Light up the tree
Lots of laughter
You’re invited to the annual Christmas tree lighting in Pekarna Park
“Completely Hollywood (abridged)” drew a crowd – and lots of giggles
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2011
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Jordan snares 2-for-1 deal
Q&A WITH ED CHAPMAN
While council acts to block gravel truck traffic, MnDOT offers to fully fund $1 million bridge BY MATHIAS BADEN email@example.com
PHOTO BY DAVID SCHUELLER
If you wave at the balloon, chances are the passengers can see you, if they’re looking. Ed Chapman, chief aeronaut and operator of Balloon Ascensions Unlimited, flies in the winter, but generally stays grounded during the turbulent spring. His balloon was seen here on Oct. 27.
Ballooning into the cold Local aeronaut returns to the sky (by the way, flying in winter isn’t as cold as you might think) The business is based out of St. Lawrence Township, near Jordan, hose out and gives people the chance and about to see the area from the sky. in Jordan Chapman responded during to questions about recent early ballooning posed by the mornings might have Jordan Independent, looked up to see the including about his return majestic sight of a hot to the skies after a freak Ed air balloon drifting over accident early this summer, Chapman town. ballooning in winter, and Chances are the balloon was whether he can spot you from the piloted by Ed Chapman, chief sky if you wave at the balloon. aeronaut and operator of Balloon Ascensions Unlimited. Balloon to page 2 ®
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Balloon Ascensions by the numbers 80 Feet high for Balloon Ascensions Unlimited’s largest balloon. It also has a diameter of 63 feet and holds 120,000 cubic feet of air when inflated.
Pounds of balloon and basket can carry five passengers plus the pilot.
6 to 10
Miles is a typical distance for a one-hour flight, but it all depends on the wind conditions.
19 Hours without refueling was one world record set by Balloon Ascensions.
20 to 2,000 Feet above ground level is normally where the balloons fly, but another world record of 38,900 feet has been set by Balloon Ascensions Source: Balloonridesminnesota.com
Jordan’s threat to keep state money away from Valley View Drive couldn’t have turned out better. “I guess I consider this good news,” City Engineer Tim Loose told the Jordan City Council on Monday. “There may be differing opinions on that.” Two weeks after the council’s seemingly unorthodox move to direct Loose to relook at the city’s Municipal State Aid-designated streets, Loose produced a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) offer to fully fund the Rice Street bridge replacement. With a plan that will cost more than a $1 million, councilmembers and the mayor have been sometimes at odds, other times at a loss, for years about how to pay for the bridge over Sand Creek to the historic MiniMet ballpark. But this week, Loose said he secured an agreement with two MnDOT decision makers who suggested that if Rice Street were added to the MSA collector-street system, the state could afford to cover the cost of the bridge replacement. The state is committed to paying $610,000 for the proposed bridge deck and railings, and the city already has more than $112,000 spent on the project. The city will cover the cost of demolition, architectural upgrades, decorative options, approaches, coordination with the adjacent Feedmill restaurant and Union Pacific Railroad, or any “soft costs,” Loose said.
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Area motor sports facility proposed
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A Minnesota company hopes to bring a major motor sports complex that could draw tens of thousands of fans to Elko New Market, a city that already boasts a popular speedway. The project is estimated to cost around $500 million and include a paved 7/8-mile oval track, 2-1/2-mile
road course, as well as a 1/4-mile drag racing strip. The proposal has a long way to go before becoming solid, but representatives from the International Motorsports Entertainment Development Co. have been meeting informally with Scott County staff and elected officials for several months.
Motor sports to page 9 ®
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CELEBRATE THE SEASON
Last year, Seth Lawrie, then 3, and Aleda Beth Lawrie, 5, warm up with some hot cider during the city’s celebration of the season. This year’s Jordan’s annual Christmas tree lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Residents and friends will gather at Pekarna Park for treats and Santa meet-and-greets.
Light the Christmas trees in Jordan Jordan’s annual Christmas tree lighting is set for next week. At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
26, residents and friends will gather at Pekarna Park for treats and Santa meet-andgreets.
Pekarna Park is located at 140 Water St. in Jordan. For more information, call (952) 492-2535.
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Q. For those who haven’t heard of your business, how long have you been operating near Jordan? A. Thirty-four years. We lived 6 miles south of Prior Lake and moved to Jordan 10 years ago. Q. You have a new balloon? When did you get it, and how does it compare to others you’ve used? A. The newest balloon is only 4 months old. It’s slightly larger than my previous balloons but has a lot more performance in terms of increased lifting capability and lower fuel consumption. Q. Hot air rises, thus makes a balloon float. But are there any littleknown factors in how well a balloon does what you want it to do? A. The very slight variations in wind direction at different altitudes gives us a lot more control over our flight path than most folks would think possible. Think of the air above the surface as being multiple rivers of airflow moving in different directions. The challenge is to find the ones that are most useful and maneuver accordingly. Q. So you fly in the winter – that just seems cold. How do your customers handle it? A. They’re pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it actually is! Here’s why: Since you’re drifting with the wind, you don’t feel any wind, so there’s no wind chill. Additionally, you do get some amount of warmth from the burners. I’ve had flights in January and February where I could fly with just a sweater or sweatshirt, then put my jacket back on when it’s time to land. Q. You had kind of a freak accident in June, which resulted in you having a hairline fracture to a vertebra. When did you first get back into the sky after the accident? A. Early August. It was the longest I’d gone without flying an airplane or balloon in over 40 years. Q. Refresh our memory, what happened in that accident? A. The surface wind increased considerably
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This flight was seen on Nov. 3. Chief Aeronaut Ed Chapman has 20 world records and more than 2,500 balloon flights logged. during the course of the flight – not forecast – and during the landing process a passenger stood up instead of staying lower in the basket. She was nearly ejected when we touched down, but I was able to pull her back in. I discovered the hard way that Newton was absolutely right: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and in this case I traded places with her. Less than 1 second later, I was out of the basket following a secondary touchdown. Q. How has business been since then? A. Excellent! There were a few flights that were rescheduled with other pilots flying my balloon, more that were rescheduled because of windy conditions or those days that were warmer – upper 80s – than what we fly in. By September, the weather had settled down and we were flying as much as any other fall season, if not more. Q. What kinds of conditions do you wait for before flying? A. We’d like to see surface wind no greater than 8 to 9 mph and winds above the surface no more than 12 to 15 mph. Naturally, there should be no active or close-by precipitation – rain, snow – with none moving in our direction. These conditions are most likely to occur in the morning after sunrise or
in the early evening before sunset, so that’s why you see us in the air during those times of the day. Q. Since you fly in the winter, do you ever have an offseason when it comes to ballooning? A. There’s not much activity in April, where you’ll have melting snow, slush, mud, rapidly changing weather conditions, breeziness – that sort of thing. I have over 2,500 balloon flights, but only about 10 have taken place in the month of April. Q. If somebody waves at your balloon from the ground while you’re flying above Jordan, can you see them waving? A. Yes, and we can hear them when they call out to us to “Land here!” Q. What else should people know about your business that they might not? A. Twenty world records set and five flights made above 30,000 feet. Two were world records. The highest was 38,900 feet. As far as I know, that’s more than any other balloon pilot in the world. Two years ago, I got dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century and put up a website at balloonridesminnesota.com. Check it out and call us if you have additional questions or want to get a gift certificate for the ride of a lifetime.
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Mere two-thirds majority vote could change zoning code Does upcoming change allow mayor to sign city code amendment? BY MATHIAS BADEN email@example.com
Starting soon, the Jordan City Council appears likely to allow zoning code changes after merely casting a two-thirds majority vote. “As the council is aware,” City Attorney Annette Margarit this month
wrote in a recent memorandum, “the Jordan city code of ordinances currently requires a four-fi fths vote of all members of the council in order to pass a zoning amendment.” The council became fully aware of the city requirement when Mayor Pete Ewals refused to sign an amended zoning ordinance the council favored last month. If enacted after signing and publication, it would allow crematories as accessory uses to funeral homes, effectively allowing Reflections Crematory to operate downtown, where Ewals has said a crematory does not belong.
Ewals also has said that five votes are not enough to pass the zoning amendment. In the council’s Oct. 3 vote, a supermajority was not in favor. Margarit, on the other hand, argued that per state law, which supersedes city ordinance in this case, only a simple majority is necessary. Margarit’s Nov. 7 memo continued, “the Minnesota statutes … (require) only a majority …, except if a parcel currently zoned residential is going to be changed to either commercial or industrial, the statute requires a two-thirds majority vote …”
Ewals still has not signed the city code amendment, and the council is likely to soon receive a proposal to bring the zoning code into compliance with state law. Arguments by Jordan’s mayor and attorney have headed to Scott County District Court.
Margarit said that zoning changes require a public hearing if the change is initiated by the council or the public. “Government at its finest,” she said. The council unanimously agreed to what Shaw said would involve a five-minute hearing and the following legal publication.
ON THE WAY
Councilmember Mike Shaw asked why the city must have the Jordan Planning Commission hold a public hearing on the subject. “Isn’t that kind of moot?” he said.
There are other city codes that do not comply with state law, and Margarit said she intends to “clean up the code and recodify. … You’ll be seeing some more of these.”
This Thanksgiving, display an attitude of gratitude
opefully there is a time on Thanksgiving Day – between putting the turkey in the oven and planning our Black Friday assault on retailers – that we are actually giving thanks. Perhaps it’s saying thank-you for the recent harvest, as our early American settlers did, but in the more suburbanized areas of the southwest metro area it is more likely about offering our thanks for good health, for family ties, for supportive spouses, or God’s many blessings. Whatever we are thankful for, it’s the expression of gratitude – that “attitude of gratitude,” you might say – that’s important. So important is the act that authors have credited gratitude for being one of the secrets to a person’s well-being. This Thanksgiving, give thanks often … and if not often, at least well. Just as the southwest-area readers on this page have done.
Grateful for Mom I’m thankful for my mother, who died Oct. 15. Her funeral was the same weekend our large family had planned to gather for her 92nd birthday. (Her 11 children saw this coincidence as an extension of the
Carla Marie Headlee Eden Prairie
Thankful for a great city I am thankful for the opportunity to live in Prior Lake. I am thankful to all of the city employees, mayor, City Council and organizations that make Prior Lake a great place to live. I try not to take living in Prior Lake for granted. I have been to Texas, California and Arkansas. Prior Lake has a lot more to offer in parks, lakes, trails, scenery, facilities and quality of life.
