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Apple Valley | Rosemount News More space on the shelves Larry Werner, general manager and editor of Sun Thisweek, writes about how the newspaper has more shelf space for the news people want. Page 4A


Compton on his way to the NFL Rosemount’s Tom Compton got the call from Washington in the sixth round and goes to rookie minicamp this week. Page 14A

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Coaching legend retires Jackson’s wrestling teams won 14 state titles, 2 national championships by Mike Shaughnessy Sun Thisweek

In 1995, Jim Jackson took over a wrestling program that might already have been the state’s best. In the years that followed, he helped take it to national prominence. And now, with Apple Valley synonymous with wrestling excellence in Minnesota, Jackson is stepping away. He announced Tuesday he will retire from coaching after 32 seasons with the Eagles, the last 17 as head coach. He will continue to teach physical education at Falcon Ridge Middle School in Apple Valley. Jackson, who has a 12-year-old daughter who plays competitive tennis, cited a desire to spend more time with his family. “His mom is still living in Iowa, and now he will have more time to see her,” Apple Valley High School athletic director Pete Buesgens said. “His daughter is entering junior high next year, and she’s big in the tennis world.

Ballet wizardry in Burnsville Twin Cities Ballet presents its original adaptation of “Wizard of Oz” at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center this month. Page 12A


“I think he’s at a point where wrestling is still a passion, but there are other things in his life.” Jackson’s teams won 14 state championships, including the last seven Class AAA titles. He has a career record of 619-26-3, and his winning percentage of 95.8 is by far the highest in state history. He had 56 individual state champions during

his tenure as head coach. He’s only the second head wrestling coach Apple Valley High School has had. Bill Demaray was head coach from the school’s opening in 1976 until 1995. Demaray took one year off before Jackson asked him to return as an assistant coach, and he’s been on the staff ever since. “At the time, I felt it was

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Two First District judges have thrown out two criminal cases tried by Dakota County Assistant Attorney Kevin Golden, finding he twice created a mistrial so he could retry defendants, according to court orders. Among the findings in the rulings is that Golden held back evidence, dismissed witnesses early and made statements to provoke mistrials in criminal cases so he could retry them. Hamline University law professor and former prosecuting attorney Joseph Olson called the cases “astonishing” and said based

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on the rulings, the findings of prosecutorial misconduct against Golden are “so egregious” that the cases should be reviewed by the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. “It’s certainly worthy of investigating and worthy of some kind of professional sanction,” Olson said. “I’m

amazed the county attorney didn’t fire him after the first case because he … deliberately misused the process.” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said he is disappointed the trial courts did not allow the county to continue with the prosecutions, stating Golden made mistakes, but did

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not intentionally try to cause mistrials. “I strongly disagree with the labeling of anything Kevin Golden did as being prosecutorial misconduct,” Backstrom said. “These were inadvertent mistakes which can happen to anyone under the stress of trial proceedings.” The orders were issued Oct. 24, 2008, by now-retired Judge Leslie Metzen and April 5, 2012, by Judge Joseph T. Carter. Both judges indicate in their rulings that Golden violated a defendant’s constitutional rights against double-jeopardy,

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is probing the fatal shooting of a domestic assault suspect by an Apple Valley police officer. Carl Anthony Tatum, 48, reportedly fired multiple rounds from a handgun at the officer before being fatally shot on Sunday, April 29. Police gave the following account of the incident: Apple Valley officers Tommie Booth and Tara Becker were called to the residence at 13947 Herald Court at about 5:40 p.m. on a report of a domestic assault. The victim had called 911 to report she had been strangled by her live-in boyfriend. Upon arrival, the officers met with the victim outside the residence, and one officer entered the home and made contact with Tatum, who police say was “upset, loud and in an agitated state.” The officer was able to calm Tatum, and had him sit on the front steps of the residence where he was informed he was under arrest for strangulationrelated domestic assault. At that point, police say, Tatum ran back into the home, up a flight of stairs and into the living room. Both officers gave chase, and when Booth arrived at the top of the stairs he encountered Tatum armed with a handgun. Tatum fired his gun at Booth, police say, and Booth fired back, striking him. Tatum fell to the floor, and officers began CPR and attempted to control the bleeding as paramedics were en route. Tatum was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death was blood loss resulting from the multiple gunshot wounds, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner announced Monday. Apple Valley police Chief

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important for Jim to have his own space, go his own direction and do what he wanted to do,” Demaray said Wednesday. “When he asked me to come back, it didn’t take much persuasion. I was still very interested in coaching wrestling, just not as a head coach.” Jackson had been an assistant on Demaray’s staff See jackson, 14A

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Twelfth-grader Kyle Weiler stars in Rosemount High School’s production of “Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical,” playing the title role of Dr. Jekyll and his monstrous alter ego Mr. Hyde. The musical – directed by Christina Morris and Thom Hoffman and featuring songs such as “Lost in the Darkness,” “The Transformation” and “Murder, Murder” – plays the RHS Performing Arts Center stage at 7 p.m. May 4-5 and 2 p.m. May 6.

The debate over constitutional banning of same-sex marriage in Minnesota came home Sunday, April 29, as nearly 200 packed a Burnsville church vowing to fight the so-called marriage amendment. By turns solemn and boisterous, the afternoon crowd gathered at Presbyterian Church of the Apostles for the kickoff of the Dakota County Votes No campaign. After a round of speeches that often invoked religious teachings, participants stayed for training on ways to bring their message to Dakota County voters before the November election. “There will be phone-banking, there will be door-knocking,” said Kate Brickman, press secretary for Minnesotans United for All Families. “All of those things will be happening in Dakota County.” Minnesotans United for All

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Lori Wilhfart of Rosemount, whose gay son Andrew was killed in action in Afghanistan, spoke at the kickoff event of the Dakota County Votes No campaign Sunday, April 29.

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The Senate District 57 Republicans endorsed Pat Hall for Senate and Anna Wills for House District 57B on Saturday. Hall was endorsed on the first ballot over Tim Gould, and Wills was endorsed by acclamation on the first ballot during the convention that was a continuation of the Republicans March 17 gathering when they postponed endorsement for the two offices. Not long before the convention, Rep. Kurt Bills and Sen. Chris Gerlach announced they wouldn’t seek re-election to their seats. “I am excited for the voters in Senate District 57 to get to know Pat,” Senate District 57 chair Pat Staley said in a release. “He is dy-

namic and engaging. He has extensive and diverse experience as a businessman, pastor, and community leader. He has a terrific understanding of the people of this community and the challenges and issues they face. He will prove a worthy successor to Senator Chris Gerlach.” Gerlach announced he would not seek a fourth term in the Senate in March. He had previously served three terms in the House. The convention also passed a resolution thanking, congratulating, and commending retiring Gerlach. “Anna has proven herself to our delegates, and is eager to do the same to the voters of District 57B,” Staley said. “Her work as a legislative aide has given her

a deep understanding of all the issues most important to people in Rosemount and Apple Valley.” The Senate District 57A Republicans endorsed incumbent Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, on March 17. During the March 17 DFL Senate District 57 convention in Rosemount, the party endorsed former Rosemount High School principal Greg Clausen for Senate, former DFL Senate District 37 chair Roberta Gibbons in 57A and Jeff Wilfahrt, the father of a U.S. Army soldier who was killed in action, in 57B. Tad Johnson can be reached at or

Apple Valley Briefs Kids ’n Kinship receives grant Kids ’n Kinship, Apple Valley, has received a $750 grant from the 3M Foundation in recognition of 3M volunteers Sarah Gerber, Jon Gerber and Lanny Stapp. As volunteer mentors, the Gerbers are each matched with a child needing support and guidance. Stapp is on the Kids ’n Kinship volunteer board of directors, is responsible for getting the organization’s newsletter to participants

and supporters, and has purchase at the door and at mentored two boys over the last several years.

Allegro spring concert The Allegro Choral Academy will present its spring concert, “Dandelions & Daydreams,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are free. Tickets will be available for

Plant sale set May 19

The Apple Valley Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Redwood Park Pavilion, County Road 42 and Redwood Drive, Apple Valley. Both perennials and annuals will be available. For more information, contact Chris Pommerenke at (612) 709-7137.

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TXT a blast for teens


Girls go ‘under the hood’ of technical education by Tad Johnson Sun Thisweek

One participant in last year’s Teens eXperiencing Technical Education said she learned that just because she was a girl didn’t mean she couldn’t do the things that boys do. Those “boy” things included fixing cars, carpentry, computer repair and more during the summer Dakota County Technical College TXT workshops, which are back for a second year Monday, July 30-Friday, Aug. 3, at the Rosemount campus. Last year, more than 150 girls in grades 5 through 8 got their hands dirty (and sometimes sterile clean) in technical programs, such as automotive, computer design, health, science and business. “The excitement and energy the girls brought to our campus was amazing,” event organizer Linda Foster said. Registration opened May 1 for the program, which is open to 200 girls for a $40 fee. Some scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. One of last year’s participants said the program was beneficial because it introduced the girls to more careers than just being a teacher or a veterinarian. Another said: “The coolest thing was working with cars. We got to do a lot of

in brief For more information about the Dakota County Technical College Teens eXperiencing Technical Education workshops, go online to or call (651) 423-8439. the work ourselves. And, we got to see an airbag explode.” One girl said her favorite activity was analyzing blood tests “because we got to look through microscopes at sickness. It was cool but gross.” Foster said the feedback from participants and their parents was so overwhelmingly positive that a fourth daily session was added to the schedule to help girls experience even more aspects of technical education. “We knew we were on to something when before we even finished the event last year there was buzz about next year’s program,” Foster said. She said some parents were calling her in advance to know the 2012 dates so they could plan family vacations around it. “The … program fills a need as career and technical education is becoming more limited in the K-12 environment, and there is an increasing need for technical

training to be prepared for tomorrow’s workforce,” said Kelly Murtaugh, vice president of academic and student affairs at the college. “TXT provides an avenue for girls to learn about technical fields and provides another option for future education.” That option is a two-year degree in a wide range of programs, such as photography, information technology and industrial trades. “I am proud of what we created,” Foster said. “It provides girls an opportunity to explore a variety of career fields that they might not even know existed or had exposure to before our event.” One parent thanked the organizers for making the program available to her daughter. “She had a great time,” the parent said. “She would have loved to have been there an additional week because so many of the classes were right up her alley.” Another parent said: “My overall impression is that this is truly an enjoyable, educational and selfdirecting opportunity for my daughter in her future career opportunity.” Foster said she is very excited that the program seemed to create conversations with teens and their parents about what they are learning when often the responses are shrugs or one-

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word answers. they choose,” the parent Tad Johnson can be reached “This program essen- said. “That is very power- at tially sent the message that ful.” or these girls can do anything



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Sun Thisweek intends to be a place for all news – big and small by Larry Werner Sun Thisweek

We received an email last week from a local publicist who was upset that we didn’t carry a news item about the semiannual book sale at the Wescott Library in Eagan. The emailer asked: “Isn’t the new Sun Thisweek touted as an improvement, or at least the equivalent, to the former Thisweek in local news?” Ouch! Tad Johnson, our managing editor, responded by admitting we should have carried a news release about the book sale and said that as a result of that complaint, we are coming up with a new way of setting priorities for the small, but important, news of events in the communities we serve. In fact, we do think Sun Thisweek is an improvement over Thisweek and the Sun Current, the two papers we merged on March 30. One important way the new paper is better than the old ones is we have more space for all the news, big and small. For regular readers of the local newspapers, it was no secret we had stopped publishing some of the news our readers used to get from Thisweek. The recession and increased competition for the advertising dollars that fund free newspapers meant we had to make some tough choices. When I talk about the economics of our business, I

