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Santorum sweeps Senate districts 37, 38 Republican caucuses Ron Paul finishes second, Mitt Romney a distant third by Matthew Hankey THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

With the lack of available parking, one would think Mitt Romney was back in Eagan. But it was former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum people showed up to support at Senate districts 38 and 37 Republican caucuses Tuesday, Feb. 7. Parked vehicles overflowed from the parking

lots at Deerwood Elementary School and Black Hawk Middle School in Eagan and along the stretch of road connecting the two schools. The Black Hawk auditorium was standing room only for the hundreds of Republican caucus-goers. In total, 817 Republicans caucused in District 38, which includes Eagan and a portion of northeast Burnsville, and 833 Republicans in District 37, which includes all of Apple Valley and Rosemount and southeast Burnsville. Santorum emerged as the winner in both Senate districts.

Dakota County has traditionally been known as a conservative-leaning county. At Black Hawk, guest speakers state Sen. Ted Daley, R-Eagan, and state Rep. Diane Anderson, R-Eagan, called for a return to conservative values for the upcoming presidential election. All Republican presidential candidates had a speaker pitch for their nomination at the caucus, a couple of whom read letters penned by the presidential hopefuls. Mary Pawlenty, wife of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, spoke on be-

half of Mitt Romney. “It’s absolutely essential that we beat Barack Obama in the upcoming election,” she said. But it was the speakers on behalf of Ron Paul and Rick Santorum who received the loudest applause. In Minnesota, Santorum received 21,908 straw poll votes for president, nearly 45 percent of all votes, according to the Minnesota secretary of state website. Paul took second place, receiving 13,185 straw poll votes (27 percent). Photo by Rick Orndorf Romney was a distant Apple Valley Precinct 7 chairman Rob Wills passes out third, receiving 8,207 votes straw vote ballots during Republican precinct caucuses See Caucus, 13A Tuesday night at Rosemount High School.

Distinguished Young Women enter spotlight

Where you can be Irish for a day

Two local girls will compete in this year’s homegrown event

Rosemount Rotary event is fundraiser for group’s service projects by Tad Johnson THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

The community of Rosemount has long embraced its Irish tradition. But for all of the ways in which local residents have drawn on that history, a St. Patrick’s Day event for the community hasn’t been a sustaining force. The Rotary Club of Rosemount hopes to change all that with its first signature fundraising event – Irish for a Day Soiree. (For details, see box on page 2.) Proceeds from the event will support the club’s service projects, which it has organized since the group was chartered in October 2009. “Despite being a club that is new and relatively small, we have ambitious members who aren’t afraid to serve in any way they can,” club president De-

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nise Kniefel said. “Our members really believe in Rotary’s motto of ‘Service Above Self,’ and we are hopeful this fundraiser will help support the work we want to do for children and families in this community.” Among the club’s projects are pairing mentors with seniors at Rosemount High School, Rosemount Family Resource Center programs, regular cleanups at Central Park, Armful of Love and several other projects. The group includes business and community leaders and is seeking new members. “The more members strong we are, the more we can accomplish in and around our community,” Kniefel said. Photo submitted Kniefel said they are Members of the Rosemount Rotary Club help clean up Central Park, careful not to overextend which is the group’s adopted park. It is one of the many efforts the club See Rotary, 2A has in the community.

Affordable housing documentary spotlights Apple Valley Quarry View townhomes profiled in ‘Homes For All’ by Andrew Miller THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Apple Valley’s Quarry View townhome complex will be featured on Twin Cities Public Television later this month in the documentary “Homes For All.” According to the show’s producers, “Homes For All” takes an in-depth look at the need for sustainable, affordable housing choices in Minnesota and profiles three innovative developments in the Twin Cities area that have broken the mold in creating homes for those living on small incomes. “This documentary tells the story of real people in real life situations who – with the security of a safe, affirming place to call home – can move forward and live independent lives,” Chip Halbach, executive director of Minnesota Housing Partnership, said in a press release. General 952-894-1111 Distribution 952-846-2070 Display Advertising 952-846-2011 Classified Advertising 952-846-2000

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The 45-unit Quarry View townhome complex in Apple Valley is one of three developments profiled in the documentary “Homes For All,” which will air at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, on Twin Cities Public Television. The 45-unit Quarry View homes in 2008. Neighboring “Homes For All” profiles Forcomplex was developed by residents expressed concerns est Ridge Townhomes in Forthe Dakota County Commu- about the prospect of in- est Lake and Hope Communinity Development Agency as creased criminal activity – ev- ties in Minneapolis. part of its Family Townhome erything from criminal sexual The 60-minute documenProgram for moderate-income conduct to graffiti vandalism tary will air at 8 p.m. Sunday, families with children. – if the townhomes were built. Feb. 19, on Twin Cities Public Located at Pilot Knob After city officials held a Television. Road and 155th Street near series of public meetings – at A preview event for “Homes Cobblestone Lake, it opened which CDA officials explained For All” is scheduled for Feb. last year and is the CDA’s third their housing application pro- 13 at the Wilder Center in St. Family Townhome Program cess, which includes crimi- Paul. More about that event, development in Apple Valley – nal background checks, and which will include discussion the other two are Chasewood Apple Valley police reported with the owners of the three Townhomes and Glenbrook that the other CDA-run town- developments profiled, is at Place. home sites don’t generate an www.mhponline.org. The Quarry View devel- inordinate number of calls for opment was a source of con- service – the City Council ap- Andrew Miller is at andrew. troversy at city hall when the proved the Quarry View pro- miller@ecm-inc.com. Dakota County CDA submit- posal in November 2008. ted its proposal for the townAlong with Quarry View,

An area tradition continues next week with the Distinguished Young Women of Minnesota scholarship competition Saturday, Feb. 18, at Eastview High School in Apple Valley. Two local girls, Alison Kispert of Burnsville Alison Kispert and Aria Stiles of Apple Valley, are among the 10 contestants, who also hail from Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Wells, Willmar, Owatonna and Mora. A week of activities leading up to the competition, formerly known as Minnesota Junior Miss, kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 12, with a welcome reception at Burnhaven Li- Aria Stiles brary in Burnsville. Burnsville has served as host city for the state competition since 1985. Out-of-town competitors stay with local host families. Restaurants and other business in Burnsville and surrounding cities host the girls, who make event appearances and get a whirlwind tour of the Twin Cities during their week here. The Kispert family of Burnsville has served as a host family since 2005, after catching the bug from neighbors. Alison and her parents, Scott and Karin, have looked forward to the day when she could compete in the program for high school seniors. “I would say we’ve probably had 15-plus girls stay with us,” Karin said. “They’ve all been just amazing role models for Ali growing up. She’s kind of grown up with the whole Distinguished Young Women motto,” which is Be Your Best Self. The state competitors can all earn scholarship money with top-three finishes in academics, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression, as well as top-three finishes overall. One state winner will advance to the national finals June 28 to 30 in Mobile, Ala., the national headquarters of Distinguished Young Women. Kispert and Stiles advanced to the state competition through an at-large competition held in November. The other eight advanced through competitions in Ivanhoe, Owatonna, Wells and Willmar.

‘Wonderful experience’ ”It’s been a wonderful experience to grow up with this program,” said Alison Kispert, a member of the National Honor Society at her school, Minnehaha Academy. “I have had the pleasure of meeting many past girls who I’ve been a host sister to, and they’ve all been really wonderful role models for me.” Kispert will sing “Climb Every Mountain” from “The Sound of Music” in the talent portion of the competition. Past competitors who stayed with her family encouraged her to develop her musical talent, Kispert said. She has plans for any scholarship money she may earn. “Right now, I’m planning on going to Bethel University next year,” she said. “I plan to pursue a major possibly in nursing or music.” See Distinguished, 2A


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Rosemount students are ‘On the Air’ Area students nominated to service academies

Theater arts department to stage old-time radio show by Tad Johnson THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

The second part of Rosemount High School’s winter arts season will be staged this weekend with a nod to one of Minnesota’s most notable exports. In the tradition of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion� on Minnesota Public Radio, students will present RHS Radio Theater “On the Air� from Feb. 10-12 in the school’s Performing Arts Center. The show will feature a cast of 10 actors, singers and musicians who will perform comic and dramatic scripts along with vocal and instrumental music together with sound effects created live on stage. “It’s creative, theatrical, and we’ve never done it before, especially working on a show that while played in front of a live audience, is focused on a radio broadcast via the Internet,� director Thomas Hoffman said. In addition to being performed on stage, “On the Air� will be streamed live on the Internet. The cast consists of some of the school’s top theater arts students, including Megan Beasley, Christy EmanSpotlight/from 1A

Violin and fitness Aria Stiles, whose parents are Karen and John Stiles, is an Eastview High School senior who is pinning her hopes for the competition on her musical talents and fitness. A violinist, Stiles knows last year’s Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota, Leeza Ali, through shared musical experiences. Stiles is a member of two

