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Can Jordan keep truck traﬀic oﬀ its roads? Council considers removing street’s Municipal State Aid designation BY MATHIAS BADEN email@example.com
Desperate times call for desperate measures. In one of its latest INSIDE attempts JORDAN WON’T to alleviate PARTICIPATE cit y resiIN ANY dents’ conGROUNDWATER cerns with a proposal POLLUTION for a gravSOLUTION el pit in a PAGE 8 n ei g hb o r i n g t ow n ship, the Jordan City Council is considering pulling the Municipal State Aid (MSA) designation from Valley View Drive. To do so, the city would forgo using state money to i mprove t he cit y st r e et – i mprovement s on which councilmembers and other residents have said they are willing to wait. On the other hand, contractor S.M. Hentges & Sons, a Jordan business, has declared its intention to route future gravel trucks along the road and Scott County officials have suggested their intention to see the project through, after dealing with environmental issues. Jordan officials, though, have opposed the truck route because it might advance the deterioration of Valley View Drive and speed up the timeline for city spending to improve its driving surface. Should the county eventually approve the proposed gravel pit, it would be located on 85 acres at 17825 Valley View Drive in Sand Creek Township. The township and county would receive gravel tax revenue; the city would only be saddled with extra truck traffic and a rapidly deteriorating road, opponents of the project have said.
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Jordan volleyball players Courtney Smith (back left), Rachel Freund (front left), Megan Johnson, Emilee Gutzmer, Kelsey Chambers (front) and Hannah Klegstad celebrate after finishing third at the Class 2A state volleyball tournament. The tournament was much like the regular season for the Jordan Jaguars. They had their up and downs, but in the end, it turned into a great experience with a lot of volleyball played. The Jags rallied to win their first match, then lost their semifinal match in five sets before grabbing third place with a convincing win. I FOR MORE ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT, AS WELL AS ALL-STATE SELECTIONS, TURN TO PAGES 11-12.
Keeping our country safe Jordan students gather to honor veterans BY DAVID SCHUELLER firstname.lastname@example.org
hen longtime kindergarten teacher Bill Rutz told Jordan Elementary School students that he’d been a teacher for 34 years, some were awed and a “whoa” came from the crowd. “During that time, I had another job,” Rutz said. He told students that as a member of the Minnesota National Guard, he and other service members worked to keep the country safe. Jordan Elementary School gathered for Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to honor those who’ve served. Service members and veterans gathered on the
stage with students and family members. Rutz told students how Veterans Day, a holiday that first had the name Armistice Day, began after World War I. Students sang, recited poetry and “The Pledge of Allegiance,” heard “America the Beautiful” and saw veterans salute to honor those who’ve died, as “Taps” was played. This was the second year of the assembly for the elementary school, but the first year that the honor guard made a procession with flags. Cy Wolf, a member of the honor guard, said veterans really appreciate the assembly. “It was an honor for us to be here,” Wolf said.
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The Jordaness Lions will showcase the 19th edition of the Jord a n hol id ay ornament at the club’s 2 2 nd a n nu a l holiday fashion show on Saturday, Nov. 19. Local artist Mary Jo P au ly h a s created the drawings f o r the ornaments for the past 18 years. This year’s silver with maroon ink ornament celebrates Jordan’s historic Broadway Street. The first oppor tunity to purchase the ornament will be at the Jordaness Lions annual holiday fashion show on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the OK Corral by Danger field’s in St. Lawrence Township, near Jordan. Following the event, ornaments will be available f rom t he Vi ner y, I ris Va lley or any Jordaness Lions member. The cost of the ornaments is $8. If you are interested in ornaments from prior years, contact Donna Will at (952) 492-2411. For information or tickets for this year’s fashion show, contact Connie Crimi at (952) 492-6522. Tickets are presale only. Proceeds from the fashion show and ornament sales go to the Minnesota Eye Bank and Jordan area projects.
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As part of the University of Minnesota Extension, 4-H is a program where youth learn through opportunities that provide them hands-on experiences in 4-H’s mission mandates of: science, engineering and technology; healthy living; and citizenship. The program promotes life skills using your head, heart, hands and health. Four-H has connected youth and their communities with the innovative research and resources from our nation’s 106 land-grant universities and colleges for more than 100 years. To find out more information about 4-H and to locate a 4-H club in your area go to tinyurl. com/4-Hcountywebsites.
Mary Jo Pauly designed the 19th edition of the Jordaness Lions holiday ornament. It retails for $8, the proceeds from which are donated to the Minnesota Eye Bank and Jordan area projects. SUBMITTED PHOTOS
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The Scott Soil and Water Conservation District in Jordan is offering young trees and shrubs for sale, including 35 varieties of conifer young stock, along with deciduous tree and shrub seedlings. New varieties this year include white spruce, golden (weeping) willow, pin cherry, false indigo and staghorn sumac. Residents may also purchase rain barrels, four types of native seed mixes and other tree care supplies and information books. The tree program was started to promote conservation and help residents create a more beautiful, healthy and ecologically balanced environment. Many of the county’s farmstead and field windbreaks, wildlife habitat plantings and reforestation efforts have been started as a result of this program. In more recent years, housing developments and community beautification projects have been enhanced with the tree and shrub program. The Scott SWCD encourages all residents to utilize the tree program and purchase stock to start or add to their own beautification plans whether they own a city lot and want to plant a privacy hedge or own a couple of acres and want to start a windbreak. Technical advice on tree plantings for windbreaks and shelterbelts is also available upon request. The program begins in the fall of each year. Those who have ordered trees over the past couple years will receive a
Jordan area 4-Hers dreamed with dolphins and snored with sharks at the Minnesota Zoo this month. Fifty-one 4-H members in grades 3-8 from Goodhue, Dakota, Scott and Washington county 4-H programs participated in an overnight retreat at the zoo Nov. 4-5. The retreat was packed with educational activities, including observing the dolphins and sharks at night, activity stations and behind-the-scene tours of the Shark Reef and Tropics Kitchen. Participants even got to sleep at the underwater viewing windows of the dolphin and shark exhibit. Participants also received a Minnesota Zoo T-shirt. Four-Hers from Scott County who participated include Braden Bizal of Prior Lake, Sophie Boisjolie-Gair of Shakopee, Lauryn Boisjolie-Gair of Shakopee, Gracie DiPerna of Prior Lake, Gunther Grinde of Prior Lake, Mason Henke of Shakopee, Shelby Henke of Shakopee, Alyna Hoehn, Kendra Klecker of Shakopee, Luke Lindgren of Savage, and Carly Peterson of Shakopee. The Scott County 4-H chaperones were Kathy Bizal, Susan Grinde and Krista Lindgren. Four-H youth across the nation are leading efforts to solve problems in their communities and make a difference for their futures. 4-H is one of the largest youth development organizations in Minnesota and the largest in the nation with 6 million young people.
copy of the new tree order form in early October. Scott County residents may also request tree materials and order forms. The trees, in bundles of 25, are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. If a variety is sold out, individuals will be notified immediately and given the opportunity to either substitute another variety or receive a refund. Available prices and varieties are indicated on the order form. Payment must accompany every order. All trees are bare-root seedlings or transplants varying in size from 8 inches to 3 feet tall. Pickup for purchased trees and shrubs will be held in late April at the Scott County Fairgrounds. Customers who place orders will receive a letter about two weeks before delivery with the specific information. Residents can contact Diane Hrabe at the Scott SWCD office in Jordan at (952) 492-5425 or visit scottswcd.org for an order form or additional information.
Comcast pays more than $40,000 a year Comcast pays Jordan more than $40,000 a year, according to its franchise agreement with the city. C it y A d m i n i s t r at or E d Shukle reported the following totals to the Jordan City Council, at the request of Councilmember Thom Boncher: I $46,934.69 received in 2011; I $46,935.32 in 2010; I $44,685.19 in 2009; I and $43,282 in 2008. “The amounts are based upon receiving 5 percent of the gross revenues from subscribers on an annual basis,” Shukle wrote in a memorandum to the council. “This money is then kept in the city’s general fund and there are no restrictions on how it is used.” Boncher reiterated t hat there is no fund for replacing the city’s cable technolog y equipment. He and Shukle disagreed about whether Jordan Public Schools Superintendent Kirk Nelson’s questions about a cable fund had been answered. Shukle wrote that “obviously” the funds received from Comcast would be used when equipment needed replacing. In fact, he wrote, the city recently purchased a $4,000 “piece of equipment for playback purchases.” Compiled by Mathias Baden
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City spends $18,704 on park bathrooms Diethelm Builders for the bid, will: I add one baby-changing table in each of two bathrooms; I install new fi xtures (toilets, urinals and sinks) with motion sensor flush and handsfree faucets; I install one 6-gallon electric water heater to provide warm water to both bathrooms; I put in one handsfree dryer in each bathroom; I install one electric ventilation fan for each bathroom; I equip the interior with two 100-watt lights with vandal protection in each bathroom, and a switch to turn on the light and the fan;
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Work on the Lagoon Park bathrooms is likely to start this year, while the building is closed to the public. Jordan Senior City Planner Joe Janish said a small heater could be brought in while Mamer Construction makes $18,704 of improvements, which are due for completion in May. “This is an awful lot of money,” Jordan City Councilmember Jeremy G oebel said at a meeting on Nov. 5, before the council voted 5-2 for the repairs. M a mer, wh ich b e at out
clean and paint the walls white; I strip the f loors, repair cracks and paint with an epoxy 2 coat floor kit; I extend a vent pipe by 2 feet to try to prevent sewer smells near the doors; I one exterior nightlight on photo cell; I put in phenolic stalls that will not rust and are scratch resistant, with toilet-paper holders and handicap bars; I and close in the celings wit h 3/4 -i nch white vi nylcoated plywood with PVC bed moldings. The list, Goebel said, is “cosmetic stuff.”
“I’m not OK with spending $18,000 on … two bathrooms, but that’s all right,” Councilmember Tanya Velishek said, before joining Goebel in voting against the proposal. At the recommendation of the Jordan Park and Recreation Commission, the city will use park equipment improvement (PEI) funds to pay for the project. “How vandal proof is all the equipment?” Councilmember Joe Thill asked. He also suggested spending the extra buck to fabricate metal coverings on hand dryers a nd “just about ever ything.”
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What would the Victorians think if they knew we’d be gawking at their underwear? “Under Where? Unmentionables Exposed” is the newest exhibit at the Scott County Historical Society museum, exposing the fascinating underworld of undergarments. The exhibit focuses primari ly on women’s underwear from the Renaissance through 1950s. Curator Theresa Norman said undergarments have long played a role in expressing a woman’s social class. “If you were wealthy, you wore the tightest of corsets and the widest of petticoats,” she said. Women didn’t wear underwear as we know it today until the late 1800s, Norman said. It was still many more years – around the time of the Great Depression – before corsets were dropped. Corsets had been a part of the female wardrobe for more than 600 years. “To go from 650 years to ‘no, we’re not doing this anymore’ is pretty phenomenal,” Norman said. All of the items on display were donated by local residents, Norman said.