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explain that our biggest expenses are paper and people, and in recent years we’ve cut back on both. We and other news organizations have laid off journalists who gather and report the news and have reduced the number of pages we print and deliver. After ECM Publishers, parent company of Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune, bought the Sun papers in December, we were in position to add what we call “news hole” – the space we devote to local news. We have been able to nearly double the number of pages we print because we have more advertising in the combined paper than we had in either of the old competing papers. And we’ve added a second sports editor, Mike Shaughnessy, to our news staff. In addition, we’ve added to our sales staff Sharon Buechner, who used to sell against us with the Sun Current. So the combined newspapers we’re publishing for Burnsville, Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Farm-

ington and Lakeville are, indeed, bigger. And they’re better, even if we do drop the ball occasionally when we get releases we should have published but didn’t. Managing Editor Johnson, who has spent his career in weekly newspapers, explained that the Wescott Library news item was pushed out of the paper by some of the bigger, byline stories that appeared in our Burnsville-Eagan editions. Among those kind of byline stories was a special report on the peaceful coexistence of the Burnsville Performing Arts Center and the Lakeville Area Arts Center. That story appeared at the top of our front page with four photos. That special report is an example of the “big” news that has been, like much “small” news, pushed out of the paper in recent years. When I joined Thisweek as general manager more than four years ago, the newspaper was publishing in-depth reports on major issues once a month. Those reports would typically consist of two or three stories devoted to a topic of high interest. That commitment was dropped when space got tight. When we launched Sun Thisweek on March 30, we resurrected our commitment to big-picture reports on such issues as regional arts centers, unemployment among

veterans and teen drug use – to mention three of the issues we’ve examined in-depth in our new paper. Like a growing family that has been able to move from that crowded, starter house into one with more bedrooms and a family room, we are enjoying the additional space we have for longer stories and bigger photos. And that space has allowed us to add news briefs and calendars that were also casualties of the space crunch over the past few years. We like to describe the newspaper as a supermarket that serves the varied needs and wants of information consumers. Some of those consumers rely on the paper for coverage of their local governments, their schools or sports teams. Others like stories that examine issues in depth. And others want us to inform readers about library sales and blood drives. It feels good to have more shelf space. We appreciate your comments on what you’d like to see on the shelves. Larry Werner is editor and general manager of Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune. He can be reached at Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Rosemount 11th-grader wins chess championship by Joe Nathan Sun Thisweek

Students from Rosemount, West St. Paul and Minneapolis are among the best U.S. chess K-12 players in various divisions, based on results at the U.S. Chess Federation national chess tournament held recently in Minneapolis. More than 1,300 students competed, including more than 300 Minnesotans from 100 schools. In the K-12 “unrated” division, Andrew Hanson, an 11th-grader at Rosemount High School was first, and David Ma, a sixth-grader at Edina’s Valley View Middle School, was second, out of more than 100 competitors. Hanson, 16, said he started playing chess when he was 6. He began playing in tournaments about a year ago. His said his favorite thing about chess is: “There is no luck about it, the best player always wins. … It is a real competition.” He said he had not expected to do well, as this was only his second “rated” tournament. “I don’t think most people realize how much work goes into becoming a good chess player,” said Michelle Hanson, Andrew’s mother. “He has read numerous

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books, played countless games, and then reviewed each and every move in all of his games to find out what he could have done better.” Hanson also thanked faculty and students at his Andrew school. Many have compliHanson mented him, and his success made Rosemount High School’s daily newscast. Then there’s 11-year-old David Ma, who finished second to Hanson. He’s been playing for 18 months. Ma also was surprised by his high finish. He likes chess because it “exercises your mind.” He’s also learned to “keep calm if you start losing,” and that “hard work makes you a better player.” Ma’s father, Andy, said that he’s very happy

with his son’s progress. Shoshana Altman, 11, from Plymouth and a sixth-grader at the Minneapolis Jewish Day School, took second among more than 200 in the “under 800” section, one step up from the “unrated” section. She started playing chess when she was 4. Many of her family members play. She told me that her grandfather started a chess organization and “someday I hope to run it.” For her, the best part of chess is “learning new strategies.” She also advises people “not to judge people you play by how old they are,” noting that one competitor looked at her as a game was beginning and told her opponent, “you’re playing the least intimidating person in the tournament.” Brock Morris, a freshman at Sibley High School, was first in the “under 800” section. He also started playing chess at age 4. He said he really likes the way chess “compares to so many other things in life, like planning a strategy and needing to make adjustments.” He recalls losing to Altman in another tournament. In the “under 1600” section, Donald Hooker, a senior at Minneapolis South, won first place, and Danny Goldstein, a ninth-grader at St. Louis Park, came in

third place. Complete results are available at A remarkable middle school group won the top prize in the championship division. Matt Dahl, a senior at St. Thomas, finished 13th and was Minnesota’s highest overall finisher. USCF Scholastic Tournaments are organized in sections where students of relatively similar rankings play against each other so there are opportunities for students at every level of ability. According to Robert McLellan of the U.S. Chess Federation, it is “the official, not-for-profit U.S. membership organization for chess players and chess supporters of all ages and strengths.” Extensive research shows chess helps develop both academic and life skills http:// Wise schools have a chess club, like many mentioned above. Joe Nathan, director of the Center for School Change at Macalester College, can be reached at Columns reflect the opinion of the author.

Letters Legion supports Day of Prayer invitation should the arts To the editor: be open to all The Apple Valley American Legion Post 1776 has once again proven its great worth to our community. This fine organization provided a generous contribution to the Minnesota Valley Men’s Chorale thus enabling us to conduct our second annual Minnesota Valley High School Chorale Festival. Dozens of area high school singers participated in the day-long festival and concert. The Legion’s continued support of the fine arts enables us to continue to provide exceptional music education and performances for citizens of the Apple Valley area. We wish to thank Post 1776 for their continued support of our program.

To the editor: I am writing in response to Sharon Auldrich’s guest column in the April 20 Sun Thisweek, which encouraged residents to participate in the National Day of Prayer. I begin by thanking her for drawing the community’s attention to this important, ecumenical and interfaith opportunity. Certainly, when we gather to pray for the welfare and good of our country and world, it is a good thing. However, her well-stated goal for this day in paragraph three is contradicted by her comments in paragraphs four and seven. She writes: “This act of Congress is intended to allow all people of faith to pray Mike Leary to the God of their underMinnesota Valley Men’s standing. It allows people Chorale vice president of all theological and philosophical views to organize

and participate in activities that are constant (consistent?) with their own beliefs. All who wish to pray for this nation are encouraged to do so in any way deemed appropriate and respectable.” Yet, she then continues with: “… the National Day of Prayer Task Force … works to prepare theme materials … for those who wish to plan events consistent with the Judeo-Christian expression of prayer.” And “I believe it will continue to be a strong nation only if faithful people who believe the God of the Bible will pray!” Perhaps her contradiction was an innocent oversight (I hope so), yet because it reflects a deeply held conviction by too many American Christians that Muslims, and others, who do not have Judeo-Christian beliefs are not validated as compatriots within the circle of prayer. If she/we are serious that “all people of faith” are encouraged to join this important day of prayer, we

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Marriage amendment: wrong and unconstitutional

JOHN W. MATTHEWS Senior pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley and police chaplain To the editor: In a letter printed April for the city of Burnsville 27, a reader stated that Personal beliefs non-passage of the marriage amendment would be don’t belong in a threat to his religious beliefs. He urged readers to constitution vote yes on the amendment To the editor: A writer of an April 27 in order to keep marriage to letter to the editor urges the definition specified by people to vote yes on the his beliefs and his religious proposed marriage amend- organization. ment because, he says, fail- I do not question his ure of its passage would right to live according to the threaten his religious beliefs. teachings of his faith and It would do no such the urges of his conscience. thing. The writer would However, I think that the continue to be able to ex- marriage amendment is ercise his own religious be- wrong. liefs and his church would I could cite the more than continue to conduct its own 200 organizations that have marriage ceremonies in ac- joined Minnesotans United cordance with that religion. for All Families in the fight Passage of the amendment, against this discriminatory however, would prohibit amendment. I could point other people from exercis- out that 71 of those are cating their own beliefs regard- egorized as “faith organizaing marriage, whether they tions,” 45 of those are easily are based on religion or not. identified as Christian, and The writer has no right to two are Catholic. expect that his personal re- But that’s not really the ligious beliefs be enshrined point. The writer of the in the state constitution and April 27 letter, and others like him, want this amendimposed on others. The constitution of the ment to pass because it will state of Minnesota is a uphold religious beliefs. document created to enable They want the Minnesota the functioning of a secular State Constitution amended governmental institution. to establish one set of reliInserting the religious beliefs gious beliefs over all others. of any particular religion or This would clearly violate religions in the state con- the United States Constitustitution is contrary to the tion, which states “Conpurpose and reason for that gress shall make no law redocument. It is also contrary specting an establishment to the constitution of the of religion, or prohibiting United States, under which the free exercise thereof.” the state was created and to In other words, there cannot be a law that forces a which it must conform. Roman Catholic church to perform marriages deemed Wayne Sames to be in violation of their Eagan

doctrine. Neither can there be a law that forbids such marriages taking place in other churches or in county courthouses, if the sole objection to those marriages is a religious one. I am proud to say I am voting no on the marriage amendment. I urge all Minnesotans to do the same. The amendment isn’t just wrong, it’s unconstitutional. AMY MURPHY Burnsville

Correction An April 27 story, “Cedar transitway opening likely to be delayed until 2013,” referenced “walkways” regarding an Apple Valley City Council resolution about design elements for the 140th and 147th street transit stations. The council resolution of April 12 calls for construction of an integrated skyway only at the 147th Street station. Sun Thisweek regrets the error.

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District 196 school lunch prices may rise again Increase are due to federal mandate, officials say by Jessica Harper Sun Thisweek

Lunch prices may rise slightly in the Rosemount-Apple ValleyEagan School District due to a new federal mandate and rising food costs. The School Board is considering a 10-cent increase for lunch at the district’s elementary and high schools. The proposal made April 30 would also raise lunch prices by 10 cents for adults in the district. If approved, the price of lunch would increase to $2.20 at the elementary schools and to $2.35 at the high schools. The price of lunch for adults would jump to $3.40. Lunch prices for middle school students would remain the same at $2.25, and breakfast and milk prices would also be unchanged.

Board Member Rob Duchscher noted that the district wouldn’t have to raise its lunch prices had it not been for a recent federal mandate. “I think the federal government has forgotten what local control means,” he said. The federal Healthy HungerFree Act of 2010 requires more fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains and low-fat dairy items be served on all school menus. District 196 has voluntarily used healthier products, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, for several years, district officials say. The mandate also strives to ensure schools have equity in school-lunch pricing by providing the same level of financial support for all students. Lunch prices were increased by

5 cents for the 2011-2012 school year as a result of the first year of Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act requirements. Prior to the mandate, the district subsidized its lunch program, in part, through its a la carte program. The mandate prohibits such an exchange, said Jeff Solomon, finance director for District 196. The latest proposal will go before the School Board May 14 for a vote. If approved, it would go into effect during the 2012-2013 school year. District 196 could lose its federal funding for the lunch program if it decides to reject the proposal. Jessica Harper is at jessica.harper@ or

Election 2012 Obermueller gets DFL nod in the 2nd District by T.W. Budig Sun thisweek

Former state representative Mike Obermueller of Eagan won the 2nd District DFL endorsement for U.S. House. He will now challenge fiveterm Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline of Lakeville. Obermueller, defeated in his second bid for the Minnesota House in 2010, bested Mike Dakota County Obermueller Commissioner and former South St. Paul mayor Kathleen Gaylord and Northfield City Council member Patrick Ganey after three ballots at Rosemount High School on April 28.

