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tudents at Jordan Elementary School who might shrink away from directly confronting a bully have another way to report an incident. It’s called the Bully Box, and it sits in a prominent location in the library.
The box functions like a suggestion box, with perhaps more certainty of the reports actually being read. The box has led to some real action at the school. Jordan Elementary School Social Worker Molly Kalow introduced the box during one of the elementary school’s weekly newscasts this fall. “The intent behind the
Bully Box is to give kids who are more timid about speaking up a way to report bullying incidents,” Kalow wrote in an e-mail. Students need to include their name and their teacher’s name. Each week, Kalow checks the box and follows up on every situation that was reported.
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Cathy Isles (left) holds a cigar mold, cutter and box from the Herder Cigar Factory. Ron Jabs stands behind a pram, or baby carriage, full of Juergens and Sunder family heirlooms. City Administrator Ed Shukle holds up a Jordan State Bank calendar from 1918. Together, they hope to start a new historic preservation movement. They are looking for willing volunteers, artifacts, interviewers to find stories behind the artifacts, suggestions for potential exhibits, and ideas. For more information, call Jordan’s city hall at (952) 492-2535.
With the reinstatement of a police officer position, the Jordan City Council effectively restarted its programs in local schools. As crime rates decreased, the council had cut several police officer positions since 2008, but last Monday, the council reinstated one full-time position. Jacob Rudolph, a part-time officer for Jordan, was offered the full-time gig. His duties will include: I additional coverage on weekends, including traffic safety and crime prevention projects during slower periods of time, 20 hours a week; I relieving the call load of the detective sergeant, who will be freed up for supervisory, investigatory and administrative duties, 10 hours a week; I schools-dedicated work, like providing morning and afternoon crossing-guard duty, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), response to reported crimes and calls for service at the schools, security at football games and dances, and a resource for special needs at the schools, eight hours a week; I and training, vacation and sick time, two hours a week. During the summer hours, the eight hours Rudolph would’ve dedicated to schools will be spent on filling in for vacations and working crime prevention and special projects, such as festivals and other events, Jordan Police Chief Bob Malz wrote in a Dec. 19 memorandum to the council.
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100 gloves or mittens to the Blessings in a Backpack program at Jordan Elementary School. In February, club members’ elderly neighbors are in for a treat. More than 100 residents of Schule Haus senior apartments and Valley View Assisted Living will receive valentines, maybe even accompanied by 100 roses. In March, 100 pounds of food will be raised for the Jordan Area Food Shelf.
Rudolph won’t be the only one work i n g w it h f i f t h- a nd si x t hgraders in DARE, Malz said in an interview. Officers Shane Schultz and Jeff Strack are expected to be involved this school year, as twice as many children will be involved. The DARE program was on budgetary hiatus in 2011, and the city and school officials decided to try to catch up. In future years, the program will continue to involve fifth-graders, Malz said. Jordan Public Schools will contribute $10,000 toward the police officer position, Malz wrote.
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Question: What do 100 gloves, 100 valentines, 100 pounds of food, 100 eggs, 100 trees, and 100 flags all have in common? Answer: They’ll each be given away by the Jordan Commercial Club in 2011, in celebration of the club’s 100th anniversary. The commercial club started well before chambers of commerce grew roots in Minnesota. The Jordan Area
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Chamber of Commerce and the Jordan Commercial Club are compatible, complementary organizations, said Ron Jabs, a longtime member of the groups. He said the chamber promotes businesses and the com-
mercial club promotes the city and its best interests as a whole, “It was the club, the organization to belong to,” Jabs said of the commercial club. “Our plans are to kind of commemorate that.” For a century, commercial club members have been doing business in Jordan and, in turn, giving back to the town. They won’t stop now. Here are the donations they’ve planned for the fi rst half of their centennial anniversary year: In January, the club will donate
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TELL US … What’s the best book you read this past year? It’s list-mania time: Top news stories … biggest newsmakers … craziest celebrities … best new restaurants. And, we’re piling on by asking all of you bibliophiles: What’s the best book you read in 2011? If you have a book recommendation – whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry or (heaven forbid!) reference – then send us the title, author and a couple of sentences describing why it’s great. Share your book recommendation by sending the information listed above – no more than 200 words, please – to Editor Mathias Baden, editor@ jordannews.com, before noon on Friday, Jan. 6. Include your name, city of residence, and a daytime phone number. We’ll run some submissions online at jordannews.com and the best recommendations in the Jan. 12 Jordan Independent print edition.
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The difference between the current Minnesota River level and flood stage is striking. On Dec. 28, the water measured in at 5.51 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage is 25 feet. During the spring flood on March 28, the river crested at about 31.8 feet. The highest flood crest was 35.07 feet in 1965, according to the weather service. Taken from the boat launch, this photo shows how many rocks are exposed compared to previous water levels.
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In an unnecessary controversy, according to the business owner involved, the Jordan City Council allowed a one-time lot split in a highway commercial area meant for large buildings. By announcing that she has secured a potential business for the Whispering Meadows district behind Radermacher’s Fresh Market, Kitty Burton “put a little pressure on the city” to reconsider its past denial of a minor subdivision proposal for her Burton Insurance property, City Administrator Ed Shukle said. The buyer, who Burton said is from Jordan, will “actually put a building up,” Shukle told the city council last month. Burton declined to publicly state what business is interested, but she noted that she was open to detailing the proposal in private.
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OUT OF THE WAY Shaw reminded the council that the Jordan Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Jordan Planning Commission approved the proposals, and urged the council not to stand in the way of business expansion. “It really comes down to being friendly to the smallbusiness owner,” Burton said. “I’d like to see this project get fi nished,” Councilmember Sally Schultz said. “There’s no time frame on when you develop,” Ewa ls said. “You certainly can’t force anyone to building anything,” City Attorney Annette Margarit agreed.
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The council voted 6-0 to approve the second reading of an ordinance allowing one-time splits of lots in the highway commercial district, and 4-2 to approve a minor subdivision at 210 Eldorado Drive. Councilmember Tanya Velishek and Mayor Pete Ewals opposed the measure. Councilmember Jeremy Goebel, a firefighter, was absent from the votes due to a fire call. Last November, the council approved the fi rst reading of the ordinance. The ordinance change was crafted with Burton’s property specifically in mind, since the recent vision for the highway commercial district includes large lots and potentially big-box stores.
“This is the city taking a risk,” Velishek said in agreement. Councilmember Mike Shaw, though, insisted that the choice was clear: one building “and all that green space,” or a lot split that could yield a new, taxpaying business. Generally, the highway commercial business district requires larger lots, since the city reworked its zoning districts in 2010. The city required 150-foot-wide lots, but made an exception for Burton’s 115-footwide lot. Without the lot split, “that lot would never be used,” Shaw said. Burton said that the proposed business will construct an exact replica of her building next spring, but any further delay could’ve driven away the new business before the end of the year. Ewals pushed for compliance with a city ordinance requiring water and sewer hookup at the time of the subdivision, but Burton asked to be spared the $7,000-plus for the hookup and the $10,000 in 2012 taxes. The mayor accused the business owner of making a proposal “just to get away from paying extra property taxes.” He said that making an exception to the ordinance opens a Pandora’s Box.
Building permit revenues and legal expenses are up at city hall. Jordan Finance Director Tom Nikunen suggested using the extra revenue from building permits to cover the cost of being over budget in the legal department. Jordan City Councilmember Tanya Velishek took exception to the idea. “W hy wou ld we wa nt to take that plus and spend it on legal fees when we don’t need to? ” she said, raising her voice. “That’s my point. I think that’s something that the citizens need to know.” At the Nov. 21 council meeting, Velishek questioned Nikunen about the status of the city’s spending on legal representation – not even close to the fi rst time the question has arisen in the past year or so.
“We’re over budget on that,” Nikunen told her. But, he added, the city can take comfort in ending up “plus” on permit fees, offering the extra revenue to cover any other general fund expense. The city budgeted for $10,000 in building permit fees in 2011, and as of last month, had already surpassed the projected total by $87,000. The council has a policy of saving leftover general fund money for capital projects, like a future city hall, a new police station, and the proposed library. But overspending on legal issues during the fi rst 10 months of the year jeopardizes contributions to capital improvement project savings account, as does the purchase of a new police car. In this year’s budget, the city projected $138,000 for legal (it is $19,650 over budget, according to Nikunen) and had planned on buying only one police car (it will buy two).
