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A step toward better communication Cities, county, tribe approve agreement for intergovernmental committee Sioux Community, the city of Shakopee and Scott County on an intergovernmental committee. The move on Tuesday was in response to council members’ previous discussions about land-development


Prior Lake City Council members have approved an agreement to work with the Shakopee Mdewakanton

rights and other issues between the tribe and the governmental agencies. The agreement creates an “intergovernmental work group” with two representatives from each entity. Appointments have not yet been made. The main group would meet at least every three months and create and direct smaller groups to study and recommend solutions to issues. Prior Lake officials have had a

“pretty productive, cooperative relationship” with the tribe over the years, Councilman Ken Hedberg said. However, Scott County and the city of Shakopee have had some rifts with the tribe over the last several years regarding tribal trust-land applications. “On one hand, people might think [the agreement] is not a big deal,” Hedberg said. “On the other hand, it might be a profound shift in ongoing

relations, and it signals a willingness and creates a forum for bodies to sit down on a regular basis.” City Manager Frank Boyles said Tribal Administrator Bill Rudnicki contacted an attorney in Washington, D.C. and drafted an agreement based on other similar pacts throughout the country.

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Crash claims life of PLHS alum



Lauren Peterson was in no hurry. The 18-year-old 2011 Prior Lake High School graduate was midway through her first year at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., but she hadn’t formally selected a major. “I was encouraging her to take as much time as she needed to declare,” said her father, Doug. “She had plenty of time.” On Twitter, Lauren excitedly anticipated the house she planned to share with her three friends, 19-year-old Jordan Playle of Elk River, 18-year-old Megan Sample of Rogers and 18-year-old Danielle Renninger of Excelsior. But Lauren never got to declare her major. She never got a chance to share with her friends the spoils of off-campus living. On Monday afternoon, the 2005 Chevy Malibu that Lauren was driving back to Fargo through snow and fog, with her three future roommates in tow, crossed the median into oncoming traffic on Interstate Highway 94 west of Alexandria. Lauren had returned home to Prior Lake for Presidents Day weekend to spend time with her mother, Janeen. Her father, Doug, was out of town. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the vehicle crossed the median, then collided with an SUV which was then rear-ended by another car, claiming the lives of Lauren and her passengers.


Jordan fi refighter Jason Allen opts for the swan-dive technique during his Polar Bear Plunge. On Feb. 18, 440 courageous individuals from around the metro braved the cold water to raise more than $74,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota at Sand Point Beach in Prior Lake. This was the fourth year local law enforcement has hosted a Polar Bear Plunge in Prior Lake. The Prior Lake, Savage, and Shakopee police departments, as well as the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, worked together to organize and host the event.


Lauren Peterson’s long brown hair was her trademark. She often wore it up in a loose style that came to be known to her friends and family as the Lauren Bun. Her cheer coach, Angie Carlisle, recalled of the updo, “Most kids would look silly that way, but she was just so beautiful that it didn’t matter.” In this image, one of her senior photos, Lauren is piling her long locks on top of her head.


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Beard and Robling in, Buesgens out in state races Redistricting gives county’s largest cities new clout and PL an open House seat BY SHANNON FIECKE

Prior Lake will have a new state representative, but likely the same state senator, following the

redistricting of local legislative boundaries. Prior Lake, Savage and Shakopee each gain their own House district in the decision released Tuesday by a Minnesota Supreme

Court panel. “From my quick take, it couldn’t be better for our communities,” said Senate District 35 DFL chairman Bruce Barron of Savage, who believes the new districts contain

natural constituencies. “If politics is really local, it gives people that run for office really the ability to focus on their neighbors.”

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Suggestions for best kids’ books Dr. Seuss? Harry Potter? Winnie-the-Pooh? What was your favorite childhood book, and why? What book character can’t you get out of your head, decades later? And, what are today’s favorite books for your children or grandchildren?

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Rieckenberg to leave district in June Environmental education coordinator accepts job at Robbinsdale Area Schools BY MERYN FLUKER

Suggestions for best kids’ books Dr. Seuss? Harry Potter? Winnie-the-Pooh? What was your favorite childhood book, and why? What book character can’t you get out of your head, decades later? And, what are today’s favorite books for your children or grandchildren? We’re looking for readers to tell us about the best children’s book they ever read – whether that was last week or 50 years ago.

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,, before noon on Friday, March 2. Include your name and city of residence. We’ll run some stories online at and the best in the March 10 American print edition.


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


After 10 years, Cara Rieckenberg is leaving the Prior LakeSavage Area School District. T he envi ronmenta l education coordinator notified district staff earlier this week that she has accepted a position with the Robbinsdale Area School District. Effective June 11, she will serve as the Science, Technology, Education, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) coordinator at the district’s new STEAM elementary magnet school — which is set to open this fall. Rieckenberg’s last day with District 719 will be June 8. “I have very mixed emotions about it,” Rieckenberg said. “On one hand I’m excited because of being able to work with kids in a different type of capacity, working with a diverse group of kids both ethnically and economically ... I’m sad to be leaving the people here.” Rieckenberg’s District 719 career began in 2001, when she student taught at Grainwood Elementary School in Prior Lake. She then became a long-term substitute teacher for a fifthgrade class in 2002, followed by a stint as a long-term substitute teacher for a sixth-grade class through the end of the 2002 school year. That fall, Rieckenberg became a full-time sixth-

grade teacher at Grainwood. Eventually she moved dow n H i g hw a y 1 3 to become the naturalist at F iv e H aw k s Element a r y School, before Cara landing in her current role as Rieckenberg environmental education coordinator, a job she’s holding for the sixth year. Depending on the day, Rieckenberg could often be found trudging through the woods that surround Prior Lake High School, the environmental area next to Jeffers Pond Elementary School or out tagging carp with students and the Prior LakeSpring Lake Watershed District on Spring Lake. The variety inherent in her role has been present since she accepted the job. “There was no other position like this in the state,” Rieckenberg said. “I just took it and ran.” District 719 has received recognition for its environmental education, which is the only program of its kind in the state to range from early childhood through high school. Rieckenberg was the driving force behind the district’s implementation of organic recycling, which all district school buildings adopted this school year.

Students can even participate in green extra-curricular groups like the Junior Naturalists, Earthlings and the Eco Team. Rieckenberg works closely with these clubs, even chaperoning the Eco Team’s 2011 trip to Belize. She said she’s confident the groups will be in good hands come next year. “The best thing is that they don’t necessarily rely on me,” Rieckenberg said. “We have such a strong foundation of staff at all places with our staff groups and our environmental education committee. I’ve given everything I can for the last seven years, so they will be just fine.” Rieckenberg accepted the new position in Robbinsdale a little over two weeks ago, she estimated, because she missed the opportunity to be in the classroom. “I’m looking forward to getting to be able to do that again,” she said. “I missed the daily one-on-one contact with kids.” When she visited the future school’s site, she got a fateful nudge. “I considered it a sign that the building was the former Si g u r d Ol s on E lement a r y School,” she said, name-checking the famous Minnesota environmentalist. Still, Rieckenberg said she values the opportunity her


time in the Prior Lake-Savage area has provided her, being able to work with the watershed district, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and other local organizations, as well as the various staff groups in the district. Matt Mons, director of human resources, said that the search to find Rieckenberg’s replacement has not yet begun. “We sti l l haven’t boardapproved her resignation as of this point,” he said. “That’s a position that would become effective next school year.” Mons said it’s likely the job would be posted in April, May or June. To her new replacement, Rieckenberg offered a little wisdom: “It’s a lucky position to be in because the staff is just so open to trying to new things and making sure that our kids are getting the best experience possible. I think I’ve stretched teachers, kids and probably a few parents to think outside the box.”

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Board allows administrators to explore cuts The Prior Lake-Savage Area School Board has approved a resolution allowing district administrators to consider reducing or eliminating programs or personnel. The board adopts the resolution annually as part of financial planning. The resolution was passed minutes after the board adopted its 2012-

13 budget parameters and priorities on Feb. 13. The resolution allows administrators to recommend reductions, based on factors such as student enrollment and registration, but the board would still have to approve those reductions once proposed. Meryn Fluker



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. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, March 31.

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 par-

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ents, families 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 special-education classrooms. Sponsorships are available. Area businesses interested in making a donation can contact Lisa Wensmann at lwensmann@priorlake-savage.k12. 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.

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. Both hourlong meetings will take place in room 125 at the high school, 7575 150th St., Savage.

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 and go across the walking 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.

The Prior Lake-Savage Area School District will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 in the professional development center at the District Services Center, 4540 Tower St., Prior Lake. The work session agenda includes: Welcome Intramurals PLAY facility usage

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The State Patrol said all four women in Peterson’s car were wearing seat belts, and alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the accident. Since news broke of Lauren’s passing, her Facebook wall has turned into a perpetual hightech memorial — with acquaintances and close friends leaving over 100 posts, including images, music and words of recollection. Some of Lauren’s peers have even changed their profile pictures to photos of themselves and Lauren, with her luxurious brown hair in view. Janeen called Lauren’s locks her “trademark.” One of her favorite phrases, featured in her Twitter bio, was “long hair don’t care.” “It’s exactly what she said to me this weekend,” Janeen recalled. “‘Mom, I can’t cut my hair. It’s kind of my thing.’” To her father, though, what surrounded her face was not as resonant as what she wore on it. “Beautiful smile,” he said. “Just contagious and lit everything up.” Doug’s favorite memory of his only child was watching her glide across the dance floor. After trying a number of sports, as many kids do, she discovered dance — which allowed her to put her “grace, poise and confidence” on display, Doug said. “She was probably the worst soccer player out there,” he laughed. “She liked to sit on the sidelines and do her hair and do her friends’ hair and cheer on the other little girls.” That tendency re-emerged during Lauren’s junior year of high school, when she decided to take a hiatus from dancing at Center Stage Dance Studio in Savage to be a Laker cheerleader. She spent a year on the school’s competitive and sideline cheerleading squads, where she boosted crowds’ spirits at football and basketball games as well as wrestling meets. She also helped to carry — literally, as she was one of the squads’ bases — the group to a state title in sideline cheerleading. “She was one of the core

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hensive planning, transportation systems, shared concerns on legislative matters, municipal services and economic development, Boyles said. Councilman Richard Keeney and Mayor Mike Myser pushed for elected-official rep-

resentation on the committee. “It’s basically an agreement to talk to each other. I think it’s very important to do that at the policy level, the electedofficial level,” Keeney said. “Staffs already have relationships in place that are fairly effective.”

members of our team,” said Angie Carlisle, the squad’s coach, between sobs. “When she was in front of a crowd cheering, her smile lit up everything around her. She was just one of those beautiful bright spirits. She was kind to everyone. She was a leader in the room ... That’s why we won the state title.” To those who knew Lauren best, from her family to her friends on Facebook and even her cheerleading coach, dance was where she really shined. “She was the most incredible dancer,” Carlisle said. “I think everyone who knew her knew that her passion in life was dance ... You felt the life in her dance.” Lauren was also “very actively involved” at the high school, according to Principal David Lund. Her peers even nominated her to the school’s homecoming court during her senior year. “It’s a loss that we all feel,” Lund said. A f ter Lau ren g raduated from high school in June, her dad noticed a change in his daughter. “Her focus became more and more on family,” he said. “It’s amazing how quickly they grow up.” Lauren’s trips home became less about going out with her friends, Doug said, and more about being with her parents. She had just come home before Valentine’s Day and spent the bulk of her time with her dad. Even her Twitter page features a short message about missing her “mum.” Doug and Janeen were concerned about sending their only child off to live away from home, but Doug said Lauren was just as worried about her parents and their newly empty nest. Though she was born in Fargo, Lauren struggled when she first arrived at NDSU. Eventually she made a complete 180. On Feb. 3, she tweeted, “I used to hate it here now I love it!” “She was having a hard time at first, and then she met the three girls she was in the car accident with,” Janeen said. “When she met those girls, we all noticed it. It was the changing point.” Spurred by her emerging

“She’d really grown up and was excited about life.” Janeen Peterson Mother of Lauren Peterson maturity, Lauren began trying new things. “She’d really grown up and was excited about life,” Janeen said. She pledged, though ultimately did not join, a sorority and ate sushi for the first time, leaving behind her diet’s staples of chicken nuggets a nd mac a roni a nd cheese. Her mother called it Lauren’s “first attempt at diversifying her palate.” She dined on sushi with her mother last weekend, during what turned out to be Lauren’s final vacation home. “She came home Friday and we spent the whole weekend shopping,” Janeen said. “It was her favorite thing to do.” Lauren and Janeen went to Michael Kors, where the 18-year-old promptly fell in love with a pair of gold lace-up, suede high heeled boots — “of course,” Janeen said of the heels, estimating them at about 5 inches in length — priced at $175. On Sunday, Lauren tweeted, “My Michael Kors obsession is at an all-time high #iwanteverything.” It would be the last message she’d author on the microblogging site. “W here are you going to wear those?” was Janeen’s initial reply when she saw Lauren scoping out the footwear, noting that a college student did not need $175 boots. “We’re buying them for her now,” Janeen said. “She wanted them and she deserves them now. She deserved them then.” A visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at BallardSunder Funeral Home in Prior Lake. Another visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 with Mass of Christian Burial following at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Michael, 16311 Duluth Ave., Prior Lake. Father Tom Sieg will officiate. Memorials are preferred and will be distributed in Lauren’s memory by the family.

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Future Juniors Sunday Night Golf Lessons

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Lesson 1 -Sundays Ages 5–15 May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10

Lesson 2-Sundays Ages 5–15 June 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22 5:15 PM-6:00 PM

Lesson 3-Sundays Ages 5–15 July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26

NOTE: Makeup class due only to inclement weather will be arranged per class. Parents are welcome to come watch their kids have fun while also learning about the game of golf.

Junior/Parent Sunday Night Golf League!

$275 per Junior (incl. 1 parent)

This includes 9 holes of golf w/cart (driver must have valid driver’s license) and range balls every Sunday night for 5 weeks for both the junior as well as the parent to play along. Juniors also receive a Wilds golf shirt and hat.

League 1 -Sundays Ages 5–15 May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10

League 2-Sundays Ages 5–15 June 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22

League 3-Sundays Ages 5–15 July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26

League Tee Times will be approximately 4:40-6:40 PM to play 9 noles on the front nine. You can sign up for your tee time the week of in the Golf Shop. Special tees will be se tup to make holes shorter for younger juniors. *ONE PARENT MAY PLAY PER CHILD AS THIS IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE. Each session is limited to first 32 paid junior golfers!! Dates and times are subject to change. Sign up for Leagues 1, 2 and 3 starts Sunday February 5th and ends with FIRST 32 PAID for each league.

Junior Golf Camps!

$125 per Junior

(Includes Logo Golf Shirt & Cap, Instruction, Range Balls & Golf on Friday) CLASS TIMES: There are (4) week long CAMPS with three class times per day to choose from. (Class times and ages have been rotated to provide more flexibility). When registering please inform staff if student has had lessons before. In each hour we will divide into beginner classes and intermediate with class size permitting. ALL MAKE-UP CLASSES DUE ONLY TO INCLEMENT WEATHER WILL BE HELD THE WEEK OF: July 30–3.






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CAMP A: June 11-15 (Mon–*Fri.)

CAMP B: June 25-29 (Mon–*Fri.)

A1 8:00am–9:00am (5–6 year olds) A2 9:00am–10:00am (7–9 year olds) A3 10:00am–11:00am (10–15 year olds)

B1 8:00am–9:00am (7–9 year olds) B2 9:00am–10:00am (10–15 year olds) B3 10:00am–11:00am (5–6 year olds)

CAMP C: July 9-13 (Mon–*Fri.)

CAMP D: July 23-27 (Mon–*Fri.)

C1 8:00am–9:00am (10–15 year olds) C2 9:00am–10:00am (5–6 year olds) C3 10:00am–11:00am (7–9 year olds)

D1 8:00am–9:00am (5–6 year olds) D2 9:00am–10:00am (7–9 year olds) D3 10:00am–11:00am (10–15 year olds)

* NOTE: On Friday, 7-15 year olds start at 7:00 am, 5-6 year olds start at 7:30 am for “On Course Play Day”.

The Wilds Dress Code Policy: All golfers must adhereto the following: Denim, jeans, tank tops and halter tops are not allowed on the golf course or practice facility.

All lessons meeat at The Wilds Driving Range and include range balls, instruction, practice green access and prizes. Lessons and camps will cover safety, grip, stance, ball position, posture, putting, chipping, pitching, full swing irons and woods, basic rules/etiquette, effective practice, course management and life skills such as honesty, respect and sportsmanship. We will play fun games (9-Hole Putting Course) and drills to learn a desired golf motion.