“It’s a tough seat,” Rep. Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul, who attended the convention. Hansen views this year’s redistricting as somewhat improving the 2nd District for Democrats as it the now includes South St. Paul and West St. Paul, both traditional DFL areas. Obermueller is a good, organized campaigner, Hansen said. Anyway the Republican U.S. House isn’t that popular with voters, he explained. According to a Minnesota House biography, Obermueller was adopted and raised on a dairy farm. He is an attorney by profession. Obermueller was defeated by Republican Doug Wardlow in the 2010 election, taking about 48

percent of the vote to Wardlow’s 52 percent. “Congratulations to Mike Obermueller on winning the DFL endorsement today,” said DFL State Party Chairman Ken Martin in a statement. “John Kline’s time in Washington has expired as he has proven just how out of touch he is with his constituents and the values of Minnesotans,” he said. “Mike has been a strong, progressive leader who has the experience and the message to win in November, and we will be working side by side with him to make sure he succeeds,” Martin said. T.W. Budig can be reached at tim. or facebook. com/sunthisweek.

College news Brittany Brown, daughter of Anthony and Rebecca Brown of Rosemount, was chosen to participate in the Spring Semester Honors Recital at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato. Brown is a 2010 graduate of Eastview High School.

Lindstrom receives scholarship Madeline Lindstrom, a senior at Lakeville North High School, is the 2012 recipient of the Neoma Isaak Scholarship from Grace Preschool, Apple Valley. The $300 scholarship is awarded each year to one graduate of Grace Preschool in honor of founding director Neoma Isaak. Lindstrom will attend Gustavus Adolphus College in the fall, where she plans to major in special education.

Rosemount band members named to All State groups The following Rosemount High School band members have been selected for 2012-13 Minnesota All-State music ensembles: • Josh Hugo, euphonium, AllState Symphonic Band (first year All-State selection) • Cole Jobin, trumpet, AllState alternate • Andrew Johnson, bass trombone, All-State Symphonic Band (second year All-State selection) • Blake Kaner, trombone, AllState Orchestra (first year AllState selection) • Brittany Majeski, alto saxophone, All-State Symphonic Band (first year All-State selection) • Joe Vitullo, bass clarinet, All-State Symphonic Band (first year All-State selection).

Band garage sale is Saturday, May 5 The Rosemount High School Band Garage Sale is from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in the school’s student center. The goal for this year’s sale is $10,000 to match the 10th-year sale milestone. Last year, the pro-

gram netted $8,500, which funded sheet music for all the school’s bands. In addition to having a wide range of items for sale, the event will include a food booth operated by parent volunteers outside the high school. There is still time to donate large items, such as furniture, to the sale as those will be collected Friday, May 4, in the student center beginning at 2:30 p.m. Those who are interested in helping out with the event can register online at and click on the garage sale logo. For more information, contact Tricia Remus at or Tracey Casey at tracey.casey@

District 196 Gifted and Talented Advisory Council District 196 parents are invited to apply for membership on the Gifted and Talented Advisory Council (GTAC). The district is accepting applications for one resident/middle school parent and one resident/ high school parent. Terms for these positions are for three years beginning Sept. 1, 2012. People interested in being considered for GTAC membership must submit an application by June 15. All members should have an interest in GT programming efforts. The application is available at or by calling (651) 423-7715.

Technical college president joins national forum Ronald Thomas, president of Dakota County Technical College, has joined the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship’s newly formed Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum. Through the program, presidents of community colleges throughout the country commit to increase the focus on entrepreneurship at their institutions and the impact these colleges have on the economic well being of the communities they serve.


May 4, 2012 Sun Thisweek

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A bill seeking broader disclosure in public employee buyout cases has passed the state Senate and was headed for a final vote in the House this week. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Pam Myhra and Sen. Dan Hall, both Burnsville Republicans, is in response to the Tania Chance controversy in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. With little explanation, Chance, the district’s former head of human resources, received a buyout of nearly $255,000 under a settlement agreement with the district. She had 18 months left on her two-year contract. The bill amends the Minnesota Data Practices Act section on the public’s access to personnel and salary benefit data. Current law is not specific about information that must be

released publicly for settlement agreements involving payments of more than $10,000, according to a news release from Hall’s office. The bill updates current law to state that publicly released information must include “a description of the substantive basis and a reasonable description of the facts prompting the agreement, except to the extent disclosure would reveal information on the health condition of the employee.” In addition, the provision in current law has generally been applied only to state government employees, the news release said. The bill expands application of the law to superintendents, principals, and similar education employees, as well as to political subdivision employees in managerial ca-

pacities. The Chance settlement agreement reveals only that she had charges pending against the district with the state Human Rights Department and had lodged a complaint against Superintendent Randy Clegg with the state Board of School Administrators. On the advice of its attorney, the district concealed that information for weeks, releasing it only when the state Department of Administration advised that the district had improperly interpreted the Data Practices Act. “Many of my constituents – parents, local city officials, taxpayers – came to me frustrated that the school board was not revealing why they entered into this buyout agreement, saying it fell outside the re-

quired disclosures under the Data Practices Act,” Hall said in the release. “Rep. Myhra and I worked at length with stakeholders to construct this legislation and I want to thank her for her leadership on the issue. This bill is meant to keep officials in charge of taxpayer dollars accountable for how they spend those dollars.” Hall said he’s “optimistic” the bill will produce “more transparency and accountability at the local level.” The bill was unanimously approved in the House last month. The Senate amended the bill, sending it back to the House for a final vote before it reaches Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk. — John Gessner

Sun Thisweek May 4, 2012

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Rosemount Seniors

Photo by John Gessner

Rosemount High School science teacher Veda Kanitz, an organizer of the Dakota County Votes No campaign, spoke at a kickoff event Sunday, April 29. “Gay and lesbian couples want to get married for the same reason we got married – for love, commitment and the responsibilities you have to one another,” said Kanitz, the team leader for social outreach ministries at Open Circle. “Love makes a family,” said the Rev. Deb Stehlin of Light of the World Lutheran Church in Lakeville, “and each addition to the family, no matter how they come to you, is a blessing from God.” A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage rubs against the Lutheran tradition of listening and open discourse, Stehlin said. “If the Minnesota constitution is amended to permanently define marriage as between one man and one woman, the conversa-

tion stops, and that would be unholy. Unholy, indeed,” she said. The Rev. Joy Smith of Presbyterian Church of the Apostles said defeating the marriage amendment is a “social justice issue” for her congregation. In addition to the traditional election fare, the campaign will focus on individual conversations people have in their everyday lives, organizers say. “We’re giving them tips on how to have that conversation,” Kor said. “Family, friends – the conversation will have more impact when it comes from someone you care about.” John Gessner can be reached at or

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The organization is opening an office at 1964 Rahncliff Court in Eagan, Brickman said. A grassroots group of Dakota County residents asked Minnesotans United for All Families to help with the launch and training, and Presbyterian Church of the Apostles offered the venue, she said. Similar launches are occurring across the state, but Brickman said this was the first county-based effort. “This is something that I really want to do,” said Nick Kor, a paid community organizer for Minnesotans United for All Families. The 2007 Eastview High School graduate grew up in Eagan and lives in St. Paul. “I’m gay myself, so it affects me personally. It’s an issue I care deeply about.” Lori Wilfahrt of Rosemount told the crowd about her oldest son Andrew, an Army corporal who was killed in action in Afghanistan in February 2010. “He was gay,” Wilfahrt said. “But as his sister said, being gay was the least interesting thing about him.” Andrew, a Rosemount High School graduate, was an aspiring classical-music composer with a degree who got tired of low-paying jobs and enlisted at age 29, his mother said. It was before the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Andrew developed a lower voice and a tough-guy walk and invented a girlfriend to try to fit in. After his first year he began to reveal his homosexuality to fellow soldiers – young people who weren’t fazed by the revelation, his mother said. “Even the conservative and evangelical soldiers did not care,” said Lori, whose husband, Jeff, is a Democrat running for the state House seat in District 57B. Andrew was 31 when he was killed. “Americans love to say our soldiers die for our freedoms,” Lori said. “Yet we are so willing to deny freedom to some citizens here at home.” Activists on both sides of the marriage debate have been mobilizing since the Republican-controlled Legislature voted last year to put the amendment on the 2012 ballot. Veda Kanitz of Lakeville said her church, Open Circle Church in Burnsville, began organizing about a year ago. The Rosemount High School science teacher is an organizer of Dakota County Votes No. “We cannot tell our LGBT students that they are second-class citizens” or limit their opportunities, said Kanitz, who will soon mark her 30th wedding anniversary with her husband, Allan.

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The following activities are sponsored by the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department and the Rosemount Area Seniors. For more information, call the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department at (651) 3226000. Monday, May 7 – Bridge, 9 a.m., Do Drop Inn; 500, 1 p.m., DDI. Tuesday, May 8 – Coffee, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rosemount Cub; Bid Euchre, 9 a.m., DDI; “To The Arctic,” 10 a.m., IMAX. Wednesday, May 9 – Water Color Painting, 9 a.m., DDI; Velvet Tones, 10 a.m., Apple Valley Community Center; Bowling, 1 p.m., City Limits in Rosemount; Mexican Train Dominoes, 1 p.m., DDI. Thursday, May 10 – Breakfast Out, 9 a.m., Celt’s in Farmington; Cribbage, 1 p.m., DDI. Friday, May 11 – Euchre, 9 a.m., DDI; Bowling, 1 p.m., Apple Place in

Apple Valley. • Yoga Gently: The next session will run from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays, May 16 through June 20, at the Rosemount Community Center. Cost is $60. Bring a yoga mat. Register online at or at the parks and recreation office. • “Pearl of the Lake” Cruise: Thursday, July 12, 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Scenic cruise on Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River. Lunch at Chickadee Cottage Café. Cost is $71, which includes bus, cruise, meal, tax and gratuity. Register by June 18 at the parks and recreation office. The Rosemount Area Seniors “Do Drop Inn” is open to senior citizens 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. The room is located in the Rosemount Community Center and allows seniors a place to stop by and socialize during the week.




