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Amid controversy, Humane Society will close Closing, failed capital campaign, brings grumbling about mismanagement by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Minnesota Valley Humane Society officials say a bad economy and rising costs are to blame for the closing of its Burnsville animal shelter on Dec. 31. Some volunteers suspect bad management has much to do with the closing, which comes after suspension of a failed capital campaign to raise money for a new site in Eagan. But the MVHS’s executive director says donations have eroded while the number of animals the organization has taken in has held steady or increased in recent years. “MVHS has been around for 30 years,� said Lynae Gieseke, who was a volunteer and MVHS board member before being hired as executive director in 1998. “We’ve always lived very close to the edge. What does that tell you: Maybe the south metro area just doesn’t want to support a Humane Society and animal shelter.�

The MVHS was founded in 1981 and established the shelter in Burnsville’s old City Hall building at 1313 E. Highway 13 in 1991. The organization has 15 employees and has placed more than 50,000 animals in homes over the last two decades. The MVHS says rising demand for services and rising health care and operational costs are competing with a falloff in donations. The organization gets about half its revenue from donations and the rest from adoption and surrender fees, Gieseke said. “It’s the economy,� she said. “Smaller shelters like ours, they’re hurting. Even in good years, budgets are always tight. But now in the Great Recession, it’s even more pronounced. When you’ve gone through all your reserves, your savings and so forth, it’s a struggle to meet payroll.� The MVHS cut its budget from about $1 million in 2009 to $800,000 in 2010, she said. The shelter stopped sterilizing

animals in October 2009, and last year it began closing its doors to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays. “I think they really have their hearts in the right place, but no business savvy,� said Kristin Heidberg of Minneapolis, a volunteer dog-walker at the shelter since 2002. “I think a lot of us feel angry and frustrated and a little bitter� when MVHS officials blame the economy alone. Heidberg and Kay Smith of Apple Valley, a volunteer since the shelter opened, criticized the organization’s failed capital campaigns. And they say management by Gieseke and the seven-member board of directors has been less than transparent. Gieseke said MVHS boards have talked for at least eight years of leaving the Burnsville building, which she said is too small and has a leaky roof, mold, poor air handling and a potential asbestos hazard. A capital campaign the organization began preparing for eight years ago See Animals, 14A

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The Minnesota Valley Humane Society shelter in Burnsville has placed more than 50,000 animals since opening in 1991. The organization failed to raise enough money to move from its cramped, outdated Burnsville site to a new building in Eagan.

Homeless by choice In the ‘Spirit of the Season’ City Council Rosemount woman plans to travel across

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our country, and I’m a huge believer that if you Mandy Mulder is a truly want to help someyoung woman with a big one in a situation, you have to know what that heart. Before she completes situation is.� Mulder said the conher final semester of colcept behind Mislege, the 22-yearsion America can old Rosemount be traced to her resident is takhigh school days, ing time off from when she dreamed school to underof taking a road take a project that trip across the will have an impact country, but the far beyond the Mandy idea evolved in halls of academia. Mulder recent years into Her project, Mission America, will see something more, a “payMulder traveling cross- it-forward type thing.� Mulder, who’s filed country and visiting the nation’s most poverty- the paperwork to estabstricken areas, where she’ll lish Mission America as be sleeping in homeless a nonprofit organization shelters, taking her meals and is undertaking the at soup kitchens and vol- cross-country trek indeunteering at church out- pendently of her coursework at Virginia-based reach centers. Mulder, who will be Liberty University, plans filming her experiences to depart in May, driving for a documentary to raise her Dodge Neon to more awareness about poverty than 60 sites over a threein America, is, in essence, to four-month period. becoming a homeless per- Her itinerary first has her son for the duration of the heading east to Maine, then down the East Coast, project. “I’m going to sleep and finally west across the how they sleep, I’m go- country to California. Her stops include big ing to eat how they eat – I’m going to experience cities such as Milwaukee, it,� said Mulder, a 2002 Chicago and New York graduate of the School of City, as well as indigent Environmental Studies in rural areas such as Pine Apple Valley who works Ridge, S.D. “I’m trying to target as a youth pastor at St. Andrew Lutheran Church the areas with the most in the north-metro area. need,� said Mulder, who “My mission is to bring is now contacting social awareness to poverty in See Poverty, 13A

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Above: Eastview High School students Michael Selchow, Tim Jurney and Jack Jacobson perform the song “Gee I Wish I Was Back In The Army� from the movie “White Christmas� as part of Eastview’s annual Bravo music and dance revue. This year’s Bravo show, directed by Judy Sagen and Amy Atherton, has a holiday theme and is titled “Spirit of the Season.� The show runs Dec. 9-11 and 16-18 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for students. At left: Jaclyn Anderson, Karen Besonen, and Sarah Cartwright perform “Sisters� from the movie “White Christmas.�

Rosemount City Council members unanimously adopted a $16.6 million budget and $10.9 million levy for 2011, which allows properties a break on the city portion of property tax bills. Under the budget, spending cuts and reduced property values resulted in a $60 property tax reduction for the median-valued home in Rosemount. In 2010, city taxes on an average property were cut by $77. While the news is good for property owners who want lower taxes, the reduction in property values means people are losing equity and the city is losing its tax base. The median-valued Rosemount home in 2010 was $231,400 and in 2011 will be $212,600, according to Rosemount Finance Director Jeff May. In 2011, Rosemount is planning to lose 5.08 percent in its tax base from 2010 and 8 percent in residential values, May said. Also anticipating the city to lose $429,507 in state-funded Market Value Homestead Credit funds, City Council members have worked hard to cut the budget and reduce costs. Beginning early in 2010, council members set budget goals, and reviewed possible money-saving options for the city to pursue. Because of the economic conditions, one full-time building inspector was laid off, and the 2011 budget provides for See Taxes, 13A

Behold the giant snowman by Andrew Miller THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

When it comes to building a snowman, Marvin and Debbie Karnick don’t fool around. Using shovels, a snowblower and a step ladder, the Apple Valley couple spent more than six hours last Saturday creating a jaw-droppingly gargantuan snowman in the front yard of their home on the 13500 block of Everest Avenue. By Marvin’s estimate, the anthropomorphic snow sculpture is between 14 and 16 feet tall, though he has yet to take an exact measurement. General 952-894-1111 Distribution 952-846-2070 Display Advertising 952-846-2011 Classified Advertising 952-846-2000

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“I’m going to have to get the tape measure out today,� he said with a laugh on Monday. The items used for the plussized Frosty’s wardrobe and facial features give some idea of its massive dimensions: Its nose is a baseball, its eyes are softballs, and the hat atop the snowman’s head is a garbage can from the Karnick’s garage. This is the second massive snowman the Karnicks have built. The first was in 2008, and the positive response the couple received from friends and neighbors prompted them to do it again – and to build it

bigger this time around. “We had so many people stopping and taking pictures we thought we’d do another one,� Marvin said. The couple’s son, Matt, videotaped the construction process. The footage was then set to a soundtrack of “Frosty the Snowman� and posted on YouTube under the title “Snowman Movie.� The three and a half minute clip can be viewed at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=b5PfwRGCu4w. Photo submitted Andrew Miller is at andrew. Marvin and Debbie Karnick built this massive snowman in the front yard of their home on miller@ecm-inc.com. the 13500 block of Everest Avenue in Apple Valley.

     

       

 

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Massage therapist convicted of criminal sexual conduct A former Apple Valley massage therapist accused of inappropriately touching female clients was convicted Wednesday of criminal sexual conduct. Lawrence Martin Valencour, 62, of Minneapolis, was convicted of six counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony, in Dakota County District Court.

Valencour was a massage therapist at Touch of Tranquility in Apple Valley. The sexual-touching incidents, which occurred between August and November 2008, came to light when the business’ owner and two of the victims contacted police. Valencour was charged in July 2009. The court trial was held the week of Nov.

8, and Valencour was convicted this week by Judge Thomas Poch. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 14. Each count of fourthdegree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. —Andrew Miller

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The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District is considering changing its middle school schedule from eight periods to six to save money and boost student achievement. If approved by the School Board on Dec. 13, the changes would be implemented next fall and are expected to save an estimated $1.76 million a year. District officials decided on the six-period model over another proposal due to budget constraints. With fewer periods, students would 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. Although district officials hope this will improve student achievement, students already superseded the state average in a standardized science test this year. Middle schoolers scored near the state average. While students would have more time in core studies, they would spend less time in elective classes, Troen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But they will have more to choose from as they move toward eighth grade,â&#x20AC;? he said. Sixth-graders would con-

tinue to alternate each day between arts, technical science and family consumer science. They would also have a fourth elective every day. Meanwhile, seventh and eighth graders would have to choose between art, tech and FACS among other choices each trimester. Seventh graders would be allowed two electives per trimester, while eighth graders would be able to select three. Additionally, eighth graders would be required to take one trimester of physical education, rather than taking it all year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This model is not set in stone. We will bring par-





  

           



   

   



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â&#x20AC;&#x153;When our income goes certified and will begin gendown and expenses go up, erating new tax revenue, she itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really hard to make it,â&#x20AC;? said. she said. Crichton and Kealey say that limiting the levy inBudget has been cut crease to 3.7 percent would Council members re- have kept the levy flat for minded property owners existing taxpayers. Mayor Elizabeth Kautz that the city has made deep said the number of city emcuts. The city cut $3.5 million ployees is the same as it was in spending in 2009 and in 1995, even though the 2010, axing some 20 full- population has grown by time-equivalent positions, about 7,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The demand for serand the council didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t raise vices doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go down. Our the tax levy at all in 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This city has probably population is aging. ... The got the leanest administra- calls for EMS services donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tion of any city around us, decline,â&#x20AC;? she said. Council Member Mary similar size,â&#x20AC;? said Kealey, who said the city must al- Sherry implored residents ways search for ways to to get involved in the counsave money without tak- cilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget discussions, ing measures people would which began in June this rebel against, such as sell- year. Sherry said she welcomes ing parkland prized by neighbors or slashing street a broad public discussion of residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; priorities for city maintenance. Of next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5.2 percent services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I can do is ask you, increase, 1.5 to 1.7 percent will be borne by existing please, next year, walk this taxpayers, said Tammy Om- walk with us,â&#x20AC;? Sherry said. dal, deputy city manager and chief financial officer. John Gessner is at burnsville. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because Burnsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thisweek@ecm-inc.com. largest tax-increment financing district is being de-

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up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was surprised again to see my property value fall and my taxes go up,â&#x20AC;? said Dave Bennett. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t connect those dots.â&#x20AC;? Crichton explained that the city levies a dollar amount that gets spread among all taxpayers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s value goes down, your taxes go up,â&#x20AC;? he said. Barb Williams demanded to know what part about cutting the budget council members donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to make further cuts, because all of us in our personal life have to cut,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. Steve Brenner said he may lose his badly devalued home, which was valued at $514,000 in 2006. Brenner said his landscape delivery and commercial snowplowing business has been battered by the economy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burnsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a ghost town,â&#x20AC;? Brenner said. Ginger Stromdeering said her company, Strom Properties, owns two commercial buildings in west Burnsville, and vacancies are a problem.

