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AMERICAN Racino proposals stir city opposition BY LORI CARLSON editor@plamerican.com

Prior Lake’s mayor has sent a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton, encouraging him to reject “racino” bills before the state Legislature. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which operates Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, has stated its firm opposition to a racino (a combined race track and casino) in competition with the tribal enterprise. In late January, Prior Lake Mayor Mike Myser sent a letter urging Dayton — as well as Sen. Claire

Robling (R-Jordan) and Rep. Mike Beard (R-Shakopee) — to oppose racino funding proposals. Beard and state Rep. Mark Buesgens (R-Jordan) submitted a bill in January that would authorize a racino Mike at Canterbury Park. Myser Myser wrote that competition would threaten the tribe’s casino revenue and cause the tribe to move toward selling liquor at the casino, which

could increase public-safety problems. “ T h e r e s u lt i s that Prior Lake’s police department will experience the need for additional officers, equipment and vehicles to respond to a lcohol-related Mark incidents affecting Buesgens city costs,” Myser wrote. Currently, the city gets $380,000 in donated revenue annually from the tribe.

“We have already been warned t h at decl i ni n g revenues due to racino competition will jeopardize this contribution,” Myser wrote in the letter. This week, Buesgens criticized Myser in a letter to the editor, calling Prior Lake’s opposition “troubling” and “ironic. “I find it troubling that the mayor’s view is that Mystic Lake, to the exclusion of any other Prior Lake business, must be given an absolute monopoly,” Buesgens stated. “Given his concern about protecting gambling at Mystic Lake, he’s apparently not in the

least bit troubled by competition for other gaming dollars, since last time I checked, there were numerous establishments in town selling pull tabs or lottery tickets.” Myser countered that the city cares about all businesses that employ its residents, not just Mystic Lake. But he said the casino — by far the city’s largest employer, with about 600 Prior Lake residents employed — requires significant city resources, particularly from the police department.

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PRIOR LAKE HIGH SCHOOL

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Open enrollment closes at PLHS School to accept 30 students BY MERYN FLUKER mfluker@swpub.com

High-school students looking to become Lakers in 2012-13 should get in while they can. At the Monday, Feb. 13 regular meeting, the Prior Lake-Savage Area School Board voted to close open enrollment at Prior Lake High School on the recommendation of Superintendent Sue Ann Gruver — allowing only 30 more students to register. Over the past three years, closing open enrollment at the high school has become a routine as the school’s population has soared past the building’s original 2,000-student capacity. As of mid-October, the high school had 2,298 students. Because District 719 receives state integration dollars, Board members are able to vote to close open enrollment annually.

In a twist from years past, open enrollment will not close on an agreed-upon date. Instead, open enrollment will remain open until 30 additional students have applied to attend the high school. “This would allow us to take a maximum — not necessarily that we would — a maximum of 30 students over the course of the next several months and then close the high school for the coming year,” Gruver said. “I just believe that if we did it that way, then if a family presented themselves and would really like to be in our school, then we would have that opportunity.” The superintendent noted that in past years, families have moved to the area thinking that their children would be Lakers, only to find out that their homes were not within district boundaries — and because they discovered the news after open enroll-

Open enrollment history Here’s a brief history of open enrollment: 2009: Accepted 20 open enrollees 2010: Accepted 21 open enrollees 2011: Accepted 13 open enrollees Source: Prior Lake-Savage Area School District

ment had already closed, District 719 could not accommodate their requests. Open enrollment will remain open “until next January,” Gruver said, though she mentioned that “99 percent” of applications will most likely come in before the 2012-13 school year begins. In January 2013, the board will again review the situation at the high school and decide whether to close open enrollment.

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Man nearly five times legal limit during crash BY ALEX HALL ahall@swpub.com

PHOTO BY MERYN FLUKER / REPRINTS AT PHOTOS.PLAMERICAN.COM

Prior Lake High School senior Alex Angelo, of Savage, grips a carp on Spring Lake. Angelo, along with her peers in environmental science and Advanced Placement environmental science, spent Tuesday afternoon assisting the Prior Lake Spring Lake Watershed District to tag carp. They tagged 1,752 fish in the hopes of studying their migratory patterns and other information about the carp, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota. Visit www. plamerican.com to see more photos from the event.

Police say a Prior Lake man who caused a crash in January that injured another driver had a blood alcohol content nearly five times the legal limit for driving, according to charges filed in Scott County District Court. Benji Lee Chalich, 37, is charged with two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation. According to the complaint, a Prior Lake police officer was driving westbound on County Road 82 on Jan. 12 at about 10:38 a.m. when he came upon a two-vehicle crash that had occurred on the road. The officer checked on Chalich, who was still in the vehicle and bleeding from the head. The officer said he could smell an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. Another officer who arrived on

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KEEP UP: FIND MORE PUBLIC-SAFETY NEWS ON PAGES A6-A8 AND ONLINE AT WWW.PLAMERICAN.COM. the scene broke the rear passenger window of Chalich’s vehicle to gain access. Once inside, an officer asked Chalich if he was OK, at which point he allegedly replied that he was drunk and was sorry for the crash. The driver of the second vehicle, who was complaining of hip pain, said Chalich was driving the wrong way on County Road 82 going eastbound in the westbound lane. The driver said he was traveling on the inside lane when he saw Chalich coming at him, and that he had nearly come to a complete stop when Chalich hit him head-on. At the location of the crash, County Road 82 has two eastbound lanes

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and two westbound lanes and the two sides are separated by a grass median. Officers observed that both vehicles had sustained significant damage to their front ends. A Prior Lake Detective also saw several empty beer cans on the floor in the passengerside backseat of Chalich’s vehicle. After the crash, the second driver was transported to St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. The man was diagnosed with a broken hip, and doctors told him that the injury would require hip replacement surgery. Chalich was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where a Minnesota State Trooper obtained a blood sample from him. Subsequent testing revealed that Chalich had a blood alcohol content .38. The legal limit for driving in Minnesota is .08. Chalich has two drunken driving convictions in Minnesota since 2001.

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The Prior Lake City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. A workshop on a park study update and a review of actual financial reports will take place at 4:30 p.m. The workshop is open to the public. The tentative regular meeting agenda includes: Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance Public forum Approval of agenda Consider approval of Feb. 6, 2012 meeting minutes Consent agenda A. Consider approval of invoices to be paid B. Consider approval of building permit summary report C. Consider approval of animal control services report D. Consider approval of fire department report E. Consider approval of police department report

F. Consider approval of December 2011 and January 2012 treasurer’s report G. Consider approval of 2011 four th- quar ter investment report H. Consider approval of a resolution approving a temporary on-sale liquor license for the Church of St. Michael Items removed from consent agenda Presentations A. Community Safety Advisory Committee annual report Public hearings: None scheduled Old business: A. Consider approval of a 2011 variance report New business: A. Consider approval of a resolution approving the final plat and development contract for Jeffers Pond fifth addition B. Consider approval of a resolution updating the 2030

vision and strategic plan C. Consider approval of a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a memorandum of understanding with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Shakopee and Scott County D. Consider approval of a resolution adopting amendments to the 2012 general fund and Economic Development Authority budgets and rescinding the transfer of funds from the economic development federal and Minnesota revolving loan funds to the Economic Development Authority special revenue fund E. Consider approval of preliminary fourth-quarter 2011 financial reports O t her bu si ne s s /c ou nci l member reports A. Community events Executive session A. Labor negotiations Adjournment

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CITY NEWS

New EDA member sought The Prior Lake City Council is seeking a person from the public to serve on the Economic Development Authority (EDA). The EDA is responsible for promoting growth, development and redevelopment of retail, commercial and industrial properties in Prior Lake. Member Terry Hitchcock has resigned from the EDA,

citing family medical reasons. To qualify for appointment, members of the public must: live in Prior Lake or hold a controlling financial interest in a business within Prior Lake. Preferred candidates will have a career history including a management or decisionmaking position and relevant business experience in: the private sector, business development or redevelopment, business retention, business management, real estate, proj-

ect management, planning, financing and/or familiarity or experience working in the public sector. The individual should have experience working in a team environment, have good communication and problem-solving skills and have the time and creativity to serve and actively contribute as a commissioner. F o r m o r e i n fo r m at io n , contact City Manager Frank Boyles at (9 52) 4 47- 9 8 01 or fboyles@cityofpriorlake.com.

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Last week was generally ver y m i ld , but there was a brief cool- dow n over part of t h e we e kend, which brought what was Jonathan very likely Cohen the last subzero reading of the winter on the morning of Feb. 11. For the week, temperatures were above average again, but only by 6 degrees.

RACINO  continued from page 1

The casino brings as many as 20,000 customers into Prior Lake each day. Regardless of the tribe’s voluntary contributions, the city is required by law to provide municipal services to the tribal community (such as police service), though the tribe has launched many enter prises over the years (such as its own watertreatment facility and fire department) that have made it increasingly self-sufficient. Tribal officials have warned that a state-sponsored racino would force the tribe to offer liquor at its casinos to make up for potential revenue loss. Myser said if Mystic begins offering alcohol, the city would have to provide a significant increase in police services.

We also finally saw the first precipitation of the month, a modest inch of snow on Feb. 13. The outlook is for continued dry and mild weather through the weekend. Then there is a chance of snow or mixed precipitation early next week, but

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Though the tribe has a large security force and highly advanced surveillance, it has no powers of arrest. Prior Lake police frequently respond to incidents called in by security at the tribe’s Mystic Lake and Little Six casinos. City Manager F rank Boyles worries that if Mystic added alcohol, “it would not be beyond reason to expect that we would soon have to add police officers, detectives and/or additional equipment to address added activity at the casino.” Boyles estimated that the city invests $100,000 per officer, including a squad car. “We are mandated to provide the same level of services to them as to the rest of the community, whether we receive any assistance from them or not,” Boyles said. Myser said the tribe did not

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As of Thursday, Feb. 23, the district had received 21 open-enrollment applications for the high school. Given that the building is already past its original capacity, a fact that did not escape the notice of Board member Eric Pratt, accepting potentially 30 extra bodies may create some space issues, even if those 30 students only amount to one or two more pupils in a class. “It’s one or two more bodies into extremely cramped classrooms,” Pratt said. The high school in particular has struggled in the past with accommodating its students, offering online and hybrid classes as well as conducting combined courses in the school’s lecture hall all to alleviate space demands. The high school has also opened thin-client computer labs as a way to make more room, and the district plans to install more in the future. Particularly this year, with the district’s change to a six-period day at the secondary schools, class sizes have been all over the map, ranging from 25 to 40 students per core class. In November, the School Board approved an additional .35 full-time equivalent teaching positions and additional sections of English, essentials English and biology to reduce those numbers.

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ask him or anyone else in the city to write a letter opposing the racino bills. “I do not consider it ‘going out of our way’ to write a letter outlining the negative impacts [a] racino will have on the city of Prior Lake,” Myser said. “In fact, I think it is our responsibility to do so.” The mayor added that he doesn’t see how having the Legislature choose when and where people can gamble as being open to competition. He do e s n’t t h i n k t he cit y would benefit from a racino at C a nt erbu r y, t hou g h he ack nowle d ge d t h at S c ot t County, the city of Shakopee and the state likely would see some gains. “One could argue that a racino, as I understand it today, is a state-sponsored service that primarily benefits the state,” he said.

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The School Board also voted in November to eliminate semester-long courses and change all high school classes to one-quarter in length beginning next school year. “I don’t see a problem but you’re right, we have large class sizes,” PLHS Principal David Lund said on Monday. “Hopefully the change to all quarter schedules will alleviate so we can balance.” Funding for school districts is allocated through a formula based on student enrollment. District 719 is currently seeing growth in its secondary student population, while elementary numbers are dropping and the forecast is for more of the same. Lund said he fully supports Gruver’s openenrollment recommendation. Administrators are already looking at options to open up more space at the high school and possibly add teaching positions to accommodate an inf lux of students. Once administrators have built the 2012-13 master schedule, Lund said he will be able to give more detail about how class sizes will be affected. “I continue to be concerned about the experiential experience of learning,” said Pratt. “We have classrooms that are really full. I guess what I’d like to see is some sort of report in August, once we get experience with the all quarter classes, once we figure out what the spaces are going to be, when we figure out if we have the infrastructure to support that.”

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Freedom to choose government is a gift Well, it’s that time of year again. We are starting to select who will represent us for the next two to four years. Actually, it’s an exciting time. We have certain rights as defined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and free elections are a part of those rights. I know many folks don’t believe their votes really count, but as recent elections have demonstrated, every vote counts. How cool is it that your voice can be so important in running our country? Think about it. There are people all over the world begging for the opportunity to have an input into their government, and we’ve had it for over 200 years. Now, we didn’t just happen to get this right to chose. There were a lot of people who stood up and said, “Enough!” Many men and women fought and died to gain this privilege, hoping their children, grandchildren and so on would continue to raise their voices to tell government what they wanted done and how. As a member of our local VFW post, I can tell you that there are some serious discussions about politics in the club and varying opinions about what should be done by our government. These are friends who agree to disagree and still manage to stay friends. You might ask, “So what?” These men and women stood up and swore to uphold the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That means they put aside their differences to work together toward a common goal — keeping our rights and freedoms. Have you ever watched or listened to the news and been frustrated by what is going on in St. Paul, or perhaps Washington? Ask yourself one very important question: “Did I voice my opinion, or did I let someone else make my decision for me?” Translation: Did you vote? Did you participate in your government? It is your government. If you did vote, that isn’t the end of your responsibility. Have you communicated with your elected officials? There are many polls and surveys available, but suffice it to say that for each call or letter your elected officials receive, the weight is multiplied depending upon

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what level of government they are serving in. So you might ask, “What is he getting to?” Well, I guess it is that we as a society have become apathetic when it comes to our government. Our system may not be perfect, but it is the best thing going — anywhere. We fail to fully comprehend the gift we have been given by the founding fathers — freedom of choice, freedom of speech and the right to decide our own fate. I recently attended a local caucus and was heartened by the number of young people who participated. Why? These young people are learning how our system really works and actively participating in it. More importantly, some of them participated with their parents in the process. This is how it should be — don’t just tell your children what they should be doing, show them. The freedom to choose our leaders at all levels of government is an ongoing gift you and I have. Please don’t squander your gift. I don’t care who you vote for, or against, but do care that you participate. Spend a little time finding out what your candidates stand for and make an informed decision. Talk to your friends and neighbors and share ideas on who you want to represent you. Finally, help your children understand why our elections are so important so they can follow your example. They will soon be making these same decisions. Lyaman McPherson is a longtime member and past commander of the Prior Lake VFW. To contact the Prior Lake VFW, call (952) 226-6208, e-mail admin@vfwpost6208.com, or visit www.vfwpost6208.com.

LETTERS POLICY All letters to the editor submitted for publication in the Prior Lake American will be verified before they are printed. In addition to the letter writer’s name, the letter should contain an address and daytime and evening telephone numbers so the newspaper staff can verify the letter writer’s identity. The Prior Lake American will not print any unverified letters, nor any letters without all the above mentioned information. Letters that are potentially libelous will not be printed or will be edited. However, letters will not be refused because staff disagrees with their content. Letters may be edited as space requires. Not all thank you letters will be printed. Writers should keep their comments under 500 words. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters to the editor may be sent to: Prior Lake American, P.O. Box 538, Prior Lake, MN 55372 or to editor@plamerican.com. Call Lori Carlson, editor, at (952) 345-6378 for further information. The deadline for letters to the editor is noon Wednesdays.

Prior Lake City Council contacts MAYOR Mike Myser Phone: (952) 341-5932 E-mail: mmyser@cityofpriorlake.com COUNCIL MEMBERS Warren Erickson Phone: (952) 440-2171 E-mail: werickson@cityofpriorlake.com Kenneth Hedberg Phone: (612) 382-6143 E-mail: khedberg@cityofpriorlake.com

Richard Keeney Phone: (612) 889-7114 E-mail: rkeeney@cityofpriorlake.com Vanessa Soukup Phone: (612) 385-3686 E-mail: vsoukup@cityofpriorlake.com CITY MANAGER Frank Boyles Phone: (952) 447-9801 E-mail: fboyles@cityofpriorlake.com

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR COUNTY ROAD 21

Don’t exploit PL for others’ benefit “Welcome to Prior Lake, the Gateway to the Midwest entertainment capital of Shakopee, the businesses of Savage, Burnsville and Lakeville. Enjoy your drive through.” The Arcadia Avenue extension/ County Road 21 project is not going to solve our problems, only spend the taxpayers’ money foolishly. These are some proposals I submitted to the mayor and City Council a few weeks ago: Designating Eagle Creek Avenue/ County Road 21 into a parkway will get the heavy trucks over gross vehicle weight 9,000 pounds going through downtown off the road and lower the speed limit to 35 mph. This would be a great improvement for safety reasons. St. Paul’s City Council decided to designate Interstate 35E into a parkway identifying noise pollution, air pollution, vibrations and traffic as the main concerns. If they got a major interstate freeway designated as a parkway, there isn’t any reason we can’t get County Road 21 designated into a parkway as well. Another option we need to explore is changing County Road 21 into a continuous two-way left-turn lane. Currently, Park Nicollet Avenue is this type of road. Redtail Ridge East, 15200 Hampshire, Savage, by the Redtail Ridge Elementary School and Kenwood Trail in Lakeville are also continuous two-way left-turn lane (TWLTL) roads. I think this would spread the traffic out and allow vehicles to gain safer access onto County Road 21 from side streets because separate left-turning traffic from through traffic can help solve some of these problems. A detailed accident study conducted in Minnesota between 1991 and 1993 of arterials in urban areas indicates that three-lane roadways are about 27-percent safer than four-lane undivided roadways (like County Road 21 is now), and five-lane roadways are about 41-percent safer than four-lane undivided roadways. When should continuous two-way left-turn lanes be considered? In general, these projects function well when traffic levels are moderate, the percentage of turning volumes is high and the density of commercial driveways is low to moderate. Continuous two-way left-turn lanes will function very well on most arterials where traffic volumes average from 10,000 to 28,000 vehicles per day. This information is available at www. intrans.iastate.edu/pubs/access/ toolkit/15.pdf. Also, there is a serious vehicle

noise-pollution issue in the city that needs to be addressed by our local law-enforcement agency. I live a block off County Road 21 by the Wagon Bridge. We can hear motorcycles, trucks and vehicle-exhaust noise at the stoplight by the Viking Liquor store and the stoplight by the Holiday store. In my opinion, that constitutes a noise-pollution problem that is not enforced. Wake up, Prior Lake and Scott County. There are other avenues that need to be explored before exploiting the residents of Prior Lake for the benefits of other communities.

