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Local couple opens home to adoptee Boy from Ukraine will become part of Rosemount family this spring by Tad Johnson Thisweek Newspapers

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Joseph Gomer, an aviation enthusiast from a young age who earned his pilot’s license before earning his driver’s license, enlisted in the Army at age 22. Because of his aviation background he was assigned to the Tuskegee program and did his combat training on the P-40 Warhawk. Inset: Gomer today.

Black airmen’s legacy lives on One of the few surviving Tuskegee Airmen will share his story at the Galaxie Library by Andrew Miller Thisweek Newspapers

The George Lucas-produced film “Red Tails” that hit theaters this year shined a spotlight on the Tuskegee Airmen, the talented African-American pilots and their crews who fought the Nazis during World War II. On Feb. 25 the Galaxie Library in Apple Valley will offer a real-life perspective on the first black U.S. military pilots with a program titled “The Legacy of Tuskegee Airmen.” The event will feature Joseph Gomer, one of the few surviving Tuskegee pilots of the original 996. The 91-year-old Duluth resident is believed to be the only Tuskegee pilot living in Minnesota. “Last March at the reunion of the Red Tail combat pilots there were 46 pilots remaining,” said LaVone Kay, marketing director for the CAF Red Tail Squadron, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. “Like all World War II veterans they are passing away at a rapid rate,” she said, “which is one of the reasons we work hard to preserve their legacy.” Before World War II, African Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. Civil rights groups and the press exerted pressure that resulted in the formation in 1941 of the all-African American squadron based in Alabama that became known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Gomer, an Iowa native who earned his pilot’s license before earning his driver’s license, enlisted in the Army at age 22. Because of his aviation background he was assigned to the Tuskegee program and did his combat training on the P-40 Warhawk. For Gomer and others in his unit, World War II wasn’t just about battling the Nazis – it was also about battling segregation, something Gomer encountered even as he was serving his country. On the train from Iowa to Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, he and his companions were shown to seats in the back of the dining car during breakfast one morning. A curtain was then pulled across, separating them from the other diners. “I got up and pulled it back a couple of times, then they closed it again,” Gomer recounted in his Red Tail Squadron bio. “Finally we got up and walked out.” “The Legacy of Tuskegee Airmen” runs from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave. Admission is free but registration on the Dakota County Library website is requested. More about the CAF Red Tail Squadron is at www.redtail.org.

A local businessman who has been building homes for people throughout the metro area for the past decade will soon be giving a home to an orphan thousands of miles away. Steve Tuttle, the Rosemount owner of New Creations, and his family are in the process of adopting Kristian, a 10-yearold boy, from Ukraine. The journey through the adoption process has included many twists and turns, but Kristian will be coming to America permanently this spring, and a benefit has been planned to help the family pay for some of the costs of their adoption. “This journey has been more about a faith journey and a call to God’s decree for all to ‘defend the widow and the orphan,’ ” said Steve Tuttle, who, along with his wife, Jennifer, moved from their home in Burnsville of five years to Rosemount in 2006. The move was precipitated by Tuttle’s hand in helping Per Nilsen plant Community of Hope Church in Rosemount where many of their church friends lived. Not long after they moved, Steve and Jennifer, married since 1993, decided to adopt before they learned Jennifer was pregnant with their second son. “Our hearts have always been drawn to adoption,” Steve said. Their adoption plan was put on hold by the anticipation of a new child and was further delayed when their second child died not long after he was born in 2007. “As soon as we started to pray about adoption again, we found out we were pregnant with the twins,” Steve said.

In 2008, Coleton and Rylin were born 10-weeks premature, which delayed thoughts of adopting once again. We “have always been ‘ready’ to welcome more kids,” Steve said, “but as a husband, father, business owner, son, brother – I have had concerns about the implications of completing an adoption – especially the financial piece.” Steve said an overseas adoption can cost anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000. “Some of the more serious considerations we talked through were, how would this child impact our current f a m i l y ’s bond, wo u l d t h e

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Steve and Jennifer Tuttle of Rosemount will officially adopt Kristian, a 10-year-old boy from Ukraine, in March.

With redistricting, the old 37 is new 57 Coates and a portion of Lakeville added to Apple Valley-Rosemount area Senate district by Tad Johnson Thisweek Newspapers

At least voters in the Apple Valley and Rosemount area won’t have too much difficulty remembering the number of their new Senate district. They just need to add 20 to it. The old Senate District 37 has been transformed into District 57 and has a few changes in store. The new district, shaped by a specially appointed court panel’s redistricting plan that was released Tuesday, largely stays the same except for: • its House district boundary dividing line, • the addition of Coates and a northeast portion of Lakeville, • and the removal of a southeast portion of Burns-

ville. Current state Sen. Chris Gerlach and Reps. Tara Mack and Kurt Bills will be roughly serving the same constituency. One difference will be the way Apple Valley is divided into House districts 57A and B. The current line runs northsouth, while the new line will run east-west. District 57B now includes a northern portion of Apple Valley, while 57A has a south portion and the added Lakeville area. Other changes in Lakeville leave a state House district for the taking by creating a vacancy in House District 58A, which will represent a large portion of Lakeville. The vacancy was created because Republican state Rep.

Mary Liz Holberg, who lives in the northern part of Lakeville, now resides in House District 56B, which includes the southern portion of Burnsville, too. One other area House member will see her district change quite a bit. Republican Rep. Pam Myhra’s new district (56A) now includes Savage and the southwest portion of Burnsville. Her old district (40A) took in much of Burnsville and only a portion of eastern Savage. Among the other changes are: • The current Senate District 38 essentially has become the new District 51. House districts 51A and 51B generally follow the same lines as their old 38 counterparts with

the exception of the dividing line now running along Interstate 35E from north to south until it reaches the southwest corner of Eagan. At that point, 51B takes in a portion of Eagan west of I-35E. District 51A takes in a west portion of Eagan and northern Burnsville, generally north of Highway 13. • The southern portion of Burnsville that used to be part of both house districts 40A and 37A is now in house districts 56A and B, the latter of which takes in a portion of northern Lakeville. House District 56B is paired with House District 56A, which takes in the city of Savage. • The current Senate District 36 essentially has become the new District 58. The preSee Redistrict, 5A

Eastview dancers win state title Photo by Bill Jones

The Eastview dance team won the state high kick title for the second year in a row last weekend at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Apple Valley finished fourth. Eastview’s Kaitlyn Crawford and Abbey Yung were named to the all-tournament team along with Apple Valley’s Kayla Tanberg and Libby Bodin. The Eastview jazz team finished in third place with Christine Smith and Kaitlyn Brennan earning all-tournament honors. To see more photos of the state meet including Apple Valley, Burnsville and Eagan, visit www. ThisweekLive.com.

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child be able to adapt to our Christian lifestyle, would we be equipped to handle the behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs thrown our way,” Steve said. “With God’s grace and promises, we can say wholeheartedly, yes.” It wasn’t a straight line to adoption though. The Tuttles considered a domestic foster-child adoption, but received two emails related to the international placement agency European Children Adoption Services See Adoption, 14A

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Medicine meets bounty hunter in Eagan author’s new book by Jessica Harper Thisweek Newspapers

When Rick Parker made the unlikely career move from physician to bounty hunter, he never imagined his medical expertise would come in handy while searching for a wanted man. This is the premise of Eagan resident Daniel Smith’s recently released book, “Win or Go Home.” Smith’s own medical career was in part the catalyst for the book, which is his first published work of fiction. “I wanted to write something different,” Smith said. “I wanted to have some kind of medical angle without a focus on a contagion or a CSI approach, so I settled on an unlikely combination.” Smith grew up in a Navy family and lived on both coasts and in Hawaii. He

Daniel Smith began writing fiction as a child but put the craft aside to pursue a career in the medical field and raise a family. Smith earned his doctorate in medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1979, and has worked at several clinics and hospitals in the metro area. He is currently an urgent care physician at Quello Clinic in Burnsville.

With fewer hours at the clinic and his children grown, Smith decided to dedicate more time to writing. The setting of “Win or Go Home” was inspired by Smith’s time in the Puget Sound area. The main character’s new career path takes him across Seattle, Tacoma and surrounding areas as he hunts for a fugitive who is accused of stealing plans for a breakthrough prescription drug. At the same time, Parker must confront his own troubling past. Though he drew inspiration from his own experiences in the medical field, Smith said he made a point to write for his audience, not himself. Smith said the most challenging aspect of writing the book was simply finishing it. “There’s a lot of rewrit-

ing and it takes dedication to sit down and do it,” he said. Finally having a finished, published product is among the most rewarding aspects, he said. “I take pride in producing something readable and that I’m happy with,” Smith said. Smith is now working on two sequels called “Winner Takes All,” which is set to be published later this year, and “Dying to Win,” which is expected to be released in 2013. “Win or Go Home” is available on Amazon.com in paperback and for Kindle. Smith will be signing copies of his book on March 24 at the Bloomington Arts Center Fair at 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road. Jessica Harper is at jessica. harper@ecm-inc.com.