     

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196 administrators thoughtful about religion in schools by Joe Nathan THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Although, as one educator reminded me last week, “We have wars going on because of religions,” I was impressed by the thoughtful way John Wollersheim and other Minnesota public school leaders talked about religion in public schools last week. I asked them because Congress may discuss this issue next year, and because December has several religious holidays. John Wollersheim, principal at Rosemount High School, wrote, “As a former social studies teacher, I can tell you that the topic of religion comes up naturally in discussions within that topic. We also have a social studies course titled ‘Religion in Human Culture.’ This is an elective course for juniors and seniors that helps satisfy the social studies credit requirement

for graduation. We can discuss religion in our classes but can not advocate for a particular religion. We also have a strong ‘values of the month program.’ This program is not religious, but we are able to reinforce values such as ‘honesty, compassion, integrity…).’ Students talk about examples of these values that they have seen at school during our morning announcements.” ISD 196 district leaders responded cautiously: “Our secondary teachers adhere to the Minnesota State Standards. Any religious material taught would be in the context of those standards,” explained Mark Parr, director of secondary education, ISD 196. Julie Olson, director of elementary education for the district

wrote, “At the elementary level (K-5) there is no curriculum that specifically addresses religion. Religious traditions may be discussed seasonally or as students read literature like, ‘Number the Stars,’ where the religious persecution is an issue, but there is no specific teaching about religions.” Bruce Novak, superintendent of Cambridge/Isanti Public Schools, and I agree. He explained, “…in public schools we can not be promoting one religion over another. We have wars going on because of religions … We can talk about religions, how they develop, what their purpose, not which religion was the best.” Mark Ziebarth, principal at Isanti Intermediate/School for All Seasons, explained, “we do not teach about religion, but we do highlight holidays that are important that are associated with

certain religions or cultures (Hanukkah, Ramadan, etc.) that are part of our country. We also are sensitive to the needs of those that are non-believers and make certain they feel welcomed in our school. This is always a balancing act and we respond to the needs and wishes of our community.” Daniel C. DeBruyn, administrator, PACT Charter School in Ramsey, wrote, “Religion is an important aspect of society. While it is not taught as a stand-alone class at PACT, it can be approached in its cultural and historical context regarding its impact and influence on society. As a public charter school, PACT remains nonsectarian in its educational practices.” I also asked Grand Abbott, executive director of the St. Paul Area Council of Churches, for his views. I agree with his response: “Given our pluralistic society

and our Constitution, the best we can do is teach about religions, their history, beliefs and practices. We do this to create understanding and respect, in order to have a more harmonious civil society. If we don’t teach about religions, or teach about them with prejudice, we risk a more divided society and a lack of understanding needed to function effectively in a global and religiously diverse world.” Abbott closed with a gentle, wise multicultural message, “Shalom, salaam, shanti, peace.” Joe Nathan, a former public school teacher and administrator, directs the Center for School Change at Macalester College. He welcomes reactions, jnathan@macalester. edu. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Setting the record straight about teachers’ pay To the editor: I am writing to address inaccurate statements made by the writer of a letter to the editor published Nov. 19. The writer references the three months of vacation that teachers enjoy in the summer. While teachers are off in the summer, they are not paid for any of that time. In fact, teachers are only paid for the days they are in school with students, conference days, and workshop/staff development days. Teachers do not have any paid vacation days. His statement regarding retirement benefits is also inaccurate. Yes, teachers may retire at 55 or after 30 years of service, but for every year they retire prior to age 65 or 66 they take a 3 percent reduction in pension benefits. A teacher retiring at 55 would take a reduction of 30 percent in pension benefits for as long as that teacher collects a pension. According to Minnesota Teachers Retirement Association, the average retirement age for Minnesota teachers is a little over 62. Another misconception put forth by the writer is that teachers’ pensions are at full pay. Teachers’ pensions upon retirement, depending on a number of variables, average between 45 and 55 percent of salary. In fact, the money that is paid into the pension fund is funded by teachers – through payroll deductions and costing of contract settlements. The writer’s next erroneous statement is regarding health benefits. To use his example of a family of four, a teacher in ISD 196 would incur out-of-pocket costs of $6,624 for this school year. Granted, those payments are not as high as the writer’s if his numbers are to be believed, yet not as low as he insinuates in the letter.

claimed Democrats simply don’t listen. Democrats don’t listen? The Senate had approved the bill unanimously in August; yes, unanimously. That included all Republicans. They felt child nutrition was too important an issue to play politics with in light of the drastic need for poor children to have good nutrition in order to learn. Is Kline’s stand against feeding poor children justified? We can’t afford to feed children, but can afford tax breaks for billionaires. The American people believe we should feed poor children. Kline is clearly out to lunch. Hail to the new chair of EdJIM SMOLA President, Dakota County ucation. … Bah, humbug! United Educators LINDA SWIERCZEK Eagan He implies teachers’ salaries and benefits are bloated – not true. Since 1972 teacher salaries when adjusted for inflation have remained flat. To earn the top salary in ISD 196, a teacher must earn a master’s degree plus 60 additional graduate credits and teach for 23 years. To imply that teacher pay and benefits are not at “market” is wrong, and to suggest that lowering wages and benefits would remedy the district’s financial woes indicates the writer doesn’t completely comprehend school district financial problems in Minnesota.

Is John Kline out to lunch? Rep. Mack needs to To the editor: As we continue to watch be specific about Republican leaders demon- state budget cuts strate their principles and

Community losing a wonderful asset To the editor: We would like to thank you for printing our letter just two weeks ago. We, as well as the community, found the answers to just what the status is of the Minnesota Valley Humane Society. Unfortunately, it is what we thought … for many reasons … about to close. The community is losing a wonderful facility that has taken in and rehomed more than 45,000 animals

To the editor: I receive regular e-mail updates from District 37A Rep. Tara Mack regarding what is happening at the state Legislature. The latest communication from Mack is an alarming interpretation of the latest financial data from the state’s economist. For the umpteenth time, Mack repeats the GOP talking points that Minnesota does not have a revenue problem, but only has a spending problem. Would Mack, or anyone from the GOP, please spell out in detail the $6 billion in cuts they propose over the next two years to balance the state’s budget? John Kline The GOP says we can SPECIALby TO THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS achieve balance without any Sgt. William R. Abderadditional revenue. Show us the details. Enough of the halden III will never forget rhetoric without any specif- his trip to Children’s Hospital two years ago in St. Paul. ics. He was 24 years old and working on his first Toys JIM DOOLEY for Tots campaign. The misApple Valley sion that day for him and his fellow Marines was to deliver Christmas presents to the patients at Children’s Hospital. Most of the children they visited had been Letters to the editor policy hospitalized for a long time. Thisweek Newspapers welcomes letters to the editor. Submitted letters must be no more than 350 words. Many were facing daunting All letters must have the author’s phone number and address for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be accepted. Letters reflect the opinion of the author only. Thisweek Newspapers reserves the right odds. Some were diagnosed to edit all letters. Submission of a letter does not guarantee publication. with terminal illnesses and quite possibly celebrating their last Christmases. “That’s a humbling experience. These kids were worse off than the kids Contact us at: who normally just need APPLE VALLEY NEWS: andrew.miller@ecm-inc.com toys,” said the sergeant, a BURNSVILLE NEWS: john.gessner@ecm-inc.com Shakopee resident who has EAGAN NEWS: erin.johnson@ecm-inc.com been in the Marine Corps ROSEMOUNT NEWS: laura.adelmann@ecm-inc.com EDUCATION NEWS: aaron.vehling@ecm-inc.com for seven years. “They were SPORTS: andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com super excited to see us. They AD SALES: ads.thisweek@ecm-inc.com were more excited to see PRODUCTION: graphics.thisweek@ecm-inc.com us in our Marine uniforms than they were to get toys. Publisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julian Andersen Education Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Harper President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marge Winkelman Photo Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rick Orndorf “But that day there were General Manager/Editor . . . . . . . . . . Larry Werner Sports Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andy Rogers Marines who broke down Managing Editor/Burnsville . . . . . . . . John Gessner Sales Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Jetchick and cried. Your heart goes Assistant Managing Editor/Eagan . . . Erin Johnson Production Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . Ellen Reierson out to the kids who have Thisweekend/Apple Valley Editor . . Andrew Miller Business Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eva Mooney terminal illnesses.” Dakota County/Rosemount Editor Laura Adelmann Abderhalden is the asBURNSVILLE OFFICE sistant coordinator/agency 12190 County Road 11 coordinator for the 2010 Burnsville, MN 55337 Toys for Tots Twin Cities 952-894-1111 fax: 952-846-2010 drive. Twin Cities Toys for www.thisweeklive.com Office Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday Tots distributes well more values, a recent vote in the House pointed to more disturbing news. While the U.S. House of Representatives passed the first legislation in 30 years to significantly increase the number of needy children who can receive subsidized meals at school, the bill was opposed by 157 Republican congressional representatives, led by our own John Kline. What a contrast. The current chair of the Education and Labor Committee, Democrat George Miller, said that “with this vote, today we make a commitment to the neediest children in our country.” There are more than 16 million children who live in homes that struggle with food issues. And children consume nearly half their calories while at school. Kline, soon to become the new chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, said the bill was too costly and the federal government couldn’t sustain this level of government spending. Kline