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Rosemount High School theater arts students perform on Wednesday during the senior preview for RHS Radio Theater “On the Air,� which will be performed this weekend at the school and streamed live online. uelson, Annie Foster, Dylan Giles, Maddie Holtze, Alexa Monn, Cory McMenomy, Alex Thibodo, Caleb Wesen and Zach Zaboj. Hoffman said he has been impressed by the students’ many performing talents as actors and musicians. He said he’s also been pleased with their willingness to try something new and work as a group to create and produce a live show that has to move non-stop in its one-hour time slot. The students have been full participants in finding what works and what doesn’t, according to Hoffman. “Creating the ads/jingles for our sponsors has been something that we found both challenging and fun to produce for our live broad-

cast,� Hoffman said. Assistant directors for the show are Laura Sandham, Ursula Bowden, Brittany Eastburn, and Mari Kae Marcotte-Schouweiler. “On the Air� will be performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be reserved and purchased online at www.district196.org/rhs/ theaterarts/tickets or by contacting the PAC Ticket Office at (651) 423-7540 or (651) 683-6969, ext. 37540. The first part of the school’s winter arts season was a short film festival in January.

classical quartets, including the 2011-12 MacPhail String Quartet. She’s a former member of the Minnesota Youth Symphony and recently returned from Nashville, Tenn., where she was scouting colleges with hopes of majoring in commercial music for violin. “I do bluegrass fiddling. So that’s where the commercial style comes in,� Stiles said. At Eastview, she’s a member of the Chamber

Singers and sings, dances and plays in the theater’s annual “BRAVO!� production. Stiles is in cross country and track and was senior captain in cross country this year. “I think I’ll do OK in the talent part,� Stiles said. “But we’ll see. Everybody’s so smart, and they’re in there for a reason.�

U.S. Rep. John Kline, RLakeville, honored several area students at a ceremony in his Burnsville office to recognize his nominees to the U.S. Service Academies. Nominees include: • Shannon Field of Apple Valley, Eastview High School, nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy. • Austyn Neumann-Shaw of Apple Valley, Edina High School, nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. • Jordan Krueger of Burnsville, Apple Valley High School, nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. • Jon Elliott Brubaker of Burnsville, Trinity School at River Ridge, nominated to the U.S. Air Force Acad-

emy. • Tyler Burger of Eagan, Eagan High School, nominated to West Point. • William Hoffman of Rosemount, Rosemount High School graduate currently attending University of North Dakota, nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. • Adam Jackson of Rosemount, Rosemount High School, nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy. • Stephen Sawyer of Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount High School, nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy. • Bryce Wilberding of Rosemount, Rosemount High School, nominated to West Point and the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy.

Southview PTO offers scholarship Southview Elementary PTO will award a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating District 196 senior who attended Southview Elementary. The scholarship award can be used for any post-secondary training or education at an accredited institution. A committee will award the scholarship based upon a completed application and an essay from the 2012 graduating senior explaining the significance of their years at Southview, their future educational plans and their hopes for the future. Application forms can be obtained at Southview or District 196 high schools. Applications should be sent to Southview Elementary, Attn: PTO Scholarship, 1025 Whitney Drive, Apple Valley, MN 55124. The deadline is March 21.

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Rosemount Rotary Club members work at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan to help pack meals, which are sent around the world to countries in need. Rotary/from 1A

members’ time commitments to Rotary projects, since members have families and full-time jobs. The strength of the club is in its members, according to Kniefel. “The members span a diverse group of people with John Gessner is at john.gess- different backgrounds and ner@ecm-inc.com. different reaches in Rosemount,� Kniefel said. Much of their work centers around helping young people. Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education is one of the club’s strongest projects, according to Kniefel. The effort pairs a Rotary member with a senior high school student who has struggled in the past and needs encouragement and guidance. The mentors work with the students on such skills as filling out applications for college or employment and job interviewing. In the Rotary’s effort to help students, SKB Industries, which has a division in Rosemount, provided a grant to the club to offer scholarships to area community colleges. Kniefel said one way the focus on youth is mirrored globally is a project through which the Rosemount Rotary provides books, science lab materials and other items for a school in Bolivia.

national service organization, the motto of which is Service Above Self, can’t be The Irish for a Day measured.� Soiree will be held at 6:30 Kniefel said the fun part p.m. Saturday, March 17, about being part of such a at the Rosemount Comnew Rotary group is that munity Center. The event the world is their oyster and will include a DJ and they can plan what they music, 50/50 raffle, silent want. auction and cash bar. That’s where the Irish for At 7 p.m., a tradithe Day Soiree enters. tional Irish dinner will be Erin Edlund, the club’s served, including corned public relations chairwombeef, cabbage, parsley poan, had the idea for the tatoes, soda bread, salad event. and more, followed by a “We wanted something short program and dancthat reflected the feeling ing. of Rosemount,� Kniefel Tickets are $45 in said, “laid back yet full advance and $50 at the of enthusiasm, something door. Groups interested that would get people talkin purchasing a table of ing and mingling, someeight may do so for $350. thing that was fun, and an Those wishing to donate event that involved many silent auction items or throughout the community. purchase tickets may do The tie-in to Rosemount’s so by contacting Stacey Irish heritage lent itself to Bartelson at (651) 322hosting a St. Patrick’s Day 2905. event where we all can celThe Rosemount Rotaebrate and be a little Irish ry Club meets Fridays at for a day.� noon at Fireside restauShe said the event is rant in Rosemount. shaping up to be a great “I think people would night, which will ultimately agree that sometimes the benefit the community. volunteer gets even more out of the experience than Tad Johnson is at editor. the person being helped,� thisweek@ecm-inc.com. she said. “It is extremely rewarding to be able to give back to Rosemount and to give to those who are less fortunate and would really struggle without our help. PUBLIC NOTICE SCHOOL DISTRICT 196 The pride we feel belonging INDEPENDENT Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan to such a phenomenal interPublic Schools

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Educating our students to reach their full potential CALL FOR BIDS EXCESS TYPE III TRANSPORTATION Notice is hereby given that BIDS will be received for excess Type III Transportation "on an as needed basis" by Independent School District 196 at the District Office, 3455 153rd Street W, Rosemount, MN 55068, until 11 a.m., February 24, 2012 at which time and place bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Complete instructions on how to obtain Bidding Documents can be found at: http://www.district196.org/District/LegalNotices/ index.cfm. If you should have any questions regarding this bid you may contact the Randy Dukek, Coordinator of Transportation Joel Albright, Board Clerk Independent School District 196 2895423 2/3-2/10/12

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Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools Educating our students to reach their full potential Elementary Band Equipment and Music Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received for Elementary Band Equipment and Music by Independent School District 196, at the District Office located at 3455 153rd St W, Rosemount, MN 55068 until 10 a.m. on February 24, 2012, at which time and place bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. A five percent Bid Bond, Certified Check or Cashier's Check must be submitted with the bids. Complete instructions on how to obtain Bidding Documents can be found at: http://www.district196.org/District/LegalNotices/ index.cfm. If you should have any questions regarding this bid you may contact Renee Ervasti at 651-423-7617. Joel Albright, Board Clerk Independent School District 196 2895448 2/3-2/10/12


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Man allegedly stole car while Keep dogs leashed in parks, city says in Apple Valley for job interview Vehicle taken from Apple Valley Transit Station had key in ignition A man who was Apple Valley poin Apple Valley for lice spoke with the a job interview is acvictim, who recused of stealing a ported that his car car from the Apple key got stuck in Valley Transit Stathe ignition when tion. he parked at the According to the Benito transit station the criminal complaint, Hernandez morning of Jan. 30. 37-year-old Benito Romo Jr. In order to catch Hernandez Romo Jr. his bus, he left the told police he was walking key in the ignition and the through the transit station’s car unlocked. When he reparking lot Jan. 30 when he turned from work at about noticed a vehicle with keys 5:30 p.m. that day, his car in its ignition and decided was gone. to take it. The vehicle was recov-

ered Feb. 1 when Lakeville police pulled Romo over for an unrelated offense. In a statement to police, Romo admitted taking the vehicle and said it was the first time he had stolen a car, according to the complaint. Romo, of Richfield, was booked into the Dakota County Jail and charged with motor vehicle theft, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. —Andrew Miller

Reports of unleashed dogs in Burnsville city parks – particularly Alimagnet Park – have city officials tightening their enforcement of an ordinance requiring pets to be kept on a leash while in public. Users of Alimagnet Park – home to the city’s enclosed, seven-acre Alimagnet Dog Park – and residents in the surrounding neighborhood have grown concerned with the large number of dogs being let off-leash on adjacent city

trails and ball fields, according to a city news release. The Police Department will take a more proactive approach to enforcement in that area and begin issuing citations to violators in the near future, the release said. It is against the law to allow dogs off-leash on any public property, including the parking lots, trails and parkland of city parks, the city said. “Burnsville strives to provide quality parks and facilities that can be en-

joyed by all residents and patrons,� said Burnsville Recreation and Facilities Superintendent J.J. Ryan. “Not everyone is comfortable around dogs. We ask that dog owners be courteous to those who may not want get so ‘up-close-andpersonal’ with our canine friends.� Alimagnet Dog Park is located at 1200 Alimagnet Parkway. For more information, visit www.burnsville.org/dogpark.

