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Apple Valley | Rosemount April 6, 2012 | Volume 33 | Number 6

Teens battle against

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opinion Sun Thisweek’s new home Larry Werner, general manager and editor of Sun Thisweek, writes about the newspaper’s new location in Apple Valley’s Central Village. Page 4A

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Synthetic marijuana dangers shift to Internet

Teens take comfort in sober school County, local organizations work toward prevention by Jessica Harper

Baseball season off and running New bats designed to restrict offense are the talk of high school baseball. Local teams are assessing the impact. Page 6A

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Meg Chevalier will never forget the night her brother brought her home from a late-night drug binge. The Dakota County teen had lived away from home for some time and quickly felt ashamed upon seeing the disheartened look upon her mother’s face. It was then, at age 15, she hit rock bottom. “It hurt to see what I was doing to her,” Chevalier said. “My mom is so important to me. She’s always been supportive of every-

thing I did.” Though she remained at the bottom for a short time, Chevalier attempted to get sober on her own during her sophomore year of high school. Soon temptation became too great and Chevalier relapsed several times. Many of her friends at school also abused substances, making sobriety nearly impossible. Chevalier, now 17, decided to start over by enrolling in Alliance Academy, a public charter school that provides a sober environ-

ment for teens who struggle with drugs and alcohol. “I found exactly what I was looking for in this school,” said Chevalier, who has been sober for 16 months. While attending the Burnsville school, Chevalier found a network of supportive sober friends, which she says has been key to her sobriety. “It’s like a family here,” she said. “Unlike my old friends, they genuinely care and support my sobriety.” See School, 12A

Drug has disappeared from tobacco shop shelves in Dakota County by Andrew Miller Sun Thisweek

For parents concerned about the prospect of their kids trying synthetic marijuana, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that, at least in the south metro area, it appears the drug is no longer available at tobacco shops, gas stations, or “head” shops. The bad news: Illegal or not, synthetic marijuana is still available online. L e g i s l at i o n File photo was passed in MinApple Valley Police Officer nesota last year that out- Mike Eliason testified at laws sale and possession of the state Capitol last year synthetic marijuana, along in support of legislation outwith recreational drugs sold lawing the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana. See synthetic, 2A

Youth drug trends: Meth use declines, pot, heroin on the rise by Laura Adelmann Sun Thisweek

Lakeville violin virtuoso returns Seventeen-year-old musical prodigy Chad Hoopes is returning to his hometown April 29 for a concert at the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Page 3B

For four years, one Dakota County juvenile sustained his prescription drug addiction by raiding other people’s medicine cabinets. People don’t realize that the bathroom is the one room in a house that gives people complete privacy to snoop, to gather, to take,

says one Dakota County chemical health social worker. Prescription drug abuse among teens is a growing trend in Dakota County that officials say is a leading cause for the rise in heroin addictions among young adults. Past-year use of prescription pain killers was reported by 6.3 percent of

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in a pill-popping culture. “Eighty-five percent of our population takes pills every day for one reason or another,” Falkowski said. “Children growing up are very used to seeing pill-taking. They see parents and relatives take pills, they may have siblings on medication. They see kids

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Carol James Falkowski Backstrom Minnesota 12th-graders in 2010, according to a January 2011, National Insti-

tute on Drug Abuse report. Those types of prescription narcotics, like Oxycontin and Vicodin, are highly addictive opiates that produce a placid euphoria. Youths who try them may not realize their inherent danger, said Carol Falkowski, Minnesota Department of Health drug abuse strategy officer, because they have grown up

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Addison Ehrreich of Farmington found the treats at the Rosemount Lions Club Spring Egg Hunt to her liking March 31 at the Ames Soccer Complex at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount. The egg hunt was for children ages 10 and under and had three divisions for ages 1-3, 4-6 and 7-10. Each age group had the chance to find the “golden” egg, which was turned in for a special prize. For more photos, go online to www.SunThisweek.com.

Across party lines, Dakota County elected officials stood together to join the community in supporting military families, March 30. Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Rep. John Kline along with Richard C. Nash, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, recognized Dakota County and several of its cities as Yellow Ribbon entities during a proclamation ceremony at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Lakeville. Dakota County commissioners and Apple Valley, Burnsville and Lakeville mayors and council members were among those presented an official proclamation from Dayton signifying their status as an

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Adjutant Major Gen. Richard Nash and U.S. Rep. John Kline congratulated Dakota County commissioners Liz Workman of Burnsville and Will Branning of Apple Valley during the ceremony. official Yellow Ribbon entity. Yellow Ribbon networks support military members and their families in a variety of ways, such

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Synthetic/from 1A as bath salts and “research chemicals.” Not long after the legislation was passed, synthetic marijuana – often marketed under names such as K2, Spice and Yucatan Fire – began disappearing from retail venues in Dakota County. Prior to the drug being outlawed, “we had stores selling it in Savage, Burnsville and Apple Valley,” said Apple Valley Police Officer Mike Eliason, a past president of the Minnesota Juvenile Officers’ Association

who testified at the state Capitol last year in support of legislation outlawing synthetic marijuana. “Right now I don’t know of any places that are selling it in the south metro,” he said. “If kids are buying it, they’re buying it on the Internet.” During an interview with Sun Thisweek on Monday, Eliason did an Internet search to underscore the ease with which synthetic marijuana can be purchased. In a matter of seconds, he’d turned up a website with K2 on offer. “$23.95 a gram, $39.95

for three grams,” he said, reading from the website. “You get a discount the more you buy. And you can use Visa or MasterCard.”

Threat grows

Synthetic drugs first came on the radar of state officials about 15 years ago when raves were popular, but “it has really taken off as a social phenomenon in the last few years,” said Carol Falkowski, drug abuse strategy officer with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. “More and more people are using

them.” Falkowski pointed to statistics from the Hennepin Poison Control Center to emphasize that the threat of synthetic drugs is growing. In 2010, the center handled 28 incidents involving synthetic marijuana; in 2011 the number of incidents jumped to 149. Bath salts incidents logged by the center in 2010: five. In 2011: 144. “There are signs at the national level this is not subsiding, and I have no reason to think we’re any different,” Falkowski said. “These synthetic drugs are

a whole new ball game. The Internet plays a key role in the retail marketing of these substances, and the whole area of Internet law is an emerging one.” The availability of synthetic drugs on the Internet may obscure the dangers involved in using them. Synthetic marijuana can produce coma, hallucinations, heart irregularities, depression and other severe health problems in abusers, officials say. And unlike bath salts or “research chemicals” such as the synthetic hallucinogen 2C-E, which tend to at-

tract hardcore drug users, synthetic marijuana appeals to young, novice users, Falkowski said. “Because it’s something that’s sold as legal and harmless on many websites, teenagers may be inclined to try it,” she said. Eliason illustrated the “nudge, budge, wink, wink” conspiratorial mentality surrounding the sale of synthetic marijuana when he testified before a state House committee in January of last year. Eliason told legislators he’d recently visited a website selling K2-coated gumballs that labeled the product “not for human consumption.” “I’m still trying to figure out who’d chew a gumball that’s not fit for human consumption,” Eliason said with a note of irony. At the same House committee hearing, Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, spoke on behalf of a family in her district whose 16-year-old son abused synthetic marijuana for about nine months. The parents became aware when noticing “very dangerous and scary behaviors in their son,” Mack said. “It’s disturbing to hear what individuals and families go through when they’re involved with this drug,” she said.

‘Dangers lurk online’

In the past two weeks, both the Minnesota House and Senate approved bills that strengthen penalties for selling synthetic marijuana. If put into law, the legislation would increase the penalties for selling the drug from a gross misdemeanor to a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine. As state officials work to curtail the synthetic drug problem with new laws, Falkowski said the burden of prevention is on parents, schools and communities. Falkowski’s advice to parents seeking to dissuade their kids from synthetic marijuana and other drugs: “Talk early, talk often.” “Dangers lurk online – I think they need to point that out early and point it out often,” she said. “Just because it’s found online doesn’t mean it’s safe or legal or good for you.” Andrew Miller can be reached at andrew.miller@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

Pedestrian struck, killed crossing Pilot Knob Road

An Apple Valley woman died March 30 after she was struck by a vehicle on Pilot Knob Road. Police found Co T. Tran, 72, dead at the scene around 6:30 a.m. after receiving a report of a pedestrian-vehicle accident on Pilot Knob just south of County Road 42. Tran was lying in the center median area of the road when officers arrived. According to Apple Valley police, Tran was crossing from the east side of Pilot Knob when she was struck by a northbound vehicle driven by a 54-year-old Farmington man. Police believe darkness was a contributing factor in the accident. The Minnesota State Patrol is assisting with accident reconstruction. —Andrew Miller

Sexual Assault Awareness Walk 360 Communities will hold its third annual Sexual Assault Awareness Walk on Wednesday, April 21. The event will be at Lewis House, 4345 Nicols Road, Eagan. The evening will kick off with an open house at 7 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. candlelight walk in remembrance of victims and in support of survivors. Bring a candle and a flashlight for back-up in case of rain or wind.


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Rosemount legislator’s bill passes the House Vote was close; opponents argue it would stifle free speech Sun Thisweek

Rep. Kurt Bills, R-Rosemount, saw his bill requiring school boards to adopt policy prohibiting the use of school district resources by employees for political purposes pass on a 73 to 60 vote on March 28. But not without debate. “This bill violates the First Amendment,” argued Rep. Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park. No one wants teachers or other school employees to be misusing school district resources, she explained. But the bill “very clearly” attempts to control what’s being discussed in the teachers’ lounge, Hortman argued. Another attorney, Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, noted that required school board policy must not apply when an employee is disseminating “factual information.” Who makes the call on what’s factual and what isn’t? she asked. “I think you’re creating a lot of problems with this bill,” Liebling said. Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville, said she was glad the legislation had been “gutted” in education committee and that it no longer did much of anything. It still sent a bad message, she said. But Bills, who still teaches first period at Rosemount High School before leaving for the State Capitol, said anyone who’s ever been in a teachers’ lounge isn’t worried about the legislation silencing teachers from offering opinions. Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, said rather than opposing the legislation, some school district employees would embrace it.