2012 Women’s Golf Clinics

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Like ‘Moneyball,’ district balances data, people The movie “Moneyball” is nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. The movie is based on a book about the Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane, and how he revolutionized baseball by using data to predict player success. At a recent administrative meeting, an excerpt from Michael Lewis’ book “Moneyball” was the pre-reading assignment. As a team, we talked about how Beane had to find creative ways to work within the confines of his budget and how he analyzed data to make decisions vs. sticking with the “way it has always been done” culture of baseball. While education is certainly not baseball, we agreed that this reading of “Moneyball” has some very real parallels to education today, many of which we are currently applying here in Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools. The value in using data is working from the same “score card” and interpreting it in meaningful ways by finding the key characteristics that lead to student success. Our goal is always to make individualized student learning a priority so each child can reach his or her personal best. K-8 students in our schools take the Measures of Academic Progress tests up to three times during the school year. These results capture data on what a child knows and what they need to learn. Best of all, the results of the Measures of Academic Progress test are captured right away so teachers can use the data in their classroom to guide their instruction so that students who need remedial help can get it and students who are ready to learn new concepts continue to be challenged. Another data-driven mechanism we use to maximize student achievement is called Response to Intervention. Student test results are used to screen students in need of extra academic support. In its first year of implementation, 410 students qualified for reading interventions at the primary level. After receiving

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additional instruction, nearly half of these students showed significant improvement and 74 students were able to re-enter the general education classroom. These are just a couple examples of how we use data to improve education for each individual student in Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools. We use data so regularly in our school district that we are now hoping to create a data warehouse to assist in the analysis of these ever-increasing data points. This addition would allow our teachers and administrators opportunities to look at a student cohort over time to determine their educational needs, as well as chart their success. While using data to make decisions is important, it is not intended to replace the very human process of teaching and learning. We know the biggest element to student success is the relationship teachers form with their students. “Moneyball” has shown us that we must continuously look at the practices we have in place and question if they are accurate predictors to student success. We measure our success in individual student growth, and like Billy Beane, we cannot afford to make errors. Our students need us to make a difference every day. Sue Ann Gruver is the superintendent of the Prior Lake/ Savage Area School District. She can be reached at (952) 226-0000 or

Reach your representatives GOVERNOR Gov. Mark Dayton Office of the Governor 130 State Capitol 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 (651) 201-3400 E-mail: U.S. SENATORS Sen. Amy Klobuchar United States Senate 302 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-3244 -orMetro office 1200 Washington Ave. S., Suite 250 Minneapolis, MN 55415 (612) 727-5220 Web: Sen. Al Franken United States Senate 320 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 (202) 224-5641 Web: U.S. REPRESENTATIVE-2nd District Rep. John Kline 1210 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2271

-or101 W. Burnsville Parkway, Suite 201 Burnsville, MN 55337 (952) 808-1213 Web: SENATE DISTRICT 35 Sen. Claire Robling (R) Capitol Building, Room 226 75 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 296-4123 E-mail: Legislative assistant: Kelsy Stadsklev (651) 296-5245 HOUSE DISTRICT 35A Rep. Michael Beard (R) 417 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 296-8872 E-mail: Legislative assistant: Marilyn Brick (651) 296-8893 HOUSE DISTRICT 35B Rep. Mark Buesgens (R) 381 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 296-5185 E-mail: Legislative assistant: Joyce Vogt (651) 297-8407

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Buesgens wrong on mayor’s letter I’m not a regular patron of casinos. Since the inception of casino gaming in Minnesota, I’ve visited Mystic or the Grand casinos less than a dozen times. Allow me to voice my support for Mayor Myser’s letter to Gov. Dayton regarding concerns over the potential for unintended consequences of expansion of casinotype gaming in the form of the racino proposal. Myser was correct in voicing concern on behalf of Prior Lake residents and businesses. I expect elected officials to remain aware of emerging trends and the potential effects, good or bad, on their constituents. The mayor’s letter was an appropriate response. In a recent letter, Rep. Mark Buesgens wrote he found irony in the mayor’s letter because he did not address pull tabs or other local businesses. Buesgens’ attempt at finding irony eludes reason. Buesgens states that all legislators want is “competition.” Really, is that true? I thought the push for expansion of gaming beyond the current tribal casinos was about raising revenue for a Vikings stadium or to repay local school districts. I may have been paying attention to the wrong debate. I’m not aware of any study, research or demand by consumers of tribal gaming that says more competition would help players and patrons. I’m unaware of conditions wherein players have been unable to find room at a casino because of too few slots, tables or games. The market seems very well served by existing casinos. Casino gaming is regulated by the state. Therefore, pure competition will not exist at the slots or tables. The other amenities offered by the tribal casinos, restaurants, hotels, spas and enter tainment venues appear priced according to market value. Competition already exists for that segment of the gaming enterprise. Not only do the tribes compete with one another, but with surrounding hotels, restaurants, spas and entertainment venues. If there was no competition, casinos would not be spending big bucks on prime time television, print and billboard advertising. Let us call the expansion of gaming in Minnesota for what it is — an attempt to pull money out of a revenue stream that has been allotted to native tribes by compact with the state. Let us also be reminded that these compacts were created to give native tribes an opportunity to create and sustain economic development on tribal lands. Casino gaming appears to have grown beyond what state officials ever dreamed when the compacts were signed. Now some state legislators are slathering at the possibility of getting a piece of the action. In

other words, this is an attempt at a money grab and nothing more, and not, as Buesgens asserts, “only arguing for competition.” At the very least, let us be honest. Legislators and lobbyists propose encroachment upon tribal gaming within the shadow of the commemoration of 150 years since the Dakota Wars of 1862. This was a dismal chapter in Minnesota history. State and federal officials of that era abrogated tribal rights granted pursuant to signed treaties. State officials of this era are positioning themselves to do the same. Now that’s ironic.

Craig Anglin Prior Lake

Tribe responds to Buesgens’ view Many Minnesotans oppose efforts to expand gambling to compete directly against tribal casinos for many different reasons. The city of Prior Lake opposes more gambling in Scott County for valid reasons. Primarily, an expansion of gambling three miles from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) will have a direct negative impact on jobs and revenues at the SMSC. Rep. Mark Buesgens dismisses this fact in favor of a fiction he creates to justify the enrichment of the largest Canterbury Park shareholders (letters, Feb. 18, 2012). With his fictional work, Buesgens misleads the public. Mystic Lake Casino is owned by the SMSC, a tribal government. It is not a business like the local Holiday gas station or McDonald’s restaurant. Buesgens knows that governments don’t tax other governments. Should tribal governments be treated differently and forced to pay taxes since they consist of Indian people? Buesgens thinks so. He forgets that the SMSC has paid more than $25 million to city and county governments for the last 15 years on a government-to-government basis. These payments are not taxes but infrastructure investments born out of a spirit of cooperation. He also forgets that the SMSC’s operations generate millions in state and federal tax revenues from payroll and individual income taxes because there are more than 4,000 jobs here. The tribe also pays more than $600,000 annually in property taxes on its fee lands. Like it or not, Mystic Lake Casino is a government enterprise similar to the Minnesota Lottery. Revenues from Mystic Lake, like state lottery revenues, are used exclusively for government purposes. Buesgens further fills his fiction with the scary chapter about the so-called monopoly. If the 11 different tribes in Minnesota have a monopoly, then Canterbury Park has a horse-racing monopoly and the state of Minnesota has a monopoly on lottery. Do the Minnesota Vikings have a monopoly on pro football in

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Minnesota? Perhaps Buesgens believes the non-Indian monopoly is better than the tribal monopoly. Simply put, there is no gambling monopoly, just different gambling activities competing for the public’s entertainment dollar. Saying the earth is flat many times over does not make it flat. Buesgens needs to clear his mind and accept the facts. It is a fact that giving slot machines to Canterbury Park wil l enrich its top share holders. It is also a fact that such competition will force the SMSC to lay people off. The primary fact Buesgens completely ignores is that an expansion of gambling in Scott County will result in a net loss of jobs in Scott County. The “hugely profitable non-taxpaying monopoly” Buesgens wants to damage is a tribal government that pays its own way, supports local government, shares its success with other tribes, has a huge positive economic impact on Scott County, employs 4,000 people, and is never going away. In his world, Buesgens sees the SMSC as offering nothing to be valued. But then, perhaps the earth is flat.

Willie Hardacker SMSC legal counsel

Benefits of racino outweigh concerns As an employee of Canterbury Park and a resident of Prior Lake, I’d like to thank Rep. Mark Buesgens for his continued support of racino legislation. Additionally, I want to thank local legislators Sen. Claire Robling and Rep. Mike Beard for joining Buesgens as co-authors of racino legislation this session. More than 70 percent of Minnesotans support racino, and I find it reassuring to know that our local legislators understand the significant benefits this legislation will bring to our community and are willing to do the work of the people who elected them into office. Racino legislation has been successfully implemented in 14 states across the country, and communities in which these facilities are located have reported substantial increases in jobs within their hospitality, agriculture and construction industries. Additionally, these communities have reaped the benefits of increased tourism and tax revenue. There is every reason to believe that our local communities will see the same benefits as have been realized in states across America. To this end, I am very disappointed with Mayor Myser encouraging Gov. Dayton to reject racino bills before the state Legislature. Opposing legislation that will create jobs and spur economic growth in our community doesn’t make sense to me. Myser’s reasons for his opposition do not seem to outweigh the benefits a racino will bring to the state of Minnesota.

Rachel Henkels Prior Lake

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The corsages have been purchased, dinner reservations are set and dress alterations are done. No, prom hasn’t been moved up a few months. Rather, it’s time for Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools Community Education Services’ Daddy Daughter Dance. This year’s event, set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at Prior Lake High School, 7575 150th St., Savage, will be Community Education’s second foray into hosting the family-themed soiree. Jenny Nagy, community involvement and adult programs coordinator, says the idea to bring the Daddy Daughter Dance to Prior Lake came after seeing other communities host the events, namely Shakopee. “I know their coordinator and she told me about the event and it sounded like fun,” Nagy says. In fall 2010, Nagy brought the idea to her colleague Carrie Dobie, youth programs coordinator. In February 2011, District 719 Community Education hosted its debut Daddy Daughter Dance, for girls ages 3 through 12 and their male relatives. Community Education needed 100 people to attend for the event to break even. They ended up filling the dance floor with 330 guests. “We hoped it would become an annual event,” Dobie says. “We did not anticipate it would draw such a large crowd so quickly.” “That was a pleasant surprise,” Nagy adds. While they took cues from other communities, the event is distinctly Prior Lake-Savage. For example, some areas have a dinner at their dance but District

719 Community Education does not, instead providing pretzels, cupcakes, water and punch. “We thought snacks would be sufficient,” Dobie says. “We found that the dads enjoy taking their daughters out to dinner in many cases, which is good for local businesses.” Prior Lake-Savage’s bash also features a DJ instead of a live band, because the former offers “more variety in music,” Nagy says. “They played new hip-hop music that the girls liked and ‘80s music that the dads loved,” she continues. Feedback from last year’s event was “really very positive,” Dobie says. Many of the things from 2011’s event are returning, including the DJ, snacks, a professional photo area and a lively group of Prior Lake High School students dressed as Disney princesses, though this year pretzels will be replaced by Goldfish crackers. There will also be a craft. This year, the dancers will make wands instead of tiaras, which were last year’s art activity. In addition, dads and daughters will get the chance to meet Miss Minnesota USA, Savage resident Nitaya Panemalaythong. As of Tuesday afternoon, 414 dads and daughters were registered to attend Saturday’s dance. Despite the popularity of daddy daughter dances throughout the region, people from throughout Minnesota have come to attend Prior Lake-Savage’s event. Nagy and Dobie say registrants hail from Eden Prairie, Jordan, Lakeville, Richfield and even as far as Mankato. “We have a lot of people coming from other communities,” Nagy says. “I think it’s fun for other people to be a part of our schools and

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Asia Best, left, links arms with Jason Siegfried during last year’s Daddy Daughter Dance, sponsored by Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools Community Education Services. The dance was held at Prior Lake High School, which is the same location for this year’s soiree, set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Both Best and Siegfried are from Prior Lake.

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Don’t rule out major snow storms yet Last week was yet another very mi ld one as temperatures were nearly 13 degrees ab ove aver age. Though t he average high was in Jonathan t he mid-2 0 s Cohen last week, every day went above freezing. However, on Presidents Day, we had ou r biggest snowstorm since early December, modest though it was. This pushes us up to 19.1 inches for the season, ensuring this will not be my lowest snowfall season, as 1986-87 saw only 18.3 inches of snow. My second poorest season was 1989-90, with only 33.4 inches of snow. The outlook is for a sig-

nificant change in the weather pattern as it should be much stormier in the upper Midwest than it has been all winter, at least for the next week. A moderate snowstorm just missed us to the south on Thursday, Feb. 23, hitting the Dakotas and Iowa. There is a chance of a little light snow heading into the weekend, and then a major storm is likely late in the weekend and into early next

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week, somewhere in the region. Then there is a chance of another major storm later next week. Temperatures should drop, also, at least to average and perhaps a bit below, as that average rises from 17 degrees on Feb. 21 to 21 degrees on Feb. 28. By Jonathan Cohen, Prior Lake observer for the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District

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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 leuke-mia/FIV 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. (enter zip code 55372).

Pet adoptions on second Saturdays Paws to Love Animal Rescue will have pet adoption

events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Tractor Supply Company, 16907 Highway 13, Prior Lake. Dogs, cats, kittens and occasionally other animals will be available. A partial list of pets can be viewed at www. html.

Microchipping clinic planned in April Scott Lake Veterinary Clinic, Paws to Love Rescue and Tractor Supply Company will host a pet micro-chipping clinic from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at Tractor Supply Company, 16907 Highway 13, Prior Lake. A veterinarian or veterinary technician will insert microchips into pets to permanently identify them in the event of separation. The cost will include the microchip, insertion and enrollment in a

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Relay for Life needs members 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 Rot a r y Room, 12 5 5 Fuller St., Shakopee. Rel ay event s a re 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; Erik Therwanger, (818) 584-5335 or; or Karen Kreuser, (952) 492-6486 or kkreuser@

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Lauren Jean Peterson Lauren celebrated life right from the start. On Friday, July 3, 1993, in Fargo, ND, Douglas and Janeen (Slaughter) Peterson announced the birth of their only child, Lauren Jean. Spending her early childhood years in Fargo, Lauren took an early interest in dancing. Creating her own dance routines as a toddler, she loved to entertain family and friends. Lauren even tried her hand in soccer, but soon found herself on the sidelines dancing with her friends. Moving to Prior Lake in 2002, Lauren’s interest in dance soon became her passion. She demonstrated her celebration of life by joining Center Stage Dance Studio. Lauren first started in regular dance, and soon excelled in competition dance. Being determined, fearless and talented, she always wanted to be that ‘Platinum’ dancer. During her high school years, Lauren even was a mentor and instructor for the younger students. In her free time, she enjoyed vacationing and camping with her parents, and listening to music and regularly communicating with her friends. Attending Prior Lake High School, Lauren was an exceptional student. She showed us how to celebrate life by trying something new. In her junior year, Lauren temporarily left dance and joined the cheerleading squad. Through that experience, she grew closer to her friends, and developed a new sense of school spirit. Graduating from high school in June of 2011, Lauren was soon pursuing her dream of becoming a college student. She again braved the unknown and she became a freshman at N.D.S.U., in Fargo, ND, where Lauren quickly found a new group of very close friends. Her young eyes began to see and appreciate a larger world, and in doing so, Lauren was also able to renew and strengthen her relationship to her family. Celebrating life with a passion for living as a daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend, Lauren had a contagious smile, long beautiful hair and a sassy attitude. She was a woman with strong confidence, a compassionate heart, a natural friend-maker, and her family was the most important thing in her life. On a snowy Monday afternoon of Feb. 20, 2012, Lauren’s life was tragically taken in a serious car accident, along with her new college friends, Danielle Renninger, Jordan Playle and Megan Sample. A resident of Prior Lake, Lauren was 18 years young. In her passing, Lauren gave the ultimate gift of life, by being an organ donor. Forever loved, Lauren will be deeply missed by her loving parents, Doug and Janeen Peterson; grandparents, Harold and Marie Slaughter of West Fargo, ND; uncles and aunts, Jamie and Wendy Peterson of Oklee, MN, Brian and Letty Peterson of Oklee, Mike Peterson of Oklee, Randy and Tracy Finseth of Trail, MN, Troy Peterson of Karlstad, MN, Cindy and Brian Swanson of Detroit Lakes, MN; cousins, Derek, Leah, Luke Peterson, Alex and Marin Peterson, Michelle and Erin Sundquist, Alexandra, Keith, Nicole and Jacob Swanson; godparents, Cindy Swanson and Randy Berberich; other loving relatives and many, many friends. Lauren is preceded in death by her grandparents, Ronald and Jeanette Peterson. Join us in Celebrating Lauren’s Life Visitation was Friday, Feb. 24 from 4-8 p.m., with an “Open Sharing” session at 7 p.m. at the Church of St. Michael, Prior Lake. Guests at the Friday visitation were encouraged to wear life-celebrating clothes they feel Lauren would enjoy. The visitation will continue at the Church of St. Michael, 16311 Duluth Ave. SE, Prior Lake, Saturday, Feb. 25 starting at 9:30 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Father Tom Sieg will officiate. Pallbearers for Lauren will be Kassandra Hanson, Kayla Cornelius, Erica Trabing, Paige Ernste, Kaitlyn Holway, Brooke Jaderston, Hanna Sinjum and Lexie Failor. Memorials are preferred and will be distributed in Lauren’s memory by the family. The Peterson family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake Chapel.