John K. Siskoff Prior Lake

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Mayor wrong on racino proposal Recently it was reported that Prior Lake Mayor [Mike] Myser sent a letter to Gov. [Mark] Dayton urging him to oppose legislation authorizing racinos. His rationale was that a racino at Canterbury would provide competition for Mystic Lake and that such competition “would threaten the tribe’s casino revenue and cause the tribe to move toward selling liquor at the casino” [Prior Lake American online, Feb. 14]. I find it troubling that the mayor’s view is that Mystic Lake, to the exclusion of any other Prior Lake business, must be given an absolute monopoly — a hugely profitable monopoly, as the mayor well understands, that pays exactly zero taxes to the state. It is also more than a bit ironic for the mayor to go out of his way to warn of the dangers of competition for Mystic when every other business, including gas stations, liquor stores and restaurants, all understand that they must compete to survive. Given his concern about protecting gambling at Mystic Lake, he’s apparently not in the least bit troubled by competition for other gaming dollars since last time I checked there were numerous establishments in town selling pull tabs or lottery tickets. And as for his concern that competition might “force” Mystic to serve liquor, that issue should be addressed to the owners of the most profitable casino in the state, not blame others for their attempts to pass a bill that would create competition, jobs and economic development throughout the area. Legislators are not proposing to change any of the rules by which Mystic Lake operates — we are only arguing for competition. As the mayor surely must understand,

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more than 70 percent of Minnesotans support racino legislation. Why? Because they understand, as should he, that protecting a hugely profitable non-taxpaying monopoly is highly short-sighted for the economic well being of Scott County as well as the rest of the state.

Mark Buesgens Savage State representative District 35B

POLITICS

Don’t depend on government 2012 the most important election in history? Not really. I suggest that 2008 was the most important. In 2008, we took a sharp turn to the left. We chose a candidate with no executive experience and no financial acumen. We had already chosen liberals in the 2006 election to take over Congress. Result? Our debt will climb from $9.4 to $16 trillion in four years, a 70-percent increase. Gross domestic product is running a dismal 2 percent, and employment is not keeping up with the population growth. Some try to blame Bush for the debt, but bear in mind that Congress holds the pocketbook and the Democrats took over Congress in 2006. Also bear in mind that Bush inherited an exhausted economy on a downward slope and encountered 9/11 that cost this country $2 trillion. So with that devastating hit, the deficit under Bush, even with two two years of a Democratic Congress, was $3.76 trillion while just four years of our present governance will produce nearly $6.6 trillion, an incredible 350-percent higher rate of deficit than the previous eight years. As if debt is not enough, Social Security has taken money from the general fund for the first time and is short $37 trillion. Medicare is on a path to go broke in only nine years. Yet the Democrats have blocked any reform of these entitlements. Instead, they have added ObamaCare, which has raised insurance premiums and is scheduled to cost $2 trillion. That figure can only go up. And one other “little thing” — 29 percent of all mortgaged homes are underwater financially. With that devastating economic scenario, Congress could not even agree to cut a paltry 2 cents on every dollar and did nothing to reform these entitlements. Is there hope for America with so many voters depending on the government? Not much!

John A. Benedict Prior Lake

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Minnesota is leaving behind No Child Left Behind (NCLB). On Feb. 9, news broke that the U.S. Department of Education had granted the Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) waiver for the program, which mandates and monitors student academic proficiency with a goal of all students performing at or above grade level in reading and math by 2014. The waiver removes that expectation, as well as designations of “in need of improvement, corrective action and restructuring” for schools and districts that receive Title I funds and miss Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmarks. Also disappearing under the waiver is the mandate that districts set aside dollars for school choice and supplemental educational services. “I believe that the Minnesota waiver will allow for much more f lexibility for our students, schools and state in the coming two years,” said Prior Lake-Savage Area School District Superintendent Sue Ann Gruver. “It is my hope that the greater flexibility offered by the waiver will allow District 719 students to demonstrate their knowledge of the state standards.” District 719 does receive Title I funds and did not make AYP last year but is not facing consequences or on a needsimprovement list. Students will continue to take the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) but in addition to AYP will be the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR), a score given to each state school based on performance in proficiency,

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www.plamerican.com individual student growth, achievement gap reduction and graduation rates. One major difference between NCLB and the state’s new accountability system is that students can take the MCAs up to three times, and the best score will be used in the formula to determine the MMR. Teachers will be able to get the test results quickly — unlike in the past, when MCAs are given in the spring and the results are released in the summer, after the school year is over. Jeff Holmberg, director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, said the new system will allow teachers to interpret students’ performance, modify instruction and then assess progress — instead of taking “one test on a day of a student’s life.” “We get the results immediately so the teacher can see this is what the student needs instruction on or improvement in,” he said. “It’s a much more user friendly and appropriate testing model, in my opinion.” In Holmberg’s view, the new system gives students a more active role in their education and assessment. “What I think is important about this alternative system is that students are central to this process, whereas with No Child Left Behind, I felt that students

were more rem o v e d ,” h e said. “They’ll have immediate feedback on how wel l they did and what they need to work o n . T h at ’s Sue Ann something Gruver t hey d id n’t have with the old system.” Another value of having multiple testing days — Holmberg said the MDE has discussed possibly opening the examination window as early as November and keeping it open through the end of the school year — is being able to gauge student growth, in part because that progress is beneficial to a district’s MMR. Title I schools will then be placed into one of five categories: reward (top 15 percent), celebration (the next 25 percent of schools can apply, 10 percent of them will be chosen), continuous improvement (the bottom 25 percent), focus (10 percent of schools with the lowest combined MMR proficiency score and smallest reduction in the achievement gap) and priority (bottom 5 percent). “I have no idea where schools in Prior Lake-Savage would fall in these categories as this time,” Holmberg said. Those designations will be revealed in May. Under Minnesota’s new accountability system, rather than face the punitive measures of NCLB, low-performing districts will still be monitored and high performance will instead be incentivized. There will be new AYP targets but districts will not be penalized for failing to reach them.

“Again, it’s about accountability,” Holmberg said of the new system. “That’s the part that’s consistent. It’s not going to go away.” Tim Though he Bell noted that det ai led i n formation on how the new system wil l impact District 719 is unavailable, announcement of the waiver’s acceptance was received well at Five Hawks Elementary School, which was the lone District 719 school facing consequences for missing AYP for two years in a row. Five Hawks implemented school choice, allowing students living within its boundaries to transfer to Grainwood Elementary School with the district footing the transportation cost, but no Five Hawks families opted in. The Title I dollars set aside for school choice were then dispersed evenly throughout the district’s Title I schools. In 2012-13, Five Hawks will no longer have to offer school choice. “It took that burden off our shoulders, that we were going to be publicly acknowledged for not doing something,” said Tim Bell, the principal at Five Hawks. “We’re still working as hard, if not harder, to make sure all our student populations are improving ... We were very happy for that [waiver], but it didn’t change what we were already going to do.” All Minnesota schools working on NCLB-mandated improvement plans must continue them throughout the end of the school year, per MDE’s requirement.

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YOUTH ACTIVITIES Middle School Mania, 2:15 to 5 p.m. Fridays through May 18 at the River Valley YMCA, 3575 North Berens Road. Students can come after school and enjoy various activities, including open gym games, swimming, and MSM-only fitness or dance classes, use of teen room equipment, and leadership and team building activities. All participants are required to obey the YMCA Code of Conduct, school rules and any additional rules decided upon by MSM. Students must sign in and out each week and will not be granted reentry after leaving the building. One-way transportation is provided by bus from under the marquee at Twin Oaks Middle School. Students must be on the bus by 2:20 p.m. MSM will not meet March 30

or April 16. A healthy snack is included in the program price. Single-session attendance is $5 and students can attend up to 11 sessions for $25. Register through Community Education at www.priorlakesavagece.com. Outdoor Adventures with Active Solutions – Cold Weather Style!, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at the Lakefront Park Pavilion. Weather permitting, Outdoor Adventures-Cold Weather Style! may include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, and ice fishing. No experience is necessary in any of the activities. Indoor gym game options will be available in the event of inclement weather. Guests should bring very large lunches, very large snacks, shorts, T-shirts, gym shoes, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hats, warm gloves, winter coats, snow pants, boots, scarves and water bottles. Dress for the weather. The cost is $39 per student and registration is available online at www. priorlakesavagece.com.

TOTS Tot-parent activities, 10 to 11 a.m., the first Wednesday of each month at City Hall. Parents can sign up for fun tot-parent activities, for children ages 2 and up, on the first Wednesday of each month in 2012. Classes cost $7 monthly for residents or $12 monthly for nonresidents. Registration is required. Guests can visit www.priorlakerecreation.com or call (952) 447-9820 to register.

FAMILY The warming house at Lakefront Park is open from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m., Sunday. On school holidays the warming house will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Concessions are available for sale. The warming house will be closed if the actual air temp is 5 degrees below zero or colder or if the wind chill is 25 degrees below zero or colder. The warming house will also be closed if the ice conditions are very poor due to weather. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. Discounted tickets for this musical are available for $9 per person at the Recreation Department office in City Hall. Only cash and check, made payable to the City of Prior Lake, are accepted. Visit childrenstheatretptt.com for more information. Call (952) 447-9820 for more information.

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acquaintance, who said she and her boyfriend picked up Herron from his girlfriend’s house in Savage (which is Herron’s listed address on the complaint) on Jan. 31 to take him to the Mdewakanton Community Center. During the car ride, Herron allegedly said that he needed to get his wife out of their Prior Lake house so he could get back in. Herron also allegedly said that “If I go to prison for this [woman], I’m going to have [my girlfriend] or another [person] kill her if I don’t do it first.” The acquaintance told police that Herron has a “bad” drug problem and that she believed him when he said he would kill his wife. Then, on Feb. 11, Herron allegedly violated a domestic assault no-contact order and the order for protection by calling his wife three times. Herron allegedly admitted to officers that he did call his wife that day. During a Feb. 8 court hearing, Herron denied the allegations. Herron pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault in 2008 after he was accused of assaulting his wife in March of that year. In 2003, Herron pleaded guilty to fifth-degree assault in Anoka County District Court in relation to an incident involving another woman.

Man sentenced in casino assault of girlfriend BY ALEX HALL ahall@swpub.com

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Share your story about a favorite children’s book (200 words or less, please) with Prior Lake American readers. Send it to Editor Lori Carlson, editor@plamerican.com, before noon on Friday, March 2. Include your name and city of residence. We’ll run some stories online at plamerican.com and the best in the March 10 American print edition.

A man from Savage who has already been convicted of beating his wife in 2008 is now accused of assaulting the woman again, threatening to kill her and violating a no-contact order, all between late January and early February. James Wayne Herron, 38, has been charged with felony domestic assault, third-degree assault, interfering with a 911 call, making terroristic threats and violating a domestic assault no-contact order, among other charges. According to the criminal complaints, Herron’s wife of 11 years went to the Prior Lake police station on Jan. 27 to report that Herron assaulted her the previous day. She said that the two were at their Prior Lake home (which Herron has since moved out of) when she told Herron that she wanted a divorce. Herron became enraged, said the woman, and began throwing things at her. Herron then allegedly picked her up and threw her into a window, then picked her up by her ponytail and threw her into the window again. The woman said she was crying and begging Herron to stop, at which point he grabbed a kitchen chair and hit her multiple times

wit h it . T he wom a n s a id she used her arms to shield her from the blows. The woman said she tried to call 911 twice, once f r o m a c e l l James Wayne Herron phone and onc e f rom a landline, and both times Herron took the phone from her. She asked him to take her to the hospital, but Herron allegedly refused and gathered the keys to all of their vehicles so she could not leave. The woman said she had to wait until Herron left the house before she could find a spare key to drive herself to the hospital. While at the hospital, the woman was diagnosed with a broken arm, and an officer observed that she had swelling in her fingers and had bruises elsewhere on her body. On Feb. 1, an officer was dispatched back to the Prior Lake home for a report that Herron had threatened to kill the woman if he went to prison. The woman had learned of the threat from a mutual acquaintance and soon after filed for an emergency order for protection against Herron. An officer spoke with the

Ramsey Ray Farsee A Minneapolis man with a sizable rap sheet was sentenced to five years of probation for striking his girlfriend and kicking a security guard while he was at Mystic Lake Casino. Ramsey Ray Farsee, 33, pleaded guilty to felony domestic assault and fifth-degree assault in late January. He was given a stayed 21-month prison sentence for the felony conviction, meaning Farsee will not have to serve that sentence behind bars if he doesn’t violate his probation in the next five years. Farsee also was sentenced to two years of probation for the fifth-degree assault charge, a gross misdemeanor. According to the complaint, police were called to Mystic

Lake Casino, 2 4 0 0 My s t ic L a ke Blvd., shortly after 8 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2011, for a repor t of a n assault. Upon arrival, police spoke with the Ramsay Ray casino’s secuFarsee rity supervisor, who said that Farsee and his girlfriend had been kicked out of the bingo area of the casino earlier that night. After getting kicked out, Farsee allegedly began yelling at his girlfriend, spit in her face and punched her in the head until she fell to the ground. Security officers then detained Farsee until Prior Lake police officers could arrive. W hile being detained by

security, Farsee was escorted to the casino’s First Aid room. In the room, one of the security officers dropped something on the ground, and when he bent down to pick it up, Farsee allegedly kicked him in the face. Prior Lake police then arrived and took custody of Farsee. In the squad car on the way to the Scott County Jail, Farsee allegedly yelled that he was going to come back and “kill all the Indians,” according to the complaint. Farsee has been convicted of several other violent crimes in Minnesota, including battery in 2010, bail jumping with a dangerous weapon in 2007, battery while armed in 2007, battery in 2006, use of dangerous weapons in 2003, domestic assault in 1999 and 2000, third-degree assault in 1998 and first-degree robbery in 1995, among others.

LIVESREMEMBERED Robert C. Parsons, Sr. Robert “Bob” Parsons, 54, of Charleston, WV, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 due to a Pseudo-Aneurysm, at the U.P.M.C. in Pittsburgh, PA. Bob was the beloved husband of Pearl (Melville), originally from Prior Lake. Survivors include wife, Pearl; mother, Mary (Daniels) Sabo; sons, Robert Parsons II, Russell Parson and Clifford Spencer; brother, Gary; sister, Darlis Gammalo; stepbrothers, Richard and William Cogar; stepsisters, Debbie Bishop, Dreama Cogar and Kathy Ruckers; granddaughters, Kelli Grace, India Gail and Faith Leigh; many Melville relatives in Prior Lake. He was preceded in death by father, Russell; son, David; mother-in-law, Bea Melville; brother-in-law, Lenny Melville. A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the River Valley Church, 12925 Eagle Creek Pkwy., Savage. Memorials preferred to family.

Zoe Ann Rowe nee Norris, Forland Zoe Ann Rowe, 77, of Tucson AZ, formerly of Prior Lake, passed away peacefully in Hospice care after a valiant fight against a brief illness. She was preceded in death by parents, O.D. and Pat Ottenweller; brother Terry. Zoe is survived by husband, Jerry Rowe of Tucson; sons, Murray Norris of Shakopee, Brad Norris (Ann) of Minnetonka, Greg Norris (Martha) of Prior Lake; grandchildren, Jake (Molly), Rachel (Alex), Cole, Alexis (Brandon), Kelsey (Dan), Alyssa (Alex) and Nate; great-granddaughters, Zoey and Sloan; brother, Don (Vicki); many relatives and friends. Zoe strove to make a difference in others lives, Heaven has rewarded her courage and she is free at last. She will truly be missed by all. Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 400 University Ave., Tucson, AZ.

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Agnes VonderHeide, 91, of Waseca, MN, formerly of Minneapolis and Shakopee, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Lakeshore Inn in Waseca. She was born Sept. 22, 1920 in Tomah, WI to Paul and Anne Eickner. On April 3, 1937, Agnes married Raymond Vonder Heide and together they built a home in Minneapolis, where they welcomed two children, Raymond and Sandra. In 1985 Agnes moved to Shakopee, after the death of her husband. For 15 years she regularly volunteered at St. Francis Hospital in the Med/Surge unit, and belonged to the Shakopee Senior Citizens Club. Agnes also enjoyed spending time with her family - especially her great-grandsons, reading, completing cross-word puzzles and doing embroidery and crocheting. Agnes is survived by her son, Raymond D. (Margaret) of Budd Lake, NJ; daughter, Sandra Schultz of Shakopee; grandchildren, Raymond D. (Nicole) VonderHeide of Morristown, NJ; Jody (Andrew) Buckmeier of New Richland, MN, Kimberly (Christopher) Voxland of Shakopee; great-grandsons, Alex Buckmeier, Michael and Jacob Voxland; niece, Louise (Joe) Vincent; nephew, James (Shelly) Eisenzimmer. Agnes was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; parents, Paul and Anne Eickner; siblings, Harold Kingsley, Elsie Eisenzimmer, Eva Anderson; son-In-Law, Kenneth Schultz. Reviewal was Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 4-7 p.m., with a service following at McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee, officiated by the Rev. Les Galland. Burial was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Wednesday. Funeral arrangements through McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee, 952-445-2755. www.mcnearneyfuneralhome.com

Elrene “Dick” LaTour, 83, of Belle Plaine, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Born in Shakopee, April 2, 1928, Dick was the son of Nicholas and Hildegaarde (Unze). He was raised on the family farm in Glendale Township (rural Shakopee) where he also attended school. After his discharge from the Army, he married Leonette “Lee” Molkenbur on July 6, 1955 at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Prior Lake. For a time he farmed in the St. Patrick area and also worked construction. He moved to Henderson in 1976, where he farmed and then to Belle Plaine in 1986. At that time he did maintenance work at Canterbury Downs in Shakopee. He loved fishing, camping, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. LaTour is survived by his children, Debby (Richard) Olson of New Market, Margie (Leon) Borgardt of Belle Plaine, Shelly Boeckman and special friend, Don Hobbs of Wisconsin, Allen (Diane) LaTour of Belle Plaine, Karen (Steve) Niesche of Cologne, Kevin (Julie) LaTour of Le Seuer; brother, Eugene (Jackie) LaTour of Prior Lake; sister, Mary Lou (Jim) Kroyer of New Prague; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother,Jerome LaTour; sister, Lorraine Latzke. A funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. from the Wagner Funeral Home of Belle Plaine with Father Sam officiating. Pallbearers were the grandchildren. A private family burial will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Belle Plaine. Wagner Funeral Home, 952-873-3424.

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Agnes M. DeVille Agnes DeVille, 100, of Shakopee, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at St. Gertrude’s Health Care Center in Shakopee. Agnes was born in Shakopee, July 6, 1911 to John and Mary Ann (Geis) Grommesch. She married Andrew DeVille Aug. 22, 1953, in Shakopee. Agnes worked as a housekeeper/cleaner for several families in Shakopee. She was a member of both the Council of Catholic Women at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Shakopee, and St. Bridget’s Society of Marystown. Agnes enjoyed playing cards, embroidery, and she was a sketch artist. Preceding Agnes in death were her husband, Andrew; brothers, Jack, Fritz, Joe, and Ray Grommesch; sisters, Ann Theis, Marge Theis, and Toots Breeggemann. Survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 10-11 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., all at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Shakopee. The Rev. Thomas Boedy, S.J. officiated. Pallbearers were Roger Theis, Marvin Theis, Lawrence Schmitt, Rick Breeggemann, Duff Heitzman, and Andrew Poppler. Interment at Catholic Cemetery. Funeral arrangements through McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee, 952-445-2755. www.mcnearneyfuneralhome.com

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Indicted ‘Man in Black’ once a local dad living the high life

ANOTHER CHARGED Thanks to a tip from an exgirlfriend, local authorities believe they have their man in the November robbery of a U.S. Bank branch on Franklin Trail in Prior Lake. The Scott County Attorney’s Office recently charged Robert Anthony Jerde, 42, with one felony count of robbery. The U.S. Bank robber appeared to have a head cold and came in talking on a cell phone on Nov. 5. He demanded 100s, 50s and 20s and f led out the front of the bank with $9,805 in loose bills. According to the criminal complaint, an ex-girlfriend of Jerde’s called Prior Lake police on Jan. 7 and said she knew who robbed the bank. She said it was Jerde, who was in Polk County jail in Des Moines, Iowa for robbing a U.S. Bank branch in Ankeny, Iowa on Nov. 25.