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in its 30-year existence. This has been a fantastic place to find a wonderful lifelong pet. There are so many volunteers who pour their hearts into all that they do there – from walking dogs to stuffing envelopes, from cuddling cats to answering the phones and doing data entry. The staff has also been phenomenal. Unfortunately, they have not been allowed to do interviews or speak to the press, but if you have had a chance to meet any of them, you know just how much they care. It’s not

just a job for any of them. We also want to thank the community for all of its support over the years and the well wishes people have given to the staff and volunteers as the shelter comes to this sad demise. Perhaps somewhere down the road there will be another shelter in this area, and its support will be greatly appreciated. Hug your pets. LORI MOUSEL-SMITH Lakeville KAY SMITH Apple Valley

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‘No kid should wake up on Christmas to nothing’ than 300,000 toys a year. Since the Twin Cities chapter is Minnesota’s only Toys for Tots hub, the Marines often distribute toys statewide to all 87 counties which can present numerous logistical challenges. Abderhalden oversees a staff of about 40 active duty Marines. Their Toys for Tots campaign started abnormally late this year because their unit, Marine Wing Support Squadron 471, underwent an inspection for combat readiness at the end of October. Based at the Joint Air Reserve Base in Minneapolis, Squadron 471 anticipates a deployment to the Middle East within the next two years. This fall, when Abderhalden initially expected to be briefing not-for-profit agencies on the 2010 Toys for Tots initiative and securing warehouse space for toy storage and distribution, he was preparing for an inspection instead. “October business was pushed to mid-November,” said Abderhalden, who served as a crash-fire rescue specialist in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2007. “The pick-up schedule was pushed back, we couldn’t line up trucks as

soon as we would have liked … Dec. 1 was the first day we could pick up toys.” The combination of a late start for this year’s toy collection efforts and an uncertain economic climate means supply is down and demand is up this Christmas. “I have 40 more agencies this year than I did last year and one agency requests toys for between 100 to 6,000 families,” Abderhalden said. “The magnitude of taking on 40 more agencies can mean the need for 50,000 more toys.” Founded by members of the Marine Corps in 1947, Toys for Tots distributed toys last year to more than 7.4 million children in 691 communities nationwide. Many of the gifts Toys for Tots provide, such as books, games and sports equipment, make a significant contribution to the educational, social, and recreational development of these children. It is a 63-year tradition the Marine Corps proudly maintains. “As Marines, we hold traditions dearly,” Abderhalden said. “Any tradition that I can uphold in the Marine Corps, I hold it very dear to me. It’s nice to turn on the TV and see your local Marine Corps helping See Kline, 9A


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Thisweekend Back in the spotlight After extended absences, two local actors are returning to the stage for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70, Girls, 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122; at the Lakeville Area Arts Center by Andrew Miller THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

For Denise Duff, losing her job last fall was a cloud with a silver lining. A former communitytheater actor who last performed in 2001, Duff had long pined for a chance to get back on the stage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Boy, when I have some time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to do theater again,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? said the Farmington resident, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cast in the musical comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;70, Girls, 70â&#x20AC;? at the Lakeville Area Arts Center this month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes life can really throw you some curves,â&#x20AC;? said Duff, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but the thing is to get up and keep going.â&#x20AC;? Duff is one of two actors for whom â&#x20AC;&#x153;70, Girls, 70â&#x20AC;? marks a return to the stage. Also in the 14-member cast is Lakeville resident Rosi Braatz, who last performed about 15 years ago, as an actor with Rochester Civic Theatre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I moved up here in 2000 and thought periodically about auditioning for shows,â&#x20AC;? said Braatz, an employee at Blue Cross and Blue Shield who sidelines as a freelance writer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I

didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anybody when I moved up here and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to step into a situation like that.â&#x20AC;? Duff is cast in two roles, including a nun, in the song-and-dance-laden, vaudeville-esque â&#x20AC;&#x153;70, Girls, 70,â&#x20AC;? which follows a group of senior citizens who form an unlikely criminal ring to save their retirement home from the wrecking ball. Braatz, meanwhile, plays the ultra-ditzy Eunice Miller. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the sharpest tool in the shed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not dumb but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terminally naive,â&#x20AC;? Braatz said of her character. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The scary part is that it really comes so easily for me,â&#x20AC;? she joked. Delving back into theater has come with some challenges, both actors said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been grueling because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been nearly 10 weeks of rehearsals, but it really has been fun,â&#x20AC;? Braatz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m meeting some really dear people who I know will be lifelong friends.â&#x20AC;? Duff, who first got involved in acting in the

IN BRIEF The musical comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;70, Girls, 70,â&#x20AC;? plays the Lakeville Area Arts Center on Dec. 11-12 and 18-19 at 2 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. shows are also scheduled Dec. 11 and 18. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for students and seniors, and are available at www.lakeville-rapconnect.com or by calling (952) 9854640. The arts center is located at 20965 Holyoke Ave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;70 Girls, 70â&#x20AC;? is presented by Lakeville-based The Playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Thing productions. 1990s through productions her son, Scott Swanson, was acting in or directing, echoed that sentiment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of fun, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big commitment of time and energy, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s physically demanding,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A couple of weeks ago I was getting kind of discouraged â&#x20AC;&#x201C; my confidence level on a scale of one to 10 was probably a two-and-ahalf â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but the other night

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The cast of â&#x20AC;&#x153;70, Girls, 70â&#x20AC;? includes, clockwise from front, Denise Duff, Gerry Gulbranson, Mark Margolis, Rosi Braatz, Bill Smith, Lyn K. Henderson, Stephanie Weiss and Ana T. Hellzen. The musical comedy runs Dec. 11-12 and 18-19 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. I was digging through my safe deposit box and found a note my mom wrote before she died. All it said was, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Make it happen. Love, mom.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kept me going.â&#x20AC;? Douglas Dally, the director of â&#x20AC;&#x153;70, Girls, 70,â&#x20AC;? said the two returning actors, despite their hiatuses, havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t missed a beat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really put-

Pinocchio at THE GARAGE thisweekend briefs

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pinocchio Experience,â&#x20AC;? a new interactive version of Pinocchio, will take the stage at 7 p.m. 10-11 at THE GARAGE youth center in Burnsville. THE GARAGE has partnered with The Peter Pan Project theater company to put on this new version of Pinocchio for families. The showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic director is L.J. Johnson, a star on the teen national television show â&#x20AC;&#x153;M@DAbout,â&#x20AC;? who started The Peter Pan Project a little over a year ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pinocchio Experienceâ&#x20AC;? is done in mostly black light and all the costumes are UVreactive and glow. Face painters and stilt walkers will be at most of the performances. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and younger. Adult tickets are $10 if ordered online (thegarage.net). THE GARAGE is at 75 Civic Center Drive in Burnsville, (952) 895-4664.

Andrew Miller is at andrew. miller@ecm-inc.com.

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p.m., Neisenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 W. 123rd St., Savage, (952) 846-4513. Sell Out Stereo, 9:30 p.m., McKrackenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub, 3120 W. Highway 13, Burnsville, (952) 277Audio Circus, 9:30 p.m., Bo- 0197. gartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 14917 Garrett Chris Lawrence, 9 p.m. to Ave., Apple Valley, (952) 432- 12:30 a.m., Rudyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Redeye Grill, 1515. 20800 Kenrick Ave., Lakeville, Ashes for April, 7:30 to 10 (952) 469-0711. p.m., Jo Joâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rise & Wine, 12501 Larry Johnson on keyNicollet Ave., Suite 100, Burns- boards, 7 to 11 p.m., Chateau ville, (952) 736-3001. Lamothe, 14351 Nicollet Court, So Big (front) and Bad Ani- Burnsville, (952) 435-7709. mals (back), 9:30 p.m., Neisenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Bar and Grill, 4851 W. 123rd St., Savage, (952) 8464513. Cherry Gun, Primetime Shirts & Skins, Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Music Sports Bar & Grill, 14103 Irving Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave., Lakev- Ave. S., Burnsville, (952) 435ille, (952) 469-5200. 6111. Smithtown, 9:30 p.m., McKrackenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub, 3120 W. Highway 13, Burnsville, (952) 277-0197. Good for Gary, Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Music Johnny Holm, Primetime Sports Bar & Grill, 14103 Irving Bar, 20685 Holyoke Ave., LakevAve. S., Burnsville, (952) 435- ille, (952) 469-5200. Sum Of All (front) and Com6111. Ken Wanovich, 9 p.m. to edy Show (back), 9:30 p.m., 12:30 a.m., Rudyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Redeye Grill, Neisenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Bar and Grill, 20800 Kenrick Ave., Lakeville, 4851 W. 123rd St., Savage, (952) 846-4513. (952) 469-0711. Dirty Word, 9:30 p.m., McKLarry Johnson on keyboards, 7 to 11 p.m., Chateau rackenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub, 3120 W. Highway Lamothe, 14351 Nicollet Court, 13, Burnsville, (952) 277-0197. Marv Gohman hosts Open Burnsville, (952) 435-7709. Stage, 6:30 to 9 p.m., The Ugly Mug Coffee, Bar and Grill, 18450 Pilot Knob Road, Farmington, Urban Jazz Experience, 7:30 (651) 463-6844. to 10 p.m., Jo Joâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rise & Wine, Dustin Hatzenbuhler, 8 to 11 12501 Nicollet Ave., Suite 100, p.m., Rudyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Redeye Grill, 20800 Burnsville, (952) 736-3001. Kenrick Ave., Lakeville, (952) Monsters of Mock (front) 469-0711. and Eagle River (back), 9:30

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Louie Anderson will ring in the new year with laughter at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center on Dec. 31.

