters. Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 29, Crosspoint Community Church, Oconomowoc, WI. Visitation 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. with service to follow. More information: www.schmidtandbartelt.com
Earl Joseph Holasek Earl “Shorty” Holasek, 63, of Waconia, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, in Chanhassen. The visitation was Wednesday, Nov. 2, 4-8 p.m. at the Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska. There will be a private family service later. Memorials may be given to the Frauenshuh Cancer Center, c/o Park Nicollet Foundation, 6500 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55426. Shorty was born Dec. 16, 1947 in Minneapolis, to Earl Sr. and Deloris (Christenson) Holasek, one of four children. He graduated from Chaska High School in 1966. On Feb. 22, 1969 Shorty married Sharon Bentz at the Chaska Moravian Church. They had three children. He was owner of Earl Holasek and Son Greenhouse, Inc., in Chanhassen and worked there for 53 years. He also farmed vegetable and crop land for 53 years. He was an avid tractor collector, and member of IH Collectors, Ford Collectors, and the ScottCarver Threshers. He dearly loved his grandchildren, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Holasek Sr. Survivors include his wife, Sharon; sons and daughter-inlaw, James and Laura of Chaska, Daniel of Chaska; daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn (Michael) Meyer of Chaska; grandchildren, Nathan and Marcus Holasek, Elizabeth and Victoria Meyer, Bailey Holasek; mother, Deloris “Betty” Holasek of Chaska; sisters, Carol (Tim) Thuening of Chaska, Bonnie (Karl) Taylor of Chaska, Judy (Gary) Fritz of Waconia; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements were with the Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska, 952-448-2137.
Robert “Bob” Underferth John and Vera (Moertl) Underferth announced the birth of their son, Robert Joseph Dec. 4, 1943 in Minneapolis. Growing up in South Minneapolis, Bob attended and graduated from Vocation High School, with a special interest in auto mechanics. At a young age, Bob had a strong work ethic. Expanding his interest in auto mechanics, he bought and operated for many years a Shell Station in Minneapolis. Bob sold the station in 1977. Taking his knowledge and wanting to serve his community stronger, Bob started a rental company in Burnsville. In 1986 and moving closer to home, he owned and operated the Prior Lake Rental Center. Throughout his life, Bob took great pride in being customer focused and quality driven. For over 20 years, he also was a mail carrier for the Startribune Newspaper. Attending a family wedding, Bob met the love of his life, Susan Dwinnell. Dating for several years, they exchanged wedding vows on May 21, 1966 at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis. Bob and Susan were blessed with three beautiful children, Matt, Andrew and Debbie. An active member in his community, Bob was a former member of the Optimist Club and a current member of the Lions Club in Prior Lake. In his spare time, he enjoyed coaching his children in sports, riding his motorcycle, boating and playing softball. Family was always important to Bob, especially with the passing of his son, Andrew unexpectedly in 1985 and his wife, Susan in 1991. During this difficult time, Bob always continued to support his two children, with an ultimate source of strength. At the age of 67 and a resident of Prior Lake, Bob Underferth passed away unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 at his home. Forever loved, Bob will be deeply missed by son, Matt Underferth of Prior Lake; daughter, Debbie Underferth of Prior Lake; brother, John (Mary) Underferth of Minneapolis; sisters-in-law, Carol Underferth of Vesili, Jackie Underferth of Prior Lake; many other loving relatives and devoted friends. Bob is preceded in death by wife, Susan; son, Andrew; parents, John and Vera; brothers, Jim and Dick Underferth. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m., with visitation two hours priors all at the Church of St. Michael, 16311 Duluth Ave. SE, Prior Lake. Bob will be laid to rest next to his wife and son at Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis. The Underferth family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake Chapel.
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Robert H. McKenzie Robert McKenzie, 90, of Forest Lake and formerly of Hopkins, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011.Among others, he is survived by family in Chaska. Proud member of the 101st Airborne Division - World War II. Preceded in death by daughter, Patty Walters; parents, Charles and Elsie; brothers, Darrel, Donald and Owen. Survived by wife of 62 years, Armella (Kelzer); son-in-law, Arnie Walters; granddaughter, Mary Walters; sister, Marlys Myer; close friend, John Valliere; sister-in-law, Florinda (Alvin) Buntrock; many nieces and nephews. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Roberts Family Funeral Home, 555 Centennial Dr. SW, Forest Lake and continuing on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 9-10 a.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at The Church of St. Peter, 1250 South Shore Dr., Forest Lake. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Memorials preferred.
