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Thisweek Apple Valley-Rosemount JANUARY 14, 2011

VOLUME 31, NO. 46

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Family takes up the fight to find a cure for diabetes Nathan Buckley, 6, is youth ambassador for Walk to Cure Diabetes by Andrew Miller THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

On the surface, Nathan Buckley is just like any other 6-year-old boy. He loves spending time with his friends and playing games with his brother, Ben, and enjoys going to Vikings and Gopher football games and watching the Minnesota Twins. But each day, Nathan, a student at Highland Elementary School in Apple Valley, must undergo a battery of blood-sugar checks and doses of insulin to keep a potentially deadly medical condition at bay. In October 2008, two weeks shy of his fourth birthday, Nathan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a condition that is fatal unless treated with insulin. Nathan’s dad, Jon, says treating Type 1 diabetes is a “continual daily grind.�

“You can’t ever forget about it – it never takes a vacation,� said Jon, an English teacher and basketball coach at Edina High School. “This is a disease that’s going to be with him for the rest of his life unless they find a cure.� Though there’s much he doesn’t like about treating diabetes – like getting his finger poked to check his blood-sugar level – Nathan has been a trooper. “He’s a pretty happy kid overall,� Jon said. “We try to live as normal a life as possible. We know that Nate’s special, but we still try to do things like any other kid would.� This year, Nathan has been named the youth ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, which will be held Feb. 26 at the Mall of

Man sentanced to 18 years in prison for cab driver’s death by Andrew Miller

weapon. During the investigation, A 20-year-old man who police found Palm’s cell pleaded guilty to murder in phone in Abdikarim’s possession. Cell phone connection with the records showed that August 2009 death Abdikarim made of a cab driver in several calls with Apple Valley was the phone. sentenced last week Abdikarim was to 18 years in prison. initially charged Abdirahman with three counts of Abdikarim of Apmurder – including ple Valley pleaded Abdikarim first-degree murder guilty in October to second-degree murder (while committing aggra(while committing a felony) vated robbery) and secondfor killing 41-year-old Mi- degree murder (with intent to kill). chael A. Palm Jr. Prosecutors offered AbPalm was found stabbed to death in his cab on Aug. dikarim a plea agreement 1, 2009, in the parking lot for the one count of secondof a commercial building degree murder because two witnesses had disappeared on Glazier Avenue. According to the crimi- and another recanted his nal complaint, police found statement to police, Dakota Palm dead in his taxi with County Attorney James stab wounds in his forehead, Backstrom said at the time the plea agreement was face, neck, arm and hand. Palm’s cell phone and reached. It was believed GPS system had been taken both witnesses had left the and a bloody screwdriver state. State sentencing guidewas found near his body on lines called for 15 to 21 the floor of the van. DNA analysis by the years in prison in the case. Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension linked Andrew Miller is at andrew. Abdikarim to the murder miller@ecm-inc.com. THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

IN BRIEF To support the Buckley family as they participate in this year’s Walk to Cure Diabetes, visit www.teamnathan.org. America. The Buckley family – including Nathan’s mom, Sarah – will be among a half-million other walkers participating in the event at various sites across the country. Jon said the family participates in the walk for three reasons: to support Nathan, to raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes, and to raise money to find a cure. The Buckleys, who live in Apple Valley, participate in the walk under the banner of “Team Nathan.� This year, the family has set a

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The Jon and Sarah Buckley family of Apple Valley – including Nathan, 6, and Ben, 4 – are participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes in February at the Mall of America. Nathan, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in October 2008, is this year’s youth ambassador for the walk. fundraising goal of $6,000. “Managing Type 1 diabetes is a challenge, but many promising therapies are emerging and we are hopeful for a cure soon,� the Buckleys wrote on their

Walk to Cure Diabetes website, www.teamnathan.org. “For the first time, scientists are predicting that we can expect to see a cure well within our lifetime.� For more information

about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Walk to Cure Diabetes, visit www.jdrf.org. Andrew Miller is at andrew. miller@ecm-inc.com.

196 middle schoolers to see fewer classroom periods Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board unanimously approves schedule change by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan middle school students can expect to see fewer class periods as they register for fall classes this month. On Jan. 10, the School Board unanimously approved shortening its middle school schedule to six periods to boost student achievement, particularly in math, and save money. Eliminating two class periods is expected to save an estimated $1.76 million a year. With fewer periods, students will spend 30 percent more time on core studies such as English, math and social studies, said Steve Troen, director of teaching and learning for District 196. “I think this is a very

positive change,� Board Member Rob Duchscher said. Although officials hope this will improve student achievement, district students already superseded the state average in a standardized science test this year. Middle schoolers scored near the state average. While students will have more time in core studies, they will spend less time in elective classes, Troen said. “But they will have more to choose from as they move toward eighth grade,� he said. Sixth-graders will continue to alternate each day among art, technical science and family consumer science. They will also have a fourth elective every day. Meanwhile, seventhand eighth-graders will

have to choose from among art, tech and FACS among other choices each trimester. Seventh-graders will be allowed two electives per trimester, while eighthgraders will be able to select three. Additionally, eighthgraders will be required to take one trimester of physical education, rather than taking it all year. During a public forum held Dec. 2 at Falcon Ridge Middle School, some parents expressed concerns about reducing physical education requirements — particularly in light of increased childhood obesity. Others voiced concerns about potentially limiting students’ exposure to fine arts and foreign language. The district’s magnet schools, though, would continue to have a foreign language focus. Despite some concerns, most parents supported the changes.

“I think everyone agrees we’re on the right path,� Board Member Art Coulson said. The changes will also include ongoing academic assessments, interventions when a student is falling behind, progress monitoring, as well as personal learning opportunities and support that aids students in transition from elementary to middle school to high school. District officials will be helping teachers over the next few months prepare for the changes, Troen said. Teachers in core studies, such as math, science and English, for instance, will need to find ways to make the most of the extra instruction. Meanwhile, those who teach electives such as art and band may be forced to divide their time among several schools as these classes are cut back. E-mail Jessica Harper at: jessica.harper@ecm-inc.com

Rosemount City Council conducts interviews for open council seat Process held over three days, includes 18 interviews by Laura Adelmann THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Interviews with the 18 candidates seeking to complete the Rosemount City Council term of Kurt Bills, who was elected state representative in November, were held Tuesday and Wednesday. Rosemount City Council members together posed the same list of questions to each candidate during individual half-hour interviews. Interviews were held at a table in council chambers at City Hall, and members of the public, many other candidates, were allowed to watch the proceedings. General 952-894-1111 Distribution 952-846-2070 Display Advertising 952-846-2011 Classified Advertising 952-846-2000

Saturday winds up the interviews, then the council will confer and announce if they will conduct second interviews with some candidates or name the council member selected to serve Bills’ remaining two-year term. All candidates were asked eight questions narrowed from a larger list the council determined would best help them make their decision. Asked was information about the candidate’s background, reasons for running, top issues facing the city and if they think any of the city ordinances are too strict. In addition, council members

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asked how candidates compromised in situations when they held the minority opinion, and offered an opportunity to share ideas to expand local economic development. Candidates and their answers varied during the first set of interviews, but most mentioned attracting businesses and working with the UMore development as major issues for Rosemount. Rosemount residents who applied for the position are: David Ganfield, Maila C. Ellefson, Jamal Abdulahi, William (Bill) Olson, Sharon Peterson, Patrick Staley, Tim Judy, Dennis Winsor, Shawn Mulhern, Joe Kurle, Pamela VanderWiel, Ryan K.

