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Compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the standard for the first few minutes after sudden cardiac arrest, instead of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. It also helps to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) nearby. Jake Lundin (left) and Alyssa Nicholas practice chest compressions.
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fter making students promise they wouldn’t hurt each other, Brad Magers, instructor at ATA Family Martial Arts, told a few secrets to classes at Jordan Middle School.
“You need to sound tough. In martial arts, you don’t actually have to be tough,” Magers said. Beyond punching, the lesson was about respect and self confidence. Another secret – give parents blind respect when asked to do a chore. Magers then asked students to practice.
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Indoor auto sales might soon return to historic downtown Jordan. With the recent purchase of the former Wolf Cabinets building barely in the rearview mirror, the Jordan City Council looked favorably at a proposal to amend the city’s zoning ordinance for its central business district to allow for auto sales and off-street parking within a structure. One of up to three businesses proposed for the former cabinet shop, car dealer-
ship and grocery store would be a car-buying concierge, said Shakopee’s Shayne Wolf, son of building owner ElRoy Wolf. “Any new business that can be added to Jordan, in my opinion, is a welcome sight for our community,” Jordan Planning Commissioner Jeff Will said in a phone interview. Car-buying concierges, a kind of auto brokerage, are popular with deal seekers or those who don’t want to negotiate with a brand-name dealership.
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North Memorial Medical Center Paramedic Tim Thorp tests out on Carsyn Mizsak several types of first-aid one might receive, including a pinch for a bleeding nose. He did, however, stop short of actually using a hypodermic needle.
Two candidates for appointment to the Jordan Planning Com mission ca me recommended by the commission. Last month, the Jordan City Council had other ideas – and acted on them. On Monday, the council did an about-face, installing Gene Flynn in one of two open commission seats. Late last month, the council chose Tom Sand and Jeff Will to fill out the commission, even though the commis-
sion voted for putting Flynn and Jim Pensyl in the open seats. “All four are good people, so for me, it’d be difficult to decide,” Councilmember Tanya Velishek said during a late November city council meeting. Two observing planning commissioners, John Levar and John Watkins, walked out of the meeting – alongside Jordan Community Action Group (JCAG) members – in a display that didn’t sit well with the council.
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When adults remember what discipline meant in their school days, thoughts of rulers, discipline slips, names on the board, or various forms of public embarrassment might come to mind.
Fewer people recall the day their class was awarded a golden shoe for good hallway behavior. Last week at Jordan Elementary School, Diana Harper’s second-grade class had the distinction of the Golden Shoe traveling trophy. The shoe and other rewards like it are part of the Positive Behavior
Kindergarten teacher Ariane Olson shows a slip students receive for good behavior as part of the Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS) program. Students take the slip to the office for a golden pencil, and later can show their parents.
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Take pride in the beautiful landscapes all around you. Wintertime, as its snowfall paints the brown leftovers of autumn, highlights a wide variety of scenery in the Jordan area. From near Valleyview Assisted Living in Sand Creek Township, the sun can be seen setting over the city of Jordan.
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Applications for homestead classification with Scott County are due on or before Dec. 15. Homestead classification will affect the amount of property taxes paid in 2012 and could affect eligibility for a property tax refund. An application must be filed if the following applies: I You purchased a property in the past year and you, or a qualifying relative, occupy the property for homestead purposes on Dec. 1, 2011. I You, or a qualifying relative occupy a property for homestead purposes on Dec. 1, 2011, and the property was previously classified as non-homestead. I A qualifying relative for homestead purposes depends on the type of property. For residential property, a qualifying relative can be a parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece of the owner. This relationship may be by blood or marriage. For agricultural property, a qualifying relative can be a child, grandchild, parent, or sibling of the owner or a child, grandchild, or sibling of the spouse of the owner. Once homestead classification has been granted, no further applications are necessary unless they are specifically requested by the county assessor. Applications may be obtained by stopping into Customer Service at the county Government Center or from the county website, www.co.scott.mn.us. You must also contact the taxation department by Dec. 15 if you are the property owner, or a qualifying relative of the property owner, and the use of the property has changed during the past year. Those who sell, move or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification are required to notify the county within 30 days of the change in homestead status. A form is available in the Taxation Department or on the website to request the homestead be removed from a property for the next assessment. Failure to notify the county assessor within the 30-day period is punishable by recalculation of the tax as non-homestead; in addition, to a penalty equal to 100 percent of the homestead benefits.
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“This is yours. Come use it. … Bring your cameras. There’s always something new and exciting.” Leanne Langeberg | Park ranger at the Rapids Lake Unit of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
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he prairie is frosted over, the leaves have fallen to the ground. The grasshoppers are long gone and the chickadees are huddling around the birdfeeder. Overhead, the tundra swans are moving south. All those things together can mean only one thing. “That’s a sure sign of winter,” said Leanne Langeberg, park ranger at the Rapids Lake Unit of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Well, that and the hint of snow on the ground. There is perhaps no better place to witness the changing of the seasons than at the refuge’s 1,500 acres along the Minnesota River, just south of Carver. Not only does the refuge provide a place to watch the seasons, but it also offers an escape from the hustle bustle of everyday life – especially in winter. “It’s a great place to get out, get some great winter exercise, get revived,” said Langeberg. While winter might not be the refuge’s most popular season for visitors, Langeberg said that shouldn’t keep people from making the drive to their off-the-beaten-track locale. “There are some amazing things you can do here,” she said. The refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset and entry is free. The Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center is staffed during the winter, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. When the building is open, visitors are welcome to come in and check out a pair of snowshoes for free (provided no school classes are using them). Snowshoes provide a great way to explore the refuge’s acreage. The refuge offers the occasional organized snowshoe event for those who aren’t ready to brave the landscape on their own. The next winter wildlife snowshoe and explore event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Dec. 29. Another one will follow from 1:30-3 p.m. on Jan. 23. Langeberg said that cross-country skiing and hiking are also popular winter activities at the refuge, although she notes that they do not groom any trails. “The trail is wide open to explore,” she said. A 1/2-mile loop trail takes visitors through the forest understory while a 3/4-mile walk will lead to the Carver Rapids the refuge unit is named for. The rapids are particularly visible since the river is so low. “The flooding (followed by a large drop in river levels) has created a landscape that is just amazing,” Langeberg said.
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Wild land is closer than you might think The Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center is three miles south of Carver on Carver Highlands Drive
WILDLIFE For those that make the trek to the Carver Rapids unit, there is much to see apart from the bluff and prairie terrain and the winding Minnesota River. “The big focus is on birds out here,” said Langeberg. Chickadees, nuthatches, pileated woodpeckers and even the occasional bard owl grace the landscape with their presence. “The bald eagles come and sit in the tree tops.” The refuge will host a bird watching for beginners class from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 7. The class, led by refuge naturalist Craig Mandel, is one of many that refuge volunteers offer throughout the year. On the other hand, self-led walks allow visitors to explore the refuge at their own pace. In winter, even a short walk through the refuge lands can result in plenty of wildlife signs, Langeberg said. Deer tracks, rabbit prints and mouse tunnels are all regular sightings during the winter months. It makes the refuge a popular location for area schools, many of which make several trips to the refuge throughout the year to do their own version of “Wildlife Scene Investigation” – a play on the popular television show CSI. “They love the little wonders of wildlife,” Langeberg said of the students. And many of them make sure to bring back their parents and introduce them to the refuge. Seeing families enjoy the refuge together is a great sight for rangers like Langeberg. “This is yours,” she said of the refuge. “Come use it.” For those who do, Langeberg has one word of advice: “Bring your cameras. There’s always something new and exciting.”
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Learn more You can learn more about the Rapids Lake Unit of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Cost: Free Refuge hours: Sunrise to sunset and entry Visitor center hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. When the building is open, visitors are welcome to come in and check out a pair of snowshoes for free. Info: (952) 854-5900 or fws.gov/ midwest/MinnesotaValley/
If you go … “Winter Wildlife Snowshoe and Explore” is one class that is coming up at Rapids Lake. What: Snowshoe through the refuge and explore the winter landscape in search of wildlife signs. When: 10:30 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Dec. 29; 1:30-3 p.m., Jan. 23
Lions, firefighters sponsor Christmas food basket program The Jordan Lions and the Jordan Fire Department will provide Christmas food baskets for needy families in the Jordan area once again for this Christmas season. This Christmas project is run in conjunction with local
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To insure confidentiality, families wishing to participate in the program should contact a member of the clergy from any Jordan church. The Jordan Lion’s will deliver the food baskets to area churches on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The clergy
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Deficient bridges: City, state take steps to fix alarming trend Go ahead, take an alarming situation lightly if you prefer. But the Jordan City Council is doing its part to fi x one structurally deficient bridge under its control – and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is leading the charge here and throughout the rest of the Twin Cities. Jordan has two deficient bridges in its downtown area. One of those – the access to the Mini-Met ballpark – has become one of the most pressing issues in the city. About $1 million is the latest estimate to replace the Rice Street bridge, City Engineer Tim Loose said. The Rice Street bridge was built with recycled steel in 1936. It carries 80 vehicles a day, according to 1996 numbers, and has a sufficiency rating fo 32.5 on a 100-point scale, Loose said. Traversing the Rice Street bridge in your personal vehicle is not dangerous, officials have said, but the garbage trucks, beer trucks, and buses that frequent the ballpark have been restricted from their only access. The Varner Street bridge over Sand Creek is next. It carries 3,360 vehicles daily, and it has a sufficiency rating of 75.3, according to 1989 numbers, Loose said. Any rating below 80 constitutes a deficient bridge, according to MnDOT. MnDOT is expected to contribute to each of these projects – fi rst and foremost, the Rice Street bridge replacement. The city will fund a portion of the roadwork and the enhancements to the bridge. Since the collapse of the I-35W bridge, the state has replaced 59 deficient bridges. It has scheduled replacement of 75 more.
PART OF THE SOLUTION Jordan’s sma l l but expensive bridge projects are each part of a larger bridge replacement effort by the state. We all remember the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis. Surely, images of a cracked bridge and cars sinking into the Mississippi River are etched in our minds. At times, we’ve questioned our unwitting confidence in the very structures on which we carry our families each day. And we don’t want another catastrophe to happen again. To this end, MnDOT has plenty to do. One in every 17, almost 6 percent, of the most highly trafficked bridges in Minnesota has been deemed structurally deficient, according to study released last month by Transportation for America. The Twin Cities ranks only 18th among metro areas
Repair or replace More than 69,000 U.S. bridges have been rated structurally deficient. It would take more than $70 billion to repair or replace them all. I To read the Transportation for America study, go to t4america.org.