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The suspect in the November robbery of a U.S. Bank branch on Franklin Trail in Prior Lake turned out to be Robert Anthony Jerde, 42. Jerde allegedly returned to where his ex-girlfriend was staying immediately after the Prior Lake robbery. Jerde initially told her that he had just robbed a drug dealer, but the ex-girlfriend told police that she knew he had robbed a bank because “he had a bunch of hundred dollar bills coming out of his pockets.� The woman and Jerde left for Iowa shortly thereafter. Jerde eventually admitted to the woman that he had robbed the U.S. Bank in Prior Lake and even showed the woman surveillance photos of the robbery on the Internet. She said Jerde wore her jacket during the robbery. According to the complaint, “When she was asked why she came forward, she said she was tired of dealing with him.� Jerde also allegedly admitted the robbery to a Prior Lake detective. No weapon was displayed in either the Iowa or Prior Lake robberies. Jerde has a long history of criminal convictions in Iowa including several for felony theft, and in 2007 he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, for which he served more than two years in prison. He remains in Polk County Jail.

Police warn about daytime burglaries The Prior Lake Police Department is asking residents to keep an eye out for a burglary suspect who has hit three homes in the past 10 days. All three burglaries occurred in the north end of the city between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The front doors of the residences were forced open, and once inside, the suspect opened the homes’ garage doors and parked a vehicle inside. Witnesses have said that at the time of the burglaries, they saw a lone black man in the area described as thin, average height and wearing all black or dark clothing and black gloves. The man has been seen walking up to the homes’ front doors, then ringing the doorbell and knocking prior to kicking in the doors. The vehicle the man is suspected of using is a dark colored, two-door vehicle. Witnesses de-

scribed it as being very dirty, with dirty license plates and only one working tail light. Homes in the 14300 block of Enclave Court, the 4500 block of Hummingbird Trail and the 14400 block of Dove Court are believed to have been burglarized by the suspect. Among the items stolen were flat-screen televisions, laptop computers, CD players, jewelry, video game consoles and golf clubs. Police say similar residential burglaries involving a similarly described suspect have been reported recently in Bloomington and Edina. Prior Lake police are urging citizens to call 911 immediately if they see any person or vehicle that matches the description. Alex Hall

Scott, Carver counties to get extra DWI enforcement Scott and Carver are among 13 state counties that will receive extra impaired-driving enforcement because they have the highest number of alcoholrelated traffic deaths and injuries, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Roads in the 13 counties will be under extra enforcement patrols through September. The 13 counties accounted for nearly half of the state’s alcohol-related deaths (202) and half of the state’s serious injuries (462) during a period from 2008-2010: 1) Hennepin, 2) Ramsey, 3) Anoka, 4) St. Louis, 5) Dakota, 6) Wright, 7) Olmsted, 8) Rice, 9) Washington, 10) Stearns, 11) Sherburne, 12)

Scott and 13) Carver. Statewide county rankings are based on a combined total of alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries, and rankings based on a per-vehicle-milestraveled rate. New to the “13 counties� list is Sherburne County; taken off the list from 2011 was Itasca County. Heightened enforcement in the 13 counties began in October 2011, as part of the 12-month federally funded enforcement program between October 2011 and September 2012. Alcohol-related fatalities, injuries and DWIs have dropped in recent years – there were 131 alcohol-related deaths in 2010, the lowest on record. Officials say enforcement and education

is contributing to this trend. Still, each year alcohol-related crashes account for one-third of the state’s total road deaths. Agencies in the 13 counties will use high-visibility enforcement tactics to alert motorists of increased enforcement – including electronic message board signage and heavy patrols along specific corridors. Advertising will accompany the enforcement to encourage Minnesotans to avoid driving impaired. The announcement of the 13 targeted DWI counties follows a statewide December enhanced DWI enforcement effort that resulted in the arrest of 2,573 motorists. Pat Minelli

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A federal indictment was u n se a le d l a st week against a former Chaska dad suspected of robbi n g 3 0 banks, includi n g hei s t s i n Prior Lake, Savage and Shakopee. The “Man in Mark Black� suspect Wetsch — dubbed that for his clothing — is 49-year-old Mark Edward Wetsch. He was charged with robbing 13 Minnesota banks of $69,104 between March 9, 2011, and Jan. 3 of this year, with a total take of $69,104. The diverse list includes Klein Bank in Cologne and United Educators Credit Union in Eden Prairie. A lthough not mentioned in the indictment, cell phone evidence ties Wetsch to the robbery of Paragon Bank in Shakopee and others in Prior Lake and Savage, said Prior Lake police Detective Chris Olson. But federal prosecutors chose only to charge him with the maximum required for top sanctions. Wetsch, now of Minneapolis, lived in Chaska in 2002 when he was in the news for pulling his daughter from the Chaska High School cross-country program. His daughter eventually went on to become a three-time Class A state champion at Holy Family Catholic High School and was a runner at the University of Oregon. He once “owned a $500,000 home, a Corvette, three Jeeps, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and three snowmobiles, and took golf trips to Scotland, vacationed in Hawaii and some-

times took a private running coach along on trips with his daughter,� reported the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Wetsch owes $1.6 million restitution for mail fraud, which he allegedly used to fund his extravagant lifestyle. In 2005, Wetsch received a prison sentence for taking money from a nursing home in St. Louis Park where he was nursing director. Some of the money was used to help pay for his daughter’s training. The federal indictment for the bank robberies, filed on Feb. 7, was unsealed following Wetsch’s initial appearance last Thursday in federal court in St. Paul. If convicted, Welch faces a potential maximum penalty of 25 years in prison on each count. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

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A Burnsville company is accused of deceiving a Florida investment fund into making millions of dollars worth of investments, nearly half of which was never repaid, according to a federal lawsuit filed in St. Paul earlier this month. A Prior Lake man, Brent L. Johnson, is named as a defendant in the case. According to the civil complaint, Integrity Dominion Funds claims that they were duped into making $ 3.6 million in short-term loans to Bur nsvi l le -based company Lazy Deuce Capital, and that $1.5 million has yet to be repaid. Founded in 2009, Integrity Dominion is a small private investment fund based out of Loxahatchee, Fla. One of its principals, George Bakalov, lives and works in Minnesota, and around October 2010, he was told of an investment opportunity by an acquaintance he met at a prayer meeting, Jeff Hagen. Hagen told Bakalov about Lazy Deuce Capital and he said he’d been able to pay all of his living expenses solely from income he had received from his investments with Lazy Deuce. Hagen was the company’s director of business development, though according to the suit, Bakalov understood that Hagen wasn’t receiving a salary from the company at the time. Hagen then connected Bakalov with the three principals of Lazy Deuce Capital and its two related companies, Lazy Deuce Development and Semita. Those principals were

Johnson, Brian S. Baldwin of Eden Prairie and Frank W. Delahanty of St. Paul. Baldwin allegedly pitched the company as having two main competencies: making high-interest, short-term loans to companies with “exotic” collateral, which normal financial institutions would not touch, and making investments that finance and profit from other people’s lawsuits. The suit says Lazy Deuce agents often indicated that their investments were highly profitable and very low-risk, and Baldwin and Johnson repeatedly said they did not lend money unless they had secured collateral multiple times the value of the investment. Baldwin and Johnson often said they actually hoped that borrowers would default because it would allow them to claim the supposed ample amount of collateral they possessed. L a z y Deuce a l leged ly claimed that Integrity Dominion did not need to worry about the details of any particular investment, as they had excellent collateral and ample reserve capital. Johnson and Baldwin also told Integrity Dominion that they had a large amount of money from numerous investors. However, Integrity Dominion claims in the suit that it was “by far” Lazy Deuce’s biggest investor. Integrity Dominion began lending Lazy Deuce money in November 2010 and continued until May 2011. Baldwin, Johnson and Delahanty were once asked if there was any scenario in which Integrity Dominion would not get its money back, and Baldwin, Johnson and Delahanty all allegedly said “no.” By the summer of 2011, Lazy Deuce had defaulted on three of Integrity Dominion’s loans totaling $1.5 million.

The lawsuit claims that almost all of Lazy Deuce’s investment capital had come from Integrity Dominion and that they had few other investors of significance. It claims that Lazy Deuce did not have a pool of reserve capital as they had claimed and they did not have any collateral. I n addition, t he lawsuit claims that almost all of Lazy Deuce’s capital was invested in an alleged circular investment scheme with Dblaine Capital LLC, which is currently the subject of a federal Securities and Exchanges lawsuit. Baldwin and Delahanty also allegedly misrepresented the outcome of a lawsuit concerning a previous company of theirs, Bright Dominion LLC. Just before Lazy Deuce had defaulted on its loans, Johnson told Integrity Dominion that Ba ldwin was leaving Lazy Deuce to deal with personal issues, including alcoholism. However, according to the suit, Baldwin set up another investment company, called Stone Path Financial, almost immediately after leaving. The company’s website closely resembled Lazy Deuce’s website and said that it was “Powered by Lazy Deuce Development Company.” The suit claims that Baldwin and Johnson were in the process of “dumping Lazy Deuce, pocketing Integrity Dominion’s money and leaving Integrity Dominion with nothing, while moving on to other investment schemes through Stone Path Financial.” Ultimately, the suit accuses Lazy Deuce and its principals of breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, deceptive trade practices and racketeering, among other charges. A representative for Lazy Deuce Capital could not be reached for comment.

POLICE CALLS The Prior Lake Police Department responded to the following incidents Feb. 8-15. This is not a comprehensive list of all incidents to which the department responded. Assault Feb. 8: Police received of a report of domestic assault at a home in the 17100 block of Maple Lane. A 33-year-old Prior Lake man was cited for domestic assault, but because the alleged assault didn’t occur within the past 24 hours, he was not arrested. The case was forwarded to the City Attorney’s Office. Burglary Feb. 13: Two burglaries were reported on Twin Island Circle. In both cases, the homeowner returned to the home after being away for several months and saw that the home had been broken into and items were stolen. In one case, power tools and a stereo with a combined total value of $1,975 were stolen. In the other case, a telescope and liquor with a combined value of $200 were stolen. Crash Feb. 11: A 28-year-old Bloomington man backed into a Prior Lake police squad car while in the parking ramp of Mystic Lake Casino. Minor damage to both vehicles was reported. Disorderly conduct Feb. 10: Police received a report of a disgruntled customer at Mystic Lake Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard, who was swearing and causing a disturbance. The man, a 39-year-old from Minneapolis, was arrested for disorderly conduct. Feb. 11: A 32-year-old Lakeville man was arrested for disorderly conduct at Mystic Lake Casino. The man was intoxicated and seen consuming alcohol

in the casino, and when confronted by staff, he pushed an employee and began causing a disturbance. DWI Feb. 11: After receiving a report of a possible drunk driver in the area, an officer pulled over a 20-year-old Prior Lake man on Mystic Lake Drive near Stonecrest Path. The man was subsequently arrested for fourth-degree DWI and registered a blood alcohol content of .12. Narcotics Feb. 11: A 21-year-old man from Blaine was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia while at Mystic Lake Casino. Feb. 12: Police received a report of a smoke alarm sounding in a Mystic Lake Casino hotel room. The room smelled heavily of marijuana and a small bag of marijuana was found. Three subjects were escorted off the property. No charges were filed. Theft Feb. 9: A man from the 17000 block of Maple Lane reported that a $230 GPS unit was stolen from his unlocked vehicle while it was parked in his driveway. Feb. 10: It was reported that while at Little Six Casino, a customer left the gaming machine they were play-

ing and when they returned, someone had cashed out the machine and left. A suspect has been identified and the case is under investigation. Feb. 12: A 50-year-old woman from Big Lake was cited for theft at Mystic Lake Casino. Security officers watching surveillance video observed the woman pick up a wallet that was on the ground, remove $80 from it then throw the wallet in the trash. In addition to the citation, the woman was arrested on a Scott County warrant for failing to appear in court on charges of prostitution and driving after suspension. Feb. 13: A witness reported seeing a man breaking the window of a vehicle in the 2100 block of Trail of Dreams, grabbing a purse and escaping in a separate vehicle. The case is under investigation. Feb. 14: A man reported that a $45 basketball was stolen from Dakotah Sport and Fitness, 2100 Trail of Dreams. Trespassing Feb. 14: A 24-year-old Minneapolis woman was cited for trespassing at Mystic Lake Casino. Underage drinking Feb. 8: Police received a report of two 14-year-old girls who were possibly under the influence of alcohol at Bridges Area Learning Center, 15875 Franklin Trail, after a teacher smelled alcohol on one of the girls. Both were cited for underage alcohol consumption. Warrants Feb. 9: A 23-year-old Prior Lake man was arrested on a Scott County warrant for failing to appear in court on a marijuana possession charge after his vehicle was pulled over on Colorado Street near West Avenue.

ship at 4:05 p.m. A fire alarm in the 15600 block of Fremont Avenue at 5:50 p.m. It was a false alarm. Feb. 12 Firefighters responded to a carbon monoxide alarm in the 16300 block of

Stemmer Ridge Road at 9:36 p.m. It was a false alarm. Feb. 13 Firefighters responded to a crash at Eagle Creek Avenue and 134th Street at 6:32 p.m. Firefighters were cancelled en route by police on the scene.

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FIRE CALLS The Prior Lake Fire Department responded to the following fire and medical calls Feb.8-15: Feb. 11 Firefighters responded to: A small grass fire in the 20700 block of Calmor Avenue in Spring Lake Town-

DISTRICT COURT The following are Scott County District Court felony and gross misdemeanor dispositions. Defendants either pleaded guilty or were found guilty by the court unless otherwise indicated. Kyle Leroy Koch, 31, Jordan, domestic assault, a felony. Five years probation, one year in jail, 40 hours of community service, abstain from alcohol, random tests, follow recommendations of evaluation, no gambling, do not enter casinos, no contact with victim(s), provide DNA sample, $185 in fines. Tulio Jesus Alvarenga, 32, Shakopee, terroristic threats, a gross misdemeanor. Two years probation, 93 days in jail, follow recommendations of evaluation, no-contact order, provide DNA sample, $235 in fines.

Carl Jordan Jr., 24, St. Paul, crime committed benefitting gang, a felony. Serve 29 months in prison, $85 in fines. Tanya Lynn Ryan, 29, New Prague, driving while impaired (DWI), a gross misdemeanor. Two years probation, $410 in fines. Vaughn Austin Phillips, 20, Belle Plaine, fourth-degree sale of marijuana, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Ten years probation, two days in jail, 15 days of community service, follow recommendations of evaluation, obtain high school diploma, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $175 in fines. Tyresha Tyann Lashae Trapps, 23, Shoreview, false name to police, a gross misdemeanor. Two years probation, 10 days in jail, $85 in fines.

Kristy Lynn Norling, 45, Jordan, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Five years probation, five days in jail, 40 days under electronic home-monitoring, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $100 in fines. DWI, a petty-misdemeanor. Two years probation, $210 in fines (concurrent). Patrick Jon Wollmering, 47, Elko New Market, driving after cancellation, a gross misdemeanor. Adjudication stayed: One year probation, 80 hours of community service, $200 in fines. Nicholette Marie Matlick, 44, Jordan, DWI, a gross misdemeanor. Two years probation, two days in jail, follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $85 in fines.


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Grappling for another crown Lakers seek their fourth state trip since 2006 BY TOM SCHARDIN tschardin@swpub.com

The Prior Lake wrestling team has been working toward the Section 2AAA tournament since practices started last November. Are the Lakers ready? Is coach Joe Block’s team prepared to defend its title and earn its third state berth since 2006? “We are as ready as we are going to be, a few more days of polishing and then it will be up to the kids,” Block said following the No. 9-ranked Lakers’ 3517 home win over Bloomington Kennedy in a South Suburban Conference dual Feb. 9 to close out the regular season. Prior Lake finished 7-1 in league duals (its only loss to No. 1-ranked Apple Valley) and took a 19-9 overall mark into the section team tournament, which is today (Saturday, Feb. 18) in Farmington. The Lakers are the No. 1

“We are as ready as we are going to be.” Joe Block Lakers coach seed, while No. 10 Shakopee earned the No. 2, followed by Lakeville North (No. 3), Eden Prairie (No. 4), Bloomington Kennedy (No. 5), Farmington (No. 6), Lakeville South (No. 7), Chanhassen (No. 8), Chaska (No. 9), Edina (No. 10) and Bloomington Jefferson (No. 11). Last year, Prior Lake beat Shakopee for the section crown, advanced to state and finished a school-record third. Meanwhile, in beating Kennedy, the Lakers won the first seven weights to roll out to a 32-0 lead. Winning by fall were three of the Lakers’ four ranked wrestlers — junior Tanner Johnshoy at 113, junior Beck Rock at 132 and senior Matt Kanhke at 145.