May 4, 2012 Sun Thisweek

Compton goes to Washington with a chance to prove himself Former Rosemount High lineman taken in sixth round of NFL Draft by Mike Shaughnessy Sun Thisweek

The next phase of Tom Compton’s life started with a phone call from Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan late Saturday afternoon. “When Washington went on the clock (at the NFL Draft), I got a call on my cell phone from a Virginia number. I knew it was the call,” Compton said. “That was unbelievable, especially with coach Shanahan on the other end.” With that call, Compton moved one step closer to playing in the National Football League. The 2007 Rosemount High School graduate and former University of South Dakota player was selected in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the NFL Draft. If the 6-foot-5, 314-pound offensive lineman makes the club, he could find himself with a significant responsibility – protecting quarterback Robert Griffin III, who Washington traded three first-round picks for the opportunity to draft second

overall. The Compton selection made a lot less fanfare nationally than the Griffin choice, but it was a big deal at home, where friends and family filled his basement and garage to monitor the draft. Compton had been projected as a possible fourthround pick. That he had to wait until late in the sixth round before his name was called made little difference to him. “All that really mattered to me was getting an opportunity to compete on a team,” he said Monday morning. “What round it was didn’t matter. All I wanted was to get a chance.” He could get it with Washington, which is rebuilding from the wreckage of a 5-11 season in 2011. Compton was one of three offensive linemen Washington drafted. He will report to the team’s rookie minicamp this weekend. “At South Dakota, we had an offense with a lot of variety,” he said. “We had two different quarterbacks when I played there, but both were very fast. “The Redskins told me they were looking for fast, athletic linemen, and that’s kind of the player I am. It could be a perfect fit for me.” After redshirting his first season at South Dakota,

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ness. Compton has squatlifted 700 pounds and at the combine ran a 40-yard dash in 5.11 seconds, fifth fastest among offensive line prospects. In four seasons as a starter at South Dakota, he committed only three penalties and allowed 1 1/2 sacks. “That was a source of pride with me,” he said. “You never want to be the guy who costs his team with stupid penalties or allows his quarterback to be tackled.” By his senior year, he was a Division I Football Championship Subdivision All-American and played in the East-West Shrine AllStar Game. Some analysts questioned the level of competition he faced in college, but Compton played for a South Dakota team that beat a Big Ten Conference school on the road. That was Sept. 11, 2010, when the Coyotes came to TCF Bank Stadium and beat Minnesota 41-38. South Dakota had 444 yards of offense in that game. “It was one of the highlights of my college career,” said Compton. “Obviously, playing in front of my family and friends was a great experience, and it was a very fun game, too.”

Rosemount native Tom Compton (76) drops into pass protection during the University of South Dakota’s football game against Minnesota in September 2010 at TCF Bank Stadium. Compton described the Coyotes’ victory at Minnesota as one of the highlights of his career – at least until he was selected by Washington in the sixth round of the NFL Draft last weekend. Compton started every two backups need to know in preparation for a college football career. game the next four years. all the positions.” He spent two years playing Compton, whose older “When you redshirt, you right tackle and two at left brother Nick played foot- spend a lot of time in the tackle. Playing guard also is ball at North Dakota State, weight room and the cafetepossible. weighed about 260 pounds ria,” he said. Mike Shaughnessy is at mike. “When teams travel, they as a Rosemount senior. The At the NFL Combine in or only bring seven offensive redshirt season put him in February, scouts came away linemen,” he said. “Those position to develop his body impressed with his quick-

Lightning rides work ethic to top of SSC golf Apple Valley girls

hockey will be part of history again

Eastview girls have won first three conference meets

1995 state championship team to be included in Smithsonian exhibit

by Mike Shaughnessy Sun Thisweek

Eastview’s players still like the story about how Maddy Paulsen got herself locked in at Valleywood Golf Course. Well, maybe Paulsen doesn’t like the story that much, but it helps explain why the Lightning is dominating South Suburban Conference girls golf. It seems that one evening she was practicing so late that course employees, not realizing she was still there, locked the gate to the entrance road. Paulsen, who had been dropped off at the course, had to walk about a half-mile to McAndrews Road to catch her ride home. Eastview coach Bob Boldus likes the story, too. Not so much for its comedy potential but for the message it sends to the players: You’ll get out of golf what you put into it. For the Lightning players, a practice session isn’t over when they putt out on the final hole. It’s then off to the range, or the practice green, to work on shots they didn’t execute on the course. “That’s how Vijay Singh does it,” said Boldus, referring to a PGA Tour player known for lengthy practice sessions. “(Jack) Nicklaus, too.” Eastview has been getting a lot out of its game recently. The Lightning won its first four tournaments, including three in the South Suburban Conference to take a commanding lead in the league standings. Despite a strong first few weeks of the season,

by Mike Shaughnessy Sun Thisweek

Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Eastview girls golf coach Bob Boldus watches Lydia Jorgenson hit pitch shots during practice at Valleywood Golf Course last week.

sister Katie won four state Class A championships at Minnehaha Academy, is third in this week’s Minnesota Golf Association high school individual rankings. But she can turn in only one score, and the Lightning needs at least four to be a contending team. “This year we have five girls who can shoot in the 70s and 80s,” Paulsen said. “Last year we weren’t as consistent.” Detlefsen had a 74.33 scoring average in three South Suburban tournaments, more than eight strokes better than the next lowest average. Paulsen, sophomore Kari Opatz, junior Madi Roe and senior Lydia Jorgenson are fourth through seventh, and all their averages are below 90. Tylor Christensen, an eighth-grader, is in the No. 6 spot on the Eastview varsity. The Lightning can clinch the conference championship outright by finishing sixth or higher in the final South Suburban Conference tournament May 23 at Heritage Links in Lakeville. Detlefsen, who will play at Florida Gulf Coast University next year, is a veteran of the summer junior tournament circuit. Others, Boldus said, played a lot last summer, but not necessarily competitively. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy Eastview’s Sara Detlefsen (left), Lydia Jorgensen, Maddy “In the summer, some Paulsen, Madi Roe and Kari Opatz all are in the top seven of us play by ourselves or in scoring average in South Suburban Conference girls with friends,” Jorgenson golf giving the Lightning a commanding lead in the team said. “It’s a bit different when you’re playing with standings. the players say they are not satisfied. Eastview won an SSC tournament Monday by 15 strokes, but Boldus said the players weren’t happy with their 330 team score on an unfamiliar CreeksBend course. “It’s awesome that we’re doing this well,” said senior Sara Detlefsen, who was medalist in the first three conference tournaments, “but I’ve seen how our girls practice and I know their skill sets. We all can shoot several strokes lower.” “Some of our girls wanted to play a practice round at CreeksBend, but I said no,” Boldus said. “I wanted to see how they responded to playing a course they hadn’t played before.” Eastview qualified for the state Class 3A tournament two years ago, finishing sixth. The only girl who played in the 2010 state tourney and is still with the Lightning is Detlefsen, who finished second individually that year. Detlefsen, whose older

Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Eastview senior Sara Detlefsen has shot 76 or lower in all three South Suburban Conference girls golf tournaments this spring. girls from other schools who are checking out your game.” Opatz said the Lightning, as a group, is hitting the ball longer this spring. The benefit of power cannot be understated in golf. Longer tee shots mean players are hitting shorter clubs into greens, leading to more greens reached in regulation and more birdie putts. Eastview is seventh in the MGA all-enrollmentclass team rankings. With the Lightning still undefeated, Boldus said it was a good time to talk about managing expectations. He said he wants to make sure the players don’t have unrealistic expectations for themselves. “If your average is 82, that means you might make about 10 bogeys,” the coach said. “And that’s OK. We need to make sure the girls don’t get upset about making a bogey, or even a double bogey. They have to play one shot, one hole, one match at a time.” Eastview’s biggest test so far this season might come Tuesday at the Red Wing Invitational at Mississippi National, which is expected to draw many of the state’s top-ranked teams. “That’s going to be a great opportunity for us,” Detlefsen said. Mike Shaughnessy is at mike.shaughnessy@ecm-inc. com or

Representatives of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service were at Apple Valley High School this week to do interviews and gather memorabilia from the school’s 1995 state girls hockey championship team. What they collect will be part of an exhibit called “Hometown Teams.” It will feature mostly local high school, college and amateur teams but also include some of the country’s most revered professional sports landmarks. The Smithsonian is interested in showcasing the 1995 AVHS girls hockey team because it won the first Minnesota State High School League-sponsored state tournament in girls hockey. “I got a call from them a few weeks ago, out of the blue, and I’m thinking, ‘The Smithsonian Institution?’” said AVHS athletic director Pete Buesgens. “They wanted to talk with current and former players and our current head coach (Don Erdall), and I said, ‘I can do you one better. The head coach of the state championship team still works here.’” That would be Chuck Scanlon, who retired as girls hockey coach two years ago but is still the Eagles’ boys soccer coach. Scanlon was to speak with the Smithsonian representatives Friday. “This is a really cool thing,” said Scanlon, who coached Apple Valley girls hockey teams to state championships in 1995 and 1998. “No other state had high school girls hockey at the time. “Herb Brooks, Lou Nanne and Walter Bush, who was president of the North Stars, were at the tournament, and they were impressed with how the girls played. Aldrich Arena (where the first state tournament was held) was packed. It was a big deal, and we had a really good team.” Apple Valley was 24-01 that season, with the tie coming against South St.

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Apple Valley goalie Jenny Jannett makes a save in the 1995 state high school girls hockey tournament. The Eagles beat South St. Paul 2-0 to become the first Minnesota girls hockey champion. That team will be part of an upcoming Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service exhibit. Paul late in the regular season. The teams met again in the state final, with Apple Valley winning 2-0. Four teams qualified for the first state girls tournament. South St. Paul defeated Henry Sibley in one semifinal. Apple Valley was in trouble in the other; the Eagles trailed Stillwater 4-2 after two periods. Scanlon said he told his players they would come back to win 6-4. And the Eagles scored four times in the third period, including one empty-netter, to win 6-4. Before the MSHSL sanctioned girls hockey, some high schools had ringette teams. Several girls attending Apple Valley were playing boys youth hockey and were recruited to play rignette. “Ringette was a skating game, which the girls liked,” Scanlon said. “And we told our girls they could continue to play youth hockey if they wanted.” Scanlon said several schools, including Burnsville, balked at putting together ringette teams but said they would start girls hockey programs if the MSHSL sanctioned the sport. Before long, the switch to girls hockey took place. The “Hometown Teams” exhibit is expected to open in 2014. Mike Shaughnessy is at mike. or

Sun Thisweek May 4, 2012


Irish hope they’ve found winning formula Eagan softball team’s struggles continue in loss to Rosemount by Mike Shaughnessy Sun Thisweek

Rosemount believes it has turned a corner. Eagan is still looking for the corner. The Irish moved closer to .500 with its 7-5 victory over the Wildcats in a South Suburban Conference softball game Monday. Rosemount improved to 5-6 while Eagan’s record, which has been in a free fall since the beginning of the season, dropped to 0-10. “I’ll never count Eagan out,” Rosemount coach Tiffany Rose said. “Not with their coaching staff and their hitters. We saw today how good they are.” Eagan trailed 3-0 early before coming back to tie the game 4-4 in the top of the fifth inning. Rosemount regained the lead in the bottom of the inning by scoring three runs. Melissa Seldon doubled in one run, with the others scoring on a passed ball and Grace Longman’s sacrifice fly. Eagan committed three errors in the inning. The victory was Rose-

mount’s third in a row. “We started the season by facing some of the best pitchers in our conference,” Rose said. “We’re a young team, and some of our girls are learning what they have to do to compete in this conference.” The Irish also have had to make some lineup adjustments. Outfielder Summer Lindelien, the only senior on the roster, missed some time last week because of an injury and was available only to pinch-hit Monday. That made Seldon, who had been splitting time between pitching and the outfield, the starting center fielder. Defensively, “she’s as good as you could want out there,” Rose said. As part of the lineup chain reaction, the Irish’s pitching got a whole lot younger. Ninth-grader Nicole Johnson started the Eagan game and seventhgrader Gabby Sprang closed. “It’s good to have tall pitchers, and Gabby is 5-10,” Rose said. “I also think she’s used to playing against older girls. This isn’t the first time she’s had to do it.” The Irish faced Prior Lake on Wednesday and Eastview on Thursday. They play Roseville in a

Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Rosemount infielder Hannah Esselman waits for the throw as Eagan’s Madison Haus slides into second base during South Suburban Conference softball action Monday afternoon. Rosemount won 7-5. non-conference game at home at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Eagan catcher Jenna Bromen helped get her team back in the Rosemount game with a two-run double in the fourth inning. In the fifth, Blair Blanchette’s sacrifice fly scored pitcher Madison Haus, and a throwing error allowed another run to score, tying the game 4-4. The Wildcats’ record includes seven losses by one or two runs, including a 1-0 defeat against No. 1-ranked Bloomington Jefferson.

