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AMERICAN Council debates repealing fire sprinkler code Some say cost prohibits business redevelopment BY LORI CARLSON

Prior Lake’s fi re chief is hoping City Council members will tip the balance between fire codes and economic development in favor of safety. On Monday, council members considered repealing Subdivision 2

of state Chapter 1306, an option for cities to require sprinkler systems in new commercial buildings or existing businesses that expand. Adoption of Chapter 1306, which the council approved in the 1990s, makes the sprinkler systems part of the state building code in a city. T he review of t he code ca me

about as a result of River Valley Veterinary Services’ proposal to expand its business. In October, cou nci l members approved ta xincrement fi nancing to help the vet clinic double its current 7,500-squarefo o t bu i ld i n g o f f H i g hw ay 1 3 .

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“I understand there are considerable costs involved when installing these systems, but sprinklers have proven their value. They reduce the potential for loss of life or injury.” Doug Hartman Fire chief




Staff added to lower class sizes Positions added to elementary, middle and high schools BY MERYN FLUKER

selected by a panel of nonprofit professionals who came from outside the local agency. The panel didn’t include any CAP Agency board members or staff. A county commissioner since 1997, Marschall said she served as the county’s representative to the CAP Agency board at the beginning of her tenure and rejoined earlier this year when a county employee resigned from his spot. County Commissioner Dave Menden of Shakopee is the other representative.

Breathing room is on the way for some students in the Prior LakeSavage Area School District. The District 719 School Board has approved staff additions at the elementary, middle and high schools to allev i at e c r ow d e d classes. According to the numbers reported to the state in October, District 719 added 138 students Jeff this year – with Holmberg enrollment leaps c o m i n g at t h e midd le and high schools. Those gains, combined with the first year of the district’s sixperiod secondary schedule, led to some classrooms resembling sardine cans. “In the transition to the sixperiod day and those higher class sizes, we really did need to look this year, starting [with] quarter two, and then subsequently to three and four, about what we could do to address some of those very high class sizes,” said Jeff Holmberg, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. “On the surface, the averages looked rather OK in some cases. But when you really dug deeper into the numbers, we have some classes that are very high.”

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Kindergarten students gathered on the ground Tuesday afternoon at Grainwood Elementary School for a mini-Thanksgiving feast. Earlier in the day the students designed placemats, made butter and decorated hats to wear during the meal – which included corn, turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pie – in the spirit of the first Thanksgiving between Native Americans and Pilgrims. Prior LakeSavage Area School District students did not have classes Wednesday through Friday of this week in recognition of the holiday.

County commissioner hired by CAP Agency Marschall recently served as the agency board’s chairwoman BY SHANNON FIECKE

Scott County Commissioner Barbara Marschall of Prior Lake has accepted the position of vice president of programs for the CAP Agency, a nonprofit partnership of Scott, Dakota and Carver counties.

Ma rscha l l, who recently served on the agency’s board of directors, will oversee prog ramming such as Head Start, heating assistance and weatherization from the agency’s Hastings office. The agency, which relies Barbara on government and Marschall private funding, offers 26 programs and services for the three counties. The program manager position was

established as part of restructuring that CAP Agency President Carolina Bradpiece undertook after being hired in 2010. “We are so excited to have her,” Bradpiece said of Marschall. “The CAP Agency is evolving into a strong nonprofit with all of its core competencies developed. We’re involved in a very outcomes-based society. She will put into use her good management skills and create processes and systems that effectively implement the programs.” Marschall competed with three other finalists for the job and was



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THE RIGHT STUFF At left – Joanne Hall (right) of Blue Star Moms of Minnesota’s south metro chapter talks with Jeanne Wolf of Savage about options for military families during the firstever military symposium Saturday at Twin Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake. Wolf ’s son, Matt, is in Army basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. The Scott County chapter of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon presented the public event to give soldiers and their families the resources they need while deployed and when they come back home. Speakers included area war veterans as well as U.S. Rep. John Kline (R-Lakeville), state Sen. Claire Robling (R-Jordan) and state Rep. Mike Beard (R-Shakopee). Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organizers plan to make the symposium an annual event.


U.S. Rep. John Kline (R-Lakeville) delivers a speech during the symposium. Kline serves on the House Armed Services Committee.

Jaimie Bahl (left) and Liz Speiker talk during the symposium. Speiker is a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon volunteer from Prior Lake. Bahl is the junior vice commander of the VFW’s seventh district and women veterans chairperson with the state VFW.

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Sweat lodge leader gets two years in prison ‘Mixed emotions’ for family of Liz Neuman BY LORI CARLSON

The man held responsible by a Nevada jury for the deaths of three people – including a Prior Lake woman – will serve two years in prison for negligent homicide. James Arthur Ray received three two-year prison terms that Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Warren Darrow ordered to be served concurrently, meaning he will serve a total of two years in prison. He was immediately taken into custody after the sentencing on Nov. 18 in Camp Verde, Ariz. Ray also was ordered to pay $57,000 in restitution. The self-help author led a sweat lodge ceremony on Oct. 8, 2009 during his “Spiritual Warrior” retreat in Sedona, Ariz. Three people died as a result of the ceremony, and 18 others were hospitalized with varying medical conditions when medics arrived at the scene. He was convicted in June on three counts of negligent homicide. The dead included Liz Neuman, 49, of Prior Lake, and two other people – James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee, Wis. and Kirby Brown, 38, of New York. Neuman died Oct. 17, nine days

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after the sweat lodge ceremony, of multiple organ failure. Throughout Ray’s lengthy trial, family and friends of the deceased expressed disappointment that Ray didn’t take responsibility for the deaths. Participants in Ray’s seminars paid as much as $10,000 to attend his events, in which he encouraged people to push beyond their physical and mental limitations. Ray told participants they would feel like they would die, but he urged them to stay in the lodge, witnesses testified. Prosecutors said he should have stopped the sweat lodge ceremony when several people became ill and at least one participant had to be dragged out of the tent. Ray’s attorneys maintained that the three deaths were an accident. Andrea Puckett, Liz Neuman’s daughter, said she still believes Ray is “a dangerous man whose desire for money and power cloud his judgment

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Crest Avenue trail becomes permanent During winter, snowmobilers now will have permanent access to a trail on the west side of Crest Avenue (south of County Road 42, near Sand Point Beach). Prior Lake City Council members on Monday approved the permanent trail location after a one-year trial period. City Engineer Larry Poppler said sheriff’s deputies, police, parks department crews and Department of Natural Resources staff all felt having the trail along Crest Avenue last

season went well. “There was no damage to sidewalks last year with that route,” Poppler said. Poppler also presented a report from the city’s Snowmobile Task Force on last season’s activity. No snowmobiles fell through the ice and no fatalities were reported in Prior Lake last winter. Countywide, there was one fatality on the county’s southern border, as well as five non-fatal crashes, 14 illegal-operation citations, two alcohol-related arrests and 84 safety-related warnings. The sheriff’s department and the DNR enforce snowmobiling laws on the 200 miles of trails in Scott County. Lori Carlson

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Members of the Prior Lake Economic Development Authority have the fol lowing meetings planned: Regular meeting 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 at City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. Tentative agenda: Call to order/introduction Approval of agenda Approval of meeting minutes from Oct. 10 and Oct. 31 Public hearings: None scheduled

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PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA The Prior Lake Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 at City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. The tentative agenda includes: Call meeting to order Approval of agenda Consider approval of Nov. 14, 2011 meeting minutes Public hearings: None scheduled Old business: None scheduled

New business: A. Consider a report on the acquisition of tax-forfeited properties for compliance with the 2030 comprehensive plan Announcements and correspondence Adjournment Workshop The commissioners will reconvene for a training workshop in the Parkview Room to discuss: A. 2030 comprehensive plan B. Subdivision and zoning ordinances

than 400 crashes. S ever a l se a son a l l a ndmarks were reached last week, including the fi rst reading in the teens on Nov. 17, which was about a week later than average. Of course, we had the first measurable snowfall and fi rst fall of at least 1 inch of snow. The former of these was about two weeks later than average, while the latter was one week behind the mean. Finally, we had our fi rst day with no readings above freezing on Nov. 20, which was also a week later than average.

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The outlook is for a very warm Thanksgiving Day with highs in the 50s. It should then cool off somewhat by the weekend, when there’s a chance of rain, which could turn to snow before ending. Travel problems should be minimal at worst. Then it looks like it will be dry and mild next week, with no cold weather in sight as we move into December. By Jonathan Cohen, Prior Lake observer for the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District

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Grateful for a warm Turkey Day Last week started cold with the fi rst reading of the season in the te en s. Temperatures w a r m e d u p b r i e f l y, t u r ned cold br ie f ly a nd ended up very mild. Jonathan T hese os Cohen cillations balanced out, leaving the week cooler than average by less than 1 degree. Of course, the major weather event was the fi rst measurable precipitation of the month and the fi rst accumulating snowfall of the season on Nov. 19. this was not a major storm, but the first snowstorm of the season always leads to hundreds of accidents in the metro, and this snowfall was no exception, with more

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Give thanks to troops When our troops are deployed around the world, they are often sent to areas that may not have the amenities of home. Things that we take for granted such as hot showers, toiletries, the ability to call home and just normal day-to-day comforts are few and far between for them. The VFW supports many programs to help these young people try to have some sense of normalcy wherever they are. Operation Uplink is a means of ensuring our deployed troops have the ability to call home from time to time. Many troops utilize this program to hear a friendly voice. This program is supported by many organizations and provides thousands of prepaid phone cards around the world. Shoebox collections also help deployed troops. Many of the boxes contain shampoo, cream rinse, toothpaste, shaving cream and other necessities of everyday life. Many schools have also had class projects to write cards and letters of thanks for their service. When you’re deployed in a combat area, something as simple as a smile can be hard to find. Receiving these cards and letters from the students is priceless. It is not uncommon for returning troops to visit the schools and personally thank the students for their thoughts, prayers and thanks. It is important to remind our troops that we support them and appreciate their sacrifices. Recently, there was a welcomehome event at the VFW for a returning soldier. These troops are greeted with open arms and understand-



ing. A lthough they are usua l ly overwhelmed with trying to get back to day-to-day living, the knowledge that there’s someone here to support them and sometimes just listen can be a huge help. The transition from carrying a rifle to carrying a briefcase is a monumental task. We ask that you remember this and perhaps simply say “thank you” to these young people. We still have veterans from previous conflicts who have yet to hear those words. It doesn’t matter if you agree with the reason our troops are deployed somewhere. They weren’t involved in that decision, but they went anyway. I pray that each and every one of them can give thanks with their families in their own homes soon. Lyaman McPherson is a longtime member and past commander of the Prior Lake VFW. To contact the Prior Lake VFW, call (952) 226-6208, e-mail admin@, or visit

Putting Prior Lake on the map Kevin Busse is a long-time resident of Prior Lake. I had coffee with him last week. Kevin read my last column and wanted to share some history about his great, great grandfather, Fred Ellis, a Civil War veteran, who settled near Jeffers Pond and was variously a farmer, businessman and one of Prior Lake’s fi rst constables. Kevin had some excellent family pictures of the family farmstead and the original house. Fred Ellis, unfortunately, was hit by the local passenger train on its run from Shakopee to Prior Lake on Sept. 2, 1909 and died from his injuries the next day. The exact circumstances of the accident are unknown, but Ellis had bad legs and was walking home from town along the tracks at the time of the accident. It’s possible he fell between the rails and was unable to get up and out of the way before the train struck. His wife, Sophia, lived until March 4, 1950, when she passed away and joined him at Spring Lake Cemetery. Kevin invited me to visit the site of the Ellis homestead sometime soon. It’s near Jeffers Pond Elementary at the end of a nature trail. Kevin wants to put up a marker at the site so there is some memory of his great, great grandfather and the farm that was there. Landmarks, like the Ellis farm, are a part of our history and identity. Growing up, I remember another landmark, the Metropolitan Building in downtown Minneapolis. The Metropolitan, with its glass block floors, 12-story atrium and birdcage elevators, was a great stone pile, an 1890 landmark of the Gilded Age, and a monument to its builder, Louis Menage, the fi nancier-speculator who lost it, along with his entire fortune, in the Panic of 1893. Whether it’s the Ellis Farm or the Metropolitan Building, we lose a piece of our history and identity when landmarks are wiped away by change. The loss is more profound in communities like Prior Lake, which were small, largely rural and, therefore, much easier to erase and replace with new development. Compounding the loss is the fact that virtually everyone living here now has no roots in the community and no vocabulary for its history. From talking with Kevin, Della Klingberg and other long-time residents, I’ve learned a lot more about what was once here and what’s been lost. Remembering it in some tangible way would help preserve Prior Lake’s forgotten identity as a rural, resort community. Placing historical markers at important sites, as Kevin suggests, is one possibility. Historical markers are used extensively in other communities. Usually they’re



brass plaques affi xed to a building, or a freestanding sign. Sometimes, they incorporate a photograph. The downside is that markers can be expensive, ranging from $500 for a simple brass plaque to upwards of $2,000 for a freestanding marker. Funding, however, may be available through a Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Grant. The city of Prior Lake, or the Scott County Historical Society, could apply. Other communities have sought support from individual donations, businesses and local service organizations. Another possibility is a gazetteer, or historical map, of Prior Lake. It would be the easiest and quickest to do, would be less costly, and could easily be the first step in a community project that would eventually include historical markers. All of the place and historical information that would be needed can be found at either the Scott County Historical Society or the Prior Lake Library. Very little research would be required. What’s there could be transferred with mapping software to existing city maps and even posted on the city’s website for downloading. The map could also be part of a guidebook. Better yet, the schools could use it in a curriculum on local history. It might even make a good project for Prior Lake students who want to learn more about our community. You may recall how second-graders at Five Hawks Elementary did a marvelous job with the Five Hawks Effigy Mounds. I serve on the board of the Scott County Historical Society and spoke with Kathy Klehr, our executive director. It’s something the society would like to pursue. I would be happy to hear from others who have ideas and would like to get involved. I can be reached by sending an e-mail to John Diers is a Prior Lake resident who spent 40 years working in the transit industry and author of “Twin Cities by Trolley: The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul.”


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Economic security for the 99 percent

I find it hard to believe that anyone would spend large sums of money, year after year, expecting an orange to perform like a baseball. That, in essence, is exactly what politicians and conservative pundits have been doing for 30 years as they use student test performance and international ranking to evaluate and reform America’s education system. The countries with the highest rankings have six very significant factors which have a profound impact on student performance. They are: a national curriculum; a homogeneous ethnic population; heavy emphasis on early childhood education; some form of ability grouping; a majority of students tutored after school at parent expense; and rigid testing at the middle school level with only the top-performing students getting into high school. The other students enter technic a l, com mercia l, secret a ria l or vocational schools. There is tremendous pressure placed on the students to do well. Only the top-performing high school students have a chance at the college/ university system. The U.S. education system incorporates none of the above factors on a national scale. The rest of the industrialized world has designed their education system to hold students accountable for the learning. American politicians (both state and federal level) have wasted billions of dollars experimenting with “reform” that holds the school system accountable for learning. There are enormous problems facing our education system, from the number of children being illprepared to start school, to pricing the middle class out of a college education. America would not have been No. 1 on international test scores when we put men on the moon, and we never will be with our current system. It is time to stop the whining about student ranking, teacher unions, etc. and devote resources and energy, while working with the classroom teachers, to address the real problems of education in America.

National reports indicate that average individual and household incomes are declining as tough economic times continue in our country. This is also true for many Prior Lake residents. But this is not the case for city management in Prior Lake. Despite government belt tightening elsewhere, including Scott County and our public school system, wages and salaries continue to steadily increase in City Hall. Citizens for Accountable Government has reviewed the base salaries for all the full-time nonbargaining unit employees as of the end of September, comparing them to the salaries of those same employees on Jan. 1, 2010. The average change for the group exceeded 7.5 percent during that time frame. City management attributes this to changes in organization, but there are still nearly the same number of employees overall, and there have been no major changes in responsibilities during this time. The city has 21 full-time nonbargaining unit employees. The average base salary for this group is over $ 83,000 per year, plus a generous benefit package. The base salaries of the 10 highest-paid employees averaged $100,800, ranging from $88,000 up to $133,000 for the city manager. In addition, the city manager also receives a $5,400 car allowance. If this sounds outrageous, it’s because it is. But this is what happens when city management is allowed to take care of itself with little or no oversight. It may not seem Minnesota nice to lay these facts on the table during this holiday season, but taxpayers need to be aware of what is happening right here in our community, not just in far-away Washington. The City Council is currently evaluating and preparing to vote on the 2012 budget in two weeks. This is certainly one area that deserves some close scrutiny. We also encourage citizens to carefully watch the budget process. Citizens for Accountable Government encourages you to contact City Council members and let them know how you feel about this and similar issues.