Second Louie Anderson show added Dec. 31 A second show at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, has been added to comedian Louie Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laugh Out Loud New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eveâ&#x20AC;? at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. The 7:30 p.m. show is sold out. Tickets range from $29.95 to $99.95 and can be purchased in person at the box office, via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or ticketmaster.com.

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Christmas sing-along is Dec. 11 An old-fashioned Christmas sing-a-long will be part of the next Open Doors benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Ss. Martha and Mary Episcopal Church in Eagan. Leading the music will be La Bonne Chanson. The group will perform several of its own pieces and then lead the audience in a singa-long of popular Christmas songs. The first half of the concert will feature sacred hymns and carols, while the second half will focus on pop music. The Open Doors Music Series is in its fourth season of providing music to feed the hungry. Concerts are free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken to help support Feed My Starving Children. Concertgoers also are asked to bring nonperishable items to help restock county food shelves. Ss. Martha and Mary is located at the northeast corner of Lexington Avenue and Diffley Road in Eagan. For more information, contact Mark Salter at (952) 457-4479 or visit www. mandm.org.

ting it together,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing great and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re perfect for their parts.â&#x20AC;? Both actors said returning to theater has been full of positives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I jokingly say that I want to be somebody else, and theater is the perfect opportunity for that,â&#x20AC;? said Braatz. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70, Girls, 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122; made me realize just

   


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family calendar Saturday, Dec. 11 Holiday pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Southwest Area YMCA, 550 Opperman Drive, Eagan. Menu: pancakes, sausages, juice and coffee. Includes silent auction, pictures with Santa, fitness and youth classes, holiday caroling, games, crafts and face-painting. The Y will be accepting donations of socks, toys for tots, canned foods, and new or gently used winter clothes. Cost: $10/ family, $5/adult, $3/children and free/under age 3. Second Saturday of Service hosted by Burnsville Rotary and Burnsville Breakfast Rotary from 9 to 11 a.m. to help the Salvation Army with bell-ringing at area businesses. Meet at JoJoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rise and Wine, 12501 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Anyone age 16 and above is welcome. Come early (8:30 a.m.) and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll buy you a cup of coffee and a sweet roll. Information: BurnsvilleRotary@gmail.com or BBreakfastClub@gmail.com. Open house and holiday party from 10 a.m. to noon at Empire Township Public Works Building, 2577 Vermillion River Trail. PokĂŠmon TCG City Championships at 10 a.m. at Misty Mountain Games, 2113 W. Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville, (952) 895-1989. Kids Christmas Party from noon to 2 p.m. in the dining room

of the Lakeville VFW Club, 8790 Upper 208th St., Lakeville, (952) 469-5717. Free to local area veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; kids. All kids must be accompanied by the veteran, parent or grandparent. Sunday, Dec. 12 Candle lighting service by the South of the River Chapter of Compassionate Friends (a self-help bereavement organization) at 7 p.m. at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley. A candle-lighting service to remember our children. Refreshments served afterwards. Thursday, Dec. 16 UCare for Seniors Medicare Advantage plan information meeting at 2 p.m. at Eagan Community Center. 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan. Free. To register or for more information, call 1-877-523-1518 (toll free). Saturday, Dec. 18 Pancake breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10 a.m. at Applebeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1335 Town Centre Drive, Eagan. Sponsored by the Eagan Knights of Columbus and Auxiliary. Cost $5; children under 4 free. Applebeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is handicap accessible. Ongoing The American Red Cross will sponsor the following blood drives. For more informa-

Center, 20732 Holt Ave. Enjoy a Scandinavian meal during the December meeting. Entertainment and dessert will follow the meal. Contact Polly Bergerson at (952) 890-4295 with questions. All are welcome.

Family MOMS Club Apple Valley - North (Moms Offering Moms Support) holds monthly meetings for all Apple Valley part-time or full-time stay-at-home moms who live north of 140th. MOMS Club is a national nonprofit organization for moms who have chosen to stay at home. We offer weekly events for mom and kids and a chance to make new, lifelong friends. Our next meeting is Thursday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. For location information, e-mail momsclubapplevalleynorth@yahoo.com.

Support Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addictions/treatment program with over 750 chapters in the United States, meets locally every Friday at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 14400 Diamond Path W., Rosemount. The program addresses gambling, pornography, alcohol, drugs, prescription abuse, eating disorders, and more, and is open to the public for the working/function addict, the chronic addict, and family members. Attendance is free, and onsite daycare is provided. Reformers Unanimous hosts a Kidz Club which teaches

Miscellaneous Sons of Norway, Norsota Lodge will meet for the annual Julebord at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Lakeville Senior

            

Farmington Library 508 Third St., Farmington (651) 438-0250 Meet the Author: Stacy Waibel for all ages from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. The author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rudy Gets a Transplantâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rudyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Check Upâ&#x20AC;? reads from her new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On My Nose?â&#x20AC;? and answers questions. Books available for purchase/signing. Digital Camera Basics from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Registration required. Teen Advisory Group from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13. Dance Dance Revolution/ Wii Games for teens from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. Guitar Hero for teens from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. Thisweek Newspapers ac- 16. cepts submissions for calendar events in Apple Valley, Galaxie Library Burnsville, Eagan, Farming- 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valton, Lakeville and Rosemount ley, (952) 891-7045 Storytimes will return in Janby fax at (952) 846-2010, by e-mail at reporter.thisweek@ uary. Russian Soul for all ages ecm-inc.com or by phone at (952) 846-2034. Deadline for from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, submissions is 5 p.m. Mon- Dec. 11. Interactive performance by the Russian Cultural Center. day. Galaxie Technology Club for ages 8-14 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

morals and values to children in grades 3-6. Local transportation is available to those with no driving privileges. Snacks are served afterwards. For more information contact Keith at (651) 319-7569 or e-mail rip.director@consultant. com. Rosemount AA schedule is as follows: Sunday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 a.m., Step â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Closed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; No Smoking; 9:30 a.m., Step â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Closed; 6:30 p.m., Topic; Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:30 p.m., Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Topic Closed; 8 p.m., Big Book; Tuesday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 a.m., Step; 6 p.m., Step; 8 p.m., Youth Step; Wednesday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:30 p.m., Step â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Closed; Thursday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 p.m., Step; Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:30 p.m., Youth; 8 p.m., Step; Saturday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:30 a.m., Grapevine; 8 p.m., Speaker. Meetings are at 14555 S. Robert Trail (Rosemount Plaza â&#x20AC;&#x201C; lower level). For more information, call (651) 423-3622. Burnsville Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alanon group welcomes new members. We wish to share our experience, strength and hope with women who struggle because of a loved oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drinking. We meet every Wednesday at Mary, Mother of the Church on Cliff Road, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

   

Auditions Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Castle Theater will hold auditions for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charlie and the Chocolate Factoryâ&#x20AC;? at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, and Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Lakeville Area Arts Center with performances Jan. 28-30 and Feb. 4-5. More than 70 roles available for age 4 to adult. Information: www. childrenscastletheater.com or (612) 388-7961. Theater â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hairspray,â&#x20AC;? presented by Eagan High School, performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11, 16-18, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 12. (Senior preview at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 9.) Tickets are $9/adult, $7/senior citizen (55+), and $5/student or child. Tickets on sale beginning Wednesday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each school day. Call the EHS Office at (651) 683-6964. All seating reserved.

    

      



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Saturday, Dec. 18. Heritage Library 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville (952) 891-0360 Now and Then Singers from Lakeville North High School will present a holiday program at the library at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Baby Storytime for babies up to 24 months and their caregivers from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 13. Puppet Craft for ages 4-12 from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. All materials provided. Storytime for ages 2-3 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 15, 22 and 29. Library Picnic and Storytime for all ages from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Bring your lunch. Robert Trail Library 14395 S. Robert Trail Rosemount, (651) 480-1210 Beat Boxing for ages 9-12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Presented by Steppingstone Theatre. Registration required. Baby Storytime for babies up to 24 months and their caregivers from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. Storytime for all ages from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. Teen Advisory Group from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16.

Savage Library 13090 Alabama Ave. S.E., Savage, (952) 707-1770 Regular toddler and preschool storytimes will resume in January. Pajama Storytime for all ages at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. Theme is Let It Snow. Wescott Library 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan (651) 450-2900 Pop-Up Holiday Cards for teens from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Registration required. Teen Advisory Group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Storytime for ages 2-3 from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. or 11 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. Storytime for all ages from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, and from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Baby Storytime for babies up to 24 months and their caregivers from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. Storytime for ages 4-6 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Chianti Grill 14296 Plymouth Ave., Burnsville (952) 892-7555 Book signing by Jeff Scislow, local author, speaker and Realtor, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. Scislow will sign his books, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leaders and Legendsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beyond Belief â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Journey to a Miracle.â&#x20AC;?

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Classes/workshops 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 (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 remake. 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

  

                

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books calendar tion, call 1 (800) 448-3543 or 1 (800) GIVE-LIFE or visit www. redcrossblood.org. In December, one $100 Visa gift card will be raffled off for donors each day. Winners will be notified after the promotion period ends. â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nelson Chiropractic, 14321 Nicollet Court, Burnsville. â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 15, 1 to 7 p.m., St. Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington. Call Marlene at (651) 460-6083 for an appointment. â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 16, noon to 6 p.m., Family of Christ Church, 10970 185th St. W., Lakeville. â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 17, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Easter Lutheran Church - By the Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 18, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Faith Covenant Church, 12921 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville. â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan.