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Undergarments from over the years are on display at Scott County Historical Society’s newest exhibit, “Under Where? Unmentionables Exposed.” Many of the garments had clips to hold up stockings. Unlike today’s Victoria’s Secret catalog, most undergarments of years gone by were off-white or nude. In addition to the women’s bras, slips and girdles, there’s a pannier that little girls can try on. Panniers, which look like saddle bags and were popular during the American Revolution, are like many of women’s undergarments in that they a re mea nt to exaggerate a woman’s hips and minimize her waist. Historical society Executive Director Kathy Klehr will talk about the history of undergarments during the exhibit’s opening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. “Under Where? Unmentionables Exposed” runs through May 2012.
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Jordan knows how to honor veterans Jordan knows how to honor its veterans. About 65 local military men and women received accolades and applause from a crowd at Jordan Elementary School. Jordan School Board Member Deb Pauly noticed the success of the event. A nd vetera ns su rely were pleased. On Friday, our nation observed Veterans Day, the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. Formerly called Armistice Day, the federal legal holiday is observed on Nov. 11 each year. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the armistice. Armistice Day was fi rst proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson on Nov. 11, 1919. Said Wilson: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be fi lled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” Congress adopted a resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting President Calvin Coolidge
to issue another proclamation to observe Nov. 11 with “appropriate ceremonies.” On May 13, 1938, Nov. 11 became a legal holiday. In 1953, after World War II, a Kansas man led a campaign urging that Armistice Day be expanded to honor all veterans, not just those involved in World War I. A bill for the holiday was pushed through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954. Six days later, Congress amended the act, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since. While some public employees get the day off and mail is not delivered, Veterans Day is not celebrated with the same hoopla as Memorial Day or July 4. Yet, we owe our veterans our gratitude. Whether you attended a ceremony on Friday or not, perhaps we should resolve to do something to help or show appreciation for our veterans, perhaps a monetary donation or volunteering time to help with veterans’ causes. Our school district made its fi ne contribution, and the rest of Jordan ought to pay tribute, too. Mathias Baden, editor of the Jordan Independent, wrote and the Shakopee Valley News contributed to this editorial.
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Not just anybody can apply for grants To the editor: Last week, The Jordan Independent ran an editorial article encouraging Jordan residents to pursue a n applic ation for a Mi n nesot a Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Grant. I think that is a wonderful idea, however, I’d like to clear up a few points. The article stated that “anybody can apply.” Well, not really. The Minnesota Historical Society guidelines state specifically that “Eligible applicants include: nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, government units, tribes and educational organizations. Private property owners and for-profit organizations may not apply directly but may receive funds by collaborating with a sponsoring, eligible applicant on an eligible project. Both parties must have a vested and active interest in the project.” Eligible projects fall into either history projects, which include collection care, digital conversion/ access, interpretative programs, oral history, museum and archives environment, and publication and research, or historic preservation projects, which include evaluation, heritage tourism and public education, historic properties, National Register of Historic Places nominations, preservation planning and survey and inventory.
There are three size grants: 1) up to $7,000 small and structured grants, sometimes called Fast-Track grants. There are four opportunities to apply for these grants in 2012. No match is required, and the turn-around application time is fairly quick; 2) midsize grants from $7,001 up to $50,000 do not require a match, but it is encouraged. The application process for this size grant is much more detailed. Funds usually are awarded to projects that can be completed within a year. The application deadline for this size grant is Nov. 18, 2011, which required a preapplication a few weeks ago; 3) Large grants from $50,001 and up. The application and review process is the same as for midsize grants, with the addition of peer reviewers, and increased financial oversight and monitoring. The Scott County Historical Society has been fortunate to have been awarded three Legacy grants – a $6,772 to create a manuscript based on World War II veteran’s oral histories, $2,105 to microfi lm a two-year backlog of Scott County newspapers, and $3,650 to develop an exhibit (this includes adding two permanent exhibit cases to the museum). We are happy to share our knowledge, experience and time to advise those interested in developing future grant applications. We are your historical society – please call on us to help!
Kathleen Klehr Executive director of the Scott County Historical Society
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Dispelling Minnesota tax myths Legislators in St. Paul don’t propose, vote on, or pass local property tax levies. Residential property taxes go up or down based primarily on local spending decisions and the valuations of the properties in each community. Cities and counties will pass their 2012 annual budgets by December of this year, acting independently to determine the spending levels appropriate for their respective communities. They serve directly the residents who elected them to their posts. Yet we keep hearing the warning from the DFL – a warning repeatedly reported by media: property taxes are going up across the state because the GOP House and Senate refused to pass Gov. Dayton’s income tax increases. It’s worth examining and dispelling the colossal myths behind the politically-motivated message.
CUTTING STATE AID? Myth No. 1: The state cut Local Government Aid (LGA) to cities and county program aids to counties. The truth is that LGA and county program aid payments were maintained at 2010 levels through 2013 – no increase, no decrease. In 2009, Gov. Pawlenty made unallotments that reduced LGA, from $973 million to $690 million for 2010. At that time, the DFLcontrolled legislature adopted Pawlenty’s reductions for 2010 and 2011, but only made them temporary. Given the state’s economic forecast at that time (with a $6.2 billion deficit), it was never reasonable for any city or county manager to budget for a 2012 increase in LGA. And in fact, Dayton and the legislature approved 2012-2013 LGA payments at the same levels as approved for 2010 and 2011. Back in 2010, as now, analysts at the Capitol, acting as political prophets, assumed local officials would increase levies and raise property taxes. In reality, property tax levies across the state went up just 1.9 percent from 2010 to 2011 – the lowest increase since 2002. Numerous factors contributed to the 1.9 percent uptick, such as falling property values, increasing tax delinquencies due to foreclosures, new operating costs for new buildings or infrastructure investments, just to name a few. For the most part, local leaders in 2010 chose to reduce spending rather than increase taxes in response to reductions in state aid. There is no reason to believe they are any less concerned this year about exercising fiscal discipline. We simply have more government than we can afford – at all levels of government!
CAUSING TAX INCREASES? Myth No. 2: Reforming the failing Market Value Homestead Credit (MVHC) program will force an increase in local property taxes.
ORTMAN STATE SENATOR
Eliminating the MVHC program was supported by the local government associations that Minnesota cities and counties pay to represent them at the capitol (League of Minnesota Cities, Association of Minnesota Counties, Minnesota Inter-County Association, and Association of Metro Municipalities). This proposal was the subject of many hearings at the Capitol, and was included as part of the final 2011 budget solution because the credit program wasn’t working. The MVHC program was created in 2001 and became the victim of rollercoaster deficits. In its 10 years in existence, the program was fully funded just one time. In nine of 10 years, the state required counties to include a property tax credit on residential property tax statements, but failed to fully reimburse the cities and counties for the cost of the credit. The state’s failure to pay for the credit caused budget uncertainty for local governments, and left city and county officials holding the bag for the state’s empty promises to taxpayers. The 2011 change repeals the credit and replaces it with a new exclusion of value, replicating the benefit of the current market value credit to homeowners as closely as possible. The maximum amount of the old credit was $304 on a home valued at $76,000; the credit zeroed out on a sliding scale as a home’s value increased up to $413,800. In 2012, instead, a portion of a home’s market value will be excluded from its valuation when calculating property tax (for homes under $413,800). To buffer against any remaining impact to homeowners, the 2011 budget solution included a $30 million expansion of the state’s property tax refund program, which provides direct relief to homeowners whose property taxes are high relative to their incomes. The impact of reform will vary by jurisdictions, due to varying tax bases across the state, and may cause shifting among properties, but it is incumbent upon local leaders to decide how much spending is needed, and what burdens should be imposed on local taxpayers. It was said best by the League of Minnesota Cities on Sept. 22: “While conversion to the
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new system may cause temporary confusion and shift the property tax burden to some extent, local governments will be better able to make budget and property tax decisions going forward and will be clearly accountable to their taxpayers for those decisions. Ultimately, that’s better for our cities and for local property taxpayers.”
FORCING CITIES’ HANDS? Myth No. 3: Cutting the state’s tax aids and credits to local governments will force them to increase property taxes. The real question we grappled with all session was this: Just how much can the state afford to provide in subsidy payments to some cities and counties? These subsidies represent almost 10 percent of our state’s general fund spending ($3.5 billion). And what a tangled web! The state collects sales taxes and income taxes from residents and businesses in every community and across the entire state, only to turn around and make subsidy payments to local governments to offset property taxes for property owners in selected cities, and not to others. More than half of all cities do not qualify for LGA, yet the state will spend $1.18 billion on LGA and county program aid in fiscal year 2012-2013 – and even more problematic is the fact that these property tax aids get sent to the cities and counties, and not to taxpayers. This is an important principle of the GOP-led property tax reform: Property tax relief should be made directly to property taxpayers and not to cities and counties. This will strengthen the relationship between local voters and local leaders, by improving transparency. Taxpayers and residents should know who is making the taxing decision, exactly why they are paying the tax, and exactly how their money is being spent. Only then can residents and voters evaluate whether their representatives are meeting the expectations. And legislators and other elected officials should always remember that these funds are not ours, they belong to the residents. In this shrinking economy, our families and businesses are struggling to make ends meet, and striving to turn the economy around through growth and private investment. For its part, government should collect in revenues only what is truly needed to pay for actual and demonstrable needs, and allow Minnesotans to keep as much of their hard-earned income as possible. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, represents Minnesota Senate District 34, which includes St. Lawrence Township. She can be reached at 651296-4837 or sen.julianne.ortman@ senate.mn.
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Combating relational aggression I recently attended a full day workshop titled Mean Girls: Dealing with Today’s Girl Bullying and Relational Aggression. A counselor by the name of Allyson Bowen from Alabama conducted the session. She began with some sobering statistics. Just a few include: Children are the targets of bullying once every three to six minutes from the beginning of kindergarten to the end of first grade (2003 report released by the Center for the Advancement of Health and supported by the National Institute of Mental Health). According to the National Education Association, about 200,000 children miss school each month due to fear of being emotionally tormented by their classmates. The No. 1 concern, noted by 32 percent of girls ages 8-17, was being teased or being made fun of (Girl Scout Research Institute report, “Feeling Safe: What Girls Say,” from 2003). Bowen then explained the definition of relational aggression and some reasons why it exists. The definition she used for relational aggression: Emotional violence and bullying behaviors focused on damaging an individual’s social connections within a peer group. She emphasized that there is an imbalance of power and an intent to harm. Relational aggression is not about a conflict so conflict resolution does not work with these situations. She added that about 80 percent of relational aggression is learned. The impact of relational aggression includes many
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characteristics such as absenteeism, feelings of powerlessness, loneliness, anger, feelings of rejection, depression, substance abuse, self-injury, anxiety, eating disorders and much more. She talked about the reason why we see much more cruel behavior from kids today than we did in the past. She suggested that the abundance of violence and cruel behavior on TV, in videos, on movies and in everyday life has desensitized people from its horribleness. Kids don’t realize how terrible this behavior is because they see it all the time. In addition, our families are under more stress with a difficult economy, and students feel under pressure to live up to high expectations academically and athletically. This all contributes to more stress in kids’ lives.