Joyce H. Lobitz Joyce Lobitz, 86, of Chaska, passed away Sunday Oct. 30, 2011 at Edina Care and Rehabilition Center in Edina. Funeral service is Friday Nov.4, 1 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 23290 Highway 7, Excelsior with visitation Thursday, Nov. 3 from 5-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service, all at the church. Interment St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Chaska. Casket Bearers include Christopher Lobitz, Adam Lobitz, Chelsie Lobitz, Gracie Lobitz, Dannelle Mielke, Joey Mielke Joyce was born Dec. 13, 1924 in Chanhassen Township, the daughter of George and Hildegard (Baggenstoss) Kelm. She was baptized in January of 1925 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska by the Rev. O.H. Schmidt and confirmed on April 10, 1938 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska by the Rev. Otto Kohn. On Dec. 27, 1947, she was united in marriage to Chester Lobitz at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska by the Rev. Otto Kohn. Their marriage was blessed with three children: Cheryl, Richard and Timothy. Joyce was a homemaker and an office secretary and bookkeeper for years. She taught Sunday school for 25 years and also was a faithful member of the women’s organizations at various church’s and served in many capacities. She was also a member of the Chaska V.F.W. Auxiliary. Joyce enjoyed needle work, crossword puzzles, reading, travel, bowling, camping, and loved watching sports, especially the Vikings and Twins. She loved to visit with family and friends. Spending winters in Arizona and being in the sunshine was a highlight for Joyce and Chet. They formed friendships with people from around the country. Joyce was an associate member Christ Lutheran Church in Coolidge, AZ. Joyce is preceded in death by her husband, Chester Lobitz; parents, George and Hilda Kelm; brothers, Roy Kelm, Wayne Kelm; sister-in-law, Delores Kelm. Joyce is survived by her loving family; children, Cherie (Ron) Tanghe of Victoria, Rick (Connie) Lobitz of Glencoe, Tim (Cindy) Lobitz of Otsego; grandchildren, Chelsie, Gracie, Adam, Chris, Danelle and Brad, Joey, Kari, Kevin, Jill, Jeanette, Krystal and Jeremy; great-grandchildren Madelyn, Emily, Ellexis, Zory, Maya, Jordan, Jaden, Gabby, Audrey, Jackson, Isabella; sisters-in-law, Lucy Kelm of Watertown, Nancy Kelm of Le Center, Helen Vogel of South St. Paul; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com
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70 YEARS AGO Mr. and Mrs. Francis Doyle purchased a 400-acre farm, the Kennefick farm, in Cedar Lake Township, according to a report out of St. Catherine. Mrs. Agnes Morlock presents her music students in recital Wednesday evening at the Jordan High School auditorium. Florian Busch’s Benedict carpenter crew is busy building a new garage for Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative of Jordan on its property at First Street. The Jordan Police Department reported that many windows in the city were soaped but no major damage was done. Residents said it was all done in harmless celebrating. Henry Blume of Jordan has sold his blacksmith shop to Louis Stifter and M.J. Bickman, who are from Winsted. One of the cases at district court in Shakopee, Schutz and Hilgers Jordan Brewery vs. Jose L. Ranger, Wilbert Mueller and Walter Dooner, was settled with a jury trial. Henry Morlock of Jordan, a local mink rancher, has purchased and has been raising nutria, a South American beaver. His first one came from a breeder in Canada. They’re a little different than Minnesota beavers. He recently sold four to a breeder in Colorado for a nifty sum of $25 each. Summer residents at Maple Glen have been forced out because of the cold weather and early snow. The Hubmen football team ended the season with a win at Shakopee, under the lights.
50 YEARS AGO A tractor owned by Mervin Hennes burned on Monday on the Wm. Beckman farm. The Jordan Fire Department was called. Jordan High School’s junior class presents “Ask Any Girl,” a three-part comedy play. Lydia Lassies homemaker group will meet at the Mrs. Lawrence Haferman home. The co-hostess is Mrs. Delbert Jasmer. “Food and Your Weight” is the meeting topic. Belle Plaine Lutheran Home dedicates its new $155,000 addition to the present facility. The original part was built in 1898 with additions in 1918, 1925 and 1951. Norwood-Young America handed a 33-7 loss to the Jordan football team, ending Jordan’s season with a 2-7 record.
30 YEARS AGO Police report: Wolf Motors said a truck was taken off the lot. Hope Lutheran Church offers an abuse prevention seminar Nov. 11. The Jordan City Council votes to spend up to $5,000 to purchase the old bank building along Broadway to house the library. A final attempt to settle the Jordan High School teacher contract failed Sunday evening, so as of Monday morning, teachers
BACK will be carrying picket signs at school. An open house has been planned for the 25th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kes of Jordan. The event, hosted by the couple’s children, will take place at St. Patrick Hall. St. Anne’s card party takes place at the Marystown school. Lunch will be served. The Prior Lake Players present “Catch Me If You Can.” Ken Hanson, Jordan High School athletic director, was named Region 4 director of the year. Hubmen football beat Arlington 14-0 in the season finale, posting a 5-4 overall record. Jaguars volleyball ended the season with a win against Belle Plaine.
10 YEARS AGO For this year, the Jordaness Lions’ Christmas ornament features the 1888 Nicolin house. Father John of St. John’s parish filled his promise by eating a worm, offered as an incentive for the children of St. John’s to reach their Marathon pledge of $20,000. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan will host a turkey bingo. Pete Betchwars, 43, of Jordan passed away Oct. 31. He was the owner of Pete’s Painting. Scott County holds an open house for the Scott County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, which is located near the intersection of Highway 282 and County Road 17. Radermacher’s SuperValu store introduces no-coupon shopping. Every discount will be run through the cash registers, eliminating clipping coupons. There was a large turnout for the Jordan School Board election Tuesday. Four candidates had filed. There were also 131 write-in votes for candidates who didn’t file, but everyone agreed with the people who filed. Eighteen students escaped serious injury when a Jordan school bus and a van collided near the intersection of highways 13 and 282, east of Jordan. Jordan’s senior and junior class play, called “Good News,” opens tonight. New Prague Ford and Mercury and Queen of Peace Hospital will host a car seat safety check at the New Prague auto dealer’s parking lot. Looking Back is a regular feature of the Jordan Independent for which information is gleaned from past issues of your local newspaper. If you have a question or comment about the column, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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Maust-Brandt Scott Brandt and Rebecca Maust of Jordan announce the birth of their daughter Olivia Mae Maust-Brandt at 2:33 p.m. Oct. 10, 2011, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. The baby girl weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 191/2 inches long. She has blue eyes and blond hair. Olivia’s grandparents are: Robert and Johanna Morano of Mastic Beach, N.Y., and Mark and Christy Maust of Prior Lake.