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Money for new city hall, police station and library stays put because of new accounting standards BY MATHIAS BADEN email@example.com
Late last year, the Jordan City Council approved a “drastic change” to the city’s fund ba l a nc e p ol icie s, F i n a nc e Director Tom Nikunen said, to comply with the latest Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) statements. GASB sets rules and st a nd a rd s for gover n ment accounting. In the past, the city could classify its fund balances in one of two ways – reserved or unreserved. Going forward, the city will use five different classifications to describe restrictions on the future use of its fund balances – nonspendable, restricted, committed, assigned and unassigned. “W hat this covers is al l funds,” Nikunen told the council Dec. 5, when the council passed two new fund balance policies, each with a 6-0 vote. Councilmember Jeremy Goebel did not vote, because he left the council meeting to respond to a fi re call.
SAVING EXTRA MONEY The goals of the city’s fund balance policy are to set aside money for construction of a new city hall, police station or library, as well as to make sure the city has enough operating dollars to cash f low until certain revenue arrives during the second half of each year. “So if the city has excess fund balance over 55 percent of the next year’s budget, those funds get transferred to three capital funds,” Nikunen wrote in a memorandum to the council. “The intent is to spend those funds (on) one-time capital items to help reduce future fi nancing costs for projects.”
COMMITTED TO SPECIFICS Committed fund balance can only be used for specific purposes, as indicated by the council. “The committed amounts cannot be used for any other purpose ...,” the policy says.
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The council will commit revenue sources to the fund “annually or as deemed necessary,” according to the policy. Funds are constrained unless released for another purpose via a resolution of the council.
ASSIGNED BY FINANCE Assigned fund balance is restricted to the government’s intent to use the money for a specific purpose. It’s up to the finance director to assign and remove these assignments within the general fund.
UNASSIGNED IN GENERAL Unassigned fund balance is the “residual classification for the general fund,” the policy says. “... The general fund should be the only fund that reports a positive unassigned fund balance amount.” Maintaining 45 to 55 percent of the next year’s budgeted expenditures assists the city “in maintaining an adequate level of fund balance to provide for cash f low requirements and contingency needs, because major revenues, including property taxes and other government aids, are received in the second half of the city’s fiscal year,” the policy said. An exception to the rule will be granted if a budget shortfall of $100,000 or more is anticipated, but the policy requires the city to replenish the fund with the following year’s taxes. “Excess general fund balance over the 55 percent maximum target shall be distributed to capital funds at the end of the year,” according to the policy. “Excess funds shall be divided 50 percent into (the) city facilities fund, 30 percent into (the) general construction capital fund and 20 percent into (the) park capital fund.”
EMERGENCY FUND T he p ol icy ne c e s sit ate s the creation of stabilization arrangements, or funds set aside for emergencies, revenue shortages or budgetary imbalances. This fund will only be tapped “for situations that are not expected to occur routinely,” the policy said.
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SPECIAL REVENUES In a separate 6-0 vote, with Goebel absent, the council last month approved further restrictions for four city funds – donations, police forfeitures, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) and the police car seat fund. “Basically, all of our special revenue funds need to be addressed,” Nikunen wrote in a memorandum to the council. These funds will be classified as committed. Revenues from donations should be committed to a specific project or purpose. Forfeitures will go toward funding drug and alcohol enforcement. Donations to the DARE and car seat funds are spent on those specific programs, according to the policy. There is already a historical fund, started when the city began selling the 150th anniversary committee’s histor y books. T he f u nd wi l l be spent on museum-related functions. “We don’t have a lot of money in there, so don’t get your hopes up,” said Nikunen, estimating about $800 of book sales. There is a capital project fund for sirens, and the city has a restricted fund for Municipal State Aid (MSA) for road construction and repair.
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The Jordaness Lions have made some recent donations to Jordan schools. The Jordaness Lions donated a dictionary to all the third graders at three schools – Jordan Elementary School, St. John the Baptist Catholic School, and the Minnesota River Valley Special Education Cooperative (MRVSEC). Students shown are (from left): front row, Luis Sesma, Jordan Flink, Colton Thompson and Gabby Hentges; back row, club members Amy Johns and Shelly Habeck.
Lions member and Jordan Elementary School Secretary Shelly Habeck shows the $400 check that the club donated for the school’s backpack program, next to Principal Stacy DeCorsey. The program sends food home to families in need over the weekend, so that kids come back energized to learn.
Mike Shaw asked fel low members of the Jordan City Council to include a clarification of his views on architectural design guidelines in the most recent recollections of a city work session. During a discussion with Jordan Planning Commission Chairman Rolf Hafslund on Nov. 21, Shaw said, “I hope I didn’t vote for having (highway commercial) be the same as downtown.” He meant to say that he doesn’t think that the downtown and highway commercial districts need to complement each other, Shaw said on Monday, Dec. 5. “Even though the ordinance may say that, I don’t feel that they should.” The council voted 6-0 to pass the work session minutes.
Mixed-use project gets city approvals The Scott County Community Development Agency (CDA) received three necessary approvals from the Jordan City Council this month. The council voted 6-0 for the second reading of ordinances that: I amend the highway commercial zone to allow for a library; I allow housing as a part of a mixed-use planned-unit development (PUD); I and approve the final PUD for the CDA’s mixed-use project. The CDA has contracted Dunbar Development to lay out its senior housing, library and medical clinic proposed in the Whispering Meadows business district. A pharmacy is part of the proposal, but not a sure thing. Compiled by Mathias Baden
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Thumbs up to preserving history, farmer’s market Thumbs up to … Historical society partnership: Open minds often prevail, in cases such as the short-lived recent movement for a Jordan historical society. That effort has switched gears and instead will move forward under the auspices of a local committee partnering with the Scott County Historical Society. Why duplicate in Jordan that in which another responsible local interest specializes? An impending deal with the historical society in Shakopee will be a boon for our town. 100 things promotion: The Jordan Commercial Club celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2012 with a “100 things” promotion. What creativity! Here’s to a fun time to be had by all, volunteerism and enthusiasm to be encouraged next year, and a long future for the club. Growing a farmer’s market: Jordan resident Cathy Isles is forming a committee to manage an outdoor Saturday market for locally grown produce, food products and handcrafted items. We should welcome and support the idea of getting a farmer’s market back in town. Such a market would let local growers and crafters sell locally and promote healthy eating. Those interested in such a committee can contact Isles at (952) 492-6084 or firstname.lastname@example.org during the day. Trails grants: Jordan’s city staff, instead of sulking about criticism over its past efforts (or, in some cases, lack thereof or disagreement about how) to connect sidewalks and trails in town, has been fully pursuant of state grant money for new trails. At some point soon, the negative talk is going to have to turn positive. Good things are happening. Food shelf giving: The holidays, religious and secular, provide many of us with an opportunity to give. Students at local schools put forth their utmost effort leading up to the winter break by donating money and food to the Jordan Area Food Shelf. It’s good to see that, in addition to fundraisers for school-related expenses, the school and others are working for their neighbors who are struggling to get food on the table.
Thumbs down to … Adult entertainment: Many a small town has been bitten when their zoning ordinances didn’t keep adult entertainment in an allowed location. The city of Jordan made plans for adult businesses, as the law requires, but the city ordinance disallows such activity in downtown Jordan, according to city officials. One downtown bar earned a fi ne for disobeying – hopefully they and others learn from the mistake, and hopefully patrons continue to spend money at a valued business here.
UP & DOWN COMMUNITY ISSUES
No council retreat: Cry about how much it costs i f you wa nt, but the result of not having a city council retreat is obvious – some councilmembers just don’t want to be cohesive. No councilmember has done enough to build a bridge and encourage legitimately controversial yet unanimous votes, of which the council needs more. A proven way to get on the same page is for the council to spend a large amount of time together. Council retreats are open meetings, and they result in togetherness, long-term visioning, and progress. Each councilmember should extend an olive branch to those with whom they have historically disagreed – immediately engage a facilitator, announce a date for a retreat, and vow to participate. For the good of Jordan, please work together. Feeling (fi ll in the blank): As it goes in the Flo Rida song, “Oh, sometimes I get a good feeling, yeah, I get a feeling that I never never never never had before, no no.” It’s unlikely Mr. Rida, wait, (his real name is Tramar Dillard), has ever attended a Jordan City Council meeting. If he had, his song might go: “Oh, every time, I get a bad feeling, yeah, I get a bad feeling that I had two, two, two weeks ago, oh oh.” Maybe a musical collaboration between the council and Jordan High School choir members would calm everyone’s nerves. Just a thought.
Think on this ... Spring flood outlook: Have you seen how low the Minnesota River is these days? We’ll be watching the weather, especially the flood outlook, this winter and spring – and for commuters’ sake, we’re hoping for a mild spring flood. On Dec. 28, the river water measured in at 5.51 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage is 25 feet. During the spring flood on March 28, the river crested at about 31.8 feet. Plants and animals thrive in the Minnesota River’s rise and fall. People, though, tend to worry when the water rises. Does a low-water autumn mean happy travels on river-bottom trails and a less severe spring flood? Only time will tell.