Paying it forward Eighth-grader donates winnings by Laura Adelmann THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

After the cheering died and the spotlight dimmed, 13 year-old Abby Haenni decided to pay it forward. The Christian Life School eighth-grader had been presented with a certificate and a $100 check by Farmington Police Chief Brian Lindquist during a Feb. 2 school assembly for her winning essay in a Minnesota Police Chiefs Association contest. But after Donovan and Andrea Dugan of Burnsville, former teachers, spoke of their plans to serve as missionaries in Indonesia for at least four years at the same assembly, Abby asked if she could donate the $100 to the couple. Abby’s mom, April Haenni, said after the assembly, she had tears of pride in her eyes when Abby asked for permission to give all her prize money to the missionary family. “I was extremely proud,� April said. “When her grandparents (Richard and

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Donovan and Andrea Dugan with their daughters, Natalie, 5, and Bethany, 2, will move to Indonesia in March to serve as missionaries. Candy Short) found out, they decided to match it.� The Dugans will provide theological training to develop Christian leaders in the primarily Muslim culture. Abby’s gesture encouraged the Dugan family as they embark on their adventure. “Abby’s donation to our mission work reflects the generosity and faith of her upbringing,� Donovan said. “It is remarkable that a teenage girl in our culture is able to prioritize generous faith over materialism. Abby is choosing to invest in her faith and values and it will benefit people on the other side of the world. Her actions show a maturity far

beyond her years and we’re proud of her and thankful for her.� As for the essay award, Abby was one of 36 students in the state selected for the annual honor, writing about how to use technology for good. In her essay, Abby described the pros and cons of technology, noting the dangers of cyber-bullying but also detailing the life-transforming gift of cochlear implants to the deaf. Those interested in becoming a financial partner in the Dugan’s mission, visit www.onechallenge.org/donate. Laura Adelmann is at laura. adelmann@ecm-inc.com.

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Thisweek Columnist Exceptional Businesswomen beacons of inspiration by Tad Johnson THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

The Jan. 9 edition of the Dakota County Tribune Business Weekly carried profiles of the 11 Dakota County Exceptional Businesswomen for 2012. The special edition was a preview to this newspaper and the Dakota County Technical College Foundation’s event-recognition breakfast Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn, where Fairview Ridges Hospital President Beth Krehbiel will be the featured speaker. If you didn’t receive one of the special editons that were sent to our business mailing list, you can find the stories posted on our website. After reading the front section of these stories, one should walk away inspired, ready to take on the next business challenge. Inspiration is easy to find among this class, which includes three company founders, three owner/entrepreneurs and five who hold top-level positions with some of the largest companies in Dakota County. I had the opportunity to conduct brief interviews with each of the women, and, as managing editor, I’ve read all of their stories. Talking to and reading about them had me constantly evaluating my own goals, priorities and vision for my own work. The wonderful aspect about this project is that it affords us, as reporters, and you, as readers, a chance to meet these amazing, hard-working and accomplished women whom otherwise we might have never profiled. Michele Engdahl, manager of government and community affairs for Thomson Reuters, put it best when she said the common thread that binds these winners together

work ethic of their team. is their ability to articuCarrie Guarrero knows late their business mesIN BRIEF the value in breaking lofty sage into the communigoals into small tasks as a life ty as ambassadors who Tickets for the Dakocoach, in addition to being give back to support ta County 2012 Excepthe senior vice president and other local efforts. tional Businesswomen regional manager for CornerThat’s seen in winbreakfast buffet and cerstone Mortgage Company. ners like Peggy Johnemony are $20 per perShe says she couldn’t imagine son and Sheila Longie, whose son. Registration starts juggling her work and family volunteer efforts in the comat 7:30 a.m. The breakdemands (she has seven chilmunity are too numerous to fast will start at 8 a.m. dren) without the accountlist here. with the program comability of a life coach. Johnson’s been tied in mencing at 8:30 a.m. Connie Braziel says she some way to nearly every Tables of eight can be likes to stay behind the scenes chamber of commerce in reserved for $140. at the Minnesota Zoo, which Dakota County, and Longie For more informais an easy thing to do since lights up when talking about tion about the award or the animals steal the show. her work with the Taste of a link to purchase tickBut she’s in charge of daily Lakeville, which is a great ets, go online at www. community birthday party operations for a zoo that has ThisweekLive.com, look that she says connects people shattered attendance records for a link to the Exceplike a family. in recent years while undertional Businesswomen For those looking for a taking ambitious projects to page or go directly to confirmation that hard work inject new life into Dakota https://www.formstack. achieves major success, look County’s most popular atcom/forms/?1158630no further than the different traction. 8MXgiJhcwU. paths of Theresa Wise and Terri Shepherd, founder Jamie Dahlen. and CEO Xact Resources Dahlen talks about the long nights and Inc., shows that keeping one eye on the busiearly mornings it took to turn the Best West- ness and the other on the outside world can ern Premier Nicollet Inn into the sparkling result in finding new niches and even a secjewel it has become in Burnsville – the site of ond company. Shepherd’s firm is experiencthis year’s awards breakfast. ing rapid growth because she was not statisWise, senior vice president and chief in- fied with standing still and instead looking formation officer at Delta, also talks about for the next opportunity. Chris Holtan of Lancet Software Develthe days and nights needed to merge the millions of information technology records of opment Inc. proves that humor in the workNorthwest and Delta Air Lines by creating place can have some serious positive impact. From the outset, Lancet’s founders made thousands of subprojects with IT workers in Eagan. It’s a mind-boggling effort that she fun an equal partner with hard work as they says was made seamless to customers by the dubbed themselves the company’s “floun-

ders� to communicate their effort of “floundering around� to try anything to see what works. Holtan also talked about the company’s “Wall of Greatness� where profound (and not-so-profound) quotes are pasted up for all to “admire.� Sona Mehring’s story is pure inspiration for those who think they have a great idea. She says her CaringBridge idea, which was born from a friend’s crisis, was the first social network. She says she couldn’t have imagined the nonprofit would become what it is today – a hug for the world that is used by millions across the planet. While many women have encountered challenges in the workplace because of their gender, Sunny Bhakta, owner of Comfort Inn-Lakeville, has overcome dual discrimination. I was disappointed to learn that, as owner of her first hotel in Owatonna, she faced racism in the form of insults and rejected business because she happened to come from another part of the world. She said she also faced gender discrimination from the outset in Lakeville as employees resigned because they wouldn’t work for a woman. That goes to show that we still have a long way to go to overcome ignorance. These are just a few of the lessons our winners have taught me. They are very deserving of these awards, and it seems a small measure of gratitude for all they have given back to the community. Tad Johnson is at editor.thisweek@ecm-inc. com.

Letters Happy ending to TV theft saga To the editor: Wow. Words can’t express our gratitude to the generous people who came to our rescue after those

thoughtless people stole a large television set from the Burnsville Senior Center. As many people worked getting a mountain of gifts ready for distribution to our senior friends in need, in walked our own Santa

for a Senior carrying a new flatscreen television to replace our loss. Bryan Prettyman, co-owner of Ernie’s Pub and Grill, had experienced the same ordeal at his restaurant and felt he just had to help us. Bryan

       

 

  

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Myhra on school shift, session

ognized the change from a 70/30 to a 60/40 payment plan could cause cash flow problems for some school districts, so the school funding formula was increased by $50 per pupil for the 2011-12 school year and increased by $100 per pupil for the 2012-13 school year to pay for short-term borrowings. In 2011, I was privileged to chief author legislation, signed into law, to promote literacy by the end of third grade. The Legislature also passed a performancebased teacher evaluation system, an early graduation achievement scholarship program, and alternative teacher licensing. The economy is dependent on a well-educated work force, so continued attention will be focused this session on measures to improve education. Additional reform initiatives the Legislature is working on to improve jobs and Minnesota’s economy include enhancing the Angel Investment Tax Credit, phasing out and eliminating the business property tax, lowering energy costs by crediting hydropower in renewable energy goals, and establishing a limited moratorium on state rule making and regulations.

To the editor: Last December, the Office of Minnesota Management and Budget released the state budget forecast for the next two years, showing unexpected good news of an $876 million surplus. The surplus is primarily due to cost-saving results of the final budget passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor last summer. The budget surplus, as required by Minnesota statute, will first be used to replenish the state’s cash flow account, similar to a family’s checking account, and then to build up the state’s budget reserve account, similar to a family’s savings account. Once the state’s cash flow and budget reserve accounts are replenished, the school shift, used to balance the state budget last summer, will be repaid. For the 2011-12 school year, the school shift is 60/40, meaning 60 percent of school funding is paid currently and 40 percent in the next year. The entire amount of school funding is paid to the districts; however, it is split between years. The previous Legislature used a 70/30 school shift to balREP. PAM MYHRA ance the state budget. Last summer, the Leg- District 40A islature and governor rec- Burnsville

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Melissa Kay Goettig of Apple Valley and Ryan Dale Van Wey of Grand Forks, ND are engaged to be married. Melissa, daughter of Mark and Deb Goettig, is a 2011 graduate of University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is currently employed at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Ryan, son of Rick and Lorraine Van Wey, is the manager of Tubs of Fun! Pools and Spas in Grand Forks. An April 28, 2012 wedding is planned in the Twin Cities.