Havlik Marilyn (Groschel) and Timothy Havlik of Prior Lake announce the birth of their daughter Faith Ashley Havlik at 6:17 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2011, at Queen of Peace Hospital (Mayo Clinic Health System) in New Prague. The baby girl weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 18 inches long. She has dark brown hair. Faith’s grandparents are the Rev. Pastor Ron and Vicki Groschel of Prior Lake and Joy and Steve Havlik of Burnsville. Her great-grandparents are: Polly Kurtz of Portland, Ore.; Jean Havlik of St. Paul; and John and Marilyn Watson of North Oaks.
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the Minnesota National Guard in 2002. Since then, he has been on two deployments to combat zones with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, totaling 40 months away. He fought for us – you and me. Brian had to leave behind his family, his friends and everyday comforts for our safety, our freedom and our happiness, never asking for anything in return. He, military personnel and veterans make the joyful memories we are able to make, the securities we enjoy and the reassurance of our safety all possible. I often think, “What would our country be like if people like Brian weren’t so generous and selfless?” I wouldn’t want to know the answer to that ... So, thank you to all veterans and active military out there.
ar too often we admire a uniformed soldier from afar, put a magnetic decal on our car to show troop support, and fly the flag on appropriate holidays – without giving much thought to the sacrifices that soldiers, past and present, have made. Veterans Day is a chance to correct that, a chance to think of and thank all men and women who have served honorably in times of war and peace. Perhaps the thoughts and essays on this page, submitted by area readers, will help get you started … help you think about how the sacrifices of military veterans have protected our freedoms and made America a safer place. Our thanks once again to all the readers who shared their thoughtful words on this topic.
Enthusiastic but reluctant soldier
and returned to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., for training for the new war, Vietnam.
Carl was a World War II veteran, a married student with a child and another on the way when he received papers to report to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., to train troops for Korea. While training troops, son John was born in an Army tent hospital and was delivered to Mom in rustling paper diapers (Dec. 1950). Carl had graduated from pharmacy school and was now an ROTC commissioned lieutenant. All attempts to transfer to the medical corps were denied. He was sent to Korea as an infantry officer. Once in the country, he arrived at the front a reluctant warrior, thinking of his family. Within a week, there were only seven survivors of his unit. He recalls the mortar hitting too close and the impact. He recalls bodies tossed on top. He was in the dead pile. Not able to talk, he moved his foot until someone yelled. “This one’s alive.” He was placed on a stretcher face down, to haul back to the field hospital. The hospital was some distance away. Every time a mortar hit, the stretcher bearers dropped him. Carl thought the grenades on his chest would go off. They arrived safe, he recovered after a year, and for 30 years my dad at times would cough and lead dislodged from his wounds clinked to the dinner table next to the mashed potatoes. In 1972, son John was drafted
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Proud of a local soldier We would like to thank our son, Lt. Anthony Larson, USN, for his continued service to our country. His Navy career started his senior year of college at the University of Minnesota School of Engineering in 2002. He was commissioned an officer the following summer in Newport, R.I. Anthony was assigned to the Nuclear Reactor Office in Washington, D.C. for the next five years, during that time receiving his master’s degree in engineering. He left Washington for the next 2½ years to train for his present duty assignment, where he earned his dolphin pin and Engineering Duty Officer status. Anthony is currently stationed at Portsmouth, N.H. Naval Base, where he is the dry docking officer for the Virginia Class Submarines. Anthony was part of the crew of the USS Wyoming during its historic 1,000th Trident ballistic missile patrol. Anthony is a 1999 graduate of Prior Lake High School. We are very proud of our son and all the men and women who serve this country.
Cindy and Glenn Larson Prior Lake
Harley Swenson, left, and Lyle Fridlund getting ready for their Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
A high-flying veteran Harley Swenson, age 91, and a World War II veteran, accompanied 100 WWII veterans, 62 guardians, and 15 guardian squad leaders on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., sponsored by Vietnam Veterans Charity and other sponsors. They left at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 8 and returned at 10:30 the same day after touring several memorials in Washington, D.C.,
Many reasons for thanks I am thankful for all veterans for many reasons. By joining the military, these individuals put the United States and our freedom ahead of themselves. They give up
including the WWII memorial. Harley was drafted in 1942 and served in Europe with the Third Armored Division as a tank driver. He landed on Omaha Beach and fought through Europe until the war ended, returning home in 1945. Harley lives in Prior Lake with his wife Gloria. Three of his children reside in Minnesota, as well as one in Arkansas and one in Louisiana.