A Thanksgiving anniversary This Thanksgiving will be very special to me in many ways. The good lord has blessed my wife, Merry, and I and guided us through some difficult times. We were blessed with our fi rst grandson, and even though we are unable to visit very often (they live in Maryland) we are able to watch him grow, and keep in touch with the help of today’s technology. We have su f fered t h rough tough economic times, with unemployment, and under employment, but that is turning around. I have started a small business and have seen it grow over the last year, and Merry has again found full-time work. I will be undergoing some minor surgery the week of Thanksgiving, and Merry will be by my side to help me through my recovery. But possibly the most special
fi nished college by age 18 but saw nothing spectacular about that. She was simply doing what she could at the time. The best thing about Mom: She really understood the power of kindness. “Sometimes forgiveness of self is the best bridge to happiness,” she said recently when I told her about something I have always regretted. She chose words carefully, to heal and inspire. Thanks, Mom.
Steve Pany Prior Lake
Ron and Merry Kramer thing about this Thanksgiving day will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Our wedding day was Nov. 24, 2001. My bride of 10 years is the most important person in my life, and there is no doubt in my mind that I am a better person because of her... Thank you Merry! I love you!
Ron Kramer Chanhassen exquisite efficiency that characterized Mom.) Growing up on a selfsustaining dairy farm during the Great Depression, she took little for granted and was unimpressed by extravagance. Creativity, hard work and kindness motivated her. She believed that if you could see a better way to do something, then you needed to pursue it. She had
Life is too short W hen I get together with my family, we do the traditional going around the table, stating what we’re thankful for. We hear the usual phrases of being thankful for family, friends, jobs, love. I thought about what I would say this year. I love the spirit of gratitude in general. It makes me feel good to say anything that has to do with thankfulness. I have been a social worker for 29 years of my life. For the last 12 years, I’m honored to say that I have worked in the field of hospice. I work with people of all ages who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. I’m involved with the person directly along with working with the family of the patient. In lieu of that, I have to say that I am thankful for the gift of life. We hear “live life like it’s your last day” or “life is short.” Ask a person who
A Thanksgiving poem I wanted to share this story and poem I wrote back in 1996. I still get requests for it from family and friends. We read it as a family together during each Thanksgiv-
ing Day dinner and mail it out to many people every year in November.
Bill and Marjee Righeimer Prior Lake
What Thanksgiving Means to Me By Bill Righeimer 11/96 Turkey
Thoughts of past and present tummy pleasing tidbits – the aroma everybody loves
Friends – Family – Fun
Grandparents and parents – paving the way for us to have a bountiful life
Full of holiday circulars – gifty items – food galore and Christmas fun
Being a good citizen to our fellow man Being good people
Helping others at all times and especially the less fortunate
Sharing our thoughts and bounties with others
Tis the Season to party – office – home – family – forget the diets & scales – fun dressing up
Phone calls – connections – happy talk conversations – a feel good feeling in the ears
Our mothers, dads, brothers, sisters & other relatives & friends – who provide – LOVE – The fuel for life
We are all lucky to have good neighbors who are like part of the family
God provides us multiple blessings for a good life and takes care of those who have provided for or befriended us in our lives – including those who have gone before us. God bless each of us – Happy Thanksgiving to all – here & in our thoughts.
has a terminal illness how that truly feels. Dying people have taught me how to live. I have met some amazing patients along with their families who have these amazing attitudes of gratitude. Life is a gift. At times, it’s not easy being on this earth. We all have our share of heartaches (some more than
others). I think of the phrase “Life is short.” When a 36-year-old person is diagnosed with an incurable cancer, life is short. Too short. I am truly thankful for the gift of life, whatever time I have been given on this earth.
Pam Goodman Chaska
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Thumbs up to CAP’s Give Where You Live campaign Thumbs up to … Give Where You Live: The Scott Carver Dakota Community Action Partnership (CAP) Agency launched its annual Give Where You Live campaign on Nov. 16 with a goal of raising $1 million for the agency by Jan. 31. To donate, or for ways to support the Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency, go to capagency.org. Those who prefer to not donate online can send checks to: CAP Agency, 712 Canterbury Road S., Shakopee, MN 55379. Thanksgiving dinner: The Altenburgs sponsored a Thanksgiving dinner for those who benefit from Jordan Elementary School’s Blessings in a Backpack program. It’s an event worth repeating. Celebrating our veterans: We can’t say thanks enough to our military veterans. And isn’t it great to see honorable local men like Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, a proud Jordan High School graduate, smack dab in the middle of important visits and ceremonies such as greeting our President or the king of Norway and putting on the state’s official Veterans Day program? Let’s follow the lead of those who continually thank hose who have given us so much. Lighting the Christmas tree together: A little something to cheer up the town? Yes, please. It’s Christmastime. Make a wish with Santa and turn on the town Christmas tree.
Thumbs down to … State tourney ticket prices: Jordan School Board Member Joe Benko has got a point – it is expensive to attend the Minnesota State High School League tournaments. The high school league says that it is supporting the students, yet it has instituted several policies that are clearly not in their best interest. One of those policies is the high ticket price for premium events – $14 for one volleyball match is too much. “If you’ve got any kind of family, how can you afford to (attend)?” Benko said during a recent board meeting. The board should support his proposal to send a letter to the high school league, opposing the high price. Drama at every city council meeting: Why is it that we always get the urge to stop for an $8 bucket of way-too-buttery popcorn before watching a Jordan City Council meeting? But seriously, somebody someday has got to think of some way to get a handle on all of the drama that occurs every other week in the basement of the Jordan city hall. What’s the answer? Your local newspaper has given up trying to figure it out, and its staff has renewed its resolve to report the mere facts. Read and decide for yourself.
UP & DOWN COMMUNITY ISSUES
Think on this … Don’t get your hopes up for a pharmacy: The city of Jordan is tirelessly working to get a pharmacy in town, but no promises can be made yet. An interested party backed away, but there are two options still being considered. On the very bright side, St. Francis Regional Medical Center of Shakopee is willing to construct the building for a pharmacist, so it’s fairly clear that the clinic officials think something positive can be done here in Jordan. Development standards: The city council put itself in a quandary again, having confused, frustrated and offended the Jordan Planning Commission. This week, after the council failed to take the commission’s recommendations for applicants to fi ll two commission seats, a joint workshop between the two bodies failed to occur. Well, two commissioners – if you count the mayor, who is technically a council liaison, not a commissioner – stayed to discuss. The commissioners wanted to talk about business district standards and ordinances that they believe are not being followed by the council. Indeed, you really have to squint your eyes to imagine that the proposal for a Scott County Community Development Agency (CDA) senior housing, library, medical center and pharmacy fit the design standards set forth in the highway commercial district in Jordan. Not that we don’t want the project. But planning commissioners have a point – the design of the proposed building at the intersection of Creek Lane and Seville Drive does not look anything like downtown Jordan. When the commission wrote the design ordinance, it had intended on ensuring some continuity of business design throughout town. So what should come first – the design or the standards? Should Jordan let new businesses dictate the look of the town, or risk turning away businesses that won’t comply with the will of the planning commission? Are we so desperate that we can’t say no to a business that won’t build the kind of compatible structure that spurs further development? Just where are we headed? And can the council get on the same page with its commissions?
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Recommended diet might not be so bad I missed an opportunity this month – one that may not come my way again if things don’t change. I could have and should have gone out to eat for one of those big “hungry man” breakfasts, the kind where you get a couple eggs, sausage or bacon, hash brown potatoes, some toast (with jelly), maybe some pancakes, a glass of juice and a cup of coffee. After one of those you can skip lunch, maybe even supper and use the extra time for something else – like taking a nap. It could have been like the last meal they give to the condemned. It’s too late now; a reordering of my menu has been called for. I have been advised to go on a low-fat, no-fun diet. Apparently, I was killing myself with my dietary decisions. Recently, I went to the doctor for my annual physical. As part of the arrangement it is assumed that I will submit to some rather unpleasant probes and prods by the practitioner. In addition, blood was drawn and tested for the existence and absence of all manner of things. The results came in a week ago. Of the four categories, I am outside all the accepted boundaries of where “they” say I should be. Nothing alarming mind you; however, the nurse did ask if I had a health-care directive. So now to survive another 48 years I have to eat the “right” foods. From what I read from “the list”
KUCERA COMMUNITY COLUMNIST
this means, among other things, to decrease or eliminate sweets. Soda is listed as an example. Why anyone would eat baking soda is less puzzling than why it’s listed as a sweet. Oh well, check that off the list. Candy is also on the list. That’s an easy one to give up since I don’t really like hard candy anyway, especially the sour stuff. I didn’t see chocolate, so I guess that must be OK. I’ve heard some good things about dark chocolate, so I’ll load up on that instead. Refined carbohydrates were mentioned as something to avoid. Refined anything sounds rather cultured and high-brow for my Midwest palate. I lean toward the simple, some would even say unsavory tastes. Give me a loaf of bread, a plate of noodles, a quart of chocolate milk, and I am as happy as I can be.
Further down toward the end of the list omega-3 fatty acids were brought up. I guess I missed the first two of the heavy-set Greek acids. Anyway, I thought I was supposed to avoid fat. Now I am told to consume fatty fish twice a week. Sounds like a good opportunity to visit a nice seafood restaurant – doctor’s orders. Other foods high in omega-3 fatness are walnuts (they taste great in brownies) and dark leafy green vegetables. I like them in a salad generously topped with croutons and French dressing. Next, to confuse me even more, I am told high-fat meats are off the table, but fat fish can be the catch-ofthe-day twice a week. Meats with a high-fat content include lunchmeats, hot dogs and variety meats (you don’t want to know what that is). It is suggested that I reach and maintain a healthy weight. That won’t be too tough on this diet. If not for that fat fish, I would waste away to nothing. Now if I only start exercising on a regular basis everything will be OK. I am already planning my celebratory meal. I should be pretty hungry by then, hungry enough for a man’s size breakfast. I like my bacon crunchy, if you don’t mind. Jerry Kucera is a Sand Creek Township resident and a columnist for the Jordan Independent. Read his past columns on his blog at jerrykucera.blogspot.com.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Together, we can stop homelessness To the editor: On Oct. 28, the Minnesota School of Busi ness hosted t he second annual Scott-Carver Project Community Connect in Town Square. Over 400 of our citizens Living on Little received services from 87 providers assisted by 93 volunteers from our community. Haircuts were provided to 152 people, 59 accessed legal services, 194 received medical services, 223 received housing information. Job applications were submitted by 60 individuals, 81 received vouchers for birth certificates, and/or ID and drivers’ license renewals, and so much more. One gentleman was in immediate need of housing as the agency he was working with processed his application. Project Community Connect was able to provide funds for a motel voucher so he would have a safe, decent place to stay while waiting. One young woman went to employment services and spoke to an employer. He told her to call on Monday – there was an opening for a $12-an-hour position. A family got their very first photograph ever taken of their 11-monthold child.