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with populations of 2 million or more, according to the study. We are far better than the norm. Nationwide, one in every nine bridges has been rated deficient. But that doesn’t change the fact that in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, 154 bridges enabling more than 1.8 million vehicle trips a day are structurally deficient. The state’s work cannot be done soon enough. Washington-based coalition Transportation for American formed in the 1950s, intent on building the interstate highway system. The coalition continues to push for transportation reform, including a fix-it-first philosophy and government that prioritizes its transportation based not on politics but on the merits of each proposed project.
WHAT TO DO So you can blink at the high price tag for building a new bridge to the Mini-Met; leave it to others to worry about the safety of those who frequent the ballgames, skate park and police garage. You can say that the city’s money would be best used somewhere else – although if you look into it, MnDOT dollars won’t be available without a transportation project and it might be tricky to transfer city transportation money into another pot. And you could argue that the bridge is a historical monument that warrants preservation efforts. All of your arguments against the project would have merit, but the common-sense decision by the city council also is worthy in light of a much larger issue facing our nation: Our state and city are responsible for taking care of the roads and bridges that we’ve already built. It’s good to see the city follow through on a 1936 promise to give people safe access to their ballpark. Building a new Rice Street bridge is a move that has turned out to be one small part of the solving a big-picture problem.
Giving those in need a merry Christmas Like many Minnesotans, I am a proud and grateful grandparent. Whether I am hunting and fishing with my grandkids or playing games and helping them with homework when Vicky and I visit, we cherish the memories with all four family blessings. It seems like just yesterday when they, nestled on my lap, were bursting with unbridled excitement and enthusiasm on Christmas to tear off the gift wrapping and unveil the surprises that awaited them. But in no time at all, the annual opening of Legos, Tonka trucks, and Barbie Dolls has given way to the sights and sounds of the latest electronic gadgets. Throughout our lives, most of us have captured the memorable vision of children still in their pajamas sprinting down the stairway to the Christmas tree to discover what gift-wrapped surprises awaited. Every child should be able to experience that memorable joy. In our household, the Christmas season provides an opportunity to reflect on our many blessings and celebrate what is most important to us: faith, family, friends, and the freedoms we enjoy. The holidays also give us an opportunity to reflect on our less fortunate neighbors and consider ways we can help ease their burdens. By now most – if not all – of us have been touched in some way by the economic challenges facing our nation. Across the country,
KLINE unemployment has been too high for too long and Minnesotans are not immune to the downturn. The debate on how this happened and, more importantly, what to do to help our economy so job creators can do what they do best – create jobs – can be saved for another day. What cannot be ignored are the many Minnesota families who are trying to figure out how they can purchase gas and groceries while still making their monthly mortgage payments – let alone a special gift for their child. As Christmas approaches, I ask that you join me in easing their minds. Founded in 1947, Toys for Tots began when Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in California collected and distributed more than 5,000 toys to needy children. Last year, Marines distributed more than 16.7 million toys to nearly 7.2 million children through the
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Protect middle class by extending payroll tax cut To the editor: If the payroll tax cut is not extended, a family earning an income of $50,000 will see a $1,000 increase in their taxes. Congress has less than a month to extend President Obama’s payroll tax cuts to stimulate the economy. At a time when families are barely eking out a living, we stand to gain a potential $1,500 back versus having to pay an additional $1,000 in taxes. This is real money for families. We, as the middle class, have little left to give. Yet those in the 1 percent can afford to pay their fair share. Minnesota State Economist Tom Stinson warned that a failure by
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program. Many of the gifts Toys for Tots provides, such as books, games, and sports equipment, make a significant contribution to the educational, social, and recreational development of these children. If you would like to join me in supporting the Toys for Tots effort, please bring your unwrapped toys to one of numerous drop-off sites in the Second Congressional District. (Staff Sgt. Michael Rice reports the Twin Cities warehouse in Eagan could use more toys, especially for boys and girls ages 14-17). Please visit one of the following websites to find a drop-off site near you: I Dakota, Scott, and Carver counties – minneapolis-mn. toysfortots.org I Rice County – faribault-mn. toysfortots.org I Le Sueur, County – mankatomn.toysfortots.org As a 25-year veteran of the Marine Corps, I have a fondness for the Toys for Tots initiative. As a grandpa, I do, too. Please join me and Vicky this Christmas season in doing what we can to help ensure a special Christmas morning for every child in Minnesota. John Kline, R-Minn., represents state Congressional District 2, which includes the Jordan area, in the U.S. House of Representatives. He can be reached at 952-808-1213, 202-225-2271, or through a contact form at http:// kline.house.gov.
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The proof is in the numbers. Response to Intervention (RTI) offers a positive spin on the annually dreaded release of standardized test results. This school year, 49 of 61 Jordan Middle School students who participated in the program meant to help struggling students improved their Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores, said Renae Delamarter, one of the program’s two teachers. “By the end of the year, you see the child soar,” fi fthgrade teacher Joan Dresow said. “I feel really good about the program.” Fifth- and sixth-graders’ reading scores showed the biggest improvements, Delamarter said. Many of the RTI students were posting low Ds in their classes, but they worked hard and met standards. This year, the midd le school saw a 3 percent increase in the number of students who met reading standards, Delamarter said. “It’s really hard to do,” she said. “Not ever yone went up.” Delamarter and Emily Spillman, who joined RTI a little more than a year ago, said they intervene at the earliest possible indication that a student shows signs of falling behind in class. “It’s basically if you are struggling, where can you get help?” Delamarter said. If a child needs special education or already has an individualized education plan (IEP), they are referred to the special education department. RTI focuses on struggling students who don’t qualify for special education programs, Delamarter said. RTI is specialized, Delamarter said, and anyone who isn’t meeting reading or math standards can take part.
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“ We’ve t r ie d a lot of things,” middle school Principal Lance Chambers said. “It’s hit and miss.” RTI started with just Delamarter, then added Spillman and help with math in January 2011. Delamarter works with children struggling in math, and Spillman teaches reading. They are two great individuals, Chambers said. “It’s always about how to make kids better.”
Jordan Superintendent Kirk Nelson said test scores bear witness to the success of the research-based RTI program. When a child comes to RTI, Spillman and Delamarter take a look at the student’s Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) and Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) test scores, talk to teachers, look at the students’ grades, and try to fi nd out what they do in the classroom. “Maybe you’re a fantastic fluid reader, but you’re not understanding everything,” Spillman said, offering an example. In such a case, RTI suggests strategies and practice skills in small groups. A low score on a standardized test might’ve been merely caused by a bad testing day, Spillman said, but not always. “Usually, you can see a trend for these kiddos,” she added.
FOCUS ON TYPE 2 In order to help the school and district meet state standards, RTI targets Type 2 students. “We can make a difference in a year,” Delamarter said. Dresow said she is pleased with the improvements she has seen, and she attributes them to RTI. Ninety-three percent of her class met standards – “amazing,” Dresow said. The individualized nature of RTI has been a “huge factor in it,” she added. “They had their needs met.” Some students just need a cheerleader or someone to set goals with them, Dresow said. “They’re looking at the whole child.” Children run to Spillman and Delamarter to tell the RTI teachers about their successes, Dresow said. Still, there are large numbers of students grades 5-8 that could use additional academic help, Delamarter said. “We can’t reach everybody. (We try to) touch the ones we can.”
ARE THEY AT RISK? RTI helps three types of so-called academically atrisk students: Type 1 is the most at risk. They have not met standards for multiple years, and their test scores trend downward. Their classroom work is below average, and their grades are Cs or lower. Type 2 is “medium at risk,” according to Delamarter. Previous test scores f luctuate from par tial ly meeting standards to meeting standards, or “borderline average” test scores. They display inconsistent classroom work. Type 3 is the least at risk. Previous test scores meet standards or are average for their grade level or goals. They get Bs in classes. W hen an intervention strateg y is developed, it combines school and home settings, especially with Type 1 students, Delamarter said. Type 3 students are monitored, and referred back to RTI if they are not doing well in the classroom.
MARKET THE SUCCESS Delamarter and Spillman spoke to the Jordan School Board in mid-November, and Chairman Dan Buresh asked about tracking the improvements among students using the RTI program. He said that the positive results should be publicized on the school district’s website, because when he asked coworkers at his new job how they pick a school district, they all had the same answer: “Test scores.”
Get help with academics If your Jordan Middle School student is struggling in academics, where can she get help? At school: There are several
opportunities for your child to get help with homework at school. Homework help: 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. every morning in Room 408, with Renae Delamarter After school program: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays focus on homework help and additional support in specific subject matters Saturday school for math: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. once a month Classroom support: Students
may request extra help from their classroom teachers before or after school. Response to Intervention (RTI) program: This is meant to help students who are struggling in math or reading. For more information, contact Delamarter or Emily Spillman at (952) 492-4271. Source: Jordan Public Schools
Help your child with homework There are several websites that provide extra support and learning opportunities for your child, including: Pearson Perspective (instructional videos, games and worksheets for math, reading and science, tied specifically to strengths and weaknesses indicated by your child’s Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores); Northwest Evaluation Association practice sites (access your child’s test results); online textbooks (ask the classroom teacher about availability); Studyisland.com (instruction, quizzes and games on specific topics); and Tutor.com (4 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day with the Scott County Library System). Source: Jordan Public Schools
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John Stelten, “Jr”, 78, of Cologne, died at his home, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Chaska with a visitation one hour prior to the service at church. John's son, Father Anthony Mary Stelten, MFVA, Con-Celebrated with Father Doug Ebert and Father Mike Kaluza. Casket bearers were family and friends. Interment was at the church cemetery. John was born March 22, 1933, in Chaska, to John L. and Theresa (Meuwissen) Stelten. He was one of six children. John was baptized and confirmed at Guardian Angels Catholic Church and also graduated from the Guardian Angels High School. On Aug. 6, 1960, John married Lorna Eiden at Guardian Angels. They had four children. Preceding him in death was all of his brothers and sisters. Survivors include his wife, Lorna, of 51 years; children, Matt of Cologne, Mark (Pamela) of Carver, Ann Marie (Ed) Paloucek of Rome, WI, Father Anthony Mary Stelten, MFVA, of Alabama; 11 grandchildren, Luke, John, Emily Mae, Sara and Katheryne Stelten, Clara, Eddy, John Paul, Mariana, Kristyna and Julia Paloucek; sisters-in-law, Elaine and Phyllis Stelten, of Chaska; brother-in-law, Earl “Bud” Weckman, of Shakopee; two close 1st cousins, Cecelia Becker of New Prague and Clara Stelten of Chaska. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, Annunciation Friary, 5821 Old Leeds Rd, Birmingham, AL, 35210. Attn: Fr Anthony Mary Stelten. Arrangements are with the Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska. 952-448-2137.
