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AMERICAN Taxpayers tell city leaders to ‘get real’ Others say ‘reality’ includes using some surplus to plan for the future BY LORI CARLSON


rior Lake taxpayers delivered a strong message to City Council members on Monday during an annual truth-in-taxation hearing: Taxes might be going down, but spending is still out of control. Though city leaders anticipate property tax reductions in 2012 due to a surplus in reserve funds, the residents who packed City Hall on a cold winter night weren’t contented. Several citizens chastised the council and city staff in charge of budgeting for what the residents say is overspending and unfairly holding onto surpluses. As in the past, the council’s opinions clearly split between Mayor Mike Myser and Councilman Richard Keeney – who say proposals to add staff are too optimistic and the city needs to give back the surplus relatively quickly – and the remainder of the council members, who defend the need to hire a finance department accountant and a police supervisor


Council members’ views

“Well-run cities run surpluses. The alternative is to run deficits. Surpluses are not a sign of a broken process.” – Ken Hedberg “I believe we need to reduce the fund balance in increments, spend the surplus down, use it to reduce future taxes, and use it to maintain a sustainable, viable community.” – Warren Erickson

and believe the surplus-related tax relief should occur over a longer period of time. While Myser and Keeney say it’s unfair for the city to hold onto excess taxpayer money, Councilmembers Ken Hedberg, Warren Erickson and Vanessa Soukup have argued that the council has an obligation to prepare the city for the future. “This surplus took many, many


“There have been some massive improvements to the city since 1999. We’re proud of the infrastructure. This surplus took many, many years to accumulate. We want to make sure that what we do with it is responsible and going to benefit our community.” – Vanessa Soukup

“It’s your money. We should give a big chunk of that back to you. I proposed giving about half of [the surplus] back in a single year – about a 10-percent reduction to each household. I believe it should be given back in a single year. This is the time our residents need it.” – Mayor Mike Myser

“We’ve already adopted a financial management plan that states if we don’t have a specific budgeted purpose for a surplus, we must reduce the surplus back down to our 45-percent goal. To continue to hold onto those surpluses with the idea that in the future there will be a plan to spend that money, I think is unfair to the taxpayers.” – Richard Keeney

years to accumulate. We want to make sure that what we do with it is responsible and going to benefit our community,” Soukup said. About $500,000 of the recent surplus will be used to lower the tax levy in the coming year. The city’s proposed 2012 budget includes a spending increase of 4.5 percent over 2011. City leaders have said the expenses are justi-

What residents said “I wish this council would get real and start living where we live in your budget process, and return the surplus.” – Sandee Wright “The city is holding over $2.5 million in excessive tax collections that have been accumulated just since 2008.” – Wes Mader

fied because the city desperately needs the accountant and a police supervisor. Other proposed spending increases stem from the need to maintain the big-ticket buildings the city has constructed within the last 10 years, including City Hall, the police station, a second fi re station and a water-treatment facility.

“It doesn’t make sense that those of us who are paying the bills should be saddled with the kind of salaries that you folks are enjoying in Prior Lake. It tells me you probably don’t know what the hell you’re doing.” – Michael C. Gresser “I think thought should be given to the consolidation of a police supervisor position with other cities in the county. Savings could be made.” – Darcy Running

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Prior Lake High School freshman Seth Ratliff is undergoing physical and speech therapy as he recovers from a Nov. 28 crash on Highway 13.

Above – During a National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day program at Club Prior on Wednesday, Luella Newstrom of Prior Lake recalls hearing of the Pearl Harbor attack when she was a teen. Newstrom joined the Navy in 1944 and served during World War II.

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At right – Merritt Cody, of Prior Lake (seen here with his wife Jean), recalls Dec. 7, 1941, the day the Japanese attacked the harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. The assault launched the U.S.’s involvement in World War II. Cody was overcome with emotion by the memories of that time. He recalled the fear Americans felt when they heard air-raid sirens, and the almost immediate internment of thousands of Japanese living in the U.S.



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Couple charged with stealing toilets, fixtures from their foreclosed home

Temps should rebound this week Last week started with seasonable temperatures, briefly turned mild and ended cold with the fi rst reading of the season below 10 d e g r e e s . This was two we ek s l ater Jonathan than last year Cohen and about a week and a half later than average. For the week, temperatures were below average, but only by .5 degrees. Of course, the main feature of the week was the moderate snowstorm on Dec. 3, which should establish the permanent snow cover for the winter. We were in the narrow band of heaviest snow,

which was expected to be a little southeast of here. The outlook is for even colder weather heading into the weekend, as we may see the fi rst subzero reading of the season. However, a strong warm-up will arrive this weekend, and we could edge above freezing by Sunday. Temperatures should then continue somewhat above average into next week. That

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average continues to drop sharply next week, going from 20 degrees on Dec. 7 to 16 degrees on Dec. 15. There is a small chance of some light snow or mixed precipitation early next week and a better chance of that by the middle of next week. By Jonathan Cohen, Prior Lake observer for the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District

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A married couple formerly of Credit River Township has been charged with taking just about everything from their former home, including the kitchen sink. Scott Robert Nelson and Lisa Werneke Nelson, now of Edina, both have been charged with felony theft after they allegedly paid a man to retrieve toilets, light fixtures and plumbing fi xtures, among other things, from their former home in Credit River Township that had been foreclosed upon. According to the complaint, police received a report in late June from a representative at Klein Bank saying that there was an unauthorized man in a foreclosed home in the 21300 block of Whisperer Way. An officer spoke to the man at the home, who said the Nelsons had asked him to retrieve toilets and plumbing fixtures from the house. The officer found that two toilets had been removed and were in a mudroom, five plumbing fi xtures had been removed and placed in a box in the garage and that several light fi xtures, fans and appliances also were missing. The representative from Klein Bank told police that the company sent a letter to the Nelsons advising them that they could not remove any existing

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structures or fi xtures from the house, and that the company did not authorize anyone to take or remove any property from the residence. The man at the house said he was a handyman who was contacted by the Nelsons to do repair work at their Edina home, and that they instructed him to go to the Credit River Township home to retrieve the property. He said Scott Nelson gave him a garage opener for the house and told him where a key was. The officer then spoke on the phone with Scott Nelson, who allegedly confirmed that he directed the man to remove the property. According to the complaint, some of the property was at the Nelsons’ Edina home, some was in a storage unit and the rest had been sold to other people. According to the complaint, the total dollar amount of items removed and damaged from the property was $23,201.07. The replacement cost of the appliances was $15,390.65, the cost to replace light fixtures was $4,215.62 and the cost to repair the plumbing was $3,594.80. Both Nelsons’ first appearances in Scott County District Court are scheduled for Jan. 6, 2012. Alex Hall

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‘Welcome’ sign needed, staff says As plans for a new intersection at Arcadia Avenue and County Road 21 continue, city leaders have said a sign is needed to identify Arcadia as the main access to downtown. “It is the staff’s position that Arcadia must be identified as the principal access to downtown as soon as possible,” said Larry Poppler, city engineer, on Monday. Prior Lake City Council members tentatively supported a monument sign at Arcadia, but they put the brakes on other proposals, including information kiosks and a parking lot. “A lot of this should wait until we’re ready to put the stoplights in there,” Councilman Richard Keeney said. The $480,000 “streetscaping” proposal included ornamental streetlights, benches, trash bins, planters, a monument sign (with digital option) and the kiosks. The estimated total cost is $ 3.3 million for the project, which would extend Arcadia south to Colorado Street and add a signal and turn lanes at the Arcadia/21 intersection. The council will see final design plans in January, with bidding expected in March and

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Bond sale to save city interest The sale of $5.78 million in general obligation bonds could save the city of Prior Lake at least $200,000 in interest costs over the life of the bonds, according to Steve Mattson of Northland Securities Inc. City Council members on Monday approved the sale of bonds and issuance of new bonds for several city projects, including: Improvements associated with the 2012 reconstruction of Boudin and Denese streets; Timothy and Lois avenues; and Natalie Road, for a total of $1.73 million. The upgrade of the County Road 21/Arcadia Avenue intersection project (minus right-ofway costs), valued at $550,000. A refund of general obligation fi re hall bonds worth $3.5 million.

Brandt retires after 36 years Longtime city worker Brad Brandt is retiring after 36 years with Prior Lake. Brandt started in the streets,

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City honored at state conservation event City leaders attended a luncheon in Bloomington on Tuesday that recognized the state’s top conservationists. The Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts honored Prior Lake and seven other state fi nalists in the running for “Minnesota’s Outstanding Conservationist.” The Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District selected Prior Lake as its Scott “Outstanding Conservationist” in October, advancing the city to the state competition. Scott Soil and Water leaders said Prior Lake has stood out among its peers for its efforts in

erosion control and pollution prevention, such as its snow- and ice-prevention plan to lower chloride levels in the lakes. Scott County also lauded Prior Lake for its wi ld li fe habit at ma nagement a nd its participation in rain garden and rain barrel programs.

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Council members agree those increases are necessary investments in the city’s facilities. But with the city holding nearly $2 million more than it needs in reserve, the spending increases have angered some residents. Michael C. Gresser, a construction company owner who lives on Shady Beach Trail, spoke directly to City Manager Frank Boyles, detailing his $133,000 salary (not including benefits), plus $5,400 in car allowances. “ You mu st d r ive a lot ,” Gresser said to Boyles. “You cost the city $187,000, plus, plus, plus, for a small community of 22,000.” Gresser said he finds the salaries and pay increases of nonunion city workers “very unrealistic” in a slumping economy. “It doesn’t make sense that those of us who are paying the bills should be saddled with the kind of salaries that you folks are enjoying in Prior Lake,” he said. “It tells me you probably don’t know what the hell you’re doing.” While Gresser calculated that nonunion staff pay increases have amounted to 7.5 percent in the last three years, Assistant City Manager Kelly Meyer pointed out that the city’s nonunion workers actually received a 2.5-percent costof-living increase in 2009, zero increase in 2010 and a 2-percent increase in 2011. “Last year we had a number of department head positions turn over and we had a reorganization of staff, so I don’t blame Mr. Gresser for not understanding how that reorganization impacted the numbers,” Meyer said. Like Gresser, resident and former mayor Wes Mader has long been critical of the city’s taxing policies. Mader said a review of city spending by the resident group Citizens for Accountable Government proves that the city is “far off track. “A year ago at the truth-in-

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Ratliff is also battling a respiratory issue, according to his CaringBridge website. The freshman at Prior Lake High School was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis on Nov. 28 after he was struck by an SUV while riding his bike to school.

taxation hearing, it was not disclosed by city management that there would be a million-dollar surplus in 2010. It’s inexcusable that we heard about the surplus after the 2011 levy was set,” Mader said. “That million plus another million from 2008-09, plus about $650,000 this year – that means the city is holding over $2.5 million in excessive tax collections that have been accumulating just since 2008.” Mader himself has been the target of criticism. Councilmen Ken Hedberg and Warren Erickson said on Monday that the city has long had surpluses that have been used to meet long-term capital obligations – including while Mader was mayor. “Well-run cities run surpluses. The alternative is to run deficits,” Hedberg said. “Surpluses are not a sign of a broken process.” But Mader later pointed out that he opposed the “hoarding” of tax surpluses by city government even while he was in office. “What Hedberg didn’t mention is that I voted ‘no’ on every city budget that was passed from 1997 through 2000,” Mader said this week. “When I did vote ‘yes’ on the 2001 budget, it was only after City Manager Boyles presented a budget, under directive from the council, that reduced the average tax bill by 10 percent.”

expenditures – new accounting software hasn’t been bought for decades, and with our building infrastructure, it’s responsible for us to set aside some funds to take care of the assets we’ve already purchased,” Myser said. But his fellow council members’ insistence on using the surplus in increments over several years left Myser shaking his head at Monday’s meeting. “People are talking about what steady and smooth is and what growth is. To see that we can increase staff by 5 percent in one year, I just don’t get it,” he said. “That kind of staff in this kind of environment is inappropriate.” Keeney said the city has no legitimate reason to hold onto a high amount of tax dollar surplus. “We adopted a financial management plan that states if we don’t have a specific budgeted purpose for [a surplus], we must reduce the surplus back down to our 45-percent goal,” he said. “To continue to hold onto those surpluses with the idea that in the future there will be a plan to spend that money, I think, is unfair to the taxpayers.”


Hedberg, Erickson and Soukup have suggested using part of the surplus for taxpayer relief while holding some of the money for catching up on “underfunded” past obligations, such as roof repair at the city’s maintenance center and Fire Station No. 1. “We’re not going to try to pay for everything all at once, but try to identify that which is past due,” Hedberg said. “Money will be added to the budget over the next three years as a catch-up out of the reserves.” Myser agrees that the city needs to upgrade its antiquated fi nancial system and maintain its capital investments. “I see some opportunities for

City leaders continue to argue that without a “crystal ball,” they can only build flexible budgets that don’t rely on anticipated revenues that may or may not materialize. “The last few years certainly haven’t been an anomaly,” said Jerilyn Erickson, the city’s fi nance director. “On the revenue side, we budget conservatively. Expenditures certainly will vary. When you build a budget, you have to have a little bit of flexibility there. You don’t know how many snowstorms there will be, or what the cost of fuel is going to do.” The council has a specific fi nancial management policy that addresses how surplus dollars should be used – such as to prevent big tax increases or to cover cash flow, she added. “It’s not just used indiscriminately,” she said. Council members will vote on a fi nal budget and tax levy on Monday, Dec. 19.

The SUV was traveling south on Highway 13 and Ratliff was crossing Highway 13 near Oakland Beach Avenue just before 8 a.m. when he was hit. T he d r iver of t he S U V, 76-year-old Prior Lake woman Janice Miller, suffered no apparent injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The boy was wearing a bike helmet, according to paramedics. According to the Minnesota

State Patrol accident report, several witnesses said that t her e wa s not h i n g M i l ler could have done to avoid the collision. The witnesses said Ratliff stopped momentarily at t he Oa k l a nd B e ach Avenue stop sign before trying to quickly accelerate across Highway 13. Check www.plamerican. com or visit/sethratliff for updates.