In response to the Nov. 19 letter [Protestors are against freedom], I am reminded by a quote I read by one of the greatest leaders this country ever had. P r e si d e nt F r a n k l i n D e l a n o Roosevelt said, “True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” Occupy Wall Street believes we as the lower and middle class need to actively push our elected officials to create a new slate of economic securities for all Americans. We are facing the similar results, but similar causes that ensued during the Great Depression. In the 1980s and 1990s, our government removed fi nancial regulations like Glass-Stegal, which was a key banking reform measure created during FDR’s administration in the 1930s to prevent similar economic downturns to the Great Depression and the economic crisis we face now. The solution is not more deregulation and austerity measures. I, like FDR, believe to preserve the individual freedoms we all cherish, we must also put a system in place that protects lower- and middle-class families from calamity mitigated by the heedless self interest of a superwealthy few. Un l i ke t he a rg u ment s m ade against Occupy Wall Street and the government intervention in the economy, I believe in order for the United States to survive as a nation, our government has a moral obligation to protect the economic interest of the lower and middle class. The American people realized that back in the early 1930s when over 25 percent of the whole population was unemployed and living in makeshift huts called “Hoovervilles,” and I believe the protestors of Occupy Wall Street see it now today. These protestors are not against freedom. Occupy Wall Street is using a freedom in democracy called the right to assemble to stand up for economic security, which is a necessity in ensuring freedom.

Glen L. Weber Prior Lake

Richard E. Felch Chairman, Citizens for Accountable Government Prior Lake

Josh D. Ondich Prior Lake

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I’m not much of a shopper … more of a buyer. I don’t spend a lot of time trying to find the best deal; usually when I decide I want something, I just go get it. However, I do have a great time wandering around shopping malls (“just looking, thank you”). This is true especially this time of year, and this time of year comes earlier and earlier, both on the calendar and on the clock. I have found from experience, however, that Black Friday is not the day to do casual browsing. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, is the day that puts stores “in the black” on their ledger sheets. But now more and more of the major stores are opening for business on Thanksgiving Day. By doing this, they hope to get a jump on the season by luring the shoppers in with the promise of before-Christmas bargains (some quantities limited and the stores reserve the right to run out of the item before you get there).



Unhappy with this arrangement are the employees of the stores that are open for business on Thanksgiving. They would like to have this time to spend with their families. Imagine. Thomas Lee, a writer for the Star Tribune, recently wrote about this trend in retailing. He quoted executives from three major stores: Macy’s — “People want to shop through the night.” Walmart — “Our customers told us they would rather stay up late to shop than get up early, so we’re going

to hold special events on Thanksgiving …” Toys ‘R’ Us — “We know our customers like to get an early start on their Black Friday shopping, so we’re … opening our stores at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.” Lee goes on to say that he finds it difficult to believe that customers are actually demanding that Thanksgiving Day should be a day to commence commerce. But for a moment, let’s say that consumers really are insisting on more hours to shop, and since the customer is always right, we must do what they say. But why stop there? To satisfy the growing demands of the customers, I propose that every store, every office (public and private), and every school be open every hour of every day (no exceptions). We could solve our economic woes with such a new world order. Everyone who wanted a job would have one as the buildings that never close would need to hire more workers. People would have more money to buy stuff, and factories would be running at

full production just to keep up with the demand. Of course, there would be no time for anything else. We think nothing of going to a store on Sunday to buy just about anything, but not too many years ago, that was quite unusual. In the movie “That Thing You Do,” set in 1964, Mr. Patterson, the owner of a small store, became quite annoyed while reading a competitor’s advertisement in the newspaper: “Open Saturday 10 to 10. Open Sunday 12 to 6 … open on Sunday from 12 to 6! You know, I don’t believe I want to live in a country where you have to stay open on Sunday to do business. You shouldn’t have to work on Sunday to support your family.” That’s right, Mr. Patterson, and you shouldn’t have to work on Thanksgiving, either. I am going to stay away from the stores on Thanksgiving. I’m not sure about Friday, though. Jerry Kucera is a Sand Creek Township resident. Read his past columns on his blog:

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The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is gearing up for its annual “Making Spirits Bright,” a holiday season brimming with merriment, music and make-believe. The celebration begins Friday, Nov. 25 with 12 storybookthemed decorated trees in the Oswald Visitor Center and Snyder Building. Sit down with the kids by your favorite tree and listen as the elves and helpers tell your favorite holiday stories. Story times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 25-27; Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 26-31. Drop i n ever y Sat u rday a nd Su nd ay at t he L e a r ning Center for free, hands-on family activities designed for your family to do together at

your own pace. On December weekends, the theme is “Gifts from the Bees.” Free with gate admission. The Arboretum is a shopper’s destination on Dec. 3-4 for one-of-a-kind natural treasures, f loral arrangements, wreaths, ornaments, textile arts and more. Or shop for handcrafted herbal gifts at the Minnesota Herb Society Sale in the Visitor Center. E njoy a n old - f a s h ione d horse-drawn sleigh ride from the Oswald Visitor Center to the Learning Center and back. Every 15 minutes from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4, 10 and 11. Cost is $3. Gather the little ones for a visit with Santa Claus and have

their photo taken from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Dec 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18. $5 per photo. Check out live music in the Oswald Visitor Center: Holiday Heralds of the Minnesota Chorale, Saturday, Nov. 26, 1:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. Twin Cities Bronze Handbells Concert, Sunday, Nov. 27, 1-2:30 p.m., MacMillan Auditorium. Minnetonka Chamber Choir, Saturday, Dec. 3, 11-11:30 a.m. and noon-12:30 p.m. Celebration Brass, Saturday, Dec. 3, 1:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. F Sharp Keyboard Duo Gigi and Freya, Sunday, Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m. -noon and 12:30-1 p.m.

OVation, Sunday, Dec. 4, 1:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. Minnetonka Choral Society, Saturday, Dec. 10, 11-11:30 a.m. and noon-12:30 p.m. Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra’s sing-along ‘Messiah’, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2-4 p.m. Arbor Bells. Saturday, Dec. 17, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Holiday Heralds of the Minnesota Chorale, Saturday, Dec. 17, 1:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. Waconia High School Select Chamber Choir,Sunday, Dec. 18, 1:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. For more information on any of the above events, check the website at www.arboretum. or call (952) 443-1400.


Locally grown entertainment Rave: “Prior Lake High School’s production of ‘Footloose’ was an all-around successful production. The students embraced their respective roles in every area of musical production. Who needs the Hollywood remake of this classic? There was good reason for the standing ovation. Thank you to all the students involved in this production for giving us a reason to smile (and cut loose), the directors, the school district, the Patrons of the Arts and Activities, the volunteers, for providing us entertaining theater locally. We have had many state recognitions of our sports teams this fall. Is it possible one of our own could be a future Tony Award winner?”

Wrong turn, right time Rave: Sandy writes: “The police were in the right place at the right time. The Oakland Beach/Zinran Avenue/Highway 13 intersection changed a year or so ago, enforcing ‘no left turn’ onto Zinran when southbound on 13. They made this change because it was one of the most dangerous intersections in the area and it slowed up traffic on 13. Last Saturday at 8 a.m., I was making a right turn onto 13 off Oakland. There was another car next to me wanting to either go left onto 13 or cross over onto Zinran. There were two cars stopped on 13 wanting to make an illegal left turn onto Zinran. They had traffic backed up. I honked my horn, catching their attention, and pointed for them to go straight and not turn. They saw me but ignored my suggestion. Probably a good thing they did, because the third vehicle behind them was the Savage police, and the lights came on just as they made their turn. The person in the car next to me and I cheered. Thank you, Savage police, for being there when we needed you.”


‘Thanks’ in many ways Rave: In anticipation of Turkey Day, I spoke to two friends about our favorite foods on our families’ menus

for the event. Not only did we all have different dishes of choice, but we found little overlap between what would sit on our tables for Thanksgiving dinner. To me, it was a great reminder of all that is great about the holiday: The unique traditions each family – or set of friends – shares on that special day, be it listening to music during the meal, going around the table to list what each member is thankful for or eating a dish from a different culture. I love that Thanksgiving is a holiday for all but is expressed differently at each table. To me, it’s a great metaphor for America and the world. – Meryn Fluker

Music that’s ‘Spot’ on Rave: I finally jumped on the Spotify bandwagon this week, and I don’t think I’ll ever get off. The online service allows anyone to stream any song in the Spotify catalogue for free – provided you don’t mind listening to a few ads between tunes. Imagine a free version of iTunes. While the music selection is impressive and growing every day – with plenty of new releases to boot – the thing I’ve enjoyed most about Spotify is being able to listen to comedy and spoken-word albums, which can be difficult to find in full. I still love paying for music and having physical albums, but Spotify is certainly an attractive alternative. – Meryn Fluker Do you have a rant or a rave? Send us your musings: E-mail: Address: Prior Lake American, Attn: Rants and Raves, P.O. Box 538, Prior Lake, MN, 55372 Guidelines: Reader rants and raves should be no more than 200 words. The deadline is noon each Wednesday. Rants and raves that are potentially libelous will not be printed or will be edited. Submissions will not be refused because staff disagrees with their content. Anonymous submissions are acceptable; however, including a contact name and/or phone number is helpful for staff, who may have questions about the submission. Rants and raves may be edited as space requires. All publication decisions will be made by the editor.


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Thanksgiving weekend calls for extra DWI enforcement Added servings of DWI enforcement will be dished out in the Twin Cities during Thanksgiving, historically one of the year’s deadliest holiday travel periods. E n for c ement fo c u s wa s planned on Thanksgiving eve, Nov. 23, and the holiday weekend. The effort is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety. In Minnesota during the Thanksgiving travel period (Wednesday through Sunday), from 2008 to 2010, 16 people

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illegal substance inside it. Property damage Nov. 19: A man in the 15100 block of Wood Duck Trail reported that someone had toilet papered his house. Nov. 19: A man in the 3300 block of Fox Tail Trail reported that his house had been shot by paintballs, denting his garage door. Stolen vehicle Nov. 20: A 24-year-old Minneapolis man and a 25-yearold Minneapolis woman were arrested for being in possession of stolen property after an officer ran the license plate for the car they were in, discovered it was stolen and followed it to Mystic Lake Casino. Theft Nov. 17: A Prior Lake woman reported that she had placed approximately 27 boxes of books on her doorstep as she was preparing to donate them to charity, and while she was inside, two men had loaded the boxes into a red sedan and left. The case is under investigation. Nov. 18: A man reported that his $800 cell phone was stolen while he was playing games at Mystic Lake Casino. The man said he set the phone down for a short period, and when he went to retrieve it, the phone was gone. Nov. 19: A man reported that a DVD, power cord, phone charger and headset were stolen from his vehicle while it was parked in the 14200 block of Shady Beach Trail. Nov. 20: A woman reported that a black bag and haircutting equipment, valued at $260, were stolen from her vehicle while it was parked in the 16500 block of Tranquility Court. The suspect gained entry by smashing a window out of the vehicle, causing $300 in damage. Nov. 20: A woman reported that a purse and $10 in cash were stolen from her unlocked vehicle while it was parked in the 16500 block of Tranquility Court. Nov. 20: A woman reported that a cell phone, cell phone charger and garage door opener were stolen from her vehicle while it was parked in the 16500 block of Tranquility Court. Nov. 20: A woman reported that an iPod and Nook ereader were stolen from her vehicle while it was parked in the 3900 block of Green Heights Trail. The suspect gained entry by smashing a side window. Warrants Nov. 16: A 28-year-old Edina man was arrested and jailed on a Hennepin County warrant for fifth-degree assault.

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The Prior Lake Police Department responded to the following incidents Nov. 16-22. This is not a comprehensive list of all incidents to which the department responded. Assault Nov. 16: A 43-year-old man in the 4100 block of Willowwood Street was arrested at his place of employment after police received a report that he assaulted the mother of his child earlier at his home. Crash Nov. 17: A commercial truck allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Highway 13 and South Park Drive and struck a car, causing the car’s driver to be thrown from the vehicle. The woman was transported to the hospital and was said to have suffered a broken leg and some bumps and bruises. Nov. 22: While transporting a suspect to jail, a Prior Lake police officer’s patrol vehicle struck a deer on Marschall Road near Wood Duck Trail. Minor damage was done to the patrol vehicle’s side-view mirror and rear driver-side door. DWI Nov. 19: A 33-year-old Prior Lake man was arrested for fourth-degree driving while impaired (DWI) and driving without a valid Minnesota driver’s license after being stopped on Five Hawks Avenue near Willowwood Street for swerving. Also, as the man was supposed to be contacting a lawyer while at the police station, he instead called his girlfriend, who has a domestic abuse no-contact order against him. The man was subsequently charged with violating a domestic abuse no-contact order. The man’s blood alcohol content is pending as authorities await the results of a urine test. Narcotics Nov. 16: As officers arrested a 37-year-old man at his home in the 2100 block of Sioux Trail for two Scott County warrants and one Hennepin County warrant, they found him to be in possession of 0.3 grams of methamphetamine and 5.5 grams of marijuana. Nov. 17: Police received a report of subjects smoking marijuana at Mystic Lake Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd. A marijuana pipe was seized and destroyed, and the subjects were escorted off the property. No charges were filed. Nov. 18: A 17-year-old boy from Prior Lake was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia after a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to a vehicle in the parking lot of Bridges Area Learning Center, 15875 Franklin Trail. After searching the car, police found a pipe that appeared to have the residue of an

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The FBI provided this surveillance photo from the Nov. 22 bank robbery in Minneapolis.

Man in black strikes seventh time BY ALEX HALL

A masked gunman with a similar description to those who robbed banks in Prior Lake and Shakopee, as well as four others in recent weeks, robbed a Minneapolis bank Tuesday afternoon. The man entered Bremer Bank, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., at approximately 1:30 p.m. He showed the teller a gun and demanded cash. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, he exited the bank and entered a parking ramp, where he escaped in a white 2005-2008 crossover-style vehicle. The man was described as white, approximately 5 foot 10

inches, with a thin build. He appeared to be in his late 20s to early 30s. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black shoes and a black ski mask. While his description matches six other Minnesota bank robberies that occurred in the last month, the getaway vehicle in the Arden Hills robbery on Nov. 13 was a cream-colored Mitsubishi Galant. Similar descriptions were provided in the robberies of Prior Lake State Bank on Oct. 22, Paragon Bank in Shakopee on Nov. 1, First National Bank of the Lakes in Richfield on Nov. 4 and both the Richfield Blooming ton Credit Union in Bloomington and Premier

Bank of Albertville on Nov. 9. However, the FBI isn’t ready to say if they are dealing with one suspect or multiple suspects in the string of robberies. In the morning robbery at the Rich field Blooming ton Credit Union, the robber didn’t get away with any cash. That afternoon, the suspect fled on foot into a swampy area after robbing the Albertville bank. Schools in the Albertville/ St. Michael school district were briefly locked down while authorities searched for the man. Anyone with information on the robberies is urged to contact the FBI at (612) 376-3200. Shannon Fiecke contributed to this report.

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Uncharted state waters Relays, Yaeger lead PL to best-ever finish The Prior Lake girls swimming team relied on its relays in the fi nals of the Class AA state swim meet Nov. 19. Three swims, three new school records; and the Lakers were in uncharted waters, fi nishing in the top 10 in the team standings for the first time ever as a Class 2A program. Prior Lake had two relays in the top seven and junior Alex Yaeger had yet another top-five fi nish in the 100-yard butterfly at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Lakers ended up ninth in the team standings with 105 points. Edina won the title in dominating fashion winning with 316 points, well ahead of runner-up Minnetonka (188). Stillwater was third (171). “In the past, the girls had a goal of simply making it to state,” said Lakers coach Katie Haycraft. “But this year, with the amount of talent on the team, we wanted to go there and make a name for


ourselves.” Yaeger finished fourth in the butterfly with a time of 56.87 seconds. She was third last year in that event, fi fth in 2008 and seventh in 2009. Yaeger still hasn’t been able to break her own school record of 56.20 in which she set at state as an eighth-grader. But she did set a new school mark in the 500 freestyle, fi nishing ninth with a time of 5:06.61. The old mark was 5:09.63 set by Kim Kazika in 2005.



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Prior Lake sophomore Monica Banasikowski anchored the Lakers’ 200 medley relay to a thirdplace finish at state.