Age 12, of Lakeville MN passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday, surrounded by her family, after battling Lymphoma for two and a half years. Carina attended Lake Marion Elementary school in Lakeville. She loved animals, especially birds, doing art, swimming, and listening to music, especially Taylor Swift. Carina is survived by her loving parents, Kevin and Jill; brothers, Cameron and Quinten; grandparents, Ronald & Beverly Schrader and Alan & Marilyne Benson; aunts and uncles, Ann & George Gleim, Apple Valley, MN, Jeff Benson, Cedar Rapids, IA, Susan & Tim Esse r, De F o r es t , W I , Jenny & Jason Dugan, Lakeville, MN and Kara Schrader, Davenport, IA; cousins, Max, Kyle, Owen, Gavin, Kade and Eli; other relatives and friends. Funeral Service was at 11 AM Friday, (2/3) at Hosanna! Church, 9600 163rd St W. Lakeville, MN 55044 visitation was from 4 to 8 PM on Thursday (2/2) at the White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood TR., Lakeville, MN 55044 (952 469 2723). In lieu of flowers, memorials will used to fulfill Carina's wish to donate a Slushy machine to the BMT clinic 9th floor at the U of MN Hospital. On line condolences at www.whitefuneralhomes.com

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Letters PAC loss nothing to celebrate To the editor: So, we should all celebrate the quarter milliondollar Performing Arts Center loss. It could have been, and was projected to be, a greater loss. Is that the cause of the celebration? Oh, we also forgot to include the cost of the borrowed money it took to construct the PAC, the depreciation of the PAC property, the loss of property tax since it is a public structure, and most likely the cost of the original infrastructure. Government again appears to not blink an eye at losing other people’s (taxpayers’) money. I believe the studies done before the construction of the PAC predicted a loser. Looks like the city is also taking a run at being a bank. Part of the slush fund the PAC is using to guarantee folks performing in the PAC-sponsored performance series a minimum amount of money is a loan from the city. I guess no commercial banks were interested in taking the risk, so the “City of Burnsville Bank� stepped forward. What’s next? Will the city get into the used-car business? If the PAC were a private company, it most likely would be on the bankruptcy auction block. The PAC seems to be more of an albatross than a cause to celebrate. TOM ANDERSON Burnsville

Eagan & Lakeville Resource Centers seek donations

Kuhn 50th Wedding Anniversary! William and Donna Kuhn will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on February 16th, 2012. They were married in Riverside, California in 1962. Both were former members of the United States Air Force. They have been blessed with a Daughter, Sandra and a Son, David along with 3 very special Grandsons.

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To the editor: The 2011 statistics of the Eagan & Lakeville Resource Center do not describe the hard, individual story of a family in need of food support, but the numbers do speak to the trend of the continuing struggles for many families in Dakota County. In 2011, upward of 9,940 households were served by the pantry food shelves of the Eagan & Lakeville Resource Center. This is a staggering 79 percent increase in families over 2010 and equates to more than 679,340 pounds of distributed food, a 77 percent increase in just one year.

The need is so great that the Lakeville Resource Center is expanding again (second time in 18 months) into another 500-squarefoot suite totaling over 3,000 square feet to accommodate the growth in families served as well as a goal to distribute more fresh and perishable foods, about 70 percent of the available inventory. The Eagan & Lakeville Resource Center is a nonprofit organization, which provides food support, community resource referral and community gardening (garden-to-table) for families residing in Dakota County. ELRC is often confused with 360 Communities, but we are not the same organization. ELRC is a separately incorporated 501(C)3 organization with the mission to serve those in need and to eliminate hunger in Dakota County. To find out how you can help those in need or to access food support, visit www.eaganrc.org or phone (651) 688-3189. The Lakeville Resource Center is located in suites 137 and 139 in the Holyoke Mall, downtown Lakeville. The pantry of the Eagan Resource Center is located at 3904 Cedar Grove Pkwy., Eagan. LISA HORN Eagan & Lakeville Resource Center executive director

Wardlow allows special interest loopholes To the editor: Eagan prides itself on its business-friendly attitude and our community has benefitted enormously from the companies that call Eagan home. But being business-friendly is one

thing; throwing your community under the bus is quite another. And that’s exactly what state Rep. Doug Wardlow, R-Eagan, did when he authored legislation that would let predatory businesses off the hook to do what they want without consequence. During debates on Senate File 149 and Senate File 373, Wardlow rejected amendments that would have held businesses accountable when they misuse personal medical data, deceive and manipulate their own customers, and even when they destroy evidence of their wrongdoing. Wardlow claims that letting bad businesses off hook will create jobs. This may be true only for the consultants advising their clients on how best to drive a truck through Wardlow’s special interest loopholes. Wardlow, a business litigation attorney, claims that “lawyers are the problem;� insofar as that statement applies to him, I could not agree more. MIKE SUPINA Eagan

Taxes and fees

the writer might consider the policies of our former governor (and failed presidential candidate), which relied on increased fees to end users and property taxes at the local level to comply with his “no new taxes� pledge. As for license tabs, my tabs this year were $90. Since Gov. Jesse Ventura flattened those fees, newer vehicles pay more for tabs but still less than when fees were based on the value of the vehicle, hence fewer dollars in the road maintenance accounts. Notice more than the usual number of potholes lately? The religion of tax cuts, and only tax cuts, as the answer to all public questions, seems an article of faith for many of the folks on the right. That government needs a certain amount of income to continue providing services is a fact. If the funding source is not broad-based, somebody is going to get squeezed and that is always the little guy. If tax credits to help increase hiring increase the number of taxpayers, I’m not opposed. The income gap is wider than ever in our country’s history. And most of that happened during the Bush and Pawlenty administrations with tax cuts for the wealthy. The top earners have seen their income double over the last 20 years while the bottom 40 percent declined. We need an attitude adjustment at the Capitol. We need to move from “we can’t� to “we can� representation. In Apple Valley, I’m supporting the election of Mike Germain and Roberta Gibbons to get that change of attitude.

To the editor: A recent letter questions why there should be state tax credits for businesses that hire people and disparages Gov. Mark Dayton’s jobs plan. He then complains about the fees and taxes he pays for his business and personal property. Well, that person hired with the tax credit just might be another customer for his business. Counterintuitively, government spending in times of recession keeps the economy JUDY FINGER moving where tightening Apple Valley the belt strangles it. As for fees and taxes,



   



 

      

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Wedding anniversary? Oh, jeez. The lovably dim-witted Norwegian couple of Ole and Lena will be taking the stage of the Lakeville Area Arts Center on Feb. 18 for “Ole & Lena’s 50th Anniversary and Vow Renewal.� The all-ages stage comedy features real-life husband and wife Michael and Julie Bateson as the title characters. Michael Bateson wrote and is directing the show, which follows Lena’s preparations for a romantic anniversary celebration as Ole seeks ways to instead compete in an ice-fishing tournament. “It’s a lighthearted comedy, but it’s not just a series of Ole and Lena jokes,� Bateson said. “There’s a story, we do a fair amount of improv and there are some interactive sections with the audience.�

The Batesons are no strangers to the characters. This is their third Ole and Lena show, having performed as the comic Scandinavian couple in two other shows Michael wrote – “Ole & Lena’s Family Christmas� and “Ole & Lena’s Cruise Vacation.� Both of those shows were staged at the theater the Batesons owned and operated in Cannon Falls, the now-defunct Stone Mill Dinner Theater. South-of-the-river audiences will recognize Michael Bateson from his one-man Mark Twain shows last year at the Lakeville Area Arts Center and the Dakota County Fair. A Cannon Falls resident who works at Charter Media in Rosemount, he has been performing as the venerated Southern humorist for about 10 years. As a Twain fan since

childhood, he brings an encyclopedic knowledge of the author’s life and literary works to the act, and his impersonation comes complete with a white suit, wig and Missouri drawl. Making the switch from Mark Twain to Ole may seem like an odd transition, but as a character actor it comes with the territory, he said. “Mark Twain tends to be a little more challenging just because of all the research that goes into it,� he said. “Ole is a little more freewheeling – and a lot more fun.� Tickets for “Ole & Lena� are $15 and can be reserved by calling (952) 985-4640 or visiting www.ci.lakeville.mn.us and clicking on “Lakeville Area Arts Center.� Andrew Miller is at andrew. miller@ecm-inc.com.

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To submit items for the Arts Calendar, email: reporter. thisweek@ecm-inc.com.

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Comedy Olivia Arrington with special guest Colleen Justice at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 E. First Ave., Shakopee (lower level of Dangerfield’s), (612) 860-9388, www. minnehahacomedyclub.com. Tickets: $13 for early shows, $10 for late show.

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Vocalist Jenn Alexander will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Known locally as a worship leader at Hosanna Lutheran Church, Alexander will be backed by a four-piece band featuring strings, piano and acoustic instruments. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Advance purchase is recommended. For additional information, call (952) 985-4640.

theater and arts briefs Coffee concerts begin Feb. 19

Arts festival has call for artists

“A Time and Place for Musicâ€? is the theme of the fifth season of Chamber Music Coffee Concerts at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. The WolfGang, seven musicians who specialize in playing late baroque through early classical music on period instruments, will kick off the season at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. The concerts are held in a casual cabaret setting with complimentary Caribou coffee and refreshments. Upcoming concerts in the series include: • The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo, Sunday, March 18. • Orkestar Bez Ime, Sunday, April 29. • Adam Kuenzel, flute, and Judith Gordon, piano, Mother’s Day recital, Sunday, May 13. Tickets are available at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., or by calling (952) 985-4640. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Season tickets for all four concerts are available at a 25 percent discount.