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Teachers learn to consistently reward students for specific good behavior in hopes of improving behavior. They also customize the rewards based on what works in their specific school. “It’s really focusing on the positive, whether it’s a classwide or school-wide positive,” kindergarten teacher Ariane Olson said. Olson is on the committee that helps implement the program at the elementary school, and she’s also had experience with it in a previous district. Jordan’s program is two years old and has been used elsewhere with success. “It’s a big initiative. Lots of schools around the state have taken it on, because it works,” Olson said. The goal is consistent expectations across all areas of the school, like classrooms, lunchrooms, restrooms, hallways or the playground. Olson said she’s seen improvements, even in individual students. Struggling students see how others are complimented on specific good behaviors and improve their own behavior, she said. Positivity seems to catch on. “The best part is to watch them congratulate each other. They really say ‘good job,’” Olson said. The program can look different at different schools. The elementary school, in addition to the Golden Shoe award, has a Golden Tray award for good lunchroom behavior by a grade level, with the winning grade getting extra time on the playground. “You can find something positive with even the toughest kids,” Olson said. Individuals are awarded “Caught cha being good!” slips to take to the office and home to parents, and they get a golden pencil at the office. The school even ordered gold-colored coins – in other contexts, poker chips – that students get for being good. Principal Stacy DeCorsey said she ordered them online. “I’m not kidding, kids think these are million-dollar gold coins,” DeCorsey said. The school has once-amonth assemblies to promote school spirit, and they’ve started singing the school song.
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Andrew Cunat and Bella Roberts are the line leaders in Diana Harper’s secondgrade class, which got the Golden Shoe reward for good hallway behavior at Jordan Elementary School. Of course, there are ways to measure success when it comes to behavior. DeCorsey tracks student data, including referrals, using an internet based school-wide data system. “Honestly, here we’ve been doing really well,” DeCorsey said. The PBIS program wasn’t started because of any serious discipline breakdown at the school. DeCorsey said she didn’t have a lot of discipline incidents before PBIS. But she looked at the buzz the program was getting at other schools. “I thought, You know what? I think this would be good for us,” DeCorsey said. So far, she said it’s changed the culture in the building. Staff members keep trying to keep the program fresh. The gold coins and Gold Shoe were new this year. Once a month, five students get to each lunch with DeCorsey. Students at lunch also get to be guest servers if they’re caught being good. In the future, there could be something called a Power Tower that holds crumpledup good behavior slips. At a certain level, there might be a school-wide “Hokey Pokey” in the snow. Whatever the program looks like, the bones remain the same – positivity apparently pays off when it comes to good behavior. “I think the teachers will just keep pushing,” DeCorsey said.
Norman Arnold Frey On March 9, 1944 in Lakefield, MN, Henry and Esther (Daberkow) Frey proudly announce the birth of their son, Norman Arnold Frey. Baptized March 19, 1944 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield and confirmed on March 30, 1958 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska. In his earlier years, Norm lived in St. James, Glenwood, and Chaska. In 1962, Norman graduated from Chaska High School. He then proudly served in the United States Army in Vietnam from June 1, 1965 to June 1, 1967. On Norm’s first date with the love of his life, Joan Rae Reinke, they went fishing in the misty rain. On August 28, 1971 Norm and Joan exchanged wedding vows at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jordan. Moving to Shakopee, they welcomed two children into their family, Gregg and Joleen. For over 33 years, Norm worked at Rosemount Engineering in Eden Prairie in the R & D Department (Model Shop). He retired on March 26, 1999. In Norm’s spare time and retirement years, he loved spending time at his mobile home in Clearwater Forest Park in Annandale, MN. He loved walleye and ice fishing, golfing, pit fires and spending time with all his friends in the park. Norm’s true passion in life was spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and Snuffy, the dog. A man of strong faith, Norm and Joan joined Mount Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church in Shakopee in 1977. They just celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary Aug. 28, 2011 with their children and grandchildren. At the age of 67 and a resident of Shakopee, Norm passed away peacefully in his sleep the early morning hours of Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at his home. Forever loved, Norm will be deeply missed by wife of 40 years, Joan; son, Gregg (Anita) Frey of Shakopee; daughter, Joleen (William) Brandt of Webster; grandchildren, Logan, Emily, Samantha Jo and Brooke Frey; stepgrandchildren, Hope and Jordan Miller; brothers, Ken (Carol) Frey of Shakopee, Wayne Frey of Fort Myers, FL, Elmer (Lori) Frey of Lakeville, James (Debi) Frey of Victoria; sisters, Judy (Gratian) Welter of Shakopee, Linda (Mike) O’Day of Chaska, Curt (Kris) Frey of Shakopee, Donald (Cheryl) Frey of Waconia; mother-in-law, Stella Reinke of Jordan; sister-inlaw, Eileen Ellingboe of Shakopee; many other loving relatives and devoted friends. Norm is preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren, twins Hailey Rose and Kayla Renae Christian; sister-in-law, Carolyn Frey; niece, Debra Frey; father-in-law, Charles Reinke; brother-in-law, Richard Ellingboe. The visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 8 from 4-7 p.m. at BallardSunder Funeral Home, 833 S. Marschall Rd., Shakopee and also one hour prior to the service at church. The Celebration of Life Service will be Friday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Mount Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12700 Marystown Rd., Shakopee. Pastor Mark L. Schwertfeger will officiate. Pallbearers for Norm will be Kenny Jr. Frey, Lance Frey, Brian Welter, Allen Ellingboe, Mark Ellingboe and Kevin Ellingboe.Norm will be laid to rest at Spirit Hill Cemetery in Jordan. The Frey family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Shakopee Chapel.
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ourschools Reality Store offers sample of adult life “I learned life. Some of how broke I’ll be the stations when I get out in students visit the real world. are the bank, I learned that housing, you can’t always transportation, get what you daycare, want. Nothing is insurance, cheap.” clothing, legal, These are pets, groceries, comments from utilities, high school medical, students who travel and were received at entertainment, FOCUS ON SPECIAL EDUCATION the Reality Store furniture and that took place unexpected on Tuesday, Nov. events. 29, through the Minnesota Unexpected events are River Valley Special Education determined when a student Cooperative (MRVSEC) and spins a wheel to see what fate the Carver Scott Interagency or luck life has dealt them. Team (CTIC). This may be a situation for The two agencies hosted the which they may or may not Reality Store for high school be financially prepared. students with special needs At each booth, the student from schools located in the makes decisions concerning two-county area. the standard of living The Reality Store is a fun, they’ll assume as adults. For simulated life-size version of instance, at the transportation the game of Life. Students have booth, students decide if they the opportunity to connect a will ride the bus to work or career choice to the type of buy a low-end car or van, or lifestyle they may envision for drive a sports car. themselves once they leave the The object of the Reality high school setting. Store simulation is that It gives the student an students make it through each opportunity to experience of the stations and choose their what it is like to live in the purchases without going over real world by making career budget when they are finished. choices, learning to budget, If they do go over budget, and choosing between needs there is a booth with financial and wants that fit within that advice they can visit to take a budget. second look at the choices they As in real life, they discover made and, with the help of the that each choice they make in financial advisor, determine the stations they visit at the if they can make any changes Reality Store will affect their that might help them stay lifestyle. within their budget. Preparation begins at the Once they have gone through student’s home district by the entire Reality Store, they choosing a realistic career. are given the opportunity, When the student arrives at through a written evaluation, the Reality Store, they visit to reflect on the impact their the statistics booth where, choices that day made in their through a roll of the dice, ability to pursue a particular their future in terms of being career and if that career has married or single and having the potential to support their children is determined. chosen standard of living. Students receive a monthly The Reality Store’s purpose income amount that matches is to help students recognize the occupation they have how the decisions they make chosen. From there, they visit impact their life before they the bank, where they deposit become an adult. They get the earnings, put 10 percent in a glimpse into their future savings, and make a payment and become aware of the on a school loan if applicable. importance of goal setting, Students then visit stations budgeting, choosing a career that are manned by volunteers and making decisions. from the community, The Reality Store narrows businesses, school staff, the gap between the students’ teachers and county. perception of their education There are 17 stations the and real life. students visit at the Reality Vicki Lambrecht is a Store representing typical transition specialist at expenses an adult would MRVSEC. She can be reached at encounter in their everyday firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
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The Jordan Middle School students of the month for November are (from left): front row, Morgan Montrieul, Damian Erickson, Dexter Kotz, Zach Young, Alexis Lofton, Thomas Bischof, Katelyn Behr and Karli Nielsen; back row, Thomas Gutzmer, Trace Shimek, Katie Hall, Jasmyn Neises, Kara Alberg, Niles Case, Isabelle Pearson and Morgan Parvey.
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“Yes, sir!” students yelled. The self-defense class and its lessons were part of the middle school health fair on Nov. 30. The health fair happens every two years and brings in outside experts. This year, the fair was less like a trade show and more resembled miniature courses on a variety of subjects. Students had nearly 30 options for in-classroom sessions that had tie-ins to some aspect of health. Sessions included first-aid, substance abuse education, time with a dietician, Zumba, education on bullying, and even optional vision and dental screening for students. “It’s been a great day,” said physical education teacher Colleen Chambers, who helps organize the event. Students also prepare for the day. It all began with motivational speaker Sam Glen. In an assembly the next day, students yelled out a oneword summary of what they took from his presentation: Courage. “He gave the most entertaining, inspiring talk,” Chambers said. Next, students heard an hour-long presentation on cyber bullying. Then, it was off to learn about health topics. In one room, students could be found giving chest compressions to dummies. The class was meant teach how to respond to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Two survivors shared their stories, and students heard about how chest compressiononly cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the standard response in the first
this one, “Is it as dramatic as you see on TV?” High school student Becca Lambrecht answered. “It can be if you make it that way,” she said. Other questions delved into homework, choir, class choices, and how much homework students get in a day – which depends, they said. In another classroom, Jan McCrady, community outreach coordinator with the PHOTOS BY DAVID SCHUELLER Southern Valley Alliance for Fists fly. Brad Magers, instructor at ATA Family Martial Battered Women, presented an anti-bullying program. Arts, teaches students to punch and yell at the same It included a true-or-false time. Practicing the power of intimidation are Corbett session. Bisek (left) and Gavin Adams. Is bullying just teasing? False. Do victims deserve it? False. Are bullies only boys? False. If you ignore bullying, it will go away. True and false. All bullies have low self esteem. False. Bullying always hurts. True. Students also got a healthy lunch, with some menu input from students. While much of the day was educational, some students may end up seeing or chewing better because of vision and dental screenings. In the last health fair, about 15 students found out they needed glasses, Chambers said. Unlike in decades Questions abound for Jordan High School seniors in one past, vision and hearing session. Pictured are (from left): Becca Lambrecht, Alex screenings have been phased Sopata, Kurt Schansberg, Reinah Thom, and middleout by some districts, school students Rosemma Mosley and Carmen Fideler. including in Jordan. Sometimes, families can’t pick up the slack. few minutes of cardiac arrest They also got training on “A lot of people don’t do in adults. how to use an automated eye checks. They can’t afford Kim Harkins, program external defibrillator (AED). it,” Chambers said. manager with the Minnesota “There’s AEDs all over the In all, coordinating the Resuscitation Consortium school. It’s important they health fair involved pulling with the University of know this,” Harkins said. plenty of strings outside the Minnesota, said there’s been In another room, a group school, including getting the a push to educate students in of Jordan High School Jordan Fire Department to both middle and high schools seniors were answering pay a visit. about such emergencies. questions about life at high “We have a lot of people in “They’re going to go out school. into the world with a life Students wrote anonymous the community who give their skill,” Harkins said. questions on paper, including time,” Chambers said.