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Rosemount City Council candidate Sharon Peterson, foreground, was greeted by Rosemount City Council members as she began her interview. From left are Mayor Bill Droste and council members Mark DeBettignies, Jeff Weisensel and Kim Shoe-Corrigan. Johnson, Robert Leuth, Denise Lynn Bednar, Gloria Jorgenson, Matthew Kearney, Jeanne Schwartz and Paul Ness. Interviews on Saturday are scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., and at 11:30 a.m., council will

discuss options. Applicants were told they would be informed of the council decision by early next week. Laura Adelmann is at laura.adelmann@ecm-inc.com.

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Things are expected to get a little spicier in Rosemount this spring. At its Jan. 4 meeting, the Rosemount City Council unanimously approved an on-sale liquor license and special Sunday liquor license for Las Tortillas Mexican Restaurant, set to open in April. Located at 15051 Crestone Avenue, the restaurant will be in the space formerly

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occupied by Butterfly Life, said Ryan McGunnigle, clubhouse manager and executive chef of the Hastings Country Club and one of the partners opening the new restaurant. He described Las Tortillas as a small, mom-andpop restaurant that will feature traditional Mexican dishes and more standard American-Mexican fare with handmade fresh tortillas and margaritas. “I’m very excited to build

a new business in Rosemount,� McGunnigle said. He added that a Latino chef from Mexico City will be leading the kitchen. “His talents are untapped as of yet,� McGunnigle said. The venture is also backed by Rosemount siblings Edward McMenomy Jr. and Anne McMenomy. Laura Adelmann is at laura. adelmann@ecm-inc.com.

Rosemount historians’ research begins to yield results Contest announced for book’s cover art

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New research into historic details is leading researchers on their quest to publish Rosemount’s first history book this year. At first, historical society members were pursuing details about Henry Lorenz, who murdered Mary Tschida of St. Paul in 1934. But, as the story unfolded, a critical detail emerged: Lorenz had a Rosemount mailing address, but actually lived in Burnsville Township, on land now occupied by the Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. While group members have, therefore, decided not to publish Lorenz’s story in the book, they have unearthed the morbid details of that local crime. Rosemount resident Rose Marie Ratzlaff, who grew up on a farm bordering the Lorenz farm, explained she and her family lived in fear



          

of Lorenz, even after he’d been imprisoned for beating Tschida to death, because her father was one of the witnesses to testify against Lorenz. “He told prison guards‌ and said in court that if he ever got out, he was going to kill everyone who testified against him,â€? Ratzlaff said. The murder, as reported by the Dakota County Tribune, occurred because Lorenz suspected Tschida of stealing $5 from his wallet. Lorenz and Tschida, who had both been drinking heavily, began fighting. Tschida’s friends, who had driven Tschida to the Lorenz farm, left, but eventually returned to take Tschida’s 7-year-old boy home. They found the boy crying, abandoned in a field, and Lorenz and a severely beaten Tschida at a nearby farmhouse.

Lorenz then put Tschida’s half-naked body in the back of a pickup truck and drove off. Police were alerted, found Lorenz miles away, with a broken radiator, a bad tire and Tschida’s body still in the back of the truck. After fighting with the officer, Lorenz was arrested. On the way to jail, Lorenz attempted suicide by swallowing pills, but the officers brought him to the hospital where his stomach was pumped. Lorenz spent his life in prison and died in 1956. While Ratzlaff’s information about the murder lessened the book’s coverage, her research into the University of Minnesota Research property, formerly Gopher Ordnance Works, will likely add to it. Ratzlaff said she has just begun to uncover information that the federal governSee Research, 11A

       

   

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Education District 196 school board approves final budget, looks to next school year THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board was already preparing for the coming school year Jan. 10 as it passed the 2010-11 final budget District officials will face tough decisions in the next few weeks as the board examines its five-year budgeting plan and determines the 2011-12 budget.

The state is facing a nearly $7 billion deficit, which could result in cuts to education spending, said Jeff Solomon, director of finance operations for District 196. “It is highly likely that modifications will be made to education spending, even though there is a desire to stay away from that,� Solomon said. Officials from Minnesota

school districts are assuming there could be up to a 10 percent reduction in spending for the next school year, he said. Superintendent Jane Berenz noted that even if state aid remains the same, the district could still face a $14 million budget shortfall. If state aid is cut, the district could be short $23 million.

Dakota County City, county officials seek more autonomy Legislative meeting centers on loosening state controls by Laura Adelmann

The School Board plans to meet Jan. 24 to discuss its five-year plan and the 201112 budget. The district was forced to cut $15 million last year due to a $30 million cash withdrawal imposed by the Legislature. The final 2010-11 budget unanimously approved Monday included $4 million in additional revenue and $11 million in cuts.

The greatest reduction came from eliminating 144 full-time equivalent staff. The district’s general fund is $299.4 million, which represents 85 percent of its expenditures. The operating budget within the general fund is $207.3 million. E-mail Jessica Harper at: jessica.harper@ecm-inc.com

District 196 expands Mandarin Chinese program to high schools by Jessica Harper

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Officials from Dakota County and area cities welcomed newly elected Minnesota legislators with pastries and coffee Jan. 7, but they didn’t sugarcoat requests for state-level change to ease mandates and free local control. Local officials offered legislators, many freshmen Republican, a six-point request of basic principles. Topping the list: More local control. Others reverberated around that theme: the end of unfunded mandates; elimination of spending and tax lids; the return of state funds to local governments and more economic development tools to assist in growing the regional economy. Finally, local officials promoted intergovernmental cooperation, touting the area’s 2007 successful collaborative effort to build a joint dispatch center as a model of how government should work. Legislators, however, meeting with the city and county officials at the Eagan Community Center, said the balance between the metro area and outstate areas is an issue for them. When Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamman-Roland asked the state implement its goals to build broadband to attract and retain businesses, Rep. Chris Gerlach - R, Apple Valley, said part of the problem is that $50 million in federal Recovery Act funding was all directed to rural Minnesota. “God love ‘em; Residentially, they deserve to be covered, but there’s some money that could be spent in the metro area to create and retain jobs,� Gerlach said. Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz also noted the state’s JobZ program provides its tax-abatement benefits only to Greater Minnesota. She suggested directing

District officials said they will wait until Gov. Mark Dayton announces his budget plan on Feb. 15 before voting on a plan for the upcoming budget. “Where we end up this coming year will be harder to speculate than previous years with the governor in favor of tax increases and a Legislature that will deny that,� Board Member Rob Duchscher said.

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High school students in the Apple Valley-Rosemount-Eagan School District will see Mandarin Chinese as a new elective next school year. District 196 has offered the language at Diamond Path, an international studies magnet school, and as an elective at Rosemount and Scott Highlands middle schools for the past four years.