CREATING CHANGE Bowen talked about the triangle of students, parents and the community and school working together to bring about positive change in attitudes and behavior. She stressed that creating empathy builds more positive relationships. She shared a lot of resources including
activities, books and videos that can be used with young people to help them with these issues. I was greatly pleased to see that our school is using many of the suggestions that she made. Some of these include giving a survey to the students to check the temperature of the school climate, using videos such as “Chrissa” (an American Girl movie) to start a discussion about friendships, putting together a team of students (like our Peace Team) to plan an awareness week such as our Friendship week to talk to students about relationships, and using a pledge that students sign committing themselves to positive relationship behavior. Another piece that we would like to add includes educating parents by bringing in a speaker. Bowen also dedicated a fair amount of time to cyber bullying and the misuse of cell phones and the Internet, which becomes a bigger issue as students get older. She also shared information about the law and what responsibilities we have as educators. This workshop provided some great resources and discussion starters for our staff. We will continue to educate students about positive relationships and skills to manage emotional health. You can visit Alyson Bowen’s website at allysonbowen.com or view many of her suggested resources at youthlight.com. Bonita Jungels is the principal of St. John the Baptist Catholic School. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE GLORY OF MUSIC
PHOTOS BY RON MORNSON
The fall kickoff concert for band students in grades 7-12 was Tuesday, Nov. 15, with songs including “Smoke on the Water,” “Gimme Some Lovin,’” and “Takin’ It To The Streets.” Left – Madeline Struck concentrates on playing flute. Right – Yuliya Tkachenko (left) and Rylee Whiteside play in the clarinet lineup.
Why we celebrate: sports successes W hen the Jordan School Board approached a time to discuss “celebrating successes” (it’s actually on each meeting agenda), Board Member Joe Benko summed up his reason to celebrate with one word: volleyball. The Jordan Jaguars volleyball team took third place in the state tournament last weekend. Head volleyball coach Jason Geisel gave a heartwarming speech at the team’s welcomehome ceremony, specifically thanking the school board and many others, Jordan High School Principal Barb McNulty said. As for the fans, “our kids were a class act, and that’s what we expect,” Superintendent Kirk Nelson said. Two other state tournament players, juniors Drew DeCorsey
and Alex Hancock, attended the board meeting on Monday. They introduced themselves for the government access TV camera, and received board recognition. “I don’t think these ladies know how much they do for this community,” Jordan Middle School Principal Lance Chambers said. As Jordan’s fi rst tennis players to go to state, they are trendsetters,” he added. “They competed like crazy,” Athletic Director Jeff Vizenor said. Apparently, upon the completion of a state tournament, two tennis players don’t get the reception that a whole team receives – complete with police and fi re truck escorts, Board Chairman Dan Buresh said. But, he added, all state tournament qualifiers well represented Jordan. Then Buresh turned to DeCorsey and Hancock and mentioned that they
are role models for younger children: thanks for “shouldering that responsibility.”
Fans wanted 1 more band performance Last Saturday, when the Jordan Jaguars volleyball team took third place in the state tournament, Jordan was the only participating school that did not provide a pep band, Jordan School Board Member Robert Vollbrecht said on Monday. Superintendent Kirk Nelson was quickly put on the defensive, responding that the musicians were surveyed and they couldn’t get a group together. “Why is it an option?” Vollbrecht argued. “It didn’t sit well with many people.” The band played on Thursday and Friday, not Saturday. Vollbrecht said they sounded great. Compiled by Mathias Baden
Angela Froehlingsdorf (Pekarna) Sand
Celebrate this Holy Season at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church Thanksgiving Eve Worship Wednesday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m.
First Sunday in Advent Worship Sunday, November 27 at 8:45 & 10:45 a.m.
Windjammers Community Band in Worship Sunday, December 4 at 8:45 & 10:45 a.m.
Windjammers Community Concert Sunday, December 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Abendmusik & Holden Evening Prayer Service Thursdays, December 8, 15, & 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Cantata in Worship Sunday, December 11 at 8:45 & 10:45 a.m.
Fourth Sunday in Advent Worship Sunday, December 18 at 8:45 & 10:45 a.m.
Christmas Eve Worship Saturday, December 24 at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 & 11:00 p.m.
Christmas Day Worship Sunday, December 25 at 10:00 a.m.
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Anton and Angela (Ruppert) Froehlingsdorf announced the birth of their daughter, Feb. 9, 1916 in St. Paul, MN. Orphaned at age 3-½, after the death of her parents, she moved to the Jordan area to live with relatives. Angie worked at Mudbaden, the Hamburger Home, Busch’s Store and Schunneman’s in St. Paul. She married Ted Pekarna June 3, 1939 at St. John the Baptist Church and they lived in Jordan. Ted and Angie had three children, Tom, Kathy and Steve. They purchased the Jordan Hotel in 1942, until 1962. Ted died in 1964; Angie then worked at Pekarna Meat Market and later as a housekeeper for Dr. Paul Stahler and family. She met and married Herb Sand Oct. 19, 1972 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Herb passed away in 1993. In retirement, she pursed interests in crafts, making quilts, dolls and embroidering. She loved her vegetable and flower gardens, feeding the birds, yelling at the squirrels and cooking nonstop. She loved family gatherings and Saturday evening at McDonalds. In 2003, Angie became legally blind. She enjoyed books on tape, saying the rosary, attending Mass and was devoted to the Sacred Heart. In November of 2009, she moved into the Belle Plaine Lutheran Home. An active member of St. John Baptist Catholic Church, Jordan Council of Catholic Woman, Jordan Garden Club, St. John’s and Schule Haus quilters and in her younger years a den mother of the Cub Scouts. At the age of 95 and a resident of Jordan, Angie entered Gods arms, as her family was praying at 12 noon, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 at the Belle Plaine Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine. Forever loved, Angie will be deeply missed by son, Thomas (Mary) Pekarna of Custer, SD; his children, Amy (David) Walsh, Sara (Jeff) Bisso and Jeff Pekarna; daughter, Kathleen (George) Colling of Jordan; her children, Dr. Jon (Kate) Colling, Tom (Sue) Colling; son, Steven (Jeri Lodato) Pekarna of Houston, TX; his children, Terri (Charles) Howley, Crystal Pekarna, Brad (Alyssa) Pekarna and their mother, Jeanie Pekarna; great-grandchildren, Mai Bisso, Alex, Will, Abbey and Haley Colling, Anne, Ted and Leo Colling, Sklyee, Brinley Pekarna: sister, Josephine Wickum of Long Prairie: many other loving relatives and devoted friends. Angie is preceded in death by her husbands, Ted Pekarna and Herbert Sand; siblings, Jerome Gray, Sister M. Angeline SSND, Margaret Wells, Othmar Froehlingsdorf, Francis Wells, and infant sister, Marie. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 9:30 a.m,. all at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 210 N. Broadway, Jordan. Father Timothy Yanta will officiate. Angie will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Jordan. Memorials are preferred and will be distributed in Angie’s memory by the family. The Pekarna-Sand family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Jordan Chapel.
Virgil L. Johnson Virgil Johnson, 81, of Jordan, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at the Ambassador Good Samaritan Home in New Hope. Born in Keokuk, IA on Sept. 22, 1930, Virgil was the son of Herman and Lola (Brown) Johnson. He was employed as a punch press operator for Honeywell. He is survived by children, Marilynn (Jerry) Stanton, John Johnson, Lola (Tamerat) Mersha, Vernon Johnson, Debra (Doug) Hirsch, Diane Johnson’ seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; former spouses, Della Ballard and Ethel Day; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, George and Herman Jr.; sisters, Dorothy Groves, Katherine Spiker, and Jeanette Ely; grandson, Ephraim Mersha. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. from the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel in Minneapolis, with the Rev. Richard Stenholtz officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at the chapel. Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Beau Nicholson, Joshua Mersha, Angel Mire, Rodney Foster, Gloria Wilkowski, Yoseph Mersha and Michael Wilkowski. Arrangements with Wagner Funeral Home, Jordan. 952492-3366.
Francis J. Paron Francis “Frank” Paron, 66, of Shakopee, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. Frank was born in Stewart, MN, March 17, 1945 to Alphonse and Corinne (Dellwo) Paron. He and Karen Honer were married June 7, 1975 and divorced in 2008 but remained friends. He had worked at Rock Spring Bottling Company and Continental Machines Inc. Frank attended St. Mark’s Catholic Grade School, De La Salle High School, St. John’s University followed by the University of Minnesota Dental School. Frank loved playing softball with his Knights of Columbus (KC) team and sports of all kinds. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and remodeling his childhood home. Volunteering for the Scott County 4H program was an enjoyable activity with Karen, Amanda and Johanna. His lifelong love of trains starting with the collecting and setting up of model trains, eventually turned life-sized when he and his brother, Father William, purchased motor cars which they enjoyed taking on excursions together. He was involved in the James F. Campbell 1685 Knights of Columbus of Shakopee and many activities at St. Mark’s Parish including the choir, the first and many Julifest celebrations and the portraying of Simon in the Passion of Jesus in Word, Music and Light. Frank is survived by daughters, Amanda Paron of Fond du Lac, WI, Johanna (Daniel) Picard of Bloomington; brothers, Father William Paron of Waconia, Peter (Susan) Paron of Apple Valley and Mary (Nick) Schreifels of Colorado Springs, CO; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; aunts, uncles and two nephews. Visitation was Monday, Nov. 14, from 4-8 p.m. at the McNearney Funeral Home, Shakopee. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Shakopee. Officiating at the funeral service was the Rev. William Paron, the Rev. Larry Blake, the Rev. Thomas Joseph, the Rev. Martin Shallbetter and Deacon James Pufahl. McNearney Funeral Home, Shakopee, 952-445-2755.
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Next year’s Lion’s Christmas ornament completes the set The Lions 22nd annual holiday show tickets are available for $20. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the OK Corral in Jordan with social time beginning at 11 a.m., followed by a noon lunch, door prizes, silent auction, entertainment and fashion show. A very few tickets remain. Get yours and join in the fun!
accompanied the Jordan Lions on a bus road trip to New Ulm to tour the Schell’s brewery. This was a great chance to kick back and relax with club members. All work and no play makes Jack dull and Jill crabby. The weather was beautiful, the tour enlightening and concluded with a tasty lunch. Thanks Jordan Lions for the invite!