Artists are invited to submit an application to Lakeville’s juried art festival to be held Sept. 15-16 on the grounds of the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Artists may apply online at www. lakevilleartfestival.org, or by calling (952) 985-4640. Postmark deadline for the application is April 27.

Matthew Sanford at arts center Matthew Sanford, author of “Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence,� will talk about the accident that left him paralyzed as a teen and his journey to become a yoga instructor and leading advocate of integrative medicine from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. The event is free but requires a ticket. Call the Heritage Library at (952) 8910362 or register online at www.heritagelibraryfriends. com. Sanford’s appearance is a part of OneBook, OneLakeville.

IMAX family night is ‘Wizard of Oz’ Monday, Feb. 20 in Lakeville The IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley will host Dinner and a Movie Family Night on Monday, Feb. 20. Guests who purchase one adult admission ($9.75) to the 6:30 p.m. showing of “The Ultimate Wave Tahiti: An IMAX 3D Experience� will receive one free child’s admission to the movie and a complimentary Subway sandwich (while supplies last) before the show. Dinner will be served in the lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Candlelight event without snow The Trails by Candlelight event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center in Eagan is still on, but with minor changes. With the lack of snow this year, the event is being transformed into an evening of hiking and ice skating by candlelight. Four miles of wooded park trails will be lined with candles for an evening hike, and candles will also line a one-half mile ice skating trail and ice rink. Bonfires will be available for warming up, and the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center will be open late. Hot chocolate, hot dogs, mini doughnuts and more will be available for purchase in a concession trailer next to the visitor center. The event is open to all ages. The cost to participate in the event is $10 per person at the door. Youth ages 5 and under are free. Bring your own ice skates. For more information, visit www.dakotacounty. mn.us/parks.

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Giant Step Theatre will present “Wizard of Oz� at Lakeville North High School beginning Saturday, Feb. 11. Performances are 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 11 and 18; 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 12 and 19; 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17; and 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. Tickets are $6 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., or by phone at (952) 9854640. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door for $8.

Concerts Tim Patrick and his Blue Eyes Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets are $19 at the box office, Ticketmaster.com or (800) 982-2787. Jenn Alexander will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville. Tickets are $15. Information: (952) 9854640. The Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Three pieces will be performed: Schubert’s Alfonso and Estrella Overture, Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and Mozart’s Requiem. Tickets range from $5 to $15 and can be purchased in person at the box office, or via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or ticketmaster. com. More information is at www. DakotaValleySymphony.org. Chamber Music Coffee Concert featuring The WolfGang, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the arts center or by calling (952) 985-4640. Exhibits “Reoccurring Patterns: from Macro to Micro,� an exhibit of paintings by Northeast Minneapolis artist Eleanor McGough, is open through Feb. 25 at Burnsville Performing Arts Center’s Art Gallery, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Exhibit hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.

        

Theater The Lakeville Area Arts Center, in conjunction with Ballet Royale Minnesota, will present the third annual “An Evening of Art and Dance� at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. For tickets or additional information, call (952) 985-4640. Giant Step Theatre will present “Wizard of Oz� at Lakeville North High School at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 11 and 18; 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 12 and 19; 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17; and 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. Tickets are $6 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave., or by phone at (952) 985-4640. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door for $8. “Ole and Lena’s 50th Wedding Anniversary and Vow Renewal� will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Tickets are $15. Reservations can be made by calling (952) 985-4640. The Chameleon Theatre Circle will present “Almost, Maine� at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-25, March 2, 3, 5, 9, 10 and at 2 p.m. March 11 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets are $20 ($17 for seniors and students) at the box office, by phone at (800) 982-2787) or online at Ticketmaster.com. Spencers: Theatre of Illusion will bring magic to the Burnsville Performing Arts Center in a 7:30 p.m. performance on March 8. Tickets range from $15 to $39 and can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling (800) 982-2787 or at Ticketmaster.com.

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Standings Boys Basketball Team

Conference W L Eastview 11 0 Lakeville North 10 1 Apple Valley 9 2 Eagan 7 4 Prior Lake 5 6 B Kennedy 5 6 Rosemount 3 8 Lakeville South 3 8 B Jefferson 2 9 Burnsville 0 11

Overall W L 19 0 18 1 16 3 11 8 9 10 8 11 9 10 8 11 5 13 0 18

Friday, Feb 10 • Lakeville North at Eastview, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. • Burnsville at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 14 • Lakeville South at Prior Lake, 7:15 p.m. • Apple Valley at Eastview, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Kennedy at Rosemount, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Burnsville, 7:15 p.m. • Eagan at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb 16 • Eagan at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m.

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

Conference W L 12 1 11 2 9 4 8 5 7 6 6 7 4 9 4 9 2 11 2 11

Overall W L 17 4 16 4 13 8 11 10 12 9 8 13 9 12 7 14 7 14 7 14

Friday, Feb 10 • Apple Valley at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:15 p.m. • Eagan at Burnsville, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville South at Rosemount, 7:15 p.m. • Eastview at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 14 • Prior Lake at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. • Eastview at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville North at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. • Burnsville at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb 16 • Rosemount at Eastview, 7:15 p.m.

Boys Hockey Team

Conference Overall W L T W L T Eagan 14 0 0 20 2 0 Burnsville 9 3 1 13 8 1 Lakeville South 9 4 0 13 8 0 Apple Valley 7 4 2 10 8 2 Prior Lake 6 6 0 13 9 0 B Jefferson 5 7 1 5 14 2 Lakeville North 5 7 0 10 11 0 Eastview 3 9 0 9 12 1 Rosemount 1 12 0 4 17 0 B Kennedy 0 7 0 4 17 0 Saturday, Feb 11 • Apple Valley at Lakeville South, 3 p.m. • Eagan at Bloomington Jefferson, 3 p.m. • Lakeville North at Rosemount, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 14 • Eden Prairie at Apple Valley, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb 16 • Rosemount at Apple Valley, 7 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Prior Lake, 7 p.m. • Eastview at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville South at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:15 p.m. • Burnsville at Eagan, 7:15 p.m.

Eagan boys team qualifies for state Nordic meet for second straight year Eagan’s Hedblom, Burnsville’s Hett win respective section titles by Andy Rogers THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

The ISD 196 boys Nordic team has plenty to cheer about after the Section 1 meet on Tuesday at Trollhaugen in Dresser, Wis. Seven of the top 12 placers were wearing ISD 196 ski outfits, and the Eagan boys team edged out Lakeville North, which had the top two racers, by seven points to send the entire team to state. Nick Acton was Eagan’s top placer, coming in third. Josh Podpeskar placed sixth, and teammates Jacob Edmond (11th), Ryan Larson (12th), Jacob Carlson (43rd), Chris Acton (45th) and Patrick Acton (51st) finished fast enough to qualify, all as underclassmen. Larson is in his first year, coming in with a hockey background, and both Podpeskar and Edmond made drastic strides from a year ago. Eagan qualified as a team in 2011, although several of its top skiers were seniors. Nick Acton was one of them, placing 67th overall. “I wasn’t very happy last year,” Nick Acton said. “I’d like to do a lot better this year than fifth. The whole team is going to have to step it up and I think we can do it.” The Eagan boys combine with fellow ISD 196 schools Rosemount, Apple Valley and Eastview during the season. Rosemount’s Nick Couillard (fourth in the section) will make a return trip to the state meet along with David Bumgarner (ninth) and former teammate Apple Valley’s Rhett Carlson (eighth). They were all part of a combined ISD 196 team that won the South Subur-

Photos by Andy Rogers

Right: Eagan’s Laura Bailly, No. 22, is neck and neck with Lakeville South’s Megan Kilbride, No. 20, at the Section 1 meet on Tuesday. Below: Eagan’s Nick Acton skis at the Section 1 meet in Dresser, Wis., on Tuesday. His team qualified for state. To view more photos of the meet, visit www. Thisweeklive.com.

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ban Conference championship earlier this month. “I wish we could compete as one team, but we obviously did fine as one Eagan team,” Nick Acton said. “I’ll cheer them on at state just like I would someone from Eagan. It’s weird thinking I’m going to compete against them.” Nordic skiing was a popular sport at ISD 196, as it had the biggest roster in team history. Much of the large numbers can be attributed to the abundance of snow last season.