“There are many school employees that would appreciate having that policy,” she said. House Education Finance Committee Chairman Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, argued there wasn’t a credible education group that opposed the bill. Sen. Dave Thompson, RLakeville, has been working on similar legislation in the Senate. T.W. Budig can be reached at tim.budig@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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We’ve settled into our new home in downtown Apple Valley by Larry Werner Thisweek Newspapers

Shortly after 4 p.m. on March 29, I was greeting guests at a chamber of commerce party we threw in the atrium of the building we had moved the newspaper into a couple weeks earlier. Bruce Nordquist, director of community development and planning for the city of Apple Valley, congratulated me on our decision to move from Burnsville to the Shops on Galaxie building. “You’re a visionary,” Nordquist said with his characteristic overstatement and enthusiasm. “You’ll love it here. There are 57 restaurants within a half mile of this building. I counted them.” By the time the party began last Thursday, I was feeling more like a punching bag than a visionary. Over the last two months, we have merged Thisweek Newspapers with the Sun Current papers to create Sun Thisweek while moving our entire operation from our longtime home in Burnsville to the Central Village area of Apple Valley. At the same time, we’ve had to make some major changes in our distribution system and our technology to accommodate the acquisition of the Sun papers by ECM Publishers, our parent company. But Nordquist’s comment about the choice of this Apple Valley location for our headquarters got me to thinking about an interview I did several years ago with

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Bruce’s boss, Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland. At the time, I was writing for the Star Tribune and doing a story about her plans for a new walkable downtown where people can work, live and play without having to get into their cars. In her conference room, the mayor showed me a map with lines drawn where office buildings, restaurants, a park and multi-family housing would be built on what had been a pumpkin patch. HamannRoland was jumping on a trend known as “new urbanism” that was being embraced by other suburban communities, including Burnsville, where her friend, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, had built her “new downtown,” known as Heart of the City. For years, Apple Valley officials had referred to the commercial cluster adjacent to Cedar Avenue and County Road 42 as “downtown.” As anyone who has driven through that intersection knows, there’s nothing “walkable” or “pedestrian-friendly” about that busy place. So Apple Valley

officials had embarked on turning a pumpkin patch along Galaxie Avenue, a couple blocks south of 42, into a place that feels more like a downtown. Readers of this newspaper might recall we’ve done several stories on the fact that the Central Village has been slow to develop. The building in which I am writing this column has seen several tenants fail after opening their businesses with great hope. And as I look out my office window, I can see empty plots of land where apartments and townhouses were to have been built by now. The Great Recession got in the way of the big plans Hamann-Roland and Nordquist had for this place. But now that the economy is improving, the prospects for Central Village are improving. Our building, which had dropped to about 40 percent occupancy, is more than 80 percent occupied. An apartment building planned to our west will connect by trail to the new Bus Rapid Transit line on Cedar. There’s talk of another development to our north that will wrap around the lovely Kelley Park where concerts are held in a bandstand on summer Fridays. And my staff enjoys walking along the sidewalks of Central Village to some of those restaurants or grabbing a bite at the Valley Diner, which, along with the Kami Japanese steak house, is in the Shops of Galaxie building.

Readers of this space know I’m a downtown guy. There’s something magical about the vitality of working in a place that offers the variety that downtowns do – retail, restaurants, workplaces and gathering spots such as Kelley Park. As our lease was headed for expiration in Burnsville, I began to look at space in downtowns, including Burnsville’s Heart of the City and downtown Lakeville, one of my favorite places to hang out. We got the best deal in Apple Valley, and we’re happy to be here. Last Thursday, about 150 businesspeople enjoyed food from Kami and Valley Diner and music from a talented performer known as Rockin’ Woody. Many of the folks who came to our party said they had never been to the old pumpkin patch that is becoming a downtown. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by. I can recommend the food at Kami, Valley Diner and a few of the other restaurants I’ve tried in our new neighborhood. It will take me a while to try all 57 of them. It’s a difficult job, as they say, but someone has to do it. Larry Werner is editor and general manager of Thisweek Newspapers and the Dakota County Tribune. He can be reached at larry. werner@ecm-inc.com. Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Kline has facts on gas-price blame wrong To the editor: My first thought when reading U.S. Rep. John Kline’s column (Sun Thisweek, March 30) is to inquire as to whether Cindy looked into mass transit or carpooling. I am a bit surprised a single mother could quit her job no matter what the cost of gas is. As to lowering gas prices, we need to establish the facts. On March 7, USA Today reported the U.S. is producing more oil than ever. We are using less oil. Vehicles are more fuel-efficient. In his recent article in the Wall Street Journal “Move Over, OPEC-Here We Come’ Ed Morse said, “The United States has become the fastest-growing oil and gas producer in the world, and it is likely to remain so for the rest of this decade and into the 2020s.” Fuel is now the top U.S. export. In 2011 Associated Press reported America was on pace to ship out more gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel than anything else. In 1981 when prices skyrocketed at the pumps oil was slightly more than $200 a barrel. I just checked, as of today oil is $103 a barrel yet gas prices are at all time highs. How can Kline complain about Obama’s energy policies if we are exporting more, using less, and the price of gas at the pump cannot be traced to extreme prices for a barrel of oil? Our last two presidents recognized that there are no quick fixes to reduce high oil or gasoline prices. In 2008 President George W. Bush said that “if there was

a magic wand to wave, I’d be waving it” to lower prices. I think Kline should consider joining our senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken who are sponsoring legislation aimed at reigning in oil speculators. As to Solyndra, it was partly backed by the Walton family (think Wal-Mart) and received loans from the Bush and Obama administrations. So its funding was bipartisan. The economy tanked, which cut demand, and Solyndra found itself unable to compete with subsidized Chinese companies. Now its bankruptcy is being used as a platform to attack Obama’s energy policy. Nika Davies Apple Valley

Daley’s support of racino appreciated To the editor: I’d like to thank state Sen. Ted Daley. As a Rosemount resident and horse owner, I applaud Daley for his efforts to get racino legislation passed in 2012. Minnesota needs jobs and to pay back the school funding shift. Jobs and education should be the priorities at the Capitol and racino would assist with those areas. Daley knows that Racinos will generate millions in revenue and thousands of jobs in the construction, hospitality and agricultural industries, as well as give a much-needed boost to the state’s floundering equine industry. I encourage Daley to keep up the good work as an advocate for Racino. With his support, we are inching closer to finally reaping the benefits that this important bill will offer Minnesotans

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Stop bullying To the editor: Bullying – a problem in high schools, junior highs, and elementary schools – is not only an issue in the schools, but also outside of the classroom. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, an estimated 160,000 students refuse to go to school each day for fear of physical and verbal abuse from their peers. This bullying can cause depression, anxiety, irritability, shame or aggression in students. Bullying has taken on a whole new appearance through cyber bullying. Through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, students are constantly being bullied. Gossip and rumors can spread from the halls to the student’s social network pages in seconds. Because cyber bullying happens outside of school, students are reluctant to report it, and the bullying continues. Bullying should not be a part of school or any student’s life. The damage it causes is completely avoidable if the bullying is reported and dealt with properly. With better education about bullying there can be a change in the schools. If this problem continues, students will continue to be hurt. If teachers, parents, and students are better educated about the effects of bullying, maybe a change could come from it. School should be about education, not social media and gossip.

To the editor: Many Minnesota twoyear colleges and universities are dealing with crumbling school infrastructures. They need money to maintain and fix plumbing, roofs, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical systems of the schools’ buildings. Fixing these assets should be an even greater priority than building new buildings and that is why fully funding the Minnesota State College and University system’s $110 million Higher Education Assets Preservation and Replacement request should be the first funding priority for the Legislature. At my school, Dakota County Technical College, our welding department and all of the auto programs have such poor ventilation that all the fumes seep into the cafeteria from their classrooms. We also have heating and air conditioning problems in the landscape horticulture part of the building, where students have to sit in 50 degree lectures. Bathrooms on the north side of the building are also very old and are very inefficient compared to the bathrooms on the south side of our campus building that have sensors and modern efficient designs. For the past decade, we have backlogged $775 million of HEAPR requests that haven’t been funded by the state of Minnesota. In fact, the state has never fully funded HEAPR. So to at least keep up, we need to CLAIRE D’AGOSTINO fully fund MnSCU’s $110 Burnsville million request and “Fix it First.”


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Rivard - Mihm Raymond and Ruth Rivard of Lakeville are pleased to announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter Kassi to Austin Mihm, the son of Steve and Jacque Mihm, also of Lakeville. Kassi, a 2007 graduate of Lakeville South High School, is a student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities majoring in Interior Design, with a minor in Family Social Science. Kassi is also working as an intern at Cuningham Group Architecture in Minneapolis. Austin, a 2004 graduate of Lakeville High School, is a graduate of Metro State University, with a degree in International Business. Austin is employed at Best Buy Corporate as a Merchant Analyst. Kassi and Austin are planning an outdoor wedding in July.

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Florian G. Kraft Age 85, of New Prague passed away peacefully on March 23, 2012. Preceded in death by his previous wives, Ann and Fran; Daughter, Bev; and grandchildren: Matthew and Corey. Survived by his wife, Dorothy Efta; children: Ken (Marianne), Duane (Brenda), Robert (Cyndi), Judy (Don) Fedder, Tom (Mary), Mary Jo (Ron) Hiner,Terry (Rose), Lori (Jeff) Doerr, and Lisa (Frank) Marek; 12 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; also by 10 wonderful step children, step grandchildren, and their families. Mass of Christian burial, was held 11am Monday, March 26th 2012 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Jordan. He was loved and will be missed by all.

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The Dakota County chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in the Dakota Room at Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan. Those who are concerned about climate change are in-

vited to the meeting. The speaker will be ShiLing Hsu, author of “The Case for a Carbon Tax,” who will be heard via phone link. Contact Paul Hoffinger at (651) 882-0671 for more information.