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Watch for the debut of the club’s 19th Christmas ornament on Nov. 19. After the holiday show, the ornament will be available for sale from members and at the Vinery and Iris Valley. The cost of the ornament is $8. The club decided that the 20th ornament (available in 2012) will be the final ornament in this set. A few ornaments are available from previous years. Buy earlier and complete your set!
PRIMING FOR HOLIDAYS In December, members from the club will be hosting our annual bingo social at Valleyview Assisted Living. This is a fun time that we get an opportunity to socialize with the residents, enjoy a few yummy treats and try our luck at bingo. Also, in December, the club will be distributing toys to hospitals, shelters, schools and other groups in the area during the Christmas season. hese toy are generously donated to our club from members of the Mary Brown family. Brown was a Jordan resident who volunteered many hours in private service to people. The club is allowed this opportunity because of Brown’s connection to a nonprofit group that provides the toys. The club has added another service project in December. Members will be making tied fleece blankets that will be donated to a women’s shelter. This project has been dubbed
Cuddles for Cubs and is a small show of support for women transitioning to new lives.
PEACE POSTER CONTEST Several elementary students from St. John the Baptist parochial school participated in the Lions’ peace poster contest. The creative compositions were judged at the Lions board meeting on Nov. 2. The winner selected from St. John’s is Zach Schmit. Schmit’s drawing will be submitted for further competition at the zone level of our organization. In addition to creating his poster, Schmit was asked for his personal quote on peace. He responded, “For kids, peace comes naturally. That is why if we want world peace, we must turn to kids.” Well said!
NEW FUND-RAISER The Jordaness Lions are planning a new fund-raiser to ward off the winter blahs in January. The club will be hosting a bowling tournament on Jan. 14. More details will follow in next month’s column, but get your team together now and join in the fun. Watch for advertising on this new event. The tournament promises healthy competition, tasty treats, prizes and raffle items.
ROAD TRIP On Oct. 29, a few members of the Jordaness Lions
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If we want world peace, turn to kids St. John’s student advances in Lions International peace poster contest A poster created by Zach Schmit, a sixth-grade student at St. John the Baptist Catholic School, has been chosen as the winner in the school’s competition sponsored by the Jordaness Lions Club. Lion s club s worldw ide hold the annual competition within their communities. More than 350,000 entrants will participate. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the program to emphasize t he i mp or t a nc e of world peace to young people everywhere. Schmit’s poster will be ju d g e d at t h e n e x t leve l
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within the Jordaness Lions district. “For kids, peace comes naturally. That is why if we want world peace, we must turn to kids,” the 11-year-old from Jordan said. The poster was selected by the local judges for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Children Know Peace.” View past international grand prize winners at tinyurl. com/lionspeaceposters. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in about 45,000 clubs in 205 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.
Lions put on annual fashion show Nov. 19 The Jordaness Lions host their 22nd annual holiday fashion show at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Titled “Cats in Hats,” the event will feature a luncheon and fashion show, as well as entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets cost $20. The fashion show takes place at OK Corral Restaurant & Saloon by Dangerfield’s, 20201 Johnson Memorial Drive in St. Lawrence Township, near Jordan. For more information, call (952) 457-8317.
Nov. 17-23 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota support group, 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 7160 South Robert Trail, Inver Grove Heights, (651) 645-2948, extension 114, firstname.lastname@example.org Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners public hearing on 2012 general fund budget and operating levy, regular meeting follows, 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, Three Rivers Park District Administrative Center, 3000 Xenium Lane N., Plymouth, (763) 559-9000 American Legion Post No. 3, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, The Ridges at Sand Creek, 21755 Ridge Drive, Sand Creek Township, (952) 492-5599 American Association of Retired People (AARP) driver’s safety program half the 8-hour full course, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, Jordan Middle School, 500 Sunset Drive, free for veterans and spouses, $16 for others, (952) 492-6211 Ann Duval shares her music and testimony at Celebrate Recovery, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, Friendship Church, 17741 Fairlawn Ave., Prior Lake, corrinen@friendship-church. org, (952) 447-8282. Fare for All pickup, 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Hope Lutheran Church, 100 Hope Ave., Jordan, (952) 492-6077 Symposium about the challenges faced by deployed military members and their families and ways to help and support them, by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River, Prior Lake/Savage Schools Community Education and the Prior Lake Optimist Club, 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Twin Oaks Middle School, Prior Lake $5-$7 (includes lunch), btyrsouthoftheriver.org, priorlakesavagece.com or (952) 2260080 to register Annual Lydia boutique, bake sale and luncheon, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, Lydia Zion United Methodist Church, 1026 E. 205th St., Spring Lake Township, south of Prior Lake, near Jordan, lydiazionchurch.com, (952) 492-2249 Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton speaks at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 (the annual meeting runs Nov. 17-19), Northland Inn, 7025 Northland Drive N., Brooklyn Park, fbmn.org, (651) 768-2100 Fund-raiser for the Belle Plaine food shelf, 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. dinner) Saturday, Nov. 19, party room, Borough Bowl, 235 S. Ash St., $25 ($15 for each additional raffle ticket), email@example.com, (952) 872-4295 John LaBatte presents “Causes of the Dakota War of 1862” 2 p.m. (house tour at 3:30 p.m.) Sunday, Nov. 20, historic Pond House, Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 E. 104th St., Bloomington, suggested donation $2 for adults, (952) 563-8738 American Association of Retired People (AARP) driver’s safety program 4-hour refresher, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, Jordan Middle School, 500 Sunset Drive, Jordan free for veterans and spouses, $15 for others, (952) 492-6211 Jordan City Council, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, Jordan Government Center, 210 E. First St., (952) 4922535, jordan.govoffice.com Jordan Safety Committee, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, Jordan Government Center, 210 E. First St., (952) 492-2535 Codependents Anonymous, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, Hope Lutheran Church, 201 Hope Ave., (952) 492-5021 Community Thanksgiving celebration service (all are invited to attend), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, Hope Lutheran Church, 201 Hope Ave., (952) 492-2099 Scott County Fair Board, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, Scott County Extension and Conservation Center, Scott County Fairgrounds, 7151 190th St. W., St. Lawrence Township, (952) 492-2436 Suicide grief group meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, Jameen Mape Conference Center, Mayo Clinic Health System, 301 Second St. NE., New Prague, (952) 758-4735 Further out National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota support group, 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 7160 South Robert Trail, Inver Grove Heights, (651) 645-2948, extension 114, firstname.lastname@example.org Senior citizens club, 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, Schule Haus, 100 Fourth St. W., Jordan, (952) 492-6468 Jordan City Council, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Jordan Government Center, 210 E. First St., (952) 4922535, jordan.govoffice.com Beyond the Fence, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Promotion and Education Committee conference, 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, Kahler Grand Hotel, 20 S.W. Second Ave., Rochester, $30 tours, $100 conference, fbmn.org, (651) 7682159 (fax)
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ourNeighbors Years ago, city’s school resource City’s 5-year term isn’t legal, yet officer takes on DARE program GARBAGE CONTRACT
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A five-year garbage-hauling contract for all Jordan residents doesn’t comply with city code, according Jordan City Attorney Annette Margarit. Next Monday, Nov. 21, the Jordan City Council is tentatively scheduled to review a proposed city code amendment that would allow contract terms of five years. Issues with Elite Waste Disposal’s franchise agreement came into the public limelight Nov. 7, when Jeff and Tim Will spoke about a disagreement with the garbage hauler, which signed the agreement in 2008. Margarit told the council that it should either renegotiate with business owner Troy Schuette – who, according to the city contract, bills 116 residents for socalled drive-by service, which does not require hauling any garbage but charges residents to have the service available to them. Many residents who don’t produce a lot of garbage do not have garbage bins, instead opting to use the drive-by service as an inexpensive way to get rid of one bag of garbage at a time. Schuette said the specially marked bags cost about $1 at Radermacher’s Fresh Market in Jordan and can be placed on the curb for pickup. The drive-by service policy doesn’t sit well with the Wills, and renegotiating the contract was not recommended by Schuette, who also spoke at the meeting. Charging all residents has reduced the price for the service, Schuette said. “Just keep that in mind.” Cou nci l member Sa l ly Schultz agreed that the council wanted to save residents money by going to a five-year contract and promising the company that it would get revenue from each household in Jordan. “We have to keep cost down for the city as a whole,” she added. Banking on the city’s promise, the business locked in its rates.
HOW WE GOT TO 5 YEARS The city code allows oneto three-year contracts for garbage hauling, but Elite’s contract wasn’t the city’s only
five-year franchise agreement for garbage hauling. In 2003, Waste Management provided single-sort recycling in exchange for lengthening the contract to five years. “However, the city had no legal authority to enter into the five-year contract,” Margarit wrote in a memorandum to the council. For the 2008 contract, the city issued a request for proposals (RFP) that specified a contract term of five years. Elite didn’t initiate the driveby service in Jordan – rather, it was Quality Disposal Systems Inc. in 1996, Margarit said.
PLEASE EVERYONE? It’s difficult – “very very difficult” – to please everybody, Schuette said. If the contract is renegotiated, a solution to complaints about drive-by service could be resolved, he said. As it is, the city assesses anyone who does not pay their garbage -hau ling bi l l. T his year, Tim and Jeff Will were included on the list of residents whose charges might be paid via their tax bill. Jeff Will said that assessments have been made according to an illegal contract. “Are you going to continue to pursue these assessments, or are you going to abate them?” he asked the council. Margarit did not immediately answer Will’s questions, which also included whether the city has the right to assess residents on behalf of a business like Elite, but the Wills’ names had not been taken off the delinquent garbage bill assessment roll. Both fees were less than $100, and Schukle said that if they can be paid before a certain date, they won’t be charged via their residential tax bills.
EXCEPTIONS Businesses are not part of the city garbage-hauling agreement. They may choose whatever hauler they prefer. Jeff and Tim Will take their residential garbage to their place of business, hoping to save themselves the residential garbage-hauling fees, they said. If it can be demonstrated that the resident owns a business in town and they are paying for
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70 YEARS AGO “Fight the war on wasted gasoline,” an ad in the Jordan Independent said, “in your car with Texaco Fire Chief brand gas at your local dealer. F.C. Karl, Jordan. Roscoe Ward, Spring Lake. Alfred Zaun, Lydia.” “Cook your Thanksgiving dinner using Blue Ribbon coal,” an ad in the JI said. “Exclusively sold by Henry Simons Lumber Co., Jordan.” Jordan High School’s firstgraders are learning about the first Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims. “Check out Thanksgiving specials,” an ad in the JI said, “at Simpkins Roach, General Msele, Prior Lake.” Miss Mabel Johnson of Jordan High School told the first- and second-graders the story of the cat who always washed their face and hands before eating and brushed their teeth every day. Helena school will have Thursday and Friday off for Thanksgiving, as will St. Joe and Benedict. St. Catherine school has added a successful project to the school day – a hot lunch program at midday. Hubert Allman is home for Thanksgiving at his parents’ house. He is teaching at White, S.D. Scott County has had the best weather all week so far this fall, a real Indian summer. About 600 people were served at the Norwegian supper in East Christiana Church in New Market. Archie Canfield of Minneapolis crashed his plane at Grainwood, near Prior Lake, and was taken to the Shakopee hospital, where he is in serious condition. The Minnesota State Patrol informed the Scott County sheriff to put a 24-hour guard on Canfield because he had no pilot license. Minnesota Chief Aeronautical Inspector Beattie and Assistant Attorney General Devitt inspected the plane and on Monday filed two charges against Canfield at Jordan before Judge Pekarna – no pilot license and no plane license. A penalty of one year
Big auction to be held at the Ray Juergens farm, just east of Lydia,” an ad in the JI said. “Cattle, hogs, feed, machinery.”