“This will help us grow the program so it’s sustainable in the future,� said Shane Schmeichel, magnet school specialist for District 196. The pilot program will be expanded next fall at Eagan, Eastview and Rosemount high schools. Eagan High School will have a beginning-level class, while Eastview will offer an advanced class for students who took Mandarin in elementary and/or

middle school. Rosemount High School will offer both levels. The new classes, including the hiring of one to two new teachers, will be funded by a $1.2 million foreign language assistance grant that will span over five years. E-mail Jessica Harper at: jessica.harper@ecm-inc.com

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Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz (right) made comments to State Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, during a Jan. 7 meeting between city, county and state officials regarding local concerns as the state’s legislative session begins. funds based on outcomes. 2011 Dakota County Board Chair Joe Harris expanded on the renewed call for the end of state funding mandates and requirements that local governments maintain spending levels. Such restrictions handicap local governments from adapting funding, services and programs to manage their budgets, he said. “We would like to truly see something change‌ take the handcuffs off,â€? he said of the often-repeated request. Gerlach said a Senate committee examined mandates several years ago, but concerns over special interest groups halted progress. “There are no easy ones, because we have to make those decisions and take the hits,â€?he said, adding Gov. Mark Dayton would have to be aligned in signing any of the proposals as well. In a later interview, Gerlach added, “I think that‌the shift is going to go from Legislature to what will Dayton administration do on mandate relief.â€? Freshman State Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, said he was encouraged by the meeting

“Their legislative priorities‌ are the exact things I would have expected them to be concerned about. I’m hoping those are some of things we can deal with in my committee,â€? Thompson said of the State Government Innovation and Veterans Committee. During the meeting, Thompson described a desire to find the root of the problems so he could help find ways to attack them. “I want to be there to do the kinds of things you’re talking about, but I need to understand what is behind the mandates,â€? Thompson said. State Rep. Tara Mack, R- Apple Valley, said in a later interview that the meeting was helpful to determine where local priorities fall. “I do think‌there’s a whole new appreciation for cooperation, and a new appetite for real reform,â€? Mack said. “Everyone coming to the table and saying the situation is getting dire‌we all understand that difficult decisions are ahead.â€? Laura Adelmann is at laura. adelmann@ecm-inc.com.

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Opinion Guest Columnist Investing in early childhood education has great benefits by Mary Ajax SPECIAL TO THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

January is the time when we think about making new resolutions for ourselves and goals for where we see ourselves and how we get there. The beautiful thing about my work these years is the opportunities I’ve had to meet people and share in their journeys as they explore possibilities to achieve their goals. 360 Communities is committed to ensuring women and children are safe from domestic violence, to seeing that families thrive and communities flourish, and children grow up in nurturing environments. I’ll never forget the baby and toddler years with my sons (now grown), how intently they watched and listened, soaking up everything; what a pleasure it was to teach them the names of things, their letters and numbers. Investing in early childhood development pays large benefits. Plainly put, accomplished chil-

dren become the basis of a successful and prosperous society. Let’s look at these facts. Fact – 12 percent of Dakota County children are considered dismally unprepared for kindergarten (does not know how to hold a crayon or book, vocabulary of fewer than 800 words) Fact – Research shows that by targeting at-risk children (fund early childhood development program)you get the highest rates of return. Fact – Per year, the K-12 Minnesota school system loses $42 million of per pupil aid because of students dropping out before graduation. At 360 Communities, we believe all children deserve to succeed. Our January newsletter discusses how Dakota Healthy Families and Child Care Resource and Referral help many parents and child-care providers

lay the groundwork for greater educational and life successes. Our home visitors and outreach support workers partner with parents and child-care providers to ensure they have the tools to foster healthy child development, child care options, and support resources. These resources help ensure their children receive care that enriches their development and learning, which results in a solid foundation for a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship. Many leading economists agree that wise investment in early childhood development can result in lifetime success for children and sustainable gains for society. According to Art Rolnick, senior fellow at Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and retired director of research and public affairs at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, â€œâ€Śresults consistently show that high quality early childhood programs help kids enter kindergarten with the skills

they need to learn and that those children continue to be successful in school and ultimately become contributing members of society. Most significantly, the crime rate among those who participate in these programs falls dramatically. The research shows that positive outcomes for at-risk children can be achieved and that the cost-benefit ratio and rates of return yield a high public return‌.� 360 Communities is working to positively shape the future of everyone living in this area. Armed with knowledge of our community’s trends, we work with concerned citizens and local leaders to impact positive outcomes for the future of the entire community. Through this work, both Burnsville and Eagan leaders have identified early childhood development as one of the key investments to building a strong future. One of the goals is to improve the third grade reading proficiency measure that encourages literacy by building healthy families and

increasing civic participation. I believe that parents who recognize the benefits of quality early child care and education needs before the birth of their child have a far greater success rate of raising a healthy and happy child. Parents’ investments in caring for their child will also ensure their transition ease to kindergarten and beyond. In 2011, let’s resolve to support early childhood development in every way we can, in our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our schools, and throughout the community. We need to do our best for our future citizens. Mary Ajax is the president and chief executive officer of 360 Communities, formerly known as Community Action Council. For more information on how you can contribute, visit 360Communities.org. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters New year, clean air To the editor: Right now, many Americans are working to keep their New Year’s resolutions for healthier lifestyles – from exercising more to managing a better budget, and many more promises to be a better them in 2011. Sadly, while there are many things we can do to maintain good health, we face a number of unseen threats to our health every day. With pollutants like soot and smog entering our lungs, it is more likely that Minnesotans will contract diseases, and possibly die from the inhalation. Mercury and lead are in the air and can contaminate water and the food chain, putting children at risk of

brain damage and developmental disorders. In fact, one in every six women has enough mercury in her body to put her baby at risk of neurological damage should she become pregnant. This does not have to be the reality in the new year, though. We need to encourage Lisa Jackson, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, to clean up coal-fired power plants, the main culprit in emitting these dangerous pollutants. With stronger regulation and an eye focused on a healthier future, Minnesota will be able to live healthy year-round, and maintain that resolution. The unfortunate reality is that many people are affected by the pollution coming directly from the Black Dog power

plant in Burnsville, run by Xcel Energy. This pollution can be cleaned up, and needs to be if we all really want a healthier 2011. JESSICA BUCHBERGER Eagan Editor’s note: The writer is a field associate for Environment Minnesota.

Tone down rhetoric

To the editor: Whether or not the tragic massacre in Tucson had anything to do with the popular, vitriolic rhetoric manufactured on cable news and talk radio is irrelevant. What matters is that the rhetoric should be unwel- most rational minds as mere come if we are to live in a annoyance. healthy democracy. The vitFor some, however, the riolic words are accepted by political rancor adds confusion and disguises reality. In an era where political candidates call for “Second Letters to the editor policy Thisweek Newspapers welcomes letters to the editor. Submitted letters must be no more than 350 words. Amendment� solutions and All letters must have the author’s phone number and address for verification purposes. Anonymous letters put crosshairs of a gun over will not be accepted. Letters reflect the opinion of the author only. Thisweek Newspapers reserves the right districts of political oppoto edit all letters. Submission of a letter does not guarantee publication. nents, and people show off their guns at town hall meetings, I think it’s time we said enough. I don’t know if the Tucson gunman was influenced Contact us at: by the likes of Sarah Palin APPLE VALLEY NEWS: andrew.miller@ecm-inc.com BURNSVILLE NEWS: john.gessner@ecm-inc.com or Rush Limbaugh, but we EAGAN NEWS: erin.johnson@ecm-inc.com need to realize that words ROSEMOUNT NEWS: laura.adelmann@ecm-inc.com have consequences so we EDUCATION NEWS: aaron.vehling@ecm-inc.com should choose them careSPORTS: andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com fully. AD SALES: ads.thisweek@ecm-inc.com