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Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools Educating our students to reach their full potential CALL FOR BIDS Wireless LAN Infrastructure Notice is hereby given that BIDS will be received for the purpose of securing a contract for a wireless LAN infrastructure by Independent School District 196 at the District Office, 3455 153rd Street West, Rosemount, MN 55068, until 2:00 PM, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at which time and place they will be publicly opened and read. Complete instructions on how to obtain Bidding Documents from Elert & Associa t e s c a n b e f o u n d a t : http://www.district196.org/District/LegalNotices/ index.cfm. If you should have any questions regarding this bid you may contact Sandi Parr at (651) 705-1221. Joel Albright, Board Clerk Independent School District 196 2962241 4/6-4/13/12

PUBLIC NOTICE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 196 Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools Educating our students to reach their full potential DAKOTA HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM REPLACEMENT Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received for the Dakota Hills Middle School Building Automation System Replacement by Independent School District 196, at the Facilities and Grounds Office located at 14445 Diamond Path West, Rosemount, MN 55068, until 2 p.m., April 19, 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 2953914 3/30-4/6/12

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Ten District 196 teams qualify for state Destination ImagiNation tournament Ten teams of students representing five District 196 schools had top finishes at the Destination ImagiNation regional tournament in March and qualified to compete at the DI state tournament April 14 at Champlin Park High School. Of the 10 teams, four are from Shannon Park Elementary School, three from Dakota Hills Middle School and one each from Rosemount Middle School, Northview Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School. The following DI teams from District 196 qualified to compete at the state tournament: Shannon Park’s Argentina Apples, first in the Solar Stage challenge/elementary level; Shannon Park: Kids Who Shall Not Be Named, first in the Coming Attractions challenge/ elementary 1 level; The Dragon Bolts, first in Coming Attractions/elementary 2 level; The Men, second in the Hold It challenge; Dakota Hills Middle: 50 Fingers…For Now!, first in the Assembly Required challenge/middle level; DiscomBOBulated team, first in Solar Stage/middle level; Bubbly Chicken Pot Pies, second in Hold It/middle level;

Primrose Spring Fling family fundraiser

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PUBLIC NOTICE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 196

Sun Thisweek April 6, 2012

Primrose School of Lakeville North will hold its annual Spring Fling fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5. The event will include family activities, food, pony rides, petting zoo, silent auction and more. The public is welcome. Event proceeds will support Miracles of Mitch Foundation, which provides assistance to pediatric cancer families in Minnesota, and Primrose Children’s Foundation, which supports Reach Out and Read and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The school is at 9711 163rd St. W., Lakeville. For more information, visit www.primroselakeville.com or call (952) 435-8885.

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Rosemount Middle: Periwinkle Fluffy Squids, first in Coming Attractions/ middle level; Northview: DInomite, second in Coming Attractions/elementary level, and Woodland: Bob’s the Builders, first in Hold It/elementary level. A second team from Rosemount Middle called TGIDI, is competing in the

“Project Outreach” challenge. Teams competing in this community activism challenge compete only at the state tournament. On March 16-17, the six members of team TGIDI held a 24-hour swim marathon in the Rosemount Middle pool. More than 500 people participated in their event and the girls

raised more than $10,000 for muscular dystrophy research. The top two finishers at the state tournament in each challenge area/age level will qualify for the Global Finals, which are held in late May each year at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. This year’s Global Finals will be held May 23-26.

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April 6, 2012 Sun Thisweek

Fifth-ranked Eastview deep in pitching Baseball team looking to make run at SSC title by Mike Shaughnessy Sun Thisweek

Eastview has built a reputation as a baseball team with strong pitching and solid defense. That isn’t expected to change this season. In fact, coach Tom Strey said it had better not change if the Lightning expects to contend for South Suburban Conference and section championships. “If we do those things well, we’ll be in every game,” Strey said. In 2011 the Lightning

was 16-8 and reached the Class 3A, Section 3 final before losing to eventual state champion Burnsville. Burnsville and Eastview were first and fifth in the preseason state Class 3A rankings. The Lightning, which opened the regular season Wednesday at Apple Valley, is deep in returning pitchers. Seniors Adam Moorse, Evan Decovich, Quinn Trusty and Chris Narum are expected to see time on the mound. Patrick Strey, the head coach’s son, is a potential late-inning option. Cameron Hall, another senior, pitched a lot of innings for Eastview’s American Legion team last

summer. If there’s one thing for which the Eastview program has become known, it’s developing pitchers. Several recent Lightning pitchers have gone on to throw for college programs. “We’ve been fortunate,” Tom Strey said. “We have a good youth program, and a lot of kids have been dedicated in the off-season. “We’re in a good situation with our pitching. It’s going to be a senior-dominated group.” The Lightning also will have experience at a number of other positions. Starting catcher Ryan Reger returns to work with the pitching staff. Decovich will play

first base when not pitching. Seniors Austin Hebig (second base), Scott Nelson (shortstop) and Patrick Strey (third base) are returning regulars. Hall, Narum, Trusty and senior Brennan EspindaBanick will play outfield. The Lightning practiced during spring break last week in St. Pete Beach, Fla. The week before, the team was able to practice outdoors in Minnesota thanks to unseasonably warm March weather. “We scrimmaged Maple Grove (last year’s state Class 3A runner-up) while we were in Florida, as well as some other teams,” Strey said. “We had the lineup

semi-settled before we went there, but there are always going to be surprises. We tell the kids it’s a process. As we go through the year, we might have some kids moving to different positions.” An unknown factor is the effect of less-lively bats mandated for use in high school baseball this season. Eastview teams tend to rely on contact over power, and Strey said he’s assuming that making good contact will be even more important this season. So, too, will players who know how to run the bases. “Overall, we have some decent speed,” Strey said. “We don’t have any burners, but we have four or five kids

who run well.” After opening the season against its crosstown rival, the Lightning returns to conference play at 4:15 p.m. Monday at Rosemount. Eastview plays home games against Lakeville South on April 11 and against nonconference opponent Eden Prairie on April 12. Burnsville is favored to win the South Suburban Conference, but “in that conference, everyone has a couple of pitchers that are good,” Strey said. “So we kind of beat up on each other throughout the year.” Mike Shaughnessy is at mike. shaughnessy@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

Eagles softball team tries to blend youth, experience Apple Valley has five seniors, four ninth-graders by Mike Shaughnessy Sun Thisweek

Apple Valley softball coach Carla Christiansen refers to the experience level of her players as “the great divide.” The Eagles have five seniors, several of whom are multi-year starters. But the 12-player roster also has six sophomores and ninthgraders. As Apple Valley prepares for its season opener at 4:15 p.m. Monday at home against Bloomington Kennedy, how that group will mesh is anyone’s guess. “We’re asking ninthgraders to play South Suburban Conference softball,” Christiansen said. “It’s a tough conference all the way around, and some of our players won’t have much [varsity] experience. But our younger players have played a lot of softball in the summer and were competitive.” One of the seniors, Loryn Charbonneau, has been on varsity since ninth grade and is expected to be the Eagles’ No. 1 pitcher. Karleigh Crepin, a junior, also will get some innings in the pitching circle.

Senior Mallory Michaluk is a returning catcher, although her innings behind the plate might be limited because of a knee injury. Christiansen said Michaluk’s bat would be in the lineup somewhere – probably at designated hitter – if she can’t catch. Seniors Kati Erb (shortstop) and Julia Gerlach (third base) each have two years of varsity experience on the left side of the infield. The other senior on the roster, Hailey Casperson, can play outfield or infield. All five seniors will serve as captains. Sophomores on the Eagles’ varsity are outfielder Jessica Tilbury and catcher Whitney Gilsrud. Ninthgraders Natalie Breckner (outfield), Kacey Sande (catcher), Rachel Goodman (infield) and Colleen Moore (infield) also are expected to play. Goodman hit two homers in limited varsity action last season. “We have a lot of multiposition kids, and that should be a big advantage because it’ll give us some flexibility,” Christiansen

said. Last season the pitching rubber for high school softball was moved back three feet. That made the top pitchers slightly less dominant, gave hitters more of a chance and placed greater emphasis on defense. “Now, you can’t have a good team with just five players,” Christiansen said. “There is so much more strategy, so many more choices to make. I like that kind of game.” Last season Apple Valley finished 10-9 overall, losing to Bloomington Jefferson Photo by Mike Shaughnessy in the second round of the Apple Valley sophomore outfielder Jessica Tilbury takes some swings in the batting cage Class 3A, Section 3 playoffs. Over the last few seasons last week. the Eagles have done well against teams from outside their conference but struggled against South Suburban opponents. In 2011, they were 5-0 against nonSSC teams. Winning more games in the league “is definitely a goal of ours,” said Christiansen, who has been in charge at Apple Valley since 2000, making her the longest-tenured head softball coach in the SSC. “We have kids who have played a lot of softball in the summer against the kids they’ll see this spring.” Bloomington Jefferson, which returned almost its entire roster after reaching the state tournament last year, rates as the SSC favorite. Apple Valley will see the Jaguars on April 11 at Dred Scott Field in Bloomington.

Photo by Mike Shaughnessy Mike Shaughnessy is at mike. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy Apple Valley’s Hailey Casperson puts down a bunt during shaughnessy@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek. Senior captain Kati Erb is a returning infielder for the Apple Valley softball team. indoor batting practice last week.

Irish put runs on board with new bats Rosemount baseball team defeats Park in season opener by Mike Shaughnessy Sun Thisweek

It was Rosemount’s first baseball game using new bats designed to limit offense, but the Irish didn’t have any trouble scoring runs. Rosemount, a team with a predominantly senior lineup, defeated Park of Cottage Grove 8-3 in its season opener Tuesday afternoon. “We’re trying to make sure we hit line drives and ground balls,” coach Chris Swansson said. “It’s going to be tough to get a hit if you hit the ball in the air.” “There’s definitely not as much pop in the bats,” said Rosemount senior Joe Waite, who batted .318 last year and made the AllSouth Suburban Conference team. “I don’t think it will have much of an effect on us, though. We’ve always been a team that tries to hit line drives.” New specifications on bats went into effect this year for high school baseball and are in their second season for college baseball.