They played Lakeville South on Wednesday and Burnsville on Thursday. Getting well this weekend won’t be easy for Eagan as it plays in the Eastview Great 8 tournament, where the field includes Jefferson and No. 2-ranked North St. Paul. The Wildcats play Maple Grove in the opening round at 10 a.m. at Johnny Cake Ridge Park in Apple Valley. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Mike Shaughnessy is at mike. Eagan junior Madison Haus pitches against Rosemount or in a South Suburban Conference softball game Monday afternoon.

Finding his way home

Sports Briefs Softball tourneys in AV Two high school softball tournaments will take place in Apple Valley on Saturday. Bloomington Jefferson and North St. Paul, the top two teams in the state Class 3A rankings, headline the field at the Eastview Great 8 tournament at Johnny Cake Ridge Park. Quarter-

final games at 10 a.m. have Eastview playing Hopkins, North St. Paul playing Hermantown, Eagan taking on Maple Grove and Jefferson playing Winona Cotter. The championship game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Apple Valley plays host to a three-team varsity round-robin at Apple Valley High School. The host Eagles play Red Wing at

9:30 a.m. and South St. Paul at 11:30 a.m. South St. Paul and Red Wing play at 1:30 p.m.

Irish runner wins at meet Rosemount’s Rachel Schow won the girls 200-meter dash at the Hamline Elite Meet on April 27 at Hamline University. The

event brings together top high school track and field athletes in both enrollment classes. Schow edged Lindsey Heinecke of Detroit Lakes at the tape. Both runners were timed in 26.42 seconds. Eastview’s Erica Bestul finished third in the girls 800. The Lightning’s Allison Funk was third in the pole vault, and Melita Ware finished 11th in the triple jump. Kelsey Harms of Apple Valley cleared 11 feet, 4 inches to finish second in the pole vault. Her teammate, Hannah Linder, tied for fourth.

Photo by Rick Orndorf

Eastview coach Tom Strey waves Chris Narum around third base during a South Suburban Conference baseball game Monday at Lakeville North. Lakeville North won 6-5 to pull into a tie with the Lightning for second place in the league at 7-2.


May 4, 2012 Sun Thisweek

Rosemount Briefs Robert Trail Library programs

Photo contest Benefit set for Walsh family accepting entries in Stillwater

Leprechaun Days group to meet

Robert Trail Library, 14395 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, has planned the following programs. Call (651) 480-1200 for more information. • Silver Tea with the Blue Wolf Bluegrass Band, age 55-plus, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10. • Meet the Author, adults, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. Author Janice Ladendorf talks about her new book, “Heart of a Falcon.” Cosponsored by The Rosemount Area Arts Council. • Robert Trail Book Group, adults, 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. “North River” by Pete Hamill will be discussed. • Glee Class with Steppingstone Theater, teens, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Explore song and dance from the TV show “Glee,” take center stage and perform at the end of class. Registration required. • Teen Advisory Group, teens, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24.

A benefit will be held for Quinn Walsh and her family from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Studio J Loft, 214 Main St. S., Stillwater. Quinn’s father, Chris, grew up in Rosemount and the family now lives in Inver Grove Heights. Baby Quinn, diagnosed with Down syndrome, has needed multiple surgeries for heart and bowel defects. Funds raised by the benefit will help her family pay for medical expenses and daily living needs. The benefit will include music, raffle and a silent auction. Face painting and balloon animals will be available for children. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. The price includes a taco and enchilada bar and one raffle entry. Beverages will be available for purchase. Donations are being accepted at all Wells Fargo locations; ask for the Quinn Walsh fund.

The next meeting of the Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee will be at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the Rosemount Community Center. The all-volunteer organizing committee is always seeking new people to help plan the 10-day festival, which will be held this year from July 20-29. Individuals, community groups and businesses are invited to plan an event that can become part of the estimated 60 official Rosemount Leprechaun Days activities. The committee also welcomes volunteers who can help on the days of the event with logistics, set-up, clean-up, the parade and Mid-Summer Faire in Central Park. For more information, go online to or email leprechaundays@gmail. com.

The third annual Rosemount Photo Contest is accepting entries for 2012. The contest, sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council and the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department, has five categories with the winners being honored during a display at the Steeple Center during Rosemount Leprechaun Days. Deadline for submission is Thursday, July 12. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second, third place and honorable mention in each of these categories: • Nature: landscape, wildlife, floral; • Lifestyle: People, activities, city scenes; • Enhanced or significantly altered by computer; • Youth: 17 and under, and • Give Us Your Best Shot: Anything, anyplace. For more information, go online to or call Heidi Gustafson-Green at (612) 237-0203.

Scales of justice, plus refreshments

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Dakota County Chief Judge Edward Lynch greets visitors during the Law Day celebration on May 1 at the Western Service Center in Apple Valley. Dakota County judges and judicial staff answered questions from the public at the open house, which also featured refreshments and drawings for legal guides. Law Day was originally established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958; this year’s theme was “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.”

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Musical trip climbs Mount Everest Rosemount band teacher composes runner-up entry said. “My predecessor was a percussionist and taught percussion lessons, percussion ensemble and drumline, so when he left the other band directors naturally wanted to hire someone with those same skill sets.” Hoover’s main instrument is percussion and he has played with several orchestras, chamber ensembles and drum corps in Minnesota and beyond. He teaches and arranges several drumlines and marching bands in the area, including the Anoka High School Marching Band and Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps. He’s the secretary of the Minnesota Chapter of Percussive Arts Society and vice president of the Minnesota Percussion Association Board of Directors. With all of that going on, Hoover still has time to keep the band program, which will have 410 students enrolled in it next year, successful in Rosemount. “Since the band program has experienced so much success in the past decade, it is sometimes difficult to meet our expectations every year,” Hoover said. “Fortunately, we have a very supportive administrative team and parent community which helps make what we do a reality.”

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Few people have ever ascended to the top of Mount Everest. But a Rosemount High School band teacher can take you there … in less than 90 seconds. Bojan Hoover isn’t a Sherpa, but his musical composition “Sargarmatha” allows one to feel the power and immensity at the summit of the world’s highest point. His evocative 90-second trip was so effective that he earned runner-up in the “Take Your Music Further with Garritan” contest, which had more than 200 works submitted. “A lot of them were really fantastic,” said Hoover, who earned a $700 United Airlines gift card for his effort. “I am very humbled by the entire experience.” Assembling the piece took about eight hours for Hoover whose square one was a two-measure motif, which Make Music Inc. supplied. “I compose things very melodically,” Hoover said, “so as soon as I am able to create a melody that I like, the rest of it is fairly easy.” At first he experimented with the motif at different tempos, key signatures and with different ornamentation. In addition to the time constraint, the contest required each piece to evoke a travel destination. “When I first started writing the piece I did not have a specific destina-

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Rosemount High School band teacher Bojan Hoover placed second in the Take Your Music Further with Garritan contest for his 90-second composition, “Sargarmatha.” tion in mind, but after a while of writing the music, it became clear that the piece had an ominous, epic sound to it,” Hoover said. That’s when he reached Mount Everest and used the Nepalese name for it, “Sargarmatha,” or goddess of the sky, for his title. Hoover then added to the piece using only bits from the specific sound library Garritan; no live instrumentation could be used. “I think my piece stood out because it was fast and energetic, and it used some different composition techniques that made it unique,” Hoover said. He said one person commented that the submission used “a dynamic range, rhythmic complexity, tem-

po variations, and metric modulation. Melodically, it had energy and direction.” The composition will get even more direction in the next few weeks as the school’s symphonic band will perform a longer version at its May 24 concert.

Musical background Hoover, a 2010 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities music education and performance graduate, joined the Rosemount band department in the summer of 2010 to replace John Theisen. “I was in the right place at the right time when the position opened, and I am very fortunate to be working there now,” Hoover

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Fans of the film version of “The Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland will notice some conspicuous differences in “Wizard of Oz – The Ballet.” The Twin Cities Ballet production, which plays the Burnsville Performing Arts Center’s main stage May 11-13, features a storyline adapted from the classic L. Frank Baum fantasy tale, but has no dialogue or music from the iconic 1939 movie. “It’s a compilation of classical music, edited together with sound effects, and the story’s told through dance and music rather than words and song,” Twin Cities Ballet board member Rick Vogt said. “It’s a variety of dance styles, not just ballet – the ‘cyclone dance’ and the winged monkeys use modern Photo courtesy of Flint Images dance. The ‘ s c a r e c r o w With a cast of about 100, Twin Cities Ballet’s original production of “Wizard of Oz – The Ballet” features dancers drawn mainly dance’ is jazz, from Ballet Royale Minnesota, the Lakeville dance studio run by Rick and Denise Vogt. with the scarecrows dancunique performance op- The five flying monkeys “Wizard” is being staged co-written with Rick, is ing like they’re without portunity. are really fun to work by Twin Cities Ballet, for- set to premiere in spring bones, and it has almost “Most people clas- with.” merly Lakeville City Bal- 2013, and is already in the a hoedown feel to it.” sify ballet as really gentle The Vogts tend to go let, which is known for pre-production phase. With a cast of about and sweet,” said 16-year- big with their produc- its annual south-metro Tickets for “Wizard of 100, the show features old Nicole Brown of tions. For “Wizard” they production of “The Nut- Oz – The Ballet” range dancers drawn mainly Lakeville, who’s cast as brought in professionals cracker.” from $12 to $26 and are from Ballet Royale Min- the Wicked Witch. “The for the sets, lighting and Denise Vogt wrote and available at the Burnsville nesota, the Lakeville witch is different – you other production ele- choreographed “Wizard” Performing Arts Center’s dance studio run by Vogt twist your movements to ments. in the manner of classi- box office, and through and his wife Denise. make them seem dramat- “We describe Twin cal story ballets such as Ticketmaster, 800-982 For the dancers in- ic and evil. Cities Ballet as a semi- “Swan Lake” and “Sleep- 2787 or Ticketmaster. volved, the show offers a “Plus I have monkeys. professional company, ing Beauty.” Her goal is com. Show times are 7 and the performances themselves are professional productions,” Rick Vogt said. “It’s a unique opportunity for the students to be part of something of this caliber.” This is the second year

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The 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Concert at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center will feature world premiere compositions by Mexican composers Rodrigo Cadet and Jorge Cózatl, sung by elementary, high school and community choral singers. Singers from Burnsville High School will be among the groups performing. Admission is free. Tickets may be picked up at the box office, 12600 Nicollet Ave., or go to concert for details.

Homecoming concert The Dakota Valley Symphony Chorus will perform a homecoming concert featuring folk ensemble Dragonfly at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the box office and via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or

Photo program expands Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, Eagan, will expand its photography program to include two photo workshops for beginner and intermediate photographers and a fall color Family Portraiture Day. Sponsored by Legacy Creative Images, the program will continue its annual photo contest culminating with a gallery exhibition. Up to five photos taken at the art park may be submitted in youth and adult categories through Oct. 31. The new photo workshops will be free, with a $5 per person suggested donation. • Introduction to Digital Photography, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9. • Intermediate Digital Photography, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 18. Family Portraiture Day will be Sept. 22. Legacy Creative Images will be at the park to take outdoor photos of families, couples or individuals for a $20 sitting fee. Reservations are required. More information about Caponi Art Park’s photography program is available at programs/photoprogram.