“People kept telling their friends how fun it was,” Nick Acton said. “With a lot less this time around, the fond memories remain. I feel like most people I’ve talked to are planning to come back. I think they all really enjoyed it.” In Section 3 at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, Burnsville’s Mike Johnson qualified for state after finishing fifth overall. The state Nordic meet is scheduled for Feb. 16 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

Burnsville has given Minnesota several quality skiers to represent the school at state and 2012 was no different. Vivian Hett won the South Suburban Conference title as well as the Section 3 title on Tuesday. She finished 11th last season as a freshman at state. She will bring her entire team with her this time around. Thanks to Jordan Horner’s fifth place and Tori Felton’s eighth place finish along with Krista Bain, Jane Koch, Kjerstin Narvesen and Johanna Weber, the Blaze won the Section 3 title a few days after winning the South Suburban Conference title. In Section 1, Eagan’s Sonja Hedblom blew the competition away in Dresser, Wis., as she qualified for her third state meet as a junior. Hedblom was 19th at state last season and the runner up in the South Suburban Conference championships. She finished 19th at

state last season, but didn’t feel like it was her best effort. “I really want to get top 10,” Hedblom said. “Last year it wasn’t my race. I can’t psych myself out when it’s warm like that. Last year it was a mess trying to get kick wax going.” Last season the state meet featured rain and 40 degree weather. The lack of snow this season has brought anxiety to skiers as well. “When it’s really warm and sticky and there’s not such a great glide, it’s such a bummer,” Hedblom said. “But it wasn’t as bad as everyone imagined not having snow. Everyone is in the same position. We’ve all accepted the fact.” Her teammate Eagan’s Roxanne Holt just made the cut to join her at state finishing in the final qualifying spot. Andy Rogers is at andy. rogers@ecm-inc.com.

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Conference Overall W L T W L T Lakeville North 14 2 1 19 5 1 Eagan 13 2 2 19 3 3 Lakeville South 13 3 1 19 5 1 B Jefferson 8 8 1 12 11 2 Burnsville 5 7 5 9 11 5 Rosemount 5 8 4 8 13 4 Apple Valley 6 10 1 12 12 1 Eastview 6 10 1 9 15 1 Prior Lake 2 13 2 5 18 2 B Kennedy 0 9 0 6 17 2 Wednesday, Feb. 8 • East Ridge at Eagan, 7 p.m. • Eastview at Hastings, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Apple Valley, 7 p.m. • Burnsville at Park 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 • Eagan/East Ridge vs. Hastings/ Eastivew winners, 5 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Civic Center in Inver Grove Heights • Apple Valley/Rosemount vs. Park/ Burnsville winners, 7 p.m.at Veteran’s Memorial Civic Center in Inver Grove Heights Wednesday, Feb. 15 • Section 3AA final, 7 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Civic Center in Inver Grove Heights

Nordic Tuesday, Feb. 6 • Section 1, Dresser, Wis. Girls: 1. Winona, 372; 2. Lakeville North, 360; 3. Lakeville South, 356; 4. Northfield, 297; 5. Hastings, 285; 6. Eastview, 282; 7. Eagan, 277; 8. Simley, 259; 9. Park, 187; 10. New Prague, 89; 11. Apple Valley, 68; 1. Sonja Hedblom, Eagan; 2. Amy Ferguson, Lakeville North; 3. Erin Keane, Winona; 4. Maggie Singer, Lakeville South; 5. Kaitlyn Lindaman, Winona; 6. Cherisse Wolvington, Winona; 7. Sara Nelson, Lakeville North; 8. Rachel Peterson, Hastings; 9. Margie Freed, Simley; 10. Caraline Slattery, Lakeville South; 11. Roxanne Holt, Eagan; Boys: 1. Eagan, 372; 2. Lakeville North 365, Winona 352, 3. Northfield 338, 4. Lakeville South 315, 5. Apple Valley 294, 6. Rosemount 250, 7. Hastings 232, 8. Simley 202, 9. Park 126, 10. Eastview 121, New Prague 76 1. Ben Saxton, Lakeville North; 2. Lewis Kunik, Lakeville North; 3. Nick Acton, Eagan; 4. Nick Couillard, Rosemount; 5. Josh Podpeskar; 6. Will Olstad, Northfield; 7. Noah Poling, Winona; 8. Rhett Carlson, Apple Valley; 9. David Bumgarner, Rosemount; 10. Michael Picken, Lakeville South. • Section 3, Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis Boys: State qualifiers: 5. Mike Johnson, Burnsville; Girls: State qualifiers: 1. Vivian Hett; 5. Jordan Horner, 35:51.7; 8. Tori Felton, 37:06.0; 15. Krista Bain; 16. Jane Koch; 24. Kjerstin Narvesen; 48. Johanna Weber,

Alpine • Section 6, Buck Hill, Burnsville Boys state qualifiers: Tom Flickinger, Burnsville; Girls state qualifiers Team:Burnsvile: (Lizzie Drusch, Erica Lindsay, Laura Garbe, Maddie Roberts, Toni Carlstrom, Michelle Korthauer.)

Burnsville girls ski to state by slimmest of margins Blaze wins tiebreaker for second in Section 6 Alpine meet by Mike Shaughnessy THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Nervous skiers, coaches and parents gathered in front of the restaurant at Buck Hill to find out who was going to the state meet and who wasn’t. They knew the Section 6 girls team competition would be close. What they couldn’t have known was how close. Five points separated the first- and fourth-place teams at the Feb. 7 section meet. Bloomington Jefferson took the title by four points, which was a wide margin compared to what came next. Burnsville and Lakeville South tied for second place, with Lakeville North fourth, one point back of the Blaze and Cougars. Because only two teams advance to the state meet, the Burnsville-Lakeville South tie had to be broken by the No. 5 skiers on each team. Toni Carlstrom’s 52ndplace finish proved to be big for Burnsville because it was 12 places better than South’s No. 5 skier. And with that, the Blaze girls are in the state meet Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Giants Ridge. “We have five girls who can score points for us,” said Burnsville coach Luke Abrahamson. “And if we needed a sixth, we’d be fine.” Lizzie Drusch (fourth, 50.46 seconds), Erica Lindsay (19th, 54.18), Laura Garbe (26th, 55.86) and Maddie Roberts (31st, 58.01) were the top four skiers that counted toward Burnsville’s team total. Carlstrom’s time, which proved to be critical, was 1:01.36. Mi-

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Burnsville’s Michelle Kourthauer skis at the Section 6 meet at Buck Hill on Tuesday. The girls finished second, which was good enough to qualify the entire team for state next week. The team includes Lizzie Drusch, Erica Lindsay, Laura Garbe, Maddie Roberts, Toni Carlstrom and Korthauer. On the boys side, Tom Flickinger qualified for state as an individual. chelle Kourthauer was 62nd overall in 1:03.53. While Burnsville’s state meet appearance might be considered an upset, members of the Blaze said they sensed something was brewing. “I kind of hoped we’d have a chance,” Drusch said. “We needed everybody to stand, and everybody did.” Abrahamson said Bloomington Jefferson appeared to separate itself – albeit slightly – from the competition in the South Suburban Conference. But, he added, he saw an opportunity for Burnsville in the Section 6 meet, if the Blaze could seize it.

“Based on their scores, we thought Jefferson was the favorite” in the section, Abrahamson said. “But then we said, ‘OK, if all our girls step up, ski their best and have clean runs, it could be enough’” to get Burnsville to state. Unlike some other teams in its section, Burnsville’s girls have nobody who competes in U.S. Ski Association meets on the weekends. That means the Blaze has to rely on consistency over star power. “There are some really good teams in our section,” Abrahamson said. “But when we see Burnsville, Burnsville, Burnsville on the results sheet, finishing

Amanda Larson placed sixth individually in 50.83 at the Section 6 meet and will return to state. She was 33rd in the 2011 state meet. Lakeville North’s Briar Smith took 12th overall in 52.31. The top 10 individuals who are not on one of the two state-qualifying teams also advance to state. Apple Valley was eighth in the girls team standings, with Claire Hefke and Marta Iseite finishing 22nd and 23rd. Cassie Torbenson was 45th individually for Eastview, which was 12th in the team competition. Section 6 boys Burnsville came up short in its effort to qualify for state for the second consecutive year. Chanhassen and Edina were the top two teams in the Section 6 meet, and the Blaze was 40 points behind Edina. Burnsville junior Tom Flickinger qualified for state individually after finishing 11th overall in 49.42. Also qualifying individually was Lakeville North’s Connor Croasdale, who finished fourth in 47.72. He led the Panthers to seventh in the team competition. Chad Serba was Apple Valley’s top finisher in 35th place. The Eagles were 11th in the team standings. Travis O’Brien finished 31st overall to lead Lakeville South to 12th place. Eastview was 13th, with Parker Zeilon leading the Lightning by finishing 30th individually.

together, it moves us up and pushes other teams down.” Burnsville probably won’t go into the state meet as one of the favorites, and that will help the Blaze keep their goals modest. “The first time I was there, I straddled [a gate],” said Drusch, who qualified for the 2010 state meet as an eighth-grader. “So personally, the priority is to have two good runs.” Abrahamson’s goal for the team is even simpler. “Just go and have fun,” he said. “Going to the state meet is a great accomplish- Mike Shaughnessy is Sun ment. It should be fun.” Newspapers Dakota County sports editor.