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Winifred Rosalia (Hill) Anderson Born Oct. 24, 1933 in Shakopee, Winifred was the daughter of Raymond and Rosalia (Philipp) Hill. She was the youngest of three children. Winnie’s childhood years were spent in Shakopee, attending the St. Mark’s parochial school and graduating from the Shakopee Senior High in 1951 as the valedictorian. After high school, Winnie found employment as a cashier for the First National Bank, until she met Charles W. Anderson. On Oct. 24, 1964, at the Church of St. Mark in Shakopee, Winifred and Charles exchanged wedding vows. They were blessed with four children, Brad, Susan, Daniel and David. Most of Winnie’s life was spent being a loving wife and a dedicated mother. A lifelong and active member of the Church of St. Mark, she was involved in the choir, the Passion Play and the C.C.W. Winnie was a member of the Shakopee Heritage Society, the Calvary Cemetery Restoration Committee and her homemaker’s group. She was also an active volunteer at the Shakopee Catholic Area Schools, St. Francis Auxiliary, local elections, blood drives and various other community events. Winnie also enjoyed being involved with the quilting club. In her children’s early years, Winnie was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout troop leader. In her free time, she loved to travel with her husband and friends. Winnie enjoyed reading, completing crossword puzzles and her early morning walks. Her biggest passion in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. A deeply caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother, Winnie was a giving and generous woman and community member. A resident of Shakopee, Winnie Anderson, 78, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family, the early afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee. Forever loved, Winifred will be deeply missed by her husband of 47 years, Charles W. Anderson; children, Brad (Karla) Anderson of Plymouth, Susan (Jim) Fletcher of Eden Prairie, Daniel (Anna) Anderson of Eden Prairie, David (Dana) Anderson of Shakopee; grandchildren, Ava, Alex, Leah and Charlie Anderson, Lauren and Braden Fletcher; brother, Philip “Jim” Hill of Shakopee; sister-inlaw, Mary Kay Hill of Deephaven; many nieces and nephews and other loving relatives and devoted friends. Winifred is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Rosalia and brother, Robert Hill. Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 4-8 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 23 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., all at BallardSunder Funeral Home, Shakopee. Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m., at the Church of St. Mark Shakopee. Pallbearers were Paul Anderson, Tom Hill, Steve Grimaldi, and Pete Galvin. Winifred will be laid to rest at the Shakopee Catholic Cemetery. The Anderson family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Shakopee Chapel.

Chloe Caroline Fruth Mass of Christian burial was 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in St. Augusta for Chloe Caroline Fruth, 16, of Maple Lake, formerly of Jordan, who died Friday, Feb. 17 in Minneapolis. Chloe Caroline Fruth was born Feb. 5, 1996 in Edina to Patrick and Staci (Adams) Fruth. She was a sophomore at Maple Lake High School and a member of St. Mary Help of Christians Church in St. Augusta. Chloe was a World Champion and 2-time State Champion Barrel Racer. She was an honor student who aspired to attend medical school. Chloe loved all things Victorian, antique shopping, and was an avid reader and book collector. She was most proud of her humor and communication skills with her horses. At age 10, Chloe, after receiving money from a benefit for her, wanted to give back to other children who endured cancer treatments. She created a “Chloe’s Courage” Trophy that was given to children at the completion of their treatment at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital where Chloe is considered a legend. Chloe idolized her brother, Bridger’s, musical gift as well as his humor. Chloe would most want to be remembered by her morals, integrity, courage, sheer determination, her natural humility and most of all her amazing strength! She will be dearly missed and remembered always by those who knew and loved her. Chloe is survived by her parents, Patrick and Staci; brother, Bridger; paternal grandparents, Ralph and Judy Fruth of St. Augusta; maternal grandparents, Vic and Jody Adams of Yates Center, KS; and countless other relatives and friends. Chloe was preceded in death by her sister, LeAn on Jan. 17, 1995. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Chloe’s Courage Fund. Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

Judith Ann Schroeder Judith Schroeder, 71, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia, as a result of complications from C.O.P.D. Judy was born Dec 24, 1940 in Shakopee, to James and Carol (Kellogg) Skinner. Her mother passed away at an early age, and with the love of her stepmother, Rosemary Skinner, she grew up with her younger brother and sisters in Spring Lake. She graduated from Prior Lake High School in 1959, and she married her high school sweetheart, Alan Schroeder in 1961. She initially stayed at home raising their three children, but years later, she found happiness building and testing hearing aids. She eventually retired in 2000, and last resided in Watertown, MN. She is survived by her loving children, Sandy (Arnie) Sinclair, Scott (Christine) Schroeder, and Todd (Tammy) Schroeder; brother, Tim (Connie) Skinner; sisters, Cindy (Skip) Dugger, Mary (Ken) Kewatt, and Patty (Jerry) Prostrollo; four beautiful grandchildren. A private service for family will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the C.O.P.D. Foundation, or The Humane Society (she always loved her dogs).

The Rev. Albert Hergott Albert “Buzz” Hergott, 67, of Shakopee, died Feb. 17, 2012 at his residence in Shakopee. He was born in Shakopee, March 1, 1944 to Albert and Phyllis (Engel) Hergott. On June 5, 1965, he married Sandra Seifert at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Prior Lake. Buzz was employed by Gabberts and then Rahr Malting Company in Shakopee. He then received the Lord in 1980 and became a Pastor. He served both the Chaplaincy program at Canterbury Park, and jail ministry in Shakopee. For a number of years Buzz was the co-pastor at River of Life Church in Shakopee, and retired in 2008. Buzz enjoyed fishing and playing sports. He was a 17letter winner in four sports; football, basketball, baseball and track, and was inducted in to the Prior Lake Senior High School Laker Hall of Fame in 2004. Buzz is survived by loving wife, Sandra; sons, Jeffrey (Kathy), and Mark (Sandy); grandsons, David, Ryan, and Nick; special granddaughter, Rachel; sisters and brother, Janice (Charles) Marquardt, John (Deanna) Hergott, Judy (Art) Snell, Diane (Roy) Calloway; many special nieces and nephews.He is prececed in death by his parents; nephews, Brett Snell and Ryan Carkhuff. Memorial service was Tuesday, Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Shakopee. Officiating at the service was the Rev. Daniel E. Cole, and the Rev. Dr. L.D. Kramer. Interment Valley Cemetery, Shakopee. Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church. Funeral arrangements through McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee, 952-445-2755.

Michael J. Monnens Michael Monnens, 48, of Shakopee, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 at his residence in Shakopee, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Shakopee, May 30, 1963 to Clarence and Betty (Meuwissen) Monnens. He and Kristy (Benson) were married Aug. 18, 1990 on Lake Minnetonka, Excelsior, MN. For over 30 years, Mike has been a “perfectionist carpenter”. He was a meticulous craftsman, and for the last 25 years, he and his brother, Jim, owned and operated Monnens Custom Builders, Inc. He had many hobbies, including a love of fishing and hunting, golfing, snowmobiling, and shooting craps. Mike enjoyed his time at the cabin up-north, “give him a lake, and he was a happy person”. Mike especially liked spending his free time coaching his children in all their sports. Mike was the loving husband of Kristy and the proud father of son, Nicholas, and daughters, Kristal, Danielle and Montana. Other survivors include his mother, Betty Monnens; sisters and brothers, Diane (Neil) Kirsch, Jackie (John) Schwartz, Daniel (Debbie Krey), Deborah (Win) Mitchell, Jeanette (Kurt) Aslakson, Lou Ann (Donald) Nelson, Joseph (Renee), Jeffrey (Tracy), David (Eva), James (Mary); numerous nieces and nephews; mother-inlaw, Diane Benson (Frank); father-in-law, Byron Benson (Norma). He was preceded in death by daughter, Kristal; and father, Clarence. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 24, from 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, 11 a.m., at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Shakopee. McNearney Funeral Home, Shakopee, | Prior Lake American

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FIRE CALLS The Prior Lake Fire Department responded to the following fire and medical calls Feb. 15-22: Feb. 17 Firefighters responded to: A smoke alarm at Hidden Oaks Middle School, 15855 Fish Point Road, at 6:09 a.m. The smoke was determined to be coming from a malfunctioning light fixture. A commercial smoke alarm at a bar in the 16600 block of Highway 13 at 10:27 p.m. It was a false alarm caused by a fog machine. Firefighters were called back to the business at 11:26 p.m. for the same issue. The business was advised to turn the fog machine off. They did, and firefighters

cleared the scene. Firefighters were called back to the bar at 1:11 a.m. (Feb. 18) because the fog machine had been turned back on. The fire chief made contact with a manager from the business, and the chief will be following up with the manager to discuss the issue further. Feb. 18 Firefighters responded to a crash at Spring Lake and Lime roads at 1:18 a.m. Firefighters were canceled en route. Feb. 19 Firefighters responded to a smoke alarm at an uninhabited house in the 3300 block of Glynwater Trail at 1 a.m. It was a false alarm, and the

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imical to public safety), a gross misdemeanor. Two years probation, 160 hours of community service, $85 in fines. Pouthong Rajavong, 28, Shakopee, second-degree burglary of a dwelling, a felony. Five years probation, 45 days in jail, abstain from alcohol, random tests, no contact with victim(s), provide DNA sample, restitution, $160 in fines. Fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Five years probation, 45 days in jail. Brett Gerard Zakrzewski, 43, Cadott, Wis., DWI (test refusal), a gross misdemeanor. One year probation, two days in jail, follow recommendations of evaluation, $410 in fines. Merlin Jim Plonsky, 66, Montgomery, driving while intoxicated (DWI), a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, 30 days in jail, 90 days under electronic home-monitoring, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $400 in fines. Carissa Marie Griffith, 24, Minneapolis, forgery, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, random tests, provide DNA sample, restitution, $610 in fines. Robert Anthony Heitz, 60, Shakopee, terroristic threats, a grossmisdemeanor. Two years’ probation, six days in jail, 80 hours of community service, abstain from alcohol, random tests, provide DNA sample, no contact with victim(s), $160 in fines. Brian Allen, 36, Akeley, Minn., first-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Twenty years’ probation, one year in jail, random tests, provide DNA sample, $85 in fines. Matthew David Harris, 31, Savage, DWI, a gross-misdemeanor. Two years’ probation, two days in jail, 28 days under electronic home-monitoring, $475 in fines. Lori Feinberg, 45, Shakopee, DWI (refusal to submit to test), a grossmisdemeanor. Probation 13 months, 50 days in jail, 40 hours of community service, abstain from alcohol, $85 in fines. Charles Fornizy, 52, Fergus Falls, Minn., driving after cancellation (inimical to public safety), a gross-misdemeanor. One year probation, 60 hours of community service, $75 in fines.

REDISTRICTING New House districts in Scott County  continued from A1

Prior Lake is split from most of Shakopee in its new House district (now 55B), although the two cities will continue to share a Senate district. Prior Lake is now paired instead with the city of Jordan, a few southern chunks of Shakopee and the townships of St. Lawrence, Sand Creek, Spring Lake and Credit River. Rep. Michael Beard (R-Shakopee), who currently represents Prior Lake, will run for his new House district (55A), which includes most of Shakopee, along with a couple of townships. Rep. Mark Buesgens, who recently moved from Jordan to Savage, announced that he will not run in his new House district (56A) nor move back to Jordan to seek election in House District 55B, which now contains Prior Lake. This news means a hotly contested endorsement battle will likely ensue between Republicans Tony Albright, an investment adviser from Spring Lake Tow nship, and P rior Lake - Savage School Board member Eric Pratt. Democrat Brent Lawrence, a Credit River Township supervisor, is also seeking his party’s endorsement in 55B. Pratt, who only announced a run for state Legislature prior to redistricting, decided to run for House following Sen. Claire Robling’s announcement Thursday that she will seek re-election. Prior Lake and Shakopee continue to share Senate District 55 with Jordan, while losing Savage and Elko New Market. Robling lives in Spring Lake Township, which is also part of the district. Robling, an assistant majority leader, was pleased to retain three cities from her present district, places she also once covered as a local newspaper reporter and editor. Given the stresses of last year’s session, Robling had given serious thought to whether

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Be responsible when ice fishing Hundreds of people pile on warm clothes, grab their rods and bait buckets, and head out on the lake this time of the season to enjoy a true Minnesota tradition — ice fishing. When you are out on the lake, please be responsible and respectful of the resource and always pick up your trash and anything else you brought. Remember: Anything you leave on the lake will go into the water when the ice melts. Just stuff a garbage bag or two with your gear and take any trash you create or find

home with you. Let’s all do our part to keep our lakes and rivers clean. To see information on upcoming lake events and activities, check out the calendar page on the Prior Lake Association’s newly updated website at www.priorlakeassociation. org. You’ll also see photo contest winners from past years and photos from past events. You can also follow us on Facebook. Members of the Prior Lake Association compile this column. Visit them at www.

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Elevating to new heights Lakers’ Stang, Noer earn spots in state field BY TOM SCHARDIN


Prior Lake senior Jamie Stang qualified for state on the uneven bars at the Section 2AA meet Feb. 17.

The Prior Lake gymnastics team picked a good time for its season-best score. Better yet, ninth-g rader Angela Noer and senior Jamie Stang picked a great time to be at their best — the Section 2AA meet Feb. 17. Noer and Stang earned state berths for the Lakers. Noer qualified in the all-around, as well as on the balance beam and on the uneven bars. Stang also earned a berth on the bars.

The top-finishing team and the top-four individuals in each event (all-around included) earn state spots. The last time the Lakers had two gymnasts at state was in 2010 when senior Sydney Notermann was there on the beam and then-senior Elizabeth Kuntz qualified on vault. “It was a very emotional meet for us and, overall, it ended up being a very good one,” said Lakers coach Barb Kass. The emotions ran multiple ways for the Lakers — the high of getting two competitors to state, along with two near

misses and the end of the careers of Notermann and senior Morgan Sturm. Meanwhile, Noer’s promising career is just beginning. She finished fourth in the allaround with a score of 34.975. She was also second on the uneven bars (9.15) and third on the beam (9.025). Stang was third on the bars (9.025). The Class AA state individual meet is today (Saturday, Feb. 25) at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.

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What’s on Tap for the Lakers BOYS BASKETBALL Feb. 28: at Burnsville, 7:15 p.m. March 2: vs. Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL Feb. 29: Section 2AAAA quarterfinals, TBD March 3: Section 2AAAA semifinals, at Hopkins at 6 and 8 p.m.

BOYS HOCKEY Feb. 29: Section 2AA finals: Mariucci Arena, 8 p.m.

