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Apple Valley | Rosemount November 16, 2012 | Volume 33 | Number 38



Election has historic results Effort mobilized volunteers in amendment battle

Strong voter turnout reported with few problems in county

by Tad Johnson SUN THISWEEK

The Holiday’s many events Inside this edition is a special section devoted to special events planned during the holiday season.

OPINION Cooperation encouraged DFL-controlled Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton need to work with Republicans to solve state’s ills. Page 4A

Rosemount High School teacher and Lakeville resident Veda Kanitz was so tired on Election Day she went to bed about 9:30 p.m. She was exhausted from time spent at her job as a teacher at Rosemount High School and much of the rest of it volunteering with the Dakota County branch of Minnesotans United for All Families to campaign against passage of a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage between one man and File photo by John Gessner one woman. After going to bed tired Rosemount High School science teacher and Lakeville and “cautiously optimis- resident Veda Kanitz, an organizer of the Dakota County Votes No campaign, spoke at a kickoff event Sunday, Apri See VOTE NO, 8A 29.

by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK

The voting process went smoothly in most Dakota County precincts last week, although there were some problems with some of the county’s 14-year-old ballot counting machines. Unbeknownst to election judges at Apple Valley Precinct 5A, the electronic results they had submitted to the county after polls closed were not transmitted to the county due to memory card failure. “We used a backup card, and it transmitted the first time we attempted to send it,” said Pam Gackstetter, city clerk and

election administrator for Apple Valley. A ballot counting machine in Farmington stopped working immediately when polls opened, said Cindy Muller, city clerk and election coordinator. “It stopped working on the first one,” she said. “So voters just put ballots in the auxiliary slot and they brought a new machine.” The motor in a ballot counter used in South St. Paul also broke early in the day, said Dakota County Elections and Vital Statistics Manager Andy LokSee ELECTION, 19A

Two charged in Apple Valley home robbery

Salute to veterans


by Andrew Miller SUN THISWEEK

Ol’ Blue Eyes in Burnsville The golden age of Las Vegas is coming to the Burnsville Performing Arts Center with “Salute to the Rat Pack” on Nov. 18. Page 10A

Photos by Andrew Miller

Germel Wright, left, and other Cub Scouts from Pack 292 salute the flag during the Veterans Day ceremony Monday morning at Highland Elementary in Apple Valley. The ceremony – an annual tradition at Highland that’s been held each Veterans Day since the school opened in the mid1980s – saw local Pack 292 scouts and Girl Scouts from the Rosemount Valley Service Unit presenting the colors and leading the student body in the Pledge of Allegiance. Veterans of all eras were invited to attend, and Principal Chad Ryburn gave the opening address. For more photos from the event, turn to Page 9A or log on to


Two Apple Valley men are facing a felony charge in district court after a home robbery in which one suspect allegedly displayed a gun and threatened to shoot. Jason M. Milligan, 26, and 18-year-old Garrett J. Nash were arrested and jailed following a police investigation of the Oct. Jason 25 incident at the home Milligan on Genesee Way in Apple Valley. According to the criminal complaint, Nash had arranged to purchase a laptop computer from a man at the home. That man, who knew Nash, told police that Garrett Nash he was in the back of his residence that evening when there was a knock on the door, and he assumed it was Nash arriving to buy the laptop. His children opened the door and let in two males – Milligan and an unidentified male accomplice. The unknown suspect – described as a white male in his mid to late 40s with a goatee – allegedly lifted up his shirt to display a gun and told the home’s residents, “if you say or do anything I will shoot you,” the complaint said. The two men then stole a purse and departed. Nash was waiting in a vehicle outside the home as the incident unfolded, according to a witness account. Both Milligan and Nash were arrested Oct. 31. Neither provided police with information that allowed for identification

Irish upset No. 1 team The Rosemount High School football team had just enough offense and a charged-up defense to defeat Minnesota’s No. 1 team. Page 12A

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County Board balks at ‘treehouse’ estimates Whitetail Regional Park construction to begin in 2013 by Laura Adelmann SUN THISWEEK

Dakota County commissioners suffered sticker shock Nov. 13 when considering the cost of adding a “wow factor” at the county’s newest regional park, Whitetail Woods in Empire Township. Commissioners balked at the estimated $810,000 cost to build nine rustic “treehouse” cabins at the park. A restroom building and short road with parking was estimated to cost another $450,000.

“Are you crazy?” Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord asked parks officials presenting plans at the board’s Nov. 13 Physical Development Committee meeting. “Little cabins in the woods without any plumbing cost $90,000 each? … I could build a house for this kind of money.” Cabin estimated costs are high because they are proposed as custom-designed for year-round use, and include insulation, heat and electricity, said Bruce Blair, Dakota County Parks facil-

ities development manager. Custom architecture comes at a price, added Parks Department Director Steve Sullivan. He said treehouse kits used in the state parks cost about $30,000, but the cabins as proposed better met the vision outlined in the county’s master plan for the park. Most commissioners liked the cabin concept and wanted to include three of them in the park’s first development phase starting See PARK, 19A

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Steak America restaurant opens in Burnsville Local restaurateur takes over old Denny’s building by John Gessner SUN THISWEEK

Local restaurateur James Reyes knows steak. Back in the heyday of budget steakhouses such as Ponderosa and Mr. Steak, Reyes worked for another popular chain. He spent years opening and managing Sizzler Steakhouses while living in Texas, Kentucky and Minnesota. Now he’s putting his own imprint on one of America’s favorite meals with Steak America, which Reyes opened on Nov. 6 in the old Denny’s building at Cliff Road and Highway 13 in Burnsville. “People love steak in Minnesota,” said the 60year Eagan resident, who came to Minnesota in 1979 to open Sizzlers in West St. Paul and northeast Minneapolis. “They love steak and potato. I believe steak and potato still rules. That’s what I eat at home, and that’s what I cook in the summer.” Reyes hopes his $14 to $24 steaks — along with seafood, prime rib, walleye and chicken — will connect with cost-conscious diners. He’s added two niche features — a choice of potato and salad (Caesar or chopped house salad) served family-style in large bowls. Steak America also has full bar service. Reyes has 40 years’ experience in the restaurant and food business. Nine years ago he and his family opened Junior’s Cafe and Grill, a well-regarded Americana-style diner in Eagan. Two years ago his son, James Jr., expanded the concept to Burnsville with Junior’s Sports Cafe, which includes a bar and live music. James Sr. began working for Sizzler at age 20 in San Antonio, Texas. He left Sizzler in 1994, did some

consulting for other restaurants and got into the food distribution business, working 11 years for Reinhart FoodService. Now he works for U.S. Foodservice, supplying customers across Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin. His latest venture is good news for a prominent Burnsville corner with uncertain fortunes in recent years. The Denny’s Restaurant building went up in 1978. Denny’s left in 2009, and a subsequent tenant — Asian Buffet — lasted only about a year, recalled Burnsville Economic Development Coordinator Skip Nienhaus. Reyes, who is leasing the property, has renovated the exterior and interior of the 160-seat restaurant. The inside has all new furniture as well as wooden blinds, cedar wall treatments and a fireplace to lend a burnished feel. Americana themes abound. Painted outlines of various states and their culinary trademarks (such as Wisconsin, with a wheel of cheese) adorn walls, along with the names of American cities. The Steak America name? “I just had it in my head,” Reyes said. “We put up the cities of America because America has a lot of steakhouses in every city.” Steaks come in halfpound, three-quarterpound, one-pound and one-and-a-quarter pound sizes. The cuts, Reyes said, are cap sirloin, top heart of sirloin, New York strip, ribeye, T-bone, Porterhouse and Texas Cowboy (bonein ribeye). The family-style salad bowls and a choice of potato are included in the price. “We’re going to run a higher cost in order to give out the value,” Reyes said.

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James Reyes of Eagan, a veteran manager of moderately priced steakhouses, opened his own restaurant, Steak America, in Burnsville on Nov. 6. The menu includes combinations, such as steak with roasted chicken, broiled shrimp or lobster. Several flavors of roasted chicken are also offered. Entrees also include prime rib, bourbon steak kabobs and teriyaki chicken kabobs, Texas- and St. Louis-style ribs, walleye, shrimp, salmon and filet mignon, a half pound of which costs $24. “That’s a steak lover’s delight — classic, very good quality, for $24, not $38,” Reyes said. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Steak America is at 2400 Cliff Road E. More information is at John Gessner can be reached at john.gessner@ecm-inc. Photo by John Gessner com or America is in the old Denny’s building at the corner of Cliff Road and Highway 13. thisweek.

Area Briefs Jingle Bell Jog, Breakfast with Santa The YMCA in Eagan will hold its fourth annual Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Pancakes, juice and coffee will be served by the School Age Child Care staff, representing the 14 elementary schools in the district. Activities will include visiting with Santa, a silent auction, holiday caroling, an inflatable jump house,

balloon animals, crafts, and face painting. The inaugural Jingle Bell Jog 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at https:// or at the door. Pancake breakfast prices are $15 per family, $5 for an adult, $3 for children 3 to 12 years old, and free for children under 3. Jingle Bell Jog 5K prices are $10 per participant. For more information, contact Molly Frederick-

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Premier Adventure Club opens Burnsville-based Premier Adventure Club Inc. is now open to the public. The club offers adventure trips, entertainment and relationship building for businesses. Guests experience all-inclusive lodging and dining packages along with a custom-tailored

itinerary of adventure activities, such as guided allterrain vehicle and snowmobile tours through the northwoods backcountry, jet skiing, open water and ice fishing, sport shooting, hunting and more.

Chuck & Don’s hosts Grateful & Giving Back Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet in Eagan and Lakeville will host Grateful & Giving Back from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23 (Black

Friday). Customers will be treated to doughnuts and coffee, and for every guest, the store will donate one pound of pet food to Second Harvest Heartland or Red Wing Area Food Shelf. If a shopper attends with their pet, two pounds of food will be donated. Chuck & Don’s locations will also run the company’s Paw Print campaign from Nov. 12 to Dec. 31 where customers have the opportunity to buy a $1 paw print, which raises funds for local animal shelters.

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Service news Marine Corps Sgt. Tyler Elliott, a 2004 graduate of Apple Valley High School, along with 5,500 Sailors and Marines assigned to the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, recently arrived in Norfolk, Va., following a seven-anda-half-month deployment supporting operations in the Mediterranean and Arabian seas.


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Opinion Record turnout sends strong message to legislators A record number of Minnesota voters on Tuesday, Nov. 6, sent a strong message to their legislators – end the gridlock, compromise and do what’s best for the state, not for the political party. They had in mind those days when inability to reach a compromise on a budget shut down the state government. To make sure gridlock ends, Minnesotans gave Gov. Mark Dayton and the Democrats a clear path by giving Dayton a legislature controlled by the DFL. Minnesotans expect to see less fighting and more compromising on a balanced budget, including some revenue raisers, a reformed tax system, an equitable funding

ECM Editorial for schools, incentives for business development and assistance for the disabled and the elderly. In giving Dayton a DFL-controlled House and Senate, voters showed they have trust in his ability to work with all legislators, regardless of their political stripes and do the people’s business. This is no time for the DFL to gloat over this legislative victory. Rather, leaders of both parties and the governor must be willing to forget the rancor of the campaign and heed the voters’ concerns. To push for

a long list of liberal initiatives is not what voters said they want. They want legislation that will fix the economy, encourage businesses and provide jobs. Republican members need to understand that doing what the public wants in a civil manner trumps what their conservative and party affiliation dictates. In a campaign of unprecedented spending, Minnesotans had to wade through a barrage of campaigns ad, some of them misleading and false. They also sent a message in voting down two amendments to the Minnesota Constitution that they want a more tolerant society that includes gays who are married and

voters who would have difficulty obtaining a government-issued ID. This election was not a victory so much for the DFL as it was for the people who believe their legislators should stop fighting one another and fight for what the people say they want. It’s the DFL party’s turn in power. Failure to heed what the people want in their government could result in their losing the people’s trust and confidence two years from now. An editorial from the ECM Editorial Board. Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune are part of ECM Publishers Inc.