They are intended to make metal and composite bats more closely simulate the performance of wood bats. Waite said a ball struck on the sweet spot of one of the new bats will still travel a long way. “The biggest difference is, with the old bats you saw towering fly balls that went over the fence,” Waite said. “Now, those are outs. If you’re a power hitter, you might need to shorten your swing because a long swing isn’t going to work as well.” Rosemount is trying to bounce back from a 5-15 season marked by a number of one-run losses. “I think we can be one of the top contenders in our conference,” Waite said. “We have high hopes. “We have a lot more depth compared to last year. There are five or six guys who could be day-one starting pitchers, three guys who could start at third base, three who could start at first, and a lot of outfielders.” Twenty-two seniors came

out for the team. “The players have a strong team concept, and they’re willing to accept roles,” Swansson said. The Irish went to Vero Beach, Fla., on a spring break trip last week. Swansson said one of the goals was to find out how many of the players could pitch. The answer: A lot of them. “We had four varsity scrimmages and four (junior varsity) scrimmages,” the coach said. “Sixteen of the 28 guys we took down there pitched.” Waite, Morris Valenzuela and Jordan Tumilson are expected to see time on the mound this year, as is Andrew Schwartz, an honorable mention all-conference player last year. Trevor Kolden and Nate Lemoine are returning position players. The South Suburban Conference has the defending state Class 3A champion (Burnsville), another state tournament qualifier

Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Rosemount senior Joe Waite takes a swing during Tuesday’s 8-3 victory over Park of Cottage Grove. (Bloomington Kennedy) “A lot of our guys played been a problem with us beand last year’s Section 3 last year and lost a lot of fore, but I don’t see it being runner-up (Eastview). one-run games to good a problem this year.” The competition level teams. We need to win some Mike Shaughnessy is at mike. means improving on last of those games.” season’s record won’t be Waite said he believes shaughnessy@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek. easy for the Irish. that will happen. “We have a really tough “We just need to swing conference,” Swansson said. the bats,” he said. “That’s


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Puerto Rico trip an ‘eye-opener’ for Eagles AV baseball team puts in lots of hours on spring break

one of the teams we scrimmaged there, and he said he had seven (Major League Baseball draft) prospects on his team. It was a real eyeopener for us.” Spring break trips have rarely been on Apple Valley’s baseball agenda in recent years, but Hendrickson, the Eagles’ second-year head coach, said the trip south was worthwhile. “For six days, we had two-a-day practices,” he said. “We also had three scrimmages there and a lot of one-on-one time with guys. “On a daily basis, we had five to five-and-a-half hours of practice. If we were here, it probably would have been

by Mike Shaughnessy Sun Thisweek

Apple Valley High School’s baseball players and coaches went to Puerto Rico on spring break last week. They liked the weather, loved the beaches and came away very impressed with the local players. “There are some very talented baseball players down there,” Apple Valley head coach Jeremy Hendrickson said. “We were talking with the coach of

two hours a day.” The Eagles had a chance to see if the extra work paid off when they played Eastview in their season opener Wednesday afternoon. The Lightning is the No. 5-ranked team in Class 3A. Hendrickson said the Eagles went into the game without as much experience as their crosstown rival, but they hoped to have the pitching to remain competitive. Seniors Garrett Ganskie, Ben Schneider and Tate Erickson are returning pitchers, and junior Dusty Varpness also will be in the rotation. “We really liked what we

saw out of (Varpness) in Puerto Rico,” Hendrickson said. Ganskie will be an outfielder when not pitching, and Erickson will see playing time at first base. Outfielder Cory Brock and catcher/infielder Tanner Wild are returning seniors. Sophomore third baseman Dougie Parks played on varsity for about half of last season and made an impression. Parks “played the last 12 games for us last year and batted .417 with two home runs – both grand slams – and 18 RBI. And he committed zero errors,” Hendrickson said. Junior Noah Seburg and

senior Cory Rathman will play shortstop and second base. Logan Kohorst, a sophomore, is expected to see varsity time behind the plate. New, less-lively bats were mandated for high school play this year and are expected to tone down offense. How much will be difficult to assess until teams start playing games that count. But there will be an effect. “It’s going to be a gamechanger,” Hendrickson said. “We’re hitting the ball OK, but on our trip and in our practices and scrimmages, there weren’t a lot of extra-base hits.” Defending state Class

3A Burnsville returns a strong group, including two players who have signed with the University of Minnesota. That makes the Blaze the South Suburban Conference favorite in Hendrickson’s eyes. “We all know what Burnsville has,” Hendrickson said. “I have them at the top (of the conference), with Eastview a distant second. I think Eagan and Prior Lake are next, and then there’s a jumble in the middle. But there are a lot of good teams in this conference.” Mike Shaughnessy is at mike. shaughnessy@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

Rosemount softball players, coaches expect more Irish hoping to rebound from five-win season by Mike Shaughnessy Sun Thisweek

Where Rosemount’s softball team is concerned, close won’t count. The Irish were 5-11 last season, with seven of the losses by one or two runs. Second-year head coach Tiffany Rose said she made it clear to the players that expectations are going up. “We’re here to win,” Rose said. “The season is so short that we don’t have time to let players get into a groove. “We’re going to give everybody an opportunity to be successful, but if it doesn’t go well, they will come out. If I have to take out a senior captain, I don’t care. We need to play the kids who can get

the job done.” Senior captain Summer Lindelien said the players have no problem with Rose’s direct approach because they also expect better of themselves. To improve on last year’s record, Lindelien said the Irish have to take better advantage of their scoring opportunities. “A lot of times last year, we’d have runners on second and third and couldn’t drive them home,” said Lindelien, who will play center field and hit in the middle of the order. “We need to get down better bunts to move our runners along, and then bring them home.” One potential issue for Rosemount is the team’s

youth. Lindelien is one of only two seniors on the roster; infielder Summer Sorenson is the other. “The players are hard workers,” Rose said, “so we should improve every game. And our players are very fast. I’m confident this is a better team than we had last year. We just need to see it on the field.” Junior Melissa Seldon returns as pitcher for the Irish, but she might share duties in the pitching circle with ninth-grader Nicole Johnson. “With the pitchers moved back to 43 feet (a rule change that took effect last year), I feel you need to have at least two pitchers,” Rose said. “To have only one pitcher throwing seven innings

in every game in a really good conference like the South Suburban, that’s going to be tough.” Johnson can play shortstop when not pitching, and Seldon is a good outfielder, Rose said. Catcher Grace Longman and infielders Hannah Esselman and Meghan Schuster are juniors on the roster. Sophomores are outfielder Erica Tamminen and infielder Karly Kirchgatter. Ninth-grade outfielder Anna Hinderacker could add something to the lineup with her ability to slap and bunt from the left side, Lindelien said. Rosemount had success in winter dome leagues, although Lindelien said it’s difficult to know how

much to read into that. “You don’t know if the other teams have all their players there,” she said. “We had a lot of girls on our dome team who play other sports, so we had some seventh-graders playing up with us. “I think we lost only one or two games in dome ball, and we saw teams like Eastview, Lakeville North and Lakeville South. I’d like to say we can compete with them this spring, too.” The Irish will play host to Eastview in their season opener at 4:15 p.m. Monday. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy Mike Shaughnessy is at Rosemount softball senior captain mike.shaughnessy@ecmSummer Lindlien takes a swing in inc.com or facebook.com/ the batting cage at the Irish Sports sunthisweek. Dome.

Eastview’s King ready to take on Missouri Valley Senior closes high school basketball career with allstar appearance by Mike Shaughnessy Sun Thisweek

Whether he wanted to or not, Joey King has had to move on from Eastview’s loss in the state Class 4A boys basketball quarterfinals last month. Last weekend, a week after the Lightning’s season ended, King suited up for the Minnesota High School All-Star Basketball Series in St. Cloud. He will graduate in about two months and plans to be in Des Moines, Iowa, a week after that to start summer workouts with his new team at Drake University. King, who averaged about 24 points and six rebounds a game in his senior season, led the Lightning to a 28-2 record, a South Suburban Conference co-championship and the school’s second state tournament appearance in three years. He also was a finalist for the Mr. Basketball award that last week went to Hopkins

guard Siyani Chambers. But the season had a bitter ending as the Lightning, a team with state championship aspirations, lost to Eden Prairie 75-68 in overtime in the Class 4A quarterfinals. Eden Prairie guard Grant Shaeffer hit three three-pointers in the final 50 seconds of the second half to send the game to overtime, then scored 15 of his team’s 18 points in the extra five minutes. A week later, it was clear the loss still stung. A frown formed on King’s face and he said, “that was a disappointment,” when asked about it last weekend during the high school all-star series. His other memories of Eastview basketball are far more positive. After transferring from Eagan to Eastview and becoming eligible to play for the Lightning varsity midway through his sophomore year, King was a go-to scorer. But to hear him describe it, he had height but not much else. “I was a bit of a stick,” he said. “My speed wasn’t what it needed to be. But in our program, I got stronger and faster.”

He was indoctrinated into Eastview’s style of inyour-face defense, which could serve him well in college basketball. In all-star games such as last weekend’s, however, defense goes out the window. “I’m so used to the Eastview style,” King said. “Running the fast break, I’m not so used to that, but it was fun to have all these great players around me.” King played for the Maroon All-Stars, who lost to the Green All-Stars 112-101 in the first round of the fourteam, two-day series March 30 at St. Cloud State University. The event moved to Macalester College the next day and Maroon beat Gold 105-90 for third place. King verbally committed to Drake last summer and signed with the Bulldogs in November 2011. He described it as an easy choice. “I played at their team camp last year,” King said. “They called me two weeks ahead of time and said they were going to watch all my games. “Then they offered me a scholarship. They were the first school that was straight-up with me, told me the truth and said, ‘You’re

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lege offense. “They said I’ll have an opportunity to do that,” he said. “I’ll definitely have a chance to play (as a true freshman). The Missouri Valley (Conference) is

tough, but I’m not scared of that. I’m going to take it as a challenge.” Mike Shaughnessy is at mike. shaughnessy@ecm-inc.com or facebook.com/sunthisweek.

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Trends/from 1A in grade schools line up at lunch time at the nurse’s office to take pills. It’s part of the culture.” Apple Valley High School resource officer Michael Eliason said some teens use their own prescription drugs to get high. “We had one case this year where the kid was grinding up his Adderall and snorting it,” Eliason said. There were no charges filed, but his parents were

advised to bring the student in for a chemical health assessment. “He’s just taking it a different way, so there’s not much you can do,” Eliason said. “It’s his prescription.”