Johnshoy is ranked No. 4 at 113, while Rock is No. 6 at 132 and Kahnke is No. 7 at 145. Ninth-grader Dylan Sogge won 8-1 at 106 for the Lakers, while sophomore Sean O’Neil won 10 -1 at 120. Sophomore Blake Carlisle earned a 17-3 major decision at 126 and junior Ryan Norton won 6-2 at 138. Kennedy won five of the last seven matches. Prior Lake’s two wins were by ninth-grader Alex Hart at 170 (7-2) and senior Ross Larson (ranked No. 6) at heavyweight (8-2). The section individual tournament is set for Feb. 24-25 in Shakopee. Johnshoy, Rock, O’Neil and Kahnke were state entrants for the Lakers last year. Johnshoy ended up second at 103 pounds in his firstever state appearance. Kahnke will be seeking his fourth straight appearance, while Rock has been there twice. This year’s Class AAA state tourney is March 1-3 at the Xcel

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Prior Lake sophomore Blake Carlisle won at 126 pounds in the Lakers’ 35-17 win over Kennedy Feb. 9. Energy Center in St. Paul. The Lakers have had 10 individual state champions in their history with 20 08 graduate

Jake Kahnke the only two-time winner. He won the 189-pound

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BOYS BASKETBALL

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Back over even

Fight right back

Lakers win two straight league games

Lakers follow tough loss with big win

BY TOM SCHARDIN tschardin@swpub.com

BY TOM SCHARDIN tschardin@swpub.com

The Prior Lake boys basketball team forged over the .500 mark Feb. 14 with its second straight win. Led by senior Evan Kotchevar’s career-high 32 points, the Lakers poured in 53 points in the second half en route to an 82-79 home win over Lakeville South in a South Suburban Conference game. “Great win,” Lakers coach Alex Focke tweeted after the game. “Good team effort in the second half. (We) showed poise and made some big plays.” Prior Lake went into the game on the heels of a 52-39 home win over Bloomington Jefferson Feb. 10 in league action. Both Jefferson and Lakeville South are Section 2AAAA foes, along with Bloomington Kennedy, a team the Lakers faced on the road in conference action Friday (results not available at press time). The Lakers (11-10 overall, 7-6 in the conference) went into the Kennedy game having not been more than one game over .500 all season long and twice being two games under it. Prior Lake had a three -game winning streak back in early December and hasn’t lost more than two games in a row all season. It’s been pretty much evenSteven for Focke’s team. Three straight wins are needed to win a section title. Prior Lake is in a section that

The Prior Lake girls basketball team did what all good teams do after a disappointing loss. They fight back. Ju n ior T i f f a ney F l a at a poured in 20 points to lead the Lakers to an impressive 73-56 win at Lakeville South Feb. 14 in a South Suburban Conference game. Prior Lake went into the game on the heels of a 67-63 loss at Bloomington Jefferson Feb. 10. The Lakers took an 12-11 overall record (9-6 in league play) into a huge game at home to No. 4-ranked Bloomington Kennedy Thursday (results not available at press time). Kennedy is a Section 2AAAA opponent, as are Lakeville South and Jef ferson. Prior Lake also has only two more games left before the playoffs start Feb. 29 — at No. 10 Eastview (Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:15 p.m.) and home to Eagan (Feb. 23). The Lakers will likely be on the road in quarterfinal play as the No. 5 seed, perhaps playing at Chanhassen (20-3). The field is seeded by QRS ratings (quality results formula). The Lakers own a No. 28 rating as of Feb. 15. Second-ranked Edina (20-3) has a No. 2 rating, followed by third-ranked Eden Prairie (184) at No. 3 and Kennedy (18-4) with a No. 5 rating. Chanhas-

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Prior Lake senior Jack Harrison looks to score inside in the Lakers’ 52-39 win over Bloomington Jefferson Feb. 10 in a South Suburban Conference game.

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SPORTS EXTRA

What’s on Tap for the Lakers BOYS BASKETBALL Feb. 21: vs. Eastview, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 24: at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Feb. 21: at Eastview, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 23: vs. Eagan, 7:15 p.m. BOYS HOCKEY Feb. 23: Section 2AA quarterfinals, at high seed Feb. 25: Section 2AA semifinals, at BIG or Edina WRESTLING Feb. 24: Section 2AAA individuals, in Shakopee Feb. 25: Section 2AAA individuals, in Shakopee GYMNASTICS Feb. 24: Class AA state meet, U of M Feb. 25: Class AA state individuals, U of M BOYS SWIMMING Feb. 22: Section 2AA prelims, in PL, 6 p.m. Feb. 23: Section 2AA diving, in PL, 4 p.m. Feb. 24: Section 2AA finals, in PL, 6 p.m. Note: Prior Lake competes in the South Suburban Conference with nine other schools: Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville South, Lakeville North, Eastview, Rosemount, Bloomington Jefferson, Bloomington Kennedy and Eagan. For more on the second-year league, go to www.southsuburbanconference.org.

Winter Sports State Polls GIRLS HOCKEY FINAL CLASS AA 1. Hill-Murray 2. Benilde-St. Margaret’s 3. Minnetonka 4. Anoka 5. Roseville 6. Edina 7. Elk River/Zimmerman 8. Lakeville North 9. Eagan 10. Lakeville South BOYS HOCKEY CLASS AA 1. Duluth East 2. Minnetonka 3. Eagan 4. Maple Grove 5. Edina 6. Eden Prairie 7. Moorhead 8. Benilde-St. Margaret’s 9. Wayzata 10. Hill-Murray GIRLS BASKETBALL CLASS AAAA 1. Hopkins 2. Edina 3. Eden Prairie 4. Bloomington Kennedy 5. Wayzata 6. Buffalo 7. White Bear Lake 8. Roseville 9. Lakeville North 10. Eastview BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS AAAA 1. Hopkins 2. Lakeville North 3. Eastview 4. Osseo 5. Apple Valley 6. Owatonna 7. Roseville 8. Duluth East 9. Eden Prairie 10. Cretin-Derham Hall WRESTLING CLASS AAA 1. Apple Valley 2. Hastings 3. St. Michael-Albertville 4. Cambridge-Isanti 5. Albert Lea Area 6. Coon Rapids 7. Forest Lake 8. Owatonna 9. Prior Lake 10. Shakopee 11. Centennial 12. Anoka GYMNASTICS CLASS AA 1. Northfield 2. Roseville 3. St. Cloud Tech 4. Cambridge-Isanti 5. Park 6. Lakeville North 7. Mahtomedi 8. Eden Prairie 9. East Ridge 10. Stillwater

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Bigger splashes Lakers set their sights on the Section 3AA meet BY TOM SCHARDIN tschardin@swpub.com

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Prior Lake senioir Michelle Juerissen led the Lakers this season with six goals.

Girls hockey: Lakers fall in playoffs, 3-0 The Prior Lake girls hockey team’s season ended the same way it started back in November — a shutout loss. The sixth-seeded Lakers were blanked for the 14th time this season Feb. 10 in the Section 2AA quarterfinals. Thirdseeded Eden Prairie held Prior Lake to just 15 shots on net in a 3-0 home victory. Prior Lake ended the season with a 5-19-2 overall mark under first-year coach Todd Johnson. The Lakers lost five of their last six games by shutout. The Lakers scored just 27 goals in 26 games. They scored three or more goals just four times all year. It was that kind of tough offensive season. Sophomore L exi Bra ndt finished with 43 saves in the playoff loss, the 16th time she’s had to make 30 or more saves in a game. Still, Prior Lake was in the game with Eden Prairie, trailing just 1-0 going into the third period. Brandt had 26 saves through the first two periods. But the Eagles scored 6:19 into the final period for a 2-0 lead and added an empty-net goal with 34 seconds to go. Brandt finished the season with a 3.21 goals-against average and one shutout. She had a .915 save percentage. Senior Michelle Jeurissen led the Lakers with six goals adding five assists, while sophomore Amber Galles had five goals and five assists. Ninth-grader Lindsey Harris finished with four goals and five assists, while senior Claire Clark had three goals and five assists. Senior Brittney Schulz (2 goals, 5 assists) and sophomore Bailey Halstrom (3 goals, 4 assists) each had seven points.

Boys hockey: Lakers earn easy SSC win The Prior Lake boys hockey team came to life in the second period to snap its two-game losing streak Feb. 9. The Lakers erupted for five goals in the middle period en route to an 8-2 home win over Rosemount in a South Suburban Conference game. Junior Dylan Zins finished with two goals and an assist, while senior Kyle Krueger had three assists. Prior Lake took a 14-9 overall mark (9-6 in league play) into its league game with Bloomington Jefferson Thursday (results not available at press time). The Lakers close out the regular season today (Saturday, Feb. 18) versus No. 3-ranked Eagan. The Section 2AA tournament starts Thursday, Feb. 23 with the semifinals Feb. 25. The Lakers are expected to get the No. 3 seed behind Burnsville (14-8-1) and No. 5 Edina (18-4). Seeds come out Feb. 19. Other teams in the field: Chanhassen (16-4-1), Jefferson (6-14-2), Holy Angels (9-12-2), Shakopee (4-18-1) and Bloomington Kennedy (4-18). In the win over Rosemount, senior Matt Crist finished with two goals, while junior Gavin Smith had a goal and two assists. Sophomore Jack Murphy recorded a goal and an assist, while junior Joey Kleven had two assists. Senior Derek Johnson and junior Blake Busch each scored once, while juniors Sam Taylor and Austin Hill, sophomore Jeff Pieper and senior Dane Block all had one assist. Senior Kyle Miller finished with 20 saves.

The grind of the regular season is over, so the focus for the Prior Lake boys swimming team now switches to the Section 3AA meet. The Lakers lost their final South Suburban Conference dual Feb. 10, falling 95-85 at home to Rosemount. Prior Lake finished 6-1-2 in league duals. The section meet starts Wednesday, Feb. 22 with the prelims followed by the finals Feb. 24. The venue is Hidden Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake with the start time for both days at 6 p.m. Teams in the field include: Rosemount, Lakeville North, Lakeville South, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eastview and Eagan. Against Rosemount, the difference in the dual was in the relays. The Lakers took second to the Irish in all three of them. The 200 medley team of junior Alex Jenness, senior Kyle Robrock, ninth-grader Matt Anderson and eighthgrader Marshall Heskin had a runner-up time of 1:42.95. T he 2 0 0 freestyle team included Anderson, Heskin, junior Austin Nichols and senior Zach Kleist (1:35.63), while the 400 freestyle team consisted of A nderson, Kleist, Jenness and Robrock (3:27.20). Robrock won two individual events — the 100 backstroke (53.77) and the 100 freestyle (47.19). Heskin was tops in the 100 butterfly (54.02) and

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 don’t have to be from Prior Lake to join the club. For more information contact Doug Krohn at doug.krohn@ comcast.net.

P.L.A.Y. Lacrosse is offering free clinics PHOTO BY TOM SCHARDIN

Prior Lake junior Josiah Torvik competed in the 400yard freestyle in the Lakers’ fi nal dual meet before sections Feb. 10. was also runner-up in the 200 freestyle (1:52.01). Sevent h- g rader Joseph Restifo won diving (203.45) for the Lakers. Jenness was second in the 100 backstroke (54.94) and third in the 200 individual medley (2:06.45), while sophomore Wi l lia m Bragg was second in the 500 freestyle (5:14.14). Anderson ended up third in the 50 freestyle (23.87), while sophomore Alec Robrock was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.85). This year’s Class AA state meet is set for March 2-3 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Kyle Robrock will be seeking his fourth trip to state. He’s also one of the state favorites in the 100 backstroke after taking second last year

and eighth the year before. He also tied for seventh in the 50 freestyle a year ago. Robrock set the school record in the 100 backstroke last year at state (50.20) and tied the school mark in the 50 free (21.54). In his final attempt state appearance (assuming he gets through the section meet), he’ll try to become only the second Prior Lake swimmer to win a state title. Chris Baker won the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke in 1984. Meanwhile, Jenness also qualified for state last year in both the 100 backstroke (finishing 14th) and the 200 individual medley (24th). Robrock, Jenness and Heskin were also part of the Lakers’ 2 0 0 med ley relay team at state last season that finished 10th.

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title in 2007 and 215-pound crown in 2008.

The Prior Lake Athletics for Youth (P.L.A.Y.) Lacrosse program is offering free clinics Feb. 25, March 3 and March 10 in the blue gym at Twin Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake. The clinics are for boys and girls in grades one through eight. The boys’ clinic will run from 9:30-10:30 a.m., while girls will go 10:30-11:30 a.m. Participants can attend all three sessions. Equipment will be available to use on a first come, first serve basis. Please email pllaxcamps@hotmail.com to register or for further information. Registration for spring and summer boys and lacrosse is also currently open. Go to www.playinfo.org for more information.

P.L.A.Y. spring sports registration online Prior Lake Athletics for Youth (P.L.A.Y.) is taking registrations online for its spring sports programs — softball, baseball, track and lacrosse. Registration for traveling programs usually ends in February, while in-house signups goes to the end of March. For more information or details on each sport go to www.playinfo.org.

Laker Athletic Booster Club meetings The Laker Athletic Booster Club will have its monthly meeting on the third Monday of every month (except July and December) in the lecture hall next to the auditorium at Prior Lake High School, 7575 W. 150th St., Savage, starting at 7 p.m.

PL Soccer Club sets spring registration The Prior Lake Soccer Club is now taking registration for its spring in-house programs for grades kindergarten through third grade, along the club’s newest program, Little Lakers. That’s for ages 4 and 5. For more information or to register, go to www.priorlakesoccer.org.

P.L.A.Y. softball pancake breakfast set Prior Lake Athletics for Youth (P.L.A.Y.) will have its annual softball pancake breakfast Feb. 26 at the Prior Lake VFW from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Tickets for adults and children are $7 and can be purchased at the door. For more info, go to: www.playinfo.org.

BOYS

BY TOM SCHARDIN tschardin@swpub.com

LAKERS

America’s top motor sports cable and satellite television network, SPEED-TV, has announced that Raceway Park in Shakopee will be featured on an upcoming broadcast of their popular racing show, “Lucas Oil... On The Edge!” The television program, recorded during Raceway Park’s 2011 season, will highlight a Flag Pole Race, where drivers must circle their cars around a flag pole placed in the center of the front straightaway. In order to complete a lap, drivers must cross paths on the front straight as they enter and leave the flagpole before they can continue to race. Bumping, crashes and spinouts are frequent in this style of racing, which is a specialty event on select Friday nights throughout the racing season. SPEED-TV had a full camera crew, production team, and their top announcers on hand for this television event, which is scheduled to be shown on Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.goracewaypark.com or call (952) 445-2257.

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T he P r ior L a ke d a nc e team will have to wait until next year to achieve the state dream. The Lakers fell short of their state goal at the Section 1AAA meet Feb. 11 in Bloomington, but still impressed with their two dances. The top-three finishers in jazz funk and high kick qualify for the state and the traditional powers earned those spots ahead of the Lakers, who were led by their seniors, Ali Ruba, Danai Hennen, Jordyn Samis and Kristy Browman. Eastview, Apple Valley and Burnsville were one-twothree, respectively, in high kick, while Prior Lake was eighth. Eastview, Lakeville North and Burnsville were the three qualifiers in jazz funk, while the Lakers were a close fourth. “Our jazz performance was flawless,” said Lakers coach Cristi Falkenberg. “We had a standing ovation by other teams and brought tears to the eyes to our fans. Walking off the section floor we knew we had an extraordinary performance. “Coaches from other schools said we were going to state,” added Falkenberg. “When we did not hear our name called, it was devastating. The girls knew they had a state dance

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Prior Lake’s Madi Vohnoutka, Maddie Lawler and Maci Dore perform at the Section 1AAA meet in Bloomington Feb. 11. and they were sad they would not be on the state floor.” Prior Lake has never qualified for state in either jazz funk or high kick. Meanwhile, Eastview and Burnsville have combined to win 10 of the last 12 Class AAA high-kick state titles. Based on the Lakers’ results over the course of the season, jazz funk was their best bet to get to state. Minnesota High School Dance Online had a live blog at the section competition and the blogger was impressed with the Lakers’ jazz-funk routine, which was danced to an Aerosmith song. The blogger wrote: “Such a

pretty choice from the Lakers; this performance is full of full stretches and long lines, something that’s been a little overlooked lately in the more spastic style coming out. This dance milks every sweet lyric and puts those turns on all the right builds. These guys aren’t taking no for an answer and bringing the key skills to the section tournament. Love the intensity, Lakers.” In high kick, the Lakers danced to the song, “Born to be Wild.” The blogger said of that dance that the Lakers are a fun team to watch as they’ve grown and changed as a “relatively new program.”

Other Laker state champs: Brad Thompson in 1969 (98 pounds), Bill Sauter in 1974 (125), Bill Craven in 1975 (140), Bruce Johnson in 1975 (145), Chad LeMair in 1986 (112),

Cory Forar in 1997 (189), Ryan LeBeau in 1999 (130) and Calvin Wolff in 2007 (135). Apple Valley has won the most individual titles in state history with 71.

has just one ranked team, No. 9 Eden Prairie (16-5). Five of the section teams are also below .500. The QRS ratings (quality results formula), which is used to seed the section teams, has Prior Lake at No. 24 as of Feb. 15, which is third best behind Eden Prairie at No. 4 and Chanhassen (16-5) at No. 21. QRS ratings from other section teams are: Lakeville South (9-12) at No. 40, Kennedy (8-13) at No. 89, Jefferson (5-15) at No. 98, Shakopee (8-14) at No. 103 and Burnsville (1-19) at No. 180. Me a nwh i le, P r ior L a ke trailed Lakeville South 32-29 at the break. The Lakers had three other players in double figures — 15 from junior center Carson Shanks, 14 from senior

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sen’s rating is No. 13. QRS ratings from other section teams include: Shakopee (13-9) at No. 40, followed by Jefferson (9-14) at No. 46 and Lakeville South (9-14) at No. 85. In beating Lakeville South, Prior Lake scored 44 secondhalf points to put the Cougars away. Junior Deanna Busse finished with 14 points, hitting 4 of 7 three-pointers. Senior Molly Simpkins had 11 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and five assists, while ninth-grader Shaye Barton h ad ei g ht p oi nt s a nd fou r steals. Sophomore Taylor Zupan finished with seven points, while F laata g rabbed nine

guard Jack Kaiser and 11 from junior guard Noah Scanlon. The Lakers’ leading scorer, sophomore guard Jon Sobaski, was held to just six points, which was seven below his season average (13.6). But Sobaski can impact the game in more ways than one with his ability to handle the ball and get his teammates open looks. I n beati ng Jef ferson, Kotchevar also led the Lakers with 10 points, while Scanlon had nine and senior Jake Hanson finished with eight. Sobaski and senior Jack Harrison both scored six points, while Kaiser and senior Jeff Probert both had five. The Lakers’ final four regular season games are: versus No. 3 Eastview (Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:15 p.m.), at Eagan (Feb. 24), at Burnsville (Feb. 28) and versus No. 2 Lakeville North (March 2).

boards and had a team-best seven steals. Against Jef ferson, Prior Lake trailed 30-24 at the break. Simpkins led the way with 16 points, adding seven steals and three assists. Senior Lauren Busse finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Flaata scored 12 points and grabbed six boards, while Barton had 11 points and six rebounds. This year’s section semifinals games are played at Hopkins High School March 3 with the title game at the same venue March 9. Eden Prairie is the defending champ. Prior Lake is 1-1 in quarterfinal play in coach Mike Gidley’s first two seasons as coach. Both times, the Lakers played Kennedy, winning in 2010 and losing last year.


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Carver-Scott steps toward debt relief Special-education cooperative gets closer to fees and staff cuts BY DAVID SCHUELLER dschueller@swpub.com

the end of the month,” Kermes said. On another front, the Carver-Scott governing board on Jan. 24 approved putting a Chaska building on the market. T he bui ldi ng, ow ned by Carver-Scott near Chaska Boulevard, is appraised at $1.5 million and houses four special-education programs for students in the transitional ages of 18-21. MRCI WorkSource, an adult rehabilitation business at 1045 Stoughton Ave., rents space in the building that Carver-Scott hopes to sell. “That would go a long ways toward paying off our debt,” Kermes said. A not her step is ma ki ng about $ 500,000 in cuts to administration and office staff. Those cuts could go before the governing board between the end of February and the end of March. “It’s going to be administrators and office staff,” Kermes said. “We are going to do everything in our power not to cut teachers and our paraprofessionals and support staff.” Deb Pauly, a Jordan School Board chairwoman and the district’s Carver-Scott representative, said that getting CarverScott out of statutory operating debt is a work in progress that won’t happen overnight. Ca r ver- Scot t ’s debt was caused by billing errors made over a number of years that came to light in the past couple of years. Also at the Jan. 24 board meeting, members heard a re-

A local school district is in debt — way in debt. What happens next? Immediate talks deal with dollars. The more tangible impacts usually are felt in some combination of program cutbacks, shuttered buildings and lost jobs. The big question is one of severity. T he debt-ridden Car verScott Educational Cooperative is dealing with a could-beworse situation. That is, the co-op could have been gone if even one district completely pulled out of the cooperative. However, in the past month, it has appeared to move away from such shaky ground by getting buy-ins from its nine member districts to stay members as it moves forward with a 1½-year plan to get out of statutory operating debt and emerge from a $1 million hole. “I think we have the full support of that group,” CarverScott’s Executive Director Darren Kermes said. Kermes met last week with superintendents of member districts. “We have a tentative plan in place as to how to fund the core functions of the co-op for next year for each of the districts,” he said. Superintendents agreed to the idea of membership fees, which will generate some revenue, he said. “We’re going to put numbers to it and come back to them at

port on a merger between the financially healthier Minnesota River Valley Special Education Cooperative (MRVSEC) and Carver-Scott. W hi le ta lks of a merger have been ongoing for the past few years, Kermes said those talks are a separate issue from Carver-Scott’s debt. “They’re two totally different animals,” he said. A merger could save money for member districts by reducing duplicative services. Pauly said there is a lot of overlap between the two. “It just makes sense to combine them under one umbrella,” Pauly said.