Sentencing: more than throwing the book at offenders by Edward Lynch SPECIAL TO SUN THISWEEK

Socrates was sentenced to drink poison and used his death sentence as his last philosophical lesson. The biblical directive of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth teaches the lesson that the punishment should fit the crime. In the United States, despite prison sentences that incarcerate a higher percentage of our population than in any other country in the world, 80 percent of respondents in a recent survey believed that criminal sentences are not harsh enough. Criminal sentencing involves more than throwing the book at and the key away from offenders. The criminal justice system in Minnesota provides a broad range of sanctions for lawbreakers. The type and severity of the sanctions imposed are determined on a case-by-case basis, and a number of factors are considered. The Constitution prohibits “excessive fines” and “cruel or unusual punishment.” Minnesota statutes recognize that sentences should be “reasonably related to the conduct and character of the convicted person.” Sentencing, like other criminal justice processes, requires balancing volume concerns, practical considerations and legal principles within the tension of an adversarial system. More than 800,000 criminal cases were filed in Minnesota courts in 2011. Almost everyone involved in the criminal justice system accepts that punishment, deterrence, public safety, restoration of harm

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Edward Lynch caused by the crime and rehabilitation are appropriate goals of any sentence, but they do not always agree which goals are most important or how to achieve them. There are no studies that indicate higher fines or more jail time reduces recidivism or deters crime. Studies do report that the most effective deterrent is prompt apprehension and speedy dispositions and that the most effective sanctions include a treatment component and cognitive skills development. Persons charged with crimes are predominately male, young and poor and are disproportionately people of color. Many offenders have mental health conditions and/or chemical dependency issues. Because the average annual cost of confining an offender in prison in Minnesota is $32,500, it has been said that prison should be reserved for people we are afraid of, and should not be used for those we are just mad at. Most criminal matters are resolved through plea agreements that often include recommended sentences. Plea agreements are an appropriate - and necessary - factor in a criminal justice system because of the

high volume of cases, the difficulty of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and the need to concentrate scarce resources on the most serious offenders and offenses. In Minnesota, sentences for felony-level offenses (the most serious type of crime) are influenced by sentencing guidelines established by the Legislature. The sentencing guidelines were developed by criminal justice professionals to promote more uniform and proportional sentences. The guidelines recommend sentences based upon the seriousness of the offense and whether the offender has a history of criminal activity. The guidelines recommend which offenders should go to prison and for how long, and which offenders should be placed on probation. Judges must follow the guideline sentences or explain why they did not. Ultimately, most offenders are placed on probation and supervised by probation officers. Conditions of probation may include up to one year in jail, home confinement with electronic monitoring, community work service, payment of a fine, payment of restitution, random drug and alcohol testing, chemical dependency or mental health treatment and cognitive skills development. The nature of the offense involved as well as the offender’s financial and family circumstances, criminal history and the offender’s mental, emotional, physical and psychological health affect sentencing decisions. The impact of the crime on the victim and the community are also considered. Because of the varied circumstances of offenders and the effect of plea negotia-

tions, comparisons of sentences imposed by judges are not particularly useful or instructive. Recently a 38-year-old man stood in front of me for sentencing. His wife and two young sons sat in the courtroom. He pled guilty to a felony DWI and, pursuant to a plea agreement, faced 57 months in prison, the minimum time recommended by the sentencing guidelines. He had a history of depression and most of his prior offenses involved drugs and alcohol. He was represented by a public defender because of his poverty. He wiped tears from his eyes as I sentenced him to prison and as he was led from the courtroom in handcuffs, his wife and sons, who will almost certainly sink deeper into poverty because of my sentence, silently wept. With credit for good behavior, he will serve 38 months in prison at a cost to taxpayers of $102,916.66. I wondered whether mental health services to address his depression and more comprehensive chemical dependency treatment would have made a difference in his life. Prison probably won’t change the underlying problems. More than 50 percent of offenders released from prison return to prison within three years. This was not Socrates, and there was nothing biblical about it, but perhaps there is a lesson here, as well. Edward Lynch is chief judge in the First Judicial District, which serves Dakota County. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Council candidate thanks voters To the editor: I want to thank everyone who chose me as “candidate of choice” for Apple Valley City Council. While I realize the two incumbents won the open seats, without a doubt voters afforded me the opportunity to give everyone on the ballot a run, not a stroll to the finish line. Remember – this is just the beginning of my political career and I look forward to running again and hopefully gain voters’ support to win the next time a council seat becomes available. The fact that I didn’t win does not mean I am not available to “listen to understand” and maintain I am fully “committed” to voters going forward. WILMA RUPPERT Apple Valley

Rosemount is moving in right direction To the editor: I thank Rosemount residents for allowing me to continue to serve them on

City Council. I continue to be appreciative and humbled by their support to serve on their behalf. Four years ago, enough voters believed in my leadership, civic service and vision for Rosemount. Over the past four years, working with the other council members, we have set goals and strategies that maintained our services, provided new amenities and seen a return of economic growth while being fiscally responsible with tax dollars. Having voters’ support and being re-elected confirms we are going in the right direction as a city. One of the initiatives I supported was updating our city of Rosemount website by changing its operating platform and allowing for a broader spectrum of use. Looking forward, we continue to have many opportunities with this website to keep residents aware of community happenings, relevant information for their use and the ability to communicate with staff and council members. In January, the new City Council will review and update goals as well as move forward on strategies for the benefit of our city and

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members. While door knocking this past election season, residents expressed what they liked and what they did not. Many said they had not shared their views with the city and staff. Please consider sharing thoughts through the new website or directly to council members. I look forward to hearing from residents during the next four years. I am available at jeff.weisensel@ Again, I thank residents

be. In a race in which over 25,000 voters voted, it came down to 469 votes. JEFF WEISENSEL A special thank you to all Rosemount Rosemount City Council of those people who donated to my campaign includmember ing the St. Paul Building Trades, the AFL-CIO, and the Teamsters. I wish those Klein thanks newly elected to serve on voters our Dakota County Board the very best for our county. To the editor: Thank you to all my supporters in my race to be- BILL KLEIN come Dakota County com- Inver Grove Heights missioner in Rosemount and Eagan. It was not to for their support.

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Zoo presents Stewardship Award to two longtime supporters Jeannine Rivet and Warren Herreid II are the recipients of this year’s Stewardship Award presented by the Minnesota Zoo. The award, created in 2008 and recognizing outstanding education and conservation efforts, was presented to Rivet and Herreid Nov. 8 at the zoo’s eighth annual Director’s Dinner. “Jeannine and Warren are generous, effective and inspiring community leaders,” said Minnesota Zoo director and CEO Lee Ehmke. “As believers in the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, Jeannine and Warren have helped to enhance and expand the zoo’s education programs to reach more students and engage new communities. “Our Zoo Safari program, which sponsors elementary school field trips to the zoo, is just one example of an important program that is growing substantially from their leadership.”

Rivet is executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group. Herreid is a retired lieutenant colonel with the National Guard and now does angel investing for various startup companies. The couple is active with the K.A.H.R. Foundation, which was created in 2005 and supports numerous charitable organizations, including the zoo. Rivet is president of K.A.H.R., while Herreid serves as vice president and treasurer of the organization. “The Minnesota Zoo is a precious asset,” said Rivet. “People of all ages and walks of life are served by its mission to connect people, animals and the natural world. The zoo delivers educational and inspirational experiences, important children’s programs and STEM education classes for students.” More about education and conservation efforts at the zoo is at www.mnzoo. org. Photo submitted —Andrew Miller Warren Herreid II, left, and Jeannine Rivet stand with Minnesota Zoo director and CEO Lee Ehmke after receiving the 2012 Stewardship Award at the zoo’s Director’s Dinner on Nov. 8.

Tornadoes touch down in Burnsville, Eagan


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One Burnsville resident was relaxing in her hot tub Saturday night enjoying the night sky when, for no real reason, she and her husband Duane decided to go inside and go to bed. “Within five minutes, it hit,” Candance Stancher said. “Then we heard a rumble, trees flying everywhere, felt like the air sucked out of the house.” Her house was struck at about 11 p.m. Saturday night by an unseasonable tornado that knocked down trees and power lines and ripped the cover off her hot tub. “We had a brush with disaster,” she said of the storm that was not preceded by warning sirens. “No lives lost but it was truly a tornado; we are grateful.” She said the storm showed how close they were to potentially being injured since it whipped up so quickly and was not heralded by rain or any other indicator a storm was coming. “It was an amazing wake-up call to show how vulnerable you are,” she said. It’s not the time of year one would expect tornadoes in Dakota County, but at least two were reported at about 11 p.m. Saturday night in Burns-

ville and Eagan, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. Stancher said it felt like her house near 16th Avenue South and Muir Lane was a vacuum with the air being sucked out of it. The EF0 tornadoes, the lowest on the 0-5 scale, were reported with wind speeds of 75-80 mph in Burnsville just northeast of the intersection of County Road 5 and McAndrews Road and tracked northeast to just southwest of the intersection of Burnsville Parkway and Highway 11 and in Eagan near Skyline Drive east of Highway 13 and tracked northeast to Lost Spur Golf Course just south of Interstate 494. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down with some falling on houses in both Eagan and Burnsville where otherwise there were reports of little structural damage, according to the National Weather Service report on Nov. 11. Trees reportedly were also blown down in Lakeville and Inver Grove Heights.

near Nicollet Junior High School. Stancher said two large pine trees were blown down in the storm. She said the trees were about half of the size when they moved into the house in 1976. A couple of trees fell onto a neighbor’s house, but she said it didn’t appear there was damage to the home. “It was all such a strange, quick happening,” she said. She said it was surreal to see the damage since so very few houses were af-

fected one could easily see the path of the tornado. Dakota Electric reported that about 1,500 customers were without power because of the storm, but most of the power was restored by the afternoon of Nov. 11. The last November tornado recorded in Minnesota occurred Nov. 1, 2000, according to a Pioneer Press report.

Rosemount seniors

The following activities are sponsored by the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department and the Rosemount Area Seniors. For more information, call the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department at (651) 322-6000. Monday, Nov. 19 – Bridge, 9 a.m., Do Drop Inn; 500, 1 p.m., DDI. Tuesday, Nov. 20 – CofTad Johnson can be reached fee, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Roseat tad.johnson@ecm-inc. mount Cub; Bid Euchre, 9 com or a.m., DDI; Crafts, 1 p.m., thisweek. DDI. Wednesday, Nov. 21 –

Water Color Painting, 9 a.m., DDI; Velvet Tones, 10 a.m., Apple Valley Senior Center; Hand and Foot, 1 p.m., DDI. Thursday, Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving – Rosemount Community Center closed. Friday, Nov. 23 – Euchre, 9 a.m., DDI; Lunch Out, 11:30 a.m., Fireside in Rosemount; Bowling, 1 p.m., Apple Place in Apple Valley. The Rosemount Area Seniors “Do Drop Inn” is open to senior citizens 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., MondayFriday. The room is located in the Rosemount Community Center.


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Capitol News From flower peddler to commissioner Brenda Cassellius spent time as a Burnsville teacher, too by T.W. Budig and Elyse Kaner SUN THISWEEK

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius has a copy of a photo from the old Minneapolis Star in her office showing a young girl peddling flowers on the streets of Minneapolis. “That’s me,” said Cassellius, glancing at the copy. The first minority to lead the Department of Education, Cassellius grew up in public housing in Minneapolis. Long hours peddling flowers earned some money, but her family also used food stamps and was homeless for a time. Cassellius’ mother, who never graduated from high school, was 16-years-old when she gave birth to her first daughter and only few years older when daughter Brenda was born. “I grew up poor, but I never felt a poverty of love,” Cassellius once wrote. Although her father and mother at times were separated, her father remained a presence in his daughter’s life. And he instilled the belief that cycles of poverty can be broken. “You know, ‘Peanuts,’ ” Cassellius remembers her father saying to her about the comic strip book “You Can Be Anything.” She said her father told her: “You can be anything you want to be. You might have to work harder at it, but you can be anything you want to be – and don’t let anybody tell you you can’t be.” Something stuck. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described Cassellius as “an overachiever.” Other depictions of Cassellius include that of a workhorse. Cassellius had other guiding lights. Her grandfather, Melvin Alston, was president of the black teachers’ union in Norfolk, Va., in the late 1930s. At that time in Norfolk, black teachers were paid less than white teachers. With the assistance of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Alston successfully sued

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Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius met some Eagan students during a visit in June 2011. the city for equal pay. Serving as his attorney was future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Cassellius tempers her own personal achievement – hard work, a bit of luck – by speaking of uplifting hands. Her mother enrolled her in Head Start as a small child, and Cassellius remembers community assets from bookmobiles to summer camp buoying her along. “It was quite amazing to get into books and learn to read,” she recently told a group of educators. There was an ongoing theme – you can be whatever you want. And there were teachers. Cassellius recalls with a smile the “magic wand” her kindergarten teacher waved to reward and encourage. The teacher would extend the wand over deserving kindergartners, lightly tapping their heads, and the tip would light up. Of course, the wand had a battery and an on/off switch, probably hidden in the teacher’s hand. But they didn’t think of that, Cassellius explained. It seemed magical. Debate at the State

Capitol might lend a sense teachers en masse are closely watching, hanging on developments. But Cassellius said that’s not true, because they’re too busy. Cassellius, 45, originally thought of pursuing a career in medicine. She briefly attended Gustavus Adolphus College, but racial slurs prompted her to transfer to the University of Minnesota. There she earned her first degree, taking a semester off to give birth to her first child. Two years ago her son graduated from college. “That was my greatest accomplishment,” Cassellius said. “To be a single mom, to go to school full time, to be a teacher full time and, then, to see him walk across that stage has truly been my greatest accomplishment.” Cassellius began her teaching career in St. Paul and Burnsville, eventually becoming associate superintendent in the Minneapolis Public Schools. She was superintendent of the East Metro Integration District before being named education commissioner in 2010 by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton – a governor Cassellius

credits with a keenness for innovation, good judgment, but one she personally knew so little about she researched his background before applying. Other than for several years in Memphis, Tenn., as academic superintendent of middle schools, a brief stint in Oklahoma City, Okla., Cassellius has lived and worked in Minnesota. A hockey fan – she attended Dayton’s inaugural wearing a hockey shirt – Cassellius plays forward on a team in the Women’s Hockey Association of Minnesota. She says she’s a better skater than stick handler, but speaks of her time on the ice to girls to encourage them to try. Highlights of her tenure as commissioner include applying for and winning a federal No Child Left Behind waiver. The education department won a $45 million federal Race to the Top early learning challenge grant, plus a $28 million federal charter school grant. Alternative teacher licensing legislation was successfully negotiated with the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law.

Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista, who has witnessed about a dozen education commissioners over her service in the Senate, said although her dealings with Cassellius have been limited, the commissioner is someone she can talk to. But whatever the commissioner’s other strengths, an ability to deal with the Legislature is not uppermost, Olson said. “Often she steps in with guns loaded,” Olson said. Admittedly, these are challenging times, Olson said, but Cassellius could be more open to the give and take. Cassellius’ public voice, like her skates, can have an edge. During the recent “Last In, First Out” debate over teacher seniority and rehiring, in an opinion piece Cassellius bore in. “Quick fixes, silver bullets, or ‘policies du jour’ won’t move the achievement needle for kids. And trying to bulldoze change by enacting bad policy or targeting teachers as the sole source of our problems minimizes our challenges,” she wrote. Former House K-12 Finance Committee Chairwoman Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville, said Cassellius’ first appearance at the State Capitol was like a breath of fresh air. The word about Cassellius from a lawmaker who knew her was that Cassellius spoke passionately about education – something Greiling likes to hear. But Greiling views Cassellius receding into the background. She cited several pos-

sible reasons why. To those unaccustomed to politics, the State Capitol can be shock, Greiling explained. Greiling hopes the commissioner, if she’s been troubled by the politics, finds her “sea legs.” Beyond this, Dayton’s approach to negotiating is that he – not a commissioner – makes the final decision, Greiling explained. If Cassellius feels a need for wariness because the Senate has not yet acted on her confirmation, Greiling suggests the commissioner shrug it off. It’s unlikely, given Cassellius’ background and that she is a minority, the Senate would reject her confirmation, Greiling said. “She should just follow her heart, and not worry about the Republicans,” Greiling said. Cassellius drew a distinction to the suggestion that her early life serves as an example of the state’s commitment to education. She grew up in the days of the Minnesota Miracle, Cassellius explained. She questions whether such an unifying spirit still pervades Minnesota. But Cassellius does see a lesson in a photo of a 9-year-old flower peddler. “So I always ask teachers to think about those stories that you maybe don’t know about those children who are right in front of you ... because always, always, always, it’s going to be a story you don’t expect,” Cassellius said. T.W. Budig can be reached at tim.budig@ecm-inc. com or


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Longtime Eagan resident dies, inspires many � Bassett spent much of her life advocating for disabled children, environment, DFL


by Jessica Harper SUN THISWEEK

Longtime Eagan resident, Elizabeth (Betty) Bassett, was never afraid to champion the causes she believed in. Whether it was advocating for children with disabilities or protecting the environment, Bassett, who died on Oct. 19 at age 90, never backed down no matter how hard the fight. “She was a compassionate person,” Bassett’s granddaughter, Kelsey Thomsen, said. “She was an inspiration.” Bassett was known in Eagan for her political activism as a supporter of the local DFL party and her efforts to protect area wildlife. About 20 years ago, Bassett became a fixture at City Hall as she worked to prevent a planned waste water treatment plant from infringing upon local wildlife areas. Bassett was most concerned about a fen that abutted her five-acre property and the proposed plant. Eventually, a compromise was made between Bassett and the city that allowed the construction of the plant while protecting the fen. Politics were another love of Betty’s and she had been active in campaigning for area Democratic candidates since moving to Eagan in the mid-1960s. “She was a very strong DFLer” said Rep. Sandra Masin. “She was active until the end.” Masin described Bassett as someone who was passionate about the issues that meant most to her, but who also knew how to pick her battles. “Betty did a lot for the city, especially the fen,” Masin said. “It was harder to protect the environment back then.”

Ambitious advocate The St. Paul native was born in 1923 and was the oldest of two girls. Bassett was a bright and inquisitive child who attended a gifted program and graduated high school one year early. “As a little girl, she wanted to know everything about everything,” Thomsen said. At age 17 she began her freshman year at the University of Minnesota and planned to break the glass ceiling as a lawyer like her father, L. Eugene Matteson. That dream was put on hold in 1941 when she left school to marry Wayne Bassett. Shortly thereafter, Wayne went overseas to serve in World War II, while Betty moved to California to build fighter planes. Upon Wayne’s return, the couple had their first child, Judith, in 1944 and lived with Betty’s parents in St. Paul while Wayne completed his bachelor’s degree. The couple later to moved

Betty Bassett to the U of M campus while he competed his master’s in library science. By the 1950s, the couple moved to Worthington where they had their fourth child, Constance, who they called Connie. Connie inspired Betty and her husband to advocate for children with disabilities. Constance was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after her umbilical cord cut off oxygen during her birth. When Connie turned 5 years old, the couple attempted to enroll her in kindergarten but were turned away due to her disability. That year, Betty taught Connie at home while Wayne ran for the Minnesota House in the 11th District and won. The DFLer served one term in the predominately Republican district. He was defeated in 1956. He ran again in 1959 and served until 1962. Wayne also served in District 19 from 1963-64. During his time in office, Wayne served on the Commission on Handicap Children and was instrumental in passing legislation, which was signed by Gov. Elmer Anderson, that required Minnesota school districts to educate children with disabilities. In doing so, he pointed out that the state Constitution says “The State of Minnesota will educate all of its children.” Thanks to the new legislation, Connie was able to attend elementary school, as well as millions of other disabled children after her. In addition to creating legislation, Wayne and Betty established the Crippled Children’s School, now known as Lakeview Elementary School, in Robbinsdale, which provides special education programs and adaptive services to children with disabilities. Betty was also a member of the Huestad Board, an organization that provided grants and advocated for special education. Although friends and relatives urged Betty to place Connie in an institution, Betty kept her home until she was 21 years old. By that time, Connie was too grown for Betty to bathe, clothe and lift her alone. Constance was moved to a group home for disabled adults where she lives today.

On her own By the late 1950s, Wayne suffered a heart attack, which pushed Betty to return to college and become a certified English and art teacher. She was soon hired

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Betty Bassett (right) and her husband Wayne had five living children: Wayne Jr., (left top) Judy, Gene, Connie (left bottom) and Roxanne. Connie, who had cerebral palsy, inspired the couple to advocate for special education. as an English and art teacher in Minneapolis’ inner city where she worked for 25 years. “She was feisty and never backed down,” Thomsen said. “She worked to inspire a diversity of students.” Although she frequently found herself in dangerous situations while teaching in Minneapolis, she never allowed herself to be intimidated. Betty cared deeply about her students and even took in one as a foster child. This experience inspired her to continue to serve as a foster parent for 15 years. Though Betty and Wayne made many major achievements together, they divorced in 1962, a few years after their sixth child, a 19-month-old boy, died in a drowning accident. Shortly after the split, Betty moved with her five children to Eagan after living a short time in Minneapolis. When Betty relocated to the suburbs, she found it difficult to get around without a drivers license. At age 40, she decided to learn to drive and obtain her first license. Betty had a passion for animals and the environment since childhood. While living in Eagan, she fostered rescue animals, particularly dogs and horses. Betty was a passionate writer and artist. She was a member of the South Side Writers and a member of a local wood carving group. “She was an incredibly talented woman,” Bassett’s daughter, Judy Hansing said. Betty loved to garden and maintained a large vegetable garden and fruit bushes on her five acre property in Eagan. “My mother loved anything that grew,” Hansing said. Each fall she would can and freeze items from her garden and share the goods

with family and friends. Hansing recalls that Betty would put mint or cinnamon candies in various canned fruits to give them unique flavors. Though she loved her rural property, Betty sold her five-acre land a few years ago to move to a low-maintenance property in town where she lived until her death. “She touched so many lives,” Hansing said. “She will be a role model that is hard to live up to.” Jessica Harper is at jessica. or

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Republicans are asking: What happened? Election Day losses included the Legislature, amendments despite wins in local House districts by T.W. Budig SUN THISWEEK

Republicans expressed a certain mystification over the thumping they took on Election Day. “Nobody saw it coming,” said Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, a 14-year veteran of the House, of Republicans losing the Legislature, a congressman and two amendments. “I was surprised,” said Jeff Johnson, Minnesota Republican National committeeman and Hennepin County commissioner. “Honestly, I don’t know (what happened).” What happened, for sure, was Republicans had a bad night. After languishing for some 40 years under a Democratic majority in the Senate, Senate Republicans two years ago seized control in the Republican-wave election and spoke of a new era. But the era was more of an interlude.

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Republican Senate election “losses” included Ted Daley in District 51 (Burnsville and Eagan) and Chris Gerlach in District 57 (Apple Valley, Rosemount and a portion of Lakeville), who resigned from the Senate earlier this year. The District 57 seat was won by former Rosemount High School Principal Greg Clausen, who is the first DFL senator in the Apple Valley-Rosemount since 1989. He defeated Pat Hall of Apple Valley. That happened on the same night that Republicans Tara Mack and Anna Wills won in House Districts 57A and 57B. In the House, the list

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of the Republican fallen includes Diane Anderson (District 51A), Doug Wardlow (District 51B) and a House seat created by redistricting that was won by DFLer Will Morgan, a past state representative from Burnsville. “I don’t think it was a lack of work ethic,” Johnson said. “Our candidates didn’t leave anything out there. And it wasn’t a lack of enthusiasm.” Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, points to the presidential race as a source of loss of Republican steam. “This time the October surprise was a hurricane,” Kiffmeyer said, blaming

Hurricane Sandy for sapping the momentum of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Kiffmeyer, who carried the photo ID amendment in the House, believes in regard to the failed amendments, photo ID and the marriage amendment, it wasn’t the case of doing one amendment when they should have done the other. “I don’t think it would have made any difference at all,” Kiffmeyer said. Abeler views several things revolving around the amendments that could have added to Republican misfortunes. For one thing, the marriage amendment invigorated college students in a way President Barack Obama was no longer doing. “It was something to rally around,” Abeler said. Beyond this, Abeler wonders whether Republican leaders asked enough

questions from the groups who wanted to see the amendments on the ballot. For instance, did someone inquire into whether photo ID supporters had the financial means to counter attacks on the amendment, such as from former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson, they should have known were coming. As for the marriage amendment, Abeler doesn’t believe Minnesota churches backed the amendment to the same degree that churches in other states did. Abeler argues the House could reverse back in two years. “I presume the DFL will overreach,” Abeler said. Abeler believes voters by next election will be thinking about DFL tax increases, perhaps same-sex marriage legislation and other social issues. “They’re (Democrats) going to have the same

problems with the left that we had with the right,” Abeler said. Johnson believes Republicans can bounce back. He said Republicans first need to analyze what they’re doing, possibly reshape its message and reestablish its finances. And this can be achieved, Johnson said. Kiffmeyer indicated that she has no intentions of abandoning photo ID. “I’ll take the governor at his word,” Kiffmeyer said of Gov. Mark Dayton who has committed to crafting a bipartisan photo ID legislation. Republicans were caught off-guard by the election results. “I think the planets all lined up,” Abeler said. “Everything that could go bad went bad.” T.W. Budig can be reached at or

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jority leader. Senate Democrats also elected Sen. Sandra Pappas of St. Paul as Senate president. The Senate president presides over Senate floor sessions.

Senate Democrats gathered at the St. Paul Hotel to organize their caucus – a committee of nine members will make further organizational efforts, such as committee assignments, and bring their recommendations back to the full caucus after Thanksgiving. “Senator Bakk is too modest,” Sieben said of Bakk’s election, pointing out it was by unanimous vote. “I think our caucus really stands united.” Bakk said the top priority of the caucus was to address the state budget. Legislators are looking at a projected $2 billion state budget deficit and additional budget cutting will be necessary, he said. Bakk indicated Senate Democrats will refrain from using budgeting “gim-

micks” in addressing the budget and will no longer pursue the perceived Republican policy of the “demonization” of local government. Dayton, although saying he and the Democratic-controlled Legislature will not always agree, also spoke of fiscal prudence. “No more gimmicks and no more (school funding) shifts as far as I’m concerned,” Dayton said after addressing the Senate Democratic Caucus. Bakk discarded the idea that the $2.4 billion borrowed from schools would be repaid anytime soon. “This state budget is wrecked,” Bakk said, placing blame on the political ambitions of former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty in part for the ongoing budget

crises. In addition to electing Bakk and Sieben, Senate Democrats also elected Sen. Richard Cohen of St. Paul Senate Finance Committee chairman and Sen. Rod Skoe of Clearbrook as Senate Tax Committee chairman. Thissen spoke of addressing the pressing issues of the state. “To move forward, we must work together with Governor Dayton and legislators on both sides of the aisle so we get past the gridlock and govern effectively,” he said in a statement. “We face big challenges but we can meet them if we work together.”

