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Perry Como would be proud Christmas at the Steeple Center features host of artists for holiday extravaganza by Tad Johnson THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Photo by Laura Adelmann

A fast-moving fire destroyed Kerri Davis’ home, cars and belongings Nov. 4. A Dec. 11 fundraiser has been set to help her recover from her devastating loss.

Breakfast will help fire victim St. Joseph kindergarten teacher Kerri Davis lost her home, belongings, car in fire by Laura Adelmann THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

A Knights of Columbus breakfast is dedicated to helping a local kindergarten teacher recover after losing her home, car and belongings in a fire. All proceeds from the Rosemount Knight of Columbus’s Dec. 11 pancake breakfast, served for a freewill donation, will be given to Kerri and Mark Davis, Farmington residents who escaped their burning home Nov. 4, then watched in horror as all they owned was consumed by fire. “I lost my home, my cars, my clothing, but I’m alive,” Kerri Davis said of the ordeal, which has altered her life. A kindergarten teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Rosemount, Kerri Davis, wearing just a robe, escaped the rapidly moving fire that burned hot enough to incinerate golf clubs. With the help of family and neighbors, the family has received a few items of clothing. They have found temporary housing, but are grappling with the enormity of the loss, compounded by its timing so close to the holidays. “It’s a devastating time, and the support of friends and family is huge,” Kerri Da-

vis said. She has recovered only a handful of family photos, and is especially mourning the loss of some family keepsakes. Kerri said they intends to rebuild the home, a process that they are working out with their insurance company. The public is invited to the breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at St. Joseph Catholic School, 13900 Biscayne Avenue West, Rosemount. The meal includes pancakes, ham, sausage links, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice and water. Restaurant and store gift cards and cash donations are being accepted at the St. Joseph Church Parish office, attention Paula Krekelberg.

Farmington Knights The Farmington Knights of Columbus Council 2400 also will host a pancake breakfast Sunday, Dec. 4, to assist the Davis family. The breakfast will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Church of St. Michael, 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington. Pancakes, sausage links, and scrambled eggs will be served along with coffee, juice and water. Good-will offerings will be accepted. Laura Adelmann is at laura. adelmann@ecm-inc.com.

Snow White in skates Apple Valley native Katie Lingen tours with Disney On Ice by Andrew Miller THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Some girls dream of becoming a princess. Katie Lingen actually became one. It helped that she could land a triple axel. For the past decade the Apple Valley native and 2001 Eastview High School graduate has been a cast member with Disney On Ice, the touring production that features figure skaters dressed as popular Disney characters. She’s currently cast as the fairy tale princess Snow White in the company’s “Treasure Trove” show, which plays the Xcel Energy Center Dec. 8-11. The role comes with some unique fringe benefits. Young girls in the audience, thinking they’re in the presence of the real Snow White, General 952-894-1111 Distribution 952-846-2070 Display Advertising 952-846-2011 Classified Advertising 952-846-2000

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While the phrase “holiday extravaganza” often is tossed around this time of year, Christmas at the Steeple Center is one that truly will be an extravaganza. Nine performance acts, a Christmas tree lighting and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Rosemount Area Arts Council’s event Saturday, Dec. 3, which will be staged at both 2 and 7 p.m. at the Steeple Center. “Everyone we have invited, they are excited, so that really helps in the planning,” council member John Loch said. The show will feature debut performances for the Rosemount Community Band and acting troupe the Rosemount Players. The 75-member band, which formed this fall, will let holiday favorites ring, while five actors will stage a play written by a Rosemount resident. In addition to that, the event will showcase what RAAC members have known for quite some time – there is a tremendous amount of local talent itching to perform. All they needed was a venue. Enter stage left, the cityowned and operated Steeple Center. “The more we talked about it, the more we said we gotta do this,” Loch said. Planning for the event started about a year ago after Jim Kotz brought the idea to an arts council meeting. The concept was to organize a seamless performance, like that of a Perry Como or Andy Williams Christmas TV variety show. Three stages will rotate in the spotlight. Loch said there will be a surprise fourth staging area to be revealed on show night. “We think this is a unique opportunity to give a delightful show,” Loch said. Other performers each have their own story to tell at the event. Rosemount Middle School band teacher John Zschunke has organized what is expected to be a very professional musical treat from the Rosemount Community Band (see story next week). “We heard part of it and it sounded very, very good,”

IN BRIEF Tickets for Christmas at the Steeple Center on Saturday, Dec. 3 are $12 (matinee at 2 p.m.) and $15 (evening at 7 p.m.). Tickets can be purchased at www. rosemountaac.org or by calling (651) 600-8693.

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Singleton Street, which includes Rosemount resident and Rosemount Area Arts Council member Craig Evans (left), will perform at Christmas at the Steeple Center on Dec. 3.

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The Dance Connection in Rosemount, which gave a performance at the Central Park Amphitheater on July 26 as part of Leprechaun Days events, will be part of Christmas at the Steeple Center. match as the Steeple Center Loch said. “That could be a is the former home of the performance all of its own, IN BRIEF parish. but that wasn’t the idea of Christmas at the Special Delivery, a Lakevit.” Steeple Center will feaille-based choir for special Keith Reed, arts council ture the Rosemount needs adults, and Rosepresident and owner of Mr. Community Band, Termount’s Dance Connection Mystery Productions acting zetto String Trio, The found their link to the event troupe, will launch his efDance Connection, Speafter both performed durfort to form the Rosemount cial Delivery Singers, ing Rosemount Leprechaun Players. Singleton Street blueDays. Many of the arts “One of the things I nograss band, Joe Frepcouncil’s members are inticed when I moved here 10 pert on acoustic guitar, volved in Leprechaun Days. years ago was that RoseThe Rosemount PlayThe city of Rosemount mount was lacking a comers presenting “Gift of will be lending its hand to munity theater,” Reed said. the Magi,” Mayor Bill the event, too. While his Mr. Mystery Droste reading “The Rosemount Mayor Bill work has consumed most of Night Before ChristDroste will give a reading of Reed’s time, he’s concentratmas,” the Rev. Paul “The Night Before Christing more on launching the Jarvis reading “The mas,” and the city is reviving Rosemount Players. Christmas Story,” and an old Rosemount tradition He said the effort of a special appearance by of having a Christmas tree starting a community theSanta and Mrs. Claus. lit downtown. The tree cerater is tremendous, but it’s emony will proceed the eveimportant to not only give ning show. people a way to act, but also “It’s been a lot of work be involved in all aspects of attempts to buy secret gifts putting this together,” Reed for Christmas. a production. “We are looking forward said. “Already the reservaHe has rewritten an O. Henry short story, “Gift of to presenting this,” Reed tions are coming together. We are glad we added matithe Magi,” into a short play said. Loch says St. Joseph nee.” with additional characters Catholic Church’s the Rev. and action. The play tells the story of Paul Jarvis reading “The Tad Johnson is at editor. how a poor, young couple Christmas Story” is a great thisweek@ecm-inc.com.

Soccer showdown Katie Lingen are quick to shower Lingen with their unabashed adoration. “When I come out on the ice and they start yelling ‘Snow White! Snow White!’ it’s the most amazing feeling in the world,” she said. Lingen, who first laced up a pair of skates at age 4, honed her skills and found success as a competitive skater as a member of the Burnsville Minnesota Valley Figure Skating Club, and later at SportQuest Skating Academy in Minneapolis. In 2001, with encouragement from her SportQuest coach Page Lip, she tried out for Disney On Ice in an open audition at the Target Center in Minneapolis. She See Snow White, 7A

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Dakota United’s Quintin Nicolay, a Rosemount High School student, keeps his eyes on the ball Nov. 19 at the 2011 Adapted Soccer Tournament-CI at Stillwater High School. The Dakota United CI (cognitively impaired) team defeated Burnsville/ Farmington/Lakeville and South Suburban to capture the consolation-bracket trophy. In the PI (physically impaired) division, Dakota United defeated Park Center to take the thirdplace trophy. For more photos, go online to www. ThisweekLive.com.