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Save gymnastics To the editor: I am writing to ask the Lakeville School Board to reconsider the proposed cut of the gymnastics program. Some of the reasons to keep the teams may be obvious – opportunity for the

girls, a state championshipwinning program, scholarship opportunities for athletes, great coaching staff, etc. These girls are top athletes who have trained yearround for years to reach this point. While other sports have local leagues for participation, girls in Lakeville have no other local option for competitive gymnastics. The loss of the high school and Booster Gymnastics programs would take the opportunity from girls in the community to participate in the sport. We need to maintain these programs. All that said, I feel one aspect of the program may be overlooked – the positive community impact made by the girls on the teams. They make a huge impact through the Booster Gymnastics program. My daughter is currently in this program. All the assistant coaches are members of the North and South gymnastics teams. I have watched these girls hug my daughter when she is hurt, give her tips on how to land a new trick, throw

themselves down to break her fall and cheer her on continually. They are positive role models of focus and drive. Their work ethic is amazing and their dedication is obvious. They are always willing to help the little girls “just one more time� – even if that means staying after practice. The Lakeville gymnastics program is not just forming great athletes (with a better winning record than other sports not on the chopping block). The program is creating leaders, teachers, motivators and mentors. These are qualities that will take them well beyond their years as gymnasts. These are qualities that create a successful life. Young girls need role models like these to show them hard work pays off. The “little gymnasts� have one dream – to proudly compete for their Lakeville High School just like the big girls. Please let them have their dream. LORI KUZNIA Lakeville

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This is a summary of the Intermediate School District 917 Regular School Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, with full text available for public inspection on the district website at www.isd917.k12.mn.us or the District Office at 1300 145th Street East, Rosemount, MN 55068. The meeting was called to order at 5:00 PM. Board Members Present: Dan Cater, Deb Clark, Jill Lewis, Kathy Lewis, Tom Ryerson, Vicki Roy, Vanda Pressnall, Veronica Walter. Board Members Absent: None. Administrators Present: Nicolle Roush, Melissa Schaller, Dan Hurley, Don Budach. Others present: Theresa Bowlin, Jim Eichten, Linda Berg. Good news reports were presented. The following Consent Agenda items were approved: minutes, personnel, bills to be paid, and wire transfers. Theresa Bowlin and Amy O'Brien were awarded the Special Education Teacher and Employee of the Fall Quarter. Recommended actions approved: Audit Report for 2009-2010; Policy 405, Veteran's Preference; Resolution approving the Flex Choice Plan Summary - all Board members voting aye; Salary and Benefits for Superintendent for 2010-2011. Adjournment at 6:16 PM. 2475704 1/14/11

  

      

    

  

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Weight loss challenge returns A new 12-week weight loss challenge began Monday, Jan. 10, at The Days Inn, Burnsville, two blocks from Interstate 35 and County Road 42. Participants receive personal coaching, free body analysis and group support. Cost is $33. Registration fees are paid out in cash and prizes to the winners. For more information, call (952) 583-2390.

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needed to become a mentor, just an ability to listen and offer friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young person. Mentors are given ongoing training and support. For more information, go to www.kidsnkinship.org or call (952) 8926368.

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Free math seminar for parents Sylvan Learning Center will offer a free interactive math seminar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at School of Rock in Burnsville, 14300 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville. The seminar will help parents overcome their math fears so homework time isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so scary. Parents will travel from station to station revisiting some of the math skills they may have forgotten, guided by Sylvan teachers along the way. Space is limited. Call (952) 435-6603 or e-mail burnsville@sylvanminnesota.com to register.

Cherry - Putnam Sarah Elizabeth Cherry and Cody Lee Putnam were married at Crystal Lake Golf Course in Lakeville, MN. October 2, 2010. Sarah is the daughter of Gwenda and Mark Cherry of Lakeville, MN; Cody is the son of Tamara and Arturo Mata of Coon Rapids. Sarah is a graduate of Inver Hills Community College and is employed by Target and Edina Realty. Cody is employed by Target and currently serves in the Army National Guard.

Research dinner on mental illness set Feb. 22 in Eagan The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota will host their ninth annual Research Dinner on Feb. 22 at Eagan Community Center, 1501 N. Central Parkway. The event will feature Judith Warner, journalist and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication.â&#x20AC;? Warner will discuss the difficult journey parents face in trying to make the right decisions in getting help for their children with diagnosis, treatment, medications and support. Other key speakers include four of Minnesotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading psychiatric researchers providing the latest information on their studies. Seating begins at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner and program starts at 6 p.m. For information and registration, call (651) 645-2948, or go to www.namihelps.org.

PatchinDavenport Katie Patchin and Ben Davenport were married August 28th, 2010 in Minneapolis at Minnehaha Park. A reception followed at W indow s at op of t he ID S building. After honeymooning in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, the couple currently resides in Savage, MN.

Mentors needed for area children Kids pajama drive Kids â&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Kinship, a nonprofit organization that matches children ages 5-16 with volunteer mentors, is seeking new mentors. Apple Valley: There are 11 children currently matched with mentors, seven mentors, and 17 children waiting for mentors through Kids â&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Kinship. Burnsville: There are 18 children currently matched with mentors, 12 mentors, and 22 children waiting for mentors. Eagan: There are nine children currently matched with mentors, 15 mentors, and 13 children waiting for mentors. Farmington: There are 11 children currently matched with mentors, 11 mentors, and eight children waiting for mentors. Lakeville: There are five children currently matched with mentors, 19 mentors, and eight children waiting for mentors. Rosemount: There are five children currently matched with mentors, five mentors, and six children waiting for mentors. No special skills are

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Sports Standings

Area girls hockey teams flourishing more than ever

Boys basketball Conference Overall W L W L Lakeville South 3 0 7 2 Eagan 2 1 8 2 Eastview 2 1 7 2 Burnsville 2 1 6 3 Apple Valley 2 1 5 5 Prior Lake 1 2 4 6 Rosemount 1 2 4 6 B Jefferson 1 2 3 6 Lakeville North 1 2 3 8 B Kennedy 0 3 5 6 Friday, January 14 • Lakeville South at Prior Lake, 7:15 p.m. • Eagan at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Rosemount, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 15 • Eastview at Aquinas • Shakopee at Burnsville, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, January 18 • Lakeville North at Burnsville, 7:15 p.m. • Prior Lake at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville South at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. • Eagan at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. • Eastview at Rosemount, 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 21 • Eastview at Prior Lake, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m.

Girls hockey programs in South Suburban Conference giving teams a hard time

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Conference Overall W L W L Lakeville North 5 0 11 2 Eastview 4 1 10 3 B Jefferson 3 2 10 3 B Kennedy 3 2 6 6 Prior Lake 3 2 5 7 Rosemount 2 3 7 6 Burnsville 2 3 5 7 Eagan 2 3 5 8 Apple Valley 1 4 3 8 Lakeville South 0 5 1 12 Friday, January 14 • Rosemount at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:15 p.m. • Prior Lake at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. • Burnsville at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. • Eastview at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, January 15 • Burnsville at Shakopee, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 18 • Burnsville at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Prior Lake, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Eastview, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. • Apple Valley at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, January 20 • Prior Lake at Eastview, 7:15 p.m. Friday, January 21 • Lakeville South at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. • Apple Valley at Burnsville, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Eagan, 7:15 p.m.