WRESTLING March 1: Class 3A state team tourney, 9 a.m. Xcel Energy Center March 1-2: Class 3A state individuals, 11 a.m., Xcel Energy Center

BOYS SWIMMING March 2: Class AA state prelims, Aquatic Center, 6 p.m. March 3: Class AA state finals, Aquatic Center, 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

Winter Sports State Polls BOYS HOCKEY CLASS AA 1. Minnetonka 2. Duluth East 3. Eagan 4. Maple Grove 5. Edina 6. Hill-Murray 7. Lakeville South 8. Benilde-St. Margaret’s 9. Burnsville 10. Eden Prairie



The Prior Lake wrestling team is heading back to the Class AAA state tournament for the fourth time since 2006. But the top-seeded Lakers needed a dramatic win from sophomore Luis Pinto at 220 pounds to hold off a furious charge from second-seeded Shakopee in the Section 2AAA title match Feb. 18 in Farmington. Pinto clinched the crown with a 12-6 decision, lifting the No. 9-ranked Lakers to a 32-26 win over the No. 10 Sabers. T railing 2 9 - 4 a f ter 152 pounds, Shakopee roared back with four straight wins (two by fall) and trailed just 29-23 going into the 220-pound match. “I was telling myself, ‘I can win this match,’” said Pinto, who had a .500 record (15-15) going into it. “I told myself repeatedly, ‘I can win. I can do this.’ I had to do it for the team.” Pinto led 6-2 going into the third period. That lead was cut to 6-5, before he took over in the final minute. “Those last two minutes seemed like forever,” he said. But once his arm was raised in victory, Pinto was met by his teammates in celebration. Prior Lake (23-11 overall) earned its way to the title match with a 63-9 win over Chaska in the quarterfinals and dominating Eden Prairie 51-20 in the semifinals. L a kers coach Joe Block knew that Shakopee would be a bigger challenge. The Lakers won six of the first seven matches, but four wins were by decision (three points) and Block was hoping to have a bigger lead going into the upper weights. Sophomore Sean O’Neil won 11-5 at 120 pounds for the Lakers, followed by sophomore Blake Carlisle winning 5-3 at


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. Duluth East 7. Tartan 8. Woodbury 9. St. Michael-Albertville 10. Chanhassen



Prior Lake sophomore Luis Pinto won 12-6 at 220 pounds Feb. 18 to clinch the Section 2AAA title in the Lakers’ 32-26 win over Shakopee. 126 and junior Ben Rock winning 6-4 at 132. “We thought we could win the first seven [matches] and they might get the next seven, so we told the kids we need bonus points,” said Block. “When we got only nine points from those three matches, we were worried. We were behind in the match as far as we were concerned.” Senior Tucker Brietung was able to earn a 9-3 win at 152 pounds for the Lakers to get one of those crucial wins after the first seven matches. Ninth-grader Dylan Sogge, junior Tanner Johnshoy and senior Matt Kahnke earned bonus points in the early weights. Sogge won by technical fall at 106 (17-2), while Johnshoy and Kahnke had pins at 113 and 145, respectively. The one match the Lakers lost in the first seven was at

138 when junior Ryan Norton fell 15-4. “This win was one of the better team efforts we’ve had all year,” said Block. Block said ni nt h-g rader Rylee Striefel and sophomore Robbie Schultz did a good job at 182 and 195, respectively, by not giving up big bonus points, despite losing by major decision and decision. Pinto went into his decisive match with the New Prague dual back on Jan 20 on his mind. The Lakers fell 35-22 and Pinto lost by fall at 220, which clinched the dual for the Trojans. “That was my first match with having so much pressure on me,” said Pinto. “And it went horrible for me. But that match prepared me for this moment.”

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GYMNASTICS CLASS AA 1. Northfield 2. Roseville 3. St. Cloud Tech 4. Lakeville North 5. Eden Prairie 6. Minnetonka 7. Cambridge-Isanti 8. East Ridge 9. Park 10. Mahtomedi

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Now or never Can third-seeded Lakers make run at state? BY TOM SCHARDIN


Prior Lake senior Mary Kate Rivisto had two assists in the Lakers’ 6557 loss to Bloomington Kennedy Feb. 16.

Girls hoops: Playoffs next for the Lakers It’s playoff time for the Prior Lake girls basketball team. The Lakers closed out the regular season Thursday (results not available at press time) in a South Suburban Conference game at home versus Eagan. Prior Lake (12-13 overall, 9 -8 in league play) was hoping to get back to the .500 mark going into Section 2AAAA action. Quarterfinals are Wednesday, Feb. 29. Seeds come out today (Saturday, Feb. 25). The Lakers are the likely No. 5 seed and could play at Chanhassen (21-4) in the first round. The top-three seeds will be No. 2 Edina (22-3), No. 3 Eden Prairie (19-5) and No. 4 Bloomington Kennedy (20-4). Other teams in the field: Shakopee (15-10), Bloomington Jefferson (10 -15) and Lakeville South (9-16). Prior Lake went into the Eagan game on the heels of a 63-44 defeat at No. 10 Eastview Feb. 21 and a 65-57 home loss to Kennedy Feb. 16. Against Eastview, the Lakers were led by senior Lauren Busse’s 15 points. She was 5 of 9 from three-point range. Ju n ior T i f f a ney F l a at a scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and had three steals. Ninth-grader Shaye Barton had six points and three steals. Senior Mary Kate Rivisto finished with five points, while senior Molly Simpkins had four points, six boards and four assists. Against Kennedy, the Lakers were held to just 17 points in the first half. Flaata led with 22 points. She also grabbed 13 rebounds and had two blocks, two steals and three assists. Busse had 12 points, all one threes, while Barton scored 10 points and had a team-best four assists. Simpkins scored seven points, while sophomore Taylor Zupan had eight boards.

Boys hoops: Lakers earn a league split The Prior Lake boys basketball team was unable to match its season-best win streak Feb. 21. The Lakers were going for their third straight win, but No. 3-ranked Eastview had other plans. The Lightning locked up Prior Lake’s offense in a 64-44 home win in South Suburban Conference action. “After averaging 70 points in our last five games, Eastview held us to 44,” Lakers coach Alex Focke tweeted after the game. “(We) needed more than that to win. They’re a very solid defensive team.” Prior Lake went into the game on the heels of what Focke said was the team’s “best effort of the season,” a 76-51 win at Bloomington Kennedy Feb. 17. Prior Lake took a 12-11 overall (8-7 in league play) into its conference game at Eagan Friday (results not available at press time). The Lakers’ final two regular season game are at Burnsville (Feb. 28) and home to No. 2 Lakeville North March 2. Against Eastview, the Lakers were outscored by 13 points in the second half. Senior Evan Kotchevar led Prior Lake with 15 points, while junior Noah Scanlon had 10. In the win over Kennedy, the Lakers scored 43 points in the first half. Kotchevar’s 19 points led the way, Scanlon finished with 13, while sophomore Jon Sobaski had 12 and junior Carson Shanks chipped in 11. The Section 2AAAA quarterfinals start March 7.

The Prior Lake boys hockey team played host to its firstever playoff game as a Class 2A program. The Lakers met an old Missota Conference foe in Holy Angels in the Section 2AA quarterfinals Thursday (results not available at press time). Remember the last time these two teams played? It was in the quarterfinals last year on the Stars’ home ice. Prior Lake won 4-3 on the road for its first-ever playoff quarterfinal since moving up with the big schools nine years ago. Prior Lake was also winless in its last 20 games against Holy Angels before that victory, having been outscored 74-5 in the 20 contests. The Lakers went into this year’s playoffs on the heels of a 9-1 home loss to No. 3-ranked Eagan in a South Suburban Con ference ga me Feb. 18. Prior Lake earned a 6-4 win over Bloomington Jefferson in league play two days prior. Prior Lake (15-10 overall) finished fourth in the conference with a 10-7 mark. Eagan won the title (15-1-1). Meanwhile, No. 5 Edina (20-5) earned the top seed in the section and faced eighthseeded Bloomi ng ton Kennedy (5-20) in the quarterfinals, while second-seeded and ninth-ranked Burnsville (15-9-1) took on seventh-seeded Shakopee (4-20-1) and fourths e e de d Je f fer s on ( 6 -16 - 3 ) played fifth-seeded Chanhassen (20-4-1). The semifinals are today (Saturday, Feb. 25). The title game is Wednesday, Feb. 29 at

Former Laker earns pitching honor at NDSU Luke Anderson of Savage, a 2007 graduate of Prior Lake High School, was named Summit League Co-Pitcher of the Week Feb. 20. The senior right-hander held No. 5-ranked Arizona to two hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts Feb. 18 in leading North Dakota State Unviersity to an 8-2 victory over the Pac 10 power. Anderson held Arizona batters to an .095 average and retired seven straight to preserve a 2-2 tie before the Bison rallied for six runs in the eighth inning. Anderson was a three-year starter for the Lakers. He went 5-2 with a 1.30 earned-run average with 67 strikeouts in 54 innings in his senior year. He also hit .354 with eight doubles and 17 RBIs. Anderson was named the Lakers’ most valuable player as a senior and was also selected to the annual Lion’s All-Star Series, which features the top seniors in the state.

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Prior Lake senior Kyle Krueger had 24 goals and 23 assists in the regular season for the Lakers. Prior Lake won 15 games and earned the No. 3 seed in Section 2AA. Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis at 8 p.m. In losing to Eagan, the Lakers’ lone goal came 44 seconds into the second period. Junior Gavin Smith scored his ninth goal of the year with sophomore Jack Murphy assisting. Eagan scored two goals 4:02 apart later in the period to take a 6-1 lead into the final frame. Senior Kyle Miller started in goal for the Lakers and finished with 43 saves. Prior Lake had just nine shots on goal. Against Jefferson, seniors Matt Crist and Kyle Krueger led the way for the Lakers. Both had two goals and three assists. Krueger scored 6:37 into the third period to break a 3-3 tie. Crist followed with a goal 1:33 later. Crist scored an empty-net goal with one second left after Jefferson cut the margin to 5-4 with 6:50 left to play.

Sophomore Joey Kleven had a second-period goal for the Lakers, while senior Derek Johnson scored in the first period. Jefferson led 2-0 just 5:46 into the game and held a 3-1 lead in the second period before Kleven and Krueger scored 1:40 apart to tie the game going into the third period. Kleven finished with three assists, while senior Dane Block had two and Johnson had one. Miller started in goal and finished with 30 saves. He ad i n g i nt o t he pl ayoffs, Miller had a 3.68 goals against average and one shutout. He had 13 games of 30plus saves. Crist led t he Lakers i n points with 49 (24 goals, 25 assists), while senior Kyle Krueger had 47 (24 goals, 23 assists). Senior Derek Johnson had nine goals and 21 assists.

Craig Larscheid of Prior Lake was recently inducted into the Clarinda A’s Baseball Hall of Fame a the team’s 37th annual banquet in Clarinda, Iowa. Larscheid played semi professional summer baseball for the A’s in 1989 and 1990 as an outfielder and hitting in the team’s No. 3 hole. Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, who also played for the A’s before making his mark in Major League Baseball with the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals, was in attendance to welcome the five newest members to the A’s Hall of Fame. Over the years, 36 players who played for the A’s have played in the Big Leagues. Larscheid is currently involved in Prior Lake Athletics For Youth sports programs.

Raceway Park to be on national television 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 or call (952) 445-2257.

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:


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TAGS Gymnastics is now taking registration for its 12-week spring session that runs Feb. 27 through May 19. Classes are offered boy boys and girls ages 18 months to 17 years old of all ability levels. For more information contact the Apple Valley office at (952) 431-6445 or the Eden Prairie location at (952) 920-5342 or go online at

The team tournament was held the day before. Lakeville North ended up earning the section team title with a score of 141.3. Prior Lake finished fourth with a 135.725 behind Lakeville South (139.35) and Chanhassen (136.875). Eastview was fifth (132.450), followed by Bloomington Jefferson (130.9), Apple Valley (124.1) and Bloomington Kennedy (87.325). “We started on bars, which is our strongest event,” said Kass. “We had the highest bar score team total of the meet, but obviously we wouldn’t know that until the end. All the girls had very good routines. “Jamie didn’t do her best (bar) routine and, therefore, wa s wor r ie d mo st of t he meet that it wouldn’t be good enough to make state,” added Kass. “Fortunately, it was.” Junior Bridgette Smith came close to state on the bars, taking sixth with an 8.850, which was just shy of fourth place. Seventh-grader Kailey Dobransky was ninth (8.475) and seventh-grader Alyssa Roberts was 29th (7.3). Smith was also eighth in the all-around with a score of 34.075. Fol lowing the bars, the Lakers were on the beam and Kass said that’s where the run at the team title got away from her squad. Noer was one of only three gymnasts to score higher than 9.0. Dobransky also had a solid routine, taking eighth (8.475). But Prior Lake’s other three competitors had falls. “The girls were not used to the movement of the Eastview beam and, therefore, three of the girls had falls, including two of our seniors, Sydney and Morgan,” said Kass. “That was hard for them.” Notermann was competing in only her second meet all year. A herniated disc in her back was originally thought to have ended her season back in December. But she made it back for the Lakers’ final dual meet Feb. 6. The beam was her only section event. She scored a 7.3 and finished 31st. Strum ended up 26th (7.575), while Smith was 24th (7.725). Smith’s best event was the vault. She came a mere .025

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


Prior Lake ninth-grader Angela Noer qualified for state on the balance beam, as well as the uneven bars and in the all-around at the Section 2AA meet Feb. 17.

Prior Lake junior Bridgette Smith just missed qualifying for state on the vault, missing by .025 points. points away from a state berth. She finished fifth with a score of 9.050. Seventh-grader Alyssa Roberts ended up 20th (8.450), followed by Noer (21st, 8.4), sophomore Gretchen Feilen (24th, 8.3) and sophomore Tif-

fany Harsted (28th, 8.2). On the floor, Noer had the Lakers’ best routine taking 18th (8.525), while Smith was 21st (8.45) and Strum took 27th (8.350). Dobransky ended up 30th (8.025), followed by Harsted (34th, 7.775).

“Luis is a great kid, a hard worker,” said Block. “He’s out for the sport because he likes to wrestle and he likes to be part of the team. That New Prague match didn’t go the way we wanted, but he learned from it.” Me a nwhi le, i n b e ati ng Chaska and Eden Prairie, Prior Lake earned plenty of bonus points. The Lakers had eight wins by fall against Eden Prairie — Johnshoy at 113, O’Neil at 120, Rock at 132, Norton at 138, ninth-grader Alex Hart at 170, Schultz at 195, Pinto at 220 and senior Ross Larson at heavyweight. Also winning was Breitung at 152 (12-8). In beating Chaska, winning by pin: Rock at 132 , Schultz at 182, junior Tim Schwanbeck at 195 and Pinto at 220. Getting forfeit wins: Johnshoy at 113, Norton at 138, Breitung at 152, sophomore Dahlton Felix at 160 and Larson at heavyweight. Also winning: O’Neil at 120 (10-6), Carlisle at 126 (8-7) and Hart at 170 (3-2). The Class AAA state team tournament is March 1 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. TheLakers got the No. 4 seed and will face White Bear Lake Area (20-7) in the quarterfinals at 9 a.m. Top-ranked Apple Valley (2 6 -1) is seeded No. 1 and faces Willmar (20-5) in the first round. Second-ranked Hastings (28-6) is seeded No. 2 and takes on Little Falls (22-8), while third-ranked St. Michael-Albertville (27-6) is the No. 3 and faces Champlin Park (17-10).


Prior Lake senior Matt Kahnke won by fall at 145 pounds in the Lakers’ 32-26 win over Shakopee in the Section 2AAA title match Feb. 18.

Prior Lake senior Tucker Breitung earned a 9-3 decision at 152 pounds in the Section 2AAA title match. The semifinals round is at 1 p.m. with third-place and consolation title matches at 5 p.m. and the championship is at 7 p.m. Prior Lake finished third at state last year, its best-ever finish. The Section 2AA individual tournament began Friday and ends today (Saturday, Feb. 25) in Shakopee. Prior Lake earned eight individual berths last year and four are back — Johnshoy, O’Neil, Rock and Kahnke. | Prior Lake American

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Winners of the big fish contest as part of the annual Fish Lake Sportsmens Club event took home some cash. Pictured are (from left): Barb Leckner of Savage, fourth place; Byron Kaiser of Prior Lake, third; Gavin Ancheta of Jordan, second; and Ashley Greenfield of Prior Lake, first.


Shakopee adopts resolution supporting racino YMCA SUMMER PROGRAMS JOIN THE CHAT Immediately after approving a multi-agency agreement with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Siou x Community to work collaboratively on land-use planning, the Shakopee City Council approved a resolution the tribe doesn’t support. The council voted 5-0 Tuesday night in support of racino legislation, which would allow video gaming at Canterbury Park. Prior Lake’s City Council previously passed a resolution opposing the racino. Prior Lake

also approved the multi-agency agreement on Tuesday. At the prompting of Councilor Steve Clay, Shakopee’s support letter is contingent upon Shakopee and Scott County getting a 1-percent share of the racino profits to cover local policing and other costs. Prior Lake and Shakopee’s councils had approved a multijurisdictional agreement to create a planning team with the tribe, Scott County and the cities to discuss areas of mutual interest, such as law enforcement, transportation, economic development and natural resources. Shakopee leaders hope that

ADD YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THE RACINO ISSUE AT with such a group, they will no longer have to comment on the tribe’s land-trust applications, “if those questions have already been posed and answered,” City Administrator Mark McNeill said. The tribe has already approved the multi-jurisdictional agreement.