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Taking the fun out of Christmas The Internet has ruined Christmas. I received an e-mail from my wife today with the subject line “Gift idea…wallet” which made me realize that this holiday season is really going to happen whether I embrace it or not. I glossed over the actual message that included a few sentences about wallets and a website link. Then my man brain kicked in and automatically translated the e-mail. It said, “Mark, for a happy wife, buy this.” In a household with a joint spending account, gift giving has little monetary relevance, meaning I can’t rely on a hefty price tag to trick my wife into thinking I’m so sweet for working so hard to get her such a fancy gift when she’s essentially paying for it, too. It has to be the thought that counts, but now even she won’t trust me to put thought in it and is essentially saying, “For Christmas, can you give me the five minutes it takes to fill out this online form?” Done. Even the suggestions I get for various kids on my gift-giving list are things like iTunes gift cards or, much worse, Visa gift cards. You mean I can’t even give cash anymore? Of course not, because you can’t spend cash on the Internet. But you can spend Bitcoins, the fairly new digital currency fabricated during the halftime of an epic Dungeons and Dragons bout and pretty much only accepted in the extreme tech world. So you like doing your own shopping online, eh? Well, here you go, Ruby Sue, two bitcoins so you can by a core processor or an hour’s worth of a virtual assistant’s time. When the young ones ask for such specific things as Visa gift cards and in effect say, “I’ll do my own shopping because you suck at it,” I like to make a point to buy them something that would have been cool if they were three years younger just to make them squirm and feign enthusiasm in front of the whole family so as not to show the disappointment. Nothing brightens my holidays more than a youngster very poorly thanking his elder for a crappy gift. I know because I used to be the youngster. “Hey, alright! It’s a … magic set? Hey, thanks. You know what? I was just telling my friends, you know the



10th-graders I hang out with in high school because that’s what grade I’m in, that there just isn’t enough magic in my life. Thanks a whole bunch, Uncle Eddy.” I’m the first one to admit that it’s hard to tell people what you want as a present. If my wife, Emily, would have vaguely hinted that she wanted a wallet, I would have royally screwed it up and got something with the “wrong kind of pockets” or tooshort tassels. I also don’t really want anything, so in contradictory fashion I can understand relying on the tried-and-true Visa card. I’m 30 years old and am lucky enough to have had impeccable fashion sense six years ago, so new clothes are automatically out of the question for a gift. What’s left after that for a 30-year-old? Laser pointer? Deodorant? Just as I’m about to swear off gift giving all together since the Internet has clearly made it an impersonal funds exchange, my wife asks me what I think we should get our daughter for her first Christmas – not her actual first Christmas, but her first one with a real fear of Santa and an undying love of pictures of kitties. My first instinct is to wrap up all the empty boxes and discarded packaging from the “presents” she gets throughout the year and let her go to town. But even at this young age of hers, she has the ability to turn on the charm and help me see Christmas through a kid’s eyes, and I can’t help but want to spend five minutes filling out whatever online form she wants. Mark Gores is a realtor living in Prior Lake with his wife, Emily, and their young daughter. He can be reached at

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

AP courses can stretch students’ minds Has your student ever thought about taking an Advanced Placement course at Prior Lake High School? For many students who consider themselves average learners, the thought may never cross their minds. With 2012-13 registration nearing, I challenge ninth- through12th-grade students to consider the following top reasons to participate in our award-winning AP program: You do not need to be an A student to take an AP class. PLHS students do not need to have a straight A academic record to qualify, participate and have success in an AP class. PLHS ninth- through-12th-grade students must have at least a C- grade-point average to qualify to take an AP class. Students have the option to speak with a school counselor to determine if the academic rigor offered in AP is a good choice for them. If students are motivated, our teachers are ready to guide them through an AP class and help students learn more about their capabilities. AP classes help to prepare students for college. Students who take AP courses are able to stretch their minds in new ways that help them gain the critical-thinking and study skills needed at college. College admission counselors are looking to see if students have taken the most challenging courses available to them. They are often looking beyond a student’s GPA and want to know that students are willing to take on the extra rigor that an AP class provides.

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According to the College Board, students who take AP classes and do not earn a 3 on the course-end test, but score at least a 1 or 2 on AP exams, statistically perform better on standardized tests and college coursework. The College Board also cites a 2008 study that found AP students had better four-year graduation rates than those who did not take AP courses. Students can save money. Students with an AP score of 3 or higher can earn course credit for college, depending on the institution’s policy. Some of our students earn enough credits to begin their post-secondary course work as a sophomore. Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools is a national leader in AP program offerings. Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools is one of only 11 districts in the state and 367 in the nation to be honored by the College Board for AP programming. This distinction comes after simultaneously increasing access

to AP course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP exams by 17 percent in the last year. There are several PLHS AP course options from which to choose. AP courses offer students the chance to study a subject in greater depth. Freshman have the option to choose AP Human Geography; sophomores can take AP World History. For juniors, the options expand to Language and Composition, Calculus, Statistics, Environmental Science and U.S. History. For seniors, AP options include Literature and Composition, Calculus, Statistics, Environmental Science, American Government and Economics. AP classes can be confidence builders. Students who have completed an AP class know they have challenged themselves and quite often surprise themselves with the level of academic rigor in which they are able to succeed. AP courses are not right for everyone, but students ready for a challenge have the option to learn from our skilled, dedicated and inspiring teachers at PLHS. While student grades are always an important measure of academic success, sometimes pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone can yield even greater accomplishments. Sue Ann Gruver is the superintendent of the Prior Lake/ Savage Area School District. She can be reached at (952) 226-0000 or sgruver@priorlake-savage.k12.


Top salaries eat up tax dollars Thanks to residents who did some homework and reported on it in the American [letters to the editor], we’ve learned that our city manager enjoys a base salary in excess of $130,000. In addition, it apparently takes two well-paid assistant city managers to help him do his job. It seems to me this is awfully topheavy for a city of our size. If the job is too big for our current city manager, wouldn’t it make more sense to hire someone who can do the job and eliminate positions? Employees with offices in City Hall don’t plow snow, repair streets, service sewer and water lines or do the other work that affects residents, yet their salaries eat up a large percentage of our tax dollars. The council should be addressing

this issue during budget discussions instead of dreaming up new multimillion-dollar projects.

Verda Russo Prior Lake

City taxpayers deserve a refund On Monday, I attended the truthin-taxation hearing at City Hall to hear more details regarding the proposed budget for 2012. I was very disappointed to hear of yet another proposed budget increase for 2012. What is being proposed is another increase (4.44 percent in the general fund budget), directly on the heels of yet another budget surplus, which I believe is at least the third year in a row with a budget surplus. The 2011 general fund reserves are projected to be at 60 percent compared to the proposed 2012 budget. The city has adopted a policy to strive to keep this at or below 45 percent, which


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would suggest we should be in store for some tax relief. Unfortunately, I was disappointed to see that several council members actually are considering how much and when to return this surplus. To me it seems the “how much” is pretty clearly defined by the 45 percent number, and I don’t see any logical reason for it to be anytime except now. Also during this meeting, historical population numbers were shared that indicated a 43-percent increase in population in Prior Lake from 2000 to 2010. Unfortunately, City Manager Frank Boyles failed to note that during the same time period, the total tax collections more than doubled. Perpetually increasing spending faster than population growth suggests we either are not spending our money wisely, or we can expect to continue to run budget surpluses, which may or may not ever be returned to the taxpayers. On a brighter note, I was proud to hear that Councilmember Keeney and Mayor Myser spoke out in opposi-

tion to the proposed budget increase. Unfortunately, if the remaining council members continue their historical support for yet another budget increase, we can continue to expect higher taxes without any significant increase in services rendered. I was hopeful that this year would bring more transparency on the part of our city government. However, it appears that the game is being played the same as in the past by: Developing proposed budgets compared to last year’s inflated budget to minimize appearance of any proposed increase. Spending less than the budget, to create unreserved budget surpluses in excess of the city’s fi nancial guidelines. Debating later, how much and when to return these surpluses to the taxpaying public. I certainly hope the City Council begins to realize that this money is not theirs, but rather an interest-free loan from the taxpaying public. Even

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in this dismal economy, it would be very easy to fi nd an investment vehicle with a much better payback.

Joe Menning Prior Lake


Donors make Christmas brighter The entire volunteer staff at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Prior Lake and the American Red Cross would like to thank all blood donors who donated on Dec. 1, including Kendra Graham, a first-time donor on her 17th birthday, and her mother, Toni. Seventy-eight donors have made for a glorious Christmas.

Carolyn Morgan Joan Feldten Diane Schroeder Ruth Westman Sue Fuller

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Marcy Cook of Prior Lake, left, and Sharon Simon of New Prague, right, flank ballroom dance instructor Michael Bang on Thursday afternoon during the Danceteria event at Club Prior, featuring Czech and Old Time dance music from New Prague’s Czech Area Concertina Club. The event drew an estimated 120 guests from throughout the area for dancing, music, snacks and other activities. To see more photos from the event, be sure to visit


Nerd pride Rave: Let’s give it up for the nerds. Once used as a term to mock people who are passionate about the “less cool” things in life, I’ve finally learned that not only do I think nerds are among the world’s coolest people, but I think somewhere deep down, we’re all nerds. You don’t have to wear a pocket protector to be a nerd, you just have to have a particular and almost encyclopedic affinity for a certain subject. Whether you love video games, sports stats or reality TV, I think we’ve all got to take that next step and embrace our inner nerds. – Meryn Fluker

Handmade means more Rave: Kudos to the creative people out there. This holiday season, a lot of my friends have chosen to make gifts for their loved ones instead of waiting in line or online to purchase presents. And I’ve decided to get in on the act. After years of shilling gift cards, DVDs and CDs, I’ve finally figured out that a

homemade gift really can mean more than something storebought. I’m finally figuring out that you don’t need to be Martha Stewart to give a meaningful one-of-a-kind handmade gift. Plus, the effort you put into getting it right will far outweigh time spent running from aisle to aisle. I like merchandise as much as the next person, but I can definitely appreciate a good mix of homemade and purchased holiday presents. – 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.

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)

Scott County, State of Minnesota, that filing for town offices will be held for a two week period beginning on January 3, 2012, closing at 5:00 p.m on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Election for one (1) supervisor for a three (3) year term and one (1) clerk for a two (2) year term will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Filing fee is $2.00. Persons may file Affidavits of Candidacy by appointment with Town Clerk, Arnita Novotny, 27750 Teale Ave., New Prague, MN, 56071 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. For questions call (952)7584943. Submitted by: Arnita Novotny, Clerk Cedar Lake Township (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, December 10 and 17, 2011; No. 7610) Public Notice NOTICE OF FILING FOR TOWNSHIP ELECTION Notice is hereby given to qualified voters of Credit River Township, Scott County, and State of Minnesota that filing for town offices will be held for a two-week period beginning on January 3, 2012. Affidavits of Candidacy shall be filed with the Town Clerk, Cathy Haugh, from January 3, 2012 to January 17, 2012 at the Credit River Town Hall at 18985 Meadow View Blvd., Prior Lake MN 55372 on Tuesdays from 9:00 am until noon or by appointment Monday-Friday from January 3, 2012 to January 17, 2012 by calling 952.440.5515. Filing will close on January 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm Filing Fee $2.00 Offices to be filled at the March 13, 2012 annual election are: Two (2) Supervisors, for three (3) year terms Candidates will be required to file for one of the open seats. Submitted By: Cathy Haugh Clerk Credit River Township (Published in the Prior Lake American on Saturday, December 10 and 17, 2011; No. 7611)

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF FILING FOR TOWNSHIP ELECTION Notice is hereby given to qualified voters of Cedar Lake Township,

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The Prior Lake-Savage Area School District will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 in the board room at the District Services Center, 4540 Tower St., Prior Lake. The regular meeting agenda includes: Call to order Pledge of Allegiance Roll call Approval of agenda Presentation of Proposed 2011 Payable 2012 Levy Certification Public comments Consent agenda: Items are considered to be routine in nature and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a board member or citizen so requests, in which event the item will be removed as a consent agenda item and addressed. A. Check/wire transfer disbursement summary B. Bank reconciliation statements C. Approval of School Board minutes D. Donations E. Resignations, terminations and nonrenewals Laker Pride, special recogni-

tion and Laker Showcase A. Laker Showcase: Jeffers Pond Elementary School Open forum: A 15-minute time period is set aside to receive citizen input. Personnel items A. Approval of candidates for employment B. Approval of leaves of absence C. Approval of job description Old Business New Business A. 2012-13 Kids’ Company rates B. 2011-12 extended-day kindergarten fees C. Adopt 2011 Payable 2012 Final Levy Certification D. Final 2011-12 Budget approval E. 2012-2016 Transportation Contract approval F. Commerce Bank agreement Policy A. First reading of policies Administrative reports A. Superintendent report B. Administrative reports C. Board reports Future events Adjourn



Members of St. Michael Catholic School’s second-grade Brownie troop delivered donations from their Christmas Toy Drive to the CAP Agency headquarters in Shakopee. Upon arrival, the girls took a tour of the office from Vice President of Community Relations Linda Shelton and Marketing and Communications Specialist Marlys Huismann. Pictured are, front row (from left): Sydney Ames, Caroline Rivera, Isabel Simon, Emily Buhain, Eve Edwards and Taylor Hartell. Back row (from left): Grace Meyer, Brooke Mandinec, Bella Stringer, Kaitlyn Kartschoke, Mikayla Drentlaw, Sarah Krouse, Alex Lloyd and Jacque Casey.