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Conference Overall W L T W L T Burnsville 5 0 1 7 4 1 Apple Valley 5 1 0 9 3 0 Eagan 4 1 1 9 3 1 B Jefferson 4 1 1 5 5 2 Lakeville South 3 2 1 5 4 1 Lakeville North 3 3 0 6 6 1 Eastview 3 3 0 5 7 0 Rosemount 1 5 0 4 9 0 Prior Lake 0 6 0 2 8 1 B Kennedy 0 6 0 2 10 0 Saturday, January 15 • Prior Lake at Apple Valley, 2:15 p.m. • Apple Valley at Lakeville South, 3 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Burnsville, 7 p.m. • Eagan at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. • Lakeville North at Rosemount, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 18 • Duluth East at Apple Valley, 6 p.m. • Saint Paul at Prior Lake, 7:10 p.m. Thursday, January 20 • Eastview at Lakeville North, 7 p.m. • Rosemount at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville South at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:30 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Prior Lake, 7:30 p.m. • Burnsville at Eagan, 7:30 p.m.

by Andy Rogers

Erica Power leads the way with double-digit points followed by freshmen Jenny Thomsen and Meg Thelen and eighth-grader Shaniah Anderson. “Mentally they are vastly improved and we have been told multiple times that they are one of, if not the most disciplined, respectful and hardworking teams across the state,” Erdall said.

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For the past three years, at least two teams that play in the South Suburban Conference have gone on to play in the girls hockey state tournament, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon. If anything, a few good teams will be left out. “I think we have more good teams across the board more now than ever,” Eagan co-head coach Jeff Kolehmainen said. “In the early days of girls hockey there were some powerhouses because they had one superstar, where now we see better depth in teams where if you stop the top player or line, they still have another line or two that can get it done. “It is very promising for girls hockey.” Lakeville North, Lakeville South, Eastview and Rosemount are shooting it out for the top spot in the conference. All four have spent time ranked in the top 20 along with Eagan and Burnsville in Class AA. For young teams like Apple Valley, they have a higher bar to skate over now. “It will make us better for the future, but for this season it makes it very difficult to win hockey games,” Apple Valley hockey coach Don Erdall said.

Eagan If there’s one thing that could vault Eagan to the upper reaches of the conference, it’s consistency. They’ve gone on threegame winning streaks and three-game losing streaks. “We need our girls to give three strong periods each and every game and to stay out of the penalty box,” Kolehmainen said. “Many or our games have been one goal games where a quicker start or consistent play would have made a huge difference.” Thanks to Bre Steele, Megan Wolfe and Molly Sparks, the Wildcats are getting their goals as they’re proving to be one of the top first lines in the state. “We feel good about their progress, but would like to see them capitalize on their opportunities even more and make it a game in, game out thing,” Kolehmainen said. Despite averaging more than four goals per game,

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Burnsville’s Briita Nelson, No. 15, fights Apple Valley’s Shaniah Anderson, No. 11, for the puck during a game on Tuesday night. Burnsville won the game 6-3. Eagan is still hovering around a .500 record. The trouble is the Wildcats are giving up almost three goals per game. “It is something that we have been working on with our defense and goaltending,” Kolehmainen said. Goalies Emily Oltrogge has been in the net the majority of the games. “We have brought in a goalie coach to work with her on her consistency and to build up her confidence,” Kolehmainen said. Another goalie, eighthgrader Emma May, is getting some time as well. “She’s talented but young so we are trying to bring her along slowly and get her in net on occasion,” Kolehmainen said.

Burnsville After starting the season 3-8, the Blaze have turned their skates around to put their record closer to .500. The girls won their home tournament over the holiday break and coach Bruce Anderson is hoping it will be a sign of things to come. “We had lost four in a row and playing well for all three games of our tourney was needed,” Anderson said. They turned that good feeling into a 5-3 win against Lakeville North last weekend and a 6-3 victory against Apple Valley on Tuesday. They’ll need it to continue with Eastview, Lakeville South and Rose-

mount on the schedule before January is over. “If we play like we did on Saturday versus North, we can compete with them,” Anderson said. “We’ll need very good goaltending, strong defensive play, stop their power play and be lucky.” Scoring hasn’t been much of a problem. Jenny Maloney, Kasey Evans and Paige Skaja have each put up more than 20 points this season. “They are good around the net, have very good shots and expect to score,” Anderson said. “If we’re going to be competitive the rest of the season, they will have to continue with their scoring ways.” As a team they average almost four points per game, but they give up just about the same. That might have more to do with the teams they’ve played both in the conference and outside such as Edina, Hopkins and Hastings.

Apple Valley The Eagles broke a 10game losing streak over the weekend to move their victory total to five. Beating Bloomington Kennedy 1-0 on Jan. 8 was a relief, but it wasn’t perfect. “It felt great to get a win again,” Erdall said. “Obviously we were expecting a more comfortable victory, and the girls played that way which led to a very

close game with a Kennedy team that came to play. “At this point, a W is a W. We’re in no position to complain about those.” During that 10-game losing streak, Erdall saw some positives. “We gave No. 5 Lakeville South everything they could handle in a 2-0 game before they added an empty netter,” Erdall said. “The second time around against No. 13 Eastview we traded punches in a 5-3 game. “Our best effort was against No. 20 Farmington in the first round of their tournament where we lost a tightly contested 2-1 contest holding two of the best players in the state very quiet.” Five wins is two more than they had all of last year. “This team has an extremely bright future, and it’s great to see them playing solid, fundamental in-yourface hockey right now,” Erdall said. Even though their save percentage doesn’t jump off the stat sheet, Erdall praised the performance of netminders Kelly Thomsen and Hailey Sampson. Although the defense has captain Alli Johnson on its side, the remainder of the core five defensemen are all young or inexperienced. “But they’ve done a fantastic job in backing our team,” Erdall said. The issue is scoring.

With 12 wins, the Lightning have already eclipsed their total from a year ago. The girls have already beaten Rosemount twice along with other ranked programs from Hastings and Hopkins, Emily Snodgrass and Courtney Kukowski have been slicing through rinks all season as both have more than 40 points. The two have combined on 43 goals in 17 games. Goalie Delaney McKay has also been a big reason for the wins. She’s been saving nearly 90 percent of the shots that come her way. The girls still have a chance at the conference title with away games left against Lakeville North on Jan. 18, Lakeville South on Feb. 1 and Rosemount on Feb. 5.

Rosemount The Irish bounced back after two straight losses to Eastview with a 6-1 victory against Bloomington Jefferson last weekend, putting their win total to 11. Last year, it wasn’t until Jan. 19 that the girls reached 11 wins. The Irish can score in bunches averaging 4.4 goals per game. Rachel Kelly leads the way with almost 40 points. Taylor Sampson, Sarah Tollefson and Allison Micheletti have given the team plenty of other scoring options on the ice as well. Caitlin Dantzscher has manned the goal with two shutouts so far. The girls have a rematch with Lakeville North at home at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Panthers handed Rosemount its first loss of the season back on Dec. 4. The Irish will also host Lakeville South on Jan. 29 and Eastview again on Feb. 5 before playoffs begin. Andy Rogers is at andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com.