“I’m happy for Alex,” said Haycraft. “She swam a perfect race (in the 500). I think that was one of the best swims she’s had all season.” All three of the Lakers’ relays set new school records at the Section 2AA meet Nov. 11. And then they broke them again in the state fi nals. Yeager, junior Elizabeth Hartell and sophomores Monica Banasikowski and Taylor Dessler teamed up in the 200 medley relay and finished third with a time of 1:47.54. Banasikowski, sophomores Kendra Lair and Elizabeth Cunningham and eighth-grader Lauren Harris fi nished seventh in the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.06), while the 400 freestyle team of Yaeger, Banasikowski,

WRESTLING Dec. 2: vs. Apple Valley, 7 p.m. Dec. 3: at Hastings Duals, 9:30 p.m.

DANCELINE Nov. 29: SSC Meet at Prior Lake, 7:15 p.m. Note: Prior Lake competes in the South Suburban Conference with nine other schools: Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville South, Lakeville North, Eastview, Rosemount, Bloomington Jefferson, Bloomington Kennedy and Eagan. For more on the second-year league, go to www. PHOTOS BY TOM SCHARDIN

Prior Lake junior Alex Yaeger finished fourth in the 100yard butterfly at the Class AA state meet Nov. 19. She was also ninth in the 500 freestyle. Cunningham and Lair ended up 11th (3:36.66). Meanwhile, Banasikowski set a new school record in the 50 freestyle, breaking Kelly Flanagan’s old mark of 24.63 set back in 1982. Banasikowski

ended up 12th with a time of 24.50. Cunningham and Hartell a l so h ad con sol ation he at swims. Cunningham fi nished

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Elevated expectations Lakers ready to compete with the elite BY TOM SCHARDIN


Prior Lake senior Sydney Notermann will be one to watch for the Lakers this winter.

Hopes are high Senior will lead Lakers BY TOM SCHARDIN

The Prior Lake gymnastics team is hoping for a healthier, more productive season. The Lakers were beset by injuries last year and they took their toll late in the season. “We have a very strong core returning,” said Lakers coach Barb Kass. “We need to work on improving our difficulty and cleaning up (our routines). We should have a great varsity lineup on all four events. However, much of our junior varsity is new to gymnastics, so we will be working on a lot of basics.” Last season, Prior Lake had 24 underclassmen on its 26-person roster. Kass said the team lost a few gymnasts to cheerleading, so there will be some new faces. Senior Sydney Notermann is not one of them. She’s the Lakers top returner, just missing qualifying for state on the balance beam last year at the Section 2AA meet. The top four qualify and Notermann finished fifth with a score of 9.15, which was .15 from fourth place. Notermann qualified for state on the balance beam as a

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The Prior Lake boys hockey program earned some welldeserved respect last year. The season the Lakers are expecting to make an even bigger leap toward elite status. “We are expecting to have a very good season,” said thirdyear Lakers coach Joe Pankratz. “We have a really good group back. We improved so much in the second half of last season. The expectations have been raised significantly.” What kind of leap can the Lakers expect from last season where they went 9-14-4 overall and won their first-ever section quarterfinal game since becoming a Class 2A program? Can the Lakers compete for a South Suburban Conference (SSC) title? Can they compete for a Section 2AA crown? Pankratz thinks so. The Lakers beat Holy Angels 4-3 last year in the section quarterfi nals before falling to Edina 5-0 in the semifinals. Prior Lake was 0 -20 versus Holy Angels dating back to 2001 when the two teams played twice a year in the Missota Conference. In fact, the Stars had won the previous 10 games by a combined margin of 74-5. “We’ll remember last year for that Holy Angels win, but not for the Edina game,” said Pankratz. “The Edina game was a great learning experience for our kids. “But we were not mentally prepared to play Edina,” added Pankratz. “In the locker room before the game, our coaches could sense we were not mentally ready to play in that kind environment. It was a step up. We’d never been there before.” The Lakers return six of their top seven scorers, three defensemen and their No. 1 goalie. Senior forward Matt Crist led the Lakers last year with 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists). Senior Kyle Krueger led the defense with 10 goals and 15 assists. Senior Thomas Vidmar (5 goals, 14 assists) and senior Tim Mueller (7 goals, 9 assists) will also provide scoring punch, along with junior Austin Hill (7 goals, 6 assists), seniors Derek Johnson and Matthew Gabbard and junior Dylan Zins. Ju nior Joey K leven and sophomore Connor Bump return to join Krueger on defense.

What’s on Tap for the Lakers Nov. 29: at Minnetonka, 7 p.m. Dec. 2: at White Bear Lake, 7 p.m.

“We wanted to go there and make a name for ourselves.”



Winter Sports State Polls GIRLS HOCKEY CLASS AA 1. Minnetonka 2. Benilde-St. Margaret’s 3. Edina 4. Roseville 5. Hill-Murray 6. White Bear Lake 7. Stillwater Area 8. Eden Prairie 9. Elk River/Zimmerman 10. Lakeville South

WRESTLING CLASS AAA 1. Apple Valley 2. St. Michael-Albertville 3. Hastings 4. Forest Lake 5. Coon Rapids 6. Owatonna 7. Cambridge-Isanti 8. White Bear Lake Area 9. Albert Lea Area 10. Anoka 11. Prior Lake 12. Centennial

Did you Know? The Prior Lake girls swimming team earned its best-ever finish (ninth) at the Class AA state swim meet Nov. 19, breaking five school records in the process. Here’s a look at the program’s all-time records. 200 medley relay: Elizabeth Hartell, Alex Yaeger, Taylor Dessler and Monica Banasikowski, 1:47.54, 2011 200 freestyle: Yaeger, 1:55.09, 2009 200 individual medley: Yaeger, 2:09.46, 2010 50 freestyle: Banasikowski, 24.50, 2011 Diving (6): Thea Hoeg, 279.40 points, 1996 Diving (11): Jana Schaumann, 422.00, 1977 100 butterfly: Yaeger, 56.20, 2008 100 freestyle: Kelly Flanagan, 53.39, 1982 500 freestyle: Yaeger, 5:06.61, 2011 200 freestyle relay: Banasikowski, Lauren Harris, Elizabeth Cunningham and Kendra Lair, 1:38.06, 2011 100 backstroke: Keeli McNear y, 57.81, 2009 100 breaststroke: Kim Kazika, 1:05.12, 2005 400 freestyle relay: Yaeger, Banasikowski, Cunningham and Lair, 3:36.66, 2011


Prior Lake senior Thomas Vidmar had five goals and 14 assists last season in helping the Lakers win their first-ever section quarterfinal game since becoming a Class 2A program.


Pankratz said not only does his team have good speed, but it has size. All five of the Lakers’ defensemen are over six feet. “These kids really dedicated themselves in the offseason,” said Pankratz. “We’re stronger and bigger. We’re more confident.” The Lakers might also have one of the top goalies in the conference in senior Kyle Miller. He had 14 games of 30 -plus saves last year, finishing with a 3.87 goals-against average with one shutout. “Kyle looks solid,” said Pank-

ratz. “He also really dedicated himself in the offseason. He’s strong mentally, which goalies need to be.” Prior Lake started last season 2-8-1. It lost at Burnsville 12-0. It lost at Eagan 9-1. It lost to Bloomington Jefferson 6-2. It lost at Apple Valley 7-0. But the second time through the conference schedule, the L a ke r s m a d e bi g s t r id e s . They beat Jefferson (4-2), took Burnsville to overtime losing 3-2 and played Eagan (3-1) and Apple Valley (3-0) much tougher. Prior Lake finished with 5-11-2 record in its fi rst season in the SSC. Pankratz said Eagan is the con ference favorite, whi le Burnsville will be strong again. After that, he feels it’s pretty open with Lakeville South and

“Our goals are much bigger now.”

You can also follow Prior Lake High School sports online at www.scoreboard. mn. Catch all of the breaking news, browse photo galleries and keep up with your favorite Laker teams, plus more via the Web.

Joe Pankratz Lakers coach Bloomington Jefferson also having strong teams. “We definitely feel we can be in the upper half of the conference,” said Pankratz. “It’s really competitive. We took our lumps last year early, but we improved and we competed. Our goals are much bigger now.” The Lakers will open the season Thursday, Dec. 1 at Woodbu r y in a non-leag ue game at 7 p.m. Prior Lake opens the conference season Dec. 10 at Lakeville North.

Facebook & Twitter Did you know Prior Lake High School sports are also available on two popular social networking sites, Facebook and Twitter.

Contact us To contact Prior Lake American sports editor Tom Schardin send an email to sports@swpub. com or call (952) 345-6379.

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Hardwood grit Lakers eager to show what they can do BY TOM SCHARDIN

The Prior Lake girls basketball team may not be the deepest or most talented team in the state. But nobody is going to outwork the Lakers. No team will compete harder. “We bring our lunch pail to every game,” said third-year Lakers coach Mike Gidley. “If you play us, you better bring yours. Our kids are resilient and hard-working and they always compete hard.” The Lakers have won 36 games in Gidley’s first two seasons, including a 15-12 mark last year (12-6 in the South Suburban Conference). Prior Lake struggled out of the gate a year ago, losing seven of its fi rst nine games. There were two main reasons for the slow start – the Lakers’ tough schedule and injuries. Senior Molly Simpkins tore a knee ligament in the Lakers’ third game and missed the rest of the season. “It took us some to get used to playing without Molly,” said Gildey. “Her toughness and intangibles were invaluable to the team. It’s not easy to replace that.” Prior Lake was able to recover, winning 12 of 14 to start the New Year. The Lakers were stopped in the Section 2AAAA quarterfi nals, losing at Bloomington Kennedy 57-50. Prior Lake lost three starters from last year, including Megan Pold, who left as the program’s all-team leading rebounder (1,067) and fi fth leading scorer (1,087). Junior forward Tif faney Flaata will become the go-to player inside for the Lakers. She averaged 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds last year. Senior Alyssa Eschrich will also need to step up on the inside. She can knock down the three (27 of them last year), but Gidley said she’ll need to rebound more this winter. “Tiffaney played on an elite AAU team this past summer and that helped with her speed

Prior Lake High School has scheduled three invites for Saturday, Dec. 10. The wrestling team will host the annual Ron Edwards Classic in the high school gym starting at 9:30 a.m. It’s a dual tournament with Montgomery-Lonsdale, Farmington and Simley in the field. Simley is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 2A, while the Lakers are ranked No. 11 in Class 3A. At Twin Oaks Middle School, the Prior Lake gymnastics team will be hosting its annual invitational starting at 11:30 p.m. Teams in the field are: East Ridge, Edina, Hopkins, Faribault and Watertown-Mayer. Starting at noon, the Prior Lake boys swimming team will be the host of its eight-team invitational. Teams in the field are: Apple Valley, Cretin-Derham Hall, Shakopee, Watertown-Mayer, White Bear Lake Area, St. Thomas Academy and Farmington.

Don Shelby to tip off PL’s hoop season Don Shelby, the legendary news anchor of WCCO, will appear at the Prior Lake boys and girls basketball teams’ fi rst-ever “Midnight Madness” event to tip off the start of the high school season. The event is set for Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school gym. “Midnight Madness” will be a joint effort between the boys and girls programs, along with teams from Prior Lake Athletics for Youth (P.L.A.Y.). Shelby will be there to share his stories and life lessons of basketball as a player, coach, fan and advocate of the game that he’s grown up with. Many of the stories are in Shelby’s book, “The Season Never Ends.”

South Metro Storm Swim registration PHOTO BY TOM SCHARDIN

Prior Lake junior Tiffaney Flaata averaged 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds last season.


and skill,” said Gidley. “She’s more confident. She can be a big-time player. She’s already getting attention from colleges. “It’s her time now,” added Gidley. Eschrich averaged 5.6 points in her third varsity season. Gidley said Eschrich looks more confident and eager to have a bigger role. “Alyssa has come in with a different attitude,” said Gidley. “She works very hard. She can shoot. There’s no doubt about that. I think her confidence has grown. She’s become more of a leader.” Junior Deanna Busse and senior Lauren Busse will also have expanded roles in the backcour t alongside Simp kins. “The key for us will be stay-

ing healthy,” said Gidley. “If we stay healthy, we’ll keep getting better. We’ll have some younger kids up from the junior varsity who will get significant minutes. We hope to play eight to 10 kids.” Prior Lake also plays a tough non - c on fer enc e s che du le , which includes Minnetonka, White Bear Lake, Class 3A power New Prague, Eden Prairie (state runner-up last year) and defending Class 4A state champion Hopkins. The Lakers will face Hopkins in the fi rst round of the Dick Sporting Good’s Holiday Classic Dec. 28. “We take on all-comers,” said Gidley. “We want to play the best teams in the state. That’s how we like to do it. That’s how you get better. “And our conference is very tough; there are no easy games in our league,” added Gidley. The Lakers open the season on the road Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Minnetonka at 7 p.m. Prior Lake plays at White Bear Lake Friday Dec. 2, before facing Eden Prairie in its home opener Dec. 8.

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Prior Lake sophomores Elizabeth Cunningham (photo, left) and Kendra Lair helped the Lakers’ 200 freestyle relay team finish seventh at the Class AA state meet Nov. 19.

Prior Lake junior Elizabeth Hartell (photo, left) and sophomore Taylor Dessler helped the Lakers’ 200 medley relay team take third at state.

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13th the 200 freestyle (1:55.19) and Hartell ended up 13th in the 100 backstroke (59.87). Harris also competed in the backstroke, fi nishing 24th (1:00.80) in the prelims Nov. 18. “We went into the meet with a goal of finishing in the top 10,” said Haycraft. “The girls knew what they had to do to make that happen. It’s fun to think that they will all be returning next year.”

Three Laker invites are set for Dec. 10

Prior Lake eighth-grader Lauren Harris prepares to hit the water in the 200 freestyle relay.

sophomore, fi nishing 30th. Notermann ended up 14th in the all-around at sections last year. She will be looking to move up this year. “ I f Syd ney c a n st ay hea lt hy, she has a g reat chance as an all-arounder,” said Kass. Junior Bridgett Smith and sophomore Angela Noer will also be ones to watch, along with seventh-grader Kailey Dobransky, a newcomer to the team who has competed at the club level. “Kailey is a very talented gymnasts and I’m excited to see how she does,” said Kass. Meanwhile, Section 2AA also got a facelift. Out is perennial power Eden Prairie, but in comes another traditional power in Lakeville North. Blooming ton Jef ferson also remains in the section. Other teams include: Apple Va l ley, Eastview, Lakeville South, Chanhassen and Bloomington Kennedy. “The new section will be tough for us,” said Kass. “We will be competing against Jefferson and the Lakeville teams, all gymnastics powerhouses. Fortunately, Eden Prairie has moved out. They have always been tough competition. “I’m hoping for another fun season, scoring in the upper 130s to lower 140s,” said Kass. Prior Lake scored 135.025 at the section meet last year to fi nish fi fth. Other gymnastics back who are expected to contribute to the Lakers are seniors Morgan Sturm and Jamie Stang and sophomore Tiffaney Harsted. Prior Lake opens its season Dec. 8 in a dual meet at home versus Mankato West at 6 p.m.


The South Metro Storm Swim Club will start its 14-week winter swimming and diving season Monday, Nov. 28. Participants can register online at until Dec. 5 or at the fi rst week of practice. Practices are regularly scheduled for all age groups including Adult Masters at Hidden Oaks and Twin Oaks Middle Schools in Prior Lake and Kenwood Trail and McGuire Middle Schools in Lakeville. Diving will beheld up to three times a week for 1-2 hours. Learn to Dive Programs will also be offered. For more info and practice schedules go to the Website. If interested, please leave your contact information on the STORM hotline at (952) 953-7789 or email

DNR seeks public input on ruffed grouse Citizens interested in Minnesota ruffed grouse and the habitat that supports them can now provide input on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) proposed ruffed grouse long-range management plan. The public comment period, which is available online – – ends Dec. 19. With an average annual harvest rate of 519,000 grouse during the past 10 years, Minnesota is one of the nation’s top three ruffed grouse states. The average hunter harvests five birds each year in Minnesota. Annual total harvests have reached 1.2 million birds during peak years. Minnesota leads the nation in aspen-birch forest type, the preferred habitat of ruffed grouse, and offers more than 11 million acres of federal, state and county land open to public hunting, much of it located within the primary grouse range. The draft plan’s long-range vision for ruffed grouse in Minnesota includes sufficient quantity, quality and distribution of habitat to support robust grouse populations throughout the species’ range in the state. The plan also addresses maintaining grouse hunter numbers, and provides for quality habitat to support healthy ruffed grouse populations throughout their range. “Our goal is to ensure the viability of ruffed grouse and their forest habitat, manage grouse as an integral part of Minnesota’s forested landscapes, and encourage and promote hunting and observation of ruffed grouse in their natural habitat,” said Cynthia Osmundson, forest wildlife program leader. Public input will be reviewed and considered in January. The fi nal Minnesota ruffed grouse management plan, to be completed in February, will help guide ruffed grouse management during the next 10 years.