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WHEN PUSH COMES TO PULL Recent research lends credence to the notion that eye exercises may help individuals overcome a condition called “sensory eye dominance.” This eye condition involves an imbalance between the vision strength of the eyes, which leads to impairment of ﬁne depth perception. In extreme cases, the imbalance is similar to amblyopia (commonly known as “lazy eye”), which affects two to three percent of children in the United States. According to a recent study, researchers were able to correct the condition using a push-pull training method. This eye exercise involves making the weaker eye work harder while the stronger eye is suppressed. Doing so reduces the inhibitory effect that the stronger eye exerts on the weaker eye. It is important to stay informed in order to keep the eyes of you and your family healthy and stylish, in a friendly and comfortable environment. Every patient is offered an eye exam, and provided with premium products and enhanced technology. We are located at 223 E. First Street, Suite 101. Call for your eye exam today at (952) 492-2350! P.S. Researchers hope to adapt the push-pull training method mentioned above to treat children with amblyopia.
A letter to parents detailed the bus changes that are in store beginning Jan. 2, as a result of Jordan Elementary School’s four-day late start this school year due to mold cleanup. The four days equaled 24 hours of missed instructional time, notes the letter, which was posted on the school’s Facebook page. Starting next year, elementary students will be dismissed from school 15 minutes later than usual, until June 6. The letter stated that bus loading will be turned around so that Jordan Middle School students are loaded before elementary students. Parents of students riding bus nos. 68, 73, 78 and 82 should plan on kids getting home a few minutes later than usual.
School read-a-thon brings in $20,000 Jordan Elementary School’s read-a-thon raised more than $20,000 for Parents Taking Action (PTA). Principal Stacy DeCorsey said that students asked friends, family members and neighbors to sponsor them with a cash donation, as the students read for an afternoon. “We are thrilled that students will no longer need to go out and sell product for the PTA yearly fund-raiser at the elementary,” DeCorsey wrote in a report to the Jordan School Board last month. Compiled by Mathias Baden
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Thieves stole U.S., Israeli ﬂags A U.S. fl ag and an Israeli flag were allegedly stolen from the 300 block of W. Third St. in Jordan. A man reported that his two fl ags were taken off his flag pole the night of Nov. 27, and had a total value of $60. The man did not have any information on possible suspects. Compiled by David Schueller
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Carver County 911 Telecommunicator Linda Mullenbach awaits a call last Tuesday. If Scott and Carver Counties merge their dispatch centers, one would have to close.
A 25-year-old Jordan man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine in Chaska Wednesday, Nov. 30, according to the Southwest Metro Drug Task Force. The arrest occurred about 2 p.m. at a SuperAmerica station near the intersection of County Road 61 and Audubon Road. Noe Sifuentes was charged with third-degree controlled substance possession. Agents for the drug task
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Emergency dispatchers in Scott County could be taking 911 calls from residents in Carver County, or vice versa, in the future under a merger being considered by the neighboring counties. Supervisors from the two sheriff’s offices met with commissioners from each county last T uesday in Chaska to share steps they are taking to learn what it would take, and how much they could save, by melding the two counties’ 911 dispatch services. It’s too early for defi nitive cost-saving figures, but Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik said following the meeting that he’s hopeful the counties could save up to a halfmillion dollars per year if they consolidate. “ T h ree to si x p eople on duty, 24/7, that could be a lot of potential savings,” Scott C ou nt y B o a r d C h a i r Tom Wolf said. Last year, the counties of Scott, Sibley, McLeod and Carver completed a $125,000 statefunded consolidation study of their dispatching services. Sibley and McLeod were content with their situation, Scott County Sheriff Kevin Studnicka said, but Carver and Scott thought consolidation was worth a closer look. “We’re only 3 to 4 miles – as the crow flies – away from each other,” Studnicka said. The counties must determine which dispatch center would be best to close and how technology would be merged. Two architectural firms are developing schematic designs to determine the costs of expansion at either site. Each
center is less than 10 years old and has at least some room for expansion. There are many models for consolidation, said Carver County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Blair Anderson, who explained that the state study brought out a lot unanswered questions. He said the counties must very methodological as they analyze how to consolidate the systems. “We want to make sure we do this right so we don’t leave a mess for those behind us,” Anderson said. The biggest cost savings would be in technology, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said. Both agencies will soon need a new phone system or upgrade, which cou ld cost $ 3 0 0,0 0 0. Between the two, they are also facing the replacement of 15 radio consoles, which cost more than $100,000 apiece. Fewer consoles would be required with just one dispatch center, the sheriffs said. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office has an antiquated records-management system, which would cost $ 5 million to $8 million to replace, Studnicka said. It is used across
the sheriff’s office operation. Carver County’s system is more modern and possibly could be shared by Scott County. Wolf said he called up the Carver County Board chairman and other Carver County commissioners a few months ago to gauge if there’d be enough political support across the river to consider a merger. “I kept hearing that some (people) were against it, that it wasn’t going to happen because of political lines and red tape,” Wolf said. “I called up Randy (Maluchnik) and said, ‘Can we take a look at this again?’ He said, ‘In the face of where we’re at, absolutely we should.’ ” Anderson, who experienced a dispatch consolidation within Dakota County, warned that the counties will have to be mindful of the psychological impact of a merger on employees. “W herever it lands, one group will feel like an outcast,” he said. “We don’t want to underestimate those things.” Scott County Commissioner Dave Menden of Shakopee said he’s heard both positive and negative opinions on the Dakota County consolidation.
There will always be malcontents, Anderson said, but he found that the overwhelming majority in Dakota County were happy with the move. Studnicka said that any negative comments might concern one city that pays more for emergency response due to additional vehicles being dispatched. Anderson estimated it would be several years before a merger could occur between Carver and Scott. Commissioners gave their tacit support for the concept last Tuesday. Maluchnik said he’s heard of dispatch consolidation efforts failing in other parts of the state. “If there’s not the political will to do this, we should think about that and let folks know before (time and effort are expended),” Maluchnik said. There are 31 dispatchers employed between the two counties. However, officials expect no layoffs due to natural attrition, retirement and employees who would not want to be part of the merged system. Richard Crawford contributed to this report.
force said about 3.5 grams of meth were confiscated. That amount would have a street value estimated at $400. About six squad cars were involved with the arrest. Drug task force member Mark Williams of the Carver County Sheriff’s Office said three other people were in the vehicle with Sifuentes. There were no other arrests. Compiled by Richard Crawford
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publicsafety POLICE Last week, the Jordan Police Department responded to 127 incidents – 47 citations, 10 warning citations and 70 calls for service. Two weeks ago, the Jordan Police Department responded to 129 incidents – 27 citations, 26 warning citations and 76 calls for service. Nov. 17 At 6:28 p.m., a business in the 100 block of S. Broadway St. reported a gas drive-off. The officer was able to locate the vehicle later in his shift and advised the driver to return to pay for the fuel. Nov. 18 At 7:19 a.m., a woman reported that a window was broken out of her vehicle overnight on the 1000 block of Falcon Drive and various property was stolen from the inside. Information was received for a report. At 7:59 a.m., a man who resides in the 1000 block of Prospect Pointe Road reported that a window was broken out of his vehicle sometime overnight. Nothing was reported stolen from inside the vehicle. The total amount of damage is estimated at $350. At 9:48 a.m., a woman who resides in the 800 block of Bridle Creek Lane reported that a window was broken out of her vehicle sometime overnight. Nothing was reported stolen from inside the vehicle. The total amount of damage is estimated at $350. Nov. 19 At 10:39 a.m., an officer responded to the intersection of East Second and North Broadway streets for a medical call. Allina Ambulance transported the woman to Mayo Clinic Health System (formerly Queen of Peace Hospital) in New Prague. At 12:11 p.m., an officer responded to the intersection of highways 169 and 21 for a personal injury accident. The officer provided medical assistance and traffic control. The Minnesota State Patrol wrote the accident report.
a report of an upstairs tenant pounding on the floor. The officer did not hear any pounding while on scene. The officer contacted the tenant, a woman, and advised her of the complaint. At 6:42 p.m., an officer was re-called to the 200 block of S. Broadway St. for a report of an upstairs tenant pounding on the floor. The officer did not hear any pounding while on scene. At 10:43 p.m., an officer issued a verbal warning to a man who was acting in a rude and disrespectful manner at the Jordan City Council meeting held at the city hall.
At 1:21 p.m., an officer responded to the intersection of highways 169 and 21 for a medical call. A vehicle en route to the hospital was stuck in heavy traffic due to an earlier accident. The officer was able to get the vehicle through traffic, and Ridgeview Ambulance responded to transport the woman to St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. At 1:33 p.m., an officer responded to the intersection of highways 282 and 21 for an accident involving property damage. Information was received for a state accident report. At 2:29 p.m., an officer responded to the 600 block of Lodge Drive for a domestic dispute between a 15-yearold boy and his mother. Ridgeview Ambulance responded and transported the male to St. Francis Regional Medical Center for a medical situation. No physical assault occurred.
Nov. 22 At 6:19 a.m., an officer responded to a medical call in a vehicle at the intersection of highways 169 and 282. A passenger in the vehicle was concerned that a woman may have been suffering from a medical condition. The man who was a passenger transported the female to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. At 8:56 a.m., an officer met with a juvenile male and staff at a school in the 600 block of Sunset Drive regarding a report that the male posted threats to another group of juveniles on Facebook. The officer assisted staff members in meeting with the male and determined that no crime occurred. The school will handle the incident in house. At 3:25 p.m., an officer on routine patrol near the intersection of Hillside and Sunset drives observed a juvenile male throw a chunk of ice at a passing school bus. The officer advised the juvenile on his behavior and also made contact with his mother and school staff. No permanent damage was caused to the school bus. At 3:25 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Hope Ave. for a report of an 8-year-old male refusing to get on the school bus and threatening staff with a large rock. The officers located the male and took the rock away from him, then physically escorted him to the school bus.