Gloria Swenson Prior Lake
many things we civilians take for granted every day – home-cooked meals, comfortable beds, days off from work, air conditioning, vacations, closets full of colorful clothes, the list goes on and on. I am especially proud of and thankful for my husband, Brian Liebl of Chanhassen, who joined
Some girls marry doctors, some lawyers. Then, there are a select few who get to marry soldiers. I am one of those lucky women. I met my now husband, Colin, shortly after his fi rst deployment. I knew right then and there he was the man for me. He didn’t talk much about his tour, but we knew, sooner or later he would have to go again. After nine months of dating, he got the call. His unit was deploying. Now I understood what families go through. Lonely nights, Christmas, birthdays, weddings, all of it solo. He was in the desert doing the same. Celebrating these while being shot at. Finally married, we went through deployment number three, and are now preparing for the fourth. Words can’t describe the feeling of seeing those combat boots by the door, knowing soon they’ll be gone. I get to sleep in our bed, talk with our friends and family every day. Each day, my husband is out there, risking his life for our family and friends, fighting to come home safe to us. I am lucky enough to not only call Sgt. Rainey my husband, but he’s my best friend, my hero and my soldier.
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Day treatment combines therapy with education WOWW! This is Renae! I am still getting used to answering my classroom phone without giggling when I say the name of our new day treatment program. But hopefully hearing a smile in my voice will be reassuring to parents making that first difficult phone call to a day treatment program. The WOWW acronym stands for Working On What Works, and WOWW really describes the approach used in our program. The WOWW program, which opened its doors in September, serves students diagnosed as needing mental health rehabilitative services. Located in the Shakopee Town Square Mall, we offer a safe, therapeutic and structured environment for adolescents ages 12-15 who have more intense needs than public schools can service, but who don’t need out-ofhome 24-hour care. Day treatment allows students to address their educational, counseling, behavior management and family services and still return to their own homes each day. It’s a year-round program, with academic programming during the school year. The WOWW program uses a solution-focused model that provides immediate feedback and teaching opportunities to strengthen student skills in emotional, social and academic coping skills. Our focus is on what is working for students, rather than on what is not working for them. Increasing student confidence and success can lead to progress in more challenging areas of their lives. The Minnesota River Valley Special Education Cooperative (MRVSEC) provides highly qualified staff for the academic portion of the program. Maryanne Running, my co-teacher, has experience teaching high school math and science and has worked the last 18 years in the New Prague Education Center. I have taught both elementary and secondary programs in the River Valley Education Center in Jordan during the past 11 years. Mary Lynn Gross is the program education assistant
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with 11 years experience with MRVSEC, and she supports the students and staff throughout the day. Our therapist, Char Forcier, has worked for Carver County for four years, and has experience working with students of all ages, as well as their parents. We’re all involved in setting the tone for the day –whether it is our daily morning check-in with students and staff, when we discuss what kind of day we are having and celebrate something positive we have done the day before, or doing special activities and outings, or dealing with challenging issues. Mornings in the WOWW program involve mostly academic activities, as well as individual therapy times. Students receive daily instruction in math, language arts, social studies and science. Instruction is provided in small groups, and individualized to meet student needs. We encourage students to practice good study habits, appropriate social skills, and coping strategies that will generalize to their mainstream classroom setting. Afternoons include physical education, group therapy and skills training during which students work on social and functional skills that will serve them at home, school and in the community. The highlight of each week is Friday, when outings and special events are planned, and earned by demonstrating positive behavior. These outings allow students to generalize skills practiced during the week to real-life, community situations. Although we are an educational program,
the emphasis is on the therapeutic aspect of the program. Family therapy takes place once every two weeks with our therapist, the student and parents. Improving consistency between home and school, and supporting students and families with challenging issues is a big part of WOWW. Referrals do not have to come through the schools, but can be started by parents or county social services. Parents or guardians must be willing to participate in the family counseling. Upon admission, a diagnostic assessment will be completed by the licensed mental health professional to assess the client’s emotional disturbance. An individual treatment plan will then be developed to address the adolescent’s goals and objectives related to their emotional needs. Strategies to address those emotional needs are embedded throughout the day’s programming. So far, the thing that impresses me the most about the WOWW program is the intake process. A meeting between parents and staff is held to identify student strengths, needs and goals. The process takes us from the highest highs of student uniqueness and personality, to the deepest lows of parent fears and frustration, creating a very clear profile of where a student is at. Then, parents are asked to identify the smallest sign or indication they will see from their child if the WOWW program is the right place for them. Parents may mention that their child will hold their head up higher, or smile more often, or the child will willingly go to school. I think everyone comes away from these meetings feeling hopeful and reassured that we have a solid approach in place and we will know if it is working. For more information about the WOWW day treatment program, please contact Char Forcier at (952) 460-3382 or cforcier@ co.carver.mn.us. Renae Jelle is a teacher at MRVSEC’s Shakopee Town Square location. She can be reached at email@example.com. mn.us.