ALC CHANGES Another tangential issue deals with area learning centers (ALCs). The ALCs are among several functions served by CarverScott. Lately, districts have been taking steps to run their own ALCs. So far, the Shakopee school district has formally given notice it will open its own ALC with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus. Waconia gave written notice that it will take over Carver-Scott’s ALC. Kermes said he’s waiting for official notice from the New Prague and Chaska school districts. Carver-Scott’s ALC in Lydia is going to close after this school year due to a low number of students. About 30 students are based there. “That’s going to happen regardless,” Kermes said.

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Local students on dean’s list Sixteen students from Prior Lake earned their place on the University of St. Thomas dean’s list for the fall semester: Je s s ic a B a r t o n , S c o t t F lu h r e r, R a c hel F r i s ke, E m i l y G r e g o r y, J e s s i e Hornnes, Caitlin Kielblock, Lu ke L oP resto. Luc as Metzger, Tyler Nelson, Alex Quinnell, Anthony Rittenhouse, Kevin Schlick, Molly Schroeder, Ryan Schroeder, D ev i n Sm it h and Mol ly Wepler.

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Reb e c c a D y m it and Bridgette Springer of Prior Lake were both named to the fall semester dean’s list at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. To be included on the list, St. Benedict’s students must maintain a GPA of 3.8 or better. Dymit, a junior communication major, is the daughter of Cheryl and John Dymit. Springer, a sophomore English major, is the daughter of Penny and Steve Dymit.

Nelson on Drake dean’s list Katherine Nelson of Prior Lake has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Drake students must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the semester to earn the dean’s recognition.

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Relay for Life needs members

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Relay for Life of Scott County is seeking new committee members. Join the group at committee meetings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Shakopee Community Center Rotary Room, 1255 Fuller St., Shakopee. Relay events are held throughout the United States and serve as the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. For more information or to sign up, contact one of the event chairpersons: Brenda Stocker, (952) 758-3998 or bstocker@bevcomm. net; Erik Therwanger, (818) 5845335 or erik@thinkgreat90.com; or Karen Kreuser, (952) 492-6486 or kkreuser@co.scott.mn.us.

DFL to host meet and greet The Senate District 35 DFL invites all Democrats to a meet and greet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Turtles Bar and Grill party room, 132 First Ave. E., Shakopee. There will be opportunities to discuss issues, ask questions and meet other Democrats, DFL candidates and leaders. The evening will be informal with a cash bar. For more information, e-mail K i m C hu r ch i l l at k i mb erlychurchill@yahoo.com.

Take a driving refresher course The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer a 55-plus driver refresher course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at the District Services Center, 4540 Tower St., Prior Lake. Advance registration is requested. The fee is $20. For more information or to register, visit www.mnsafetycenter. org or call toll-free 1- (888) -2341294.

Help available for veterans The Veterans Administration has created and staffed two sites with medically trained personnel to help with soldiers who are having trouble adjusting back into society after coming home from active duty. The staff assists veterans and all active duty military and their family members 24 hours a day through a hotline number, 1-800273-8255, and website, www.veteranscrisisline.net. Veterans also can contact their local VFWs.

Get one-on-one computer help A Scott County volunteer computer aide is available from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave., to provide one-on-one assistance concerning questions about navigating the Internet, creating a free e-mail account, formatting a resume and more. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at (952) 447-3375.

Adopt a cat from Rainbow Rescue Rainbow Animal Rescue of Prior Lake will have a cat and kitten adoption day from noon to 3 p.m. every Saturday at Pet Supplies Plus, at the corner of County Road 42 and Highway 5 in Burnsville. A wide selection of cats and kittens will be available. All pets have been vet-checked, are feline leukemia/F I V negative, have required vaccinations and are spayed or neutered (kittens come with a certificate for free spay/ neuter), services that are included in the adoption fee. For more information, call (952) 440-3824 or visit www.petfinder. com (enter zip code 55372).

Deadline The deadline for Community Happenings items is noon Wednesdays. For more information, e-mail at editor@plamerican.com.

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andy, stuffed animals and flowers are the three ingredients for all traditional Valentine’s Day celebrations. It’s quite possible that, if your beloved sent you a floral bouquet, it was designed with love by Linda Reckard. She’s spent 30 of her 33 years in Prior Lake as a floral designer, arranging bouquets to bring out the best of their contents. “It’s always fun, working with a beautiful flower that God made,” Reckard says. “They’re gorgeous. Their beauty is unbelievable. It brings pleasure to people.” Reckard does not have formal training in the floral arts — “I think sometimes you either have it or you don’t,” she says of design skills — and actually found her calling unintentionally. Before she entered the industry, she worked from home, selling for an interior design company. “They used to have containers and wall hangings, that you used to need to put flowers in,” Reckard recalls. “That’s how I started.” She worked at the local Ben Franklin before leaving in 1997 to set up shop at Flowers Naturally, where she’s been ever since. Reckard’s daily duties consist of conditioning the flowers once they arrive at the shop, caring for the plants, pricing items, helping customers and, of course, design. From individual bouquets to arrangements for funerals and weddings, Reckard does it all. In her decades in the industry, Reckard has watched as trends fluctuate. She’s noticed that arrangements — especially for weddings — now veer toward being less formal and centered on the flowers, not what surrounds them. “Almost the garden look, not so much the cascading look. Not as many greens,” she says. “The focus is more on the flowers and the materials we use.” While Reckard loves the flowers, it’s the people who brighten her day most. She says that “working with a fun product and seeing a customer be excited” ranks as her favorite part of the job. That excitement also extends to her coworkers. “We all say we’ve saved a lot on psychiatric bills because of the camaraderie here,” she says. “When you work in a flower shop, you learn a lot about each other. You feed off of each other creatively.” Reckard estimated that Flowers Naturally handled hundreds of orders on Tuesday, the most romantic day on everyone’s calendar. It’s the store’s busiest single day, and while red roses are still a favorite, Reckard says that customers are opening their eyes to other colors on the spectrum. In addition, cupids are opting to send plants or mixed bouquets to their valentines instead of

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Linda Reckard prepares one of the hundreds of Valentine’s Day orders that came in to Flowers Naturally this year. Reckard said Feb. 14 is the single busiest day for Flowers Naturally, where she has worked since 1997. the traditional dozen roses in a vase. A note to the romantic procrastinators for next year: That experimentation is best handled in advance, Reckard says. “Valentine’s Day is kind of a process,” she says. “We try to give [customers] lots of options. You can’t do that at the last minute; with the bows and doodads, it takes time to get those in.”

Q AND A WITH LINDA RECKARD What is your favorite flower? Oh my, there are so many. I guess I really can’t say. The lilies are so pretty when they come in. The roses and the orchids, those are some of my tops. Sometimes, just a bouquet of greens is just lovely. What are your hobbies? I love antiquing. I make jewelry. My five grandchildren are a joy in my life. I don’t know if you can consider them a hobby. They definitely consume some time. I love to travel.

“It’s always fun working with a beautiful flower that God made.” Linda Reckard Designer, Flowers Naturally Where was your favorite vacation? We went to Hawaii. We also went to St. Maarten. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and Alaska. What was the last good movie you saw? We just went to go see “Hugo.” It was unusual but very sweet. If you could meet anyone from history, who would you meet? Oh, I don’t know. I think some of the women in the Bible were very interesting.

Petal pro tips You don’t have to be a horticulturist to buy a nice arrangement of flowers. However, following a few bits of advice from designer Linda Reckard might help you find the most suitable bouquet: Bend, don’t break. “There are certain flowers that are seasonal,” Reckard says. “If you have to work within a budget, be flexible.” Don’t be shy. If you know what you want, speak up. The designers want to help. Let the designer know which occasion or life event for which you are buying. Listen, especially when your designer instructs you on how to care for your flowers. And cut those stems. “The number one reason bouquets die is because a stem gets blocked,” Reckard says.

Do you know someone who would make a good Faces in the Crowd candidate? Call the editor at (952) 345-6378 or e-mail editor@plamerican.com.

From birth to death, Historical Society has it covered From birth to death, Historical Society has it covered Passages define the meaning of life. We are born, grow up, enter adulthood, age and eventually die. The rituals that mark these changes establish our cultural, spiritual and social identities and help to bridge the passage from one phase of life to the next. The artifacts associated with them reflect a society’s customs and its values and are a window through time. “Marking Time: Rituals of Life and Death,” a new exhibit at the Scott County Historical Society, is about these passages and how Scott County residents, and their mostly European forbearers, expressed them from the late 19th century to the present day. The displays begin with birth, depicting the ceremonies and artifacts that introduce the child to the world through religious baptism and christenings, naming ceremonies and today’s baby shower — which has its roots in the Renaissance and evolved through the Victorian Age, when women held teas for the new mother and gifts were given to mother and child. There is coming of age and the assumption of larger responsibilities and the rituals that

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mark the passage to adulthood that are expressed in First Communion, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, confirmation and subsequently high school graduation, turning 18, and perhaps the most anticipated, attaining the legal drinking age of 21. There is courtship, which in the 19th century demanded that a man secure permission of a woman’s parents to see her and, if approved, visit her at home under the supervision of the parents or a chaperone. By the 1930s, the ritual of courtship had become dating with young people socializing apart from the parents with friends their own age. From courtship there is

marriage and the ritual that unites a couple in their own belief system and binds them together in the eyes of the law. Today, marriage is viewed as a mutual commitment between two people, but as recently as a century ago, it was seen as a way to pass property and establish a framework for the transfer of wealth between families and preserve and carry on the lineage and name from one generation to the next. It was also about social standing and status. For men and women, “marrying well” meant wealth and privilege and connections with the “best people” in the community. And then there is death and the ceremonies in religious faiths that mark the spiritual transition from one plane of existence to another. There is also the matter of burial and the rites that help people cope with death, along with embalming and the treatment of the body after death. There is a display depicting Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday celebrated on Nov. 2 that is a time of remembrance and prayer for loved ones who have passed on. The exhibit opened on Jan. 26 with the recreation of an Irish wake and will continue through August of next year. I toured it last week

with the Kathy Klehr, the society’s executive director. Most of the exhibits came from the museum’s extensive collection of items donated by Scott County residents. Still others are on loan, including a set of 19th-century embalming equipment and a casket that is part of an exhibit on funerals and funeral customs. There will be programs throughout the coming year including an estate planning presentation on March 15, a presentation by Peg Neier on the rituals of kids growing up in Minnesota on April 26, and, on a date to be determined in May, a class on archival scrapbooking by Creekwater Memories of Jordan. The Scott County Historical Society has produced some outstanding historical programs and exhibits. This is among the best. I’d encourage a visit. For additional information, visit www.scottcountyhistory.org. John Diers is a Prior Lake resident who spent 40 years working in the transit industry and author of “Twin Cities by Trolley: The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul.” To submit questions or topics for Diers, e-mail Prior Lake American editor Lori Carlson at editor@plamerican.com.


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Trail of Dreams, Prior Lake. For more information, call NAMI at (651) 645-2948.

Moms in Touch International Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Moms in Touch International (MITI) is a prayer group that meets weekly to pray for children and schools. Moms pray one hour each week for their children, their individual schools, administration, PTA/PTC groups, staff, students and every aspect of the school. For information on your child’s individual school, visit momsintouch.org and click on “group locator.”

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Young Life Scott County Young Life is part of a worldwide, nondenominational Christian organization for high school students that offers fun, adventure, friendship and a sense of significance. The club meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Young Life Office, 13845 Highway 13, Savage. For more information, call (952) 402-9123 or visit www. scottcountymn.younglife.org. Co-Dependents Anonymous Co-Dependents Anonymous group support meets at 4646 Colorado St., Prior Lake.  M e n’s C o - D e p e n d e n t s Anonymous meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday.  Co-Dependents Anonymous (for men and women) meets at 8 p.m. every Tuesday.

T.O.P.S. T.O.P.S., Take off Pounds Sensibly, meets at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the community room at Prior Lake State Bank, 16677 Duluth Ave. For more information, call June at (952) 454-6579 or Mikki at (952) 457-1306.

PowerNet business Savage PowerNet, a business referral group, meets every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Davanni’s, at County Road 42 and Highway 13 in Savage. For more information, call Kelly at (612) 861-8300.

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Savage Network Plus, a Business Network Inter national group, meets at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Savage City Hall, 6000 McColl Drive. The group of small business owners seeks to grow businesses by generating referrals for one another. For more information, call (952) 440-5261 or e-mail bprimeau@summitwealthadvocates. com.

The group Overeaters Anonymous meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ Lutheran Church, 1053 Jef ferson St., Shakopee. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. Everyone is welcome. The group has a step format with a monthly open topic. For more information, call Nancy at (612) 250-0075 or Steve at (612) 845-2672.

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Emotions Anonymous A 12-step program called Emotions Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Anne’s parish center, 411 N. Fourth St., LeSueur, in the south end of St. Anne’s parking lot. For more information, call Kathleen at (507) 665-2644.

Prior Lake Parent Resource Group

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other. The g roups meet weekly on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 3611 North Berens Road, Prior Lake.

American Legion The Prior Lake American Legion meets the third Monday of each month at 8 p.m. at the Prior Lake VFW, 16306 Main Ave., Prior Lake. For more information, call Bob Roe at (952) 447-5811.

MOMS Club MOMS Club of Prior Lake (Moms Offering Moms Support) will have its monthly membership meeting the third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at Harbor Community Church, 5995 Timber Trail, Prior Lake. To join the group or find out more information, contact Mandy Reinert Nash at (952) 226-2410 or Sharlene Czajkowski at (952) 447-1780, e-mail momsclubofpriorlake@yahoo.com or visit www.momsclub.org.

WyldLife Scott County WyldLife is part of a worldwide, nondenominational Christian organization for middle school students. The club meets every other Friday and offers a high-energy, interactive evening filled with games, fun and music. For more information on the schedule and location, call Jennifer Schroeder at (952) 4029123 or visit the website at www. scottcountymn.wyldlife.org.

Savage Unity AA

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota provides support groups to help parents discover resources to meet the challenges of raising a child with mental illness, learn coping skills and develop problem-solving skills. Parent resource groups are facilitated by a parent who has a child with a mental illness and who has been trained to lead support groups. A parent resource group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The LINK Event Center, 2200

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River, an organization that supports military personnel and their families, meets the first Tuesday of every month in the lower level of the Prior Lake VFW, 16306 Main Ave. The group can be reached by calling (952) 440-5011, or emailing btyrsouthoftheriver@ gmail.com.

A handicapped-accessible Alcoholics Anonymous meeting open to men and women takes place Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at Bridgewood Church, 6201 W. 135th St., Savage. For more information, call (952) 297-4777.

Winner’s Circle The Winner’s Circle Chapter of Business Network International meets from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursdays at 1101 Adams St., Shakopee. For more information, call Darren Kurilko at (952) 947-0323.

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Gamblers Anonymous Gamblers Anonymous, a support group for those struggling with addiction to gambling, meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 5634 Luther Road, Prior Lake.

Alanon Alanon meetings with the “Island of Serenity” group will take place at 7 p.m. Mondays at 16150 Arcadia Ave., Prior Lake. Other meetings take place at Lakers Alano, 4646 Colorado St. on the following days:  Mondays: AA meets at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Tuesdays: AA meets at 6:30 p.m.  Wednesdays: AA meets at 6:30 p.m.  Thursdays: AA meets at 6:30 p.m.  Fridays: AA meets at 6:30 and 8 p.m.  Saturdays: AA meets at 9:30 a.m. On the third Saturday of each month, there will be a 6:30 p.m. potluck followed by the 8 p.m. speaker meeting. NA (Narcotics Anonymous meets at 6:30 p.m.  Sundays: AA meets at 10:30 a.m., the AA Big Book Study meets at 6:30 p.m. All people in recovery are welcome to attend.

Domestic violence Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women offers ongoing weeknight and weekday support groups for women who are currently experiencing or have experienced domestic violence. On-site childcare is provided. For location and more information, call (952) 873-4214.

Jameen Mape Room. Enter through the emergency room doors; use the southeast elevators to the lower level. For more information, call Sally at (952) 758-4735.

Mothers of Multiples Minnesota Valley Mothers of Multiples will meet at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Apple Valley Community Center, 14601 Hayes Road, Apple Valley. For more information, email info@mvmom.org.

Support for RSD/CRPS A support group for anyone affected by Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome meets from 10 a.m. to noon the fourth Saturday of each month at the Savage Public Library, 13090 Alabama Ave., Savage. T he g roup encou rages a positive, caring group and has a variety of topics. The group is facilitated by Bonnie Scherer, but all members decide on all aspects of the meetings. For more information, call (952) 457-7586.

River Valley Toastmasters The Minnesota River Valley Toastmasters will meet on the second, third and fourth Mondays of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. The group now meets at the Prior Lake fire station, 16776 Fish Point Road. All visitors are welcome. For more information, call Shirley at (952) 447-4621 or visit www. mnrv.freetoasthost.org.

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NAMI The Scott County chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Valley Green Workforce Center, 752 Canterbury Road, Shakopee. The meetings are open to all who are interested (including those living with the illness). For more information, call Janet Williams at (952) 890-1669 or Kevin Wineman at (952) 4968513, or visit www.nami.org/ namimn.

Marine Corps League The Marine Corps League meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Dan Patch American Legion, 12375 Princeton Ave., Savage. For more information, call Pete Williams at (612) 730-0999.

Suicide grief support A suicide grief support group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Queen of Peace Hospital, 301 Second St., New Prague. The meeting location is the

Widows’ and Widowers’ Circle of Friends is a social group for those who have lost a spouse. The group meets at 5 p.m. the second Saturday of the month. For more information, call Ethel at (952) 888-1035.