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Restaurateurs set to open 1950s diner in Eagan by Jessica Harper Thisweek Newspapers

Eagan residents Moody and Zeze Arafa acquired a love for 1950s diners since buying one themselves three years ago. Now, the couple plans to bring the nostalgic atmosphere to Eagan by opening a 1950s diner in Town Centre this March. They have each been in the hospitality industry for about 30 years. Before getting into diners, they owned and operated the Signature in Minneapolis. The Arafas sold that restaurant to pursue other interests for a while before purchasing the Cahill Din-

er three years ago in Inver Grove Heights. It was that diner that piqued their interest in classic diners. “We really fell in love with the atmosphere and the people,” said Moody, who is also the director of operations for Axel’s Bonfire. By boosting the quality of food and by serving breakfast all day, the couple managed to turn the struggling diner around. Now, the Arafas are just weeks away from opening their second restaurant, Ze’s Diner, in a 3,300-square-foot space near Desi Foods. The new diner will feature

classic American dishes such as burgers, pot roast and meatloaf as well as breakfast items. But Moody believes its buffet will set the diner apart by offering a mix of Mediterranean and classic American cuisine. “We feel it will be a nice combination,” he said. The couple decided to open their latest diner in Town Centre due to its proximity to their home and lack of similar restaurants. “We feel privileged to get into Eagan, because it’s a market that’s hard to get into.” Despite the recession, the

couple managed to finance the diner and its renovations by using savings and borrowing from family. “It makes it easier to succeed when you don’t start off with debt,” Moody said. Once Ze’s Diner opens, the couple’s daughter, Amal, will take over the day-to-day operations at Cahill, while Zeze and Moody run the new business. “I think it’s so unique that this will allow us to create jobs for our family as well as the community,” said Moody, who has five children. Photo by Jessica Harper Ze’s Diner is set to open in March in Eagan’s Town Centre Jessica Harper is at jessica. next to Desi Foods. The 1950s style diner will feature classic harper@ecm-inc.com. American cuisine as well as a mix of Mediterranean dishes.

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Opinion February 24, 2012 THISWEEK

Thisweek Columnist Women in business event bigger than an awards show by Tad Johnson Thisweek Newspapers

The best thing we do each year at Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota County Tribune is our business newspaper’s annual Exceptional Businesswomen Award event. Eleven winners were honored on Thursday, Feb. 16, during a recognition breakfast at the Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn in Burnsville. It was a great event that included a chance for the winners to meet each other, and the rest of the community to learn about them. It is the best thing we do all year because the event galvanizes people across city boundaries and vocations under the cause of celebrating the achievements of these women. They are the risk-takers, the innovators and the people who get things done. We’ve received many positive comments about the event from those we recognized and those who attended the event. As our general manager and editor Larry Werner pointed out during the event, it almost didn’t happen this year. The organizers of last year’s event were no longer working for us when planning started. When the question was asked whether or not we should do it, ever the optimist, I responded: “Yes.” Four months later, we had a wonderful event that could not have happened without the help of our partner, the Dakota County Technical College Foundation, Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn and our sponsors. The foundation of the Rosemount college provided us with great committee leadership – Christine Pigsley, Lisa Bah, Tharan Leopold, LaDonna Boyd and Sarah Bauer,

who is a graduate of the college and runs her own event-planning business. They handled the heavy lifting of registration and day-of-the-event logistics. Of course, they also helped us select the winners, provided the sound and support in so many other areas. The folks at Nicollet Inn provided us with above-and-beyond service, a classy venue and a delicious breakfast. The other great part of the event is our past two years’ tradition of inviting a past winner to be our keynote speaker. Beth Krehbiel, a 2010 Exceptional Businesswomen Award winner and president of Fairview Ridges Hospital, did an amazing job relating key life and business lessons. Several people approached us after the event to say that we should print a her words of wisdom so more people could benefit from them. In addition to talking about the hospital’s role in the community along with her personal journey, she encouraged those in attendance with a few leadership metaphors. She said one of the best qualities for a leader is to be more of a pine tree than a shade tree. “Be tall, visionary, straight and strong while not shading out the growth of others,” she said. “Give people around you enough space to grow and develop. Shade trees are beautiful but nothing ever grows underneath them.” She encouraged leaders to be watering cans rather than a measuring sticks. “We all need both,” she said, “but plants (and people) need nourishment before we can measure the progress. Be generous with praise and opportunity.”

She also likened the best leaders to conductors rather than instrumentalists. “As a leader your job is to have the talented experts make beautiful music together,” she said. “That requires hearing the whole song and letting people have the right setting to be at their best.” She said one never sees a conductor turn to the audience and sing a solo. “The conductor lets the soloist have the center stage sometimes, and while not letting go of the baton, allows the soloist to set the pace. As a leader, it is important to give your talented people space and time to ‘have a solo’ – and learn to sometimes let them set the pace.” Another one of our speakers was Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, who hit on the reason why we have an event to honor women in business. Kautz said women represent only 18 percent of top leaders and make only 78.7 cents to every dollar a man makes, according a recent Benchmarking Women’s Leadership study. That needs to change, because women leaders are important to keep America growing out of this recession. Kautz said research has shown that women have a “risk smart” leadership style and their strength is in collaboration and embracing diverse perspectives, according to recent studies. We need more of that in business. The third class of Dakota County Exceptional Businesswomen includes CEOs, successful local business owners, nonprofit leaders and community contributors. The group includes women who have risen to the top to help lead international corporations, those who have founded small companies and grown them to serve

greater markets and local business owners who have contributed to the community in not only their work but countless volunteer efforts. If you haven’t congratulated them yet, I encourage you to do so at your next opportunity. Our 2012 winners were: • Sunny Bhakta, owner of Comfort Inn, Lakeville, and Budget Host Inn, Owatonna; • Connie Braziel, deputy director and chief operating officer of the Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley; • Jamie Dahlen, owner of Holiday Inn & Suites, Lakeville, and Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn, Burnsville; • Michele Engdahl, manager, government and community affairs for Thomson Reuters, Eagan; • Carrie Guarrero, senior vice president and regional manager for Cornerstone Mortgage Company, Burnsville; • Chris Holtan, founder, vice president, consultant for Lancet Software, Burnsville; • Peggy Johnson, community relations director, Dakota Electric, Farmington; • Sheila Longie, information destruction consultant of Shred Right; • Sona Mehring, founder and CEO of CaringBridge, Eagan; • Terri Shepherd, founder and CEO, Xact Resources Inc., Burnsville; and • Theresa Wise, senior vice president and chief information officer, Delta Airlines, Eagan. Tad Johnson is managing editor of Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota County Tribune. He is at editor.thisweek@ecm-inc. com. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Resident mad about severance deal

gotiated a $254,000 severance with a departing employee? Who are they kidding? To the editor: It’s hard for me to be civil. Can’t settle the teach Burnsville-Eagan-Savage ers contract and they have School Board members ne- the lack of common sense

to agree to a contract with such ridiculous terms. Are they planning on resigning in shame? Further questions: A non-publicity clause so you did not have to defend your

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stupidity to the public? Schools in shambles, bullying policy not enforced, disaffected staff and they think they are doing a good job? Is doing the right thing so hard for them to embrace? Final question: Do any of them have the integrity to respond to any of these questions? As a Burnsville resident for 45 years, I’ve always been proud of my community and schools. The School Board members have trashed my pride, my schools, my community. They are an embarrassment. But perhaps they did not know what they were doing. Craig Johnson Burnsville

poverty by as much as 27 percent in the state of Minnesota: raise the minimum wage, fully fund child care, increase tax credits for parents’ earnings, increase training, and increase participation in nutrition programs. Make these strategic investments and we all benefit. Less vulnerability. Reduced poverty. Contact your local legislators to let them know how important these recommendations are to you, your family, and your neighbors. You can find your legislator by using this state website and you can read the commission’s final report by going to the website www. commissions.leg.state.mn.us/ lcep/LCEP_Final_Report_ SinglePgs.pdf. The Rev. Dr. Paula B. Nordhem Burnsville

Advocate to end poverty in state To the editor: The great recession of 2008 and its continuing aftershocks have affected many families throughout our state and made nearly all of us deeply conscious of our economic vulnerability at every socio-economic level. The recession has made it more compelling than ever to address economic precariousness and poverty. To that end our Minnesota Legislature spent $250,000 on the Commission to End Poverty. This legislative commission has developed excellent research-based recommendations to reduce

Government spends too much money

niently avoids IRS and the Department of Labor statistics when he complains that the wealthy do not pay enough in taxes. Yet, the data clearly shows that the top 10 percent of income earners pay more than the bottom 60 percent combined. His notion that corporations and businesses should pay more taxes borders on childish foolishness. All businesses must pass all of their costs on to us, the consumers. They can pay no tax that we consumers will not bear. Nor can corporations earn too much. All earnings go to the shareholders, employees, and the further capitalization of the company. Now, as to the needless swipe at U.S. Rep. John Kline’s belief in the funding of education - of course the congressman knows that education is funded at record levels by taxpayers. The question we must ask is, “How much is enough?” The monopoly that is public education has never spent more per pupil. We must now recognize that socialism, progressive governments, and statism eventually destroys every economy which they embrace. Mr. Hoffinger, we do not have a problem raising obscene amounts of money by taxing the productive members of society. The problem is that we spend too much.