Heroin connection Once addicted to prescription drugs, powerful cravings can lead to smoking or injecting heroin to find the same high without need of doctors or pharmacies. Chase, 22, a recovering addict formerly of Rosemount, said his drug use

in high school escalated rapidly and included prescription drugs, marijuana, ecstasy and cocaine. What started as weekend recreation overtook his life, pulling him from his family and toward friends who used. “In the drug world, it’s like drugs are pretty much your whole life,” Chase said. “Pretty soon the only thing you talk about is getting high and being high. The only thing you think about is where you can get more with your drug-ad-

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dict friends.” The day after graduation, he used $300 of gift money he’d received on cocaine, snorted most of it in his car at a nearby townhouse complex. He was later pulled over and arrested for possession of the small amount left. Chase later pawned the laptop he’d been given for college so he could purchase drugs. Partying was his priority in college, and he failed his first semester, dropping out after his parents refused to continue the loan. He had long decided never to inject a drug or smoke methamphetamine, his threshold of what he considered an addict. His lowest point was freebasing heroin. “That was the worst experience of my life,” said Chase, who has completed treatment and is pursuing a drug counseling degree to help others find their way out. The types of cases Chase is likely to encounter in Minnesota are changing. The state Health Department reported that from January to June 2011, metro treatment admissions for heroin and other opiates topped those for marijuana. “That’s unprecedented … in the Twin Cities,” Falkowski said. Over 3 percent of those heroin/opiate admissions were minors, according to the MDH January 2012, Drug Abuse Trends report. Minnesota’s teenagers are using heroin at a higher rate than in other states. According to the Minnesota Student Survey, 1.4 percent of Minnesota 12thgraders had used heroin in the past 12 months in 2010, higher than the 0.9 percent national rate. Falkowski believes heroin’s allure is partly due to Minnesota’s cheap yet potent supply of Mexican heroin. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reported last year that Mexican “black tar” heroin available in the Twin Cities was as little as 25 cents per pure milligram, the cheapest of 21 cities studied. One Dakota County social worker said heroin addiction is particularly problematic among suburban young adults, most of whom abused prescription drugs as teens. The social worker, who asked her name not be used to protect her clients, said one juvenile she knows regularly bought and used heroin in public restrooms in an Apple Valley retail store. She said the bathroom is very isolated in a corner and is a perfect spot for such activity. Long-term use of heroin leads to mental and physical problems that include sweating, insomnia, impaired vision, as well as lung, liver, kidney and brain damage, seizures and even death. Once addicted, users keep taking heroin not only to get high, but to avoid intense, painful withdrawal symptoms that include

stomach cramps, vomiting 15, 2010, paper blasting the and fever. movement to legalize marijuana. Price to pay In an interview with Sun The type of heroin avail- Thisweek, Backstrom said: able in Minnesota is ex- “There’s a common perceptremely potent and danger- tion that marijuana is no ous, said Dakota County different than alcohol … Drug Task Force Cmdr. but the simple truth is that Dan Bianconi. it’s dangerous and destruc “What was 50 percent tive.” pure four or five years ago A January 2011 Drug is now 70 percent to 90 per- Enforcement Agency report cent pure, now,” Bianconi stated 79 percent of the nasaid. tion’s adolescent treatment Chase said he used hero- admissions involved mariin after smoking marijuana juana as the primary or secwith a friend who “talked ondary substance. him into doing it” even In the 17 years as Apple though he was scared. Valley High School resource “He’s like, ‘It’s not officer, Eliason said the that bad,’” Chase said. popularity of other drugs “And, he was will- including ecstasy, cocaine ing to share it for free.” and methamphetamine has Bianconi said users of- waned, but marijuana is a ten are given their first high constant. for free, then once they are “There’s becoming a hooked, the bargains end. social acceptance to pot,” After smoking the her- Eliason said. oin, Chase said everything Dakota County Comstarted spinning and he felt munity Corrections Dep“like a big shot.” uty Director Jim Skoivil, Craving more drugs, he agreed, stating marijuana and some friends drove to is the drug he is “most conMinnetonka to rob an al- cerned about,” because of leged drug dealer rumored its cancer-causing properto have $2,000 and drugs ties, mind-altering effect on stashed in his bedroom at young growing minds and his parents’ Minnetonka bodies, and how it often home. leads youth toward escalat As the victim slept, Chase ing crime. and his friends searched in “But as a society, we’ve vain for the stash. rationalized marijuana so Frustrated, they woke well,” he said. up the alleged dealer, who Like heroin, Bianconi started fighting and scream- said, the marijuana smoked ing. today is an extremely potent “We tried to suffocate high-grade drug compared him and make him pass out what was available 20 or 30 so he would stop scream- years ago. ing,” Chase said. Backstrom said THC The boy’s brother ran in, levels have increased from calling 911. Chase’s friends 1 percent in the 1970s to an fled but were caught and ar- average of over 13 percent rested. today. Chase evaded police un- He also cited studies til the next day when offi- showing teens who smoke cers knocked on the door of pot at least once a month his home. are almost 26 times more In court-ordered treat- likely to use another illegal ment, Chase and his room- drug than teens who never mate found they had a lot in smoked marijuana. common, including families According to the U.S. dedicated to their rehabili- Drug Enforcement Admintation. istration, youths ages 12 The roommates played 17 who smoked marijuana chess late into the evening, were 85 times more likely to sharing laughs and future use cocaine than those who plans. did not. “His family owned a Money raised through bar,” Chase said. “They marijuana sales finances were well-off. He had every- crime, gang and drug-dealer thing set for him. All he had activities, Backstrom noted, to do was get clean and he’d and he advocates additional have college paid for.” controls on it. Chase successfully com- “We need to recognize pleted treatment and left. the threat it represents and His friend’s new room- continue our efforts to conmate was being treated for trol it, prevent our youth heroin addiction. from starting to use it, ag Within a month, Chase’s gressively enforce our laws friend, who had never tried against those who illegally heroin, overdosed on the cultivate, distribute and posdrug and died. sess it, and effectively treat “I know how deadly her- those who have become adoin is,” Chase said. “It puts dicted to it,” he said. people in graves or institutions.” Laura Adelmann is at laura. adelmann@ecm-inc.com or Harmful facebook.com/sunthisweek. Law enforcement officials say the path by which most users take to heroin is START TALKING BEFORE laced with marijuana. START TALKING BEFORE Dakota County Attor- THEY START DRINKING START TALKING BEFORE START DRINKING ney James Backstrom called THEY Kids who drink before age15 are 5 times more marijuana “by far the most THEY likely haveSTART alcohol problems when they’remore adults. DRINKING Kidsto who drink before age15 are 5 times frequently used illegal drug likely to have alcohol when they’re adults. To learn more, go toproblems www.stopalcoholabuse.gov Kids who drink before age15 are 5 times more or call in America,” but said peoTo learn more, go 1.800.729.6686 to www.stopalcoholabuse.gov likely to have alcohol problems when they’re adults. or call 1.800.729.6686 ple wrongly often dismiss it To learn more, go to www.stopalcoholabuse.gov as harmless. or call 1.800.729.6686 Backstrom called pot “America’s most dangerous illegal drug” in a June

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Education

District 196 looks to purchase Apple Valley building

District 196 Community Ed classes Register for District 196 Community Education classes online at www.district196.org/ce or call (651) 423-7920. Monday, April 9 Container Garden Design Using Proven Performing Plants, 7 to 8:45 p.m., Falcon Ridge Middle School, 12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley. Cost: $19. Tuesday, April 10 Health4Families (parents and children ages 5 to 12), 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, April 10 through May 15, Scott Highlands Middle School, 14011 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley. Cost: $10. Wednesday, April 11 Beginning Cake Decorating, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, April 11-25, Scott Highlands Middle School, 14011 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley. Cost: $55.

Cost: $30; $15 additional child.

For past five years, school district has leased the building for its Area Learning Center, other programs

Tuesday, April 17 Spring Rhubarb to Winby Jessica Harper ter Squash (Eating Fresh Sun Thisweek and Local), 6:30 to 8:30 Officials at District 196 p.m., Valley Natural Foods, are considering purchas13750 County Road 11, ing a 28,0000-square-foot Burnsville. Cost: $18. building in Apple Valley to save money. The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District has leased the building for the past five years for its Area Learning Center. Sobriety High School of The School Board agreed Burnsville will host an April in a closed session April 2 to Extravaganza Fundraiser send a purchase offer to the from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, facility’s owner, AVP DevelApril 21. opers. A silent auction will run “The board wanted to from 2 to 4:30 p.m. A live discuss what they feel is a auction will begin at 4:30 fair amount without giving p.m. and end at 5 p.m. the owner an unfair advan There will be games and tage,” said Jeff Solomon, food as well as student perdirector of finance and opformance and involvement. eration in District 196. Admission is free. Call Solomon wouldn’t say Judi Hanson with questions how much the district is at (612) 328-3973. willing to pay for the facility or how much it could save.

Sobriety High holds fundraiser

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Friday, April 13 How to Raise Happy, Responsible and Emotionally Healthy Children, 7 to 9 p.m., Falcon Ridge Middle School, 12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley. Cost: $10; $5 additional adult.

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District 196 is considering purchasing a 28,000 square-foot bulding in Apple Valley that houses its Area Learning Center. The buidling is also home to the district’s Transition Plus and Pathway programs. said. into other buildings. The facility was built be- “We determined the old tween 2005 and 2006 for the facility was not ideal for district by AVP Developers. those programs,” Solomon District 196 moved its said. programs into the building Although enrollment has in 2006 and agreed to lease declined in recent years, the it til 2016. district’s existing buildings At the time, the district’s don’t have enough space, he lease on another facility had said. expired, and the new building seemed to be a tempo- Jessica Harper is at jessica. rary solution until officials harper@ecm-inc.com or facecould decide whether to book.com/sunthisweek. move the programs back

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Saturday, April 14 Build Your First Professional Website, 9 a.m. to noon, Rosemount Middle School, 3135 143rd St. W., Rosemount. Cost: $39. Daddy/Daughter Dance (dads and daughters ages 3 to 11), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Falcon Ridge Middle School, 12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley.

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National speech and debate tournament will have 36 students from District 196 Thirty-six District 196 high school students have qualified to compete at the National Forensic League’s speech and debate tournament June 11-15 in Indianapolis, including Apple Valley High School’s Nader Helmy, who will be returning to nationals to defend his 2011 title in original oratory. Students earned spots for the national tournament based on their performance at separate qualifying events that were held this winter and spring. The 36 students from District 196 earned 32 qualifying spots at nationals, including four team-event qualifiers. Eastview High School has 10 students who earned qualifying spots in 10 individual events: Kiki Laing and Karina Devine in dramatic interpretation; Alex Leehan in humorous interpretation; Mike Ross in original oratory; Svati Pazhyanur and Adithya Balaji in domestic extemporane-

ous speaking, and Ashesh Rambachan, Tony Bigelow, Sergey Ivanchuck and Anant Naik in international extemporaneous speaking. Apple Valley High School has six students who earned qualifying spots in six individual events: Luke Stuttgen and John Granlund in Lincoln-Douglas debate; Rand Silvers in congressional debate (Senate), and Patricia Alexis Reeves, Szumei Leow and Nader Helmy in original oratory. Rosemount High School has three students who earned qualifying spots in two events: the team of Ryan Kirkley and Matthew Stefanko in policy debate, and Wesley Just in congressional debate (Senate). Eagan High School has 17 students who earned 14 qualifying spots: the teams of Maggie Parra/David Wickard and Sophia Callahan/Maxwell Minsker in public forum debate; Kunal Patel in Lincoln-Douglas debate; Adam Markon

in congressional debate (House of Representatives); the team of David Newhall and Madeline Sachs in duo interpretation speech; Justin Wirsbinski, Emerald Egwim and Reid Emmons in dramatic interpretation; David Stevens and Jacob Guzior in humorous interpretation; Tom Dyke and Connor Swanson in original oratory; Adam Stromme in domestic extemporaneous speaking, and William Thomas in international extemporaneous speaking. At the 2011 national tournament, District 196 had national champions in two events and Eagan and Eastview both received School of Excellence Awards. In addition to Helmy, several other of this year’s qualifiers also competed at last year’s tournament, including Eastview’s Rambachan, who was national runner-up in international extemporaneous speaking.