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Parents know how hard it is to have their kids wait in line, let alone volunteer to donate money. But such an occurrence has happened every morning at 9:10 a.m. at Thomas Lake Elementary School in Eagan since the second week in January. Thomas Lake students have been participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pennies for Patientsâ&#x20AC;? campaign, donating money that will help fund blood cancer research and aid patients fighting the illness. Before school each day, students wait in line to donate a dollar to pop a balloon and win prizes. Thomas Lake fifth-grade teacher and student council adviser Josie Vandewege said this is the second year the school has participated in the fundraiser. Last year, the nearly 400 Thomas Lake students donated nearly $1,200. With that figure in mind, Thomas Lake staff made this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal $1,500. As of last week, the school had already eclipsed that figure, and Vandewege said reaching $2,000 is a real possibility.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year, we did really well and we have way surpassed our goal already,â&#x20AC;? Vandewege said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy about that.â&#x20AC;? As of Jan. 26, Vandewege said the school had raised more than $1,700. The Pennies for Patients program kicked off with a Jan. 9 student assembly with a presentation from a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society representative who explained the diseases to the students and told them how their donations would be used. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that helped the kids understand where the money was going,â&#x20AC;? Vandewege said. Since then, Vandewege and the student council have been in charge of running the program. All homeroom classes have a bucket in which the students place their donations. Prizes are awarded to the classrooms with the heaviest buckets. In addition to the donation buckets, students are raising money by performing songs on the closed-feed school television station. Students vote by donating pennies for their favorite performance. The campaign was slated to end Jan. 20, but students have been clamoring for more time to write and perform their songs, typically a rap or a song with original lyrics for familiar holiday melodies. The campaign ended Jan. 31 with an all-school

assembly, said Vandewege, who has been overwhelmed by the student response. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had so many people want to sing a song, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize I had so many elementary kids that wanted to write a song and then want to sing a song,â&#x20AC;? Vandewege said. Thomas Lake Principal Mary Jelinek said the campaign has been eye-opening for many students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great for our students to recognize that big efforts require community support,â&#x20AC;? she said. Jelinek said the enthusiasm the students have shown over the past few weeks has made her proud. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been really fun to see,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been the focus that Josieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done â&#x20AC;Ś to get a broader sense of community with the students. She understands kids. She helps bring out their skills both inside and outside the classroom.â&#x20AC;? Vandewege said all students should be commended for the generosity and the student council should be recognized for the hours they put in managing the campaign. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The student council kids have been amazing,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We worked really hard,â&#x20AC;? said fifth-grader and student council member Jane Otteson. Matthew Hankey is Sun Newspapers community editor for Apple Valley, Eagan and Rosemount.

  

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Eagan man threatens several acquaintances with loaded handgun by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

An Eagan man faces felony charges after he allegedly broke into a home and threatened several people with a loaded handgun. Nicholas Yoon Lee, 28, was charged in Dakota County District Court Feb. 1 with terroristic threats, three counts of second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree burglary. He was also charged with fifth-degree controlled substance for possessing a large amount of marijuana. The criminal complaint states the following: On the afternoon of Jan. 30, Lee stormed into an acquaintanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eagan home, brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money.

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called police. Once police arrived, Lee called the home and officers recorded the conversation. In it, he admitted to being at the home with a gun and continued to threaten her. Before he hung up, Lee allegedly said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You want me to come back and kill you (expletive)? There I said it.â&#x20AC;? An investigation determined that the cell phone call was made from a business Lee owned on Lake Street in Minneapolis. Officers found him at the business and arrested him. As he was being questioned by police, Lee said he intended to text his lawyer, but actually sent a text to someone at his home instructing them to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get all the stuff out of my house.â&#x20AC;? With a warrant, police searched Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home and found two pounds of marijuana, a storage bag containing several 9mm bullets, another storage bag containing .380 caliber bullets and an empty case for a Ruger handgun. Lee is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 27.

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Huge response to countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s citizen academy Farmington also may hold academy by Laura Adelmann THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

The Dakota County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office has had an â&#x20AC;&#x153;overwhelmingâ&#x20AC;? response from citizens interested in taking its first citizen academy. A waiting list is building for the course, which allows participants to learn more about law enforcement and get a behind-the-scenes ex-

perience of being a sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy. Through discussion and demonstration, participants will learn about the history of the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, traffic stops, the judicial process and see a Taser demonstration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Initially, we thought weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d cap the class at 25,â&#x20AC;? said Capt. Jim Rogers with the Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we have double that number who have expressed interest.â&#x20AC;? Respondents include

high school students, professionals and retired folks as well as college students interested in law enforcement. Rogers called the response â&#x20AC;&#x153;overwhelmingâ&#x20AC;? and said the department has developed a waiting list for the class. Waiting list members will be offered the first openings for the next course, likely to be held in 2013.

Gore, Connor Swanson, Tom Dyke, Keddy Conocchioli and Thomas Rahman. The stage manager is Lauren Schiltz, costumes are by Ali Gates and Chloe Reynolds, and crew members are Becky Dahl, Alanna Hennen, Paige Schornak, Megan Grindeland, John Pollock, Tom Crotty and Dan Debner. The play is directed by Nancy Owzarek and John Ratzlaff is the technical manager. Eastview High is performing Diana Sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stop Kiss.â&#x20AC;? Members of the cast

are Karina Devine, Madeleine Archer-Burton, Cuong Duong, Kieherra Laing, Alexander Norderhus and Nita Chai. Members of the crew are Yana Allen, Matt Althoff, Mason Donnohue, Sarah Faste, Abbie Green, Chris Grotkin, Danny Hill, Thar Jorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;dan, Vicki Luse, Courtney Mensink, Taylor Orman, Noah Skantz, Tyler Steen and Austin Truskowski. The play is directed by Scott Durocher and the technical director is Rob Rachow.

Apple Valley Briefs City seeks Cemetery Advisory Committee member

City Clerk, 7100 147th St. W., Apple Valley; online at www.cityofapplevalley.org; or by calling (952) 953-2506.

The city of Apple Valley is accepting applications for a vacancy on its Cemetery Advisory Committee for a three-year term beginning March 1. The Cemetery Advisory Committee investigates issues relating to the operation, care, and maintenance of Lebanon Cemetery, as well as cemetery land needs. The City Council will fill the vacancy by appointment. Applications must be filed with the City Clerk by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 29. Application forms can be obtained at the office of the Apple Valley

Four warming houses close The Apple Valley warming houses at Valley Middle, Hagemeister, the Teen Center and Valley East have been closed for the remainder of the season due to poor ice conditions and unseasonably warm weather. Delaney, Huntington, Galaxie and Hayes Park rinks and warming houses will be maintained and open, weather permitting, until Feb. 20. For up-to-date information, call the weather hotline at (952) 953-2399.

Finding the medallion at Apple Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mid-Winter Fest was a walk in the park for Corey Bixby â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he discovered it Saturday while searching the playground area at Quarry Point Park. Bixby, of Farmington, made his find under the jungle gym around 2 p.m. just before the release of the third clue. He says the second line of the second clue â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;With no cover he is vulnerableâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; was what tipped him off because it made him think of an open park such as Quarry Point. Bixby was awarded $250 for his find. The 35th annual Mid-Winter Fest ran Feb. 4-5 at sites throughout the city.

Brothers accused of swindling Eagan business by Jessica Harper THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

Two brothers are scheduled to appear in court on felony charges in March after allegedly swindling hundreds of thousands of dollars from an Eagan business. Samuel O. Edem, 57, of Apple Valley, and Ernest O. Edem, 50, of Brooklyn Park, have each been charged by the Dakota County Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office with five counts of felony theft by swindle. The criminal complaint states the following: Ernest Edem is owner of Ephicient Pick Up and de-

livery service, a one-man delivery operation, which had a contract with the Eagan company. He submitted numerous bills totaling $254,529, which were approved by his brother, Samuel Edem, for work that was never completed. Officials at the Eagan business contacted police upon discovering the discrepancies. Police found emails Ernest allegedly sent to officials at the Eagan business in which he admitted to overbilling and apologized. Samuel Edem denied knowing about the overbill-

ing, but admitted he did not follow company procedures when receiving bills from his brother. Although the investigation found legitimate bills from Ernest, it also uncovered fraudulent transactions processed by Samuel Edem since January 2007. Samuel Edem is scheduled to appear at an omnibus hearing March 26; Ernest Edemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next court appearance is scheduled March 13. Jessica Harper is at jessica. harper@ecm-inc.com.

Rosemount Briefs

Benefit concert for Human trafficking Dakota Woodlands discussion

Parks & Recreation programs

United Methodist Church in Rosemount will host a concert of a capella music by Caritas Vocal Ensemble at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, to benefit Dakota Woodlands, a homeless shelter for women and children located in Eagan. Titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shall We Gather,â&#x20AC;? the program is a mix of secular music and traditional sacred songs. A free-will offering will be taken. For more information, visit caritasvocalensemble.org.

A panel discussion on human trafficking in Minnesota will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, 701 E. 130th St., Burnsville. The panel will speak about the issues and local efforts to combat this modern form of slavery. The event is free and open to the public; doors will open at 6 p.m. For more information, call (952) 8907877.

Rosemount Parks and Recreation will offer the following programs. To register or for more information, call 651-322-6000 or visit www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/ parks. â&#x20AC;˘ Smokeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Forest Friends, ages 3-1/2 to 6, 1 to 2:15 p.m. Thursdays, March 1-15, Rosemount Community Center. Cost: $34. â&#x20AC;˘ Learn to Skate Lessons, registration now open for Monday classes March 12 through April 30 at the Rosemount Ice Arena.