The Prior Lake Economic Development Authority will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at City Hall, 4646 Dakota St. The tentative agenda: Call to order/introduction Approval of agenda Approval of meeting minutes from Nov. 28 Public hearings: None scheduled Old business: A. Broadband consultant

selection New business: A. EDAC report and subcommittee reports: EDAC Broadband fiber network Technology Village incubator B. Resolution adopting 2012 EDA budget C. Business inquiry list Other business: A. Draft Jan. 9, 2012 agenda Adjournment


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Dimes Paying Quarters Paying Halves Paying

Drop off a toy, cash, or clothing at any of the following locations: Arnie’s Bar Babes Place Shakopee Eagles Coffee Ta Cream Pullman Club Turtles Bar & Grill Pablo’s Von Hanson’s Meats

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For Scott, Carver & Dakota County Needy families

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U.S. Nickels Wanted *1883 thru 1912 .........40¢ ea *1913 thru 1938 .........30¢ ea

Canadian Coins Wanted!

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Dated 1966 & before Dollars ........................ $10.74 each Halves.......................... $5.01 each Quarters ...................... $2.50 each Dimes ........................... $1.25 each

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U.S. Pennies Wanted Wheat Pennies 1909-1958 Paying 3¢ Each Indian Pennies 22¢ each & up

There is also a rafÁe being held at Shakopee Eagles on December 17 at 8:00 pm with live music & many prizes including cash. Need not be present to win. To purchase rafÁe tickets or schedule a pickup of larger items or make a tax deductible donation please feel free to contact Bob 612-723-1484 or Diane 612-408-1433. Collection boxes provided by Dick’s Sanitation.

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What’s on Tap for the Lakers Boys Basketball Dec. 13: at Waconia, 7:30 p.m. Dec: 16: at Eden Prairie, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball Dec. 13: vs. New Prague 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16: vs. Burnsville, 7;15 p.m.

Girls hockey Dec. 13: vs. Apple Valley, 5 p.m. Dec. 15: at Eden Prairie, 7 p.m.

Robrock returns to lead the young Lakers BY TOM SCHARDIN

The Prior Lake boys swimming team’s depth with be young and inexperienced. But the Lakers had some topend talten back, starting with senior Kyle Robrock. Last year, Robrock fi nished second in the 100-yard backstroke at the Class AA state meet and was tied for seventh in the 50 freestyle. Robrock set the school record in the 100 back last year at state (50.20 seconds) and tied the school mark in the 50 freestyle (21.54). In his final


season, he’ll try to become only second Prior Lake swimmer to win a state title. Chris Baker won the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke in 1984. “Kyle is set up fairly well to compete at the top of the backstroke,” said Lakers coach Justin Haycraft. “It would be fun to have a state champion in that event. He has worked

really hard in the offseason.” Robrock is not t he on ly Laker back with state experience. Junior Alex Jenness and eighth-grader Marshall Heskin also competed at state. Jenness was 14th in the 100 backstroke and 24th in the 200 individual medley. Heskin, Jenness and Robrock were three-fourths of the 200 medley relay team that fi nished 10th. “We have a very good core of athletes back,” said Haycraft. “We lost quite a few seniors that were varsity, so we will be looking to the rest of the field to step up a bit and fi ll those spots.”

Boys Hockey Dec. 13: vs. Wayzata, 7:10 p.m. Dec. 15: vs. Apple Valley 7 p.m. Dec. 17: vs. St. Paul Academy 3 p.m.

Wrestling Dec. 15: at Lakeville North, 7 p.m. Dec. 16: Christmas Tourney, Rochester Dec. 17: Christmas Tourney, Rochester

Boys swimming Dec. 16: vs. Apple Valley, 6 p.m. PHOTO BY TOM SCHARDIN

Nordic Skiing

Prior Lake senior Kyle Robrock finished second in the 100-yard backstroke at the Class AA state meet last year.

Dec. 14: SSC meet at Hyland Park, 3:30 p.m.

Haycra f t expects sopho more Alec Robrock and eighthgrader Craig Robrock to make an impact, along with eighthgrader Jack Dessler, ninthg rader Matt Anderson and

Dec 12: SSC meet at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. Dec. 17: SSC Championships in Eagan, 11 a.m.

sophomore William Bragg. Others expected to contribute are senior Zach Kleist and junior Josiah Torvik.

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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.




Good court signs

Back on mat

PL rebounds fast with a road upset

Lakers lose to three highly ranked foes



The Prior Lake girls basketball team rebounded in a big way from its season-opening loss. With senior Alyssa Eschrich back in the lineup, the Lakers controlled the boards and had eight players in the scoring column in a 56-50 upset at No. 7-ranked W hite Bear Lake Dec. 2. The Lakers also did their job at the charity stripe, making 67 percent (21 for 31), which was big improvement from converting only 46 percent (6 of 13) in a 59-43 loss at No. 4 Minnetonka Nov. 29. “We don’t have a person who can create on her own or take over a game,” said Lakers coach Mike Gidley. “We need to screen for each other and run good offensive sets. We need to make our free throws, rebound the ball and play good defense. “If we do all of those things, we’ll be alright,” added Gidley. Eschrich missed the opener with an injury and the Lakers missed her presence inside. The 6-foot-2-inch forward, who will play will Division II next year at St. Cloud State University, fi nished with 11 rebounds (10 defensive) against White Bear Lake, while scoring five points. Junior center Tiffaney Flaata led the Lakers with 13 points, grabbing six boards and getting four steals. She also hit 7 of 10 free throws. Senior guard Molly Simpkins finished with 12 points, grabbing nine boards, while junior guard Deanna Busse had 11 points, hitting three three-pointers. Senior Lauren Busse and ninth-grader Shaye Barton each had six points. Barton was 4 of 6 from the charity stripe and also led the way in assists with three. White Bear Lake owns a 56-8 record over the last two seasons, including a runnerup fi nish in the Class 4A state tourney in 2010 and fi nishing fourth last year. The Bears have won the last three Section 4AAAA titles.

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back-to-back road games – at Waconia Dec. 13 and at No. 5 Eden Prairie, last year’s Class 4A state runner-up, Dec. 16. So t he L a kers wi l l get a chance to show just how improved they are over the last two years in the coming weeks. Sobaski missed 17 games last year with a broken wrist, but when he played he more than held his own in his fi rst varsity season, averaging 9.5 points. I n t he wi n over Hen r y Sibley, Sobaski had a strong floor game, fi nishing with 10 points. His penetration also allowed the Lakers some easy baskets in transition and in their half-court sets.

The Prior Lake wrestling team faced some stiff competition to start the season. The No. 11-ranked Lakers are off to a 1-3 start with all three defeats to ranked teams – versus No. 1 Apple Valley (52-6) in a South Suburban Conference dual Dec. 2 and to No. 3 Hastings (38-24) and No. 5 Coon Rapids (35-24) in the Hastings Duals Dec. 3. Prior Lake’s one win at the dual invite was against Stillwater (40-24). The Lakers, coming off the program’s best-ever fi nish at state last year (third with a 24-11 record), has a difficult December schedule. Coach Joe Block acknowledged before the season that his team’s record will likely be deceiving heading into the New Year. Prior Lake lost four state qualifiers from a year ago, two of whom fi nished in the top-six on the Lakers’ all-time wins list. So it may take the Lakers some time to get its lineup set and some of their younger wrestlers some experience. At the dual invite, junior Tanner Johnshoy won all three of his matches by fall at 113 pounds. He’s ranked No. 1 in the state at 106. Ninth-grader Alex Hart also went 3-0 for the Lakers at 172 pounds, earning one fall. Earning two wins for the L a ke r s we r e s e n ior M at t Kahnke at 145 pounds, senior Sayed Rahmani at 126, senior Ross Larson at heavyweight (twice by fall), sophomore Robby Schultz at 195 and senior Tucker Breitung at 152. Getting one win were ninthg rader Dyl a n Sogge (10 6 ) , sophomore Sean O’Neil (120), sophomore Blake Carlisle (132), junior Ryan Norton (138) and ninth-grader Rylee Streifel (182). Carlisle’s win (13-7) was over Stillwater’s Austin Jordan, ranked No. 10 at 126 pounds. In the loss to Apple Valley, the Lakers’ two wins were both by decision, coming from O’Neil at 120 and Norton at 138. O’Neil’s win was 2-0 over Brock Morgan, ranked No. 2 in the state at 112 pounds. O’Neil

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Prior Lake’s Carson Shanks goes to the basket to score two of his 18 points in the Lakers’ 59-52 home win over Henry Sibley Dec. 6.

Impressive debut No. 10 Lakers start strong with 59-52 victory BY TOM SCHARDIN

The Prior Lake boys basketball team used its size and the ball-handling skills of its talented sophomore point guard to win its season opener Dec. 6. Ju n io r c e nt e r C a r s o n Shanks led the Lakers with a career-high 18 points, while guard Jon Sobaski controlled the entire tempo of the game in the Lakers’ 59-52 home win over Henry Sibley. Although Henry Sibley is off to 0-2 start this year and won just six games last year, the Warriors’ program made three straight appearances in the Class 4A state tournament from 2008-2010 and had a combined 78-16 record in

that span. Meanwhile, the Lakers, under second-year coach Alex Focke, have just nine wins the last two years, but there’s plenty of hope the team can perhaps double that total this winter, along with challenging for the Section 2AAAA title. The Lakers also climbed into the Class 4A state poll (ranked No. 10) for the fi rst time since joining the largest class back in 2003. Beating Henry Sibley in the opener is a good start for the Lakers, but the competition is about to get much stiffer starting today (Saturday, Dec. 10) at the Breakdown Tip-off Classic in Minnetonka. Prior Lake is playing No. 3 Osseo. Prior Lake follows with

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

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

GIRLS BASKETBALL CLASS AAAA 1. Hopkins 2. Osseo 3. Lakeville North 4. Edina 5. Minnetonka 6. Bloomington Kennedy 7. White Bear Lake 8. Wayzata 9. Eden Prairie 10. Chanhassen

BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS AAAA 1. Hopkins 2. Eastview 3. Osseo 4. Cretin-Derham Hall 5. Eden Prairie 6. Apple Valley 7. Tartan 8. Lakeville North 9. Wayzata 10. Prior Lake

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

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MSHSL basketball memorabilia solicited The 2011-12 boys’ basketball season is under way with the fi rst games of the season played within the last week. The girls have been playing for a week longer. The 2012 state tournaments are a little more than three months away. At both tournaments, the Minnesota State High School League will be celebrating the 100th state basketball tournament, marking the fi rst boys’ event in 1913. The centennial milestone will be commemorated many ways. There will be recognition of players, coaches, games, shots, tournaments and teams throughout the fi rst 100 years. History will be paramount and the public is invited to assist with contributions of mementos and memorabilia that will be displayed at both state tournaments. An earlier appeal resulted in a few contributions already. An extensive scrapbook has been shared. A championship trophy and photograph of a girls’ team from the ’20s is in League possession. Ticket stubs and uniform patches have also been contributed. Anything and everything is being solicited. Items such as tournament programs, books about the tournament, newspaper clippings, balls and uniforms, trophies, photographs — anything related to either state tournament is needed to fi ll display cases for fans to enjoy while at Target Center for the 2012 state tournaments. League staff will take great care in securing any contributed item and will make sure it is returned in the same condition in which it was received. The League can arrange for pickup or delivery of items if required. Potential contributors may inquire by sending an e-mail to or by leaving a message in the general mailbox at 763-560-2262.

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Prior Lake’s Amber Galles had a goal in the Lakers’ 4-2 home loss to Eagan Dec. 6 in a South Suburban Conference game.

Need more goals PL has netted only 10 through eight games BY TOM SCHARDIN

The Prior Lake girls hockey team was in good position after two periods to win its fi rst South Suburban Conference game Dec. 6. But the Lakers struggled in the final 17 minutes en route to a 4-2 home loss to Eagan. The Lakers dropped to 1-6-1 overall on the season (0-3-1 in the conference). Prior Lake went into the game on the heels of a 2-1 league loss at Bloomington Jefferson Dec. 2. Last year, Prior Lake started the season 0-9 under thencoach Jaime Grossman, who lasted just one season with the program, fi nishing with a 9-18 overall mark. This year’s start under firstyear coach Todd Johnson has also been a struggle, especially offensively. The Lakers have scored just 10 goals in eight games and four of those came in the Lakers’ only win, 4-0 over Holy Family Nov. 26. Sophomore Amber Galles


tied the game against Eagan with a goal 2:51 into the second period with senior Mackenzie Brandt getting the assist. But Eagan started the decisive third period with a goal 3:19 into action and took a 3-1 lead with 6:49 left to play. Prior Lake answered Eagan’s third goal, scoring just 32 seconds later. Senior Michelle Jeurissen tallied unassisted. But the Wildcats put the Lakers away a goal just 2:50 after Jeurissen’s goal. Prior Lake sophomore Lexi Brant made the start in goal (save stats were not made available). In the loss to Jefferson, the Lakers fell behind again, trailing 2-0 after two periods. The Jaguars scored shorthanded with 1:02 into the second pe-

riod. The Lakers cut the deficit to one goal when ninth-grader Andrea Citrowske scored 2:40 into the final period with Jeurissen getting the assist. But the Lakers could not get the equalizer. Brant finished with 26 saves, 11 coming in the third period. Prior Lake had 18 shots on net. The Lakers are back on the ice today (Saturday, Dec. 10) at Lakeville North in a conference game. Prior Lake returns home Tuesday, Dec. 13 to take on Apple Valley at 5 p.m. The Lakers are on the road Thursday, Dec. 15 in non-conference action at Eden Prairie (a Section 2AA foe) at 7 p.m. The Lakers return to conference action Dec. 20 against another struggling team. Prior Lake welcomes Burnsville (0-6-1) to town for a game at 7:10 p.m. Prior Lake has a non-league game at home versus CretinDerham Hall Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. to close out 2011.

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Prior Lake junior Deanna Busse scored 11 points in the Lakers’ 56-50 win at No. 7 White Bear Lake Dec. 2.

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So this is a huge win for a young Lakers team trying to establish itself among the elite squads. Up next for the Lakers was No. 9 Eden Prairie, last year’s state runner-up. The Eagles came to Prior Lake Thursday (results not available at press time) for a non-conference game. Prior Lake will play host to New Prague (ranked No. 7 in Class 3A) Tuesday, Dec. 13, before starting South Suburban Conference action Friday, Dec. 16 at home versus Burnsville. “ T he tough ga mes wi l l make us more prepared for the end of the season,” said Gidley.