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Looking forward to beer, radishes A catalog from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company out of Missouri showed up in the mail one day as I was working in the Jordan Independent office. So I have to say thank you, mysterious someone, for ordering that catalogue and getting me rolling with the annually difficult endeavor of finding a good Christmas present for my dad. He’s harder to buy for in part because, like me, he isn’t quite as in love with new techno gadgets as most people seem to be. In fact, he was quite excited to receive a gently-used Sony Walkman that my mom found as a gift for him. He also did more gardening this past year, after converting some unused yard area into space for more tomato plants. There was even an unexpected visitor from seeds in the compost pile – a fullsized cantaloupe, which I sampled. It tasted the same as one from the store. So, giving garden seeds as a gift seemed like a good idea. Paging through the Baker Creek catalogue was kind of fun because of all the different varieties of fruits and vegetables.
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Heirloom seeds are basically versions of plants that aren’t mass produced or genetically modified. Although they might not lend themselves as well to mechanized, high-yield farming, they apparently still work well for the average gardener who might like the history and intrigue of the plants. My dad has no problem buying more common garden seeds you might find at the grocery or hardware store, but why not try something different? Among other seeds, we ordered him the Minnesota Midget Melon, Munchener Bier radish and Dragon
Tongue Bush Bean, the last of which, when grown, look like beans wearing purple camouflage. The Minnesota Midget Melon is described on the Baker Creek website: “This very small, very early heirloom was introduced in Minnesota in 1948. Measuring just 4 inches across, they have sweet, orange flesh and are perfect miniature versions of the ‘Classic Muskmelon.’” And, the Munchener Bier is described as “A famous German heirloom radish that is popular in much of northern Europe; 4-inch white roots have a pungent, crisp flesh that is sliced onto bread or served with pretzels. It also produces tender seed pods that are tasty pickled or added to salads.” It’s a fun idea to think about garden plants somehow connecting the grower to history and geography. Maybe the fruit tastes sweeter when there are stories behind the plants. And hopefully, they just taste sweeter. This summer, I plan to stop over at my parent’s place to check, as I expect that seeds are gifts that keep on giving.
Strumming along, happy to be fleeced Happy New Year! To those of you who, as a conversation starter, will ask, “Was Santa good to you?” I can honestly say yes, I received some very nice gifts, including a Columbia fleece to keep me warm when winter finally arrives in 2012. And as is my habit, I pre-purchased some things for myself in anticipation of the Christmas giving season — because after all, it is better to give than to receive (and I knew I wouldn’t get everything on my list). One of the gifts I gave myself caused questions and confusion. “A banjo? You bought a banjo?” “Yeah.” “Why?” “I thought it might be kind of fun to play.” “Is this going be like the drums, harmonica and violin?” (Those items were purchased to support pursuits that never really took off). “No, this is different.” “You sure have a lot of interests.” It’s true I do have many interests, and this New Year is no exception. In 2012 I have three things I want to accomplish: further my education, take the mystery out of chocolate boxes and improve a commonhousehold appliance. The first thing involves rocketry. We often hear how something is not as hard as rocket science, or you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to accomplish a certain task. I get a little tired of having the study of projectiles held up as the stick from which all difficulty is measured. And to prove them wrong, I think this year I may study aerospace engineering and learn about the physics of trajectories, lift, thrust, etc. How hard can it be? It’s not rocket … oh wait.
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Well, anyway, on to the second thing. All boxes of chocolates (not just the classy ones) should have a chart of the contents on the underside of the box top. However, placing it on the bottom of the box would create some humorous situations and possibly sell more chocolate. Unfortunately, a chocolate treasure map would remove the charm of Mrs. Gump’s adage because, unlike life, a well-mapped box of chocolates would always let you know what you’re going to get. My own mother must have grown tired of watching half-eaten candy spit into the waste basket – that image can ruin an otherwise festive atmosphere. As with other problems, she would cut the chocolate into smaller pieces to expose the stickiness of the situation. And finally, few problems in life can bring such temporary horror as a bad haircut and the immediate need to correct it. As a child, my friend Mark once jumped out of a barber’s chair and stormed out the door halfway through a haircut when he saw his reflection in the mirror.
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I have experienced that heartstopping realization. Clippers, designed for screwing up your appearance at home, come with several guides that fit over the blades. They are supposed to help you cut your hair at an even length. This works only if they are put in place. I have been halfway through a haircut when I removed the guide to do a quick touch-up around the ears. The screaming started shortly after I picked up where I left off. It was then that I realized I forgot to put the guide back on. But then it was too late because I had disfigured myself with several 1-inch-wide swipes. My wife, Rhonda, was summoned from whatever secondary task she was doing to fix my hideousness. Therefore for 2012, I propose that clippers designed exclusively for home use should come with an automatic shutoff when the guide is removed. As I cut my hair about once a month I may only have about 12 more times to screw it up anyway, because according to some interpretations the Mayan Calendar signifies the end of this age on Dec. 21, 2012. The Mayans, who lived in Central America over 1,000 years ago, devised a calendar that did not continue past 2012. Some people think the Mayans knew that the world would end at the end of this year. With all due respect to preColumbian society, I am not going to worry about it though. I will sit up in my room, warmed by my new fleece, and plan for next year. Jerry Kucera of Sand Creek Township is a Jordan Independent columnist. Read his past columns on his blog: www.jerrykucera.blogspot. com.
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Willie Robling holds some work as he walks against a stiff wind on the way toward winter break.
Jordan Elementary School students showed lots of smiles as they were let out for winter break in the early afternoon on Dec. 22. Here, Jackie Quiroz (left) and Alexa Fern carry sweet houses on the way out of school.
Students carried out crafts and sweets, and some wore pajamas – the last day before break was pajama day at the school.
“If there are situations between classmates, I will contact the teacher and ask if they would like to handle it or if they would like me to get involved. If something has happened on the bus, I will contact the bus company and we will work on solving the issue together,” she wrote. Students have responded well. They feel like their concerns are being heard and addressed, according to Kalow. She also sends ideas to teachers, so they can remind students what they can do if they feel bullied. Bystanders become a topic for discussion. “If a student sees someone being bullied they can either say ‘stop it’ in a firm voice to draw the attention of an adult, they can walk over to the student who is being bullied and ask them to play so that the bullied student can get out of the situation, or they can go get an adult for help,” Kalow wrote. Bullying at the elementary level, Kalow wrote, involves teaching students how to interact with each other in appropriate ways. Teachers can reinforce good behaviors taught by parents, and the behavior becomes natural for students. “Just as we need to be teaching them to read, write and calculate, we also need to teach them how to be safe, responsible and respectful to one another,” Kalow wrote. Principal Stacy DeCorsey said the social workers at district schools met last year, and started initiatives, which look different in each building. In October, Jordan Middle School started a group that included school staff, students and parents. DeCorsey said anti-bullying efforts are still developing. “Any time a kid feels uncomfortable and feels they weren’t treated appropriately, we want them to be able to tell us,” DeCorsey said.
LIVESREMEMBERED Marvin George Heutmaker
Donovan P. Streed
Marvin Heutmaker was born in the family home March 3, 1929 in Victoria, MN, to the parents of Arthur and Eleanor “Ella” (Tschimperle) Heutmaker. He was the second of five children. Marvin’s childhood years were spent in Victoria. He attended and graduated from the eighth grade at St. Victoria Catholic School. Serving in the United States Army, Marvin’s tour was for four years. Returning from a non-combat mission overseas, his ship saw the shores of the United States, but turned right around and they saw the beginning of the Korean War. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, not one but five bronze stars, the presidential unit citation and a combat infinity badge all from his courage efforts. His was discharged as a Sergeant 1st Class. Throughout his life, Marvin carried shrapnel in his back, reminding him daily of his years served. Returning from the military, Marvin held numerous jobs for decades and lived in different care facilities in many communities. As a young boy, he enjoyed playing baseball. In his earlier years, Marvin was the pitcher for the Vic’s town team. He even had a chance to play with his brother and cousins. After the games, the teams would gather at the lake and enjoyed time being together. In his spare time, Marvin enjoyed socializing at the local pubs. As a young boy, Marvin’s foundation for fishing began on Lake Victoria. This love carried throughout his life. His passion in life was his family. He loved attending family weddings and gathering, just so he could visit with his siblings and teasing his nieces and nephews A gentle person, yet a faithful servant, Marvin was 82 old and a resident of the Minneapolis V.A. Home. Marvin entered God’s arms in the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 at the Minneapolis Veteran’s Home. Forever loved, Marvin will be deeply missed by his sisters, Harriet Meuleners of Cologne, Lila Klehr of Jordan; sister-in-law, Mary Heutmaker of Belle Plaine; many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Marvin is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ella; sister, Lillian Sacco; brother, Vernon Heutmaker. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 9:30 a.m., all at St. Victoria Catholic Church, 8228 Victoria Dr., Victoria. Marvin’s pallbearers will be Duane Klehr, Alan Klehr, Gary Heutmaker, Jacob Siegle, David Meuleners and Ronald Schmitz. Father Bob White will officiate. Marvin will be laid to rest at St. Victoria Cemetery in Victoria, with full military honors provided by the Jordan Volunteer Rifle Squad. The Heutmaker family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Jordan Chapel. (952) 492-2818.