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November 25, 2011 THISWEEK

Local philanthropist, car dealer dies Family, friends say Jeff Belzer had a strong work ethic, devotion to community stewardship by Aaron Vehling THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

He may have stayed out of the spotlight, but Jeffrey Alan Belzer’s impact on Lakeville is eminently measurable. Belzer, 70, owner of the Belzer Chevrolet, Dodge, Kia dealership in Lakeville, died Sunday, Nov. 20. “He was a huge presence in anyone’s life he touched, despite being very private,� said longtime friend Bob Erickson, a school board member and former city administrator in Lakeville. The Belzer family’s philanthropy has extended to many areas in the community, including the Lakeville Area Arts Center, the Lakeville Police Department and active involvement in the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce. Erickson said Belzer was the first to step forward with a donation when the police department sought to purchase a snowmobile. On the arts front, Erickson said Belzer was a major donor for each of the 10 years of the LAAC’s existence. The business community also honored him. “Belzer was a longtime member of the Lakeville Chamber, an active Lakeville community supporter and a successful business owner, serving the Lakeville area for over three decades,� wrote Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Todd Bornhauser in an email to members. “Our prayers go out to Gloria, his brother and sister, children

and grandchildren during this very difficult time.�

Road to car sales Belzer started his professional life as an attorney, according to an obituary the family submitted to HodroffEpstein Memorial Chapels. After attending Washburn High School in Minneapolis in 1959, he headed off to college. In 1968 he graduated with a juris doctorate from the Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. He returned to the Twin Cities, becoming a senior partner at Belzer & Loewenthal Law Firm on France Avenue in Edina. Belzer represented several car dealers as part of his corporate law practice. The business intrigued him enough that in 1980 he was inspired to purchase the Todd Chevrolet dealership in Lakeville. At first, he thought he would oversee the dealership as he worked at the law firm. But he saw that this arrangement would need to be amended. Belzer sold his law firm and its building near I-494 and Highway 100 and moved to Lakeville to run the dealership. At the time, people had thought he had “gone over the edge,� according to his obituary, “but he felt people should have the fortitude to try a new career.� Belzer’s passion for the business only grew, and he bought the Haugen Dodge dealership in Farmington.

Erickson re m e m b e r s being impressed with a deal Belzer struck to combine those two Jeff Belzer competing brands into one dealership. Chevrolet is a General Motors brand and Dodge is a brand of GM rival Chrysler. “His GM-Chrysler dealership in Lakeville was the first of its kind in the United States,� Erickson said. “I was so impressed and pretty excited for the community to have a shared dealership like that under one roof.� The dealership’s most recent addition was the sale of Kia cars. Erickson said Belzer predicted the Koreanmade vehicles would prove a formidable competitor to Toyota. One contributing trait to the success of his business was his work ethic. He worked six days a week, and if anyone wanted to have lunch while Belzer was at the dealership he was not willing to leave the office. “He brown-bagged his lunch,� Erickson said. Belzer would offer those looking to dine with him to stop by the dealership and join him for these lunches. The hard work paid off over the years. In 1991 the dealership took third out of the top 202 Chevrolet dealers in the country, and two years in a row he accepted the award for the No. 1 truck

Rosemount Briefs Parks and recreation programs Register for the following Rosemount Parks and Recreation programs online at www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/ parks or at 13885 S. Robert Trail.

• Letter from Santa – Forms to receive a Letter from Santa can be found in the fall brochure or at 13885 S. Robert Trail. Completed “Santa Letterâ€? forms and a check for $4 per letter (made payable to the City of Rosemount) must be submitted by Wednesday, Dec. 7.

            



• Breakfast with Santa, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Rosemount Community Center. Cost: $5. • Mummies, Mysteries and More, grades K-5, 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 2, at the Rosemount Community Center. Cost: $24. • Science Detectives,

dealer in the five-state area. Belzer also served on the General Motors President’s Board. When he was not working, Belzer enjoyed playing golf, traveling, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends. “His children were his jewels,� according to the obituary, “and he was always there to teach the value of hard work and offer support and guidance.� Erickson and Belzer spent time together trading stock tips and books. “He was an avid reader,� Erickson said. “He certainly read just nonstop.� Erickson will miss his friend. “He and I shared many great moments together,� Erickson said. Belzer’s family will stay involved with the dealership, carrying on their patriarch’s legacy. Belzer is survived by his wife, Gloria; brother, Dr. Michael Belzer (Ellyn Wolfenson); sister Judi Belzer (Jerry Waldman) and families; his children, Steven (Kim), Mike, Kim, Jeff Jr. (Jamie) and Anna; and grandchildren, Brady and Blake. “Jeff, Dad, Pops, Papa will be deeply missed by his family and friends,� the family wrote in his obituary.

Merchants Bank added its 18th location and its fourth in Dakota County on Friday when it completed its transaction with Central Bank, taking ownership of Central’s location in Rosemount. “Adding Rosemount makes a great deal of sense for us,� said Richard Mahoney, president and CEO of Merchants Financial Group, the holding company that owns Merchants Bank. “It provides greater coverage in the southern metro, giving our customers greater convenience. It is a great location with long-standing customers, and it is in a community that values community banking.� The Rosemount location, at the corner of County Road 42 and Chippendale Avenue, joins Merchants offices in Apple Valley, Lakeville, Hampton and Hastings. Central had owned the Rosemount bank since April, when the former Rosemount National Bank was closed by the FDIC and then re-opened as Central Bank. Rosemount National had been serving the community since 1982. “We are thrilled for our customers,� said Michelle

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Selig, who remains as branch manager for Merchants. “It is clear that Merchants is committed to delivering services to customers in this area for years to come, and Merchants has shown that it believes in being a part of the communities it serves.� Merchants acquires just under $19 million in deposits, plus the location in Rosemount. The sale price has not been disclosed. Merchants Bank has more than $1.2 billion in assets. Its other locations are in Winona, St. Charles, Goodview, Rochester, Caledonia, La Crescent, Onalaska, Spring Grove, Cannon Falls, Red Wing and Cottage Grove. The “flagship� Merchants Bank in Winona was founded in 1875. All banks are Equal Housing Lenders and FDIC members. The company also owns Merchants Capital Resources, a leasing company based in Edina. The ownership of Merchants Financial Group is made up of its employees and approximately 450 shareholders, mostly individuals and families from southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin.

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Aaron Vehling is at aarThe Depression Support on.vehling@ecm-inc.com and www.facebook.com/ Coalition, consisting of 12 area churches, will host thisweeklive. speaker Lynne Silva-Breen, who will present “Expectations, the Holidays and Depressionâ€? at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Mary, Mother of the Church, grades K-5, 1 to 3:30 p.m. 3333 Cliff Road, BurnsFriday, Dec. 2, at the Rose- ville. Information: Julie mount Community Center. Opheim, (952) 432-6351. Cost: $24. • American Red Cross Babysitting Clinic, ages 11 and up, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Rosemount Community in Apple Valley will serve free community meals on Center. Cost: $65.

 

   

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Mondays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Dining hall doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The meals are for senior citizens, single-parent families, families in transition and all others in the surrounding community seeking a healthy meal in a relaxed atmosphere. Although the meals are free, donations are accepted. Grace Lutheran Church is located at the intersection of Pennock Avenue and County Road 42. For more information, call (952) 4327273.



        

   

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Hotel closed, will be torn down by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

An aging Burnsville hotel that opened as a Howard Johnson’s in 1973 and was later refashioned as a whimsical romantic getaway has closed and will be demolished. The Burnsville Inn and Suites, located east of Interstate 35W at 250 N. River Ridge Circle, closed Monday, said Jim Prince of LHR Hospitality, which managed the hotel after it was bought six months ago. The 90-room hotel, located south of a new Walmart store expected to open next year, will be demolished by January or February, Prince said. “Currently there are tentative plans to build another hotel on site, with the possibility of a restaurant and maybe even a second hotel at this point,� Prince said. “All of that is currently in negotiations.� The six-acre property is owned Akota LLC of Dickinson, N.D. Akota purchased it from Royale Hospitality Group Inc. Royale introduced themed “Fantasuites� when it bought the hotel, then under the Ramada flag, in 1988. Themes over the years have included “Jungle,� “The Grecian,� “Caesar’s Court� and “Arabian

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This aging Burnsville hotel, a former Howard Johnson’s later known for its fantasy suites, has closed and is to be torn down, says an official of the hotel’s last management company. Nights.� About a third of the suites remained fantasy suites until the hotel closed, Prince said. It was previously called the Select Inn and FantaSuite Hotel. A plan calling for two multistory office buildings on the highly visible freeway corridor property gained City Council approval in November 2008. Royale said at the time that the redevelopment by APPRO Development

could take a while, given the deteriorating economy. Any new plans will require council approval of a planned unit development amendment, Burnsville Community Development Director Jenni Faulkner said. The city hasn’t received an application, she said.