“We’re close to being a pretty good team. We’re knocking on the door.” Following the Burnsville game, the Lakers will play at No. 3 Lakeville North in a league game Dec. 20 at 7:15 p.m. Prior Lake will also play in the Dick Sporting Good’s Holiday Classic in Hopkins Dec. 28-30. The Lakers’ quarterfinal opponent is No. 1 Hopkins, the defending Class 4A state champs. Also in the field and on the Lakers’ side of the bracket are Maple Grove and St. Paul Central. The top half of the bracket includes Eden Prairie versus Milwaukee Rufus King and No. 2 Osseo against Hutchinson (ranked No. 10 in Class 3A).

Senior Evan Kotchevar f i ni shed wit h 13 poi nts, while senior Matt Dysthe had eight. The Lakers led 26-25 at the break and maintained single-digit advantage most of the second half. Henry Sibley did close to 45-43 with seven minutes to play. But the Lakers went on an 11-2 run to seize control. The 6-foot-10-inch Shanks had two blocks and a bucket in the run. The Warriors had no answer for him inside. Kotchevar drained a three-pointer in the run, whi le Dysthe and senior Jack H a r r i s on a l s o h ad buckets. Henry Sibley fought back to 54-50 with 2 : 37 to play before Dysthe drilled a threepointer with 2 :29 to go to end any hopes of a Warriors’ comeback. Following the Eden Prairie game, the Lakers will play host to New Prague at home Dec. 22. Prior Lake will also compete in the Granite City Classic Dec. 28-29 in St. Cloud. T he L a ker s’ f i r st-r ou nd opponent is St. MichaelAlbertville. Other ranked teams in the field are No. 6 Apple Valley and Rocori (No. 4 in Class 3A). The Lakers are also part of the Minnesota Timberwolves Shootout Jan. 7, taking on Cedar Falls, Iowa at the Target Center at 3:30 p.m.

The Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors recently approved a proposal from the Track and Field Advisory Committee that will allow two relays from each of the sections to automatically qualify for the state meet. That will be effective this spring. In the past, only one relay qualified, while second-place fi nishers or higher had to make the state standard to earn a berth. The top-two fi nishes individual events will also qualify for state, which unchanged. Last spring, the Prior Lake girls team qualified three relays for the Class AA state meet, the 4 x 200, 400 and 800, while the Prior Lake boys team qualified two, the 4 x 400 and 800.

Mille Lacs walleye regulation changed Walleye anglers who fish Mille Lacs Lake are reminded that effective Thursday, Dec. 1, four walleye up to 18 inches may be kept. All walleye between 18 and 28 inches must be immediately released. One walleye over 28 inches is allowed in possession. All fishing regulations for species other than walleye and all other fishing restrictions will remain unchanged on Mille Lacs. The mid-season change that allows possession of walleye up to 20 inches in size expired Nov. 30.

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.

DNR offers snowmobile safety tips With another snowmobile season fast approaching, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging snowmobilers to get the season off to a smooth, safe start. “I want people to take advantage of the snowmobiling opportunities that exist in Minnesota, so now is the time to prepare sleds and learn how to avoid the possible dangers that are present when snowmobiling,” said Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Enforcement Education Program coordinator. Last season there were 13 snowmobile related fatalities and numerous injuries in Minnesota. Hammer believes all these incidents were preventable. For a copy of the DNR’s 2011-2012 Minnesota Snowmobile Safety Laws, Rules, and Regulations handbook, and for safety training information, contact the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll free (888) 646-6367 or email info.dnr@ To legally ride a snowmobile, residents born after Dec. 31, 1976, need a valid snowmobile safety certificate in their possession, or a snowmobile safety certificate indicator on their driver’s license or on their Minnesota ID card.

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“(Anderson) looks to lead the sprints,” said Haycraft. “He came back taller and quite a bit stronger and should be in the low 23s to the 22s fairly early in the season. “The potential is there to have an outstanding season,” added Haycraft. “We need to fi ll out the depth on the team a bit and are looking to the ninth-graders and sophomores to round out the team.” Haycraft said the Lakers’ goal is to be in the top four in the South Suburban Conference. Prior Lake was 5-4 in conference duals last year (6-4 overall). “The other teams in the conference are still pretty strong and will be difficult to beat,” said Haycraft. “But we should able to challenge them.”

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is ranked No. 7 at 119. Johnshoy lost 5 -1 at 113 pounds to Apple Valley’s Maolu Woiwor, who is ranked No. 2 at 106. Kahnke, ranked No. 4 at 145, lost 4-0 to Dayton Racer, ranked No. 7 at 138. Apple Valley, winners of the last six Class AAA state titles and 12 of the last 13, has a ranked wrestler in 12 of the 14 weights, including four who ranked No. 1 and four who are No. 2.

Haycraft also has a new diving coach in Eric Brenner. Three of the Lakers’ divers from last year did not come out for the team, so Haycraft said that Brenner will be pretty much starting over with a new group. Prior Lake opened the season Friday (results not available at press time) on the road at Burnsville in a conference dual meet. The Lakers’ annual invitational is being held today (Saturday, Dec. 10). Teams in the field are: White Bear Lake, Cretin-Derham Hall, Shakopee, Farmington, Apple Valley and Watertown-Mayer. Prior Lake returns to the conference pool Friday, Dec. 16 at home versus Apple Valley at 6 p.m. The Lakers have a nonconference dual set for Dec. 20 at home versus Farmington at 6 p.m. Prior Lake is on the mat today (Saturday, Dec. 10) in its annual Ron Edwards Classic. The Lakers are facing Farmington, Montgomery-Lonsdale and Simley, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A. The Lakers’ second conference dual is set for Thursday, Dec. 15 at Lakeville North at 7 p.m. Prior Lake is also set to wrestle in the annual Christmas Tourney Dec. 16 -17 in Rochester. The tournament features some of the top wrestlers in the state from all three weight classes.


Football: Arends named all-state Senior Matt Arends played both ways for the Prior Lake football team this past fall. But defensively, is where he was recognized state-wide. A r e n d s was selected fi rst-team, allst ate by t he Associated P r e s s , j oi n i n g C h a rle s Webb of Minnetonka, Andy Moritko of Totino-Grace Matt and Anthony Arends Hill of Champlin Park as the four defensive back representatives. Arends helped the Lakers win the Section 3AAAAA title this past season, the program’s fi rst-ever championship. Prior Lake fi nished 8-4 overall (5-2 in the South Suburban Conference), losing to Totino-Grace 21-17 in the Class 5A state quarterfi nals. Arends fi nished seventh on the team in tackles with 60. The 6-foot-2-inch, 195-pounder was a bigger hitter from his strong safety spot and a big reason why the Lakers’ defense was so stout during the conference season and in the section playoffs. Arends was also a factor on offense, playing receiver and carrying the ball at times. He caught a team-best 33 passes for 496 yards and three touchdowns. He also had two rushing scores. Meanwhile, the Lakers also had two players earn honorable mention on the all-state team – senior back Jack Kaiser and senior defensive tackle Karmichael Dunbar.

Boys hockey: Lakers fall in opener, 7-3 The Prior Lake boys hockey team had seven penalties in the fi rst two periods Dec. 1 in its season opener at Woodbury, losing 7-3. The Royals led 3-1 after the fi rst period and 6-2 after two periods. Prior Lake tied the game 1-1 on a goal from junior Dylan Zins six minutes into the fi rst period. But Woodbury closed the period with two power-play goals 4:11 apart. The Royals made it 4-1 with another power-play goal 3:19 into the second period. Junior Gavin Smith scored his first-career varsity goal for the Lakers in the second period. Senior Kyle Krueger had a third-period goal. Seniors Tom Vidmar, Tim Mueller and Matt Crist and junior Austin Hill each had assists. Senior Kyle Miller started in goal for the Lakers, fi nishing with 27 saves. Prior Lake’s home and South Suburban Conference opener is today (Saturday, Dec. 10) against Lakeville North. The Lakers will play host to Wayzata Tuesday, Tuesday Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

Dance: PL third in SSC jazz funk meet The Prior Lake dance team f i nished t hi rd i n t he f i rst South Suburban Conference jazz funk meet Dec. 6 in Rosemount. E a st v iew won t he t it le, while Rosemount was second, just one point ahead of the Lakers. Coach Cristi Falkenberg said her squad nailed its routine. “It was the best I have ever seen the girls dance,” said Falkenberg. “When we walked off the floor, there was so much emotion because we knew we did so well. It was a huge accomplishment to beat Burnsville and Apple Valley. In all of my years coaching, I have never been so proud.” Prior Lake also competed in the Apple Valley Invitational Dec. 3. The Lakers ended up ninth out of 16 teams in high kick with Brainerd taking the top spot and finished 14th out of 19 teams in jazz funk. St. Cloud Tech won that dance. The Lakers are competing in the Lakeville North Invitational today (Saturday, Dec. 10). Another SSC jazz funk meet is Monday, Dec. 12 in Apple Valley at 7:15 p.m. The SSC Championships are set for Dec. 17 in Apple Valley.

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Prior Lake police then arrived and took custody of the man. In the squad car on the way to the Scott County Jail, Farsee allegedly yelled that he was going to come back and “kill all the Indians,” according to the complaint. Farsee has been convicted of many violent crimes, including battery in 2010, bail jumping with a dangerous weapon in 2007, battery while armed in 2007, battery in 2006, use of dangerous weapons in 2003, domestic assault in 1999 and 2000, third-degree assault in 1998 and fi rst-degree robbery in 1995, among others. Farsee has an omnibus hearing scheduled for Dec. 29. Alex Hall

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ing at his girlfriend, spit in her face and punched her in the head until she fell to the ground. Security officers then detained Farsee u nti l P rior Ramsey Ray L a ke p ol ic e Farsee officers could arrive. W hile being detained by security, Farsee was escorted to the casino’s First Aid room. In the room, one of the security officers dropped something on the ground, and when he bent down to pick it up, Farsee allegedly kicked him in the face.

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A Minneapolis man with a sizable rap sheet is facing assault charges after he allegedly struck his girlfriend and kicked a security guard while at Mystic Lake Casino. Ramsey Ray Farsee, 33, has been charged with felony domestic assault and fi fth-degree assault. According to the complaint, police were called to Mystic Lake Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., for a report of an assault. Upon arrival, police spoke with the casino’s security supervisor, who said that Farsee and his girlfriend had been kicked out of the bingo area of the casino earlier that night. After getting kicked out, Farsee allegedly began yell-


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POLICE CALLS cash on the man. He was arrested and The Prior Lake Police Department jailed for second-degree drug possesresponded to the following incidents MORE ONLINE sion. Nov. 30-Dec. 7. This is not a compreKEEP UP WITH Dec. 6: A 28-year-old St. Paul man hensive list of all incidents to which the BREAKING NEWS was arrested for fifth-degree drug posdepartment responded. AND LISTEN TO POLICE, FIRE session and possession of a small Assault AND SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT amount of marijuana at Mystic Lake Dec. 4: A 22-year-old woman was CALLS 24/7 THROUGH OUR Casino after security officers observed cited for fifth-degree assault after an ONLINE POLICE SCANNER AT a bag of marijuana in the center console incident at Memories on Main, 16211 of a vehicle. The man was detained, and Main Ave. The alleged victim told police police later found the man to be in that the woman hit her in the nose, possession of a pipe that appeared to causing her to bleed. Officers later lohave methamphetamine residue on it. cated the suspect at her home and gave her the citation. Property damage Dec. 6: A 16-year-old Prior Lake boy was arrested in the Dec. 5: A man in the 15100 block of Jeffers Pass re17300 block of Sunray Circle for domestic assault after he allegedly struck his mother. This is the third time the boy has ported that the Christmas lights on his house and the accent lights in his yard were damaged, and that someone toiletbeen arrested for assaulting his mother. papered his property, causing approximately $250 in damBurglary Dec. 1: Police received a report of burglary at a home in age. Theft the 17100 block of Sunrise Avenue. Jewelry and an mp3 Nov. 30: A woman from the 5600 block of Cedarwood player were taken. There were no signs of forced entry, and it’s believed the person could have entered through an un- Street reported that a $113 necklace had been taken from her home. locked door. Dec. 3: A woman from the 3600 block of Crystal Bay Lane Death Dec. 3: A 34-year-old woman from the 16300 block of reported that someone stole an $80 snowman lawn ornaFranklin Trail was found dead in her home. Police say the ment from the front step of her home. Dec. 6: A digital camera was reported stolen from under woman had a history of medical problems, and the coroner’s the bleachers during a swim meet at Hidden Oaks Middle report stated that the woman died of natural causes. School, 15855 Fish Point Road. Disorderly conduct Dec. 6: A woman reported that someone smashed a Dec. 3: Police received a complaint about a woman assaulting her boyfriend, yelling obscenities and causing a window out of her vehicle while it was parked it the 16200 scene at Mystic Lake Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd. The block of Duluth Avenue and stole her purse. The purse and woman, a 31-year-old from Sioux Falls, N.D., was so upset its contents were valued at $300. Dec. 6: A woman reported that someone broke a window that she asked to be taken to jail, and she was taken there by authorities. The woman was cited for disorderly con- out of her vehicle while it was parked it the 4700 block of Dakota Street and stole her purse. The purse and its contents duct. were valued at $220. Narcotics Trespassing Dec. 2: Police received a complaint that four people were Nov. 30: A 29-year-old man from Willows, Calif., was passing a marijuana cigarette around a car in the Mystic Lake parking lot. The cigarette was destroyed and no cited for trespassing at Little Six Casino, 2354 Sioux Trail. Warrants charges were filed. Dec. 1: A 27-year-old Lakeville man was jailed on a MinDec. 5: Security officers at Mystic Lake Casino witnessed a man accidentally drop a clear plastic bag containing a nesota Department of Corrections warrant for parole violation white, crystal-like substance onto the floor. The man, a after he was arrested at Mystic Lake Casino. Dec. 5: A 19-year-old St. Paul man was arrested for fail49-year-old from St. Paul, allegedly admitted that it was his. The bag contained 12.9 grams of a substance believed to ing to appear on a misdemeanor theft charge after he was be methamphetamine. Police also found roughly $2,800 in pulled over on Mystic Lake Drive near Dakotah Parkway.