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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, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Lakeville VFW, 8790 Upper 208th St. $5/ class. Call Marilyn (651) 4637833. 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.

          

                 

      

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Sports Standings Boys basketball Team

Conference Overall W L W L Eagan 0 0 2 0 B Kennedy 0 0 1 0 Apple Valley 0 0 1 0 Eastview 0 0 1 0 Burnsville 0 0 1 0 Lakeville South 0 0 1 1 Prior Lake 0 0 1 1 B Jefferson 0 0 0 0 Rosemount 0 0 0 0 Lakeville North 0 0 0 2 Saturday, December 11 • Rosemount at Edina, 1 p.m. • Eastview at Minnetonka, 2:45 p.m. • Apple Valley at Hopkins 2010 Tip Off Classic, 5 p.m. • Lakeville North at Woodbury, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville South at Minnetonka, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 14 • Chanhassen at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. • Burnsville at Eden Prairie, 7:15 p.m. • Northfield at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. • Apple Valley at Chaska, 7:15 p.m. • Hopkins at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Minnentonka, 7:15 p.m. • Cretin-Derham Hall at Lakeville North, 7:30 p.m. • Waconia at Prior Lake, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 16 • Chaska at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. Friday, December 17 • Apple Valley at Eden Prairie, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Chanhassen, 7:30 p.m. • Rosemount at Northfield, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball Team

Conference Overall W L W L B Jefferson 0 0 4 0 Eastview 0 0 3 0 Lakeville North 0 0 3 1 Rosemount 0 0 2 2 Apple Valley 0 0 1 1 Burnsville 0 0 1 1 Eagan 0 0 2 3 B Kennedy 0 0 1 2 Lakeville South 0 0 1 2 Prior Lake 0 0 0 3 Friday, December 10 • Eden Prairie at Lakeville North, 7 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Minneapolis South, 7 p.m. • Red Wing at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. • Maranatha Christian Academy at Burnsville, 7:15 p.m. • St. Paul Central at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Farmington, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 14 • Bloomington Jefferson at Chanhassen, 7:15 p.m. • Menomonie at Eastview, 7:15 p.m. • Burnsville at Holy Angels, 7:30 p.m. • Lakeville South at Farmington, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 16 • Lakeville South at Chaska, 7:15 p.m. • Eagan at Red Wing, 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 17 • Bloomington Kennedy at Eastview, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. • Prior Lake at Burnsville, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville South Eagan, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m.

Boys Hockey Team

Conference Overall W L T W L T Eagan 1 0 0 1 1 0 Apple Valley 1 0 0 1 1 0 Rosemount 0 0 0 1 0 0 Eastview 0 0 0 1 0 0 Burnsville 0 0 0 1 1 0 B Kennedy 0 0 0 1 2 0 Prior Lake 0 1 0 0 1 1 Lakeville South 0 0 0 0 0 0 Lakeville North 0 0 0 0 1 0 B Jefferson 0 1 0 0 2 0 Saturday, December 11 • Eastview at Apple Valley, 2:15 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Lakeville North, 3 p.m. • Edina at Lakeville South, 3 p.m. • Mankato West at Prior Lake, 7 p.m. • Minnetonka at Eagan, 7:30 p.m. • Rosemount at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 14 • Tartan at Rosemount, 7:30 p.m. • Wayzata at Apple Valley, 8 p.m. Thursday, December 16 • Bloomington Jefferson at Wayzata, 7 p.m. • Rosemount at Burnsville, 7 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Eastview, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville North at Prior Lake, 7:30 p.m. • Lakeville South at Eagan, 7:30 p.m. • Apple Valley at Grand Forks tournament Friday, December 17 • Apple Valley at Grand Forks tournament

Girls Hockey Team

Conference Overall W L T W L T Lakeville South 5 0 0 6 0 0 Lakeville North 3 1 0 5 1 0 Eastview 3 1 0 4 1 1 Burnsville 3 1 0 3 4 0 Rosemount 2 1 0 5 1 0 Eagan 2 2 0 3 4 0 Apple Valley 1 2 0 4 3 0 B Jefferson 1 4 0 3 5 0 B Kennedy 0 4 0 1 8 0 Prior Lake 0 4 0 0 7 0 Saturday, December 11 • Rosemount at Bloomington Kennedy, 2:15 p.m. • Hopkins at Prior Lake, 4:30 p.m. • Eastview at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. • Burnsville at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, December 14 • Bloomington Kennedy at Eastview, 6 p.m. • Rosemount at Burnsville, 7 p.m. • Apple Valley at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville South at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, December 16 • Lakeville North at Prior Lake, 5:10 p.m. Saturday, December 18 • Prior Lake at Apple Valley, 2:15 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Bloomington Kennedy, 2:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Lakeville South, 2:45 p.m. • Eagan at Lakeville North, 3 p.m. • Eastview at Burnsville, 3 p.m.

Blaze girls basketball reloading by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Last season stood out as one of the best seasons in several years for the Burnsville Blaze. The girls went 16-11 with most of their losses coming against the top-10 teams in the state. They eventually lost to Eastview in the Section 3-4A semifinals. The key to their success was their strong senior class, featuring Molly Duehn, Rachel Moen, Tori Dixon and Emily Youngman. This year’s version will have to go without. “We’re a young team,” Burnsville head coach Steve Ray said. “We’re going to fight and scrap. I think we’re going to have a pretty good season and surprise some people. “But some nights, if we’re not shooting well, we could be in trouble. We don’t have a Molly or Rachel to lean on or a Dixon

in the middle.” They do have Jermisha Watson, who played significant time last year on varsity. “She’s been a huge part of the program,” Ray said of the four-year starter.” Jessica Ranke is also back wearing Blaze. “She’s a flat-out scorer,” Ray said. “People are really going to see what she’s capable of this year.” Danielle Donchetz is back after sitting out last year with a significant knee injury. “She’s looking good,” Ray said. “Her legs are getting stronger. She does all the little things.” Jessica Buck, who started to break out at the end of last season, along with Mariah Dobbins, Asha Knight and Ashley Ihenach, should keep the ball moving, and Clare Mulloy comes over from a junior varsity team that lost just a handful of games last year.

“A big goal is to play good defense,” Ray said. “It all starts there. “We’re going to have to rely on our speed. We don’t have a lot of size but they’re an athletic, physical team.” The girls kicked things off with a 44-40 victory against Owatonna on Dec. 4.

Eagan Eagan would like to learn from its mistakes from a year ago. The team started out 8-3, but won just four games the rest of the season partly because of the difficult teams in the conference. “They wanted to win and loved basketball, but the attitude of wanting to get better wasn’t there all the time,” Eagan head coach Liz Mundahl said. This year’s team is different. “We may struggle from the beginning, but all of these kids are competitive and want to get better.” The Wildcats have a core

of players who have played for years and know how to score. Leading the list of scorers is Jess Hart. “She makes other players better around her and ... also plays both ends of the floor,” Mundahl said. Hart makes the switch from shooting guard to point guard this season as the player who will direct the ball up the court. She hasn’t missed a beat. “She sees the floor so well and gets other players involved in the offense,” Mundahl said. She’ll be directing Lindsey Gonsior, Sammy Delzotto and Sage Peterson on the court. According to Mundahl, Gonsior is a versatile defender who can pull up a 3-point shot when needed. Delzotto has been a fierce competitor so far and could be one of the best sophomore players out there. “With her size at the wing

and some more experience handling the ball, she will be very tough to defend,” Mundahl said. As a senior captain Peterson has been a crafty defender and rebounder for the Wildcats. Olivia Suddath, Lindsey Micheletti, Emily Foertsch, and Tori Thompson have also seen their roles increase this season. The girls lost to Owatonna in their opener on Nov. 27 by a score of 46-30, but they won their next to Minneapolis Roosevelt and Irondale. The record went back to .500 with a loss to Edina last weekend. There is a lack of depth at certain positions, and the team is working on its inside game and defense. “Their motto is ‘Whatever it takes,’ ” Mundahl said. “People should see that attitude on defense.” Andy Rogers is at andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com.

Lightning looking to light up the court again by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Eastview Lightning girls basketball has put highly competitive teams out on the court for more than a decade, and this season appears to be no different. The team saw Haley Thomforde, Taylor Cullers, Darcey Rice, Brittany Conroy, Amanda McAlpine and Hayley Trace graduate, but several of its top players have returned. Three-sport star athlete sisters Alex and Amanda Beckman bring years of basketball experience to the court with them. Both are versatile playing any position. They’re joined by the defensive-minded Claire Elliot, another three-sport athlete, and Jenna Dockter, who will play point guard for the Lightning. Idee Udo, Cassidy Peterson, Amber Mehr, Niki Paggen, Emily Young and Tyra Johnson are also back after playing varsity last season. Paige Palkovich, Meghan Ryan, Hanna Shie, Taylor Kuhn, Sam Weinberg, Steph Fix, Mikaela Wilson and Bailey Pickrain should provide some reinforcements to a deep bench. The team has seen a different girl lead in scoring nearly every night. Dockter had 21 points in the 6041 win over Centennial on Nov. 26. Amanda Beckman

led the way in the 58-54 victory against St. Paul Central on Nov. 27, and Alex Beckman had 19 in the 5541 win against Orono on Dec. 4. The Lightning will rely on the experience that gave eventual state champion Lakeville North its closest game of the year in last year’s Section 3-4A finals. Their goal is to switch that score around and win the South Suburban Conference and state tournament. “Our team will need to retain its strong team-first attitude and work together to find its new identity as we prepare for a tough schedule,” assistant coach Len Bierlein said.