Superintendent starts blogging At the urging of the Jordan School Board’s communication committee, Superintendent Kirk Nelson has started a web log (aka blog) on jordannews. com. It is titled Superintendent’s View on Education, and the fi rst entry is called Homestead Credit Change. The Jordan Independent is seeking more bloggers for its website. To start your blog, register, log in, click on Home -> My Blogs, and then click on Create a Brand New Blog. For assistance, call (952) 492-2224. Compiled by Mathias Baden
Choir sings before Twins game, again The Jordan High School chamber singers were invited back to sing the National Anthem before a Minnesota Twins game at Target Field. The high school hasn’t heard back yet on the date of the game. The performance will happen on one of the four following games: April 22 or April 23 (versus the Boston Red Sox), or June 12 or June 13 (versus the Philadelphia Phillies). Compiled by David Schueller
What would it take to make AYP? To get Jordan Public Schools and Jordan High School re-
moved from the not-making adequate yearly progress (AYP) list, what exactly would it take? Curriculum Director Carol Lagergren gave the numbers as part of a larger test-results presentation to the Jordan School Board. At the district level, it would take: I six more Hispanic students passing math tests; I two more special- education and limited-Englishproficiency students passing math tests. At the high school, it would take: I two more students on the free and reduced lunch program passing math tests; I five more students on the lunch program passing reading tests. However, Lagergren said the district does not just want those students to be successful, and needs to reach everyone. “We want success for them, but we want success for all students,” Lagergren said. Compiled by David Schueller
Board changes meeting times Jordan School Board meetings will start at 6:30 going forward, rather than the 6 p.m. time of the past. Board members voted Oct. 24 to change the meeting time so that Chairman Dan Buresh can make it there in time from work in Minneapolis. Compiled by David Schueller
Local student joins symphonic band Rebecca Weiers, a fi rst-year Bemidji State University student from Jordan, earned a spot on the university’s symphonic band. The band is made up of music majors, nonmajors, and community members. Weiers plays the flute, and is majoring in elementar y education. The repertoire for the symphonic band is mostly traditional band classics of the 20th Century. T he band rehearses one night each week and performs two major concerts per semester with additional per formances.
Aamodt wins UMD scholarship Shane Aamodt of Jordan won a LarsonAllen and Co. scholarship at the University of Minnesota in Duluth (UMD). Aamodt is studying accounting and fi nance in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at UMD.
Herman graduates from Winona State Hannah Herman of Jordan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing after the spring semester at Winona State University. Her man g raduated wit h Cum Laude honors.
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ourschools Jordan Middle School addresses problem that can plague students Greetings from Jordan Middle School! I very happy to announce that our school has been very active in its approach to bullying. This year, we have made a conscious effort to address bullying in our school in a number of ways. First, we have incorporated a program that addresses many things such as what to do if you are bullied, what to remember if you are the one doing the bullying, and what you can do if you are witnessing the act of bullying. Along with this, students are taught common language and gestures they can use to get the attention of someone who is bullying. We are using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Secondly, we have organized a team of teachers, parents, students and me to discuss what we are doing in regard to bullying, and how we are treating students who are caught in such an act. We are looking at revising our discipline matrix. The information we are gathering from this committee, as well as outside sources, and a survey that was given to the entire student body is what we are using to move forward. The final thing we have in place, so far, is our health fair, which will have some things in place regarding bullying behaviors such as cyber bullying. Grades 7-8 will participate in a 60-minute presentation during our health fair on Nov. 30. Our hope with everything that we are doing is to heighten the awareness of a national problem with bullying, and to give our students tools to help them through these types of things. Our committee will take the time to come up with a building policy that is straight forward, and assures all students that they will be safe in our building. Our three building administrators, social workers and counselor are getting
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“Our hope with everything that we are doing is to heighten the awareness of a national problem with bullying, and to give our students tools to help them through these types of things.” together to discuss what we can do throughout the district.
FALL SPORTS I want to take this time to congratulate all of our middle school fall athletes on a job well done. I had the opportunity to watch our students in action, and I was very impressed with the teamwork, the commitment to get better, and the great attitude that was displayed throughout. I felt that our coaches did a real nice job of leading our young men and women in so many ways that will help them grow in the future. Thank you parents for your support of the program, and we hope to grow each and every year. Lance Chambers is the principal of Jordan Middle School. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. mn.us.
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Out of hundreds of auditions statewide, four students from Jordan earned spots on a state honor choir of the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota. Jordan Haller (left), Katelyn Barclay and Noah Knox earned spots, as did Jacob Wiescamp (not pictured). Your music teacher needs to pick you, and then you have to audition,” Barclay said, of the selection process. After being chosen, honor choir members – usually around 100 a choir – get together for a concert. “It’s going to be great,” Barclay said. For more information about the concerts, go to acda-mn.org.
Dollars follow students, so district looks at why some leave BY DAVID SCHUELLER email@example.com
Tallies of the reasons why students open enroll into and out of Jordan Public Schools show that a notable number leave the district to fi nd better academic opportunities elsewhere. In all, 129 students open enroll into Jordan schools; 191 open enroll out. While the vast majority do so for family reasons such as a move or daycare, a good number make their school choice based on other reasons. Academic reasons accounted for at least 21 students leaving the district, including four who wanted half-day kindergarten. On the f lip side, 12 enrolled into the Jordan district, but that number includes 10 who did so to gain full-day kindergarten. Superintendent Kirk Nelson said the district’s shortcomings in gifted
and talented class options accounts for some students leaving. “It’s something the (Jordan School Board) will be addressing here in the future,” Nelson said. General preference – which includes factors such as having a smaller school or where friends are, or just overall quality – led 23 students away from the Jordan district and 25 students into the district. It was a similar wash when looking at family reasons such as daycare or continuing education after a move. Five students left the Jordan district for extra-curricular activities, and none stated that they entered for that reason. The tally comes from a compilation of reasons listed on open enrollment forms, and some declined to list a reason for their choice. However, the reasons do matter to the school districts.