St. Francis support The following support groups meet regularly at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, 1455 St. Francis Ave., Shakopee:  Infant Loss Support: Group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. Call (952) 428-2002  Diabetes Support: Group meets the first Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call (952) 428-3324.  Diabetes Prevention: Offered monthly. Designed for anyone who has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or those with a family history of diabetes. For more information, call (952) 428-3324.  Hear t Suppor t: Group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. Call (952) 428-2080.  L ow Vi s i o n S u p p o r t : Group meets the second Thurs-

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day of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call (952) 428-2002.  Women’s Connection, support for women with cancer: Meets the fourth Monday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. Call (952) 428-2700.  American Cancer Society’s Look Good ... Feel Better meets the fourth Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 1-800-ACS-2345.  Joint Care group meets every other Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Designed for people scheduled for total knee or hip replacement. Call (952) 428-2565.  Smoking Cessation: If you are ready to stop smoking, call 888-354-PLAN (7526).

La Leche League La Leche League offers support and encouragement to mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies. Join the group for a meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., and bring your nursing baby. Pregnant women are encouraged to attend before the birth of their babies. For more information on the meeting or breastfeeding questions, call April at (952) 440-6320, Michele at (952) 4476182 or Traci at (952) 226-2052.

Sexual assault/abuse Survivors of Sexual Assault/ Abuse is a confidential, 10 week support group for survivors of sexual assault or abuse that meets from 6 to 8 p.m. on varying days in the Sexual Violence Center, 510 Chestnut St., Suite 204, Chaska. For more information, call Kristi at (952) 448-5425.

Support for parents TABLE, a small group at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church created to offer support and information for parents, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Parents whose children have special behavioral, learning or emotional challenges are welcome. There is no cost to attend. The church is at 3611 North Berens Road, Prior Lake. For more information, call Mary Wangerin at (952) 447-1884 or visit www.sollc.org.

MOPS classes Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), a national Christian nondemoninational program, wi l l star t meeting twice a month from September through May at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville. MOPS moms need not be members of the church to join. The group offers participants a way to connect with other moms, form friendships, seek parenting advice and learn more about Christian life. Registration is being accepted and on-site day care is provided for a small fee on a first-come, first-served basis. Information/registration: (952) 898-9356 or e-mail MOPS@ princeofpeaceonline.org.

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americanslice REUNION

A COOL COURT

Class of 1972 The Prior Lake High School class of 1972 will have a planning meeting at the Prior Lake VFW, 16306 Main Ave., at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. The 40th class reunion is set for Aug. 11 at the VFW. For information, call Lori Hansen Johnson at (952) 4474728 or Barb Friedges Kroyer at (952) 447-5402, or visit plhs72. com/index.htm.

SCHOOL NEWS

PLHS Hall of Fame seeks nominations The Prior Lake High School Hall of Fame is looking for nominations for activities, disti ng uished a lu m ni a nd athletics. Forms can be found on the Prior Lake-Savage Area School District’s website at www. priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, March 31.

Senior lock-in meetings scheduled Prior Lake High School’s senior lock-in committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 and Thursday, March 15. All registration, volunteer and donation forms are available on the high school’s web page, www.priorlake-savage. k12.mn.us/hs. Both hourlong meetings will take place in room 125 at the high school, 7575 150th St., Savage.

Attend middle school book fairs Student volunteers from Twin Oaks and Hidden Oaks middle schools will host special Scholastic Book Fairs later this month. The Hidden Oaks Middle School book fair will go from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 8 and T hu rsday, March 1 and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The Twin Oaks book fair is scheduled for from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 8 and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7. The sales are open to parents, fami lies and community members. Funds will go toward equipment repairs, the purchase of new books, classroom resources and to support school projects. In addition, shoppers can help build classroom libraries by purchasing books for teachers through the Classroom Wish List Program. Attendees are also invited to donate to the One for Books fund, which will help to purchase resources for the Lifeskills and spe-cial-education classrooms. Sponsorships are available. Area businesses interested in making a donation can contact Lisa Wensmann at lwensmann@priorlake-savage.k12. mn.us. The book fairs will be held at Twin Oaks Middle School, 15860 Fish Point Road, Prior Lake and Hidden Oaks Middle School, 15855 Fish Point Road, Prior Lake.

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Prior Lake High School seniors (from left) Ashli Piatz and Josh Haugh and juniors Dan Monnens and Rachael Pearson took home some new headgear on Sunday, when they were crowned during Snoweek Coronation in the high school’s auditorium. Piatz and Haugh were named Snoweek king and queen, while Monnens and Pearson are prince and princess. Each year, the high school celebrates Snoweek with dress-up days, a pepfest and a dance. All four students are from Prior Lake.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Information provided here is offered as a service through this paper in cooperation with the ScottCarver Association for Volunteer Involvement. SAVI works to increase the effective use of volunteers to meet community needs throughout the area. Participation is open to individuals and organizations working in the volunteer sector in both counties.

Big Brothers Big Sisters The Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities announces its newest program, Big Families, which engages a mentor in a relationship with a young person with a defined supplemental role for the mentor’s family. Contact: (651) 789-2490.

Scott County Historical Society Administrative assistant: Complete administra-

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Heart to Heart visitor: Make a special friend with a senior resident by visiting with them weekly. Flexible times. Training provided. Contact: Cathy at (952) 233-4484.

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Sexual assault advocate: Looking for the most rewarding volunteer experience of your life? Become a sexual assault advocate and providing these services: 24-hour crisis line, medical, law enforcement or legal advocacy, community and education presentations, one-to-one counseling

General call for volunteers for activities, Bridge, cards, reading and gardening. Auburn Village includes the communities of Auburn Courts, Auburn Manor, the Courtyard at Auburn and Talheim Apartments. Sunday worship assistants also are needed. Contact: Sarah at (952) 448-9303.

and support group facilitation. Volunteer training available; call to sign up. Contact: Kathy or Emily at (952) 448-5425.

St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehab Center

CHURCH DIRECTORY

Online Church Directory — place your newspaper worship ad on our online worship directory www.plamerican.com. For more information call 952-447-6669

Prior Lake Baptist Church

The People of the United Methodist Church Welcome You

Loving God, Exalting Christ, Revering God’s Word, Building Christ’s Church - together 1026 E 205th St, Jordan (952) 492-2249 www.lydiazionchurch.com

Pastor Ron Groschel 952-447-2824

Sunday Worship 8:30 and 10:30 a.m Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sept.-May

SUNDAY SERVICES

Morning Worship 9:00 a.m. Sunday School/ Adult Bible Fellowship 10:40 a.m. Evening Service 6:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY SERVICES

Join us for Family Worship Sunday Worship ..................................9:00 AM Sunday School ....................................10:15 AM Youth Group Meets Sunday 5:00PM - 7:00PM

7:00 p.m. 6:45 p.m.

L.O.R.D. Love Others Rejoice Daily

Home of Prior Lake Christian Academy (Preschool - 12th grade) visit us at: www.priorlakebaptist.org

Pastor Larry G. Kasten 952.217.1113 lzumc.pastor@frontiernet.net

Bible Study Awana Club (Oct. - Apr.)

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Indoor walking track now open Prior Lake High School’s indoor walking track at 7575 150th St., Savage is available for public use. There is no charge to walk on the track, which will be open through March 29. Family walking time, which allows strollers on the track, is 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Children and strollers are not permitted during adult walks, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. No registration is required. Guests should sign in at the lower level of the high school a n d g o a c r o s s t h e w a l king track to the gym doors. Date and times are subject to change based upon high school activities. No food or beverages, other than water, are allowed.

tive tasks such as mailings, answering phones, greeting visitors and more. Assist visitors in the research library and with public tours, as well as assist with maintenance of museum collections and collections records. Training provided, flexible schedule. Event helper: Assist staff with hands-on activities at Kids Kraft programs, the last Saturday of each month. Training provided. Volunteer one, two or more dates. Contact: Kathy at (952) 445-0378 or info@ scottcountyhistory.org.

Sunday at 8:45 & 10:45 a.m.

HOLY TRINITY UNITED METHODIST www.htumc.org 16150 Arcadia Ave SE 952-447-2990 (2 blocks W. of Hwy. 13 on Dakota)

Holy Cross Lutheran Church LCMS

Growing in Faith, Living to Serve

Pastor Rance Settle County Rd. 42 & Pike Lake Trail (952) 445-1779

Sunday Worship 9:00 AM Sunday School & Adult Bible Class 10:20 AM

952.230.2988

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One block West of Cty. Rd. 21 on Cty. Rd. 42

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church

6pm Potluck dinner 7pm Ash Wednesday Worship Service

952-447-6955

16311 Duluth Avenue SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 952-447-2491 www.stmichael-pl.org

Weekend Mass Times: Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Nursery available during 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Mass St. Michael Catholic School Grades PreK-8 952-447-2124

We have a Worship Directory in each of these publications: Eden Prairie News Shakopee Valley News Chanhassen Villager Jordan Independent Prior Lake America Chaska Herald Savage Pacer

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odd Eggenberger states the obvious when asked about winter camping. “No bugs,” he says with a smile, “and the camp fire actually feels good.” On the flip side, he’s not a big fan of getting out of a warm sleeping bag when it’s 20 degrees outside. Still, the Shorewood resident prefers to do his camping when it’s cold. “No bugs,” he reiterates. Eggenberger is not alone as lots of campers prefer camping in the winter. OK, maybe not lots. “We had one guy come to a class who knew nothing about winter camping,” said Matt Poppleton, REI’s outdoor programs and outreach manager. “Now, he not only loves it, but he’s teaching the class.” What gives? “It’s a totally different experience,” said Poppleton, referencing the seclusion of winter camping. “For the folks that go up to the Boundary Waters, it’s that sense of solitude.” “Winter campers love winter,” he adds. “They’ll see those squiggly lines on a map and go exploring. In the summer, those are places you wouldn’t think of paddling.”

What you need REI shares a list of musthave winter gear to keep you warm and safe at rei. com/expertadvice: Waterproof backpack to haul your extra clothes Sleeping bag rated at least 10 degrees lower than the coldest temperature you expect to encounter Sleeping bag liner can add 8 to 15 degrees of warmth Sleeping pads, at least two to insulate your body from the cold surface of snow Ground cloth protects tent from water Headlamp and flashlights, batteries Two-way radio Wondering what gear to bring on a winter camping expedition? Waterproof, warm materials are a must. Winter traditionalists camp in wall tents or quinzhees, igloo-like shelters made by hollowing out a pile of settled snow. “Quinzhees,” laughs Poppleton, “are hard to make without snow.” Most winter camping, however, is done the newfashioned way, in four-season tents, bulked-up versions that are able to withstand the weight of snow. The elephant in the room?

“You want to stay warm and dry,” Poppleton said. “The trick is to dress in layers. Not only do you want to shed a layer when you get too hot, but you want to be able to get it back on, and quickly, when you get cold.” Staying warm while sleeping shouldn’t be an issue as 0-degree sleeping bags are readily available. What might be more important, however, is a quality sleeping pad. “[You want] something that

keeps you off the ground,” Poppleton said. Question: What are you going to eat? Answer: What do you want to eat? Some campers dine on a smorgasbord of foods, surrendering to the hassle and weight of packing a Dutch oven. Others prefer a minimalist approach, adding melted snow to whoknows-what. Adding hot water directly to a packet of

instant oatmeal is about as minimalist as you can get. Packing in gear is as simple as loading as much as you want to pull on a sled. Well placed ski poles can make for some nifty sled sides. “Most winter campers camp out of a base camp,” said Poppleton. “They’ll do their exploring from there.” Like summer, the key is to set camp early. Instead of racing for a site, you’re racing

for light. “Remember,” adds Poppleton, “it gets dark at 5 o’clock.” Final question: Where do winter campers camp? “Probably not a KOA,” laughs Poppleton. Minnesota State Parks provide the most opportunities. Three Rivers Park District is also an option. And remember: leave the bug spray at home.

LET’S GO! BEST BETS 1. TASTE OF EDEN PRAIRIE The Taste of Eden Prairie’s event features about 30 restaurants serving up specialties at the Vikings Fieldhouse in Eden Prairie. The event includes a silent auction, entertainment and more. Time: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Cost: $35 in advance; $40 at the door Location: Minnesota Vikings Fieldhouse Practice Facility, 9520 Viking Drive, Eden Prairie Info: foundationforepschools.org

2. HAM AND EGG BREAKFAST The Czech Heritage Club will sponsor a ham and egg breakfast. Czech pastries, eggs with ham, coffee, milk and juice will be served. Time: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19

Cost: Adults $7; ages 5-12 $4; younger than 5 free Location: Knights of Columbus Hall, 411 Fourth Ave. S.W., New Prague Info: czechheritageclub.com

3. CHILI COOK-OFF The Prior Lake VFW hosts this friendly competition for prizes for the best chili. The contest is limited to the first 25 contestants; register by February 18. Contestants and judges also are needed. Prizes include gift cards and chili pepper apparel. Chili dogs will be available for $2 immediately following the awards presentation. See signup sheets and contest rules at the VFW every day after 2 p.m. Time: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 Cost: Free Location: Prior Lake VFW, 16306 Main Ave., Prior Lake Info: (952) 226-6208

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WE WANT YOUR LISTINGS! Listings are printed free but not guaranteed, although we do our best to include them. Submit your events through our www.LetsGo.mn website, where you can find many more local and regional fun things to do. You can also send an e-mail to editor@plamerican. com. Deadline is noon on the Tuesday prior to publication. For information call (952) 345-6378.

Saturday

THE WOLFGANG COFFEE CONCERT

FEB. 18

The WolfGang presents “A Time and Place for Music: Greatest Hits of 1750-1805.” Enjoy complimentary refreshments and Caribou coffee while exploring the world of chamber music. Time: 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 Cost: Adults $12; seniors and students $10 Location: Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville Info: (952) 985-4640 or ci.lakeville. mn.us

TROPICAL BEACH PARTY The Minnesota Zoo staff will supply sand, palm trees, exotic animals and more for their annual Tropical Beach Party. Activities will include getting a hug from “Snoopy,” indoor sandbox, face painting, calypso music, sand art activity and keeper talks. Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 18-20 Cost: Adults $18; ages 3-12 and 65+ $12; ages 0-2 free Location: Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley Info: mnzoo.com or (952) 431-9200

DEER HUNTERS’ BANQUET The Minnesota River Valley Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters’ Association will host this 29th annual banquet. The public is welcome to attend. Time: 5 p.m. social hour; 7 p.m. dinner; 8 p.m. program, Saturday, Feb. 18 Cost: 25 for adults and $15 for youth Location: Knights of Columbus Hall, 1760 E. Fourth Ave., Shakopee Info: Barb Breeggemann at (952) 445-4396

COMEDIAN JOHNNY WATSON A lot of comedians exaggerate about themselves when telling jokes. When Johnny Watson tells a joke about himself, his family and his upbringing, no exaggeration is necessary. Watson, a white kid living in a series of black and Hispanic neighborhoods while growing up in New Jersey with two brothers and two sisters, couldn’t fight so he told jokes to survive. Comedian Pudge Fernandez will open. Time: 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 Cost: $13 for 8:30 p.m. show; $10 for 10:30 p.m. show Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 First Ave., Shakopee Info: minnehahacomedyclub.com/ shakopee

Sunday

FEB. 19 HAM AND EGG BREAKFAST The Czech Heritage Club will sponsor a ham and egg breakfast. Czech pastries, eggs with ham, coffee, milk and juice will be served. Time: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 Cost: Adults $7; ages 5-12 $4; younger than 5 free Location: Knights of Columbus Hall, 411 Fourth Ave. S.W., New Prague Info: czechheritageclub.com

CHILI COOK-OFF The Prior Lake VFW hosts this friendly competition for prizes for the best chili. The contest is limited to the first 25 contestants; register by February 18. Contestants and judges also are needed. Prizes include gift cards and chili pepper apparel. Chili dogs will be available for $2 immediately following the awards presentation. See signup sheets and contest rules at the VFW every day after 2 p.m. Time: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 Cost: Free Location: Prior Lake VFW, 16306 Main Ave. Info: (952) 226-6208

WEDDING CENTRAL The third annual Wedding Central event will feature vendors, a fashion show and door prizes. Time: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 (fashion show at 2:30 p.m.) Cost: $5 online registration for brides; free for brides’ guests Location: Legends Golf Club, 8670 Credit River Blvd., Prior Lake Info: priorlakechamber.com

Saturday

FEB. 25 FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE Shop used books at this sale hosted by Friends of the Prior Lake Library. Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Cost: Items for purchase Location: Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. Info: (952) 447-3375

SCHS KIDS KRAFT: ‘TELL ME A STORY’ Scott County Historical Society staff members will offer a theme-centered craft and story. This month, children will listen to selections from Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and create a book for their own stories and pictures. Time: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Cost: Free, but registration is required Location: Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller St., Shakopee Info: (952) 445-0378 or scottcountyhistory.org

RAPTORS IN THE YARD Meet a captive merlin and barred owl and learn about these birds of prey. Cameras are welcome. For all ages. Time: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 Cost: Free Location: Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or threeriversparkdistrict.org

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CRITTERS CLOSE UP Meet animals that live in the nature center. See a snake, salamander and turtle up close. Learn what they eat and watch as they are fed. Figure out what makes each of these animals unique. For all ages. Time: 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 Cost: Free Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-9000 or threeriversparkdistrict.org

Tuesday

FEB. 21 WINTER WILDLIFE Take a snowshoe hike and discover the sights and sounds of winter’s winter activities. Dress for the outdoors and hiking on snowshoes. For reservations, call Mara Koenig at (952) 858-0710. Time: 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Cost: Free Location: Louisville Swamp Unit, 3801 145th St. W., Shakopee Info: (952) 854-5900 or fws.gov/ midwest/minnesotavalley

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People levitate, walk through walls, vanish and reappear during the Spencers’ Theater of Illusion show, to be performed March 8 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.

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tive mind reading experience. Theatre of Illusion will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Orchestra seating is $32-39 for adults and $29-$36 for students and seniors. Balcony seating is adults $18; students and seniors $15. For more information, call (952) 895-4680 or ticketmaster.com.