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November 25, 2011 THISWEEK

Opinion Thisweek Columnist Property tax uprising brewing in suburban cities by Don Heinzman THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

That rumble you hear may be a property tax uprising that could be starting in the suburban communities. The trigger well may be the property tax increases homestead and commercial property owners will receive this month. The headline, according to some county administrators, is the property tax is up because the Minnesota Legislature, rather than increase a state-level tax, chose to eliminate the homestead tax credit. This credit was meant to level the playing field of taxpayers and give some relief to property taxpayers in the “have-not� communities. This is part of the pain taxpay-

ers must feel as the state faces a deficit of $5 billion, Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, chair of the House Tax Committee, said. District 53A Rep. Linda Runbeck, R-Circle Pines, said don’t blame the Legislature. Blame those local-level officials who won’t cut jobs and reduce expenses to make up for the lost state aid. So far the property taxpayers have been silent. They don’t realize that Minnesota governments get 40 percent of their revenue from the property tax, compared to 33 percent from the income tax and 27 percent from the sales tax. Most counties, anticipating the loss of the credit, did cut expenses, but the loss of the tax credit, of course, affects not only counties,

but cities and school districts. In Dakota County, based on all 2011 property tax levies, a home with value of $164,200 would be taxed $51 more due to the loss of the tax credit; a home valued at $246,000 would be taxed an additional $86, according to a state study. Dakota County government has the fewest number of staff members per resident of the seven metro counties and hasn’t increased its tax levy for three years. In Anoka County, assuming all taxing jurisdictions did not increase the tax levy, a home valued at $177,000 would be taxed an extra $77, due to the loss of the tax credit. That could vary from one city to another. Anoka County cut expenses by $8.15 million, which is roughly

what the county lost in homestead credit aid. This is the first time the levy has been reduced. Feeling the heat, Davids this week rolled out a plan he will pursue as House Tax Committee chair that he says will provide $80 million in property tax relief. His plan would give an 18 percent cut in statewide property tax for commercial and industrial properties. It would freeze the business property tax levy; provide property tax relief to homeowners whose local property tax went up by 12 percent or more and would increase the maximum reduction for eligible homeowners by 20 percent. Republicans who control both houses of the Legislature know a key campaign issue next year will be the policy question of forcing

property owners to pay more in property taxes while not increasing taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans. Already, DFL legislators are proposing legislation that would restore the homestead credit and increase the income tax on wealthier Minnesotans, as Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed. With both sides prepared to do battle over property taxation, the control of the Minnesota House and Senate will be at stake next November. Don Heinzman is chairman of the ECM Publishers Inc. Editorial Board. Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota County Tribune are part of ECM. He is at don.heinzman@ ecm-inc.com. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Will a union make a better day care? To the editor: Gov. Mark Dayton on Nov. 15 ordered a vote of thousands of family home day care providers on whether they want to form a union. Family child care providers are self-employed business owners. As independent contractors, they develop the terms and conditions for the enrollment of children in their child care home and are able to individually set their fees, tuition and operating hours. The local economy dictates the appropriate fee structure for a provider business. Grants such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program are used by providers to augment their revenue stream. Continuing educational opportunities, yearly training and support for the providers are offered by scores of day care/early childhood industry organizations, colleges and technical schools. Many of these opportunities are offered free of charge. Tax dollars provide for county health and human service and licensing workers to provide additional support and information to providers. For now, the proposed union vote will be limited to providers that accept state subsidies for child care. These subsidies are paid for by tax dollars and

available to families who meet economic criteria. The subsidy rates are set based on local economic market surveys. Family child care providers are not employees of the state of Minnesota in an employment relationship that permits negotiating over wages, and hours of operation. There is no precedent for an executive order of this type. Opponents of the union vote vow to file a suit claiming that the governor does not have the authority to authorize a union vote of independent contractors. Ballots will be sent Dec 7. This is a great time to talk to family home day care providers: “Will a union make this a better day care?â€? • Will your child care business be required to join the union? • Are you able to access the free training and support you need from industry associations, colleges and county licensing staff ? • Will the costs of child care go up in order to accommodate the potential payment of union dues? • Who does the unionization of providers benefit? My child? The provider? The union?

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To the editor: Joe Repya, a former Republican party leader, was featured on the front page of Thisweek recently. He left the party, he said, because it was run by ideologues, bankers and lobbyists. In support of Repya’s statement, here are several claims made by John Kline, our 2nd District representative, which have not been supported by facts. Kline states that government-run health care is more expensive and less efficient than private health care. Apparently Kline hasn’t read reports by the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office that universal coverage would save more than it costs (full text available at www.gao. gov). Second, Kline states that private college education is more efficient and effective than public education. An article in Washington Monthly, Feb. 7, 2011, states that online systems like the University of Phoenix and Capella University have much higher default rates than public universities. They fail to deliver expected jobs and RUTHE BATULIS Dakota County Regional are funded 90 percent with Chamber of Commerce, public money. Kline, who is the Republican EducaEagan tion Committee chair in

 

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unanimous. The board’s job is to represent the public, not the unions, not the administration. Pay attention!

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District 196 teacher contract votes To the editor: Some of us voted in the School District 196 Board election, most did not. In either case, now the real work begins. Let’s watch the actions of the “new� board. Will the member that is a teacher in a neighboring school district continue to vote on teacher’s contracts instead of abstaining due to the obvious conflict of interest? I leave it to each of you to do your homework to find out who this member is and decide if this is appropriate behavior. While you’re investigating, watch for any instance where the board vote is not

KEVIN SCHLEPPENBACH Apple Valley

Congress has not kept its promise to fund the cost of the special education it has mandated, and that has strained budgets. When we need skilled workers, and companies are not able to fill all their openings, we are pricing post-secondary education out of reach for many high school graduates. Still, the expectation that this under-funding could maintain our educational quality fits right in with the definition of insanity, in my book. When we can again value the preparation for life, that we give our children and grandchildren, then schools will begin to reflect that priority. Rather than a burden, we will see the cost of public schools as integral to the love we have for our children. Economists and researchers keep telling us it’s the investment we can make that has the highest rate of return. For too long we haven’t been investing wisely, and we are paying the price in lost opportunity.

To the editor: As a schoolteacher, I am dismayed to see the “borrowing from next year� forced by the Republican leaders of the Minnesota Senate and House. Games of protecting the millionaires and billionaires are not supported by the majority of citizens in our state. Nationwide polling shows support for equal tax rates for the wealthy held by over 60 percent of voters. Minnesota’s place among fellow states in quality of education is really equal to our quality of life. And under budgets that have not kept pace with even the slow pace of inflation, our children’s classes have grown to ex- LARRY KOENCK Eagan ceed 40 students.

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THISWEEK November 25, 2011

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In Loving Memory Darah Lyn Robertson 8-12-89 to 6-7-08

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. -Victor Hugo

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Burnsville City to hold budget open house Dec. 1 The city of Burnsville will host its second annual Budget Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Burnsville City Hall, 100 Civic Center Parkway. Note: The 6:30 p.m. start time listed in the Burnsville Bulletin is incorrect. The open house will bring together city department leaders to answer questions in an informal format. No presentations are planned; residents are encouraged to drop by any time that is convenient. In addition to the open house, the city has developed an informational portal at www.burnsville.org/ budget (click 2012 Budget Planning Information), complete with an email feedback form for residents unable to attend on Dec. 1. The 2012 City Budget and Tax Levy is scheduled to be approved by the Burnsville City Council at its 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, meeting.

Eagan Savvy Traveler to speak at library Radio and television show host Rudy Maxa, aka The Savvy Traveler, will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan. Maxa will share stories of his travels and discuss how he has saved time and money while traveling over the course of his 20-year career. The program is free and all ages are welcome. Information: www.dakotacounty.us/ library or (651) 554-6811.

In Memory

Ashwell Ellendson Alexander Ellendson and Taylor Ashwell wed on July 23, 2011, at their family church in Minneapolis. Alex graduated in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelors Degree in Packaging Engineering. Taylor graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a minor in Art, from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 2007. The couple graduated from Burnsville High School and currently reside in South Minneapolis with their daughter and Labrador. Alex works as a Packaging Designer Engineer and Taylor is a stay at home mom.

To submit an announcement Forms for birth, engagement, wedding, anniversary and obituaries announcements are available at our office and online at www.thisweeklive.com (click on “Announcements� and then “Send Announcement�). Completed forms may be e-mailed to class.thisweek@ecm-inc. com or mailed to Thisweek Newspapers, 12190 County Road 11, Burnsville, MN 55337. If you are submitting a photograph along with your announcement, please only submit photographs for which you have the right to permit Thisweek Newspapers to use and publish. Deadline for announcements is 4 p.m. Tuesday. A fee of $50 will be charged for the first 5 inches and $10 per inch thereafter. They will run in all editions of Thisweek Newspapers. Photos may be picked up at the office within 60 days or returned by mail if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided.

Margaret "Peggy" Estill (Stauffer) Of Millersburg, Ohio, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter and family in Burnsville, MN, after a short, intense, journey with cancer. Born January 31, 1930 in Toledo, Ohio to Dr. Neven Stauffer and Dorothy Beachler Stauffer, Peggy, was raised in Killbuck and Millersburg, Ohio. She graduated from Millersburg High School and Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in botany. On September 15, 1952 she married James H. Estill who preceded her in death in 1990. Peggy taught a variety of grade levels in the Millersburg schools. She was also a dedicated volunteer as a Girl Scout leader, a coordinator of Holmes County Red Cross Bloodmobiles and a supporter of the Holmes County Library. Peggy also volunteered and supported the Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Women's Committee for many years. She was a member of the Millersburg First Presbyterian Church where she has served as an elder, a deacon, a Sunday school teacher, and she participated in the Women's Group. One of the first ordained women elders, Peggy served on a variety of committees for the Muskingum Valley Presbytery including The Committee on Ministry. Peggy enjoyed bowling and golf and she played in a monthly bridge club with her good friends for over fifty years. She was a member of the former Sorosis club and her local AAUW chapter. Peggy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan Estill and Scott Culler; grandchildren, Chloe Estill Culler and Katrina Estill Culler; sister, Miriam Stauffer Powell; three nieces and one nephew. Preceding her in death were brother, Richard Stauffer; husband, Jim; grandson, Charles Estill Culler; and nephew, Bill Powell. A memorial service will be held Saturday March 31, 2012 at 3:00pm at the Millersburg First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the donor's choice: Fairview Hospice Fund; Holmes Co. Education Foundation; Millersburg First Presbyterian Church; or Holmes County Red Cross.