Jordan Public Schools plans to ask, via mail, why families of students who open enroll out of the district chose other schools. Fewer students means less money from the state. “It’s a lot of money we’re talking here – 60 students,” said Board Member Joe Benko at the Oct. 24 board Meeting. Nelson said it makes a difference of about a $300,000 or more. “More going out than coming in,” Nelson said. So where do they go? The top three destination districts are Prior Lake (with 66), New Prague (42), and Eastern Carver County (28). And from where do they come? The top three source districts are Belle Plaine (46), New Prague (24), and Shakopee (18). Prior Lake (17) was a close fourth.
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Junior Drew DeCorsey (left) hammers a backhand for a winner at the state tennis tournament. Junior Alex Hancock drops a shot over the net for the Jaguars.
Doubles team plays with the best DeCorsey, Hancock give Jordan first appearance at state BY TODD ABELN email@example.com
Jordan’s fi rst appearance at the state tennis tournament didn’t go as planned. T he Jordan doubles team of juniors Drew DeCorsey and Alex
Hancock lost both their matches in straight sets to get eliminated from the tournament. “It was a great experience,” head coach Brad Ernst said. “They didn’t embarrass themselves and proved that they belong at that level.” Their opening round match last Thursday morning at the Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis was delayed by 45 minutes because the singles match in front of them went three sets. But once DeCorsey and Hancock took the court against Virginia’s
doubles team of seniors Katie Kingston and Hailey Slatten, it quickly came apparent that they would have their hands full. DeCorsey and Hancock lost 1-6, 0-6, as they missed numerous shots to put themselves behind the eight ball. Kingston and Slatten quickly jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the fi rst set, before DeCorsey and Hancock got on the board, cutting the fi rst set score to 3-1. But after that, it was all Kingston and Slatten. They won the final nine
games to close out the match in straight sets. “ T hey had a lot of un forced errors,” Ernst said. “It was just nerves, adrenaline and trying to do too much.” That sent DeCorsey and Hancock to the consolation bracket against senior Patricia Ott and junior Kelle Thompson of Lac qui Parle Valley High School. Ott and Thompson topped the Jordan duo 6-1, 6-1 and then won their next two matches to claim the Class 1A consolation championship.
“They played a lot better,” Ernst said. “The score doesn’t indicate how close that match was.” Ernst said many of the points went to deuce and Ott and Thompson made all the shots at critical points of the match. The Jordan girls tennis team graduates only player from this year’s team that won the Minnesota River Conference title this year, making Ernst excited for the 2012 season. “I’m already looking forward to it,” he said.
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Setting personal bests at sectionals BY TODD ABELN firstname.lastname@example.org
The cross country season concluded last week for Jordan High School. The Jordan boys and girls cross country teams failed to qualify for the state meet at the Section 4A meet at Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood. In addition, they did not qualify an individual for the state meet because none of their runners fi nished in the top 10. The Hubmen had the best section meet for Jordan, as they earned a top-10 finish as a team in the 16-team field. They tallied 240 points, fi nishing eighth. Blake and Minnehaha Academy tied for fi rst with 47 points. Junior Chris Huss was the fastest Jordan runner, as he finished in 22nd place with a time of 17 minutes, 40.5 seconds. He was followed by sophomore Tony Eichten, who finished in 18:19.6 and in 41st place. Four Jordan runners finished 58th to 61st. Cody Pelowski finished 58th, followed by junior Nathan Moe, freshman Jordan Moe and sophomore Austin Hovland. Pelowski finished in 18:56.8, while Hovland finished in 19:05.2. Freshman Brady Ruthford was close behind in 66th place with a time of 19:22.9. “I was really impressed with Chris Huss’s performance,” head coach Ben Nylander said. “He ran a personal best. Brady Ruthford also ran a (personal record) despite severely spraining his ankle during the race.” T he Jag ua rs f i nished ninth out of 11 teams with 238 points.
Eighth-grader Casey O’Hern was the third Jordan girls runner to cross the finish line at the section meet. Blake won the section title with 40 points, followed by Trinity and Minnehaha Academy tied for second with 81 points. Senior Alex Sopata earned a top-20 fi nish in her fi nal cross country race for Jordan. She fi nished in 18th place with a time of 15:57. “Alex ran a great race to end her cross country career,” Nylander said. She was followed by junior Michaela Vogel, who ran a 16:45 and fi nished in 34th spot. Eight h-g raders Casey O’Hern, Kristin Nohner and Savita Sidhu followed with 56th-, 64th- and 66th-place fi nishes. O’Hern finished in 17:44.7, followed by Nohner’s 18:31.8 and Sidhu’s 18:48.2. Sophomore Kerre Sieve ran a 18:58 to fi nish in 68th, and Britta Baker finished 75th with a time of 20:52.3. “Michaela fi nished off with another strong race, and our three eighth-graders all ran awesome,” Nyl a nder said. “Four out of our top five girls ran personal bests.”
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Cross country runners Nathan Moe, Cody Pelowski and Austin Hovland run together for the Jordan boys team.
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MRC honors four Jordan runners The Jordan cross-country teams had four runners honored by the Minnesota River Conference when the cross country all-conference teams were announced. Senior A lex Sopat a a nd Junior Michaela Vogel were named to the girls all-conference team, while junior Chris Huss and sophomore Tony Eichten were named to the boys all-conference team. Senior Cody Pelowski and eighth-grader Casey Oâ€™Hern were named to the honorable mention team.
SOPATA Sopata led the Jaguars in every meet this season and is a repeat all-conference selection. She also placed at the MRC track meet last spring in the 3,200-meter relay and 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. She is also a two-time Section 2A qualifier in track. She is a tremendous leader and a very hard worker. She ran more than 200 miles this past summer preparing for the season. She is the daughter of Tony and Yvonne Sopata.