To the editor: Paul Hoffinger’s latest letter to Thisweek veers little from his endless diatribes that are always against the most productive members of our society. He complains of “monopoly capitalism” but fails to state that in a true free market environment, monopolies do not exist without the aid of government regulations. Unfortunately, these regulations have grown dramatically under Terry Yacono the current regime. Eagan Mr. Hoffinger conve-

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THISWEEK February 24, 2012

Apple Valley teen wins Distinguished Young Women competition

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Burnsville teen is first runner-up at Feb. 18 event Aria Stiles of Apple Valley is the new Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota. Stiles, an Eastview High school senior, took first overall in the Distinguished Young Women of Minnesota scholarship competition held Feb. 18 at Eastview in Apple Valley.

Another local competitor, Alison Kispert of Burnsville, was first runnerup in the 10-person competition. Kispert is a senior at Minehaha Academy. Stiles will now compete in the national program in Mobile, Ala., June 28 to 30. Burnsville has served as host city for the state com-

petition since 1985. Out-oftown 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.

Aria Stiles

Annual Dakota County park event led to grass fire Flames, activity quickly extinguished by Laura Adelmann Thisweek Newspapers

Flames and an annual Dakota County tradition were quickly extinguished at a regional park Feb. 11. Dakota County Park’s annual “Trails by Candlelight” event was suddenly

canceled after a grass fire started as county parks staff were preparing for the event at Lebanon Hills Park, 860 Cliff Road in Eagan. County deputies responded to what was described by Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows as a

“small fire” that was contained and quickly extinguished. Bellows reported in his February newsletter that the fire was caused by dry conditions; the decision to cancel the event was made by the park staff. The popular event usually features candlelit trails for cross-country skiers and

snowshoe walkers, but because of the light snow this year had been redesigned for hikers on the trail and ice skaters on a rink. Candles were to have lit four miles of hiking trails, another short trail and an ice rink. Laura Adelmann is at laura. adelmann@ecm-inc.com.

Money would go toward Tropics Nocturnal, Northern trails by T.W. Budig Minnesota Zoo Director Lee Ehmke came before a House committee Wednesday, Feb. 22 to describe a bonding request that includes a $30 million request to upgrade the Tropics Nocturnal Trail and exhibit renewal on the Northern Trail, among other projects. Ehmke held aloft a big piece of peeled paint from the salt water dolphin tank in the zoo’s Discovery Bay exhibit as evidence of the need for state funding. Peeling paint is not something the zoo wants around its marine animals, Ehmke explained to the Senate Capital Investment

Committee. Nor do the federal officials overseeing the zoo’s license, he said. Gov. Mark Dayton included $7 million for the zoo in his bonding bill, dollars primarily meant to address the decaying dolphin tank. “I can’t emphasize enough the reinvention of the zoo,” Ehmke said of changing exhibits in order to draw new visitors. Ehmke described the $30 million bonding request as “catch up” funding for maintenance on the aging zoo. Only about a quarter of the zoo’s $21 million budget comes from the state, he

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Minnesota Zoo Director Lee Ehmke holds aloft a paint peel from the dolphin tank at the zoo. Zoo officials are looking for state bonding dollars to fix the decaying tank and do other projects. said. Greater Minnesota. The zoo attracts 1.2 million visitors annually, more T.W. Budig is at tim.budig@ than 200,000 coming from ecm-inc.com.

Redistrict/from 1A viously mentioned portions of northern Lakeville are no longer in 58A, and 58B takes in Farmington and surrounding townships. The House districts for the other local representatives, all Republicans, are also follows: • Diane Anderson, 51A • Doug Wardlow, 51B and • Pat Garofalo, 58B. The Senate districts for current senators, all Republicans, will be: • Ted Daley, 51 • Dan Hall, 56 and • Dave Thompson, 58. The changes mean that Lakeville now takes in three Senate districts. It is possible that residents of Lakeville could serve as senators who would cover all of the Thisweek Newspapers’ coverage area except for Eagan and the northern portion of Burnsville. Burnsville, which used to take in three Senate districts, now has two. With the 2nd Congressional District – home turf of Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline of Lakeville – the panel removed the portion of Carver County in the old district and used the Minnesota River to define the district’s northern border. The redrawn 2nd peels

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The new Minnesota House and Senate district in the Thisweek Newspapers coverage area includes changes to what were once Senate districts 36 (Lakeville, Farmington and surrounding townships), 37 (Rosemount, Apple Valley and a portion of Burnsville), 38 (Eagan and Burnsville) and 40A (Burnsville and a portion of Savage). off Le Sueur County to the south, adding that county to the 1st Congressional District. The eastern portion of Rice County is in the 2nd,

along with all of Goodhue and Wabasha counties. Tad Johnson is at editor. thisweek@ecm-inc.com.

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed Bids will be received by the City of Apple Valley, Minnesota, in the Apple Valley Municipal Center 7100 147th Street West, until 10:00 a.m., CST, Thursday, March 22, 2012, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the furnishing of all labor, materials, and all else necessary for the following: City Project 2012-101 (SAP 186-103-015), 2012 Street Maintenance Project 2,800 LF 6,000 SF

Remove Curb and Gutter Remove Concrete Walk or Driveway 41,500 SY Remove Bit Pavement 26,000 CY Common Excavation 13,750 CY Select Granular Borrow 27,000 TN CI 5 Aggregate Base 19,500 TN Bituminous Mixture 2,800 LF Concrete Curb and Gutter 6,000 SF Concrete Walk or Driveway 24 EA NMC Loop Detector 6’x6’ 0.8 AC Seeding 21,000 LF Pavement Markings With related items Bidders desiring Bidding Documents may purchase them by check for a non-refundable fee of $45 from the City of Apple Valley, 7100 147th Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124. Contact Penny Stewart at (952) 953-2586 to place an order. The Bidding Documents may be seen at the office of the City Engineer, 7100 147th Street West, Apple Valley, MN. Direct inquiries to Engineer's Project Manager Colin Manson at (952) 953-2425. Bid Security in the amount of 5 percent of the amount of the Bid must accompany each Bid in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. The Owner reserves the right to retain the deposits of the 3 lowest Bidders for a period not to exceed 60 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids. No Bids may be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive irregularities and informalities therein, and further reserves the right to award the Contract to the best interests of the Owner. Pamela J. Gackstetter, City Clerk City of Apple Valley, Minnesota 2/24/12 2913482

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A Minnesota DNR firearm safety class will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning March 6 at Rosemount Middle School, 3135 143rd St. W., Rosemount. Class dates are March 6, 13, 19, April 3, 10, 16, 24 and May 1, with a tentative range day of April 28. Registration will be at 6:30 p.m. on March 6. Class size is limited to 40. The recommended age to attend is 12; the minimum age is 11. Class fee is $7.50. Self-certification is available online after class completion for a $7.50 fee. A parent or legal guardian must accompany the student the first night for registration and stay for the first hour of class. There is no pre-registration.