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others, he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decided which presidential candidate to support before the straw poll votes were taken. Beseman said he showed up â&#x20AC;&#x153;to see this experience. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never caucused before.â&#x20AC;? Like Beseman, Eagan resident and first-time caucus-goer Channing Luden wanted to get a taste of the Republican Party platform and experience grassroots politics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to get involved and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best to get involved at the local level,â&#x20AC;? Luden said. As far as lending support to a presidential candidate, Luden remained on the fence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of been hard to decide,â&#x20AC;? said Luden, adding he likes certain campaign platform points of what Newt Gingrich, Paul and Santorum stand for. Burnsville resident Shawn Goffinet is fully supporting Paul for president.

Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foreign policy stance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-interventionâ&#x20AC;? was the last of his Goffinet came to believe in, though now he said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what he has grown to appreciate the most about the presidential hopeful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think we have the moral authority to teach people how to live at the end of a gun, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just wrong,â&#x20AC;? Goffinet said. On the Democratic side, District 38 DFL Chair Vicki Wright called the partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s caucus at Eagan High School a success. Officially, 508 DFLers caucused at the high school, far fewer than the multiple thousand who attended in 2008. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four years ago we had over 3,000 because of the presidential race, and it really drew a lot because they wanted to vote for Hillary (Clinton) or Obama,â&#x20AC;? Wright said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did not expect that this year.â&#x20AC;?

Republican caucus-goers exit the Performing Arts Center and check out where their precinct was to meet in Rosemount High School on Tuesday night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think as far as all the other candidates go, they all represent the same thing,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only guy out there that would really shake things up. If you

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Caucus/from 1A (17 percent) and Newt Gingrich received 5,254 votes (11 percent). Santorumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory in the straw poll came as no surprise to District 37 Republican Chair Pat Staley, who spent the caucus night at Rosemount High School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minnesota has a habit of voting for the most conservative alternative to the front-runner,â&#x20AC;? Staley said, clarifying the â&#x20AC;&#x153;front-runnerâ&#x20AC;? as Romney. Eagan resident and transplanted Texan Tracy Reis is lending her support to Ron Paul, and not because he is also a native Texan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to see what it was all about,â&#x20AC;? Reis said of the caucus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was tired of sitting back and doing nothing.â&#x20AC;? As far as Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chances, Reis said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think better than most people are going to expect.â&#x20AC;? Reis arrived to the caucus 40 minutes before the night officially kicked off at 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was able to get one of the good parking spots,â&#x20AC;? she said. Eagan resident A.J. Johnson also showed up to caucus for and support Paul.

Mid-Winter Fest medallion found

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

Eagan, Eastview head to state one-act festival Eagan and Eastview high schools have once again qualified for the State One-Act Play Festival for Class AA schools, which will be held Friday, Feb. 10, at Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul. Eagan is scheduled to perform at 10 a.m. and Eastview at 11:45 a.m. Eagan High is performing John Steinbeckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of Mice and Men.â&#x20AC;? Members of the cast are Brennan Spicer, Dan Britt, Jacob Guzior, Alex Granquist, Scott Pescheret, Madeline

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Cost: $75. â&#x20AC;˘ Kid Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Play, ages 2-1/2 to 5, 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Feb. 27 to March 23, Rosemount Community Center. Cost: $79.

KCs host blood drive The Rosemount Knights of Columbus will host a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the social hall at the Church of St. Joseph in Rosemount. To sign up, call Dave Johnson at (651) 423-5384 or email dajohnson1@frontiernet. net.

Despite a lower turnout, Wright said those who attended caucuses were enthusiastic and interested in being involved with local politics, particularly with the Minnesota House and Senate races. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is very exciting for us,â&#x20AC;? Wright said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the first organizing step. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really encouraging.â&#x20AC;? Resolutions at the DFL caucus included opposition to the Republican-backed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage as well as opposition to requiring photo identification to vote at the polls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re creating a problem when there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one,â&#x20AC;? Wright said of the Republicans. Matthew Hankey is Sun Newspapers community editor for Apple Valley, Eagan and Rosemount.

             

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Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dolphin calf dies after sudden illness Complications from stomach ulcer was cause of death

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Learn more about this curious creature â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the cotton-top tamarin â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at the Minnesota Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Our World Speaker Series. On Feb. 12 the topic is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art and Science of Animal Trainingâ&#x20AC;? with animal training expert Steve Martin. Information about the free lecture series is at www.mnzoo.org.

Zoo has the cure for the winter blues Tropical Beach Party, Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Love Tourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; among events this month

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The zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dolphin calf Taijah, seen here swimming with her mom Allie shortly after her birth in July 2010, died Monday night of complications from a stomach ulcer. The Minnesota Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s female dolphin calf Taijah died Monday after coming down with â&#x20AC;&#x153;a sudden and acute illness,â&#x20AC;? zoo officials said. Taijah began showing signs of severe illness Monday morning and an ultrasound showed fluid in her stomach, according to zoo officials. She was immediately put on medication and her condition seemed stable until late Monday night.

Zoo officials said the cause of death was complications from a stomach ulcer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a very sad day at the Minnesota Zoo,â&#x20AC;? said Kevin Willis, the zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of biological programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Known for her spunky personality and playful antics, Taijah was a favorite among staff and guests alike. She was a bright spot in anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day.â&#x20AC;? Born at the zoo in July

2010, Taijah was the calf of Allie, a 24-year-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin who has been at the zoo since 2008, and Semo, 48, believed to be the oldest dolphin currently in human care. Taijahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandmother, April, died at the zoo in February 2011 at age 44 after battling age-related health issues in preceding months. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Andrew Miller

Rosemount re-opens hockey rinks and warming houses by Matthew Hankey THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

The city of Rosemount hockey rinks and warming houses at Central Park, 145th Street W., and Jaycee Park off Shannon Parkway re-opened at 4 p.m. Wednesday. These rinks and warming houses had been closed for a little more than a week

and will remain open while weather permits. Other city rinks and warming houses will remain closed for the season, Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department officials said. Looking ahead at the weather forecast, parks and recreation officials speculate the city may close the

rinks and warming houses Tuesday, Feb. 13, due to the anticipated warm temperatures. Matthew Hankey is Sun Newspapers community editor for Apple Valley, Rosemount and Eagan.

Foreclosure info Winterguard Homeshow is Feb. 25 session scheduled Event is fundraiser for high school group The Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) will host a free foreclosure information session from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the CDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, 1228 Town Centre Drive, Eagan. The session will include general information about the foreclosure process and possible loss mitigation options presented by certified housing counselors. Individual appointments can be scheduled following the event, or a housing counselor will be in contact with homeowners within two business days. Pre-registration is requested. To pre-register, call (651) 675-4555. After registering, visit www.dakotacda.org/homeowners.htm to download a foreclosure counseling application and authorization forms which need to be submitted at least 24 hours in advance of the information session on Feb. 16. For more information or to speak to a housing counselor, call (651) 675-4555.

by Tad Johnson THISWEEK NEWSPAPERS

er high school color guard groups. Volunteers are being sought to help carry out the event, which expects to attract 500-800 people. The school would like to have about 50 volunteers. For more information, contact Leon Sieve at leon. sieve@district196.org.

The Rosemount High School Winterguard Homeshow will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the school. The event is a fundraiser for the the RHS Winterguard and will help cover expenses of the season. The 18-member Winterguard will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vien- Tad Johnson is at editor. nese Waltzes,â&#x20AC;? along with thisweek@ecm-inc.com. the performances by 12 oth-

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The Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley is offering an escape from the cold, gray weather with a Tropical Beach Party and other events this month. The Tropical Beach Party runs Feb. 18-20 on the zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tropics Trail. The family-oriented event includes a giant indoor sandbox, calypso music and face painting, in addition to the Tropics Trailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s year-round array of exotic animals. Zookeepers will be on hand to talk about the animals, and children can get a hug from Snoopy, who will be making appearances throughout the holiday weekend-long event which is free with regular zoo admission. On Feb. 14, the zoo is hosting a one-of-a-kind Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day experience called the Love Tour, an event for ages 21 and up that provides a glimpse

into the breeding and courtship rituals of a variety of animals. Cost is $175 per couple for this private event which includes dinner, with proceeds benefitting zoo conservation programs. Advance registration is required at www. mnzoo.org. The zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Our World Speaker Series will play host on Feb. 12 to Steve Martin, who will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Art and Science of Animal Training.â&#x20AC;? Martin, who set up the Minnesota Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first bird show in 1980 and has worked at more than 85 zoological facilities, teaches animal keepers and trainers current training techniques and philosophies. The Speaker Series, which aims to introduce zoo-goers to experts in local and global wildlife conservation and environmental issues, is free to attend, but pre-registration is required on the zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. The series contin-

ues March 18 with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cultivating the Wonder of Nature in Childhoodâ&#x20AC;? presented by Antioch University professor David Sobel. On the lighter side of zoo offerings this month is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do The Waddleâ&#x20AC;? Facebook video contest, which celebrates the penguins in the zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest exhibit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;3M Penguins of the African Coast.â&#x20AC;? The Facebook-exclusive contest runs through Feb. 29. Facebook fans can download the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do the Waddleâ&#x20AC;? jingle, create a video between 15 and 60 seconds in length, and upload their own waddle dance videos to the zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/mnzoo. On March 1, voting begins and is open to everyone. The grand prize winner will receive a $500 Best Buy gift card. Andrew Miller is at andrew. miller@ecm-inc.com.

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