Prior Lake Area Running Club The Prior Lake Area Running Club meets weekly for group runs and also has guest speakers and can provide discounts at local running stores. All levels of runners and joggers are welcome. You don’t have to be from Prior Lake to join the club. For more information contact Doug Krohn at doug.

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



Prior Lake’s Kristy Browman and her teammates opened the competition season Nov. 22 in a conference meet at Lakeville South.

Danceline: Lakers start the season The Prior Lake dance team opened its competition season Nov. 22 in a high kick-precision South Suburban Conference meet at Lakeville South. The Lakers competed against nine other schools with Burnsville winning and defending Class A A A state champion Eastview taking second. Prior Lake will be the host of the next conference performance, which is set for Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:15 p.m. It’s another high kick event. There are two conference jazz funk meets set for Dec. 6 at Rosemount and Dec. 12 at Apple Valley. The conference championships will be held Dec. 17 at Eagan. Seniors on the Prior Lake team this year are: Ali Ruba, Danai Hennen, Jordyn Sammis and Kristi Browman. The Section 1AAA competition will be held Feb. 11 at Bloomington Kennedy. This year’s Class AAA state meet is set for Feb. 17-18 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Girls hockey: PL starts season 0-2-1 The Prior Lake girls hockey team broke its scoreless drought in its fi rst South Suburban Conference game Nov. 22. The Lakers earned a 2-2 overtime tie at home versus Rosemount, scoring both goals in the second period. Once again, sophomore Lexi Brant was stellar between the pipes. She recorded her third straight game of 30-plus saves, fi nishing with 35. Prior Lake went into the game on the heels of back-toback shutout losses, including 6-0 at Centennial Nov. 19. Meanwhile, Rosemount led 1-0 after the first period and took a 2-0 lead with a goal 5:20 into the second period. The Lakers rallied with two goals, ending their streak of 10 straight periods without a goal that dated back to the Section 2AA playoffs last year. Ninth-grader Lindsey Harris and senior Britney Schulz tallied for the Lakers. Senior Mackenzie Brant and sophomore Amber Galles each had assists. Brant finished with 35 saves. Prior Lake was outshot 37-24. Against Centennial, Brant fi nished with 42 saves, getting outshot 47-9. Prior Lake returns to conference action Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Eastview at 6 p.m.

Two Lakers sign college tenders


Tourney winners The Prior Lake Athletics for Youth (P.L.A.Y) Navy, an eighth-grade traveling boys basketball team, recently took first place in the Lakeville South and Minnetonka tournaments. The team members are, front row, from left: Jared Johnson, Drew Hirsch and Keegan Bloedel. Second row: Ross Roiger, Jake Simonson, Connor Greives, Evan Miller and Zach Keller. Third row: Coaches Pam Bloedel, Jeff Keller and Eric Miller.

Seniors A lyssa Eschrich and Mitch Holm signed their national letters of intent Nov. 9 to play Division II in their respective sports. Eschrish will play college basketball next winter at the St. Cloud State University. Holm will play golf at Winona State University. Eschrich is entering her four th varsity season. She averaged 5.6 points and 3.6 rebounds last year in the team’s 15-12 season. She also made 27 three-pointers. Holm has been one of the Lakers’ top players the last couple of seasons. He helped the 2010 team earn its firstever trip to state as a team, winning the Section 2AAA title. The team ended up fi fth at state with Holm fi nishing eighth.

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Cynthia Hicks, formally of Carver, peacefully passed away Tuesaday, Nov. 15, 2011 at the age of 46 as the result of a stroke. She had her loving family by her side. Cynthia is survived by her four children, Tonya, Andrea, Cory and Karissa; five grandchildren; grandmother, Jennie; parents, Nick and Sally; siblings, Patricia, Marsi, Jeff and Lori. She was preceded in death by her sister Lorie (Cody) The Fellowship of Christian Home Educators co-op meets from Naglus. Cynthia was a treasured blessing and gift to all those who 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday at Friendship Church, 12800 Marystown knew her and now a perfect gift to the Lords Kingdom. Road, Shakopee. Classrooms, gymnasium, nursery and auditorium space have Service was held at St Nicholas Catholic Church in Carver, Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m., preceded by visitation at 3 p.m. been reserved.

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Dorothy Hanson, 85, formerly of Shakopee. Dorothy was born to Floyd S. and Floy A. Davis March 24, 1926 on a farm near Lake Crystal, MN. She was one of seven children who grew up on farms near Mankato. On June 12, 1948 she married Ervin Hanson (AKA Lefty) in Fulda, MN and moved to Shakopee in 1957, where they raised their children, Steve and Barb. Lefty retired from the phone company in 1975 and they moved to Lake Miltona, which was where they had spent weekends and vacations for over 15 years. They purchased a small house on the lake and lived their dream life, fishing and entertaining friends and family. They wintered in Las Vegas for a few years before Lefty passed away in 1997, and Dorothy soon moved back to Shakopee, where she remained until 2005, and she resided for the next six years at Trinity Care Center in Farmington. Dorothy is survived by her son, Steve and Carol Hanson of Farmington; daughter, Barb and Rick Stein of Kilkenny; grandchildren, Dawn Smith, Jeff Hanson (Dana), Eric Hanson, and Angie Stein; great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Gavin Hanson, Dan Smith (Heather), Amanda Smith; greatgranddaughter, Lilian Strong; sisters, Marge Pasbrig, Donna Morris, and Evelyn (Herb) TeGantvoort; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her infant son, David Jerome; parents; husband, Ervin; brother, Gernard; sisters, Emma Holm, and Ruby Thweatt. Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m. at Ballard Sunder Funeral Home in Shakopee. Visitation prior to service, and reception afterward. Funeral arrangements by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Shakopee 952 445-1202.

Kathryn Marschall, 84, of Shakopee, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at Emerald Crest, Shakopee. She was born in Chaska, Feb. 24, 1927 to Charles and Lorena (Rief) Krayna. She married Elmer Marschall, Aug. 25, 1948 in Chaska. Kathryn was a graduate of Guardian Angels School in Chaska and attended Parisian School of Beauty Culture in Minneapolis. Kathryn was a member of St. Mark’s Council of Catholic Women. She enjoyed cooking, baking, reading and most of all gathering with family and friends. A devoted wife and mother, she generously opened her heart and home to others. She is survived by children: Steve, Mary (Steve) Olson, Jeanne (Robert) Hoyme, Roy (Danita), Lori (Mike) Knuth, Fred (Jean), and Chrysa Kostecka; 26 grandchildren: Lance, Adam (Amber) and Emily Olson; Laura (Jeremy) Hahn, Erin Hoyme; Jason (Mary Pat) Marschall, Jenny (Harlan) Poppler, Kelly (Matt) Ripley, Matt Marschall; Nathan (Aidee), Kristi, Maria, Sister Theresa Anne, O.P. and Jacinta Knuth; Leah, David, Charlie, Danny, Elizabeth, and Tony Marschall; Andrew, Justin, Peter, Hannah, Ben and Philip Kostecka; 10 great-grandchildren: Ethan (Hoyme) Duran; Jake and Max Marschall; Brett, Halli, Dani and Shayne Poppler; Blake and Connor Ripley; Maria Andrea Knuth; brother-in-law: Harold (Marie) Marschall; sister-in-law: Dolores Wilbert. Katherine was preceded in death by husband; parents; infant brother; sister, Virginia. Visitation was Friday, Nov. 18, from 9-11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Shakopee. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Shakopee. The Rev. Peter Wittman and Deacon Michael Knuth officiated. Pallbearers were Kathryn’s 26 grandchildren. Interment Catholic Cemetery, Shakopee. Funeral arrangements through McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee, 952-445-2755.

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With sections peaking at 26 students for the elementary schools and classes as large as 40 at Prior Lake High School, class size has grown and become a real concern. At the elementary level, .3 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions will be added and shared between Glendale and Jeffers Pond elementary schools. This addition is actually an extension of duties two instructors are already performing. They provide supplemental math and reading help and will now also help students with writing. In addition, Five Hawks Elementary School will also gain a paraprofessional to provide additional academic support for kindergartners. District middle schools will gain sections of English, physical education, health, Spanish, geography, art, business and band – for a total of .35 FTE for the second quarter and .75 FTE

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City Manager Frank Boyles said the expansion project is on hold while the council determines whether requiring

for the second semester. The plan includes a similar fix for Prior Lake High School, which will see additional sections of English, essentials English Matt a nd biolog y, Mons for a total of .35 FTE beginning next semester.

HIRING All of the staff additions will be in place throughout the remainder of the 2011-12 school yea r. Wit h t he new quarter starting, timing for the decision was everything, Holmberg said. The staffi ng changes at the elementary and middle schools are set to begin in the second quarter, so students in the district are currently in their new class configurations. At the middle schools, sections that were added for the second

the sprinkler systems is too restrictive for businesses. Fire Chief Doug Hartman said he does not support repealing Chapter 1306, “as it is the best option in the code to protect the public and our firefighters. “I understand there are con-

quarter have already been added and fi lled with students. However, those courses are currently being staffed by licensed staff paid as substitutes until hiring for those positions – which have already been posted – can be completed. “In some cases, these very well might be the people who will teach these courses into the future,” said Matt Mons, director of human resources. “They’re paid as substitutes and treated as subs until they’re board-approved.” The second-quarter positions closed on Nov. 11. “We are hiring for the positions, but they certainly may be fi lled by employees that we already have on staff,” said Mons. “I would expect that we would fill most of those internally.” Those positions not taken by the teachers currently leading those courses may be staffed by members of another group in the district: the eight instructors currently on unrequested leave – a type of employment

limbo where teachers aren’t let go but also are not currently teaching in the district because there is no place for them. In May, the School Board laid off 16 teachers and placed another nine on unrequested leave, a decision driven in large part by student registration. Many of the teachers on unrequested leave taught classes like Spanish, art and business – elective courses that saw reduced enrollment due to the six-period schedule change and the rigidity it imposed on student course options. Now that sections of those “spectrum” courses are being added back, instructors on unrequested leave are offered those positions fi rst. However, Mons said he’s not counting a high percentage of returning faces or outside applicants, due to the fact that the positions are not full-time.

District 719 is using two different sources to fund the supplementary positions.

All staffing additions that begin in the second quarter are funded from Superintendent Sue Ann Gruver’s $10 0,0 0 0 contingency fund. Those dollars have been used throughout the year to address staffing hotspots, and about $35,000 of the fund’s remaining $43,000 has been put toward these positions. T h at le ave s ju s t s hy o f $ 8,0 0 0 i n t he conti ngency. Those dollars will be used, alongside additional state aid the district received due to increased enrollment, to fund the second semester staff additions: .75 FTE at the middle schools and .35 F TE at the high school. The total price tag for those positions is just over $24,000. Julie Cink, director of business affairs, said the district will end up receiving about $200,000 for increased student enrollment. Aside from the money being used for the staff additions, the rest of those dollars have not yet been allocated.

siderable costs involved when installing these systems, but sprinklers have proven their value,” he added. “They reduce the potential for loss of life or injury. There have been very few cases of loss of life when sprinklers are installed in buildings.” The city of Northfield wrestled with the issue in 2006, seven years after approving the code, debating safety vs. assisting economic development.

That city ultimately repealed its code in 2006 after receiving pressure from area business owners. City Building Official Robert Hutchins said the chapter originally was called the “small cities” option because sprinkler systems would suppress a fi re until a small city’s volunteer fire department could arrive on the scene. That applies to Prior Lake’s

paid on-call department, Hartman said. “A sprinkler system to us is like having a fi refighter right there in a building,” he said. “In larger cities, they can get to the scene in three or four minutes. For us, we hope to get to the station in the first three to four minutes to get into our trucks, and then to go respond.” Hartman estimated that a sprinkler system for a build-

ing the size of the vet clinic’s planned expansion could cost up to $70,000, though he said that calculation might be high. Council members did not act on the code on Monday, opting instead to have city staff return at a later meeting with answers to their questions about installation costs vs. insurance paybacks, as well as evidence of sprinklers making fi re scenes safer for fi refighters.


She has served on a number of boards, including the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Metropolitan Council Transportation Advisory Board and the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board. Her new position offers flexible hours, which will allow her to continue serving as county commissioner and on most of her present committees. Due to the timing of the meetings, she will have to give up a couple of committees and become an alternate to one group, she said, noting that she also recently added three other assignments. Marschall said she applied for the job because she has a lways b e en i ntereste d i n publ ic ser vic es for p e ople in need and has lear ned a lot about such programs in recent years. In her new role, Marschall will be responsible for assembling per formance repor ts and making sure programs are meeting criteria. Marschall has an undergraduate degree in business administration from Metropolitan State University, as well as certificates in public service management and human resource management. In addition to being county commissioner, Marschall had been employed part-time as a substitute teacher in the recent past. She previously worked in real estate title work and as a branch manager for over 10 years with the Old Republic National Title Insurance Company. Bradpiece declined to disclose what Marschall’s salary will be at the CAP Agency, citing its nonprofit status.



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Marschall was chairing the board until she resigned on Oct. 12, prior to accepting her new job. Marschall said she spoke with the county attorney prior to pursuing the position to ensure there wouldn’t be a conflict of interest with her role as county commissioner. She said she was told there wouldn’t be an overlap problem since the CAP Agency deals with “passthrough” funding. Marschall believes her experience as a County Board member will benefit the CAP Agency and the knowledge she will gain about the community in her new role will make her a better county commissioner.

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Breakdown Here’s where the changes, which will be in effect for the rest of the current school year, will be felt: .3 full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers at Glendale and Jeffers Pond elementary schools, to provide additional writing instruction A kindergarten paraprofessional at Five Hawks Elementary School .35 FTE instructors for the second quarter and .75 FTE instructors at the middleschool level. Sections of English, physical education, health, Spanish, geography, art, business and band will be added. .35 FTE teachers at Prior Lake High School for the second semester. Supplemental sections of English, essentials English and biology will be offered.


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Free driving class planned for vets AARP will offer a free driving refresher class at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 to honor veterans and their spouses at the Prior Lake VFW, 16306 Main Ave. Those 55 or older will receive a 10-percent discount on car insurance for taking the class. Enroll by calling Ed Speiker at (952) 226-6208.

Dancers to host conference meet The Laker Dance Team will host a South Suburban Conference kick competition meet on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Prior Lake High School, 7575 150th St. Savage. The competition will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Shop for a family in need Join the Savage Area Women of Today at SuperTarget in Savage (meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 the Starbucks inside Target) to shop for a sponsored family through the CAP Agency. The chapter is purchasing gifts for the family, but additional donations will be at the group’s Dec. 8 meeting. For more information, e-mail

Start off December by giving blood An American Red Cross blood drive will take place from 1:30 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 5634 Luther Road, Prior Lake. For a reservation, call Carolyn at (612) 382-6942.

Pet adoptions set for Dec. 3, 10 Volu nte er s for t he C a r ver Scott Humane Society will have pet adoptions on the following days: Saturday, Dec. 3 from noon to 3 p.m. at Petco, off Highway 41 and Pioneer Trail in Chaska. Saturday, Dec. 10 from noon to 3 p.m. at Petco, off old Highway 212 and Singletree Lane in Eden Prairie. All cats and dogs have been micro ID-implanted, vet-checked, dewormed, had shots updated, checked for friendly temperaments and age-appropriately spayed/ neutered. All pets are housed in foster care. Adoption fees are $165-plus for cats and $195-plus for dogs. For more information, call (952) 368-3553 or visit

Band to host jazz breakfast The Prior Lake High School Band will host its annual pancake breakfast at the Prior Lake VFW, 16306 Main Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $ 6 and available at the door. The junior varsity and varsity jazz bands will play Christmas jazz songs during the breakfast.