Girls Hockey Team

Conference Overall W L T W L T Lakeville South 10 1 1 14 2 1 Eastview 8 2 1 12 3 2 Rosemount 7 2 1 11 4 1 Lakeville North 6 3 0 11 4 0 Eagan 6 4 1 9 7 1 Burnsville 5 5 0 8 9 0 B Jefferson 3 7 0 7 11 0 Prior Lake 3 7 0 5 12 0 Apple Valley 2 8 0 5 12 0 B Kennedy 0 11 0 1 15 0 Saturday, January 15 • Bloomington Kennedy at Burnsville, 3 p.m. • Lakeville North at Rosemount, 3 p.m. • Apple Valley at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. • Prior Lake at Eastview, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, January 18 • Eastview at Lakeville North, 7 p.m. • Lakeville South at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:15 p.m. • Burnsville at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Apple Valley, 8 p.m. Thursday, January 20 • Bloomington Jefferson at Prior Lake, 5:10 p.m. • Rosemount at Shakopee, 7 p.m. • Hopkins at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m.

Sports Brief Dane Jensen third at Buck Hill Invite Apple Valley’s Dane Jensen showed again he’s one of the best high school skiers in the state last weekend at the Buck Hill Invitational in Burnsville. He finished third in the boys varsity race out of 177 skiers from 23 teams. The Apple Valley boys team placed sixth overall thanks to runs by Andy Ahlberg (23rd) and Charlie Frahm (45th). The girls were 20th. Claire Hefko was the fastest for the Eagles at 67th place.

Dance teams refining routines for sections Eastview wins the South Suburban Conference title by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Eastview can dance. This much is known. The Lightning dance team was the winner in high kick, jazz and overall in the South Suburban Conference again this season. It’s their ninth straight overall conference championships and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change any time soon as the junior varsity was also the conference champ. “The coaches and dancers were extremely pleased with our performances and placements that day but are always looking for more ways to improve,” coach Jenny Raiche said. The Lightning have turned their focus on the Section 1AAA meet on Feb. 12 at Bloomington Kennedy. Led by senior captains Kate Harp, Elise Kissell, Jillian Kurtz and Katie Matthews, the high kick team began working a new routine to compete with hopes to qualify for state. Captions Kate Harp, Elise Kissell, Renee Dahlberg and Kaitlin Mackes and the jazz team have kept the routine but plan on make a few enhancements. The next meet is the Wayzata Invitation on Jan. 22, which will put Eastview up against the top jazz teams in the state. “This will be a good indicator for us to see where we match up with the competition going into sections and state,” Raiche

said. Eastview has some high marks to live up to. Last year the team won both the high kick and jazz at sections and finished third in jazz and fourth at high kick at state. It hasn’t been all good news for the Lightning. Eastview hosts one of the largest invitationals in the state each year the second weekend of December, which landed on one of the biggest snowstorms in recent memory. It’s a big fundraiser for the team. It’s been rescheduled for Jan. 29, but only about half the teams are able to participate.

Burnsville takes third

in both jazz and kick,” Blaido said. Captains this year are Hannah Blenkush, Rachel Hassler, Lauren Li and Katie Osgood. They are hoping to improve on 2010’s finish when the girls were fifth in the state tournament in kick and ninth in jazz.

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Eagan fifth The Eagan dance team had the third best dance routine in the conference and fifth in high kick. Overall that put them at fifth in the conference. “We have a newly adjusted conference this year, a new coaching staff and new dancers to the program,” coach Nichole Lonetree said. “Overall, we’ve been having a great year and have really enjoyed coaching at Eagan.” Senior captains Kelly Briody, Katie Hedquist and Courtney Mehus and the rest of the dancers also competed at the Henry Sibley Invitation last weekend placing second in both jazz and high kick. They will head to Mounds View on Jan. 29 and Section 3AAA on Feb. 12. Other area dance teams fared well in the conference as well. Apple Valley was second in the high kick in group one in both conference meets. Rosemount was fifth in jazz and high kick in group two.

The Blazettes had the fourth best jazz routine and third best in the high kick in the South Suburban Conference during the meets in December. Their combined score put them at third behind Lakeville North and Eastview. “We are very happy with how we placed this year in the new South Suburban Conference,” coach Jennifer Blaido said. The next meet for Burnsville will be a jazz competition at Wayzata Jan. 22. During practice the Blazettes are putting together a new kick routine for the section meet next month. “Our goals for the rest of Rogers is the season is to do our best at Andy sections and earn a trip to state andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com.

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Lakeville North’s Rachel Banham, No. 15, is defended by Eastview’s Alex Beckman, No. 5, during a game on Tuesday night. Lakeville North won 75-64.


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Wildcats tame Blaze

Blaze Nordic and Alpine teams making the most of winter by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

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Eaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryan Patterson, No. 43, defends against Burnsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryan Swanson, No. 30, during a game on Tuesday night. Eaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense helped give the Wildcats a 50-39 victory. It was Eaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second victory in a row and it moved its record to 8-2. The loss broke a four-game winning streak by the Blaze, which included a 44-39 victory against No. 3 Eastview on Jan. 6.

If anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enjoying all the snow, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Burnsville Nordic ski team. The skiers have been out on the tracks since Thanksgiving, which is much earlier than usual. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That allowed our new skiers to get on snow sooner and helps our entire team have a better experience,â&#x20AC;? coach Chris Harvey said. The Blaze features two of the top female skiers in the state again this season, Sharmila Ahmed and Vivian Hett. Ahmed is currently racing at U.S. Nationals in Maine for a spot on the U.S. Ski Teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Junior Championship Team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has been training hard all summer and fall with her club team, Go! Training,â&#x20AC;? Harvey said. Hett has improved her times this season as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I expect Vivian to be one of the top three skiers in the conference and section,â&#x20AC;? Harvey said. The boys ISD 196 team and Lakeville North girls have skied out ahead in the first few conference meets, but Harvey has seen improved times across

the board for both Burnsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boys and girls teams. The boys teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best result has been fifth so far, and the girls teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has been second. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With all our skiers healthy and available, I think our boys could challenge for third and the girls first in the conference,â&#x20AC;? Harvey said. Last weekend the boys were 49th out of 72 teams at the Mesabi East Cross Country Invitational at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, which is the largest high school race in the country. Matt Hett was the leader in the classic for Burnsville, finishing 44th. Evan Freiler was 43rd in the freestyle. The girls team came in 28th overall, and Vivian Hett was the first Blaze skier across the finish line in the classic race, coming in 15th.

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strong team,â&#x20AC;? Nash said. He figures Burnsville has about five boys who can ski in the top 10 in the South Suburban conference if they stay on their skis. Seniors Erik Bain, Adam Coontz and David Duschane lead a group that includes Mike Furney, Shane Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, Jordan Huus, Nick Doble, Jimmy Coyne and Tom Flickinger, along with younger skiers Sam Anderson, Alex Uloth, Jon Garbe and Jacob Baker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They need to be consistent on race day, and try to not do too much more than they are capable of doing,â&#x20AC;? Nash said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the boys can do this, they have lots of potential, and I like our chances against just about any other teams out there.â&#x20AC;? The Blaze was 10th out of 23 teams on its home course at the Buck Hill Invitational in Burnsville last weekend. Huus was the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top placer at 33rd. Flickinger wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t far behind at 43rd. The girls team was 10th best at the Buck Hill Invite thanks to Katie Lervoog (28th), Maddie Norgaard (50th) and Erica Lindsay (54th).