District 196 seeking applicants for open parent positions on curriculum council Parents in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools who are interested in becoming involved in curriculum matters are encouraged to apply for membership on the district’s Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council. Applications will be accepted through April 20 for three elementary school parent positions, two middle school parent positions and two high school parent positions that will be open at the end of the current school year. The terms are for three years beginning in July 2012. The purpose of the CIAC is to ensure community participation in planning and improving the instruction and curriculum affecting state graduation standards. The CIAC also recommends to the School Board districtwide educa-

tion standards, assessments and program evaluations. The CIAC meets up to four times during the school year at the district office in Rosemount, usually from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and members are invited to serve on curriculum review committees that meet occasionally during the day throughout the year. Applications will be accepted from parents of children who will attend one of the following schools in 2012-13: • Two positions from Deerwood, Glacier Hills, Northview, Pinewood or Woodland elementary schools; • One position from Cedar Park, Echo Park, Southview or Westview elementary schools; • One position from Falcon Ridge or Scott Highlands middle schools;

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Area Briefs Perennial sale Dakota Gardeners will hold their perennial sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Community of Christ Church, 5990 134th St. Court, Apple Valley.

Robert Trail Library programs Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, has planned the following programs: • Excel for Careers class, adults, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Computer Lab. Presented by the Minnesota Science Museum. • Poetry Contest continues through the month of April. Prizes awarded to children ages 6 to 18. • Family Story Time, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays, April 12, 19 and 26. Stories, music, activities and play time appropriate to all ages. • Wood and Wire WOW, teens, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Create a sculpture using wood and wire. • Young Poet’s Workshop, read, write and share poetry, for ages 9-12, register at (651) 480-1202. • Rainy Days Story Time, story time and craft, for ages newborn-6, 7 p.m. Monday, April 30. • Baby Story Time, newborn to 24 months, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, April 25.

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3, ages 4 to 6, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, April 10 to May 1, at the Rosemount Community Center gymnasium. Children will explore baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and flag football. Cost: $53. • Mysteries of Motion, ages 3-1/2 to 6, 1 to 2:15 p.m. Thursdays, April 1226, at Rosemount Community Center. Children will use their natural curiosity to explore physics, the science of motion. Cost: $34. • Buggy for Bugs, ages 3-1/2 to 6, 1 to 2:15 p.m. Thursdays, May 10-24, at Rosemount Community Center. Science Explorers will learn about insects and bugs and explore how they are different from each other. Cost: $34. • SPAM Tour in Austin, adults, 8:15 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9. The bus will depart from the Rosemount Community Center. Cost: $57. Registration deadline is Monday, April 23.

KCs host steak and shrimp feed The Rosemount Knights of Columbus will host a steak and shrimp feed at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the social hall at St. Joseph’s Church, 13900 Biscayne Ave. W., Rosemount. A freewill offering will be accepted.

Police offer bargains on unclaimed goods The Rosemount Police Department will hold its annual sale of unclaimed bicycles and other items Saturday, April 14. The inventory includes 67 bikes in a variety of sizes, all priced under $40. Other items for sale include an RCA-brand boom box stereo, compact disc wallets,

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more likely to stay on the path to recovery. If sent to a traditional high school, 80 percent of teens struggling with addiction will relapse in the first 90 days, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. By comparison, the center found that 70 percent of students who attend a recovery-based high school like Alliance, will graduate sober.

Since it opened in 2003, Alliance Academy has struggled to stay afloat financially due to delayed state aid, and relies on volunteers in addition to fulltime employees. The sober school plans to host a fundraiser for the public to join at 2 p.m. April 21 at 12156 Nicollet Ave. in Burnsville. For more information, contact Lisa Westholder at (715) 651-4297. Alliance Academy is just one of many organizations

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looking to combat growing rates of drug use among teens. In recent years, school officials have seen increasing incidents of prescription drug use and persistent rates of heroin use. Heroin use was on the rise about three years ago, but has since leveled off, said Debbie Bolton, school social worker and assistant executive director of Alliance Academy. Counselors at River Ridge Treatment Center have seen similar trends. Krista Pugsley, a counselor at the Burnsville treatment center, said she is seeing many teens experiment with harder drugs at a faster rate. “Most start with pain killers and move up to heroin,” she said. “Once they use opiates they seem less reluctant to use heroin.” Pugsley said she has seen some instances of synthetic drug use among teens entering treatment, but not much. Officials at Alliance Academy noticed the same trend. Though area teens at Alliance are experimenting with synthetic drugs, few consider it to be their drug of choice, Bolton said. “A lot have been experimenting with it, and it’s hard to test, so many continue to use it,” she said. However, school officials request a special, costly test for students they suspect are using synthetic drugs.

Pot use increases Marijuana has been a popular drug among teens for years, and use in Dakota County is on the rise. “Currently rates of marijuana use have been the highest since the ’90s,” said Shannon Bailey, adolescent health coordinator for Dakota County. The 2010 Minnesota Student Survey, which is used by county officials to track substance abuse by teens, indicated that marijuana is the among the most popular substances among teens, second to alcohol. That study showed few instances of prescription drug and heroin abuse among teens — about 1 to 3 percent of ninth- and 12-graders. Dakota County Public health has taken several steps to prevent substance abuse in teens, Bailey said. In addition to typical PSAs and efforts at high schools, Dakota County Public Health has worked to prevent substance abuse among teens by hosting forums for parents. Its latest forum is set from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 9 at Henry Sibley High School

in Mendota Heights. Email Ann Lindberg at ann.lindberg@isd197.org for more information or to RSVP. Officials at Alliance have seen similar trends in marijuana use, and credit the uptick, in part, to changing attitudes. Judi Hanson, director of community and family outreach at Alliance, said she has noticed parents who smoked marijuana when they were teens in the 80s, sometimes view the drug as a harmless plant. But Hanson is quick to point out that today’s marijuana is often more dangerous than it was 20 to 30 years ago. Unlike the marijuana of yesteryear, current marijuana is often laced with harsher substances and contains much higher levels of THC. “A lot of kids think its no big deal,” Hanson said.

Gateway drug But studies have shown most addicts begin with marijuana. Carol Flugaun is one of the many parents who saw her teenage son become hooked on marijuana and alcohol. Flugaun said she first suspected her son, Tyler Novacek, was abusing drugs and alcohol after seeing discussions between him and his friends about the subject. A short time later, he was expelled from school. Though she found herself surrounded by red flags, Flugaun said she struggled with denial. “I thought that maybe it was a phase,” she said. But upon finding a half empty bottle of wine in her son’s bedroom, Flugaun decided to send Novacek to treatment. Once Novacek completed treatment, his mother sent him to Alliance Academy in hope the school would help him stay on track. “I feel that they have my back here,” she said. “I don’t think I would have a son without them.” Today, Novacek, a senior, is on track to graduate from Alliance Academy. Flugaun advises all parents who suspect their child is abusing drugs or alcohol to do the same immediately. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, one out of 70 teens are in need of treatment. “It may take multiple tries for them to stay sober, but never give up,” she said.

keep them away from drugs and alcohol. “This means doing the hard work to monitor your children and their friends – and what they are doing online,” Bailey said. Chevalier’s drug addiction too began with marijuana. She began smoking pot in ninth-grade and quickly moved on to hallucinogens and huffing – a habit she often supported by stealing. “I’m an all or nothing person so once I started to give up my morals, I figured why not use,” she said. Marijuana is often the hardest thing for teens to quit due to its mild reputation, Chevalier said. “A lot of kids won’t admit they have a problem with pot,” she said. Chevalier said she turned to drugs to deal with depression and other mental health issues. Though she has a supportive mother, Chevalier said she found it hard to reach out for help. “I didn’t learn to cope in healthy ways,” she said. “I closed off my feelings because I didn’t like to feel vulnerable.” Chevalier said her selfdestruction began with selfmutilation in middle school. Chevalier’s struggle is common among teens and young adults who abuse drugs and alcohol. Individuals who suffer from major depression are 4 percent more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Those with schizophrenia are at greater risk, 10 percent more likely, than people of normal mental health. Even teens who don’t battle clinical mental health issues struggle emotionally upon getting sober, Bolton said. “Many discover they don’t like themselves, but it’s awesome to see them come out on the other side,” she said. Therapy and medication has helped Chevalier manage her depression, yet she said, it will always be a struggle. Today, Chevalier’s future is a bright one. She is on track to graduate this year and plans to attend college. As for teens who continue to struggle with addiction, Chevalier has the following words of advice: “Don’t think there’s no way out or that you’re too far in. There’s always hope.”

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Rogers Spring water main flushing could affect color installed Jennifer Rogers, a 2008 As part of the established maintenance program for Rosemount’s water utility, city crews will begin flushing water mains Monday, April 9. The procedure may cause temporary discoloration of the water supply. The city flushes the water system each spring to keep pipes in good condition and to check for problems with water mains and fire hydrants. The procedure is expected to be complete around the end of April. A side effect of flushing the system is that water may briefly appear brown because of minerals. Consumers who notice discoloration should avoid

doing laundry until they have flushed their own pipes by letting their faucets run for a few minutes until the water is clear. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Public Works Department at (651) 322-2022.

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Gaylord to seek DFL endorsement to challenge Kline Redistricting changes key factor in decision by Laura Adelmann Sun Thisweek

Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord said she will seek the DFL endorsement to run against Republican incumbent John Kline in the newly drawn 2nd Congressional District. “A number of people have asked me to consider running,” she told Sun Thisweek. “Virtually everyone I have talked to have been very supportive,

Democrats and Republicans.” Gaylord, an attorney and South St. Paul resident, has served on the Dakota County Board of Commissioners since 2003, and is up for re-election in 2014. Under the redrawn second district, Democrats index at more than 50 percent, and other DFL candidates have indicated interest in endorsement at the district’s April 28

DFL convention at Rosemount High School. Gaylord said she analyzed how redistricting affected the district closely before making her decision to run. “The district has changed substantially,”she said. “I think this is a district looking for new representation.“ Michael Obermueller of Eagan, a Minneapolis attorney and former member of the Minnesota

House of Representatives, announced Tuesday he is also seeking endorsement and Patrick Ganey, a Northfield City Council member, entered the endorsement race March 24. Kline is seeking his sixth term in office; his spokesman, Troy Young, declined comment. Photo by Laura Adelmann Laura Adelmann is at Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord shook hands with laura.adelmann@ecm-inc. com or facebook.com/sun- U.S. Rep. John Kline at a Yellow Ribbon ceremony days before announcing she would seek the DFL nomination to run against him in thisweek. November,

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Painting

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Green & Black LLC

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Painting

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Credit Cards Accepted

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Painting

2510

“George's Painting” *Int/Ext Quality Work!* Lowest $$ 651-829-1776

Roofs, Siding, & Gutters

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Roofs, Siding, & Gutters

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

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Painting & Drywall Ceiling & Wall Textures

General Contractors Storm Damage Restoration Roofing ■ siding ■ windows Established 1984

Will meet or beat prices!