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Noe Mendez, 25, Shakopee, obstruction of the legal process, a gross misdemeanor. Two years probation, 10 days of community service, $385 in fines. Erik Deandre Anderson, 28, Minneapolis, fifth-degree sale of controlled substance, a felony. Five years probation, 120 days in jail, 60 days under electronic home-monitoring, abstain from alcohol, random tests, follow recommendations of evaluation, provide DNA sample, $460 in fines. Joshua Lee Norsten, 31, Savage, driving after cancellation (inimical to public safety), a gross misdemeanor. Two years probation, 10 days of community service, $385 in fines. Eleanor McGuire Franek, 22, Montgomery, DWI, a gross misdemeanor. Two years probation, one day in jail, 29 days under electronic home-monitoring, follow recommendations of evaluation, abstain from alcohol, random tests, $510 in fines. Mileo Brandon Williams, 30, Minneapolis, theft, a felony. Three years probation, five days in jail, work on GED, stay out of casinos, restitution, $85 in fines. Douglas Wayne Young, 54, New Hope, domestic assault by strangulation, a felony. Three years probation, credit for 86 days served, follow recommendations of evaluation, provide DNA sample, no contact with victim(s), $660 in fines.


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Great 4BR, 2BA home - 2 car attached, 2 car detached garage on 1.6 acres. The backyard is gorgeous. Huge boulder wall, towering oak trees and a stream decor the yard. You must see to appreciate. For a private showing, call or email me today! $210,000. MLS#4079461. 32097 Sanborn Dr.

psychological examination, attend sexoffender program, subject to random searches and polygraph examinations, register as predatory offender, no contact with victim(s). Korbin Loren Klausen, 21, Shakopee, third-degree sale of controlled substance, a felony. Ten years probation, 200 days in jail, abstain from alcohol, random tests, provide DNA sample, $85 in fines. Brandon Allen Robinson, 19, North St. Paul, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Adjudication stayed: Three years probation, random tests, follow recommendations of evaluation, $100 in fines. Terri Elaine Crider, 47, Savage, (DWI), a gross misdemeanor. Two years probation, three days in jail, 42 days under electronic home-monitoring, abstain from alcohol, random tests, restitution, $410 in fines. Jonathon Joseph Lyons, 20, North Mankato, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance, a felony. Three years probation, three days in jail, 80 hours of community service, abstain from alcohol, random tests, follow recommendations of evaluation, $300 in fines. Kenneth Allen Mlsna, 40, Prior Lake, DWI, a gross misdemeanor. Two years probation, $325 in fines. Ryan James Pruden, 22, Shakopee, theft, a felony. Five years probation, 100 hours of community service, restitution, $375 in fines.



92.52 total acres bare farm land. PIN 03.003.5300 which includes 90.4 acres of tillable prime crop land in Section 3, Derrynane Township, Le Sueur County, MN • Drain tile • Major soils: Glencoe clay loam, Lerdahl clay loam, Kilkenny loam, Mazaska silty clay loam • 78 average CER Terms: • We reserve the right to reject any and all bids • Earnest money required from the winning bidder shall be $10,000.00. Cash at closing or certified funds. • The property is sold in “as is” condition. The seller is making no warranties as to the condition of the property. Buyers are asked to physically inspect the property and to verify soils on the property prior to bidding. • The winning bidder will be required to execute a standard form purchase agreement at the conclusion of the bidding process. • Sealed bids are due to Marek Law Office, 205 First Street South, PO Box 2, Montgomery, MN 56069 on or before Monday, December 12, 2011 at 12:00 noon. • The top four (4) bidders for this property will be notified by phone and/or mail to be at the Marek Law Office on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. for the final bidding process. The final four bidders will have the opportunity to increase their bids in person on December 16, 2011. • The earnest money paid by the winning bidder will be held by the Marek Law Office Trust Account until the final closing of the sale. • The farm rent due and payable for the 2011 crop year shall be retained by the seller. • Seller is to pay all real estate taxes owing in 2011. • Seller shall deliver a clear and marketable Personal Representative’s Deed to purchaser upon closing. • The final closing date, when the balance of the purchase price is due to the seller, shall be January 16, 2012. • Please include with your bid, the phone number and/or e-mail address you wish to be contacted at for notification. • This parcel has been surveyed. Please contact Scott Marek at Marek Law Office at 507-364-8616 to review the survey or the Personal Representative of the estate, Shirley Budin at 612-508-8771. • Please contact Shirley Budin at 612-508-8771 or Jerry Weiers at 952-873-4403 to arrange for a personal inspection of the property. • Sales may be subject to approval of the Scott County District Court. • No contingencies will be accepted from any buyer. • No agents please. • Possession of the farm property on date of closing and no sooner.

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Donate blood at SMSC drive The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will have a holiday blood drive from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Dakotah! Sport and Fitness, 2100 Trail of Dreams, Prior Lake. The public is invited to participate. To encourage donors during the holiday season, Memorial Blood Center is raffling off a tropical vacation to a donor who donates blood at any of the Memorial Blood Center drives in the month of December. Make an appointment to give blood by calling the SMSC wellness coordinator at (952) 233-2965. A limited number of walk-ins also will be accepted.

Snowmobile group to meet Dec. 14 The Prior Lake Snowmobile Association will have its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Prior Lake VFW, 16306 Main Ave. All members and guests are welcome. The agenda will include fi nalizing plans for two club trips this season. For more information, call (952) 440-2230.

Dog, cat adoption is set for Dec. 17 The Minnesota chapter of Paws To Love Animal Rescue will host a dog and cat adoption from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at Tractor Supply Co., 16907 Highway 13, Prior Lake. A partial list of animals up for adoption can be viewed at www. pet f /shelters/SD16. html.

Red Cross drives coming soon A merican Red Cross blood drives are scheduled in Savage and Shakopee on the following dates: Monday, Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, 1455 St. Francis Ave., Shakopee. Tuesday, Dec. 27 from 2 to 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4625 W. 125th St., Savage. Ca l l 1- 8 0 0 -R ED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

Sheriff’s Citizens Academy planned The annual Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is set to begin Jan. 23 and run on Monday evenings for nine weeks. Applicants should be at least 18 and live, work or attend school in Scott County. All applications must be submitted by Jan. 6. Participants must agree to allow the Sheriff’s Office to run a background check. The academy aims to increase citizens’ awareness of law enforcement and provide information so people can make informed decisions about police activity. The academy is designed to dispel suspicions and misconceptions and to promote relationships between the Sheriff’s Office and the community. For an application or more information, visit or call (952) 496-8833.

Help available for veterans The Veterans Administration has created and staffed two sites with medically trained personnel to help with soldiers who are having trouble adjusting back into society after coming home from active duty. The staff assists veterans and all active duty military and their family members 24 hours a day through a hotline number, 1-800-273-8255, and website, Veterans also can contact their local VFWs.

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


Dance teacher likes creating rhythm BY MERYN FLUKER


assie Norgren’s feet have taken her throughout the country. She hasn’t walked to Chicago and New York City, but she was able to visit both cities because of her twinkle toes. The Savage resident has been a co-owner, instructor and choreographer at Premiere Dance Academy in Prior Lake since her family opened the studio in 2003. But long before her days of teaching young dancers, Norgren discovered that she had the moves. “I’ve always loved tap. That’s always been my favorite,” she says. “I think it does go along with the musicality. I like making rhythms with my feet.” As an 8-year-old, Norgren took her first dance class – a combination tap-jazz class held in what is now Flowers Naturally in downtown Prior Lake – after seeing her younger sister Callie begin to dance. It’s now 21 years later, and while she’s been sidelined due to time constraints and injuries, dance continues to be a large part of Norgren’s life. “I take [tap] classes when I can,” she says. Her family is one of right-brains, so her childhood was steeped in the arts. Norgren attributes her natural rhythm and passion for all things creative to her upbringing. Norgren has played piano since age 5 – she still sits at the keys occasionally but “not as much as I used to,” she says – and played the alto saxophone as a student at Prior Lake High School. When Norgren isn’t inside one of Premiere’s studios, there’s a good chance she’s in the kitchen. “I love doing crafts,” she says. “My newest obsession is making cake pops.” Norgren, who has always loved children and spent a large part of her adolescence babysitting, tutoring and mentoring, decided to go to college to be an elementary school teacher. When the family decided to open Premiere, Norgren found her way back to dance, which she’d missed. Even though she isn’t using her degree the way she thought she would, it still comes in handy. “I apply it here to teaching the kids,” Norgren says. Dance roared back into her life. Norgren teaches 10 to 15 classes and instructs 10 to 15 soloists, leaving little time for anything that isn’t related to dance or Premiere. “It’s a lot,” she says. “It’s just like any other job. I’m working with kids and it’s fun. I don’t get sick of it. I never want to leave.” Norgren loves the relationships she’s been able to form not only with her dancers but with their families. She even gets to use her crafty side when it comes to costuming her dancers.


Cassie Norgren has been dancing since she was 8 years old. Now she spends her days immersed in dance.

“As a teacher, I love creating the dance, doing the staging, seeing it all come together,” she says, noting she also likes to watch her students improve. “[As a dancer,] I like entertaining. I like being on stage.”

Q AND A WITH CASSIE NORGREN What are your hobbies? I like to read. I like to bake. I like to do crafts and photography. What is your favorite recipe? Sweets, desserts, cookies, things I can decorate and play with. What’s your favorite food? I like anything Italian. Pasta, pizzas. I really like gnocchi. What is the last book you read? I just read “The Help.” It’s definitely a good book. Who are your favorite musicians? I have a lot. Right now I really like Coldplay, Mumford and Sons and Ellie Goulding. Do you have a favorite type

“As a teacher, I love creating the dance, doing the staging, seeing it all come together.” Cassie Norgren Choreographer, instructor and coowner of Premiere Dance Academy of music to use when you’re choreographing? I’ll use anything, from some remix or techno to something older and more traditional … I use all areas of music. I don’t focus on one. If you could dance with anyone, who would you choose? Gene Kelly or Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. I’d love to watch them perform in their heyday. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? I’d go back to Australia or to Italy. I love both of those places.

First steps Cassie Norgren has been dancing for more than two decades. The choreographer, instructor and co-owner of Premiere Dance Academy in Prior Lake offered a few tips for beginning dancers: Anybody can do it. “You just have to say, ‘Whatever, I’m just going to try it,’” Norgren says. You don’t have to go it alone. Norgren says, “You can do it with your friends to make it a little less scary along the way.” Check it out. “You can always come and watch any class,” she adds. If you’re stuck on what kind of class to take or what style of dance to learn, look to the Internet. “There’s so many videos you can go online and watch,” Norgren says.

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MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT Kindergarten students from Edgewood School regaled the residents of Prior Manor with classic holiday carols on Tuesday morning to jump start the school’s annual Kindergarten Community Giving Project. The students and their families will also build “I Care Packages” and deliver them to the residents, whom the kindergartners call “grandmas and grandpas,” before the holidays. PHOTO BY MERYN FLUKER

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Young Life Scott County Young Life is part of a worldwide, nondenominational Christian organization for high school students that offers fun, adventure, friendship and a sense of significance. The club meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Young Life Office, 13845 Highway 13, Savage. For more information, call (952) 402-9123 or visit www.

Co-Dependents Anonymous Co-Dependents Anonymous group support meets at 4646 Colorado St., Prior Lake. Men’s C o - D ep endent s Anonymous meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday. Co -Dependents Anonymous (for men and women) meets at 8 p.m. every Tuesday.

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

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

Gamblers Anonymous Gamblers Anonymous is a fel-

lowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other. The g roups meet weekly on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 3611 North Berens Road, Prior Lake. For more information, call Charlie at (952) 884-9417 or Michael at (952) 607-8619.

zation that supports military personnel and their families, meets the fi rst 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@

Prior Lake Parent Resource Group

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

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

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

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


Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Beyond the Yellow Ribbon South of the River, an organi-

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.

nifer Schroeder at (952) 402-9123 or visit the website at www.scott

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

Winner’s Circle The Winner’s Circle Chapter of Business Network International meets from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursdays at 1101 Adams St., Shakopee. 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.


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

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

WyldLife Scott County WyldLife is part of a worldwide, nondenominational Christian organization for middle school students. The club meets every other Friday and offers a high-energy, interactive evening fi lled with games, fun and music. For more information on the schedule and location, call Jen-

Alanon meetings with the “Island of Serenity” group will take place at 7 p.m. Mondays at 16150 Arcadia Ave., Prior Lake.

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

Domestic violence Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women offers ongoing weeknight and weekday sup-

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port 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.

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

St. Francis support The following support groups meet regularly at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, 1455 St. Francis Ave., Shakopee: Infant Loss Support: Group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. Call (952) 428-2002 Diabetes Support: Group meets the 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).

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

Applicants are sought to serve on the Prior Lake Spring Lake Watershed District (PLSLWD) Board of Managers. Applications due by January 10, 2012 The purpose of the District is to conserve, protect and manage the water resources in the watershed – including 14 lakes and the seven-mile long Prior Lake Outlet Channel.

We have a gymnastics class for everyone! Come join the fun! Now accepting registrations for fall/winter sessions!

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We offer: • Flexible schedules • Professional, qualified, and fun coaching staff • Fully equipped gym with in-ground trampolines, foam pit, preschool area, and men’s and women’s apparatus • Birthday Parties, Special Events, and Open Gyms

The five-person PLSLWD Board of Managers meets the second Tuesday of every month and provides technical reviews of land development proposals; coordinates its water management responsibilities with local units of government; and furnishes information to local units of government and the public about protecting the District’s special natural resources.