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BACK in jail and a $500 fine will keep would-be pilots from flying around in unfit planes, Beattie said. There have been so many arrests of deer poachers up North that Scott County Game Warden Hamilton has been asked to assist with his services up there until the deer season is over. Coach Taddei has 20 boys practicing hard to make this year’s basketball team at Jordan High School. The first game is scheduled against Chaska at home Nov. 28.
50 YEARS AGO “Turtle soup,” an ad in the JI said. “Hotel Jordan. Friday, all day.” At 98 percent, Jordan High School’s grade 9 has the best attendance percentage of all grades 7-12. The senior class has the worst percentage, at 94 percent. One hundred thirty students were neither late nor absent during the first quarter. It costs $300 a day to educate a student, and with missed days, it’s a loss of state aid. Eighty students grades 7-12 made the A and B honor roll in the first quarter. A flashing light has been installed over the street north of the high school. Suspended over the street, it is to remind students and drivers to slow down and be more careful. Work begins this week removing the old stone arch bridge crossing Sand Creek. It was washed out during the flood. The contractor is H.S. Dresser and Sons of Winona, which is scheduled to complete work by June 1, 1962. Alois “Cap” Boegeman of rural Marystown has his farm auction listed in the JI.
Wards 1 and 2 in the city of Jordan will change boundary lines because of uneven population in those areas, in order to provide equal representation. The strike is over. Jordan’s teachers association and school district reached an agreement after mediation Sunday. First place in the Jordan Fire Department’s fire prevention poster contest went to Brenda Hartman, a fifth-grader at St. John’s. She won a toy fire truck. The Jordan Knights of Columbus will hold turkey bingo in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church basement on Nov. 22. Ecumenical services will be held at Jordan High School Nov. 25. Jordan Community Theater puts on a mystery comedy, “Done to Death,” Nov. 27-29.
10 YEARS AGO After eight years, Scott County Sheriff ’s Deputy Mary Clark handed over her Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program at Jordan to Jordan police officer Ryan Konken. Schools will have a full-time officer in the halls, beginning Jan. 1. Valley Bank partnered with Jordan schools to offer a new program to help fund Jordan High School’s scholarship fund. Customers can order the Jordan Hubmen or Jaguars logo on their checks, and for each order, $1 goes to the scholarship fund. Jordan Athletic Director Ken Hanson said Monday that beginning in 2002, Scott West track and wrestling will leave the Minnesota River Conference and become an independent entity. A vote was taken at the fall conference meeting to remove Scott West from the MRC. Kristina Trapp was named to the all-Minnesota River Conference volleyball team.
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NEXT STEPS Ewals said that amending the city code to extend the allowed term of the garbage-hauling contracts doesn’t make sense. Later, he said that renegotiating the contract doesn’t make sense. Counci l member T hom Boncher said that a three-year contract cycle is appropriate. The next day, on his website, Boncher wrote: “So you’ve negotiated a contract with the city. Both parties seem satisfied. Everybody signs on the line. The council approves the contract. What’s it worth? What’s the city’s word on a contract worth? Nothing, it would appear.” When a five-year contract is allowed, the next council is stuck with the past council’s contract, Ewals complained. Councilmember Tanya Velishek said to look at the big picture and amend the city code. The council unanimously voted to fix the assessment portion of the garbage-hauling contract. Then, it unanimously voted for city staff to draft a code amendment that would allow contracts of up to five years. Shukle said the city will do its research before offering a city code amendment, deal with the drive-by fee issues, and renegotiate as necessary. While city code is not typically retroactive, the proposed amendment will be, so as to allow the most recent contract with Elite.
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garbage service – as the Wills do with Waste Management – then it should be allowed for the resident not to have garbage service with Elite, Councilmember Joe Thill said. That concept, City Administrator Ed Shukle said, produces a “sticky wicket.” C ou nci l memb er Jeremy Goebel arg ued that Thill’s suggestion would not create difficult situation. Rather, it would support Jordan businesses. Thill said that a “single-digit percentage” of those 116 driveby customers own a business, so it would be a small concession to make. “So if I open a home-based business …?” Mayor Pete Ewals said. Elite will pick up your garbage at your home anyway, Goebel quickly responded.
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Jordan won’t participate in any groundwater pollution solution for the gravel pit proposed by Jordan Aggregates. S.M. Hentges & Sons of Jordan, the contractor making the proposal to Scott County, has admitted in its environmental reviews that water contamination is a possibility, as a result of the proposed mining operation in Sand Creek Township. Suggested solutions included hooking up to city water and sewer, but the city has not favorably reacted to the proposal. “The city of Jordan has a philosophical objection to mitigating avoidable contamination,” City Engineer Tim Loose said. On Nov. 7, the Jordan City Council passed a resolution to submit to the county. “It says we’re not going to be part of the solution to your pollution problem,” Councilmember Jeremy Goebel said.
RESOLUTION The resolution reads: “... Whereas it is understood that Scott County will be reviewing an application from S.M. Hentges, a Jordan company, for an interim-use permit to allow a gravel mining and aspha lt manu facturing operation known as Jordan Aggregates in Sand Creek Township, located on the township segment of Valley View Drive, very near the city of Jordan; and
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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has already finished its project meant to restrict left turns from 173rd Street onto Highway 169, effectively directing traffic to the highway via Valley View Drive and County Road 9.
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Hoping to provide mobility from local neighborhoods and streets to state or county highways or other collector streets, MnDOT puts a portion of the state gas tax toward developing systems of roads that collect traffic, according to City Engineer Tim Loose. He said that in designating an MSA system – which Jordan fi rst laid out in 2006, after officially surpassing the population-5,000 mark – the city has defi ned the following roads as collector streets, or routes that will become collector streets in the future: Valley View Drive; Syndicate Street on both sides of Highway 169; Creek Lane North and South; 190th Street West; 195th Street West; a future frontage road b et we en 19 0 t h a nd 19 5t h streets; Triangle Lane; Fourth Street East and West; Varner Street South; two blocks of First Street West; Sunset Drive; Hillside Drive; and two portions of Old Highway 169 (County Road 66). Jordan primarily designates city- owned roads as part of the MSA system. About one-fi fth of the city streets are part of the collector-street system and thus eligible for state funding. Valley View Drive, although desig nated for MSA funding, was built as “lesser of a street,” Loose said. It wasn’t built to handle truck traffic, he added. Driveways directly access Valley View Drive, and several homes are situated very close to the road – “and that’s something you don’t want on a collector street,” Loose said.
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MSA routes ought to create circuitous routes, Loose said. So if Valley View Drive is taken off the MSA map, Syndicate Street also would be removed. Loose said the city “can’t dead end Syndicate.” The Union Pacific Railroad isn’t likely to be assessed, so with MSA funds, any future
“whereas Scott County has been reviewing the scoping document for an environmental impact statement (EIS) ... and “whereas the development project involves importing an estimated 550,000 to 650,000 cubic yards of potentially contaminated fill, which could cause groundwater contamination; and “whereas negative impacts to groundwater from gravel mining operations are summarized ... by (the) Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; and “whereas the susceptibility of groundwater aquifers are a source of drinking water for residents and businesses in and around the proposed Jordan Aggregates development; and “whereas extension of the city of Jordan water system has been suggested by the proposer as an option for mitigating the aquifer contamination issue; and “whereas participation in mitigation efforts for avoidable environmental impacts is considered by the city of Jordan as accepting some level of responsibility for the pollution; and “whereas the city of Jordan sees no advantage to the city for participating in such mitigation efforts; and “whereas the city of Jordan has philosophical objections to avoidable contamination of groundwater resources, “now, therefore, be it resolved … that the city of Jordan will not permit its water
system to be expanded beyond the Jordan city limits as a means of mitigating groundwater pollution resulting from the proposed mining operation outside the Jordan city limits. ...”
WHO PAYS FOR POLLUTION The EIS discussion isolates water issues only. Several other issues will be determined and dealt with during the county’s interim-use permit (IUP) process, which begins soon. Councilmember Mike Shaw asked what is the understanding of who pays, in the event that pollution occurs. County Attorney Annette Margarit said that a contingency plan for pollution will need to be approved by the county.
STAYING IN THE LOOP C ou nci l memb er T a nya Velishek said the resolution should not result in cutting off communications between the city and county, though. “The community wants to be a part of it,” she said. The city remains an interested party, affi rmed Mayor Pete Ewals, who recommended the resolution before and after city staff revised it. Cou nci l member T hom Boncher said the city needs to “stay on top of it.” Velishek said she is concerned that the city continues to stay in the loop, because the issue could affect the city’s infrastructure and water system.
Jordan residents should be kept informed about gravel pit proposal Carl Day, a Valleyview Drive resident, told the Jordan City Council that: he is concerned about the Jordan Aggregates gravel pit proposal by S.M. Hentges & Sons; he wants to be kept updated; and the most directly involved citizens should be informed before, not after, decisions are made. “I will be at the meetings,” Day said during the publiccomment period at the Nov. 5 council meeting. “I am concerned, and I would like to be informed.” Hentges proposed the gravel pit along Valley View Drive, to the north of Day’s home. Compiled by Mathias Baden
improvements might be more likely to be paid for with the general fund (tax money). The council has not voted on whether or not to assess residents along Valley View Drive, nor even to improve the road.
ARGUMENTS FOR Cou nci l member T hom Boncher argued in favor of pulling the MSA designation from Valley View Drive. He said if the designation is removed, the city can close the road, change the speed limit, or take other evasive ac tion i n response to t he truck route preferred by the state, county and contractor. Then, Councilmember Joe Thill asked the engineer about strategies to limit truck traffic on Valley View Drive: “Using this designation, what’s the best game we can play here?” Scott County should study Syndicate Street and come up with safe options, Loose said. “The highest, best use of that corridor is moving traffic.” Thill said that ensuring the safety of the residents who live along Valley View Drive is the bottom line.