(For statewide Republican reaction to the election, see related story.) “The strength of this campaign was our thousands of volunteers, and our broad and diverse coalition of partners,” said Minnesotans United campaign manager Richard Carlbom in a statement. “This campaign did something that has never been done before: it brought together people of all faiths, in all communities, and of all political affiliations on the principle that freedom means freedom for everybody.” The Dakota County Votes No effort was based in Eagan where dozens of volunteers ranging from high school students to senior citizens, including those from church groups from many different faiths, made phone calls to likely

voters. Kanitz, one of the many volunteers who helped train others, said during one of the busier of their four daily shifts on Oct. 31, 42 volunteers connected with 300 people, mostly in the metro area. “We had a lot of very dedicated people,” Kanitz said. She said about seven out of 10 people they spoke to indicated they would vote no on the amendment but not all for the same reason. Some, like Kanitz, viewed the proposed amendment as hurtful to those in same-sex relationships. “To think that people would value (those in samesex relationships) any differently becomes a personal thing,” Kanitz said. Others were opposed to the idea of legislating by

constitutional amendment, or viewed it as government intrusion or felt it was redundant since gay marriage is already illegal in Minnesota. Still others opposed the idea of putting such a measure into the constitution since reversing such a law if societal attitudes change is problematic. About a week prior to the election, she said the volunteers’ effort changed from talking about why to vote no to simply encouraging people to vote. Kanitz said she was very thankful for the entire staff, describing it as a top-notch campaign. She said she grew through the experience as it showed her that people can make a difference through grassroots organizing. “Sometimes you have

to stand up and let people know how you feel,” she said. As for the future of the issue of same-sex marriage, Kanitz said it shouldn’t distract the Legislature from the real issues. She said legislators should focus on fixing the state budget, stimulating job growth and addressing other economic issues. “I don’t expect anything on (the same-sex marriage issue) in the near future,” said Kanitz, who has a relative in a same-sex relationship. “But I fully expect that in my lifetime she will be married.”


The Democratic leaders of the 2013 Legislature are in place. This week House and Senate Democrats, meeting in caucus, elected House Minority Leader Paul Thissen of Minneapolis speaker of the House and voted to change Tom Bakk’s title from Senate minority leader to Senate majority leader. The Democrats will replace Republican Senate Majority Leader David Senjem of Rochester and House Speaker Kurt Zellers of Maple Grove whose positions and majorities were swept away by voters in an election Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton deemed an “extraordinary evening.” The Legislature will convene in early January.

VOTE NO, from 1A tic,” she said she was elated to discover the amendment that needed over 50 percent of yes votes of all ballots entered was defeated 1,550,606 (52.36) to 1,399,676 (47.64). “It was an incredible feeling of empowerment that our efforts made a difference,” Kanitz said on Monday. She was a volunteer with Dakota County Votes No, an affiliate of Minnesotans United, which was formed to rally voter support against the Legislature’s proposed constitutional amendment that all of the Republican legislators in Sun Thisweek’s coverage area voted to put on the ballot. Dakota County voters rejected the measure –

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Paul Thissen of Minneapolis was elected speaker of the House by Democrats after a recent meeting following the Nov. 6 election that switched power of the House from Republican to Democrat. Senate Democrats also elected Sen. Katie Sieben of Cottage Grove assistant Senate majority leader and House Democrats elected Rep. Erin Murphy of St. Paul as assistant House ma-

Amendment 1 local results Following are the percentage of yes votes on Amendment 1 – Recognition of marriage solely between one man and one woman – for the six cities in the Sun Thisweek coverage area: City Eagan Apple Valley Burnsville Rosemount Farmington Lakeville

% Yes Votes 39.05 43.30 44.76 46.42 47.36 48.28

Source: Minnesota Secretary of State

125,707 (55.41) to 103,246 (44.59 percent) – on a night when seven of 12 Republicans won legislative seats in the Sun Thisweek coverage area and U.S. Rep. John Kline won his sixth term.

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Brady Kelley, (pictured above, front right) and other Pack 292 Cub Scouts salute during the Veterans Day ceremony at Apple Valley’s Highland Elementary on Monday. Veterans of all eras were invited to attend the event, which saw a flagraising ceremony conducted by members of Pack 292 and Girl Scouts from the Rosemount Valley Service Unit. Photos by Andrew Miller


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A vacancy currently exists on Apple Valley’s Cemetery Advisory Committee for a three-year term ending March 1, 2013. The seven-member committee investigates issues relating to the operation, care, and maintenance of Lebanon Cemetery of Apple Valley, as well as cemetery land needs. The committee votes on recommendations, which are then sent to the City Council for consideration. This committee meets the third Tuesday in January, April, July, and October, beginning at 2 p.m., at the Municipal Center. The City Council will fill this vacancy by appointment. Persons interested in submitting their names for consideration must file an application with the City Clerk by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Application forms can be obtained at the office of the Apple Valley City Clerk, at 7100 147th St. W., on the city website at www., or by calling (952) 953-2506.

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Friends of Robert Trail Library book fair set Dec. 1 The Friends of Robert Trail Library will host a book fair from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Barnes & Noble store at Fischer Marketplace in Apple Valley. A percentage of the sales from supporters will be donated to the Friends. Online support of the book fair will also be available Dec. 1-6. The Friends have raised funds for several projects in support of programs at Robert Trail Library including the Summer Reading Kickoff, One Book, One Rosemount and providing new chairs in the

The Friends of Robert Trail Library nonprofit organization is seeking new members. It is dedicated to supporting literacy and a variety of programs at the Robert Trail Library in Rosemount. The cost is $5 for the first year of membership. Volunteer opportunities vary. Membership brochures are located in the library lobby or may be downloaded at CountyLibraries/Support/ FriendsOfTheLibrary.htm. A copy of the membership form also may be requested by emailing gilby2048@

Library programs planned in Rosemount Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, has planned the following programs. Call (651) 480-1200 for more information. • Baby Story Time, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. Stories, bounces, songs and playtime for children newborn to 24 months. • Story Time with a Fire Fighter, 7 to 7:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26. Meet a Rosemount firefighter who will share stories and facts about fire fighting and talk about fire safety. Ages: 0-6. • Family Story Time, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Stories, music, activities and play time appropriate for all ages.

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bring not just the Rat Pack’s music but also their madcap stage personas to the performance, complete with jokes, skits, and humorous routines. They’ll have a live band backing them, with the Rat Pack tribute trio joined onstage by the Masters of Jazz Show Band. Tickets for the “Salute to the Rat Pack� range from $31 to $51 and are available in person at the Burnsville venue’s box office, 12600 Nicollet Ave., and through Ticketmaster at (800) 982- 2787 or More about the show is on the Performing Arts Center’s website at More about the show’s Rat Pack impersonators is at

Burnsville’s about due for that old black magic. Frank, Dean and Sammy are happy to oblige. Featuring a trio of Rat Pack impersonators, “Salute to the Rat Pack & the Legends of Las Vegas� will bring the music and stage antics of the martini-tipping crooners to the main stage of the Burnsville Performing Arts Center this Sunday, Nov. 18. According to its producers, the show seeks to recreate the spirit of the Rat Pack’s legendary ’60s-era concerts at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, and features a 21-song set list of hits including “The Lady is a Tramp,� “My Way,� “New York, New York� and “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You.� The performers – Michael Matone as Frank Sinatra, Felix De- Andrew Miller can be reached at neau as Dean Martin, and Steve or faceRoman as Sammy Davis Jr. –

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Felix Deneau (Dean Martin), Steve Roman (Sammy Davis Jr.) and Michael Matone (Frank Sinatra) will deliver Rat Pack classics such as “Mack the Knife� “Mr. Bojangles� and “New York, New York� in their Nov. 18 show at Burnsville’s Performing Arts Center.

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MOVIES | DINING | THEATER | ENTERTAINMENT | SHOPPING | FESTIVALS & EVENTS GINGERBREAD HOUSES Families can spend an afternoon making gingerbread houses Friday, Nov. 30, at the Apple Valley Community Center. After assembling cardboard houses, families will decorate them with candy canes, pretzels, marshmallows and other treats. Cost is $35 per family and all supplies are included. The registration deadline is Nov. 20 and space is limited. For more information, call Apple Valley Parks and Recreation at (952) 953-2300. CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW More than 100 vendors will be on

hand for the 23rd annual Christmas & Gift Show from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. Admission and parking are free. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Families can spend the morning with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Rosemount Community Center gym, 13885 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. Children can create holiday crafts and play games, and at the same time, families can have a continental breakfast including cereal, muffins,

doughnuts, fruit, juice, hot cocoa and coffee. Bring cameras to take pictures with Santa. Cost is $5 per person and registration is required. Registration is online at and the deadline is Monday, Nov. 26, or until all spaces are filled. LIGHTING CEREMONY The annual Heart of the City Winter Lighting Ceremony is set for Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in Nicollet Commons Park (Nicollet Avenue and 126th Street) in front of the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. Free parking is available at the

Heart of the City Parking Deck and the Heart of the City Park and Ride Ramp located one block north of Burnsville Parkway on Pillsbury Avenue. Join the countdown with the crowd as the switch is flipped to illuminate over 200,000 mini-lights, over 230 streetlight snowflakes and a 30-foot tree. The ceremony offers entertainment by youth choirs and holiday treats. The Winter Lighting Ceremony is sponsored by the Burnsville Community Foundation through donations from area businesses and residents.

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Sunday, Nov. 18 Free practice ACT test, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sylvan Learning, 170 Cobblestone Lane, Burnsville. Bring a calculator. Reservations: (952) 435-6603. To receive test results, parents must be present at a follow-up appointment. Pancake breakfast by the Knights of Columbus from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mary, Mother of the Church, 3333 Cliff Road E., Burnsville. Proceeds will be distributed to the needy. Tuesday, Nov. 20 Fresh, Local and Global Holiday Flavors, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Valley Natural Foods, 13750 County Road 11, Burnsville. Cost: $30/members, $32/ nonmembers. To register, call (952) 891-1212, ext. 221, or



Saturday, Nov. 17 Holiday bazaar by the Rosemount United Methodist Women, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 14770 Canada Ave., Rosemount, (651) 423-2475. Soup and pie available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bazaar and Bistro, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Lutheran Church, 13401 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, (952) 431-6225. Turkey Bingo by the Farmington Knights of Columbus, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington. Sloppy Joe dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $6 per person or $20 per family.

visit Blood drives The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. • Nov. 16, noon to 5 p.m., Valley Christian Church, 17297 Glacier Way, Rosemount. • Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Alto Chiropractic, 19950 Dodd Blvd., Lakeville. • Nov. 19, 2 to 7 p.m., Allied Chiropractic Center of Eagan, 3410 Federal Drive, Eagan. • Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Caribou Coffee, 14638 Cedar Ave., Apple Valley. • Nov. 23, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., Carmike 15 Theatres, 15630 Cedar Ave., Apple Valley. • Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Martha & Mary Episcopal Church, 4180 Lexington Ave. S., Eagan. • Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan. Ongoing Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19: Prince of Peace, 13801 Fairview Drive, Burnsville; Grace Slavic Church of Eagan, 1985 Diffley Road, Eagan; River Valley Church, 14898 Energy Way, Apple Valley; Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 16200 Dodd Lane, Lakeville. Dropoff hours/information: (612) 359-7025 or

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‘Peace on Earth’ choral concert The South Metro Chorale will perform its holiday concert, “Peace on Earth,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savage. Accompanied by string quartet, piano, and percussion, the program includes sacred and secular music ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary. Visit www. for tickets and more information.

Christmas in the Village The annual Christmas in the Village event is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9 at Dakota City Heritage Village, 4008 220th St. W., at the Dakota County Fairgrounds in

Farmington. Admission will be $3 for ages 4 to 12 and $5 for ages 13 and older. Children under 3 will be admitted free. For information or to volunteer, call (651) 4608050.

Dakota County photo exhibit Photographers looking to display their work can submit their original photos to be considered for a new exhibit. Photographers, age 8 and older, may submit up to two photographs reflecting the theme “Human Faces of Dakota County.” Photographs must be taken in Dakota County. Entrants must live in Dakota County and submissions are due by Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Criteria for photo selection are at www.dako- and can be found by searching “photography exhibit.” For more information, contact Jean Erickson, deputy director of Dakota County’s Public Services and Revenue Division, (651) 438-4286 or jean. e r i c k s o n @ c o. d a ko t a .