Rosemount The Irish were 9-2 at one point last season, but won just two games the rest of the year. That may have had something to do with the fact that Lakeville North, Eastview, Burnsville, Chaska, Bloomington Kennedy and Apple Valley were all on the schedule. “We were in many close games and came up short in too many of them,” Irish head coach Sam McDonald said. That was last year. This year the girls want to stay positive and commit to improving as basketball players and as a team. The team’s top scorer and rebounder from last

year is back on the roster, but it may be a while before she’s on the court. Elaine Warner broke her elbow last month and may miss half the season. Another experienced player, Laura Bodurtha, hurt her knee, but she could be back in two weeks. The Irish will rely on the experience of Rachel Hoeppner, who was the team’s second-leading scorer last year. She has Brooke Stevens in the ball handler/scorer position along with Lindy Parker at the post, rebounding and defending. Laura Dennis will give her some help underneath. Megan Schuster, Hannah Halterman and Hannah Grim are all getting important minutes. The team kicked off the season with two losses at the Hamline tournament, to Blaine and White Bear Lake. “We played very well and fell short to a couple of good teams,” McDonald said. “We have many kids playing varsity for the first time or different positions for the first time, and I thought we did a nice job in a sense against two quality teams.” The Irish held a lead at the first half in both games, but they couldn’t sustain their play. Since then the team defeated Tartan 66-61 on Nov.

30 and St. Paul Johnson 7642 on Dec. 3. “It is very difficult with so many question marks so far with injuries to get a feel as to where we are going,” McDonald said. “We know we need to keep playing, improving and competing throughout the year.” The team will spend part of its holiday break at the Grand Rapids tournament.

Apple Valley

to this year. I think they understand that and are ready for that challenge.” The junior class has stepped up for the Eagles. “They know with only one senior they have to become leaders,” Gordon said. “They need to step up and become an offensive threat.” Destiny Scott and Kati Erb lead the junior class. Both played significant minutes last year on varsity along with sophomore Jaryn Pipkins. Sydney Schalk, Marissa Akinseye, Dani Tobroxen, Melissa Swanson, Hannah Gallmeier, Maddy Helling, Shanni Moorse, Britta Bollum, Taylor Dagon, Kaelyn Dagon and Laurel Kabat will fight for playing time. “My only concern heading into the season is our offense,” Gordon said. “We have a lot of unproven players. We need them to step up, and we need to play together as one unit.” The girls found some scoring in their openingseason 72-66 win against Owatonna. The schedule didn’t provide much breathing room with top-ranked Richfield, Red Wing and Bloomington Jefferson coming to town before the team heads to Richfield for a Christmas vacation tournament.

A young Eagles girls basketball team will hit the court running this year. Apple Valley lost its top two scorers, Erica Gress and Carly Chell, to graduation, but the team has plenty of speed left. “Our team’s strength is definitely our quickness,” Eagles head coach Jeremy Gordon said. “We don’t have a lot of height but we have athletic, quick players.” Leading the way will be last year’s No. 2 scorer, Jordan Sammons, the team’s only senior. “She’s been working very hard in the offseason,” Gordon said. “She is a great leader on the floor, and pushes her teammates to match her intensity.” They’re relying on her to score even more this year. “Much of our squad has game experience, but a lot of our returners did not put Rogers is at up big numbers last year,” Andy Gordon said. “They need andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com.

New Burnsville coach sees talented basketball team Eagan boys basketball looks like a contender by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Burnsville High School’s new boys basketball coach Matt Eppen feels he’s got enough talent on his team to contend with just about anyone this year. The team kicked things off with a 53-52 victory over Chaska on Tuesday night. The Blaze won with a mix of players with varsity experience. CJ Smith is the team’s top returning scorer. “I hope he is capable of being a solid player on both ends of the floor,” Eppen said. He has Tony DeLanghe, who is working hard to become an even better player, and Chad Dove doing the dirty work on defense and on the boards, according to Eppen. Cam Jones has opened things up at the post position and Aaron Chandler continues to improve outside. Eppen also expects good things from bench players Dan Motl, Chase Roullier, Adam Lambrecht, Adam Goff, Aaron Wilson, Ryan Swanson, and Devion

Photo by Andy Rogers

Burnsville’s CJ Smith drives to the basket in a game against Chaksa on Tuesday. Burnsville won the game 53-52. Welch. “We have some good athletes, we just need to develop as a team and our goal is to improve throughout the year and play our best ball at tournament time,” Eppen said. Winning the season opener was quite a relief for Eppen, who coached his first varsity game for the

Blaze. He’s been a teacher at Burnsville for the past four years, but recently was an assistant with St. Olaf College in 2009-10 and an assistant with the Blaze girls basketball team in 2007-08. Prior to that he led the New Richland-HartlandEllendale-Geneva varsity team for nine years. “I think my coaching

style is ever evolving,” Eppen said. “I try to take a detailed approach to the game, set high expectations and build relationships with kids.”

Eagan

That’s more than most teams can say. With five seniors the goal is to go all the way to the Target Center. “We are optimistic about our chances,” coach Kurt Virgin said. “We need to take the next step this year and we will be working hard all season to get back to the state tournament.” While teams like Apple Valley, Eastview and Lakeville South are getting most of the early-season buzz in the South Suburban Conference, most coaches are just as concerned about Eagan. The Wildcats opened with a 79-48 victory against Minneapolis South on Tuesday thanks to the play of returning scoring leaders Jameson Parsons and Matt Hentges. Shea Mandli and Ryan Patterson have taken their games to another level this year along with Nick Sabatke, Drew Bauer, Ben Sicoli and Sean Endersbe. The key will be staying healthy and playing their best when it matters most. “We are looking for our hype at the end of the season,” Virgin said.

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Apple Valley boys basketball looking big by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Being a tall basketball player has its advantages. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re closer to the basket and people have a hard time shooting over you. The Apple Valley boys basketball team hopes to use that to their advantage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re as excited as can be,â&#x20AC;? Eagles head coach Zach Goring said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had this kind of size in a long time. With a point guard and some wings, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited.â&#x20AC;? With their two top players back â&#x20AC;&#x201C; senior Tom Schalk and freshman Tyus Jones â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the expectations are high again for the Eagles. Schalk scored 36 points and pulled in 19 rebounds in the season-opening win against St. Louis Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He can create a shot from anywhere,â&#x20AC;? Goring said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a match-up problem.â&#x20AC;? In his second year as starting point guard, Jones is still just a freshman and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still improving. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His understanding of the game has come a long way,â&#x20AC;? Goring said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Physically heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s come a long way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking big things from him as a ninth-grader and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up for it.â&#x20AC;? The key will be filling out the rest of the roster spots. Schalk (6-foot-7), Jordan Crokett (6-3), Gavin Bronson (6-4) and Josh Johnson (6-8) provide a tall presence for the Eagles.

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Apple Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tyus Jones keeps the pressure on during a season-opening win against St. Louis Park on Tuesday. Apple Valley won 76-60 and Jones scored 19 points. On the perimeter, Apple Valley has a pair of sophomore shooters, Harry Sonie and Dustin Fronk, to go with Jones. The Eagles opened with a 76-70 win against St. Louis Park on Tuesday. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a perfect win, but Goring will take it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of these guys played their first varsity game,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of work to do to polish things up. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t react quite as quickly. Tom and Tyus carried us.â&#x20AC;?

Goring knows it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be an easy road to February. The South Suburban Conference features Eagan, Eastview and Lakeville South, who have a conference and section title in mind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think whoever wins the conference is going to have three or four losses,â&#x20AC;? Goring said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You got to be physical and you got to be ready to turn the page the next day.â&#x20AC;? The important thing for Apple Valley is protecting their home court. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The coaches in this league are very good, very tactical,â&#x20AC;? Goring said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You always have to be on your toes.â&#x20AC;?

     

           

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Sports Brief Eagan bowlers 19th at state The Eagan High School varsity bowling team finished in 19th place at the Minnesota High School Bowlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 Varsity State Tournament on Dec. 4 at the Midway Pro Bowl in St. Paul with a team score of 1732. They won the Metro South Central tournament on Nov. 13 to qualify for state. Eagan defeated Rosemount, Bloomington Jefferson and Lakeville South in the section finals to represent the South Metro Conference on Dec. 4 and 5 at state. The Eagan bowling team is recognized as a club team and lettered sport.


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Burnsville arts academy enrollment lower than envisioned by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Enrollment at Burnsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Envision Academy is down this school year, and Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district officials are considering changes to spur interest. The academy has 49 students this year, which is 75 fewer than last year. This is a meager student body compared to the 300 students the School Board aimed for when it approved the program two years ago. The academy was one of several magnet programs launched last year as part of a state-mandated plan to reduce racial imbalances in the nearby Lakeville school district. The program enables students to take music, dance and theater classes at the Performing Arts Center in Burnsville and all other courses at Burnsville High School. By studying at the PAC, students are given an opportunity to work with professionals and groups such as the James Sewell Ballet. The district pays $135,000 to lease space at the PAC, and $90,000, which is reimbursed by the state, to transport students to and from the academy. Staffing Envision costs $170,000 more each year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is covered by state

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Enrollment at Envision Academy in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District is down to 45 students, which is 75 fewer than last year. District officials had hoped enrollment in the program, which launched last school year, would eventually reach 300. and local funding â&#x20AC;&#x201C; than it would if students attended Burnsville High School fulltime. In addition to tacking on more costs, the program adds an extra hour to studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; school day, which many students have said discourages them from participating, District 191 Superintendent Randy Clegg

said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our thought was this would be their primary activity, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not turning out that way,â&#x20AC;? he said. Students have told officials in surveys that the academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schedule is difficult to balance with afterschool activities, homework, and jobs, Burnsville High School Principal Dave

be a barrier for some district students, Helke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes the logistics of getting to and from the program can be difficult,â&#x20AC;? he said. Although interest has dropped among students within the district, those from nearby districts continue to enroll. More than a third of the academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students enroll from outside districts, Helke said. In addition to changes within the program, district officials are stepping up marketing efforts to draw in more students and clarify what the program entails, Helke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are trying to deliver a solid identity in the arts,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For some students, they enrolled, and then it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what they thought it would be.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marketing strategy so far has included theater advertisements, brochures, upgrades to its website and promotions on Facebook, said Ruth Dunn, communications director for District 191. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The key is to market to junior high school and middle school kids who are passionate about the arts,â&#x20AC;? Dunn said.