Donovan Streed, 86, of Jordan, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. He was born March 8, 1925 in Preston, MN, the son of Daniel and Esther Streed. Donovan was preceded in death by his wife, Monica, this past June. He is survived by daughter, Barbara L. (Butler) of River Falls, WI; sons, Donovan A. Streed of Rockford, IL, Peter Axel Streed of Waterville, Daniel H. Streed of Easton Rapids, MI; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Donovan flew with Northwest Airlines several years before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943, where he served in the Pacific during World War II. While onboard the U.S.S. St. Lo as an aviation mechanic, his ship and aviation squadron heroically engaged against numerically superior enemy forces in the Battle of Samar. For those actions he received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned several other combat ribbons and medals. He was married to Monica E. Venne on June 21, 1946. Both he and Monica lived in Minnesota for most of their lives, and in the Jordan area for more than 50 years. He and his wife owned and operated Sievert’s Jewelers in Waseca from the 1980’s until last last year. Donovan was an avid farmer, building contractor, pilot, inventor, and master watchmaker. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at Wagner’s Funeral Home in Jordan. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial services with full military honors will be held afterward at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of gifts, the family asks that you donate to the National Kidney Foundation or another charity in Donovan Streed’s name. Wagner Funeral Home, 952-492-3366.
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Mervin J. Herrmann
Mervin Herrmann, 94, of Fridley, passed away Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011, at White Pine Assisted Living in Fridley. Funeral service was Tuesday, Dec 27, 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carver. Visitation was Monday, Dec. 26 from 4-7 p.m. at Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska and also one hour prior to the service at church. Vicar Jon Niebuhr was the celebrant. Interment was at Mt, Hope Cemetery in Carver. Mervin was born June 13, 1917, in Benton Township, MN to Albert F. Herrmann and Louise (Ische). Herrmann. He was one of five children. He was baptized July 1, 1917 at Zion Evangelical in Norwood, MN and confirmed March 29, 1931 at Church of Peace in Norwood. Mervin graduated from Central High School in Norwood Young America. On Jan. 1, 1945, Mervin married Eveline (Kloos) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Carver. They had three children. Mervin had many fond memories and enjoyed traveling, telling stories about his childhood days, working on the farm, his job as an assessor for the city of Fridley, his many travels around the world, and most importantly, cherished time spent with Verna, Eveline, his family and friends. Preceded in death by wife of two years, Verna (Bergmann), and wife of 61 years, Eveline (Kloos); parents, Albert and Louise; brothers, Vincent and Orlind; foster sister, Hildegard Bentz; brother and sister-in-laws, Robert Schimmelpfennig, Jake Bentz, Donald and Ruth Kloos, John Kloos Jr, Marion Kloos Deis, Otto Mackenthun, Hildegard and Fred Bentz, Irene and Henry Gruenhagen, Renata and Virgil Herrmann, Edward Bergmann, and Ellen Bergmann. Survived by children, Sharon (Jerome) Rossow, Kim (Janet) Herrmann, Kay Herrmann; grandchildren, Matthew (Larissa) Rossow, Joel (Gina) Rossow, Andrew Rossow, Christina Herrmann, Amanda (Lee) Ibrahim; great-grandchildren, Broderick, Grant, Chloe, Audrey, Tyler, Alexander, and Brooke Rossow. Also survived by brother, Safford (Florence) Herrmann; sister, Aurelia Schimmelpfennig; sister-in-laws, Ellen Herrmann and Olga Mackenthun; brothers-in-law, Delmar (Donna) Kloos, Willard Bergmann, Elmer Deis, and Rotary Exchange Host Daughter, Isabela Darrell Hunter, 78, of Cologne, died (Fernando) Santos Piroli of Brazil. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 at the Marie Arrangements by the Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska, Steiner Kelting Hospice Home, Chaska. Funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 26, 11 a.m. at MN, 952-448-2137. East Union Lutheran Church, 15180 Co. Rd. 40, Carver, with the Rev. Tom Stutelberg officiating. Casketbearers were Terry Hunter, Bob Hunter, Jim Hunter, Ron Olson, Keith Hunter, and Kevin Hunter. Burial was at East Union William Randall, 62, of Chaska, died Lutheran Cemetery, Carver. Darrell was born May 26, 1933 in Peever, SD to Henry unexpectedly Sunday, Dec 25, 2011, at and Ida (Stai) Hunter, one of seven children. He was bap- Abbot Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. A memorial service will be held Friday, tized and confirmed at East Union Lutheran Church and was a 1951 graduate of Chaska High School. He served in Dec 30 at 11 a.m. at Bertas Funeral the United States Army being honorably discharged in Home, Chaska. Visitation will be held one 1961. Darrell worked for over 30 years for Republic Airlines, hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, which later became Northwest Airlines in aircraft ground memorials are preferred. Bill was born Oct. 29, 1949, in Lake City, MN to Howard services. He has been a member of East Union Lutheran Church since 1945, a charter member of the Cologne and Ardis (Fick) Randall. He was a graduate of Lake City Lions, and enjoyed vegetable gardening and being with High School and Mankato State University. Bill worked for family and friends. He was known as the family historian Aeration Industries International for 33 years, currently as Vice-President. On Dec 19, 1981, Bill married Jill and was well known by immediate and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ida; (Karwoski) in St Paul. They had one son. Bill was an avid brothers; sisters-in-law, Sanford and Mary Ann, Arnold and outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, including archery. He Patricia, Kenneth; brothers-in-law, Rich Olson and Harry was very involved in Boy Scout Troop 174 in Chaska. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Stewart. Survivors include his brother and sisters-in-law, Vernel Ardis; brothe,r Wayne; niece, Nadine; father-in-law, Eugene and Edna Mae of Inver Grove Heights, Margaret Ann Karwoski. Survivors include his wife, Jill of Chaska; son, Hunter of Inver Grove Heights; sisters, Darlene Olson of Joe of Chaska; sister-in-law, Mary K Randall of Lake City; Carver, Lois Stewart of South St. Paul; many nieces and mother-in-law, Lillian Karwoski of Cottage Grove, MN; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements were with the Bertas Funeral Funeral arrangements were with the Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska. 952-448-2137. Home of Chaska, 952-448-2137.
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ourschools PICTURING PEACE CELEBRATING A CHRISTMAS STORY
The Jordan Lions sponsor the Peace Poster contest each year, with prizes given to top entrants. This year’s winners are: Kaitlyn Snook, first place; Brynn Sieve, second place; Sydney Bourdeaux, third place; Lauren Lopez, fourth place; Veronica Steinhoff, fifth place; and Brook Anderson, Isabelle Pearson, Parker Huss, Allyssa Stadler and Samson Schmitt, each with an honorable mention. Pictured are (from left): front row, Huss, Schmitt and Bourdeaux; back row, Snook, Anderson, Steinhoff and Pearson. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Seeing big picture for New Year’s PHOTOS BY DAVID SCHUELLER / REPRINTS AT PHOTOS.JORDANNEWS.COM
The Christmas story got full attention in the Dec. 21 music program at St. John the Baptist Catholic School. First-graders Ashley Larson (left), Jordan Rosado and Simon Peterson sing out to the audience.
Sixth-graders got the star parts in the story – but not literally, as the star was produced using a lighting effect. Brenten Wick (left) plays a wise man, Anna Andersen is Mary, and Michael Spies shows up as a shepherd in the Christmas story. All are in sixth grade.