A grandmother raising two grandchildren was unaware that she qualified for assistance, and received services from several vendors that day. Perhaps the most significant outcome was the guests and volunteers spending the day together learning about community needs, resources and accessing services. Scott and Carver residents all came together that day, in the spirit of community. Project Community Connect is part of the 10-year plan to end homelessness in Scott and Carver counties – Heading Home Scott-Carver. It is a one-stop shop of services under one roof that brings together nonprofits, businesses, government and citizens to address the needs of those Living on Little in our community. However, we cannot end homelessness in our community on one day a year. We need the entire community to work together to fi nd solutions for the needs of our neighbors and friends. On Dec. 1, there will be a meeting of Heading Home Scott-Carver at St. Mark’s Church, 350 Atwood St. S. in Shakopee at 7 p.m. We need the community to come and join us as we join hands to house those in need. More information can be found on our website: ScottCarverPCC.org.
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Big shout out to our student fans To the editor: Just wanted to express to the Jordan student fans our appreciation for their unbelievable support they gave the Jordan volleyball team throughout the years and at the state tournament. They rallied for the team consistently, taking the time to travel to all the games to support the team. Having that kind of support definitely helps the team’s morale. They were there to the end. Cheering and yelling and holding their handmade signs. What a showing of great school spirit. Never lose your spirit for it’s in that spirit that makes us all feel as one for the same goal. Inspire the team to do their very best! Never lose your desire to cheer! Go fans extraordinaire!
Nancy Johnson St. Lawrence Township Pat Vogt Bloomington
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Resist ‘ridiculous’ prices, Benko says Jordan School Board Member Joe Benko asked that the board send a letter opposing the state tournament ticket prices charged by the Minnesota State High School League. It costs $14 per person. Benko said last week that he talked to one family that paid more than $70 to attend. “That’s ridiculous,” Benko said during a school board meeting Monday. A few years ago, when the Minnesota River Conference decided to increase its postseason ticket prices to $6, Jordan was the only district to cast a vote against the measure, Board Chairman Dan Buresh said.
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Students at Jordan Elementary School got a chance to hear from local businesspeople who volunteered their time to read to classrooms on Thursday, Nov. 17. Nine members of the Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce read to 29 classrooms. Among them were Becky and Greg Ott. Becky read, among other books, “Boy, Was I Mad!” by Kathryn Hitte, which she said was a favorite of her husband’s when he was growing up. “I thought it would be fun to read today,” she said. Greg read “Cranberry Thanksgiving” by Wende Devlin. He said it helps to have someone who doesn’t read in a boring way. “I read the same book to the last class, and they said they really liked my expression,” Greg said.
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Students got to hear stories from local business people in their own classrooms on Thursday, Nov. 17. Savannah Olsen (left) and Madison Hafner (front) from Jessica Rance’s fourth-grade class hear Greg Ott read “Cranberry Thanksgiving” by Wende Devlin.
Last Monday, the Jordan School Board canvassed its election results. It’s the fi nal step of the November election. Caroline Carritt, Lauren Pedersen and incumbent Robert Vollbrecht won. Board Member Sandy Burke made a point to congratulate them, during last Monday’s board meeting. Board members-elect will be sworn in during the first meeting of 2012. They will serve four-year terms on the board.
EDUCATION WEEK The reading day was part of American Education Week at Jordan Public Schools, which usually is the third week in November. The theme for this year’s week was “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility.” In addition to the reading partnership, Jordan Elementary School staff invited parents to a morning meet-and-greet on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and student artwork was displayed at community buildings during the week.
Players don’t stick around as they age
Becky Ott reads “Boy, Was I Mad!” by Kathryn Hitte to Tony King’s second-grade class. Eliana Lopez (left), Austin Peltz and Lizzie Guggisberg intently listen.
As he looked at a report about the number of athletes in sports programs, Jordan School Boa rd Member Joe Benko asked why players don’t stick around. “Some of it is sociological,” Jordan High School Athletic Director Jef f Vizenor, who issued the repor t, told the Benko and the rest of the board. “There are certain reasons to belong to certain groups.” Then, he drew a laugh by halfjokingly adding that most of the
senior boys basketball players “still think they’re going to play in the NBA” someday. Benko pointed out that some Jordan Public Schools athletic programs see steep declines in participation as the players age. Vizenor’s report showed: I 25 volleyball players turning out in seventh grade, but only seven seniors; I 18 seventh- and eighthgraders out for tennis, but only eight juniors and seniors; I 60 seventh- and eighthgraders out for football, but only 28 juniors and seniors; I 30 seventh- and eighthgraders out for boys basketball, but only 15 juniors and seniors; I and 31 seventh- and eighthgraders out for girls basketball, but only 14 juniors and seniors. The smaller teams’ stats don’t show similar trends, and in fact the wrestling team’s player count shows the opposite trend. Two seventh- and eighth-graders are out for wrestling, but there are seven juniors and seniors, according to Vizenor’s report.
Lieske goes back to full-time director Brenda Lieske’s altered the perfect plan for the impending end of her career. Lieske, Jordan Community Education and Recreation director, plans to retire in 1-1/2 years. After decreasing her work week to four days, which she called “perfect” for her, she realized that there was too much work to do. So on Monday, she requested that the Jordan School Board increase the work schedules for her and Lori Pieper each to full time. T he boa rd approved the move. Lieske makes almost $64,000 in salary and receives full benefits. Pieper would receive full benefits, and the board also approved the hiring of Shirley Van Garven and Becky Miller at hourly rates, with prorated
sick leave, vacation and personal day benefits to match. Lieske and Superintendent Kirk Nelson said that the community education program supports the hiring of its employees. Community education employees are paid out of a special fund, not the school district’s general fund, Board Member Joe Benko was quick to point out. “None of these were allowed to be hired, until the program grew,” Nelson said. “Finally,” Lieske said, “we’re taking off.” She indicated that part-time employees are great but fulltime work is better. “We want strong programs here,” she said. Then, she added testimony about Pieper: “We need her leadership full time, and the program supports that.” The community education department’s advisory council is working on a strategic plan and goals through 2014. School Board Chairman Dan Buresh asked that Lieske train in the employees who will take over once she leaves. “There has to be some overlap,” he said. “You can’t just go, ‘Here’s the notebook and 300 programs.’” Maybe, Buresh suggested, Lieske could “pull the pin a month early” and drop down to part time then.
Facebook fans can some of 65 veterans Jordan Elementary School’s Facebook page fans can view photos of the Veterans Day program held on Friday, Nov. 11. Sixty-five local military veterans were honored. Principal Stacy DeCorsey posted photos online after what Superintendent Kirk Nelson called a “huge” crowd turnout for the annual program. On Facebook, search for “Jordan Elementary.” The school district has asked for the veterans’ feedback about the program, as well. Compiled by Mathias Baden
LIVESREMEMBERED Charlie Russell
Cynthia (Naglus) Hicks
Born March 9, 1939 in Belmont, WV, Charles “Jeff” and Mary (Davis) Russell announced the birth of their son, Charles Kenneth. Growing up in Waverly, WV, Charlie became fond of hunting and fishing. In 1959, he graduated from St. Mary’s High School in St. Mary, WV. He proudly serviced in the National Guard. On Oct. 25, 1963, Charlie married Jo Ann White at the United Methodist Church in Williamstown, WV. They were blessed with two beautiful girls, Lynn and Elaine. In 1981, Charlie moved his family to Prior Lake. He retired in 1991 from working for U.S. Airways for over 27 years. This retirement allowed him to continue to big game hunt, work around the yard and became a gifted man with his hands, as a talented gunsmith and building numerous intricate banjos. At the age of 72 and a resident of Prior Lake, Charlie passed away surrounded by his loving family the early morning of Wednesday, Nov.16, 2011 at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in Shakopee. Forever loved, Charlie will be deeply missed by wife of 48 years, Jo Ann; daughters, Lynn (Jesse) Neher of Lakeville, Elaine (Tony) Bourdeaux of Jordan; grandchildren, Courtney and Megan Neher, Alexandria, Dalton, Sydney and Hailee Bourdeaux; sister, Helen Lehew of Weirton, WV; many other loving relatives and devoted friends. Charlie is preceded in death by his parents, Jeff and Mary Russell. The Celebration of Life service was Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. with visitation starting at 5:30 p.m., all at the BallardSunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake. The urn bearer was Dalton Bourdeaux, Charlie’s grandson. The Russell family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake Chapel.
Cynthia Hicks, formally of Carver, peacefully passed away Tuesaday, Nov. 15, 2011 at the age of 46 as the result of a stroke. She had her loving family by her side. Cynthia is survived by her four children, Tonya, Andrea, Cory and Karissa; five grandchildren; grandmother, Jennie; parents, Nick and Sally; siblings, Patricia, Marsi, Jeff and Lori. She was preceded in death by her sister Lorie (Cody) Naglus. Cynthia was a treasured blessing and gift to all those who knew her and now a perfect gift to the Lords Kingdom. Service will be held at St Nicholas Catholic Church in Carver, Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m., preceded by visitation at 3 p.m.
Kevin Matthew Conrad Kevin Conrad, 50, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 from complications of oral surgery. He was the 10th of eleven children born to Robert L. and Sylvia E. (Huepenbecker) Conrad. He was born in Minneapolis, attended Prior Lake High School, and most recently lived in Prentice, WI. He was a skilled craftsman in block laying and concrete work as well as a great dog trainer. Kevin was preceded in death by his father, and is survived by his mother; four sisters; six brothers. He will be deeply missed by his family, his best friend Tim Henning, and by his faithful dog, Shaminge. The family will be holding a memorial service at 12600 Parkwood Dr. in Burnsville on Saturday, Dec. 10 beginning at 1 p.m.