SYNDICATE STREET Councilmember Jeremy Goebel asked if the city could force trucks to use Syndicate Street, if it and Valley View Drive weren’t MSA roads. Maybe the state would even reconsider its interchange plan that excludes a connection to Syndicate Street, Thill added. Valley View Drive could be added to the MSA map later, when the improvements become necessary, Goebel suggested. C ou nci l memb er T a nya Velishek suggested taking away the MSA designation for Valley View Drive and then changing the signs to direct trucks a different way. “The only way we launch a preemptive strike is to change the rules,” Thill said. Goebel said he is leaning toward the removal of the designation.
Goebel said the purpose of Syndicate Street has always been to handle truck traffic. There will be people who live along Syndicate Street who have the same complaints as those who live along Valley View Drive, though, Police Chief Bob Malz said. Sy ndicate St reet wou ld route traffic past Valley Green Mobile Home Park. “You’re talking to them up front,” Malz warned, referring to all of the homes along Syndicate Street. Goebel said to send information to anyone who might be impacted. “Cast a wide net,” he said.
ADD A ROAD If Valley View Drive is removed from the MSA map, other roads then could be added. Boncher said that rather than keep the MSA designation on Valley View Drive and Syndicate Street, he’d prefer to make eligible the portions of Aberdeen Avenue and Sunset Drive nearest Jordan Elementary School. “Aberdeen would be a great candidate,” Councilmember Joe Thill agreed. A portion of Old Highway 169 (County Road 66) has been recently rebuilt. Mayor Pete Ewals posed the question of whether it should remain on the MSA map. If the city makes a change to its MSA map, Councilmember Mike Shaw said, he’d like to have Public Works Director Dave Bendzick’s blessing.
ENGINEER’S ADVICE On Nov. 7, the council unanimously voted for the city engineer to relook at all of MSA map as a whole and make recommendations for changes. The council also unanimously voted to relook at the MSA designation as it relates to gravel truck routes, consider Syndicate Street as an appropriate collector street for trucks, and communicate with residents who live along Syndicate Street. Loose said his recommendations could be ready by early December.
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“What do you say? Is this the new Bluesmobile, or what?” As the Jordan City Council moved toward the purchase of a new police car, Jordan Finance Director Tom Nikunen described the vehicle by dusting off a movie line spoken by Dan Akroyd, aka Elwood Blues of “The Blues Brothers” fame. In the classic comedy, Akroyd said his new car boasted a “cop motor … it’s got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks” and last week, Nikunen partially quoted the actor while referring to Jordan’s soon-toarrive newbie. “That’s what they actually have,” Nikunen said. “They are made special.” A budget transfer will allow Jordan to pay for the police car it will order in late 2011, then receive and purchase in 2012. On Nov. 5, the Jordan City Council passed a resolution to use $30,200 of 2011 unallocated, aka contingency, funds for the purchase. The money was then transferred to the general fund. Both funds contain taxpayer money.
WHY BUY? The Jordan Police Department has received the council’s blessing to return to a rotation of replacing one police car every year, “so the squads are used a maximum
of three years before they are replaced,” according to a memorandum from Nikunen to the council. The rotation began in 2001 but skipped a year in 2010. A squad car was purchased earlier this year, but “this still leaves the city one year behind,” Nikunen wrote. The police department will soon catch up on the missed rotation. “It worked well to replace the squads at these three-year intervals because it matches their useful life pretty well,” Nikunen wrote. Last month, Police Chief Bob Malz convinced the council to use 2011 unallocated funds, which are spent at the discretion of the council, for a new vehicle to arrive “as early as possible” next year, Nikunen wrote last week. “Ordering a police vehicle can take up to six months.” It’s not like buying a car off the lot, Nikunen said. Another police car would be purchased next year with money from the 2012 budget. Without regular purchases of police cars, Nikunen said, “the maintenance is going to eat us up.” “One hundred forty thousand (miles) on a squad car is just way too much,” Malz said. “It’s not just the miles,” Cou nci l member Joe T hi l l said. They idle all day, he continued.
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Jordan’s police cars easily rack up 100,000 miles in three years. The city council is convinced that a car needs to be replaced each year. And, Malz added, the fact that police cars log all “city miles” is harder on them, compared to residents’ vehicles that might rack up a bunch of miles on the highway.
STATE OF CITY FUNDS To this point, this year’s unallocated fund, which originally contained $66,790, “hasn’t been touched,” Nikunen told the council. A few minutes after voting in favor of the budget transfer, Councilmember Thom Boncher took Nikunen to task with a myriad of questions and comments, most of which related to the unallocated fund. Boncher asked for an itemized list of expenditures from t he fu nd and i n for mation about a ny “sub -accou nts” within the fund. The remaining $ 36,590 in the unallocated fund was slated to be held in case of “some other unforeseen budget issue arises,” Nikunen wrote. But Boncher recommended
that the remaining fund be slashed by 25 percent. He said that the city staff needs to stop creating “slush funds” for previously unapproved items – referring to, by implication, the police car. “We’re not being entirely candid about how tax dollars are being collected and spent,” Boncher said. Boncher also asked whether money set aside for building a new city hall had been spent, as well as when a capital improvement plan will again come before the council. Councilmember Mike Shaw noted that discussion of such topics weren’t on the meeting agenda, and he asked to see Boncher’s list of questions. Counci lmember Jeremy Goebel said Boncher mentioned quite a few items that “I’d jump all over” but he’d wait until after Nikunen answers the questions. At Boncher’s request, Nikunen agreed to respond during the next meeting, which is scheduled for Nov. 21.
FIRE From Nov. 8-14, the Jordan Fire Department responded to five incidents.
person near the intersection of Highway 169 and 173rd Street.
Nov. 10 Firefighters responded to the 500 Nov. 8 Firefighters searched for a missing block of Sunset Drive for a fire alarm.
Nov. 12 Nov. 11 Firefighters responded to a grass Firefighters responded to the 2900 block of E. 220th St. to provide mu- fire near the intersection of Highway 282 and Redwing Avenue. tual aid for a structure fire. Firefighters responded to Valley Green Mobile Home Park for an oven fire.
Nov. 7 At 10:27 a.m., an officer responded to a park on the 400 block of S. Rice St. for a report of property damage. The caller said that numerous times juveniles damaged picnic tables and swung and hung from the ceiling beams of a structure, causing them to come loose. The total amount of damage caused is estimated at $50. The caller requested extra patrol in the area. At 11:24 a.m., officers responded to a two-vehicle accident with minor injuries at the intersection of highways 282 and 21. The Minnesota State Patrol responded to write the accident report. Nov. 8 At 11:31 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle at the intersection of East First and South Broadway streets for a driver not wearing a seatbelt. The man did not have a valid driver’s license and had an outstanding Scott County warrant. He was arrested for the warrant and was issued a citation for driving after revocation, no seatbelt, and no proof of insurance. At 4:32 p.m., an officer responded to the area of South Valley Drive for a report that a juvenile male throwing a rock at a vehicle, causing minor damage. The officer spoke with the juvenile, who stated that he and another male were throwing rocks at each other and one accidentally struck the vehicle. The officer advised the victim on civil options to recoup costs for damage to the vehicle. At 9:13 p.m., an officer responded to the 500 block of N. Broadway St. for a two-vehicle accident involving property damage. Information was received for a state accident report. Nov. 9 At 10:31 a.m., and officer was dispatched to a school in the 600 block of Sunset Drive for a 14-year-old boy with an active Scott County warrant. He was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Scott County jail and then the Carver County Juvenile Detention Center. A parent of the boy was called and advised of the arrest. At 4:05 p.m., an officer responded to the 300 block of E. Second St. for a medical situation. Allina Ambulance transported the juvenile female to St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. At 5:56 p.m., an officer assisted the state patrol and Scott County Sheriff’s
office with a car vs. deer accident property damage at the intersection of Helena Boulevard and West 220th Street. The vehicle had only minor damage and was drivable. Nov. 10 At 7:53 p.m., an officer was called for a suspicion in the 700 block of Bradbury Circle. The caller reported hearing a loud banging sound coming from the residence. The officer made contact with a woman at the residence, who stated everything was OK and that they had accidentally knocked over some items in the garage. Nov. 11 At 3:33 p.m., an officer responded to the 400 block of Spruce Circle for a report of vandalism to Christmas decorations. No permanent damage was caused, and the caller requested extra patrol in the area. At 4 p.m., an officer responded to a residence along Meadow Lane for an oven fire. No permanent damage was caused. The juvenile male reported that the oven had turned on by itself. The male was dropped off at a relative’s house while the homeowners, his parents, returned home from work. Nov. 12 At 6:45 p.m., an officer responded to a residence on the 200 block of W Eighth St. for a 911 hang-up call. The officer contacted the homeowner, who stated she had dialed 911 due to her adult son choking on a piece of candy, but hung up when the situation resolved itself. No medical assistance was necessary. At 10:54 p.m., an officer responded to a residence on Maple Drive for alleged theft of property. The caller reported that a male who has keys to the residence removed property without permission. The incident is under investigation. Nov. 13 At 5:10 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Sunset Drive for a medical situation. Ridgeview Ambulance transported the adult male to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. The sheriff’s office also assisted with the incident. Nov. 14 At 5:08 a.m., an officer responded to a residence along Maple Drive for a medical situation. Ridgeview Ambulance transported man to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Listen to the police scanner live online at jordannews.com/crime_ beat.