The Burnsville boys downhill team could pass by many other teams this season, according to coach Derek Nash, if the boys can just stay on their skis. The first few races didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly go Burnsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way, but Nash saw potential for a strong team. Rogers is â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the boys finish two runs Andy without crashing, we will have a andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com.

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Thisweekend Minnesota writer lives and breathes baseball Prolific sports author/official scorer for Minnesota Twins to speak at Robert Trail Library by Andrew Miller

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for the Major League Baseball website. In that capacity, he attends Stew Thornley remembers the first Minnesota Twins almost every Twins home game he attended like it was game each season. As a fan, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been to at least one home yesterday. game of every Major Thornley can still League team, and tell you who was has attended games pitching and who at about 25 minor the big hitters were league ballparks. in that game against And if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s any Cleveland he attenddoubt about Thorned with his father in ley being a true fan, 1962. know that he owns â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad was a Thornley a pair of cats named big fan, and I was a fan right from the beginning â&#x20AC;&#x153;A-Rodâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jeter.â&#x20AC;? His first book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;On to â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as soon as I was old enough to understand the rules,â&#x20AC;? said Nicollet: The Glory and the author of more than 40 Fame of the Minneapolis books, mostly sports-related Millers,â&#x20AC;? was published in titles, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baseball in 1988. Since then, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s written Minnesota: The Definitive a host of athlete biographies geared toward young readers History.â&#x20AC;? Thornley has bolstered his (including ones on Brett Faâ&#x20AC;&#x153;baseball fanâ&#x20AC;? resumĂŠ in a vre, Randy Moss and Kobe big way since that first Twins Bryant), collaborated with famed local sportscasters game almost 50 years ago. Employed as a health Ray Christensen and Herb educator with the Minnesota Carneal on their autobiograDepartment of Health, he phies, and even published a also works as one of two offi- book about one of his other cial scorers for the Minnesota hobbies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; grave hunting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six Feet Under: A Twins, and as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;datacasterâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; doing pitch-by-pitch data Graveyard Guide to Minneentry at Twins home games sota,â&#x20AC;? locates the final resting THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

IN BRIEF Author and baseball buff Stew Thornley will speak at 6:30 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Robert Trail Library in Rosemount as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet the Authorâ&#x20AC;? series presented by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. The event is free and open to the public. places and tells the stories of more than 375 notable Minnesotans. As a graveyardhunting hobbyist, Thornley has visited the graves of 40 U.S. presidents (all the dead ones) and, not surprisingly, has sought out the burial plot of nearly every member of the Baseball Hall of Fame whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s died. Thornley is set to speak Jan. 18 at the Robert Trail Library in Rosemount as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet the Authorâ&#x20AC;? series hosted by the Rosemount Area Arts Council. His presentation will focus mainly on his research and writing process, he said, but he will be happy to discuss and field questions about baseball and his work as an official scorer/ datacaster. Thornley will be the fifth speaker in the author series,

which the arts council started in 2009. Past speakers in the series have been Craig Macintosh, author of the World War II suspense novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fortunate Orphansâ&#x20AC;? (and illustrator of the syndicated comic strip â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sally Forthâ&#x20AC;?); longtime Golden Gophers sports announcer Ray Christensen; former Star Tribune political reporter Betty Wilson; and LG Bradshaw, author of the novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dot to Dot.â&#x20AC;? Thornley, of Roseville, maintains a website, which includes a full bibliography, at www.stewthornley.net. His books are available through online booksellers such as Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Andrew Miller is at andrew. miller@ecm-inc.com.

theater and arts calendar To submit items for the Arts Calendar, e-mail: eagan. thisweek@ecm-inc.com. Comedy Cathy Ladman with special guest Ron Lamprect at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 251 W. Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville (lower level of Carboneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s), (612) 860-9388, www.minnehahacomedyclub.com. Tickets are $12.50 (early show) and $9 (late show). On deck for Jan. 21-22: Dennis Ross with special guest â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ole.â&#x20AC;? Theater â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antigoneâ&#x20AC;? presented by Envision Academy of the Arts at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Black Box Theatre at Burnsville Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students; avail-

able at ticketmaster.com. Information: (952) 895-4685. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peter Panâ&#x20AC;? presented by the Burnsville Civic Light Opera Jan. 21-23 on the main stage at Burnsville Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25/$15 adults, $20/$15 seniors, $15/$15 students; available at ticketmaster.com. Information: (952) 895-4685. Classes/workshops Dan Petrov Art Studio in Burnsville offers oil painting classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skill level painters. Register online at www. danpetrovart.com or call (763) 843-2734. Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays, winter/spring and summer at Brushworks School of Art in Burnsville. Register online at www.BrushworksSchoolofArt.com or call

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(651) 214-4732. Join other 55-plus adults at the Eagan Art House to create beaded jewelry. The Jewelry Club meets on the third Friday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Class fee is $3 per person and includes all supplies. Bring any old jewelry you would like to re-make. The Eagan Art House is located at 3981 Lexington Ave. S. For more information, call (651) 686-9134. The Eagan Art House offers classes for ages 4 through adult. For class and registration information, visit www.cityofeagan. com/eaganarthouse or call at (651) 686-9134. Soy candle making classes held weekly in Eagan near 55 and Yankee Doodle. Call Jamie at (651) 315-4849 for dates and times. $10 per person. Presented by Making Scents in Minnesota.

Country line dance classes held for intermediates Mondays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington. Cost is $5 per class. Call Marilyn at (651) 463-7833. Beginner country line dance classes on Wednesdays, 5:307:30 p.m., at the Lakeville VFW, 8790 Upper 208th St. $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. Country line dance classes on Wednesdays at the Lakeville Senior Center, 20732 Holt Ave. Beginners, 9-10 a.m.; Intermediate, 10 a.m.-noon. $5/class Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. The Lakeville Area Arts Center offers arts classes for all ages. For class and registration information, visit www.lakevillemn.gov or call the Arts Center office at (952) 985-4640.

music calendar To submit items for Thisweekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Music Calendar, e-mail: editor.thisweek@ecm-inc.com.

eye Grill, 20800 Kenrick Ave., Lakeville, (952) 469-0711. No Name Jazz, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Jo Joâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rise & Wine, 12501 Nicollet Ave., Suite 100, Burnsville, (952) 736-3001. Galactic Cowboy OrchesJoshua Kloyda, 8-11 p.m., tra, 7:30 p.m., Lakeville Area The Ugly Mug Coffee, Bar and Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Grill, 18450 Pilot Knob Road, Ave., Lakeville, (952) 985- Farmington, (651) 463-6844. 4640. Pop Rocks, Bogartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 14917 Garrett Ave., Apple Peabody, Bogartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NightValley, (952) 432-1515. Mister Peabody (front) and club, 14917 Garrett Ave., Apple Stoned Acoustic (back), 9:30 Valley, (952) 432-1515. Sum of All, 9:30 p.m., Neisp.m., Neisenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 W. 123rd St., Sav- enâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 W. 123rd St., Savage, (952) age, (952) 846-4513. Smoke Screen, Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mu- 846-4513. Chris Lawrence, 9 p.m. sic Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave., to 12:30 a.m., Rudyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RedLakeville, (952) 469-5200. JB Leighton, Primetime eye Grill, 20800 Kenrick Ave., Sports Bar & Grill, 14103 Irving Lakeville, (952) 469-0711. Urban Jazz Experiment, Ave. S., Burnsville, (952) 4357:30 to 10 p.m., Jo Joâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rise 6111. Timothy Howe, 9 p.m. & Wine, 12501 Nicollet Ave., to 12:30 a.m., Rudyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Red- Suite 100, Burnsville, (952)