Retired radio salesman heads south for winter BY LORI CARLSON


ack Ludescher’s garage is a time capsule. The walls display an array of awards, plaques and letters from city and county officials, lauding him for his radio work and community involvement. Now retired, Ludescher spent 27 years as general manager at KCHK radio in New Prague, taking the station from flailing to smooth sailing. Though the station now prides itself on playing “more polka music than any other station in the upper Midwest,” under Ludescher’s leadership the format primarily featured oldies from the ‘50s and ‘60s (with polka every Sunday). “We took that from nothing and built it up,” he says. The “we” includes Helen Golay, a Prior Lake resident Ludescher calls the station’s No. 1 sales person on his watch, and his wife, Deanna, who took care of administrative duties. Ludescher, 76, retired 10 years ago and now prefers to focus on his part-time job maintaining golf starter times at Cleary Lake Golf Course. “They are the nicest people you could ever work for,” he says of Three Rivers Park District operations supervisor Jenna Tuma and her staff. Originally from Dubuque, Iowa, Ludescher moved to Rochester, Minn. as a young boy. After his father’s stroke and subsequent ailing health changed the family forever, and due to some admitted “bad choices,” Ludescher’s mother sent him to Boys Town, a Nebraska children’s home founded in the early 1900s by Edward J. Flanagan, a Roman Catholic priest better known as Father Flanagan. After graduation in 1954, Ludescher briefly entered the retail sales industry, selling clothing, before being recruited by an old friend to sell radio ads for KWEB in Rochester, Minn. He later worked his way up the radio sales chain at stations in Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Kentucky, finally landing in Buffalo and Rochester, New York, where he accepted his first general manager job. After taking the New Prague job, he moved his family to Prior Lake, where they’ve spent nearly 30 years. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. Ludescher served as president of the Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce in the early 1980s and was a member of the Optimist Club. He also served on the board of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association. He also coached basketball and football during his time in southern Minnesota. In his spare time, he enjoys detailing cars and spending winters in Fort Myers, Fla. with his wife.


The walls of Jack Ludescher’s garage display a mix of awards, family photos and shots of the radio salesman with famous people, including Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard.

Q AND A WITH JACK LUDESCHER What did you like best about working in radio? You get to meet a lot of different people. You have to know how to talk to people and have enthusiasm for the job. What kind of music do you like? I like country and the oldies. But a lot of the time, in my car, I listen to talk radio. If you could go anywhere you haven’t been to, where

would you go? I would like to take a train way out West. We’re thinking about doing that sometime. If you could be governor or president, what would you do? Get this economy back on track. Too many things are going wrong in this country right now. If you could meet someone famous or from history, who would it be? Father Flanagan. His school did a lot for me. It turned my life around.

Success secrets Ludescher reveals his formula for sales success: “You need to have determination.” “Don’t be afraid to call on your clients and tell them what you can offer them.” “Like what you’re selling, or you’re not going to be successful at it.”

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Take a driving refresher course The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will of fer a 55 -plus driver improvement refresher cou rse f rom 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at the District Services Center, 4540 Tower St., Prior Lake. The fee is $20. For more information or to register, visit www. or call toll-free 1-(888)-234-1294.

Deadline The deadline for community happenings items for this section is noon Wednesdays. For more information, e-mail

Lions lose beloved member, Bob Underferth The Prior Lake Lions Club lost a good member this past month, Lion Bob Underferth. He has been a Lion for many years, has helped with many projects and will be greatly missed by all. We had our World Service Day on Oct. 8 at Village Market, and it was a success. We collected 2,800 pounds of food and received monetary donations. We donated a low-vision viewer to McKenna Crossing to help people with bad vision to be able to read better. We are also looking into donating another one in town, and we have collected 100 eyeglasses and five hearing aids recently.



Our football raffle raised $279 for the high school athletic department,

and the Lions donated money along with that amount. The fundraiser at Fong’s raised $2,500 for a local burn victim. We hosted the zone meeting at McKenna Crossing on Nov. 14. There were several neighboring towns that participated in the zone meeting. Our upcoming projects include: Feed my Starving Children; our holiday gift cards for the needy; our club’s annual Christmas party; participating in the Polar Bear Plunge; and the VFW and the Lions Club Senior Luncheon at the VFW at noon Dec. 12. To make reservations, call Pat at (952) 447-2655. Reservations will only be taken

Nov. 28 through Dec. 7 for senior residents of Prior Lake. There will be good food, drawings and live entertainment. Donations this past month went to Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency (senior dinner), St. Michael’s School gala dinner, PLAY to Cooperstown, Prior Lake Wrestling Club, District 719 athletic department, peace poster contest and the Hearing Foundation (memorial for Bob Underferth). Bonnie Grapper is the public relations chairwoman for the Prior Lake Lions Club. She can be reached at (612) 590-2071.

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americanslice COMMUNITY HELP AND SUPPORT forcement, assessment of risk of harm to self or others, mental health diagnostic assessments, short-term stabilization, coordination of out-of-home placements such as psychiatric hospitals if needed, information and referrals.

ONGOING Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women accepts donations of used cell phones. Phones must be digital, in working order and have a battery and charger. Phones can be dropped off at the Prior Lake Police Department, 4649 Dakota St. Other drop-off sites include the Shakopee Police Department, Suds Seller Hair Salon in Jordan and Cooper’s County Market in Chaska. For more information, call (952) 873-4214.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota provides support groups to help parents discover resources to meet the challenges of raising a child with mental illness, learn coping skills and develop problem-solving skills. Parent resource groups are facilitated by a parent who has a child with a mental illness and who has been trained to lead support groups. A parent resource group meets on the fi rst 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.

Join Blue Star Mothers

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Blue Star Mothers of America, a nonprofit group supporting active military members and their families, is organizing a chapter south of the river. A Blue Star Mother is one who has a son or daughter serving, or has served and has been honorably discharged, from the Armed Forces of the United States. Membership includes mothers; however, one can be an associate member if you have a spouse, relative or friend in the Armed Service and would like to be involved in a group for active support. For more information, call Mary at (952) 894-1657.

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@


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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. F o r m o r e i n fo r m at io n , call Darren Kurilko at (952) 947-0323.

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.

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

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

Scott County WyldLife is part of a worldwide, nondenominational Christian organiza-

Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women offers ongoing weeknight and weekday

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.

The Carver-Scott Mental Health Crisis Program offers mobile mental health crisis intervention 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Individuals, families or others involved in a crisis situation can get help from licensed mental health professionals by calling (952) 442-7601 and asking to speak to the Mental Health Crisis Team. Members of the crisis team respond to the home, school or another meeting place to provide immediate assistance. Services include telephone crisis intervention, on-site response to assess and stabilize an immediate crisis, mental health consultations for community providers and law en-

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.


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tion for middle school students. The club meets every other Friday and offers a high-energy, interactive evening fi lled 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.


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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 fi rst 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) 496-8513, or visit www.nami. org/namimn.

Marine Corps League The Marine Corps League meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Dan Patch American Legion, 12375 Princeton Ave., Savage. F o r m o r e i n fo r m at io n , 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 fi re 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 The following support groups meet regularly at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, 1455 St. Francis Ave., Shakopee: Infant Loss Support: Group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. Call (952) 428-2002 Diabetes Support: Group meets the fi rst 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. Hea r t Suppor t : Group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. Call (952) 428-2080. Low Vision Support: 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) 447-6182 or Traci at (952) 226-2052.

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

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

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


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.

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americanslice Chamber looks forward to warming hearts this winter As we enter the holiday season, the businesses would like to remind you to shop locally. To promote shopping locally, the downtown Prior Lake Chamber members are participating in the first Holiday Winter Walk punch card program. Pick up your punch card at participating businesses. For every $10 you spend at these businesses, you will get a punch on your card. After either spending $100 or filling the punch card, you will be placed in a drawing. Each participating business is donating a gift or a gift certificate. The Holiday Winter Walk will take place Dec. 1-10. Turn in your punch cards at the Chamber office before Dec. 12. Tree of Warmth is back again this year. All donated items will go to children in the Prior Lake-Savage Area



School District. Drop off new boots, snow pants, waterproof mittens/gloves, hats or warm socks at these locations before Dec. 9: City Hall, The Hair Mate, Home Accents, Integra Telecom, Prior Lake-Savage Schools District Office and Village Market. Also, canned goods are being accepted at Integra Telecom and KinderCare.

Another fun family event is the Lakefront Dazzle from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Come early and stay late, but dress for the weather. The Lakefront Park buildings will light up at 6 p.m., with fireworks going off immediately after the lights go on, followed by the Dazzle parade. Other activities include face painting, games, food, a bonfire and a visit from Santa. Weatherpermitting, the ice skating rinks and snow hill will be available. Donate to Toys for Tots or canned goods and receive a free bag of kettle corn, compliments of Integra Telecom. Enjoy the events this upcoming winter and please remember to Shop Local and Shop Often at our Prior Lake Chamber members’ businesses. For a full list of Prior Lake Chamber


members, check www.

NEW MEMBERS We welcome the following new members to the Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce: Associated Bank; Builders and Remodelers; Carnegie Commercial Lending Inc.; Dee and Steve’s Cleaning; Nick of Time-Virtual Office Assistance-Angie Barstad; Pure PAAR Sports LLC; Paulson Brothers; Right at Home; River Valley Gold and Silver; Romance by DeborahDeborah Kirchmeier; Schoenberger Drywall Inc.; and Summer Meadows Homeowners Association. Sandi Fleck is executive director of the Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at (952) 440-1000 or sandi@priorlakechamber. com.


Junior Girl Scout Troop 21557 helped to pack 60 Thanksgiving meals for the Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women recently. Food was collected through the St. Michael’s Families in Action Committee, which included outreach to Premiere Dance Academy, Girl Scout service units in Prior Lake and Shakopee, Cub Scout Pack 330 and St. Michael’s Faith Formation families. Packers included (front row, from left) Grace Birdsley, Ellen Rausch, Allison Franck, Isabel Danicich, Lauren Rausch and Reagan Dahl, and (back row, from left) Emily Lein and Alexis Wallen.

PARK AND RECREATION ACTIVITIES 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. Look for the city Recreation Department’s page on Call the Recreation Department at (952) 447-9820 or send an e-mail to with feedback or suggestions regarding program offerings.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES Middle School Mania, 2:15 to 5 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 16 at the River Valley YMCA, 3575 North Berens Road. Students can come after school and enjoy various activities, including open gym games, swimming, and MSM-only fitness or dance classes, use of teen room equipment, and leadership and team building activities. All participants are required to obey the YMCA Code of Conduct, school rules and any additional rules

decided upon by MSM. Students must sign in and out each week and will not be granted 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 on Nov. 11 and Nov. 25. A healthy snack is included in the program price. Single-session attendance is $5 and students can attend up to 11 sessions for $25. Register through Community Education at www. Disney on Ice’s “Treasure Trove” at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The show features the stories of Rapunzel from “Tangled,” “The Incredibles,” “The Lion King,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Peter Pan” and more Disney favorites. The bus leaves from the Prior Lake Library at 8:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and will return at 2 p.m. The cost is $17 per resident and $22 per nonresident. Guests must be registered by Monday, Nov. 28. Holiday School Break Outdoor Camps for Youth: CrossCountry Ski and Snow Shoe Adventures with instructor Pat

Caldwell, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 27 at the Lakefront Park Pavilion, 5000 Kop Parkway. Children ages 7 to 12 don’t need any outdoor experience to attend this camp, where they will make cross-country ski and snowshoe tracks throughout the Lakefront Park area. All equipment will be supplied by Active Solutions. Guests should dress for the weather, bring a change of dry clothes, a big snack and a water bottle. The cost is $35 per resident and $40 per nonresident and guests must register by Monday, Dec. 19. Holiday School Break Outdoor Camps for Youth: Ice Fishing and Snow Shoe Adventures with instructor Pat Caldwell, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the Lakefront Park Pavilion. Children ages 7 through 12 will make snowshoe tracks and learn about safety, equipment and fish identification when they go ice fishing. No experience is necessary. All equipment will be supplied by Active Solutions. Guests should dress for the weather, bring a change of dry clothes, a big snack and a water bottle. The cost is $35 per resident and $40 per nonresi-


cost $7 monthly for residents or $12 monthly for nonresidents. All 12 classes cost $60 per resident and $65 per nonresident. Registration is required. Guests can visit or call (952) 447-9820 to register.

dent and guests must register by Monday, Dec. 19. Outdoor Adventures with Active Solutions – Cold Weather Style!, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Feb. 20 at the Lakefront Park Pavilion. Weather permitting, the event may include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, and ice fishing. No experience is necessary in any of the activities. Indoor gym game options will be available in the event of inclement weather. Guests should bring very large lunches, very large snacks, shorts, T-shirts, gym shoes, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hats, warm gloves, winter coats, snow pants, boots, scarves and water bottles. Dress for the weather. The cost is $ 39 per student and registration is available online at

FAMILY Mall of America trip, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. People of all ages can take a bus to the Mall of America to shop, see holiday decorations, have lunch or walk around. The bus leaves from the Municipal Parking Lot behind the VFW at 9:30 a.m. The cost – $ 7 per resident, $12 per nonresident and $15 per resident fa mi ly – on ly covers transportation, so attendees will have to bring additional money to cover mall purchases. Guests must also bri ng t hei r ow n g uides or chaperones to the mall, if necessary. Guests must register by Friday, Dec. 2.

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

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. For more information, call (952) 447-9783. Medicare enrollment counseling, Wednesday, Nov. 30. Counselors are available by appointment to discuss Medicare enrollment options. Call or visit Club Prior to sign up. Space is limited. New: Free Latin fitness class, 10 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. People of all skill levels can exercise to Latin rhythms. New: Line dance lessons, 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays. The cost is $ 3 payable to the instructor. A fternoon socials, sponsored by McKenna Crossing, are held at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Greeting cards and gift bags are for sale for 75 cents each. Proceeds go to Club Prior’s snack fund. Play or learn to play cribbage every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Players of all skill levels are welcome.


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Return to Oz CTC’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ takes the audience back home BY BARBARA TIEBEN


hose who see Children’s Theatre Company’s holiday show, “The Wizard of Oz,” should prepare to be transported – and not just to the Land of Oz. Prepare for a trip back in time. Within minutes of the opening curtain I was once again that 6-year-old with a blanket pulled up to my eyeballs as the tornado roared through my living room. The house, the cow, evil Mrs. Gultch – and the Wicked Witch! – swirled by. And by the time Dorothy’s house thumped down into Munchkinland, I was firmly settled into the year 1963 when I remember taking my first trip to Oz. Artistic Director Peter Rothstein doesn’t miss a delightful nuance from the iconic film as he presents a show that is both familiar and fresh. As the timeless film is so much a part of entertainment history (it was broadcast on television annually from 1959 to 1991), I came to the theater expecting to get reacquainted with my friends Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. Accompanied by my grandchildren, I expected to see in their faces the delight, fear and amazement I’d experienced during my first journey to Oz. What I didn’t expect was that I would take a trip into my past. Suddenly I was 6-year-old me cowering behind the couch when the Wicked Witch of the West explodes into Munchkinland. And it came rushing back how horrified I was, year after year, by those striped stockings curling up underneath Dorothy’s house. Truly a show for all ages, my grandchildren, ages 5, 6 and 7, had seen and loved the classic film. During our car ride to the theater they asked if I thought trees would throw apples at Dorothy and how a real-life Wicked Witch could melt away on stage. We talked about theater magic and expected we might be amazed. We were not disappointed. Maeve Coleen Moynihan

What I didn’t expect was that I would take a trip into my past. Suddenly I was 6-year-old me cowering behind the couch when the Wicked Witch of the West explodes into Munchkinland. And it came rushing back how horrified I was, year after year, by those striped stockings curling up underneath Dorothy’s house. delights as Dorothy. A former lullaby league munchkin from CTC’s 2002-2003 production of the show, Moynihan perfectly portrays the Dorothy we know and love. And Toto, too! The audience offers warm chuckles each time Toto makes an entrance. Dean Holt, Max Wojtanowicz and Reed Sigmund shine as Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. Rothstein’s staging offers visual cues that complement the script’s early references to brain, heart and courage as the trio portrays farmhands Hunk, Hickory and Zeke. Jennifer Blagen is every bit as dark and evil as she should be as the Wicked Witch of the West. Though many in the audience know the show well enough to recite lines along with the actors, we still are surprised and frightened each time she appears. In an astounding trick of theater magic, Janet Hanson plays both Aunt Em and Glinda the Good Witch of the North, and she nails the contrasting roles. Scenic Designer Scott Bradley and Costume Designer Helen Q. Huang present a Munchkinland and


Above – Maeve Coleen Moynihan is Dorothy, Max Wojtanowicz is Tin Man and Dean Holt is Scarecrow in Children’s Theatre Company’s “The Wizard of Oz.” The show runs through Jan. 8.