Jensen Orlow, a Jordan resident, won the Class 2A, Section 2 cross country meet last week, running for Holy Family.
Orlow wins section cross country meet Jordan resident Jensen Orlow, running for Holy Family, won the Class 2A, Section 2 cross country meet last Thursday to qualify for the Class 2A state meet this Saturday. Running on the Hutchinson course on a near-perfect day, Mubarik Musa of Worthington (ranked eighth in the state) took an early lead with a tight pack of eight to 10 runners closely behind. In addition to Orlow, this pack included top-15 ranked runners Joey Duerr of Chaska (ranked fourth in state), Parker Wharram of Mound-Westonka, Troy Kivisto of Dassel-Cokato and Alec Olson of Chanhassen. At about the 2-mile mark of
the 5,000-meter race, the pack started to pick up the pace and pulled in Musa. Orlow made a surge with about 1,000 meters to go and caught Musa in the fi nal 500 meters, winning the race in the sizzling time of 15 minutes, 51 seconds. Duerr just nipped Musa in a close fi nish for the runner-up position. Wharram, Koivist and Olson rounded out the top six. Jensen will next be competing in the Class 2A boys state cross country meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Jensenâ€™s sister, Julia Orlow, fi nished 34th in the girls race with a time of 16:00.9.
Vogel has been a very strong second runner this season. She also placed at the MRC track meet last spring in the 1,600and 3,200-meter runs and the 3,200 meter relay. She was allconference in track last spring and has qualified for the Section 2A track meet four times. She is a tremendous leader and a very hard worker. She ran 200 miles this summer. Vogel is the daughter of Janae and Tom Vogel.
HUSS Huss is the most improved runner for the Hubmen and has been No. 1 or No. 2 at every meet for the team this year. He logged over 200 miles this past summer. He is also a member of the track-and-field team and placed in the 1,600-meter run at the MRC meet last spring. He is the son of Robert and Jodi Huss.
EICHTEN Eichten is a three-year letter winner for the Hubmen and has been the teamâ€™s top runner the past two seasons. He placed in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the MRC track and field meet this past spring. He also qualified for the Section 2A track and field meet
in the 1,600-meter run. He is the son of Mathias and Andrea Eichten.
OTHER BOYS Other members of the boys all-conference team are: Alex Fredrickson, Mayer Lutheran, junior; Brandon Duffy, Mayer Lutheran, sophomore; Phil Dvorak, Belle Plaine, senior; Jacob Schaffer, Belle Plaine, junior; Casey Fails, WatertownMayer, junior; Jay Boerner, Watertown-Mayer, junior; Zachary Grieves, Le Sueur-Henderson, junior; Jesse Beulkem Montgomery-Lonsdale, senior. T he honor able ment ion team includes: Zach Bondhus, Mayer Lutheran, senior; Nolan Schroeder, Belle Plaine, senior; Caleb Fails, WatertownMayer, junior; A.J. Smith, Le Sueur-Henderson, senior; Marty McGuire, MontgomeryLonsdale, sophomore; Alex Wischnack, Norwood-Young A merica, freshman; Devin Salinas, Sibley East, senior. The MRC coaches named Alex Fredrickson of Mayer Lutheran most valuable runner for MRC boys cross country in 2011. Coach Renae Johnson of Mayer Lutheran High School was named the MRC boys cross country coach of the year.
PHOTOS BY TODD ABELN
Senior Emilee Gutzmer is excited after the Jaguars won a point against Glencoe-Silver Lake.
Still alive Jordan wins first 2 playoff matches BY TODD ABELN email@example.com
The Jordan volleyball team advanced to the Class 2A, Section 2 north subsection on Tuesday night when it blew past Mound-Westonka. The Jaguars had little trouble against Mound, as they cruised to a 25-18, 28-26, 25-15 victory. With that win, Jordan next plays against the top-seeded Belle Plaine Tigers tonight at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. The winner of that match will advance to the Class 2A, Section 2 championship against either Le Sueur-Henderson or New Richland-HeartlandEllendale-Geneva at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at Gustavus Adolphus College. Jorda n a nd Bel le Plaine met twice this season. Each team won on the road. The Jaguars defeated the Tigers in four sets in late September, while Belle Plaine topped Jordan in five sets in October. Bel le Plaine is ranked third in the state, while Jordan is sixth.
OTHER GIRLS Other members of the girls all-conference team are: Liz Miller, Watertown-Mayer, sophomore; Hannah Johnson, Watertown-Mayer, junior; Lydia Fails, Watertown-Mayer, eighth grade; Janessa Meuleners, Belle Plaine, freshman; Emilyn Siemon, Belle Plaine , freshman; Parry Larson, Norwood-Young America, sophomore; Jessica Eibs, Sibley East, senior; Morgan Skluzacek, MontgomeryLonsdale, freshman. The honorable mention team includes: Kirstin Klitzke, Watertown-Mayer, seventh grade; Cheyene Westin, Belle Plaine, freshman; Payton Schultz, Norwood-Young America, senior; Courtney Eibs, Sibley East, sophomore; Ashley Gregor, Montgomery-Lonsdale, senior; Sarah Ruschmeier, Mayer Lutheran, junior; Julie Ulrich, LeSueur-Henderson, sophomore. The MRC coaches named Janessa Meuleners of Belle Plaine most valuable runner for MRC girls cross country in 2011. Coach Rich Winter of Watertown-Mayer was named the MRC girls cross country coach of the year.