Nov. 20 At 9:13 a.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of W. Fourth St. for a medical call. Allina Ambulance transported the woman to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. At 6:14 p.m., an officer responded to the 900 block of Herbert St. for an oven fire. The Jordan Fire Department handled the incident. At 8:47 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Spruce Circle for a domestic dispute a woman and her parents. All parties involved did not wish to cooperate with the investigation, and the officers stood by while the woman gathered some property from her parents’ residence. There were no signs of injury on any of the parties involved. Nov. 21 At 5:15 p.m., an officer responded to the 200 block of S. Broadway St. for a noise complaint. The caller reported that an upstairs tenant was pounding on the floor. Upon arrival the officer did not hear any pounding. At 5:53 p.m., an officer was re-called to the 200 block of S. Broadway St. for
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Nov. 24 At 2:53 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 169 and Bluff Drive for a driving violation. The man who was driving was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for third-degree DWI. At 8:39 a.m., a business in the 200 block of Triangle Lane reported a gas drive-off in the amount of $14. The officer left a voicemail for the registered owner of the vehicle advising them to return to pay for the fuel. Nov. 25 At 1:55 a.m., an officer responded to the 700 block of Bradbury Circle for a verbal domestic dispute between a man and a woman. The officer assisted in calming the situation.
At 12:36 a.m., an officer responded to the 600 block of N. Broadway St. for a loud music complaint. The officer spoke to the resident and advised him to turn off the music. At 3:53 a.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of W. Fourth St. for a medical alarm. A man had fallen and was unable to get up, and also sustained an injury from the fall. Allina Ambulance transported the man to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. At 7:34 a.m., an officer responded to a one-vehicle accident involving property damage at the intersection of County Road 9 and Highway 169. A caller reported that he had stopped to remove a road sign from the roadway and noticed a vehicle in the ditch. Information was received for a state accident report. At 8:59 a.m., an officer responded to the 300 block of N. Creek Lane for a medical call. Ridgeview Ambulance transported the man to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. At 4:20 p.m., an officer responded to a residence along Evergreen Circle for a verbal domestic dispute between a man and a woman. The woman was requesting that police remove the man from the residence, which is leased by both parties. Both parties were advised that this was a civil matter and that they would need to go to civil court to resolve the matter. At 9:55 p.m., an officer responded to a residence along Scott Lane for a report of a dog barking for about three hours. The officer located a dog barking outside in a fenced yard and unsuccessfully attempted to contact the residents. Information was received for a report, and a citation will be issued for the offense. Nov. 27 At 8:50 a.m., an officer responded to the 300 block of W. Third St. for theft of flags from a flag pole that allegedly occurred sometime overnight. The total amount of loss is estimated at $60. At 8:26 p.m., an officer responded to a residence along Oak Circle for a possible medical situation reported by a third party. The officer spoke with the juvenile female and her father, who advised that no medical attention was necessary. At 8:52 p.m., an officer was called to the intersection of Lodge Drive and 190th Street for vandalism to lights that shine on a sign. The total amount of damage
was unknown at the time of the report. The incident is under investigation. Nov. 28 At 11:43 a.m., an officer responded to a school in the 100 block of Hope Ave. for a report of a disruptive juvenile male student. The juvenile male was issued a citation for disorderly conduct and transported to the Juvenile Alternative Facility. At 7:55 p.m., an officer responded to the 900 block of Bridle Creek Drive for a juvenile male who allegedly damaged property inside the house and made threats towards family members. The juvenile male was transported to the Juvenile Alternative Facility. At 10:33 p.m., an officer responded to a residence along S. Valley Drive for a domestic dispute. A woman and a man both claimed that the other had pushed them. Neither party had any injuries. The man was issued a citation for underage consumption of alcohol and was transported to a detoxification center in Brown County. At 11:46 p.m., an officer was on a traffic stop in the 200 block of Triangle Lane and recognized a man with an active Scott County warrant at a nearby business. The man was arrested for the warrant and issued a citation for driving after revocation. Nov. 29 At 5:40 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Stuart Drive for a medical call. Ridgeview Ambulance transported the woman to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. At 10:34 a.m., an officer responded to the 400 block of S. Broadway St. for a report of a vehicle that had hit a speed sign and also a light pole, which had been knocked down. The officer made contact with the man, who was not injured. The State Patrol responded to write the accident report. At 4:52 p.m., an officer met with a woman regarding theft of a bottle of alcohol from the 200 block of Jennifer Lane. The incident is under investigation. Nov. 30 At 2:07 p.m., an officer was at a school in the 100 block of Hope Ave. on an unrelated issue when he was requested to assist the special needs department with a juvenile who was out of control. The officer spoke with the juvenile and was able to calm the situation.
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Nov. 23 At 7:35 a.m. while on routine patrol, an officer witnessed an accident involving property damage at the intersection of highways 169 and 282. The officer remained at the scene until the state patrol arrived to write the accident report. At 10:05 a.m., an officer responded to the 600 block of Sunset Drive to speak with a juvenile male who later admitted to damaging a wall. The school decided to handle the matter internally with no criminal charges. At 7:55 p.m., an officer was called for a violation of an order for protection. The caller reported that the man who was a suspect had sent numerous text messages and she was in fear that he would make contact with her in person. The officer located the man in a nearby city and arrested him for the violation.
Nov. 26 At 12:19 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Syndicate Street and County Road 9 for a driving violation. The man who was driving was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for fourth-degree DWI.
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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. Adam Thomas Simon, 24, Montgomery, driving while intoxicated (DWI), a gross-misdemeanor. Three years’ probation, 90 days in jail, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $610 in fines. False name to police, a misdemeanor. Serve 90 days in jail (concurrent). Vladik Troﬁm, 27, Savage, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $610 in fines. Darrius TreJahn Baker, 18, Shakopee, third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony. Five years’ probation, 60 days in jail, provide DNA sample, no possession of pornographic material, psychological examination, attend sexoffender program, subject to random searches and polygraph examinations, register as predatory offender, no contact with victim(s). Korbin Loren Klausen, 21, Shakopee, third-degree sale of controlled substance, a felony. Ten years’ probation, 200 days in jail, abstain from alcohol, random tests, provide DNA sample, $85 in fines. Brandon Allen Robinson, 19, North St. Paul, fifth-degree possession of
controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Three years’ probation, random tests, follow recommendations of evaluation, $100 in fines. Terri Elaine Crider, 47, Savage, driving while intoxicated (DWI), a grossmisdemeanor. Two years’ probation, three days in jail, 42 days under electronic home-monitoring, abstain from alcohol, random tests, restitution, $410 in fines. Jonathon Joseph Lyons, 20, North Mankato, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Three years’ probation, three days in jail, 80 hours of community service, abstain from alcohol, random tests, follow recommendations of evaluation, $300 in fines. Kenneth Allen Mlsna, 40, Prior Lake, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, $325 in fines. Ryan James Pruden, 22, Shakopee, theft, a felony. Five years’ probation, 100 hours of community service, restitution, $375 in fines. Noe Mendez, 25, Shakopee, obstruction of the legal process, a grossmisdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 10 days of community service, $385 in fines. Erik Deandre Anderson, 28, Minneapolis, fifth-degree sale of controlled substance, a felony. Five years’ probation, 120 days in jail, 60 days under
electronic home-monitoring, abstain from alcohol, random tests, follow recommendations of evaluation, provide DNA sample, $460 in fines. Joshua Lee Norsten, 31, Savage, driving after cancellation (inimical to public safety), a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 10 days of community service, $385 in fines. Eleanor McGuire Franek, 22, Montgomery, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, one day in jail, 29 days under electronic home-monitoring, follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $510 in fines. Mileo Brandon Williams, 30, Minneapolis, theft, a felony. Three years’ probation, five days in jail, work on GED, stay out of casinos, restitution, $85 in fines. Douglas Wayne Young, 54, New Hope, domestic assault by strangulation, a felony. Three years’ probation, credit for 86 days served, follow recommendations of evaluation, provide DNA sample, no contact with victim(s), $660 in fines. John Christian Zastrow, 35, Minneapolis, first-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Fifteen years’ probation, one year in jail, abstain from alcohol, random tests, provide DNA sample, follow recommendations of evaluation, $85 in fines.
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Years ago, seven from Jordan were in Hawaii during Pearl Harbor bombing 70 YEARS AGO Harold Dueffert, William Efta, Elmer Juni, Omer Krautkremer, Myron Nachbar, Edward Welch and Roland Zweber, all of Scott County, were in Hawaii as the Japanese attacked there and war has been declared against Japan by the U.S. A delegation of Sand Creek farmers attended the Scott County Board meeting to find out what can be done with Sand Creek for better drainage so their farmland won’t become flooded each spring. The county commissioners approved reimbursement of Sand Creek and Louisville townships’ costs for 200 pounds of dynamite to open up the creed bed for better drainage. Florian Busch’s crew of St. Benedict put a new foundation under the REA building in Jordan. It’s a tricky job to lift a brick building and replace the foundation. Haferman and Stark’s crew of Lydia moved their equipment to Prior Lake this week to work on the Candy Cove dam project. A successful county fair took in enough money to pay all debts and the fair is now debt free. The Jordan firemen’s dance took in and cleared $47.78. The Christmas seal program at Jordan High School netted $26.80. The Scott County Board approved the sale of cigarettes in the unincorporated areas of the county at its December meeting and will follow the same rules as cities. The temperature measured 5 degrees below zero yesterday morning in Marystown. Proceeds from a bingo party at Prior Lake go to putting on a kiddie Christmas party.
BACK C.F. McCarthy was elected for the 21st time as mayor of Savage. The Hubmen cagers play two games this week – Tuesday against Shakopee and Thursday against Nicollet.
50 YEARS AGO “Farm auction,” an ad in the JI said, “6 miles east of Jordan, 4 miles west of Lydia. Eldred Hennen.” “J and W Restaurant on 169,” an ad in the Jordan Independent said. “Large selection of Christmas trees, Jordan.” Albert Friedand, a World War I veteran and former Jordan boy, passed away Nov. 28 and will be buried at Fort Snelling. Tuberculosis tests are available at Jordan High School for all county children ages 7-12. The Pauly brothers each tallied a win as the Jordan matmen trounced Brownton 39-15. Hubmen basketball defeated Shakopee 77-45. Belle Plaine comes to town Friday.
30 YEARS AGO The Jordan City Council hired a full-time parks superintendent, Larry Pahl, and voted to purchase the old Northwestern Bank building for the library. The Jordan Lions Club donated $1,000 to Friends of the Library. Jordan
Education Association presented a check for $300 to Friends of the Library. Mike Kovich of Jordan received a 15-year award for his service as a heavy equipment operator for Scott County. The Jordan High School Christmas concert is Dec. 20 at the high school. Frank Boeckman resigned from the Jordan School Board. For his job, he is being transferred to another state. The 1982 state baseball board awarded Cold Spring and St. Cloud the tournament.