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 196 Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools Educating our students to reach their full potential 2012-13 CARPET AND OTHER FLOORING REPLACEMENT Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received for the 2012-13 Carpet and Other Flooring Replacement by Independent School District 196, at the District Service Center Annex (Facilities Department) located at 14445 Diamond Path West, Rosemount, MN 55068, until 10 a.m., March 15, 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 Facilities Department at (651) 423-7706. Joel Albright, Board Clerk Independent School District 196 2909870 2/17-2/24/12

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A public hearing will be held before the Rosemount Planning Commission on Tuesday, Feb. 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m. to receive public comment on an application by Dakota Aggregates LLC for an amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance to allow mining in an area located west of Akron Avenue and south of County Road 42. This will be the first opportunity to provide public comment on the proposed gravel mining on the UMore Park property. The public hearing is tentatively scheduled to continue at the March 27 Planning Commission meeting. Those unable to provide comment at the hearing may send a letter before the hearing to the Planning Commission, 2875 145th St. W., Rosemount, MN 55068. For questions prior to the hearing, call Eric Zweber, senior planner, at (651) 322-2052.

Firearm safety class begins March 6

Zoo requests $30 million in state bonding ECM Capitol Reporter

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50 Yrs with State Calvin C. Kimber Charles E. Jr Age 87 of Northfield formally ‘Chuck’ Randall Farm Ins. on of Castle Rock Township passed Randall, Charles E. on 2/19/12. Survived by March 1, 2012 away Jr. ‘Chuck’ age 73, children Kurt (Angela Wyatt) Congratulations to Emmett Zweber, who celebrates his 50th Anniversary with State Farm. His career as a State Farm Agent began on March 1, 1962, in his Mother’s dining room, in Prior Lake. He later moved his business to Burnsville, where he continues to service his policyholders. We are so proud of you, Dad! Love, Jon, Jennell and Jason!

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Kimber, Casey Kimber, Christine (Lori Walker) Kimber, and Carol (John) Lowry. Grandchildren Clay, Sam, Grace and Gus. Great Grandson Oscar. Funeral Service 11AM was held Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Faith United Methodist Church, 710 8th St. Farmington, MN. Visitation was 5-8pm Wednesday at White Funeral Home, 901 3rd St. and also one hour prior to service at church. Interment, Castle Rock Valley Cemetery. In acknowledgement of their wonderful and loving end of life care, memorials (and in lieu of flowers) to Northfield Care Center, 900 Cannon Valley Dr. Northfield, MN. 55057. White Funeral Home Farmington 651-463-7374 www.whitefuneralhomes.com

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Robin Schreiner, daughter of Terry and Christine Shreiner of Lakeville, Minnesota, and Michael Bindl, son of Jim and Gayle Bindl of Spring Green, Wisconsin, announce their engagement. Robin is a 2002 graduate of Lakeville Senior High School and a 2006 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is currently employed by Bluestem Brands in Eden Prairie. Michael is a 2001 graduate of River Valley High School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and business administration. He is currently employed at Goodrich in Burnsville. An outdoor wedding is planned for June 2, 2012, in Lakeville.

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Passed away peacefully on February 15, 2012 at the age of 96. Helen was born on 1/14/1916 in Minneapolis, MN to Axel Henrik Nord (1887–1973) and Ida Augusta Andersson (1878-1962). She was the younger sister to Katherine Lillian Rossman. (1914-1936). In 1934 Helen graduated from Washburn High School. She worked for the First National Bank in the proof department and attended business school. While working at the bank she met and married Harlan Herbert Erlandson (1950). Helen was a very loving and caring mother to their two children, Michael Harlan Erlandson (1951-1989) and Katherine S. Erlandson. Helen loved sewing, playing piano, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church for 44 years. She was also a volunteer working with the Mentally Retarded, League of Women Voters and the American Legion Auxiliary. Helen was preceded in death by her husband (2012), father, mother, sister and son. She is survived by her daughter Kathi, nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends. The funeral was held at St. James Lutheran Church 3650 Williams Drive, Burnsville on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 11:00AM. Visitation was one hour before the funeral service at church. Burial was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. White Funeral Home Burnsville 952-894-5080 www.whitefuneralhomes.com

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Age 62, of West St. Paul, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Feb. 16, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Pamela; children, Michel (Gwen) Waller, Jennifer (David) McDevitt, Danielle (Andy) Faust, Kathryn Kiecker and Ann Kiecker; grandchildren, Arelys, Keegan, Connor, Silas and Carson; mother, Deloris Novak; father, George Waller; siblings, Richard (Sonia) Waller and Gale Mackey; nieces, nephews, many relatives and friends. Funeral service was held 11 AM Wednesday, (2/22) at Faith Covenant Church, 12921 Nicollet Ave S., Burnsville, visitation was on Tuesday from 5-8 PM at the White Funeral Home, 12804 Nicollet Ave S. was 1 hr prior to service at church. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials will be donated to Eden Baptist Church in Savage where Gary was a member. White Funeral Home Burnsville 952 894 5080 www.whitefuneralhomes.com

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5/3/00 to 2/26/08 I see you in the woods I hear you in the rain I smell you in a flower I feel you, Oh, the pain, We miss you so much! Mom, Kelsey, Marisa, & Rex

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of Apple Valley, passed away suddenly on Feb 16, 2012. Chuck served his country in the US Na vy; he w orked for Ellerbe Architects and retired from HGA. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles ‘Ed’ Sr. and Susan Randall and brother, George Randall; brother in law, Tom Gustine. Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Karen; daughters, Aimee ( Tom) M edige r a nd H ea ther (Rob) Milton; grandchildren, Luke, Leia, Faith, Ethan and Emily; sisters Barb Gustine and Connie Randall; sister-in-law, Anna Randall; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial, was 11 AM Friday (2/24), at Church of the Risen Savior, 1501 Co. Rd. 42., Burnsville, visitation was on Thursday from 4-8 PM at the W hit e F une ral H ome, 145 60 Pennock Ave. Apple Valley, MN (952 432 2001) and 1 hr. prior to Mass at Church. Interment, Lebanon cemetery, Apple Valley. In lieu of flowers memorials will be donated to DaVita Kidney Trust. on Line condolences at www.whitefuneralhomes.com

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Retired Ford Employee - Age 69 of Eagan died Feb. 19, 2012 after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma. Preceded in death by father, Ray. Survived by sons, Mike (Julie) Cook & Jeff (Patricia) Cook; grandchildren, Parker, Jenna, Evan & Emma; mother, Ruth; sister, Mary (Ned) Tilton; nieces, Jennifer & Allyson; and many dear friends. Larry was a member of the Osman Shrine Temple & a retired 20 yr. member of the Eagan Fire Dept. Funeral Service 11AM Friday, Feb. 24th at ADVENT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 3945 Lexington Ave. So., Eagan. Visitation 4-8PM Thursday at J.S. KLECATSKY & SONS, 1580 Century Pt. (Yankee Doodle @ Coachman), Eagan & also 1 hr. prior to the Service at church. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. J.S. KLECATSKY & SONS 651-454-9488 www.klecatskys.com

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Sports Standings South Suburban Boys Basketball

Team Conference W Lakeville North 14 Eastview 14 Apple Valley 12 Eagan 9 Prior Lake 8 Lakeville South 6 B Kennedy 5 Rosemount 4 B Jefferson 2 Burnsville 1

Overall L W 1 22 1 22 3 19 6 13 7 12 9 11 10 8 11 10 13 5 14 1

L 1 1 4 10 11 12 15 13 17 21

Friday, Feb 24 • Bloomington Jefferson at Bloomington Kennedy, 6 p.m. • Prior Lake at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. • Eastview at Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Burnsville, 7:15 p.m. • Apple Valley at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 28 • Bloomington Kennedy at Eastview, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville South at Eagan, 7:15 p.m. • Prior Lake at Burnsville, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Lakeville North, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Mar 2 • Eagan at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:15 p.m. • Eastview at Bloomington Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. • Rosemount at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. • Lakeville North Prior Lake, 7:15 p.m. • Burnsville Lakeville South, 7:15 p.m.