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theater and arts calendar To submit items for the Arts Calendar, email: darcy. Art Open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan. Information: Camps The Allegro Choral Academy is now accepting registrations for its “Pitch Perfect” Summer Singing Camp June 18-21 at St. John’s in Lakeville for children ages 6 to 11. Find information and registration materials at or (952) 846-8585, Comedy Jamie Blanchard with special guest David Rose at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, at MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 E. First Ave., Shakopee (lower level of Dangerfield’s), (612) 860-9388, www.minnehahacomedyclub. com. Tickets: $13. Dance Twin Cities Ballet will perform “Wizard of Oz The Ballet” May 11-13 at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. S. Tickets range from $12 to $26 and are available at the box office, via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or Group discounts are also available. Visit or call (952) 452-3163 for more information. DAdance will present “The Three Bonnies” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Tickets are $26 for adults, $19 for seniors and $16 for students and can be purchased at the box office or via Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 or Exhibits Children’s Art Festival exhibit is on display through June 2 at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Free. Information: (952) 895-4685. Music Musician Dan Newton will perform swing, Latin, French

musette and European folk music at a Silver Tea for ages 55plus at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Heritage Library, 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville. Free. Lorie Line’s “Live In The Sunshine” performance, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Tickets are $39 and are available at the arts center or by calling (952) 9854640. Ross McLeod will perform his “Best of the ’30s and ’40s Show” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Burnsville Senior Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway, Suite 102, (952) 707-4120. Poetry Poets in the Park Teen Poetry Slam with slam master Cynthia French at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the outdoor amphitheater at Caponi Art Park, Eagan. Teens ages 12-19 are invited to perform up to three pieces of original poetry; those interested in competing should arrive at 1:30 p.m. to sign up. Information: Theater “Ole & Lena’s 50th Wedding Anniversary and Vow Renewal” performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Tickets are $15. Call (952) 985-4640 for information. The Christian Life School Drama Club will present “Fairy Tale Salad” Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, at 2 and 7 p.m. at Christian Life School, 6300 212th St. W., Farmington. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door or at the school office. More information at or (651) 463-4545. Workshops/classes Music Together in the Valley offers classes for parents and their infant, toddler and preschool children in Rosemount, Farmington, Lakeville and Apple Valley. Information: www.musictogetherclasses. com or (651) 439-4219. The Eagan Art House offers classes for all ages. For a complete listing go to www. or call (651) 675-5521. Dan Petrov Art Studio in Burnsville offers oil painting classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skill level painters, www.danpetrovart. com, (763) 843-2734. Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Brushworks School of Art in Burnsville,, (651) 214-4732. Drama/theater classes for ages 4 and up at River Ridge Arts Building, Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. Special needs theater program (autism-DCD), ages 5 and older, Burnsville, (952) 736-3644. Join other 55-plus adults at the Eagan Art House to create beaded jewelry. The Jewelry Club meets on the third Friday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Fee is $3 and includes all supplies. Bring any old jewelry you would like to re-make. 3981 Lexington Ave. S., (651) 6755500. Savage Art Studios, 4735 W. 123rd St., Suite 200, Savage, offers classes/workshops for all ages. Information: www. or (952) 895-0375. Soy candle making classes held weekly in Eagan near 55 and Yankee Doodle. Call Jamie at (651) 315-4849 for dates and times. $10 per person. Presented by Making Scents in Minnesota. Country line dance classes held for intermediates Mondays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington, $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. Beginner country line dance classes on Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Lakeville VFW, 8790 Upper 208th St. $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833. Country line dance classes on Wednesdays at the Lakeville Senior Center, 20732 Holt Ave. Beginners, 9-10 a.m.; Intermediate, 10 a.m.-noon. $5/ class. Call Marilyn (651) 4637833. The Lakeville Area Arts Center offers arts classes for all ages,, (952) 985-4640.

family calendar To submit items for the Family Calendar, email: darcy. Saturday, May 5 Kids and More Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ames Arena, 19900 Ipava Ave., Lakeville. Children’s clothing, toys, home decor, sports equipment, men’s and women’s clothing and more. Free parking and admission. Information: Spring Fling family fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Primrose School of Lakeville North, 9711 163rd St. W., Lakeville. Food, bouncers, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, crafts, silent auction, and carnival games. Proceeds will support local charities. Information: www. or (952) 435-8885. Sunday, May 6 Kids and More Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ames Arena, 19900 Ipava Ave., Lakeville. Children’s clothing, toys, home decor, sports equipment, men’s and women’s clothing and more. Free parking and admission. Information: Monday, May 7 Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota anniversary and fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. at Buca de Beppo, 14300 Burnhaven Drive, Burnsville. Tickets are $35 and include appetizers and a beverage. Silent auction, too. For more information, visit

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pregnancypostpartumsupport/ events. Thursday, May 10 Plant sale by the DCTC Landscape Horticulture Club from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dakota County Technical College, 1300 E. 145th St., Rosemount. Bedding plants and vegetables for sale. Information: catherine. Alzheimer’s seminar on understanding communication and challenging behaviors from 4 to 6 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 10658 210th St. W., Lakeville. For information or to register go to Cost: $5. Friday, May 11 Plant sale by the DCTC Landscape Horticulture Club from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dakota County Technical College, 1300 E. 145th St., Rosemount. Bedding plants and vegetables for sale. Information: catherine. Saturday, May 12 Plant sale by the Lakeville Area Garden Club from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 9975 W. 194th St., Lakeville (across from Kenwood Trail Middle School). Perennials, annuals, and hanging baskets will be on sale. Plant sale by the Eagan Garden Club from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holz Farm Park, 4669 Manor Drive, Eagan. Perennials, annuals, and hanging baskets will be on sale. Proceeds benefit gardens at Trapp Farm Park, Cedar Pond Park, Wescott Library,


and Holz Farm. Child car seat recycling from 9 a.m. to noon at AAA, 600 W. Travelers Trail, Burnsville. Fee: $10 per seat. Information: Blood drives The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. • May 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lakeville Fire Department, 20190 Holyoke, Lakeville. • May 7, 1 to 7 p.m., Apple Valley Fire Department, 15000 Hayes Road, Apple Valley. • May 8, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., School District 191 - Community Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway, Suite 102, Burnsville. • May 9, 3 to 8 p.m., Rasmussen College, 3500 Federal Drive, Eagan. • May 10, 1 to 6 p.m., Hope Church, 7477 145th St., Apple Valley. • May 11, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Easter Lutheran Church - By The Lake, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. • May 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dakota County Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan. • May 12, 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Burnhaven Library, 1101 W. County Road 42, Burnsville. Memorial Blood Centers blood drive: • May 4, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Fantastic Sams, 270 E. Travelers Trail, Burnsville, (952) 890-7267.

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The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the Sunday incident at the request of Apple Valley police. The bureau, which has already conducted interviews with officers Booth and Becker, will present its findings to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office. Both responding officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice in shootings involving police.

In a press release, Apple Valley police stated that Booth has been with the department since 1999 and Becker has been with the department since 2001; both officers have received multiple commendations and awards of merit.

tional championships.” Apple Valley topped national high school rankings done by two wrestling websites in 2010 and 2011. The Eagles were third in the national rankings in 2012. Erikson said Jackson’s retirement took him by surprise, but he could understand the reasoning. “It’s a full-time job for coach Jackson and coach Demaray,” Erikson said. “There’s no off-season. In the summer, they’re trying to get kids to train, go to camps and wrestle in tournaments. To have a successful high school program, the coaches have to be all in. Whatever their stipend is for coaching, they’ve earned it and then some.” The Eagles’ greatest success came at a time when other high schools were dropping the sport or consolidating their programs because of lack of participation. Yet Apple Valley always had large numbers on its teams. “One of the key things is we had Jim teaching at Falcon Ridge and we used to have (assistant coach) Chad Clendening at Valley Middle School,” said Buesgens, who was an assistant wrestling coach before being named AVHS athletic director three years ago. “They were always talking to kids, telling them if they weren’t in another winter sport that they might want to give wrestling a try.

“Another big thing is, I’m not aware of the wrestling team ever cutting a kid. In wrestling, you can keep 100 kids, but you can’t do that in basketball and hockey. In wrestling, a kid knows if he works hard enough he’ll have a chance to be part of a team.” Buesgens said Jackson’s preparation was legendary. He said the coach has a yellow notepad with projected lineups for 2015, even 2016, and if there was a gap in the lineup, Jackson would start talking to middle-school boys who might fill that spot in a few years. Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after Jackson announced his retirement, Buesgens said he had received two applications from California and one from South Dakota. The school will accept applications for the coaching position until May 25. Demaray said he expects the position will draw plenty of qualified applicants. “Jim left the program in great shape,” he said. “There’s a great youth program, and the high school coaches are very involved in it. And the administration has always been very supportive.” Sun Thisweek was unable to contact Jackson before this edition went to press.

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mistrials, from 1A being prosecuted twice for the same offense or “unduly harassed … until the desired result is achieved,” according to Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Rosalie E. Wahl in an opinion cited in Metzen’s ruling. In that 2008 case involving a fight, Golden was seeking to prosecute the defendant for the same crime a third time. The first time, the case was dismissed because Golden was unable to locate the alleged victim. Backstrom said witnesses are often fearful to testify. Golden next issued a warrant for the defendant’s arrest, and he went before a judge but was released on his own recognizance pending trial, according to the order. The defendant refused plea bargains Golden offered, and the day of trial, Golden added three more serious charges to correct a “clerical error,” Metzen’s ruling stated. She also found Golden produced medical records never introduced in the two years since the alleged fight occurred, despite the defense’s repeated requests for them. Golden requested the court to delay trial again because the witness was missing, the order states. His request was denied by Judge John Connelly. During Golden’s opening comments he told the jury the defendant should testify because, “You can’t know what’s in someone’s mind unless they tell you,” a violation of the defendant’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, Metzen’s order stated. Because the court found the comments prejudicial, the case was declared a mistrial. While Connelly and the defense attorney stated they believed Golden when he called the comment “a simple mistake on my part,” Metzen found otherwise. Metzen’s order granted the defense’s request to bar the case from re-prosecution, finding Golden’s comments prejudiced the jury and shifted the burden of proof from the state to the defendant. In her ruling, Metzen explained if the defense agreed to a mistrial, the state could prosecute again; if not, the accused must rely on the judge’s instructions to the jury that they dismiss the prosecutor’s comments, Emphasizing Golden’s then-17 years of experience, Metzen stated he was “well aware” that criminal defendants are protected from having to testify against themselves, and lawyers and judges cannot comment about his silence. “At every arraignment, in every plea offered to the court, this principle is re-

peated again and again,” Metzen ruled. “In other words, this is not a case where a unique pre-trial court order was negligently breached; this was a blatant violation of a fundamental principle which has been hammered into Mr. Golden’s mind arguably every day of his 17 years representing the State.” She ruled Golden intentionally provoked a mistrial because he would not be able to prove his case without the witness. Golden said in an email to Sun Thisweek that Metzen did not hear the case nor preside at the trial. “The presiding judge, who had decades of experience on the bench, found just the opposite – that it was accidentally done,” he wrote. Retired Judge William Thuet told Sun Thisweek it is not unusual for victims to “disappear” because they fear retribution if they testify. “I think Golden was playing games when he carries it up to the last minute,” Thuet said. “He knows if he’s got a witness or not. He figures if he plays his cards, the defendant is going to fold … and the case would settle.”