10 YEARS AGO At the Jordan Commercial Club Christmas party, Santa gave Harold Nachbar a present. Nachbar is retiring as a member, which he has been for 72 years. Police report: The theft of Christmas lights from a residence along Scott Lane was alleged. Jordan Elementary School has an enrollment of 670 students, according to Principal Joe Benko. Dave Wolf, John Elwood, Chuck Wermerskirchen and Mark Buesgens retired from the Jordan Fire Department. The four have a combined 79 years of experience. Jordan Community Prayer Group meetings Saturdays at Grounds for Joy coffee shop. Contact Sally Schultz. Shakopee police arrested a person who supposedly killed a young St. Paul boy in Shakopee. Minnesota’s state budget shortfall is estimated at almost $2 billion during the next two years. Jaguars basketball defeated Le Center 70-22 and Belle Plaine 49-34. Scott West wrestlers won the Waseca Invitational. Hubmen basketball lost two – to New Prague and Como Park.
DAYBOOK Dec. 8-15 Unlocking the Einstein Inside class for parents and caregivers, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, St. Francis Regional Medical Center, 1455 St. Francis Ave., Shakopee, (651) 645-2948 Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post No. 2854, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, Schule Haus community room, 100 W. Fourth St., Jordan, (952) 492-2674 St. Lawrence Town Board, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, St. Lawrence Town Hall, intersection of Old Highway 169 and Highway 59, (952) 492-3284 Sand Creek Town Board, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative lunch room, 125 Minnesota Valley Electric Drive, Jordan, (952) 492-3122 Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency, 7:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, SCALE Regional Training Facility, 17706 Valley View Drive, Sand Creek Township, near Jordan, (952) 4968186 or (952) 496-8597 Holiday bake sale and silent auction, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 10, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 100 W. 6th St., Jordan, (952) 492-6303 Go Green Shakopee! free community electronics recycling collection with 5R Processors Ltd. and local Rotary clubs, accepting old or obsolete electronics equipment (residential only), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, America’s Best Value Inn & Suites parking lot, 1244 Canterbury Road, Shakopee, $25 for Freon-containing units such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers, $10 for Department of Defense-approved hard drive cleansing, 5Rprocessors. com, (715) 322-4381, email@example.com Breakfast with Santa (proceeds support the food basket program sponsored by the Jordan Lions and Jordan Fire Department), 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Dec. 11, Louis Hall, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 313 E. Second St., Jordan, $20 a family, $7 for adults, $4 for children age 4-12, (952) 492-6894 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 “Agriculture & the Environment: A Unique Agronomy Update” by Univer-
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ROOM FOR 37 In mid-November, the 1930 structure in downtown Jordan sold in two pieces – one at 116 Water St. for $94,000, the one at 116 First St. for $124,900. “I’d prefer to put old classics in there,” Shayne Wolf told the council on Monday. The wholesale auto dealership could house up to 50 vehicles in the 8,000-squarefoot building, but Wolf said the business is expected to remodel some office space that would not house cars. “It would be more around 37 vehicles, which also depends on the size of the vehicle,” Senior City Planner Joe Janish wrote in a Dec. 5 memorandum to the council. “I think that’d be pushing it, to be honest,” Wolf said. Some of the sales will go directly to customers. The business would fi nd specific kinds of vehicles for its customers, clean them up, and resell them for a fee, City Attorney Annette Margarit said. Cars would be stored in the building but also buffed, waxed, or detailed, she added. No odors or pollution will be allowed, Margarit said. No body work would take place on the property, Wolf said, and none of the cars will be fi xed-up wrecks sold to the general public. It’s an auto brokerage with a set markup, Wolf said. “I’m not looking to do restoration.” Mayor Pete Ewals noted that the city once had a downtown auto dealership, but this proposal is different. “It’s really not the same thing,” he predicted. “… We’re turning the building into a storage facility. There isn’t going to be any sales.” Wolf said the building would provide mid- to long-term storage of for-sale vehicles that otherwise would be “taking up valuable garage space.” The business will store “anything with wheels” and broker the vehicles during storage, Wolf said. Ewals had suggested that the city purchase the building for a library. Six months ago, others wanted it to be the new police station, Councilmember Mike Shaw said.
WHAT ELSE? Wolf described the car-buying concierge business at length this week, but he did not describe the second business that is coming and alluded to the potential for a third business. Just what else will occupy the building is unclear. When the building was listed for sale by Bumblebee Properties of New Prague, the 4,720-square-foot First Street (north) side of the building was listed as “business opportunity/office/retail” and the 3,286-square-foot Water Street (south) side as “office/retail/ shopping center/other.” The listing said: “Many uses can work here. Bring your ideas. Great value.” The north side of the building was on the market for 752 days and dropped from its original listing price of $275,000 in 2009. The south side of the building was on the market for 402 days and dropped from its original listing price of $109,900 in 2010. The listing said that the building – which has 11-foot ceilings, a new roof and a partial basement – would be split. One unique feature is its access to both Water and First streets, Shaw said. Wolf said he’d like to keep both accesses, but he said the better access enters onto Water Street on the south side. It also said that new heating and air conditioning would be added before the sale. There is no underground drainage for cars, Wolf said. Other businesses comes into the building will comply with the zoning ordinance, Wolf said.
LIMITATIONS On Monday, the council voted 6-1 to approve the fi rst reading of the amended ordinance, allowing indoor auto sales in Jordan’s downtown. Ewals opposed the measure. The planning commission added two provisions – that such a use only occur in buildings with existing overhead garage doors, and that pedestrians be notified when vehicles leave the garage. Because of the sometimes-heavy pedestrian traffic and the sidewalks abutting both garage doors, the commission recommended that signs, striping, and an audible alert be added to the building, features that Wolf said were “not that expensive.”
BLURRED VISION Councilmember Thom Boncher said that indoor auto sales are not within the vision set forth during the recent Community Growth Options process. “No, that doesn’t count anymore,” he said. “… It strikes me that the CGO was just a monumental waste of time.” Boncher said he’d like the city to use a conditional-use permit (CUP) to allow such a business, instead of making it a permitted use with limitations, as the planning commission proposed. “It’d give us a lot more control, for one thing,” Boncher said. Wolf asked that he not be required to undergo the “pain and suffrage” of a CUP. The planning commission held a public hearing on the subject last week, and although commissioners discussed the possibility of a CUP, Ewals was the only member of the commission to vote against the amendment. “There’s all kinds of issues,” Ewals said. The proposed ordinance must undergo a second reading and appropriate publication before going into effect.
“I’m really disappointed they walked out,” Velishek said. Levar and Watkins resig ned after the Nov. 21 meeting, and Councilmember Joe Thill called Flynn to verify his continued interest in the commission seat. Thill did not call Pensyl, yet the commission remains one member short. A lthough it can operate without seven seats full, that is not preferable. Last week, Sand and Will attended their first planning commission meeting. The special meeting happened to consist of a limited agenda. “It was a nice way to ease into the learning curve,” Will said in a phone interview. “I want to proceed as normal.” Next Tuesday, Dec. 13, Flynn takes his seat on the commission.
VOTES FOR, AGAINST This week, the council voted 6-1, with Mayor Pete Ewals dissenting, to appoint Flynn. Last month, a motion to appoint Flynn and Pensyl failed on a 4-2 vote. Velishek, Thill and fellow councilmembers Sally Schultz and Mike Shaw opposed the measure. Councilmember Jeremy Goebel was absent from the November meeting. Later that meeting, a motion to appoint Sand and Will passed 3-2. Ewals and Councilmember Thom Boncher were opposed, and Velishek abstained from the vote. “I abstained for a reason – because it was subjective for both ways,” Velishek clarified this week. “… Is this subjective? Is it not? Is this politics? Is it not?” The planning commission most recently interviewed four candidates. Flynn came in for two interviews, after being once recommended by the commission but then denied by the council. During an earlier round of interviews, a fi fth candidate was questioned in front of a large audience, the members of which chastised him for controversial Internet posts; the council decided that the interview had been botched and asked for a redo, but the fi fth candidate did not reapply once the position reopened. Planning commissioners receive a $20 stipend for meetings they attend.
ON PENSYL It was great to have four applications for the planning commission, Velishek said last month. “I think all four have a commitment to Jordan.” Pensyl, who has lived in Jordan for six years, works for a major healthcare benefits company, has experience as an air traffic controller, coaches summer softball, and served two years as president of a townhouse association, according to his application. “My experiences … along with my own exploratory nature give me a keen awareness of systems and subsystems, their interactions, relationships and weaknesses,” Pensyl wrote. “This ability translates nicely into viewing the system of Jordan as a city of people, community, business, public services, infrastructure and recreation.” Velishek talked about how she believes planning commissioners should have the ability and willingness to work with others, and that the commission needs to consist of people with a wide variety of perspectives. Then, she said, “I’m leaning toward another recommendation.” Thill said that because of his experience and history with Flynn and Pensyl, he could not accept the nominations. “My head’s not with this one, with these two candidates,” Thill said. Boncher said that the council twice asked for the planning commission’s recommendation, which the council twice received. He added that the city staff voiced no opposition to the recommendations, and the council said that all four applicants are good ones. “Now, we’re going to say, ‘Sorry, we don’t like your recommendation,’” Boncher said. “… I don’t get this. What’s the problem?” Boncher also asked for Pensyl, who was in the audience last month, to be allowed to speak to the council, but Schultz and Shaw said the public-comment portion of the meeting was over. This week, Ewals pushed for Pensyl to be appointed to the commission.
MOVE TO DISBAND After failing to appoint Flynn and Pensyl last month, Boncher made a motion to disband the planning commission. “We have insulted the planning commission,” he said. State law requires that the city have a planning commission, City Administrator Ed Shukle interrupted. Ewals called Boncher out of order. Boncher’s motion failed for lack of a second. After a motion to appoint Will and Sand, Boncher tried to continue, but Ewals used his gavel to silence the councilmember.
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Later in the meeting, Thill said that he knows another two-time applicant to the planning commission who wasn’t appointed either time – “and I wasn’t insulted personally,” he added, pointing out that he’d been the applicant who was twice denied. “And I was denied a seat, too,” Velishek said this week.