Girls Basketball Team Conference W B Kennedy 15 Eastview 15 Lakeville North 13 Apple Valley 9 Prior Lake 9 B Jefferson 8 Eagan 5 Burnsville 4 Lakeville South 4 Rosemount 3

Overall L W 2 20 2 20 4 17 8 14 8 12 9 10 12 8 13 9 13 9 14 8

L 4 5 8 11 13 15 17 16 16 17

Friday, Feb 24 • Lakeville North at Apple Valley, 7:15 p.m. • Burnsville at Rosemount, 7:15 p.m. • Bloomington Jefferson at Bloomington Kennedy, 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 29 • Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Eastview, Rosemount, Section 3AAAA quarterfinals • Lakeville South at Section 2AAAA quarterfinals • Lakeville North at Section 1AAAA quarterfinals Saturday, Mar 3 • Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Eastview, Rosemount, Section 3AAAA semifinals • Lakeville North at Section 2AAAA semifinals • Lakeville South at Section 1AAAA semifinals

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THISWEEK February 24, 2012

Consistency key to Kat Torres’ run to state Eagan gymnast will compete in the all around by Andy Rogers Thisweek Newspapers

all four events. I couldn’t even tell you which is her favorite event because she focuses hard on all four.” She’s hoping to remain consistent at state and just have a little fun at with all the other top gymnasts. “I am just wanting to fully enjoy the experience; to compete each event with confidence and do what I do best,” she said. “I am not a score-oriented gymnast, so I would say hitting on each event and giving 100 percent are more of my main concerns rather than a score.” As a team, Eagan finished in fifth place in the section with a team score of 136.9, which was an improvement from where it started at around 124. “One of the most exciting parts of the end of the season was we finished the section meet on beam and had all five girls stick their beam routines, which was awesome,” Eklund said. “The other exciting thing is that they will all be back next year. We will not lose anyone to graduation.” It was a young team for Eagan with Torres as the only returning varsity gymnast. Although Torres was out most of 2010-11 with a fractured back. “It was a little difficult at first because I didn’t want to re-injure it so I was quite cautious, but as I continued to practice again I began to trust my abilities more and more and now I’m back to where I was,” Torres said. “Any injury big or small motivates me because I know what I am capable of and I’m not going to let it prevent me from reaching my goals.” Torres will compete at the Class AA meet at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion at the University of Minnesota.

Between all four events, gymnasts normally enjoy just three. If you want a good all around score, you need to focus on that fourth event and you can’t fall. Not even a little bit. On any event. Eagan’s Kat Torres knows the challenges of getting good all around score. She landed a 36.7 at the Section 3AA meet last week, which was good enough for fourth all around and to send her to the state individual meet this weekend. She also qualified in the vault with a 9.425 and in the balance beam with a 9.15. When asked about her least favorite event, Torres was confused. “I enjoy all of the events for different reasons,” Torres said. “Bars is so unique and exhilarating, whereas beam is more of a challenge of the mind and you have to be able to keep completely calm and under control. Floor is the event where you get to put on a show, smile, and entertain the audience, and enjoy the experience, and vault is so quick and concise you have little time to correct any mistake or flaw. I enjoy each one and the challenges they bring.” Consistency is paramount for a quality all arounder. Most gymnasts have a weakness in something, but Torres is abnormal in that respect. “One of the reasons she is so successful in the all around is her consistency and her drive to be strong on all four events,” her coach, Shelly Eklund, Andy Rogers is at andy. said. “She works hard on rogers@ecm-inc.com.

Irish aim to set new school records at section, state Rosemount expects to send a swimmer in nearly every event by Andy Rogers Thisweek Newspapers

When Section 3AA starts Friday in Prior Lake, most swimmers will be focusing on lifetime bests, while a select few are aiming for statequalifying times. The Irish are favored to win by several points in Section 3AA. Rosemount is seeded first with 445 points. Lakeville North is the only other program seeded with more than 300. The medley relay is easily the Irish’s best event. After finishing as runner-up at state a year ago – Braden McCormack, Luke Dowell, Jacob Stern and Conor Manning – have only improved. The only problem is that the state champion relay team from Eden Prairie is back and improved. “We will see how that all plays out next weekend,” head coach Patti Wegner said. “But I definitely think our relay will do well, top two at state, and I think it will also break our school record. It is quite a four-some of guys and they are all really great together. Only once in a while do you get four guys so good at each stroke at the same time.” Rosemount has a goal of getting all relays in the top eight at state, just like last season. The 200 freestyle relay is going for the top two and “I think our 400 (freestyle relay) will surprise a lot of people,” Wegner said. Stern has a goal of not only winning the section – he has plans to win the gold at state with a chance at a new state record by breaking the 55.44-second mark set last season by Max Cart-

Team Conference Overall W L T W L T Eagan 15 1 1 21 3 1 Lakeville South 13 4 0 17 8 0 Burnsville 11 4 1 15 9 1 Apple Valley 8 6 3 11 11 3 Prior Lake 8 7 0 15 10 0 Lakeville North 7 9 0 12 13 0 B Jefferson 6 9 2 6 16 3 Eastview 4 10 1 10 13 2 Rosemount 1 15 0 5 20 0 B Kennedy 0 8 0 5 20 0

Wednesday, Feb. 29 • Section 2AA final, 8 p.m. Mariucci Arena, Minneapolis Thursday, March 1 • Seciton 3AA final, 7 p.m. Coliseum in St. Paul

Girls Hockey Saturday, Feb. 11 • Lakeville North 7, KassonMantorville 1 • Lakeville South 4, Rochester Mayo 0 • Eagan 4, Hastings 3 • Apple Valley 3, Park 2 Thursday, Feb. 16 • Lakeville North 5, Lakeville South 2 • Eagan 2, Apple Valley 1 Thursday, Feb. 23 • Eagan vs. Minnetonka, 6 p.m., Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul • Lakeville North vs. Roseau, 8 p.m. Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Friday, Feb. 24 • Lakeville/Roseau winner vs. Minnetonka/Eagan winner, 8 p.m. Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul • Lakeville North/Roseau loser vs. Eagan/Minnetonka loser, noon, Ridder Arena, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Saturday, Feb. 25 • Class AA state final, 7 p.m. Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

Wrestling Friday, Feb. 17 • Apple Valley 84, East Ridge 0 • Burnsville 34, Park 29 • Henry Sibley 45, Eastview 21 • Rosemount 39, Eagan 24 • Rosemount 43, Henry Sibley 14 • Apple Valley 68, Burnsville 9 • Apple Valley 65, Rosemount 2 Saturday, Feb. 18 • Lakeville South 69, Edina 12 • Lakeville North 45, Farmington 28 • Shakopee 64, Lakeville South 17 • Shakopee 36, Lakeville North 22

wright from Edina. “It’s a fast record, but Jake has been working really hard,” Wegner said. “So we will have to wait and see. We’re hoping to get quite a few guys into the state meet. Hoping for at least one or two or more in every event.” Braden McCormack has one of the top backstrokes; Dowell is one of the best in the butterfly; Manning can sprint with the best; Sheldon Hatlen has talent in both the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle; Andrew Urness swims the 200 and 500 freestyle with confidence; and Matthew McCormack is strong in the backstroke. “All of them have swam the cut times in those events already, and they are all very close in their second events if they haven’t already done so,” Wegner said. Diver Dan Monaghan also expects to qualify for state and place near the top eight. “I feel very confident that he can do so,” Wagner said. “We’re hoping to get one more diver (Gareth Estabrook or Jim Peterson) in as well.” Wegner is optimistic that a few other Irish swimmers could qualify as well. “I obviously am a little biased and think everybody has an outside shot,” she said. She’s hoping to order a new record plaque in almost every event by the time the state meet is over.

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gins.” Tollefson asked the team after its last meet to reflect on the improvements. “How much better of a swimmer or diver, how much better of a student, how much better of a leader and how much better of a citizen?” Tollefson said. “All of these are questions I want the boys to answer firmly and positively ‘I’ve gotten better.’ ” Eastview has several opportunities to qualify for state. Ryan Thompson qualified last season. “We expect him to return along with several relays and perhaps one or two of our divers,” Tollefson said. Diver Dylan Zoe has an excellent shot, according to Tollefson, and members of the senior class have an good shot at placing in the section, including Tommy Knutson, Jack Hassenstab, Zane Larwood, Jake Mehring and Daniel Bellido.

Repeat trip? Several other area swimmers who qualified for state in 2011 liked it so much they want to go back. For Burnsville, Charlie Kollasch, Ben Albert and Justin Clem were part of the 200 medley relay. Kollasch was about a second away from making the finals at state last season in the backstroke, and Albert qualified in the breaststroke. Eagan diver Keith Krawza has made some impressive dives since he qualified last season. Andrew Knutson swam with the 200 freestyle relay on the seniorheavy state squad nearly 12 months ago. Apple Valley’s Andrew France swam a leg for the fourth-place 200 freestyle relay and one of the 400 freestyle relays.

Taking into account the goal of improving everyone’s personal best from a year ago, the Lightning’s season has been a success. “At this point of the year it is really quite impressive,” head coach Mark Tollefson said. “I would say that all but one or two of our team members beat their previous Andy Rogers is at andy. personal bests by large mar- rogers@ecm-inc.com.