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The time has arrived when we review the year and take stock in what we have accomplished, what we botched, what we would like to do and who we would like to be moving forward. We have a chance to evaluate our priorities and measure how we are meeting our goals. What a great time to look at the big picture and see how we contribute to the greater world as well. As a school we continue to look at how we can best meet our students’ needs. One of my New Year’s resolutions at school is to work on how to best help each student reach his or her full potential through growth in all areas including social, emotional, physical and academic. This takes time and understanding. I want to try to get to know each student and his or her individual needs as we embark on this fun and important journey. I asked our fourth through sixth grade students what kind of resolution they have for the New Year. They shared many predictable items. Parents, you will be happy about these: I will try not to fight with my brother or sister; I will clean my room and pick up my toys; Get higher grades;
I want to finish the book I am reading; Turn homework in on time; Follow directions better; and Get no late assignments. Students grasp expectations people have, and they want to meet them. Another goal I would like to pursue involves helping our students step outside the box of what other people expect of them and allow them to think about what they want for themselves – in their daily lives and in terms of the greater world. Developing an intrinsic desire for personal wellness leads to bigger goals of significance such as justice and peace. Together we can become better people and make great things happen. St. John the Baptist Catholic School wishes everyone a very special New Year in which you make many special memories, smile more, laugh often, think positive, dream big, make peace with your past and commit to creating a future filled with hope and in which you realize the infinite possibilities that God offers to you. Happy New Year! Bonita Jungels is the principal of St. John the Baptist Catholic School. She can be reached at email@example.com.
JUNGELS ST. JOHN’S NEWS Help my parents around the house; Watch TV less and go outside more; Be more responsible with my puppy; Teach my dog to come; I am going to try to find my iPod; Try not to freeze up the hose on the farm; Improve in basketball and Help with snow removal. Teachers, you will be happy to hear: I will work on my multiplication; Read more; Listen more in class; Study more for tests; Every time our school is collecting things, I will bring in at least one item; I won’t break pencils; Get more organized;
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CHRONOLOGY OF 2011: PART THREE OF FOUR
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Molly Marshall has to protect her goats, Blaze and Dopey, from the heat of the summer sun as she prepares them for the upcoming Scott County Fair. She rubs corn starch into their coats, and makes sure they have shade in the pen. (July 14)
2011 Time well spent The JI takes a look back at third quarter of past year Editorâ€™s note: As we turn the corner into 2012, letâ€™s take an opportunity to reflect on the past year. A summary of news occurring during the other three quarters of the year ran in the previous two editions of your local newspaper or will conclude next week. This is a chronological summary of news reported in the third quarter of 2011.
JULY 7 Jordan will spend another $3,500 for Hospitality Marketers Inc. consultants to update a market study to woo a $ 3 million, 50-room, brand-name hotel to town. Topper Sponselâ€™s longtime friend Kevin Knox, Sponselâ€™s sister Susan Kelly, and Knoxâ€™s friend Kevin Breeggemann formed an investment management company and secured a three-year extension on the lease for Minnesota Harvest apple orchard, which is owned by a housing developer. Last year, the razing of the orchard seemed inevitable and the trees were being sold one by one. â€œWe have three years to return it to its glory,â€? Knox said of the orchard, which reopened for apple sales on Aug. 1. Using a new ResQ Disc, police and firefighters rescued a swimmer from being swept over the Sand Creek waterfall in Lagoon Park. A teenage girl clung to a log amid a swift current.
Without this device and the strong arm of the law, a swimmer could have been swept over the waterfall. Jordan Police Officer Shane Schultz demonstrates how a ResQ Disc was thrown into Sand Creek in an emergency. (July 7) On July 2-3, Sand Creek Townshipâ€™s Pitlick family organized Minne-GOAT-a show at the Scott County Fairgrounds in St. Lawrence Township, near Jordan. The Jordan City Council voted for a stricter water bill assessment policy, opting to shut off water sooner rather than later. Residents racked up $160,000 in delinquent bills in 2010 â€“ a troubling number that nearly doubled during the previous two years. Lawn nuisance ordinance of fenders wi l l b e ch a rged marked-up fees. Homeowners who donâ€™t keep up their lawns will pay $50 for the first offense, $75 for the second and $125 for the third. Developers whose properties require a rough cut will pay $80, $105 and then $155. Jordan Brewers faithfuls e nj oy e d f a n ap p r e c i at io n month in July, complete with free admissions, free concessions and prize giveaways. One permanent change: Any-
one younger than age 21 gets in free. W hy have one exit when you can have two? At Jordan Middle School, the addition of an out route onto Sunset Drive is projected to cost $15,000.
JULY 14 Scott County District Court Judge Diane Hanson ordered that the newly opened Reflections Crematoryâ€™s city-issued conditional-use permit be declared null and void. Inappropriate schminappropriate. The Jordan City Council voted 4-2 in favor of hosting its town hall meeting at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, the site that is the subject of two crematory-related lawsuits. Mayor Pete Ewals called City Administrator Ed Shukleâ€™s decision to let Mark Ballardâ€™s embattled business house the city-sponsored meeting â€œinappropriate.â€? With a vote of the Jordan School Board, the one-act play is back.
Refuge Ramble, a new program put on by Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center in San Francisco Township, near Jordan, takes place each Sunday in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The events focus on everything from finches to foxes; on a short hike, you can see wildlife in its natural habitat. Vacation Bible school takes place at St. Paulâ€™s Evangelical Lutheran, Lydia Zion United Methodist, St. John the Baptist and Hope Lutheran churches. The themes were â€œSpace Station Salvation,â€? â€œPandaMania,â€? â€œMary Leads Me Closer to Jesusâ€? and â€œPower Lab,â€? respectively. In its 30th year, Card-o-Rama surpassed the $100,000 mark for funds collectively raised. The annual event raised $3,700 in 2011. All of the money goes to the Queen of Peace Foundation, which supports the New Prague hospital.
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The city council asked about the feasibility of offering residents an opt-out clause for smart water meters. Dick Thom spoke about the negative effects of the electromagnetic fields emitted from the devices, and Mayor Pete Ewals said, “We’re frying our brains.” Jordan American Legion Post No. 3’s baseba l l team qualified for the Third District Tournament. A new hire, another fifthgrade teacher, will reduce class sizes, Dan’s available most days during business hours.
JULY 21 Jordan’s mayor and funeral home owner were involved in a 1 a.m. altercation. Jordan police will not force BallardSunder Funeral Home to cease crematory operations, despite a recent judge’s order. A group of four males alleged stole nearly $ 20,000 of items from a Jordan home, including shotguns, rifles and a bottle of champagne, and then stashed them in the woods near Jordan Middle School. Children learned about adding color to their diets during a 4-H program, Go Wild with Fruits & Veggies, at Valley Green Mobile Home Park in Jordan. Jordan Public Schools will raise lunch prices by 10 cents per lunch this year, likely the fi rst of more price increases. “The feds would like us to go up 30 cents,” Superintendent Kirk Nelson said. “It’s not a requirement to do it all at once.” Jordan charges $1.85 per meal.
JULY 28 With the prolific Scott County Fair draft horse show about to begin, the Jordan Independent offered a primer for novices on the subject. Scott County District Court Judge Caroline Lennon issued a temporary restraining order against Mayor Pete Ewals, in regard to a 1 a.m. incident at Mark Ballard’s funeral home in Jordan. Ewals must stay away from Ballard.
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It was sharp looking, and reduced waste. Abbie Rogers made a handbag out of a recycled jeans pocket at a Go Wild with Fruits & Veggies class, sponsored by the federally-funded Simply Good Eating program. (July 21) After a rainout, the Jordan High School Chamber Singers performed the national anthem at the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field. Ten neighborhood block parties registered for National Night Out.
AUG. 4 Giant plywood forms used to make the concrete pillars of the new Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis were purchased at auction by the Scott Carver Threshers and reused in the construction of a Model T garage at Threshers Park in St. L aw rence Tow nship, nea r Jordan. Jordan Mayor Pete Ewals denied the allegations in funeral home owner Mark Ballard’s court request for a restraining order. Ewals fi led for a court hearing. The Scott County Fair 4-H champions included, among many others, those from the Helpi ng Ha nd club : Emi ly Stocker, corn, small grains and legumes, beef showmanship; Tyler Schmitt, exploring the environment, safety, veteri-
nary science, waters and wetlands, animal science interview; Katelynn Nohner, foods and nutrition, pet, pet show; Spencer Kubista, global connections; Seth Palmer, needle arts, shooting sports and wildlife management; Melissa Laabs, digital photog raphy; Katie Kreuser, quilts, rabbit showmanship; Michael Lambrecht, animal science interview; Nick Pitlick, beef cow-calf, sheep showmanship, swine barrow, swine breeding gilt, swine showmanship; Sara Gliczinski, beef dairy steer, beef market steer, beef showmanship; Paige Pitlick, beef market heifer, beef breeding heifer, goat breeding doe, meat goat, sheep breeding ewe, swine market gilt; Bradley Kubes, beef showmanship; Matthew Adkins, beef showmanship; Maggie Ruehling, sheep showmanship; Rebekah Adkins, dog obedience, dog agility; Amber Tolly, dog obedience, dog agility; Jordan Hartwig, dog agility, dog obedience; Amber Gliczinski, dog showmanship; and Alyssa Rhoten, dog showmanship. Helping Hand won for its banner, hay bale decorating,
Beth Kiewatt tends to a dapple gray draft horse at Ames Percheron Farm in Jordan. (July 28) and overall herdsmanship. In 4-H horse competitions, Samuel Lucas finished first in the junior games high point, and Allison Lucas finished first in the senior advanced games high point. At the county fair tractor pull, Troy Wangerin of Jordan won the 2 0,0 0 0 semitrailer (multi-turbos allowed). Team Woodchuck of Jordan won the county fair tug-of-war. Tasha Buesgens of Jordan won the pre-teen division of the county fair talent show. Dave Menden, Scott County commissioner, won the ce lebrity milking contest by a landslide. Joe Wagner jumped to third place on the back of Tom Wolf – Menden’s fellow Scott County Board members shared the fruit of their labors in an effort to win. Darren Kermes, director of special education at Minnesota River Valley Special Education Cooperative (MRVSEC), was hired as interim director of the Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative (CSEC), replacing Randy Zitterkopf. Gregg Wolf fi nished fourth – after a shoot-off – during the
2011 Federation Internationale De Tir Aux Armes Sportives De Chasse Championships in Orville, France. The Mizuno Northern Lights 17-2 team featuring Jordan seniors Kelsey Chambers and Emilee Gutzmer won the AAU National Championship 17 Club title in Orlando, Fla.