ON FLYNN This week, Ewals cried foul when Thill moved to appoint Flynn. The council isn’t following proper protocol in appointing commissioners, the mayor said. “It’s getting worse,” Ewals said. “… We’re not treating them the same.” Boncher asked if the appointment process does not require job postings and interviews for the openings. “Mr. Flynn is still out there. He’s been interviewed,” said Thill, who called Flynn on Monday and Tuesday, before and after the appointment. Flynn, who has lived in Jordan for 12 years, is a cabinet carpenter, and Jordan Friends of the Library member, and two-time city council candidate who also organized an outdoor movie in Jordan in 2009, according to his application to sit on the commission. “I want to help accomplish the goals of the community, and I hope to learn how the city operates in more detail,” Flynn wrote. “I believe we have a lot of citizens who love our town and help make it great.” Flynn, in a phone interview, described himself as a pro-business commissioner who stands on a foundation of beliefs and is open to citizen input. “I’m excited about the experience and to work with everybody,” he said. “I listen to every idea and every option before I make a decision. That’s the best way to make a decision. I think I can work with people. I don’t hold grudges against people. It’s not about the person, it’s about the ideas and what idea is best.” Ewals suggested that, as a matter of equality, the council appoint both Flynn and Pensyl. Goebel, who this week also expressed disappointment with the process, tossed his full support to Flynn, saying that anybody who would still be interested in the open commission seat “after this circus” must be passionate about his application.
ON SAND & WILL The candidates Shaw knows were not originally chosen by the planning commission. “Two I know. Two I don’t know,” he said last month. Velishek offered her solution to Shaw’s issue: Why not interview commission candidates at the council level? “I would like to see maybe the four candidates come in,” she added. Ewals said that city ordinance requires a recommendation from the commission before appointments. Shaw said he hadn’t heard whether the commission’s vote was unanimous (it was, Ewals said) nor what discussion occurred prior to the commission’s recommendations. “I know two of them. Two of them, I don’t,” Boncher retorted, before Ewals gavel silenced him again. “We can cancel each other’s vote,” Shaw snapped back at Boncher. “That’s fair.” Schultz said that the council can make appointments. The planning commission made a recommendation, but “no one’s guaranteed an appointment,” she added. Sand, who has lived in Jordan for 35 years, is a retired schoolteacher, union negotiator and coach with experience on the cable commission, Jordan Community Education Advisory Council (chairman), and the joint powers board. He said he wants to continue to be a problem solver, according to his application. “I want to be part of a committee that works in harmony with the city council and does its best to advance a positive future for the city of Jordan,” he wrote. Will, who has lived in Jordan for 51 years, is the president of W.W. Will & Sons Distributing, a snowmobile and fi rearms safety instructor, and head coach of the trapshooting team at Jordan High School, according to his application. He wants “to aid those who want to make Jordan their home and take pride in the community” and “to help implement the goals of Jordan and attract businesses,” he wrote. “That will be helpful to the residents of Jordan.” Will, whose wife Tammy decided to give up her seat on the Jordan School Board at the end of the year, said by phone that his “major asset” is bringing a business owner’s perspective to the planning commission. He has built and co-owns a business, so he’s been through the planning process. His experience should allow him to come up with questions that others might not think to ask, Will said.
Commissioners’ conduct should speak for itself, Will added. “Watch what I do and not what other people say, and then make your decision about whether it was a correct appointment or not.” Will admitted that the new commissioners are likely to learn the job on the fly, but he said that he doesn’t foresee inevitable conflicts on the horizon. Sand said that their fi rst planning commission meeting went on without a hitch. “If the common goal is to do what is best for the Jordan residents, there should not be a conflict,” Will said. “Let’s move on. I want to get things done.” But, Will added, there will be times at which “I will be defending my position vigorously.”
WALKOUT W hile the council discussed appointing Will and Sand to the commission last month, roughly half of the audience got up and left, including Levar and Watkins, who commission chairman Rolf Hafslund called well-respected, highly qualified commissioners. After the walkout, Mike Nevins of JCAG stayed in the front row of the audience, making gestures, even in reaction to Jordan Police Chief Bob Ma l z’s public war ning that such behavior might be grounds for removal from the city hall. Only one planning commissioner, Hafslund, stayed to participate in what was scheduled to be a joint work session between the city council and one of its advisory commissions. Ewals serves as the council liaison to the commission. As the crowd dispersed, Ewals asked those who exiting to quiet down, and then gave Boncher the floor. Boncher expressed his concern that the council is so willing to insult people, especially city commissioners, who do a lot of the grunt work of city business before their recommendations reach the council. “It’s tedious work, but important,” Goebel agreed this week. “This (appointment process) smacks of irony.” Last month, Velishek said that she spent the weeks before the scheduled work session seeking out the opinions of the planning commissioners before making her decisions about appointments. Velishek said that she is making a conscious effort to respect the commission’s decisions, learn from where it is coming, and sometimes agree to disagree. Hafslund said the planning commissioners must’ve been “dismayed at the decision” to go against the commission recommendation. Sand said in a phone interview that he can see why the commissioners were upset. It seems like the council shoots down everything, he added. T he com mission, t hough, is strictly advisory, so “if you don’t like that role, run for city council,” Sand said by phone. Members of the commission have strong opinions and should attend any joint work sessions to voice them, Hafslund told the council last month. While reminding that commissioners’ opinions have merit, Hafslund said: “None of us on there are irreplaceable. At some point, when I’m not on (the commission), they’ll move on.” Several councilmembers said that they understood the commissioners’ perspective, but it was Goebel and Velishek who gave out the tongue lashings this week. “You hired people you knew,” Goebel said, implicating Shaw, “and that’s wrong.” “In your opinion,” Shaw said, as Ewals’ gaveled him twice. “In your opinion.” “I would’ve quit that night,” Goebel said. “… You can’t undermine them every time.” Velishek said that last month the council needed the expert opinions of the commissioners who walked out – “that’s just quitting your community,” she shamed.
AT ODDS This isn’t the fi rst time the council and commission have found themselves at odds. That’s why they called the joint work session – to work out some issues and develop rapport. “There’s not harmony,” Sand said by phone. Instead of letting political drama balloon, city officials should “put your best argument forward,” Flynn said by phone. “That’s why the city’s kind of at a standstill.” Senior City Planner Joe Janish told the council last month that the planning commission is most alarmed about the application of the city’s recently instituted but rarely enforced architectural design guidelines. The commissioners who left before the council work session missed some discussion, but not the extent to which councilmembers said they want.
Hafslund repeated what Ewals has often relayed to the council in the past: The city crafted an ordinance to create certain uniform looks in the downtown and highway commercial districts that are being interpreted contrary to what the planning commissioners meant when they wrote the ordinance. “I hope I didn’t vote for having (highway commercial) be the same as downtown,” Shaw said. He meant to say that he doesn’t think that the downtown and highway commercial districts need to complement each other, Shaw said this week. “Even though the ordinance may say that, I don’t feel that they should.” Shaw added his clarified comments to the Nov. 21 meeting minutes, which passed Monday. Last month, Hafslund and the council talked about several private businesses’ projects as they relate to the city’s strict architectural guidelines: Broadway Market and Jim Terwedo’s building containing Jordan Legal Center complement the look of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and other downtown buildings, Shaw said. In penning the architectural guidelines, the planning commission thought its task was to “carry that look throughout their community,” Hafslund said. Shaw brought up that when plans for a new Jordan Dental Care building in the highway commercial district passed, city officials kept hearing the same complaint: Which other building out there represents the historic downtown area? Shaw said that only a few of the highway commercial district buildings look historical. The dentist office will don a red tile roof and have several other distinctive architectural features. Hafslund said there is nothing the city can do to change the existing buildings, but the architectural guidelines were meant “just to tie these two parts of town together. … A red roof does not meet the code.” The council has made an exception to its relatively new rules. Schultz brought up the design of the proposed medical clinic in the highway commercial district. “It’s very contemporary,” Schultz said. “They’re not following our ordinance,” Hafslund said. “… It’s been adopted, but we’re not following it.” Barely discussing the architectural guidelines on Monday, the council accepted the design of the new business with three 6-0 votes. Goebel missed the votes, because he left the meeting on a fi re call. “Looks beautiful,” Schultz said of the development’s design. “Can’t wait.” Last month, Shaw expressed hesitation about the architectural guidelines, because he doesn’t want to say no to new businesses. “We’re so desperate,” Schultz agreed. Schultz asked about imposing restrictions on chain stores. “They will change,” Hafslund said. “… They’ll come. They’ll do that.” Hafslund said the planning commission is told to interpret the ordinances as written, and he suggested that the council rewrite the ordinance if it’s not to be enforced. Hafslund and the council agreed to reschedule a joint work session in early 2012.
CRITERIA FOR APPLICANTS It’s been more than a year since the planning commission operated at full capacity. Ewals said that commissioners have been working on a questionand-answer form and grading system for candidates for open seats on the commission, with hopes of taking politics out of the equation. Shaw suggested taking politics out of the process by having the council vote by ballot. Recommending potential planning commissioners to the city council is an unenviable task, Ewals continued. Late last month, the mayor’s recommendation was to go back and take a look at the criteria. Thill said that he believes the commission’s proposed criteria for applicants make sense. The council viewed the commission’s draft application. It was meant to identify the skills and traits of applicants for the planning commission. In large part, the document was created by Levar and Guy Beck, another commissioner who contributed technical expertise to the commission but then quit amid frustration with the council. After a year of work, the adjusted application is not quite finished, Hafslund said. Velishek said the proposed criteria weren’t the focus of one of the commission’s past interviews. “It was controversy,” she said. “… It put stigma on the discussion.” The council doesn’t have the same issues with other commissions, Thill said. Ewals said that it would be better for the commission to objectively rate applicants than to recommend candidates who are destined for rejection.
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Left – Sam Hentges scored four points for the Jaguars against the Panthers. Right – Senior Kelsey Chambers poste a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds against Glencoe-Silver Lake.
Quick start leads Jordan to easy victory Defense keys big win against WEM BY TODD ABELN firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jordan girls basketball team could not ask for a better start to the season, or to their game on Tuesday night. The Jaguars came out f lying against Waterville-Elysian-Morristown on Tuesday and improved to 3-0 on the season with a 70-48 victory. It was all defense for the Jaguars, as they forced 29 WEM turnovers, leading to the big win for Jordan. “It was great to see our defense force a lot of turnovers,” head coach
Greg Dietel said. “We forced 29 turnovers, and it created a lot of points for our team. This is a credit to the effort our players are giving on the court.” WEM came out and tried to force the play, as they put a full-court press on Jordan. The plan didn’t work, as the Jaguars easily broke the press, leading to easy basket after easy basket. Jordan scored 41 first-half points to take a 19-point halftime lead, 40-21. “I was pleased with the start of the game,” Dietel said. “Our starters set the tone for the night during the first four minutes of the game.” Maddy Dean led the Jaguars with 17 points, followed by Makayla Lambrecht’s 14, Sam Hent-
ges’ and Kelsey Chambers’ eight, Elle Case’s seven, Alex Hancock’s six, Hallie’ Anderson’s five, Hannah Klegstad’s four and Morgan Huss’ one.