Classical musicians Classical musicians Francesca Anderegg, violin, and Yael Manor, piano, will perform together in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley. A freewill offering will benefit the church’s pipe organ. For information, visit or call (952) 432-6351.

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StringWerks concert School District 191 Community Education’s StringWerks Music Program concert will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Mraz Performing Arts Center, Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13, Burnsville. StringWerks Youth Orchestras are comprised of students in grades K-12.

Comedy Rory Scovel will perform Nov. 15-18 at the GrandStay Hotel and Conference Center in Apple Valley. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday with extra shows at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 for Thursday and Sunday performances and $12 for Friday and Saturday performances. Tickets can be purchased at http://www. or by calling (651) 528-8454. Concerts/music Singer-songwriter and guitarist Bill Lauf CD release concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Rosemount Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail. Tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at or by sending a check (payable to RAAC) to P.O. Box 409, Rosemount, MN 55068. Call (952) 255-8545 for information. Hymn Sing at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 10658 210th St. W., Lakeville. Theme will be songs about heaven. Information: (952) 652-4182. Dance Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota will perform its 10th annual “Nutcracker” Dec. 7-9 at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets range from $12 to $26 at the box office, or via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or Pottery/art sale Eagan Art House Pottery & Art Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 3981 Lexington Ave. S., Eagan. Free admission. Information: (651) 675-5521. Theater “The ReGifters” will be presented by Expressions Community Theater at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Tickets are $14.50 and can be purchased online at

www.lakevilleareaartscenter. com or by calling (952) 9854640. Troupe America will present “Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets are $34 and $39 and can be purchased at the box office, or via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or “Ole & Lena’s Family Christmas” will be performed at the Lakeville Area Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $17.50. Reservations can be made by calling (952) 9854640 or ordered online at Eagan Theater Company will present “A Christmas Carol” as a radio play Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at Cedar Valley Center, 2024 Rahn Way, Eagan. Doors open at 6 p.m.; carols begin at 6:30 p.m.; performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance (, $12 at the door. “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” will be presented Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-30, by The Play’s the Thing Productions at Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Tickets are $13 and can be purchased online at or by calling (952) 985-4640. Workshops/classes/other Fabric Printing and Surface Design, adults and teens 13-plus, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 20 through Dec. 4, at the Eagan Art House. Cost: $79. Registration required: www. or (651) 675-5521. Teen artist gatherings at the Eagan Art House from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and from 3:30 to 5:30 Thursday, Dec. 6. Cost: $3. Information: (651) 675-5521. Jewelry Club, 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Eagan Art House. Cost: $15 per class. Registration required: or (651) 675-5521. Mystery Art Night at the Eagan Art House from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 14. Cost is $25 to preregister or $30 at the door.

Supplies and light refreshments provided. Information: or (651) 675-5521. Sample Saturday at the Eagan Art House from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Pastel painting sampler workshop. Supplies provided. Cost: $20. Registration required: www. or (651) 675-5521. Adult painting open studio from 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Fridays of the month at the Eagan Art House, 3981 Lexington Ave. S. Fee is $5 per session. Information: (651) 675-5521. Music Together in the Valley offers classes for parents and their infant, toddler and preschool children in Rosemount, Farmington, Lakeville and Apple Valley. Information: or (651) 439-4219. The Eagan Art House offers classes for ages 4 through adult. For a complete listing go to or call (651) 675-5521. Dan Petrov Art Studio in Burnsville offers oil painting classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skill level painters,, (763) 8432734. Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Brushworks School of Art in Burnsville, www. BrushworksSchoolofArt. com, (651) 214-4732. Drama/theater classes for ages 4 and up at River Ridge Arts Building, Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. Show Biz Kids Theater Class for children with special needs (ASD/DCD programs), In the Company of Kids 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. Broadway Kids Dance and Theater Program for all ages and abilities, In the Company of Kids, 13710 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville (Colonial Shopping Center), (952) 736-3644. 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. Information: (651) 675-5500. Savage Art Studios, 4735 W. 123rd St., Suite 200, Savage, offers classes/

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November 16 , 2012 SUN THISWEEK - Apple Valley - Rosemount

Sports Rosemount topples No. 1-seed Edina Irish in state football semifinals for fourth time since 2006 by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK

The South Suburban Conference will have a team in the Prep Bowl for the second time in three years. That was assured when Rosemount upset No. 1-seeded Edina 14-10 in the Class 6A football quarterfinals Nov. 8 at the Metrodome. The Irish went to the semifinals against Lakeville North, a 23-3 winner over Prior Lake, on Nov. 15. The RosemountLakeville North game took place after this edition went to press; for updates, visit The South Suburban Conference, which opened for business in July 2010, had its first Prep Bowl representative later that year when Rosemount reached the large-school championship game against Wayzata. Rosemount (7-4) did not have the worst record of the Class 6A quarterfinal teams – Minnetonka finished 5-6 after losing to Eden Prairie last Friday

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Trent Woodcock finds some room to run during Rosemount’s 14-10 victory over Edina in the state Class 6A football playoffs. – but the Irish did not re- the state semifinals four ceive a lot of attention in times since 2006 – in every the run-up to last week’s even-numbered year. The games, something players victory over Edina likely and coaches were quick to ranks among the most impoint out. portant in the program’s “Our motto this whole history. year has been to silence “It’s right up there,” doubters,” senior lineback- coach Jeff Erdmann said. er Andrew Dawson said. “We’ve never beaten a No. Rosemount has reached 1 seed in the state playoffs,

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Dimitri Williams reaches to put the ball over the goal line for the go-ahead touchdown in Rosemount’s 14-10 victory over top-seeded, No. 1 ranked Edina in the Class 6A quarterfinal on Nov. 8. Rosemount went on to play Lakeville North in the state semifinal match on Thursday. so we feel really good about this.” The Irish, who did not own a victory over a team

with a winning record un- larly stingy on defense in til they beat Stillwater in the postseason. They althe second round of the lowed only one touchdown playoffs, has been particu- See ROSEMOUNT, 15A

In the end, it’s too much Totino Apple Valley football team’s season ends with 42-14 playoff loss by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK

Apple Valley was without its best twoway player for its biggest football game of the season. But even if Dom McDewStauffer had been available, it might not have changed the outcome. Totino-Grace was just that good, Eagles coach Mike Fritze said. “We had problems with their size up front more than anything else,” said Fritze, whose team lost to Totino-Grace 42-14 in a state Class 5A quarterfinal game Nov. 9 at Griffin Stadium in St. Paul. “If we had Dom in the game at linebacker, it’s a little different situation. I think it would have been a closer game. “But Totino-Grace is a very good team. They have size and they’re balanced in the sense that they have someone who’s pretty good at every position.” Without McDew-Stauffer, the team’s leading rusher and one of its leading tacklers, Apple Valley faced an imposing challenge. Totino-Grace (11-0) was good enough to reach the semifinals in the state

large-school class last year before moving to Class 5A when the Minnesota State High School League tweaked the football playoff format. Totino-Grace took a 14-0 lead in the first half, but Apple Valley responded with a touchdown pass from Tommy Singer to Dennis Austin. Apple Valley went into halftime trailing by seven points but with reason to be optimistic because it would get the second-half kickoff. But early in the third quarter, on an Apple Valley running play that appeared to be enough for a first down, a Totino-Grace defender caused a fumble with a hard hit and created a turnover. “That play coming out of halftime was the key play of the game,” Fritze said. Totino-Grace eventually converted the turnover into six points and scored three more times before Apple Valley’s Sean Tanberg caught a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy “They had the ball so much it was hard Mike Fritze addresses his team after Apple Valley’s 42-14 loss to Totino-Grace in the Class for us to come back,” Fritze said. “The 5A football quarterfinals. The game was the last at Apple Valley for Fritze, who retired as head coach after 18 seasons. See APPLE VALLEY, 15A

Eastview football can’t slow down Wayzata State quarterfinal loss to Lake Conference powerhouse ends team’s season by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK

A football team with speed can change the course of a game in mere seconds, as Eastview saw for itself on Friday night. The underdog Lightning took an early lead against Wayzata in the Class 6A quarterfinals when linebacker Jacob Bechstein batted down a pass, grabbed the ball before it hit the ground and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. The lead lasted only as long as Wayzata’s Jeff Borchardt needed to take the ensuing kickoff and streak 98 yards to the end zone. It turned out the Trojans were just getting started as they scored three touchdowns in the first quarter en route to a 35-21 victory at the Metrodome. “Their speed kind of jumps out at you,” Eastview coach Kelly Sherwin said. “They have kids all over the field who can run.” Eastview finished 7-4, with all of its losses coming against teams that reached the final eight of the Class 6A playoffs – Wayzata (twice), Lakeville North and Prior Lake. The Lightning played Wayzata in the second week of the regular season, losing 24-7. Since then Wayzata lost one of its top running backs and one of its top defensive players to injuries, but it was difficult to notice their absence last week.

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Eastview receiver Garrett Cropsey makes a diving catch against Wayzata in the state Class 6A football quarterfinals.

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Eastview’s Henry McIsaac tries to elude Wayzata tacklers in last week’s state playoff game at the Metrodome. “We knew we were improved over the last time we played them, but they’re better, too,” Sherwin said. “They’re well-coached, and they take advantage of opportunities.” It was 7-7, just 24 seconds into the game as late-arriving fans missed Bechstein’s interception return and Borchardt’s kickoff return. Later in the first quarter, Borchardt (5 yards) and Tanner Bedard (44 yards) scored rushing touchdowns less than three minutes apart, putting Eastview in a 14-point hole. The Lightning didn’t go away, though. Twice it cut Wayzata’s lead to seven points. A 7-yard touch-

down run by sophomore Will Rains made it 28-21 with 8:54 remaining. Borchardt, however, took off on a 69-yard touchdown run, making the Trojans’ lead 35-21 with 8:04 remaining. When Eastview threw an interception on its next possession, the outcome was all but decided. Wayzata (9-1) will play Lake Conference rival Eden Prairie in the Class 6A semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday, with the winner facing Lakeville North or Rosemount in the Prep Bowl at 7 p.m. Nov. 23. All remaining playoff games are at the Metrodome. In both games against Wayzata this season,

Eastview had trouble moving the ball. The Lightning was held to 194 yards in last week’s game. Rains, who rushed for 386 yards in Eastview’s first two playoff games, had 76 hard-earned yards and two touchdowns last week. Quarterback/wide receiver Henry McIsaac, defensive end Ben Oberfeld, nose tackle Marshall Lang, linebacker Chris Granat, tight end Keynon Phillips, linebacker/receiver Ryan Gavrilescu and offensive lineman Michael Backus were among the seniors that led Eastview to its fifth state playoff appearance. “These kids were battlers,” Sherwin said about this year’s team. “Even

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Eastview quarterback Mark Dwyer turns to make a handoff during the Lightning’s 35-21 loss to Wayzata in the state Class 6A football quarterfinals. when things weren’t going well for them, they never gave up, and I think that’s something the kids who are coming back next year will remember.” Rains, who scored 21 touchdowns and rushed for almost 1,600 yards this season, will be a big part of Eastview’s plans in 2013. Other returning starters

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SUN THISWEEK - Apple Valley - Rosemount November 16, 2012

Rosemount swimmers set four school records at section meet Wenman goes to state with potential to medal by Mike Shaughnessy SUN THISWEEK

South Suburban Conference girls swimming champion Rosemount will send athletes to the state Class AA meet in 10 events, including all three relays, after handily winning the Section 3AA team title last week in Richfield. State swimming preliminaries are 6 p.m. Friday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, with swimming and diving finals scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday. A couple of the Irish’s best chances for state medals will be in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races, with ninth-grader Megan Wenman swimming both events. Wenman set school records of 52.17 seconds in the 100 freestyle and 1 minute, 53.31 seconds in the 200 freestyle at the Section 3AA meet at Richfield Junior High School. She was named the section swimmer of the meet. Wenman goes to state as the No. 4 seed in the 100 freestyle and the No. 6 seed in the 200 freestyle. Wenman also was part of two Rosemount relays that broke school records. She teamed with Claire Tolan, Olivia Johnston and

Michelle Simms to swim the 200 medley relay in 1:50.11. Katie Garrity, Grace Herron, Tolan and Wenman swam the 400 freestyle relay in a school-record 3:37.72. Rosemount also will compete in the 200 freestyle relay at state after swimming 1:40.96 in the section finals. Divers Claire Judeh and Sawyer Murray advanced to the state meet, as did these Rosemount swimmers: Tolan (200 freestyle and 100 backstroke), Johnston (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke) and Garrity (200 IM and 500 freestyle). Rosemount will look to improve on its 22nd-place finish in last year’s Class AA team standings.


Anna Kingsbury, Podratz, Evelyn Johnson and Kelsey Deinhammer finished fifth in the 200 medley relay but swam 1:50.27 to beat the state cutoff. Johnson, Podratz, Margaret Webster and Deinhammer were second in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:39.08 to advance to state. Michelle Watkins will be in the state diving competition after finishing third in the Section 2AA meet.