Luverne Betchwars Dear friend, we miss you and our many trips to the “Arboretum” Much Love, Toni, Lorraine, Lucille
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Kathryn M. Marschall Kathryn Marschall, 84, of Shakopee, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at Emerald Crest, Shakopee. She was born in Chaska, Feb. 24, 1927 to Charles and Lorena (Rief) Krayna. She married Elmer Marschall, Aug. 25, 1948 in Chaska. Kathryn was a graduate of Guardian Angels School in Chaska and attended Parisian School of Beauty Culture in Minneapolis. Kathryn was a member of St. Mark’s Council of Catholic Women. She enjoyed cooking, baking, reading and most of all gathering with family and friends. A devoted wife and mother, she generously opened her heart and home to others. She is survived by children: Steve, Mary (Steve) Olson, Jeanne (Robert) Hoyme, Roy (Danita), Lori (Mike) Knuth, Fred (Jean), and Chrysa Kostecka; 26 grandchildren: Lance, Adam (Amber) and Emily Olson; Laura (Jeremy) Hahn, Erin Hoyme; Jason (Mary Pat) Marschall, Jenny (Harlan) Poppler, Kelly (Matt) Ripley, Matt Marschall; Nathan (Aidee), Kristi, Maria, Sister Theresa Anne, O.P. and Jacinta Knuth; Leah, David, Charlie, Danny, Elizabeth, and Tony Marschall; Andrew, Justin, Peter, Hannah, Ben and Philip Kostecka; 10 great-grandchildren: Ethan (Hoyme) Duran; Jake and Max Marschall; Brett, Halli, Dani and Shayne Poppler; Blake and Connor Ripley; Maria Andrea Knuth; brother-in-law: Harold (Marie) Marschall; sister-in-law: Dolores Wilbert. Katherine was preceded in death by husband; parents; infant brother; sister, Virginia. Visitation was Friday, Nov. 18, from 9-11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Shakopee. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Shakopee. The Rev. Peter Wittman and Deacon Michael Knuth officiated. Pallbearers were Kathryn’s 26 grandchildren. Interment Catholic Cemetery, Shakopee. Funeral arrangements through McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee, 952-445-2755. www.mcnearneyfuneralhome.com
Dorothy Alice Hanson Dorothy Hanson, 85, formerly of Shakopee. Dorothy was born to Floyd S. and Floy A. Davis March 24, 1926 on a farm near Lake Crystal, MN. She was one of seven children who grew up on farms near Mankato. On June 12, 1948 she married Ervin Hanson (AKA Lefty) in Fulda, MN and moved to Shakopee in 1957, where they raised their children, Steve and Barb. Lefty retired from the phone company in 1975 and they moved to Lake Miltona, which was where they had spent weekends and vacations for over 15 years. They purchased a small house on the lake and lived their dream life, fishing and entertaining friends and family. They wintered in Las Vegas for a few years before Lefty passed away in 1997, and Dorothy soon moved back to Shakopee, where she remained until 2005, and she resided for the next six years at Trinity Care Center in Farmington. Dorothy is survived by her son, Steve and Carol Hanson of Farmington; daughter, Barb and Rick Stein of Kilkenny; grandchildren, Dawn Smith, Jeff Hanson (Dana), Eric Hanson, and Angie Stein; great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Gavin Hanson, Dan Smith (Heather), Amanda Smith; greatgranddaughter, Lilian Strong; sisters, Marge Pasbrig, Donna Morris, and Evelyn (Herb) TeGantvoort; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her infant son, David Jerome; parents; husband, Ervin; brother, Gernard; sisters, Emma Holm, and Ruby Thweatt. Services to be held Tuesday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m. at Ballard Sunder Funeral Home in Shakopee. Visitation prior to service, and reception afterward. Funeral arrangements by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Shakopee 952 445-1202.
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Jordan Public Schools hired a new maintenance engineer last week. Tim Bisek comes from Shakopee Junior High School, and by all accounts from his references, he will be sorely missed there. In Jordan, though, he wasn’t exactly welcomed with a red carpet. Dave Worm, who works at Jordan Elementary School, said the school district should’ve considered an internal candidate fi rst. Last Monday, in front of the Jordan School Board, Worm complained that the new “head man” doesn’t hold the electrical, plumbing nor maintenance certificates necessary for the job. Bisek is proficient in heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) and related computer
systems, building and machinery maintenance, plumbing, door locks, hardware, electrical wiring and carpentry, according to his resume. He has 25 years of maintenance experience, as well as a chief boiler’s license, a swimming pool license, and asbestos removal certification, the resume said. Worm asked that Eugene Hein be considered for the position. Hein has been with the district for eight years. If Bisek is slated to eventually head the custodians, then two years is an awful long time to learn the job, Worm said. “If you give me a good man in my building (every day), he’d be ready to take over in 30 days.” Once Worm finished speaking, Board Member Joe Benko took Superintendent Kirk Nelson to task, asking about the number of applicants, why the
building and grounds committee wasn’t involved in the hiring process, and especially what does the candidate bring to the table that no one else does. More than 35 people applied for the job, Nelson answered. Bisek’s references check out, saying that the district is lucky to have him, Nelson said. One of the job requirements is HVAC expertise. He’ll make a big difference in all three buildings, Nelson said. “We have budget issues in each building.” Nelson admitted that he did not include the committee, but he added that Bisek might have what it takes to transition into being the head custodian after his second year with the district. “You’ve got a top candidate here – very top,” Nelson said. “Still doesn’t answer my question,” Benko said.
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Bisek has the chief boiler’s license, Board Member Tammy Will said. Heating and cooling syst em s a r en’t t he c u st o d i a l staff’s forte and the systems aren’t getting any easier to work with, Board Chairman Dan Buresh argued. “They’re getting more complicated. ... There is an area that we can improve in. ... Nobody’s trying to force anyone out.” The bottom line is, maintenance bills have been, as Board Member Deb Pauly said, “way out of whack,” and the board thinks Bisek can help. “He would save us thousands,” Pauly said. As far as moving up the ladder, “I don’t think that’s preordained,” Buresh said. T he boa rd u na ni mously voted to hire the new maintenance engineer.
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As we begin the holiday season, shoppers generously deposit coins in kettles as volunteers ring bells for the Salvation Army at the entrances of shopping centers and grocery stores. Churches prepare food baskets for those in need, and schools conduct drives for food shelves. The generosity of Americans at this time is truly an inspiration. During the course of the school year, Jordan community members will hear more about another opportunity to give back to the community through the newly established Dollars for Scholars program. A group of volunteers is establishing a scholarship foundation for all Jordan graduates. This includes students who intend to pursue any form of post-high school education, whether a four-year degree or certification through a technical school. The group is seeking volunteers to participate. Volunteers are not limited to parents of high school-aged students. In fact, the work being done this year will benefit students of all ages. Dollars for Scholars is a national organization that has a goal of providing financial aid to any student who wants to attend a postsecondary school. The program is run by volunteers. Chapters conduct fund-raisers and donation drives to create a foundation that can benefit almost any student who intends to go to school beyond high school. The breadth of the benefit is not necessarily reflective of the size of the community. In 2011, after less than 10 years of existence, the Belle Plaine Dollars for Scholars Chapter awarded $1 million to Belle Plaine graduates. Here are the benefits: I Students and families can benefit from this program because it provides more scholarship opportunities. I A wider range of students are recognized and encouraged. I It provides a positive connection between students and their community, because they appreciate and remember that their hometown provided them an opportunity to study beyond high school. I All contributions are tax deductible, and individuals and local businesses and organizations are able to reach out to youth and support the community well being. I Some colleges match the amount of money provided to graduates. I The value of the scholarship is not deducted from the financial package awarded to students by the college.
MCNULTY I Students complete one application so the process is less time consuming. Parents of middle and elementary school students may believe this is an organization for parents of high school students. However, the chapter needs to begin creating a foundation now to successfully raise enough funds to benefit younger students. Additionally, community members who do not have children in school benefit by giving back to their community and ensuring all our students have opportunities to achieve their dreams. Local businesses can participate by sponsoring a scholarship.
JORDAN AS A VILLAGE “It takes a village to raise a child” is an African proverb that instilled an interesting attitude in the Nigerian Igbo culture. The people believed that no matter the biological origins of any child, the child belonged to the entire community and all members took responsibility for raising the children. We often think that once a child graduates from high school, the child has been raised and the work is done. Today, our students need continued support at a time when post-high school education is necessary to gain financial independence, but it is unfortunately very expensive. We can all work together as a community to ensure this village helps to raise all its children. Parents and community members who are interested in the Dollars for Scholars program can attend a meeting at the high school 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the lecture room. The time commitment can be minimal and may be as little as helping with a fund-raiser. Community members who do not have the time to commit should be aware that in the future you may be invited to attend events that benefit the foundation or asked to donate. This is a great opportunity for the Jordan community to work together for its youth. Barb McNulty is the principal of Jordan High School. She can be reached at email@example.com
Standards waiver takes much work While the state waits to see if its No Child Left Behind waiver gains approval, the paperwork is piling up. “It’s pretty overwhelming,” Jordan School Board Member Deb Pauly said last week. “It seems like there’s just as much bureaucracy and regulations in the waiver as there is in No Child Left Behind.” If the state gets the waiver, it will be in effect for the 20122013 school year, Pauly said. Standardized testing is a lways going to be an issue, though, she contended. “There’s always somebody that’s going to be in the bottom 15 percent.”