Rosemount’s Askew, Nelson to test their skills at state Irish gymnasts break through tough section to qualify

Thursday, Feb. 23 • Rosemount at Eagan, 7 p.m. • Park at Eastview, 7:30 p.m. • East Ridge at Apple Valley, 5 p.m. • Hastings at Cretin-Derham Hall 7 p.m. • Shakopee at Burnsville, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 • Eagan/Rosemount winner vs. Eastview/Park winner, 6 p.m. at the Coliseum in St. Paul • Apple Valley/East Ridge winner vs. Cretin-Derham Hall/Hastings winner, 8 p.m., Coliseum in St. Paul • Burnsville/Shakopee winner vs. Prior Lake/Holy Angels winner, Braemar in Edina

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by Andy Rogers Thisweek Newspapers

Eagan Nordic seventh at state Photo by Andy Rogers

Eagan’s Josh Podpeskar skis at the Section 1AA meet earlier this month.Eagan finished seventh as a team at state last week in Biwabik with 282 points, three behind sixth place Brainerd and 88 behind the winner, Roseville. Nick Acton was the team’s top finisher, coming in at 40th with Podpeskar (74th), Jacob Edmond (85th), Ryan Larson (108th), Chris Acton (117th), Jacob Carlson (118th) and Patrick Acton (119th) helping out. Rosemount’s Nick Couillard finished 48th and teammate David Bumgarner was 83rd. Apple Valley’s Rhett Carlson came in 102nd. In the girls race, Burnsville finished sixth overall. Vivian Hett was the top placer at eighth place. Jordan Horner came in at 76th, Krista Bain at 94th, Jane Koch at 99th, Tori Felton at 104th, Kjerstin Narvesen at 110th and Joanna Weber at 118th. Eagan’s Sonja Hedblom slid in at 25th and her teammate Roxanne Holt finished 103rd.

Apple Valley’s Perkins accepted to Gallaudet Apple Valley resident and former Minnesota School for the Deaf) student and volleyball player Molly Perkins, was recently notified that she was accepted to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and awarded the University’s highest academic award, The President’s Honors Distinction Scholarship. She will continue her volleyball career as part of the Gallaudet volleyball

team. Perkins also was selected by the USA Deaf Sports Federation as a member of the USA Deaf Volleyball U-18 squad, which serves as a development program and stepping stone to the national team which involves travel to various national and international competitions such as the Deaflympics, Pan-Am Games, and the US Open. In addition to high school interscholastic

competition, Perkins participated on two AAU Club volleyball teams including Apple Valley, 17-1 and Washington, D.C.’s Evolution 18-1. She received several awards during high school, including National Deaf Athletic Association’s 1st Team All-American, Deaf Digest All-American, and selection to the AllTournament team at the 2011 MSSD Open in D.C.

team with no seniors,” Passeri said. “Two girls made all-section as eighth-graders (Meghan Creese and Nelson). We improved by more than 11 points over the season. If they keep improving, we should be right up there with the top teams next year.” With the youth and inexperience, Passeri said this year started with one of Rosemount’s lowest scores in a while. “The thing about our girls is that we have twoor three-sport athletes,” he said. “When the season started they hadn’t done any gymnastics in months. They’re great athletes, but we spent the last four weeks learning a lot of new skills.” To approach a 140 total by season’s end was beyond his expectations. “We overachieved,” Passeri said. “It’s going to be fun for the future. I’m really proud of them. … We have almost 400 kids in the youth program right now. We have sixthgraders that have already scored 9.5. Now it’s not the same rules, but that’s still pretty exciting.” South Suburban Conference rivals Eastview placed fifth in Section 2AA with a score of 132.450 and Apple Valley seventh with a team score of 124.1. Neither team had anyone finish in the top four in any event, the benchmark to qualify for the Class AA state individual meet.

For the first time since 2009, the Rosemount gymnastics team will have two representatives at the Class AA state individual meet, which this year will be Saturday at the Sports Pavilion at the University of Minnesota. Kailey Askew finished third in the uneven bars in Section 3AA last week with a score of 9.175. Her teammate Abby Nelson was the runnerup in the balance beam with 9.225. Askew tied for fourth on floor, nearly qualifying for state, but the tiebreaker rules weren’t in her favor. “I’ve never seen either one of those girls as excited as they were,” head coach Jason Passeri said. “We’re in such a tough section individually. They were up against three of the girls who were in the top 10 in the all-around at state last year. Our girls didn’t think they were going to make it. Getting there was a huge accomplishment.” Jenna Schlukebier nearly qualified as well with 9.4 on floor, which was good enough for fifth. All three girls were in the top 10 all-around – Nelson eighth, Askew ninth and Schlukebier 10th. Rosemount finished fourth with a team score of 138.95 behind Park, East Ridge and Farmington. It was a team-high score for the Irish, which started the season landing Andy Rogers is at andy. rogers@ecm-inc.com. in the 127s. “We have a really young


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Police: Father and son set up pump

system for after-hours diesel theft An Apple Valley man and his adult son are facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing diesel fuel from vehicles at a vacant construction site in rural Dakota County. Gennadi Krimouski, 47, and his son, 25-year-old Maksim Krimouski, were arrested at the construction site just after midnight Feb. 16. Deputies with the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the intersection of Brandel Drive and Clayton Avenue in Empire Township after receiving a report of a suspicious vehicle. The caller reported seeing headlights and flashlights, despite the fact the construction project there was on hold. When deputies arrived they found Maksim Krimouski hiding under a semi-truck, while Gennadi

Krimouski was located at the other end of the site standing inside a semi, according to the complaint. A trail of red diesel fuel in the freshly fallen snow led deputies to an elaborate pump-and-hose system that the two men allegedly set up to remove the fuel from construction vehicles. Approximately 410 gallons of diesel fuel, valued at $1,640, were missing from four vehicles, the equipment’s owner reported. The padlocks on those vehicles’ fuel tanks were either cut or missing. Gennadi Krimouski and his son have each been charged with theft and possession of theft tools, both felonies, as well as tampering with a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. —Andrew Miller

Apple Valley man accused of crime spree in western Wisconsin Burglary, arson among charges by Andrew Miller Thisweek Newspapers

Funk comes to the Frozen Apple

bu, several guns and two TVs, according to a report from the Ellsworth, Wis.-based P i e r c e Christopher C o u n t y Stanley Herald. Following that initial spate of burglaries, prosecutors say, Stanley was involved in three thefts (Sept. 12 and 13); burglary and taking/driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent (Oct. 11); and arson (Oct. 12). Criminal charges were filed Feb. 10 in Pierce County Circuit Court.

An Apple Valley man is facing felony charges for an alleged crime spree in western Wisconsin in September and October of last year. Christopher J. Stanley, 28, is accused of nine felonies including burglary, arson and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. He’s also been charged with three counts of misdemeanor theft. Prosecutors allege the crimes spanned Sept. 2 to Oct. 12 and occurred in the city of Prescott and other areas of Pierce County. Prosecutors say Stanley took part in three burglaries between Sept. 2 and 9. Among them was the Andrew Miller is at andrew. burglary of a home near miller@ecm-inc.com. Prescott that saw the theft of a 2009 Chevrolet Mali-

Photo by Luke Studios

Apple Valley will be getting a blast of funk and soul on March 3 when Menage a Neuf performs as part of the Frozen Apple winter concert series. The nine-piece Twin Cities band is led by three female vocalists and covers artists such as Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones. Admission is free to the 6 p.m. concert at the Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road, and food and beverages from local vendors will be available for purchase. The Menage a Neuf show is the third and final concert in the Frozen Apple series hosted by the Apple Valley Arts Foundation; more information is at http://applevalleyarts.org.

Education Nine selected for college honor band The following Rosemount High School band members have been named to the Concordia College High School Honor Band: Brandon Chapman, oboe; Jessie Cox, flute; Austin Gohman, trombone; Andrew Johnson, bass trombone; Blake Kaner, trombone; Brittany Majeski, alto saxophone; Kaitlyn Mann, clarinet; Matthew Strom, euphonium; Olivia Taylor, clarinet. They will participate in Honor Band weekend

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March 30 through April 1 Tournament of Champions on the Concordia College and the National Forensic League National Tournacampus in Moorhead. ment in debate. Performances of Apple Valley High School’s “Broadway 2012: 7000” will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-25 and March 2-3, and at 2 The Rosemount High School policy team of Lisa Eastview High School’s p.m. Feb. 26 and March 4. Beard and Matt Stefanko winter play, “All In The Broadway 2012 will finished in the top 16 out Timing,” will be performed showcase the music and of 22 teams at the Feb. 18- at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, movement of two unique 20 University of California and Saturday, Feb. 25, in the different decades – the Berkeley debate tourna- Eastview Performing Arts 1970s and the 2000s. ment. The two are now Center. The comedy is a col- Box office hours are 11 qualified for the National lection of six short shows a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21-24 Tournament of Champions. about language and timing. and Feb. 27-March 2. Box Stefanko has also become Tickets will be available at office phone: (952) 4318208. Tickets are $9 for the first Rosemount debat- the door. adults, $7 for senior citizens, er to qualify for both the $5 for students.