   

 

 

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Sports Standings Football All Conference Lakeville North: Trey Heid, Charlie Hayes, Joel Oxton, AJ Miller, Mitch Johnson, Alex Wood, Karl Finkel. Lakeville South: Mitch Leidner, Matt Heller, Dillon Lampert, Tom Ryan, Nevin Andreas. Eagan: Drew Bauer, Alex Mangan, Mitch Johnson, Connor Randall, Grant Matthews Rosemount: Andrew Gustafson, Henrik Byrlev, Matt Larson, Bryce Wilberding. Eastview: Zach Jonson, Aaron Wesser, Ryan Reger. Burnsville: Dan Motl, Chase Roullier, Michael Callanan. Apple Valley: Zach Martens, Mitch Hechsel, Harry Sonie Honorable Mention Lakeville North: Zach Ziemer, Austin Streit, Zach Creighton, Grant Erickson, Luke Goeman. Lakeville South: Devon Bzoskie, Eric Heintze, Nick Sanborn, Tom Petersen, Matt Leidner Eagan: Michael Busch, Mitch Knutson, Joe Machacek, Cody Grovenstein Rosemount: Logan Lindberg, Nate LeMoine, Jacob O’Malley, Boden Silberg. Burnsville: Zach Gigstad, Dane Olson, Lucas Grossoehme, Brain Vaderwoude Apple Valley: Dom McDew-Stauffer, Matt Gilberston, Blake Broberg, James Horton. Eastview: Greg Howard, Mitch Rechtzigal, Patrick Strey, Andrew Johnson.

Volleyball All conference Apple Valley: Maren Loe, Natalee Johnson Burnsville: Alli Butler Eagan: Cassie Weinberg, Taylr McNeil, Nicole Johnson Eastview: Alyssa Besch, Miquel Green Lakeville North: Nicole Latzig, Alyssa Goehner, Jessica Wolff Lakeville South: Monica Turner, McKell Anderson, Jazzmyn Tingelhoff Rosemount: Jaclyn D’Amico Honorable mention Apple Valley: Aly Jonson, Shonotta Bawek Burnsville: Greta Geist, Camille Benson Eagan: Calleigh Steichen, Sarah Schuetz, Eastview: Taylor Schile, Lindsey Ryan Lakeville North: Kelly Nizzari, Abby Monson Lakeville South: Kaitlin Vanwinkle, Allie Mosser Rosemount: Natalie Busher, Mikaela Sullivan

Boys Cross Country All Conference Burnsville: Cole O’Brien, Faysol Mamoud, Abdullahi Salan, Eagan: Sydney Speir Lakeville North: Ben Saxton, Jason Dawson Rosemount: Nathan Rock, Trevor Capra, Chandler Dye, Calvin Lehn, Nick Couillard, Tyler Blumke Eastview: Nick Oelke, Ken Hoffman, John Donlan, David Salter Lakeville South: Mark Honetschlager, Jake Schneeman Honorable mention Eastview: Joe Manders, Dan Spika Apple Valley: Alex Brandel, Nick Hughes Burnsville: Shawn Wong Rosemount: Same Ivanecky, Joe Carlson Lakeville North: Spencer Castillo, Luke Anderson, Jason Windhom, Jack Brenner, Corey Peterson, Justin Hanson Lakeville South: Wade Durham, Noah Hanson, Joey Machaj Eagan: Nate Johnson

Girls Cross Country All Conference Eagan: Danielle Anderson, Anna Van Wyk, Kelli Praska Lakeville South: Kaytlyn Larson, Annie Brekken, Megan Kilbride, Megan Lubow, Erin Kilbride, Jenny Machaj Eastview: Jena Moody Rosemount: Hannah Grimm, Taylor Rambo Burnsville: Vivian Hett Lakeville North: Taylor Perkins, Emma Johnson

Area swimmers earn All-State Burnsville finishes in 16th place at the Class AA state swimming championships by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

The Burnsville girls swimming and diving team saved its best for the final meet of the year at the Class AA state championships last weekend at the University of Minnesota. The Blaze swam to 16th place at state last weekend, placing ahead of the South Suburban Conference’s Lakeville South, which beat them in a dual earlier in the season, and Rosemount, which won a share of the conference title. The best Blaze finish was by Angela Le, who was seventh in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.97 seconds. She was the only Blaze swimmer to advance to the championship final round, but several others went to the consolation finals. Anna Elling was 13th in the 100 butterfly and 15th in the 200 individual medley. Teresa DiGregorio had the 10th fastest time in the 100 butterfly. Le, DiGregorio and Elling joined forces with Alexis Dorbzynski in the 200 medley relay finishing in 10th place. The four were also part of the 14th-place 400 freestyle relay.

Rosemount Megan and Beth Wenman were the stars of the show for Rosemount at the state swim meet. The two girls were part of nearly every point scored for the Irish. “Beth swam really hard and Megan did a phenomenal job,” head coach Tami Carlson said. “In the 100 free, Megan was seeded 17th, placed eighth in prelims and seventh in finals to make All State.” Megan Wenman was the sole Irish swimmer to qualify for the championship final. She swam the 100 freestyle in 53.51, which was seventh best in the state. She finished in 12th in the 200 freestyle and set a school record. Beth Wenman was 16th in the 200 IM and 12th in the 100 backstroke.

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Apple Valley’s Katherine Wright swims the 100-yard backstroke at state. To view more photos, see Page 16A and go online to www.ThisweekLive.com.

Photo by Rick Orndorf

Megan Wenman from Rosemount swims the 100-yard freestyle at state. “Swimming is in the genes, both parents swam and all the kids do,” Carlson said. “Beth has a great future ahead of her. She is going to swim at St. Thomas, and Megan also has a very bright future ahead of her with high school swimming and beyond.” They both swam a leg of the 15th-place, 400 freestyle relay along with Elyse Griffith and Olivia Johnston. Claire Toland had the 15th fastest time in the 500 freestyle. The girls placed 22nd overall. “They did really well,” Carlson said. “We were seeded after sections to place 25th and we moved to 22nd. We were also seeded to have four swimmers in the finals for state and ended up with five individual swims and two relays.”

Apple Valley The Eagles had one girl qualify for the championship final. Delaney McDonald placed eighth in the 200 IM in 2:09.37. Her teammate Katherine Wright was 10th in the 100 backstroke. Stephanie Bierman nearly made the cut for the finals in the 100 freestyle, finishing in 17th place in the preliminaries. Their scores added up to Photo by Rick Orndorf 18 points, which was good enough for 25th in the state. Burnsville’s Angela Le swims the backstroke at state.

Eagan Eagan’s Nicole Stevens qualified for the consolation final in the 100 backstroke. She made the most of her opportunity, coming in ninth place overall, which was as high as she could have finished. She cut nearly a second off her preliminary time to clock 1:05.61. If she would

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Friday, November 25 • Holy Angels at Prior Lake, 1 p.m. • Shakopee at Bloomington Jefferson, 2 p.m. • Eastview at Maple Grove, 5:30 p.m. • North at Bloomington Kennedy, 7 p.m. Saturday, November 26 • Lakeville South at North Wright County, 1 p.m. • Centennial at Rosemount, 2 p.m. • Lakeville North at So. St. Paul, 3 p.m. • Northfield at Bloomington Kennedy, 3 p.m. • North at Bloomington Jefferson, 7 p.m. • Burnsville Park at Cottage Grove, 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 28 • Lakeville South at Owatonna, 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 29 • Prior Lake at Eastview, 6 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at St. Louis Park, 6:30 p.m. • Burnsville at Minnetonka, 7 p.m. • Lakeville North at Rosemount, 7 p.m. • Eagan at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Breck, 7:30 p.m. • Eagan at Cretin-Derham Hall, 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 2 • Apple Valley at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. • Prior Lake at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, December 3 • Visitation/SPA at Bloomington Kennedy, 3 p.m. • Burnsville at Eagan, 3 p.m. • Farmington at Lakeville South, 7 p.m.

Visitation’s Meg Foster, who lives in Eagan, placed fourth in the 100 butterfly, sixth in the 200 IM and anchored the 400 freestyle relay that finished in second at the Class A meet on Saturday. Andy Rogers is at andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com.

Hawks CI team wins consolation title by Andy Rogers CI division THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Girls Hockey Lakeville North Rosemount Eagan Apple Valley B Jefferson B Kennedy Lakeville South Burnsville Prior Lake Eastview

have qualified for the championship final, her time would have put her in fifth place. The 200 medley relay missed the finals cut by 10 seconds, coming in 17th place. Stevens missed the cut in the individual medley by one hundredth of a second.

Dakota United PI finishes third at state

Honorable mention Lakeville South: Caraline Slattery, Mariah Gallagher, Erin Meyers Eagan: Raissa Hansen, Alanna Stangl, Karina Johnson Apple Valley: Alexa Nelson, Natalie Webb, Meredith Jones Eastview: Hana Metoxen, Lauren Herland, Brokke Haesmeyer Lakeville North: Haley Eskierka.