Managers must reside within the Watershed District’s geographical area, and are appointed for three-year terms.


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Amber Montgomery

Area woman is ‘Queen of Snows’ hopeful Amber Montgomery, a 2008 Shakopee High School graduate, is one of 13 candidates running for the St. Paul Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows. Montgomery was the 2008 Miss Shakopee queen. During her candidacy, she will participate in several carnival events. One queen and four princesses will be selected to represent the Winter Carnival at a Jan. 27 coronation in St. Paul. Montgomery is the daughter of Joyanne and Terry Newgard of Shakopee and Tom and Carrie Montgomery of California. She is a student at Brown College and employed at 93X radio.

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 email 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 sig n in and out each week and will not be granted re - ent r y a f ter leavi ng t he 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 Hol id ay S cho ol Br e a k Outdoor Camps for Youth: Cross-Country Ski and Snow Shoe Advent u res wit h i nstructor 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 fi shing. 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 nonresident and guests must register by Monday, Dec. 19. Outdoor Adventures with Active Solutions – Cold Weath-

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 ef fective use of volunteers to me et com mu nit y ne e d s throughout the area. Participation is open to individuals and organizations working in the volunteer sector in both counties.

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 fi rst Wednesday of each month in 2012. Classes 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.

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. Club Prior will be closed T uesday, Dec. 2 0 t h roug h Thursday, Dec. 29 for the holidays. 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.

FAMILY Mall of America trip, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11. People of all ages can take a bus to the Mall of America to shop, have lunch or walk around. The bus leaves from

The cost is $3 payable to the instructor. Afternoon 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.

ADULT ACTIVITIES Salsa Del Soul Danceteria event, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 at Club Prior. Salsa del Soul, a multi-piece orchestra, will perform various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean and professional dancers will be here to teach some steps. Light refreshments will be provided. Danceteria events are free, open to the public and will be held on the fi rst Thursday of each month from October through April on the inviting hardwood dance floor of Club Prior. Sign up for these activities at www.priorlakerecreation. com or call the city recreation department at (952) 447-9820. Space is limited. Prior Lake-Savage Area School District activity passes are free for residents ages 55 and older. Passes admit guests to school functions, home sports games, plays and other events. Pick up passes at the District Services Center, 4540 Tower St., Prior Lake. Call (952) 226-0080 for more information.


Check out Scott County Young Life VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

the Municipal Parking Lot behind the VFW at 9:30 a.m. The cost – $ 7 per resident, $12 per nonresident and $15 per resident family – only covers transportation, so attendees will have to bring additional money to cover mall purchases. Guests must also bring their own guides or chaperones to the mall, if necessary. Guests must register by Friday, Jan. 6. Junie B. Jones in “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (P.S. So Does May),” 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. Discounted tickets for the this special performance are available through the Prior Lake Recreation Department. The cost is $9 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and students. Call (952) 447-9820 for more information.

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

Scott County Young Life is part of a worldwide, nondenominational Christian organization for high school students looking for fun, adventure, friendship and a sense of significance. Club meetings are 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

Christian Home Educators meet The Fellowship of Christian Home Educators coop meets from 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday at Friendship Church, 12800 Marystown Road, Shakopee.

Classrooms, gymnasium, nursery and auditorium space have been reserved. For more information, contact Ann Boyd at (952) 226-5050.

For more information, e-mail harborkids@gmail. com or call (952) 447-6191.

Sign up at Harbor Kids Preschool

TABLE is a small group formed by Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church that offers support and information for parents of children with special behavioral, learning or emotional challenges. The group meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. 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

Harbor Kids Preschool and Child Care Center, 5995 Timber Trail, is accepting registration for its 2012 programs. Registration fees will be waived for those who register by Dec. 31. Programs include school-age, school-year and summer care, all-day full-time preschool and afternoon No Nap Club for preschoolers who have outgrown naps.

TABLE offers parent support

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 defi ned supplemental role for the mentor’s family. Contact: (6 51) 789-2490.

Scott County Historical Society Administrative assistant: Complete administrative tasks such as mailings, answering phones, greeting visitors and more. Assist visitors in the resea rch libra r y a nd wit h 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



Online O li Church Ch h Directory Di t — place l your newspaper worship hi ad d on our online li worship directory For more information call 952-447-6669

Loving God, Exalting Christ, Revering God’s Word, Building Christ’s Church - together

Pastor Ron Groschel 952-447-2824 SUNDAY SERVICES

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

Bible Study Awana Club (Oct. - Apr.)

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

Home of Prior Lake Christian School (Preschool - 12th grade) visit us at: Join us for Worship Sunday at 8:45 & 10:45 a.m.

Growing in Faith, Living to Serve

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

St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehab Center Heart to Heart visitor: Make a special friend with a senior resident by visiting with them weekly. Flexible times. Training provided. Contact: Cathy at (952) 233-4484.

The People of the United Methodist Church Welcome You

Prior Lake Baptist Church 1026 E 205th St, Jordan (952) 492-2249

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

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


L.O.R.D. Love Others Rejoice Daily Pastor Larry G. Kasten 952.217.1113 16150 Arcadia Ave SE 952-447-2990 (2 blocks W. of Hwy. 13 on Dakota)

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Offering seasonal goodies, with a twist BY LEAH SHAFFER

Cocoa & Fig


he holidays are a true holiday from a busy season of baking at Cocoa & Fig. “This is fun for us,” said co-owner Laurie Pyle. The bakery, which has a production kitchen in Shakopee, is at its busiest in the summer and fall when catering weddings. The holidays are a fun time to try to new things, Pyle said. Her co-owner, Joe Lin, said Cocoa & Fig embraces the holiday season. “It’s good busy and it’s fun busy,” he said. “It’s a chance for us to switch gears and do something different.” If you’re the type who’s ever yawned at the usual offering of sugar cookies and gingerbread, Cocoa & Fig’s holiday treats might be the menu to check out. The bakery specializes in “just making things a little bit more gourmet than maybe grandma made them but still have some flavors that are reminiscent of what you had when you were a kid,” Pyle said. For example, salted caramel is the popular treat this season. “We are doing our salted caramel nut tarts which is sort of a kicked up version of a pecan pie,” Pyle said. Cocoa & Fig’s head pastry chef is allergic to pecans. “So maybe selfishly, I wanted something that didn’t have pecans,” she added. Another classic with a twist: chewy, chocolate ginger cookies. Cocoa & Fig’s recipe adds

Treats to try: Apple Galette, Salted Caramel Nut Tart, Chewy Chocolate Ginger, Pumpkin Macarons The retail shop is located at Gaviidae Common, 651 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis Retail shop: (612) 333-1485 Shakopee production kitchen: (952) 540-4300 Website:

Valrhona cocoa powder and 70 percent chocolate chunks with crystallized ginger. Definitely not your grandma’s gingerbread man. As much as customers may want something new, they also want seasonal classics with pumpkin and chocolate. Clients want something “approachable and comforting,” Lin noted. “They want it tweaked a little bit.” Those looking for major comfort food should try the bakery’s apple galette, pumpkin cheesecake and Russian tea cakes. “Our cake lollipops have been a huge hit,” Pyle said. Seasonal cake lollipop flavors include pumpkin and peppermint. Then, there’s the macarons, a small sandwich cookie made from almond powder and egg whites. Flavors include pumpkin, caramel apple, salted caramel and pistachio. “It’s like taking the classic American dessert and putting it in a small French cookie,” said Lin about the caramel apple macarons.

Cocoa & Fig’s Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Yields: approximately 2 dozen 2 sticks butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 2 tsp. cinnamon 3 cups oats 2/3 cup dried cranberries 2/3 cup white chocolate


Cocoa & Fig owner Laurie Pyle puts together pumpkin macarons at the Shakopee production facility.

Beat butter, white sugar and brown sugar together until light and fluff y. Add eggs and vanilla, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Sift dry ingredients and slowly add to the mixture. Add oats and mix just until combined. Mix in cranberries and white chocolate by hand. Refrigerate dough for 1-2 hours before scooping. Above – A dollop of caramel fits into the center of a pumpkin macaron.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop cookies into rounds using a small ice cream scoop – dough should be about walnut size rounds. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten cookies slightly with the palm of your hand.

At left – Cupcakes are primed for a layer of chocolate, nuts and caramel. Seasonal cupcakes offerings from Cocoa & Fig include pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese icing, caramel apple cupcakes with caramel icing and gingerbread cupcakes with creamy chevre icing.

Bake for 8-10 minutes in preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool completely before enjoying!

LET’S GO! BEST BETS 1. LIVE NATIVITY St. John’s Lutheran Church holds a live nativity at the Chaska Community Center theater at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m., outdoor performance at St. John’s in downtown Chaska. Seats at CCC are firstcome first-served. Time: 2 p.m., 4 p.m. (at CCC); 6 p.m. (at St. John’s) Sunday, Dec. 18 Cost: Free Location: Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive; St. John’s, 300 Fourth St. E., Chaska Info:

2. JULETIDE CONCERT The Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus and Youth

Chamber Choir will perform. Time: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 Cost: Free-will donation Location: Wayzata Community Church, 125 East Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata Info: or (952) 401-5954

3. SKATE WITH SANTA Shakopee Parks and Recreation is hosting a Skate with Santa event. Time: 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 Cost: Free Location: Shakopee Ice Arena, 1255 Fuller St., Shakopee Info: (952) 233-9500



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Adapted especially for the Old Log Theater with music and lyrics by Bob Williams, this rags-to-riches tale about a servant girl who is transformed into a princess is full of music, humor, magic and audience participation. It is intended for youngsters of all ages and embraces the holiday spirit. Special appearance by Santa Dec. 18. Time: 1 p.m. Dec. 10, 17-18, 26-31 Cost: $16 Location: Old Log Theater, 5185 Meadville St., Excelsior Info: or (952) 474-5951

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra will present the music of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” in its entirety. The orchestra is based in Northfield under the direction of Dr. Paul Niemisto. Time: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Cost: $15 Location: Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville Info: (952) 985-4640 or ci.lakeville.


Assemble and decorate a simple, old-fashioned wooden climbing bear SLEIGH RIDES AT THE ARB toy. Reservations required; reference activity 111325-02. Ages 3 and older. Enjoy an old-fashioned horse-drawn Time: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 sleigh ride from the Oswald Visitor Cost: $10 per bear Center to the Learning Center and Location: Lowry Nature Center back. Time: Every 15 minutes from 1-4 p.m. (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria Dec. 10-11 Info: (763) 559-6700 or Cost: $3 per rider; Arboretum admission is $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and younger; free to ‘THE CLASSICS OF Arboretum members CHRISTMAS’ Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Under the direction of Tim Malone, the Chaska South Metro Chorale will perform “The Info: or Classics of Christmas.” (952) 443-1422 Time: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Cost: Admission is $10 (adults) and ‘THE NUTCRACKER BALLET’ $8 (students/seniors) Location: St. John the Baptist Church, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota will present its annual full-length production 4625 W. 125th St., Savage of Denise Vogt’s “The Nutcracker Ballet.” Info: Tickets: (612) 386-4636 or The performance includes a cast of approximately 120 local and national professional dancers, metro area ballet REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS students from at least eight dance Discover what makes reptiles and schools and community members. amphibians different from each other. Time: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Meet both kinds of these animals and Dec. 10; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, take part in hands-on activities. For Dec. 11 all ages. Cost: $12-$26 Time: 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Location: Burnsville Performing Arts Cost: Free Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville Location: Richardson Nature Center, Info: (952) 895-4680 or 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington ticketmaster. Info: (763) 559-9000 or


Take a moonlit walk in the woods and discover the beauty of Richardson Nature Center at night. Follow trails and tracks to discover which creatures are surviving the winter’s cold. Program is for ages 6 and older. Time: 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 Cost: $5 Location: Richardson Nature Center, 8737 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington Info: (763) 559-9000 or

JULETIDE CONCERT The Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus and Youth Chamber Choir will perform. Time: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Cost: Free-will donation Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie Info: or (952) 401-5954


DEC. 13

‘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. Dec. 10, 16 and 17; 3 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17 Cost: $5 Location: Friendship Church, 12800 Marystown Road, Shakopee Info:

COMEDIAN MIKE SMITH Smith is one of comedy’s up and comers who works hard to vibe with his audiences, whether they are subdued and passive or excited and ready to rock. Also performing will be comedian Emily Galati. Time: 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 Cost: $13 for 8 p.m. shows; $10 for 10:30 p.m. show Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 First Ave., Shakopee Info: shakopee

MY PRESCHOOLER AND ME: FUZZY FURS Parents and caregivers and children ages 2 to 5 can discover the magic of historic Eagle Creek village as they play, sing, read stories and explore the outdoors. Dress as a pioneer or not, but remember outdoor clothes. Enter park through the west entrance. Reservations required; reference activity 138403-01. Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 Cost: $5 Location: The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park, 2187 E. County Road 101, Shakopee Info: (763) 559-9000 or

BRAVA! SINGS ‘A JOYFUL SONG OF CHRISTMAS’ The BRAVA! vocal ensemble will perform a festive concert filled with songs designed to lighten the heart, lift the spirits and tickle the funny bone. Musical selections range from exuberant to ethereal, rollicking to reflective. Time: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13



Visitors will enjoy a celebration of holiday traditions, music and history when they attend the Folkways by Candlelight event at The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park, 2187 E. County Road 101, Shakopee .



elebrate the holiday season with a visit to the 1800s Eagle Creek Village. Candlelight will lead the way to homes within tthe Town Square where costumed residents will share holiDress for the weather and a winter evening day traditions. trad stroll. The Th event runs from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, with a

Christmas Pageant Pag geant in the th Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; and free for children younger than 2. $3 for ages 2-177 and seniors, sen For more in info, nfo, call ((763) 559-9000 or go to

Cost: Adults $10; seniors and students $8; ages 12 and younger free Location: Colonial Church, 6200 Colonial Way, Edina Info:

CELTIC HOLIDAY WITH LAURA MACKENZIE Laura MacKenzie will perform on the flute, whistle, concertina and pipes. She will be joined by The Lads, comprised of Gary Rue on guitar and voice and Michael Bissonnette on percussion, and Irish dancers. The holiday show will offer traditional Celtic artistry with a modern twist. Time: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 Cost: $20 Location: Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins Info: or (952) 979-1100


DEC. 15 ‘SCIENCE NIGHT LIVE: THE BOMB SQUAD’ Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools Community Education Services sponsors this event. See how one of only four bomb squads in Minnesota responds to incidents involving improvised explosive and incendiary devices. Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 Cost: Free Location: Prior Lake High School, 7575 150th St., Savage Info: (952) 226-0080

DEC. 16 FENMO: THE BEAUTY OF THE ACROBATICS The Fenmo Acrobatics show is 100 minutes of nonstop action featuring many acrobatic acts including lion dance, bench stacking, juggling, air acrobatics, flower pot stacking, changing faces, rolling lanterns, straw hat juggling, hoop jumping and martial arts. Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17 Cost: Adults $30; students 12 and younger and seniors 65+ $23; VIP $50 Location: Burnsville Performing Arts


Beginner and expert birders are invited to join in this annual, nationwide census and experience winter birding at Carver Park Reserve. Call (763) 694-9650 to sign up for a section of the park and to tell staff whether you are available full- or halfday. Open to ages 10 and older. Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 Cost: Free Location: Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or

BLOOMINGTON CHORALE: ‘HOLLY, HARP AND FIDDLE’ The 60-member Bloomington Chorale will perform its 29th annual holiday

WALKS FOR THE CURIOUS Explore the outdoors with an Arboretum naturalist during this winter’s Hot Chocolate Walks. The walks depart from the Oswald Visitor Center. Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 or Wednesday, Dec. 28 Cost: $7.50 for Arboretum members; $15 for non-members Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska Info: or (952) 443-1422

WINTER SOLSTICE SUNSET CELEBRATION Celebrate the longest night of the year with stars and dreams. Enjoy constellation stories in an indoor star

dome, make a sun dial and create a dream box to store dreams. Find your way along the blindfold blizzard walk and compose a winter poem. Follow Old Man Winter to “tie down the sun” at the bonfire, ensuring the return of longer days. Sing ancient winter carols and enjoy cookies and wassail (cider) symbolizing the hope that summer will return. Reservations required; reference activity 111307-10. For ages 5 and older. Time: 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 Cost: $5 Location: Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve), 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria Info: (763) 559-6700 or

SKATE WITH SANTA Shakopee Parks and Recreation is hosting a Skate with Santa event. Time: 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 Cost: Free Location: Shakopee Ice Arena, 1255 Fuller St., Shakopee

‘INSPECTING CAROL’ Struggling financially and with their National Endowment for the Arts grant in question, the eccentric characters of the Soapbox Theatre Company desperately work to polish their production of “A Christmas Carol.” Time: Evening and matinee showtimes through Dec. 18 Cost: Adults $18; seniors and students $16 Location: Bloomington Civic Theatre, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington Info:

FOLKWAYS OF THE HOLIDAYS Discover the holiday traditions of 19th-century Minnesotans. Attractions include folk art performances, trolleys pulled by Percheron horses, costumed interpreters and tours of home with culturally distinct decorations and crafts. Last admission one hour before close. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 18 Cost: Ages 18-64 $5; ages 2-17 and seniors $3; children younger than 2 free Location: The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park, 2187 E. County Road 101, Shakopee Info: (763) 559-9000 or

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Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville concert featuring Benjamin Britten’s “A Info: (952) 895-4680 or Ceremony of Carols,” selected carols of John Rutter and other holiday songs reminiscent of the British Isles. ‘JUNIE B. IN JINGLE BELLS, Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17; 4 BATMAN SMELLS!’ p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 Cost: Adults $14; students and Junie B., that first-grader with an attitude, thinks the holiday sing-along seniors 62 and older $10 Location: Bloomington Center for the should be fun this year, but when it’s time for the Secret Santa drawing, Junie Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, B. picks the one person she’d rather not Bloomington Info: (952) 563-8582 or have – tattletale May! A holiday show appropriate for the whole family with a message about the importance of giving. HOLIDAY HERALDS Time: Evening and matinee PERFORMANCE showtimes Dec. 16-Dec. 29 Cost: Adults $12; seniors and The Holiday Heralds of the Minnesota students $10 Chorale will perform for Arboretum Location: Lakeville Area Arts Center, visitors. 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville Time: 1:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. Info: (952) 985-4640 or ci.lakeville. Saturday, Dec. 17 Cost: Free with Arboretum admission of $9 for adults; free for ages 15 and COMEDIAN younger; free to Arboretum members DAVID GOLDMAN Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, David Goldman is a former stock Chaska broker with 20 years of corporate Info: or experience and 21 years as a stand(952) 443-1422 up comic. Also performing will be comedian Rick Logan. ‘A CHRISTMAS TO Time: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16; 8 p.m. REMEMBER’ and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 Cost: $13 for 8:30 Friday and 8 p.m. Hear holiday favorites performed by a seven-piece ensemble composed Saturday shows; $10 for 10:30 p.m. of leading Twin Cities performing and Saturday show recording artists. Location: MinneHAHA Comedy Club, Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 1583 First Ave., Shakopee Cost: $15 Info: Location: Lakeville Area Arts Center, shakopee 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville Info: (952) 985-4640 or ci.lakeville.



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Recycle lights at District Services Center


The meeting will take place in Room 125 at the high school, 7575 150th St., Savage.

Indoor walking track now open

The Prior Lake-Savage Area School District Services Center, 4540 Tower St., Prior Lake, now has a holiday light recycling drop box sponsored by the Recycling Association of Minnesota. Bring old or broken holiday lights, electrical cords, telephone cords and appliance cords to the District Services Center. The program employs more than 200 people with developmental disabilities across the state of Minnesota and diverts tons of waste from landfi lls. The program will continue until the end of January.

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. Mondays and Wednesdays. Children and strollers are not permitted during adult walks, which will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. No registration is required. Guests should sign in at the lower level of the high school and go across the walking track to the gym doors. Calendars are available for schedule changes. Date and times are subject to change based upon high school activities. No food or beverages, other than water, are allowed. The track will be closed on Dec. 26-29, Jan. 2 and Jan. 16.

Lock-in meeting set for Dec. 13 Parents interested in helping out with the Prior Lake High School 2012 senior lock-in can attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.


Prior Lake High School cheerleaders hosted the second annual Santa’s Cheer Shop competition on Dec. 4. PLAY cheerleaders and the PLHS varsity squad each put in exhibition performances (noncompetitive), while a PLHS varsity stunt group placed third and the PLHS junior varsity squad placed second. The next competition for varsity and junior varsity is Sunday, Dec. 11 at the University of St. Thomas.

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Born Sept. 26, 1925 in St. Paul, MN, Ivar and Hulda (Erickson) Iverson announced the birth of their son, Donald Ivar Iverson. Growing up in St. Paul, he was the youngest of three children. As a young boy, Don and his father, put on hundreds of miles cross country skiing on great adventures. He also loved math, for it came easy to him. Proudly serving in the United States Navy, Donald was a gunner on the destroyer U.S.S. St. Louis. Wounded in combat, he earned the Purple Heart twice for his injuries. Don was extremely proud of his service record. After returning from the service, he started his career as an over the road truck driver. Covering all 48 states, Don could tell you how to get from coast to coast and which route would be the best to travel. He was able to see the beauty in the country side in all the splendid seasons. Life changed meeting the love of Don’s life, Jean Lucille Brooks. In fact, he knew her parents well and they like him. So much, they set Don and Jean up on a blind date. Their love grew for each other and on April 28, 1950, they exchanged wedding vows in St. Paul. They were blessed with four children, Lynda, Donald, Mary and Laurie. As a family, Don would take the month of July off from trucking and spend it with them. A love for the water, the family would spend countless hours, swimming, boating, skiing and watching the sunsets. This time allowed Don and his family to create specially memories together. Life drastically changed for them, when Jean passed away suddenly on July 9, 1975. Life was never the same. They all missed her deeply. An avid and talented golfer, Don probably could have gone pro, but he had a family to consider. Instead, he was able to enjoy golfing with family and friends and winning many tournaments along the way. All through the years, Don loved his-in-laws and cherished the wonderful memories created. A good friend too many, he truly appreciated their friendships as well. A man of great wisdom, honesty and generosity, Don was meticulous, yet a loving husband, dad and grandpa. At the age of 86 and a resident of New Prague, Don passed away peacefully in the presence of his family the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 at Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague. Forever loved, Don will be deeply missed by children, Lynda (Greg) Gentz of Chaska, Donald (Michelle) Iverson of Rosemount, Mary (Rick) Steinhoff of Prior Lake, Laurie (Mike) Roche of New Prague; grandchildren, Deanna Gentz, Elise (Darren) Wercinski, Kevin (Kelly) Gentz, Ryan (Shawn) Gentz, Samuel (Courtney Carlson) Iverson, Nicholas (Sarah) Roche, Maria (Kevin) Russell, Jeremy Roche, Shane Roche; many great-grandchildren; sister, Ileen Crocker of Kingwood, TX: many other loving relatives and devoted friends. Don is preceded in death by his wife, Jean; parents, Ivar and Hulda; sister, Dorothy (Ted) Cajacob; brother-in-law, Bob Crocker. The visitation was Sunday, Dec. 4 from 4-7 p.m. at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake and also one hour prior to the service at church. The Celebration of Life Service was Monday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, Prior Lake. Pastor Mark Schmid officiated. Pallbearers were Kevin Gentz, Ryan Gentz, Samuel Iverson, Nicholas Roche, Jeremy Roche and Shane Roche. Don will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery with full military honors. The Iverson family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake Chapel.

On Nov. 28, 1926 on the family farm in Shakopee, Richard Leander was born to Joseph and Rose (Kersting) Hennen. Dick married Ellen Kohout on May 17, 1949 at the Church of St. Michael’s Rectory in Prior Lake. They were blessed with two children, LeRoy and Lynette. For most of his life, Dick and his family farmed south of Prior Lake and later worked for Cargill in Savage. At the age of 85 and a resident of Prior Lake, Dick passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at his home. Forever loved, Dick will be deeply missed by wife of 62 years, Ellen; son, LeRoy (Mary) Hennen of Prior Lake; daughter, Lynette (Eric) Engbrecht of Eden Prairie; grandchildren, Stephanie (Mike) Fastrup, Christine (Mark) Chant, Jonathan Engbrecht and Alicia Engbrecht; great-grandchildren, Carter and Corie Fastrup, Jaden, Devin and Ashlyn Chant; brother, Norbert (Betty) Hennen of Prior Lake; sister, Dorothy (Florian Kraft) Efta of New Prague; many other loving relatives and devoted friends. Dick is preceded in death by his parents; one brother and many sisters. The visitation was Monday, Dec. 5 from 4-8 p.m. at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake and also one hour prior to the mass at church. The Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Michael, Prior Lake. Dick will be laid to rest at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Prior Lake. The Hennen family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake Chapel.

Hazel Ecklund, 96, of Shakopee, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 at the Ebenezer Ridges Care Center, Burnsville. Visitation Monday, Dec. 5, from 4-7 p.m. at the McNearney Funeral Home, Shakopee. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Shakopee. The Rev. Randall J. Romsdahl officiated. Private family interment, Long Bridge Lutheran Church Cemetery, Todd County, MN. Funeral arrangements through McNearney Funeral Home in Shakopee, 952-445-2755.

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Marge Pink, 67, of Shakopee, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at her home. She was born in New Prague, March 21, 1944 to Tom and Martha (Franek) Schoenbauer. Marge and Val Pink were married May 1, 1965 in New Prague. Marge was a loving, wife, mother, grandmother and was a stay at home mom. She was a member of St. Mark’s Council of Catholic Women. She is survived by husband, Val Pink Sr.; children, Steve (Carlen), Val Jr. (Robin), Dan (Claudia), Karen (Britt) Rodgers; nine grandchildren; father, Tom Schoenbauer, Sr.; one brother, Tom (Jeanne) Schoenbauer, Jr.; four sisters, Martha (Jack) Paur, Delores (Roger) Poohl, Yvette (Greg) Goodrich, Marilyn (Paul) Hentges; nieces and nephews. Preceding Marge in death was her mother, Martha Schoenbauer; sister-in-law, Mary Schoenbauer; brother-inlaw, Lynn Andresen. Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 4 , from 3-7 p.m. at the Mike Martens, 55, of Prior Lake died McNearney Funeral Home, Shakopee. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 at Fairview Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mark’s Catholic Southdale Hospital surrounded by his Church, Shakopee on Monday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. The Rev. family. Thomas Boedy, SJ officiated. Pallbearers included Ronald, Born in Wisconsin, Nov. 25, 1956, he John and Chris Skluzacek, Andy Fettig, Kevin Paur and moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1965. It was Scott Gregory. Interment Catholic Cemetery, Shakopee. there that he met and married Robin Funeral arrangements through McNearney Funeral Home in Krueger Martens of Prior Lake in 1986 and raised daugh- Shakopee, 952-445-2755. ters Marilee, Tricia and Stevi. Mike worked from 1974-2000 as a journeyman electrician and an audio engineer. He was a co-founder of Star Struck Recording Studios where he was contracted by the Arizona Historical Society to record Shirley Eno, 85, of Savage and Emily, authentic cowboy music. In addition, he recorded and proMN, born Nov. 24, 1926 in Minneapolis to duced the rock band “Phoenix” and hundreds of other John and Barbara Whalen, passed away musicians in Arizona. In December of 1998, Mike became Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. permanently disabled. In 2000, he relocated to Minnesota She is preceded in death by her huswhere he resided in Caledonia, Winona and finally at Prior band, Cleve; sisters, Elaine Whalen, Manor in Prior Lake. His hobbies included woodworking, fishing, cooking and Mildred Gordhamer Buck, Jean Haller, doing sound production. His love for patriotism was well Betty Adkins, Alice Rainville; brother, known. He was known as a “Mac Man” because of the love Patrick Whalen; son-in-law, Steve Ross and Cleve’s sister, he had for Apple computers currently mastering the audio Ione (Milford) Karli. Shirley will be dearly missed by her children, Bill (Linda) program Logic Pro. Mike would readily volunteer his audio Eno, Patty Ross, Mary (David) Clawson, Robert (Karen) Eno, services for schools and churches where music teacher Kenneth (Ellen) Eno, Jean (John) Brewer, Judy (Tim) Haataja; Robin (aka Ms. Martens or Ms. Robin) worked. He adored grandchildren, Erin Eno, Greg Eno, Lauren Eno, Mark Eno, his daughters and taught them how to design / build things Heather (Mike) Ross-Chalupnik, Brett Ross, Kerry Ross, and cook. He is survived by daughters, Marilee (PLHS 2008), Tricia William Clawson, Alaine (Ken) Nelson, Michael (Jessica) Eno, (PLHS 2010) and Stevi (a senior at PLHS); father, Bill Megan (Brian) Flaska, Thomas Eno, Bryce Eno, Matthew Martens of Phoenix; sister, Diane (Dennis) Green of (Ashley) Findlay, Kim Brewer, Jason (Christine) Brewer, Phoenix; brothers, Gene (Sally) Martens of Boise, ID, Terry Andrea Dennis; great-grandchildren, Olivia and Liam Ross, (Carol) Martens of Chandler, AZ, Steve Martens of Phoenix; Hunter and Kylee Eno, Andrei Chalupnik, Odin Findlay; brothmany nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by sis- ers, Robert (Pearl) Whalen and Jim (Jean) Whalen; many ter, Peggy Martens Sanchez of Prescott Valley, AZ and nieces, nephews, family and friends. Memorial Mass, 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 at St John mother, Mary Patricia Sornberger Martens of Platteville, WI. the Baptist Catholic Church, 4625 West 125th St, Savage. A Celebration of Life Service was held at St. Paul’s Visitation, 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 and also one hour Lutheran Church, Prior Lake, 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7 before the mass, all at the church. Private interment, St. with visitation at 10 a.m. Arrangements are being handled John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Burnsville. In lieu of by the Cremation Society of Minnesota, Edina. flowers, memorials may be made. Special thanks to the Regina Nursing Home in Hastings and the Allina Hospice for their care. Henry W. Anderson (952)432-2331.