Debaters shine at Berkeley

Eastview winter play ‘All In The Timing’

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Mayor Kautz radiates optimism

Eagan council member ends campaign for House seat

Business is growing, she says in State of City address

by Jessica Harper Thisweek Newspapers

Eagan City Council Member Gary Hansen’s bid for the DFL endorsement in what is currently Gary Hansen House District 38A has come to an end. Hansen, who resides in District 38B, told Thisweek Newspapers on Feb. 21 that he will drop out of the race since the latest redistricting plans did not move his neighborhood into the new House District 51A. At the start of his campaign, Hansen said he believed his neighborhood would move to the western House district that covers both Eagan and Burnsville through redistricting. A previous redistricting plan – which Hansen believed would be adopted – did just that but was denied. A new plan released Tuesday changed the House district boundaries and renamed them, 51A and 51B, but kept Hansen’s neighborhood in the eastern district. Sandra Masin of Eagan has announced her intention to run in the new 51A – a seat currently held by Republican Diane Anderson. Hansen told Thisweek he will not seek the DFL endorsement in 51B. “I believe that the party has a good candidate already,” Hansen said. Longtime Eagan community leader Laurie Halverson is seeking the DFL endorsement in 51B — a seat currently held by Republican Doug Wardlow. Jessica Harper is at jessica.harper@ecminc.com.

by John Gessner Thisweek Newspapers

Times have been tough, but business is growing in Burnsville, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz declared Feb. 16 during her annual State of the City address. The six-term mayor, who plans to seek re-election in November, radiated optimism as she touted the achievements of both local government and business. More than 150 new businesses opened in Burnsville in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Kautz said. “Yes, we lost businesses as well, but we experienced overall net growth – which is no small achievement in this economy,” she said. Among businesses already here, Goodrich Sensor Systems “just completed a significant facility expansion, adding 150 high-paying jobs in the process, and is now the third-largest employer in Burnsville,” Kautz said. “They were recognized by the Economic Development Association of Minnesota as the top business expansion project in 2011,” the fourth Burnsville business to be so honored in the last six years. Burnsville’s new COSTCO warehouse club store, open a year and a half, has more than 30,000 memberships, “making it the No. 1 COSTCO in the country for mem-

berships,” Kautz said. ity of life,” the mayor said. A new Walmart store “I don’t see educators who is under construction in feel our school problems Burnsville, a CVS Pharare too big to overcome. I macy has been approved don’t see our elected leadfor the Heart of the City ers passing the buck on and the old Valley Ridge making hard choices.” Shopping Center has Elizabeth City government gets no been leveled to make way Kautz local government aid from for senior housing and commercial the state (“We live on the property development, Kautz said. tax,” Kautz said) but has strong The city has expanded its financial reserves, a low debt burmedical-business recruitment to den, a diverse economic base and a include other technology busi- prized AAA bond rating, she said. nesses, created a website (Burns- Kautz also touted finanville.org/whyburnsville) to attract cial progress for the city-owned businesses and joined the Greater Burnsville Performing Arts CenMSP regional economic develop- ter, where the city and Burnsville ment partnership, Kautz said. Chamber of Commerce held the The city is reviewing potential State of the City event. land uses and needed infrastruc- Under the direction of the centure in the 1,700-acre Minnesota ter’s third executive director, Brian River Quadrant, the “last great Luther, the center cut its operatfrontier” for new development in ing debt by more than $110,000 Burnsville, Kautz said. The early in 2011, Kautz said. “And Brian 2014 completion of the Highway believes 2012 will be even better – 13/County Road 5 interchange right, Brian?” The improved finanproject will open the area to de- cial performance came despite the velopment while improving traffic loss of a major tenant, the former flow and safety, the mayor said. Envision Academy for the Arts. Not all has been bright in Kautz used her speech to tout Burnsville. Burnsville’s 40-member Beyond “It is certainly no secret that the the Yellow Ribbon Committee, last four years have been hard on particularly its website administrabusinesses, hard on workers, and tor – 14-year-old Joy Adams. hard on families,” Kautz said. She called on the state to speed City government hasn’t been up Burnsville’s official recognition immune, slashing $3.5 million as a Yellow Ribbon city dedicated from its budget over a two-year to helping military veterans and period and eliminating 20 full-time their families. positions, she said. Still, “I don’t see community John Gessner is at john.gessner@ leaders resigned to a depleted qual- ecm-inc.com.

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Man accused of sexually assaulting 5-year-old Eagan girl by Jessica Harper Thisweek Newspapers

A Minneapolis man could spend the next 30 years in prison if convicted of charges that he allegedly raped a 5-year-old girl in Eagan. Dennis Michael Roy, 43, was charged Feb. 6 by the Dakota County Attorney’s Office with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for the alleged abuse of the young relative. The girl and her mother told police in April 2011 that Roy engaged in numerous sexual acts with the girl in 2007 when she was 5 years old. If convicted, Roy faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine. He is scheduled to appear in court March 26 at 8:30 a.m. in Hastings. Roy has a lengthy criminal record, which includes one felony, one gross misdemeanor, and two misdemeanor domestic assaults. Jessica Harper is at jessica. harper@ecm-inc.com.

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Thisweekend From trauma to transcendence

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Matthew Sanford’s inspirational story began at age 13 when he survived a car accident that killed his father and sister and left him permanently paralyzed from the chest down. In the decades since he has become a yoga teacher, author and public speaker.

Paraplegic yoga teacher and author Matthew Sanford featured at Lakeville Area Arts Center feel more … because the more connected we are to our bodies, the better we will take care of ourselves and advocate for what we need.” The Matthew Sanford event in Lakeville runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the arts center located at 20965 Holyoke Ave. It’s part of the OneBook, OneLakeville community reading program, but is open to the general public. The event is free but requires a ticket; call the Heritage Library at (952) 8910362 or go online to www. heritagelibraryfriends.com. More about Sanford is at www.matthewsanford. com.

by Andrew Miller Thisweek Newspapers

“The courage to transcend comes from within.” That maxim guides the personal and professional life of Matthew Sanford, the author of “Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence” who’s set to speak Feb. 25 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Sanford’s inspirational story began at age 13 when he survived a car accident that killed his father and sister and left him permanently paralyzed from the chest down. In the decades since, the 46-year-old Orono resident has become a yoga teacher, author and public speaker. In 2002 he founded Mind Body Solutions, a nonprofit whose mission is to help people living with

trauma, loss and disability lead healthier, happier lives by deepening the connection between mind and body. Sanford recently released “Beyond Disability,” an instructional yoga DVD geared to people with spinal cord injuries and others with limited mobility. “Those living with disabilities must be empowered to take greater charge of their own healing and recovery process,” he said. “We’re teaching people to

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

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Auditions Dance auditions for “Wizard of Oz – The Ballet” for intermediate and advanced modern dancers age 14 and older will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16233 Kenyon Ave., Suite 100, Lakeville. A mandatory parent meeting for dancers under 18 will be held after the audition. No pre-registration is required. For additional information contact: info@TwinCitiesBallet.org or (952) 452-3163. Comedy Josh Alton with special guest Chris May at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 E. First Ave., Shakopee (lower level of Dangerfield’s), (612) 860-9388, www.minnehahacomedyclub. com. Tickets: $13. Lisa Lampanelli, “The Lovable Comedy Queen of Mean,” 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Mystic Showroom, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake. Tickets: $59, (952) 445-9000, mysticlake. com. Concerts Velvet Tones, a senior adult community chorus, will present its annual Spring Festival of Music at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Eastview High School, 6200 W. 140th St., Apple Valley. Free.