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736-3001. Arch Allies, Bogartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NightFu-Ga-We Tribe, 8-11 p.m., club, 14917 Garrett Ave., Apple The Ugly Mug Coffee, Bar and Valley, (952) 432-1515. Grill, 18450 Pilot Knob Road, High & Mighty (front) and Farmington, (651) 463-6844. The Pearl (back), 9:30 p.m., Neisenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 W. 123rd St., Savage, (952) 846-4513. Ouchard Piano Trio Coffee Skitzo, Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Music Bar, Concert, 2 p.m., Lakeville Area 20685 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke (952) 469-5200. Ave., Lakeville, (952) 985Good for Gary, Primetime 4640. Sports Bar & Grill, 14103 Irving Ave. S., Burnsville, (952) 4356111. Cherry Gun, Primetime Mark Mraz, 9 p.m. to 12:30 Sports Bar & Grill, 14103 Irving a.m., Rudyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Redeye Grill, Ave. S., Burnsville, (952) 435- 20800 Kenrick Ave., Lakeville, 6111. (952) 469-0711. Stoned Acoustic, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Jo Joâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rise & Wine, Whiskey Tango, 9:30 p.m., 12501 Nicollet Ave., Suite 100, Neisenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Bar and Grill, Burnsville, (952) 736-3001. East of Innocence, 8-11 4851 W. 123rd St., Savage, p.m., The Ugly Mug Coffee, (952) 846-4513. Bar and Grill, 18450 Pilot Knob Road, Farmington, (651) 4636844.

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Tickets are $15 and are available at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke The Minnesota Zoo in Ave. For tickets or additional Apple Valley will come alive information, call (952) 985during Animals, Books, and 4640. Children (ABC) Weekend, Jan. 15-17, with an appearance by costumed character Snoopy. ABC Weekend is designed Tickets go on sale Jan. 14 to teach children the impor- for comedian Ralphie Mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tance of animals and conser- 8 p.m. show on Saturday, vation through literature. It March 12, at the Burnsville also offers children the oppor- Performing Arts Center. Ticktunity to make animal pop-up ets are $29.50 and can be purbooks, listen to zookeeper chased in person at the box animal stories, and have fun office, at ticketmaster.com, or with hands-on activities. by calling (800) 892-2787. Schedule: Animal story time, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; meet Snoopy, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; zookeeper talks, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; make animal The Chameleon Theatre pop-up books, 11 a.m. to 2 Circle will present the comep.m.; guest author Ian Punnett, 1:30 p.m. (Jan. 17 only). dy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artâ&#x20AC;? Jan. 28 through Feb. For more information, call 13 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. (952) 431-9500. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artâ&#x20AC;? tells the story of three friends whose relationship is tested by their radically different reactions to a work of art. The Lakeville Area Arts Friday and Saturday perCenter will present The Ga- formances begin at 7:30 p.m.; lactic Cowboy Orchestra on Sunday performances begin Friday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at 2 p.m. This progressive bluegrass Tickets are $15 for adults band fuses its music with jazz and $13 for seniors, students, and world elements. The en- and groups of eight or more. semble puts on a multimedia Tickets can be purchased in show including short films person at the box office, at and projected graphics fea- ticketmaster.com, or by callturing animated Hubble tele- ing (800) 892-2787. scope imagery.

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While most teens travel to Cancun, Mexico, to bask in the sun, one group of local students flew to the popular destination on a mission â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to end global climate change. Eight seniors from the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley spent two weeks last month attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here, we can see it on the news, but when you see it firsthand, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of life-changing for all of us,â&#x20AC;? SES senior Austin Lynch said. Although many college students are permitted to attend the conference, SES is the only U.S. high school allowed to send representatives. Prior to joining in on the

momentous event, each student was required to take a class on climate change in which they heard both sides of the debate. They were also required to be 18 years old to take the trip. Once in Cancun, the teens, who funded the trip on their own, joined a group led by International School of Cancun, which teaches youth about environmental responsibility. The international school also provided lodging for the Americans. While attending the conference, students listened to speakers and joined in on discussions on topics ranging from alternative energy to migrant rights. Several SES students said they were struck by the

River to Space, a Photographic Journey from Teepees and Log Cabins to the City of the Future.â&#x20AC;? The cover-design contest is open to the public, and submissions, including front and back designs, can be entered through May 1 by contacting Maureen Geraghty-Bouchard at (651) 423-4603 or John Loch at (952) 255-8545. Professional artists will judge the submissions; the top three submissions will receive $100, $50 and $25 respectively. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully, from the entries we receive, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to use it for our book cover,â&#x20AC;? Geraghty-Bouchard said. For more information, go to www.rosemountevents. com.

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personal stories shared by people affected by the rising number of natural disasters believed to be caused by climate change. Carly Lindstrom, an SES senior, said she was amazed to learn that those who contribute the least to pollution and climate change are often most affected. SES senior Nikki Mardell said she was particularly touched by a 20-year-old woman from the Cook Islands off of New Zealand who spoke about native islanders losing not only their land to development, but also their culture. In addition to hearing from citizens affected by climate change, a select few students had the privilege to sit in on the discussions among world leaders.

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Employment help Prince of Peace and Shepherd of the Valley churches have partnered to create the Job Connections Group, which meets from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays at Prince of Peace in Burnsville. The program is very much â&#x20AC;&#x153;how toâ&#x20AC;? focused. Topics generally relate to the basic elements of job search such as: devising a marketing plan, refining resumes, networking to uncover new opportunities,

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ing bees, 9 a.m.; birthday party (registration required), 1 p.m.; â&#x20AC;&#x153;hand and footâ&#x20AC;? card playing, 1 p.m.; Tuesday Painters, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19: Yoga, 9:45 a.m.; morning stretch, 10 a.m.; Velvet Tones practice, 10 a.m.; dominoes, 1 p.m.; mah jongg, 1 p.m.; Pathways to Better Health class, 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20: Insurance counseling (regis-

      

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Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley will serve free community meals on Monday, Jan. 24. Dining hall doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The meals are for senior citizens, single-parent families, families in transition and all others in the surrounding community seeking a healthy meal in a relaxed and fun environment. Although the meals are free, donations are accepted. Grace Lutheran Church is located at the intersec-

preparing for interviews, and making use of all the available resources. For a list of upcoming topics, go to www.princeofpeaceonline.org/jcg. The Job Connections Group continuously seeks volunteers to join its team. Leaders with human resources and hiring experience are preferred. Those interested should contact John Brumbaugh at JBrumba742@aol.com.

  

tion of Pennock Avenue and County Road 42. For more information, call the church at (952) 432-7273.

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