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Eagan’s Nicole Stevens swims the breaststroke at the Class AA state meet last weekend.

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Blazing Cats’ Brendan Wong chases after the ball with Dakota United’s Tony Breyer. To view more photos, visit www.ThisweekLive.com.

Blazing Cats 0-2 at state by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

The Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville Blazing Cats adapted soccer CI (cognitive impaired) team went 0-2 at the state tournament last weekend at Stillwater. The team lost in the first round to the eventual state

champions Anoka-Hennepin 11-4 with goals scored by Jake Wilson (three) and Brendan Wong (one). Goal keeper Michael Burns kept the team alive with 36 saves. In the consolation bracket, the Blazing Cats lost to Dakota United. Wong

scored twice and Jake Wilson once while Burns stopped 27 shots. Wilson was named to the 2011 CI Division Adapted Soccer All-Tournament Team. Andy Rogers is at andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com.

The Dakota United Hawks PI (physically impaired) adapted soccer team had a thrilling weekend at the state tournament in Stillwater. The Hawks defeated Park Center 4-3 in overtime to earn third place on Nov. 19. Grayson Nicolay scored with 43 seconds left in overtime to win with an assist from Jaayson Meyer. Dakota United held a 3-2 lead late in regulation, but Park Center scored with a second remaining to send the match into extra time. Lantz Estep and Meyer scored the other two goals for Dakota United. Anthony Vervais made 24 saves for the Hawks. The Hawks lost to Robbinsdale/Hopkins/ MoundWest earlier that day in the state semifinal by a score of 5-2 with goals by Nicolay and Estep. To advance to the semifinals, the Hawks defeated Mounds View/Irondale/ Roseville in the quarterfinals 8-7 on Nov. 18. Nicolay had four goals in the win including the game-winner with 1:15 left. Vervais had 23 saves. Nicolay was named to the 2011 PI Division Adapted Soccer All-Tournament Team.

The Dakota United CI (cognitive impaired) adapted soccer team won the state consolation title last weekend. Dakota United lost to Park Center, the eventual third-place winner, by a score of 6-2 in the state quarterfinal game on Nov. 18 sending the Hawks to the consolation bracket. Ricky Arends and Quintin Nicolay each scored for the Hawks as Ben Harmon stopped 20 shots in the loss. In the first consolation game, Dakota United defeated Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville 7-3. Nicolay scored three goals, Joe Sandey scored twice, and Arends and Carl Fagre each scored once while Harmon stopped 20 shots for the win. In the consolation final, Dakota United was all over South Suburban, winning 12-4. Sandey scored four goals while Nicolay, Arends, and Austin Harmon each scored two in the win over the South Suburban Jets in the consolation championship. Harmon had 11 saves. Sandey was named to the 2011 CI Division Adapted Soccer All-Tournament Team. Andy Rogers is at andy.rogers@ecm-inc.com.


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Felony charge follows Clinic is nurse-owned, nurse-operated scuffle at fire station Pioneering nurse practitioner moves Eagan clinic to roomier location in Burnsville by John Gessner

by Andrew Miller THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

the phone, the complaint said. Hagert opened the car door and began hitting the woman, pulling her hair, strangling her and eventually forcefully removing her from the vehicle; after taking the phone Hagert fled the area on foot. The woman was subsequently treated at the hospital for a concussion. Police took photos of her injuries, including red marks and scratches on her hands, knees and neck. The woman said she believed Hagert was upset with her because she didn’t approve of her new boyfriend, a fellow firefighter. Hagert had paint on her fingers when police located her walking toward her home from the direction of the fire station, the complaint said. She told officers she was walking home from the community center and declined to provide any further comment. If convicted of the felony robbery charge, Hagert faces a maximum 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The misdemeanor charges each carry a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

An Apple Valley firefighter is accused of assaulting another firefighter, stealing her cell phone and spraypainting the word “slut� on her car. Trudy Jean Hagert, 41, was charged with felony robbery and two misdemeanors – assault and criminal damage to property – after the Nov. 8 incident, which was allegedly triggered by Hagert’s disapproval of the other firefighter’s choice of boyfriend. The criminal complaint gives the following account: At about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8, a firefighter reported she had just been assaulted by Hagert in the fire station’s parking lot. She stated she believed Hagert had tampered with her vehicle earlier in the week, and had subsequently parked her vehicle at the fire station. She went to the fire station the night of Nov. 8 to pick up some personal items and, when she arrived, saw Hagert spraypainting “slut� on the vehicle. When the woman rolled down her window to take a photo with her cell phone Andrew Miller is at andrew. of Hagert spraypainting the miller@ecm-inc.com. vehicle, Hagert tried to take

Rosemount man sentenced for obtaining loan proceeds in mortgage fraud scheme A 34-year-old Rosemount man was sentenced Nov. 21 in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme involving at least 200 properties, principally in north Minneapolis, and mortgage proceeds of approximately $35 million. Nathan Daniel Jesh will serve three years of probation for one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Jesh, who was indicted along with two codefendants in June 2010, pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2010. All three defendants will be required to pay more than $1.8 million in restitution. In his plea agreement, Jesh admitted he agreed to close at least 175 real estate transactions, knowing that some loan applications had been fraudulently completed as well as knowing that the seller was providing the investor with funds to pay the purchase price. The scheme was orchestrated by agents of TJ Waconia, a former Roseville real estate company.

In a related case, on Sept. 7, a 46-year-old former mortgage broker from Eagan also was sentenced for his role in the scheme. Kerry Jon Quam was sentenced to three years of probation for one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. He was charged in September 2010, and pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, 2010. In his plea agreement, Quam admitted processing numerous false loan applications that were submitted to financial institutions. The falsifications included fraudulent appraisals and concealed payments and other information from lenders. Quam admitted aiding others connected to the scheme in preparing fraudulent appraisals with false statements that fraudulently inflated the appraised value of the property, and closing fraudulent loans that misrepresented and concealed material information from mortgage lenders. For each transaction, Quam received a fee.

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made the cut, and was soon performing professionally as part of the ensemble in the “Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey� show. She’s performed in five different Disney On Ice shows in the last 10 years – landing her first big role as a Disney character in the “Princess Wishes� show, in which she was Tinkerbell – and in the process has traveled the globe, with tour stops in Asia, South America, Europe, Australia and Canada. Her upcoming Twin Cities performances hold a special significance – it’s been a while since she skated on her home ice. “I love coming back and perform- Andrew Miller is at andrew. ing for my friends and fam- miller@ecm-inc.com.

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A pioneering nurse practitioner from Eagan has moved her clinic from that city to roomier — and less costly — quarters in Burnsville. Originally known as Eagan Child and Family Care, the clinic is now called Eagan Child and Family Clinic. Previously located in a dental building at Pilot Knob and Diffley roads in Eagan, the clinic — now nearly 2,900 square feet — needed room to expand, said founder and majority owner Gretchen Moen, a pediatric nurse practitioner. The new address is 2530 Horizon Drive, in the Cliffview Plaza at the corner of Highway 13 and Cliff Road. The clinic moved at the end of October. “They did a pretty nice deal for us (at Cliffview), and we got a lot more square footage — almost double what we had,� Moen said. Cost is no small consideration for a clinic that has never turned a profit while attracting a large underserved clientele. Forty-seven percent of Eagan and Child Family Clinic’s patients are on medical assistance or have no insurance, Moen said. “And we’re not going to cut them off if they lose their insurance,� she said. “Our philosophy is health care is expensive, so how can we make it less expensive for you and still provide high-quality care?� Clinics run by nursepractitioners tend to gravitate toward underserved populations, Moen said. Proponents of such clinics say nurse practitioners — registered nurses who have earned an advanced nursing degree and gained professional nursing certification from a national board — can respond to a majority of health care needs while making doctor referrals when necessary. “A nurse practitioner is all about working with the patient,� Moen said. “We’re kind of about preventing illness and managing chronic disease.� The nurse practitioner model of care is 50 years old, with its roots in wellchild care provided by nurs-

  

PUBLIC NOTICE

WARNING WATER AERATION SYSTEM OPERATION CITY OF APPLE VALLEY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an aeration system, creating open water and thin ice, will begin operating on Farquar Lake in the City of Apple Valley, Dakota County, Minnesota; as early as December 1, 2011, and continue through March 30, 2012. The system is installed at the southwest corner of the lake, in Farquar Park, in Apple Valley. Weather conditions may cause the areas of thin ice and open water to fluctuate greatly. Stay clear of the marked area!

If there are questions concerning this aeration system, please call the Apple Valley Natural Resources Coordinator at 952-953-2461. /s/ Pamela J. Gackstetter Pamela Gackstetter Apple Valley City Clerk 2813404 11/11 & 11/25/11

PUBLIC NOTICE

WARNING WATER AERATION SYSTEM OPERATION CITY OF APPLE VALLEY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an aeration system, creating open water and thin ice, will begin operating on Lake Alimagnet in the Cities of Apple Valley and Burnsville, Dakota County, Minnesota; as early as December 1, 2011, and continue through March 30, 2012. The system is installed at the southeast corner of the lake, in Alimagnet Park, in Apple Valley. Weather conditions may cause the areas of thin ice and open water to fluctuate greatly. Stay clear of the marked area!