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Jordan Fire Chief Steve Kochlin recently gave a report about recreational fi res at the request of the Jordan City Council. Research about pollution, medical effects, economic impact and danger of campfires, as
well as the toxins released when garbage is burned – pulled from links on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website – was included in the agenda and information packet provided to the council prior to the meeting. “That,” he told the council on Nov. 5, “is right from the PCA.” To date this year, the city had issued about 400 burning permits in the fire district, which includes several area townships as well as property within the city limits. The city receives few complaints about recreational fi res, though. “Obviously, people have been burning wood since the beginning of time,” Kochlin said. But in his report, he wrote: “Keep in mind a lot of people burn treated lumber and garbage, which makes matters a lot worse. All wood does have some pollutants. … The main complaint is people burning leaves, which we do not allow in the city.” Counci l member T hom Boncher asked if there is any reason to change regulations to reduce such pollutants. Kochlin said that policing further regulations would be difficult. He isn’t going to inspect all of the fires in the fire district, but he writes and includes the rules on each permit. Compiled by Mathias Baden
income-tax returns, both felonies. Four years’ probation, 30 days in jail, restitution, restitution for extradition from Mexico, 30 days in jail on each count, served concurrently. Rory Alexander Bird, 24, Bloomington, driving after cancellation (inimical to public safety), a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 30 days in jail, $585 in fines. George Ralph Cooper, 39, Richfield, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, follow recommendations of evaluation, $710 in fines. Shawn Patrick Kelly, 29, Minneapolis, first-degree burglary of occupied dwelling, a felony. Five years’ probation, 180 days in jail, follow recommendations of evaluation, provide DNA sample, $210 in fines. Julianne Nicole Marti, 25, Prior Lake, third-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Five years’ probation, 80 hours of community service, follow recommendations of evaluation, undergo counseling, random tests, abstain from alcohol, $300 in fines. Alex Robert Peterson, 21, Shakopee, theft by swindle, a felony. Five years’ probation, 180 days in jail, follow recommendations of evaluation, provide DNA sample, restitution, $560 in fines. Receiving stolen property, a felony. Five years’ probation, 180 days in jail, resti-
tution, $560 in fines (concurrent). Check forgery, a felony. Five years’ probation, 180 days in jail, restitution, $560 in fines (concurrent). Joseph Michael Smith, 26, Shakopee, driving after cancellation (inimical to public safety), a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 30 days in jail, $160 in fines. Amanda Jo Alice Vernlund, 24, Waite Park, issuance of dishonored check, a gross-misdemeanor. One year probation, restitution. Thomas J. Holme, 48, Shakopee, DWI (test refusal), a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 40 days in jail, 80 days under electronic home-monitoring, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $1,010 in fines. Brian Michael Gauger, 22, Savage, fleeing police in a motor vehicle, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, three days in jail, five days of community service, provide DNA sample, $285 in fines. Hugo Rene Reyes, 18, Prior Lake, receiving stolen property, a felony. Five years’ probation, 120 days in jail, abstain from alcohol, random tests, provide DNA sample, follow recommendations of evaluation, restitution, $4,841.85 in fines. First-degree criminal damage to property, a felony. Five years’ probation, 120 days in jail, follow conditions of first sentence, restitution.
“It really tested our capabilities, and I think we came through with f lying colors,” Malz said. Ewals said the simulated tornado response included phone calls with requests and mishaps. Malz said that the city should plan for and exercise situations in which all cell phones are inoperable, but the scenarios that came up were realistic. “You look for any possible flaws in the plan,” Ewals said. Any flaws were in an apparent lack of technology. Certain equipment might be requested in a future city budget, Ewals said. Velishek said that Jordan has some “very resourceful people” watching out for the town, and Ewals specifically agreed that it became very clear that Malz “had some experience in this area.” Compiled by Mathias Baden
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W hen the ceiling in the Packrat Garage along Water Street caught fi re, those near the fi re tried to spray water on the fi re to put it out. That did not work. At about 11:30 p.m. Oct. 26, a Jordan police officer was on routine patrol and noticed smoke coming from the ceiling of the building. The Jordan Fire Department responded to put out the fi re. Fire Chief Steve Kochlin said that there was an electrical fi re in the attic of the building, and that some of the insulation in the ceiling had to be pulled down after the fi re. He said the owners had tried to spray the fi re with water. Compiled by David Schueller
Jordan police arrived at an address in the 400 block of the Varner Street, responding to a report of a disturbance. Officers spoke with seven people who were there, gained identifications and smelled the odor of alcohol from Bjerke and Eide. Others at the house told police that: the two had been drinking all night; Eide hadn’t brought any alcohol (according to one person); both had been sober earlier in the evening; Bjerke had come home with a backpack containing alcohol; and the two had gone downstairs to drink. The person also saw Bjerke give the alcohol to Eide. Compiled by David Schueller
SEND US YOUR … Outstanding photographs of holiday decorations Let there be light! We’re looking for the biggest and brightest – not the biggest and brightest people, but the biggest and brightest displays of Christmas lights and holiday decorations, whether they’re yours, your neighbor’s, or just something everyone should see. Share your best photo with Jordan Independent readers. Send your picture – in .jpg format, at least 3 MB ﬁle size – to Editor Mathias Baden, email@example.com, before noon on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Include your name, daytime phone number and city of residence, as well as the address of the display. We’ll run some reader photos online at jordannews.com and some in JORDAN the Dec. 8 Independent print INDEPENDENT edition.
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. Athena Rae Dow, 20, Morton, Minn., driving while intoxicated (refusal to submit to test), a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, follow recommendations of evaluation, $710 in fines. Linda Delores Schultz, 43, Belle Plaine, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, two days in jail, 28 days under electronic home-monitoring, follow recommendations of evaluation, $710 in fines. Chad Kristopher Ruud, 18, Shakopee, second-degree burglary, a felony. Ten years’ probation, follow recommendations of evaluation, random tests, provide DNA sample, no contact with victim(s), restitution, $360 in fines. Nicholas Leo Bressler, 23, Hopkins, domestic assault by strangulation, a felony. Three years’ probation, six months in jail, follow recommendations of evaluation, enter and complete treatment, no contact with victim(s), restitution, $160
in fines. Disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. One year probation, 90 days in jail (concurrent), $308 in fines. Tina Marie Castro, 26, Prior Lake, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, three days in jail, 27 days under electronic home-monitoring, follow recommendations of evaluation, $610 in fines. Richard Donald Hegquist, 35, Ham Lake, fleeing police in a motor vehicle, a felony. Serve 20 months in prison, $85 in fines. Nancy Renae Kaatz, 51, Savage, DWI (refusal to submit to test), a grossmisdemeanor. One year probation, follow recommendations of evaluation, $410 in fines. Crystal Shawn Paulson, 54, Prior Lake, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, follow recommendations of evaluation, $610 in fines. Jay Martin Wilke, 38, Le Sueur, violation of no-contact order, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Five years’ probation, $375 in fines. Kenneth Joel Johnson, 26, Burnsville, two counts of failure to file federal
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So close but still happy Jordan takes third place after sweep of Wadena-Deer Creek BY TODD ABELN email@example.com
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Senior middle hitter Paige Smith spikes a ball for a point against Sauk Centre.
Senior Emilee Gutzmer gets ready to set a ball to a teammate. Gutzmer tied a state record for set assists in a season.
The Class 2A state volleyball tournament was a microcosm of the season for Jordan. There was a lot of volleyball, some good , some bad but in the end it turned out pretty good. The Jaguars finished its season by defeating Wadena-Deer Creek in the third place game on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Just like the regular season, Jordan played a lot of volleyball at state. Jordan played 13 of a possible 15 sets as they played two five-set matches at state. During the season, Jordan played seven five set matches. In all, Jordan played 21 best of five matches this year, only five went straight sets. Jordan reached the third place match by rallying to win its quarterfi nal match in five sets but losing the semifi nal match in five sets. “I’m trying to figure out the word to describe it – almost, so close,” head coach Jason Geisel said. The Jaguars opened the tournament by beating Sauk Centre 30-32, 26-28, 25-19, 25-22, 15-12. In the fi rst set, Jordan stopped a Sauk Centre set point at 23-24 and won two straight points to get a set point of their own at 26-25 The Jags stopped three more set points before fi nally falling 30-32. The second set was much like the fi rst as Jordan stopped three set points before Sauk Centre was able to win two points in a row for a 28-26 in. After that it was all Jordan as they dominated the fi nal three sets. The difference? Jordan’s defense picked up and they eliminated their hitting errors from the fi rst two sets. In the fi rst two sets, Jordan had 22 hitting errors. In the fi nal three sets, they had 26 hitting errors. “The biggest factor in losing those two sets was our hitting errors,” Geisel said. The third set was tied at 12-12 only to see Jordan when 13 of the next 20 points to win 25-19. In the fourth, The Jags led 15-11 only to see that lead cut to 18-17. Jordan won seven of the next 12 points to force a fi fth set. Jordan led 7-3 and 11-9 before closing out the match 15-12 on a Kelsey Chambers kill.
Senior Kelsey Chambers goes up for a block.
Sophomore Rachel Freund gets a hug from senior Megan Johnson after receiving their third place medals.
In the semifinals, Jordan met the thirdranked Stewartville Tigers. This time it was the Jaguars turn to have a rally go against them. Jordan led 14-11 in the fi fth set and were one point away from playing in the state championship match. But then things went terribly wrong for Jordan. First, a Courtney Smith attack error made it 14-12. That was followed by an attack error by Chambers and it was 14-13. A kill by Stewartville’s Hannah Trapp tied the match at 14-14. That was followed by an ace and all of a sudden Stewartville had match point. A Chambers kill tied the match at 15-15 but another Jordan error gave the Tigers another match point. Another Chambers kill tied the match at 16-16 but consecutive kills by Danielle DeGeus and Trapp ended the game in favor of Stewartville. The Tigers won the match 21-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23, 18-16. “To be up 14-11 and not pull it out is frustrating and disappointing,” Geisel said. That loss sent the Jags to the third place match against the defending champions Wadena-Deer Creek. Each team had trouble getting into the match after they both suffered heartbreaking semifi nal losses. But Jordan was able to gain energy and strength as the match went on and won in straight sets 25-17, 26-24, 25-13. “We did a lot of good things in this match,” Geisel said. “The girls did a fantastic job of coming back and playing a solid match. That is the best we played all tournament.” Jordan easily won the fi rst set but were facing three set points in the second set at 24-21 before they won the fi nal five points to clinch the set. After that it was all Jordan. In the second set, Chambers had three kills in the fi nal four points as the Jags rallied for the win.
Senior Megan Johnson attempts to block a Sauk Centre spike attempt.
The Jordan volleyball team poses with its third place trophy. Pictured are (from left): front row, Makenna Wiescamp, Becca Pauly, Hannah Klegstad, Jenna Dietel; middle row, Kailey Gincola, Natalie Storlie, Emilee Gutzmer, Maddy Dean, Hallie Anderson, Kaitlin Krautkremer; back row, coach Sara Kes, Kelsey Chambers, Jenna Mikonowicz, Paige Smith, Courtney Smith, Lexie Erickson, Megan Johnson, Rachel Freund, head coach Jason Geisel, coach Andrea Feist.
Playing two five set matches helped senior setter Emilee Gutzmer to a state record. In the three state tour nament games, Gutzmer had 167 set assists which brought her season total to 1,190. That total tied the all-time state record for set assists in a season with Eden Prairie’s Courtney Cowles, who set the record in 2004. Chambers fi nished with 85 kills.
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Volleyball players Chambers, Gutzmer and Smith sign letters of intent BY TODD ABELN firstname.lastname@example.org
Before the Jordan volleyball team left for the state tournament, three of its players made a decision about their future. Seniors Kelsey Chambers, Emilee Gutzmer and Paige Smith signed their national letters of intent to play volleyball at the next level. C h a m b e r s pi c k e d N o r t h e r n State University in Aberdeen, S.D., Gutzmer will play for Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., while Smith decided on University of Mary in Bismark, N.D. All three signed the letters of intent on Wednesday afternoon during a pepfest for the volleyball team before they left for St. Paul and the state volleyball tournament. â€œItâ€™s really truly amazing to have three girls from the same program move on and play,â€? Jordan head coach Jason Geisel said. The three players will see each other in the future, as all three schools play in the same conference, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
CHAMBERS For Chambers, she will go down as one of the best players in Jordan history. She finished her high school career with 1,511 kills, 824 digs, 227 aces, 81 blocks and 59 assists. â€œHer skill level has really grown over the past three years,â€? Geisel said. â€œShe gives it her all every match and you canâ€™t ask anything more of a player. Sheâ€™s a special player.â€? Her selection of Northern State may have been a surprise because of Chambersâ€™ career at Jordan and Northern Stateâ€™s record. They are currently 13-14 on the season and 10th in the conference standings.