At left – The Wicked Witch of the West (Jennifer Blagen) strikes fear in the hearts of Dorothy and her friends during their journey to Oz.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ Children’s Theatre Company enters the Land of Oz for the third time in its 46-year history. The Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Toto, too, travel through the timeless classic. Based on the original 1939 film, this production showcases CTC’s trademark scenic and costume design by Scott Bradley and Helen Huang, marking the Emerald City’s return to the stage. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes through Jan. 8 Cost: Adults $19-$49; children 17 and younger, students and seniors $19-39 Location: Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis Info: or (612) 874-0400

an Emerald City that are rich and colorful. The poppy field is an enchanting combination of color, texture and motion. The muted tones of the

costumes and set of the Gale farm suggest the classic film’s black and white opening and closing sequences. L. Frank Baum’s 1900

book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” has enjoyed myriad cultural references and reinventions such as “The Wiz,” “Wicked” and even an episode of “Scrubs” titled “My Way Home.” CTC’s production brings us back to the heart of the tale and, like Dorothy’s happy ending, feels like a homecoming.

Back to the Book “The Wizard of Oz” is based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Baum wrote 13 novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels and a host of other works including “The Magical Monarch of Mo.”


Light bright A re a com mu nities wi l l be celebrati ng t he season with these Christmas lights events.

SHAKOPEE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL Get in the holiday spirit at the annual festival, which includes caroling and holiday music, the Velodazzle Parade, an appearance by Santa, horsedrawn carriage rides, the Shakopee Chamber Toy Drive kick-off and tree lighting ceremony. Hot chocolate, coffee, apple cider and cookies will also be served. Time: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 Cost: Free Location: Downtown Shakopee Info: (952) 445-1660

CHANHASSEN TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Come and see the lighting of the holiday tree in City Center Park and enjoy a bonfire, carolers, refreshments, gingerbread displays, live reindeer, and of course and visit from Santa Claus. Time: 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: Free Location: City Center Park Plaza, Chanhassen Info:

HOMETOWN HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING The event featuring a pinata, program, carolers, visit by Santa and the tree lighting. Hometown Holiday

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children in Belle Plaine with candy canes. Bring your camera for pictures. Event also includes cookies and cider, horse-drawn carriage rides, music and tree lighting. Time: 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 Cost: Free Location: Townsend Park, Belle Plaine Info: (952) -873-4295

runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Chaska. Time: 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: Free Location: City Square Park, Chaska

WINTERFEST Event includes pictures with Santa, St. John’s Choir performance, tree lighting ceremony, caroling, dance and gymnastic performances. Time: 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: Free Location: Downtown Savage (123rd Street from Natchez to Princeton Avenue) Info:

CHRISTMAS IN VICTORIA Events include crafts, visits by “Buddy the Elf” and Santa, carolers, cookie decorating, treats and more. Tree lighting at 6 p.m. Time: 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: Free Location: Downtown Victoria Info:

HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES Tour eight local homes decorated for the holidays. The tour is a fundraiser for the Jordan High School all-night graduation party. Special attractions include the Jordan High School Chamber Singers’ performance at closing social hour at the Jordan Fire Department. Pick up a map at the Jordan Fire Department before starting the tour. Time: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: $10 per ticket pre-sale; $12 day of event Location: First stop at the Jordan Fire Department, 431 Varner St. Jordan Info: (952) 492-4400

LAKEFRONT DAZZLE The second annual Pavilion Holiday Lighting Spectacular and Holiday Dazzle Parade includes fireworks,



Kids enjoy hot cider at the tree lighting festival in Jordan.

pony rides, music, concessions and kettle corn for sale, carolers, face painting, crafts, sledding, skating and photo with Santa. Drop off Toys for Tots or bring a canned good or $1 for the food shelf. Time: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 Cost: Free Location: Lakefront Park, Prior Lake Info: dazzle.shtml

HOLIDAZZLE PARADES Bundle up the kids, pick up the grandparents and head to the Target Holidazzle Parade. Every year since 1992, when the first parade marched down Nicollet Mall, more than 300,000 spectators converge on downtown Minneapolis to join the sparkling fun of this lighted holiday parade. Brave the wind chill and watch streetside, or keep warm in the downtown skyways

or in the “Hot Seats” where paradegoers can view the parade from the comfort of a heated tent. Time: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Nov. 25 through Dec. 18 Cost: Streetside and skyways free; hot seats $9 Location: Nicollet Mall from 12th St. to 4th St., Minneapolis Info: or (612) 338-3807

The second annual European Christmas Boutique and 2012 Czech Heritage Junior Royalty Coronation will feature arts and craft, European imports, ethnic dolls, silent auction, stage entertainment, demonstrations, bake sale, kids activities, St. Nick’s Across Europe featuring the Czech St. Nicholas, door prizes and coronation. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Peace Center Food Shelf. Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 Cost: Free Location: American Legion Park Ballroom, 300 Lexington Ave. S., New Prague Info: (952) 758-2217 or

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NOV. 26 STORYTIME BY THE TREES Sit down with the children by a favorite tree and listen as the elves and helpers tell favorite holiday stories. Time: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 26-27; Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 26-31 Cost: Free with regular admission of $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to Arboretum members Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska Info: or (952) 443-1422

COMEDIAN JOLEEN LUNZER Comedian Joleen Lunzer will perform comedy on three nights during Thanksgiving week. Also appearing will be comedian Greg Freiler. Time: 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 Cost: $13 for 8 p.m. show; $10 for 10:30 p.m. show Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 First Ave., Shakopee Info: shakopee

‘SIMPLE GIFTS’ “A Small Town Christmas,” performed by Simple Gifts, will take the audience back to a quieter, simpler time. The six-member ensemble is led by Billy McLaughlin and features acoustic and vocal music. The program will include holiday carols and hymns presented with vocal harmonies and instrumentation. Time: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 Cost: $25 in advance; $30 at the door Location: Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville Info: (952) 985-4640 or ci.lakeville.

Learn more about the earth, moon and stars by participating in astronaut testing, taking a tour of the planets, making comets and talking about asteroids. The event will end with stargazing and hearing stories of some of the most famous constellations. For all ages. Time: 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 Cost: $5 Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria Info: (763) 559-9000 or



Join a Naturalist in the Wildlife Viewing Room where wild turkeys are often seen feeding. Bring questions about turkeys and other wildlife feeding in the backyard. For all ages. Time: 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 Cost: Free Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-9000 or


NOV. 28

TWIN CITIES BRONZE HANDBELLS CONCERT The group will perform a concert in the MacMillan Auditorium Time: 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 Cost: Free with Arboretum admission of $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to Arboretum members Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska Info: or (952) 443-1422

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Children of all ages are invited to wear pajamas, bring a teddy bear and enjoy stories and a bedtime snack. Time: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 Cost: Free Location: Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. Info: (952) 447-3375

Learn how to make a festive holiday bow. See a centerpiece demo. Taste new candies and gourmet items. See new candles, hostess gifts and party ware. There will be drawings for a seasonal wreath and other items and goody bags with treats from local businesses. Those attending can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine at Axel’s next door to finish off the evening. Time: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 Cost: Free Location: Glenrose Floral, 582 W. 78th St., Chanhassen Info:, click on soirees


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SCOTT COUNTY CRAZY QUILTERS Bring needles, yarn, fabric and trim for an evening a needlework. Beginners through masters welcome. There will be a Christmas potluck. Time: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 Cost: Free Location: Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller St., Shakopee Info: (952) 445-0378, (507) 868-4058 or


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FIRST THURSDAYS DANCETERIA The next dance in this free monthly series will feature the Czech Area Concertina Club. Instructors Michael D. Bang and Laia Olivier, national and international dance competitors, will help beginners with the essentials of old-time dancing and demonstrate more complicated moves. Time: 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 Cost: Free Location: Club Prior, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave., Prior Lake Info: (952) 447-3375

ST. PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and director Christian Zacharias will perform Martin’s “Etudes for String Orchestra” and Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37” and “Suite from The Creatures of Promethius.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 Cost: Adults $10-$25; children $5 Location: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley Info: (651) 291-1144 or

St. Michael’s Singles over 50 of Prior Lake will have its annual Christmas party with happy hour and dinner. The event is open to the public. Time: 5 p.m. happy hour; 6 p.m. dinner Location: Dangerfield’s, 1583 E. First Ave. (Highway 101), Shakopee Info: Walter (952) 447-6024; Sue (952) 447-2962; or Donna (952) 447-3995

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Take some time to soak up the holiday mood and relax in the warm glow of an old-fashioned Christmas. Tour the holiday-decorated Stans House and sip hot cocoa and nibble on cookies while listening to nostalgic holiday music. Time: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 Cost: Free Location: Stans Museum, 235 Fuller St. Shakopee Info: (952) 445-0378, or

‘THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE’ This musical comedy is about six young people in the throes of puberty,

overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, all of whom learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. Time: Evening and matinee showtimes Dec. 2-18 Cost: Adults $20; students and seniors $17 Location: Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville Info: (952) 895-4680 or

COMEDIAN SAL DEMILIO Sal Demilio is a comic that celebrates his Italian heritage. Also appearing will be comedian Andy Beningo. Time: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: $13 for 8:30 Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday shows; $10 for 10:30 p.m. Saturday show Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 First Ave., Shakopee Info: shakopee


DEC. 3 BOOK SALE A donation of new (slightly “hurt”) books from Penguin Group Inc. will be available including children’s books, novels, biographies and gift books. Books will be priced well below retail. Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: Items for purchase Location: Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. Info: (952) 447-3375

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA This annual event includes a chance to take photos with Santa and raise money for Dollars for Scholars. Buy advance tickets at Prior Lake State Bank (both locations). Bring a food donation and be entered into a drawing for prizes. Time: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: $6 in advance; $7 at the door Location: Fong’s, 4770 Pleasant St., Prior Lake

Location: Edgewood School, 5304 Westwood Drive, Prior Lake Info: (952) 226-0950 or www.

LORIE LINE: ‘CHRISTMAS BELLS ARE RINGING!’ After a two-year hiatus on bell ringing, Lorie Line will bring Christmas music and bell ringing to the BPAC stage. Known for her spectacular costumes, fans will not be disappointed as Line plans to wear the latest and greatest from world famous fashion designers. Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: $47; groups of 10 or more $42 Location: Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville Info: (952) 895-4680 or

MONROE CROSSING Monroe Crossing will present its traveling Bluegrass and Gospel Holiday Show. Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: $18 in advance; $20 at the door Location: Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville Info: (952) 985-4640 or

MINNETONKA CHAMBER CHOIR The Minnetonka Chamber Choir will perform musical selections for Arboretum visitors. Time: 11-11:30 a.m. and noon-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Cost: Free with Arboretum admission of $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to Arboretum members Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska Info: or (952) 443-1422


La Danse Fatale, a nonprofit youth ballet company, invites children ages 3-12 to participate in the seventh annual Nutcracker Ballet Clinic. Time: 12:45 p.m. check-in; 1-3 p.m. clinic, Sunday, Dec. 4 Cost: $30 per person WINTER WONDERS Location: Dance Arts Centre, 18690 Join the Prior Lake-Savage Early Lake Dr. E., Chanhassen Childhood staff for its annual winter Info: (952) 937-2618 or celebration, including holiday projects, inexpensive gifts, photos with Santa BOOK CLUB FOR SENIORS and a book fair. Activities are geared toward infants to 5-year-olds. Join a book club for seniors the first Time: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 3 Tuesday of each month. December’s Cost: Free book is “Th1rteen R3easons Why” by


Jay Asher. Time: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Cost: Free Location: Club Prior, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave., Prior Lake Info: (952) 447-9783

LAKEFRONT DAZZLE The city of Prior Lake sponsors this annual event, which includes a tree lighting, a parade, pony rides, concessions, carolers, crafts, fireworks and more. Drop off toys or money for Toys for Tots or the food shelf and receive a free bag of kettle corn. Time: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 Cost: Free Location: Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway, Prior Lake Info:

‘THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SCROOGE’ Friendship Church will present “The Gospel According to Scrooge,” a journey with Ebenezer Scrooge as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas. With traditional music and unexpected humor, it’s perfect for all ages. Time: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16; 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 Cost: $5 Location: Friendship Church’s Shakopee campus, 12800 Marystown Road. Info:

COOKIE AND CRAFT SALE St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary League presents this sale in celebration of the holiday season. Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 Cost: Items for purchase Location: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 5634 Luther Road, Prior Lake Info: (952) 447-2117

REINDEER CRAFTS What is a reindeer doing in a museum? Find out at the Scott County Historical Society. Bring the whole family for holiday fun and creating a reindeer ornament to take home, as well as a special museum scavenger hunt for prizes. Time: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 Cost: Free for SCHS members and children under 5; $4 for adults; $2 for students Location: Scott County Historical Society/Stans Museum, 235 Fuller St., Shakopee Info: (952) 445-0378, or


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Writers often wonder, “Why is it so hard to write even when I want to?” Rosanne Bane addresses moving through resistance during this writing workshop. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call or visit the hosting library to register. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 Cost: Free Location: Prior Lake Library, 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. S.E., Prior Lake Info: (952) 447-3375 or www.scott.

The River Valley YMCA will host an open house for the public to try free group exercise classes, a state-of-theart fitness center, indoor and outdoor open swim, free drop-off childcare, a two-story play maze and more. A photo ID is required for anyone 16 and up. Several Black Friday and weekend specials for members and non-members are available. Time: Nov. 25-27 Cost: Free Location: River Valley YMCA, 3575 North Berens Road, Prior Lake Info: Kurt Schardin at (952) 230-6672 or kurt.schardin@

and Savage will celebrate the season with its Lake an Christmas concert, “Marching, Walking and Dancing Christm


Share holiday joy at these formal teas complete with freshly baked sweets and savories, plus an English trifle. Time: 2:30 p.m. Nov. 26, 30; Dec. 2, 4, 7-11, 15-18, 21-23 and 27-30 Cost: $23 for Arboretum members; $26 for non-members Location: Snyder Building Tea Room, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska Info: (612) 626-3951 or



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Prior Lake High School industrial technology teacher Mike Cooper (right) stands with Northern Tool and Equipment employees Mike Cowles and Trent Tollefson. Cowles and Tollefson delivered more than $1,000 worth of tools and equipment, donated to the school’s industrial technology courses by Northern Tool and Equipment founder Don Kotula, whose grandson is a student in the program.


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Student volunteers will host a special Scholastic Book Fair between 7:15 a.m. and 2 : 30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 through Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Twin Oaks Middle School, 15860 Fish Point Road, Prior Lake. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Dec. 6 will be family nights, when community members and parents can shop at the book fair. Funds will go toward the purchase of new graphic novels and picture books for the school’s media center. The sale is open to parents, children, teachers and other community members. Shoppers also can help to build classroom libraries by purchasing books for teachers through the Classroom Wish List program.

chapter of the National Honor Society will host Parents’ Night Out from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the high school, 7575 150th St., Savage. Parents can register their children, kindergarten age and older, in advance at their schools through Thursday, Dec. 1. The cost is $15 for the fi rst child and $10 for each additional child. Parents also can sign up their children at the door on Friday, Dec. 9. The fee on that day will be $20 for the first child and $15 for each subsequent child. Permission slips are at www. and also will be sent home with elementary students.

Find out how our SEO Program can improve Lock-in committee your ranking on meeting is Dec. 13 Google and other Parents interested in helping out with Prior Lake High search engines NHS hosts Parents’ School’s 2012 senior lock-in can attend the lock-in committee’s Night Out Dec. 9 next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, for as little as Prior Lake High School’s Dec. 13 in Room 125 at the high $55/month.

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Indoor walking track now open Prior Lake High School’s indoor walking track, at 7575 150th St., Savage, is now 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, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Children and strollers are not permitted during adult walks, from 6 to 8 p.m. on 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 on high school activities. No food or beverages, other than water, are allowed. The track will be closed Nov. 23-24, Nov. 29, Dec. 26-29, Jan. 2 and Jan. 16.