Photo by John Gessner

Eagan Child and Family Clinic founder Gretchen Moen, left, and Dr. Sofia Ali are pictured in one of the children’s examination rooms. The clinic has moved from Eagan to Burnsville. es working with pediatricians in underserved areas, Moen said. The daughter of a smalltown Minnesota doctor, Moen started her nursing career in pediatric oncology in Colorado Springs, Colo. She later worked as a pediatrics nurse for PACE Pediatrics Clinics in White Bear Lake. In 2002 Moen and another nurse practitioner opened Mendota Health in Eagan — the first nurse practitioner-owned and -operated clinic in the Upper Midwest, Moen said. “But it’s very common on the East Coast and West Coast,� she said. “It’s very tied to what your state legislature allows you to do.� Today, Eagan Child and Family Clinic, which Moen opened in 2005, is one of four NP-owned and -operated clinics in Minnesota, she said. “I would be a pioneer, yep,� Moen said. “I certainly learned a few lessons along the way. There certainly was pushback, I

would say (from) everybody – the public, providers, health plans, even hospitals. People didn’t know what to do with us.� A doctor’s counsel is never far away at Eagan Child and Family Clinic, whose patient rolls number about 3,200. Minnesota law requires nurse practitioner clinics to have “prescriptive� and “collaborative� agreements with physicians. Moen’s clinic, where pediatrics is about 70 percent of the business, has agreements with the pediatricians of Children’s Hospitals and with Dr. Sofia Ali, a family practitioner, Moen said. In fact, Ali practices at the clinic part time. “She believes in the same ideals we do,� Moen said. The pair say the clinic’s path toward profitability was waylaid by the recession. Moen said she’s never even taken a salary from her creation, calling nurse practitioner care her “passion.� “We haven’t turned a profit, ever,� Moen said. “My husband (Dennis)

supports me, that’s all I can say. I have a wonderful husband.� She’s in the process of applying for nonprofit status for the clinic. “We’re doing it because we want to expand what we can offer,� Moen said. “It makes it easier to expand your affiliations when you’re a nonprofit.� Moen has also done health outreach in Eagan and Burnsville, appearing at health fairs at the Eagan Community Center and local schools and meeting with members of the Somali community in Burnsville. The clinic has a number of Somali patients, Moen said. She is joined on the staff by two other nurse practitioners: Lisa Fahey Bleick (family) and Angelynn M. Grabau (pediatric). For more information, call (651) 209-8640 or visit www.eaganchildandfamily. com. John Gessner is at burnsville. thisweek@ecm-inc.com.

 

    

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Thisweekend For first film role, Lakeville actor summons spirits Documentary by Andrew Miller

side a Minneapolis home last weekend had Wilkins Last Saturday, Andy leading a seance-like scene, Wilkins had his work cut gazing into a crystal ball and summoning the out for him: It was filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s titular spechis job to open a ters. portal to the great Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a choice role beyond. for Wilkins, a horIn his first film ror film fan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and a role, the 27-year-old gore/zombie makeLakeville actor is up hobbyist â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cast as a spirit-mea regular performer dium in the 1950s- Andy and director with style horror film Wilkins the Lakeville-based â&#x20AC;&#x153;House of Ghosts.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get to be kind of community theater group creepy,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a re- Expressions. Through one of the acally animated guy (in real life), so to take that and tors in an Expressions play play sort of this creepy, dis- he directed earlier this year, passionate character is re- Wilkins was introduced ally challenging. I tried to to Christopher Mihm, the channel a little bit of Rod Arden Hills-based schlockhorror auteur directing Serling.â&#x20AC;? The four-hour shoot in- â&#x20AC;&#x153;House of Ghosts.â&#x20AC;? THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

the camera work wrapped up Wilkins headed to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basement to re-record his dialogue, as Mihm prefers to dub in actorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lines to give his films that vintage eldritch aura. Wilkins, a 2003 Lakeville High School graduate who works as a voiceover artist and copy writer for a Bloomington ad agency, said his first foray into film has been a positive one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to do more film roles,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m having a blast with this production.â&#x20AC;? Photo submitted â&#x20AC;&#x153;House of Ghostsâ&#x20AC;? is â&#x20AC;&#x153;House of Ghostsâ&#x20AC;? director Christopher Mihm, left, films scheduled to premiere in Lakeville actor Andy Wilkins during a shoot Nov. 19 in the Twin Cities in May, and Minneapolis. information about the film can be found on the direcMihm, who works on sic black-and-white horror torâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, www.sainteua shoestring budget and films. phoria.com. doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay his actors, For example, to comaims to achieve the feel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; plete the seance scene in Andrew Miller is at andrew. and campiness â&#x20AC;&#x201C; of clas- â&#x20AC;&#x153;House of Ghosts,â&#x20AC;? after miller@ecm-inc.com.

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Photographers looking to display their work can submit their original photos to be considered for a new exhibit planned for February 2012. Photographers, age 8 and older, may submit up to two photos reflecting the theme Dakota County Outdoors. Photographers must live in Dakota County. Submissions are due by Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. The photographs will be displayed in public spaces in Dakota County service centers. The exhibit will last for six months. Criteria for photos are at www.dakotacounty.us and can be found by searching photography exhibit. For more information, photographers can contact Jean Erickson, deputy director of Dakota Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Services and Revenue Division, (651) 438-4286 or jean.erickson@co.dakota. mn.us.

Eagan Women of Note set concert Eagan Women of Note will stage a winter concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Peace Church, 2180 Glory Drive, Eagan. The concert is free, but a $5 per person donation is requested. A cookie sale will follow the concert. Information is at www.eaganwomenofnote.org.

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What price for glory? Natalie Darwitz overcame a concussion to win three Olympic medals with the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hockey Team. Now the former Eagan High School hockey player has come full circle, working within the confines of new head-injury rules as a varsity coach. by Tad Johnson THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

When Eagan native Natalie Darwitz was playing with the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hockey Team during an exhibition game prior to the 2001 World Championships, she fired the puck down ice ... then SLAM. A member of Team Canada bowled her over, sending the 18-year-old Darwitz to the ice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The girl didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care too much about the puck, went for the body and ran me over,â&#x20AC;? said Darwitz, a three-time U.S. Olympic medal winner. As one of the smallest players on the ice ever since she was a youngster, Darwitz had become accustomed to being slammed to the ice, and, like the fiery competitor she is, picking herself up and continuing playing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the sensation right afterward, remembering exactly what happened,â&#x20AC;? Darwitz said of the hit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After that five-second span, that was the most eerie.â&#x20AC;? She said she was foggy and dizzy but made it back to the bench at the end of her shift. When it was time for her line to return to the ice she skated around with legs that were uneasy underneath her. She had problems maintaining focus. Upon returning to the bench, coaches directed her to the team trainer, who saw that an eye test indicated she may have had a concussion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then the trainer said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to tell you five words that I want you to remember. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to ask you what these five words are in 10 minutes, a half an hour, an hour.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? For the first time in her career, which has included hundreds of games of youth, Eagan High School, University of Minnesota and international hockey, Darwitz sat out the rest of the game with her first and only documented

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Lakeville South girls hockey coach Natalie Darwitz talks with players during her summer hockey camp this year at her high school alma mater in Eagan.

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Natalie Darwitz of Eagan won three Olympic medals in her 12-plus years on the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hockey Team. concussion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe I probably had a lot more,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ten or 15 years back concussions were not a popular discussion medically or as a topic in hockey. Do I believe I had other concussions? Yes.â&#x20AC;? Now the topic of concussions in youth athletics is front and center in Minnesota and across America. New state legislation directed the Department of Education and the Minnesota State High School League to craft a concussion awareness campaign, assemble training materials, and establish a strict treatment protocol â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one involving complete rest and a gradual increase in activities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in treating concussions in young athletes. New league rules require that an â&#x20AC;&#x153;appropriate health care professionalâ&#x20AC;? (a medical professional functioning within the levels of his or her medical education, medical

Association of Minnesota. It is estimated that 1,000 Minnesota youths (ages 5 to 18) go to the hospital with sports-related concussions each year, according to a Minnesota Department of Health study. The association says because sports-related concussions tend to be underreported, the number may be much higher. Though Darwitz is no longer on the ice competing, she has been thrust into the issue as she has been entrusted with the care of a crew of high school girls hockey players as the new coach of the Lakeville South varsity team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to protect their brains. It is a very delicate topic,â&#x20AC;? Darwitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me, I can only tell them that I want them to be tough and know the difference between an injury and an owie.â&#x20AC;?