The Jordan football team had four players honored by the Minnesota River Conference when the football allconference teams were announced. Seniors Jake DeWeese and Dillon Thorsfeldt were named to the all-conference team, while senior Aaron Kerkow and junior Nick Heitkamp was named to the honorable mention team.
DEWEESE DeWeese lead the Hubmen in tackles with 91, 46 of which were solo and five for a loss. He also had two fumble recoveries, caused two fumbles, and had two interceptions.
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Paige Smith (left), Emilee Gutzmer and Kelsey Chambers signed their national letters of intent at a pepfest at Jordan High School. â€œItâ€™s kind of on a feel,â€? Chambers said of her decision. â€œI went there and loved everything about it.â€?
GUTZMER For Gutzmer, the decision on where to go to college was not an easy one. She had a hard time picking a school, as she looked at large schools like University of Wisconsin-Madison and Iowa State to small schools like Jamestown. â€œI looked at about 10 schools and nothing was really working out for me,â€? she said. â€œI was getting discouraged and didnâ€™t know what was going to happen.â€? Then one day an email landed in her inbox from the Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball program and things cleared up for her. She knew a little bit about the program considering she went to volleyball camps on their campus. After the email, she went and visited the school and made the decision to go there. â€œTo be honest, I wanted it to be done,â€? Gutzmer said. â€œItâ€™s a good place for me.â€? Gutzmer fi nishes her high school career with 3,854 set assists. She also
set a state record with 1,190 assists in a season. â€œEmilee has done a phenomenal job of moving the ball around and getting the ball to the hot hitter,â€? Geisel said. â€œEmilee sets balls that arenâ€™t settable by other setters. She allows us to get kills that we shouldnâ€™t get.â€?
SMITH For Smith it wasnâ€™t that difficult, she picked the University of Mary i n t he su m mer a nd cou ld nâ€™t be happier. â€œI loved the coach and the program,â€? she said. â€œI just thought it was a perfect fit.â€? Smith wasnâ€™t really on the recruiting radar until she started to play club volleyball for the Northern Lights. When she joined Northern Lights the recruiting letters and phone calls started. It wasnâ€™t just because she started playi ng club ba l l, accordi ng to Geisel. â€œSheâ€™s worked tremendously hard to get herself to the level she is at now,â€? Geisel said. Smith finished the 2011 season with 259 kills.
Dillon Thorsfeldt had 40 tackles, 12 of which were for a loss. He also recorded six sacks, caused two fumbles, and had an interception.
OTHER SELECTIONS Other members of the football allconference team are: Allen Vandien, Norwood-Young America, senior, running back/outside linebacker; Tim Swanson, Norwood-Young America, senior, linebacker; Joe Borak, NorwoodYoung America, senior, tight end/ safety; Adam Neubarth, NorwoodYoung America, senior, defensive end/ wingback; Dan Stuewe, Norwood-Young America, senior, offensive line; Paul Muerhing, Norwood-Young America, senior, offensive line; Michael Kroells, Belle Plaine, senior, offensive line/ linebacker; Gavin Dauwalter, Belle Plaine, sophomore, tight end/defensive end; Billy Boecker, Belle Plaine, senior, outside linebacker/defensive end; Trevor Latzke, Belle Plaine, senior, offensive tight end/linebacker; Brendan Kroehler, LeSueur-Henderson, senior, running back/linebacker; Bob Rose, LeSueur-Henderson, senior, tight end/ linebacker/defensive end; Jack Swanberg, LeSueur-Henderson, senior, quarterback/running back/punt return; Brent Oâ€™Connell, LeSueur-Henderson, senior, running back/lineback/returns; Christian Dwyer, LeSueur-Henderson, senior, wide receiver/defensive back/ quarterback/returns/long snapper; Connor Machemehl, Mayer Lutheran,
senior, running back/linebacker; Grant Noennig, Mayer Lutheran, senior, wide receiver/defensive end/ punter; Adam Kohls, Mayer Lutheran, senior, guard/tackle; Phil Burfeind, Mayer Lutheran, junior, running back/ safety; Logan Reid, Sibley East, senior, running back/defensive end; Tyler Pasvogel, Sibley East, senior, running back/linebacker; Kyle Goetsch, Sibley East, senior, tight end/defensive end; Brandon Stein, Watertown-Mayer, senior, running back/outside linebacker; Josh Thompson, Watertown-Mayer, senior, guard/defensive end; Andrew Walstrom, Watertown-Mayer, senior, wide receiver/defensive back; Jeff Tiede, Montgomery-Lonsdale, senior, fullback/linebacker; Kyle Sonnenburg, Montgomery-Lonsdale, senior, wide receiver/defensive back. The honorable mention team includes: Jevon Rondeau, NYA, senior, running back/linebacker; Cody Storms, NYA, senior, defensive line; Luke Schmidt, Belle Plaine, senior, offensive line/defensive line/punter; Austen Bahr, Belle Plaine, senior, half back/linebacker; Isaac Arnst, LeSueur-Henderson, senior, offensive line/linebacker; Zack Steuck, LeSueurHenderson, senior, wide receiver/ defensive back; Erich Strehlke, Mayer Lutheran, senior, center; Jeremiah Grimsley, Mayer Lutheran, junior, quarterback; Dalton Webster, Sibley East, senior, center/defensive tackle; Tyler Bates, Sibley East, junior, tight end/defensive end; Dustin Thomas, Watertown-Mayer, senior, offensive line/defensive end; Brandon Leaf, Watertown-Mayer, senior, linebacker; Dalton Zeug, Montgomery-Lonsdale, s enior, lienbacker; Ryan Iverson, Montgomery-Lonsdale, junior, offensive line/defensive line. The MRC coaches Players of the Year are: special teams, Chad Anenson, Mayer Lutheran, sophomore; Offensive Lineman, Dan Stuewe, NYA, senior; Offensive Back: Allen Vandien, NYA, senior; Defensive Lineman: Adam Neubarth, NYA, senior; Defensive Back, Shane Poppler, Belle Plaine, senior. Paul Henn of NYA was named the MRC football coach of the year.
Conference honors four volleyball players Emilee Gutzmer earns MVP award The Jordan volleyball team had four players honored by the Minnesota River Conference when the volleyball all-conference teams were announced. Seniors Kelsey Chambers, Emilee Gutzmer and Paige Smith were named to the all-conference team, while junior Hannah Klegstad was named to the honorable mention team.
CHAMBERS Chambers, a two-year team captain, is a four-year letter winner and starter, as well as a three-time allconference award winner. She was an integral part of both the offense and defense accumulating 311 kills, 29 ace serves, 196 digs, and passed 91.3 percentage in serve receive during the regular season. Chambers was a vocal leader on and off the court, had intensity second to none, and her spark, fire, energy will be difficult to replace next season. She will truly be missed. She ends her career in Jordan with an amazing 1,426 kills, 227 ace serves, 752 digs, and 81 blocks.
GUTZMER Gutzmer, a two-year team captain, is a four-year letter winner and
starter and a four-time recipient of all-conference honors. She did a tremendous job of setting a faster tempo offense, kept defenses guessing by setting multiple hitters, and lead the Jaguars through both illness and injury this season. She fi nished the regular season with 842 set assists (9.46 per set), 67 kills, 47 ace serves, 20 blocks, and 158 digs. She surpassed another setting career milestone getting her 3,000 set assist early in the season. Gutzmer is currently fi fth in all-time career assists in Minnesota with 3,587. Emily was named 2011 MRC Co-MVP.
SMITH Smith, a team captain, was a threeyear letter winner and starter for Jordan, and a first time all-conference recipient. She was a formidable force at the net both offensively and defensively, and came up with big blocks or kills at crucial times. She not only made big plays, she consistently drew opposing middle blockers her way to help free up other hitters for one-onone attacking opportunities. Smith finished the regular season with 170 kills, 69 stuff blocks, and 12 assist blocks.
OTHER SELECTIONS Other members of the volleyball all-conference team are: Haley Fogarty, Belle Plaine, junior, OH/Setter;
Abby Wolpern, Belle Plaine, senior, middle blocker; Lizzy Eischens, Belle Plaine, senior, libero; Kirsten Johnson, Belle Plaine, junior, OH/ Setter; Jessica Thelemann, LeSueurHenderson, junior, OH/MB; Gretta Schultz, LeSueur-Henderson, senior, outside hitter; Ali Plieseis, LeSueurHenderson, junior, setter; Chelsey Walerius, Montgomery-Lonsdale, junior, libero; Jen Krentz, Mayer Lutheran, senior, libero; Nico Schmidt, Mayer Lutheran, junior, outside hitter; Ashlyn Hucky, Mayer Lutheran, junior, setter; Maggie Perrel, Watertown-Mayer, junior, middle hitter; Kylea Roeglin, Norwood-Young America, senior, middle blocker. The honorable mention team includes: Becky Koepp, Belle Plaine, senior, RHitter; Allison Murphy, LeSueur-Henderson, junior , libero; hannah Malecha, Montgomery-Lonsdale, senior, setter/RHitter; Taylor Rollo, Mayer Lutheran, senior, middle hitter; Emily Tschida, Watertown-Mayer, senior, setter; Afton Wolter, Norwood-Young America, senior, outside hitter; Lauren Highland, Sibley East, senior, setter The MRC coaches named Belle Plaineâ€™s Haley Fogarty and Jordanâ€™s Emilee Gutzmer as Most Valuable Players of the 2011 season. Cassie Wolpern of Belle Plaine was named the MRC volleyball coach of the year.
7TH-GRADERS WIN TOURNEY
The seventh grade Jordan girls basketball team won the consolation championship in the 2011 Prior Lake Girls Basketball Tournament on Nov. 12-13. After a loss to Burnsville in the first round, the team went on to win games against Farmington (3532 in OT), Prior Lake (27-9) and Lakeville North (39-14) to win the consolation championship. Pictured are (from left): front row, Leah Mikonowicz, Aliyah Speikers, Brooke Simonson not pictured: Lexie Chambers; middle row, Brooke Sievers, Rylee Newton, Hannah Dardis; back row, Nicole Tiedman, Ashley Freund, Katie Gray, Jenna Kes, Coach Nate Kucera.
2011 Jordan Fall Sports Almanac Jordan Girls Tennis 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
Jordan Football 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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