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B. Approval of leave of absence Old business New business A. High school and middle school Synergy report B. New course proposal C. 2012-13 student registration process/sixperiod day presentation D. Fall activities report E. Quarter one Student Council report Policy A. Second and fi nal reading of policies 809: Parking and Traffic Regulations; 509.1: Kindergarten Early Entrance and 616: School District System Accountability Administrative reports A. Superintendent report B. Administrative reports C. Board reports Future events Adjourn

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Students raise money for soldiers as a way to say ‘thanks’ for service BY MERYN FLUKER


Students at Bridges Area Learning Center began giving thanks a little early this holiday season. Last week, the staff and students at the Prior Lake school kicked off their first ever “penny war,” a fundraising competition between second-hour classes. Students collect currency – pennies are worth positive points but all other coins, as well as bills, subtract from a group’s point total, with the goal to have the greatest number of points – with the funds going toward the purchase of portable DVD players for members of the U.S. military who have been wounded in Afghanistan. “They’re all negative by at least 1,000 points,” said Sarah Osojnicki, the social studies teacher behind the fundraiser. “Whoever wins is probably going to be the highest negative number … I’m getting more dollars and silver coins than pennies.” With $110 already collected, this marks the second year that students at Bridges have collected on behalf of Adopt a Hero, an organization that matches military personnel abroad with people at home who send care packages to the troops. Osojnicki found Adopt a Hero while flipping through a magazine last year and asked a friend and veteran about the group. “He said it was so nice what this program does for the soldiers,” she recalled. Osojnicki knew she couldn’t afford to do the program alone, so she took the idea to her boss, Dave Brown, who is not only the dean of students at Bridges but also an active member of the National Guard, and he told her to go for it. Osojnicki and the rest

What: Bridges Area Learning Center Adopt a Hero drive When: Now through January Where: Bridges Area Learning Center, Suite 106, 15875 Franklin Trail, Prior Lake Additional information: Drop off toothbrushes, toothpaste, sweatpants, drawstring shorts, new or gently used books and DVDs, body soap and flip flops at Bridges Area Learning Center. Though the penny war is over, the school is still accepting cash donations to cover shipping costs for the care packages, which go to a combat hospital in Afghanistan.

of the staff and students collected enough items to send 15 care packages to Afghanistan last year for Eric Chelberg, a Marine working in communication. Among the things the students sent were toiletries, stationery, books and snacks – “anything that wasn’t chocolate,” due to the harshly hot weather. Because Chelberg worked in communication, he was able to connect with the students. Osojnicki was teaching a class on current events and was able to have her students e-mail and chat with Chelberg about what life at war is really like. Chelberg also sent the students photos of his base and what common American things, like Mountain Dew bottles, looked like in Afghanistan. “It helped them want to give him stuff,” Osojnicki said. “At first, it was hard to get the kids going … We were able to talk to him about all the stuff that was going on with him


Bridges Area Learning Center students Wyatt Wiseman (left) and Derik Fullmer accept collections in the cafeteria at Twin Oaks Middle School on Nov. 19 during Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’s first-ever Military Symposium. The students are currently in a penny war, with the proceeds going to the purchase of personal DVD players for injured soldiers in Afghanistan. Fullmer is a senior from Prior Lake while Wiseman is a sophomore from Shakopee.

because it was all current events.” Taking a cue from a former teaching colleague – who provided the penny war idea – Osojnicki hasn’t run into that same roadblock with this year’s fundraising. In fact, she stepped it up a notch. Adopt a Hero was searching for people to adopt entire combat hospitals instead of individual soldiers, and Osojnicki opted

in, calling it an opportunity for students “to do something positive and to be part of something positive, because they don’t get the chance.” In addition to collecting money via the penny war, which ended on Tuesday, students and staff are also collecting supplies through January to send to the injured soldiers at the combat hospital. The money from

the penny war will go toward the purchase of personal DVD players for recovering soldiers at the combat hospital, many of whom cannot get out of bed due to injuries. “I wanted to do it again because I think it’s good for the school to all come together,” she said. “I’m shocked by how involved they’re getting in this.”

Brown added: “What I’ve been really pleased about is seeing the sense of coming together at the school. Kids feel that they have a place where they are important, kind of like a family atmosphere … Kids are here typically because they haven’t felt connected to a school.”

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publicnotices TOWN OF CREDIT RIVER SCOTT COUNTY STATE OF MINNESOTA NOTICE OF HEARING ON THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO LYNN DRIVE, MONTEREY AVENUE AND 207TH STREET T O W H O M I T M AY C O N CERN: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Town Board of Credit River Township, Scott County, Minnesota, will meet at the Credit River Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. on December 7, 2011 to consider to consider a project to repair and improve portions of Lynn Drive, Monterey Avenue and 207th Street, all said improvements located within Credit River Township pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Sections 420.011 to 429.111. The area proposed to be assessed are all those properties abutting or having access to said road, all located in Credit River Township. The estimated cost of the improvements proposed by Credit River Township is $1,194,200. A reasonable estimate of the impact of the assessment will be available at the hearing. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvements will be heard at this meeting. Dated: November 9, 2011 Cathy Haugh Clerk, Credit River Township (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, November 19 and 26 2011; No. 7599) Warning An aeration system creating open water and thin ice will be operating on the Lakefront Park Pond (Little Prior). This is an approximate 13 acre pond located adjacent to Kop Parkway in Scott County, Minnesota, Township 114 & 115N, Range 22W Sections 2 & 35 in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Weather conditions may cause the areas of thin ice and open water to fluctuate greatly. Stay clear of the marked areas. If there are any questions concerning this aeration system, please call Al Friedges with the City of Prior Lake at 952-447-9852 Please Use Extreme Caution (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, November 26 and December 3, 2011; No. 7600) CITY OF PRIOR LAKE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON INTENTION TO ISSUE GENERAL OBLIGATION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN BONDS AND THE PROPOSAL TO ADOPT A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN THEREFOR NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the City Council of the City of Prior Lake, Minnesota, will meet on December 19, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall, 4646 Dakota Street SE, in Prior Lake, Minnesota, for the purpose of conducting a public hearing on (a) the intention to issue general obligation capital improvement plan bonds in an amount not to exceed $10,000,000 and (b) the proposal to adopt a capital improvement plan therefor. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to finance the acquisition of the existing City Hall and Police Station from the Economic Development Authority of the City of Prior Lake, Minnesota (the “EDA”), the lessor of the City Hall/municipal center and police station facilities under the outstanding lease to purchase agreement and refund the EDA’s outstanding principal amount of its Public Project Revenue Bonds, Series 2005B (City of Prior Lake, Minnesota Lease With Option to Purchase Project), dated May 15, 2005 in anticipation of reducing debt service costs to the City. All persons interested may appear and be heard at the time and place set forth above. If a petition requesting a vote on the issuance of the bonds is signed by voters equal to five percent of the votes cast in the City in the last general election and is filed with the City within thirty days after the public hearing, the bonds may only be issued upon obtaining the approval of the majority of the voters voting on the question of issuing the bonds. Individuals unable to attend the public hearing can make written comment by writing to the City Manager, Prior Lake City Hall, 4646 Dakota Street SE, Prior Lake, Minnesota 55372-1776. Written comments must be received prior to the date and time of the public hearing. BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL City Manager (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, November 26 and December 3, 10, 2011; No. 7601; No. 7601) Warning An aeration system creating open water and thin ice will be operating on Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake is located adjacent to Panama Avenue in Scott County, Minnesota, Township 114, Range22, Sections 10 and 11 in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Weather conditions may cause the areas of thin ice and open water to fluctuate greatly. Stay clear of marked areas. If there are any questions concerning the aeration system, please call Al Friedges with the City of Prior Lake at 952-447-9852 (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, November 26 and December 3, 2011; No. 7602) 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 Pratt, in the board room at the District Services Center on October 10, 2011 at 7:03 p.m. Board Members Present: Anderson, Murray (7:37 pm), Pratt, Ruelle, Shimek, Sorensen, Wolf, Student Council Rep. Chris Sticha Administration Present: Superintendent Gruver, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Holmberg, Director of Business Affairs Cink, Director of Human Resources Mons A motion was made by Tom Anderson, seconded by Stacey Ruelle, to approve the agenda. Motion carried: 6 – 0 In the absence of the board clerk/treasurer Murray, Chair Pratt appointed Tom Anderson to serve as acting clerk/treasurer pro tem. A motion was made by Tom Anderson, seconded by Lee Shimek, to approve the consent agenda as follows: On file at the DSC Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Rich Wolf, seconded by Stacey Ruelle, to approve the following candidates for employment, as presented: On file at the DSC Motion carried: 6 - 0 A motion was made by Lee Shimek, seconded by Tom Anderson, to approve the following leaves of absences, as presented: On file at the DSC Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Todd Sorensen, seconded by Stacey Ruelle, to approve the following substitute teachers for 2011-12, as presented. (on file at the DSC) Motion carried: 6 – 0 Clerk/Treasurer Murray entered at this time. A motion was made by Lee Shimek, seconded by Tom Anderson, to approve the 2012-13 school calendar, as presented. Voting in favor: Anderson, Murray, Ruelle, Shimek, Wolf Voting against: Pratt, Sorensen Motion carried: 5 – 2 (Calendar is located on our website) Member Murray introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption: RESOLUTION RATIFYING THE AWARD OF THE SALE, DETERMINING THE FORM AND DETAILS, AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION, DELIVERY, AND REGISTRATION, AND PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF GENERAL OBLIGATION SCHOOL BUILDING REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2011A The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Ruelle, and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Anderson, Murray, Pratt, Ruelle, Shimek, Sorensen, Wolf and the following voted against the same: none whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. (full resolution on file at the district office) A motion was made by Todd Sorensen, seconded by Tom Anderson, to approve a middle school Washington DC trip for 8th graders for October 17-22, 2012, as presented. Motion carried: 7 – 0 Member Lee Shimek introduced the following Resolution and moved its adoption: RESOLUTION NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the governing Board of Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools, ISD 719, hereby supports engaging more students initiative and the district’s request for funding from the Minnesota State High School League Foundation. Member Stacey Ruelle seconded the foregoing Resolution and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Anderson, Murray, Pratt, Ruelle, Shimek, Sorensen, Wolf and the following voted against the same: none Whereupon said Resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. A motion was made by Lee Shimek, seconded by Todd Sorensen, to close the meeting for the purpose of discussing negotiation strategy. Motion carried: 7 – 0 The meeting closed at 8:45 p.m. in accordance with the open meeting law (Minn. Stat. 13D.03). A motion was made by Lee Shimek, seconded by Todd Sorensen, to reopen the meeting. Motion carried: 7 – 0 Meeting reconvened at 9:57 p.m. A motion was made by Stacey Ruelle, seconded by Todd Sorensen, to adjourn. Motion carried: 7 - 0 Meeting adjourned at 9:58 p.m. Mike Murray, Clerk/Treasurer Independent School District 719 4540 Tower Street SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, November 26, 2011; No. 7603) 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 Pratt, in the board room at the District Services Center on October 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Board Members Present: Anderson, Murray, Pratt, Ruelle, Sorensen, Wolf, Student Council Rep. Chris Sticha Board Members Absent: Vice Chair Shimek Administration Present: Superintendent Gruver, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Holmberg, Director of Business Affairs Cink, Director of Human Resources Mons A motion was made by Mike Murray, seconded by Stacey Ruelle, to approve the agenda, as amended. Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Mike Murray to add a Finance Committee report as an agenda item (D). Chair Pratt requested the Youth Appreciation Week and American Education Week Proclamations be moved under new business. Motion carried: 6 - 0 A motion was made by Todd Sorensen, seconded by Stacey Ruelle, to approve the consent agenda as follows: On file at the DSC Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Tom Anderson, seconded by Todd Sorensen, to approve the following candidates for employment, as presented: On file at the DSC

Motion carried: 6 - 0 A motion was made by Rich Wolf, seconded by Stacey Ruelle, to approve the following leave of absence, as presented: On file at the DSC Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Mike Murray, seconded by Todd Sorensen, to approve the 2011-12 board goals, as presented. Motion carried: 6 – 0 (On file at the district office) A motion was made by Todd Sorensen, seconded by Tom Anderson, to approve the 2011-12 superintendent goals, as presented. Motion carried: 6 – 0 (On file at the district office) A motion was made by Todd Sorensen, seconded by Stacey Ruelle, to approve the adoption of the 201112 operational plan, as presented. Motion carried: 6 – 0 (On file at the district office) A motion was made by Stacey Ruelle, seconded by Tom Anderson, to approve the Youth Appreciation Week Proclamation, as presented. Motion carried: 6 – 0 A motion was made by Todd Sorensen, seconded by Stacey Ruelle, to approve the American Education Week Proclamation, as presented. Motion carried: 6 - 0 POLICY The Policy Committee presented the following policies for a first reading: 1) 807: Naming of School Buildings or Facilities 2) 610: Field Trips Second and final reading will take place on November 14, 2011. A motion was made by Tom Anderson, seconded by Todd Sorensen, to close the meeting for the purpose of discussing negotiation strategy. Motion carried: 6 – 0 The meeting closed at 7:55 p.m. in accordance with the open meeting law (Minn. Stat. 13D.03). A motion was made by Mike Murray, seconded by Tom Anderson, to reopen the meeting. Motion carried: 6 – 0 Meeting reconvened at 9:07 p.m. A motion was made by Stacey Ruelle, seconded by Tom Anderson, to adjourn. Motion carried: 6 - 0 Meeting adjourned at 9:08 p.m. Mike Murray, Clerk/Treasurer Independent School District 719 4540 Tower Street SE Prior Lake, MN 55372 (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, November 26, 2011; No. 7604) Public Notice November 15, 2011 (Official Publication) Linda Bond General Paul R. Seiler Territorial Commander Lt. Colonel Daniel Sjogren Divisional Commander The Salvation Army will administer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Local Board #485910, Phase 29 Allocations. Agencies who may apply: Any non-profit organization or government agency providing emergency food and shelter for people in the Dakota/Washington/ Scott/Carver County area may apply immediately through The Salvation Army. Thirty nine thousand one hundred eighteen dollars ($39,118) is the total allocation appropriated by Congress for direct services through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Dakota, Washington, Scott and Carver Counties. Funds are utilized to supplement and extend emergency food and shelter programs. They are not intended to be used for on-going operating expenses. Please indicate your interest as soon as possible, by requesting an application for funding. Call The Salvation Army at 651-746-3541. Deadlines for Proposals: November 30, 2011 (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, November 26, 2011; No. 7605) NOTICE OF SALE AND DISPOSAL OF PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that the personal property listed below will be sold at public auction held on Date: December 05, 2011, at Time: 10:05 AM. Location of Auction: 240 Shumway Street, Suite 600, Shakopee, MN, 55379. Description of the goods and name of the person(s) whose personal property is to be sold is as follows: Unit F16 5W x 10L x 13H Christina O’Connor of Shakopee Minnesota: All the contents of unit: may include: “Antiques, Collectibles, Electronics, and Tools, Boxes, Totes, Furniture, Clothing, Household belongings or Garage articles and much more!” Kevin Hauerwas General Manager Scott Co. Mini Storage Office 952-445-6858 (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, November 26 and December 3, 2011; No. 7606)

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Bridges Area Learning Center students (from left) Eric Peterson, Joey Terpstra, Wyatt Wiseman and Derik Fullmer sit next to their social studies teacher, Sarah Osojnicki. They collected money for the school’s penny war, a fundraiser to buy portable DVD players for injured U.S. service members in an Afghanistan combat hospital.

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The four groups of students are so motivated that they’re even sabotaging each other, giving opposing teams loads of dollars and silver coins in the hopes of lowering their scores. But that’s not all; six Bridges students signed up to attend Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’s first-ever Military Symposium on Nov. 19 at Twin Oaks Middle School to speak about the penny war and Adopt a Hero. “I was really impressed,” Osojnicki said. “They did such a good job on Saturday.” Senior Derik Fullmer, of Prior Lake, was one of the six students at the symposium.

“It was actually a lot of fun,” he said of the event. “It was definitely interesting, the conversations that were going on.” People at the event not only opened their ears to hear the students’ message, many guests also opened their wallets and purses. “She literally gave us $44,” Fullmer said of one attendee. “I was really surprised. I was expecting people to give us ones or maybe a $5 bill. It was really surprising.” Fullmer has a personal tie to the fundraising: His father is a veteran of the first Gulf War. “The soldiers are heroes,” he said. “They’re over there fighting for us and helping [the

country] become more stable.” Osojnicki has also been overwhelmed by the altruism, particularly that of her own students. “I honestly didn’t think we’d raise this much money,” the teacher said. “I thought we’d raise maybe $30.” Osojnicki is hoping to do the fundraisers again next year, and Brown is an emphatic proponent. “It’s always nice to see such a wealth of initiative, support and focus from today’s youth toward those men and women who have sacrificed so much for this country,” Brown said. “To see that understanding from teenagers is a testimony to the hope we have for future generations.”

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.