Apple Valley The Eagles’ Delaney McDonald will go to state in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. McDonald, a senior, finished second in the IM at the section finals in 2:07.35. She has the eighth-best seed time among the state qualifiers in that event. McDonald was fourth in the section in the 100 butterfly but her time of 58.65 was more than a second below the state qualifying standard. Apple Valley finished sixth in the section team standings. Lakeville North was first, 70 points ahead of runner-up Prior Lake.

The Lightning finished fifth in the Section 2AA finals last Friday in Prior Lake and had state qualifiers in five events. Kristin Podratz, a senior, advanced in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. Podratz was section champion in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.53. She finished sixth in the section finals in the butterfly, but her time of 59.03 was almost a full sec- Mike Shaughnessy is at mike. ond below the state qualify- or ing standard.

Local athletes sign with colleges Students from Eastview, Apple Valley and Rosemount high schools determined their college athletic futures Wednesday by signing National Letters of Intent on the first day of the fall signing period. Eastview senior Ben Oberfeld, who helped lead the boys basketball team to the 2012 state tournament, signed with Bucknell University. Two Eastview volleyball players, Kara Cousins (Ashland University),

and Annie Ericksen (Bryant University), also signed letters of intent. Taylor Tvedt will play lacrosse for Lehigh University. Apple Valley senior Daniel Woiwor, a five-time state wrestling medalist and a Class AAA individual champion in 2010, has signed with Iowa State. Eagles volleyball player Garet Miliner will compete at South Dakota State. Former AVHS student Hudson Fasching, now

training with the U.S. national Under-18 hockey team in Ann Arbor, Mich., signed with the University of Minnesota. Rosemount senior Kendra Goodrich accepted a hockey scholarship to Providence College, and Molly Flynn will play golf at St. Joseph’s College in Indiana. The winter signing period begins Feb. 6, 2013. That’s the first day high school football players can sign letters of intent.







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Kristin finished her senior year Section Meet by qualifying for the State Meet in 4 events. The 200 Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay, the 100 Butterfly and the 100 Breaststroke (where Kristin was section champion). Eastview broke 2 school records at the meet and Kristin was part of both of those, the 200 Free Relay broke the old record by 1 second and Kristin broke the record in the 100 Breaststroke which is a decade old. Kristin will be swimming at the State Meet this weekend.

As a junior, Nick earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors in the South Suburban Conference. This season, he earned All-Conference in the SSC. At the Section 3AA meet this year, Nick finished the 5K race in 16:39, good for 14th and a trip to the 2012 State Meet. Nick is also on the track and field team and was a member of the 4 x 800 team last year that advanced to the state meet. In the winter, he is a member of the ISD 196 Nordic Ski team. A well-rounded young man, Nick carries a 3.75 GPA.

Awards or Accomplishments: 3 time All SSC 4 time State Qualifier School Record Holder: 200 Free Relay, 100 Breaststroke

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Apple Valley made changes to its non-conference girls hockey schedule that will make it tougher to duplicate last year’s 14-13-1 record. But it was a necessary step for the Eagles who, after returning to respectability last season, are looking to take it further. New to Apple Valley’s schedule this season are Lake Conference powers Minnetonka, Edina and Hopkins, who were a combined 61-20-8 in 2011-12. Two-time defending state Class AA champion Minnetonka came to Apple Valley Sports Arena on Tuesday night and gave the Eagles an idea of how an elite team plays. The Skippers, who were No. 1 in the Let’s Play Hockey preseason Class AA rankings and have 11 Division I college-bound players on their roster, won 5-1. The loss evened Apple Valley’s record at 1-1 (the Eagles defeated Woodbury 5-1 in their season opener Nov. 10), but the benefit gained by playing a team such as Minnetonka could be substantial, Eagles coach Don Erdall said. “We came out a little tentative in the first period and basically watched them play,” Erdall said. “And that’s totally understandable. They’re a tremendous team. They’re ranked No. 1 for a reason. After the first period, I thought we hung with them and were competitive.” The last time Apple Valley was in the state girls hockey tournament was 2003, and Erdall said this year’s team sees an opportunity to end the drought. Last February the Eagles gave heavily favored Eagan a tough time in the Section 3AA championship game before losing 2-1. Senior goalie Hailey Sampson will be a key to the Eagles’ hopes. This is her third season as a starter. “She had 46 saves against Eagan in the section final,” Erdall said. “She’s our rock.

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Apple Valley defender Brenna Smith (18) tries to push Minnetonka’s Holly Korn away from the front of the net during a Minnetonka power play. Hailey’s a game-changer, potentially a game-stealer. At the same time, we know she won’t be here next year and we have to develop our other goalies. But most of the time you’re going to see 30 (Sampson’s number) in the net.” Erdall said the Eagles are much deeper than last season. The coach plans to use as many as 10 forwards and six or seven players on defense. Apple Valley also might have more players that can produce offense. Last season only five players scored 10 points or more. In this year’s season opener against Woodbury, five different players scored. Junior forward Erica Power (20 goals, 15 assists, 35 points last season) and sophomore forward Rachel Goodman (12-16-28) are the leading returning scorers. Senior forward Emily Everson had 16 points last season. Jordyn Haupert, another senior, scored Apple Valley’s goal against Minnetonka. Other seniors on the roster are forward Marie Breckner and defenders Jessica Aho and Brenna Smith. Junior defender Meg Thelen had three points in the Eagles’ first two games. The Eagles’ first line will

have their biggest offensive threats, but Erdall said he’s been impressed with the disciplined play of the second and third lines. “We’re looking for a lot of zeros (defensively) from the second and third lines,” Erdall said. “Especially from our third line, which is all first-year varsity players.” This is Erdall’s third year as Apple Valley head coach, and he said the players’ offseason commitment is increasing. Last summer the Eagles had 11 players participating in various high-performance leagues and camps for their age groups. All of that has helped the Eagles better understand the game’s technical nuances. At one point in the Minnetonka game, Erdall said he had the team use a defensive system they had not worked on in practice, but because the players have been exposed to a number of different styles of play they were able to execute it. The Eagles, who played at East Ridge on Thursday night, open their South Suburban Conference schedule at home against Bloomington Jefferson at 7 p.m. Saturday.



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ROSEMOUNT, from 12A 7-yard pass to Sean Kalinowski and Sam Broback’s against Lakeville South in extra point cut Edina’s the first round and kept lead to 10-7 with 7:30 left Stillwater out of the end in the third. A double pass zone in the second round from Jackson Erdmann to (the Ponies did kick two Kalinowski to Dimitri Williams earlier in the drive field goals). Thursday night, Rose- produced a 28-yard gain. The Irish then attemptmount held Lake Conference champion Edina (9-2) ed an onside kick only to to less than half its scoring have it whistled down because of an offside penalty. average. “Our defense had a great That was just as well for performance,” Erdmann Rosemount as an Edina said. “Edina has great player had recovered the skill-position players and ball and had a clear path a lot of speed. To come in the end zone. More odd things hapand hold them to 10 points, pened after Rosemount that’s crazy.” Rosemount reached the kicked deep and Edina Edina 7-yard line on its took over at its 25. The opening possession, then Hornets moved the ball stalled its own drive with into Rosemount territory, two consecutive 5-yard then completed a pass near penalties. The Irish came the back of the Irish end away without points when zone. After a delay of a a 34-yard field goal at- couple of seconds, an oftempt missed wide left. ficial ruled the receiver out Edina quarterback of bounds, drawing veheMark Handberg scored the ment protests from the game’s first touchdown on Edina bench. The Hornets a 6-yard run with 8:19 left went backward on the next in the second quarter. The play when they committed play that set up the score a dead-ball personal foul. was a 44-yard pass from They eventually missed a Handberg to Erik Veker on 48-yard field goal attempt. Rosemount took over at third and 19, moving the ball to the Rosemount 23- its 20 and promptly went 80 yards for the go-ahead yard line. Edina’s lead went to score. Passes from Jackson 10-0 on Patrick LeCorre’s Erdmann to Kalinowski 37-yard field goal with four (33 yards) and Williams seconds remaining in the (23 yards) put the Irish in position to score, and Wilsecond quarter. Jackson Erdmann’s liams eventually carried it

in from the 1 just before the end of the third quarter. Jackson Erdmann had his best game since becoming the Irish’s starting quarterback in midseason, completing 14 of 18 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown. Edina was on its heels before the Hornets’ defense stripped the ball from Rosemount running back Trent Woodcock and recovered the fumble at its own 29 with 8:24 remaining. However, several Irish players forced Handberg to scramble on third down and stopped him for a 3-yard loss, forcing Edina to punt. Before the Irish could celebrate, they had to sidestep two more Edina threats. On one fourthPhoto by Brian Nelson down play, Handberg Above: Rosemount found Veker open inside the sophomore Dimitri Williams Rosemount 10-yard line, catches a pass before but the receiver dropped Edina’s Coleman Foley can the ball. In the final minute break up the play in the the Hornets drove to the Class 6A state quarterfinal Irish 31 before a fourth- game. Rosemount won 14-0. down pass fell incomplete. “Once we got the lead, Right: Rosemount we started thinking the quarterback Jackson game was ours,” Dawson Erdmann looks downfield said. “Our coaches said to throw during the Irish’s we’d never beaten a No. 1 14-10 victory over Edina in seed in the state before, so the state Class 6A football this is big.” playoffs. The Irish went on to play Lakeville North Mike Shaughnessy is at in the semifinal match on mike.shaughnessy@ecmThursday. or sunthisweek.

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tiring from the Apple Valley football program after more than 30 years, including the last 18 as head coach. He will retire from his teaching position at Apple Valley High School on Nov. 30. Fritze will be an assistant boys basketball coach at AVHS this winter and an assistant track and field coach in the spring. Next fall, he might be on some other football team’s sideline. Fritze said he’s interested in being an assistant coach at a local college next season.

how to win,” Fritze said. “Until you see it on the field, it can be tough to expect to win. We’ve always had good kids, but this year we had some kids who were very talented and some seniors who were excellent leaders. I thought we played well all year long.” Apple Valley reached the state football playoffs for the first time since 1993, when it won the state largeschool championship. Fritze was an assistant coach on that team and took over as head coach a couple of years later. Last week’s game against Totino-Grace was his last with the Eagles. Fritze is re-


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* Decks * Basements *Kitchen/Bath Remod *Roofing & Siding *All Types of Tile

New Construction

3 Interior Rooms/$250 Wallpaper Removal. Drywall Repair. Cabinet Enameling and Staining. 30 yrs exp. Steve 763-545-0506

Locally owned & operated

Call Joe @ 952-693-1536


Int./Ext Painting/Staining & texturing. Free Est. 952-474-6258 Ins/Bond Major Credit Cards Accepted

H20 Damage – Plaster Repair

$300* For The Season



Quality Int./Ext. Work A+ BBB rating 612-501-6449


No job too small. Lic# 20636754

A Family Operated Business

“Superior Painting” Int/Ext. $ Lowest Prices $ 612-516-7633

Specializing in residential & commercial repairs & maintenance. Fully insured. Lic#20639540


32 Years Experience A+ BBB, Kelly O'Brien (612)721-1239 Lic BC596583



Snow Removal



Fall Clean-ups & Gutter Cleaning. 20 Yrs Friendly Service. Call 651-431-8016



Gutters * Soffit/Fascia

TOPSIDE, INC. 612-869-1177 Licensed * Bonded * Insured 32 Yrs Exp. A+ Rating BBB

A Happy Yard 20% off–New Customers


Roofs, Siding, & Gutters


Lawn & Garden

or Call 612-850-9258

Carpentry, Remodeling, Repair & Painting Services. I love to do it all! 612-220-1565

SAVE MONEY - Competent master plumber needs work. Lic#M3869 Jason 952-891-2490

763-420-3036 952-240-5533

Jack's Twin City Painting


General Contractors LLC

l Interior / Exterior Painting l Texturing l Drywall l Deck Staining l Epoxy Resin Garage Floors l Fine Finishing & Enameling

Storm Damage Restoration Roofing ■ siding ■ windows Established 1984

(763) 550-0043 (952) 476-7601 (651) 221-2600 3500 Vicksburg Lane Suite 400-351 P l y m o u t h , M N 5 5 4 4 7 Lic # 6793

Fully Insured Free Estimates


Tree Service


Tree Service


A Fresh Look, Inc. Interior/Exterior Painting by the Pros Bonded & Insured Free Est. • Senior Discounts

Senior Discounts

Lic. #BC626700 Credit Cards Accepted

612-825-7316/952-934-4128 612-812-0773

Building or Remodeling?

Lic. BC609967



Great Service Affordable Prices 2490




BOB’s Commercial and residential pressure washing Decks strip & seal, roof washing, house washing, concrete cleaning and staining. Full exterior washing.

Roofing • Siding • Windows

Water Features & Pavers.