‘WOLF PACK’ SKIING GROUP The “Wolf Pack” is assembling for its second season of weekend skiing. Whether you are an expert, a beginner, or something in between, you are invited to join. Initially, the group will meet at Cleary Lake Regional Park. As the season progresses, they will ski at other parks and may add snowshoeing and hiking as alternatives to skiing. Time: 6 p.m. Tuesdays Cost: Free Location: Cleary Lake Park, 18106 Texas Ave., Prior Lake Info: timbee205@yahoo.com or Tim at (612) 298-0851. For instruction and skiing on Tuesday evenings: michael@michaelscycles-mn.com or Stuart at (952) 447-2453

IMPROV CLASS: BEGINNING I Those who’d like to sharpen their skills for thinking on the spot may want to consider attending this Improv Class. The class is for beginners. The eightweek course culminates with a recital at Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 21-April 10 Cost: $195 Location: Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen Info: stevierays.org

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shelter in the winter. Before the show, participate in nature-based activity stations that may include art, nature artifact inquiry, puzzles, matching games and a sensory table. After the program, create a show in the puppet stage and venture outdoors to look for animal homes and tracks. Adults and children pay program fee. Maximum of three children per adult. Reservations are required; reference activity 112903-08. Program is for ages 2-6. Time: 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Cost: $4 Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-6700 or threeriversparkdistrict.org

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FEB. 23 ROOSTER RUSH 2012 Scott County Pheasants Forever will host this fundraiser. Advanced ticket orders are highly recommended (last year’s event sold out). Social hour and games begin at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:45 p.m. Time: 7:20-9:45 p.m. (program) Thursday, Feb. 23 Cost: $25 (banquet only); membership/sponsorship options available Location: Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course, 21775 Ridges Drive, Jordan Info: scottcountypf.org

session of Toddler Time, 20- to 30-minute themed story times for ages 18-36 months. Time: 10:15 a.m. Thursdays through March 8 Cost: Free Location: Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. Info: (952) 447-3375 (registration is required)

Mission Trip for teens and adults. Time: 4:30-7:30 Friday, Feb. 24 Cost: $10 (ages 14 and up); $9 (65 and up); $6 (ages 5-13); free for ages 4 and under Location: Church of St. Michael, 16311 Duluth Ave., Prior Lake Info: Cheryl Dymit at (952) 440-6927

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Follow the residents and visitors of the small town of Almost, Maine, as they fall in and out of love in unexpected, surprising and honest ways. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Feb. 24-March 11 Cost: Adults $20; students and seniors $17 Location: Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville Info: (952) 895-4680 or ticketmaster.com

FEB. 24 THE AMAZING RACE: FAMILY FUN NIGHT All families in the Prior Lake-Savage Area School District are invited to attend this event to benefit students in the Synergy and SAGE gifted programs. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 Cost: $5 suggested donation Location: Prior Lake High School, 7575 150th St., Savage Info: RSVP at mcgt.net/priorlake/ calendar

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT FISH FRY Enjoy lightly breaded Alaskan Pollock, macaroni and cheese, potato wedges, coleslaw, green beans, corn, homemade rolls, coffee, milk and dessert at this all-you-caneat fundraiser. To-go orders will be available. A portion of the proceeds will fund a summer Catholic Heart

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Make and bake a small brown-sugar cake like the one that Laura Ingalls made in the Little House book series. Then learn to sew by hand and begin making a nine-patch pillow from calico fabric. Reservations required; reference activity 111325-04. For ages 6 and older. Time: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Cost: $7 Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or threeriversparkdistrict.org

Upcoming ARMCHAIR TRAVEL SERIES Join traveler Allie Hafez for a slideshow of her family’s trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and a safari in Tanzania. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 Cost: Free Location: Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. Info: (952) 447-3375

MISS MN VALLEY CHILDREN’S EVENT The Miss MN Valley/Queen of the Seasons royalty will host activities for children, including arts and crafts, board games, swimming and light snacks. The event is open to the first 30 children ages 5 to 11 who register by March 1. Children must be chaperoned by one parent during the entire event. Time: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 Cost: Free Location: America’s Best Value Inn, 1244 Canterbury Road, Shakopee Info: Joy Newgard at (952) 6935688 or missmnvalley1@yahoo.com

BOOK CLUB FOR SENIORS Join a book club for seniors the first Tuesday of each month. March’s book is “Shanghai Girls” by Lisa See. Time: 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 Cost: Free Location: Club Prior, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave., Prior Lake Info: (952) 447-9783

COMMUNITY BOOK FAIR COMEDIAN JOSH ALTON Josh Alton is an athlete-turnedcomedian. Growing up, he was never picked on, beaten up or made fun of, but he has always been a gigantic smart mouth and has always enjoyed getting a laugh. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Alton eventually traded his cleats and shoulder pads for a microphone and a note pad and made the move to Chicago, to pursue his dream of becoming a professional comic. Also performing will be comedian Chris May. Time: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Cost: $13

Students from Twin Oaks Middle School will host this Scholastic fair to raise funds for new books and equipment repairs. Books include those for young teens and adults and the latest bestsellers from more than 150 publishers. Area businesses interested in making a donation can contact Lisa Wensmann at lwensmann@priorlake-savage.k12. mn.us. Time: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 6 and 8; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7 Cost: Items for purchase Location: Twin Oaks Middle School, 15860 Fish Point Road, Prior Lake Info: www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

TODDLER STORY TIME Openings are still available for the Prior Lake Library’s second winter

Job Opportunities with these great companies and others are advertised in CLASSIFIEDS located in the back of this newspaper Find more local JOB openings in the CLASSIFIEDS. To see your company listed here, or to place your employment ad, call 952-345-3003.

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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

Jeans Day is celebrated the last Friday of each month! If your organization is interested in participating, please contact Jennifer Sorenson at 952-345-6477 or jsorenson@swpub.com

Canterbury Park - Shakopee Cardinal Stritch University - Eden Prairie Community Bank - Chaska & Chanhassen Cub Foods - Shakopee D. Fong’s Chinese Cuisine - Savage Dockside Minnesota Magazine Edible Twin Cities Magazine First Resource Bank - Savage The Goddard School - Chanhassen Le Bistro Tourville - Chaska Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant - Shakopee Prior Lake Pet Hospital - Prior Lake Quello Clinic - Chanhassen Ridgeview Medical Center - Waconia Savvy.mn Magazine Southwest Newspapers St. Francis Medical Center - Shakopee Vein Clinic PA - Chanhassen Western OB/GYN

This is a listing of some of the classes offered through Prior Lake-Savage Area Community Education. Find out more — and register for classes — at www.priorlakesavagece. com or call (952) 226-0080.

ADULTS First Aid Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Twin Oaks Middle School, 15860 Fish Point Road, Prior Lake. Cost is $70. P r e -Di ab ete s E duc at ion Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Twin Oaks Middle School. Cost is $40. Medicare — What you Really Need to Know Monday, Feb. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Twin Oaks

Middle School. Cost is $11. Just Once: Piano for Busy People Monday, Feb. 27 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Middle School, 15855 Fish Point Road, Prior Lake. Cost is $34. Splash Dance! Water Exercise Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 28-March 29, at Twin Oaks Middle School. Cost is $50. Tex-Mex Cooking Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Twin Oaks Middle School. Cost is $49.

YOUTH After-school classes are offered at all elementary schools. For a complete listing, visit www.priorlakesavagece.com.

These classes are star ting soon: Flip Over Gymnastics (grades K-5), Kidcreate Studio — Cartoon and Funny Stuff (grades K-5), Hogwarts Film School (grades K-5) and more. Science Explorers (ages 3½6) Tuesdays, Feb. 28-March 13, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. at the District Services Center, 4540 Tower St., Prior Lake. Cost is $39. Wish Upon a Ballet (ages 3-6) Wednesdays, Feb. 29-April 18, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the District Services Center. Cost is $65. Safe at Home on My Own (ages 8-11) Friday, March 2 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the District Services Center. Cost is $45.

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(Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 18 and 25, 2012; No. 7640) Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Assumed Name/Certificate Of Assumed Name Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number: Date Filed: December 21, 2011 The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required as a consumer protection, in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business. 1. List the exact assumed name under which the business is or will be conducted: Badger Hill Brewing 2. Principal Place of Business: 15371 Bobcat Circle, Prior Lake, MN 55372 3. List the name and complete street address of all persons conducting business under the above Assumed Name, OR if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, or Limited Partnership name and registered office address. Attach additional sheet(s) if necessary: Badger Hill Brewing LLC – 15371 Bobcat

Circle, Prior Lake, MN 55372 4. I, the undersigned, certify that I am signing this document as the person whose signature is required, or as agent of the person(s) whose signature would be required who has authorized me to sign this document on his/her behalf, or in both capacities. I further certify that I have completed all required fields, and that the information in this document is true and correct and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota Statutes. I understand that by signing this document I am subject to the penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed this document under oath. Signature: Jason Kuboushek, Legal Counsel Jason Kuboushek - Contact Name 952-220-5477 Date: 12/15/11 (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 11 and 18, 2012; No. 7634) ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

NOTICE FOR CONTRACTORS CSAH 21 & ARCADIA AVENUE INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS S.A.P. 201-020-008 / S.A.P. 201-130-001 C.P. 11-001 / C.P. 21-13 CITY OF PRIOR LAKE, SCOTT COUNTY, MN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received at the offices of the City of Prior Lake, 4646 Dakota Street SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372, until 10:00 a.m. on March 8, 2012, and will be publicly opened and read aloud on the above date, said bids to be for the furnishing of all labor and materials for the construction and installation, complete in place, of the following approximate quantities: 124 TREE Clearing & Grubbing 12,047 SQ YD Remove Bituminous Pavement 8066 CU YD Common Excavation 10,341 CU YD Subgrade Excavation 5084 CU YD Aggregate Base CL 6 3800 TON Type SP 12.5 Wearing Course/Non-Wearing Course Mix 2053 TON Type 19.0 Non Wearing Course Mix 1305 SQ FT Modular Block Retaining Wall 2751 LIN FT 15” – 27” RC Pipe Sewer Des 3006 990 LIN FT 4” – 8” PVC Pipe Sewer 1030 LIN FT 6” – 8” Water Main Ductile Iron 18,628 SQ FT 6” Concrete Walk 16,413 SQ FT 3” Bituminous Walk 5270 LIN FT Concrete Curb & Gutter (B612, B618, B624) 4 LUMP SUM Building Removal 1 LUMP SUM Traffic Control 230 SQ FT Sign Panels Type C 5915 SQ YD Sodding Type Salt Resistant 9730 LIN FT PavementMarking Epoxy Bids arriving after the designated time will be returned unopened. All bids shall be sealed and marked “CSAH 21 & Arcadia Avenue Intersection Improvements, S.A.P. 201-020-008 / S.A.P. 201-130-001 / C.P. 11-001 / C.P. 21-13,” and shall be accompanied by a cashier’s check, bid bond or certified check, payable to the City of Prior Lake for five percent (5%) of the amount of the Base Bid, to be forfeited as damages in the event that the bid is accepted and the bidder shall fail to enter promptly into a written contract and furnish the required bond. Each bid and all papers bound and attached thereto, together with the bid guarantee, shall be placed in an envelope and securely sealed therein. The envelope shall be so marked as to indicate the name of bidder and the project name and shall be addressed to the City of Prior Lake, 4646 Dakota Street SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372. It may be

mailed, delivered by messenger, or submitted in person. Proposal forms, specifications, plans and other contract documents are available for review at the City of Prior Lake, 4646 Dakota Street SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372, and at the office of WSB & Associates, Inc., 701 Xenia Avenue S., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55416. Proposal forms, specifications, plans and other contract documents can be also requested by mail or purchased, upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit of one hundred ($100) for each contract package at the office of WSB & Associates, Inc., 701 Xenia Avenue S., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55416. Proposal Forms and the Plans and Specifications for use by contractors are also available at http:// www.questcdn.com. You may download the complete set of digital bidding documents for $30.00 by entering eBidDoc #1862428 on the “Search Projects” page. Please contact QuestCDN.com at 952-233-1632 or info@questcdn.com for assistance in free membership registration, downloading, and working with this digital project information. No bids may be withdrawn for a period of sixty (60) days from the date of opening of bids. The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids and waive informalities, and further reserves the right to award the contract in the best interest of the City. DATED: February 6, 2012 BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL Frank Boyles, City Manager City of Prior Lake, MN (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 11 and 18, 2012; No. 7635) Spring Lake Township NOTICE OF HEARING ON IMPROVEMENT FOR HICKORY HILLS TRAIL AND 213TH STREET Thursday February 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Notice is hereby given that the Board of Spring Lake Township will meet: 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Town Hall 20381 Fairlawn Avenue Prior Lake, MN 55372 to consider the making of an improvement of Hickory Hills Trail and 213th Street by grinding the existing bituminous, reclaiming the base, grading and re-paving the roadway, and replacing culverts. The area proposed to be assessed for such improvement is all abutting property. The estimated cost of the improvement ranges from $287,000 to $483,625. A reasonable estimate of the impact of the assessment on individual properties will be available at the hearing. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvement will be heard at this meeting. Kathy Nielsen, Clerk Spring Lake Township 20381 Fairlawn Avenue Prior Lake, MN 55372 kathynielsen@springlaketownship.com

(952) 492-7030

(Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 18 and 25, 2012; No. 7636) Spring Lake Township NOTICE OF HEARING ON LOT EQUIVALENT DETERMINATIONS FOR THE 2012 HICKORY HILLS TRAIL AND 213TH STREET ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT Thursday February 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Notice is hereby given that the Board of Spring Lake Township will meet: 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Town Hall 20381 Fairlawn Avenue Prior Lake, MN 55372 to consider the determination of lot equivalents for purposes of specially assessing project costs. The area proposed to be assessed for such improvement is all abutting property. The estimated cost of the improvement ranges from $287,000 to $483,625. A reasonable estimate of the impact of the assessment on individual properties will be available at the hearing. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvement will be heard at this meeting. Kathy Nielsen, Clerk Spring Lake Township 20381 Fairlawn Avenue Prior Lake, MN 55372 kathynielsen@springlaketownship.com

(952) 492-7030 (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 18, 2012; No. 7637) SECTION 00 11 13 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed Bids will be received by Spring Lake Township, Minnesota, in the Township Hall at 20381 Fairlawn Avenue, Prior Lake, until 2 P.M., CST, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the furnishing of all labor, materials, and all else necessary for the following Blake Loop Street Improvements Subgrade Excavation (EV) CY 525 Granular Borrow (CV) CY 525 Ditch Excavation LF 300 15” RCP Storm Sewer LF 150 Bituminous Street Reclaim (Full Depth) SY 8600 Aggregate Base, Class 5 TN 475 Bituminous Non Wearing Course Mixture TN 800 Bituminous Wearing Course Mixture TN 600 Aggregate Shouldering, Class 2 TN 150 Topsoil Borrow (LV) CY 1000 Together with traffic control, erosion control, turf establishment and other related items. Complete digital Bidding Documents are available at www. questcdn.com for $20 by inputting Quest Project #1887683 on the website’s Project Search page. Paper Bidding Documents may also be viewed at the Spring Lake Town-

ship and at Stantec, 2335 Highway 36 West, St. Paul, MN 55113, (651) 636-4600. Direct inquiries to Engineer’s Project Manager Mark Statz at (651) 604-4709. Bid Security in the amount of 5 percent of the amount of the Bid must accompany each Bid in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. The Owner reserves the right to retain the deposits of the 3 lowest Bidders for a period not to exceed 90 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids. No Bids may be withdrawn for a period of 90 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive irregularities and informalities therein, and further reserves the right to award the Contract to the best interests of the Owner. Kathy Nielsen, Clerk Spring Lake Township, Minnesota (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 18 and 25, 2012; No. 7638) Public Notice Annual Town Meeting and Election of Officers Notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of Credit River Township, in the County of Scott, State of Minnesota, that the Annual Election of Town Officers and Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. The Election will be held at the Credit River Town Hall at 18985 Meadow View Blvd. Polls will open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm to elect the following town officers: Supervisor Seat A for a three (3) year term Supervisor Seat D for a three (3) year term The Annual Meeting will commence at 8:30 pm on March 13, at the Legends Club, located at 8670 Credit River Blvd., Prior Lake, MN 55372 to conduct all necessary town business as prescribed by law. If inclement weather should occur on the above scheduled date, the Annual Meeting and Election would be held on the third Tuesday in March at the above scheduled times and places. Cathy Haugh (/s) Township Clerk Credit River Township (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 18 and 25, 2012; No. 7639)

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Bruce Mackenthun Does It All! WindowDoor- Deck specialist! Professional services. 952-270-9166. Lic #BC452534 Ins. www.brucedoesitall.com Ken's HANDYMAN SERVICE Repairs, Installations & Home Improvements. Call Ken: 952-445-1836

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ROUTE DRIVER Small local garbage company seeking driver. Must have Class B license, pass DOT physical, drug test, and a clean record. Duties would include driving and lifting up to 75 pounds. Pay DOE. Send resume or questions to: 952-217-1290 krosland@comcast.net

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Mechanic Ditch Witch of Minnesota is seeking experienced technician with formal hydraulics and electrical system training. Computer skills are a plus. Benefits include: Medical, dental, 401K, disability & uniforms. Fax resume to: 952-445-0035 or mail to: 12826 Emery Way, Shakopee, MN 55379. No phone calls please.

Chanhassen Teacher and Waconia Assist. Teacher needed to accept the opportunity of teaching and assisting (FT) a classroom of lovable infants. We are a privately owned childcare center that would like you to join our team! Visit our website; www.childrenoftomorrow.com, complete application, and send it in. Previous childcare experience a must. Any Questions call Children of Tomorrow WaconiaJudy at 952-443-9900 Chanhassen-Melissa at 952448-7829.

Field Service Technician Inquiries should have a minimum of 2 years experience oil processing, assembling, and testing power transformers. Candidates must be willing to travel extensively. You must be able to obtain a CDL or carry a current CDL. We offer competitive wages, 401K plan and medical package. Send resume to: hr@jordantransformer.com or fax 952-492-6947. JORDAN TRANSFORMER, LLC

We are looking for an individual to work with men who have mental health needs. This position will involve working in the community located in the Southern Metro area. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in any behavioral health science field with 1 year experience or 3 years of full-time supervised experience in the delivery of clinical services in the treatment of mental illness. Full-time with benefits. Please send resumes to Cedar House, 329 Faribault Road, Faribault, MN 55021 or email; Kristen@cedarhouseinc.com

Apprentice Electrician General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. now has an opening for an Apprentice Electrician Because we value hard work and loyalty, we offer a competitive salary and excellent benefit package. Visit our website at: www.genequip.com or mail application to: ATTN: HR General Equipment & Supplies, Inc., 4600 Industrial Blvd. S, Shakopee, MN 55379 or email: human-resources@genequip.com

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Shop Foreman/Inspector Are you looking for that next step in your career? General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. now has an opening for a Shop Foreman/Inspector. GES has an opening for someone who is looking for that next challenging position and who is ready to be a leader. Visit our website at: www.genequip.com or mail application to: ATTN: HR General Equipment & Supplies, Inc., 4600 Industrial Blvd. S, Shakopee, MN 55379 or email: human-resources@genequip.com

Auburn Homes & Services in Chaska is currently hiring. Lead Servers Server Housekeeping Services Asst Care Attendants LPN .8 M-F Visit our website at www.auburnhomes.org to learn more about these and other opportunities. EOE/AAP

Cole's Salon is looking for outgoing First Impression Team members! These stars will be the first point of contact with our guests, along with answering phones, trouble shooting, and educating guests on our products and services. This is a fast pace and fun environment! Positions open in: Burnsville: 952-435-8585 Cedar Cliff, Eagan: 651-454-1390 Apple Valley: 952-891-4112 Savage: 952-226-5310 FT and PT shifts available evenings 3pm to 10pm and Saturdays.

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ELITE WASTE DISPOSAL is seeking an energetic, professional and knowledgeable Accounts Receivable / Accounting Clerk Responsibilities include 1) Accounts Receivable for Roll-Off & MSW divisions 2) Entering check payments 3) Taking incoming sales calls 4) Miscellaneous accounting duties Please call 952-445-4301 ext 215 and answer the questions on the voice mail.