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Shakopee Sales Craft/ Garage Sale- One of a kind gifts. Sat-Sun, Dec. 17 & 18, 9am-4pm. 1005 Shawmut St., Shakopee. Get your last minute gifts here!


SW Metro Sales Other Areas St. Bonifacius Sale4025 Tower St. ThursFri-Sat. 12/8-9-10, 9am5pm. Sun. 12/11, 10am2pm. Leather furniture, '50's DR/ bedroom, collector dolls, fishhouse, antiques, carpenter tools, dishes, stemware, fishing gear, artwork, jewelry, Christmas decorations, rattan porch furniture.

Full-Time REAL ESTATE Houses 3BR, 2BA, 3 car garage. Contract for deed terms with 5% down. $177,900. Randy Kubes, Realtor 612-599-7440 House for sale: 9875 Spring Rd, EP $327,400 952-240-8940

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General Workers/ Totes $13.25/hr Forklift Operators $14.50/hr plus day-one benefits including medical, personal time and flex $$

Come to work for the nation's leading beet sugar producer in a hands- on equipment oriented environment. United Sugars has openings for non-union, full time, limited duration jobs in our Chaska, MN plant. These positions work 12 hour shifts. There is currently a union lockout in progress. Applicants must be at least 18 years old with a HS Diploma or GED and pass entrance testing, drug testing and criminal background check. Preferred candidates will have manufacturing or industrial experience, be able to work in an industrial setting, have a good work ethic and communication skills.

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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: BENCO EQUIPMENT seeking a full-time equipment technician/ installer. On the job training, any or all plumbing, electrical, hydraulic knowledge is a plus. MUST BE self motivated. Job requires some occasional overnight stays around the state. Ability to lift 100 lbs., and pass a DOT physical. Must have good driving record. See website for details: e-mail resumes to: shannamlauf@ Const. Co. Seeking Night Mechanic Automotive, Small Engine & Truck Exp. Must have CDL & Health Card

Full-Time Server/ Bar Managerexperienced. Tin Shed, Savage. Submit resume, Attn: Sue, fax 952-736-2862 or YOUR CAREER BEGINS HERE! Client Implementation Specialist Responsible for the development and execution of client implementation project plans. Works with new clients to configure Expense Management program specifications. Acts as liaison between client and InterplX to document, coordinate and monitor internal set-up functions. Handles ongoing client communications and problem resolutions. Will also serve as back up to customer service and program support area. A 2 year Business Associates Degree Required InterplX Technologies offers competitive compensation, great benefits & 401k! Send resume and cover letter to Email: humanresources@ Or: Interplx Technologies Attn: Human Resources PO Box 800 Shakopee, MN 55379


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DT&H Vocational Assistant Approximately 35 hours per week Day hours No Weekends or Holidays!! In this highly rewarding position, you will provide direct supervision & training for adults with developmental disabilities at the program site & in the community. Duties include serving as a role model, maintaining daily records, & assisting & supervision to our clients. MQs: Requires equivalency of HS graduation & 1 year experience working with people with developmental disabilities. Strong preference given for CNA, TMA or CMA certs from a vocational school or college. Must be able to physically support clients in daily activities. Must possess a valid driver's license. Hiring Rate: $15.21/hr. plus benefits. Rating: Rating of training & experience. Closing: 12/19/11. Obtain application from Scott County Employee Relations at 952-4968890 or from the Internet at ( EOE TTY/TDD: (952) 496-8170. Let's work together.

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Fair Wednesday 9am-12pm for Production Work. 952-924-9000 for information for details. EOE/AAP


Ice Arena Supervisor Part-time position responsible for operating the ice resurfacer, opening and closing building, collecting money for rentals and public skating, and maintaining a clean facility by performing custodial duties in and around the building. Hours: evenings and weekends, 5- 15 hrs. per week in the winter season. Minimum Qualifications: Must be at least 18 yrs. old. Strong communication skills, ability to work independently, and ability to lift 40 lbs. required. Starting Wage: $11.19 per hour. Application Deadline: 12/20/11. For more information and an application, please visit or call (952) 233-9320 TTY/TDD: (952) 233-3837. EOE.

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Lead Social Worker St. Gertrude's Health and Rehabilitation Center has an opening for an LSW in our busy and fast paced TCU. Recent Long term social work experience a must. Acute or subacute discharge planning experience preferred. 4 Days a week with benefits available. Prefer applicant meets requirements for LSW supervision with VA reporting knowledge preferred, past leadership experience needed. Please complete application online at Line Cook, Wait Staff, Part time Host(ess), wanted. Breakfast experience required. Can lead to full-time. 952447-6668 Looking for a Kennel Assistant. Responsible, detail oriented individual with a willingness to clean. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, averaging 10-15 hours per week. Evenings, rotating weekends and holidays are required. Permanent position. Call Anne 952-447-2855 or e-mail New Horizon Foods is seeking PT Servers for a Shakopee LTC Facility. All Shifts. Apply


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Credit River Township is looking for a part-time Clerk with flexible hours averaging 10-15 hours per week. Hours are flexible but some evening meetings are required. Primary Responsibilities: OAttend meetings, prepare agendas, minutes and materials. ORecord and file Township documents and records OPublish and post all required legal notices OField resident inquiries to Board members OManage Township elections OProcess Township Building Permits OOther duties as assigned Required Qualifications: OSelf motivated OStrong Customer Service skills OComputer proficiency Preferred Qualifications: O2 year associate degree O5+ years clerical experience OFamiliar with Township government OFamiliar with Credit River Township area

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Customer Service Representative Part-Time Weekends Explore the world of aviation with an industry leader. Elliott Aviation has an opening for a part-time Customer Service Rep at our Front Desk. This is a day shift position on Saturday and Sunday. Primary responsibilities include greeting and fulfilling customer requests, answering phones, and coordinating services. The ideal candidate will have an interest in aviation, with 1-2 years experience in customer service, exceptional communication skills, and the ability to problem solve and work independently. Computer experience is required. Please send resume to:

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


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


2000 Chevy Silverado 4x4, regular cab, long box, am, fm, cd. A/C electric locks, windows, good tires. 142,385 $5,700 612-859-2715

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1996 Chevy Blazer, 4X4. 169,000 well maintained miles. Newer tires. Looks and runs great. $2,400. 952445-7537

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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


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

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

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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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Roullier-Jans Brienne Roullier and Joshua Jans announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Roullier is the daughter of Mark and DeeAnn Roullier of Savage. She attended Prior Lake High School and Concordia College. Jans is the son of Tim and Nancy Jans of Prior Lake. He attended Prior Lake High School and Concordia College. He is employed by News America Marketing. A June 30, 2012 wedding is planned in Prior Lake.


Joshua Jans and Brienne Roullier

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11 Chevy Malibu LTZ

• AWD • Heated Leather • Pwr Sunroof • Memory Seat • Bose Sound • Bluetooth

Local Trade


10 Mitsubishi Galant

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07 Mazda CX-7 AWD



• AWD • 3rd Seat • Heated Leather • Pwr Sunroof • Dual Climate • Rear A/C & Heat

Only 32M




09 Kia Borrego EX 4x4 • 3rd Seat

• Touring Pkg • Leather • Heated Seats • Pwr Sunroof • Bose Sound • Remote Start

Only 27M


08 Suzuki XL7 Luxury

• Pwr Wind/Locks • CD • Keyless Entry • Side Airbags • Traction Control • Alloy Wheels

Only 35M

• 3.6L V-6 • Leather • Heated Seats • Pwr Sunroof • Premium Sound • Remote Start

• Leather • Dual Climate • Premium Sound • iPod Port • Tow Pkg

Only 34M






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• Tune Up • Brakes • Oil Change


Larry Call Larry in our service department for an appointment. Master Tech Hwy. 13 @ Dakota St.


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As Prior Lake began to freeze over the past week, resident Char Mader took this photo of a lone trumpeter swan swimming alongside a group of mallards. “The swans are seldom seen by us on the lake,” Mader said. “My caption would be, ‘Don’t be afraid to stand out in a crowd if you feel the time is right.’”

City map produced by Chamber of Commerce As we enter the holiday season, local businesses would like to remind you to shop locally and to patronize our Prior Lake Area Chamber of Commerce members. The Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce is proud of producing an updated map of the city of Prior Lake. We have also inserted it in this edition of the Prior Lake American for you to keep and use. The full list of our members with phone numbers also is on the to view a our complete inventory '08 Honda Accord LX 4DR

'07 Pontiac G6 4DR V6

26,000 Actual 1-Owner Miles, $ Loaded

Loaded, 42,000 Miles



11,995 Sandi

'06 Ford F d Explorer E l XLS 4x4 4 4

'07 S Saturn V Vue 4DR 4x4 4 4 V6 Loaded, Tow N Go


V6, 61M, Loaded







map for a quick reference. Enjoy the events this upcoming winter, and please remember to Shop Local and Shop Often at our Prior Lake Chamber member businesses. For a full list of Chamber members, check www. Sandi Fleck is executive director of the Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at (952) 440-1000 or sandi@priorlakechamber. com.

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SportClips opens Savage shop SportClips recently opened in the Target strip mall on Highway 13 next to Jimmy John’s. The shop’s hairstylists cater to men and boys,

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who are offered the “MVP Treatment” with neck and shoulder massages, towel treatments and sports on TVs visible from every angle. For more information, call (952) 226-2887 or visit
















W/AT! #16186




Z-71 #16335

Convenience Pkg! All Star Edition Pkg!

28,988 28,998





Z-71 4x4

4x4 LT


Convenience Pkg! All-Star Edition Pkg!




D/T #15598








Fully Equipped w/Sunroof







05 Chevy


4x4, Diesel, White, 70,408 Miles, #16310A





Fully Loaded, 20" Wheels




09 Chevy

03 Chevy

SILVERADO 2500HD CREW LTZ SILVERADO 2500HD EXT LS 4x4 Diesel, Red, 46,632 Miles, #16168A




08 Pontiac G6 GT

08 Pontiac G6 3.5

08 Pontiac G6

11 Chevy Malibu LTZ

06 Chevy Malibu LT

White Diamond, 39,356 Miles, #16219A

Gray, 64,433 Miles, #15694B

Silver, 43,611 Miles, #5798

Summit White, 6,042 Miles, #5869

White, 88,351 Miles, #16227A

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11 Chevy Tahoe LT 4WD

02 Chevy Trailblazer LT

01 Ford Ranger XLT

05 Volkswagen Touareg AWD

White, 28,629 Miles, #5854

Dark Red, 15,323 Miles, #5882

Red, 86,290 Miles, #16235A

Offroad 4x4, Black, 58,794 Miles, #15786D

Gray, 89,692 Miles, #5877


08 Chrysler Town and Country LTD Navi

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10 Chevy Traverse LT AWD

11 Chevy Traverse LT AWD

08 Buick Enclave CXL

Black, 30,420 Miles, #5811

Cyber Gray, 8,908 Miles, #5883

Silver, 65,762 Miles, #15991A

DVD, Silver, 28,399 Miles, #15790A

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05 Buick LaCrosse CXL Sale Price


04 Ford F-250 Super Duty SC Lariat Black, 210,953 Miles, #16283B


10 Buick Enclave CXL Silver, 43,387 Miles, #16298A

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4x4, Black, 153,932 Miles, #16021A

Silver, 64,206 Miles, #16221A

11 Chevy HHR LT Sale Price



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09 Honda Pilot Touring 4WD Navi DVD, Dark Cherry, 31,177 Miles, #16128A


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*All rebates and Incentives incl. in price on 0% Financing up to 72 mo. in lieu of rebates.

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