District purposely overstaﬀs football Seventh- and eighth-grade football was purposely overstaffed this year, “due to the extenuating circumstances of the last year,” Jordan High School Athletic Director Jeff Vizenor said. Controversy peaked last year, when a parent and coach
got into very snug shouting match on the sidelines of a Jordan Community Education and Recreation football game. Further accusations were investigated, but apparently tempers have subsided since the program went under the high school athletic director’s auspices this year. The district “flubbed” on the side of hiring more coaches for that program, just in case, Vizenor told the board on Nov. 14. He also reported that the coach-to-athlete ratios are “spot on.” But Board Member Joe Benko said that the district “got caught twice this year” inflating the numbers of players on the rosters – and that resulted in too many coaches being hired. The district will hire the coaches “when bodies are there,” Benko said. Vizenor said he has good projections for basketball this year. Twenty-five ninth-grade boys have already paid fees, so the team knows it’ll need an extra coach. “We’re not adding ahead of time,” Vizenor said. C ompiled by Mathias Baden
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ourschools Not required yet Board reconsiders steps toward concussion testing BY MATHIAS BADEN firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan Public Schools was prepared to take a new state law one step further, before Deb Pauly dropped a bombshell last week. Early this year, the Minnesota Legislature wrote into law that all high school coaches must have concussion training. The Minnesota State High School League provided and local public school coaches received the training. Athletic Director Jeff Vizenor proposed to the Jordan School Board an offer from St. Francis Regional Medical Center to conduct screening for concussions suffered by athletes. The issue fi rst came before the Jordan School Board in October and then again on Monday, Nov. 14. First the board looked upon the proposal with favor, then last week asked for further review. According to St. Francis, a 20- to 30-minute test administered with a computer comes up with a baseline measure by assessing memory, brain processing speed and reaction time. Then, if a concussion is suspected to have occurred, the student takes the test again. St. Francis’ proposal would require each athlete to get the baseline screening at Jordan High School. Just which sports would be affected by the proposal is undetermined, Vizenor said, although in an e-mail, Board Member Bob Vollbrecht suggested that athletes participating in football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball be tested. Vollbrecht said that he would leave out athletes participating in cross country, track (“although pole vault and high jump are possibilities”)
and golf. He did not mention tennis. “If an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, they will need to go to St. Francis in Shakopee for a test,” Vizenor wrote in an e-mail to the school board last week. “A medical professional will examine the results and direct our staff accordingly. An athlete will not be allowed to compete until (they) have reached their baseline screening results. This may mean that a person has to go back to Shakopee more than once. Is that going to be a problem?” Vizenor came back to the board with a report that each screening would cost $10. “If you have a $10 head, buy a $10 helmet,” Board Chairman Dan Buresh said, speaking in favor of the proposal. But when Pauly said that in her excitement about the forward-thinking proposal, she shared it with the other members of the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA). The president’s reaction wasn’t at all the back-patting Pauly had expected. “You are setting yourself up for a lawsuit,” Kent Theisse of Lake Crystal told her, she said. “I thought we were doing just the opposite, that we were doing something to protect ourselves.” Pau ly said t hat medica l professionals might not have provided enough data to prove the screenings’ effectiveness. Theisse warned her to be careful and the district to do its due dilligence, Pauly said. While it seemed the board still generally supports the idea, the proposal was tabled while Vizenor seeks more information. Vizenor said Pauly makes a valid point, and he vowed to get more data.
“I still think it’s a positive,” he said. There might be options for the district, like parents opting in and paying, rather than the district paying for a mandated test. Board Member Joe Benko said that a lot of area schools are instituting the program. Vizenor said that Prior Lake and Shakopee, as well as Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter and Minnesota State University in Mankato, offer baseline concussion screenings. Buresh said the district can wait to let MSBA or the high school league drive the issue. But Board Member Robert Vollbrecht disagreed, saying that without a baseline screening, athletes can shop doctors until one of them says it’s OK to play. “We’ve just had a slew of concussions in this town” at all different levels, he said. If the school district gets sued for doing something positive to protect student-athletes, then so be it, Vollbrecht said. He urged other board members to get the information that they need but also keep things moving toward offering screenings for concussions. Board Member Tammy Will testified to the danger of multiple concussions, which one of her children has suffered. They are especially dangerous if an athlete has three or four, she said, and sometimes it’s difficult for athletes or parents to even realize that a concussion has occurred. Pauly said that while she feels like the big bad wolf, she just wants the board to have enough information to be able to do what’s in the best interest of the district’s athletes. Buresh asked to have the proposal back on the December school board meeting agenda.
GIVING THANKS IN TIMES OF NEED Second-grader Jocelyn Sanchez shows her Jordan spirit at a Thanksgiving dinner served by Katie and Jeff Altenburg Thursday, Nov. 17. Sharing a meal took on a heartwarming tone at the dinner for families signed up for the Blessings in a Backpack program at Jordan Elementary School. The backpack program sends food home with eligible kids each weekend. Dinner music was provided by Hans Peterson, the music teacher at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Jordan. There were about 60 people at the dinner.
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Robert’s rules apply Walk-a-thon eclipses Math textbooks to school board ‘foolish items’ sales sorely disappoint Robert’s rules will soon apply to the Jordan School Board. Last week, the school board unanimously voted to pass a fi rst reading of board policies including that the board will operate by Minnesota statutes, a list of specific rules that are consistent with state law, and the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order “where not inconsistent” with the board’s rules nor state law. Proposed board policy states that in general: “An orderly school board meeting allows school board members to participate in discussion and decision of school district issues. Rules of order allow school board members the opportunity to review school-related topics, discuss school business items, and bring matters to conclusion in a timely and consistent manner.”
After a disappointing fall fund-raiser, Jordan Middle School Principal Lance Chambers will propose a walk-athon. Parents don’t want to spend their money on “– well, I’ll just say it – foolish items,” Chambers told the Jordan School Board last Monday. “This year was really poor,” Chambers said of door-to-door sales conducted by the school’s parent-teacher organization. A walk-a-thon will go over much better, he suggested. Board Chairman Dan Buresh said that Chambers doesn’t have to resubmit a request for an annual fund-raiser -- it’s been approved. “People are sick of fundraisers,” Chambers said, but he added that people are willing to give.
Seventh-graders’ math textbooks didn’t come as advertised, so Jordan Middle School sent them back to the publisher, Principal Lance Chambers said last week. T he compa ny presented Chambers and teachers with a 2009 version but sold them the 2011 update. W hi le the 2 0 0 9 textbook covered all necessary information, the 2011 textbook barely covered the Minnesota state standards, Chambers said. “We got after it right away.” The inferior textbooks were immediately returned, he added, but “they’re still on back order.” Chambers said he is disappointed in the company and the fact that the students are stuck with old textbooks. Compiled by Mathias Baden
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Years ago, 65 horses saved during fire at Cedar Ridge Arabians 70 YEARS AGO Muskrat-trapping season opens Dec. 1 in Scott County. A new rule this year restricts one person to setting 40 or fewer traps at one time. “Muskrats,” an ad in the Jordan Independent said. “We need 20,000. You skin them. We’ll stretch them. Highest price. Alvin Sapp Co., Le Center.” Four notice ads in the JI are taken out by area farmers, announcing that they have leased out their land and swamps for muskrat trapping and that trespassers will be prosecuted. Mrs. L.E. Woods passed away at age 43 from tuberculosis. Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smiley, settled in Maple Glen in the Spring Lake area before the Civil War. Raymond Jabs of Jordan left Fort Snelling last week for Camp Wheeler in Georgia. Roland Hessing got his leg caught in a corn picker on the Herman Kerkow farm in St. Lawrence. He is mending at home in bed. “Life is Tough,” a three-act comedy, shows Sunday, Nov. 30, at Fish Lake Lutheran Church basement. It is presented by Wather League. Jordan Theatre is now showing “Caught in the Draft,” with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.
50 YEARS AGO James Lunz and Elmer Lunz, brothers, were fined $25 by Judge Connolly for fighting in the middle of the road at Spring Lake.
Chuck Will of Lydia was accepted as a junior member of the Holstein Friesian Association of Brattleboro, Vt. The 53rd annual meeting of the Jordan Cooperative Creamery will be held Saturday at the 4-H building at the fairgrounds. Jordan High School teacher Miss JoAnn Bublitz was injured in a car accident when her car left the road and crashed into the ditch. She is in the hospital. Lydia Community Club plans its annual Christmas party at its November meeting. Mr. and Mrs. Ferdie Bussman are in charge. A new three-year car license plate will be issued at all deputy registrars throughout Minnesota, starting Nov. 15. Dick Nachbar of Jordan was chosen for the all-conference honorable mention team. The Hubmen matmen open at Mankato. They have many stars returning and some promising prospects. Coaches Ken Hanson and Bernie Riekena open this year’s basketball season with 45 candidates. A large group of freshmen – and only one senior, Woody Peters – turned out to play. The season opens at New Prague, which has a new gymnasium. A few new rule changes for basketball this year include: The visiting team shall have the choice of basket at which it may practice before the game, and this basket shall be their choice for the first half. Mrs. Geo. Jacklen, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Joachim and Mr. and
BACK Alfred Sass passed away. He was 88. He came to the Jordan area when he was 1 year old with his parents from Pittsburgh. Jerry Stocker of Jordan was appointed Scott County weed inspector. Mr. and Mrs. William Dueffert, formerly of Jordan, who moved to Spring Lake in 1934 to open Dueffert Grocery Store, have sold it to Frank Kernary of Prior Lake, who will remodel it for a home. “Greeting cards,” an ad in the JI said. “When sending that special someone a card, get them at Jackie Holzer Card Shop, Jordan.” The State Theatre in Belle Plaine is showing “Swiss Family Robinson.” The Dee Jay Quartet consisting of Dave Dahlke, Jack Lucy, Warren Will and Dean Morlock entertained at the annual banquet of the Northern Iowa-Southern Minnesota mink show at Austin, Minn. Mr. and Mrs. Emil Dubbe will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in Lydia.
Mrs. Paul Sunder attended the Vikings-Colts game at Met Stadium on Sunday. The Jordan Hubmen basketball team prepared for the opener at Prior Lake. The A team is made up of mostly seniors – one sophomore and one freshman made the team. Coach Hanson says we have a long way to go to be competitive.
30 YEARS AGO Pat Spies was appointed principal at St. John the Baptist Catholic School. She also will teach three reading classes each morning. She replaces Sister Thomas Marie, who resigned. More than 400 people attended a spaghetti dinner at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church basement sponsored by the Friends of the Library. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Adamek (Marlene Link) of Jordan. Jordan Boy Scouts donated $200 to the Friends of the Library so they can purchase the former bank building for a new library space. Doreen Wilson opens the Curiosity Shop this Friday in Jordan. Afghans are for sale there. Jordan Knights of Columbus will sponsor a free-throw contest at Jordan Elementary School gym. “Now open: City Hall 1885 Antiques, Second Street, Jordan,” an ad in the JI said. Stagecoach Opera House in Shakopee announced a new play, “Rip Van Winkle,” opening Nov. 7.
Leo Karl, 70, of Jordan passed away. He formerly worked as a maintenance man at Jordan High School. Lydia Community Club will hold open to the public a slide presentation titled “Farm Ag Tour of Russia,” given by Orville and Ethel Beuch of Henderson. They, along with other Minnesotans, traveled to Russia to tour agricultural practices there, sponsored by Mid Am Milk Producers. The new tip program sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has resulted in 86 arrests since Sept. 1. Minnesota’s new child restraint traffic law, by which all children younger than age 4 must be buckled into a car seat while riding in a vehicle, goes into effect Jan. 1, 1982. Pete Busch, captain, and the rest of the Jordan High School basketball team are getting ready for the season opener against Lakeville. Mike Harrington is the coach.