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erhaps it ’s f it ti ng that the candy jar, popular with triba l employees, was among the last to go as Glynn Crooks packed up his office last month at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s government center. Despite leading one of the most successful tribes in the nation, Crooks doesn’t seem to have changed all that much from when he graduated from Shakopee High School in 1969, the same year the tribe was formally recognized. At that time, jobs were scarce for young men, and life on the reservation was a struggle. O ut goi n g a nd p er son a l, Crooks was known as the kind of boss who attended the funeral of an employee’s parent and played music over the intercom on afternoons when the tribal chairman, his cousin Stanley, happened to be away. “Country music is my favorite,” he said. Although second-in-command during his 16 years as vice chairman, Crooks was certainly the most visible of the tribe’s business council in public. Trained in Native American regalia, Crooks was often frontand-center in traditional attire at local and national events, as well the face of the tribe at everything from donation photos to local government meetings to dinners at the White House. Crooks, who left office in January, doubled as the tribe’s 20-year powwow chairman, a role he continues. He follows in the footsteps of his father, the late Amos Crooks, the tribe’s first vice chairman. Both his parents were Dakota dancers. “It was important for me to carry on the traditions I learned,” he said. Like his dad, who served in World War II and in Korea, Crooks also spent time in the military. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school, serving as a “yeoman,” an administrative clerk, du ring the Vietnam War. He served aboard five U.S. Navy ships, the first being the USS New Jersey battleship — the highlight of his six-year Naval career. A room of military memorabilia is on display at his museum-like house, which he opens to visitors at Christmas and Presidents Day. “Honoring our veterans is important to me,” he said. Crooks also collects Native American artifacts and has an exact replica of the Oval Office. “Every Christmas I decorate my house and the Oval Office is the hit of everyone’s visit,” he said.

Crooks has a lways been fascinated by history and the U.S. presidency. He has met President Barack Obama more than once and was honored to represent the tribe in regalia at the lying in state of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. He presented a peace pipe in 1992 at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Today, it is on display at the cemetery visitors’ center. Another treasured memory was attending the first-ever Medal of Honor ceremony for a Sioux Indian, honored posthumously by President George W. Bush.

CHALLENGES/SUCCESSES Crooks feels fortunate to have worked with the late Norman Crooks, the tribe’s first chairman and father of the current chairman, Stanley Crooks. “He was really an innovator,” Glynn said of his uncle, credited with starting highstakes bingo, which led to Mystic Lake Casino. Crooks is happy to leave at a time when relations are improving with other local governments. Dealing with the local and federal governments hasn’t always been easy. “One of the biggest challenges was finally getting the fee-totrust applications [through],” he said. “We couldn’t get Scott County or the city to agree with putting our land into trust. “That was a big issue at that time,” he continued. “But now ... we have better working relationships with the local governments.” He believes the source of troubled relations was likely “a lot of misunderstanding about what we’re all about,” he said. “[People] think it’s all about the gambling; they forget that this is an Indian tribe that has different needs and wants just like everybody else. We’re not just about gambling,” he said. In fact, one of his favorite parts of serving on the business council was helping other tribes. He is grateful the council had the backing of the tribal community on its many charitable donations. “We’ve taken care of our basic needs, but we have also been able to take care of the needs of others,” he said. “It was great to be involved in all that.” Crooks said he enjoyed all four terms in office, “otherwise I wouldn’t have kept running.” But he didn’t make it past a five-way primary this year. He attributes his primary loss to having two cousins in the race and splitting the family vote. Crooks, who also once served as tribal chairman, doesn’t begrudge anyone for running and believes his successor will do a good job. In fact, he helped plan


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Parent resource group available The National Alliance on Mental I l lness (NA M I ) of Minne sota provides support groups for families of children with mental illness. A parent resource group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at The Links Event Center, 2200 Trail of Dreams, Prior Lake. For more information, call (651) 645-2948.

Help those without housing HeadingHome Scott- Carver will host a fourth community meeting to discuss issues concerning those in the community who are without housing. The meeting is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 300 E. Fourth St., Chaska. For more information, visit

Blood drive set for March 5 An American Red Cross blood drive is planned at SunSource, 12800 Highway 13, Savage, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 5. To make an appointment or for more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

Join Beyond the Yellow Ribbon B eyond t he Yel low Ribbon South of the River will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in the lower level of the Prior Lake VFW, 16306 Main Ave. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, call (952) 440-5011 or visit

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)-234-1294.

Internet class set for March 14 Seniors can learn to use the Internet during a free session from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. The class is sponsored by the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging. Registration is required; call the library at (952) 447-3375, or visit to sign up.

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, 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.

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Salon owner takes tools to Big Apple BY MERYN FLUKER

Margaret Menke-Ayache just finished rubbing elbows with stylist-turned-reality star-turned designer Rachel Zoe, literally. “I was right next to her,” MenkeAyache says. She lived the dream two weeks ago when she hopped a plane to New York City to style hair for MercedesBenz Fashion Week. Zoe was one of the boldfaced names who utilized Menke-Ayache’s hairdressing skills to complement their new collections. The experience was a world away from Prior Lake, where she grew up and now lives. The Prior Lake High School Class of 1984 graduate left Laker country, earning a bachelor’s degree in textile design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1991, but she found her way back to Prior Lake in 2004. “I think, for me, textile design and hair are very similar,” MenkeAyache says. “They have a lot of similar components.” Last year, Menke-Ayache joined with Lisa Williams to open Bespoke Hair Artisans, a salon in Edina. Menke-Ayache serves as the salon’s creative director and sees clients, her favorite role at Bespoke. Her recent trip to Fashion Week was Menke-Ayache’s second. She also styled hair there in fall 2009 and hopes to go back later this year, but this trip topped her first. “This time, I did much biggername shows,” she says. “Plus, I got to go backstage ... The first time, I did the hair in a separate area.” Menke-Ayache was able to go this month through Kérastase, a sponsor of the lead hair design artist Odile Gilbert. Menke-Ayache sent an audition tape last December and was selected to join Gilbert’s team. “It was an amazing experience,” Menke-Ayache says. “She’s the It Woman ... Just to be shoulder to shoulder with her, it’s like meeting Steve Jobs. It’s just something that I never thought would happen, working with someone like her.” Menke-Ayache’s favorite show for hairstyling was Rodarte. The collection evoked the Australian Outback, she says, and the coifs were an underpinned “carpet braid,” a thick intertwined ponytail. Gilbert conceptualized the updo and taught it to the stylists, who were then told to replicate it on the models. “It was really soft and beautiful,” Menke-Ayache says. “I learned a lot from the technique.” Not only did she gain knowledge from Gilbert, Menke-Ayache also picked up quite a bit from her fellow stylists. “The fashion world is exciting,” she says. “I love being around all this talent. We’re a national pool of talent ... Being amongst other amazing hairdressers is the more nerve-wracking thing for me.” Because she and her peers were representing Gilbert’s “highly


Margaret Menke-Ayache grew up in Prior Lake and returned to the area eight years ago. She is the coowner and creative director at Bespoke Hair Artisans, an Edina salon she opened with Lisa Williams in 2011. Menke-Ayache recently returned from her second stint at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, where she styled hair for models in runway shows. technical” vision, there was pressure to get it right, which led to an “intense” environment, MenkeAyache says, mimicking Gilbert’s think French accent. “She was just so creative,” she continues. “All that foundational work had to be there, but the finish on it was so editorial.” The models were also cause for a bit of awe, with their distinct and uncommon proportions, rarely seen in the “real world.” “They’re so ‘Avatar-y,’” MenkeAyache says as she flips through photos of the shows on her iPhone. “One girl put on her boots, and her knees, I swear, were at my eyelashes.” While her clients at Bespoke may have been without her services, they ultimately may reap the benefit of Menke-Ayache’s second Fashion Week experience. “There’s elements of it that

translate to the client,” she says. “I think anytime you learn something, you become better.”

Q AND A WITH MARGARET MENKE-AYACHE Who is your favorite fashion designer? I love Donna Karan. What are your hobbies? I love to travel. Where was your favorite vacation? My favorite vacation has been my travels to France. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would like to go to the Caribbean and do a warm-weather getaway. What three words would people use to describe you? Creative, ambitious and outgoing. If you could be president of

Cool couture Here is a list of the fashion shows Margaret Menke-Ayache styled for during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Feb. 9 through Feb. 16 in New York City: Rachel Zoe Thakoon Theyskens’ Theory 3.1 Phillip Lim Rodarte

the United States for a day, what would you do? Fix the housing situation. If you could meet anyone from history, who would you meet? Elvis Presley.

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Top 10 reasons driving in Minnesota is not always so ‘nice’ Having lived in several different states and spending the past summer driving through states from Canada to the Gulf Coast, I have some experience with drivers. It’s funny that each state seems to have its own driving characteristics. Maybe it’s because I learned to drive in a different state, but I often find Minnesota particularly challenging. I compiled a collection of my top 10 frustrations: 10. Texters and other distracted drivers. I realize this is not just a Minnesota thing, but I find it funny that people think a vehicle moving at 55 mph is a legitimate location to apply makeup, talk on the phone, text and even read a book. One of my favorite things is when I see people working on full meals at the wheel. Unless you’re going in facefirst, a salad is really not a drivingfriendly food. 9. Roundabout resurgence. I’m not sure what was so difficult or wrong with a good, old-fashioned four-way stop. Everyone stops, waits their turn, then goes. The new roundabouts are basically a “four way yield,” which means you have to watch each car as they come into the circle, try to anticipate where they will exit, then dive in at the exact right moment. It reminds me of those carousels on the playground where you had to time it



exactly so you didn’t dive head-first into one of those metal poles. 8. U-turns. It doesn’t bother me when drivers do these; it bothers me that we have to. I have never been anywhere that had so many medians without the ability to turn left into parking lots, streets, etc. I love driving by a store five times knowing that’s where I want to go, but have no idea how to get there. 7. Civil engineering. Along the lines of the U-turns, a lot of the roads and traffic patterns here just don’t make sense to me. I find it interesting that Highway 13, one of the only roads north out of Prior Lake, is a one-lane-each-way road. It’s a traffic disaster. Also, arrow patterns like the one at the intersection of Franklin Trail and County Road 21 make zero sense to me. I don’t understand why there

is a right-only arrow and then a left-or-straight-only arrow. At least with cars turning right, there is a good chance of getting several cars through the intersection. All it takes is one left-turning car to cause the entire line of cars to have to sit through yet another red light. 6. Arrow avoiders. Speaking of arrows, I love when drivers don’t agree with the “rule,” so they just make their own. It’s always entertaining to be in a long line of cars waiting to merge, only to have the one car zip to the front of the line because they can. 5. The zipper. Of course I have to address “the zipper.” I don’t understand why this concept is such a challenge. I know that the two seconds the driver saves by not letting you in will probably make all the difference in his day, but can’t we all just play nice? 4. Lane changers. These are the drivers who are so busy using the rear-view mirror to fix makeup, check hair, or (my personal favorite) to shave. If they actually used the mirror for its intended purpose, they might realize there was a car in the lane they just moved into. Oops! 3. Moisture on the road. In a state that typically sees its share of snow and rain each year, I would think that there would be more confidence when driving in these conditions. But for whatever reason,

highway traffic slows to a turtle’s pace every time there is even a threat of moisture in the forecast. 2. Sunday drivers every day. To me, speed-limit signs are a strong suggestion. I realize it says “limit,” but I think it should read “target.” In many cases, I seem to be alone in this thought. 1. Rolling roadblocks. I truly believe this is the epitome of passive aggressive in Minnesota driving. I’m not sure if it’s meant as traffic control, or if drivers just decide to drive in the left lane at the same speed as the person in the right lane just because it’s so great to have a lane all to themselves. Either way, I think five words would solve at least 50 percent of the traffic problems in the metro: Use left lane to pass. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of good drivers in Minnesota. I would guess it’s the same type of ratio in which 5 percent of the drivers make up 95 percent of the problem. If only we could garage the 5 percent! Jennifer Musto moved to Prior Lake from Overland Park, Kan. more than 10 years ago. She lives with her husband and three children. She spent several years working in the insurance industry and is now a stayat-home mom and CEO of the Musto household. Her interests include traveling, writing, organizing and bargain hunting. She can be reached at

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Lenten mission offered in Shakopee The Shakopee Catholic community will offer a Lenten mission at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 27 and 28, at the Church of St. Mark, 350 S. Atwood St., Shakopee. Deacon Jack Weiland will speak on the need for prayer in our lives and how to pray. The program will include reflection, prayer and music. The cost is an offering of a nonperishable food item. For more information, call (952) 445-1229.

St. John’s hosts ‘Life in the Spirit’ retreat St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4625 W. 125th St., Savage, will host a retreat called “Life in the Spirit” on Saturday, March 3. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The day retreat will include dynamic speakers and discussion on topics such as God’s love, salva-tion, new life, God’s gifts, transformation and baptism. Participants are invited to confession at 3:30 p.m. The retreat will end with the celebration of mass at 5 p.m. Advance registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. There is no cost to attend. Lunch is provided. For more information, e-mail or call (952) 890-9434.

Ray to speak at St. Mark’s World-renowned Catholic speaker Steve Ray will speak at the Church of St. Mark, 350 S. Atwood St., Shakopee, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. Ray’s talk is title “Revisiting the Passion.” The cost is $5 for youth and $10 for adults. For more information, call (952) 445-1229. SUBMITTED PHOTO

St. John’s to offer full-day preschool

Cub Scout Pack 331, sponsored by the Prior Lake Lions Club, had its Pinewood Derby race on Feb. 18 at Five Hawks Elementary School. The Lions Club judges the cars for design, and then the Scouts race for the fastest cars. The four top designs and the four fastest cards will go on to the Cub Scout district races in Lakeville this spring. Pictured are (left to right, back row): Christopher Rausch, first-place race; Tyler Schaefer, most patriotic; Cole Myers, best ‘not a car’; Ethan Trowbridge, judges’ favorite; Dylan Clark, third-place race. (Left to right, front row): Joe Larson, most unique; Samuel Shopbell, fourth-place race; and Dustan Green, second-place race.

St. John’s Preschool, 12508 Lynn Ave., Savage, will launch a full-day preschool option next school year for children who will be age 4 or 5 by Sept. 1, 2012. The program provides a foundation of school-readiness skills in a faith-filled environment. Registration also is being accepted for the school’s 3- to 5-year-old programs. For more information contact, Director Dora May at DMay@ or (952) 846-4663.

St. Mike’s presents Catholicism study


Eternal optimism goes a long way “Continual cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom.” This is an Irish quote well worth taking to heart. Set a good example for youth. Be positive, be optimistic and be cheerful in the face of anything that comes your way. One of the organizations supported by the Prior Lake Optimist Club is the nonprofit Optimist International Foundation. The foundation was formed in 1971 and its mission is seeking, receiving and managing funds and real personal property for the benefit of Optimist International and its member clubs in its charitable, literary and educational activities. The foundation’s motto is “Helping Optimists help kids.” The scholarships

for the oratorical and essay contests are issued through the foundation. The Oratorical contest scholarships were first offered in 1926 and the essay contest scholarships were offered starting in 1963. This year’s oratorical contest has 13 entries and will be March 15 at Prior Lake High School. There will be five presentation practices at the high school prior to the contest date. Club winners will go on to the district competition and the chance to win a scholarship. The essay contest deadline has passed, and winners will be acknowledged in April. Update on the Junior Optimist Club: Members completed their Books for Africa book drive. In

March, they are planning a diaper drive for Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women. This will be run as a cooperative effort with a student that is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. Some fun events past and future: The Optimist Club hosted a Valentine party at Prior Manor on Feb. 10. On Feb. 21, we had our annual Mardi Gras — we welcome new members. On March 14, we will host the Keystone spring party. The Optimists are involved in so many activities; please join us. There is an interest to be found for everyone. Meetings last approximately one hour, followed by lunch at Fong’s in Prior Lake. On Feb. 22, the program was a general

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meeting. On March 14, the topic is “think great.” For more information on our club, meeting topics and dates. go to www. or contact President Sue Heaton at heatonjorenby@ To learn more about Optimist International, go to www. “May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again....” May you have the luck of the Irish! Sláinte! This column is written by Shawn Richey, who is in charge of public relations for the Prior Lake Optimist Club.

The Church of St. Michael, 16311 Duluth Ave., will present a 10-part video study of Catholicism by the Rev. Robert Barron from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays. The study will take place in the parish office building. The cost is $15 per person. The study begins on Monday, Feb. 27. To register, call Laura Shupe at (952) 447-9062.

Historical Society gets microfilm grant The Scott County Historica l Society was recent ly awarded a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage (Legacy) Grant in the amount of $9,990 to support its Microfilm Digital Reader project. The project will allow the historical society to move toward a digital microfilm reader which will allow SCHS to make its microfilm records available in more formats. The grant should improve access to the records by redesigning SCHS’ research library for installation of a digital microfilm reader and computer.

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“It is wonderful to see so many communities and local organizations benefiting from the Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants,” said Britta Bloomberg, deputy state historic preservation officer. “Minnesotans should be proud of the unprecedented opportunities these grants provide for organizations to preserve and share our history and cultural heritage. The impact of projects supported by Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants will be felt throughout the state for many years to come.” | Prior Lake American

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americanslice COMMUNITY HELP AND SUPPORT (Editor’s note: Listings of organizational meetings and events are free but are not guaranteed in the Prior Lake American. Send information that includes the organization’s name and meeting times/locations and a contact’s name and telephone number. Deadline is Wednesday at noon. E-mail information to, mail to Prior Lake American, P.O. Box 578, Prior Lake, MN 55372, or fax to (952) 447-6671.)