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Information: (952) 432-1081, www.velvettones.org or Velvettones@gmail.com. Foghorn Stringband from Portland, Ore., will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at St. James Lutheran Church, 3650 Williams Drive, Burnsville. Suggested donation: $15. Chamber Music Coffee Concert featuring The Vecchione/Erdahl Duo, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 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) 9854640. U.S. Navy Band concert at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Free, but tickets are required. Information: (952) 8954680. 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. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (952) 895-4685 for more information. Film The Rosemount Area Arts Council is seeking submissions for The Shamrock Film Festi-

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Drama/theater classes for ages 4 and up at River Ridge Arts Building, Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. Special needs theater program (autism-DCD), ages 5 and older, Burnsville, (952) 7363644. Join other 55-plus adults at the Eagan Art House to create beaded jewelry. The Jewelry Club meets on the third Friday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Fee is $3 and includes all supplies. Bring any old jewelry you would like to re-make. 3981 Lexington Ave. S., (651) 675-5500. Savage Art Studios, 4735 W. 123rd St., Suite 200, Savage, offers classes/workshops for all ages. Information: www. savageartstudios.com or (952) 895-0375. Soy candle making classes held weekly in Eagan near 55 and Yankee Doodle. Call Jamie at (651) 315-4849 for dates and times. $10 per person. Presented by Making Scents in Minnesota. Country line dance classes held for intermediates Mondays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington, $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. Beginner country line dance classes on Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Lakeville VFW, 8790 Upper 208th St. $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. Country line dance classes on Wednesdays at the Lakeville Senior Center, 20732 Holt Ave. Beginners, 9-10 a.m.; Intermediate, 10 a.m.-noon. $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. The Lakeville Area Arts Center offers arts classes for all ages, www.lakevillemn.gov, (952) 985-4640.

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Oil paintings on display in Lakeville

The spring Minnesota Mosaic series will explore books in all their forms. The series will run March 13 through May 23 at Dakota County Library. A highlight will be Dr. Michael Wise explaining the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley. Other programs offer opportunities to make handmade journals with the Eagan Art House, hear about the St. John’s illuminated bible project, learn bookbinding with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and meet Laurie Hertzel, books editor for the Star Tribune. All events are free. For more information, pick up a Minnesota Mosaic brochure at a local library, visit www.dakotacounty. us/library or call (651) 4502900.

An exhibit of oil paintings by artist Holly Stone is on display through April 17 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. The paintings feature sights and places unique to the Twin Cities as seen from the main street “arteries.” The exhibit may be viewed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To arrange for evening viewing hours or for more information, call (952) 985-4640.

Magic show comes to Burnsville Spencers: Theatre of Illusion will bring magic to the Burnsville Performing Arts Center in a 7:30 p.m. performance 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.

PLP to present ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ The Prior Lake Players will present “Fiddler on the Roof” beginning March 16 at Twin Oaks Middle School, 15860 Fish Point Road S.E., Prior Lake. Performance dates are March 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31 at 7 p.m. and March 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the door. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $8 for children age 12 and under. Discounts are available on tickets purchased by March 1 and also for large groups. The Prior Lake Players will host its traditional “First Niters” party at the Prior Lake VFW following the March 16 performance. Show and party tickets can be ordered at www.plplayers. org.

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THISWEEK February 24, 2012

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Eagan dog park in the works by Jessica Harper Thisweek Newspapers

Dog lovers may soon have a new place to run and play with their four-legged friends. The Eagan City Council voted unanimously Feb. 21 to approve a budget amendment that will provide $44,000 for an off-leash dog park at Thresher Fields, which is north of Yankee Doodle Road off of Mike Collins Drive. The city was able to provide funding for the park through savings from other park projects. “I applaud the council for considering this,” Eagan resident Perry Lippert said. “I know a lot of residents

who go out of Eagan to bring their dogs to off-leash dog parks who would rather pay to go to one in Eagan. Lippert, who frequently takes his Jack Russell terrier to dog parks in Bloomington or South St. Paul, said he is eager to see a park close to home. In addition to granting a budget amendment, the city council directed parks staff to prepare an ordinance amendment permitting an off-leash dog park in the city. Parks and Recreation Director Juli Seydell Johnson said she expects the park, which will consist of 6.38 acres of open and wooded

land near a lake, will open this summer. Fees will be charged to offset the cost of maintenance, Seydell Johnson said. The Parks and Recreation Commission will still need to sort out various details, such as whether to have separate areas for large and small dogs, Seydell Johnson said. The commission is scheduled to discuss the issue at its March 19 meeting at City Hall. Once the commission makes a recommendation, it will be brought to the council for a vote. Jessica Harper is at jessica. harper@ecm-inc.com.

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February 24, 2012 THISWEEK

Police exchange program debunks stereotypes Rosemount native attends public safety training in Mexico Steve Meyer, who grew up in Rosemount, recently gained cultural experience to enhance his career in public safety. Last month, Meyer went on a weeklong trip to Mexico City with seven of his fellow classmates in the public safety administration graduate program at the Twin Cities campus of St. Mary’s University. In addition to his schooling, Meyer also works as a full-time police officer for the city of Mendota Heights. The purpose of the trip was to get the students to venture out of their comfort zones and learn about law enforcement culture in another country. Students noted that initial stereotypes of violence and jeopardized safety in Mexico were erased

soon after their arrival. “Mexico City crime rates actually compare favorably to many cities in the United States,” Meyer said. “Through this global experience, I learned that I shouldn’t always trust what I hear and there’s nothing more valuable than a firsthand perspective when it comes to learning about other cultures.” The trip was made possible through a partnership between St. Mary’s University and Universidad La Salle in Mexico City. Students returned to Minnesota just before Thanksgiving with a new perspective on their approach to public safety. “This was an important trip for the students in terms of their career devel-

opment,” said Lora Setter, director of the public safety administration program at St. Mary’s. “Most of these students will go on to lead and manage public safety organizations, so we think it is important to provide opportunities for them that will expand their cultural horizons.” The team of students and faculty had such a rewarding experience that they plan to offer the same opportunity to their counterparts in Mexico City. St. Mary’s University is in the process of applying for a grant that would bring a group of public safety officers from Mexico City to the Twin Cities so they can learn Photos submitted unique lessons from public safety officers in Minnesota. Above: Steve Meyer, who grew up in Rosemount, is a police officer with the Mendota Heights department.

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Adoption/from 1A and children waiting to be adopted. The first email included two children whom Steve said the family considered adopting, but they hesitated when weighing the financial concerns. The second email came on a Saturday from the agency director and included a biography of Kristian, who was available to be adopted this spring. “Not realizing that he had captured each of our hearts, we talked casually on Sunday about what all would require, it felt a little too Goliath like,” Steve said. On Monday, they talked with their oldest son, Jackson, about cancelling the family vacation and all the other changes that would be required. Jackson said his Bible study lesson that week asked him what he was willing to give up in order to advance the cause of Christ in the world. “Another brother is worth more than 10 cruises,” Jackson told his parents. By Thursday, the family was sitting in the agency’s office signing paperwork. Kristian, who was raised by his grandmother and

in brief A fundraiser to benefit the Steve and Jennifer Tuttle family and their adoption of Kristian, a 10-year-old boy from Ukraine, will be from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Edina. The tentative schedule includes a silent auction/sales start at 6:30 p.m.; concert by the Rosemount-based Nic Stevens Band at 7:15 p.m.; intermission and final bids 7:45-8 p.m.; brief presentation from an adoptive family on their experience 8 p.m.; concert resumes from 8:15-8:45 p.m. Coffee, juice and cookies will be served.

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When Kristian visited the United States this winter, he was able to celebrate his 10th birthday with his adoptive family – the Tuttles from Rosemount – Steve, Jennifer, Jackson, Coleton and Rylin. never met his parents, lived in Ukraine for his first eight years before he was placed in an orphanage. Kristian visited the Tuttles from Dec. 28 to Jan. 15, and Steve said he became part of the family as they celebrated Steve’s 41st birthday and Kristian’s 10th. “Kristian handled the transition to our family during the hosting period very well, better than we could have expected,” Steve said. “He has emotional hurt and scars that we have already had the privilege to start to try to work through with him during his time of bonding with us, and Lord willing, will have the rest of his life to help him through once we complete the adoption.” Steve said Kristian’s favorite things are futbol/soccer, the color red, and pizza. “While he was with us, we learned that he loved to ride his bike and all of us being together as a family was very important to him,” Steve said. Another thing that helped Kristian feel comfortable was being able to interact with some of the other Rosemount area adoptees through the agency and some of the Russian members of the Tuttles’ church – Bethlehem Baptist Church, which currently meets at Burnsville High School but is moving to

Lakeville South on March 11. “He really liked our home, the neighborhood, the freedom he was experiencing, the abundance of food and clothing,” Steve said. “At the orphanage, everything is community property and meals are simple, you eat what you are given, all that you are given and nothing more.” When it was time for Kristian to depart, he was asked if he wanted to be the Tuttles forever. Steve said he told the agency that America was his new home and the Tuttles were his family.

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Tad Johnson is at editor. thisweek@ecm-inc.com.

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