10 YEARS AGO Sixty-five horses were saved while one died at a fire at Cedar Ridge Arabians, a business owned by Dick and Lolly Ames, southeast of Jordan. St. John’s reminds customers to save grocery receipts from Radermacher’s SuperValu store. They will redeemed by the store. More than $1,000 is given out each quarter to the organization on a percentage basis. Miss Jordan Angela Jabs and her royal court will
appear in Montgomery’s Torchlight Parade on Nov. 29. Jordan High School’s all-night graduation party committee will sponsor a holiday tour of homes on Saturday, Dec. 1, at seven different homes. Proceeds go to fund the all-night grad party. Nelly Miller, 81, of Jordan passed away Nov. 14. Mary Hoffman, 101, of St. Benedict passed away. Sunshine J. Schmitz, 23, passed away. She died in a car accident. Jordan post office will hold its customer appreciation day on Monday. Homemade treats will be served. Jordan’s library will offer Christmas stories and crafts Saturday. Jordan Cub Scouts will sell popcorn as a fund-raiser. St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee breaks ground on an advance imaging center. Applications for Jordan city administrator have been narrowed to five candidates. A body of a man was found in a ditch along the north side of a parking lot north of the intersection of Highway 101 and the ferry bridge. He has not been identified. The Jaguars basketball season opens Friday at New Prague. Senior Meghann Hartman and Kelly Crimi serve as captains. Looking Back is a regular feature of the Jordan Independent. If you have a question or comment about the column, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Joanne Hall (right) of Blue Star Moms of Minnesota’s south metro chapter talks with Jeanne Wolf of Savage about options for military families during the first-ever military symposium Saturday at Twin Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake. Wolf ’s son, Matt, is in Army basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. The Scott County chapter of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon presented the public event to give soldiers and their families the resources they need while deployed and when they come back home. Speakers included area war veterans as well as: U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Lakeville; state Sen. Claire Robling, R-Jordan; and state Rep. Mike Beard, R-Shakopee. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organizers plan to make the symposium an annual event.
DAYBOOK Nov. 23-30 Jordan School Board, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, administrative office, Jordan Middle School, 500 Sunset Drive, (952) 492-6200 Jordan Parks and Recreation Commission, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, Jordan Government Center, 210 E. First St., (952) 492-2535 Scott County Board, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, Scott County Government Center, 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee, (952) 496-8100 Codependents Anonymous, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, Hope Lutheran Church, 201 Hope Ave., (952) 492-5021 Further out Free seasonal influenza vaccine shots for people age 3 or older and pneumonia shots for people age 65 or older (no insurance required),
sponsored by Minnesota Immunization Network Initiative and Fairview Health Services, 10 a.m.-noon, Sunday, Dec. 11, Hope Lutheran Church, 201 Hope Ave., Jordan, (952) 4922099 Senior citizens club, 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, Schule Haus, 100 Fourth St. W., Jordan, (952) 492-6468 Living well with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) workshop, includes light dinner, 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, St. Gertrude’s Health & Rehabilitation Center, 1850 Sarazin St., Shakopee, (952) 233-4488 or firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 29, stgertrudesshakopee.org Scott County Board public hearing related to taxes, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, Scott County Government Center,
200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee, (952) 496-8100 Heading Home Scott-Carver, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, St. Mark’s Church Hall, 350 Atwood St. S., Shakopee, (952) 448-7715, extension 2803 Mommy and I Make a Christmas Gift for Daddy, 6-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Jordan Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) classroom, 815 Sunset Drive, ages 2-1/2-5, $9 per child, (952) 492-3233 Jordan post office customer appreciation open house, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 214 Second St. E., (952) 492-2114 Jordan City Council, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Jordan Government Center, 210 E. First St., (952) 4922535, jordan.govoffice.com Scott County Board, 9 a.m. Tues-
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A similar facility was proposed in 2008 by the Minneapolis-based corporation for a 400to 450-acre site in Big Lake. The project is proposed in New Market Township on land the developer hopes will become annexed by the city, said Scott County Board Chairman Tom Wolf, who has met with company representatives. Wolf said he was told the arena could hold somewhere in the range of 80,000 fans Elko New Market City Administrator Thomas Terry, who called discussions “very, very preliminary,” said the development company will unveil its concept to a joint meeting of city, township and county officials at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Eagle View Elementary School in Elko New Market. According to the company’s website, MinnesotaSpeedwayPark.com, the international motor speedway and event center would include a drifting course, 1,500-foot exposition center, hotels and restaurants. “Plans to add courses for motocross, snocross and karting are also being considered,” the site said. MinnesotaSpeedwayPark.com says the facility could accommodate all levels of racing, including NASCAR and other national sanctioned racing bodies. However, NASCAR has no involvement in the proposal. “NASCAR only considers a track when the track has been substantially completed and then presents an application for a specific NASCAR-sanctioned event to be held at that facility,” explained NASCAR spokeswoman Rosalie Nestore in an e-mail. “Although NASCAR is hopeful that IMEDC achieves much success in the development of its motor sports facility, any endeavors to develop a motor sports facility in Minnesota must be done without any expectation or reliance that NASCAR will sanction an event at its facility if and when it is completed.” NASCAR sanctions racing at both Raceway Park in Shakopee and Elko Speedway. Mike Hellendrung from Raceway Park said he wasn’t aware of the specific proposal for Elko New Market.
An official from Elko Speedway couldn’t be reached. However, when the proposal was drafted in Big Lake, track owner Tom Ryan told the Star Tribune that he was approached to buy shares in the project, but declined. “I don’t think it’s viable,” Ryan was quoted as saying in 2008. “I don’t know what kind of races they would ever expect to get there. ... I don’t think there is the interest (in this part of the country) to support a racetrack for real hard-core racing.” The International Motorsports Entertainment Development Co. has not filed any formal development applications with local governments. Company CEO Jim Farnum did not respond to an inquiry from the newspaper. According to a 2008 Star Tribune article, Farnum founded a racing merchandise business called Pro Motorsports in 1991 that grew into a multimilliondollar venture that sponsored racers and had 13 stores in the Midwest. “Swings in the economy roiled the business, and it eventually fi led for Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy,” the Star Tribune reported. The International Motorsports Entertainment Development Co. has not disclosed its partners, but said it is composed of professionals in the finance industry and the motor sports industry. Funding for this project will be primarily from private investment, the company said. “One in three adults considers themselves race fans,” the company’s website said. “Auto racing is the fastest growing spectator sport and is second only to the NFL in popularity. IMEDC taps directly into the intense passion of this market with its current plans.” As the company has tried to lock up land for the proposed development, word has gotten around, Wolf said. He said he’s gotten calls from people who have questions and concerns, but aren’t necessarily for or against the project. Wol f, who represents the Elko New Market area, called the project an “interesting proposal” that would change the future of the city if it comes to fruition. He “hopes a lot of people show up” for next Tuesday’s meeting.
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Two weeks to the day after a masked man robbed Prior Lake State Bank on Oct. 22, another bank in Prior Lake was robbed. The twist in this case? The suspect was apparently suffering from a head cold. Detectives have tied the fi rst Prior Lake heist to the robbery of Paragon Bank in Shakopee on Nov. 1, but nothing indicates this third case is related. Shortly after noon on Saturday, a man entered the U.S. Bank branch at 15830 Franklin Trail SE. in Prior Lake and approached the teller counter while speaking on a cell phone. He demanded cash, and after obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, fled from the bank on foot. He left in an unknown vehicle that witnesses described as possibly gray in color. He was described as a white man in his mid-20s with a medium build and short black hair, and he appeared to be about 5 feet 8 or 9 inches tall. He was wearing a black shirt, faded camouf lage pants, a brown jacket, a black baseball cap and mirrored sunglasses. Witnesses also said he appeared to have a head cold. Shakopee police Capt. Craig Robson said his department is working with other agencies in and outside of Scott County to see if the Shakopee robbery might be related to others. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the FBI at (612) 376-3200. Compiled by Alex Hall and Shannon Fiecke
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the state decided to call the Rice Street bridge insufficient. Its recycled steel can bear the weight of small vehicles but not beer trucks and team buses, officials have said. Union Paci f ic R ai l road granted a temporary railroad crossing – for a hefty fee – and the time for the city’s agreement with the railroad is approaching in a little more than a year. The U.S. Corps of Engineers and State Historic Preservation Of fice are working through some issues that are still up in the air, “but I think they’re manageable,” Loose said. Loose said the bridge replacement project is more than halfway through the final design phase and on track for construction in time for the agreement to expire. “I think we should do an 11:59 p.m. ribbon cutting next year, on the last day of December,” Councilmember Joe Thill quipped.
“ T hat ’d b e f u n,” C ou ncilmember Sally Schultz said with a laugh. Wit hout a bridge or a n agreement with the railroad, the most beloved baseball field in Minnesota would be cut off from its fans.
south of Highway 282. The officer checked the area and found that the deer was off to the side of the road and not causing a hazard. The officer provided information to the driver on filling out a state accident report. Nov. 14 At 11:04 p.m., officers responded to At 1 p.m., an officer responded to a school in the 600 block of Sunset Drive the 100 block of Hope Ave. for a welfare for property damage to a vehicle that check after receiving information from a occurred on Nov. 3. An 8-inch scratch third party that a woman at the residence was made on the front driver’s side door, was being threatened by her husband likely by a key. The total amount of dam- and was in fear. The officers spoke with the woman, who advised that she wasn’t age is estimated at $200. At 5:34 p.m., an officer responded afraid for her safety at the moment and to the 400 block of E. Second St. for an that she was going to report the incident 8-year-old boy bitten by a neighbor’s in the morning. Information was received dog. The officer and the Minnesota for a report. Critter Getter spoke with the owner of Nov. 15 the dog. The officer took photos of the At 10:50 a.m., officers responded wound and gathered information for a report, and Allina Ambulance respond- to a school in the 100 block of Hope Ave. for a child with special needs who ed to provide medical care. At 6:18 p.m., an officer responded became upset and caused damage to to the 400 block of Water St. for a property. The officers transported the verbal domestic dispute between a child to the police department to be 14-year-old boy and his mother. All picked up by relatives. No charges will be filed. parties were advised. At 11:23 a.m., an officer respondAt 9:25 p.m., an officer responded to a business in the 200 block of S. ed to a school in the 600 block of Broadway St. for a report of an upstairs Sunset Drive for a report of damage to tenant banging on the floor. The caller a vehicle. A juvenile female reported wished to have the incident documented that her vehicle had been scratched due to previous disputes involving the with a key on both sides of the vehicle woman who lives above the business. on Nov. 10 during school hours. The The officer did not hear any banging upon total amount of damage caused is arrival and stood by while the business unknown. At 2:59 p.m., officers responded to closed for the night to make sure there a school in the 600 block of Sunset were no further problems. At 10:06 p.m., a man reported that Drive for a medical call. Ridgeview he had hit a deer on Highway 169, Ambulance transported the juvenile
male to St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. At 5:49 p.m., a business in the 100 block of S. Broadway St. reported a gas drive-off in the amount of $14. A letter was mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle advising them to return to pay for the fuel.