Helke said. As a result, district officials are looking at redesigning the schedule to make it more flexible, he said. Officials are also considering extending the academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music program, which is currently limited to string E-mail Jessica Harper at: jessica.harper@ecm-inc.com instruments. Transportation can also

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Police: Woman hospitalized after setting � fire to her home, stabbing herself �� Obituaries by Andrew Miller THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

An Apple Valley woman accused of setting fire to her home was hospitalized following a police chase the morning of Thursday, Dec. 2. Rhonda Arkley, 49, was observed stabbing herself in the chest with a screwdriver inside her locked car when police arrived at the home at 4754 W. 142nd St. just after 9:15 a.m., following a report that Arkley, possibly distraught over the recent death of her adult son, had started a fire in the home with gasoline and was threatening to kill herself. Arkley fled in her vehicle when she saw police arrive, leading officers on a

chase that ended in Eagan when police deployed road spikes at Pilot Knob Road and Cliff Road to deflate her tires. When police approached her vehicle, officers observed Arkley using a hammer to pound a screwdriver into her chest. Arkley was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul and treated for self-inflicted stab wounds and burns, police said. Apple Valley police say the incident is still under investigation. Arkley could face criminal charges such as fleeing police and arson, police said. Arkleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, Stuart Arkley, 49, the only other occupant of the home when the fire started, was also

taken to Regions Hospital and treated for burns. A total of 30 firefighters from the Apple Valley and Rosemount departments responded to the house fire. Flames were coming out the rear of the home when emergency personnel arrived on the scene. Firefighters had the fire â&#x20AC;&#x153;under controlâ&#x20AC;? by 10:30 a.m., Apple Valley Fire Chief Nealon Thompson said. No injuries to emergency response personnel were reported. Thompson said the home is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;total loss,â&#x20AC;? with structural damage estimated at more than $122,000. Andrew Miller is at andrew. miller@ecm-inc.com.

Rosemount High School holiday concerts The Rosemount High School choirs will present their Winter Holiday Concerts at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Performing Arts Center. The concerts are free and open to the public. The 6 p.m. concert will

feature Irish Belles, Irish Bards, Freshmen Select Women, Freshmen Select Men, Choraliers and Cavaliers. The 7:30 p.m. concert will feature Chamber Singers, Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorale, Vivace, Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ensemble, Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Ensemble, Bel Canto and Concert Choir. At the end of each concert, the featured choirs will combine to perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Night of Silence.â&#x20AC;? RHS alumni will be invited to join the choirs.

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of increased childhood obesity. Others said they worry cutting two periods may prevent some students from completing five years of

foreign language, which enables students to obtain an early college credit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If a student does not take foreign language in seventh grade, it could make this track more difficult,â&#x20AC;? said Wanda Borman, a parent of Dakota Hills Middle School student. However, the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magnet schools would continue to have a foreign focus. Despite a few concerns, parents indicated that overall they support the recommendations. In addition to meeting with parents, district officials discussed the recommendations with K-12 teachers.

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Jeff and Jackie Wilcziek of Rosemount, are excited to announce the engagement of their daughter Katie to Lad Johnson, son of Jeannine Mathew and Steve Johnson of Elkhart Indiana. Katie is a 2001 graduate of Rosemount High School and a graduate of The University of Tampa. She is employed by Lifestyle Family Fitness in St. Petersburg, Florida as a HR Recruiting Manager. Lad is a graduate of Elkhart Memorial High School and Indiana University. He is employed by Bounce Logistics in St. Petersburg as the Director of National Accounts. They will be married at St. Raphaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 15, 2011, followed by a Caribbean honeymoon. They plan to live happily ever after in Florida!

Age 71 of New Market passed away December 1, 2010 in Northfield. He is preceded in death by his grandson, Jonathan Mark Bartelds; parents, John and Lucille Bartelds; infant sister and brother John Bartelds Jr.; Rodney is survived by his loving wife Shirley; children, Dawn (Terry) Halloran, Mark (Connie) and Bradley (Colleen) Bartelds; Grandchildren, Rachel, Jeremy and Tanya Halloran, Sarah, Brandon, Travis and Justin Bartelds; Great granddaughters, Tiffany and Emma; also by other loving relat ives and f riends. Funeral services were 1PM, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 at Bethlehem Lutheran, 20270 Iberia Ave., Lakeville.Interment, Corinthian Cemetery, Farmington. White Funeral Home Lakeville 952-469-2723

Mohn-Wubben Bruce and Cheryl Mohn of Lakeville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Angela Mohn to Cody Wubben. Cody's parents are Rod and Tammy Andersen of Lakeville and Mark and Connie Wubben of Milaca. Angela is a 2004 graduate of Lakeville High School and a 2009 graduate of University of Minnesota-Mankato. She is a registered nurse at Augustana Health Care in Hastings, MN. Cody is a 2001 graduate of Lakeville and has been a carpenter since his graduation. The couple will be married on July 16 at Angela's home farm. The couple plans to reside in Lakeville.

 

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Robert Kenneth Ullevig Robert Kenneth Ullevig, 80 of Apple Valley, MN died peacefully on Friday December 3rd 2010 surrounded by his family at United Hospital in St Paul, MN. Robert "Bob" was born August 15th, 1930 in Goodhue County to parents John & Christine (Swee) Ullevig. After the death of his mother at the age of 2 he was raised lovingly by the John & Turi Otterness family of Sogn Valley. He graduated from Kenyon High School in 1948. At the age of 17 enlisted in the Air Force and served proudly during the Korean War from 1948-1952. On September 5th 1953 Bob was united in marriage to Gladys Nelson at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. They shared 57 wonderful years together. They started their marriage in Blooming Prairie and in 1954 Bob was transferred with the phone company to Warren, MN where they resided for 39 years. He never outgrew his love and connection for the Warren community and people even after moving. In 1956 they welcomed their baby girl Peggy Ann on April 2nd. Their family resided in Warren until Bob's retirement from the phone company in 1992. They then moved to Apple Valley, MN in 1993 to be closer to their families. Their family grew with the birth of 3 grandchildren Ryan, Zach and Christina and then great Grandchildren Carley Ray and Lincoln Robert. Bob was proud of his Norwegian heritage, but most of all his family. He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and American Legion, and was a Warren volunteer firefighter for 23 years. He loved spending his time at family gatherings, socializing with dear friends and volunteering in the community. Preceded in death by his siblings: Irene, Arnold, Clarice, and Louise. Survived by loving wife Gladys; daughter Peggy (Tony) Howard; grandchildren: Ryan, Zach and Christina (Jon) Anderson; great grandchildren: Carley and Lincoln; sister: Rosie (Larry) Dahl also by loving relatives and dear friends. Funeral service, 11am Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at Grace Lutheran Church (7800 West CR 42), Apple Valley. Visitation 5-8pm Tuesday at White Funeral Home (14560 Pennock Ave) Apple Valley and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment: Emmanuel (Aspelund) Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Kenyon, MN. White Funeral Home Apple Valley 952 432 2001

Edward A. Mahowald (Died December 5, 2010) Edward A. Mahowald, 85, went to his Lord surrounded by his children on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at Augustana Regent in Burnsville, MN. He was born on Palm Sunday, April 5, 1925 at home in Jordan, MN to George and Beatrice Mahowald. He spent much of his childhood on a farm outside of New Market, MN. He was united in marriage to Thelma R. Legel on September 10, 1947. They made their home in Farmington, MN and were married just short of 61 years. Ed worked at Mid-America Dairy Association and was a repeating championship butter-maker; then truck driver. He also ran a side business (Mahowald Lawn Mower Service). He could do anything he put his mind to inventing and building. A man of strong faith and convictions, he dedicated his life to service for others. He helped build Girl Scout camps and maintained them, planted 1000â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of trees that now tower over the camps. He retired early to help spread the Good News of Jesus by helping Sister Cabrini by building puppets and magic tricks; driving her from coast to coast and setting up stages to give her shows. He raised doves, rabbits and show dogs to do magic tricks and entertain children & spread the Word of Jesus. Everyone in Farmington knew Ed as the man who walked the white dog all over town picking up litter. He also took his dog to Trinity nursing home 2 or 3 times a day. Puff would soften many a soul and then Ed would talk to them about Jesus. His wife Thelmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health declined and then his did also. They moved to assist ed living at August ana Regent in Burnsville where Thelma passed away 27 months ago. He continued helping others there until his own health failed in the last 2 months. He is survived by his children; Mary Theresa (Dennis) Mattison, Tom (Donna) Mahowald, Mike (Vicki) Mahowald, Cathy Mahowald (Terry McFarland, deceased) and Mary Frances Anderson, 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, his sister Genevieve Deutsch and brother George A. Mahowald. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Thelma, his parents, George and Beatrice his brother Aelred, and his dog, Puff. He will be greatly missed. Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday December 9, 2010 at St. Michaels Catholic Church, 22120 Denmark Avenue, Farmington. White Funeral Home, 901 3rd Street, Farmington Farmington 651-463-2656 www.whitefuneralhomes.com

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Post 1776 Legion Riders accepting toy donations for military families The Post 1776 American Legion Riders in Apple Valley are asking for the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help in providing toys for children of military families this holiday season. Toys for children of all ages, gift cards to local stores including grocery stores and cash donations

are being accepted through Dec. 23 at the American Legion Post located at 14521 Granada Drive, Apple Valley. Checks can be made out to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Post 1776 American Legion Riders.â&#x20AC;? More about the toy drive is at www.1776legionriders. com.