OPENING WIN Jord a n op ened t he playoffs with a four-set
win against Glencoe-Silver Lake last Thursday night at home. The Jaguars, the No. 2 seed in the Class 2A, Section 2 north subsection playoffs, dropped the second set against the Panthers but dominated the fi nal two sets to get the win. Jordan defeated Glencoe-Silver Lake 25 -12, 23-25, 25-15, 25-12 to advance to the subsection finals against MoundWestonka. T h e P a nt h e r s h a d a hard time handling Jordanâ€™s serves, as the Jaguars had 16 aces in the win. Senior Kelsey Chambers led the way with nine aces. Emilee Gut z mer adde d fou r, Becca Pauly had two, and Hannah Klegstad had one. Chambers also led the offensive charge with 29 kills. She was the only Jaguar to reach double fi gures in kills. Paige Smith added nine kills in the win. Gutzmer had 50 set assists in the victory. Klegstad had 12 digs to lead the team. Chambers added nine. Courtney Smith had five blocks to lead the team.
Girls serve spaghetti Register for Panther Register for Turkey as hoops fund-raiser Cubs wrestling Trot 5K in Prior Lake The Jordan girls basketball program will hold its annual spaghetti dinner fund-raiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13 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 set at $20. No advanced sales. For more information, contact girls head coach Greg Dietel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Scott West Panther Cubs Wrestling started Tuesday, Nov. 1. This program is a combined program of Jordan and Belle Plaine wrestlers grades K-8. Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Jordan High School wrestling room. For more information, email Al Flynn at email@example.com.
Dakotah Sport and Fitness wi l l sponsor t hei r a n nu a l Turkey Trot 5K on Saturday, Nov. 19. The 3.1 mile event will start at Dakotah and wind through The Meadows at Mystic Lake, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community golf course. Registration is $25 through race day or until the race fi lls, and can be done online at active.com, by downloading the
Hannah Klegstad gets to a free ball for the Jaguars.
brochu re at dakotahspor t. com, or picking up a brochure at Dakotah. Mail-in registration will not be accepted after Nov. 10, while online registration will not be accepted after Nov. 17. Participants must be registered by Oct. 31 to guarantee t-shirt size. Race day registration is 7 p.m. in the Dakotah lobby, and the 5K starts at 8 a.m. For more information call Dakotah race director Renee Engeman at (952) 496-6875 or go to the website, dakotahsport. com.
2011 Jordan Fall Sports Almanac Jordan Volleyball
Jordan Girls Tennis
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 Thursday, Oct. 27 ........Glencoe-Silver Lake ............................. Win, 3-1 Tuesday, Nov. 1 ...........Mound-Westonka ................................ Win, 3-0 Thursday, Nov. 3 ........... Belle Plaine at Gustavus Adolphus ..............6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 19...............at St. Peter ............................................ Loss, 7-0 Friday, Aug. 19...............United South Central.............................. Win, 4-3 Tuesday, Aug. 23............at Glencoe-Silver Lake .......................... Loss, 5-2 Tuesday, Aug. 23............Spring Lake Park .................................... Win, 5-2 Tuesday, Aug. 23............Sibley East ............................................. Win, 7-0 Thursday, Aug. 25 ..........at Le Center ........................................... Win, 5-2 Friday, Aug. 26 ........... New Prague ........................................ Win, 4-3 Thursday, Sept. 1 ...........at Holy Family ........................................ Win, 4-3 Tuesday, Sept. 6 ......... Sibley East.......................................... Win, 6-1 Thursday, Sept. 8 ........ Belle Plaine ........................................ Win, 4-3 Monday, Sept. 12 ..........at Fairmont ........................................... Loss, 5-2 Tuesday, Sept. 13 ..........at Le Sueur-Henderson .......................... Win, 5-2 Thursday, Sept. 15 ...... Sibley East.......................................... Win, 7-0 Tuesday, Sept. 20 ..........at Belle Plaine ....................................... Win, 5-2 Thursday, Sept. 22 ...... Le Sueur-Henderson ............................ Win, 5-2 Monday, Sept. 26 ....... Mound-West Tonka ............................ Loss, 4-3 Tuesday, Sept. 27 ..........at Le Center ........................................... Win, 4-3 Tuesday, Oct. 4 ........... United South Central........................... Win, 4-3 Monday, Oct. 10 ......... Belle Plaine ........................................ Win, 4-3
Thursday, Sept. 8 ......at Montgomery-Lonsdale ......... Boys 15th, Girls 19th Tuesday, Sept. 13 .....at Norwood ................................Boys 9th; Girls 12th Tuesday, Sept. 20 .....at Waconia at Crown College ........ Boys 7th; Girls 8th Saturday, Sept. 24....at Milaca .................................Boys 10th; Girls 14th Tuesday, Sept. 27 .....at New Prague ............................. Boys 4th; Girls 9th Tuesday, Oct. 4 .........at NEY Center in Le Sueur ....................Second place Thursday, Oct. 13......Conference at Belle Plaine ...........Boys 3rd; Girls 3rd Thursday, Oct. 27......Sections ...................................... Boys 8th; Girls 9th
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 ............................... Loss, 14-6 Tuesday, Oct. 25 ............at Holy Family ..................................... Loss, 42-0
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