AUG. 11 The mayor and the funeral home director came to a handshake agreement in the courtroom, dismissing a petition for a restraining order. Then, the mayor was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The Jordan City Council’s vote of no confidence in the mayor “really has no legal impact,” City Attorney Annette Margarit said. The Reptile and Amphibian Discovery (RAD) Zoo visited Jordan, bringing a python, tortoise and other live reptiles to the library. When the Jordan Fire Department put out its fi rst local events calendar, no one volunteered to be featured as a fi re-
“I was verbally and physically attacked.” Funeral home owner Mark Ballard In a restraining order against Jordan Mayor Pete Ewals (July 21) fighter of the month. Instead, a group photo is included, along with coupons from various supporting businesses. The Scott County Fair’s open classes winners from Jordan included: Dianne Jabs, bars (not frosted); Skye Pauly, magic with mixes; Theodore Smith, candy; Nanette Brandtner, crocheted needleworks; Mary Edelman, sewing garments, jewelry; Allen Busse, wood crafts; Anton Hagen, Fret woodworking, holiday decorations; Ian Hennen, rabbits overall champion; Laura Kieser, Saanen goat, Saanen best of breed, and Cheylub Schmitt, chicken (bantam, hen or pullet).
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Tanzania: Safari; Zanzibar: Beach Holiday Experience the wonders of Africa’s wildlife by hot-air balloon. Get an up-close view of wildebeest herds pushing across the Serengeti, zebras zigzagging through endless grasses and elephants bathing in wadis. Go wild on a walking or vehicle safari and then sleep tight in your deluxe safari tent.
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After witnessing the largest mass movement of mammals on the planet (say that ﬁve times), ﬂy to Zanzibar, Tanzania’s “Spice Island” (see photo, page 10). Here on the Indian Ocean’s white sands, cultures have collided for centuries. Stay in exotic Stone Town where Arab harems danced for sultans, Indian spice merchants left splendid architecture and Dr. Livingstone (I presume) began his last journey into the Swahili mainland. Or stay at a beach resort for some of the world’s best scuba diving. www.adventuresinafrica.com.
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High Living Li Along Peru’s Ancient Pathways Adventure travelers love the trek to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas,” for its blend of l action, rugged beauty and lavish pampering. What do you call a four-day backpacking trip where polite porters carry your pa pack, learned chefs prepare exotic local foods, and hot wine is served at an fee above sea level? Vagabonding Lulu calls it “Gucci Camping.” alpine viewpoint 11,742 feet
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The Scott Carver Threshers Festival gave visitors a chance to see old-time engines, threshing demonstrations, a daily tractor parade, a Model T garage, and countless items from years gone by. Marvin Iverson of Jordan cranks this ’30s-era Allis-Chalmers model B tractor to a start so his great niece Jade Gould of Jordan can try driving the old tractor. (Aug. 11)
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Molly O’Hern of Jordan showed her rabbit Midnight in an exhibition demonstration on Friday, July 29. She showed Midnight and another rabbit, Godiva, at the 4-H rabbit show that day, and her awards included grand champion in showmanship. During the heat of the day, she used a bottle of ice to keep Midnight cool. (Aug. 4)
In the county fair draft horse show, Ames Percheron Farm won the gelding cart, open eight-horse hitch and amateur four-horse hitch, as well as the stall-decorating contest and best shod hitch. In open classes, Ames earned a championship in the geldings (all breeds) division, as well as taking home the supreme halter horse championship. James Rud’s civil commitment was upheld in appeals court. The Jordan Brewers made it to the last possible game of a best-of-five playoff series against Shakopee, before failing to make a Class B state tournament appearance. Greg Dietel was named the Jordan Jaguars girls varsity basketball coach. He previously coached the boys.
“It really has no legal impact. You know, the mayor is an elected official like everybody else, and he will serve out his term, presumably – I meant, I don’t know why he wouldn’t.” Jordan City Attorney Annette Margarit On the Jordan City Council’s vote of no confidence in Mayor Pete Ewals on Aug. 2 (Aug. 11)
AUG. 18 Next Ju ly, Scot t Cou nty Fairgoers ought to be able to ride the Big Eli No. 12 Ferris wheel, thanks to a generous donation from a fair board member. “How can you have a fair without a Ferris wheel?” contractor and fair board member Dick Ames said. The project is his baby. Legal costs are rising for the city of Jordan. Samantha Kulas of Jordan
went to Australia through the People to People Student Ambassador Programs. Nancy Murray and Lance Schmitt joined the Jordan Park and Recreation Commission. Replacing a fire tanker truck with 485,000 miles on it will cost $75,000, to be paid by townships, an internal loan, and cash from the truck and building fund.
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The Scott County Sheriff’s Office fishing derby took place at Cedar Lake. Usually, deputies pair up with children to go catfish angling on the Minnesota River, but the river water levels were dangerously high. T he M i n ne s ot a Ren a i s sance Festival opens its 41st season. Jordan tennis is the team to beat in the Minnesota River Conference. After finishing 24-14, the Jordan Brewers’ season will go down in history as a success.
AUG. 25 St. Benedict’s school was demolished on Tuesday, Aug. 23. It stood near a church in Helena Township since 1898, at times in its storied history holding classes for students in grades 1-8. Paige Moran, 15, of Jordan found the Heimatfest medallion in Holzer Park, in a plastic bag
“How can you have a fair without a Ferris wheel?” Scott County Fair Board Member Dick Ames On the refurbished Big Eli No. 12 Ferris wheel that will grace the skies above the county fair next year (Aug. 18) near a fence. She was hunting with her mom, Stina, and brother Thurston. Jordan American Legion Post No. 3 held a flag-burning ceremony in Lagoon Park, demonstrating the proper and respectful way to dispose of the American flag. The Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce will send a liaison to the Jordan Economic Development Authority and Jordan Planning Commission meetings. Jordan, by mayoral proclamation, is a Yellow Ribbon Community, offering assistance to active military members, veterans and their families in need. Two American hikers being held in Iran received eight-year sentences for allegedly spying.
The father of Shane Bauer lives in Sand Creek Township, near Jordan. Murderer Charles Anthony Maddox Jr. of Prior Lake was sentenced to 30 years – 20 in prison and another 10 on supervised leave – for killing his wife. Ernie Leidiger, Mike Beard and Kelby Woodard were the most local state representatives who made themselves available to the public during the Minnesota State Fair. The No. 8-ranked Jordan Jaguars volleyball team started the season with a target on its back. Mathias Baden compiled the chronology of 2011. Baden, the editor of the Jordan Independent, can be reached at editor@ jordannews.com.
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We Want Your Support!!