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In the 2012 ruling, Carter found Golden committed prosecutorial misconduct and declared a mistrial in a theft case, citing several of Golden’s actions, including that Golden sent a witness home although it was “readily apparent” the

defense had not completed cross-examining her. Carter also ruled Golden refused a court order to provide the defense with a photo lineup because it contained a “blown up” photo of the defendant that was different from the others; Carter concluded Golden avoided using it because he “apparently believed that the photo lineup was harmful to his case.” In his order, Carter found “the weight of circumstantial evidence” led him to determine Golden was “grossly negligent” and caused the mistrial, stating, “I found that the prosecutor’s tactics were concerning, that his decision to excuse the witness was intentional, and that he was trying to hide things including the witness.” In an email ,Golden wrote that he strongly disagreed with Carter’s comment. According to the ruling, Golden said he believed the defense had concluded its cross-examination and he intended to rest the state’s case. Carter cited two statements Golden made during trial that indicated he intended to call another witness, not resting his case. Backstrom told Sun Thisweek the witness was pregnant and uncomfortable, and the next day she was hospitalized with false labor pains. “I think it would have been reasonable to have allowed a short continuance to enable us to get the witness to court rather

than declaring a mistrial,” Backstrom said. In declaring the mistrial, Carter barred the case from being re-prosecuted under different charges. In part, Carter stated, “The State’s actions were intended to provoke a mistrial. The bad-faith actions of the prosecutor were designed to afford the prosecution a more favorable opportunity to convict the defendant.”

Unusual rulings Citing a prosecutor’s conduct as a reason for mistrial is so rare that several attorneys and judges told Sun Thisweek they have not heard of similar orders involving another local prosecutor. “Mistrials happen very seldom, and mistrials because of government misconduct are almost as rare as hen’s teeth,” Olson said. “I know prosecutors who have gone lifetimes without mistrials granted,” Thuet said. Olson called Golden’s opening comments to the

jury “absolutely astounding,” and agreed with the judges’ findings in both cases. Metzen told Sun Thisweek that in her 23year career, she does not recall another time when she declared a mistrial based on prosecutorial misconduct. “This is not something you do lightly,” she said. “And, I don’t remember doing it on any other occasion.” Metzen called Golden “a really competent prosecutor” who usually plays by the book. Thuet said Golden tried cases before him that he thought should have settled, but added Dakota County prosecutors have to get approval from supervisors to settle a case. He described Golden’s courtroom style as “aggressive,” stating “he wanted to win,” adding that he does “not necessarily agree with his tactics.” Olson said there is nothing wrong with being tough on crime, but added, “What’s wrong is breaking


the rules.” “This conduct is so egregious, that it’s the sort of thing nobody does.” Olson said. “This guy put his finger on the scale of justice and pushed down as hard as he could.” Minnesota case law (State v. Cabrera) describes a prosecutor as “a minister of justice” obliged to “guard the rights of the accused” and “enforce the rights of the public.” It states prosecutors must “refrain from improper methods calculated to produce wrongful conviction.” In an email, Golden said his primary concern is justice. “I have never intended to provoke a mistrial” he wrote. “Both of the cases were going very well for the State and a mistrial would have simply meant more delay and more difficulty in proving the cases at a later time.” Laura Adelmann is at laura. or

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Business Briefs Torkelson honored

commercial preferred provider organization plans and Medicaid-based health Jeanette Torkelson of maintenance organizations. Home Sown Gardens in Eagan was honored for ex- Ward qualifies cellence in landscape management by the Minnesota for Summit Nursery and Landscape As- Circle sociation for a project she completed in Minneapolis. Robert Ward, chartered financial consultant and Noteworthy financial investment consultant, Eagan, a wealth Lyons named to advisor with Thrivent FiNACR executive nancial for Lutherans, has qualified for Summit Circle post based on 2011 performance. John F. Lyons has been This is Thrivent Financial’s recogninamed executive vice presi- second-highest dent of services for Eagan- tion level for sales and serbased NACR. Lyons has vice. Ward has been with more than 25 years of ex- Thrivent Financial for 11 perience in the technology years and has been recogindustry. In addition to his nized for his performance NACR services responsibil- 10 times. ities, he is president of the ConvergeOne companies Peterson named S1 IT Solutions, NorthPark Group, and SimpliCTI, as a Centennial well as vice president of Trailblazer corporate development at Robin Peterson, presiConvergeOne. dent of Coldwell Banker Burnet, was named a Girl Blue Cross Scouts Centennial Trailblazer honoree by Girl earns national Scouts of Minnesota and accreditation Wisconsin River Valleys at the Centennial Awards status Blue Cross and Blue Gala on April 21. Shield of Minnesota, Trailblazer honorees are Eagan, has earned the high- women whose pioneering est possible accreditation efforts have opened doors status of “Excellent” for for other women. Peterson health plans by the Nation- is a Girl Scout alumnae and al Committee on Quality a resident of Apple Valley. Assurance, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to driving improvement throughout the health care system. Blue Cross earned the Excellent Accreditation for two lines of business:

MedNet meeting Dale Wahlstrom, president and CEO of LifeScience Alley and the BioBusiness Alliance, will discuss opportunities for medical device companies

Rosemount residents injured in crash in 2012 to members of MedNet, an association for medical device manufacturers and their affiliates, from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Ironwood Electronics, 1335 Eagandale Court, Eagan. The meeting is free for members, $25 for nonmembers.

Landscape supplier holds grand opening Rock Hard Landscape Supply, 3600 Highway 13 W., Burnsville, will hold a grand opening May 4-5. A ribbon cutting will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. An open house will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5. A do-it-yourself paver seminar is planned for 10 a.m. and a water feature seminar is planned for 1 p.m. on Saturday. Regular store hours for the retail/wholesale supplier of landscape supplies are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MondayFriday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Paintball event MN Pro Paintball will host the fourth annual Challenge for Children’s Big Game from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at MN Pro Paintball’s park in Lakeville. The event raises money for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Preregistration is available for $25 until Monday, May 14, and registration the day of the event is $40. For more information and to preregister, visit www.

Thai cafe to open in Lakeville Savage-based Spice Thai will open a Spice Café in Lakeville Crossing this summer. The cafe will occupy the former Ronin Sushi restaurant location at 7704 160th St. W. It will offer a selective menu of authentic Thai dishes, made with fresh ingredients.

Salon holds May food drive Nivala & Co. Salon, 15039 Crestone Ave. W., Rosemount, will participate in a May food drive benefiting the Rosemount Neighborhood Family Association. Customers who donate a nonperishable food or pet care item during the month of May can register to win prizes.

PIRTEK franchise opens Michael Johnson of Lakeville has opened the new PIRTEK Hose Center at 1409 Cliff Road E. in Burnsville. The business brings hose and fitting replacement services directly to customer job sites. Johnson has been involved with hydraulics and the overall industry for 22 years. Mary, Johnson’s wife and franchise co-owner, handles the company’s payroll and benefit functions. Service will be available around the clock by calling (952) 895-5400. The Hose Center will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Two Rosemount residents were injured in a motorcycle crash along westbound Interstate 90 near Tomah, Wis., just before 6 p.m. Monday, according to WXOW-TV in LaCrosse, Wis., citing a Wisconsin State Patrol release. Donald Ross Johnson, 50, and Averial Lynn Johnson, 45, sustained non-life threatening injuries when the motorcycle Donald

Johnson was driving went off the road and both were thrown from the motorcycle. Donald Johnson’s injuries were described as severe, while Averial Johnson’s were described as moderate. Tomah is located about 42 miles east of LaCrosse, Wis., and the MinnesotaWisconsin border. —Tad Johnson

Rosemount man charged with four counts of theft His business allegedly misused clients’ funds by Tad Johnson Sun Thisweek

tors’ behalf, according to the criminal complaint. It also was discovered that ARS had transferred trust account funds into operation accounts, which were separate from each other. It was reported that the trust account had a negative balance 44 times in 2009. Schoaf was charged with two counts of theft and two counts of theft by swindle. His first court appearance has not been scheduled. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom thanked the Rosemount Police Department and the Minnesota Department of Commerce for their thorough investigation into the matter, the release said.

A 49-year-old Rosemount man was charged April 25 with four felony theft counts after he took money paid by clients in excess of $72,000 as owner of a collection agency. A random audit discovered Scott Alan Schoaf’s alleged misuse of funds through his company, Alternative Receivables Solutions Inc., for the period of June 2009 to March 2010, according to a release from the Dakota County Attorney’s Office. The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s October 2009 audit found that ARS was “out of trust” on trust accounts maintained by the business, had commingled client funds with operating funds and failed Tad Johnson can be reached to remit to clients (credi- at tors) some client funds that or ARS had collected from debtors on the client credi-

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Gordon R. Docken Age 78, of Rosemount, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Gordy served his country in the US Air Force, he retired from FAA as air traffic controller after 30+ years, and he enjoyed wood working and especially biking. Gordy is preceded in death by his son, Glen; parents, Harry and Frances Docken. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Milly; daughters, Michele (Tim) Hoaglund, Carla (Doug) Maile and Paula (Ron) Docken Blair; grandchildren, Andrew and Olivia Hoaglund, Makayla and Danica Maile; siblings, Doug (Judy), Mary Jo (David) Prekker, Lyle (Linda) and Mark (Jane) Docken also by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. A memorial service will take place 3 PM Sunday, May 6, 2012 at the Lighthouse Church, 3285 W. 144th St. Rosemount, with a gathering of family and friends 1 hr prior to service. Private interment will be at the Rosemount Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers memorials will be donated to MS society. Online condolences at www.whitefuneral

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED PLAN UPDATE FOR THE BLACK DOG WATERSHED MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, the Black Dog Watershed Management Board will meet at the Burnsville Maintenance Center, 13713 Frontier Lane, Burnsville, Minnesota at 5:00 P.M. on May 16, 2012 or as soon thereafter as possible. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold a public hearing on a proposed updated and amended watershed management plan. All persons who desire to be heard shall be heard at this time and place. DATED this 26th day of April, 2012. BLACK DOG WATERSHED MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION BY: /s/ Roger N. Knutson, Its Attorney 2995521 5/4-5/11/12

Ruth L. Hareid

Hareid, Ruth L. age 90, of Burnsville, passed away peacefully at her home on April 25, 2012, preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Lloyd; siblings, Cybil, Thelmer, Orville and Sanford Olson; survived by her loving children, Kay (Don) Thielen and Karel Jelinek, 5 grandchildren, Brent (June) Thielen, Tiffany (Bryce) Cox, Amy (Jake) Rath and Jennifer (Tom) Jelinek, Lindsay Jelinek; and 9 great grandchildren; siblings, Sylvia (Verle) Taylor and Beatrice (Charles) Lee; sister in law Shirley Olson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial service took place on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 11 AM at Messiah Lutheran Church, 16725 Highview Ave., Lakeville, MN a gathering of family and friends was 1 hr prior to the service at church. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery. White Funeral Home Burnsville 952-894-5080

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Daughter of Cindi & Peter Thelen of Lakeville Mn. Will Graduate with Deans List recognition from U.W.R.F. on May 12th 2012 with a B.S. in Social Work. Morgan is planning to be a Licensed Social Worker.