(763) 550-0043 (952) 476-7601 (651) 221-2600

Int/Ext, Drywall Repair Paint/Stain/Ceilings We accept Visa/MC/Discvr

952-432-2605

2490

Powerwashing

612-275-2574

AJ's Tree Service

Powerwashing

2490

3270

Buying Old Trains & Toys

3110

3280

Collectibles & Art

'91 World Champion MN Twins – Bobbleheads, full set (26). New – in original pkg., $599. Call 952-927-0788

3130

15 yrs exp.

Thomas Tree Service

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2660

Window Cleaning

952-933-0200

Fri, April 6 (8:30-5:30) #'s Friday at 8am

Sat., April 7 (8:30-4:30)

Eclectic Antique & Vintage Sale! Unique furn., RedWing pottery, model car collections

www.willmatthill.com EDEN PRAIRIE

4/13-14 (9-4) 4/15 (10-3) Quality furn. and access. in a beautiful home!

Dorothy Burns

3160

Furnishings

Garage Sales this week

Couch, loveseat, chair Tan, microfiber, Solid Exc cond $499. 952-843-8138

3667

Apple Valley

Glasstop tbl, furn, tools, HH, more! 4/12-13 (9-5); 4/14 (9-

12) 7333 Russell Ave. So.

3700

Call JP at 651-695-3783

3810

Huge Sale 4/12 – 4/13, 9-5. 60 yrs of treasures, furn, hh, gardn,vintage, Tonka toys, mangle. 9312 12th Ave S.

3050

3970

Simmons Loveseat

cond! $250/BO 952-423-1303

3260

Misc. For Sale

COURT RESOURCESSAVE! Bkrptcy Debt Relief $860* Divorce/Custody $570* Civil/Criminal DUI start $165* *court fees additional 763-792-4940, 218-828-4483 Elec. Wheel Chr, Walkers, Bedside commodes, Hospital bed, 6” toilet seat w/side loc. Price to Sell. 612-269-2977

3270

Misc. Wanted

$3 per person Pre Sale: beautiful, bro & sis, orange 4/13 (5-9pm) Sale: 4/14 (9- tabby cats, together only to 2pm) 4/15 (9-2pm) $2 per bag a special loving home. All tests/shots/spay/neut. $75 for both. Vet. refs. req'd. Burnsville Call Jerry 952-888-9524

3609

Big Redecorating Sale! Tue.- Sat. Apr. 10-14, 9-5pm 15506 Fremont Ave. Lots furn, couches! Rugs, HH Legos! Lots lots more!

3643

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Cemetery Lots

Glen Haven: 2 plots, 2 vaults w/companion headstone. Value $8,990. Asking $4,300/BO. 218-828-3608

3050

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

Tree Service

Ideal Tree Service Tree Removal, Tree Trimming

5100

High Risk Climbing, Stump Grinding and Storm Clean Up

ng 20% Sopurint Disc www.idealtreemn.com

Quality Work and Low Rates Free Ests

Lic’d & Ins’d

DAN WIMMER

(952) 881-2122 • (612) 599-6385

3050

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

3050

www.sparklewashcmn.com

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4300

Home Health Care Providers

PCA 11 Yrs Exp. 1 to 1 in your home, overnights available 952-435-3152

5000

5200

Rentals Townhouse For Rent

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Prior Lake 2BR, attached garage, pets OK. $950/mo. Includes Sewer & Water Avl 4/1! 952-440-4112

3970

Pets

Senior Rentals

5100

Senior Rentals

CANDLEBERRY ON THE LAKES April 11 - April 22

Weekdays 9 - 8:30 Weekends 9 - 5

Market Village for 55+ Opened March 1, 2012

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Over 80 artists! HOME DECOR•GIFTS•ANTIQUES

CLOSED MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & EASTER SUNDAY

763-225-6200

Child Care

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

Wednesday, March 14 thru Sunday, April 15, 2012

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4100

You are invited to tour our Model Apartment Home

SPRING & SUMMER SCHEDULE

No strollers allowed. Handicap accessible.

Family Care

Last Hope, Inc. (651) 463-8747

Hours: Wed thru Fri 10am-8pm • Sat 10am-6pm • Sun12pm-5pm

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

4000

Check out our website at www.last-hope.org

Powerwashing

BOB’s

651-246-5776

HOWEY’S GOT “PERSONALITY”

Great Service Affordable Prices

Fgtn: Fri. 4/6- Sat., 8-6 20215 Dunbar Ave. MOVING SALE! Tools, antiq. & reg furniture, dish sets, PA system, household

PIT BULL / GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES Born on Jan. 31. Females & males. $100 ea. Cute & playful!

Howey is a 3-yearold Jack Russell with personality! He loves to sleep right next to you! Call Alisha locally at 218-2900107 to see Howey or come to our adoption day to see him and other dogs as well at Petsmart in Eagan or the Apple Valley Petco on Saturday from 11am-3pm

Lakeville ECFE Kids' Stuff Sale, Sat, 4/21, 8am2pm Kenwood Trail MS, 19455 Kenwood Trail; $1 adm until 10; 50% off at 11:15-1 pm; $5 Bag sale 1:30-2pm www.lakevilleecfe

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Tree Service

Turn your unneeded items in to

$$$$$$$$

Lakeville

Boutiques/Craft Shows & Gifts

April 18- April 29 NEW LOCATION FOR SPRING! Buck Hill Ski Chalet 15400 Buck Hill Rd. Burnsville Hrs: 10am- 7:30pm Mon-Fri 10am – 6pm Sat., 10am-4pm Sun. Credit cards accepted, no strollers please.

Pets

St. Alphonsus Parish Hunter green, fabric. Exc. Peeka & Boo, 2 sweet & 7031 Halifax Ave N.

Senior Discounts

River Valley Boutique Spring 2012 Show

Agriculture/ Animals/Pets

3900

Brooklyn Center

Merchandise

• Seasonal Gift Items • Home Décor • Jewelry & Accessories • Edibles

Sporting Goods & Misc

Personal Gun Collection for Sale. High quality! Call for pricing. 612-408-0222

Window Cleaning 651-646-4000 3000

Boat Services, Storage & Slips

Come Boat the Mississippi www.watergatemarina.net Slips available for all sizes Plenty of water!

Bloomington

3607

Leisure

3730

6 Families – One Street Durham Way 4/12-14th 8-6p Pilot Knob/D Path

3606

Richfield

Don't Be Left Aground

4/13-14, 9-4. 14146 Ensley Ct. Kids cloz NB-5T strollers, carseats toys, HH

3970

15A

Pets

Plymouth

Moving: 4/14 (8-2) Kid & adult cloz, toys, yard tools, furn., snowblower, HH items. 3010 Kimberly Ln N

Garage Sales next week

3603

BR Set: Qn. size, light wood, bkcase hdbrd, triple drssr, 2 nite stands. Mint cond! $400. 952-831-2998

3665

Farmington

Fgtn: Fri. 4/6- Sat., 8-6 20215 Dunbar Ave. MOVING SALE! Tools, antiq. & reg furniture, dish sets, PA system, household.

Minneapolis

Textile Center Garage Sale! Apr 14th Fundraiser (8-4) New Event Location U of MN Reuse Ctr, 883 29th Ave SE, MPLS 612-436-0464

Piano player: mahog. Upright. $849 612-377-4715

3600

10584 Boss Circle

#'s 8am 4/13

Musical Instuments

3528

BLOOMINGTON

9800 Elliott Ave South

952-334-9840

A Good Job!!

STEVE'S TRAIN CITY

3500

Estate Sales

Set of 4 Tables sofa, coffee & 2 end tbls. Exc. Cond. $100 Loretta 952-846-0143

Tree Removal & Trimming. Landscaping. Ins'd/Lic'd

3653

Misc. Wanted

Grandview Park Cemetery, Hopkins, MN. 2 side by side plots, $950 ea. 602-861-8082

Pine Log Handmade Twin Loft Bed $500or OBO 763559-9344.

3500 Vicksburg Lane Suite 400-351 P l y m o u t h , M N 5 5 4 4 7 Lic # 6793

2490

3090

Cemetery Lots

Trimming & Removal Free Estimates & Insured

3090

Quality Residential

•Ben's Painting•

Tree Service

Painting

A Fresh Look, Inc.

Spring Clean-ups & Aeration New Customers Free Fert.

Wall Paper Removal INTERIOR EXTERIOR

Al & Rich's Low Cost Stump Removal, Portable Mach. Prof tree trimming & removal. 952-469-2634

www.hermanslandscape.com

Swede Outdoor Services

H20 Damage – Plaster Repair

2600

Stump Removal

Re-roofs Tear-offs BBB Free Est. MC/Visa No Subcontractors Used. Lic/Ins. 952-891-8586

952-492-2783

Comm & Resid Lawn & Snow Call Peter 612-810-9374

2420

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612-210-5267 952-443-9957

A Family Operated Bus.

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2620

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2510

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2360

Lawn & Garden

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5400

Houses For Rent

Farmington, 3BR, 2BA, 1500sq. ft. Nice yard. Pets possible for additional charge. $1300/month. 651398-5473

5500

Rental Information

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

5600

Rooms For Rent

Lkvl by 35E & 160 th, Wlkout bsmt to pond Avail. Imdly. Rick 612-366-4580

6400

Apartments & Condos For Rent

AV–Palomino East Apt.

Blowout special,

2BR, 2BA , Avail immed. W/D in unit. Free cbl $99 dep Call David 952-686-0800

Farmington 1BR. On site Laundry. No pets. $595 612-670-4777 Rosemount: 2 BD Off St. pkg. Includes heat & water. NO PETS. Available NOW. $600. 952-944-7983

7000

Real Estate

7400

Apartments & Condos For Sale

Eagan

Set back in a secluded area of Eagan. Beaut. landscaping, 55+ co-op unit, 2BR, 2BA. Reduced! Easy access to trails & Eagan Comm Ctr. 651-994-6778 Farmington 1BR Apt. Avl 5/1. $595/mo. $500 Security Month to month lease. 651-274-2837 Fairview Apartments Farmington RENTS START AT 1BR $685 $250 OFF FIRST MONTHS RENT Rosewood Manor 14599 Cimarron Ave. Rosemount 651-423-2299

9000

Employment

9010

Business for Sale

Small Plastics Co. For Sale!