Doors, Cabinets, Mantles, Laminate Countertops, Weatherstripping & Other Projects. Please Visit Us At:

A RENEW PLUMBING •Drain Cleaning •Repairs •Remodeling •Lic# 060881-PM Bond/Ins 952-884-9495





Call Ray 952-484-3337

• Sophisticated Home Additions • Elegant Kitchens 35 Years Exp. • Lower Level Expansions Financing Avail. • Porches • Baths • Etc. Excellent Refs. Design & Build Services Lic BC171024 Insured Unmatched Quality Guarantee




(952) 431- 9970 MN Lic. BC096834

Find a quality builder in Class 2050

Our job is to make you look good!


SUN THISWEEK - Apple Valley - Rosemount November 16, 2012 Window Cleaning


Fireplace & Firewood


Rich's Window Cleaning Quality Service. Affordable rates. 952-435-7871



Mixed Hardwood - 2 yrs dried. 4'x8'x16� for $125; or 2/$235. Delivered & stacked

Call 612-486-2674 Furnishings



New In Plastic!! $150 MUST SELL!! 763-360-3829

Window Cleaning 651-646-4000 3000

Child's 4 pc Bdrm Set $1200 Captain's bed, dresser, nite stand & desk. Good cond. & Sturdy. Wayne 651-343-1313 Couch, loveseat, chair Tan/gold microfiber. Exc cond! $599/BO 952-843-8138

Merchandise Antiques


8 Day Sale! Nov 24-Dec 1 (10 - 4). Antiqs, barn finds, unusual items, art & more! 22275 Penn Ave., Lakeville Exquisite 18th and 19th Century English Mahogany & Walnut antiques. Call for details: 612-462-4680 or 612-462-4777

Vintage Occasional Sales

11 Vintage Shops

within minutes - 7 in

Carver & 4 in Chaska 3 Days Every Month!

November 15, 16, 17

DR Set: 40x60 Drk wd table, 3 - 12� lvs, & 6 uphols. chrs. Like new! $450 612-868-4593

King Sleigh BR Set: Leather hdbrd, nitestands, drssr, $1600. 612-751-0129 Sofa like new, floral tapestry. green, rose, blue $375. 952-882-9247 Sofa, chrs, china cab, rocker desks, bookcs, end tbl, lamp


Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts


Holiday Gift/Craft Sale! Nov. 17-18, 9am-5pm BV: 317 Maple Island Rd 55306 952-898-1881

Machinery & Tools


Machinist/Mechanic Tools and Tool Boxes $6500 OBO 763-588-8227

Misc. For Sale

Gulbransen Theatre Church Organ Vintage Model M-5 Transistor Organ. Great cond. $300/bo Wayne 651-343-1313

Misc. Wanted




Bloomington Cemetery 2 plots priced at $1200 each Call 952-884-0868

Console Piano Lt. Oak, new ivories. Inc. bench. Nice! $300 651-271-2027

Pleasant View Memorial Gardens Burnsville: Gethsemane Garden, Sect 12-D, Lot 1 & 2 (2 spaces, 2 vaults & 1 memorial) $1,400/BO.

605-880-5966 605-886-4884 Estate Sales


Contact Jeanne at

Snowblowers & Equipment


For Sale 28 Craftsman Snow Blower. $350 Please call 716-627-5313


Garage Sales this week Prior lake


Estate Sale! Furniture! Nov. 17th 1 Day only 9-5pm 17400 Deerfield Ave.

Deadline: Mondays at 3pm

3900 Fireplace & Firewood


Musical Instuments


To Place Your Sale Ad

Agriculture/ Animals/Pets Pets


Oak & Birch - $135 4' x 8' - Delivered.

Quantity discounts.



Affordable Firewood


4 x 8 x 16. Free delivery & stack. 612-867-6813


Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

Rentals Townhouse For Rent


3 Bdrm 1 ½ Ba townhome 2 car attch. Gar. W/D,new carpet, Central Air, No Pets $1150 952-469-1158 AV Renovated TH! Conv. loc! Walking trls, school Sr. Ctr, 2BR/ 1.5 BA, Fplc., W/D, lg. Kitch, $1200+utils. 651-437-8627 Duplexes/Dbl Bungalows For Rent

Cute Kittens! Approx. 10 wks old. All black. Free to good home. 651-463-7003 or 612-221-6668 Peeka & Boo, 2 sweet & beautiful, bro & sis, orange tabby cats, together only to a special loving home. All tests/shots/spay/neut. $75 for both. Vet. refs. req'd. Call Jerry 952-888-9524


On Prior Lk: Upper unit $1495/mo. Lower unit $1295/mo. Elec, gas & water incl. Both 2 BR, 1 BA. No pets/smk. Avl now. 612-499-0697

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

Rental Information

All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.� Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women; and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.

Roommates Wanted

Home by north Prior Lake Prvt, Furn LL w/BA 2 car gar. $550/mo+½ util. prefer mature prof. w/healthy lifestyle 612-270-7859


Apple Valley TH Nr MN Zoo. Avl 12/1. 1BR, dw, w/d, Grbg disp., Wood burning FP, patio, AC, tuck under gar, wtr & grbg incl $760/mo, $740 dep+ $35 app fee. Connie or Nancy 651-882-8824


Real Estate Townhomes for Sale

TH/Northfield 3 BR, 2 BA, 1400sf, new remod. $76,000 612-298-7282


Manufactured Homes

Lakeville/Apple ValleyBorder: 2 BR, 1 BA all appliances, C/A, Pets OK. $16,200 Financing 612-581-3833



Employment Business Opps & Info

Advertising Disclaimer Because we are unable to check all ads that are placed in our media, we encourage you to be safe and be careful before giving out any important information such as credit card numbers or social security numbers, when responding to any ad.


Health Care

Good Things To Eat

PCA positions available in Burnsville for a quadriplegic client. Shifts are 10:30am-4:30pm and 5:30pm-11:30pm, 7 days/week. All ADL's included. Experience and commitment to the job necessary. Call Molly with All Home Health at (952)814-7400.


Regency Home HealthCare is seeking part-time day, evening and night PCAs to care for a clients at our Mendota Heights, Assisted Living Home, as well as in private homecare settings in the Burnsville/Apple Valley, Savage, Lakeville and Hastings areas. Responsible for all client cares. Must be compassionate, have great attention to detail, excellent problem solving and communication skills. If interested, please submit online application at or fax resume attn: Christine at 651-488-4656. EOE.

RN Case Manager

International Quality Homecare seeking f/t RN for Case Mngt. Must have strong computer & organizational skills. Also seeking p/t Per Diem LPNs & RNs! To apply: 125 W Main St. New Prague, MN 56071 Fax to HR: 507-252-1985


Sun•Classifieds 952-846-2000


Good Things To Eat

PREMIUM GULF SHRIMP 13/15 count • $10/lb.


11540 Bass Lake Rd. Plymouth, MN 55442 612-384-5485

Nov. 8 - 11 Nov. 15 - 18 Thursdays & Fridays 10am-8pm Saturdays & Sundays 10am-6pm Last Sunday closes at 4pm

The Crossing Shopping Center 1964 Rahn Cliff Court, Eagan, MN Located in the southwest quadrant of Cliff Road and 35E, directly behind the Cliff Road Burger King. Featuring New Artisans plus Returning Favorites! We will be collecting food shelf donations for the Eagan Resource Center. Please bring a non-perishable food or personal hygiene item to donate at the door!

Offering you handcrafted and carefully selected items for your home and gift giving. No strollers please.






Do you want some fun and goofy cats? Then adopt six-clawed Rocky and her new-found friend Sweet Pea! Rocky is a little tomboy who struts around the house, ies up the cat tree, sleeps away the afternoon in the sun, loves to look out the window from the top shelf of the tree, and when petted behind the ears rolls around so contentedly it’s amazing she doesn’t fall off. She loves being around people and will greet you when you come home!

Boutique NOV. 7–25, 2012 Located at Applewood Hills Golf Course 11840 60th St. N Stillwater, MN 55082

Weekdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:30am–8:00pm Saturdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00am–6:00pm Sundays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00am–5:00pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day November 21 & 25: closing at 3pm

For more information call Carrie Staples



When Rocky came to her foster home, timid little Sweet Pea took to her immediately and follows Rocky around like a puppy. Sweet Pea spent four months caged up at the impound, so she is rather shy, but not Rocky. She saddles up to Rocky and rubs her head on Rocky’s cheek, and Rocky licks her in return. How rewarding it is seeing them curled up together sleeping. They run through the house chasing each other and love playing with their toys. They are respectful of each other when playing, letting each other have a chance in the games. While they didn’t grow up together, they certainly have become best friends and deserve a forever home together. Please adopt these wonderful friends! They are both Torti’s and Rocky has medium length hair while Sweet Pea has short hair. They are both around 2-3 years old. Adoption fee $200. Contact Charlie at 651-453-9755 or text 651-329-2202 or charliemeow@gmail. com

Last Hope, Inc. (651) 463-8747 3050

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

Southtown Mall Holiday Arts, Crafts & Gifts Show November 16, 17, 18 Fri 10-9 • Sat 10-6 • Sun 11-4 Penn Ave & Hwy 494, Bloomington Heart Promotions 651-438-3815


Health Care

RN Unit Manager/ MDS Coordinator

$1500 Hiring Incentive Full Benefits Available

St. Lucas Care Center in Faribault is strategically located 30 miles south of the Twin Cities close to I35. We are looking for Unit Managers/MDS Coordinators to supervise resident services and staff. If you are an RN with long term care experience and are looking for a new challenge at a highly respected facility, this is the job for you! Must posses a Minnesota Nurse License (RN). Qualified individuals will have comprehensive knowledge of the MDS plan process, Medicare, assessments, and experience in long term care. The ideal candidates will posse strong attention to detail, prior supervisory experience, and work with minimal supervision. If you meet these qualifications and are an enthusiastic team player and looking for a new opportunity, please send resume to: St. Lucas Care Center 500 First Street SE Faribault, MN 55021 Or email to sferguson@ We are an equal opportunity employer and provider.


Apartments & Condos For Rent

Farmington 1BR Heat paid. Gar. avl. No pets. 612-670-4777


32nd Annual

Houses For Rent

Downstairs: Avl 12/1 1 BR, 1 BA, No smk/pets parties.$525 952-393-7615



2 Years Dried



Weight Set w/Bench Almost new $79 952-431-1192





$6,500/BO. 320-243-3165

Lic'd Daycare Opngs. All ages. Near Riverview Elem. Fgtn. 651-460-6460

AV: LL Duplex 1 lg BR, 1 BA, All appls & utils. inc. Shared: Gar/laundry $800 Avl now. No/smk. 952-432-3269, Aft. 4Pm: 612-207-4867

3 Lots in Dawn Valley Memorial Park $900 ea or negotiate. Call 952-928-8943

For Sale: 4 Lots Glenhaven Good Samaritan Garden

2 FT School year Openings 3-5 yrs old, fncd yrd, 13 yrs exp, 2 licd. providers. N/S, pet free, activities, loving care! Pam 952-469-4631

Suede Couch $900 w/2 chrs & ottomans. 6 yrs old. Great cond. Has stain res. Treatment. Wayne 651343-1313

Buying Old Trains & Toys

Cemetery Lots





Large GE Bottom Freezer Refrigerator, Black. $500 Please call 716-627-5313

Child Care


Best offer. 952-432-0524

Thurs (10-5); Fri-Sat (10-4) Antiqs, Vintage & Seasonal Facebook: The Occasional Shops of Carver & Chaska


Family Care

Apartments & Condos For Rent

Child Care Providers Advertise your openings in Sun•Thisweek Classifieds



Help Wanted/ Full Time

Day Cleaner, Mendota Heights, Full time Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 PM. Cleaning, window washing, and light maintenance tasks in a college facility. $10.25 per hour + annual raises and a benefit package. Apply online at or Immediate Opening! Apply now. Company info at websites. Hardwood Flooring Installer/Sander, Burnsville, Experience preferred but not necessary 952-885-9780 Property Caretaker Team, Lakeville. Right candidates will be friendly, professional and have excellent customer service skills. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office. Responsible for a wide array of duties involved in overseeing the community. Talented caretaking TEAM for Connelly Community. Senior Implementation Consultant, Inver Grove Heights. Responsibilities include consulting with clients about their business and technical needs and analyzing their existing and proposed business management/retail and software systems; Delivering and implementing new and customized Oracle Retail business products according to best practice methodology; Demonstrating expertise in current version of chosen technology-Oracle Forms and Reports, PL/SQL,, MQ, Java and ProC; Developing and executing test and quality assurance plans to ensure client's requirements are met; Preparing reports and presentations to keep client informed of project status; Training client staff to maximize utility of new programs and to ensure they can be supported after implementation is complete. This position requires a bachelor's degree in computer science, business administration/accounting, IT management or a related field and five years of work experience developing and implementing supply-chain business management/retail/warehouse management software systems, including experience developing and implementing Oracle Retail business products. Apply at: 651-203-3300

Help Wanted/ Full Time


Contract Drivers

Dynamex, an industry leader in the same day delivery business, has opportunities available. Your own van, pick up or dock truck needed. Build your own company and be your own boss. To find out more call 651-746-5945


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Now Hiring!