LaMonte “Monte” Squires LaMonte “Monte” Squires, 62, passed away April 23, 2012 in Burnsville, MN. He was born April 1, 1950 in Eau Claire, WI. He worked for Unisys in Eagan, MN for 30 years, before retiring. He was preceded in death by son, Logan and father, Lawrence. He will be deeply missed by wife of 40 years Mary Ann (Macs), mother, Lorraine, 6 siblings and all who knew him. A celebration of LaMonte’s life will be held on Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 pm at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave S, Burnsville, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred, which will be donated towards cancer research.

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50TH Wedding Anniversary The family of Rick and Gerry Schmidt, of Lakeville, are proud to announce their 50th Anniversary on May 5th. Their children and grandchidren will be celebrating with them this weekend. Please join us in wishing them congratulations on their Golden Anniversary.


CITY OF APPLE VALLEY ORDINANCE NO. 931 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF APPLE VALLEY, MINNESOTA, AMENDING TITLE III, ADMINISTRATION, CHAPTER 32 OF THE CITY CODE ENTITLED “COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND DEPARTMENTS” BY REPEALING SEVERAL SECTIONS AND BY AMENDING SECTION 32.15 REGULATING FIRE DEPARTMENT The City Council of Apple Valley ordains: Section 1. Chapter 32 of the Apple Valley City Code is hereby amended by repealing the following Sections in their entirety: 32.16; 32.17; 32.18; 32.19; 32.20; 32.21; 32.22; 32.23; and 32.24. Section 2. Section 32.15 of the Apple Valley City Code is hereby amended to read as follows: § 32.15 ORGANIZATION. (A) As originally established by Ordinance No. 33 on November 14, 1966, the volunteer Fire Department of this city is hereby continued and shall operate, pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. The Department may adopt necessary policies and procedures including an employee handbook, provided they do not conflict with the city code. (B) The members of the Fire Department may organize themselves into a Fire Fighters’ Relief Association in accordance with state law. Section 3. Effective date. This ordinance shall take effect upon its passage and publication. PASSED this 26th day of April, 2012. /s/ Mary Hamann-Roland Mary Hamann-Roland, Mayor ATTEST: /s/ Pamela J. Gackstetter Pamela J. Gackstetter, City Clerk 2995947 5/4/12


ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed Bids will be received by the City of Apple Valley, Minnesota, in the Apple Valley Municipal Center 7100 147th Street West, until 10:00 a.m., CST, Thursday, May 31, 2012, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the furnishing of all labor, materials, and all else necessary for the following: City Project 2012-102 2012 MICRO SURFACING 275,000 5,900 61,000 200


Micro Surfacing Chip Seal Pavement Markings (Latex) Remove and Replace Concrete Curb and Gutter 85 TN Bituminous Street Patch With related items

Bidders desiring Bidding Documents may purchase them by check for a non-refundable fee of $45 from the City of Apple Valley, 7100 147th Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124. Contact Penny Stewart at (952) 953-2586 to place an order. The Bidding Documents may be seen at the office of the City Engineer, 7100 147th Street West, Apple Valley, MN. Direct inquiries to Engineer's Project Manager Dave Bennett at (952) 953-2490. Bid Security in the amount of 5 percent of the amount of the Bid must accompany each Bid in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders.. The Owner reserves the right to retain the deposits of the 3 lowest Bidders for a period not to exceed 60 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids. No Bids may be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive irregularities and informalities therein, and further reserves the right to award the Contract to the best interests of the Owner. Pamela J. Gackstetter, City Clerk City of Apple Valley, Minnesota 2996254 5/4/11


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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed Bids will be received by the City of Apple Valley, Minnesota, in the Apple Valley Municipal Center 7100 147th Street West, until 10:00 a.m., CST, Thursday, May 31, 2012, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the furnishing of all labor, materials, and all else necessary for the following: City Project 2011-107, 147th Street Extension From Flagstaff Avenue To Johnny Cake Ridge Road 1,800 SY Remove Bit Pavement 2,100 LF PVC Sanitary Sewer 3,900 LF RCP Storm Sewer 100 LF Jack RCP Storm Sewer 100 LF Jack Steel Casing Pipe 4,600 LF DIP Water Main 45,000 CY Common Excavation 32,000 TN Select Granular Borrow 10,000 TN Cl 5 Aggregate Base 7,000 TN Bituminous Mixture 6,000 LF Concrete Curb and Gutter 5 EA Lighting Unit 5,000 LF Underground Wire 18 EA NMC Loop Detector 6'x6' 4 AC Seeding 11,500 LF Pavement Markings With related items Bidders desiring Bidding Documents may purchase them by check for a non-refundable fee of $45 from the City of Apple Valley, 7100 147th Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124. Contact Penny Stewart at (952) 953-2586 to place an order. The Bidding Documents may be seen at the office of the City Engineer, 7100 147th Street West, Apple Valley, MN. Direct inquiries to Engineer's Project Manager Colin Manson at (952) 953-2425. Bid Security in the amount of 5 percent of the amount of the Bid must accompany each Bid in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. The Owner reserves the right to retain the deposits of the 3 lowest Bidders for a period not to exceed 60 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids. No Bids may be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after the date and time set for the Opening of Bids. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive irregularities and informalities therein, and further reserves the right to award the Contract to the best interests of the Owner. Pamela J. Gackstetter, City Clerk City of Apple Valley, Minnesota 2995565 5/4/11

Sun Thisweek May 4, 2012

Guilty plea entered in freon-huffing case An Apple Valley man accused of inhaling freon from his neighbors’ air-conditioning units to get high pleaded guilty to a felony charge April 24 in district court. Brentyn E. Krueger, 37, was charged last fall with felony theft because the freon he reportedly inhaled cost nearly $1,800 to replace. Apple Valley police were alerted to the problem in November 2010 when a resident in the area of Floral Avenue and 129th Street reported a trespasser. According to the crimi-

nal complaint, responding officers found Krueger lodged between the AC unit and the house, unresponsive and apparently unconscious. When he came to, Krueger admitted to police he’d been inhaling freon from the AC. The following evening, police received another report of trespassing in that neighborhood. Krueger was again present when police arrived, and he explained that, this time, after inhaling freon he became confused and walked into the neighbor’s house, the complaint said.

A total of five residents reported loss of freon from their AC units. Krueger was hospitalized on at least two occasions after huffing freon, according to the complaint. The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists freon among commonly abused inhalants, and advises that inhaling freon can cause liver damage, respiratory obstruction and death. Krueger’s sentencing is scheduled for June 22. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. —Andrew Miller

News Briefs Community meals

College plans plant sale

Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley will serve free community meals on Mondays, May 7, 14 and 21. Dining hall doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The meals are for senior citizens, single-parent families, families in transition and all others in the surrounding community seeking a healthy meal in a relaxed and fun environment. Although the meals are free, donations are accepted. Grace Lutheran Church is located at the intersection of Pennock Avenue and County Road 42. For more information, call the church at (952) 432-7273.

The DCTC Landscape Horticulture Club will hold a plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10-11 at Dakota County Technical College, 1300 E. 145th St., Rosemount. Bedding plants and vegetables will be for sale. For more information, email catherine.grant@dctc. edu.

Jobs fair set May 14 More than 60 employers who are currently hiring will participate in the Career and Jobs Fair hosted by U.S. Rep. John Kline, RLakeville, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the Eagan Community Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Vegetable garden class Learn to grow and cultivate vegetables in a small space garden in Plan, Plant, and Grow classes from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, June 9, July 14, and Aug. 11, at the Dakota County Master Gardener Research and Display Gardens in UMore Park, 1605 W. 160th St., Rosemount. Classes will be taught by Dakota County Master Gardeners and University of Minnesota Extension educators. Gardeners are invited to attend as many or as few classes as they wish, and there is no cost to attend. Visit the new Dakota County Master Gardener blog at http://blog.lib.umn. edu/mgweb/dakota for the complete class schedule.

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Wildcats lose big lead, but not composure Eagan survives against Rosemount in nine innings by Mike Shaughnessy Sun Thisweek

Eagan had five one-run losses in its first 11 baseball games, and the last thing the Wildcats needed was another blow to their confidence. But when Rosemount scored six runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday afternoon to tie their game, fans probably couldn’t help but wonder how Eagan would respond – or if it would respond. Instead of coming back to the dugout deflated, the players “were determined,” Eagan coach Rob Walsh said. “They weren’t happy about giving up the lead, but they wanted to get the job done. We went out 1-2-3 in the eighth, but hit two balls really well. Then Jordy (relief pitcher Jordan Brandt) went out there and got us back in the dugout.” The Wildcats finally pushed across a run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly. Brandt closed the door in the bottom of the inning and Eagan survived 7-6. Eagan is 5-7 overall but 5-4 in the South Suburban

Conference. Walsh said managing to pull out a victory after losing a big lead might actually help the Wildcats long-term. “What we need is consistency,” he said. “We swing the bats well, we catch the ball most of the time and our pitching is coming around. When we do those things for seven innings, the kids have seen they’re a pretty competitive team.” Junior pitcher Collin Olstad, who started the season as a reliever, held Rosemount hitless for the first 6 1/3 innings of Monday’s game before the Irish (2-10 overall, 1-8 South Suburban) made their rally. Olstad didn’t strike out a hitter. “A lot of their hitters were really aggressive,” Walsh said. “The ball was in play on the second or third pitch. I think Collin was making them hit pitches they didn’t necessarily want to hit.” Olstad also had a couple of hits in Monday’s game. Cole Peterson, Kevin Kunik, Danny Alvarez and Josh Loew also have swung the bats well for the Wild-

cats, Walsh said. Captains David Stevens and Eric Peterson “might not be swinging the bats as well as they would like, but they’re still giving us good at-bats,” Walsh said. The Wildcats, who played Lakeville South on Wednesday and Burnsville on Thursday, open next week’s play at home against Prior Lake at 4:15 p.m. Monday.


Valley improved to 4-6 overall with its 16-14 victory over Prior Lake on Monday. Logan Kohorst went 3-for-5 with three RBI for the Eagles. Tate Erickson had two doubles and three RBI, and Garrett Ganskie was 3-for-4 and scored four runs. The Eagles, who played Eastview on Wednesday and Bloomington Kennedy on Thursday, have their annual wood bat tournament this weekend at Legion Park. Apple Valley plays at 7 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Lightning remained one game behind Burnsville in the South Suburban after losing to Lakeville North 6-5 on Monday. Lakeville Photo by Rick Orndorf South defeated Burnsville Mike Shaughnessy is at mike. Pitcher Evan DeCovich is congratulated by teammates 9-8 in another Monday af- or after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning against ternoon game, handing the Lakeville North on Monday night. defending state champion Blaze its first loss of the season. Eastview built a 5-0 lead in the third inning behind starting pitcher Evan DeCovich, who also hit his third home run of the season. Lakeville North came back with five runs in the fifth inning, with the key hit being Austin Streit’s grand slam. Lakeville North’s victory brought the Panthers into a second-place tie with Eastview in the SSC at 7-2. Burnsville was 8-1 in the league after its loss to Lakeville South. DeCovich also was leading his team in batting average (.448) and RBI (14) ��� ��� ���� ����� �� going into Monday’s game. Outfielder/pitcher Chris ���������� ������ ������ Narum was batting .440. � � � � ������� ����� �� ��� ����� �� ���������� Eastview goes on the � ������� ������� �� ����������� ���������� ����� road to play Lakeville South at 4:15 p.m. Monday. ���� �� ���������� ���� ������ � ��������� � ����������

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