Here’s how it works: Jeans Day - a day when employees may dress for work in jeans. In return, the employee pays one dollar, which goes to area non-proﬁt organizations. Jeans Day is a way to raise funds for non-proﬁts and at the same time boost employee morale. We like the idea of people of the Greater Southwest Metro area wearing jeans for area non-proﬁts on the last Friday of each month. For the next year we are proposing the following non-proﬁts: January Big Brothers Big Sisters – Starting something since 1904. At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we’ve been impacting the lives of children for over 100 years. And we’re just getting started. For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. And we have over a century of volunteers, donors, and advocates just like you to thank. More than 100 years later, Big Brothers Big Sisters remains true to our founders’ vision of bringing caring role models into the lives of children. And, today, Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states—and in 12 countries around the world. www.bigstwincities.org
February River Valley Nursing Center – Mission: Serving vulnerable individuals and families in our community while promoting the leadership role of nurses. Vision: Compassionate and individualized health-related services and community resources are available to all. History: We grew out of the Carver/Scott Healthy Communities Collaborative in 2003. The 7 original partners all shared a concern for the uninsured and underinsured in Carver and Scott counties. As of 2008, there were almost 5,000 uninsured in Carver County and 11,000 in Scott County. River Valley Community Partnership is a tax exempt organization - 501 (c)(3). Our Unique Model: Our services are provided by Minnesota licensed Public Health nurses and bi-lingual Spanish translators/community outreach providers. www.rivervalleynursingcenter.org
March Minnesota Food Share – Each March, Minnesota FoodShare directs the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state and restocks 300 food shelves across Minnesota. It recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and civic groups to run local food and fund drives to aid in the effort. Minnesota FoodShare organizes a statewide media campaign to promote food shelf donations. It produces and distributes free promotional and educational resources for food drive organizers. It acts as a clearinghouse for cash donations and distributes the funds to participating Minnesota food shelves. Throughout the year, Minnesota FoodShare advocates on behalf of hungry Minnesota families with both state and federal lawmakers and educates the public about hunger in Minnesota. mnfoodshare.gmcc.org
April Autism Society of Minnesota – The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is an organization of families, educators, care givers, and professionals committed to supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It was established in 1971. AuSM has members throughout the state of Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Mission: The Autism Society of Minnesota exists to enhance the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. AuSM seeks to realize its mission through education support, collaboration, and advocacy. www.ausm.org
May Regional Parks Foundation of the Twin Cities – The Regional Parks Foundation of the Twin Cities is the designated non-proﬁt partner for the Regional Parks system. Your Donation supports ALL of the regional parks in the Twin Cities region. Parks in our area: Carver County Parks - Baylor, Minnewashta, and Waconia. Dakota County Parks - Lake Byllesby, Lebanon Hills, Miesville Ravine, Spring Lake, Mississippi River Trail, Big Rivers Trail. Three Rivers Park District (Hennepin and Scott Counties) - Baker, Byant Lake, Carver (Lowry Nature Center), Cleary Lake (Scott County), Clifton E. French, Crow-Hassan, Eagle Lake, Elm Creek (Eastman Nature Center), Fish Lake, Gale Woods, Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes (Richardson Nature Center), Lake Minnetonka, Mississippi River Coon Rapids Dam - West Nature Center, Murphy-Hanrahan (Scott County), North Mississippi, Noerenberg Memorial, Lake Rebecca, Silverwood (Ramsey County), Dakota Rail Trail; North Hennepin Trail, Scott County Trail, Southwest LRT Trails (North and South). www. regionalparksfoundationtc.org
June FISH (Families and Individuals Sharing Hope) – is a collaborative effort of the faith community, non-proﬁts, service groups, local government and the business community. Their shared mission is to partner together to meet human needs so that individuals will be able to live healthy, transformed lives. Partnering together to match available and future services with individuals in need
during singular times of crisis or through longer times of need assisted by a mentor to achieve the goal of living a transformed healthy life.
July Life College – Minnesota Life College (MLC), located in Richﬁeld, Minnesota, is a not-for-proﬁt, vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders. Since 1996, MLC has been dedicated to helping our students make a successful transition to independent living and ﬁnancial self-sufﬁciency. Our students are involved in a challenging vocational and independent living curriculum with an emphasis on “Real Skills for Real Life™.” Students have the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom. We give students the opportunity to learn the skills they need to know in the real world. www. minnesotaLifeCollege.org
August Fruits of the City – Fruits of the City aims to capture fresh fruit that would otherwise go to waste and redistribute it to those in need. In 2010, we partnered with Second Harvest Heartland to glean over 23,000 pounds of fruit. Our goal for this year is to harvest 36,000 pounds of fruit. www. mnproject.org/food-FruitsOfTheCity. html
September Sobriety High Charter School – Our Mission: to provide adolescents recovering from alcohol and drug dependency a comprehensive, four-year high school diploma program in a safe, sober and chemical-free environment. Sobriety High Charter School is welcoming and supportive academic environment that is committed to sobriety, academic success, and personal growth. Our goal is to provide a safe, sober, and challenging school experience for students who share a commitment to educational achievement and personal growth. www.sobrietyhighschool.com
October The Wildcat Sanctuary – Our Mission - Provide a natural sanctuary to wildcats in need and inspire change to end the captive wildlife crisis. Our Vision - Help create a world where animal sanctuaries are no longer needed. Who we are - The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) is a 501c3 non-proﬁt, no-kill big cat rescue located in Sandstone, MN. TWS provides a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspires change to end the captive wildlife crisis. TWS is funded solely on private donations. The Sanctuary is a home for animals, not a zoo for people and is not open to the public. Combining natural and spacious habitats with a life free of exhibition and exploitation, TWS allows all residents to live wild at heart. As a true sanctuary, we do not buy, breed, sell or exhibit animals. www.wildcatsanctuary.org
November Minnesota Adoption Resource Network is committed to the right of every child to a permanent, nurturing family. Since 1980, Minnesota Adoption Resource Network (MARN) has been dedicated to the recruitment of adoptive families for Minnesota waiting children, advocating on behalf of adoptive, kinship and foster families, and maximizing opportunities for successful adoptions. Since we are not a child-placing agency, we can fully advocate for the children needing adoptive families. To many, zero means nothing. At MARN, when it comes to children waiting for families, zero means everything. www. zerokidswaiting.org
December CAP Agency – CAP Agency - Organized in 1965, as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” movement, the agency began as the Scott-Carver Economic Council providing co-op farming programs, Head Start and Senior Citizen Centers to residents of Scott and Carver Counties. The CAP Agency expanded its service area in 1985, to include residents of Dakota County. The agency’s name has since been adopted to reﬂect this expansion. Now numerous programs strong, three counties wide and over 40 years old, the CAP Agency offers a varied menu of services in each county, and continues to grow and evolve to reﬂect its commitment to address the unmet needs of the community. http://preview.capagency.org
outhwest Newspapers will promote Jeans Day and all the participating businesses in each of its seven community newspapers every month. We’ll provide you with Jeans Day stickers for your participating employees to wear. We also will give you “table tents” to explain to customers why employees are dressed casually. Southwest Newspapers retains less than 10% of the donations to cover the cost of stickers, mailings and other promotional material. Southwest Newspapers also donates all the ads placed in the paper promoting Jeans Day. In short, this program will cost you nothing. It will boost employee morale. It will pleasantly unite all of the Greater Southwest Metro area for a worthwhile cause, and hopefully will raise lots of money for local non-proﬁts. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Jennifer Sorenson at jsorenson@ swpub.com or 952-3456477. Thanks, Jeans Day Committee
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Michael Kroells clinched the win against St. Michael-Albertville with a pin at heavyweight.
Scott West tops No. 2-ranked team Grapplers defeat St. Michael-Albertville BY TODD ABELN email@example.com
The Scott West wrestling team made a big statement in its last match. The Panthers welcomed St. Michael-Albertville, the secondranked team in Class 3A, to Belle Plaine High School last Thursday night and sent them home with their fi rst loss of the season. Scott West won six of the last eight matches to defeat the Knights 33-25. The match started with Scott West’s David Flynn topping Aaron Dick 6-4 to give the Panthers an early 3-0 lead.
St. Michael-Albertville responded by winning the next five matches going up 16-3. Tommy Thorn, a defending state champion, started the win streak for the Knights, as he topped Zach Siegel 8-4 at 113 pounds. Colton Schoen earned a major decision against the Panthers’ Phillip Dvorak. T h at wa s fol lowe d by C ole Sladek topping Luke Betchwars at 126 pounds 10-5 and Mark Voss beating Luke Zilverberg 3-2 at 132 pounds. Lincoln Mallinger won the fi fth match in a row when he topped Andrew Fogarty 1-0.
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Scott West stopped the win streak at 145 pounds, when Gabe Fogarty pinned Wayne Voss 3 minutes, 31 seconds, into the match to earn six points for the Panthers and cut St. Michael-Albertville’s lead to 16-9. That win started the Panthers’ winning streak, consisting of the next four matches. Patrick Dvorak cut the lead to 16-13 with a 13-2 major decision against Ryan Rostamo.