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.

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.

Overeaters Anonymous 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.

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.

Gamblers Anonymous Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Information provided here is offered as a service through this paper in cooperation with the Scott-Carver 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.

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. For more information, call Charlie at (952) 884-9417 or Michael at (952) 607-8619.

Moms in Touch International 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 and click on “group locator.”

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.

Savage Network Plus 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.


Prior Lake Parent Resource Group 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

St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehab Center 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.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon 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@

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 or visit

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) 402-9123 or visit the website at www.scottcountymn.wyldlife. org.

Savage Unity AA 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) 9470323.

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.

National Alliance for Mental Illness 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 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 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

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.

Widows and widowers Widows’ a nd 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 T he fol lowi n g supp or t 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 Thursday 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.


Online Church Directory — place your newspaper worship ad on our online worship directory 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

Pastor Ron Groschel 952-447-2824

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


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:

Pastor Larry G. Kasten 952.217.1113

Bible Study Awana Club (Oct. - Apr.)

Join us for Worship

Scott County Historical Society Administrative assistant: Complete administrative 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, f lexible 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@

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

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

HOLY TRINITY UNITED METHODIST 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


Seek, Share and Serve our Savior

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

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church

6pm Potluck dinner 7pm Ash Wednesday Worship Service


16311 Duluth Avenue SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 952-447-2491

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

Wednesday night February 29th

St. Michael Catholic Church

You Can Reach People Throughout The Southwest Area!

Worship Service 9:00 a.m. Adult Bible Study 10:15 a.m. Children’s Sunday School 10:15 a.m.

16840 Highway 13 S, Prior Lake, MN


Southwest 127751


Call 952-447-6669



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And the award goes to… Let’s Go staff break down their picks for Oscar gold BY ERIC KRAUSHAR


he Academy Awards began in 1929 with a ticket price of $5 and a guest list of 270 people. In 2011, more than 37 million households tuned in to see the winners of 24 competitive categories in the award show better known as The Oscars. Last year’s big winners were “The King’s Speech” and “Inception” – each bringing in four awards – while “The Social Network” added three trophies. “Hugo” leads this year’s nominations with 11, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Costume Design and Best Writing. “The Artist,” which won the Best Picture in the drama category at the Golden Globes last month, also has 10 nominations. I polled three co-workers – Chaska Herald’s Mollee Francisco and Mark Olson and Eden Prairie News’ Karla Wennerstrom – as well as frequent Let’s Go movie reviewer Jeff Ray, to get their opinions on who will win and who should win.

“Although ‘Hugo’ is probably the most beautiful movie I’ve ever seen and every shot was really beautiful and amazing, ‘The Artist’ left me smiling and laughing and just feeling more. It also left me feeling like I should have eaten my popcorn more quietly.” Karla Wennerstrom Eden Prairie News editor

“In my opinion, ‘Hugo’ was the most appealing movie of the year because the story and characters engaged me from the very first moment to the very end. Scorsese’s direction was what pulled the movie into a wonderful masterpiece.” Eric Kraushar Chaska Herald and Chanhassen Villager sports editor

BEST PICTURE The jury is still out on who will win the top award with a solid cast of nominations led by “The Artist,” “Hugo,” “Moneyball” and “The Descendants.” All have qualities that could make them the winner Sunday. “The Artist” may be the favorite because of its uniqueness by using black-and-white film and no dialogue. Coincidentally, the last silent film to win Best Picture was “Wings” in the inaugural year of the award ceremony (1929). “‘The Artist’ was fun. I don’t want to be deluged with silent movies, but as a one-time nostalgic nod to the movies of yesteryear, they did a good job of getting the audience invested in the movie despite a lack of words or color film,” said Francisco, who has seen six of the Best Picture nominees. While “Midnight in Paris” was Francisco’s favorite movie of the season, “Hugo” was a “visual delight and should be a shoe-in for the cinematography award.” “Although ‘Hugo’ is probably the most beautiful movie I’ve ever seen and every shot was really beautiful and amazing, ‘The Artist’ left me smiling and laughing and just feeling more,” said Wennerstrom, who has seen all the Best Picture nominees except “Warhorse” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” “It also left me feeling like I should have eaten my popcorn more quietly.” Olson is a big fan of “Hugo.” Because it is, in part, about the history of cinema and directed by Martin Scorsese, it has an edge on the competition, he said. “The cinematography and the story were beautiful and it was the best 3-D film I’ve seen since ‘Avatar.’”

I’m with Olson – my favorite movie of the year is by far “Hugo.” Everything about it blew me away. It is the only movie I’ve seen in 3-D where afterward I was happy I paid the extra fee.

BEST ACTOR The Best Actor award once again features some outstanding performances from Hollywood’s top actors in George Clooney (“The Descendants”) and Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”), and less known stars Jean Dujardin (“The Artist) and Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”). Gary Oldman (“Tinker Tailor Spy”) gave a “wonderful performance from an under-appreciated actor,” Olson said. Still, it likely comes down to Dujardin and Clooney, who won Golden Globe awards last month. “I loved Jean Dujardin. He looks so much like Clark Gable,” Francisco said. “Also, he looked good in black and white and knew how to use his face and body to convey emotions.” “Demian Bichir was really excellent in ‘A Better Life,’ even more amazing when I realized the other movies I’d seen him in,” Wennerstrom said. “George Clooney and Brad Pitt were excellent, but my pick for Best Actor would have to be Jean Dujardin. It takes a lot to convey that much emotion and humor without speaking a word, well, maybe one word.” While I only saw Pitt and Clooney in action, Dujardin is likely the favorite.

BEST ACTRESS Unlike most major categories, the Best Actress nominees come

If you watch… What: The 84th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal. Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Emma Stone and the cast of “Bridesmaids” are among the presenters. When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Red carpet coverage starts at 6 p.m. Where: ABC, KSTP channel 5 Can’t get enough? E! starts its Oscars coverage at 12:30 p.m. Watch in style: The Cowles Center is hosting Oscar Night America, an Academy-sanctioned, black-tie Oscar party from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $65 per person. Learn more at

mong from movies not nominated among the top films of the year. Well, that’s ays outside of Viola Davis, who plays nning a housemaid in the award-winning ” novel-turned-film, “The Help.” n Oscar Meryl Streep hasn’t won an ween since I was a 1-year-old. In between The “Sophie’s Choice” (1983) and “The n Iron Lady” (2012), she has been nominated 12 times. She delivers a wonderful ret performance depicting Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” but by all accounts it is Davis’ to win..

BEST DIRECTOR Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, ick, Alexander Payne and Martin e Scorsese. All big names for one reason or another. k with Payne, who got his big break “Sideways,” returned from a sevenants,” year hiatus for “The Descendants,” g but which was terribly depressing well put together. ector Allen has won two Best Director d awards, and although I enjoyed n the “Midnight in Paris,” it is not in ree of running to win. Neither is “Tree edy on Life,” which would be a “tragedy the order of the extinction of the ng to dinosaurs” if it won, according ke to Wennerstrom. “I also would like warn readers that ‘The Tree off Life’ is terrible. It may be the worstt movie ho I’ve ever seen – and I saw ‘Nacho Libre,’” she said. That leaves the category to el two men – Scorsese and Michel he Hazanavicius. Scorsese won the Golden Globe and I don’t see why he on. I doesn’t sweep the award season. mean, he found something in Sacha now Baron Cohen that I did not know existed. In my opinion, “Hugo” wass the most appealing movie of d the year because the story and characters engaged me from the very first moment to the very end. Scorsese’s direction was whatt erful pulled the movie into a wonderful masterpiece. “I would be happy if Payne, Allen or especially Michael Hazanavicius won. ‘Hugo’ is just a majestic, old-school excellent picture,” Wennerstrom said. “Martin Scorsese deserves the directing award again for this movie.”

Let’s Go picks Best Picture “The Artist” (Jeff, Mollee and Karla) “Hugo” (Mark and Eric) Best Actor Jean Dujardin, “The Artist” (Mollee, Karla, Jeff and Eric) Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Spy” (Mark) Best Actress Viola Davis, “The Help” (Mollee, Karla, Jeff, Mark and Eric) Best Director Martin Scorsese, “Hugo” (Karla, Mark and Eric) Michael Hazanavicius, “The Artist” (Mollee and Jeff )


LET’S GO! BEST BETS 1. MONTGOMERY GENTRY Country duo Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry will perform. The duo won Top New Vocal Duo or Group from the Academy of Country Music, Favorite New Artist (Country) from the American Music Awards, and Vocal Duo of the Year from the Country Music Association in 2000. Time: 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 Cost: $45-$55 Location: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake Info: or (952) 445-9000

2. IRISH CONCERT: O’ROURKE’S FEAST O’Rourke’s Feast is a lively seven-piece Irish traditional music ensemble, with a repertoire that includes dance melodies like jigs and reels. The group also plays long-neglected material from the Irish tradition, including hornpipes, clan marches and some old, slow airs and songs. The group

also plays some original music, composed in traditional style. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 Cost: Adults $15; seniors and students $10 Location: Olivet Congregational Church, 1850 Iglehart Ave., St. Paul Info:

3. SOUTH METRO CHORALE ‘CABARET’ Enjoy a wide variety of musical numbers presented in a cabaret-style setting. Bid on silent auction items. Games and cash raffle, tasty tidbits, free beverages and dessert. Time: 7 p.m. Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4 Cost: $18 adults, $15 students and seniors Location: Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville Info: or (952) 985-4640 or tickets@


Country music duo Montgomery Gentry will perform at the Mystic Lake Showroom Feb. 26.


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let'sGo!Calendar many examples can be seen in the Refuge’s river valley. Take an early morning hike and find your own land ethic through the lens of your camera. Time: 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3 Cost: Free Location: Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd. E., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

WE WANT YOUR LISTINGS! Listings are printed free but not guaranteed, although we do our best to include them. Submit your events through our 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.


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


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) 693-5688 or

Time: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 Cost: $25 Location: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington Info:

MONTGOMERY GENTRY Country duo Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry will perform. The duo won Top New Vocal Duo or Group from the Academy of Country Music, Favorite New Artist (Country) from the American Music Awards, and Vocal Duo of the Year from the Country Music Association in 2000. Time: 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 Cost: $45-$55 Location: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake Info: or (952) 4459000

Presented by Christian Arts Ministries, “The Mists of Forever” takes the audience on “a musical journey to the eternal city, that place of ultimate fulfillment dimly seen now, gloriously revealed later.” With professional orchestra and chorus, the haunting Celtic-flavored songs will stir the soul. Time: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Tickets: $20 Location: Burnsville Performing Arts MY PRESCHOOLER AND ME: Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville THE STOCKING CAP Info: (952) 895-4680 or Children ages 2-6 and their parents or caregivers are invited to enjoy handson, themed activity stations and then COMEDIAN JOSH ALTON laugh together as they watch a puppet Josh Alton is an athlete-turnedshow based on Jan Brett’s “The Mitten.” comedian. Growing up, he was never Afterwards, groups will head outside to picked on, beaten up or made fun of, but he has always been a gigantic spread seed and corn for the animals. smart mouth and has always enjoyed Bring a picnic lunch to eat after the program. Reservations required; getting a laugh. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Alton eventually traded reference activity 111303-05. Time: 10-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27 his cleats and shoulder pads for a Cost: $4 microphone and a note pad and made the move to Chicago, to pursue Location: Lowry Nature Center his dream of becoming a professional (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria comic. Also performing will be Info: (763) 559-6700 or comedian Chris May. Time: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Cost: $13 SEED-STARTING HOW-TO Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, Learn how to start seeds in advance 1583 First Ave., Shakopee of the growing season in Minnesota Info: through this free class presented by shakopee Scott-Carver Master Gardeners. No registration is required. Time: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 Cost: Free Location: Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. Info: (952) 447-3375 ‘TINH ANH LINH CHIEN’



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“Tinh Anh Linh Chien” (“Music of Love for a Soldier”) is a fundraiser for the Vn Culture House which supports children’s organizations throughout Vietnam. Music performed will be on the subjects of love and war. Emceed by Nam Loc, “Tinh Anh Linh Chien” will feature singers Thien Kim, Nhu Quynh, Ngoc Huyen, Diem Lien, Quoc Khanh, Dan Nguyen, Dang the Luan and Nguyen Khang. Time: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 Cost: $30-$55 Location: Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville Info: (952) 895-4680 or

WINTER WALK Discover nature in winter while walking with a naturalist. Boots and snowpants or wind pants are recommended. Group will likely go off-trail and on uneven terrain. Bring a sled for little children. For all ages. Time: 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 Cost: Free Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-9000 or

ANGELICA CANTANTI YOUTH CHOIRS The young Angelica Cantanti singers and alumni will present a benefit concert to support the scholarship fund established in honor of Rita Docter’s retirement and her 25 years of leadership to the Angelica organization. Ticket includes dessert reception.

PAJAMA STORY TIME Children of all ages are invited to “Exercise with Animals,” a pajama story time. Kids can wear their pajamas, bring teddy bears and enjoy a bedtime snack while listening to stories and rhymes. Time: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 Cost: Free Location: Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. Info: (952) 447-3375


FEB. 28 BIRD WATCHING TREK Take a bird walk on the Wilkie Unit and learn about the birds that spend winter in Minnesota. Search for birds that winter in Minnesota and the first migrating species of the year. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, a favorite field guide and dress appropriately for the weather. Time: 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 Cost: Free Location: Old Cedar Avenue Trailhead, 9500 Old Cedar Ave. S., Bloomington Info: (952) 854-5900 or midwest/minnesotavalley

‘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


Robin Kutz (left), Wolf Bartel and Chris Norris belt out “It’s Raining Men,” a 1982 international hit by the Weather Girls.



he South Metro Chorale presents its annual cabaret with

the ‘90s and a return of the hilarious “Simon


and Garfunkel” duo. The cabaret is at 7:30

Ave. Tickets are $18 ($15 for students and

p.m. March 2 and 3, and 3 p.m. March 4 at the

seniors). For information, call (952) 985-4640

Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke

or e-mail

pieces from the musical “Godspell,” a Gershwin vocal jazz medley, western-movie favor-

ites, Natalie and Nat King Cole songs, show tunes, popular music from the ‘60s through

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: or Tim at (612) 298-0851. For instruction and skiing on Tuesday evenings: or Stuart at (952) 447-2453

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


FEB. 29 GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT Local boutiques and retailers will showcase products during BRX Fitness’ Girls Night Out at the Prior Lake gym. Retailers will include The Vintage Gypsy, Miche Bags, Urban Halo Headwear and more. Salon Pacific will offer free nail buff and coats, mini-manicure and pedicure specials and hair consultations. The event is open to the public. Time: 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 Cost: Free Location: BRX Fitness, 15875 Franklin Trail, Prior Lake Info:

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Upcoming GARDENING: LEARN FROM THE MASTERS Join Scott-Carver County master gardeners for a series of free gardening classes. The schedule includes: March 5, Growing Vegetables I (top five early vegetables); March 19, Growing Vegetables II (top five later summer harvest); March 26, Container Design; April 2, Perennial Color All Season; and April 16: Gardening 101: Edition 2012. Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, March 5-April 16 (no class March 12 and April 9) Cost: Free Location: Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. Info: (952) 447-3375




Recently retired senior historian for the Minnesota Historical Society, Stephen Osman researches, speaks and writes about Minnesota’s role in the Civil War. He will share information about Civil War artifacts. Time: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 Cost: Free Location: Savage Library, 13090 Alabama Ave. S., Savage Info: (952) 707-1770 or www.scott.


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


MARCH 1 TODDLER STORY TIME Openings are still available for the Prior Lake Library’s second winter 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)

PADDY O’BRIEN’S IRISH DUO AND DANCE Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with live music by Paddy O’Brien’s Irish Duo and free dance lessons, sponsored by Club Prior and the city of Prior Lake. Time: 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 1 Cost: Free Location: Club Prior, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. Prior Lake Info: (952) 447-9783

COMEDIAN DWAYNE GILL As a professional stand-up comedian known for his engaging personality and stage presence, Dwayne Gill can be depended on to serve up laughter wherever he appears. Time: 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 2; 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 Cost: $13 for 8:30 Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday shows; $10 for 10:30 p.m. Saturday show; law enforcement get in for $10 for any show Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 First Ave., Shakopee Info: shakopee

‘ANNIE’ Entirely performed by members of the church congregation, “Annie” is Family of Christ’s fifth annual musical production. Annie will be played by Emma Nelson and McKenzie Woods. Time: 7 p.m. Friday, March 2; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4 Cost: $10 per person in advance; $12 at door. Audience members are asked to bring a canned good to donate to Bountiful Basket food shelf. Location: Family of Christ Church, 2020 Coulter Blvd., Chanhassen Info:


MARCH 3 PHOTOGRAPHING THE LAND Nature and humans coexist, and

COMMUNITY BOOK FAIR 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. 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:

‘FIDDLER ON THE ROOF’ The Prior Lake Players will present the classic musical co-directed by Karen Welch and Francie Madden. ‘Fiddler’ tells the story of Tevye, a Jewish father who tries to keep traditions alive for his family in turn-of-the-century Russia. Time: 7 p.m. March 16-17, March 23-24 and March 30-31; 2 p.m. March 25 Cost: $14 (adults); $10 (seniors and students); $8 (ages 12 and under) Location: Twin Oaks Middle School, 15680 Fish Point Road, Prior Lake Info:

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The following activities and announcements are from the Prior Lake Recreation Department. To register for activities or for more information, visit, or the city’s website at www., stop by City Hall, 4646 Dakota St., or call (952) 447-9820. Summer registration will begin on Monday, March 26. The offerings are posted online. Look for the city Recreation Department’s page on Call the Recreation Department at (952) 447-9820 or send an email to with feedback or suggestions regarding program offerings. 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 Y MCA 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 re-entry 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 prog ram price. Single -session attendance is $5 and students can attend up to 11 sessions for $25. Register through Community Education at www.