SAME SCRIPT The Jordan girls basketball team followed the same script in each of its fi rst two games of the season. They jumped out to an early lead and let the lead slip by halftime, before rallying for the win in the second half. The Jaguars improved to 2-0 on the season following that script as they defeated Glencoe-Silver Lake 63-56 on Friday night. “This game had the same look as our game earlier in the week against Chaska,” Dietel said. “I
was especially proud of our team and how physical we played in the second half. Glencoe has a physical team with some good size, and we battled hard.” Jordan trailed 34-30 at halftime but picked up its defense in the second half and held the Panthers to just 22 second-half points. “We had some struggles defending Glencoe in the fi rst half and gave them too many open looks at the basket,” Dietel said. “In the second half, our defenders were able to force tougher shots.” While they were shutting the Panthers down defensively in the second half, the Jaguars offense continued to roll along. “I thought we were much improved offensively with our halfcourt sets in the second half,”
Dietel said. “The girls did a nice job of moving the ball and making the extra passes to the open player for good shots.” The Jaguars got big games from Dean and Chambers. Those two combined to score half of the team’s 63 points. Dean finished with 22 points, while Chambers added 10. Both players also dominated the boards. They combined for 22 rebounds, with Chambers grabbing 15 and Dean seven. Chambers also had seven assists. Lambrecht added nine points and Case eight points in the win. The Jaguars open up Minnesota River Conference play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, when they travel to Le Sueur to take on the Giants of Le Sueur-Henderson.
Scott West starts season strong in first two meets Grapplers win duals, Lakeville North title BY TODD ABELN email@example.com
If the wrestling world didn’t know Scott West is going to be pretty good this year, it found out last weekend. The Panthers started the season out with a bang as they dominated the White Bear Lake Duals and the Lakeville North Invitational. At the White Bear Lake Duals, Scott West beat three teams from Class 3A, two of which were ranked. They followed that up by running away with the Lakeville North title the next day. Scott West opened the season last Friday by beating White Bear Lake, Cambridge-Isanti and Moorhead at the White Bear Lake Duals.
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“We passed the fi rst test and got some good performances to start the season,” coach Darren Ripley said. “But as the old saying goes, it’s not where you start, but where you fi nish that counts, and we have a lot of work ahead of us as a team and individuals to get better.” Their fi rst match up of the season came against Cambridge-Isanti, the No. 7-ranked team in Class 3A. The Panthers dominated the Bluejackets winning 45 -19. The meet started with Scott West winning the fi rst four matches. Davin Flynn won a major decision 14-2, followed by Zach Seigle’s technical fall, Jake
Weirke’s pin and Phillip Dvorak’s major decision. After just four matches, Scott West led 19-0, before the Bluejackets got on the board when No. 4-ranked Tyler Tischer topped No. 3-ranked Luke Zilverberg at 132 pounds 3-2. The Panthers got back on the board when Oscar Negrete rallied in the third period to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 7-4 win. “Oscar’s a great kid, and as we would say in Scott West terminology, he is one that likes to fight – on the wrestling mat, of course,” Ripley said. “Everybody was talking about Oscar on Friday night and Saturday. That was a huge win for him and the team.” From there, the Panthers got wins from Derek Dahlke, Gabe Fogarty, Charlie Pesch, Mike Riker and Michael Kroells. Riker and Kroells won by pin fall.
After that win, Scott West topped No.8-ranked White Bear Lake 38-19 and Moorhead 55-13. In the Moorhead win, heavyweight Darrin Wolters got his first Scott West win 5-0 against Brenden Edner.
CHAMPIONS The next day, Scott West traveled to Lakeville for the North Invitational. They came home with the firstplace trophy and a slew of individual champions. The Panthers finished with 268 points, winning the title. Hudson, Wis., was second at 193, followed by Henry Sibley, Lakeville North and Chaska-Chanhassen. In addition to winning the team title, Scott West had seven individual champions. Of the 14 wrestlers that Scott West threw out on the mat at Lakeville, 12 of them placed.
“Overall, we put together a pretty good day of wrestling,” Ripley said. “I think that we had a couple of kids (David Flynn and Jake DeWeese) that won their first individual varsity titles, while another (Phil Dvorak) was in the fi nals for the fi rst time as a Panther.” Flynn g rabbed the first Scott West title, as he topped Lakeville North’s Colin Degrammont 3-2 for the 106-pound title. Seigle made it 2-for-2 for the Panthers, as he won the 113-pound title with a 5-0 win against Luke Finkel of Chaska-Chanhassen. The next champion came at 132 pounds from Luke Zilverberg. The other Panther champions were Fogarty, Nick Dvorak, Jake DeWeese and Kroells. Phillip Dvorak, Dahlke, and Patrick Dvorak placed second, while Riker fi nished fourth and Weierke fi fth.
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WEM, turnovers too much to overcome Sixth-ranked team tops Jordan by 29 BY TODD ABELN firstname.lastname@example.org
Before the season started Jordan boys basketball head coach Matt Urbanek worried about his defense. In the teamâ€™s first two games, the defense was pretty good. In the third game, not so much. The Hubmen gave up 4 8 fi rst-half points to WatervilleElysian-Morristown and lost 87-58 to the sixth-ranked team in Class 2A. Despite giving up all those fi rst-half points, Jordanâ€™s offense kept them in the game, a s t he Hubmen s c or e d 3 9 points. If they could pick up their defense and slow down WEM, they could pull of the upset. Things went just the oppo-
site. WEM continued to score, and Jordan didnâ€™t. Jordan was outscored by 19 points 39-21 in the second half, which led to the lopsided score. â€œWe had a very difficult time handling their defensive pressure,â€? Urbanek said. â€œWe were able to execute our offense after we crossed half court, and we were able to defend them in the half court, but they thrive on steals off the press and turning those steals into points. That was the story of the game â€“ we gave away the ball way too often. We played hard. They are a very good team.â€? Jake Anderson scored 31 points in the loss for the Hubmen.
BUZZER BEATER W hat a way to star t the season. The Hubmen opened the season with a road victory
and then lost a buzzer beater at home. The Hubmen went on the road to open the season and came home with a 62-46 win against Blue Earth last Thursday. They followed that win up by losing in the final seconds to Southwest Christian 54-53. Against Southwest Christian, Jordan led 53-51 with nine seconds left, when Brian Horner went the length of the court, made a layup and was fouled. He made the free throw to grab the 54-53 lead. Jordan senior Kevin Wayâ€™s buzzer-beating shot bounced off the rim and to the ground to give Southwest Christian the win. The Hubmen grabbed the late lead after trailing 30-26 at halftime. â€œWe had trouble playing well with any kind of consistency,â€? Urbanek said. â€œWe would make a good play offensively or defensively, and then go through a dry stretch. We were never able to build momentum and get on a roll. We also shot the ball poorly from the field, and from the free throw line. We learned that we still have a lot of things to work on. Weâ€™ll stick together as a team and try to get better.â€? For the game, the Hubmen shot 37 percent from the field and 57 percent from the freethrow line. T hei r bi ggest st r u gg les came from three-point distance as they made three of 17 attempts. Anderson led the team with 17 points, followed by Micah Hennenâ€™s 12.
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The season started well for the Hubmen, as they controlled Blue Earth Area throughout and won 62-46. â€œWe played with a high level of defensive energy and intensity tonight,â€? Urbanek said. â€œThe defensive effort was very good against a big and physical team. We received contributions from a lot of players, and it was a good start to the season. We still need to take better care of the ball, and we gave up too many offensive-rebound points (14), but we can work on those things. It always feels good to win the fi rst game.â€? Jordan held Blue Earth to just 18 fi rst-half points while grabbing a nine-point halftime lead. Both offenses picked up in the second half, as Jordan outscored Blue Earth 35-28. Anderson led three scorers in double figures with 20. Nate Beckman added 14 points and Kevin Way 12.
The sixth-grade Jordan Basketball Association boys team took third at the Mankato tournament. It defeated Mankato Black 35-24, lost to Sioux Falls 35-24 and topped Owatonna 41-16. Pictured are (from left): front row, Alex Smith, Ryan Busch, Odin Pass, Zach Young, Parker Smith; back row, coach Charlie Smith, Jonathon Draheim, Andrew Niebuhr, Eric Tiedman, Damian Erickson, Marcus Houdek, coach Allen Houdek.
Now 2 track relays will qualify for state The Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors recently approved a proposal from the track and field advisory committee that will allow two relays from each of the sections to automatically qualify for the state meet. That will be effective this spring. In the past, only one relay qualified, while secondplace fi nishers or higher had to make the state standard to earn a berth. The top two finishers in individual events will also qualify for state, which unchanged.
Snowmobile training for youths oďŹ€ered The Scott County Sheriffâ€™s Office is hosting a CD course youth snowmobile training. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7-8. Classes will be held at the Scott County Fairgrounds, 7151 19 0th St. W., Jordan. Snowmobiles wil l be pro vided (participants should not bring their own snowmobiles). Youths must be ages 11-15 at the time of the class. Youths will be responsible for bringing the appropriate clothing depending on weather, as well as a snowmobile helmet.
P r ior to at tend i n g t he training, youths must contact the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to obtain an interactive CD. The following was from the DNR website: The CD-based youth snowmobile safety training class i s a n i nt r o duc t or y cl a s s 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 voucher of completion and look on the DNR website to find 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 and performance test unless they have completed the youth snowmobile safety CD. To obtain the CD, or for general information, call (651) 296-6157 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Prior to attending the class, participants must register by calling (952) 496-8322, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays
through Fridays. Space is limited. Callers must have the childâ€™s full name, date of birth, address, and phone number available. A parent must be available to sign a waiver at the beginning of the class.
Join the weekly area running club The Prior Lake Area Running Club meets weekly for group runs and also has guest speakers and can provide discounts at local running stores. All levels of runners and joggers are welcome. You donâ€™t have to be from Prior Lake to join the club. For more information, send an e-mail to Doug Krohn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send in athlete information The Jordan Independent welcomes in for mation on athletes from the Jordan who donâ€™t attend Jordan High School a nd a re excel li ng somewhere else. The newspaper wants to know about these athletes, including ones who are competing at the college level. To submit an athlete for consideration for a feature story, contact Todd Abeln at email@example.com or (952) 345-6587. Compiled by Todd Abeln
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Thursday, Dec. 1 ............. at Blue Earth .................................... Win, 62-46 Saturday, Dec. 3 ........... Southwest Christian .....................Loss, 54-53 Tuesday, Dec. 6 .............. at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown ...... Loss, 87-58 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 ......................................... Win, 57-52 Friday, Dec. 2 ................. at Glencoe-Silver Lake...................... Win, 63-56 Tuesday, Dec. 6 ............ Waterville-Elysian-Morristown ........ Win, 70-48 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.
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