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Poverty/from 1A workers to make arrangements to volunteer, and sleep, at sites where sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be stopping. She plans to do a service project and make a monetary donation at each of her stops. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty much Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be doing the grunt work â&#x20AC;&#x201C; building playgrounds, cleaning, serving food,â&#x20AC;? she said. For the project, Mulderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to living a life of poverty borders on the extreme. In addition to sleeping in homeless shelters and eating only at charity kitchens, Mulder said that prior to departing sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be cutting off her hair â&#x20AC;&#x153;for hygiene purposes,â&#x20AC;? and will be bringing along only two changes of clothing. Taxes/from 1A half the salary. Another full-time position, a GIS technician, will be reduced to a 30-hour per week position. A Parks and Recreation Department â&#x20AC;&#x153;tiny totâ&#x20AC;? program that had been waning in popularity will be cut, and the city will reduce the number of newsletters and park brochures it prepares and distributes. In addition, reductions

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to rough it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just going to be this liberating experience.â&#x20AC;? In fact, except for the clothes sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bringing with her on the trip, Mulder is giving away her entire wardrobe. The Sunday before Christmas, she plans to set up a table on Lake Street in Minneapolis with all her clothes, along with blankets, cans of soup, and a sign that lets passersby know that everything there is free for the taking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m passionate about something, I go all the way,â&#x20AC;? she said. Mulderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents, Lee and Karen Mulder, say they are proud of their daughter and support her Mission America project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ever since she was a

little kid sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always wanted to help people in need,â&#x20AC;? Karen Mulder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a go-getter and when she sets her mind to something, she just goes out and does it. I think back to when I was 22 years old and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if I wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done that. Mandy was really meant to do this.â&#x20AC;? Safety, though, is a concern. As of now, Mulder plans to take the trip by herself, though she is considering bringing a friend from college along. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The safety is a big issue for (my parents),â&#x20AC;? Mulder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m bringing my cell phone for safety, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably carry mace.â&#x20AC;? Mulder, an Apple Valley native who attended Grace Lutheran Church growing up, underscored that though

sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heavily involved in her current church and has previously done Christian mission work, she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want Mission America to be strictly a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christian-basedâ&#x20AC;? project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want it to be all-inclusive,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a universal message. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In reality, everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty much one bad event away from being homeless â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a lost job, et cetera. You could be in their shoes.â&#x20AC;? Mulder is seeking donations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to help cover the cost of gas for her trip, and to make donations at each site she visits â&#x20AC;&#x201C; through her Mission America website, www.facebook.com/MissionAmerica.

were made to 2011 travel and conference budgets. But one of the biggest moves the city made that allowed the city to reduce its 2011 levy was the decision to pay down its debt using the 2009 surplus funds. May has said that paying off two debts saved $190,000 in tax levies for 2011. In addition, the city used 2009 surplus funds to pay for outdoor warning sirens and police records software, a decision that has so far stopped

an increase in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital Improvement Program Fund. Council Member Kurt Bills said it has been a pleasure to see City Administrator Dwight Johnson and May buckle down and reduce government expense.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Families and businesses are going through tough times, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s valuable to see local government kind of toeing the line as well,â&#x20AC;? Bills said.

Andrew Miller is at andrew. miller@ecm-inc.com.

Laura Adelmann is at laura. adelmann@ecm-inc.com.

Mayor Droste makes good on friendly wager

Photo by Laura Adelmann

Rosemount City Council Member Jeff Weisensel (right) smiled as Mayor Bill Droste donned the football jersey of Wayzata High School during the Dec. 7 council meeting. Droste and Wayzata Mayor Ken Wilcox had a friendly wager on the state championship football game that pitted Rosemount against Wayzata on Nov. 26 at the Metrodome (Wayzata won 31-14). The losing mayor had to wear the winning teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jersey at a public meeting and have his picture taken wearing the jersey. The photo appeared on the front of the city of Wayzataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website Wednesday morning. After putting the jersey on, Droste complimented the Rosemount High School football team for an outstanding season, describing them as â&#x20AC;&#x153;just a bunch of great kids that played tremendously well all season.â&#x20AC;?

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Erin Johnson is at eagan.thisweek@ecm-inc.com. said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big ambitions. I think she was just totally over her head, but unable to see she was totally over her head.â&#x20AC;? Gieseke acknowledged that she has critics and said this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the first volunteer or employee insurrection sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Negativity has been spread,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If everyone could have pulled together for the common good, rather than individuals going their separate way, throwing poison darts, then what?â&#x20AC;? For Smith â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who has been a foster owner of 200 kittens and 50 adults cats through the MVHS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; losing the shelter where she volunteers weekly is â&#x20AC;&#x153;devastating.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were five of us (volunteers) over here last night in kind of a mourning session, venting and figuring out what we can do, if anything. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a bunch of retired women living on limited incomes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impractical to think we could start a shelter.â&#x20AC;?

  

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF APPLE VALLEY ORDINANCE NO. 905 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF APPLE VALLEY, MINNESOTA, AMENDING TITLE V, CHAPTER 51 OF THE CITY CODE ENTITLED â&#x20AC;&#x153;WATER AND SEWERSâ&#x20AC;? BY AMENDING CHAPTERS 51.55 THROUGH 51.65 REGARDING INDIVIDUAL SEWAGE TREATMENT SYSTEMS The following is the official summary of Ordinance No. 905 passed by the City Council of Apple Valley on November 23, 2010. The Apple Valley City Code is amended by updating requirements for Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems (SSTS). Amendments include changes to requirements for permit and plan submittals, additional requirements for inspection of new and existing systems, coordination of rules and regulations with the state and the county, revised septic tank sizing, updated septic tank regulations, new terminology, and the addition of two sections: (51.64) Variance to Technical Standards, regarding installation and design, and (51.65) Permit Suspension or Revocation, regulating the construction and maintenance of SSTS systems. A printed copy of the ordinance is available for inspection by any person during regular office hours in the office of the City Clerk at the Apple Valley Municipal Center, 7100 147th Street W., Apple Valley, Minnesota 55124. 2444108 12/10/10

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by Erin Johnson Eagan resident Katie Pike walks among the cages of cats at the Minnesota Valley Humane Society, looking for a possible feline companion. Several of the cats she saw online have already found homes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;which is good,â&#x20AC;? she said. Pike has adopted from MVHS before â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she already has a cat and a dog â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but said she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seriously considering adopting another until she heard of the closing. She is now looking to add another cat to her family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Or maybe two,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every animal deserves a good home for the holidays.â&#x20AC;? MVHS has seen a slight uptick in adoptions since announcing it would close, with 41 pets finding homes last Saturday alone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very, very busy around here,â&#x20AC;? said Executive Director Lynae Gieseke. But that same day there were 12 pets surrendered to the shelter. And the next day was pretty quiet, she said. While several cats, dogs and even rabbits still need to find homes, Gieseke cautions people against rushing to adopt an animal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think you need to come down and adopt an animal to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;saveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the animal,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Only adopt an animal if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been thinking of adopting an animal. This shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a snap decision.â&#x20AC;? Gieseke said if there are animals remaining when the shelter closes, MVHS staff will contact other shelters, breed-placement groups, and rescue groups to take them in. But she said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confident all the animals will find homes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our number one priority,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to find everybody a home.â&#x20AC;? When asked if any remaining animals would be euthanized, Gieseke said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Absolutely not.â&#x20AC;? Gieseke herself, who already has 10 cats, said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing her best to resist the temptation of adding another. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised if staff may be taking animals home with them,â&#x20AC;? she said. Going forward, Gieseke said she is concerned by the fact that there are no other shelters in the south metro. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re it,â&#x20AC;? she said. So where should residents go to adopt or surrender pets? The nearest shelter is the Animal Humane Society, which has metro-area locations in St. Paul, Woodbury and Golden Valley. Another option is Last Hope, a no-kill rescue group based in Farmington. Surrendered animals can still be brought to MVHS through Sunday, Dec. 12, and adoptions will continue through Dec. 31.



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fizzled, with the money raised â&#x20AC;&#x201C; perhaps a couple of hundred thousand dollars â&#x20AC;&#x201C; going to pay the expenses of the campaign, she said. The plan was to rebuild on the current site. Another campaign was launched in 2007, Gieseke said. A hired fundraising consultantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-year contract ended in October, with cash, cash pledges and pledges of in-kind services and materials stalled at $630,000. The goal was to raise $2.1 million to buy and renovate an Eagan building, after the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first choice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Maxsun Furniture building on County Road 42 in Burnsville â&#x20AC;&#x201C; was nixed by a City Council zoning decision in July 2009. Meanwhile, the MVHS sold its shelter property to Eden Baptist Church of Savage, which had approached the organization in its search for a new home. The church already owns the soccer field next door. The sale closed last August. The church has been a â&#x20AC;&#x153;wonderfulâ&#x20AC;? landlord, but still wants the MVHS off the property by spring of 2011, Gieseke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like when somebody sells their house or buys another house. Oftentimes, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go looking for another house until your house is sold,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It happens all the time.â&#x20AC;? Selling the property without securing a new home was â&#x20AC;&#x153;very bad business,â&#x20AC;? said Heidberg, who also questions what will become of the donations made to the latest capital campaign. Gieseke said donations received will go to pay the expenses of the campaign and to help â&#x20AC;&#x153;pay off the remaining debts of the organization.â&#x20AC;? Use of the donations isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;restricted,â&#x20AC;? she said. But under state law, the money is restricted if the intent of the donor is clear that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for a capital campaign, said Jon Pratt, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it was in response to a special project, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the contributionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s considered to be for,â&#x20AC;? Pratt said. A nonprofit would need a district court ruling to free donations for other uses, such as repaying general debt, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not uncommon,â&#x20AC;? Pratt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes donors put restrictions on a contribution that can no longer be satisfied. And organizations sort of make the case that this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really make sense and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to use it for a different purpose.â&#x20AC;? Pratt also said donors to the capital campaign have no claim to get their money back. Gieseke said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had no such requests. Smith, the Apple Valley volunteer, thinks Gieseke aimed too high, starting with the first capital campaign. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know she said she wanted to be on the cover of USA Today: first green Humane Society,â&#x20AC;? Smith

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