845 Corporate Drive Jordan, MN 55352

Maintenance Worker City of Jordan The City of Jordan is accepting applications for a fulltime public works Maintenance Worker. Minimum qualifications include a Minnesota Class B Drivers License and one year heavy equipment operation experience. Class D Water Operators License and Class D Waste Water Operators License or ability to obtain within two years of employment. Work includes the operations and maintenance of all City public works facilities and utilities. Salary range $19.28 - $22.68. Application materials and position description are available at the Jordan Government Center, 210 East First Street, Jordan, Mn 55352, on the City of Jordan website at: www.jordan.govoffice.com or by calling 952-4922535. For consideration, applications must be received by 4:30 PM, Friday, March 2, 2012. Jordan is an equal opportunity employer.

Client Support Advisor Open Systems a leader in accounting and business development software is looking for Customer Service oriented people to provide phone support for accounting or inventory management software. The Client Support Advisor duties include, troubleshooting software installation and maintenance along with supporting software functionality. Excellent troubleshooting and customer communication skills required. Experience with accounting software, SQL or Access is a plus. Please send resume and salary requirements to Open Systems, Inc. Attn: HR, 4301 Dean Lakes Boulevard, Shakopee, MN 55379 or email to HR@OSAS.com. EOE

ELITE WASTE DISPOSAL is seeking an energetic, professional and driven Residential Sales Representative Responsibilities include

Automotive Sales Luther Burnsville VW Exciting opportunity to join the fastest growing VW dealership in the Midwest! We are looking for experienced salespeople who want to take their career to the next level. Our new, state of the art facility is the largest of its kind in the United States. We have an open showfloor so you can sell new or used vehicles and our top salespeople are selling over 30 cars per month. Volkswagen is one of the fastest growing brands around. Sell some of the safest cars and SUVs, the 40+mpg TDI Diesels as well as the Motor Trend Car of the Year, the 2012 Passat! Great pay plan with an opportunity to make over six figures with demo allowance up to $300/month and benefits including medical, dental, 401k and more. Auto sales experience preferred along with a good driving record.

1)Networking 2)Calling on management companies 3)Calling on homeowners associations 4)Calling on individual homeowners 5)Calling on city government Please call 952-445-4301 and answer the questions on the voice mail.

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Carpentry Contractors Co. 2012 JOB FAIR! TUESDAY, FEB. 28 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29 12:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. CCC is Now Hiring dependable, hard working employees for all skill levels in our field Framing or Window Installation divisions. Carpentry Contractors Co. is a market leading, residential new construction sub-contractor in the greater Twin Cities Metropolitan area since 1980. Employment requirements are; independent transportation, valid D/L, must pass a pre-employment physical, drug test and back ground check. Entry level wages start at $9.00-$13.00 an hour. Full Time Regular employees are offered an excellent benefit package which includes; medical, dental, and life insurance, 401k opportunities, and earned paid vacations. Learn more at www.CarpentryContractors.com, or find us on www.facebook.com All Job Fair Interviews will be conducted at: Lyman Lumber, 300 Morse Ave. Excelsior. MN 55331 All applicants will have an opportunity to interview during this exclusive two-day job fair. Please call 952-3803720 to pre-schedule an interview time, or feel free to just drop by and learn more about our fast paced, growing company. We are excited to show you what excellent employment opportunities are in store for you!

Seasonal Employees Needed for the City of Prior Lake. Youth Recreation Leaders, must be 16. Park Maintenance Workers, must be 18. Street Maintenance Workers, must be 18. For more information or to download application materials, go to: www.cityofpriorlake.com/jobopenings or pick up at City Hall, 4646 Dakota Street, Prior Lake City application form is required. Deadline is March 2, 2012.

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Dog Care. Prior Lake Pet Resort. Excellent customer service. Email chrisv@pawsresort.com for application. PIZZAMAN... Drivers earn up to $15/ hour. Apply within, Shakopee/ Chaska locations. Telemarketer needed for growing freight company. Could lead to FT position. Growing freight company in Chaska. 952-448-5098 GUEST SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Part time, Includes Weekends 3PM-11PM Apply in Person @ HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS Chanhassen, MN Fastenal Company PART-TIME POSITION AVAILABLE 2460 Chaska Blvd. Chaska, MN 952-448-7057. The Fastenal Company would like to invite ambitious, hard-working individuals to apply for the position of part-time Sales Support. Please see our full add and apply online at; www.fastenal.com

Part-Time RECEPTIONIST Jordan Dental Care, P.A. 10-12 hrs/wk. M, Tu, Th after 3pm. phones, computer scheduling billing, and cleaning. Reliable, positive attitude a must. (952)492-2021 or doctor@ jordandentalcare.com Retail Sales position: longterm, PT position in retail sales for small vacuum cleaner shop. Experience helpful, but will train. Excellent position for retired or semi-retired individual. Some computer experience helpful. 952-445-5052 St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie is looking for two parttime custodians. Applicants must be able to lift up to 50 lbs, work independently, and have a helpful and positive attitude. Send resume to gbach@standrewlu.org StarTribune Newspaper Carrier Needed immediately Shakopee and Chaska, weekend & weekday routes, and PT Sat/Sun. assembly. For further information see our website at; www.Chaskadelivery.com

Program Counselor (Shakopee) Hours: E/O weekend 3pm-10pm. Experience with Alzheimer's and seizures a plus! Must be able to lift 40 lbs. Driver's lic, insurance, clean record req'd. Contact: Jodib@thomasalleninc.com or fax resume 952-445-8110. Visit: www.thomasalleninc.com AA/EOE

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Health Care CNA or HHA We have part time hours, all shifts available at Keystone Communities of Prior Lake, a Sr housing facility and Assisted Living. We are looking for a team player who has a passion for working with seniors. Long Term Care and Memory Care experience required. We offer a supportive work environment and great team to work with. Please call Rhonda at 952-2269209, fax your resume to 952-226-9201 or stop by 4685 Park Nicollet Ave., Prior Lake to pickup an application.

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Seasonal Employees Needed for the City of Prior Lake. Some positions will have varying hours for the approximate period of May 1 through August 30; others for the approximate period of May 1 through October 31. Youth Recreation Leaders, must be 16. Park Maintenance Workers, must be 18. Street Maintenance Workers, must be 18. Valid Minnesota driver's license with acceptable driving record. Class B license preferred for maintenance workers. Hourly rate varies per position. For more information or to download application materials, go to www.cityofpriorlake.com / job openings or pick up at City Hall, 4646 Dakota Street, Prior Lake City application form is required. Deadline is March 2, 2012.

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JORDAN TRANSFORMER, LLC Inquiries must have analog and digital machine control design experience. Must be motivated and a selfstarter. Associate Degree or higher in electrical engineering required. Assignments require strong computer skills, the ability to read, design and draw wiring control schematics using AutoCAD 2012. Jordan Transformer offers competitive wages, 401K plan and medical package. Inquiries send resume with wage expectations to: Email: hr@jordantransformer.com

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1998 Bayliner Capri Fish & Ski boat, 19 ft. 135HP. Inboard, stored inside. Excellent condition $6900. 952-4126417

Boats/Motors

94 Starcraft, 17ft. Aluminum. Walleye, Bass ½ Console 75hp. Mariner & 8hp. Kicker. $6500. 612-554-6725 or

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Campers Travel Trailers

2001 Camper, 32', 5th wheel 2 slideouts, golfcart, shed $14,500. Excellent condition. Parked on beautiful wooded lot in Zumbrota, 612-720-8683/ 612-5990184

Motorcycles

Motorcycles

1994 Harley Heritage Softtail, 26300k, all service records avail, extra set of pipes. $7500. Call Mike @ 612-309-6737

Honda style 2007 JMST 250cc Scooter. 1329 miles, original owner, 80 mpg, 4 stroke 2 passenger, $2900.00, call Ray 952-402-9110

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2002 Larson 19' FishNSki, SEI 190, 135 HP Outboard, stored indoors. $11,900. or BO, NADA guide suggested $10,500.00, Jon 612730-8116

2006 Crestliner Lsi Angler 2285. Lots of extras. 60 HP Mercury 4 stroke and dual axle trailer. 763-360-6251

Campers Travel Trailers 2004 41' SportsCoach Elite. Fully equipped. 23,000K. Well-maintained. 3 slides. $100,000. 952-797-6264

1991 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome, Class A, 33ft. Only 38k miles! Smooth runner, fully loaded, sleeps 6, hydraulic leveler, $10,500, 612-669-4172

2007 27' Colorardo RL 5th Wheel, 2 Slide $29,500 or best offer. 507-934-4834 M-F after 5:30

2000 Harley Davidson 883 Sportster, wife's bike, never rode, must go. 1300 miles, Lots, lots of extras, mint! $7000. 952-890-0905

2005 black Yamaha R6, 6,000 miles. Yoshimurd customized exhaust. With OEM cover & tank bra. $5,500. 952-3610142

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Hydro Stream Vegas. 20'. 200 HP+++. Complete restoration. 5 passenger. A real head turner! $6,900 or all trades welcome. 952215-5421

1998 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 36' motorhome, great condition, sleeps 6, 60,000 miles, $31,900 or best offer. Call Gary at 952492-1129.

2003 Harley Softtail Deuce Anniversary model. 5500 miles. $13,000. 952-447-4280

2005 Kawasaki 1600 Vulcan Classic with Vance & Hines pipes. New tires. 10,895 miles. Mint condition. $5900 Call (952) 934-7358

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1968 T-Bird, 429 automatic, new gas tank, tires, fuel pump, sending unit, brakes. Runs. Needs Restoration. Asking $1200. 952-4482015

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1975 Datsun B210 AT. Only 10K miles, runs well, good brakes, great mileage, $800. Don't be a fool, drive something cool! 952-426-5657

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1976 Classic Cadillac Convertible. Low mileage. 8 cyl. 440 engine. Complete facts available by calling. 559-435-3751

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2009 Chev Cobalt LT. Purchased/ driven locally, like brand new, 21,000K. Black, Spoiler, PW, PL, Cruise, CD, non-smoker, more! $10,950. 952-215-5421

Trucks 1976 Chevy Nova hatchback, 305 AT, new tires & exhaust. Runs/ drives great, fun car to drive! $3,000/BO. 952447-8169

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2002 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4x4, 5.4L V-8. Rear bucket seats, new motor. One owner. Great condition, very clean. $5,199. 612-5542405

2009 Saturn Outlook XR AWD, leather, power, heated seats, OnStar, remote start, loaded. Great condition. 70,600 miles. $19,200 Mary 952292-7829

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2000 Jaguar XJR. Well maintained. $9700 Silver and black interior, 83,000 miles. Call 612655-6680

1972 rare triple black 'Cuda, with high compression 340 HP. 727 slapstick tranny. Posirearend, PS, bucket seats, Recession reduced!! $42,500. 612804-4074

1964 Chevy C20, 350 engine, 350 auto tranny, every bolt, nut, part replaced, or sandblasted and painted. 8K. REDUCED- $12,500. 952913-7808

2000 Chevy Silverado 4x4, regular cab, long box, am, fm, cd. A/C electric locks, windows, good tires. 142,385 $4,700 612-237-9750

'10 Infiniti QX56, $35,000, Black Ext on Gray Leather, 5.6L V8, low mileage, pristine condition, loaded. 612486-2566

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1997 Ford Conversion, 244,000 well maintained miles, HD tow package, $1,200.00 OBO, lots new, email for details scottlacher@ hotmail.com 612-2107303

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Albino, white face lutino cockatiel, hand fed. $65. 612-308-8485 Antique sofa, white wicker. $200. 952-4473390 Auger 8" lazer gas auger. Excellent condition, $175. 612-2100152 Bass guitar, Ibanez GSR200 black, used twice. $190. 612-5904268 Brand new, Nuwave Infrared oven, $50. firm. 612-508-1206 Breastpump Medela pump in style advanced + extras. $125. 952448-6514 Carpet, 10x12, 12x12, Light brown & grey $25. 952-250-7490 Cat, calico female, spayed. To good home indoors, $30. 612-5326179 Chair & ottoman, new, blue gray, fabric protection, $200. 952-8736829 Chaise lounge contemporary and comfortable. Great condition, $300. 612-275-8699 Wheelchair, new, $65. 952-440-3357

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Floor standing drill press. Almost new. $100. 612-207-5598

China, seasonal 6pc for 12. $75. Cash only, 952-220-5339 Couch, chair, ottoman suede fabric, in sage green, $450. 952-2013713 Deep freezer, chest, 15cf. Excellent condition, $329. 952-9418926 Desk 66"X30" brown formica. Attached computer stand, $50. 952934-0206 Dining room table, 6 chairs and buffet. Blonde, $500. 952447-4577 Dora back pack, For traveling, school, no ripping, $18. 952-226-2236

Frabill fish house, like new, with cover. $500. 952-445-4591 Free, 6 y/o Chihuahua, great with kids. 612600-5482 Fur coat, Alaskan ranch mink, full-length 49”, $500, 952-934-9151

End tables, cherry wood 151/2"Hx201/4"Wx201/4 "D. $35. 952-220-5339 English saddle 16" with saddle pads. Excellent condition, $325. 952457-0280 Fisher Price, infant toddler bouncer, rocker, calming vibration. $20. 952-226-2236

GE refrigerator with ice maker. 2 years old. $250. 952-934-3512 German Shepherd purebred akc puppy. $300. 952-212-9575 Golden Retriever pup. Male, 8 wks, $400. 952496-2974 Goosebump books, 70+ no repeats. $85. b/o 952-486-1599 HP Scanjet 6200C, cable & cd software. $20. 952-226-2236 Kenmore, refrigerator, approximately 3cf under counter model, white $35. 952-884-1434 Kids bedroom set. Dresser, bookcase headboard. Captains base, $150. 612-2758699

Kitten, 12 weeks, litter trained. $5. 952-4922119 Microwave, Sanyo, 1000 watt. Perfect, $20. Will deliver. 952-2128669 New Kwikset Titan 785 double cylinder deadbolt. $20. 952-240-1025 New, straight talk, Samsung galaxy precedent Smartphone. $125. 952240-1025 Noah's Ark wall hanging picture, 19"x15" $15. 952-890-3470 Piano, Elgin grand. Needs tuning service, can deliver, $300. 952445-4177 Propane heater, stove pipe & propane tank. $100. 952-239-2362 Rock Springs bottles in cases. $125. 320-3523911 Running boards, factory Ford. Super duty supercab, $100. 612-2100152 Sleep Number bed by Select Comfort. Twin, $100. 952-890-2316 Spring hinges for steel garage door, sat brass, $7. 952-239-2362

Squire guitar, hard case, + more, $250. 952-4861599 Stereo, good condition, $35. 952-451-3654 Tablecloths, various sizes, colors, cloth material, good condition, $25. 952-447-4961 Think Spring. Men's golf clubs, complete, bag, accessories, $180. 952941-8926 Trailer tires rims, 15”, 400 miles, like new. $200. 952-435-5850 Trailer Utility 2 wheels, 26” 68W X 80L. $75. 952-906-2928 TV HD 40'' projection. Good condition, $95. 952-440-3357 Weight machine, Hoist H100, 150#. Excellent condition, $195. 612801-4694 White garage door, like new, $50. 952-496-2874 Wood bookshelf, sturdy, 3 shelves, homemade. $45. 952-890-3470

ThriftMart Discovery 5 lb sausage stuffer & manual meat mixer. $150. 612-508-1206


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Young seedlings and shrubs still available through Scott SWCD The Scott Soil and Water Conservation District in Jordan still has many varieties of young starter trees and shrubs for sale through its annual tree program. Various cedar, pine, fir and spruce seedlings come in bundles of 25 and sell for $35. The remaining deciduous varieties — quaking aspen, birch, black cherry, f lowering crab, hackberry, linden, maple, oak, plum, poplar, walnut and willow — also come in bundles of 25 and sell for $30. Shrubs include pin cherry, black chokeberry, highbush cranberry, dogwood, elderberry,

hazelnut, false indigo, lilac, serviceberry and sumac, and 25 sell for $30. Some supplies are limited, and paid orders are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Rain barrels and four types of native seed mixes also are being sold. Those who order seedlings or other items will be notified in early April of pickup dates at the Scott County Fairgrounds in Jordan. For more information and photos of the varieties or an order form, visit www.scottswcd. org or call (952) 492-5425.

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Feb. 29 is the deadline for our annual photo contest. $100, $50 and $25 will be awarded for the best photos taken in Prior Lake. Send your non-enhanced 8 x 10 photos to P.O. Box 88, Prior Lake, MN 55372. Photos will not be returned. You can check out past winners on our website at www.priorlakeassociation.org. Members of the Prior Lake Association compile this column. Visit them at www.priorlakeassociation.org.

Aquatic invasive-species training available The Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District invites all local lake service providers to attend an upcoming aquatic invasive species training in Prior Lake. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Waters will conduct the training at The Wilds Golf Club, 3151 Wilds Ridge, Prior Lake, from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. Revised state invasive-species laws passed in 2011 aim to help prevent the spread of invasive species between waters in the state and require this new training and permitting for all lake service providers, such as those hired

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Calling all fishermen and fisherwomen: The Prior Lake Association will have its annual ice house contest from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 on Prior Lake. Certificates will be awarded for the biggest, smallest, most comfy and most outstanding houses on the ice. So, go ahead and spruce up the place. We’ll notice. But, don’t risk your safety. With warmer weather this week, this event will only occur if the weather permits.

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to install, transport or remove water-related equipment. As zebra mussels have been found in Prior Lake and in several other popular metro area lakes over the last few years, it is more important than ever to ensure that proper training is obtained to prevent the spread invasive species between the local lakes, according to the Watershed District. For more information on the regulations and permitting, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us. For information on the training session or to register for the event, visit www.minnesotawaters.org.

CAP AGENCY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES T he CA P A gency, a private, nonprofit organization providi ng hu ma n ser vices to families and individuals i n Scot t, Ca r ver a nd Dakota counties, has the following volunteer opportunities available. For more information about volunteering with the Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency, e-mail info@capagency.org or call (952) 496-2125. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old or supervised by an adult.

CHORE Services Help with indoor and outdoor home maintenance for older adults so they can live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Seasonal and ongoing opportunities available. Great for community and youth groups.

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Crisis Nursery Shakopee Licensed child care and foster care providers can provide short-term care for children whose families are working through a crisis. Experienced social workers/crisis response workers can help to answer calls from families. Training and supervision is provided. Flexible weekdays, evenings and weekends. Call Jodi at (952) 402-9851.

Food shelf driver Pick up donated food items from local grocery stores in Scott County one or two mornings per week. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and have a clean driving record. Call Linda at (952) 402-9856.

Help individuals complete applications for a county-run federal program that helps lowincome families get the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals. Or, attend local events to educate the public about the food suppor t prog ram. T raining is provided. Call Terry at (952) 402-9835.

Head Start Share your time and skills with this preschool program. Help with field trips and classroom activities, share a story about your family heritage or teach children about your job or hobby. Flexible mornings and a fternoons during the school year. Call Deb at (651) 322-3504.

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2008 Pontiac Vibe

2010 Honda Accord EX-L

2002 GMC Savana RV G1500 Starcraft

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2007 Buick Lucerne CXL

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2008 Pontiac Grand Prix

2008 Pontiac GT

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2010 Ford Edge LTD

2003 Ford 150 Crew XLT

2007 Chevy Silverado 1500 Classic LT

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2006 Chevy Monte Carlo SS

2001 Chevy S-10 EXT

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