Operate full or part time.

Move to your area. 563-872-4671

9020

Business Opps & Info

Advertising Disclaimer Because we are unable to check all ads that are placed in our media, we encourage you to be safe and be careful before giving out any important information such as credit card numbers or social security numbers, when responding to any ad. If you're not afraid to speak in front of small groups and like the idea of unlimited income potential, please call Andy Besser @ 612.454.5821

9050

Health Care

Med Records/Reception PT 5-9 pm. Two eves/wk and rotate Sat ams Peds office/Burnsville. Phone: 952-278-6950 Fax: 952-278-6947

RN / LPN

Edina Derm clinic. Staff/ triage nurse. Flexibility and clinic experience mandatory. Mon - Fri. E-mail resume: Ritababco@gmail.com or fax to 952-915-6100

9100

Help Wanted/ Full Time

***DRIVERS*** LOCAL DRIVERS HOME EVERYDAY

Tractor-trailer drivers needed for a Private Fleet delivery operation based in Burnsville, MN for Bridgestone/Firestone. Driver will make daily hand deliveries within a regional area. Physical work required. Rate of Pay: $0.4025/mi for delivery/ local peddie $0.4175/mi after 1 year $19.35/hour – local $800 weekly minimum guarantee Health Insurance with Dependent Coverage & Dental, Life Insurance, Vision coverage, & Prescription card. 401k Pension Program Paid Holidays & Vacation Home every night Monday thru Friday work week Applicants must be over 24 yrs old, have a minimum 2 yrs tractor-trailer exp within the last 3 yrs, & meet all DOT requirements. Contact: CPC Logistics, Inc. at 1-800-914-3755 or email resume to: b.kriel@callcpc.com

Adults-Prepare for the GED Test! Learn

from home online, 24-7. Like District 196 ABE on Facebook. Email ABE@district196.org or call 952-431-8316. Castle Rock Bank is currently accepting applications for a full-time bilingual (Spanish) teller position. Previous teller experience is required. Please contact either Eric or Dave Nicolai at 651-463-4014 Construction Company looking for PROFESSIONAL Sales Reps! Job is salary based w/ commission & very attainable wkly & monthly bonuses. Only respond if you desire to make $75,000.00+ a yr! Call Bryan at 763.244.6679 DRIVER/WHSE NEEDED FT to deliver cabinetry and work in a warehouse environment. Good driving record req. Knowledge of the Twin Cities area helpful. Warehouse exp. Preferred. Health benefits, 401K & 2 weeks pd vacation. Immediate start. Apply in person at: DIVERSIFIED DIST., INC. 11921 Portland Ave. So., Ste A., Burnsville, MN 55337 (952)808-9646 Dry Cleaning Plant Manager, Farmington, Must have strong attention for details, honest, hardworking, neat, quick learner, able to work as a team player. Apply at: Total Care Cleaners 949 - 8th Street Farmington, MN 55024 651460-3340

Open House from 9am to 11am on Wednesday for Food

Manufacturing. All skill levels & warehouse/Forklift. Call for more info 952-924-9000

HOUSE CLEANERS

$80-$110/day FT/PT 7:20am-3:00pm. We provide CAR. Burnsville Location. 952-432-2134

9100

Help Wanted/ Full Time

Join Our Team Crew Leads/Crew Members Needed

Prescription Landscape is looking for energetic and motivated persons to join our production teams. We have openings at both locations, Crystal and St. Paul. Job duties include operating mowing equipment, physical labor; up to and including bending, kneeling and lifting up to 45 lbs, and other duties as assigned. Seasonal and year-round positions available. Year-round positions include snow and ice management; plowing, shoveling, etc. Experience helpful but not required, on the job training available. Some positions require a valid and clean driver's license. Pre-employment drug/alcohol testing required. Compensation: $10.00-$18.00 pending experience. For more information visit our web site at: www.rxlandscape.com or email sueleatherman@ rxlandscape.com or phone Sue at 651-379-4713

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

Executive Assistant/ Deputy City Clerk Regular Full-Time Starting Salary: $20.86-24.15/hr, DOQ Salary Range: $20.86-26.62/hr

Closing date for applications is 04/16/12. Applicants must complete City of Burnsville Employment Application in order to be considered. For complete job description and to apply online, visit the website at: www.burnsville.org or call 952-895-4475 for information.

An AA/EEO Employer Wanted Exp. Landscape Laborer Call 952-461-2579

Manufacturing

5 Summer Students to do various tasks in a manufacturing atmosphere to include anything from painting to gardening to piece work. Pay is $10.00 per hour with an end of summer bonus. Qualifications are: minimum 18 years old and currently attending school. Hire date is May to Sept. Apply at:

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Now Hiring Foldcraft Co., a 100% employee-owned, foodservice furnishings manufacturer is seeking energetic, qualified candidates for the following positions at our Bloomington, MN location: 1st Shift ProductionSewing 1st Shift Production-general (cabinetry, warehouse, upholstery) Staff/Job Cost Accountant Account Manager To learn more about these opportunities, and how to apply, visit our website at www.plymold.com and click on our News and Events tab. NOW HIRINGCompanies desperately need employees to assemble products from your location. No selling, any hours. $500 weekly potential. 1-985-646-1700 Dept. MN-1077

Production Support Specialist

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Help Wanted/ Full Time

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Burnsville Sparks Youth Wrestling K-6 coach for the 2012-13 season. Please contact – Jason O'Brien at 612-240-6614 or Sam Sand at 701-320-0104 with interest or further questions. CARQUEST Distribution Center, Lakeville We are looking for PT auto parts handlers to work in our distribution center. 20-40 hours per week between the hours of 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. Must be willing to work weekends, and be able lift up to 50 lbs. www.carquestcareers. com or call 952-322-6735

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SAVE THE CHILDREN AMBASSADORS F/T & P/T Selected candidates will promote the Save the Children Sponsorship Program in MALL OF AMERICA. Complete training & flex schedules. Ideal for students, business-minded individuals & mothers w/ kids in school. Must be articulate & outgoing, w/strong resilience & commitment to the cause. $13.50/hour to start w/ rapid promotion oppty's; benefits after 3 mo's; & regular incentives. Apply at: donorworx.com EOE

EOE

9200

Mystery Shoppers

Earn up to $100/day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail & dinning establishments. No exp req. Call 855-219-4443

NAR VARIOUS SHIFTS

We are seeking nursing assistants to serve in our 65-bed skilled nursing facility. Duties include assisting residents with their daily grooming, dining needs, ambulating and transferring residents. Candidates must be on the Minnesota Registry.

COOK PT PM

City of Elko New Market

Summer Seasonal

Public Works Position

The City of Elko New Market is accepting applications for a summer seasonal maintenance worker in the Public Works Department. The position will be responsible for assisting in the maintenance of the City streets and storm sewers, water and sanitary sewer systems, parks, buildings and other City property. Minimum qualifications include a valid Minnesota Class D Drivers License and must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Preferred qualifications include Experience in the operation of lawn maintenance equipment, medium and light equipment, and general property maintenance and groundskeeping. The position will be scheduled 30-40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, daytime hours. Starting salary is $10.00 to $12.00 per hour, depending upon qualifications. City application required. For a copy of the application materials, contact the City of Elko New Market at (952) 461-2777 or visit the city web site at www.ci.enm.mn.us Submit completed application to the City of Elko New Market, 601 Main Street, P.O. Box 99, Elko New Market, MN 55020. Completed application packet must be received by 4:00 p.m., April 20, 2012.

9100

Help Wanted/ Full Time

Duties include: preparation of meals from scratch & supervising dietary staff in the absence of the Director. Candidates must have knowledge of food safety practices, diet modifications & recipe conversion. Previous longterm care experience preferred.

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9900

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Brownies take action Rosemount winterguard Photo submitted

Brownie Troop 55486, second-graders from Parkview Elementary in Rosemount, earned their Take Action Key Award on April 1 by making 153 sandwiches for 363 Days (www.363days.org), an organization that distributes sandwiches to the homeless. The girls are standing by their completed project.

takes third place The Rosemount High School winterguard took third place at the North Star Color Guard Circuit Championships last weekend. The team’s coaches said this was a very impressive showing since this is only the second year of winterguard at the school. They said team members put in a lot of hard work

and dedication, which resulted in exciting performances throughout the season. The coaches said it was a memorable show to see develop from the first rehearsal to the final product. To view a final rehearsal run of the show go to http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=eXeLMLdtMcg. Winterguard members include: Nikki Hanto,

John Malecha, Raine Marhula, Megan Skrbec, Emma Bruce, Lexi Cross, Savannah Kearns, Lindsey Mohrland, Amanda Pavlicek, Ashley Ramaker, Alex Roby, Allie Schneider, Maggie St. Ores, Anna Tessling, Caitlin Hanson, Brandy McCarthy, Auna Nelson and Ashley Rossel.

Ribbon/from 1A havior of how to support military members and their families,” said Nash. “I sincerely appreciate all that you do.” Dayton said Minnesota soldiers are being deployed multiple times, and the stress of not knowing if they would live through the day takes a toll. “Thanks to leadership of the National Guard, it has become a national program,” he said. “Thank you Photo by Laura Adlemann to all of you, who are the Gov. Mark Dayton, Adjutant General Maj. Richard C. people who have made these Nash and U.S. Rep. John Kline clapped during the Beyond awards a reality in your the Yellow Ribbon Proclamation Ceremony March 30. communities. I just can’t tell you how important they are and how needed they are.” Kline said America’s military members need help of the community to be reintegrated with their family and neighbors. All credited the Minnesota National Guard for getting the Yellow Ribbon Network going here and across the country. Kline said that it won’t work without people in the community to provide the services, and help. “I am so proud of these communities…who have stepped up and get organized and make sure that when our soldiers come back, they are not only welcomed, but they’re helped to get reintegrated,” Kline said. “Thank you for making it possible.” Laura Adelmann is at laura. Photo by Laura Adelmann adelmann@ecm-inc.com or Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz smiled at Gov. Mark facebook.com/sunthisweek. Dayton, holding Burnsville’s Yellow Ribbon proclamation.

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