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The city engineer suggests getting creative. “MSA funds could be used to pay for remaining construction costs and a majority of engineering costs,” Loose wrote in a memorandum to the council. That works out to $308,000 f r o m M S A , ac c or d i n g t o Loose. “Because of severe financial hardship of the city, I will fund this bridge at 100 percent of the bond eligible items if the road is placed on the MSA system,” Patti Loken, who administers the state’s bridge bonding funds, wrote in an e-mail to Loose. The city engineer said that Mike Kowski, assistant metro district state aid engineer, is also in favor of the change.
ACT WITH EXPEDIENCY The city’s quandary goes back to a few years ago, when
COLLECTOR STREETS Recent discussions about MSA fu ndi ng sta r ted two weeks ago, when the council quizzed the city engineer about ways to keep trucks from a proposed gravel pit off Valley View Drive. The council is on a path toward taking away funding that Scott County and S.M. Hentges & Sons Inc., the owner of the land full of valuable gravel, might have presumed would be used for the truck route upgrades. And in asking for the city engineer’s update of recommendations for MSA designations, the council stumbled upon answers to not one but two emotionally charged issues.
POLICE Last week, the Jordan Police Department responded to 100 incidents – 18 citations, seven warning citations and 75 calls for service.
Nov. 16 At 3:31 a.m., an officer responded to a residence along Elm Lane for a medical call. Ridgeview Ambulance transported the man to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. At 2:16 p.m., a man reported being threatened by another man while at his place of business in the 100 block of S. Broadway St. The caller only wished for police to speak with the suspect about the incident. The officer met with the suspect and advised him regarding his behavior. At 6:05 p.m., a business in the 100 block of S. Broadway St. reported that a customer had forgotten to pay for gas and had called but still had not returned to pay. The officer contacted the registered owner of the vehicle, who advised he would be returning to pay for the gas. Nov. 17 At 4:06 p.m., an individual reported the theft of a cell phone from an office at a school in the 500 block of Sunset Drive. Police were able to identify a juvenile male suspect and recover the phone, which had been damaged and no longer worked.
DISTRICT COURT The following are Scott County District Court felony and gross-misdemeanor dispositions. Defendants either pleaded guilty or were found guilty by the court unless otherwise indicated. Thomas J. Holme, 48, Shakopee, driving while intoxicated (refusal to submit to test), 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. Jennifer Ann Mitchell, 37, Rosemount, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, two days in jail, 28 days under electronic home-monitoring, follow recommendations of evaluation, $610 in fines. Bradley Scott Christiansen, 21, Belle Plaine, third-degree burglary, a felony. Five years’ probation, 45 days in jail, 40 hours of community service, provide DNA sample, abstain from alcohol, random tests, restitution, $210 in fines. Third-degree burglary, a felony. Same sentence, served concurrently. Dennis Walter Hansen, 43, Le Sueur, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two
years’ probation, three days in jail, 27 days of community service, follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $610 in fines. Harry Maddox III, 54, Columbia Heights, check forger y, a felony. Serve 13 months in prison, provide DNA sample, restitution, $160 in fines. Adam Thomas Smith, 24, Montgomery, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Three years’ probation, 90 days in jail, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $610 in fines. False name to police officer, a misdemeanor. Serve 90 days in jail (concurrent). Abodou Wahab Manjang, 25, Coon Rapids, fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a gross-misdemeanor. Continued to dismissal: One year probation, no contact with victim(s), $400 in fines. Jesse James Randolph, 35, Minneapolis, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Serve 13 months in prison (concurrent to other sentence), provide DNA sample, $750 in fines. Gunnar Ruben Moin, 26, Savage,
DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 30 days in jail, 28 days under electronic home-monitoring, $610 in fines. Jarrett Quincy Sherman, 21, Burnsville, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Five years’ probation, 80 hours of community service, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $200 in fines. Jeremy Richard Laabs, 31, Henderson, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, two days in jail, 28 days under electronic home-monitoring, $510 in fines. Mohamed Jama Samatar, 26, Minneapolis, issuance of dishonored checks, a gross-misdemeanor. One year probation, restitution, $285 in fines. David John Peterson, 53, Shakopee, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, three days in jail, 27 days under electronic home-monitoring, $610 in fines. Jermaine Smith, 35, Minneapolis, cheating at gambling, a gross-misdemeanor. Adjudication stayed: two years’ probation, $275 in fines.
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PHOTO BY STAN TEKIELA
A male and female deer prepare to mate during the fall rut.
The mating ritual of white-tailed deer For more than two weeks I have been waking long before dawn, dressing to be outside in cold weather and heading out into the dark. After a long familiar drive I strike out into the woods in search of whitetailed deer. It has NATURALIST been my absolute pleasure to watch the transition — or should I say transformation — of the placid and congenial non-breeding male and female deer into the half crazed, breeding-frenzied deer. When I first started searching for the deer to photograph for an upcoming book, the deer were calm and relatively content. The breeding season hadn’t started. Most of their time was spent feeding and milling about. All I needed to do was sneak about to get close enough to get some portrait shots of these magnificent deer. It would be safe to say there weren’t any interesting behaviors going on at this time. Day after day I would find the deer feeding. They weren’t moving around much so I could reliably find the deer in the same place. The male deer, known as bucks, had already rubbed off the velvet on their antlers and were just killing time before the breeding season. The females were just hanging out together with their fawns from last spring. We’ve been experiencing one of the nicest autumn weather patterns in many, many years. No snow, cool temperatures and very little rain has lead to unprecedented amount of time I’ve been able to spend in the field. This has allowed me to spend extra time studying in detail the deer behaviors. The first big change in behaviors happened over night. One day there wasn’t many scrapes in the woods. (See my last article for more about scrapes). Then just like that, the woods were filled with patches of bare ground indicating the bucks were scraping the ground with their hooves to lay down their scent to entice the females into breeding. It was almost as if someone flipped a switch and suddenly the breeding season, also known as the rut, was in full swing. Within one day of the increased scrapes found in the woods, the bucks were starting to follow around the females. At first the females, who are called does, seemed totally uninterested in the bucks. In fact the majority of the time the does, when approached by the bucks, would retreat to thick cover of sapling trees or a tangle of shrubs where the bucks with their large antlers couldn’t go. The does would remain inside the protection of the thick vegetation until the bucks would leave. They would also run away, sneak around, or lie down to avoid the attention of the males. In the world of deer, males always initiate breeding. Unlike elk, which is the deer’s larger cousin, the males do not acquire harems, but rather pursue single females, one at a time. Females may only be receptive for 24 hours so the bucks often spend a long period of time pursuing the female. He will make a variety of snort-like calls, release a very pungent order, make scrapes on the ground, charge after the female with his antlers down and much more. All of this is believed to help move the female into estrous, or the time in which she can be impregnated. As the female becomes closer to being ready to breed, she will allow the buck to approach her and actually make contact. The male often smells around her genitals and licks the fur on her back and hind legs. When she is ready she will hold her tail up and over to the side and won’t move when the male bumps into her. Mating often takes place at night but also occurs during the day. I’ve photographed this several times in the past week. It lasts only a moment and the male moves off to find another receptive female. If for some reason the female doesn’t become impregnated, she will move into another estrus season in 28 days. At this time the roles reverse with the female becoming the aggressor and the male, which has worn himself out during the first breeding season, becomes passive and almost uninterested. The rut lasts only a couple weeks. Here in the upper Midwest it is all wrapped up by Thanksgiving. Further south the rut starts later and lasts until Christmas. Right now the males have changed their behavior one more time and are now chasing females through the woods. I often walk/run many miles each morning in order to keep up. The rut is wearing me out also. Until next time...
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Sophomore Maddy Dean is the team’s top returning scorer.
Back to guide girls Dietel takes over experienced teams BY TODD ABELN email@example.com
The Jordan girls basketball team is under new direction. The coach is new to the Jaguars but not to Jordan. Greg Dietel, the former boys basketball coach at Jordan, enters his fi rst year as coach of the girls team with a very experienced group. Dietel returns to the bench after two years away after resigning as boys coach. “This opportunity came up and I thought it would be my last chance to be a head coach,” he said. “I’m excited for the opportunity.” Moving over to the girls program isn’t a big leap for Dietel. He coached girls at Mabel-Canton for nine years before coming to Jordan. He is also very familiar with the program because he has had a daughter in the girls program for numerous seasons. Even with that knowledge of the Jaguars and the girls game, the first week of practice has been like a meet and greet session. “It’s so early that I really don’t have a feel for the team yet,” he said. “I really don’t know where we stand yet because it’s so new to everybody.” With a new coach comes new ways of doing things and different strategies on how to play the game. For the fi rst week of practice, it’s been a big learning curve for Dietel and the Jaguars. “We’ve had a whole week of learning new X’s and O’s type of things,” Dietel said. “We are a little behind because I want to make sure we are comfortable and its second nature to them before we move onto something else.” They learning curve is a little shorter for the Jaguars because they return so many players that have varsity experience. The Jaguars return four starters and numerous other players that found varsity experience a year ago. Returning for Jordan are seniors Kelsey Chambers and Sam Hentges, junior Elle Case and sophomore Maddy Dean. Those four along with players like Hannah Klegstad and Hallie Anderson provide Dietel with an experienced core. Even though they have experience returning, they lack size.
The Jaguars will use a variety of tactics to take advantage of their lack of size. “We have three to four girls that we will use on the perimeter and on the inside that should fit well into our motion offense,” Dietel said. “We don’t have that dominate post-type presence, that doesn’t mean we won’t post up. We have to fi nd different ways to get the ball inside.” That lack of size will also mean the Jaguars will play mostly man-to-man defense and most likely extend the defense to full court. “Because we lack size, we will have to do something to disrupt their offense,” Dietel said. Dean is the team’s top returning scorer and should be the team’s primary ball handler. When she isn’t handling the ball, Chambers, Case, Klegstad and Anderson can all handle the ball. Other players that Dietel is looking for contributions from are senior Bianca Thong, juniors Alex Hancock, Clare Hamer, Courtney Smith, Makayla Lambrecht, Michaela Vogel, Morgan Huss and Marissa Karsky.