training, and medical licensing) determine whether an athlete can return to the field of play. Concussion baseline testing is mandatory for all high school athletes competing in contact sports, and parents must complete an MSHSL eligibility form which has them sign off as understanding concussion management protocols. The MSHSL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee highly recommends that every student-athlete and parent successfully complete the Decision is ďŹ nal In the past, that differâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sportsâ&#x20AC;? course ence was often determined at www.cdc.gov/concussion. by the athlete. The coach came up to you, asked you how you felt, and most The numbers An estimated 1.6 million young athletes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; fearless, to 3.8 million sports- and naive and willing to please recreation-related concus- â&#x20AC;&#x201C; would say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Put me in, sions occur in the United coach.â&#x20AC;? That is no longer the States each year, with 50,000 occurring in Minnesota, ac- case. The new power player on cording to the Brain Injury

the sidelines at contests and practices is the health care professional, often a trainer. That person will determine whether an athlete returns to a game or practice after taking a hit. No matter what the coach, player or parents say, the determination is final. Darwitz thinks the new rules with regard to concussion are positive, but is concerned about some aspects of their implementation. She raises the issue that some health care professionals at league games will not be full-time trainers and as familiar with the players as the coaches. She asks, too, if they will have enough experience to make a determination about a concussion in the midst of competition. Darwitz, though, is confident of rule changes with regard to pre- and postgame concussion testing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is a great tool,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a 15-minute test. â&#x20AC;Ś But that is not something you can automatically test them with during a game.â&#x20AC;? Darwitz was fortunate that her concussion was mild. She said when she took her post-concussion test, her eye test still indicated she had a concussion and her reaction time was slow.

At that point, she said the concussion played mind games on her, which led her to think about things like when she would play again or if she would play again. But two days later, Darwitz passed the test and was cleared to play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was totally fine,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I put it in the rearview mirror. It was behind me.â&#x20AC;? She went on to play in three Olympics (earning two silver medals and a bronze) and eight International Ice Hockey Federation world championships and was a captain of Team USA from 2007 to 2010. One thing that is for certain is that concussions will still happen in high school sports. All of the protocols, new safety equipment, education and testing wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prevent players from experiencing the collisions that result in concussions. But now players, parents, coaches and trainers are better equipped and aware of how to keep young athletes safe after a concussion has occurred. Tad Johnson is at editor. thisweek@ecm-inc.com. A longer version of this story appears in Focus, a south-ofthe-river lifestyle magazine, on newsstands now.

Goalieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey future is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;on iceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; after injury Former Eagan High School goalie hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t returned to ice for U of M since suffering a severe concussion last October by Tad Johnson to a range of medical spe- Road to recovery THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS Natalie Darwitz was on the bench Oct. 18, 2010, as an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota when goalie Alyssa Grogan, a fellow Eagan High School graduate, suffered a severe concussion that has prevented her from returning to the ice. Grogan was participating in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;race to the puckâ&#x20AC;? drill when one playerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knee hit her forehead and another player fell on the back of her head. She wishes she had never poke-checked the puck that day because since then, her concussion has kept her from playing the game she loves and from completing that semesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of classes at the university. Grogan, who never missed a game due to injury as a Wildcat varsity hockey player from 2004 to 2008, has needed all the support sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s received from her team, family, friends and her own faith as sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s endured headaches, uncertainty and countless visits

cialists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has drastically humbled me and I have a much greater perspective for what is important in my life,â&#x20AC;? said Grogan, the daughter of Steve and Karla Grogan and sister to Derek, 23. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to get my degree. I want to be able to work full days in the future. I want to go a day without a headache. I want to be able to wrestle with my kids 10 years down the road. Those are the things that are important to me.â&#x20AC;? For Grogan, who started playing hockey at age 8 and won a gold medal with the U.S. National Team at the 2008 World Championships, the game is on hold. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a chance I will never play hockey again but am still optimistic Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have that chance again,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After almost a year of feeling crappy and being exhausted, my main focus is on getting back to feeling like myself and fully recovering from this very serious concussion.â&#x20AC;?

Since her concussion, she has seen a neuropsychologist, neuro-opthamalogist, optometrist, vestibular therapist, and physical therapist, as well as a team physician weekly and athletic trainer daily for visual and vestibular therapy. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had acupuncture, massage and chiropractic treatment on her neck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What keeps me positive is knowing there is hope,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My doctors have not guaranteed me that I will play again, but they have told me that with the right treatment and more time I can fully heal from this.â&#x20AC;? The injury has forced Grogan to adjust the athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mentality that if you push through and work hard, you will get where you want to be. Recovery from a concussion runs counter to that â&#x20AC;&#x201C; too much activity will only set her back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most difficult part of this recovery is having no timeline and that there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t many people who can understand what you are

   

   

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Former Eagan High School goalie Alyssa Grogan suffered a concussion during a practice with the University of Minnesota womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team last year and hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t played since. going through,â&#x20AC;? she said. She says sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been given this injury for a reason. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been active with the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medical department, talking to medical staff and students about her injury and other patients about living with a concussion. Groganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message to athletes is not to â&#x20AC;&#x153;mess

aroundâ&#x20AC;? with a concussion and to take oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recovery seriously. Winning and losing is inconsequential when compared with allowing oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brain to recover, so â&#x20AC;&#x153;no matter what the pressure feels like, remember what is most important to you, and that is you. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lose hope and persevere.â&#x20AC;?

    



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Burnsville business may expand into Farmington by Laura Adelmann THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

After a multistate search, a Burnsville business is working to expand to the Farmington Industrial Park. If plans go as expected, Quality Ingredients, a manufacturer of powdered flavors, creamer, cheese powders and whip topping, will expand into the old Performance Industrial Coatings building early next year, said Bob Freeman, general pro-

grams director with Quality Ingredients. Freeman emphasized that many details still need to be negotiated regarding the sale of the PIC building, but confirmed the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to expand its thriving business into Farmington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re set on Farmington if all the due diligence and agreements are finalized,â&#x20AC;? Freeman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not looking anywhere else and are planning to expand.â&#x20AC;?

Company officials spent months researching potential expansion sites in the upper Midwest region, he said. Quality Ingredients, founded in 1987 by Burnsville resident Bob Thompson, has other locations in Burnsville and Marshfield, Wis. According the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business profile on www. manta.com, Quality Ingredients has estimated revenue

of $50 million to $100 million and employs approximately 50 to 99 people. Farmington City Planner Lee Smick said if the expansion transpires, some of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workforce would be transferred to Farmington, and about 15 skilled jobs may be opened up in the new location. At 61,500 square feet, the building Quality Ingredients is seeking to expand into has been empty for several years

and works well to accommodate the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs, Smick said. She said the company plans to raise part of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof from about 30 feet to 68 feet in height to accommodate business operations and will utilize a variance for the roof changes. Jason Bartholomay, a City Council member and chair of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic Development Authority, called the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans â&#x20AC;&#x153;a

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Social media site links people with a community in common by John Gessner THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Poke around the Burnsville CommonPlace website and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re almost sure to recognize a name or two. It could be a neighbor, one of your elected officials, a local restaurant owner or an apartment complex up the street. Launched Oct. 1, Burnsville CommonPlace is a social media site for Burnsville users only. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place where civic clubs and nonprofits can announce upcoming events, businesses can post special offers and residents can compare notes on the quality of snowplowing. Burnsville is one of a select few cities to have CommonPlace, and local organizers say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing. A total of 550 members have registered, Julia Campbell, a community organizer behind the Burnsville project, said earlier this month. She and two other organizers hope to have 1,500 members by the time they leave Burnsville on Dec. 15. CommonPlace isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a gaggle of online â&#x20AC;&#x153;friendsâ&#x20AC;? or a free-for-all portal for anonymous comments. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a collection of folks bound by one thing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; their community, Campbell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wanting to promote an upcoming event or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re new to the town, the only people you can reach out to are those you already know,â&#x20AC;? Campbell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This provides a platform to be connected with people specific to your neighborhood and your community, and also allows you to reach out to some that you may have never met before.â&#x20AC;? The brainchild of Harvard political science majors Pete Davis and Max Novendstern, CommonPlace was

piloted in Falls Church, Va., Campbell said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s since been expanded to sites in Burnsville, Golden Valley, Chelmsford, Mass., Owosso, Mich., and Clarkston, Ga. Burnsville is on the list because Mayor Elizabeth Kautz was approached by one of the founders at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, D.C., in January. Then conference president, Kautz liked what she heard. She introduced CommonPlace organizers to civic leaders in Burnsville, helped arrange pre-launch teleconference meetings and publicly welcomed the crew to town. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more our community can be engaged,â&#x20AC;? Kautz said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the better it is.â&#x20AC;? Users must register with their full names and a Burnsville address (the boundaries of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District are included, Kautz said). All posts are monitored by CommonPlace organizers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These kids have a moral center, and we talked about monitoring the site for civility,â&#x20AC;? Kautz said. Burnsville resident Nancy Banyard used the site to post her concerns about crime. She posted after a news story about rising

crime rates in Burnsville during the first half of 2011 confirmed her observation that break-ins and breakin attempts are up on her street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m from the East Coast,â&#x20AC;? said Banyard, who thinks city officials have been behind the curve in alerting residents to crime problems. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the more well-informed you are, the safer your community is going to be.â&#x20AC;? Burnsville resident Lee Ann Schultz Wahi has begun posting links from her local news blog, B-ville News, on CommonPlace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since I have linked to CommonPlace, my page hits have gone up,â&#x20AC;? said Schultz Wahi, a local news hound who edits the Minnesota House of Representativesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Session Weekly and is a former editor of the Prior Lake American newspaper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the other thing that I found is people are starting to respond to some of my blogs, either on the blog itself or emailing me. I find the engagement really good (on CommonPlace), and I also think here are some really good story ideas starting to emerge on there.â&#x20AC;? Burnsville CommonPlace is at www.Burnsville. OurCommonPlace.com. John Gessner is at burnsville. thisweek@ecm-inc.com.