Warehouse/Packaging/ Assembly All shifts. Entry level to skilled positions available. Email resume to: or call (952)924-9000 for more info.

Delivery Drivers/ Independent contractors need reliable covered pick-ups, SUVs or minivans for same day deliveries. Call 1-800-818-7958

OTR Flatbed Driver. $1200 sign on bonus. Home weekends. Late model equipment. Full benefits. Drivers can take their truck home. Allow one small pet. Commercial Transload of MN, Fridley, MN. Contact Pete:

or 763-571-9508


NOW HIRING An inclusive, energetic culture. Incredible opportunity. A communityfocused company. And one of the most powerful brands in the world. You can expect a lot from a career at Target.


Teachers New Horizon Academy is accepting resumes for Teachers for our East Apple Valley location. Candidates must be teacher qualified under MN Rule 3 guidelines. For more information or to schedule an interview call Paige @ 952-423-6690. E.O.E. Entry level position for

HVAC Field Testing Technician. HVAC

experience helpful, not required. Will train onsite. Secondary education helpful, not required. EMAIL resume to: Mechanical Data Corporation: mdc@

Finish Carpenters

Schwieters Companies is hiring entry level to experienced finish carpenters. Please call 612-328-3140 to schedule an interview. Top Benefits & Pay: tools/medical/dental/401k Framing Carpenters and Framing Crews. North and South Metro. Call 612-366-3614. 8AM-6PM or send experience to:



INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES! For almost 40 years, Digi-Key Corporation, D based in Thief River Falls, ba Minnesota, has offered innovative solutions for those seeking quality electronic components. Digi-Key’s IT group has designed, developed, and delivered our website, ranked as the #1 website in the electronics industry for the last 17 years in a row. Our talented IT staff is focused on providing our customers, employees and business partners with the best systems and most effective business experience possible. Currently, we are actively recruiting candidates for positions within our IT group at our Bloomington, MN location, including: tDatabase Administrator tSoftware Engineer tETL Developer


Seeking entry level carpenter. Strong candidate will have some experience framing or other similar carpentry work. Must be comfortable with heights and heavy lifting. Must provide own transportation to south metro area. Call Chris at 612-749-9752


tSoftware EngineerMiddleware Specialist

Come join our IT team for a challenging and rewarding career! To learn more or apply online, visit

218-681-7930 DIGIKEY.COM/CAREERS Digi-Key is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Inside Sales Account Executive Join our professional sales team and be proud of the products you represent. Sun Newspapers has an immediate opening for an inside sales account executive at our Eden Prairie location. • Be part of a winning team • Enjoy selling once again • Thrive in a setting where you can succeed • Take advantage of great benefits • Fun/Professional workplace If you are organized, proficient on a computer, have exceptional phone skills and a desire to learn, you have found your next career. Send your resume to: Pam Miller at


Help Wanted/ Full Time


November 16 , 2012 SUN THISWEEK - Apple Valley - Rosemount


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Social Services

Thomas Allen, Inc.




Help Wanted/ Full Time



Hours: 37 hours/week, Manufacturer Flexible, Benefit Eligible & Class B Responsibilities: Overall CDL Driver management of a home 1st Year serving 4 women with DD, writing and revising pro- $35,000-$41,000 grams, assist in overseeing medical needs, moni- FULL BENEFITS tor meds, hire, train, and For More Info supervise staff. Qualifica- Contact our HR Dept. tions: Must be a DC with 2 Monday-Friday years experience working 8:00 am- 4:00 pm with DD or a Qualified De(800) 672-0709 velopmental Disability Professional with 1 year Send Resume to: experience with persons 2280 N. Hamline Ave. with DD, Exp w/ behavSt. Paul, MN iors & psych meds pref'd, 55113 DL., Clean record, & insurance. Contact: Katya@ Fax: 651-842-3493 Or Email to: Visit us at

The City of Burnsville is currently accepting applications for the position of:

Engineering Technician II (Survey Crew) Hiring Range: $20.86-$24.15/hr Applicants must complete an on-line application to be considered. For complete job description and to apply, please visit our website at: Closing date for applications is 12/04/2012. An AA/EEO Employer

Registered Nurse /Director of Nursing Monday - Thursday & On-Call To oversee the care of 19 elderly residents Eagan, Burnsville, & Bloomington. Send resume to:

Or call Rob 612-670-1380

Due to continued growth, our busy client company, located in Shakopee is seeking reliable employees.

PRODUCTION LINE WORKERS 1st, 2nd & 3rd Shifts Weekend Shifts also Available For immediate consideration, please call the Chaska office to schedule an apt.

(952) 368-4898 1580 White Oak, Ste. 150, Chaska

Regional Director University of Minnesota Extension Regional Office Farmington, Minnesota University of Minnesota Extension is recruiting candidates for the Regional Director Position at Farmington Regional Center.The Regional Director (RD) position is an administrative position, pivotal for positioning Extension for a vital future.This position provides critical functions related to overall management of a Regional Center and off site leadership for multiple County Extension Offices.The regional director is responsible for several key areas of work including: Regional and local Extension operations; Government and external relations; Program support and facilitation; Professional development. This position reports to the Director of Field Operations and works closely with other Regional Directors, Regional Educators and County Extension Colleagues. A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred. To obtain a complete position announcement and apply online visit: /positions.html or call 612-624-3717. APPLICATION DEADLINE November 28, 2012 initial review; positions will remain open until filled.


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Truth Hardware, North America's leader in designing and manufacturing of quality operating hardware for windows, patio doors, and skylights, is looking to fill the following open position: Production Supervisor

Supervising, planning and organizing the department including responsibility for quality, productivity, efficiency, and employee motivation. Maintain quality standards and process conformance, direct quality improvements in the product and process, coordinate turnaround time of the respective product or process. Maintain department within budget, maintain control on part usage and accurate scrap reporting, maintain accurate labor reporting of all hours within their department. Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor's degree, 5 + years knowledge and experience in production and manufacturing processes and techniques Truth Hardware offers a competitive salary and benefit package and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified candidates should apply directly to: Human Resources, Truth Hardware, 700 W. Bridge Street, Owatonna MN or

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Help Wanted/ Part Time


Help Wanted/ Full Time

Temporary Tax Preparer Needed We are a small accounting firm looking for a professional tax preparer to assist us full-time during the busy tax season. Experience with C-Corp, S-Corp, & Partnership returns is required. Must be able to work in a fast paced & technology based environment, strong attention to detail, ability to work independently, & strong computer skills needed. QuickBooks and Ultra Tax experience a plus. Send your resume to scott@


Help Wanted/ Part Time


Godfather's Pizza is accepting applications for the following part-time crew positions: Front and Back of House Crew, Day and Evening Delivery Drivers and Shift Supervisor positions. Part-time positions only, Day and Evening hours available, Must be available to work weekends. We offer competitive pay, flexible hours and a great working environment. Candidates must have excellent customer service skills and a solid work history. Previous experience a plus. Apply in person at: 850 W County Rd 42, Burnsville Only the best candidates will be contacted for interviews EOE Newspaper Delivery, Apple Valley /Eagan /Inver Grove, Weekend & Weekday Routes Available. Make $400-$2000 Monthly. Call 651-968-6039

Reimbursed Senior Volunteer Positions

Campus Cup Manager Lutheran Social Service of

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District. Visit for more details and to apply

Market Research Firm: Seeks detail oriented people to edit mystery shop reports online. Excellent spelling, grammar and phone skills a must! Paid online training; flex PT hours; pay averages $12-14 per hour. Requires min of 4hrs/day M-F & 1 wknd / mo. Those fluent in French encouraged to apply. Email resume & cover letter to:

CASTLE ROCK TOWNSHIP PT Clerk Position Notice Castle Rock Township has an opening for a part time Clerk position. Applicant must be a township resident, self motivated, customer service orientated, with accounting skills. Computer knowledge including Microsoft software applications a plus. Knowledge of township regulations and election procedures is helpful. Part time office hours to be determined with chosen applicant. Resumes can be submitted to Castle Rock Township, 2537 240th Street W, Farmington, MN 55024 or emailed to: Posted November 3, 2012 Published November 8, 2012 & November 15, 2012

Part-Time Teller Position

MN is looking for volunteers (age 55 & older) to serve in our Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion Programs Our volunteers receive a taxfree hourly stipend, as well as mileage reimbursement and other benefits.

Contact Melissa Grimmer at 651-310-9443 or email:

Reliable HCAs for Rsmt & BV group homes. All hours avl. 651-452-5781

Teacher/ Asst. Teacher

Exp'd. Qualified & creative person to work in an established preschool in Rosemount. AM or PM hrs. avl. 651-245-8001


Interested applicants can visit our website at to apply on-line. We conduct background and credit checks prior to any offer of employment. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer



Help Wanted/ Full & Part Time

Pet Care Specialist, Eagan, Four Paws Pet Resort has immediate opening available. Email resume or come in and fill out application. Hurry now this position will fill quickly. 651-882-2211


ROUNDBANK, Farmington, MN Roundbank, making a positive impact on people’s lives, has an immediate opening for an experienced Teller. Hours: 1-6pm three days a week 8:45am-12:15pm 2 Saturdays a month additional hours available during the week as needed • Excellent customer service and communication skills • Strong team environment • Cash handling experience • Previous Teller experience in a banking environment preferred

Help Wanted/ Full & Part Time

Help Wanted/ Part Time

Seasonal Hiring

Make Extra Holiday $$$! Seasonal Positions. Entry Level. Printing Industry. Starting at $9/ hour. Call (952)924-9000 to apply! Reference Job 500.

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Junkers & Repairable Wanted




2009 Focus SE: 4 dr, 4 cyl, Auto., AC, 50K, red/black, clean, Non-smkr, garaged, $10,400. Nice! 952-934-2435



2003 VOLVO XC70 AWD, 79K miles, exc cond, loaded, new brakes maintenance current. $7550. 763-559-1592


Junkers & Repairable Wanted

$$$ $200 - $10,000 $$$ Junkers & Repairables More if Saleable. MN Licensed

612-861-3020 651-645-7715

$225+ for most Vehicles Free Towing 651-769-0857


Motorcycle, Moped, Motor Bike

Motorcycles Wanted! Cash for used & Damaged 651-285-1532


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EXT. 2 The Hilton Garden Inn of Eagan is currently looking for

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ken. It was replaced with an extra stored at the county’s Northern Service Center. Lokken said by 2014, the county is slated to have new election equipment at all polling locations. “Dakota County was among several counties granted some equipment money,� he said. “We are working with the municipalities to put together their contributions and then purchase the equipment in the next year or two,� he said. The county also received complaints about an election judge who some said was too detailed in explaining that not voting on the amendments equalled a “no� vote. Other concerns reported were of children being present and a church that displayed signs stating the Biblical description of marriage, Lokken said. Voter turnout was strong across the county and state. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website, over 76 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the state, and Dakota County boasted a 96.4 percent turnout. Gackstetter and Muller said voting was heaviest in the morning. “Here at City Hall, our first voter was waiting in line at 6:05 a.m.,� Gackstetter said. Polls opened at 7 a.m. “It was an extremely busy day,� Muller said.

of the third suspect. Nash told police he knew the man only as “E� or “C,� and Milligan claimed he knew the man only as “Jim-Jim� and that he’d met Jim-Jim through Nash. As Nash was taken into custody, he allegedly whispered to an officer that he “could help him if the officer would promise Nash his freedom,� the complaint said. The officer told Nash to contact him from jail if he wanted to provide additional in-

formation about the case. Milligan and Nash have each been charged with one count of firstdegree aggravated robbery, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. Both men remained in custody at the Dakota County Jail as of Wednesday morning. Their next court appearances are scheduled for Nov. 27. Andrew Miller can be reached at andrew.miller@ or facebook. com/sunthisweek.

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ris argued for the park’s 1.5 mile entrance road to be paved, and encouraged the county to talk to Empire Township about paving the township road leading to the park as well. Current plans call for a gravel road into the park and a paved parking lot to help manage storm water and ensure the park is accessible. Harris said visitors would not come back or recommend others go if the drive there gets their car dirty. “If you expect people to come here, you gotta give them a paved road,� Harris said. Concerns were raised

in 2013, but asked staff to return with less expensive options. In October, Dakota County commissioners approved spending $4.7 million to begin developing the park in 2013. At the meeting, commissioners recommended funding increases of $75,000 for play equipment, $25,000 for irrigation and $25,000 for planting and natural resources. The board also recommended adding wood and stone to steel picnic shelter beams to translate a less industrial feel. Commissioner Joe Har-

about the park entrance road’s location that will require the county to obtain an easement from the University of Minnesota. Sullivan said there is discussion of the university granting the county a $58,000 easement for the road. Its location will displace the Master Gardener area, but Sullivan said they also need electricity and water that will become available due to the county park’s development. Laura Adelmann is at laura. or


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