Charlie Pesch tied at 16-16, when he won 9-4 at 160 pounds against Owen Gammell. Nick Dvorak pinned Jake Briggs at 2:49 for a 22-16 lead, and Jake DeWeese followed with a technical fall at 182 pounds to give Scott West a 27-16 lead. St. Michael-Albertville made the match interesting, as it earned a pin at 195 and a 6-2 win by Bennie Wilson against Mike Riker at 220 pounds. T hat sent t he match to t he heavyweight division with Scott West leading 27-25. The Panthers trotted out No. 1-ranked Michael Kroells, while the Knights sent third-ranked Michael Kessler to the mat. Kroells clinched the win when
he pinned Kessler at 3:20 to give the Panthers the 33-25 win.
READY TO RUMBLE Scott West will defend its tournament title this weekend, when they travel to Fargo, N.D. for the Rumble on the Red. The Panthers topped Jackson County Central last year to claim the 2010 title. This year’s tournament features Minnesota powers like Albert Lea, Foley, Jackson Country Central, Cambridge-Isanti, and Frazee. In addition, there also will be teams from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Alaska in attendance. The tournament is Dec. 29-30 at the Fargodome.
Long-range shooting determines boys’ outcome Watertown hits 13 threes in win against Jordan BY TODD ABELN firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jordan boys basketball team heads into their Christmas break with a bad taste in their mouth. The Hubmen fell 62-42 to Watertown-Mayer, the fi fth-ranked team in Class 2A, at home last Thursday night. D e s pit e t h e 2 0 - p oi nt spread, head coach Matt Urbanek wasn’t very upset about the loss. “Watertown-Mayer shot the ball very, very well,” he said. “We were active on defense, and I thought we played very hard and with a lot of energy. To be honest, I thought we played hard enough to win against a very good team.” The di f ference in the game was Watertown’s ability to hit shots from the outside. Watertown had five different players hit at least one three-pointer in the game. In total, the Royals hit 13 threepointers in the game.
Compare that to Jordan making four of 18 threepointers, and there’s the 20-point differential. “The difference was in shooting percentage,” Urbanek said. “If we continue to play this hard and with this much energy, we will continue to improve and the wins will take care of themselves.” The game got away in the fi rst half when WatertownMayer outscored the Hubmen 32-18. Jordan played evenly with the Royals in the second half but couldn’t really put any kind of run together to put a scare into Watertown. Senior Kevin Way led the Hubmen in scoring with 11 points. He was followed by Micah Hennen’s eight points and Kurt Schansberg and Nate Beckman’s seven.
UP NEXT The Hubmen will take a few days off for Christmas before returning to action tonight (Thursday), when they host Gibbon-FairfaxWinthrop at 7 p.m. A fter that noncon ference ga me, Jorda n wi l l play three Minnesota River Conference games, starting with Norwood-Young America next Tuesday.
Nick Heitkamp brings the ball up the floor for the Hubmen, while Nate Beckman follows him.
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Junior Nate Beckman battles for a loose ball against Watertown-Mayer.
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The Minnesota State High School League will be celebrating the 100th state basketball tournament, and is looking for basketball mementos and memorabilia to display at this yearâ€™s tournaments. Items such as tournament programs, books about the tournament, newspaper clippings, balls and uniforms, trophies, photographs â€“ anything related to either the boys or girls state tournament is needed to fi ll display cases for fans to enjoy while at Target Center for the 2012 state tournaments. League staff will take great care in securing any contributed item and will make sure it is returned in the same condition in which it was received. The league can arrange for pickup or delivery of items if required. Potent i a l c ont r ibutor s m ay inquire by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or by leaving a message in the general mailbox at (763) 560-2262.
Lions club hosts bowling fund-raiser PHOTO BY TODD ABELN / REPRINTS AT PHOTOS.JORDANNEWS.COM
Senior Sam Hentges drives past Shakopeeâ€™s Rachel Boegeman.
Shakopee too much for girls First loss of season comes from 4A school BY TODD ABELN firstname.lastname@example.org
After starting the season 8-0 and rising into the Class 2A rankings, the Jordan girls basketball team fell for the fi rst time last Thursday night. The Jaguars traveled to Shakopee to take on the Class 4A Sabers and left with a 55-42 loss. The game was close throughout the first half, but Shakopee turned up their defensive pressure in the second
half and pulled away from Jordan. The Jaguars only trailed 28-24 at halftime but allowed Shakopee start the second half with a 15-4 run. â€œWe werenâ€™t at our sharpest,â€? head coach Greg Dietel said. Shakopee pushed their lead all the way to 20 points at 55-35 with three minutes left in the game. â€œThey exposed us a little bit, but weâ€™ll fi x it,â€? Dietel said. â€œWe choose to stand so much offensively. We were waiting for one cut instead of having a lot of movement, which made us very easy to defend.â€? In the last three minutes of the game, Jordan outscored Shakopee 7-0
to cut the score to 55-42. â€œThe last five minutes of the game, we ran our offense the best we did all night,â€? Dietel said. Kelsey Chambers and Maddy Dean led the Jaguars with 14 points each. The loss drops Jordanâ€™s record to 8-1 on the season. â€œThis is only a bad thing if we donâ€™t learn from it,â€? Dietel said.
TIME OFF The Jaguars will have to think about the loss for a while. They donâ€™t return to action until Thursday, Jan. 5, when they play Sibley East.
The Jordaness Lions will be having a bowling fund-raiser on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Louisville Lanes in Shakopee. The proceeds benefit the Jordan Area Food Shelf, the Lions eye bank, and other local events and organizations. Bring items for the food shelf and receive a free raffle ticket. The deadline to register is Dec. 31 and costs $25 per player. It is fi rst come, first serve on the 24 lanes available. Reg ist ration i ncludes t h ree games, bowling shoes and a beverage ticket. There will be prizes for menâ€™s and womenâ€™s first, second, third and highest individual scores. Other events include raffle prizes and door prize drawings. For more information or to register, contact Julie Beckius, at 6245 214th St. W., Jordan, MN 55352, (612) 308-8163, or at jules05@frontiernet. net.
Spring turkey hunt applications accepted Twelve expanded permit areas wil l of fer wild turkey hunters more f lexibility and opportunity when they apply for the 2012 spring wild turkey hunt, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said. â€œWild turkey permit areas have been consolidated into 12 new, larger areas from 77 smaller ones,â€? said Steve Merchant, DNR wildlife population and regulation program manager. â€œWhile Minnesotaâ€™s overall turkey range remains the same, larger geographic areas in which to hunt provide more choice within a single permit area.â€? Applications for the spring season are being accepted now through Friday, Jan. 13, wherever hunting and fi shing licenses are sold and online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense. The hunt will consist of six fiveday and two seven-day seasons. All adult resident and nonresident wild turkey hunters interested in hunting during one of the first four time periods must apply electronically. Licenses for the last four time periods will be sold over- the-counter only. Youth hunters ages 17 and younger can purchase a permit over-thecounter for any time period. All hunters must pay a nonrefundable $3 application fee at the time of application. Nonresident hunters may apply online or by telephone at (888) 665-4236 (MNLICENSE). A nonrefundable $3.50 transaction fee will be charged for online and telephone applications. Hunters who are not successful in the drawing may purchase surplus turkey permits, which are sold on a fi rst-come, fi rst-served basis in mid-March. They also may choose to purchase a license over-the-counter for any of the last four time periods. Unsuccessful applicants retain their preference points. For more information, call the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157.
Trapping training course scheduled The Minnesota Trappers Association and the Fish Lake Sportsmenâ€™s Club will host a furbearer trapping training course on 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 11 and Feb. 18, at the Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency (SCALE) Regional Training Facility, 17706 Valley View Dr. in Jordan. This is the course that is required by the state of Minnesota, for anyone planning on purchasing a trapping license, born after Dec. 31, 1989. Participants must preregister by Jan. 28, 2012. For more information, times and registration, call Shawn Oâ€™Hern at (612) 240-8404.
CASH FOR SPIKERS
Snowmobile in Three Rivers Park District PHOTO BY MATHIAS BADEN
A donation of $8,000 means a lot to the Jordan Volleyball Assoc., said Jordan High School varsity volleyball coach Jason Geisel (right). â€œItâ€™s above and beyond.â€? In one day, 320 fans took test drives and earned money for the 120-player volleyball program. Drive One 4 UR School is an athletics sponsorship program offered by Wolf Motors of Jordan and Ford. Geisel said the money can be used for the end-of-the-season banquet, senior gifts, new volleyballs for the schools, nets at Minnesota River Special Education Cooperative gym, and DVDs of the teamâ€™s 2011 state appearance.
For the 2011-2012 winter season, Three Rivers Park District is continuing its partnerships with area snowmobile clubs to provide linking trails in eight Three Rivers Parks. Earlier this month, the park districtâ€™s board of commissioners approved ag reements allowing snow mobi le clubs to maintain trails that provide connections to Minnesotaâ€™s extensive network of snowmobile trails.
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