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, flexible schedule. Event helper: Assist staff with hands-on activities at Kids Kraft programs, the last Saturday of each month. Training provided. Volunteer one, two or more dates. Contact: Kathy at (952) 445-0378 or

Sexual Violence Center Sexual assault advocate: Looking for the most rewarding volunteer experience of your life? Become a sexual assault advocate and providing these services: 24-hour crisis line, medical, law enforcement or legal advocacy, community and education presentations, one-to-one counseling and support group facilitation. Volunteer training available; call to sign up. Contact: Kathy or Emily at (952) 448-5425.


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Rubbish Removal & Dumpsters for rent. Since 1979. 952-8947470

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Jordan Rentals

Shakopee Rentals

1 & 2 BR apartments. Heat included. $575$675/ mth. 612-7497667 1BR & 2BR Apts. $635. & $850. Hardwood floors. Includes heat. No dogs, 952-201-1991

Sandalwood Studiosfull kitchenettes, nightly/ weekly/ monthly rates available. 952-277-0100

Jordan Center Apartments Large 2 BR, 2 bath, W/D dishwasher, elevator, security system. $800+ utilities. Available now. 952-492-2800

SW Metro Rentals Other Areas 1 & 2 BR apartments, $400-$550. Private entrance. Norwood/ YA. 612-750-7436


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Framing, Siding and Window Carpenters Wanted with all levels of experience. Positions are full time and benefits eligible. Must have valid D/L, reliable transportation and be able to pass background check, drug screen and physical. Call our job line at 952-380-3720 or send resume to:



Head Custodian

Cook's position

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1 BR efficiency apt., utilities included. $550/ mth. Bruce, 612-8656387 1 BR, office, full kitchen, no animals. Lakeshore, off-street parking. $650. 952-440-4673 1 BR. Large apartment in secured N/S 4-plex. $685. 763-478-8715

3BR, 2BA, 3 car garage. Contract for deed terms with 5% down. $177,900. Randy Kubes, Realtor 612-599-7440 CHEAP Houses! Foreclosures, Bank Owned & Short Sales in Scott County under $30k! Get the list at:www.SouthMetro

2 BR condo, garage. Pet OK. Includes water, sewer, $925. Available now. 952-440-4112 Re/Max

2 BR, large apartment. Quiet, non-smoking, 4plex. $750, 612-2024676 2BR in quiet 4-plex. No pets, $700. 952-4963485

Farmland for Sale & Wanted. Randy Kubes, Realtor... 612-599-7440

3BR 1BA apartment. Detached garage. $895. Randy 952-270-9221 Large 2BR + Den, 2 car W/D. Utilities included, $900. 952-210-9732 Prior Lake- Lg 1 BR, $595/ mo. 2 BR. $765/ mo. Available now. Patio/ balcony, cats OK, please call 952-6532105, 952-594-1791, or 651-470-4017 Single person to share house on Prior Lake, open lower level. $700/mth. November free. Have to have job. 406-647-2776

Savage Rentals 1BR, No dogs allowed. Available immediately. Starting at $600/mth. 952-448-2333

Shakopee Rentals

1 BR APARTMENT Section 8 project Low income rent to qualifying persons. Age 62 or older. 30% of income Smoke-free units available

Shakopee Housing 952-403-1086 1 BR apt., $630/mth, utilities paid. Non-smoking. No pets. 12/1. 952457-5003 2BR, 1.5BA + Den. 1450 SF Townhome. 2 car garage. Today's decorators colors. First time out for rent. Access to Hwy 169. Tonapah & Lyons Park. Quiet neighborhood. Call Kaye 952-607-0798




Hillview Motel Micro/ Refrig. Weekly $175 & Up. Daily, $35 & Up. 952-445-7111

PT School Custodian needed for Aspen Academy in Prior Lake. Send cover letter and resume to: aspenemployment

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Resource Conservation Technician Scott Soil and Water Conservation District in Jordan is seeking a full-time Conservation Resource Technician ($35,450 to $45,700 plus benefits). Duties include resource planning, problem evaluation, landowner interaction and conservation practice applications. Bachelor's degree in natural resource management, civil or agricultural engineering, watershed management or related field required. Prefer surveying, designing and installing rural and urban BMP experience, with emphasis on native prairie plantings, wetland restorations and other ecological practices. Applications due by Dec. 2. Visit for complete job description and application or call (952) 492-5425. EOE

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B2B Telemarketer Needed for Savage office. $7.55-13/hr based on performance + bonus & incentives. No weekends or evenings. Call Cheyenne 952-440-0600. BIFFS, INC: Men & Women Drivers needed to Clean, Deliver, Pickup portable restrooms. Not just a job; a career. FT/OT. Local Routes. Full benefits package. Locally Owned & Operated. EOE/AA Employer & DOT Compliant. Application REQUIRED: 8610 Hansen Ave, Shakopee, MN 55379 or online: email:

Resource Conservationist II: Scott Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking a full-time Resource Conservationist II ($47,000-$56,000 plus benefits). Diverse resource planning, problem evaluation, landowner interaction and conservation practice background. BS in natural resource management, civil or agricultural engineering, watershed management or related field AND three years of related professional work experience. Application due by Dec. 2. Visit for complete job description and application or call (952) 492-5425. EOE

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Reporter, full-time The Litchfield Independent Review has an opening for a motivated, enthusiastic staff writer to join our award-winning news team. Strong reporting, writing and communication skills a must. Journalism degree preferred, although we will train the right candidate. Duties will include covering everything from government meetings, courts and crime, feature stories and more. Competitive pay and benefits package. Send resume to Brent Schacherer, general manager, Litchfield Independent Review, P.O. Box 307, Litchfield, MN 55355 or e-mail:

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Foosball table, Sportcraft, great condition, $25. 952-949-2276 Freezer, Whirlpool upright. Cash, $50. 952829-5335 Girl's ice skates, size 5, white, red piping. $20. 612-695-6243 GLASS KILN Oval 25" Evenheat, 9" deep, with stand and 2 half shelves. $800. 612-7180442 Go Cart 8.0, new motor runs great. $500. b/o 612-799-9806 Gulbransen Paragon organ with bench. Free 952-445-9797 Hide a bed couch, tan striped. $40. 612-3855198 Hoveround Mobility MPV5 chair. Used 6 months, $1350. Call 952-448-7776 Kenmore, electric dryer. Rarely used, great condition. $85. 612-7013018 Kids dresser, shelfs drawers, 3. TV stand tan, $75. 952-465-9862 King size mattress with box springs. Great condition, $200. 612-2051306 Large, antique, cast iron scalding pot, $75. b/o 612-454-7102

Mink coat, full length. Size 14, perfect condition, $500. 952-9381298 Oak coffee table, rectangular shape, excellent condition. $50. 952237-8576 Organ, electric, older, good condition, $25. 952-873-3429 Ornaments, 19 Hallmark, 7 Carlton cards heirloom collection. $25. 952-440-6719 Panimage 10.1" digital frame. Stores 2500 images. New. $50. 651402-9109 Philips, Norelco, shaver. Corded, cordless use. $35. 952-938-5050 Porcelain doll, victorian 22", Chantell, brown dress, pretty, $12. 952447-4961 Portable basketball hoop, $45. 612-4547102 Portable fish house,. Good condition, used very little. $50. 952-8733429 Prelit 6ft Christmas tree like new. $35. cash. 952-445-4375 Sandicast Beagle, 10"x6"x5", wicker basket. Brown, black eyes. $45. 952-938-5050 Wheelchair, Breezy Ultra. $325. 952-445-8775

Single hollywood bed frame, $15. 952-4457735 Snow blower, Honda HS55, 22"cut, 2stage, Trac drive, $175. 952496-1672 Snowblower, JacobsenHomelite. 4hp, 20" single stage, electric start, $240. 952-496-0672 Snowboard boots, mens 9.5, by Morrow, great condition, $40. 952-9750473 Snowshoes, new, adult, Sherpa, alum, 26"x8", $40. 651-755-2924 Sofa, custom made Ethan Allan, cream colored. 94", $300. 612619-5804 Toolbox, Craftsman, gray, 2-piece, 8 drawers. Like new, $100. 612-817-2430 TV 40in. HD RCA Projection, good condition. $185. 952-440-3357 Vintage wood Creche & Ladder 13-1/2x61/2x91/2. 10 figures. $40. 952-938-5050 Weather tech floor mats. Fits Jeep Patriot. $50. 952-448-4474 Wheelchair, new. $85. Cash 952-440-3357 Whirlpool, Refrigerator , 23 cf 68", 36" wide, $200. 612-578-5560

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ThriftMart Discovery Glass Kiln, Oval 25" Evenheat, 9" deep, with stand and 2 half shelves. $800. 612-718-0442

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

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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Auburn Homes & Services in Chaska is currently seeking applicants for the following positions: Nursing Assistants Care Attendants Life Enhancement Coordinator Housekeeping Coordinator Please see our website at for details. EOE/AAP PEARLE VISION CHASKA COMMONS Hiring PT retail associate/PT lab technician. Seeking highly motivated energetic people with "can do" attitude. Must have excellent phone, computer, and GREAT customer service skills. Optical sales experience helpful but not required. Email resume to Snow Removal Local company looking for snow plow operators and shovelers. We pay for exp., quick cash, paid immed. Flex. hours. Could lead to FT. 952-393-PLOW (7569) MoveSnowNow@ Snow removal- bobcat & truck drivers. Experienced & clean DL. Also sidewalk shovelers. 612-328-3351

Shakopee, MN Park Dental currently has an excellent Scheduling Manager opportunity available. We are looking for someone with strong relationship building and organizational skills to work with our patients in our Shakopee location. Dental experience is preferred but not required. It is necessary to have outstanding verbal communication and phone skills with the ability to work productively in a team oriented environment. This is a part-time position. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Kim at: Park Dental is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TAILOR/ALTERATIONS spapers


Boats/Motors 2006 Crestliner Lsi Angler 2285. Lots of extras. 60 HP Mercury 4 stroke and dual axle trailer. 763-360-6251 1992 Vibo 21' Hexagon pontoon. Low hrs. 2 motors. '96 Merc 90HP + 9.9. Marine radio. Trailer. Clean. $8,500. 612720-2262

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

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2001, 17ft. Starcraft, 90HP, Mercury. Excellent condition. $9,000 952-890-2630

Seeking 2-3 man shoveling crew in Chaska area. 952-292-6357


2002 Larson 19' FishNSki, SEI 190, 135 HP Outboard, stored indoors. $11,900.00 or BO, NADA guide suggested $13,945.00, Jon 612-730-8116

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

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

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

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

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

1996 Itasca Suncruiser Motorhome. Class A, 39'. Excellent condition, shedded at all times/ winterized. Loaded! 29,300 actual miles. $35,000/BO. 507-6656019

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

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

2004 Harley FXST Softail 24,000 miles. Extras too much to list. Call for details. REDUCED! $8,300. 952-836-6773


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

CASH$$ We buy guns SPORTS STOP Shakopee 952-445-5282

EZ-GO Gas Golf Cart with Rear Seat. White with White Top and Seats. $2195. 952-2390446 2005 black Yamaha R6, 6,000 miles. Yoshimurd customized exhaust. With OEM cover & tank bra. $5,500. 952-3610142

Hunters/ Trappers: We buy fur and trade for deer hides. Sports Stop, Shakopee, 952445-5282


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

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1968 T-Bird, 429 automatic, new gas tank, tires, fuel pump, sending unit, brakes. Runs. Needs Restoration. Asking $1500. 952-4482015

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


1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cierra, silver edition. Loaded! Only 109,000K miles. V-6, 4 door, $1,100/BO. 952426-5657


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


Pontiac Grand Prix 1980 301 Engine, 4.9 Liter, 4 Barrel Overhead, New Fuel Pump, Alternator, Battery Heater, 129500K, $1800. 612418-5159



1993 Chevrolet Suburban 4X4, 260K, starts and runs great, body rusty, great winter vehicle, asking $1200, 952447-4946

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

Trucks Sport Util Vehicles

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

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

1998 Dodge Stratus, 6 cyl, AT. 156K. $1,500. 952-445-6173

2009 Chev Cobalt LT. Purchased/ driven locally, like brand new, 21,000K. Black, Spoiler, PW, PL, Cruise, CD, non-smoker, more! $12,400. 952-215-5421

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

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

2002 Ford Expedition, original owner, 4.6 liter, A/C, 6CD, third row seat, no accidents, runs, looks very good. $5,700. 952-270-8292


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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Giving without expectation


Pannkuk Jeremy and Teresa Pannkuk of Prior Lake announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Marie Pannkuk, at 2:37 a.m. Nov. 4, 2011 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. She weighed 7.1 pounds and was 20.5 inches long. She has blue eyes and black hair. Grandparents are Jerome and Charleen Johnson of Sun City West, Ariz. and Jim and Joan Pannkuk of Faribault. Ava will be baptized at St. Catherine’s Church on Dec. 4.

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When I arrived at the shelter Tuesday evening, several other volunteers were already scurrying around, placing sleeping mats on the floor, cooking dinner and folding blankets for the people who would arrive in less than an hour. For the second season, the lower level of a Minneapolis church is offering shelter to 50 homeless men and women – the “guests” – throughout winter and into spring. Groups volunteer each night to prepare meals for the guests, and a homeless advocate is on staff to oversee the overnight operation. Last year, when the shelter first opened, my best friend and I wound up coordinating all of the volunteers and meal groups – lack of funding didn’t allow for a paid volunteer coordinator. We thoroughly exhausted ourselves as we juggled full-time jobs, night classes and family. This year, a full-time coordinator was hired, and we’ve shifted our focus to a more intentional approach of spending time with the guests to help them find resources. My personal focus is on listening to the guests rather than trying to fix them. Too quickly, the wheels churn in my head and I imagine a list of tasks that could be completed to help each guest expeditiously overcome homelessness.



But it’s more complicated than that. Some of the guests suffer from severe mental illness and don’t have access to the care and medications they need. Some guests have alcohol and substance-abuse addictions, and life on the streets has only exacerbated their problems. Many of the guests have jobs and some work full-time, but their wages aren’t enough to afford permanent housing. And increasingly, many guests are homeless for the first time after losing jobs and subsequently losing their homes. They struggle to find work in an economy where hundreds of people apply for each job and the competition is fierce. Out of exhaustion and frustration, and without the resources many of us have to fall back on, some give up all together. I had been away from volunteering for most of the

summer while I worked on a writing project, and being back in the presence of so much need and so much help was both devastating and exhilarating. I make the decision to drive from Savage to downtown Minneapolis several times each month not because there aren’t opportunities closer to home, but because the shelter presented itself to my best friend and me somewhat serendipitously, and we’ve committed to making a difference there together. I thought about the journey of how the shelter came to be on my drive home Tuesday night, and when I picked up my son from his aunt’s house, he ran into my arms and excitedly asked, “Mommy! Did you help the people who don’t have houses?” My heart nearly leaped from my chest. I recognize that my gift of time is valuable to the shelter coordinators and, I hope, is of some benefit to the guests. And the personal reward of heightened awareness is immeasurable for me. But more important than any of those things, I’m serving as a role model for my son, who, at the age of 3, is already glimpsing what it means to give without the expectation of getting anything in return. Amy Lyon is the editor of the Savage Pacer. She can be reached at 952-345-6376 or

PET OF THE WEEK Possum got her name because she’s a cute little thing and her foster likes Dame Edna, who calls everyone she likes “possums.” Possum the cat was born outside in a barn to a very nice mom who is going back to the farm. She’s been lucky because she’s had two moms – Kit Kat, her real mom, and Lanikai, her mom’s friend who let Possum and her siblings nurse on her, too. Possum has two brothers and four sisters, but they already have found homes. Possum would like to go to a home with another cat or with Lanikai. Call Possum’s foster home at (952) 882-6302 for

more information. All cats and kittens live in foster homes and are socialized. They have been vet-checked, feline leukemia/FIV tested negative, and have required shots. All cats over 6 months of age have been spayed or neutered. All kittens under 6 months receive a certificate for a free spay/neuter included in the adoption fee. All cats and kittens come with a welcome pack including free food, blanket, coupons, treats and discounts at Pet Supplies Plus. This pet is being fostered at Rainbow Animal Rescue in Prior Lake. If you can give a pet a

Possum home, call (952) 440-3824, e-mail rainbow.animal.rescue@gmail. com, or visit Pet Supplies Plus in Burnsville from noon to 3 p.m. every Saturday. Pets also can be viewed online at www.petfinder. com (enter zip code 55372).





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Marschall, who recently served on the agency’s board of directors, will over- see programming such as Head Start, heating assistance and wea...


Marschall, who recently served on the agency’s board of directors, will over- see programming such as Head Start, heating assistance and wea...