             

  

  

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A presidential turkey Maverick honored for its innovation Tekne Award is among highest recognition a technology firm can receive by Aaron Vehling THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Photo by Rick Orndorf

A very special flock of 35 turkeys is being raised with care by a handful of Willmar, Minn., high school students, in hopes that one of the turkeys will be invited to make a special journey to the White House in November to be presented as the National Thanksgiving Turkey to President Obama. One of those turkeys visited North Trail Elementary in Lakeville, courtesy of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. The MTGA hosted an informational program on turkey farming for the first and second graders.

Seniors Driver improvement classes offered The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer 55-plus driver-improvement courses on the following days: â&#x20AC;˘ 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 (eight-hour full course), Minnesota Valley Family YMCA, 13850 Portland Ave. S., Burnsville. â&#x20AC;˘ 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 (eight-hour full course), Burnsville Senior Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ISD 191, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville. â&#x20AC;˘ 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 (fourhour refresher), Burnsville Senior Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ISD 191, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville. â&#x20AC;˘ 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 6 (four-hour refresher), Burnsville â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AAA Minnesota/ Iowa, 600 W. Travelers Trail, Burnsville. â&#x20AC;˘ 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 (fourhour refresher), Commons on

Marice, 1380 Marice Drive, Eagan. â&#x20AC;˘ 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8 (fourhour refresher), Kowalskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1646 Diffley Road, Eagan. â&#x20AC;˘ Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 (four-hour refresher), Hayes Community & Senior Center, 14601 Hayes Road, Apple Valley. â&#x20AC;˘ 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 12 (fourhour refresher course), Burnsville Senior Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ISD 191, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville. â&#x20AC;˘ 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 (fourhour refresher), Southwest Area YMCA, 550 Opperman Drive, Eagan. The courses are open to the public; however, preregistration is requested. The fee for the four-hour refresher is $20; the eight-hour course is $24. For more information or to register, visit www.mnsafetycenter. org or call 1-888-234-1294.

This is an era in which innovative business solutions abound to help companies and employees compete globally amid a legion of economic chal- Marty Hebig lenges. Sometimes it takes a maverick to inject some creativity into the mix. Marty Hebig owns Lakeville-based Maverick Software, an aptly-named company that provides a way for businesses to save on technology costs while offering practical job experience and opportunities to college students. The under-25 demographic faces an unemployment rate of nearly 54 percent, according to Time Magazine, so Hebigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to offer cost-effective software testing to companies, and provide well-paying jobs with real experience and job opportunities to students is a big deal. The Minnesota High Tech Association saw this, bestowing on Maverick the 2011 Innovative Collaboration of the Year during its Tekne Awards celebration on Nov. 3 in Minneapolis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This collaboration creates a motivated, skilled and productive workforce that sustains and expands Minnesotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technology-based economy,â&#x20AC;? the association said in a press release. To win is an honor, Hebig said, but the ceremony itself also provides valuable exposure to his company. The event is the Oscars of the Minnesota technology industry, he said, and so large firms such as Oracle, 3M and Microsoft are well represented. The potential for networking exists in droves. Along with business partner Chuck Sherwood, Hebig accepted the honor

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Dilafruz Umarova works at Maverick Softwareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University of Minnesota location. As a student, she earns a decent salary doing software work for big-name clients while gaining valuable practical experience in the field of information systems. as a two-minute video presented the history of Maverick. Through the program, Maverick sets up offices onsite at the locations of its university collaborators. Currently, it has six offices with 110 students at nine universities, Hebig said. Each site has a full-time office manager. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clients include Digital River, Symantec, Merill Corporation and Thomson Reuters (which was the first), among others. Maverickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student employees earn on average about $13 an hour, far outpacing retail and food industry alternatives. Clients pay Maverick about $25 per hour for those studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; services, which center on software development testing, Hebig said. By managing the fixed costs associated with physical locations, Maverick has been able to maintain profitability. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go out and set up offices, hoping clients will come,â&#x20AC;? he said. The offices come afterward. Maverick has been profitable since â&#x20AC;&#x153;day one,â&#x20AC;? He-

big said, adding that he anticipates his firm will see about $4 million in revenue this year. The company is transparent with its clients about its expenses, Hebig said. This builds trust when â&#x20AC;&#x153;we know they could go out and do this themselves. We want them to know it would be difficult for them to do it much cheaper.â&#x20AC;? Maverick draws on students who achieve high grades and exhibit excellent technological aptitude. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We get the best students,â&#x20AC;? he said, with assurances that he is not running a sort-of â&#x20AC;&#x153;IT sweatshop. These are high-paying, flexible jobs close to class.â&#x20AC;? The students get a lot out of the program. In addition to earning income, they get the opportunity to implement theory in a practical setting, learning by doing. In addition, there are the opportunities for job placement with Maverickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clients. But there is more to it: Hebig and his staff also help the students with resumes, conduct mock interviews and encourage them to attend career fairs, he said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do that because Thomson Reuters and other clients might not be able to hire all the students,â&#x20AC;? he said. Maverickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal for the next three years is a doubling in size. To do this, Hebig said, he is in the process of seeking more clients. Hebig said Maverick is currently working with Minnesotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Employment and Economic Development and Advance IT Minnesota to apply his companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s model to help the long-term unemployed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would get them some training and basically have them do the same thing (as the students),â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they are finished they could go on to full-time work.â&#x20AC;? When Hebig started his company in 2000, he christened it after his high-school nickname, which he earned because of the model of Ford he drove back then. Little did his classmates know how descriptive that moniker was. Aaron Vehling is at aaron. vehling@ecm-inc.com.

    

         

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Dakota Unitedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Austin Harmon and Quintin Nicolay take control in the state adapted soccer tournament. To view more photos, visit www.ThisweekLive.com.

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Apple Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delaney McDonald swims the 200-yard individual medley at state. She placed eighth in the event. Rosemountâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Claire Toland swims the 500-yard freestyle at state. She placed 15th in the event. To view more photos, visit www. ThisweekLive.com.

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Dakota Unitedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jaayson Meyer fights for possession in the state adapted soccer tournament. To view more photos, visit www.ThisweekLive.com.

Sports Briefs Susan Furtney is named tennis pro of the year

Burkhardt inducted into Augsburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hall of Fame Burnsville resident Michael Burkhardt, a 1981 alumnus of Augsburg College, was recently inducted into the 2011 class of the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Athletic Hall of Fame. Burkhardt played two seasons of menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey and baseball at Augsburg, after transferring from the University of Minnesota. In hockey, he was a goalie on two MIAC championship teams (1979-80 and 1980-81), in addition to winning the NAIA national championship in the 1981 season. In baseball, he played two seasons as a catcher for the Auggies, serving as a team co-captain his senior

Thompson named player of the week in NJCCA Division II Leading Dakota County Technical College basketball to the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first two wins, sophomore wing Kevin Thompson posted two double-doubles in the first two games of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural season and was named the NJCAA Division II Player of the Week. Thompson scored 16 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in an 89-78 win over North Iowa Area Community College on Nov. 11 in Mason City, Iowa. The following day at Ellsworth Community College, Thompson totaled 17 points and 14 rebounds in a 70-61 victory. The Knights play Rochester Community and Technical College (1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1) at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 in Rochester. The next day, DCTC faces St. Cloud Technical and Community College (1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;0) in the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first home game, which tips off at 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army Community Center in St. Paul.

TAGS coordinator Linda Thorberg receives award TAGS Gymnastics GymKids coordinator Linda Thorberg was named 2011 Educator of the Year by the national gymnastics governing body USA Gymnastics. She was awarded the honor during the USA Gymnastics Congress and Visa Championships held in St. Paul in August. She also received a 20year service award from

        

USA Gymnastics, as well as Regional Contributor of the Year. As a national instructor for USA Gymnastics, she certifies gymnastics professionals to teach preschool gymnastics, as well as educates judges, coaches and competitive athletes throughout the USA. Thorberg joined TAGS staff 33 years ago and lives in Farmington with her husband Gary.

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Golfer Sara Detlefsen picks Florida Gulf Coast Eastviewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sara Detlefsen has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf at Florida Gulf Coast University. Detlefsen was the runner-up at the Class AAA state girls golf tournament in 2010.

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year. Burkhardt served as an assistant coach for Augsburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey team for four seasons (2004-08) and he has been a coach in several sports in Burnsville and throughout Minnesota for several decades.

 

  

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