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or visit www.cityofpriorlake. com and click on Club Prior under the Fast Finder on the right side of the home page. Greeting cards and gift bags are for sale for $1 each. Proceeds go to Club Prior’s snack fund. A A R P Income Tax Help. T rai ned A A R P volu nteers will be preparing income tax returns for people ages 55 and over as well as income-qualifying residents by appointment from through Tuesday, April 10. Call (952) 447-9783 to set up an appointment. Tuesdays: 9 a.m. walking club, 10 a.m. free exercise class, 10 a.m. book club meetings on the first Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. re-create greeting cards and gift bags for free and 1 p.m. afternoon socials sponsored by McKenna Crossing on the second Tuesday of each month. Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m. cribbage or whist for all skill levels, noon to 3 p.m. health care counseling by appointment on the second Wednesday of each month and 12:30 p.m. games of 500. T hu r sd ays : 9 :15 a.m. $ 3 ar th ritis exercise session, 9 : 30 a.m. dominoes, 9 :45 to 11: 4 5 a.m. k nit ti ng g roup, 10:30 a.m. to noon $3 line dance lessons and 12:30 p.m. bingo and pinochle games. Adult activities Paddy O’Brien’s Irish Duo Danceteria, 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at Club Prior. International performer Paddy O’Brien will play the accordion accompanied by guitar, presenting Irish reels, jigs and hornpipes. Light refreshments will be provided. Dance instructors will demonstrate and lead the group in traditional steps. Danceteria events are free, open to the public and held on the first Thursday of each

month from October through April on Club Prior’s hardwood dance floor. “The Fox on the Fairway” at Old Log Theater, Wednesday, April 25. This new comedy by Ken Ludwig, author of “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Crazy for You,” follows the shenanigans of rival country clubs as they head into their 43rd annual grudge match. The bus will leave Club Prior at 10:45 a.m. and return at approximately 5 p.m. The $ 45 per resident and $50 per nonresident cost includes coach bus transportation, play admission and lunch, which is your choice of a smoked pork chop, walleye pike, beef stroganoff, lemon artichoke chicken breast with spinach and sun dried tomatoes and vegetarian lasagna. The cash-only bar will be open during intermission. Guests must register by Tuesday, April 17. Nifty 50s Day at Turtle Lake Casino, Wednesday, May 16. Join Club Prior for a trip to Turtle Lake, Wisconsin to visit the St. Croix Casino. The $10 per resident and $15 nonresident trip fee includes deluxe bus transportation, juice, a snack and $5 in slot play credits. An additional $5 in credits are available for passengers 50 or older. The bus will leave Club Prior at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 4 p.m. Sign up for these activities at www.priorlakerecreation. com or call the city recreation department at (952) 447-9820. Space is limited. P rior Lake - Savage A rea School District activity passes are free for residents ages 55 and older. Passes admit guests to school f u nctions, home sports games, plays and other events. Pick up passes at the District Services Center, 4540 Tower St., Prior Lake. Call (952) 226-0080 for more information.




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 or call (952) 447-9820 to register. Upcoming events include a leprechaun party on Wednesday, March 7 and “Fairy Tale Fun” on Wednesday, April 4. Family Egg hunt: Save the date for March 31 at Lakefront Park. The hunt starts at 1 p.m. The event is divided into three age groups, pony rides, Wendy’s Wiggle Jiggle and Jam, police cars and fire trucks, and meetings with the bunny. “Jo s eph a nd t he A m a z ing 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 for more information. Call (952) 447-9820 for more information. Club Prior Club Prior is the adult activity center in the Prior Lake Resource Center, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave., Suite 101 for adults 55 and up Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a free cup of coffee, play cards or games, take a class, or just enjoy the company of others. Jigsaw puzzles and the pool table are always open. For more information, call (952) 447-9783

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The CAP Agency, a private, nonprofit organization providing human services to families and individuals in Scott, Carver and Dakota counties, has the following volunteer opportunities available. For more information about volunteering with the Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency, e-mail or call (952) 496-2125. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old or supervised by an adult.

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.

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. Call Terry at (952) 402-9835.

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.

Food support outreach 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 support program. Training 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 afternoons during the school year. Call Deb at (651) 322-3504.

Senior nutrition Help to provide hot meals to seniors by volunteering as a Meals on Wheels driver or at a congregate dining site. Weekday mornings, f lexible commitment. Call Denise at (952) 402-9855.

It’s a leap year, so special celebrations are approaching


t’s hard to decide whether folks who celebrate a leap-year birthday or leap-year wedding anniversary are lucky or unlucky. On the one hand, they are among only a handful of people whose original special event happened on an ever-so-rare, leapyear day – that extra day inserted at the end of February every fourth year. On the other hand, the fact that there’s a big gap between the calendar’s leap-year days is bound to limit or even eliminate a few celebrations. Another leap-year day is coming up – it’s Feb. 29, 2012 – and we asked area readers who celebrate a leap-year birthday or wedding anniversary to tell us about their unique place in the world of celebrations. Here are a couple of responses we received.

Son born on 2-29 — at 2:29 p.m. My husband Vern and I became proud parents of our son, John, on Feb. 29 at 2:29 p.m. in 1956. He arrived two months early but all turned out just fi ne. We always celebrated about March 1 but in leap years, it was really special. He made the Valley News, with a picture of him, two cousins and a friend in 1968, I believe. He gets lots of cards every year because people do remember that he really doesn’t have a real day. His birth was different in that I got polio about the same time I found out I was pregnant with him. So I was in the Sister Kenny Institute (was there at the time for 4½ months) when it became obvious that I needed to get to another hospital and the ambulance took me

to St. Barnabas where he was born. He weighed a little over 3 pounds. He stayed in an incubator and was released about April 1 after he went to 5½ pounds. I got out of the Kenny the last week of May. The 29th of February also is the birthday of one of my nephews and a cousin. This will be John’s “14th” birthday. Forever young.

Marilyn Lang Shakopee

My teacher’s only 9 years old A Leap Year birthday can be very confusing, especially when you are trying to explain your age to a classroom of young children. I have been an elementary school teacher for the past 12 years. I have taught both fi rst and third grade. It has been very fun to mess with the minds of my students when it comes to this special day for me. When I tell them that I’m only 9, 10 or in this case turning 11 years old, their brains just don’t seem to quite comprehend how that works. They will ask me questions in a very sincere manner like, “How can you be a teacher?” “How can you have a family?” “How can you drive?” or “Why are you so tall?” The questions will go on and on. They really get a kick out of thinking that their teacher is almost the same age as they are. So when my students catch me doing something silly and say that I’m acting like a kid, I can honestly tell them that’s because I am!

Jeff Paulsen Eden Prairie | Prior Lake American

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A coyote waits out an injured, freezing deer in the hopes of eventually getting a meal.

The long, cold wait Coyotes get their meal, but wildlife photographers miss their shot I have just finished looking over all the images I have taken so far over the past week in Yellowstone National Park, and I must say, I am not impressed. An amazing place like Yellowstone in the middle of winter should produce some spectacular images, but no, not a single one. Snowy scenes of mountains and wild animals are always great subjects for a wildlife photographer, but not this week. The week started out with four days of clear skies, which might seem like a good thing for a photographer, but not in the middle of winter. Not when the air temperatures are in the teens below zero and the daytime temperatures only rise into the single digits. The problem is, the clear skies allow the sun to shine brightly. A massive amount of solar energy hits the thick blanket of snow and bounces off. The reflected solar energy produces a lot of air disturbance and shows up in the form of heat shimmers just above the snow pack. The result is a highly disturbed layer of air making it impossible to get a sharp image. It snowed the last three days. This is normally a very good thing in wildlife photography. However, the snowflakes were huge and falling by the bucketful. Now the problem is we can’t even see the animals we were trying to photograph. To add insult to injury, we had a couple of bad events that added to the frustration factor. On one sunny day, a couple of coyotes had cornered a young mule deer on a hillside. When the deer tried to get away, the coyotes chased it and delivered several nasty bites to its hind legs. When speed doesn’t work to avoid predators, nearly all deer, elk, moose and pronghorn head for open water. This is what this young deer did. Even though the



air temperatures were in the single digits, the deer ran to a small, icy stream and jumped right in. The coyotes stopped in their tracks at the water’s edge. Even through the coyotes were within a few feet of the deer, they were not willing to enter the water. Feeling like they had the deer cornered, so to speak, the coyotes moved off about 100 feet and lay down. I am sure they were tired from the chase. The young deer got out of the water and stood on the ice. Let me tell you that this deer looked miserable. It was so wet that icicles started to form from its ears and chin. A small pool of blood formed underneath the deer from the bites to its legs. Within minutes, a large number of common ravens, black-billed magpies, and golden and bald eagles started to fly in and land in a nearby tree and on the ground. I am always amazed at how quickly the word spreads across species when an event like this occurs. All of these birds will wait their turn to get a meal. My photo partners and I set up our cameras with our long lens supported by large tripods and got comfortable, anticipating a long wait. Just how long of a wait we didn’t know. We did know that it might take a while. As the hours passed, we watched as a couple more coyotes joined the waiting game. Now there were four coyotes waiting. Now and then an individual coyote would approach the deer, and without hesitation the deer would jump back into the icy stream. When the coyote would leave, the deer would struggle to get back out of the water. The wet ice along the shore made it difficult for the deer to get any traction and stand up. Often it would

just lay there catching its breath before getting back to its feet. The deer would stand there soaking wet in freezing air temperatures. The sun was starting to set behind the mountains that surround the valley. We had been waiting now for six hours. The coyotes were all still bedded down and not moving a muscle. As we watched, the deer looked a bit perkier and had dried off. It appeared that the wounds that were bleeding earlier were clotted. So the deer started to move. These were the first footsteps this deer had made in more than six hours. I gripped my camera tightly and stared through the viewfinder, watching the scene unfold. I know it sounds cruel but if the deer would walk to our left, we would have an excellent vantage point and perhaps capture nature in the raw act — the life-and-death struggle between a predator and prey. However, if the deer moved to our right, a small pile of logs would block our view. We had a 50-50 chance, and we had our fingers crossed the deer would go left. As fate would have it, the deer moved to our right. We were muttering under our breath “No, no, go the other way.” What was most interesting was the coyotes didn’t move at all as the deer started walking away. The coyotes knew that if they got up, the deer would jump back into the water and we would be right back where we started. Instead, the coyotes waited until the deer got far enough away from the water before moving. As luck would have it, the deer went right behind the log pile just as the coyote caught up to it and we missed out on capturing some amazing images. Unfortunately the deer lost its life, but the coyotes had a much-deserved meal that will get them through another harsh winter day in this mountain environment. Not every trip results in amazing images. This is the life of a wildlife photographer. Perhaps next time. Stan Tekiela is an author/ naturalist and wildlife photographer who travels the U.S. to study and photograph wildlife. He can be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

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COMMUNITY EDUCATION This is a listing of some of the classes offered through Prior Lake-Savage Area Community Education. Find out more — and regis-ter for classes — at or call (952) 226-0080. Adults 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, 15860 Fish Point Road, Prior Lake. Cost is $50. Tex-Mex Cooking Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Twin Oaks Middle School. Cost is $49. Cake Decorating for the Beginner Mondays, March 5-19, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Middle School. Cost is $49.

GoSolar! Build a Personal Solar Station Thursday, March 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Twin Oaks Middle School. Cost is $25. Sleepless in A merica: Is This Child Misbehaving or Missing Sleep? (for parents) Thursday, March 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Prior Lake High School, 7575 150th St., Savage. Cost is $ 10/person or $ 15/ partners. Viking Weave Jewelry Mon-

day, March 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Twin Oaks Middle School. Cost is $45. Youth A fter-school classes are of fer e d at a l l element a r y schools. For a complete listing, visit www.priorlakesavagece. com. These classes are starting soon: Kidcreate Studio — Cartoon and Funny Stuff (grades K-5); Hogwarts Film School with Computer Ex-

plorers (grades K-5); Science Explorers-Optical Illusions (grades K-5); Create Your Own Video Games (grades 3-5) 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. Hoop It Up: Hula Hooping (grades 4-8) Saturdays, March 10-17 from 9 to 10 :30 a.m. at Twin Oaks Middle School. Cost is $49.

Board Members Present: Anderson, Murray, Pratt, Ruelle, Shimek, Sorensen, Wolf Administrators Present: Superintendent Gruver, Director of Business Affairs Cink, Director of Human Resources Mons, Director of Operations Dellwo, Communications Coordinator Mussman, Director of Special Education Kern, Technology Coordinator Milazzo, Principals Richardson & Lund and Assistant Principal Siegle The board discussed regular board meetings vs. board study sessions. The board discussed their responsibilities and their role in governance and alignment to their goals for 2011-12. There will be a focus to reach out to county commissioners and townships. The board discussed Laker Pride and Laker Showcase with the new meeting schedule. Director of Business Affairs Cink presented the 2012-13 budget parameters and budget priorities. This will be an action item at the regular board meeting on February 13, 2012. The board discussed the open enrollment situation at Prior Lake High School. The board discussed the number of readings for policy approval with the new meeting schedule. The following policies were presented for a first reading: • Policy 208: Development, Adoption and Implementation of Policies • Policy 213: School Board Committees • Policy 515: Protection and Privacy of Student Records • Policy 524: Student Use of Information Technology • Policy 604: Continuous Improvement of Programs Second reading will take place at the February 13, 2012 board meeting of all policies except Policy 604: Continuous Improvement of Programs. This policy will be reviewed again by Policy Committee. The meeting adjourned at 7:17 p.m. STACEY RUELLE, Clerk/ Treasurer Independent School District 719 4540 Tower Street SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 25, 2012; No. 7643)

Abstained: Pratt Motion carried: 5 - 0 A motion was made by Eric Pratt, seconded by Stacey Ruelle, to approval the annual school board member compensation at $4,000 per year, plus $20 per meeting for official standing committee assignments, district wide committee assignments, and external committees and agency representatives (unless compensated by agency), as appointed by the chair with the exception of certified negotiator, which will be compensated at $50 per meeting. The board chair will receive an additional $300, the board clerk/treasurer will receives an additional $200 and the board vicechair will receive an additional $200 for service during the year. School board member compensation shall be paid semi-annually at the request of the individual member. Committee meeting reimbursement shall be paid once at the completion of the year of service. Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Todd Sorensen, seconded by Stacey Ruelle, to approve the following board committee assignments for 2012. On file at the district office Motion carried: 6 - 0 The board discussed the meeting and procedures format. The following changes were recommended: 1) Holding one board meeting on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. 2) Holding a study session on the fourth Monday of the month commencing at 5:00 p.m. Additional workshops would be held when necessary. Further discussion will take place at the board study session on January 23, 2012. A regular board meeting will not be held on January 23rd as previously scheduled. A motion was made by Todd Sorensen, seconded by Rich Wolf, to adjourn. Motion carried: 6 - 0 The meeting adjourned at 6:56 p.m. STACEY RUELLE, Clerk/ Treasurer Independent School District 719 4540 Tower Street SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 25, 2012; No. 7644)

elementary school is WestWood Elementary and 1/2 day kindergarten in the a.m. at Edgewood School, as presented. Motion carried: 6 - 0 A motion was made by Stacy Ruelle, seconded by Rich Wolf, to approve the following policies as presented: 707: Transportation of Public School Students 708: Transportation of Nonpublic School Students Motion carried: 6 - 0 A motion was made by Eric Pratt, seconded by Tom Anderson, to approve the following policy as presented: 424: Evaluation of Probationary Teachers Motion carried: 6 - 0 A motion was made by Stacy Ruelle, seconded by Eric Pratt, to approve the following policy as presented: 427: Compensation Following Part Year Employment Motion carried: 6 - 0 A motion was made by Todd Sorensen, seconded by Eric Pratt, to close the meeting in accordance with Minnesota Statute Section 13D.05, subdivision 2(3) for the purpose of discussing proposed expulsion/exclusion of student. Motion carried: 6 – 0 Meeting closed at 7:38 p.m. A motion was made by Stacey Ruelle, seconded by Tom Anderson, to reopen the meeting. Meeting re-opened at 8:00 p.m. Board Member Pratt introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption: RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE PROPOSED EXPULSION/ EXPULSION OF THE STUDENT IDENTIFIED IN THE ATTACHMENTS HERETO (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE “STUDENT”) On file at the district office The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Board Member Ruelle and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Anderson, Pratt, Ruelle, Shimek, Sorensen, Wolf and the following voted against: none whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. A motion was made by Eric Pratt, seconded by Todd Sorensen, to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m. Stacey Ruelle, Clerk/Treasurer Independent School District 719 4540 Tower Street SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 25, 2012; No. 7645)

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(Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 18 and 25, 2012; No. 7640) PUBLIC NOTICE Annual Town Meeting And Election Notice Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting and Election of the Township of Cedar Lake, Scott County, Minnesota, will be held at the St. Patrick Social Hall, 24425 Old Hwy 13 Blvd., Jordan, MN 55352 on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Annual Elections will be to elect. One Supervisor – 3 year term One Clerk – 2 year term Voting hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Canvass of ballots will take place following the closing of polls. Absentee Applications and Ballots can be obtained at the Scott County Government Center, Scott County Elections office, 200 Fourth Avenue W., Shakopee, MN 55379. Absentee ballots will also be processed at Scott County. The Annual Meeting will convene at approximately 8:15 p.m. to conduct any and all business proper to said Annual Meeting. In case of inclement weather, the Annual Meeting and Elections will be held on the following Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the above stated time and place. Given under my hand this 3rd day of February, 2012.