CONFERENCE The Minnesota River Conference is loaded this year with three teams returning with over 18 wins from a year ago. Nor wood-You ng A meric a, Mayer Lutheran and Watertown-Mayer are the favorites, Dietel said. “We have the potential to be in that mix,” he said. Norwood and Mayer Lutheran return almost their entire roster from last year while Watertown boasts one of the best players in the state in Marissa Janning. Considering they play everybody twice in the MRC and their nonconference schedule, Dietel said the team’s record might not look as gaudy as some other teams. “We will be the type of team that will get better as the season moves on just because everything is so new,” he said. “Our expectations are to make a run in the playoffs and our schedule will prepare us for that.” Jordan’s schedule is loaded as they have Class 4A and 3A schools like Shakopee, Chaska, and New Prague. The Jaguars open the season on Tuesday by hosting Chaska.
Greg Dietel is the new girls basketball coach after coaching the boys basketball team for years.
Jordan girls basketball schedule Nov. 29 Dec. 2 Dec. 6 Dec. 9 Dec. 13 Dec. 15 Dec. 20 Dec. 22 Dec. 29 Jan. 5 Jan. 10 Jan. 13 Jan. 19 Jan. 24 Jan. 27 Jan. 31 Feb. 2 Feb. 6 Feb. 10 Feb. 14 Feb. 16 Feb. 18 Feb. 21 Feb. 24
Chaska 7:30 p.m. at Glencoe-Silver Lake 7:30 p.m. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 7:30 p.m. at Le Sueur-Henderson 7:30 p.m. Watertown-Mayer 7:30 p.m. at Norwood-Young America 7:30 p.m. at Mayer Lutheran 7:30 p.m. at Shakopee 7:30 p.m. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 3:30 p.m. Sibley East 7:30 p.m. Belle Plaine 7:30 p.m. at Montgomery-Lonsdale 7:30 p.m. Le Sueur-Henderson 7:30 p.m. at Watertown-Mayer 7:30 p.m. Norwood-Young America 7:30 p.m. at New Prague 7:30 p.m. Mayer Lutheran 7:30 p.m. at Sibley East 7:30 p.m. at Belle Plaine 7:30 p.m. Waseca 7:30 p.m. Montgomery-Lonsdale 7:30 p.m. St. Peter 7:30 p.m. St. Clair 7:30 p.m. at Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 7:30 p.m.
Stan Tekiela is an author/naturalist and wildlife photographer from Victoria who travels the United States to study and photograph wildlife. He can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and also on his web page at www.naturesmart.com.
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Malashenko plays Senior VB players against the Gophers named All-State Augustana sophomore Yuriy Malashenko, a 2010 Jordan graduate, returned to the Twin Cities Monday night as a member of the Augustana menâ€™s basketball team. Augustana was in town to play the University of Minnesota in a exhibition game at Williams Arena. The Vikings lost 72-60, while Malashenko recorded one rebound and one steal in the game. As a freshman, Malashenko played in all 27 games, averaged 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest, logged 15.5 minutes per game and went 17 of 40 (42.5 percent) from behind the arc to lead team.
Jordan seniors Kelsey Chambers and Emilee Gutzmer were named the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Associationâ€™s Class 2A All-State team. Chambers fi nished the season with 492 kills and 313 digs while Gutzmer had 1,190 set assists. They led the Jaguars to a third place fi nish in the Class 2A state tournament.
Register for Panther Cubs wrestling The Scott West Panther Cubs Wrestling will be starting on Tuesday, Nov. 1. This program is a combined
program of Jordan and Belle Plaine wrestlers grades K-8. Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Jordan High School wrestling room. Registrations will take place the fi rst two weeks of practice. For more information, email Al Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nearby parks allow special deer hunts Three Rivers Park District will conduct special deer hunts to keep deer herds in balance with available habitat. This will necessitate the closing, or partial closing, of some parks. Archery deer hunts will take place Nov. 11-13 in Crow-Hassan Park Reserve (city of Hanover
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and Hassan Township), MurphyHanrehan Park Reserve (Savage), and Cleary Lake Regional Park (Prior Lake). During the archery hunts these parks will be closed; however, the off-leash dog areas at Cleary Lake Regional Park and Crow-Hassan Park Reserve will remain open. Shotgun deer hunts are scheduled Nov. 19-20 at Carver Park Reserve (Victoria) and Nov. 26-27 at Lake Rebecca Park Reserve (Rockford). During the shotgun hunts, these parks will be closed. The off-leash dog area in Carver Park will be closed on Nov. 19-20. However, the Lake Sarah offleash dog area will remain open on the weekend of Nov. 27-28. A mu z z leloader hu nt i s scheduled for Dec.3-4 at Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve. During this hunt, the park will be closed. Three Rivers Park District selects a limited number of archery hunters by lottery. A limited number of shotgun and muzzleloader hunters are selected by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Hunters have already been selected for this yearâ€™s hunts. In addition to temporarily closing the parks to the public, the park district takes several measures to ensure the safety of nearby residents. Shotgun
hunting boundaries are established well within park property, whereas homes are located adjacent to park borders. Hunters may not go beyond these boundaries unless they are accompanied by a park police officer. In addition, all shotgun and muzzleloader hunters must attend a pre-hunt orientation that stresses firearm safety procedures. Deer hunters must also follow all applicable DNR regulations.
SheriďŹ€ oďŹƒce oďŹ€ers snowmobile training The Scott County Sheriffâ€™s Office is hosting a CD Course Youth Snowmobile Training. Classes will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, from 8 a.m. until noon, and from noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon, and noon to 4 p.m. Classes will be held at the Scott County Fairgrounds, 7151 190th St. W., Jordan. Snowmobiles will be provided (participants should not bring their own snowmobiles). Youths must be at least 11 years old at the time of the class through age 15. Youths will be responsible for bringing the appropriate clothing depending on weather as well as a snowmobile helmet.
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Prior to attending the training, youths must contact the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to obtain an interactive CD. The following was from the DNR website: The CD-based youth snowmobile safety training class is an introductory class designed primarily for the snowmobile rider with little or no experience in snowmobile operation. Students obtain and study the safety information on the interactive CD at their own pace under the guidance of a parent or guardian. Depending on the youthâ€™s age and experience, the CD should take approximately two to four hours to complete. Once they complete the CD, students print out a â€œvoucher of completionâ€? and look on the DNR website to fi nd and register for a one-day snowmobile safety CD class in their area. The one-day class includes classroom review of priority safety information and a performance driving course. Youths will not be allowed to participate in the classroom review/performance test unless they have completed the Youth Snowmobile Safety CD. To obtain the CD, or for general information, call (888) 646-6367, (651) 296-6157, or (800) 366-8917, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prior to attending the class, participants must register by calling (952) 496-8322, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited. Callers must have the childâ€™s full name, date of birth, address, and phone number available. A parent must be available to sign a waiver at the beginning of the class.
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Thursday, Dec. 1 ............. at Blue Earth ...................................... 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 ........... Southwest Christian ........................ 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 .............. at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown ......... 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 ............... Rockford......................................... 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 ............... at Le Sueur-Henderson....................... 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 .......... Waseca .......................................... 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 ......... Watertown-Mayer ............................ 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 ......... Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop....................... 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 ............... at Norwood-Young America ................. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 .................. at Mayer Lutheran .............................. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 .......... Sibley East ...................................... 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 .......... St. Peter ......................................... 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 ........... Belle Plaine .................................... 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 ................ at Montgomery-Lonsdale .................... 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 .......... Le Sueur-Henderson ....................... 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 .......... Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial ..... 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 ............. at Watertown-Mayer ............................ 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3................ Norwood-Young America .................. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 ............. Glencoe-Silver Lake ........................ 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 ........... Mayer Lutheran ............................... 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 ............. at Sibley East ..................................... 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17................ at Belle Plaine.................................... 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 ............. at Le Center ....................................... 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 ......... Montgomery-Lonsdale ..................... 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 29 ........... Chaska ........................................... 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 ................. at Glencoe-Silver Lake........................ 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 ............ Waterville-Elysian-Morristown .......... 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 ................. at Le Sueur-Henderson....................... 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 .......... Watertown-Mayer ............................ 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 ........... at Norwood-Young America ................. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 ............ at Mayer Lutheran .............................. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 ........... at Shakopee ...................................... 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 ......... Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop.................. 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 ............ Sibley East ...................................... 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 ........... Belle Plaine .................................... 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 ................ at Montgomery-Lonsdale .................... 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 .......... Le Sueur-Henderson ........................ 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 ............. at Watertown-Mayer ............................ 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 .............. Norwood Young America .................. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 ............. at New Prague.................................... 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 ........... Mayer Lutheran ............................... 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 ............... at Sibley East ..................................... 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10................ at Belle Plaine.................................... 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 ........... Waseca .......................................... 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 ......... Montgomery-Lonsdale ..................... 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 ......... St. Peter ......................................... 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 ........... St. Clair .......................................... 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24................ at Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial .... 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2 ................. at White Bear Lake tournament ................4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 ............. at Lakeville North Invite .............................. TBD Friday, Dec. 9 ................. at New Ulm Quad .....................................5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10........... at Delano Invite ........................................9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16 ............... at Rochester Field House ............................ TBD Saturday, Dec. 17........... at Rochester Field House ............................ TBD Thursday, Dec. 22 ......... Saint Michael-Albertville (Belle Plaine) . 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 ........... at Rumble on the Red, Fargo .............. 7:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30 ............... at Rumble on the Red, Fargo .............. 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 ............ Le Sueur-Henderson (Belle Plaine) ........ 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.............. at Tripoli (Iowa) Invitational .....................10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13 ................ at Sibley East ...........................................7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 ........... at Anoka Invitational ............................10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 .......... Scott West Quad (Belle Plaine) ............. 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 ........... at Eastview......................................... 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 ........... at Watertown-Mayer ..................................7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 .................. at St. Francis Triangular ............................5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 ............. at New Prague Triangular ..........................5 p.m. Friday, Feb 10............... Hastings (Jordan) ........................... 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 16 ............... at Norwood-Young America ................. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 ........... at Mayer Lutheran .............................. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 ........... at Belle Plaine..........................................7 p.m.
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