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Arnita Novotny (/s) Clerk (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 25 and March 3, 2012; No. 7642) Spring Lake Township NOTICE OF HEARING ON IMPROVEMENT 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. 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 Township 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) NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED CABLE FRANCHISE RENEWAL SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP SCOTT COUNTY, MINNESOTA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE Town Board of the Township of Spring Lake, Scott County, Minnesota, will meet at the Spring Lake Town Hall, 20381 Fairlawn Avenue, Prior Lake, MN 55372, on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold a public hearing on the renewal of the Cable Franchise for Mediacom. At the hearing, the Board will receive public comment on the following: (A) Whether the cable operator has substantially complied with the material terms of the existing franchise and with applicable law; (B) Whether the quality of the operator’s service, including signal quality, response to consumer complaints, and billing practices, but without regard to the mix or quality of cable services or other services provided over the system, has been reasonable in light of community needs; (C) Whether the operator has financial, legal, and technical ability to provide the services, facilities, and equipment as set forth in the operator’s proposal; and (D) Whether the operator’s proposal is reasonable to meet the future cable-related community needs and interests, taking into account the cost of meeting such needs and interests. Dated: February 25, 2012 Kathy Nielsen Clerk (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 25 and March 3, 2012; No. 7641) INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 719 4540 Tower Street SE Prior Lake, Minnesota 55372 School Board Work Session Minutes January 23, 2012 District Services Center Professional Development Center School Board Members: Tom Anderson, Mike Murray, Eric Pratt, Stacey Ruelle, Lee Shimek, Todd Sorensen, Richard Wolf The work session of the Board of Education of Independent School District 719 was called to order by Chair Shimek in the Professional Development Center at the District Services Center on January 23, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 719 4540 Tower Street SE Prior Lake, Minnesota 55372 Organizational School Board Meeting Minutes of the Board of Education The organizational meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District 719 was called to order by Temporary Chair Pratt in the board room at the District Services Center on January 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Temporary Chair Pratt led the board and those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. Board Members Present: Anderson, Pratt, Ruelle, Shimek, Sorensen, Wolf Board Members Absent: Clerk/ Treasurer Murray, Student Representative Chris Sticha Administration Present: Superintendent Gruver, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Holmberg, Director of Human Resources Mons, Director of Business Affairs Cink A request was made to remove (a) from the consent agenda. A motion was made by Todd Sorensen, seconded by Lee Shimek, to approve removing agenda item (a) of the consent agenda and take action in a separate motion. Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Todd Sorensen, seconded by Lee Shimek, to approve the agenda, as amended. Motion carried: 6 – 0 Temporary Chair Pratt called for the nominations for the office of School Board Chair for 2012. Tom Anderson nominated Lee Shimek. There were no other nominations. A motion was made by Tom Anderson, seconded by Todd Sorensen, to close nominations; a unanimous ballot was cast for Lee Shimek to be Board Chair for the year 2012. Motion carried: 6 – 0 Chair Shimek called for the nominations for the office of School Board Vice-Chair for 2012. Eric Pratt nominated Todd Sorensen. There were no other nominations. A motion was made by Eric Pratt, seconded by Stacey Ruelle, to close nominations; a unanimous ballot was cast for Todd Sorensen to be Board Vice-Chair for the year 2012. Motion carried: 6 – 0 Nominations for the office of Board Clerk/Treasurer were requested. Eric Pratt nominated Stacey Ruelle. A motion was made by Tom Anderson, seconded by Todd Sorensen, to close nominations; a unanimous ballot was cast for Stacey Ruelle as Board Clerk/Treasurer for the year 2012. Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Stacey Ruelle, seconded by Rich Wolf, to approve the following consent agenda items, as presented: On file at the district office A motion was made by Rich Wolf, seconded by Todd Sorensen, to approve the following agenda item from the consent agenda: On file at the district office Voting in favor: Anderson, Ruelle, Shimek, Sorensen, Wolf

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 719 4540 Tower Street SE Prior Lake, Minnesota 55372 Regular School Board Meeting Minutes of the Board of Education The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District 719 was called to order by Board Chair Shimek, in the board room at the District Services Center on January 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Chair Shimek led the board and those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. Board Members Present: Anderson, Pratt, Ruelle, Shimek, Sorensen, Wolf, Student Council Rep. Chris Sticha Board Members Absent: Director Murray Administration Present: Superintendent Gruver, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Holmberg, Director of Human Resources Mons, Director of Business Affairs Cink A motion was made by Todd Sorensen, seconded by Eric Pratt, to approve the agenda. Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Rich Wolf, seconded by Tom Anderson, to approve the consent agenda as follows: On file at the district office Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Stacey Ruelle, seconded by Todd Sorensen, to approve the following candidates for employment, as presented: On file at the district office Motion carried: 6 - 0 A motion was made by Stacey Ruelle, seconded by Tom Anderson, to approve the following leaves of absence, as presented: On file at the district office Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Rich Wolf, seconded by Stacey Ruelle, to approve the proposed collective bargaining agreement between ISD 719 & PLSEA for 2011-13. The tentative agreement was ratified by PLSEA on December 14th, 2011. The financial impact of the tentative agreement is equivalent to a 0% increase to the salary schedule in 2011-12 and a 1% increase in 2012-13. Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Eric Pratt, seconded by Todd Sorensen, to approve the extension to 18 days in length of a proposed trip to Germany, June 14-July 2, 2012, as presented. Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Tom Anderson, seconded by Eric Pratt, to approve the 2012-13 secondary registration guides, as presented. Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Todd Sorensen, seconded by Stacey Ruelle, to approve the 2011-12 plan, as presented. Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Stacey Ruelle, seconded by Tom Anderson, to approve the recommendation to revise the attendance boundary for the new development in Savage to accommodate the potential number of incoming students. The recommended designation of an

Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Assumed Name/Certificate Of Assumed Name Minnesota Statutes Chapter 333 File Number: Date Filed: January 6, 2012 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: Blackwell Engineering 2. Principal Place of Business: 19326 Stonegate Dr., 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: Jeff Blackwell – 19326 Stonegate Dr., 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: Jeff Blackwell – Professional Civil Engneer Jeff Blackwell - Contact Name 952-913-6617 Date: 12-13-11 (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, February 25 and March 3, 2012; No. 7646)

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SCOTT COUNTY Public Health Nurse In this 36 hr per week position you'll perform skilled nursing duties determining client eligibility for home & community-based service programs. Workloads can vary by position & will include long-term care consultations, & PCA assessments. All positions rely on your use of independent nursing assessment skills & professional judgment to coordinate services & assure the health & safety of Scott County citizens in community settings. MQs: Requires possession of a license to practice as a RN by the State of Minnesota; certification as a PHN; CPR certification; & one year RN experience. SSIS or DHS program training regarding home and community based services and experience with MN-ITS are highly desirable. One must possess a valid driver's license and a reliable means of transportation for the performance of work responsibilities. Hiring Range: $24.69/hr to $33.41/hr-DOQ. Closing: 03/02/12. Obtain application from Scott County Employee Relations at (952) 496-8890 or from our web site at ( EOE TTY/TDD: (952) 496-8170 Let's work together. PIZZAMAN... Drivers earn up to $15/ hour. Apply within, Shakopee/ Chaska locations. Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan is looking for talented chefs, line cooks and servers. Must be able to work in fast paced environment. Front line cooks, banquet prep. Bar and Banquet servers. Part time, year round. Day, nights and weekend shifts. Must be 18. Email application to jallar@ridgesat StarTribune Newspaper Carrier Needed immediately Shakopee and Chaska, weekend & weekday routes, and PT Sat/Sun. assembly. For further information see our website at;

Seasonal Positions Seasonal Employees Needed for the City of Prior Lake for parks, streets, facilities and recreation programs. 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.

Jordan Elementary Kid's Company is looking for Group Leaders and Assistant Leaders for their Summer Kids Company Adventures program. This position runs from June 11, 2012 to August 24, 2012. Pick up applications in the Kids Company room at Jordan Elementary, 815 Sunset Drive, Jordan, MN or in the Community Education Office at the Jordan Middle School, 500 Sunset Drive, Jordan, MN 952492-4312. Open until April 2, 2012

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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, or find us on 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!

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Plant Superintendent Seneca Foods Corporation, a local Food Producer and Distribution Center located approximately 35 miles SW of the Twin Cities in Montgomery, MN currently has an opening for a Plant Superintendent. Responsibilities include; supervision of personnel, following and overseeing company and regulatory guidelines, schedules of maintenance, budget planning, safety programs and policies, finished product quality, and other duties as assigned. Requirements include 4-year College Degree and/or equivalent warehouse / production management experience is preferred. Applicant must demonstrate ability to manage multiple priorities, strong leadership and communication skills, along with the ability to function in a team environment. Seneca offers an excellent benefit package, along with a competitive salary based on experience. If interested please send resume or apply in person to: Human Resources Department Seneca Foods Corporation 600 Fifth Street SE, Montgomery, MN 56069 (507) 364-8641 Phone (320) 364-8273 Fax Seneca Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

2004 30' RLDS Fifth Wheel Terry Quantum. Barely used, 2 slides, heated tanks, lots of extra, includes Rigid Hitch $15,500. 952-210-4102.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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


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


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


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



1993 Ford F150, 4x4, new motor, 35k, lift kit, dual tanks. ARIZONA TRUCK, NO RUST, $6000 OBO, Chanhassen, 505-803-8232


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

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

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

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

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2004 Chevy Silverado Z71 Ext. Cab. 77,XXX perfect cond. Loaded, leather, Bose, 6Disc, Topper and many xtras. $15,700 B/O 612-2030804

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

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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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2002 Ford Expedition, original owner, 4.6 liter, A/C, 6CD, third row seat, no accidents, runs, looks very good. $4700. 952-270-8292

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2009 Saturn Outlook XR AWD, leather, power, heated seats, OnStar, remote start, loaded. Great condition. 70,600 miles. $19,200 Mary 952-292-7829


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

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Antique brass bed, 1916. Simmons, full size $150. 952-261-9986

Camping hatchet. Excellent condition, $10. 952-240-1025

Antique, claw foot, bathtub, good condition. $300. b/o 612-9868801 Apple laptop iBook G3 latest os. Excellent condition, $120. 612-8392933 Armoire, mission style. $140. Eden Prairie, 952934-0072.

Char broil gas grill, tank, cover. Good condition. $40. 952-240-1025

5 year old Cockatiel, needs loving family. $60. 612-655-5553

China hutch, solid maple. Excellent condition, $450. 952-8732729 Clothes, boy 3T. Shirts, jeans, pajamas, jackets. $25. 612-237-1300

Coffee table iron, slate top. 521/2Lx281/2W $115. 952-974-8409 Crib, toddler bed with mattress. Light brown assembled, $40. 952465-9862 Dresser, solid oak, 71x32x19, 9 drawer dresser, $100. 952-2395546 Executive office chair. Grey, $30. 952-9748409 Exercise weight bench. Good condition, hardly, ever used, $350. 952974-0136 Free, glass top, ivory pedestal dining table. 4 chairs. 952-361-0171 German shepherd puppy, purebred, akc. $300. 952-212-9575 HD TV 40” projection, good condition, $85. 952-440-3357 Humidifier, Bionair, digital cool mist, tower, works perfect, $40. 952-934-9251 Hunter, 52" brushed nickel ceiling fan. Brand new, $75. 612-237-1300 Invacare, hospital bed, $200. 952-233-8176

Invacare, powered hoyer lift, $500. 952-2338176 Kids dresser with hutch. Picks avail, $275. 612508-6230 Lancome Tresor set 3.4 perfume, lotion, shower gel. $40. 952-412-7076 Mattress for crib, or toddler bed. $10. 952-4407973 Mattress, full size, Sealy medium firm. Excellent condition, $300. 763202-8390 Maytag washer 10 y/o & dryer 4 y/o. $200. 651336-9300 Metal entertainment center, 6 shelves, 6'Lx20-1/2"H, good condition, $12. 952-4474961 Min Pin Pup. $250. 952212-0366 Min Pin/ Rat Terrier Pup. $200. 952-2120366 New, unused, black G.E. Flat top counterstove 31X21. $250. 952-368-9004 Nike shoes. Women's size 9. Black, gently used. $20. 612-2033437

Piano, Elgin, grand. Needs tuning service, can deliver. $300. 952445-4177 Pottery Barn, kids bedspread + sham. Butterflies, pink, $15. 952934-2459 Pottery Barn, kids rug 5'x3' pink, yellow, green $15. 952-934-2459 Ralph Lauren Blue perfume for women. 4.2 new, $35. 952-412-7076 Recliner, dark good condition. 952-447-4427

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Refrigerator, 2.5h x 1 1/2 w. Home, dorm. $80. 952-496-2362 Rival, crock pot, $5. 952-403-1567 Shih Zhu puppy, 12 weeks. Kennel, leash, $250. 952-492-3382 Shower stall with base, glass doors, chrome frame. $15. 952-4029110 Small dresser, two drawers shelves. Bedroom, almost new. $40. 952-465-9862 Smith Corona, typewriter and stand. $75. 952445-2749

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Women's athletic shoes. New, Asics gel. 8.5. White, raspberry, $50. 612-203-3437

Wood stove, consolidated, dutchwest. Needs seals. Delivery, install. $100. 952-261-9986

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B12 | February 25, 2012 | Prior Lake American


VFW heats up winter with chili cook-off Sandy Halvorson earned first place for her recipe during the Prior Lake VFW’s third annual chili cook-off Sunday. Halvorson’s chili earned her the top prize — a $100 gift card and a chili pepper chef’s hat custom-made by Dolly Windsor — out of 17 entries.

The judges said her chili had “just the right combination of color, thickness, flavor and heat.” Second place went to Kim Johnson, who received a $50 gift card, and Bob Dybevik, who earned a $25 card. Next year’s cook-off is set for Feb. 17, 2013.

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Char Voigt (right) pins flowers onto Emily Quinn’s sweater at Twin Oaks Middle School. Quinn, a math teacher at Twin Oaks, was honored on Monday along with nine of her colleagues at the Prior Lake-Savage Area School District’s Teachers of the Year reception. Family, friends and fellow District 719 staff, including Voigt, a Response to Intervention reading support instructor at Edgewood School, recognized the educators.




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The Prior Lake Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27 has been cancelled.

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PET OF THE WEEK This 6-year-old door greets, follows you and wants to kiss, lick and snuggle. Kaze is very active and needs a family that will play, run and walk with her. She knows the commands “sit” and “stay” at the door. She is a very friendly, house trained, 20-pound puggle who enjoys hopping into your lap, being carried around and playing fetch or sleeping in your bed. She gets along with cats, most dogs and kind kids.

The above abandoned pet is being housed by the CarverScott Humane Society and is available for adoption. Pets have been checked by a vet, wormed, given updated shots, have a micro ID, checked for friendly dispositions and spayed or neutered if they are adults. The donation fee for a cat starts at $165+ and fees for a dog start at $195+. If you can give a pet a home, call the Humane Society at (952) 368-3553.

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